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Heineken Lager Beer - Heineken Nederland B.V.

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3,725 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,725
Reviews: 1,239
rAvg: 2.71
pDev: 25.83%
Wants: 13
Gots: 331 | FT: 0
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Heineken Nederland B.V. visit their website

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

This is basically a better version of Rolling Rock thats imported. Taste is all corn and so is the smell. Its quite drinkable, as it doesn't have that dirty gym sock taste that Rolling Rock has, but at the same time, it doesn't really taste good so way drink it? And more importantly, why pay an "import" price? Most places will sell this for the same price as your average craft brew. It'll at least be the same price as a Sammy A. I'd rather have the Sam Adams... much more fulfilling lager thats not made out of crap filler.

ChrisBowers, Jan 22, 2004
Photo of donnebaby
2.93/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

It's my preference to drink Heineken out of the can. Maybe I like the bright green body and the bright green tab. It's welcoming and makes you feel like you've got something special in your hand, even if it's not.

It smells light and a little honeyish, nice It tastes similar to the way it smells, light and honeyish, nice. Besides that, there's not too much going on. The carbonation is light and leaves a watery taste behind. A bit heavy despite the watery feel in the mouth. Still though, with the nasty beers I've been imbibing lately in Japan, drinking this beer is pretty enjoyable.

I wish this beer was my favorite beer because I've seen it everywhere I've been in the world. They must have one of the better distribution networks in the world.

donnebaby, Jan 22, 2004
Photo of Gavage
2.7/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This pours a dull yellow color with a very thin head that quickly disappears to a few bubbles along the rim. The aroma is weak, as grass was the main component. The flavor is also strange, as a light malt is there with a hint of hoppy bitterness. But those grassy tones that were in the nose are now attacking the tongue.

This is crisp and clean on the tongue. Very light bodied and good carbonation. The grassy tones of this beer make it less desirable in the drinkability category. One for lunch was more than enough.

Gavage, Jan 21, 2004
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
2.45/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear pale gold, kinda the color of ginger ale and very fizzy. Not much of a head. Smell is grassy and lightly sweet.

Taste is grassy and very clean. Crisp. Lightly bitter finish. Not much aftertaste though and very thin mouth. Not much to add because there is not much here. Very drinkable.

This sample was much better than previous tries as the bottle was not skunked. A passable macro lager if it's taken care of.

ViveLaChouffe, Dec 30, 2003
Photo of UnionMade
1.95/5  rDev -28%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

The beer pours a crystal clear golden yellow, topped with a quickly disappearing white head. Given about two minutes, the head dies away completely, leaving you with something that looks exactly like ginger ale.
The aroma is fairly mild, with a saccharine sweetness to it that conveys an odd chemical aroma. Light saaz hops with a touch of lightstruck skunkiness. Sweet pils malt, with that odd sweetness. Clean, besides the unnatural quality of the sweetness.
The flavor starts out with some light pils malt, with an overly sweet character kicking in immediately. A touch of DMS corn flavor. The carbonation is a bit much, similar to soda, with a mouth filling quality. I can't imagine it's natural. Body is light to medium, meandering into a fairly light saaz hoppiness. A bit of skunky flavor, with a bit of soapiness and a metallic twang at the end. The finish is dry and overly carbonated, with that strange dryness on your teeth that cola creates. I can't help but wonder if they add refined sugar to this.
Overall, I'd take a Bud or Coors over this. It's basically the same as any mass produced american lager, except that it commands an imported price. The popularity of this beer is obviously image, because it's really not good at all. Bud is cheaper, cleaner and overall a better beer. Probably one of the worst imports I've ever drank. If this is my only option for beer, I'll take a water.

UnionMade, Dec 25, 2003
Photo of mwrseeley
3.25/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Somewhat pale, Heineken pours a nice head with a minimum of lace . Yes, it is 'skunky' smelling, but a 'skunkiness' coupled with a slightly earthy and yeasty aroma that is actually rather pleasant. There is a hint of cereal sweetness in the initial sip and it finishes dry and bitter.

I don't mind this stuff and it'll certainly do in a pinch.

mwrseeley, Dec 21, 2003
Photo of joecast
3.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

wow, its not that bad!!
after hearing all the bad things about this beer, i finally tried it for myself.
pours crystal clear light golden color with a strong "fresh cut grass" aroma. i was actually a bit surp[rrised by how strong the aroma was, compared to a lot of pale lagers that have hardly any aroma at all, this was a welcome surprise.
light clean spicy taste, and a light mouthfeel that says "i wont fill you up."
hey, its not going to change the world, but it wont make it come crashing down around you either.

joecast, Dec 21, 2003
Photo of Globetrotter
3/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was the only beer offered at a colleague's holiday party, so I tried one. I expected skunk, and was surprised not to find it. Poured a standard clear gold under an unremarkable but decent white head. The nose was malty, while the mouth was prickly and fairly light. The taste was clean, with lots of malt followed by a touch of hoppy bitterness. As a standard eurolager, this stuff strives for averageness. In that, it is very successful.

