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 DrainBamage
1.57/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

Pours a nice golden color, but has no head and highly carbonated like Pop. Not much smell, slight amount of adjuncts. Goes down extremely dry and tastes nothing like regular Heineken. Sad excuse for a beer, let alone a light lager.

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Photo of CBlack85
1.58/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

Pours a crystal clear very pale yellow color with lots of foamy white head. Leaves no lacing at all. Lots of carbination bubbles visible

Not much going on in the nose, the most dominant smell is that of corn then the slightest hint of malts. As with many beers in green bottles there is a skunky smell from being light struck.

The Taste is really, really light. Unlike Heineken Lager there is no real bitterness to speak of, there is however a somewhat sweet taste, and an almost artificial flavor as well. Not quite as skunky as the nose would leave you to believe. Light bodied and heavily carbinated

Unfortunately this beer is not even as good as Heineken. Very watery and boring. Easy to drink on a hot summer day, but with so many other great craft offerings that are light and easy to drink as well, this one will not even be on my radar any more.

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Photo of ordybill
1.59/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. Aroma- had a distinct skunky smell with a hint of hops, already a major turn-off for me. Appearance- yelowish colored with slight carbonated bubbles with a small white head that did not linger. Taste- Pure skunk mixed with a very watery slight bitterness. terrible bordering on bland. Palate- a medium feel with very little zip and very forgettable Overall- A true disappointment. I have had Heineken’s in several continents and I have been pleased, this light beer variant was god-awful

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Photo of BeerBelcher
1.59/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This is just slightly better than Beck's Premier Light, which is to say lousy. This beer is roughly 92% beer-flavor-free. With virtually no beer aroma or flavor, all that remains is a light bit of grain smell, and fairly abundant skunky aroma and flavor. This beer is very light in color, as it is just faintly yellow. To describe it with another comparison; this beer is significantly worse than its original.

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Photo of LumpyGuitar
1.6/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A friend of mine insisted I try this as it was a fantastic light beer..well..yea.

Poured a clear golden with about a finger of white frothy head. Head retention was horrible, lasting only a minute or so, leaving no lacing.

Smells of water and weak hop, slight malt and sour.

Taste is barely palatable, light but bitter and sour. This reminds me of the 99c 40oz malt beverages at gas stations. Mild hop and malt presence, sure to fit the "light" profile.

Mouthfeel is very light and crisp but is totally ruined by the flavor.

Drinkability is bad. I will never try this or anything with the Heineken label again.

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Photo of waughbrew
1.6/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

[free bottle abandoned at my house after a party. What, you thought I bought this?]

Actually looked pretty good when I poured it - light creamy white head even laced a bit. The body was very very light gold with a torrent of bubbles heading toward the top. They must be trying to escape from the beer. Smells pretty foul - old broccoli and corn with chemical-laden artificial butter on top. Very very light, airy texture isn't offensive, but lacks substance. Wet air, MJ? The flavor certainly lacks substance as well - I think one limp little hop leaf made it into this bottle and tries to assert itself the best it can, but the vague weak pilsmalt-sugar-water solution still overpowers it. Again, the only thing really offensive about this beer is the aroma. Everything else is just empty.

In the end, all I can think of is the oft-morphed joke "What does sex in a canoe and (insert macro beer here) have in common?"

Beermail me for the punchline if you have never heard that one.

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Photo of RoyalT
1.64/5  rDev -30.5%
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.

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Photo of BryanCarey
1.66/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Heineken Premium Light is yellow/golden in color with a nose that features some grassy hops and some skunkiness. The foam on this beer is okay, but it doesn’t last very long, leaving behind a thin layer of bubbles across the top of its clear body.

This beer offers a light malt flavor that combines some pale malted barley taste with some corn. The beer finishes with only a small amount of bitterness. It is sweeter overall than regular Heineken with only a slight peppery sensation at the end which quickly fades to an aftertaste that combines skunky flavors with sweet malt.

Heineken took a long time to finally introduce a light beer and this product, like many other lights, is nothing more than a watery version of the original. I have never been very fond of regular Heineken, so I am even less fond of Heineken Light. I didn’t expect much going in and my expectations were met when I gave this beer a try. This product is very light and offers little taste. It also has the same skunky attributes commonly associated with the parent beer. The taste of corn/cereal grains and skunky hops dominate and the beer is a little too sweet. If I had to write down a list of taste characteristics before I had ever tried this beer, my predictions would have been very accurate. It is basically a glass of watered- down Heineken. It has a clean, crisp look and taste, but there is little else positive to say about this product.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
1.68/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz green bottle poured into a pilsner glass.
Calories 99, Carbs 6.8 g, Protein 1 g, Fat 0 g, 0219528H1131.

