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Heineken Lager Beer - Heineken Nederland B.V.

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4,045 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,045
Reviews: 1,264
rAvg: 2.71
pDev: 25.83%
Wants: 18
Gots: 484 | 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 HugoGrim
2.98/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I decided to try the Heineken Keg Can because I've heard that the beer tastes noticeably fresher. This does not seem to be the case in my opinion, in fact I found the taste to be a notch more to the bland side as compared to standard bottled Heineken.

While certainly not the greatest European lager in the world I do enjoy a Heineken from time to time usually with pizza or wings, or at a restaurant when it's the best option. I'll be sticking to bottles or tap however.

Photo of Amalak
3.5/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

App: Goldish yellow, slight head.

Smell: Typical European lager smell. Not bad, not great, fits the beer nicely.

Taste: Out of your basic Euro beers, this is pretty good. Slight, bitter, crisp taste.

Mouthfeel: After taste is pretty dry.

Drinkability: Goes down easy.

You can get better for the price since it is an import. But it is superior to a bud or coors or that kind of swill.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The color is about average for a lager - golden-yellow and clear. Aroma is malty and not strong or complex. Flavor is crisp and refreshing, malty with just a touch of hop edge, nothing special but not awful either. It goes down smoothly and easily. An OK beer, acceptable if nothing better is available.

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

In my younger days I thought this was a really good beer. A pale yellow color, pretty carbonated. Faint grain (corn) aroma. Virtually no taste. Somewhat refreshing, but then, so is water. No mystique to this beer. It probably is a better entry-level beer than Bud or Miller, but not one I'd want to drink regularly.

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

I don't know why so many people go out for this beer..I think it's just a trendy thing to do to like Heinie's...I found this beer to be very lacking in anything substantive..it was a little over carbonated and had a bad after taste..I didn't enjoy it that much at all..I had several during this wedding reception I was at because it was this or bud light (I don't think so). After 2 of these I switched to wine. The only thing positive that I can say is that it was thrist quenching in the hotter part of the day

Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.03/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A familiar green bottle pours a pale, clear straw colour with a tall foamy white head that settled soon after. Some decent lacing remains. Not much carbonation. Smell of a damp basement, old socks, but not offensive. Is that a hop odour in there somewhere? The taste is mildly hoppy, tart and sharp mouthfeel. There is a dry, refreshing finish that is altogether too abrupt, gives a cleansing sensation in the aftertaste. A bit astringent at times. A long time favourite with many beer drinkers on the pub circuit, this is a short, sharp break from routine drafts but not too many people with alternatives would choose to drink this all night.

Photo of youngleo
3.35/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Appearance was good. It had a nice white head. And poured a rather light yellow. Lacing was quite evident but just not as good as some dark beers. Each swallow provided a ring.
S- The lager smelled on the skunky side. As you poured this beer, you could smell it about a foot away. It wasnt a bad smell, it just smelled different than American lagers.
T-The taste was very light. It kind of had the taste a little bit like it smelled. Skunky, but then again it wasnt a bad thing.
M-Mouthfeel was average. Not too much carbonation. Noting to write home to mom about.
D-I could drink a few of these, all the time. It felt good to get away from the traditional American beers. Plus when your drinking a Heineken, people tend to notice. Not that Im a showboat, but some people make comments.

Photo of Floydster
3.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle from my dad's six pack

Poured into a small glass

Golden yellow with a thin white head that fades almost immediately after pour

Light crisp taste that is perfect for hot weather and makes it very easy to drink

Heard the beer at the brewery in Amsterdam is one hundred times better but they only let you have about four ounces

Photo of Overlord
1.48/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Thin, watery, yellowish....utterly unappealing.

When I see this listed at premium prices I want to vomit. Truly a nasty, foul brew that if you put in a more noteable U.S. macrobrew label would be fairly undistinguishable. The taste is bereft of any hops, myabe a hint of malt backbone...just dreadful.

Photo of BretSikkink
2.7/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had to extrapolate the appearance from my past encounters with Heineken, as I enjoyed this one straight from the keg can. Probably yellow and fizzy, with weak head and minimal lacing.

In the land of the blind the one eyed man is king: the aroma isn't half terrible. Flowery hop aroma with very little grain betrayed. Similar notes in the flavor, with a slight bitterness and high carbonation. As it warms, a little vanilla like note hops in as well.

Thin thin thin. Watery and weak. Oh well.

Bottom line: it's not horrible. It's a good lawnmowing beer, and it does contain hops, which I can't definitively say for some of its macro-competition. Best of the swill in my book.

