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Asahi Select - Asahi Breweries Ltd

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Asahi SelectAsahi Select

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BA SCORE
73
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54 Ratings
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Ratings: 54
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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1.25/5  rDev -59%

twenty5, May 10, 2013
Photo of ATLbeerDog
1.9/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

From a 12oz brown bottle - Pours a clear pale orange. Not pretty too all. Smells of corn and light malt. Below average carbonation. First sip is almost flavorless with just a tad of hops and malts ...almost water like. I can not imagine consuming this product.

ATLbeerDog, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of gauchebag
2.05/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I don't get the good reviews on this beer. The color is fairly pleasing for what it is, pretty ambery, but it tastes like water. There's perhaps a bit of malty sweetness but it doesn't really taste like anything. It's easy to drink because of this but there's not anything going on at all. I won't be buying this again.

edit: i'm having another one about 24 hours later and am tasting a lot more so i don't know what exactly was going on with my tastebuds last night. it doesn't taste like water at all right now, it tastes terrible. i doubt it could have gotten this much worse in one day.

gauchebag, Aug 19, 2007
Photo of WaterCzar
2.25/5  rDev -26.2%

WaterCzar, Oct 20, 2013
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 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 MUSHROOMCLOUD
2.58/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Asahi Brewmaster Select is the newest beer from this Japanese brewery.
The beer poured a copper color with some amber tint. A big 1 1/2" foamy head fell quickly to a ring and left very little lacing.
The nose was nondescript, I struggled to pick out the malt and a little, very little, hops.
The beer tasted very bland (not unlike most other Japanese lagers) with just a slight malt/hop presence and a little sweetness.
The mouthfeel was thin and watery. Decent carbonation.
Might be nice to wash down some spicy food, but water will do that too. What is the point of a Japanese beer brewed in Canada?

MUSHROOMCLOUD, Jun 16, 2005
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 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
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
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2.75/5  rDev -9.8%

wrightst, Jun 06, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -9.8%

NeoZaZ, Jan 18, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -9.8%

Nate, Mar 09, 2012
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
Photo of Slatetank
2.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Picked this up at Quick 6 West, poured cold from the 12oz brown bottle w/out freshness date into my lager mug.

A -The color of bourbon w/ excellent clarity, the head is bone whit w/ a dishsoap type appearance

S - There is a sort of fruitiness w/ a rice-like lager aroma w/ a subtle woody hop scent

M - crisp, clean w/ a mild level of carbonation. Malty and light in feel.

T - There is a bit of malt above the average japanese lager as it is slightly darker w/ a hint of twiggy hops w/ a slight rice syrup taste, but other than that I would say 'select' is an unnecessary adjective. I think it is ok for a dry lager but the flavor seems to fall flat. I could probably find other attributes, but this seems pretty average taste-wise overall after 12oz.

D - Not one I would recommend, I would probably drink it again but not seek it out - it is just alright.

Slatetank, Feb 25, 2008
Photo of Knapp85
2.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Asahi Select pours out of the bottle as a rich amber color with a bit of orange in a certain light. The smell of the beer is a bit yeasty, and has a good about of malt aromas too. There really isn't a whole lot of hop aroma at all. The flavor of the beer reminds me a little bit of a nut brown ale. It's also got an earthy flavor of dirt and wood. No hop bitterness from what I can tell in the flavor. The aftertaste is malty and dry. The mouthfeel just isn't on target for me. I think it's a little on the flat side which is a little disappointing. I wouldn't need to buy this beer again, but it was nice to try.

Knapp85, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of PorterLocoBro
2.96/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this Brewmaster Select Asahi Amber Lager from a 12-oz. bottle into a collins glass because I didn't have any other glassware at the time. It has a a soapy stench, the usual boring light beer smell that's acidic with a vegetable hint, nothing surprising or outstanding. In the glass it barely holds a weak, bubbly head. It has an interesting light amber brown with a yellow frame, looks somewhat like an Amber ale at first glance, yet no cloudiness; the lacing is poor, as in like non-existant.

For a macrobrew pale lager, it has an appropriate level of carbonation and burn. The finish, though tasting good, feels boring, like the water run-off from a bowl of oatmeal. The taste really is not too bad, if you can get past the weird soapy flavor, it has an enjoyable but short-lived, grainy, almost wheat finish. It is disappointingly free from the bitterness of hops and the shock of alcohol. To compare it to its appropriate competition, it is superior in flavor to Coors, Sapporo, Kirin, Bud Light and definitely Miller Light without being hardly as refreshing.

Overall, this beer is okay for a light mass-produced lager. Although I enjoyed the overall color, the lacing was pathetic and the head was quick to dissipate. It does smell pretty bad, but the flavor is generally superior to most big name, mass-produced American lagers. Despite being grossly tangy, I enjoyed the finishing wheat taste to the competition's regular nastiness. I recommend drinking this beer slightly below room temperature, roughly between 55 and 65 degrees fahrenheit, to help emphasize its strengths, and if not at that temperature than icy cold to help cover up the gross soapy, tangy vegetable flavor. I would probably recommend it over any other light, vastly marketed Japanese or American macrobrew.

PorterLocoBro, Dec 05, 2013
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3/5  rDev -1.6%

t2grogan, Oct 05, 2014
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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
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3/5  rDev -1.6%

pperez38, Dec 01, 2011
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3/5  rDev -1.6%

EthansBeer, Dec 25, 2012
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3/5  rDev -1.6%

rdoggg, May 09, 2014
Photo of armock
3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured a copper color with a white head that fades pretty quickly

S - Is faint of sweet grainy malt

T - Not much going on like the smell grainy malt

M - This beer has a light body with high carbonation to it

D - Pretty much just an average beer nothing was outstanding but at the same time it wasn't a bad beer

armock, Jan 28, 2009
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3/5  rDev -1.6%

AndrewMichael, Feb 01, 2012
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Asahi Select from Asahi Breweries Ltd
73 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.