The North American version of Japan’s oldest beer brand is now brewed in Canada at the recently-acquired Sleeman Brewery in Guelph, Ontario. Sapporo Premium Beer is an import-quality beer at a domestic price that pours a clear golden colour and creates a soapy head that lingers as a collar and laces your glass.
The aroma of Sapporo Premium Beer is mild, fresh and grainy with a certain sweetness to it; not surprising as it is brewed using rice. The beer starts with a refreshing, crisp dryness and stays dry through to the finish. Sapporo leaves a grainy hint as an aftertaste and has a very bubbly mouthfeel thanks to a noticeable level of carbonation.
This unfiltered white beer is cloudy with rich sediment and has a pale golden wheat colour. Blanche de Chambly from Unibroue in Chambly, Quebec supplies a predictable, if not mild, spicy citrus aroma and pours with a fleeting soapy white head.
Blanche de Chambly starts with a refreshing tang and carries a very pleasant bubbly mouthfeel. That gives way to a mildly sweet and malty taste, then finishes with a slightly syrupy aftertaste. The beer, named for a 17th century Quebec captain, is very easy-drinking and far less overpowering than most white ales.