Henninger Premium Lager | Henninger Bräu AG

Henninger Premium LagerHenninger Premium Lager
203 Ratings
Henninger Premium LagerHenninger Premium Lager

Brewed by:
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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Photo of stever451
4.5/5  rDev +51%

Photo of Hodgson
4.31/5  rDev +44.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First of all, it surprises me how many reviews below state this is an adjunct beer and claim to note corn or rice flavours. It's not; it's all malt and the can states this clearly, at least the black can we get in Canada.

I find this beer superb, with a well-balanced malt, hop and yeast character. The yeast has that faint "decay" that adds complexity without putting the beer off-balance as too many European lagers have in my view. The finish is drying, from the fine German hops with their mineral and slight spicy notes.

It's vital to get this beer very fresh, if too old it doesn't deliver the authentic helles flavor.

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Photo of crwrunner
4/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beermazter310
4/5  rDev +34.2%

Photo of jucifer1818
4/5  rDev +34.2%

Photo of neenerzig
3.95/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got one of these as part of a 12 pack "Beers of The World" from World Market as a Christmas present from my cousins. A very decent German Lager, but I have had better. pours a clear golden color with an inially big white head that is gone rather quickly and leaves little lacing. Upon pouring there are lots of littls bubbles rising up, which might make one think that this beer is highly carbonated. Smells of some malt, hops, lemon, perhaps bread, and maybe some grains as well. taste is sort of sweet with malt, grains or oats, and some mild hops. Aftertaste is a bit dry. Nice mouthfeel. Crisp and smooth at the same time. Moderate to high carbonation. Very drinkable. Finishes clean. Worth a few tries. Nothing great, but not bad at all either.


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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.9/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I have the opportunity to give the canned version another go as it is part of a set of beers I received as a Christmas present from a most thoughtful bro-in-law, Esq.

Appearance - poured into a half-liter glass, two fingers of pillowy foam form up. Pretty basic yellow/straw color. Tiny dotted clumps of lace are left behind as the head melts down.

Aroma - decent pilsner-style grain, mild but on target, far better than my last encounter with this one.

Taste - a much better flavor this time around. A brief bit of metal, but by and large the sweet grain and robust hopping stand out. Despite this being a non-pilsner, it reminds me of the Jever pils I had at a local Oktoberfest a few months back. The balance between the initial sweetness and the bold bitterness on the swallow is very good. Finishes dry with a slight lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel - medium to light but quite crisp and refreshing.

Drinkability - great summer session brew, for a can no less. Might even need to pit this against Bitburger in a head-to-head 'can-off'.

After examining the bottom of the can, I see that Henninger's shelf life is marked for a year after production. My first can was 11 months old and well past its prime. This 2nd can I'm sampling is not quite 6 months old and tastes good. The storage no doubt was at least a little different for the two cans but ceteris paribus, 11 months may be asking a bit much for this import. If I see these this summer, I'll definitely check the stamped date on the bottom first.

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Photo of Offa
3.87/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a pretty basic, but reasoanbly good German lager and very German.

Gold, it has a medium-big white head steadily shrinking and leaving no real lace.

The aroma is perfumy grain, light bread crust, sulphur, hay, hint of junipery herbs.

The taste is light sweet grain with light grassy-juniper bitterness, hint of minerals, a bit zesty with a full grain and hay finish. It's a bit thin and watery after the first sip, especially when it's cold, and is a bit bland compared to others. However, when it warms a bit, the body and flavour are better, fuller, and more lively. It has obvious similarities to better quality helles lagers like Weihenstephaner or Paulaner, and these are stronger when warmer, but it is clearly thinner, less complex, and more minerally. It is, overall, quite enjoyable and the drinkability improves as it warms a bit rather than going donwhill and becoming tiresome. It's good with food, as well.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.85/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Golden-orange. Two finger head in my mug. Highly carbonated.
S- Grassy, but in a good way.
T- Starts grassy and finishes grainy. General clean lager nature.
M- A bit watery but not too bad. Smooth, with proper carbonation.
O- Very sessionable. A large step above macro offerings. In essence it's Heiniken but better.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.82/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint can,

A: Pours a clear yellow with a mild white head, fair retention, light lace.

S: Some grassy hops and bready malt, fairly nice.

T: Very mild malt profile with a quite enjoyable crisp hop attack. Grassy, lightly herbal.

M: Smooth, crisp, clean, light-bodied.

