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Asahi Super Dry - Asahi Breweries Ltd

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Asahi Super DryAsahi Super Dry

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1,067 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,067
Reviews: 442
rAvg: 2.7
pDev: 22.96%
Wants: 6
Gots: 64 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Japanese Rice Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-15-2002)
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Photo of stewart124
2.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is a very pale straw color that lacks in head. Smells of almost a hay and grains. The taste is very dry like the label suggests. Leaves much to be desired. There is really something lacking in this beer. The aftertaste is not very noticable. The label says it was made under the supervision of Molson but how could they let somehthing like this leave the brewery? I wan't a big fan of this "import"

stewart124, Feb 05, 2004
Photo of francisweizen
2.68/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Decent. A dark yellow/golden colour with a nice white head of foam. The smell is like that of regular beer, a bit of malt, a bit of hops, and not much else going on. The taste is just like the aroma, as straight forward a brew, as i've ever drunk. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, but decent and the drinkability is OK. Not the worst.

francisweizen, Feb 03, 2004
Photo of Naerhu
2.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

big 3 centimeter rocky white head on a plain body. Lightly hopped malty aroma. Slightly bitter plain adjunct flavor. No after taste. Metalic lemon and slightly sharp.

Really decent beer that goes with any type of Japanese food. But I do not aspire to drink merely decent beer.

Naerhu, Jan 30, 2004
Photo of genaro
1.9/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer poured to a clear gold with a head that was gone quickly. There was very little aroma. The taste was crisp and grainy. Good carbonation. Not much hop presence and kind of watery. The "super dry" premise? Not that dry, any dryness was probably more noticeable due to the near absence of any other ingredients. There was a slight sweetness in the aroma and taste as it warmed up. I had to try one, but I don't think I'd have one of these again.

genaro, Jan 25, 2004
Photo of Charthepirate
1.75/5  rDev -35.2%
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.

Charthepirate, Dec 31, 2003
Photo of mwrseeley
2.15/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

No head. No lace. No aroma. No flavour. For a bite it relies on carbonation instead of hops. How do you say "no, thanks" in Japanese?

Previous reviewers who recommended that Asahi Super Dry be served ice cold were right on the mark; if you close your eyes you would think you were drinking Club Soda.

It isn't terrible tasting beer. Far from it. The problem is that it doesn't have any taste. Asahi Super Dry was only successful in making me thirsty...for something else.

I heard that it is brewed in the Czech Republic.

mwrseeley, Dec 25, 2003
Photo of donnebaby
2.85/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm sure this beer gets dissed alot, just because it's probably so accessible outside of Japan, but I have to admit that if I'm out in Japan, this is probably my beer of choice, despite my otherwise undying loyalty to Sapporo. This beer's to be "superdry". I don't know about all of that but it tastes EXCELLENT very very very cold, in a very very very cold mug--which Japanese bars and restaurants seem to understand. I think the talk of this beer matched with sushi or whatnot is a bit of baloney: it's a macrobrewed pilsener, the Bud of Japan--but NOT the BUTT of Japan. I enjoy drinking this beer--which is important. Just as there are moments when a Budweiser tastes excellent, there are those same moments for this beer. Give it a try extra cold: my personal recommendation.

donnebaby, Dec 18, 2003
Photo of Sammy
3.28/5  rDev +21.5%
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.

Sammy, Dec 17, 2003
Photo of diablo14
2.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

asahi super dry is not the sort of beer id got out of my way for. one thing is for sure and thats that it comes as advertised. man this beers arid!

light yellow color that was a little cloudy, with basically no head. smell had some sweetness, a little corn and mixed grains. flavor had some malts, big influence of rice and corn and a marginal floral tinge. as the name suggests, the finish was dryyy. one of the dryest lagers ive had without question. i suppose the fact this isnt reinforced by a more flavorsome beer makes it all the more noticable. the thing that struck me tho is there wasnt a hell of a lot of hop bitterness considering how dry it is. not even a decent level of carbonation gives any respite.

ive never actually had this with japanese food, so perhaps this is where im missing the point. i wouldnt drink too many of these in succession on their own, ive found them just a bit too full on and overall unbalancd. perhaps with some sushimi or teppanyaki i might find a more suitable place for it. worth a try but not a keeper.

diablo14, Nov 14, 2003
Photo of Boilermaker88
2.05/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Asahi Super Dry poured a clear golden color and had a fizzy, bubbly white head that quickly melted away to a thin, broken skim on the surface. The smell was quite light and dusty, of grainy malt and a sprinkling of aromatic hops. The taste was fairly sweet up front, of pale malt and maybe some light fruit, before it took on a medicinal flavor mixing with a mild bitterness in the finish. The feel was light, crisp, and dry. They definitely got the “dry” bit down with this brew.
Overall, I didn’t think too much of this beer. It was almost too dry, leaving me feeling kinda parched instead of refreshed. The medicinal aspect of Super Dry’s flavor profile did little to endear it to me. I’ll order something else if I see it on a menu anywhere and it won’t find its way into my fridge again.

