Heineken Premium Light Lager | Heineken Nederland B.V.

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Heineken Premium Light LagerHeineken Premium Light Lager

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Heineken Nederland B.V.

Style: Light Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

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

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Photo of StonedTrippin
2.58/5  rDev +9.3%
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 ale 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.

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Photo of Knapp85
1.93/5  rDev -18.2%
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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Photo of metter98
2.39/5  rDev +1.3%
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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Photo of biboergosum
2.09/5  rDev -11.4%
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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Photo of zeff80
2.38/5  rDev +0.8%
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 Thorpe429
1.53/5  rDev -35.2%
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 NeroFiddled
3.1/5  rDev +31.4%
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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Photo of chinchill
2.68/5  rDev +13.6%
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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Photo of TheManiacalOne
1.43/5  rDev -39.4%
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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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.13/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can (tall but thin like a Red Bull can) - $1.29 at Hop City in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, yellow body with a frothy, tall, but quickly collapsing white head.

Smell: Humble, demure nose smelling only mildly of barley and rice and floral hops. Thanks so much for the keeping out the skunk wafts, aluminum can, you don't know how much I appreciate it.

Taste: Light, lightly sweet cereal grains and rice is easily balanced out by an equally light touch of hops and bitterness. Finishes dry, clean, and quaintly crisp.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Provided you have your lil' heart set on purchasing Heineken Light, to ensure you circumvent the Euro-skunk, buying this in a can is really the only way to go.

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Photo of dbrauneis
2.51/5  rDev +6.4%
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 BuckeyeNation
2.63/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This review is one half of Macro Smackdown XIII, yet another comparison tasting of the less palatable members of the beer world. Heineken Premium Light Lager's competition today will be Pabst Blue Ribbon Light. For starters, the bottles couldn't be more distinctive. This beer comes in classic Euro lager green with an attractive painted 'label'. PBR Light comes in the more user-friendly brown glass with a standard paper label. What matters, of course, is what's inside those bottles.

Faded amber, probably a shade lighter than its American counterpart. It actually occured to me to make sure I keep the bottles next to their respective glasses since these two look so similar that mixing them up would be easy to do. This cap is brighter, a wee bit creamier and leaves an identical pattern of lace. Slight edge here, but probably not enough for different scores to be granted.

Whatever mild skunkiness was present initially is now gone. This nose is more nose-filling, but is also less likeable in that Euro pale lager hoppy funkiness kind of way. The differences are subtle, though, and I can't say that I prefer one over the other.

Neither light lager is a sock knocker-offer. They're both simple and cereal grain-like with a token amount of hoppiness. A token and a half in this beer's case. They both lean to the dry, crisp side rather than the sweet side. Neither is offensive and both would be easily drinkable in a pinch. Could we have the first MacSmack tie?

There's no hope of getting a few degrees of separation on the mouthfeel front. If I was blinded, I don't believe I could tell the difference between these two. Therefore, identical scores.

The scores may be the same, but I feel a need to pick a winner of MacSmack XIII. Heineken Premium Light Lager is the winner for a fair reason and for an unfair reason. The first is that the head is brighter and slightly more attractive. The second is that it tastes (and probably is) slightly fresher. I take the blame for PBR Light's less than perfectly fresh state. However, in my defense, if the breweries would date their bottles, it wouldn't have happened. Anyone looking for a drinkable light lager should give both of these beers a look.

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Photo of mikesgroove
1.68/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

So this I have no excuse for other then trying to knock out the bottom of the barrel list as quick as possible. A short trip to the store revealed most of these sitting there, rip for the taking. Decided to try a few last night and just go with it. Served cold and right from the bottle, this was consumed on 08/11/2010.