Photo of jettjon
3.43/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the 5L mini keg with no date into a pint glass. Pale yellow gold pour with a small amount of carbonation. Thick whitish head fades quickly leaving a thin cap and no appreciable lace. Nose is a bit above average with a definite malt presence and a bit of citrusy hops. Tastes of sweet malt and light citrus hops. Slightly bitter finish. Mouth is middle-of-the road with moderate carbonation keeping things crisp; it’s wet and thirst-quenching. Drinkability is OK; sure you could have a few of these, but there’s so much better out there.

Overall: A mediocre Euro-lager. If I were to drink this on a regular basis, I’d definitely buy the mini-keg. It’s handy and easy to use, and keeps the beer fresh. Heineken is nothing special, but they’re on to something with the mini-keg. (Anyone remember Coors beer balls?)

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

7 onz green bottle

Appearance : Straw yellow color with a small line of bubbles ahead that goes away instantly.

Smell : Grains, some hops far away.

Taste : Some hops in there, some maltiness and sourness in the mouth after drink in it.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability : Easy-to-drink beer, nice one,overprice maybe. The 7 onz bottle have good and bad things, good - It would be cold 'till the end and bad - two sips and is over.

Photo of domtronzero
2.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Actually not on-tap, but out of the mini-keg draught system.

Pours a very clear, very pale golden color. Two finger, short lived head with no lacing on the glass. Actually very fizzy looking, as carbonation is very noticeable in the glass. Aroma is a bit lacking. Not the typical skunk smell from out of the bottle (due to the green bottle letting UV light effect the hop isomers, creating a skunky flavor - I hear they now purposely expose the beer to UV in order to expedite this process, but it may be untrue). Smells malty with very little hop aroma. Tastes like it smells, but watered down. However, I like this aspect. Along with the fizzy, thin mouthfeel, I think this is a great brew to drink on a hot summer day. Perfect for this heatwave in SoCal.

Photo of KodyBrannon
3.08/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It's been a while since I have had this beer. But from what I remember i enjoyed this beer. it was a pale golden color, with a bit of a hoppy taste and smell. All in all it was a good beer, but like I said i haven't had it in a while and I would probably want to try it agian just to be 100% sure.

Photo of shaebs99
2.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear yellow body with a decent size head that disappears quickly.
Aroma is of grain and skunk. Taste is crisp with grain followed by some hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is thin with a lot of carbonation. I can see why people would drink this, but I won't be drinking it too frequently. It is very drinkable. Light, can be refreshing, and might be one of the better beers available in some bars. Thankfully I haven't been to a bar that Heineken was the best available.

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

Over-rated because it was one of the first widely available imports and was better than Miller and Bud. Better on tap than in bottles as bottles do often attain a skunkiness. Thin mouthfeel and fairly high carbonation. Not much aroma except for skunk when in a bottle. Pours yellow with head that doesnt last long.

Photo of mdm46410
2.45/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

On tap, served in a 23oz lager glass. This pale lager poured a crystal clear golden color with visible carbonation running up the sides of the glass. A small off-white head dissappeared almost immediately. The aroma of this beer consisted of grain, sweet malts, and some skunky hoppiness. I was a bit surprised to find the fairly strong skunkiness since this was not a bottle. The flavor was mildly dry and bitter, with a faint lingering skunky aftertaste. The mouthfeel was light-bodied and heavily carbonated. Decent enough.

Photo of Brad007
3.73/5  rDev +37.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light yellow color with a nice amount of foam. Aroma is sweet, crisp and malty, dare I say a tad bit fruity. Taste is much of the same with the sweetness and crispness shining through. Aftertaste is somewhat bitter/dry. Not too bad. Goes down easy. Still a whole lot better than most American macro lagers.

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

Heineken. Of the "party lagers", this one is better than most. The appearance is like that of most lagers; fizzy and yellow with exceptional clarity. The head forms from white translucent bubbles that quickly fade to nothing. No lace, no remaining head... nothing. The nose is nothing particularly special. It smells like beer. There's nothing distinct about it.
The taste is clean and crisp to the point of non-existance. While there is some bitter to it, that's about all there is to it. It reminds me a bit of lightly bitter club soda.
The mouth feel is like that of the last comparrison: club soda. Leaves the tiniest trace of it's existance in the back of your mouth.
Drinkability is something to be desired though when cold it is quite refreshing and I imagine would go marvelously with a dog or some wings. All in all, this reminds me of a standard "party lager" to be consumed in vast quantities by people who don't care much about what kind of beer they drink.

