Asahi Super Dry | Asahi Breweries Ltd

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Asahi Super DryAsahi Super Dry

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Asahi Breweries Ltd

Style: Japanese Rice Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 518 | Ratings: 1,483
Photo of Sammy
3.23/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Match with suhi. Was better in Japan where fresher and less watery or corn tasting. Dry! Have to follow up with a full 16 oz. water. Not for everyone. Slight lemon finish and liked it with a slice of lemon. Good for its style but not much going on for you beer pros.

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Photo of kylehay2004
2.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: thin head on pale golden body.

S: sweet corn and a touch tangy with earthy and grain notes.

T: watery overall with light pale malts, strange slightly pungent semisweet finish.

M: light body and high carbonation. dry finish as advertised.

Overall: Just a beer. Nothing special but the members of this genre are pretty much all the same.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and subdued hay and grass aromas. Taste is much the same with watery grain, hay, and grass flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer with aromas and flavors that get worse as the beer warms up.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
2.78/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

nah. id rather have water with my sushi i think. pours pisswater yellow with zero head. smells like metallic mass produced adjunct crap, but doesnt taste nearly as bad. actually some nice tang in the malt flavor and a sort of hoppy back end. mouthfeel is brutally light, but with enough carbonation to get the food moving. overall this is not a craft lager, but the rice malt makes it unique to a degree, and its lightness makes it crazy drinkable. have quite a few before you realize you dont like it, ya know?

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Photo of Knapp85
1.8/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Wasn't able to get much of a rice flavor from this. I've had other beers from Japan that do have flavors of rice in it. Anyway this beer was another Pale Yellow in color Lager, the smell of malts are all that I got out of it. No aroma of hops. My favorite thing about this beer is the label.

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Photo of metter98
2.7/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that quickly died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass. The head nearly completely faded away, leaving only a thin collar and some bits of lacing running down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of rice adjuncts are present in the nose along with notes of grassy bops and hints of grainy malts.
T: Similar to the smell, the initial taste has flavors of rice adjuncts and bits of associated sweetness, but any traces of the latter are quickly canceled out by a light to moderate amount of bitterness from the hops.
M: It feels light-bodied, clean and a little smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish and the bitterness tingles your tongue a little.
O: This beer seems a little bland, but there's a surprising amount of hop bitterness that prevents the malts from becoming overly sweet.

Serving type: can

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Photo of biboergosum
2.73/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

500ml can. "Super" dry just sounds mildly unappetizing, doesn't it?

This beer pours an ultra-clear, super-pale golden straw colour, with two fingers of loosely foamy, rather sudsy off-white head, which leaves a small ring of drooping soap scum lace around the glass as it hastily recedes.

It smells of more grainy than glutinous sour rice 'malt', a thankfully restrained touch of acetone stank, and subtle earthy, weedy hops. The taste is semi-sweet rice husks, with a hint of rice cake 'breadiness', a surprising dearth of the unpleasant sourness proffered in the nose, and some strangely astringent, and actually spicy metallic noble hops.

The carbonation is fairly low-key, with a slight, understated frothiness, the body on the far side of medium-light weight, and kind of clammy in its otherwise plain-ass smoothness. It finishes off-dry, and relatively clean, but with the echoes of a rice pudding sweetness.

Not exactly something one should endeavor to quaff on its own, but easy enough to put back alongside some spicy Japanese fare, the kind made for accommodating (or maybe vice-versa) the kind of hideous sweet and tangy character of this offering. I'm guessing 'Super' somehow translates to "now less sickly malty, and with a metallic offset instead". Pardon my French.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.18/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

12 fl oz/355 ml brown glass bottle with twist-off pressure cap acquired cheaply at Trader Joe's and served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are extremely low given its reputation.

A: Pours a one and a half finger bottle of very slight cream, fair thickness, and okay retention. Colour is a clear yellow. No yeast particles are visible.

