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Heineken Premium Light Lager - Heineken Nederland B.V.

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800 Ratings

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Ratings: 800
Reviews: 246
rAvg: 2.32
pDev: 30.6%
Wants: 4
Gots: 58 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Light Lager |  3.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Jason on 03-01-2005)
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Photo of dpodratsky3
1.85/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz can poured into pint glass

A: Definitely its best attribute, very clear pale gold, but a nice pure white, surprisingly stable and decent sized head

S: Not much here at all, maybe crispness comes from hops, maybe a light grain, I can't tell

T: I thought the aroma was bad, several of my friends verified this tastes like water

M: This can wasn't super carbonated, but it is light, not bad

D: Decent, but why would you drink this, stick with water

Notes: It lacked the skunked flavor of a green bottle, but maybe thats a bad thing, atleast that way it has some flavor. This literally tastes like water. With some increased taste it wouldn't be bad, but sadly even Amstel Light beats this.

Photo of tone77
3.2/5  rDev +37.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a green 12 oz. bottle. Has a light golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is a bit skunky, some malts. Taste is crisp, malts and slightly sweet. Feels light in the mouth and is highly drinkable. Overall this is not a bad selection at all as far as light beers go.

Photo of MadElf25
1.05/5  rDev -54.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

i can barely drink regular heineken let alone Heineken Light. its basically flavored water and yellow die in a bottle, also due to its light colored green bottle you tend to get one that is skunked at least once a day at the bar. there is no good smell to it and it tends to make you sick if you try to put them down to quickly, i personally suggest that you steer clear of this beer if you can.

Photo of josefnewsong
2.1/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

My roommate picked it up and I've had it before but I figured might as well review it...There are some macros I can still drink, Heineken is one, Heineken Light is not. Mostly there's no point. 3.3%...it's like skunky carbonated water. Yeah it's drinkable, but why would you want to drink it??

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

My gf wanted a light beer because she cant handle anything I ever want to drink. So she of course buys a 24 pack on some special deal. I look it up and see 3.3 abv...its basically very expensive water

appearance light yellow, almost urine

smell of very very very faint hops, almost grainy and a hint of fart

taste, bland, boring, no sharpness of anything in particular besides, maybe wheat?

mouthfeel bubbly

drinkablilty is very high in the sense that its easy to drink cause there is no real taste, but why bother with something this low abv. My gf bought it saying ' i can drink a ton of these and get messed up' at my pace of drinking i dont want to go through 18 of these to feel the same buzz i get from 6-7 of anything decent

its honestly not worth the price in comparison to a macro/micro that actually brings something to the table

Photo of thekanna
2.15/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pale and straw yellow with a thin, frothy head.

S: Faint yeasts and even fainter sweet malts. Not much to be detected from the nose.

T: Sweet, assorted adjunct malts (I detect mainly toasted rice) with just the slightest suggestion of hops.

M: A light body with heavy carbonation (way too much gas!) and a dry and crisp end.

D: Of course it's drinkable (meaning you could slam a lot of these), but really, would you want to? And anyway, if you're looking for a beer to slam down, why pay extra for an import? Bud light comes in 24-packs at a much cheaper price.

Photo of mbunje
2.73/5  rDev +17.7%
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 puboflyons
2.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

From the 1 pt. 8 fl. oz. bottle with a number on the back that reads 911952850001. Sampled on September 6, 2009. The pour is golden yellow with a bubbly white head that fizzles down to nothing quickly. Green light struck bottle aroma overpowers the weak scents of barley and hops. Thin mouthfeel. The taste has a mixture of weak hops and malts but nothing great.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.13/5  rDev +34.9%
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 goblue3509
2.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a straw light yellow color. The smell is of really nothiness, and some rice or corn grains. The taste is of corn and rice grains, the taste is very light and watery. The mouthfeel is crisp and clean. Overall you could drink a lot of these, however, it is very close to being too watery and you would get bored very very quick.

Photo of thecarster1
2.7/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

a- bottle poured into a pint, straw yellow coloring, minimal carbonation, less than a finger head.

s- straw, corny, dry.

t- super light, dry, corny, pretty much what it smells like, flavors not great here.

m- little on the thin side.

d- it is very drinkable for what it is, very light, crisp, i could drink alot of this, just wouldn't drink this for the taste.

Photo of twiggamortis420
1.73/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Part IV of the mixed sixer of green bottled euro lager tour is Heineken PLL. Mmmmm, sounds tasty. Pours a crystal clear light yellow color where at the bottom of my Christoffel tulip glass the beer is clear, I shit you not. Foamy white head fades expectedly quickly to a miniscule collar.

I can barely smell anything at all on this one. Maybe a bit of the infamous Heineken skunk and a faint wisp of light malt. One of the lightest smelling beers I've ever laid nose upon.

This is carbonated water masquerading as a beer. I think Perrier has more malt flavor than this. I hope this does not have more than 10 calories...no flavor, barely any alcohol...what's the point? It's like going to a strip club where they all have to wear those little pasties over the nipples. Bad, bad, bad beer.

Photo of ExtraStout
2/5  rDev -13.8%
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 Bigfatbino
1/5  rDev -56.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A = May I have some beer with my foam please? I bought this convenient 5 liter mini-keg, and I swear to god 4 litres of it must be nothing but foam. Last time I ever try this beer in this $hit-delivery system ever. Nothing but foam foam foam and more foam. If beer were a vanilla mousse, it'd be an A+, but since beer is a beverage, this is the worst a beer can look in my opinion.

S = smell what? some grains in the foam...very few hops in the foam....a little skunky aroma in the foam.

T = taste what? there is no taste because its nothing but a big glass-o-foam. but I'm going to choke it down anyways for the $20 it cost me. It tastes skunky, sweet, and thats about it.

