Henninger Premium Lager - Henninger Bräu AG
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2.83/5 rDev -3.7%
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.
07-10-2014 21:33:07 | More by lwillitz
2.69/5 rDev -8.5%
500ml can - another seemingly regional macro-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 and corn 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.
07-09-2014 05:26:18 | More by biboergosum
3.3/5 rDev +12.2%
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.
05-16-2014 11:30:56 | More by SmashPants
3.43/5 rDev +16.7%
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.
12-07-2013 06:06:11 | More by FrankyGee3
2.6/5 rDev -11.6%
TJ's purchase. Time to try something besides Peter's Pils from my favorite low cost grocery/beer store.
A: Poured into a pilsner glass. Transparent straw. Lively carbonation. Slightly less than one finger head. Mediocre lacing. Minimal retention. Looks very macro. Large bubbles.
S: Smells very macro as well. Hops are of the cooked vegetable variety. Malt is thin. Not even crackery, really. Think communion wafers.
T: Taste is much the same as the smell. Small amount of vegetal hop presence is unctuated by a thin line of poor quality malt. Very underwhelming. Dry finish, with a sudsy aftertaste.
M: Thin. Not much redeeming quality here.
O: Feels overly manufactured, which it is. Terrible represenation of a Munich Helles. Missing the grassiness, straw and biscuit aspects of a good German light lager. Poor.
10-06-2013 08:07:44 | More by McStagger
3.04/5 rDev +3.4%
Appearance: Clear goldish yellow, thin head disappears quickly.
Smell: Corn, grain, and grass, a little bit skunky.
Taste: Corn, grain, and grass.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, dry, and smooth. No real aftertaste to speak of, other than a hint of skunkyness.
The Verdict: Meh. This tastes like Germany's answer to Bud Light. Drinkable but forgettable.
06-20-2013 22:49:20 | More by TheMarkE
Henninger Premium Lager from Henninger Bräu AG
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