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Asahi Super Dry - Asahi Breweries Ltd

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Reviews: 477
Hads: 1,316
Avg: 2.7
pDev: 37.78%
Wants: 22
Gots: 212 | 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 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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Photo of Richardbeerlover
3.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not much of a head. Tastes clean crisp and light. Not much body but very easy to drink. Could have had 3 of these easily. Not much flavor. Tasted like a clean beer with not much sweetness or heaviness. Not sure why it is rated so poorly but I like it. A very popular beer in Japan.

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Photo of samparkique4
3.39/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

original japanese version
with seasalt caramel mousse
Caramel fans will be in heaven with this cheesecake, between the creamy caramelized dulce de leche in the filling and the luscious caramel sauce on top.

Fresh, crisp and clear - with a sharp delivery
nicely paired.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
2.59/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Had a tall can at a pub in Calgary's Kensington area, on a whim. Pours a watery pale/just this side of light yellow shade with ample carbonation. Very aggressively carbonated adjunct lager, so much so that the bubbles burnt my lips a little. Initially aroma notes were perfumy and bright, but this quickly moved to a wet grain and corn sugar character that one might expect in such a beer. In all honestly though, this beer smells like little except fizzy water. The taste is a bit more robust than the smell and includes the expected wet grainy malt, DMS cooked vegetable, and a residual sweetness (despite the "super dry" moniker), along with a tart yogurt acidity and a little peppery spice. Metallic notes and a rubbing alcohol astringency emerge in the finish along with hints of grass. I'd say the finish is indeed pretty clean and crisp as the bubbles scrub the palate of the sweet/cooked flavors. If one is going to judge this beer for what it is, its probably a potent thirst quencher on a hot day and in the right frame of mind could prove to be rather refreshing. Don't look here if you seek complex fresh malt flavors, hops, or anything else associated with craft workmanship.

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Photo of dgilks
3.01/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Crystal clear dark straw colour. Small white head dissipates immediately.

Very light grainy malt aroma. Touches of vegetal character.

Light and very easy drinking. Very little malt. No bitterness. Crisp.

Medium-light body. High carbonation. It is what it is.

For what it is supposed to be Asahi delivers. I don't hate it but I'm not going to be jumping to get my hands on it.

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Photo of jeff316
3.4/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Brewed in Thailand for the export market.

Clean, easy-drinking beer for thirst quenching. Not a sipper's beer.

Best paired with meals where you do not want the beer to obscure or outshine flavourful foods

Works well with spicy meals where you expect guests to drink two or more beers in short-order since the beer is not heavy, does not fill the stomach.

Enough gassiness to cleanse the palate.

Nice and light without being watery.

Best served stone-cold from a short stint in the freezer.

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Photo of Dapuma
3.75/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer is an excellent light food beer. Rice lager that is easy to drink and very under rated - If you want a light beer with a dry finish, that is easy to drink and you don't need to think about, I cannot recommend a better beer

This is not the beer you pick when you want a ton of flavor or something heavy, sometimes you just want something light and refreshing and it doesn't get in the way of anything else

This is that beer

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2.29/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

330ml bottle. Weizen glass. Enjoyed on jun´13. Golden color, crystal clear appearance. White froth, good retention, some lacing left. Slight metal, grainy odor. Grainy upfront, quite fizzy. Light body. Moderate/high carbonation. Watery texture. Dried adjuncts, maybe corn & low bitterness in the middle. Dry finish. Sweet extract malt on the aftertaste. Boring !!

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Photo of cbutova
2.74/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pretty sure this is the one I have. Says Asahi Draft Beer Super Dry. 12oz bottle.

A- Poured into my new Gulden Draak tulip from the twist off bottle. The beer fills the glass with a superbly clear, light golden yellow body. The head is foamy and somewhat creamy and forms to a few fingers high. The foam doesn't stick around very long and falls to a white, thin pillow on the beer. With each drop, countless carbonation bubbles rise to the top. Tiny ring remains after a minute leaving a few small dots of lacing.

S- Really not a ton going on. The first sniff reminded me of Coors and other BMCs that I used to purchase in my college days. Just a tiny grain sweetness, some yeast and a bit of a grassy hint. Fades very quickly and it's hard to really grasp anything going on.

T- Almost impressively neutral, it tastes like a lightly lager, yeast bread flavored seltzer or something. Light grainy feel and lightly sweet. Hops are faint but present in the finish with grassy and spicy hints. Something reminds me of lemon just a tad.

