Heineken Premium Light Lager | Heineken Nederland B.V.

Heineken Premium Light LagerHeineken Premium Light Lager
BA SCORE
4.4%
Liked This Beer
2.34 w/ 986 ratings
Heineken Premium Light LagerHeineken Premium Light Lager
BEER INFO

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

Style: Light Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
3.3% ABV in some states in the USA

Added by Jason on 03-01-2005

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#43,750
Reviews:
279
Ratings:
986
Liked:
43
Avg:
2.34/5
pDev:
29.91%
Alströms:
2.43
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
204
Trade:
0
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2/5  rDev -14.5%

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2/5  rDev -14.5%

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2/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of StonedTrippin
2.58/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I actually like this better than regular Heineken. its cleaner, fresher tasting, more carbonated, and less filling. no metallic or adjuncts really either, just better. still crap though, sudsy white head on yellow liquid. smell of fresh pils malts and generic lager yeast. watery and soft, but not devoid of flavor. malt forward, balancing hops only, a good slammer beer, golf beer, boat beer etc, but with very little redeeming qualities outside of these contexts. good bubbles, refreshing when freezing, and affordable enough. it has a role, and its better than the other light beers, especially the imports. I can get behind this a little bit, also seems to be handled better than the regular, which eliminated the skunky odor and taste I associate with the parent beer here.

edit: i retract some of that, had a few of these this week on vacation and really did encounter the same skunky stale thing here that i always get in regular heineken, and its just such a turn off. i know both of these beers are decent when fresh and handled correctly, but man, when they turn its not pretty!

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1.5/5  rDev -35.9%

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2/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of Knapp85
1.93/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This brew was one of my early beers I had, I actually stole a bottom from a friends parents fridge hoping they wouldn't notice. As far as I know they never noticed. Anyway the beer was decent at the time but since then I've had much better. The beer looks much like regular Heineken and smells the too. the taste is just a little more watered down.

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2/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of metter98
2.39/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are light aromas of grainy malts and skunk in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the taste, except that the skunky flavors are a little less apparent and there is a light amount of bitterness from the hops.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied (but not thin and watery) on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn't that bad for a light lager because it tastes a lot like a regular Heineken but just is a little lighter-bodied.

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2.09/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle, a souvenir from an oft-visited Safeway in the Kona area, on the Big Island of Hawaii.

This beer pours a crystal clear, medium golden straw colour, with three fingers of loosely foamy dirty white head, which evaporates rather quickly, leaving nothing in the way of lace around the glass.

It smells of funky, decaying corn mush, one with an underlying white cereal graininess, and a thin straw-like grassiness. The taste is light grainy, stale cereal, some mildly skunky, old lemon rind, and plain weedy hops.

The bubbles are kind of prickly at first, and only somewhat let up thereafter, the body quite thin and watery, and smooth if you like it like that. It finishes very ethereal and airy, like it's trying to make you forget what you just drank.

Smells almost putrid, but hey, it levels off after that, becoming inoffensive (mostly), and, well, light. Adequate, I suppose, if you can't get a glass of clean water to go with your real beer.

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2.5/5  rDev +6.8%

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2.5/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of zeff80
2.38/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, very pale, straw yellow color with a small, white, foamy head. It left no lace.

S - It smelled a little skunky and of corn.

T - It tasted of corn, grain and light caramel malt.

M - It was a little thin and weak. A light bodied beer.

D - This actually tasted like a lighter version of regular Heineken. For a light lager it wasn't too bad.

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Photo of LXIXME
1.5/5  rDev -35.9%

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

Photo of zestar
2.5/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Boone757
2.75/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.1/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Well there's not much that wasn't expected here. Heineken light in the green bottle is light-struck ("skunked") just like the regular version. It pretty much tastes like regular Heineken that's been watered-down, yet it still retains most of the alcohol. Gone are the nice, malts and herbal hops. It is, however, very refreshing. Very refreshing! - kind of like water. And, it has enough hop flavor and bitterness that it tastes much more like "beer" than the American "light" beers. There are better light beers available (Sam Adam's, for example), but in comparison to the likes of Bud Light, Miller Lite, Amstel Light, and Corona Light I'd take this one.

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2.68/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz can.

Pour is light amber; excellent clarity; Good head and decent lacing; coarse carbonation.

Aroma: light sweet malts and spicy hops in good balance.

Flavor: very mild, with only a faint hop bitterness in the finish and aftertaste.

Feel: very light bodied but about as expected given the style and carbonation level.

O: light ... very light, but not otherwise flawed and not bad with a meal. Note, bottled Heineken in the US is oftem spoiled so can are recommended.

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1.5/5  rDev -35.9%

Photo of dbrauneis
2.51/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a crystal clear pale golden yellow in color with some very light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall white head that quickly reduces to a very thin film covering the entire surface of the beer. Minimal lacing is observed.

S: Moderate aromas of adjunct malts (grains) along with lighter aromas of lemon, skunkiness, and something metallic.

T: Not a real lot of flavor in this beer with the sweetness of the adjunct malts (grain) really being the primary flavor.

M: Light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery and lightly dry in the finish.

O: Easy to drink and sessionable but not one of my favorite styles of beer or a particular beer that I want to come back and have again.

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Photo of Thorpe429
1.53/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

You take regular Heineken and made it worse; really? Why? Poured into a pint glass and reviewed from notes. Color is a light yellow with a small white head with no retention. The nose is skunky hops and pretty much nothing else. Seems they cut back on whatever malts were in the original just so we could appreciate skunk anus more.

Taste is skunk. Feel is skunk. There's quite the theme here. There's some prickly carbonation that thankfully carries much of the flavor away. Some slight grain, but not all that much. This is a bad beer. There's not that much going on, but what is there I really don't like.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
1.43/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a very pale yellow color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light and funky malts, with a touch of hops.

T: The taste has very mild flavors of lager yeast, light malts and almost no hops. Even for a light beer it's pretty bland.

M: Crisp with a little smoothness but very watery, light body, medium-to-high carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Not flavorful at all, goes down easily because of the lack of substance, not filling at all, no kick, there are a lot of better light beers out there.

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2.33/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of XmnwildX12
1.25/5  rDev -46.6%

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