I decided to go to Japan this afternoon. My wife is out of the country so why not me too? So I got myself a big 650 ml can of Sapporo, but guess what? Although this is one of Japan's oldest brands, around since 1876 according to the can, my trip didn't even get me off the North American continent. This is Sapporo and this is Imported (I'll get to the Premium part in a second), but this beer is Canadian (like Terrance and Phillip)--from Sapporo Brewing Company in Guelph, Ontario, Canada.
The can is cool and unique in shape. The silver bullet of Japan I guess--not aerodynamic like Coors Light because I guess they need something that works well with karate and ninja. Just a theory.
Now that I am almost done with this beer, here's some commentary on it. It is an extremely smooth and easy to drink beer. There is definitely a distinct rice flavor combined with a lemony aftertaste. I'd compare it to the Bud Lights and Coors Lights here but it has a lot more body than that and is not watered down like they are. You can taste some malt as well along with the rice, and not surprisingly, along with the metal flavors the can gave it. A nice beer, a little boring, but above the US mass-production beers you see everywhere.
Regarding the word Premium from the can, well, it's not bad and that's open for discussion. It would be top shelf in some of my college bars. How about half-Premium?
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