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Oranjeboom Premium Lager - Oranjeboom Bierbrouwerij B. V.

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BA SCORE
67
poor

269 Ratings
THE BROS
65
poor

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Ratings: 269
Reviews: 166
rAvg: 2.85
pDev: 17.89%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Netherlands

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 08-21-2002)
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Reviews by DerekP:
Photo of DerekP
3.25/5  rDev +14%

Notes from 8/14/12

16 oz pint can, 5% ABV, no freshness date.

Golden-yellow appearance with carbonation bubbles rising. Fluffy white head with good retention. Tawny; not entirely clear in body. Appearance: 4/5

Spicy and grainy in aroma. Wet grass. The faintest touch of sweet caramel underneath grains and hops. Smell: 3.5/5

Tinny, pasteurized can tang up front, followed by grains, bittering hops, spicy hops flavor and a dry finish. Drink this colder than I did (stay below 50 degrees F). Taste: 3/5

Creamy body (hops flavor), balanced hops & malt bill, and medium bodied. Feel: 4/5

Overall: 3 out of 5. An average Euro-lager. Not bad at all, just nothing exceptional. I'm thinking pork sausages and potatoes with this one.

DerekP, Aug 17, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
2.6/5  rDev -8.8%

Appearance – Yellow body with a light, foamy head that dwindled rather quickly.

Smell – Singular, grainy aroma that indicates nothing good is to come from this one.

Taste – This tastes like a Budweiser, except not as complex. The grain comes out again on the tongue, and hangs around for the finish as well since there is no sweetness to be found. It does though bring with it a dry, bitter hop flavor (that I didn’t pick up on the nose) that saves it from a very poor rating.

Mouthfeel – Cheap, foamy carbonation. If Alka-seltzer ever decided to put out a nighttime cold remedy lager, this would be it.

Drinkability – The bitter, pale dryness helps this one out here.

Comments – A mixed bag for sure. I can’t believe that this is what the founders had in mind in 1671.

RoyalT, Aug 24, 2003
Photo of Dmann
3.15/5  rDev +10.5%

This beer struck me as a good alternative to Heineken with a similar flavor profile for a cheaper price(purchased a 6 pack of 16oz cans for $5.99) The color is nothing too spectacular with a light goldish color and a decent frothy head. Smell was of grass and dirt with a hint of malt sweetness in the background. Flavor was on par with other euro lagers such as Lowenbrau and Heineken; sweet malt and earthy flavors up front with a bit of a dry finish. But this is by far the driest beer I have had in awhile. maybe just a bit too dry. Anyhow, this is a decent and cheaper alternative to more pricey euro lagers and tastes like it will do the trick on a hot summer day, give it a shot.

Dmann, Apr 16, 2010
Photo of Drunkenass
3/5  rDev +5.3%

Drunkenass, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of drinkofczars
3.43/5  rDev +20.4%

A- Old school looking can is pretty cool. Looks like this could be a Rainer type of beer in Holland; cheap but good. Same type of color as an American lager.

S- Not much to smell. Similar to the smell of Stella but not as strong.

T. Crisp and refreshing. Wish it had a little more bite to it. Mellow and easy to drink. I feel most women would like this beer, and most men would say it's ok.

M- Good amount viscosity for a basic lager. Good amount of carbonation, but not overpowering.

O- I probably wouldn't buy this beer again, but would take it over most lagers. This beer is on par with Heineken.

Pretty good beer.

drinkofczars, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of Jason
2.78/5  rDev -2.5%

Presentation: 16 oz can with no freshness date, small blurb of history of the brewery that is now owned by Interbrew.

Appearance: Thin frothed milk looking lace with a bright golden hue.

Smell: The usual light grassy and veggie mix of malt and hops in the aroma, clean at that.

Taste: Clear lager snappish mouth feel, with a light to moderate body. Thin malt flavours are mostly a husky grassy grain and dry all over. Hops are mild with a modest bitterness and very little flavour. Faint alcohol and a ghost like citric fruitiness from the hops are all this beer has to offer. Monotonous dry finish after every sip.

Notes: There is not much to this lager at all, oddly there is not much of an imported flare which was the only surprise. I’d pick a domestic US macro before this one. The only thing that saved this beer for me was that it was quite clean with not too many off flavours or aromas.

Jason, Aug 21, 2002
Photo of 1Adam12
2.5/5  rDev -12.3%

1Adam12, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of btmo
1.85/5  rDev -35.1%

Ick!

Now I understand the meaning of the word "swill".

I have an enormous amount of respect for European beers. But not for this one.

The taste is nasty, the smell is only marginally better and the drinkability is just .. awful.

