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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Gusler on 12-11-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
272
Reviews:
109
Avg:
2.97
pDev:
20.88%
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
59
For Trade:
0
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Photo of salias
3.75/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

light and slightly sour.

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Photo of Poloplaya
3.67/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jw4free
3.23/5  rDev +8.8%
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 paulish
3.25/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of pmfox155
2.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of ECsurfattic
3/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Wontonst
2.6/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Nagorg
3.05/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appropriate for the style. Actually reminds me of a home brew ale recipe by "BierMuncher".

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Photo of lupercmda
3.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BcOneSeven
2.5/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of skasdan
3.72/5  rDev +25.3%
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 AlexAfonin
3/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of I3eer
2.47/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Mitzvahman72
3.15/5  rDev +6.1%
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 Risenhower
3.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.24/5  rDev +9.1%
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 Mississippi
2.21/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Magery
2.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Sorcerer
3.05/5  rDev +2.7%
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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Photo of rodmanfor3
2/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

There was a time when I thought that this beer was good.

After having received a free Orion t-shirt following a recent trip, I decided to revisit this beer.

I still think the t-shirt is great, but the beer, unfortunately, was a drain pour, something that resembles malty water with a corn syrup aftertaste.

I will be skipping this beer from here on out.

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Photo of DevWand
3.16/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of beaulabauve
3.26/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Andrew041180
3.25/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.18/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This is a refreshing beer to drink, perfect for when it's hot outside. Has a light golden color, clean and slightly sweet taste, no bitter aftertaste. Good for when you're eating light food like sushi.

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Photo of kevinlater
3.35/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap at tokyo village in san mateo, ca. jul 24 2015

a: clear pale yellow

s: noticeably hoppy (grassy aromas) with the typical rice sweetness in the background

t: just like your everyday sweet rice lager but kept a bit more in check with the grassy hop presence

m: not quite watery. moderate carbonation

o: i enjoyed this brew. i like the sweet rice flavours of japanese lagers, but having them kept on a leash with more hops is cool too

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