Oranjeboom Premium Lager | Oranjeboom Bierbrouwerij B. V.

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Oranjeboom Bierbrouwerij B. V.

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of nausicaa-taos
4.05/5  rDev +40.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A summer beer without the self-hatred. For when your grilling and your friends or significant other will give you grief about double fisting bud limes.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oranjeboom Premium Beer has a medium, off-white head, a clear, deep golden appearance, with numerous miniscule white particles floating about, and a some pretty decent lacing left behind. The aroma is of grassy hops and pungent, sweet barley, and the flavor is just like that, with some white bread and a fairly robust hop bitterness at the end of the sip. Mouthfeel is tending towards light and watery, and Oranjeboom Premium Beer finishes mostly dry, refreshing, tasty, and easy drinking. This is a good, lower-priced substitute for over-priced beers like Heineken or Stella Artois.


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Photo of MirkoCroCough
3.95/5  rDev +37.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pint can into kolsch glass.

Nice clear golden color with tiny bubbles of carbonation racing to the top. Left a bit of lacing.

Clean Euro lager smell. Earthy and musky.

Good clean flavor. Typical Euro lager malty and biscuity with a mild hop twang.

Good. Nicely carbonated, not seltzery. Smooth clean finish.

Would be easy to session. $8 for a sixer isn't a bad price either. Another Euro lager that trumps your typical American rice and corn beer. Would drink again.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.95/5  rDev +37.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a pale golden color with massive white puffy head.
Smell is lightly malty with a faint touch of hops.
Taste is very straightforward, crisp and refreshing with a light bitterness at the finish.
A bit thin in the mouth.
Very drinkable. It reallly hit the sopt and went down nice after a tough day at work.

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Photo of Sisafitz
3.84/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bit hoppish with some delicate flavors hidden behind that that are off the beaten path. For that reason, I like bottled best [minimum distortion], and leave the last half ounce alone. An acquired taste best enjoyed in a glass, and great with a pretzel or a meal.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.83/5  rDev +33%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pint can, purchased from Trader Joe's in Long Beach for $0.84. Poured into a shaker pint.

A: Golden yellow color, with a white head which has good retention.

S: No skunk, due to the can. Smells of bready malts, some hop presence, very pleasant.

T: Great bready malt taste, with noble hops, possibly Saaz holding it together. Reminds me of a solid German Helles, nothing objectionable at all.

M: Creamy from the carbonation, a tad on the thin side, but I think very good for the style.

D: Very drinkable and thirst quenching on a summer day in Southern California, I got through the 16 oz. in a matter of minutes, and would definitely drink this again. Great price, and a great summer beer.

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Photo of DCP
3.75/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

I believe the point of this product is to drink all 6 half liters at once.
A chugging beer.
Tastes like any other pale lager but goes down easier with a low impact hangover.
An upscale Dutch Budweiser for a party. It only costs 8 bucks for a 6.
It's a beer that most non-beer-people would probably enjoy.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.72/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A : This lager pours a frothy head of about 3 fingers and recedes slowly to a thick ring, leaving webs of lace on the sides of the pint glass. The body is pale straw in appearance, but manages to muster a 20% opacity. An exceptional appearance for a typical adjunct lager.

S : Straw, grass, pale hops. Some cream of wheat, baked grains, and faint dark bread crust. An okay nose, has some character but nothing fabulous.

T : Heavy malt bill here, with a large corn/straw presence and flavors of baked bread (day old), biscuit, and wheat cracker. A faint hoppy stab peeks through here and there, with a tint of grapefruit. A large yeasty ending with a bit of tin as well. The main difference here is that it's closer to a Czech pilsner but without the harshness of hops.

F : It's light bodied as an adjunct lager should be, but it's also mildly creamy with appropriate carbonation and a slight dry nip on the finish.

O : I'd drink this again, given that I can get it for a fair price. It's better than Stella, and it's better than about any macro out there (save for a Coors on a hot day) and incorporates elements of the American and Czech styles in the entire profile.

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Photo of utahbeerdude
3.72/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Visual: Light, clear golden color, with somewhat creamy head with good persistence, lots of visual carbonation.
Aroma: Nice spicy hops to start that fades somewhat and then persists at a reduced level.
Flavor: Prickly carbonation and some hop flavor dominate in the beginning, creamy middle due to carbonation then a kick of bitterness in the back end of the finish that dries out in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Effects of carbonation dominate, but not excessively so; the body is perhaps on the light side.
Overall: My sample was quite clean, with good overall balance. An enjoyable experience. This beer is not unlike Löwenbräu.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.65/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This review holds dual citizenship as both my entry for NBS (Week 283) and the latest CAN in The CANQuest (TM), which has slowed considerably since broaching the 300 mark. CAN't anybody help me with some new CANs?

