Brewed by Sapporo Breweries
Style: Pale Lager
Tokyo, Japan


on tap

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RATINGS: 1738   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.24/5   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
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Marketed as Sapporo Draft Beer in Japan, and as Premium Beer in North America.
Abv ranges from 4.7% to 5% abv depending on market.
Sapporo Premium Beer for the North American market is brewed by Sleeman in Guelph, which is owned by Sapporo.
For the European market, it is brewed under licence in Europe.

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nick76 (4399) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 5, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2007 As expected this one has a rice malt flavor with light hops that go well with oriental foods. Just a little too thin. The one I had did not seem as weak as some of the others listed here but still way too thin to say it had any character.

joergen (27983) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - JAN 2, 2005
Clear yellow beer with small white head. Malty aroma with notes of hops. The flavour is dominated by hops. Nice with japanese food.

ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 1, 2005
Thin, light yellow, ricey lager, gentle (if any) hops. Best enjoyed with sushi, as the crispy flavorlessness is not designed to be consumed on its own. Enjoyed chilled in the 22 oz bomber can at Fuji-Ya in Minneapolis.

DeepBlack (386) - Derby, Derbyshire, ENGLAND - DEC 30, 2004
In a bottle from a "Lagers of Europe" Christmas Present. Mine was 4.7% (but canít find one of that strenght listed so íll go for this one). Pale golden yellow colour. Very fizzy, very bland. Not very good beer :(

Stew41 (2021) - Phuket, THAILAND - DEC 29, 2004
Bog standard look ans smell: light amber / gold with larger / faint malty notes on the nose. Veyr high fizz in the mouth, and as per usual with these mainstream guys the refreshing ízestí makes it very tough to pick any clear flavour characters. Actually bugger all happening flavour wise although it does quench the thirst quite well. Makes Asahi look very good.

hayduke (5188) - Eureka, California, USA - DEC 28, 2004
Bottle. This is not the first time that my bottle was somewhat different from the one in the photo. Mine says Premium Beer, where the photo says Draft Beer But this is the closest one so I will go with it. Bland, pale yellow, no head to speak of. When I studied the label carefully, I noticed this was actually brewed in Canada. In any case this is not as good as Bud, and that is saying a lot (in the sense of not saying much). Donít bother. Tap water is better.

wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - DEC 17, 2004
Not a very good beer. I remember this one having like no taste or carbonation. It goes down easy, but that is all you can really say about it. Not very impressive.

Bockyhorsey (2628) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 23, 2004
This beer was in my World Class beer case I bought from Costco. Found it be jast an average beer compare to Miller or Bud

clong83 (285) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 17, 2004
Another one that goes well with sushi, but not as well as Kirin. And this one is even worse as a stand alone beer. Thin, no head, watery. Refreshing, though, and not bad if itís hot out and you are thirsty.

JakeFr5150 (23) - Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2004
650 ml Can: Lets be honest - the only really great thing about Sapporo Draft is that awesome can. Those things are nearly bulletproof. Good luck denting one... Anyway, basically this has nothing really special that sets it appart from any other American Style brew. As I busted open this double deuce, I was hit by a slightly aromatic floral scent - not sure what that was all about really. Anyway, pours probably one of the palest colors of yellow Iíve ever seen in a brew - definitely very poor. Retains a decent head for about 45-50 seconds after pouring, not that I poured it all out anyway - Had to go straight ghetto sipping it from the 22. Taste is thirst quenching, but not all that great really - middle of the road. Somewhere in between Aspen Edge and Beast. Not a flavour explosion for sure. Doesnít really seem to have an overly corny adjunct taste - seems to be 100% rice as expected. No weird aftertastes though, which leads me to think that this is along the same lines as most Japanese "Dry" beers. Lets face it - you really canít expect much from a American Style brew, even if it is Canadian....er.....Japanese. Will drink again when I hit up my next kegger and need a conversation piece for about 2 minutes.

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