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

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BA SCORE
71
okay

177 Ratings
THE BROS
73
okay

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Ratings: 177
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 3.02
pDev: 21.85%
Wants: 4
Gots: 10 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Gusler on 12-11-2002)
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3.75/5  rDev +24.2%

samparkique4, May 29, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +15.9%

dbarny76, May 27, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -8.9%

Latarnik, May 26, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -17.2%

MtnDewd, May 26, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +15.9%

rabiddawg, May 16, 2014
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3/5  rDev -0.7%

Goosehunter75, May 14, 2014
Photo of Auraan
3.89/5  rDev +28.8%
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.

Auraan, May 12, 2014
Photo of Richardbeerlover
3.21/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Richardbeerlover, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of SimpleBeerLover
3.44/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

SimpleBeerLover, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of Paincane
3.05/5  rDev +1%
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.

Paincane, Mar 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +24.2%

Warpiglet25mm, Mar 09, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +15.9%

fridrew, Mar 08, 2014
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3/5  rDev -0.7%

MrMcGibblets, Mar 01, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +7.6%

KayKey, Feb 18, 2014
Photo of doktorhops
2.83/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

doktorhops, Jan 02, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -8.9%

Cloaked_Phantom, Jan 01, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +15.9%

BLACKENEDPLAGUE, Dec 31, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Immortale25, Dec 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +32.5%

Beermazter310, Nov 25, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +7.6%

DonDonLongJohn, Nov 18, 2013
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3/5  rDev -0.7%

CelticAleMan, Nov 14, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +7.6%

no8, Nov 09, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +7.6%

nickfl, Nov 08, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -8.9%

g_jenkins, Oct 27, 2013
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3/5  rDev -0.7%

Frankensteineken, Oct 20, 2013
Orion Premium Draft Beer from Orion Beer Co., Ltd.
71 out of 100 based on 177 ratings.