Heineken Lager Beer - Heineken Nederland B.V.

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Ratings: 4,055
Reviews: 1,268
rAvg: 2.71
pDev: 25.83%
Wants: 20
Gots: 504 | 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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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

I'm not sure why everyone tends to bash on this beer. It's one of my favorite comfort beers.

A- Pours a clear golden color with solid white head.

S- Grain malts and subtle hops. A bit of skunk.

T- Nothing outstanding. Nothing terrible. Just a drinkable brew. A subtle maltiness with a hint of Czech hops.

M- A bit watery, but nothing to ruin the beer.

Photo of kojevergas
2.03/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Heineken bottle poured into Hoegaarden pint glass in low altitude Galway, Ireland. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a three finger head of mild cream, thickness, and good retention. Colour is a clear yellow.

Sm: Dirty barley notes.

T: Dirty barley with mild cream undertones. Very simple; but not as bad as people make it out to be. Poorly built for the style; hardly any bittering hops at all. More balanced than I expected, but still very limited.

Mf: Very wet and smooth, but stops short of being refreshing. Partly suits the flavours of the body.

Dr: This beer is sort of the Ottoman Empire of Europe; it's the sick man's beer. Avoid unless you're on a student budget.

Photo of bearish
1.85/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Had this at a local "coffeeshop", which is essentially a place full of different stalls one could patronize and sit at any table. Served in a 640ml bottle unique to Asian markets.

Head was virtually non existent, dissipated after less than 15 seconds.

Was not very impressed. Skunked bottle. Practically no smell of hops, but still left a bitter aftertaste. Skunked? Definitely.

Carried on drinking. Tasted a little malt, but there was all to it. Excessive carbonation.

I had a Bavik a few days before, and I must say this is not even comparable. Skunky skunk skunked. As Singaporeans would like to put it "cannot-lah"!

Photo of Rifugium
1.05/5  rDev -61.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

First had: [God only knows]

Pours clear, pale, straw color with a thin, receding head. Not much in the aroma, stale and vaguely grainy. Bland taste, somewhat reminiscent of what is known as a beer, with light grains and barely noticeable hops. Very light and watery, and a bitter aftertaste. To be avoided.

Photo of steveh
3.13/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Stopped to pick up one beer for this afternoon and there wasn't much choice, but since I'd never really tried the canned Heineken -- here goes.

A -- Clear, pale - pale gold color with a sudsy, but firm, white head.

S -- Light bready and grainy malt with spicy hops back. Some mild DMS. No skunk.

T -- Light, yeasty malt with light spicy hops in the finish and a solid bitterness in the backbone. Some graininess in the aftertaste.

M -- Light body with a crisp mouthfeel.

O -- A decent, quick drinker for a hot afternoon, but nothing to really shout about. Better, cleaner taste than the average U.S. macro brew, but there are many better choices out there -- just not where I stopped today.

*2/21/13 Note to self, $2 more for a 12 pack of Spaten over a Heineken sale is worth the added expense.

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

I like the way Heineken tastes via the big oil cans. The skunk funk of the green bottle has gone and here is a nice drinkable beer. Beware of people who tell you this is no good just because there are better beers available. This is a classic that has a unique taste almost like corn?

Photo of ghetto90007
2.55/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from that dumb-looking "keg-can" into a pint glass.

Crystal clear, golden color, slightly pale. White head, pours two fingers but dissipates to a bit of film on the top. Moderate lacing, but not very sticky.

Grainy nose, some bitterness. Straightforward and not particularly appealing.

Mostly grainy, some slight sweetness and slight hop bitterness.

Crisp from the carbonation. Light to moderate body.

No skunky elements from the can serving, unlike the green bottle. Still a mediocre beer and probably not worth the calories.

Photo of ElCommodoro
2.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Smells like metal and cheap malts. That's it. The taste is pretty good. It's got exactly the right amount of hops. So, that's always nice. Not too piney of a hop characteristic either. Still got that cheap, bad malt taste. It's refreshing, but I've had better. The malt characteristic is just not my thing. It kind of reminds me of the flavour of corona, which I'm not a fan of either. So, I wouldn't consider this worth the price.

