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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Photo of Westsidethreat
2.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Hay colored body, very clear with bubbles meandering to and fro. Head is stark white, medium sized bubbles forming a nice film across the roof of the beer.

S: Lots of metal on the nose, wet grass and corn pops.

T: Right up front limestone like mineral taste is the primary component to this beer. Tart tin taste with some minor pear moves in next. Finishes lightly bitter with subdued sweet grain

M: Thin body with a medium mouthfeel. Cabonation only slightly prickly

D: Well, this is a straight forward and boring beer. Nothing to see here....move on.

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Photo of kmcnair
3.75/5  rDev +26.3%
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 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 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 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 goschool
3.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer number four out of my Trader Joe's five-pack of beers I've never tried. 16 ounce can.

It pours a sharp gold color with a creamy white head. The nose has grains and grassy hops. There's more grain aroma than hops. That changes in the taste when the grassy hops surpass the dry grains and just barely sweet malts. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and crisp. Nice quaffable lager.

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Photo of WMBierguy
3.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a very clear, golden dark yellow, with a half inch thick white head. Maltiness was the dominant characteristic of the flavor, with little to no trace of hops. Though malty, this beer did not leave a cloying aftertaste, and had a crisp and enjoyable finish. This was a tasy beer, if simple. I'd try it again.

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Photo of biergeniesser
3.67/5  rDev +23.6%
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 tugdriver7
3.05/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Frankly, a pleasant surprise here. Hadn't seen it before, and it was cheap. Doesn't really do the "Munich Helles Lager" category justice; but an easily drinkable, lighter-bodied, mild-flavored offering just the same. Green bottle, but no skunk (especially for an import, this surprised me). Nice (very mild) hop smell and a decently balanced (though very light), slightly sweet malt taste. Huge head (in fact the bottle poured foam when I first opened it) that disappated fairly quickly, but left a nice lace on the glass. Not much to write home about, but I may have found my perfect "lawn mower" beer. The price is right. I may buy this again.

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Photo of neenerzig
3.95/5  rDev +33%
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 Frozensoul327
3.8/5  rDev +27.9%
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 mdagnew
3.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle bought from Winemark...

Poured a light golden yellow colour... White head poured quite foamy and faded to thin layer...

Aroma - Very light maltiness. Some sweetness, metallic notes, salty, corn, some lemon hints...

Taste – Light crisp hopiness, some sweetness, faint maltiness... Some citrusy notes...

Feel - Quite smooth with some sharpness underneath. Light bodied. Pretty drinkable...

Overall - An average beer... worth a try maybe once....

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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 granger10
3.48/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I got this for like $.50 at Trader Joe's. I wasn't expecting much so I was pleasantly surprised by the flavors of this beer. Pours a brilliant golden color with a large creamy white head. Head has great retention. Decent lacing. Aroma has a cereal quality to it with notes of oats and whole grains. A skunky grassy hop rides in there with the cereal. As I sip I get some malts but they're weaker and not sweet at all. A dry grain flavor which is soon washed out by the grassy hop flavor. The medium bitter hops ride out to the crisp finish. Smooth but maybe a bit watery and lacking complexity. No care, I'm happy with this one.

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Photo of longarm
3.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Excellent color, clear yellow with nice fluffy carbonation. Tiny bubbles remind me of a classic style pilsner. No complaints at first, but the carbonation fades a little too quickly.

Initially after the pour, very little happening with the aroma, but it sweetens as it warms. The mildly detected hops have are slightly floral, but nice. Maybe a little on the weak side, the aroma isn't too bad.

Flavor dominated by sweet malt up front and not much else. Hops present on the finish balance things decently. Slightly phenolic aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is ok. Finish helped by the hops, still isn't crisp enough for my likings or expectations given the style. Maybe a little on the watery side of things as well doesn't help.

While visiting family in Arizona, this has been the back-up beer always in the fridge and isn't too bad.

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Photo of AltBock
2.64/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A 16oz. can that I found at my local Trader Joe's for only .84. Since it was so cheap and German I thought I might give it a try.

Poured a pale golden color with a nice haed of white foam that was about 2 inches in height. After the pour, I saw all those carbonation bubbles racing to the top of the pilsener glass. The aroma was that of only bitter hops. I thought there was suppose to be some malt in there, but no. The taste was about average, it was crisp with a slight bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel was very carbonated and light with that slight bitterness at the end. I didn't expect much for .84 except for a decent lager and I was right. Worth try for that price, but not much more.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.63/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I was a little disapointed in this one. No comment on the appearance--I drank it straight from the can (despirate times call for despirate measures.) The aromas and flavors are quite grainy and thin. Low apples, pears, and body. Thinness brought about a metalic like flavor. Hop flavor and bittering is the only thing that saved the beer although it did leave it dry and grassy. I want to give it another try. Maybe then I'll pour it into a styrofoam cup.

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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 tgbljb
3.1/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured a pale amber color. Smell is slightly of malt, with a moderate sweetness. Taste is clean with a light sweetness. Mouthfeel is mildly of malt but nothing overpowering. An easy drinking beer, but doesn't differentiate itself from any other lagers

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Photo of GClarkage
2.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

07/07/05- Had at a friends house. Part of a 12pk of the world beer collection.

Presentation- 12oz undated bottle. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Half inch large bubbled foamy head. Quickly evaporates. Golden, almost approaching orange colored. Not sure what kinda yeast chunks we have here. Almost like the Kwak I had a few months ago. Like little globules. Kinda scary looking. Decent lacing though.

Smell- Typical grainy scent. Maybe a few hops and maybe heading for the skunky side.

Taste- Has this funky kinda apricot flavor. Also has a few hops as well as a bit of a sweet malt flavor. Not good, but not horrible. I guess just tolerable.

Mouthfeel- Fairly carbonated and a touch cloying, suprisingly.

Drinkability- Won't knock myself out to look for this one again, but there are worse out there. Maybe I even got a bad one?

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Photo of crookedhalo
3/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a standard straw pils color with a fluffy white head. Aromas of bready malts a hint of cookie dough and some low-alphs German hops make up the aroma. Crisp, relatively light and entirely drinkable. A bit of sweetness from the pale malts and carapils. Hopping is light to medium with some herbal, hay-like spiciness; rather tame. A pretty decent helles, but there are better ones out there. I'm not so sure I'd have this one again, unless I was in Frankfurt.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.05/5  rDev +2.7%
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 DFN
2.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An average beer, often available at a bargain price. Appearance is ordinary: fairly dark gold with a smallish but long-lasting head. Not much odor. Taste is a bit on the light side, reasonably balanced between malty and hoppy. At 4.8% alcohol content, a 16-ounce can provides a bit of a buzz, and one is probably all you'll want. Not bad, but kind of forgettable.

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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 ADR
2.51/5  rDev -15.5%
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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Henninger Premium Lager from Henninger Bräu AG
2.97 out of 5 based on 194 ratings.
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