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Orale - Del Norte Brewing

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77
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28 Ratings
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Ratings: 28
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 16.41%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Del Norte Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Brewed as a classic pale Mexican lager.

(Beer added by: Todd on 05-04-2008)
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Reviews by Beefeater57:
Photo of Beefeater57
3.73/5  rDev +15.5%

A: Hazy pale yellow bubbles to a peach color. Almost looks like dirty water. Cloudy with a fizzy white head.

S: Traces of malt, slightly sweet smell. Nothing really pops out in the smell.

T: Sweet maltbase right away with a lime-citrus finish. Faint hop bitterness in the aftertaste. Definitely picking up lime in the flavor. Malt flavors are smooth and pleasant.

M: Very smooth, easy-drinking body. Quite surprising, not watery at all.

D: I'm not a mexican-style beer guy, but this beer took me by surprise. Has some nice flavors to it, and the feel is really good. Definitely would consider this again to pair with tacos or just to drink outside during summer.

Beefeater57, Apr 23, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of sgttibbs
4/5  rDev +23.8%

sgttibbs, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Del Norte Orale has a thin-to-medium, white head and a hazy, straw appearance, with some bubbles and minimum lacing. The aroma is faint, but one can detect sweet, sugary, lightly-roasted grains and a hint of lemon. Flavor is of lemony, sweet grain, white bread, and some hop bitterness in the back taste. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Del Norte Orale finishes crisp, refreshing, and mostly dry. It’s a simple, yet enjoyable beer.

RJT

RonaldTheriot, Oct 16, 2012
Photo of VFRAZ
3.75/5  rDev +16.1%

VFRAZ, May 29, 2012
Photo of crobinso
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

crobinso, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of Tron
2/5  rDev -38.1%

Tron, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of BeerBobWFM
4/5  rDev +23.8%

had this oneon tap at the Montelago brewfest Vegas
Apperance: golden straw color nice white head.

Smell: biscuts,grains typical for a lager/pils, but this had no adjuncts in it so it was better than most.

taste/mouthfeel: it had a nice low profile maltiness with some biscuts a nice bite on the finish, it had a nice body to it as well, so many times recently I have had beers with no body in this style, this beer had a nice body to it.

Drinkability: This is a great lager, it's a mexican style and in my book better than anything from mexico

BeerBobWFM, Sep 21, 2009
Photo of smcolw
2.28/5  rDev -29.4%

I drank this while in a Mexican restaurant in Denver. It was served with a lime shoved into the neck so the smell was completely tainted.

Starts with a white head that settles quickly. No notable lace. The liquid is yellow-straw color and clear.

The taste is typical macro. I don't know if they added adjuncts, but it tastes as if they were. There's no hop and the body is very watery with a soda pop fizzy carbonation. This is a clear miss on every level. I feel forced to add the lime just to make it drinkable, but I may not finish this regardless.

smcolw, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of Steven21805
2.75/5  rDev -14.9%

Steven21805, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of kojevergas
2.28/5  rDev -29.4%

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a nonical Guinness glass in me gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are low.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger beige colour head of no real cream, bad thickness (i.e. it's thin), and average retention. Colour is a clear yellow. Opaque. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Straw, a bit of cream, and barley. Hops and specialty malts are subdued if present. A mild strength aroma.

T: Clean barley, straw, and very very light floral hopping. Hints of crystal malt on the finish. Quite simple. Not particularly refreshing. Somewhat pathetic. No complexity nor subtlety to speak of here. There're no notes to balance. Built poorly - even for the style.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some forced thickness in the third act. Artificial and poorly constructed. A bit overcarbonated. Some tingle on the finish - probably the best part of this brew.

Dr: Drinkable but bland and boring. Why brew this? Another garbage offering from the pathetic Del Norte. I wouldn't get this shite again, even on draught.

D+

kojevergas, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of mactrail
2.48/5  rDev -23.2%

The light yellow blonde color in the glass. Modest head and an average sort of carbonation. A faint beery smell.

Canned corn and canned peaches are the flavors that come to mind. This stuff is really sweet and barely touched by any sort of bitterness. There does seem to be a touch of lemony flavor, though in this case it gives a little of the
sweet and sour taste. A little bit of nuts but more damp cardboard.

