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
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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
Heineken Lager Beer from Heineken Nederland B.V.
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