Heineken Premium Light Lager | Heineken Nederland B.V.

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Heineken Premium Light LagerHeineken Premium Light Lager

Brewed by:
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 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 Bierwolf
2.04/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Bought a 6 pack of green bottles. Thought maybe it was old so got another 6. Drank from a pilsener glass.

Appearance: About a finger of white, fizzy foam that diminished to a very thin froth. Clear kind of a medium yellow with tiny particles . some bubbles rising up.

Smell: Mostly a moderate yeast aroma with some hopping in the background.

Taste: Initially a light bitterness that finishes the same way except it sweetens up a little on the finish. Fairly crisp and dry.

Mouth Feel: Light to medium bodied and fairly dry. Carbonation was there but not overpowering.

Overall: This beer did not do a lot for me. I bought the second 6 because the first were so ordinary that i thought that they were old. It just left me wanting more. Granted it is a light beer but there are others out there that do a better job of quenching your thirst and have more flavor.

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

Well we all know that Heineken is a good go-to beer and the Heineken Light is not the exception. This is a good interpretation of a Light Lager beer, it remains with body and taste even though it is light. It is much alike like its bigger brother the Regular Lager, it tastes a bit bitter with many hops but it is very smooth at the same time. It is very refreshing and the aftertaste is a bit on the dry side. Overall a good beer to drink while at a picnic or BBQ outing.

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Photo of TurboBrew
2.06/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

The beer Pours a light yellow with fizzy head... doesnt stick around long. Smells like a light beer. Tastes like a light beer. Mouthfeel is like water. Overall on par with miller and bud light.. dont think Ill be having any more of this stuff any time soon.

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Photo of BostonHops
2.15/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

pours a super clear pale yellow / light gold tone while yielding a short lived fizzy white head, maybe a finger of which. nose offers some grainy and floral hoppy notes. not impressive by any stretch of the imagination but i've certainly smelled a lot worse. not exactly a ringing endorsement, nor is it mean to be.

flavor is worse. tastes just like a watered down heineken... i supposed that shouldn't come as a great surprise. muted grainy notes with a speck of hops in the background, but just highly 'meh'. light bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

over, as light beer beer goes this is okay, which is not saying much at all. it doesn't trigger the gag reflex or anything but i can't think of too many good reasons for ever drinking this one again.

(originally reviewed: 10-16-2011)

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Photo of tobelerone
2.66/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear yellow body with an inch of white head that settles slowly. Some patchy lacing, looks ok for a light beer. Nose and taste are both super skunky, sharp and pungent, with some grainy malt and a hint of flowery hops underneath. Some adjunct taste of cereal grains or rice, perhaps. But it’s that classic green bottle Heinie skunk all the way that dominates. Light bodied with ample carbonation and a crisp and refreshing mouthfeel. Super drinkable if you like drinking skunk flavored, watery beverages. Something about the skunkiness ignites a wave of nostalgia in me, bringing me back to my youthful experiences with lousy euro lagers, so I don’t hate this as much as most, but I still wouldn’t buy it..or drink it again. On offer at a barbeque so I gave it a shot. Still not the worst of the worst.

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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 Darkmagus82
2.18/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Poured a light straw color with a large white head. The head faded fast to give a very light amount of lacing.

Smell - In classic Heineken style you get a mild skunk aroma mixed with light malt flavors.

Taste – It starts out with a weaker drier malt taste. The taste doesn't transition much, but sweetens ever so lightly in the middle, only to dry out again more toward the end. At the very end some of the skunkiness in the nose comes to the taste as well, leaving that odd taste on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- It s very light in body with a high level of carbonation.

Overall – It is very much a “watered-down” version of Heineken. Nothing too spectacular.

