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: 131 | Ratings: 192
Photo of JayTheFinn
1.28/5  rDev -56.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Awful. My tastebuds are ruined.

A - Extremely light yellow tint to an essentially clear beverage. Some bubbles and a wimpy head.
S - Sugary corn. Unpleasant.
T - Corn extract. Overt sweetness. Little hop flavor if any.
M - Nearly non-existent.
D - Never again!

Perhaps this one went bad. It didn't taste "skunky", but if I have another (unlikely) and it proves a great deal better I will edit this review. Otherwise as it stands, this is a Bottom 5 Worst Beer I've Ever Had.

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Photo of JDV
1.39/5  rDev -53.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Light yellow pour with huge white head. Smell is light lager yeast, and malt. Taste is weak, lightly carbonated and almost flat feeling, soapy and yeasty with a definite almost chemical like aftertaste. Not good. Barely drinkable but never voluntarily.

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Photo of cafemondegar
1.45/5  rDev -51.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

This is another beer in my six-mix pack of beers that I got home from Wilbur's Beverages on College Avenue in Fort Collins.
Although I am not a beer pooh-bah by any means, I have had enough beers to have a slightly negative feeling about this beer as I picked it up because of its label but I dismissed those thoughts telling myself that the proof of the pudding is in the eating. Not that I regret my decision but I should have gone with my hunch.
I don't know about Munich Helles Lager style, this beer may very well be the benchmark beer of that style - but I didn't much like it. The color is characteristic lager, but I have poured PBR from a can into a glass and been more impressed than I was with this beer.
The mouthfeel is smooth but that's the best can be said. With 4.8% ABV, you kind of expect that.
I have had some great German beers, lagers even. But to claim that this is German Brewing Tradition (the caption on the label reads that) like McDonalds selling a burger as an American Grilling Tradition.

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Photo of Reidrover
1.5/5  rDev -49.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Ok went shopping at Trader Joes today got a mixed 6..this is first in the fireing line.
Ok bought in a pint can attractive if minimalist artwork , red and gold.
Pours with a massive pure white foamy head atop a pale golden beer..some nice looking carbonation strings.
Smell is the smell of cheap lager..faint hops and sweet malts.
The taste ,mm it starts reasonably enough for a lager , that is sweet maltiness..then quite suddenly it turns to this horrible metallic , acidic taste on the back of the tongue not good.
Mouthfeel is horrible dry and bitter ( ina horrid way)
An awful beer lucky I only bought the one.

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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 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 superduper
1.98/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Light, golden, with poor head retention. Nothing 'wow' about it.
S: Honey aroma lacking.
T: Missing any hints of malt. Some bitterness. Dry finish.
M: It's best quality but too thin.
D: I would try another Helles.
It's possible that it did not travel well.

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Photo of mghotbi
2/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

16 oz can came in a Trader Joe's "mystery six pack" for $4. Poured a clear yellow with abundant tight white head and a bit of lacing.

Smells pleasant enough - no skunking, no off scents.

Prominent lingering bitterness that seems artificial - like dissolving an aspirin tablet on the tongue. The lack of balancing malt sweetness or floral hop scent and the long lingering bitterness make this an unpleasant experience overall. Mouthfeel is watery and dominated by seltzery carbonation.

I generally like European lagers as long as they're fresh and cold, but I'll avoid this one in the future.

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Photo of bluejacket74
2.12/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The beer pours a clear golden yellow with about an inch or so white head. It smells like grain, grassy hops and a bit of malt. The aroma isn't strong at all. It's not a bad aroma, but it's not strong. It tastes the same way, except it has a weird metallic bitter/sour taste to it too. And it's weird in a bad way. The mouthfeel is on the watery side, with a moderate amount of carbonation. The drinkability would be OK except for the weird taste. I don't think this is good at all, it's one of the worst beers I've tried. I'll have to try it again at some point to see if another batch is this bad or not. A typical Bud/Miller/Coors tastes good compared to this.

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Photo of Portertime
2.13/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A green bottled German lager the follows the German purity law. Here goes... Pours a sudsy yellowish, very bubbly. Smell lagery with some hop spice and cooked corn. Taste is bland but fades in and out with hopiness. Very bubbly but then a kick of cereal grain in the finish. Side note, this beer gave me a head ache in the morning and I only drank two! Not very pure....hmmm.

