Heineken Lager Beer - Heineken Nederland B.V.

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Ratings: 4,055
Reviews: 1,268
rAvg: 2.71
pDev: 25.83%
Wants: 20
Gots: 503 | 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 bort11
2.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Some friends left some of these in the fridge from the last party. I love those guys, they go for Heinies when they want "good" beer. they are so cute. I'm working on them.

Poured into a shaker pint. Maybe a quarter inch head that qucily recedes to a thin spotty lace. Clear straw color with a fair amount of activation.

Smell is husky and very sour. Not as much sulfer as I was expecting for the legendary Skunked Heinie. Taste was surprisingly clean. Hops were lime-like. Almost tasted like lemon/lime Gator-Aid.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery. It's refreshing for what it's worth. Not as bad as I was expecting.

Photo of BeerCon5
2.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Clear, light yellow color with very little head that disappears quickly.

S: Mostly grainy and hoppy

T: Kind of dry taste with some hops

M: Pretty light crisp feel with average carbonation

D: Fairly easy to drink. It's below average for an import, I'd rather buy a cheaper domestic.

Photo of hardy008
2.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Pour out a light yellow color with a small foamy head which disappears quickly - Little to no lace is left on the side of the glass.

Smell - Grain with some hops.

Taste - Light and crisp. Not extraordinary.

Mouthfeel - Light and clean.

Drinkability - Okay in a pinch.

Photo of clayrock81
2.75/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a 22 oz bomber bottle into a flute glass because my Pils was chipped. Poured and left a decent size head that quickly faded w/ no lacings on top of a yellowish, seethru body. Smell is hoppy and grainy. The taste is hoppy and not much else, but it isn't well balanced and leaves a drying feeling in the mouth and there's not reason to keep drinking this. The beer's popularity is more because of advertising than a high quality product (duh).

Photo of BeerTaster
3/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Not my first pick but sometimes its this or BMC and I will take this over Bud anyday. Pale yellow in color with a white head that quickly disapeared. Smell a little hops not much else. Taste a little hop bitterness and a hint of unplesent sulfer not much of an aftertaste. Drinkability a good choice if your in a bar that might not offer much else.

Photo of trentley87
3.23/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a keg can to a glass.

A: Very clear gold color, lots of bubbles with a nice white head that fades quickly.

S: Didn't really detect much of a smell -- grass, some corn, and alcohol.

T: Fairly strong hops, grass and floral flavors early on. No balance of sweetness.

M: Slightly overcarbonated but not too watered down.

D: I never liked this one from the bottle. I recently re-tried this beer (from the can) and am moving it up from my original C- assessment.

Photo of baseballrock
3.45/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a great beer, but its not a beer that you will be satisfied with after one or two. Drink more than three on a warm day or a night with family and freinds and you be very pleased.

apperance is your typical lager, yellow clear color. smells i bit grassy. taste is i bit garssy at the front and i bit bitter at the end. this beer is very drinkable, as mush as i love heavier beers i love this one to.

if i am going to buy a lager i usually pick this or budweiser, it just depends on my budget!

Photo of avalon07
2.25/5  rDev -17%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Another case of the curse of the green bottle. Poured a bright golden color, with little to no thickness consistency. Very translucent. No real head produced upon pouring.

Not an appetizing smell. Maybe some malt, but it just wasn't strong enough to register.

Had a very average taste. Some malt, maybe a little hops, but mainly it's just a watery stew. Not very interesting.

Not very much carbonation, so the mouthfeel wasn't very evident.

This is another one of those beers popular popular among the yuppie crowd. It's famous only for being a brand name, not much else. It's essentially a below average imported beer.

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

only reviewing the nitro can. The rest is just crap. The nitro can is probably the best way to drink Heineken. Zero skunky flavor. Color is golden straw. He'd is big, but disapates. Little lacing. Flavor is sweeter than the cans, bottles and kegs. Ok finish. I never buy this beer in any form, but when you are at a party and it is this or Bud Light, I will choke it down.

