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Asahi Super Dry - Asahi Breweries Ltd

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Asahi Super DryAsahi Super Dry

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998 Ratings

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Ratings: 998
Reviews: 438
rAvg: 2.71
pDev: 22.88%
Wants: 4
Gots: 47 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Japanese Rice Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of KTCamm

New Jersey

2.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pour is clear pale yellow, very little foam or activity. Smell is kind of bland - nondescript.

Taste is clean, light hop, with a dry finish (as advertised). Lightly carbomnated.

Not much going on here - does that make it terrible? No, just not anything to right home about. Can see this balancing out some spicy wasabi.

Drink it cold - it doesn't get better at room temp.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2010 00:00:29 | More by KTCamm
Photo of Mardukk


3.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden color with little to no head or lacing.

Alcohol smell with not much else.

The taste is an odd mix of sweet rice and bitter hops with a semi dry finish. Not quite as dry as I expected with the "Super Dry" label. A rice like aftertaste lingers.

The mouthfeel is light with heavy carbonation. The drinkability is fairly high although this isn't as dry as some other dry beers I've had.

Overall, not bad and not terribly good. Kind of a unique change of pace to lager fans.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2010 01:33:54 | More by Mardukk
Photo of Boneheadmx


3.25/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out to a amberish straw with a large head that subsides very quickly.

Smell is very faint, of sweet grains. Not much in terms of hops or anything else.

Taste is pretty average. Not as clean of a finish as other macros (not a bad thing) and is pretty sweet. Not much there in terms of hops.

Mouthfeel is thin and very carbonated, which is pretty typical for this type of beer.

In all, not at all a bad beer and is fairly good in terms of drinkability. Very light and doesn't get in the way of food (which is what this beer was made for anyway).

Serving type: can

04-04-2010 03:00:24 | More by Boneheadmx
Photo of sprucetip


2.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes. Clear, yellow, active thin fizzy head doesn't last long.

Smell is ever so faintly grainy with whispy hints of grassy hops.

Mild but clearly identifiable malty sweetness, a smidge of hoppy bitterness backing it up. What little is there is balanced.

Has more body and richness than most Asian lagers, but is still pretty thin. Finishes pretty clean and crisp.

Wouldn't drink, let alone review this on my home continent. But with limited options, I eventually found this better than the Thai and Cambodian lagers (which really isn't saying much). I'd even go so far as to say it beats the crap out of the Thai beers, and was surprised that it is rated lower than Chang??? The taste is far from memorable or exciting, but neither was it offensive, which in its regional environment, causes it to stand out from the pack.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2010 15:29:26 | More by sprucetip
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3.55/5  rDev +31%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a beautful generic macro-golden flax with a polar white head that settles predictably quick, but laces decently.

nose is very subtle. almost transcends non-existence. a few healthy swirls release a hint of rice-malt undertones.

taste finally hurdles into something admirable. rich foamy mouthfeel allows a near-toasty malt flavor to drift through in a high-end macro-way...not bad at all. nothing skimpy or skunky or thin or even 'boring' here...some bantam-heft for sure. a summer brew after lawn care...and even with some Trader Joe's California Rolls...or a Starkist tuna sandwich. with bacon. and kettle chips.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2010 01:37:29 | More by mempath
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1.85/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours into a pint glass an EXTREMELY light yellow. A couple shades from crystal-clear with a thin white head that disappears within a half of a minute.

Smells of steamed corn. boiled rice, and steel. No hops. Nothing else.

Has an odd raw shrimp taste... I don't know about this. Anyway, similar to the nose, you tase lots of pure adjunct flavors. Heavy on the corn taste. Once again, no hops. It is indeed dry, however.

Light bodied, similar to sparkling water. Not very drinkable. Fairly unpleasant to drink.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2010 03:37:05 | More by MrHassellYaHurd
Photo of BretSikkink


2.42/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Light yellow color, pretty clear. Soft, white head buffeted for a minute with streams of tiny bubbles. No lacing. Grainy aroma, with some light continental hopping. A little skunky, but the can keeps things pretty clean. Hints towards DMS, and slightly sour.

