164. Sapporo

Posted: December 11, 2012 in Australian ales
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Sapporo - BOTTLESapporo
Japanese_flag - SMALL

Company info:
Brewed under supervision of Sapporo Breweries LTD
Tokyo, JAPAN
by Coopers Brewery Ltd


Bottle size sampled: 355 mL

Alcohol: 5%
Standard drinks: 1.4

Cap type: Twist

Cost: I picked this up for $3.99 AU

Label info: ‘A masterpiece of the brewer’s art
Sapporo Premium Beer was originally brewed in 1876 by Japanese brewmaster Seibei Nakagawa. Trained in Germany, Seibei had a true passion for his craft. With authentic brewing techniques and quality local ingredients, he developed a perfectly balanced golden lager”

What the label really means: Brilliant work Seibei. I look forward to sampling your work even if this one has been made in Australia.

The Hell-Cat review starts here

Label: I’ve always been a fan of the big metallic golden star on the front of Sapporo labels. It’s bold and gutsy. It’s surrounded by a border of matte silver and this serves to make the label really pop off the bottle. There’s not much to the label but it’s really quite effective.

I give it a label rating of 6.5 out of 10.

AROMA: Zesty, citrussy fresh. Smells good.

Sapporo - GLASS

Taste: GLASS – It’s refreshingly zesty, light on the palate yet fulfillingly all-mouthed gutsy. It’s a tad dry and this is becoming more evident with each sip. There’s nothing amazing with this brew that will elevate it out of generic lager territory, and for that reason it’s a tad disappointing  but it’s still a fine drop to drink.

I give it a beer from glass rating of 6.5 out of 10.

Taste: BOTTLE – Pretty much the same flavours emerge from the bottle as they did from the glass, only now they seem to be condensed a tad. It’s still drinkable and quite refreshing but I suggest you stick to the glass.

I give it a taste from bottle rating of 6 out of 10.

Accompanying food: Beef – this would sit well with a nice chunky steak.

Best season to appreciate: Yep another Summer brew.

All-nighter beer? I feel the dryness is really starting to take over with each step. I don’t know that I could handle the dryness all night.

NEXT WEEK: Red Bitter (yes that beer at the back of the fridge that you’ve always been too afraid to try)

  1. Diddlysquat says:

    I like to call the cans ‘silver bullets’. Six of them have the stopping power of a .45 ACP.
    Agreed on the dryness, it’s super dry. I’m yet to meet an undry Jap beer, perhaps with the exception of Suntory.


  2. Radio Snivins says:

    I’m less than cock-a-doodle-doo with this stuff. It reminds me of Jap porn – all the good bits have been pixelated out, and a fantastic fellow is forced to squint, which is little more than a, no pun intended, stop-gap measure. Still, it is 5%, and a journey of a thousand hangovers begins with a single ALC/VOL. Nine out of ten.


    • Radio Snivins says:

      My junta of foozling minions have bought it to my attentsh that the ‘silver bullet’ Sapporo I glugged – fantastically sturdy tinny by the way – is actually Canadian. That is, it’s made in Canadia, under licence. This being a review of South Australian Sapporo renders my above twod anti-oojy. I shall re-glug and re-twod at the first poss …


  3. Fran says:

    Nice work. I think I have done an all-nighter on the giant cans, but never the bottle


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