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Asahi Draft (Jukusen) - Asahi Breweries Ltd

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BA SCORE
70
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79 Ratings
THE BROS
74
okay

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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 2.89
pDev: 20.07%
Wants: 4
Gots: 7 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 11-20-2001)
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4/5  rDev +38.4%

Nage37, Mar 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +38.4%

WritersBlock, Apr 15, 2012
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4/5  rDev +38.4%

tbone64, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of Aquavit
3.98/5  rDev +37.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden yellow, proper foamy head, some lace left at side of a glass, tiny bubble come up from bottom.
Smell: Hoppy smell and malt are quite dominate, grassiness with hint of herb
Taste: Light to medium body, clean with pretty good carbonation, smooth and malty sweet at tongue, slightly bitterness at the end, very good balance between all flavor, mild acidic flavor is noted at finish.
Note: This well balance beer is far better if you drink on-tap and this draft thing is better Asahi than the super dry. You can enjoy this beer until you drunk.

Aquavit, Jan 14, 2008
Photo of jpBeerGuy
3.78/5  rDev +30.8%
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.

jpBeerGuy, Mar 31, 2009
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3.76/5  rDev +30.1%

Jeffreaux, Aug 14, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +29.8%
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.

thinkbreakfast, Jul 30, 2004
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3.75/5  rDev +29.8%

musclecarhunter92, May 13, 2014
Photo of freed
3.68/5  rDev +27.3%
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.

freed, Jul 22, 2003
Photo of Ellbert
3.65/5  rDev +26.3%
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.

Ellbert, May 03, 2004
Photo of DT7
3.65/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Dark straw yellow nice white head, doesn't retain itself for very long though

S-A little watery, hops, a little wheat, and malt

T-Hops, Rice, Citrus, It finishes sweet rather than bitter

M-Crisp, decent amount of carbonation, goes down quite smooth

D-Very drinkable, I think this is a type of beer to have a session with. I like it a lot better than say bud, even though it is a rice lager not an american

DT7, Jul 08, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev +21.1%

Mjdoyon, Jul 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +21.1%

TrojanWheels, Jan 19, 2012
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3.3/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Medium-light yellow with a nice ring of head that leaves pretty decent amount of lacing.

Aroma is very sweet, slightly metallic. Not too bad.

Taste is surprisingly sweet, not really any hop backup to speak of. Tasted a little under-attenuated.

Well, like the label says, it is very dry. They got that right. However, it's so highly carbonated that it feels like the beer is breaking apart in your mouth. Forget trying to swirl this one or you'll end up with a mouthful of foam.

I imagine this going very well with a number of spicy dishes, but it's a tad too sweet on it's own for my taste.

bboven, Sep 30, 2008
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3.25/5  rDev +12.5%

pourmeadrink, Nov 22, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +12.5%

lzepplin01, Apr 09, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +12.5%

DaveAnderson, Nov 08, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +12.5%

samparkique4, Dec 15, 2013
Photo of HoustonTX
3.23/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

HoustonTX, Aug 31, 2006
Photo of BeerNemesis
3.23/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden color with a 1" snow-white cap. The bubbles are attractive. Otherwise it's average.

You can use this to "clean your palate" in between sushi rolls and wasabi. Otherwise it is an unremarkable rice lager without any particularly prominent flavor.

BeerNemesis, Jul 15, 2010
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3.2/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Jason, May 26, 2002
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3.13/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

erosier, Dec 23, 2008
Photo of Pencible
3.13/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a pale clear yellow with moderate white head. It smelled of lemon and yeast with some hops. It tasted like a pale Belgian ale, slightly lemony and yeasty with no malt. It was smooth and nicely thick with almost no carbonation, and had a light bitterness in the aftertaste. Overall it was interesting, but nothing special.

Pencible, Mar 27, 2008
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3.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

BeardedBoffin, Jun 28, 2012
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3.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had a can of this on a shinkansen from Hiroshima to Shin-Osaka, looking for something interesting to try for the 1.5 hour trip. The station didn't have that wide a selection of beers and this was one I hadn't tried so...

The beer was kind of a middle-of-the-road loager by most measures. Clear golden color with a 1-2 finger head. Muted aroma with more malt than anything else (but little of that). The taste is OK, not anything objectionable in the flavor but not anything really tasty either. Not complex but I guess this hits the target that Asahi set for the beer.

Not to be tried again. Unless maybe it's the only beer at a restaurant in Japan.

TurdFurgison, Jul 27, 2009
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Asahi Draft (Jukusen) from Asahi Breweries Ltd
70 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.