Henninger Premium Lager | Henninger Bräu AG

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Henninger Bräu AG

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by OldFrothingSlosh on 04-03-2003

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Ratings: 206 |  Reviews: 140
Photo of powerharp
5/5  rDev +67.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It's a typical European lager that does what any typical European lager does. It's a crapload better than Bud, Miller or Coors. If you don't agree, grab you MAGA hat, go out, drink some Clydesdale piss and watch Fox news.

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Photo of superspak
3.41/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500 ml can into lager glass, no can dating. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy medium golden yellow color with a 1 finger fairly dense and rocky white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, light pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Okay aromas with pale malt and light earthy hop notes; with solid strength. A bit fruity/yeasty, but not overwhelming. Taste of cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, light pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Light herbal, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, light pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Nice robustness of pale malt and light earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Nicely clean on lager flavors, not too fruity/yeasty. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, bready/grainy, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is good. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5%. Overall this is a solid Helles. All around good robustness of pale malt and light earthy hop flavors; smooth, clean, and easy to drink with the mildly bitter/drying finish. Very flavorful and not watery for the ABV. Nicely clean pils malts with mild balancing noble hops. This feels like this has a bit of age on it, but it's enjoyable.

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Photo of Metalsnota
2.48/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Qcastrojr
1.6/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

This beer I picked up at Trader Joe's and it was just okay. Nothing too special about this lager, kind of reminded me of drinking a Tecate. I just don't like when you feel like you can taste the can it self as well. Wouldn't buy again.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
2.81/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Type: 500-ml. can
Glass: Clear 15.25-oz. pilsner
From: Trader Joe’s in Mission Valley (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $1.00
Purchased: Aug. 10, 2017
Consumed: Aug. 12, 2017
Reviewed as: Munich Helles Lager
Misc.: Packaged on April 26, 2017; Enjoy by April 26, 2018

Picked this up on a recent trip to Trader Joe’s in Mission Valley. Still new to this style with this just being my third review of a Munich Helles Lager. Did not look at the ratings of this until I got home and let’s just say they are not good. But $1.00 for 16.9 ounces, so let’s have some fun.

Poured a pale clear color with 2-to-3 fingers of rocky white head. Lots of slow moving bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Good watery, spotty lacing. Very good retention. (Sight - 3.75)

Smelled grain, metallic notes, buttered corn, cereal, herbal, dark green apple, pear and bready malts. (Smell - 3.25)

Taste followed the nose, but much worse overall. Got grainy metallic notes, cereal, buttered corn, raw veggies, dry grass, dark green apple, light pear and barley. (Taste - 2.50)

Light body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt, metallic finish. (Feel - 2.50)

Did not like this beer. Even for the price, would probably not purchase it again. Below average. (Overall - 3.75)

2.81 | 66 | C

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Photo of mondestrunken
2.29/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Pale straw colour with quickly dissipating head.
Bready aroma with slight touch of peach/marzipan. Light bitterness, and some honey, otherwise little other flavour.
Not too bad for the price.

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Photo of badun
2.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

There are 3 things that I like about this beer:
It did not have any Eurofunk taste.
It was on sale for $6.99 a six-pack.
It's 16 oz, my preferred can size.

Aside from that it was the least memorable beer I've had in quite a while. There's nothing wrong with it, but it has no distinguishing characteristics. I look slightly more sophisticated drinking from a German can, but I prefer the alcohol taste and kick of an American high gravity lager if I'm drinking cheaply and in quantity.

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Photo of jaydenmeier
3.74/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ArchimedesSox
3.76/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A: Crystal clear golden straw color, large white head, really nice lacing that just hangs on the glass

S: I get the funkiness of the yeast, some bread and a little hoppiness

T: Nice and sweet up front, then the funky yeast comes in balanced with a little hops bitterness on the end.

M: Light to medium

O: A decent lager, much better than the typical American adjunct lager. I could drink this often.

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Photo of NordicHermit
3.54/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

500ml poured into a pint sized dimple mug. About 2.20 CAD from Ontario Beer Store.

