Heineken Dark Lager | Heineken Nederland B.V.

Heineken Dark LagerHeineken Dark Lager
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Heineken Dark LagerHeineken Dark Lager

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Heineken Nederland B.V.

Style: Euro Dark Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-08-2001

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Ratings: 633 |  Reviews: 261
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3/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev +24.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +16.8%

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4/5  rDev +24.6%

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4/5  rDev +24.6%

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3/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of DrDemento456
3.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Never reviewed a "Heineken" but this one stood out so I picked it up. Hope it's as good as the reviews...

A - Wow this is a pretty beer. Color is a clear dark amber and the head is a creamy half inch of mocha head that turns quickly to a lace ring.

S - Damn that's faint. Maybe some chocolate of cocoa but it's mostly lager yeast and sweet malts.

T - A bit harsh maybe it's the yeast or hops but I do get some sweetness out of the mix. Mostly chocolate and caramel are the strongest taste but you really can never forget the harsh flavors of this euro lager...

M - Medium bodied kind of hard to drink.

Overall man are some folks trying to hype this beer? not nearly worth the A rating to some and not close to a B+ either this is just a typical Heineken brewed with more malt. Pass on it if you can!

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3/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev +24.6%

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4/5  rDev +24.6%

Photo of phenomenologian
4.13/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

this beer is an especially pleasing brew to enjoy. its a nice dark lager. the beer has a smooth taste to it. it tastes hoppy and has a nice carmel or chocolate flavor to it because of all that is in it. I cannot really name what makes this wonderful flavor except for one of those things being hops. I can taste malt there also. it has a sort of dry, tannish brown head. the head gets medium large. the color of the beer itself is about lighter than guinness but darker than an amber ale. it almost has the consistency and color of guinness but lighter. the smell is kind of of caramel because of how the whole beer yields that certain taste. the taste is, in my opinion, delicious enough making it very smooth. the caramel taste is very very pleasing in this beer. it being very smooth makes it easy to drink. I drank it down within ten minutes because its pleasing and smooth. I really like this beer. if you don't like dark beers, don't try it, but if you do this is a must try. being one who has guinness as the favorite beer this one fights to be up there with guinness. I would give it a B plus just because I save the A region for extremely pleasing beers.

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4/5  rDev +24.6%

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4/5  rDev +24.6%

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4/5  rDev +24.6%

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4/5  rDev +24.6%

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4/5  rDev +24.6%

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4/5  rDev +24.6%

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3/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.18/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

I was told this wasn't half bad, though it was by a wholesale salesman selling it... It pours a deep, dark ruby topped by a finger of dusty pale-tan foam. The nose comprises flaky biscuits, caramel, and a vague sense of mandarin orange syrup. The taste follows suit, with some slightly darker caramel, some very light cocoa backing that up, and a slightly less-vague sense of the mandarin orange syrup. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a watery feel. Overall, I gotta say I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. It's not all that great, but it's nowhere near offensive, and it borders on downright easily-drinkable. In fact, I could see drinking this again. Not bad, for once, Heineken...

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4/5  rDev +24.6%

Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.37/5  rDev +36.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. No stamped date.

Appearance - Dark, clear ruby brown/black body. One finger light brown/tan head with decent to low stick and decent to low retention.

Smell - Dark roasted malts. Lots of banana. Sweet, non-hoppy profile.

Taste - Dark chocolate malts. Banana. Coffee. True to the the smell. Extremely faint hop. No off characters. Very smooth.

Mouthfeel - Smooth. Medium bodied. Very light effervescence. Pleasantly non solvent nor sticky. Very mildly astringent/acidic.

Overall Drinkability - While I don't have high regard for its light lager brother, this beer might be one of the best in the Euro Dark Lager style. At least as far as I've had. Not much in the way of off characters except for the slight metallic astringency and mild acidity, but that might be a result of shelf life. Not amazing in any sense, but definitely worth a try.

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Photo of DelMontiac
3.65/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The thought of trying this beer never crossed my mind until a friend said I should try it. The color is a nice garnet red and an aggressive pour produces a two finger khaki head that eventually disappears, but hangs on longer than expected with no lace to speak of.

Aromas are meek, but a big whiff should allow you to pick up on the dark fruitiness including some banana and a medium bready-graininess that reminds me of rye bread.

Flavors are of dark toasted nuts and breadcrusts, dark fruits, and some caramel malt. Nothing complex, but still interesting. I like it.

As expected this one is a bit on the watery side, but it's got other positive attributes to counteract this minor detail.

Overall I'm glad I tried it. I was pleasantly surprised. It's a very sessionable brew that I would not be afraid to tote to a party of non-BAs, but still be known as the "beer expert."

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Photo of bluHatter
3.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a frosted Wittekerke glass

A: Deep dark brown, copper, nice big creamy head that recedes slowly.

S: Malts, caramels, roasted nuts

T: Nice roasted malt flavor, sweeet with a hint of tangy bitterness at the end, but no aftertaste.

M: Creamy, rich, frothy. A lot better than I expected.

O: Heineken may be known for its green bottled skunk lager, but there's none of that here. I found it very delicious and exceedingly drinkable.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.47/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark crimson brown with a 1 inch beige head that fades to nothing. No lacing whatsoever. Smell is of toasted malt, caramel, and some nutty aromas. Taste is of caramel malt, bread, and nuts. Mild bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has an almost soda-like carbonation with a very crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good dark lager from Heineken that is much better than their regular green bottle style.

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

Heineken Dark Lager

Pours a clear light brown color, fizzy head forms and retention is little to none. Light aroma of sugary malts and noble hops. In the flavor, a crisp caramel maltyness, toasted grain, hint of bitterness and a more or less clean finish. Very unoffensive and easily consumed. A nice macro euro dark lager that has no unpleasant qualities, but little else to offer.

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Heineken Dark Lager from Heineken Nederland B.V.
Beer rating: 20.5% out of 100 with 633 ratings
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