MF- Super light and pretty dry with super high carbonation. The bubbles foam up a lot to create an airy texture and there is super weak bitterness in the finish.

Really nothing offensive like some of the American BMCs, impressively lacking flavor in a way. Hard to really kill this beer but it also doesn't leave you with much to say.

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Photo of fallenshadow
3.49/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Looks like a typical lager beer, very bubbly. Although it can appear to be very foamy unless you take care while pouring. Its easy to get a nice head on it after a decent pour.

S - Sweetness really comes through, with a slight grassy hint too.

T - Malty sweet taste, high carbonation and finishes with a pleasant smooth dry finish.

M - Lots of carbonation upfront but very much feels like a typical lager otherwise.

O - I like this more than many beers and I feel this is definitely above average. Something about this beer makes me want to buy it over and over again. Its rather addictive if you like this style of beer with an extra dry finish.

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Photo of dacrza1
1.51/5  rDev -44.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Date tasted: July 21, 2013 ... Glassware: Baltika stange... Occasion: looking forward to rest after a fun trip to LBI--and a new mattress upstairs....Appearance: clear golden body with slim bubbles; head flourishes and quickly dissipates, leaves spongelike, wide gaps between foamy nooks and crannies... Aroma: funky corn adjuncts plague the nostrils; slight suggestion of floral hops, but they are beaten back by macro malt... Palate: clean, slightly irregular finish with some warmth at its end; rather watery with little character...Taste: light bitterness from the malt adjunct makes this a rather bland mouth rinser; exhibits little of its promised "richness"... Overall: at $1.99 for a 38-ounce can, one could argue this beer actually gives the drinker his money's worth... unfortunately, this beer didn't have to come from Japan to deliver its pedestrian malty, bitterly bland aftertaste...at least there was a lot of it?...

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Photo of BucBasil
2.58/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the large 21oz bottle into an oversized mug.

A: A bit darker than expected. Bright amber color, clear with lots of carbonation within. Head was immediately gigantic, pure white and foamy, and was around for a long time. This is head that you can take a bite out of. Good looking beer.

S: Somewhat sweet and grassy with a hint of malt somewhat holding things together in the middle.Not bad, but pretty faint.

T: This beer had some good things going for it, and then just lost it here. Very off tasting, vegetal and with a wet grain sort of taste. Somewhat flat and grassy. Has nothing holding this together. Finishes with a quick hit of malt liquor-like alcohol and an unpleasant bitterness.

Overall, this is a beer I do not want to come back to. I was pleasantly surprised by the appearance and even the aroma wasn't too bad. but the taste is just wayyy off. Go for something else.

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Photo of artoolemomo
2.34/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Asahi Super Dry (5.00% ABV, Japanese Rice Lager) Label: Asahi Beer is brewed from quality ingredients by using our pure cultured yeast and our advanced brewing techniques. Asahi Beer has excellent richness, truly refreshing drinkability and satin smoothness. All year round you can enjoy the great taste of Asahi Beer. 1000 mL can.

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head that has very little retention. The head is a weak pure cotton white while the body is a clear pale straw that glows lemon yellow when held up to the light. Lacing consists of minimal spotting.

Nose- Pretty much what I expected- boring with hints of BMC aroma. Grain, sweet malt that has sour and metallic tones. There are some corn/cornflake notes in there as well. Lacks both presence and complexity.

Taste- Very reflective of the nose with a very slight bitter hop finish. Very watery and thin. Grain, sweet malt, and not much else. The slight bitterness makes it little more interesting than BMC but not by much. A thoroughly unremarkable beer- the flavor profile has no real flaws because there isn't the inconvenience of “flavor”.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with too much carbonation. Dry but I would never classify it as crisp or refreshing. Some smoothness to the texture.

Drinkability- Highly carbonated water with slight hints of a “beer” taste. Easy drinking but why would you want to?

Overall- I only bought this beer to tick off a beer style. I really didn't need to actually taste it to review it- I've had this beer many times just in different packaging from different companies. The style description suggests moderate bitterness and a firm malty character- this beer has none of that.

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Photo of ProfessorValue
3.61/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I like a dry beer (Ballantine Ale), and this one does not disappoint, if that's what you're seeking. Smooth, clean, and super dry with little to no aftertaste. I've only had it from the bottle. It is not a heavy, hearty brew by any means. And, granted, it is on the expensive side.

