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Heineken Lager Beer - Heineken Nederland B.V.

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3,438 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,438
Reviews: 1,227
rAvg: 2.71
pDev: 25.46%
Wants: 8
Gots: 196 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of olimpia84


2.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is a step up from most light beers. Pale and clear appearance, little to no head is formed when this is poured into a glass. The smell is rather bad actually, it's a mix of lemon and metallic aromas that may put some people off.

Taste is above average compared to other light beer and cheap beers; corn and grains are felt just like any other pale lager beer but nothing great. A bit of a grassy aftertaste is left along with medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 01:09:52 | More by olimpia84
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

2.7/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear gold with noticeable carbonation and 1/2" of head with decent retention. Smells of grains and has a fruity sweetness. Taste is grainy and sweet up front with a nice hop bitterness and an odd burnt flavor in the finish. Mouthfeel is light and crisp.

Not for me really. I'm not a fan of the burnt flavor in the finish or the odd graininess.

Serving type: can

08-12-2011 23:05:10 | More by tdm168
Photo of GossageBrewery


2.08/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured this pale lager into a pint glass from a bottle. Poured a clear straw color. Produced a thin head with pour head retention. Only a small amount of lacing was left behind on the glass. The Aroma of this beer is not pleasant...can someone say skunk? The taste of this Euro Lager i light in body, smooth, some grain, slight hop and broccoli. Finishes dry. Overall, not my cup of tea. If I wanted something similar i would pick up a German style Pilsner, Spaten or Hoffbrau.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2011 03:33:13 | More by GossageBrewery
Photo of Converge

Alberta (Canada)

2.2/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

330ml bottle poured into a 16oz pint glass.

A - Just under a finger of foamy white head. Clear golden-yellow color. Looks really boring.

S - Cereal grains and slight touch of citrus.

T - Simple adjunct grains. Almost nothing else detectable. No malt, no hops, not even some skunkiness. Just a really boring adjunct lager taste.

M - Medium-to-low carbonation. Thin body.

D - I seem to remember enjoying Heineken in the past, but this certainly didn't help me remember why. Humdrum lager.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2011 20:46:46 | More by Converge
Photo of Kendo

New York

2.15/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Poured from a large bottle (I think it's 24 oz - got it as a Christmas gift from a secretary at work) into a pilsner glass. The body is pale yellow with a small white head. Leaves some splotchy lace.

S: Skunk and sulphur over some cereal grain.

T: Light cereal grain and what I believe is corn. Also some overripe green apples. I used the word "skunk" or "skunky" a number of times in my notes. Lingering sweetness, skunk and some sulphur.

M: Light, as expected for the style. Carbonation level is non-offensive.

O: Bad stuff. I don't know how anyone would consider this to be an "upgrade" over, say, Bud or Coors. I don't think I've ever had a Heineken that wasn't skunked; at least a cold, fresh BMC in cans doesn't reek of skunk. Drain pour.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2011 16:25:36 | More by Kendo
Photo of bubseymour


3.18/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - light yellowish color and bubbly with 1 finger head that disappears quickly.

Smell - always has a slight skunkiness to it that can't be avoided. This sampling isn't that bad though. I've had much worse.

Taste - Some good attributes with some Euro straw / barn yard notes and a crisp finish. Light and easy to drink.

Mouthfeel - ok

Overall - I would bet if they switched to a brown bottle and eliminated the skunkiness this would be a decent bottled beer from Holland. Otherwise its just ok and somewhat boring.

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2011 00:57:09 | More by bubseymour
Photo of heygeebee


2.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

We've all drunk a lot of these, haven't we?

Pours a straw colour, with a one finger head, that either recedes or stays, depending on how lucky you get

Aromas of, erm, euro lager really.

Taste is same. No real news there. The main reason for writing is to note just how many variations of this there are. Brewed at source is Euro-lager. Brewed in Aus tastes like Aus macro - sharper, more metallic. And sadly I have even paid out for a Spanish version that tasted just like San Miguel.

A Chameleon. Careful

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2011 05:41:24 | More by heygeebee
Photo of ommegoose


2.73/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. can.

Looks a-okay. Bright straw color, good head formation, decent retention, and lacing around the glass.

Being the canned version, there's none of the skunkiness apparent in the bottles. Instead there's just a rather bland graininess. A little grassy and sweet. Quite mild, but about par for the pale lager style.

Flavor is overly sweet and lacks the crispness I'd like to have in a pale lager. Really mild on the hops. Carlsberg and Stella have much crisper and dryer flavors. Musty grain lingers on the finish, along with a chalky bubblegum off note.

Heavy-ish body for style. Carbonation seemed a bit low after the pour.

The esteem of this beer baffles me. I'd take most other Euro Pale Lagers over this, and I'd never pay full price for it.

Serving type: can

08-04-2011 03:10:04 | More by ommegoose
Photo of notchucknorris


3.03/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pale gold color with a thin white head that disappears pretty quickly.

