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Heineken Lager Beer - Heineken Nederland B.V.

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BA SCORE
64
poor

3,713 Ratings
THE BROS
69
poor

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Ratings: 3,713
Reviews: 1,238
rAvg: 2.71
pDev: 25.46%
Wants: 12
Gots: 324 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Heineken Nederland B.V. visit their website
Netherlands

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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Photo of t0rin0
2.75/5  rDev +1.5%

t0rin0, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.13/5  rDev +15.5%

On tap at Big Wang's in Valencia, CA.

Pours a clear light orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is mainly of malt and grain aromas. Taste is much the same with a sweet finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer but it's much better on tap than in any bottles I have had in the past.

UCLABrewN84, Oct 27, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev +10.7%

djrn2, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
2.05/5  rDev -24.4%

Reviewed from notes.

Served in a pint glass. Pours is a clear golden color with plenty of visible carbonation and a white head. The nose is quite a bit of skunked hops plus some grain. The hops are definitely skunked and a bit grassy. Some very light grain. Skunky hops somehow fit this brew like they don't with any other; maybe I'm just used to it. Really not all the great. Crisp and light. I really don't like this and can't suffer through it any longer.

Thorpe429, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev +10.7%

nmann08, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of zestar
2.75/5  rDev +1.5%

zestar, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of acurtis
2.5/5  rDev -7.7%

acurtis, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of metter98
2.81/5  rDev +3.7%

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that quickly died down and left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderately strong aromas of skunk are present in the nose—likely due to the green bottle.
T: Like the smell, the taste has some skunked flavors, but these are somewhat muted and masked by notes of corn, grainy malts and grassy hops. A light amount of bitterness is present and this lingers through the aftertaste.
M: It feels light-bodied and a little clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The skunky nature of the aroma detracts from this beer, but overall it's not that bad compared to other beers in the style, particularly since the hop bitterness helps to mask this and the flavors of adjunct malts.

metter98, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3/5  rDev +10.7%

Straw yellow that isn't quite dark enough to be called amber or gold. The pure white head is frothyfirm and deflates to a barely covering film. The nose is of grain and not much else.

The flavor is both sweet (more so than most EPLs) and bitter at the same time. There's plenty of grain-like flavor, though for some reason it isn't as off-putting as it is in the American pale lagers. Despite the green glass bottle, there's no hint of skunkiness.

The beer becomes more bitter and more dry as the mouthful progresses. It seemed a little thin initially, but firmed up just a tad with warming. I'm amazed to report that the flavor didn't deteriorate as the temperature rose.

Heineken Lager is a beer that I haven't had for at least 15 years. I never thought much of it then (and still don't really), but it is a damn sight better than the stuff that BMC puts out and is often the only drinkable option in those places that don't carry good beer.

BuckeyeNation, Feb 16, 2004
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.38/5  rDev -12.2%

Bottle – Poured a blond type brew with minimal head with below standard retention. Aroma is in part skunky with some touch of malt. Carbonation is below average. Taste is really light with again that bit of skunky taste coming out. Overall, this is not a great beer but [probably on the same level as those American macros and I also believe we don’t get the same version they produce overseas which is probably a shame.

Phyl21ca, Apr 05, 2004
Photo of BEERchitect
2.98/5  rDev +10%

A rare re-review of a beer for me. But this beer is much different on-tap than from the bottle; it might as well be a separate beer. I had a friend to challenge me to try it off the draught and I'm glad I did.

Although the beer is marketedly better from the keg, it's far from the premium import that the marketeers boast. A standard middle-of-the-road European lager with a part-malt, part-grain profile, pungent earty hop profile and modest sulfer notes. Sharp herbal, match-stick notes stick in the olfactories and in the throat and provide an unusual distraction, but doesn't kill the beer. A mild astringency, earthy bite in the throat also detracts from the drinkability.

From the keg, the beer is on par with Stella and Kronenburg. Not bad, just average. For the Heineken reputation, this is good news.

BEERchitect, Dec 09, 2008
Photo of mikesgroove
2.95/5  rDev +8.9%

Ahh and old stand by when I was younger and hopefully a breath of fresh air is this mess of macros. This had long neen a favorite in my teens years, I want to see if it can stand the test of time. Poured a decent dark yellow, almost to amber color, but no quite there. Smallish white head, faded pretty quick and left a slight lacey film along the top. Lots of visible carbonation, chains of bubbles through the glass.Smell was not at all bad. Decent malt presentation, light grain and bread. A little bit musty, but at least had some character. Taste was crisp clean and refreshing. Very light, with lots of carbonation, very lively feel to it. Taste was a classic lager, very thin but had body, big malts with nothing to really balance. Overall this was the best of the bunch I have tried over the last couple days( check my last couple reviews) and overall was not that bad. I must say that this has actually withstood some scrutiny.

mikesgroove, Mar 06, 2007
Photo of Texasfan549
2/5  rDev -26.2%

Texasfan549, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
2/5  rDev -26.2%

kjkinsey, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
2.98/5  rDev +10%

A: The pour is a clear pale golden color with a fluffy white head that actually leaves a bit of lacing.

