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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Photo of zuggy9
3.35/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is my choice whenever I have Japanese food, or even just some sushi. This rice lager pours and light pale yellow with a quick head and plenty of carbonation. It's good with a lot of rice and a clean scent. The taste is clean and a bit sweet, a fantastic compliment to sushi, tempura or teriyaki. Very refreshing and it balance out wasabi perfectly. Quite drinkable and I'll usually put away a couple of these with some good toro, uni and ikura!

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Photo of thefenst
2.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light straw color, with little head. Slightly sweet, reminded me mostly of an American macro lager, except with more carbonation, which created an interesting, crisp mouthfeel. Malts are evident in the smell and taste. Good when very cold. Props to Sapporo on the bullet can, and making a decent rice lager.

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Photo of Absumaster
2.65/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A golden, bright beer with a very small head. The beer looks like apple juice.

Smell of grains or adjuncts like corn or rice. Pretty fresh and sort of perfumy smell that I have never smelled before, something like fresh ground coriander.

Taste was grainy like corn or rice. I would call this a green taste, very little bitter and aftertaste is dry. Every sip this beer is starting to bore me more and I can't imagine drinking this all night.

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Photo of teg8612
2.88/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a pale yellow with a small head. Heavily carbonated as the bubbles didn't stop flowing for 15 minutes.

S- Very clean smelling. Husky with RIce smell. Little skunk.

T&M- Sweater and not as dry as Asahi. Very clean, light malt and low bitterness. I don't think it goes as well with food as Asahi does but that's just my opinion since Asahi doesn't mask or accentuate the flavors of foods. Tons of carbonation but light bodied.

D- If I wasn't eating Hibachi, I wouldn't normally drink Japanese Lagers. This is fine for mass consumption but I will stick with domestics for that since these can be spendy. Asahi is better for food IMHO but try both or Kirin to find what you like most.

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Photo of sammy44
3.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tried this at a Thai place that was out of Tsingtao. Not a bad beer. I think I preferred this greatly over Asahi.

Pours a hugely carbonated pale yellow that is transparent. Nothing really exciting about it. Not a lot of nose, a little citrus but mostly a clean aroma (probably because of the rice).

Tasted good and clean, a little sweet and a little citrus. Very refreshing, especially when drank with a sticky hot Thai dish (I had this with my shrimp coconut soup and red curried duck).

Lots of fizz in the mouth from the extreme carbonation. I kind of liked it.

Very drinkable, I could have had several but since we were just out for dinner I had to settle for two.

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Photo of ernie
3.85/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Posh alu 22 oz can with a gold star on it. Pale yellow color, high level of carbonation, head spectacular but short-living.

Smell malty with a little hint of hops, herbs and lime.

Fizzy itchy start, then the malts step in and a bit later you begin to feel the citric accent. Body firm, very dry, complex with a strong herbal element towards finish. Finish dry, with a delightful fruit accent.

Best Japanese beer I ever had.

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Photo of maddamish
2.75/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not a bad little beer for being a rice lager. Not much to report however. There was however a hint of sweetness that presented itself after it warmed up a bit. The sort of taste you get when drinking a Miller.

Highlights: It isn't offensive. It is better than most rice lagers. A little sweetness to make it slightly interesting. But not much.

Lowlights: It was yellow, fizzy and devoid of any real smelling or tasting notes.

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Photo of laituegonflable
2.15/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Huge carbonation - looks so much like a soft drink it isn't funny. Hopefully it don't taste like it looks. Reminds me of that godawful Monteith's Summer Ale. Beer colour. No head.

Smells very lagery. Standard bitter nose.

Man, it tastes so lagery. Standard and bitter. Chilled and drinkable. Boring and beering. Cheese and whiskers.


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Photo of PBRstreetgang
2.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours pale straw, with an slightly imperfect clarity. Soapy two and a half-finger head, fades quickly to dismal lacing. Clean nose, some rice adjunct possible. Pale malt taste, with plenty of rice adjunct flavor. Aftertaste is dry, with a husky astringency that has a bite to it; yet not quite harsh. Both tiny flowing and rapid and large chunky bubbles make a high carbonation in a thinnish body. Mouthfeel is somewhere between crisp and rough. Finishes clean with a touch of rice adjunct but fairly drinkable for a rice lager.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
2.38/5  rDev -18.8%
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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Photo of joecast
2.4/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

clear light/pale straw color. think apple juice. firm stable white head. almost no carbonation.

very faint aroma. some slight fruit, im thinking peaches??

rather clean tasting. sort of light vinegary twang (acetic acid?) in the finish. some fruit characteristic again too. not terribly enjoyable.

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Photo of hero27
1.18/5  rDev -59.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle.

Pours a clear yellow/gold color..very little head, what is left recedes to a ring and leaves no lacing. Smell is grainy, macro-ish..but worse..a tinge of bad hops perhaps? borderline metallic aroma and taste, and certainly not appealing in any conceivable way. Light, thin mouthfeel..drinkability could be rather good if you'd had the benefit of having your tastebuds removed before drinking this.
I struggled to down the last half of this beer. Is this the worst beer I've ever had? I'm not sure...but it's definitely a top contender.

