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Heineken Dark Lager - Heineken Nederland B.V.

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Heineken Dark LagerHeineken Dark Lager

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507 Ratings

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Ratings: 507
Reviews: 245
rAvg: 3.22
pDev: 19.57%
Wants: 15
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
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Heineken Nederland B.V. visit their website

Style | ABV
Euro Dark Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of Greenfloyd


3.63/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm sure I'm probably in the minority when I say that the Dark is a vast improvement over the regular version, but of course they are two different beers, so that's not really fair. It could be that I just don't like the Euro Pale Lager style period. Either way, you have an accomplished, easy to drink dark lager that complements a grilled steak, but can also do wonders with raw oysters just like it's famous Stout cousin (actually no direct relation).

The pour produces a tannish, rapidly dissipating foamy head. A dark chocolate color ensues giving way to a dark roasted malty flavor, with a "smooth bitterness" that one expects from a dark Euro finish. Medium bodied at best, this beer gives you the darkness you crave, and the ability to drink an easy 6 if that's the road you are traveling on - a road well traveled indeed...enjoy

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2006 06:10:36 | More by Greenfloyd
Photo of Gagnonsux


3.2/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color is dark brown with a ruby glow. The creamy head is average-sized and light brown. Aroma has a mild, generic dark malt sweetness with a touch of herbal hop. Taste is much like the aroma: mild malt sweetness with just a bit of hop. A lightly roasted finish is the highlight. Overall: not a bad dark lager, just not that great either, the malt flavors need a little more punch.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2006 01:23:52 | More by Gagnonsux
Photo of danielharper


3.15/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased from Great Spirits, Huntsville, AL.

A: Dark amber color, almost brownish-black. Tiny head forms initially, disappears momentarily.

S: Almost nothing. Very mild maltiness, a tiny touch of apples. Very difficult to detect.

T: Not bad. Highly malty brew, more German in style than Dutch, with a clean aftertaste. Nothing too aggressive, but it reminds me more of a bock than a Euro Dark.

M: Fairly thick mouthfeel, kind of chewy. Goes down smooth with little carbonation.

D: Pretty drinkable. I'm not sure I'll ever buy a six-pack of these, but I liked it a lot more than I expected to.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2006 01:43:04 | More by danielharper
Photo of brewQ


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

You know, I do not see nor seek this out as it stands in the shadow of its lackluster green big brother.

This brew is worthwhile.

A nice brown/red appearance; though the bubbles are somewaht large and uneven

Pleasant maltiness and roasted sweetness in the aroma.

Taste is fine for style but I also pick up some fruitiness,

Germanic character trumps the flagship beer by far.
Nice food accompaniment.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2006 03:34:22 | More by brewQ
Photo of mynie


3.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not too familar with the style but the pour seems pretty good. Nice chocolately brown with a decent beige head.

Smells like toasty malt, chocolate, and a bit of adjunct grain. Pretty nice, actually. Perhaps a bit too mild but still crisp.

Starts with a node of toasty marshmellows going into very sweet milk chocolate malt and ending on a rush of halfsour hay and grass. Once again, pretty nice, if a bit tame. Certainly crisp and refreshing.

A surprising beer, to say the least. Heads and tails above its lighter counterpart.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2006 17:23:04 | More by mynie
Photo of Gattopardo

New York

2.75/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep, dark amber color with a bit of head retention and very little carbonation, which I took as a positive sign considering how many lagers seem overly fizzy. The aroma is pleasantly sweet and malty, and sweetness is the predominant feature of the taste as well. After the sweet sensations fade I’m left with a rather thin, watery flavour. I will confess that my expectations were not set very high for this brew, and although it didn’t surpass my expectations by any great degree I still find it drinkable and not unpleasant with a meal. I would certainly choose it over the standard Heineken lager, but overall it lacks the texture of a really good dark lager.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2006 02:20:06 | More by Gattopardo
Photo of atigerlife


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

12 oz. bottle

Poured a nice reddish brown with a good light brown head. Some lacing.

The aroma was faint hints of chocolate, malt and some earthiness.Rather sweet smelling.

The taste was mild and unassuming. Some sweetness with light malt. Reminded me of light soy sauce. Smooth, but lacking character.

The mouthfeel was very light with a light body and light carbonation [obviously, "light" was a theme in my tasting of this beer]. Overall, the beer was weak and one dimensional. Not bad in a pinch, just don't expect anything interesting.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2006 21:16:28 | More by atigerlife
Photo of mooseisloose


3.2/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a bottle into a 16 oz beer goblet and got a nice head. Robust dark bronze color. Head not real dense, dissapates quickly with not much lacing to speak of.

Smells real chocolatey in the bottle, in the glass a hint of coffee comes through the chocolate.

Taste is very light, seems lighter than regular heineken. Carbonation is moderate and sufficient mostly a bitter taste with hints of sweetness and a typical european lager (slightly bitter) finish.