Sweet flavor, everything is whisked away in seconds by the high carbonation. Really, no flavors really emerge to hit me. A little corn, some light grain, no hops; fortunately not much is actually 'bad'. Body is super-light, very thin, and pretty abrasive with the carbonation. Not too good.

Serving type: can

03-12-2010 03:07:05 | More by BretSikkink
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2.1/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Served in a large bottle poured in a pint glass.

A - Light yellow hue with a medium white head. Pretty fizzy.

S - Not too much going on here. There is a faint hoppy aroma in there somewhere, but nothing too exciting.

T - Very mild. Slight seltzer flavor with a mildly hoppy aftertaste. Definitely dry in the finish as advertised.

M/D - Pretty heavy on the fizz for my taste. The combination of the high carbonation and the dry finish muted out what little flavor there was to begin with. This was about as drinkable as a glass of ice cold club soda.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2010 20:40:01 | More by Mr3dPHD
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2.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

330ml bottle served in a Weizen glass.

Czech version.

A: Pours a golden yellow color forming a medium bubbled fluffy white head. Medium retention and some spotty lacings left

S: Sweet and grainy followed by Lager yeasts and Saaz hops

T: Follows the nose. Sweet grains upfront. Sweet malts, corn, adjunct malts, Lager yeasts and a considerable citrus bitter end. In overall, a dry taste which is also very grainy. Hop bitterness reminds Saaz and is not bad

M: Light body. Smooth texture. Good carbonation. Grainy and bitter aftertaste

O: Refreshing with an average drinkability, after all. At the same time, the taste of adjunct malts is a little bit overwhelming

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 20:44:12 | More by eduardolinhalis
Photo of bark


3.2/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The colour is pale yellow, the liquid is clear. The finger thick head is rather firm, but it leaves no lacing.

The smell is clean and neutral with some dry notes of barley. Some traces of yeast and alcohol.

The taste is very clean and a bit insipid. Some quickly passing sweet hints and a touch of white bread. The aftertaste is very short and neutral with hints of alcohol and fresh bread. No noticeable bitterness.

The carbonation is medium strong; the few bubbles are very small yet refreshing. The liquid is dry and light.
A very clean and a bit dry. It isn't bad in any way, but it's just... Insipid.

Serving type: can

02-10-2010 19:08:54 | More by bark
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2.75/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours a light clear yellow-gold, tiny bubbles, average head, bits of tracing, decent retention.

S-Faint noble hops, not much else. I guess this matches the "soft hop nose" typical of the style, but it's nothing special.

T-Tastes like a halfway-decent lager w/a half-shot of sake dumped in. Bits of malt, rice, slight notes of boozy rice alcohol.

M-Light-bodied w/good balance and a dry finish. Moderate carbonation.

D-Not bad. It's crisp and refreshing, & I could picture this going well w/some Pacific rim cuisine.

Serving type: can

02-06-2010 18:22:28 | More by BoitSansSoif
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2.08/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a really clear pale straw yellow with a medium sized but thin white colored head that leaves some lacing down the glass.
S: Smells of sweet rice and a faint hint of hops, pretty weak.
T: Like the aroma, has a very weak rice, hop, grain flavor and like it says, finishes really dry.
M: Very light, very dry, the right amount of carbonation though.
D: OK, not much flavor or texture to it so it's kind of a bland beer. The flavors are there, but I guess it's good with bland foods that you don't want to overpower the subtle taste.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2010 11:13:24 | More by erosier
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3.38/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours from the bottle a clear, light yellow body with a tall, airy, white head.

Smell: Simple though agreeable aroma of lightly malted barley, rice, and a light hint of Noble hops.

Taste: Lightly sweet, mild tastes of malted barley and rice. Faint bitterness and hint of spiciness imparted by the hops. Finishes dry, crisp, and cleansingly refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: It's okay, really. While mild, it is clean and crisp with no discernible off-flavors - as a lager should be. I'd say it would be a good go-to beverage for pairing with sushi, but, that's what the sake is for!

