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Heineken Lager Beer - Heineken Nederland B.V.

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4,111 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,111
Reviews: 1,298
rAvg: 2.71
pDev: 25.46%
Wants: 24
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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 jajablon
2.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a decent head, but disappears almost instantly, leaving no trace on the glass. Color is a pale straw-yellow.

The aroma is pleasant, though nothing exciting really stands out to me.

This beer has a light and refreshing feel to it. A decent summer lager, i suppose. The taste is a little less complex than i would like for as much as it costs. Would make a decent session beverage, but, again, it's a bit more than i prefer to pay. Still, it's not a bad beer, but for lagers, you can do better (and cheaper) just getting a domestic brew.

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

Pours a clear pale yellow with a small head of very tight bubbles that actually creates a lasting ring as it melts away.

Aroma is a little skunky even though this bottle was not exposed to light...pulled from a fresh sealed 12 pack carton. Just a little sweet malt and corn.

Taste is sweet pale malts but with some adjunct like corn that softens the taste. Only a faint hop end.

Aftertaste is back to sulfer and sweetness.

Photo of Dukeofearl
2.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

So I have been using this beer as my "benchmark" against which I review other Euro Pale Lagers for a long time, including a recent review of Kells Irish Style Lager by Rogue, and I then realized I have never reviewed this one.

One of a six pack I keep for guests (purchase price and location not recorded), this pours a very clear straw yellow with a big foamy head when allowed to develop in a .5 liter German stein. A moderate amount of stickage shows the remains of the head as it disappears.

Aroma is the hard, pungent hops so typical of the style, not as strong as I remember from many times I've had this before. Not much else going on in the aroma.

Flavor starts with a weakly bready malt profile, and it then is overtaken by the hops. I usually use the words stinky and skunky for the hops; in this case, that may be too strong, but definitely harsh.

Overall mouth is very clean, almost too clean.

Generally, I guess I have to change my thoughts on this beer. I've trashed it for a long time (I loved it as a gateway beer in my 20's trying to be cool, but I never really "liked" it), now I just drink it, shrug my shoulders, and say "eh!". It doesn't impact me at all.

So I guess the real answer is that it bores me. Not bad, not stinky, not skunky, just boring.

Photo of DevilDogBeer
2.7/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Heineken pours a light straw color with a one finger white head. The head fades quickly and there is no lacing down the glass. True to a lager though, it is crystal clear. The smell is very earthy and I detect subtle hints of corn. The taste is clean but has a disturbing adjunct taste I would expect in much lower priced beers. The lager yeast presence is noticeable which is a plus and the aftertaste is mild like a lager. The mouthfeel is average, it is not watery thin but lacks good body; just average. Heineken is very drinkable at 5% abv and goes down smooth with no poor aftertaste. Overall, if you're out at a swill bar and this is the top of their line you will still have a decent night of beer if you're out to session drink. The next day may be a different story...

Photo of ElGrecoVerde
2.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

As far as mass produced lagers go, this isn't terrible. It's just highly overpriced.

Smell and taste are mostly grainy. The taste finishes a bit sour, and sometimes skunky. I guess I'd compare it to rice and plain yogurt, which was a favorite of mine when I was little. A little grainy, a little sour.

The skunky and sour tastes may ruin it a bit, but it's actually a pretty crisp beer.

Photo of bloberglawp
3.07/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I don't grasp how a euro-lager could possibly be great, but this one is not terrible. My wife got me a 5L draft can that seems to have a self releasing co2 cartrige inside (I'll find out when the can runs dry and I open it).

Pours a lager-yellow, huge creamy white head that dissipates down to a film leaving very much lace. Nice looking beer. Faint aroma of straw and hay, a light mettalic smell as well, after a while a hop presence is noticable. Flavor is very light malt presence, noticable hop bitterness, quite crisp and finished not to dry.

Descent enough lawnmower beer.

Photo of bort11
2.77/5  rDev +2.2%
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
2.8/5  rDev +3.3%
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
2.73/5  rDev +0.7%
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
3.03/5  rDev +11.8%
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
3.42/5  rDev +26.2%
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
2.23/5  rDev -17.7%
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
2.82/5  rDev +4.1%
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
2.56/5  rDev -5.5%
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
3.69/5  rDev +36.2%
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
2.96/5  rDev +9.2%
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
3.73/5  rDev +37.6%
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
1.26/5  rDev -53.5%
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
1.85/5  rDev -31.7%
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...

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