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Heineken Lager Beer - Heineken Nederland B.V.

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4,164 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,164
Reviews: 1,319
rAvg: 2.71
pDev: 25.46%
Wants: 22
Gots: 662 | 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 tbeck
1.68/5  rDev -38%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Poured a pale, straw yellow with a thick white head. Smell was all skunk, as with the taste. Terrible aftertaste of stale cereal grains. Mouthfeel was watery, not much texture but a lot of carbonation. Overall terrible, there was not much enjoyable about this beer.

Photo of jar2574
2.7/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Very pale yellow, gives off a strong mettalic odor with some hops present. White head settles quickly.

Taste is metallic, with slight hops, but smooth enough to drink without unpleasantness. Maybe a tiny touch of sweet maltiness, but not much. Mouthfeel is unexciting. There's a decent amount of carbonation, but this is a very typical, average feeling beer. Overall, well-marketed, but forgettable.

Photo of jake87
2.98/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Look. light wheat color with a quickly dissipating head
Smell. kinda bitter and skunky
Taste. light hop, malt taste with a dry aftertaste
Feel. smooth and light with high carbonation
definately not my favorite beer, but it would suffice if thats all there was, and its better than drinking the bud light the idiot brought in the 30 pk. ...

Photo of rosenbergh
2.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

500 cl can of 4.5% Heineken. Due the alcohol laws here in Finland the beer is specially brewed 4.5%, not 5.0%.

Well carbonated beer pours with some head. Taste is very basic lager but good for a European lager beer. Not much of a aftertaste. Extremely easy to drink.

Photo of orcasteve
4.5/5  rDev +66.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

the purffict ballance of sour malt and pungent hops, sightly to much carbonationin this one. this is an easey drinking beer. it pours a clear golden yellow with a good head to it. the first sip has you coming back for more. this is the top shelf of euro lagers

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

Poured this big 24 oz. can into a British pint glass. No date. The body was pale hay color, and very clear. The brittle white head faded to nothing very quickly.

Smell was lemony. As it warmed there was some husky graininess. Not much more.

Taste was syrupy. Corn/vegetal. There was a faint dry bitterness that slightly counterbalanced the sweetness. Actually the flavor of this one is more texture than taste. I had hoped that the beer from a can would be better than bottles.

Mouthfeel was medium in density and somewhat syrupy. Smooth with enough carbonation to keep it interesting.

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

Although highly overrated and definately overpriced Heineken is still a solid all around european lager. I have always enjoyed drinking a few of these (especially if somebody else is picking up the tab). I don't know why but I am drawn to the "skunky" qualities that this beer has become known for.

Photo of mynie
4.07/5  rDev +50.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

To my amazement, I had never reviewed the bottled version of this beer before. And that's really surprising since I've drank so much of it. Not recently, really. But when I was younger, especially when all the beer I had access to the was the stuff they sold at gas stations and so this was the best. Back then I drank a lot of Heineken.

They've changed the bottles recently and so the product is a lot less skunky, by the way. That's the first thing I noticed, as soon as I opened the bottle.

Pours into a a pilsener glass a very pretty and dark shade of gold. There's a small and respectable head and that dies away quickly.

Smells...whoa this is nothing like I remember it (and that's actually pretty good). Solid pils malt but against that you have a really nice, amazingly complex blend of european hops that balance floral and spicy nodes wonderfully. And then you got a nice little bit of yeast spice in there, too.

The hops dominate. Well, nothing really "dominates" in this beer, since it's so crisp and it's also fairly light. But the strongest flavors are hoppy, heavily floral and spiced. The malt is firm and flowery and the yeast serves as a wonderful compliment to everything

Wow. Seriously. I am surprised as hell that I am liking this so much.

Photo of ltjska04
2.23/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I just had this for the first time on-tap instead of from a bottle. Every bottle has had a skunky flavor, so I figured that was how it was supposed to taste, but now I'm pretty sure that sunlight had just gotten to every bottle I've had and skunked them. This one wasn't skunky at all- more of a corn flavor, that is, what flavor there was. Not much to it at all. It was so bland that the skunky flavor of a bad bottle is preferred to what it's "supposed" to taste like.

Photo of TheViceBlog
2.62/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My ladyfriend's ex-boyfriend-who-she-inexplicably-still-talks-to left several Heinekens in her fridge after they had a Sunday playdate. I had nothing else to drink that night so I went with this terrible dreck. Heineken used to be "my" beer back when I was a 19- to 21-year-old dumbass. I thought I was classier for drinking it, more sophisticated than my buddies who sipped on Milwaukee's Best. Nope, I was just a tool.

It smells terrible, it tastes even worse. It burns my throat going down it so over carbonated. At least the label is pretty cool but I hate drinking from the short stubby bottles it comes in and refused to dirty a pint glass with this. I didn't need to open up it aroma any more.

