McFarland Red Beer
Heineken Nederland B.V.

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Heineken Nederland B.V.
Irish Red Ale
Ranked #121
Ranked #29,319
2.96 | pDev: 18.58%
May 27, 2023
Jan 03, 2004
McFarland Red BeerMcFarland Red Beer
Notes: McFarlands Irish Red is a deep red lager brewed with copious amounts of caramel malt and just a touch of chocolate malt for color. Brewed in winter and left to lager until spring, this seasonal comes and goes rather quickly, making an appearance in draft only.
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Rated by DBertucco from Italy

3/5  rDev +1.4%

Aug 18, 2014
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.16/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
June 2017: 330 ml bottle, bought in Rhodos, Greece. ABV is 5.6%. Amber colour, moderate off-white head. Aroma of caramel, toffee, brown bread and grain. The flavour is malty with notes of caramel and brown bread, but is not too sweet. Minimal hops, dull finish.
May 27, 2023
Rated: 4.53 by jjacobsr from Ohio

Dec 14, 2016
Rated: 3.06 by Giangio from Italy

May 15, 2016
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Reviewed by chinchill from South Carolina

3.18/5  rDev +7.4%
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,
May 28, 2015
Rated: 2.73 by charapaus from Italy

May 27, 2015
Rated: 4 by Srecko from Serbia

Dec 09, 2014
Rated: 3 by diegominach from Italy

Dec 02, 2014
Rated: 3 by AlexAfonin from Russian Federation

Nov 11, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by Corson from Canada (AB)

Aug 26, 2014
Rated: 2 by Istur

Aug 01, 2014
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

2.81/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75
Had on tap. Ironically it is more copper brown than red, tons of lacing make up from a thin head. Smells of watered down toasted and bready malts. Toasty malts, roasted nuts, kisses of cocoa, and general macro malts make up a lackluster taste that you just feel is trying to break out but doesn't reach that definition. Feel is watery, thin, and brief, just doesn't stick around enough or drink easily enough to really enjoy that much, pass on this one
Jun 18, 2014
Rated: 2.75 by Latarnik from New Jersey

May 25, 2014
Rated: 2 by gnikola from Serbia

Aug 26, 2013
Rated: 3 by clarknova from Germany

May 29, 2013
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Reviewed by Radome from Florida

2.95/5  rDev -0.3%
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.
Nov 17, 2012
Rated: 2.75 by pappetros from Greece

Jul 19, 2012
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Reviewed by BEERchitect from Kentucky

2.98/5  rDev +0.7%
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.
Nov 30, 2011
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Reviewed by Seyhan from Turkey

3.56/5  rDev +20.3%
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.
Sep 23, 2011
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Reviewed by Cozzatoad from Italy

2.88/5  rDev -2.7%
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
Feb 16, 2011
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Reviewed by BucBasil from Rwanda

2.98/5  rDev +0.7%
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.
Apr 28, 2010
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Reviewed by Paisan from Belgium

2.21/5  rDev -25.3%
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.
Oct 26, 2009
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Reviewed by jdhilt from New Hampshire

3.26/5  rDev +10.1%
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
Aug 20, 2009
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Reviewed by Suds from Missouri

3.13/5  rDev +5.7%
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.
Aug 12, 2007
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Reviewed by stcules from Italy

2.53/5  rDev -14.5%
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.
Jul 05, 2005
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Reviewed by Andreji from Texas

2.08/5  rDev -29.7%
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.
Jan 03, 2004
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