3 Horses Holland Lager Beer - Oranjeboom Bierbrouwerij B. V.
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2.68/5 rDev -7.3%
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.
05-03-2012 03:32:43 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.1/5 rDev +7.3%
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
2.08/5 rDev -28%
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.
09-12-2006 13:12:31 | More by BuckeyeNation
2.78/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
07-04-2007 17:30:28 | More by zeff80
3.83/5 rDev +32.5%
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
3.85/5 rDev +33.2%
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
3/5 rDev +3.8%
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
3.18/5 rDev +10%
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.
05-31-2012 19:15:49 | More by beertunes
2.25/5 rDev -22.1%
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
2.68/5 rDev -7.3%
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.
05-11-2006 03:29:11 | More by scruffwhor
3.03/5 rDev +4.8%
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
2.5/5 rDev -13.5%
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.
07-06-2007 23:29:13 | More by bluejacket74
3.4/5 rDev +17.6%
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
2.98/5 rDev +3.1%
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
2.48/5 rDev -14.2%
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.
03-16-2005 04:57:49 | More by mynie
3.18/5 rDev +10%
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
2.58/5 rDev -10.7%
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
09-12-2007 18:31:45 | More by Floydster
3 Horses Holland Lager Beer from Oranjeboom Bierbrouwerij B. V.
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