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Heineken Dark Lager - Heineken Nederland B.V.

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BA SCORE
74
okay

528 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 528
Reviews: 248
rAvg: 3.21
pDev: 19.94%
Wants: 18
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Heineken Nederland B.V. visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
Euro Dark Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-08-2001)
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Reviews by BeerBeing:
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BeerBeing

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev +12.1%

Presentation: 12oz brown glass stubby generic bottle, white/gold/black/red label

Appearance: deep brown color, large off-white head, some lacing

Smell: strong malt, that is it

Taste: medium body, crisp mouth feel, sweet and very malty, good hoppy bitterness

Notes: My sample was "Special Dark"; very drinkable beer

10-06-2005 23:46:37 | More by BeerBeing
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RoyalT

Ohio

1.7/5  rDev -47%

Appearance – Clear light brown body with a typical bee-bop head that went up and down in less than ten seconds.

Smell – Nice scent of toasted malt and caramel.

Taste – Ugh! An insult to dunkel lager to say the least. It’s tough to explain. The cheap, burnt malt flavor is somewhat bitter but nowhere near nice. The tease of caramel sweetness turned into a handful of Sweet-N-Low picked up from the floor of a dirty diner after a long week. I think I actually tasted a cigarette butt in there.

Mouthfeel – Flat and difficult to swallow. The worst.

Drinkability – The smell wasn’t that bad, but that taste was evil incarnate. Sorrow I couldn’t offer much positive here, but the only purpose for making this beer would seem so that a regular Heiny-in-a-can doesn’t taste so bad. This "one" rating was well earned.

Comments – Chase this with a shot of Jaegermeister.

09-10-2003 01:17:34 | More by RoyalT
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ExtraStout

Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev +12.1%

Pours a clear dark brownish copper color with a very thin tan colored head. Nose is dominated by sweet malts and grains with a hint of fruitiness. Taste is roasted malts with notes of caramel and dark bread. A strong maltiness is present both upfront and in the finish. This is a decent beer, but it doesn't really have any distinguishing characteristics aside from the strong maltiness. I wanted to like it more but couldn't.

07-07-2009 03:26:03 | More by ExtraStout
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SkiBum22

New York

1/5  rDev -68.8%

08-21-2014 13:31:46 | More by SkiBum22
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Drunkenass

California

3.5/5  rDev +9%

07-06-2013 06:51:48 | More by Drunkenass
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BeerDreadz

Florida

3.38/5  rDev +5.3%

12onz brown without any date

The appearance of this beer is a red-brown color with thin line of light brown bubbles that goes away almost inmediatly.

The smell is a sweet malt aroma,very nice btw.The taste is like malt to , little bit of sweetnes and i can taste something like a coffee taste far away, some caramel too. It feels very nice on the mouth, refreshing but with a nice body. This is a really nice beer , i would drink it more often.

06-13-2007 23:03:40 | More by BeerDreadz
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3HovsepiansBrews

California

2.93/5  rDev -8.7%

A - Dark red with a tan head. Although it is dark, the body even looks a little thin.

S - Mostly toasted/roasted notes from the dark malts. A little bready.

T - A tiny hint of some coffee/chocolate from the roasted malts, but it is really watered down, so there is not much too it. There is no hop presence to speak of. The flavor is really one-dimensional and dilute and really only comes at the front of the sip. Although there is a little sour yeast flavor towards the end that doesn't really help the taste.

M - A really thin body, with medium carbonation.

D - Considering the thin body and low ABV and really reserved flavor this one is really easy to drink. However, the not-so-great flavor kind of takes away from the drinkability.

12-12-2010 03:36:26 | More by 3HovsepiansBrews
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chip26

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +9%

07-13-2014 23:44:03 | More by chip26
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generallee

New York

3.75/5  rDev +16.8%

09-10-2012 01:11:45 | More by generallee
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Doomcifer

Rhode Island

2.9/5  rDev -9.7%

Pours brown into the glass with decent head that sticks it out a little. Smells of a touch of yeast, maybe a bit of caramel...nothing smacking you in the face, but nothing unpleasant. Taste is decently malty sweet with a touch of caramel flavor up front and fades off to a thin flavor and mouthfeel. Highly carbonated. Better than this beer's more popular brother. Fairly drinkable.

11-23-2008 01:07:25 | More by Doomcifer
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iemailjack

Florida

3/5  rDev -6.5%

01-08-2013 03:38:14 | More by iemailjack
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev +13.7%

Presentation: 12 oz stubby brown bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Brownish ruby hued beer, exceptional clarity. Thin tan lace foams up nice during the pour but after a minute it disappears into a thin ring and certainly lacks in retention.

Smell: Dark bread malty aroma, not much else and clean at that.

Taste: Moderate body, laid back crispness. Sweet with dark bready flavours, fresh grain throughout. Quite malty with an underlying graininess. Clean to the palate, hops bring an easy going bitterness to the table. The hops bunch up with the graininess in the end and both help to tone down the sweetness. Good lingering maltiness in the end, a bit thin but flavourful none the less.

Notes: Not too shabby, if you like dark lagers this is not really that bad. It is somewhat middle of the road but there are no off flavours or complexities that jump out and make your taste buds scream.

