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Oranjeboom Premium Lager - Oranjeboom Bierbrouwerij B. V.

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Ratings: 293
Reviews: 170
rAvg: 2.85
pDev: 17.54%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Jason on 08-21-2002

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Photo of Buggies
3/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a bad beer. Though, probably not worth the price as an import. It's your typical lawn mowing lager with not not much to offer except that it quenches the thirst.

If your into trying new beers like I do, go get yourself one and check it off on your list of conquered beers. Otherwise, any standard American BMC will do just as well.

Photo of doktorhops
2.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

What is the deal with cheap beers having the word "premium" in their name? It's like making a mediocre beer that your actually proud of. Why do brewers do this? Obviously it would be difficult selling a beer called "Jim's Cheap-ass Lager", but at least they might think about dropping the "premium" from the name and saving it for their best beer... unless of course it is their best beer (in that case, my apologies).

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a tulip pint.

A: Fluffy white head... dissipates to a spider web lacing. The body is a light amber hue... very Lager-ish characteristics here.

S: Cut grass, light honey and a hint of mint (interesting). The aroma suggests a clean, sharp Lager.

T: First thing I noticed was how dull this Lager is... there is nothing exciting here, "yes" it's crisp, "yes" it's clean, "yes" it has a slight dry aftertaste (all typical of Lagers), but that's it: there's no draw card with this beer. Why drink this when you could quite easily settle for one of the other billion boring Lagers out there? Of course this is semantics. In relation to the actual flavour: it's malt grains and light bitterness with that unmistakable hint of honey found in the aroma.

M: The beer I was tasting seemed a bit flat, not sure if this is intentional or just the bottle I was drinking. Also watery, like any other Lager.

D: Easy to drink, but not necessarily a good thing in this case. This beer is so boring I nearly fell asleep while drinking it. A big slice of average pie here.

Food match: Boring food... steamed vegetables and plain white rice. The hint of honey I found might make it go well with dessert, but who drinks beer with desserts?

Photo of kojevergas
2.13/5  rDev -25.3%
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.

Photo of nrbw23
2.68/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a very light, clear gold color with a thin white head. Head is gone pretty much in a second and leaves no lacing at all.

S- Pretty pouring smells of grain and corn. Really nothing else. Maybe a touch of lemon.

T- Just like the nose and pretty boring. Pale malts, grain, corn and a touch of citrus. A very light touch of citrus.

M- Light in body and pretty well carbonated.

O- Very crisp and light brew. Just really nothing going on here.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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....

Photo of drinkofczars
3.4/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Knapp85
2.59/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Photo of kflorence
3.11/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden, copper in color with a good, thick frothy head that dissipates over time. Not much lacing as you drink. Carbonation looks to be low.

S: Smells of sweet malts and grain with some astringency. Corn seems to be the predominant grain aroma.

T: Very simple mix of sweet malts and grain that give it a pleasing, cream corn flavor. It is most definitely not a complex or groundbreaking beer, and it shouldn't be drank with that mentality. It is just plain average.

M: Very light on body, slightly watery, low carbonation. There is a slight creaminess in there, but it's subtle.

D: Overall this is a very light and refreshing lager that is both easy to drink and easy to stomach. Very sessionable, but not overly palatable. At $6 for a six-pack, this is an absolute steal.

Photo of srandycarter
3.65/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A -Pours clear light honey, lots of white head. Some spotty lace.

S - Light hops and european malt. Very Heineken like..

T - Light malt, a little juicy, bittered at end.

M - Light, very light bodied, decent carb, a little over bitter at end for me.

D - Not a hard one to drink for sure.

Photo of rdub
3/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I always have high hopes from German brews. Appearance was golden straw with a light fizzy head. Lots of carbonation.

Smell was skunky, kind of like Heineken.

Taste was just plain average. Quite clean and less funk on taste than aroma. Not too bad just nothing spectacular.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are high due to the thinness and good carbonation.

This was an average brew but still worth a try and kind of fun to have at New Year's since it's not super popular here in Central PA.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.23/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Photo of MirkoCroCough
3.95/5  rDev +38.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pint can into kolsch glass.

Nice clear golden color with tiny bubbles of carbonation racing to the top. Left a bit of lacing.

Clean Euro lager smell. Earthy and musky.

Good clean flavor. Typical Euro lager malty and biscuity with a mild hop twang.

Good. Nicely carbonated, not seltzery. Smooth clean finish.

Would be easy to session. $8 for a sixer isn't a bad price either. Another Euro lager that trumps your typical American rice and corn beer. Would drink again.

Photo of LumpyGuitar
3.46/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked this up in a tall can, as it was new to my spot.

Pours a beautiful golden orange with a thin layer of frothy white head. Retention is weak, lacing is minimal.

Smells of biscuit malt and water.

Taste is smooth. Buttery malt dominates, hop is weak.

