Henninger Premium Lager | Henninger Bräu AG

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Henninger Premium LagerHenninger Premium Lager

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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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Reviews by SmashPants:
Photo of SmashPants
3.3/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle: a stumpy 660mL green bottle with a macro German label. A bit average-looking. Purchased on sale at Liquorland - 3 for $12.

Appearance: poured into a pilsner glass - amber yellow with plenty of carbonation across the profile. A two-finger white head rises before settling to a thin cap. Fairly solid lacing.

Aroma: a clean and refreshing aroma of floral and vegetal hops, with bread and pale malts.

Taste: grass hops with that slight vegetal again - very European lager. The pale malts tag along.

Aftertaste: a grainy astringency comes through on the finish, somewhat diminishes the summer hop brightness.

Mouth feel: pretty spot-on for a German lager - moderate in feel with a moderate- to- higher carbonation. Carries the flavours well, and has plenty of drinkability, as I am finding out as I polish off the third 660mL bottle.

Overall: a perfectly acceptable middle-order lager beer. I do like a German lager - second only to our best in Oz, of course. A good one to sit back, listen to Gordon Lightfoot and chill (hypothetically speaking). A good price for a decent lager. I'll have it again.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue I:

Does the Euro-green bottle give this beer away? Thick layer of white head that drops down to a semi-sticky lace. Bright and clear golden color shows some active bubbles rising to the top. Cooked hops and a hint of DMS (aka cooked corn) in aroma, with a hint of malty grain. Smooth without a doubt and a little crisp in the light to medium body. Hop bitterness carries some sharpness and is a tad rough around the edges with a slightly puckering herbal flavor. Malt flavors stay dry all the way with a faint animal feed and dry biscuit character. Kiss of lemon from the hops quickly disappears in the dry husky grain finish.

A middle of the road lager, one might say it's an industrial-style lager. Mass-produced and processed. Not half bad, though don't expect much. An easy drinking, no-brainer beer.

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Photo of Jason
3.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of merlin48
2.49/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz green bottle pours a chill hazed golden body with a small white head that flls into some decent lacing. Aroma is skunky. Some floral hops and yeast underneath. Light medium body with crisp carbonation. Taste has some crackery malt sweetness and faint floral hops but it's skunky. Green bottle should be a warning.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
2.35/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Another installment in the now-suspicious beers of the world tour 12-pack.

Poured a clear, golden color with a transient thin white head that makes a feeble attempt at lacing the glass. Aromas are a mix of grassy/floral hops and some sweetness. Nothing too major. Flavors are muted as well, with a balanced mix of malt and hops. Finishes uneventful, with a dry and somewhat grainy/husky aftertaste. "German Coors", anyone?

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Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Brilliant gold under a lacy, rapidly dissipating white foam cap.
S: Grainy sweet malt aromas with faint hops and hint of sulfur.
T: Showcases slightly sweet rich malt flavors with a light to moderately light hop accent. Malt lingers into the finish and aftertaste. F: Smooth medium light body and medium carbonation.
O: Much more flavorful and fuller bodied than a standard American lager and much more drinkable.

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Photo of monkeybeer
2.18/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Clear Pale yellow large white head that stayed for a while no lacing

S- Almost mo smell slight hop and citrus

T/M – Very watery somewhat sweet, not a bad mouthfeel fairly clean

D- Over all it was drinkable, would not refuse it if it was given to me but not a bad beer to pound down.

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Photo of ADR
2.51/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear pale yellow appearance, short white head of 1/4 of an inch and average staying power. Simple and incomplete lacing. The mouthfeel is a bit fizzy, plenty of charge on this one. Flavor is mild, along with an almost non-existant aroma. Slight bit of pale white bread toast, some grain sense. The hop balance is a little sub par, leaving the carbonation to finish things up. A bit gassy in the swallow. I only see twelve packs of this beer now, diferent than the eight packs of black cans of Kaiser I used to see about six years ago. As for this beer, so-so...

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pale golden straw white head laeves even lightly coated even lacing. Aroma: Pale malts touch of noble hops and sweet biscuit malt undertones. Taste: Sweet graininess with hops providing a nice bite finishes pretty clean not trying to reinvent the wheel with this brew just a good German lager. Mouthfeel: Light bodied probably consumed by the masses in the city it originates in. Drinkability: Not bad at all refreshing and enjoyable.

