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

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BA SCORE
71
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173 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 173
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 3.02
pDev: 20.86%
Wants: 4
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Orion1


5/5  rDev +65.6%

08-03-2012 19:58:06 | More by Orion1
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

4.93/5  rDev +63.2%

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

06-01-2012 15:40:55 | More by RonaldTheriot
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OkieMik

Oklahoma

4.75/5  rDev +57.3%

07-19-2014 22:55:43 | More by OkieMik
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mbabble

Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +40.7%

07-14-2012 23:06:29 | More by mbabble
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DaryleEverett

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +40.7%

07-21-2014 20:28:08 | More by DaryleEverett
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Grundle20

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +39.1%

I don't think I've reviewed a Japanese rice lager, nor do I have much experience with them, but I'm assuming this is basically a Japanese spin on American macro lager brewed with rice. As such I will attempt to review this beer subjectively given those criteria.

Appearance:
The beer is straw yellow in color with just a touch of haze. There's a pretty decent two finger creamy white head to the beer. Although the head displays little lacing, this is offset by the mildly impressive staying power.

Smell:
With very little power to the scent only a touch of sake like odors are detected. I've had a few encounters with rice beers as of late so I'm now almost positive that this is the smell of fermented rice, so I will simplify this to, "The beer smells faintly of rice." If you really bury your nose in to the beer a kiss of hops can be picked up at the back.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
Again with the sake like rice flavors, they almost come across as cidery in nature. There's a mild tartness up front with an even wash of overripe apples over the back of my palate. From front to back there is a sweetness to the beer, very similar to that of a 40oz. In the finish there is faint floral hop character but it only pops in for just a moment. The aftertaste is clean.

Drinkability:
I must say that I would take this beer over a BMC standard lager just about any day. There's more flavor and less nasty aftertaste which consequently makes for a pretty drinkable beer.

Bottom Line:
By comparison to American macro lager I find this beer to be a step above. I find it odd given the fact that similar ingredients and processes are most likely used. Then again I've been to Japan before, and they do love rice so perhaps it's centuries worth of experience with fermenting rice beverages that gives this beer the edge. It's really not that bad, not quite a Prima Pils but not a beer to scoff at.

07-03-2007 21:55:41 | More by Grundle20
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Bierleichen

Maryland

4/5  rDev +32.5%

08-13-2014 19:18:02 | More by Bierleichen
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ordybill

Georgia

4/5  rDev +32.5%

07-27-2014 21:52:29 | More by ordybill
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jaymirage

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +32.5%

Been seeing this around lately, and given it was one of the few Japanese Rice Lagers I hadn't tried, I decided to pick one up.

Pours a striking yellow. Head lingers for a good long while -- long enough to surprise and impress, for what it's worth.

Taste is clean and crisp; refreshing, even. Reminds me very much of my favored light beer. Alcohol seems a bit lower than the other Rice Lagers, a quality reminiscent of an inoffensive British Mild. I like this. Very smooth, very clean, very mild. This is good.

Mouthfeel is superbly smooth. This would make an excellent session beer. Or good for an afternoon pint. Very drinkable.

Granted, this is NOT a complex beer -- if you're looking for that, by all means, avoid avoid avoid. But this beer does what it does, and it does it well. Mild. Nice. Refreshing. Give it a try.

This is my pick over Asahi, Kirin, Sapporo, and yes, even (Y)ebisu, if you want to go there. I was pleasantly surprised with this one.

08-21-2007 22:34:28 | More by jaymirage
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Beermazter310

Nevada

4/5  rDev +32.5%

11-25-2013 07:11:47 | More by Beermazter310
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-ronin-

Florida

4/5  rDev +32.5%

01-28-2013 22:43:02 | More by -ronin-
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Auraan

Arizona

3.89/5  rDev +28.8%

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.

05-12-2014 02:37:19 | More by Auraan
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Devildog3

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +27.5%

This was my beer of choice when I was stationed on "The Rock" many moons ago in 1984. At the time, I remember it being available in mini plastic kegs, in beer machines on the street and on tap at local bars throughout the island.

I tried other Japanese brews such as Kirin, Sapporo and Asahi. Definitely decent and respectable beers in their own right. However, this particular brand was it for me.

Fast forward to 2009 and some things haven't changed. Drinking this again was like going back in time for me. Has a generic, floral taste with moderate spiciness and nice gold color and decent drinkability.

This may not be everyone's beer, but ahh, the memories!

09-21-2009 18:00:52 | More by Devildog3
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ironchefkook

California

3.75/5  rDev +24.2%

06-07-2014 19:14:20 | More by ironchefkook
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SuperMario

California

3.75/5  rDev +24.2%

06-18-2014 01:48:37 | More by SuperMario
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samparkique4

United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev +24.2%

05-29-2014 17:17:58 | More by samparkique4
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hayesjw

California

3.75/5  rDev +24.2%

07-04-2014 17:36:16 | More by hayesjw
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creez

California

3.75/5  rDev +24.2%

03-18-2013 20:26:59 | More by creez
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Warpiglet25mm

California

3.75/5  rDev +24.2%

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

California

3.7/5  rDev +22.5%

Served in a 6 ounce stange/cylindrical glass at Ten in Charlottesville. From notes. Reviewed 13 June 2011.

A: No head, very pale. Clear yellow with some lace. Not irredeemable.

S: Lagery grain. Light and unpleasant. Doesn't bode well.

T: Shockingly good! Light fruit (apple) and really pleasant malt. Dry/clean aftertaste.

M: Absolutely great. Clean sparkly carbonation. Dry hints of fruit.

O: In my limited experience, the best Japanese beer I've tasted. Recommended highly for the style, but otherwise not worth seeking out.

09-09-2011 01:51:14 | More by AgentMunky
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Bricelyn

Idaho

3.7/5  rDev +22.5%

Appearance is straw yellow with little hints at orange in the shadows. No head as the Japanese lady that poured it filled it right to the top so the surface tension of the beer was all that was holding in in the mug!!! It has a little head that appears from me jostling the glass and a tiny bit of film lacing

It smells like a bud to be honest grainy and almost sweet.

This brew tastes amazing I do have to warn you that I have what is known as Oki Goggles!!! It's truly the only fresh beer on island and lets be honest The Japanese could care less how they store this stuff. Its grainy almost no hops a little sticky but smooth and no skunk to speak of so it makes me happy.

It has a very light soda like carbonation it feels very smooth not gonna say perfect but with oki goggles this brew feels awesome in my mouth I sometimes just chew on it cuz it has no skunk and that is a beautiful thing

If its on Tap I am drinking it! probably a little to irresponsibly

12-19-2010 14:05:28 | More by Bricelyn
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Doppelbockulus

Florida

3.55/5  rDev +17.5%

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.

03-20-2012 22:26:13 | More by Doppelbockulus
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intoxabroad

Taiwan

3.5/5  rDev +15.9%

10-29-2012 18:30:12 | More by intoxabroad
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SD0430


3.5/5  rDev +15.9%

08-20-2014 14:36:04 | More by SD0430
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BLACKENEDPLAGUE

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +15.9%

12-31-2013 20:55:40 | More by BLACKENEDPLAGUE
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Orion Premium Draft Beer from Orion Beer Co., Ltd.
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