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Asahi Draft (Jukusen) - Asahi Breweries Ltd

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Asahi Draft (Jukusen)Asahi Draft (Jukusen)

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BA SCORE
69
poor

80 Ratings
THE BROS
74
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Ratings: 80
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 2.88
pDev: 19.79%
Wants: 4
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Asahi Breweries Ltd visit their website
Japan

Style | ABV
Japanese Rice Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 11-20-2001

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Ratings: 80 | Reviews: 38
Reviews by JudgeRoughneck:
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
2.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

This one actually produces a thin, spongy head with some lacing. It is light transparent urine in color and has the faintest aroma of peaches. Biting astringincy brings in soapy, yeasty, and slight apple suggestions. OK but funky and the mouthfeel really stings like a bitch. This is way over carbonated.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
2.18/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance – Clear and yellow in color with a decent head and a bit of carbonation.

Smell – Sharp grains and a hint of candy sweetness make up the nose of this lager.

Taste – This didn’t come out very well. The ricey flavor is strung out like a poor attempt at a Budweiser. The sweet finish is like rock candy or some other form of pure sugar.

Mouthfeel – There’s a bit of lively carbonation to this light-bodied beer, but not enough to distract the drinker from the awful taste.

Sinkability – I paid 3.99 for a bomber of this stuff. I think “asahi” is Japanese for “gotcha”.

Photo of grynder33
2.43/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a yellow reddish color, absolutely no head, There was a slight hop flavor, but otherwise thats it.Very dry aftertaste. Hop flavored seltzer water, nice for quenching your thirst, maybe cleasing your mouth during a hibatchi feast, but I like Sapporo better.

Photo of Jason
3.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have this one on occasion, mostly when I am in NYC at a sushi eaterie. Not much to the flavour or aroma, thin and dry but there are virtually no off flavours. Does a good job washing down excess wasbi and cleaning the palate for the next roll.

Photo of UncleFrank
2.81/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Having Sushi tonight so I decided to pick up a beer of the Orient to go along with it. 16 ounce brown bottle labeled "Super Dry". I dont know what that is supposed to mean so I'll look at it like a traditional lager. Let's see.
The color is clear straw yellow with a white fluffy head that disappears quickly. Big fish-eye like bubbles of carbonation are visable.
Aroma is so clean its barely there. Hints of light adjuncts are present. No hop aroma at all.
The body is thin and bubblly. The taste is clean. No flaws other than a ginger-ale like taste that fades quickly. Sweet lager with no specific charecters and then its gone. Overall its a clean lager that went well with my sushi. Its very drinkable, but there are better versions of the style out there.

Photo of jpBeerGuy
3.73/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this one at the Asahi beer factory in Kanagawa, Japan.

Appearance - Bright golden color. On tap, it's very interesting to roll around in the glass and watch the tiny bubbles move like in a lava lamp. From the can, it acts pretty much like most other Japanese beers and produces a high head which dissipates quickly. However, it leaves nice lacing on the glass and if you do a good pour it can last a while.

Smell - Meh, it's got a sweet, malty aroma with slight hops.

Taste - I was pleasantly surprised with this one. It's got a nice balance of malt and hops with some rice in there. Leaves a nice aftertaste which makes you not want to stop sipping. The froth has a nice taste as well and magnifies the beer flavor.

Mouthfeel - Very creamy for a draft beer. I can savor this beer for a few seconds before swallowing it down.

Drinkability - Definitely a great one to put down from the tap and not so shabby from the can. However, you need to give the can a few swirls to release the carbonation to keep the good points of the beer going.

Definitely a nice one to try, especially if you have doubts about Asahi's brewing ability. I drank this beer exclusively for a couple months until it got old.

Photo of dbaker61
2.9/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale yellow color, quite light. One finger of head which was fizzy not creamy, and gone in about a minute. Left no lacing.

Smell: Very light aroma of rice, not much else.

