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

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163 Ratings

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Ratings: 163
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 2.99
pDev: 20.4%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 Weizenmensch:
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2.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Can of Orion Draft Beer, different from the old one in the picture at time of writing, and 5.0% instead of 4.7%. Freshness date 2009.06.

A: Pours a pale yellow with initial strong carbonation, with a small head that dissipates to almost nothing. Some carbonation retained though. Looks like a pretty mediocre island macro lager.

S: Not much to speak of. Poured at the appropriate temperature for drinking, albeit on a winter's night in Kyushu, a fair bit colder than it would be in Naha right now. Some vague grain aromas and that's about it.

T: Reminds me very much of Australian macros, more than any other lager I've had since coming to Japan. Maybe that reflects the fact that 100% malt is used, but many additives are involved as well. True Japanese rice lagers and happoushus have a sweeter, subtly poisonous taste that lingers skunkily on the palate. Orion has an unpleasant aftertaste too, but definitely in more of a Carlton Draught way than a Kirin Lager way. In short though, it's pretty easy drinking, and it's good enough, considering my taste buds have been numbed as I've gotten accustomed to the paltry efforts of Japanese brewers.

M: Nothing there. Nothing unpleasant remaining either though.

D: Actually better than most Japanese beers, to my surprise. Maybe there are different taxes on barley malt in Okinawa - this is the reason Japanese beers use so many unpleasant adjuncts such as rice, corn and other cereals.

Overall, worth a try, if only to broaden your cerevisial geography - for an East Asian macro lager, you can definitely do worse.

Re-review, 1 March 2011:

Re-reviewing this formerly well-known beer - it doesn't deserve the reputation it may once have earned. Long-term Japan residents still rave about it; not sure if it was always owned by Asahi but it's no better than any of their other Japanese market mainstream brews.

Tastes a little different - slightly malty, a little skunky. While it doesn't make for a great-tasting beer, at least it is evidence that they tried to make this resemble one. My can is nearing its freshness date and, considering where I bought it, may have spent some time sitting in the sun, or on the shelf for a long time.

I see this beer occasionally in Japan and due to its relative rarity, somehow think it's better than regular Asahi, Sapporo or Kirin lagers. It isn't and I should remember to stick to Guinness for want of anything more interesting. Stupid Japanese malt taxes.

For more tasting details, please consult my other review (the outcome turned out about the same).

Serving type: can

12-09-2008 11:11:18 | More by Weizenmensch
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Orion Premium Draft Beer from Orion Beer Co., Ltd.
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