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Heineken Lager Beer - Heineken Nederland B.V.

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3,394 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,394
Reviews: 1,225
rAvg: 2.7
pDev: 25.56%
Wants: 8
Gots: 180 | FT: 0
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Heineken Nederland B.V. visit their website

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: OldFrothingSlosh on 01-29-2001)
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Photo of damndirtyape


3.4/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Single bottle poured into a pilsner glass at a nice restaurant. Never saw the date on the bottle as it was poured by the waiter before I got a chance to do it.

Appearance: Golden yellow color, plenty of carbonation coming up in the glass but very little if any foam or lacing. Nothing special. Classic beer image but without the foam.

Smell: Some of that classic lagery malt, just a hint of hops in there, but faint.

Taste: Starts of malty, with just enough hops to balance it out. Nothing special, but well balanced. It did what I was hoping it would in a restaurant with a weak beer selection; cleanse the palate between bites and accentuate the strongly flavored meal (roast duck in this case) as something refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Mild amount of carbonation on the tongue and just thick enough to go down easily and clear the palate in between bites of the meal.

Drinkability: I have to rate this above average. Very sessionable and enjoyable just enough to have another one when nothing else is available. I feel like I had to settle for this beer, but, it does go very well with food. Sure, there may be better, but this one works in a pinch.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2010 03:28:18 | More by damndirtyape
Photo of DoubleJ


2.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I've had Heineken several times since my last review three years ago. I have a bottle in my possession after I gave one to myself at a party last weekend. Let's see what happens when I think deep about this beer:

Into a flute it goes, the beer has a paleish yellow/gold color and a big soapy head on top. it falls to a paper thin lace with a few spots of lace. In the nose, there is sulfur, herbs, and a thin pale malt base. Not as sulfury as expected.

Not a whole lot to taste. Some sulfur and thin maltiness are the highlights. It is thin in the mouuh. Not watery, just thin. Not much action by the carbonation either. Sigh....a little sulfur flavor in the aftertaste.

Heineken isn't very exciting beer to drink. Something seems missing to the equation, and it also seems they added one wrong thing to the formula. I can cope drinking a few, but it won't be my first choice.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2010 03:14:58 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of fjordhook


3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a very light golden color, transparent in body, and a minimal head. Has a prominent malt smell, almost skunky. Definitely a euro style beer. Tastes are malty, but with a crisp finish that I enjoyed. It's an easy beer to drink, but getting over the bitterness is a task. I could drink this easily but I definitely see why one might have a tough time.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2010 03:28:16 | More by fjordhook
Photo of NOOGIE


3.43/5  rDev +27%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Look: Poured 12 oz "keg" can into mug. Same yellow lager color. 2 fingers of foam, which quickly disappears. Good carbonation through drink.

Smell: Sweet smell, a little sugary. Sort of a grassy smell, with light malts.

Taste: Has a bitter taste to it. The sugar smell, adds a sugary taste. Nothing really that unique in the taste department.

Mouthfeel: That bitter taste lingers in your mouth, more than it should. Kind of knocks it down a few pegs. Doesn't really stay wet in your mouth.

Drinkability: Above average, but the bitterness puts off which could be an excellent drinkability. Nothing really that spectacular about Heineken, I'll stick to the American beers.

Serving type: can

01-27-2010 01:49:20 | More by NOOGIE
Photo of jsh420


2.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours bright clear yellow gold with a 1+ finger head that left some spotted lacing

smell - i pickup no skunk - sweet grains and earthy hops

taste is much like the nose sweet grains and somewhat bitter grassy hops - but overall watery thin

mouthfeel is light but not enough carbonation imo - very smooth

drinkability is ok - i would drink this over any american macro

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2010 01:24:48 | More by jsh420
Photo of david18

New York

2.15/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Heineken in bottles is not a beer that is worth getting especially when it's sold as a premium choice over budweiser. I'm sometimes unfortunate enough to be a bar where the only choices are domestic macros with Heineken as the premium choice.

I would buy a Budweiser over this beer most times. Heineken was the cool/high-end beer when I was a kid but now I won't waste my time with it.

However, if you're in europe and it's available on tap it is much better.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 19:29:17 | More by david18
Photo of ShiningWater


3.8/5  rDev +40.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This beer is one of the staple beers my peer group enjoys for many reasons. In the American beer drinking culture it is exactly what people are looking for: a easy-drinking lager with a light body and a light hop presence. For the American light lager fan it is great. However, for the seasoned beer drinker, it lacks any outstanding qualities yet still offers a good alternative to Miller and Bud. Light in body and easy to drink, this sparkling clear beer is a textbook lager. The taste offers slightly earthy and crisp hop notes, but lacks an attractive aroma. Also lacking in mouthfeel due to watery quality. Although, on a hot summer day around a backyard barbeque, you can toss me about 6 or 7 Heines and I won't have a problem with that.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 16:43:19 | More by ShiningWater
Photo of alkemy


