Asahi Draft (Jukusen) - Asahi Breweries Ltd

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Asahi Draft (Jukusen)Asahi Draft (Jukusen)

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81 Ratings
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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 2.89
pDev: 19.72%
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

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Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 11-20-2001

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Ratings: 81 | Reviews: 38
Photo of Eric_Standard
2.87/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at Gyu-Kaku in downtown Vancouver, poured into a frosted pint glass (they only had frosted glasses).

Appearance: Pale gold with a narrow, yet creamy white head. Medium carbonation.

Smell: Very mild, did not pick up much, but to be fair I was in a busy restaurant surrounded by grilling meat. We had not started grilling at our table however.

Taste: Also very mild, hints of sweetness, hints of bitterness, hints of this or that, but no central flavour jumps out, besides a slightly stronger malty taste. It does work well for what it is however, and finishes nice, dry, and crisp.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and fresh, went well with the slightly heavy food it accompanied. A bit thin.

Overall: A serviceable beer, nothing spectacular, but it's a nice simple drink that goes well with grilled meats. It's fine for what it is, but I'm not going to be craving it any time soon.

Photo of delta490
2.66/5  rDev -8%
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 +7.3%
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.

Photo of dbaker61
2.9/5  rDev +0.3%
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 BeerNemesis
3.24/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Photo of TurdFurgison
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.

Photo of DT7
3.58/5  rDev +23.9%
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

Photo of jpBeerGuy
3.73/5  rDev +29.1%
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 FrothyBeverage
2.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer had a pale golden piss color with a very frothy head. Plenty of lace left behind on glass. Many Many bubbles. The smell was very faint with a bready yeasty smell. The taste is very light and smooth, mellow if you will. Some what watered down. The mouth feel is smooth and slick in the mouth. It goes down smooth and fast, defiantely a chuggable beer.

Photo of Cylinsier
2.33/5  rDev -19.4%
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 erosier
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.

Photo of Jayli
2.95/5  rDev +2.1%
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 bboven
3.31/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

Photo of Pencible
3.17/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Photo of marcpal
2.33/5  rDev -19.4%
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 Aquavit
3.9/5  rDev +34.9%
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.

Photo of ekempey
2.57/5  rDev -11.1%
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 +10.7%
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 JudgeRoughneck
2.53/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

Photo of stevecee2003
2.73/5  rDev -5.5%
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 jimbotrost
2.68/5  rDev -7.3%
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 beersarang
2.83/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours the a straw color with a white had that dissapates quickly, nice bubbles cascading upwards.

Smells like grains and some hops.

Upfront mild rice flavor with a nice dry hop bitterness. Finishes metallic, unpleasant.

Smooth drinking, assertive carbonation pairs well with sushi or grilled dishes.

Photo of AlexJ
2.31/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A friend brought a bomber over to go with a sushi dinner I did. While certainly not a remarkable beer, it did go well with the sushi. It is very clean smelling, showing slight cereal and bready malts. It has a crisp, ricey dry flavor that for all intents and purposes could be a Michelob or Rolling Rock. It is very thin and watery, especially if your normal choices for brews are barleys, Belgians, and assorted hop bombs. I only had a small glass out of respect, but quickly moved on to a Victory Golden Monkey for the rest of the meal.

Photo of GuinnessSmurf
2.86/5  rDev -1%
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%
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.

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Asahi Draft (Jukusen) from Asahi Breweries Ltd
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