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Heineken Premium Light Lager - Heineken Nederland B.V.

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Reviews: 259
Hads: 884
rAvg: 2.38
pDev: 26.47%
Wants: 5
Gots: 134 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Light Lager |  3.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of johnnnniee
2.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Pours a crystal clear pale yellow color with a smallish bone white head that shows little retention. Light sweet bready malty pilsner aroma with a whole lot of skunk. The flavor is a light bready grainy maltiness with a hint of hop bitterness and again a bit of mercaptan. Light body with a spritzy level of carbonation and a slick watery mouthfeel. I can't get away from the skunky aroma to find much to like about this beer, probably a poor example to be a classic style imho. (481 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
2.58/5  rDev +8.4%
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. (776 characters)

Photo of JG-90
2.36/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Pours a small fizzy head with low retention that recedes to leaves just a bit of lacing. Beer is a very pale golden straw color and extremely clear. Smells of bread, straw, a little grassy, with a bit of fruitiness as well.

Taste is similar to other light lagers but does have a bit of fruitiness that helps it stand out, also has a hint of earthiness. Mouthfeel is very light with high carbonation, what you would expect. (423 characters)

Photo of soju6
2.42/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a light straw color with a fair head that fades with no real lacing.

S: Aroma is fairly mild with a bit of citrus, malt sweetness and grain.

T: Taste of just a bit of citrus with some malt sweetness. Mild bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Light body, smooth and short on flavor.

O: A decent non-offensive light beer. (333 characters)

Photo of ikihi
3.02/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I feel like James Bond every time I pop the cap off, but wheres all the women? I'm drinking the same beer he did just like in the movie!!!

Light bodied beer. Tastes like a pilsner that is less bitter than average. I thought it was pretty good with a pleasing light carbonated taste. Not too much complex flavor, but that is how these beers are; has somewhat unusual aftertaste. Be sure to get a 12 pack so the light doesn't skunk the beer... (442 characters)

Photo of biteme398
2.78/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Into a pint glass, the beer is maybe a shade or two darker than most light beers. The small head recedes quickly and leaves no foam. Smell is pretty limited to alcohol and a little bit of flowers. Tastes like watered down Heineken, but at least still has that distinctive taste to it.

Not bad for a light beer, has some flavor to it actually. If I was forced to drink a light beer I'd probably go with this one. (413 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
2.85/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Now here's a typical Free Beer From Work - though I find this to be better than most of its light lager brethren.

A 12oz green bottle is poured to a tulip-esque official Crawdaddies glass. Color is dark yellow with a pillow of white head which slowly dissipates to nothing. Lots of carbonation bubbles visible.

Smell is pretty much pure cereal grain and light malts with a hint of papery skunk. Not too bad, decent strength, smells like something at least.

Taste brings the same cereal+slight skunk with some added lemon crispness, bread and pale malt. Really not too much to offend the senses, for a light beer some decent flavor.

Light but substantial mouthfeel with a good amount of foamy carbonation.

Decent amount of flavor considering this is actually lighter/has less alcohol than most light beers even - if you gotta go light this may be one of the better choices. (878 characters)

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
1.9/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Pure yellow gold, light bubbles on the body....head a natural white rising about 1/4".

Smell: Has a sour aroma or hops...light, not sure if you really want to inhale this.

Taste: Light bitterness not to mention light hops, watery and too bland. I know it's light but it lacks flavor.

Mouth: medium, no stickiness.

Overall: Drank this because it was offered to me at my best friend's house or I wouldn't have ordered it. Not a fan of light beers and very few have caught my attention. This definitely isn't one of them. Salud. (571 characters)

Photo of NiceTaps
1.88/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz green bottle into an Italian style pilsner glass.

A- Bright and clean yellowy-gold color, 1+ finger head, no lacing. Lots and lots of big bubbles.

S- It has the Heineken standard issue dirty cat box skunkiness. Very, very unpleasant.

T- It tasted to me like nothing more than wet undecooked white bread.

M- A bit light and crisp, nothing really. It's just so hard to get past the nose.

O- This was my only choice at a friend's house today. Otherwise, I may never have drank this beer. I did not finish the entire serving but it was easy to read. (555 characters)

Photo of jsisko01
4.16/5  rDev +74.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a very crisp looking clear golden color with a centimeter thick head that dissipates quickly leaving a thin, but nice lacing.

