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Heineken Dark Lager - Heineken Nederland B.V.

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BA SCORE
74
okay

545 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 545
Reviews: 248
rAvg: 3.21
pDev: 19.94%
Wants: 22
Gots: 31 | 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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Photo of hero27
2.73/5  rDev -15%
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.

hero27, Nov 20, 2005
Photo of Mitchster
4.03/5  rDev +25.5%
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.

Mitchster, Nov 15, 2005
Photo of GuinnessHero
3.83/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

GuinnessHero, Nov 07, 2005
Photo of Hibernator
3.5/5  rDev +9%
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.

Hibernator, Oct 08, 2005
Photo of BeerBeing
3.6/5  rDev +12.1%
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

BeerBeing, Oct 07, 2005
Photo of kwalters
2.4/5  rDev -25.2%
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.

kwalters, Oct 04, 2005
Photo of daliandragon
3.28/5  rDev +2.2%
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

daliandragon, Sep 27, 2005
Photo of RBorsato
4/5  rDev +24.6%
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"

RBorsato, Aug 23, 2005
Photo of Rootdog316
3.4/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Rootdog316, Aug 16, 2005
Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.08/5  rDev -4%
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.

jasonpeckins32, Jul 29, 2005
Photo of jdhilt
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

jdhilt, Jun 29, 2005
Photo of Winter
3.1/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Winter, Jun 28, 2005
Photo of ybnorml
2.83/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

ybnorml, Jun 25, 2005
Photo of etaggie09
3.4/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Appearance: light cola brown with ruby highlights. A fairly modest head sticks initially but dissapates after a couple of sips to near nothingness. The lack of lacing was quite disappointing.

Smell: rich, sweet malt with caramel. A mild, bitter roastiness also pulls through. Rather one-dimensional, but somewhat enjoyable and better than average.

Taste: A moderate balance of sweet caramel malt and roasted malt character are complemented by a very mild bitterness for a fairly dry finish. Through retro-olfaction, a thin sweet wine taste presents itself. A very simple flavor that is mildly sweet and roasty. Too thin and not very complex, but satisfactory.

Mouthfeel: thin and a little flat. Needs more carbonation to make the mouthfeel more lively to compensate for the rather weak flavor.

Drinkability: Oh, I have drunk my share of Heineken Dark when I was in the mood for a simple session brew. Of course there are much better session brews out there, but a good micro session brew is hard to find around New Orleans.

Notes: This is an average beer that doesn't taste bad, but certainly does not impress. This is just a beer that I kill time with friends with and it hasn't let me down. If better microbrews were available, I would drink them, but there aren't many choices in New Orleans apart from Martin's Wine Cellar. In short, Heineken Dark is a beer I sometimes choose to have and will never turn down.

etaggie09, Jun 24, 2005
Photo of KarlHungus
2.08/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a dark brown color witha very small tan head that recededs fast into nothing. The faint smeel is sweet and malty. Taste is very unimpressive, and bland. There just isn't much there. The smell does not translate over into the taste. There is a mild sweetness and a mild bitterness, but nothing that stands out. The mouthfeel is medium-thin. Overall, this beer is bad.

KarlHungus, Jun 07, 2005
Photo of BrewMaven
3.43/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Leaving work today, I was given this because it wasn't the other guys "thing".

Pours a nice deep, clear ruby, sporting a half inch tan head..Lace was present throughout the glass.

Roasty malt aroma..maybe a hint of cocoa?

Taste was same as and the roasted taste was followed by some charred notes on the dry finish.

Light to medium mouthfeel with lively carbonation.

Not a bad drinking beer.. I prefer this over standard Heineken for the simple fact that there is a little more going on here and the brown bottle better ensures the beer won't be skunky from being light struck.

BrewMaven, May 30, 2005
Photo of alexgash
3.43/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sure looks a lot better than green bottle pale Heineken. Dark cola brown body with a amber edges and a dense cap of light tan head. Nose consists of clean, soapy, lightly roasted malts, dry cocoa, and whiffs of metal. Lightly sweetened malt up front; kind of cola-ish and brown sugary. Toasted caramel and light cocoa flavors detectable. Finish is lightly roasted and mildly bitter with lingering tobacco and cola malts. Light-medium body with adequate carbonation levels. Not bad really.

alexgash, May 10, 2005
Photo of Domingo
3.68/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A good beer when your options are limited but you want a dark lager. This brew is typically available in areas where anything but domestic (or Corona/Heineken) is a rarity.
It's easy to drink, lacks the typical Heineken skunky bitterness and actually has a nice color.
It's not something I'd go out with the specific intent of buying, but if your options are limited to the typical items most people think of as "beer," this is a good choice.

