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 nitter
3.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of OneTuffPony
2.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Sazz9
3.42/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Bluegrass49
3.13/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of chinchill
3.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

500 ml can in Santorini.
Decent head and mouthfeel.
Typical malts and hops for style.
Near medium body with medium-high carbonation.

O: OK but unexceptional.

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Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Brilliant gold under a lacy, rapidly dissipating white foam cap.
S: Grainy sweet malt aromas with faint hops and hint of sulfur.
T: Showcases slightly sweet rich malt flavors with a light to moderately light hop accent. Malt lingers into the finish and aftertaste. F: Smooth medium light body and medium carbonation.
O: Much more flavorful and fuller bodied than a standard American lager and much more drinkable.

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Photo of Hodgson
4.31/5  rDev +44.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

First of all, it surprises me how many reviews below state this is an adjunct beer and claim to note corn or rice flavours. It's not; it's all malt and the can states this clearly, at least the black can we get in Canada.

I find this beer superb, with a well-balanced malt, hop and yeast character. The yeast has that faint "decay" that adds complexity without putting the beer off-balance as too many European lagers have in my view. The finish is drying, from the fine German hops with their mineral and slight spicy notes.

It's vital to get this beer very fresh, if too old it doesn't deliver the authentic helles flavor.

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Photo of EdmundBlackadder
2.98/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of JonnyOnTilt
3.2/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TerryW
2.61/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.07/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

500 ml can served cold into a pint glass. ABV is 5.0 % ABV for Canadian markets. Purchased from LCBO for about $2.10 CDN.

Appearance - pours a rich and clear golden color with modest visible carbonation and a finger and half half of very white head. The head recedes down fairly quickly leaving just wisps behind and virtually no lacing.

Smell - not a lot, a bit grassy and a substantial sweetness to the beer, more so than I would expect from this style.

Taste - different, starts dry and a bit musty, then transforms to a rich and malty flavor, but lacking in bitterness.

Mouthfeel - very very dry, lightly carbonated, a bit of a thin body.

Overall - it's not bad but it's not great especially when compared with Spaten and some of the other fine Munich Helles lagers of Germany. Maybe worth a try if you like some substantial sweetness, otherwise probably a pass.

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Photo of DrMullet
3.13/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of BcOneSeven
2.81/5  rDev -6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ClePaul
3.42/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Henninger Premium Lager

Look 8/10
Smell 10/20
Taste 26/40
Feel 7/10
Drinkability 18/20

Overall 69/100

Classic flowery adjunct lager....
It is a solid choice for a gift, especially for someone who isn't into craft. Will NOT satisfy beer nerds.... At all, so keep that in mind if your a snob in any regard.

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Photo of biegaman
3.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

German beer is known in virtually every corner of the globe. The proof? Filtered, bubbly, brilliantly golden lagers with soapy white heads - in another word, beers that look like Henninger - are the worldwide de facto posterboy for 'beer' everywhere. And rightfully so, this looks scrumptious!

The Germans are very proud, traditional, and individualistic people. It may sound insane but it's not uncommon for Hefeweizen drinkers in Bavaria to have never tried a Weiss from Berlin, or even for Kölsch drinkers from Cologne to have ever had the famous Altbier of neighboring Düsseldorf. Nearly every region has their own historic, distinct style of brewing...

Frankfurt, the city where Henninger hails from, is geographically about halfway between Munich and Dortmund. Its "special brewing process" - which the brewery is suspiciously vague to expand upon - aligns strongly with the Dortmund "Export" style; where as Munich Helles have a gentle, pleasant sweetness, this one has a bottom-line of hops and strong minerality.

Of course, when it comes to Germans drinking beer, having any less than a litre (or several) is practically unheard of; they think nothing of having a pint or two with breakfast! So there's been clear care put into keeping Henniger clean, quaffable, and approachable (the slightly more pronounced bitterness notwithstanding). The word 'Reinheitsgebot' can't be found anywhere on the can but this has only a faint hint of sugar or corn. It's mostly malt.

Although Germany can still be divided into neo-medieval states, Germans everywhere take their beer very seriously - every part of the country has in common its recognition of brewing as cultural heritage. Henninger is no national treasure, but for something so industrialized and mass-produced, its relative quality is a clear nod to the nation's proud history of clean, serviceable lagers.

