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Henninger Premium Lager - Henninger Bräu AG

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160 Ratings

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Ratings: 160
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 2.95
pDev: 18.98%
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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Photo of Rayek


2.98/5  rDev +1%

A: Brilliant brass color has somewhat active carbonation. Small white head doesn't retain well.

S: Pepper, hay, pine and grass aromas are mild, but balanced.

T: Mild flavor has a faint malty sweetness mixed with a weird cooked veggies quality. Well balanced bitterness is both peppery and somewhat metallic. Finishes fairly clean.

M: Light body has the right amount of fizz.

D: OK but boring. Metallic and vegetable flavors detract from the experience.

07-21-2008 15:32:43 | More by Rayek
Photo of cafemondegar


1.45/5  rDev -50.8%

This is another beer in my six-mix pack of beers that I got home from Wilbur's Beverages on College Avenue in Fort Collins.
Although I am not a beer pooh-bah by any means, I have had enough beers to have a slightly negative feeling about this beer as I picked it up because of its label but I dismissed those thoughts telling myself that the proof of the pudding is in the eating. Not that I regret my decision but I should have gone with my hunch.
I don't know about Munich Helles Lager style, this beer may very well be the benchmark beer of that style - but I didn't much like it. The color is characteristic lager, but I have poured PBR from a can into a glass and been more impressed than I was with this beer.
The mouthfeel is smooth but that's the best can be said. With 4.8% ABV, you kind of expect that.
I have had some great German beers, lagers even. But to claim that this is German Brewing Tradition (the caption on the label reads that) like McDonalds selling a burger as an American Grilling Tradition.

05-28-2008 03:21:57 | More by cafemondegar
Photo of orangemoustache


2.73/5  rDev -7.5%

A-pours a dull yellow/gold with a good amount of foamy white head that leaves some streaky lacing

S-somthing like wet grass and grains

T-malty,corn sweetness,some earthy undertones,not as skunky tasting as it smells,kind of plain jane even for a Euro Lager

M-enjoyable light body,very smoothe with soft foamy carbonation,a clean dry finish

D-nothing offensive,nothing spectacular

05-09-2008 17:00:50 | More by orangemoustache
Photo of merlin48


2.5/5  rDev -15.3%

12 oz green bottle pours a chill hazed golden body with a small white head that flls into some decent lacing. Aroma is skunky. Some floral hops and yeast underneath. Light medium body with crisp carbonation. Taste has some crackery malt sweetness and faint floral hops but it's skunky. Green bottle should be a warning.

04-21-2008 12:40:49 | More by merlin48
Photo of gpogo


3.25/5  rDev +10.2%

A- Pale yellow. Huge white head.

S- Yeasty, light smell of crackers or bread.

T- decent malt flavor. Very low amount of hops.

M- Very Light and thin. It's almost like water. Low carbonation.

D- Very easy drinking beer. I'd gladly drink one if offered, but there are other beers I'd prefer.

04-13-2008 23:49:11 | More by gpogo
Photo of Biscuit033


3.3/5  rDev +11.9%

A: Bright gold with a large head and great lacing and OK retention.

S: Light earth and some straw and white bread.

T: Slight grainy and almost syrupy with only a light hint of hops.

M: Watery but clean not really crisp.

D: Easy to drink and not terrible but there are lot of beers that I would pick ahead of this one.

04-12-2008 01:16:43 | More by Biscuit033
Photo of pmcadamis


3.28/5  rDev +11.2%

A - A big fluffy white head with a tint of yellow rises above a grayish dull-lemon brew. The head is really massive and rocky, and tons of really sticky and dry lace is left on the glass. Retention is decent, but the crusty lace sticks to the glass like super glue! It's going to be hard to wash this crust off of my pilsener glass!

S - Fresh yeasty hard bread, saltine crackers, and salty sea air. This smells very crisp and lively, but malty enough to keep it from being twangy. Hints of toffee way off in the back make this interesting.

T - Saltine cracker, sea-water, crisp baguette bread or hard dinner rolls, along with some really fresh and floral hops. This is a little bit spicy, but not as much so as a pils...I think that's the difference in style; more Saaz spice in a German pils, and more rounded sweetness in a helles lager. Good stuff!

