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Heineken Lager Beer - Heineken Nederland B.V.

Heineken Lager BeerHeineken Lager Beer

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3,104 Ratings

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Ratings: 3104
Reviews: 1212
rAvg: 2.71
pDev: 25.09%

Brewed by:
Heineken Nederland B.V. visit their website

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: OldFrothingSlosh on 01-29-2001)
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Photo of sonnens4


2.6/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: pale, clear, no haze or cloudiness

Smell: Very neutral smell, but hints of skunkiness

Taste: skunky, not much flavor at all--very light

Mouthfeel: light carbonation, somewhat fizzy

Overall: Decent, the skunk flavor detracts from it overall--but otherwise a decent beer

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2014 15:01:25 | More by sonnens4
Photo of ChristopherWIU-UTPA


2.25/5  rDev -17%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2.5

I have tried many Heineken Lagers in my life, whether it was in a plethora of location in the United States or in Amsterdam, and they all have the same taste and charistics.It pours straw yellow clear, with an average soapy head, that sticks around for a short while. It always has had a skunky taste that hides the malt, it does not have a strong edge, and it goes down easy.

Amsterdam, Netherlands March 2007 (on my back to Iraq from seeing my son's birth)

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2014 19:52:24 | More by ChristopherWIU-UTPA
Photo of Ohiolager


2.75/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Heineken lager beer 24 oz green bottle $2.29(OH)

24 oz green bottle poured into a stemless white wine glass. no freshness date, just bottling codes on back you will have to look up.

i used to drink this back in the day when i did not know much about beer. all i knew was it was better than the bud and miller my friends were drinking.

pours a pale gold, almost yellow. kind of looks like apples juice in color. a bright white two finger head that don't last long. leaving minimal lacing.

the smell is grassy, doughy, and i can smell some noble hops hiding behind a skunky metallic twang. smells a little sweet and malty.

the taste isn't great, but doesn't deserve all the bad ratings. the taste mirrors the smell. light grassy, doughy, slightly sweet malty taste. followed by a skunky twang, then a noble hop taste and dryness. reminds me of a severly skunked, toned down ST.Pauli Girl.

mouth feel is light, slightly sweet, nothing to special and dry on the finish due to the noble hops.

overall consider these things. its not adjunct, it has noble hops, its the same price as A-B and Miller-Coors adjunct "specialty" beers. yes it is skunky. the green bottles need to be stored very dark. and most beer coolers have florescent lights everywhere, skunking this brew. my palate and taste has grown and i would have to say it is a OK beer. i don't drink it like i used to, but it does bring back old memories. Better than any adjunct brew, but not a solid noble hop brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2014 03:56:44 | More by Ohiolager
Photo of DrewsBrews450

North Carolina

3.49/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I really don't kno why this beer gets such bad reviews. I think we all know what it looks like, but the aroma is actually grassy, doughy and smells pretty good. The flavor follows with a funky kinda bitterness that u know your gonna get with this beer. Now that I have had several belgian pale ales and light belgian ales I can say this reminds me of a light belgian ale but a little more crisp. Pretty nice id drink this over any bmc beer. Plus there's no adjuncts and no gmo's. If it were slightly cheaper id buy it a lot more.

Serving type: can

04-05-2014 23:02:31 | More by DrewsBrews450
Photo of MikefromNYC

New York

1.48/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Skunky.... not going to the regular ASTMO review for this beer because it's not worth it.

The only reason for this review is for people to AVOID this beer, and patronize a smaller CRAFT brewery instead. Definitely will be much happier with that than you would with this... junk.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2014 20:14:09 | More by MikefromNYC
Photo of PvtSnowball


2.79/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12 ounce bottle from a free 12pack.

A: Pale translucent gold with a 1 finger head that dissipates within a minute or so.

S: A bit of "skunk". Otherwise pretty neutral.

T: Same as the smell with a little bit of sour bitterness.

M: Smooth with a little bite from the carbonation. Light-Medium in body.