Taste: Typical adjunct flavor, most of what I get is rice. Just a touch of hops, little malt flavor.

Mouthfeel: Subtle would be kind. Not much body, finishes dry.

Drinkability: Easy to drink. Should go well with many kinds of food; no flavor to interfere with your appreciation of the food. On the other hand, there's not enough to entice me to drink more than this one. Ordinary, but not objectionable.

Photo of ekempey
2.57/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 1 Quart 1.8 oz can into an Allagash tulip glass,

As poured vigorously the beer creates a big 3 finger white head which reduces slowly with little lacing down the glass. The beer is a pale gold in color and smells of wheat barley and a faint hint of hops. The first taste is of lemon and some grainish notes. The beer lacks body behind it, and leaves a dry grainy after taste.

It is well drinkable, something that would go well on a hot summer day. There is an "umph" missing behind the taste as there is no real body to the beer. I would drink this again, but only if someone else was buying.

Photo of HoustonTX
3.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a straw yellow. Small white head on medium-aggressive pour. Thin layer of lace sits well, with good retention. Smell is of feint cooked white rice, with a bit of a tangy fresh malt odor. Cleanses the nasals. Taste is similar to the smell, flavor is crisp and clean. A good amount of tanginess on the palate. Borderline citrus, but never fully crosses over. Some semi-bitter hops at the start, lasting till the finish. Strong rice aftertaste which melds nicely with the hops. Not bad, not bad at all. Mouthfeel is crisp, and semi-coating. Drinkability is great.

A nice refreshing crisp Rice Beer that goes nice with food as well.

Photo of erosier
3.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

L: Pours a pale yellow color with a short and thin white colored head that leaves little lacing down the glass.
S: Smells of sweet rice, a lot like sake, and some pale malts and a tiny bit of hops at the end, but that could just be me wishing for some.
T: A sweet sake like rice flavor with a tiny bit of hops and malt mixed in.
M: Very light, crisp, sweet, right amount of carbonation.
D: Pretty drinkable as it didn't have much flavor at all and was nice and light.

Photo of stevecee2003
2.73/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I liked this beer more than I thought I would. It is a silver bottle, announcing "super dry", and so it is.

It pours like a lager, with some fizz and head, but nothing special. It settles into an amber colour, and sits well.

The taste and smell is that of a tried and true amber. Easy to drink and not too obtrusive. Only the hint of hops. But again it was easy to drink. Perhaps a good "session" beer for some.

Photo of Loki
3/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled in a 12 oz bottle.

Poured a clear yellow with a small, white head and no head retention.

I detected mild aromas of corn, sweet malt, and some grains.

The taste was very simple with flavors of malt and grain. There was nothing bad or good and definitely nothing surprising. Not a bad choice to have at a Japanese steak house if there are no micros available.

Photo of marcpal
2.33/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle at Japanese fusion restaurant into pilsner glass.

A: Light and almost clear and water-like

S: Macro odor, not pleasant.

T: There is some hop appearance but for the most part its overly dry. Strong rice and corn taste and aftertaste. Metallic aftertaste.

M: Light and too much carbonation to enjoy. Metallic again.

D: Watery so you could put away a few but not all that pleasurable. Could be worse but definitely could be much better.

Photo of Ellbert
3.65/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Crisp clear golden color with a decent white head. This vanishes fairly quickly leaving a little lace around the glass.

Smell: Sweet with a spicy hop zing. Not a lot of aroma but enough to make it seem interesting.

Taste: Not complex by any means but it is well balanced. The malt and hops show through with sweet and spicy. Very drinkable.

A decent moutfeel on this one too. There is a nice amount of carbonation for the style. I would have this again.

Photo of GuinnessSmurf
2.86/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a mild Golden color with an active carbonation that produced no head.

It has the odor of heavily processed barley and rice. Very sweet smelling.

The flavor is surpisingly large. Imagine that one best component of any typical American macrobrew and intensify it by about 3x and you'll get Asahi. Still, the taste is quick and fades from your mouth as though you drank water.

