Asahi Super Dry | Asahi Breweries Ltd

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Style: Japanese Rice Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-15-2002

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Photo of kitschiguy
1.09/5  rDev -59.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

Drank from a pint glass on draft at a pub in Hong Kong.

This stuff is absolutely everywhere in Hong Kong and for some reason most people think it's good - probably just because it's Japanese. Don't be fooled..

I drank it this time because the bar I was in only had cheapo mass-produced abominations like this available.

Pale yellow and nothing to look at apart from a massive chemically produced head which disappeared immediately and left no lacing whatsoever. Rubbish.

Nose has some detectable aromas although they are virtually indescribable in beer terms; metallic and chemical-like. Very unpleasant.

Palate is pretty much the same. Very weak, watery. Unpleasant.

Mouth is very poor. Artificial carbonation, watery. Horrible.

An overwhelmingly and depressingly poor beer. Made even worse by the fact so many people think it's good. Brewed by Carlsberg in China. Please don't drink this craps.

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Photo of AlexLMS
1.15/5  rDev -57.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pours with a pale gold colour (almost straw). The head is white and low with a very poor retention and no lacing. Very clear.
A very weak aroma with some husky notes.
The taste is adjuncty with a citrus presence. The bitterness is offensive to the palate. No malts and very little hops presence.
It is very dry and kind of puckery with an acceptable level of carbonation. Low alcohol strength. The finish is dry and tart.

Asahi is not an enjoyable lager. It is too puckery and disagreeable in the mouth. First and last time.

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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.

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Photo of pootz
1.23/5  rDev -54.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Poured a sickly pale straw color... tiny white cap that vanishes immediately, no lace, no aroma, no real taste...but very crisp and dry...acheived with agressive infused carbonation and bittering oils. Much like club soda with lemon. At least this is one mega brewer with the guts to ’fess up to using rice as a main ingedient.

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Photo of cyrenaica
1.47/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

500ml can
5.1% ABV
I tried this beer on August 13, 2008 after purchasing from one of my local LCBO outlets. The beer poured a translucent pale gold colour with very little head. The aroma was grainy malt with some hoppiness. The mouthfeel was thin bodied, watery, and highly carbonated. The flavour is grainy and otherwise tasteless.

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Photo of AlexJ
1.5/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Very pale gold with a sizzling white head that almost instantly disappears.

Aroma is very much like a wet dog with some grain and cereal notes.

Unfortunately the wet animal flavor is predominant in the flavor as well. It has an unpleasant sort of sweetness and no malt or hop character whatsoever.

Body is thin, fizzy, and watery. I drank about 3 sips and the rest went down the drain. Avoid.

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Photo of dacrza1
1.51/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Date tasted: July 21, 2013 ... Glassware: Baltika stange... Occasion: looking forward to rest after a fun trip to LBI--and a new mattress upstairs....Appearance: clear golden body with slim bubbles; head flourishes and quickly dissipates, leaves spongelike, wide gaps between foamy nooks and crannies... Aroma: funky corn adjuncts plague the nostrils; slight suggestion of floral hops, but they are beaten back by macro malt... Palate: clean, slightly irregular finish with some warmth at its end; rather watery with little character...Taste: light bitterness from the malt adjunct makes this a rather bland mouth rinser; exhibits little of its promised "richness"... Overall: at $1.99 for a 38-ounce can, one could argue this beer actually gives the drinker his money's worth... unfortunately, this beer didn't have to come from Japan to deliver its pedestrian malty, bitterly bland least there was a lot of it?...

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Photo of rye726
1.53/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This lager pours a light golden color and holds a poor whitish head. The nose is mostly ricey malts and stale hops. The taste, unfortunately, is not much different. Really light with rice and grass. A watery body is highly carbonated. Not the most drinkable brew as it does not taste very good.

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Photo of Jamesthebrit
1.53/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A: Twist off!!!! Haven't had a twist off in forever. Also I was mad to see that this bad boy was brewed in Canada... I guess I don't understand. Otherwise an epic pour yields little head. Pours super light. Head stays around for a while though. Light light light golden color. Lots of bubbles.

S: Bleh, smells like stale yeast. Watery. That's about it.

T: Water at first with just a little bit of yeast and malt. Then some stale hops that are dry indeed. The goal was for light I see but it doesn't finish clean which for a light beer like this is maybe not so good.

