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Heineken Premium Light Lager - Heineken Nederland B.V.

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859 Ratings
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Ratings: 859
Reviews: 269
rAvg: 2.33
pDev: 30.47%
Wants: 5
Gots: 113 | FT: 0
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Netherlands

Style | ABV
Light Lager |  3.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Jason on 03-01-2005

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Ratings: 859 | Reviews: 269
Reviews by metter98:
Photo of metter98
2.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are light aromas of grainy malts and skunk in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the taste, except that the skunky flavors are a little less apparent and there is a light amount of bitterness from the hops.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied (but not thin and watery) on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn't that bad for a light lager because it tastes a lot like a regular Heineken but just is a little lighter-bodied.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
1.64/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearance – This stinker came out of the lovely green bottle a solid yellow in color with a nice white head that actually left some lacing on the inside of my glass.

Smell – The skunk was in full effect here just like it was for Daddy Heiny. The putrid smell of rotten grain and moldy Pixie Stix filled the room instantly.

Taste – Oh, this is gross. I can kind of taste some grain but other than that it’s like licking a skunk’s asshole after he just inhaled two giant been burritos and a dead goldfish.

Mouthfeel – This is light-bodied with a disappointing carbonated fizzle.

Sinkability – This was a very sinkable beer.

Photo of braugon
3.5/5  rDev +50.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

this beer is way overhated. people see "light" and assume the worst. this is actually better than heineken heavy, and a good representation of a german lager

Photo of ExtraStout
2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Among light beers, this is no worse than average, and perhaps a bit better, but then, this is a low standard to start with. Overall, the flavor profile seemed true to the standard Heineken lager, only watered-down. I suspect you could achieve the same effect by letting a couple of ice cubes melt in a glass of Heineken. Neither offensive nor enjoyable. Just wet.

Photo of twi1609372
3.6/5  rDev +54.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

just an average drinkable beer. very very light, crisp taste. however you can taste that it is a quality made light beer. this sint a bud light we are talking about here. deep, complex taste no, cheap crap no. again would reccomend for dieters mainly.

Photo of Ryno3031
3/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Slight skunky smell but typical of what you'd expect from Heineken. Definitely better than the 56 overall rating though....tastes like slightly watered down Heineken. Typical light beer but good on a warm day playing golf.

Photo of Jason
2.43/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz green bottle with plastic labels and a bottle code which may or may not have anything to do with freshness.

A- Pale golden straw with a fizzy looking lace from hasty bubbles rising to the top.

S- Not much in the aroma other than some faint grain and cooked hops.

T&M- A bit more smooth than crisp in the light and dry body. Mild astringent quality middle to end. Quick bite of grain and hop bitterness and then the clean and dry after tastes quickly sets in.

D- A watery beer, this is a beer for people that really don't want to drink beer or think that drinking regular beer will make them fat ... its not all of the fast food and junk food that made them fat right? When will this low-carb beer fad die a quick death?

Photo of tigg924
2.03/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: 1 inch head, pale yellow in color, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: weak combo of straw and adjunct malt

Taste: light straw and grain..maybe some bark

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, watery,sweet but the taste is really faint

Overall: I have nothing against light beers, but this one really does taste like water. Refreshing yes, but not what I am going to go for when I want a beer. Still sadly better then the original version.

Photo of Mora2000
2.32/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a very light yellow with a white head. The aroma is straight skunk. I know this is not how the brewer intended the beer to smell, but when you choose a light green bottle for your beer, you should be held responsible if it skunks. The flavor is not as skunky and has notes of corn and grass. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of Byeast
2.63/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had this beer on the golf course , around sunset. I don't know what it looks like because i had it in a bottle , but i think i can guess. The smell was like a lighter heiny , some light grains , bit of haller hop , some alcohol , and the signature skunk. Taste was of mild graint malt mixed with the regular heiniken taste , but lighter. Bitterness seemed a bit more pronounced in the finish. Overall , it had a more refreshing quality , but it was very thin a i would not buy it. It did however get the job done , and as almost any beer would , it made my evening a little bit better.

