Thursday, January 20, 2011

Asahi - Super Dry

Purchased From: Harvest Fine Wines & Spirits
Serving Type: 12 oz. bottle, poured into a Pilsner glass

Like Kingfisher, the Indian beer brewed in upstate New York, Asahi is a Japanese rice lager brewed in Canada. The body pours a medium straw with calm carbonation and a large foamy head. The texture is slightly soapy. Although the retention isn't outstanding, there is some light airy lacing to start off the beer. The nose is musty and lagery with a slight hint of what seems to be Noble hops. The rice grain sweetness comes through a bit on the nose as well.

The mouthfeel is medium in body with a very slight tinge of carbonation on the tongue. The actual malts are clearly present although thin overall. The adjunct rice cuts through a bit of the depth of the malt character and adds a bit of astringent sweetness. There are minimal hints of fruit like apples and grapes, but they're not standout. The finish is dry with a mild aftertaste that seems like a dash of honey.

Final Verdict: C-

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