Heineken Premium Light Lager - Heineken Nederland B.V.

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Ratings: 873
Reviews: 274
rAvg: 2.33
pDev: 30.04%
Wants: 5
Gots: 121 | FT: 0
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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: 873 | Reviews: 274
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.

Photo of Thorpe429
1.53/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

You take regular Heineken and made it worse; really? Why? Poured into a pint glass and reviewed from notes. Color is a light yellow with a small white head with no retention. The nose is skunky hops and pretty much nothing else. Seems they cut back on whatever malts were in the original just so we could appreciate skunk anus more.

Taste is skunk. Feel is skunk. There's quite the theme here. There's some prickly carbonation that thankfully carries much of the flavor away. Some slight grain, but not all that much. This is a bad beer. There's not that much going on, but what is there I really don't like.

Photo of StonedTrippin
2.58/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I actually like this better than regular Heineken. its cleaner, fresher tasting, more carbonated, and less filling. no metallic or adjuncts really either, just better. still crap though, sudsy white head on yellow liquid. smell of fresh pils malts and generic ale yeast. watery and soft, but not devoid of flavor. malt forward, balancing hops only, a good slammer beer, golf beer, boat beer etc, but with very little redeeming qualities outside of these contexts. good bubbles, refreshing when freezing, and affordable enough. it has a role, and its better than the other light beers, especially the imports. I can get behind this a little bit, also seems to be handled better than the regular, which eliminated the skunky odor and taste I associate with the parent beer here.

Photo of Knapp85
1.93/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This brew was one of my early beers I had, I actually stole a bottom from a friends parents fridge hoping they wouldn't notice. As far as I know they never noticed. Anyway the beer was decent at the time but since then I've had much better. The beer looks much like regular Heineken and smells the too. the taste is just a little more watered down.

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

This review is one half of Macro Smackdown XIII, yet another comparison tasting of the less palatable members of the beer world. Heineken Premium Light Lager's competition today will be Pabst Blue Ribbon Light. For starters, the bottles couldn't be more distinctive. This beer comes in classic Euro lager green with an attractive painted 'label'. PBR Light comes in the more user-friendly brown glass with a standard paper label. What matters, of course, is what's inside those bottles.

Faded amber, probably a shade lighter than its American counterpart. It actually occured to me to make sure I keep the bottles next to their respective glasses since these two look so similar that mixing them up would be easy to do. This cap is brighter, a wee bit creamier and leaves an identical pattern of lace. Slight edge here, but probably not enough for different scores to be granted.

Whatever mild skunkiness was present initially is now gone. This nose is more nose-filling, but is also less likeable in that Euro pale lager hoppy funkiness kind of way. The differences are subtle, though, and I can't say that I prefer one over the other.

Neither light lager is a sock knocker-offer. They're both simple and cereal grain-like with a token amount of hoppiness. A token and a half in this beer's case. They both lean to the dry, crisp side rather than the sweet side. Neither is offensive and both would be easily drinkable in a pinch. Could we have the first MacSmack tie?

There's no hope of getting a few degrees of separation on the mouthfeel front. If I was blinded, I don't believe I could tell the difference between these two. Therefore, identical scores.

The scores may be the same, but I feel a need to pick a winner of MacSmack XIII. Heineken Premium Light Lager is the winner for a fair reason and for an unfair reason. The first is that the head is brighter and slightly more attractive. The second is that it tastes (and probably is) slightly fresher. I take the blame for PBR Light's less than perfectly fresh state. However, in my defense, if the breweries would date their bottles, it wouldn't have happened. Anyone looking for a drinkable light lager should give both of these beers a look.

Photo of mikesgroove
1.68/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

So this I have no excuse for other then trying to knock out the bottom of the barrel list as quick as possible. A short trip to the store revealed most of these sitting there, rip for the taking. Decided to try a few last night and just go with it. Served cold and right from the bottle, this was consumed on 08/11/2010.

