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Heineken Dark Lager - Heineken Nederland B.V.

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BA SCORE
74
okay

510 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 510
Reviews: 245
rAvg: 3.21
pDev: 19.94%
Wants: 18
Gots: 20 | 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.

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t0rin0

California

3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

11-19-2012 13:22:30 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.48/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark crimson brown with a 1 inch beige head that fades to nothing. No lacing whatsoever. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, and some nutty aromas. Taste is of caramel malt, bread, and nuts. Mild bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has an almost soda-like carbonation with a very crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good dark lager from Heineken that is much better than their regular green bottle style.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 04:53:22 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -6.5%

12-01-2011 20:44:44 | More by djrn2
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

2.68/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear reddish brown with light (and objects) easily visible through the beer. No carbonation can be seen rising from the bottom of the glass. The beige head is soft, falls to a spotty film and leaves mere scraps of lace. Underwhelming nose of caramelized grain coupled with a light spiciness.

The flavor is acceptable initially with elements of sweet dark caramel and chocolate. Within several seconds though, each mouthful morphs into a whole 'nother flavor, something resembling sour, wet tobacco leaves (it's about as tasty as it sounds). The nastiness abates somewhat as I get deeper into the glass, but it never goes away completely. The body is on the thin side of medium, not too far out of line for the style.

I can't say that I like Heineken Lager, but I do find it to be drinkable. Heineken Dark though needs a recipe change. The Dr. Jekyl beginning is okay, but the Mr. Hyde finish is definitely not.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2004 19:55:20 | More by BuckeyeNation
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metter98

New York

3.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer is crystal clear dark red in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high beige head that died down but never completely faded away and left some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Faint aromas of nutty malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has flavors of nutty malts along with some hints of toasted and caramel maltss. Neither sweetness nor bitterness is detectable.
M:It feels light-bodied, a bit thin and slightly smooth on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink. Although the taste is a little bland, there aren't any "off" flavors.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2012 02:52:45 | More by metter98
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a decent beer I have to say. Had it my my in laws and did not know what to expect going in. Poured a nice hazelnut brown with a small maybe an inch of head. Quick faded left no real lace. Some nice carbonation. Smell was of light grains with a touch of bittering hops, maybe very light. Taste was a classic heinken but with a bit of a dark wheat twist. Lots of grain here with a bit of the yeast. Nice smooth feel, not slick or watered down. Good carbonation. Could have drank this one all night. Overall a solid dark lager, a good call for sure for a keg or a cooler full

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2007 01:17:10 | More by mikesgroove
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -6.5%

12-14-2011 04:34:47 | More by nmann08
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

2.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Expecting a total disaster, I was a bit relieved when I opened the bottle and was met by dark, toasty aromas instead of pungent, off-putting ones. The pour delivered a thin, dark brown (cola-like) color with fizzy carbonationa and weak head retention. Aromas of toasted grains, light malts, and a mild bready / roasty nature. Flavors are all the same, with emphasis on the toasted grains. I'm not convinced that this is an all-malt brew. The feel is a predictibly watered, moderately astringent feel with hardly an aftertaste at all. Again, a little cola-like late. Not a failure, but still no German Dunkel either.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2007 18:42:45 | More by BEERchitect
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acurtis

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -22.1%

01-12-2012 01:24:18 | More by acurtis
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +9%

08-08-2013 22:47:07 | More by kjkinsey
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.33/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark reddish-brown body with a small beige head.

Smell: Lightly sweet-smelling aroma of dark malts, plums, and a hint of grain.

Taste: Watered-down dark caramel flavor with a medium sugary sweetness. Plum fruitiness. Very mild bitterness. Clean, easy finish

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation. A tad watery, I'm afraid.

Drinkability: While never complex or overly impressive, it does exhibit far more character than the standard Heineken.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2008 04:08:35 | More by ChainGangGuy
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

2.5/5  rDev -22.1%

02-18-2012 05:25:07 | More by ygtbsm94
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one poured out as a deep amber coloe with a thin fizzy cream colored head on top. The smell of the beer is pretty sweet with lots of caramel notes on the nose. The taste of the beer was also on the sweeter side, the malts were nicely roasted also. The mouthfeel of this beer was decent but nothing too special. I could have had a little more body to it. Overall this beer was pretty good to me, I would like to have it again one day just to try it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 02:35:06 | More by Knapp85
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

I was told this wasn't half bad, though it was by a wholesale salesman selling it... It pours a deep, dark ruby topped by a finger of dusty pale-tan foam. The nose comprises flaky biscuits, caramel, and a vague sense of mandarin orange syrup. The taste follows suit, with some slightly darker caramel, some very light cocoa backing that up, and a slightly less-vague sense of the mandarin orange syrup. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a watery feel. Overall, I gotta say I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. It's not all that great, but it's nowhere near offensive, and it borders on downright easily-drinkable. In fact, I could see drinking this again. Not bad, for once, Heineken...

