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OB Lager Beer | Oriental Brewery Co., Ltd

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OB Lager BeerOB Lager Beer

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

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 02-12-2002

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Reviews: 64 | Ratings: 127
Photo of Wegomlegging
1.9/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours clear yellow with soapy head. Smells like the warm can of stale Bud that was left out all night. Flavors of city tap water and warm corn. Standard mouthfeel a la Old Swill. Was hard to choke this "beer" down in Korea, even with the strong urge to drink beer of any kind. Avoid it unless you are desperate.

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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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Photo of TMoney2591
2.21/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Half Acre shaker pint glass.

I found a vein of Korean brews at the "local" Asian marketplace. It pours a clear pale straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose seems to be missing. Seriously, I can't smell a goddamn thing here. I can smell the White Castle across the room, so I know my nose works. What doesn't is this beer. Strike 1. The taste doesn't add all that much to the existing nothingness, just some earthy floral notes and a twinge of weak corn syrup. Strike 2. The body is very light, with a lightly fizzy carbonation and a thoroughly watery feel. I'm callin' that Strike 3. And this thing is definitely out. I don't want any more of this. Straight up (I feel like I've been caught in a hit-and-run with this thing).

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Photo of Vdubb86
2.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint Glass

TMoney2591 brought this over...thanks...I guess.

This beer pours a yellow color with a white froth adorning the surface. The smell is of the puffed rice and corn syrup and some bubblegum sweetness. The taste is of the rice and corn syrup along with some sort of burnt grass taste. It's not out right awful, but it's not what I would call a good tasting beer. This beer really isn't all that good. I hope S. Korea has more to offer than this beer.

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Photo of AgentZero
1.98/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Decided to drink a beer from the motherland, specifically, my mother's land.

A - A pale yellow color, huge carbonation head that disappeared quickly leaving no stick on the side.

S - Corn syrup sweet, also smells kind of like rice. Not good.

T - Tastes worse than it smells, rice-like sweetness, watery, a little bit grainy, this is a bad beer.

M - Watery, lot of carbonation.

D - Well, you can chug it, but I'll pass. Had no idea what this was when I got it at a Korean restaurant, will look to avoid it now.

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Photo of FickleBeast
2.61/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

650 ml bottle poured into a pint glass. Reviewed on my droid.

Pours very pale yellow, one of the palest beers I've seen. Aroma is cooked corn, effervescence, and a lime like aroma.

Taste is almost non existent. More watery than coors light. Really nothing to comment on. Why bother importing this?

I'm glad to have tried this, but it really is nothing special. No flavor at all.

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Photo of chickencoop
2.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have had this many times, so it can't be that nasty, but it isn't anything special. This has a nice pour, big golden pour, big frothy lager head. The taste has mostly light crispy malts coming through, pretty good for an asian lager. Very drinkable, but nothing special or leaving an impression. This is good with sushi, but only because the taste is so light and non-offensive, but on it's own, that's what hurts this.

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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 KBomb
2.8/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was at a local Korean grocery today checking out some of the exotics, and I couldn't resist trying a Korean beer. Knowing how lousy some import adjucts can be, I had fairly low expectations but still wanted to give her a try.

Appearance isn't bad; bright golden color below a fingers worth of foamy head (no lacing to speak of).

Smell has a faint touch of buttery malt. A little cooked vegetable aroma hides among some grassy grain smells.

Taste is very mild, very light. A little bit of bite from grains, a little bit of sweetness, some "salty" bitter finish, but very light all told. Nothing about it tastes real bad, its just real boring.

High carbonation makes for a crisp mouthfeel. Super light body makes for a nice dry finish.

Light in flavor and light in weight makes for easy drinking as a bit of liquid refreshment to accompany some salty greasy food or to cool off on a summer day. It is what it is.

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Photo of spoons
2.75/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear yellow with a nice white soapy head

Smells bright and acidic. Like any normal lager. Dank wet malt, a little earthy. Light and sweet.

Tastes lke it has light carbonation with a soft malty aftertaste.

This beer is not that great but very nice paired with spicy Korean food.

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Photo of Chizoad
2.3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

OB! The Coors Light of Korean beers.

Pours a fat frothy head that takes a few minutes to dissipate. Tons of bubbles clinging to the side of the glass. Much like a soft drink. Pale yellow, and hardly smells like beer, more like rice.

Taste is pretty bland, and again not very beery. Ah well, it goes down easy. I think if you're eating Korean food and Hite is an option, you might want to go with that. Then again... soju might be your best bet.