Working my way into the lighter fair I decided to open this one up a perennial favorite of my father in law, I through one in the mixed sixer just to give it a whirl in a review setting. Pours a straightforward light hay color with a minimal head of white fizzy bubbles that quickly dissipates and leaves only token lacing along the sides of the glass. Aroma is light, nearly non existent with small hints of grass and corn, but that was about it. Crisp and clean feel cannot save this one from being overpowered by its lightness. Maybe a touch of corn, maybe, but there is really no flavor here to be had at all. It works well on a 100 degree day in place of water, but that is about the only use I could find. Taste leaves as quickly as it arrives.

Overall I will pass, while it is not as horrible tasting as some of the others, its blandness does me in.

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 zeff80
2.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, very pale, straw yellow color with a small, white, foamy head. It left no lace.

S - It smelled a little skunky and of corn.

T - It tasted of corn, grain and light caramel malt.

M - It was a little thin and weak. A light bodied beer.

D - This actually tasted like a lighter version of regular Heineken. For a light lager it wasn't too bad.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.13/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can (tall but thin like a Red Bull can) - $1.29 at Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, yellow body with a frothy, tall, but quickly collapsing white head.

Smell: Humble, demure nose smelling only mildly of barley and rice and floral hops. Thanks so much for the keeping out the skunk wafts, aluminum can, you don't know how much I appreciate it.

Taste: Light, lightly sweet cereal grains and rice is easily balanced out by an equally light touch of hops and bitterness. Finishes dry, clean, and quaintly crisp.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Provided you have your lil' heart set on purchasing Heineken Light, to ensure you circumvent the Euro-skunk, buying this in a can is really the only way to go.

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 TheManiacalOne
1.43/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a very pale yellow color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light and funky malts, with a touch of hops.

T: The taste has very mild flavors of lager yeast, light malts and almost no hops. Even for a light beer it's pretty bland.

M: Crisp with a little smoothness but very watery, light body, medium-to-high carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Not flavorful at all, goes down easily because of the lack of substance, not filling at all, no kick, there are a lot of better light beers out there.

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 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 feloniousmonk
2.3/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pale, pale, pale yellow color, hold a thin slice of a pear peel to the sunlight...small head, then gone...eh...

Aroma: nothing but corn, and faint hops...wispy grain and air.

Taste: none. Water and light alcohol. Coors Light kicked up a micro-notch. Whereas I don't think much of a bottle of Heinken, there's absolutely nothing to think about when downing a bottle of Heineken Light, um, I mean PREMIUM Light. It sure is wet, though.

Yep.

Sure is wet.

This needs to go away fast. Heineken drinkers aren't crying out for anything lighter, and Amstel Light drinkers aren't looking for anything Heineken-ier.

Photo of jwc215
2.1/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This was featured at a restaurant I recently went to because it was a new item. I had never had it, and was curious as to how close it would be to Heineken, so I figured I would give it a shot...

Poured very light - almost clear - yellow - with virtually no head.

The smell was almost nothing, except for a slight starch aroma that was uninviting to say the least.

The taste was overwhelmingly watery - ridiculously so, even for the style. The slight taste that was present was mainly of some subdued adjuncts that were odd-tasting.

This was very similar to bad tap-water - no real "beer" flavor.
It was as drinkable as below-average tap water - watered-down more than most of its style. I can't see the point of drinking this, except if it is someone who does not like beer, but wants to order a beer for social reasons. If you like beer - don't bother...

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 WesWes
3.03/5  rDev +30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick fizzy white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a light pilsner malt and German hop scent. It's light and watered down; like a weaker version of the original. The taste is average as well. It has a light, pilsner malt flavor with a touch of hops and a dry finish. It's easy drinking and attractive to people who like light beers. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a average light lager. It's quaffable, yet devoid of much malt character.

Photo of dbrauneis
2.51/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a crystal clear pale golden yellow in color with some very light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall white head that quickly reduces to a very thin film covering the entire surface of the beer. Minimal lacing is observed.