M = if there were a zero, this beer would get one. By the time I could drink it (10 minutes after the foam subsided, it was a glass of piss-warm beer-flavored flat dishwater. I would have rather drank dishwater quite honestly.

D = Never again, at least not from this ripoff delivery system.

Photo of wcudwight
2.93/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I really don't think yellow could get any paler. Almost crystal clear. Thin white head but it holds well.
Smells like that usual Heineken funk. I don't like it but I don't think I'm as offended by it as much.
Interesting taste and it has more flavor than most light beers. Think of green apple Cheerios and that gets you close.
Super light in the mouthfeel. Really nothing more exciting than it just being a wet feel.
It's drinkable, smooth and crisp. I think that's what the brewers were going for.

Photo of sliverX
1.85/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

poured a almost transparent straw with a big pillowy head that faded down to a film pretty quickly a fair amount of carbonation streaming toward freedom left lacing that looked like soap bubbles from the dishes
smell was a faint grain but heavily dominated by a skunk like aroma
taste was watery corn like flavor with a bad finish of the aforementioned skunk
mouthfeel isn't all that bad doesn't come across as water slightly thicker too bad the important parts don't follow suit
drinkability takes a severe hit with the smell and taste being rank but I'm sure brewery fresh and cold as hell wouldn't be oh so bad

Photo of nlmartin
2.53/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer was served cold and in a pint glass.

Appearance: The beer has a pale yellow fizzy body. A thin white head floats on the top of the beer and quickly resolves.

Smell: The smell is of cooked grain maybe a flash of lemon. This could be wishful thinking. I dont smell any of the sulfur I usually get with a Heine. It must be the can instead of green bottle.

Taste: A flash of cereal flavor. This gives a brief sweetness leading to an astringent flavor. Thankfully the atringency is short lived. The beer has a clean dry finish.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The mouthfeel of the beer is light excuse me its watery. The carbonation is active but not stinging. This beer is a throw back beer but not in a good way. Beer for people who dont like beer?

Photo of abriggs1
3.65/5  rDev +57.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ok people, read the label, This is a LIGHT BEER! Would you complain of a double IPA not having enough malt? Would you downgrade a wheat beer for not using enough hops? Of all the light beers out there this is one of the best. Although I rarely drink light beers, I think it's only fair to judge them for what they are. This tastes pretty much like regular Heineken, but with less taste. Big surprise. But it's very drinkable and has a lot more taste than most light beers other than maybe Sam Adams light and Amstel light. For a 99 calorie beer, I think it's very well done.

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

Served: in a bottle, drank from the bottle.

A: Definitely clear with high carbonation.

S: Very hoppy, smells just like the regular Heineken.

T: It's a lighter, yuckier version of Heineken. Might as well just buy the regular beer. It's still a bit hoppy.

M: Kind of smoothe on the palate, and tastes like nothing going down.

D: I'd rather drink something else that's light rather than this one. It just didn't spark with me.

Photo of Duhast500
2.88/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

The color is a light yellow with some small light head that does not last very long. No lacing to speak of.

The smell is a little sweet with a little malt flavor. Some slight herbal, floral hop aroma.

The taste is a bit muted with some slight floral hop flavor, only mildly bitter, with a sweet lemon feel that is somewhat tart.

The feel of this beer is a lot light any light beer with its easy drinking but light on the flavor that is a great beer. If light beer is what you're into then this would be a good choice.

Photo of BARFLYB
2/5  rDev -13.8%
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 rodney45
2/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Well it has one saving quality. its pretty easy going down. That is about all that makes this beer still exist. It smells and tastes like a skunky nightmare. This is the antithesis of a good beer. A very subtle malt and hop character, but honestly i dont get anything from this beer. I wonder who goes out and purchases this beer to keep in their home. I wouldn't want to be their friend, and you shouldn't either. It is really heineken light, and i mean heineken is light and terrible to begin with. Why make it worse. This is the most terrible eurotrash macro i have come across.

Photo of WakeandBake
2.2/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A pale yellow pour with a thin fizzy white head,lots of carbonation. Aroma of light floral hops,corn,skunk weed. Flavor is very light,some corn a dash of that skunk,some sweetness,rice maybe. Crisp clean mouthfeel and finish,drinkable but nothing special in any way

Photo of jsprain1
2.88/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

A-Poured into pint mug. The palest of yellows with a medium head that dissapates about as quickly as i can get it to my mouth.
S- Smells very grassy. Not great but a better smell than most light lagers. Not complex. Grassy and more grassy.
T- Tastes like your average light lager. Starts grassy and finishes... musty? Kind of tastes like my attic smells.
M- Highly carbonated. Fizzy. No body. Would be acceptable for the style but it finishes with this weird dry feeling that somehow still leaves a funny feeling on my mouth. Just doesn't feel right.
D- Obviously made to be a session beer, that is supposed to be a "quality light lager." It is what it is. Like most people on here I would prefer to be drinking something "more refined" or whatnot, but this is a slightly above average light lager. For what it's going for, can't complain.

Photo of SickBrew
2.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

This light beer pours a faint shade of yellow, is crystal clear and has only a bit of head that dissipates quickly down to a thin ring. Nose is ricey, low on any malt aroma and only slightly hinting at hops. Taste is disappointing in comparison to "regular" Heineken and they can officially drop the term Premium. Unfortunately the taste buts this beer down with the macro light beers and this beer has an unusual off-taste that reminds me of stale burnt rice. Body is, well, light and the carbonation is good but overall I would not drink this beer again.

Heineken Premium Light Lager from Heineken Nederland B.V.
57 out of 100 based on 800 ratings.