O: Not one of my favorite beers but the price was right. One could do much worse.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2014 20:39:54 | More by PvtSnowball
Photo of MarkoNm


1.73/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours with a clear golden color, topped with a medium white frothy head, that soon diminishes to almost nothing.
There's not really much to the smell - just faint malty aroma along with some grains.
The taste is very light and sweet. In addition it's also very watery and finishes without any needed bitterness.
Not disgusting; ice cold one is refreshing, but still....

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 20:29:22 | More by MarkoNm
Photo of Jerryb1961


1.4/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I'd reviewed a couple of beers that I love, so I thought I'd review one I hated. It was probably thirty years ago that I had my first-- and last-- Heiniken. It was like carbonated vinegar. I probably got a bottle whose seal had been broken & whose contents had been contaminated. That's the only thing I can think of, because no company could stay in business selling carbonated vinegar, could they? It may well be that Heiniken is pretty decent by ordinary standards but so help me God, I've been afraid to try another since that fateful day.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 05:34:41 | More by Jerryb1961
Photo of Radford007


5/5  rDev +84.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Heineken is the perfect beer! It is great in the bottle but it is even better on tap which I can only find at Hooters in New Castle, DE or Hooters in Tropicana Atlantic City anymore. Use to have it at TGI Fridays, Buffalo Wild Wings, and Cowboy Up. James Bond drinks it, enough said!

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2014 20:33:23 | More by Radford007
Photo of Retroman40


3/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 ounce bottle served very cold in a large glass.

A - Pours a pale yellow with a short head that gives way to steady lacing.

S - Some grains and hops.

T - Grains with good hop bitterness.

M - Moderate carbonation and a neutral feel and finish.

O - A typical Euro Lager - nothing great but not bad.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2014 00:33:33 | More by Retroman40
Photo of Ron860

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +45.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I would just like to add an update and mention that I strongly agree with FrozenJoe's assessment of Heineken in a can. The canned version is MUCH better than the bottle for some reason.

Presentation: The usual green bottle with a nice pour into a pilsner glass. Looks refreshing.

Appearance - A clear yellow color with significant carbonation, poured with a nice 10 mm head that remained throughout. Excellent lacing around the glass. Quite nice.

Smell - Some grass with hints of citrus. Non-metallic. Clean. Smells like Heineken!

Taste - Towards the dry side with less malt than hops... but a decent balance. The aftertaste is clean and refreshing. No complaints.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and pleasant but dry. Almost sort of acidic. The can version tastes a bit sweeter.

Overall - Not too bad! I used to buy these in Las Vegas for 50 cents a pop and don't mind having one every once in a while. Nothing extraordinary but wouldn't pass one one up if offered to me either. They keep raising the price for a six though which causes me to only take a brief glance at it in the case then pass it by. Drinking the can version seems to be betyter than the bottle. It is much smoother and easy on the palate. Enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 23:33:03 | More by Ron860
Photo of FrozenJoe


4/5  rDev +47.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Buy this beer in the can. Everyone knows the green bottle skunks. You can't give Heineken a fair review if its skunked. Stick with the can.

Large foamy head. Light golden body. Good carbonation. Good lacing. This is a good looking lager.

Distinctive yeast aroma. Sweet malts. Pleasant.

Sweet malts. Distinctive yeast flavor. Mild hop bitterness. Tastes good.

Light bodied. Good carbonation. Mild bitter finish.

This is a good beer. Heineken is a sweet, well balanced, mildly bitter, easy drinking lager. This is an all malt lager with no additives. Better than an AAL. Good quality. If you prefer hoppy ales then you might not like Heineken. If you appreciate lightly hopped lagers then you'll probably like Heineken. I find this to be an enjoyable beer for down here in the Arizona heat and sun. I could drink this as an everyday lager. A widely available, affordable beer of good quality.