Photo of magictrokini
2.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Skunky Heineken aroma. Yellow beer, fizzy head. Same sweet rice/malt flavor with some saaz flavors. I gave this a 2.5 in the flavor department, because this is possibly the only light beer that tastes just like its big brother, so its got that going for it.

Photo of kingcrowing
2.26/5  rDev -3%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz can.

Very clear light yellow with almost no head at all, nose is bland, corn and alcohol.

Taste is also very bland, dry and boring. Mouthfeel is very light and dry, it's easy drinking for a buzz but not a good beer at all. It's got such a low abv though it's hardly even worth drinking.

Photo of ironlung
1.42/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Clear, piss-yellow w/ 2-finger foamy head.

S: Smells like a fart! (no joke)

T: Like beer flavored water. The only good commet I can make is that the carbonation isn't too high like other lagers I've tried.

M: Pretty smooth. Comes and goes with just a malt and bubble profile.

D: High, if you like this sort of "beer". I only drank it to review it since my buddy left some in my fridge.

I saw a bumper sticker here in Marin that said: "don't eat yellow snow, don't drink yellow beer" -words to live by!

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

So why does Henie need a light version? I dunno. This is basically Heineken cut with (more) water. Everything is diluted. Appearance, even more straw yellow, more white head, disappears even faster. Aroma, less skunky, but I liked the skunk.

Taste, less skunky, but I buy Heineken when I wants me some skunk. In the words of the Circle Jerks, "I just want some skunk." Well, close enough. Anyways, the water downplays the zestiness, even the carbonation. I can imagine the making of a Heineken light 12 pack.

Take Heineken 6 pack. Add equal parts water to the beer. Voila! 12 pack of Heinecken light.

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Okay here we go a brew that is a light version of Heine is that possible well let's just say I'm not sure. Appears a light golden pale hue with a bright white head leaves behind nice scattered lacing. Aroma has more skunky Euro hops sorry folks those are the facts on this beer they promote a nice skuny grassy hop character with a minimal citrus profile just enjoy and now your enjoying something high end, right? Taste has lighter crisp version of Heineken I could see this going over here with crisp hop character it finishes a tad bitter for American flavor but it's actually not that bad grassy citrus hop profile with light creamy biscuit malt tones go figure. Mouthfeel as the label reveals it's light bodied higher artificial carbonation not the end of the world. Drinkability well not that bad I could crave this in another life possibly, but once again pretty unoffensive what can I say.

Photo of chinchill
2.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz can.

Pour is light amber; excellent clarity; Good head and decent lacing; coarse carbonation.

Aroma: light sweet malts and spicy hops in good balance.

Flavor: very mild, with only a faint hop bitterness in the finish and aftertaste.

Feel: very light bodied but about as expected given the style and carbonation level.

O: light ... very light, but not otherwise flawed and not bad with a meal. Note, bottled Heineken in the US is oftem spoiled so can are recommended.

Photo of biboergosum
2.09/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle, a souvenir from an oft-visited Safeway in Kona, on the Big Island of Hawaii.

This beer pours a crystal clear medium straw colour, with three fingers of loosely foamy dirty white head, which evaporates rather quickly, leaving nothing in the way of lace around the glass.

It smells of funky, decaying corn mush, one with an underlying white cereal graininess, and a thin straw/grassiness. The taste is light grainy, stale cereal, some mildly skunky, old lemon rind, and weedy hops.

The bubbles are kind of prickly at first, and only somewhat let up, the body quite thin and watery, and smooth if you like it like that. It finishes very ethereal and airy, like it's trying to make you forget what you just drank.

Smells almost putrid, but hey, it levels off after that, becoming inoffensive (mostly), and, well light. Good, I suppose, if you can't get a glass of water to go with your real beer.

Photo of mbunje
2.74/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

12oz slim can poured into a Stone pint glass (is that legal?)

A - Very pale straw yellow color. Not much head. no lacing

S - Skunky hop, grainy malt. Slightly less potent than a regular heiny.

