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Heineken Lager Beer - Heineken Nederland B.V.

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4,047 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,047
Reviews: 1,266
rAvg: 2.71
pDev: 25.83%
Wants: 19
Gots: 489 | 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 blackc5
1.45/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Well, a buddy always has this around, so figured I would review despite being a major macro.

A - Color is quite nice. A golden amber, with a short head. Minimal lacing, but what do you expect?

S - Simple maltiness, but it's quite wimply. Just simple and bland.

T - Ugh. Can I stop at that? Seriously, it just isn't even fair to compare this to just about any craft brew, but jeez it is just so weak and watery. Metallic as well... It's just too bad in my mind that so many find this to be a 'premier' beer just because of it's Euro heritage and advertising budget. What a wacky world we live in...

M - Watery and thin with a medium amount of carbonation.

D - I guess it is drinkable in respect to how easy it goes down, but the lack of flavor means there really is no reason to drink it at all.

Given it's pricing, I can't help but review this compared to similar priced craft brews, and confirm that this one simply fails the test.

Photo of DoctorStrangiato
3.95/5  rDev +45.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a 14-ounce draught of Heineken Lager at the Hard Rock Cafe, Niagara Falls.

Appearance - brilliant yellow coloured brew with a decent 1/4-inch head. Lots of carbonation.

Smell - consistent smell with other Heineken formats: grassy, herbal with a short malt nose.

Taste - fresh, crisp flavour with good hop bitterness over the malt. Flavour is solid throughout each taste.

Mouthfeel - pretty active and the mild Euro-hoppiness comes across throughout with a subtle persistence. Enjoyable.

Drinkability - very good alongside a plate of nachos or other pop culture fare. Goes down easy with moderate character and superb cleanness as always.

Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.25/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A- Pretty good actually. Nice straw gold color with decent white head and good retention. Spotty lacing.

S- Sweet with nice malty aromas--smells nice. Somewhat one-dimensional, however.

T- Starts with little or no taste (water), but as the carbonation passes, it moves into a sweet refreshing malt. A light hop bitterness finishes this one out. Simple, but a great alternative to American macros.

M- Watery and fizzy, macro feel.

D- Enjoyable, but lacking in depth of flavor. Good one for a barbeque.

Photo of 1099
3.68/5  rDev +35.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had several of these coming home from Las Vegas on Southwest Airlines (to drown my sorrows)....and it seemed to have worked some.

A: Poured some into my airline-provided plastic drinking vessel. It appeared to be darker than my usual fare..also nicely carbonated and had plenty of head.

S: Smells like heaven...I cant describe it other than it reminds me of vacation! (Since I drink it exclusively on the plane)

T: Very hoppy and malty! When its cold, and fresh, it can outdo any other beer I've ever had. First sip, you get the malt right away, and as you swallow, the bitterness of the hops come through. Its very clean throughout, and the carbonation does not detract from any of it.

M: Feels thicker than a normal beer

D: Good! The bitterness and maltiness kind of takes away from some of the drinkability, as its not as easy-drinking as something like a Bud. But, the better taste should help to make up for some of that.

Hey, if you're on vacation, and Heineken is a choice on the plane...go for it! You can't go wrong!

Photo of morebeergood
3.1/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a freebie bottle at a work event, so why not? Pours with a clear and yellow body. Fizzy amount of carbonation. Puffy white head, but fades fast. Smell was a bit grassy. Run of the mill taste. Kinda malty. Thin and watery, but easy to drink. Sometimes you get a slightly "skunky" Heinie in due to those green bottles, but this one was ok. It's one of those whatever beers. Nothing great, but you can knock one back if there's nothing much else being offered.

Photo of PsychoJedi
3.3/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Outside of any bias anyone may have for the beer, it pours a wonderful golden color with a nice head that fist dissipates fast, but some of it stays for the round. The smell is not that strong and a little watery which is not good for its gender (does not suppose to be an American Light Beer). It has a slight bite to it with just a touch of a salty taste that you can only tell if trying to notice it. It is a very drinkable beer. Suggestion, I you want to power drink and import, drink Heineken. But, it is not a taste friendly beer to the diverse beer drinker.