Serving type: can

02-23-2014 01:20:13 | More by FrozenJoe
Photo of vette2006c5r


2.01/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 1.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Heineken Lager pours a bright straw like yellow color with no head. There was an overly sweet aroma, with skunk notes. The taste was very pale, bland, incredibly sweet, and tasted the way a skunk smells. Over carbonated and fizzy, nasty flavors, gave me a stomach pains. Overall its not the worst beer in the world, but its close.

Serving type: can

02-22-2014 21:42:08 | More by vette2006c5r
Photo of TheSSG


2.73/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a large, soapy, white head that has nice persistence, but will fully collapse, leaving a little lacing. An almost sweet, grassy hop aroma. Golden clear color. A grainy bitterness, a flash of metallic, then biscuit malt. A little more lingering metallic with the hop bitterness in the finish. As it settles, there is grainy hops floating somewhere.

I know, I'm supposed to SLAM this to demonstrate how sophisticated and developed my palate is. Of course, it's not great, bu it's not undrinkable. It has a pleasant, soft mouthfeel and a touch of noble hops. I wasn't pissed that I was given this. I'll drink it. I've bought it a few times here and there when the pickings were REALLY slim. It fits the bill of the anonymous, international lager.

If you ARE going to get it, don't get it in the bottles where they are ALWAYS skunked. At least, on tap, it's not skunked.

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2014 02:49:48 | More by TheSSG
Photo of DubbelTrubbel


3.59/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Where to place the 5L mini-keg review? I guess nitro-can works.

Usually don't do short reviews, but I just wanted to say that this beer is by far better in this mini-keg format than it is from the bottle. It is comparable to pilsner urquell from a can (newly available and delicious)- but with not quite as deep of a maltiness, and certainly not as bitter as pilsner urquell. But still, quite delicious, and my mini-keg is working quite well. Bought it cold from the store, brought it home (gently), tapped it right away, first glass was a little foamy, other than that just fine!

Serving type: nitro-can

01-26-2014 21:24:49 | More by DubbelTrubbel
Photo of Mike_Moe


2.55/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Golden straw color, blonde, short lasting head.
Aroma: Non-distinct, slightly harsh beer smell.
Flavor: Not mush flavor up front, slightly hoppy with bitters ending flavor. Full bodied lager, ok carbonation
Overall: There’s nothing special about this beer. The only notable essence of flavors are the bitters at the end. This beer is not an easy drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2014 08:37:47 | More by Mike_Moe
Photo of Beergogglesoftheworld

New Zealand (Aotearoa)

1.11/5  rDev -59%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Dreadful, dreadful product in all guises; tap, bottle, can, whatever. May have been good in the past but now suffers from mass produced chemical headache inducing awfulness with no redeeming features. Pale, gassy, industrial foam head, unnatural aroma, unpleasant taste/aftertaste. Trying to think of something positive to say about it and the only thing I can think of is that it is probably okay for extinguishing fires; sorry, but it really is p*ss poor and not a good advert for Dutch beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2014 23:37:35 | More by Beergogglesoftheworld
Photo of BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

3/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Like everyone else on earth I've had this beer before (and then again and again). Brown bottles and on tap in it's home country, green bottles and on tap in other countries many times. Visited the brewery a couple of times in my formative years too. Somehow I've never written about it though.

The hotel I was staying at while in Rome had one bottled beer to choose from and it was Heineken, so I thought I'd re-visit it and a say a few words.

It's a lager.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 07:21:53 | More by BlackHaddock
Photo of imscotty


2.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I hated my first beer. Warm cans of Schlitz someone lifted from their father drunk in a tree fort. Yuk, I was ready to remain a teetotaler the rest of my life. How could anyone drink that stuff? A few years later I was willing to give beer another try. I was on a trip to NYC (with a church group no less) and a waitress at a restaurant in the village served us underaged virgins Heinekens. Hey, that was not so bad. I am not saying it was great, but it was palatable. I gave up my Slo-Gin Fizzes and other girlie drinks and went back to beer. I have not looked back since.

Appearance :Clear, light yellow, white head that eventually dies down, no lacing at all, well carbonated.

