OB Lager Beer | Oriental Brewery Co., Ltd

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OB Lager BeerOB Lager Beer
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Oriental Brewery Co., Ltd
Korea (South)
ob.co.kr

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 02-12-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
127
Reviews:
64
Avg:
2.4
pDev:
24.58%
 
 
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Photo of Beermazter310
4/5  rDev +66.7%

Photo of newbeeraday
3.75/5  rDev +56.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dapperticus
3.75/5  rDev +56.3%

Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
3.4/5  rDev +41.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a bright shiny yellow / golden color, with a white head that dies very fast. On the nose is a slight aroma of grain, the same on the palate grain, not to hoppy, slightly watery. Mouth feel is fairly smooth. Ends with a crisp clean finish. Pretty basic lager, but enjoyable none-the-less. All though I was not eating any spicy or oriental food, I am assuming this would be an OK beer to go along with that sort of dish.

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Photo of tone77
3.3/5  rDev +37.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 21.6 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some malts. Taste is crisp, mild malts, a bit of sweetness, and a touch of hops. Feels light in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a decent beer, good on a warm day.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.25/5  rDev +35.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The pour is a pale yellow color with an initially large white head that soon dies off.

S: A moderate skunk and sulfur aroma to the beer, but overall it's light and sweet. Plenty of rice and a mild floral note that almost resembles honey. Some hints of straw and wet grass on the back end.

T: A fairly light flavor overall with some pale malts and plenty of rice. Decently sweet, but fairly crisp and refreshing, especially when it is cold. Maybe a touch watery.

M: The body is certainly quite light and the carbonation is moderate.

O: I didn't really see too much wrong with this one. It of course wasn't my favorite, but it was light and refreshing.

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Photo of DocG
3.25/5  rDev +35.4%

Photo of likethetaste
3.2/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I got this beer with a variety pack from World Market.
Ok.. This was not an outstanding beer by any means but it was just fine if you compare it to American Macro Lagers. I would have not problem drinking this beer with Kimchi and Bolgogi (however you spell it.) If I have korean food anytime again soon I will order this with it.

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Photo of WesWes
3.12/5  rDev +30%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a pale yellow color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to spotty lacing. The aroma is average. It has a pale malt and adjunct scent. It is clean and crisp with a dry lager yeast aroma. It is grainy and a bit skunky. The taste is average as well. It has a watery pale malt and adjunct flavor. It is grainy with a dry finish. It goes down easy and finishes clean. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a decent drinking adjunct lager. It has little character, but is an easy dinker in the hot summer weather. Otherwise, it's one and done for me.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.1/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

At Bann restaurant in Los Angeles. Great food, btw!

A - Bud style clear straw small white head some cling lace.
S - light malt lighter hop but there.
T - like smell but slight butterscotch flavor.
M - carbed well. Easy balance light body.
D - Not hard to drink. Just not very interesting.

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Photo of Damian
3.07/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. bottle at Koreana Restaurant, Cambridge, MA

Poured a pale straw yellow with a fizzy, bright white, one-finger head that quickly disappeared.

The aroma was quite sweet and fruity for the style. A floral bouquet was immediately noticeable along with hints of ripe fruits and bubblegum. As the beer warmed the aromas seemed to subside.

The taste was not as exiting as the nose. A touch of grain and malt sweetness were the only flavors I could detect. The finish was remarkably clean (and practically flavorless). Mouthfeel was medium bodied with an overwhelming, fizzy carbonation.

Drinkability was quite good. This beer was light and refreshing and did not contain any of the "off" flavors or skunkiness found in many other macros.

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Photo of Todd
3.03/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A bright yellow beer w/ a big bubbled foam head and slight stick. Grainy nose, w/ a grainy flavour/feel. Slight esters. Crisp & dry. Adjuncts are evident by a cooked veggie flavour. Thin bitterness which is rindy/salty/minerally. Thin sweetness and a grain dry finish.

This beer paired very nicely with my spicy korean chicken dish at lunch. Nice palate opener and cleanser.

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Photo of samparkique4
3.03/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

3.2 / 5 at max
palate is citrusy and malty
fruitful
yellow "kold" color yet pale mildly
pilsner
mildly bitter than san miguel
taste seconds later is melon rockmelon peely
australian asiantal style
sweet fruitful syruppy
i can taste the malty side of the draft lager
lite gingery
yet sweet and citrusy

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Photo of SargeC
3.03/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Good old OB.

Appearance: Pale golden yellow. Fizzy head.

Smell: Light hops and spent rice. Chemicals.

Taste: Passable when cold. Matches well with Korean food.

Mouthfeel: Standard macro lager consistency

Drinkability: Makes an excellent opposing sine wave to drinking Soju. More consistent that the good old days.

