Heineken Dark Lager - Heineken Nederland B.V.

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76
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252 Reviews
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Reviews: 252
Hads: 590
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 22
Gots: 58 | FT: 0
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Heineken Nederland B.V. visit their website
Netherlands

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 dsa7783
3.12/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Single, twelve-ounce bottle just copped from Total Wine and More in River Edge for $1.49...
Pours a deep-purple hue with a minimal head that quickly dissipated and left a minor amount of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Malt-based aroma with hints of caramel, vanilla, and prunes...
Taste, likewise, was very malty, with strong hints of caramel, prunes, dehydrated fruits, including figs and dates...
Light, loose mouthfeel with an average-at-best level of drinkability...
Nothing special...
Average stuff... (522 characters)

Photo of ADR
3.1/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear tea-like brown color with a middling head in size and overall duration. Laces in spare simple strings. Some pumpernickle to the overall bready aroma. Mouthfeel is a tad on the watery side, the flavor is pleasantly neutral in malt sweetness with a decided graininess to add some texture. Low degree of hoppiness overall. The finish is the most distinct part of the beer, light but dry with a continued grain fabric. The attenuation and non-threatening middle-of-the-road flavor leads me to believe that a lot of people could find this brew accessible. (556 characters)

Photo of beergoot
3.59/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

The beer exhibits a dark, ruby-red body with a thick, chunky head. Malt grains combine with a faintly chocolate scent to produce a pleasant aroma. Taste comes across with a nice roasted malt character with hints of mild chocolate; light hop bitterness pops up at the finish. Light yet deceptively rich body, smooth and buttery.

Another beer that I used to drink decades ago but haven't touched in years. I recall back then that this beer was a delicious find and I think this holds true today. Perhaps a little fizzy on the mouthfeel side of things, but its warm, welcoming dark flavors are the highlight. (606 characters)

Photo of animal69
3.88/5  rDev +16.9%
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... (807 characters)

Photo of Offa
2.77/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

While I love many dark lagers and schwarzbiers (not to mention stouts and porters), I often find basic, macro dark lagers incredibily boring and unsatisfying - I'll usually find a basic pale lager more itneresting than a basic dark one - and this is one fits that bill.

Very dark red-brown, this has a thick tan head that vanishes steadily to leave nothing.

The aroma is caramel with very light toasted malt.

The taste is fairly sweet with a hint of bitterness, somewhat toasty with caramel, but develops a faint, unpleasant burnt taste before a fairly nice grainy finish. It's somewhat fizzy and thin, with a weak, watery, fizzy palate that vanishes quickly to leave almost no remnant in the mouth. It also overall gets worse as one drinks it. (750 characters)

Photo of OtherShoe2
2.86/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a reddish brown with a decent fizzy head and some lacing.

Light scents here -- some caramel and brown bread notes.

Light light flavors, with caramel malt sweetness, some bready notes, and a green vegetable/leafy hop element. The carbonation in this one also gives it an acidic feel on the tongue, which worked well as a palate cleaner and with food. My big fault is that the flavors are too muted, a bit too thin.

Overall, not too bad, but nothing you'd put near the top of your list either. I always find this on the beer menu in Thai/Chinese/Vietnamese restaurants but never try it. Glad I did, as it is an interesting spin by this huge brewer. (656 characters)

Photo of BretSikkink
3.08/5  rDev -7.2%
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. (346 characters)

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.12/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Heineken (in the green bottle) is potentially a ‘gateway beer’; for many, including me, it represents a first step away from the budcoorsmillerlightlitedraft nonsense. I will always have a soft spot for it, but I honestly don’t like it anymore. Which brings me to the beer at hand… if Heineken was your friend, then Heineken Dark is like the extremely debonair cousin from out of town that you can’t believe is related at all.

G – Drank out of a disposable cup, then straight out the bottle, and then two bottles at a time in my liter Heineken seidel. This beer is potentially the rare beer that is better when consumed straight from the bottle.

