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Oranjeboom Premium Lager - Oranjeboom Bierbrouwerij B. V.

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Ratings: 278
Reviews: 166
rAvg: 2.86
pDev: 17.83%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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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 droomyster
2.73/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

droomyster, Aug 05, 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 OWSLEY069
3/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

OWSLEY069, Jun 30, 2010
Photo of StJamesGate
3.18/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

StJamesGate, Jun 22, 2010
Photo of Beejay
3.23/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Beejay, Jun 22, 2010
Photo of tjsdomer2
2.4/5  rDev -16.1%
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.

tjsdomer2, Jun 07, 2010
Photo of MadTown1000
2.88/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

MadTown1000, May 25, 2010
Photo of crossovert
2.03/5  rDev -29%
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.

crossovert, May 24, 2010
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 mwagner1018
2.93/5  rDev +2.4%
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...

mwagner1018, May 05, 2010
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured in to a Unibroue snifter

A - Poured a very light yellow with a lot of carbonation and a very small amount of white head.

S - The nose slightly citrusy (lemon) with not much else going on. A very light nose.

T - Some sweetness comes through from the malts along with the slight citrus taste that was evident in the nose. For what I expected to be a typical European lager, this at least offers something different and unique in the palate.

M - Light body, average carbonation.

D - A good European lager.

TheSevenDuffs, Apr 25, 2010
Photo of Dmann
3.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 Redrover
3.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16 oz can from Trader Joes. poured into my SA perfect pint, the beer is a bright gold with a thick but disappearing white head.
No off or bad aromas, but there is not much smell at all. A bit of grain and a hint of floral hops.
The taste is mild with a bit of sweet grains, a touch of plum and some lingering low level bitterness.
The mouth is smooth but no more than slightly above average. I suppose its an easy enough beer to drink, but there is not much to recommended and not much to disparage with this one.

Redrover, Apr 15, 2010
Photo of soju6
3.13/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap in Maastricht.

Beer is a golden yellow with a good head, some of which was knocked off by the bartender. It has a sort of grainy smell. The taste fairly crisp & refreshing. Much smoother than I expected. Beer is good for more than one. Not a bad Euro beer.

soju6, Apr 12, 2010
Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.13/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The Oranjeboom fell from the pint-sized can a crystal clear light golden color with a sticky, lacey cap of foam. The aroma has notes of grain with a twist of peppery hops.

This beer has a very light body. Sweet bready flavors up front which blandly roll into some bitterness. As it warms it sweetness. Starchiness pervades.

One pint, while easy to finish, satiates my desire for this beer.

BeardedBoffin, Mar 23, 2010
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 dedrinker
3.53/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Yeah - what can I say about a 16oz. can of Oranjeboom at 8:43 AM? Dutch lager is like a step up from Canadian Macro, which is a small step up from U.S. Macro. That's what it tastes like. Or, if you prefer, it tastes like a very watered-down German Pilsner (as opposed to just plain watered-down Pilsner from Belgium).

But at least the adjunct character is subdued as compared to U.S. Macro - is it less a % of the grain bill, or a longer lagering time - perhaps two-row barley as opposed to six-row; maybe a combination thereof?

Great for the Pilsner Swilsner on a budget. That is, until Bitburger began showing up on the shelves of my town for the same price, at which point it becomes pointless to drink this stuff.

Not quite the sum of its parts.

dedrinker, Dec 17, 2009
Photo of neenerzig
3.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've had a 16 oz can of this sitting in my fridge for awhile now. This stuff is pretty damn cheap at the Whole Foods store near my house, you can get a 4 pack of 16 oz. cans for around $8.00 or so, a pretty good deal if you want to get some decent import beer to take to a party to get buzzed off of or something. This was the last of those 4 cans. Poured out of a 16 oz. can into my Stone pint glass. Pours a clear, medium to dark golden color with a slight amber hue. White head was well over an inch thick as I gave this one a violent put and I had to wait a minute for the head to die down before I could pour the rest of it in my glass. Head eventually settles to a nice thick ring lining the inside of the glass with some clusters of foam here and there on the surface. Not much lacing at all. Aromas of bready, biscuity malt and really not much else. The flavors are pretty much the same, bready, biscuity malty sweetness and a very mild hop presence on the very back end that could easily be missed if you aren't trying to find it. Overall good enough flavor, not great but there is no skunkyness or metallic bitterness like there are in others beers of this style. Has a clean finish. Crisp, light to medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Easy to drink. A good cheap import beer, but nothing special.


neenerzig, Dec 11, 2009
Photo of tatoodkelt
3.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 golden yellow with a Two finger soapy white head that faded pretty quick to a thin ring. Medium Carbination.

S- An almost hard candy sweetness mixed with a light bready/biscuity malt.

T- Almost the exact same as the smell with a little hop presence at the end.

M- Light to medium, a little creamy.

D- Pretty easy to drink but nothing I will seek out again. Better than the the 3 Horses from the same company I had earlier tonight but neither one are anything special.

tatoodkelt, Dec 10, 2009
Photo of srrn
3.43/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The can must be the way to go. The beer is a simple lager, really cheap and from a can no skunk. The beer has biscuity malts, almost no hops, is slightly sweet, not much bitterness to counteract the sweetness. But the flavor is minimal anyway! Probably a great summer beer.

srrn, Nov 19, 2009
Photo of CrazyDavros
2.63/5  rDev -8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Golden amber. Small head fades to nothing. Aroma is mostly honey and some nice biscuity malt, but also a little skunk in the background. More honey and sweet malt on taste. Very gentle short-lived bitterness. Very watery and too much carbonation. Too sweet and not enough hops, but otherwise pretty good for a macro lager.

CrazyDavros, Oct 29, 2009
Photo of tone77
3.03/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a pale yellow color with a 1 inch head. Smells of malts, some sweetness. Taste is very mild, slightly bitter. Not a whole lot of flavor here. Feels good in the mouth and has decent drinkability. Overall this is a mediocre beer.

tone77, Oct 20, 2009
Photo of Douglas88
2.23/5  rDev -22%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a clear yellow color with a medium white head. The aroma is light malts, some skunked notes, and grassy aromas. A sweet grassy and malty flavor, light hops. A crisp and clean pale lager. A decent choice, though I'd rather have a local version.

Douglas88, Nov 08, 2008
Photo of tempest
2.28/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a single from Liberty St. Tavern. Oh man, this is Skunk City, USA. Even after letting it air out for a few minutes, which is all a lot of skunked beers need, but it was to no avail. Beyond the stank, this beer basically tastes like Heineken. There's a yeast-driven fruity sweetness, though the beer isn't very sweet, along with a very pale grain taste. I'd honestly need to drink them side-by-side to tell them apart. This one might have a little more flavor, but the skunk makes it hard to tell. Freaking green bottles.

tempest, Nov 05, 2008
Photo of avalon07
2.2/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsener glass. Had a yellowish-brown color and a mostly clear consistency. There was about a quarter inch of head, but not much lacing.

S: This beer had a skunky aroma, typical of green bottles. Other than that, it had faint traces of hops and citrus.

T: Some mild hops and lemon, but little else. A thin, featureless beer.

M: A below average amount of carbonation and a dry finish.

D: This is nothing more than another mass-produced Euro lager. No real personality or taste to speak of.

avalon07, Oct 18, 2008
Oranjeboom Premium Lager from Oranjeboom Bierbrouwerij B. V.
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