Smell - Has a pleasantly strong skunky aroma that pretty much dominates everything else. Grains and bread are the only other detectable aromas.

Taste - Not as skunky as the aroma but it's still good. Fairly sweet with a slight corn flavor, plus grains and bread. It has minimal bitterness from the hops.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied with high carbonation.. Very crisp

Overall - Very easy to drink on. Would be great for the summer. (576 characters)

Photo of metter98
2.39/5  rDev +0.4%
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. (667 characters)

Photo of SometimesIfart
2.08/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

A - Drank straight from the bottle. Beer appears very light and slightly bubbly though.

S - Skunky rice adjunct. That's all.

T - Tastes like a regular heineken. Skuny rice, corn flakes, sour apples. Not terrible for a light beer.

M - Medium bodied with heavy stinging carbonation.

O - Overall, it was slightly better than expected for the beer having a " light " lable on it. Realistically, It's just another Euro Lage, although far better than a lot of light and regular adjuncts. I'd have again if handed one. (515 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
2.02/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from the green bottle into a... a... umm... does it really matter? Let's give a Pokal glass a go!

A solid looking lager. Nice white head, perhaps two fingers, some good retention and keeping a solid cap. Body is a nice gold amber, not piss looking, with some nice slow rising carbonation. Actually looks refreshing.

Here's where it falls apart so far. Nose smells of pure cooked corn. Sweet and stinky. No hop aroma, not even a grainy malt presence. Just ugh. Some slight strange burnt sensations mix in, almost like a burnt match, giving some "variety". Overall though the olfactory experience is not that great, even for a lager. Luckily not skunked either.

Palate is.. Palate is ... where exactly? Not here that's what I can say. One of the most inoffensive but also neutral beers I've had. Mouthfeel is fine, but it's noticeably watery, but I'll cut some slack since the abv is so low and it's a "light" lager. Luckily not fizzy either or seltzery like most lagers. Flavor? I would write something but I can't even pick up anything.

Overall, let's move on, nothing to see here. Much better out there even in this style for sure! (1,144 characters)

Photo of Bierwolf
2.04/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Bought a 6 pack of green bottles. Thought maybe it was old so got another 6. Drank from a pilsener glass.

Appearance: About a finger of white, fizzy foam that diminished to a very thin froth. Clear kind of a medium yellow with tiny particles . some bubbles rising up.

Smell: Mostly a moderate yeast aroma with some hopping in the background.

Taste: Initially a light bitterness that finishes the same way except it sweetens up a little on the finish. Fairly crisp and dry.

Mouth Feel: Light to medium bodied and fairly dry. Carbonation was there but not overpowering.

Overall: This beer did not do a lot for me. I bought the second 6 because the first were so ordinary that i thought that they were old. It just left me wanting more. Granted it is a light beer but there are others out there that do a better job of quenching your thirst and have more flavor. (864 characters)

Photo of freditoj
2.35/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Well we all know that Heineken is a good go-to beer and the Heineken Light is not the exception. This is a good interpretation of a Light Lager beer, it remains with body and taste even though it is light. It is much alike like its bigger brother the Regular Lager, it tastes a bit bitter with many hops but it is very smooth at the same time. It is very refreshing and the aftertaste is a bit on the dry side. Overall a good beer to drink while at a picnic or BBQ outing. (472 characters)

Photo of Drk93TT
2.06/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

The beer Pours a light yellow with fizzy head... doesnt stick around long. Smells like a light beer. Tastes like a light beer. Mouthfeel is like water. Overall on par with miller and bud light.. dont think Ill be having any more of this stuff any time soon. (257 characters)

Photo of BostonHops
2.15/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

pours a super clear pale yellow / light gold tone while yielding a short lived fizzy white head, maybe a finger of which. nose offers some grainy and floral hoppy notes. not impressive by any stretch of the imagination but i've certainly smelled a lot worse. not exactly a ringing endorsement, nor is it mean to be.

flavor is worse. tastes just like a watered down heineken... i supposed that shouldn't come as a great surprise. muted grainy notes with a speck of hops in the background, but just highly 'meh'. light bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

over, as light beer beer goes this is okay, which is not saying much at all. it doesn't trigger the gag reflex or anything but i can't think of too many good reasons for ever drinking this one again.

