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Heineken Lager Beer - Heineken Nederland B.V.

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BA SCORE
64
poor

3,475 Ratings
THE BROS
69
poor

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Ratings: 3,475
Reviews: 1,230
rAvg: 2.71
pDev: 25.46%
Wants: 9
Gots: 218 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: OldFrothingSlosh on 01-29-2001)
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Groomsy

Kentucky

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
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Heineken Lager Beer from Heineken Nederland B.V.
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