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Henninger Premium Lager - Henninger Bräu AG

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159 Ratings

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Ratings: 159
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 2.94
pDev: 19.05%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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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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3.38/5  rDev +15%

Pours a clear yellow color with a 1 inch white head that fades to nothing. Small broken rings of lace form and then disappear on the drink down. Smell is of sweet grain, some grass notes, and slight honey aromas. Taste is of the sweet grain, corn flakes, and honey with a grassy herbal flavor on the finish. Mild bitterness on the palate after each sip quickly fades. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good easy drinking lager that is super cheap ($1 for a pint-sized can at Trader Joe's).

07-19-2011 15:32:24 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of BuckeyeNation


2.23/5  rDev -24.1%

Pale gold topped by a decent looking cap of off-white that has multitudes of fine bubbles piled atop its sinking surface. An acceptable smattering of lace finds its way to the glass. A pretty generic look overall with nothing leading me to think either good or ill (so far at least) of Henninger Premium Lager. That 'Premium' isn't a good sign, though.

The green bottle, noble hop skunkiness that greeted me on crown cracking hasn't entirely gone by the wayside. Yet another casuality of the pervasive impression among the European breweries that green-bottled beer is an image enhancer; for the brewery and for those who drink it, presumably. Who wants their beer to smell and taste like Heineken? Stale, musky, musty hops and... that's it.

Ditto the flavor. Actually, the beer is even less accomplished on the palate. It's roughly bittered and doesn't hang together well at all. No surprise then that I spotted 'hop extract' among the ingredients. I'm sure that somebody has the talent to brew a tasty hop-extract beer, but this isn't one of the success stories.

There's a barely satisfactory amount of pale malt holding down the bottom end, but it doesn't contribute nearly enough flavor or sweetness to save this sinking ship of a beer. I thought that Munich Helles Lagers were supposed to taste bright. This one is as dishwater dull as they come. Munich Dulles Lager is more like it.

The body/mouthfeel isn't outstanding by any means. It doesn't, however, disappoint to the degree that the flavor does. Somewhere between light and medium, it holds on long enough and is bubbled enough to be a non-factor. I still can't pull the 'average' trigger, though. Probably because each mouthful is such a disagreeable experience.

Beware of any beer with the word 'Premium' in its name. Ninety nine times out of one hundred, you'll find that the beer is anything but. Henninger Premium Lager is nothing more than a poor man's Heineken Lager; something that the beer world could definitely do without.

08-29-2006 12:51:23 | More by BuckeyeNation
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2.63/5  rDev -10.5%

I was a little disapointed in this one. No comment on the appearance--I drank it straight from the can (despirate times call for despirate measures.) The aromas and flavors are quite grainy and thin. Low apples, pears, and body. Thinness brought about a metalic like flavor. Hop flavor and bittering is the only thing that saved the beer although it did leave it dry and grassy. I want to give it another try. Maybe then I'll pour it into a styrofoam cup.

09-01-2005 18:12:31 | More by BEERchitect
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2.25/5  rDev -23.5%

08-04-2013 00:12:16 | More by ygtbsm94
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3.35/5  rDev +13.9%

Bought a 6-pack of pint cans for $6.39

A - Poured out a clear, golden color with a foamy, white, 3-finger head. Left some nice lace.

S - It smelled of corn and malt. A sweet aroma, too.

T - It has a nice spicy/hoppy taste. A good deal of malt character, too.

M - Nice crisp mouthfeel. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This was surprising good for the low price that I paid for it. Makes a good session beer.

