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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 bashiba
2.85/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a light cola colored brown with a very thin white head that was gone in a flash.

Smell has a light musty maltyness to it.

Flavor is light with a semi sweet and toasted malt dominating flavor, no noticeable hops at all.

Mouthfeel is very watery.

Its ok to drink, but not something I would pick up unless my options were severly limited.

Photo of goochpunch
4.2/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a rusty brown remeniscient of what iced tea concentrate would look like with a frothy, khaki head that maintains its integrity. Leaves a little lacing. Clean lager aromas with a dark malty backbone and a faint herbal hops scent (possibly goldings?). Big malty flavors start this one off. Toasted and roasted malt lingers on the tongue along with the herbal hops. Just damned clean. Only fault is that it drinks a little watery. The flavors up front seem to die off too quickly. Mouthfeel is creamy with a very soft carbonation. Again, like with the taste, this seems a bit watery in the mouth. The only fault I see here. Perfect drinkability. Lots of flavor and a relatively thin body make this for optimal fall sessioning. I just wish I had bought more than this single. A surprising offering from Heineken.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.97/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark, ruby-accented mahogany body is topped by a short but creamy head of dark ivory foam. The retention is just slightly above average, and the lacing is limited.

The nose offers a pleasant note of bready malt, dark caramel, and a delicate pinch of sweetened cocoa powder.

In the mouth it's medium-light in body and gently crisp with a restrained, fine-bubbled carbonation that leaves it quite smooth across the palate.

The flavor is not much different than the aroma, although, notably, there are some floral hops present. The maltiness presented in the aroma remains intact, but it's not as sweet as might have originally been suggested. It is really well-balanced though, with a firm to solid bitterness that anchors it completely. It finishes with a drip of mildly sweet almost-scortched caramel, some dulled floral and grassy hops, and a mild, underlying bitterness.

Well-crafted; superbly balanced; interesting enough to have more than one.

Photo of neenerzig
3.53/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is fortunately not bottled in a green bottle like normal Heineken is. This beer comes in the typical brown colored bottle. It pours a medium to dark amber brown color. Pretty poor head retention. The head shrunk to about 1/5 of an inch about a minute or 2 after being poured. Smells of some malt as well as some caramel or cocoa. Tastes mildly sweet with hints of malt, and some caramel or chocolate and maybe a touch of hops.
It has a crisp mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Fairly easy to drink. This is a good first dark lager for someone who has never had one before. This beer could be better, but it could certainly be a lot worse too.


Photo of andjusticeforale
3.88/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a colder than cold single and brought it home to pour it into a pint glass. I was not expecting much, but there was a nice coppery colr and some head fizziness. It was a hot-hot day.

The first impression of taste was a great mouthfeel, perfect carbonation, and a great balance of hops and toasted malt. As "macro euro lagers" go this beats the green bottles and would make a nide bunch of beers to frink in a row, a session at the local pub or sports bar. But, since the dark variety is not readily available I suggest throwing some in the cooler for your next barbeque. Its not complex, not over-flavorful, but compared to many others, it certainly was not a let down.

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
1.77/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a deep clear reddish brown, tinges of mahogany. thin tan head with no lace at all. Smells of caramel malt. Lighlty fruity.

Mouth is malty and flabby. None of the richness of the nose is evident in the flavor at all. Limp and weak. Some faint herbal hops. lightly fizzy and really thin. Nothing particularly appealing about this one. Way worse than regular Heineken. Pass.

Photo of TheSarge
2.88/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Heineken dark lager pours very dark, nearly black. It’s nearly opaque, but you can see a bit of clarity and a dark reddish hue. A slight tan head is easily visible initially, but vanishes quickly to leave a rim of whitish foam rim.

The malts give off a very roasty aroma. A sweet cocoa fragrance is also slightly present.

This is a very sweet brew, and I can detect the difference in the lager yeast, as opposed to a porter using ale yeast. There’s also a slight spiceyness here too.

