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Asahi Super Dry | Asahi Breweries Ltd

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1,540 Ratings
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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-15-2002

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Photo of Avatar113
2.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Dum3z
3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of SaltofOH
3.23/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bomber bottle. Date code H3162109:02. Shaker pint at local Japanese restaurant.

A: pours a crystal clear light gold with2 fingers thick white head and consistent carbonation. Surprisingly les carbonated than I would think. Excellent lacing; not much for retention.

S: grainy adjunct lager. This is a world of difference from the Sapporo premium. Even Budweiser smells better than this. If I didn't know better, I'd say there's corn.

T: pretty standard adjunct lager. Arrives dry and grainy. Crisp, refreshing, middle. Yeah, I think I can taste that this is rice rather than corn as an adjunct. Mild bittering on the end, just enough to let you know there are hops here. It does not taste off or bad; just very clean, refreshing, and thirst quenching. May be the second or third cleanest adjunct lager I've ever had.

M: thicker, richer than most AAL's, and cleaner on the finish, too. Carbonation is perfect for the style, a touch high but not biting.

O: glad I have no shame and came to a Japanese restaurant for the sole purpose of drinking and reviewing this beer, rather than buying a six pack and being stuck with it for a month. It is a fine adjunct lager, though I can think of a half dozen I would pick ahead of it. Not even my first choice Japanese lager. It's brewed in Canada, too, so it's not really even Japanese. Fine for yard work, Sushi, and Karaoke, but it's so clean it's a pretty "meh" experience. The true test is how you feel the morning after downing a dozen of these. I'll bet just fine.

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Photo of Boo-urns
3.8/5  rDev +39.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of mishi_d
2/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of jzeilinger
3.4/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of grittybrews
2.84/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of GOBLIN
3.19/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of bbtkd
3.09/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Asahi Super Dry, 5% ABV. Pours thin and pale yellow, with a one finger white head that left no lacing. Nose is grainy and alcohol, taste is malt and grain, with slight bitter close. Some carbonation burn, watery, and it is dry. Overall just OK, non-offensive.

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Photo of jamesroses
1.87/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.75

500ml can

appearance: pale clear golden, big bubbles and a carbonation that dissipates almost inmediately.

smell: corn and cheap malt whisky.

taste: same as the smell, but the corn not so prominent. It's really a hangover indicator.

mouthfeel: I guess with "super dry" they mean the ugly and weird mouthfeel this beer gives. Although it's very weak in carbonation, the palate feels like being poked with multiple toothpicks at the same time. Strong cheap alcohol aftertaste.

Overall: I can't recommend this beer, is really bad.

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Photo of MinerBob
3.29/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ok beer not a lot to it. Pours a light gold color with small head with lacing. Nothing stands out in the smell and the taste is light with little taste. Very cold you could chug these. Goes down easy.

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Photo of PMH_Tokyo
3.58/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Asahi is my current beer of choice here in Japan. Quite happy to have Kirin or Sapporo, but given the choice, a cold Super Dry is my preference.
While the Japanese product is good, a recent trip overseas (to my home country) I was surprised by the difference in taste, and that possible explains the poor rating this beer gets here on BA.

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Photo of Alupin
3.49/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Fusion7777
2.57/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of schavuytje
1.03/5  rDev -62.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Sometimes you're in places where the choices are limited, rice Lager; very light pale color and a poor smell of starch, it lacks flavor and just the vague hints of starch residues from rice and the drought after giving more bad taste

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Photo of SkylerShores
3.21/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mattmarka1
2.25/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of William_Paul
4.31/5  rDev +58.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

If you want a beer that is dry (with no aftertaste) and you can drink like water, this is for you. I love it because it goes down so easy. I understand it has a poor rating here because most guys are looking for richer hoppier flavors with a stronger aftertaste. I, at the moment don't want that, so my rating is skewed highly. I love ricey matly dry beer. Just wish there were more options (PM me with suggestions).

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Photo of tyronegangsta
3.03/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Narthax
1.5/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Photo of doktorhops
2.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I’ve decided that even though I’ve tried the 3 biggest Japanese macro Lagers before I’ve yet to actually review them (not entirely true as I’ve reviewed Sapporo in the bottle, but not in the 650ml can - which is what I have today). Don’t expect any massive scores: Asahi, Kirin & Sapporo are the very definition of macro brewers which will mean - taste, body, quality [thumbs down] and blandness, cheapness, quantity [thumbs up]. Interestingly Asahi Super Dry was the beer that kicked off the Dry Senso (ドライ戦争) otherwise known as the “Dry Wars” in Japan over which macro could brew the driest Lager… obviously this was the Japanese version of the US Cola Wars, less family-friendly but just as preposterous.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Sapporo stein [no brand bias there].

A: Well I’m expecting it to be a 3-way tie here because let’s face it: All macro Lagers have basically the same colour/clarity/head retention. Asahi has a clear golden body with a thin white head that sticks around for about 20 secs before departing. 6/10.

S: Adjuncts give off a fairly grainy nose, hints of honey and a very light floral note in the background which adds a lovely overtone that makes you forget for a moment that this is a macro Lager… compared to Aussie macro fare this is rather pleasant hey. 6/10.

T: Cracker dryness hits from the off and comes back in the finish. Grainy malt base, a touch of sake rice, the lightest smidgen of honey and a cut grass mild hop hint towards the end. Crisp and dry, dry and crisp, yep, aha, great. 5/10.

M: Mid to light bodied, carbonation almost non-existent (probably because I was drinking too slow) but nope - it’s the beers fault, not mine. 5/10.

D: Overall though the story of Asahi Super Dry is that of a beer trying its best to be crisp and dry [DRY AND CRISP!!!]. This all works well with delicate sushi flavours, which is the reason why Japanese macro brewers fought so fastidiously over creating the driest beer. As far Asahi goes - it’s not terrible at what it does, it’s just a bit meh… and dry (I drank a pint of water between each of these reviews - stay hydrated people!). Am I looking forward to reviewing Kirin Ichiban next? Not a hell of a lot but I’ll take one for the team regardless. Chin chin!* 6/10.

Food match: Nigiri sushi it up yo!

*Ask a Japanese person why this is funny.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.27/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz screw top served in a can shaped glass. H31625 19:59 is printed on the shoulder of the bottle. I don't know what it means. This bottle was a gift from a Japanese friend. I've had this beer many times, and I'm well aware that it's not my favorite even amongst a style I don't like much.

Pours very clear golden with a medium head that fades fast and a medium amount of carbonation. Smell is malt liquor, a little honey and funk.

Taste is a weird combination of too sweet and too dry.

Mouthfeel is very dry. Overall...it's not a bad beer, but it's never a beer that I look forward to drinking. It does seem to go well with sushi, and it is a good "starter beer" for a big dinner with a bunch of alcohol.

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Photo of Jodio
2.6/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Sweffin
2/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of MikeWard
3.57/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16oz draft into a plastic cup at EPCOT japan.

i must say, this looks really good, even in a plastic cup. pale golden yellow, big white fluffy head which retains all the way down. excellent lacing and much carbonation.

aroma is slightly malty, grassy, and "beery'.

taste similar to the nose. but not unpleasant at all, just, mild i guess is the best word for it.

between medium and full on the mouth, which surprised me a little. short lasting tang on the finish.

overall, and this was my first rice lager, this wasn't bad at all. much better than american adjunct lagers with corn. wish more Japanese restaurants carried the rice lagers rather than the Japanese brewed American adjuncts,

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Asahi Super Dry from Asahi Breweries Ltd
Beer rating: 2.72 out of 5 with 1,540 ratings
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