Heineken Dark Lager - Heineken Nederland B.V.

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Ratings: 561
Reviews: 249
rAvg: 3.2
pDev: 20.31%
Wants: 23
Gots: 37 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Euro Dark Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-08-2001)
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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Photo of AlexCorleone
4.35/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance- Dark brown though with red shines. Nice close foamy head off the pour, nice appearance overall.

Smell- Fresh grains, cream, nutty and slight yeast and malty smell, basically the smell of tamed out lager almost metallic nose.

Taste- Nice balance of malts and lager kind of a flavor, reminds me of a lighter bock, very refreshing malts with a very slight touch of hops

Mouth feel- Very smooth creamy and easy drinking, light body and acid notes coming from CO2.

Drinkability- Nice balance of a lighter lager and slightly darker tones, easy to drink more than a six pack.

Photo of puboflyons
3.45/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Heineken Dark was one of those beers I drank in the 80's when I wanted something different. That was before I got into the craft styles. This poured an amber-red with a two-inch or so short-lived frothy tan head that fizzles. But the carbonation remains active throughout. Bottle no. 927452852044 had a mild mixture of caramel malts, thin hops, and bread. The taste had a sweet bitterness like an ESB with a nudge of thin hops at the end. I drank this quickly and easily. It does bring back some memories but there are plenty of similar and superior beers to choose from these days.

Photo of mtnbikerpa
2.93/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle with no freshness date. Pours dark amber color with about an inch of head. Lots of carbonated bubbles coming to the top. No real scents. Flavor full of malts. Not hoppy at all. No real balance. Pretty easily drinkable. I prefer fresh Heineken Lager better.

Photo of hardy008
2.53/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reddish brown color with a tan head and decent retention. Smells of dark malt with grain. A slight caramel aroma. Tastes consists of caramel , grain, and some chocolate. Thin watery mouthfeel with decent carbonation. The drinkability is below average. Not much to get excited about here.

Photo of Kopfmeister60
4/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If you like dark beer this is a must try. Aroma is malty but not skunky. It pours with a light brown creamy long lasting head, is a clear dark caramel color, smooth and creamy to the palate with a nutty toasty flavor. With little aftertaste it compliments a variety of foods, ie. brie and rich cheeses, spicy dishes, but doesn't overpower like Guinness. Low alchohol and good price makes it a good choice for a party. Not easy to find, it's worth looking for.

Photo of Stunner97
3.85/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance- dark brown though some what see through, you can see a nice foamy head off the pour, nice appearance overall,

Smell- slight yeast and malty smell, basically the smell of tamed out lager almost metallic nose

taste- is a nice balance of malts and lager kind of a flavor, has slight metallic twinge that's a little odd, but i do enjoy the overall flavor, reminds me of a lighter double bock , very refreshing malts with a very slight touch of hops

Mouthfeel- very smooth creamy and easy drinking

Drinkability- has to rank high on drinkabilty a nice balance of a lighter lager and slightly darker tones, a very great session dark lager, a good beer i would seek out again though i wish it were available in 12 packs, somewhat impressed better then I expected

Photo of unclejimbay
3.65/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Heineken Dark Lager
Style: Euro Dark Lager
ABV: 5.00 %

I had this brew for the first time while visiting Puerto Rico. It seems to be readily available in PR and the Carribbean.

I enjoyed it much more than anticpated. It was a nice change of pace from teh local Medalla and BMC products.

Appearance is clear amber with short head & retention. Smell and taste is of dark caramel matly-ness with a balanced but sweet profile. Mouthfeel is high carbonation with light body.
I would drink this one any day over a normal Heine.

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.15/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Heineken (in the green bottle) is potentially a ‘gateway beer’; for many, including me, it represents a first step away from the budcoorsmillerlightlitedraft nonsense. I will always have a soft spot for it, but I honestly don’t like it anymore. Which brings me to the beer at hand… if Heineken was your friend, then Heineken Dark is like the extremely debonair cousin from out of town that you can’t believe is related at all.

G – Drank out of a disposable cup, then straight out the bottle, and then two bottles at a time in my liter Heineken seidel. This beer is potentially the rare beer that is better when consumed straight from the bottle.

A - Dark and translucent, between black tea and cola, otherwise it looks similar to the green bottled Heineken, effervescent, nice (tan) head, good lacing.

S - It has a caramel and dunkel maltiness, figs, prunes, dark wheat in the nose.

T - The taste is very good. It has a dunkel taste like Flensburger. Nutty tasting. Great caramel flavor in the malt; not crass like, say, 'Old Speckled Hen' (in the clear bottle) or some of Lagunitas' offerings, which are a nasty Cracker-Jack or Smucker's tasting caramel. And not sweet either. Muted hop, well balanced flavors overall.

