Oranjeboom Premium Lager | Oranjeboom Bierbrouwerij B. V.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Oranjeboom Bierbrouwerij B. V.
Netherlands
interbrew.com

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Jason on 08-21-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
370
Reviews:
192
Avg:
2.88
pDev:
18.06%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
35
For Trade:
0
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Photo of acurtis
2/5  rDev -30.6%

Photo of kylehay2004
2.75/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of GRG1313
2.71/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden yellow with a 2 inch fizzy off-white head that fades to a thin cap. Random spots and streaks of lace slide back down into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of grains, corn flakes, and some sugary notes. Taste is of sweetened grains and corn flakes with a dry grassy flavor on the finish. A slight herbal bitterness sticks to the palate after each sip. Carbonation is average with a crisp, clean feel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer - nothing too good but nothing too bad. On the cheap at Trader Joe's.

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Photo of spycow
2.79/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of kjkinsey
2.75/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Knapp85
2.59/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer reminded me a lot of a Grolsh or Heineken. It's got that traditional lager flavor to it where it's a little bitter and aged. The color is plae yellow and not overly exciting. Just about another European Lager. I don't see myself really trying to find this one again any time soon.

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Photo of metter98
2.95/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: The beer is crystal clear deep yellow in color and has a very light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that died down and left patches of bubbles on the surface and a thin ring around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of grainy malts and sweetness in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell, having flavors of grainy malts along with a slight amount of sweetness. There are also some hints of grassy hops.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink but doesn’t have any interesting aromas or flavors.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A decent Euro Lager. A lot like Staropramen. Strong straw color. Very clear and carbonated. A bit sparkling. Good head retention that fades to a trace. Aromas are mostly grainy, corn-like, and a bit light-striken (not bad enough to call skunky), grassy, earthy, and yeasty. Flavors are similar, throw in bready, hoppy (of the noble variety), a bit citrusy or apple like. Finishes crip (but not dry), refreshing. Easily drinkable with a pizza.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.99/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500ml can - a very Dutch array of colours used for the label design.

This beer pours a clear, bright golden yellow hue, with four fat fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly ecru head, which leaves some complex archipelago lace around the glass as it quickly dissolves.

It smells weakly of crackery pale malt, semi-sweet grainy corn, a bit of indistinct stale citrus, and leafy, weedy, and moderately skunky hops. The taste is bready, grainy malt, corn grist, white chalk, metallic hard water, and tame weedy, wet straw hops. Simple is the best way to describe this, really.

The carbonation is fairly light and frothy in its bearing, the body medium-light in weight, and quite plain in its workaday smoothness - its only attribute being that there is nothing else really existing here to mess with things. It finishes barely off-dry, even the mixed malt getting bored to tears by the disaffected nature of this offering.

No off-flavours, hell - very little normal flavour either, for those of us keeping count. A bland, unassuming Continental lager, nothing to recommend, but nothing to turn your nose up at by the same measure, I gotta say. If beige was a taste and experience (wait a bit, and some overpaid marketing hack will actually pitch this, I'm sure), then Oranjeboom is replete with it.

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2.13/5  rDev -26%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Can into Budweiser pint glass (it was all that was around) in low altitude Galway, Ireland. Can acquired in Cork, Ireland. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a two finger head of slight cream and average thickness. Average retention. Meh. Clear dark yellow colour.

Sm: Light scent of malt, barley, and ... maize?

T: Nice unexpected cream over top of barley/maize foundation. The malt is fortunately quite tame, avoiding ruining the flavour. The barley sharpens on the climax, which is unpleasant and unwelcome. It never quite recovers, creating a decidedly nasty finish. Unbalanced and pretty badly built for the style. Bittering hops are present but very background, not even surpassing the generic barley.

Mf: Too much wetness alongside an artificial smoothness/coarseness balance. Pretty crap. Doesn't match the flavours of the body.

Dr: Affordable by Irish standards, but nowhere near a great beer.

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2.75/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of brentk56
2.31/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a clear pale golden with modest head that fails to lace

Smell: Nothing but a hint of corn and some grass

Taste: Fairly sweet with little bitterness

Mouthfeel: Light and moderately carbonated

Drinkability: Next question, please. This one is not worth pondering

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2.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Small white head settles into a thinnish lacing above a clear bright golden colored beer.

Light sour citrus lemon with some wheat grains and maybe some slight spices showing up in the aroma.

Light grain malts, some sourness, very light lemon, and some very light spice notes in the taste of this lager.

A dry aftertaste with a very slight sour note on this light bodied beer.

