Heineken Lager Beer
Heineken Nederland B.V.

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Style:
European Pale Lager
Ranked #495
ABV:
5%
Score:
64
Ranked #48,835
Avg:
2.73 | pDev: 25.64%
Reviews:
1,505
Ratings:
5,484
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SCORE
64
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Heineken Lager BeerHeineken Lager Beer
Notes: 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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Photo of joebrazil3
3.47/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the Budweiser of European beers. Don't laugh; the tastes do not compare. Heineken has thet slightly skunky smell and slightly bitter taste that I like very much. I don;t buy craft, I do buy mass-market, and Heineken occupies a spot below only Guinness in my hierarchy. What impresses me about Heineken is that I can order it at a big-city restaurant, or at a Las Vegas casino, or just buy some pints at the liquor store, and it's always what I expected, and it's never bad. No, I'm not culture-signaling when I buy or order it. And yes, there might be better beer on the menu or at the store. But the next bad Heineken I drink will be my first. And, yes, I drink it from the can whenever possible.

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joebrazil3 from Illinois, May 23, 2020
Photo of jwp777
2.68/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 24 oz can:

Pours a light straw color. Small and bubbly white head that fades. No lacing. Carbonation bubbles visible.

Smell is watery, but the barley and hops come in faintly. Not horrible but not special.

Taste is better than it smells. The hops and barley are boring, but balanced. It tastes a bit skunky to me, especially at the finish. Maybe that would be different on draught or from a bottle, but I am not sure. Again, not bad, but not brilliant.

Feel is light and highly carbonated. Smooth and drinks really easily.

Overall, I could easily enjoy this with a meal or outside on a hot day. Given that it is inexpensive and easy to find most anywhere I would want to go, I cannot complain much. It’s at least a couple notches above most of the American macro brews.

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jwp777 from Oklahoma, May 10, 2020
Photo of jonmikel
2.57/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Bought at grocery store in Spain. 33cl can poured into a glass. Pale lager colour as expected. You see a decent amount of bubbles. Bitter smell but not very trong. You feel the carbonation in the mouth pretty strongly though it is not something that lasts a lot. It is not awesome but is not bad.

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Photo of Mangus
4.08/5  rDev +49.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I like it. My go to beer when I just want a nice, crisp, tasty lager. Dependable, reliable, and I can get it pretty much anywhere.

The global reach of Heineken with one product is remarkable.

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Mangus from Pennsylvania, Mar 13, 2020
Photo of realJohnnyHobo
3.12/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Overpriced European lager, who's original brewer knew nothing about brewing beer but with R&D chemists developed a classic beer and helped to influence the way beer is brewed today. If you do your research you will learn about the 'a-strain' yeast which gives Heineken its classic flavor. (this is the 1500th review, wooo hoo)

Also note if you think this is skunked you don't either have enough experience with European grassy hop blends, euro lagers, or beer in general. A lot of people assume because the smell is 'different' than what they're accustomed to it is bad, but with Heineken in most cases, the grassy hop character and aforementioned A-strain yeast deliver this smell.

Pouring a darkish gold color, this beer offers aggressive carbonation resulting in a residual head and lacing on the side of the beer. The smell is that of 'grassy' European style hops, a slight sweetness, and a malt-forward smell.

As for tasting notes, a drinker will notice in the front swirling rush of carbonation supported by sweet rich malt, the mids are a hint of the 'a-strain' yeast that gives a mild wild like flavor to the beer, and the beer finishes with a malty character and a rounded hop.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and clean, though there is a bit of a syrup mouthfeel present.

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Photo of Bocifius
1.28/5  rDev -53.1%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

Not too bad. The can version seems to taste less skunky. Easy to find anywhere and is a better choice than anything Miller, Coors, and Bud has to offer.

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Photo of RacerX5k
1/5  rDev -63.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

For starters, this beer is stone ugly pale no anything. Smells and tastes completely skunked, I only finished it because I don't drain pour. My daughter likes the stuff, not sure why. I thought cans could not skunk, but this was completely skunked. And these guys own Lagunitas. Worst beer I've had in quite some time.

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RacerX5k from Pennsylvania, Feb 03, 2020
Photo of _oblivion
3.64/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks like a crisp light golden color with a mildly foamy head, which dissipates rather quickly. The nose first comes off sweet, a mixture of a corny smell with malted hops, which turns to a slightly skunky, acidic smell after sitting. I love the taste of it, crisp, clean, and refreshing almost all the way through with a light body and the perfect carbonation. One of my favorites when it comes to your basic, everyone-knows-about-it beer. A little expensive for only being an average beer.

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Photo of LifesAnesthesia
2.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

L - Pale yellow with a lot of clarity and a white head that dissipates quickly
S - Lots of malt and some hops
T - Tons of malt and sight amount of hops - a little wheat and corn. Maybe some apple? But overall very watery.
F - Light bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, refreshing, and light.
O - Not the worst mass produced big beer out there, but definitely not the best bar a long shot and not one I'd look or in a pinch.

