Sapporo White Belg


Japanese Name: サッポロ ホワイトベルグ
Brewer: Sapporo
Release: May 13, 2014
Type: Happousei (発泡性)
Alcohol: 5%
Purchase Price: ¥145 (tax incl.) @7-eleven


Tasting Notes:
(Note: I had not read the can label before taste testing.) Poured into the glass White Belg is the pale straw you’d expect from a wheat beer. It has a very flowery-fresh fragrant aroma, with hints of citrus. The first sip was completely unexpected, full of fresh citrus and something I couldn’t put my finger on. Vanilla? Rose? Only then did I pick up the can which listed orange peel and coriander. The back end has little bitterness, but the flowery notes stick around for a while, too long if you ask me.

Made with 50% Belgian malt, coriander seed, and orange peel, White Belg from Sapporo is definitely a concept brew. It’s nice to try something different once in a while, but White Belg was way over the top on its flowery flavors. I couldn’t help but think floral soap throughout the glass. I have the feeling White Belg is an acquired taste, but I sadly have to pass on a second can.


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3 Responses to Sapporo White Belg

  1. Pingback: Sapporo Gold Belg | Beers of Japan

  2. Jay says:

    As a fan of wheat beers I like this one as a cheap alternative, and also being cheaper than the mainstream beers in Japan.

    • DM says:

      White Belg has been on the shelves forever! It must be fairly popular and well liked. Glad you were able to find a Japanese brew that fits your budget.

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