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Photo of Padron4KM
2.15/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz green bottle. Pours out dark golden with a smallish eggshell white head. Head evaporated quickly and left no lacing.
aroma was lightly malty
Flavor was almost nonexistent. lightly sweet with a slight hop tingle. and I do mean slight. It lasted about 7 seconds.
Germany’s version of miller lite? At least it was a new shipment so it wasn’t skunked yet. Give it a week it will be.

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Photo of monkeybeer
2.18/5  rDev -26.6%
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 feloniousmonk
2.21/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Light haze and pale yellow, snow white head, lacey.

Largely empty aroma, some graininess...slightly honey-sweet.

On the tongue, clean, wet, sweet, then dry, and dull. Bland, and forgettable. Light bodied, with no finish, just some scant trails of grain straying behind on the palate.

Boring. Bleh. Bluh.

Pass this up, unless it's free and you're very, very thirsty.

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Photo of beerguy101
2.26/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Light gold color, mead/large head. A medium bodied lager, mild malts slightly sweet. Mild hops, slightly spicy. Mild taste. Nice mild flavor. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is mostly neutral. Middle of the road lager

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.26/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pale gold topped by a decent looking cap of off-white that has multitudes of fine bubbles piled atop its sinking surface. An acceptable smattering of lace finds its way to the glass. A pretty generic look overall with nothing leading me to think either good or ill (so far at least) of Henninger Premium Lager. That 'Premium' isn't a good sign, though.

The green bottle, noble hop skunkiness that greeted me on crown cracking hasn't entirely gone by the wayside. Yet another casuality of the pervasive impression among the European breweries that green-bottled beer is an image enhancer; for the brewery and for those who drink it, presumably. Who wants their beer to smell and taste like Heineken? Stale, musky, musty hops and... that's it.

Ditto the flavor. Actually, the beer is even less accomplished on the palate. It's roughly bittered and doesn't hang together well at all. No surprise then that I spotted 'hop extract' among the ingredients. I'm sure that somebody has the talent to brew a tasty hop-extract beer, but this isn't one of the success stories.

There's a barely satisfactory amount of pale malt holding down the bottom end, but it doesn't contribute nearly enough flavor or sweetness to save this sinking ship of a beer. I thought that Munich Helles Lagers were supposed to taste bright. This one is as dishwater dull as they come. Munich Dulles Lager is more like it.

The body/mouthfeel isn't outstanding by any means. It doesn't, however, disappoint to the degree that the flavor does. Somewhere between light and medium, it holds on long enough and is bubbled enough to be a non-factor. I still can't pull the 'average' trigger, though. Probably because each mouthful is such a disagreeable experience.

Beware of any beer with the word 'Premium' in its name. Ninety nine times out of one hundred, you'll find that the beer is anything but. Henninger Premium Lager is nothing more than a poor man's Heineken Lager; something that the beer world could definitely do without.

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Photo of bark
2.28/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The colour is medium yellow; the two finger head is airy and white. It sinks quickly leaving a thick ring on the glass.

The smell is light and sweet with somewhat frowsy notes of dough and bread. It smells a bit "cheap".

The taste is wishy-washy. Some sweet notes in the finish, then some minerals emerges. Hints of dough. The aftertaste got some very weak bitter flavours and some tired sweetness.

The carbonation is medium strong. The fresh bubbles are very small. The liquid is semi-smooth.

What's "premium" about this watery beer?

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
2.3/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: The pour is straw-colored, with a medium-large white uneven head that after the quick dissipation leaves nice lacings.

S: Unbalanced bready malt, mostly sweet. Not much else going on...

T: Bready and sweet malt, with a kind of metallic artificial wibe to it.

M: Aftertaste stays for some time, mostly sweet. Medium body and medium carbonation but quite offensive.

D: You'll have to try lots of beers to separate the nice ones from the weaker - this is the latter.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
2.35/5  rDev -20.9%
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 xare
2.35/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I had this from a can that I had been aging for a while in my cellar so the aging may have distorted my rating a bit. The beer was brewed 07/24/2006 with an expiry date of 07/24/2007. I sampled this beer 12/29/2007, a bit past the expiry date but don't believe the aging affected the beer much.

