OB Lager Beer | Oriental Brewery Co., Ltd

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127 Ratings
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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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Ratings: 127 |  Reviews: 64
Photo of rhoadsrage
2.08/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

(Served in a strange)

A- This beer has a pale straw yellow body that is crystal clear with carbonation of huge fast bubbles. The head is a thick layer of big rocky snow-white bubbles that fades after a bit.

S- The smell of noble bitter hops is almost artificial. There is a faint sulfur note in the finish, with a faint corn aroma coming through as it warms a bit.

T- This beer has a very light flavor with a faint sweetness followed by a slight noble hop bitterness. There is a very soft lime bite in the finish that comes through more as crisp sulfur as I drink. There is a slight carbonic bite that starts to take over the hop flavor, leaving a very washed out flavor.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a carbonic fizz in the mouthfeel.

D- This is light, refreshing and non-offensive to the point that it doesn't have a taste at all. The carbonation is probably the strongest flavor in this drink.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
2.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle looks like a knock-off of Bud Light. Very pale yellow color with medium carbonation. Some lacing. Smells like corn and watery malt, a trace of hops. Taste? Fair. Nothing special, just typical flavors of adjunct, weak malt, and a slight indication of saltiness. Mouthfeel was bubbly and light. As for drinkability, I guess I could have this again, but I certanly won't seek it out. Average at best.

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Photo of 67cuda
2.2/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This beer pours a pale yellow, the infamous "cheap beer" color, with a decent-sized white head. Oddly enough, the head doesn't last long, though there is plenty of carbonation present. It smells a bit grainy, and somewhat like vegetables, fairly standard adjunct smells. As for the taste, it doesn't taste like much of anything to me, a little bit of malt was present, but overall it was quite watery. Sort of what I might imagine Light-Light Beer to taste like, perhaps. The mouthfeel is thin and watery, with too much carbonation. You could drink a lot of this beer, since it certainly isn't filling, but I for one would rather drink beer that tastes like something, so the drinkability is not very high.

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Photo of daliandragon
2.48/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This is definitely my favorite of the ubiquitous big three here in the Hermit Kingdom. I wouldn't drink it if on vacation in Brugges or Prague but its superior to Hite (shudder) and sister beer Cass.
Pouring a plastic 500ml bottle into a tall glass reveals a subpar colored beer, more tannish than golden with a weak, uninspired head.
The smell is likewise poor, all I detected were cereals, and stank cerals at that.
However, the taste is a pleasant surprise after the initial examination process. The beer tastes fresh (ironically much more so than Cass Fresh), with a nearly citrus tinge and possibly wheat flavorings as well. Mouthfeel is a bit gritty though.
This beer does go down pretty easy although reportedly more than a few can give you nasty gas, although I haven't yet experienced this. Overall, this beer isn't great but it' beats the competition hands down.

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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 TinusTime
1.9/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Had this at a Korean restaurant this past weekend. Pours a very light gold with an impossible clean white head. The aroma is a bit metallic and overall not that pleasing. Taste is blah. No real maltiness or hoppiness, its just kinda there. Reminds me of sub-premium macros. Not awful, but close. Mouthfeel was thin and abit too carbonated with a weird aftertaste that was a little astringent. A notch below American Macro's. Drinkability -- no thanks I will stick to water. I knew I should have gotten the soju.

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Photo of beersarang
2.76/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a straw yellow with a foamy white head that doesn't retain at all, just like a macro. Sparkling carbonation.

Smells a little bit like rice, veggies, smells that shouldn't come from beer.

Enters the palate with a weak malt profile consisting of husks and grains, rice? Hop bitterness is quick and fairly weak but balances out the malts. Finishes a tiny bit sweet and astringent.

Average thin bodied but drinkable macro lager, but because of the grainy quality it tends to pair with spicy and Korean foods. Overall a good palate cleanser, but not to be enjoyed on its own.

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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 WMBierguy
2.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 4

This is a beer that I have a hard time reviewing... the categories don't really match up with the beer. This is, appearance wise, as average of a beer as you can get, something that you'd imagine being used as a beer prop in a movie. However, taste the beer and you'll discover a the strange world of OB Lager.

I gave this beer a 1.5 in taste, and a 1,0 in mouth feel. This isn't because the beer tastes bad; rather, the beer gets this low rating because it doesn't taste like anything. I'm not exaggerating. I don't mean that this beer tastes like water; that would be Mich Ultra. I'm saying that this beer has no taste. I know that I'm drinking, I can feel that there's liquid in my mouth, but there is no discernable flavor whatsoever. Its a little frightening. I gave the mouthfeel a 1 because it doesn't feel like beer, or any other identifiable liquid.

This beer's label claims that its the "most drinkable beer." Its complete lack of flavor and substance comes close to fulfilling that promise; afterall, its like you're not drinking anything. I give you two reasons to try this beer: 1. Its from South Korea, something that's a bit unusual in and of itself. 2: You must experience this mysterious negative taste effect. Its the 8th wonder of the world.

