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Henninger Premium Lager - Henninger Bräu AG

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Ratings: 170
Reviews: 124
rAvg: 2.94
pDev: 19.05%
Wants: 2
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: OldFrothingSlosh on 04-03-2003

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Photo of superduper
1.98/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Light, golden, with poor head retention. Nothing 'wow' about it.
S: Honey aroma lacking.
T: Missing any hints of malt. Some bitterness. Dry finish.
M: It's best quality but too thin.
D: I would try another Helles.
It's possible that it did not travel well.

Photo of Vancer
3.51/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 16oz can o' beer, hopefully which kept the brew fresh and clean. Pours a nice clear lemon straw yellow in the freebie Sammy Adams glass. Nice carbonation bubbling up and forming a sturdy white head. Shards of sticky lace form on the way down.

Bit of euro skunk mixed with a malt background in the aroma. And then the quaff adds a note of fruity esters and light spices, with that smooth malty backbone. Darn tasty brew, don't know why a beer has to be big alcohol or heavy taste to rate well.

Photo of illidurit
2.59/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pale gold color with a decent white head and some filmy lacing. Aroma is malty with some dry cat food notes. Some grain but pretty awful overall. Flavor is at least inoffensive. Light sweet malts, mild noble hops, and a metallic finish. Thin body and high carbonation. Pretty drinkable, just plug your nose.

Photo of jsprain1
3.85/5  rDev +31%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Golden-orange. Two finger head in my mug. Highly carbonated.
S- Grassy, but in a good way.
T- Starts grassy and finishes grainy. General clean lager nature.
M- A bit watery but not too bad. Smooth, with proper carbonation.
O- Very sessionable. A large step above macro offerings. In essence it's Heiniken but better.

Photo of Offa
3.87/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a pretty basic, but reasoanbly good German lager and very German.

Gold, it has a medium-big white head steadily shrinking and leaving no real lace.

The aroma is perfumy grain, light bread crust, sulphur, hay, hint of junipery herbs.

The taste is light sweet grain with light grassy-juniper bitterness, hint of minerals, a bit zesty with a full grain and hay finish. It's a bit thin and watery after the first sip, especially when it's cold, and is a bit bland compared to others. However, when it warms a bit, the body and flavour are better, fuller, and more lively. It has obvious similarities to better quality helles lagers like Weihenstephaner or Paulaner, and these are stronger when warmer, but it is clearly thinner, less complex, and more minerally. It is, overall, quite enjoyable and the drinkability improves as it warms a bit rather than going donwhill and becoming tiresome. It's good with food, as well.

Photo of beveritt
3.33/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from a 16 oz can into a slender pint glass. Label is black, red, and gold and uses a mix of German and English. Produced 26/05/08. Expires 26/05/09.

Appearance: Pours with 4 fingers of nearly white head. This settles slowly into an undulating, multi-leveled layer of foam, leaving behind decent lacing. The beer itself is a pale yellow and completely clear. Small amount of activity.

Smell: Very slightly sweet malt with a little metallic edge. Grassy hops with a little hint of citrus.

Taste: Mild malt upfront with a honey like sweetness. A mellow bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Lower than average carbonation level. Body is pretty good.

Drinkability: Not too bad. Could have used a little more carbonation to add some punch and accentuate the malt.

Photo of Haybeerman
3.03/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of Bierguy5
3.67/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. can, 4.8% ABV. Clear light golden color, with a few tiny bubbles streaming from the bottom of the glass. White rocky head holds together well for a few minutes.

Pale, slightly bready malt aroma. A few soft herbal and grassy notes in the background. Pretty simple aroma.

Pale malt, with just a hint of bread. Not grainy at all. Soft grassy hops are just enough to keep the malt balanced. Dries out a bit at the finish.

Light body with adequate carbonation. Easy to drink. Nothing special, but pleasing.

Photo of kinger
3.13/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This seems like a very basic German Lager, but the more often I have one of these the more I like it. I think simplicity is the key to this beer. Mild aroma, no "skunky" scents. This beer is nice to look at. Pours a vibrant light gold color with thin head,no lacing, and moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is the biggest surprise to this one, sip after sip this beer is creamy and full. An unexpected thickness accompanies this lager as I swallow it. Flavor is mild and smooth with no surprises other than the fact that it tastes really good. Wonderful mass produced German Lager, I could drink this anytime.

Photo of scruffwhor
2.68/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Rayek
3.02/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of cafemondegar
1.45/5  rDev -50.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

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.

Photo of orangemoustache
2.71/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of merlin48
2.49/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of gpogo
3.3/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Biscuit033
3.33/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.29/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of PorterLover83
2.98/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of PhageLab
2.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of JDV
1.39/5  rDev -52.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

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.

Photo of Procrastinator
3.68/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of plaid75
3.13/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of prototypic
2.47/5  rDev -16%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of feloniousmonk
2.21/5  rDev -24.8%
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.

Photo of xare
2.35/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

Henninger Premium Lager from Henninger Bräu AG
69 out of 100 based on 170 ratings.