Japanese Name: アサヒ ザ・ドリーム
Release: Mar. 23, 2016
Type: Japanese Beer (ビール)
Purchase Price: ￥226 @Nyusankyu
KokuKire is a new word Asahi invented to describe their new diet beer. The Dream is a true Japanese beer by law with 50% of the carbs. Using 1.2 times the usual amount of malt, it is stated to have depth of flavor (Koku), while its sharp dry taste (Kire) is due to Asahi’s specially selected yeast.
The Dream pours out a standard pale straw in the glass forming a nice frothy head. There is nothing special to note on the nose. The first gulp is very clean and while there isn’t much in the way of distinctive flavors, it does have a faint sweetness. Additionally, The Dream has a faint metallic tinge on the mid-to-back end. It finishes with a decent amount of bitterness and little aftertaste.
Last year, both Kirin and Asahi brewed up some true Japanese beers while cutting the caloric content. These “diet beers” left me unsatisfied, why pay the beer premium when you’re getting the flavor of a new genre. Asahi has done a lot to tone down the sweetness and off-putting flavors by basically taking out all the flavors. The Dream is a very non-discript beer, there’s nothing bad but has nothing to make it truly delicious either. If you’re one of those people that are counting calories and need a “true” beer, Asahi The Dream is the one to reach for. However, the rest of us beer drinkers will want to look forward to slinging back a standard offering.