Boilermaker88, Nov 14, 2003
Photo of garymuchow
3.23/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle notes that it is brewed by Molson in Canada.
Also listed as Super Dry Draft.
Aroma is a light slightly sweet malt with some graininess, yet still has a fresh quality. Fizzyhead that settled to little or nothing very quickly. Dark gold and clear.
Malt character mostly at first. Bitterness mid to finish, but not unpleasant. Moves to dry, esp. as warms. Fullness from carbonation and clean.
Accented my left-over ribs just fine.

garymuchow, Sep 06, 2003
Photo of putnam
3.5/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sort of a "golden" color, rather than "gold,"... implying sunset-tinted gold I guess. The head is fine and slowly disappears completely.
The aromas feature sweet bran, sprouts and delicate floral impressions. The texture is crisp, with fine-grained bitterness and soft, easy sugarbeet sweetness. Very uncomplicated, but better than many many North American macros. Good ingredients, but perhaps not lagered long enough.
A highly compromised imitation of a classic style. Doesn't hold a candle to Sapporo Draught in the steel can imported from Japan.

putnam, Aug 28, 2003
Photo of Andreji
3.73/5  rDev +38.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I went out of my common routine for this one, since i'd recently rediscovered myself in beer after the tonsilectomy. to the story.

Got myself the Jap beer in the fridge until I decided to pop it open alongside a big pork knuckle imported from germany. All I could think of is "so they lost the war, is this gonna be good?"

And the presence of the pork was overcome as I poured the beer. Cristal golden with a lot of carbonation, translucid, allowing the summer's hottest day's sunlight through and highlighting the medium head that formed and faded slowly, dormant until becoming a small coating above the liquid.

I did feel the smell, because your senses are enhanced when you've been unable to taste for 2 weeks. hops and some alcohol aggresively appeared, inviting me for a sip.

The liquid invaded my mouth. Troops of strong maltyness and wheatyness washed off the remnants of the germans in the palate, while a comfortable feel of alcohol made sure the perimeter was secure. In came the hops, at the end, pushing the frontiers and clearing the way down the throat, paved in a blitz already by the german schwein.

Best beer I've tasted ever? hardly. But it did split history with its aggressiveness, and the alliance sure made it a little less safe for my stomach, but a whole lot more pleasing.

Try not having a beer for 2 weeks then jumping into this combination. You'd be as hyped as myself.

Andreji, Aug 22, 2003
Photo of clvand0
2.63/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a yellow color with a small head and no lacing on the glass. The aroma is pretty boring. The taste is slightly better than Sapporo, but still very much like Bud Light. It is very uninteresting because it is a mass product, but it is the best Japanese beer I am familiar with.

clvand0, Aug 13, 2003
Photo of fattyre
2.4/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a clear medium light golden color with a large white head that dissipates to small and slightly clingy. The smell is mildly malty and grainy. The taste has an odd sweetness(probably atributed to the adjuncts) with a medicinal bitterness. The mouthfeel is not surprisingly on the thin side of firm. Overall an uninteresting lager that considering the sweetness makes the name "superdry" difficult to understand.

fattyre, Aug 07, 2003
Photo of ADR
2.15/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Clear medium gold appearance with a slight white head that turns down quickly. Little glass adhesion. Lawn clippings aroma, light grass and associated aromatics and weedy huskiness. Lots of carbonation, at first matching a lightly sweet graininess but later, re-inforcing some very astringent hop and metallic flavors. As in some, the overcarbonation makes the sharpness linger into the aftertaste, popping up the back of the nasal cavity. The finish of this beer is its downfall -- unsettling, medicinal, and gassy...

ADR, Jul 30, 2003
Photo of Rumrunner
2.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22.5oz. bottle
Why does this beer taste better when it is super cold and get worse as it gets to room temperature?

Pours a golden straw color with a big head even with a slow pour. Tons of carbonation that never lets up. The smell is weak. Slightly malty with a hint of citrus and a dry airy quality on the nose.

