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 matjack85
2.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

I found this single 12oz green bottle at the Binny's store in Plainfield, IL for $1.39. No freshness date and no information about the beer on the label.

The beer poured a clear medium gold color, but I couldn't coax more than a small rim for a head out of it. The thin white rim lasted about a minute before fading away completely, and I got no lacing at all.

The aroma starts out with a mild skunkiness. After that clears up all you're left with is some mild grain. Not much to the smell.

The taste is better than the smell, but thtat's not saying much. There is very little sweetness to this, which is supposed to be a major part of a Helles Lager. The main flavor is unsweetened grain and some mild grassy hops. It also has a mineral water flavor to it. The finish is dry with some residual mild bitterness.

This beer is so smooth it almost borders on being creamy. I loved the mouthfeel. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

It's OK, but it's nothing I'd seek out again.

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Photo of notchucknorris
3.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've seen this on the shelves at Trader Joes for a while, so I decided to pick up a single and give it a shot.

A: Golden color with a lot of rising carbonaiton. Thin off-white head.

S: Lots of grain, corn, lime and some faint grassy hops.

T: Eh, not too great. Lots of grain and some faint malt and grassy hop flavor. Not what I was hoping for.

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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 EwaldEichstaett
2.49/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

So this is a review of the Jordanian version of Henninger which is brewed (I believe in Jordan) under Henninger "supervision". Anyway, this beer is junk. I got it because it is German... (kind of...) but it was really disappointing. It has a nice dark yellow appearance with hints of brown, the head is weak but the lacing is decent... Not bad for a Helles.

There is a smell, but it is not nice soggy, slimy grains and some acrid hops. The taste is not much better, some full bodied grains. The hops are not pleasant at all to my taste, but... at least the beer has some flavor. Definitely drink this out of a glass... from a can it is undrinkable- the tin can combined with the poor hops is a sure bet for gutrot.

Decent mouthfeel and the carbonation is good. Definitely not the worst beer, but it does not have much going for it either. If you are in Jordan, and looking for cheep beer get an Amstel.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
2.66/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16oz can, nonic, no freshness dating.

The color is sterilely clean lager yellow, but the head is impressive; just off-white, retentive, and meringue-like.

Really quite neutral in the nose, I detect a hint of sulfur, no sweetness, and feed grain. There is a little rich cracker.

If the nose is neutral, the flavor is even more so. A watery liquid with the ghost of grain attempt some type of spice at the close and then is gone, unobtrusive and inoffensive, and very nearly flavorless.

The mouthfeel is crisp, bubbly as can be, and it is a good quick quenching pint. It's par for the course though.

This beer is average in an industrial, low flavor way that doesn't live up to its category here on BA. Rating these begs many questions about reviewing to style, personal taste, is there a time and place….. on and on. This is still beer, but does this beer respect beer?

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Photo of aeolianshredhead
3.47/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Typical lager look. Pale straw colour, minimal head fed by steady carbonation, fair lacing.

S- Bit of an odd metallic skunk on this one. Meh, not altogether bad. I can also pick up a sweet, citrusy overtone.

T- There is a noticeable malt presence which provides a nice sweetness to this brew. I'm not picking up an awful lot of hops- which is to be expected- but even for the style, it seems a little underwhelming. Nothing offensive, nice and light.

M- A good level of carbonation and a reasonable body. Definitely drinker friendly.

O- Not bad. This was certainly an enjoyable beer. It doesn't offer an awful lot, but you know exactly what you're getting when you pick this up.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.35/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear yellow color with a 1 inch white head that fades to nothing. Small broken rings of lace form and then disappear on the drink down. Smell is of sweet grain, some grass notes, and slight honey aromas. Taste is of the sweet grain, corn flakes, and honey with a grassy herbal flavor on the finish. Mild bitterness on the palate after each sip quickly fades. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good easy drinking lager that is super cheap ($1 for a pint-sized can at Trader Joe's).

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Photo of whatthehull
2.91/5  rDev -2%
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%
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 +11.8%
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 +22.6%
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 -9.8%
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 -22.6%
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 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 rarbring
2.53/5  rDev -14.8%
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 +28.6%
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 +3%
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 +13.8%
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 +13.8%
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 -11.4%
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 +9.4%
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 +15.5%
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 -28.3%
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 jjanega08
3.73/5  rDev +25.6%
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 -6.7%
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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Henninger Premium Lager from Henninger Bräu AG
2.97 out of 5 based on 195 ratings.
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