Heineken Premium Light Lager
Heineken Nederland B.V.

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Style:
Lager - Light
Ranked #245
ABV:
3.3%
Score:
57
Ranked #51,278
Avg:
2.34 | pDev: 30.77%
Reviews:
302
Ratings:
1,043
From:
Heineken Nederland B.V.
 
Netherlands
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  10
Gots
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SCORE
57
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Reviews by SB2017:
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SB2017 from Iowa

2.64/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Oh boy it looks bad. Urine-like, briefly foamy. Translucent and barely colored. Smells pretty pleasant actually. A slight funk to it. More than I was expecting. It's an extremely balanced-tasting beer, though there's not much to balance. Highly drinkable, though barely beer. Feels pretty solid for a light beer, then becomes water. I'm conflicted on this one but all in all it's definitely too light and essentially unsweetened wheat soda.

May 24, 2018
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ClarkWoods555 from Washington

1.83/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.25

As if they couldn't have made Heineken worse, they succeeded. This is thin and watery pee-pee water. I can't even begin to describe how repulsive it is. Take Heineken and mix with seltzer, you are now drinking this scum. Avoid.

Nov 13, 2016
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bankboy66 from New Jersey

3.51/5  rDev +50%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I think this is one of the best imported light beers along with Labatt Blue Light and the Trader Joe's brand from Mexico.
Easy drinking available everywhere.

Dec 02, 2017
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LJ52 from New Hampshire

3.65/5  rDev +56%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This lager has an average look. Golden. I find it has a crisp smell. This is one of the best tasting imported light beers on the market. It is light and crisp in its feel with a clean finish.

Nov 03, 2017
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manoshandsoffate from Pennsylvania

3.07/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottles from Giant in Bartonsville, Pa. I thought this would be inferior to my go-to light beers, Amstel Light and Sam Adams Light. I was pleasantly surprised!

L: Doesn't look special. Light Amber color, decent lacing. Not overly carbonated, but more than Amstel or Sam Adams.

S: Skunky hops, soap.

T: Wow! Not bad! Reminds me very much of the original Heineken Lager, same malt and hop complexity.

F: Exactly what you'd expect. Crisp and almost refreshing for a lager, the hop character and light body remind me more of Belgian ales than Dutch lagers.

O: One of the best mass-produced light imports I've tried. I've heard tell of flat or overly-funky bottles. I'd suggest sticking with cans if possible.

Oct 10, 2017
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rmz76 from Texas

2.69/5  rDev +15%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

My ratings are in consideration of this being a light beer. I think light beers should not be rated against non-light beers. They deserve their own category... That said, Heineken Premium Light is a better beer in it's class than traditional Heineken Lager is in the class of non light import lagers... Finding a good light beer is very hard and finding a light beer at a local bar is usually the undrinkable Bud Light, Miller Light, Michelob Ultra, etc... Among these watered down abominations Heineken Light taste quite good. Can't hold it's own against full bodied, hearty beer, but for providing something that actually taste like a beer for under 100 calories I would have to say Heineken Light is second only to Sam Adams Light (and Sam Adams is actually 120 calories/bottle).

Jun 11, 2017
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jcarlosv from Florida

3.5/5  rDev +49.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's not a craft beer but it is one of my favorite industrial mass production beers. Years ago I would have preferred the Lager version but with the years adding up, this Light Lager version is good for me. For entertaining family or friends who don't drink craft beers, this is my go to beer.

Apr 24, 2018
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Caddyshack from Louisiana

4/5  rDev +70.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For $1.09 a pint, you simply can't beat it. More flavor than any other light beer at this price point, and low enough ABV that I can drink it all weekend.

May 07, 2018
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RoyalT from Michigan

1.64/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearance – This stinker came out of the lovely green bottle a solid yellow in color with a nice white head that actually left some lacing on the inside of my glass.

Smell – The skunk was in full effect here just like it was for Daddy Heiny. The putrid smell of rotten grain and moldy Pixie Stix filled the room instantly.

Taste – Oh, this is gross. I can kind of taste some grain but other than that it’s like licking a skunk’s asshole after he just inhaled two giant been burritos and a dead goldfish.

Mouthfeel – This is light-bodied with a disappointing carbonated fizzle.

Sinkability – This was a very sinkable beer.

Jun 26, 2006
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The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +57.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This wasn't as bad as I was expecting given its origin and reviews here. It must have been a fresh bottle I got because it actually had a decent hop flavor and it went very well with the food I had. Refreshing on a summer's day.

