3 Horses Holland Lager Beer - Oranjeboom Bierbrouwerij B. V.
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2.17/5 rDev -24.7%
I'm reviewing this straight after Hite, a cheap Korean macro lager, and I must say it's not as good. Maybe this is older or hasn't been stored well (although both were from reputable bottle shops and both are well within their freshness date) but there are a few things I don't like about it.
Appearance is OK, head retention and lacing are very good, bubbles are fine and plentiful, and the beer's a pale gold colour. Smell is not so good. Slightly skunky hops, nothing fruity or fresh-smelling. The beer also tastes pretty bad. Skunkiness, a plasticky taste on the roof of my mouth, and an unsettled stomach - this is only my second beer of the night! Mouthfeel doesn't make an impression either way, and as for drinkability - I'm glad I didn't buy a six-pack. This is worse than I remember Oranjeboom being - maybe it was left in the Aussie sun for a day or something, and that made it crap. Anyway, crap is what it is.
06-30-2007 13:18:15 | More by Weizenmensch
3/5 rDev +4.2%
I poured this from an inch or so above the glass giving me a big white head that dies down into a decent lacing on a clear golden colored beer, nice looking very similar in appearance to Budweiser or the general class of beer.
This light bodied beer has a light sour sour citrus/lemon aroma that transfer well into the taste adding a little bitterness to itself.
This beer finishes with a light sour dryish aftertaste, not impressed seems to be run of the mill American light lager affair, if that's what they were after they nailed it , but why send it half way around the world when at least 500 companies now make this west of the Mississippi.
08-29-2011 22:01:34 | More by LXIXME
1.78/5 rDev -38.2%
Pours a pale lager yellow with a half finger of white that melts to a constant ring being fed by tiny bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass.
Aroma is faintly grainy and biscuity.
Taste is a little bit of sweet pale malts then...nothing. Very, very little taste to speak of.
Aftertaste is...well, there was nothing to start with. Mouthfeel is thin and weak.
06-22-2008 01:41:00 | More by IntriqKen
3.83/5 rDev +33%
Three Horses beer is a typical light-golden European lager. It pours crystal-clear and reveals tiny steady rising bubbles beneath a short head of bright white foam that holds fairly well before fading to a whispy surface covering and average collar. Thankfully, it leaves some nice rings of thin, craggy lace about the glass.
The nose expresses a gently sweet maltiness backed by some delicate, floral hop flavor.
The flavor profile is pretty much the same except that there's a touch more character to the hops with a bit of an earthy/herbal side to them as well. Otherwise it's clean, straightforward malt with just the slightest hint of yeasty fruitiness.
In the mouth it's surprisingly soft with just a bit of a zip on the tongue as the very fine-bubbled carbonation is kept to a moderate level. It's lightly crisp and smooth with just enough umph to bring out the flavors and scrub the palate.
Overall, it's a well-brewed, very nicely balanced lager that seems aimed toward the sweet side, but with a little bit of hop character thrown in as well. Easy to drink and refreshing!
01-18-2008 03:02:50 | More by NeroFiddled
3.4/5 rDev +18.1%
Poured from a green 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is sweet, malty. Taste is crisp, malts, somewhat sweet, some hop bitterness at the finish. Feels light in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a decent beer.
01-01-2011 18:59:34 | More by tone77
2.5/5 rDev -13.2%
12 ounce green bottle. I got this bottle from a friend of mine, and I have no idea how old the beer is. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear pale gold color with a half inch white head which went away pretty quickly. It smells like corn and a bit of a spicy hop smell, not too appealing. The taste is a combination of sweet malt, corn/grain, spice and some sourness which goes away after a little while. Mouthfeel is light and somewhat watery, but also kinda smooth. Drinkability is OK, once you get past the first few sips. Not bad for free, but I wouldn't go out of my way to look for this.
07-06-2007 23:29:13 | More by bluejacket74
4/5 rDev +38.9%
Clear gold with two fingers of white head. Very well laced. Aroma is floral hops. Taste is malty, somewhat sweet with a moderate Pilsner medium dry bitter finish. Mouthfeel is good for the style. Brewed under contract by Hofbrauhaus Wolters in Germany according to the can label. A decent German Pils at a bargain price. Same as the pint six pack cans from Trader Joes. Quite sessionable at 5.0% abv.
