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Heineken Dark Lager - Heineken Nederland B.V.

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Heineken Dark LagerHeineken Dark Lager

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545 Ratings

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Ratings: 545
Reviews: 248
rAvg: 3.21
pDev: 19.94%
Wants: 22
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 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

MuenchenerKindl, Nov 24, 2007
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...

animal69, Oct 22, 2007
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.

eze153, Oct 10, 2007
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
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.

GratefulBeerGuy, Oct 05, 2007
Photo of mikesgroove
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

mikesgroove, Sep 02, 2007
Photo of sleazo
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

sleazo, Aug 26, 2007
Photo of lordbrad1
3.78/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This came in a 12oz bottle...appearance was dark. Not dark like a stout, but dark enough. The smell was pleasant. You can smell the roasted ingredients which are pleasant on the the ole schnoze. Taste is full of roasted bits. It's east on the taste buds, and goes well with good meal, like steak or prime rib. Mouthfeel is alittle on the thick side, in that it will coat the tounge, but not disgustingly so. The drinkability is high (at least for me). A good session beer for someone that likes a dark beer, but doesn't want the gut filling properties of a full on stout. All around this is not a bad offering from a company ( I say company and not brewery on purpose) that is reknowned for their fizzy yellow skunk piss lager.

lordbrad1, Aug 16, 2007
Photo of MTNboy
3.3/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Dark brown but not opaque like stout. Very minimal head that died very quick with a small amount of head.

Smell- You can smell the roasted caramel malts. I love the smell of this beer it is not overwhelming at all but strong enough to enjoy. There is a little bit of a hops bouquet as well.

Taste- There is a mild sweetness a little bit of a roasted taste but it is balanced with the bitterness.

Mouthfeel- A little thick but not too much.

Drinkability- On the higher end of average.

MTNboy, Jul 20, 2007
Photo of BeerDreadz
3.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12onz brown without any date

The appearance of this beer is a red-brown color with thin line of light brown bubbles that goes away almost inmediatly.

The smell is a sweet malt aroma,very nice btw.The taste is like malt to , little bit of sweetnes and i can taste something like a coffee taste far away, some caramel too. It feels very nice on the mouth, refreshing but with a nice body. This is a really nice beer , i would drink it more often.

BeerDreadz, Jun 14, 2007
Photo of auxiliary
4/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance - Intersting color. Odd brown amber color. Nice head on it too.

smell - Some malt smell, little hint of that skunked smell from a ero lager.

taste - Nice sweet malty taste, not smokey at all. Very good.

mouthfeel - Light bodied.

drinkability - I would buy this again. I don't like Heineken but I like this style. Malt, not too dark, and not much smoked taste that I expected. Good job Heineken !

auxiliary, Apr 29, 2007
Photo of BEERchitect
2.95/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Expecting a total disaster, I was a bit relieved when I opened the bottle and was met by dark, toasty aromas instead of pungent, off-putting ones. The pour delivered a thin, dark brown (cola-like) color with fizzy carbonationa and weak head retention. Aromas of toasted grains, light malts, and a mild bready / roasty nature. Flavors are all the same, with emphasis on the toasted grains. I'm not convinced that this is an all-malt brew. The feel is a predictibly watered, moderately astringent feel with hardly an aftertaste at all. Again, a little cola-like late. Not a failure, but still no German Dunkel either.

BEERchitect, Mar 15, 2007
Photo of peabody
2.88/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours out dark reddish brown and clear with 1 finger of brown suds.
Smell is caramel and malt with sugar. slight yeast and hop.
Taste is a dark roasted caramel but very watery.
Mouthfeel is clean and carbonated.
An aftertaste of malt and sugar but no bitterness from hops.
A pretty good session beer but there are much better ones.

peabody, Feb 25, 2007
Photo of Beeryce
3.13/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An avarage beer in my opinion. Pours a decent creamy tan head with little retention, produceing little laceing. The beer is amber with red hues.

The nose is a mix spicey hop and a strong rich earthy malt backbone and slight alcoholic accent. The taste is earthy with a hop spice towards the end detected at the sides of the tongue, but not overly impressive in any way. Some steely camel malt and some nice toasty flavours detected.

The higher carbonation gives it a crisp mouthfeel at first but it finishes a little dry and powdery.

The drinkability is not too high for me but I could drink a six pack if it is what I had.

Beeryce, Jan 31, 2007
Photo of riversider76
3.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours brown,with a redish hue. Thin tan head, not much in the way of retention, and just some lacing. Smell is good,but weak. Carmel malts, and dark fruits. Body is thin, with some carbionation. Taste is sweet carmel,and fruit, somewhat spicy,with a nice smooth refreshing finish. Very drinkable. Recommened

riversider76, Jan 28, 2007
Photo of CU570M
3.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A dark rich red, like a burnt blood red. Poured with a medium head. Smells of sweet caramel or toffee. After taste of coffee and caramel. This beer had a lot of carbonation. a little more than i like. Drinkabillity on this one is average to a little above. Pretty good dark beer.

