Heineken Lager Beer - Heineken Nederland B.V.
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Reviews by Osiris9588:
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.
Serving type: on-tap
08-25-2006 19:27:42 | More by Osiris9588
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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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