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OB Lager Beer - Oriental Brewery Co., Ltd

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OB Lager BeerOB Lager Beer

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BA SCORE
58
awful

115 Ratings
THE BROS
58
awful

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Ratings: 115
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 2.31
pDev: 25.54%
Wants: 0
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Oriental Brewery Co., Ltd visit their website
Korea (South)

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 02-12-2002)
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Reviews by Ralphs66:
Photo of Ralphs66
2/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Whoa, been a looong time since I've had a beer this god awful. I ate lunch in the Koreatown section of Manhattan, and going with the flow decided to have an authentic brew. Won't go into the details, as it's just not worth the effort, but suffice it to say, water would have been far better...

Ralphs66, Aug 10, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of Todd
3.03/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A bright yellow beer w/ a big bubbled foam head and slight stick. Grainy nose, w/ a grainy flavour/feel. Slight esters. Crisp & dry. Adjuncts are evident by a cooked veggie flavour. Thin bitterness which is rindy/salty/minerally. Thin sweetness and a grain dry finish.

This beer paired very nicely with my spicy korean chicken dish at lunch. Nice palate opener and cleanser.

Todd, Feb 12, 2002
Photo of Beerswag
2/5  rDev -13.4%

Beerswag, Feb 14, 2013
Photo of Jason
1.8/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

330 ml thick brown bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: After a quick foaming after a hard pour the lace drops to a thin whispy state with very little stickage and poor retention overall. Clarity is perfect with a crystal clear yellow colour.

Smell: Sweet with a semi-harsh cereal adjunct aroma, smells gritty with some cooked veggies on the side.

Taste: Weak malt profile, more of a grain bite and slightly harsh adjunct astringency. Hops have some bitterness that intensifies the harshness, no noticeable hop flavour at all. Finishes with that same astringent bite, not very clean at all.

Mouthfeel: Thin body with an easy crispness from the carbonation, spritzy in a way.

Drinkability & Note: Hard to swallow a whole bottle of this stuff without wincing, not recommended at all … the only thing I got out of this was getting to try a beer from S. Korea, there are many other Asia breweries that push out better lagers than this.

Jason, Nov 25, 2002
Photo of Zonian1
2.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Zonian1, Mar 22, 2014
Photo of rhoadsrage
2.08/5  rDev -10%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

(Served in a strange)

A- This beer has a pale straw yellow body that is crystal clear with carbonation of huge fast bubbles. The head is a thick layer of big rocky snow-white bubbles that fades after a bit.

S- The smell of noble bitter hops is almost artificial. There is a faint sulfur note in the finish, with a faint corn aroma coming through as it warms a bit.

T- This beer has a very light flavor with a faint sweetness followed by a slight noble hop bitterness. There is a very soft lime bite in the finish that comes through more as crisp sulfur as I drink. There is a slight carbonic bite that starts to take over the hop flavor, leaving a very washed out flavor.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a carbonic fizz in the mouthfeel.

D- This is light, refreshing and non-offensive to the point that it doesn't have a taste at all. The carbonation is probably the strongest flavor in this drink.

rhoadsrage, Mar 11, 2006
Photo of bearbreak
1.5/5  rDev -35.1%

bearbreak, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of Sammy
2/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Nothing here, quite watery. Looks like water with some carbonation and malt thrown in, taste like it too. Yet is acidic. Crisp but astringent. No hops to speak of. OK, so I tried a Korean beer. Still better than a bud. Not a prize winner in Asia. Looks like old ginger ale.

Sammy, Sep 06, 2004
Photo of Wegomlegging
1.88/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours clear yellow with soapy head. Smells like the warm can of stale Bud that was left out all night. Flavors of city tap water and warm corn. Standard mouthfeel a la Old Swill. Was hard to choke this "beer" down in Korea, even with the strong urge to drink beer of any kind. Avoid it unless you are desperate.

Wegomlegging, Feb 17, 2011
Photo of NeroFiddled
2.93/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Crystal clear, very light straw gold with a big foamy white head that holds OK at first - buoyed by a good level of carbonation - but soon drops to nothing! The aroma is softly sweet malt with a light fruitiness of apples and a background hoppiness. Light bodied with a crisp carbonation and somewhat watery mouthfeel. The flavor is a very slightly fruity and grainy malt - fairly dry with some hop bitterness. Not much of a finish - crisp and clean. And, I could be wrong about this, but the alcohol seems a bit noticeable which is very odd for a beer that only clocks in at 4.5%. Of course, a high fermentation temperature might also explain the fruitiness. Regardless, a very basic lager that offers little character. Not worth bothering.

