Henninger Premium Lager | Henninger Bräu AG

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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 whatthehull
2.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a La Chouffe tulip

A - Golden straw, one finger white head and no lacing

S - sour, zesty and some serious apples and citrus

T - Zesty, citrusy, slight hoppiness, slight grass and fruity

M - Light and fluffy, medium acidity, medium finish and almost no body

D - You can drink this beer all day long on a hot day. Nice balance. Taste like your everyday German lager

Final thought - Below 5% abv, and around $5 a sixer. This beer is pretty good and works well on hot summer days for a refreshing non-water drink

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Photo of dansmcd
2.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - A furiously carbonated, straw coloured body with no head no matter how you pour.

S - Citrusy and tangy, with some mild dry salty malt.

T - As it smells. Zesty lemon peel, some cracker type malt.

M - A typical lager. Very refreshing.

O - Extremely sessionable. A pleasant surprise. Give it a try on a sunny afternoon.

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Photo of eric5bellies
3.32/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - This beer pours a classic Golden clear colour, with a foamy White head that reduces quickly.

S - Smell is small amounts of grain and malt.

T - Some nice subtle flavours of malt and grain perhaps a little more than usual for this style.

M - Light body and full carbonation.

O - A decent drinkable Helles

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Photo of keeganfrank
3.64/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a pint can, pours a bright gold color with about one finger of head that dissolves somewhat quickly. Smells like sweet apricots and apples. The flavor is more akin to bitter fruit, with some grassy notes and crisp sweetness also present. Texture and drinkability are both average but, combined with the pleasing odor and taste of Henninger Premium, make up a worthy lager.

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Photo of cjgator3
2.68/5  rDev -10.1%
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 Evil_Pidde
2.3/5  rDev -22.8%
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 bark
2.28/5  rDev -23.5%
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 rarbring
2.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The beer is clear, straw colored, has a white head with small bubbles leaving lacing.

The smell is sweet, a bit fruity, pears, a bit metallic.

Upfront sweet, biscuit-like, some sourness, indeterminable fruit associations, a short metallic bitterness.

Small carbonation, rather soft - a bit soda like, a dry finish.

Yet another rather anonymous lager.

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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 MTNboy
3.06/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It has a great gold colored body with a fluffy and rocky white head. It has a typical pils grass and grain aroma. The head has a lot of staying power that moves with the beer. It has grassy sort of cheap wine taste. I now the Germans have the purity laws but this beer tastes adjunct to me. There is some sour and bitter tastes. The body is thin with a lot of carbonation.

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Photo of crossovert
3.38/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz black can.

It pours a very yellowy yellow with a big foamy white head.

Smell is not quite there for a Munich Helles, smells more like a premium epl. There is a lot of husky grain and a pinch of hops but not much hops.

The flavor has a noticeable hop pinch, but is mostly bready, grainy, cheaply tasting for the style.

It isn't that bad of a beer but it can't compete with a true Bavarian Helles.

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Photo of jarmby1711
3.38/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

As a Munich Helles I believe this to be a true to character example of the style.
It is a "subdued " Czech Pils
It pours cleanly with an easily accomplished head and solid carbonation Light gold and clear.
Smell is characteristicly malty and sweet.
Flavours are unremarkably expected and average.It does no harm but offers nothing in individuality.
Mouthfeel has the underlying oiliness of a Pils but definably more watery.
As a cheap Coles Liquorland option this is a far better choice than any of the Australian macros that rub shoulders with it in the display fridge

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Photo of spoons
2.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very light yellow color with a decent white head to start but fades to a thin film rather quick.

Has a grainy smell with a tiny bit of that helles honey smell, but only just enough to hint at the style.

This is pretty highly carbed and comes off pretty watery. the flavor is bland with just a little sweetness. Overall a pretty weak version of the style. One that I dont need to have again.

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Photo of GRPunk
3.25/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. can poured into a Pilsener glass.

A- Initial 2-finger, white head drops to about 1/2 finger and eventually to a thin film that left some pretty good, sticky lacing on the glass. The body was a clean, deep gold with moderate to heavy carbonation.

