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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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 ThisWangsChung
2.16/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

16.9 oz can into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear golden color. A finger's worth of white colored head caps this off, fading to a thin film relatively quick.

S: You won't believe this, but it actually smells like a Euro pale lager! Some malty sweetness, diacetyl, and a twinge of noble hops comprise the aroma. Really uninspired, but better that than be riddled with horrid off notes.

T: It tastes exactly how I expected: sweet malts, some diacetyl, and something trying to resemble noble hops on the finish. There just isn't much to talk about here.

M: Plain and simple, the finish isn't dry enough. It's also too 'heavy', so to speak. For that reason, drinking it is kind of a chore. At least the carbonation isn't incredibly powerful - no, wait, I think I'd prefer it to be rather fizzy.

O: This is so damn dull, it's unbelievable. It's not even dull in the right way - instead of drinking like carbonated water, it's like drinking carbonated water that's obstructively sweet. It'll get finished unlike two others I drank earlier. I'm now officially sick of macro lagers for a few days - I need a proper IPA right about now.

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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 woemad
2.91/5  rDev +1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

16.9oz can purchased at Trader Joe’s in Spokane for $1.25. On the bottom of the can was a best by date of 11/10/14. Close attention to the label of the can reveals this “Dutch Lager” was contract brewed in Braunschweig, Germany by “Hofbrauhaus Wolters GMBH.” Although the Reinheitsgebot does not apply to the Netherlands (or, in this day and age, Germany), there’s boilerplate regarding how the beer was brewed using only water, hops and barley, but there’s no mention of yeast! Hopefully, that was an oversight and this is not a yeastless beer.

Poured into a glass, this beer was a color not unlike that of apple juice. There was a thin white head that soon receded to a foam collar but never entirely disappeared.

The nose was malty, with a tiny whiff of grassy hops. Although skunkiness was absent, it was otherwise a dead ringer for many an uninspiring Eurolager.

Not much flavor to be had here. The beer is vaguely crisp, with a clean finish. Just a little malty sweetness and a very mild tinge of hop flavor.

Watery, clean finishing mouthfeel. Carbonation seemed a little low.

This beer is a cheap, inoffensive but otherwise unnoteworthy beer. I can’t conceive why I would be drawn to try it again.

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Photo of GMB
2.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A standard pour of Bierbrouwerij B.V.'s Oranjeboom yields a straw-yellow body capped by a snow-white fizz that rises tall and falls fast. The head is supported by a moderate amount of carbonation, and therefore manages to stick around a while as a thin ring of foam.

The nose is standard for the style. Malts give off the smell of bread dough complemented by some very mild grassy notes and a touch of black pepper. Metallic aromas are mild, but palpable.

The taste more or less follows the nose. Metallic flavors are mild, but unwelcomely present, in the first sip. My tastebuds must adapt quickly, because they are absent in subsequent sips. A light touch of toasted grain augments the flavor profile. The beer is thin on the palate, a characteristic I'd welcome in summer heat.

Overall, Oranjeboom is a decent macro-style lager that I'd drink again if in the mood for the style. It's certainly much better than most of the macros produced on this side of the Atlantic.

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Photo of magpieken
2.81/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

330ml bottle. 10.2014. Very pale gold colour. Reasonable off white head which settled to a ring and not much lacing. Fairly typical Euro lager aroma, slight grainy malt and some grass, gentle and inoffensive. Light sweetness a touch of citrus on tasting and some light bitterness in the finish. Light bodied and a very quick dry finish leave you wondering if you had a mouthful or not. 6.

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Photo of TheMarkE
3.27/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Straw colored with a good head and decent lacing.

Smell: Grains with a hint of hops.

Taste: Sweet grains and a touch of hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with very little aftertaste.

The Verdict: Not bad. Fairly well balanced and goes down smooth. Almost too smooth. Nothing outstanding about it, but nothing to complain about either.

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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 damndirtyape
3.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500mL can poured into a Shaker pint glass. Date stamp on bottom of can: 13.12.12 02:45, E13.03.14 FL

Appearance: Clear amber gold. Initial white head upon pouring died back to nothing pretty quickly after pouring. No lacing.

Smell: Typical lager smell. Light aroma - mostly malt with just the tinest bit of hop herbal smell in there.

Taste: Crisp, sweet. Hops are barely there, but start to come out a bit as the beer reaches room temperature - just a bit of noble hop flavor. Otherwise very much a malty simple lager.

Mouthfeel: Juicy and a bit fizzy. Nothing special.

Overall / Drinkability: Not bad, but nothing special. Good drinkability though - washed down chicken and caprice salad easily without getting in the way. I think that's what makes this beer - it's an average beer, versatile with food, but nothing special. A staple beer to have with food if you're not looking for something interesting.

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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 jimmah120
2.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

16.9oz can, no date or codes

light corn yellow, fizzy head that fades to a dusting of sud. smell is light and corny. taste: crisp and biting, but with a horrid metallic aftertaste. some faint citrus, melon, cinnamon. putrid kinda mouthfeel and aftertaste.