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Photo of Banjo-guy
3/5  rDev +25%

Photo of benagame
3/5  rDev +25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

i'm still not sure what i think about this beer, but i wouldn't mind trying another one to try and figure itout. the beer poured with a light head that quickly receded, and left lacing for the duration. the aroma was slightly hoppy and with a clean lager yeast scent. the flavor wasn't exceptional, but it did hit the spot. there was some nice to thin mouthfeel, and a touch of sweet malt flavor, and no unpleasant aftertaste. this beer is very average leaning to the pleasant side. not as skunky as some of it's amercan counterparts.

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Photo of alexhahn82
3/5  rDev +25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Very light straw yellow color with one finger head.

S - Very yeasty (surprisingly).

T/M - Hmmm. Light and yeasty, yeast would be the main flavor with nice effervescence.

O - Super session korean beer. Very nice lager comparable to a Kirin, but its Korean counterpart. Not sure why all the D+ ratings, as this is clearly not a craft beer, and you should take it as what it is, a mass produced session lager for the masses. I would drink this all day over BMC beer. This is an average beer.

PP (Price Point) - $6 for a 22oz. bomber at a nice Korean BBQ restaurant I stopped in to eat at. Very fair price for the fact it was purchased at a restaurant.

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Photo of Slatetank
3/5  rDev +25%

Photo of Gusler
2.95/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The translucent gold color on the pour is one thing I do like about lagers, with their nice bright white head and fine lace sliding down the chilled glass, quite a sight. Malt aroma dominates this beer, crisp and clean, fresh and not all that unpleasant, top is thin, the finish highly acidic, hops are apropos for the style aftertaste dry and long lasting, but just an everyday average old beer, and to tell you the truth that ain’t all bad.

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Photo of brushpig
2.95/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had a couple bottles at San Soo Gap San in Chicago.Served in a OB taster glass.

Very light yellow in appearance not much head at all.

The aroma was not too impressive, however it had a nice fresh and clean scent.

Fresh taste, rice flavors, smooth taste, not complex by any stretch of the imagination. But a nice light malty flavor.

I am not one for drinking Amercan Macro Lagers, but this is a very clean refreshing beer that is good with the Korean food that I had.
I think it would be great on a hot day mowing the lawn.
I wouldn't hunt this down, but if you get a chance try it.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
2.92/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Crystal clear, very light straw gold with a big foamy white head that holds OK at first - buoyed by a good level of carbonation - but soon drops to nothing! The aroma is softly sweet malt with a light fruitiness of apples and a background hoppiness. Light bodied with a crisp carbonation and somewhat watery mouthfeel. The flavor is a very slightly fruity and grainy malt - fairly dry with some hop bitterness. Not much of a finish - crisp and clean. And, I could be wrong about this, but the alcohol seems a bit noticeable which is very odd for a beer that only clocks in at 4.5%. Of course, a high fermentation temperature might also explain the fruitiness. Regardless, a very basic lager that offers little character. Not worth bothering.

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Photo of TheRougeBastard
2.88/5  rDev +20%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was the "Go-To" beveage in downtown Songtan, Korea outside the gates of Osan AB! Of course, it could be the infamous suspect Korean alcohol by volume control that made them work, especally if you got ahold of the fabled "magic" bottle! If you did luck out, this was the greatest beverage ever made...ice cold, this brew was the stuff legends were made of! On the flipside, I suffered through several bottles and only received a headache for my troubles! Only found it once stateside and their export version wasn't bad, bottom line, I wouldn't turn one down should I ever find another, if that means anything!

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Photo of Hooker275
2.88/5  rDev +20%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had more of this beer than one can imagine while stationed in Korea. Bought a six pack the other day at the beer store to see if it was still as bad as I remembered it. It was. But then, it was cheap, plentiful and washed down the questionable Korean cuisine. Many fond memories with this beer.

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Photo of LarryKemp
2.87/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This lager poured a slightly hazy light gold with a thick white head that quickly disappeared. The worst part was that there were some floaties which is acceptable for home brew but not a commercial beer.

The aroma was, well, nonexistant. I guess with floaties it could have smelled bad, but it just did not smell at all.

The taste was slightly malty with a slight bit of hop bitterness.

The mouthfeel was medium and the carbonation nipped at the tongue. This is the best aspect of the beer.

Overall, I would say that this is a beer to buy for the inlaws or a friend that owes you money. It is an import with all the character of Miller Light.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
2.85/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A twelve ounce bottle served at a decent Korean restaurant. The beer poured a crisp yellow color with a ring of white foam. The aroma is laden with adjunct: the starch of veggie and corn in particular. This pattern continues into the flavor. Not much more there than what was detected in the aroma. A dash of bitter hops at the end.

The beer successfully washed the food down, and in that way, served its purpose.

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