1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Heineken Lager Beer - Heineken Nederland B.V.

Not Rated.
Heineken Lager BeerHeineken Lager Beer

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
64
poor

3,373 Ratings
THE BROS
69
poor

(view ratings)
Ratings: 3,373
Reviews: 1,225
rAvg: 2.71
pDev: 25.46%
Wants: 7
Gots: 169 | 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)
View: Beers (16) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Heineken Lager Beer Alström Bros
Ratings: 3,373 | Reviews: 1,225 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of obrike
obrike

Texas

2.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I will always have a soft spot in my hear for Heiny as it was my go to beer every time i went to Vegas in the 90s and early 2000's (before i got married).

But let's face it...this is not a good beer. it's quite average...low/average at best. Of course, I have not tried in in a can.

Weak soft yellow color, head doesn't last at all...smells a bit skunky as well.

Very easy to pound quite a few of these in a sitting though.

Next time i'm in Vegas, I'm getting one of these bad boys for old times sake.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2011 20:12:15 | More by obrike
Photo of negroobserver
negroobserver

New York

2.75/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle -

A: Filtered clear with a light yellow color remeniscent of champagne. Cleary visible rise of carbonation. Pours with about an inch of white head which leaves behind a moderate amount of lacing.

S: sweet scent.

T: Light sweetness. A mild malty flavor.

M: It's a little watery with a good amount of carbonation.

D: The sweet taste and the light watery taste is easy to drink, but the beer has no character or interesting flavors.

Overall grade: C- / C

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 00:19:57 | More by negroobserver
Photo of buschbeer
buschbeer

Ohio

2.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

16oz can
Served in a pilsner glass

A - It pours a pale yellow color. The head is about a half inch and white with absolutely no retention.

S - I get grass and grain, much like an adjunct lager.

T - The taste is pretty bland. I get some of the grassy notes. Just not a lot going on.

M - Thin with a carbonation bite.

D - I had a can so at least it didn't smell skunked, but it still doesn't improve the flavor. I have never been a fan.

Serving type: can

03-12-2011 03:29:34 | More by buschbeer
Photo of heebes
heebes

Ontario (Canada)

2.1/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz green bottle.

Poured a pale yellow with weak fizzy head that disapeared quickly. Nose was skunked and grain. Taseted horrible, total skunk flavour and weak grain lager. Watery mouthfeel. Mild drinkability If cold but I may end up drainpouring the rest of these. Never repurchase.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2011 12:38:54 | More by heebes
Photo of oldp0rt
oldp0rt

Quebec (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev +31%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is definitely one of my first beers. It's a must have in my beer fridge.

Bottle looks good and makes you want to have one. As for the beer, it's a nice pale yellow.

I've had some batches that smelled a little of skunk.

It's good cold, but forget it for a while and the taste changes completely. Not a beer meant to be drank warm.

Goes down nicely and it's easy to drink a few in a row.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2011 21:34:21 | More by oldp0rt
Photo of jera1350
jera1350

Minnesota

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

Pale yellow with a foamy head that is white. A little lace.

Grainy alcohol with a little sweetness.

Light flavor of grain and mild hops. Clean but uninteresting flavor.

Light bodied and adequate carbonation.

A clean and easy to drink beer, but offers nothing of interest really. It is q clean tasting beer though.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 23:02:54 | More by jera1350
Photo of Everydayoff
Everydayoff

Thailand

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

330ml bottle poured into a pils glass. No best before date.

A:
Typical golden yellow color, thick white foamy head with average retention it gradually recedes into a thin layer covering the surface, not much of lace to speak with. Visible carbonation is medium to high.

S:
The smell of sulfur, earthy hop, grain, husk, with a bit sweet from malt.

T:
Husky hits the taste buds first together with sweet malt, somewhat earthy, slight astringent as followers and finishes with hop bitterness that also lingers for a while.

M:
The body is medium, medium to high carbonated, dry and clean finish.

D:
A bit flat in whole dimension but easy to drink anyway. Not too bad for macro beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2011 04:08:26 | More by Everydayoff
Photo of Brunite
Brunite

Illinois

2.4/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear straw yellow with a snow white head which does not last long.

Smell: Hmmmm? Aroma is barely detectable. Very weak with only faint grain and off-putting herbals.

