McFarland Red Beer | Heineken Nederland B.V.

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McFarland Red BeerMcFarland Red Beer

Brewed by:
Heineken Nederland B.V.

Style: European Dark Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
"Irish Red Beer" (lager)

Added by Andreji on 01-03-2004

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Ratings: 25 |  Reviews: 11
Photo of jjacobsr
4.53/5  rDev +53.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Giangio
3.06/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of chinchill
3.18/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

33 cl bottle with a BB date of 4-2016. Purchased and consumed in Greece.
Looks very good: red-amber body with a durable, bone-colored head.
Attractive, mostly malty aroma with a disappointing flavor that is just bready and mildly bitter,

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Photo of charapaus
2.73/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Srecko
4/5  rDev +35.6%

Photo of diegominach
3/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of AlexAfonin
3/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Corson
3.5/5  rDev +18.6%

Photo of DBertucco
3/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Istur
2/5  rDev -32.2%

Photo of REVZEB
2.75/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of Latarnik
2.75/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of gnikola
2/5  rDev -32.2%

Photo of clarknova
3/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Radome
2.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Tasted from 33 cl bottle bought in Greece. The label stated it was brewed in Greece.

A - Color is dark copper to light red and very clear. The head is off-white and weak. It quickly disappeared to nothing.

S - Aroma leans heavily toward malt rather than hops. There is bready, sweet malt, but also a strong cardboard smell that is distracting. Some unidentifiable earthy hops in the background, but enough to add some interest along with the malt.

T - Nice balance of malt and hops flavors, but tilts more to the malt. The malt is a bit bready and sweet and the hops are slightly fruity and earthy. There is a faint astringent or metallic taste at the back of my tongue that is not pleasant, but it is at a low level.

M - Some moderate, sharp hops bitterness that may be made more harsh by hard brewing water. Carbonation is low. Body is thin to medium.

O - Overall this is a very middle-of-the-road beer. It is drinkable but plain and forgettable, although it is better than the majority of watery Greek lagers.

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Photo of pappetros
2.75/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of BEERchitect
2.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

With all the European lagers represented in Greece, a welcomed break delivers this Red Ale to my palate. Pouring a deep amber, slight brown color, the beer's appearance is mirrored with a light toasty, nutty flavor that's much more bold than the lighter fare of Greece. Caramel malts with a somehwat sun-kissed character gives the flavor of Amber Ales, but with the smooth lager flavor of pilsner malt and lack of yeasty fruit flavor. Also low on spice, hops, or depth of malty-rich complexity McFarland Red deviates from the classic example of Irish Red Ales with a more timid demeanor, especially going from mid palate to finish where the beer weakens considerably and takes on the flavor of flat cola in finish. Simplified and modestly weak, the saving grace of this beer is that I was desperate for anything other than another European pilsner.

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Photo of Seyhan
3.56/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried it twice in Greece. Quite accessible in bars and pubs there.

Nice clean logo which has character and gives you an initial idea about the beer.

Pours a beautiful clear amber with a disappearing lace.

Light body, light spicy and strong caramel flavour covers the maltiness. Balanced bitterness in the finish with stronger fudge/toffee flavour.

A bit too sweet but nice on a warm summer night.

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Photo of Cozzatoad
2.88/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle at a pizzeria, best they had

A- Clear red to amber, a really small head fades away quickly and leaves no lacing

S- A strong but not really good smell. Malt and a touch of caramel

T- Again, mostly sweet malts, but nicely balanced by some citrus and especially lemon hints. The end is a bit more hoppy. Nice but really flat, gets boring after a while

M- This beer is very light, almost watery, but still has a decent feel due to a nice crispness that backs up the malt flavour and gives it a minimal life

D- Sure this is a thirst-quencher and an easy drink

Nothing worth remembering

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Photo of BucBasil
2.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured form the 330mL bottle into a branded tulip.

A: The beer is a deep clear orange with some red tints. One finger offwhite head with low retention.

S: Very little here. Some bread flavor.

T: Some light fruit on the intro, with a nice balanced bready flavor and hints of caramel. Some light spice as well.

Overall: Very average. Not quite worth it. This is everywhere in Greece, and serves as a different sort of option from the other omnipresent pale lagers, but really it's not all that interesting.

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Photo of Paisan
2.21/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Tried this on two occasions at Johnny's Pub in Rhodos Town (Greece).
Slight malty smell, bit of caramel. Disappointing taste and mouthfeel, I expect more of a red. Not too much of hops, the sweetness of the malt leaves to be desired, kinda "flat".
An unassuming lager-like red, nice on a summer's day terrace, but that's about it. I wouldn't recommend it.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.26/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a two finger cream head that fades quickly to a ring leaving traces of lace. Clear red/amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Light malty nose. Flavor is malty with hops in background. €2.60 ($3.69) for a 330ml bottle from a supermarket on the island of Rhodes, Greece. Licensed by Murphys

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Photo of Suds
3.13/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I recently tried McFarland's red. I picked up a three pack of bottles from the local store. It's a pretty straightforward red lager: Clean and uncomplicated. It's a deep amber – borderline reddish – color with a a moderately sized white head. It's very clear, with a medium-high amount of carbonation. The aroma is faint, with a bit of caramel and a little lightly toasted malt. No real hop aroma. It's a relatively light beer, with a decent bitterness in the finish. Medium to light in body. It's a nice beer to enjoy on a hot day, but other than that it's not very compelling.

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Photo of stcules
2.53/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Full red color. Half inch of light head.
Warm, strong, full smell. Caramel and malt. Mou. Pompous. Grassy notes, and even some touch of liquorice in the back. Biscuit malt.
Less strong in the taste, lightly more delicate. Again on malty and biscuit notes. Caramel, less.
Liquorice in the back, more evident. Nut. Citrus notes.
Light body, watery.
In the aftertaste some bitterness, liquorice, and grassy.

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Photo of Andreji
2.08/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This is quite a crappy sort of heineken product that is very popular among the beer deprived greek society. The pour, a simple red to orange sort of clear tone with no head and some carbonation proper to most lagers, right?

The smell, maltier than a simple lager, induces nothing but what the taste is gonna turn out to be: mediocre, borderline pale lager sort of maltyness (only slightly sweeter), and little amount of hops to make it even more tasteless.

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McFarland Red Beer from Heineken Nederland B.V.
Beer rating: 2.95 out of 5 with 25 ratings