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Sapporo Draft BeerSapporo Draft Beer

Brewed by:
Sapporo Breweries Ltd.

Style: Japanese Rice Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of Absumaster
3.16/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A golden pilsner with a steady stream of carbonation that forms a thin head.
Smell is nice, malty and slightly sulfuric, possibly some rice in there. I think I can smell something veggie or cooked rice, which add to the smoothness.
Taste was malty and dry, absolutely not bitter. The thin body and high drinkability make this a straight forward pilsener, perfect to accompany an Asian dish. Yet it is not uo there with the top 10 pilseners.

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Photo of atigerlife
3.05/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 633ml bottle. I've had this on a number of occasions, but finally getting around to reviewing.

Poured a light gold color with a medium white head which lasted a little while. Decent lacing. Good amount of carbonation can be seen rising.

The aroma is light with some hops, light fruitiness and a sweet backbone running through.

Taste is very "clean". Mainly some light sweetness and some light hops.

The mouthfeel is very crisp and light. Quite cleansing. Quite pleasant. Overall, though not a style I enjoy [though seem to have frequently enough], this beer is what it is supposed to be. Quite drinkable in the right environment [e.g. Japanese restaurant].

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Photo of Drew966
2.95/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sapporo Draft Beer pours a hazy (chill haze most likely as it is a filtered beer) light orange with a white head that dissipated quickly from a brown sixteen ounce bottle. No freshness date on the bottle, and I'm a little suspicious about it's age. A little bit of malt and maybe a little alcohol in the aroma. Taste is on the malty side and a bit of skunk in the finish, this beer is actually better than I remembered it. That being said, it's nothing special, maybe a change from the norm, but not worth seeking out.

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Photo of DuqTroops
3.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This was light orangish-yellow with a nice head that actually left some pitting pools of foam and laced the glass.

Smell: Some ricey grain and sweetness to it

Taste: The sweetness comes on the after taste, but is soft at the start.

Mouthfeel: Refreshing with some sushi!

Drinkability: Very good with a hearty meal in front of you.

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Photo of swid
2.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

There's nothing that says "Japan" more than trying a beer that comes in a 135mL(!) can. Thanks go to a friend of ldemaris, who delivered a 6-pack of these miniscule cans direct from the Land of the Rising Sun.

Sapporo Draft Beer pours a straw yellow color into my sampling glass. Atop the clear liquid sits a 3/4", pure white head that dissipates into a soapy ring. Moderate carbonation, little lacing. The smell is dominated by the rice adjuncts; there's a mild amount of grassy malt aroma, with just the barest hint of herbal hops.

The taste is just what the smell promises: moderate rice flavor, some malty sweetness, and a hint of bitterness, with no real overpowering flavor at all. The mouthfeel is very thin and moderately dry; finishes crisp, dry, and with a slightly metallic mix of bland sweetness and bitterness.

As Japanese beers go, it's one of the better ones I've tried; however, it's only marginally more enjoyable than a standard macro-lager.

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Photo of bark
3.5/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The bottle is labelled “Sapporo Premium Lager”, but all evidence indicates that it is the same beer as the "Draft Beer". Brewed under license in the EU, most probably in Great Britain.

The colour is pale gold; the fizzing head is white, compact and two fingers high.

The smell is fresh and pleasant with a dry fruity flavour and some bitter notes.

The taste is dry with flowery citric notes, some malt and mild aroma hops. There is some diacetyl and a lime-like bitterness. The aftertaste is gentle with some creamy notes.

The carbonation is very fresh with small bubbles.

A rather well made Japanese rice lager.

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Photo of davidchollar
3.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

(about sapporo draft beer i previously said)
tastes bad ! ewww. like sour old spinach in aluminum foil! nasty.
i dont consider this very drinkable even by japanese beer standards, which are really low.

i am now convinced that i got a bad bottle. it was the first time this beer was so horrible, and it caused me to avoid it for a couple months. until tonight, when i saw it on sale by the can...

looks standard rice lager golden, decent head sticks around for a few minutes, even leaves a little lacing. the smell is what separates this from asahi and kirin, you can actually smell it from a little distance, and it's not bad. typical macro lager scents, malty, but more complex than the others. i swear i detect some toastiness and even a hint of pear! tastes pretty watery and plain up front, but with a pleasant little bitter finish making this quite drinkable. I'll take yebisu over this for a session beer, but this might be better with food.

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Photo of tesguino
2.38/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A beer that remember me CRUZ BLANCA, a beer made from rice, differenciated only by the marketing purpose words "draft beer"; appearance on the average; cereal flavor; hops smell; good with asian and mexican food; 75% recommended; try too with cheese and snack.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.52/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ah, a one litre silver can of Japanese beer..7800 won is indeed pricy but I'll drink it after the gym to relieve the guilt..
Pours a full gold color with a quickly vanishing head. Smells fresh with a citrus addition..not too shabby.
Taste is crisp and flavorful with an even balance of malt and hops so you can decently taste both. Smooth without much rice flavor, unlike most Japanese beers I've had.
Overall, this is my new favorite drinking beer for Japan, although I usually only see it in cans, not bars.

