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Asahi Super Dry - Asahi Breweries Ltd

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Asahi Super DryAsahi Super Dry

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BA SCORE
64
poor

1,221 Ratings
THE BROS
55
awful

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Ratings: 1,221
Reviews: 480
rAvg: 2.7
pDev: 22.96%
Wants: 19
Gots: 144 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Japan

Style | ABV
Japanese Rice Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-15-2002

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Ratings: 1,221 | Reviews: 480
Reviews by Mr3dPHD:
Photo of Mr3dPHD
2.11/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Served in a large bottle poured in a pint glass.

A - Light yellow hue with a medium white head. Pretty fizzy.

S - Not too much going on here. There is a faint hoppy aroma in there somewhere, but nothing too exciting.

T - Very mild. Slight seltzer flavor with a mildly hoppy aftertaste. Definitely dry in the finish as advertised.

M/D - Pretty heavy on the fizz for my taste. The combination of the high carbonation and the dry finish muted out what little flavor there was to begin with. This was about as drinkable as a glass of ice cold club soda.

More User Reviews:
Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and subdued hay and grass aromas. Taste is much the same with watery grain, hay, and grass flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer with aromas and flavors that get worse as the beer warms up.

Photo of t2grogan
2/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Really bland. Typical lager. Not very good.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
2.88/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Asahi Super Dry. Poured in to a stange glass for fun. Figured it would help charactor. I was right.

A- Pours a nice mildly hued straw yellow fluid that is followed by a very stable fluffy white head that sticks around till the end of the beer. Leaves mild but nice lacing for the type of beer.

S- Rice and barley....simple beer. But nice lager smell.

T- Simple flavors of a yeasty rice kick followed by simple malts (very little if any.)
Hop tart is possible at the end. Almost a metallic finish aftertaste.

M-D- For a rice lager it is very easy to drink with only the normal american adjuct lager distractions. That being said, slightly easier on the buds with a nice smoothness that is water-like. I could consume in mass amounts.

Photo of generallee
3.33/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: It was poured from a 1000ml can into a German Masskrug. The can offers very little info about the beer. There is only a short description. It has no freshness date or abv%.

Appearance: A bright golden colored beer with great clarity and some carbonation fills my big German mug. On top I got a tall bright white head of foam that quickly faded to a thin wispy covering and as I drank it only made some light spotty lacing.

Smell: In the nose there is very little to pick up. All I got was a light cracker like maltiness with a wisp of grassy hops.

Taste/Palate: The flavor is simple, light and refreshing. I get a mild dry biscuity/cracker like malt base with a light kiss of hop bitterness. The finish is dry and a tad astringent. It has a light body with light carbonation and a thin watery feel.

Notes: Simple plain and yes dry.

Photo of EsoxLucius
1.91/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Super "Dry" Asahi... for starters, I live in the center of Canada and the bottle I bought was clearly marked 'Product of Thailand' by "Khon Kaen" brewery. Regardless, the bottle also states, 'brewed under supervision of Asahi Breweries Ltd. Tokyo, Japan.

To the review!

Appearance: Thin head, virtually nothing left over, and very little lacing. It's a very nice yellow. Looks nice, very clean.

Smell: smelled a bit spicy (could be a combination of malt and the alcohol smell making that) mixed with some bit of grassy smell with an initial blast of skunk leaving the bottle into the glass.

Taste: Homer Simpson can be quoted as saying "Hello, taste?" to a rice cake... that pretty much sums it up for me. Apart from a grassy taste left over after I burped on purpose trying to find something, this is a low point and one of the most flavorless beers I've had, ever. The initial tastes that were tasted could be seen as sweet and grassy that vanished almost instantly after swallowing, that's about it.

Mouth: The carbonation was the only thing that reminded me I was drinking a beer, very, very, very thin. Like fizzy water that had some lawn trimmings tossed into it, then blended up.

Drink: I guess if one likes tasting and feeling virtually nothing then it'd be great, I'm not that one.

I like substance and flavor, so this did not meet my cut. I believe that there is no beer in the world that deserves an F as I love beer too much to fail one and no matter how bad a beer is, it could likely be safer than local water of the area... but this was pretty bad and not worth the premium price.

Photo of Jason
2.28/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Had one of the big bottles, 21 ozs? States that it is brewed in Canada by Molson. Bit darker than I thought it was going to be with a strawish golden colour ... the head lacked big time. Husky almost metal-like aroma, little hay in there also. Thought it would be bone dry but there was a touch of residuals in the front, crisp finish was very dry. Lots of husky malt with metallic undertones from an astringent flavour, hops were quick and snappish with a sharp bitterness that went hand and hand with the husk flavour. Not a beer that I'll go back to.

Photo of RastaRhino420
2.1/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.25

A disappointing beer with a nice can

Photo of Mora2000
2.63/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours basic macro yellow with a white head. Aroma is that of a basic macro lager with some sweetness. Flavor is more of the same with a little more sweetness than you get with American macro lagers. You also get some hop bitterness, but it is subdued. Thin mouthfeel and highly carbonated. Not a terrible beer, but not something I think I will try again.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
2.88/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I never buy beer when I go out for sushi, but I figured I'd try it this time; the night just kind of demanded it. I've had Sapporo before, so I gave this one a go.