Sm: Stale barley, hints of stale cream, hints of rice, unclean malts. A mild strength aroma.

T: Unclean malts, dirty barley, and stale cream. Simple, bland, and boring. No layering. Neither complex nor subtle. In your face, tired, and meh. No alcohol or yeast comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet. No real cream mouthfeel-wise. Overcarbonated. Too thick for its lack of flavour. A bit dry on the finish.

Dr: Drinkable but bland and boring. Of severely limited quality. Might pair well with spicy food. Would make a decent table beer (that's as politely as I can describe this beer). It's priced okay. I would never get this again.


06/18/16 2nd impression.


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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.65/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Can: Poured a light bright golden color lager with a large bubbly head with average retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of sweet malt with minimal adjunct being noticeable. Taste is also dominated by light sweet malt with a bland finish. Not the worst pale lager out there and with well hidden adjunct it is still quaffable with my sushi.

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Photo of zeff80
2.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a clear, gold color with a white, one-finger head. Leaves no lacing.

S - It smelled of rice and grains.

T - It tasted of rice and yeast. A hint of bitterness.

M - It is crisp and sharp on the tongue. A light-bodied beer.

D - This isn't bad. It is the first I've ever had of the stye. It is still fairly similiar to most import lagers.

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Photo of superspak
3.46/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, M21525 bottle code. Pours crystal clear golden straw color with a 1 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of lemon, cracker, corn, rice, white bread, grain, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Okay aromas with good balance of pale malt, adjunct, and light earthy hop notes; with solid strength. A bit too fruity in the nose. Flavors of cracker, corn, rice, white bread, grain, light pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of cracker, corn, rice, white bread, light pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Nice robustness and balance of pale malt, adjunct, and light earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero astringent flavors after the finish. Very clean on lager flavors with minimal yeast ester notes present. Moderate dryness, but not too dry. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, fairly crisp, and grainy/bready/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5%. Overall this is a very solid rice lager. Good robustness and balance of pale malt, adjunct, and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, and clean to drink. A pleasantly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of jlindros
2.28/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

I think this is around in the States, but found it in Shanghai and figured why not... for about 50 cents.
Pours a fizzy bubbly large head that fades pretty quickly, crystal clear watery tan color.

Nose rice mash, with mild toasty pilsner, unhappy lager yeast skunky notes, grassy hay, mineral notes. Pretty light.

Taste is more of the same, light toasty pilsner note, a rice like mash like a rice porridge, mild lager notes with a little unhappy touch of a skunky thing and plenty of minerality, finally some hops with a mild grassy light bitterness. Finish is dry, very dry like someone scraped my mouth, little more minerality lager thing, touch grassy hops and mild lingering skunky like taste.

Mouth is lighter bod, decent carb.

Overall eh, about what I expected, but super dry like cheap Champagne almost.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.48/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, golden in color topped by a good sized bright white head that holds well. The head drops to a good collar and light surface coating but leaves no lace. The aroma is of a sweet, grainy malt with minimal background hops. The body is light with a fine, median carbonation that's crisp in the mouth, but also smooth. The flavor starts sweet but soon reveals interwoven notes of hop flavor, and a balancing bitterness. As you progress through the glass the bitterness builds on the palate. The finish is dry with a light spot of bitterness that lays at the back of the throat. Very clean. Well brewed. A nice, mainstream beer that actually has a touch of bitterness to it.

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Photo of chinchill
2.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle BB dated 8/2014.

Pours light yellow gold with a fragile and sudsy head. No lacing on the glass.

Aroma: some light bready malts with a touch of rice and floral hops.
Flavor: Mild; a touch sweet up front and very mildly bitter by the finish. Not as flavorful as one might hope.

Feel: Very smooth, light body; medium carbonation.

O: a decent and prototypical Japanese rice beer, but simple and not much flavor.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.41/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts, rice, grain and a touch of hops.

