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Asahi Super Dry - Asahi Breweries Ltd

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BA SCORE
64
poor

995 Ratings
THE BROS
55
awful

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Ratings: 995
Reviews: 438
rAvg: 2.71
pDev: 22.88%
Wants: 4
Gots: 46 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Asahi Breweries Ltd visit their website
Japan

Style | ABV
Japanese Rice Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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cjgator3

Florida

2.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

16oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a golden yellow color with a white head that leaves a decent amount of lacing. The aroma is some faint grain and just a touch of hops. The taste is clean and crisp with some graininess up front with a dry finish that is mildly hopped. Overall, this is a decent brew but it does not possess anything that makes me want to try another.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2007 14:55:23 | More by cjgator3
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cichief

Virginia

2.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Typical Japanese rice beer. Pours a decent yellow-gold with a nice white head. Smells of malt and little else. Tastes dry, very little malt, not much hops either, but balanced. Feels thin on the tongue, very carbonated. Very light and refeshing however with several pieces of fresh sushi.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2007 00:36:08 | More by cichief
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ttu94

Texas

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

I have had lots of these thaks to Joe at Susi Sapporo. Looks like your average macro lager. Clear gold color. Small head with average retention. Very little smell. Very little flavor. Dry finish. However, very good while waiting for good sushi after a 12 hour work day.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2007 04:41:12 | More by ttu94
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

2.6/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I had many bottles of this (not my choice) at a kaiseki dinner in Japan. It's ironic that such a crappy beer makes it to the same menu as expensive kaiseki fare, it doesn't match at all. The only previous kaiseki I've tried had a good Belgian-style Japanese ale, much better than this.

The only positive I can state is that's it's easily drinkable, and quenches thirst. Other than that it's completely forgettable. If you see it, skip it for Kirin (marginally better) or better yet Yebisu (significantly better). I can't place the "dry" quality to a beer, maybe it means bitter aftertaste?

Avoid if at all possible.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2007 19:20:59 | More by TurdFurgison
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willjschmidt

California

2.3/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Poured from a 633ml bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pale golden yellow, very little head.

S: Very little aroma.

T: Light malts, light hops. Very little flavor, very close to drinking water.

M: Light bodied, smooth.

D: A very easy to drink beer due to its light, almost water-like, flavor. It's smooth and goes down very easy. I guess it goes well with sushi, that's the only time I ever get it.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2007 03:57:42 | More by willjschmidt
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Redwood21

Virginia

2.65/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: pretty much what you would expect, a white as a ghost overly fluffy and very week head. a straw yellow color
S: NO smell at all
T: there is not alot of flavor regardless in this beer. maybe a little sweetness but nothing particularly standoutish. reminds you of a bud or miller in this regard, just not alot going on.
M/D: very crisp, not as dry as i expected it would be. it is relatively refreshing not much carbonation. a decent beer, but not great

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2007 19:39:37 | More by Redwood21
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matty

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +59.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a delicious change of pace.A nice crisp taste with little or no aftertaste.This beer offers little carbonation without any bloating.Slightly higher price than your average beer but your tastebuds and stomach will thank you for it.In my opinion give it at least a try!

Serving type: can

05-02-2007 02:47:02 | More by matty
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

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

This beer poured a straw like yellow but wasnt too bright. With a foamy head that left quickly and left athin film with lacing as i drank it. The beer as tated in the name haws a ver dry mouthfeel that is actually quite plesaent and refreshing. Th smell is has some hints of malt but obviously rice overwhelms the smella as well as most of the taste. It has minimal bittrness. Overall a good Asian beer IMHO. I drink it everytime i go to any Japanese restaurant.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2007 17:37:49 | More by JoEBoBpr
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BigJTrucker

Oregon

3.38/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear pale yellow, white head settles fairly quickly. slightly fruity grainy smell. Rice taste is present. The faintest hop flavor as well. Very watery mouthfeel, Very easy to drink, but not much taste to speak of. Could easily drink this over a long evening. It went well with the sushi i had for lunch today.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2007 22:20:10 | More by BigJTrucker
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beeroclock

United Arab Emirates

3.2/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is the first time I've had the Asahi. It poured a pale yellow with a white head that faded and had little lacing. Smelled of rice and a faint yeasty quality. Tasted of light hops and grainy, but mild and was pretty refreshing. It was very dry and didn't leave an aftertaste, but it was quite pleasant and complimented my sushi dinner. I usually drink Sapporo at Japanese restaurants, but I think i've found it's replacement wherever the Asahi line is served, this was much better than Sapporo in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2007 18:00:51 | More by beeroclock
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stephendr

California

1.93/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

22 oz. bottle- color of pale yellow, with a short off white head - nose of mild hopps , some cereal , oats , and not much else – taste of mild hops , malt , and acidic quality - body watery , crisp , and dry – aftertaste of almost nonexistent except minimal hopps

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2007 21:24:47 | More by stephendr
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zeff80

Missouri

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

A - Poured out a clear, gold color with a white, one-finger head. Leaves no lacing.