M - Medium-bodied, well carbonated.

D - I love it. Heineken has a special place in my heart, but regular Heineken is not what I once thought it was. Heineken Dark, on the other hand, is still extremely awesome.

P.S. If you are drinking Green Heineken, always opt for the Heine-can.

Photo of Bitterbill
3.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It poours a clear drak brown with lots of red highlights and a 2 finger head of foam. I'm serving this cold and the size of the head of foam surprised me. There's not much lacing but overall, it's a very nice looking brew.

The smell is typical of the style, light everything: grain, malt, and hops.

The taste starts off malty with some grain, light breadiness, and a hint of some nuttiness. Light bitterness throughout that I can't say tastes citric or grassy or piney....jsut plain light bitterness. An ok taste.

It's close to medium bodied at times with pretty high carbonation.

Drinkablity? The abv obviously isn't a problem, I just find it lacks any kind of oomph so 1 bottle at a sitting is enough for me.

Photo of roddwolff
3.63/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Dark amber color, very bright, brown foamy head with a finger thick and acceptable lacing;

S: Soft, sweet malt and notes of pomegranate;

T: Semiroasted malt, pomegranate, prune and spicy hops;

M: Dry, bitter sweet, medium body and high carbonation;

D: Tasty the first one but becomes cloying to take several.

Photo of jpkoch1962
3.78/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A very nice dark lager. While it's somewhat light in the body, this beer has a firm malt base. It is smooth, creamy with just enough of a dark malt profile to give it character. While it's by far not a hoppy lager, it finishes dry with little aftertaste

Photo of hoplover82
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-Pours a clear dark amber color with a medium fluffy off white head that quickly dissapeared and left no lacing to see...

S-A pretty average pale malt lager aroma, faint and only when I swirl the glass do I smell it.

T-Just a small amount of sweetness from the malt and a very slight amount of bitterness.

M-Coats well, crisp and a little dry in the finish. Medium to light body.

D-Very good sessionable beer indeed. Not bad. I would have it again if someone brought it to a bbq or something.

Photo of jeranbrews
3.45/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - 2 fingers of beige frothy head. A red caramel, molasses color, like cherry mahogany, very surprising. The head faded quickly and left some lacing. Carbonation and bubbling continued like soda for a while. The color was very pleasant, outstanding for a macro-beer.

S - Initial smells of red clay, freshly broken earth, hops, and caramel malts. Later the smell changed to hops, copper, and un-malted grains (husks perhaps). No detectable yeast smells.

T - Initial tastes were cool, malty, a pale ale flavor. The malt flavor didn't quite live up to the caramel malt smells. The flavor moves fast to a bitter sweet aftertaste that dies quickly.

M - It's nice, frothy, and coats the inside of the mouth, but not as much as a "dark" should in my opinion. A tad watery.

D - Good, it was too easy to drink actually. I found myself wanting to gulp it down and not write down notes. There were enough complex smells and flavors to keep me guessing. This beer would be good by itself. One of the best macro beers I've had in a long time. I had trouble believing this was the same company.

Photo of JeremyBrews
3.9/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Blood-amber color. Fluffy head, with more lacing than a typical macro-lager.

S- Toasted malt, caramel, and sourdough bread.

T- Hop flavor, then sweet caramel maltiness. In the end, yeast and yummy toasted sourdough bread aftertaste remains.

M- Smooth, medium body. Denser than most lagers. Nice carbonation persists long after the head perishes.

D- A surprisingly refreshing and complex lager, ESPECIALLY considering its evil distant cousin - the Heineken Pale Lager. Nice balance of malts and just enough bittering hops. If I'm in a lager mood and there's no micro- options, I won't hesitate to grab a few of these.

Photo of tone77
3.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of caramel and malts. Taste has some malts and caramel, a little milder than I expected. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a fairly good beer.

Photo of mrcarterxxl
4.7/5  rDev +46.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a beer that i thought that was every where but i was wrong.

A= pours a brown color in the amber family with a cream color head.

S= hoppy smell.

T= a toffe/butterscotch taste with hops

MF=smooth wiht medium cardonation.

this beer leaves light lacing behind, this is one of my favorites
everyone should try it.


Photo of Tee76
4.88/5  rDev +52.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've always been a huge fan of Heineken and when i found that they made a dark lager i went to all ends of the earth to find it....and i'm glad i did

Dark reddish brown, with a rich tan head to it.

Nice smokey smell, with hints of maple.