3.33/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear, pale yellow, and devoid of head 5 seconds after the pour out of a 24oz. bottle. Smell has a touch of skunk, but not too bad. There are also touches of grass and sweetness. This sounds odd, but I also sense a hint of coffee in the smell and taste. There seems to be nothing roasted here, so I'm not sure what gives the beer this quality. Goes down easy and is pretty refreshing. I am actually enjoying this beer which I wasn't expecting. I've had some pretty skunkified versions of this in the past.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2010 19:18:29 | More by alkemy
Photo of womencantsail


2.98/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2010 19:23:15 | More by womencantsail
Photo of PhillyStyle


2.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle:

A: The beer appeared a bright golden color with a light, white, foamy 2 finger head.

S: Light aroma, grain and corn.

T: I was pleasantly surprised by the taste, much stronger than expected, but the taste is mainly grainy and corny with a very light hint of hops. Maybe a slight hint of sweetness as well.

M/D: The beer felt light, crisp and pretty refreshing with a little bitter aftertaste. I am certainly not as disappointed as I expected to be going into it. Overall, not too bad, but I would not buy it, but I would drink it if I had limited options.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2010 20:13:23 | More by PhillyStyle
Photo of mtnbikerpa


3.23/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce green bottle with no freshness date. Good light, light golden appearance. No real head or lacing to mention. Smells like malt and sugary sweetness. There is a slight bite to the taste. Sweet and bubbly, not bitter at all but a solid bite on the end of my tongue. All and all a pretty easy drinker. I probably pound a few of these in a row.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2010 16:48:59 | More by mtnbikerpa
Photo of Trappissed


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

It always amuses me that this is marketed as a go-to beer at "clubs" I've been to. Not that I go to clubs often, but it's just a strange beer to think of as classy and superior. Smells and tastes skunky. Kind of like old dishwater and weed. Somewhat metallic in flavor as well. A slight sweetness lingers. High carbonation that hits your tongue. Somehow it's not terrible though. I would still take this over a Bud Light.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2010 09:52:43 | More by Trappissed
Photo of ABCLikesBeers


4/5  rDev +48.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Right now I am drinking some of this stuff from a case of cans left over from our Xmas stock, it's truly disappointing.
So why did I rate it fairly highly you ask?
With good reason is the answer...
I hardly ever like beer from a tin but this review is my review of the Heineken from the taps of some great bars in Amsterdam where the experience of Heineken is actually quite enjoyable!
Firstly when you get your stein of Heineken and stick it under your nose you'd be forgiven for thinking someone has lit up some local herb right next to you, smells of good fresh herb or freshly cut grass but also the normal lager-y aroma.
Tastes very different to the Heineken on tap around this fair city, very pleasant on the tongue and very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2010 23:23:22 | More by ABCLikesBeers
Photo of danetrain0101


3.5/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Personally one of my favorite widely available beers out their.

The appearance is decent. A golden color with a nice foam head.

Smell is of malts with a smackling of hops. Some skunkiness can also be smelt.

The taste is of malts, with some hops and a slight skunkiness. Just like it smells.

Nice and smooth with a slight heaviness.

I personally like it when it is skunked. I really dig that taste and Heineken really provides that for me. Great session beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2010 04:46:19 | More by danetrain0101
Photo of xichix


3.33/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on a glass. Nice golden colour and a white head that stays for a little while. Smells herbal-like and a bit malty. Tastes a bit metallic, but still a touch of sweet . Nice carbonation and it goes down easy. It's really refreshing and a lot better than the beers made around here. Not so bad after all.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2010 02:08:22 | More by xichix
Photo of roddwolff


3.85/5  rDev +42.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A: Very bright golden color with lots of bubbles, creamy foamy head with two fingers thick, good lacing;

S: Smoked malt and herbal notes;

T: Smoked malt and very lightly essence of coffee, herbal notes and earth hops;

M: Very crisp and refreshing, medium bitternees and light body;

D: When i'm drinking i imagine i'm watching Champions League games.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2010 00:46:31 | More by roddwolff
Photo of thartman


3.05/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Back in my younger-teen years, this was the beer for special occasions (prom, concerts, etc.) and a step up from the American Macros (Bud, Miller, Rolling Rock, etc.).

I poured my Heineken into a tall pilsner glass and it looks like most macros, yellow-gold, minimum head with no retention. Smell of grain and corn husks. Taste is grainy, corny, watery, faint hops, and mild malt sweetness. Crisp and bitey on the palate with a dry finish.

I have had alot of good times, many years ago drinking Heineken,...but with the thousands of craft brews on the market, why bother. I have heard rumors over the years that a Heineken over in Europe tastes alot different than what is available in the U.S.... next Heineken review may reflect that!

