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Heineken Lager Beer - Heineken Nederland B.V.

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4,114 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,114
Reviews: 1,299
rAvg: 2.71
pDev: 25.46%
Wants: 24
Gots: 589 | 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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2.75/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of RankRefugee88
2.13/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from can into glass

A - Thin white head that fizzes into the body after a few seconds. Clear body with a urine-like color. Bubbly looking.

S - Grainy, skunky, some malts and hops.

T - Again grainy and skunky, not much else to say. Crisp dry finish, which is probably the best attribute this beer has. More bitter on the finish than say a Bud or Coors light.

M - Bubbly, a bit rough, thin.

O - If you're into the typical adjunct lager this is for you. Personally, not a big fan. Only drinking this because its free.

Photo of papat444
2.35/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A friend bought this for me at the restaurant Vichy's.

Poured from a 12oz. green (ugh) bottle.

Appearance: Pours like ginger ale with less than 1 finger worth of head and less carbonation.

Smell: Uh, not much. Some hint of grain and the typical skunked lager aroma.

Taste: Skunk not too bad, some mineral but the aftertaste has that awful Euro lager taste.

Mouthfeel: Marginally better as carbonation keeps it mildly interesting.

Overall: Only advantage to this one is that it's almost like drinking water. But then, i'd rather drink water.

Photo of JoeAmerican77
2.36/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Smells of skunk, metallic notes and light peaches. This comes off of a crystal clear urine colored lager with as much head as you can pour. Flavors of spent wet grain, mild skunky hops, mild caramel and thats it. Watery light mouthfeel with soda water carbonation.
Overall, I could play beer pong or flip cup with it just fine. Anything besides that and I'll take something a little bit bigger in everything.

Warning: Do not let warm, will taste like piss

Photo of Stocean1
2.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a two finger head of fluffy suds with little retention and lacing. Straw coloured body.

Smell is light fruit, dominated by skunk and light malt.

Taste follows the nose with some lightly bitter hops, nevertheless crisp and clean finish

Mouth is light bodied with too much carbonation, light bitterness, dry.

Overall, another ho-hum euro lager

Photo of moosiz
3.78/5  rDev +39.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Looks green and carbonation is rapid after top is popped.

smells like the skunk i passed earlier on the road about 2 mins. after i passed it. light skunko.

bitter dull skunk. in a good way. with a pilsner malt backbone.

crisp, clean finsh.

good ice breaker for the macro drinker, but once they find out they can buy better local beer for the same price it will be shelved.

Photo of MattyG85
3.06/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Bright and clear golden yellow with lots of rising bubbles. Big five finger white head with decent retention and lacing around the glass.

Smell: Some sweet pale malts, wheat grains, and corn with a little bit of skunk. Not much hop aroma, maybe a little Noble in the background.

Taste: Like the smell, a sweet mixture of wheat grains, pale malts, and corn. Bitterness is very light and the hops are pretty much nonexistent.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a medium to high amount of carbonation. Crisp, smooth, and watery.

Overall: Pretty much what you expect from a Euro pale lager. Sweet and watery. Not bad, but pretty bland.

Photo of tobelerone
2.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Ah, the classic skunk beer. That’s it in a nutshell. Can still taste that weirdly bitter, phlegm in the back of the throat thing I associate with this one as soon as I bring it to mind. Very much a yellow clear colored beer with a head that disappears rapidly. Aroma of Euro macro lager. Taste is skunky, grainy, not much in the way of hops. Refreshing, bland. Definitely not the worst of the macro bunch but that’s not saying much. Crisply carbonated, easy to drink, lingering skunk bitter flavor hangs around.

Life is too short to have any more of these, had enough as a kid.

Photo of gerite
2.41/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed straight from the bottle. I have drank this before so I did not expect much and was not surprised. This is the typical Euro Pale Ale and although it is not labeled as a "light" beer, I have always considered it as one. The brew has an appearance of yellow straw (the green bottle did not help), a small head and hardly any carbonation. The taste is unremarkable and unmemorable. If you add a little rice you might have a Bud light.
I only drank this because it was free at a recent bar-b-Que and did not have "lite" on the label.

