OB Lager Beer - Oriental Brewery Co., Ltd

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Reviews: 64
Hads: 120
rAvg: 2.47
pDev: 14.57%
Wants: 0
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Oriental Brewery Co., Ltd visit their website
Korea (South)

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 02-12-2002

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Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
3.4/5  rDev +37.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a bright shiny yellow / golden color, with a white head that dies very fast. On the nose is a slight aroma of grain, the same on the palate grain, not to hoppy, slightly watery. Mouth feel is fairly smooth. Ends with a crisp clean finish. Pretty basic lager, but enjoyable none-the-less. All though I was not eating any spicy or oriental food, I am assuming this would be an OK beer to go along with that sort of dish. (424 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.3/5  rDev +33.6%
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. (276 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.25/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The pour is a pale yellow color with an initially large white head that soon dies off.

S: A moderate skunk and sulfur aroma to the beer, but overall it's light and sweet. Plenty of rice and a mild floral note that almost resembles honey. Some hints of straw and wet grass on the back end.

T: A fairly light flavor overall with some pale malts and plenty of rice. Decently sweet, but fairly crisp and refreshing, especially when it is cold. Maybe a touch watery.

M: The body is certainly quite light and the carbonation is moderate.

O: I didn't really see too much wrong with this one. It of course wasn't my favorite, but it was light and refreshing. (657 characters)

Photo of likethetaste
3.2/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I got this beer with a variety pack from World Market.
Ok.. This was not an outstanding beer by any means but it was just fine if you compare it to American Macro Lagers. I would have not problem drinking this beer with Kimchi and Bolgogi (however you spell it.) If I have korean food anytime again soon I will order this with it. (330 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.12/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a pale yellow color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to spotty lacing. The aroma is average. It has a pale malt and adjunct scent. It is clean and crisp with a dry lager yeast aroma. It is grainy and a bit skunky. The taste is average as well. It has a watery pale malt and adjunct flavor. It is grainy with a dry finish. It goes down easy and finishes clean. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a decent drinking adjunct lager. It has little character, but is an easy dinker in the hot summer weather. Otherwise, it's one and done for me. (614 characters)

Photo of srandycarter
3.1/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

At Bann restaurant in Los Angeles. Great food, btw!

A - Bud style clear straw small white head some cling lace.
S - light malt lighter hop but there.
T - like smell but slight butterscotch flavor.
M - carbed well. Easy balance light body.
D - Not hard to drink. Just not very interesting. (290 characters)

Photo of Damian
3.07/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle at Koreana Restaurant, Cambridge, MA

Poured a pale straw yellow with a fizzy, bright white, one-finger head that quickly disappeared.

The aroma was quite sweet and fruity for the style. A floral bouquet was immediately noticeable along with hints of ripe fruits and bubblegum. As the beer warmed the aromas seemed to subside.

The taste was not as exiting as the nose. A touch of grain and malt sweetness were the only flavors I could detect. The finish was remarkably clean (and practically flavorless). Mouthfeel was medium bodied with an overwhelming, fizzy carbonation.

Drinkability was quite good. This beer was light and refreshing and did not contain any of the "off" flavors or skunkiness found in many other macros. (758 characters)

Photo of Todd
3.03/5  rDev +22.7%
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. (377 characters)

Photo of samparkique4
3.03/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

3.2 / 5 at max
palate is citrusy and malty
fruitful
yellow "kold" color yet pale mildly
pilsner
mildly bitter than san miguel
taste seconds later is melon rockmelon peely
australian asiantal style
sweet fruitful syruppy
i can taste the malty side of the draft lager
lite gingery
yet sweet and citrusy (301 characters)

Photo of SargeC
3.03/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Good old OB.

Appearance: Pale golden yellow. Fizzy head.

Smell: Light hops and spent rice. Chemicals.

Taste: Passable when cold. Matches well with Korean food.

Mouthfeel: Standard macro lager consistency

Drinkability: Makes an excellent opposing sine wave to drinking Soju. More consistent that the good old days. (321 characters)

Photo of benagame
3/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

i'm still not sure what i think about this beer, but i wouldn't mind trying another one to try and figure itout. the beer poured with a light head that quickly receded, and left lacing for the duration. the aroma was slightly hoppy and with a clean lager yeast scent. the flavor wasn't exceptional, but it did hit the spot. there was some nice to thin mouthfeel, and a touch of sweet malt flavor, and no unpleasant aftertaste. this beer is very average leaning to the pleasant side. not as skunky as some of it's amercan counterparts. (534 characters)

Photo of alexhahn82
3/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Very light straw yellow color with one finger head.

S - Very yeasty (surprisingly).

T/M - Hmmm. Light and yeasty, yeast would be the main flavor with nice effervescence.

O - Super session korean beer. Very nice lager comparable to a Kirin, but its Korean counterpart. Not sure why all the D+ ratings, as this is clearly not a craft beer, and you should take it as what it is, a mass produced session lager for the masses. I would drink this all day over BMC beer. This is an average beer.

