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Heineken Dark Lager - Heineken Nederland B.V.

Heineken Dark LagerHeineken Dark Lager

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487 Ratings

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Ratings: 487
Reviews: 244
rAvg: 3.22
pDev: 19.57%

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Style | ABV
Euro Dark Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

3.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle {"Product of Holland"} served in a pint glass. Pours a nice, clear, reddish brown with a modest tan head that has rather weak durability.

A couple of decades ago, or longer, this was a go to beer for me ... one with a fine dark malt flavor. Then it became unavailable, at least in the Eastern US, as far as I could tell. When it returned, I am fairly sure the formulation changed and it is no longer a beer I would sekk or recommend, This may also have something to do with the poor handling the beer routinely receives during the long and circuitous trip from Holland to a retail outlet in the US (or so I heard from a retired distributor).

Anyway, my sample is sadly lacking in bready, toasted malt flavors I once loved, and has a slight skunkiness. While slight, the skunkiness is the longest lasting flavor and eventually comes to characterize the aftertaste. This is a recently purchased bottle with no visible signs, on the bottle or in the beer, or being anything other than fresh. Anyway, there is a nice bit of that baked bread/toasted grain in the aroma, but the flavor falls short. While I would prefer a heavier dose of toasted grain flavor, there is plenty of caramel malt sweetness here.

M: medium body with good carbonation.

O: looks like a Munich dark; tastes like a Mexican amber. Does improve a little with some warming, and significantly better than the widely available imported lager in the green bottles and cans.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2012 01:21:01 | More by chinchill
Photo of emerge077


2.53/5  rDev -21.4%
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
Photo of Knapp85


3.7/5  rDev +14.9%
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
Photo of DrDemento456


3.03/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Never reviewed a "Heineken" but this one stood out so I picked it up. Hope it's as good as the reviews...

A - Wow this is a pretty beer. Color is a clear dark amber and the head is a creamy half inch of mocha head that turns quickly to a lace ring.

S - Damn that's faint. Maybe some chocolate of cocoa but it's mostly lager yeast and sweet malts.

T - A bit harsh maybe it's the yeast or hops but I do get some sweetness out of the mix. Mostly chocolate and caramel are the strongest taste but you really can never forget the harsh flavors of this euro lager...

M - Medium bodied kind of hard to drink.

Overall man are some folks trying to hype this beer? not nearly worth the A rating to some and not close to a B+ either this is just a typical Heineken brewed with more malt. Pass on it if you can!

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 02:52:39 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of phenomenologian


4.18/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this beer is an especially pleasing brew to enjoy. its a nice dark lager. the beer has a smooth taste to it. it tastes hoppy and has a nice carmel or chocolate flavor to it because of all that is in it. I cannot really name what makes this wonderful flavor except for one of those things being hops. I can taste malt there also. it has a sort of dry, tannish brown head. the head gets medium large. the color of the beer itself is about lighter than guinness but darker than an amber ale. it almost has the consistency and color of guinness but lighter. the smell is kind of of caramel because of how the whole beer yields that certain taste. the taste is, in my opinion, delicious enough making it very smooth. the caramel taste is very very pleasing in this beer. it being very smooth makes it easy to drink. I drank it down within ten minutes because its pleasing and smooth. I really like this beer. if you don't like dark beers, don't try it, but if you do this is a must try. being one who has guinness as the favorite beer this one fights to be up there with guinness. I would give it a B plus just because I save the A region for extremely pleasing beers.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 16:23:34 | More by phenomenologian
Photo of TMoney2591


3.18/5  rDev -1.2%
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
Photo of ZenAgnostic


4.38/5  rDev +36%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. No stamped date.

Appearance - Dark, clear ruby brown/black body. One finger light brown/tan head with decent to low stick and decent to low retention.

Smell - Dark roasted malts. Lots of banana. Sweet, non-hoppy profile.

