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Heineken Lager Beer - Heineken Nederland B.V.

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1,310 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,310
Hads: 4,501
Avg: 2.75
pDev: 46.91%
Wants: 27
Gots: 1,029 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

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Photo of Michelleluw
3.29/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This is a nice approachable beer that really encourages people to step outside their "classic American comfort beers". It's not bad, but it's not anything out of this world. I recommend it to those who have a gluten sensitivity, I've heard that Heineken is gluten-free? But have never confirmed that.

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Photo of DevAJ
4/5  rDev +45.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As with Stella, this is one of the first beers that got me in the door to appreciating beer so it will always be one of my favorites. I personally would give it a 4.5 with Stella, however it is much better on tap than in the bottle and there aren't very many places around here that have Heineken on tap.

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Photo of SenorElRaz
1.78/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.75

I've had this beer several times, and it almost always comes skunked. I have no clue why this overpriced crap is so popular. It's the Budweiser of Europe. I have no clue why people here in America think it's in any way a fancy beer.

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Photo of priwen
3.96/5  rDev +44%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Wonderful golden yellow appearance. Thick white head that sticks around a bit. Shows good carbonation. Sweet, malty aroma with hops present but not dominant. Terrific, round taste. Sweetness from the malts. Hops balance the beer nicely. Good mouthfeel. Medium finish. Not too sweet, not too dry. Overall, A really nice beer. Easy drinking and not too taxing on the palate. I was pleasantly surprised with how enjoyable this can was, since the beer was canned a year ago.

24 oz can
Date on can: 4069 (March 10, 2014)
Served in a Pilsner glass

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Photo of MattyDTD
2.11/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Great taste to begin with. Fresh, hoppy and a nice bitterness. Although for me it goes flat rather quickly and the taste then becomes sickly. I am referring to bottles bought in the UK i dont know if the US version is different.

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
2.54/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Very mild flavor and watery body, I really don´t like heineken for regular drinking, I get some at my friends house who thinks this is the best beer available from watching too much tv.

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Photo of Grogsky
3.4/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

One of the better big name lagers you can get. For those who have never tried, a word of advice. On tap, it's best. in a keg/mini keg, it's also great. In a can, it's often gone sour, and in bottles, you can have a hit or miss experience. I've rated it based on tap and keg performance.

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Photo of cryptichead
3.5/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyable and refreshing beer for everyman and the first step into the Euro import market. Much better than any American Adjuncts but pales in comparison to its pilsner competitors.

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Photo of dukeandduke
2.87/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2/3 - Work Event. Drank a lot while I was younger. Decent beer, though it seems skunky these days versus a more pleasant tasting solid beer in the bast.

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Photo of BC4MFRED1
1.93/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

A throwback from the past, this one usually has a skunky smell that greets you once you pop the cap....built for college kids...this is just a watery mess that somehow has a massive advertising budget to keep it afloat

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Photo of fps_dean
2.52/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Better than Budweiser, Miller, Coors, etc. but nothing special but drinkable if nothing better is available. Moderately grainy with some malts and light lemony hops.

Used to drink this somewhat regularly before the craft revolution.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
2.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Brilliant straw color with a foamy strong head and lots of activity.

Strong extra skunky aroma with citrus.

Very faint but bitter taste of grains, corn, and floral citrus hops.

Light body with ok carbonation. Faint bitter mouthfeel with a skunky finish.

I personally like the skunky smell in a beer, but this is too intense. Other than that overall this is a drinkable but very bland beer.

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Photo of jimbrinkruff
3.55/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a 500ml Paulaner glass from a pint can. No green glass issue with the can. 1 finger head. Yellow appearance and smell is what you would expect a little malt but not much more. Taste is refreshing and goes down easily. When I need a break from the IPA and imperial stouts this is still a solid choice and at $5 for a 4 pack of pints it is half the price of my SunKing addiction.

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Photo of alex2014
3.61/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer has a tremendous sentimental value to me. Growing up in former Soviet Union this was the first foreign beer I tasted. Still a solid brew to me after all these years of having the amazing American brews, the best in the World.

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Photo of JohnnyI
2.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Heineken is something I return to every now and then to remind myself about the journey that I've taken as a beer drinker. This was the first brew that I ever sampled on draught. In Holland in fact. I was all of 15 years old, and no one batted an eyelash when I ordered up my first glass. Ahh Europe... Well, decades later I picked up a 6-pack at a local gas station and was a bit disappointed that they have departed from their signature stubby bottles in favor of a more generic looking longneck. I had no plans to actually review this beer so I never even poured it in to a glass. Even so, the bottle still emanated that familiar sulfurous skunk aroma. I've come to actually enjoy that lightstruck lager scent. There isn't much else to the nose. Maybe a little corn sweetness. In the flavor department I was a little disappointed. It's been awhile since I've had a Heineken, but I seem to recall that it had more pop to it with that Euro pale lager funk. This rendition was very light on flavor. Smooth, crisp, slightly drying with just a hint of dankness. It was so much cleaner and less controversial than I recalled. Watery, with fizzy carbonation and popcorn-like hints of adjuncts in the finish. I was able to crush that 6-pack without any problem. In fact, when I was done, I wondered what happened. If not for the buzz, I couldn't be sure that I even had any beer at all. Still, there's nothing to complain about here. I only wish there was a little more of that aroma and flavor that has come to define Heineken in the US. This was so mild that it really gets lost in the lager mix.

