Orion Premium Draft Beer
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Style:
Lager - Japanese Rice
Ranked #14
ABV:
4.7%
Score:
72
Ranked #48,669
Avg:
3.09 | pDev: 19.74%
Reviews:
132
Ratings:
331
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Orion Beer Co., Ltd.
 
Japan
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Year-round
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  16
Gots
  73
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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Evan_Legere from Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Got the 633 ml. bottle, enjoyed it out of the fridge and poured into a pint glass. Look is a golden yellow. This beer has a very fine carbonation that stands out to me. Not overpowering and something about the bubbles feels..small. Feel is of a lighter beer with a surprising bitterness on the finish. Nothing special about this beer, but boy would it go great with some good grub. I know what Im bringing next time were able to sit down at the BYOB sushi restaurants.

Jun 25, 2020
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RaulMondesi from California

3.65/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Everybody’s got something, ya know? Some people feel this way, while on the tail end, some people feel that what. Well, what does it matter when you have yourself a damn good beer in front of you? And as I destroy this rainbow roll in front of me, I feel like Ozu directing a scene.

Ok, I’m out!

Jun 20, 2020
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Jacobier10 from New Jersey

2.96/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

633 mL bottle poured into a shaker pint glass at Zen Ramen & Sushi in New York, NY.

Straw colored with brilliant clarity. Small white head with poor retention. Not much going on in the aroma. Some grainy malt with obvious adjuncts. The flavor is mild and a little on the sweet side. Finishes clean and easy to drink. Light bodied.

When I'm having sushi, I like to have a delicate, light beer to wash it down and cleanse the palate. I preferred the Sapporo I had beforehand to this beer, but it did the job.

Jan 02, 2020
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Harrison8 from Missouri

3.66/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden straw with a hint of fog. Head is a finger of white foam and modest retention. Aroma is biscuity, nutty, wafery malts with a light grassy, zesty hop quality. Very light and staccato. Flavor profile is nutty, wafery, nutty, bready malts with heavy bread yeast and floral, spicy, zesty hops. A bit more full in the flavor department, but still dry, light and straightforward. Mouth feel is crisp and refreshing with a thin consistency. Overall, crisp and refreshing with a dainty flavor profile make this an unoffense, but not necessarily memorable, beer.

Served in a 15.5oz Spiegalau tulip from a 12oz bottle.

Dec 27, 2019
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Foyle from North Carolina

5/5  rDev +61.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from 633ml bottle into pint glass A thick white head drops slowly with mild lacing. Color is light gold with plenty of streaming carbonation. Mouthfeel is light and crisp with a refreshing dry finish. Aroma is clean malt maybe a hint of rice and grassy hops. Flavor of lightly toasted barley, cracker, a pleasant sweetness and mild hop presence. Overall outstanding for the style.

Oct 07, 2019
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tucson_brewson from Arizona

3.54/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

633 mL bomber poured into pilsner glass.

L - Pours a clear, golden yellow color with a finger of soapy white head that dissipates quickly, leaves a thin lacing. Looks like a lager.

S - Skunky up front. Fresh-cut grass, grain, lemon, bready malt, corn syrup, some earthy hops but not as much as malt.

T - Follows the nose with lots of corn, rice, cereal grain, bready malt, honey, slightly sour yeast, very little hop presence but just enough bitterness to balance the sweetness of the rice/corn flavor.

F - Light bodied, moderate carbonation, dry finish, drinkable like a pilsner.

O - A nice AAL type lager with the Euro/green bottled skunkiness that I'm a fan of. Compared to other Japanese beers, it's on the slightly sweeter side but is balanced enough to not be overpowering. Very drinkable. Kampai!

Sep 24, 2019
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WanderingRonin from Canada

2.54/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Light bodied & well carbonated with a semi-dry/ semi- sweet rice flavor, fairly standard of Japanese draft beer, but finishes a bit more bitter then most with a hoppier pilsner quality to it's back end. Aside from that it did little to stand out, good enough not at all offensive, paired well with my meal but I don't think I'd seek it out again.

Sep 16, 2019
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dadaevan from Hawaii

3.71/5  rDev +20.1%
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!

May 10, 2019
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VABA from Virginia

3.25/5  rDev +5.2%
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

Apr 30, 2019
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Retroman40 from Florida

3.2/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Mar 22, 2019
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monkist from Hungary

3.57/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had to drink this again when in Okinawa (actually, on Ishigaki). Was better than how I remembered it was, even though it is a simple japanese rice lager. But like they say, when in Rome... I had to drink it again and I didn’t regret it. Guess it’s part of the atmosphere? Might be. Maybe that’s all that matters, because the atmosphere on Okinawa in the best in Japan! Cheers!

Jan 23, 2019
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ZenAgnostic from Texas

4.49/5  rDev +45.3%
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

Jan 08, 2019
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.56/5  rDev +15.2%
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...

Nov 15, 2018
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Thankin_Hank from Texas

3.76/5  rDev +21.7%
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.

Oct 02, 2018
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depechemode1983 from Texas

2.99/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Jul 30, 2018
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beergoot from Colorado

3.04/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Jul 26, 2018
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biboergosum from Canada

3.54/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Jul 10, 2018
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Nass from Florida

3.71/5  rDev +20.1%
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

Apr 30, 2018
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avalon07 from South Carolina

2.89/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Feb 08, 2018
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The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

3.47/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Sep 06, 2017
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kojevergas from Louisiana

3.25/5  rDev +5.2%
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

Jul 27, 2017
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JamieWeisen from Louisiana

3.67/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

Jul 19, 2017
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mactrail from Washington

3.63/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

Jun 27, 2017
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Everydayoff from Thailand

3.15/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

May 04, 2017
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kerouac from California

4.06/5  rDev +31.4%
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.

Mar 19, 2017
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