Another example of why we need every crazy kind of craft brew to keep us from having to drink stuff like this. Oh, this is a craft brewery? I can't find anything of interest here, lacking even the crisp tang of a cheap lager. From the 12 oz bottle bought in Abilene, Texas, so maybe travel doesn't agree with it.

mactrail, Nov 13, 2012
Photo of emmasdad
3.33/5  rDev +3.1%

Had a bottle of this tonight with my wife at a restaurant here in Denver. Tasted exactly like I would expect a cheap Mexican lager to taste, if it was made with quality ingredients. Pours a somewhat watery copper color, with a bit of white foam on top. Nothing exciting going on in either the aroma or the flavor, just a little sweet malt, and a nice crisp finish. Nothing exciting here, but would probably be pretty good with some carnitas tacos on a Sunday afternoon.

emmasdad, Jun 02, 2010
Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.6/5  rDev +11.5%

Pours a light, clear yellow with a white head. Flavor and aroma are both very muted and that is the point. Like water upfront with a nice, mild, hop finish.

At first glance you may read this review and think this beer is shit. You would be wrong. I am actually a huge fan of Orale and the work that the guys at Del Norte are doing. Orale, like

Manana is craft beer made, not for me, but for someone who typically drinks Corona. When you think of it in this context, Orale is fantastic, it blows Corona, Pacifico, and all that other Mexican crap out of the water. Is it watery, highly carbonated and lacking in flavor? Yes, but it is supposed to be.

What makes it great (and I suppose this is a reflection of how little is expected from this style of beer) is that:

1. The flavor that it does have is not disgusting.
2. It doesn't smell like puke.
3. You do not need to add a lime to mask the faults of Orale.

Sadly, these are not statements that can be made about most of the beer that occupies this category.

Light lagers made with a craft brewer's attention for detail may not get Beer Advocates excited, but there is a big market for such beers. And most importantly, it is an excellent way to get someone turned onto craft beer who may have otherwise consumed Corona the rest of their life. Craft beer could use more beers like this in it's arsenal.

BradLikesBrew, May 18, 2009
Photo of Mebuzzard
2.93/5  rDev -9.3%

Ummm...Mexican style beers, but aren't those German styles? I'm so confused, and now this one is categorized as an APL. I need a beer...

Pours, well...pale. Straw and clear. Soapy head doesn't stay at attention very long. Streaming bubbles go straight to the ceiling.

Musty corn husk aroma. Sweet malt. Very subtle hints of spice and hops...maybe I'm imagining them.

Sweet and stale malt taste. This is not my style, which is why I'm going as high as 3...could go lower. Cream corn, corn husk. Green stems. Light in all.

Carbonation is so-so. Not sure if more would enhance or cover up the flavors. Beer is much better cold

Mebuzzard, Oct 21, 2011
Photo of Domingo
3.4/5  rDev +5.3%

Pretty much is exactly what it's supposed to be...a better/fresher version of a Mexican pale lager. I've seen it considered a Munich helles here and there in competition, but that's not really what I'd consider it to be closest to.
Pours a pale gold color. Moderately foamy, but a lighter foam akin to a normal 'ol macro.
Tastes along those lines, too. Very sweet and a little on the corn'y side, which is probably intentional. Not sure if they're using corn as an adjunct, but it mirrors famous examples like Modelo and Sol, but slightly less sweet, a little more body, and slightly hoppier in the finish.
Not worlds apart from the macros that inspire it, but I don't think it's supposed to be. It's certainly better and fresher...probably cheaper, too, which is what I think they're going for.
A good hot weather quencher or random "Iwannabeer" item to reach for.
While my score is nothing special, this beer has an occasional place in my fridge when nothing but a simple macro-like chugger will do.

Domingo, May 24, 2012
Photo of diamondc
2.85/5  rDev -11.8%

A: Pale golden, filtered, a wisp of foam even after an aggressive pour.

S: Corn, squash/pumpkin type aroma.

T: Sweet malts dominate, a bit of a lime/lemon kick in there.

M: Sweetness is getting cloying at the end. I can't see myself drinking a lot of this.

O: Barely passable, could fill in for a Modelo.

diamondc, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of Hack72
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

Hack72, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of armock
3.03/5  rDev -6.2%

A - Poured a clear straw color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Has a light nose of grainy malt and corn

T - Follows the nose with grainy malt and a corny flavor

M - This beer has a light body with medium carbonation to it

D - Well this beer went pretty good with the nachos I was eating but by itself probably isn't all that good

armock, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of rowew
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, Mexican style is emphasized on the label. I don;t see a date.

Appearance: Pours clear golden and bubbly with a thin head that disapears quickly.

