Asahi Super Dry
Asahi Breweries Ltd

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Style:
Lager - Japanese Rice
Ranked #24
ABV:
5%
Score:
65
Ranked #50,497
Avg:
2.77 | pDev: 23.1%
Reviews:
598
Ratings:
1,756
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Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
65
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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
SRM 4
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BerkeleyBeerSleuth from California

2.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Highly carbonated straw yellow body with a quickly evaporating soap bubble head. Slight herbal aroma. Highly watery bubbly taste with just a slight hop zing, thin on the malts. Not a very good beer. I expected better out of this one, but it's really just a thin bubbly disaster.

Jun 04, 2021
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elnachooo from Spain

2/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

De color dorado, con un dedo de espuma de baja durabilidad. De cuerpo y carbonatación media. Aroma a malta y cereal. En boca es amarga con un un retrogusto seco.

Apr 27, 2021
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BeerBobber from Nevada

3.83/5  rDev +38.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear gold color on the pour. Light skim of crackling white head. Lots of visible carbonation bubbles.

Smell is yeast like. Bread like aroma also has a faint sweet aroma. Picking up malts as well.

Taste is lightly leaning towards a Euro Lager with just a hint of grass taste. Picking up just a light sweetness.

The mouth feel is amazing. Lots of carbonation bouncing around on the tongue. The beer is actually as advertised dry. And light as well finish is extremely crisp.

Although there is not a lot of complexity in the flavor department lets examine what this beer offers. The pour is presents a very pleasant looking beer. Just looks inviting. Nothing overpowering or offensive on the nose. The mouth feel is very refreshing and that crisp finish is very nice. I see this beer pairing well with some spicy foods. Also seems great for a hot summer day. I really do have to say I really like this beer.

Apr 11, 2021
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TigerSoul from New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Jeezus this beer advocate group is populated by a bunch of people who seem to think that beer is supposed to be flavored by coconut, jalapeno peppers and pineapple juice. Asahi is beer for people who like beer. Beer that is made with ingredients that, well, beer is made from. Buy a can, grow a set and drink it.

Apr 09, 2021
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imnodoctorbut from Texas

3.69/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

glass pint bomber with a 9/11/21 best by date

pours a clear slightly paled yellow gold body with an excited and billowing clean white foam head that has moderately high retention, leaving a few clusters of thick sticky lacing behind as it settles to a murky foam cap after a handful of minutes and a few sips.

the aroma is very muffled and subdued, but there is a fruit-tinged yeast and herbal hop combo to be discovered.

the taste is a fairly sweet affair with a bit of citrus sprucing up a barely-there sweet rice cake malt, faintly herbal hops, and a very interesting yeast that hangs out on the back of a grape must note - a singular, but sustained note.

the mouthfeel: high carbonation, light bodied. it's fairly grainy yet easy overall with a thinner, almost watery feel. there is a brisk dry finish that is peppered by dialed down herbal and spicy hops, but mostly notable is more of that yeast flaring up, which decides to stick around for a spell.

overall:
you'd be a damn fool to expect anything more than an easy everyday lager, but you might catch something a little extra if you land on a solid batch or come in with the proper mood and respect or good company. dogfish did the Noble Rot a while back, and this thing somewhat reminds me of that with it's flashes of yeasty grape must - although what was turned to 11 in that Dogfish, this much more modest Asahi is comfortable at a reasonable 3. just enough, really.

Apr 07, 2021
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OllieStalz from New York

2.4/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Very carbonated. The taste is a little grainy and a little hoppy. The aftertaste is a bit bitter, reminiscent of eating something that is slightly burnt. I don't think it's the best of the Japanese beers, but it isn't the worst. Would I buy it again? No. Would I drink it if someone had it? Maybe. It depends on what else they have.

Mar 08, 2021
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Pmicdee from Canada (ON)

3.9/5  rDev +40.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pleasantly surprised with this one. Pours straw colour with no head at all. No smell either. The taste was light but tasty, grainy, with hops notes. Very very dry on the aftertaste. I could see myself having a few more of these
Feb 21 2021

Feb 22, 2021
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colinz226 from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

You will not rave about asahi superdry. If you choose to drink asahi super dry, and expect it to be anything more or less than a perfectly serviceable if a bit pedestrian beer, you will be disappointed. What I would call a blue collar beer, it does its job. It's does a good job. It is as inoffensive as it is easy to drink, which is to say very.