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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 jdhilt
1.79/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a two-fingered white head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Ugly pale yellow color with a greenish tinge. Adjunct nose. Light carbonation and light bodied. Insipid taste of hops and adjuncts with a slighly sweet finish. Not worth $2.05 for a 12oz bottle from Oliver's Beverage Albany, NY. Only bought it to get a new country - #59.

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Photo of Sammy
2/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Nothing here, quite watery. Looks like water with some carbonation and malt thrown in, taste like it too. Yet is acidic. Crisp but astringent. No hops to speak of. OK, so I tried a Korean beer. Still better than a bud. Not a prize winner in Asia. Looks like old ginger ale.

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Photo of Shiloh
2.41/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Arrived a thin golden yellow with a light carbonation. Very limited crown or lace and cling in evidence. The body is thin as well.
Aroma is to the skunk...
Taste is thin, weak and bland....but well balanced for what that's worth.
Not impressive....not recomended....geez, just thin all over.

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Photo of bignick
2.13/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The beer appears a crystal clear straw color in my glass. The smell and taste are both grainy. I struggle to detect any hop or malt taste. The mouthfeel is nice though, because the carbonation is crisp. This is one light beer. I liken it to a lighter version of rolling rock. It goes down easy, but with little flavor.

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

12oz thick brown bottle.
It pours a clear pale gold with a fizzy white head.
A faint smell of cut grass and cardboard is all there is to it.
A very light malt flavor is reminiscent of a church communion wafer.
A equally mild hop taste gets you second-guessing whether you are tasting some bitterness or maybe it's just the seltzery effervescence playing tricks on your mind.
Really difficult to taste the malt…or hops for that matter. Very mild mannered. No objectionable flavors.

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Photo of arizcards
2.83/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This golden lager poured a big fluffy head that dissapeared quickly. Not much notable about the smell. The taste of sweet malts with no afterbite from the hops. This is a pretty thin lager that is quenching my thirst but is less than the average beer.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
2.07/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This beer is a bright straw color, and is topped by a good sized white head that lasts a fair bit. The aroma has a hint of hop and malt, but really not much of anything. A light sweet taste and a light thin body. Almost offensive in its in-offensiveness. Tastes a bit grainy and the sweetish thin finish could really use some hop bitterness to balance it out.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
2.65/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz brown bottle, capped. No freshness date.

This beer poured a clear, fizzy, yellow color with white foam that settled. The smell was sweetish lager malt with some grain husk aroma and a very faint hint of hops. The taste was slightly sweet malt with grain (a corn like taste) and very muted hops, mostly in the finish. The mouthfeel was on the thin side with moderate carbonation. Fairly clean, though not surprising with the light body and flavor. This was an OK lager, good for eating spicy food, but overall fairly average or slightly below.

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Photo of mwrseeley
2.6/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Typical of Korean lagers, a glass of OB begins life with a big fluffy head that wastes no time in pulling a vanishing act, taking all vestiges of lace with it. Light yellow.

Smell: A very faint light cereal and malt flavour.

Taste: Watery. Slightly sweet. The hops give the aftertaste a gentle bitterness. Is that lemon mingling with the hops?

Mouthfeel: Very light. Goes down easily. Perhaps too easily...

Drinkability: I like my Korean beers with things like dried squid (ojingaw) and dried anchovies (myeolchi) that are dipped in salty condiments like gochujeon (red pepper paste). Beer is almost always taken with food. Order a beer without sidedishes (anju) and you will probably get a funny look from the waitress. So, with food and good conversation, or if you are on MT or membership training (expatriates know what I am talking about), this light, watery lager will suffice.

Look, it is not a bad beer. It is Korean-style Budweiser. All in all, though, if I had to choose a Korean beer, I would go with a Hite Lager.

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Photo of stirgy
2.31/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer poured out a clear and pale fizzy yellow color. The head was pretty big at first but disappeared entirely at a blink of an eye. Strong on adjuncts here - strong corn aroma and flavor. No real hop presence noted. Some sweetness with the hint of oranges. Overall a half decent beer with really no distinguishable qualities to speak of. Yawn.....

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Photo of TAMU99
2/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Well, not too much here. Along the lines of a Big3 Light beer. Bright yellow color, with a very carbonated feel, but realtively smooth and drinkable. Not too much in the way of original taste. Agree with other advocates, average everyday beer, nothing to write home about.

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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 Jason
1.83/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

330 ml thick brown bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: After a quick foaming after a hard pour the lace drops to a thin whispy state with very little stickage and poor retention overall. Clarity is perfect with a crystal clear yellow colour.

Smell: Sweet with a semi-harsh cereal adjunct aroma, smells gritty with some cooked veggies on the side.

Taste: Weak malt profile, more of a grain bite and slightly harsh adjunct astringency. Hops have some bitterness that intensifies the harshness, no noticeable hop flavour at all. Finishes with that same astringent bite, not very clean at all.

Mouthfeel: Thin body with an easy crispness from the carbonation, spritzy in a way.

Drinkability & Note: Hard to swallow a whole bottle of this stuff without wincing, not recommended at all … the only thing I got out of this was getting to try a beer from S. Korea, there are many other Asia breweries that push out better lagers than this.

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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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OB Lager Beer from Oriental Brewery Co., Ltd
2.4 out of 5 based on 127 ratings.
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