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Sapporo Original Draft Beer | Sapporo Breweries Ltd.

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2.94/5
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493 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Sapporo Breweries Ltd.
Japan
sapporobeer.jp

Style: Japanese Rice Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-24-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#44,276
Reviews:
105
Ratings:
493
pDev:
21.43%
Bros Score:
3.35
 
 
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Ratings: 493 |  Reviews: 105
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2/5  rDev -32%

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2.25/5  rDev -23.5%

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3/5  rDev +2%

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2.5/5  rDev -15%

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3.25/5  rDev +10.5%

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3.15/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's a pretty good beer considering the style, ingredients, and origins. It's tough to get this one right. Its light and refreshing. Pours a thin straw color with descent carbonation that fades quickly. A little lacing, but nothing to get excited about. Faint aromas of light vegetables, grain, sweetness, and hops. Flavors are lightly citrusy, grainy, and sweet. Body is fair for style. Light by BA standards, but medium for a lager in firmness, texture, and creamyness. Finishes very crisp, yet not overly dry. Mildly alcoholic and hop flavored. It's not that this is a great beer, but there are no obvious flaws.

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3.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

To the best of my ability, I've only ever been able to find the "Original" draft beer in a 22 oz. can. I've often wondered if it's the same beer that comes in the sharp looking embossed bottle with the shiny black & two-color gold label. The can advertises ceramic filtration, but the bottles only say "cold filtered"... all beer is filtered cold! So I did a side by side tasting. The color and head retention appear to be the same, although the beer from the can is slightly hazy (and may have to do with the age of the sample). The light "beer" aroma appears to be the same with the exception that there may be a little skunkiness in the bottled sample. The flavor also appears to be the same, although the mouthfeel of the canned beer is a little smoother. So, in conclusion, it's my belief that if there is any difference between the two beers it's simply in filtration and packaging. A decent beer, but nothing special.

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1.75/5  rDev -40.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -15%

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2/5  rDev -32%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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3.5/5  rDev +19%

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3.25/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3/5  rDev +2%

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2.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a can into a pilsner, the beer is an extremely light, pale, clear, yellow coloring with a tall, foamy, light, white head. Roasty and grainy aromas, but light overall. Flavors are light, with a grainy profile, and a slight lemon highlight. The aftertaste is toasty and slightly cereal, with a crisp, clean finish. About what is expected from a rice brew.

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1.18/5  rDev -59.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I could blame the can, or maybe this sample was less than fresh, but here goes, my experience with Sapporo-in-a-can...
Clear, pale golden color, large fluffy white head. Aroma actually reeks of adjuncts, definitely smells of corniness. Dry, mineraly, notes of straw and grain, and slight sweet undertones. Mouthfeel is rough and unpleasant. Each sip draws my face into a wince, and that's definitely not a good sign. Very hollow, with a finish I can only describe as obnoxious. At the end, an unexpected and bizarre blast of heat comes through, adding to what amounts to an extraordinarily unpleasant beer drinking experience.
22oz. can, which I had to dump not halfway through. I didn't have this much trial when I'd consumed the bottled version!
Blech!
Blech!
and what else?
Bleeech!!!!

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3.97/5  rDev +35%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12/07/04- Purchased at Trader Joes in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- 22 oz can with no freshness date. Poured into a large 24 oz beer mug.

Appearance- Pours a light yellow with a large white bubbly head that soon disappears and next to no lacing.

Smell- Very clean. Not much scent. Rice and maybe a bit of malt and hops.

Taste- I have always thought of Sapporo as one my favorite thirst quenchers during the summer months. Yet, by many it gets a bad rap. Definite rice taste, and kind of sweet and dry at the same time. You can taste some hops and a little malt. Very crisp and refreshing.

Mouthfeel- Very high level of carbonation, but when drank cold, I don't give a crap. It's serves it's purpose. Quenching my thirst.

Drinkability- I could drink these things all day while working in the yard, etc...It's a beer you have to drink cold though. I don't know what it would taste like warmed up and I don't want to find out.

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2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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3.28/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer served in a shaker pint, beer is yellow clear with a big white head of small and medium bubbles, some lacing, moderate to high carbonation.

Aroma is sweet, nothing else.

Beer is medium to light in body and sweet throughout, The finish is mildly dry and not too bad. All of these Sapporo beers are identical IMO. Just different cans.

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2.5/5  rDev -15%

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2/5  rDev -32%

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2.38/5  rDev -19%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Drank straight from can.
Smell of old malt, citrus and grain. The can shape didn't help much on the chug-a-lug factor
A rice beer, eh? Yep, that's the central taste. Light, acidic, some citrus or...lychees?
Hops are not found, body is light and is drinkable.

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2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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3/5  rDev +2%

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2.92/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a pale gold color with a spotty white lace head. The aroma is sweet almost like a weak hefe. I guess it's from the yeast because it looks like nothing but pale malts. The taste is not that good. It is extremely watery with little malt flavor. It has a refreshing finish, but it lacks any real character. The mouthfeel is average. It is a low bodied beer with low carbonation. It drinks not too well. It is a lousy lager.

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3.18/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Comes in a straw yellow color.

The taste is quite refreshing and works great with the umami of Japanese food. The adjunct in here isn't too strong, like some other American adjunct lagers.

There is a good maltiness and lacks hoppiness. However, the drinkability makes it a go to for me as an adjunct lager.

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Sapporo Original Draft Beer from Sapporo Breweries Ltd.
Beer rating: 2.94 out of 5 with 493 ratings
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