Orion Premium Draft Beer
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Style:
Japanese Rice Lager
Ranked #14
ABV:
4.7%
Score:
72
Ranked #47,064
Avg:
3.07 | pDev: 19.87%
Reviews:
124
Ratings:
316
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Orion Beer Co., Ltd.
 
Japan
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Year-round
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Gots
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SCORE
72
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Notes: 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.
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Photo of dadaevan
3.71/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had it on draft at a great ramen place in Waikiki. Clean beer and complimented the food well. Imports on tap are a real find, especially Japanese ones. Rice lager; awesome!

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Photo of VABA
3.25/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A-Pours a light golden color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has lemongrass hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a crisp lemongrass flavor
M-A light bodied well carbonated beer
O-A refreshing lager

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Photo of Retroman40
3.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very pale yellow with a fleeting head. Very neutral smell and a taste that is somewhat like a very light Euro Pale Lager. Nice smooth mouthfeel. Overall a bit of a boring beer but ice cold would be great after working outside on a hot, humid Florida summer day.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.49/5  rDev +46.3%
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 StonedTrippin
3.56/5  rDev +16%
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 Thankin_Hank
3.76/5  rDev +22.5%
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 -2.6%
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 -1%
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 biboergosum
3.54/5  rDev +15.3%
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 Nass
3.71/5  rDev +20.8%
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 avalon07
2.89/5  rDev -5.9%
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 The_Kriek_Freak
3.47/5  rDev +13%
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 kojevergas
3.25/5  rDev +5.9%
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 JamieWeisen
3.67/5  rDev +19.5%
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 mactrail
3.63/5  rDev +18.2%
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 Everydayoff
3.15/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

350ml can poured into a pils glass.

Clear bright golden color with lots of active effervescence, it tops with very thick frothy white head with very good retention. The head slowly dissipates to a long-lasting bubble sheet atop and leaves some lacing patch and spot.

Lots of malt and grain in a nose, it is like bread, biscuit and rice. There is sourness of rice and yeast together with a note of grassy hop.

The taste is based and led by grain and bready malt that lend some sweetness and husk. Hop is also there with notes of grass, hay, and subtle bitterness as well as some yeasty lager.

Light body with quite smooth mouthfeel and lively crisp carbonation, the feeling is refreshing with rather clean and dry finish. Very easy drinkable as it supposed to be.

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Photo of kerouac
4.06/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Orion is, thus far, my favorite Japanese-brewed beer. It is a great beer overall. Great taste, mouthfeel, and surprisingly good in a variety of temperatures. If you're a pilsner fan, like me, you'll enjoy this beer.

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Photo of Spikester
3.74/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear bright gold with three fingers of white head that falls in about ten minutes leaving thick rings of lace.
Smell is very light.
Taste is light grains or malts with just a hint of herbal hop in the end.
Mouthfeel is light bodied with good carbonation. Finish is lightly dry and neutral.
Overall a beer you could drink all night without getting bloated or bored. Well done Orion.

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Photo of Burly
3.53/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My local 99 Ranch, an Asian-themed supermarket chain, is currently selling six-packs for $4.99, which is a bargain in and around Berkeley, California, so I've consumed a fair number of six packs over the last month. The beer is heavily carbonated, so be warned. However, it is light (4.7% alcohol), which I currently like, because I drink too much beer to be good for me. The flavor I would best describe as pleasant. It is probably a rice adjunct beer, since that's what it tastes like and that is common for East Asian beers. I generally like Asian rice-adjunct beers, particularly with Asian food, so that's not a problem. Seems to give the beer a bit of a winey, saki, malt liquorish flavor, which, again, goes well with Asian food.

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Photo of Nin10dude64
2.21/5  rDev -28%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

12 oz poured into an pilsner glass

I know now why the pilsner glass is recommended for these lagers, it looks, smells and almost tastes like one. A 2 finger head forms and dissipates slowly, golden straw color. The taste was like a pilsner but grew stale about a third into the beer. Couldn't finish it

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Photo of jw4free
3.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Picked up from a local spot in Leavenworth, KS. Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Weizen glass. L: pours like a Pilsner. Head fades to a white ring. Limited lacing. S: clean, some hint of sweetness T: slight sweetness F: watery, only carbonation keeps any interest. O:easy drinking, refreshing. It's a rice lager. Make beer with the ingredients one has, it works.

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Photo of skasdan
3.72/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer beats a Bud or Coors any day of the week. You must take this beer for what it is and nothing more. This isn't an Alpine Nelson nor was it meant to be. This is a mass produced lager that has been brewed with Japanese attention to detail and craftsmanship. It has light hop notes and a honey-like finish. This is a great beer to end a long day working in the high heat and humidity of Okinawa. It is refreshing and is true to its intent. Don't drink this beer thinking you're getting a craft brew, you are getting a well balanced and very drinkable beer that is cheaper than any American domestic here in Okinawa. Next time you are at Bevmo, pick up a bottle in the Japnese section for $2.50 and compare it to any domestic tall boy. I promise you'll buy it again.

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Photo of Mitzvahman72
3.15/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

With a yellow-to-cream straw color, the overall flavor is a mix of mild fruit and some malt. Meanwhile, the finish is lightly crisp with an off grass acidity. Not a keeper, but is curiously refreshing!

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours, from the bottle, a clear golden with a small head. A steady stream of bubbles rises from the bottom. A clean smell and taste - as described on the bottle! Perfect to drink when you are fresh out of the field on Okinawa!

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Photo of Sorcerer
3.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

It has been a hot and hard four day workweek here in California and the thirst cried out for lager after the work day.

Orion Beer reviewed here was poured from a 12oz can. It proclaims "clear mild taste" and that is true.

The first tin of beer today was poured into a Pilsner Urquell flute with careful respect creating a beautiful 3 inch thick foam white head bulging over the brim above the 0.3l line on the glass. Being overheated from a bike commute home, I immediately chugged the contents in two satisfymethirstgulpingdrafts.

The result was instantaneously salubrious.

Yes I would usually go for an IPA but I had none on hand.

Surprisingly, as I sip on the second tin of beer, the smell is good and definitely European. I get instant flashbacks to hot hiking huts in the Alps and Dolomites.

The look is ideal. I give 5 stars true. Typically I just drink this from the can. Carbonation is not at high levels. In the can it lasts a bit longer. In a glass, not so much. This is a beer for rapid consumption. Typically this is employed to wash food down the gullet. I am slaking thirst.

Halfway through the flute of beer it is going flat. I need to play catch up.

It's an adjunct brew, and no secret is made. The rice and malt sweetness melds with the 5% alcohol (as printed on the six-pack paper sleeve) creating a significant challenge to the hops. Happily all is well in Okinawa. While there are no hop bomb explosions, there is a definite conformity to the expectations of the style.

Orion passes the look smell feel and taste test with three stars. There are 3 stars on the logo. These are the celestial objects in Orion's belt. The P3 Orion airplane and it's exciting noise come to mind as well.

The only confusion, for me, lies in the proper pronunciation of Orion. Otherwise, it is a good lager from the island of Okinawa. I am grateful to be able to enjoy it in relative safety and freedom.

Wherever there is freedom there will be good beer like Orion.

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Orion Premium Draft Beer from Orion Beer Co., Ltd.
Beer rating: 72 out of 100 with 316 ratings