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

Not Rated.
3 Horses Holland Lager Beer3 Horses Holland Lager Beer

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BA SCORE
70
okay

58 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 58
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-22-2004)
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dcmchew

Romania

1.25/5  rDev -56.7%

10-22-2013 18:09:03 | More by dcmchew
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IntriqKen

California

1.78/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

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.

Very disappointing.

Serving type: can

06-22-2008 01:41:00 | More by IntriqKen
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Offa

California

1.85/5  rDev -36%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This is an incredibly bland beer that after a few sips tastes like nothing more than slightly unpleasant, minerally tap water.

Pale gold, it has a medium big white head that steadily shrinks to leave a thin ring.

Th aroma is fairly nice basic lager, with a little bread crust, hay, pine sap, some flowery gain and green grass.

The taste at first is light grain, pine sap with a somewhat full feel and light sweetness with faint piney-tingly bitterness near the finish. However, the finish itself is thin, short, and falls very flat. The whole thing, ok on the first couple sips, promptly becomes exceddingly thin, weak, watery, and bland, with an amzaingly brief, characterless finish. It ends up like old, warm tap water in flavour with a weak soda-water feel and, although ot unpleasant, is exceedingly tiresome. It is so dull that it is not very drinkable.

On this website, this beer is tied to Oranjeboom but the latter, a basic beer itself, has a lot more character than this stuff.

Serving type: can

10-02-2008 17:50:18 | More by Offa
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

2.08/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pale gold with watery lemon edges. A few steady streams of bubbles ascend to a bright white head that is of respectable quality. While I'm not overly impressed by the amount of glass coverage, enough lace sticks for the appearance to be considered slightly above average. The beer looks 'clean' if nothing else.

We all know that green-bottled beer is uber cool (I mean look at Heineken!), but what this green bottle has succeeded in doing is giving 3 Horses a Pepe Le Pew aroma on crown cracking (I'll resist the urge to call it 3 Skunks). The nastiness is now almost completely gone and in its place is the fairly typical EPL nose of pungent, grassy noble hops that have lain in the sun too long.

The flavor can't even maintain that bargain basement benchmark; I think I'll go back to smelling instead of drinking. Seriously though, this is not good beer, even for a style that struggles to be enjoyable on a good day. It may be a tad sweeter than most, but hops rule the roost. Not good when they've been used with such a lack of skill. Short, uninspired, glad-that-it's-over finish.

Tough call on the mouthfeel since EPLs are supposed to be light. It feels too light though, especially on the back end, and lacks any sort of excitement at all. There's enough carbonation, but it doesn't even last all the way to the end of each mouthful.

3 Horses Holland Lager Beer is a poor man's version of Heineken. Make that a destitute man's version since I can't imagine drinking this stuff even if it was free. What would be nice is a horse of a completely different color since this one is drab, dull and lifeless. No thanks.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2006 13:12:31 | More by BuckeyeNation
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James_NZ

New Zealand (Aotearoa)

2.16/5  rDev -25.3%
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.

Serving type: can

02-05-2014 04:47:25 | More by James_NZ
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Weizenmensch

Japan

2.17/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2007 13:18:15 | More by Weizenmensch
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daliandragon

North Carolina

2.2/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2007 05:35:17 | More by daliandragon
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Ciocanelu

Romania

2.25/5  rDev -22.1%

12-04-2013 20:59:52 | More by Ciocanelu
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Gusler

Arizona

2.25/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: can

01-25-2004 21:22:38 | More by Gusler
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tatoodkelt

Maryland

2.3/5  rDev -20.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2009 16:33:41 | More by tatoodkelt
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mynie

Indiana

2.48/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a dark gold with a nice head and good lacing.

Hard hop smells up front, very fruity like raisins and dates.

Strong taste, not all that pleasant. Fruit upfront that turns into solvent alcohol and then more fruit and a hint of caramel in the back. Astringent aftertaste with just a hint of hops. Inoffensive once you get used to it, but a bit off putting at first.