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Photo of palliko
3.8/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have many nostalgic memories associated with this beer. It evokes many trips to the Oregon coast near Tillamook where my wife and I would stop at the ‘Blue Heron’ and pick up some cheese, crackers, fruit and Sapporo Draft – and then go sit by the ocean for a picnic. The appearance is translucent, pale and golden. Foam and lacing are excellent. Aroma is a grassy/floral hop nose with some grain. Nicely carbonated initial taste contains a medium body filled with lovely malt flavor offset by citrus. Aftertaste is nicely dry with a hint of fresh baked bread and flowers.

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Photo of RocketWidget
2.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light, pilsner-like gold color. Head is good, carbonation is very visible.Smell is negligible. Taste is average, a very light bodied beer, with minimal hop flavoring. Sweet taste is prevalent, and carbonation is evident, but nothing really interesting going on here. Just as drinkable as any other adjunct beer. I would skip this one if I was offered it again.

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Photo of karst
3.33/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sapporo Holdings Ltd, AKA Sapporo Breweries, supplies the beer and a place to drink it. Brewing and operating 200 beer halls and restaurants. Sapporo is one of Japan's oldest brewers, #3 (behind Asahi Breweries and Kirin Brewery) with brews ranging from its flagship Black Label to the pricier Yebisu. Sapporo also makes the low-malt happoshu brew. The company sells Guinness beer in Japan through its Sapporo Guinness Company and owns a beverage company that makes canned coffee, bottled water, and soft drinks. Yet another member of the Sapporo family, Yebisu Garden Place Co., develops commercial real estate.

As I pour 22 oz Sapporo super bullet silver can. No freshness date only a bar code tucked under the Government warning..

Appearance: Bright, clear, pale golden. Carbonation providing a pure white, foam head constructed of large to small bubbles leaving lace and displaying strong beading.
Floral / faint grain aroamas. Light body with malt and grain soft notes . Carbonation kicked up a notch from is American counterparts. Hop flavours help it finish with a light floral aftertaste.

I spent most of the 45 minutes consuming this "technological wonder" studying the web site. Like Honda, Toyota, and Nissan - Sapporo has studied and tried to copy then surpass its american modle. Look carefully at the R&D and think what they will accomplish when a future generation executive gets into some exteme West Coast beer. Maybe it will never happen but what if . . .

Meantime stick to Sapporo Black Beer (smells like a box of chocolates) or if you favor a Dortmunder try Sapporo's Yebisu. If smaller new generation Japanese brewers get swallowed up - as is the trend in US this brewer could provide some beer that we all will advocate

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Photo of Wintermute
2.19/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

650 ml can

Pure white head with bubbles of mixed size. Head started to disappear quite quickly but after a while stabilized to a thin head. Even after 20 minutes there was lots of bubbles still rising to the surface propping up the head. Not bad legs but no lace.
Pale straw coloured liquid, slightly golden. Very clear.
Sweet smelling with obvious DMS. Noticeable typically musty macro-lager hops smell.
Medium body. Very effervescent.
Starts a bit mild but then a goodly amount of DMS and musty hops grabs your tongue and holds on. Some sweetness and slight sourness. There’s enough carbonation that you can almost taste it. That musty bitterness lingers on the tongue long after you’re done. The DMS and mustiness is just too much for me to detect anything else there.

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Photo of jeshii
3.5/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

So, I stopped of at this crazy old diner in Ginza and got me a Sapporo Draft on-tap with my lunch. Came in a big mug.

Appearance: Golden with a fluffy, thick head. Unfortunately, the head wasn't very tenacious.

Smell: Very nice hoppy smell.

Taste: Flavor is very smooth. Slight, yet good, bitterness, which lingers into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is a little strong, which is too bad. If it were a little softer, the nice bitter flavor would probably come out better.

Drinkability: Very smooth and easy to drink. The slight aftertaste leaves you wanting to take another sip.

Overall a delicious, drinkable beer. Very good compliment to a koroke teishoku lunch.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
1.5/5  rDev -47.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Can: Poured a clear golden colored beer with a pretty decent head with standard retention. Aroma is very weak, almost watery I should say. Taste is also quite watery and boring. I guess it would go well with the kind of spicy food where you loose all your taste buds. Taste is even worse when I notice that this is brewed by Sleeman at their Guelph facility.

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Photo of beertaster13
3.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad offering for an import lager. Pours a light golden yellow with a little white head that retains farely well. Lacing isn't to bad either. The smell is very grainy with hints of corn, slight skunk aroma as well. The taste is earthy, heavy grain and corn with a slight citrus. Some french bread aftertaste, slight syrupy malts brings a little bit of flavor to this. Feels crisp and medium in the mouth. Not bad, average.

