1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Heineken Lager Beer - Heineken Nederland B.V.

Not Rated.
Heineken Lager BeerHeineken Lager Beer

Educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
64
poor

4,200 Ratings
THE BROS
68
poor

(view ratings)
Ratings: 4,200
Reviews: 1,333
rAvg: 2.71
pDev: 25.46%
Wants: 25
Gots: 707 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Heineken Nederland B.V. visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: OldFrothingSlosh on 01-29-2001

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (25) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Ratings: 4,200 | Reviews: 1,333
Photo of generallee
3.4/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a green 12oz bottle into a pilsener glass. There was no freshness date on the bottle.

Appearance: Its color was a bright straw yellow with very good clarity and some nice visible carbonation. The head was bright white in color, average in size but fades out fast leaving not much in the way of lace.

Smell: The aroma had a fairly clean light grain and light floral hops with just the slightest funk.

Taste/Mouth feel: Its flavor is clean and crisp. Malt flavor is light with a dry biscuit like grain mixed with some very light floral hops. The body is light with a thin easy drinking texture. Its carbonation is balanced and the finish is fairly dry, clean and crisp.

Notes: This is your very simple, basic Euro lager for trendy people to say hey look at me I'm drinking an import. Still it's not bad.

Photo of TubaManJack
2.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My friend claims its the best commercial lager out there--> this man no longer reviews beer with me, this was the last straw. Sorry Jake.

A- Palest Yellow. The pour produced a light wispy head of "bath bubbles" The beer is releasing its volatiles (carbonation) with alot of intensity. The head disappeared to the edges of the glass within two minutes.

S- Musty, unlike a damp dog it smells like the city streets outside. The smell then clears up and kinda smells bitter.

T- There was a little bitterness and a slight metallic taste. The beer was certainly cold but the carbonation helped ease this taste. Its also quite clean and crisp.

D- Good because my friend paid for it. I have had worse cheap and expensive beer. For a free lager I am not complaining.

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

first off the only way i will drink heineken is in a keg can for some reason, that's the only way i like it. bottles do not do this beer justice at all. the appearance is that of a typical lager with the standard golden color. a slight skunky smell and a strong hoppy flavor. the mouthfeel is carbonated and crisp. one of those beers that i really need to be in the mood for, a little overpriced but satisfying when you have some extra cash.

-RR

P.S. Keg can! Keg can! Keg Can!

Photo of yuenglings
3.36/5  rDev +24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A very clear lite yellow with big head at fist that disapers rather quickly and leaves no laceing.

Smell: Has a very strong skunky smell ounce you get past that you can smell some hops.

Taste: Slightly sweet skunkyness but its a good skunky flavor not bad

Mouthfeel: Kind of thin but very smooth with good carbonation

Drinkability: This beer is very drinkable I order it alot when im out to eat its usualy the best choice (the other crap they have is bud or bl or cl) and i think it goes good with italian food. Never really buy it in cases though

Photo of wcudwight
3.3/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow in color. One of the clearest beers I've seen. This stuff is clearer than some mtn. streams. Nice 1/2" snow white head initially, but it quickly fades and leaves nothing. There's not even a hint that a short while ago there was foam on this beer.
Grainy and mildly musty smelling. Nice hint of some herbal hops in the aroma.
I like the way Heineken taste. For what it is...it's a flavorful beer. Nice mixture of sweetness and bitterness. Same faint hint of herbal hops that's in the aroma. For a macro lager, imported or domestic, it's a pretty flavorful beer.
Mouthfeel is thin, and crisp. It also feels clean if something can feel clean.
The main reason I don't drink more Heineken is the price. At 8$ a sixer it's often more pricey than some better local micros.

Photo of jasonjlewis
3.03/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a decent one finger head with decent retention and lots of effervescent bubbles. Piss yellow color.

Smell is of pilsner malt, a tiny bit of cooked vegetable underneath. Tiny hint of skunking, but not really.

Clean flavors, nothing off about it.

This beer is crisp and light and full of no frills. Not bad, but it's pretty flavorless.

Photo of Coorskid33
3.28/5  rDev +21%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A~ Golden yellow with a 1 inch head with no lingering power. Did lace the glass nicely. I could see the carbonation power through clear-like liquid. Looked like what it is.

S~ well this part of the beer stinks, literally. Kinda a skunkyness smell, leading you to the bitterness. Not the worst smell but def not the best.

T~ This is where the beer scores points. Initial hoppy bitterness is quickly erased by pleasant taste of slight bitter fruitiness. It was enjoyable to me. Then the carbonation washes it all away into a smooth finish that left me wanting more.

