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Brewed by Sapporo Breweries
Style: Pale Lager
Tokyo, Japan

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 1629   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.23   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Marketed as Sapporo Draft Beer in Japan and Europe, and as Premium Beer in North America.
Some of Sapporo’s production for the North American market is produced by Sleeman in Guelph, which is owned by Sapporo.


1.4
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 29, 2004
Not bad looking... decent head, clear gold body. No real aroma though. Maybe the glass was inhibiting the nose. Served ice cold so hard to pick apart the flavor. But I'd hate to drink it warmer. Its taste wasn't as bad as Miller, but not good either. Was a bit watery, a little sweet. I'll have to try it with my meal next time.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
DKlovesbeer (172) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - FEB 29, 2004
Has a nice golden body with a white head that quickly fades. Aroma is fresh and smooth. Flavor is mostly sweet with a tad of bitterness in the finish. This beer is the perfect compliment to a good Japanese meal.

2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - FEB 28, 2004
If this is their "Premium," I have *no* interest in anything else they make. Pours a clear yellow with a thin white head that doesn't last very long. Minimal lacing. It goes downhill from here. Smells like any other macro but just a touch sweeter. Taste isn't quite as bad as most US macros, but it still sucks for a lager. And it's getting worse as it warms. Mouthfeel is fuller than most macros but still not much. Drinkability only scores if my my choice is this or another macro. Save your money.

1.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
becksgenius (110) - Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2004
I probably should just cut and paste my response for all the japanese beers. clear light and fizzy. not much going on there are a lot better out there. but with japanese food its great.

1.8
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 20, 2004
This was pretty bad but there are mitigating circumstances for the final score. I have to admit that while this beer accompanied my wonderful East Indian dinner feast it was not too bad. I also have memories of this being a refreshing beer I had in Japan out of a vending machine at the top of a lengthy mountain trail (sounds odd I realize....) Anyway, once the memory faded and the dinner was done it quickly went back to being a sub-standard watery lager. One of the classic examples of a really bad beer in a really cool bottle...err...can.

1.7
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
sayravai (4691) - Helsinki, FINLAND - FEB 16, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2007 (Bottled, brewed under license in the EU, 4.7% ABV). Clear golden with a medium, firm and reasonably lasting head. Very mild, slightly sweet-corny-malty aroma with no traces of hops, but some metallicity. Metallic, neutral, corny-malty, lightly grassy-hoppy flavor with no hop bite in the finish, but a long, dry and hayish-hoppy aftertaste. Light-bodied, somewhat acidic palate with high, and a bit sharp carbonation. A very boring lager, and waaay overpriced (3.69 EUR), as it’s brewed in the EU.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ExtraGoldJake (9) - Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2004 does not count
Sample - 22oz Can. You all know this one. Its the one with the fantastic can. The can that is ribbed and practically bulletproof. I've tried denting and smashing one before - it can't be done. But enough about the can 'eh. This brew has got a few other things going for it as well. While it is an American Standard type brew and shouldn't be anything too spectacular, it is still pretty decent. Pop the top and you are hit with an almost aromatic array of floral scents - smells like this is made with tulips or something. Pours a dark yellow urinesque color, but not totally unappealing. Little to no head. Some carbonation exists, giving this beer a little bite. Taste is pretty decent. Basically tastes like a Grolsch without the skunky smell. Has a little other bite to it that I can't place - reminiscent of Sake. Perhaps because rice is an adjunct. Aftertaste is a little sour, but not unpleasant. Reminds me of water with lemon. Basically, an all around ok beer. Nothing to special, but not at all offensive. The downside of this is that it is an import, thus a little too pricey for what you are getting. Basically, the occasional double-deuce is ok of it, but I wouldn't make it a weekly affair. Overpriced for what you get. At least the can is cool.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Michael Tuguigui (16) - concord, Ontario, PHILIPPINES - FEB 14, 2004
nice taste its like a beer i can drink normal with anything mostly sushi nice golden yellow color make u wanna drink it yam..

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - FEB 10, 2004
bottle: have drank this several times at the sushi retstaraunt. crisp and clean pale yellow color with white head, bity carbonation. has slight bitter malt taste. typical of this style and adjunct city...rice of course. easy to drink with your sushi and to back up your sake.

2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
mutant (854) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - FEB 5, 2004
Finally capitulated and paid $7.99 for a silver can. Everything about this beer is slight except the price. Faintly hoppy aroma. Slightly sweet taste, slight aftertaste. Bit of a taste of the can.


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