This is a good beer if you are just looking for something light with dinner that you don't want to interfere with your food or to engage your tongue at all. If you're looking for a light palette cleanser other than water, this is not a bad choice.

Photo of thinkbreakfast
3.7/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was in need of a mood adjustment and opted for this giant 33oz can over the line up of usual suspects. I did not have high expectations as my only other Japanese beer has been Sapporo, which I hated. Pleasantly, Asahi is a whole new ballgame. The taste is uncommonly smooth. The can describes this brew as "super dry", a claim that I found to be true. For the style, the taste was very enjoyable overall, very crisp and clean with a subtle husky-bitter aftertaste. Great mood adjuster.

Photo of Cylinsier
2.33/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light gold with a moderate white head that retains for a bit.

Smells a bit ricey and a bit malty, but not very strong.

The taste is mild and a little dry. No hops to speak of. Perhaps a bit bland.

Mouthfeel is smooth and thin. The carbonation doesn't really come through.

A so-so beer. I prefer a Sapporo over this for taste. Similar to a Kirin but a little drier.

Photo of jimbotrost
2.68/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 04-02-04 and taken from notes. pours a bright yellow, with a full white head. Aroma of grass fill the nose. Very light flavor, slight sweetness, Good body for the style, finishes very dry for style, rice, acidic tinny notes overtake at the finish but leaves this an okay drinkable beer.

Photo of Jayli
2.95/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Went to Sakoru in South Windsor, CT tonight.
This beer poured a clear pale yellow, lots of carbonation, short head that dissapates quickly.
The scent was not all that impressive. Aroma and flavour is simple malt and grains. Not much in the way of hops. Crisp but light on the tongue. Good enough to go with a meal, but nothing special in and of itself. It goes down very easily - so to sit with a meal it works very well.

Photo of John
2.16/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I thought this beer had a strange winey flavor and aroma. Not bad mind you, just a bit odd. Mouthfeel is prickly due to high carbonation. Very dry finish. Tastes sort of like mixing a dry white wine with beer.

Photo of Jordan
2.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Lemon peel, grapefruit, rye and wheat. Dry finish. Came in a 34oz silver can. "Japan's No. 1 Beer" I poored some into a glass but made a mess. Yellow tint, very carbonated head turned lumpy after a minute. Very drinkable.

Photo of simmons
1.29/5  rDev -55.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

This Japanese super dry draft beer has an average pale color to it hardly any aroma to it. I’d like to say that there was a nice malt flavor to it but I couldn’t find any and the same goes for the hops. It kind of reminds me of Budweiser with it’s lack of taste and…well everything. I will hand it to them on the carbonation; they did manage to get that right. Over all stick to water or ice tea on this one it taste better.

Photo of delta490
2.66/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A- pale gold with creamy white that lasts and leaves lacing; visible carbonation
S- not much. Some undefined malty sweetness but not much more than that
T-similar to smell. Sweetness with maybe a bit of hops bitterness on the finish. Again, nothing definable.
M- thinner and a little fizzy.
O- a pretty boring lager. Didn't disrupt my sushi but I wanted more from it.

Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The beer pours a dark yellow color with a nice even cap of foam floating above. The appearance is typical of an adjunct lager. The aroma is mainly bready. The flavor is light and clean save a few hints of husk. The adjunct emerges a little more as it warms. Nothing extraordinary here, but it would do well washing down Japanese fare.

Photo of freed
3.65/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best...Canned....Lager...Yet.

12oz. aluminum can, can't handle 24 tonight. The can poured into a glass, surprising me with its hue. It's a deep golden, yet clear beer. Not much head, decent carbonation. Nice crisp malty, cereal smell, slight hop aroma.

The taste is quite crisp, and very clean, and quite full. Its a very pleasant working beer. I'll buy this again.

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Asahi Draft (Jukusen) from Asahi Breweries Ltd
69 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.