A - Dark and translucent, between black tea and cola, otherwise it looks similar to the green bottled Heineken, effervescent, nice (tan) head, good lacing.

S - It has a caramel and dunkel maltiness, figs, prunes, dark wheat in the nose.

T - The taste is very good. It has a dunkel taste like Flensburger. Nutty tasting. Great caramel flavor in the malt; not crass like, say, 'Old Speckled Hen' (in the clear bottle) or some of Lagunitas' offerings, which are a nasty Cracker-Jack or Smucker's tasting caramel. And not sweet either. Muted hop, well balanced flavors overall.

M - Medium-bodied, well carbonated.

D - I love it. Heineken has a special place in my heart, but regular Heineken is not what I once thought it was. Heineken Dark, on the other hand, is still extremely awesome.

P.S. If you are drinking Green Heineken, always opt for the Heine-can. (1,545 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
2.91/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, no apparent bottled on date, 5.00% abv, not listed on the bottle. This was my first Heineken beer ever, reviewed in detail on the back of a K-Mart receipt. Poured into a miniature pint glass.

A - Pours a very dark black cherryish type color. Nice two finger cream head.

S - Vague smell of smokiness and dark fruit, but they are minimal and somewhat artificial smelling. Little bit of bourbon vanilla presence begins to emerge as the beer warms.

T - Dark fruit of some kind and cherry come to mind initially. Carbonated; but not overwhelming. Slight artificial type sweetness. A decent adjunct styled beer, better than I was expecting, considering the terrible rap that regular Heineken Lager gets from people I know.

M - Nice chocolate kind of aftertaste, slight carbonation is well balanced enough.

Overall, definitely worth trying at least once. I haven't had the regular Heineken Lager yet, but judging from the hype I imagine that the Heineken Dark Lager is probably a better choice.

Heineken Dark Lager ---3/5. (1,036 characters)

Photo of TastyTaste
3.38/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A nice deep maroon color, with a creamy tan head. Smells of roasted malt and sweetness. This is much better than heineken lager. Still a little too thin and sweet to be considered a very good beer, in my opinion, but much improved over their flagship brew. (256 characters)

Photo of Doomcifer
2.9/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours brown into the glass with decent head that sticks it out a little. Smells of a touch of yeast, maybe a bit of caramel...nothing smacking you in the face, but nothing unpleasant. Taste is decently malty sweet with a touch of caramel flavor up front and fades off to a thin flavor and mouthfeel. Highly carbonated. Better than this beer's more popular brother. Fairly drinkable. (382 characters)

Photo of BEERMILER12
3.45/5  rDev +3.9%

A: Pours a ruby hued mahogany color with a fingers worth of head that fades down to a tiny cap

S: Some roastiness and dark fruit come through, mostly cherry pits or almonds. Definitely malty and bready

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with a bit of the fruitiness and bready malty notes and finishes with a bit of the roast and cherry/almond notes

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth

O: This one surprised me. It's very easy to drink and quite flavorful. Worth a shot if you're into dark lagers or dark beers in general (537 characters)

Photo of clvand0
2.33/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer pours a dark amber color with a small head and moderate lacing on the glass. The aroma is slightly sweet and interesting. I really had decent hopes for this one because I thought that since it was dark, it would be decent - not sucky like normal Heineken. I was wrong. The taste was a little malty, but pretty crappy and enjoyable - the taste was very reminescent of normal Heineken with a bit more sweetness. Didn't like it much. (440 characters)

Photo of jsprain1
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- An amber, or perhaps ruby colored beer. very thin khaki lace.
S- bready malty aroma, rather subdued.
T- Dark bread, some malt, and just enough hops to balance it all out throughout the palate.
M- Medium weight, less than average carb, but not in a detrimental sense.
D- All around a slightly better than average beer, and one preferible to the mainstream "normal" heineken. (376 characters)

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
2.73/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Sort of a reddish brown, mostly clear, head was so-so but the lacing wasn't bad.