Photo of BMan1113VR
2.63/5  rDev -3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Tried to make this one fun. . .DraughtKeg (i.e. HeineKeg) for POWER HOUR! No smell out of the Keg. Small frothy white head. Actually pretty fair lacing all things considered. Clear light yellow color. Taste is corn and faint skunk. Well it goes down well if taken one shot at a time for powerhour. Light, watery, fizzy, and metallic are the four things you need to know.

Photo of augusta
3.75/5  rDev +38.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Light taste compared to the European beers, and very easy to find locally. At almost any bar or grocery store. Much better than it's American counterparts, this beer is good when you're not in the mood for a heavy or dark beer.

This is a great beer when you can't get a really good one! LOL

Notice the serving temperature and enjoy!

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

Poured from a 12oz green bottle into a clear 12oz glass tumbler

A: Clear, pale yellow with quickly disappearing thin white head and a few spedcks of lace.

S: Slightly skunky grain with at least some semblance of bittering hops that smell a little spicy.

T: Reasonably grainy presence that tastes a little soapy and glassy with a crisp hops bitterness to finish. Bad start, good finish.

M: Drying and slightly astringent but not in an off-putting way. A little watery and thin in body.

D: Drinkable but many other readily available macro lagers beat it by a long shot.

Photo of semihobo
2.05/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours with minimal head, clear, dark gold. Only head that remains is a ring around the edge.

Smell is faint, grassy hops and sugar. Big adjunct presence. Cashews.

Tastes very sugary, with bittering hops in the end. Corn and grass, with a touch of metal. Hops on the finish play a big role due to the weak malt presence.

Typical mouthfeel for the style, maybe slightly undercarbonated.

Nothing horrible going on here, but that said, nothing good or exciting. Not going to finish this one. Below average and boring.

Photo of Surefire
3.75/5  rDev +38.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: No faults
S: Fruity, much different than most beers. No hops smells going.
T: Fruity, sweet, with slightly acidic finish. Very little hop taste noticable.
M: Slightly watery
D: Very drinkable, but noticably "different"

Overall, a good macro-ish beer. Tends to be on the sweet side, but there is enough acid and bitterness at the end to offer some balance. Not much malts going on, and hops are bare. However, the fruit forward tone of this beer makes a nice refreshing summer beer. Solid everyday beer, but not great.

Photo of mnstorm99
1.25/5  rDev -53.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours golden yellow with a thin white head, no lacing evident
No aroma except annoying skunky malt.
Flavors are the same as the aroma, but even more like a skunks a$$.
Decently carbonated but unimpressivly thin.
All the intangibles are there for this style, but the flavor and aroma are crap, this may be the worst beer I have ever had.

Photo of auxiliary
1.8/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

appearance - Yellowishgold color, a head formed but didn't stick around.

smell - Smells bad, skunky smell.

taste - Watery, and a skunk taste to it. Some corn here too.

mouthfeel - Watery and carbonated.

drinkability - I never liked dark beers, and my taste buds changed to like dark beers. So I thought its been a long time since I had a Heiny. Same old stuff. Didn't like it then, same now. I'm sticking with Sam Adams when I go out to eat, I was on the roller coaster ride to try other beers.

Photo of JDV
2.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a white head, thin, and it did not last long at all. Smelled a noticeable sweetness of honey, especially as the beer warmed and neared the end, but also a bit of skunkiness. A quick nice bitter bite to the aftertaste. Overall, this wasn’t as watery tasting as some pale lagers, and had a decent enough flavor.

Photo of barleywinefiend
1.88/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Hey Baby, Get your hands off my Heini---Austin Powers.Poured a clear pale yellow, retention is that of a macro lager and minimal lacing down the glass. Aroma includes sulphur, light grain, and the trademark skunky hop. The flavor leans towards the hops, which is fine. Not much malt flavor, mostly adjunct-light grain and huskiness. The hops are still sulphur-skunky, finish is thin, body is light medium to light, and dry.