01-07-2011 08:36:01 | More by Spikester
2.63/5 rDev -8.7%
Appearance- Poured a clear, light golden with a decent, foamy white head that settled down very quickly. Practically no lacing.
Aroma- Nice, clean smelling lager with some malt sweetness, some sour mash and a hint of bittering hops. Not much smell at all tho.
Taste- Not im[ressive. Just a hint of malt sweetness, with some very thin bittering and flavoring hops and a grainy finish. The after-taste is almost pure graininess with some bittering hops.
Mouthfeel- Light body. Good carbonation.
Drinkability- Not horrible, not great. Wiah I hadn't bought a whole sixer tho.
05-03-2007 04:09:22 | More by theopholis
2.95/5 rDev +2.4%
pours a dark golden hue with a frothy two-plus finger head. minimal lacing.
smells like a euro lager. straw, grains, a hint of floral hops, and i can almost smell that odd bitter. reminds me of carlsberg elephant in the nose.
yep. there it is. funky bitterness that is neither hoppy nor malty, but somewhere in between. bitter like tin foil. some decent malt sweetness intermingles (but definitely does not meld) with the straw notes and the bitterness.
mouth is light, almost creamy, a touch thick, almost a bit slick. that lingering bitterness isn't quite drying, yet oddly almost cloying.
all in all, a decent euro pils/pale/lager/whatever it is. it's a bit funky, but at the price, it ain't half bad. but it's not good enough to track down again.
07-23-2011 06:19:45 | More by djeucalyptus
3.1/5 rDev +7.6%
A: The beer is clear golden yellow in color and has a very light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that gradually faded away, leaving only a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Sweet aromas from the malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and is dominated by malty sweetness; there are some notes of spicy hops in the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied and somewhat watery on the palate with a light to moderate amount of carbonation.
D: There's nothing overly special about this beer, but it definitely goes down very easily.
02-12-2011 13:11:44 | More by metter98
2.25/5 rDev -21.9%
The beer after departing the bottle pours a limpid gold color with a modest, bright white head that is spumous in texture and the lace a thin veil to cover the glass. Malt dominated nose, sweet, crisp and clean with the start sweet, lightly malted, top is cadaverous in feel. Finish is meekly carbonated, the hops sparing in their spiciness, dry aftertaste, a very thin waisted beer, as most lagers/pils, drinkable but to light in body to score well with me.
01-25-2004 21:22:38 | More by Gusler
3/5 rDev +4.2%
Appearance: light golden nice two finger head, clumpy, no lacing, but good staying power
Smell: faint "beer" profile, no distinguishing aroma
Taste: crisp, pleasant, non-descript, inoffensive, a bit of a pleasant malt aftertaste
Mouthfeel: not full, but not watery
Drinkability: sure, good pool/jacuzzi beer, harmless.
Comment: A perfect "3"
05-12-2004 21:12:02 | More by surfmeister
3.03/5 rDev +5.2%
Picked up a bottle at the House of 1,000 for a dollar.
A - Pours a bit darker than most Euro lagers. A very bright orange with a 1/2 inch of head.
S - As expected mostly grains and mild hops with lemon grass and a touch of apple of pear tartness.
T - More sour than I expected but it balanced the grains and hops pretty well. Still not as refreshing as I wanted.
M - Light bodied went well with my Subway.
Overall it was worth grabbing up for a dollar pretty average Euro not quite pale lager.
06-02-2012 02:55:59 | More by DrDemento456
2.2/5 rDev -23.6%
Pours a pale golden with a generally flat look and feel to it. Soapy looking, unattractive, and very brief head. Nose is grassy with mildly skunky hops. Mostly inoffensive but extremely boring and uninspiring in its visual and olifactory display.
As expected, taste is also lackluster; Nasty astringency is the main flavor along with cruddy hops and an almost complete lack of craft or art in the taste or texture is the result. Definitely a last resort type thing.
