For some reason I felt compelled to add this music to this post...

Hello (or "kon ni chi wa") fellow beer-enjoyers, welcome to a new edition of Matt's Beer We Go!  It's been a while, and as noted in my previous wine post, I'm trying to get back into the swing of things, so, no more monkeying around (pun intentional), let's to it!  Bonzai!

First, as always, a little background story.  My friends at Wikipedia note that the brewery originally behind this Japanese beer was founded back in 1876, during the reign of Emperor Meiji.  (That's a freakin' long time ago, just in case you didn't realize.)  Their famed beer was also brewed in that first year, and now Sapporo is a major beer owner and producer, having acquired Canadian brewer Sleeman in 2006.  (In fact, most of the Sapporo beer consumed in North America is made in Canada - thank you globalization!)

*Pop!* (Sound of can opening.)  This lager (I had to actually find that out, as there is no writing on the can of any note describing the product!), coming in a very generous 650 mL can, poured a medium gold colour, and was very effervescent (i.e. bubble-tastic).

The smell, or "nose" as we say in connoisseur circles *cough*,  was a sweet, hoppy, grainy smell; very inviting, and very standard for a lager beer.

Tasters!  Dry, medium strength and body is what I can say, and to be ever so precise, "hoppy for sure" as I wrote in my notes.  This beer dries more on the end, and the grains inherent in the drink come to the fore more so as well.

Well.  What can I say.  Standard beer fare!  Nothing offensive, nothing outstanding, a good, solid, basic, lager beer (it being of Japanese origin I may have expected otherwise - but that's the point of these things - to taste and find out!).  So, if you need a fine beer to chug or have with your wings or pizza, pick up this Asian beer - don't say sayonara; say: HAI!!!!

**3/4 out of 4

Purchased at  Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO) store for C$3.45 (US$3.36).


  • LCBO #699009
  • Beer, Lager, Lager/Pilsner
  • 5.0% Alcohol/Vol.
  • Sugar Content: 2
  • Made in: Ontario, Canada (!)
  • By: Sleeman Brewing & Malting Co.

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