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Heineken Lager Beer - Heineken Nederland B.V.

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BA SCORE
64
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3,628 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 3,628
Reviews: 1,235
rAvg: 2.71
pDev: 25.46%
Wants: 11
Gots: 283 | FT: 0
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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)
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jushoppy2beer

Tennessee

2.65/5  rDev -2.2%

This big seller is not a very big beer. It is a rather typical looking lighter lager with pale gold color and almost no head. What little head might be coaxed with turbulent pouring dissipates rapidly, leaving no aesthetic tracings on the glass. The nose is weak, but with a slightly sweet malt aroma. The taste is almost purely malt with a grainy character and very slight bitterness on the finish. Nicely carbonated Average mouthfeel and drinkability.

08-30-2008 20:11:01 | More by jushoppy2beer
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thekevlarkid

Maryland

3.03/5  rDev +11.8%

Poured off the tap a pale yellow color with a white cap. Poor retention but somer lacing. Assorted macro grains in the nose with some clear lager yeast and hops notes. The flavors were pretty standard, corn mash, some yeast and a semi-sweet malt finish. Medium body and lighter carbonation makes it smooth. Old men tend to think this is a classy beer to drink. That's because it is a good beer for a macro and before the rebirth of micro/craft brewing it was near the top of the line. These days however it is a merely a mediocre lager that reminds me of a pilsner. Save your money for a real beer.

08-30-2008 02:56:12 | More by thekevlarkid
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MrHungryMonkey

Texas

4.22/5  rDev +55.7%

Sweet, toasty malt. Slight cooked corn. A little bread. Smells like a light, refreshing, and tasty lager beer.

Pours a pale-to-mild-yellow color, perfect clarity, great head with short-lasting retention.

First sip brings a good bit of malt to the table. Quite sweet, quite fruity - very apple-like. Good warm, toasty, dry malt reminiscent of white bread. Tart hops round off the flavor with a floral bouquet.

As far as drinkability goes, this is almost perfect. It gets a 4.9 just because it doesn't have the addicting qualities of SN Bigfoot and like God-beers, but I'll round up because it is so rare to find a beer that completely lacks flavor turn-offs.

Impeccably tasty, seriously good. I fully expected Heineken to be crappy like so many other "cheap beer"s. I am delightfully surprised to see that Heineken now challenges the position of Beck's as being my favorite no-brainer beer. Next time I'm out I'm totally going to Heineken Light to see what it can do for me.

08-26-2008 02:10:22 | More by MrHungryMonkey
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changeup45

Florida

2/5  rDev -26.2%

Never really liked this one. Pale color with some malt and some of that corn/rice/grain mix and a little bitterness. There's probably a little more flavor than some other mass marketed swill. I think the problem is I've had way too many skunked bottles of this. Even fresh one's seem a bit skunky.

08-23-2008 17:01:05 | More by changeup45
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currysage1

Maine

3.08/5  rDev +13.7%

Pours a typical light yellow "lager" color. Fluffy white head that fizzes down to a good coating on top of the brew.

Smell is stinky citrus mixed with roasted grains, cooked dry corn as well.

Taste is sweet unroasted grain with a definate corn background, medium bitterness from hopping.

Mouthfeel is not too bad for this type of lager, has some substance but is very refreshing. Honestly the carbonation is very pleasing.

08-23-2008 07:05:40 | More by currysage1
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Douglas14

California

1.43/5  rDev -47.2%

The beer has an almost flourecent-like yellow color with a small head that fades before you can blink. The smell is only of unroasted malt...it has absolutely no depth. The taste is similar but with a touch of butteryness. Has an overall poor taste. Sorry, but there is not much more that I can write.

08-22-2008 22:23:03 | More by Douglas14
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RedChrome

Connecticut

2.73/5  rDev +0.7%

A clear golden yellow beer. A minor head became a whits slick almost immediately. Only one or two small carbonation bubbles. Watery lace runs down quickly.

A grainy aroma in the nose. Malted aromas are quickly replaced with a charcoal like scent. Bitterness is present but not amazing. well balanced.

All flavors are extremely weak, there is a quick cereal burst, which fades back to water like intensity quickly. Bitterness is a bit stronger, but still fades fast.

