Orale | Del Norte Brewing

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Del Norte Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed as a classic pale Mexican lager.

Added by Todd on 05-04-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of soonerlight
3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of mactrail
2.5/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The light yellow blonde color in the glass. Modest head and an average sort of carbonation. A faint beery smell.

Canned corn and canned peaches are the flavors that come to mind. This stuff is really sweet and barely touched by any sort of bitterness. There does seem to be a touch of lemony flavor, though in this case it gives a little of the
sweet and sour taste. A little bit of nuts but more damp cardboard.

Another example of why we need every crazy kind of craft brew to keep us from having to drink stuff like this. Oh, this is a craft brewery? I can't find anything of interest here, lacking even the crisp tang of a cheap lager. From the 12 oz bottle bought in Abilene, Texas, so maybe travel doesn't agree with it.

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Photo of Steven21805
2.75/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of smcolw
2.33/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I drank this while in a Mexican restaurant in Denver. It was served with a lime shoved into the neck so the smell was completely tainted.

Starts with a white head that settles quickly. No notable lace. The liquid is yellow-straw color and clear.

The taste is typical macro. I don't know if they added adjuncts, but it tastes as if they were. There's no hop and the body is very watery with a soda pop fizzy carbonation. This is a clear miss on every level. I feel forced to add the lime just to make it drinkable, but I may not finish this regardless.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Del Norte Orale has a thin-to-medium, white head and a hazy, straw appearance, with some bubbles and minimum lacing. The aroma is faint, but one can detect sweet, sugary, lightly-roasted grains and a hint of lemon. Flavor is of lemony, sweet grain, white bread, and some hop bitterness in the back taste. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Del Norte Orale finishes crisp, refreshing, and mostly dry. It’s a simple, yet enjoyable beer.


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Photo of kojevergas
2.25/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a nonical Guinness glass in me gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are low.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a two finger beige colour head of no real cream, bad thickness (i.e. it's thin), and average retention. Colour is a clear yellow. Opaque. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Straw, a bit of cream, and barley. Hops and specialty malts are subdued if present. A mild strength aroma.

T: Clean barley, straw, and very very light floral hopping. Hints of crystal malt on the finish. Quite simple. Not particularly refreshing. Somewhat pathetic. No complexity nor subtlety to speak of here. There're no notes to balance. Built poorly - even for the style.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some forced thickness in the third act. Artificial and poorly constructed. A bit overcarbonated. Some tingle on the finish - probably the best part of this brew.

Dr: Drinkable but bland and boring. Why brew this? Another garbage offering from the pathetic Del Norte. I wouldn't get this shite again, even on draught.


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Photo of crobinso
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of Tron
2/5  rDev -38.1%

Photo of VFRAZ
3.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of Domingo
3.38/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty much is exactly what it's supposed to be...a better/fresher version of a Mexican pale lager. I've seen it considered a Munich helles here and there in competition, but that's not really what I'd consider it to be closest to.
Pours a pale gold color. Moderately foamy, but a lighter foam akin to a normal 'ol macro.
Tastes along those lines, too. Very sweet and a little on the corn'y side, which is probably intentional. Not sure if they're using corn as an adjunct, but it mirrors famous examples like Modelo and Sol, but slightly less sweet, a little more body, and slightly hoppier in the finish.
Not worlds apart from the macros that inspire it, but I don't think it's supposed to be. It's certainly better and fresher...probably cheaper, too, which is what I think they're going for.
A good hot weather quencher or random "Iwannabeer" item to reach for.
While my score is nothing special, this beer has an occasional place in my fridge when nothing but a simple macro-like chugger will do.

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Photo of Hack72
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.47/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

way better than the typical adjunct light lager. this one pours the same as those, corn yellow, see though, watery, small head. smalls nice and malty, a little sweet, but more or less just a basic beer. flavor has a bit of that mexican beer malt profile to it, and it cuts right through a spicy burrito, which i am surprised and impressed with. other than that nothing distinct. feel is fine, bubbly and light. very very crisp and refreshing. super drinkability. not my favorite style of beer, but i will say that is kills the coors products it was lined up next to.

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Photo of sgttibbs
4/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of hopfacebrew
3.47/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Picked up a pack of these as the beer was included on Westword's Top 50 Beers of Colorado List. Hadn't had it before.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass.