S: Pretty tame smell with some lager yeast, lemon and faint hops.

T: It's pretty easy to drink, but not especially good. Some lemon and slightly bready malts, a touch of grassy hops and that's about it. I happened to be very lucky on this bottle and got un-skunked beer. Cha ching!

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 18:32:52 | More by notchucknorris
Photo of surprenant1138


2.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a transluscent light amber color with an inch of quickly fading white head. Minimal bubbly lacing noted. Aroma is faint, yeasty, slighty grassy. Mouthfeel is light, fairly carbonated. Taste is light. It is yeasty, grassy, and very watered down tasting. Overall, eh.

Serving type: can

07-24-2011 01:23:38 | More by surprenant1138
Photo of regionrat37


2.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I have not had this in a while and got this in a 1 pint 8oz bottle from local liquor store poured into a cold beer mug.

Appearance: Pours golden yellow with a quickly dissipating soapy head.
Smell: Death and slight maltiness (very similar to O. E.)
Taste: Sweet and malty upfront. Sour and a barely noticeable bitter hoppness at the finish
Mouth feel: carbonation is what saves this brew and makes it palatable.
Overall: A decent chugging beer, and good for a buzz. get it in a can to avoid skunkiness.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 01:14:13 | More by regionrat37
Photo of mdaschaf


3/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from notes.

A: Pours a golden color with small carbonation bubbles coming up from the bottom. Decent sized, white foamy head on top that has decent retention. Spotty lacing.

S: Having had a bunch of Heineken from a bottle before, it was nice to have one from a can where there was no sign of skunking, not that it made the aroma excellent though. Some biscuit malt, light grains, and a bit of citrus.

T: A good bit of grainy/husk flavor, a little bit of hop bitterness. Slight sweetness in the midpalate.

T: Light to medium bodied, medium to high carbonation. Crisp, but has a slightly dry finish.

O: Not bad, actually liked the can since it had a bit of a texture to it as a grip. Would be fine with cans of this once in a while if it wasn't so highly priced. Can get much better options for only a little bit more money.

Serving type: can

07-22-2011 01:18:05 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of BEERME528


2.73/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

During my semester in Madrid, this and Guiness were pretty much it at all of the main bars. They were always highlighted on signs and menus for 5 euros a pint. Instead of struggling to find something different, I just went with it everytime. It's fine if you are just trying to get your buzz on but it's really not all that enjoyable. I can't say I would ever purchase it in the stores. It looks like any other common beer out there and doesn't really have a uniqe taste. I think the average person considers this some special high quality beer but it really does not taste like one. I'd take a budweiser over this any day.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2011 18:56:17 | More by BEERME528
Photo of Kromes


3.43/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Straw color with a thin line of soda-like bubbles.

S: Honey malts with a little bit of hops. Not bad. Not skunky like the bottle.

T: A nice sweet honey malt flavor with a touch of hop in the finish. Finish is sweet.

M: Light and higher carbonation.

O: It's pretty good out of the can. A nice pale lager.

Serving type: can

07-20-2011 23:19:10 | More by Kromes
Photo of Retsinis


1.83/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A fellow BA's sisters boyfriend left one of these in my fridge, so I decided to review it. I, like many, drank my fair share of this stuff in my early drinking days.

A: Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Bruery Tulip glass, the beer pours a clear, barely pale yellow color. A billowing 3 inches of white head, that surprisingly, some what slowly receded to a quarter in ch of head. No lacing, (even after all of that)

S: Old faded hops, dried corn, metal, and steamed rice.

T: Mirrors the nose, but light corn malt adds a mild sweetness in the middle, but that dried rice or old off bitterness adds a not enjoyable twang of off flavor.

M: Low carbonation (if poured out of the bottle) and light mouth. The beer lacked any crispness or refreshing feel.

O: Pretty Awful in my opinion. The green bottle does not help the beer, other than for marketing, perhaps a can might be better, but I doubt it. Where's the beer?

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2011 22:27:41 | More by Retsinis
Photo of shamus

Ontario (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I really haven't had a Heineken since I was in Europe and that being said it's been 10 years. Clearly it was never a favourite. this past Canada Day (July 1) I had one at a friends and it was a lot better than I would have thought. A lot of heinies are skunky because of the green bottle but this one wasn't and it was refreshing and much smoother and tastier than a lot of mainstream watery astringent brews available in Canada. In fact it's just right for a hot afternoon. Served ice cold it has an inoffensive bitterness with a bit of malty goodness. of course it's not what I think of when I think of a beer I love, but it's quite 'perfect' as a middle-of-the-road lager.

PS I didn't know that your beer Karma could go down? Maybe I'm just not drinking enough?

Serving type: can

07-14-2011 18:49:17 | More by shamus
Photo of BarryMFBurton


2.55/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Fifth and final review during my night in Niagara Falls. Reviews are brief compared to my usual style because they are reviewed from notes.

