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Asahi Super Dry - Asahi Breweries Ltd

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1,179 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,179
Reviews: 460
rAvg: 2.7
pDev: 22.96%
Wants: 12
Gots: 114 | FT: 0
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Japan

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 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)

Photo of MMansfield
2.57/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Notes from Seaport Beer Fest 08/11/07

Appearance: Poured a clear yellow colour with no head.

Aroma: Skunky grains, some rice and other unpleasant smells I don't want in my beer.

Taste: Mostly rice, and other grains. Quite medicinal flavour in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Sharp n' fizzy.

Final Statment: What did I expect from a Japanese rice lager brewed under contract by Molson? Not much.

Photo of jayfarley3
2.48/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

from a 12oz can pours a very clear pale yellow color with a white head. this beer really has no aroma to it at all. this beer really doesnt have any flavor either, just slightly sweet with just a hint of bitterness and very watery. i think i will pass this beer up in the future.

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

From a 12 oz bottle with no freshness date visible into a common glass, the only thing available at the time…. Pretty typical macro golden pale with good clarity and a few carbonation streams. Two fingers of pure white head fades at a moderate pace down to a thin cap and ring and some scattered lacing. Nose is of syrupy malt, wheat, adjunct, with no real hops evident. A bit soapy. Tastes of dry malt, again a little soapy, light citrus, and a dry finish with mild hops bitterness finally pulling through. Mouth is decent with craps and tingly full carbonation. Drinkability is OK; it’s clean and unassuming.

Overall: Another average Japanese macro-lager.

Photo of Drew966
2.74/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Asahi Super Dry pours a golden yellow with a white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. A little bit of grainy malt sweetness is noticeable in the aroma. The flavor is also mostly malt, it's a bit grainy, maybe the slightest bit of hops too. Corn husk like flavor in the aftertaste. Not too bad, but nothing worth going out of the way for.

Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
3.16/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served cold into a "Boston Lager" glass from amber twist-off bomber.

Pours nicely, light golden color not quite straw, making a lovely 1-inch high rocky, stark white head that left excellent lacing.

Nose is very light, not soapy or malty or hoppy. Just a hint of typical lager aroma. As it warmed, picked up a slight meaty aroma--definitely out of place. Slight enough that it didn't bug me.

Tastes thinner than your typical light lager. Goes down really really easy. Balanced low bitterness and low flavor.

Mouthfeel is dominated by the finish--like drinking water. No matter how much I tried to hold and evaluate a feel for the carbonation or the maltiness or the bitterness, all that persisted was that clean, empty feel you get from drinking water. This is quite a chuggable beer in that respect.

Drinkability was OK. I'd take this over American lagers which are unbalanced and too rich with adjunct flavors. At least this goes down like water. I've had worse.

Photo of DoubleJ
2.34/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

It's been over a year since I last had it, which not not sound like a whole lot of time for veteran beer drinkers out there, but I've only been able to legally drink for barely over a year now. Let's see if this is as decent as I remember it to be:

It looks appetizing with it's pale blonde color and attractive head. Smell is husky with some odd honey sweetness. In the flavor, a light sweetness takes control, toched by a spicy flavor with alcohol. Bitterness is very low in this brew.

Overall, the taste is a bit odd and a bit bland. At least it's actually imported from...Canada?

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 kenito799
3.5/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a chilled ceramic Japanese beer cup at Yakitori Totto, NYC.

They were either out of or stopped serving our usual yakitori companion, Sapporo Reserve, so I gave this a shot. Next to Kirin it was much better. Couldn't see it in the opaque cup but as it poured it was golden--we all know what macrolagers look like, so who cares? Foamy white head. Very little detectable aroma but no skunk. Taste is clean, crisp, and yes, dry, mild pleasing bitterness. This beer refreshes and to wash down grilled chicken parts I was quite happy...will probably order this for our regular yakitori outings...I am strating to crave grilled chicken heart and gizzard already...

Photo of cjgator3
2.58/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

16oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a golden yellow color with a white head that leaves a decent amount of lacing. The aroma is some faint grain and just a touch of hops. The taste is clean and crisp with some graininess up front with a dry finish that is mildly hopped. Overall, this is a decent brew but it does not possess anything that makes me want to try another.

Photo of cichief
2.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Typical Japanese rice beer. Pours a decent yellow-gold with a nice white head. Smells of malt and little else. Tastes dry, very little malt, not much hops either, but balanced. Feels thin on the tongue, very carbonated. Very light and refeshing however with several pieces of fresh sushi.

Photo of ttu94
2.51/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I have had lots of these thaks to Joe at Susi Sapporo. Looks like your average macro lager. Clear gold color. Small head with average retention. Very little smell. Very little flavor. Dry finish. However, very good while waiting for good sushi after a 12 hour work day.

Photo of TurdFurgison
2.58/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I had many bottles of this (not my choice) at a kaiseki dinner in Japan. It's ironic that such a crappy beer makes it to the same menu as expensive kaiseki fare, it doesn't match at all. The only previous kaiseki I've tried had a good Belgian-style Japanese ale, much better than this.

The only positive I can state is that's it's easily drinkable, and quenches thirst. Other than that it's completely forgettable. If you see it, skip it for Kirin (marginally better) or better yet Yebisu (significantly better). I can't place the "dry" quality to a beer, maybe it means bitter aftertaste?

Avoid if at all possible.

Photo of willjschmidt
2.28/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Poured from a 633ml bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pale golden yellow, very little head.

S: Very little aroma.

T: Light malts, light hops. Very little flavor, very close to drinking water.

M: Light bodied, smooth.

D: A very easy to drink beer due to its light, almost water-like, flavor. It's smooth and goes down very easy. I guess it goes well with sushi, that's the only time I ever get it.

Photo of Redwood21
2.63/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: pretty much what you would expect, a white as a ghost overly fluffy and very week head. a straw yellow color
S: NO smell at all
T: there is not alot of flavor regardless in this beer. maybe a little sweetness but nothing particularly standoutish. reminds you of a bud or miller in this regard, just not alot going on.
M/D: very crisp, not as dry as i expected it would be. it is relatively refreshing not much carbonation. a decent beer, but not great

Photo of matty
4.3/5  rDev +59.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a delicious change of pace.A nice crisp taste with little or no aftertaste.This beer offers little carbonation without any bloating.Slightly higher price than your average beer but your tastebuds and stomach will thank you for it.In my opinion give it at least a try!

Photo of JoEBoBpr
2.53/5  rDev -6.3%
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
3.33/5  rDev +23.3%
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
3.17/5  rDev +17.4%
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
1.91/5  rDev -29.3%
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
2.8/5  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 tempest
2.69/5  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 -7.4%
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 -25.9%
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
1.71/5  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.

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