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Asahi Honnama Aqua Blue - Asahi Breweries Ltd

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Asahi Honnama Aqua BlueAsahi Honnama Aqua Blue

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15 Ratings
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Ratings: 15
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 2.01
pDev: 34.83%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Happoshu |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 08-07-2003)
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Reviews by davidchollar:
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1.13/5  rDev -43.8%

this is pretty bad. not quite as funk nasty as draft one, but not even close to the tolerable super blue.

looks normal enough for a crappy happoshu. ginger ale, fizzy and fast head. the smell? well, the word aqua is quite fitting. i detect many familiar aquatic scents, although faint as if from a distance... low tide at the bay... rotten egg sulfuric hot springs...seaweed and water.

the taste, mouthfeel and drinkability? water water water. no real flavor to speak of. incredibly boring.

12-22-2005 13:49:46 | More by davidchollar
More User Reviews:
Photo of tone77


3.11/5  rDev +54.7%

Back in my hostel in Tokyo and enjoying some beer. Poured from an 11.2 oz. can. Has a pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell has some malts, not a lot to it. Taste is mild, malty, thirst quenching but kind of bland. Feels light in the mouth and overall is a mediocre beer, but not bad at this price point.

06-19-2013 07:17:48 | More by tone77
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1.4/5  rDev -30.3%

This is the kind of beer that you buy and drink when it's blazing hot outside and you are thirsty but you want a little alcohol buzz. So it's great to just chug it in 2 minutes or less and get it over with.

Appearance - It looks like the water they use to clean out the brewing containers/pipes.

Smell - What is that smell? It's like a glass of funky water with a big paper towel stuffed into it.

Taste - Like when you were a kid and used a paper towel to sop up a water spill on the table but you were thirsty and decided to suck some out of the paper towel. YUK!

Mouthfeel - Funky and nasty.

Drinkibility - The only good point of this beer (?) is that it can be downed in 2 minutes flat in summer in Japan.

03-31-2009 07:04:27 | More by jpBeerGuy
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New York

2/5  rDev -0.5%

06-03-2012 16:30:20 | More by JohnQVD
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New York

2.25/5  rDev +11.9%

04-26-2014 14:51:36 | More by Amalak
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3.29/5  rDev +63.7%

The CANQuest (TM) sends a "Hai, domo!" to local, in-person trader, tone77, who not only came back from a Far East trip that was far out, man, but he was thoughtful enough to bring me some CANs! Not only that, but this represents my opportunity to finally incorporate a Happoshu into the mix! Double-plus bonus!

From the CAN: "Clear and Tasty"; "Asahi's Original Brew"; "Crisp Taste"; "Asahi Honnama is brewed from quality ingredients using our pure cultured yeast and our brewing techniques".

The Crack and inverted Glug was perfect! Nailed it, creating a finger-and-a-half for fizzy, foamy bone-white head that could not stand up to today's heat and humidity. Color was a sunshine-yellow, bordering on golden, but not quite achieving it as King Midas nodded his assent. Nose smelled grassy, very much like a German Pilsner. Mouthfeel was very fizzy and effervescent, quite like soda pop, really. The taste was very mild and unobtrusive, kind of like a watered-down cross between 7-Up and ginger ale. The finish left me with a tingly feeling in my mouth, like I had been licking batteries. I do not mean that to be funny or derogatory, but that is what it reminded me of. It was dry and refreshing, but utterly unique in my experience. How do you rate one of these?

07-07-2013 23:56:33 | More by woodychandler
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2/5  rDev -0.5%

If you gave me this to drink and didn't tell me it was supposed to be beer, i'd say "hey this sparkling water sucks."

Get the red Honnama one instead, that one actually tastes like a cheap beer - and I mean that in a good way. This one tastes like dirty club soda.

01-25-2014 10:05:13 | More by Strakosch
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2.65/5  rDev +31.8%

1245th Review on BA
Can to Sapporo Footed Pils

Huge thanks to Mdaschaf for this one

App- A might dense yellow with a deep golden center. The notch on the glass is making this remain quite bubbly even as I drink this down. A nice 2 finger head falls and leaves some good stick.

Smell- Its really a light smelling beer, its not bad, just has no real aromatics behind it. A bit damp, a bit musty and maybe a bit of dried lemon. Can't really slam it.

Taste- Its again not offensive or a drain pour. Has a very crisp taste like a blonde ale or a AAL but slightly better. A bit earthy and soft with some malty notes and a bit doughy.

Mouth- A fairly light body with a bit of a creamy wheat aftertaste. A fairly high bubbly carbonation with a touch of doughy biscuit malty.

Drink- Well Happoshu is smashed! Thanks Matt! This was pretty good, better than a BL. Not sure why the hate. I will say best serve cold though.

05-01-2012 04:42:20 | More by FosterJM
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1.23/5  rDev -38.8%

BB 2006.05. Litle white head and a extremly pale beer with already quiet big particles floating in it( filled sept.05) make it a poor presentation. Nose is giving hardly anything; for that it's not even that bad but also artificial lemon and oxidation notes. Taste is even more horrible having everything a brew should have not and missing taste as it is almost water. Lots of cardboard and xweet oxidation with it makes this brew into one of the most horrible "beers" I've ever expierienced. Mouthfeel as water, no bitterness and only bad tastecomponents make mouthfeel and drinkablility'also to a nightmare and avoid is the only thing I can say!

11-02-2005 14:09:42 | More by paterlodie
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1.83/5  rDev -9%

Everyone else is right, and I was very surprised to find that it was a full-strength beer of 5% ABV. It is totally inoffensive, which really offends me.
The good thing is that is was only 200yen ($2+) in the vending machine compared with Asahi Dry which was 270yen ($2.70+). However, I think the "karakuchi" of Asahi Dry is worth the extra $0.70.
My beer wouldn't skimp on me, so why should I skimp on my beer?

03-23-2010 16:25:33 | More by danielfields
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North Carolina

1.1/5  rDev -45.3%

This is truly a very bad beer; It really has nothing going for it. It's says on the can it's 50% off, which I'm taking to mean it's a light beer of some sort. It in fact tastes very much like seltzer water with a cheap beer aftertaste. Really, the resemblance to seltzer water is impressive! I can't think of anything else to write except advice not to try this beer, ever. It tastes quite sterile.

12-21-2003 13:41:28 | More by donnebaby
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1.48/5  rDev -26.4%

This is a "happoshu" which means the barley content was reduced to avoid taxes.

The can says that it contains 50 less carbs and made with sea weed extract. Other ingredients include malts, hops, barley extract, starch and sugars.

9 parts soda water, 1 parts bud. This really boring enough to be awful. I pulled deep to find something to say, but it just is not coming. This has no flavor or after flavor.

01-27-2004 14:36:45 | More by Naerhu
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1.93/5  rDev -4%

This is hardly even a beer. Virtually no taste or aroma. A very pale straw color with a white head. About as drinkable as water.

It seems like Asahi is making something called beer for people who don't like to drink beer. About like a watered-down Coors Light.

05-02-2009 08:36:38 | More by joedon
Photo of januhh

1.75/5  rDev -12.9%

06-25-2014 06:32:37 | More by januhh
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3/5  rDev +49.3%

11-16-2011 05:59:27 | More by nickfl
Asahi Honnama Aqua Blue from Asahi Breweries Ltd
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