On-tap at Edgewaters Tap & Grill in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada. Reviewed from notes taken on 07-08-2011.

A: A white foamy head that recedes instantly is my main focus of attention, at first. Decent lacing, though the overall still remains greasy and cheap. A nice, golden straw color and shine saves it from being doomed to the “unimpressive” category.

S: Really, I can’t get any nose at all except for some pale fruits – pear and old/dehydrated apples. Other than that, it’s nothing but very unappealing macro malts. It’s not staggeringly bad; just dull.

T: Some banana and a tiny bit of something bitter – hops, pleeeease! I’ve been dying for some of that beautifully aromatic flower all night, but the night is done, and I’m not finding it in here. After the opening flavors, though, the taste fades completely. Tiny aftertaste of manufactured malts; skunky, and not pleasant. Somehow, though, the palate remains drinkable.

M: Fizzy and very underwhelming. This is the true essence of light macro-brews. However, there’s some carb there (much to my relief). It must have been to keep it from being undrinkable.

O: A Euro Pale Lager that, not unexpectedly, is below average. I can’t see myself ever ordering such a bland beer ever again. At least not in a pitcher, which would really be an offensive choice to my palate. Not that this beer really can offend – it has no strong flavors!

So, that does it for my Canadian tour. While nothing really stuck out to me as beer gold, I can honestly say that I’m happy with my choices of brew for the weekend. At the very least, it makes me appreciate the great craft we have just miles across the border in America!

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2011 05:53:45 | More by BarryMFBurton
Photo of Guden


1.65/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

A- Super pale straw. Half finger white head fades quickly leaving a little lacing.

S- Corn, pale malt sweetness and a hint of skunk fill the nose. There is more smell than I expected, but it isn't particularly good.

T- Bleh! Huge skunk overpowers everything else. There is a bit of sweetness in the middle and what would be a nice balancing bitterness in the end if it weren't for that huge amount of skunk. Nothing could balance that much skunkiness.

M- Light and bubbly with a little creaminess it feels good in the mouth with crisp carbonation.

D- Without the skunk this would be a nice beer, it feels good in the mouth and smells and looks like most lagers, but that skunk flavor is a killer.

Serving type: can

07-10-2011 20:43:25 | More by Guden
Photo of Mebuzzard


2.3/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Will never understand the green bottle, especially in today's day and age. It harms the beer...but who cares, right? As long as money is made...

Typical macro beer appearance, but for this style it doesn't quite fit. Pale straw color. Soapy white head that goes away fast

Aroma...roadkill. Musty, stale malt and grain

Taste follows the aroma quite closely. Some faint wet biscuit.

Feels cold, some carbonation. Bad aftertaste

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 17:36:27 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of soju6


3/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A; Pours a pale yellow with a small head that fades quickly and minimal lacing.

S: Light aroma of grain. No skunk detected.

T: Tastes sort of like bread and some malt sweetness. slightly bitter finish.

F: Light body crisp clean and quite smooth. Nice balance.

This used to be my go to beer when traveling thru Dakar and Kampala in Africa as well the numerous places is S.E.Asia. This was always good for a few and still is.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 14:38:02 | More by soju6
Photo of ummswimmin

New Jersey

2.35/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I don't usually drink pilsners, but on a very hot day (like today) a pilsner can really hit the spot. I picked up this beer at a barbeque.

Heineken is a very light beer in feel, flavor, color, etc. It is almost like a hydrating beer.

There was sweetness and some skunk in the flavors typical to the hoping style. The smell is minimal and it is very easy to drink.

I wouldn't say that this is standout beer, but it worked well on a 95 degree day.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 02:38:20 | More by ummswimmin
Photo of MoreThanWine


2.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 2" white soap suds head. Clear straw yellow in color. Smells just a little skunked but not enough to turn off, and theres a little grassy smell too. Taste is a mild sweet corn. This is a big step up from their light beer though not dramatically different or better from American BMC beers. Just an average.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2011 01:18:05 | More by MoreThanWine
Photo of kylehay2004


2.78/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: can

07-05-2011 18:20:40 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of Ruger


2.45/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Straw yellow with moderate head and very light lacing around the glass.

S - Herbal smell with light hops and skunk.

T - Corn and grain and an small metallic taste.

M - Extremely carbonated but overall smooth.

O - Not the best from the bottle due to the skunkness, it tastes much better from the can or the mini-keg.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 00:03:58 | More by Ruger
Photo of djura


2.63/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Deep gold color; rich, creamy, white head. Foam stays for few minutes,leaving nice lacing. Medium carbonation.
Smell: Grassy, malty grains and very subtle hops.
Taste: Mild, slightly grainy, mildly bitter.

Slightly above average EPL for one of the most famous beer brand.

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2011 13:43:17 | More by djura
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