Photo of tone77
3.83/5  rDev +41.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a weizen glass. There is a gold color with a small head. Not much aroma to speak of. The taste is crisp and refreshing. Goes down very smooth. A watery feel in the mouth. I prefer it from the bottle. Highly drinkable and overall a good beer.

Photo of CHL
2.35/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thin fizzy beer, with very little aroma. Goes down with some hop bitterness and a skunk taste, with just a touch of sweetness in between. I dislike the aftertaste. The carbonation seems strong to me; making more of an impression on my tongue than any flavor.

I'm not a fan of pale lagers, but this seems even worse than others.

Photo of Fnord
2.42/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4


Appearance - Very clear, fizzy yellow. As if you didn't know. Decent sized head initially, but it faded very fast.

Smell - Grass.

Taste - Actually pretty darn bland. A bit of hay, and a bit of sweet malt. Only a little of the characteristic Heineken skunkiness.

Mouthfeel - Thicker than some pale lagers. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability - Very drinkable, as long as you drink fast. You don't want this to warm up on you.

Notes - Apparently canned Heineken lacks most of the skunk of the bottled variety. That would be good, except it leaves almost nothing left. Back in the day, this saved me from having to drink Bud at certain parties. In these days of better selection, though, Heineken just doesn't cut it.

Photo of sarahspat
2.1/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours very clear yellow; very effervescent. A white head falls quickly and leaves no mementos.

Smells like a typical adjunct lager. Corn and malt. Tastes different from the smell- very sweet and really bready; sourdough. No real bitterness or hops flavors to speak of. Pretty bland and all around uninteresting. Not particularly refreshing or drinkable. Watery body; too much carbonation. Despite not being exposed to any strong light, I did detect some skunkiness in this bottle.

This is not a good beer; it's actually more offensive to my taste than most BMCs.

Photo of jonziefle
2.75/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Poured a light yellow amber. Half-finger fizzy/bubbly white head that disappears immediately. Visible carbonation. No lacing.

Smell: Nose of sour and bitter bready malts. A hint of hops is present deep down, but practically nonexistent.

Taste: A sharp bitter malty bite to start out with. Malts are bready and a bit grassy. Moderate sweetness, but definite not a “sweet” beer. Not really any hops to speak of.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Bitter bite up front, smooth out back. Filling.

Drinkability: Definitely a Euro lager. It might be a decent selection in the style, but not something for me. The malts are too bitter and light, with a little stale imported beer taste.

Photo of dbmcrorie
3.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. green Heineken bottle; possible freshness/bottling date printed on bottle.
Poured small amount in champagne flute and rest in an American pint glass (just for the fun of experimenting and comparing the smell and taste).

Same in flute and pint, save for more carbonation in flute.
Very pale straw colored, with quite a few rising bubbles. Fizzy off-white head that leaves quickly and provides little-to-no lace.

Stronger in flute than pint, but no noticeable differences.
Not as smooth as expected. Lots of grain and husk with harsh mustard-like notes. Faint sulfuric skunk aroma -- possibly exposed to sunlight while imported. There is also a faint earthiness provided by the hops.

Surprisingly smoother profile than the nose had you expect. Lots of pale grain with a slight zest to it. The hops provide a peppery bite to the palate. Notes of husk, cheese, cooked corn, and pepper -- not all stuff that I would like in my beer, but interestingly work in this lager. Faint malty sweetness is offered, but is quickly quieted by the champagne-like carbonation that brings out a slight sour bitterness at the back of the mouth, followed by a dry finish. Slick/oily mouthfeel with a grainy aftertaste. A bit more medium bodied than expected for such a pale lager.

