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Heineken Lager Beer - Heineken Nederland B.V.

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3,725 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,725
Reviews: 1,239
rAvg: 2.71
pDev: 25.83%
Wants: 13
Gots: 331 | 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 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.

Kromes, Jul 20, 2011
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?

Retsinis, Jul 14, 2011
Photo of shamus
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?

shamus, Jul 14, 2011
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!

BarryMFBurton, Jul 11, 2011
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.

Guden, Jul 10, 2011
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

Mebuzzard, Jul 10, 2011
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.

soju6, Jul 10, 2011
Photo of ummswimmin
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.

ummswimmin, Jul 10, 2011
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.

MoreThanWine, Jul 06, 2011
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.

kylehay2004, Jul 05, 2011
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.

Ruger, Jul 04, 2011
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.

djura, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of DannyDan
2.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A. Pours out to a light yellow with a nice thick white head with some very good retention and nice lacing on the glass. The carbonation is very good.
S. The smell is some cereal grains with a little bit of hops.
T. The taste is cereal grains, corn that finishes off with some hops in the back and a hint of pepper.
M/O. The mouthfeel is a crisp clean smooth easy to drink feel that is made for the masses to drink. Overall I was not impressed with this beer. After hearing how great this beer is all I can say is I'll stick with Stella for a Euro pale lager that is massed produced.

DannyDan, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of Monkey962
2.55/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Yields a small, one-finger white head, that doesn't stick around for long, nor does it stick to the sides of the glass. Color is clear and golden, similar to a white wine.

Smell: Fairly weak, big note of corn with some hoppy bite.

Taste: Interestingly, this is a fairly balanced beer, though perhaps that's just because of its lack of complexity. Bitter hops show through at the end. Aftertaste is peppery and minimal, but hangs around for awhile.

Feel: Actually feels pretty silky, though at first the carbonation is overpowering. Tends to stick around in the mouth, and feels as though I'd just drunk a bunch of tap water.

Drinkability: Honestly, I was expecting this beer to be fairly abysmal, but it's very easy to knock back. It's a lot better than some of the other big brewery lagers I've had.

Monkey962, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of drowninginhops
2.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured in standard pint glass review from notes.

A: Clear gold color white foam instead of head that does not last.

S: Crisp hops,with some malt. Inoffensive made for the masses.

T: Tastes like it smells not the best.

M: Thin and way over carbonated.

D: Mass made made for the masses.

drowninginhops, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of woosterbill
3.23/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

500ml can enjoyed while playing croquet in a fine English park.

A: Clear gold body with some fleeting white froth on top. Standard.

S: Not too bad. Crisp herbal hops, lager yeast, and some faint pilsner malt. Weak, inoffensive, and bland, but just hoppy enough to make it above average for the style.

T: Follows the nose: hops + yeast start things off, with some dry, bready malt closing them down. Clean, bitter finish. Not great at all, but not terrible either.

M: Thin and almost painfully prickly.

O: It was a sunny day so I drank this straight from the can to avoid skunkage, and in its unskunked state Heineken is a completely tolerable beer. It's not something I'm ever looking to drink, but for a thirst-quencher during outdoor activities, you could do worse.


woosterbill, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of mdfb79
1.83/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pilsner glass.

a - Pours a very transparent golden yellow color with two fingers of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident. Looks like most adjunct lagers.

s - Smells of stale bready malts, and a bit skunked. Also some corn, grain, and wheat. Not very good.

t - Tastes of corn, vegetables, light metalic notes, stale bread and wheat, and grain. Again, not very good and a step down from the nose.

m - Light to medium body and high carbonation. Too carbonated in my opinion.

o - Overall this is not a good beer at all. Tastes and smells like corn and worse than most american adjunct lagers.This is one of my least favorite beers; I'd take a Bud or Coors product over it.

mdfb79, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of leansean88
3.33/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - A soft, relatively tall head that does not last too long. Pale color with a little carbonation.

S - Smooth, hoppy smell that does not really linger.

T - A fine tasting lager with an okay aftertaste.

M - A mostly pleasant and light feeling on the tongue. The taste of hops begins to rise with the carbonation.

