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Heineken Lager Beer - Heineken Nederland B.V.

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3,646 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,646
Reviews: 1,236
rAvg: 2.71
pDev: 25.46%
Wants: 11
Gots: 289 | FT: 0
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Heineken Nederland B.V. visit their website

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 rjlemos


3.83/5  rDev +41.3%

Ok... this is about the Brazilian Heineken (yes, we do have a Heineken national version down here, which...)
That´s a long story. To be objective, this Brazilian edition, brewed by Cervejarias Kaiser ("Cervejaria" means Brewery) used to be a long way from the Dutch original... but nowadays things got much better... it looks like an authentic Dutch lager, a true sister of the original one, the closest that it ever got.

Appearance: Light yellow, with a really white, dense head if you pour vigorously. Then you get a die-hard head, yet with big bubbles.

Smell: Above average. True malt and Dutch hops smell.

Taste: Typical Dutch bitterness just like the original one. That´s why I'm saying it has got extremely close to the original stuff. To the ones who like that kind of dutch bitterness, this is quite good.

Mouthfeel: It has some kind of personality. You can feel it in your mouth even when you swallow it quickly.

Drinkability: Due to the intense bitterness, it's not the best one to drink liters...

End of the history: I'm glad to say that finally the Brazilian edition is pretty close to the original one.

04-19-2006 03:18:17 | More by rjlemos
Photo of Boneheadmx


2.93/5  rDev +8.1%

Pours out to a light yellow with a thin head. The smell is of plastic and hops (faintly). The hops and malts balance out fairly well, although the taste isn't very strong. The hops taste a bit like plastic whish is unpleasant, but it's still drinkable. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, and the so is the carbonation, but whatever CO2 is still in there makes it fairly interesting. This is a fairly drinkable beer that I might get again, but I tend to stick to tastier beers. I don't mind drinking this with friends who don't know so much about beer.

04-10-2006 17:02:16 | More by Boneheadmx
Photo of soulgrowl

United Kingdom (England)

2.73/5  rDev +0.7%

Appearance: Golden, sunny, daffodil-like, clear body. Very big, white, milky head breaks apart into big, brash bubbles and dissipates quickly, leaving about an eighth of an inch of foam along the surface.

Smell: Better than the bottled version, for sure, but not much better. Sweet, honey and candy-ish malts with very light lemony, dish soapy hops. Also a touch of cheesy funk.

Taste: White wine, lemon, snappy lettuce-like hops. Not bad, really. Dry, leafy finish.

Mouthfeel: About where it should be. Slippery, kind of flat but not too thin or thick.

Drinkability: Moderately drinkable. The smell is unappetizing, but if served very cold and with the right food, this would do nicely.

04-08-2006 05:27:26 | More by soulgrowl
Photo of ReebShorts


2.85/5  rDev +5.2%

pale yellow, thin head, green bottle.

Aroma is floral skunk, hops, corn.

Decent drinker really. has a nice hop bite at the back. there's something medicinally acidic in the middle here, not sure what it is but it's not welcome. If you swallow fast enough it's not that noticeable though. Also, I know these are listed at 5%, but for some reason I get hammered way quicker with this one than other 5% beers I've had.

04-07-2006 06:38:40 | More by ReebShorts
Photo of nlmartin


2.58/5  rDev -4.8%

This beer was poured from the keg can into a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer has a clear golden coloration with a half inch white head. The head quickly resolves into a ring of foam.

Smell: I drink Heineken for the smell. Not! This beer has a bit of malty sweetness with minimal hops.

Taste: The over whelming character of the taste is a bit of bitterness. Oddly enough in the can there isnt the Heine skunky character. There is a ok cereal type maltyness that accompanies a bitterness hops?

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer has a bit of creamyness coupled with loads of carbonation. The beer has an average drinkability if it is cold.

04-04-2006 21:57:23 | More by nlmartin
Photo of acrawf6


1.7/5  rDev -37.3%

Pours out a typical golden straw with a foamy white head.

Smell. Smells tart, but not far off from what you expect from the style. I do get a slight fruity aroma in this bottle.

Taste. nasty. pretty dry and little maltiness. after a few sips i get just a touch of banana fruitiness. aftertaste is on the sweet side. Not good.