02-11-2007 05:35:17 | More by daliandragon
3.18/5 rDev +10.4%
1 pint can from Trader Joes Salem. $5.49 a six pack. Typical yellow lager..but the white head is thick and frothy and attractive enough. Aroma is OK..bready mostly but not unpleasant. Flavour is mostly light cereal and bread..with the slightest grassy tinge of hop. Light on the palate but OK on this hot night NOt bad at all..a simple lager thats easy to drink on the deck in summer
08-20-2011 20:48:43 | More by Reidrover
2.98/5 rDev +3.5%
Pours a clean golden yellow with active carbonation. Scent is pale and hints of some mild sweetness with some stale earthy hops on the backend. Mildly sweet pale malts are the dominant taste, but as mentioned above some earthy, yet lightly stale hops are present. Lighter body, a tad more umph then some more well known euro lagers. Not a bad beer - not very good by any means, but not bad.
05-09-2011 13:31:44 | More by rfgetz
3.3/5 rDev +14.6%
A: A light amber color with a quickly dissipating head, although it looks decent with the head on it, it never sticks around for long.
S: Sharp with fruit and punchiness immediately detectable
T: Fruit characters with a definite caramel character hinted at. Strong hop presence, a bit bitey
M: Very carbonated. Reminds me of pop-rocks
Got this beer on a whim and after eying the $20 price-tag. Not a bad beer, especially for the price. It is interesting to say the least. The caramel elements were a definite surprise. I had to get the second beer down to convince myself they were actually there.
A great summer beer, I conclude.
07-14-2011 01:08:13 | More by nofalltoofar
3.85/5 rDev +33.7%
It's an ice day, as opposed to being a nice day, and I have been given the day off. I saw where Don Younger, owner of Portland's Horse Brass Pub passed away and so I will review this beer in his memory. I was personally introduced to him by my editor/publisher, Tony Forder, at GTMW 2006 and again at that year's GABF and I ran into Don several times during the 2007 OBF. His establishment remains the last at which I was flagged and 86'd although a) he was not there at the time and b) I had not had a drop that day! The bartender told me that she had seen me passed out at the OBF the previous day and that my ilk was not welcomed. When I defended my sobriety and asked for a beer, I was told to leave and in one quick hurry or I would be escorted out. Ha! RIP, Don! Save me a seat, because wherever you are, I will be joining you.
Let's get these horses on the road! Coming out of the gate, I had an explosive finger-and-a-half of bone-white head that was destined for the glue factory. The color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. The yellow horses were off and running! It looked like a good start coming out of the gate. Nose had a typical lager sweetness, unencumbered of adjuncts or saddles. Bareback, baby, that's the way to ride! Yee hah. The mouthfeel was not as thunderous as a team of horses might be expected, but there was an initial honey-like lager sweetness followed by a rush of Noble hops. Coming into the final turn, the earthy, grassy hops won out over the sweetness on the finish. I was pleasantly surprised, especially since this came in a green bottle, which is one of my least favorite presentations. Would these 3 Horses win Best In Show? Probably not, but they did show up at my place and all bets were off, so I'm going to (s)table this discussion until I CAN try it from a CAN. Enough!
02-01-2011 14:57:37 | More by woodychandler
2.63/5 rDev -8.7%
From a green tall 12 oz bottle. Best features of this beer is the hops and decient mouthfeel which almost salvage an undrinkable Euro-Lager. Light stuck due to breen bottle but some time for it air out helps. Clear yellow with a strange watery gold look on pour into my French Seidel active carbonation puts up 2 finger head and sustains a ring. Better than average grain taste suggest a little sweet light caramel malt. I am tasting this at cellar temp ( 55° F) - initally I was ready to condem this as undrinkable but if you can find a fresh bottle (no born on / best by date) you may want to give it a try.
04-03-2006 17:35:30 | More by karst
3.23/5 rDev +12.2%
Appearance: Poured a clear, clean gold. Pouring straight down into the glass -- slowly -- delivered two fingers of dense head that quickly dissipated to leave a ring around the outside.
Smell: It's mostly adjunct grain, but there is a smooth floral scent, like hay, as well. It smells like a cross between a dirty Mexican lager and a high quality, barnyard German helles.
Taste: Dominated by corn grains, but, as with the scent, there's nice barnyard malt presence that keeps it respectable.
Drinkability: It's a basic lager, and very drinkable. It far surpasses my expectations. Seriously, any beer with horses in the name... The Great Cornholio bless thee.
11-08-2009 06:58:34 | More by TheQuietMan22
3 Horses Holland Lager Beer from Oranjeboom Bierbrouwerij B. V.
70 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.