Globetrotter, Dec 17, 2003
Photo of neg007
1.95/5  rDev -28%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

I, like many of the reviewers are not impressed with this so called "premium lager"...

It probably isn't a bad brew BEFORE it is put in those ubsurd green bottles. I don't get it. Why ruin you beer because of bad packaging?

I suppose that I shoul try their "keg can."

neg007, Dec 14, 2003
Photo of Rootdog316
3.03/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The first time I had Heineken I wasn't much of a beer drinker, but after givign it another shot the other night, I was very impressed. This stuff is great. Especialyl if you throw a lime in it. It has a nice head that sticks around for a few minutes, and actually goes down pretty smoothly. Recommended to anyone.

Rootdog316, Dec 09, 2003
Photo of Charthepirate
2.08/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

It's amazing how effective Heineken's marketing is. I used to think this was a great beer. But after 2 months drinking great lagers in the CZ I tried Heiny again in Budapest. I realized something, it tastes poor. Very poor.

Color is similar to any macro brew, golden and pretty, but a lacking head and lacing.

Smell has a touch of skunk, it's not too bad coming from the green bottle. Other than that, a touch of malt in the nose. Generally very bland.

Sipping this beer makes my mind scream "TIMID." There is a decent balance of malt and hops, but neither give enough flavor to the beer. It mostly just tastes like fizzy water with some moderate beer added.

Speaking of Fizzy water, Heinekans extremely high carbonation detracts from the beer more than anything else. It's like getting your tounge slammed with needles. Blech.

After the carbonation settles a bit it's a drinkable beer. I wouldn't prefer it, but it's easier to stomach than many beers.

Charthepirate, Nov 25, 2003
Photo of JohnnyDuvel
2.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It's hard to believe that I once considered (and many still do) this to be a premium, top of the line beer. Very unimpressive appearance, bland tatse and smell. Certainly has a bit more body, and is of better quality than the "big three". Not by much, however. A strange, slight malt feel, but so much less so than any decent import lager. Have an Original Munich, or a Samuel Smith lager, or a DAB, etc. etc. Too expensive for the mediocre quality.

JohnnyDuvel, Nov 24, 2003
Photo of diablo14
2.65/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

not alot to get excited about here. being an aussie forced to drink crappy lagers every so often, this is a step up. can you believe that? its true, even tho this beer is as exciting as watching paint dry.

boring color, nothing more than the average drivel. no smell to report. does have some malt nature and a hint of hops, but what can you really say about the worlds most mass produced brew? i can drink this under sufferance, but really, we all know theres plenty better.

watching poeple drink this and rate it as a top beer makes me laff. merely proves the naievete of most beer drinkers out there. they wouldnt know a good beer if it hit them in the back of the head, coz this definately isnt one of the greats.

diablo14, Nov 14, 2003
Photo of Darkale
2.3/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Very clean, light yellow body, fast bright white head that fades as quickly as it arrives.

Aroma reaches out to you the same way that the odor of a dead skunk seeps through your car's air circulation system, even though the carcass is a quarter-mile away. Truly one of the worst beer aroma's in existence.

Thin body, crisp and raspy in the mouth. Taste is sour and gritty, metallic and granular, but could be refreshing in the right environment or with the right foods.

This is the only macro that I can drink without feeling substantially aggrieved. The aroma is a problem.

Darkale, Nov 10, 2003
Photo of maxpower
3/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big keg can without any size listed on the can 24oz? I got it at the gas station by my office, I figure it will go good with my Jack in the Box tacos, I am sitting at my desk at work and I can't find my pint glass, I have to use my coffee mug. It pours clear straw golden color with a decent white head that doesn't last very long, light grainy and flowery aromas(no skunk).Bready and grainy flavors, light to medium bodied, finishes clean with a mild sweetness, not all that bad.

maxpower, Oct 24, 2003
Photo of BigPapaLager
2.23/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The first thing that hits me opening the bottle is the smell. I smell it when I open it, and after swallowing the smell lingers. Pale gold in color, medium head like brine in the sea. Its what people always seem to buy me when we go out. After 4 or 5 beers I could drink this fine, but not to start the night.

