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OB Lager Beer - Oriental Brewery Co., Ltd

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59
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108 Ratings
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Ratings: 108
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 2.33
pDev: 25.75%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | 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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Damian

Massachusetts

3.03/5  rDev +30%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2007 05:38:02 | More by Damian
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sleazo

New York

2.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light light yellow. Almost no head. Disipates rapidly. Smell is slightly skunk. Taste is actually fairly crisp. There is a nice hop bitterness to this which is fairly shocking. Almost no malt whatsover. The mouthfeel would be best described as sodalike. This was however a surprisingly good match for kimchi and some of the other panchan. The beer got worse as it warmed.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2007 17:39:55 | More by sleazo
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brushpig

Illinois

2.98/5  rDev +27.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2007 16:04:02 | More by brushpig
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MTNboy

Germany

2.65/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2006 01:20:15 | More by MTNboy
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xav33

Michigan

1.73/5  rDev -25.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2006 05:58:10 | More by xav33
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therica

Maryland

2.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I've had enough of this in South Korea to make my own river. It has the well-deserved reputation of having the world's highest formaldehyde content, and therefore the world's highest incidence of hangovers and bang-head-on-wall headaches.

Appearance-- medium-light yellow with some crumbling head.

Smell-- first warning-- can clear your nasal hair. Hops, malts, corn, the usual-- plus some toxic pungency.

Taste--- not bad, drinkable if that's all that is around. Lots of carbonation, actually a little better than the flat-stale taste of Budwisser et al. Slight sweetness.

Mouthfeel-- not bad except for the toxic fumes rising from your gastric internals.

Drinkability-- millions of American servicemembers have proven that it is, indeed, highly drinkable. At what cost and health risk? You must answer.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2006 03:48:53 | More by therica
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

2.08/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2006 22:47:05 | More by rhoadsrage
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Frozensoul327

Michigan

2.5/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle looks like a knock-off of Bud Light. Very pale yellow color with medium carbonation. Some lacing. Smells like corn and watery malt, a trace of hops. Taste? Fair. Nothing special, just typical flavors of adjunct, weak malt, and a slight indication of saltiness. Mouthfeel was bubbly and light. As for drinkability, I guess I could have this again, but I certanly won't seek it out. Average at best.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2006 19:46:16 | More by Frozensoul327
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67cuda

Colorado

2.17/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This beer pours a pale yellow, the infamous "cheap beer" color, with a decent-sized white head. Oddly enough, the head doesn't last long, though there is plenty of carbonation present. It smells a bit grainy, and somewhat like vegetables, fairly standard adjunct smells. As for the taste, it doesn't taste like much of anything to me, a little bit of malt was present, but overall it was quite watery. Sort of what I might imagine Light-Light Beer to taste like, perhaps. The mouthfeel is thin and watery, with too much carbonation. You could drink a lot of this beer, since it certainly isn't filling, but I for one would rather drink beer that tastes like something, so the drinkability is not very high.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2005 05:54:29 | More by 67cuda
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daliandragon

North Carolina

2.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This is definitely my favorite of the ubiquitous big three here in the Hermit Kingdom. I wouldn't drink it if on vacation in Brugges or Prague but its superior to Hite (shudder) and sister beer Cass.
Pouring a plastic 500ml bottle into a tall glass reveals a subpar colored beer, more tannish than golden with a weak, uninspired head.
The smell is likewise poor, all I detected were cereals, and stank cerals at that.
However, the taste is a pleasant surprise after the initial examination process. The beer tastes fresh (ironically much more so than Cass Fresh), with a nearly citrus tinge and possibly wheat flavorings as well. Mouthfeel is a bit gritty though.
This beer does go down pretty easy although reportedly more than a few can give you nasty gas, although I haven't yet experienced this. Overall, this beer isn't great but it' beats the competition hands down.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2005 12:09:38 | More by daliandragon
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Hooker275

North Carolina

2.9/5  rDev +24.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2005 21:39:55 | More by Hooker275
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TinusTime

Virginia

1.9/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2005 14:35:18 | More by TinusTime
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beersarang

California

2.78/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2005 22:18:08 | More by beersarang
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benagame

California

3/5  rDev +28.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2005 15:13:32 | More by benagame
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WMBierguy

Maryland

2.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 4

This is a beer that I have a hard time reviewing... the categories don't really match up with the beer. This is, appearance wise, as average of a beer as you can get, something that you'd imagine being used as a beer prop in a movie. However, taste the beer and you'll discover a the strange world of OB Lager.

I gave this beer a 1.5 in taste, and a 1,0 in mouth feel. This isn't because the beer tastes bad; rather, the beer gets this low rating because it doesn't taste like anything. I'm not exaggerating. I don't mean that this beer tastes like water; that would be Mich Ultra. I'm saying that this beer has no taste. I know that I'm drinking, I can feel that there's liquid in my mouth, but there is no discernable flavor whatsoever. Its a little frightening. I gave the mouthfeel a 1 because it doesn't feel like beer, or any other identifiable liquid.

This beer's label claims that its the "most drinkable beer." Its complete lack of flavor and substance comes close to fulfilling that promise; afterall, its like you're not drinking anything. I give you two reasons to try this beer: 1. Its from South Korea, something that's a bit unusual in and of itself. 2: You must experience this mysterious negative taste effect. Its the 8th wonder of the world.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2005 03:42:12 | More by WMBierguy
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WesWes

New York

3.13/5  rDev +34.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2004 02:36:52 | More by WesWes
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

1.8/5  rDev -22.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2004 22:50:13 | More by jdhilt
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

2/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

Serving type: can

09-06-2004 22:24:43 | More by Sammy
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Shiloh

Ontario (Canada)

2.42/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Arrived a thin golden yellow with a light carbonation. Very limited crown or lace and cling in evidence. The body is thin as well.
Aroma is to the skunk...
Taste is thin, weak and bland....but well balanced for what that's worth.
Not impressive....not recomended....geez, just thin all over.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2004 04:19:33 | More by Shiloh
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bignick

Massachusetts

2.13/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2004 05:39:33 | More by bignick
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LarryKemp

Texas

2.9/5  rDev +24.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2004 03:33:00 | More by LarryKemp
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BeerResearcher

Massachusetts

2.05/5  rDev -12%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz thick brown bottle.
It pours a clear pale gold with a fizzy white head.
A faint smell of cut grass and cardboard is all there is to it.
A very light malt flavor is reminiscent of a church communion wafer.
A equally mild hop taste gets you second-guessing whether you are tasting some bitterness or maybe it's just the seltzery effervescence playing tricks on your mind.
Really difficult to taste the malt…or hops for that matter. Very mild mannered. No objectionable flavors.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2004 22:50:13 | More by BeerResearcher
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arizcards

Arizona

2.85/5  rDev +22.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2004 01:19:15 | More by arizcards
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

2.05/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2004 22:13:02 | More by Gueuzedude
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

2.63/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2003 16:57:02 | More by UncleJimbo
OB Lager Beer from Oriental Brewery Co., Ltd
59 out of 100 based on 108 ratings.