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Heineken Dark Lager - Heineken Nederland B.V.

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514 Ratings

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Ratings: 514
Reviews: 245
rAvg: 3.21
pDev: 19.94%
Wants: 18
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Euro Dark Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of omnigrits


3.3/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

For a beer from a mass-market brewer, this isn't too bad. Nothing about it is going to excite a true beer-lover but it's a whole lot better than the regular Heineken, that's for sure. Slightly malty and bready with a good nose and a halfway decent head. The taste is good... if only there was more of it. I knocked this one back in no time flat, the way I might with a good quality root beer. There's not a lot to savour and enjoy here, but what little there is deserves some acknowledgement from those of us who appreciate a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2008 04:39:49 | More by omnigrits
Photo of tgbljb


3.75/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a mediums reddish-brown color with moderate off-white puffy. Fair retention.

Smell shows some nice caramel notes with a touch of roasted malt.

Taste combines the caramel and roasted malt nicely, and while the flavor is good, it is too restrained.

Finished with some taste retention and a full mouthfeel.

Nice drinking, but nothing out of the ordinary.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2008 21:27:39 | More by tgbljb
Photo of BeerZack

North Carolina

2.78/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark mahogany color, appearing brown with little bubbly head of tan foam that sticks a bit.

Smells mostly of diacetyl, slight bit of nuttiness and banana.

Buttery popcorn with some slight astringency that doesn't quite seem roasty. Not really a hop dryness as much as a drying astringency.

Medium feel with nice bubbly carbonation. This would be drinkable if I could get past the diacetyl.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2008 03:11:49 | More by BeerZack
Photo of Offa


2.8/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

While I love many dark lagers and schwarzbiers (not to mention stouts and porters), I often find basic, macro dark lagers incredibily boring and unsatisfying - I'll usually find a basic pale lager more itneresting than a basic dark one - and this is one fits that bill.

Very dark red-brown, this has a thick tan head that vanishes steadily to leave nothing.

The aroma is caramel with very light toasted malt.

The taste is fairly sweet with a hint of bitterness, somewhat toasty with caramel, but develops a faint, unpleasant burnt taste before a fairly nice grainy finish. It's somewhat fizzy and thin, with a weak, watery, fizzy palate that vanishes quickly to leave almost no remnant in the mouth. It also overall gets worse as one drinks it.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2008 20:06:05 | More by Offa
Photo of giblet


3.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a medium caramel dark. good carbonation and head but settles. roasted malt smell but not overly strong. tastes of malts. some lacing in my glass. decent dry feel in the aftertaste. not a bad beer but not as rich as i expect.

suckem up and movem out.


Serving type: bottle

05-04-2008 15:23:46 | More by giblet
Photo of Hoagie1973

New York

3.35/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this a few years ago at a restaurant in Nashville. It was the only dark beer they had (maybe in the state of TN). I remember being pleasantly surprised, so I bought a single recently to give it another shot.

Looks like a brown ale; medium chestnut color that turns garnet (like an Irish Red) when held to a strong light. Thin head dissipates quickly, but a light foam remains to the end leaving small spots of lace.

Aroma is simple maltiness. Clean and uncomplex.

Flavor is just a maltier version of Heineken lager (which isn't too bad when not skunked. This beer comes in brown glass, so skunking isn't such a concern). Sweet with a slight graininess. Hops aren't completely absent, but not very flavorful.

Carbonation is a little strong. Medium body.

Overall not a bad drinking beer. Is it worth the money? Probably not, but more so than it's green-bottled "I just paid nine bucks to drink skunk urine" counterpart.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2008 22:50:00 | More by Hoagie1973
Photo of albern


3.3/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I bought this beer expecting much worse things and was pleasantly surprised. I haven't had a Heineken dark in years, decades is more like it, and I'm no fan of their lager counterpart which to me is just a slightly sweeter version of any number of characterless American macros. Enough said. The beer was a bit of a pleasant surprise, just because I was expecting so little. It pours a nice amber, copper color, very clear, clean, with a decent off white head that hangs around a bit and laces too. The smell is nutty malts, caramel, and an off medicinal quality, although some of the off smells dissipate as things settle. The smell is the weakest link. The taste is subdued, it has a nice caramel backbone, plenty of caramelized malts, some roasted flavors, and a bit of a metallic edge as well. The beer is approaching a medium body with not much carbonation. The finish is a bit off and that's where some of the metallic flavors emerge. Not much aftertaste one way or another. Not a bad beer, and I'm glad I gave it a try.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2008 19:24:54 | More by albern
Photo of osi


2.9/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - poured a dark caramel brown with a head that faded fast. Disappointing really. Minimal trace lingering through the beer.

