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Buckler - Heineken Nederland B.V.

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BA SCORE
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67 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 67
Hads: 122
rAvg: 2.6
pDev: 27.31%
Wants: 3
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Heineken Nederland B.V. visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
Low Alcohol Beer |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 08-23-2002

No notes at this time.
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Reviews: 67 | Hads: 122
Reviews by Stinkypuss:
Photo of Stinkypuss
2.29/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Clear golden liquid with some bubbles, little head nor lacing. No aroma to be had. In the taste, sweet euro pale malts and perhaps corn and other adjuncts. Has a light beery flavor and a bit of hop bitters. Tastes like an under fermented euro pale lager, which is what this is. Sweet wort and some hop, light watery body. If you like euro style lagers and can't have more than 0.5% abv, this is ok (397 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of Bru-ster
3.5/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Everyone rates these NA beers as if they are alcohol containing brews. I believe it is unfair as they are missing one real beer ingredient: alcohol. I have drank many real beers (domestic, craft, imported) and many NA beers. I have had Guiness in Ireland, Strong Guiness in Hong Kong, Bass in London (among other ales), Carlsberg in Copenhagen, Corona in Mexico, Molson in Canada, Jever in Germany and Heineken in Amsterdam. I love beer. This is one of the better tasting NA beers I have drank. It has a flavor profile very similar to Heineken Light. I like Heineken and I like this NA version of it.

I also have to throw this in that I read many reviews here that downgrade a beer because it is skunky. Skunky beer light struck beer. Those fluorescent lights in the beer store radiate harmful UV light which the breaks down the isomerized hop alpha acids causing skunky flavor. The beer wasn't brewed that way, it was mishandled after leaving the brewery.
Sorry for the rant (984 characters)

Photo of BeerDreadz
2.35/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

12oz amber Bottle from land of the windmills , Holland

I serve it in a pint glass, light yellow color with a very white head that leaves inmediatly,smells like veggies, like corn. That smells isn't far from the taste , it tastes like corn and the taste can be in your mouth for a long taste, lot of carbonation too.

It doe'nst feel bad in mouth but good neither i have too i did'nt want the third . (404 characters)

Photo of Jason
2.37/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date, product of Holland.

Appearance: An incredible white head with superior lacing, perfect
clarity as well.

Smell: Lots of grassy and hay like aromas, a touch of sweetness that reminds me of unfermented beer.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Flash of sweetness up front with a grassy hop
bitterness, stalled malt flavour drops to a thin watery graininess. Hops seem to hold onto a processed flavour. Finishes very dry with very little after taste.

Drinkability & Notes: The thin malt and processed hop flavour don't do much other than leave things bland. Don't bother with this one if you are desperate for a good tasting near beer. It was good to cook with and that is about it. (720 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.24/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, clear, gold in color, moderate carbonation.

Smell: wheat, grass, almost at the start of skunking

Taste: honey, toasted malt, grain and sugar

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, light bodied, sweet with a sugary ending

Drinkability: If I wanted a beer in this style, I could have several of these. It tastes like beer with a sweeter ending. It tastes like an above average lager. Good for the style. (423 characters)

Photo of mattster
2.4/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I'm not a non-alcoholic beer fan, but am trying to be diverse in the styles I drink...

Opened 12 fluid ounce bottle, poured into nonic glass.

Pours a thick head of 2" above a crystal clear light yellow brew. Thick lacing (more like head) sticks to sides of glass.

Smell is very malt/corn driven with very weak hop notes. Taste is somewhat week, with very light notes of herb. Nothing spectacular, but still somewhat drinkable. (I'd really rather have water). Mouth feel is quite bubbly, leaves a strange aftertaste.

I can't believe I dirtied a glass for this. (563 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
1.31/5  rDev -49.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I dunno why anyone even bothers with these. Looks like an even weaker Henie, very very light yellow/straw. Smells awful. Wet hay and mold.

Taste, like a BMC with better hops, slightly. Leaves nothing to grasp onto, you don't savor anything mouthfeel wise, you just want to hurry up and get over it. It would be better to just relapse if you were an alcoholic and drink a better real beer than suffer through this. Even worse, its pricey. (439 characters)

Photo of acurtis
1.5/5  rDev -42.3%

Photo of quirkzoo
2.23/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

My grandmother kindly shared this one with me while preparing dinner.