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Photo of Mardrommar
2.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Poured into a Libbey mug.

Appearance - Pours a clear pale yellow and formed a minuscule white head that dissipated within the first few minutes and left a thin film in the center of the glass, with a minor thickness on the edges.

Aroma - The aroma is faint and typical of a lager of this style. A delicate malt sweetness is one of the main components of the aroma, followed by a faint grass and muted bready scent.

Mouthfeel - Mouthfeel is light with moderate-high carbonation.

Taste - Flavor is bland and simple. The initial flavor is a slight malt sweetness that transitions into a very, very slight bitterness. The finish is watery. Aftertaste is sweet from the malts.

Highly drinkable because there is nothing to this beer. Honestly tastes like flavored water. Inoffensive, but not satisfying, as a previous user has stated.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and subdued hay and grass aromas. Taste is much the same with watery grain, hay, and grass flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer with aromas and flavors that get worse as the beer warms up.

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Photo of mjtiernan
2.53/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

33.8 oz can poured into a mason jar

A: Quite a large bone-white head that quickly reduced to about half a finger. This beer is the definition of yellow. Very clear with noticeably active carbonation.

S: Some floral hops. Better than I expected. If I didn’t know better, I’d say this was a respectable Czech pilsner.

T: Whoa. This has almost zero flavor. Neutral. I keep taking bigger gulps as an attempt to discern the flavor, but it’s difficult. There is a very slight bitterness in the finish that alerts me to the fact that this isn’t actually water, but it isn’t much. I wonder if it is some sort of twisted breakthrough that the brewers were able to impart such a nice hop aroma, yet have virtually none of it represented in the flavor. If so, then this is award-winning stuff.

M: Incredibly drinkable, yet almost completely unsatisfying. It is beer right? This is 5%?

O: One of the easier reviews I’ve written as there wasn’t much to write about. The weird thing is that I might actually review it more favorably than some other "real" beers because it is the least offensive beer I’ve ever consumed. The bad ones are at least flavorful...even if I dislike them.

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Photo of EarthRocker
3.7/5  rDev +37%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I didn't think I'd care much for this beer. I'm not really a big pale ale dude, but I was given a bottle of the Asahi Super Dry, and I would never throw a beer out without at least trying it. The best way I can describe this beer is a perfect starter beer. It's super smooth, super drinkable. I don't want to say it's watered down, because it packs flavor, and is quite refreshing. I had no problem drinking the bottle at all. I tend to lean toward dark ales, porters, and especially stouts. But if you want a smooth drinkable beer, or want to get one of your buddies into drinking brews without throwing his taste-buds for a loop, pick this beer up.

B+ beer, all the way

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Photo of JesseMurdock
2.54/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

This is a mediocre beer. Pours a bland yellow with a quickly dissipating head. Too much carbonation. Smells a bit like soap. The taste isn't awful. Has more of a malty flavor than the average macro lager but has a faint metallic taste to it as well. Crisp and dry mouthfeel.

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Photo of chugalug06
2.94/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Always rate to style...

Clear, yellow, very little soapy head.

Not too much to report on. Rice, dry, peaty.

Wet, high carbonation, crisp, light, not too many flavors.

Uneventful. Great in Sake Bombs. Refreshing for a hot spring day. Recommended as a back up brew.

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Photo of mdfb79
2.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

From 03/09/13 notes. Had this at Koi in Bryant Park, NYC. Probably the best sushi place I've ever been too, though their beer selection was as to be expected. Served in a stange type glass.

a - Pours a clear golden-yellow color with two inches of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of corn, wheat, earthy notes, grass, a little musty, and a little skunky. Not a fan of this nose at all; little sweet and skunky.

t - Tastes of sweet corn, earthy notes, wheat, grains, bread, musty notes, and toasted malts. Significantly better than the nose due to no skunkiness, though still not very good.

m - Light, watery body and moderate carbonation. Overall pretty easy to drink beer and you could drink a few of them, though you probably wouldn't want to.

o - Overall I've had this with sushi once or twice, though not a fan of it. Nose is pretty bad and while easy to drink, don't think you'd want to drink a ton of these. I'd prefer something like a bud light to this beer.

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Asahi Super Dry from Asahi Breweries Ltd
64 out of 100 based on 477 ratings.