S - The smell really surprised me. I haven't smelled anything like it before. Dark chocolate malts with a candy sweetness. Reminds me of a calm Jägermeister.

T - Watered down malts and the sweetness lightly comes through with the taste. Misleading from the aromas represented. Almost resembles a light beer.

M - Very light and slick on the tongue. Carbonation hangs at the top of the throat after swallowing for just a second then fades down.

D - Not sure if I would have this again. It would really have to pair well with the food I would eat. Not for casual consumption.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2008 02:17:20 | More by osi
Photo of ScottUCF84


3.43/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this a long time ago and decided to try it again. Bottle into a pint.

A:A clear dark ruby/caramel with a light tan head that skips town early. Little to no lacing

S: Sweet, slightly roasted malt. Not very strong.

T: Nothing that screams at you, but nothing that really brings this beer down; an all around good flavor; very subtle and smooth. Roasted malts,and a very, very slight hint of coffee...maybe a little chocolate. Although this is a lager, I taste similarities to other brown ales I've tried. The only thing reminding me it's a lager is a very light bite at the end from the carbonation.

M: Very smooth with an almost creamy texture.

D: Could probably have a few.

Good all around beer. Try it if you haven't.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2008 21:39:04 | More by ScottUCF84
Photo of donteatpoop


3.48/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

You can tell it's Heineken when you taste it. If you're picking this up thinking it will be a completely new and different experience than Heineken lager, just put the bottle back down. That being said, this is a decent dunkel; not the best by far, but certainly not a purchasethat you will regret. I mentioned Heine's lager because this is literally just a dark version of their standard lager; no major difference except that it has a more pleasant scent to it and the taste has a heavier malt-influence. I wouldn't mind picking up a sixer of this again in the near future.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2008 04:10:23 | More by donteatpoop
Photo of Wasatch


3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown color, some carbonation, tiny fizzy tannish head, minimally sticky lacing follows. The nose is slightly malty, toffee and caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, with some toffee, and caramel. Light-Medium body. Slight drinkability, most likely would not buy again.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2008 02:57:16 | More by Wasatch
Photo of ChainGangGuy


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
Photo of daledeee


3.58/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is part of my continuation of working my way through the local sushi restaurant's list.

This poured a shiny dark brown with a nice tan head. The head went away and the beer was not real strong or thick tasting. Some malt and caramel in the nose. Lots of caramel and some hops in background. Malt is tasty. This is a good Warsteiner or Amberbock type. Not sour very smooth.

Very drinkable. A good beer for those who say they like dark beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2008 00:47:55 | More by daledeee
Photo of JDV


2.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very Dark Amber pour with a smallish light tan head that doesn’t last too long unfortunately. Good looking beer. Smell isn’t too strong to begin but the lightly malty caramel, alcohol smells I do pick up are subtle but nice at first, but then turn into an almost nauseatingly artificial syrupy caramel smell. Tastes of some lightly roasty malts, a touch of yeast, and has a very quick finish and basically no bitterness. Body is a tad watery, yet has a fairly rich, full flavor for a (dark)lager nonetheless. Overall, a good easy drinking darker session beer. Not terrible, but I wouldn't get this again.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2008 22:23:24 | More by JDV
Photo of zeff80


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
Photo of jwc215


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
Photo of brdc


3.43/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Small capped bottle into a pint produces a dark brew with some dark red highlights, a foamy tan head with little retention, leaving no collar or lacing within 3-4 minutes.
Aroma is mildly "malted", toffeeish, bready, but quite mild.
Rather thin on the palate, is mildly sweet and caramelized, but the flavor has little depth or aftertaste.
Acceptable, but I will not be getting this one again.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2007 01:09:19 | More by brdc
Photo of boothy443


2.28/5  rDev -29%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

(a) A dark copper color, brownish almost sea foam like head that dissipated quickly with no trace afterwards.