A - The beer pours a pale translucent grainy/golden straw color with a 1/2 finger white head with some lacing.

S - A light sweetness likely from the malts, a nice crisp aroma.

T/M - The beer starts with a crisp light sweetness which continues though the beer. A refreshing middle brings in a hint of corn and the beer finishes crisp and light. Well carbonated and light bodied could be a bit drier. Would be a great beer for summer.

D - Drinkable, especially on a warm summer day or mowing the lawn.

Overall, this was the better of the two Del Norte brews I purchased, by far. I am glad I tried it as I wasn't aware this brewery existed and it's right down the street!

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 01-26-2011 14:10:11

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Photo of diamondc
2.83/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pale golden, filtered, a wisp of foam even after an aggressive pour.

S: Corn, squash/pumpkin type aroma.

T: Sweet malts dominate, a bit of a lime/lemon kick in there.

M: Sweetness is getting cloying at the end. I can't see myself drinking a lot of this.

O: Barely passable, could fill in for a Modelo.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
2.93/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Ummm...Mexican style beers, but aren't those German styles? I'm so confused, and now this one is categorized as an APL. I need a beer...

Pours, well...pale. Straw and clear. Soapy head doesn't stay at attention very long. Streaming bubbles go straight to the ceiling.

Musty corn husk aroma. Sweet malt. Very subtle hints of spice and hops...maybe I'm imagining them.

Sweet and stale malt taste. This is not my style, which is why I'm going as high as 3...could go lower. Cream corn, corn husk. Green stems. Light in all.

Carbonation is so-so. Not sure if more would enhance or cover up the flavors. Beer is much better cold

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Photo of LittleDon
3.71/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Really foamy, took several minutes to pour this. Bleached white head with great retention. Cloudy with visible particulates and plenty of carbonation. Spicy aroma. Very carbonated up front, too much. A bit sweet in the middle and finish. Some hop presence in the end. Medium body, but lots of foaming throughout. Would have preferred it drier.

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Photo of codewarrior
3.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz from a mix/match 6-pack, poured into a pint glass.

This style of beer really isn't my thing, but the guy at Joy Liquors said it was a Mexican-style brewery located "right here in Denver," while I was pondering why exactly such a thing exists, he went on to explain that this one was like Corona, that one like Negro Modelo, and the other like Dos Equis. As I pondered the even more perplexing riddle of why on earth anyone would want to replicate those particular beers, at a higher price-point ... I found my hand reaching and putting an Orale into my mix/match 6-pack, and raising a middle-finger to authenticity (and by the transative property of the bird, to every old white anthro prof in the country).

A: Like champagne (which is to say: like High Life), lots of thin head, little-to-no lacing, pale, lots of bubbles.

S: Smells sweet and light. Little huskiness in the back, but mostly sweet.

T: Sweet and simple, little hints of salted corn in the back. Finish lingers a bit long for my liking.

F: Light. Good for summer, or with spicy foods.

D: Could drink all day, would be great for an upscale fraternity theme party.

This is about as tasty as a beer in this style could get, I think. It's simple and crisp, they obviously put a lot of care and love into this beer, and it shows. Simple and tasty.

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Photo of armock
3.03/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured a clear straw color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Has a light nose of grainy malt and corn

T - Follows the nose with grainy malt and a corny flavor

M - This beer has a light body with medium carbonation to it

D - Well this beer went pretty good with the nachos I was eating but by itself probably isn't all that good

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Photo of emmasdad
3.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bottle of this tonight with my wife at a restaurant here in Denver. Tasted exactly like I would expect a cheap Mexican lager to taste, if it was made with quality ingredients. Pours a somewhat watery copper color, with a bit of white foam on top. Nothing exciting going on in either the aroma or the flavor, just a little sweet malt, and a nice crisp finish. Nothing exciting here, but would probably be pretty good with some carnitas tacos on a Sunday afternoon.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.95/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I new entry into the Casper market.

It pours a clear straw yellow with about an inch of foam.Surprisingly, there's some good lacing.

The smell is slightly on the sweet side with notes of grain and malt. A very weak nose but decent.

