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Asahi Select - Asahi Breweries Ltd

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BA SCORE
73
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55 Ratings
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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 30
rAvg: 3.04
pDev: 16.78%
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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Photo of BEERchitect
2.6/5  rDev -14.5%
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 Knapp85
2.93/5  rDev -3.6%
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 ChainGangGuy
3.1/5  rDev +2%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Apr 13, 2008
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.58/5  rDev +17.8%
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 RblWthACoz
3.08/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

RblWthACoz, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of Slatetank
2.93/5  rDev -3.6%
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 russpowell
3.93/5  rDev +29.3%
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 Mora2000
2.3/5  rDev -24.3%
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 wrightst
2.75/5  rDev -9.5%

wrightst, Jun 06, 2014
Photo of weeare138
3.8/5  rDev +25%
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 chinchill
3.2/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

chinchill, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -1.3%
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 tone77
3.53/5  rDev +16.1%
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 twenty5
1.25/5  rDev -58.9%

twenty5, May 10, 2013
Photo of Pegasus
3.03/5  rDev -0.3%
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 RonaldTheriot
3.14/5  rDev +3.3%
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 armock
3/5  rDev -1.3%
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
Photo of AndrewMichael
3/5  rDev -1.3%

AndrewMichael, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of mpalestino
3.25/5  rDev +6.9%

mpalestino, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of t2grogan
3/5  rDev -1.3%

t2grogan, Oct 05, 2014
Photo of bennetj17
3.3/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

bennetj17, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.65/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

SkeeterHawk, Sep 22, 2006
Photo of Raziel313
3.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Raziel313, Sep 09, 2013
Photo of connecticutpoet
2.73/5  rDev -10.2%
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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Asahi Select from Asahi Breweries Ltd
73 out of 100 based on 55 ratings.