(originally reviewed: 10-16-2011) (796 characters)

Photo of tobelerone
2.66/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear yellow body with an inch of white head that settles slowly. Some patchy lacing, looks ok for a light beer. Nose and taste are both super skunky, sharp and pungent, with some grainy malt and a hint of flowery hops underneath. Some adjunct taste of cereal grains or rice, perhaps. But it’s that classic green bottle Heinie skunk all the way that dominates. Light bodied with ample carbonation and a crisp and refreshing mouthfeel. Super drinkable if you like drinking skunk flavored, watery beverages. Something about the skunkiness ignites a wave of nostalgia in me, bringing me back to my youthful experiences with lousy euro lagers, so I don’t hate this as much as most, but I still wouldn’t buy it..or drink it again. On offer at a barbeque so I gave it a shot. Still not the worst of the worst. (809 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
2.51/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (749 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
2.18/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Poured a light straw color with a large white head. The head faded fast to give a very light amount of lacing.

Smell - In classic Heineken style you get a mild skunk aroma mixed with light malt flavors.

Taste – It starts out with a weaker drier malt taste. The taste doesn't transition much, but sweetens ever so lightly in the middle, only to dry out again more toward the end. At the very end some of the skunkiness in the nose comes to the taste as well, leaving that odd taste on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- It s very light in body with a high level of carbonation.

Overall – It is very much a “watered-down” version of Heineken. Nothing too spectacular. (716 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
2.09/5  rDev -12.2%
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. (909 characters)

Photo of TheBrewo
2.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

We pour a brew of light golden yellow. It holds a brief half finger head of crisp white bubbles, leaving a ring around the edges. Lacing becoming spidery as the liquid levels decrease. Carbonation appears moderate, and translucency is utterly complete. The nose sings with corn and sickly metallic adjuncts. There is grassiness of more fresh malt action, with sweeps of white sugar sweetness coming and going. As we sip, the mouth is met with skunky, adjuncty, souring grain. This puckers the mouth, with metallics and faint synthetic lemon. The latter affords sweetness, but this is transient, as watery malts and hard water come through, blunted all flavor through the middle. Barley and grass predominate, giving room for nothing else through the finish either. Flour adds to this, with more metallics and mineral water bite. The aftertaste breathes of more of the same, with tin, generic grass, and water. There are thin stripes of alcohol throughout. The body is light and the carbonation is medium to high. The feel is thin and watery, with little slurp or cream. Each sip is paper thin, with little coating or drying. Quite hydrating, in fact. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks appropriately for the style.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was how easily it goes down. If you’re looking for a light brew with mild flavoring, this is something you might be interested in. The beer lacks any real flavoring, but comes forth with basic malts and a light airy background. It is not as offensive as many others like it, but is also not something I would regularly stock in my fridge. (1,611 characters)

Photo of tdm168
2.13/5  rDev -10.5%
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. (379 characters)

Photo of Dope
2.28/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: A perfectly clear straw yellow pour. Medium-sized fizzy white head. Fades away fairly quickly. No sign of lacing at all. I know this isn't part of the normal appearance rating, but a green bottle? Really?

S: Smells kinda like rotten corn. There is a cereal-like grain hiding behind it too. A little bit of ashtray? Some odd mineral smell too.

T: More cereal grain and again a bad fermented corn kind of taste. Very watery.

M: Pretty much like water. Very thin. A tiny bit dry.

O: This is about as bad a beer as I've ever had. I left some room in the rankings for something truly awful but don't let that fool you - you're better off drinking almost anything other than this. (681 characters)

Photo of mrfrancis
1.3/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I picked up a bottle of this to complete a mix pack at a supermarket.

A: Pours a very pale, clear gold with a fizzy white head that disappears in a matter of seconds. There really isn't much in the way of lacing, and I guess I shouldn't have expected there to be.

S: Very mild aromas of grain husks, lemon, minerals, and straw are present on the nose, though they only emerge once the beer has settled in the glass and started to warm a bit.

T: Fleeting suggestions of mineral water, lemon, straw, grass, grain husks, and cooked vegetables wash across the palate. Obviously this isn't the freshest bottle in the world. The finish is very quick and clipped with lemon and mineral water notes.

M: Very light in body and very dry. Carbonation is extremely spritzy. This feels more like mineral water than beer.

O: I'm really not impressed with this light lager. I think this may be a style that I should just avoid in the future, as it has no appeal to me. (958 characters)

Heineken Premium Light Lager from Heineken Nederland B.V.
58 out of 100 based on 259 ratings.