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Asahi Super Dry - Asahi Breweries Ltd

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Asahi Super DryAsahi Super Dry

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1,209 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,209
Reviews: 472
rAvg: 2.7
pDev: 22.96%
Wants: 16
Gots: 135 | 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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Ratings: 1,209 | Reviews: 472
Photo of thehyperduck
3.13/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500 mL can; no freshness date apparent. Haven't had any Japanese lagers in a while...

The brew pours a bright golden-yellow colour, atop which is seated roughly a finger of puffy white head. It lasts for a minute or two before dissipating and leaving a soapy cap and collar on the surface. *Very* faint aroma, with only subtle hints of sweet grains and grass. Similar to domestic pale lagers but a bit cleaner.

Taste is of grainy malts and rice, with some light honey sweetness and a bit of grass. A little drying in the finish, but calling it 'super dry' is misleading at best, and a blatant lie at worst. No real hop presence. Finishes mostly clean, with only that twinge of dryness. Light-bodied with appropriately high carbonation, and it's as easy to throw back as any pale lager.

Not interesting in the least, but it's crisp, refreshing, and palatable enough (or at the very least, not especially unpalatable). Drier than Sapporo Premium, but in the grand scheme of things not much different from most mediocre rice lagers. Something to pass on if you're not a fan of the style, but it works well enough with sushi or salty snacks.

Photo of BierStein711
3.64/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5


I drank this from a bottle, because I didn't have a glass.

The carbonation was high, the taste was great. The mouthfeel was thin something I don't care for...generally.

Yet, when the beer tastes good, should one worry about mouthfeel or color? Still not my all-time favorite, but its going back in my fridge one day.

Photo of mralphabet
2.26/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle poured into a Pils Glass

A: Pours a straw yellow color with about 2 finger worth of bright white head. Settles to nothing with no lacing to speak off.

S: Smells a sweet and little grainy, note much else.

T: Lot like the smell.. grainy with a sweet corniness... Just a touch of hops bitterness. Finish has a slight bitter and dry with very little aftertaste.

M: Light bodied, very thin with a lighter carbonation than I was expecting.

O: Overall Pretty plain.... Drinkable if you are thirsty. Went OK with Spicy California Rolls, but I cannot image it with much else.

One of my first Japaneses Beers... I'll keep on trying them.

Photo of Hojaminbag
2.06/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

While on vacation I rolled into a sushi place for a light night snack and wanted to have another beer. This was literally the only one on the menu, so I ordered myself a giant can of the stuff.

Asahi dry has a very clear golden body with a ton of carbonation bubbles that lead to a huge white head. The head is huge initially anyway, but it fades away to almost nothing pretty quickly. It does manage to leave some lacing behind though.

The aroma has a plastic-like sweet smell to it, with a touch of sour malt to go along with it. Basically, it smells like most other adjunct lagers I have come across.

Asahi Super Dry may smell like your average adjunct lager, but I think it might actually taste worse. Slightly mettalic flavors are probably the highlight, as they are followed up by a slightly sour, sickeningly sweet malt flavor. It has that corn/rice/plastic thing going for it pretty well. IT does manage to finish fairly dry, which is a good thing for a beer with “super dry” in its name I suppose.

Light, fizzy, dry in the finish.

I doubt that I will be giving this one another try, definitely something I would advise others to avoid.

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

This beer is a very clear light but very bright gold. A bit of head rises up spritzy but not without substance, but it does fade quickly and little foam is left. A touch of lacing is left around.
There's a grains presence in the nose. A little bit of something like straw with a mild sweetness and green apple tartness pretty much make it up.
There's no real hops presence here and a bit of dry malts. Green apple with a little sourness but not the terrible sourness of some adjuncts combines with a light sweetness.
"Super dry" might be a stretch; it goes pretty dry in the finish, but I'd call it semi-dry overall. It's light as expected, with a constant carbonation keeping it from flatness. I'd expect it to be a bit crisper, though it is to a point, and it's not terribly lacking smoothness either.

Photo of rdub
2.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this in Japan 10 years ago. Picked up a single at Wegman's. Contract brewed by Molson this time. Typical macro appearance and aroma. Some rice/corn/grain smell. Slight metallic and light taste. Mouthfeel was easy drinking and reminded me enough of the Japanese version. Not so great but at least brought back some good memories.

Photo of bnes09
2.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale, straw colored lager with lots of bubbles. Head has a descent retention and leaves a patch of lace her and there.

One of the cleanest scents I have yet to experience in a beer. I am getting a hint of buttered bread and that is it.

Mild malt character, rice flavor is more pronounced although still on the weak side. Sweet overall flavor and hops do little to balance. Could use more depth and a more pronounced hop character.