M: Sits light. No flavor development. Bad linger.

This is quite bad. I the goal for light beer was not very well attained with the attempt at flavor here ending in a stale imprecise bitterness. Pass on this one.

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Photo of ThinkAgain
1.58/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Pours a pale straw color with fine bubbles rising to the top of the pilsner glass forming a thick sea foam head. The nose is of sweet corn syrup and malt. The taste is like the smell with a light mouth feel and high drink ability. Not my cup of tea and quite tasteless. I am a imperial stout and Belgian style guy so lagers don't really impress me. Not bad but not good either. Easy drinking my watery

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Photo of Overlord
1.61/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

The local, hole in the wall asian restaurants in my area have a bad habit of offering two, or if I'm lucky, three, beers. I had a choice of this, Sapporo, or Bud Light (didn't see Budweiser ...?) Knowing that I hate Sapporo, figured I'd give this a try.

While I wouldn't agree with AlexJ that it tasted like "wet dog", it was a very, very bad beer. Came nearly flat out of the can (I watched them pour it ... classy), maybe a patch of bubbles. It was clean and dry tasting, I'll give them that, but more like a club soda with a bad aftertaste.

Smell? Mouthfeel? No. Just ... no.

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Photo of Oxymoron
1.63/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

It is what it is. Pours a light copper very similar to the color of brown rice. Also there is little to no head & no lacing. It seems light and lacks substance when tiping. This beer makes Uncle Ben look attractive.

Very limited nose. Some notes of rice and very feignt husky notes but very limited. Boarderline water aroma.

The rice flavor comes out a bit but really is limited on taste overall. Mostly a watered down with some lighter malt taste that gives it a somewhat realitive beer taste. The hop flavor is nonexsistant. The dry flavor is limited but gives it more of a cardbord flavor instead.

The body is light but with some generic sweetness on the back end. A nice crispness but not much to the beer overall.

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Photo of TexIndy
1.7/5  rDev -37%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle with no dating info into a pint glass. It was a very pale straw color. It had a decent white head that quickly faded into a thin foam fed by average carb. The aroma was awful. Skunked with no other redeming qualities to it. The taste was just as bad. Mouthfeel was very watery. Just not a good beer at all and would never have again. Would rather have a Bud Light than this mess. (1.5, NA, ML, N)

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Photo of norwichboy
1.71/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This was on tap, and comes in its own straight sided frosted glass with "Asahi" on one side and two japanese characters on the other. Very striking. The contents of course are more ordinary looking, clear straw coloured, largish bubbles. A small coarsely bubbled white head that does last and leaves a few transient dots of lace when swirled. There is virtually no smell or taste. When I close my eyes, yes, I can still tell it's beer I'm drinking but only by the faintest hint of grain and hops. The mouthfeel is rather watery and a bit overcarbonated.

Obviously catering to a market that don't really want a beer that's going to challenge the tastebuds, which is fine. There's certainly nothing unpleasant about it. I can also imagine it being a good accompaniment to Japanese food, the "clean crisp taste" complementing a cuisine focused on fresh ingredients and letting the delicate flavours of the food have the limelight. However for me there are plenty of other mass produced lagers that offer more than this. In both the UK and Australia Asahi is marketed as a premium lager with a corresponding price tag, but all you are getting for this is the packaging. I had a sip of my wife's Nastro Azzuro and this was in a different league by comparison.

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Photo of ernie
1.71/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

33 cl brown bottle for European market tasted in Japanese restaurant. Could find a better companion to my mushroom stew.

Beer is pale, with tiny bubbles, with almost no head. Smell faint and rather artificial. Start dry, body thin and nearly tasteless, finish very dry, on the bitter side, aftertaste bitter, short.

It seems like the guys at Asahi have gone to far in their effort to make a 'clean & dry' beer. Avoid!

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Photo of Viggo
1.74/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a clear yellow, medium sized fluffy white head forms, some spotty lace, no retention. Smell is really sweet, ricy, some caramel, and a little citrus. Taste is almost nonexistant, little bit of malt, some rice, bread, citrus, thats it. Mouthfeel is light bodied, medium carbonation, and a dry finish.

