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

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BA SCORE
70
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207 Ratings
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Ratings: 207
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 3
pDev: 22.33%
Wants: 7
Gots: 25 | 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: 207 | Reviews: 97
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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 RoyalT
2/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance – Very light yellow in color with a decent head that showed a bit of retention and some fizzy carbonation underneath.

Smell – Light, ricey grain that’s not as offensive as some.

Taste – The singular grain flavor finishes with an ashy kind of sweetness that left me cold.

Mouthfeel – Light with a little carbonation. This one felt cheap in the cheeks.

Sinkability – I’m not a big fan of Japanese beers, but this one was sub-par at that.

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 BeerAdvocate
3.15/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer review from BA Mag Oct 2007.

There seems to be a lot more lore within Japanese culture associated with the Orion star cluster compared to Greek mythology. Thankfully, this is a beer review and not a historical debate.

Fizzy foam builds up to two fingers in height then slowly dissipates to a thin crown of lace. Bright and clear and pale golden yellow. The aroma starts off with a noticeable cooked veggie smell, some hay-like graininess and herbal hop layered underneath. Watery mouthfeel with a light body, ample crispness. Malt flavor comes across this but not astringent, though perhaps a hint of barley husk. Clean with a slight hop bitterness and a tiny kernel of malt dextrin in the middle. Dry grassy finish.

Clean from the start to end, undoubtedly one of the more flavorful mass-produced lagers from Japan. A sure pick for us when next thinking of sushi.

Photo of dill
3.32/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A - pale golden yellow in color, the head didn't stay around for very long.

S - the smell of old rice.

T - has a rice flavor with a surprising amount of bitter hops. nothing too special, but among the japanese rice lagers it's pretty good.

M - interestingly, my friend and i both noted that it reminded us a bit of a draft beer, perhaps hence the name, even though it was poured from a bottle. very little carbonation on this one.

D - very drinkable. a fine choice at a japanese restaurant.

Photo of Weizenmensch
2.95/5  rDev -1.7%
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).

Photo of rastaman
1.5/5  rDev -50%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Just another boring Japanese lager. Watery- very light texture, ricey, corny flavour. Pretty similiar to Asahi, Kirin, Sapporro etc....Reall, really, really, really hard to say anything about it, because there is asuch a distinct lack of flavour, very easy to drink gos down like water.

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 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 hreb
2.76/5  rDev -8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked up a 633 ml bottle at the local Korean grocery as an added bonus while purchasing a couple of cans for my long-anticipated sushi-beer faceoff. I don't think I've ever had this one before. Chilled thoroughly, I pour it into a pint glass. There's an immediate burst of skunky lager odor. Nothing else in the aroma (nothing offensive, either). Could be worse. The beer pours pale clear yellow with a soapy white head.

What it lacks in aroma and appearance it also lacks in flavor. It's slightly fizzy with a mild bitterness, in case you forgot you were drinking beer. Ok, this beer isn't very good. But it's not all bad:
-at least it doesn't taste of metal or other pollutants
-it doesn't have any sickly sweet adjunct flavor
-it's refreshing without being over-carbonated

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

The label on the bottle reads "Orion draft beer's clear mild taste is widely loved as an Okinawan original". Just exactly how "original" it is, I'm not sure. As for the "clear mild taste", however, I'm completely sure of that!

It pours a crystal clear golden body beneath an average-sized head of bright white that holds fairly well, bolstered by quick rising, fairly large bubbles from below. Minor lacing is left about the glass.

The aroma is clean, and quite generic. It smells like "beer" - a mild combination of lightly grainy and subtly sweet malt and some fairly non-descript hops.

In the mouth it's light-medium in body, and fairly effervescent, leaving it quite zesty on the tongue.

The flavor is as might be expected of any mass-produced golden lager. Straightforward, lightly grainy and mildly sweet malt is tempered with gently floral, and very subtly grass and spicy hops. It's superbly balanced, however, by a gently firm bitterness. The start is like the finish, the finish like the start, and there's not much of a bump in between.