Taste - Dark chocolate malts. Banana. Coffee. True to the the smell. Extremely faint hop. No off characters. Very smooth.

Mouthfeel - Smooth. Medium bodied. Very light effervescence. Pleasantly non solvent nor sticky. Very mildly astringent/acidic.

Overall Drinkability - While I don't have high regard for its light lager brother, this beer might be one of the best in the Euro Dark Lager style. At least as far as I've had. Not much in the way of off characters except for the slight metallic astringency and mild acidity, but that might be a result of shelf life. Not amazing in any sense, but definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 02:18:02 | More by ZenAgnostic
Photo of DelMontiac


3.68/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The thought of trying this beer never crossed my mind until a friend said I should try it. The color is a nice garnet red and an aggressive pour produces a two finger khaki head that eventually disappears, but hangs on longer than expected with no lace to speak of.

Aromas are meek, but a big whiff should allow you to pick up on the dark fruitiness including some banana and a medium bready-graininess that reminds me of rye bread.

Flavors are of dark toasted nuts and breadcrusts, dark fruits, and some caramel malt. Nothing complex, but still interesting. I like it.

As expected this one is a bit on the watery side, but it's got other positive attributes to counteract this minor detail.

Overall I'm glad I tried it. I was pleasantly surprised. It's a very sessionable brew that I would not be afraid to tote to a party of non-BAs, but still be known as the "beer expert."

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2011 00:47:36 | More by DelMontiac
Photo of bluHatter


3.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a frosted Wittekerke glass

A: Deep dark brown, copper, nice big creamy head that recedes slowly.

S: Malts, caramels, roasted nuts

T: Nice roasted malt flavor, sweeet with a hint of tangy bitterness at the end, but no aftertaste.

M: Creamy, rich, frothy. A lot better than I expected.

O: Heineken may be known for its green bottled skunk lager, but there's none of that here. I found it very delicious and exceedingly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 02:39:43 | More by bluHatter
Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.48/5  rDev +8.1%
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
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Heineken Dark Lager

Pours a clear light brown color, fizzy head forms and retention is little to none. Light aroma of sugary malts and noble hops. In the flavor, a crisp caramel maltyness, toasted grain, hint of bitterness and a more or less clean finish. Very unoffensive and easily consumed. A nice macro euro dark lager that has no unpleasant qualities, but little else to offer.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 05:36:02 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of AlCaponeJunior


2.73/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Sort of a reddish brown, mostly clear, head was so-so but the lacing wasn't bad.

Smell and taste were nearly identical, and consisted primarily of caramel malt, along with a touch of nuts and a little bready yeast.

Body was very light and watery, with a slightly slick and sticky feel.

I thought this was sort of "the corona of Holland" and generally wasn't impressed at all.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 12:44:45 | More by AlCaponeJunior
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


2.93/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 00:11:59 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of treque


3.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: a deep copper, brown and rubi highlights, semi traslucent, a 1 finger off white head, dissipates quickly a tiny lack remains on the top

S: caramel, toast and malts, no too deep

T: a medium light body, some sweet notes, toast flavour, bitterness but the end is not so long

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2011 23:59:50 | More by treque
Photo of JMad


3.45/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from an English pub glass...

The beer is a dark brown color with red highlights and a bubbly tan head that quickly faded. The smell is mostly roasted malt with some nutty flavor and earthy hops. Tastes a bit weak, there are flavors of roasted malt, molasses abd copper. Feels thin and watery with low carbonation. This is a solid brew I could see myself drinking this if there isn't craftbeer to choose from.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2011 22:16:18 | More by JMad
Photo of magnj

New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a - deep drown with ruby body is dark but clear when held up to sun. head retention low.

s - clean nose with mild hints of dark malts and dark fruit.

t - Dark fruits, bocky, mild roasted malts in finish. sweet throughout.

m/d - medium body, somewhat sticky considering abv. interesting beer, interesting to drink a non-skunked brew from heine.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2011 20:07:28 | More by magnj
Photo of wcintula

