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.
Netherlands | website

Style: Light Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Jason on 03-01-2005

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Photo of ikihi
3.02/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I feel like James Bond every time I pop the cap off, but wheres all the women? I'm drinking the same beer he did just like in the movie!!!

Light bodied beer. Tastes like a pilsner that is less bitter than average. I thought it was pretty good with a pleasing light carbonated taste. Not too much complex flavor, but that is how these beers are; has somewhat unusual aftertaste. Be sure to get a 12 pack so the light doesn't skunk the beer...

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Photo of AChamberlain
3.03/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I guess it depends on what you are looking for:

If you want a Heineken, but something a little lighter, this is it. Obviously, but what I mean is they did a great job of keeping the distinct Heineken flavor and mouthfeel. It is "lighter" and a bit skunkier than it's counterpart.

If you are looking for a tasty light beer, I would suggest you go somewhere else.

I feel this beer is only for Heineken fans.

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Photo of WesWes
3.03/5  rDev +28.9%
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 EagleTalon
3.05/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours to a thin white head with minimal lacing. color is pale golden. Aroma is light grains and grassy hops. Flavor is a weak grain and hop concoction that finishes clean. Mouthfeel is light and effervescent. Not bad for a light beer.

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Photo of bonbright7
3.05/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I was interested in trying this after hearing about it from a friend who works for Heineken's marketing dept because regular Heineken has always been present in my area of Long Island. I had read about the test marketing sites doing very well, which eventually led to a full product rollout.

It was very fresh in the pouring stage and the first smell told me this would be good with marinated (Cajun style) catfish, just like regular Heineken. The frothy head led to a first taste that started out like any other European lager and then it cut short. Strange. It was like cutting the bass off of a graphic equalizer and then enhancing the remaining sound with reverb.

Well, the Heineken Light finished well with the baked catfish after three bottles of them. I know it will be well received this summer by the thirsty masses in the Hamptons, the Cape, and Mystic as the marketing effort gets going.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.1/5  rDev +31.9%
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 Spikester
3.1/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours clear pale yellow with a small white head.
Smell is malty with no skunk.
Taste suggests a regular Heineken. Watered down somewhat. Malty some yeast and a hint of hop bitterness.
Mouthfeel is medium slightly dry finish.
Overall an alright light beer. Something to cleans the palette.
Heineken Light new formula
Similar to the Premium Light. Added Cascade hops. Looks good, tastes good, Not too sure this is better than the original. Some minor but better hop aspect.

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Photo of Tone
3.1/5  rDev +31.9%
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 unclejimbay
3.1/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

cals = 99, ABV = 3.3%, served bottle > tulip on 11/10/09

A 2.5 - very pale straw color, 1 finger head, gone very quick, NO head retention, noticebale carbo
S 2.5 - semi skunky, hints of malt, a sorta "earthy" charater, reminds me of tasting clay in high school art class...
T 3.5 - same as smells, les malt and more on hops than malt for taste
MF 3.0 - very thin body, overy high carbo
D 3.0 - I like the taste more than expected, but to low on ABV to make it worth it for me to pursue....

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Photo of GrumpyGas
3.11/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Faint gold yellow body has good carbonation and a disappearing 1in head. Metallic and malt aromas. Taste is the same. Crisp finish. Still the best lo-cal beer.

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Photo of happygnome
3.12/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

a: very light yellow color with about an inch of head that dissapears fast leaving no lacing anywhere to be seen
s:mm a little sweet grainy malt backbone and hints of hops
t: not as flavorless as bud light there was a deffinate corny adjunct taste to it with a minimal hop presence
m: light bodied beer with a little carbonation

overall, this beer is meant to be consumed out by the pool on a hot summer day, and with its low abv its good for that, but if im going for a macro, ill look elsewhere

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Photo of hanco005
3.12/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grilling chicken and wanted something light and easy to drink so I thought I would give this a try. I purchased a 6 pack and finished it throughout the afternoon and evening 12 oz bottle, marked 6144528R055, poured into a pilsner glass

A—pours clear golden yellow with a 1 inch fizzy bright white head that is gone immediately, no lacing at all

S—sweet grains, corn, some malty sweetness, can’t really smell anything else and it is what I expected

T—really mild grains, sweet, not much for flavor, maybe a little citrusy tang at the end, not offensive, just not much here

M—smooth and wet and little thin, light bodied, good carbonation

D—not terrible, In fact, it goes down pretty easily and might be good for yard work or by the pool.

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Photo of BierFan
3.13/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 ounce can into a pint glass.

Appearane: White fizzy head settles a little too fast. Bright clear yellow body.

Smell: I don't know how they managed it but it seems to have a very slight skunk, even coming from a can.

Taste: Bland and unoffensive. What most consumers look for in light beers. Tiniest hint of hop spice. I just wish there was a little more substance to this beer.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.13/5  rDev +33.2%
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 Antc2382
3.15/5  rDev +34%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lots of hate on here for this... But compared to other light beers, I actually like it. It's surprisingly crisp and clean. Probably mostly water haha. But not bad if you are driving!

