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OB Lager Beer - Oriental Brewery Co., Ltd

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BA SCORE
58
awful

110 Ratings
THE BROS
58
awful

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Ratings: 110
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 2.32
pDev: 25.86%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | 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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1/5  rDev -56.9%

starlight37, Jan 19, 2013
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1/5  rDev -56.9%

shigg85, Jan 31, 2012
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1/5  rDev -56.9%

ccozzi, Jun 05, 2012
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1.25/5  rDev -46.1%

hurdjg, Apr 21, 2013
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1.25/5  rDev -46.1%

dandelin, Jul 15, 2014
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1.25/5  rDev -46.1%

Nate, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of woodychandler
1.35/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

I was down in Baltimore a few weekends ago, visiting a college chum and attending the annual Brewers' Art Mid-Atlantic Holiday Gathering. I took Amtrak to Penn Station and then began walking south to The Brewers Art when I passed Aloha Liquors, a little store that never fails to have something new and unusual available, prompting me to stop in. I scored a 1.6L plastic bottle of this, as well as some other gems that are sure to have been just as good (check previous reviews).

From the bottle: "Timeless enduring heritage, craftsmanship and new rice addition deliver refreshing smoothness and clean after taste, making OB the most drinkable beer."

I tried as aggressive a pour as I could muster, but I still only got wisps of head that faded as quickly as I poured and typed. Color was a still, light golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. By "still", I mean that it exhibited precisely ZERO carbonation. Man, it was flat as a board. Nose had a big, sweet cooked corn odor and it became obvious where this was going. Mouthfeel was thin and flat with a sweetness that reminded me of the smell of spilled beer left to dry of its own accord. Ugh. Finish was still very sweet and I only wished that it had come in a CAN so that it might have some sort of redeeming feature. I am always reluctant to drain pour and this was going to help me pass some time, but I thought long and hard about sending it on its way. More boring than outright bad, but still worthy of some low numbers.

woodychandler, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of froghop
1.4/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

what a bad beer, just like its evil step sister cass fresh only more skunk to it and not as sweet.

pours a pale yellow with a small white head, some lacing.

smell of malt, grain, and funk.

taste is watery, grain, corn, and a very strange aftertaste that is almost a sour.

bad beer.

froghop, Mar 15, 2009
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1.5/5  rDev -35.3%

bearbreak, Jul 05, 2014
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1.5/5  rDev -35.3%

Rhettroactive, Jan 18, 2014
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1.5/5  rDev -35.3%

ygtbsm94, Feb 16, 2012
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1.5/5  rDev -35.3%

Dapper_Dan_Man, Aug 05, 2013
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1.5/5  rDev -35.3%

2neardead, Mar 04, 2012
Photo of BeerBelcher
1.68/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I had this from a big plastic bottle...maybe 2 liters. And the beer fit its packaging - cheap, flat, and generally only worthwhile. My body did the recycling of the beer for me, and I imagine the recycled product didn't come out much worse than the raw material that fueled it.

The beer is pale. And flat. And the aroma that is there isn't good. The flavor is a little worse. A touch of corn sweetness, but a weird chemical-ness that does not belong in any beer anywhere prevails.

Steer clear of this stuff.

BeerBelcher, Nov 27, 2008
Photo of xav33
1.73/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

OB Lager
Deuce deuce
Medium pour in a shaker
Recent brewing, sucked down 12/06

Poured a pale aqueous yellow with a moderate white fizzy quickly diminishing head.

Smelt of DMS cooked corn and rusty metal scraps.

Taste was upfront moderate sweet candy corn followed by the taste of sucking on those stupid tiny metal action figures that people paint on and play D&D with, thankfully light though. Short finish. Palate was light, watery and fizzy and metallic.

Overall, it’s cheap Korean beer! My first Korean beer experience ever! Bonus point!

xav33, Dec 04, 2006
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1.75/5  rDev -24.6%

drslap, May 08, 2012
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1.75/5  rDev -24.6%

JLSIV, Aug 02, 2014
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1.75/5  rDev -24.6%

rolltide8425, Jul 23, 2012
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1.75/5  rDev -24.6%

akang, Jul 23, 2013
Photo of Jason
1.8/5  rDev -22.4%
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
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1.8/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a two-fingered white head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Ugly pale yellow color with a greenish tinge. Adjunct nose. Light carbonation and light bodied. Insipid taste of hops and adjuncts with a slighly sweet finish. Not worth $2.05 for a 12oz bottle from Oliver's Beverage Albany, NY. Only bought it to get a new country - #59.

jdhilt, Oct 05, 2004
Photo of KickInTheChalice
1.8/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Golden straw color with a small white sea foam cap that does not really stick around.

Smell: Wow, there is almost no aroma. Maybe a little grass and light malt, but that's it.

Taste: The taste follows. This is just fizzy water basically. Some rice and a little bit of grass and lager yeast. No hops, that would be too much work.

Mouthfeel: Probably about as light as a beer can go and not drift away into the atmosphere. Very fizzy crisp, and clean, although that is mainly because there is not really any flavor that could screw that up.

Overall: It was a hard feat to accomplish, but this may have less flavor than most light beers. There is literally nothing to appreciate here. So glad I ordered this.

KickInTheChalice, Aug 10, 2011
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1.88/5  rDev -19%
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
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1.9/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Had this at a Korean restaurant this past weekend. Pours a very light gold with an impossible clean white head. The aroma is a bit metallic and overall not that pleasing. Taste is blah. No real maltiness or hoppiness, its just kinda there. Reminds me of sub-premium macros. Not awful, but close. Mouthfeel was thin and abit too carbonated with a weird aftertaste that was a little astringent. A notch below American Macro's. Drinkability -- no thanks I will stick to water. I knew I should have gotten the soju.

TinusTime, Jun 21, 2005
Photo of AgentZero
1.95/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Decided to drink a beer from the motherland, specifically, my mother's land.

A - A pale yellow color, huge carbonation head that disappeared quickly leaving no stick on the side.

S - Corn syrup sweet, also smells kind of like rice. Not good.

T - Tastes worse than it smells, rice-like sweetness, watery, a little bit grainy, this is a bad beer.

M - Watery, lot of carbonation.

D - Well, you can chug it, but I'll pass. Had no idea what this was when I got it at a Korean restaurant, will look to avoid it now.

AgentZero, Nov 01, 2010
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OB Lager Beer from Oriental Brewery Co., Ltd
58 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.