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Oranjeboom Premium Lager - Oranjeboom Bierbrouwerij B. V.

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BA SCORE
68
poor

283 Ratings
THE BROS
66
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Ratings: 283
Reviews: 167
rAvg: 2.86
pDev: 17.48%
Wants: 1
Gots: 8 | 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: Jason on 08-21-2002)
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden yellow with a 2 inch fizzy off-white head that fades to a thin cap. Random spots and streaks of lace slide back down into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of grains, corn flakes, and some sugary notes. Taste is of sweetened grains and corn flakes with a dry grassy flavor on the finish. A slight herbal bitterness sticks to the palate after each sip. Carbonation is average with a crisp, clean feel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer - nothing too good but nothing too bad. On the cheap at Trader Joe's.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of acurtis
2/5  rDev -30.1%

acurtis, Jul 10, 2013
Photo of metter98
2.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: The beer is crystal clear deep yellow in color and has a very light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that died down and left patches of bubbles on the surface and a thin ring around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of grainy malts and sweetness in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell, having flavors of grainy malts along with a slight amount of sweetness. There are also some hints of grassy hops.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink but doesn’t have any interesting aromas or flavors.

metter98, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
2.75/5  rDev -3.8%

kjkinsey, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of brentk56
2.33/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a clear pale golden with modest head that fails to lace

Smell: Nothing but a hint of corn and some grass

Taste: Fairly sweet with little bitterness

Mouthfeel: Light and moderately carbonated

Drinkability: Next question, please. This one is not worth pondering

brentk56, Oct 10, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
3.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A decent Euro Lager. A lot like Staropramen. Strong straw color. Very clear and carbonated. A bit sparkling. Good head retention that fades to a trace. Aromas are mostly grainy, corn-like, and a bit light-striken (not bad enough to call skunky), grassy, earthy, and yeasty. Flavors are similar, throw in bready, hoppy (of the noble variety), a bit citrusy or apple like. Finishes crip (but not dry), refreshing. Easily drinkable with a pizza.

BEERchitect, Aug 29, 2005
Photo of kylehay2004
2.75/5  rDev -3.8%

kylehay2004, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
2.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer reminded me a lot of a Grolsh or Heineken. It's got that traditional lager flavor to it where it's a little bitter and aged. The color is plae yellow and not overly exciting. Just about another European Lager. I don't see myself really trying to find this one again any time soon.

Knapp85, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.45/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

16 ounce can - $1.49 at Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, medium gold body with a short-lived inch of white suds.

Smell: On the whole, it's quite grainy in the aroma. Beyond that, there's a teeny tiny hint of vague sweetness, a bit of uncooked corn, and zestful continental hops. Ho-hum.

Taste: Grainy, faintly bready pils malts. Lightly sweet. A bit husky in the fore. Spicy European hops, reasonably bitter. Hint of dried corn kernels. And, quite a bit husky on the back half, too. Finishes dry and still husky. Has a scuzzy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: A lackluster lager. The huskiness here is unpleasant, so keep it cold and throw it back fast, if you must.

ChainGangGuy, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of SocalKicks
2.75/5  rDev -3.8%

SocalKicks, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of TMoney2591
3.23/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Sometimes you've gotta wonder at the random beer you can find for real cheap at Trader Joe's. This one pours a clear pale straw topped by a finger of white froth. The nose comprises wheat, corn, dust, and hard water. The taste holds notes of wheat, light orange peel, flowers, light greens, and corn syrup. The body is quite light, with a light carbonation and a watery feel. Overall, a pretty standard beer, nothing to rave for or against.

TMoney2591, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of biboergosum
3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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 zeff80
2.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured out a very clear, golden yellow color. It had high carbonation levels and a small, fizzy, short-lived head. No lacing at all.

S - It smelled of grains and floral notes. Not much else here.

T - It tasted of grain and slightly toasted malts. There was a slight bitterness and grassy bite.

M - Oranjeboom is crisp and sharp with a fizzy mouthfeel. A very light bodied lager.

D - This was worth a try once but I don't think I'd want the imported version we get in the U.S. again. I'm sure it is much better closer to the source.

zeff80, May 13, 2010
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.28/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 Jason
2.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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 WVbeergeek
2.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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 mactrail
2.63/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

From the tall can poured into a Stella glass. Yellow amber color with a nice head but coarse carbonation. More flavor than American industrial lagers, but rather anemic by the better Euro standards. Slightly malty flavor.

A tang, rather than a taste of hops. Not even worth the price at Trader Joe's, where it has been a cheap Euro lager staple for years. The Simpler Times Wisconsin beers are even cheaper but so much better.

mactrail, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of jwc215
2.93/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours light straw yellow with a white head that becomes a slowly vanishing patch.

Clean aroma - a hint of grass/husk - clean and inoffensive.

Like the aroma - clean and largely inoffensive. Some very mild grass/husk. Neither sweet nor bitter. Very thin, though I can't say it's overly watery or fizzy, per se...just bland...

Smooth, crisp, clean if nothing else.

Oh well, I have a few more to take to the pool on a hot day...that's about it...not much to say about this one...

jwc215, Aug 29, 2007
Photo of kojevergas
2.13/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Can into Budweiser pint glass (it was all that was around) in low altitude Galway, Ireland. Can acquired in Cork, Ireland. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a two finger head of slight cream and average thickness. Average retention. Meh. Clear dark yellow colour.

Sm: Light scent of malt, barley, and ... maize?

T: Nice unexpected cream over top of barley/maize foundation. The malt is fortunately quite tame, avoiding ruining the flavour. The barley sharpens on the climax, which is unpleasant and unwelcome. It never quite recovers, creating a decidedly nasty finish. Unbalanced and pretty badly built for the style. Bittering hops are present but very background, not even surpassing the generic barley.