New York

3.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad beer at all. Pours brown with red highlights, little tan head with lacing. Very big on the malt smell. Sweet tasting, roasted coffee, with light hopping, lager yeast is evident. Easy drinking, somewhat comparable to Negra Modelo. Good beer, enjoyable even.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 02:48:13 | More by wcintula
Photo of jadpsu


3.45/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark ruby brown, red. Not much of a head and not much retention, although there is some sticky side lace left on the glass. Clear clarity.
Smell is a lot of maltiness and clean. Has a bit of a sweet malty smell, as well a hint of coffee.
Taste is also about malts, a little sweet up front followed by some dry hops that give a little bitter bite at the finish.
Thin, mouthfeel, creamy.
Certainly better than its green bottled lager brother.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2011 20:26:12 | More by jadpsu
Photo of RonaldTheriot


4.13/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Heineken Dark has a medium, tan, creamy head and a very dark, reddish-brown appearance, with moderate carbonation. The aroma is of malt and some sort of cream or milkiness. Taste is quite malt oriented, and there is some bread flavor with it that is probably from the wheat ingredient. There is little hop character with this beer. Mouth-feel is fairly heavy, and Heineken Dark finishes smooth. Overall, I really enjoyed this sample and would highly recommend giving it a taste.


Serving type: bottle

01-05-2011 01:38:22 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of morebeergood


3.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had some Chinese food tonight with my wife at Mandarin Gourmet in Brookline. On the menu, the beer list includes one offering merely shown as "dark beer". I asked the server, and he replied it was Heineken Dark. I hadn't had one before, so I gave a bottle a try. Poured into a short stemmed water goblet. Dark brown color with red highlights. Got a decent sized head with a sturdy pour. Smell was bready and malty. The flavor was actually decent. It reminded me a bit of a cross between a brown ale and a dubbel; it had the similar flavor profile of each. A bit malty like a brown, but a touch of sweetness as in a Belgian ale. Mouthfeel was somewhat thin but smooth. Drinkability was surprisingly good for a Euro dark beer. It paired well with the food, and was a lot more flavorful than a run of the mill Heineken.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 05:52:29 | More by morebeergood
Photo of tozz8

South Carolina

2.25/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A--Dark Amber with an inch of fizzy,light tan head

S--Almost no smell. Bready with a little caramel

T--Watery with bready and caramel notes. Bitterness from hops is present, but it doesn't add to the flavor much at all

M--Thin to medium body with decent carbonation

D--Easy to drink. Just not interesting to drink

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 19:45:26 | More by tozz8
Photo of ronniebruner


3.9/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely one of the better Euro dark beers. No similarity in comparison to regular Heineken. Has a bittery malty taste, a beautiful dark amber color, minimal head, and a slight, but welcomed aftertaste. Definitely a beginner beer, but you can never go wrong with Heiny Dark!

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 04:37:36 | More by ronniebruner
Photo of 3HovsepiansBrews


2.93/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2010 03:36:26 | More by 3HovsepiansBrews
Photo of mbrown26

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A dark ruby color with a beige two finger head. Went down to a nice lacing that liked to stick to the side of the glass.

S: Definitely some sweetness, bread and yeast. Maybe some caramel.

T: A mixture of bread tastes and sweet tastes with a clean bitterness on the back end. Leaves somewhat of a bitter aftertaste.

M: Lots of carbonation. Well balanced beer. Not syrupy, but not a light bodied beer either.

D: Easy to drink. My second Euro Dark Lager and I like this style, so far.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2010 02:45:15 | More by mbrown26
Photo of TheKingofWichita

North Carolina

3.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown russet color with a thick soapy off white head and some lacing. Smells of vanilla and barley soaked in wet dog scent. Tastes of barley, some sweet malts, and a little hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium with minimal carbonation. Drinkability is decent.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2010 18:14:07 | More by TheKingofWichita
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