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Heineken Lager Beer - Heineken Nederland B.V.

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3,464 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,464
Reviews: 1,230
rAvg: 2.71
pDev: 25.46%
Wants: 9
Gots: 213 | 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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Reviews by TheHammer:
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Ontario (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Ahh Heineken, known worldwide for your green can and bottle. It's been a while since a did a Macro's flagship brand so here goes. Poured with a half finger of head that was gone in mere seconds. Thus, it goes without saying the beer does not retain it's head nor does the beer lace. The beer itself is a crystal clear color that reminds me of sweet corn. However it is also a bit low on the carbonation.

Smell: You'd think that having it in a can, they could do something about the skunk. Thankfully though, the skunk clears quite quickly leaving with a sweet corn smell with a nice citrus backdrop and a dash of grassy hops.

Taste: Nothing elaborate going on in the taste department, but nothing bad. Starts with a bit of a tame straw like flavor which would normally be a put off for me, but it is balanced by just the right touch of malt. It then turns to a incredibly well tempered mix of mixed hop bitterness that shows solid balance.

Mouthfeel: This beer is very clean, very crisp however it leaves just a slight touch of plastic aftertaste. The carbonation while a little lacking, I personally feels helps this beer keep the hops in check. It could use a slight boost as the beer does come off a little bit watery, but it's a minor complaint. Also points get deducted for the complete lack of head.

Drinkability: It does go down very smoothly and the low carbonation certainly helps it's case. It's a very refreshing beer but it's a little bit heavy on the gut. That and the plastic aftertaste stops you from having more then a few. All in all, average.

Final Thoughts: Well, it's Heineken and it's everything you'd expect from a big name brewer. However, I'd say out of the Macros the green skunk is probably one of the better ones, although that's not saying much. I get the feeling if it was closer to the source it would be even better. All in all, pretty much the beer I'd pick if I was surrounded by other big name beers that were lacking.

Serving type: can

04-24-2009 22:53:53 | More by TheHammer
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Heineken Lager Beer from Heineken Nederland B.V.
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