Asahi Super Dry - Asahi Breweries Ltd

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Ratings: 1,163
Reviews: 452
rAvg: 2.71
pDev: 22.88%
Wants: 10
Gots: 104 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Japanese Rice Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-15-2002)
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Photo of JoEBoBpr
2.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer poured a straw like yellow but wasnt too bright. With a foamy head that left quickly and left athin film with lacing as i drank it. The beer as tated in the name haws a ver dry mouthfeel that is actually quite plesaent and refreshing. Th smell is has some hints of malt but obviously rice overwhelms the smella as well as most of the taste. It has minimal bittrness. Overall a good Asian beer IMHO. I drink it everytime i go to any Japanese restaurant.

Photo of BigJTrucker
3.38/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear pale yellow, white head settles fairly quickly. slightly fruity grainy smell. Rice taste is present. The faintest hop flavor as well. Very watery mouthfeel, Very easy to drink, but not much taste to speak of. Could easily drink this over a long evening. It went well with the sushi i had for lunch today.

Photo of beeroclock
3.2/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is the first time I've had the Asahi. It poured a pale yellow with a white head that faded and had little lacing. Smelled of rice and a faint yeasty quality. Tasted of light hops and grainy, but mild and was pretty refreshing. It was very dry and didn't leave an aftertaste, but it was quite pleasant and complimented my sushi dinner. I usually drink Sapporo at Japanese restaurants, but I think i've found it's replacement wherever the Asahi line is served, this was much better than Sapporo in my opinion.

Photo of stephendr
1.93/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

22 oz. bottle- color of pale yellow, with a short off white head - nose of mild hopps , some cereal , oats , and not much else – taste of mild hops , malt , and acidic quality - body watery , crisp , and dry – aftertaste of almost nonexistent except minimal hopps

Photo of zeff80
2.83/5  rDev +4.4%
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 tempest
2.7/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My first Japanese rice lager, let's see if it's much differnt from the American macro ricer. Well its a light gold color, with some head retention, too good of an appearance for most macros. Smell is right on though. Almost nothing happening here, just a faint sweetness.

As for the taste, it tastes like a bland macro import. There's a hint of bittness at the end, and I emphasize hint. Its mostly a sweet malt flavor that has a little fruit and apple character.

On the macro spectrum, I'd put this in between Bud Light and Heineken, but that's not so hot. If I lived in Japan and needed a lawnmower beer, I might go for this. Maybe.

Photo of aquatonex
2.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this one at a sushi place, where else? :)

Pours pale wheat colors with a thick foamy head, a little bit of lacing. Looks like a light pilsner. Smell is very light grains, malts. Taste is also light, almost like seltzer. It isn't bad per se, just nothing stands out either.

Photo of sleazo
2/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I got this at my favourite Sushi shope last night instead of my usual sake.

Poured a golden yellow. Minimal head even with hard Japanese style pour. Very little lacing/retention.

Smell is slightly skunky, some hops, maybe saaz? some white bread too. Not too much going on here.

Taste- Bitter and dry is how i would describe it. This sort of reminds me of Olde English 800, and that is not a good thing. The adjunct funk comes through here, typical of any macro lager.

D-I dont think i will be having this again. All i can say is at least it didnt ruin my enjoyment of my sushi. sort of went well with my shiokara

Photo of norwichboy
1.7/5  rDev -37.3%
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.

Photo of granger10
2/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pale yellow color with a fizzy head that rises and falls quickly. Smells grainy, adjuncty. There's some kind of fake sweetness in there. It has a cereal type grainy flavor. A bit of a sharp acidity at the top with basically no body. A main flavor I get is paint which is not good. Finish is dry but only because there was basically nothing to it. Really lacking in all aspects.

Photo of leechungsr
2.98/5  rDev +10%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Goes great with japanese. I wouldn't go out of my way to have this one, but it's really not bad.
S: very light grains.
T: clean, crisp. Light sweet rice with lighter hops. Goes down easy.
M: leaves me pretty thirsty every time. Carbonation is just right and feels very clean (sterile).
D: very drinkable with the right food (sushi).

Photo of atigerlife
2.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a light yellow witha chunky medium white head that dissipated rather quickly. Decent carbonation can be seen rising. Pretty typical macro rice lager look.

Aroma is light, with some grainy sweetness.

Taste is light, sweet, malts and light hops. Rather crisp.

Mouthfeel has a decent cleansing ability, light bodied and slightly dry.

Overall, very drinkable. Nothing too exciting but nothing offensive. Went quite well with the Japanese food I was eating. Certainly good enough that I had another big bottle.

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.3/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A brown 500ml bottle, which was full of a dry tasting beer, brewed and bottled in the UK. 5%, but not super dry, as stated on my bottle.

Urine yellow and clear looking, with a few bubbles breaking the surface of an otherwise headless beer.

No smell, apart from an aroma simular to dishwater.

Dryish is taste, but not cheek pullingly so, nor lipsmackingly thirst quenshing, just a poor lager.

Dryness stays, but is not overpowering.

This was my first and last 'Super Dry Asahi' unless I am stranded on a Polynesian island and this is all that is available.

Photo of SudNut
2.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours to a golden yellow, it would have looked better with a nice big head. This was not the case though a half finger head appeared and disappeared quickly.

Smell was a very faint hint of malt and hops almost non-existent.

Taste was same as smell not much there, water like and dry with a hint of malt and hops.

Swirling it around the tongue brought out a little more flavor, malt, hops and rice, there is some grain in here.

Drinkability - I could drink a lot of this because it tastes like H2O.

