OB Lager Beer - Oriental Brewery Co., Ltd
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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
3.28/5 rDev +41.4%
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.
05-18-2011 23:51:22 | More by womencantsail
2.2/5 rDev -5.2%
Served in a Half Acre shaker pint glass.
I found a vein of Korean brews at the "local" Asian marketplace. It pours a clear pale straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose seems to be missing. Seriously, I can't smell a goddamn thing here. I can smell the White Castle across the room, so I know my nose works. What doesn't is this beer. Strike 1. The taste doesn't add all that much to the existing nothingness, just some earthy floral notes and a twinge of weak corn syrup. Strike 2. The body is very light, with a lightly fizzy carbonation and a thoroughly watery feel. I'm callin' that Strike 3. And this thing is definitely out. I don't want any more of this. Straight up (I feel like I've been caught in a hit-and-run with this thing).
11-21-2010 01:48:58 | More by TMoney2591
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
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
2.7/5 rDev +16.4%
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.
12-20-2012 19:10:31 | More by jlindros
3.13/5 rDev +34.9%
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.
10-19-2004 02:36:52 | More by WesWes
2.05/5 rDev -11.6%
This beer is a bright straw color, and is topped by a good sized white head that lasts a fair bit. The aroma has a hint of hop and malt, but really not much of anything. A light sweet taste and a light thin body. Almost offensive in its in-offensiveness. Tastes a bit grainy and the sweetish thin finish could really use some hop bitterness to balance it out.
01-05-2004 22:13:02 | More by Gueuzedude
1.35/5 rDev -41.8%
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.
12-31-2011 21:07:16 | More by woodychandler
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
1.8/5 rDev -22.4%
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.
10-05-2004 22:50:13 | More by jdhilt
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
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
1.95/5 rDev -15.9%
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.
11-01-2010 01:52:44 | More by AgentZero
2.63/5 rDev +13.4%
12 oz brown bottle, capped. No freshness date.
This beer poured a clear, fizzy, yellow color with white foam that settled. The smell was sweetish lager malt with some grain husk aroma and a very faint hint of hops. The taste was slightly sweet malt with grain (a corn like taste) and very muted hops, mostly in the finish. The mouthfeel was on the thin side with moderate carbonation. Fairly clean, though not surprising with the light body and flavor. This was an OK lager, good for eating spicy food, but overall fairly average or slightly below.
11-18-2003 16:57:02 | More by UncleJimbo
3.1/5 rDev +33.6%
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.
05-12-2011 17:37:45 | More by srandycarter
OB Lager Beer from Oriental Brewery Co., Ltd
58 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.