O - While not overly impressive, Heineken is an excellent lager to enjoy with friends. It is prone to skunkiness, so take care where and when you buy it. Best if served on tap.

leansean88, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of Georgiabeer
3/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had a can of this on a recent flight. The only even slightly drinkable option, so what the heck- I didn't feel like any hard liquor, although that's usually the way to go on a flight. The one good thing I can say about this is that it's not skunked in the can. One thing I always hated about Heineken was the green glass bottle- that always increased the risk of a skunky beer, and I've had many a skunky Heineken back in the day. So this is a huge improvement in that respect. As good as the can is, it's only as good as the beer that's in it. Unfortunately, that beer is Heineken. Pours golden with a thin white head. Smells relatively clean, with earthy bitter hops, and notes of lager yeast. Of all the bmc type beers out there, I always did think Heineken was one of the hoppiest, and kudos for that. Tastes grainy with some more bitter earthy hop notes and a noticeable lager yeast twang. Tastes somewhat creamy with a crisp finish. It is what it is, but it's better than it was.

Georgiabeer, Jun 12, 2011
Photo of weller1js
3/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance: pours a pale yellow, clear with light carbonation, but plenty of bubbly foam that shrinks into a thinner foamy head and lacing.

smell: corn and rice, as well as a pronounced bitter hop sensation.

taste: like the smell, begins clean with notes of corn and rice present; light, bitter hops present themselves towards the middle and contribute to a light-bitter finish.

drinkability: prime example of typical European-style lager, nothing damning nor spectacular, decent abv and drinkable in quantity.

weller1js, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of nrbw23
1.93/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- Pours a clear straw yellow color with a very thin white head. Head is gone pretty quick and leaves pretty much no lacing at all.

S- Grainy, corn, and a metallic smell. Nothing really jumping out at me.

T- Tons of grain and corn. The metallic taste is there. Maybe the lightest amount of grassy hops.

M- Lighter side of medium in body and good amount of carbonation.

O- No thanks rather boring.

nrbw23, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of Northsider
3/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this on tap at Guarulhos Sao Paulo airport sushi bar. Seemed strange at the time...but what the hell...

I didn't have high hopes for this one for whatever reason, and I wasn't disappointed. Pours paleish yellow, with barely any head. Not a strong smell of any kind that I could detect, nor that much of a taste for that matter. It resembled more like carbonated water than a beer.

Overall another average beer all the way around. It definitely seems strange that this among other "average" beers, are so widely popular. C'est la vie...avoid this one if possible. If not, it will quench your thirst, barely.

Northsider, May 29, 2011
Photo of thehyperduck
2.95/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I have been reviewing beer for the better part of a decade, but I seriously don't think I have ever bought Heineken until now. I have probably had it when offered at some point, though the specific event eludes my memory. The lack of any ability to recall this probably doesn't bode well for this experience.

Poured from a 500 mL can (to avoid the skunk!), this beer is the expected pale golden colour characteristic of most EPLs. The foamy white head is one-finger thick at first, but retention is poor. Decent cap and lacing remain. Looks fairly heavily carbonated. Smell is actually quite nice albeit nothing fancy; grassy hops and barley malts.

Taste is mostly slightly sweet barley/grain malt. There is a twinge of floral hop bitterness in the finish. Very smooth to drink with average carbonation typical of the style. Thin overall but decent body for the style. Not very refreshing... it's not overly sweet but since that's the only major taste, it gets to be a bit much.

There's nothing inherently wrong with Heineken, but it's not really worth the price (in Canada, anyway). There are better EPLs available in most areas, but this is a decent last resort with no glaring faults beyond its blandness.

[Updated Oct. 17 2013]

Tried another can of this (this time side-by-side with Stella Artois, Grolsch, and Tuborg Gold). I've altered the scores a little but my opinion is generally the same - this is just a prototypical Euro lager, with a relatively clean barley malt flavour and very little contribution from the grassy hops. One thing I will give it credit for is its drinkability, but this mostly stems from the fact that the flavour is so mild. Better than most domestic macro stuff I guess, but the price makes that a moot point.

Final Grade: 2.95, a forgettable C.

thehyperduck, May 29, 2011
Photo of tjacobs610
2.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden pale yellow color, with a one finger sized white head. Has minimal lace and retention
S: Has a bit of skunk right away followed by a grassy grainy aroma
T: Very crisp taste. Up front is the taste of grains with an almost bitter and dry finish
M: Very clean, thin crisp feel. Also very light bodied maybe a little to watery
O:This beer is a classic example of a Euro Lager. Nothing outstanding but it has great drinkability, color and aroma. It only falls short with a bland taste

tjacobs610, May 23, 2011
Photo of WoodBrew
2.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

WoodBrew, May 23, 2011
Heineken Lager Beer from Heineken Nederland B.V.
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