T: The taste bready up front with flavors of rice & grain and a little bit of malt sweetness. There's a mild hops presence that brings some balance, but there isn't very much flavor overall. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Not very flavorful, goes down easily and is not too filling since there isn't much to it, mild kick, decent representation of style, I wasn't expecting much from this beer and I'll admit it was better than I thought it was going to be, but it's not a beer that I would want to drink again.

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Photo of mactrail
3.16/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Looks quite nice in the Duvel chalice, though it's probably meant to be drunk from the can. Plenty of white head. Aroma is just a whiff of cereal, but at least not much cardboard.

Rather sharp. Not as metallic as some of these lo-fi brews. I don't think I mind it as much as others in the light sweepstakes. Even a little kiss of malt. Surprising touch of bitterness that actually tastes like hops. I don't think this is any worse than your average Mexican beer. That little hoppy zing brings this up a notch. Actually fairly drinkable.

From the 12 oz can.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.36/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours from the bottle a clear, light yellow body with a tall, airy, white head.

Smell: Simple though agreeable aroma of lightly malted barley, rice, and a light hint of Noble hops.

Taste: Lightly sweet, mild tastes of malted barley and rice. Faint bitterness and hint of spiciness imparted by the hops. Finishes dry, crisp, and cleansingly refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: It's okay, really. While mild, it is clean and crisp with no discernible off-flavors - as a lager should be. I'd say it would be a good go-to beverage for pairing with sushi, but, that's what the sake is for!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.43/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Lucent light gold, just dark enough to escape being called straw yellow. An abundance of fine carbonation can be seen rushing up to the soft, foamy, eggshell white head. Within minutes it slows to a trickle. A small amount of lace can be seen on the glass.

Asahi Super Dry smells like a thousand other adjunct lagers: slightly sour grain, sharply pungent noble hops +/- a little skunkiness. Thankfully, there doesn't appear to be any skunkiness here. The nose does absolutely nothing to distinguish itself or to make me anticipate good things on the palate. It doesn't taste as bad as I'd feared, but is no great shakes either.

The flavor isn't as sour as the nose suggested and is helped by a touch of sweetness at the start. It all fades pretty quickly and doesn't really have an opportunity to offend. It's very low on the boldness-of-flavor scale, but as with most beer in this 'why bother?' style, that's a positive. I could actually down a few of these if they were ice-cold and if nothing better was available. The body is thin and is indistinguishable from water on the finish. Mmmm... water.

The label says that Asahi Super Dry has 'excellent richness' (uh... no), 'truly refreshing drinkability' (okay, I'll give 'em that one since I'm feeling generous) and has 'satin smoothness' (not a chance). One out of three is pretty good in baseball, and might even win you a batting crown, but doesn't cut it in this case. Avoid this one.

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Photo of russpowell
3.33/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this with my sushi, worked well I'd rather had some CO beer, but that's life

Pours honey to yellow with decent effervescence & a 3 fingers white head. Good lad lacing & above average head retention

Taste: Slight maltiness followed slight grainyness & dryness. Caught slight lemon flavor as well. Finished dry & crisp

MF: Light/medium body, okay carbonation & slightlty under hopped

Drinks okay, certainally a cut above BMC, but nothing to get excited about. Look for a sapporro review soon, since that's the last beer they have there beside american whizz beers

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Photo of mikesgroove
2.87/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this with dinner last night at the Hibachi steakhouse. It was the last one on their menu I had not tried, so you know I had to try it. Poured a pale golden yellow, very clear with lots of visible carbonation coming up from the bottom of the glass. Initial head was a big white fizzy mess that dropped back down to earth, or nothing, and essentially left a pale yellow fizzy liquid in front of me. No lace to speak of whatsoever. Smell was very light grain or rice. It did have a noticeable smell though which was an improvement over my first beer(see last review). The feel was very crisp, short lived, with a clean, and a slightly dry finish, not super dry or whatever that should mean. The flavors were somewhat muted, what was there was a grainy, yeasty, rice sort of taste, like a liquid crispix beer. Served ice cold this is not that bad, and it is definatly drinkable, if it is ice cold. I have had worse beers, and I have had alot better. I would really like to try a damn fine Japanese beer, it seems the only ones I ever see are these muted macro lagers. Someone bring on something good!