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2010 02:16:07 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of thekanna


2.63/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours light, clear yellow and with about a finger and a half of foamy, white head.

S: Clean grainy, adjunct malt aroma without much else.

T/M: Crisp toasted rice malt flavor with a very faint whiff of hops, some butteriness and cooked corn. Generally watery and very typical of lagers.

D: Nothing outstanding about this beer; just decent for washing down some well-made sushi without drowning the delicate balance of sushi flavors out.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2010 05:50:19 | More by thekanna
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Ontario (Canada)

2.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I never buy beer when I go out for sushi, but I figured I'd try it this time; the night just kind of demanded it. I've had Sapporo before, so I gave this one a go.

Poured into a nondescript lager glass. Light golden, a fairly stable foamy head that initially provided some lacing. Totally dissolved halfway through.

The nose is typically bland; light hops, a bit of grains, not much else. Non-offending though, and I didn't detect tin, which warrants some recognition.

The taste was fine, at least initially. Nothing too exciting, just your typical run of the mill pale lager with that unique rice character to it. Did the job during my meal, but I enjoyed this brew less and less as I continued.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery, perfect for eating heavy sushi, but that's about it.

Meh. Not particularly memorable, nor is it worth picking up again. There are better pales out there for the price, and I hate giving Molson money. I wish we could better brews from asia, because other than Sinha, it's all bland macro lagers. I know there are better brews than this.

Serving type: can

01-25-2010 22:42:42 | More by JohnnyBarman
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2.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Went for sushi the other night and thought it would be appropriate to try a Japanese-style beer with my Japanese food. (I say Japanese-style because the Asahi we get here in the states is brewed by Molson for Asahi.) I did not expect much, and this worked to the beer's advantage as it turned out to be an improvement on our domestic adjunct lagers. Worked well as a palate cleanser between bites of different dishes, was blandly inoffensive and called little attention to itself other than to notice that the taste was unexpectedly not wretched. Good for sushi. Can't think of any other setting in which I'd choose it though...

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 02:41:52 | More by dfitch81
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2.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance has a light golden color with a nice crisp head that sticks around for awhile. Smell has a nice rice grain to it . Taste has the graininess from the rice with a metallic hop leaving the mouth fairly dry. Mouthfeel is light with a good amount of carbonation. Not a bad beer, but nothing exciting either.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2010 02:29:07 | More by Bookseeb
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2.48/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Very light in color. Could barely tell it was gold. Had almost no head.

Smells of malts and hops. Some graininess too.

Taste is very bland. I could taste the carbonation more than anything. Very dry. Some malts can be tasted as well as grains.

High carbonation with a very light body.

Ok to drink but the price is rediculous. 4.99 for a 24oz can.

Serving type: can

01-08-2010 07:28:39 | More by danetrain0101
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2.63/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours basic macro yellow with a white head. Aroma is that of a basic macro lager with some sweetness. Flavor is more of the same with a little more sweetness than you get with American macro lagers. You also get some hop bitterness, but it is subdued. Thin mouthfeel and highly carbonated. Not a terrible beer, but not something I think I will try again.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2010 21:36:53 | More by Mora2000
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3.58/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: looked like any ordinary light beer, light yellow color

S: smelt of grain, its very light smell

T: didn't really taste like anything, no real hoppy flavor or hint of any hops at all, the taste wasn't bad but it was better then any light beers because of the lack of flavor

M: felt like carbonated water, quite fizzy like Modelo Esp.

D: very good clean and dry feel

Overall: Was a great beer, although quite average, it would be something great to have after a nice hot day. Also would be something I'd prefer over light beer, since I'd rather have no taste then have a crappy light beer.

as a great beer, I probably would take it over any light beer, would taste good after a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2010 21:46:24 | More by vandeg
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2.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pale gold color brew, thin threads of carbonation, pillowy head of white foam with some lacing effect.