S - It smelled of rice and grains.

T - It tasted of rice and yeast. A hint of bitterness.

M - It is crisp and sharp on the tongue. A light-bodied beer.

D - This isn't bad. It is the first I've ever had of the stye. It is still fairly similiar to most import lagers.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2007 00:14:14 | More by zeff80
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tempest

Pennsylvania

2.7/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My first Japanese rice lager, let's see if it's much differnt from the American macro ricer. Well its a light gold color, with some head retention, too good of an appearance for most macros. Smell is right on though. Almost nothing happening here, just a faint sweetness.

As for the taste, it tastes like a bland macro import. There's a hint of bittness at the end, and I emphasize hint. Its mostly a sweet malt flavor that has a little fruit and apple character.

On the macro spectrum, I'd put this in between Bud Light and Heineken, but that's not so hot. If I lived in Japan and needed a lawnmower beer, I might go for this. Maybe.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2007 23:09:16 | More by tempest
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aquatonex

New York

2.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this one at a sushi place, where else? :)

Pours pale wheat colors with a thick foamy head, a little bit of lacing. Looks like a light pilsner. Smell is very light grains, malts. Taste is also light, almost like seltzer. It isn't bad per se, just nothing stands out either.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2007 17:44:29 | More by aquatonex
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sleazo

New York

2/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I got this at my favourite Sushi shope last night instead of my usual sake.

Poured a golden yellow. Minimal head even with hard Japanese style pour. Very little lacing/retention.

Smell is slightly skunky, some hops, maybe saaz? some white bread too. Not too much going on here.

Taste- Bitter and dry is how i would describe it. This sort of reminds me of Olde English 800, and that is not a good thing. The adjunct funk comes through here, typical of any macro lager.

D-I dont think i will be having this again. All i can say is at least it didnt ruin my enjoyment of my sushi. sort of went well with my shiokara

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2007 22:43:09 | More by sleazo
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norwichboy

Australia

1.7/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This was on tap, and comes in its own straight sided frosted glass with "Asahi" on one side and two japanese characters on the other. Very striking. The contents of course are more ordinary looking, clear straw coloured, largish bubbles. A small coarsely bubbled white head that does last and leaves a few transient dots of lace when swirled. There is virtually no smell or taste. When I close my eyes, yes, I can still tell it's beer I'm drinking but only by the faintest hint of grain and hops. The mouthfeel is rather watery and a bit overcarbonated.

Obviously catering to a market that don't really want a beer that's going to challenge the tastebuds, which is fine. There's certainly nothing unpleasant about it. I can also imagine it being a good accompaniment to Japanese food, the "clean crisp taste" complementing a cuisine focused on fresh ingredients and letting the delicate flavours of the food have the limelight. However for me there are plenty of other mass produced lagers that offer more than this. In both the UK and Australia Asahi is marketed as a premium lager with a corresponding price tag, but all you are getting for this is the packaging. I had a sip of my wife's Nastro Azzuro and this was in a different league by comparison.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2006 05:42:00 | More by norwichboy
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granger10

Wisconsin

2/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pale yellow color with a fizzy head that rises and falls quickly. Smells grainy, adjuncty. There's some kind of fake sweetness in there. It has a cereal type grainy flavor. A bit of a sharp acidity at the top with basically no body. A main flavor I get is paint which is not good. Finish is dry but only because there was basically nothing to it. Really lacking in all aspects.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2006 03:37:46 | More by granger10
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leechungsr

California

2.98/5  rDev +10%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Goes great with japanese. I wouldn't go out of my way to have this one, but it's really not bad.
S: very light grains.
T: clean, crisp. Light sweet rice with lighter hops. Goes down easy.
M: leaves me pretty thirsty every time. Carbonation is just right and feels very clean (sterile).
D: very drinkable with the right food (sushi).

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2006 08:41:24 | More by leechungsr
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atigerlife

Hawaii

2.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a light yellow witha chunky medium white head that dissipated rather quickly. Decent carbonation can be seen rising. Pretty typical macro rice lager look.

