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Heineken Lager Beer - Heineken Nederland B.V.

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3,737 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,737
Reviews: 1,238
rAvg: 2.71
pDev: 25.83%
Wants: 13
Gots: 338 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Heineken Nederland B.V. visit their website

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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3.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Since I know most BA memebers are quite familiar with this beer (and most harbor disdain for it) I am not going to do the requisite run down of the characteristics. Instead, I shall point to several of the reasons as to why I like Heineken.

Granted, it's not a great beer and doesn't have a flavor profile that compares with quality Belgian Ales or the like. However, the value of Heinkeken is that it often keeps me from having to drink truly terrible beer (i.e Miller or Anheuser Bush products.). When social obligations send me to a wedding reception or into a dive bar I am grateful when Heineken is an alternative.

Also, I spent a week in Amsterdam a few year ago. The youth hostel in which I stayed had a bar/recreational commons area that carried Heineken on tap. Draft Heineken on tap in Amerstam is a considerably different animal that what we experience in the State--and for the better. It is creamier and has less of that biting sweetness and skunk.

I also toured the brewery. At the end of the tour, which was quite informative in regards to the brewing process, in this big beer hall, they give you 30 minutes to drink as much Heineken as possible. Beer maids in green lederhosen and puffy white dole out twelve ounce glasses (not plastic cups) of stuff. I got to talking to two Kiwis sitting beside me--until the beer began being passed around, then we slammed all we could (a practice not endorsed by BA).

Who could forget the role Heineken plays in David Lynch's "Blue Velvet?" Dennis Hoper asking Kyle Maclachan: "Wha't your favorite Beer?"
"Heineken? No! Pabst Blue Ribbon!"
Or something to that effect, and extremely crazy.

Thus, Heineken is not the greatest tasting beer in the world. However, it is much superior to Macro-crap, and is quite refreshing in warm weather.

Osiris9588, Aug 25, 2006
More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
2.08/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance – Clear yellow body with a decent head that went down quickly.

Smell – If a skunk chugged a beer then belched loudly, this is how it would smell. There’s a semblance of malt on the nose but the sharp skunk guards it with his life.

Taste – There’s a little malt in there and a balanced presence of hops. It finishes with a very light sweetness.

Mouthfeel – This one is very flat and squishy in between the cheeks.

Drinkability – This isn’t really all that bad. It goes down fairly smooth and would be OK with food.

Comments – Upon the suggestion of a friend, I went with the mini keg-looking can. He said that it would keep away the skunk. Of course, it didn’t.

This beer really does reek. I mean, it stinks to high heaven. I ran over a skunk once on the freeway and my tire smelled like this for about three weeks. The beer is a lot easier to drink if you exhale just before diving in, and then quickly set the glass away after getting your swig.

RoyalT, Aug 27, 2003
Photo of cam477
2.5/5  rDev -7.7%

cam477, Sep 28, 2013
Photo of tectactoe
1.53/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a pale straw color with one of the flimsiest, bright-white heads around that dissipates quick and reduces to a barely noticeable ring within seconds. Nose is grainy, metallic, and slightly skunky. Who would have thought, given the green bottles? My palate is picking up a grainy backbone with an astringent, off-putting bitterness that doesn't contain much hop aroma or flavor, just a chalky bitterness that crushes the grain profile. Thin, clean, crisp finish with maybe a hint of grapes or apple skins in the final touch, but it's barely enough to save this one. The metallic flavor becomes more noticeable near the end of the brew, kind of like a heavy copper-ish smell and taste. The body is thinner than thin and the carbonation is relatively high.

Bleh, I'm not a fan of this one at all. Hated this when I first tried it, long ago. Tried it again thinking maybe I was just inexperienced earlier - still don't care for it.

tectactoe, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of ExtraStout
3.38/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Quality ingredients, smooth malt flavor, and sharp hops all ruined by that stupid green bottle. Usually the beer is skunky, so it just makes me blanche. When it's not skunky, an above average lager. It beats the hell out of any US production beer though, except for Sam Adams.

ExtraStout, Jul 07, 2009
Photo of Tiernan
2.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Tiernan, Mar 17, 2014
Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.23/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Don't touch my heiny! Heineken Lager 5% alcohol.

A- Very clean, crystal clear, straw yellow yellow fluid with foamy almost soapy head that falls to an almost icy head that linger around for the most part of the beer. Minimal lace retention.