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 08:20:44 | More by TMoney2591
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emerge077

Illinois

2.53/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. Appears to be a reddish copper color with bright clarity and some carbonation visible. Compact cap of off white foam, that settles fairly quickly, leaving little lacing at all.

Funky and sweet, grainy lager nose. Some toast, brown sugar, and watered down lager.

Flavor is similar, fairly sweet with wet paper graininess. Very bland and dull. Malt-o-meal cereal (malt oatmeal) and brown sugar, wet stewed grain husks. Watery body, fairly clean aftertaste. Not something i'd revisit, it's a laughable, feeble attempt at a dark lager.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 02:44:22 | More by emerge077
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zeff80

Missouri

3.13/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a dark brown color with a bubbly, caramel-colored, two-finger head. It left no lacing.

S - It smelled of roasted malt. There was also a toffee-like aroma.

T - It tasted quite sweet. It had a grassy/earthy quality and a little nuttiness.

M - It was crisp and relatively smooth. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This is an okay brew. I thought it improved as it warmed up.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2008 04:30:53 | More by zeff80
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark, ruby-accented mahogany body is topped by a short but creamy head of dark ivory foam. The retention is just slightly above average, and the lacing is limited.

The nose offers a pleasant note of bready malt, dark caramel, and a delicate pinch of sweetened cocoa powder.

In the mouth it's medium-light in body and gently crisp with a restrained, fine-bubbled carbonation that leaves it quite smooth across the palate.

The flavor is not much different than the aroma, although, notably, there are some floral hops present. The maltiness presented in the aroma remains intact, but it's not as sweet as might have originally been suggested. It is really well-balanced though, with a firm to solid bitterness that anchors it completely. It finishes with a drip of mildly sweet almost-scortched caramel, some dulled floral and grassy hops, and a mild, underlying bitterness.

Well-crafted; superbly balanced; interesting enough to have more than one.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2006 15:19:43 | More by NeroFiddled
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, lager yeast, nuts, brown sugar and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of grain and dark malts followed by mildly sweet flavors of caramel and brown sugar. The hops presence is mild but complementary and the malt character is hearty but not too heavy. Both help provide a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, I found this beer to be much better than I had anticipated. I was pleasantly surprised to find that this beer is quite sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2010 03:39:01 | More by TheManiacalOne
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

West Virginia

2.9/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Heineken trying to make a decent brew, this dunkel is not that bad, but then again it's not that good. Pours a very dark ruby amber with a tan fizzy head high levels of artificial carbonation. This beer leaves practically no lace, definitely a macro we're dealing with here. The aroma is an off astringent metallic scent, and underneath of that there is sweet malt with nutty tones smells pretty good. Lighter in flavor than it looks, this is a the caramel malt is toned down, and there are some fruit tones in the background all tied together with a little bite of alcohol. Mouthfeel is thin, lacking a lot of body here. Overall though I would order when while out at a place with a shabby selection, depending on the price. I wouldn't drink that many of these because it's nothing special, but it does pull off an overall pretty enjoyable beer that could be consumed in quantity.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2003 09:17:12 | More by WVbeergeek
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +32.4%

05-15-2013 14:02:11 | More by Slatetank
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WesWes

New York

3.8/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a beautiful ruby red color with a thick frothy tan head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry, yet malty scent that boasts of pale and crystal malts along with lager yeast. The taste is decent. It has a smooth malty flavor with a dry lager yeast finish that is a bit watery. It has good mouthfeel. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good dark lager and another fine offering from Heineken. It goes down easy; a good drinker.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2004 00:04:22 | More by WesWes
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a slight rubyish hue. A thin head eventually becomes a patch.

The smell is of carmelized grain - malty with an earthy touch.

The taste is of carmelized grain with some brown sugar sweetness that becomes dryish (with the help of some hops) in the finish.

Medium-bodied and smooth.

Not bad at all for the style. Lacks the "Euro-skunk" and sulfurish blandness of its pale counterpart. Not a bad brew for a conventional/almost pedestrian "sessionable" dark lager.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2008 01:30:51 | More by jwc215
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +24.6%

12-06-2011 18:17:01 | More by Rochefort10nh
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Halcyondays

California

3.5/5  rDev +9%

12-18-2011 06:29:50 | More by Halcyondays
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Heineken Dark Lager from Heineken Nederland B.V.
74 out of 100 based on 510 ratings.