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
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88
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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of WesWes
3.83/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a beautiful ruby red color with a thick frothy tan head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry, yet malty scent that boasts of pale and crystal malts along with lager yeast. The taste is decent. It has a smooth malty flavor with a dry lager yeast finish that is a bit watery. It has good mouthfeel. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good dark lager and another fine offering from Heineken. It goes down easy; a good drinker.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

For some reason, variants of major brand beer interest me. Heineken Dark Lager is no different to this rule, and I'm expecting something decent. Comes in a dark bottle, which is ironic given its paler sibling is famous for its green skunking bottles. On to the beer:

The head is somewhat fizzy, but holds up long enough to showcase a two-finger head on top this leather brown beer. Err, nevermind, the head is gone. The nose brings somewhat sweet and ripe bananas, dark bread is faint. Moving on to the taste, it's light on the palate and in feel. it's just like a smooth dark lager with mass-appeal (aka watered down). More of a sweet bread taste to it with hints of raisin. No off-flavors in here, so that's nice.

Not too shabby, though one can do better in the category. Makes a nice changeup in their portfolio and shows they don't only brew pale colored beer.

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Photo of tobelerone
3/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.13/5  rDev -4.3%
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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Photo of BillRoth
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of puboflyons
3.45/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Heineken Dark was one of those beers I drank in the 80's when I wanted something different. That was before I got into the craft styles. This poured an amber-red with a two-inch or so short-lived frothy tan head that fizzles. But the carbonation remains active throughout. Bottle no. 927452852044 had a mild mixture of caramel malts, thin hops, and bread. The taste had a sweet bitterness like an ESB with a nudge of thin hops at the end. I drank this quickly and easily. It does bring back some memories but there are plenty of similar and superior beers to choose from these days.

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Photo of wrightst
3.5/5  rDev +7%

Photo of Latarnik
3/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Zorro
3.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep dark brown brew.

Smell is sweet with a big whiff of ORANGE CIRCUS PEANUT! Up the nose! There is a malt and bubblegum smell in this too. The 4.0 is more for uniqueness than greatness.

Taste is much more sedate than the smell. Candied fruit and molasses. No sign of any bitterness, this is Newcastle Brown Ale Times 3 in the taste.

Mouthfeel is adequate.

Drinkable, great for a macro but I can find better.

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Photo of bigred89
3/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Halcyondays
3.5/5  rDev +7%

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Bitterbill
3.11/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It poours a clear drak brown with lots of red highlights and a 2 finger head of foam. I'm serving this cold and the size of the head of foam surprised me. There's not much lacing but overall, it's a very nice looking brew.

The smell is typical of the style, light everything: grain, malt, and hops.

The taste starts off malty with some grain, light breadiness, and a hint of some nuttiness. Light bitterness throughout that I can't say tastes citric or grassy or piney....jsut plain light bitterness. An ok taste.

It's close to medium bodied at times with pretty high carbonation.

Drinkablity? The abv obviously isn't a problem, I just find it lacks any kind of oomph so 1 bottle at a sitting is enough for me.

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

Pours a four-finger light tan head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Clear deep amber color. Medium bodied and very light carbonation. Sweet malty nose. Starts sweet finish is like a dry root beer. Better than their lager. $1.45 for a 12oz. bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of beerthulhu
2.18/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A: Poured a dark mahogany red with a respectable 1 finger creamy khaki colored head that lasted for several minutes.

S: some light dried prunes and dark caramel raisins but was pretty faint overall.

T: The initial flavor was light and watery with sour caramel raisins and a light metallic nature. Overall the flavor was wishy-washy at best with some soapiness to it and a light dry burbon alcohol.

M: light, watery and wishy-washy as well.

D: Drinkability was a huge disappointment, dump and avoid at all cost.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.58/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Light brown opaqueness, mild tan head on the beer. Aroma of skunky dark lager yeast. A little bit of noble hop.

Unattractive malt bitterness and thin body despite its color, absorbs the light skunkiness to its own detriment. Tastes hotter than it is, toffee running around with burton wormwood on moist.

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

Brown with a nice tan head and good carbonation. Light roasty, light chocolate and burnt malt aroma and flavor. Medium-light bodied with a smooth finish; a bit dry from the roasty character.

A nice Euro Dark Lager and much nicer than Beck's.

Label states: "Est. 1873"

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Photo of avalon07
3.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a nice brown color and a somewhat thick texture. There was about a quarter inch of foamy head and some OK lacing.

S: Smelled mainly of malt, but also yeast and a little hops.

T: An odd taste. Very malty up front, then it thins out and becomes watery and uninteresting. Neither good nor bad.

M: An average amount of carbonation and a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: While this is certainly better than most other Heineken beers, it's still wildly uneven on the whole.

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Photo of harpus
3/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of DrDemento456
3.03/5  rDev -7.3%
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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Photo of JamLand
3/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of BGsWo22
1.5/5  rDev -54.1%

Photo of Howlader
2/5  rDev -38.8%

Photo of cbutova
2.45/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A- Poured into a pint glass with a dark brown hue, some red hints around the edges. Light tan head forms to about a finger but doesn't retain very well. Small ring but no lace.

S- Lager yeast, buttery hints and a dark caramel malt profile. Fades after just a few sips.

T- A mix of a dark lager and the general Heineken flavor. It starts out with buttery hints, cereal grain, brown sugar and some slight roast, caramel and toasty malts. It then kind of takes on a slight fruit, sweet and yeast bread feel. Ends up closer to straight up Heineken.

MF- Light, watery body with high carbonation that stings that palate. Somewhat foamy feel with light bitters.

Tastes somewhat comparable to other examples of the style I have tried. It just lacks depth generally and reminds me too much of regular Heineken in the end.

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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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