S- Smell is very familiar of American adjunct lager. Mild sweet malts with hints of corn and funky hops.

T- Greatly improved flavor then the smell with multiple upgrades. The taste evolves to a sweet corn beginning that turns to a malty feel followed by a nice hoppy bitterness.

M-D- Mouthfeel is mostly mild and dry with minimal offensivness. Highly drinkable and very enjoyable in mass drinking situations.

wesbrownyeah, May 02, 2009
Photo of tbryan5
2.25/5  rDev -17%

tbryan5, Jan 16, 2013
Photo of Shakerman
2.25/5  rDev -17%

Shakerman, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of SkiBum22
2/5  rDev -26.2%

SkiBum22, Aug 21, 2014
Photo of BubalooBrewMaster
2/5  rDev -26.2%

BubalooBrewMaster, Dec 26, 2013
Photo of Dmann
4.38/5  rDev +61.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I recently bought one of the mini-kegs of Heineken and was very impressed. In the mini-keg the beer lost all of it's usual skunky characteristics and really became a nice drinkable lager. The malty sweetness came through and was backed up nicely by a slight hop bitterness in the finish. If your gonna drink this beer, get it in the keg cans or the mini-keg. It's very fresh and very tasty.

Dmann, May 27, 2006
Photo of SuomiHobbit
1.75/5  rDev -35.4%

SuomiHobbit, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of MikeC144
2/5  rDev -26.2%

MikeC144, Apr 09, 2014
Photo of orbitalr0x
3.1/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the bottle a pale yellow hue not uncommon for most euro lagers. A small, slightly fizzy white head tops off the brew. Aromas bring a sweet grain maltiness that has a subtle fruitiness. Herbal hops are there with the requisite light skunkiness that almost always accompanies Heineken when bought in the green bottle. However, it doesn't detract too much.

First sip brings a crisp, light pale toasted cereal grain maltiness. Light hints of fruit swirl through and it flows down with a grassy, herbal hop flavor. Slight skunkiness in there as well. It finishes crisp with a lingering toasted grain aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is light and smooth with fast moving carbonation. Goes down easily and ends up being refreshing. Not a beer I would actively seek out, but I don't mind having it now and again at a party or when it's offered to me. One of the better mass produced euro pale lagers.

orbitalr0x, Aug 25, 2006
Photo of markallmon
4.75/5  rDev +75.3%

markallmon, Mar 25, 2012
Photo of fmrl
3.25/5  rDev +19.9%

fmrl, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of newcastleme
3.03/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is one of those beers appropriate if you're looking wake up in the morning around the toilet. It doesn't have a terrible taste but the smell is horrendous. Also, I don't recommend it for any significant food pairing because of the potent aftertaste.

newcastleme, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of FadetoBock
2.5/5  rDev -7.7%

FadetoBock, May 01, 2014
Photo of Drunkenass
3.5/5  rDev +29.2%

Drunkenass, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of TheAdamConners
5/5  rDev +84.5%

TheAdamConners, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of danthehopslamman
2.5/5  rDev -7.7%

danthehopslamman, Aug 13, 2012
Photo of sellmeagod
1.65/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

What on Earth is this weak lager? Often touted as a high class beer (probably because suckers pay import prices), this little green bottle does nothing other than appear to be a brew and let off nothing distinctive.

I'd honestly take a Rolling Rock any day over this, at least there's no pretending on that end.

A bit of metal, a bit of bland yeastiness, and no alcoholic taste (I guess that's OK) and you don't even think you're drinking a real beer. This is not suggested.

sellmeagod, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of lordofthewiens
2.78/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

In my younger days I thought this was a really good beer. A pale yellow color, pretty carbonated. Faint grain (corn) aroma. Virtually no taste. Somewhat refreshing, but then, so is water. No mystique to this beer. It probably is a better entry-level beer than Bud or Miller, but not one I'd want to drink regularly.

lordofthewiens, Sep 21, 2007
Photo of BeerDreadz
3.23/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

7 onz green bottle

Appearance : Straw yellow color with a small line of bubbles ahead that goes away instantly.

Smell : Grains, some hops far away.

Taste : Some hops in there, some maltiness and sourness in the mouth after drink in it.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability : Easy-to-drink beer, nice one,overprice maybe. The 7 onz bottle have good and bad things, good - It would be cold 'till the end and bad - two sips and is over.

BeerDreadz, Sep 04, 2007
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Heineken Lager Beer from Heineken Nederland B.V.
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