S: Moderate aromas of adjunct malts (grains) along with lighter aromas of lemon, skunkiness, and something metallic.

T: Not a real lot of flavor in this beer with the sweetness of the adjunct malts (grain) really being the primary flavor.

M: Light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery and lightly dry in the finish.

O: Easy to drink and sessionable but not one of my favorite styles of beer or a particular beer that I want to come back and have again.

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 woodychandler
2.62/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

CAN you believe that I found three new CANs for the CANQuest while in DC this past weekend? Onward!

My pour produced a finger-and-a-half of fluffy bone-white head with decent retention. Color was a light lemon-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose was slightly sulfuric underlain by a slight lager sweetness. Mouthfeel was thin and watery, a real drawback of the style. It had a light lager seetness on the tongue. Finish was mild and unobtrusive. It really begets the question, "Why?" It was inoffensive, but it was also pretty tasteless and bland. Why bother?

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 BARFLYB
1.99/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Drank from a can found in my sister's fridge, i figured what the hell.

A- I drank this from the can but poured a bit into a small glass. Light straw yellow with a fizzy minimal white cap that left before i got to know it. no lace.

S- HL smells like Pepé Le Pew, very skunky just like the regular version. Maybe some malts in here and very faded hops. All I really get is the skunked smell.

T- Well, the taste is slightly skunked as well but not as much as the regular version, hence, this being the light version. Grains and just a notion of hop presence. Some bready malts as well.

M- Thin and light but alot of active carbonation is heard and felt. Goes down very easy and would be better without pepe.

D- Not really, I finished my can because I was parched and needed some liquid but I would not willingly buy this for myself, or bring it to a party. I need to try a heineken in amsterdam to see if there is a difference, because I get the feeling they just send the U.S. the dregs of the heineken line-up.

Photo of Halcyondays
2.57/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a very pale yellow, it looks like the fizzy lager you see in British bars in the movies. Head is medium-sized, white in the beginning, dies down to a thin film fast, no lacing, good head retention for a light lager though.

S: Actually has a nice Saaz and noble hop scent, smells a lot like Beck's, no skunk.

T: Taste is a letdown after the surprisingly strong smell. Very, very light taste, haven't had something this light since Michelob Ultra. Doesn't taste bad, just nothing much there. Light grain husk, seltzer water, has a bit of a spicy hop bite at the end, a very clean flavour, the Boston of light beers.

M: Light-bodied, fizzy, but has a better overall feel than its brethren, there's is something there, not just fizzy water.

D: Honestly, I have no problems drinking this, and I'd probably take this over Heineken regular. But to the beer fan, there is really nothing in terms of flavour profile to make me come back. Good for what it is, but I'm not going to buy this again with the multitude of brews on the market in SoCal.

Photo of Stinkypuss
1.93/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

appearance is less than average. Very light almost white lager.
Smells of cooked corn, dms and slight skunk.
Tastes like the nose, watery corn water with grains. Very light hops that are euro style but not fresh and starting to skunk.
Mouthfeel is light and watery.
Drinkability suffers due to the lack of taste, and whatever taste is there is bad. Stay away from this one.

Photo of DoubleJ
2.01/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Surprise! I mixed this into the Unorganized Invitational as the fourth of six entries. Why you ask? I'll explain later, but let's see what this "Premium Light" has to offer:

Poured into a stange glass, it pours and looks like a pilsner with its clear yellow body. Seeing an average head on it brought some hopes about this offering, but that was its high tide. It shares it's skunky scent with its brother. Taste wise, it's certainly watered down, Malt flavor is light and astringent, sour cereal-like taste balances it all out with a watery feel.

If you've been following the Unorganized Invitational, you don't need me to tell you this won't make the cut...

...which brings us to why I chose this beer in the first place. Well, this is my 100th review, and after drinking all those brews, I wanted something lighter in calories and tasting like water. Yeah, right! Anyone watching their chick-flick ads knows who this is targeted to. There's nothing "premium" about this except the price tag.

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