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Henninger Premium Lager | Henninger Bräu AG

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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 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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Photo of Tone
3.51/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of earthy malts, slight hops, and yeast cleanliness. Fits the style of a Munich Style Lager. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with a high carbonation level. Tastes of earthy malts up front, then the yeast cleanliness, and the finish is mostly hops that makes it a very smooth beer. Not my favorite style by any means, but not bad and a good session beer.

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Photo of babaracas
2.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear gold with big sudsy white head. Decent retention and big clumps of lacing. Smell: funky grain, slight skunk-like weird off smell. Taste: grainy, a little husk, vague spicy hops. Light bodied and slightly bready. Not particularly good, the green bottle definitely didn't help.

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Photo of asabreed
2.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pint can into a pint glass.

Appearance: Light straw yellow-golden with a decent frothy white billowing head and dense lacing. Head goes away quickly but leaves the spidery lacing around. Not a lot of carbonation floating to the top.

Smell: Like a lighter version of a Pilsener with some seemingly adjunct sweetness, and that's about it.

Taste: The lighter Pilsener flavor comes through here, and there's not a lot of complexity, but there's a decent hop bite and spiciness at the end.

Mouthfeel: A bit too almost-cloying with not enough carbonation.

Drinkability: For about $7 for 6 pint cans, it's a decent no-thinking brew, especially for barbeque or feasting on not-so-fine food. I was told by a friend that this is decent stuff, and it's no drain pour, but for me, I wouldn't buy it again I don't think.

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Photo of HalfFull
2.66/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 16 oz. can into a pint glass. Pours a clear golden straw with a bumpy white half inch of head.

Smell reminds me of a Euro pils yet seems a bit richer of malts on the nose. A bit of grassy noble hops and some pale malts, rather light and reaching overall. Taste follows the nose and is a bit creamy in texture unlike the more crisp pils I'm familiar with. A bit rich and bready in texture but without much complexity. Offers a fairly good feel but the drinkability is subject due to the sweetness and this becomes more evident as the carbonation diminishes.

A rare style for me but not one I'm looking to revisit, rather unexciting.

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Photo of xhcadamx
2.66/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - fizzy yellow beer with a large creamy head and a gazillion tiny bubbles coming their way up to the top.

S - Smells like most beers from a green bottle. Not good.

T - The saving grace for this beer is that it is bitter and balanced. If this had been another sweet euro lager I wouldn't have wasted my time drinking this beer or reviewing it. I would recommend drinking this straight from the bottle so you wouldn't have to smell it.

M - Light which makes it nice and refreshing.

D - One and done with this beer.

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Photo of superduper
1.98/5  rDev -33.6%
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 Vancer
3.51/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 16oz can o' beer, hopefully which kept the brew fresh and clean. Pours a nice clear lemon straw yellow in the freebie Sammy Adams glass. Nice carbonation bubbling up and forming a sturdy white head. Shards of sticky lace form on the way down.

Bit of euro skunk mixed with a malt background in the aroma. And then the quaff adds a note of fruity esters and light spices, with that smooth malty backbone. Darn tasty brew, don't know why a beer has to be big alcohol or heavy taste to rate well.

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Photo of illidurit
2.59/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Pale gold color with a decent white head and some filmy lacing. Aroma is malty with some dry cat food notes. Some grain but pretty awful overall. Flavor is at least inoffensive. Light sweet malts, mild noble hops, and a metallic finish. Thin body and high carbonation. Pretty drinkable, just plug your nose.

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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 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 beveritt
3.33/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from a 16 oz can into a slender pint glass. Label is black, red, and gold and uses a mix of German and English. Produced 26/05/08. Expires 26/05/09.

Appearance: Pours with 4 fingers of nearly white head. This settles slowly into an undulating, multi-leveled layer of foam, leaving behind decent lacing. The beer itself is a pale yellow and completely clear. Small amount of activity.

Smell: Very slightly sweet malt with a little metallic edge. Grassy hops with a little hint of citrus.

Taste: Mild malt upfront with a honey like sweetness. A mellow bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Lower than average carbonation level. Body is pretty good.

Drinkability: Not too bad. Could have used a little more carbonation to add some punch and accentuate the malt.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.03/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Deep, clear yellow gold color. Poured with a fizzy two inch white head that dissipated quickly to a quarter inch. Very light inconsistent lacing.