Jul 08, 2017
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EGM1105 from Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev +80.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Years ago this beer was terrible. One of the worst beers I've ever had. Then on day my dad had some in the fridge and It was too late to get some of my own beer so I cracked one open. My first sip I was blown away. They completely changed the taste of the beer. I hated the old taste but this new taste was amazing in my eyes. I thought maybe something had spilt on the top of the can and was enhancing the flavor so I washed the next can before opening it. It was just as good. I started drinking that beer over time and now it's my favorite beer. I even got some people who used to hate it, like myself, to agree that now it is a very good tasting beer. And it has low calories.

Sep 27, 2016
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Sabtos from Ohio

2.47/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Sparkling pale gold with a large but light foamy white head. Demerits for the terrible bottle.

Smell is skunk, grapefruit, bread and nuts.

Taste is corn nuts, semi-bitter grass, and bread with a tangy, crisp mild froth, medium-light body and semi-dry finish.

How the hell this shite beer has better ratings than any number of far better AALs and BMCs out there, I'll never know.

Jul 09, 2018
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nicholas2121 from Ohio

4/5  rDev +70.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Heineken Premium Light Lager brewed by Heineken Nederland B.V. This light larger has an ABV of 3.30% The brew pours out a nice golden amber color w a small white head. Spotty lacing to this brew, really thin like. The smell is rich with grains, and malts. You do pick up on some nice hop notes in the smell of this brew. There is also a hit of skunk in the smell, not as bad as I was expecting. Now for the taste, light with with good flavors. The thing I really like is there is no skunk flavor to this green bottle brew. That is a plus in my book. This is a really nice crisp light brew, it goes down nice and smooth. There is a real nice balance to Heineken Premium Light Lager. There is nothing overpowering about this brew. The mouth feel of Heineken Premium Light Lager, is Thin, Light, Crisp and Refreshing. This brew would go nice on a hot summer day. Kinda was hoping for a bit higher ABV but it is what it is. Like I said this brew taste better than regular Heineken. This was a brew that I was not going to review because of negatives of the original Heineken Premium. However I'm glad I gave this brew a honest chance, and I will be buying this brew again just to change it up for a bit. Overall all I'm giving Heineken Premium Light Lager a soild 4 out of 5. Nothing to write home about but a nice smooth crisp light brew. Heineken Nederland B.V., did a real nice job with this light larger.

Nov 23, 2016
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CJNAPS from California

2.09/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Definitely my choose for a light beer over the big ones. Still holds a lot of the flavor from the original which never happens. Not one to go for the light beers but if you need to here it is. Cheers

Jan 09, 2017
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braugon from Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev +49.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

this beer is way overhated. people see "light" and assume the worst. this is actually better than heineken heavy, and a good representation of a german lager

Apr 15, 2015
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Kahlerbock from Kansas

2/5  rDev -14.5%

Feb 06, 2012
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agreenman19 from Connecticut

2.5/5  rDev +6.8%

Apr 02, 2012
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Griggsy from Colorado

2/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Jan 19, 2016
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jooler from California

2.51/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

A lot more crisp than regular Heineken

Feb 21, 2015
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Halcyondays from California

2.57/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a very pale yellow, it looks like the fizzy lager you see in British bars in the movies. Head is medium-sized, white in the beginning, dies down to a thin film fast, no lacing, good head retention for a light lager though.

S: Actually has a nice Saaz and noble hop scent, smells a lot like Beck's, no skunk.

T: Taste is a letdown after the surprisingly strong smell. Very, very light taste, haven't had something this light since Michelob Ultra. Doesn't taste bad, just nothing much there. Light grain husk, seltzer water, has a bit of a spicy hop bite at the end, a very clean flavour, the Boston of light beers.

M: Light-bodied, fizzy, but has a better overall feel than its brethren, there's is something there, not just fizzy water.

D: Honestly, I have no problems drinking this, and I'd probably take this over Heineken regular. But to the beer fan, there is really nothing in terms of flavour profile to make me come back. Good for what it is, but I'm not going to buy this again with the multitude of brews on the market in SoCal.

Jul 24, 2008
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agaloco9 from California

1/5  rDev -57.3%

Jan 28, 2012
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Jame515 from Texas

2.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Sep 28, 2013
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amped330 from Virginia

3/5  rDev +28.2%

Dec 14, 2014
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Overlord from California

1.83/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I sampled every light beer possible a while back. Just about all were putrid. This was no exception.

Pours a water yellow. Surprisingly high carbonation. Seltzer mouthfeel. Actually has a bit of a hop background (!!), but it still tastes pretty bad, and there's the standard skunky malt aftertaste.

Avoid.

Feb 17, 2008
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pcsnyder from Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev +6.8%

May 10, 2013
Heineken Premium Light Lager from Heineken Nederland B.V.
Beer rating: 57 out of 100 with 1043 ratings