Asahi Super Dry
Asahi Breweries Ltd

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Asahi Breweries Ltd
Lager - Japanese Rice
Ranked #25
Ranked #29,836
2.79 | pDev: 22.94%
Yesterday at 08:53 PM
Feb 15, 2002
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Notes: Asahi Super Dry was a direct result of extensive market research which indicated a consumer preference for a more palatable beer with less maltiness, relatively high alcohol content and a light aftertaste, that paired well with the changing Japanese diet. With this insight Asahi used its brewing knowledge to develop a beer with a crisp bite, refreshing taste and clear finish to satisfied this requirement. Code named project FX, Asahi engineered a highly attenuated, highly carbonated pilsner. The later renamed product, Super Dry began sales on March 17th 1987 and gave birth to the dry beer category. The market success spawned similar competitor products and initiated what was known as the “Dry Wars” in Japan and a brief marketing fad for dry beers internationally. However Asahi has stood the test of time and now years later Super Dry continues it legacy as the world’s premier dry beer.

Special Yeast - Asahi # 318 is the proprietary ingredient used to give Super Dry its “dryness”. This special strand of yeast produces high attenuation during fermentation in conjunction with the choice grains.

Finest Ingredients – Asahi uses select grains and hops sourced worldwide based on strict criteria to maintain flavor consistency and promote sustainability. Barely with high starch content and both noble style bitter and fine aroma hops are key contributors to Super Dry’s smooth taste.

ABV 4.9-5.2% (Depends on package type and location)
IBU 20
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2.33 by TwiggyCZ from Czech Republic on Yesterday at 08:53 PM
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3.06/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

Look - great looking clear pale yellow with a nice white head and sticky lacing
Smell - grainy light scent
Taste - grainy light slight spice
Feel - light and dry with a crispness
Overall - this beer was pretty good with some sushi

May 04, 2022
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3.23/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by jonmikel from Spain

Drunk at a Ramen Restaurant in Madrid (Spain).
-Pours a decent foam head that fades away.
-Smells lager
-Nothing special in taste. Adjunct lager.
-Leaves a normal feel. Some bubbles.

A very normal brew.

Apr 10, 2022
2.63 by HopBelT from Belgium on Apr 06, 2022
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4.1/5  rDev +47%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
by MrOH from Malta

Crystal clear gold, white head, pretty good retention for an adjunct beer, slippery lace
Herbal/floral hops over a clean malt aroma
Light, clean malt and a touch of herbal/spicy hops
Light bodied and appropriately carbonated
Really good for what it is.

Apr 03, 2022
4.75 by kleinahoe from California on Mar 26, 2022
3.17 by Sam88 on Mar 17, 2022
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1/5  rDev -64.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1
by davidward from Florida


Mar 10, 2022
2.97 by mattjp03 from Alabama on Feb 25, 2022
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3.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by JayQue from Virginia

Finally get a "check in the box" for the "Lager - Japanese Rice" style. Picked up an 11.2 oz bottle at Total Wine in Virginia Beach. The bottle says "Product of Italy"...go figure???? I poured it into a pint glass and a hard pour produces a fizzy, well carbonated white head. The head goes away fast and there is no lacing on the glass. Nice color though, clear gold. Not much of a malty character and only a bit of grassy hops, the flavor of this beer comes from rice. The stale corn flavor of most American Adjunct lagers is thankfully missing here. Taste is very mild, not much to savor. Mouthfeel is dry (like the brewer was going for), crisp and very slightly hoppy Overall mouthfeel is fairly thin, but no worse than many lawnmower beers. Not a good beer by any stretch, but I didn't get any off-putting metallic taste, sour corn flavor or extra watery mouthfeel like so many domestic cheap lagers. I could drink a few of these while cutting the grass. I wouldn't order one in a restaurant though.

Feb 16, 2022
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2.61/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by ivanbrew

Looks good smells like sweet grain but does not have much flavor at all!

Jan 25, 2022
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2.2/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
by aBosslyElephant from Florida

L- Weak, transulence yellow that is similar amongst all light lagers like Bud Light.
S- Smell-less, Possibly hints of bread and stale Bud Light smell.
T- Slightly water and beer taste. Tastes like "cheap". I see how college kids chug these.
M- Water.
O- It's a cheap lager that tastes and acts like a cheap lager.

Dec 29, 2021
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3.42/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
by Mrbob558 from New York

I have had several of these beers , most recently with a tuna salad sandwich. The taste is smooth, light and pleasant. The taste is also light- too light, its sort of like drinking nothing at all. Its not a complex beer, but its not bad. I would hav e it again if there was nothing else new or different to try.

Dec 22, 2021
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3.81/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by datstankadank from New Jersey

Picked up a 25.4 floz oil can of this, it appears to be a new style package. The previous time I had this it was brewed in Canada. This one here is brewed in Rome at peroni brewery, then shipped to the pilsner urquell brewery for... packaging? Either way the beer pours a big fluffy head into pilsner urquell mug. Tastes much better than the stuff I had a few years ago that was brewed in Canada. Big fluffy head. Straw yellow in appearance. Perfect to cut through any meal. Good beer, very clean. Subtle balance on the finish.