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Photo of chinchill
3.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

500 ml can in Santorini.
Decent head and mouthfeel.
Typical malts and hops for style.
Near medium body with medium-high carbonation.

O: OK but unexceptional.

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Photo of OStrungT
2.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear pale yellow color, with a thin white head. The head fades slowly, leaving no lace.

This beer smells of corn. Some grain aroma is present as well. It is all pretty mild and boring. A slight rotten cabbage aroma is also present.

This beer tastes much like it smells. Cabbage and corn. Some grain as well.

This beer is well carbonated, fitting the style. It leaves a corn like aftertaste.

This beer wouldnt be a good session beer since I dont want to drink more than one.

Overall: Not worth buying. Only marginally better than BMC.

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Photo of Arherring
2.75/5  rDev -8%

Photo of Brenden
3.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The color is a yellow that's almost a pale amber. A large white head sits with a nice, firm denseness for a while and leaves a few thin spots of lacing.
The smell is mostly citrus and a gently sweet malt. The aroma is fairly strong, but there's no real complexity in it, like the flavor.
The flavor is a well-balanced arrangement of hops, malts, citrus and grains. As per the style, there's just a light spice from the hops. While I expect it to a degree, it is a little too herbal, perhaps.
This one's fairly crisp in a light to medium body.
This one isn't exceptionally complex, but just enough, with a good balance.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.72/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

500ml can - another seemingly regional micro-brewed lager from Germany - throw it on the pile, I guess.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden yellow colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, somewhat rocky, and mostly bubbly off-white head, which leaves some random arrays of sudsy splattered lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of sharp, kind of astringent pale grainy malt, mildly tart stale lemon juice, a dry corn huskiness, and dead floral, rather vegetal hops. The taste is a gritty pale malt and corn-bred graininess, muddled, wan citrus notes, and more weak, but off-putting nonetheless, cooked veggie and musky floral, er, 'hops'.

The bubbles are pretty low-key, and not really up for causing any sort of ruckus, the body a pithy medium weight, blandly smooth, and a bit creamy - strictly in the airy sense, of course. It finishes off-dry, the mutt-like malt and wilted fruitiness taking back the day from that more or less and thankfully faded hop nightmare.

I must apologize for initially lumping this in with all the other German-made lagers available around here - this is obviously a sub-par example of a generic lager, let alone the style it is listed as on BA. For a brewing nation with such stringent standards, it's always a bit of a shock to come across one of the black sheep in that particular family.

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Photo of asabreed
2.86/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pint can into a pint glass.

Appearance: Light straw yellow-golden with a decent frothy white billowing head and dense lacing. Head goes away quickly but leaves the spidery lacing around. Not a lot of carbonation floating to the top.

Smell: Like a lighter version of a Pilsener with some seemingly adjunct sweetness, and that's about it.

Taste: The lighter Pilsener flavor comes through here, and there's not a lot of complexity, but there's a decent hop bite and spiciness at the end.

Mouthfeel: A bit too almost-cloying with not enough carbonation.

Drinkability: For about $7 for 6 pint cans, it's a decent no-thinking brew, especially for barbeque or feasting on not-so-fine food. I was told by a friend that this is decent stuff, and it's no drain pour, but for me, I wouldn't buy it again I don't think.

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

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

Photo of pmcadamis
3.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - A big fluffy white head with a tint of yellow rises above a grayish dull-lemon brew. The head is really massive and rocky, and tons of really sticky and dry lace is left on the glass. Retention is decent, but the crusty lace sticks to the glass like super glue! It's going to be hard to wash this crust off of my pilsener glass!

S - Fresh yeasty hard bread, saltine crackers, and salty sea air. This smells very crisp and lively, but malty enough to keep it from being twangy. Hints of toffee way off in the back make this interesting.

T - Saltine cracker, sea-water, crisp baguette bread or hard dinner rolls, along with some really fresh and floral hops. This is a little bit spicy, but not as much so as a pils...I think that's the difference in style; more Saaz spice in a German pils, and more rounded sweetness in a helles lager. Good stuff!