Not a bad tasting beer, just not enough taste within the thin walls of this glass of beer.

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Photo of zeff80
2.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured out a very clear, golden yellow color. It had high carbonation levels and a small, fizzy, short-lived head. No lacing at all.

S - It smelled of grains and floral notes. Not much else here.

T - It tasted of grain and slightly toasted malts. There was a slight bitterness and grassy bite.

M - Oranjeboom is crisp and sharp with a fizzy mouthfeel. A very light bodied lager.

D - This was worth a try once but I don't think I'd want the imported version we get in the U.S. again. I'm sure it is much better closer to the source.

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Photo of dmorgan310
2.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.28/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The historic Orange Tree brewery was founded in Rotterdam in 1671, but closed in 1990. The brand was moved to the Three Horseshoes brewery (Drie Hoefijzers). It's now owned by Interbrew and seems to be getting more play in the market.
It pours a crystal clear golden body with an orange-ish cast. It's a bit darker than many similar lagers. The bright white head holds well before dropping to a creamy collar that leaves transient lace throughout the glass. A clean, softly grassy, and gently malty nose greets you. It's light/medium body appears nicely crisp in the mouth due to a fine, median carbonation. The taste, however, is quite basic with a well-balanced combination of moderately grainy malt (some adjuncts are used), light grassy hop flavor, and restrained bitterness. It finishes dry and refreshing; but leaves you wanting more. Well done, but quite mainstream.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
2.58/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Nose of grains, malt, hay, cereal, light fruitiness, seltzer. Taste moderately sweet malt, grass, bread, light floral hops, faint biscuit & orange, easy drinkable brew.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.01/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a crystal clear medium golden yellow in color with light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall fluffy white head that quickly reduces to an extremely thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aroma of grainy adjunct malts with some sweetness. There is a very faint hint of grassy hops but not much.

T: Upfront this beer is all moderate flavors of grainy adjunct malts with just a hint of sweetness. After that there is a light flavor of grassy hops which contribute some light amounts of bitterness which lingers through the finish.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: This beer is not bad but it not anything special either - easy to drink and sessionable but not sure that I would really want to have more than one of these at a time. I wish this had a little more hop presence (not a ton but just a hint more).

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Photo of mactrail
2.63/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

From the tall can poured into a Stella glass. Yellow amber color with a nice head but coarse carbonation. More flavor than American industrial lagers, but rather anemic by the better Euro standards. Slightly malty flavor.

A tang, rather than a taste of hops. Not even worth the price at Trader Joe's, where it has been a cheap Euro lager staple for years. The Simpler Times Wisconsin beers are even cheaper but so much better.

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Photo of dcmchew
2.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of Ciocanelu
2.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

16 ounce can - $1.49 at Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, medium gold body with a short-lived inch of white suds.

Smell: On the whole, it's quite grainy in the aroma. Beyond that, there's a teeny tiny hint of vague sweetness, a bit of uncooked corn, and zestful continental hops. Ho-hum.

Taste: Grainy, faintly bready pils malts. Lightly sweet. A bit husky in the fore. Spicy European hops, reasonably bitter. Hint of dried corn kernels. And, quite a bit husky on the back half, too. Finishes dry and still husky. Has a scuzzy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: A lackluster lager. The huskiness here is unpleasant, so keep it cold and throw it back fast, if you must.

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Photo of Jason
2.78/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presentation: 16 oz can with no freshness date, small blurb of history of the brewery that is now owned by Interbrew.

Appearance: Thin frothed milk looking lace with a bright golden hue.

Smell: The usual light grassy and veggie mix of malt and hops in the aroma, clean at that.

Taste: Clear lager snappish mouth feel, with a light to moderate body. Thin malt flavours are mostly a husky grassy grain and dry all over. Hops are mild with a modest bitterness and very little flavour. Faint alcohol and a ghost like citric fruitiness from the hops are all this beer has to offer. Monotonous dry finish after every sip.

Notes: There is not much to this lager at all, oddly there is not much of an imported flare which was the only surprise. I’d pick a domestic US macro before this one. The only thing that saved this beer for me was that it was quite clean with not too many off flavours or aromas.

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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."; "As a tribute to the House of Orange, the Orange Tree crest, symbolizing the family tree of the Dutch Royal family 'Oranje-Nassau', was introduced and the Oranjeboom brand was born. Oranjeboom is one of Holland's oldest brands. Since we started shipping beer to almost every corner of the world, Oranjeboom has been appreciated for its refreshing, outstanding quality."

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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2.88 out of 5 based on 370 ratings.
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