A - I'm hard-pressed to think of a more pale beer than this. This brew is crystal clear with a billowing white head. Nice retention and incredibly solid lace adorns the glass.

S - I poured this one my desk two feet from my face and the second the beer hit the glass it smelled like a skunk ripped ass in my room. Like, true, honest-to-God skunk. This beer defines skunk aroma. Besides that, there is a sliver of pale malt, but not much.

T - And here I thought Sol (my previous review) had no flavor. If you don't inhale through your nose while sipping, this has no flavor what-so-ever. Actually, I lie. There is a microscopic hint of corn.

M - Thin, light-bodied, and smooth with a refreshing water-like finish. Low carbonation and a touch on the dry side.

O - My friend from the Netherlands would be pissed to see this review, but thankfully he's not on BA. Seriously though, Miller 64 has more flavor than this. I could put these down before, during, and after a marathon. You could also use this to hydrate after a long day of drinking...or mask your scent while hunting. I will hand it to Heineken though, they do a fantastic job on marketing and design.

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

Reviewed on 7/6/08. Drank this out of the bottle (cute bottle). A little skunky, some wheat. Tasted pretty similar to regular Heineken to me. An ok macro, if you're forced to drink one.
Aroma: 3/10
Appearance: 2/5
Flavor: 3/10
Palate: 2/5
Overall: 5/20

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Photo of scaliasux
1.7/5  rDev -28%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearance - Clear watery yellow. Bubbly. Very quickly dissipating fizzy white head.

Smell - Light macro malt.

Taste - Sweet malt start. Disappears into nothing. No noticeable hops. Flavor is little more than a rumor.

Mouthfeel - Watery. Stingingly carbonated.

Drinkability - This is pretty bland, even by macro-light standards. Not worth paying a premium for this "premium."

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Photo of twiggamortis420
1.71/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Part IV of the mixed sixer of green bottled euro lager tour is Heineken PLL. Mmmmm, sounds tasty. Pours a crystal clear light yellow color where at the bottom of my Christoffel tulip glass the beer is clear, I shit you not. Foamy white head fades expectedly quickly to a miniscule collar.

I can barely smell anything at all on this one. Maybe a bit of the infamous Heineken skunk and a faint wisp of light malt. One of the lightest smelling beers I've ever laid nose upon.

This is carbonated water masquerading as a beer. I think Perrier has more malt flavor than this. I hope this does not have more than 10 calories...no flavor, barely any alcohol...what's the point? It's like going to a strip club where they all have to wear those little pasties over the nipples. Bad, bad, bad beer.

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Photo of ztaylor1
1.71/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Appearance- clear pale straw color with a fizzy sodalike head that dies immediately.

Smell- stinky hops. Very unpleasant

Taste- mostly watery with just a hint of stinky hops.

Mouthfeel- extremely carbonated and watery.

Drinkability- I poured most of it out. Its like drinking seltzer.

Not the worst, but among them.

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Photo of battlekow
1.72/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Apparently, Heineken hasn't introduced a new beer in 131 years, and it took them 18 to come up with this little number. Hold onto that thought for a minute.

Heineken Light smells exactly like a skunk. Exactly. We're talking essence of roadkill here. It's almost interesting how bad this beer smells. If you enjoy the smell of burning tires, Heineken Light is the beer for you. Sorry it took so long.

The taste is more of the same, albeit to a lesser degree. It's really remarkable what they (Heineken's crack team of brewers) have done here when you think about it: they spent two decades extracting every last taste molecule out of regular Heineken. I wouldn't have thought it would take that long, but I do congratulate them on the thoroughness of their acheivement.

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Photo of witster18
1.73/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I went into the first one with eager anticipation...and then left it, and the rest of the six, untouched for over a month in the fridge. THe beer pours with virtually no head....no retention....little sweet corn nose....THE MOST WATERED DOWN OVERPRICED BEER EVER! I'd love to give details...but water and corn kinda sums it up! Hints...and I mean HINTS of pale malt....a grainy finish and aftertaste filled by pure swill adjuncts lingering like flies on a dead carp. This beer is terrible....I'd rather drink Falls City for 4.99 a 12 ...same beer only you save 8 bucks! There is NO such thing as a great light beer....maybe Mar's....but how anyone would drink this over Miller Lite is mindboggling! Terrible beer!

