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: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of kylehay2004
2.75/5  rDev 0%
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 UCLABrewN84
3.13/5  rDev +13.8%
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 StonedTrippin
2.13/5  rDev -22.5%
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 Knapp85
3.62/5  rDev +31.6%
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 metter98
2.81/5  rDev +2.2%
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 +0.7%
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 BEERchitect
2.98/5  rDev +8.4%
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 biboergosum
2.75/5  rDev 0%
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 kojevergas
2.15/5  rDev -21.8%
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 Phyl21ca
2.28/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle – Poured a blond type brew with minimal head with below standard retention. Aroma is in part skunky with some touch of malt. Carbonation is below average. Taste is really light with again that bit of skunky taste coming out. Overall, this is not a great beer but [probably on the same level as those American macros and I also believe we don’t get the same version they produce overseas which is probably a shame.

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Photo of zeff80
2.8/5  rDev +1.8%
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 Thorpe429
2.11/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Reviewed from notes.

Served in a pint glass. Pours is a clear golden color with plenty of visible carbonation and a white head. The nose is quite a bit of skunked hops plus some grain. The hops are definitely skunked and a bit grassy. Some very light grain. Skunky hops somehow fit this brew like they don't with any other; maybe I'm just used to it. Really not all the great. Crisp and light. I really don't like this and can't suffer through it any longer.

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Photo of mothman
2.08/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass. From the 16 oz keg can.

Pours a very thin fizzy head that doesn't last very long. No lacing. Color is a clear straw yellow. Nothing exciting.

Aroma: It had a really bad smell, very skunky and grainy.

Taste was very bland and uninviting. Didn't really want more of this skunky flavored beer.

Mouthfeel was very dry. Light bodied. High carbonation.

Most people (non BAs) fame this to be an amazing beer but I thought that it was the exact opposite. I definitely will not be drinking this one again.

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Photo of jlindros
3.04/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Heineken the real thing on tap at Heineken cafe in Amsterdam airport, not those skunked bottles that come to U.S.

Decent fizzy head, nice notches lacing too, crystal clear watery straw color.

Nose light pilsner malt, very faint version of the sulfury unhappy lager, light golden malt character, very faint hint of a grassy hop

Taste is lighter but not too bad, no skunk surprisingly, straw malt, grainy pilsner, golden sweet malt with a syrupy sticky fermented corn syrup thing going though which still gives me the macro feel, and light unhappy lager yeast. Some milder grassy hops as well with some earthy nagging bitterness. Finish is lighter with more of the nagging bitterness and a sticky syrup malt base flavor.

Mouth is lighter bod, decent carb, little watery.

Overall not nearly as bad as I expected as it wasn't super skunked and metallic, but still has syrupy fermented macro lager flavors and a very slight sulfury unhappy yeast thing, so still not a great beer but tolerable.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.9/5  rDev +41.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Heineken's hops are it's success. Both the aroma and flavor deliver a combination of herbal and floral hops that seperates it from other pilsners. It's got a decent amount of bitterness to it as well, and it's perfectly balances a solid, medium-bodied, grainy maltiness. It finishes dry with some quickly passing, lightly sweet malt up front; and then lingering hops amidst a dry, long-lasting bitterness. Refreshing, satisfying, and highly drinkable!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
1.78/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

On-tap at Finnegan's Wake in Providence, RI on 10/6/07, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a thin white head that fades very quickly and leaves no lace on the glass.

S: The smell is sweet with macro adjuncts along with grain and corn.

T: Likewise, the taste is sweet with flavors of adjuncts and light malts. There's very little hops presence. The after-taste is slightly sweet and a little bready.

M: A little crisp and a little smooth, light body, high carbonation, clean finish.

D: Not very tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, there's almost always something else that I would pick over this beer no matter where I've been. There's nothing endearing about this beer that would make me want to drink it.

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Photo of Rifugium
1.05/5  rDev -61.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

First had: [God only knows]

Pours clear, pale, straw color with a thin, receding head. Not much in the aroma, stale and vaguely grainy. Bland taste, somewhat reminiscent of what is known as a beer, with light grains and barely noticeable hops. Very light and watery, and a bitter aftertaste. To be avoided.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
2.94/5  rDev +6.9%
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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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.68/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's Thanksgiving, I'm at a relative's house, and it seems as though I'm all out of the beer I brought. However, I found a six-pack of Heineken in the fridge here and have been given the green light to have a bottle. Lucky me!

Appearance: Pours a pale, straw-colored body with a thin, fizzy white head.

Smell: Only a hint of cereal sneaks past the big whiff of skunk.

Taste: Cereal grains with a decent level of sweetness. Grassy hops with only a very subtle touch of bitterness. Hint of green apple in the finish. At best a simple beer, at worst a simple beer riddled with skunkiness.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Heineken, a beer that will punish you bad flavors if you don't drink it fast and absolutely ice cold. Forget the skunky bottles, instead stick to the cans, draft, or mini-kegs (delivered by robo-chicks).

