Sapporo Draft One

Formerly brewed at Sapporo Breweries
Style: Pale Lager
Tokyo, Japan


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RATINGS: 24   MEAN: 1.84/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.03/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Note: Replaced by "Draft One Sharp and Clear" in 2012 or so...

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yenbeer (188) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 5, 2015
The classic daisan, this one is very light and very easy to drink. Couple that with very cheap and you might have a winner.

petewhitley (566) - Nagoya, JAPAN - NOV 17, 2013
~This review was made some time ago via another application, and thus the specific details (beyond numerical scores) are no longer available~

GarrettB (1601) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 24, 2012
January 31st, 2011 - The Japanese wikipedia page for the Sapporo Draft One has a voluminous amount to say about this beer, which is strange because there’s not a lot to taste. Sweet and corny in the aroma, with a very thin palate, and and even thinner flavor of corn, there’s not much here to recommend it. The wikipedia page talks about this beer’s grain composition and how it’s been fit to comply with Japanese law, but whatever the legal and comestible vagaries, this is just another one of the light, pale lager offerings choking beer shelves in Japanese grocery stores.

Ernest (7697) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2011
Can (rated Apr 2008). Head is mostly diminishing. Body is light to medium yellow. Aroma is lightly malty (grain, husks), trace hops (flowers), with a strong note of DMS. Flavor is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter, husky, unclean. Light body, watery texture, fizzy carbonation. In a word, horrible. This is gutter-swillin’ brew.

Stew41 (2025) - Phuket, THAILAND - JUN 22, 2011
Better than expected which in reality means I had very low expectations. Weird citrus note runs right through the nose and palate with a nutty almond tinged edge. Like I said weird. As others have noted hard to believe it holds 5%. Most likely constructured for that part of the market that doesn’t actually like beer.

littledriel (3) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 14, 2010 does not count
As a long time beer drinker, I’ve only recently been introduced to the idea of beer rating as a serious pursuit. Therefore, I’m extra ashamed to say that my first real ’rated’ beer is this bizarre ’’juice in a can’’, sold in Japan, in place of a real beer. Hopefully there will be many, many more reviews to come which will do honor to my beer-rating-sensei.

Appearance: light, golden color, like straw on a summer’s day. Or slightly watered-down apple juice. Virtually no head, even with a violent pour, and the little, nearly snow-white, head there was dissipated immediately. Very, very lightly carbonated - only a few tiny streams of bubbles worked their way up the edges of the glass.

Aroma: The most interesting part of this beer is the aroma, which happened to be a particularly poor indicator of taste. Something about it reminds me of a white wine; it has a little of a Chardonnay’s tartness. Lightly fruity, a little citrisy, possibly yeasty, thus increasing the wine-like associations.

Palate: Weak. Little presence, light body. Starts mild, ends even weaker. Almost no carbonation, despite the fact it might actually improve the beer. Little after-taste.

Flavor: A bit appley. Almost crisp on the start, but has a mild finish. Relatively flat flavor curve, the first taste and after taste are nearly indistinguishable. Very, very light -- almost no malty or hoppy notes at all, closest it gets to flavor is being a little citrisy and yeasty.

Overall: Mild, even for a Japanese beer. Would recommend to ... hm. I’d say children, but that’s illegal, sooo, more or less no one. If you like flat and ever-so-slightly citrisy beers, have at!

jgb9348 (6280) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - AUG 4, 2010
Clearish golden coloured body with a thin white head and a bunch of bubbles in the body. Aroma of malt, light caramel and caster sugar. Light-bodied; Very mild malty flavour with a lot of sweetness and almost nothing else - super mild! Nice finish with no bitterness, no metal flavours and just a sweet finish that goes down really easily! Overall, a surprisingly decent beer, with only sweetness leftover from the taste. Worth trying if you are here in Japan - not a bad option at all. I sampled this 33 cL can purchased from a small grocery store in Akasaka, Tokyo, Japan on 04-August-2010.

bartazo (90) - Esztergom, HUNGARY - APR 18, 2010
0,33 literes dobozos kiszerelés. Közepes, nagybuborékos, gyorsan eloszló hab. Kukoricás arany szín. Szénsavas malátás íz, melyből a komló szinte teljesen hiányzik. Jellegtelen. íztelen japán tömegsör.

tokyogoat (1503) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 4, 2009
Poured pale yellow with hint of a head. Nose was weak, slightly soapy nose. Taste was bad, gagged a little trying to drink it down. tastes like a blend of an old Heineken and hot dog piss.

shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 13, 2009
Pours a pale yellow color with a white head. Aroma is malty, citrus, honey, and slightly floral. Flavor is malty, citrus, honey, and a light floral finish.

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