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Asahi Super Dry - Asahi Breweries Ltd

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BA SCORE
64
poor

1,179 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,179
Reviews: 460
rAvg: 2.7
pDev: 22.96%
Wants: 12
Gots: 114 | 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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Photo of Sammy
3.23/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Match with suhi. Was better in Japan where fresher and less watery or corn tasting. Dry! Have to follow up with a full 16 oz. water. Not for everyone. Slight lemon finish and liked it with a slice of lemon. Good for its style but not much going on for you beer pros.

Photo of spycow
2.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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 djrn2
2.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of acurtis
1.5/5  rDev -44.4%

Photo of Texasfan549
2/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of kjkinsey
2/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of metter98
2.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that quickly died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass. The head nearly completely faded away, leaving only a thin collar and some bits of lacing running down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of rice adjuncts are present in the nose along with notes of grassy bops and hints of grainy malts.
T: Similar to the smell, the initial taste has flavors of rice adjuncts and bits of associated sweetness, but any traces of the latter are quickly canceled out by a light to moderate amount of bitterness from the hops.
M: It feels light-bodied, clean and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish and the bitterness tingles your tongue a little.
O: This beer seems a little bland, but there's a surprising amount of hop bitterness that prevents the malts from becoming overly sweet.

Serving type: can

Photo of olradetbalder
1.75/5  rDev -35.2%

Photo of kylehay2004
2.58/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: thin head on pale golden body.

S: sweet corn and a touch tangy with earthy and grain notes.

T: watery overall with light pale malts, strange slightly pungent semisweet finish.

M: light body and high carbonation. dry finish as advertised.

Overall: Just a beer. Nothing special but the members of this genre are pretty much all the same.

Photo of ygtbsm94
2.25/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Can: Poured a light bright golden color lager with a large bubbly head with average retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of sweet malt with minimal adjunct being noticeable. Taste is also dominated by light sweet malt with a bland finish. Not the worst pale lager out there and with well hidden adjunct it is still quaffable with my sushi.

Photo of jaydoc
2/5  rDev -25.9%

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

Lucent light gold, just dark enough to escape being called straw yellow. An abundance of fine carbonation can be seen rushing up to the soft, foamy, eggshell white head. Within minutes it slows to a trickle. A small amount of lace can be seen on the glass.

Asahi Super Dry smells like a thousand other adjunct lagers: slightly sour grain, sharply pungent noble hops +/- a little skunkiness. Thankfully, there doesn't appear to be any skunkiness here. The nose does absolutely nothing to distinguish itself or to make me anticipate good things on the palate. It doesn't taste as bad as I'd feared, but is no great shakes either.

The flavor isn't as sour as the nose suggested and is helped by a touch of sweetness at the start. It all fades pretty quickly and doesn't really have an opportunity to offend. It's very low on the boldness-of-flavor scale, but as with most beer in this 'why bother?' style, that's a positive. I could actually down a few of these if they were ice-cold and if nothing better was available. The body is thin and is indistinguishable from water on the finish. Mmmm... water.

The label says that Asahi Super Dry has 'excellent richness' (uh... no), 'truly refreshing drinkability' (okay, I'll give 'em that one since I'm feeling generous) and has 'satin smoothness' (not a chance). One out of three is pretty good in baseball, and might even win you a batting crown, but doesn't cut it in this case. Avoid this one.

Photo of mikesgroove
2.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this with dinner last night at the Hibachi steakhouse. It was the last one on their menu I had not tried, so you know I had to try it. Poured a pale golden yellow, very clear with lots of visible carbonation coming up from the bottom of the glass. Initial head was a big white fizzy mess that dropped back down to earth, or nothing, and essentially left a pale yellow fizzy liquid in front of me. No lace to speak of whatsoever. Smell was very light grain or rice. It did have a noticeable smell though which was an improvement over my first beer(see last review). The feel was very crisp, short lived, with a clean, and a slightly dry finish, not super dry or whatever that should mean. The flavors were somewhat muted, what was there was a grainy, yeasty, rice sort of taste, like a liquid crispix beer. Served ice cold this is not that bad, and it is definatly drinkable, if it is ice cold. I have had worse beers, and I have had alot better. I would really like to try a damn fine Japanese beer, it seems the only ones I ever see are these muted macro lagers. Someone bring on something good!

Photo of SocalKicks
3/5  rDev +11.1%

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.

Photo of largadeer
3/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.36/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours from the bottle a clear, light yellow body with a tall, airy, white head.

Smell: Simple though agreeable aroma of lightly malted barley, rice, and a light hint of Noble hops.

Taste: Lightly sweet, mild tastes of malted barley and rice. Faint bitterness and hint of spiciness imparted by the hops. Finishes dry, crisp, and cleansingly refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: It's okay, really. While mild, it is clean and crisp with no discernible off-flavors - as a lager should be. I'd say it would be a good go-to beverage for pairing with sushi, but, that's what the sake is for!

Photo of StonedTrippin
2.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

nah. id rather have water with my sushi i think. pours pisswater yellow with zero head. smells like metallic mass produced adjunct crap, but doesnt taste nearly as bad. actually some nice tang in the malt flavor and a sort of hoppy back end. mouthfeel is brutally light, but with enough carbonation to get the food moving. overall this is not a craft lager, but the rice malt makes it unique to a degree, and its lightness makes it crazy drinkable. have quite a few before you realize you dont like it, ya know?

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 zeff80
2.8/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a clear, gold color with a white, one-finger head. Leaves no lacing.

S - It smelled of rice and grains.

T - It tasted of rice and yeast. A hint of bitterness.

M - It is crisp and sharp on the tongue. A light-bodied beer.

D - This isn't bad. It is the first I've ever had of the stye. It is still fairly similiar to most import lagers.

Photo of TMoney2591
2.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Served in a Dogfish Head shaker pint glass.

Let's just dive in for a rice lager, eh? This stuff pours a clear straw topped by a half-finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises hard water, wet grass, a hint of plastic, and a tiny and evanescent whiff of egg. The taste brings in more of the same, the egg thankfully a momentary bit of madness that never recurs. Still, not much goodness to be found here. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a watery feel. Overall, this stuff just isn't for me. Rice, barley: it don't matter when it has to be served ice cold to enjoy it.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.48/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, golden in color topped by a good sized bright white head that holds well. The head drops to a good collar and light surface coating but leaves no lace. The aroma is of a sweet, grainy malt with minimal background hops. The body is light with a fine, median carbonation that's crisp in the mouth, but also smooth. The flavor starts sweet but soon reveals interwoven notes of hop flavor, and a balancing bitterness. As you progress through the glass the bitterness builds on the palate. The finish is dry with a light spot of bitterness that lays at the back of the throat. Very clean. Well brewed. A nice, mainstream beer that actually has a touch of bitterness to it.

Photo of nickfl
3/5  rDev +11.1%

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Asahi Super Dry from Asahi Breweries Ltd
64 out of 100 based on 1,179 ratings.