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Asahi Select - Asahi Breweries Ltd

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Asahi SelectAsahi Select

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BA SCORE
73
okay

53 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.05
pDev: 16.72%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Asahi Breweries Ltd visit their website
Japan

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-10-2005)
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Reviews by jamiejohnson:
Photo of jamiejohnson
2.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This Canadian lager with the Japanese name pours out exposing an Octoberfest-like color that preps the tastebuds for an upcoming malty delight. Unfortunately it doesn't deliver. I guess it isn't that bad of a brew after two of these, but I'll never buy it again. It's a bit thin and makes me appreciate the mainstays that reside in my frig. Kinda reminds me of xx xx, an old high school tease I knew. She was a beaut and I enjoyed my time with her, but she ultimately left me unsatisfied.

Look'n good,
What's in store?
Leaves you look'n
For a little more.

jamiejohnson, Jun 28, 2008
More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
2.3/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The beer pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of grain and toffee with not too much else going on. Fairly bland smelling. The flavor is also bland. Other than a ton of sweet, sugary grain, I get next to nothing. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. The beer is not offensive, but there are really no positives to be found here. Not one to seek out.

Mora2000, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of chinchill
3.2/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a transparent golden amber with a smallish bone head of brief duration.

Smell: average quality but not average quantity. Aroma is like a pilsner with some odd additions I can't identify, but in the floral/fruity area. Hints of toffee and bread.

Taste largely follows aroma but more fruity than floral. Sweet balance. Weak finish and aftertaste -- one factor that encourages consumption with a meal rather on its own.

Mouthfeel: medium-light bodied; semi-dry and lightly crisp on the finish; good carbonation.

O - a bit different. Worth a try with a meal.

chinchill, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of Jefftmo
4.25/5  rDev +39.3%

Jefftmo, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.58/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Asahi Select pours a dark amber bordering on copper colored body beneath a fluffy head of white foam. The head retention is quite good and it leaves beautiful sheets of lace about the glass.

The nose offers some very nice, delicately toasty malt but little in the way of hops.

It's decidedly crisp in the mouth with a brisk carbonation and medium-light body.

The flavor reveals more of the toasty and slightly sweet malt found in the nose, in fact, it's distinctly malty. And it's also backed by grassy and floral hop flavors. It's balanced by a solid bitterness, and it has a mineral-like dryness to it. It's similar to a Vienna lager, but not quite as rounded.

Nicely balanced and well brewed.

NeroFiddled, Apr 29, 2006
Photo of TheResidentialOP
3.25/5  rDev +6.6%

TheResidentialOP, Nov 15, 2013
Photo of russpowell
3.93/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours bronze/amber with 2 fingers of white head. Great lacing & good head retention

S: A hint malt & some mustyness, a little sweet malt & caramel creep in as it warms

T: A hint a of caramel malt sweetness & then a little fruit & grain. A little choclate sneaks in & then citrus peel (lemon). Doesn't tie together very well at all.

MF: Medium bodied, a little prickly in the carbonation& balanced okay

Drank okay, better than most japanse beers I've had on the mainland (still love sapporro black in the can). Try this with an open mind

russpowell, Oct 07, 2006
Photo of BeerZack
2.6/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

This one is pretty dark and attractive looking for the category; nice copper color that pours a decent head which doesn't last but leaves some lacing.

Smells of sweet slightly roasted malt, distinctly caramel note.

Soft and smooth malty flavor thats balanced by a slight dryness throughout, getting a bit drier on the finish; highly carbonated, but no stinging bubbles...

I find it hard to talk about taste without the mouthfeel, as the MF makes up a good amount of the overall taste impression on these Euro pale lagers. Overall, this was one of the less drinkable EPL's in my flight.

BeerZack, Jul 08, 2007
Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a caramel color with a small head. There is a strong smell of malts, not much else. Taste is also primarilly of malts, some notes of hops. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this makes for a good quality beer.

tone77, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of WaterCzar
2.25/5  rDev -26.2%

WaterCzar, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of Goldndomer
3.25/5  rDev +6.6%

Goldndomer, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of ClayO
3.5/5  rDev +14.8%

ClayO, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of claybeer
2.55/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The select is defiantly a step up from the Asahi Dry. There is some more color to this beer. It has a darker yellow color and the white head shows up at first. Then it disappears quickly. I don't pick up anything on the nose but some malt is present on the palate that adds a little sweetness. There is no finish on this beer. If you had some spicy Asian foods to pair this beer with it might not be bad. It defiantly would not compete with the flavors of the food but it does not do well standing alone.

claybeer, Sep 08, 2010
Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Asahi Brewmaster's Select has a thin, off-white head, a clear, somewhat bubbly, amber appearance, and a little bit of lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet, bready malt, and the flavor is of sweetness, bread crust, cooked carrots, and a slight bittereness. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Asahi Brewmaster's Select finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, and highly chug-able. Overall, this is worth checking out, but it is overpriced ($11.99 for a six-pack).

