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Asahi Select - Asahi Breweries Ltd

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Asahi SelectAsahi Select

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72
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51 Ratings
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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.01
pDev: 16.28%
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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Beermazter310

Nevada

4/5  rDev +32.9%

11-29-2013 05:38:51 | More by Beermazter310
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.93/5  rDev +30.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2006 03:52:44 | More by russpowell
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +26.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2009 22:26:34 | More by weeare138
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SkeeterHawk

Texas

3.65/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a perfectly clear reddish golden to copper color with a 1/4" of off white bubbles at first pour. The head was participating for about 30 seconds or so until it succumbed to the beer. After the head fell, there was just a small ring around the beer where it meets the glass, and that is about it.

Aroma: Very neutral aroma with some very subtle caramel aromatics. There may be a mild minerally thing going on in here, and I can't pick up any hops to speak of.

Taste: The flavor is super reserved. There is a very subtle caramel thing going in here, but I am not sure that there really is any hops in this one, though I am sure that there is. The late additions are minimal so the malt stays in charge of the flavor the entire time. The balance is malt led, but very mild. There are no cloying aspects to this beer, and it is so well attenuated that it leaves a dry impression on the back of the throat.

Opinion: Though I have spent a good deal of time in Asia, I have never been a big fan of the beers there as they reminded me too much of the macro brews that are served up here in the states under the guise of "beer". This is probably the best tasting Asian beer that I have tried thus far. There is some definite residual sweetness in this one that gives it a bigger impression. This beer is not my favorite when I have a plethora of other choices, but the next time I am wandering through the orient, I will keep an eye out for this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2006 00:59:35 | More by SkeeterHawk
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2006 18:15:57 | More by NeroFiddled
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Andreji

Colombia

3.55/5  rDev +17.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 05:42:50 | More by Andreji
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2009 15:45:36 | More by tone77
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ClayO

Arizona

3.5/5  rDev +16.3%

07-18-2013 19:34:32 | More by ClayO
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Raziel313

California

3.5/5  rDev +16.3%

09-09-2013 04:12:00 | More by Raziel313
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confer

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a beers of the world gift box.
Color is gold with a hint of orange. Head disappears into nothing.
Smell is almost nonexistent.
Taste is not bad but not really good either. A little malt flavor but finishes very watery.
This beer is just plain and maybe forgettable to me. It is an easy drink but not much to it.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 02:32:05 | More by confer
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beeragent

Texas

3.33/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

By far my favorite Asian Beer. Poured into a pint glass, from a 12oz. bottle. This beer poured light brown, leaving a 1/4 inch head, that faded to barely anything, but left some nice lacing on the glass. The aroma is very faint. What there is, is slighty sweet. The mouthfeel is light, but whats expected from a lager. The taste is like water, but with a slight caramel flavor. Not as bad as it sounds, but thats the best way to describe it. This is more of a beer to have on a hot summer day, as opposed to something to get you through a cold winter night. A great starter to a session, but not for the duration.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2006 07:42:05 | More by beeragent
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bennetj17

Arizona

3.3/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ordered an Asahi while out eating Sushi, and to my suprise I got the Asahi Select, which wasn't half bad. The label says it is an Amber Lager, however it doesn't look very amber, more of a deep gold. Decent foamy head. Smells a bit malty, with some vinous fruit notes, mostly clean.

The taste is light and malty, and there is a distinct apple juice character. Finishes without much hop balance. It's a bit one dimensional in that respect, but much better than an American Macro lager. Alcohol seems low. The mouthfeel is decent, medium bodied with sharp carbonation.

Overall a decent beer, and if I was faced with a choice of typical gold Lagers to order with Sushi, I would choose this again. Any other time or place, however, I would probably overlook it.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 15:41:13 | More by bennetj17
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TheResidentialOP

Louisiana

3.25/5  rDev +8%

11-15-2013 14:34:23 | More by TheResidentialOP
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Goldndomer

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev +8%

02-10-2014 00:50:19 | More by Goldndomer
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mpalestino

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev +8%

08-09-2013 21:57:04 | More by mpalestino
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ndrsHM

Mexico

3.25/5  rDev +8%

07-24-2014 17:28:39 | More by ndrsHM
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Marty91

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev +8%

08-23-2013 23:08:09 | More by Marty91
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.2/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 15:07:45 | More by chinchill
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

3.14/5  rDev +4.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 14:38:15 | More by RonaldTheriot
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nick76

Florida

3.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is watery and weak but it has malt and paper with maybe some rice. The appearance is light brown with an average head. The flavor is malty with all the elements from the aroma. The palate is thin. Overall it's drinkable but I don't want it very often.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2008 05:46:28 | More by nick76
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, amber body with a small, fizzy white head. Endlessly effervescent!

Smell: Generally light aroma of toasted grains, cereal, with just a hint of hops.

Taste: Toasted maltiness, decent amount of sweetness, and a distinct taste of husks. Light bitterness. Slight spiciness and a bit of grain astringency in the crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Lively carbonation. Decidedly watery mouthfeel.

Drinkability: All graininess aside, it's not so bad and shows way more character than the rest of the Asahi line-up.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2008 04:45:22 | More by ChainGangGuy
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The label on this says it is an amber ale (in English). An interesting beer. It's extremely toasty and malty on the nose with a tangy malty thing on the flavor as well. This beer seems like they were going for something a bit different than the standard yellow stuff Asahi normally puts out. Did they accomplish something? Sure. It's a bit light for me, but I realize that this beer is geared more towards a mass market that is used to much lighter beers.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2012 07:24:25 | More by RblWthACoz
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Pegasus

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2005 17:54:32 | More by Pegasus
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beersarang

California

3.03/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A lot like many other Japanese beers, but with less rice character.

Amber with foamy head that dissapates quickly.

Slightly nutty smell, grassy.

Dab of grain flash of hop bitterness, very assertive prickly carbonation throuhout the light body. Very bland but the grain quality is nice. Not so ricey which is good, also doesn't have that Asahi metallic finish that I dislike.

Not terrible, but not great either.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2005 19:39:05 | More by beersarang
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javiernano

California

3/5  rDev -0.3%

03-06-2012 07:38:39 | More by javiernano
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Asahi Select from Asahi Breweries Ltd
72 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.