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Asahi Super Dry - Asahi Breweries Ltd

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Asahi Super DryAsahi Super Dry

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1,158 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,158
Reviews: 449
rAvg: 2.71
pDev: 22.88%
Wants: 10
Gots: 99 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Japanese Rice Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-15-2002)
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Photo of biboergosum
2.75/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

500ml can. "Super" dry just sounds mildly unappetizing, doesn't it?

This beer pours an ultra-clear, super-pale golden straw colour, with two fingers of loosely foamy, rather sudsy off-white head, which leaves a small ring of drooping soap scum lace around the glass as it hastily recedes.

It smells of more grainy than glutinous sour rice 'malt', a thankfully restrained touch of acetone stank, and subtle earthy, weedy hops. The taste is semi-sweet rice husks, with a hint of rice cake 'breadiness', a surprising dearth of the unpleasant sourness proffered in the nose, and some strangely astringent, and actually spicy metallic noble hops.

The carbonation is fairly low-key, with a slight, understated frothiness, the body on the far side of medium-light weight, and kind of clammy in its otherwise plain-ass smoothness. It finishes off-dry, and relatively clean, but with the echoes of a rice pudding sweetness.

Not exactly something one should endeavor to quaff on its own, but easy enough to put back alongside some spicy Japanese fare, the kind made for accommodating (or maybe vice-versa) the kind of hideous sweet and tangy character of this offering. I'm guessing 'Super' somehow translates to "now less sickly malty, and with a metallic offset instead". Pardon my French.

Photo of Macca
1.8/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

135ml can from Japan.

Bright straw colour. Clear. Very light head that disappears quickly.

Not unpleasant aromas. Quite light. A bit of grassiness.

Very metallic on the palate. Hard to get past that to see anything else. Awful.

Thin in the mouth.

I thought the Japanese brewed version might have been better than the OS brewed versions I have tried but if anything it was worse.

Photo of knowledge
3.55/5  rDev +31%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

You really have to love beer to appreciate the nuances in appearance and smell. Although I agree with my counterparts that the beer may be lacking in appearance, its the bottle itself shining the advertisement of the brew itself. I enjoyed it thoroughly. The brew has a rice taste quality to it, and it wasn't a pun by identifying the brew by the manufacturer as satiny smoothness. Went down well. To me, as long as the beer tastes reasonable, then its worthy of my session. You wouldn't be disappointed.

Photo of Gobzilla
3.33/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: poured a translucent golden yellow with pale yellow highlights that had almost no lacing and left virtually no lacing sticking to the glass.

S: the aroma was pretty basic consisting of various grains some citrus character and a hint of spice but was very malty.

T: the taste was also pretty grainy and malty with citrus accents but had a touch of spice.

M: the brew was light in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a slight sweet, grainy,mild crisp and dry finish.

D: it drank very good cause it was thin in body and went very good paired with sushi and shrimp tempura.

Photo of Shrews629
2/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance - Very clear, straw color. Thin, white head that was gone almost before I finished pouring. Scant amount of lacing left on the glass. A few bubbles coming up from the bottom.

Smell - Very light hops in the nose. Getting, what I find to be, a wet corn or wet wheat smell. Somewhat off putting actually. This beer actually smells kind of stale.

Taste - The taste reveals the corn with a touch of hop bitterness. Not much. Some astringency is a bit distracting. Got a bit of "the funk" rearing it's head in the taste also.

Mouthfeel - Thin, but surprisingly rather dry. Not much is left on the palate however. It is smooth and could be somewhat refreshing if need be. Doesn't feel bad by any means.

Drinkability - Well... I like to give each beer a fair review and I respect all brewers, but I probably won't be visiting this beer again. Some may like it and I'm sure it has its place, but it's just not the beer for me. I'm better off having tried it though.

Photo of jera1350
2.78/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Moderately pale yellow in color with a white head that actually lasts a fair amount of time.

Corn like sweetness, some grassy notes. Pretty light on the nose.

Astringent quality with a sharp bitterness. Adjunct sweetness that is pretty light. Not the worst beer I've tasted.

The body is very thin and light, but the carbonation is actually quite nice and bountiful.

Nothing to really brag about here, but it is better than some BMC products I've had. I wouldn't recommend this unless you just want ti try a Japanese Rice Lager.

Photo of flyingpig
2.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The beer pours a transparent yellowish colour & initial starts with a fairly white large head, bubbly that shrinks after a minute or so although the rest of the head lasts throughout. There is also signs of carbonation with plenty of bubbles.

Standard for the type of beer, with grainy & malty.

Again as you'd expect for a dry lager of this type. Malt & grain with a rather dry aftertaste with a hint of rice. A bitter drink, definitely not sweet.

Has a dry mouthfeel & the aftertaste leaves bubbles on the tongue which feel like they are evaporating in your mouth.

A bog standard lager beer, delivers exactly what it says; a dry pale lager. Only down sides were that it went flat quicker than I would have liked & that it wasn't exciting in any way. No doubt I'll try it again sometime in the future if the price is right.

Photo of NODAK
2.78/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Initially, it had an odd veggie aroma to it. Once that subsided quickly, there was almost no nose to it at all. Maybe a small graininess from the rice.

Taste is one of the lightest I've had. I guess "super dry" means "super watery". Body has a corn-like taste to it...adjuncts possibly. Small grain sweetness. There's a small bitterness on the finish....slight graininess from the rice. Just thin in general.

Just really nothing to write about. Supremely watery...on par with many macros.

