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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Photo of Beer_Rabbit66
3.48/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Very light dry refreshing beer, crisp after taste but slightly chemically.
Poured out of the bottle the colour is very light and it pours very well creating a fabulous whirlpool of bubbles which stay for ages, but it doesn't taste over carbonated at all.

The taste is smooth and dry as the name suggests, works great with a stir fry.

Not in my favourite list, enjoyed it but wouldn't chose it again.

Out of Asian lagers I've had(Chang, tsingtao, tiger kingfisher, cobra...) I'd put this second :-) after kingfisher.

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Photo of Negativemail
2.66/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Asahi, as a fan of beer the first reaction to this would be disappointment. However as I drink Asahi as a sushi night exclusive I feel it does a great job. Light 5.0 with a crisp feel. I'll have it over the other Japanese rice lagers every time.

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Photo of ARoman
2.28/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

The beer is a clear, oily, dull pale butter color with a foamy white head that reduces to just a thin ring a leaves a light lace. The aroma is reminiscent of corn muffins with a bit of dough and grass, but they fade quickly leaving just a light, doughy funk. The taste is a medium sweetness with a light bitterness. It's texture is oily with a fizzy carbonation and a medium-light body. The flavor profile is mostly corn muffin with a crisp finish that has a hint of mild and clean, clove spiciness with a bit of a waxy muffin dough aftertaste. It's an easy drinking lager, but nothing to get excited about.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
2.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Nice aromatic lager, not bad but not great either, drinkable that´s it. Pours clear pale beer with a white foam head with medium retention. Taste is very dry and it makes it refreshing.

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Photo of EdTheEdge
3.35/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Plain and simple beer. I always have an Asahi with sushi as it goes really well with it. Color is typically pale straw, taste is crisp and clean. Not a lot of hops little to no malt. Smell is like an American lager. Overall this is one of the better Japanese beers. I like this beer served ice cold.

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Photo of 31Sam13
2.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

For a beer made with filler, it is ok and heel, goes good with sushi, and not because I think it's supposed to. It's just so light that it helps cleanse the palate. Have you ever tried drinking something really robust with sushi? Not me. This beer has its place. The Japanese need the equivalent of a Busch, anyway....

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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 Bunman3
2.62/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

There is not much to say about this beer. It's carbonated, it looks and tastes the way the majority of people expect beer to taste. It's far from terrible, but it's just bland. Karakuchi, indeed.

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

A common Japanese brew that does not fair well in the States. Has a pretty good look (pale yellow) but the smell and taste are average. Not the best Japanese beer out there.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
3.12/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, there was no date on the bottle that I could find.

APPEARANCE: pours a clear yellow color with less than one-finger white head that dissipated quickly until there was absolutely no head left, no lacing on the glass, medium carbonation.

SMELL: the nose is very subtle, white cracker, some grass, not much going on.

TASTE: the taste is initially sweet, then a very light hop kiss, a little watery, finishes clean.

PALATE: this beer has a light body with medium carbonation.

OVERALL: this beer is kind of bland but totally inoffensive, it went down very easy, this is a good lawnmower beer because it quenches your thirst but I would not seek it out again as there are better beers out there.

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Photo of Kallenovsky
2.96/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Asahi Super Dry is a pretty decent lager, but nothing special. It's a bit watery and I was expecting the finish to be drier considering the name. Not something I would normally pick up for at home.

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Photo of markshhaaefer
4.37/5  rDev +61.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I've only had this in the bottle. I've drank it late nights in Downtown LA after clubbing.

The beer is light golden colored beer. It has a wheat taste and it goes down smooth. This is very popular beer so most beer fans have already drank this one like I have. If you haven't tried it, what are you waiting for. Got get some!

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Photo of SmashPants
3.35/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Format: a clear 330mL bottle with a decent macro label.

Appearance: perfectly fine, better than most lagers. Clean and clear light yellow-amber with a decent finger of head that drops to a solid cap. Sporadic lacing.

Aroma: a fairly typical lager aroma of grains and some rice, with grass and some herbal hops.

Taste: a nice, crisp lager with a bit of a bite from the hops. Again, a slight cut above the standard macro lager.`

Aftertaste: the flavours drop away fairly quickly which is fine, as it is a sessional lager. Good for hot weather.

Mouth feel: the feel is light with a fair amount of carbonation per the style. Brings the flavour through quickly.

Overall: a decent macro lager - not mind-blowing but reasonable and refreshing. A reasonable price also at AU45 a case of 24 x 330mL.

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Photo of Botulizard
3.5/5  rDev +29.2%

It's great for the style. Is it a complex hop bomb? No, so it's understandable that it's rated so poorly, but it's great when looked at through the lens of Japanese lagers.

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Photo of impostor10
3.5/5  rDev +29.2%

Solid beer. Nothing fancy, a simple Japanese rice lager. It has a light, crisp, refreshing mouth feel, which alone elevates it above most american style lagers for me. Certainly doesn't have a complex or interesting taste, so I can understand why BA does not rate it very high, but I think they are underselling a well made traditional Japanese lager.

