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Asahi Super Dry - Asahi Breweries Ltd

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Asahi Super DryAsahi Super Dry

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1,194 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,194
Reviews: 468
rAvg: 2.7
pDev: 22.96%
Wants: 13
Gots: 124 | 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 akorsak
3.68/5  rDev +36.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bottle while out for dinner. Poured into a glass.

A: The lager is light, a pale straw color that steadfastly retains its yellow color. Crystal clear, even a small stream of bubbles doesn't mar the view. Snow white head, pure, comes along and even laces in a few spots.

S: Aroma is fleeting, nonexistent immediately before gradually warming to a sweet cereal grain. Nothing in the way of bittering.

T: Sweet and dry, the lager seems to revel in its ricey base. The sweetness is grainy, a mild fruitiness in tow. The dryness is evident a few seconds after a sip is gone, making me want another gulp. Bitterness is an afterthought.

M: The light body and mild sweetness aided in cutting through the fiery dinner. A good drink that does justice to Asian cuisine.

Photo of match1112
2.11/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

clear golden with a two finger white head that quickly disappears. smell is awful, grassy with a little skunk to it. taste is horrible, rice and grass. mouthfeel is thin and watery. overall, about what i expected, i hope not all rice beers are this disgusting.

Photo of drabmuh
3.03/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a shaker pint at a local sushi restaurant. Beer is yellow and clear with a small weak head that breaks quickly, moderate and steady carbonation, bad retention, no lacing.

Aroma is nearly non-existent.

Beer is light in body with a mild sweetness. The label says "SUPER DRY" on it but this must be a loose translation because this beer is not super dry, mildly dry is what I would have called it with a slightly tiny bitter finish. Unoffensive but unremarkable. What a loser style.

Photo of CrazyDavros
2.16/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours gold with a large fading head.
Nose shows grassy hops and faint grainy malt with a cardboard character. Pretty soft.
Similar flavours, and similarly faint. Theres some light malt with a big cardboard hit.
Very watery, too much carbonation.

Photo of Naugros
2.91/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A cloud of white foam rests on top of clear fluid that barely registers on the Lovibond scale. So this is what a rice beer is supposed to look like.

Smells of...well, not much at all. There are some German hops lying in wait, but they're lazy and not very assertive. But just the fact that they're there overpowers the rice almost completely. If you really work at it you can get a rice cake smell in there, but it's deep down.

The hops are still around when you take a pull off of this, but now you get more of the rice and an odd chemical off-flavor...kind of like dish detergent.

Dry? Yes, it is. Super dry? No, sake is super dry, this is just dry. It is crisp and refreshing when cold but I bought the 33.5 ounce can so it's a bit warmer now. Despite the flaws in this beer I still managed to finish all 33.5 ounces. I should seek help.

Photo of evlu1441
2.56/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm usually quite a fan of Asian lagers... I've had this one a few times, and never been blown away, but I've always been struck by its "dryness".

This beer looks just like any other half-decent lager. It has a very nice golden colour with a thin soapy head on it.

The aroma is quite bland. Faintly grainy... sort of a generic "beer" smell. Not much else.

The flavour is quite generic. It's wet, cold, and bubbly. It gets slightly sweet across the tongue, and then slightly bitter. The finish lets some of the grainy notes develop before finishing very "dry".

This isn't amazing. I'll stick to Sapporo if I want a change from my generic North American Lagers.

Photo of samie85
2.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A-Pours a very light straw color with a finger of white head.

S-Smells of very light grain and cooked rice.

T-Metallic twang with a dry graininess and the slightest bit of hop presence.

M-Very thin and watery with quite a bit of carbonation.

D-it serves its purpose as a very light and refreshing beer, but if I wanted a beer this light, I'd probably just drink water.

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

A: a straw to clear gold colour, carb is persistent abundant permanent, a white creamy good retention head

S: a butter and rice reminds

T: a watery beer, light body, sweetness at first, tiny bitterness, but is kind of flat all the flavour, not end at all, refreshing, crisping on tongue

