Asahi Super Dry | Asahi Breweries Ltd

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Asahi Super DryAsahi Super Dry

Brewed by:
Asahi Breweries Ltd

Style: Japanese Rice Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.18/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass from the bottle.

Appearance: Pure gold with medium to heavy bubbles on the body. Head is straight white rising close to one finger's length.

Smell: Wet hop scent might come off a bit sour.

Taste: Light bitter malts. Has a slight sour body feel

Mouth: Heavy carbonation, light light stickiness but very refreshing.

Overall: Not bad when you're pairing it with Sushi or just a really warm day. Not a mainstay in my fridge but under the right circumstances I'll have it again. Salud.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
2.57/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Bright pale straw color with moderate activity. Foamy white 3 finger head, lasting around 5 minutes, with faint legs. Flavors of rice and grains, a bit corny and skunky, with faint herbal hops. Sugary with a bitter feel. Oily medium body with prickly carbonation. Light finish but feels more than 5% ABV, very dry and bold, with lingering sweet rice, grains, and faint skunky herbs. Flavorful lager, lots of character, yet not pleasant on the palate. Lacking some freshness, and thick on the tongue. Overall below average quality.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
2.09/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle purchased at Pho Viet in Rochester, NY.

It's light straw gold, lots of bubbles, like most import lagers.

Smells like overly sweet corny malt, and just a hint of old hay.

This is bad stuff, for sure. It's barely refreshing, and has a more metallic and grainy flavor than I tend to enjoy. As it warms, because I can't drink it all that rapidly, a odd sweetness develops. The name implies that this is going to be dry (actually, super dry) but it really isn't.

This is light bodied, insipid and boring. It's got a high level of carbonation.

Not recommended in really any situation.

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Photo of JustLikeMyDad
2.67/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured mine into a lager mug. Pours a light golden color with minor foam head that dissipates quickly.

Smells sweet, almost like corn.

Tastes of light sweetness with minor hints of rice.

Feels smooth, light carbonation that settles fast and drinks easy. Very crisp and refreshing, good cold, would be perfect on a hot summers day.

Overall, I could easily drink a 6 pack of this in one sitting or enjoy it any time as a go-to beer, unfortunately I can't do that with the price. Out of the two Japanese beers I've had, the other being Sapporo, this one is less flavorful but not unpleasant.

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Photo of AMcoffeePMbeer
3.5/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crisp and dry which gives it a spicy finish. The malt is not strong. I see a lot of low ratings here, I think it's important to note that I live in East Asia and although I don't know what the North American breweries' Asahi tastes like, the Japan one is pretty good and the China brewery Asahi is absolutely horrific. Even if Asahi intends to keep the quality the same everywhere it is not. Get an ice cold Asahi draft from an izakaya (pub) in Japan and it will be just fine.

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Photo of Nin10dude64
3.82/5  rDev +41%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into a pilsner glass

A: golden straw, clear at the bottom half of the drink and hazier under the head, which was foamy and dissipated slowly. Left some foam. Had some carbonation

S: sweet malts, with some floral notes

T: at the first tip I was instantly hit with honey. Honey was present throughout the whole drink. Light malt flavor

M: dry, smooth, when left to linger and warm it gained a syrupy texture which brought out the honey flavor even more

O: I was not expecting this at all, I was worried it would be bad because of the reviews but personally I love honey, and I loved all the honey from my experience with Asahi. However, it felt much more like I was drinking mead instead of beer so I tried checking for a freshness date and the only thing I could find was a lone 14. Assuming it was bottled in 2014, I bought it Dec 2015, consumed Feb 2016. If anything this beer is a lot of fun aged, I would recommend that but I have to get a fresh one

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Photo of Seanem44
2.6/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not good at all. I had it with Hibachi, as I decided to go "cultural" I suppose. Still, despite it being not that great, I would drink this over the U.S. Big three...

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Photo of kitschiguy
1.09/5  rDev -59.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

Drank from a pint glass on draft at a pub in Hong Kong.

This stuff is absolutely everywhere in Hong Kong and for some reason most people think it's good - probably just because it's Japanese. Don't be fooled..

I drank it this time because the bar I was in only had cheapo mass-produced abominations like this available.

Pale yellow and nothing to look at apart from a massive chemically produced head which disappeared immediately and left no lacing whatsoever. Rubbish.

Nose has some detectable aromas although they are virtually indescribable in beer terms; metallic and chemical-like. Very unpleasant.

Palate is pretty much the same. Very weak, watery. Unpleasant.

Mouth is very poor. Artificial carbonation, watery. Horrible.

An overwhelmingly and depressingly poor beer. Made even worse by the fact so many people think it's good. Brewed by Carlsberg in China. Please don't drink this craps.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.18/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

One of those super blase straw yellow beers with the flimsiest of head. Aroma was pretty much devoid.

What makes this dry I guess is the lack of anything to make it to the contrary. Super light 'malt' bill, minimal noble hops, neutral yeast input. Does kinda dry the mouth out. Not a beer you get into if you're looking for flavor country.

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Photo of josanguapo
2.48/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

From Carrefour. In Teku glass. Playinh Clicker Heroes. Like a standard macro lager but with rice, nearly no foam and a more stingy bitterness. Too expensive for what it is. Better drink a Cruzcampo or Mahou

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Photo of OompaMentor
2.78/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Clear Golden color with slight carbonation leading to a modest white head.
Slight floral smell, not much else. Dry, metallic, light tasting. Just okay on the palate, but again this is a beer brewed in orient. Sadly it mirrors Tsingsao. Okay if you need a quick fix but you are not likely to quench your thirst!