S: Having had Heineken many times before and having experienced plenty of skunky bottles, I was pleasantly surprised at the absence of the skunk. The nose was all sweet grain, no hops, and perhaps a touch of malt.

T: Like the nose, this beer is incredibly sweet. The malt is a bit more noticeable in the flavor than the nose, with the grain not too far behind.

M: The body is light with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: Certainly not a great beer like so many people seem to think it is, but it's not the worst pale/adjunct lager out there. It's tolerable when it's not skunky, but still not my first choice.

womencantsail, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of ygtbsm94
2.25/5  rDev -17%

ygtbsm94, Mar 17, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -7.7%

spycow, Jun 11, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
2.5/5  rDev -7.7%

GRG1313, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
2.78/5  rDev +2.6%

A: light straw colored with moderately fast dissipating head. Minimal lacing.

S: grainy and bready. Minimal hop aroma.

T: typical grain and bread lager taste except subtlety sweet without the same degree of bitterness. Minimally watery. Sweet corn notes.

M: smooth. Heavier body than most lagers of its type. Mild carbonation.

O: this happens to be my favorite beer in my least favorite category; that being macro lagers. Still, not the best but drinkable when only weaker options are available.

kylehay2004, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of jaydoc
2/5  rDev -26.2%

jaydoc, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.68/5  rDev -1.1%

It's Thanksgiving, I'm at a relative's house, and it seems as though I'm all out of the beer I brought. However, I found a six-pack of Heineken in the fridge here and have been given the green light to have a bottle. Lucky me!

Appearance: Pours a pale, straw-colored body with a thin, fizzy white head.

Smell: Only a hint of cereal sneaks past the big whiff of skunk.

Taste: Cereal grains with a decent level of sweetness. Grassy hops with only a very subtle touch of bitterness. Hint of green apple in the finish. At best a simple beer, at worst a simple beer riddled with skunkiness.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Heineken, a beer that will punish you bad flavors if you don't drink it fast and absolutely ice cold. Forget the skunky bottles, instead stick to the cans, draft, or mini-kegs (delivered by robo-chicks).

ChainGangGuy, Nov 23, 2007
Photo of Knapp85
3.65/5  rDev +34.7%

This beer poured out as a pale yellow color with a fizzy white head on top. There is basically no lacing on this at all or retention. The smell of the beer has the standard lager yeast aromas and fresh cut grass notes on the nose. The taste of the beer to me is decent, I don't find that this brew is too overpowering with the lager flavors of grass and such. There is a little bit of a metallic flavor to it from time to time but I somehow manage to look past that when I drink it. The mouthfeel is light but it does feel heavy once you drink a few of them in a row. Overall when it comes down to it... If I'm stuck choosing between several American Adjunct Lagers or this one, I'll take thsi one every time. I don't mind this beer at all.

Knapp85, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of TMoney2591
2.53/5  rDev -6.6%

Served in a shaker pint glass at Finn McCool's.

Yet another Quizzo beer. It pours a clear pale straw topped by a half-finger of white micro-foam. The nose comprises funky wheat, hard water, and a light smattering of flowers. The taste is very similar, with more water, air (yes, I tasted some air in there...trust me...), and mowed grass. The body is light, with a moderate carbonation and a watery feel. Overall, an overtly watery weakling of a beer, something I really hope those wacky Europeans don't consider a fine brew.

TMoney2591, Oct 21, 2010
Photo of zeff80
2.8/5  rDev +3.3%

A - Poured out pale gold color with a foamy, white, three-finger head. It was highly carbonated and left some nice lace.

S - It smelled of corn and grain adjuncts.

T - It tasted quite sweet. Mostly it tasted of corn and grain adjuncts.

M - It was a little thin but still smooth. A light-bodied beer.

D - This isn't a bad beer. It works quite well as a lawnmower beer.

zeff80, Jul 04, 2007
Photo of biboergosum
2.73/5  rDev +0.7%

20oz pint. Interesting to find this on tap at Moxie's in Edmonton; it's usually found as a standard overpriced import bottle list mainstay.

This beer arrives at my table in a tall, standard American pint glass, and appears a crystal clear pale golden yellow colour, with a few fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and yet surprisingly creamy off-white head, which leaves a few random, wayward specks of lace around the glass as it quickly dissolves.

It smells lightly of semi-sweet grainy, faintly bready malt, a mild underlying fruity sourness, and tame grassy, herbal hops. The taste is where they lose me - the no-adjunct sense from the nose drops right away, as a certain corn-o-hol sweetness arises, abetted by some stale rice pudding, a wee, innocuous plain citrus note, and caught in the crossfire earthy, leafy, weedy hops - no skunk or stank there, though.

The carbonation is quite high, and doesn't settle as quickly as one might expect, the body heftier than average for the style, but cloying and a bit oily in its subsequent stab at smoothness. It finishes well off-dry, grainy - both good and bad - and ever so mildly skunky, but more in a musty, dead grassy manner.

According to the Heineken aficionados that I seem to spend a lot of time with, the tap version is much better than the bottled one. I don't really particularly care to argue the case, or even validate it, but suffice it to say, it sure doesn't bode well for those green bottles in yer better beertubs around town.

biboergosum, May 19, 2009
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