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Heineken Lager Beer - Heineken Nederland B.V.

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4,106 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,106
Reviews: 1,296
rAvg: 2.71
pDev: 25.46%
Wants: 23
Gots: 576 | 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 manutd5
4.33/5  rDev +59.8%
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)

Photo of ibbjamin
3.47/5  rDev +28%
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.

Photo of decimator
2.36/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Photo of Stunner97
3.68/5  rDev +35.8%
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,

Photo of jeranbrews
1.71/5  rDev -36.9%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of rvdoorn
2.74/5  rDev +1.1%
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

Photo of thekanna
2.5/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Photo of donteatpoop
3.44/5  rDev +26.9%
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.

Photo of AmberMan22
2.98/5  rDev +10%
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!

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

Photo of BeerisfoodLLC
2.42/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Photo of NeutroMan
2.9/5  rDev +7%
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.

Photo of mintjellie
2.53/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Photo of Goldfish19
2.26/5  rDev -16.6%
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 ~

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.

Photo of kerouac
3.26/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Heineken is one of those beers that you find almost everywhere, so when it comes down to a choice of Bud or Heineken, I will go with Heineken. Unfortunately for Heineken, most beer bars are expanding their collection of beers, so I tend to only have Heineken now when I don't really have too many other options. I will say, though, that Heineken off draught during a hot summer day is absolutely delicious and satisfying.

Sweet, bubbly, and refreshing. Not too strong of a smell, and not too strong of a taste. Nothing particularly striking, besides the fact that it is refreshing, and doesn't have anything particularly offensive about it. As far as drinkability goes, this would be a safe choice for almost anytime, but it particularly works well as a nice cool drink to have on a hot day, particularly off draught.

Now that I think of it, it's almost like a Miller High Life Plus. It's Miller HL with a little something extra...

Photo of apbarwood
2.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very pale golden color with not much head at all. There's a grainy aroma mixed with an almost vegetable-like smell, somewhat like wet broccoli. Not a whole lot of flavors but pretty much tastes like it smells. There's a light, easy-going drinkability, which is clearly why it's so popular. Definitely something you can pound at a party but also something that has a little bit of flavor at the same time.

Photo of skrib09
3.07/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

clear yellow with a mediocre white head. no retention, no lace.

smells of corn and malt. no hop detected.

taste is much the same as the smell. no depth of flavor.

beer made for drinking. no ill effects on the palate. brew goes down smooth and crisp.

Photo of tj4288
1.45/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

poured from bomber into 22oz mug

first mistake was that god damn green bottle. why do brewers insist on the green bottle? well anway...

a- 2 finger loose head recedes to nothing in seconds. no lacing. this beer scored a 1/2 with me because of the visable carbonation.... which tricks you into thinking that there is any form of life in this beer.

s- smells like... well... skunk. what do you want me to say when these idiots put theier beer in a green bottle?? hiding behind the dead skunk is a pot of cooked mixed veggies, with a side of white rice. boring and weak.

t- um.... no taste. i really have nothing to say here... this is the weakest, no flavor beer i have ever had in my life. i guess i would compare it to seltzer water that has a few random cherrios floating around in it.... yep thats all.

m- cabonated water. very light, body. i wish i could be more descriptive but thats all i got folks.

d- drinkability scored 1 whole point with me due to its dirt cheap price. if this was the only thing left on earth other than water i guess i would buy one maybe once or twice a year. the other 1 point is for its pure lack of flavor. i cant exactly say that it tastes BAD it just doesnt taste like anything. if i had to make this easy for you just answer these questions and you will know if you would like this crap; do you like corona?
do you like genny cream ale?
would you enjoy mixing the two?
are you tired of drinking your aquarium water or your cats piss?

if you answered yes to any of these questions... go buy a HEINEKEN! because youll love it!

.... i think ill go brush my teeth with my grandfathers polident water now.

edit: no this wasnt a drain-pour, i didnt want my sink to smell bad. i flushed this shit.

Photo of RyanBelle
2.06/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer is nothing special. It's hyped beyond reason...for no reason. I'll take many other Dutch beers before this one. Heineken has no drinkability for me, it is very sour and putrid tasting and I even ignored my own senses and drank a 12 pack of these on New Years to at least "try" to like them. All I got was a massive hangover. Also, it's worth noting that this beer tastes even worse coming up than going down. I really hate to be graphic, and I usually have no problem with any given beer or brewer/brewery...but this beer tastes horrible. They need to rethink their formula because this one is not right. Also...green bottles...bad. If this brew came in a brown bottle, I'd give it a second shot. Until then, my experience with this beer has not been a pleasant one. No disrespect to those who like it either, beer is all about individual opinions and experiences after all. I just have mine and there it is.

Photo of sbe1
3/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Very light golden color with a sudsy white head that sticks around for awhile and leaves some lace on the glass.

Smell: Slightly acrid, grain, a little malt.

Taste: Malt sweetness, corn/grain, cooked vegetables, hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat crisp, but mostly watery, light carbonation.

Drinkability: OK. The colder the better.

Photo of FernMaster
2.65/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

There's really not a lot to say about this beer. Heineken is something everyone on this website has tried at least once in their life. For those of you who haven't, try it once for curiosity's sake. Heineken pours well enough with a minimal head that disappears as quickly as the groundhog seeing his shadow. It smells like banality and looks like every other macro brew. The taste is nothing impressive, but it has salt in it. I don't know what it is, but the salt actually makes this beer worth drinking I think. I'm not saying it's great, but it's one of those right mood beers. Like if you're at a party, it's better than Bud or something and you can carry it around just fine. So really what I'm saying is Heineken is good for parties. Glassware doesn't help the beer any so there's no need in carrying around a glass. It gets the job done, but don't buy it unless you're going to a party/at a party and you don't want to mess with anything complicated.

I sadly couldn't think of a way to tie this into the review so here's an out of place quote from the movie Blue Velvet, "Heineken? Fuck that shit! PABST BLUE RIBBON!"

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

From a bomber:

A-Pours a clear yellow-golden color w/thick soapy head that lasts about a minute, and leaves just a little wisp on the surface w/nothing around the edges.

S-Slightly sweet pale malt and white bread dominate, hint of skunk from the hops, noble hop aroma, and a touch of wet dog.

T-Slightly sweet pale malt, w/a bit of minerals and sulfur. Finish is slightly dry and even.

M-Light-bodied w/medium carbonation and a slight metallic touch in the aftertaste on the back of the tongue. Balance is good.

D-Refreshing...had to wait until I was back on the Old Continent to rate this one to ensure maximum freshness, and next I'll compare it to the local macros.

Heineken Lager Beer from Heineken Nederland B.V.
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