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Photo of RacerX5k
3.68/5  rDev +35.8%

Another decent beer with an awful rating. Get a reality check. This 33. something can was very enjoyable with freshly caught New Jersey crabs. Followed a Founders Harvest Ale so maybe I was still getting the hoppy bitter aftertaste from that, but this was surprisingly hoppy, very dry, clean, crisp and very refreshing. No off taste or aromas, just good, fresh, regular dry beer. Kept going for the glass soon as I put it down, that says it all.

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Photo of ThomasT
2.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Served extremely cold in a regular glass.
Appearance: Clear and straw-coloured. Head was more of a film and left right away.
Smell: Rice and grain.
Taste: Rice and grain, with a significant lingering astringency. Slightly sweet for something that calls itself "Super Dry". Mouth is attacked with carbonation.
Mouthfeel: As light as it comes.
Overall: I would avoid. Even if you are in a Japanese place, order something else.

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Photo of KYGunner
2.25/5  rDev -17%

The nose has elements of a typical adjunct lager as it smells like bubblegum sweetness, barley grainish, corn pops with a prominent rice base.

The flavor is high on sweetness and it is "Super Dry". There is the bubblegum-like flavor, that I find in adjuncts. The maltiness is reminiscent of cardboard and it ends relatively bland.

I certainly would not classify this as awful, as I drank it all, but it is relatively poor and non-descript.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
2.3/5  rDev -15.1%

Undated bottle at 40 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma of any other lager
Head small (2 cm), white, fizzy, mostly diminishing to 3 mm ring and layer
Lacing OK – partial rings and islands of small bubbles
Body straw, clear
Flavor – not much. Begins slightly sweet with a hint of dimethylsulfide, ends dry, as advertised. No hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Palate light, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 2, Flavor 2, Palate 3, Overall 2.625. Final weighted score: 2.3
Looks OK and has a decent palate. As long as you don’t smell or drink it, it’s OK.

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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 illpass78
2.4/5  rDev -11.4%

12 oz. bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear straw with heavy-duty carbonation and a soapy white head that had better retention than I'd have guessed. Leaves decent lacing.

Aroma: Smells like rice cooker water and farts. Not super appealing.

Taste: The front and back ends of this beer are quite different. The initial taste kind of smells like someone whizzed in the rice cooker. However, the finish is nice and dry, as advertised - I'll give them that.

Mouthfeel: It's pretty watery. It's hot as heck in Japan in the summer and I can see a beer of this depth coming in handy.

Overall: It was neat seeing this beer in seemingly every third vending machine I encountered in Tokyo. It's not really appealing to me, though. I'd like to find out exactly how much rice they use in this puppy, because it tastes like a lot, but their website suggests it isn't. There's almost no malt backbone or hop presence at all. It's kind of like Budweiser, which is fitting, because it's the Budweiser of Japan.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.34/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

The beer is a beautiful clear copper color under a white film of suds after the head recedes. The aroma is straight forward and simple with earthy grains and rice. The taste is also simple and clean. Sweetness from rice adjuncts and a dryness from subdued grassy notes. Finishes clean.

Overall, I think this is above average compared to other rice lagers I've tried.

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Photo of FreddDread
3.49/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A beer that used to be my default when we used to frequent japanese buffet places back in Dallas. Got away from it but lately I picked up a few cans. I find it very drinkable and it tastes well above average. Today I was chosing between this and Pilsner Urquell (one of my absolute favs) and I'm not all unhappy with the choice. A nice pilsner / lager type beer that I find very appealing. A lot more taste than your American standards but nothing like the overhoppiness that ruins a lot of the crafts beers here in the US imo. A beer I could see myself drink 10+ off during an extended session.
Frankly I'm surprised that this beer is not getting more love here. I test a lot of craft beer and this is better than half the crap out there.

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Photo of Tone
2.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Pours a clear, straw color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of strong rice, sweet malt, pale malt, and a hint of hops. Fits the style of a Japanese Rice Lager. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong rice, hint of hop, slight sweet malt, and pale malt. Overall, weak appearance with the body and aroma dominated by a cheap adjunct character. Besides the adjunct, there is little to nothing else to this beer. A poor representation of a Japanese Rice Lager.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.75/5  rDev +38.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

(bottle brewed in Toronto - poured into an Innis & Gunn fluted goblet)

A: crystal-clear, quite pale yellowish gold liquid... bit of a sudsy foam forms and settles out to a collar - standard... lace began to stick at the top, but soon ceased and dissolved

S: Euro pale lager-like, lightly-sulfured yeast... delicate potency of a mix between cornbread and butter cookie, mild notes of toasted white bread... blandish, straight-up

T: predominant lager yeast character, decent degree of cereal-like malt flavor ...vaguely chalky/bubblegummy midway ... dry, citrus- or melon-rind-like bitterness in the aftertaste, touch of grassy-ness as well... no residual sweetness... tastes like most others

M: moderate roundness and surprisingly remarkably soft and smooth, without an ounce of bite... it may be notably drier in the follow-through and finish than say a helles lager, however, I wouldn't call this "super" dry (as in, champagne?) - not too far removed from any other macro lager, but by far the best aspect of the beer

O: actually, for what it is, pretty enjoyable... I would say certain characteristics - its dryness - does make it stand out... flavor-wise, it's fairly standard as far as macro lagers go

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