As with flavors watery is the best word here. Carbonation is average, but taste runs away.

A good sunny day beer. Some light food might go well as not to overpower. Good to quench your thirst. A small hope in a macro world.

08-20-2008 06:50:08 | More by RedChrome
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CJfromPhilly

Pennsylvania

2.88/5  rDev +6.3%

I recently bought a six pack of Heineken and was down to the last one when I realized that I haven't rated this yet. Pours from the familiar 12 oz. green bottle a pale yellow with a half inch white head. The head vanishes immediately, leaving a modest collar. It's quite fizzy, as expected. The aroma is lightly hoppy, with some corn and a slight hint of skunk (the Curse of the Green Bottle strikes again!!) 1st sip is dry, with some corny maltiness that gives way to a lemony, metallic bitterness on the swallow, as if low grade Saaz hops were used in the brewing process. Mouthfeel is light & crisp. Drinkability is ok...I used to go through a few of these in a session im my macro days, when this was somewhat of a "status" beer. It's better than BMC, but not on a level with any craftbrew. I'll take it if it's the best option available...as it was when I purchased the sixer...but I won't seek it out by any means.

08-17-2008 19:39:33 | More by CJfromPhilly
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Ralphus

Ontario (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev +18.1%

Heineken Lager is the McDonalds of the beer world. It is one of the most widely distributed beers making it highly accessible. You can find it nearly everywhere beer is sold. If you are in a foreign country and you aren't sure what is available, whether it's the mountains of Morocco or a shady back street bar in Honduras - Heineken is something you can ask for by name and be 99% certain it's on the menu.

Todays samples came from a 5 Liter mini keg which was given to me as a gift. If you haven't used one of these before, they are engineering marvels and a joy to operate and drink from. Want a full beer? Of course.. want a half beer.. equally possible! Highly recommended. My first two beers poured clear and golden with a perfect amount of white fluffy head. They looked good enough for a commercial. The carbonation was a steady stream of pinpoint sized bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass but it didn't last too long. The presentation found here is not typical however. I've had many canned and bottled samples over the years and they typically fall short of what's available on tap. Bottles in particular are susceptible to being stored past their shelf life or in poor conditions resulting in light struck bottles. Cans are a safer bet but not the norm in most places.

Smell wise it's pretty safe.. some floral sweetness, grass and wheat. Nothing out of the ordinary but decent considering the volume it is produced in. When the liquid hits your tongue you'll likely notice the hops right away and they last right through to the aftertaste. With that comes some malted sweetness and a light metallic taste. It is well behaved but does not excel in any one particular area. The mouthfeel starts off poor but gets better the longer the beer has to settle.

Drinkability is high. Few people are going to find Heineken offensive. And if your stranded in a foreign country where no one speaks your language - it might be the only thing you recognize.

Caveat: The Pink Taco at the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas is the only bar I've come across that does not sell Heineken. I'm sure there are many others.

08-13-2008 23:06:42 | More by Ralphus
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

2.68/5  rDev -1.1%

Better than most light beers but that's about the best I could say.

Pours a clear pale yellow with a fizzy white head. No lacing.

Smells a bit grainy and that is about all.

Taste is the same. Sorta bland but not terrible.

Mouthfeel is inoffensive, drinkability is fine.

HV

08-12-2008 15:48:30 | More by sholland119
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

2.08/5  rDev -23.2%

Poured into a pint glass. From the 16 oz keg can.

Pours a very thin fizzy head that doesn't last very long. No lacing. Color is a clear straw yellow. Nothing exciting.

Aroma: It had a really bad smell, very skunky and grainy.

Taste was very bland and uninviting. Didn't really want more of this skunky flavored beer.

Mouthfeel was very dry. Light bodied. High carbonation.

Most people (non BAs) fame this to be an amazing beer but I thought that it was the exact opposite. I definitely will not be drinking this one again.