Smell;: Slightly skunky smell

0aste: Tastes very c;lean, crisp, watery. Then comes the skunky aftertaste and slight bitterness that does last on the tongue. Malt and Hops (except for the bitterness) are virtually undetectable. Maybe I have just fried my tastebuds at this point drinking extreme beers.

Mouthfeel: Thin, just above water.

Overall: My tastes have matured. This is not a bad beer, if I was thirsty and there was nothing else I would drink it. Just nothing here to get excited about.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 00:00:51 | More by imscotty
Photo of Richardbeerlover


2.95/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had a few of these back in the day. Decided
To give one a try. Nothing special IMO other than the name. Tastes like any other beer. Clean crisp and not a whole lot if body. Looked good and tastes refreshing with just a slight bitterness at the finish. Not sure why it is rates so low but maybe people are expecting more with the famous name brand.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 06:05:48 | More by Richardbeerlover
Photo of justintcoons


2.43/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Extremely pale straw color, just a shade beyond water. Has 2 fingers of white head that dissipates quickly. Excellent clarity with low-moderate carbonation.

Light aromas of bread, caramel and golden apple.

Super light tasting with notes of caramel, spent grains and golden apple. There is the slightest touch of grass. As it warms notes of corn and dirt start to come through.

Medium-light bodied, crisp and clean.

Who cares?

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 22:57:31 | More by justintcoons
Photo of Treath


4.13/5  rDev +52.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a Bottle into a 16oz Mason Jar (since all my other glasses were being used).

A- Nice yellow color. Lots of head, 3 finger head. A good amount of bubbles streaming up. Leaves a bit of lacing on the glass.

S- Malts, some hops. Not skunky.

T- Malty breadiness, grassy hops. Good and balanced hop bitterness. An enjoyable bready aftertaste. Not skunky.

M- This beer has a great mouthfeel. It's a nice balance between watery and carbonation.

Drinkability- Very drinkable. Smooth going down.

O- Overall, Heineken is a great casual drinking beer. I think my Heineken wasn't skunked at all, which is supposedly very rare from the green bottle that it has.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 04:34:05 | More by Treath
Photo of mnrider


2.15/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

12 oz. green Bottle. No freshness date, that I can find.

A: Crystal clear with heavy carbonation. large white foamy head which turns
thin within a few minutes. Almost no lacing to be found.

S: Nothing smells like a Heineken. Sharp sulfur with cereal grains. This one
even smells a little skunked. because of the green bottle.

T/M: Smooth and on the crisp side. Grains. Light hop bitterness. Sulfur. Malts
want to come in but are left somewhere behind. So not much balance in this
beer. The finish is dry and kind of unsettling.

O: It's pretty bad. Drinkable, but bad. There are actually worse Euro Lagers out
there. I remember why I haven't had one of these in years.


Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 21:07:05 | More by mnrider
Photo of Ant777uk

United Kingdom (England)

1.4/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.25

Inoffensive and completely unexciting is the only way to truly describe this beer. There is nothing unpleasant about the colour, smell, flavour or mouthfeel, yet when all of the elements of the beer combine into the overall product, nothing stands out. There is not enough hops flavour, it somehow feels quite heavy for a lager, and the after taste I am still waiting for...

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 09:26:40 | More by Ant777uk
Photo of ppoitras


3.14/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

2 ea 12oz cans found in the cooler after Champlain Valley Expo. Waste not, want not.

Poured both into a big ole glass stein, formed a dense 1/4" white head over the clear light golden brew. Head slowly dwindles, large bubble burst after large bubble burst, with leggy kind of fleeting lace. Aroma is pervasive, somewhat skunky seeming, although I know that's just the usual Heinie trait.

Taste is adjucty sweet upfront, creamy in the middle, and goes bitter and reminiscent of the nose through the close. Mouthfeel is quite smooth, and drinkability is not bad for what it is. Time and place, people, time and place.

Serving type: can

11-05-2013 22:41:14 | More by ppoitras
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