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Henninger Premium Lager - Henninger Bräu AG

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Henninger Premium LagerHenninger Premium Lager

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174 Ratings

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Ratings: 174
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 2.94
pDev: 18.71%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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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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3.25/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of kojevergas
2.4/5  rDev -18.4%
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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2.5/5  rDev -15%

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3/5  rDev +2%

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3/5  rDev +2%

Photo of pappetros
2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of harpus
2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of jifigz
2.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pint can poured into a glass.

The appearance is a very clean and pale yellow color with a head that disappears rather quickly. The color is more rich and yellow than your standard American macro lager offering, but not as richly golden as other lagers I have seen. The smell was basically non-existent with just a touch of sweetness coming through. The taste was very light and tasted vaguely of honey. The flavor had just a touch of hops, but was mainly honey like sweetness through and through. The mouthfeel was thin and watery and refreshing.

Okay, so this came in a preselected box from World Market titled World's Best Beers" or something like that. My friend's dad picked it up in Ohio. I could tell by one glance that most would be relatively flavorless pale lagers. He offered I take one so I chose this one. It wasn't nearly as good as I was expecting.

Photo of thecheapies
2.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

Light golden body with a loose head that dissipated to a film and ring. 3.0

Grassy hops, crackery pale grains with light must, and not much else. 3.0

Stanky Euro hops and a musty, almost fruity, pale grain with serious huskiness. Slightly astringent with a semi-steely flavor. Hint of green apple or Pixie Stick in the finish. 3.0

Medium-light body with medium-light carbonation. Slippery feel. Lower drinkability. 2.5

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3.25/5  rDev +10.5%

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2/5  rDev -32%

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3/5  rDev +2%

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3/5  rDev +2%

Photo of ADZA
1.63/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clear pale gold which leaves a frothy two finger head that stays with some lacing,the smell is grains and grassy herbal hops,the mouthfeel is lightbodied and has tastes of pale malts,grassy herbal hops and a touch of lemongrass,overall its very average and wouldnt buy it thats for sure cheers.

Photo of maddux91
2.48/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bought a slab of these from my local supermarket in Australia, was priced at $33, had never seen these before or even heard of them, so decided for the price they were worth a shot, especially if they were imported from Germany.


Size of the bottles fit well into the fridge.
Very little carbonation so good for people who arent interested in taste.
Looks reasonably pleasant once poured, nice copper colour with 2 finger head.


Smells horrible, like burnt rubber.
Tastes fairly bad, a combination of metal and the same burnt rubber.


Think its fairly certain that this is a mass produced lager, much like the German version of Melbourne Bitter (still way better than that though)


Photo of cdwil
3/5  rDev +2%

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3/5  rDev +2%

Photo of matjack85
2.85/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I found this single 12oz green bottle at the Binny's store in Plainfield, IL for $1.39. No freshness date and no information about the beer on the label.

The beer poured a clear medium gold color, but I couldn't coax more than a small rim for a head out of it. The thin white rim lasted about a minute before fading away completely, and I got no lacing at all.

The aroma starts out with a mild skunkiness. After that clears up all you're left with is some mild grain. Not much to the smell.

The taste is better than the smell, but thtat's not saying much. There is very little sweetness to this, which is supposed to be a major part of a Helles Lager. The main flavor is unsweetened grain and some mild grassy hops. It also has a mineral water flavor to it. The finish is dry with some residual mild bitterness.

This beer is so smooth it almost borders on being creamy. I loved the mouthfeel. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

It's OK, but it's nothing I'd seek out again.

Photo of notchucknorris
3.3/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've seen this on the shelves at Trader Joes for a while, so I decided to pick up a single and give it a shot.

A: Golden color with a lot of rising carbonaiton. Thin off-white head.

S: Lots of grain, corn, lime and some faint grassy hops.

T: Eh, not too great. Lots of grain and some faint malt and grassy hop flavor. Not what I was hoping for.

Photo of doktorhops
2.41/5  rDev -18%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Purchasing this beer I knew I was in for a wild ride. "Cheaper than an Aussie macro lager" said the alarm bells in my head, yes this tallie was cheaper than a tallie of XXXX Gold or VB! Although probably not if we do the math: 1 Aussie tallie is 725ml's whereas this tallie was only 660ml... still alarm bells were ringing.

Poured from a 660ml bottle into a litre Stein (old "Steiny"!).

