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Asahi Super Dry - Asahi Breweries Ltd

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1,191 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,191
Reviews: 467
rAvg: 2.7
pDev: 22.96%
Wants: 12
Gots: 123 | 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 jwc215
2.36/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. twist-off capped bottle - Brewed in Canada under supervision...

Pours yellow with a thin white head that slowly becomes a patch.

The smell is of some sweet grain and rice.

The taste is of mild grain and rice. Some bland, wet cardboard in a very dry finish. Well, they have the "super dry" part down - just wish it had some flavor.

Light-bodied. Pretty fizzy, but not terribly. Drying. The little flavor that was there quickly vanishes (not necessarily a bad thing in this case.)

This is bland and nearly flavorless.

Photo of armock
2.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured a golden color with a thin white head that disappears quickly

S - Malt and chemicals

T - Malt of front followed by funk

M - Theres a lot of carbonation in this beer

D - This wouldn't be my first choice in a Japaneses beer its not the worst one that I've had but theres better ones than this

Photo of aerozeppl
2.59/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

From 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Super clear golden color with minimal white head.

S: Slight malt smell with nothing else going on.

T: Malt...nothing else. Really bland.

M: Super thin. Goes down easy.

D: Super drinkable. Good session beer. Goes well with sushi but little else. Had this after a few good beers and it was like having a glass of water.

Photo of tai4ji2x
2.98/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

interesting re-review here... it turns out the bottle was better than the can (reviewed last week)...

the head retained much longer and even managed to leave a line or two of lace.

slightly sweeter and more flowery nose. seems to meld better with the palate, which is otherwise the same. maybe a hint more maltiness?

it's actually cheaper by volume in bottle than in the can here in china, so maybe this is a slightly better value after all.

Photo of oelergud
3.92/5  rDev +45.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Transparent straw golden body with good carbonation. White head consisting of tiny to medium bubbles. Decent retention but not much lace.
Mild but balanced malty scent. Light tan pinewood and mild pinenut sensations.
Off center malt profile, I'm guessing it's the rice but I cannot say. Not bad though. Slight vinegary sharp flavor on top of a sweet malt base. Shortlived aftertaste of mild hops and some malt.
Medium mouthfeel and leaves abit of coating. Not "super dry" by any stretch of the imagination.
Pretty good drinkability. I was pleasantly surprised by this brew but I did have low expectations. For a rice lager this was pretty good.


Photo of Shadman
2.17/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Big 640ml bottle, brewed under supervsin..well I hope someone's paying attention.

Clear, average amber yellow with virtually zero head rentention and definetly zero lacing. Somewaht sweet smelling, somewhat grainy with a hint of metal or hemoglobin(j/k) Fairly innoculus at first swig, then there's a sharp bite and it's all down hill from there. Certainly dry ini the finish, but I can't get past the metallic astringincy. Mouthfeel was average. This beer took the finish off of my desk when I spilled a small amount...enough said!

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.

Photo of Vancer
3.17/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ol’ super dry draft actually wasn’t a bad brew and would make do if the options were limited.

Poured a super clear straw yellow, decent white head and surprising lace all the way down the glass.

Very wimpy aroma of cooked veggies and a lil’ pop of the euro yeast skunk. But the taste was not bad – a clean and crisp lager taste with a steady flow of malt. Tad high import priced at over $7 for a sixer, but would make for a good beer for a tasting of import lagers.

Photo of brendan13
2.63/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pale golden colour thats pours out with some froth that falls away almost immediately.
S - Metal tinge with some grainy notes.
T - See above.
M - Very light mouthfeel with pretty high carbonation.
D - Probably scored higher than what it really is because this beer is supposed to be, well, bland. I guess it's probably suited to delicate japanesse cuisine.

Photo of Floydster
2.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can from a vending machine in Kyoto, Japan

Poured it into a dixie cup

Pretty dark and a very white head on it, about one half of an inch

Taste was very dry and bitte, but went away quickly

Could drink a lot of these if you wanted to, not filling beer

Photo of ThatWineGuy
2.36/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A fuzzy two- finger white head, a bit soapy, but it settled quickly enough. Clear yellow or pale gold in colour with moderate carbonation initially. It smelled more of the aluminum can it came out of than anything else. It tasted dry alright wth only a hint of anything that might approach a hop, very muted in that regard. Dry again in the mouth with a bit of refreshment value. Aftertaste, however, was a wee bit salty, the finish sharp and abrupt. Eventually went flat. Not what I'd like to be drinking all night but okay for a short while around a campfire.

Photo of Halcyondays
2.54/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a brilliant clear yellow, with a nice, soapy, white head, which eventually fades to nothing, the carbonation looks a little artificial, though.

S: Light with hints of rice and malt.

T: Kind of like a mix between a macro lager and sake, not really much malt to speak of, but the rice is very evident adding a peculiar sake sweetness.

M: Light and dry, as the name suggests, a little bit more body than I was expecting.

D: One of the better mass-produced beer's that I have had, but really nothing to make me come back with it, though this would be good with sushi or a nice Japanese dinner at Matsu on Talbert.

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.

Asahi Super Dry from Asahi Breweries Ltd
64 out of 100 based on 1,191 ratings.