Light feel and overcarbonated.

Being the first Japanese rice lager I have tried, I did not have anything to compare against. From what I can imagine others of the style taste like, this would still be about average. There is really nothing here to get excited about (or repulsed about for that matter.) Just a bland, flavorless beer.

Photo of ehammond1
2.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2


Ahi Sushi
San Marcos, CA

A clear, golden highly-carbonated beer with a quickly forming but a quickly disappearing white head. Little to no lacing down the glass.

A slight sweet aroma with some corn and grain elements. At least nothing smells off or foul here.

A clean and crisp flavor with a touch of sweetness and some grainy corn (and rice, I suppose) flavor throughout.

Thin to medium mouthfeel with plenty of carbonation. Crisp and clean.

It is what it is, and it isn't much.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.98/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

21.4 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
No date or info available.

A - Crystal clear pale, pale yellow in color, there's excessive carbonation spewing skyward from the etching in the glass. A loose white head doesn't last long and leaves little lace.

S - Heavily grainy, the aroma is immediately unappealing. Tinny notes further influence a low grade for being off-putting. That's really all that's here!

T - Cooked rice and dry grains fill the "flavor" of this brew. Not much going on here really. It's pretty bland. The taste isn't off-putting though.

M - Asahi Super Dry is dry but I wouldn't call it super dry. We're not talkin' champagne here. It's almost creamy with a smooth feel. Quite a surprise with how carbonated this one is. Super Dry finish with a clean, crisp finish.

O - A session beer worthy of washing down some spicy Mongolian food, it's certainly not my top pick for an Asian brew, but it's not awful.

Photo of Tastybeer007
3.35/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I like this beer.

It pours nicely onto a glass. Looks clear yellow and a little bit fizzy.

I enjoy this beer, not too cold, like perhaps lukewarm. It is good to eat with Duh! Japanese food, like sushi, hibachi and others.

Its super easy to drink. Not a lot of carbonation is used, Some might find this non exciting and perhaps watery, but then again it is japanese sooo everything is made from like rice, water and in a healthy manner.

The taste is nothing to be excited about, I know, but you can knock this one glass after glass or bottle after bottle. not bitter, and you can still enjoy the beer like taste that it provides.

Photo of DaftCaskBC
3.55/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: 1/8" white head over straw coloured liquid with excellent clarity and constant carbonation.

S: Reminiscent of floral hops and yeast.

T: Very clean and crisp taste of floral hops, some sweetness and yeast.

M: Thin viscosity with a high level of fine carbonation.

O: Surprisingly drinkable Japanese Rice Lager that I enjoyed with my sushi.

Photo of ummswimmin
2.08/5  rDev -23%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I'm trying this beer to knock a style off of my list. I poured this beer with extremely low expectations.

This went into a pint glass from a 12 ounce bottle. I get straw color and about a finger of foam. The foam dissipates immediately.

Asahi has lots of little bubbles.

On the pour I get a lot of skunky smell. The beer isn't skunked. It smells like the Saaz hop in over-drive. After the pour I get no real bouquet on this beer.

The flavor is minimal and not at all enjoyable. I get vegetal quality. The after-taste had a decent amount of grassiness.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.2/5  rDev +55.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Asahi Super Dry has a thick, white head and a clear, bubbly, straw appearance, with a decent amount of lacing left behind. The aroma is of indistinguishable grains and some slight sweetness. Taste is initially of malt, but then at the middle to the end of the sip one encounters a partially sweet alcohol flavor, and this is fairly bold. The aftertaste is grassy and stinging. The mouthfeel is light and watery, and Asahi Super Dry finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, and super dry. Overall, I really like this beer, and I recommend it.


Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.19/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Super weak straw yellow, muddled clarity, super thin head which quickly disappears. Aroma was restrained and mild, like rice.

Certainly fits the 'dry' moniker, but so does bud 'dry'. Lacks hops. Lacks malt or any toasting. Just a palate cleansing beer, good for if you want to taste food, or wash up your mouth before a beer with taste. Crisp, dry, clean, even a little bit bitter and metallic.

Ok, so why is this so expensive?

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

Asahi Super Dry, ABV: 5.0%.
330 ml bottle, 16.90 SEK at Systembolaget.

A: Yellow to pale gold liquid and an average white head.

S: Breakfast cereals and hints of citrus.

T: Sweet corn, wheat bread, rice, grass and dry paper.

M: Light body, unpleasant carbonation and minor dry bitterness.

O: Nothing about this beer is impressive. Not even when I'm really thirsty. I just don't get the taste - and it's pricy as well!

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.

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Asahi Super Dry from Asahi Breweries Ltd
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