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Asahi Super Dry | Asahi Breweries Ltd

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Asahi Breweries Ltd
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Style: Japanese Rice Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-15-2002

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Photo of Botulizard
3.5/5  rDev +29.6%

It's great for the style. Is it a complex hop bomb? No, so it's understandable that it's rated so poorly, but it's great when looked at through the lens of Japanese lagers.

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Photo of impostor10
3.5/5  rDev +29.6%

Solid beer. Nothing fancy, a simple Japanese rice lager. It has a light, crisp, refreshing mouth feel, which alone elevates it above most american style lagers for me. Certainly doesn't have a complex or interesting taste, so I can understand why BA does not rate it very high, but I think they are underselling a well made traditional Japanese lager.

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Photo of RacerX5k
3.68/5  rDev +36.3%

Another decent beer with an awful rating. Get a reality check. This 33. something can was very enjoyable with freshly caught New Jersey crabs. Followed a Founders Harvest Ale so maybe I was still getting the hoppy bitter aftertaste from that, but this was surprisingly hoppy, very dry, clean, crisp and very refreshing. No off taste or aromas, just good, fresh, regular dry beer. Kept going for the glass soon as I put it down, that says it all.

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Photo of ThomasT
2.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Served extremely cold in a regular glass.
Appearance: Clear and straw-coloured. Head was more of a film and left right away.
Smell: Rice and grain.
Taste: Rice and grain, with a significant lingering astringency. Slightly sweet for something that calls itself "Super Dry". Mouth is attacked with carbonation.
Mouthfeel: As light as it comes.
Overall: I would avoid. Even if you are in a Japanese place, order something else.

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Photo of KYGunner
2.25/5  rDev -16.7%

The nose has elements of a typical adjunct lager as it smells like bubblegum sweetness, barley grainish, corn pops with a prominent rice base.

The flavor is high on sweetness and it is "Super Dry". There is the bubblegum-like flavor, that I find in adjuncts. The maltiness is reminiscent of cardboard and it ends relatively bland.

I certainly would not classify this as awful, as I drank it all, but it is relatively poor and non-descript.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
2.3/5  rDev -14.8%

Undated bottle at 40 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma of any other lager
Head small (2 cm), white, fizzy, mostly diminishing to 3 mm ring and layer
Lacing OK – partial rings and islands of small bubbles
Body straw, clear
Flavor – not much. Begins slightly sweet with a hint of dimethylsulfide, ends dry, as advertised. No hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate light, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 2, Flavor 2, Palate 3, Overall 2.625. Final weighted score: 2.3
Looks OK and has a decent palate. As long as you don’t smell or drink it, it’s OK.

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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.

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Photo of illpass78
2.4/5  rDev -11.1%

12 oz. bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear straw with heavy-duty carbonation and a soapy white head that had better retention than I'd have guessed. Leaves decent lacing.

Aroma: Smells like rice cooker water and farts. Not super appealing.

Taste: The front and back ends of this beer are quite different. The initial taste kind of smells like someone whizzed in the rice cooker. However, the finish is nice and dry, as advertised - I'll give them that.

Mouthfeel: It's pretty watery. It's hot as heck in Japan in the summer and I can see a beer of this depth coming in handy.

Overall: It was neat seeing this beer in seemingly every third vending machine I encountered in Tokyo. It's not really appealing to me, though. I'd like to find out exactly how much rice they use in this puppy, because it tastes like a lot, but their website suggests it isn't. There's almost no malt backbone or hop presence at all. It's kind of like Budweiser, which is fitting, because it's the Budweiser of Japan.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.34/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

The beer is a beautiful clear copper color under a white film of suds after the head recedes. The aroma is straight forward and simple with earthy grains and rice. The taste is also simple and clean. Sweetness from rice adjuncts and a dryness from subdued grassy notes. Finishes clean.

Overall, I think this is above average compared to other rice lagers I've tried.

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Photo of FreddDread
3.49/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A beer that used to be my default when we used to frequent japanese buffet places back in Dallas. Got away from it but lately I picked up a few cans. I find it very drinkable and it tastes well above average. Today I was chosing between this and Pilsner Urquell (one of my absolute favs) and I'm not all unhappy with the choice. A nice pilsner / lager type beer that I find very appealing. A lot more taste than your American standards but nothing like the overhoppiness that ruins a lot of the crafts beers here in the US imo. A beer I could see myself drink 10+ off during an extended session.
Frankly I'm surprised that this beer is not getting more love here. I test a lot of craft beer and this is better than half the crap out there.