Smell and taste were nearly identical, and consisted primarily of caramel malt, along with a touch of nuts and a little bready yeast.

Body was very light and watery, with a slightly slick and sticky feel.

I thought this was sort of "the corona of Holland" and generally wasn't impressed at all. (380 characters)

Photo of JDV
2.94/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very Dark Amber pour with a smallish light tan head that doesn’t last too long unfortunately. Good looking beer. Smell isn’t too strong to begin but the lightly malty caramel, alcohol smells I do pick up are subtle but nice at first, but then turn into an almost nauseatingly artificial syrupy caramel smell. Tastes of some lightly roasty malts, a touch of yeast, and has a very quick finish and basically no bitterness. Body is a tad watery, yet has a fairly rich, full flavor for a (dark)lager nonetheless. Overall, a good easy drinking darker session beer. Not terrible, but I wouldn't get this again. (606 characters)

Photo of bashiba
2.85/5  rDev -14.2%
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. (355 characters)

Photo of morebeergood
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had some Chinese food tonight with my wife at Mandarin Gourmet in Brookline. On the menu, the beer list includes one offering merely shown as "dark beer". I asked the server, and he replied it was Heineken Dark. I hadn't had one before, so I gave a bottle a try. Poured into a short stemmed water goblet. Dark brown color with red highlights. Got a decent sized head with a sturdy pour. Smell was bready and malty. The flavor was actually decent. It reminded me a bit of a cross between a brown ale and a dubbel; it had the similar flavor profile of each. A bit malty like a brown, but a touch of sweetness as in a Belgian ale. Mouthfeel was somewhat thin but smooth. Drinkability was surprisingly good for a Euro dark beer. It paired well with the food, and was a lot more flavorful than a run of the mill Heineken. (818 characters)

Photo of DogFood11
1.97/5  rDev -40.7%
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. (581 characters)

Photo of hardy008
2.53/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reddish brown color with a tan head and decent retention. Smells of dark malt with grain. A slight caramel aroma. Tastes consists of caramel , grain, and some chocolate. Thin watery mouthfeel with decent carbonation. The drinkability is below average. Not much to get excited about here. (287 characters)

Photo of BeerSox
2.87/5  rDev -13.6%
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. (959 characters)

Photo of Drew966
3.58/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (335 characters)

Photo of marc77
2.87/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Light brown / garnet hue w/ a head that settle into a thin but persistent layer. The aroma consists of lightly toasty Munich malt, a bit of dark caramel and a touch of chocolate malt. Hop nose is completely absent. The malt profile and body is lacking for a Dunkel, consisting of understated Munich malt and light chocolate. Hop bitterness is low and lets residual malt sweetness to assert itself. There's really not much else there flavorwise. The finish is a bit grainy and sweet. This is a pretty insipid example of the style. (536 characters)

Photo of Phatz
3.51/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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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.
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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.
Cheers! (1,384 characters)

Photo of albern
3.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I bought this beer expecting much worse things and was pleasantly surprised. I haven't had a Heineken dark in years, decades is more like it, and I'm no fan of their lager counterpart which to me is just a slightly sweeter version of any number of characterless American macros. Enough said. The beer was a bit of a pleasant surprise, just because I was expecting so little. It pours a nice amber, copper color, very clear, clean, with a decent off white head that hangs around a bit and laces too. The smell is nutty malts, caramel, and an off medicinal quality, although some of the off smells dissipate as things settle. The smell is the weakest link. The taste is subdued, it has a nice caramel backbone, plenty of caramelized malts, some roasted flavors, and a bit of a metallic edge as well. The beer is approaching a medium body with not much carbonation. The finish is a bit off and that's where some of the metallic flavors emerge. Not much aftertaste one way or another. Not a bad beer, and I'm glad I gave it a try. (1,026 characters)

Heineken Dark Lager from Heineken Nederland B.V.
76 out of 100 based on 252 ratings.