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Photo of dacrza1
1.77/5  rDev -25%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

"lighter in taste"... oy, that's a marketing ploy? Head settles to a pencil-thin mustache, ulike the lager... pingish aroma, eys--but softer, more subtle tha the original... actually a benefit when considering it offensive effect... a softer, less aggressive action early, with the same faux finish late... again, actually more beneficial to the drinker... a bit more straight in its flavor profile, with nothing out of line... even less on the offensive than the original... thins to water at the finish... how to spin this politely... at a hot summer party, this beer would work... I still wouldn't want it, though...

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Photo of OtherShoe2
1.78/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

From a can at a pool party -- poured into a plastic cup. Bright white foamy head that disappeared immediately. Pale yellow from what I could see thru the opaque cup.

Smells of skunk, some sour notes.

Taste -- fizzy, with few bitter flavors. Hot day, so there was some gulping involved, but I'm not really sure I tasted much of the beer. The "Light" factor really waters this one down. This one won't even clear the palate with pizza.

Thin, watery mouthfeel with some fizz.

Drinkability. I gave this 2.0 mainly because I COULD drink alot of these because there is not much to them, -- but why would I?.

Another mass-produced light beer dud. Just as perfection is a rarity here, a complete failure is tough to achieve too. If you can find flavor here, you can swallow it down. Not horrific, but close.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
1.8/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer is, essentially, flavored water. The very clean, pale appearance is not attractive. I detected very little aroma. The taste was terrible--I didn't want another. The mouthfeel is almost indistinguishable from lightly fizzed water.

It is worth drinking if only to understand how far beer has come.

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Photo of jp32
1.8/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Okay, I have to admit, I do like the commercials. But the beer, on the other hand, exactly what youd expect. Not much of anything. Eerily similar to that Becks premier light. Light and fizzy. No smell. Damn near no taste either. Just as much like club soda or tonic water as it is beer. If your looking for low-carb or low-alcohol, try something like michelob ultra, aspen edge, or even old milwaukee n-a.

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Photo of tucson_brewson
1.81/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Bought a 12-pack this because it was on sale, fewer carbs and calories than original (like that really matters, at this point), and Neil Patrick Harris said there's the money back guarantee (so I thought) for the "best tasting light beer."

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours like the original. Clear, golden straw color. Inch of foam that dissipates quick.
S - Metal, grass, hops, slight skunk
T - Not nearly as malty sweet as the original. Carbonated water with some dry hops and maybe some grass thrown in.
F - Thin, watery, high carbonation, probably what a true cheap Czech or German lager would feel like.
O - Does a good job tasting nothing like the original, in a bad way. Arizona does not honor the money back guarantee, so I plunked down some cash for a "premium" beer that has less flavor than Miller Lite or Coors Light. Not to mention, with its low ABV, you'll need at least a 6-pack to get the faintest buzz. Will stick to the original.

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Photo of clayrock81
1.83/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

They were giving away samples at some bar (naturally the sample giver was a hot chick) to promote their Heiney Lite special. I've should've known this beer would suck when the "in" crowd said it was great. Very light, clearish yellow body with little head. A grassy, medicinal, and very WEAK aroma passes for the smell. Not much of anything in the taste except some minor hop bitterness on the back to let you know you're drinking a beer, not a diet soda (then again, soda has actual flavor in it). Very slick and watery, with no drinkability - if its carbs and fat grams you're watching, save the "import price" money and get a Mich Ultra.

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Photo of Overlord
1.83/5  rDev -22.5%
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.


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Photo of ClarkWoods555
1.83/5  rDev -22.5%
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.

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Photo of BeerTaster
1.85/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This tastes a lot litke the regular just less of it. Appearance pale yellow in color with one finger head that disapeared very quickly. Smell not much faint hop thats about it. Taste very watery way a little hop presence in the finish and the aftertaste was a bit skunky. Mouthfeel very thin with high carbonation. Drinkability if you have no other choice.

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Heineken Premium Light Lager from Heineken Nederland B.V.
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