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Photo of dbrauneis
2.68/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a light golden yellow in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall fizzy white head that quickly reduces to a thin film covering most of the surface of the beer. Light lacing is observed.

S: A mild smelling beer with light amounts of adjunct malts (grain) and grassy hops. There are subtle notes of skunkiness.

T: The flavor of the beer is much what I would have expected from the smell, light amounts of sweeter adjunct malts (grain) and some light to moderate amounts of bitterness from the grassy hops.

M: Light bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery.

O: This is a very sessionable and easy to drink beer but nothing special - especially when imported to the US where the light green glass bottle really doesn't stand up to elements (sunlight).

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Straw yellow that isn't quite dark enough to be called amber or gold. The pure white head is frothyfirm and deflates to a barely covering film. The nose is of grain and not much else.

The flavor is both sweet (more so than most EPLs) and bitter at the same time. There's plenty of grain-like flavor, though for some reason it isn't as off-putting as it is in the American pale lagers. Despite the green glass bottle, there's no hint of skunkiness.

The beer becomes more bitter and more dry as the mouthful progresses. It seemed a little thin initially, but firmed up just a tad with warming. I'm amazed to report that the flavor didn't deteriorate as the temperature rose.

Heineken Lager is a beer that I haven't had for at least 15 years. I never thought much of it then (and still don't really), but it is a damn sight better than the stuff that BMC puts out and is often the only drinkable option in those places that don't carry good beer.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from notes.

A: Pours a golden color with small carbonation bubbles coming up from the bottom. Decent sized, white foamy head on top that has decent retention. Spotty lacing.

S: Having had a bunch of Heineken from a bottle before, it was nice to have one from a can where there was no sign of skunking, not that it made the aroma excellent though. Some biscuit malt, light grains, and a bit of citrus.

T: A good bit of grainy/husk flavor, a little bit of hop bitterness. Slight sweetness in the midpalate.

T: Light to medium bodied, medium to high carbonation. Crisp, but has a slightly dry finish.

O: Not bad, actually liked the can since it had a bit of a texture to it as a grip. Would be fine with cans of this once in a while if it wasn't so highly priced. Can get much better options for only a little bit more money.

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Photo of mikesgroove
2.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Ahh and old stand by when I was younger and hopefully a breath of fresh air is this mess of macros. This had long neen a favorite in my teens years, I want to see if it can stand the test of time. Poured a decent dark yellow, almost to amber color, but no quite there. Smallish white head, faded pretty quick and left a slight lacey film along the top. Lots of visible carbonation, chains of bubbles through the glass.Smell was not at all bad. Decent malt presentation, light grain and bread. A little bit musty, but at least had some character. Taste was crisp clean and refreshing. Very light, with lots of carbonation, very lively feel to it. Taste was a classic lager, very thin but had body, big malts with nothing to really balance. Overall this was the best of the bunch I have tried over the last couple days( check my last couple reviews) and overall was not that bad. I must say that this has actually withstood some scrutiny.

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Photo of Slatetank
2.73/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I picked this up to share with friends who aren't necessarily into craft beer. I ended up drinking 4/6 of the pack myself so why not review?
Presentation 7oz green bottle into a 1/2 pint.

A - A tranparent tarnished golden with visible carbonation topped by a snowy white cap which is rocky and retains ok with small beading. There is not really any lace clinging.

S - The smell is like canned vegetables and skunked arom is present, not especially good aroma w/ mild grainy corn pop hint w/ the spice of hop of hop in the scent, but not really the aroma with mild musty yeast note

M - The feel is light bodied with mild sweetness and slight bitterness, slight tinge of tang from the yesat. The beer finishes semi-dry and carbonation is medium without any real lingering texure, just basically fades out after the swallow

T - The taste is as the nose alludes to - a musty yeast and vegetal hop flavor with mild spice in the mid taste - a grainy light malt flavor is there with light sweetness that vanishes leaving the mild skunk flavor behind. The taste is something I am able to get over after half a bottle but if you have another beer and come back to it it is still there.

D - I would probably have this as a last resort. I bought it for the sake of economy and to revisit somethign I have drank for probably at least 5 yrs -not something I would recommend.

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Photo of smcolw
2.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I was so hoping that this might be a case where having the beer on tap in near where it is brewed would result in a pleasant surprise. Alas, Heineken is nearly as bad as it is in the US.

Gold color and crystal clear. Slippery lace on the glass. Moderate head that dies quickly.

Nearly devoid of any smell; with effort I detect some grassiness.

Thin body with a high level of carbonation; Pretty good hop bite but the malt is nearly missing. This beer had me looking for a lawn to mow.

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