Asahi Super Dry
Asahi Breweries Ltd

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Style:
Japanese Rice Lager
Ranked #21
ABV:
5%
Score:
65
Ranked #48,784
Avg:
2.76 | pDev: 23.19%
Reviews:
583
Ratings:
1,706
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Japan
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Year-round
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Gots
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SCORE
65
Poor
Asahi Super DryAsahi Super Dry
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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Photo of YesKing
3.4/5  rDev +23.2%
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.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev +44.9%
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...

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Photo of Lucular
3.8/5  rDev +37.7%
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.

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Photo of Evan_Bb
3.84/5  rDev +39.1%
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!

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Photo of BeastLeeX
3.08/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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Photo of beertunes
2.96/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of Nofoba
3.22/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

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Photo of Thankin_Hank
3.64/5  rDev +31.9%
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.

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Photo of tucson_brewson
4.06/5  rDev +47.1%
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.

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Photo of Beertsipper
3.61/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is a good lager with a unique flavor profile. I drank a 24 ounce can solo, but this would probably compliment a spicy meal nicely. Dry, sweet, and even has some pilsner qualities.

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Photo of JoKo
4.28/5  rDev +55.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear straw yellow, one inch foamy white head that lingers for a minute or so with lacing on the glass. The nose is vinous with some faint grainy maltiness. This beer is indeed super dry as the can specifies, grainy malt and some mild white wine notes followed by a very mild hop bitterness. Highly drinkable, very smooth, perfect for the hot, humid summer days that I've had recently.

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Photo of LarryV
3.6/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mellow, clean aroma - mostly grain. Pours a light honey color with a rapidly disappearing head. Medium carbonation. Taste is slightly sweet, bready with a light hop twinge on the end. Finishes dry and crisp. For the style it's quite enjoyable. Pairs well with food and is refreshing on a hot day.

It definitely doesn't deserve such a low score, it's a well crafted beer for the style.

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Photo of leantom
4.17/5  rDev +51.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Actually quite good for the style. Here goes:

A: Dark gold. Pours a very substantial, lingering head that leaves adequate lacing. Body carbonation - while slightly underwhelming - is still decent. Very good.

S: Lots of yeasty, musty breadiness - tons of grain. Also very peppery with a fair amount of lemongrass, too. Not great, but still not bad.

T: Follows the nose, but more substantial. Lots of grain and some hops to balance out the malt. I liked it.

F: Excellent.

O: A very good beer. Not sure why people hate it so. It's far better than the American adjunct lagers.

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Photo of Parmesan
3.28/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

L:. Pours a pale gold color with a small fizzy white head and some lacing on the glass.

S:. Grain, rice, a slight malt sweetness, a bit of corn, some vegetable.

T:. Grain, rice, a slight malt sweetness, some vegetable, and floral hop, fairly decent for this style beer.

F:. Light and crisp

O:. This beer is actually quite pleasant for this style, I would pick this over quite a few other lighter lagers.

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Photo of Bluecrow
3.08/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

-bottle pour is clear amber with a faint pinkish cast. There is no visible carbonation. (This bottle was brewed in Toronto. A white fluffy head is more typical based on previous experiences). The aroma is of sweet malt. The malt and some woody hop flavors are noted. The body is light and the finish is dry. This is pleasant enough.

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Photo of Kaitekiyoukai
3.71/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

US draft pour in NYC market, pale golden color, nice tight head due to the Asahi proprietary draft system and specialty creamer faucet. Served in proper branded glassware that was beer clean which allowed for lasting head retention and nice foam lacing effect. Crisp taste similar to many other pilsner malt based international style lagers. Light in body with carbonic tingle and clean finish.

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Photo of tigg924
2.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours clear, gold in color with 1/4 inch head. Taste is rice, grain, and bitter cereal...slightly metallic aftertaste even though it came from a bottle. Light bodied, medium-light carbonation, sweet. Tastes like Japanese adjunct lager. Not bad, but nothing I would get again.

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Photo of Franziskaner
2.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Copper colored with a fingernail of beige around the rim and covering half of the top. I smell grassy German hops and rice. I taste grassy German hops and rice. The mouth is smooth and quaffable.

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Photo of Foyle
4.48/5  rDev +62.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass. A pillowy 2" white head drops slowly with abundant lacing. Color is clear light gold, moderate streaming carbonation. Aroma of toasted malt and some floral hops. Mouthfeel is light and crisp with a very dry finish. Flavors of biscuit, cracker, floral and herbal hops. Overall: very enjoyable.

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Photo of dxpnthedrunk
5/5  rDev +81.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best Japanese beer i've ever had. Such and amazing lager very refreshing and crisp and they use less malts. It has a dry hopping that gives Asahi Super Dry a moderate balanced bitterness and a crisp, clean finish.

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Photo of VoxRationis
4/5  rDev +44.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) bottle into a custom taster pint; production code L27825.
A: Pours a crystal clear, golden color with a one finger, foamy white head, decent retention, and Belgian lacing really all the way down the glass.
S: Peppery with grainy and grassy aromas.
T: Very dry (as advertised). Really an awful lot like Budweiser with very light malty and solid, albeit light bitterness.
M: Light bodied with very solid and persistent carbonation. Drinks smoothly, crisply, and cleanly.
O: This is a solidly constructed and crafted lager. I could see drinking this over any of the macros. Low scores do not reflect its quality.

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Photo of EMH73
2.96/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a clear yellow with a one inch white head that left decent lacing. Smells of bread and rice. Taste is mild but non-offensive. Notes of lightly roasted malts, bread, rice and yeast. Light bodied, well carbonated, watery mouth feel.

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Photo of Retroman40
3.06/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Golden yellow color with a foamy head that settled to a thin head with decent lacing throughout. Smell was bready with some rice. Taste was very neutral with rice and grain with minimal hop presence or bitterness. Mouthfeel was smooth with pleasant carbonation. Overall this is a nice refreshing beer that is worth a try.

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Photo of FBarber
3.61/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a crystal clear light straw color. Semi-effervescent with huge pillowy white head. Head slowly collapses inward leaving a thin layer of white foam with some sticky white lacing along the glass. Very nice looking beer.

Aroma has light notes of rice, white bread, sweet bread and some hints of floral hop notes.

Taste follows the nose with a clean crisp lager with some malt notes of white bread and rice. Some light floral notes on the back end. Some light sweetness.

Feel is light and crisp. Moderately carbonated. Semi-dry finish, but not as dry as you might expect given the nomenclature.

Overall this is a very nice, well done rice lager. Its very "neutral" for lack of a better word, but its clean and well executed. Also, this is one of those beers that pairs incredibly well with food. Stick this with some asian food and it works so well. All that being said, if you like the style, this is a very well done example.

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Photo of vang_jeff97
3.82/5  rDev +38.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Damn are people really this biased towards a beer? Do NOT listen to these poor reviews. Try it yourself then compare. This beer is by far the best beer I had so far. No bitter aftertaste just a smooth yet dry taste.

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Beer rating: 65 out of 100 with 1706 ratings