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Henninger Premium Lager - Henninger Bräu AG

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129 Reviews

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Reviews: 129
Hads: 183
Avg: 2.96
pDev: 22.3%
Wants: 4
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Henninger Bräu AG visit their website

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: OldFrothingSlosh on 04-03-2003

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Reviews: 129 | Hads: 183
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.35/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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).

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.63/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.72/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
3.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.26/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.77/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.4/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.


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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.05/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

500 ml can in Santorini.
Decent head and mouthfeel.
Typical malts and hops for style.
Near medium body with medium-high carbonation.

O: OK but unexceptional.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
2.21/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 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.

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Photo of GClarkage
2.85/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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?

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Photo of woodychandler
3.5/5  rDev +18.2%

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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.66/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.82/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Zorro
3.67/5  rDev +24%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of biegaman
3.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

German beer is known in virtually every corner of the globe. The proof? Filtered, bubbly, brilliantly golden lagers with soapy white heads - in another word, beers that look like Henninger - are the worldwide de facto posterboy for 'beer' everywhere. And rightfully so, this looks scrumptious!

The Germans are very proud, traditional, and individualistic people. It may sound insane but it's not uncommon for Hefeweizen drinkers in Bavaria to have never tried a Weiss from Berlin, or even for Kölsch drinkers from Cologne to have ever had the famous Altbier of neighboring Düsseldorf. Nearly every region has their own historic, distinct style of brewing...

Frankfurt, the city where Henninger hails from, is geographically about halfway between Munich and Dortmund. Its "special brewing process" - which the brewery is suspiciously vague to expand upon - aligns strongly with the Dortmund "Export" style; where as Munich Helles have a gentle, pleasant sweetness, this one has a bottom-line of hops and strong minerality.

Of course, when it comes to Germans drinking beer, having any less than a litre (or several) is practically unheard of; they think nothing of having a pint or two with breakfast! So there's been clear care put into keeping Henniger clean, quaffable, and approachable (the slightly more pronounced bitterness notwithstanding). The word 'Reinheitsgebot' can't be found anywhere on the can but this has only a faint hint of sugar or corn. It's mostly malt.

Although Germany can still be divided into neo-medieval states, Germans everywhere take their beer very seriously - every part of the country has in common its recognition of brewing as cultural heritage. Henninger is no national treasure, but for something so industrialized and mass-produced, its relative quality is a clear nod to the nation's proud history of clean, serviceable lagers.

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Photo of plaid75
3.13/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Tone
3.51/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
2.3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: The pour is straw-colored, with a medium-large white uneven head that after the quick dissipation leaves nice lacings.

S: Unbalanced bready malt, mostly sweet. Not much else going on...

T: Bready and sweet malt, with a kind of metallic artificial wibe to it.

M: Aftertaste stays for some time, mostly sweet. Medium body and medium carbonation but quite offensive.

D: You'll have to try lots of beers to separate the nice ones from the weaker - this is the latter.

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Photo of tone77
3.51/5  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.

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Photo of cjgator3
2.68/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle

A- Pours a golden yellow color with an off-white head with decent lacing and retention.

S- The aroma is grainy malt and faint hops.

T- The taste like the aroma is some grain with a clean refreshing finish with a touch of hops.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a lot of carbonation.

D- Overall, Henninger Lager is a pretty average lager. Not something I would buy again.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.03/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Deep, clear yellow gold color. Poured with a fizzy two inch white head that dissipated quickly to a quarter inch. Very light inconsistent lacing.

S: Sweet malt followed by very slight skunky smell. Metallic bight at the end.

T: Tasted like it smelled; sweet at the start, with a slight Euro funk. Metallic finish.

M: Light body and, frankly, too thin. Carbonation was nicely done and kept it refreshing.

D: Easy to drink, true enough, but not very special.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.39/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Brilliant gold under a lacy, rapidly dissipating white foam cap.
S: Grainy sweet malt aromas with faint hops and hint of sulfur.
T: Showcases slightly sweet rich malt flavors with a light to moderately light hop accent. Malt lingers into the finish and aftertaste. F: Smooth medium light body and medium carbonation.
O: Much more flavorful and fuller bodied than a standard American lager and much more drinkable.

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Photo of bluejacket74
2.12/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The beer pours a clear golden yellow with about an inch or so white head. It smells like grain, grassy hops and a bit of malt. The aroma isn't strong at all. It's not a bad aroma, but it's not strong. It tastes the same way, except it has a weird metallic bitter/sour taste to it too. And it's weird in a bad way. The mouthfeel is on the watery side, with a moderate amount of carbonation. The drinkability would be OK except for the weird taste. I don't think this is good at all, it's one of the worst beers I've tried. I'll have to try it again at some point to see if another batch is this bad or not. A typical Bud/Miller/Coors tastes good compared to this.

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Henninger Premium Lager from Henninger Bräu AG
70 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.