Mouthfeel. ehh, not good but not horrible. Lots of carbonation. balance is off.

Overall. not a fan.

04-04-2006 00:44:36 | More by acrawf6
Photo of seanmhogan


3.35/5  rDev +23.6%

I've had this beer in Monaco and in the States. The beer is really completely different from the one in the states. It has a much more pleasing taste and smell. I've never really been too impressed with a yellow beers appearance, and this was no real difference. For being a mass production beer i feel as though they do a nice job with this one. It's a bit of a bitter beer, which masks the actual sweetness in the after taste of it. A must have if you ever travel over seas. However still not a bad beer here in the states.

04-03-2006 22:44:30 | More by seanmhogan
Photo of matty


3.33/5  rDev +22.9%

I remember the first time I had a Heineken,I popped off the cap and got hit by that smell of fresh roadkill skunk. I went on to drink it anyway and really liked the taste of it! After a couple of beers I could no longer smell the beer which really makes that much more enjoyable. The taste is above average and it goes down smooth for an imported beer.

04-02-2006 06:43:56 | More by matty
Photo of brewapprentice


2.28/5  rDev -15.9%

This is a highly comercial beer, and whilst higly comercial beer is noramly shit, this beer isnt that bad.
It has a golden colour that seems quite appealing, the smell is quite caramel like. The first taste one gets is bitter hop, yet after two gulps one discovers the caramel flavour hidden under the biterness.
It is a Beer worth having.

03-30-2006 17:20:01 | More by brewapprentice
Photo of MrSeth


3.45/5  rDev +27.3%

This looks exactly like what it is, a pale lager. Clear golden body under a dense white head. Smells faintly of malt and hops, nothing special. The taste is better than I had remembered, fairly sweet and malty for a pale lager, just a tinge of bitterness that lingers pleasantly for a while. Strong carbonation. I've had so many bad Heinekens from the bottle that I swore off drinking them forever. But this keg-can stuff is a better representation of what they are trying to accomplish.

03-27-2006 21:58:25 | More by MrSeth
Photo of Byeast


3.1/5  rDev +14.4%

Poured a clear yellowish-straw color with a head of about an inch that dissipated to a thin lace. Smell is of light maltiness , tinge of hallertauer like hop and alchohol aromas , and slight bit of light struck skunk. Taste is on the lighter , bitter side , with some slight grain and grassy hop , also some more light-struck qualites. Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Overall not a bad Euro lager. I find it to be more drinkable than many mass produced beers out there. Much better on tap as well.

03-27-2006 01:10:38 | More by Byeast
Photo of Phatz


3.33/5  rDev +22.9%

I have really become a true believer in Heineken from the can. This can is one of the extra large 1pint 8oz Keg Cans. I have had mixed experiences from the bottles but I have only ever had one flavor of Heine from a can. Conclusion the can is more consistent. IMHO.

Appearance: Looks exactly like the average Euro Pale Ale. Transparent straw yellow with a huge white head that dissipates quickly leaving minimal lacing.

Smell: The smell leads with sweet grainy malts up front followed by sweaty socks, gym bag hops in the back of the nose. It is not as bad as that sounds but I do believe that it is an acquired taste. Also I believe it is best when its cold (i let most beers warm but not this) because as it warms it becomes more sulfuric in the nose.

Taste: Many macro beers that have the market penetration of Heineken are very watered down with little flavor. Not so here. There is a distinct malt character that is sweet and at least noticeable along with the grains. Of course laid on top of the (semi-week) malts is the signature hop character that is a subject of much disagreement and opinion. I believe it is well crafted and nicely balanced gentle German hops with sweet grains and malt, and when in a can I have found it to be consistent. The finish is lip smackingly dry and then when the bitterness fades a resurgence of the sweet grains re-immerges as your mouth continues to salivate. The next sip starts off sweet settling that dry aftertaste. It sure keeps you drinking.

Mouthfeel: Like many EuroPAs the mouthfeel is watery but not invisible. There is a slight creaminess to it and then the carbonation create a small illusion of body until you chew on it a bit in the mouth.

