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Hard to believe, I know, but here in Scotland, we're having a heatwave - an almost quite tropical heatwave. The temperature's rising, so it's hardly surprising, I'm in the mood for beer. Well, we wer having a heatwave last week when I wrote this....the weather's still nice, though! I'm practically drooling for something tall, blonde and exotic.....but if I can't have that, I'll settle for a beer.. ASAHI SUPER-DRY is a Japanese lager that is readily available in supermarkets and it's one that I've been meaning to sample for a while. What better time to try it than when it's actually hot enough here that you actually need to put your beer in the fridge? http://www.asahibeer.co.uk -------------------------INTERLUDE-------------------------- Sitting at the bar, crying into his beer, a guy said to the bartender that he was drinking to forget the heartbreak of his broken engagement. "I mean," he said, "would you marry someone who didn?t know the meaning of the word faithful, and who was off-hand and even quite vicious when the subject of fidelity came up?" "No way man." affirmed the bartender. "Exactly," said the guy, "neither would she." ------------------------------------------------------------ Back to the beer..... THEY SAY: "The taste of Asahi Super Dry is best described as fresh, crisp and clear - with a sharp delivery that slakes thirst before slipping gently on." I notice from the label that this Japanese beer is, for the purposes of EU consumption, brewed in the Czech Republic...it should be pretty good then.... This beer pours a clear light golden colour with a large white head that dissipates as soon as your back's turned leaving a thin film and only the barest amount of lace. The aroma i
s vaguely malty and a bit grainy with a metallic edge. There is a touch of hops, mainly hay-like but...well it's quite clean and fresh, I suppose. Amazingly, for something that purports to be 'super-dry' the first taste sensation I'm aware of is not a dryness, but an overwhelming sweetness - a little malty, but more aspartme-like than anything else. It's light-bodied and strongly carbonated...too strongly. There are some flowery hops around which give a little bitterness, but they should have brought some of their wee pals along to give this a bit of a lift - there was plenty of room for them. It finishes dry with a fierce metallic bitterness - quite unpleasant. Mercifully, there's precious little aftertaste. Oh dear. * The Verdict * At 4.5% ABV, 'Super-dry'? More like super-pish. It's about as chemical a beer as I've tasted. Presumably the raw ingredients are shipped across from Japan in powder form and re-hydrated at some chemical plant in Northern Bohemia. It certainly bears very little resemblance to Budweiser (the good one) or Pilsner Urquell...apart from being wet. And being wet is about its only redeeming feature. Semi-frozen, this might quench your thirst, but it hasn't evolved far enough from basic H2O for this reviewer's taste. Would I drink it again? - The same day the sun rises in the West. Thanks for reading, Sláinte ©proxam2003
Special offers are a good incentive to try new things.Shopping at my local supermarket, I came across Asahi Super Dry at an irresistable price. It's advertised as Japan's No.1 Imported Beer, so the whole reputation of Japanese drinkers (at least in my mind)rest upon the quality of the beer. Brewed in Chekoslavakia, the yeast used is likely to be of high quality. When originally first sold in Japan, the sales soon hit the roof. It has a pale gold colour, like a lager, with a rich hoppy smell. The smell is pleasant and refreshing, which boded well for the flavour. Drinking it is a pleasure, it hits you with a tangy, crisp, fresh flavour that slips down nicely. The aftertaste is one of slight dryness (not quite "Super-Dry") which leaves you wanting more. I'd definatley reccomend getting some of this on hot summer days, as it's got more flavour than other beers such as Budweiser, but isn't as heavy as most real ales or some other beers. Possible downsides are the price; I've not seen multipacks of it anywhere yet so individual bottles are the only option. I guess the reputation of Japanese drinkers is upheld, the Asahi definatley deserves it's status as No.1 imported beer of Japan, at least in my books.
Lager, 5% percent Alcohol. Brewed in Japan since 1998.