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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 TheBrewo
2.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

We pour a brew of light golden yellow. It holds a brief half finger head of crisp white bubbles, leaving a ring around the edges. Lacing becoming spidery as the liquid levels decrease. Carbonation appears moderate, and translucency is utterly complete. The nose sings with corn and sickly metallic adjuncts. There is grassiness of more fresh malt action, with sweeps of white sugar sweetness coming and going. As we sip, the mouth is met with skunky, adjuncty, souring grain. This puckers the mouth, with metallics and faint synthetic lemon. The latter affords sweetness, but this is transient, as watery malts and hard water come through, blunted all flavor through the middle. Barley and grass predominate, giving room for nothing else through the finish either. Flour adds to this, with more metallics and mineral water bite. The aftertaste breathes of more of the same, with tin, generic grass, and water. There are thin stripes of alcohol throughout. The body is light and the carbonation is medium to high. The feel is thin and watery, with little slurp or cream. Each sip is paper thin, with little coating or drying. Quite hydrating, in fact. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks appropriately for the style.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was how easily it goes down. If you’re looking for a light brew with mild flavoring, this is something you might be interested in. The beer lacks any real flavoring, but comes forth with basic malts and a light airy background. It is not as offensive as many others like it, but is also not something I would regularly stock in my fridge.

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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 Dope
2.28/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: A perfectly clear straw yellow pour. Medium-sized fizzy white head. Fades away fairly quickly. No sign of lacing at all. I know this isn't part of the normal appearance rating, but a green bottle? Really?

S: Smells kinda like rotten corn. There is a cereal-like grain hiding behind it too. A little bit of ashtray? Some odd mineral smell too.

T: More cereal grain and again a bad fermented corn kind of taste. Very watery.

M: Pretty much like water. Very thin. A tiny bit dry.

O: This is about as bad a beer as I've ever had. I left some room in the rankings for something truly awful but don't let that fool you - you're better off drinking almost anything other than this.

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Photo of mrfrancis
1.3/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I picked up a bottle of this to complete a mix pack at a supermarket.

A: Pours a very pale, clear gold with a fizzy white head that disappears in a matter of seconds. There really isn't much in the way of lacing, and I guess I shouldn't have expected there to be.

S: Very mild aromas of grain husks, lemon, minerals, and straw are present on the nose, though they only emerge once the beer has settled in the glass and started to warm a bit.

T: Fleeting suggestions of mineral water, lemon, straw, grass, grain husks, and cooked vegetables wash across the palate. Obviously this isn't the freshest bottle in the world. The finish is very quick and clipped with lemon and mineral water notes.

M: Very light in body and very dry. Carbonation is extremely spritzy. This feels more like mineral water than beer.

O: I'm really not impressed with this light lager. I think this may be a style that I should just avoid in the future, as it has no appeal to me.

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Photo of Lemke10
1.9/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I bought a 12pk of this from Woodman's for $12 in Janesville, WI in Winter 2011 but it was basically free after rebate which is the only reason I purchased it.

Pours a very pale, clear yellow that has a fast disappearing head even if you pour the beer way too quickly. Scent is that cheap grains which are musty to my nose. Taste is weak, very weak. This is barely a step up from water. This is basically water with a hint of beer. It amazes me how this stuff even sells on a regular basis. This is one of those beers that it should be ok for minors to buy due to its weakness. I'm glad it was free because at full price $12 was $12 too much.

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Photo of Jesstyr
2.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Grabbed a 5l keg to try out my new kegerator. After working out some kinks, same old lame heineken light taste.

Pours light golden, yellow, with significant bubbling. Head is bright white - this looks like a fairly flavorless light beer, but definitely more golden than Coors Light. Nose exhibits flat beer - and is very unattractive.

Taste is light pilsener. Nothing special, pretty bubbly, mostly like flavored water. Very light on the mouth. Overall a fairly average/below average light beer.

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Photo of Chiefy770
2.48/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Serving type: From the bottle to the judging tables (my mouth).

A: Couldn't tell you much. Drank this from the bottle. It's a traditional Heineken green bottle. The text is labeled differently from the regular bottle.

S: Smelled like sour grapes. Not sure why... it also tasted like sour grapes but we'll get to that in a bit...

T: So yeah, about those sour grapes... I'm not sure why I picked up sour grapes. I felt like I was sipping on a wine cooler at one point. It had a fruity, and sweet taste. It was followed up by a bitter taste from the hops to confirm it was indeed a beer. Very unexpected. I suspect that these bottles were sitting in the back of the fridge for awhile. They were at a family function where wine and booze are the primary beverages and the host keeps "backup" beer in the back of the fridge.

M: For a light beer, this had a pretty tolerable amount of carbonation. I was not overwhelmed and it was not a total waste of my taste buds. Went down and stayed down, that's all I cared about for the time being.

