World beer advent calendar 24: Asahi (Japan)

And so it ends, not with a bang, but with a whimper

Name: Asahi

Country of Origin: Japan (brewed in…Italy)

Alc vol: 5.2%

Well, here we are at the end of all things. Funnily enough, the advent calendar is book-ended by two beers from my mother- and father-land respectively. However, this beer is brewed in Italy, not in Japan.

I’ve known Asahi for many years, and for a long time it was one of my favourite beers. And with the danger of sounding like a broken record, it was when they stopped importing it and started brewing it locally that I stopped enjoying it. That said, I’m not sure I’ve had an Italian-brewed version before.

So this is…interesting. Asahi in its original form is very crisp and dry (hence Asahi super-dry…which I assume has no connection to the clothing range. This ticks most of those boxes, but has a strange sweetness to it that I’m not used to. It’s very faint, but it’s definitely there; this is not Asahi. But it’s not bad either. So they’ve at least done a decent job with the final beer.

But I can’t help thinking that if they reversed the beers, it would be better. Ending with a Warsteiner would have crowned it off.


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