Drinkability: I do not find it to be exciting or unique, but I would say it is very decent beer when in a pinch. Usually I can find a Guinness which I would certainly take first, but if it came down to it I would choose Heineken over BMC, any day of the week.

Hope this is helpful.

03-24-2006 12:55:12 | More by Phatz
Photo of surfadelic23


2.73/5  rDev +0.7%

After reading some of the Heinie threads I did an experiment. I picked up some singles and a fresh 12 pack. The singles all had that kind of funky skunked smell that I always associated as being normal Heinie...
The ones from the 12 pack on the other hand...
It pourred a strawy yellowish color with very little head. No SKUNKY smell woo-hoo. It had a sweet smell with very little malt flavor and no real hop profile.
As it was a scorching Saturday afternoon, the nice mouthfeel and drinkability were a pleasant surprise. Sometimes you don't want a monster beer but something that will slake the thirst. This did it nicely on this day...

03-21-2006 21:02:53 | More by surfadelic23
Photo of shbobdb


3.95/5  rDev +45.8%

Picked up a tallboy of this the other day at a liquor store that I go to from time-to-time. The beerguy was there and he was shocked at my choice. As I walked to the cooler near the 'front' of the store he was all, "No man! What are you doing!" But I was like, "Sometimes, ya just want a lager."

And it's true. It pours a nice yellow with a nice bubbly, sprite head. It smells mostly of pale malts with a thing of aroma hops.
The taste is classic Euro Pale lager. Nice, simple. A little on the watery side. There are better examples out there.

03-16-2006 13:29:15 | More by shbobdb
Photo of granger10


3/5  rDev +10.7%

Lighter, hazy yellow in color with a medium white head. Moderate lacing around the glass. Aroma is skunky at first but also a bit grainy and prickly to the nose. Taste is quite similar. Husks from the grains provide a majority of the malt. Not really astringent and not sweet either. A mineral water taste rides with the malts and I keep getting the taste the whole way through. The skunk from the hops comes at the back end at full force. Quite grassy are the hops and not really too bitter. This is flavorful enough but I just didn't really enjoy the flavors too much.

03-16-2006 13:28:35 | More by granger10
Photo of skillerified


3.03/5  rDev +11.8%

Very clear and pale yellow beer with an occasional golden tone breaking through. Miniscule head that doesn't stick around long enough to hit the lips.

Definitely a lot of skunk smell on the beer (the intentional kind though). A little hop and a faint trace of spice just poked through too. For the style, it's about what I'd expect. Maybe even a little more fragrant.

Taste starts with just a faint malt flavor that grows into a bigger malt flavor as it sits on your tongue. It's fairly sweet. That malt gets a little metalic taste to it toward the finish. Just a trace of hop flavor too.

Mouthfeel is light and weak, but not watery. It actually has just a little bit of a creamy character to it. The carbonation is pretty aggressive and the balance is average at best, but as far as these pale Euro Lagers go, it's pretty decent.

I nearly loathe this style. I haven't had one yet that I would actually consider good. But of the one's I've had, this has come the closest. At a friend's house, where the choice is this, Corona, or a BMC product, I'm probably picking this.

03-14-2006 09:44:51 | More by skillerified
Photo of BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

3/5  rDev +10.7%


Not bad, not excellent.

Typical euro pale lager. Pale yellow with snow white head, and the typical flat, slightly skunky lager smell of hops and weak malt. As with many euro lagers, I can detect a corn mash taste.

This isn't something I rush out to buy, but would accept it if offered. Probably a good summer lager.

03-13-2006 05:44:19 | More by BDTyre
Photo of palffyfan


2.45/5  rDev -9.6%

Appearance - Pale yellow color with mild carbonation. Nothing special here.

Smell - Skunky, tad bitter, left me disappointed.

Taste - Goes down with a sharp taste. Mild bitterness at the end that lingers for quite a bit.

Drinkability - Too sharp of a drink for me. The bitterness lasts a good 5 seconds between sips which will certainly ruin my drinking experience. Considering the price of the import, would not recommend.

