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Heineken Dark Lager - Heineken Nederland B.V.

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570 Ratings

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Ratings: 570
Reviews: 253
rAvg: 3.2
pDev: 20.31%
Wants: 23
Gots: 43 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Euro Dark Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-08-2001

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Photo of TheKingofWichita
3.18/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Photo of Swill5786
3.23/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights. One finger head gone in a jiffy. Fruity aroma dominates - a blend of prunes and apples. Also a faint malt essence coming in under the rest. Taste is initially covered up by carbonation, but malt sweetness eventually emerges and fruity hops come in behind the rest. Nothing firm and distinct about this dark lager, but several qualities are muddled together. Vague breadiness long into the aftertaste. Medium body. Lack of excellence and clarity leaves me done at one.

Photo of MrGuinness77
5/5  rDev +56.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

a friend recommended this beer for me to try, and im glad he did. its incredibly hard to find it but i finally found it after looking @ 30 different liquor stores i finally found 3 six packs at a bevmo in orange county (and bought all 3 of them). normally i cannot drink heineken but i can easily say this is brew is now one of my top 5 favorites of all time. if you ever get a chance to at least try it DO NOT pass it up.

Photo of Lauthaha
4.57/5  rDev +42.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a beer mug.

Appearance: The beer pours forth from the bottle with a deep ruby/mahogany color. One-finger thick head recedes to a simple frothy coating on the top of the beer. Very dark...not opaque, but close to it.

Smell: This is a very intriguing scent, something I haven't experienced a lot of lately. At first, it seems like licorice, but I suppose it could be nutmeg and/or cinnamon as well. This is a beer that would go great with pumpkin pie, a great fall beer. Smells amazing.

Taste: Truly spectacular. Definitely a nutmeg/cinnamon vibe to it which sets complacently in the malty base. The hops are not overdone; nothing about this brew is overdone. Though I can detect six or seven distinct flavors (anise, cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin, malt, hops) not one overshadows any other. The fact that it is so perfectly mixed makes me want to give this brew a five. What the heck.

Mouthfeel: Lightly syrupy, it gently coats the tongue. Savorable, yet it rinses cleanly. Also very, very good.

Drinkability: I could definitely drink more than a few of these on a long night. The only stopping point is the fact that this beer is so extraordinarily tasty, I wouldn't want to burn myself out on it. It's also just a little rich for a session beer, so I can't give it a perfect score here.

This beer (according to the label) won two awards in Paris in the 1800s. If that's the only critical acclaim this beer has enjoyed, that would be a shame. I would definitely recommend this beer to anyone who enjoys a good dark lager. Just fantastic.

Photo of 828beagle
4/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass a dark mahogany with a nice foamy beige 2 finger head. Good retention and substantial lacing. Slight roasted nutty aroma. Taste was dominated by sweet malt, caramel, and raisin bread. A medium-light body with big carbonation. Goes down easy and is quite refreshing. Unintrusive aftertaste. A year-round session brew and much more likable than regular Heineken lager.

Photo of savaship
3.63/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - The first thing that struck me was how impressively dark the color of the beer was, Dark amber and very clear, no cloudyness at all.

Smell - heavy pleasent smell of toasted malts, hints of other lighter smells my nose is not attuned enough to pick out.

Taste - Sweet initial blast, followed by a gradual transition after swallowing to a clean bitter aftertaste that lingers in the back of the throat for a bit.

Mouthfeel - very slightly heavier feeling than a domestic light beer. Carbonation seems appropriate for the feel without affecting the flavor.

drinkability - Average drinkability, the lasting bitter aftertaste wears on my palette after awhile, making this beer a shorter than wanted experience.

Photo of jsprain1
3.5/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- An amber, or perhaps ruby colored beer. very thin khaki lace.
S- bready malty aroma, rather subdued.
T- Dark bread, some malt, and just enough hops to balance it all out throughout the palate.
M- Medium weight, less than average carb, but not in a detrimental sense.
D- All around a slightly better than average beer, and one preferible to the mainstream "normal" heineken.

Photo of SamN
3.6/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Very nice amber reddish glowing hue. Thick bubbly head with aggressive pour. Quite nice.

S- Strong caramel malts and toasty nuts in here. Slight edge of tinny hops, but overall much better than I would expect from Heineken.

T- No richness to be found, mostly a watery American amber red. Malt backbone, slight sweetness and balanced by a mild hops finish. Not outstanding, just solid.

M- Watery and too thin, needs to be brought up a bit in terms of body. A more flavorful lager needs a bit more body to make it a contender.

D- Above average. This is a much better beer than I am used to from the usually embarrassing Heineken. A bit more body and an firmer sense of self would make this beer really good.

Photo of rootbeerman
3.57/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured down the middle of my duvel tulip

A: pours dark brown, with a finger of light brown head which also fell to a thin haze layer.
S: toffee and caramel malt. smell some what reminds me of a bock
T: another that is very similar to the smell but not as sweet and with a bit of dry citrus hop.
M: smooth but not thick, carbonation is good.
D: due to the fact that it taste more like a bock makes it even for tastier and drinkable for me.

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
4.38/5  rDev +36.9%
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
2.92/5  rDev -8.8%
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
3.81/5  rDev +19.1%
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
3.6/5  rDev +12.5%
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
4.12/5  rDev +28.8%
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
3.11/5  rDev -2.8%
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
3.6/5  rDev +12.5%
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
3.73/5  rDev +16.6%
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
3.26/5  rDev +1.9%
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
3.5/5  rDev +9.4%
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
3.88/5  rDev +21.3%
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
3.23/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Heineken Dark Lager from Heineken Nederland B.V.
74 out of 100 based on 570 ratings.