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Photo of FLima
3.04/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pale golden color with two fingers head with medium retention.
Aroma of grassy hops.
Similarly, flavor of grassy hops and malt sweetness.
Aftertaste a bit watery and I felt some oxidation, though not annoying.
Light Pilsner with a refreshing sensation, for a hot day.

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Photo of LXIXME
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 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 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 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 TappaKeggaBrew
2.7/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pale golden hue, formed a 1-finger frothy, off-white head that faded as quickly as it formed, with scant lacing.

S: Faint grainy/grassy notes, with some citrus happiness.

T: I've never called a beer "vapid" before, buy in this case, the description fits. There's some grainy malt at the start, and a little tartness in the middle before the bitter hops finish, but none of the flavors really stands out.

M: Medium crispness, but feels a little flat. Maybe it's a Dutch thing?

O: Nothing about this beer is BAD, but neither is there anything very good about it. It tastes a little watered down, and finishes
just about even with your typical American macro. In a nutshell: I won't be buying any more of this brand.

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

Notes from 8/14/12

16 oz pint can, 5% ABV, no freshness date.

Golden-yellow appearance with carbonation bubbles rising. Fluffy white head with good retention. Tawny; not entirely clear in body. Appearance: 4/5

Spicy and grainy in aroma. Wet grass. The faintest touch of sweet caramel underneath grains and hops. Smell: 3.5/5

Tinny, pasteurized can tang up front, followed by grains, bittering hops, spicy hops flavor and a dry finish. Drink this colder than I did (stay below 50 degrees F). Taste: 3/5

Creamy body (hops flavor), balanced hops & malt bill, and medium bodied. Feel: 4/5

Overall: 3 out of 5. An average Euro-lager. Not bad at all, just nothing exceptional. I'm thinking pork sausages and potatoes with this one.

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

500ml can served in a chalice.

A: Pours a pale amber yellow color forming a big bubbled white head. Low retention and practically now lacings

S: Sweet grains and Lager yeasts, mainly. A bit of grassy hops

T: A soft taste. Sweet grains, mainly. Mild bitter grassy hop end. Lager yeasts can also be felt. A dry soft taste, in overall

M: Very light body. Medium to high carbonation. Mild bitter aftertaste

O: An average Euro Lager. Easy drinking. Nothing special

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Photo of McStagger
2.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On the quest to find the best cheap Euro Lager. So far it's been Pete's...

A: Pours the usual pale straw color. Excellent clarity, minimal head retention, no lacing, ample carbonation.

S: Bland beer smells. Mild hop aromas, slightly spicy and floral. Malts are in there somewhere, but everything is fairly muted.

T: Very subdued flavors. Mildly sweet, with some hop spiciness. An odd metallic taste permeates everything. Again, bland.

M: Thin, watery. Not a whole lot going on in this department either.

O: A strictly mediocre beer. Still better than the American adjuncts.

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Photo of Luigi
2.58/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a clear straw yellow with a head one finger head. Retention is OK as it settles down a thin lace on top of the lager.

There really is not much aroma. It is clean with a faint cooked grains aroma.

The flavor is light with cooked grain and a very mild grassy hop.

Clean and very light body.

There is nothing special about this lager. It is clean yet lacks any kind of flavor.

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Photo of dansmcd
2.81/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - 0.5 seconds of flimsy head and zero lacing, crystal clear amber beneath.

S - Heavy corn and honey, sweet with a fair bit of depth.

T - Light grassy hop, honey and corn.

M - Thin bodied, crisp moderate carbonation. Easy on the way down.

O - Not too bad for a macro pale lager, head and shoulders above most.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I bought a six pack of cans from Trader Joe's for dirt cheap. Not nearly as bad as some of the other reviews have given. Can popped with no fizz but it poured a 2" off-white head with medium lifespan. It's a clear straw yellow color. Smells like grass and grain. The taste is mild with malt and a very tiny bitter aftertaste of hops. The mouthfeel is a little creamier than most American BMCs but otherwise they're equivalent.

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Photo of Flightoficarus
2.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Decided to take a gamble on this stuff for the heck of it. My thoughts as followed..

A - Pours a pale, clear gold, with a weak, white head, leaving a small ring of lacing.

S - Light scents of cereal grain/grass, honey, and hints of lemon.

T - Taste is of pale/honey malts, balanced w/light, grassy hops. Flavor is pretty light and plain, but inoffensive.

M - Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium. Heavier than say, a B/M/C light beer option, but lighter than more prominent examples of this style.

O - Overall, an okay beer. There are better examples of this style out there, but this one is cheap, and makes a decent lawnmower/hot day kinda beer. Can't really complain here for the cost.

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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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Oranjeboom Premium Lager from Oranjeboom Bierbrouwerij B. V.
2.88 out of 5 based on 357 ratings.
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