Heineken Lager Beer | Heineken Nederland B.V.

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Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by OldFrothingSlosh on 01-29-2001

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Photo of leantom
2.69/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Perhaps not as bad as the ratings indicate. True, it is a corny/grainy macro brew, but it has more nuance than some of the other macros. Here goes:

A: Clear yellow. Well-carbonated. Head is small but, surprisingly, the lacing is decent (better than most macros).

S: Mixture of corn, cereal grains, and Pilsner hops. Surprisingly floral hops - pretty unusual for a macro (corn usually predominates).

T: Lots of grainy cereal and corn. Hops are faint but adequate for the style.

F: Smooth and crisp. Not bad.

O: Not a bad macro.

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Photo of nach0king
3.31/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Yep, I'm the guy who actually enjoys Heineken!

L: Appealingly pale. It lacks much head and lacing but its energetic carbonation and straw color serve it well.

S: Sweeter than it will end up tasting, and a bit of grassiness.

T: A surprisingly complex flavor profile; some bitterness on the end but the yeast and grain leading up to it is the signature Heineken taste. Line this up next to other macro lagers and you'll identify it thanks to the yeast and roasty flavors.

F: Meh, average.

O: Draft Heineken is quite often the only 'import' choice when I travel overseas and it's one that I'll gratefully take ahead of many local brews. A very solid choice - perhaps not one to choose when you're at the liquor store, but it's very reliable otherwise.

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Photo of hopley
4.27/5  rDev +55.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I really like Heineken - it just hits the spot sometimes. The intentionally skunky smell and taste, and the yeasty back of the mouth feel overpowers the adjuncts, and lack of body for me. Certainly not a "craft beer" - but it can be mass produced and taste good, at the right time of course!

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Photo of schoolboy
3.14/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

What does the name of this style mean? Well, it sort of means euro-trash, doesn't it. So Heine needs to be judged with other euro-trash, and I've had more that were worse than better. That said, my life is too short to drink beer I don't care for.

It looks OK in the glass. The bubbles are a little large. I am drinking an old can - my dad is 86 and just can't drink any alcoholic beverages any more, so I am trying to finish these, but I am inclined to pour them down the drain. Maybe I can give them to the guys who will be cutting a big tree down for me as a tip.

Anyway, this gets worse as I drink it. The aroma is a little funky - I've noted over time that the bottles get real funky but the cans are better, but this can is bad too. It's slightly sweet and dirty smelling.

The taste is dull, slightly sweet. There is a slight hops finish.

Fortunately, this is never the best beer available anymore, there are always better choices to be had. Youngsters, drink one of these once, then move on. Edit - a fresh bomber can taste OK. Great aroma, light taste.

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Photo of furballkazoo
3.01/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap or in a can, this can be a fine pale lager; however, if bought in a bottle, and exposed to sunlight, the beer will quickly take on a skunky aroma and flavor.

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Photo of Beertsipper
1.46/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

I can't believe that this was my favorite beer thirty years ago as a twenty one year old kid. Had this one from a can. Watery, no flavor, just terrible. I'd much rather have a Bud over this garbage.

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Photo of beer488
2.32/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Beer produced for the masses. If I have no other choice, I'll take a heineken. Drinking it very cold hides all its defects. Watery mouth feel, with an unpleasant industrial aftertaste.

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

From bottle, Clear golden color, minimal white head. Lots of malt and sugar. Pretty sweet. Watery, thin body. Clean and crisp and very refreshing on a hot day.

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Photo of MizzouBrew
1.8/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Admittedly, I have not had this in a long time, so I'm pulling from memory. Something unpleasant in the smell and taste that I just could never get past. Will probably never try again.

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Photo of 2ellas
1.14/5  rDev -58.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Might be one of my all time least favorites. Doesn't lack flavor like most beers in this style but it has a flavor that's offensive to me for some reason.

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Photo of uvachief
2.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Could be worse. You could be stuck drinking Miller Lite or similar. Its a lager and not a bad one on a hot summer day while golfing. Traveling? May be your only option outside of Bud Light. Mass produced lager swill but easy to drink. Hard to catch a buzz on it.