Tastes like your typical dark lager but with a thicker, sweet maltier taste that has a hint of maple.

Not much of an after taste but the beer gives a full mouth feel.Has a creamy feel to it.

One of my favorite beers be far.Highly drinkable if you can find it...it's that damn good!

Photo of twiggamortis420
2.42/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clear, dark copper color with a rapidly diminishing tan head. Leaves no lacing and barely even a collar.

Smell is sweet and caramely with a bit of sulfur and stale coffee. Does not smell all that inviting.

Taste is exponentially better than Heineken Lager, but still is not all that tasty. A bit too sweet with a fake chocolate flavor and an astringent, plasticy aftertaste. Body is light and only slightly watery, carbonation is adequate. I would probably take a Baltika #4 over this one, but I've yet to come across a Euro Dark that I really enjoy.

Photo of SargeC
3.73/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Crimson-brown colored brew with a tight, tan head.

Smell: Cherry, some malt presence.

Taste: Slightly smoky malt, dry hop finish. Touch of fruit throughout.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body. Dry.

Drinkablity: Well done brew. Good alternative to regular Heineken. Very drinkable, yet presents hearty qualities.

Photo of nasty15108
3.9/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pilsener glass.

A - Poured a deep mahogany color. The pour produced a head of tan foam that subsided into a bubbly film.

S - Yeasty (dark bread) and hints of raisin and nut.

T - Bready with hints of chocolate, raisin and nut. A slight macro-style graininess presists throughout and the beer finishes off with a slight hop bitterness to even things out. Not overpowering, but still tasty.

MF&D - I wish this beer were just a bit thicker. I good offering from a macro beer company.

Photo of tatoodkelt
3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Consumed 8/12/2009- from notes.

Brown 12oz bottle poured into a shaker glass.

A- Clear, dark amber with a quarter inch almond colored head that disappeared very quickly. Carbination looks pretty active.

S- Very muted. Light, sweet fruit aroma.

T- Pretty much the same as the smell but a little bolder. Caramel is more evident.

M- Light, a little watery. The carbination wasnt as string as it looked.

D- Meh. Pretty average brew to me. Easy to drink, I suppose it would be sessionable if you had no other alternative.

Photo of ExtraStout
3.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of WakeandBake
3.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A dark amber color pour with a small offwhite head, no lacing. Aroma is of lightly sweet caramel,slightly nutty,faint hops. Flavor is semi-sweet,toasty malt flavor (better than expected) lightly bitter,some caramel,with just a hint of grass. Light body,crisp clean mouthfeel, very sessionable and a pretty good drinker

Photo of prototypic
3.03/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one's crystal clear and a scarlet infused brown color. It has a nice deep red tint to it. An off white head tops it off (for a minute), but recedes quickly. It only reached a finger or so deep. Little to no lacing lined the glass. The color's pretty good, but the rest is a little disappointing.

The nose is weak and underwhelming. It features some caramel and toffee malt sweetness throughout. Yeast and grainy notes take up the secondary level. Smells like there's some light dark fruit present (mostly plum). There's a faint spicy scent on the tail. It's tough to get much out of it. It's all very weak and the individual parts don't work well in tandem. Aside from the lack of strength, there's nothing overtly bad about it. It's just not very good either.

The flavor is a little better, but not enough to trigger a bump in score. Primarily, it features a sweet caramel and toffee malt flavor. There's a light cocoa flavor that wasn't apparent on the nose. It's grainy and yeasty throughout. Whatever dark fruit I was getting in the nose is extremely faint. So faint that I'm questioning whether my palate's playing tricks on me. A light spicy and herbal flavor emerges it late. It's somewhat light and subtle. I can't tell exactly what individual spice or herb it may be. It doesn't really hurt or help. It's just there. The flavor's much like the nose. There's some individual flavors floating about, but they never really mesh or collectively work to produce a meaningful flavor. There's just a little here, a little there. Meh. Average.

It features a light body that feels a tad watery. It's not smooth at all. Carbonation is fairly light, but doesn't seem to help it attain any desired level of smoothness. Drinkability is average at best. Everything about this beer is average and pretty forgettable. It goes down quick and easy, but doesn't present anything to really enjoy.

Heineken Dark Lager is very average in the grand scheme of beer. The nose is weak, the flavor's convoluted and uninspiring, and it's not enjoyable. That being said, I don't really hate it. There's just not much to like. If it had something to add some pizzazz, it'd be dramatically improved. Maybe some hops? Pretty average all around. Maybe worth a try, but I wouldn't suggest seeking it out.

Heineken Dark Lager from Heineken Nederland B.V.
74 out of 100 based on 561 ratings.