Taste: Where are the hops. This tastes like a very watered down malt beverage with adjuncts. Very, very weird sweet taste. Corn syrupy.

Mouthfeel: Quite thin. Highly carbonated.

Drinkability: You could drink this like water but why bother. Water, if your choice, is better alone. Beer, if your choice, can be had far better than this. I can not believe that in days gone by...I considered this top-shelf!

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2011 20:12:28 | More by Brunite
Photo of jmvecchio1
jmvecchio1

Missouri

3.08/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Standard green stocky bottles with no printed on bottling date.

L-Clear, straw colored, high carbonation rising. Fluffy white head on the bottle pour. The head dissipates quickly and leaves very light lacing.
S-Grainy and slightly skunky. Most people hate the smell, but there's something about the smell which I do enjoy.
T-Crisp, a little hop bite with a malty sweetness on the swallow. The beer drinks very dry overall.
D-Most everyone has had a Heineken. Some love it, others hate it. It's a nice drinking session beer. I picked up a 12 pack on sale for $12. So at this price it's comparable to a local craft on sale. Also good for cooking with.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 23:30:49 | More by jmvecchio1
Photo of ehammond1
ehammond1


2.1/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On Tap

Brigantine Seafood Restaurant
Poway, CA

Pale straw yellow with a pitiful white head that dissipates almost immediately. Leaves the glass clean as I hesitantly drink this down. Unimpressive.

Smells foul. I don't pick up much hop presence at all. Smells like old dishwater. Some cereal and bready malts in the nose but nothing that smells very pleasant.

The taste follows the nose, unfortunately. There aren't many praises here to sing. A bit of grassy hops and cereal malts, but an overly unpleasant and chemically taste.

Mouthfeel is appropriate but this beer isn't worth drinking.
From now on, when at a restaurant and this is the "best" beer option, I'll drink water or wine.

I wanted to enjoy this beer, as I have fond memories of it. When visiting the brewery in Amsterdam (albeit, five years ago) I remember the beer being delicious. Granted, I had little beer drinking experience at the time, but I still look back at that trip and that beer very fondly.

Will re-review if I ever get another straight from the brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2011 08:18:35 | More by ehammond1
Photo of brunrn1
brunrn1

New Jersey

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

I cant put my finger on this beer. If im by someones house and they have this I will drink this. I would not purposely order it.
somthing about the taste that I cant agree with. Im not sure.
Too me its too bitter for just an ordinary beer. I have tried it on tap too and the same thing.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2011 14:28:37 | More by brunrn1
Photo of kflorence
kflorence

California

2.93/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep, golden yellow with a small amount of foamy, white head. Head retention is low as expected. Carbonation levels seem good.

S: Meh. Sweet malts and grains are overpowered by metal and oxidation. To be expected from a European lager.

T: Sweet malt and grains with a little bit of hop bitterness. Some very slight pilsener characteristics in there. Finishes crisp and dry with some residual bitterness and a bit of grass. Not much flavor or complexity to be found here.

M: Very light in body but has a good amount of carbonation and almost has a creaminess to it. Smooth. What a pale lager should be, really.

D: Dangerously drinkable. Goes down almost like water and it's very refreshing, especially on hot days. Definitely not going to please you if you're looking for taste or complexity, and it's definitely not the best European lager out there, but it's widely available and relatively cheap (at costco) and it does its job.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2011 02:10:40 | More by kflorence
Photo of SteelerNation
SteelerNation

New York

2.35/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I just drank a bunch of this recently at a party. I'm glad I don't drink it often.

Very grassy and moldy flavor. I get a weedy vibe whenever I drink this beer. Almost no hop flavor or aroma in the beer. Typical over-carbonated macro qualities. Slight grainy-ness and adjunct lightness. More drinkable after the first beer, which isn't saying very much. It has a delicate presence, but not impressive.

It's a real shame that they make beer this bad in the Netherlands/Europe. Then again, most people who drink it are probably from the US. I'd pick it up over BudMillerCoors, but that's about it.

Serving type: on-tap

02-14-2011 22:06:51 | More by SteelerNation
Photo of Mosstrooper
Mosstrooper

California

2.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz can into 400ml Radeberger Seidel. It sure is a cool looking can.

