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Heineken Lager Beer - Heineken Nederland B.V.

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4,161 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,161
Reviews: 1,318
rAvg: 2.71
pDev: 25.46%
Wants: 22
Gots: 653 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: OldFrothingSlosh on 01-29-2001

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3.01/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Enjoyed off an on over the years in mass quantities but never truly thought much about it
A - clear straw yellow, fairly tall white head retained respectably
S - grainy, adjunct, sulphur, and a hint of grass, this beer at times has the aroma a being a little skunky but I don't typically find that with the taste
T - very musty grainy start, light grass, some metallic, with grain lingering through the finish
M - light and easy drinking with a nice carbonation kick, finishes crisp and dry
O - I've tried my best to leave any beer snobbery out of this, I have to say that I enjoy chugging down this beer in social sessions, drinkability is its best quality, but to really break it down its generally an average lager

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 650ml green glass bottle with a BB of May 2013.

Poured into a straight pint glass. A clear golden colour with medium carbonation. Forms a large head of brilliant white foam that rapidly collapses to a patchy surface layer. Aroma of light malt with hints of stewed hops and a whisper of aromatic noble hops.

Tastes of light malt with a dry finish. Hints of stewed hops and faint overdone veg. A crisp, mild bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is tingly and dry, with decent body for the style. Slightly astringent. Aftertaste of weak malt and hops.

Well, it aims pretty low and hits the target. As macro lagers go this isn't actually too bad; it's well-balanced and clean. Quenches a thirst. But it's boring - where's the excitement? Oh well, nevermind. Worth trying (once).

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3/5  rDev +10.7%

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2.81/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: One finger soapy white head atop a translucent straw colored beer.

Aroma: The definition of skunky. Not much to smell on this one.

Taste: It's not as bad as the nose suggests. Definite skunky tastes in there but nothing extremely off-putting. There is a dry bitterness throughout and especially present at the end. There is also a little malt and breadyness in there.

Mouthfeel: Actually surprisingly full-bodied for the style. I was expecting something very thin and watery but it's not half bad in the mouthfeel department. Pretty good level of carbonation (although, I did pour it very aggressively into a glass to help get rid of excess carbonation).

Final Thoughts: This beer wasn't as bad as I expected. In fact, it sort of went way above my expectations. However, I would not seek this beer out in the future. I'm not sure why it is so popular and world renowned (then again why are any macro-lagers so popular?) but it's not the worst beer I've tasted.

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2.13/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Drunk straight out of the bottle.

Aroma was unfortunately pretty skunky as to be expected with the green bottle. There was a little bit of bread and hay, though, and it was similar to other Euro lagers.

The flavor started out ok but quickly became incrediby bad. A little bit of skunk , grassy hops and bready grain at first but it was overtaken by an unusually harsh bitterness. Add to that, way too much sweetness and you have a bad combination. It was really all I could do to finish the bottle.

While I normally really like Euro lagers, I have to make an exception for this one. Really it is an unbalanced mess. Not something I will have again.

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2.73/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well here it is, the good old Heineken Lager. Got a 12 Pk of this special edition canned series.

A: A light golden/straw color with a 2-3 inch head that slowly dissipates to nothing, but leaves some lacing. Not much carbonation to speak of.

S: The smell has some grain, a malt sweetness and light corn or rice.

T: Despite the can, this beer still has that skunky taste to it and is somewhat metallic. Still get some grain and corn with the slightly sweet malts.

M: Pretty much the only way to drink this beer is iced cold. As soon as it warms up, the beer falls apart.

O: Simply reviewing this as an Adjunct Lager, I would say its not a great beer, but its not the worst either. Avoid the green bottle and the experience should be a little better. A good beer for parties, backyard BBQ, or a yard work refreshment.

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Heineken Lager Beer from Heineken Nederland B.V.
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