Domingo, Apr 27, 2005
Photo of walleye
2.63/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

from the bottle. poured a dark amber with a light tan head. aroma, malts some sweetness, almost brown sugur almost white, a roasted nut . not a whole lot going on with this one, got hints of malts and hops, some sweetness, and a dry mouth feel. do not think I will buy this one again

walleye, Mar 16, 2005
Photo of yeagerbm
3.58/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is one I thought was great in my macro drinking days, so when I saw a single on the shelf I thought I'd revisit it.

The beer is actually quite good looking with a very nice reddish brown color which is very bright and clear. The head is light brown and dense when first poured and swirled. I would have given this a 4.5 for appearance if the head would have stood up on its own.

The smell is slightly roasty, moderately malty and has a little bit of raisin like fruity aroma to it.

The flavor is smooth with a moderate malt sweetness and a definate roasty taste. Hop flavor is minimal if any, which would be fitting for the style. The bitterness is appropriate to balance the malt sweetness. There is a sharp finish which to me seems to be from the roasted malt. The overall flavor is a bit grainy and could improve with a more rounded malt flavor.

The mouthfeel is smooth and slick with medium light body thickness.

Overall a pretty good beer. Could use a little refinement on the malt but not too bad. I would have probably guessed this one was a decent brown ale if I didn't see the bottle. This one is definately worth a try.

yeagerbm, Mar 04, 2005
Photo of allengarvin
3.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear reddish-brown, with a good initial head. I was about to give it a 4.0 in appearance, but the head completely disappeared in under 30 seconds.

Aroma: Clean, grainy aroma.

Flavor: Clean, slightly sweet grain. More malt than the standard Heineken, giving a pleasant bread flavor. Hops are fairly low but take the edge off the sweetness. Finish is clean and brief.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation and a crisp, clean texture.

Completely ordinary dark lager, basically.

allengarvin, Feb 01, 2005
Photo of TheDeuce
3.55/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance-pours a very dark ruby red color, nice clarity through the glass, not that much head but what is there does stick around

Smell-dark malts are prevalent throughout the smell, some hops and a dark burnt chocolate aroma overtop

Taste-initially strong with a lot of flavor in the form of dense dark chocolate mixed with sweet malt, lightens as it goes down, fairly smooth as well.

Mouthfeel-fairly smooth going down, aftertaste is quite good not too bad at all.

Drinkability-a very drinkable dark lager, not too light or heavy, balanced enough to have a few when desired.

Overall-a pleasent surprise, this is a fairly well flavored and deviously drinkable dark lager that also isn't too overbearing. This could end up becoming a guilty pleasure for me from time to time.

TheDeuce, Jan 18, 2005
Photo of WesWes
3.8/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a beautiful ruby red color with a thick frothy tan head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry, yet malty scent that boasts of pale and crystal malts along with lager yeast. The taste is decent. It has a smooth malty flavor with a dry lager yeast finish that is a bit watery. It has good mouthfeel. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good dark lager and another fine offering from Heineken. It goes down easy; a good drinker.

WesWes, Nov 22, 2004
Photo of SilentSabre
3.93/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nothing at all like the much more popular green Heineken! Poured very red. Nice slightly off-white head which almost appeared to have a slightly creamy consistency. Nice lacing, but the head disapeared a little too fast. The smell was very malty, and a bit sweet, too. Taste was of a dry roasted malt with almost a toasted aftertaste. Very nice. The mouth feel was a lot thinner than I would have thought by simply looking at it and smelling it. So much so that I rated it as average. That is really that only real negative thing I have to say about this stuff, is that it is really thin. Other than that, I thought it was great!

SilentSabre, Nov 13, 2004
Photo of connecticutpoet
3.48/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one was a nice red-brown lager with a pretty good head. A far cry from their regular skink whiz.

The aroma was of darker malts, a touch of sweetness. Not too bad.

The taste was likewise of darker malts, a little sweet, maybe a touch of roasted malt toward the end. Not bitter at all.

Mouthfeel was all right, nothing spectacular. A somewhat drinkable beer though, much much better than the green-bottled crap.

connecticutpoet, Nov 09, 2004
Heineken Dark Lager from Heineken Nederland B.V.
74 out of 100 based on 545 ratings.