08-12-2008 06:11:20 | More by mothman
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BirdFlu

New Jersey

2.7/5  rDev -0.4%

heineken seems to be the most drinkable of the common beers popular in America. Obviously the pour and look are barely noticable for anything, like the rest of the beer's qualities, but it seems that taste and drinkability-wise it is the least-terrible. Nothing to smell either. The taste, which, again, is fairly similar to most beers popular throughout America, is mostly just wheat-like with only the faintest imaginable trace of hop or barley. The reason it is better than others, at least, is because I'd say it's got a very clean feel to it and it's easy to drink as a lawnmower. The taste isn't really good, but it's not offensive either like, say, doors or bud, etc. That basically sums up the beer. Yeah, you'd never select if you had at least slightly-decent options to pick from, but it's better than the other typical options.

08-06-2008 00:09:51 | More by BirdFlu
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

2.55/5  rDev -5.9%

A. Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Light yellow in color with no lace.

S. Light grains. Husk.

T. A grain taste followed by a semi sweet corn/malt taste. Euro pale malts and a Saaz euro style hop. Decently balanced. Not the greatest flavor but not too bad.

M. Average for the style.

O. Decent euro lager, for a mass produced brew, its quite decent. A ok option if there are no better choices.

08-04-2008 03:00:27 | More by Stinkypuss
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tbeck

Washington

1.65/5  rDev -39.1%

Poured a pale, straw yellow with a thick white head. Smell was all skunk, as with the taste. Terrible aftertaste of stale cereal grains. Mouthfeel was watery, not much texture but a lot of carbonation. Overall terrible, there was not much enjoyable about this beer.

08-04-2008 02:01:58 | More by tbeck
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jar2574

Missouri

2.73/5  rDev +0.7%

Very pale yellow, gives off a strong mettalic odor with some hops present. White head settles quickly.

Taste is metallic, with slight hops, but smooth enough to drink without unpleasantness. Maybe a tiny touch of sweet maltiness, but not much. Mouthfeel is unexciting. There's a decent amount of carbonation, but this is a very typical, average feeling beer. Overall, well-marketed, but forgettable.

08-03-2008 00:33:11 | More by jar2574
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jake87

Texas

3/5  rDev +10.7%

Look. light wheat color with a quickly dissipating head
Smell. kinda bitter and skunky
Taste. light hop, malt taste with a dry aftertaste
Feel. smooth and light with high carbonation
definately not my favorite beer, but it would suffice if thats all there was, and its better than drinking the bud light the idiot brought in the 30 pk. ...

08-02-2008 04:33:16 | More by jake87
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rosenbergh

Finland

2.55/5  rDev -5.9%

500 cl can of 4.5% Heineken. Due the alcohol laws here in Finland the beer is specially brewed 4.5%, not 5.0%.

Well carbonated beer pours with some head. Taste is very basic lager but good for a European lager beer. Not much of a aftertaste. Extremely easy to drink.

07-31-2008 15:38:57 | More by rosenbergh
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orcasteve

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +66.1%

the purffict ballance of sour malt and pungent hops, sightly to much carbonationin this one. this is an easey drinking beer. it pours a clear golden yellow with a good head to it. the first sip has you coming back for more. this is the top shelf of euro lagers

07-30-2008 15:43:40 | More by orcasteve
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Cresant

Kentucky

2.3/5  rDev -15.1%

Poured this big 24 oz. can into a British pint glass. No date. The body was pale hay color, and very clear. The brittle white head faded to nothing very quickly.

Smell was lemony. As it warmed there was some husky graininess. Not much more.

Taste was syrupy. Corn/vegetal. There was a faint dry bitterness that slightly counterbalanced the sweetness. Actually the flavor of this one is more texture than taste. I had hoped that the beer from a can would be better than bottles.

Mouthfeel was medium in density and somewhat syrupy. Smooth with enough carbonation to keep it interesting.

07-30-2008 13:22:57 | More by Cresant
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kinger

Ohio

3/5  rDev +10.7%

Although highly overrated and definately overpriced Heineken is still a solid all around european lager. I have always enjoyed drinking a few of these (especially if somebody else is picking up the tab). I don't know why but I am drawn to the "skunky" qualities that this beer has become known for.