PP (Price Point) - $6 for a 22oz. bomber at a nice Korean BBQ restaurant I stopped in to eat at. Very fair price for the fact it was purchased at a restaurant. (656 characters)

Photo of Gusler
2.95/5  rDev +19.4%
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. (443 characters)

Photo of brushpig
2.95/5  rDev +19.4%
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. (595 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
2.92/5  rDev +18.2%
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. (741 characters)

Photo of TheRougeBastard
2.88/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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! (614 characters)

Photo of Hooker275
2.88/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had more of this beer than one can imagine while stationed in Korea. Bought a six pack the other day at the beer store to see if it was still as bad as I remembered it. It was. But then, it was cheap, plentiful and washed down the questionable Korean cuisine. Many fond memories with this beer. (296 characters)

Photo of LarryKemp
2.87/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This lager poured a slightly hazy light gold with a thick white head that quickly disappeared. The worst part was that there were some floaties which is acceptable for home brew but not a commercial beer.

The aroma was, well, nonexistant. I guess with floaties it could have smelled bad, but it just did not smell at all.

The taste was slightly malty with a slight bit of hop bitterness.

The mouthfeel was medium and the carbonation nipped at the tongue. This is the best aspect of the beer.

Overall, I would say that this is a beer to buy for the inlaws or a friend that owes you money. It is an import with all the character of Miller Light. (655 characters)

Photo of BeardedBoffin
2.85/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A twelve ounce bottle served at a decent Korean restaurant. The beer poured a crisp yellow color with a ring of white foam. The aroma is laden with adjunct: the starch of veggie and corn in particular. This pattern continues into the flavor. Not much more there than what was detected in the aroma. A dash of bitter hops at the end.

The beer successfully washed the food down, and in that way, served its purpose. (415 characters)

Photo of arizcards
2.83/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This golden lager poured a big fluffy head that dissapeared quickly. Not much notable about the smell. The taste of sweet malts with no afterbite from the hops. This is a pretty thin lager that is quenching my thirst but is less than the average beer. (251 characters)

Photo of KBomb
2.8/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was at a local Korean grocery today checking out some of the exotics, and I couldn't resist trying a Korean beer. Knowing how lousy some import adjucts can be, I had fairly low expectations but still wanted to give her a try.

Appearance isn't bad; bright golden color below a fingers worth of foamy head (no lacing to speak of).

Smell has a faint touch of buttery malt. A little cooked vegetable aroma hides among some grassy grain smells.

Taste is very mild, very light. A little bit of bite from grains, a little bit of sweetness, some "salty" bitter finish, but very light all told. Nothing about it tastes real bad, its just real boring.

High carbonation makes for a crisp mouthfeel. Super light body makes for a nice dry finish.

Light in flavor and light in weight makes for easy drinking as a bit of liquid refreshment to accompany some salty greasy food or to cool off on a summer day. It is what it is. (917 characters)

Photo of beersarang
2.76/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a straw yellow with a foamy white head that doesn't retain at all, just like a macro. Sparkling carbonation.

Smells a little bit like rice, veggies, smells that shouldn't come from beer.

Enters the palate with a weak malt profile consisting of husks and grains, rice? Hop bitterness is quick and fairly weak but balances out the malts. Finishes a tiny bit sweet and astringent.

Average thin bodied but drinkable macro lager, but because of the grainy quality it tends to pair with spicy and Korean foods. Overall a good palate cleanser, but not to be enjoyed on its own. (585 characters)

Photo of spoons
2.75/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear yellow with a nice white soapy head

Smells bright and acidic. Like any normal lager. Dank wet malt, a little earthy. Light and sweet.

Tastes lke it has light carbonation with a soft malty aftertaste.

This beer is not that great but very nice paired with spicy Korean food. (289 characters)

Photo of jlindros
2.72/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had a bottle of this at a Korean restaurant in Westboro, MA. I think my first beer from Korea.

Super light clear color, light bubbled head that disappears instantly.

Nose some cheap macro like lager but fairly crisp pilsner straw, bit of a corn or rice like weird substitute sugar flavor, no skunk or very unhappy lager though.

Taste light crisp but full flavor, light straw and hay, some light corn like cheap macro flavors but barely, light grassy hops and hint of bitterness, just a touch of a metallic twang. Finish is crisp dry but light icky bitterness that doesn't fade easily.

Mouth is lighter decent carb.

Overall not bad for an Asian pilsner. I wasn't expecting much, but it wasn't that bad. No skunk, very little metallic bad yeast flavor, light crisp and very drinkable. (788 characters)

Photo of soju6
2.68/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The look is a typical yellow with a light head. It had that bland beer aroma. The taste was nondescript, but was somehow a bit refreshing. The beer is drinkable and goes good with Korean food, as it help cleanse the taste buds.

As OB and the now defunct Crown Beer were the only choices when I first went to Korea, OB has survived and holds its own against new Korean beers and imports now available. (402 characters)

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OB Lager Beer from Oriental Brewery Co., Ltd
62 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.