Photo of mikeg67
1.78/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

12 oz bottle from Japanese restaurant. Pours Corona color with hay, grassy nose and metallic, skunky, hoppy taste. No malt balance in this brew at all. I really had to struggle to finish the bottle. I think I would be much better off ordering Heineken.

Photo of TheKingofWichita
2.35/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden yellow color with a thick non-relenting white soapy head with a little lacing. Smells of rice and a little hops aroma. Tastes of rice with strong notes of fresh cut grass and some hidden hops. Mouthfeel is a little thin but the carbonation is decent. Drinkability is pretty high.

Photo of Spider889
3.53/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My favorite of the three macro Japanese lagers most Japanese restaurants serve. Sapporo is what everyone drinks, but it tastes the closest to an American macro lager. Kirin Ichiban, while I prefer over Sapporo, is also a fairly average beer.

Asahi Super Dry is just that - dry as hell but refreshing and smooth drinking - edging out the other two options for me.

Appearance is about average. Crystal clear golden yellow. No head retention and very minimal lace. Light white bubbles ring the surface.

Smell is pretty unfulfilling. Typical for the style, maybe slightly more ricey than some.

Taste is also fairly typical. However you really taste clean crisp white rice notes. It's got a nice sweetness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is great. Super dry, well carbonated, and smooth going down. I never have a problem drinking the 22oz large bottle with some sushi.

People gotta take into account the style. There aren't many examples of Japanese rice lagers, and from the three or four I've had, this is easily the most refreshing and unique. Was my staple beer of choice years ago before I discovered Sam Adams and craft.

Photo of nickd717
2.25/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle at a sake bomb joint.

Yellowish color with a fairly nice white head that lasts.

Aroma is adjunk, grain, and malt. Rather typical of the style.

Flavor is pale malt, rice/corn, grain, and a little metal. Bland, with nothing too appealing about it.

Light, dry, and crisp on the palate. This is one place where it scores about average.

Bland, but good for sake bombs, if nothing else.

Photo of BDJake
2.05/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A- Surprisingly better than I expected, with a white foamy head that lasted longer than most American macros, sitting atop the clear yellow body typical of the style.

S- very faint due to the amount of rice used, with a little bit of sour vegetal tones in the background.

T- The vegetal taste comes out more in the forefront, with corn husk and rice playing a supporting role.

M- Dry indeed, with a sour feel to the light body.

D- Despite having a little more of a distinctive flavor than most run-of-the-mill macros, it did not go down as smoothly to me. Might just be the difference in Japanese vs. American lagers, as I know many people who really like this beer.

Photo of A380
2.78/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an average lager gold with tons of carbonation and a head that disappears quite rapidly. Tastes of strong hops and a hint of metal, has a very strong aftertaste that lingers for a while then turns kinda gross. The beer is slightly bitter but its ok, its still refreshing when cold on a hot day :P i think any beer is (except light beer, unless you want water) This beer is way too over carbonated but i could and the aftertaste isnt really the best but you know what overall i would say its drinkable. nothing terrible about it but it could use some work. not bad yet not great.

Photo of tubacharlie
2.9/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This batch was brewed by Molson Canada "under Asahi's supervision".

A little bread and cereal aroma comes off the bright white head. It quickly recedes to a thin film of foam, which continues to be repopulated by a steady stream of random and linear carbonation rising from the bottom of the crystal clear, golden yellow beer.

Not sure what they mean by a "Super Dry" beer. It is crisp and lightly malted with just enough hops to give it some character, but it tastes a lot like Molson's export ale, but weaker, with rice adjuncts. It's not too bad, but beer begins with water, and if your water source is Canadian, well . . . let's just say it does not have the same background mineral flavors as beer actually brewed in Japan.

A refreshing enough brew to knock back a tray of sushi, but nothing substantial.

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

The beer is slightly hazy light straw colored, a small white head that leaves no lacing.

A sweet malty smell, and some alka-seltzer...

The taste is initially white bread, then some lemon and some bitterness.

Little carbonation, a bit bland, but some dryness in the finish.

No not really recommended unless you don't want a beer that is as unobtrusive as possible.

Photo of benfons
2.78/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Straw blonde, nice thick head, loads of carbonation

S: Grains, very clean but not bad

T: very watery, a bit of grains and malts, and stranegly enough something plasticlike

M/D: a bit watery, carbonation too thin

Not something i will take again.

Photo of squarebottle
3.3/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Bright yellow-gold. There was no head worth mentioning, frankly. I think I'll just keep it in the bottle next time.

Smell: Very faint. Hint of metal.

Taste: I actually like the taste a lot. It's not that bitter or hoppy. I think I detect a little bit of the rice in the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Doesn't feel thinner or thicker than water. Has a soda-like feel, except it doesn't feel thinner than water, which a lot of sodas feel like to me.

Drinkability: I can drink this as quickly or slowly as a feel like, and I don't lose the flavor or become overwhelmed.

Photo of claybeer
2.05/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

The lightest beer I have seen in my life. It is almost transparent. It looked like someone mixed a 20oz. bottle of water in a 12oz. beer. The head is almost nonexistent. The nose doesn't really exist either. The taste is thin and watery. A metallic taste lingers on the finish. I would have to say the highest quality of this beer is the drinkability only because of the lack in taste.

Photo of Thehuntmaster
2.45/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Photo of bmwats
2.65/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of cwc
2.2/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

Photo of rgrholmes168
2.53/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Photo of Offa
2.08/5  rDev -23.2%
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.

Photo of rootbeerman
2.63/5  rDev -3%
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

Asahi Super Dry from Asahi Breweries Ltd
64 out of 100 based on 1,158 ratings.