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Asahi Super Dry - Asahi Breweries Ltd

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Asahi Super DryAsahi Super Dry

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1,030 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,030
Reviews: 440
rAvg: 2.71
pDev: 22.51%
Wants: 5
Gots: 57 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Japanese Rice Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of Portertime


2.1/5  rDev -22.5%

Tried this one at a Japanese steakhouse. Came out bright yellow with a two finger, quickly fading head. Smell of faint corn, rice, grain, nothing exciting. Taste a touch malty then immediately disgusting. Big bubbles makes it hard to enjoy. Definitely doesn't pair well with the otherwise good tasting food!

04-18-2008 21:14:41 | More by Portertime
Photo of Baileyuk


2.55/5  rDev -5.9%

Asahi is made by Molson under the supervision of Asahi beer. After I saw that I was upset, I just ordered a macro. That said there was a slightly different yeast taste in this beer that made it at least drinkable. It was obviously very clear and light. The subtle differences definately propelled this above the standard Molson but it was nothing special.

04-17-2008 14:36:45 | More by Baileyuk
Photo of LumpyGuitar

New York

2.73/5  rDev +0.7%

A beer-buddy of mine bought a 6'er of this, I had the experience of trying one.

Appearance was a bland clear golden color, moderate head when poured, but nothing special. No lacing to speak of.

Smelled salty, a bit of wheat, again nothing special.

Taste was a tad sweet, again with the salt, very salty aftertaste too.

Mouthfeel was bland, very light, smooth, not as much carbonation as the head would make you think.

Drinkability here is average. If someone has it, and offers it I wont turn it down, however, I might ask for something else.

04-08-2008 02:26:19 | More by LumpyGuitar
Photo of woodychandler


3.75/5  rDev +38.4%

Can?!? Howzabout a 1000 ml. (1 QT, 1.8 fl. oz) CAN?!? This isn't a review, it's a freagin' marathon! I'd better really like it, because there's plenty of it.

My aggressive pour produced an easy three fingers' (!) of rocky, bone-white head with really impressive retention. The nose had a sweet, lager-like aspect to it, which was right for the style. The color was a bright golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. I have to agree with the can's verbiage, which read: " ... and satin smoothness." The mouthfeel was very smooth, gliding across my tongue like the back of my hand running down my lover's spine. Just enough to remind me that it was there, but not enough to be obtrusive in any way. The taste was a bit sweet in the mouth, but not in the usual lager-sweet way. It was more subdued, with an idea of sweetness, but then again, not sweet. Definitely not hoppy. Hopheads, look elsewhere. The finish was dry, but it also left a lingering perfume-y taste after the swallow. I did not totally mind it, but I really wish that there had been some hops to offset all of the mild sweetness. Hey, for the price, the jug, I mean huge can, it was a bargain. Do I like lagers? Sure, but is just a kiss of the hops too much to ask for? I remain ambivalent.

03-29-2008 01:01:12 | More by woodychandler
Photo of allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

2.42/5  rDev -10.7%

A - Pale straw with actually a decent head woth some stickiness.

S - Aroma is typical raw faux-skunkiness and grassiness.

T - Bland, without even a lot of bitterness.

M - Dry yes, but I think there's just so little flavour that dryness is just what stands out. Very club soda-like.

D - Meh. It's OK, nothing off, but exceedingly flavourless.

03-27-2008 00:49:29 | More by allergictomacros
Photo of asabreed

New York

2.05/5  rDev -24.4%

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass at Carytown Sushi in Richmond.

Appearance: Little to no head retention and a yellowish straw-colored appearance and little carbonation.

Smell: Adjunct grain and corn sugar is the aroma, and I imagine some from the rice. No hop aroma at all, just unbalanced and unwelcoming sweetness in the nose.

Taste: Malt sweetness, corn and rice sugar, but of poor quality with no balance or anything intriguing. My girlfriend had a sip and said, "This pretty much tastes like Miller Lite," and I think she's right, only she's giving it a bit more credit than it should have.