Jan 16, 2021
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LampertLand from Canada (BC)

2.97/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Asahi Breweries 'Asahi Super Dry' @ 5.0% , served from 500 ml can
A-pour is a light gold from the can to a yellow/gold in the glass with a large white head leaving a fluffy lace foam along the pint
S-rice
T-watery lager
MF-mild carbonation , medium body
Ov-one and done
prost LampertLand

Jan 02, 2021
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BPVandenbroek from Canada (AB)

3.21/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Asahi Super Dry pours into my glass crystal clear, and the color of pale, ripe hay. Thin streams of pinpoint carbonation support a rocky, bone white head with decent retention.
Taking a sniff, the first thing I notice is a faint, sweet aroma. Beyond that, the aroma is impressively neutral. This makes me wonder if Asahi uses rice as an adjunct in their grain bill. Asahi’s overall neutral aroma does come on the back of a very faint hint of bready pale malts. Faint graininess leads into a neutral center and a finish almost completely lacking in character. I don’t even pick up a whiff of hops in the finish, which is disappointing but not unpleasant in character.
Taking a sip, I notice Asahi’s mouthfeel first. It’s slick and smooth up front, with spritzy carbonation leading swiftly into a dry and lasting finish. As with the nose, the flavor profile is neutral, almost to the point of lacking any flavors at all. But only almost. With its faint grainy flavors up front, and neutral center from the use of rice, Asahi still tastes like lager. What’s more, with its smooth mouthfeel, balance, and lack of off flavors Asahi Super Dry tastes like a better version of those lawnmower beers we’ve all been subjected to in our lives.
As lagers go, it occupies that strange place where it borders on being good despite its almost complete lack of any real flavor or character. Despite lacking any of the real flavors I’ve noted in better lager, Asahi is decent tasting in its own right, balanced and refreshing. I will take one of these beers over a mainstream lager any day, especially if I’m having some spicy southeast Asian food for supper.

Oct 28, 2020
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Balliarno from France

4.25/5  rDev +53.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When i picked this up i didnt think much of it other than, well i havent tried it. The look when it pours is a medium orange and the head is firm and fluffy which it does stay during the drinking period. The smell reminds me of a European Pils and doesnt vary much depending on temperature. The taste also remind me of a European drop rather than something from Asia as it taste robust and strong and the feel is almost a creamy texture due to the the light carbonation and creamy head. Overall a top beer that surprised me and i will be buying a box next time.

Sep 15, 2020
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detgfrsh from Texas

3.94/5  rDev +42.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12oz bottle. Pours a golden color with an inch of white foam. Grassy and slightly sweet smell. Medium body. Grass with prickly carbonation and some floral hops. Deserves a higher rating, this is a well-executed lager that is exactly what it's trying to be.

Aug 22, 2020
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BJB13 from Maryland

3.29/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a tumbler style pint glass.

L: Clear and pale with sparse tiny bubbles rising to the one finger, white head. Leaves a bit of lace.
S: The nose is very weak. Getting only light spicy/herbal hop aroma that disappears with the head.
T: Malty and medium sweet. Bread, caramel and a little corn flavor are kept in check by the mild bitterness. Finishes more dry and bitter.
F: Medium high carbonation make for a crisp but smooth light-medium body.
O: Not bad. My first Japanese Rice Lager. It seems representative but my guess is this is mediocre and there is better to be found.

Jul 21, 2020
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CraigDeMoss from Kansas

3.89/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear, pale gold. Short-lived white, foam head. Steady streaming carbonation. Floral and notable rice sweetness, wheat and biscuity malt. Not “super dry,” somewhat sticky in fact. Still quenching and delicious with spicy and salty fare. Not sure why this is rated so low, granted I rate beers higher on average. It’s possible people are up their own asses?

Jul 11, 2020
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GingerFinn from Canada (ON)

4/5  rDev +44.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't find anything "poor" about this beer. It had a fantastic amount of carbonation, a nice sweetness with a slight bitterness and a delightfully dry finish. I paired it with homemade Japanese cabbage pancakes. So refreshing, and it paired so well with the rich, fried, spicy doughy food. Yum.

Jun 01, 2020
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YesKing from Canada (AB)

3.4/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First off the massive 2 litre can that you can get this in is fantastic. Poured it into a tankard. Really nothing to say about the smell, very light and inoffensive. The feel of this beer is where it's at, so crisp and refreshing. Very mild flavours of sweet malt and corn, dry finish. This is a delicious beer on a hot summer day, would pair well with any food.