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Photo of splunge
4.2/5  rDev +43.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I have saved my first review for this, and I have held back for good reason.
I have held out on reviewing all the other beers I have endured, which is to say that all of the macro beers on the north american continent that I can think of ( canadian, american and mexican). I think this should become the watermark for american (mainly U.S.) macro. Especially since if you have enough to afford them, you can afford this. There isnt nearly as much corn and rice flavor as in the macros, you can let this warm up and sit for a while and its still is palletable, as opposed to the U.S. macros that become undrinkable. Actually there are some that cant be drank unless they are ICE cold. Definantly worth being stocked.

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Photo of packetknife
2.26/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I keep trying this in the hopes that all the friendly suggestions I got for it weren't wrong. It's not a bad beer but it's really inconsistent and doesn't stand out in any setting I've had. Overly carbonated yellow-golder color with a fluffy white head that faded quickly. Nothing but a bit of grass on the nose, really really slight and almost nonexistent. Mostly you smelled acidic bubbles bursting. OK malting and hops but nothing special and each time I've had it, it has varied quite a bit. A bit thin and the carbonation was too much.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.15/5  rDev +7.5%
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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Photo of Rootdog316
2.5/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured light golden yellow in colour, weak white head, not much to the aroma and it didn't excite the palate. It wasn't bad however. Cold it is quite satisfying. It comes in a neat looking silver can shaped somewhat like an hour glass. My first adventure with Japanese beer. Not great but in a pinch if I was thirsty I could drink one of these. Colder the better for this brew."

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Photo of ypsifly
3.71/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the coolest looking 22oz can into a pokal.

Pale gold with a decent white head that shows halfway decent retention and sticks to the glass as it falls.

Smells grainy with slight floral hops paired with a little macro skunk.

Moderate malts and grains paired with enough hop bite to give it balance. Clean, dry finish.

Light mouthfeel, very drinkable.

As far as a dinner beer goes, this one could be versatile as it finishes clean. The smell is the only downside of this brew.

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Photo of Dithyramb
2.5/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: Served in an ice cold oil can at Kawasaki in Fells Point. It was Cinco De Mayo-05/05/05- so why not get me some sushi?

Clear, piss yellow color. Even with the hard pour, a weak bodied white head quickly disipated. No retention and no lacing.

Aroma of malts and sulphuric funk.
Malt, grass, rice, with little bitterness. Lucky to have some interesting rolls and a hefty amount of wasabi, otherwise, the taste buds might fall asleep.
Crisp and clean drinking and finish. The carbonation was slightly spry.
Though not as nasty as some of the beer from Asia, this one is not a favorite. It also isn't useful by itself. It is, however, okay for washing down sushi and for the coolness of the oilcan.

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Photo of beersarang
3.63/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Solid, easily my favorite easy to get Japanese beer.

Pours a pale straw color with a white slightly creamy and foamy head that actually retains! Head holds itself up for a while which gives this beer a boost in appearance.

Smells like rice and a touch of grains here and there.

Tastes a lot like other Japanese beers, but cleaner and drier. Upfront rice and grains with a crisp bitterness. Finishes very smooth, making this one of the best.

Smooth, moderately carbonated, and light bodied. Easy to drink and great with Grilled dishes and raw fish.

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Photo of BuckSpin
2.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I tried this with some sushimi (hey, when in Rome...). This beer is nothing above a typical American macro offering. Pale yellow in color, it did have a odd hard to describe nose. Taste was ...well..if you remember your 1st "beer" way back when, that is what a good version of that beer must have been like. I am sure there are worse, but there is nothing really of note to say, other than it did lighten up and go well with the sushimi.

If you do go out for Japanese, you might as well go the whole 9 yards. But I wouldn't try this stand alone again.

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Photo of Luigi
3.33/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow color with a decend foamy white head. Smells clean with some grains, faint malts and hops. Light carbonated body. No soda like mouthfeel like most American mainstrem lagers. Taste crisp with some hop bitterness, light malts, and cooked grains. Not bad! Not bad at all. Goes great with any Asian cuisine! A higher quality than American premium lagers.

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Photo of TastyTaste
2.11/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

22 oz. can that can presumably be called a metal bomber. Clear light gold color, lots of visible carbonation. Small white bubbly head. Just a layer on top of the beer. Smell is metallic and slightly malty. Taste is thin and grainy, no hops anywhere, with a metallic funk that makes this rather unenjoyable. Just an average, at best, lager. Get it above BMC, but I tend to stay away from Japanese beer brewed in Guelph, Ontario...

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

This was a clear yellow beer with a head under one finger that dissipated very quickly... reminded me of soda. No lacing.

Aroma was of medium bodied malts, definite rice graininess, some aromatic hops.

Taste was crisp and slightly fruity, with a light overlay of bittering hops. Not too strong. But better than many American macros.

Mouthfeel was a bit thin. Drinkability was average... nothing stood out, really.

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Photo of aquaderek
3.25/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a golden color, with a small head that dissipates quickly. On the nose, I get some maltiness. The taste is thrist quenching, with malty characteristics. The mouthfeel is bubbly effervescent. This would be a good beer to pair with a spicy dish, that is probably why it is notorious for the sushi beer. To quench the wasbi flame.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.97/5  rDev +35.5%
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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Sapporo Original Draft Beer from Sapporo Breweries Ltd.
2.93 out of 5 based on 484 ratings.
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