Wednesday, April 8, 2009

100 Beers in 100 Days: Beer #1 & #2

Chris has decided to try 100 new beers in the next 100 days and I thought, "I like beer," so I'm joining in on the project.

It's going to be a challenge for me to find 100 new beers in Hawaii, but so far I've had success. The goal is to try 100 beers that you've never tried before. We'll see how far I get.

Beer #1: Asahi Super Dry

A Japanese beer I have not yet tried.

We can thank Asahi Breweries Ltd for coming up with the term "dry" to describe a fully attenuated pale lager. The word was adopted for products such as Michelob Dry as well as Bud Dry. I do have to admit that it makes for better marketing. Saying Michelob Fully Attenuated Pale Lager probably isn't going to sell a lot.

So what do you get with Asahi Super Dry? Not much to speak of. There is a unique flavor while drinking it (i.e., it must be actively touching taste buds since dry beer will leave no taste), but it's not at all hoppy. Internet claims Asahi Super Dry is made from special yeast, which may account for the unique flavor. Who knows?

The other very noticeable feature is the incredible amount of carbonation in the product, which is a characteristic of fully attenuated pale lagers. Some people like this, other people avoid gaseous beverages altogether. In Asahi Super Dry, the carbonation helps it go down or makes it appear more interesting than it really is. I do like Duvel, which has a lot of gas, but it does have a different flavor.

Regarding color, it's light but not nearly as light as typical American beers in this category. I would call it a light amber color.

In the United States, Asahi Super Dry is brewed by Molson in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Imported by Asahi's US division in Torrance, California, United States.

Is Asahi worth trying? Frankly, if you are a fan of fully attenuated pale lagers, I recommend trying Asahi if for nothing more than you can add an import beer to your list of liked beers. Your beer snob friends making fun of your request for Michelob Dry could be modified to ask for Asahi (don't say Super Dry). For me, I'm filing it away as a drinkable beer if I'm under beer duress, or a situation where none of my preferred beers are available but they happen to have plenty of Asahi on ice.

Beer #2: Widmer Hefeweizen

I do like hefeweizens, but they seem to come in all shapes and sizes. Widmer is a brewery in Portland, Oregon and this appears to be their flagship beer.

I like this beer. Good flavor and good aroma. Upon receiving a glass of Widmer Hefeweizen, notice the color. It's cloudy. This is interesting to me. It maintains this all the way to the bottom of the glass. Flavor remains consistent and good. It's not very bitter at all, just enough.

I can recommend this beer. No picture available because it was on draft and I was on the other side of the bar from the tap handle.

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