(s) a barely their subdued hops smell

(t) slight carbonation in the front on the first could of sips, otherwise i found it to be extremely watery tasting, with a slight hop/malt taste combo that struggled to make and impression.

(m) light and very underwhelming, left a clear pallet

(d)"sigh", was very disappointed and not impressed, i suppose i was expecting something more, more full body more something. I am willing to give it another go, but on average just by this experience i would pass 9 times out of 10.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2007 03:47:35 | More by boothy443
Photo of tkach


2.73/5  rDev -15%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I've been a long time Heineken fan and when I first saw this beer on the shelf I got very excited. Of course I bought it and took it home and let it chill. I was not sure what to expect when I tried it but I guess I got my hopes up. The flavor was surely fine, I felt it had a nice thick creamy taste to it, although that is not one of my favorites. It went down very smooth and left a nice aftertaste and I think I could get use to it after some time. I know there are some looking for this type of beer but as an original Heineken fan it just isn't quite adequate.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2007 03:47:22 | More by tkach
Photo of MuenchenerKindl


3.43/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass, the liquid is dark brown, nice color, but has limited carbonation. The head is a bust, hard to get any action, some tan bubbles and no lace.

The smell is sweet caramel.

The taste follows, a nice sweet caramel taste, not unlike a munich Dunkel. Mild hops makes a play for balance but comes up just short.

The mouthfeel is plain light and lacks zest.

The drinkability is ok at best, I might look good to the unwashed drinking it, but it does not feel that great. MK

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2007 20:06:00 | More by MuenchenerKindl
Photo of animal69


3.9/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I went into this knowing the subtle dif. between Dutch & German lagers ( acc. to period styles, dutch lagers were drier, lighter in body & hopped about the same as most german ones, due to the demand for grain in germany); pours a deep, dark copper w/ a slight head which lasted a bit, nice lacing; a sweet caramely malt aroma, w/ some alcoholic notes; a creamy caramel taste w/ that Heiny hop flavor behind it, that "curing concrete' kinda flavor, not sure what does it but iv'e always liked it; light,airy,dry( & puffy feeling ?) mouthfeel kinda too bubbly w/ added dextrins, they should've let it be thinner to match the lighter taste; a very drinkable beer, i'm 1/2 way through a six already...

ps. the ABV is either 4.6 or 4.8 i'm not sure which, I knew at 1 point, but you know how brain cells go...

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2007 22:52:03 | More by animal69
Photo of eze153


3.55/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was surprised how much I liked this beer, I bought it on a whim thinking it would be, well, not so good. But it looked good, very dark, smelled kind of nutty and tasted good with a well-balanced mix of malts, oats and nuts flavors. It went well with the Hamburger I was eating. I would recommend this beer as most people would be surprised on its taste.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2007 17:57:33 | More by eze153
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy

New Hampshire

2.55/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The color is a brilliant crimson amber, decent carbonation has many slow moving bubbles creating a light, bubbly one-finger, brown-ish tinted head that quickly dissipates to nothing.
The aroma is much more pungent that I had suspected, butter-scotch malt, pretty sweet on the nose with roasty, mossy and slightly nutty whiff's. The flavor though is not as sweet, it's much more roasty and herbal, clearly the hops are in good balance but the malt is missing that smooth, buttery effect a nice heavy lager should have and not enough sweetness. This is much more flavorful than it's lighter lager counterpart. There is still that classic Heineken chemy "skunked" or soured effect right at the end. The after-taste is that of lingering sour lager yeast and a mildly bitter edge.
it feels slick, a light bodied brew trying really hard to be medium bodied...but falls short. After a few minutes this stuff is lifeless and flat. Drinkability: one is enough, maybe too much.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2007 05:41:48 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
Photo of 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
Photo of sleazo

New York

2.5/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this at teh El San Juan in Puerto Rico

A-very dark brown hue with a smallish head that dissapears quickly.

S-slight roasted coffee like aroma.

T-Slightly reminiscent of a Swartzbier. Roasted overtones abound with some sticky hints of caramel. Itis fairly ione dimensional though as there is virtually no indication of hops here. The slight bitter aftertaste clearly comes from the malts

M-Light bodied with a medium carbonation

D-Better than a regular Heineken but rather mediocre in every sense of the word. Tastes kind of like the dark malt syrup used for extract brewing

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2007 22:43:12 | More by sleazo
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