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Asahi Select | Asahi Breweries Ltd

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Asahi Breweries Ltd
Japan
asahibeer.co.jp

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-10-2005

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#43,405
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
72
pDev:
17.92%
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Ratings: 72 |  Reviews: 32
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of Knapp85
2.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Asahi Select pours out of the bottle as a rich amber color with a bit of orange in a certain light. The smell of the beer is a bit yeasty, and has a good about of malt aromas too. There really isn't a whole lot of hop aroma at all. The flavor of the beer reminds me a little bit of a nut brown ale. It's also got an earthy flavor of dirt and wood. No hop bitterness from what I can tell in the flavor. The aftertaste is malty and dry. The mouthfeel just isn't on target for me. I think it's a little on the flat side which is a little disappointing. I wouldn't need to buy this beer again, but it was nice to try.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.62/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

What are they doing? This beer is all kinds of wrong. The beer falls somewhere between a watery amber or a horribly caramelized lager. Though a mild toasty, syrupy-sweet not persists, it comes across like a weak (watery) cola. There is not enough substance or body to firm the beer up, leaving a grainy-sweet flavor and feel on the palate. The beer looks like watery cola, with low carbonation and no real retention. Simply not a good beer at all.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.58/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Asahi Select pours a dark amber bordering on copper colored body beneath a fluffy head of white foam. The head retention is quite good and it leaves beautiful sheets of lace about the glass.

The nose offers some very nice, delicately toasty malt but little in the way of hops.

It's decidedly crisp in the mouth with a brisk carbonation and medium-light body.

The flavor reveals more of the toasty and slightly sweet malt found in the nose, in fact, it's distinctly malty. And it's also backed by grassy and floral hop flavors. It's balanced by a solid bitterness, and it has a mineral-like dryness to it. It's similar to a Vienna lager, but not quite as rounded.

Nicely balanced and well brewed.

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Photo of chinchill
3.25/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appears a transparent golden amber with a smallish bone head of brief duration.

Smell: average quality but not average quantity. Aroma is like a pilsner with some odd additions I can't identify, but in the floral/fruity area. Hints of toffee and bread.

Taste largely follows aroma but more fruity than floral. Sweet balance. Weak finish and aftertaste -- one factor that encourages consumption with a meal rather on its own.

Mouthfeel: medium-light bodied; semi-dry and lightly crisp on the finish; good carbonation.

O - a bit different. Worth a try with a meal.

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Photo of russpowell
3.91/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours bronze/amber with 2 fingers of white head. Great lacing & good head retention

S: A hint malt & some mustyness, a little sweet malt & caramel creep in as it warms

T: A hint a of caramel malt sweetness & then a little fruit & grain. A little choclate sneaks in & then citrus peel (lemon). Doesn't tie together very well at all.

MF: Medium bodied, a little prickly in the carbonation& balanced okay

Drank okay, better than most japanse beers I've had on the mainland (still love sapporro black in the can). Try this with an open mind

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, amber body with a small, fizzy white head. Endlessly effervescent!

Smell: Generally light aroma of toasted grains, cereal, with just a hint of hops.

Taste: Toasted maltiness, decent amount of sweetness, and a distinct taste of husks. Light bitterness. Slight spiciness and a bit of grain astringency in the crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Lively carbonation. Decidedly watery mouthfeel.

Drinkability: All graininess aside, it's not so bad and shows way more character than the rest of the Asahi line-up.

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Photo of Slatetank
2.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Picked this up at Quick 6 West, poured cold from the 12oz brown bottle w/out freshness date into my lager mug.

A -The color of bourbon w/ excellent clarity, the head is bone whit w/ a dishsoap type appearance

S - There is a sort of fruitiness w/ a rice-like lager aroma w/ a subtle woody hop scent

M - crisp, clean w/ a mild level of carbonation. Malty and light in feel.

T - There is a bit of malt above the average japanese lager as it is slightly darker w/ a hint of twiggy hops w/ a slight rice syrup taste, but other than that I would say 'select' is an unnecessary adjective. I think it is ok for a dry lager but the flavor seems to fall flat. I could probably find other attributes, but this seems pretty average taste-wise overall after 12oz.

D - Not one I would recommend, I would probably drink it again but not seek it out - it is just alright.

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3/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The label on this says it is an amber ale (in English). An interesting beer. It's extremely toasty and malty on the nose with a tangy malty thing on the flavor as well. This beer seems like they were going for something a bit different than the standard yellow stuff Asahi normally puts out. Did they accomplish something? Sure. It's a bit light for me, but I realize that this beer is geared more towards a mass market that is used to much lighter beers.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a caramel color with a small head. There is a strong smell of malts, not much else. Taste is also primarilly of malts, some notes of hops. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this makes for a good quality beer.

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Photo of Mora2000
2.35/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The beer pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of grain and toffee with not too much else going on. Fairly bland smelling. The flavor is also bland. Other than a ton of sweet, sugary grain, I get next to nothing. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. The beer is not offensive, but there are really no positives to be found here. Not one to seek out.

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Photo of fthegiants
2.25/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of enelson
3.89/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wrightst
2.75/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of Raziel313
3.5/5  rDev +14%

Photo of weeare138
3.77/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a semi transparent gold with a small white cap that quickly fizzles out. Tiny speckles of lacing stick to the sides of the glass.
Smell is of malted barley, caramel, light toffee, light nuts, & biscuit.
Taste is of the aromas with a nutty, malty, Munich, and caramel jumping right out. Nice!
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sweet up front and semi dry on the crisp finish.
I would enjoy a sixer of these.

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Photo of harpus
3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ovaltine
3.21/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Upon the pour, a golden bronze color with an average head, creamy white, and after its erosion, the lace forms a thin concealing sheet. Nose is sweet malt, a very mild hint of hops; start is malt sweet with a touch of spicy bitterness at the back, light to medium feel. Prickly acidity, hops light but present, very dry lingering aftertaste, a drinkable beer, and one suited for a hot day, when the lawn needs a trim, or in my case when I wash off the rocks, desert landscape don’t you know. Lol

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.15/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Asahi Brewmaster's Select has a thin, off-white head, a clear, somewhat bubbly, amber appearance, and a little bit of lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet, bready malt, and the flavor is of sweetness, bread crust, cooked carrots, and a slight bittereness. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Asahi Brewmaster's Select finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, and highly chug-able. Overall, this is worth checking out, but it is overpriced ($11.99 for a six-pack).

RJT

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Photo of ordybill
3.75/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear golden amber with a small white head. The aroma is malt and floral hops. The taste closely resembles the aroma and is not bad. An average beer.

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Photo of AndrewMichael
3/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Pegasus
3.03/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Deep golden orange color with a small snow-white head, which retains fairly well, and lots of scattered lacing and slight carbonation. The clarity is excellent.

Aroma: Grassy aroma with dark caramel and a slightly nutty characteristic, overall, pleasant.

Taste: Somewhat sharp, astringent note throughout. Opens with a toasted, almost burnt grain note, this carries throughout the taste. The finish is quite dry, with a mild, lingering metallic bitterness.

Mouth feel: Smooth, perhaps a touch thin.

Drinkability/notes: Inoffensive, would be interesting with Asian cuisine, but unspectacular. Better examples of the style can be had for less.

Presentation: Packaged in a brown glass long neck bottle with a twist off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

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Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.06/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

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Asahi Select from Asahi Breweries Ltd
Beer rating: 3.07 out of 5 with 72 ratings
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