Working my way into the lighter fair I decided to open this one up a perennial favorite of my father in law, I through one in the mixed sixer just to give it a whirl in a review setting. Pours a straightforward light hay color with a minimal head of white fizzy bubbles that quickly dissipates and leaves only token lacing along the sides of the glass. Aroma is light, nearly non existent with small hints of grass and corn, but that was about it. Crisp and clean feel cannot save this one from being overpowered by its lightness. Maybe a touch of corn, maybe, but there is really no flavor here to be had at all. It works well on a 100 degree day in place of water, but that is about the only use I could find. Taste leaves as quickly as it arrives.

Overall I will pass, while it is not as horrible tasting as some of the others, its blandness does me in.

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Photo of Jason
2.43/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz green bottle with plastic labels and a bottle code which may or may not have anything to do with freshness.

A- Pale golden straw with a fizzy looking lace from hasty bubbles rising to the top.

S- Not much in the aroma other than some faint grain and cooked hops.

T&M- A bit more smooth than crisp in the light and dry body. Mild astringent quality middle to end. Quick bite of grain and hop bitterness and then the clean and dry after tastes quickly sets in.

D- A watery beer, this is a beer for people that really don't want to drink beer or think that drinking regular beer will make them fat ... its not all of the fast food and junk food that made them fat right? When will this low-carb beer fad die a quick death?

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Photo of woodychandler
2.62/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

CAN you believe that I found three new CANs for the CANQuest while in DC this past weekend? Onward!

My pour produced a finger-and-a-half of fluffy bone-white head with decent retention. Color was a light lemon-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose was slightly sulfuric underlain by a slight lager sweetness. Mouthfeel was thin and watery, a real drawback of the style. It had a light lager sweetness on the tongue. Finish was mild and unobtrusive. It really begets the question, "Why?" It was inoffensive, but it was also pretty tasteless and bland. Why bother?

Here it is, Sa, 21 Mai 2016, and I now have a bottle in front of me, following my frontal lobotomy. Let's see what this brings forth.

I Pop!ped the cap & really let fly with a heavy-handed pour, creating two-plus fingers of dense, rocky, bone-white head that hung around unexpectedly well before falling to wisps. Color was Pale-Straw (SRM = 1 -2) with NE-plus quality clarity, enabling me to see through the walls & into my neighbor's house. Nose was rich with Saaz hops, surprisingly! Mmmm. Mouthfeel was on the thin side, not precisely watery, but not much beyond. The taste was actually pretty clean, very lager-like, with a hint of honey from the malt and seemingly adjunct-free. Finish was semi-dry and refreshing. It was a nice, unobtrusive beer and easily quaffable, but I was left feeling unfulfilled.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.35/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Okay here we go a brew that is a light version of Heine is that possible well let's just say I'm not sure. Appears a light golden pale hue with a bright white head leaves behind nice scattered lacing. Aroma has more skunky Euro hops sorry folks those are the facts on this beer they promote a nice skuny grassy hop character with a minimal citrus profile just enjoy and now your enjoying something high end, right? Taste has lighter crisp version of Heineken I could see this going over here with crisp hop character it finishes a tad bitter for American flavor but it's actually not that bad grassy citrus hop profile with light creamy biscuit malt tones go figure. Mouthfeel as the label reveals it's light bodied higher artificial carbonation not the end of the world. Drinkability well not that bad I could crave this in another life possibly, but once again pretty unoffensive what can I say.

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Photo of johnnnniee
2.48/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Pours a crystal clear pale yellow color with a smallish bone white head that shows little retention. Light sweet bready malty pilsner aroma with a whole lot of skunk. The flavor is a light bready grainy maltiness with a hint of hop bitterness and again a bit of mercaptan. Light body with a spritzy level of carbonation and a slick watery mouthfeel. I can't get away from the skunky aroma to find much to like about this beer, probably a poor example to be a classic style imho.

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Photo of tdm168
2.13/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a pale golden yellow with a short lived, fizzy, bubbly head. The nose is musty and grainy with a traditional euro pale lager smell. The taste is almost nondescript; very, very faint grains, super light grassiness. The mouthfeel is very light, well carbonated, and smooth.

This lacks flavor. It's drinkable and refreshing but musty and forgettable. I'll pass in the future.