May 18, 2020
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Greywulfken from New York

4/5  rDev +44.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beers like this are easily disliked when you're in IPA-mode, and I think that can kinda skew the ratings a bit - see, it has a "poor" rating as of this review - but lemme tell ya, there is nothing "poor" about this beer - it's actually incredibly drinkable, with a rather rounded body and a clean finish... The malts are clearly present with cereal-grain-like flavors of rice and corn, and the bitterness is mild, herbal, grainy, and freshening, with a smooth but amply-carbonated feel... I was gonna have some caviar with it but went with just the beers because I was enjoying them so - but totally would be great with any kind of sushi, fish, burger, pizza, sandwich, etc. - a solid pairing beer... No bottling date; stamped with L28925 23:09...

Feb 29, 2020
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Lucular from Maryland

3.8/5  rDev +37.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 630 ml bottle into a shaker pint glass. Aroma and flavor of grain and rice, I suppose. A touch of caramel but still dry. Full, creamy mouthfeel despite being poured into a frosted glass. No off flavors. I don't know, I guess I just like beer. This was absolutely perfect with a plate of sashimi.

Feb 03, 2020
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Armotekma from California

3.58/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

You might notice my weeb bias towards this. It's nothing special, but where and when you have it makes the brew for me, and slamming 7 of these in a row at the hotel after binging on $200 of kaiten-zushi with friends was definitely worth it - for the record I then went out stumbling into the night listening to city pop, which made it double worth it.

Jan 24, 2020
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Evan_Bb

3.84/5  rDev +38.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very well balanced beer. Enjoyed from an ice cold tallboy can. The lack of malt flavor puts this in the same category as Red Stripe or Tecate, although it is a superior and more complex brew than the aforementioned (especially the latter). Hint of green apples, and a clean fresh finish. One of my new favorites!

Jan 17, 2020
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BeastLeeX from Louisiana

3.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I drank this from a bottle, and didn't really smell it too much. This beer brings 3 things to mind. Clean, refreshing, and easy drinking. No poor flavors came to my palette while drinking, and it is slightly sweet. Not very hoppy at all. I feel like just about anyone could drink this beer, and it is definitely one of the better lighter beers that I've had. Underrated in my opinion.

Dec 26, 2019
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BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

2.96/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16.9oz can poured into 14oz teku. Poured a clean, clear medium-dark yellow with over an inch of white head that decent retention and very light lacing.

The aroma had light grain, very light yeast, and no noticeable hop presence. There was a touch of skunk on the nose as well. Very similar on the palate, with the skunk being just barely noticeable. The body was the expected light and smooth, and did have a dry finish.

Drinkability was fine, you could probably knock back a couple cans on summer afternoon with no issue. Overall, a pleasant, if benign, brew.

Nov 03, 2019
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Nofoba

3.22/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This one was brewed and bottled in Italy.

It pours a clear, bright, golden body with lots visible carbonation. Small white head with poor retention and little lacing.

It has a faint aroma of pale malts with floral notes.

A mild taste of corn with metallic notes, and a dry, malty finish. The mouthfeel is light bodied and crisp, with little bitterness, medium carbonation and light sweetness.

Distinctively crisp and dry, easy to drink, but lacking taste.

Oct 17, 2019
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Thankin_Hank from Texas

3.64/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

Very sweet aroma light on hops. Taste is light smooth with a touch of sweetness. The mouthfeel is light and easy to drink. Overall competes with Sapporo and pairs so well with sushi and other Asian dishes.

Oct 02, 2019
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tucson_brewson from Arizona

4.06/5  rDev +46.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank plenty of this stuff on my trip to Japan and found it was my favorite beer on tap out of all Japanese brews (granted, this stuff is brewed/bottled in Canada). Decided to have one for the review. 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

L - Pours a clear, golden yellow color with an inch of soapy white head that dissipates leaving a decent lacing with some good suds throughout.

S - Slightly skunky at first, follows with a bit of pepper/spice, bready malt, honey, rice, corn.

T - Follows the nose with bready malt sweetness up front, honey, some citrus, rice, corn, a metallic hoppy bite towards the end to balance out the sweetness of the grain.

F - Light bodied, moderate to slightly higher carbonation, prickly, definitely finishes dry although I wouldn't say Super "Dry" as advertised. Smooth, crisp, clean, refreshing, extremely drinkable.

O - As I said, this was my favorite beer in Japan and holds up well in the states. Goes well with sushi/Japanese food and any food in general. A very nice, balanced lager to enjoy any time of year. Kampai.

Oct 01, 2019
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Beer rating: 65 out of 100 with 1756 ratings