Photo of MaltsOfGlory
2.55/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Has a very smooth pour to it, which I can appreciate. It pours a one finger creamy looking head, kinda surprised at how creamy it looks, I'm sure it will be gone soon, but still. Pretty large amount of carbonation coming up through what I would call a barely darker than piss yellow color. The beer is completely transparent, the head is now gone, but it looks like I'm getting pretty good lacing out of this beer. Overall it looks like an adjunct lager, but it's got some nice areas. The smell is very faint, what I can pick up is some sweet malt, which is nice, not a bad smell for adjunct lagers, usually I get a more sour malt smell. Underneath that there is a small note of hops in there. I have to say the smell isn't horrible, for sure an adjunct lager, but not a bad smell. The taste is very smooth, it goes down pretty easy with little interruptions. This unfortunately means that there isn't too much flavor, but I was expecting that. The flavors I can detect are much like the smell, small amounts of sweet malt, and underneath that a small amount of hops, the rest is all water. I mean the beer is a very weak beer, super light, super watery, but the flavors that are there aren't bad at all, there is absolutely nothing wrong with them. I also appreciate that the smell and the taste are exactly the same. Overall not a bad taste, unbelievably weak, and barely any taste in here, but where it is, it isn't bad. Mouthfeel is decent, bigger than I would expect, and not as much carbonation as in some adjunct beers. The drinkability is exceptional, this beer just goes down like it's nothing. Overall not a bad beer, for sure one of the better adjunct lagers out there, bottom line - there is nothing really that wrong with this beer at all, other than the fact that it's ridiculously light.

Photo of Trizzle
2.25/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear, Yellow and fizzy. Quite lively with decent retention and loads of lace. This was a mini-keg btw.

Smells of ripe bananas, corn, nameless grains and tonic water.

Flavour is bland corn and a hint of banana. Astringent long bitter finish.

Minimal carb and thin watery body. Easy to smash down.

Photo of hoosier3334
2.15/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I was at a bar where this was the "best" beer being served when I had this. When it's the best option you've got, it's fine. But I have no idea why anyone would buy this beer when there are so many other great options around. Smells kinda skunky but has no real discernable taste whatsoever. I cringe when I hear people say, "Oh, heineken! Now that's a good beer!"

Photo of Fenris244
1.88/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a heartland brewery pint glass

Pours a crystal clear pale yellow with a huge about of soda like fizz, dissipated quickly no lacing

Weak aroma, almost a sour smell, don't know what's up with that...

Cooked grain flavors some hop bitterness, not much flavor, it's all gone before I've even swallowed the beer.

Very light in body, fizzy, pretty refreshing when ice cold.

Overall? Why bother, I mean yeah it's refreshing when ice cold and I could pound a case in an evening if I felt like it but I feel like a fancy Lawnmower could do the same job with more taste. I just don't really see the point in buying it when I can drink a better beer...

Photo of SkunkWorks
2/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle.

Look: golden yellow, thin white head with average retention and no lacing.

Smell: Skunk with a bit of pale malt and adjunct.

Taste: skunky with some husky pale grains and an astringent finish.

Feel: light body, crisp carbonation, and fairly easy drinking.

Overall: one of the worst adjunct lagers you can find. The skunk is quite pronounced and well, I'd prefer a Bud over this. Avoid. Cheers!

Photo of philbertk
3.38/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Heineken Nederland B.V. 2011 Heineken Draft. 12 oz. Draft @ Fremont, Seattle Hop Scotch Beer & Scotch Festival on 4/01/2011. 5.00% ABV. 25 IBU's? Thin white light lace head. Clear bright very thin gold color. Crisp Saazish hop pilsner front. CO2 zesty sligtly herbal pils pale lager body. Refreshing light herbal hop adjunct hint end. (3.75 / 5.0)

Photo of MichaelLynBryant
3.38/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

How does one review the macro beers? It's got a distinct light-struck taste... and comes in a green bottle. It's what I drink when that's all we've got. Much rather have a Sierra Nevada Pale.

A: Skunk. Unique and traceable.

T: Fizzy. Hard to call yellow beer b/c they trick you with green glass.

M: Bubbly.

O: European macrobreweries are better than American macrobreweries.

Photo of chicagoabbot
2.2/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

12 oz into a pint glass. I always thought Heineken was green...oh wait, sorry, it's the same crap color as the American adjuncts with the same head that vanishes immediately as though it had never been born.

Aroma is nothing to speak of really...smells like funny water, some mild hoppiness and malt...a little tad better than Miller, and that's a maybe.

Taste is likewise uninteresting. Just nothing here to get you going at all.

Mouthfeel is nothing to write home about. Slightly better than about half of the American adjuncts, and twice the price of them all.

Buy some marketing, buy Heineken. Ha, wow, value is the worst thing about this beer, and for that it gets a 1 overall.

Photo of secondtooth
2.25/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I used to drink these as a alternative to "big beer" in my bar-hopping days, but thought I needed a review, and from a can, rather than green bottle, so here goes...

Dreaded pale straw yellow -- nice white head of foam, though. Thin, but present nonetheless, lace.

Aroma is adjunct. Not as skunky as the bottles. But not too impressive.

Taste is thin, watery -- almost like a rice lager. Rather bland and inoffensive. Or offensive in the lack of body or character (or flavor). Very very boring and lacking. Will not return to these unless desperate...

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