Make no mistake, sportsfans, despite the European pedigree, despite the fact that Heineken appears for $6 in the "import" section of beer lists, this is one heinous beer (coincidence that heinous and Heineken start the same?). As bad as any American macro. And, when the price is considered, it's arguably worse.


Photo of klintok21
3.38/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well, as stated earlier; pretty over-rated. It is a very sweet beer, almost to much for me. I like one on the rare occasion but for the most part I stay clear. If I drink to many of these I also get a headache right after from the sweetness. Drinkability.... so-so, the mix of sweetness to bitterness along with carbonation isn't anything to rave about.... Still worth a try if you have never had one, like I say I like to have one on occasion, but nothing I want to have every day of the week!

Photo of Proteus93
2.97/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

- served as a can serving, complimentary on the flight home from Canada - ironic that it is the first to be reviewed from the trip when it was the last noted. Figured I'd go about using the opportunity for a review.

A: A pale amber / blonde pour. Decent finger+ white head forms on top, but becomes pretty fizzly and recedes to almost nothing quickly.

S: Somewhat sweet and sugary, slighty grassy & citrus, light malts.

T: A heavier than expected body, carrying a somewhat grassy and sweet citrusy like flavour - no specific citrus fruit really stands out from it. Not horrible, at least.

M + D: It's been a while since I've had a Heineken, but this can wasn't all too bad. A bit of a sting of assertive carbonation as many of the style will have. Easy to swig back, as expected. One to keep a bit cooler, but I could manage to quaff a few of these on a hot afternoon.

Photo of Gmann
2.72/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a very clear and light straw color with a white soapy head that quickly dissipated into nothing. The aroma is of stale grassy hops and a cracker malt, sweet grain, sulfur, and cooked veggies. The taste is quite grainy and plenty of DMS, some pilsner characteristics makes the taste a notch above macros. It has noticable, though stale, hops and a dry cracker like malt. The feel is light and watery, decent carbonation, finishes with a light grainy sweetness that gets a little sticky as it warms. Leaves kind of a nasty grain aftertaste. An ok beer if it is left over from a party and you need something light. A notch above the American macro.

Photo of joezak5
3.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Bottle at the Continental lounge in San Juan, PR. Crystal clear pale gold with a decent head and ok retention and some lacing.

Smell: Slightly skunky and grassy grain.

Mouthfeel: Light with high carbonation and crisp.

Taste: I'm most surprised but the sweet hops that came through here. Sweet grains mostly but a nice hop hint at the end.

Drinkability: I would look for this at a party that had all macros.

Photo of halfassedjedi
3.41/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Heineken, one of the most overrated brews there is. Austin Powers loved it, why dont we?

Truth be told, this beer is quite overrated. There is nothing special to say about it, aside from the fact that it quenches your thirst and id gladly take one over bud, miller, etc...

I didnt bother to pour it out of the bottle, so I would say it appears pretty appealing to me, in the bottle.

The smell is just, meh. Someone said creek water, I agree. Corn, hay, the usual suspects.

The taste isnt too bad, but it isnt great either. Actually this one im consuming now is quite foul tasting.

The mouthfeel is alright. Carbonation makes my epithelial cells tingle, thats about it. Smooth and tingly, carbonated is the key word here. Soda beer.

Drinkability is as far as you want it to be. If any beer is easy to session, it is this.

Overall, its a lawn mower beer. I just washed my car while drinking the one before this. Its a Sunday Chore beer. Something to keep you grounded while you do the usual yard work, cleaning, etc etc.

Photo of Dodo2step
3.08/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

p- friend from jersey left it here so i decided to give it a review.

A- pours a very yeasty, malty aromatic pour.a thick luscious head hangs on top for a lil. 2 fingers worth. a hay yellow in color.

S- malt yeast. a light skunk scent aswell. Wheat and hay as well.

T- a watered down yeasty malt flavor. nothing spectacular but ok for a lager. a husky and a bittersour flavor.

M- dry and water. nothing special.

D- easy to put down but i fyou like good beer this isnt for you. those of you who enjoy bud light and bud this might be a good beer for you to have.

Photo of QuentinCompson
3.7/5  rDev +36.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

24 oz keg can into Pilaarbijter glass

A - Nice snowy 3 finger head; light bronze see-through brew; standard looking beer

S - Yeasty, watery, hay; farmy scents; rocks; creek water

T-M - Malty yeast brew; light and delicate balance with the watery feel, just enough taste; good carbonation; I actually enjoy the slight sugary taste, not too overpowering nor too watery like many american macros; Probably best to go with the new cans

D - Extremely drinkable, if you like it ok. Easy to session, but as a sidenote; not that interesting in itself. Will buy a can every now-and-then for the fridge, may order it when put in a place where it's the best option.