05-18-2007 19:55:50 | More by zeff80
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Alberta (Canada)

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
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3.75/5  rDev +27.6%

The town of Frankfurt is home to Henninger, Germany's fifth largest brewery; and their 361 foot high malt silo is one of the towns landmarks. But Frankfurt isn't known for any particular style of beer, and this smooth and undemanding lager falls somewhere between a Dortmunder-style and a lower alcohol pilsner. It's clear golden body reveals fine bubbles rising steadily towards its short but creamy head of bright white foam. The retention is good, but it eventually erodes to a thin, creamy collar; yet it's still able to leave some sticky splashes of craggy lace. The nose is fresh with a combination of sweetish, grainy malt and floral hops. The body is medium and it's crisp across the tongue with a fine, median carbonation. It's lightly sweet and grainy malt is tempered with floral and spicy hops atop a solid bitterness that leads to a lingering dry finish. It's very well-rounded and drinkable, but without any stand-out features.

12-06-2003 02:11:00 | More by NeroFiddled
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3.25/5  rDev +10.5%

01-12-2013 05:55:10 | More by Jason
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West Virginia

3.08/5  rDev +4.8%

Appearance: Pale golden straw white head laeves even lightly coated even lacing. Aroma: Pale malts touch of noble hops and sweet biscuit malt undertones. Taste: Sweet graininess with hops providing a nice bite finishes pretty clean not trying to reinvent the wheel with this brew just a good German lager. Mouthfeel: Light bodied probably consumed by the masses in the city it originates in. Drinkability: Not bad at all refreshing and enjoyable.

10-26-2004 23:04:12 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of feloniousmonk


2.17/5  rDev -26.2%

Light haze and pale yellow, snow white head, lacey.

Largely empty aroma, some graininess...slightly honey-sweet.

On the tongue, clean, wet, sweet, then dry, and dull. Bland, and forgettable. Light bodied, with no finish, just some scant trails of grain straying behind on the palate.

Boring. Bleh. Bluh.

Pass this up, unless it's free and you're very, very thirsty.

01-10-2008 04:50:49 | More by feloniousmonk
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3.5/5  rDev +19%

05-25-2013 21:00:27 | More by Slatetank
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2.25/5  rDev -23.5%

05-08-2014 02:14:49 | More by XmnwildX12
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3.85/5  rDev +31%

Pint can,

A: Pours a clear yellow with a mild white head, fair retention, light lace.

S: Some grassy hops and bready malt, fairly nice.

T: Very mild malt profile with a quite enjoyable crisp hop attack. Grassy, lightly herbal.

M: Smooth, crisp, clean, light-bodied.

D: Surprisingly good considering its score. Perhaps the can helped, a good selection on the cheap.

09-27-2010 06:46:29 | More by Halcyondays
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2.4/5  rDev -18.4%

16 fl oz can served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Expectations are low; I had this from the bottle quite some ago and I was not impressed. Acquired at Trader Joe's for cheap.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 2.5 finger beige colour head - quite thin - with okay cream and decent retention. Body colour is a light very pale transparent copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Clean pale malts. Salt. Minimal floral hopping.

T: Pale malts. Burnt rubber. A light saltiness. Minimal floral hops - I hardly detect any. Incredibly simple. Balance is off. No yeast or alcohol comes through. A barley foundation.

Mf: Weak. Thin. Smooth. Wet. Sharp from slight overcarbonation. A bit buttery. Too wet. Hardly feels tailored to the flavours.

Dr: Drinkable but forgettable. A cheap Trader Joe's beer that masquerades as a German treat purely for marketing purposes; this is one to be avoided. I'll steer clear from it in the future. A failure within the style. Quite underwhelming.


12-09-2012 08:57:31 | More by kojevergas
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2.88/5  rDev -2%

07/07/05- Had at a friends house. Part of a 12pk of the world beer collection.

Presentation- 12oz undated bottle. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Half inch large bubbled foamy head. Quickly evaporates. Golden, almost approaching orange colored. Not sure what kinda yeast chunks we have here. Almost like the Kwak I had a few months ago. Like little globules. Kinda scary looking. Decent lacing though.

Smell- Typical grainy scent. Maybe a few hops and maybe heading for the skunky side.

Taste- Has this funky kinda apricot flavor. Also has a few hops as well as a bit of a sweet malt flavor. Not good, but not horrible. I guess just tolerable.

