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Asahi Super Dry - Asahi Breweries Ltd

Asahi Super DryAsahi Super Dry

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894 Ratings

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Ratings: 894
Reviews: 433
rAvg: 2.7
pDev: 22.22%

Brewed by:
Asahi Breweries Ltd visit their website

Style | ABV
Japanese Rice Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-15-2002)
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Ontario (Canada)

3.18/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500 mL can; no freshness date apparent. Haven't had any Japanese lagers in a while...

The brew pours a bright golden-yellow colour, atop which is seated roughly a finger of puffy white head. It lasts for a minute or two before dissipating and leaving a soapy cap and collar on the surface. *Very* faint aroma, with only subtle hints of sweet grains and grass. Similar to domestic pale lagers but a bit cleaner.

Taste is of grainy malts and rice, with some light honey sweetness and a bit of grass. A little drying in the finish, but calling it 'super dry' is misleading at best, and a blatant lie at worst. No real hop presence. Finishes mostly clean, with only that twinge of dryness. Light-bodied with appropriately high carbonation, and it's as easy to throw back as any pale lager.

Not interesting in the least, but it's crisp, refreshing, and palatable enough (or at the very least, not especially unpalatable). Drier than Sapporo Premium, but in the grand scheme of things not much different from most mediocre rice lagers. Something to pass on if you're not a fan of the style, but it works well enough with sushi or salty snacks.

Serving type: can

11-02-2011 03:41:36 | More by thehyperduck
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Sure the Japanese can make a good car...but can they brew a decent beer? In order to answer this important question, Bucky picked up a 500 ml can of Asahi Super Dry ("ASD") produced by Asahi Breweries Limited ("Asahi") of Tokyo. ASD was 5.0% alcohol by volume, and apparently has a production date printed on the bottom of the can. If anyone can decipher any of the following to come up with a production date, please let me know because I can't figure it out: U/0850C A283.

Asahi was founded in Osaka in 1889 as the Osaka Beer Company. Since that time the brewery has grown organically and through multiple acquisitions. In 1987 it introduced Asahi Super Dry, which initiated the Japanese craze for dry beer and became Asahi's flagship brand.A dry beer is one in which the beer is fermented longer and more thoroughly, decreasing the sugars left at the end of fermentation.

ASD poured a very clear golden yellow colour with lots of large visible carbonation bubbles. Pouring produced 1/2" of bubbly, extremely short-lived white head which left no spotting or lacing down the glass. Its aroma was quite mild, sweet light malts with hops in the background.The flavour began with a sweet light maltiness, with a delayed impact moderate bitterness after swallowing the beer and a dry finish. All very subdued. The carbonation was quite active though, but stopped short of prickly, and I would describe the beer as light bodied with a watery mouthfeel. In summary, I can't figure out why this beer is so big in Japan. It's certainly not offensive in any way, but there's really nothing here to bring me back for another. At $2.60 per 500 ml can, ASD is not inexpensive.

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Definitely can taste the rice adjunct. Leans towards a sweeter side. Light malt.

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Asahi Super Dry from Asahi Breweries Ltd
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