Overall: I am not a light beer drinker. This is what was offered. I did not particularly enjoy this but a light beer is a light beer. No damage done. I'd certainly reach for this beer over the mainstream light beers.

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

So why does Henie need a light version? I dunno. This is basically Heineken cut with (more) water. Everything is diluted. Appearance, even more straw yellow, more white head, disappears even faster. Aroma, less skunky, but I liked the skunk.

Taste, less skunky, but I buy Heineken when I wants me some skunk. In the words of the Circle Jerks, "I just want some skunk." Well, close enough. Anyways, the water downplays the zestiness, even the carbonation. I can imagine the making of a Heineken light 12 pack.

Take Heineken 6 pack. Add equal parts water to the beer. Voila! 12 pack of Heinecken light.

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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 perrymarcus
2.15/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

pours a super clear pale yellow / light gold tone while yielding a short lived fizzy white head, maybe a finger of which.

nose offers some grainy and floral hoppy notes. not impressive by any stretch of the imagination but i've certainly smelled a lot worse. not exactly a ringing endorsement, nor is it mean to be.

flavor is worse. tastes just like a watered down heineken... i supposed that shouldn't come as a great surprise. muted grainy notes with a speck of hops in the background, but just highly 'meh'. light bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

over, as light beer beer goes this is okay, which is not saying much at all. it doesn't trigger the gag reflex or anything but i can't think of a good enough reason for ever drinking it again.

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Photo of JoLight
1.22/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

The beer poured a clear, more so golden than straw color with a frothy, thick white head that retained fairly well.

It smelled like regular Heineken (pale malts, light hops, etc.), but was very skunky and off-putting. Although the aroma was very light, there was a nose full of stale/skunked malts and water. It was almost sickening.

For the taste, it was almost unbearable. It tasted much like the aroma- skunked malts and stale hops with carbonated water.

I hope that keg was old, because if it was fresh, then may God have mercy on the brewers who made this garbage. I believe this is the first beer I've ever had that I simply could not finish nor find anything positive about.

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Photo of coachdonovan
2.29/5  rDev -3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I think there's some sort of canning/date code on the bottom of the can, but I can't decipher it. I'm curious to taste the "special Heineken horizontal fermentation method." Interesting that the can includes calories/carbs/protein/fat info... I thought that was illegal in this country?

This pours very light, very clear, and the head starts out pretty good: rolling hills of fluffy near-pure-white. But that disappears pretty quickly and leaves next to nothing. It's really hard to identify a smell, but that's better than a bad smell. Taste is exceedingly watery. Thankfully it contains nothing of the obligatory skunkiness found in regular Heineken. Tastes a little flat. Would probably be better ice-cold.

At the end of the day, it's not good, but it's not offensive either. I've had worse.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
2.31/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a bright yellow color with a small white foam head with minimal retention. There is some very spotty lacing.

S: Skunk, light toasted white bread, crackers and grassy hops.

T: From start to finish this beer has the same taste. There is some light crackers, toasted white bread and some skunk.

M: Was expected a slightly cleaner taste, but the skunked flavor is the lasting taste on the palate. Light and thin.

O: Not a light lager that I would reach for. Lacks in taste and the skunk flavor is too overpowering.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
2.78/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer pours a copper color, with actually a larger head. The smell can only be described as a skunk spraying, just horrible. The taste is light, a tad matly, just a little bit of a skunk flavor. It actually isnt too difficult to drink, and its a bit heavier for a light beer. Overall for a light beer, this so far takes the cake, much better then other light lagers, I could actually go for another.

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Photo of CaptDavyJones
2.63/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a clear straw color from a 16 oz can.
Two finger foamy head that dissipates slowly.
Aroma is malty with hints of grass and some sweet sugars.
Taste is very watery, almost bland.
Part of an elite group of beers that might actually make me quit drinking beers.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
2.12/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured a 2" head which recedes medium quick. Clear light straw yellow in color. Smells with hints of skunking and wee little grass and malt. Taste is watery but a touch sweet and a hint of malt. Finish is light and disappears fast. So folks, why is this such a huge seller? It's because it's so watery and inoffensive you'd give it to your children were it not for having alcohol content.

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