Appearance: Pours a clear, bright, pale golden color with a large white head that dissipates slowly and leaves behind numerous small spots of lace.

Smell: Smells of sweet, grainy malt and some hay.

Taste: Begins with a bit of a grassy bitterness, which yields to some pilsner malt before finishing grainy and a bit rubbery.

Mouthfeel: Lighter body with a bit too much carbonation and a refreshing finish.

Drinkability: Not a terrible beer, but this is far from special. It is possibly a step above most American macros, but not by much. Even if it's better than American macros, there are still European macros to be had that are better.

Serving type: can

02-14-2011 06:43:32 | More by Mosstrooper
Photo of MillRat
MillRat

Illinois

2.93/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served at a conference social function as the best available once the Goose Island selection ran out (Props to Chicago's Museum of Science & Industry for having local brews available through their special event caterers).

Straw yellow with a evanescent white head that retreats quickly to a persistent ring kept alive by heavy carbonation. Sharp grainy aroma with a slight nose of noble hops and a bit of skunk. Flavor starts a little sweet, but is swiftly dried out by the mild hops bitterness and high carbonation. Light-bodied, very quaffable, just not a lot of action flavor-wise to keep you interested.

Like going to a chain fast food joint when traveling, you're pretty sure of what you'll be getting, and you won't be taken by surprise by either a wretched or wondrous experience, unless someone's left these green bottles out in the sun.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 17:39:53 | More by MillRat
Photo of alleykatking
alleykatking

Indiana

1.93/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a light golden straw color. One finger white head shows poor retention. Spots of lace left on the sides of the glass. Not much in terms of looks.

S- Sweet grains are left on the nose from start to finish. Lemon grass seems to be the second in aroma which dominates the nose. Skunked presence with a hint of metallic aroma toward the ending brings this beer altogether.

T- There is a sweetness in the front of this with a grainy lemongrass undertone. Some more sweetness in the middle turns to hints of metallic flavors. The ending is grainy with big skunked hints to it. The metallic flavors linger long into the aftertaste.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is high for this beer....although for the style I suppose it is in line. Musty grains and lemongrass are left on the palate. Aftertaste is skunked flavor, metallic flavor, and a sickly sweet alcohol flavor. Light drying on the palate from the alcohol. The flavors are balanced for the style with hops not really going with the malt. There is a skunked off flavor with hints of metallic flavor.

D- This beer is drinkable. Not a large ABV makes this beer a sessionable one. The sweetness in it does kill it a little bit but it is not as bad as other adjunct lagers. It is what it is...nothing that I would seek out but then again not one that I wouldn't refuse if offered to me.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 06:51:24 | More by alleykatking
Photo of iSip
iSip

Colorado

3.6/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Heineken is a ubiquitous beer, and while not novel, it's a good beer to have around. When I need a beer in a can, like camping trips, my standard is Heineken. On pour, it has a light bright color and decent head. The aroma is mild. For flavor, it has a perfect mix of light malt sweetness with an overly of bitterness. Very drinkable.

Serving type: can

02-09-2011 20:14:36 | More by iSip
Photo of dbaker61
dbaker61

Ohio

2.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured with about half a finger of head, which was gone in about a minute. Left very little lacing. Straw yellow in color.

Smell: Typical mass-market lager smell, a little skunk, but I've had much worse. A little sweetness - floral? fresh grass?

Taste: A little skunkiness in the taste as well, but there is some hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: This is a medium-bodied lager, with plenty of carbonation. It finishes dry with little aftertaste. After you're done, its just a memory. Not impressive, slightly better than BMC beers.

Drinkability: Easy enough to drink, but not one I would seek out.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 12:40:41 | More by dbaker61
Photo of BeanBone
BeanBone

Texas

2.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A crystal-clear golden-straw body capped by over two fingers of bubbly white head that fades slowly and leaves good lacing.

Aroma: A skunky mix of lemony, grassy, and lightly herbal hops over sweet and grainy pale malt.

Flavor: Lemony, grassy, and mostly neutered hops over a sweetish cereal-grain malt backbone. It's rather simple, but not totally bereft of character. Just a hint of grain and skunk in the mostly clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation and a neutral finish.

Drinkability: If you dig the flavor, this delivers amazing chugability with a little bit more alcohol content than your typical macro lager.