S- A mix of doughy malts and floral hops. It's pretty well balanced, maybe a bit toward the malt side of the spectrum. It's fairly robust for the style.

T- Lots of doughy malts with some light, spicy hops. Balance is similar to the aroma, maybe a bit more centered. It had a clean, dry finish. It wasn't as crisp as I'd like and became a little bland by the time I finished the pint.

M- Quite carbonated at first. It created a champagne-like, bubbly sensation and a light bite. It kind of flattens out in the end.

D- It's a pretty easy drinker and quite cheap. With still relatively few options in the can, it makes for a nice beach, golf, etc. type of beer. Kind of no frills, but it beats out a lot of the adjunct lager counterparts.

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Photo of JamisonM
3.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: light gold color bright white head with sticky lacing

S: average smell maybe more hops then your typical lager

T: slightly above average taste hops balancing the malts its a beer that you might want for a change of pace if your drinking a lot of darker more flavorful beers

M: ya its light

D: yea very drinkable good warm weather one

overall: a cheap drinkable beer I dig the cans and I dig the pint size might buy this again if the mood hits me.

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Photo of Portertime
2.13/5  rDev -28.5%
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 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 OStrungT
2.77/5  rDev -7%
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 TheQuietMan22
3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured a pale straw yellow. Very helles-ish. Two fingers of fluffy white head developed and dissipated quickly to leave a billowy lacing.

Smell: Very light adjunct corn. There's also a slight floral, barnyard malt aroma. It's like a cheap helles.

Taste: It's on the road to being macro cheap, but it still has a hint of respectability. The taste is mostly adjunct corn, but the barnyard malts keep it tasty and refreshing. At the end there's little hop bite to keep it interesting.

Drinkability: Not complex, but just flavorful enough to make it decent drinking.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.08/5  rDev +3.4%
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 droomyster
3.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From an impressively designed 16 ounce can. Pours a clear gold with a thin, short-lived white head. Smells honey and light grains. Has a grassy bitterness, nice crispness and dry finish that is very refreshing. Works well for warm weather or as a session starter.

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Photo of Brenden
3.25/5  rDev +9.1%
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 morimech
3.51/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a macro like pale yellow but that is as far as the comparisons go. Has a large white head that has good retention. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left on the glass. Has a spicy hop and cracker like malt aroma but overall it is a bit timid. The flavor is a little weak but does have a solid peppery, earthy hop flavor. The malt is extremely dry and finishes moderately bitter. Light body and nicely carbonated. Bordering on being watery. I found this a very nice session type beer. The noble hops are nicely displayed as well.

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Photo of Clydesdale
2.61/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Standard pale golden lager color. A tall, fluffy white head with nice retention and some lacing. Pretty nice for the style.

S: Some mild grainy malt up front. Standard noble hop aromas for a German lager - slightly leafy and herbal. Clean and unremarkable.

T: Bland grainy malt flavor, somewhat cracker-esque. A bit of leafy and herbal hop flavor, with reasonable bitterness. A bit of a musty/yeasty taste as well, with vegetable notes.

M: Oddly, it manages to be on the full side while being rather watery. Chalk it up to the subpar carbonation. It could definitely be more effervescent. A bit of fading dryness into the finish.

D: Pretty average. I have a feeling that this is the German equivalent of Labatt - an underwhelming lager with a characteristic off flavor. In this case, a sort of mealy, leafy bitterness. Actually, a lot like Labatt in that regard as well. Not impressed; at least it was cheap.

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Photo of Cresant
3.38/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 16 oz. can into a pils glass. Exp: 05/03/09. The body was clear and golden. There was lively carbonation and two fingers of crisp white head. A clotted film remained.

Smell was grain and light hops earthiness.

Taste was grainy/husky. Sweetness and a nice spiciness. Craker-like. Overall better than I expected.

Mouthfeel was medium in body with a bit of zing/prickle in the higher carbonation.

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Henninger Premium Lager from Henninger Bräu AG
2.98 out of 5 based on 200 ratings.
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