Not that that's a bad thing, if that's what you're looking for. There IS some flavor here, and although it is basically "fizzy yellow beer", there's a time and place for that just as much as there's a time and place for a thick, rich barleywine. On a really hot day, out in the sun at a ballgame or out on a fishing boat, this would certainly serve a purpose.

Photo of Doppelbockulus
3.55/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drinking this out of a coffee pot.

Very clear orange-gold with a little white head.

Smells simple and a little sweet, about like a typical American lager. I also noticed a very weak scent of pineapple.

Tastes better than I expected. The standard lager tangyness is toned down, which is good. Flavor is watery with a little bit of sweetness and very mild light hop.

Feels very refreshing and clean. The tingle is a good medium. Feels like I could consume a lot of this.

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 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 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 Beejay
3.08/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Straw yellow with white head fading to just larger bubbles.

S: Skunk up in this grill. With a bit of malt in the back, no hop aroma. Hint of rice.

T: Not a lot of skunk in the flavor which is nice. This is a lot more delicate than american versions. Definitely taste the rice, quite clean and easy drinking.

M: Clean, crisp, and cool. A little highly carbonated, but that seems to style.

D: Very drinkable, but not flavorful enough to want multiple rounds. I would still order it over some american macros though, just because it is a fresh taste for me.

Photo of theopholis
2.37/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Hopefully, I'm reviewing the right beer here. My bottle says "Premium Draft Beer" on it, but the logo and Japanese script are totally different. Why can't these people learn to read and write in English?

Anyway...


Appearance- Extremely clear, pale yellow with a continueing effervecence. Decent, thick head which disipates prettys slowly and leaves a thick lace behind.

Aroma- Malty with some bittering hops and lots of corn. Makes me think of Bud.

Taste- The bittering hops aren't strong, but they are right out there in front. After that, you get sour-mash and corn.

Mouthfeel- Light body that stays effervescent all the way through the tasting experience. Carbonation level about right.

Drinkability- It's about what you would expect for a macro-American lager.

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

Clear pale yellow in color, a small white cap rises and slowly settles to a thin ring.

Not much aroma to speak of. Faintly crackery with the slightest hint of butter. Subtle yeast and lemon zest. Not bad, but extremely bland.

The taste is similarly bland; watery up front, dry and fizzy with a slight mineral flavor. The mid-palate reveals a hint of malt and a slight slickness. Dry and lightly bitter in the finish. A clean and refreshing lager, albeit pretty bland.

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 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 Brent
3.2/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Interesting, sort of retro bottle. Typical pale yellow and fleeting head that is typical of the style. Hops produced a pronounced grape flavor that I sometimes find in some German and Canadian lagers. Some sweet/tart counterpoint going on in the middle, and moderate astringency at the end. Finished with some husky, adjunct flavors. Not a bad beer.

Photo of Gusler
2.26/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The beer sets in the glass with a pertinent sized white head on top a clear gold body with decent lace forming as the head evaporates. Typical lager malt dominated nose crisp and clean and refreshing as far as that goes. Front is sweet, the top skinny and the finish highly carbonated, scarcely hopped with a malt dry aftertaste, archetypal lager/pils, nothing more nothing less.

Photo of atigerlife
2.07/5  rDev -31%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

633ml bottle that proudly states on the label, three times in case you are dull, that this is "the beer of beers."

Appearance was very pale. Slightly off yellow, sickly color. Very light head. The smell was also very light and unimpressive. Somewhat sweet.

Taste is like every other aspect of this beer....a little strange and totally unimpressive. Very light and sweet. Hints of fruit [passion fruit?]. The mouthfeel was light and crips.

Overall, my one glass of this beer was enough. A very odd beer that seems to have taken a wrong turn somewhere. Definitely not recommended, except for the novelty of saying you've drunk a beer from Okinawa. I've been there, done that. No need for a repeat performance.

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Orion Premium Draft Beer from Orion Beer Co., Ltd.
70 out of 100 based on 207 ratings.