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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Photo of johngilbert
3.41/5  rDev +14.8%
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 Brutaltruth
3.02/5  rDev +1.7%
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 xxxxxxxxxxxxx
3/5  rDev +1%
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 hopmashian
2.97/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of chinchill
3.22/5  rDev +8.4%
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 pat61
3.75/5  rDev +26.3%
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 Hodgson
4.31/5  rDev +45.1%
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 DenisKolkin
3.07/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

500 ml can served cold into a pint glass. ABV is 5.0 % ABV for Canadian markets. Purchased from LCBO for about $2.10 CDN.

Appearance - pours a rich and clear golden color with modest visible carbonation and a finger and half half of very white head. The head recedes down fairly quickly leaving just wisps behind and virtually no lacing.

Smell - not a lot, a bit grassy and a substantial sweetness to the beer, more so than I would expect from this style.

Taste - different, starts dry and a bit musty, then transforms to a rich and malty flavor, but lacking in bitterness.

Mouthfeel - very very dry, lightly carbonated, a bit of a thin body.

Overall - it's not bad but it's not great especially when compared with Spaten and some of the other fine Munich Helles lagers of Germany. Maybe worth a try if you like some substantial sweetness, otherwise probably a pass.

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Photo of ClePaul
3.42/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Henninger Premium Lager

Look 8/10
Smell 10/20
Taste 26/40
Feel 7/10
Drinkability 18/20

Overall 69/100

Classic flowery adjunct lager....
It is a solid choice for a gift, especially for someone who isn't into craft. Will NOT satisfy beer nerds.... At all, so keep that in mind if your a snob in any regard.

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Photo of biegaman
3.22/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

German beer is known in virtually every corner of the globe. The proof? Filtered, bubbly, brilliantly golden lagers with soapy white heads - in another word, beers that look like Henninger - are the worldwide de facto posterboy for 'beer' everywhere. And rightfully so, this looks scrumptious!

The Germans are very proud, traditional, and individualistic people. It may sound insane but it's not uncommon for Hefeweizen drinkers in Bavaria to have never tried a Weiss from Berlin, or even for Kölsch drinkers from Cologne to have ever had the famous Altbier of neighboring Düsseldorf. Nearly every region has their own historic, distinct style of brewing...

Frankfurt, the city where Henninger hails from, is geographically about halfway between Munich and Dortmund. Its "special brewing process" - which the brewery is suspiciously vague to expand upon - aligns strongly with the Dortmund "Export" style; where as Munich Helles have a gentle, pleasant sweetness, this one has a bottom-line of hops and strong minerality.

Of course, when it comes to Germans drinking beer, having any less than a litre (or several) is practically unheard of; they think nothing of having a pint or two with breakfast! So there's been clear care put into keeping Henniger clean, quaffable, and approachable (the slightly more pronounced bitterness notwithstanding). The word 'Reinheitsgebot' can't be found anywhere on the can but this has only a faint hint of sugar or corn. It's mostly malt.

Although Germany can still be divided into neo-medieval states, Germans everywhere take their beer very seriously - every part of the country has in common its recognition of brewing as cultural heritage. Henninger is no national treasure, but for something so industrialized and mass-produced, its relative quality is a clear nod to the nation's proud history of clean, serviceable lagers.

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Photo of Howycwap
1.75/5  rDev -41.1%

If youre looking for a mildly sweet beer with a strong adjunct presence on the back end. Then this is the beer for you! Also a bit of a metallic taste...

Not much of a head and it only lasted for a minute or 2. Not much lacing either.

I really wouldnt recommend this, as its highly forgettable and really just nothing special. There are tastier lagers out there for at least a similar price

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Photo of tone77
3.51/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A big thanks to the creator of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is full of malts, a bit sweet. Taste is the same, malty, some sweetness, smooth and refreshing. Feels light in the mouth and overall is a refreshing and highly sessionable beer.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.22/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

500 mL can picked up at TBS, coded L083/14 and listed at an even 5.0%. This is one of my favourite pale lager styles, although the abnormally low price point has me a little worried. Served well-chilled.

Pours a bright, clear golden-yellow colour, topped with one finger of fluffy white froth. It recedes steadily over the next period of minutes, leaving behind a messy ring of lace and a thin cap and collar. The aroma is mild with no particularly notable features, good or bad - grainy malt, corn husk, and some indistinct grassiness.

The flavour profile falls along the same lines... approachable, but worlds away from interesting. Grainy barley malt sweetness provides the bulk of the flavour, with a hint of boiled vegetables. Mildly grassy toward the finish, but nothing lingers - it's a mostly-clean aftertaste, with maybe a hint corniness. Light-bodied, with aggressive carbonation of the sort that you'd probably expect from a Euro lager. Standard-issue pale lager stuff here.

Final Grade: 3.22, a C+. Henninger Premium Lager is far from the worst imported lager I've ever had, but at the same time, I can think of plenty of others that I'd rather be drinking. This is a fairly forgettable, industrial-style pale lager whose strongest feature happens to be the price rather than anything relating to the product itself - this is only 2 bucks a can, and I challenge you to find a better beer at that price point in Ontario. If this beer were more widely-distributed, I'd probably continue to pick it up once in a while.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.5/5  rDev +17.8%

I picked this up during my recent foray to Norfolk, VA and their Total Wine & More, where I graciously received and assisted.
From the CAN: “Bier – Biere – Cerveza – Birra – Bier – Beer – Lager – Cerveja”.
The top was of an older variety, so the Crack! was not as loud as in many instances. It was a pint CAN, so the inverted Glug did not last long. I got two-plus fingers of fizzy, foamy, bone-white head with moderate retention. It created some nice lacing on its way down, however. Color was a slightly cloudy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 -5). Nose had the typical lager honey-like sweetness and a mild cereal-like graininess. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium. I would have sworn that I was drinking Heineken! I actually do not mind Heineken, but this really tasted like it and at a reduced price point. Finish was semi-sweet, very lager-like and a pleasant break from that Minhas crap from earlier.