07-29-2008 19:17:40 | More by kinger
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mynie

Indiana

4.08/5  rDev +50.6%

To my amazement, I had never reviewed the bottled version of this beer before. And that's really surprising since I've drank so much of it. Not recently, really. But when I was younger, especially when all the beer I had access to the was the stuff they sold at gas stations and so this was the best. Back then I drank a lot of Heineken.

They've changed the bottles recently and so the product is a lot less skunky, by the way. That's the first thing I noticed, as soon as I opened the bottle.

Pours into a a pilsener glass a very pretty and dark shade of gold. There's a small and respectable head and that dies away quickly.

Smells...whoa this is nothing like I remember it (and that's actually pretty good). Solid pils malt but against that you have a really nice, amazingly complex blend of european hops that balance floral and spicy nodes wonderfully. And then you got a nice little bit of yeast spice in there, too.

The hops dominate. Well, nothing really "dominates" in this beer, since it's so crisp and it's also fairly light. But the strongest flavors are hoppy, heavily floral and spiced. The malt is firm and flowery and the yeast serves as a wonderful compliment to everything

Wow. Seriously. I am surprised as hell that I am liking this so much.

07-29-2008 05:59:32 | More by mynie
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ltjska04

Kentucky

2.23/5  rDev -17.7%

I just had this for the first time on-tap instead of from a bottle. Every bottle has had a skunky flavor, so I figured that was how it was supposed to taste, but now I'm pretty sure that sunlight had just gotten to every bottle I've had and skunked them. This one wasn't skunky at all- more of a corn flavor, that is, what flavor there was. Not much to it at all. It was so bland that the skunky flavor of a bad bottle is preferred to what it's "supposed" to taste like.

07-25-2008 03:39:29 | More by ltjska04
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TheViceBlog

New York

2.63/5  rDev -3%

My ladyfriend's ex-boyfriend-who-she-inexplicably-still-talks-to left several Heinekens in her fridge after they had a Sunday playdate. I had nothing else to drink that night so I went with this terrible dreck. Heineken used to be "my" beer back when I was a 19- to 21-year-old dumbass. I thought I was classier for drinking it, more sophisticated than my buddies who sipped on Milwaukee's Best. Nope, I was just a tool.

It smells terrible, it tastes even worse. It burns my throat going down it so over carbonated. At least the label is pretty cool but I hate drinking from the short stubby bottles it comes in and refused to dirty a pint glass with this. I didn't need to open up it aroma any more.

Make no mistake, sportsfans, despite the European pedigree, despite the fact that Heineken appears for $6 in the "import" section of beer lists, this is one heinous beer (coincidence that heinous and Heineken start the same?). As bad as any American macro. And, when the price is considered, it's arguably worse.

Aaron
www.theviceblog.com

07-25-2008 02:16:31 | More by TheViceBlog
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klintok21

Michigan

3.4/5  rDev +25.5%

Well, as stated earlier; pretty over-rated. It is a very sweet beer, almost to much for me. I like one on the rare occasion but for the most part I stay clear. If I drink to many of these I also get a headache right after from the sweetness. Drinkability.... so-so, the mix of sweetness to bitterness along with carbonation isn't anything to rave about.... Still worth a try if you have never had one, like I say I like to have one on occasion, but nothing I want to have every day of the week!

07-24-2008 05:56:39 | More by klintok21
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Proteus93

Virginia

2.98/5  rDev +10%

- served as a can serving, complimentary on the flight home from Canada - ironic that it is the first to be reviewed from the trip when it was the last noted. Figured I'd go about using the opportunity for a review.

A: A pale amber / blonde pour. Decent finger+ white head forms on top, but becomes pretty fizzly and recedes to almost nothing quickly.

S: Somewhat sweet and sugary, slighty grassy & citrus, light malts.

T: A heavier than expected body, carrying a somewhat grassy and sweet citrusy like flavour - no specific citrus fruit really stands out from it. Not horrible, at least.

M + D: It's been a while since I've had a Heineken, but this can wasn't all too bad. A bit of a sting of assertive carbonation as many of the style will have. Easy to swig back, as expected. One to keep a bit cooler, but I could manage to quaff a few of these on a hot afternoon.

07-22-2008 03:11:19 | More by Proteus93
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