Sapporo Original Draft Beer | Sapporo Breweries Ltd.

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Sapporo Original Draft BeerSapporo Original Draft Beer

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Sapporo Breweries Ltd.

Style: Japanese Rice Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-24-2001

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Reviews: 105 | Ratings: 485
Photo of sweemzander
2.34/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

22oz. can poured into a nonic.

(A)- Pours a clear yellow color. Produced a nice fluffy white head. Decent retention and lace.

(S)- Very dry. Mild light malt. Can smell the rice from a mile away.

(T)- Similar to the smell. Dry and mild with subtle sweet rice aspects.

(M)- A crisp carbonation level. Very thin and mild almost to the point of flavorless. Some bitterness does keep it interesting somewhat.

(D)- It fits its style easy enough, but not much really going on with this at all.

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Photo of Sachsenfreude
3.59/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance; crystal clear light yellow. Pale white head with good retention and chunky lacing.

smell; rather ordinary. Mild cereal grains and flower pollen hops. A little sweetness, mirin comes to mind but that just might be me associating this beer with rice.

taste; slightest bit of sweet rice upfront but finishes with a strong grainy malt flavor. The hops are quite pleasant, reminding me of Trix™ cereal, as it blends fruits(mostly citrus) nicely with the malts. The slightest bit of alcohol blends with rice flavors, as one taste past the initial grain flavors.

mouthfeel/drinkability; a bit more substance than one would expect for such a light colored beer. Almost creamy but some fizzy qualities thin it out a bit. Quite crisp and refreshing. Really not that good in my opinion but not bad either. I would definitely buy again if I was having some sushi, would make a nice pairing.

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Photo of devinoconnor
3.64/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice light lager color.

Smell is typical of what you would expect to find with a German pilsner, although this one is obviously coming from Japan.

Rather crisp taste and refreshing finish. Very surprising.

Easy drinking beer makes this good for summer. Of course it's a staple at many sushi restaurants as well.

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Photo of magine
3.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a clear light straw yellow. Has a white fluffy head that settles to a lace island. Spattering a bit of lace as the brew goes down. OK looks for the style.

Brew smells of rice, grains... not much else. Underwhelming smell, but probably smells like it is supposed too. Average.

Brew is very light and carbonated; rice, grains. No hops to speak of. Rice and grains are the dominate flavors. Has a sweetness to it as well. Very light and refreshing. The brew goes down easy and leaves not aftertaste. This brew could be used in beer pong or a game of a$$hole for sure. Average tastes - not offensive at all.

The brew is really light and easy drinking, not something I would seek out; this style brew to me is boring. But honestly, I would rather have this then an american macro brew.

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Photo of BeerLover99
2.35/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - straw yellow, little carbonation, head disappears rather quickly, and almost no lacing.

S - very mild smell, slight rice and grain.

T - light, sweet, grain

M - very dry little hop, less than med feel.

D - I tried it and now know I don't like it.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had two bottles with sushi poured into a wine goblet type glass.

Pale yellow and clear with little head or lacing. A few rising bubbles.

Smelled grainy and slightly hoppy, not strongly so.

Tastes very average. A touch of rice over some grain and hops.

Felt good for the style, dry and mildly carbonated.

For a sushi pairing, this beer is fine. By itself I wouldn't buy it, but I'll give it an average rating.

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Photo of jzeilinger
2.88/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a straw yellow color with mild carbonation and minimal head.

S - Light malt grain and extremely light hop aroma. The overall smell is very, very mild.

T - Light sweet malt, mild traces of fruit, and lots of graininess.

M - Grainy, moderate carbonation on the tongue, very crisp, and very dry. Hop bitterness lingers for a minute or so after the fact.

D - Marginal.

I would call this a very good candidate for the beer geek's lawn mower beer. Deserves to be quaffed at a very cold temperature. By itself, I would not enjoy this beer, however, I had it with a big plate of sushi and it was a perfect match.

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Photo of Halcyondays
2.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

22 oz. bomber-sized can, says made in Canada,

A: Pours a pale yellow, with a soapy white head, spotty lacing.

S: Nice grassy noble hop aroma with hints of husky grain.

T: Malt and rice, very light flavor. Budweiser-esque with a little more hop character.

M: Light, fizzy, thin finish.

D: A fair lighter lager, lighter than regular Sapporo or Reserve, basically Budweiser with a Japanese label.

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Photo of taigor
3.18/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into regular glass.

A - Poured transparent golden yellow color with small head that quickly dissipated leaving almost no lacing around the glass.

S - Mostly grains and slight hint of rice scent.

T - Very light hops and grains, mostly very plain and simple.

M - Light bodied with medium carbonation.

D - Not bad, definitely a decent session beer but I would not drink it again.

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Photo of StevenBilodeau
3.7/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a mystery! But finally I got the urge to get this at my job, and take it home. Awesome beer! Nice gold color, sweet malt, foamy white head, decent lacing, floral or buttery taste that lingers, kind of waxy after taste, and very drinkable. This beer is one of the few that I have encountered better out of a can!

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Photo of SargeC
3.8/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear gold with a foamy white head.

Smell: Malt, floral hops and butter.

Taste: Sweet malt with a touch of hops. Slightly sour finish. Dry and clean

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body. Slightly waxy finish.

Drinkablity: Tasty Sapporo brew. Slightly crisper than standard Sapporo. Very easy drinking.

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Photo of sbe1
3.35/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving type: 22oz can.

Appearance: Pale yellow with a quick head that leaves some consistent lace on the glass.

Smell: Mostly clean, some grain, faint hops, faint malt.

