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Asahi Super Dry - Asahi Breweries Ltd

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BA SCORE
64
poor

1,139 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,139
Reviews: 448
rAvg: 2.7
pDev: 22.96%
Wants: 8
Gots: 95 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Japan

Style | ABV
Japanese Rice Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of Thehuntmaster
2.45/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

330ml can 5,0% Abv

Here we go with another adjuncty lager, I find myself wondering (and hoping a bit) if the fact that it's Japanese will make it a tad more interesting than the rest.

Appearance: Asahi Super Dry pours a clear, fairly light golden colour with a decently size white head, that doesn't last much more than 5 seconds and leaves no lace.

Smell: My hopes for something 'interesting' are fading fast. The nose is very light and consists of adjuncty grains, some stale hops and a slightly metallic aroma. Nothing overtly bad I guess, but very dull.

Taste: The flavour follows the smell pretty well, nothing really offensive, but dull. Again adjuncts, metallic elements and a hint of hops are noted. Super Dry, um no, though I will concede that there is a little dryness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light and pretty highly carbonated. Pretty much par for the style I guess.

Drinkability: As I said, there is nothing offensive in the beer, so if it was ice cold, yeah I could drink it, though I doubt I will buy it again.

So it seems Asahi is nothing different, just another dull lager brewed for the un-beer-educated.

Thehuntmaster, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of bmwats
2.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pilsner.

A: Washed-out, light golden hue. Pours about a 2 finger, foamy white head. Settles quickly, leaving some sticky lacing behind as it does. More substantial beer ring lacing develops as you drink it down.

S: Medium bodied malt. Some other no-distinct grain notes. Not much else except something of rotting vegetation stench.

T: Pungent, rubbery, diluted malt and grain flavor.

M: Light body. Rubbery, steely palette, and the same aftertaste kind of lingers.

D: You can power this down. It doesn't put up much resistance, and there's not really anything worth savoring.

Atmosphere is ok. It has a pretty solid appearance all in all. Nose is not much to talk about except for this faint rotten aroma that emanates from it. Flavor, nothing to speak of. Nothing really there, and a rubbery aftertaste. Overall, this is not so great a quaff.

bmwats, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of cwc
2.2/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Had on draft for 290 yen at a noodle shop in Shinjuku. It was hot, it was a Saturday afternoon, and this is all they had.

What's there to be said about this beer? In Japan, it's hard to avoid, but of all of the big beers here that don't distinguish themselves one way or another, this is the last one I'd choose to drink. It has very little character and it reminds me more of water than any kind of beer.

This thing had a huge head. The color was the yellow of 1980's beer advertisements. It's served real cold. It's very smooth and doesn't ask your tongue to do any work or thinking when going down. This is a beer that could make you forget that beer is interesting in any way. But, you could easily down a few of these with friends and have fun and kind of forget that you're drinking beer or whatever.

My question is, why is this beer so popular in Japan? Advertising and prevalence would be my guesses.

cwc, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of rgrholmes168
2.53/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. First time I have tried a Japanese beer. The rice lager pales a pale yellow and shows plenty of carbonation showing thru. Slightly malty smell and small amounts of lace stayed on the glass. The beer is not overly complex and leaves a bitterness as you drink. The beer is a little bit watery and drinkable but not something I would go out of my way to get.

rgrholmes168, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of Offa
2.08/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

This is not nearly the worst beer I've had, but it's a thoroughly sub-par, thin, tasteless beers even by macro standards.

Slightly pale straw gold, on the paler side for macro lagers and closer in colour to, say, Coors than, say, Budweiser, it at least has a large white head that shrinks steadily but not quickly and leaves a little lace, so it looks reasonably good.

The aroma is reasonably strong, if very simple and typical for the style with mild grain mostly.

The taste is very mild grain, specifically a definite cooked rice character and indeed rather dry with little sweetness or bitterness. It has a rough character in the middle with water metallic quality and only a mild rice aftertaste. Bland up front, it gets a little flavour in the middle, but by the finish completely loses all character of any sort for an abrupt and utterly tasteless, watery finish before its mild aftertaste. Even for the style it is extremely watery, with a rough, unpleasant palate. It tastes like a basic "beer" quality, but only just barely.

