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

Not Rated.
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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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-22-2004

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Photo of Offa
1.92/5  rDev -33.6%
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.

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Photo of opwog
2.59/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

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Photo of IntriqKen
1.83/5  rDev -36.7%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.8/5  rDev +31.5%
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!

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Photo of Floydster
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

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Photo of bluejacket74
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.

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Photo of zeff80
2.73/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of Weizenmensch
2.19/5  rDev -24.2%
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.

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Photo of theopholis
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.

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Photo of daliandragon
2.23/5  rDev -22.8%
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.

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Photo of jarmby1711
2.96/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.11/5  rDev -27%
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.

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Photo of Hunter
3.4/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

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Photo of sevineyes
3.14/5  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.

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Photo of scruffwhor
2.65/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Photo of karst
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.

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Photo of mynie
2.55/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Photo of Andreji
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.

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Photo of lokicat444
2.63/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of surfmeister
3/5  rDev +3.8%
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"

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Photo of Gusler
2.26/5  rDev -21.8%
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.

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3 Horses Holland Lager Beer from Oranjeboom Bierbrouwerij B. V.
70 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.