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Photo of WoodBrew
2.52/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer pours a clear and very yellow, looks like light beer.... about a finger worth of head after a hard pour that dissipated very quickly. No lacing. Smell was grainy and skunky... not much good here. Smells like Euro light beer. Taste is just like the smell... corny and grainy, but oddly the shunkiness is not here... Tastes like average Euro Light. Mouthfeel is crisp, but nor as carbonated as I was expecting. Pretty average. Overall it is not the worst Euro Light I've ever had.... but not worth running after... Decent

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Photo of smakawhat
2.02/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from the green bottle into a... a... umm... does it really matter? Let's give a Pokal glass a go!

A solid looking lager. Nice white head, perhaps two fingers, some good retention and keeping a solid cap. Body is a nice gold amber, not piss looking, with some nice slow rising carbonation. Actually looks refreshing.

Here's where it falls apart so far. Nose smells of pure cooked corn. Sweet and stinky. No hop aroma, not even a grainy malt presence. Just ugh. Some slight strange burnt sensations mix in, almost like a burnt match, giving some "variety". Overall though the olfactory experience is not that great, even for a lager. Luckily not skunked either.

Palate is.. Palate is ... where exactly? Not here that's what I can say. One of the most inoffensive but also neutral beers I've had. Mouthfeel is fine, but it's noticeably watery, but I'll cut some slack since the abv is so low and it's a "light" lager. Luckily not fizzy either or seltzery like most lagers. Flavor? I would write something but I can't even pick up anything.

Overall, let's move on, nothing to see here. Much better out there even in this style for sure!

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Photo of jwc215
2.1/5  rDev -11%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This was featured at a restaurant I recently went to because it was a new item. I had never had it, and was curious as to how close it would be to Heineken, so I figured I would give it a shot...

Poured very light - almost clear - yellow - with virtually no head.

The smell was almost nothing, except for a slight starch aroma that was uninviting to say the least.

The taste was overwhelmingly watery - ridiculously so, even for the style. The slight taste that was present was mainly of some subdued adjuncts that were odd-tasting.

This was very similar to bad tap-water - no real "beer" flavor.
It was as drinkable as below-average tap water - watered-down more than most of its style. I can't see the point of drinking this, except if it is someone who does not like beer, but wants to order a beer for social reasons. If you like beer - don't bother...

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Photo of feloniousmonk
2.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pale, pale, pale yellow color, hold a thin slice of a pear peel to the sunlight...small head, then gone...eh...

Aroma: nothing but corn, and faint hops...wispy grain and air.

Taste: none. Water and light alcohol. Coors Light kicked up a micro-notch. Whereas I don't think much of a bottle of Heinken, there's absolutely nothing to think about when downing a bottle of Heineken Light, um, I mean PREMIUM Light. It sure is wet, though.


Sure is wet.

This needs to go away fast. Heineken drinkers aren't crying out for anything lighter, and Amstel Light drinkers aren't looking for anything Heineken-ier.

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Photo of Tone
3.1/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear, straw color. 2/3 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of strong Euro yeast, strong pale malt, strong adjunct, hint of hops, and a sulfuric odor. Fits the style of a Light Lager. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of slight citrus hops, strong pale malt, slight adjunct, and Euro yeast. Overall, much better body than aroma, good blend, but the sulfur notes in the aroma are the worst aspect.

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Photo of WesWes
3.03/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick fizzy white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a light pilsner malt and German hop scent. It's light and watered down; like a weaker version of the original. The taste is average as well. It has a light, pilsner malt flavor with a touch of hops and a dry finish. It's easy drinking and attractive to people who like light beers. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a average light lager. It's quaffable, yet devoid of much malt character.

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Photo of Wasatch
2/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a pale yellow color, some carbonation, little fizzy white head, with some minimal sticky lacing left behind. The nose is grainy/ricy. The taste is the same as the nose. Light Body. Again another lame attempt for a beer. What a waste of a bottle.

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