Heineken Lager Beer | Heineken Nederland B.V.

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BEER INFO

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

Style: European Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Also known as Heineken Pilsener

Made with 3 ingredients, and they're all natural: Barley, Hops and water.

Yeast is an important part of the brewing process, but it's not an ingredient! Our natural A-Yeast produces a fruity flavor that is key in making the Heineken you know and love, and is filtered out after fermentation.

Added by OldFrothingSlosh on 01-29-2001

BEER STATS
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#44,779
Reviews:
1,456
Ratings:
5,318
pDev:
25.74%
 
 
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Ratings: 5,318 |  Reviews: 1,456
Photo of Emperur
2.74/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Vidblain
2/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of puck1225
3.56/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Maybe I just got lucky with a fairly fresh, well stored bottle, but I enjoyed a bottle of Heineken I had tonight at a house party - haven’t had one in years.

The taste was pleasantly fruity and refreshing and the beer went great with the spicy New Mexican green chilis served with the cheese burgers, brats and chicken.

I remember having unpleasant skunky Heineken s - but this was not one of them!

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.07/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear straw producing 2 fingers of white, rapidly diminishing head that leaves a thin film of surface foam & no lacing. Aroma is sweet grain & biscuit, grass & lemon notes and a floral, skunky, metallic hint. Taste is crisp biscuit/cracker malt, metallic, lemon & skunk. The skunkiness increases & dominates the finish & aftertaste.

Over the years (I've been drinking beer since the mid-70's) I have consumed untold bottles of this stuff due to its wide availability & have found the aroma & taste to be somewhat variable in this skunky & metallic character. The skunk must be product of handling, packaging & time. Green bottles and blue light!

After writing the above I couldn't stand not knowing if the same aroma and taste could be found in can packaged or draft Heineken. I purchased a large can for reevaluation and observed the following:

Pours a clear gold producing 2+ fingers of white, rapidly diminishing head which recedes to a surface cap of foam leaving a little splotchy lacing along the sides of the glass. Aroma is sweet grain & biscuit, grass & lemon notes with a metallic essence but none of the skunkiness found in the bottle. Taste is sweet grain, crisp biscuit/cracker malt, grass & light lemon notes with a metallic aftertaste but none of the aforementioned bottle skunkiness. Heineken without the skunk! For those who have developed a fondness for Heineken from the bottle they will find a different dimension in the can.

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Photo of arboldeplastico
4.22/5  rDev +55.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rex35
3.04/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Not a top 3 favorite but it's okay.

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Photo of chitoryu12
3.08/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Look: Extremely clear dark yellow. Virtually no white head or bubbles.

Smell: Sharp corn malt, a little hops.

Taste: Mild corn malt, albeit stronger than similar beers. Almost no other flavor.

Mouthfeel: Almost as thin as water. Sharp carbonation.

Overall: Ever watch Blue Velvet?

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Photo of jbone09
4/5  rDev +47.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There's something about that Holland water. Not sure why the hipsters aren't, "with it". Golden colored, has a full bodied flavor, lightly carbonated. Presents a nutty taste, with sweet undertones. If you're looking for an easy to acquire beverage that won't break the bank, Heineken is a fantastic choice.

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Photo of JimboBrews54
4.61/5  rDev +69.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Lagerforlife
3.13/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

This is one of the most popular beers in the world. To be able to produce such a consistent product at that volume takes a Brew Master with exreme skill. Id say if you want to create beer, learn from a brew master like the one at Heineken.

It has a straw color. A typical pils feel and texture. Butter on toaste. The "skunk" taste that the hipsters describe in it is not present at all. Maybe if it was over loaded with hops it would have got a better rating. People that dislike this beer dont understand what beer is.

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Photo of rossracing
2.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of JohnDon
1.99/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of jkrug5
3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Kdouble
2.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of KarlDK1990
4.73/5  rDev +73.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Isn't skunky in cans. Has a good amount of hops but can still be drank easy. Plenty of bubbles but lace and head seem to be hit or miss. I used a clean glass tonight head was tiny but lace was decent other times the beer foam was thick and creamy so whatever. idk why beer nerds hate this stuff

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Photo of Chrispy_Creams
2.19/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of hottenot
1.34/5  rDev -50.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Skunky is the best description. Corona is a very close second. Yucky taste and terrible flavor.
This stuff is too terrible even for the commode.
I will never buy with my own money, another gram of this crap. On top of that, I wouldn't even drink this if it was free beer day and they were serving Heineken, belch.

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Photo of Abe_Froman
2.25/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of MrCruz23
2.89/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

It’s a heiney

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Photo of soundaurora
3.5/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SaintTent
3.25/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tb77
2.63/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Rengersc
2.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of jbclib7285
2.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of egrandfield
2.04/5  rDev -25%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Overpriced for what it is--a shitty lager.

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