Heineken Dark Lager | Heineken Nederland B.V.

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Heineken Dark LagerHeineken Dark Lager

Brewed by:
Heineken Nederland B.V.

Style: Euro Dark Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-08-2001

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Photo of kew
3/5  rDev -8.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of colts9016
3.47/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Mahogany reddish amber hues a half finger head that quickly dissipates. There are carbonation at first.
Smell: Roasted malt hints of coffee, caramel, molasses, hints of ester lemon, and fruity
Taste: Roasted malt molasses coffee hint of chocolate and hops and burnt sugar.
Mouthfeel: Astringent, powdery alkaline
Overall it is an okay beer not to bad.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Dark brown but not opaque like stout. Very minimal head that died very quick with a small amount of head.

Smell- You can smell the roasted caramel malts. I love the smell of this beer it is not overwhelming at all but strong enough to enjoy. There is a little bit of a hops bouquet as well.

Taste- There is a mild sweetness a little bit of a roasted taste but it is balanced with the bitterness.

Mouthfeel- A little thick but not too much.

Drinkability- On the higher end of average.

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3/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Hibernator
3.5/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Heineken Dark Lager
12 oz brown bottle
#519652851151 on the back of the label
Serve at 40-45 degrees instruction on the back of the label
Served in a 16 oz pilsner glass

Pours a light, bubbly brown color. Looks like flat cola.

Light malt sweetness in the nose. Rather neutral aroma.

Sweet malt flavors with a carbonated mouthfeel. Very sugary corn syrup taste with a slight hop presence.

A slightly above average dark European lager. I like to see this beer when I am at a restaraunt with a limited selection. It takes me by surprise. Good drinkability level and better than it's Heineken lager counterpart.

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Photo of TheSarge
2.88/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Heineken dark lager pours very dark, nearly black. It’s nearly opaque, but you can see a bit of clarity and a dark reddish hue. A slight tan head is easily visible initially, but vanishes quickly to leave a rim of whitish foam rim.

The malts give off a very roasty aroma. A sweet cocoa fragrance is also slightly present.

This is a very sweet brew, and I can detect the difference in the lager yeast, as opposed to a porter using ale yeast. There’s also a slight spiceyness here too.

This brew feels kind of syrupy. It doesn’t just go down the hatch like a golden lager. This has a bit more presence to it.

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3/5  rDev -8.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.42/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass, the liquid is dark brown, nice color, but has limited carbonation. The head is a bust, hard to get any action, some tan bubbles and no lace.

The smell is sweet caramel.

The taste follows, a nice sweet caramel taste, not unlike a munich Dunkel. Mild hops makes a play for balance but comes up just short.

The mouthfeel is plain light and lacks zest.

The drinkability is ok at best, I might look good to the unwashed drinking it, but it does not feel that great. MK

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Photo of Stignacious
2/5  rDev -38.8%

Photo of goochpunch
4.2/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a rusty brown remeniscient of what iced tea concentrate would look like with a frothy, khaki head that maintains its integrity. Leaves a little lacing. Clean lager aromas with a dark malty backbone and a faint herbal hops scent (possibly goldings?). Big malty flavors start this one off. Toasted and roasted malt lingers on the tongue along with the herbal hops. Just damned clean. Only fault is that it drinks a little watery. The flavors up front seem to die off too quickly. Mouthfeel is creamy with a very soft carbonation. Again, like with the taste, this seems a bit watery in the mouth. The only fault I see here. Perfect drinkability. Lots of flavor and a relatively thin body make this for optimal fall sessioning. I just wish I had bought more than this single. A surprising offering from Heineken.

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2/5  rDev -38.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Barleycorn
3.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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3.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of Blakaeris
4/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep ruby-brown with a modest head that dissipates quickly to a thin ring.

Smell is mild with bready caramel malt with a dry chocolateness.

Taste is similiar to the nose, with the addition of a mild nuttyness and more pronounced sweet chocolate character, and a pleasant roasted flavor to the malt. Finish has lightly hopped with a dry lactose like aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and smooth.

I was very surprised by this brew. This is the tastiest Euro I have had. If you're gonna drink a macro dark lager this is a good choice.

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2/5  rDev -38.8%

Photo of Domingo
3.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A good beer when your options are limited but you want a dark lager. This brew is typically available in areas where anything but domestic (or Corona/Heineken) is a rarity.
It's easy to drink, lacks the typical Heineken skunky bitterness and actually has a nice color.
It's not something I'd go out with the specific intent of buying, but if your options are limited to the typical items most people think of as "beer," this is a good choice.

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3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of daledeee
3.58/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is part of my continuation of working my way through the local sushi restaurant's list.

This poured a shiny dark brown with a nice tan head. The head went away and the beer was not real strong or thick tasting. Some malt and caramel in the nose. Lots of caramel and some hops in background. Malt is tasty. This is a good Warsteiner or Amberbock type. Not sour very smooth.

Very drinkable. A good beer for those who say they like dark beer.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.58/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from Florian’s. Dark brown body with ruby-red highlights and about a half an inch of tan head that dissipates quickly leaving only a little lacing. Smells malty and roasty, with somewhat of a licorice or banana-like quality. Tastes slightly roasty, sweet, and licorice-like quality. Medium in body. Not particularly offensive, but not wow-ing either. Seems like a Schwarzbier (like Sam Adams Black Lager), but only about half-way to where it should be IMO. Imressive for a Heinekin product, and a pretty decent beer overall.

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Photo of Lynn
3/5  rDev -8.3%

Heineken Dark Lager from Heineken Nederland B.V.
3.27 out of 5 based on 630 ratings.
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