Appearance was fantastic. It poured as a clear light straw color (much lighter than a Budweiser would look). It had a very foamy head that laced very well and didn't dissipate for a few minutes.

The smell was kinda a mixed bag. It had the clean smell of a lager crossed with the sour smell of a wheat beer but that's just my personal view of that.

Taste wasn't great nor bad. It was kinda flat, no high or low notes. No real flavor to it apart from tasting wheat-like.

Mouthfeel was okay - decent, considering it was a canned beer - there was absolutely no metallic twangs or aftertastes which surprised me, especially as I aged it for a bit.

Drinkability would have been rated higher as it began out well but after the first fourth of the beer, it began to extert a stronger and stronger wheat aftertaste but it wasn't 100% smooth to begin with. Ther's a minor aftertaste even with the first sip.

Overall, not a beer I'd drink again which is a shame as the appearance had my hopes up so high.

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Photo of clickpush
2.35/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Pour: 12oz bottle to pint glass. Bottle comes away to reveal a thin white head and a pale, honey colored beer. Small amount of carbonation seen as a few streams of bubbles coming from the bottom.

Nose: Overpowering aroma of grains and corn.

Mouth: I loved the crisp, strong carbonation that normally indicates a refreshing, summery lager. It carried a slightly bitter swallow with a strange, vomit-like exhale flavor/scent. After being swallowed, this beer reminded me of the smell of a bar at 2am.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
2.35/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very clear gold with an extremely minimal white head; lacing was present from a very small ring. The smell was a bit hoppy, but overall aroma was not a strength for this beer. The taste is lightly floral from the slight hopping with some grainy sweetness. No carbonation is noted, but the mouthfeel finishes a bit crisp. Slight astringency is also present. Similar to an American macro beer, but just a tad more character. No skunkiness noted despite the green bottle; good looking bottle and labeling.

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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 doktorhops
2.41/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Purchasing this beer I knew I was in for a wild ride. "Cheaper than an Aussie macro lager" said the alarm bells in my head, yes this tallie was cheaper than a tallie of XXXX Gold or VB! Although probably not if we do the math: 1 Aussie tallie is 725ml's whereas this tallie was only 660ml... still alarm bells were ringing.

Poured from a 660ml bottle into a litre Stein (old "Steiny"!).

A: Very very typical light amber body with a white 0cm head that leaves a thin lacing.

S: Peeyooh! This beer stinks! It's got a huge odour of "gone bad" vegetables, corny grains and a rubbery musk... hope this lager tastes better than it smell, though I am doubtful.

T: Well it does taste better than it smells but that's not hard. Typical adjunct corn/grain base with a dry start to finish and a light honey character mid-palate. It's not awful, however it's also not great; it's meh. The hops leave a trace of bitter in the after-taste but overall it's the dry finish that makes this beer even remotely worth drinking.

M: Lagery /lɑːrghɜri/ - Noun: 1. An overtly carbonated beer that makes one gassy. 2. A brew that is renown for it's watery mouthfeel and as such is a waste of malt grains that could otherwise be used in a decent ale or stout.

D: I wouldn't purchase this again. It is in my opinion another in the long line of useless/flavourless lagers out there that make me long for a stronger ale presence in the overall beer market share. Pilsner's are fast becoming the only bottom-fermenting beers I can stand these days and I'm starting to find myself wondering whatever possessed me to say "yeah, why not?" to the litres of cheap lager I've been offered at BBQ's/parties over the years... but I digress.

Food match: Something light on the budget, I mean don't go out of your way for Mr. Henninger when he's making you a beer that tastes as cheap as this: fast food (two words that conjure up a multitude of awful possibilities).

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Photo of bridgeporter
2.45/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bought a 6pk of 16oz's at trader Joe's and not for the first time. Well usually my wife buys it cause she likes lighter beers and I'll drink most beers except macro garbage on a hot day.

Looks like a macro light and has a slightly sour smell but not bad enough to put me off. Crisp dry and bitter, this beer is one small step up from bud and such. Don't waste your money even though at 4.99 a 6er it's cheap indeed.

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Photo of prototypic
2.47/5  rDev -16.8%
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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