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Heineken Lager Beer - Heineken Nederland B.V.

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4,201 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,201
Reviews: 1,333
rAvg: 2.71
pDev: 25.46%
Wants: 25
Gots: 705 | 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 aval89
2.75/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

a green bottle beer..

pours a light golden straw color.. very pale and clear.. thin white head that quickly dissipates to almost nothing..

aroma: slightly metallic, grainy, almost no hop aroma, sweet, and oh lets not forget the signature skunky smell!

taste: sweet cooked corn, grainy, just a slight hop bitterness with some metallic characteristics.. more of that skunk flavor as well.. very crisp and kind of dry finish..

mf is somewhat thin and kind of watered down.. carbonation coats your mouth..

its pretty easy to drink but its way too expensive..
wont buy this beer, only drink it if its offered to me


Photo of Milestone221
2.78/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Looks like a light beer. Some dissipating lacing. String initial carbonation which fades.

S- Hops are present along with some wheat. Distinctive.

T- Wow I really don't know. Metallic for sure. Light but still has some flavor to it. Its ight.

M- Nothingness.

D- Very high and perhaps the best part of the beer.

Not sure I like this beer. It's very well advertised but I think it should be placed a little above the big three light beers. Absolutely not worth the price. Blah what is next.

Photo of jporf911
3/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 24oz green bottle.

Appearance- The beer is transparent, yellow, and extremely pale, like sun-bleached straw. There was hardly any head and not much lacing.

Smell- There is a distinct lack of aroma aside from faint notes of grass and hops.

Taste- Like the smell, the taste is fairly faint and mostly reminiscent of hops, light sulfur, and watered-down grain. The alcohol is hard to taste, and the dry, malty aftertaste fades very quickly.

Mouthfeel- Heineken feels thin and watery. The carbonation is the most noticeable aspect of the mouthfeel.

Drinkability- It's crisp and goes down easy, but it's price is prohibitive. Better beers could be obtained for the same cost.

Photo of mklinger
2.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

1 pint can poured into a crummy 16 oz plastic cup at Turner Field while watching a Braves game. Pale yellow with a small white head that formed and disappeared quickly.

Aroma was just not there. Very little of anything coming off this. At least because it was a can it didn't have the traditional skunked aroma often seen in green bottle Heineken.

Flavor was just bland -- not much here at first, no real malt flavor, no hop character. As it warmed some, a bit of malty, bread crust pilsener character came through. Not much else.

Mouthfeel was very thin but was carbonated quite well. Overall, this beer was minimally different from other standard American style lagers. Quite bland, but I guess it would be ok as a lawnmower beer.

Photo of abecall98
1.95/5  rDev -28%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A - poured a green bottle into my pint glass. Pours a pale yellow with an offwhite Lacey head. Bubbling stops after a minute. Good looking beer.

S - sweet, like roasted corn. Skuniness present. Stale graininess also.

T - tastes like corn. Followed by some slight hints of MJ. Sweetness coats the mouth, like a lot of it didn't ferment right. Overwhelming skunkiness in the finish, yuk, tastes like butthole.

M - lightly carbonated. Creamy all in the mouth, and finishes wet. Not bad.

D - it's not that good. The overwhelming bad flavor ad aroma combine to make a bad beer. Pass on this in the aisle.

Photo of jsprain1
3.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- A pale clear straw color with very little lacing.
S- Smell is of slight skunk, a bit of grassyness as well.
T- Starts with a graininess and soft, weak, grassy hop, followed by that Euro lager skunk sensation.
M- Crisp. Finishes dry. Light body comprable to others of the same style.
D- It's popular and drinkable. Not necessarily my thing, but it remains something of an icon in terms of imported beer.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.97/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Very clear yellow translucent color, no head. Aroma is skunky. Taste is skunky, enjoyable, very easy to drink, some hopping Euro style complimented by immense carbonation. I would guess a faint amount of Saaz hops.

Gets weaker and thinner down bottle, there is no real taste other than the skunkishness, which is actually agreeable in a strange way to a hophead I guess.

Photo of rfabian
3.6/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tumbler it produces a small head with scant lacing. The appearance is straw and clear. The aroma is of noble hops and little malt. The taste is dry and slightly bitter with a light malt presence. The feel is light bodied and the finish is clean.

This is a nice example of a pale lager, probably one of the better ones of that style. A good one to go to if the craft ales are not to be had, and a nice one for warm weather.