M - Medium bodied, but with a little bit of gluey weight behind it. Carbonation is sprightly, but not abrasive. The finish is crisp and dry as hell, with a lingering saltine cracker freshness.

D - Excellent! This SCREAMS drinkability on a brisk spring day like today! This has enough interesting flavors to keep your palate guessing, but it's crisp, fresh, and lively enough to avoid overtaxing your tongue.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
2.66/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16oz can, nonic, no freshness dating.

The color is sterilely clean lager yellow, but the head is impressive; just off-white, retentive, and meringue-like.

Really quite neutral in the nose, I detect a hint of sulfur, no sweetness, and feed grain. There is a little rich cracker.

If the nose is neutral, the flavor is even more so. A watery liquid with the ghost of grain attempt some type of spice at the close and then is gone, unobtrusive and inoffensive, and very nearly flavorless.

The mouthfeel is crisp, bubbly as can be, and it is a good quick quenching pint. It's par for the course though.

This beer is average in an industrial, low flavor way that doesn't live up to its category here on BA. Rating these begs many questions about reviewing to style, personal taste, is there a time and place….. on and on. This is still beer, but does this beer respect beer?

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.77/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The town of Frankfurt is home to Henninger, Germany's fifth largest brewery; and their 361 foot high malt silo is one of the towns landmarks. But Frankfurt isn't known for any particular style of beer, and this smooth and undemanding lager falls somewhere between a Dortmunder-style and a lower alcohol pilsner. It's clear golden body reveals fine bubbles rising steadily towards its short but creamy head of bright white foam. The retention is good, but it eventually erodes to a thin, creamy collar; yet it's still able to leave some sticky splashes of craggy lace. The nose is fresh with a combination of sweetish, grainy malt and floral hops. The body is medium and it's crisp across the tongue with a fine, median carbonation. It's lightly sweet and grainy malt is tempered with floral and spicy hops atop a solid bitterness that leads to a lingering dry finish. It's very well-rounded and drinkable, but without any stand-out features.

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Photo of cjgator3
2.68/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle

A- Pours a golden yellow color with an off-white head with decent lacing and retention.

S- The aroma is grainy malt and faint hops.

T- The taste like the aroma is some grain with a clean refreshing finish with a touch of hops.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a lot of carbonation.

D- Overall, Henninger Lager is a pretty average lager. Not something I would buy again.

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Photo of prototypic
2.47/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Very, very light, clear golden color. Head is foamy and about a finger and a half. Very short retention and average lacing.

Smell: Weak aroma. Uncanny resemblance to a macro's aroma. Very light malty aroma, grainy, and no hops.

Taste: Decent malt flavor. More robust than most macros and not quite as watered down. Somewhat sweet. Very grainy taste. Again, not hoppy.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Light bodied, decent carbonation. It's drinkability is hindered by it's bland taste. Overall, it's not very good. Wouldn't go out of my way for it.

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Photo of EBeckett3
3.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of HalfFull
2.66/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a pint glass. Pours a clear golden straw with a bumpy white half inch of head.

Smell reminds me of a Euro pils yet seems a bit richer of malts on the nose. A bit of grassy noble hops and some pale malts, rather light and reaching overall. Taste follows the nose and is a bit creamy in texture unlike the more crisp pils I'm familiar with. A bit rich and bready in texture but without much complexity. Offers a fairly good feel but the drinkability is subject due to the sweetness and this becomes more evident as the carbonation diminishes.

A rare style for me but not one I'm looking to revisit, rather unexciting.

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Photo of beveritt
3.33/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from a 16 oz can into a slender pint glass. Label is black, red, and gold and uses a mix of German and English. Produced 26/05/08. Expires 26/05/09.

Appearance: Pours with 4 fingers of nearly white head. This settles slowly into an undulating, multi-leveled layer of foam, leaving behind decent lacing. The beer itself is a pale yellow and completely clear. Small amount of activity.

Smell: Very slightly sweet malt with a little metallic edge. Grassy hops with a little hint of citrus.

Taste: Mild malt upfront with a honey like sweetness. A mellow bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Lower than average carbonation level. Body is pretty good.

Drinkability: Not too bad. Could have used a little more carbonation to add some punch and accentuate the malt.

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