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

Pours a clear, light yellow color with decent head, retention and little lacing (poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass). Has a slight malty, grainy aroma. Some corn, little hops. Not an incredibly tasty beer, but I blame much of this on the style itself. Malted corn taste to is, mixed with alcohol and some hops. Has a light mouthfeel with a good amount of carbonation. Overall, an alrigh good beer considering the style, although lighter. Check it out if you're into it.

Photo of yelterdow
2.3/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a pint glass at fridge temperature.

Appearance- Pours an absolutely crystal clear yellow, sporting a bubbly, three finger snow white crown. Fantastic action inside the glass, with many streams of carbonation. After several minutes the head is gone, leaving behind a thin rim with patches of foam in the middle.

Smell- Notes of cereal and grainy adjuncts dominate the nose, I can't find a malt or hop note anywhere until the beer opens up and warms a bit.

Taste- Cereal grains, followed by an artificial sweetness that finishes with metal and corn husks.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- After a horrific piranha-like attack on the tongue, the beer eventually smooths out and becomes pleasant in the mouth. Overall, a weak and fake selection even on a hot day.

Photo of hustlesworth
2.73/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

every heineken i've had in my life has been skunky beyond belief. bored at work, i wanted something bitter and this was the closest thing i could get. the familiar green bottle had a series of numbers and letters on the back, not a date, but followed by 2004. hrmm. i cracked it open figuring i'd give the heinie one last try and was pleasantly surprised to find NO skunk smell, therefore i will review the best example i've ever had of a beer i hate.

A- crystal clear pee-yellow with a big fluffy 2 1/2in cloud stickin out the top of my pint glass. foam settled kinda fast leaving minimal sporadic lace.

S- no skunk this time. i am shocked. not much as far as aroma. some grass, faint malt, barley, various grains, alcohol, and a little corn.

T- awkwardly sweet, some skunky hops in the back, corn husks, plain white bread, and something that tastes like cheap reefer. bland, but crisp and refreshing with a strange aftertaste that dissipated quickly.

MF- thin watery soda pop consistancy, medium carbonation.

D- if every heineken were like this one, i'd give it a 3.5. otherwise, 2.5. this is hot weather beer in my opinion, i would not drink it in the winter.

Photo of gotweid
2.3/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from the green bottle into a glass tumbler at a friend's place. Served very cold. Light/pale golden color with a skinny, thin head. Some lacing. I approached it objectively, but it still had the usual "skunky" aroma that Heineken is known for. Lightly carbonated. Detected a slight grain and hop aroma. The flavor was lightly bitter with a slight malt flavor and a touch of toasted/overcooked grain, which eventually smoothed out and left a very dry, "cotton mouth" feel when complete. Heineken is not very drinkable in my opinion. I didn't want another. I really didn't enjoy it. The smell is a huge turn off and I get "cotton mouth". Bummer.

Photo of jeffjfindley
2.6/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I'm awake now, on my connecting flight from Chicago to NYC. It's time for a beer, and when I'm airborne, that means Heine-can.

My first review of the trip pours beautifully into my plastic cup, with champagne bubbles, and remarkable head retention. The smell is also nice enough, featuring clean malt and vague, but lively hops. All downhill after that though. This beer tastes like corn. Metallic corn. In fact, it tastes like Korn. Mouthfeel is thin as hell, and in some ways almost reminiscent of beer.

I'm 30,000 feet in the air, somewhere over Pennsylvania probably, and this beer sucks. But I'm enjoying the hell out of it anyway.

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

Have had this many times, pretty much every time it has been "skunked". There is a recent beer retailer survey from (2006) that said over 50% of the Heineken served in the US is light struck aka skunked due to the clear container/storage/etc and that people think this is the way it should taste but I recently had this out of a can. The difference is amazing, still not the best beer but the quality was amazing it was actually enjoyable lets get to the review.

Pours a straw colored body clear and bubbley that leaves a thin white lace that is stayed only from the carbonation. The aroma is grain, husky, some light fruit esters but really not much going on. The taste is quality, some crisp, citrus like mouthfeel that has a smooth refreshing finish. This beer brings me back to the days when everyone was drinking "BMC" and I was drinking my Heineken and Guinness classic beer to go back to but I'm glad I moved on.

Heineken Lager Beer from Heineken Nederland B.V.
64 out of 100 based on 4,045 ratings.