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Photo of DefenCorps
2.3/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Thanks, Rich(?) Best by June 2020.

Straw yellow with a dense white head that falls off leaving no lacing, this looks ok. The nose is sweet cereal, sweet corn, light minty hops and a mild carbonic acid note. The palate opens sweet, bubbly and brisk with a blend of cereal, honey, a little sweet corn with a mild hop note present. Very little bitterness. Thin and watery on the finish. Like a sweeter alcoholic soda.

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Photo of Harrison8
3.46/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a translucent golden-copper with a finger and a half of white, foamy head. Head retention is good. Aroma is crackery, wafery, biscuity malts with herbal, floral, and grassy-zesty hops. It has a spark, but is light. Flavor profile is crackery, wafery, biscuity, lightly nutty and bready malts with herbal, floral, grassy and zesty hops. There is a light zing along with the initial maltiness. Eventually, it drys out on the palate, allowing the wafery malts to linger long after each sip. Mouth feel is thin with a light crispness to it. Overall, crisp and light with an unoffensive, mild flavor profile.

Served in a 15.5oz Speigalau tulip from a 24oz can.

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Harrison8 from Missouri, Dec 22, 2019
Photo of ncdmz
3.28/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nothing spectacular but a reliable lager that goes down easy. Easy to see why its a soccer game favorite. I agree that the can version has a more desirable taste. For less than 6 bucks a 4 pack of 16 ouncers from Wally World is a good deal.
Who doesn't want a little Heiny from time to time?

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ncdmz from North Carolina, Dec 01, 2019
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2.96/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

The beer a pale yellow with a foamy white head that dissipates. The smell is sweet like cookie dough with a hint of hops. It isn't too strong though. The taste isn't as sweet. It is cracker-like with floral hops in the background. While being a good at being sweet without going too sweet, the taste does leave you wanting something more in there. There are some phenol notes in the aftertaste. The body is loose with very fine bubbles. The carbonation could be at higher levels than it is currently. Overall, its a decent lager but has shortcomings with the aftertaste, complexity, and mouthfeel.

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.14/5  rDev +51.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Decanted from an 16 oz (473 ml) can into a nonic glass; best by June 2020.
A: Pours a crystal clear, yellow color with a robust, foamy, 2 to 3 finger, white head formation, moderately good retention, and decent lacing.
S: Aromas of grasses and grains, but I can detect a whiff of honeysuckle.
T: Basically dry. Flavors follow nose with the addition of a little more than light bitterness. Clean, crisp finish.
M: Very light bodied with low to moderate carbonation after pour.
O: A very well made, eminently drinkable European Pale Lager. So, so much better out of the can -- in fact, I have never rated it because I could not obtain a green bottle than wasn't skunked. I can see why it was the number one import for so many years. My main gripe is the fairly low evidence of carbonation after the pour, but it still does not justify the low scores pale lagers generally get.

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VoxRationis from New York, Oct 24, 2019
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1.06/5  rDev -61.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This is probably the worst beer I ever had! It tastes like morning urine from a terminal badger with a serious kidney disease. Come on... can this waste of precious water be called "beer".

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Photo of rapayn01
3.5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm old enough to recall when this was a premium beer choice. Now, of course, I only select it when the beer selection is quite limited -- meaning some kind of official function at my work, at a wedding, at a dinner party thrown by wine/bourbon drinkers, etc. It's a lager with a hint of bite. It has a distinctive smell to me, fwiw.

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rapayn01 from Kentucky, Sep 05, 2019
Photo of Carnold84
4/5  rDev +46.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Its not Staropramen or Pilsener Urquell, but since I'm stuck in a small town in the States for what is seemingly the rest of my days, this beer is it. Craft beer is mostly bullshit nutty and fad flavors, if you want a real beer like they drink in Germany or the Czech Republic, then this is the closest you'll ever get for the price.

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Carnold84 from Virginia, Aug 25, 2019
Photo of stucat
3.34/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16oz can. The only way to enjoy this beer due to the lack of skunkiness. I'm pretty certain the notorious Heine skunk is due to lights negative effect on the taste. Not a great beer but pretty tasty out of a can.

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stucat from Illinois, Aug 23, 2019
Photo of SmokySignals
3.5/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber bottle, poured into Euro style pils glass...hotter than usual temps prompted purchase of a personal fave/nostalgic beer from late 80's days.
Classic straw gold pale lager, BIG foamy white head fades quick. Active ascending bubble traffic.
Classic bready, malty aroma, with almost skanky notes
Taste is still there, for what it is... a classic simple, hot weather crusher that stomps mot other "generic" multinational beers.
Crackery malt sweetness, slight funk slides by. Yep, it's still the same taste. Perfect for a hot day, or maybe with lobster and loin. It can get obnoxious if temp gets above 41F, or if it loses carbonation. Stays light, clean enough if you hurry it up. Gets a bit sweet and bland if it sits a few minutes....not too burpy, and I chugged the 22 down pretty fast, as is recommended. Not an organic local micro craft, not for writing home about...whatever,..it is an old classic to me. Best taste of Heiny is out of an icy pint can!

