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3 Horses Holland Lager Beer - Oranjeboom Bierbrouwerij B. V.

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70
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60 Ratings
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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 2.89
pDev: 18.69%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Oranjeboom Bierbrouwerij B. V. visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-22-2004)
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Photo of Spikester
4/5  rDev +38.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Spikester, Jan 07, 2011
Photo of Beermazter310
4/5  rDev +38.4%

Beermazter310, Sep 10, 2013
Photo of woodychandler
3.85/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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!

woodychandler, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.83/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

NeroFiddled, Jan 18, 2008
Photo of patre_tim
3.5/5  rDev +21.1%

patre_tim, Jun 20, 2014
Photo of BillRoth
3.5/5  rDev +21.1%

BillRoth, Dec 05, 2013
Photo of DeanMoriarty
3.44/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 6'r of tall-boy cans from Barons Market in Point Loma for $5.99 and drank them straight from the can.

A: As I mentioned above - I drank these from the can and just averaged the score with the rest of the review.

S: Sweet and grainy malt right off the bat, hay and dry grass, with a slight hint of hop at the end that is floral and piney. I think it's worth mentioning that in comparison to most cheap lagers, especially in the States, the hop aroma on this beer puts most lagers at the same price range to shame.

T: Pretty much on point with the nose - fairly good balance between the hop and malt, though the sweetness of the malt is the dominant flavor, but damn - for the price/style this is a pretty tasty beer.

M/D: Light bodied, somewhat fizzy, but not unpleasant, finishes clean without a funk aftertaste (like Heineken for example). This is a ridiculously easy drinker, especially in the can - all day/all night drinker, no problem.

DeanMoriarty, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of Hunter
3.43/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

One of the rare reviews I've made for beer in a can.

Appearance: Bright, clear, pale gold beer pours a thick white head of Bud-like foam that dissipates quick. No lacing, light carbonation.

Smell: Honey, light hops and some adjunct, but not enough to deduct from the score. It's clean and light, almost soapy. Honey and grassy notes dominate.

Taste: Slightly metallic, otherwise this is as "pilsnery" a taste as you can get. Reminiscent of Budweiser only without the overpowering taste of corn/adjunct. Slight smack of honeyness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light, vanishes on the swallow with some remaining sweetness left behind.

Drinkability: Certainly a good warm weather beer to refresh with. I like it better than Henekein, I'll tell you that much. Trader Joe's carries this, at least in my neck of the woods.

Hunter, Jul 14, 2006
Photo of tone77
3.4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

tone77, Jan 01, 2011
Photo of thecarster1
3.4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a- bottle poured into a pils, activ bubbling, nearly one finger fades somewhat slowly, bright straw color.

s- pils-y, grass, light lemon, hay, grains, not overpowering nose.

t- taste follows nose, grassy, light noble hops, slightly bitter, better than i was expecting.

m- light, refreshing.

d- drinkable beer here, very refreshing, i would probably drink this again, very sessionable.

thecarster1, Aug 03, 2010
Photo of nofalltoofar
3.3/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

nofalltoofar, Jul 14, 2011
Photo of cambabeer
3.3/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- semi-persistant white head. Clear golden brown body with minimal carbonation. Head dies down to very thin lace.

S- Not too unique. Hops and floral with a malty base. Fairly sweet smelling, but that's about it.

T- Distinct ethanol. Definite hops bitterness, especially at end. Bitter, yet not too strong in the aftertaste. Slightly watery and a little sweet toward beginning. Crisp and refreshing, pretty good.

M- Thin bodied feels ok, leaves a little on palate.

D- Very easy to down.

cambabeer, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of JamisonM
3.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got a 6 pack of this at Trader Joes 5.50 for 6 16 oz cans, it says on the can 5% ABV.