Taste: Crisp light citrus with a hint of creaminess, a hint of sweetness with a dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, clean, and refreshing. Light bodied and mild carbonation.

Drinkability: Pretty good for quenching the thirst, light and inoffensive tastewise.

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Photo of RollingRocker
3.9/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden color and has a slight cider smell to it. Tastes grainy with some hops a light apple juice like finish. A nice feel across the palate crisp and refreshing just the right amount of carbonation a very drinkable beer. Overall i could drink more of this beer but could be expensive since i can only find the 22's.


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Photo of ruckus232
3.61/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 Ounce Silver can

Appearance: Golden yellow color with decent head and nice lacing.

Smell: Faint smell of grains but not very strong

Taste: Crisp with a good amount of carbonation. There is a good bitterness to it but not overwhelming and the taste remains for a while.

Comment: This beer is refreshing and light with a good mouthfeel and drinkability. A good beer, plus the can is pretty unique.

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Photo of Cylinsier
2.95/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light clear gold with a small head that doesn't retain too well.

The smell is underwhelming. Hints of rice and hops.

The taste is fairly good. Rice again. Not very much hops. The grains come through though. A little more crisp and dry than other Japanese lagers.

Mouthfeel has a light zing from the carbonation. Thin, but not water thin.

A pretty good beer for the style anyway. Easy to throw back a couple with some sushi or tenpura. Not going to blow anyone away though.

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Photo of projectflam86
2.11/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A- Very clear light yellow color with a decent white head with ok retention. Some lacing.

S- Smells of rice and a little bit of hops

T- Tastes a mixture of ricey metallic with little complexity. Nothing special.

M- Decent carbonation but not as smooth as I thought it would be.

D- Overall I wasn't impressed. It tasted like a ricey version of the American Macro light beers.

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Photo of cpn920
2.64/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The can that it comes in is it's best attribute IMO, really cool looking can. The color was pale as expected. I didn't note a real distinct flavor that would make it enjoyable to me. Mouth feel was pleasant and finished dry. For it's style it certainly is right on and in the right circumstance, such as a sushi restraunt it has it's place. Just not a favorite style for me.

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Photo of EatsTacos
2.7/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My girlfriend digs this beer, and I've had it a few times.

The appearance makes me sad. Straw yellow, no head, no lacing

Smell: n/a

Taste: dry

Mouthfeel: not bad, very smooth, thin, light body

Drinkable: very

If there was a score for making the beer bland and taste like nothing: 5/5

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Photo of Rennpferd
4.28/5  rDev +46.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It poured a golden straw color with a nice three finger head. Minimal activity could be seen, but the head left some great lacing behind as it retreated.

It had that alcohol/rice smell that I typically attribute to a rice brewed product. There was a nice sweet undetone.

Very neutral, no real taste at first. It then gave way to a light pseudo malt flavor, I was not expecting that out of a rice beer.

There was a little bit of a metallic aftertaste that I find typical when drinking beer stored in a can. (It's not the brewers fault that the distributor only provides a beer in one type of container. I will not take this into account when I score the beer.)

It had a great mouthfeel. Crisp, cool, refreshing. Wet and light with a nice back of the palate dry finish.

A little different. But I could drink a couple of these in a sitting.

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Photo of Greggy
3.42/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Nice yellow color with a touch of sediment. Good 1 fingre head that is slow to recede.

S- Floral, nice malty bouquet, lemon, apricot, touch of lime.

T- Very thin to start, but smooth with slight maltiness, and slight lime finish.

M- Pretty watery, but smooth.

D- If paired with food or a hot day, it would be pretty sessionable, but this is must a touch to thin.

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Photo of Beerislife652854
3.83/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had one 22-ounce can with lunch today at Bentara Malaysian Restaurant in the Ninth Square.

Pours a clear yellowish off-gold color into a standard pint glass. Nice thick head that lasts a while and laces the glass nicely. I found the taste surprisingly sweet and mellow. The aroma is floral and somewhat malty.

This was the first time I've tried Japanese rice lager beer, but after trying this style, I'm looking forward to trying different brands to compare them.


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Photo of ElGrecoVerde
3.32/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I usually expect easy-to-find import lagers to stink, but this isn't so bad.

Pours an unenthusiastic yellow.

Smell and taste are both grainy the whole way through. Lots of dry rice flavors in there with a solid crispness bringing it all together. There's really no complexities to this beer, and it's kind of nice. It's very humble.

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Photo of Floydster
2.58/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Tall can from my friend's fridge

Pretty dark brown when poured into mug with a thick head that resembbled a mixture of soap and water

Smell was decent and rice took over the senses in taste as well

Taste does not last long because it is a pretty dry beer

Could drink more than one of these if desired

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Photo of BeerDreadz
2.78/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I buy this beer today,does not have any date on the bottle and other thing that i found interesting is that the bottle says "japan's oldest brand" but the one that i have was brew in Canada.. I put the beer on a mug. It have a gold color with a white head that leaves inmediatlyThe smell is nothing to be impress about.Good taste ,i taste like honey just i little bit but is there. This beer would be good will fish. I would drink this beer again.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.2/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank it at my favorite sushi restaurant. Asian beer with asian food is a must. Poured from the large bottle a pale straw color. Lots of bubbles and a very quick fading head. No lacing at all.

Not much of an aroma. Light malts if anything.

Again, maybe lightly malty but overall not much taste.

Very light and crisp with a macro lager blandness and highly carbonated.

This is maybe one step above the American macros which isn't saying much. If it wasn't for the sushi I probably wouldn't drink it.

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