Heineken Lager Beer - Heineken Nederland B.V.
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Reviews by Ralphus:
3.2/5 rDev +18.1%
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.
08-13-2008 23:06:42 | More by Ralphus
More User Reviews:
2.08/5 rDev -23.2%
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. Theres a semblance of malt on the nose but the sharp skunk guards it with his life.
Taste Theres 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 isnt 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 didnt.
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.
08-27-2003 00:24:04 | More by RoyalT
1.53/5 rDev -43.5%
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.
01-10-2013 13:31:05 | More by tectactoe
3.38/5 rDev +24.7%
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.
07-07-2009 03:31:59 | More by ExtraStout
3.23/5 rDev +19.2%
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.
05-02-2009 04:41:01 | More by wesbrownyeah
4.38/5 rDev +61.6%
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.
05-27-2006 10:15:53 | More by Dmann
3.1/5 rDev +14.4%
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.
08-25-2006 20:50:43 | More by orbitalr0x
3.03/5 rDev +11.8%
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.
07-20-2010 03:20:26 | More by newcastleme
1.65/5 rDev -39.1%
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.
09-12-2010 22:40:59 | More by sellmeagod
2.78/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
09-21-2007 13:18:36 | More by lordofthewiens
3.23/5 rDev +19.2%
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.
09-04-2007 06:39:08 | More by BeerDreadz
Heineken Lager Beer from Heineken Nederland B.V.
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