D: Surprisingly good considering its score. Perhaps the can helped, a good selection on the cheap.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.8/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A really nice Helles Lager. Pours out to a clear golden yellow color with a big head of white foam. Lots of lace, and a medium level of carbonation. Aromas of malt and yeasty bread fill the nose, with hints of hops and grass lingering in the background. Taste was medium bodied and quite enjoyable; flavors of malt, mild grass, oats, cereal, some hops. Nice. Mouthfeel was crisp and refreshing, making me think this would be a great summer brew. Drinkability is good. I will look for this again. A nice crossover brew for boring beer drinkers who stick to BMC products. Recommended.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.77/5  rDev +26.5%
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 ArchimedesSox
3.76/5  rDev +26.2%
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 pat61
3.75/5  rDev +25.8%
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 TasteFiend
3.75/5  rDev +25.8%

3.75/5  rDev +25.8%

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

Purchased a 6 pack of 16oz cans at Trader Joe's for $4.99

Aroma - Hint of grassy hop aroma, straw-like grains, clean, slightly sweet

Appearance - Straw in color, good head retention, frothy white head.

Flavor - Malty sweetness, grainy, slight corn, subtle hop bitterness and grassy noble hop flavors, fairly clean, no diacetyl.

Mouthfeel - Light-medium body, medium carbonation, smooth, creamy texture on the palate. Dry finish.

Overall Impression - Crisp, dry & refreshing. This is a nice example of a Munich Helles. A very malt forward light lager that I think could be a bit cleaner in profile with a bit more body and a bit less DMS character. For $4.99 a 6 pack, you really can't go wrong, this is much better than macro swill.

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Photo of jaydenmeier
3.74/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jjanega08
3.73/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A= pours a nice golden completely translucent color. A nice creamy white head rises out of the beer. The head is pretty nice looking sort of rocky and thick. The lacing on the glass is somewhat minimal but the retention is pretty solid.

S= Like any good lager. You get nice sweeter malts coming from it. Not really much else to describe. Smells like a german lager.

T= Tastes like a german lager. There is a grainy hay like taste to it for sure. I know it's not really likely in the can that it came from but it sort of tastes skunky. The malts are very sweet. Very basic hop bitterness is definitally there but nothing really in regards to hop flavor or aroma. Grassy hay like malts with a sweet finish.

M= Super crisp and dry. Oh so dry.

D= Pretty good. Interesting beer. Not bad by any means but different. You don't find a lot of American beers tasting like this. Decent beer and I may buy it again if I'm doing some sort of German thing.

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Photo of Procrastinator
3.68/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz. green bottle. Number 15 27 and the letter L on rear of label. No understandable freshness dating is noted. I've had this beer in the past, but this is my first review of it.

Appearance: dark golden color body with white foamy head which quickly breaks down. Few lines of carbonation are seen and head is regenerated with swirling of the glass. Pretty typical looking "Euro-lager".

Smell: crisp, clean scents of lightly roasted grains and sweet honey are offset by a bitter and peppery hop presence.

Taste: definite German lager flavors. Sweet honey and lightly roasted grains with a hoppy bitterness to counter. A slight flatness in flavor at the finish. Underlying whiskey taste.

Mouthfeel: well carbonated and light to medium in body. Hops make for a crisp, bitter finish to balance out the sweet side graininess.

Drinkability: very easy drinking and enjoyable. Nothing outstanding, but fairly standard middle of the road German lager.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.67/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. can, 4.8% ABV. Clear light golden color, with a few tiny bubbles streaming from the bottom of the glass. White rocky head holds together well for a few minutes.

Pale, slightly bready malt aroma. A few soft herbal and grassy notes in the background. Pretty simple aroma.

Pale malt, with just a hint of bread. Not grainy at all. Soft grassy hops are just enough to keep the malt balanced. Dries out a bit at the finish.

Light body with adequate carbonation. Easy to drink. Nothing special, but pleasing.

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Photo of Zorro
3.67/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear pale gold lager.

Smells slightly tart and sweet. A bit grassy and noticeable malt and hops.

Taste is slightly sweet grains and a fresh hay taste. Fairly hoppy too.

Flavor goes sweet and then cereal grains and hay and finishes with a hop bite. There is a slight wheat beer like banana taste here too.

Mouthfeel is slightly thin, but much better than many others.

A decent lager, and a bargain for the $4.00 a sixer it costs.

Very drinkable.

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Photo of biergeniesser
3.67/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This .5l can of Henninger Premium poured a crystal clear gold color and had a thick fluffy white head that dissipated slowly leaving a slight lacing. Tiny bubbles evolved slowly from the bottom of the glass.

The aroma of this beer was dominated by the malt Most notable were the bready and sweet clovery hay notes. A slight noble hop aroma was also evident.

Henninger Premium has a light, crisp flavor dominated by bready malt that finishes with a slight sweetness. A good moderate hop bitterness and spicy noble hop flavor balance out the malt nicely.

The body of this beer was light to medium with a nice mouth coat and a light degree of carbonation.

All things considered Henninger Premium is a good beer if you are looking for a nice clean well balanced Helles.

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Photo of coopdog1000
3.65/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rob99er
3.65/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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