Japanese Name: サッポロ –０℃(マイナスレイド)
Release: Jul. 7, 2015
Type: Happousei （発泡性）
Purchase Price: ￥143 @7-eleven
One of Sapporo’s newest summer releases in the new genre category is -0°, pronounced “my-na-sue ray-doe” in Japanese. Its name comes from the aging process in which the brew is kept at between -1 to 0 degrees Celsius, a process which creates a sharp taste and keeps unwanted flavors at bay. As with other beers in this new “zero” degree class, the manufacturers state to not put the cans in the freezer. Just be sure to freeze your glass for ultimate satisfaction.
Pours the usual golden lager color in the glass, it does have an unusually long-staying head, holding a hint of maltiness on the nose. The first gulp is quite smooth at the start, but holds a tangy, ethyl-like bitterness that progresses across the palate. The finish, however, is nice and clean. Otherwise, there’s not terribly much more to report on the flavor-side.
All said and done, Sapporo’s Minus Rei-do is just so-so. It is standard new genre fare with not much that stands out. I do feel that there are better tasting brews in this category, so I cannot give this one high marks.