Photo of Westsidethreat
3.1/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Light golden straw color, clean with a few bubbles. Surprising health, medium sized bubble snow white head.

S: Newly sprouted grains, malted barley, sugary white corn.

T: Reminds me a bit of a dry pinot grigio. Lightly malted with very minor hop presence on the tip of the tongue. Finishes wit a touch of corn pops. Not a lot of residual sweetness.

M: Thing but good body. Not prickly what so ever which is surprising.

D: Probably one of the best sushi beers. Unobtrusive and complimentary to sushi.

Photo of Healfdene
3.1/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Surprisingly hoppy smell straight away. Little nutty and wheaty afterwards. Pleasant light amber color. Very clean taste. But you can still taste that bit of riciness at the end, along with a mild carbonated bite. Overall a clean and very very drinkable beer. Draft of choice hands down in any restaurant, izakaya, snack bar, etc. in Japan.

Photo of BryanCarey
2.28/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Asahi Super Dry is Japan's best- selling beer and it's definitely a beer made for the masses. This product is light in color, light in flavor, and light in aroma. In other words, it's a beer tailor- made to compete with the big brewery products of the world that all strive to make a beer as inoffensive as possible. It pours to a light straw color with perfect clarity and plenty of initial bubbling action that eventually settles into an even flow of carbonation and a thin coating of white foam. The aroma of this beer is paper- like, grassy, and not that enticing.

With virtually nothing in the appearance to make you think that Asahi Super Dry will be good to drink, the beer has nowhere to go but up. Unfortunately, it doesn't get any better. The most dominant flavors are corn, light grains, and rice. The body of the beer is thin and it finishes with the slightest hint of grassy hops, followed by a dry sensation, then an aftertaste of sweet grains and a small touch of apple.

Asahi Super Dry is very direct and simple, with the smallest amount of malt and hops necessary to make it legally permissible to call it beer. The flavor is adjunct- laden, with light grain as the primary taste and almost no hop taste at all. There is the slightest taste of grassy hops but they are flushed away quickly as you drink, leaving behind the taste of light, sweet malt. It is easy drinking, that is for certain. But it is no better than other macro- brewed beers and it should be avoided if possible.

Photo of vancurly
3/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours pale gold / yellow. White rocky head that lingers a while. Some bubbling.

Aromas include a rice grain note, some malt, hint of sulfur, and a late hop steeliness.

Malty flavour at first, followed by the grainy flavour. There is a late hop note, and a mild/medium bitterness. Subtle papery note, that is more likely due to the rice attribute than from any oxidation.

Finishes crisply and cleanly.

Probably wash the wasabe down quite well, but I wouldn't drink it on a daily basis.

Photo of bluejacket74
2.75/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served in a pilsner glass, the beer pours a light golden yellow color with a small white head. It has a faint smell of grain and rice. There isn't much of an aroma at all. The taste is pretty much the same, like grain and rice. Not a strong flavor, but it's not offensive either. The mouthfeel is light, has a good amount of carbonation and it's crisp and refreshing when drank cold. But it's mostly like any regular macro lager. It's not something I'd drink all the time, but I could drink a couple now and then.

Photo of Derek
3.1/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Asahi & Sapporo are the regulars for Canadian sushi restaurants.

A: Clear yellow, touch of white head, no retention or lace.

S: More hops than I had anticipated (floral, metallic & earthy).

T: Overall it's unoffensive, but there's a little more hop flavour (floral, metallic, slight earth) than your average macro. Some sweet grainyness, hints of butter & caramel, modest bitterness.

M: Light to moderate body, moderate carbonation. Fairly well attenuated, but not as 'super dry' as I had expected.

D: Should appeal to most macro drinkers... but I didn't have any trouble consuming it either.

Photo of kimcgolf
2.35/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not much here. This went well with the spicy noodle soup I was eating at the time, but at that point, anything wet and cold would have worked. Without the label, I would just assume this was another BMC macro product. This had the same lack of aroma, taste and finish.

Photo of dherling
2.65/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light golden color with a white head that lingers for a moment. Not much in the nose. No flavor. Somewhat fizzy. Drinks super clean, no after taste whatsoever. Ok, this is the lamest review I have ever done, but this was just about the lamest beer I've ever had.

Photo of soulgrowl
1.85/5  rDev -31.7%
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.

Photo of pmcadamis
2.35/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had this out for sushi with my girlfriend. Went well with the Japanese cuisine.

Appearance is bland and boring. Looks like any American macro lager.

There isn't much of a nose, but what little I could smell is slightly fruity and dank.

Tastes bland but not bad. Very carbonated, and not at all dry like it says on the lable. Good to wash down my sushi with, but not at all interesting or complex. It's strange to me that you can go to the other side of the planet and the beer you find tastes like your average BMC stuff.

I don't recomend this one. Save a buck or two and just order from the domestic selection. I wish I would have ordered a glass of the excellent plum wine my girlfriend had. Or some saki.

Photo of teg8612
3.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed this from the bar at an Hibachi steak house before the meal.

A- Pale yellow with a foamy white head.

S- Light rice malt smell, husky and earthy.

T&M- Medium carbonation. Very dry and crisp. Very bland with grassy hop bitterness. Light in body with a clean finish.

D- Not a beer to complement food but to get out of the way of it. Didn't clash with any of the multitude of flavors from the japanese food. Good and bad as I like beer to accentuate my foods not hide from them. If you just need a beer to go with whatever, this will do the job nicely. Would not drink this normally unless at a Japanese place, when in Rome...

Asahi Super Dry from Asahi Breweries Ltd
64 out of 100 based on 1,163 ratings.