Brewed by Sapporo Breweries
Style: Pale Lager
Tokyo, Japan


on tap

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RATINGS: 1645   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.23/5   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
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.

   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.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
sayravai (4700) - 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.

   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.

   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..

   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.

   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.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
envane (568) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2004
Sweetish malt/corn, faint metal/chemical taste, faint hops. One of the least offensive beers of this style.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Spanner (60) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - FEB 3, 2004
A superb Bitterness, and that wrought-iron-steel can taste and nice big cans to boot! Bloody lovely. Spanner.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
piscator34 (2181) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 2, 2004
Light yellow colour, and quite fizzy. Not a ton of flavor, but there's nothing especially wrong or offensive about it either. Perhaps a half-step up from you typical North American mass produced product.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 5/20
Jedsbrew (465) - Rhineland, Missouri, USA - FEB 2, 2004
Pale gold in color with a decent head and a vague spicy aroma that may have just been the aftershave I splashed on this morning. To me this beer seemed even more "light" than American lo-cals and it was easier to just imagine flavor than to actually find any.

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