Avoid. Trust me.

btmo, Feb 08, 2008
Photo of jazzyjeff13
3/5  rDev +5.3%

Purchased at a local petrol station - so it's got to be good, right? A 500ml green glass bottle with a BB of May 2012. Label states an ABV of 4.7%, and features a cool stylised orange tree emblem.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A clear golden colour with good carbonation. Forms a small head of white foam that disappears in under a minute. Weak aroma of light malt with a faint solvent note.

Tastes of light malt with a mild bitter finish. Faint grainy character with a hint of stewed leaves that becomes more apparent as it warms. Notes of solvent/alcohol. Mouthfeel is prickly, acidic and slightly dry. Leaves a faint aftertaste of grain and leaves.

A very average beer; certainly not what qualifies as premium in my book. Flavourwise, it's bland and uninteresting. Might be refreshing in hot weather, although I can think of better things to drink. Pass....

jazzyjeff13, Apr 19, 2011
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.33/5  rDev +16.8%

Gold and copper color pour with lots of clarity, minimal head. Aroma was lively, spritzy, carbonated and clean.

Taste was pretty straightforward, skunky Euro lager thing going on, which I like and was impressed that they still got that profile out of a can, minimal hoppiness to it, not much to chew on malt wise, thin mouthfeel, a hydration beer with some skunk is the concise way of describing it.

Beer was less agreeable the more it warmed. One of the few I'd say drink cold and enjoy the skunk on it.

Beerandraiderfan, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of WVbeergeek
2.55/5  rDev -10.5%

Pours a brilliant clear golden color with a bright white colored head, I've never seen this beer in the states. Country of origin is definitely Holland but this stuff is brewed by Hofbrauhaus in Braunschweig, Germany. 16 ounces in a six pack of cans for 7.99 you really can't beat that price. But how does the actual beer match up to the price. The symbol is the royal orange tree with a crown over it, can alone is very nice with blue silver and orange color pattern, literally made me want to buy this beer and believe that it was something special. Aromatics don't impress me much more of a muted cooked vegetable, corn syrup fermented out. Although brewed in Germany, I don't think this was brewed with just malts, hops, barley, and water. As I take a few more sniffs there is something pleasant about the overall smell I'm getting that makes it bearable. Flavor has an assertive grainy flow that has metallic edges and moderate sweetness suggestive of corn/malts with mild light herbal muddled hop grassiness. Mouthfeel is pretty carbonated lighter bodied mass produced industrial lager from Europe. This beer has a history of an original site in Holland, that has been bought out by Interbrew, now Inbev, and is just now part of a portfolio of similar beers that will sell well to the masses. Overall a slightly above average Euro lager with some redeeming qualities in between some rather harsh moments in each sip.

WVbeergeek, Feb 24, 2012
Photo of LaurensDeJong
3/5  rDev +5.3%

LaurensDeJong, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of rastaman
2/5  rDev -29.8%

No different from things like, Heineken, Bavaria, Hollandia, etc. Sweetish flavour, light in body and taste, slight skunkiness, a bit funky, but generally bland, its hard to say anything good about it, except its drinkable.....just.

rastaman, Aug 21, 2002
Photo of LXIXME
2.93/5  rDev +2.8%

Small white head settles into a thinnish lacing above a clear bright golden colored beer.

Light sour citrus lemon with some wheat grains and maybe some slight spices showing up in the aroma.

Light grain malts, some sourness, very light lemon, and some very light spice notes in the taste of this lager.

A dry aftertaste with a very slight sour note on this light bodied beer.

Not a bad tasting beer, just not enough taste within the thin walls of this glass of beer.

LXIXME, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of acurtis
2/5  rDev -29.8%

acurtis, Jul 10, 2013
Photo of dcbeers
2.5/5  rDev -12.3%

dcbeers, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of Brenden
3.13/5  rDev +9.8%

Yes, it's 9 AM. It's breakfast.

This one is what's commonly referred to as a "straw" color, very pale yellow. There's pretty good activity off a soft white head that's a bit taller than I would have expected, which thins to a light coating but leaves reasonable lacing.
What nose there is gives almost exclusively a tart/sour blend of lemon zest and grass, with strong grains and a light dusty/skunky (but not terribly) back. Light notes of corn husk and yeast are also detectable.
That's pretty much the story for the flavor as well. A backbone of grains with an up front and lingering citrusy tart/sour flavor is also extremely grassy and earthy with a bit more doughy and dry cracker malts notes and a touch of green apple. Hops does make an appearance, however light, and are in a lingering finish that goes just a touch sour.
The body is light, crisp but semi-dry rather than the dryness one might expect. Carbonation keeps it spritzy but isn't terribly heavy.
It is what it is and I would take it over a BMC, or at least a BMC light.

