Heineken Lager Beer | Heineken Nederland B.V.

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Heineken Lager BeerHeineken Lager Beer

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Heineken Nederland B.V.

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

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Photo of kylehay2004
2.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: light straw colored with moderately fast dissipating head. Minimal lacing.

S: grainy and bready. Minimal hop aroma.

T: typical grain and bread lager taste except subtlety sweet without the same degree of bitterness. Minimally watery. Sweet corn notes.

M: smooth. Heavier body than most lagers of its type. Mild carbonation.

O: this happens to be my favorite beer in my least favorite category; that being macro lagers. Still, not the best but drinkable when only weaker options are available.

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Photo of acurtis
2.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of jaydoc
2/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of StonedTrippin
2.13/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

this beer is really really bad in american form. the green bottles are skunked 9 times out of 10, and its as boring as can be on tap. the keg cans save it a litttle bit, but theyre only good if your already shitfaced. pours a quickly flat yellow color with a disappearing head. smells like dead beer (most of the time). tastes like watered down malt juice with a metallic tinge, and a bitter aftertaste. it must just be poorly handled, because ive heard its excellent at the source. ill update this when i get there and try it, but for now i will never understand why this beer is at every bar in the world and thought to be a classy brew by the corn lager masses

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.13/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Big Wang's in Valencia, CA.

Pours a clear light orange with a foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is mainly of malt and grain aromas. Taste is much the same with a sweet finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer but it's much better on tap than in any bottles I have had in the past.

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Photo of Texasfan549
2/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of kjkinsey
2/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Knapp85
3.62/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a pale yellow color with a fizzy white head on top. There is basically no lacing on this at all or retention. The smell of the beer has the standard lager yeast aromas and fresh cut grass notes on the nose. The taste of the beer to me is decent, I don't find that this brew is too overpowering with the lager flavors of grass and such. There is a little bit of a metallic flavor to it from time to time but I somehow manage to look past that when I drink it. The mouthfeel is light but it does feel heavy once you drink a few of them in a row. Overall when it comes down to it... If I'm stuck choosing between several American Adjunct Lagers or this one, I'll take thsi one every time. I don't mind this beer at all.

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Photo of spycow
2.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.06/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of metter98
2.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that quickly died down and left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderately strong aromas of skunk are present in the nose—likely due to the green bottle.
T: Like the smell, the taste has some skunked flavors, but these are somewhat muted and masked by notes of corn, grainy malts and grassy hops. A light amount of bitterness is present and this lingers through the aftertaste.
M: It feels light-bodied and a little clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The skunky nature of the aroma detracts from this beer, but overall it's not that bad compared to other beers in the style, particularly since the hop bitterness helps to mask this and the flavors of adjunct malts.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
2.77/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Can't believe I never reviewed this.. probably because the only time I have it is when it's left in the fridge by someone else. For those of you looking for a macro beer at a micro price (usually $13 or $14 a 12 pack) this is your beer of choice. I mean it's a step above Budweiser/Miller Lite for sure.. has some a little bit of hop flavor to it. But it' just too watery, no head or lacing to it, barely any flavor.. just blah. And you're paying a premium price for it.. just for the label and the commercials everyone sees. Like most people already know, there are thousands of better imports better than this one... but hey, its beer and it ain't terrible.

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Photo of t0rin0
2.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of biboergosum
2.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

20oz pint. Interesting to find this on tap at Moxie's in Edmonton; it's usually found as a standard overpriced import bottle list mainstay.

This beer arrives at my table in a tall, standard American pint glass, and appears a crystal clear pale golden yellow colour, with a few fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and yet surprisingly creamy off-white head, which leaves a few random, wayward specks of lace around the glass as it quickly dissolves.

It smells lightly of semi-sweet grainy, faintly bready malt, a mild underlying fruity sourness, and tame grassy, herbal hops. The taste is where they lose me - the no-adjunct sense from the nose drops right away, as a certain corn-o-hol sweetness arises, abetted by some stale rice pudding, a wee, innocuous plain citrus note, and caught in the crossfire earthy, leafy, weedy hops - no skunk or stank there, though.

The carbonation is quite high, and doesn't settle as quickly as one might expect, the body heftier than average for the style, but cloying and a bit oily in its subsequent stab at smoothness. It finishes well off-dry, grainy - both good and bad - and ever so mildly skunky, but more in a musty, dead grassy manner.