M~ yeast,hops, and bitterness~ nothing special , but not bad.

D~ This is a good session beer for import drinkers. I'd personally prefer a micro domestic lager. Good overall and it's a lager people, judge it that way!

Photo of KenC411
2.78/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Golden with a small army of bubbles eagerly marching towards a barely existent head. The head forms no peaks and meagerly covers the beer below.

Smell: Reminds me of rice crispies or corn flakes. Smell is light and subtle.

Taste: Light and sweet notes, no hop taste. Somewhat bland and unidimensional. Leaves a grain aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Watery, but smooth.

Drinkability: Very easy to drink and refreshing.

Photo of garylee
3.64/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

(from a 24oz tall boy)

Appearance: Golden yellow at pour. Not much else to say here.

Smell: I want to say it smells like old beer. It is not a pleasant odor. Thankfully, it really doesn't translate to the taste too much.

Taste: Light and Crisp. A distinguishing aftertaste lingers, but is not a bad one.

Mouthfeel: Refined, yet not over the top. Can't complain.

Drinkability: I could drink these all night. I have in the past and I will continue to. Great drinkability.

Photo of gford217
2.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear golden yellow with a short lived white head that left no lacing on the way down. The aroma is textbook Euro lager with lots of grains, especially corn, and light malts.

The taste is sweeter than the aroma would indicate with some sweet malts and grains. There is a fairly abrasive bitterness in the finish though not extremely off-putting.

The mouthfeel is a tad thin but not terrible for the style with lots of carbonation.

This is certainly not a beer I would drink frequently but it's better than many other options out there.

Photo of Vengeance526
2.6/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pale yellow color with a minimal white head that settles rather quickly.

Smells of corn and grass, with only a slight bit of skunkiness.

Taste reveals some grassy tones and a slight malty sweetness, a little skunk. Not quite as bad as I remembered and served this cold its mildly refreshing.

Lots of carbonation here. Nothing great but it works for what its trying to be. Pretty refreshing and I have family members who love this stuff so if they were to offer me one of these after mowing their lawn, I doubt I would turn it down. Of course, I wouldn't be the guy to run out and buy this myself.

Photo of umtox
2.98/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a standard gold.

A faint aroma of lager and a hint of skunk.

Taste is nothing great and a bit of skunk associated with mass produced lagers.

Mouthfeel is ok although the aftertaste is a bit nasty.

I guess you could pound a several without noticing anything but the bad aftertaste.

Photo of Kylito87
3.51/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very pale light yellow with slight head.

Smell: Whenever I have inhaled the aroma of this particular beer the first thing I always get is that hint of skunkyness with a grassy undertone.

Taste: The taste is extremly crisp. Sometimes the large amount of carbonation can kind of hide some of the subtle notes. I like this beer because it has a clean taste with no real offensive aftertase to speak of so I have never had a problem pairing this with almost any genre of food.

Mouthfeel: The heavy carbonation makes this a very crisp almost biting feeling.

Drinkability: It is a beer that is very easy to drink so I tend to grab these for parties because most people will drink them.

Photo of droomyster
2.56/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a clear pale yellow with a white head that quickly settled. Smell was sweet but was ruined by a chemical aromas of seltzer and natural hot springs. The taste is doable but less than good. Slightly sweet malts backed by an unnatural-tasting bitterness that I could easily live without. There's something about this beer's smell and taste that evokes images in my mind not of a brewery, but of a chemical plant. This beer does not deserve to be associated with sophisticated taste - it comes up short in every conceivable way.

Photo of eporter66
2.37/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a pint glass

Pours a yellow straw color, with a 2 fingered head that dissolves to a ring around glass. Decent lacing.

Smell and taste both have a bit of sour or bitter tinge to them. Fairly thin beer and nothing impressive about this at all. So many people talk about Heineken and what a good beer is, and I honestly have never been a fan. Often skunky, and even when not, just an average beer I guess. Give me a Coors or Miller Lite anytime over this. Drinkability is good, light, crisp and fairly refreshing.

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

A- pours a clear golden color with a solid foamy head. Decent head retention.

S- A very mild earthy, spicy hop note with a bready malt.

T- A very mild earthy spicy hoppiness with the malt playing second fiddle.

M- Light bodied, carbonation level is appropriate.

D- Very drinkable. Not enough flavor to offend the palate.

