Japanese Name: サッポロ ラガービール
Release: Dec. 23, 2014
Type: Japanese Beer (ビール)
Purchase Price: ￥292 @Circle K (500mL can)
Released to the convenience stores here in Japan in December was Sapporo Lager Beer, which was has been brewed since 1877. Its pasteurization process is said to produce this beer’s flavor.
As Japanese lagers go, this one from Sapporo is what would probably be the reference point. It’s got some nice malt going on, with lots of acidity and bitterness on the end. The finish isn’t as clean as you’d find in the more recent brews, but that’s the appeal. The nice thing about this lager is how the flavors build. Gulp after gulp, the bitterness and fullness get more intense as you empty your glass. And that, to me, is the genius of the original Japanese lagers.
Sapporo Lager Beer is probably heading off the conbini shelves soon. I grabbed the second to last 500mL can near my home, so check this one out while you can.