A: Very very typical light amber body with a white 0cm head that leaves a thin lacing.

S: Peeyooh! This beer stinks! It's got a huge odour of "gone bad" vegetables, corny grains and a rubbery musk... hope this lager tastes better than it smell, though I am doubtful.

T: Well it does taste better than it smells but that's not hard. Typical adjunct corn/grain base with a dry start to finish and a light honey character mid-palate. It's not awful, however it's also not great; it's meh. The hops leave a trace of bitter in the after-taste but overall it's the dry finish that makes this beer even remotely worth drinking.

M: Lagery /lɑːrghɜri/ - Noun: 1. An overtly carbonated beer that makes one gassy. 2. A brew that is renown for it's watery mouthfeel and as such is a waste of malt grains that could otherwise be used in a decent ale or stout.

D: I wouldn't purchase this again. It is in my opinion another in the long line of useless/flavourless lagers out there that make me long for a stronger ale presence in the overall beer market share. Pilsner's are fast becoming the only bottom-fermenting beers I can stand these days and I'm starting to find myself wondering whatever possessed me to say "yeah, why not?" to the litres of cheap lager I've been offered at BBQ's/parties over the years... but I digress.

Food match: Something light on the budget, I mean don't go out of your way for Mr. Henninger when he's making you a beer that tastes as cheap as this: fast food (two words that conjure up a multitude of awful possibilities).

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

So this is a review of the Jordanian version of Henninger which is brewed (I believe in Jordan) under Henninger "supervision". Anyway, this beer is junk. I got it because it is German... (kind of...) but it was really disappointing. It has a nice dark yellow appearance with hints of brown, the head is weak but the lacing is decent... Not bad for a Helles.

There is a smell, but it is not nice soggy, slimy grains and some acrid hops. The taste is not much better, some full bodied grains. The hops are not pleasant at all to my taste, but... at least the beer has some flavor. Definitely drink this out of a glass... from a can it is undrinkable- the tin can combined with the poor hops is a sure bet for gutrot.

Decent mouthfeel and the carbonation is good. Definitely not the worst beer, but it does not have much going for it either. If you are in Jordan, and looking for cheep beer get an Amstel.

Photo of brewerburgundy
2.66/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16oz can, nonic, no freshness dating.

The color is sterilely clean lager yellow, but the head is impressive; just off-white, retentive, and meringue-like.

Really quite neutral in the nose, I detect a hint of sulfur, no sweetness, and feed grain. There is a little rich cracker.

If the nose is neutral, the flavor is even more so. A watery liquid with the ghost of grain attempt some type of spice at the close and then is gone, unobtrusive and inoffensive, and very nearly flavorless.

The mouthfeel is crisp, bubbly as can be, and it is a good quick quenching pint. It's par for the course though.

This beer is average in an industrial, low flavor way that doesn't live up to its category here on BA. Rating these begs many questions about reviewing to style, personal taste, is there a time and place….. on and on. This is still beer, but does this beer respect beer?

Photo of aeolianshredhead
3.47/5  rDev +18%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Typical lager look. Pale straw colour, minimal head fed by steady carbonation, fair lacing.

S- Bit of an odd metallic skunk on this one. Meh, not altogether bad. I can also pick up a sweet, citrusy overtone.

T- There is a noticeable malt presence which provides a nice sweetness to this brew. I'm not picking up an awful lot of hops- which is to be expected- but even for the style, it seems a little underwhelming. Nothing offensive, nice and light.

M- A good level of carbonation and a reasonable body. Definitely drinker friendly.

O- Not bad. This was certainly an enjoyable beer. It doesn't offer an awful lot, but you know exactly what you're getting when you pick this up.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.35/5  rDev +13.9%
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).

Photo of whatthehull
2.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a La Chouffe tulip

A - Golden straw, one finger white head and no lacing

S - sour, zesty and some serious apples and citrus

T - Zesty, citrusy, slight hoppiness, slight grass and fruity

M - Light and fluffy, medium acidity, medium finish and almost no body

D - You can drink this beer all day long on a hot day. Nice balance. Taste like your everyday German lager

Final thought - Below 5% abv, and around $5 a sixer. This beer is pretty good and works well on hot summer days for a refreshing non-water drink

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Henninger Premium Lager from Henninger Bräu AG
69 out of 100 based on 174 ratings.