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Heineken Lager Beer - Heineken Nederland B.V.

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Reviews: 1,293
Hads: 4,389
rAvg: 2.78
pDev: 23.02%
Wants: 25
Gots: 944 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Heineken Nederland B.V. visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: OldFrothingSlosh on 01-29-2001

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Photo of PhillyFoodie
1.95/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Only posting here because I've had 3 today (guest brought to my house, of course) and was curious what others thought about it.

Drinking it straight from the bottle but I can see there is no head at all and is almost crystal clear. I guess the skunky smell and taste is from being shipped on a slow boat from Holland or something.

On the good side it is pretty drinkable and light on the belly. I'm on my third even though I feel like I just cracked my first. I guess the lack of any complexity make them go back easier, but I still prefer a single sip of a beer with multiple characteristics than a case of one-trick ponies. (627 characters)

Photo of CMIKEHUNT
3.07/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Gateway beer.
Skunky . Light Golden. Clear. light .
forgettable ..
Used to love it before i knew anything about beer.
I look back at Heineken like riding a bike with training wheels.
Never look back. (203 characters)

Photo of pcbnumber1
3.07/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

660ml bottle, poured into glass. Remainder in bottle after.

Appearance (Look): Poured clear golden, little action. Decent head at first but vanished, some but minimal lacing.

Smell: Grainy, corny. Slight mild malt sweetness. Not much going on.

Taste: Crisp. A slight hint of underlying apple. Some grassy notes. Floral citrus hops. Hops bring out a mild bitterness. Finish is drying, metallic.

Mouthfeel (Feel): Full bodied as lager goes, good carbonation.

Overall: It's a decent enough mainstream euro pale lager, probably one of the better ones. Nothing special but not unpleasant. (592 characters)

Photo of DodgeStealth93
3.41/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cheap euro lager mass produced but definitely has a nice flavor to it! Has a tendency to get skunky very easily due to the green bottles! Whenever i buy Heineken i prefer it in the can! Must drink ice cold for the best experience! If i want a cheaper euro lager i pick up a 24 pack of these at my local beer distributor for around $30 a 24 pack! Overall not a bad lager but it is what it is! (393 characters)

Photo of MissYa
2.17/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Been a long time since I tasted this. But from my non beer drinking experiencing, this tasted kinda like a skunk, so I wouldn't buy this at all. Quite popular to Hennessy drinkers that I have noticed. (200 characters)

Photo of LouAleHead
2.35/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This use to be my go to cheap beer, until I discovered bud light, which in my opinion tastes about the same, and is cheaper than Heineken. However, I still like to enjoy one on occasion, especially during hot summer day. (220 characters)

Photo of Gajo74
3.03/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

For me, not a terrible euro lager. It's best qualities are that it is somewhat crisp and refreshing under the right circumstances.(hot summer) However, it is mostly bland; not much aroma(some malt) mostly watery taste with a hint of hops. That's about it. (255 characters)

Photo of Yackmo360
1.67/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Never like this beer much. Just hadn't ever rated it so I thought I would. Hate the smell. Regular boring looking lager. Hate the way it smells. Taste is not tat much better, and that's what I really care about. Feel? Whatever, didn't care. (247 characters)

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 MizzouBrew
1.8/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Admittedly, I have not had this in a long time, so I'm pulling from memory. Something unpleasant in the smell and taste that I just could never get past. Will probably never try again. (186 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 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)

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Heineken Lager Beer from Heineken Nederland B.V.
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