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

Heine-can, the fabled libation of my misspent youth, we are reunited again... You have new fancy trappings upon your can - these strange embossed grippy things - and I am not necessarily impressed by them. Your change is not as blasphemous as the recent label switch of classic Budweiser to the 'Hourglass' design, but still, what's with all the newfangled gimmickry?

Pours brassy and golden, with evident carbonation, and a soft mat of white frothy micro-bubbles atop. Heinken is tinny and skunky by nature; this can... is only slightly less so. It is actually not very skunky, but metallic flavors are certainly to be found. There is some residual sweetness, and alcohol is readily discernible. This stuff tastes very similar to Colt 45, truth be told. Not a huge fan of the beer in any regard, but the can is definitely better than the green bottle.

Photo of Tschnab
2.7/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Do I have to give notes? We've all had one of these before, haven't we? oh well, here it goes.

A- straw yellow with a nice head that leaves immediately. active carbonation.

S- it has that euro pale lager smell.

T- grainy, bitter without hops, corn. Prickly carbonation. Very refreshing.

O- I'm not above crushing a few of these, but this is not a good beer.

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

I feel a little silly writing a review of Heineken. It's not like someone is going to look here for reviews to inform a purchasing decision on one of the world's most widely distributed beers.

I've always thought of Heineken as a skunky, less than average, lager. Recently I got some bottles directly from a case, chilled them, and poured them into a glass for a more fair judgment. I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised.

While this beer is nothing special, I suspect that it is commonly subject to a lot of light damage. The "fresh" beer I got out of the cardboard case and chilled was actually pretty decent. It didn't have the skunky smell or taste I've often attributed to the beer. In fact, toward the end of the glass, it even had a slightly sweet caramel flavor.

This would still never be my first choice but I think mass market distribution is a bigger enemy to this beer's flavor than the original recipe.

Photo of drtth
3.16/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into in an imperial pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is bright golden yellow with a ¾” head that soon recedes to a 1/8” layer of foam. Sipping leaves patches, legs and speckles of lacing on the sides of the glass. Thoughout the entire beer there is a

Smell: The aroma is light and faint with a touch of grain and a fresh crisp character but no hops showing.

Taste: The flavors are much as predicted by the nose with some lightly sweet malt and a fresh crispness that is quite refreshing. What doesn’t show in the nose is the presence of some faint hoppy bitterness that fills the mouth but remains light and mild.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is light to medium bodied and smooth with a light prickly feel to it. The finish is medium long, begins with the grain and then a light herbal dry bitterness in the fade away.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: The drinkability of this beer is just fine but the flavors don’t challenge of excite. My overall impression is of a clean fresh crisp well made beer that is made for those who don’t want strong flavors in their beer.

Photo of industrialswill
4/5  rDev +47.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've always liked Heineken.
I always considered the skunky / sulphuric taste unique to this brand [and Grolsch]...as if it was an intentional quality of Dutch beer.
For this review I'm drinking it from a 500 ml can...possibly my first time having Heineken from a can.
The skunkyness seems muted, but I should do a side by side comparison with some out of the bottle before making that claim.
I won't go into what I taste much further than to say that it has a bold flavor and smell that you can either appreciate and enjoy, or not.

Photo of TheRealBigC
3.13/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Similar to Stella Artois, but I don't think this one is as good.

It's got the same carbonation and overall mouthfeel. Flavor is similarly slightly bitter. No noticeable hop character.

It's a decent beer, plus it costs a few dollars less than Stella in most places I've been.

Photo of DJED69
2.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed out of the bottle. Classic Euro lager. Straw yellow with moderate carbonation and a fizzy head. Has the 'skunk' nose so prevalent with the style. Taste is mildly bitter with some hops and grain coming through. Also a hint of sweetness. I prefer the canned version or tap as it always tastes fresher. A staple beer and one pretty much everyone should try. On tap, it's a nice beer to have a few of.

Heineken Lager Beer from Heineken Nederland B.V.
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