Smell - What you might expect form a rice lager. Smells of grass, hay, and wheat.

Taste - Nearly tasteless. Brief notes of hops, spice, both of which serve to underscore the inherently rice-adjunct flavor.

Mouthfeel - Very light and scouring

Drinkability - Certainly drinkable. Not terribly complex or noteworthy, but I don't expect it to be. Pairs well with sushi and other Japanese delicacies, and can serve as well as Kirin beer as a background for sake bombers.

Serving type: can

12-23-2009 23:44:17 | More by Hunter
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2.95/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Rated on price and availability:

A: This beer was a fairly average golden color, nothing too out of the ordinary with a steady head.

S: Smelled of nice grain, but a slight bitter note.

T: This was, as the name implies, fairly dry, which was not really a bad thing. As someone aforementioned, it'd be a good beer on a hot day, but more on that later. It was fairly similar to a Bud Light, or some other light American lager.

M: The mouthfeel, was bright and bubbly, which I did note did end on a dry end. The reason I think this would be a good beer on a hot day, it's light, refreshing, not too full for multiple, and that's what I liked about this beer, I could probably consume multiple and still be thirsty.

D: I rated this low, because it still has a season in mind for my beer. While I know that this is average for most beer drinkers I'm looking for a beer that, no matter the season, will quench my thirst, still this makes me want it to be a hot summer day.

Overall, I'd highly suggest this, despite my low rating, but it's nothing too special. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2009 01:33:20 | More by NicholasCasber
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2.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A - Generic beer gold. Clear, with a bright white, medium-sized head that has good staying power. A few small globs of lacing.

S - Very grainy, dry smell (no wonder it's named what it is). Some corn, some cardboard. Not too different from a lot of American macro lagers.

T - Tastes like drinking liquified saltine crackers. Really. A little bit of bread crust and a dry/salty kick, but nothing else to set it apart from a Bud Light.

M - Lively on the tounge. Would probably be refreshing on a hot day, if nothing else.

D - There is just not enough here to justify spending the extra money on this over a domestic macro. I might wash some sushi down with one, but otherwise I am not having another Asahi Super Dry.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2009 23:25:30 | More by hossua34
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2.42/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I've always had a soft spot for this beer but honestly hadn't had it for about 4 years. That has kinda gone out the window now. I thought it might be nice on this stinking hot evening to have an icy cold Asahi. Should've had water. Husky, metallic nose with no real hop notes to speak of. Palate is again kind of grainy nad husky up front but falls away to nothing on the finish. Not crispy dry or refreshing at all. Leaves a rather unpleasant metallic aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2009 12:36:53 | More by juju7
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2.42/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is your typical Japanese macrobrew right here. It can be found EVERYWHERE in the metropolis of Tokyo, and is pretty standard convenience store fare around the archipelago. On tap, it is generally found in establishments catering to session-oriented crowds (students, groups of businesspeople, etc.).

Poured from a can into a pint glass.

A: Crystal clear off-gold in color. Head made of uneven bubbles which disappeared quickly leaving some suds on top and a ring around the collar of the glass.

S: Not a whole lot going on above the surface. Very faint smell like the beer was already warm even though it just got pulled from the fridge.

T: Like a lot of rice brews around the globe, this is pretty bland. Something resembling malt combined with something resembling yeast. I am having a hard time identifying anything resembling hops. At the same time, it's easy to drink. Nothing crazy going on in the aftertaste besides a lingering sweet grain vibe. Flies below the radar from front to back.

M: Carbonated and easy to gulp. Slightly arid.

D: Disappears quickly and would be a good BBQ or picnic beer. There's something 'no-nonsense' about this beer, and it probably has to do with the dry finish.

As I said, this (along with several other beers in its price range) is indicative of what a "Japanese beer" is all about. Easy-drinking, nondescript, unassuming, how-many-have-I-had? beer.

Serving type: can

11-18-2009 12:11:26 | More by pellegrini
Asahi Super Dry from Asahi Breweries Ltd
64 out of 100 based on 998 ratings.