This brew feels kind of syrupy. It doesn’t just go down the hatch like a golden lager. This has a bit more presence to it.

Photo of MSchae1017
3.23/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was tasted in a mug from a bottle.

This beer pours a dark amber with a foamy tan head. There is no lacing and the head dissipates to a little ring around the edge of the glass. The beer smells of some faint roasted malts. The taste is has the slight flavor of some roasted coffee and chocolate flavored malts. This beer has an average thickness to it and overall is about average on drinkability. Not a bad choice as a last resort.

Photo of edchicma
3.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a deep ruby copper with a nice two finger head. Smell is malty, grassy, some adjunct aromas. Not too bad on the taste front..malty throughout with a sticky quality that coats the palate...a light slightly bitter finish. Mouthfeel is a tad too sticky for my liking, yet not unpleasant. Because of this quality, drinkability is lowered. All in all, a bit of a surprise.

Photo of Phatz
3.51/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I wouldn't usually let a Euro Dark Lager warm as much I did. I pulled it out and got distracted by my daughter before I got to open it. I think it did well for the beer though; looking at the other reviews. I don't find this to be my favorite style, but within the style I really enjoyed this beer. Much better that the rest of Heinekens beers.

Appearance: Pours a ruby colored lager brown, with a *HUGE* 3+finger tan head. I couldn't even fit it all in my pint glass.

Smell: There was no offensive smell but there was very little pleasing smell. There was a faint hint of dark bready sweet malt but very muted.

Taste: Straightforward sweet malty lager. The flavor is very easy to accept. It is subtly ‘caramel and bread flavored’ malty with very little hop bitter. The hops only seem to appear in the finish but very gently. The aftertaste is very pleasant with a hint of dry and yet still sweet with grain as well.

Mouthfeel: Malty and smooth. A bit thin (watery) through the center but still apropos for the style.

Drinkability: This beer is so approachable and easy that I believe it probably will have a large mass appeal (even if it doesn't show on Beer Advocate). It is an easy drinking session beer but there are cheaper equivalent lagers at most bars around here so ... I see it to have little demand for me.

Hope this is helpful.

Photo of seanmhogan
2.88/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I am a fan of Heineken Lager so when i saw this beer i was intrigued. I however was not a fan of this beer. I felt it was just bland, not a lot of different things going going on with this. The head also died rather quickly. I was little dissappointed with this one

Photo of acrawf6
2.71/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a clear dark ruby red amber with a good tan head.

Smell. not bad, but not great either. a very neutral aroma. light sweet maltiness. thats about all i get. but is is a pleasant aroma.

Taste. very mild maltiness. is also sweet, but the underlining flavor is quite similar to other macros in its style. nothing too much here.

Mouthfeel is decent. decent carbonation and balance, but again, nothing too special here.

Overall i like this more than the normal heineken, but it's not that good of a beer. somewhat easy to put down, but not one i would want a six pack in my fridge much.

Photo of DogFood11
1.97/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Red beer, medium carbonation, thin white head that fades never to be seen again. crystal clear. smell was of light sweet malt, lots of similarities to an Irish red.

There is an added depth in the taste, sweetness has a caramel lean to it although I'm admittadly reaching. Really no hop presence and I wasn't expecing one so this came through in the clutch. If you like soft malt profiles, innoffensive, uneventful brews this is worth a shot.

Whoa back up the bus, It's been a while since I've been on a blah beer streak but this makes 2 in a row that just have me wondering.

Photo of Greenfloyd
3.58/5  rDev +11.9%
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

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.21/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of danielharper
3.08/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of brewQ
3.45/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of mynie
3.65/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Photo of Gattopardo
2.78/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

Photo of atigerlife
3.03/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of mooseisloose
3.22/5  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.

Photo of whynot44
3.15/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of Mitchel
3.55/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.42/5  rDev +6.9%
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!

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.87/5  rDev +20.9%
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.

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