NeroFiddled, Sep 14, 2002
Photo of avisong
2/5  rDev -13.4%

avisong, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of TAMU99
2/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Well, not too much here. Along the lines of a Big3 Light beer. Bright yellow color, with a very carbonated feel, but realtively smooth and drinkable. Not too much in the way of original taste. Agree with other advocates, average everyday beer, nothing to write home about.

TAMU99, Dec 25, 2002
Photo of tone77
3.33/5  rDev +44.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 21.6 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some malts. Taste is crisp, mild malts, a bit of sweetness, and a touch of hops. Feels light in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a decent beer, good on a warm day.

tone77, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of bonbini26
2/5  rDev -13.4%

bonbini26, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of Dcbelkot
2/5  rDev -13.4%

Dcbelkot, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of thekanna
2.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours an extremely pale, clear yellow with a large, white foamy head.

S: Some lagery yeasts but otherwise, no smell at all.

T: Light, light, light... light like the weight of an anorexic girl. Some sweet corn malt, but otherwise, the beer is so light it might as well be seltzer water.

M: Nicely carbonated and crisp.

D: A nice respite from the intensely flavorful Galbi and Bulgogi that I was having, but does not hold its own. Why is it that countries with some of the most delicious cuisines don't have beer pairings that can match?

thekanna, Dec 06, 2009
Photo of tommy5
2.5/5  rDev +8.2%

tommy5, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of Banjo-guy
3/5  rDev +29.9%

Banjo-guy, Jul 09, 2014
Photo of bignick
2.13/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The beer appears a crystal clear straw color in my glass. The smell and taste are both grainy. I struggle to detect any hop or malt taste. The mouthfeel is nice though, because the carbonation is crisp. This is one light beer. I liken it to a lighter version of rolling rock. It goes down easy, but with little flavor.

bignick, Jul 10, 2004
Photo of Gusler
2.95/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The translucent gold color on the pour is one thing I do like about lagers, with their nice bright white head and fine lace sliding down the chilled glass, quite a sight. Malt aroma dominates this beer, crisp and clean, fresh and not all that unpleasant, top is thin, the finish highly acidic, hops are apropos for the style aftertaste dry and long lasting, but just an everyday average old beer, and to tell you the truth that ain’t all bad.

Gusler, Dec 11, 2002
Photo of drslap
1.75/5  rDev -24.2%

drslap, May 08, 2012
Photo of MN_Beerticker
2.5/5  rDev +8.2%

MN_Beerticker, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of Noelito76
2.5/5  rDev +8.2%

Noelito76, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of MTNboy
2.65/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I have consumed enough of this beer to kill or preserve a horse. That is if formaldehyde legend is true. Most Koreans will tell you that it is not. Call me crazy but I believe them. Service Members say that about every drink in Korea. That legend comes from when they would preserve Soju with it back in the day. Every time I would have OB it was different. You have to take it on a batch by batch basis. Some times it would have a strong metlic taste to it and other times it would not. Sometimes it went down smooth and other times it felt kind of harsh. The same went with the smell. I do think their imports to the States stay more consistant or may it is because in Korea they will let a beer go skunk.

MTNboy, Dec 14, 2006
Photo of brushpig
2.98/5  rDev +29%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had a couple bottles at San Soo Gap San in Chicago.Served in a OB taster glass.

Very light yellow in appearance not much head at all.

The aroma was not too impressive, however it had a nice fresh and clean scent.

Fresh taste, rice flavors, smooth taste, not complex by any stretch of the imagination. But a nice light malty flavor.

I am not one for drinking Amercan Macro Lagers, but this is a very clean refreshing beer that is good with the Korean food that I had.
I think it would be great on a hot day mowing the lawn.
I wouldn't hunt this down, but if you get a chance try it.

brushpig, Mar 09, 2007
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OB Lager Beer from Oriental Brewery Co., Ltd
58 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.