Photo of TheBrewo
2.21/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

We pour a brew the color of sun-bleached straw. It holds a one finger white head that recedes at a medium pace. There is complete translucency, with no sediment noted, and the carbonation appears extreme. The aromatics present invoke scents of harsh metallics, baker’s yeast, and corny adjuncts. There is an additional malty flavoring that gives off suggestions of sour mash and limes. The flavoring begins with sour malts with a big lactic acid character. These give way to clean and adjuncty grain that chaperones us through the middle. The finish is quick and metallic, with no real lingering flavors. There are no hops, but that adjunct lager sweetness quality lingers, as if a flash of sugary sweetness wasn’t enough. The aftertaste breathes of dried corn, steely barley, and cool sugary sweetness, albeit mild. The body is light and the carbonation, just as it appeared, is offensively high. The feel is watery and thin, with no coating or slurp. As alluded to by the name, the ”super dryness”, is labeled as such from the state of your mouth when you’re finished drinking the beer. There is a bitter dry character that leaves the mouth slightly cooled and wet, but mostly astringently stagnant. The abv is standard, and the beer drinks easily enough.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the look. While there was no outstanding coloring, the beer looked the part. For the style it looked appropriate, with an unexpectedly showy head. In the end, however, it fell majorly when it came to aroma and taste. Neither were full or bold, and did little to invite the drinker in for more.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
2.56/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Served at a sushi bar in LA by the pitcher.

Yellow and fizzy. Head was mostly not there in the pitcher but it foamed up big time even when carefully poured.

It did not smell bad but rather it hardly had any smell at all. A touch of grains was all that was detectable.

Taste wise it'll do with sushi but it's mostly just to wash things down. There's hardly any real flavor, and what there is consisted of grains and adjuncts. Don't get me wrong, it doesn't taste bad at all, it's just not very full flavored.

Body was fizzy and light.

Overall it'll do when you're eating sushi, but I'd avoid it for regular everyday drinking.

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

Second beer tried during my layover in Hong Kong....whilst on my way to Singapore. Asahi Super Dry was much better...to me...than Tsingtao. The appearance is average. Nice clear golden color with good carbonation. The smell is ok....not over the top with grain. The taste is smooth, subtle grain, comes off the pallete clean and crisp...."dry". The mouthfeel of this beer is ok as well. Very easy to drink.

Photo of BeerAmbassador
2.38/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear yellow straw color. Fluffy head that dissipates quickly, but it does have some nice lively carbonation. Not much of an aroma, bit of straw and grain. Flavor is obviously light and mostly flavorless, but I am not picking up on much in the way of off flavors or bitterness. Maybe my palate is a bit compromised right now since I am broke and have been drinking mostly cheap beer (I am looking at you Goldmine) but as a cheap macro lager I really don't mind this at all. It's not going to set the world on fire, but I would drink it again as an affordable lawn mower beer.

Photo of KyleHyde215
3.4/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I love my California ipas, and my muddy imperial stouts, but sometimes you just need something simple at the end of the day. My usual is a pabst with a shot of rye (or 2...:). However, I found that asahi along with a shot of rye is quite satisfying. I can't put a finger on it but I think it's that metallic taste people complain about. I guess I kind of like it. I'll probably come back to this when I feel like a plain old macro lager.

Photo of Intrinsic
2.92/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Super Dry looks OK while pouring, and there was quite a bit of head, although not very thick and it disappears very quickly. Its a gold-straw colour, plenty of carbonation. Zero lacing.

The smell is what one would expect from a rice lager - nothing pronounced, whispers of wheat and hops give this just enough to make me look forward to tasting it.

But, the taste falls short. Its quite bitter, a little metallic, and has very little to speak of in terms of wheat and rice natural flavours. Its not horrible, but it isn't good either.

Super Dry is a bit of a misnomer. Its not, well, super dry. Slightly oily in fact. The finish is dry, but you can still feel it on your tongue after. However, its still very refreshing and crisp.


Photo of chicagoabbot
3.43/5  rDev +27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can into a pint glass...this is an interesting beer because what it purports to be is pretty much tasteless. It's crystal clean and there's nothing objectionable going on. It's basically intended to be beer-water that goes with anything. It's easy to swig these down, they're pretty smooth drinkers. Not a bad beer to have around. I'm probably biased sentimentally a little bit from drinking these out of vending machines on a trip to Japan when I was 17.

Photo of Fenris244
2.22/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into my stash IPA pint glass

Pours a crystal clea pale golden color, thin half finger head, not bad on the retention. Thick strings of carbonation are apparent

Full of cooked grain and just cooked grain

Not much flavor, kinda like cooked rice, faint bitterness, almost zero sweetness

Watery, the forced carbonation combined with how dry it is reminds me of champagne but not quite in a good way...

Overall, not terrible but not good, wish it had more flavor because it is quite refreshing and if it had the flavor to back it up it would be bad at all.