04-08-2002 15:46:53 | More by Jason
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Rifrafboy

Minnesota

2.9/5  rDev -9.7%

A decent example of a macro European dark lager. Head is dark white, with very little lacing. Taste is of chocolatey malts, with a slight hop taste. The finish is a bit rough, burning on the way down. I liked this somewhat. I wish it were cheaper here in the states, as I might try it more often. Not a great dark lager, but not bad.

03-15-2003 13:57:50 | More by Rifrafboy
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Billolick

New York

3.13/5  rDev -2.5%

12 ounce bottle, pours dark brown, with an average looking off white head. a bit of chocolate in the nose. Taste is a bit skunky (yes even the dark is skunky!) with notes of cocoa, caramel and chocolate maybe a little wet cardboard. Medium body. Fairly smooth stuff. Clean and non descript with flavors that are sort of muted. Eh, not my favorite stuff. worth a try if youre into dark lagers.

06-02-2004 02:17:27 | More by Billolick
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fdrich29

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev +15.3%

12 oz bottle that was sitting in my fridge for an undeterminate period of time, purchased by someone other than me.

Poured a deep brown with hints of red. Thin tan head that receeded to the center, leaving a miniature depiction of Hurricane Grace. Left a ring of lacing around the glass.

Smells strong of malt with a malty, bready taste. The beer says what it needs to say, lets you think about it for a bit, then goes away and expects you to take another sip. I could have one or two of these, but I'm certainly not sitting back with a six pack to pass the waning hours. Worth a try if it's free, like this one was.

03-27-2004 01:45:08 | More by fdrich29
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LyonsHead

Ohio

3/5  rDev -6.5%

A: dark brown, minimal head and lacing

S: malty smell with hints of coffee

T: tastes to me about how it smells. nothing to blow you away

M: light body, which was weird cause you don't usually expect that from a dark beer

D: this beer was just okay for me, I would have trouble buying it if it was next to something else in the store.

03-01-2009 00:30:09 | More by LyonsHead
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innominat

Ireland

3/5  rDev -6.5%

03-04-2013 14:01:58 | More by innominat
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jiffymon

New York

3/5  rDev -6.5%

02-13-2013 17:30:00 | More by jiffymon
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wattoclone

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +9%

09-12-2012 20:06:50 | More by wattoclone
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IrishGermanAmerican

Texas

4/5  rDev +24.6%

05-26-2012 00:38:47 | More by IrishGermanAmerican
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Thrasher

Oregon

2.75/5  rDev -14.3%

I am a true lover of lagers, in all styles. That said, I absolutely despise Heineken. It's one of the worst beers out there, and its high price and huge popularity constantly infuriate me. Heineken's trademark skunky flavor has been the subject of countless beer-geek discussions, and I for one have resolved never to touch the stuff again. So when I stumbled across a sample of Heineken Dark, I wasn't sure what to expect. I approached the beer with an open mind, and was pleased to discover it didn't have the sewerlike skunkiness that makes their regular pisslager so hateful. So is the beer a success? Does it redeem the Dutch as a nation of beermakers? (I hate Grolsch and Amstel too.) Not exactly. The beer is too sweet and remains cloying long after the swallow. I've experienced good German dunkel lagers, and I recognize that the big malt sweetness is a force to be reckoned with, and that a delicate interplay with the hops is necessary to keep the beer from going overboard. However, either the makers of Heiny don't know jack about hops, or wanted to make the beer as licorice-sweet as possible to appeal to the tasteless masses. A somewhat appealing dark ruby liquid sustains a buoyant, persistent head, with a heaping aroma of sweet caramel and molasses. The flavor is initially appealing, but there is no dryness, no finish, simply a lingering sweetness that tastes like red licorice (a confection I hate with a similar acuity to that of yellow Heineken). The beer is not BAD; in fact with the proper caramelized dish it might be pleasing. At this particular moment in time, though, it is too sweet, too cloying, although I am pleased to say it is not nearly as disgustingly bile-inducing as that dribble that comes in the green bottles.

10-30-2004 01:12:56 | More by Thrasher
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Culture

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -6.5%

07-10-2013 22:04:33 | More by Culture
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doremite

Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -14.3%

07-09-2013 14:42:46 | More by doremite
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

2.93/5  rDev -8.7%

Cool red and brown beer, professional looking in terms of clarity. I miss the regular Henie skunk in the aroma. This one is dead earthy, and not as good, well, not good period.

Taste, wow, this was thicker than I expected. Bitter too. Still not much for hop taste. Seriously thought it was a little rye bready. Malty for a lager. Much sweeter than green Henie.

Not a bad beer, but I wish it was more like the green. With that said, if you hate the green, I'd say check this out, its very different.

07-08-2011 00:11:59 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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ADR

Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev -3.4%

Clear tea-like brown color with a middling head in size and overall duration. Laces in spare simple strings. Some pumpernickle to the overall bready aroma. Mouthfeel is a tad on the watery side, the flavor is pleasantly neutral in malt sweetness with a decided graininess to add some texture. Low degree of hoppiness overall. The finish is the most distinct part of the beer, light but dry with a continued grain fabric. The attenuation and non-threatening middle-of-the-road flavor leads me to believe that a lot of people could find this brew accessible.

02-17-2004 15:41:28 | More by ADR
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Heineken Dark Lager from Heineken Nederland B.V.
74 out of 100 based on 528 ratings.