oldmonk420 (26) - New York, USA - JUN 30, 2004
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
A PERFECT beer!! Besides Tsingtao beer which I need to support..hehe A light golden color look. Makes me feel rich when I consume it. Fruity, honey sweet, floral, slight maltiness, some bitterness at the end. Maan this brew is complex!! Nice long ass bubble action in my crystal glass. Japanese sure knows how to make good beer!! I luv it!! Highly recommended!! A+++ to E=mc2 to infinity.
ronaldtheriot (1338) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - JAN 14, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sapporo Reserve has a thick, soapy, slightly off-white head, and a clear, yellow-golden appearance, with lots of streaming bubbles and pretty thick lacing. The aroma is standard lager- barley and water. Taste is sweet, bread, lightly-roasted barley, and a bit of hops for rounding purposes. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Sapporo Reserve finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, mild, and easy drinking. This is a lager the way itís supposed to be, and itís delicious. RJT
foyle (254) - Wyoming, USA - OCT 12, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: pours a thin head that recedes quickly. Lots of streaming carbonation and bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass. Color is a deep golden. Mild lacing.
Aroma: rich aroma of toasted malt, a bit of grassiness and some hop spice. Very pleasant aroma.
Mouthfeel: slightly heavier than most lagers, has a fullness in the mouth feel, almost some wine like characteristics. Finish is dry.
Flavor: nice combination that mirrors the aroma. Toasted white bread, some grassy flavors, and some mild lingering hop bitterness.
rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - MAR 5, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Presentation: It was poured from a tall 22oz can into a mug. The can offers a very brief description but no freshness date or abv.
Appearance: The pour produces a tall white head over a deep golden body with excellent clarity. The head slowly fades and just keeps a small cap tight foam till the last sip. It also makes some cool lace pattern on the glass.
Smell: It has a raw grain with a straw and light floral like hop bouquet. Overall itís light, simple and very clean.
Taste: The flavor profile has the same clean grain and straw/floral hop mix with a dry biscuity finish. Its light to body is refreshing and well carbonated.
Notes: Itís a good clean lager and an uplifting palate cleanser opposite my pineapple fried rice.
sanmiguel (118) - Illinois, USA - APR 4, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mmm. Iíve had Sapporo Reserve many times during my first year in university. Four or five cans of this will complete your night! Oh right, the taste. Sapporo Reserve had a grassy taste, with a clean, refreshing, astringent finish. Adequate carbonation. It wasnít that watery though. No skunky scent. A shame that I did not complement this with Japanese food, as I chugged this down numerous times!
generallee08 (717) - New York, USA - SEP 23, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The pour produces a tall white head over a deep golden body with excellent clarity. The head slowly fades and just keeps a small cap tight foam till the last sip. It also makes some cool lace pattern on the glass. It has a raw grain with a straw and light floral like hop bouquet. Overall itís light, simple and very clean. The flavor profile has the same clean grain and straw/floral hop mix with a dry biscuity finish. Its light to body is refreshing and well carbonated.
dropkickm79 (53) - Oklahoma, USA - MAY 11, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
this is some good stuff. goes down smooth and has a good flavor. id reccommend this to anyone
Nekronos (3646) - Xalapa, MEXICO - AUG 15, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 3, 2006 INteresting, and nice too, better than the normal Sapporo beer. I liked but it is very heavy to drink it all. NIce.
TheBeerLover (1025) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 25, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sapporo Reserve is a very well done beer. The label states that this beer is brewed with "the finest barley and European hops". That is not surprising, German brewers were sent to Japan in the latter half of the 19th Century to teach the Japanese how to brew beer. This Germanic influence can be seen today in Japanese beer styles, most notably in "black beer", a German style of dark lager that has survived in Japan, and is still being brewed there to this day.(see my review of Sapporo Stout for details.) Sapporo Reserve is not a schwarzbier, but is more along the lines of a malty German helles, bordering on maibock.
Sapporo Reserve pours to a beautiful, bright, golden color with a nice white head, and a lively carbonation. The nose on this beer is very enjoyable. Really nice aromas of malt marry with some grassy hop aromatics. The palate is firm, good pale malt flavors are round and clean on the tongue. This beer finishes with more good malt character and is balanced with some good, dry hop bitterness. This is a very balanced beer. The label states "malt liquor", which translates that its abv is higher, Iím guessing around 6-7% avb.
I enjoyed this beer very much, it reminded me of a good malty helles style beer poured at Oktoberfest in Germany, or even a Maibock. The emphasis on the label was European hops, but the malt character of this beer impressed me the most. Hops are there, but only to balance. I would match this beer with Japanse fare such as sushi, or perhaps grilled fish or chicken.
superspak (2840) - Michigan, USA - SEP 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle into lager glass, K3012G bottle code. Pours fairly crystal clear bright gold color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of lemon, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of pale malt, earthy hop, and light yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, cracker, biscuit, light honey, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and robustness of pale malt, earthy hops, and light yeast ester flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Flavors are very clean as well with no overly estery yeast notes. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and clean mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with no warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice pale lager style. Good balance and robustness of pale malt, earthy hops, and light yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.