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Photo of lwillitz
2.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

1-pint can into pilsener glass

A - tall white head over a crystal-clear body of straw yellow, moderate amount of rising carbonation, good retention and decent lace

S - adjunct grains (rather corny), grass

T - corny taste, grassy bitterness, light vegetable flavor

M - light/medium body with moderate carbonation

O - On par for a European lager, perhaps, but nothing special.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.72/5  rDev -8.4%
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 SmashPants
3.3/5  rDev +11.1%
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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Photo of FrankyGee3
3.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Some beers you buy because they are great or outstanding, and others because they represent a great value in an everyday brew. Henninger's lager in the pint cans is the latter of those two. The local Liquor Barn chain store had the six-packs of pints for $6. I divide beer into everyday brews and weekend specials. If you look at the price, it's about like paying $4.50 for a six of something else, which puts you in Budweiser range around here, maybe even Natty Light land. Would I rather drink this? Oh, hell yeah. Is it my favorite? No, but at this price, I'm perfectly happy given most of the things I really like are in the $9-$15 range, or more. In the end, we pick beers because we really like them, and avoid ones we think aren't worth the money. $8? Hmmm, maybe, maybe not. $6 for six pints of good (not great) German brew, that's a helluva buy to me.

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Photo of McStagger
2.59/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

TJ's purchase. Time to try something besides Peter's Pils from my favorite low cost grocery/beer store.

A: Poured into a pilsner glass. Transparent straw. Lively carbonation. Slightly less than one finger head. Mediocre lacing. Minimal retention. Looks very macro. Large bubbles.

S: Smells very macro as well. Hops are of the cooked vegetable variety. Malt is thin. Not even crackery, really. Think communion wafers.

T: Taste is much the same as the smell. Small amount of vegetal hop presence is unctuated by a thin line of poor quality malt. Very underwhelming. Dry finish, with a sudsy aftertaste.

M: Thin. Not much redeeming quality here.

O: Feels overly manufactured, which it is. Terrible represenation of a Munich Helles. Missing the grassiness, straw and biscuit aspects of a good German light lager. Poor.

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Photo of TheMarkE
3.04/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear goldish yellow, thin head disappears quickly.

Smell: Corn, grain, and grass, a little bit skunky.

Taste: Corn, grain, and grass.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, dry, and smooth. No real aftertaste to speak of, other than a hint of skunkyness.

The Verdict: Meh. This tastes like Germany's answer to Bud Light. Drinkable but forgettable.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.4/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

16 fl oz can served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Expectations are low; I had this from the bottle quite some ago and I was not impressed. Acquired at Trader Joe's for cheap.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 2.5 finger beige colour head - quite thin - with okay cream and decent retention. Body colour is a light very pale transparent copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Clean pale malts. Salt. Minimal floral hopping.

T: Pale malts. Burnt rubber. A light saltiness. Minimal floral hops - I hardly detect any. Incredibly simple. Balance is off. No yeast or alcohol comes through. A barley foundation.

Mf: Weak. Thin. Smooth. Wet. Sharp from slight overcarbonation. A bit buttery. Too wet. Hardly feels tailored to the flavours.

Dr: Drinkable but forgettable. A cheap Trader Joe's beer that masquerades as a German treat purely for marketing purposes; this is one to be avoided. I'll steer clear from it in the future. A failure within the style. Quite underwhelming.


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Photo of jifigz
2.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pint can poured into a glass.

The appearance is a very clean and pale yellow color with a head that disappears rather quickly. The color is more rich and yellow than your standard American macro lager offering, but not as richly golden as other lagers I have seen. The smell was basically non-existent with just a touch of sweetness coming through. The taste was very light and tasted vaguely of honey. The flavor had just a touch of hops, but was mainly honey like sweetness through and through. The mouthfeel was thin and watery and refreshing.

Okay, so this came in a preselected box from World Market titled World's Best Beers" or something like that. My friend's dad picked it up in Ohio. I could tell by one glance that most would be relatively flavorless pale lagers. He offered I take one so I chose this one. It wasn't nearly as good as I was expecting.

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Photo of thecheapies
2.95/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

Light golden body with a loose head that dissipated to a film and ring. 3.0

Grassy hops, crackery pale grains with light must, and not much else. 3.0

Stanky Euro hops and a musty, almost fruity, pale grain with serious huskiness. Slightly astringent with a semi-steely flavor. Hint of green apple or Pixie Stick in the finish. 3.0

Medium-light body with medium-light carbonation. Slippery feel. Lower drinkability. 2.5

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Photo of ADZA
1.63/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clear pale gold which leaves a frothy two finger head that stays with some lacing,the smell is grains and grassy herbal hops,the mouthfeel is lightbodied and has tastes of pale malts,grassy herbal hops and a touch of lemongrass,overall its very average and wouldnt buy it thats for sure cheers.

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Photo of maddux91
2.48/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bought a slab of these from my local supermarket in Australia, was priced at $33, had never seen these before or even heard of them, so decided for the price they were worth a shot, especially if they were imported from Germany.


Size of the bottles fit well into the fridge.
Very little carbonation so good for people who arent interested in taste.
Looks reasonably pleasant once poured, nice copper colour with 2 finger head.


Smells horrible, like burnt rubber.
Tastes fairly bad, a combination of metal and the same burnt rubber.


Think its fairly certain that this is a mass produced lager, much like the German version of Melbourne Bitter (still way better than that though)


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