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Heineken Dark Lager - Heineken Nederland B.V.

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BA SCORE
74
okay

536 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 536
Reviews: 248
rAvg: 3.21
pDev: 19.94%
Wants: 20
Gots: 28 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-08-2001)
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3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

DrunkinYogi, Feb 20, 2014
Photo of Halcyondays
3.5/5  rDev +9%

Halcyondays, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.05/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Didn't even know that Heineken made this beer up until a few months ago.. purchased a single of it for $1.69.

Well, it's better than the usual Heineken in the green bottle. Actually a beautiful brown color in the glass with a nice small head that stays with it. Taste wise it feels like there is some potential at first, but once swallowed you just get bland-ness. Def above average, but not by much.

oriolesfan4, Oct 14, 2008
Photo of woodychandler
4.21/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

What can I say? I recently hit upon a local gold mine in terms of singles for sale. I just want to drink different beers until I find The One. It is sort of the same reason that I am still single.

From the bottle: "Brewed with passion for quality."

The pour erased any question that it might not be dark. I had two-plus fingers of rocky, deep-tan head by the time that I was done and it looked like the top of a root beer float. Color was ruby-red with NE-quality clarity and I began to think of the last time I had seen a beer this pretty. Nose was rich with caramel, toffee, even coconut. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was very caramel-like with a hint of smoke on the tongue. Finish was likewise faintly smoky and semi-dry, not sweet at all. First of all, I am not ashamed to say that I was impressed. Secondly, is it too much to ask them to CAN this beer? I would readily put some in the cooler.

woodychandler, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of Billolick
3.13/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, pours dark brown, with an average looking off white head. a bit of chocolate in the nose. Taste is a bit skunky (yes even the dark is skunky!) with notes of cocoa, caramel and chocolate maybe a little wet cardboard. Medium body. Fairly smooth stuff. Clean and non descript with flavors that are sort of muted. Eh, not my favorite stuff. worth a try if youre into dark lagers.

Billolick, Jun 02, 2004
Photo of DoubleJ
3.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

For some reason, variants of major brand beer interest me. Heineken Dark Lager is no different to this rule, and I'm expecting something decent. Comes in a dark bottle, which is ironic given its paler sibling is famous for its green skunking bottles. On to the beer:

The head is somewhat fizzy, but holds up long enough to showcase a two-finger head on top this leather brown beer. Err, nevermind, the head is gone. The nose brings somewhat sweet and ripe bananas, dark bread is faint. Moving on to the taste, it's light on the palate and in feel. it's just like a smooth dark lager with mass-appeal (aka watered down). More of a sweet bread taste to it with hints of raisin. No off-flavors in here, so that's nice.

Not too shabby, though one can do better in the category. Makes a nice changeup in their portfolio and shows they don't only brew pale colored beer.

DoubleJ, Jul 15, 2008
Photo of Zorro
3.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep dark brown brew.

Smell is sweet with a big whiff of ORANGE CIRCUS PEANUT! Up the nose! There is a malt and bubblegum smell in this too. The 4.0 is more for uniqueness than greatness.

Taste is much more sedate than the smell. Candied fruit and molasses. No sign of any bitterness, this is Newcastle Brown Ale Times 3 in the taste.

Mouthfeel is adequate.

Drinkable, great for a macro but I can find better.

Zorro, Mar 11, 2004
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 ejimhof
2.75/5  rDev -14.3%

ejimhof, Dec 30, 2012
Photo of Wasatch
3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown color, some carbonation, tiny fizzy tannish head, minimally sticky lacing follows. The nose is slightly malty, toffee and caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, with some toffee, and caramel. Light-Medium body. Slight drinkability, most likely would not buy again.

Wasatch, Feb 16, 2008
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.13/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Heineken Dark Lager

Pours a clear light brown color, fizzy head forms and retention is little to none. Light aroma of sugary malts and noble hops. In the flavor, a crisp caramel maltyness, toasted grain, hint of bitterness and a more or less clean finish. Very unoffensive and easily consumed. A nice macro euro dark lager that has no unpleasant qualities, but little else to offer.

Stinkypuss, Jul 26, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev +9%

wrightst, Aug 08, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

BillRoth, Dec 05, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +9%

LXIXME, Mar 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +24.6%

rab53, Dec 01, 2011
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3/5  rDev -6.5%

Latarnik, May 31, 2014
Photo of beerthulhu
2.13/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A: Poured a dark mahogany red with a respectable 1 finger creamy khaki colored head that lasted for several minutes.

S: some light dried prunes and dark caramel raisins but was pretty faint overall.

T: The initial flavor was light and watery with sour caramel raisins and a light metallic nature. Overall the flavor was wishy-washy at best with some soapiness to it and a light dry burbon alcohol.

M: light, watery and wishy-washy as well.

D: Drinkability was a huge disappointment, dump and avoid at all cost.

beerthulhu, Aug 01, 2008
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3.5/5  rDev +9%

tdm168, May 15, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

sendbeer, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of chinchill
3.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle {"Product of Holland"} served in a pint glass. Pours a nice, clear, reddish brown with a modest tan head that has rather weak durability.

A couple of decades ago, or longer, this was a go to beer for me ... one with a fine dark malt flavor. Then it became unavailable, at least in the Eastern US, as far as I could tell. When it returned, I am fairly sure the formulation changed and it is no longer a beer I would sekk or recommend, This may also have something to do with the poor handling the beer routinely receives during the long and circuitous trip from Holland to a retail outlet in the US (or so I heard from a retired distributor).

Anyway, my sample is sadly lacking in bready, toasted malt flavors I once loved, and has a slight skunkiness. While slight, the skunkiness is the longest lasting flavor and eventually comes to characterize the aftertaste. This is a recently purchased bottle with no visible signs, on the bottle or in the beer, or being anything other than fresh. Anyway, there is a nice bit of that baked bread/toasted grain in the aroma, but the flavor falls short. While I would prefer a heavier dose of toasted grain flavor, there is plenty of caramel malt sweetness here.

M: medium body with good carbonation.

O: looks like a Munich dark; tastes like a Mexican amber. Does improve a little with some warming, and significantly better than the widely available imported lager in the green bottles and cans.

chinchill, Jan 31, 2012
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.93/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cool red and brown beer, professional looking in terms of clarity. I miss the regular Henie skunk in the aroma. This one is dead earthy, and not as good, well, not good period.

Taste, wow, this was thicker than I expected. Bitter too. Still not much for hop taste. Seriously thought it was a little rye bready. Malty for a lager. Much sweeter than green Henie.

Not a bad beer, but I wish it was more like the green. With that said, if you hate the green, I'd say check this out, its very different.

Beerandraiderfan, Jul 08, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev +9%

dmorgan310, Feb 12, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

rolltide8425, Jul 17, 2012
Photo of harpus
3/5  rDev -6.5%

harpus, Sep 10, 2013
Photo of Gusler
2.05/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

As a rule, I would not rate anything from Heineken, but as I was given a sixer of this beer by an acquaintance, what the hell.

On the pour a deep incarnadine color, the head miniscule, the color something akin to dirty grey, the lace AWOL. Nose prototypical malt and nothing else, the start slightly sweet with the top cadaverous and the finish ferine in its acidic bite, hops as one would expect for the style and brewery sparse, dry aftertaste, another “Habeas Corpus” beer where’s the body, and where’s the flavor.

Gusler, Sep 04, 2003
Heineken Dark Lager from Heineken Nederland B.V.
74 out of 100 based on 536 ratings.