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Buckler - Heineken Nederland B.V.

Not Rated.

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67 Reviews

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Reviews: 67
Hads: 123
Avg: 2.55
pDev: 40.39%
Wants: 3
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Heineken Nederland B.V. visit their website

Style | ABV
Low Alcohol Beer |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

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

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Reviews: 67 | Hads: 123
Photo of Rifugium
1/5  rDev -60.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

First had: bottle at Club Society, Evesham, NJ

You'd have to be drunk to enjoy this. And that doesn't make sense any way you read it.

Poured a straw yellow with a quickly receding white head. Slight essence of grains in the aroma and not much else. Taste of skunk and stale grain juice. Like water in the mouth, and not drinkable for any reason.

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Photo of Arbitrator
1/5  rDev -60.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Chilled bottle into a glass. Shared by largadeer. Thanks, Chris.

I don't know if I see the point of non-alcoholic beers in general. If I'm not drinking, I'm not drinking; I don't need something that passes as some imitation of what I'm not having. Maybe I'm alone, but I just don't see the point and I don't recognize this as a valid 'style' of beer.

Clear, light straw body. Even from a few feet away I could smell how badly skunked this was. Did they preskunk it before bottling it? I just don't see how it went that bad. Anyway, it's sulfurous / minerally, skunky, terrible.

I don't have much to say. Skip it. Drink iced tea or something else if you really want non-alcoholic beverage. I just don't see the point of stuff like this.

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Photo of taigor
1/5  rDev -60.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Poured clear pale yellow color with minimal head that quickly dissipated leaving almost no lacing in the glass.

S - Awful grain grassy smell. Very unpleasant and skunky.

T - Bitter, grassy with slightly metallic aftertaste. Tastes like a powder mixed with water.

M - Very light and over-carbonated.

O - Stay away from it as much as possible. Anything including water is better than this.

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Photo of womencantsail
1.22/5  rDev -52.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I suppose this was deserved...thanks for sharing, Chris.

A: The pour is a very pale straw color with a finger's worth of white head.

S: This is what it would smell like if you were sprayed by a whole population of skunks. Just for a bit of "balance", we've got some resin and bong water. Maybe a bit of sweetness.

T: Amazingly bitter, and not in a good way. Lots of skunk, as you would expect after just opening the bottle. A bit of an apple juice sweetness underneath. Some coffee grounds too.

M: The body is light and thin and the carbonation is medium to high.

D: This was horrendous. I wish I could give this beer a zero on the aroma. Wow...do not buy this.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
1.31/5  rDev -48.6%
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.

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Photo of hardy008
1.33/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Clear pale yellow with a small white head with poor retention and no lacing. Smells like sweet grains, light grass, or hay. Not much else.

The taste is no better than the smell. Sweet, cheap tasting grains, some hay or grass. Watery and thin. Very artificial tasting. Also very bland.

Light bodied, or more correctly, thin and watery. Light, lively carbonation. I won't try this again.

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Photo of largadeer
1.41/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

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.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
1.41/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

My first non-alcohol beer. Lets see what this is like.

Appearance (2.25) : Elmer's glue white head, fluffy and artificial. Pale yellow body with lots of bubbles. Better than I expected for a non-alcohol beer.

Smell (1.5) : So is this what N/A beers are supposed to smell like?? I hope not. Cooked smashed peas, dirty squash, some fermented fruit. Old corn. Just rancid. Smells just like my elementary school lunch room did. Really...? An extra half point for the memory.

Taste (1.25) : If you like beer, but you want to ditch the alcohol, please avoid this beer at all costs. The taste is even worse than the smell, which I'm sure was impossible. Want to know what you're in for, non-alcoholic beer drinking floozie? Rotted corn. A blenderfull of mashed, cooked peas and carrots, army style. A dry bitterness that is not unlike walking into a funeral home. The cooked carrot note is overwhelming most everything. Do not drink this beer. Please, I beg you.

Mouthfeel (1.25) : Loud carbonation upfront that quickly turns into a stiff carcass staleness. Just...wrong.

Overall (1.39) : Stay away, unless you hate yourself. Drink a sprite instead.

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Photo of Dogbrick
1.48/5  rDev -42%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Sampled a friend's at Thirsty Dog. About what you would expect of a NA produced by Heineken I suppose. Light gold color with a thin white head. Little lacing. Aroma is faint hops with a skunky aspect as well. Thin and watery and fizzy, with very mild hops and a somewhat filmy finish. I'd choose Warsteiner's NA over this any day.