Mouthfeel- Fairly carbonated and a touch cloying, suprisingly.

Drinkability- Won't knock myself out to look for this one again, but there are worse out there. Maybe I even got a bad one?

07-07-2005 21:27:23 | More by GClarkage
Photo of Zorro


3.7/5  rDev +25.9%

Clear pale gold lager.

Smells slightly tart and sweet. A bit grassy and noticeable malt and hops.

Taste is slightly sweet grains and a fresh hay taste. Fairly hoppy too.

Flavor goes sweet and then cereal grains and hay and finishes with a hop bite. There is a slight wheat beer like banana taste here too.

Mouthfeel is slightly thin, but much better than many others.

A decent lager, and a bargain for the $4.00 a sixer it costs.

Very drinkable.

01-13-2004 07:07:58 | More by Zorro
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2.6/5  rDev -11.6%

It's not just German beer, it's Frankfurt beer! Time to give it a ride:

Poured into a stange glass, it's bright gold in color with a head that rose nicely. The smell is of lemon tart and grains. It's looking good so far, but the taste breaks the beer. It isn't offensive, there's just little in the flavor. It hits the tongue with spice and hops, but then it turns into nothing. It exits with a touch of sweet grain. Yet despite the sub-standard taste, it didn't feel watery.

Notes: Not much to shout out about there, just a boring Helles Lager. Might be a good starter kit for those getting into the style. I'll bounce pass this one next time.

05-26-2007 17:37:37 | More by DoubleJ
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2.5/5  rDev -15%

09-19-2013 20:17:23 | More by ejimhof
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New York

3.13/5  rDev +6.5%

Poured a medium straw hue with a one and a half finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and good lacing.

The smell featured an upfront short lived noble hop followed by a grainy malt.

The taste was mildly spicy at first, but eventually turned to a full cereal grain experience.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness for the style.

Overall an average lager.

01-26-2008 13:50:41 | More by plaid75
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New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

07-05-2014 22:35:27 | More by Latarnik
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3.4/5  rDev +15.6%

Very light and pale sun yellow. Slight bit of fluffy off white head. Lacing is scant. Aroma is slightly bready and biscuity. A little grainy like sweetness on the nose. Worty like sweetness hits the palate first. Followed by some graininess, bready malts and slight biscuit. Really not too bad a tasting beer here. Nicely carbonated and medium bodied. Maybe medium-full. Decent can beer. Had a chance to down a few of these golfing the other day and they did the job nicely.

05-08-2007 01:53:39 | More by Bighuge
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3.53/5  rDev +20.1%

Pours a clear golden color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of earthy malts, slight hops, and yeast cleanliness. Fits the style of a Munich Style Lager. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with a high carbonation level. Tastes of earthy malts up front, then the yeast cleanliness, and the finish is mostly hops that makes it a very smooth beer. Not my favorite style by any means, but not bad and a good session beer.

02-19-2009 03:49:14 | More by Tone
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2.63/5  rDev -10.5%

The beer exits the can an unclouded gold color, the head monstrous in size, frothy and bright white, the lace a decent covering for the glass. Nose is lightly sweet, quite crisp and fresh to the senses, start continues the malt sweetness, top is thin. Finish is moderately acidic, the hops apropos to the style, droughty aftertaste, stereotypical lager in all aspects, but a nice palate cleanser and a fair to middling change of pace beer.

01-25-2004 19:38:02 | More by Gusler
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2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

07-22-2012 05:56:25 | More by harpus
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2.68/5  rDev -8.8%

Pour a clear yellow with some light tea overtones. Barely there head , but some decent. The taste is a light lemon grass with maybe a light baking flour and some adjuncts. Pretty light palate with a musty aftertaste. Refreshing, but would be more so if the finish wasn't so musty.

07-23-2008 02:42:12 | More by scruffwhor
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Henninger Premium Lager from Henninger Bräu AG
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