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2010 00:19:14 | More by thartman
Photo of AdmiralDiaz


3.03/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden body with a large head but not much retention or lacing. Smells just awful. Smells like a skunked beer, I feel like if I put an adjunct in the sun for a month this is what I'd get. Tastes is not that bad however. Standard weak graininess on top of an already weak hop/malt body. Mouthfeel was poor on this, could use more carbonation. It's fairly drinkable, but the small is just such a turn-off that I wouldn't put myself through smelling a second.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2010 20:38:26 | More by AdmiralDiaz
Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

3.33/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright, clear golden straw color. Huge white frothy and prickly head. Suprisingly sticky lacing towards the top of the glass. Smell is of pale pale malts, but clean and lacking the lager twang of bottled Euro Lagers. Taste again is pale malts, hints of grass and straw and also lacks the lager twang. Light, crip, refresshing... yadda yadda yadda. Much better fresh on draft than in the bottle... MUCH BETTER

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2010 16:53:28 | More by rfgetz
Photo of Bitterbill


3.48/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ha! I thought I had reveiwed it before. My mistake.

24oz can, numbers and the letter A on the bottom of the can. I have no idea what they mean.

Straw gold colour with a 2 finger head of foam. Some lacing but most of the style have some lacing.

Smellwise, it is also typical of the style. Somewhat perfumey, with some light notes of grain and hops, maybe a hint of some sweet malt.

Tastewise, more of the same with, I'll admit, a good hoppy bitterness and decent malt sweetness and some grain that smacks of light corn tones giving a nice balance. There's nothing to hate here in the taste when it comes to this style.

Definitley medium bodied to me with lower than the usual amount of carbonation, fts, but it fits nicely. Too many Euro Pale Lagers over do it with the fizz and that *helps* to makes them less drinkable than what they could be. Good job here.

Drinkability? This is an easy quaffer, more so in this big old can than in the bottle. No worries about being light struck-skunked-whatever. A nice, decent tasting Lager that is simple yet tasty. If you are going to give Heineken a try, I thoroughly recommend trying the canned version. I think it is much closer to what the brewer intended for it, at leat, tastewise.

Serving type: can

01-03-2010 20:47:32 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of gimmedanger888


4.08/5  rDev +51.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i like this beer alot, ive been drinking it for a while now, and the only beer i would take over this is a sam adams octoberfest. it doesnt look like anything special but i am a huge fan of it cuz ofthe drinkability and flavor, alt of people would probably disagree with me

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2010 04:37:44 | More by gimmedanger888
Photo of cnozzy


2.8/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

600ml bottle poured into my 75cl Hoegaarden glass.

Appearance: Pale golden color. A thin white head with no lacing.

Smell: Not much smell but some malt and hops.

Taste: Start with a bitter malty flavor, a bit of metallic on the finish.

Mouthfeel/Drink: Light bodied, low carbonation, smooth to drink.

This bottle is brewed in Shanghai by the China branch.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2009 15:51:31 | More by cnozzy
Photo of dpodratsky3

North Carolina

3.18/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Clear fairly pale golden color, definitely not nearly as pale as macro light beer or even most macro beer in general

S: Smells of purely skunk with a hint of some mild hop crispness and a faint grassiness

T: Not that skunk flavor I was expecting, it has a very grainy and grassy flavor, with a crisp mild hop note, pretty refreshing

M: Average mouthfeel, avoids being watery, good for what it is supposed to be

D: Fairly high I would say, good mouthfeel and decent flavor makes this easy

Notes: This is what my grandpa drinks all the time. I can appreciate it for what it is. It really lives up to being a premium macro beer I think. It is superior to BMC on every level, but is still in the same category.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2009 06:58:47 | More by dpodratsky3
Photo of Traquairlover


3.4/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

33cl long neck bottle poured into a pokal.

A = Clear yellow in between straw and honey, virtually no head at all and very quickly leaves only light bubbles around edge of glass a fine tracery in the very middle of the surface, very light carbonation bubbling, almost still looking.

S = Extremely light smells of fresh grains, floral and earthy hops.

T = Light flavors of fresh grains, some earthiness, a bit of floral bitterness.

M = Although it appears still, there is light carbonation in the mouth, light body, fair mouthcoating.

D = Although (or perhaps because) this is an incredibly light, almost ephemeral, tasting beer, this is quite drinkable. Goes down smoothly and easily and is not hard to take the next drink nor to imagine sharing more if in a social situation.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2009 01:19:01 | More by Traquairlover
Photo of BDJake


2.33/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- straw-colored yellow with a little bit of white fizziness that some would call head

S- this bottle seemed like it had artificial grape/sulfur mixed in with some adjunct malts

T- much the same, a little bit of skunk, and some crappy hops in the aftertaste

M/D- fizzy as expected, but a light body that wasn't too hard to drink

even the cans aren't much better, but they're still the best option in the USO sandbox when stacked up against the murderer's row of BMC's

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2009 18:37:10 | More by BDJake
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