Nothing impressive here.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2005 04:57:49 | More by mynie
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bluejacket74

Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2007 23:29:13 | More by bluejacket74
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Andreji

Colombia

2.5/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer's been around for a while already in Colombia and recently became a top import, for some bad reason perhaps: The beer's only charm is the very, very intense hop smell that i felt on every sip, but other than this, the beer follows the any-lager pattern of taste and appearance. This isn't something to go ahead and purchase regularly but might be worth trying on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2004 19:33:04 | More by Andreji
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brez8791

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -13.5%

02-20-2012 13:42:54 | More by brez8791
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opwog

Minnesota

2.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

BA has this beer tied to Oranjeboom, but I am not sure if this is correct. Both are from the Netherlands and both are carried at Trader Joes, but when looking up these beers on the internet, it would appear that they actually have no further connection than that, unless they may each share an importer.

I am not even going to bother with an element breakdown of this beer. It has all the characteristics of a beer half its price. Not that it is very expensive at $5.99 a sixer of tall boys, but this is the type of beer I would have drunk during my freshman year in college, because it would have been the cheapest at the corner market. Beyond that, all that I can say about this beer is...corn.

Serving type: can

07-09-2008 09:30:29 | More by opwog
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Floydster

California

2.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Tall can from my roomate's six pack that he got at the Trader Joe's in Redlands

Golden yellow color with no head and no real carbonation

Smell was a little stale and taste was overly bitter for a pale lager

Taste did not last long and beer was filling for how the light the color of it was

Not bad I guess for a four dollar four pack of sixteen ounce cans

Serving type: can

09-12-2007 18:31:45 | More by Floydster
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theopholis

California

2.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: can

05-03-2007 04:09:22 | More by theopholis
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karst

Missouri

2.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2006 17:35:30 | More by karst
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UCLABrewN84

California

2.68/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Serving type: can

05-03-2012 03:32:43 | More by UCLABrewN84
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scruffwhor

Illinois

2.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale urine color with alright lacing. Gradly any head to speak of after like 5 seconds. Aromas were pretty generic, bvland with hints of natural lager yeast and gras and/or hay. The flavor profile was light amd fluffy with water. But slightly spiced water.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2006 03:29:11 | More by scruffwhor
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lokicat444

Illinois

2.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Note: I found 24 bottles of this stuff for 10 bucks at Sam's Club. If you can get it for that price, it's definitely worth it. Definitely better than macros; it's rather like a generic version of Heineken. (Though the bottle is green, very little skunkiness was detected)

Appearance is rather generic, simply a pale yellow. There was a small bit of head that lingered for about a minute.

Smell was unimpressive; a bit sour-ish, though by no means offensive or off-putting.

Taste is rather similar to Heineken or Becks. A slightly bitter, astringent aftertaste is detectable. (However, the aftertaste is not noticeable when drinking this with somewhat spicy food).

Mouthfeel is somewhat smooth, but still too watery.

Drinkability is high if you can overcome the aftertaste, which is pretty easy to do.

Bottom line: I'd reccomend this as a good follow-up beer, after having something that's more tasty and robust. Definitely great with casual lunches. If the price is right, go for it.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2004 03:29:37 | More by lokicat444
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matjack85

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -4.8%

01-27-2013 19:02:30 | More by matjack85
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zeff80

Missouri

2.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had a Holland beer taste showdown between Heineken and 3 Horses. I'd give a slight edge to 3 Horses.

A - Poured out an orange/gold color with a white, one-finger head. It left a minimal amount of lace.

S - It smelled a little skunky, just a little. It mostly smelled of corn.

T - It tasted of sweet malt. Also, there was a good tasting corn/grain flavor.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is a descent lager. A little more flavorful than Heineken.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2007 17:30:28 | More by zeff80
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djeucalyptus

Oregon

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.

Serving type: can

07-23-2011 06:19:45 | More by djeucalyptus
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cervezango

Wisconsin

2.95/5  rDev +2.1%
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

Serving type: can

03-19-2011 20:59:07 | More by cervezango
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3 Horses Holland Lager Beer from Oranjeboom Bierbrouwerij B. V.
70 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.