Mouthfeel: More watery than I would've liked, but enough carbonation to be a half point above "not impressed."

Drinkability: I'm quite sure I would've been happy with anything else on the menu, even though there was Sapporo and a few others of the same ilk, and a few domestics. Do folks really drink this style and enjoy it? I'm personally going to be avoiding it, as any other beer would've complimented the sushi I got much better than this. Not really worth a try...

03-23-2008 22:31:14 | More by asabreed
Photo of JDV


2.53/5  rDev -6.6%

Not too terrible at all I thought. In fact it was fairly decent for the style. Typical light gold pour with light head and smelled of corn like malt mainly. Taste was corn like malt with some sweetness, but not too much and no real off flavors. Average body and carbonation for a pale lager. Nothing too special but works fine at a sushi bar.

03-20-2008 03:19:51 | More by JDV
Photo of brdc


1.83/5  rDev -32.5%

This is really hard to describe. It looks reasonable, pale yellow and very clear, with a foamy white head. But there is little retention, no lacing.
Smell is bland, rice water or smoething similar, faint alcohol, perhaps sligh hoppiness.
Very very thin on the palate, taste is watery, somewhat dry with faint hoppy notes.
Do not waste your time.

02-21-2008 01:59:53 | More by brdc
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.28/5  rDev +21%

The beer pours a pale gold color with a 1/2" white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a pretty light malt scent. It's crisp and clean with little character. The taste is average. It has a dry pale malt and adjunct flavor that is easily quaffable. It goes down quick and finishes clean. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an easy drinking Asian lager. It would go good with spicey food or a hot summer day. It's nothing spectacular, but it drinks well.

02-16-2008 01:54:18 | More by WesWes
Photo of mimicic

New York

3.2/5  rDev +18.1%

One of the best selling lager in Japan.
It is because of how easy and dry

Restaurant in Shinjuku, Tokyo > On Tap

Appearance: Pours a clear yellow with a fine white head. Foam eventually fades to nothing.

Smell: Light with hints of rice and malt. Kinda like American Macro Lager with rice adjunct.

Taste: Kind of like a macro lager. Not much of malty taste, little sweetness, then little hoppy finish. This beer particularly goes with fried food (cuts oily taste really well).

Mouthfeel: Light and dry finish.

Drinkability: Definitely good with Japanese food (I suggest tempura or tonkatsu which are both fried Japanese dish.)

01-25-2008 03:11:07 | More by mimicic
Photo of blackie


2.63/5  rDev -3%

a: Thin white head leaves little behind. The beer is a golden color.

s: bland papery malts and rice...bland hops and some light metallic notes

m: High, effervescent carbonation and a lighter body...seems out of balance

t: pale malts and rice, little by way of hops save for a delicate bitterness...sweeter than expected

d: eh...decent, but could stand to be cleaned up

another from the sub-par "Beers of the World" pack

01-22-2008 04:15:15 | More by blackie
Photo of AshevilleSippin

North Carolina

2.17/5  rDev -19.9%

Short version:
Watery, very metallic beer. Low on flavor and aroma. Worst and longest finish I've had in awhile.

Steely techno-looking robo bottle boasting of 'advanced brewing techniques' spoke cliched volumes on this beer's origin. It's of the 'super dry' variety so I was expecting something divoid of malt with the sterile tongue-brushing finish you might get from a dry champagne. I was somewhat eager with anticipation.

Poured this beer aggressively and got about 1/4 inch of head in return which quickly dissipated to a thin patchy white haze. There was no nose to speak of even after the bottom 2 inches had warmed to a balmy 68 degrees in my office. Maybe a mild unfresh sweetness if anything.

The effervescence that made it appear refreshing at first was quickly exhausted. Color was strong (but not bright) yellow with a faint orangeness in my light.