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Photo of lstokes
3.18/5  rDev +35.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm not going to spend more characters than I have to describing a very average, very clean, refreshing enough light beer with a touch of hop flavor. Grainy, watery, decent carbonation, a hop or two, overall boringly inoffensive. Deserves a better score than most people are giving it.

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Photo of tone77
3.2/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a green 12 oz. bottle. Has a light golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is a bit skunky, some malts. Taste is crisp, malts and slightly sweet. Feels light in the mouth and is highly drinkable. Overall this is not a bad selection at all as far as light beers go.

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Photo of JayQue
3.2/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Doesn't taste like Heineken. Fairly bland lager taste. The mouthfeel is richer than most light beers I have tried. I certainly wouldn't look for if, but it is about on par with Miller Lite, if you are out there with a very limited selection of watery, bland beers. Appearance is less than average, the ubiquitous yellow lager color, small head that fades quickly, little smell, almost no lacing. I would like to try one without the cryogenically frosted beer mug I was given, but I'm sure the flavor would not be that much better in a non-frosted glass. Ok for a session if you are counting calories and there is nothing memorable to tempt you with.

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Photo of Foyle
3.23/5  rDev +37.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pilsner glass

Appearance: pours a 2" sudsy white head that falls moderately with scant lacing. Color is clear light golden with plenty of streaming carbonation.

Aroma: surprising amount of aroma for the style, sweet barley malt and even some grassy hops and the standard Heineken yeast.

Mouthfeel: light and frothy with a nice dry finish.

Flavor: a watery cousin of Heineken "heavy" with sweet barley and some mild hop bitterness

Overall: for a light beer, it is very good, one of the best in the category.

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Photo of Vashtar
3.25/5  rDev +38.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

It's pretty bland and doesn't have much body. It tastes watered down, and what little taste it does have is funky. About 15 seconds after your sip, a light but sharp bitter aftertaste appears.

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Photo of therica
3.25/5  rDev +38.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sorry to those before me who apparently rated this beer against obviously better-quality beers or got skunks of this one, but for its purpose as an uber-light beer on a hot summer day that's not overly filling or hoppy, this was great.

I was at an outdoor party over the weekend, and somehow ended up with this one. It seemed the better choice when I went back for more, since there wasn't much water available and I didn't want to be all bloated. I just wanted some nice non-offensive enjoying bubbly with real beer taste that wasn't US-macro-beer carbonated or too filling. Other choices included beers like Newcastle (usually love it), several Abita's and some others. I'd spent the night before, knocking back liters of Erdingen Helles on-tap at another party.

A= didn't pour since we only had bottles but others did into plastic cups, rather typical light-yellow with little head.

S= first sniff told me that at least it wasn't skunked like many years of previous Heineken's!

T= yes definitely light on character but still enough malt and hops taste in appropriate balance with the carbonation. Nothing offsetting here at all. Hopefully you don't get a skunk-- but that's not the beer problem, it's the storage temperature variances.

M= for what I wanted-- lightweight and thirst-quenching, great!

D= after drinking it all day and night, I was actually upset when they ran out-- definite hot-weather lightweight session beer.

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Photo of Floydster
3.27/5  rDev +39.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 5

12 ounce bottle from a local market

Just like normal Heineken except a whole lot lighter

Pours even more golden with a thinner white head that vanishes simultaneously

Could drink a serious amount of these if you were thirsty, very light to say the least

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Photo of RonJensen
3.29/5  rDev +40%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Canned version: This is definitely better than any AAL light lagers, since it has a fuller taste and no corn and rice adjuncts. I like the ABV here because sometimes I don't want a 5% ABV lager.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.29/5  rDev +40%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Sampled tonight on 3/30/14 while doing some grillin' and chillin' on the upper patio deck. Don't recall ever drinking one of these, though had the regular Heineken many times over the years.

Pours pale yellow in color with a 1-finger frizzy white head that didn't last long. Some light spotty lacing was seen with each sip, but not much. Lots of bubbles rising from the bottom and sides of the glass due to the above average carbonation. The aroma is close to their regular Heineken, which is slightly 'skunky' as is like most brews in green bottles. (Right Mario Esposito?) , which is of grains with a hint of sweet corn. Not much else. The taste like just like a watered-down Heineken but actually not as heavily-bodied as a regular Heiny.

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Photo of maddogruss
3.35/5  rDev +42.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Had this for the first time tonight. Pale, yellow look with an ok head. A malty kind of smell; reminded me of a pilsner. Tasted malty at first but then tasted more like a macro beer. A light mouthfeel; tasted like all the other light beers (Coors light, Millier lite, etc.) Pretty drinkable beer; could drink it all night if you wanted to (my friends seemed to enjoy it). But, I would stick to the domestic light beers; they taste the same and don't cost as much.

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Heineken Premium Light Lager from Heineken Nederland B.V.
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