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Heineken Lager Beer - Heineken Nederland B.V.

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Reviews: 1,323
Hads: 4,572
Avg: 2.75
pDev: 46.91%
Wants: 25
Gots: 1,089 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Heineken Nederland B.V.
Netherlands | website

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager | 5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: OldFrothingSlosh on 01-29-2001

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Photo of Newlife1984
3.01/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

One of "the" standard, classic, you-get-them-everywhere beers. Fits to every meal, tastes ok, but nothing special. Very easy-drinking beer, you can't go wrong with it, if you are far away from home and do not know which beer to drink, but - I would recommend trying any other beer than this one.

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Photo of jwhancher
2.27/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Green bottle poured into tall slender glass. Pale straw in color with long lasting white frothy head. Very fizzy due to high carbonation.

Smells of grainy, sweet green apple with canned corn aroma. The faintest of hops, if any actually perceivable, are flora in aroma.

Very grainy flavor with significant amount of corn adjuncts. DMS is highly prevalent that seems like drinking cooled boiled corn on the cob water. Almost sweet tasting, but finishes dry & crisp with thin body. No flavor hops here. Alcohol is virtually nonexistent.

Overall, a mass produced, high adjunct beer that I don't really care for. I'd drink it in a pinch which is usually at my mass-produced, macro drinking relatives.

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Photo of AfricanPete14
4.21/5  rDev +53.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I wasn't expecting much from this beer, however I was pleasantly surprised. It poured a golden yellow with high carbonation and had a light head. It smelled pretty decent, with a light smell of hops and citrus. The taste was really good, smooth and flavorful with a crisp finish.

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Photo of Kelby777
3.39/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Alright, I'll tell you what I think.

Appearance - Handsome beer, golden color, and seems like it is highly carbonated. Light head, light lacing around the glass, and the bubbles in the beer remind me of grease bubbles.

Smell - Fairly nice smell, though skunky. Hops are slightly floral and smell like citrus.

Taste - Pleasant hop taste, but no sweetness. Average. Would make an excellent start-up beer for hops enthusiasts.

Mouth feel - Feels quite carbonated, but ends in a very dry finish. The hops rest on the tongue, but are not too intrusive. Pleasant aftertaste.

Overall - I would consider this a safe and cheap alternative to other macro beers. This makes a fair session beer or even an good bar beer. However, I personally think that this beer is average in taste.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
2.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

High carbonation level, which is common in mainstream low-flavor beers. This particular bottle smelled skunky as hell, but the flavor wasn't affected much. Basic, with just a touch of hops.

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Photo of CommonSense
2.8/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

No, this is not a craft beer.

No, there is no pronounced flavor.

Yes, this is a light pilsner.

Yes, this is better than 99% of mainstream, mass-produced beers.

If you're at the 7 eleven and the game starts in 10 minutes, this is most likely your best choice. Pretty much the only big player that doesn't have bullshit ingredients.


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Photo of PhillyB
1.69/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I honestly struggled with this beer. It's not that there's something truly terrible about it, it's that there's not much to it at all.

Look: Bubbly yellow water.

Smell: Nothing. Maybe slightly sweet? I'll put it this way: If there's a slight breeze, the breeze will have a stronger scent.

Taste: Slighly sweet nothing.

Feel: Again, nothing.

Overall: Nothing wrong with it, but not much good about it.

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Photo of paulomar
3.69/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Rating is done based on the type of beer. So, I cannot compare a Tripel with a Heineken.. but I can compare other Lagers and comparing Lagers, Heineken is a pretty decent regular beer for everyday.

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Photo of Bill4515
4.74/5  rDev +72.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Man I like Heineken (get the movie reference? If not, its Blue Velvet)This stuff is delicious. This is my "choice" beer. If you have never tried it, you have to. If you don't, you're missing out on a wonderful European beer.

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Photo of drmeto
2.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

canned version

-pours a clear straw golden with a big,foamy,white head
-low to medium carbonation visible
-grainy,grassy,corn,floral,perfumy,slight vanilla,cardboard
-finishes dry
-low to medium carbonation
-light body
A standard pale lager.Nothing too offensive

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Photo of CanadianBacon
3.42/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - Poured from a tallboy into a 16 oz bar glass, The can may equate for my better than average review as it was not skunky. It pours a clear golden straw color with 2 fingers foamy white head.

Aroma - Cereal malts, light hops, and some sweet and sour smell almost like green apple

Aroma - Normal cheap lager taste, spring water, light hops, cereal malts but on the back end it has that same apple like taste. It doesnt taste candy though which is good.

Feel - The body is light and and a little watery, perfect for the style. there is a bit more bitterness on the finish than most euro pales have.

Overall - Comparing this to other beers theres not a chance it'll get a decent review, The issue at hand is at least to some degree AAL's and euro pale lagers, japanese rice lagers just need to be compared to eachother to get a fair assesment. As such Heineken is up there with Coors and stella as some of the better beers in the style. Cheers!

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Photo of Sconnie25
3.03/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden hue with a thick head and a lot of carbonation. Smells of some hops and malt. Tastes for the most part like other lagers with a hint of hop bitterness. Goes down smoothly.

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Photo of SteveJeremy
2.46/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Only ever had this one out of bottles, which always provides me with an unbearable skunkiness that makes me equate it was Mickey's or another poor malt liquor. Been told this is better out of cans.

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Photo of Kevin_Langford
1.66/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I tried this one finally. I see it all over the world and it is very popular. However, I couldn't get into it personally. It smells like an incredibly light beer, tastes like watered-down beer, and goes down like water - no substance. I really didn't care for this one.