According to the Heineken aficionados that I seem to spend a lot of time with, the tap version is much better than the bottled one. I don't really particularly care to argue the case, or even validate it, but suffice it to say, it sure doesn't bode well for those green bottles in yer better beertubs around town.

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Photo of oline73
1.25/5  rDev -54%

Photo of kojevergas
2.15/5  rDev -21%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 3

Heineken bottle poured into Hoegaarden pint glass in low altitude Galway, Ireland. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a three finger head of mild cream, thickness, and good retention. Colour is a clear yellow.

Sm: Dirty barley notes.

T: Dirty barley with mild cream undertones. Very simple; but not as bad as people make it out to be. Poorly built for the style; hardly any bittering hops at all. More balanced than I expected, but still very limited.

Mf: Very wet and smooth, but stops short of being refreshing. Partly suits the flavours of the body.

Dr: This beer is sort of the Ottoman Empire of Europe; it's the sick man's beer. Avoid unless you're on a student budget.

April 21st, 2016: 2nd impressions from one of those 5 litre minikegs. My friends in Nice, France happened to have a draught system for minikegs like this, so I figured I'd give it a go. 20 euros per minikeg at a Monoprix market.

A: Head dies too quickly to note its characteristics - off-white and foamy, it seems. Body is a clear pale copper.

Sm: Too sweet. Cheap malts/malt syrup, cream, a blip of grassy hop character...did I mention cheap malts?

T: Cheap malts. Bends too sweet, with inadequate Noble hop character.

Mf: Just slightly syrupy. Highly overcarbonated. Somewhat refreshing. Smooth, wet, light-bodied, approachable. Almost crisp.

O: Drinkability is off the charts given its shallowness of flavour, but it could be still higher if the carbonation wasn't so high. It's neutral unremarkable fare, but at this price point it's reasonable to suspect that I'll definitely be having it again (even if I'm not the one buying it). I've had worse, and perhaps there's a reason this has captured so much of the European and North American markets. Preferable to many beers in the same market category, but ultimately quite forgettable schlock.

D (2.15) / AVOID

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A rare re-review of a beer for me. But this beer is much different on-tap than from the bottle; it might as well be a separate beer. I had a friend to challenge me to try it off the draught and I'm glad I did.

Although the beer is marketedly better from the keg, it's far from the premium import that the marketeers boast. A standard middle-of-the-road European lager with a part-malt, part-grain profile, pungent earty hop profile and modest sulfer notes. Sharp herbal, match-stick notes stick in the olfactories and in the throat and provide an unusual distraction, but doesn't kill the beer. A mild astringency, earthy bite in the throat also detracts from the drinkability.

From the keg, the beer is on par with Stella and Kronenburg. Not bad, just average. For the Heineken reputation, this is good news.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
2.48/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +35.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into lager glass; canned on 6/19/2017, best before 6/2018. Pours slightly hazy medium golden yellow color with a 1 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, light pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with pale malt and light earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, light pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness. Mild herbal, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, light pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice robustness of pale malt and light earthy hop flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance, and zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Fairly crisp/clean finishing. Perfectly clean lager flavors, with zero yeast notes present. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5%. Overall this is a nice pale lager. All around good robustness of pale malt and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink with the mildly bitter/drying finish. Very flavorful with a nice body for the ABV. Clean pils malts and mild earthy hop balance. A nicely enjoyable offering. Very well made and spot on stuff for the style.

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Photo of zeff80
2.8/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out pale gold color with a foamy, white, three-finger head. It was highly carbonated and left some nice lace.

S - It smelled of corn and grain adjuncts.

T - It tasted quite sweet. Mostly it tasted of corn and grain adjuncts.

M - It was a little thin but still smooth. A light-bodied beer.

D - This isn't a bad beer. It works quite well as a lawnmower beer.

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Photo of Boone757
2.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Kurmaraja
2.94/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Light yellow, clear, fizzy, keeps a couple fingers of head. So, more or less appropriate. Smell has a hint of lemon, grassiness, rice crackers, pasta water. Taste follows; this is brighter than the Heineken I often experience. Perhaps they've been working on quality control / freshness, but I'd actually say this is pretty solid.

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