Photo of StaEva
3.71/5  rDev +37.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I don't know why everyone is so down on this beer. Asahi has some watery nonsense out there, but this Super Dry is a good, wheaty, mild, very drinkable and refreshing beer.

It appears that the pretense and snobbery of craft-brew-Gestapo affectations has overpowered the ability to objectively analyze something's enjoyability. Mild, refreshing beers are not bad, they're a different style, and we should look to rate beers according to how well they embody a style or accomplish a purpose, and this beer's purpose is to be well carbonated, light, and refreshing— which it is through and through.

Photo of BigDRS
1.96/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A 12 oz bottle with no expiration date poured into a pint glass.

A - Beer pours with very little head. Light yellow in color.

S - Turns me off. Light hop notes, lots of hay/straw.

T - I get a pretty decent metallic taste followed by a rather bad aftertaste that I can't describe. Definitely not impressed.

M - Decently carbonated. Feels good for the style.

O - A very poor beer. I'd take a bud/miller/coors product over this any day.

Photo of JizackFH
2.03/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - This beer pours a clear decent looking yellow color. It has a big 2-finger fizzy head on it, that leaves just a few specs of lace behind.

S - It smells sweet and slightly grainy. There is a bit of earthy notes and a touch if hop presence as well. Overall, the smell is not that impressive, but it's certainly not offensive like I assumed it would be.

T - The tastes is sweet grains and corn adjuncts. There is some slight hop character and some bitterness. The taste isn't that offensive, but its pretty sweet tasting.

M - This has a thin light body and pretty low carbonation. It goes down alright, and has some lingering bitterness.

O - The drinkability here isn't very good, but its not the worst either. I would choose this over some of the other macros available for sure. The taste isn't too offensive (Just don't let it warm) and it goes down fairly easy. I'd drink one again if some one offered me one, but I wouldn't spend money on it again.

Photo of NilsFrisk
2.45/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Served in a plastic cup on a picnic, so does not really get any of the apearence, but it don't seem to differ from the normal light lager kind.
Smells a bit nostalgic, from when me and my friends bough a sixpack of the only and cheapest beer we could get (being under-age and broke) to bring to parties. But nostalgic doesn't necessarily mean good, smells kind of just skunky.
Tastes sweet biscuity malt, and somewhat like carbonated rice water, and the mouthfeel is just carbonation, not noticing any "dryness" out of the ordinary.

Photo of brewballer
2.41/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Nothing special here. Pours a golden straw color, no head to speak of. Had a metallic taste for sure and it just seemed to linger on the tongue, which was unpleasant. Reminded me a lot of a US Macrobrew Budweiser/Coors, but with that strange metallic taste to it. Had a faint grain taste to it, but just barely. Not something I would drink again.

Photo of perrymarcus
2.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in a standard shaker pint.

pours a light golden/yellow tone with a tall, spritzy white head that recedes fairly quickly; not much lacing to speak of.

nose is mild, with some grainy, rice aromas being it's centerpiece. not getting much in the way of hops.

flavor imparts a vague maltiness along with the grainy, rice-like notes evident in the nose. again, hops pretty much nonexistent. finish is clean. an underwhelming, inoffensive macro beer. not much better than your BMC.

medium-light mouthfeel with average to above average carbonation.

overall, meh. don't have a big frame of reference for this style, but to me it falls somewhere in the macro continuum alongside coors and heineken. drinkable but really not doing a lot for me.

Photo of Knapp85
1.8/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Wasn't able to get much of a rice flavor from this. I've had other beers from Japan that do have flavors of rice in it. Anyway this beer was another Pale Yellow in color Lager, the smell of malts are all that I got out of it. No aroma of hops. My favorite thing about this beer is the label.

Photo of CrazyMike
3.42/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing this again, don't think my older review was fair when this got an F.

Cloudy straw yellow appearance with bubbly head that slowly disappears. Smell consists of grain, grass, sweetness and a hint of malt.

Taste is similar to the smell, sweet and grainy with a slight hint of malt and citrus. Nothing to complicated and light, but it is also clean and refreshing. Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Aftertaste has a lingering dry maltiness, probably the strongest part of the beer.

Overall, not the greatest beer, but it's simple and works. If your thirsty and it's hot out, grab a tall can of this.

Photo of dcook11
3.07/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice break from some moree complex beers. 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 mouthfeel and high drinkability

Asahi Super Dry from Asahi Breweries Ltd
64 out of 100 based on 1,194 ratings.