Heineken Lager Beer - Heineken Nederland B.V.
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Reviews by Ralphus:
3.2/5 rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4
Heineken Lager is the McDonalds of the beer world. It is one of the most widely distributed beers making it highly accessible. You can find it nearly everywhere beer is sold. If you are in a foreign country and you aren't sure what is available, whether it's the mountains of Morocco or a shady back street bar in Honduras - Heineken is something you can ask for by name and be 99% certain it's on the menu.
Todays samples came from a 5 Liter mini keg which was given to me as a gift. If you haven't used one of these before, they are engineering marvels and a joy to operate and drink from. Want a full beer? Of course.. want a half beer.. equally possible! Highly recommended. My first two beers poured clear and golden with a perfect amount of white fluffy head. They looked good enough for a commercial. The carbonation was a steady stream of pinpoint sized bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass but it didn't last too long. The presentation found here is not typical however. I've had many canned and bottled samples over the years and they typically fall short of what's available on tap. Bottles in particular are susceptible to being stored past their shelf life or in poor conditions resulting in light struck bottles. Cans are a safer bet but not the norm in most places.
Smell wise it's pretty safe.. some floral sweetness, grass and wheat. Nothing out of the ordinary but decent considering the volume it is produced in. When the liquid hits your tongue you'll likely notice the hops right away and they last right through to the aftertaste. With that comes some malted sweetness and a light metallic taste. It is well behaved but does not excel in any one particular area. The mouthfeel starts off poor but gets better the longer the beer has to settle.
Drinkability is high. Few people are going to find Heineken offensive. And if your stranded in a foreign country where no one speaks your language - it might be the only thing you recognize.
Caveat: The Pink Taco at the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas is the only bar I've come across that does not sell Heineken. I'm sure there are many others.
Serving type: nitro-can
08-13-2008 23:06:42 | More by Ralphus
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2.25/5 rDev -17%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2.5
I have tried many Heineken Lagers in my life, whether it was in a plethora of location in the United States or in Amsterdam, and they all have the same taste and charistics.It pours straw yellow clear, with an average soapy head, that sticks around for a short while. It always has had a skunky taste that hides the malt, it does not have a strong edge, and it goes down easy.
Amsterdam, Netherlands March 2007 (on my back to Iraq from seeing my son's birth)
Serving type: bottle
04-10-2014 19:52:24 | More by ChristopherWIU-UTPA
Heineken Lager Beer from Heineken Nederland B.V.
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