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Heineken Lager Beer - Heineken Nederland B.V.

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3,817 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,817
Reviews: 1,247
rAvg: 2.71
pDev: 25.83%
Wants: 13
Gots: 374 | FT: 0
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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 fullsweep
3/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330 mL can poured into a plastic cup on the airplane. Hiney and Stella were the only choices. I like Stella better than Heineken generally speaking, but hadn't tried Hiney out of a can yet.

Pours with a moderate, but quickly-disspating head. Clear yellow beer with lots of bubbles.

Grassy-grainy in the scent, nothing stands out.

Tastes better from the can than the last time I reviewed this from a bottle. Might have to do with the mouthfeel as well which had a slightly more carbonated bite to it. Didn't taste as watery as the bottled version either.

I wouldn't normally choose this anymore, although I used to like it when I first started drinking beer in my 20s. It's drinkable though--I finished this one.

fullsweep, Dec 06, 2009
Photo of Whiteweasel
3/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 12 oz plastic cup poured from a bottle.

Appearance: Looks kind of like piss with a decent pure white head. Lots of carbonation rising to the top. Very clear.

Smell: Somewhat hoppy with a strong grain scent. Kind of skunky

Taste: A nice palance of decent adjunct graininess and maltiness. Not a horrible lager at all. Pretty basic and bland. Very corn-y with a taste almost like ginger.

Mouthfeel: Very drinkable. Carbonation is pleasant. Finishes clean

Drinkability: Very dasy to drink. Nice since it finishes clean. Quenches thirst but taste is not complex enough to sustain a strong interest. Pairs well with grainy foods since it has a strong grian flavour.

In general much better than standard american adjunct lagers, but not incredible.

Whiteweasel, Dec 03, 2009
Photo of bsp77
2/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Serving glass: Poured from can into clear plastic cup.

Appearance: Pale yellow with stark white head that quickly disappears.

Smell: Very grainy, corn syrupy sweet, light spiciness. Most of the smell dissipates, leaving sweet grains behind.

Taste: Sweet and grainy - seems as if there are adjuncts but I know there are not. Light spiciness at the end.

Feel: High carbonation, light body that seems very thin, even for a Pale Lager.

Drinkability: Okay ice cold but becomes borderline undrinkable as it warms, even to 40 degrees.

bsp77, Nov 30, 2009
Photo of Brenden
2.9/5  rDev +7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

With this one, like quite a few, it was inevitable...

The appearance is macro. Pale, clear yellow in color, this pours out an initially fluffy white head way too loose to stay together, dissipating entirely and leaving no lacing.
The aroma is grains, grass and skunk, lightly sulfurous.
Grains are first in the flavor with a touch of something tangy like green apple, followed by corn and broccoli-like flavors with just the lightest touch of hops underneath. At least it's something like a beer.
The feel is crisp in a light body with a moderate carbonation and a little less thinness than I expected.

Brenden, Nov 25, 2009
Photo of wahhmaster
2/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 24 oz. bottle into a 0.5L Pilsner Urquell-branded pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a very pale (almost white) translucent color. It has a very thin fizzy white head that dissipates almost immediately leaving no discernable lacing.

Smell: Grainy and a little sweet. Pretty much smells like an American macro.

Taste: Bleh. Corny and grainy. Typical macro territory.

Mouthfeel: Like highly carbonated water.

Drinkability: Pretty much what I expected. This is adjunct/macro territory here.

wahhmaster, Nov 23, 2009
Photo of Methodd
3.65/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

What can a man say about the beer he was drinking the night he lost his virginity? What can a man say about the beer he was drinking the night he realized beer was one of man’s greatest inventions? Surely, he cannot say anything bad about it.

Appearance: Golden. Good amount of white head that quickly dissipates into almost nothing. No lacing.

Smell: Sweet grains, bitter hops, subtle and bready malt.

Taste: Beer, sir! Nothing complex here. Tastes as it smells.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation. Smooth. Refreshing.

Drinkability: Whenever, wherever. It hasn’t changed a bit over the years and depending on your prospective that might be a good thing or a bad thing. For me, that’s a good thing. This is not a great beer, but rather a solid choice. I can think of 50 other beers I’d rather be drinking and 200 other beers I’d rather not be drinking. Heineken Lager is available everywhere and along with a handful of other beers is a default choice when a personal favorite is not on the menu.

Methodd, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of MirkoCroCough
4.05/5  rDev +49.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

500ml can purchased at Schiphol airport

Nice golden beer color.

Good mass produce euro lager smell. I like it.

Mellow hops and malts, not too sweet.

Smooth with a good level or carbonation.

Drank five of these and slept for the entire ten hour flight to America.

