Oranjeboom Premium Lager - Oranjeboom Bierbrouwerij B. V.

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Ratings: 287
Reviews: 170
rAvg: 2.86
pDev: 17.48%
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 utahbeerdude
3.7/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Visual: Light, clear golden color, with somewhat creamy head with good persistence, lots of visual carbonation.
Aroma: Nice spicy hops to start that fades somewhat and then persists at a reduced level.
Flavor: Prickly carbonation and some hop flavor dominate in the beginning, creamy middle due to carbonation then a kick of bitterness in the back end of the finish that dries out in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Effects of carbonation dominate, but not excessively so; the body is perhaps on the light side.
Overall: My sample was quite clean, with good overall balance. An enjoyable experience. This beer is not unlike Löwenbräu.

Photo of jarmby1711
2.63/5  rDev -8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Crystalclear and a rich gold that all looks like a computer generated bee
The head is sudsy and there is a steady bead.
S; some quaint malts and grasses , but are not very pronounced.
T: There is a subdued weakness that is supported by some burnt banana flavours.However as they are fairly weak they are soon overpowered by a tasteless bitterness.

M: Crisp and well carbonated .
D: In the enormous pack that Is Euro Pale Lagers this sits in the midst of many others that offer nothing special.
It is in offensive ,possibly because there is not a lot to it ,but is different in that it is not dominated by malty sweetness which I suppose must be a bt of a positive

Photo of Globetrotter
2.65/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

When I first arrived in Almaty back in 1994, this was the best beer I could find. Therefore, I've had a lot. I've seen it on occasion in Moscow since I've been here, and finally broke down and bought a bottle in order to do a review. And what a bottle: 66cl, pretty much bomber size - the first I've seen in Russia. It's green, with a brown and gold label with a coat of arms above the name that features an orange tree. The label confesses to only purity law ingredients. Best before 9/30/06, I opened it on 5/9/06.

Pours a clear orange hue under a one finger white head that lingers reasonably well as thick film and collar, generating no lace. The nose is nasty: strong of malt and cabbage - not a pleasant experience at all. It doesn't seem skunked, really; just bad. The mouth is light and harshly prickly. The taste is not horrible, thanks to lots of sweet and bready malt. There's a touch of peach or apricot, but even that is a bit on the overripe side. Very little hops emerge in the finish as just a tickle of dryness in the throat. Overall, this beer is a waste of time. (Guess I wasted a lot of time in my early days in Kazakhstan...)

Photo of Beastdog75
2.65/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

"Orange Tree" beer was a beer that stood out at me at the liquor store and almost pleaded for me to pick it up and bring it home. After all, it had a cool name and the aluminum "tall boy" cans it arrived in were attractive and eye-catching. Deep inside, I knew that this was another simple "euro-pils" but I gave in and purchased it. Was I dissapointed? Not really, because my suspicions were justified after drinking it, but overall this beer belies its asthetically pleasing packing and ends up being another simple and unmemorable Euro-lager.

Oranjeboom pours a nice clear golden color with a decent two-fingers worth of foam that dissipates in about 30 seconds. The aroma consists of a typical "Euro-graininess" smell that is borderline adjuncty (the can says the beer is made with the finest malts AND grains, hmmmm). There is a trace of wet cardboard, a low-moderate fruity scent and some citric hops present as well. The mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing, but a bit on the fizzy side. The first few sips had a grainy flavor along with some fruitiness, along with an interesting bitterness. Some light mineral water flavors here too. As I drank on, the beer seemed to get much more watery, until it tasted like I was drinking H20. The mineral water and cardboard flavors were more pronounced in this phase with a very mild fruitiness. The finish started out a bit bitter and dry, but this too subsided. Aftertaste has some light fruits and that near-adjuncty grainiess. The "vanishing bitterness" effect carries over, and the beer finishes out with no alcohlic warmth.

What could be a decent Euro-Lager ends up becoming rather bland and boring in the end. Drinkable, and possibly a good hot weather brew, but nothing too special here in the long run.