From the CAN: "This is the original Oranjeboom Premium Lager of Brewery 'De Oranjeboom', established in Holland in 1671. The striking name, crest, and colour of the 'Oranjeboom', symbolizing the family tree of the Dutch royal family, the princes of Oranje-Nassau, were assigned to the brewery and its premium beer to pay homage to the royal founders of the realm of the Netherlands. Pure natural: Choice Hops, Finest Malts and Grains, Clear Water."

My pour created an impressive two fingers' of bone-white head with excellent retention, especially in the face of the broiler oven that is today. Nothing like high heat and humidity to make me want to crack open a CAN of beer! Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose had the characteristic malty/lager-sweetness that lagers are supposed to have - not the weak, diluted smell of AALs. Sure, my sixer was a little more expensive than a rack of Miller, but that is the trade-off for not using adjuncts. You CAN't have it every which way but loose. Mouthfeel was medium with a pleasant lager sweetness in the mouth. Finish had a faint taste of honey, another characteristic of unadulterated lagers. This was a nice, pleasant lager and one that I would put in my cooler. It's not going to knock your socks off, but it won't require choking it down either (hear me, Minhas?).

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Photo of srandycarter
3.65/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A -Pours clear light honey, lots of white head. Some spotty lace.

S - Light hops and european malt. Very Heineken like..

T - Light malt, a little juicy, bittered at end.

M - Light, very light bodied, decent carb, a little over bitter at end for me.

D - Not a hard one to drink for sure.

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Photo of callmemickey
3.65/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'll attribute most of the low reviews of this beer to the fact that almost all were from can... I had this several times in my trip to london over christmas... a pleasant surprise...

A: Golden yellow... creamy white head that maintains itself fairly well

S: Some hops adds some dimension to the inviting malt base

T: Very continental in style... bread like malts with german style hops... delicious

M: Smooth.. crisp and refreshing

D: This goes down like a champ!

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Photo of beertunes
3.6/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another budget grab from Trader Joes. Poured into 16oz nonic. Poured a very nice golden-straw color with over an inch of fluffy white head that had good retention and OK lacing.

The aroma was on the good side of typical for the style, nice grains and gentle hops. There was just a bit of sweetness in the nose. The flavors were pretty much the same, the sweetness wasn't as apparent and the grains and hops balanced each other very nicely.

The body was good, smooth, even, clean and well balanced. Drinkability was very good, the beer went down quickly and easily after a 2+ hour bike ride. Overall, an above average example of the style. Worth grabbing a can if you see it and are in the mood for light, smooth, easy drinking beer.

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Photo of ShakeDown1979
3.58/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can - 6 pack from TJs, poured well into 20oz mug. Very refreshing. $7 for a 6pack; very good for the price!

Golden color, not super high carbonation, not really very fragrant but beer is the common man's drink and this is definitely worth having in the fridge for a cold one

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Photo of flagmantho
3.55/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 500mL can into a Pilsner glass.

Appearance: medium yellow-gold hue with a crystal-clear body and a moderate effervescence. Head is two thick fingers of pillowy white foam. Not bad.

Smell: dry malt with quite a bit of graininess. I'm usually not a big fan of this particular odor profile, but in this case it seems to be executed pretty well. Maybe not my favorite, but largely without major flaws.

Taste: again, dry malt and quite a lot of grainy character. Unlike a lot of beers like this, though, there's not an off-putting sourness here. Basic, but actually not too bad.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a really good carbonation and quite a creamy mouthfeel. Surprisingly good.

Overall: a very drinkable pale lager. This is one of my choice tailgating beers.

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Photo of FrozenJoe
3.54/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Smaller sized white head dissipates quickly but with decent lacing. Light golden copperish colored body. Weak carbonation.

Smoky, sweet malts. Euro lager style yeast aroma. Hops are not detectable in the aroma. Pleasant.

Taste follows the nose. Smoky sweet malt followed by euro lager style yeast flavor. This beer is dry. The hop bitterness is surprisingly strong in the finish. No floral character to the hops whatsoever. It is a purely dry bitterness here from the hops. Malts, yeast, and dry bitter hops. Simple. Well balanced. A good lager beer. This would be a terrible ale. But it is a good lager beer. Learn to appreciate lagers. They have their own positive qualities: drinkability, refreshment, thirst quenchability, etc. This is a good workhorse lager.

Medium bodied. They did not skimp on the malt or the hops. Well done.

A six pack of tallboy cans goes for $5.99 at the local Trader Joe's. Brewed according to German purity laws. Oranjeboom is a good value for an all malt lager. It is enjoyable when camping, fishing, or out in the hot sun. Good if you want to throw back a few while watching the game. Orangeboom is malty and dry. It is an economy version of the Euro lager. But its pretty damn good for the price.

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Photo of Boneheadmx
3.52/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured out to a clear golden yellow with a head that subsides rather quickly. Looks a bit like an American macro.