M - Medium bodied, but with a little bit of gluey weight behind it. Carbonation is sprightly, but not abrasive. The finish is crisp and dry as hell, with a lingering saltine cracker freshness.

D - Excellent! This SCREAMS drinkability on a brisk spring day like today! This has enough interesting flavors to keep your palate guessing, but it's crisp, fresh, and lively enough to avoid overtaxing your tongue.

04-02-2008 18:39:28 | More by pmcadamis
Photo of PorterLover83


3.03/5  rDev +2.7%

Poured a golden hue with slight head. Good carbonation with slightly chunky head after a few minutes. Not much there on the smell that I can tell except maybe some yeast and light malts. Taste is somewhat bitter with a little more than light mouth feel. Not that great in my opinion but drinkablilty is there because of the lower ABV.

03-30-2008 18:29:18 | More by PorterLover83
Photo of PhageLab


2.93/5  rDev -0.7%

Poured into the Lowenbrau mug.

A - Pale yellow coloration, massive head of pillowy froth, great retention and even some spotted lacing.

S - Corn and vegetable oil, and there's really not too much else to judge here.

T - Grainy profile, pale malts, slight hop tinge, roasted barley and corn. Nicely balanced, but very light on the taste.

M - Creamy light body, sharp carbonation, mild finish.

D - Average and yet completely forgettable. Nothing really bad about this brew, but absolutely nothing stands out about it either. If someone offers you one, don't turn it down, but on the other hand I wouldn't seek this one out.

03-21-2008 14:47:21 | More by PhageLab
Photo of JDV


1.35/5  rDev -54.2%

Light yellow pour with huge white head. Smell is light lager yeast, and malt. Taste is weak, lightly carbonated and almost flat feeling, soapy and yeasty with a definite almost chemical like aftertaste. Not good. Barely drinkable but never voluntarily.

02-06-2008 22:48:46 | More by JDV
Photo of Procrastinator


3.68/5  rDev +24.7%

11.2 oz. green bottle. Number 15 27 and the letter L on rear of label. No understandable freshness dating is noted. I've had this beer in the past, but this is my first review of it.

Appearance: dark golden color body with white foamy head which quickly breaks down. Few lines of carbonation are seen and head is regenerated with swirling of the glass. Pretty typical looking "Euro-lager".

Smell: crisp, clean scents of lightly roasted grains and sweet honey are offset by a bitter and peppery hop presence.

Taste: definite German lager flavors. Sweet honey and lightly roasted grains with a hoppy bitterness to counter. A slight flatness in flavor at the finish. Underlying whiskey taste.

Mouthfeel: well carbonated and light to medium in body. Hops make for a crisp, bitter finish to balance out the sweet side graininess.

Drinkability: very easy drinking and enjoyable. Nothing outstanding, but fairly standard middle of the road German lager.

02-04-2008 23:27:34 | More by Procrastinator
Photo of plaid75

New York

3.13/5  rDev +6.1%

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
Photo of prototypic


2.48/5  rDev -15.9%

Appearance: Very, very light, clear golden color. Head is foamy and about a finger and a half. Very short retention and average lacing.

Smell: Weak aroma. Uncanny resemblance to a macro's aroma. Very light malty aroma, grainy, and no hops.

Taste: Decent malt flavor. More robust than most macros and not quite as watered down. Somewhat sweet. Very grainy taste. Again, not hoppy.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Light bodied, decent carbonation. It's drinkability is hindered by it's bland taste. Overall, it's not very good. Wouldn't go out of my way for it.

01-17-2008 01:51:04 | More by prototypic
Photo of feloniousmonk


2.17/5  rDev -26.4%

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
Photo of xare


2.33/5  rDev -21%

I had this from a can that I had been aging for a while in my cellar so the aging may have distorted my rating a bit. The beer was brewed 07/24/2006 with an expiry date of 07/24/2007. I sampled this beer 12/29/2007, a bit past the expiry date but don't believe the aging affected the beer much.

Appearance was fantastic. It poured as a clear light straw color (much lighter than a Budweiser would look). It had a very foamy head that laced very well and didn't dissipate for a few minutes.