S: Sweet malt followed by very slight skunky smell. Metallic bight at the end.

T: Tasted like it smelled; sweet at the start, with a slight Euro funk. Metallic finish.

M: Light body and, frankly, too thin. Carbonation was nicely done and kept it refreshing.

D: Easy to drink, true enough, but not very special.

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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 kinger
3.13/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This seems like a very basic German Lager, but the more often I have one of these the more I like it. I think simplicity is the key to this beer. Mild aroma, no "skunky" scents. This beer is nice to look at. Pours a vibrant light gold color with thin head,no lacing, and moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is the biggest surprise to this one, sip after sip this beer is creamy and full. An unexpected thickness accompanies this lager as I swallow it. Flavor is mild and smooth with no surprises other than the fact that it tastes really good. Wonderful mass produced German Lager, I could drink this anytime.

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Photo of scruffwhor
2.68/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour a clear yellow with some light tea overtones. Barely there head , but some decent. The taste is a light lemon grass with maybe a light baking flour and some adjuncts. Pretty light palate with a musty aftertaste. Refreshing, but would be more so if the finish wasn't so musty.

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Photo of Rayek
3.02/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Brilliant brass color has somewhat active carbonation. Small white head doesn't retain well.

S: Pepper, hay, pine and grass aromas are mild, but balanced.

T: Mild flavor has a faint malty sweetness mixed with a weird cooked veggies quality. Well balanced bitterness is both peppery and somewhat metallic. Finishes fairly clean.

M: Light body has the right amount of fizz.

D: OK but boring. Metallic and vegetable flavors detract from the experience.

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Photo of cafemondegar
1.45/5  rDev -51.3%
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 orangemoustache
2.71/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a dull yellow/gold with a good amount of foamy white head that leaves some streaky lacing

S-somthing like wet grass and grains

T-malty,corn sweetness,some earthy undertones,not as skunky tasting as it smells,kind of plain jane even for a Euro Lager

M-enjoyable light body,very smoothe with soft foamy carbonation,a clean dry finish

D-nothing offensive,nothing spectacular

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Photo of merlin48
2.49/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz green bottle pours a chill hazed golden body with a small white head that flls into some decent lacing. Aroma is skunky. Some floral hops and yeast underneath. Light medium body with crisp carbonation. Taste has some crackery malt sweetness and faint floral hops but it's skunky. Green bottle should be a warning.

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Photo of gpogo
3.3/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pale yellow. Huge white head.

S- Yeasty, light smell of crackers or bread.

T- decent malt flavor. Very low amount of hops.

M- Very Light and thin. It's almost like water. Low carbonation.

D- Very easy drinking beer. I'd gladly drink one if offered, but there are other beers I'd prefer.

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Photo of Biscuit033
3.33/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Bright gold with a large head and great lacing and OK retention.

S: Light earth and some straw and white bread.

T: Slight grainy and almost syrupy with only a light hint of hops.

M: Watery but clean not really crisp.

D: Easy to drink and not terrible but there are lot of beers that I would pick ahead of this one.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.29/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - A big fluffy white head with a tint of yellow rises above a grayish dull-lemon brew. The head is really massive and rocky, and tons of really sticky and dry lace is left on the glass. Retention is decent, but the crusty lace sticks to the glass like super glue! It's going to be hard to wash this crust off of my pilsener glass!

S - Fresh yeasty hard bread, saltine crackers, and salty sea air. This smells very crisp and lively, but malty enough to keep it from being twangy. Hints of toffee way off in the back make this interesting.

T - Saltine cracker, sea-water, crisp baguette bread or hard dinner rolls, along with some really fresh and floral hops. This is a little bit spicy, but not as much so as a pils...I think that's the difference in style; more Saaz spice in a German pils, and more rounded sweetness in a helles lager. Good stuff!

M - Medium bodied, but with a little bit of gluey weight behind it. Carbonation is sprightly, but not abrasive. The finish is crisp and dry as hell, with a lingering saltine cracker freshness.

D - Excellent! This SCREAMS drinkability on a brisk spring day like today! This has enough interesting flavors to keep your palate guessing, but it's crisp, fresh, and lively enough to avoid overtaxing your tongue.

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Henninger Premium Lager from Henninger Bräu AG
Beer rating: 2.98 out of 5 with 203 ratings
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