The smell is of apple and pineapple, with no hops aroma. Not too bad.

The taste wasn't as clean as I thought it would be, but it's malty for something that I thought would be very light. The hops is there, but doesn't overpower. The finish is rather sweet, stays on the tongue.

The mouthfeel was OK, but I did like the way the beer finished malty and sweet. There was a lot of bubbles in the pour, but not too much in the way of carbonation. Fairly smooth beer.

This is pretty drinkable, and I really like the 16oz can serving. This is definitely a beer I will get again, because of the great price and value compared to some other macro beers. Doesn't finish as smooth and crisp as others, but still a decent beer nonetheless.

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Photo of dedrinker
3.52/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Yeah - what can I say about a 16oz. can of Oranjeboom at 8:43 AM? Dutch lager is like a step up from Canadian Macro, which is a small step up from U.S. Macro. That's what it tastes like. Or, if you prefer, it tastes like a very watered-down German Pilsner (as opposed to just plain watered-down Pilsner from Belgium).

But at least the adjunct character is subdued as compared to U.S. Macro - is it less a % of the grain bill, or a longer lagering time - perhaps two-row barley as opposed to six-row; maybe a combination thereof?

Great for the Pilsner Swilsner on a budget. That is, until Bitburger began showing up on the shelves of my town for the same price, at which point it becomes pointless to drink this stuff.

Not quite the sum of its parts.

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Photo of vabeerguy
3.52/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I do not understand why this beer got such bad reviews. Perhaps the conditions in which I had it made a difference. I had been working outside in the 90+ temp with high humidity. I had this beer and it was quite refreshing under this circumstance. A bitter IPA would not do (although later that was my beer of choice).

Anyway, poured from a 16 ounce can into a pint nonic glass. Clear. Nice head and, most of all, it quenched my thirst.

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Photo of botham
3.5/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can poured into a pilsner glass. pours a crystal clear straw color with a sizable white head that is frothy and stands up for a few minutes. no lacings.

aroma is of lightly sweet pale malts, with a touch of grassy hops, and a slightly grainy base. a well collaborated profile.

taste is lightly sweet up front, with definite pale malts, and a more subtle fruity character, containing grapes and possibly apple, though remaining very distant. finishes on a smooth note with a touch of the same grassy hops. a rather refined progression for a pale lager.

mouthfeel is light bodied, with a moderate amount of CO2. a smooth finish and slightly biting texture give this brew some character without reducing it to sparkling water.

usually these brews are thin and watery, but a solid mix of aromas and flavors give this brew a wonderful array of attributes that work together on its behalf. it is light bodied, but not thin. it is pale, but not weak. a solid example of a pale lager. cheers!

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Photo of LumpyGuitar
3.46/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked this up in a tall can, as it was new to my spot.

Pours a beautiful golden orange with a thin layer of frothy white head. Retention is weak, lacing is minimal.

Smells of biscuit malt and water.

Taste is smooth. Buttery malt dominates, hop is weak.

Mouthfeel is light, carbonation is average.

Drinkability is good. This would actually be tasty in the summer months as its light and you can definately put a few away. I'd say the cloying kicks in about round 4.

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Photo of barczar
3.46/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brilliantly clear, minimal head. Slightly grainy aroma, and flavor is grainy and minerally. Body is moderate, with fairly high carbonation.

Easy drinking beer, clean, with a cracker grain backbone and light floral hops. The mineral character is unique and somewhat mouthwatering.

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Photo of BeerAficionadoMCMXC
3.45/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pilsner appearance, light carbonation. The smell is more complex than other cheap beers that I've had. This one has a cereal nose with a hint of, you never would have guessed it, orange. The taste is nothing special, just crispness in a can, and you can certainly drink many of these guys. I'd say this is a great summer beer. Overall, I'm impressed for the price. This shows that the Europeans make great cheap beer where America makes shitty cheap beer. Go craft in America, go cheap in Europe. That's my slogan.

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Photo of BeerZack
3.43/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear light honey color with hardly any foam.

On the nose is malt, hops and skunky funky.

Has a nice pilsner-like taste, but this one tastes like it could be skunked from light damage through this green bottle. There is a slight mineral/metallic taste. Despite this less-than-glamorous description, it doesn't taste bad... probably better than or just as good as that other beer in a green bottle you buy.

Feels a little limp on the tongue...
Just put it in your mouth...
It's Beer!

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.41/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A great looking lager beer that is light amber to dark gold with a half inch white head that dissipates moderately quickly. Superior lacing is noted from the remaining ring. A bit of a skunky smell from the green-bottled beer, but not highly objectionable. Remaining aroma is somewhat yeasty. The taste is decently balanced with no overpowering sweetness or bitterness. Refreshing overall sense and quite thirst quenching. A quaffable brew this appears to be.

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