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:
#46,964
Reviews:
118
Ratings:
298
pDev:
20.13%
Bros Score:
3.15
 
 
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15
Gots:
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Photo of depechemode1983
2.99/5  rDev -1.3%
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 +0.3%
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 -25.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of bigred89
3/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of yaksurf
2.51/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of biboergosum
3.54/5  rDev +16.8%
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 -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Nass
4.5/5  rDev +48.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is pricey for a Japanese rice lager, but I am quite a fan of this style. Reminds me of Kirin Ichiban which I am quite a fan of. This is a great beer, but it will be sort of one time experience type of beer for me due to the price & availability. This one is a must try if you can get your hands on it. Japan makes some of the best lagers in the world. In my opinion they are second best next to a wide range of classic euro lagers. Cheers! A- (90-94) score range

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Photo of Stout_Scout
3.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of avalon07
2.89/5  rDev -4.6%
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%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of 8BaconBits
3.5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jaydoc
3.49/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of IRONRakkasan
3.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Shlummie
3.94/5  rDev +30%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jodan001
2.63/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of SonOfKyuss
3.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
3.47/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Very excited to try this Okinawan classic beer. It pours a somewhat light shade of golden with lots of bubbles and a decent head. The aroma is metallic with lots of sweet notes. The taste is sweet and full of rice adjunctness so to speak. No signs of hops on the nose or taste. Light body and heavily carbonated. A refreshing beer, and a nice fit with certain types of food.

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Photo of Zazzi82
2.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of kojevergas
3.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Can courtesy of Schlimenhaumer - thanks, man!

Medium-bodied, refreshing, crisp, smooth, wet, well-carbonated.

Adjunct doesn't stick out. Pale malt and 2-row dominate.

Balanced and enjoyable, but simple and shallow.

High C+ / ABOVE AVERAGE

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Photo of BlueSpader
3.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JamieWeisen
3.67/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a cold glass from the 1Pt 5.4oz bottle at Zen restaurant in Houma, LA, where I'm from. Look was a very pale golden, how you would expect from a "beer" color most people would think. Smell was very inoffensive with I guess some kind of sweet undertones. Taste is very dry, drier than say like a Budweiser but about as dry as about a Kirin ichiban but a mildly different more cleaner taste I find. Feel is extremely crisp and carbonated, very pleasant and thin very much so like a Perrier or LaCroix sparkling water but a little bit less, kind of in the middle of an American lager and a sparkling water. Overall however a very pleasant experience I've had this a few times before this review, I may prefer Kirin but you get more beer for a lower price than it at this restaurant.

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Photo of ThisSeasonsWaifu
2.5/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of mactrail
3.63/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rice Lager from Okinawa. From the 12 oz can served at Jett Sushi in Denver. Amber brew with a tall stack of foam in the pint shaker. A fainy beery aroma. Spritzy mouthfeel and watery but refreshing body.

Pleasant dry flavor but no trace of hops. Not really sweet, like the light malt lagers. It's a different flavor without the usual malt or grainy notes. Crisp and perfectly drinkable. A pleasant quaff for summer and sushi. It would be interesting to taste this against a typical American industrial lager.

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Photo of MaxOhle
3.5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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