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Photo of tesguino
1.52/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

An oxidized like leather, and recycled paper smell; taste like yeast, and soft, the worst of the Na beers, serve in a shot glass or from the bottle, dont try with food, this beer had a 1% of alcohol then it has or it does not have alcohol?... 49% recommended.

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Photo of Fatehunter
1.59/5  rDev -37.6%
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.

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Photo of theozag
1.99/5  rDev -22%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Buckler pours light yellow and settles medium gold with no head whatsoever. Fact is, shaking a bottle of Buckler probably wouldn't create any head. This one smells sweet, possibly with a hint of lemon. It starts crisp and light almost without any "beer" taste at all. It is light bodied with a bit of apple flavoring, and finishes dry and bitter.

Overall I judge Buckler to be a "so-so" non-alcoholic beer.

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Photo of harrymel
1.99/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Best by: unk

Golden raisin with a strewn top layer of central and perimeter whites. Smells like skunked hops, some metal and maybe wheat chex backwash. Not impressed by the nose here. Taste is grain, corn, a bit of herbal hops, some sugar, metal. Again, not very good. Thin body with light carb and an off dry finish.

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Photo of Brad007
2/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pours a straw yellow/gold color with a very thin one-finger head into my pint glass.

Aroma is full of corn/grain upfront that seems to be quite overpowering.

Taste is thin and full of grainy adjunct with a load of bitterness (probably not hop-related) that hits the palate. Harsh.

Pretty damn rough on the palate. Very harsh and has the consistency of ginger ale. Doesn't seem to go down too well either.

Well, it is a non-alcoholic beer. Just thought that I'd try out this style and so far, not impressed.

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Photo of yemenmocha
2.08/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Good god this is foul. Pours pale straw. White head. Nose is coked vegetables over fresh, raw skunk funk from fresh skunk roadkill. Amazing that they are able to sell this product. Would rather nose my Hanes after a long jog, with the socks too. Cereal grain sweetness is in there on the palate. Sweet corn & grainy finish.

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Photo of TheKingofWichita
2.17/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a sickly looking pale straw color (a little hazed) with a thick soapy white head and a little lacing. Smells of carbonated water with some grain and a little corn in the background. Mouthfeel is a little thin but they are usually thin for this style. Drinkability is low, because the beer just isn't that good.

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Photo of quirkzoo
2.23/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
2.29/5  rDev -10.2%
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

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Photo of BeerDreadz
2.35/5  rDev -7.8%
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 .

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Photo of kojevergas
2.36/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Served from a bottle into an Estrella Damm goblet in Ibiza, Spain. Reviewed from notes.

A: Pours a two finger head of fair thickness, no cream, and poor pathetic retention. Colour is a clear gold.

Sm: Very nutty, actually. Malt and barley are there, alongside a hint of lime. I also get a fermented pineapple note, a bit like tepache. Interesting and unexpected.

T: Heavy pineapple is present in the body with a nut/malt climax and finish. Simple, but more bold than most alcohol free beers I've had.

Mf: Far too light, but it's a bit coarser than expected. In any case, it doesn't really suit the beer.

Dr: Obviously it's very drinkable as it's practically water, but it has no real alcohol content. I wouldn't have it again, but perhaps for the nondrinker it might be more worthwhile than Beck's or O'Doul's.

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Photo of Jason
2.37/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of cokes
2.39/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of mattster
2.4/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
2.45/5  rDev -3.9%

Twelve ounce bottle.

A: Pours a clear pale yellow under a solid one-finger thick frothy white head which fades to a thin cap and leaves puzzle lace.

N: Corn (?), yeasty bread, faintly floral, grassy, faint lemony citrus, hay.

T: Thin, wheaty bread, slightly sweet malts, mild fruity yeast.

M: Light body and medium carbonation. Crisp and clean finish.

O: For the style, this is acceptable and a good starter beer.

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Photo of jwc215
2.48/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours straw yellow with a two-finger creamy head that descends to a thin cover.

The smell is of some mild grainy sweetness.

The taste is of a mix of grainy and tonic-like sweetness. Blandness predominates. Salt in the finish gives it some dryness.

It's watery, but not overly so for the style. Some sweetness lingers.

Not too pleasant for beer, but not terrible for the style. Anyway, in most cases, I would pick water over this, but if you want something of a beer flavor without the alcohol, it's not a bad choice.

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