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Heineken Lager Beer - Heineken Nederland B.V.

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1,323 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,323
Hads: 4,578
Avg: 2.75
pDev: 46.91%
Wants: 25
Gots: 1,094 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Heineken Nederland B.V.
Netherlands | website

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 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
2.1/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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

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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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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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Heineken Lager Beer from Heineken Nederland B.V.
65 out of 100 based on 1,323 ratings.