Poured into a nondescript lager glass. Light golden, a fairly stable foamy head that initially provided some lacing. Totally dissolved halfway through.

The nose is typically bland; light hops, a bit of grains, not much else. Non-offending though, and I didn't detect tin, which warrants some recognition.

The taste was fine, at least initially. Nothing too exciting, just your typical run of the mill pale lager with that unique rice character to it. Did the job during my meal, but I enjoyed this brew less and less as I continued.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery, perfect for eating heavy sushi, but that's about it.

Meh. Not particularly memorable, nor is it worth picking up again. There are better pales out there for the price, and I hate giving Molson money. I wish we could better brews from asia, because other than Sinha, it's all bland macro lagers. I know there are better brews than this.

Photo of NicholasCasber
2.95/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Rated on price and availability:

A: This beer was a fairly average golden color, nothing too out of the ordinary with a steady head.

S: Smelled of nice grain, but a slight bitter note.

T: This was, as the name implies, fairly dry, which was not really a bad thing. As someone aforementioned, it'd be a good beer on a hot day, but more on that later. It was fairly similar to a Bud Light, or some other light American lager.

M: The mouthfeel, was bright and bubbly, which I did note did end on a dry end. The reason I think this would be a good beer on a hot day, it's light, refreshing, not too full for multiple, and that's what I liked about this beer, I could probably consume multiple and still be thirsty.

D: I rated this low, because it still has a season in mind for my beer. While I know that this is average for most beer drinkers I'm looking for a beer that, no matter the season, will quench my thirst, still this makes me want it to be a hot summer day.

Overall, I'd highly suggest this, despite my low rating, but it's nothing too special. Cheers.

Photo of Cavanaghty
1.22/5  rDev -54.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass at Disney's Epcot.

Appearance: Amber with a thin white head. No lacing on the glass.

Smell: Horrible skunky smell. Not pleasant.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste was skunked almost sour. Barely taste some hops.

Overall: One of the worse beers I've ever had. Will not have this one again.

Photo of mjtiernan
2.53/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

33.8 oz can poured into a mason jar

A: Quite a large bone-white head that quickly reduced to about half a finger. This beer is the definition of yellow. Very clear with noticeably active carbonation.

S: Some floral hops. Better than I expected. If I didn’t know better, I’d say this was a respectable Czech pilsner.

T: Whoa. This has almost zero flavor. Neutral. I keep taking bigger gulps as an attempt to discern the flavor, but it’s difficult. There is a very slight bitterness in the finish that alerts me to the fact that this isn’t actually water, but it isn’t much. I wonder if it is some sort of twisted breakthrough that the brewers were able to impart such a nice hop aroma, yet have virtually none of it represented in the flavor. If so, then this is award-winning stuff.

M: Incredibly drinkable, yet almost completely unsatisfying. It is beer right? This is 5%?

O: One of the easier reviews I’ve written as there wasn’t much to write about. The weird thing is that I might actually review it more favorably than some other "real" beers because it is the least offensive beer I’ve ever consumed. The bad ones are at least flavorful...even if I dislike them.

Photo of jsolack
2.08/5  rDev -23%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance:
Like a Bud Light or Miller Light

Smell:
Very light and soapy smell.

Taste:
Bright and slightly sour taste. Overall pretty bland.

Mouthfeel.
A bit flat in the mouth... feels pretty watery.

Drinkability:
Kinda plain and bland. Seems as though it's missing something...

Photo of sammy44
2.47/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a very large bottle. Poured a clear straw colored yellow with a minimum of head. Looks like a typical American beer. Very little aroma, a little bit of a hop smell.

Taste is a little dry, a little hop bite. Nothing exciting.

Some carbonation on the tongue is the only mouthfeel worth noting. About as drinkable as a typical American beer. Does work well cleansing the palate between the tuna roll and the salmon nigri at the sushi bar.

Photo of ehammond1
2.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle

Ahi Sushi
San Marcos, CA

A clear, golden highly-carbonated beer with a quickly forming but a quickly disappearing white head. Little to no lacing down the glass.

A slight sweet aroma with some corn and grain elements. At least nothing smells off or foul here.

A clean and crisp flavor with a touch of sweetness and some grainy corn (and rice, I suppose) flavor throughout.

Thin to medium mouthfeel with plenty of carbonation. Crisp and clean.

It is what it is, and it isn't much.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.38/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A 500ml bottle with a BB of March 2012. Despite being a famous 'Japanese' beer, this is brewed under licence by Shepherd Neame.

Poured into a straight pint glass. A pale straw hue with perfect clarity and good carbonation. Forms a large head of white foam that lasts for a minute or two before subsiding. Aroma is very faint; a hint of light malt and rice with some sweetness. A whisper of stewed hops and a mild stale note in the background.

Tastes of light malt with a dry finish. Some rice/grain notes and mild stewed hops. A stale flavour in the background. Mouthfeel is light and watery, with prickly carbonation. An unpleasant harsh aftertaste - not nice.