BigPapaLager, Oct 22, 2003
Photo of cokes
2.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pale gold with a pumped-up, fizzy white crown. Dies post haste. Huge carbonation.
Weak Euro-hoppy nose with veggies and traces of sulphur. This bottle was not the skunk bomb I've had in the past. Still, it is not particularly aromatic, but not offensive either.
Enters lightly sweet and partially sugary. Veggies lurk in the distance and fortunately stay there. Massively carbonated and washes the palate clean of any flavor. Malt vanishes. Suphur notes are minimal, but present. Hops enter meekly, in a lightly grassy manner with a minor restatement of cabbage.
Very light bodied and gassy. Forced fizziness.
This particular bottle was as "fresh" tasting as I've ever experienced a Heinie (and provided without cost, which is always a bonus). Overall, not as hideous as I recall.
If your buying, I suppose I'll have one. But when it's my turn to pony up, expect something else.

cokes, Oct 13, 2003
Photo of flaminghomer
3/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

i am writing this review from my notes.

appearance- very transparent mild pale yellow. a white head with medium-large bubbles that last about 30 seconds.


taste- medium bitter hops, clean

drinkability-not very

the only times i buy this beer these days is when i'm craving some beer but absolutley will not drink the macro crap at the beer shoppes that stay open late, have no selection, but happen to carry heineken. when i was in high school i would sing the praises of heineken just because no one else drank it. these days i'm smart enough to know that it really isn't that great of a brew, but i still drink it because not to many other people do. (in indiana anyways)

that heinken is wierd though; skunked or not, i always seem to have a good time. or is it just nostalgia?

flaminghomer, Oct 13, 2003
Photo of CBFanWish
2.23/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Of all the beers in the world, his one (or Guiness) might just have the most militant following. I don't know if I'm a simple minded bafoon, but I just don't get it.
I'm looking at a pale yellow beer that is almost the color of straw with a head that not only is fickle in the first place, but fades away pretty quick. The smell was skunk. From the taste I get slight hops...veggies...more skunk.
I'm sorry heineken drinkers, I just don't see it. My verdict is...

CBFanWish, Oct 09, 2003
Photo of grynder33
2.95/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got this on tap at BW3's, a crowded place with what I assumed was high turnover of their barrels. Beer was dark golden color, nice hop aroma, nice carmel malt and hop first taste, but it thinned out pretty quick. I'll take it over Bud and Miller, but only if a micro brew is not available

grynder33, Oct 08, 2003
Photo of Suds
2.6/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Golden, clear beer pours from a green bottle and displays a bright white head. It's all downhill from there. High carbonation and a continental hop aroma mixed with corn. Light, watery body with a vegtable-grainy taste. Dry, crisp finish. Strictly unsatisfying.

Suds, Sep 28, 2003
Photo of PiratePete
3.03/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out a big white head with a body that was golden. A hop smell with a touch of the metal. I have a friend who drinks it frequently and I am always happy to join him. Some say there is an unpleasant aftertaste but if there is it certainly doesn't bother me (maybe that says something about me!).

I think it is a great beer to start exploring with. Better than a lot of popular beers it helps the newby start to explore the world of beer. The more they explore the more they will lean to other brews and the less they will choose Heineken. The other thing is that Heineken is consistent around the world - well, in my limited experience: Europe, North America and the Caribbean. So, if in doubt about the water; drink Heineken.

PiratePete, Sep 28, 2003
Photo of Ellbert
2.63/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This was much better than the bottled version however not that great.

It looked ok, straw color with a decent head that went away fast.

The taste is okay until the aftertaste comes along. A very bitter aftertaste turns me off the the heineken... even the heine-can

Ellbert, Sep 27, 2003
Photo of bierman2000
3.55/5  rDev +31%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I will take the middle between what it taste like here and what it taste like in Holland. If possible always have this beer on tap it's much fresher and the taste is not as skunk like. This light bodied straw colored beer with little Belgian lace is good serve cold, but also very quenching and drinkable due to its ABV. 5% so enjoy but try to get it on tap.

bierman2000, Sep 09, 2003
Photo of UncleAl
2.73/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer certainly looks great. Pours to a generous, thick white head which stays thick. Golden yellow and color with slight carbonation. Good clarity.

Strong hop smell with slightly metallic overtones. Smooth tongue bite with a slightly sweet but non-impressive aftertaste. The famed skunkiness of this beer is well deserved.

There are much better foreign beers out there, but this beer still goes down well. Still, I find myself bypassing it when given other alternatives.

UncleAl, Sep 09, 2003
Heineken Lager Beer from Heineken Nederland B.V.
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