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Heineken Premium Light Lager - Heineken Nederland B.V.

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Ratings: 832
Reviews: 256
rAvg: 2.32
pDev: 30.17%
Wants: 4
Gots: 97 | 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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Photo of mikeg67
1.26/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours straw out of a keg with a thin, bright white head. Aroma is of grass and a little cereal. Palate is extremely thin and watery. taste is non existent. It was the only beer available at my friend's Birthday party. I poured out the glass into the sink after the first sip. Do not try it at home!

Photo of lstokes
3.18/5  rDev +37.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm not going to spend more characters than I have to describing a very average, very clean, refreshing enough light beer with a touch of hop flavor. Grainy, watery, decent carbonation, a hop or two, overall boringly inoffensive. Deserves a better score than most people are giving it.

Photo of beerprovedwright
1.36/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Good three finger head of soap suds like bubbles, but the color is very light, a 3 on the SRM beer color chart. Lace is thick and clinging. Faint smell of straw and wet wheat. Flavor is light and very bland, not much taste here at all, maybe a little corn flavor. Much like water with a little fizz in my mouth. Not worth the price, in fact I would not take one if it was available with other free beer.

Photo of mralphabet
2.41/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz can poured into pint glass

A: Very clear and very yellow, looks like light beer.... about a finger worth of head after a hard pour that dissipated very quickly. No lacing.

S: Corny, grainy and skunky... not much good here. Smells like Euro light beer.

T: Just like the smell... corny and grainy, but oddly the shunkiness is not here... Tastes like average Euro Light.

M: Crisp, but nor as carbonated as I was expecting. Pretty average.

D: OK, it is not the worst Euro Light I've ever had.... but not worth running after... Decent

Photo of ztaylor1
1.71/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Appearance- clear pale straw color with a fizzy sodalike head that dies immediately.

Smell- stinky hops. Very unpleasant

Taste- mostly watery with just a hint of stinky hops.

Mouthfeel- extremely carbonated and watery.

Drinkability- I poured most of it out. Its like drinking seltzer.

Not the worst, but among them.

Photo of Thorpe429
1.53/5  rDev -34.1%
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 TheKingofWichita
2.1/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A super wimpy beer! Pours a thin straw yellow color with a thin white head and a tiny little bit of lacing. Smells of grain and corn and a little malt. Tastes like grain and corn and a little bitterness. Mouthfeel is thin and watery. Drinkability is decent, it is a wussy beer!

Photo of jag0007
2/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Never had heineken light until now. everyones reviews were spot on, so i wont waste my time typing something that doesnt deserve a critical review, and at 3% abv, i feel like im drinking skunk smelling water. basically, i drank it to add it to my bottle collection and the remaining will be used for beer pong when the buddies come over

Photo of socon67
2.66/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

Photo of hooliganlife
2.93/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

light yellow clean and fizzy. nice bit of head but quickly disappears. nothing special but not much of from your other typical lagers

lots of skunk and grain with a bit of a malty tone. am i alone in digging the skunk?

this flavor struck me on this. it actually reminded me of regular heineken. nice and skunky, distinct grain body, slight bitterness.

light to moderate body, medium carbonation.

i find it humorous that this is getting slammed but for a light lager it does ok. it still retains a good bit of flavor. this was a typical golf course beer that we had after shooting 18, and it was decent and if it was between this and the massive amounts of budweiser, i would take this hands down.

Photo of WinthrHOPHEAD89
1.4/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

A - Light straw color, with a 4 finger white fluffy head that dissapates very quickly. Slight effervesence. Leaves no lacing.

S - Skunkiness is apparent from the pop of the cap. Its truley hard to pick out anything else.

T - Extremely watery grainy taste. A sour dry grainy taste lingers on the back of the toungue and mouth, almost green apple-like. Alcohol taste is non-existent.

M - Very thin and watery. Carbonation after pouring is nil.

D - Goes down like water... but less refreshing to be honest. I really don't know why anyone would drink this beer other than to say you've tried it.

Final thoughts: I poured this thing down the drain after half a glass. Avoid this beer!! ...unless you are offered one at a party and dont want to seem rude.

Photo of VietPong
3.43/5  rDev +47.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good for a lighter beer. I think it is a little too heavily carbonated, and seems a little like an alcoholic sprite. The carbonation definitely overrides any truly distinctive flavor in the beer. Despite this, i do think heineken is more refreshing than most beers, and i never turn one down

Photo of mikesgroove
1.68/5  rDev -27.6%
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 Mora2000
2.32/5  rDev 0%
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 spinrsx
2.1/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle poured into a pint glass

A - pale.. really pale yellow colour. 1 finger white fizzy head that was gone within minutes

S - smells slightly skunky, not a whole lot of smell.. maybe a little bit of grain

T&M - average carbonation and very watery.. watery than other light beers. Its almost like its 2 parts regular Heineken and 8 parts water.

D - I wouldn't buy this again, it's closer to water than it is to beer.

