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

3 Horses Holland Lager Beer3 Horses Holland Lager Beer

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56 Ratings
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Ratings: 56
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 2.88
pDev: 18.75%


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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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.03/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2012 02:55:59 | More by DrDemento456
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nofalltoofar

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2011 01:08:13 | More by nofalltoofar
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metter98

New York

3.1/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2011 13:11:44 | More by metter98
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +33.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2011 14:57:37 | More by woodychandler
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2011 18:59:34 | More by tone77
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thecarster1

Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2010 03:12:30 | More by thecarster1
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tatoodkelt

Maryland

2.3/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2009 16:33:41 | More by tatoodkelt
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bluejacket74

Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -13.2%
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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zeff80

Missouri

2.78/5  rDev -3.5%
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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Weizenmensch

Japan

2.17/5  rDev -24.7%
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 -23.6%
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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jarmby1711

Australia

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

The local Liquorland carries this occassionally, along with a few other Dutch Lagers.
It is a typical low key Euro Lager , pale and perhaps a little crisper than some and not overly sweet and tacky like some can be.
It is a reasonable hot day guzzler, but has no particular merits or faults.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2006 22:43:08 | More by jarmby1711
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

2.08/5  rDev -27.8%
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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sevineyes

Arkansas

3.13/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2006 03:10:11 | More by sevineyes
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scruffwhor

Illinois

2.68/5  rDev -6.9%
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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karst

Missouri

2.63/5  rDev -8.7%
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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mynie

Indiana

2.48/5  rDev -13.9%
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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Andreji

Colombia

2.5/5  rDev -13.2%
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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lokicat444

Illinois

2.68/5  rDev -6.9%
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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surfmeister

California

3/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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"

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2004 21:12:02 | More by surfmeister
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James_NZ

New Zealand (Aotearoa)

2.16/5  rDev -25%
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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beertunes

Washington

3.18/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Serving type: can

05-31-2012 19:15:49 | More by beertunes
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UCLABrewN84

California

2.68/5  rDev -6.9%
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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raynmoon

California

3/5  rDev +4.2%
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 .

Serving type: can

03-09-2012 22:41:59 | More by raynmoon
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McStagger

California

3.03/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Serving type: can

09-30-2011 04:52:35 | More by McStagger
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3 Horses Holland Lager Beer from Oranjeboom Bierbrouwerij B. V.
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