The taste is pretty good. A mild malt sweetness and almost is honey like and has some corn. A wee bit of a hint of some hops that brings some lemon. The finish takes on an earthy character. Doesn't sound all that thrilling reading that but I'm liking the taste of the darn thing and if my mood swings me towards a Mexican style Lager, I'll pick this up rather than most of the brews from Mexico.

Light bodied with fairly low levels of carbonation.

Drinkability? My, this is easy to drink and will be a joy to quaff in the, I hope, upcoming hot summer. The abv isn't given here but it can't be over 5%....can it? I'll see if their website gives a listing for it.

Edit: It's 5.2%.

Edit no.2: I was looking at the wrong brew. It is 4.6%abv so my guess was right.

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Photo of Rayek
3.04/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at City-O-City in Denver, CO. Served in a pint glass.

A: Clear gold, with a thin and foamy head that dissipated quickly. Very little carbonation visible. Once the head was gone, the beer was essentially golden water. Left no lace. The beer's glaring weak spot.

S: Not much here. A light whiff of straw like malt and cereal grains, and that was really about it.

T: Extremely light. Flavor isn't bad. It's simply that there just isn't much flavor at all. Mild straw like malt is followed by a very subtle and tasteless bitterness. Gets a little metallic toward the end before finishing clean.

M: The light body is syrupy and rather flat.

D: There's nothing wrong with this beer's flavor. But there isn't much to appreciate either. Orale is marketed as a Mexican style lager, which I assume means a beer along the lines of Bohemia and Corona. It's better than the later, but doesn't hold up well against the former. An OK one time try, but not a beer I'll be back to.

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2.85/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Oral E? Pours a clear light amber to straw yellow color. Mostly clear with a slight haze. A fizzy white head with limited head retention and no lacing to speak of.

The nose is limited overall, but noticeable pilsner grainy and husky smells. The corn is noticeable as well. I think I was a little influenced on knowing the history but its there. The yeast is mostly clean. A little bit of green apple but for the most part the yeast is smooth.

The taste is similar. The husky/grainy notes comes out. The Pils is not as distinct as what the nose indicates. More of a generic malt profile. The corn is there but not offensive. Some hints of bread and a little bit of Munich as well. The hops come out as well. A soft character but some nice earthy notes. A generic yeast flavor but mostly clean. There is a metallic/blood note on the back end that ruins the finish.

The body is closer to light than moderate. The finish is a little difficult to access with the metallic note. The carbonation is light. Overall, easy drinking but some minor off notes are a little lacking but this beer wasn't made for beer geeks. Its made for all the thousands of Mexican restaurants scattered around Denver.

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Photo of BeerBobWFM
3.98/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

had this oneon tap at the Montelago brewfest Vegas
Apperance: golden straw color nice white head.

Smell: biscuts,grains typical for a lager/pils, but this had no adjuncts in it so it was better than most.

taste/mouthfeel: it had a nice low profile maltiness with some biscuts a nice bite on the finish, it had a nice body to it as well, so many times recently I have had beers with no body in this style, this beer had a nice body to it.

Drinkability: This is a great lager, it's a mexican style and in my book better than anything from mexico

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.6/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light, clear yellow with a white head. Flavor and aroma are both very muted and that is the point. Like water upfront with a nice, mild, hop finish.

At first glance you may read this review and think this beer is shit. You would be wrong. I am actually a huge fan of Orale and the work that the guys at Del Norte are doing. Orale, like

Manana is craft beer made, not for me, but for someone who typically drinks Corona. When you think of it in this context, Orale is fantastic, it blows Corona, Pacifico, and all that other Mexican crap out of the water. Is it watery, highly carbonated and lacking in flavor? Yes, but it is supposed to be.

What makes it great (and I suppose this is a reflection of how little is expected from this style of beer) is that:

1. The flavor that it does have is not disgusting.
2. It doesn't smell like puke.
3. You do not need to add a lime to mask the faults of Orale.

Sadly, these are not statements that can be made about most of the beer that occupies this category.

Light lagers made with a craft brewer's attention for detail may not get Beer Advocates excited, but there is a big market for such beers. And most importantly, it is an excellent way to get someone turned onto craft beer who may have otherwise consumed Corona the rest of their life. Craft beer could use more beers like this in it's arsenal.

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Orale from Del Norte Brewing
Beer rating: 3.23 out of 5 with 28 ratings