Not really the creaminess I would expect from this beer. I could down a sixer of these without doubt if the selection is limited, however this would not be a prefferred selection among many others.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2006 23:52:30 | More by mooseisloose
Photo of whynot44


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

Light bodied, very nice dark mahogany color with a tan head that doesn't stick around long.

Aroma is toasted malt and caramel.

Taste starts off slightly sweet, caramel malt followed by coffee and a somewhat burnt bitterness that lingers into the aftertaste.

A bit thin and slightly astringent but drinkable. Goes well with spicy food.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2006 02:27:29 | More by whynot44
Photo of Mitchel


3.6/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Heineken dark lager pours a dark ruby brown. The small head is tan in color and fades quickly leaving some lacing; almost no retention. It smells fruity, almost a hint of cherry. It has an earthy, malty aroma.

I must admit, I am surprised. This tastes much, much better than I had expected. I don’t really care for Heineken lager, but this one is very different. It is a soft beer, goes down well. Sweet and bready. Nice hops add a bit of bitterness, but not too much. The malt is very nice, but the beer as a whole seems a little thin. But then again it is Heineken, what do you expect. The carbonation is just right.

Overall, I am delighted with this beer. I came into it with a low expectation and was put in my place. Nice, well rounded beer. Not a whole lot going on and a little insipid, but not bad at all. Give it a go.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2006 05:56:23 | More by Mitchel
Photo of GeoffRizzo


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

Shimmering bright red wine, carbonated tan froth head, dots of lacing noticeable. A nice aroma of caramel, malts and black licorise. A tinge carbonated (expected), toasted wheat bread. Sweet, burnt malts, and a touch of chocolate to finish. For a mass produced dark lager, this one was surprisingly satisfying, quite nice indeed!

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2006 02:19:39 | More by GeoffRizzo
Photo of Frozensoul327


3.88/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is not a bad beer. In fact, I like it. It's far better than traditional Heineken, and about the same price. Pours out to a dark brown / reddish amber color with a nice 1/4 inch head of foam. No lace. Medium level of carbonation. Aromas of roasted nuts and malt mix with some pepper and earthy notes. Taste is very balanced and enjoyable; flavors of roasted malts, nuts bread and herbs intermingle very well. Very easy to drink, I think most would find this brew easy enough to consume. Mouthfeel is medium light bodied and smooth going down. Perhaps a bit watery. Better than average drinkability; this may not be the most complex brew, but when I would want to throw back a few with little trouble, this is the way to go. Definitly worth a try.

THE BLOODHOUND FACTOR: Benji loved this one. Damn near took my glass and went for more. Peaches didn't care of it as much. Oh well, her loss.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2005 22:09:14 | More by Frozensoul327
Photo of hero27


2.73/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle.

Pours a clear, dark ruby-brown color. Head looks decent for a split second, but then recedes to a thin haze. Consistency is too oily to leave much for lacing. Smells of faint roasted malt and caramel..not offensive, just weak. Taste follows suit pretty well..almost all malts..toasted with some toffee & nutty accents. Mouthfeel is too thin and the metallic flavors turn me off a little also. Thin mouthfeel and apparent low-alcohol make this one that's easy to drink, but not one I'd especially want to drink on a regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2005 02:34:20 | More by hero27
Photo of Mitchster


4.03/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out to a sparkingly clear very deep ruby, forming a large whipped dark khaki head with excellent retention and wonderful lacing. Wonderful looking brew. Carbonation is mild. The aroma is of sweet candy malts with a touch of toast and freshly mown hay. Hops are mild but floral and clean. Mouthfeel is slick, crisp and clean with a medium body. Taste begins with upfront herbal and floral bitterness which is quickly parlayed by the sticky amber malts. Mildly sweet, akin to a lighter Bock. Toast, leather and tobacco in the middle with some lingering pleasantly woodsy bitterness in the aftertaste. The finish is crisp and clean as well. No discernable skunk, off-flavors, or alcohol. Very well brewed.
I was skeptical, but this is actually very good and is highly competetive with some of the better dark Euro-Lagers like Ayinger, Paulaner, Hacker-Pschorr, etc. Nicely brewed and very easy to drink. I can see myself drinking more of this in the future. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2005 19:00:44 | More by Mitchster
Photo of GuinnessHero


3.83/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I bought a 6-pack of this stuff at the local Save-a-Lot. Was on sale for 6.99 a 6-pack. I am outside having my usual cigar and beer combo.

Appearance - Deep red color. Looks amazing. For a dark lager, this is impressive. My mouth is watering already.

Smell - Not as good as it could be, nonetheless is good for any type of lager.

Taste - Wow, this is great stuff coming from the Heineken place. It's got that beer flavoring, but with a hint of coffee and fruit.

Mouthfeel - Great aftertaste, but doesn't stick around long.

Drinkability - Very easy to down. Drinking heavy porters lately, it makes this very easy to drink. Can see myself having more than one.