MirkoCroCough, Nov 18, 2009
Photo of Paisan
1.2/5  rDev -55.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Oh, this just makes me go biblical. Let this cup pass from me. Please!
Why, oh why is everyone on this planet drinking this smelly, foultasting chemical concoction?
It's been said here numerous times, but this is something that needs confirmation, over and over: this beer is skunked and it is awful. Taste and smell (odor), if this doesn't throw you off, you need a nose and palate transplant. Nuff said.

Paisan, Nov 17, 2009
Photo of manutd5
4.35/5  rDev +60.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Heineken is a great beer. I love it. Nice to have while watching a game with the boys and relaxing. A lighter taste with a slight bite to it I guess you could say. The Bubba keg also is great, and from my experience, keeps well even after a day or two. :o)

manutd5, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of ibbjamin
3.5/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12oz bottle into a pokal glass to review.

Very fizzy and carbonated. Half inch fizzy white head and a lot of rising carbonation bubbles. Transparent light yellow color. A thin layer of retention.

Nose is of grassy hops and grainy malts. Fresh and pale aroma.

Taste is fresh, pale and clean. A decent grassy hop and sweet malt balancing act.

Light to medium body and nicely carbonated. Medium crisp finish of sweet malt and grassy hops.

I've always thought this beer to be mediocre, but after reviewing it, it really is not all that bad.

ibbjamin, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of decimator
2.35/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Poured a very clear yellow with a 1" head. The foam was gone real quick and there's pretty much no lacing.

S - Some sweetness, some grass and plenty of sour. Not skunky, just sour. Makes me think of lemons but in an unpleasant way. When I used to drink these out of bottles I never realized how awful the sour aroma is.

T - Mild sweetness, lemon sourness and mild hop bitterness. Not too impressive but after a few it doesn't bug me as much.

M - Average macro feel.

D - A few years ago I'd tell you these were really awesome but I just can't drink too many of these nowadays.

I still have a Heineken when there's little else available but there's plenty better beers than this. And it's not worth it's premium import price.

decimator, Oct 27, 2009
Photo of Stunner97
3.73/5  rDev +37.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- golden yellow with moderate white head off the pour and lacing, decent carbonation and appearance

Smell- decent grain, hops, and bitterness, nothing overwhelming

Taste- slight hop bitterness, floral and citrus hops are lightly present, many people describe this as bitter as a beer but I actually find it to be definitely way sweeter then most other lagers I have ever had, it had a good lasting finish that surprisingly did not quickly linger as fast as i thought it would, none of the skunkiness at all in the flavor I was expecting, suprised better then the last time I had it about 3 years ago

Mouthfeel- heavy to full bodied with a soft carbonation

Drinkability- Definitely highly drinkable and enjoyable, its only downside in drinkability at all was it came off pretty sweet, I am shocked honestly I enjoyed this beer to the extent that I did, had bad experiences with this beer in the past and this was actually pretty good to me, is it the greatest beer ever no but not bad what so ever and now that its price has come back down quite a bit it will be one I will definitely have time to time for a cheaper light beer for session, I was definitely one who avoided this beer like the plague but no skunk here,

Stunner97, Oct 26, 2009
Photo of jeranbrews
1.75/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Appearance - Clear typical pilz color. Watered down apple juice. Lots of initial carbonation almost 2 fingers but evaporates in about 2 min. Fiz didn't last that long either. Was gone after half the beer was consumed.

Smell - No noticeable yeast aroma. Initial smell is of rust and corn oil. Lingering smell of Febreeze and or butane. These mask a light hop smell.

Taste - Initial taste is very dull. Flat not that malty, not that hoppy. There is a weak balance between that and the after-taste of nutra-sweet and pond water.

Mouthfeel - Very low viscocity. Not that thick a feel. Only a mild tingle of carbonation

Drinkability - Low. If consumed cold from a chilled glass on a hot day with lots of salty food it might serve ok.

jeranbrews, Oct 21, 2009
Photo of JeremyBrews
2.05/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Golden color with 2 fingers of head.

S: Floral hops. Black pepper. A clean towel with the fresh aroma of laundry detergent.

T: Fizzy, skunky, with some lemon peal. Ends dry and crisp from hops. Finishes black pepper and artificial spice aftertaste,

M: Slightly viscous, somewhat coating and soothing.

D: The long, harsh laundry detergent with black pepper aftertaste defeats the initially soothing, citrusy, floral experience.

JeremyBrews, Oct 21, 2009
Photo of Devildog3
3.35/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a 16 oz can into a large beer mug. Initially the head was ok, but dissapated quickly and left an acceptable lace. Did not have the apparent skunkiness of the bottled product and had a hoppy, grassy taste.

The drinkability factor on this beer is decent. Not the best beer in the world and a dime a dozen, but I will take this over the American macros anytime.

On a hot day, these go down well while working out in the yard. I keep at least a 6 of Heineken in the fridge when not in the mood for something heavier and more complex or when guests drop by.