Offa, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of rootbeerman
2.63/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: pours golden yellow, finger and half head which fell quickly to an almost nonexistent layer
S: rice and a bit of dry malt
T: no sweetness really, mostly rice, just a light tinge of bitter earth hop.
M: drying sort of medium high carbonation, the etching in my glass caused most to quickly diissapate
D: yep im admitting to being a ticker here, it alright but not great, if you want rice in your beer just get a bud

rootbeerman, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of DerekP
3.8/5  rDev +40.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears golden, with a hint of light brown. Nice lacing & a white head that turns to a misty layer up top.

Smells sweet, malty, with mild grainy notes. Tastes dry, clean, & malty. Remarkably clean. Hops pull through to balance the malty first impression. Astringency from the hops.

Great light-medium body. Smooth, slightly grainy finish. Went well with mixed vegetables dressed with a kung pao & peanuts sauce. Much better than most macro American Lagers.

DerekP, Aug 08, 2010
Photo of pitasoup
2.48/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

thanks to pj. bought from japan in "worlds smallest 6 pack" the cans were about 5.5oz each. begins bitter, ends with a sweaty sweetness. similar to other japanese beers-. very average

-notes from 12/04. would only try this again for the novelty of small sized cans. this was pretty bad

pitasoup, Jul 29, 2010
Photo of LuthersMug
3.28/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tried this one at a Sushi House in Roanoke.

A - The room I was in was very dark, but it appeared straw colored with 1/4 head. Lacing was decent.

S - A strong yeasty aroma, slightly sweet.

T - The taste is not nearly as strong as the smell. Slightly yeasty in the beginning, with the slightest bit of hops at the end.

M - Crisp on the front end, dry at the end. Once you swallow, it feel like the beer evaporates in your mouth, very smooth.

D - Interesting beer, I could have had another.

LuthersMug, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of spinrsx
2.68/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle poured into a pint glass

A - 1 finger wide fizzy white head, dissipates quickly. Very clear. Large bubbles, no lacing

S - slight skunkiness, alcohol scent, rice

T &M- tastes slightly skunky, very dry finish. Lots of carbonation and the bubbles seem somewhat larger. You can really pick up the rice

D - an average, reminds a little bit of TsingTao. If you like a dry aftertaste, and rice beers - this will do the trick

spinrsx, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of rfabian
2.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a tumbler it produces an evanescent head with little lacing. The appearance is straw and clear. The aroma is of spicy hops. The taste if of rice, mildly bitter, and dry. The feel is light with a somewhat metallic finish.

Fairly typical of the style, this is a refreshing session beer with the familiar flavor of rice lagers.

rfabian, Jul 08, 2010
Photo of biegaman
2.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

'Dry' beer is not named so because your throat has to be achingly dry for you to consider drinking it, but with an appearance like this it might well very have to be. Despite exceptional clarity and a well waxed golden tone, the beer is pathetically flat and lacking; bubbles are hard to spot and the surface is without even a speck of white foam.

Since WW2, the Japanese have embraced many aspects of American culture - it's really too bad that U.S. brewers weren't using as many hops back then as they are now. This aroma could definitely benefit from a spritz of something citric or fruity; anything that would add even a pinch of character to this otherwise lifeless beer would be most welcomed.

With virtually no perceptible flavour or mouthfeel, it's hard to accuse Asahi of being anything other than watery and dull. There is only the faintest of faint vestiges of malted grain what so ever - although rice predominates, corn is perceived as well - and that is followed by an equally indiscernible aftertaste that is neither bitter nor sweet.

The aftertaste part I understand - that is the very essence of a "dry" beer. As for the flavour, if we can call it that, it is too vague and indistinct to even be considered commonplace. Beer drinkers would hardly recognize it. Considering the amount of adjuncts used in the recipe, it's actually somewhat impressive that there be an undetectable flavour.

This bottle claims to have been brewed in Thailand, a fact that changes the way I interpret the advertisement for Asahi being "Japan's Number 1 Imported Beer". Why any country would import such a bland, undistinguished beer is beyond me - every country has its own national brand that is comparable, and often superior, to this.