Overall, this is a great beer. It should honestly be rated a bit higher. This seems like an almost reverse of the regular Heineken which I honestly don't enjoy too much. Props to Heineken making a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2005 01:03:02 | More by GuinnessHero
Photo of Hibernator


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

Heineken Dark Lager
12 oz brown bottle
#519652851151 on the back of the label
Serve at 40-45 degrees instruction on the back of the label
Served in a 16 oz pilsner glass

Pours a light, bubbly brown color. Looks like flat cola.

Light malt sweetness in the nose. Rather neutral aroma.

Sweet malt flavors with a carbonated mouthfeel. Very sugary corn syrup taste with a slight hop presence.

A slightly above average dark European lager. I like to see this beer when I am at a restaraunt with a limited selection. It takes me by surprise. Good drinkability level and better than it's Heineken lager counterpart.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2005 00:43:08 | More by Hibernator
Photo of BeerBeing


3.6/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown glass stubby generic bottle, white/gold/black/red label

Appearance: deep brown color, large off-white head, some lacing

Smell: strong malt, that is it

Taste: medium body, crisp mouth feel, sweet and very malty, good hoppy bitterness

Notes: My sample was "Special Dark"; very drinkable beer

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2005 23:46:37 | More by BeerBeing
Photo of kwalters


2.4/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Metallica. This is the signature beer of Metallica based purely on taste. Yes, the taste is very metallic. Yet somehome it's tolerable. This could be an average session beer.

This brew has a good appearance. It's dark amber all the way. The head is slight and gets smaller with time.

If I were drinking only one or two, I think I prefer this to Heineken's green label, but if I've got to down more than two Heinekens, they'll have to be green labels.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2005 03:04:48 | More by kwalters
Photo of daliandragon

North Carolina

3.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This always seems like a beer that a lot of bars and restaurants try to pass off as something really exotic, which slightly irritates me. However, there have been many times I was glad it was there in a pinch. It's megabrew but it's good megabrew, which is tolerable.
A stately brown color with a ruby tinge and a head that doesn't sustain itself long. Nose is malty, with a strong sweet odor and maybe a little caramel as well.
The hops stand out in the taste, which does it justice for me. The smell was too sweet but the taste is good, if not delicious. mouthfeel is malty with a creamy aftertaste.
Heineken Dark is respectable drinking most of the time, although probably a little too sweet for serious drinking

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2005 15:43:19 | More by daliandragon
Photo of RBorsato


4/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown with a nice tan head and good carbonation. Light roasty, light chocolate and burnt malt aroma and flavor. Medium-light bodied with a smooth finish; a bit dry from the roasty character.

A nice Euro Dark Lager and much nicer than Beck's.

Label states: "Est. 1873"

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2005 17:00:41 | More by RBorsato
Photo of Rootdog316


3.4/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep brownish amber color that displays bright red hues when held up to the light. The beer pours with a brilliant clarity and a thin head that disappears in an instant. Smooth, nutty lager that's a bit dry on the palate, but very well balanced, and that seems to emphasize toasted malt over any other flavor component.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2005 04:23:36 | More by Rootdog316
Photo of jasonpeckins32


3.08/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a very dark mahogany color with a frothy, orangish-tan head accumulated through a vigorous pour. The smell is interesting. Sweet and malty, yet hoppy as well. Also notice caramel and nutty characteristics. Very well-balanced scent. The flavor is overwhelmingly malty and sweet, especially the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is at or around medium-bodied, but has a weird, almost syrupy feel to it. Drinkability isnt bad. It goes down smooth. Overall, this is an average beer. Not bad, but there really isnt anything that sets it apart from the competition.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2005 12:48:18 | More by jasonpeckins32
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a four-finger light tan head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Clear deep amber color. Medium bodied and very light carbonation. Sweet malty nose. Starts sweet finish is like a dry root beer. Better than their lager. $1.45 for a 12oz. bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2005 23:18:29 | More by jdhilt
Photo of Winter


3.1/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark chestnut brown in color with hints of red. Thin light tan head that lingers on the surface before eventually fading. Mouthfeel leans toward the thinner side. Moderate malt flavor upfront. Some hop bitterness breaks up the sweetness of the malt midway through. Impressions of caramel (weak) and roasted grain are detectable. The finish is pretty unassuming.

This was the best selection at a place I was at that had about 12 bottled beers available. I was surprised they even had this in stock. Although not outstanding Heineken Dark seemed okay, in a pinch.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2005 04:27:25 | More by Winter
Photo of ybnorml

Rhode Island

2.83/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A dark brown beer with some ruby highlights. Has a small beige head that disappears immeadiatly. There is a very light roasted malt aroma with a hint of sweet molasses in the background. The flavor has hints of a malty sweetness and a roasted bitterness. But hints is is as good as it gets.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2005 21:37:59 | More by ybnorml
Heineken Dark Lager from Heineken Nederland B.V.
74 out of 100 based on 507 ratings.