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Asahi Super Dry - Asahi Breweries Ltd

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BA SCORE
65
poor

472 Reviews
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Reviews: 472
Hads: 1,293
rAvg: 2.74
pDev: 20.44%
Wants: 23
Gots: 196 | 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 Richardbeerlover
3.1/5  rDev +13.1%
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. (281 characters)

Photo of samparkique4
3.39/5  rDev +23.7%
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. (271 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
2.59/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (1,188 characters)

Photo of dgilks
3.01/5  rDev +9.9%
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. (379 characters)

Photo of jeff316
3.4/5  rDev +24.1%
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. (495 characters)

Photo of Dapuma
3.75/5  rDev +36.9%
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 (433 characters)

Photo of GONZALOYANNA
2.29/5  rDev -16.4%
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 !! (364 characters)

Photo of cbutova
2.74/5  rDev 0%
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. (1,371 characters)

Photo of fallenshadow
3.49/5  rDev +27.4%
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. (654 characters)

Photo of dacrza1
1.51/5  rDev -44.9%
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?... (931 characters)

Photo of BucBasil
2.58/5  rDev -5.8%
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. (897 characters)

Photo of artoolemomo
2.34/5  rDev -14.6%
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. (1,692 characters)

Photo of ProfessorValue
3.61/5  rDev +31.8%
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. (281 characters)

Photo of Mardrommar
2.33/5  rDev -15%
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. (837 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.5/5  rDev -8.8%
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. (545 characters)

Photo of mjtiernan
2.53/5  rDev -7.7%
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. (1,189 characters)

Photo of EarthRocker
3.7/5  rDev +35%
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 (672 characters)

Photo of JesseMurdock
2.54/5  rDev -7.3%
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. (274 characters)

Photo of chugalug06
2.94/5  rDev +7.3%
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. (269 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
2.55/5  rDev -6.9%
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. (999 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.37/5  rDev +23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I had this out of the bottle, enjoyed in a ball canning jar.

The color is dark golden with great clarity and thin cap of white which retains okay. The smell is sweet and slightly spiced with a grainy odor. The feel is good with spritzy carbonation and semi-dry middle to finish with light sweetness.

I like the flavor it is decent with some rice taste which adds a sweetness to the profile with light yeast tinges and mild spice aspect in the very dry finish - apropos. Overall a decent lager and I wouuld not hestitate to get it again, but not above average really, just good overall. (590 characters)

Photo of CloudStrife
2.89/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz beer poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a clear pale golden with a 1.5 finger white head. Average visible carbonation. Head sticks around for a few minutes before dissipating.

S: Reminds me of most macro beers but with a bit more sweetness and I suppose that is rice coming through.

T: A slight variation and twist on the macro-tasting brew I was expecting. The rice gives it a sake sort of taste but on a much lighter booze scale.

M: Good carbonation and it does have a clean finish. Pretty smooth and easy drinking in regards to mouthfeel.

Overall not something I would seek out but am not disappointed. Has a unique flavor that I'll sit on the fence whether I like or not. (688 characters)

Photo of John_Henry
2.51/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

Note: This is the Japanese version Brewed in Japan, and very fresh (Brew date same month as drinking date, February). May vary if purchased outside of Japan.

A. Very clear, good initial head, sadly soon dissipates to nothing. Nothing interesting or exceptional.

S. Little smell, but slight lager note, not unpleasant.

T. Fine lager taste, nothing unpleasant, a bit of a dry bite to it.

M. A little sharp for my liking.

O. Easy drinking beer that is quite refreshing. This is served all over Japan, and whilst being very dull isn't at all offensive. Can't really go wrong with it, but I wouldn't go out of my way for it if I wasn't living in Japan.

I should also mention that whilst being a big lager drinker (due to that be the only thing on offer beer wise in most places here), I'm not a big lager fan, so the numbers may reflect this.

If your in Japan you'll struggle not to try Asahi, if not, I wouldn't bother. (923 characters)

Photo of andrenaline
2.55/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a pale golden colour, finger of head with no head or retention.

S - Scent is mild, sweet corn, grassy notes and a metallic finish.

T - Mild flavoured, sweet corn and leafy greens, hints of grass and a bready finish.

M - A tad prickly going down and finishes wet.

O - Nothing more than average. (307 characters)

Photo of ThinkAgain
1.58/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Pours a pale straw color with fine bubbles rising to the top of the pilsner glass forming a thick sea foam head. The nose is of sweet corn syrup and malt. The taste is like the smell with a light mouth feel and high drink ability. Not my cup of tea and quite tasteless. I am a imperial stout and Belgian style guy so lagers don't really impress me. Not bad but not good either. Easy drinking my watery (401 characters)

Asahi Super Dry from Asahi Breweries Ltd
65 out of 100 based on 472 ratings.