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Photo of Howycwap
1.75/5  rDev -41.5%

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 hophugger
3/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of tranquilocigars
2.4/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of tone77
3.51/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A big thanks to the creator of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is full of malts, a bit sweet. Taste is the same, malty, some sweetness, smooth and refreshing. Feels light in the mouth and overall is a refreshing and highly sessionable beer.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

500 mL can picked up at TBS, coded L083/14 and listed at an even 5.0%. This is one of my favourite pale lager styles, although the abnormally low price point has me a little worried. Served well-chilled.

Pours a bright, clear golden-yellow colour, topped with one finger of fluffy white froth. It recedes steadily over the next period of minutes, leaving behind a messy ring of lace and a thin cap and collar. The aroma is mild with no particularly notable features, good or bad - grainy malt, corn husk, and some indistinct grassiness.

The flavour profile falls along the same lines... approachable, but worlds away from interesting. Grainy barley malt sweetness provides the bulk of the flavour, with a hint of boiled vegetables. Mildly grassy toward the finish, but nothing lingers - it's a mostly-clean aftertaste, with maybe a hint corniness. Light-bodied, with aggressive carbonation of the sort that you'd probably expect from a Euro lager. Standard-issue pale lager stuff here.

Final Grade: 3.22, a C+. Henninger Premium Lager is far from the worst imported lager I've ever had, but at the same time, I can think of plenty of others that I'd rather be drinking. This is a fairly forgettable, industrial-style pale lager whose strongest feature happens to be the price rather than anything relating to the product itself - this is only 2 bucks a can, and I challenge you to find a better beer at that price point in Ontario. If this beer were more widely-distributed, I'd probably continue to pick it up once in a while.

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Photo of RedAleMan
2.75/5  rDev -8%

Photo of woodychandler
3.5/5  rDev +17.1%

I picked this up during my recent foray to Norfolk, VA and their Total Wine & More, where I graciously received and assisted.
From the CAN: “Bier – Biere – Cerveza – Birra – Bier – Beer – Lager – Cerveja”.
The top was of an older variety, so the Crack! was not as loud as in many instances. It was a pint CAN, so the inverted Glug did not last long. I got two-plus fingers of fizzy, foamy, bone-white head with moderate retention. It created some nice lacing on its way down, however. Color was a slightly cloudy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 -5). Nose had the typical lager honey-like sweetness and a mild cereal-like graininess. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium. I would have sworn that I was drinking Heineken! I actually do not mind Heineken, but this really tasted like it and at a reduced price point. Finish was semi-sweet, very lager-like and a pleasant break from that Minhas crap from earlier.

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Photo of lwillitz
2.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

1-pint can into pilsener glass

A - tall white head over a crystal-clear body of straw yellow, moderate amount of rising carbonation, good retention and decent lace

S - adjunct grains (rather corny), grass

T - corny taste, grassy bitterness, light vegetable flavor

M - light/medium body with moderate carbonation

O - On par for a European lager, perhaps, but nothing special.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.72/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

500ml can - another seemingly regional micro-brewed lager from Germany - throw it on the pile, I guess.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden yellow colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, somewhat rocky, and mostly bubbly off-white head, which leaves some random arrays of sudsy splattered lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of sharp, kind of astringent pale grainy malt, mildly tart stale lemon juice, a dry corn huskiness, and dead floral, rather vegetal hops. The taste is a gritty pale malt and corn-bred graininess, muddled, wan citrus notes, and more weak, but off-putting nonetheless, cooked veggie and musky floral, er, 'hops'.

The bubbles are pretty low-key, and not really up for causing any sort of ruckus, the body a pithy medium weight, blandly smooth, and a bit creamy - strictly in the airy sense, of course. It finishes off-dry, the mutt-like malt and wilted fruitiness taking back the day from that more or less and thankfully faded hop nightmare.

I must apologize for initially lumping this in with all the other German-made lagers available around here - this is obviously a sub-par example of a generic lager, let alone the style it is listed as on BA. For a brewing nation with such stringent standards, it's always a bit of a shock to come across one of the black sheep in that particular family.

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Photo of Latarnik
2.75/5  rDev -8%

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