Heineken Lager Beer - Heineken Nederland B.V.
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Reviews by Groomsy:
2.45/5 rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
I had this at a local Italian restaurant; the first experience wasn't anything great, so I decided to pick a dish that would potentially compliment the taste of the brew (Chicken Parmigiano). The bottle was served almost ice cold, so I decided to let it warm up for a little bit before trying it again, hoping for better results than the first time .
Appearance: A fairly standard pale and translucent straw/yellow color, but still very rich. Thick white head that dissipated very quickly.
Smell: This should have been the first red flag for me. The first thing that I noticed was a very husky, corn/grain type of smell; not a good sign, in my opinion. I also caught of whiff of some other steamed adjuncts (veggies?) and a VERY faint sweetness. Unremarkable and somewhat off-putting.
Taste: Initially, it was very crisp and "bright," I guess you could say. It's a very lightly hopped beer and isn't too challenging to the palate, but only contains the slightest hints of sweetness. There's a vague malty sweetness in the middle which is taken over by an overly grainy/corny taste and it finishes with slight bitterness. More of the grain flavor emerged as the beer warmed as well.
Mouthfeel: As much as I've overused the adjective, it's grainy. The beer also leaves a little bit of a silky film in its wake, coating the tongue in a rather undesirable alcohol type of flavor (but very lightly). The beer is very thin and watery.
Drinkability: For those who are into it, it would be easy to put down a few; but I don't know if I could have done a second one in one session. Its thin texture would make it easy for most and would be well suited for a crisp refreshment on a summer day.
Overall: For what it is, Heineken falls flat in my opinion. As an import, it's extremely overpriced and too hyped for its own good. I will say that its crispness does help to cleanse the palate while eating heavier dishes at restaurants and adds a contrast, but on its own, I have a hard time enjoying this brew.
Serving type: bottle
09-25-2010 02:46:19 | More by Groomsy
More User Reviews:
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
Heineken Lager Beer from Heineken Nederland B.V.
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