Decent taste for a Dutch lager, but could use a bit more robust hop profile to balance all of the corn/grain flavors. Tone down the funky/confusing nose and this could definitely be worth the price. But as is: definitely not worth the $9 for a 6-pack.
I've recently seen a lot more Dutch lagers and pilsners, similar to this style, being imported and sold at a much cheaper price. Many of which are far more smooth and enjoyable than Heineken. Too much advertisement, not enough quality in my opinion.
Fortunately, it's peculiar aroma and palate make this a versatile drink to pair with food. Probably best paired with grains, pastas, breads, soft cheeses, and/or cooked veggies. Personally, I was craving a bowl of macaroni & cheese while sipping this brew.


Photo of tronester
2.9/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale yellow with a thin white head. Smells of cooked corn and sulfur. Taste is thinly malty, watery, with a hint of Euro lager yeast strain. A bit of bitterness from the hops, but not much. Mouthfeel is watery, high carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, a step above BMC IMO, but for the same price you can get real craft beer, so I doubt I will purchase this in the future.

Photo of biboergosum
2.73/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

20oz pint. Interesting to find this on tap at Moxie's in Edmonton; it's usually found as a standard overpriced import bottle list mainstay.

This beer arrives at my table in a tall, standard American pint glass, and appears a crystal clear pale golden yellow colour, with a few fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and yet surprisingly creamy off-white head, which leaves a few random, wayward specks of lace around the glass as it quickly dissolves.

It smells lightly of semi-sweet grainy, faintly bready malt, a mild underlying fruity sourness, and tame grassy, herbal hops. The taste is where they lose me - the no-adjunct sense from the nose drops right away, as a certain corn-o-hol sweetness arises, abetted by some stale rice pudding, a wee, innocuous plain citrus note, and caught in the crossfire earthy, leafy, weedy hops - no skunk or stank there, though.

The carbonation is quite high, and doesn't settle as quickly as one might expect, the body heftier than average for the style, but cloying and a bit oily in its subsequent stab at smoothness. It finishes well off-dry, grainy - both good and bad - and ever so mildly skunky, but more in a musty, dead grassy manner.

According to the Heineken aficionados that I seem to spend a lot of time with, the tap version is much better than the bottled one. I don't really particularly care to argue the case, or even validate it, but suffice it to say, it sure doesn't bode well for those green bottles in yer better beertubs around town.

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.23/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 24oz gren pop-top bottle with classic Heine label

Appearance: Bright gold beer with stark white cap which slowly fades to a soapy film; nice lazy carbonation

Smell: A big ole kick of skunk right off the bat; I expected this. After a few minutes of breathing, however, the skunk subsides radically, and the aromas are of simple sweet cereal grains, very light sweet malt, and grassy hops. Nothing bad, but pretty standard for the style.

Taste: Fairly juicy and fruity up front, backed with light cereal grains and a bit of metallic bitterness on the finish. Ends medium-dry. Nothing offensive, but not much of anything going on here either.

Mouthfeel: Fairly light-bodied

Drinkability: Pretty high

Conclusion: This isn't all that bad; it's good for washing down a good pizza as I'm currently doing; this is better than the typical BMC lager, but I wouldn't buy this to drink on its own.

Photo of steanu
4.58/5  rDev +69%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- It's got a very attractive appearance.

S- It's got a typical Smell of a Lager beer which I enjoy for sure.

T-I think it tastes wonderful! It's got a bitter sweet taste and it has a bit of a kick.

M- It goes down pretty smooth.

D- It's great with meals and it's also great by itself. This is one of my first beers actually. I think this is and Sam Adams Brown Ale are the beers that got me to love Beer. I love Heineken and I get it every now and then.

Photo of ZorPrime
2.9/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Well, this is more a session beer than a beer to sip. Suggestion drink fast... A warm heineken is awful.

Pours a pale yellow and lots of carbonation. The smell is floral with some hint of malt, but very little. The taste is not great, it is below average. Not bad, not great... just an ordinary beer, in my opinion.

Photo of BierFan
3.65/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a pint glass.

Appearance: Almost no head. Bright yellow body.

Smell: Slight aroma of flowery hops.

Taste: Nice balanced flowery hop presence in the taste. It actually tasted much better from a can than I thought it would, having only had it from green bottles in the past.

