Heineken Dark Lager | Heineken Nederland B.V.

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Heineken Dark LagerHeineken Dark Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Heineken Nederland B.V.
Netherlands
heineken.com

Style: Euro Dark Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-08-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
632
Reviews:
261
Avg:
3.27
pDev:
19.57%
 
 
Wants:
27
Gots:
88
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 632 |  Reviews: 261
Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.7/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear reddish brown with light (and objects) easily visible through the beer. No carbonation can be seen rising from the bottom of the glass. The beige head is soft, falls to a spotty film and leaves mere scraps of lace. Underwhelming nose of caramelized grain coupled with a light spiciness.

The flavor is acceptable initially with elements of sweet dark caramel and chocolate. Within several seconds though, each mouthful morphs into a whole 'nother flavor, something resembling sour, wet tobacco leaves (it's about as tasty as it sounds). The nastiness abates somewhat as I get deeper into the glass, but it never goes away completely. The body is on the thin side of medium, not too far out of line for the style.

I can't say that I like Heineken Lager, but I do find it to be drinkable. Heineken Dark though needs a recipe change. The Dr. Jekyl beginning is okay, but the Mr. Hyde finish is definitely not.

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Photo of Jason
3.65/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz stubby brown bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Brownish ruby hued beer, exceptional clarity. Thin tan lace foams up nice during the pour but after a minute it disappears into a thin ring and certainly lacks in retention.

Smell: Dark bread malty aroma, not much else and clean at that.

Taste: Moderate body, laid back crispness. Sweet with dark bready flavours, fresh grain throughout. Quite malty with an underlying graininess. Clean to the palate, hops bring an easy going bitterness to the table. The hops bunch up with the graininess in the end and both help to tone down the sweetness. Good lingering maltiness in the end, a bit thin but flavourful none the less.

Notes: Not too shabby, if you like dark lagers this is not really that bad. It is somewhat middle of the road but there are no off flavours or complexities that jump out and make your taste buds scream.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.5/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a decent beer I have to say. Had it my my in laws and did not know what to expect going in. Poured a nice hazelnut brown with a small maybe an inch of head. Quick faded left no real lace. Some nice carbonation. Smell was of light grains with a touch of bittering hops, maybe very light. Taste was a classic heinken but with a bit of a dark wheat twist. Lots of grain here with a bit of the yeast. Nice smooth feel, not slick or watered down. Good carbonation. Could have drank this one all night. Overall a solid dark lager, a good call for sure for a keg or a cooler full

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Photo of Slatetank
4.25/5  rDev +30%

Photo of woodychandler
4.21/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

What can I say? I recently hit upon a local gold mine in terms of singles for sale. I just want to drink different beers until I find The One. It is sort of the same reason that I am still single.

From the bottle: "Brewed with passion for quality."

The pour erased any question that it might not be dark. I had two-plus fingers of rocky, deep-tan head by the time that I was done and it looked like the top of a root beer float. Color was ruby-red with NE-quality clarity and I began to think of the last time I had seen a beer this pretty. Nose was rich with caramel, toffee, even coconut. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was very caramel-like with a hint of smoke on the tongue. Finish was likewise faintly smoky and semi-dry, not sweet at all. First of all, I am not ashamed to say that I was impressed. Secondly, is it too much to ask them to CAN this beer? I would readily put some in the cooler.

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

Photo of TMoney2591
3.18/5  rDev -2.8%
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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Photo of atlbravsrno1
3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.5/5  rDev +7%

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.88/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Heineken trying to make a decent brew, this dunkel is not that bad, but then again it's not that good. Pours a very dark ruby amber with a tan fizzy head high levels of artificial carbonation. This beer leaves practically no lace, definitely a macro we're dealing with here. The aroma is an off astringent metallic scent, and underneath of that there is sweet malt with nutty tones smells pretty good. Lighter in flavor than it looks, this is a the caramel malt is toned down, and there are some fruit tones in the background all tied together with a little bite of alcohol. Mouthfeel is thin, lacking a lot of body here. Overall though I would order when while out at a place with a shabby selection, depending on the price. I wouldn't drink that many of these because it's nothing special, but it does pull off an overall pretty enjoyable beer that could be consumed in quantity.

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Photo of ejimhof
2.75/5  rDev -15.9%

Photo of tdm168
3.5/5  rDev +7%

Photo of rolltide8425
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of jgunther71
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of Billolick
3.13/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, pours dark brown, with an average looking off white head. a bit of chocolate in the nose. Taste is a bit skunky (yes even the dark is skunky!) with notes of cocoa, caramel and chocolate maybe a little wet cardboard. Medium body. Fairly smooth stuff. Clean and non descript with flavors that are sort of muted. Eh, not my favorite stuff. worth a try if youre into dark lagers.

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Photo of jwc215
3.65/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a slight rubyish hue. A thin head eventually becomes a patch.

The smell is of carmelized grain - malty with an earthy touch.

The taste is of carmelized grain with some brown sugar sweetness that becomes dryish (with the help of some hops) in the finish.

Medium-bodied and smooth.

Not bad at all for the style. Lacks the "Euro-skunk" and sulfurish blandness of its pale counterpart. Not a bad brew for a conventional/almost pedestrian "sessionable" dark lager.

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Photo of malfunxion
2.5/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of Tone
3.95/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, dark brown color. 1/2 inch head of an off-tan color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of hops, sweet malt, pale malt, slight caramel malt, hint of roasted malt, hint of dark citrus, hint of alcohol, and slight Euro yeast. Fits the style of a Euro Dark Lager. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, pale malt, caramel malt, hint of roasted malt, hint of hops, slight Euro yeast, hint of alcohol, and a hint of dark citrus. Overall, good appearance, blend, and complexity, a better than average Euro dark lager.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
2/5  rDev -38.8%

Photo of krome
3/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of BEER88
2.15/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of sendbeer
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of Wasatch
3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown color, some carbonation, tiny fizzy tannish head, minimally sticky lacing follows. The nose is slightly malty, toffee and caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, with some toffee, and caramel. Light-Medium body. Slight drinkability, most likely would not buy again.

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Photo of tone77
3.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of caramel and malts. Taste has some malts and caramel, a little milder than I expected. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a fairly good beer.

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Heineken Dark Lager from Heineken Nederland B.V.
3.27 out of 5 based on 632 ratings.
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