Heineken Lager Beer - Heineken Nederland B.V.

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BA SCORE
65
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1,282 Reviews
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Reviews: 1,282
Hads: 4,356
rAvg: 2.78
pDev: 23.02%
Wants: 24
Gots: 880 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Heineken Nederland B.V. visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: OldFrothingSlosh on 01-29-2001

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Photo of hopphead31415
2.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

This is one of those beers that you’ve probably tried a hundred times at a party or a restaurant and it was the only thing on the beer list that you recognized, or maybe you do know this beer but you prefer real beers like craft brews. This Heineken is accessible and so common and has a mild 5.0% ABV.

Look-It pours a light yellow with a decent clarity and plenty of carbonation trails. The head is medium and vanishes quickly. The lacing is almost non-existent.

Smell-It smells like yeast and corn with a decent malt base, but it is not very dynamic.

Taste-I get a slightly better flavor than the nose suggested, but it is still a bit one-dimensional. The palate easily picks up corn, yeast, buttered cornbread, a little alcohol, and carbonation.

Mouthfeel-It is light-bodied, crisp, and leaves a yeast textured coating on the tongue.

Overall-This beer is pretty standard and is nothing special. It has a place in my hand maybe once in a Blue Moon (get it?) and is not something I drink often. It isn’t a bad beer, but is not excellent. And in the world of Lagers, this one is decent. (1,096 characters)

Photo of hophead723
2.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This is a good beer to review to set it apart from mass produced craft beer and mass produced overpriced lagers. This is a common beer that seems to blur the lines between the two, but I am here to put that to a stop once and for all.

Look: Very light gold, with lazy streams of carbonation and a towering white head. The head diminishes down to a half centimeter ring and veil. There was very loose lacing that did not last. When everything is settled the veil turns weird and choppy that breaks up with each sip and looks like rotten milk or yogurt. Not very appealing.

Smell: The aroma presents an upfront rush of lager yeast, a corn-like sweetness, and a bit of milled grain. It is somewhat one dimensional but is somehow mildly appealing.

Taste: Light malty corn sweetness, a slight tang from the yeast, a bit of dry green apple, and watery alcohol. It is loose overall but undeniably drinkable, especially on a hot day.

Feel: Light, crisp, loose, and slightly dry at the end. It is just about as light as you can get a lager without making it a light beer. The flavor relies on yeast and is completely void of hops. This is what we in the craft beer industry call a mistake.

Overall: This beer is simple to sum up; it is too light to really call it craft beer and would be good on a hot day but with so many other great choices you are better off with an easy drinking pale ale or bock without sacrificing flavor. Heineken is simply overpriced but I'd rather see it on the shelf than Budweiser. (1,507 characters)

Photo of zac16125
3.04/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a pint glass
lots of numbers on the bottle but no discernible dates


A: Crystal clear, pale light yellow, 2 fingers of dense appearing white colored head which dissipates down fairly slowly but leaves essentially no lacing. 3.25

S: Sweet malts, floral,some noble-like hop spice, biscuit and a honey like sweetness. Surprisingly good nose for the style3.5

T: Flavor isn’t as good as the aroma. Some bitterness up front, and floral notes; along with sweet biscuit. Those flavors are pretty nice but thats a fairly unpleasant, burnt plastic-esque off flavor thats distracting and is quite prominent on the aftertaste. 2.75

M/D: Medium body, appropriate carbonation, drinkability is average. 3

O: Overall, better than I remembered it but not something I really drink unless there are close to no other options. 3 (839 characters)

Photo of leantom
2.69/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Perhaps not as bad as the ratings indicate. True, it is a corny/grainy macro brew, but it has more nuance than some of the other macros. Here goes:

A: Clear yellow. Well-carbonated. Head is small but, surprisingly, the lacing is decent (better than most macros).

S: Mixture of corn, cereal grains, and Pilsner hops. Surprisingly floral hops - pretty unusual for a macro (corn usually predominates).

T: Lots of grainy cereal and corn. Hops are faint but adequate for the style.

F: Smooth and crisp. Not bad.

O: Not a bad macro. (543 characters)

Photo of nach0king
3.31/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Yep, I'm the guy who actually enjoys Heineken!

L: Appealingly pale. It lacks much head and lacing but its energetic carbonation and straw color serve it well.

S: Sweeter than it will end up tasting, and a bit of grassiness.

T: A surprisingly complex flavor profile; some bitterness on the end but the yeast and grain leading up to it is the signature Heineken taste. Line this up next to other macro lagers and you'll identify it thanks to the yeast and roasty flavors.

F: Meh, average.

O: Draft Heineken is quite often the only 'import' choice when I travel overseas and it's one that I'll gratefully take ahead of many local brews. A very solid choice - perhaps not one to choose when you're at the liquor store, but it's very reliable otherwise. (753 characters)

Photo of hopley
4.27/5  rDev +53.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I really like Heineken - it just hits the spot sometimes. The intentionally skunky smell and taste, and the yeasty back of the mouth feel overpowers the adjuncts, and lack of body for me. Certainly not a "craft beer" - but it can be mass produced and taste good, at the right time of course! (293 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
3.14/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

What does the name of this style mean? Well, it sort of means euro-trash, doesn't it. So Heine needs to be judged with other euro-trash, and I've had more that were worse than better. That said, my life is too short to drink beer I don't care for.