Flavor was generally light and resembled other inexpensive American macro lagers. What really stood out to me was the strong undesirable metallic character. Perhaps from scraping the bottom of the barrel. The longer I waited between sips the stronger the sensation of powdered aluminum or steel. Must rival the sensation of filling you mouth full of nickels to beath the breathelizer.

I don't taste any hops but do get a bit of sweetness up front on the palette from the malt or rice or whatever they are using in it. It's gone in plenty of time for the watery and pseudo-dry finish though. I'm a little confused by the 'super dry' moniker on it. I don't detect anything more than a mild dryness on the edges of my tongue and that's when I'm explicitly looking for it.

Overall I disliked this beer. The aftertaste is just too unpleasant. I finished the glass 10 minutes ago and I still feel the need to go brush my teeth.

I don't expect these types of beers to have a lot of flavor and aroma but I do expect it to be pleasing. This failed on all counts.

01-19-2008 03:39:12 | More by AshevilleSippin
Photo of Overlord


1.6/5  rDev -41%

The local, hole in the wall asian restaurants in my area have a bad habit of offering two, or if I'm lucky, three, beers. I had a choice of this, Sapporo, or Bud Light (didn't see Budweiser ...?) Knowing that I hate Sapporo, figured I'd give this a try.

While I wouldn't agree with AlexJ that it tasted like "wet dog", it was a very, very bad beer. Came nearly flat out of the can (I watched them pour it ... classy), maybe a patch of bubbles. It was clean and dry tasting, I'll give them that, but more like a club soda with a bad aftertaste.

Smell? Mouthfeel? No. Just ... no.

01-05-2008 09:10:02 | More by Overlord
Photo of AlexJ

North Carolina

1.45/5  rDev -46.5%

Very pale gold with a sizzling white head that almost instantly disappears.

Aroma is very much like a wet dog with some grain and cereal notes.

Unfortunately the wet animal flavor is predominant in the flavor as well. It has an unpleasant sort of sweetness and no malt or hop character whatsoever.

Body is thin, fizzy, and watery. I drank about 3 sips and the rest went down the drain. Avoid.

01-02-2008 22:52:35 | More by AlexJ
Photo of jwc215


2.33/5  rDev -14%

12 oz. twist-off capped bottle - Brewed in Canada under supervision...

Pours yellow with a thin white head that slowly becomes a patch.

The smell is of some sweet grain and rice.

The taste is of mild grain and rice. Some bland, wet cardboard in a very dry finish. Well, they have the "super dry" part down - just wish it had some flavor.

Light-bodied. Pretty fizzy, but not terribly. Drying. The little flavor that was there quickly vanishes (not necessarily a bad thing in this case.)

This is bland and nearly flavorless.

01-01-2008 15:07:26 | More by jwc215
Photo of armock

New York

2.5/5  rDev -7.7%

A - Poured a golden color with a thin white head that disappears quickly

S - Malt and chemicals

T - Malt of front followed by funk

M - Theres a lot of carbonation in this beer

D - This wouldn't be my first choice in a Japaneses beer its not the worst one that I've had but theres better ones than this

12-18-2007 23:22:29 | More by armock
Photo of aerozeppl

New York

2.63/5  rDev -3%

From 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Super clear golden color with minimal white head.

S: Slight malt smell with nothing else going on.

T: Malt...nothing else. Really bland.

M: Super thin. Goes down easy.

D: Super drinkable. Good session beer. Goes well with sushi but little else. Had this after a few good beers and it was like having a glass of water.

12-02-2007 17:39:06 | More by aerozeppl
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2.98/5  rDev +10%

interesting re-review here... it turns out the bottle was better than the can (reviewed last week)...

the head retained much longer and even managed to leave a line or two of lace.

slightly sweeter and more flowery nose. seems to meld better with the palate, which is otherwise the same. maybe a hint more maltiness?

it's actually cheaper by volume in bottle than in the can here in china, so maybe this is a slightly better value after all.

