Heineken Lager Beer - Heineken Nederland B.V.
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Reviews by Damian:
1.91/5 rDev -29.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2
Drank from a 1pt. 6 fl.oz. bottle
Served in a pilsner glass
Thanks to my dad for this bomber
A tight, clingy, bright white, three-finger head topped the crystal clear, golden colored liquid. The head quickly fell to a thin ring. Spotty drips of lacing trickled along the glass.
The nose was unbelievably skunky. Strong sulfur notes. Lots of grainy, husky malts. Hints of dry, powdery, lager yeast notes. As beer warmed, the skunkiness died down but there was hardly anything remaining. A touch of earthy hops were detectible.
The flavor profile was terrible as well. Quite similar to aroma. Tons of skunk. Intense sulfur notes. Rough, husky, grainy malts. Slightly tart in the center. Wet cardboard came through on the back end. Overall, quite harsh. Some lingering, earthy hop bitterness appeared in the finish, but there was no discernible hop flavor.
The mouthfeel was respectable. Medium bodied for the style with a fine, zippy effervescence. Frothy and creamy on the palate.
After years of not trying this beer, I was amazed by how awful it actually is. It might be decent on-tap, but the green bottle took away any hope of a pleasurable drinking experience. This is truly one of the worst beers I have ever consumed.
Serving type: bottle
04-06-2013 22:25:10 | More by Damian
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3.36/5 rDev +24%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
I cannot believe I reviewed 274 beers before I made it to Heineken. An old favorite.
Appearance 3.25: Pours out a pale yellow with very little head. No lacing. Completely translucent.
Smell 3.25: Yep, that's a lager! Typical bubblegum/phenol lager bouquet with a slight hint of hops and yeast.
Taste 3.25: Front is slightly sweet and this fades immediately into the middle where a big wave of light malt and lagery bubblegum await. Finish is where a slight hoppiness pops up briefly only to fade away into a wave of sweet malt and nice taste of yeast. This, in turn, fades into a certain dryness that slowly creeps into the aftertaste, which is grainy and mysteriously satisfying.
Mouthfeel 3.25: Great mouthfeel for the style.
Overall 3.25: Lagers are lagers and this one is one of the best, which isn't saying much. It's always trendy to slam the "mega-brews," but there is a reason Heineken is one of the world's most popular: it's actually pretty good. Excellent with all food types, this Dutch juggernaut just keeps on rolling after all these years. Certainly not one of the best beers in the world, it is, nonetheless, one of the better lagers and imminently sessionable. Found 24 of them on sale for $20 at Total Wine in Atlanta and could not say no.
Serving type: bottle
07-10-2014 04:00:59 | More by BeerDocT
Heineken Lager Beer from Heineken Nederland B.V.
64 out of 100 based on 3,391 ratings.