Oriental Brewery Co., Ltd

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American Light Lager
Ranked #178
Ranked #47,346
2.18 | pDev: 30.73%
Oriental Brewery Co., Ltd
Korea (South)
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Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 22
Photo of dave_ackbar
1.3/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

There is no mincing of words here.

This beer is terrible.

I swear it almost tastes like beer soda, overly carbonated and sweet.

It looks fine in the bottle, but that is where it all ends.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
2.48/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a short tumbler. Pours a light straw color with a stark white, fizzy head that drops quickly. Does not leave even a hint of foam.

Aromas of grainy malt and no real hint of hops.

Flavors of grainy malt and a sharp carbonic bite. Finish is short and mimics club soda.

Mouthfeel is light, thin, not quite watery. Fizzy carbonation.

Overall not the best of the Korean beers I've tried on my trip. More fizzy and flavorless than the others.

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Photo of Tarmac
2.88/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

I just gave this 3.5 on drinkability because I prefer it to most crappy American macros and IMHO it is clearly better than Hite or OB. But you might be surprised how well this goes with typical Korean late night bar food like spicy soups, grilled meat, fried food, etc. When it's 1am in downtown Seoul and it is still 85 degrees out, it will be more delicious than it has any right to be. .

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Photo of froghop
1.58/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

one of the better pale lagers in south korea. but still not compairable to the rest of the world.

pours a pale yellow with a small white head, and some lacing.

smell is flowery, citrus, with grain and rice.

taste is watery, touch of lemon, some malt, and a little grain.

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Photo of daliandragon
2.08/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This is what passes for designer beer here in Korea, with a white label and clear bottle, it is still produced by macrobrewer OB as their offering for Korean girls watching their waists.

The color is a pale yellow reminiscent of Corona although pouring does produce a surprisingly decent head.

Cafri is actually rare among macrobrews in that it has even less taste than smell, the latter being grainy and slightly noxious..smells like rice with an almost citrus flavor hiding in the back, but that could be my imagination.

Texture is very watery and the flavor, minute as it is, passes in an instant, like Kaiser Soze (poof..he's gone)

The overwhelming feature of mouthfeel is excessive drinking beer flavored seltzer.

Well, its certainly easy to down if alcohol laced water is your bag, as seems to be common in the ROK. Most users of this site can safely ignore even in the unlikelihood they come across it..

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Photo of mwrseeley
2.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A beer for people who hate the taste of beer, Cafri is O.B.'s response to Hite's Exfeel in the two breweries on-going assault to win the hearts and minds of trendy Korean university students.

The white head was surprisingly frothy and lasted the length of time it took to finish the beer. The body was clear. Not too bad. ADVANTAGE: CAFRI

The aroma was light and a balance between citrus and floral hoppiness and cereal maltiness. Trust me, this sounds better than it really is. ADVANTAGE: EXFEEL

The taste was light and blandly bitter. Nothing to write home about. Mostly water. TIE

The feeling on the palate is fizzy, thin, and watery with a lightly astringent finish. TIE

News flash ~ Korea's Battle of the Light Beers ends in a pointless stalemate.

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Cafri from Oriental Brewery Co., Ltd
Beer rating: 66 out of 100 with 22 ratings