Bah - another boring lager. All the consistency and flavour of water, along with some unpleasant undertones. Worthless; avoid it!

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.19/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Super weak straw yellow, muddled clarity, super thin head which quickly disappears. Aroma was restrained and mild, like rice.

Certainly fits the 'dry' moniker, but so does bud 'dry'. Lacks hops. Lacks malt or any toasting. Just a palate cleansing beer, good for if you want to taste food, or wash up your mouth before a beer with taste. Crisp, dry, clean, even a little bit bitter and metallic.

Ok, so why is this so expensive?

Photo of ADR
2.18/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Clear medium gold appearance with a slight white head that turns down quickly. Little glass adhesion. Lawn clippings aroma, light grass and associated aromatics and weedy huskiness. Lots of carbonation, at first matching a lightly sweet graininess but later, re-inforcing some very astringent hop and metallic flavors. As in some, the overcarbonation makes the sharpness linger into the aftertaste, popping up the back of the nasal cavity. The finish of this beer is its downfall -- unsettling, medicinal, and gassy...

Photo of chinchill
2.68/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle BB dated 8/2014.

Pours light yellow gold with a fragile and sudsy head. No lacing on the glass.

Aroma: some light bready malts with a touch of rice and floral hops.
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Flavor: Mild; a touch sweet up front and very mildly bitter by the finish. Not as flavorful as one might hope.

Feel: Very smooth, light body; medium carbonation.

O: a decent and prototypical Japanese rice beer, but simple and not much flavor.

Photo of rastaman
2.1/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

One of those drinkable but not interesting beers, a bit expensive for what you get, not much taste, dry-ish and a bit grainy, only drink it if the weathers hot.

Photo of Brenden
3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is a very clear light but very bright gold. A bit of head rises up spritzy but not without substance, but it does fade quickly and little foam is left. A touch of lacing is left around.
There's a grains presence in the nose. A little bit of something like straw with a mild sweetness and green apple tartness pretty much make it up.
There's no real hops presence here and a bit of dry malts. Green apple with a little sourness but not the terrible sourness of some adjuncts combines with a light sweetness.
"Super dry" might be a stretch; it goes pretty dry in the finish, but I'd call it semi-dry overall. It's light as expected, with a constant carbonation keeping it from flatness. I'd expect it to be a bit crisper, though it is to a point, and it's not terribly lacking smoothness either.

Photo of CloudStrife
2.89/5  rDev +7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz beer poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a clear pale golden with a 1.5 finger white head. Average visible carbonation. Head sticks around for a few minutes before dissipating.

S: Reminds me of most macro beers but with a bit more sweetness and I suppose that is rice coming through.

T: A slight variation and twist on the macro-tasting brew I was expecting. The rice gives it a sake sort of taste but on a much lighter booze scale.

M: Good carbonation and it does have a clean finish. Pretty smooth and easy drinking in regards to mouthfeel.

Overall not something I would seek out but am not disappointed. Has a unique flavor that I'll sit on the fence whether I like or not.

Photo of biboergosum
2.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

500ml can. "Super" dry just sounds mildly unappetizing, doesn't it?

This beer pours an ultra-clear, super-pale golden straw colour, with two fingers of loosely foamy, rather sudsy off-white head, which leaves a small ring of drooping soap scum lace around the glass as it hastily recedes.

It smells of more grainy than glutinous sour rice 'malt', a thankfully restrained touch of acetone stank, and subtle earthy, weedy hops. The taste is semi-sweet rice husks, with a hint of rice cake 'breadiness', a surprising dearth of the unpleasant sourness proffered in the nose, and some strangely astringent, and actually spicy metallic noble hops.

The carbonation is fairly low-key, with a slight, understated frothiness, the body on the far side of medium-light weight, and kind of clammy in its otherwise plain-ass smoothness. It finishes off-dry, and relatively clean, but with the echoes of a rice pudding sweetness.

Not exactly something one should endeavor to quaff on its own, but easy enough to put back alongside some spicy Japanese fare, the kind made for accommodating (or maybe vice-versa) the kind of hideous sweet and tangy character of this offering. I'm guessing 'Super' somehow translates to "now less sickly malty, and with a metallic offset instead". Pardon my French.

Photo of mintjellie
3.23/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Can says it's brewed and canned by Asahi Breweries Limited, Tokyo, Japan.

Poured from the 500mL can into a pils glass. A gentle pour, having to stop halfway through and let things settle a bit, leaves a surprising two finger head over a straw gold body. Head fades moderately fast to a thin cap. A few small patches of lace stick to the glass. Visibly fizzy.

Smells of hay and grain. There's a little bit of grass in the background. Very subdued.

Begins with a quick hit of mild sweet grain. This is followed by a grassy, metallic bitterness. Bitterness level is mild. Bitterness becomes more pronounced as the beer warms. Dry, crisp finish.

Feels thin, watery, and spritzy. Nothing special, but refreshing on a hot day. Aside from feeling light in the mouth, it feels light in the stomach as well. I'd say its pretty drinkable.

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Asahi Super Dry from Asahi Breweries Ltd
64 out of 100 based on 1,221 ratings.