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

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3 Horses Holland Lager Beer3 Horses Holland Lager Beer

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46 Reviews
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Reviews: 46
Hads: 62
Avg: 2.89
pDev: 17.99%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Oranjeboom Bierbrouwerij B. V. visit their website

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-22-2004

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Photo of Andrewharemza
2.96/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From bottle, Pours clear straw golden colour with white head that diminished very quickly. Aroma of sweet pale malts, hay, honey. Flavour is sweet, light malty, hay, honey, corn, light bitter finish. Light bodied.

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Photo of James_NZ
2.22/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Not awful, but pretty boring flavour and totally forgettable. Refreshing I suppose after hard work, but not for simply enjoying a beer. Not one of the Netherlands' finest. Flavour disappears quickly on the palate, making it seem watery, but potentially dangerous to drink quickly.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Canned on 11/6/11.

Pours a crystal clear orange with a 2 inch foamy orange-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of grain, sugar, and some fruity aromas. Taste is much the same but there is a weird metallic off flavor that is hard to get over. Only a slight hop presence is tasted here. This beer has a slightly flat mouthfeel with just a hint of carbonation. Overall, this is a pretty bad beer and definitely not something I would go after again.

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Photo of raynmoon
3/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It smells sweet, like honey, which comes from the malt. Maybe a slight presence of fruitiness from the hops, but maybe not.

The taste is even more sweet, almost cloyingly sweet. As I keep sipping it starts to become more crisp. Hardly any bitterness from the hops.

Overall pretty good for the style, but nothing I'd want to buy again .

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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.

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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.

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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

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Photo of djeucalyptus
2.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of nofalltoofar
3.28/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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Photo of ithacabaron
3.11/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of rfgetz
2.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of DeanMoriarty
3.43/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

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Photo of cervezango
2.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

super golden
lacy foam, small carb bubbles

pine and sweet/hops smelling, alochol.

the main taste is hops bitterness with little sugar in the aftertaste, but the alcohol is well balanced, not too compex but but for less than a dollar a good little beer.

fairly light in body

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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.

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Photo of cambabeer
3.27/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

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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!

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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.

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Photo of tone77
3.39/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

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Photo of Sachsenfreude
3.03/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of thecarster1
3.38/5  rDev +17%
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.

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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

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Photo of tatoodkelt
2.31/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Consumed 12/9/2009- from notes.

Trying to broaden my taste for Euro Pale's and spotted this on the shelf at a local shop figured I'd give it a go.

Green 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Clear bright gold with a finger and a half tight white head that faded quickly to a patchy skim. Mild carbination.

S- A muted graassy/grainy aroma was about all I picked up.

T- Same as the aroma but a little sweeter. Maybe a little biscuity flavor peeking through here and there.

M- Light to medium, not too carbinated.

D- Drinks like water but I'd rather have the water.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.2/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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