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

Orion Premium Draft BeerOrion Premium Draft Beer

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BA SCORE
69
poor

142 Ratings
THE BROS
73
okay

(view ratings)
Ratings: 142
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 2.94
pDev: 21.43%


Brewed by:
Orion Beer Co., Ltd. visit their website
Japan

Style | ABV
Japanese Rice Lager |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Gusler on 12-11-2002)
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Reviews by UCLABrewN84:
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.48/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Something about the aesthetics of this bottle is really appealing to me. A nice heavy bottle with a raised pattern and the silver label stick out in my mind.

Pours a crystal clear yellow with a 2 inch puffy stark white head that settles to a small cap. Random streaks and spots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grains, rice, and some grass notes. Taste is of sweet grains, minor rice flavors, and some herbal grassy flavors on the finish. A pretty good level of carbonation with a crisp but slightly medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good rice lager coming straight from Japan. I was expecting something mediocre but I actually enjoy this one for what it is. Much better than Saporro for sure.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2011 07:28:36 | More by UCLABrewN84
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Paincane

Georgia

3.05/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 00:40:57 | More by Paincane
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Warpiglet25mm

California

3.75/5  rDev +27.6%

03-09-2014 12:47:40 | More by Warpiglet25mm
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Arizona

3.5/5  rDev +19%

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MrMcGibblets

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3/5  rDev +2%

03-01-2014 01:27:52 | More by MrMcGibblets
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Virginia

3.25/5  rDev +10.5%

02-18-2014 03:28:00 | More by KayKey
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doktorhops

Australia

2.83/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2014 14:49:27 | More by doktorhops
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Cloaked_Phantom

Georgia

2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +19%

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Immortale25

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev +10.5%

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Beermazter310

Nevada

4/5  rDev +36.1%

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Florida

3.25/5  rDev +10.5%

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California

3/5  rDev +2%

11-14-2013 07:38:06 | More by CelticAleMan
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Ethiopia

3.25/5  rDev +10.5%

11-09-2013 11:51:47 | More by no8
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Florida

3.25/5  rDev +10.5%

11-08-2013 06:56:25 | More by nickfl
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g_jenkins

California

2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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Frankensteineken

California

3/5  rDev +2%

10-20-2013 07:16:27 | More by Frankensteineken
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California

3.25/5  rDev +10.5%

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Louisiana

2.5/5  rDev -15%

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NickyDee21

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev +2%

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Ohio

3.25/5  rDev +10.5%

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Panama

2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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Utah

3.5/5  rDev +19%

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Beerswag

California

3/5  rDev +2%

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don1481

Wisconsin

3.46/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2013 23:57:25 | More by don1481
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Orion Premium Draft Beer from Orion Beer Co., Ltd.
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