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Henninger Premium Lager - Henninger Bräu AG

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165 Ratings

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Ratings: 165
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 2.95
pDev: 18.98%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Henninger Bräu AG visit their website

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: OldFrothingSlosh on 04-03-2003)
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Photo of hophugger
3/5  rDev +1.7%

hophugger, Oct 16, 2014
Photo of tranquilocigars
2.35/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

tranquilocigars, Oct 09, 2014
Photo of tone77
3.5/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A big thanks to the creator of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is full of malts, a bit sweet. Taste is the same, malty, some sweetness, smooth and refreshing. Feels light in the mouth and overall is a refreshing and highly sessionable beer.

tone77, Oct 04, 2014
Photo of thehyperduck
3.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

500 mL can picked up at TBS, coded L083/14 and listed at an even 5.0%. This is one of my favourite pale lager styles, although the abnormally low price point has me a little worried. Served well-chilled.

Pours a bright, clear golden-yellow colour, topped with one finger of fluffy white froth. It recedes steadily over the next period of minutes, leaving behind a messy ring of lace and a thin cap and collar. The aroma is mild with no particularly notable features, good or bad - grainy malt, corn husk, and some indistinct grassiness.

The flavour profile falls along the same lines... approachable, but worlds away from interesting. Grainy barley malt sweetness provides the bulk of the flavour, with a hint of boiled vegetables. Mildly grassy toward the finish, but nothing lingers - it's a mostly-clean aftertaste, with maybe a hint corniness. Light-bodied, with aggressive carbonation of the sort that you'd probably expect from a Euro lager. Standard-issue pale lager stuff here.

Final Grade: 3.2, a C+. Henninger Premium Lager is far from the worst imported lager I've ever had, but at the same time, I can think of plenty of others that I'd rather be drinking. This is a fairly forgettable, industrial-style pale lager whose strongest feature happens to be the price rather than anything relating to the product itself - this is only 2 bucks a can, and I challenge you to find a better beer at that price point in Ontario. If this beer were more widely-distributed, I'd probably continue to pick it up once in a while.

thehyperduck, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of RedAleMan
2.75/5  rDev -6.8%

RedAleMan, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of woodychandler
3.5/5  rDev +18.6%

I picked this up during my recent foray to Norfolk, VA and their Total Wine & More, where I graciously received and assisted.
From the CAN: “Bier – Biere – Cerveza – Birra – Bier – Beer – Lager – Cerveja”.
The top was of an older variety, so the Crack! was not as loud as in many instances. It was a pint CAN, so the inverted Glug did not last long. I got two-plus fingers of fizzy, foamy, bone-white head with moderate retention. It created some nice lacing on its way down, however. Color was a slightly cloudy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 -5). Nose had the typical lager honey-like sweetness and a mild cereal-like graininess. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium. I would have sworn that I was drinking Heineken! I actually do not mind Heineken, but this really tasted like it and at a reduced price point. Finish was semi-sweet, very lager-like and a pleasant break from that Minhas crap from earlier.

woodychandler, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of lwillitz
2.83/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

1-pint can into pilsener glass

A - tall white head over a crystal-clear body of straw yellow, moderate amount of rising carbonation, good retention and decent lace

S - adjunct grains (rather corny), grass

T - corny taste, grassy bitterness, light vegetable flavor

M - light/medium body with moderate carbonation

O - On par for a European lager, perhaps, but nothing special.

lwillitz, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of biboergosum
2.69/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

500ml can - another seemingly regional micro-brewed lager from Germany - throw it on the pile, I guess.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden yellow colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, somewhat rocky, and mostly bubbly off-white head, which leaves some random arrays of sudsy splattered lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of sharp, kind of astringent pale grainy malt, mildly tart stale lemon juice, a dry corn huskiness, and dead floral, rather vegetal hops. The taste is a gritty pale malt and corn-bred graininess, muddled, wan citrus notes, and more weak, but off-putting nonetheless, cooked veggie and musky floral, er, 'hops'.

The bubbles are pretty low-key, and not really up for causing any sort of ruckus, the body a pithy medium weight, blandly smooth, and a bit creamy - strictly in the airy sense, of course. It finishes off-dry, the mutt-like malt and wilted fruitiness taking back the day from that more or less and thankfully faded hop nightmare.

I must apologize for initially lumping this in with all the other German-made lagers available around here - this is obviously a sub-par example of a generic lager, let alone the style it is listed as on BA. For a brewing nation with such stringent standards, it's always a bit of a shock to come across one of the black sheep in that particular family.

biboergosum, Jul 09, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -6.8%

Latarnik, Jul 05, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -6.8%

dsreeves, Jul 04, 2014
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3/5  rDev +1.7%

BigBry, Jun 07, 2014
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2/5  rDev -32.2%

baconfromwalmart, May 25, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +10.2%

sebaastionb, May 24, 2014
Photo of SmashPants
3.3/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle: a stumpy 660mL green bottle with a macro German label. A bit average-looking. Purchased on sale at Liquorland - 3 for $12.

Appearance: poured into a pilsner glass - amber yellow with plenty of carbonation across the profile. A two-finger white head rises before settling to a thin cap. Fairly solid lacing.

Aroma: a clean and refreshing aroma of floral and vegetal hops, with bread and pale malts.

Taste: grass hops with that slight vegetal again - very European lager. The pale malts tag along.

Aftertaste: a grainy astringency comes through on the finish, somewhat diminishes the summer hop brightness.

Mouth feel: pretty spot-on for a German lager - moderate in feel with a moderate- to- higher carbonation. Carries the flavours well, and has plenty of drinkability, as I am finding out as I polish off the third 660mL bottle.

Overall: a perfectly acceptable middle-order lager beer. I do like a German lager - second only to our best in Oz, of course. A good one to sit back, listen to Gordon Lightfoot and chill (hypothetically speaking). A good price for a decent lager. I'll have it again.

SmashPants, May 16, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -23.7%

XmnwildX12, May 08, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -6.8%

gshak, Mar 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +18.6%

JCalBeer, Mar 08, 2014
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3/5  rDev +1.7%

cfalovo97, Mar 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +18.6%

mrfrancis, Mar 02, 2014
3.75/5  rDev +27.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -6.8%

Pog-Mo-Thoin, Jan 10, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -6.8%

Kpitevl, Dec 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +35.6%

Beermazter310, Dec 12, 2013
Photo of FrankyGee3
3.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Some beers you buy because they are great or outstanding, and others because they represent a great value in an everyday brew. Henninger's lager in the pint cans is the latter of those two. The local Liquor Barn chain store had the six-packs of pints for $6. I divide beer into everyday brews and weekend specials. If you look at the price, it's about like paying $4.50 for a six of something else, which puts you in Budweiser range around here, maybe even Natty Light land. Would I rather drink this? Oh, hell yeah. Is it my favorite? No, but at this price, I'm perfectly happy given most of the things I really like are in the $9-$15 range, or more. In the end, we pick beers because we really like them, and avoid ones we think aren't worth the money. $8? Hmmm, maybe, maybe not. $6 for six pints of good (not great) German brew, that's a helluva buy to me.

FrankyGee3, Dec 07, 2013
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3/5  rDev +1.7%

bmaggot, Nov 22, 2013
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Henninger Premium Lager from Henninger Bräu AG
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