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Heineken Lager Beer - Heineken Nederland B.V.

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4,163 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,163
Reviews: 1,319
rAvg: 2.71
pDev: 25.46%
Wants: 22
Gots: 660 | 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 yesyouam
1.36/5  rDev -49.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Heineken is a very clear, sparkling, pale straw colored lager with a small, foamy, off-white head. It has a funky, skunky aroma. It smells like a homeless guy's socks. It's light bodied, but pretty smooth-- not watery, with a crisp finish. It has a fusel flavor. There's a touch of bitterness at the end... but the poison taste is overwhelming. Even my dad stopped drinking this.
(rated Jul 30, 2008)

Photo of spointon
2.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this one on tap at a work Christmas party last night.

A= This lager poured a very clear pale yellow color with a thin white head that dropped to nothing in about a minute. Not much lace to speak of.

S= Not much of an aroma, mainly consisting of grain and sulphur. Being from a keg, this was nicely un-skunked.

T= Not much complexity here as the taste was simply grain husks, mild sweetness, and sulphur. Moderately dry finish.

MF= Light body with a fizzy carbonation level. Crisp to the point of sharpness.

D= Not bad on draft as it is blessedly free of the skunkiness usually found in the bottle.

Photo of WHROO
3.18/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Heineken Lager glass

Looks nice for a lager, pretty carbonation, great head, good retention, but only average lacing.

A: typical skunky lager smell, little grassy hops, with some malt sweetness (minimal)

T: this followed a Crown Lager, & straight up the malts in this were so much more evident. This will actually score not too bad thanks to a Crownie beforehand. Balanced more towards a malty lager over hoppiness, however a touch of bitters balance the malts. This is not that bad (for a 'premium' lager)

M: Light, yet alive...an easy drinker

D: yep, once again for a lager there are way worse. This is clean & a very easy drinker, that could (& is by millions) sessionable.

After having time off the grof due to an Op, my palate seems to have changed to enjoying less 'strong' beers...I am actually enjoying the refreshing taste of lagers (Gawd I hope this changes ;-)

Photo of Mistofminn
2.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz short green bottle

Some friends insist it tastes like marijuana, but I have yet to find it. But hey, it hails from Holland, so why not.

When I first had this, I liked it immediately. It was and has always been one of the popular beers where ever you go. But after a short period of time, the novelty washes away, and the true beer shines through. At times (usually an enhanced state of inebriation) I mistake this for an american macro light lager. Not a good thing.

Still though, its not all that bad. A brew I will never turn down if offered. At least its decently drinkable

Photo of magictrokini
2.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Out of the awesome 24 oz. keg can. That thing can withstand nuclear winter Pour: dark yellow pee, with a huge white head. Aroma: skunky pee and sugar water. Why does Heineken smell so awful? Taste: Surprisingly pee-free. Good flavor of pale malt and sweet hops Better than most macros.

Photo of BEERchitect
2.98/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A rare re-review of a beer for me. But this beer is much different on-tap than from the bottle; it might as well be a separate beer. I had a friend to challenge me to try it off the draught and I'm glad I did.

Although the beer is marketedly better from the keg, it's far from the premium import that the marketeers boast. A standard middle-of-the-road European lager with a part-malt, part-grain profile, pungent earty hop profile and modest sulfer notes. Sharp herbal, match-stick notes stick in the olfactories and in the throat and provide an unusual distraction, but doesn't kill the beer. A mild astringency, earthy bite in the throat also detracts from the drinkability.

From the keg, the beer is on par with Stella and Kronenburg. Not bad, just average. For the Heineken reputation, this is good news.

Photo of cameraman
3.18/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a golden to straw color, with a white two finger thick head on top. Visible carbonation in the glass. Surprisingly fruity fragrance at first scent, that is followed by bread and yeasty frgrances. It finishes with a metallic scent. The taste starts with the bread and yeasty characteristics from the aroma, then a metallic taste comes out midway. It finishes with a bit of a grassy and grapesfruit bitterness. A typical lager in feel, a light to light-medium bodied feel, with a crispness and dryness left on the palate. In the world of macro beers, this is not half bad. The distinctive metal scent and flavor is a bit of a put off, but the fruitiness in both the aroma and taste make up for that short coming. Plus there was no skunkiness that is usually typical found in this beer, which was a surprise.

Photo of Vendetta
1.62/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Original Rating Date:
May 17, 2008

I really want to like this beer. I really do. It's one of Grandfather's favorite beers, and a lot of my good friends love it. I just can't. It stinks, and it tastes of stink. Every time I take a sip, I try to concentrate on the piney, hoppy taste that there is, but the skunkiness is so overpowering that I just cannot enjoy it. It's also relatively watered down. There is some taste there, but the drawbacks are so severe to it that I just can't bring myself to enjoy this beer. Somebody recently suggested to try this beer canned to avoid the skunkiness from the green bottle that kills its taste, so I may have to do that. But I think the watery aspect of the beer will keep it from ever being one that I prefer.

