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Buckler - Heineken Nederland B.V.

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BA SCORE
60
poor

99 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 99
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 2.41
pDev: 31.12%
Wants: 4
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Heineken Nederland B.V. visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
Low Alcohol Beer |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 08-23-2002)
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Reviews by jsisko01:
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jsisko01

Michigan

3.63/5  rDev +50.6%

This is the second N/A beer I've ever tried. Lets see how it goes..

Appearance - Pours a clear straw color with an inch thick, creamy white head that lingers for a minute. Leaves behind a very nice lacing.

Smell - Very malty, has a subtle sweetness, with bread and grains.

Taste - I'd say this tastes exactly as described in the aroma. The malts taste very weird with no alcohol present..

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall - This stuff is pretty decent. It's definitely easy to drink on.

01-01-2013 04:31:05 | More by jsisko01
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BeerDreadz

Florida

2.4/5  rDev -0.4%

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 .

06-07-2007 19:10:18 | More by BeerDreadz
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Jason

Massachusetts

2.33/5  rDev -3.3%

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.

03-01-2003 04:39:24 | More by Jason
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.28/5  rDev +36.1%

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.

03-31-2010 14:25:03 | More by tigg924
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mattster

Texas

2.45/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

04-30-2008 23:45:44 | More by mattster
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

1.31/5  rDev -45.6%

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.

03-02-2010 23:54:00 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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acurtis

New Jersey

1.5/5  rDev -37.8%

02-16-2012 00:00:54 | More by acurtis
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quirkzoo

Colorado

2.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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.

06-12-2012 17:26:18 | More by quirkzoo
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alesaram

Guam

1/5  rDev -58.5%

10-16-2012 03:29:17 | More by alesaram
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cokes

Wisconsin

2.35/5  rDev -2.5%

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.

09-21-2003 06:44:22 | More by cokes
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

2.68/5  rDev +11.2%

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!

03-21-2004 03:21:31 | More by Sammy
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pmcadamis

Illinois

2.7/5  rDev +12%

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.

12-03-2007 07:10:02 | More by pmcadamis
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tdm168

North Carolina

2.5/5  rDev +3.7%

01-28-2014 18:55:33 | More by tdm168
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cjgator3

Florida

3/5  rDev +24.5%

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.

03-02-2010 23:17:31 | More by cjgator3
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cliff1066

Virginia

2.25/5  rDev -6.6%

12-27-2012 05:07:16 | More by cliff1066
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Fatehunter

Oregon

1.58/5  rDev -34.4%

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.

10-13-2012 18:00:50 | More by Fatehunter
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Backer2004

North Carolina

2.58/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

03-21-2006 01:32:40 | More by Backer2004
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atlbravsrno1

Tennessee

1.5/5  rDev -37.8%

07-31-2014 17:06:49 | More by atlbravsrno1
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Elicoleman

Tennessee

1.75/5  rDev -27.4%

08-06-2014 07:56:13 | More by Elicoleman
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Spikester

Oregon

3.25/5  rDev +34.9%

Clear pale gold with a half inch head and a few lacings.
Smell is the best feature. Floral, herbal, woody.
Taste is very similar to regular Heineken but without the alcohol bite.
Mouthfeel is a bit thin and lightly carbonated.
Overall average with a slightly dry bitter finish. A little less sweet than most.

01-10-2013 06:33:07 | More by Spikester
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PEBKAC

New York

2.98/5  rDev +23.7%

Bottle assured fresh, provided by my uncle on Easter.

Poured into my DFH off-center pint glass.

Two inches of stiff peaks over a body the color & clarity of ginger ale. Archipelago-like lace.

Smell is like a well used Brillo pad, pungent guinea pig alfalfa feed, & sticky spilled beer residue.

Taste is mainly husky grain & crackers, with some mild Euro-familiar carmelization, & a twinge of bottlecap on the finish. Maybe slightly salty at the end too.

Body drinks like carbonated mineral water. Carbonation is sturdy but soft.

Drinks a lot like Heineken Light out of a mini keg. I could see myself in a crowded place, dipping my arm in the ice bucket & drinking a couple of these before I realized what it was.

05-07-2009 22:41:39 | More by PEBKAC
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largadeer

California

1.43/5  rDev -40.7%

12 oz bottle into a tulip. Clear watery yellow with a rapidly fading head. Smells like roadkill, sulfur, metal, minerals, husky grain. Sweet on the palate, extremely thin and somewhat metallic. Signature Heineken skunk. Grainy, watery finish with a little astringency. This is pretty much awful.

11-28-2010 04:00:07 | More by largadeer
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

3.25/5  rDev +34.9%

Buckler has a thick, frothy, off-white head, a clear, somewhat bubbly, yellow-gold appearance, and pretty heavy lacing left behind. The aroma is of pungent, sweet, biscuit, and some grass, and the flavor is of sweet grain, biscuit, and grassy bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium and a touch slick, and Buckler finishes fairly crisp, tasty, and easy drinking. Yes, it does have a bit of that "something missing" aspect that one gets from non-alcohol brews, but this one tastes more like beer than any I’ve tried, so far. I like it!

RJT

05-31-2014 17:22:53 | More by RonaldTheriot
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metter98

New York

2.68/5  rDev +11.2%

A: The beer is crystal clear straw yellow in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that gradually died down, consistently leaving a thin head covering the surface and lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of sweet, bready malts in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has diluted flavors of bready malts along with some hints of sweetness. No bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels light-bodied and a bit watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is pretty good compared to some of the other non-alcoholic beers out there but seems like it could use a little more hops.

06-28-2012 00:37:46 | More by metter98
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civicm87

New York

2.5/5  rDev +3.7%

05-10-2013 20:09:36 | More by civicm87
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Buckler from Heineken Nederland B.V.
60 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.