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Photo of Tone
2.8/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Pours a clear, straw color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of strong rice, sweet malt, pale malt, and a hint of hops. Fits the style of a Japanese Rice Lager. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong rice, hint of hop, slight sweet malt, and pale malt. Overall, weak appearance with the body and aroma dominated by a cheap adjunct character. Besides the adjunct, there is little to nothing else to this beer. A poor representation of a Japanese Rice Lager.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.75/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

(bottle brewed in Toronto - poured into an Innis & Gunn fluted goblet)

A: crystal-clear, quite pale yellowish gold liquid... bit of a sudsy foam forms and settles out to a collar - standard... lace began to stick at the top, but soon ceased and dissolved

S: Euro pale lager-like, lightly-sulfured yeast... delicate potency of a mix between cornbread and butter cookie, mild notes of toasted white bread... blandish, straight-up

T: predominant lager yeast character, decent degree of cereal-like malt flavor ...vaguely chalky/bubblegummy midway ... dry, citrus- or melon-rind-like bitterness in the aftertaste, touch of grassy-ness as well... no residual sweetness... tastes like most others

M: moderate roundness and surprisingly remarkably soft and smooth, without an ounce of bite... it may be notably drier in the follow-through and finish than say a helles lager, however, I wouldn't call this "super" dry (as in, champagne?) - not too far removed from any other macro lager, but by far the best aspect of the beer

O: actually, for what it is, pretty enjoyable... I would say certain characteristics - its dryness - does make it stand out... flavor-wise, it's fairly standard as far as macro lagers go

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Photo of beerchickpro
4.88/5  rDev +80.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am quite shocked to see the bad reviews. I love the dryness of this beer. To me it is better than Sapporo, though who can compete with the sturdiness of that can? Well, this is one of my favorite beers so wanted to give it a thumbs up. This minimum character ruling is annoying by the way!

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Photo of Cavanaghty
1.22/5  rDev -54.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass at Disney's Epcot.

Appearance: Amber with a thin white head. No lacing on the glass.

Smell: Horrible skunky smell. Not pleasant.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste was skunked almost sour. Barely taste some hops.

Overall: One of the worse beers I've ever had. Will not have this one again.

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Photo of BuckyBeerBeaver
3.03/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Sure the Japanese can make a good car...but can they brew a decent beer? In order to answer this important question, Bucky picked up a 500 ml can of Asahi Super Dry ("ASD") produced by Asahi Breweries Limited ("Asahi") of Tokyo. ASD was 5.0% alcohol by volume, and apparently has a production date printed on the bottom of the can. If anyone can decipher any of the following to come up with a production date, please let me know because I can't figure it out: U/0850C A283.

Asahi was founded in Osaka in 1889 as the Osaka Beer Company. Since that time the brewery has grown organically and through multiple acquisitions. In 1987 it introduced Asahi Super Dry, which initiated the Japanese craze for dry beer and became Asahi's flagship brand.A dry beer is one in which the beer is fermented longer and more thoroughly, decreasing the sugars left at the end of fermentation.

ASD poured a very clear golden yellow colour with lots of large visible carbonation bubbles. Pouring produced 1/2" of bubbly, extremely short-lived white head which left no spotting or lacing down the glass. Its aroma was quite mild, sweet light malts with hops in the background.The flavour began with a sweet light maltiness, with a delayed impact moderate bitterness after swallowing the beer and a dry finish. All very subdued. The carbonation was quite active though, but stopped short of prickly, and I would describe the beer as light bodied with a watery mouthfeel. In summary, I can't figure out why this beer is so big in Japan. It's certainly not offensive in any way, but there's really nothing here to bring me back for another. At $2.60 per 500 ml can, ASD is not inexpensive.

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Photo of joeseppy
3.63/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pretty dim lit restaurant. Pale yellow clarity. Half inch white merengue head, decent lacing and plenty of sprite carbonation.

Aroma difficult to judge with many food aromas in vicinity. What I can say is that I found nothing offensive.

Definitely can taste the rice adjunct. Leans towards a sweeter side. Light malt.

Smooth and mellow. It does in fact finish dry.

I'm usually having Sopporo with my hibachi but tonight I wanted to try this Asahi again. Does not disappoint. Finishes dry enough to accompany Japanese fare extremely well. I'm not sitting in my backyard with this but this does the job with dinner. As far as I'm concerned, that has to mean something.

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Photo of FLima
2.66/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Golden color with an aired one finger head with medium retention.
Light aroma of rice, pale malt and faint herbal hops.
Flavor of sweet pale malt, rice, a bit of oxidation and herbal hops.
Dry aftertaste with a mild bitterness.
Light to watery body with good carbonation.
Very crisp and clean taste, though it has a dull taste, but the rice adjunct here does not bother at all. Its body is too thin, especially after carbonation slows down. All in all, it sure goes down well with Japanese food.