11-19-2007 18:02:20 | More by tai4ji2x
Photo of oelergud


3.93/5  rDev +45%

Transparent straw golden body with good carbonation. White head consisting of tiny to medium bubbles. Decent retention but not much lace.
Mild but balanced malty scent. Light tan pinewood and mild pinenut sensations.
Off center malt profile, I'm guessing it's the rice but I cannot say. Not bad though. Slight vinegary sharp flavor on top of a sweet malt base. Shortlived aftertaste of mild hops and some malt.
Medium mouthfeel and leaves abit of coating. Not "super dry" by any stretch of the imagination.
Pretty good drinkability. I was pleasantly surprised by this brew but I did have low expectations. For a rice lager this was pretty good.


11-03-2007 18:08:34 | More by oelergud
Photo of Shadman

Alberta (Canada)

2.15/5  rDev -20.7%

Big 640ml bottle, brewed under supervsin..well I hope someone's paying attention.

Clear, average amber yellow with virtually zero head rentention and definetly zero lacing. Somewaht sweet smelling, somewhat grainy with a hint of metal or hemoglobin(j/k) Fairly innoculus at first swig, then there's a sharp bite and it's all down hill from there. Certainly dry ini the finish, but I can't get past the metallic astringincy. Mouthfeel was average. This beer took the finish off of my desk when I spilled a small amount...enough said!

10-17-2007 23:10:11 | More by Shadman
Photo of AlexLMS


1.13/5  rDev -58.3%

Pours with a pale gold colour (almost straw). The head is white and low with a very poor retention and no lacing. Very clear.
A very weak aroma with some husky notes.
The taste is adjuncty with a citrus presence. The bitterness is offensive to the palate. No malts and very little hops presence.
It is very dry and kind of puckery with an acceptable level of carbonation. Low alcohol strength. The finish is dry and tart.

Asahi is not an enjoyable lager. It is too puckery and disagreeable in the mouth. First and last time.

09-27-2007 12:07:51 | More by AlexLMS
Photo of Vancer


3.23/5  rDev +19.2%

Ol’ super dry draft actually wasn’t a bad brew and would make do if the options were limited.

Poured a super clear straw yellow, decent white head and surprising lace all the way down the glass.

Very wimpy aroma of cooked veggies and a lil’ pop of the euro yeast skunk. But the taste was not bad – a clean and crisp lager taste with a steady flow of malt. Tad high import priced at over $7 for a sixer, but would make for a good beer for a tasting of import lagers.

09-21-2007 12:43:44 | More by Vancer
Photo of brendan13


2.63/5  rDev -3%

A - Pale golden colour thats pours out with some froth that falls away almost immediately.
S - Metal tinge with some grainy notes.
T - See above.
M - Very light mouthfeel with pretty high carbonation.
D - Probably scored higher than what it really is because this beer is supposed to be, well, bland. I guess it's probably suited to delicate japanesse cuisine.

09-14-2007 10:28:23 | More by brendan13
Photo of Floydster


2.85/5  rDev +5.2%

12 ounce can from a vending machine in Kyoto, Japan

Poured it into a dixie cup

Pretty dark and a very white head on it, about one half of an inch

Taste was very dry and bitte, but went away quickly

Could drink a lot of these if you wanted to, not filling beer

09-12-2007 18:01:55 | More by Floydster
Photo of ThatWineGuy

Ontario (Canada)

2.38/5  rDev -12.2%

A fuzzy two- finger white head, a bit soapy, but it settled quickly enough. Clear yellow or pale gold in colour with moderate carbonation initially. It smelled more of the aluminum can it came out of than anything else. It tasted dry alright wth only a hint of anything that might approach a hop, very muted in that regard. Dry again in the mouth with a bit of refreshment value. Aftertaste, however, was a wee bit salty, the finish sharp and abrupt. Eventually went flat. Not what I'd like to be drinking all night but okay for a short while around a campfire.

09-12-2007 03:25:28 | More by ThatWineGuy
Asahi Super Dry from Asahi Breweries Ltd
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