The smell was kinda a mixed bag. It had the clean smell of a lager crossed with the sour smell of a wheat beer but that's just my personal view of that.

Taste wasn't great nor bad. It was kinda flat, no high or low notes. No real flavor to it apart from tasting wheat-like.

Mouthfeel was okay - decent, considering it was a canned beer - there was absolutely no metallic twangs or aftertastes which surprised me, especially as I aged it for a bit.

Drinkability would have been rated higher as it began out well but after the first fourth of the beer, it began to extert a stronger and stronger wheat aftertaste but it wasn't 100% smooth to begin with. Ther's a minor aftertaste even with the first sip.

Overall, not a beer I'd drink again which is a shame as the appearance had my hopes up so high.

12-29-2007 20:24:34 | More by xare
Photo of Dogbrick


2.48/5  rDev -15.9%

Sampled at the Odds and Ends Tasting II on 10/19/07: This beer is a clear, rather ugly yellow color with a minimal white head that dissipates rapidly. Spotty lacing. Light malt and corn aroma. Thin body with weak malt and hops flavor with. The finish is short and mildly hoppy. Drinkable yet not something I would bother with again.

12-19-2007 19:55:39 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of monkeybeer


2.17/5  rDev -26.4%

A- Clear Pale yellow large white head that stayed for a while no lacing

S- Almost mo smell slight hop and citrus

T/M – Very watery somewhat sweet, not a bad mouthfeel fairly clean

D- Over all it was drinkable, would not refuse it if it was given to me but not a bad beer to pound down.

11-20-2007 02:31:23 | More by monkeybeer
Photo of KarlHungus


2.9/5  rDev -1.7%

This beer pours a clear pale straw color. The head is large, creamy, and bright white. The aroma is of...um...air? Seriously, there is no aroma. The taste is has a hint bready malt and enough noble hops to make things mildly interesting. The mouthfeel is light bodied and a high (but not too high) level of carbonation. Overall, this is an all right beer. If it had an aroma, I might drink it again. However, as it is I cannot see myself drinking this in the future.

10-28-2007 18:56:10 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of Lothore


3.15/5  rDev +6.8%

A- Fizzy yellow with a decent amount of head that fades fairly quickly.

S- Smells slightly sweet with a bit of skunkiness and a mettalic tinge at the end.

T- Taste is about average for a macro german lager, slightly skunky, sweet with a mettalic finish.

M- Mouthfeel is fairly thin and not nearly as carbonated as I was expecting.

D- This is pretty easy to drink but doesn't bring anything interesting to the table so I could see it getting boring pretty fast.

08-14-2007 03:02:53 | More by Lothore
Photo of DoubleJ


2.6/5  rDev -11.9%

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
Photo of JayTheFinn


1.3/5  rDev -55.9%

Awful. My tastebuds are ruined.

A - Extremely light yellow tint to an essentially clear beverage. Some bubbles and a wimpy head.
S - Sugary corn. Unpleasant.
T - Corn extract. Overt sweetness. Little hop flavor if any.
M - Nearly non-existent.
D - Never again!

Perhaps this one went bad. It didn't taste "skunky", but if I have another (unlikely) and it proves a great deal better I will edit this review. Otherwise as it stands, this is a Bottom 5 Worst Beer I've Ever Had.

05-20-2007 19:35:40 | More by JayTheFinn
Photo of zeff80


3.35/5  rDev +13.6%

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
Photo of Drew966


2.7/5  rDev -8.5%

Henninger Premium Lager pours a golden yellow with a thick white head from a green twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is quite skunky, not a good sign. The flavor is grainy and thankfully not as skunky as the smell. Strikes me as a reasonable alternative to Heineken, but that begs the question, why bother?

05-11-2007 00:45:28 | More by Drew966
Photo of Bighuge


3.4/5  rDev +15.3%

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.

05-08-2007 01:53:39 | More by Bighuge
Photo of stephendr


2.95/5  rDev 0%

16 oz. can - color of pale gold , with a decent white head - nose of sweet corn , very mild hops , malt , metallic , and bubblegum – taste of corn , sour , but decently clean , malt , and some bitterness - body is light (watery) , and with medium high carbonation – aftertaste of grass , and soap

05-04-2007 04:55:55 | More by stephendr
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