Photo of 1fastz28
3.36/5  rDev +24%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

first things first, i'm on a diet and i only have beer 2 days a week, so whenever i get the chance to drink even a bud light it tastes like sweet sweet nectar.

heineken one of those beers i've had 11ty times but somehow forgot to review it.

pours a very clear light golden color, with a decent head that dissipates immediately.

smell is alright, has a sweet light malt aroma to it, and of course that legendary heineken skunkiness which right now smells like warm apple pie.

taste is good, a refreshing light lager, just like its supposed to be.

mouthfeel is watery and not that great.

but right now i could drink plenty of these little bastards

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

Pours a clear straw gold with a quickly dissipating head and surprisingly, some lacing. Smells of straw and skunk. Tastes straw, a little bitter, but definitely skunk. Above average carbonation and light mouthfeel, average drinkability. I'll drink it if offered to me, but buy this stuff? No way, especially not at a premium price. Don't buy into the marketing machine.

Photo of dacrza1
2.11/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

*I am drinking both the Heineken and Heineken light simultaneously to gauge the subtle differences between two beers that probably fulfill the same roles in our beer society... identical tawny orange-yellow bodies.... more effervescence in the original; head overfills the Javer pokal and holds to a half-finger head... pingish, metallic malts, as expected... an active (?) early bite that finesses into a soft, bubbly faux champagne finish.... straw malt that lacks an offensice or offensiveness; either way, another green beer meant for mas consumption.... gassy ending doesn't endear... only visiting the brewery itself can softne the otherwise droll rounds this beer makes at backyard barbeques, holiday celebrations, baptisms, birthdays, etc...

Photo of lamarr04
2.9/5  rDev +7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a mug

A: pours an unappealing clear yellow, with a small white head
S: Has kind of a sour skunky smell, the smell i associate with most macro lagers
t: taste is actually not bad, generally what I look for in a macro is the absence of any off flavors, and I find this particular bottle of heineken tastes pretty clean. not much to the flavor profile besides a mild bitterness
m: light body with crisp carbonation
d: because of its clean taste and light body it goes down easy, but thats what this beer is made for right?

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

Appearance: Clear pale yellow with no head.

Smell: Grassy and sweet with some skunkiness.

Taste: Very hay like, grassy, tastes skunked but not in the worst way. Very crisp.

Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation, really light mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Pretty high.

Overall: Not bad. I'm usually not into lagers but this is quite drinkable.

Photo of PatronWizard
2.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Old friend. One of my upgrades on the long road from Bud Light to Pliny the Elder!

One or one and a half shades darker on the semi-opaque golden yellow macro scale. Far from pretty but not hideous. Fluffy white head of big bubbles, dies quickly and quietly with no lacing.

After years of conditioning, the smell is what I used to refer to as "beer." How else to describe it? Not very pleasing. I've had beers that smell a helluva lot better since going craft.

Taste isn't very good either, but the fact that it has taste still makes it my go-to beer in certain establishments. Tastes like beer. Plain old brown label beer.

Medium bodied, rudely carbonated for huge gutteral belches of wonderful skunkiness. Stinky belches. Awesome. Fair drinkability.

Overall: its time has passed

Photo of WakeandBake
3.2/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Notes Oct 23 08
A bright light golden color,with a sudsy white head. Aroma of very faint pine,and maybe lemon grass.Taste starts off bitter and ends sweet,common pale malt and faint lemon grass taste.Lots of carbonation,crisp clean finish,very drinkable but over priced for what it is.Much better from a can than the bottle in my opinion.

Photo of noknife83
1.21/5  rDev -55.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Why??? why ???? why???? I remember being younger hearing a lot of hype from all over, from friends, family, media, that Heineken was the be all to be all of beers... When I first started drinking beer I thought maybe I was missing something, that this beer had something I couldn't appreciate. After years, and time after time of giving this beer the benefit of the doubt, I say NO I'm not missing anything. This beer is missing something.... As in good taste...

It tastes of metal, and nothing else. It smells just the same. But don't let me cast other European Beers in with this one... There are plenty of great European Lagers... In my opinion Heineken is not one of them...

Interestingly enough though, I do really enjoy Heineken Dark...

Photo of Rhynes2
3.31/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pretty standard, nothing too special here. Light flavor but it tastes alright with a meal or snacks. Good party beer if you're looking for an easy taste that everyone can agree with. Not to go off topic but you might be better off trying Heineken's Dark Lager. It has an overall better taste and won't disappoint.

to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Heineken Lager Beer from Heineken Nederland B.V.
64 out of 100 based on 4,200 ratings.