02-28-2006 17:58:18 | More by palffyfan
Photo of RenoZymurgist


2.55/5  rDev -5.9%

Poured into a small Heineken labeled glass with a fizzy white head that subsided into a thin white layer atop a crystal clear straw color with vigorous carbonation. The aroma was skunky with a light touch of a bready malt as well. I think that by using green glass bottles the hops became light struck. The flavor has a very clean and restrained bitterness that is quickly overtaken by a white bread malt flavor but none of the adjunct like flavors of an American macro lager. It finishes with a slight lingering of a spicy, skunky hop flavor and a bitterness lingers on lightly. The body was light and added to the overall quenching ability of the beer, though I would have enjoyed it more had it been a bit heavier.

02-27-2006 10:07:04 | More by RenoZymurgist
Photo of nagyonz


3.1/5  rDev +14.4%

Light golden colour, white, fast disappearing foam.
Smell: like water. And bitter, grassy a little bit.
Taste: Easy to drink, but under-carbonated, and, of course (it's a very popular one, has to match the demands of many people around the world) it doesn't have any extraordinary flavours. For example: no hop- so, my girlfriend can drink it, and so on....
An avarage, not so refreshing lager.

02-25-2006 10:24:56 | More by nagyonz
Photo of oldirtycaffrey


3.23/5  rDev +19.2%

Heineken seems to get pretty beaten up on Beeradvocate, but I like it. The apperance is average -- golden and clear. The smell is nothing to write home about -- bitter w/ the "skunkiness" most comment about. The taste however has a little bit of a kick and is crisp. This is the perfect beer for a hot summer night. Mouthfeel is fine. Beer is a little heavy, but the drinkability is good. It's easy to have this be the beer you drink all night.

02-25-2006 04:26:07 | More by oldirtycaffrey
Photo of msubulldog25


2.85/5  rDev +5.2%

This wasn't awful as I expected...and on that note... :)

A: Clear and golden with continuous carbonation streams...I got avery thick white head (quickly faded) with some lacing.

S: Initially a hint of skunkiness I thought when I popped the cap(damn those green bottles) but after pouring, it was gone. Heavy malt, faint hops - nothing special.

T: light & crisp, faint sweetness. Bit of bitterness lingers. Nothing special but also nothing offensive.

M: Pretty thin, but a like the bit of lingering bitterness. The carbonation gives a bit of tingle, too. woohoo

D: I don't particularly like pale lagers, but I sorta enjoyed this one. I might even have another under the right circumstances...

02-23-2006 03:10:32 | More by msubulldog25
Photo of ColoradoBobs


2.8/5  rDev +3.3%

Poured into a tulip glass because this if from Holland, which is next to Belgium, so what the heck?!

Very light amber color, with a decent head that faded fairly soon, but left decent lacing.

Some biscuity malt in the aroma, but not much. Mostly adjunct. Hops? Not really.

Taste is very much like the aroma: a bit of biscuity malt, a hint of hops, and some bland adjunct. Not much here. Not unpleasant, just pretty bland. Some hops finally show up in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is pleasant with a nice soft carbonation roundness. Not much presence, but decent.

Average drinkability.

Overall a decent beer. Better with spicey food or pizza than on its own. On a really hot day, this would be okay. When the windchill outside is -10 (like tonight) it's a bit lacking.

02-10-2006 05:32:02 | More by ColoradoBobs
Photo of MrHolland

South Carolina

3.43/5  rDev +26.6%

Pours a bright clear gold color with a head small head that was gone after the first sip.

The lace on the glass slowly sinks back to the beer and does not stick.

Very faint smell could not pick anything out.

I do like the taste of this beer.. it has a very light hoppy kick, skunky taste as well. Lightly carbonated but like most beer do it goes down smooth.
This is my preferred session brew when low on funds.

02-09-2006 00:15:29 | More by MrHolland
Photo of laituegonflable


3.53/5  rDev +30.3%

Pours a golden colour, good head that sticks around.

Nose is very nice: crisp and somewhat spicy. Lightly bitter, in fact very nice.

Taste is also very good, tastes like it smells. Again lightly bitter which is just how I like a lager. It's a very drinkable beer. This was a very good drop, and it definitely reminds me why this is one of my favourite drinking beers. It's simple, but in its simplicity it hits upon just what I ask for - light bitterness, good smooth flavour characteristics and mouthfeel, just easy to drink and enjoy.

02-04-2006 08:18:41 | More by laituegonflable
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