Photo of Graham5161986
2.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a pale, yellow with a 2 finger, frothy white head that quickly reduces to a thin film and leaves no lace. Upon close inspection, you can see a bit of sediment floating around in the beer.

S: grassy with the unfortunate skunkiness common to Euro import lagers, slightly metalic with a sweet, sugary background.

T: weakish grainy flavour that dies off quickly leaving somewhat of an unfortunate, cooked-veggie, bitter aftertaste.

M: light, watery, decent carbonation, goes down quite easily but boringly as well...

D: If only the beer was as good as the marketing...a below average Euro macro lager. It is widely available, and does make a good session beer because it is quite easy to drink. However, it offers no exciting characteristics and consistently delivers a bland taste experience.

It always bothers me when I ask people what their favourite beer is and they say "Heineken." Either they have they too have fallen victim to Heineken's massive marketing budget or they really haven't embraced the opportunity to open their horizons to real quality beers from around the world. Their loss I guess...

Photo of Bookseeb
2.9/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance is a very light golden with a crisp head that dissapates quickly. Smell slight skunk, corny and light grass. Taste is a light bitter sweet that cloys in your mouth. Mouthfeel is light and crisp although I personally wouldn't consider it a session, one 1 pint, 8fl.oz. bottle is good enough for me.

Photo of Antilochus
2.15/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 330mL can a buddy gave me as part of paying off a debt. I thought he was going to give me one of his homebrews... oh well. Poured into a Stella Artois gold-rimmed glass.

Appearance is pale straw with a large bubbly white head that dissipates quickly, leaving slight lace.

Immediate floral bouquet upon pouring. Lightly hopped nose, strong sweet malt aromas with some husk. Lager yeast. Dry erase markers. Grass notes. Dust, old cardboard.

Mouthfeel is light, to its detriment. Flat and lifeless.

Cloying sweetness in the mouth. Alcohol noted. Grape and sweet adjunct finish. Very sweet, unbalanced.

Not really all that drinkable due to the sweetness. Out of the EPLs, I found Stella much better than this.

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

Didn't really have this "on-tap" it was from one of those stupid mini-kegs they have.

A-Pale yellow with little head...nothing special.
S-Slight malt and hop aroma, not a whole lot to entertain the nose.
T-I don't know if anyone else has said this yet but, artificial banana? Probably the best part, because it caught me off guard.
M-Very thin, like drinking soda.
D-Aside from the mouthfeel being so poor, I could see being able to pound these down.

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

Heineken Lager is the British Empire of the Pilsner style. The sun never sets on a Heineken! You can get it virtually in any bar, save a few holdouts. Nice and crisp and refreshing, it goes well with most regular foods and does a good job washing it down. Employs a nice yeast that was originally developed by Pasteur for Heineken. A solid C student, but not a lot of character. Hate it or love it, Heineken represents its style consistently.

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

Enjoyed out of a 12oz bottle into a nonic pint glass.

This beer is my guilty pleasure. Many people assume that all Heineken is 'skunked'. Sometimes it actually is, but most of the time that strong malty smell and taste is how it's supposed to be. I love hops as much as the next guy, but it isn't the star of the show here. It's a decent example of a Euro pale lager but it really has some character of its own. It's the perfect companion to deep-dish pizza or some Zaxby's style fried chicken.

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

Corn yellow with a very thin head. Completely transparent.

A little Munich malts and bland Euro hoppiness. Am thinking there are corn adjuncts in large proportions.

Same as in taste, except with a metallic tinge and a sugary sweet finish. Seriously, if you let it warm a little it tastes like perhaps too many un-fermentable sugars in this brew.

Very watery. When its colder there is a coca-cola type bite that takes the place of texture, but when it warms...

For BMC its something that can go down easy when you are smashed. While that's not necessarily a good thing, it makes a difference when its a choice between this and Bud Light, so...

Heineken Lager Beer from Heineken Nederland B.V.
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