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Photo of Slatetank
3.37/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I had this out of the bottle, enjoyed in a ball canning jar.

The color is dark golden with great clarity and thin cap of white which retains okay. The smell is sweet and slightly spiced with a grainy odor. The feel is good with spritzy carbonation and semi-dry middle to finish with light sweetness.

I like the flavor it is decent with some rice taste which adds a sweetness to the profile with light yeast tinges and mild spice aspect in the very dry finish - apropos. Overall a decent lager and I wouuld not hestitate to get it again, but not above average really, just good overall.

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Photo of Jason
2.28/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Had one of the big bottles, 21 ozs? States that it is brewed in Canada by Molson. Bit darker than I thought it was going to be with a strawish golden colour ... the head lacked big time. Husky almost metal-like aroma, little hay in there also. Thought it would be bone dry but there was a touch of residuals in the front, crisp finish was very dry. Lots of husky malt with metallic undertones from an astringent flavour, hops were quick and snappish with a sharp bitterness that went hand and hand with the husk flavour. Not a beer that I'll go back to.

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Photo of mdfb79
2.55/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

From 03/09/13 notes. Had this at Koi in Bryant Park, NYC. Probably the best sushi place I've ever been too, though their beer selection was as to be expected. Served in a stange type glass.

a - Pours a clear golden-yellow color with two inches of bright white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of corn, wheat, earthy notes, grass, a little musty, and a little skunky. Not a fan of this nose at all; little sweet and skunky.

t - Tastes of sweet corn, earthy notes, wheat, grains, bread, musty notes, and toasted malts. Significantly better than the nose due to no skunkiness, though still not very good.

m - Light, watery body and moderate carbonation. Overall pretty easy to drink beer and you could drink a few of them, though you probably wouldn't want to.

o - Overall I've had this with sushi once or twice, though not a fan of it. Nose is pretty bad and while easy to drink, don't think you'd want to drink a ton of these. I'd prefer something like a bud light to this beer.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Served in a Dogfish Head shaker pint glass.

Let's just dive in for a rice lager, eh? This stuff pours a clear straw topped by a half-finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises hard water, wet grass, a hint of plastic, and a tiny and evanescent whiff of egg. The taste brings in more of the same, the egg thankfully a momentary bit of madness that never recurs. Still, not much goodness to be found here. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a watery feel. Overall, this stuff just isn't for me. Rice, barley: it don't matter when it has to be served ice cold to enjoy it.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.76/5  rDev +38.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Can?!? Howzabout a 1000 ml. (1 QT, 1.8 fl. oz) CAN?!? This isn't a review, it's a freagin' marathon! I'd better really like it, because there's plenty of it.

My aggressive pour produced an easy three fingers' (!) of rocky, bone-white head with really impressive retention. The nose had a sweet, lager-like aspect to it, which was right for the style. The color was a bright golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. I have to agree with the can's verbiage, which read: " ... and satin smoothness." The mouthfeel was very smooth, gliding across my tongue like the back of my hand running down my lover's spine. Just enough to remind me that it was there, but not enough to be obtrusive in any way. The taste was a bit sweet in the mouth, but not in the usual lager-sweet way. It was more subdued, with an idea of sweetness, but then again, not sweet. Definitely not hoppy. Hopheads, look elsewhere. The finish was dry, but it also left a lingering perfume-y taste after the swallow. I did not totally mind it, but I really wish that there had been some hops to offset all of the mild sweetness. Hey, for the price, the jug, I mean huge can, it was a bargain. Do I like lagers? Sure, but is just a kiss of the hops too much to ask for? I remain ambivalent.

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