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Asahi Style Free

Brewed by Asahi Breweries
Style: Pale Lager
Tokyo, Japan


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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 1.36/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 1.76   EST. CALORIES: 120   ABV: 4%
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   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
TBone (12964) - Pori, FINLAND - JUL 19, 2014
Can (Tokyo)
Clear golden color, good white head. Rotten grainy aroma. Light-bodied, watery. Like drinking soda water. Just some salt water notes. Absolutely empty beer ... no malts, no hops.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
biirusaikou (811) - - JUN 13, 2014
As far as it gets to being an actual beer (level zero as they say)... Tastes like mild expired soda and leaves you with an awful dirty grass aftertaste... AVOID!!!

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
JorgeLee (1250) - Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 19, 2014
Can, drunk with Sridhar. Aparently the 0 on the bottle helps persuade his mother it isnít alcoholic. Pale watery yellow, thin whjte head. Almost devoid of any character, a faint vegetable malt and a wafer thin hintof skunky hops. Pretty awful. But imagine if the Superdry clothes guys had come across this Asahi product, that would have been amusing.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
petewhitley (345) - JAPAN - NOV 3, 2013
~This review was made some time ago via another application, and thus the specific details (beyond numerical scores) are no longer available~

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
maekchu (2247) - Hirakata, JAPAN - JUL 12, 2013
Can. Light sour tartness, some typical spirits stink. Crystal-clear medium straw color, with weird bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass. Very minimal flavors, so watery. just a touch of some sort of malt. Thin, watery, and a little carb buzz. This is zero carbohydrate stuff, and they removed just about all flavors. A zen sort of happoshu, approaching the stillness of a quiet pond. I feel too generous when I see the ratings below.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
Dredd (700) - Bentleigh, AUSTRALIA - JAN 15, 2013
If you canít say anything nice then you are not supposed to say anything at all. If you were simply after alcoholic soda water, this is up you ally. If you are after a beer, look elsewhere. Thin, watery and not a lot else to say.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
futre7 (145) - Taipei, TAIWAN - AUG 13, 2012
Low cal, no carb, low malt beer from Japan. I drink it when I am desperate for a beer but donít want to stick those calories on late at night. Kills my need for lager for sure , but itís not good beer. Better than most ílightí options from the US tho.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
DruncanVeasey (7309) - NUNEATON, Top 23, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - NOV 4, 2011
You have to admire their honesty; what next, íAsahi Tastes Like Glue and Cornflakesí? Dead flat looks with bathfoam fizz of head. Some light breadiness and lemon on prising the tin lapsing into lemonade and lime, adhesive. Rotting vegetable taste; rusty tin, tenth pressing grassy hop. A crumb of toast and bitterness almost salvaging things from the plughole. Thought this was not only style free but alcohol free owing to the huge 0 on the label. Slimy glycerol mouthfeel. Piss poor really, but finishable.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
Stew41 (1742) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - JUN 25, 2011
A little better than expected but not by much. Watery and largely flavourless but thereís a hint of bitterness on the back palate. Donít go out of your way to find this.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 4/20
GarrettB (1079) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 19, 2011
The Asahi Style Freeís branding does not translate well into English. Style free sounds like a sly way of saying someoneís a dork, or just a hopeless case of cargo pants and bad hygiene. Apply that label to a beer that sells in Japan for just over 100 yen at a convenience store and you have more than an inkling that a bad drink awaits you. Not all hope is lost once you break the seal on the can. Iíve discovered that while so many Japanese lagers simultaneously wring oneís wallet and palate, they are not without purpose. Japan abounds in incredible food, not the least of which is all the fried goodies that find their way down salary menís gullets on Friday (and hedonistically, weekday) evenings. The perfect beer for these fatty fried offerings is something bubbly, active and can fight for your attention in the midst of a fried food lipid haze. Beers like Yebisuís main line, Suntory Premium Malts and even Asahi Dry are admirable partners in the war against crispy fried goodies. Beers like Asahi Style Free or not. Instead of judging this beer on its own merits with a clean and eager palate, I polluted my tongue with gyoza and the sour ponzu sauce before my first sip. Again, a good Japanese lager can stand up to this kind of greasy tongue-curling assault. The Asahi Free Style fell flat on its face, moaned and then gave a death cry. It was quite literally tasteless, and with each succeeding bite and sip I might have been better served with club soda, or even insects crawling on my tongue. I understand many of these beers are crafted to evade tax laws and appeal to consumers caught in Japanís economic quicksand, but they simply donít replace the beers of yesteryear which seem to be beyond manyís grasp. If a beer canít even be used as a drink to accompany cheap, greasy fried food, Iím afraid itís lost its purpose as a drink.

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