Aroma is light, with some grainy sweetness.

Taste is light, sweet, malts and light hops. Rather crisp.

Mouthfeel has a decent cleansing ability, light bodied and slightly dry.

Overall, very drinkable. Nothing too exciting but nothing offensive. Went quite well with the Japanese food I was eating. Certainly good enough that I had another big bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2006 17:43:14 | More by atigerlife
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BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

2.3/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A brown 500ml bottle, which was full of a dry tasting beer, brewed and bottled in the UK. 5%, but not super dry, as stated on my bottle.

Urine yellow and clear looking, with a few bubbles breaking the surface of an otherwise headless beer.

No smell, apart from an aroma simular to dishwater.

Dryish is taste, but not cheek pullingly so, nor lipsmackingly thirst quenshing, just a poor lager.

Dryness stays, but is not overpowering.

This was my first and last 'Super Dry Asahi' unless I am stranded on a Polynesian island and this is all that is available.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2006 22:16:45 | More by BlackHaddock
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SudNut

Oklahoma

2.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours to a golden yellow, it would have looked better with a nice big head. This was not the case though a half finger head appeared and disappeared quickly.

Smell was a very faint hint of malt and hops almost non-existent.

Taste was same as smell not much there, water like and dry with a hint of malt and hops.

Swirling it around the tongue brought out a little more flavor, malt, hops and rice, there is some grain in here.

Drinkability - I could drink a lot of this because it tastes like H2O.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2006 15:01:45 | More by SudNut
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Westsidethreat

California

3.1/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Light golden straw color, clean with a few bubbles. Surprising health, medium sized bubble snow white head.

S: Newly sprouted grains, malted barley, sugary white corn.

T: Reminds me a bit of a dry pinot grigio. Lightly malted with very minor hop presence on the tip of the tongue. Finishes wit a touch of corn pops. Not a lot of residual sweetness.

M: Thing but good body. Not prickly what so ever which is surprising.

D: Probably one of the best sushi beers. Unobtrusive and complimentary to sushi.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2006 05:03:26 | More by Westsidethreat
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Healfdene

Japan

3.1/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Surprisingly hoppy smell straight away. Little nutty and wheaty afterwards. Pleasant light amber color. Very clean taste. But you can still taste that bit of riciness at the end, along with a mild carbonated bite. Overall a clean and very very drinkable beer. Draft of choice hands down in any restaurant, izakaya, snack bar, etc. in Japan.

Serving type: can

10-27-2006 12:48:16 | More by Healfdene
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BryanCarey

Texas

2.28/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Asahi Super Dry is Japan's best- selling beer and it's definitely a beer made for the masses. This product is light in color, light in flavor, and light in aroma. In other words, it's a beer tailor- made to compete with the big brewery products of the world that all strive to make a beer as inoffensive as possible. It pours to a light straw color with perfect clarity and plenty of initial bubbling action that eventually settles into an even flow of carbonation and a thin coating of white foam. The aroma of this beer is paper- like, grassy, and not that enticing.

With virtually nothing in the appearance to make you think that Asahi Super Dry will be good to drink, the beer has nowhere to go but up. Unfortunately, it doesn't get any better. The most dominant flavors are corn, light grains, and rice. The body of the beer is thin and it finishes with the slightest hint of grassy hops, followed by a dry sensation, then an aftertaste of sweet grains and a small touch of apple.

Asahi Super Dry is very direct and simple, with the smallest amount of malt and hops necessary to make it legally permissible to call it beer. The flavor is adjunct- laden, with light grain as the primary taste and almost no hop taste at all. There is the slightest taste of grassy hops but they are flushed away quickly as you drink, leaving behind the taste of light, sweet malt. It is easy drinking, that is for certain. But it is no better than other macro- brewed beers and it should be avoided if possible.

Serving type: can

10-12-2006 19:05:29 | More by BryanCarey
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vancurly

Australia

3/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours pale gold / yellow. White rocky head that lingers a while. Some bubbling.

Aromas include a rice grain note, some malt, hint of sulfur, and a late hop steeliness.

Malty flavour at first, followed by the grainy flavour. There is a late hop note, and a mild/medium bitterness. Subtle papery note, that is more likely due to the rice attribute than from any oxidation.

Finishes crisply and cleanly.

Probably wash the wasabe down quite well, but I wouldn't drink it on a daily basis.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2006 04:06:06 | More by vancurly
Asahi Super Dry from Asahi Breweries Ltd
64 out of 100 based on 995 ratings.