Photo of bierguru
1.81/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - looks like your typical lager almost clear copper and keeps its head well

S - smells almost like the beer has gone bad (i tried 3 different ones from 3 different packs and places) slight hop smell but nothing really pronouned of special going on

T - slight hop bitterness to it and i mean slight beer is almost watery

D - if your looking for flavor this isnt it if your just looking for something to quinch your thirst here you go

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

Pint served into shaker pint glass from tap.

A- Pale blonde body with 1 finger tight white head. Lacing is poor as is head retention. Lively beading.

S- Faint hop crispness underneath an unpleasant sweet graininess.

T- Much like the smell. A grainy sweetness followed by a subdued lifeless hopbite. Finish is weak and watery.

M- Moderate carbonation but body is thin to medium.

D- Mass produced lager with a weak flavour profile. Not much else to say really. Pass!

Photo of bondjedi
1.17/5  rDev -56.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Somewhere, between my first pull from the bottle and the point in time when I had to go hero-time on the last putrid mouthful, I realized that if I ever had to contribute to a Dutch-Spanish dictionary, and my life depended on it, I could say that "Heineken" means "Corona," and I would escape with my life.

There are few bigger triumphs in marketing than Heineken's campaigns (Corona's is one of those few).

Photo of mentor
4.08/5  rDev +50.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a finger of lightly yellowed head over a brilliant thin yellow liquid. Smells earthy sweet fruity aromatic hops over a mild munich malt aroma. Caramel and wheat. Fruit loops from hops and malt aromas combined.

Taste has decent hop over mild malt sweet. Has a czech pils minerally bitter bite and tin-like hop flavor (also oranges and graham cracker). Some nice dextrinous mouthfeel that washed clean due to the prickly cleansing finish. Light and drinkable. No 'skunky' flavor like many people claim. Purchased from Superior Liquor in Colorado.

Photo of Slygato
3.45/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Apperance- Pale yellow with a little head no lacing

Smell- Has a light grain and malt smell to it

Taste- Grainy taste to it then some bitter aftertaste

Mouthfeel- Goes down smooth like water

Drinkability- Probably deserves a lower score but i drink it time to time and is available in a lot of bars

Photo of thagr81us
2.48/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into an imperial pint. Poured a pale yellow with minimal white head. There was no apparent lacing present. The aroma consisted of a musty and sour note. The flavor was of wheat, sour, and nutty hints. It was light on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this brew is very bland. Definitely needs more flavorings to be competitive with others in its style. Aroma would help as well as it is not appealing. Not horrible if you are in a pinch but if you have a choice of something else, choose it.

Photo of emmasdad
2.16/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Had one of these at a Memorial Day party in honor of the late, great Dennis Hopper. "Heineken, Fuck that shit; Pabst Blue Ribbon." Rest in Peace, Brother. Not much else to say here...A watery looking light golden color, a finger or so of bright white foam, a skunky aroma and a taste to match. A disappointment all around; I should have went home and watched "Blue Velvet" instead.

Photo of dcook11
3/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pint Glass

A step up from bmc imo. Would not turn it down at a bbq.

A- pale with high carbonation. Sparkling wine/no head.
S-Not much. Medicine odor. Wheat grass.
T-Light/refreshing. Ditto with the smell.
Ml-very easy on the palate as it is such a weak beer.
D- Back 2 back all day no problem.

One of the better "on a budget" beers that ill go to if I am low on funds.

Photo of sitarist
3.45/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Fresh, bottle from a sealed 12 pack.

Pours a light, clear straw color. The head is white and falls quickly leaving a ring and some lacing.

Smells like beer! Malts, straw, hints of corn. Just like from a keg this fresh bottle has really no skunk smell.

The flavors are faint, with grass, straw, and lemon being all I really taste.

Crisp, and mildly dry, with a light body. The carbonation pricks then fizzes nicely on my tongue.

Its 85 degrees today, this beer is cold, and as refreshing as can be. Ive never had a Heineken this fresh out of a bottle.

Photo of bala747
3.57/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

There are two versions of Heineken available in Singapore, a local version made by the same chaps who make Tiger Beer, Asia Pacific Breweries, and an imported version from Holland. The difference between them is light and day. The local version tastes the same as Tiger beer, despite being brewed "Under Strict Supervision and Quality Control of Heineken BV, Holland", but the Dutch version is much, much better. This review is of the Dutch version.

A: Pale yellow with decent head that dissipates quickly like a typical macro lager.

S: Maize and other grains predominate, smells slightly of grass, reminds me of a freshly mown lawn.

T: Dry with hint of bitterness. Very clean taste with almost no 'bad' flavours.

M: Very lively with lots of bubbles, very crisp mouthfeel, a lot like Fruh Kolsch.