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Photo of soju6
2.68/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The look is a typical yellow with a light head. It had that bland beer aroma. The taste was nondescript, but was somehow a bit refreshing. The beer is drinkable and goes good with Korean food, as it help cleanse the taste buds.

As OB and the now defunct Crown Beer were the only choices when I first went to Korea, OB has survived and holds its own against new Korean beers and imports now available.

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Photo of thekanna
2.18/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours an extremely pale, clear yellow with a large, white foamy head.

S: Some lagery yeasts but otherwise, no smell at all.

T: Light, light, light... light like the weight of an anorexic girl. Some sweet corn malt, but otherwise, the beer is so light it might as well be seltzer water.

M: Nicely carbonated and crisp.

D: A nice respite from the intensely flavorful Galbi and Bulgogi that I was having, but does not hold its own. Why is it that countries with some of the most delicious cuisines don't have beer pairings that can match?

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Photo of yesyouam
2.02/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

OB is a sparkling, very clear, light golden lager with a dense, fluffy white head that has decent retention and lacing. It has a faint, fruity aroma with generic grain in the nose. It's light bodied and quite smooth with a crisp finish. There's not much flavor here. There's not really any bitterness; just a generic grain flavor-- rice, I guess. It's dry and refreshing. I mowed the lawn before I drank this.

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Photo of froghop
1.38/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

what a bad beer, just like its evil step sister cass fresh only more skunk to it and not as sweet.

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

smell of malt, grain, and funk.

taste is watery, grain, corn, and a very strange aftertaste that is almost a sour.

bad beer.

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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 BeerBelcher
1.7/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I had this from a big plastic bottle...maybe 2 liters. And the beer fit its packaging - cheap, flat, and generally only worthwhile. My body did the recycling of the beer for me, and I imagine the recycled product didn't come out much worse than the raw material that fueled it.

The beer is pale. And flat. And the aroma that is there isn't good. The flavor is a little worse. A touch of corn sweetness, but a weird chemical-ness that does not belong in any beer anywhere prevails.

Steer clear of this stuff.

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Photo of nrpellegrini
2.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear pale yellow color with a flimsy white head that fades before its all said and done. Smells watery, some pale hops, and a bit metallic. I fell like this is Korea's Keystone. Mouthfeel was ok and the same with the drinkability. I couldn't pour this one into a glass again and try to enjoy it. More for a party and you'd consume multiples of this guy.

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Photo of watchnerd
2.16/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

22 oz big bottle.

The competing big-bottle Korean macro-lager to Hite. Neither one is particularly good, but if whereas Hite makes errors of omission in this category (veering towards water), OB commits nasty taste errors. In this category and price range, Hite's strategy is the better. OB is the thicker of the two beers, but not in a good way. It's sweeter and with an aftertaste that gets close to cheap malt liquor.

For an analogy, Hite is more like Coors, and OB is more like Bud. If we're going cheap, give me watery but drinkable over nasty every time. If you're in a restaurant that serves both, get the Hite.

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Photo of Bookseeb
2.05/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Another from Uwajimaya in Seattle. Appearance is a very light golden with no head. Smell of slight hop and grain, adjuncts. Taste reminds me of a club soda having the salty mineraly flavor with a slight hop bite and good carbonation. Mouthfeel is light, not as good as the other Koreans I've had and since I don't like club soda it kind of turns me off.

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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 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 sleazo
2.22/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light light yellow. Almost no head. Disipates rapidly. Smell is slightly skunk. Taste is actually fairly crisp. There is a nice hop bitterness to this which is fairly shocking. Almost no malt whatsover. The mouthfeel would be best described as sodalike. This was however a surprisingly good match for kimchi and some of the other panchan. The beer got worse as it warmed.

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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 MTNboy
2.61/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I have consumed enough of this beer to kill or preserve a horse. That is if formaldehyde legend is true. Most Koreans will tell you that it is not. Call me crazy but I believe them. Service Members say that about every drink in Korea. That legend comes from when they would preserve Soju with it back in the day. Every time I would have OB it was different. You have to take it on a batch by batch basis. Some times it would have a strong metlic taste to it and other times it would not. Sometimes it went down smooth and other times it felt kind of harsh. The same went with the smell. I do think their imports to the States stay more consistant or may it is because in Korea they will let a beer go skunk.

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OB Lager Beer from Oriental Brewery Co., Ltd
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