Mouthfeel is light, carbonation is average.

Drinkability is good. This would actually be tasty in the summer months as its light and you can definately put a few away. I'd say the cloying kicks in about round 4.

Photo of Brenden
3.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of morebeergood
3.38/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single can for $1 at Trader Joe's to try, since I always see this beer here. Poured into a tall pilsener glass. Bright yellow color. Foamy white head with some lacing and decent carbonation. Smelled like an average Euro lager. Taste was better than I expected. There was a bit of malt with some corn flavor, but there were no real offending flavors to turn me off at all. Mouthfeel was crisp enough to please me. Drinkability was fairly good, as this beer was smooth and easy to drink. For a dollar, I wasn't expecting much, but it wasn't too bad. I would drink a can of this beer again if the price was right.

Photo of droomyster
2.7/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from an extra tall can, pours a glowing gold with a short-lived fizzy white head. Aromas similar to those of the self-proclaimed King of Beers fail to impress. Fortunately the taste is nothing like the KoB's, but it's still falls short of being interesting. Faint grains and a light, sugary sweetness dominate the profile, which finishes long and honeylike. Watery body is unappealing. Sadly I bought a six-pack.

Photo of woodychandler
3.65/5  rDev +28.1%
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?).

Photo of OWSLEY069
3/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clean, pale yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, a dry, sugary, almost orange-ish like lager smell. In the taste, kind of a standard Euro pale lager with a small orange hint. A smooth and light bodied mouthfeel, with a semi dry, small orange like aftertaste. Standard lager, but hints of orange are different.

Photo of StJamesGate
3.18/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours the palest straw with giant puffy white foam that clumps and sticks. Nose is light, waxy and cut grass. Mild husk malts, corn sweetness and hay hops. Spritzy finish, soapy linger. Light as can be.

NOTE: This is the medium-strength version, at 3.5% ABV.

I'd like to taste the full strength, as I've good memories of this from Amsterdam. So inoffensive as to be insubstantial, which in the right setting could be an asset. Wouldn't go seeking it, though.

Update: The 5% version is mostly the same notes, only sharper, ironically making a less drinkable beer. Still ahead of most other cheap lager in a can, though.

Photo of Beejay
3.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pale to dark straw.. some white head right off the bat, but that fades to a ring fairly quickly.

S: Slight noble hop aroma. Some rice and light malt flavor. Pretty Par for the course.

T: Crisp and clean. Some slight bitterness in the finish, a little more hoppy than the american styles. Decent, but nothing to write home about.

M: Light and crisp, though a little intense on the carbonation.

D: Easy drinking for sure. Though another country's basic lager. So yes it is drinkable, but would I buy it again... no.

Photo of tjsdomer2
2.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of MadTown1000
2.89/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This version was brewed by Hofbrauhaus Wolters in Germany, and comes in a pint can.

Pours a golden yellow into an imperial pint stein, with several inches of creamy golden-white foam. Appearance is slightly translucent.

Smell is not too strong. Mostly just grain. Nothing too special. Flavor more or less follows that - there's a little bit of sweetness, some alcohol presence, but all in all it's pretty generic.

It does have some lingering presence in the back of the mouth, so some points for mouthfeel, and it certainly is drinkable - you won't have any problem getting through a pint can.

An acceptable beer, but pretty underwhelming for something with the word "boom" on the can.

Photo of crossovert
2.11/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

500ml can, purchased for 6.49 a 6pack at Trader Joe's. It says it is brewed by Hofbraeuhaus Wolters.

It pours a deep gold, more amber/orangeish than most. The head is soapy and white and leaves some spotted lacing.

No problems with skunk here, but it is a mild scented run of the mill smelling Euro pale lager.

It tastes all over the place. Definitely funky for the style. There is some cooked veggie, grain, and mild bitterness. It is too much like an american adjunct lager to be worthy for the style.

This one is cheap, if you need a cheap beer it works.

Photo of zeff80
2.8/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of mwagner1018
2.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Very light golden, almost translucent, large sporadic bubbles rising. Very light frothy white head, subsides quickly, no lacing at all.

S- Light grain, mild biscuit, not much on the nose of this one, very mild and what is there disappears quickly.

T- Very light malt, slight, light grain/toast, very mild citrus but very mild, not much going on in flavor town, dry finish. It is pretty clean at least, with no noticeable off flavors or skunked note. Light lingering bitterness on tip of tongue...

M- Light texture, non existent body, mild grassy bitterness, very carbonated, but typical for the style. Definitely a pale lager.

D- Crisp and light, no real distinct flavors, weak and slightly watery...probably won't be a "go to lawnmower" beer ever, cheap is what this beer has going for it. Better than your typical Pale Lager, but not much to get excited about. Good alternative to more expensive Euro Lagers...

Oranjeboom Premium Lager from Oranjeboom Bierbrouwerij B. V.
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