It looks OK in the glass. The bubbles are a little large. I am drinking an old can - my dad is 86 and just can't drink any alcoholic beverages any more, so I am trying to finish these, but I am inclined to pour them down the drain. Maybe I can give them to the guys who will be cutting a big tree down for me as a tip.

Anyway, this gets worse as I drink it. The aroma is a little funky - I've noted over time that the bottles get real funky but the cans are better, but this can is bad too. It's slightly sweet and dirty smelling.

The taste is dull, slightly sweet. There is a slight hops finish.

Fortunately, this is never the best beer available anymore, there are always better choices to be had. Youngsters, drink one of these once, then move on. (1,007 characters)

Photo of furballkazoo
3.01/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap or in a can, this can be a fine pale lager; however, if bought in a bottle, and exposed to sunlight, the beer will quickly take on a skunky aroma and flavor. (164 characters)

Photo of Beertsipper
1.46/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

I can't believe that this was my favorite beer thirty years ago as a twenty one year old kid. Had this one from a can. Watery, no flavor, just terrible. I'd much rather have a Bud over this garbage. (198 characters)

Photo of beer488
2.32/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Beer produced for the masses. If I have no other choice, I'll take a heineken. Drinking it very cold hides all its defects. Watery mouth feel, with an unpleasant industrial aftertaste. (184 characters)

Photo of Andrewharemza
2.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From bottle, Clear golden color, minimal white head. Lots of malt and sugar. Pretty sweet. Watery, thin body. Clean and crisp and very refreshing on a hot day. (159 characters)

Photo of 2ellas
1.14/5  rDev -59%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Might be one of my all time least favorites. Doesn't lack flavor like most beers in this style but it has a flavor that's offensive to me for some reason. (154 characters)

Photo of Daniel_Williams
2.32/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Good beer to substitute Coors Lite, Budweiser, Miller Lite, etc. at a party. Nothing more to it. If I was at the store buying beer to have dinner with, I wouldn't buy Heineken. (177 characters)

Photo of uvachief
2.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Could be worse. You could be stuck drinking Miller Lite or similar. Its a lager and not a bad one on a hot summer day while golfing. Traveling? May be your only option outside of Bud Light. Mass produced lager swill but easy to drink. Hard to catch a buzz on it. (268 characters)

Photo of TheFactorsEqual
2.42/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

What's worse than a warm Heineken?? Maybe a Corona (pretty much a tie).

Terrible taste, aftertaste, after aftertaste. Just shows you what marketing dollars can do for a company.

Don't waste your money. (207 characters)

Photo of manfromanotherplace
1.5/5  rDev -46%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

when first opened it smells like an arsehole,the taste isnt as bad as the smell but its a pretty poor beer overall.still,its not as bad as some of its "competitors". (165 characters)

Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
2.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Handed a 12 oz bottle of this at a local dive bar--probably the best beer they had to offer. No bottled on date. Poured into a frosted pilsner.

L: Pours a crystal clear light straw color with an inch-and-a-half of eggshell head that actually stays for quite a while and leaves moderate cling. Mild visible carbonation.

S: Sour, funky notes in the nose--a bit of cracker malts and pils. Some corn and diacetyl in there, as well.

T: Slightly sour and funky at the front, with those cracker malts underneath. Pils malt notes come through clearer in the middle, along with some grassiness and corn. The close is predominantly corn and the slightest bitter.

F: Light, watery, and just a touch creamy from the carbonation. Finishes quite cleanly.

O: I've had worse adjuncts. This one actually isn't nearly as funky as others that I've tried. It's certainly a beer you can put away easily, but it does leave a lot to be desired. (927 characters)

Photo of Wer34truh
3.48/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had from tap in Amsterdam. Undoubtedly significant better than the beer imported in the US. Solid cheap lager beer. Sweet aftertaste, otherwise a simple taste. Great feel. I give it a thumbs up. (194 characters)

Photo of CNoj012
3.71/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Forced review: Not a bad beer. Had it on tap in Amsterdam before and there was a noticable difference between that and the bottled version in the US. Fresher is better, but either way it doesn't deserve a "poor" rating on BA. (225 characters)

Photo of pat61
3.19/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Straw gold with a low quickly dissipating head. Traces of skunk, a little corn, slightly sweet, on the nose. Light grains, moderately low hops, light skunk, light sweetness on the palate. Light to medium light body and above average carbonation. (245 characters)

Photo of todfug
3.49/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer is more of a nostalgia thing for me. Drank a ton of it while sailing around the Florida Keys when I was younger. I've loved it ever since (only because it reminds me of that trip). Seems to be my go to beer when I'm out to dinner, etc. (245 characters)

Photo of berkeleymaw
2.38/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Every single time I've had it, its had a distinctive aftertaste. Not exactly "skunk" but not exactly welcomed, either. I only drink it now when I'm stressed out on an airplane. (176 characters)

Photo of DisneyDreamer29
3.14/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This is an okay beer if you are just running to the store to grab something. A little watered down in body. Pale strawish color. A small hint of skunky-ness in aroma and flavor. (177 characters)

Photo of RonJensen
3.3/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Well, I drank this beer out of a bottle many times and I didn't experience much skunkiness, even though the bottles have been sitting in the basement for months and the date expired by a few months. This is a good beer, when compared to most of the AAL out there. It's a little too carbonated, though, also, it's overpriced here in the US. (339 characters)

Photo of gopens44
1.32/5  rDev -52.5%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

All we need to know about this beer is that I once opened one up at a table while at a party with my wife, to which she responded, seriously mind you, that she thought someone nearby had gotten into a skunk. (207 characters)

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