Photo of steeler
2.28/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Well, I really have no idea why this is such a popular beer. Anyway onto the review. I've had this many times, out of the bottle, out of the can, and on tap. It is best on tap, but even then I will avoid it at all costs. Nice golden yellow color, with a one inch frothy head. Smells cardboardy, and a bit stale, and a bit grainy. Not good. Taste, this is just brutal in my opinion. I just dont like it. Goes down rough, with a bit of hoppy bitterness, then leaves that typical euro lager after taste. Just bad. Mouthfeel is full, about the best thing going for this beer. Drinkability, i just cant enjoy this beer, ice cold, or what ever temperature I just dont enjoy this one.

Photo of glid02
2.91/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on-tap at Philips Arena in Atlanta.

Pours a clear straw color with a minimal white head that dissipates quickly into a wispy layer of bubbles on top. Not much lacing.

Smells of sweet malt with a aroma that I've seen best described as sulfuric.

Tastes alright. Crisp sweet malts with some slight skunky flavors and a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is alright. Thin body with good carbonation.

Drinkability is what it is. It's easy to drink but I don't necessarily want another one.

Overall this beer is just what it's advertised as, easy to drink but nothing special.

Photo of pseudo
2.66/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an unlabeled pilsner

Looks quite clear (like any american cheapo macrolager) with a surprisingly big head that sticks around and leaves some lacing

Smells very skunky and citrusy
tastes dominated by the aforementioned skunky hops and citrus. Not as bad as that sounds though, its just the right amount of skunk before it would taste awful.
Mouthfeel is very carbonated and light, mediocre.
Drinkability is pretty high considering the price and how a lot of people seem to enjoy this one, but the taste would grate on me after awhile.

Photo of JBogan
2.25/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a light and bubbly gold with a small white head which stayed around for a surprisingly long time and left good lacing. Not a bad looking glass of beer.

Now comes the smell part, and it isn't nice. Yes it has a large dose of that trademark unpleasant skunkiness, along with some straw and grains. So far this beer reminds me of an attractive girl who hasn't taken a shower in weeks.

The taste was a small improvement on the smell. The skunk factor remained, but there was a bit if citrus to offset that, along with the aforementioned straw and grains.

Mouthfeel was actually rather good. It was a little thicker than I remembered this beer being (although still only medium in body), along with a fair amount of carbonation.

When all is said and done, this is not a beer I will purchase again, however if I'm offered one at a social gathering I won't turn it down.

Photo of MrAleman
1.65/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Another of those lagers which does not make the grade for me. Taste was nothing remarkable at all. Really overall a very disappointing drink which is a bit like soapy water.

Better than Red Stripe and some other lagers though. This beer may sponsor the champions league but is certainly not the champion of beer.

Photo of jujubeast6000
2.7/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 12/5/2005 (bottle):

Pours a golden yellow colored body, with a nice big white head, lastingish. Doesn't have much aroma to it. A slightly malty, taste. Smooth mouthfeel. Grainy. Somewhat watery. Not too bad considering the bashing this one seems to get, at least from my friends.

Photo of germanbeer1
2.95/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Has a light, golden color to it and is extremely carbonated. The taste is somewhat metallic, but certainly not too much, because it is very drinkable. This is definitely the kind of beer you can throw in the same category with the Budweiser's and Beck's of the world.

Photo of Macdoyal
2.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5


Appearance: Pours a light golden yellow with a nice two fingers of foam that stays for a while and laces the glass. Not dark gold enough for me.

Smell: This beer stinks. Sour, hoppy, skunky. Not nice at all in fact it kinda turned me off to think about drinking it after i smelt it.

Taste: There is a bitter hop bite to this beer that i could do with out since it's not balanced by a malty sweetness. Very kinda blah.

Mouthfeel: Not really that refreshing and feels like it gets warm quickly.

Drinkability: Not that I couldn't drink this but for what it is i expected more from it.

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

Brought in by some employees for an office party, very familiar with it but lets give it a review.

Appearance: Golden color, minimal head or lacing, very nice clarity, also a nice view of the bubbles that travel up the glass. Not bad at all.

Smell: The usual skunky smell that emits from the likes of this or a Beck's, can't say it's appaling but it's just not fresh smelling. Florals are out of tune but a suttle bite in the nose keeps this one somewhat interesting.

Taste: Clean in taste, wheat, straw and small hint of citrus are present. What suprises me about this beer is that is could be a really good beer if a few ingredients were tweaked.

Mouthfeel: Decenet carbonation, a decently light body.

Drinkabiliy: For what it is, it's drinkable, I can defintley quaff a few of these in under an hour, yet this beer is in no way a stand out at all. It lacks in the smell and taste department but it seems like something that can be fixed. If your looking for something similar in style, try a Beck's instead, it's a cleaner taste and more appealing.

