Orion Premium Draft Beer | Orion Beer Co., Ltd.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Orion Beer Co., Ltd.
Japan
orionbeer.co.jp

Style: Japanese Rice Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
With an even more refreshing taste, a new draft beer was born in the summer of 2015, the same year draft beer celebrated its 55th birthday. The backdrop to the primary color designs, a tradition in draft beer, is a cool, crisp color of champagne gold. The three stars and our logo proudly stand out, and the champagne gold color expresses the fine quality and refreshing sense of beer. The design incorporates the “red sun”, “blue skies”, and “navy blue seas” of Okinawa in the color scheme.

Added by Gusler on 12-11-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#44,692
Reviews:
121
Ratings:
306
pDev:
20.39%
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
68
Trade:
0
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Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.49/5  rDev +47.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

633mL bottle poured into a Duvel snifter. Received as a gift from a friend from TX, who found it amusing a bottled beer would call itself a 'draft'. I'm excited to try it since it will be the first Japanese Rice Lager I've ever rated. No discernible date anywhere on the bottle. "MFTP" stamped on bottom of front label.

Appearance - Large faintly off-white head with irregular bubbles, medium-low retention and weak lacing. However, the head easily regenerates with a gentle swirl. Medium-pale, slightly to moderately hazy straw body with fine floaters. 4

Smell - Musky grain rounded out by a soft honey-like sweetness underneath. The alcohol is not well hidden at all, especially considering how little there is in this beer. 4.25

Taste - Bitter hop and cereal up front with immediate balance of thin honey sweetness in body. A little metallic in the aftertaste. Once again, what little alcohol exists is fully conspicuous. Bitterness does begin to build up in the aftertaste over the course of a beer. 4.75

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied. Has some crispness and sudsy effervescence to it but also has a bit of a lingering stickiness. Refreshing on the whole, especially with food. A bit astringent, which is off-putting at first but gives an enjoyable character on the back end as the beer warms. 4.25

Overall - Over the course of the beer I went from an instant negative reaction to an almost equally instant enjoyment from the first sip, to being put off by negative characteristics that seemed to build up with subsequent sips, to acclimating and loving it by the end. The most roller coaster ride of a beer I've had in quite some time. This beer definitely evolves both as it warms, breaths, and plays with the palate. Ultimately both interesting and enjoyable. Thanks, Noots! 4.5

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Photo of chiefz1
1.91/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Photo of cgrunin
3.2/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of worldkrysis
3.28/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BalancingBrooms
3.25/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.56/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

better than most in its field, im not even sure i have ever heard of this before, but found it in a can at a ramen shop tonight. its cool fluffy and heady and alive from the can, golden but not yellow, and rising high enough for a 12 ounce can to fill a 16 ounce glass. not much aroma to it, which i suppose is better than something adjuncty and metallic, its not like that at all, some light lager yeast, asian, and maybe some starchy rice to it. i love the feel more than the flavor, its expansive yet light, like a cloud or something, dry, clean, awesomely carbonated, this part alone makes this head of its class for me. furthermore, its crisp and simple in taste when its cold, subtle tea or herb or something to it, but sort of nondescript to me, just bubbly and beery with the lager character, but the texture is killer. nice with mild or spicy ramen, pork or chicken, but thats not all, i would crush this during a football game or something too, a fridge beer if i knew where to get it. really good for what it is, better than most of the rest of these. scores of course not against all beer but against those in its class. exceptional overall for what it is, although it doesnt warm up very well...

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Photo of MizzouBrew
3.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Thankin_Hank
3.76/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

It was good on a Sushi night. The sweet corn taste works well with raw fish and rice. Definitely try this one with sushi, nigiri and sashimi. I like salmon but tuna needs a darker beer. IMO.

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Photo of depechemode1983
2.99/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out clear medium yellow. Head is white, foamy, and dissipates rather quickly. No lacing on the glass.

Smells like an American Adjunct Lager. Picking up grains and a mild twang. Floral notes push though as well but just a bit.

A little sweet up front. Again similar to an AAL but with more grains coming though. Finish has a nice balance between a malt sweetness and a hop bitterness. Although ever so light.

Mouthfeel is light bodied with some what high carbonation. Not unpleasant. Its not reaching that sparkling mineral water status.

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Photo of beergoot
3.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bright, clear, golden body; thick, foamy head. Mild caramel aroma. Light malt flavor; a fair hop bitterness. Light and crisp body; dry overall.

It's a beer, clean and crisp, and fair enough for a rice/AAL kind of beer.

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Photo of sqpat
2.25/5  rDev -26%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of bigred89
3/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of yaksurf
2.51/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of biboergosum
3.54/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

633ml bottle (@ 5% ABV) - mine is called 'Okinawa Draft Beer' on the otherwise very similar label.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium golden yellow colour, with three chubby fingers of puffy, creamy, and somewhat fizzy ecru head, which leaves some random splattered and sudsy soap scum lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of gritty and grainy cereal malt, rice pudding, some musty yeastiness, a bit of stale apple skin, and some very plain earthy, floral, and grassy green hop bitters. The taste is grainy and crackery pale malt, soggy rice cakes, slightly phenolic lager yeast, ethereal mushy apples, and more well understated grassy, herbal, and musky floral hoppiness.

The carbonation is average in its palate-supporting frothiness, the body a so-so middleweight, and mostly smooth, but for growing sense of clamminess as things warm up a tad around here. It finishes off-dry, the mixed graininess providing the biggest lingering punch.

Overall - this is a serviceable enough version of the style, quite malty, and with no obvious flaws. Simple in its bearing, I would imagine that it would go well with some spicy sushi rolls. Dammit, now I want some spicy sushi rolls! Anyways, not a bad tipple.

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Photo of rjd722
2.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Nass
3.71/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer is pricey for a Japanese rice lager. Reminds me of a better made Kirin Ichiban. This is a great beer, but it will be sort of one time experience type of beer for me due to the price point & availability. I like Asian Pale Lagers, but I like Euro Pale Lagers even more. I can myself drinking some of this with some Pad Thai or Chow Mein Noodles. Cheers! B

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Photo of Stout_Scout
3.4/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of avalon07
2.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

L: Poured from a can to a pilsner glass. Had a golden yellow color and a clear texture. There was an inch of foamy head that lasted an average amount of time. Not much lacing to speak of.

S: An underwhelming aroma of malt, rice, hops, and grain.

T: Tasted of a fair amount of rice (not overwhelmingly, though), a lot of pale malt, light hops (mostly in the finish), a hint of citrus (lemon), a grainy quality, and a definite grassiness. Absolutely nothing special about the flavor. It's not the worst thing I've ever tasted, but it definitely isn't interesting.

F: A decent amount of carbonation with a somewhat prickly finish. Light-bodied.

O: This is one of those mass-produced beers that lacks a definitive character. Nothing special at all.

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Photo of TheIPAHunter
3/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of 8BaconBits
3.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jaydoc
3.49/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of IRONRakkasan
3.25/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Shlummie
3.94/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jodan001
2.63/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of SonOfKyuss
3.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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