CU570M, Jan 12, 2007
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.58/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from Florian’s. Dark brown body with ruby-red highlights and about a half an inch of tan head that dissipates quickly leaving only a little lacing. Smells malty and roasty, with somewhat of a licorice or banana-like quality. Tastes slightly roasty, sweet, and licorice-like quality. Medium in body. Not particularly offensive, but not wow-ing either. Seems like a Schwarzbier (like Sam Adams Black Lager), but only about half-way to where it should be IMO. Imressive for a Heinekin product, and a pretty decent beer overall.

MrHurmateeowish, Jan 12, 2007
Photo of mrmanning
2.15/5  rDev -33%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours deep chestnut , 10w30 looking. Head is fizzy, three fingered, beige, and lasts about 20 seconds. Aroma is boring with some roasty malts, coffee, and some hops. FLavours are muteed molasses, some chocolate, slight hops bitterness. It’s pretty boring all the way around, finishes watery and unmemorable. Thanks Chris!

mrmanning, Dec 06, 2006
Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.1/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dispensed from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. A dark brown beer emerges, not quite opaque, with a small but puffy tan head. Im not sure what the aroma of a euro dark lager is but this one is very very fruity. Lots of plums and figs. Tons of malt here. Not one sign of a single hop leaf in this one. This is a nice beer. I really dont know what category this may be, but I cant imagine all dark euro lagers are like this. Very fruity and a bit sweet, but I may try this one again. Due to its sweetness and overwhleming fruitiness, drinkability may be small, but still a nice beer.

SaCkErZ9, Nov 30, 2006
Photo of afinepilsner
3.13/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle

Heineken Dark Lager was a clear red-brown color with a light tan head. The head was medium in size, but was soon reduced to a thin layer and left a little lacing behind. The aroma was sweet malt and a little toasty. The taste was toasted malt and lightly bitter with a dry finish. The body was medium-light with good carbonation. Drinkability was average. It's a decent dark lager, but nothing to seek out.

afinepilsner, Nov 13, 2006
Photo of Blakaeris
4/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep ruby-brown with a modest head that dissipates quickly to a thin ring.

Smell is mild with bready caramel malt with a dry chocolateness.

Taste is similiar to the nose, with the addition of a mild nuttyness and more pronounced sweet chocolate character, and a pleasant roasted flavor to the malt. Finish has lightly hopped with a dry lactose like aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and smooth.

I was very surprised by this brew. This is the tastiest Euro I have had. If you're gonna drink a macro dark lager this is a good choice.

Blakaeris, Oct 27, 2006
Photo of BretSikkink
3.05/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Better than Heineken's light lager offerings, but nothing stands out here. Slightly fruity nose, big black color. Mostly malty, hops kick keeps it balanced. Lingering maltiness is good, but nothing takes your tongue for a ride - good or bad. I don't think taking down a six-pack would be difficult, but nothing really makes me come back for more.

BretSikkink, Oct 23, 2006
Photo of CaskofFlyingDog
3.68/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer looks really neat because it's a reddish brown color with a creamy brown head. The smell is an awesome creamy, sour deliciousness. The taste is the kicker though. There's a strange sourness that I can't really figure out. I'm not too crazy about this. I mean it's neat but not worth going out of your way to try. The mouthfeel is average because it's just like any other normal lager beer but some corosive graininess. I'd say overall I'd probably care for one or two then after that I'd just go to something normal..

CaskofFlyingDog, Oct 22, 2006
Photo of Drew966
3.58/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Heineken Dark Lager pours a dark brown with ruby highlights and a fluffy off white, almost tan head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is malty and very sweet. Taste is heavy on the malt, very sweet, but balanced out in the finish with some mild hop bitterness. It's a lot more interesting than their regular and light lagers.

Drew966, Oct 10, 2006
Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.43/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear deep red with a fizzy, three finger biege head. Passing retention and weak lacing. Very light aroma, mabye some saaz and/or tettnanger? Hint of toasted malt as well. Slight crystal sweetness at first sip, followed by spicy cola flavor like cardamon. Toasted malt flavor is mild, apparent in the drying afteraste along with a balancing but light noble hop bitterness. Light body, med-high carbonation. Crisp and slightly sweet. Finish suggests some residual caramel sweetness and mild german hops, but its mostly clean. Drinkable with a charismatic taste; in a non-offensive kind of way.

PBRstreetgang, Sep 27, 2006
Photo of BeerSox
2.88/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into mug. Not sure of the freshness. Cryptic date code appears to be mashed in with other numbers. No %ABV found, but it seems low just from tasting it.

Crystal clear dark red, almost brown. Bright red edges. Half inch thick tan colored head that dissapears quickly, leaving a tin rim of foam along the glass. Lacing is almost nonexistant.

Very light aromas, nothing overpowering. Light molasses can be detected along with light malts.

Light malty flavors paired with minimal hop bitterness. A little bit of lingering malt flavors, but nothing really there.

Very watery mouthfeel with not a lot of carbonation. Smooth finish, but mostly because there is little flavor to being with.

This isn't the worst beer, very middle of the road. I was actually surprised with the components of this beer. It does have some flavor and good aromas, but it is so bland it's nothing to brag about. Pretty much what you would expect from Heineken.

BeerSox, Sep 27, 2006
Heineken Dark Lager from Heineken Nederland B.V.
74 out of 100 based on 545 ratings.