Smell: Sweet malt, just a hint of bread but the aroma in general is subdued.

Taste: Similar to the aroma - light flavors dominated by a mail sweetness. Bigger body than I expected, medium but more than it looks.

Overall impression: This one is not overly complex or exciting, but seems to be a well made beer. I wouldn't mind a few of these on a warm evening with some good green chili.

rowew, Jul 21, 2008
Photo of Oxymoron
2.88/5  rDev -10.8%

Oral E? Pours a clear light amber to straw yellow color. Mostly clear with a slight haze. A fizzy white head with limited head retention and no lacing to speak of.

The nose is limited overall, but noticeable pilsner grainy and husky smells. The corn is noticeable as well. I think I was a little influenced on knowing the history but its there. The yeast is mostly clean. A little bit of green apple but for the most part the yeast is smooth.

The taste is similar. The husky/grainy notes comes out. The Pils is not as distinct as what the nose indicates. More of a generic malt profile. The corn is there but not offensive. Some hints of bread and a little bit of Munich as well. The hops come out as well. A soft character but some nice earthy notes. A generic yeast flavor but mostly clean. There is a metallic/blood note on the back end that ruins the finish.

The body is closer to light than moderate. The finish is a little difficult to access with the metallic note. The carbonation is light. Overall, easy drinking but some minor off notes are a little lacking but this beer wasn't made for beer geeks. Its made for all the thousands of Mexican restaurants scattered around Denver.

Oxymoron, Oct 02, 2009
Photo of 11thFloorBrewing
3.95/5  rDev +22.3%

Straight from the bottle while sitting on the patio at Spanky's. There's the obvious comparison to Corona, only that doesn't do it justice. This has so much more flavor and doesn't require a lime to make it drinkable, though it could be a nice addition. Light hop nose, very clean and crisp with a hint of sweetness. This is definitely the beer to have for any outdoor activity this summer.

11thFloorBrewing, Jul 09, 2008
Photo of Bitterbill
3.98/5  rDev +23.2%

I new entry into the Casper market.

It pours a clear straw yellow with about an inch of foam.Surprisingly, there's some good lacing.

The smell is slightly on the sweet side with notes of grain and malt. A very weak nose but decent.

The taste is pretty good. A mild malt sweetness and almost is honey like and has some corn. A wee bit of a hint of some hops that brings some lemon. The finish takes on an earthy character. Doesn't sound all that thrilling reading that but I'm liking the taste of the darn thing and if my mood swings me towards a Mexican style Lager, I'll pick this up rather than most of the brews from Mexico.

Light bodied with fairly low levels of carbonation.

Drinkability? My, this is easy to drink and will be a joy to quaff in the, I hope, upcoming hot summer. The abv isn't given here but it can't be over 5%....can it? I'll see if their website gives a listing for it.

Edit: It's 5.2%.

Edit no.2: I was looking at the wrong brew. It is 4.6%abv so my guess was right.

Bitterbill, Apr 24, 2010
Photo of LittleDon
3.68/5  rDev +13.9%

Really foamy, took several minutes to pour this. Bleached white head with great retention. Cloudy with visible particulates and plenty of carbonation. Spicy aroma. Very carbonated up front, too much. A bit sweet in the middle and finish. Some hop presence in the end. Medium body, but lots of foaming throughout. Would have preferred it drier.

LittleDon, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of soonerlight
3/5  rDev -7.1%

soonerlight, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of Rayek
3.05/5  rDev -5.6%

On-tap at City-O-City in Denver, CO. Served in a pint glass.

A: Clear gold, with a thin and foamy head that dissipated quickly. Very little carbonation visible. Once the head was gone, the beer was essentially golden water. Left no lace. The beer's glaring weak spot.

S: Not much here. A light whiff of straw like malt and cereal grains, and that was really about it.

T: Extremely light. Flavor isn't bad. It's simply that there just isn't much flavor at all. Mild straw like malt is followed by a very subtle and tasteless bitterness. Gets a little metallic toward the end before finishing clean.

M: The light body is syrupy and rather flat.

D: There's nothing wrong with this beer's flavor. But there isn't much to appreciate either. Orale is marketed as a Mexican style lager, which I assume means a beer along the lines of Bohemia and Corona. It's better than the later, but doesn't hold up well against the former. An OK one time try, but not a beer I'll be back to.

Rayek, Jan 02, 2010
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Orale from Del Norte Brewing
77 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.