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Photo of TheFactorsEqual
2.42/5  rDev -12%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

What's worse than a warm Heineken?? Maybe a Corona (pretty much a tie).

Terrible taste, aftertaste, after aftertaste. Just shows you what marketing dollars can do for a company.

Don't waste your money.

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
1.5/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

when first opened it smells like an arsehole,the taste isnt as bad as the smell but its a pretty poor beer overall.still,its not as bad as some of its "competitors".

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
2.9/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Handed a 12 oz bottle of this at a local dive bar--probably the best beer they had to offer. No bottled on date. Poured into a frosted pilsner.

L: Pours a crystal clear light straw color with an inch-and-a-half of eggshell head that actually stays for quite a while and leaves moderate cling. Mild visible carbonation.

S: Sour, funky notes in the nose--a bit of cracker malts and pils. Some corn and diacetyl in there, as well.

T: Slightly sour and funky at the front, with those cracker malts underneath. Pils malt notes come through clearer in the middle, along with some grassiness and corn. The close is predominantly corn and the slightest bitter.

F: Light, watery, and just a touch creamy from the carbonation. Finishes quite cleanly.

O: I've had worse adjuncts. This one actually isn't nearly as funky as others that I've tried. It's certainly a beer you can put away easily, but it does leave a lot to be desired.

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Photo of JustLikeMyDad
2.05/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Drank from a can, I can't comment on the looks.
It had a neutral smell, nothing to give it any special characteristics of its own.
It was a semi-strong bitter taste, skunky, and had no real "flavor" to say for it.
I was unimpressed.

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.48/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had from tap in Amsterdam. Undoubtedly significant better than the beer imported in the US. Solid cheap lager beer. Sweet aftertaste, otherwise a simple taste. Great feel. I give it a thumbs up.

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Photo of CNoj012
3.56/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Forced review: Not a bad beer. Had it on tap in Amsterdam before and there was a noticable difference between that and the bottled version in the US. Fresher is better, but either way it doesn't deserve a "poor" rating on BA.

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Photo of pat61
3.19/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Straw gold with a low quickly dissipating head. Traces of skunk, a little corn, slightly sweet, on the nose. Light grains, moderately low hops, light skunk, light sweetness on the palate. Light to medium light body and above average carbonation.

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Photo of todfug
3.49/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer is more of a nostalgia thing for me. Drank a ton of it while sailing around the Florida Keys when I was younger. I've loved it ever since (only because it reminds me of that trip). Seems to be my go to beer when I'm out to dinner, etc.

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Photo of berkeleymaw
2.38/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Every single time I've had it, its had a distinctive aftertaste. Not exactly "skunk" but not exactly welcomed, either. I only drink it now when I'm stressed out on an airplane.

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Photo of DisneyDreamer29
3.14/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This is an okay beer if you are just running to the store to grab something. A little watered down in body. Pale strawish color. A small hint of skunky-ness in aroma and flavor.

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Photo of RonJensen
3.3/5  rDev +20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Well, I drank this beer out of a bottle many times and I didn't experience much skunkiness, even though the bottles have been sitting in the basement for months and the date expired by a few months. This is a good beer, when compared to most of the AAL out there. It's a little too carbonated, though, also, it's overpriced here in the US.

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Photo of josanguapo
2.74/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Vey boring beer. And too expensive here in Spain for its bad quality

2nd take: 6th Nov 2015. Watching Worst Week 1x12. In Ikea's pilsner glass. Spectre special edition. A bit better than the typical industrial lager but not much more

14 Apr 2016: Reading CSHTP6 Ch7 & Playing South Park Stick of Truth. In shaker glass. Champions League edition. Soft, more smooth and sweet than the typical macro lager

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Photo of gopens44
1.32/5  rDev -52%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

All we need to know about this beer is that I once opened one up at a table while at a party with my wife, to which she responded, seriously mind you, that she thought someone nearby had gotten into a skunk.

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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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