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Heineken Dark Lager - Heineken Nederland B.V.

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BA SCORE
74
okay

524 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 524
Reviews: 247
rAvg: 3.22
pDev: 19.57%
Wants: 18
Gots: 22 | 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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currysage1

Maine

3.28/5  rDev +1.9%

Poured from 12 oz into Imperial Pint, it looks so sadly small.

Pours a nice looking clear chestnut topped by a one finger short lived off white head, pops itself down to just a ring. No lacing.

Smell is of light malt mixed with dry apple, slightly perfumed.

Taste is honestly kind of what I expected, its a maltier Heineken. Kind of biscuity, definate lager yeast, with that traditional Heine funk. Certainly better than Heineken.

Feel is better again than the original, but nothing too much. The body is slight but there, and the carbonation is good, keeps it refreshing.

11-09-2008 07:51:33 | More by currysage1
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avalon07

South Carolina

3.13/5  rDev -2.8%

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a nice brown color and a somewhat thick texture. There was about a quarter inch of foamy head and some OK lacing.

S: Smelled mainly of malt, but also yeast and a little hops.

T: An odd taste. Very malty up front, then it thins out and becomes watery and uninteresting. Neither good nor bad.

M: An average amount of carbonation and a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: While this is certainly better than most other Heineken beers, it's still wildly uneven on the whole.

11-06-2008 14:56:49 | More by avalon07
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

3.05/5  rDev -5.3%

Didn't even know that Heineken made this beer up until a few months ago.. purchased a single of it for $1.69.

Well, it's better than the usual Heineken in the green bottle. Actually a beautiful brown color in the glass with a nice small head that stays with it. Taste wise it feels like there is some potential at first, but once swallowed you just get bland-ness. Def above average, but not by much.

10-13-2008 23:17:06 | More by oriolesfan4
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ThreeWiseMen

California

2.93/5  rDev -9%

Appearance: Pours a dark brownish-red with tiny tan cap. Light lacing.

Smell: Black malts and a touch of citrus. Maybe some caramel as well.

Taste: Black malts and some sour-ish yeast. Not much else of note.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body with high carbonation. Carbonation stings at times and leaves mouth feeling fuzzy.

Drinkability: Sits heavier than the mouthfeel would indicate. Flavor is mild. Not a great black lager, but I could drink it I suppse.

09-14-2008 18:28:36 | More by ThreeWiseMen
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DeepSix

Maryland

3.55/5  rDev +10.2%

Poured into a cold glass. A really dark amber, this is probably just brown. Nice head in the begin, but when it dissipates no amount of agitation can get it back, just a little ring around the glass. No lace.

A musky sweet odor is quite poignant here.

A very "dark" taste to it, its appearance and name isn't kidding. Has a sweet taste to it, caramel -ish.

An ok dark lager, it tasted better on my first six pack, not sure yet if they're be a 3rd.

09-05-2008 01:44:44 | More by DeepSix
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dsa7783

New Jersey

3.1/5  rDev -3.7%

Single, twelve-ounce bottle just copped from Total Wine and More in River Edge for $1.49...
Pours a deep-purple hue with a minimal head that quickly dissipated and left a minor amount of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Malt-based aroma with hints of caramel, vanilla, and prunes...
Taste, likewise, was very malty, with strong hints of caramel, prunes, dehydrated fruits, including figs and dates...
Light, loose mouthfeel with an average-at-best level of drinkability...
Nothing special...
Average stuff...

08-09-2008 22:05:28 | More by dsa7783
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

2.13/5  rDev -33.9%

A: Poured a dark mahogany red with a respectable 1 finger creamy khaki colored head that lasted for several minutes.

S: some light dried prunes and dark caramel raisins but was pretty faint overall.

T: The initial flavor was light and watery with sour caramel raisins and a light metallic nature. Overall the flavor was wishy-washy at best with some soapiness to it and a light dry burbon alcohol.

M: light, watery and wishy-washy as well.

D: Drinkability was a huge disappointment, dump and avoid at all cost.

07-31-2008 23:11:13 | More by beerthulhu
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kinger

Ohio

3.63/5  rDev +12.7%

Back in college I would often treat myself to a six pack if I had some extra cash or I was just feeling special. It's a very good dunkel, completely different in taste from regular Heineken Lager. The heavier flavor and thick appearance are great. Although not real complex in flavor I think the overall taste does this beer justice. My biggest drawback is the over-inflated price of Heineken. If I want to enjoy a good dark beer I can save a couple of bucks and pick up lots of other choices just as good if not better than this one.

07-29-2008 19:16:44 | More by kinger
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thepassingofdays

Missouri

3.85/5  rDev +19.6%

I've never really been a Heineken fan since it's always seemed like everyone who loves it doesn't know much about beer, but I've been to the brewery in Amsterdam and it seemed pretty tip-top.

a- a reddish brown, with a hint of bronze and a large light head. Very clear, not much going on here.

s- very sweet smell, hints of maple and brown sugar, smells delicious.

t- comes on like a typical dark lager, but the middle is very sweet and it has a woody finish. Much more complex than everything else I've had by Heineken.

m- Absolutely no alcohol in the aftertaste which I like. The problem is the woody finish leaves a bitter aftertaste, which I don't like.

d- A very good overall beer. Not too heavy, not too complex, not too expensive, will buy this again.

Heineken, I apologize for my previous bias!

07-20-2008 20:49:44 | More by thepassingofdays
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DoubleJ

California

3.38/5  rDev +5%

For some reason, variants of major brand beer interest me. Heineken Dark Lager is no different to this rule, and I'm expecting something decent. Comes in a dark bottle, which is ironic given its paler sibling is famous for its green skunking bottles. On to the beer:

The head is somewhat fizzy, but holds up long enough to showcase a two-finger head on top this leather brown beer. Err, nevermind, the head is gone. The nose brings somewhat sweet and ripe bananas, dark bread is faint. Moving on to the taste, it's light on the palate and in feel. it's just like a smooth dark lager with mass-appeal (aka watered down). More of a sweet bread taste to it with hints of raisin. No off-flavors in here, so that's nice.

Not too shabby, though one can do better in the category. Makes a nice changeup in their portfolio and shows they don't only brew pale colored beer.

07-15-2008 03:44:26 | More by DoubleJ
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omnigrits

Texas

3.3/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

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

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

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.

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

North Carolina

2.78/5  rDev -13.7%

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.

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

California

2.8/5  rDev -13%

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.

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

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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.

giblet

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

New York

3.35/5  rDev +4%

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.

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

Massachusetts

3.3/5  rDev +2.5%

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.

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

Florida

2.9/5  rDev -9.9%

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.

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

Florida

3.43/5  rDev +6.5%

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.

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

Ohio

3.48/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

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

Utah

3/5  rDev -6.8%

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.

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

Georgia

3.33/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

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

Iowa

3.58/5  rDev +11.2%

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.

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

Texas

2.95/5  rDev -8.4%

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.

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

Missouri

3.13/5  rDev -2.8%

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.

01-08-2008 04:30:53 | More by zeff80
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