Asahi Super Dry | Asahi Breweries Ltd

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Asahi Super DryAsahi Super Dry
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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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-15-2002

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Ratings: 1,587 |  Reviews: 545
Photo of Sammy
3.23/5  rDev +18.3%
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 -5.5%
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 jaydoc
2/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of acurtis
1.5/5  rDev -45.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.5/5  rDev -8.4%
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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2/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of StonedTrippin
2.78/5  rDev +1.8%
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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2/5  rDev -26.7%

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3/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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2.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of Knapp85
1.8/5  rDev -34.1%
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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2.25/5  rDev -17.6%

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3/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of metter98
2.7/5  rDev -1.1%
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%
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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2.18/5  rDev -20.1%
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 oline73
1/5  rDev -63.4%

Photo of superspak
3.46/5  rDev +26.7%
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 zeff80
2.8/5  rDev +2.6%
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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2.75/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.65/5  rDev -2.9%
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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2.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3/5  rDev +9.9%

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3/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.48/5  rDev +27.5%
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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Asahi Super Dry from Asahi Breweries Ltd
Beer rating: 2.73 out of 5 with 1,587 ratings