The taste is a weak dull lemon. The beer loses more of its flavor as the beer warms. This probably has to do with the super dryness. Mine was served extremely cold. It feels very dry. The carbonation overwhelms the beer which is why I give is low marks on drinkability. The bubbles pop in your mouth.

The good notes are it is refreshing at first when cold and it is drinkable with Japanese food. That is the only time I ever have it. Not too many Japanese restaurants with micro brews on tap.

Rumrunner, Jul 13, 2003
Photo of UncleJimbo
2.83/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled on tap in Tokyo, Japan.

This lager poured a clear, golden straw color with thick, creamy white foam. Not much smell to speak of, but a bit of malt aroma. The taste was mildly malty, with a bit of hops. The mouthfeel was clean and crisp with medium-light body. Not bad when served cold with some yakitori. Decent, at least in Japan on draft.

UncleJimbo, Jun 22, 2003
Photo of beerguy101
2.45/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Medium gold color, medium head. Dry hopped and slightly malty. Medium bodied. Crisp and clean taste. Good hop/malt balance. Better than average Euro-lager. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is very dry. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Crisp, clean and refreshing.

beerguy101, Jun 20, 2003
Photo of IronDjinn
2.85/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A 500mL bottle of Japanese beer which says it was brewed in the Czech Republic on the back. Hey, it can't be that bad. And it isn't, but it isn't anything spectacular either. A fair middle-of-the-road beer, it's usually my first choice when out for sushi, and I suppose the meal either enhances it or masks its flaws. Pours out with a big white cloudy head that lasts a while, and leaves a bit of lace in it's wake down the glass. Colour is a straw gold, with lots and lots of bubbles. The nose is a bit metallic, and the taste is very dry, the flavour nearly comes and goes before you can pick up on it. Very faint taste of grains and light hops. Mouthfeel is akin to almost any higher end marco lager. An okay match for sushi or hot weather barbecuing, but it needs to be partnered up to enjoy.

IronDjinn, May 21, 2003
Photo of Pegasus
2.38/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: Quite clear medium golden color with a fairly large pillowy head which slowly collapses. Streams of microscopic bubbles surge to the surface, making for a quite attractive appearance.

Aroma: Malt, sweet hay, and some mild hops.

Taste: Begins with a slightly sweet malt character, midway through some medicinal hops appear. Finishes dry with an overly harsh and astringent metallic bitterness. The excessive bitterness lessens somewhat as the beer reaches room temperature.

Mouth feel: Very creamy and smooth, quite excellent for the style.

Drinkability/notes: I found the aftertaste of this beer to be quite unpleasant. It was not the bitterness that I objected to, but rather the harsh and lingering medicinal quality. I will not be drinking this again unless it is free.

Pegasus, May 08, 2003
Photo of Tballz420
2.28/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Well well, this beer from japan was contractually made in canada. Wont make much of a difference, this will be the last one of these ill have. It reminds me of a few of the 'macro lights' that many of us love to joke about. Only difference is that this one probably isnt dirt cheap (got it in my international sampler, so i dont know the individual price). Stick with your natty light if youre into this flavor.

Tballz420, Apr 30, 2003
Photo of EagleTalon
3.13/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden color, sudsy head that dissipated to a thin white ring and left a very tiny amount of lace as it went down. Smell is not strong, mostly grainy. Taste is weak grain with a very low hop flavor and low bitterness. finishes very clean with little aftertaste. Feels watery. Yes, it is dry in that it is not a sweet beer, but it does not parch you like Sapporo. The sample I tasted was brewed under contract by Molson in Toronto.

EagleTalon, Apr 20, 2003
Photo of optikon44
2.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out very clear and straw yellow. I like that the label claims this "Super Dry" is the "Beer for All Seasons." Heads up with a clear white foam that doesn't last more than a minute. A nice mix of sweet malt and herbal hop in the nose. Not a lot of flavor in this somewhat smooth brew, though it fills the mouth with crispness and refreshes. Finishes with an understated blend of hop and grain. It's brewed by Molson and sure tastes like it.

optikon44, Mar 31, 2003
Photo of Morris729
2.42/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale golden straw color with a thin white head that immediately fades into a trace amount of bubbly lace. Nose is grain husks and is a bit metallic. Very light in body with an initially sweet taste that soon turns to a flavor of stale grains and rice, maybe a bit of cardboard as well. Mild amount of hops in the very dry finish. Not a beer I’ll be buying more of.

Morris729, Mar 20, 2003
Asahi Super Dry from Asahi Breweries Ltd
64 out of 100 based on 1,067 ratings.