Photo of Frozensoul327
2/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Boring beer. Pours out to a light yellow color witha head of white foam that loooks like someone spit in my beer. Hints of lace. Medium low level of carbonation. Aromas of wet cardboard and sulfuric farts. Ugh. Flavor is weak and uninteresting; watery malt and barely, a touch of dry hops, some adjunct-y flavors, and that's about it. Mouthfeel was kind of bubbly, but then again, so is Pepsi. I won't go for this again unless it's free and i'm already fit-shaced. Pass on it.

Photo of LarryKemp
2.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured a clear bright, light yellow with a long lasting white layer of foam. The aroma is subtle malt. Not overpowering, clean and nothing out of place. The taste of malt struggled to overcome the sour taste. The sourness lingered for a long time on the tongue. The mouthfeel was the most impressive part of this beer. The carbonation played with my tongue and made this beer enjoyable. I don't plan on buying this beer again. It is not bad but it is barely average.

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.

Photo of cypressbob
2.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

440ml can

Pours with a light yellow body, heavy carbonation. Egg white head, odd though, looks like the scum that forms on the river bann (although my second looked fine, white and fairly creamy)

Smell, little hint of metallic, some grain and a little sweetness

Taste, fairly crisp, some hint of corn. Little bit too carbonated, lingering cloying greasiness left on the palette. A little boozy even though it is only 5%

A below average lager

Photo of alexgash
2.03/5  rDev -29%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Standar pale yellow lager body with a small, bubbly white head that fades fast. Lightly-sweetened malt, some grain on the nose. Dominated by skunky euro-hops, vegetal and spicy. Also a hint of spent coffee grounds. Taste is soapy toasted grain and corn. Skunky hop bite takes us into the not-quick-enough finish. Bleh. Very watery body, even for the style. There are much better eurotrash lagers out there.

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.

Photo of Backer2004
2.9/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Okay, of the ten beers I received in a Beers of the World gift pack, this is the only one that came in a pint can. Cannot tell too much of a difference between this and a Budweiser, except the latter would be cheaper to buy. The smell is worse however. Tastes of corn and other vegetables. No impressive appearance or mouthfeel qualities.

Photo of cjhofelt
2.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

1Pint can poured into a Pilsner glass. Nice yellow to yellow-orange color, but a fizzy soda-pop head that dissipates quickly. No lace to speak of.

Smelled of some skunk (though not overpowering) and a bit of malt. Not picking up much hops, just a hint.

Not much by way of taste. Very much in the same flavor catagory as Heiniken. Somewhat dry and grainy with a faint vegtable flavor and a slight aftertaste of sulfur. The vegtable and sulfur flavors are very very faint, though.

Clean mouthfeel, but not in a good way. Like club soda.

I guess on a very hot day, if this were very cold, I could drink a couple, unless I had Pabst or Schlitz in the refrigerator.

Photo of HardTarget
2.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Aroma: Mild yeasty and light malt aromas.
Appearance: Painfully clear light yellow with a frothy white cap that left a lace mark on recession from pour. Nice thick lacing all the way down the mug from a long lasting head.
Flavor: Standard American lager taste, clean, crisp, weak malt water taste with a rather harsh metallic twang at the end. Don’t know if it is a canning issue or just a bit off or maybe a hop artifact. Also just a slight orange experience, but it may just be suggestion from the name.
Mouthfeel: Thin and bubbly
Overall Impression: Write home? I think not. It is what it is, a premium lager. Not a stunning example of the style, not horrendous. Yawn.
Looks like the can tends to get “better” reviews.

Photo of Shiloh
2.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The appearance of this brew is the high point. A nice golden amber in colour with a very thin crown and a slight cloudiness as well.
The body is that of a light beer.
Carbonation is medium.
Aroma is lightly to the skunk at first but disapates quickly leaving a slight scent of cooked vegetables.
The taste has hoppy edge to it but alas, very thin and somewhat grassy and finishes dry.