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SmokySignals from North Carolina, Aug 12, 2019
Photo of mngermanshepherd
3.51/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Having never tried this (and being at a burger place where the beers don't impress me), I thought I'd try it.

Taste is a mix of skunk and bready, same as the smell. Not horribly offensive, but could do without the skunk.

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Photo of AdmiralOzone
3.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear bright yellow with a thick white cap, minimal lacing. Aroma is faint, corn and biscuit. Flavor follows the nose with a light noble hop touch in the finish. Feel is nice and crisp. Overall better than I remember.

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AdmiralOzone from Minnesota, Jul 06, 2019
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4.14/5  rDev +51.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Picked it up at the grocery store for probably about $3. BEST BY: MAR-2020 printed into a dedicated box in the bottom left corner of the back label. So this one should be fresh for almost another year. Either they're working with magic, or they just don't care when their beer goes a little off.

Appearance - Pours a massive white medium-loose head with a tighter pancake batter like skin on top. Good retention and decent lacing and stick. Clear pale straw body with low carbonation -- notwithstanding the light stream created by the nucleation points. 4

Smell - It has that characteristic barley malt that has a soft, rounded sweet corny like aroma. It actually reminds me of a smell I remember from childhood. Almost like a sweetened oatmeal or porridge. 5

Taste - Tastes a lot like it smells. Same soft, rounded grainy malt. Faint hop. Slightly unpleasant cardboard in the aftertaste that fades out into faint alcohol. 4

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied. Mostly round but with a slight drying astringency underneath. 3.5

Overall - I've never really been a fan of this style of beer, let alone this particular specimen. However, after not having it for many years, this one seems very clean and conjures pleasant memories and feelings. Actually somewhat enjoyable. 3.75

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Photo of beersampler6
2.87/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This was so-so. Ok - almost a solid 3/5. I remember it being stronger and more flavorful when I used to drink it, but of course that was 10-15 years ago. Now my palate is likely changed forever. Clear slightly darker golden color, really no head or lacing, and just faint thin streaming bubbles. Faintly smells of corn and malt. Tastes similarly. No real hops or depth. A little too sweet, but not cloyingly so. No metallic hard water aftertaste. Crisp, thin, mild mouthfeel, quickly fading carbonation. Goes flat quite quickly. Probably won’t have any more of these.

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beersampler6 from Michigan, May 10, 2019
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4.01/5  rDev +46.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a green 12oz glass,

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden yellow color typical of a lager.
Aroma: Strong aromas of skunk from afar, just from pouring in the glass. Complete skunk and marijuana notes. Upon further inspection, some floral hop and grass hop presence. Massive amounts of skunk. Some pale honey cereal malts are underneath.
Taste: Underneath the skunk, honey and some pale european and German malts. Minimal bitterness. Slightly lemony and grassy hops. Wet grass and hay. Not yeasty, nor peppery. Mostly pale malt, honey, and skunk flavor.
Feel: Light and crisp. Finishes clean. Leaves a malt flavor on the palate. Little to no drying yeast or hops.

Compared to the Pilsner Urquell, it has a stronger skunk. Less hop and yeast bitterness. Slightly lighter bodied. More malt focused, but still slightly dryer. I prefer the Urquell.

Overall: The oxidized skunk flavor defines this beer and you will either love it or hate it. A typical Euro pale lager underneath. I find it quite unique and not necessarily off-putting. Otherwise, it drinks light and clean as a typical Euro-pale lager. I wish people knew that the Heineken skunk profile is actually an off-flavor.

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(Review from a Can)

Appearance: Pours a medium, clear golden color with a moderate head. SRM of 7 (4.00)

Aroma: Aromas of lemon, bread, and grass. A pretty good aroma profile (4.25)

Flavor: Flavor has some initial yeast upfront. Then some German bread spice comes through before it finishes in a touch of grassy bitterness. Finishes slightly bready and sweet(4.00)

Feel: Medium-bodied. Average carbonation. Smooth and leaves a touch of bready sweetness on the palate. (3.50)

Overall: This beer is really better from the can. Allows the nice German flavors to come through without the skunk. This is another form of Heineken, most people are not aware of. (Final Rating: 4.01)

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defunksta from Illinois, Apr 27, 2019
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3.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Right on the okay button. Pale gold color, generous lace. Low bitterness crisp taste, hint of malt/citrus overtones.

Not sure if the quality rises to its popularity but overall fine if you're cooking and just hanging out.

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Alexc11 from Quebec (Canada), Apr 07, 2019
Heineken Lager Beer from Heineken Nederland B.V.
Beer rating: 64 out of 100 with 5484 ratings