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

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-10-2005

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32
Ratings:
67
Avg:
3.09
pDev:
24.6%
 
 
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Reviews: 32 | Ratings: 67
Photo of beeragent
3.31/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

By far my favorite Asian Beer. Poured into a pint glass, from a 12oz. bottle. This beer poured light brown, leaving a 1/4 inch head, that faded to barely anything, but left some nice lacing on the glass. The aroma is very faint. What there is, is slighty sweet. The mouthfeel is light, but whats expected from a lager. The taste is like water, but with a slight caramel flavor. Not as bad as it sounds, but thats the best way to describe it. This is more of a beer to have on a hot summer day, as opposed to something to get you through a cold winter night. A great starter to a session, but not for the duration.

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Photo of russpowell
3.91/5  rDev +26.5%
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 SkeeterHawk
3.62/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a perfectly clear reddish golden to copper color with a 1/4" of off white bubbles at first pour. The head was participating for about 30 seconds or so until it succumbed to the beer. After the head fell, there was just a small ring around the beer where it meets the glass, and that is about it.

Aroma: Very neutral aroma with some very subtle caramel aromatics. There may be a mild minerally thing going on in here, and I can't pick up any hops to speak of.

Taste: The flavor is super reserved. There is a very subtle caramel thing going in here, but I am not sure that there really is any hops in this one, though I am sure that there is. The late additions are minimal so the malt stays in charge of the flavor the entire time. The balance is malt led, but very mild. There are no cloying aspects to this beer, and it is so well attenuated that it leaves a dry impression on the back of the throat.

Opinion: Though I have spent a good deal of time in Asia, I have never been a big fan of the beers there as they reminded me too much of the macro brews that are served up here in the states under the guise of "beer". This is probably the best tasting Asian beer that I have tried thus far. There is some definite residual sweetness in this one that gives it a bigger impression. This beer is not my favorite when I have a plethora of other choices, but the next time I am wandering through the orient, I will keep an eye out for this one.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.58/5  rDev +15.9%
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 Pegasus
3.03/5  rDev -1.9%
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 beersarang
3.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A lot like many other Japanese beers, but with less rice character.

Amber with foamy head that dissapates quickly.

Slightly nutty smell, grassy.

Dab of grain flash of hop bitterness, very assertive prickly carbonation throuhout the light body. Very bland but the grain quality is nice. Not so ricey which is good, also doesn't have that Asahi metallic finish that I dislike.

Not terrible, but not great either.

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Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
2.58/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Asahi Brewmaster Select is the newest beer from this Japanese brewery.
The beer poured a copper color with some amber tint. A big 1 1/2" foamy head fell quickly to a ring and left very little lacing.
The nose was nondescript, I struggled to pick out the malt and a little, very little, hops.
The beer tasted very bland (not unlike most other Japanese lagers) with just a slight malt/hop presence and a little sweetness.
The mouthfeel was thin and watery. Decent carbonation.
Might be nice to wash down some spicy food, but water will do that too. What is the point of a Japanese beer brewed in Canada?

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3.09 out of 5 based on 67 ratings.
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