Dec 12, 2021
3.19 by emerge077 from Illinois on Dec 12, 2021
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1.99/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2
by 1009 from Massachusetts

This wasn't good. Nope. Been a while since we dabbled in the college beer category and yeah, there's probably a good reason we haven't had this yet. Just bad. Really metallic tasting and not at all pleasant to drink. Had to slam it quick to just end the experience. We have had worse beers, but there's no need to go back to this.

Dec 11, 2021
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3.81/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by damndirtyape from Ohio

11.2oz bottle, served in a pilsner glass. Best Before: 08/07/22 Date stamp: RM L1 218 1 14.

Appearance: Perfectly clear gold, thin white head with some islands of lacing. Lots of carbonation coming up through the glass.

Smell: Very clean. There is a lager aroma here, but it's not strong. There is a tiny amount of noble hop aroma, and slightly pungent.

Taste: Very crisp, clean flavor, a sharp bitterness at the finish that arrives and then disappears as fast as it arrived.

Mouthfeel: Well, it lives up to its name as being super dry. Carbonation scrubs the tongue clean. Water-like thickness, but not bad.

Overall / Drinkability: This is a pretty solid lager. Well crafted, and after a spicy chicken dish at dinner, it finishes off the meal very well. Not sure about the whole "Kamakuri" brand thing they're trying to promote here, but this is a good lager, although I don't see myself necessarily reaching for another one.

Dec 04, 2021
3.33 by animal69 from Louisiana on Nov 29, 2021
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4.3/5  rDev +54.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by lflotron from Florida

Like it says it is super dry and very carbonated. Nonetheless, it is an excellent beer. Reminds me of a pilsner but with a very balanced and complex taste

Nov 10, 2021
2.75 by Mavigo from Michigan on Nov 06, 2021
2.73 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota on Nov 04, 2021
2.84 by Patrick2012 from California on Oct 25, 2021
3.1 by Jonathan-Morgan from Florida on Oct 23, 2021
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3.86/5  rDev +38.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by BroBobby70 from Texas

11.2 oz. Bottle into pilsner glass
Look: light straw, 3 finger head, good lace and retention, nice lacing
Smell: malt forward, sweet
Taste: Cereal, medium bitterness, dry finish,
Feel: Tongue tingler, excellent mouthfeel, flavor lingers
Overall: A pleasing experience.
Pair with spicy food, sushi or a hamburger.

Oct 14, 2021
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3.24/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by scott451 from Canada (ON)

Poured a 500 ml can into a pint glass. Best before July 2022. A one finger white head on a clear straw. The head soon diminishes to a thin layer. Some patchy lacing.
Clean mild taste with a crisp finish.
Light body with medium carbonation.
Overall a clean refreshing lager with major faults.

Oct 08, 2021
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3.63/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Tony787 from Canada (ON)

I bought a can at the beerstore in Ontario 500ml at 5.2%.
interesting my can on the side said it was brewed in Italy.
this is Japanese beer I thought
anyways it's an easy drinking beer.
nice color good carbonation leaving a lace as you drink.
overall super dry crispy finish.

Sep 29, 2021
3.31 by Dentist666 from Russian Federation on Sep 15, 2021
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3.28/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by Raime from Korea (North)

Small bbq at the neighbors. He knows I " love fancy beer " and he had a few of these in his fridge. Cool looking large can!.

Look - Only poured enough for a look. Straw yellow with excellent clarity. Low carbonation. Good stick.

Smell - Rice Lager you ain't kidding. Adjuncty but clean. Slightest of sweetness in the nose.

Taste - Yep some rice. Slight sweetness. Avoids the corn.

Feel - Frothy body. Swallows easy. Lives up to its drying namesake as you get further into the can.

Overall - No frills but an above average basic lager. Wouldn't have any problems throwing back a few more. Happy to try.

Aug 25, 2021
3.04 by cjgiant from District of Columbia on Jul 23, 2021
3.5 by NorbertB1974 from Germany on Jul 21, 2021
2.75 by boszormeny from Canada (ON) on Jul 08, 2021
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1.8/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

This looks terrible. Two 11.2 ounce brown bottles have just released their contents into a clear glass liter mug. The starchy white head, despite a deliberate pour, is ridiculous. Then there's the "color", one of the lightest ambers that still can be considered amber. Probably the most transparent beer you will find. There's only a little starchy character to smell. Only a little glass lacing rescues the visual, but nothing can salvage the lack of aroma. Taste, what taste? This is as tasteless a beer as one could find. There's remarkably only traces of hops and malt here. It drinks like a Coor's Light diluted with club soda. It's best feature is bringing a 5% ABV that's virtually undetectable, even with the lack of everything else. It is dry.

Jul 01, 2021
Asahi Super Dry from Asahi Breweries Ltd
Beer rating: 65 out of 100 with 1796 ratings