A: pours light gold and has a decent bright white head and it does have good lacing

S: not much going on in the smell light hop and mild grain

T: taste is better then some its not bad just a summer beer for easy drinking

M: light mouth med carbonation

D: drinkable to be sure

Overall: I wanted to try it and I did but ill buy somthing else next time

JamisonM, Apr 24, 2010
Photo of beerhunter13
3.25/5  rDev +12.5%

beerhunter13, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of MikeThumel
3.25/5  rDev +12.5%

MikeThumel, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.23/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

TheQuietMan22, Nov 08, 2009
Photo of Reidrover
3.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Reidrover, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of beertunes
3.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another TJ's grab. Poured into straight pint glass. Poured a clean, clear, bright yellow color with 1-1/2 inches of white head that had very good retention and OK lacing.

The aroma featured some very nice earthy grains, a bit of gentle hopping and wasn't overly sweet, as some of this style can be. The flavors were the same, nice grains, just a bit of balancing hops and, again, the beer wasn't as sweet as expected.

The body, while still thin, was on the fuller side of average for the style. Drinkability was pretty good, and would probably be very good on a hot day. Overall, a decent little brew that is a good value @$1.50 for 16oz can. Worth grabbing if you see it.

beertunes, May 31, 2012
Photo of sevineyes
3.13/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a green bottle.

A: Great head. About two fingers and sticking to the glass like mad. Very frothy. Pale straw color.

S: A little skunked, but some spicy hops coming through. Dominantly sweet aroma.

T: Begins sweet with some sour. Flavor evaporates into an artesian well water flavor. Ends with a spicy hop flavor and some residual bitterness.

M: A little dryness in the finish. Quite refreshing.

Overall: This is what I'd expect from the style with a stronger finish. Although the overall flavor seems to be a bit weak, the aftertaste picks up and closes the flavor profile nicely.

sevineyes, Jun 10, 2006
Photo of metter98
3.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

metter98, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of ithacabaron
3.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

In a can!

Pours a very light amber with a healthy, densely packed white head. Attractive.

Aroma is disappointing, flat and grainy. Not inoffensive, however.

Flavor is interesting, if a little gritty. Not much bitterness at all, but there's a nice cohesion to the whole thing. Maybe a bit too sweet, but not overbearing. Oddly similar to Tetley's English Ale (http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/8535/706).

Mouthfeel could have been a bit more active, but I do like the creaminess of it quite a bit.

Overall, not a bad brew. And for the price -- 1.25 a pint -- a good value.

ithacabaron, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of Sachsenfreude
3.08/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance; pale yellow with a white head. The head quickly dissipates leaving little to no lacing.

smell; next to nothing, just water and weak malts.

taste; light and watery malts, with some light hop bitterness in the finish and bready malts. Really bland and boring. Alcohol is well hidden but still there.

mouthfeel; Crisp and very refreshing, loose and watery though.

drinkability; a very easy drink but best enjoyed cold. Not much for taste but a decent drink.

Sachsenfreude, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of DrDemento456
3.03/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

DrDemento456, Jun 02, 2012
Photo of McStagger
3.03/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: One pint can that makes it very clear that this beer is IMPORTED. Seriously, the word imported appears half a dozen times. Brewed 1/11. Expiration 4/12 on the bottom of the can. Pours a pale straw color with excellent clarity. Head is white, two fingers, rapidly dissipating. Carbonation is lively.

S: Standard Euro pale lager. Slightly citric and grassy hops in the nose.

T: Fairly nondescript. Very middle of the pack as far as the style goes. If beer is liquid bread, this is a liquid cracker with a mild hop finish. Not stellar, but definitely not bad, either. Fairly clean finish with a minor lingering aftertaste.

M: Light feel, carbonated. Not terrible, not great. Again, this beer feels very average.

O: I knew what I was getting into when I bought the six pack. This is a European MGD. Bought at Trader Joe's for 5.99 for a six pack of 16 oz cans, so I guess I can't complain.

McStagger, Sep 30, 2011
Photo of LXIXME
3/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

LXIXME, Aug 29, 2011
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3 Horses Holland Lager Beer from Oranjeboom Bierbrouwerij B. V.
70 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.