Photo of kbub6f
3.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big, coarse, white, foamy head. Clear, pale gold beer. Sticky spots of lacing. Sweet, malty nose shows some corn, some sugar. Nice enough. Corn syrup front. The thin middle sours a little toward the sugary, bitter finish. Some crackers. It's a decent sweet lager.

Photo of Reidrover
2.33/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bought in a 16 oz "tallboy" Typical lager to look at, golden with a massive frothy white head. The aroma is quite Ok..neutral..mostly hops. flavour is strane, Its ok to start bready, semi sweet malts, then theres an odd bitterly astringent taste,maybe its the hops..I dont know, strange. goes well enough on the tongue. Overall this is not very good..had many better Dutch lagers.

Photo of zerk
2.4/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clear light gold with a thin white head. Aroma is nothing more than a light bit of grain... same thing for flavor... some sweet malt with no discernible hop flavor or bitterness. No real off flavors, but then again, no real flavors to speak of. Mouthfeel was slightly acidic and dry. This is a terribly boring beer... there is nothing offensive about it... unless you are offended by flavorless fizzy yellow beer... but I can find no reason to have this beer over almost any alternative, including water.

Photo of Zorro
1.98/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clear dark yellow brew.

Smell is nothing much at best a bit floral.

Taste is nothing much at all. Crisp finish I guess but this is real close to Budweiser.

Mouthfeel is crap, sub Budweiser.

I can drink this but why? Colt 45 is better than this; Miller Lite is better too!

Photo of crookedhalo
2.68/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served at about 50 degrees. Straw pilsener color with a soapy off-white head. Bready and malty aroma prevails in the aroma with faint notes of hop presence. Mostly sweet maltiness, clean tasting with a slight bit of dimethyl sulfide in the overall aroma/taste (not offensive, though). Mouthfeel's thin and smooth. Drinkable, but boring.

Photo of Dukeofearl
2.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clean, moderate golden color. No head to speak of. Aroma: Vey sharp hoppy aroma, kind of like the bitter lawn clippings (oh, sorry, they call them "greens") they put into expensive salads at upscale restaurants. Very bitter smell- I hope I didn't hurt my nose. Taste: the sharp bitter aroma follows through into the taste- it isn't as noticeable on the first sip, but it strengthens through the finish. I think there are some floral/citrus flavors too, but they are overwhelmed by bitterness. It is probably pretty refreshing on a hot day while mowing the lawn, but today isn't one of those days.

Photo of diablo14
1.58/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

the name sounds like a dutch swimmer, but unlike their recent preformances, oranjeboom in no way rises to the occasion. a cheap and nasty beer, the only redeeming feature is that is doesnt taste and feel like shitty adjuncts. for me that in a way makes it worse because that just says the beer is blaaand. trust interbrew to be involved.

dull appearance. lacks anything that sets it apart from so many other crappy lagers out there. typical presence of skunk on the nose and bugger all else. the taste is so nothing i wish there was some adjuncts in there. at least it would give it something to talk about even if its bad. remember the old saying any publicity is good publicity. golly carlton have worked on that for years lol. its so completely nondescript it defies discussion. even the hops doesnt hit the mark despite the attempt to give it a big blast. even tho its obscenely cheap, its still overpriced.

even if your hard up for cash and want a beer, dont bother with this. i can think of several others down at the lower rungs of the price scale which are more worthy that this. i wouldnt even drink this beer if i was desperate. probably the worst european import going around.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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!

Photo of beerguy101
2.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light gold color, medium head. Aroma is grainy, grassy and sweet. Mildly hopped and lightly malted. Good crisp clean taste. Light flavor. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is crisp and very slightly bitter. Some fruitiness to it as well. Typical Euro-lager. Not skunked, but not surprising since it is in a can.. Drinkable but nothing special

Photo of hotstuff
2.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The Rathskeller Wine & Ale Fest:A medium sized white head with small sized bubbles that fully diminished.The body was clear with fizzy carbonation.The hue was yellow and the nose was moderately hoppy and lightly malty.The flavor was sweet and the mouthfeel was smooth and light bodied.

Photo of RoyalT
2.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

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.

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