T - bland, rice-like cereal flavor. a little tartness makes it mildly more interesting than a Macro-lite

MF - Light bodied, crisp. Lingering tang

D - I could drink 100 of these, easy. But I wouldn't enjoy it. Experience is about 1 degree above water.

Photo of dacrza1
1.77/5  rDev -24%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

"lighter in taste"... oy, that's a marketing ploy? Head settles to a pencil-thin mustache, ulike the lager... pingish aroma, eys--but softer, more subtle tha the original... actually a benefit when considering it offensive effect... a softer, less aggressive action early, with the same faux finish late... again, actually more beneficial to the drinker... a bit more straight in its flavor profile, with nothing out of line... even less on the offensive than the original... thins to water at the finish... how to spin this politely... at a hot summer party, this beer would work... I still wouldn't want it, though...

Photo of NJpadreFan
2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Heineken- Premium Light

Appearance- Light yellow almost clear with a quick fizzy head.
Smell- Very sugary sweet syrupy malt. Rice and corn adjunct.
Taste- Sweet rice and corn flavors. Very watery very little flavor here.
Mouthfeel- Watery up front followed by a quick burst of sweet adjunct flavoring and finishing off watery and lifeless.

Overall- Practically no flavor. Don't waste your time.

Someone left a few in my fridge so I figured I'd review it. I'm going back onto my,"don't drink and review macro's" ban!!!

Photo of tdm168
2.13/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a pale golden yellow with a short lived, fizzy, bubbly head. The nose is musty and grainy with a traditional euro pale lager smell. The taste is almost nondescript; very, very faint grains, super light grassiness. The mouthfeel is very light, well carbonated, and smooth.

This lacks flavor. It's drinkable and refreshing but musty and forgettable. I'll pass in the future.

Photo of tjsdomer2
2.73/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Looked very pale and boring. Flat with no head retention.

Smell: Neutral beer smell. Water. I tried a bit of another one a while back. This one smells better, but I'm still not impressed.

Taste/Mouthfeel: It was kind of warm, so that's not good. A lot like Heineken Lager with these categories, only more watery and less carbonated.

Drinkability: It's water and it's not gross, so it's drinkable.

Overall: I don't know why you would bother picking this over regular Heineken, which is pretty tame to begin with.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.1/5  rDev +33%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Well there's not much that wasn't expected here. Heineken light in the green bottle is light-struck ("skunked") just like the regular version. It pretty much tastes like regular Heineken that's been watered-down, yet it still retains most of the alcohol. Gone are the nice, malts and herbal hops. It is, however, very refreshing. Very refreshing! - kind of like water. And, it has enough hop flavor and bitterness that it tastes much more like "beer" than the American "light" beers. There are better light beers available (Sam Adam's, for example), but in comparison to the likes of Bud Light, Miller Lite, Amstel Light, and Corona Light I'd take this one.

Photo of GDBEERMAN
2.31/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz into 8oz tasting chalice.
A: For the style this looks to be spot on. Light, clear body that shows a good stream of carbonation, while the one pitfall is the lack of head retention. White foamy head is most likely only there from vigorous pour.
S: A weak aroma, of corn and a bit of the classic Heineken skunk. On the bland side of these flavor profiles.
T/M: The front is a cold and crisp mouthfeel, that does really not put off flavor until there is a wash down, then up come the skunk and mold like bready note. Not a balanced beer, nor the presence of hops or malt.
D: This is a great brew to drink if you are looking to pound a case and have to use the bathroom every other beer, other wise for this light lager style, there are many domestic and imports that rise high above.

Photo of socon67
2.66/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Decided to review along with other "macro beers".

Fairly generic lager. There isn't anything special about the pour. Looks golden and fairly clear. I cannot discern anything from the smell of the beer. You couldn't tell it was beer. The taste is actually not terrbile. Granted there isn't much there but I've had much worse. Mouthfeel is typical for the style; some carbonation but generally smooth since the ABV is so low. It is drinkable and not the worst choice you could make. I'd choose something with more flavor, even as a light lager.

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