OB Lager Beer - Oriental Brewery Co., Ltd
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Reviews by TheRougeBastard:
2.9/5 rDev +25%
This was the "Go-To" beveage in downtown Songtan, Korea outside the gates of Osan AB! Of course, it could be the infamous suspect Korean alcohol by volume control that made them work, especally if you got ahold of the fabled "magic" bottle! If you did luck out, this was the greatest beverage ever made...ice cold, this brew was the stuff legends were made of! On the flipside, I suffered through several bottles and only received a headache for my troubles! Only found it once stateside and their export version wasn't bad, bottom line, I wouldn't turn one down should I ever find another, if that means anything!
03-16-2013 00:48:14 | More by TheRougeBastard
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3.03/5 rDev +30.6%
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.
02-12-2002 15:58:20 | More by Todd
1.8/5 rDev -22.4%
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.
11-25-2002 10:12:23 | More by Jason
2.08/5 rDev -10.3%
(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.
03-11-2006 22:47:05 | More by rhoadsrage
2/5 rDev -13.8%
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.
09-06-2004 22:24:43 | More by Sammy
1.88/5 rDev -19%
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.
02-17-2011 04:25:49 | More by Wegomlegging
2.93/5 rDev +26.3%
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.
09-14-2002 14:38:29 | More by NeroFiddled
2/5 rDev -13.8%
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...
08-10-2011 17:14:26 | More by Ralphs66
2/5 rDev -13.8%
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.
12-25-2002 11:28:53 | More by TAMU99
3.33/5 rDev +43.5%
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.
09-29-2010 15:59:55 | More by tone77
2.2/5 rDev -5.2%
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?
12-06-2009 03:28:30 | More by thekanna
2.13/5 rDev -8.2%
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.
07-10-2004 05:39:33 | More by bignick
2.95/5 rDev +27.2%
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 aint all bad.
12-11-2002 05:28:01 | More by Gusler
2.65/5 rDev +14.2%
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.
12-14-2006 01:20:15 | More by MTNboy
OB Lager Beer from Oriental Brewery Co., Ltd
58 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.