Brewed by Sapporo Breweries
Style: Pale Lager
Tokyo, Japan


on tap

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RATINGS: 1710   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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Stew41 (2068) - 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 ’zest’ 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 (5619) - 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). Don’t 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 (2627) - 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 it’s 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 I’ve 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. Doesn’t 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 can’t 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.

noisycricket (11) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 16, 2004
well balanced beer with good carbonation. Taste of grainy corn hit 1st, followed by the sting from the hops. ends with grainy almost rice notes. Asolid brew overall.

JoeMcPhee (9517) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 6, 2004
Pale golden colour, large rocky head that fades leaving a bit of lace. Warty aroma, slightly sweet. Similar flavour with a bit of corn. Nothing special, but at least it isn’t skunked.

BennyTicklez (621) - USA - OCT 31, 2004
Pours yellow with almost no head. Low flavor all around. Taste almost resembles a dortmunder. Poor.

jcc83 (137) - Athens, Georgia, USA - OCT 30, 2004
Another Japanese recipe contract-brewed in North America. Similar to others I’ve tasted, this Japanese brew pours a light golden with a soapy white head. Aroma is light and slightly skunky, with hints of hops. Flavor is reminiscent of an American pale lager, only cleaner. Crisp and refreshing, and a good companion for food.

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