D: Very drinkable. On a hot day in Singapore I can easily down a few of these. Perfect for a hot day.

Overall: A very drinkable beer, though lacking somewhat in the flavour department, but still very crisp and nice. The local version of this beer is much poorer.

Photo of Seanizzle
2.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Poured into mug, and seems kind of light for a lager. It smells like marijuana. Has a decent taste, but is not very drinkable as it starts to have a "funky" taste after one or two bottles. Not sure why this is the "go-to" beer for some of my buddies.

Photo of mithrascruor
2.41/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a pale yellow color with visible bubbles and a foamy white head.

Smell: Really mild smell of malts and corn.

Taste: Very little actual flavor at first; rather watery. Some corn and rice malts, with some very light spicyness (hops) at the finish. Mildly bitter aftertaste with some malts.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, somewhat watery, with tingly but not overly strong carbonation. Relatively smooth.

Drinkability: Fairly easy to drink, but the adjunct tastes tend to get to me quick.

It has been years since I last had one of these, and honestly it is better than the last time since this bottle isn't skunked! There's no hint of grains and grasses - just pure adjunct flavors and a hint of hops.

Photo of burnstar
3.58/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright clear light gold with a small white head. Smell is some herbal hops and light sweet malt. Pretty flavorful. Herbal hops. Good light malt backbone. Finishes a bit dry and medium bodied. Well carbonated. Very drinkable. This is one where the serving type really matters. The green bottles skunk this beer. Way better on tap or in cans.

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

ok,found this next to a dumpster at work. a vigorous pour into a pilsner glass reveals a pale clear yellow liquid with a quickly dissapating head. fairly heavy carbonation with not very much lacing.smell is skunked,part rice and corn with no apparent hop aromas present. taste is pretty close to the smell not much going on. but hey,it was free and ill take it over bud light anyday.good for the style if your into euro pale lagers.ill give this one a mediocre review because its good for what it is.

Photo of BucBasil
2.63/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the 500mL bottle into a tall pilsner glass.

A: The beer is a pale yellow/gold color with a tiny bit of carbonation coming up withing. White head is 2 and a half fingers thick, but dissipates quickly, leaving a bit of lacing on the glass.

S: A bit of grass and a mineraly, zesty aroma kind of like seltzer water. Upon opening the bottle there is a signature skunky or sulphury smell coming out that I can't stand, but luckily when poured in the glass it's not as noticeable for some reason.

T: Grainy taste immediately, with a watery sort of character. Slight bitterness and a bit of white bread. Finishing with a vegetal sort of character that is not altogether pleasant. Again that mineral/seltzer water/club soda flavor comes up. This beer is not very good, but at least it has some flavor to it.

F: Crisp and very carbonated. Again, much like seltzer water, though for a feel it's not a bad thing.

D: I've ordered a Heineken a few times, and most every time the character of seltzer water with some skunk is the first thing that comes to mind. This makes it somewhat of a chore to work through, but not quite a drain pour.

Overall: This is way better in a can. However I will say (as I said in my can review) that I will take this over a Bud any day.

Photo of eschbach
2.54/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I have no idea why this beer is so popular! A lot of my friends buy this beer so I decide to buy a 12 pack of it. It has a lofty reputation in my opinion. However, the quality is not there. Also it is not a cheap beer.

As I fill my pilsner glass with the Heineken. I notice it has a good head that lingers around for a little bit. The color of the beer is very yellow, and it looks a like urine, and it has a lot of bubbles. The smell of the beer is strong. It smells more like marijuana than hops hahaha. (crazy dutch) The beer has strong flavor, but it has a very bad mineral like aftertaste which I hate, and it almost reminds me of European mineral water.

Overall this beer really is not worth the money, and I don't really enjoy drinking it, because of the mineral aftertaste. I could care less if it is from Holland, because it's just not that good.

Photo of cheesepuffs
2.95/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Despite not being in the American Adjunct Lager category, most people group Heineken in the same mix as Budweiser, viewing it as a good potential alternative. When cross-shopping with other popular macros, I would take this over a BMC brew any day of the week. It isn't phenomenal, but it's got a decently hoppy, bitter profile (for what it is) and the carbonation provides bite. It is thin though. Although not without fillers, it doesn't make you cringe and tastes far more genuine than that of Budweiser.

Pretty crisp, solid swill for someone that is seeking a Euro alternative to the typical party beers. If you try comparing this to the finest from the local craft breweries, of course you'll be disappointed. If you're a more typical, mainstream beer drinking kind of person and don't drink your beer from a glass, it's worth a shot.

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Heineken Lager Beer from Heineken Nederland B.V.
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