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Photo of Hunter
3.18/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Love the silver can, esp. the shape of it. Poured a billowy white foamy head from hell (I dropped the can 10 minutes before opening...D'OH!) After head receded, a nice golden straw color is revealed.

Smells of hops, and that same damn corn smell that plagues Budweiser and Rolling Rock. Figured I wouldn't get it here (how much corn do they grow in Japan?) but there it is. At least it doesn't overpower the hops.

Light and pleasant to the taste, if undistinguished. Crisp and leaves the palate quickly. this is a decent brew, with or without sake, particularly for the hot summer months. Light enough to refresh without stupefying.

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Photo of ybnorml
2.58/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours with a big white head. The color was a clean bright yellow. For the most part the only aroma I could pinpoint was a sweet grassy smell. A very watery flavor. No real sweetness as indicated in the aroma just a light crisp bitterness on the finish. It is quite possible that if served ice cold on a good hot day this beer could be refreshing.

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Photo of DESTRO
3.25/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

comes in a bad ass can. pours out a pale golden, clear with a big white head, somewhat rocky and it eventually dies down to a foamy white ring. light lacing. the nose smells of sweet grainy malt, very clean. the flavor is in the same arena, light sweetness comming from the malt with a small hop bitterness evening things out. clean and simple, crisp in the mouth and refreshing. a nice palate cleanser (spicy food, pizza, thai food etc.) or a good ice cold quencher. i expected less, not bad at all.

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Photo of soper2000
2.6/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had this at the local Japanese restaraunt. Poured a golden straw color with a white head. Aroma is very clean. Can't really pick out much grain or much of anything for that matter. Taste is what the smell alluded to. Very crisp, faint notes of hops are present but that's about it. This fits in well with the BMC crowd. Nothing special overall but I was glad to try something new and my first asian beer as well.

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Photo of CBFanWish
2.1/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I am unhappy with this beer. If I had never finished it, I would have returned it.
I would say that it's the Japanese equivilant to Budweiser or coors. It is a pale yell ow colour with no head, smell husky and corny. There was no trace of hops in either the taste or aroma. I was pissed that it was getting skunky in the short time it took me to drink it.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.53/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This was light orangish-yellow with a nice head that actually left some pitting pools of foam and laced the glass.

Smell – This did not carry the horrible stench that many other Pale Lagers seem to have. I can pick up some nice ricey-type of grain and a sweetness that’s not totally disgusting.

Taste – Not bad for a Japanese Pale Lager. The sweetness comes on bigger at the taste, which normally grosses me out, but here it’s softened up a bit.

Mouthfeel – A bit dry and somewhat refreshing. This is actually a bit bigger than light-bodied and has a little carbonation to keep things interesting.

Drinkability – I’m not dumping this in the sink as I do with many examples of this sadly worn-out style.

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Photo of Gasp100
3.05/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Japanese Bud... really. Went out to hibachi last night with friends (the food was great, but expensive). The beer was lackluster and even more expensive. When in Rome, do as the Roman's so I ordered a Sapporo. Cool looking can, a bomber or more I believe. Of course I poured into a Pilsner glass but nothing special here at all. It really did taste exactly like Bud, maybe even a little lighter with no malt backbone at all. The mouthfeel did cut through some of the vegetable and shrimp aroma's from the meal and it was nice to have something light for this meal, but not worth the money. I would never buy this for home use. If you do go to Hibachi, save your cash and get a Bud draft.

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Photo of Zorro
3/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I Fear that American beer making is one thing that Japan imported from the USA along with the Baseball and the Hotdogs.

Pours a clear yellow brew.

Smell is light and lemony with a mild sweet smell I don't think is malt.

Taste is light and a bit sweet. Nice light brew, but hop free as far as I can taste.

Mouthfeel is OK, beats Coors or Budweiser, but is inferior to an average European beer.

It is drinkable and probably is pretty optimum for Sushi, but I like mixing a little soy sauce and wasabi in a small amount of a good Doppelbock and dipping my sushi in that. Of course I might be a bit weird!

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Photo of jed
3.21/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Oddly shaped 650 ml can, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a fairly dark, golden color. Tons of bubbles and carbonation contribute to a sticky head, lacing. Darker than an average, American macro.

Smell: Not much of anything — a little bit of grain.

Taste: Interesting intial sour flavor in mouth. Light, grainy flavor with a hint of citrus as the beer warms. Nice aftertaste, very dry. Unfortunately, this beer is sadly lacking in hops.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth taste and very dry, more carbonation than average.

Drinkability: Slightly above your average macro.

Nothing amazing about Sapporo Draft. Better than a normal American macro, and it would certainly go nicely with spicy Asian food. Not much to say beyond that.

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