Photo of flexabull
2.86/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright and clear yellow color with a decent bright white head.

Aromas are of dust, flour, corn, and definitely "skunked".

Taste is sweet, clean, and dry. Some creamy malt flavors, a tiny bit sour, and with a dusty quality as well. Finish is crisp with a tiny mineral bite from the hops.

Mouthfeel is ok. Beer is somewhat full feeling, with pretty good carbonation.

Drinkability is not bad. This is an ok lager. I like this beer a lot more on tap, but in a bottle it's not a bad beer... it's a bit funky smelling, but it's kind of refreshing, and easy to drink.

Photo of CrellMoset
3.01/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a traditional American pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a transparent, crisp-looking golden body with a one-finger foamy white head w/ average retention and nice sheets and pockets of lacing.

Aroma: Faint and lightly spicy, with a sweet, creamed corn aroma and practically no hop notes.

Taste: Sweet - very sweet, even - with that very extracty taste, a muted but noticeable amount of hop bitterness, and even some leafy graininess. Creamed corn, and lots of other simple, honey-like sweet notes, but not unpleasant.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, uneven, with a moderate amount of carbonation. Maybe even a little thick for the style, and it leaves a bit of a cloying mouthfilm.

Drinkability: This is the beer to go to in a non-beer restaurant, as it's always the "quality" import on their beer menus. However, even these types of places are trending towards better beer, and most have either one solid local or at least Sierra Nevada PA or SA's Boston Lager. This is one I haven't had now in over a year (since getting in to "good" beer), and it's sort of amazing how bad I find it now, compared to what I think I USED to think of it, heh. That being said, it's not undrinkable - the abv% is low, and while the cornyness/extract-like tastes and aromas are sort of offputting, they're not unbearable.

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.97/5  rDev +46.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This rating is for Heineken lager I drank on tap at the KLM lounge in Schiphol airport, although I had this beer many times in the Netherlands. I know it has a weak reputation, but dammit I like this beer. It's smell when fresh is really good, nice clean malty aromas. A solid choice when only macro lagers are available.

Photo of KarlHungus
1.29/5  rDev -52.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This beer pours a clear pale golden color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into sparse lacing. The aroma is of skunk, but that is what they are going for. The taste is as skunky as the aroma with only a faint hint of malt. The mouthfeel is thin and watery. Overall, this is a horrible beer. I don't understand how someone can drink this, and I most certainly won't be again.

Photo of Offa
3.32/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a pretty standard European lager, but good and with a slightly unique character that differs a bit from some others. In my opinion it's neither as good as the normal commercial hype and popularity indicate nor nearly as bad as a lot of ber aficionados claim. It's fairly clean, tasty, and drinkable, with at least some persistent character.

Pale golden, it has a smallish white head that steadily shrinks to a thin ring.

The aroma is mild grain with hints of herbal hops and sulphur.

The taste is light and a bit minerally, but with a pleasant character of faint grain and light herbal hops. It's inoffensive and very easy to drink, staying at least mildly interesting and pleasant. Compared to one of its big rivals for the same market/niche, Stella Artois, it seems to be largely similar but with less hop flavour or bitterness.

Photo of CampusCrew
2.98/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance: Deep golden

smell: slight hops, but with a sourish tint

taste: Slight hoppiness and light flavor

mouthfeel: Light, crisp and rereshing

drinkability: Easy drinking beer and when there's little choices at the bar I can always count on it being there.

Photo of PhxHorn
3.47/5  rDev +28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this on tap recently after being given a choice of Coors Light or Bud. The color is a deep amber with a white fluffy head. Smells that distinctive Heineken smell of pine and herbs. The taste is significantly better on tap than from the bottle. A sharp malty herbal bitterness with a respectable slice of citrus in there, along with the usual Heinie pine flavor. But the flavor doesn't seem as thin after a few swigs the way it does from the bottle. Surprisingly drinkable.

Photo of IBUnit63
2.08/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Hall's (R) honey-lemon cough drop/chartreuse- colored body. Ample carbonation rises to a single-finger soap suds head.

I smell a semblance of Pilsener hops, but there's a more dominant skunkiness of mild malt. I get this a lot from Euro and, to a certain extent, Canadian macros.

A little sweet with silage aftertaste. Slightly metallic as well? This has been in the fridge for days and at first sip it tastes too warm. Not a good sign.

This has an aftertaste of borderline-spoiled malt. Still, there's a little tone on cleanliness and soapiness but it's not helping.

Can't help but think this one's living on its reputation from days of yore (OK, check off the "chokehold on the blatantly obvious" box). This was not enjoyable to me.

Heineken Lager Beer from Heineken Nederland B.V.
64 out of 100 based on 4,163 ratings.