Verdict: Unsurprisingly, Heineken is just another forgettable, bland, but somehow wildly popular Euro Pale Lager. It's preferable to a Bud/Miller/Coors, but not by much.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 23:46:57 | More by BeanBone
Photo of CuriousMonk
CuriousMonk

Virginia

2.6/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pale yellow color; unpleasantly sweet malty aroma with faint hop presence, luckily it´s even mild; mouthfeel is thin and watery; sweet malty flavor, even slight bitterness to my surprise, though unfortunately the hops are bit metallic and not fruity. It´s got surprisingly lot of taste for a mass-market product like it, but then again the taste is not very good. I only have it when there's no better alternative (e.g., at a wedding).

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 18:15:00 | More by CuriousMonk
Photo of welldigger888
welldigger888

South Carolina

2.63/5  rDev -3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from can in to my trusty irish pub pint glass,pale straw hue with a snow white head that receded quickly leaving little lacing.
Very subtle malt that may be over run with adjunct like corn, the hops are very subtle as well with a floral quality.
In the can the skunked light struck flavor is absent, a good thing.Mild hop bill with an adjunct flavor with a slight hop floral aroma.
A lite and easy drinker, I have never been a fan,but with the can the skunked out light struck flavor is gone.Palatable brew but not great.

Serving type: can

02-02-2011 04:20:05 | More by welldigger888
Photo of comfortablynumb1
comfortablynumb1

California

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

My brother left a mini keg of this over, so I decided to give it a review considering this was my favorite beer, many years ago, before venturing into craft...

A - Pours a golden/yellow apple juice color with a frothy two finger white head. Not much in the way head retention or lacing...

S - Corn and malts. Not to enticing...

T - Not much going on here. Pretty much follows the nose with sweet malts and corn. Not a big fan of the skunky aftertaste...

M - Light bodied with a decent amount of carbonation...

D - Not something that I would by unless I was in a real pinch. The price for these are a little steep for a pretty average brew in my opinion. You can find a BMC that tastes pretty similar for alot cheaper...

Cheers...

Serving type: on-tap

01-31-2011 05:07:11 | More by comfortablynumb1
Photo of kingcrowing
kingcrowing

Vermont

3.28/5  rDev +21%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz mini-keg can.

Super light pale fizzy yellow with a light and bland nose Rhys a bit malty.

Taste is very light and crisp. It's a bit malty with almost no hops, it's quite easy drinking and better than most BMC beers, but it's much better on tap.

Serving type: can

01-26-2011 03:15:20 | More by kingcrowing
Photo of mdunman
mdunman

Texas

3.28/5  rDev +21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Clear gold with a decent head that sticks for a little bit.

S: Alcohol, a twist of lemon and some barley.

T: Plain malt early, with a slightly hoppy dryness at the end.

M: Light body with pretty good carbonation, goes down fairly smooth

This one was pretty enjoyable. I've found Heineken's to be a bit hit or miss though. Had it on tap in Amsterdam last summer, now that was a great beer. The American formula just doesn't live up though.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2011 21:39:44 | More by mdunman
Photo of Satchboogie
Satchboogie

New Hampshire

1.2/5  rDev -55.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a light yellow/straw, clear, very effervescent, looks like gingerale. 1/2 finger white bubbly head that quickly dissipates. No lacing.

S: Sulphur, maybe a little hops, almost an ammonia aroma (urine, ok!), grains. Typical heineken smell that I've always associated with crappy beer and drunken idiots.

T: The foul, sulphur, skunky, awful taste is right there up front and fairly strong. Again I get a kind of urine flavored skunky finish. Pretty disgusting. Behind the offensive flavor is some golden malt with virtually no sweetness, and a very very tiny bit of hops. I don't know how people drink this.

M: High carbonation, thin body, maybe the slightest bit chewy. Almost drinks like a soda.

D: I don't know how people can get through the first couple bottles of this stuff, it seriously makes me want to regurgitate. My body isn't designed to drink cat-piss flavored carbonated alcohol water. I'm just a third of the way through the glass and I don't think I can stomach anymore. Drain pour here we go.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2011 06:06:56 | More by Satchboogie
Heineken Lager Beer from Heineken Nederland B.V.
64 out of 100 based on 3,373 ratings.