Style: Pale Lager
Brewing location: Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Originating country: Japan
Alcohol by Volume: 5%
Ingredients: malted barley, water, yeast, hops
Format tested: 22 oz can purchased in Los Angeles, CA
Beeradvocate rating: 67/100
Ratebeer rating: 8/100
Test kit: E-Z Gluten
- Founded in 1876, it is the oldest beer brand in Japan.
- The company has five breweries in Japan as well as the Sleeman brewery in Canada.
- It was first brewed in Sapporo, Japan in 1876 by the German-trained brewer Seibei Nakagawa.
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Very High Positive at 20 parts per million (ppm), meaning it is well over 20 ppm. Though standards vary from country to country, according to the FDA, "in order to use the term 'gluten free' on its label a food must meet all the requirements of the definition, including that the food must contain less than 20 ppm gluten." It is said that products with a gluten content below 20 ppm are suitable for people with celiac disease.
I love this beer. With its elegantly sculpted steel can and enticing malty nose on opening, it speaks quality even before drinking. Sapporo has great body and the taste is perfectly balanced between the maltiness and sharp bitter from the hops. Most lagers fail to meet the mark but to me this is up there with the best that continental Europe has to offer - and this can was brewed in Canada! I am not sure where I fall in the gluten tolerance spectrum; I am gluten intolerant but not celiac. I definitely know what it feels like to be "glutened" i.e. gluten exposure, but I have not deliberately pushed my gluten consumption limits with any food or beer. I consumed this 22 oz can over an hour period (drinking nothing else) and must admit I felt slightly bloated afterwards, but I had had a large dinner and this may have contributed. Feeling bloated is on the milder end of my gluten symptoms and not really what I would consider as being "glutened".