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Heineken Dark Lager - Heineken Nederland B.V.

Not Rated.
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-08-2001)
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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
Photo of Bitterbill
3.1/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It poours a clear drak brown with lots of red highlights and a 2 finger head of foam. I'm serving this cold and the size of the head of foam surprised me. There's not much lacing but overall, it's a very nice looking brew.

The smell is typical of the style, light everything: grain, malt, and hops.

The taste starts off malty with some grain, light breadiness, and a hint of some nuttiness. Light bitterness throughout that I can't say tastes citric or grassy or piney....jsut plain light bitterness. An ok taste.

It's close to medium bodied at times with pretty high carbonation.

Drinkablity? The abv obviously isn't a problem, I just find it lacks any kind of oomph so 1 bottle at a sitting is enough for me.

Bitterbill, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of avalon07
3.13/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a nice brown color and a somewhat thick texture. There was about a quarter inch of foamy head and some OK lacing.

S: Smelled mainly of malt, but also yeast and a little hops.

T: An odd taste. Very malty up front, then it thins out and becomes watery and uninteresting. Neither good nor bad.

M: An average amount of carbonation and a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: While this is certainly better than most other Heineken beers, it's still wildly uneven on the whole.

avalon07, Nov 06, 2008
Photo of Boone757
3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

Boone757, May 27, 2013
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
2/5  rDev -37.7%

Hopheadjeffery, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of tone77
3.2/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of caramel and malts. Taste has some malts and caramel, a little milder than I expected. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a fairly good beer.

tone77, Oct 26, 2009
Photo of Griffith
3/5  rDev -6.5%

Griffith, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of DrDemento456
3.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Never reviewed a "Heineken" but this one stood out so I picked it up. Hope it's as good as the reviews...

A - Wow this is a pretty beer. Color is a clear dark amber and the head is a creamy half inch of mocha head that turns quickly to a lace ring.

S - Damn that's faint. Maybe some chocolate of cocoa but it's mostly lager yeast and sweet malts.

T - A bit harsh maybe it's the yeast or hops but I do get some sweetness out of the mix. Mostly chocolate and caramel are the strongest taste but you really can never forget the harsh flavors of this euro lager...

M - Medium bodied kind of hard to drink.

Overall man are some folks trying to hype this beer? not nearly worth the A rating to some and not close to a B+ either this is just a typical Heineken brewed with more malt. Pass on it if you can!

DrDemento456, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of twiggamortis420
2.42/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clear, dark copper color with a rapidly diminishing tan head. Leaves no lacing and barely even a collar.

Smell is sweet and caramely with a bit of sulfur and stale coffee. Does not smell all that inviting.

Taste is exponentially better than Heineken Lager, but still is not all that tasty. A bit too sweet with a fake chocolate flavor and an astringent, plasticy aftertaste. Body is light and only slightly watery, carbonation is adequate. I would probably take a Baltika #4 over this one, but I've yet to come across a Euro Dark that I really enjoy.

twiggamortis420, Sep 17, 2009
3/5  rDev -6.5%

WOLFGANG, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of RoyalT
1.7/5  rDev -47%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Appearance – Clear light brown body with a typical bee-bop head that went up and down in less than ten seconds.

Smell – Nice scent of toasted malt and caramel.

Taste – Ugh! An insult to dunkel lager to say the least. It’s tough to explain. The cheap, burnt malt flavor is somewhat bitter but nowhere near nice. The tease of caramel sweetness turned into a handful of Sweet-N-Low picked up from the floor of a dirty diner after a long week. I think I actually tasted a cigarette butt in there.

Mouthfeel – Flat and difficult to swallow. The worst.

Drinkability – The smell wasn’t that bad, but that taste was evil incarnate. Sorrow I couldn’t offer much positive here, but the only purpose for making this beer would seem so that a regular Heiny-in-a-can doesn’t taste so bad. This "one" rating was well earned.

Comments – Chase this with a shot of Jaegermeister.

RoyalT, Sep 10, 2003
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 puboflyons
3.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Heineken Dark was one of those beers I drank in the 80's when I wanted something different. That was before I got into the craft styles. This poured an amber-red with a two-inch or so short-lived frothy tan head that fizzles. But the carbonation remains active throughout. Bottle no. 927452852044 had a mild mixture of caramel malts, thin hops, and bread. The taste had a sweet bitterness like an ESB with a nudge of thin hops at the end. I drank this quickly and easily. It does bring back some memories but there are plenty of similar and superior beers to choose from these days.

puboflyons, May 23, 2010
Photo of ROGUE16
3/5  rDev -6.5%

ROGUE16, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of BGsWo22
1.5/5  rDev -53.3%

BGsWo22, Mar 21, 2013
Photo of DmanGTR
1/5  rDev -68.8%

DmanGTR, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of jophish17
3/5  rDev -6.5%

jophish17, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of mynie
3.65/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

mynie, Feb 12, 2006
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 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 Gagnonsux
3.2/5  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.

Gagnonsux, Mar 14, 2006
Photo of Brent
2.05/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Sweet with a pronounced apple aroma. Some caramel malt, but not much. Mildly hopped. Mouthfeel was thin. Not very satisfying.

Brent, Aug 08, 2001
Photo of Suds
3.33/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Really, this beer is not all that bad....in fact, it's a decent flavorful dark lager. Pours deep brownish-red with a slight , whispy head. Roasted grain and hop aroma is faint, but appealing. Initial taste is sweet and malty. Very drinkable. Light body, and slightly watery mouthfeel, but not nearly as light as expected. This beer is certainly overpriced, but it is enjoyable.

Suds, Mar 01, 2003
Photo of cdwil
3.5/5  rDev +9%

cdwil, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of deapokid
3.5/5  rDev +9%

deapokid, May 22, 2012
Heineken Dark Lager from Heineken Nederland B.V.
74 out of 100 based on 545 ratings.