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Orion Premium Draft Beer - Orion Beer Co., Ltd.

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BA SCORE
70
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212 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 212
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 3
pDev: 22.33%
Wants: 8
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Orion Beer Co., Ltd. visit their website
Japan

Style | ABV
Japanese Rice Lager |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Gusler on 12-11-2002

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Ratings: 212 | Reviews: 98
Photo of toronadotornado
2.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ippudo - Sydney, Australia - bottle served with ramen, tastes like Chang

Photo of Beeeeeerman
2.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I get this with my sushi sometimes

Photo of Furlinator
3.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A decent, sessionable rice lager.

Photo of redfox405
3.75/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not very flavorful, but still pretty drinkable.

Photo of tone77
3.41/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 21.4 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is sweet, malty. Taste is light, malts, a bit of sweetness, very easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good example of this style.

Photo of BeerZombies1
2.39/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

orion premium draft beer rating

Photo of mikeg67
1.79/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

833 ml bottle in NOLA. Pours golden with white head. Aroma is of grassy hops and bready malt. Body is light and slightly crisp. Some sweet malt and hint of hops on the palate. Finish is non-existent. Good water replacement.

Photo of wethorseblanket
3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cap reads "For Your Happy Time" - let's go.

A: Poured from a 633 ml brown bottle a clear pale yellow with one-finger thick white head which fades quickly to the rim and a thin cap leaving splotchy lace.

N: Grainy and husky earthyness with some grass/hay and yeasty notes.

T: Crisp and clean, mildly sweet malts, yeasty, floral, slightly metallic aftertaste.

M: Light body and semi-medium carbonation. Semi-dry, smooth, frosty, yeasty finish.

O: Basic and easy to drink and enjoyable with food.

Photo of laituegonflable
3.41/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale gold champagne colour, steady bead. Head is white and foamy, pretty decent density. Nice lace.

Grain, rice and pearl barley on the nose. Hint of grassy, European hops, but mostly grain, and pretty bland.

Taste is based on cereal grain, notes of puffed rice and pearl barley, but finishes early, some grassy, slightly soapy hop notes. Very clean, finishes dry, crisp; lagery you might say. Actually tastes alright. Not very interesting but pleasant

Decent if a little thin body, bit of fizz, finishes dry enough.

Decent crisp lager. Overall pretty uninspiring, but plenty drinkable.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.24/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a light yellow amber with a thin white cap that has decent retention with slight lacing. Aroma of sweet malt with light sweet apple juice and a hint of grassy hops. Flavor is light sweet malt with a minerally bitterness that eventually resolves as light grassy hops. An unusual light bland sweetness that may be the rice components. Light bodied. A pleasant light lager that is milder and slightly sweeter than a domestic adjunct lager. Bland and harmless, tasted pretty good on a hot summer day. My one hundredth style on BA.

Photo of jneiswender
3.23/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

Poured out of a 1 pint 5.4 fluid ounce bottle into a tall tasting glass

Pours a beautiful brilliant clear light yellow body and a beautiful thick white head

Mineral sweet very very faint hop presence

Sweet front somewhat stale hop middle and finish

Very light and well carbonated

A little too sweet not as crisp as an Asian lager should be just okay

Photo of Auraan
3.88/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a clear pale yellow with a one finger fluffy white head that quickly dissipated to a thin ring of lacing. It's not the best looking beer, but it's very true to the style. Scents of lager yeast, some moderate hop character, and grainy malt. Flavor begins with a moderate level of floral hop bitterness and some grainy malt in the background. This moves into more nice dry grainy malt flavors with a balance of floral hop bitterness. Finish is dry with a nice grainy dryness and floral hop bitterness. Aftertaste is dry with floral hop flavors. A nice flavor profile, quite dry, grainy and with a good level of hop bitterness. Quite pleasant to drink as a result. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation and a drying feel. Very refreshing, easy to drink and wonderful on a warm day. Overall this is a good Japanese Rice Lager that has a nice dry flavor character, a classic aroma profile for the style and a wonderfully refreshing mouthfeel. It's not the best beer around, but for it's style it is a fantastic drink.