At their worst, industrially produced lagers can be distasteful, unpleasant, notably cheap products that the average non-beer drinker will find repellent. At their best, they are neutral, unmemorable, pedestrian beverages that even the general public should find inoffensive. This is closer to the latter... although not by that much.

biegaman, Jun 14, 2010
Photo of snogglethorpe
3.33/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A reasonable Japanese mass-produced beer, not so much smell and an average appearance and mouth-feel, but quite crisp and refreshing, with decent depth of flavor and a nice hoppy bitterness to it.

While it isn't bursting with interesting flavor like many craft beers, it's actually pretty good, and a very decent accompaniment to a meal. It's about a million times better than any of the standard American light lagers (the standard of mass-produced Japanese beer is generally far above that in the U.S.).

[Note that like most beers, this is far better on-tap and fresh though (common in Japan, but I've only seen super-dry in bottles in the U.S.). I'm also a bit skeptical of the consistency in other markets -- many of the reviews here note that they were of bottles which were brewed by other breweries under contract, and given that even the bottled version of super-dry is pretty good in Japan, it seems quite plausible that some of these contract brewers just aren't doing a very good job...]

snogglethorpe, Jun 14, 2010
Photo of eschbach
3.43/5  rDev +27%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 ounce brown bottle. It has a silver label that brags about it's quality.

Look: It looks like a lager. nothing much else to say. It's a deep gold color and it has a moderate head.

Smell: The smell isn't that strong. I smell hops and grains but both are faint. It has a slight metallic aroma also.

Taste: It has a good taste. It has a major rice flavor but it also has a strong hops flavor.

Drink: It's a very dry beer. It feels foamy on the palate but it still goes down well.

Notes: It's a good tasting beer. I for one like the taste of a rice lager, but I can understand why a lot of guys don't. I wouldn't mind having it with some Sushi or Japanese food. It has it's own flavor and character. And it goes down well.

eschbach, May 31, 2010
Photo of turnerr79
2.98/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Tried on the recommendation of a friend. Picked up at an Asian market while shopping for Pho ingredients.

Golden Pour. Nose was of weak lager, nothing stands out. Little bubbly head dissipates quickly. Flavor is better than the smell. Label says "Ultra Dry," which I usually associate with being less sweet. This definitely has a sweet underlying flavor. Not hoppy, just sweet, almost like a bit of maple syrup. Light on the palate, though. The high carbonation throws me off a bit. Not bad to drink, but no so sure if I'll buy another 6-pack.

turnerr79, May 25, 2010
Photo of phillipzayas
2.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This is the first time I have had a Japanese Rice Lager so I didn't know what to expect.

Appearance wasn't too bad. About what I expected. Yellow/Gold color. Problem came with the head retention in that there was none which is part of a nice appearance...so 50% deduction.

The smell basically reminded me of any other adjunct style beer except without the corn like smell. No hoppyness nor malty profile to it. It just smelled like cheap beer.

Taste was not really what I was expecting. I was expecting a bit more pop to it, maybe some more flavor. It was blah. Nothing too it at all. Nothing that distinguishes it from any other adjunct style beer.

Mouthfeel was quite dry which i don't think terribly helped the overall flavor. Carbonation was about right though.

It has drinkability. Get it if you are having some guests over who know nothing about beer. But for something really pleasurable, skip this one.

phillipzayas, May 10, 2010
Photo of KTCamm
2.83/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

KTCamm, May 02, 2010
Photo of Mardukk
3.05/5  rDev +13%
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.

Mardukk, Apr 30, 2010
Photo of Boneheadmx
3.25/5  rDev +20.4%
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).

Boneheadmx, Apr 04, 2010
Photo of sprucetip
2.53/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

sprucetip, Mar 24, 2010
Photo of mempath
3.55/5  rDev +31.5%
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.

mempath, Mar 23, 2010
Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
1.85/5  rDev -31.5%
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.

MrHassellYaHurd, Mar 15, 2010
Photo of BretSikkink
2.42/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

BretSikkink, Mar 12, 2010
Photo of Mr3dPHD
2.1/5  rDev -22.2%
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.

Mr3dPHD, Mar 10, 2010
Photo of eduardolinhalis
2.83/5  rDev +4.8%
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

eduardolinhalis, Feb 21, 2010
Asahi Super Dry from Asahi Breweries Ltd
64 out of 100 based on 1,139 ratings.