RJT

RonaldTheriot, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of javiernano
3/5  rDev -1.6%

javiernano, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Upon the pour, a golden bronze color with an average head, creamy white, and after its erosion, the lace forms a thin concealing sheet. Nose is sweet malt, a very mild hint of hops; start is malt sweet with a touch of spicy bitterness at the back, light to medium feel. Prickly acidity, hops light but present, very dry lingering aftertaste, a drinkable beer, and one suited for a hot day, when the lawn needs a trim, or in my case when I wash off the rocks, desert landscape don’t you know. Lol

Gusler, Oct 26, 2007
Photo of weeare138
3.8/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a semi transparent gold with a small white cap that quickly fizzles out. Tiny speckles of lacing stick to the sides of the glass.
Smell is of malted barley, caramel, light toffee, light nuts, & biscuit.
Taste is of the aromas with a nutty, malty, Munich, and caramel jumping right out. Nice!
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sweet up front and semi dry on the crisp finish.
I would enjoy a sixer of these.

weeare138, Aug 14, 2009
Photo of mpalestino
3.25/5  rDev +6.6%

mpalestino, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of Pegasus
3.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Deep golden orange color with a small snow-white head, which retains fairly well, and lots of scattered lacing and slight carbonation. The clarity is excellent.

Aroma: Grassy aroma with dark caramel and a slightly nutty characteristic, overall, pleasant.

Taste: Somewhat sharp, astringent note throughout. Opens with a toasted, almost burnt grain note, this carries throughout the taste. The finish is quite dry, with a mild, lingering metallic bitterness.

Mouth feel: Smooth, perhaps a touch thin.

Drinkability/notes: Inoffensive, would be interesting with Asian cuisine, but unspectacular. Better examples of the style can be had for less.

Presentation: Packaged in a brown glass long neck bottle with a twist off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

Pegasus, Jul 24, 2005
Photo of pperez38
3/5  rDev -1.6%

pperez38, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of connecticutpoet
2.73/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Hmm... a Euro Pale Lager from Japan. Not sure what to think, at first, so let's let the beer tell its tale.

This beer gave me a half finger, fast and fizzy head atop a clear light amber body. Noisy, fizzy heads make me think seltzer water.

Aroma... hey, not too bad. Slightly skunky hops, but not surprising for the style. I get skunkiness off most lagers. However, there was a nice medium bodied malt base that took me by surprise.

Alas, the taste did not follow the smell. Light malts, a hint of hops, but overall very weak. Not a pleasant experience, when you want a good beer... kind of like asking for grade A dark maple syrup and getting sugar-free Log Cabin.

Mouthfeel was thin and watery, like seltzer. The head gave it away.

Below average drinkability, but it was worth trying, at least. Better than Bud Select, and if I was doing yard work, I wouldn't turn it down.

connecticutpoet, Apr 18, 2009
Photo of Andreji
3.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice japanese place just off union square in manhattan, and they had this on their menu so every chance is a good one for a new beer.

pour is dark brown, a bit cloudy with a very thin tan head, some bubbles within but really nothing out of the ordinary...along the lines of a modelo or so.

Smell is malty by far, no hoppy presence there. sweet to the nose and to the palate, bit of a creamy feel somewhere there. very moderate bitter finale, if any at all. the malt grain feel is omnipresent.

decent, not fantastic.

Andreji, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of Beermazter310
4/5  rDev +31.1%

Beermazter310, Nov 29, 2013
Photo of jaredkc889
3.5/5  rDev +14.8%

jaredkc889, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of BEERchitect
2.6/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

What are they doing? This beer is all kinds of wrong. The beer falls somewhere between a watery amber or a horribly caramelized lager. Though a mild toasty, syrupy-sweet not persists, it comes across like a weak (watery) cola. There is not enough substance or body to firm the beer up, leaving a grainy-sweet flavor and feel on the palate. The beer looks like watery cola, with low carbonation and no real retention. Simply not a good beer at all.

BEERchitect, Apr 16, 2007
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Asahi Select from Asahi Breweries Ltd
73 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.