Very clear, watery yellow, with a thin white head in a plastic cup that recedes quickly.

Tons of corn, kinda like smelling a jar of unpopped popcorn, some definite lager yeast cleanliness and just a touch of spiced hops (just a touch.

Taste is palatable, adjunct lager all the way.

Mouthfeel is thin, or highly drinkable, whichever you prefer.

Overall, if I did not know this was non-alcoholic I would have thought it was a coors light. Glad I got to share it with my Grandma who likes the taste of beer but not the alcohol. (599 characters)

Photo of alesaram
1/5  rDev -61.5%

Photo of cokes
2.39/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Golden with mounds of puffy white frosting.
Light sulphur and veggies on the nose.
Begins fairly vacant of anything resembling flavor. Just a huge stinging carbonation. Remarkably similar to seltzer water. Traces of metal/sulphur/cabbage Heineken skunkiness late. Bone dry at the end.
Very thin and way too carbonated.
Drinkable but supremely boring. (356 characters)

Photo of Sammy
2.7/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Wanted a "non-alcoholic" beer so I could drive. Some taste but funny aftertaste. Decent looking head though pale in the glass. Beer aroma masked by hint of apple. Bit dry and low in taste but passable in a pinch as carbonation gets you through it. Beats a soft drink! (267 characters)

Photo of pmcadamis
2.72/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Golden yellow....a stronger shade than other N/A lagers, and most other macro lager for that matter. An of-white head sticks around for a minute or two, and very little lace is left on the glass.

S - Crackery pils malt. Sweet molasses, flowery hops, and some herbal tea notes too. Not bad for the style!

T - Acidic, bitter, and acrid. This is very much like Heineken, which I happen to dislike, but at least this has some assertive "real beer" flavors going for it. It's much more hoppy and flavorful than any other N/A beer that I've tried.

M - Extremely carbonated, crisp, clean, and thirst quenching. This would cut through a lot of kinds of food very nicely.

D - IF you have to go the N/A route, this is the way to go. I don't really like it all that much, but I think some people might, and I appreciate it's assertiveness. (836 characters)

Photo of tdm168
2.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of cjgator3
3.03/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Pours a pale golden yellow color with a fizzy white head with decent retention.

S- The aroma is light grain and malt that is slightly grassy with a hint of hay. Maybe just a touch of hops as well.

T- The taste is sweet grain up front with a touch of grassy hops. Not overly flavorful, but not overly offensive either. It can be a little sweet at times, could use some more hops to help balance out the sweetness.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a high amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, this beer does the job it is intending to do. A very light bodied beer with very little alcohol. Worth a try. (610 characters)

Photo of cliff1066
2.25/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of Fatehunter
1.59/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Medium straw colored. A finger of head, quickly gone.
Smells like a metal can of grain.
Light taste, strong bitterness builds but ends with metallic aftertaste.
Light and weak body and moderate carbonation.
Well, it's tough to like this one. Pretty poor all around. (265 characters)

Photo of ordybill
3.32/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a slight grain and malt smell, not very big.
Appearance- Resembles Heineken, the best looking of Low Alcohol beers that I have seen.
Taste- Once again resembles Heineken but with a more watered down feel.
Palate- A light bodied beer with mild carbonation, has a crisp finish.
Overall- The best Low Alcohol Beer I have had. (381 characters)

Photo of BigAl18
2.85/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of grahuba
3/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of Backer2004
2.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Okay, so it's been over three weeks since I had a beer of any kind due to my Lenten promise. However, this being St. Patty's day and I'm in an Irish pub, I had to have something.

Buckler was my conscious-free answer. It's not good but it tasted enough like beer to be an okay alternative. Easy enough to drink but no mouthfeel at all. Reminded me of a poor Euro lager. Still better than not having anything at all though. (424 characters)

Photo of atlbravsrno1
1.5/5  rDev -42.3%

Photo of wilsonbaron
3/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of EagleTalon
3.1/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out to a frothy white head that falls to a thin film. Golden clear color. Aroma is typical euro-lager with just a touch of that strange NA whang. Flavor is weakened Heineken, with a grainy front, sweet middle and dry, seltzery finish. Overall a decent NA brew that is close to the real thing. (298 characters)

Photo of Elicoleman
1.75/5  rDev -32.7%

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Buckler from Heineken Nederland B.V.
65 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.