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

Sampling right now on 3/6/14. From the Asahi Breweries Ltd (by Molson) in Ontario, Canada. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a Irish imperial pint glass.

Pours a pale gold in color with a small thin head that settles down to around the top of the brew. Some spotty lacing is seen. Lots of small streaming bubbles rise up from the bottle during the whole drink. The light aroma is just of some grains with a hint of sweet corn. The taste clean with a dry slightly bitter finish. With the high carbonation, the aftertaste is a bit on the 'stinging' side, which is over done. Overall, not a great beer.

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
3.44/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served and poured at table in chilled Pilsener glass at Aji Japanese Restaurant, Bayshore,N.Y.

Aroma is slightly grassy. Pours pale yellow with a decent off white head. Slightly laced glass to about a third on way down,( Pilsener).

Taste is mild, no particular character! Similar to a non alcoholic brew or very watered down lager! At least it is better than the sliced pickled ginger to clear the palate between courses!

Not great nor unpleasant, to summarize : Meh-Ok!

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Photo of thecheapies
3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Very pale gold color, bordering on straw. Soapy foam top is white and thin. Massive can adds to the appearance.

Lightly sweet malted grain with a faint corn note. Obviously, there's rice in here and it helps dry out the aroma. Not a whole lot going on, otherwise.

Firm bitterness for the style. I like the crispy dryness and added carbonation to counter the light grain sweetness. Awesome drinkability. Rice offers character. Works to be palatable with most foods. Almost versatile.

I love the 33.8oz can. I'll have to get a Sapporo Premium soon to compare. It's not a terrible style for cheap, after all.

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Photo of ZoomanCru
2.21/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Asahi Super Dry – Rice Lager (5%) - Asahi Brewing Co. (Japan)
☆☆ ½

App: Pours a crystal clear golden color with a slight dingy looking off white head that settles quickly leaving no lacing, but does boast some okay retention around the edges of the glass. Darker than a lot of american lagers.

Smell: Nose is grainy and firmly cereal with some high, grassy sweetness and just a hint of maltiness coming through. Slightly metallic smelling, bouquet is low.

Taste: Clean, grain like sweetness with mild bitterness that is fairly well balanced against the overall sweet nature of this beer. A little vegetal, with a mild metallic finish. Slight toasted flavor as beer warms slightly. Not a complex beer by any means, but certainly drinkable. Not as sweet or metallic as a lot of american lagers.

Mouth: Carbonation is extreme and somewhat stinging. Beer is incredibly light bodied with some slight lingering bitterness and sweetness that are pleasant.

Disclaimer: Not brewed in Japan, much to my chagrin it was brewed in Canada. Doh!

Home tasting, 12oz bottle into snifter. 2/18/14.

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Photo of gimmedatbeer
3.5/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had it with hibachi at a Japanese Steakhouse. Accompanied the meal well. Didn't really stand out from Sapporo or Kirin in my opinion. I think since i've tried all three, from now on i'll probably favor Sapporo.

Toward the end of the bottle, it started to taste a little bitter. I didn't finish the bottle. I left about a finger and a half in it.

I'm not really a beer specialist, but I know what I like. So my overall score is a 3.5 and i'm just giving the other things a 3.5 since you can't skip that part.

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Photo of sammn
3.83/5  rDev +41.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had recently in Japan, both bottle & can, but not on Tap. When came back to the States, found it in Bottle.

Light golden/straw beer, typically alot lighter than I drink (I did have the Black version in Japan - more my style).

Good head (small fine bubbles) and did sink down a bit (when poured in glass). Some carbonation.

Aroma was mild w/ hints of rice and some sweetness.

Flavor was mild, sweet to start then finishing to faint bitterness.

Worked well with everything we ate (beef, pork, chicken & burgers). Best consumed cold, toward the end of the bottle can get somewhat bitter when up to room temp.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.09/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours two fingers of head on a clear light straw colored body.
The aroma is pleasant, all rice.
The taste is tempered sweetness, a touch of mild dry bitterness at the end.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
Not my favorite style, but this beer isn't bad... not great though.

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Photo of chinchill
2.68/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle BB dated 8/2014.

Pours light yellow gold with a fragile and sudsy head. No lacing on the glass.

Aroma: some light bready malts with a touch of rice and floral hops.
Flavor: Mild; a touch sweet up front and very mildly bitter by the finish. Not as flavorful as one might hope.

Feel: Very smooth, light body; medium carbonation.

O: a decent and prototypical Japanese rice beer, but simple and not much flavor.

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Asahi Super Dry from Asahi Breweries Ltd
64 out of 100 based on 497 ratings.