Photo of Richardbeerlover
3.21/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a nice golden with a nice white head. Not much aroma. This is a typical Japanese beer that is light and easy to drink, especially with Japanese food like yakitori. You could drink a lot of this easily. Overall a decent beer when bar hopping. Not a lot of flavor or substance.

Photo of SimpleBeerLover
3.39/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Standard pale golden with decent head.

Smell: Very faint aroma. Nothing outstanding

Taste/Mouthfeel: Light, clean refreshing.

Drinkability: I could put these away all night.

This is a beer that I normally wouldn't rate very highly. It's a great example of a style that I think has a lot of problems. But you have to be ON Okinawa to understand. This beer was tailor made for Okinawan summer evenings. Any other place, any other time, and it become mediocre at best. But on a hot, humid, summer night overlooking the beach, or sitting in an izakaya, this beer's qualities shine through.

Photo of Paincane
3.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Clear golden body with a short-lived white head. Minimal lacing and retention.
S: Fresh fruity, cereal and grassy aromas.
T: Flavors include citrus, sweet fruit, grain & cereal.
M: Light bodied, refreshing and clean.
O: Decent Japanese Rice Lager. Not my favorite style.

Photo of doktorhops
2.82/5  rDev -6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

So this one was recommended to me by Dan Dan the bottleshop-man (not actually his real name). He told me it wasn't a shit Japanese Lager (I embellished the "shit", I believe he said "crap") like the others; aka Kirin, Asahi, Sapporo, Suntory etc... He also mentioned that I should let it warm up, a dangerous game to play with Lager. Whilst I remain dubious there is only one way to find out.

Poured from a 633ml bottle into a Pokal.

A: Most Asian beers I've tried have a same colour 'going in' as 'coming out' and Orion, sadly, is no different. Aside from a clear urine yellow there is a reasonable white fluffy head on display that bubbles away to a light lacing.

S: Aromas of cut grass, barley and a hint of malted rice ticks all the boxes. Less skunk than most Japanese Lagers I've tried I'll give it that.

T: Grass, barley and malted rice are all there, along with a long inevitably dry Japanese finish (look up "Dry Wars" or "Dry Senso" if you want a brief history about the Japanese obsession with dry beer). Letting it warm up brings out the sweetness a little but there's no hiding that Adjunct Lager chemical taste that pervades the style, as we all know too well.

M: Mid to light bodied with a light but excitable, and gassy, carbonation.

D: At $15 for 3 633ml bottles this was a cheap(ish) jaunt into Lager territory, at a price that even cheap Dutch brews like Bavaria or Hollandia have trouble beating, but ultimately it is price-bested by the cheapest of imported Lagers: Oettinger Pils. Question is: would I prefer this to Oettinger? The answer: no, Oettinger beats it with its German Lager goodness, sorry Dan and sorry Japan.

Food match: Sushi is an all too obvious choice so how about pizza as well... or sushi pizza.

Photo of don1481
3.46/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

633 ml bottle at Zushi while away for business in Virginia Beach.

A: Pours a crisp amber color. Better than Miller lite's watery amber for sure.

S: faint traces of tropical fruit and apples. Not bad at all.

T: MUCH better than I feared given the price at a nice restaurant for the bottle. Pretty crisp, light but not thin. I like it.

M: For what I was expecting, its not watery at all. Pleasant surprise.

O: I would definitely have it again with sushi.

Photo of mta00007272
3.44/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This is my favorite Japanese Beer.

A - nice golden color typical of a lager

S - nothing special, but not offensive

T - great taste

M - crisp and refreshing

O - if a sushi restaurant has it, I am ordering it; great to cleanse the palate after some spicy tuna (I don't like the pickled ginger)

Photo of emerge077
3.09/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Heavy monolithic 633mL bottle, $4ish at Mitsuwa Marketplace.
Bottlecap reads "for your happy time".