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Photo of Sgt_Drunkered
2.29/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A go to affordable beer for those who just dipped their toes into german style pale lager. Classic onset of hoppy bitterness with a crisp finish. Much is left to be desired for complexity when compared to other German brews. Light bodied, and easy to drink. An average beer overall.

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Photo of James954
1/5  rDev -63.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Awful garbage that is only made even more detestable due to the unmerited premium price.

As I write this review, I'm drinking barely cool Heineken from a 24oz can. This beer is tolerable when ice-cold. Mine is not ice cold.

I paid $3 for this can of beer. If I went to a specialty beer store, I could get a pint of Weihenstephaner for the same price.

This experience drives me to stop drinking...this "beer".

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Photo of jamesroses
1.59/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

750ml or 1l bottle. This is beer is the cause of discussion with friends at night.

Appearance: clear shiny golden colour, more bubbly than other beers I'm used to drinking when I go out with friends.

Smell: I've always found this beer to be skunky and never hiding it's alcohol smell. I don't like it.

Taste: same as the smell. It's really skunky, with some roasted grain hiding behind it and mixed with the alcohol. At the second of these I'm usually starting to feel it burn my guts.

Mouthfeel: it kind of burns the mouth and leaves an unpleasant alcohol aftertaste, as most of this massively commercial beers.

Overall: I've never liked this one. It has been the cause of many headaches and a persistent skunky aftertaste that ruined many afternoons.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
2.09/5  rDev -24%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Straw yellow. Smells skunky and hoppy. Taste is bitter, sour barely flavored water. Like a coors light with hops. Feel is bubbly and highly carbonated. Maybe not the worst of the main beers, but not very good.

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Photo of Dave97
3.87/5  rDev +40.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poor - from a 24oz can - Nice poor; soapy 2 finger head that settles down very quickly into just a small white ring. No lacing.

Appearance - Nice 14k gold/straw; very clear, moderate carbonation.

Nose - very light sweet pilsner 2-row malt backbone (apparently their barley comes from France) with noticeable noble hop lemongrass sourness. Faint but present. Straw/hay, fresh cut lawn clippings, a tiny bit of corn (although there are no adjuncts in Heineken) and pilsner barley malt. Over all a nice light lager aroma.

Mouthfeel - Light, a little fizzy; but otherwise a very easy drinker. Dry, granny smith apple crisp.

Taste - in my opinion, the quintessential Euro-Lager. I've spent a lot of time in Europe and have drank a lot of macro Euro lagers and that's not a bad thing at all. I love the taste profile of the standard Euro lager. I like Noble hops and I'm not a supporter of the "Skunk" myth. This is a great atypical Euro Lager. Nice, light easy drinking; very sessionable. Sweet light malt, confectionery sugar sweet; Nice light to medium Noble Hop presense (probably mostly Halltertau?, but I know that they also use Czech hops, Saaz?) Very floral/pollen.

Finish - Short. Nothing on the sides of the tongue. Just a bitter/sour on the middle of the tongue and little on the throat. Floral, lemon, apple sour.

Final thoughts - This is my goto lager at most restaurants that don't server craft beer. I also stock this in my fridge. It is a great lager for before and during meals. It's great for all day drinking as well.

Food Pairings - Chinese, Italian, Greek, BBQ, Chili, Sausage, Indian, Thai.... basically almost anything.

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Photo of Franziskaner
2.8/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Light golden in color and very clear. A fingernail of off white is present around the rim and half of the top. I smell Danish lager yeast and well water. I taste that Danish lager yeast and faint Hallertau hops. The mouth is light,crisp, and moderately carbonated.

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Photo of JimKal
3.1/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I haven't had one in years but while visiting Europe I thought I ought to give it a try since it was on draft and, therefore, wouldn't have that familiar skunk smell and taste. It looked good in the glass for a pale lager but, for me, it was downhill from ther. There just isn't a lot of taste to this nor much mouthfeel. I'd take a SABL any day.

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Photo of Myotus
2.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass.
LOOK: Pours with a finger's worth of white foam that shrivels down to a quarter's worth after 45 seconds. Rising bubbles are in high amounts. Straw yellow in color. Lacing is thin and moderate.
SMELL: Mild aromas of pale malts and subtle sweet malts are surprisingly balanced out by mild aromas of spicy and bitter hops. Subtle boiled cabbage aromas are also there.
TASTE: Mild pale malt and and sweet malt flavors enter initially. Mild cabbage, spicy hop, and bitter hop flavors enter right after as malt flavors persist, but cabbage flavors quickly die out and do not continue into the aftertaste.
FEEL: Somehwere between medium-bodied and light-bodied. Subtly carbonated. Goes down smooth and finishes crisp.
NOTE: This was pretty decent. If I had to choose between Bud, Miller, or this, it would be this.

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Photo of SlamKing
2.2/5  rDev -20%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sometimes I have stuff like this when I go out to eat because it's easy to drink. I needs to be very cold to taste good though. It's not a very mature beer, maybe something to chug in college. Not really worth buying unless you're just messing around with a bunch of friends and want some cheap beer.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
2.94/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Light yellow, clear, fizzy, keeps a couple fingers of head. So, more or less appropriate. Smell has a hint of lemon, grassiness, rice crackers, pasta water. Taste follows; this is brighter than the Heineken I often experience. Perhaps they've been working on quality control / freshness, but I'd actually say this is pretty solid.

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Photo of Chris912
2.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Smells kinda skunky right off the bat. I've heard that at the brewery "accross the pond" that this beer tastes and smells very good. I find that somewhat hard to believe. Its not the worst I've drank, but if im at a BBQ and its cold (colder than i typically like), i'll have a couple.

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