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Photo of obninsk23
3.67/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Actually it tastes in Holland as draft drastically different from US bottles. My Gringo friend when he tried it in Amsterdam brewery said: Wow, if this beer would taste in US like that he would be drinking just Heineken all day long. May be pasteurization kills the bottle taste. In Holland they use premium A1 yeast strain and that what makes this beer very interesting. Plus a tradition...

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Photo of Ash_Sengar
3.32/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Your average Euro Pale Lager; nothing special here. Some sentimental value for me, since this was the first beer I ever finished alone, but that's pretty much it, folks. A tell-tale tinge of lemon in the first sip, but that's probably just me and my oversensitive palate.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyable. Pale golden in color and yet entirely drinkable. Honestly, it is nothing special. I always consider this beer an American Pale Lager with an attitude.

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Photo of woutervaneijk
2.97/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Go-to Pilsener for me. Probably not a huge surprise as this is by far the most sold and served beer in Holland. Heineken is quite good, but not special in any sense of the word. Of course, as a macro produced pilsener this is not the best beer in the world, but in my opinion, it doesn't deserve the hate it often gets.

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Photo of SoulFroosh
2.56/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Not a good beer.

Reviewing in the context of adjunct lagers. Coming from the UK myself, and recently moved to the USA, Heineken is a blast from my past -- a beer readily available and largely consumed in the UK.

My favorite adjunct lager in the USA is Pabst.
Heineken falls short. There's no body, yet at the end there's a funky hops bite. Not a good bite, mind you. It's weird. The combination of no body and funky hop thing doesn't go down well.

If there was some body, maybe that hop flavor at the end would sit on my tastebuds better. And it is definitely "hoppier" than most adjunct lagers. But no -- not good.

Where's my PBR?

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Photo of Doctor_Bogenbroom
2.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I had a bottle of this at a diner on my way back from Lancaster, PA this evening. The place didn't have anything on tap, and all their domestics were lousy AALs. What hit me right away when I grabbed the bottle was the very strong skunky odor. The appearance of the brew matches other Euro pales I've had. The taste is mild, with a nasty edge of skunk on the back end. Moderate carbonation is prominent on the mouthfeel. Overall, this is a passable beer, but not much more than that. If I am going to drink a Euro lager, I'll go with Peroni or Stella.

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Photo of Thisdrinkinglife
3.75/5  rDev +36.4%

Review: Can of Heineken pale lager, 5%ABV

Heineken, a good solid beer, crisp and refreshing. The easy drinking lager is ideal drinking fare for sporting events or parties.

An appearance that has a very clear pale golden colour. On pouring, you get a nice average sized head that leaves a good looking lager. Has steady lacing

Smell is a distinct yeast aroma with grassy hops. A pleasant lager smell.

The taste is a quite distinctive yeast flavor with a tiny hint of hops, crisp and smooth it goes down easy. The aftertaste is clean and refreshing.

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Photo of Alestorm4069
5/5  rDev +81.8%

For a pale lager, Beats Budweiser or any BMC macro. Really beyond that, not better than my Craft beers, But For Mass produced beer, This is a good offering. can skunk though. Be a good idea to get this one fresh if you can. Kegs would be best option.

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Photo of MasterfulIdiot
3/5  rDev +9.1%

Well, I just moved to Amsterdam, and I can see the top of the Heineken brewery from my bedroom window at night, so I thought it was a good time to give this one a thorough review. Poured into a Duvel tulip. The liquid is clear and a very light yellow/straw color. The pour kicks up a modest off-white head that fades pretty quickly to a film only in the middle. Lots of carbonation is visible in the liquid.

Aroma is lots of sweet malts and grains, with a bubblegum flavor that is all I can smell now that I've identified it.

Flavor is sweet malts - bubblegum flavor is much less noticeable on the palate. Finish is very clean with no bitterness, and a sweet grainy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is very light-bodied with heavy and prickly carbonation.

Overall, it's completely drinkable, but there's just not much flavor to it. I don't think it's as bad as many people seem to think, because there are no out and out BAD flavors to it, but there's not really much of a good flavor to it either.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.01/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Review 900.

Appearance: Pours with a crackly fizzy bright-white cap. Beer is the a perfectly clear gold. Head retention is negligible leaving speckles of foam on the top with a tiny bubbly collar. Lively carbonation on the pour and for the duration.

Smell: Corn. Husky and sweet. Some wet grass as well. Soft cereal grains with some dried hay. Green beans. Vegetal. Solid pale malt base. Some slight biscuity elements coupled with a mild earthiness. Faint touch of skunk, but that's all part of it. Hops are mellow, offering vague notions of earth with a very soft hop spiciness. Sweetness driven by the base. Corn pops. Incredibly clean.

Taste: Dried corn. Hints of hay and fresh cut grass. A hint of skunk pushes up the back. Cereal grains. Sweet and slightly bready...like honeyed dough. Very faint hop notes. Some earthy and mildly floral elements. Vegetables. I keep thinking green beans. Corn sweetness. Husky. Warming pushes the sweetness up and it crosses in to creamed corn territory. Earthiness settles on the back of the sip. Finishes super clean and quick.

Mouthfeel: Light body with a moderate carbonation. Slight creaminess on the initial sip. Easy drinking and then some.

Overall: You could do a lot worse.

This is not a good beer, but it's a drinkable beer. It hits the mark for what it tries to be. Props for sticking to your guns.

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Heineken Lager Beer from Heineken Nederland B.V.
65 out of 100 based on 1,310 ratings.