Photo of Bestein
2.74/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The beer is bottled nicely in a green bottle. The beer itself doesn't look bad.

The smell is a little in your face. It doesn't smell rancid but definitely sticks out.

The beer's taste is sweet upfront with a bizarre twist at the end. Definitely a light beer, but more flavor than other light beers for sure.

Mouthfeel is that of a light beer. Kind of a slight overcarbonation present.

As a light beer, it's very drinkable. I wouldn't choose it over other cheaper light beers, but I could easily finish 6.

Photo of Sudsy89
1.93/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

standard 12oz bottle

This is the first Heineken I've tried, and I'm not impressed. I don't like the appearance, looks like fizzy, pale soda. Had a slight skunky smell to it, very little flavor. No aroma to speak of, and very little hop taste. Feels watery and a bit acidic in the mouth. I guess since it's so bland and watery you could down a bunch of them, but why bother with this stuff?
Better than an American light beer maybe, but still not one I'd want to try again.

Photo of woodychandler
2.62/5  rDev +12.9%
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 jporf911
2.6/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

(Regular Heineken Lager is already fairly light to begin with, so making a Light version of an already light beer seemed rather suspect; in the end, that gut instinct was spot-on about this one.)

Poured from a 12oz metal can.

Appearance- Extremely pale yellow. It has more of a head and more lacing than regular Heineken, but they both fade fairly fast after the initial up-rush of fizzing bubbles subsides.

Smell- The only detectable scent is one of very diluted grain, which is essentially all this beer is to begin with.

Taste- There is a fast flash of crisp, bitter hop that fades into a clean, dry aftertaste. It's as though Heineken simply poured out 1/3rd of a vat of their regular lager, refilled it with water, and bottled it.

Mouthfeel- Extremely thin and watery with significant carbonation.

Drinkability- Its drinkability really depends on your tastes. If you just finished mowing the lawn and discovered your sink is broken, this serves as an acceptable substitute for water. If your goal is to get drunk without ingesting too many calories or without tasting what goes into your mouth, this serves as an ideal beer. If, however, your goal is to explore and enjoy a delicious beer, this is not the beer for you.

Photo of sluggermatt15
1.95/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a pale yellow with a super foamy head and off white lacing. Nothing to write home about, just like your typical light beer.

S- Grainy, bready, not overwhelming; just unattractive in general. The smell doesn't invite me to want to drink this one, but I did anyway. You can also smell that there will be some bitterness in this beer.

T- Pretty watery, just look at the alcohol content. Also kind of bittery and some mustiness to it. Yuck.

M- The carbonation makes this beer score low here.

D- Drinkable. I could see anyone having maybe a six pack of this in a couple hours. Nothing really could hold one back from drinking a lot of these because the alcohol content is low.

Photo of Arithmeticus
1.8/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer is, essentially, flavored water. The very clean, pale appearance is not attractive. I detected very little aroma. The taste was terrible--I didn't want another. The mouthfeel is almost indistinguishable from lightly fizzed water.

It is worth drinking if only to understand how far beer has come.

Photo of Kooz
1.5/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a standard pint glass. Head dissipates almost immediately. Decent lacing but dissolved after 30 seconds or so. The beer was very pale yellow, almost like tinted water. Almost no smell--what little there was had no notes I could discern. Tastes surprisingly harsh considering the appearance and smell. Bitter in the back of the throat--it's a lingering bitterness. Very unpleasant. Mouthfeel of slightly bubbly water. Drinkability is very low--I wouldn't drink this again.

Ultimately, this is a good beer to use for cooking (fondue, beer bread, etc.), but avoid drinking this is you have other options.

Photo of Slygato
2.95/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Probably deserves a lower score than I gave but I didn't want to completely bash this beer because I drink it if i don't want all of the calories from a regular heineken

Apperance- has a light yellow tint to the beer has a foamy head

Smell- has a corn smell kind of a skunky smell to it but not terrible

Taste- Some grainy smell taste, and water little flavoring

Mouthfeel- Very smooth goes down well being almost like water

Drinkability- It is very drinkable because it has little flavoring to it, and is not that expensive

Photo of tjsdomer2
2.73/5  rDev +17.7%
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 CBlack85
1.58/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

Pours a crystal clear very pale yellow color with lots of foamy white head. Leaves no lacing at all. Lots of carbination bubbles visible

Not much going on in the nose, the most dominant smell is that of corn then the slightest hint of malts. As with many beers in green bottles there is a skunky smell from being light struck.

The Taste is really, really light. Unlike Heineken Lager there is no real bitterness to speak of, there is however a somewhat sweet taste, and an almost artificial flavor as well. Not quite as skunky as the nose would leave you to believe. Light bodied and heavily carbinated

Unfortunately this beer is not even as good as Heineken. Very watery and boring. Easy to drink on a hot summer day, but with so many other great craft offerings that are light and easy to drink as well, this one will not even be on my radar any more.

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