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
2.22/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Color: gold. Foam white, minimal, immediately reduce its size.
Aroma: lightly floral, a little bit of white grapes and of metallic notes.
Taste: nothing fancy, just gently white grapes, re-metallicity and so.
Gentian: dry, not very clear. Saturation: Low toward the middle. Alcohol undetectable.

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Photo of CanadianBacon
2.59/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Look I know when a beer isn't all that great we rush to rate it bad all the way. I'm trying to do the beers justice in my ratings so if it looks the part it will get a good look rating ect... at the end I'll tell you weather or not I enjoyed the beer as this is how i feel it should be done.

Appearance - Poured from a 500ml can brewed in tokyo into a 16 oz pint glass. Pours a clear straw yellow with a decent amout of foamy white head. The head resides after a few minutes and doesnt even leave a film. Typical of the style.

Aroma - rice, light traces of floral hops. not much else going on here, Similar to budweiser tbh.

Taste - rice, spring water, light floral hops. again not much else. it should taste like rice though, considering the style.

Feel - Very light watery feel, mild carbonation on the tongue, very light bitterness on the end balancing the rice taste.

Overall - What we need to remeber here is this is not meant to be a craft beer, Its not even really meant to be a good beer, just like bud and molson or coors this is meant to be an easy drinking mass produced beer to give you a buzz on a warm day. A lawnmower beer so to speak and as such it hits its mark. I like the taste of this better than bud. So what I'll say to end this is if you want a really good craft beer or something complex this is not your beer. If you want a good clean alternative to budweiser. this hits the mark.

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Photo of kevinlater
2.36/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

500ml can into pilsner glass. "G305" (canned jul 30 2015). consumed nov 25 2015

a: transparent pale yellow with as much white head as you want

s: almost non-existent aroma of sweet grains and a bit of hay

t: a bit of sweet, cheap rice and some kind of plastic, metallic off-flavour. at least these don't last for more than 3 seconds...

m: fizz water that doesn't finish "super dry" at all

o: not entirely repulsive but i won't bother with this beer ever again. i'll have a sapporo please

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Photo of timontheroad
3.02/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not much one can say about this beer. Pale yellow color, no head. Very little aroma. Even less taste. Not much in the way of body either. Fizzy yellow watery beer, tried it on a whim as it was the only non-BMC at the Chinese restaurant. Should have just went with the water instead.

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Photo of egrapplesberg
2.84/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

21.4 oz bottle at a Hitachi restaurant. Clear gold with carb bubbles that have a finger head. Minimal lacing. Mild smell. Very refreshing after a long day of moving. Cheers!

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Photo of Treyliff
2.65/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle poured into a can glass

A- pours a crystal clear bright golden color with a small foamy white head that quickly reduces to just a ring around the edge

S- Not much of an aroma at all. Picking up faint grass, cooked rice, toasted grains

T- slightly sweet malt, grainy but not toasty, slight rice flavor, no hops to be found, super dry finish

M- light body with moderate biting carbonation leads to a foamy and a bone dry finish

O- there's not much to this beer, but it's certainly not off-putting like many of the AAL out there

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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 goingbrokeonbeer
2.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Had with sushi. Light golden color with a small white head with little lacing. Smell was a little skunky with a little malt. The taste was light malt with a dry bite on the finish. It worked with the sushi but I wouldn't order it in any other situation.

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Photo of breadwinner
2.86/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I mean, you could do a helluva lot worse. It's cold, it's watery, it's an appropriately innocuous accompaniment to some sushi. No discernible hop contribution. No weird graininess, though, which is a good thing. Didn't smell bad -- didn't really smell anything. I dunno...again, you could do worse.

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Photo of Yuuki
5/5  rDev +84.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hands Down my Favorite Summertime Beer. It is clean and refreshing. I will reach for an Asahi Super Dry over any beer in the world. Osaka is where Asahi was Born, and no wonder, Osaka is where all the greatest Brews are made, including the Sake. I believe it has a Very crisp taste with a clean finish. After drinking six of them, I ponder why they made the "Golden Turd" so pronounced and why they located their Headquarters in Tokyo. I do find it has a slightly different taste in Japan than in the USA. For some reason everything brewed in Canada taste almost identical. Interesting.
Still better than Kirin because it is drastically smoother. Almost impossible to find it in cans in the USA.

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Photo of Mdog
3.34/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Clear yellow, big head.

Smell: Grainy, noble hops.

Taste: Mild sweetness, bit of fruitiness. Not particularly "dry" finish.

Overall: Beer #5 from my Shanghai trip, 500mL can. I've had Asahi plenty of times before, finally reviewing it. It has a decent flavor, definitely isn't too heavy, and goes well with a lot of Asian cuisines. Doesn't seem really "dry" in flavor or finish to me. Pretty decent.

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Photo of Nyg
3.57/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I may be partial to this since I used to live in Japan but i find this beer although dry very tasteful. Everyone I've ever had try loved it. It's a little more Amber color with a light feel. I find the Japanese beers are quite good.

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Photo of headlessparrot
2.73/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours darker than most pale lagers, with a decent head and lots of effervescent. Taste and smell both are dominated by a rice-y kind of cooking wine bite. Initial sweetness days, as per style, and one of the bright spots is that the high attenuation actually leaves room for a bit of a grassy, herbal hop presence on the finish.

It is not *good*, but it's appropriate to style and still preferable to a lot of the North American majors. When in Rome (or at sushi), why not?

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Photo of Das_Reh
1.9/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass from a bottle at a Japanese restaurant.

A - looks like a fizzy yellow macro, nothing special.

S - rice, cooked veggies, some spicy hops

T - metallic and tinny, like the inside of an aluminum can. This was from a bottle so I was shocked. Other than that it's a standard rice lager.

M - spritzy and wet, easy to drink in gulps

O - I like Sapporo more, it doesn't have a harsh metallic taste and comes in a cool can!

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