L: bursting carbonation contributed to a 1" head that disappeared within a minute. Absolutely no carbonation after the initial pour. The glass may be to blame for that.

S: could smell the malt from a foot away as I poured. Faint cereal notes thereafter.

T: full grainy flavour with mild hops bitterness on the finish. Generally just loads of barley. Liquid bread. Mild metallic aftertaste thanks to the can.

F: found the carbonation came back as I drank it. Seems to come alive when it moves. Heavier than American lagers.

O: I really enjoyed this. I don't commonly see it in Ontario but will purchase again. Love the grainy taste, and minimal skunk that I'm accustomed to with Bitburger etc. Will try again with a tall glass to see if it affects carbonation and feel.

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Photo of coopdog1000
3.65/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mattreitz49
3.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of johngilbert
3.41/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a shade yellow one or two steps from Busch darker. Deliciously cheap at $6.99 for 6/16.9oz in New Port Richey, Florida. It does not taste like a "Munich Helles" and is closer to the DAB (Dortmunder/Export) style. Spicy notes, delicious, yet slightly refreshing mouthfeel albeit a little heavy. According to their website, this appears to be called "Henninger Export Classic" which I believe it is, and with that being said and with Frankfurt being closer to Dortmund than Bavaria, it may be safe to assume that it's an Export Lager with acceptable corn starch adjuncts. See the old story about Samuel Adams' Brewer discovering Beck's to be adjunct. On the topic of Beck's, in comparison, to the old Export Beck's the way "it should be" (not how it is now), this beer is sort of similar on the palette as the old world Beck's USA Export variety used to be (up until around 2010) except that Beck's had a more Pilsener profile, yet while not being a Pilsener, more of a mass-market German Export, this beer The Henninger Export Lager (i.e. Premium Lager) is a bit more gritty, their website states a 5.5% ABV which is believable and I assume some Corn Starch but far less percentage than, let's say, MGD which is probably a majority of adjunct vs. a good quality German Lager Bier. On par quality-wise with Dinkel Acker, probably better than Tucher but inferior to DAB. Not to mention, this can does _not_ boast "Brewed According to 1516 Purity Law" so assume it is an acceptable adjunct. A great deal, on par with (extinct) Beck's, slightly less refreshing due to the malt being a bit inferior to DAB's per se. I give it 4.25 overall based on drinkability, German-ness, and availability in the USA at an affordable price. (BTW, I also do not get the acidity reflux issue with Helles Lager on this brew, without thanks to the pH of Helles' acidulated malt.)

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Photo of SkylerShores
3.1/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From Das tall boy in a snifter to make it exquisite.
This standard lager pours a golden yellow with a modest head of white
foam that subsides to a thin ring, thin pool, and subtle lacing. Nose of
honey malts, lager funk, little else. Flavors follow the nose with lager funk
and heavy grain notes tossed lightly with honey malts and an herbal hops blast.
Decent mouth feel; standard lager suspects---crisp, medium mouth feel, medium
carbonation, and a lightly sour grain finish.

Overall, a Bush of Germany. Decent, but still light on the flavor side.


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Photo of EdTheEdge
3.17/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rob99er
3.65/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Luiz0930
2.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Ppin
3.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of kfirestone
3/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Electros
3.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of xxxxxxxxxxxxx
3/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I purchased a can of Henninger Premium Lager for $0.99 USD in Glendale, CA/USA.

Look: Henninger Premium Lager had an ordinary appearance.
Smell: Henninger Premium Lager had the aroma of a beer that was brewed with grain.
Taste: Henninger Premium Lager had a flavour of fermented grains with slight hints of bitterness.
Feel: Henninger Premium Lager had good carbonation.
Overall: Henninger Premium Lager is a beer for people who seek the flavour of fermented grain.

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Photo of torwart68
3.35/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of crwrunner
4/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hopmashian
2.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Good value. Tastes good, refreshing with medium carbonation. A session beer that's balanced, not overly sweet or bitter. Went well with my spicy Dan Dan noodles!

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