Heineken Lager Beer
Heineken Nederland B.V.

Heineken Lager BeerHeineken Lager Beer
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From:
Heineken Nederland B.V.
 
Netherlands
Style:
European Pale Lager
Ranked #355
ABV:
5%
Score:
64
Ranked #28,605
Avg:
2.74 | pDev: 25.91%
Reviews:
1,580
Ratings:
5,731
Status:
Active
Rated:
Feb 02, 2024
Added:
Jan 29, 2001
Wants:
  65
Gots:
  1,708
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.
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Rated: 2.7 by Supper1

Jan 30, 2024
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Reviewed by Ant777uk from England

1.49/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5
It's not clear from this bottle if it is brewed in Holland or sub licenced, anyway lets give it a review.

More malty as opposed to hoppy aroma. Quite skunky. Pretty typical lager appearence, head is fairly good.

Taste is much better than the aroma. Not particulary natural or sophisticated in terms of flavour. Definitely not the kind of beer I would want to drink lots of. The hops add a light bitterness without a huge amount of flavour. Malt tastes a little heavy and not particulary organic. I much prefer German brewed Becks, Belgian brewed Stella and Italian brewed Peroni.

Many of the breweries that Heineken owns are far superior to this. It's kind of amazing how Heineken ever became so big, with such a modest product. I guess they are great business people and probably their competitors are mostly drunk.

Mouth feel is seriously simple and there isn't much happening.

For me it's rather a depressing beer considering how worldwide it is, yet how unexciting and mediocre it is.
Jan 25, 2024
 
Rated: 1 by SeanP99 from North Carolina

Jan 11, 2024
 
Rated: 1 by paylstep from Canada (ON)

Jan 01, 2024
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Reviewed by foamy-afterglow from Canada (ON)

4.04/5  rDev +47.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Heineken was always one of my faves among mainstream offerings, and it still holds up well. Poured from a can to a pint glass.

Nice colour, bit of a skunky smell but it works. Smooth and crisp with good carbonation. Something about the malty flavour that just works for me. Not a lot of hoppiness but a pleasant overall finish.
Dec 12, 2023
 
Rated: 3.1 by HS676 from Pennsylvania

Dec 05, 2023
 
Rated: 2.71 by KeithGreatNorth from Canada (BC)

Dec 03, 2023
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Reviewed by Nath91 from Australia

2.26/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25
Heineken was the first ever beer I drank (and bought) legally. 18 year old me thought it was great, it was also a major sponsor of the European Champions League, so I guess through marketing I always had a fondness for it. I also enjoyed the crisp refreshing bitterness than came from it and Euro lagers.

However, it's hard to find the Dutch brewed stuff in Australia, as it's now brewed under license here in Australia by Lion. I remember having it shortly after it started being brewed locally, and like most beers that get brewed under license, it wasn't the same. Haven't had it in a few years now, so let's see how it goes:

Vessel: 500ml Pint can, poured into my Guinness Pint. Why not.

Appearance: Classic Euro lager look l. Pale straw/golden. Highly carbonated, frothy white head. Does look refreshing.

Aroma: White bread, stale vegetable smell, slightly sweet in a slightly stale manner. Not really getting that bright citrus floral hop notes.

Taste: Sweet Pale malts, no bitterness or bright refreshing hop floral flavours like in a Peroni. Aside from the sweet malt, it's bland. Aftertaste is chemically dry, and leaves your teeth and mouth feeling dirty.

Feel: Highly carbonated, thin and slight watery. Highly drinkable when parched.

Overall: Disappointing. Either young adult me really was a noob when it came to beer, or the stuff brewed under license is utter crap. Either way, it's a disappointing beer. Sorry Heineken, you're not the beer I used to love.

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Nov 29, 2023
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Reviewed by whitro17 from Florida

4.02/5  rDev +46.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Look - clear, straw, white bubbly head, some lacing rings left behind
Smell - skunky and spicy
Taste - skunky, spicy, fruity
Feel - medium body, well carbonated, crisp finish
Overall - On this revisit of an old classic, I bought the 22 oz Bomber bottle as it was always a bit more skunkier. Great news for me... it's still the same. I find the skunky scent to be intoxicating. The flavor hits with the same skunkiness, spicy hops and fruity sweetness. There's a nice crisp finish and the spicy hops lingers. I get it, our palates are more sophisticated now and there's a thousand better beers out there but this is still a solid classic. Pair her up with Still the Same by Bob Seger and enjoy.
Nov 11, 2023
 
Rated: 3.18 by howardnss from Pennsylvania

Nov 11, 2023
 
Rated: 2.78 by FreePal88

Nov 09, 2023
 
Rated: 2.36 by creedcanns from Minnesota

Nov 09, 2023
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Reviewed by LeinenkugelDrinker from Nevada

2.29/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25
Such an overrated beer. Skunk-ass tasting. Overpriced. I’m not saying that I don’t occasionally enjoy one, but it’s definitely not good enough to be a daily drinker.
Nov 08, 2023
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Reviewed by MrOH from Maryland

2.79/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75
Clear gold with nice white head, ok retention, streaky lace
Sweet malt aroma with a little bit of sulfur, noble hops, and even though it's from a can, it still seems skunky? Maybe it's just in my head...
Blandly sweet malt flavor, mild hops, meh
Medium light bodied, could use more carbonation to make it pop.
I'd rather drink Budweiser than this.
Oct 21, 2023
 
Rated: 3 by FZR23 from Romania

Oct 17, 2023
 
Rated: 3.87 by JoshuaPerraton from Ireland

Oct 16, 2023
 
Rated: 3.5 by TrojanRB from Texas

Oct 16, 2023
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Reviewed by Father-of-two from California

4.15/5  rDev +51.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
Presentation: 12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

Look: pale golden color. Moderate carbonation. Frothy head that evaporates slowly.

Smell: sweet, grassy, and flowery odors primarily. Minor hops aroma.

Taste: sour malty flavors primarily. Subtle grassy and flowery flavors. Has a distinct, funky aftertaste which I personally like. The taste is more complex and unique than I was expecting.

Feel: light feel. Not as creamy as I expected. Almost feels more like a light beer.

Overall: this beer is much better than its reputation would indicate. I like this beer, because it has a unique, and interesting taste. I did not notice any skunky flavors. It’s also quite drinkable. I’d highly recommend this beer to anyone looking for a flavorful lager that’s still quite drinkable.
Oct 14, 2023
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