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

Orion Premium Draft BeerOrion Premium Draft Beer
BA SCORE
3.03/5
281 Ratings
Orion Premium Draft BeerOrion Premium Draft Beer
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
Ranking:
#43,652
Reviews:
113
Ratings:
281
pDev:
20.46%
Bros Score:
3.15
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
62
Trade:
0
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Photo of Mississippi
2.21/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Magery
2.77/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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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Photo of rodmanfor3
2/5  rDev -34%
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 +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of beaulabauve
3.26/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Andrew041180
3.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.18/5  rDev +5%
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 +10.6%
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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Photo of Lard_City
3.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very nice light lager. Great on a hot day but nothing remarkable.

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

Photo of HipCzech
3.14/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

633 mL bottle at Zakkushi on Denman (Vancouver). Clear light yellow gold with foamy white head. Very mild, clean flavor and mild aroma: malty grain, very slight sweetness and light herbal hop bitterness. Light body and crisp carbonation. Good with skewers of yakitori.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jeranbrews
2.62/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

A - golden, gasoline color with oddly weak faint head. Super high clarity. Minor continues carbonation. 3

S - adjunct smells and pail malt and weak hops. Unimpressed 2.75

T - simple pale malts. faint Sugary alcohol aftertaste. 2.75

M - effervescent and slightly caustic. Unimpressed. 2.75

D - boring beer for boring masses. 2

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Photo of wutangchan
2.41/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Handsome_James
3.31/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Kevin67
2.93/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of BDeibs
3.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of shigg85
3.53/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kmoen
3.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BAsbill
3.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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

Photo of toronadotornado
2.97/5  rDev -2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ippudo - Sydney, Australia - bottle served with ramen, tastes like Chang

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Photo of Ryancthomas7
3.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Beeeeeerman
2.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Orion Premium Draft Beer from Orion Beer Co., Ltd.
Beer rating: 3.03 out of 5 with 281 ratings
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