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Photo of mikeg67
1.77/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

12 oz bottle from Japanese restaurant. Pours Corona color with hay, grassy nose and metallic, skunky, hoppy taste. No malt balance in this brew at all. I really had to struggle to finish the bottle. I think I would be much better off ordering Heineken.

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Photo of Charthepirate
1.78/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured a golden yellow in a chilled glass. Head settled quickly leaving no lace. Bottle said "brewed in canada by Molson brewing."

Smell is highly malty, smells of rice and corn in there too.

Flavor is highly astringent. Adjuncts were here, and lots of them. In no way shape or form a pleasant flavor. At the end the dry bitter hops kick in. Super dry isn't kidding.

So dry and carbonated theres not much flavor to this one. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone at a japaenese restaurant.

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Photo of Knapp85
1.8/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Wasn't able to get much of a rice flavor from this. I've had other beers from Japan that do have flavors of rice in it. Anyway this beer was another Pale Yellow in color Lager, the smell of malts are all that I got out of it. No aroma of hops. My favorite thing about this beer is the label.

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Photo of brdc
1.81/5  rDev -33%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

This is really hard to describe. It looks reasonable, pale yellow and very clear, with a foamy white head. But there is little retention, no lacing.
Smell is bland, rice water or smoething similar, faint alcohol, perhaps sligh hoppiness.
Very very thin on the palate, taste is watery, somewhat dry with faint hoppy notes.
Do not waste your time.

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
1.81/5  rDev -33%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I guess I should start off by saying that I wasn't expecting much from this beer, and I got even less than that. This beer is just horrible. It is very dry and I can't say that it plays to its advantage. This is falls into the swill macro class. I am really gonna have a hard time finishing this one. I think I am gonna need a SN stout chaser.

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Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
1.84/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours into a pint glass an EXTREMELY light yellow. A couple shades from crystal-clear with a thin white head that disappears within a half of a minute.

Smells of steamed corn. boiled rice, and steel. No hops. Nothing else.

Has an odd raw shrimp taste... I don't know about this. Anyway, similar to the nose, you tase lots of pure adjunct flavors. Heavy on the corn taste. Once again, no hops. It is indeed dry, however.

Light bodied, similar to sparkling water. Not very drinkable. Fairly unpleasant to drink.

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Photo of soulgrowl
1.85/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Surprisingly nice head, a creamy meringue-white, light and soft with fairly good retention. Body is a pale, clear, brassy dandelion color.

Smell: Nasty enteric tangy sweetness, cornmeal, and hay.

Taste: Dry, but nowhere near super dry (which may be why "dry" is written in quotes on the can). Weird, blunt, vaguely citric hoppish acidic bitterness accompanies sweet adjuncts with an odd alcoholic edge and a distinctly popcorny flavor.

Mouthfeel: Light yet syrupy; unpleasant on the palate and worse going down.

Drinkability: It's not bad ice-cold and straight out of the can... but even then it's not exactly a joy to drink. Not recommended.

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Photo of jerryj
1.86/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

after almost a year and a half in japan, i decided to try out the most popular beer in the country in which i'd been living.

so, i went down to a vending machine near my residence. ¥250 and the push of a button later, i had a can that reminded me of a good 'ole coors light in my hand. i prepared myself for the same watery drinkability of a coors light.

my mistake.

immediately, thoughts of vomit entered my head. initial gut reaction was to spit this out, but i respect beer too much... even terrible beer. i gave it another sip. i couldn't even taste the rice that was supposed to be the base. a strong and dry alcohol taste is prevalent, to the point of artificiality. in terms of the mouthfeel of the beer, that's probably the best point. the carbonation is what you'd expect of a macro beer, and rather well-balanced.

they say the dry taste appeals to the japanese palate, and sales show that it's the best-selling beer in japan. that being said, i'd recommend avoiding this beer at all costs. seriously, i've had better hopposhu.

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Photo of cproioi
1.88/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Urine color yellow with a white head that left some lacing.

S: Smelled like a macro to me. Smelled heavily of adjuncts mainly rice (Duh).

T: Tasted like an overpriced macro.

M: Highly carbonated. Very watery

D: Easily drank but not good at all. I was very disappointed seeing I ordered this beer for my birthday lunch, went out for sushi, and was severely let down.

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Asahi Super Dry from Asahi Breweries Ltd
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