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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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BA SCORE
70
okay

58 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
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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DeanMoriarty

California

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.

Serving type: can

04-07-2011 01:41:44 | More by DeanMoriarty
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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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metter98

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Florida

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.

Serving type: can

02-07-2011 23:26:14 | More by cambabeer
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

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!

Serving type: bottle

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

Oregon

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.

Serving type: can

01-07-2011 08:36:01 | More by Spikester
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tone77

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Germany

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.

Serving type: can

11-16-2010 04:09:08 | More by Sachsenfreude
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thecarster1

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Arizona

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

Serving type: can

04-24-2010 00:55:19 | More by JamisonM
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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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TheQuietMan22

Iowa

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.

Serving type: can

11-08-2009 06:58:34 | More by TheQuietMan22
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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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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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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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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

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!

Serving type: can

01-18-2008 03:02:50 | More by NeroFiddled
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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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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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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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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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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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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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jarmby1711

Australia

2.98/5  rDev +3.1%
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 -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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Hunter

Arizona

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.

Serving type: can

07-14-2006 01:06:04 | More by Hunter
3 Horses Holland Lager Beer from Oranjeboom Bierbrouwerij B. V.
70 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.