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

Pale amber pour with a small head that faded quickly.
Aroma is a mix of light skunk, floral hops and sweet malt.
Flavour really fails, with sweet malt and a short-lived, weak, dirty bitterness. Incredibly watery.
Not a really offensive beer, but just plain boring.

Photo of Duhast500
2.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

The color is a light yellow with a slight white head; no lacing.

The Smell is a bit of a burnt flavor with a little malt feel.

The taste is sweet, some nice malt and grain feel with some abrasive bitterness.

This beer is a pretty light and crisp beer. Has a bit of dryness to it but is pretty easy drinking and is easy on the palette.

Photo of PEBKAC
2.23/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 1.5

Most recent six pack straggler, left over in the crisper by one of my uncle. These seem to build up over time & I usually have enough stock at any moment to withstand a siege of hungry relatives coordinating together.

Poured into my DFH off-center shaker.

Inch & a half of pasty white wash over a vibrantly clear, somewhat active body the color of 10k gold.

Smells of fermenting piles of hot grass clippings, fumey Euro malting, macerated white bread, & just a little brass.

Taste is of soggy Wonder bread & metal, with a middle-range bitterness of red leaf lettuce(or anything leafy but less pungent then something like spinach). Europe makes it official cheesy entrance right after, delivering it's expected briny finish. A minor headache ensues.

Carbonation is well to do, & the body is thin but just a touch dry at the end to agitate thirst. Body is its best quality.

I think six packs are 9 & change around the corner. $26.99 even at CostCo. $24 for the mini keg. I know everyone is scared of change, but why not try something else if you're spending that much?

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.13/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Heineken glass-handled mug.

A: Poured a very clean and clear straw yellow color with loads of carbonation sitting below a one-finger head of fizzy white foam. Lacing and retention were on the tailside of good.

S: Smells faintly grainy, metallic and zesty.

T: Has a bittersweet, thin carbonated flavor, like a flavored seltzer water with toasted grain sweetness added to it. It was humid as the hills today, so the first sip or two were good, then the aftertaste and flavor as the brew warmed degenerated into an overcarbonated, grainy corn beverage.

M: Light, crisp, very bubby and slightly stinging from the carbing and astringent nature of the brew.

D: Sessionable lager for the Euro Pale enthusiast. You either like Heineken, or you don't. I personally do not, but you could do a lot worse if you're out of other options. On a hot day or evening deck party in the summer, I could probably last longer with this than Coronas.

Photo of BarrelO
2.08/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Sickly pale. Head doesn't last long.

S: A mix of skunkiness and corn. How is that possible? Isn't this all-malt?

T: Like a skunked macro. Again, I find their ability to emulate adjunct flavors in an all-malt beer to be somewhat intriguing. I'm not sure if I'm impressed or horrified.

M: Light and thin.

D: Pretty tough to force down. I don't know how much of that is due to skunkiness versus being inherently shitty. If I wanted to be fair, I'd try it from the keg can or on draft. But I'm sick of their commercials, so fuck them.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.23/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Don't touch my heiny! Heineken Lager 5% alcohol.

A- Very clean, crystal clear, straw yellow yellow fluid with foamy almost soapy head that falls to an almost icy head that linger around for the most part of the beer. Minimal lace retention.

S- Smell is very familiar of American adjunct lager. Mild sweet malts with hints of corn and funky hops.

T- Greatly improved flavor then the smell with multiple upgrades. The taste evolves to a sweet corn beginning that turns to a malty feel followed by a nice hoppy bitterness.

M-D- Mouthfeel is mostly mild and dry with minimal offensivness. Highly drinkable and very enjoyable in mass drinking situations.

Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.28/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On the road with little selection in the single bottle department, I opted for the ubiquitous Heineken Lager, in this case in a 24 ounce bottle.

Pours a very light golden color with a nice head. Malt is most dominant in the nose, almost bready at times, with some sulfur aspects. Light on the palate with malt upfront with a snap of hops at the finish.

Fairly refreshing, although I would prefer a little more character in the flavor profile.

Heineken Lager Beer from Heineken Nederland B.V.
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