Brassy gold color, billowing head of white foam, spotty lace in the glass. Pretty good surface coverage, collar of white foam in the glass.

Aroma is bland, grainy rice hulls, and a mild sweetness.

Watery, wet paper notes, vague bitterness in the finish. So bland and mild there's really not much assertive flavor whatsoever. If the goal was to make a bland, inoffensive beer... success!

Works well as a foil to wasabi or chili peppers.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.74/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

On-tap at Kumo Izakaya in Melbourne during Good Beer Week 2013 for their beer and sake evening. Most of the beers and sake were provided by Herkimer, but this was our opening beer on arrival.

Pours an orange-tinged golden colour, very clear and very light in the body. Head is white and foamy, and looking absolutely stylistically appropriate, with a little bit of flair. Carbonation is very fine. I mean, it looks extremely good for what it is.

Nose is faint and clear. Some rice, but mostly just clean and dull. Again, for what it is, I'll give it a little credit, but it's far from being an exciting brew.

Light, dry and bright entry on the palate leading to a pretty dull, empty mid-palate. A little sweet, a little adjuncty. Very dry finish. Pleasant enough, with some lingering rice cloy.

Yeah, it's a rice lager. It's not a bad rice lager, but that's a pretty low bar. Still, I think I enjoyed this more than others like Sapporo, Kirin or Asahi. It was just clean throughout its length and dry and crisp on the finish. That's worth something.

Photo of JonnoWillsteed
3.38/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very Japanese. Reminded me of Asahi dry or Sapporo. Light, crisp. Refreshing on a hot day. I used to live in Japan but have never encountered this beer before. Had it back in the hotel room together with a box of take-away sushi.

Bought at a Japanese supermarket in Singapore.

Photo of Drew966
3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Orion Premium Draft Beer pours a pale yellow with a thick white head from a brown 21.4 ounce bottle. The aroma is somewhat grainy and sweet smelling. The flavor is a touch sweet, with a bit of grain and a touch of something resembling hops. This is a super light beer, very light in body and flavor. It's as light or lighter than any macro American light beer. That said, it's about as good as any beer I've had that fits that category. Btw, the cap says "For your happy time." That's probably the best thing about this beer.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.92/5  rDev +64%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Orion Premium Draft Beer has a medium-to-thick white head, a somewhat hazy, bubbly, yellow-golden appearance, and a nice amount of lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of sweet, lightly-toasted barley malt, cracker, and sugar, and it has a very full smell- wonderful! Taste is of sweet, light barley malt, delicate cracker, sugar, a mild hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Orion Premium Draft Beer finishes crisp, refreshing, mostly dry, and super drinkable. This is an incredibly balanced, almost perfect lager beer. I am stunned by it, and I think you should seek it out!

RJT

Photo of metter98
3.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear straw yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that immediately dissipated, leaving some patches of bubbles on the surface and a thin ring around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of adjunct malts (rice in particular) in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of rice malts and has a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a bit clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and seems to be a lot more palatable compared to other beers in the style.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear pale straw yellow in color with light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall white head that instantly dissipates to an extremely thin patch and a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing is observed.

S: Some adjunct malt aromas as well as a stronger aroma of rice and toasted rice. There is a light amount of sweetness in the smell. Just a hint of some earthy hops.

T: The flavor follows pretty closely to the smell, there is a pleasant sweet malt malt (mostly adjunct malt with grain sweetness). There is a pleasant toasted rice flavor as well as some hints of earthy hops with very light bitterness.

M: Light bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Very easy to drink and quite enjoyable, this beer matches well with a lot of different pan-Asian cuisines. I have had this beer at many sushi restaurants and continue to enjoy/order it. Better than many others in the style.

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Orion Premium Draft Beer from Orion Beer Co., Ltd.
70 out of 100 based on 212 ratings.