49degrees (49) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 15, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
One of the better tasting traditional Japanese beers that I'll often grab when enjoying sushi. Out of the 3 basics to be found in more restaurants - Asahi, Sapporo and Kirin - Asahi is, to my palette, the best of the three.
While I dub it a Japanese beer, its is not a true Japanese beer but is more or less modeled after traditional Czech pilseners. Truth be told, Asahi is made in the Czech Republic for all markets in the world, except in the United States where it is brewed and bottled by Molson Breweries in Toronto, Canada.
As for the beer itself, its clean and refreshing and works well with food. On its own, it isn't overly enjoyable, but its blend of hops and malts, with an emphasis on the hoppier side of things makes it a great accompaniment to some good food.
WISEGUY572 (1373) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Light gold with big white head, just what a lager should look like. Not much nose at all. Taste of a little malt, some floral hops, then bitter finish. No joy at all to the palate, just a lager. Initial impression is a well-made but generally uninteresting lager from another large factory and another large conglomerate. My first thought was that this is a pricey and classy alternative to Budweiser with an overpriced hotel Japanese dinner, but the beer gets a little better as it warms up, which the large bottles certainly will do.
Nagash (202) - Paris, FRANCE - JAN 9, 2003
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Watery. Some malt. Very clear. Strange taste in finish. Not so bad.
HazelRah (276) - Summerland, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 1, 2003
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2006 Poured a shiny yellow with moderate carbonation and a ghost of a head. Slight cornesque aroma. In the mouth there was some grassiness but mostly a smooth rice character somewhat reminiscent of a water sake. While lacking in malt profile or complexity, it did live up to its billing as dry.
Jayb0 (916) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2002
1.7 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Asahi - Maybe the japanese word for watery rice beer? Light yellow gold in color, very clear. Head is foamy white, sibsides quickly. Nose of rice? I don’t know - rice wine, rice beer, Japanese cuisine likes its rice. I’ll stick to sake.
freekyp (1412) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 25, 2002
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2004 Bottled version - Not as bad as I anticipated. Some malt character reminiscent of a German lager. Very little hop, fairly watery. Better than Kirin.
ogivlado (4990) - Zagreb, CROATIA - DEC 24, 2002
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Canned(250ml). -gold color crisp and clear good aroma but not so good I’ve tought it is
Nesta13 (205) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 17, 2002
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Ok so I used to like this. Laugh it up.
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 16, 2002
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Clear golden straw. Sticky, bleach white head. Central carbonation. Rice husk aroma, not much else. No harsh chemicals or unknown aromas, which is a plus. Crisp, bitter and bland with a wet paper maltiness. Rice flavored and super dry (Hey, they’re onto something here...). Light body. Stale rice aftertaste. Sharp, even with a low carbonation. Not very clean. Tastes like licking cardboard and then running your wet tongue along a candy wrapper. Finishes lemony bitter and so dry you need another drink afterwards. Label says "has an excellent richness.". Yup. Made me buy it. Big, 600(+)ml bottles available for sadists.
grant60 (185) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 16, 2002
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
better than i thought it would be. better than any australian dry beer. good for a hot day. quenches your thirst.