Mf: Too much wetness alongside an artificial smoothness/coarseness balance. Pretty crap. Doesn't match the flavours of the body.

Dr: Affordable by Irish standards, but nowhere near a great beer.

kojevergas, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of GClarkage
2.88/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

02/24/05- Purchased at Trader Joe's in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- 12oz green bottle with a code on the back label. Poured into my Radeberger pils glass.

Appearance- Light pee colored golden coloring, large foamy head and very nice clinging lacing.

Smell- Think my brew may have been a tad skunkified. After I opened the bottle and poured it into the glass, waves of sour scents filled the room. Eventually it calmed down, but you could literally smell the skunk in every room for about 30 minutes.

Taste- Light on the malt and pretty heavy on the grain. Very grassy.

Mouthfeel- Moderate carbonation and pretty dry.

Drinkability- Think I will pass on this. Was strangely somewhat excited to try this one because my friends' dad swears by this beer. He grew up in Scotland and drank nothing but Guiness, Smithwicks, etc...and he likes this the best?!?!?! I think that deserves a WTF! Not horrid, but I don't think I would need to buy this one again.

GClarkage, Feb 25, 2005
Photo of Halcyondays
3.88/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pint can, purchased from Trader Joe's in Long Beach for $0.84. Poured into a shaker pint.

A: Golden yellow color, with a white head which has good retention.

S: No skunk, due to the can. Smells of bready malts, some hop presence, very pleasant.

T: Great bready malt taste, with noble hops, possibly Saaz holding it together. Reminds me of a solid German Helles, nothing objectionable at all.

M: Creamy from the carbonation, a tad on the thin side, but I think very good for the style.

D: Very drinkable and thirst quenching on a summer day in Southern California, I got through the 16 oz. in a matter of minutes, and would definitely drink this again. Great price, and a great summer beer.

Halcyondays, Jun 27, 2007
Photo of Gavage
2.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a clear pale yellow color with a short 1/4" head that breaks apart immediately. No lacing develops.

Smell: no real aroma as some light malt sweetness is tough to pull out of the glass.

Taste: light malt profile with some hay, sweet green grapes, apples, and a hint of lemon zest. Very light bitterness here.

Mouthfeel: thin and light in body. Crisp from start to finish. Clean aftertaste.

Drinkability: so-so at best. Typical euro macro flavor that is boring but you can drink in a pinch.

Gavage, Mar 10, 2008
Photo of BlackHaddock
2.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Green 50cl bottle, best before 5th May 2010, drank 18th Feb 2010. Poured three times into my Veltins (0.2 litre) stemmed tulip.

Looks fairly dark in lager/pilsner speak, a rich golden yellow rather than the paler end of the style. Very clear and clean. The white head initially was impressive on each pour into the glass, the head however didn't last, only a collar and a few wisps were left after a couple of seconds or so.

The smell was poor, half metallic, half straw/hay, no true beery smells at all.

The taste was sharp and refreshing with a bit of bite but lacked flavours or class. This is a standard mass produced supermarket beer and you can tell once it's in the mouth.

Nothing wrong with the beer, although a metallic edge appeared towards the end of the mouthfeel as the mouth dried. It isn't at the higher end of the lager/pilsner world in any shape or form. It's cheap and there is a reason for that.

In the mid 1970's it was my prefered Dutch beer on tap (I lived on the Dutch/German border). I don't remember it being so bland then, I think it has changed a great deal since those days.

BlackHaddock, Feb 18, 2010
Photo of woodychandler
3.68/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This review holds dual citizenship as both my entry for NBS (Week 283) and the latest CAN in The CANQuest (TM), which has slowed considerably since broaching the 300 mark. CAN't anybody help me with some new CANs?

From the CAN: "This is the original Oranjeboom Premium Lager of Brewery 'De Oranjeboom', established in Holland in 1671. The striking name, crest, and colour of the 'Oranjeboom', symbolizing the family tree of the Dutch royal family, the princes of Oranje-Nassau, were assigned to the brewery and its premium beer to pay homage to the royal founders of the realm of the Netherlands. Pure natural: Choice Hops, Finest Malts and Grains, Clear Water."

My pour created an impressive two fingers' of bone-white head with excellent retention, especially in the face of the broiler oven that is today. Nothing like high heat and humidity to make me want to crack open a CAN of beer! Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose had the characteristic malty/lager-sweetness that lagers are supposed to have - not the weak, diluted smell of AALs. Sure, my sixer was a little more expensive than a rack of Miller, but that is the trade-off for not using adjuncts. You CAN't have it every which way but loose. Mouthfeel was medium with a pleasant lager sweetness in the mouth. Finish had a faint taste of honey, another characteristic of unadulterated lagers. This was a nice, pleasant lager and one that I would put in my cooler. It's not going to knock your socks off, but it won't require choking it down either (hear me, Minhas?).

woodychandler, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of weeare138
2.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appears a transparent, crisp, light gold with a 1 finger, velvety white head that slowly fades out into a faded out cap and collar. Tiny speckles of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of sweet malty adjuncts, fresh cut grass, mild skunkyness, and mild vegetal aromas.
Taste is of the same aromas in a sugary, doughy cookie-esque pilsner.
Mouthfeel is crisp, and lively on the front of the tongue that quickly moves to the middle of the tongue. It's hard to get a grip on this one b/c it's so bouncy along the palate with a gentle carbonation sting in the somewhat dry finish.
This one is a bit tough to drink in the grand scheme of things. It's not a great, standout lager to begin with but the mouthfeel definitley kills this and draws out all the negatives that keep this beer weighed down.

weeare138, Jul 26, 2006
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Oranjeboom Premium Lager from Oranjeboom Bierbrouwerij B. V.
68 out of 100 based on 283 ratings.