Haagen Premium Light - Independent Breweries Ltd
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Ratings: 4 | Reviews: 4 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by SmashPants:
1.65/5 rDev -6.8%
Bottle: light green 330mL bottle with a standard macro beer label.
Appearance: a mid-golden colour with a fair old amount of carbonation. A small head drops almost as soon as it rises, leaving a thin film and ring.
Aroma: mainly cheap grain with some pretty awful caramel-ish flavour behind. Diacetyl perhaps? Not much in the way of hops either. Poor quality.
Taste: pretty much follows the nose - nasty grains and nasty off-caramel diacetyl. There is actually a little grass hop bitterness in there, but it doesn't mask the unpleasantness.
Aftertaste: fortunately disappears pretty quickly. Really not a good beer.
Mouth feel: mouth feel is pretty standard for a lager / light lager - nothing bad to say about this aspect at least. Light in body with higher carbonation.
Overall: one of the worst beers I have ever had. I will never, ever have this again. Drink soft drink, or water. Or just about any other light lager.
06-17-2013 10:24:26 | More by SmashPants
More User Reviews:
2.63/5 rDev +48.6%
Appearance: Perfect golden colour with slow rising carbonisation. Really quite good head retention. And some lacing
Smell: moderate to low level of smell. Moderate caramel malt smell. And some floral/grassy/citrus hops, but hardly any.
Taste/ Mouthfeel: the flavours are a bit of a mix. No real construction of flavours. There is some malt and hop balance but the beer is very high in carbonisation which probably dissipates the flavours a bit. Some malt sweetness still remains and a little dry/hop bitterness is there at the end. The mouthfeel is a bit watery and over carbonated though.
Drinkability/Overall: Easy enough to drink better than a lot of light made in Australia and I would pick it most days over most. It could be worse.
01-12-2006 08:55:47 | More by Finite
1.8/5 rDev +1.7%
Appearance - 2.5
Poured a finger of white head that quickly reduced to a thin, patchy layer over a clear body of pale gold.
Smell - 1.5
Sweet diacetyl butterscotch with a little grain in the background.
Taste - 1.5
Dominated by diacetyl butterscotch, which is an obvious flaw. However, sad as it may be, I believe that the diacetyl actually makes Haagen Light a tastier beer than most low alcohol lagers. It certainly wouldn't do well in competition, but I actually prefer this to some non-flawed adjunct lagers. A little hop bitterness is there, but whatever flavour there would have been is drowned in the butterscotch.
Mouthfeel - 3.0
Light to moderate carbonation is quite fine, if leaving the beer a little watery.
Drinkability - 2.0
One tires of the diacetyl taste rather quickly.
OVERALL - 1.9
I wonder whether this is a beer that makes in onto shelves in its current tainted form. In some ways it is less mundane than your average low alcohol lager, but it is still a flawed beer and must be scored as such.
09-25-2009 09:47:18 | More by LittleCreature
Haagen Premium Light from Independent Breweries Ltd
- out of 100 based on 4 ratings.