Brenden, Oct 13, 2010
Photo of Siddhartharora
3/5  rDev +5.3%

Siddhartharora, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of biboergosum
3/5  rDev +5.3%

500ml can - a very Dutch array of colours used for the label design.

This beer pours a clear, bright golden yellow hue, with four fat fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly ecru head, which leaves some complex archipelago lace around the glass as it quickly dissolves.

It smells weakly of crackery pale malt, semi-sweet grainy corn, a bit of indistinct stale citrus, and leafy, weedy, and moderately skunky hops. The taste is bready, grainy malt, corn grist, white chalk, metallic hard water, and tame weedy, wet straw hops. Simple is the best way to describe this, really.

The carbonation is fairly light and frothy in its bearing, the body medium-light in weight, and quite plain in its workaday smoothness - its only attribute being that there is nothing else really existing here to mess with things. It finishes barely off-dry, even the mixed malt getting bored to tears by the disaffected nature of this offering.

No off-flavours, hell - very little normal flavour either, for those of us keeping count. A bland, unassuming Continental lager, nothing to recommend, but nothing to turn your nose up at by the same measure, I gotta say. If beige was a taste and experience (wait a bit, and some overpaid marketing hack will actually pitch this, I'm sure), then Oranjeboom is replete with it.

biboergosum, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of NJpadreFan
3/5  rDev +5.3%

Oranjeboom! Great name O.K. beer.

I recently tried this beer in Hamburg, Pennsylvania at a friends house. We were warming up to spend a week-end on the Appalachian Trail and needed some beer in us. I need beer in me to do most things (except drive, of course)

Anyway, Oranjeboom was staring at me from the fridge begging to be drank. So I obliged.

Oranjeboom had a nice bitter smell with a hint or orange peel?! The taste was similar to its smell slighty bitter, brisk, with a small hint of Orange. I don't recall its appearance cause I sucked it straight out of the bottle but It was a decent Lager that I was able to polish off a half-dozen no problem.

Oranjeboom is an odd brew that I'll recommend. Don't expect to be WOW'ed but an average beer worth a try. Bottles only!

NJpadreFan, Nov 11, 2003
Photo of tdm168
2.5/5  rDev -12.3%

tdm168, Jan 31, 2014
Photo of tjsdomer2
2.4/5  rDev -15.8%

Appearance: Pale yellow. Good foam retention for this style. Nice active carbonation. Flattens out quickly.

Smell: Lots of dry grass and strong barley malts.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Fortunately, there is a dry, crisp mouthfeel. I also like the taste a bit. It's not like grass, but actually more like hay. Pretty dry. Unfortunately, the metal taste consumes everything with this beer.

Drinkability: The metallic taste detracts from drinkability.

Overall: Might be an ok beer without the metal.

tjsdomer2, Jun 07, 2010
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.28/5  rDev +15.1%

The historic Orange Tree brewery was founded in Rotterdam in 1671, but closed in 1990. The brand was moved to the Three Horseshoes brewery (Drie Hoefijzers). It's now owned by Interbrew and seems to be getting more play in the market.
It pours a crystal clear golden body with an orange-ish cast. It's a bit darker than many similar lagers. The bright white head holds well before dropping to a creamy collar that leaves transient lace throughout the glass. A clean, softly grassy, and gently malty nose greets you. It's light/medium body appears nicely crisp in the mouth due to a fine, median carbonation. The taste, however, is quite basic with a well-balanced combination of moderately grainy malt (some adjuncts are used), light grassy hop flavor, and restrained bitterness. It finishes dry and refreshing; but leaves you wanting more. Well done, but quite mainstream.

NeroFiddled, Mar 25, 2003
Photo of ElGordo
3.2/5  rDev +12.3%

Poured from the 16oz can into a pint glass. Body is a bright, mellow golden color, topped by a small. bright white head. Sweet, bready aroma of adjunct malt and just a hint of fruity hops. Palate is sweet, corny adjunct malt, with a mildly bitter hoppy edge on the finish. Body is a touch creamy, but still thin, much like many Euro lagers. Not a bad option, but, like many in its class, should probably be avoided. Still, not particularly offensive, and I could drink a couple of these if given inferior options.

ElGordo, May 03, 2008
Photo of WoodBrew
2.93/5  rDev +2.8%

I got this can from Trader Joe's. This one pours a clear pale straw topped by a finger of white froth. The nose comprises wheat, grain, and hard water. The taste holds notes of wheat, light orange peel, slight floral and malt. The body is quite light, with a light carbonation and a watery feel. Overall, a pretty standard beer, nothing to rave for or against.

WoodBrew, Nov 05, 2011
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Oranjeboom Premium Lager from Oranjeboom Bierbrouwerij B. V.
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