Photo of Tilley4
2.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I can't believe this is such a popular brew... I find the American macros to be better and that aint saying much.

Pale fizzy yellow color with a fizzy white head..

Smells rather skunky and corny... Sorta weird..

Hmm.. This one just doesn't do it for me. Basic macro taste with a skunky bite..

I just didn't like this one.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
2.67/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a crystal clear golden straw wuth a quickly dissipating frothy and soapy white head that leaves only a whispy ring.

S: Not as skunky as I anticipated but still quite corny with slightly sweet malt kiss. Just sort of bland wanted more out of this.

T/MF: The taste is a bit skunkier than the nose but still tastes off, pretty phenolic and mildly sour with a husky kind of bitterness that scratches the sides of the tongue. I don't know what to say, not much here, grassy husky with little to no hop bitterness, medium bodied and slightly chewy if a bit overcarbonated.

D: This beer does not deserve to be the second best selling imported beer in the US. If other breweries had the money to spend the money on adervts they could easily subplant this brewery as one of the most popular in the country. Pretty easy to drink and just as easily forgotten.

Photo of Natural510
2.49/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a 24oz Heineken "keg can".

Pours a very light green-yellow color with thick, cotton-like foam which retains a nice head.
Doesn't smell like much of anything, only the faintest scent of barley & grass.
Flavor is also faint; a grassy, earthy taste with an overall sourness (but not one of citrus).
Not much going on in the mouth either; lacking both good carbonation and hop or yeast character.

This beer tastes better in memory than it does today. Used to be fairly standard in my rotation; I suppose every serious beer-drinker graduates from Heine at some point, and mine is now.
It would be a better lager if it had a little more body and lessened the sour aftertaste.

Photo of bark
3.4/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The colour is yellow with a hint of gold (a week hint>, the low compact head is white. Some lacing occurs.

The smell is rather strong for the style: Some sweet notes of un-roasted malt, quite a lot of yeast and a mild dry bitterness. A touch of honey?

The taste is fresh and clean with an interesting note of caramel and a dry bread-like flavour. Some hints of yeast and a mild lingering clean bitterness. The aftertaste brings some subtle bitter-sour notes and a sweet-yeasty touch of French loaf. The finish adds a hint of honey.

The carbonation is medium with medium-sized bubbles. The liquid is mid-smooth.

Not a very complex beer, still it is clean, a little crisp and quite gulpable. I have had worse lagers.

Photo of woodychandler
3.48/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I CANnot imagine that there are too many more beers out there in cans that I have not reviewed, but here is one more.

The first thing that comes to mind is Dennis Hopper's character in Blue Velvet - "Heineken?!? F**k that s**t! PABST BLUE RIBBON, mister!"

The pour resulted in a beautiful, thick, creamy two fingers' worth of marshmallow-like head with great retention. It looked like a pillow on top of the pale-yellow beer with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a slightly honey-like quality that has always been their trademark with me. Mouthfeel was medium with a lightly honey-like taste in the mouth. Finish was light, sweetish, very much a lager. Not bad, but with so many quality beers available now, why bother?

Photo of clickpush
2.65/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pour: 24oz can, bought for $2.99, into pint glass. Pour causes large white head over clear effervescent golden body. Head retention is excellent.

Nose: Bitter yet light aroma with some adjunct character. Alcohol is very present in the nose, adding a sharp, annoying tinge. Notes of hay, corn, and sunflower seed.

Mouth: Alcohol continues to be present in the flavor, as well as the aromatic notes of hay, corn, and nail polish remover. Carbonation pretty much gone after sitting for five minutes in the glass.

Overall: Promising appearance in the glass is let down by harsh, off-putting astringent characteristics.

Photo of Clydesdale
3.15/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Fairly pale yellow, decent white head that dissipates rather quickly.

S: Metal, grain, and a sour sulphury smell.

T: Crisp and grainy initially, followed by a brief bite of mild bitterness from the hops. Muted vegetable flavors present throughout, finished with a noticeable metallic bite.

M: Crisp, with noticeable carbonation. Finished on the dry side.

D: A lot of my friends would buy Heineken when they wanted to drink "good beer", but I can't really agree with that assessment. It's just barely above average at best. While there's nothing wrong with it, and it's not difficult to drink, some of the flavors, especially the metallic ones, seem less than desirable.

Photo of elniko
3.1/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass from bottle

A: Light amber lager color, finger that dissipated quickly and left no lacing. Not a high amount of carbonation.

S: Not skunky as I had expected. Mostly malty with just a hint of sourness to the nose.

T & M: Grassy tones in the taste, I enjoyed this beer more than I remember in the past. Quite refreshing cold, mouthfeel was pleasant.

D: Drinkable although there are definite better lager options. In many establishments where this is the only import option I would not be opposed.

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