Devildog3, Oct 16, 2009
Photo of rvdoorn
2.75/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wednesday, FIFA world-cup qualification, meaning pilsner evening for me.

Poured into a regular pilsner glass. The beer pours, yellow-straw color, typical for the style. The head is big and fluffy and disappears into a very thin lacing.

Smell: It gets a bit boring (reviewing all types of different pilsners lately), but malts and hops.

Taste: Malts and hops again, with some metallic taste and grains. Aftertaste is bitter, dry with a watery feeling

Mouthfeel: watery and high carbonation. Easy to drink

Overall: Not my favorite pilsner, don't understand why it is one of the worlds most consumed pilsners..Still decent

rvdoorn, Oct 14, 2009
Photo of thekanna
2.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pale yellow body with about a finger of head that dissipates quickly.

S: Some sweet malts with a slightly yeasty tinge. Overall, very fresh and fleeting; not much to dwell on.

T: Sweet malts flavored with a touch of honey and faint yeasts. The hops creep up at the end but are never strong enough to impart character; instead there is a slightly metallic finish.

M: Diacetyl adds a slight creaminess to an otherwise thin and over-carbonated body.

D: A fairly drinkable macro-lager that, strangely, works slightly better in a can than a bottle. I have to admit I was fairly surprised.

thekanna, Oct 07, 2009
Photo of donteatpoop
3.45/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

blonde colored body, virtually no head retention, crystal clear.

the smell proves how night and day different heineken is from can to bottle. The skunkyness I normally associate with the brew is not present it at all, nice blend of grain and piney hops hit the nose.

The taste is much the same as what I'm used to, but again without the skunk. It's really a decent beer when it isn't screwed over by poor handling.

By far not the best beer in the world, but one that is readily available in most places. Given the choice between bottle and can I'll pick can every time.

donteatpoop, Sep 26, 2009
Photo of AmberMan22
3/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured 50cl-worth into a tulip glass.

A: Probably overdid it on the pour, since a solid 2 fingers of head showed up. It descended nicely, looking rocky and bubbly, but went away way too fast. The color is a middle of the road blonde. Minimal stickage, unimpressive lacing.

S: smells like a touch of bitter, a dab of honey. Not very imposing.

T: Honey, minimal sour/bitter, a sprinkling of hops fade in and out.

M: Smooth, light bodied, weak carbonation. It actually has a pleasant feel, bordering creamy.

D: Easy drinking, not particularly special. Good thing its cheap as heck in Europe!

AmberMan22, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of will4240
2.6/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Isn't this considered the best selling beer in the world?


It's not all that bad, very drinkable and more body and taste than an american adjunct, but really nothing there to keep you interested. A nice beer to get drunk off of.

Gotta love the Dutch though

will4240, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of BeerisfoodLLC
2.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap into a pint glass:

A - Clear yellow goldish color, decent head.

S - Skunky smell, light malt aromas

T - Mild all around lighter hops & malts - heavy on the water.

M - Kind of refreshing, light, decent carbonation

D - You can drink a lot of them if thats what you mean...not for taste though.

BeerisfoodLLC, Sep 23, 2009
Photo of NeutroMan
2.93/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pilsener glass.

Appearance: Crystal-clear straw color with a one-and-a-half finger frothy white head that becomes a thin cap.

Smell: That oh-so-familiar "macro" aroma. Lots of husk and adjunct materials, with just a touch of skunk.

Taste: Some grain and husk up front, with some very mild hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Thin and light, but not watery like some many other macros, so they get some points for that.

Drinkability: Decent, I guess. Just don't let it warm up.

NeutroMan, Sep 22, 2009
Photo of mintjellie
2.55/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours deep straw gold with a fingers worth of fizzy white head. It has poor head retention, and doesn't leave any lace. It smells faintly of honey, grains and grass. The aroma of this is very muted. Mild sweet cereal flavour up front, with a kiss of noble hop in the finish. Light bodied with somewhat spritzy carbonation. It's easy drinking and refreshing, but bland.

mintjellie, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of Goldfish19
2.25/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

~ 12 oz bottle. God, what a boring lager this is. Typically found in mass quantities at local teenage house parties all across the US. I really want to give this beer a fighting chance, but I just cannot. As scary as this sounds, I've actually had worse! :-0 ~

Goldfish19, Sep 17, 2009
Photo of maximum12
3.1/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Well, let's just abandon the whole a/s/t/m/d thing since everyone over the age of 16 has had a Heieneken at one point or another.

This is a beer that's a cut about the balance of macros. A little sweet, a touch of skunk, light, refreshing, "not filling", but in the end, a macro without a lot of character.

Not a bad beer & a beer that often presents itself as an OK substitute when the choices are things I wouldn't feed to a monkey-killer.

maximum12, Sep 17, 2009
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