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After the US almost blew it against Ghana yesterday in perhaps the worst World Cup performance ever, I decided to celebrate their win with my three bottles of Sapporo: Light, Premium and Reserve. After all, what better way to say USA than with 2 American Lagers!
I threw on my American Flag Bandanna (or Dew-Rag or whatever you cool kids are calling it these days), cut out a few Sapporo Gold Stars and celebrated in fashion. Anyway, these all came in bottles, not the giant silver cans you might have expected. I'm not sure why they started bottling, but perhaps manufacturing that unique can isn't as beneficial as the normal cylindrical 12 ouncer. That is pure speculation though. Here are the results, should you find yourself in the beer aisle one morning before a beach trip.
No head. Sweet, grainy cereal aroma. Heavy cereal grain and rice flavors to start and throughout. There is some light grassy, hoppy balance though this is borderline too sweet. Decent body especially for a light beer. Blech aftertaste that lingers and is the worst part of the beer.
Faint aroma, grain, almost nothing to be found. Grainy flavors, not overly sweet. Floral and grassy hoppiness, a little spicy. Decent medium body. Not horrible but fairly bland, except for the unpleasant strange vegetal finish. Again, no-likey the aftertaste.
Best aroma of the three by far. Buttered toast, light fruit. Richer flavors as well. Toasted malt along with some floral bitterness pretty much sums it up. Good balance. Clean and decent but pretty forgettable. Pick this one if you must.