Buckler - Heineken Nederland B.V.

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Reviews: 67
Hads: 121
rAvg: 2.6
pDev: 20.38%
Wants: 3
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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Heineken Nederland B.V. visit their website

Style | ABV
Low Alcohol Beer |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 08-23-2002

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Reviews: 67 | Hads: 121
Photo of yemenmocha
2.08/5  rDev -20%
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. (323 characters)

Photo of taigor
1/5  rDev -61.5%
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. (422 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
1/5  rDev -61.5%
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. (347 characters)

Photo of mralphabet
2.59/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Straw yellow, very clear, lots of visible carbonation. About a fingers worth head that dissipates to a nice ring with descend lacing.

S: Very grainy sweetness, maybe a little corny and a hint of lemon grass.

T: A lot like the smell, grainy, corny, sweet with a little tartness. Aftertaste is a little on the flat side and salty.

M: Very thin and watered down.

D: Not too bad for a Non Alcoholic beer.... Reminds me of Heineken... just a little more watered down.

My first Non Alcoholic beer... Tasted more like beer than I had expected. (584 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
1.22/5  rDev -53.1%
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. (666 characters)

Photo of Arbitrator
1/5  rDev -61.5%
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. (740 characters)

Photo of largadeer
1.41/5  rDev -45.8%
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. (295 characters)

Photo of TheKingofWichita
2.17/5  rDev -16.5%
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. (316 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
2.76/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, like the label,

A: Pours a sparkling clear golden with a soft white head, average retention, no lace.

S: Mild, notes of carbonic acid and husky grain, that's about it.

T: Bittersweet grainy malt flavour, with a nice little hop balance. Solid flavour.

M: Medium-bodied for the style. Spritzy, crisp but light carbonation character.

D: Nice near beer. No real off flavours and it really feels like you're drinking something. (442 characters)

Photo of ithacabaron
3.13/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a truly golden yellow with a big, boisterous, foamy head. While the head does settle down into a toad's-eye cap, there is still very good lacing down the sides; an attractive proposition.

Smell is quite pleasing, a little clean corn, a bit of hops, and reasonably (frankly, surprisingly) focused. Not prone to the flabby, vegetal elements that plague the nose of most N/A beers.

Taste is of Carapils malt, a little bit of tinned carrot, a flinty nod from the hops. All in all, not bad, and the lack of ABV is hidden quite well. This is a difficult style to do well, and they've done an admirable job here.

Mouthfeel is the one major flaw with this product. For whatever reason, on the swallow, as the mild hop flavor passes over the palate, there is a very unpleasant, if not downright prickly sensation that attacks the tongue. Harsh, unusual, and uncalled for. A fatal flaw in an otherwise very enjoyable N/A beer.

Drinkability is fine; you wouldn't want to have too many of these, but you could have a few in a night. Will it be memorable? Nah. But it'll pass the time.

All in all, on the higher scoring end of the N/A beers out there, and by far more focused in flavor. I can't think of another brew that hides its lack of alcohol content so well, that tastes as much like...well, generic European Pale Lager beer. I just wish the mouthfeel wasn't so heinous. Give it a try. (1,389 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 liddytime
3.08/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

There are some occasions when you need a beer but can't have the alcohol. This is the beer for those times! I have tried many (if not all of the ) non-alcoholic beers that ranged from awful to putrid. Buckler is different. It tastes like BEER!

It pours a light gold with really not much in the way of aroma. Light and malty on the palate. One can actually get the hint of some hop flavor in there. It does taste like a weaker version of Heineken. Very drinkable.

This is obviously not my first choice when I reach for a beer, but for those times when I can't have alcohol, this is a worthy substitute. Best non-alcoholic beer I've had. (637 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 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 jnfs
3.18/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A very light beer in more than just taste, it was yellow in color and unnaturally clear with no head. It was litely carbonated, with aroma of grain, malt and hops. As for the taste there were slight malt and hops present. This is a super light NA beer with not much to it. (272 characters)

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.08/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nose has Nobel hops with some skunk, softly fruity, mildly malty, toasty dry. Smells okay / not bad.

Pours clear pale gold with mild head and lace. Looks pretty good.

Tastes okay. Malt and hop follows nose. Nice hop bitterness and dryness. Noble herbal/spicy/floral. Bitterness grows along with soft sourness. Finishes dry and bitter. Tastes okay. Feels pretty good. Fair drinkability.

Not so bad, it has merits, but not many. (429 characters)

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.18/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of a bottle this 'beer' was a crystal clear, light golden color with a ton of rising carbonation. The one finger head of white foam retained pretty well like a down comforter. The aroma was surprisingly beer-like, albeit macro beer, slightly stale and skunky with generic grains and a good malt/hop balance. The flavors were clean and crisp, though obviously stripped of the alcoholic gumption one hopes from a drink. Still, for a NA beer it was dry and smooth with only a hint of sweetness and cereal grains. The mouthfeel was fair enough, the body light/medium and the carbonation good. Would I order another one? Not unless I had to do NA. But if I DID, I would. For the style? Bravo. (691 characters)

Photo of SFLpunk
3.1/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown glass pry-top bottle. Proprietary dating system.

Quick review: Tastes like a slightly lighter version of Heineken. Off-dry Euro-lager style with that destictive "skunky" aroma and flavor. Crisp and mostly dry on the finish. Like Pilsner Urquell meets Heineken.

For an NA beer in that style, not bad. It didn't have that slick, almost sweet character that most de-alcoholized beers have. I'd rather drink this than Labatt NA, Gennesse NA, Coors NA, or Kaliber if I have to drink an NA beer. (502 characters)

Photo of PintOHops
3.28/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a mug.

Appearance/Smell - Appears an ultra clear yellow color with high, effervescent like carbonation. Produces a soapy head that dissipates fairly quickly, leaves no lacing either. Smells of earthy grassy notes, nutty, lite grains, powerful and at times can be a little off putting. Intense earthy, grassy notes, that's about all that's going on here.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Tastes almost the same as the way it smells, lite corn & grain, and intense earthy, nutty, grassy flavors. Although some sweet malt flavors manage to pull through a bit, balancing the potent earthy notes. Mouthfeel is very bitey & seltzer like, pretty thin and watery as well, and has a very lite body.

Drinkability/Final thoughts - This beer was largely grassy and earthy, but manages to balance out with some nice sweet malty flavor. Ive only tried a few of these low alcohol brews, but this one seems to be the best one that Ive had. I liked it's low key flavors, and awesome drinkability. All in all it's decent, and won't leave you with a hangover, you could drink as many as you want. Cheers! (1,104 characters)

Photo of PEBKAC
2.92/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (719 characters)

Photo of Brad007
2/5  rDev -23.1%
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. (512 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 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 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 jwc215
2.48/5  rDev -4.6%
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. (529 characters)

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