Japanese Name: サッポロ アイス ラガー
Release: Jul. 20, 2011
Purchase Price: ￥105 @Aeon
In this summer heat, Japanese beer drinkers want a refreshing clean tasting beverage, which is what Sapporo Ice Lager is trying to provide. Information from its website states that the aging process occurs below 0 degrees Celsius, and that they’ve increased the carbonation content.
The first gulp out of the can you can really feel the carbonation, and it’s actually refreshing on a hot day (or night). Flavorwise, Sapporo Ice Lager is very light, no malt, no hopps, just a clean “beer-like” flavor, think Bud-Lite back in the US. It does have a hint of citrus on the front, squeeze a lime into it an you’ll have a cheap Corona replacement.
To beat the heat of the Japanese summer, there’s nothing like a tall “jokki” of Japanese draft beer at a beer garden. But these days, with most people trying to make the most of their hard earned yen, Sapporo’s new happousei will certainly help you beat the heat. Ice Lager’s light clean taste will have you sucking down your third and fourth before you can say, “Thank you ma’am, may I have another?”