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Heineken Lager BeerHeineken Lager Beer

Brewed by:
Heineken Nederland B.V.

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by OldFrothingSlosh on 01-29-2001

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Photo of 3Vandoo
2.58/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Normal appearance, doesnt show any great characteristics at all. The smell is skunky, we all know that! Taste, here what makes ma laugh about this beer. I dislike its taste in bottle, its pronounced metalic, skunky, a "husky" flavour, a strong aftertaste that stay for a while. As in tap, it is totally different, not the smell associated with the green bottle, the taste is a bit sweet compared to the ones in bottles.

This is my beer when I go out and I have the choice between a Molson Dry or Heineken, you guess it right!

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Photo of DrJay
2.64/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear, pale gold, straw-like colour with bright white head. The aroma was predominantly of sulfur and skunk... not much else could get through. Sharp flavour to start, with some sweetness, sulfur, and a light bitterness evident. Dry finish with little aftertaste. Light body, quite fizzy.

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Photo of ZAP
2.88/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a straw color....big fizzy head....big old bubbles ascending from the bottom....damn near looks like sperm or something at first as they are bigger carbonation bubbles than I've seen in a while..

Poured from the old keg can...I won't buy those skunked bottles...thought I'd try this...nose is sweet cereal grains...a bit perfumy....sweet smell...no skunk (whew)...

Flavor is crisp..dry....almost pilsner like....raw husky grains..reminds me a little of some Canadien Lagers...really finishes dry and tight....

Not a great amount of flavor but no bad flavors...not my cup of tea as I don't care for the real dry, almost sourish finish...to be honest I'd rather drink Miller or Pabst any day.

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Photo of arizcards
2.24/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Went for pizza with da boss last night at our favorite pizza joint. Expected to have a Stone PA but they were out so I settled for a Henie.

Appearance was golden with a one inch head that left no lacing. You could smell the skunk from 10 feet away as the server brought it to our table. Taste started as lightly skunked and finished with a light dry hop finish. Mouthfeel was very thin. Overall drinkabilty is barely tolerable, decent for a hot desert afternoon.

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Photo of bignick
2.97/5  rDev +8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a thouroughly average beer. It's appearance is that of a typical macro lager. It is a straw yellow, with minimal lace. It is on the light side of medium bodied. It has a bit of a skunky taste, but the taste is not unpleasant. Overall, this is a beer that I would rarely drink, unless i was in a pinch.

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Photo of RedwoodGeorge
2.85/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: beer poured a light golden color with a thin white head. Foam dissipated quickly leaving no ring or lacing on the glass.

Smell: inoffensive... Smelled lightly of malt and yeast, nothing complex enough to really notice.

Taste: Lightweight taste, somewhat on the bitter side for a lager. Tasted of malt and yeast with a light hop aftertaste, a few unfortunate sour notes here and there but otherwise nothing special.

Mouthfeel: light and fizzy, reasonably clean on the palate. No real body to speak of but no coating on the tongue either.

Drinkability: Okay, I guess... I'd certainly prefer it over the macrobrews but there are some much better lagers out there.

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Photo of aquatonex
3.23/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Comes in a rather stubby greenish hued glass bottle. Pours clear, light amber hue. Very carbonated with a thick head that does not dissipate too quickly. Its smell is more of a stench of hops mixed with alcohol and some animal byproducts. Once you get past the smell, the taste is medium-strong with bitter overtones (hops and alcohol again). It is surprisingly smooth for its taste. At least it has oomph. Also, quite filling.

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Photo of TagoMago
2.88/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz. stubby bottle.

Appearance: Pours an ultra-clear straw color with a very thin, fastly subsiding head.

Smell: Typical green-bottled skunk aroma dominates the beer's aroma, as well as some grain and corn notes. Some sulpher-like notes are detected as well.

Taste: Crisp and rather refreshing - the beer is dominated by grains and corn husk, with some slight sweetness from the malt.

Overall: This is a very average, if not a below-average, European lager. It's definitely not recommended, though it beats American, Canadian and Mexican macro-lagers anyday. This is a very decent hot weather lager beer, though there are much better ones available, and ones not as overpriced and grossly overhyped as this one.

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Photo of koolk
2.08/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Quick and simple, as it doesn't deserve a fullblown write up:

Golden in colour, low carbonation,no head and poor lacing.

Grassy nose, with some grains and a stinky sweatiness

Short and flabby palate, with same green/grassy flavours.

Everything that is wrong with mass brewed beers can be seen in one bottle of Heineken. Avoid like the plague.

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Photo of ngandhi
2.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

24 oz "keg can."

Devoid of flavor with a weak, artificial Saaz grassiness that builds in complexity near the end. Medium-light bodied with high carbonation to style. Something is lost here with this packaging and it surprised me because I expected the can to be much fresher than the green bottles, but it isn't. Better than a skunked one, of course, but otherwise something clearly designed for the American market in packaging and flavor. This is on-par with its American counterparts, just a hint maltier than most.

Relax, relax.

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Photo of BeerManDan
2.65/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Never had a good beer in a green bottle and this lager is no difference. It had a pale yellow color with a little bit of white foam and no lace. The taste had a bitter bite that was sort of unpleasant for my palate. The smell was grainy and had no depth to the flavor or aroma. This is one beer that may be good on a hot day when you just gulp to cool down and worry about flavor!

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Photo of Bierguy5
2.35/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

From the can this is a light golden color. I drank this out of the can, which I know is wrong so forgive me. I could still smell the skunkyness of the beer. I have never had a Heineken that was not skunky smelling. Tastes slightly grainy, but very sweet. There was a slight hop bitterness, and I mean slight. Very thin body and heavy on the carbonation. Overall, this is not the worst in the world. It did quench my thirst after a round of golf, but I just can't get past the smell. I would probably pass, unless I was desperate.

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Photo of GreenWBush
2.42/5  rDev -12%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Ugh. The Green Monster in all of its pretensious glory. One of the few beers that somehow garnered an identity and following due to the fact that its overpriced. When I saw a 1.5L bottle on sale at my local beershop, I figured it'd be worth the price of admission for homebrewing alone. And thus, a piss-water review is born. $4.99.

Macro gold, big fizz that disappears to nothing and leaves no lace. Huge corn adjuncty aromas. Tiniest hop aroma floats worthlessly in a world of shit-malt. This beer must be designed to be light struck; at least when its skunky there's some hop character.

Watery, boring, overpriced. It tastes good in Amsterdam, yes, but I don't know if that's because of a recipe difference or ... well ...

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Photo of NJpadreFan
1.55/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Heineken lager.

This is a beer many of my friends buy, thinking they're purchasing a "good" beer!?

Appearance- light yellow/ clear with s soapy white head.
Smell- oh my... cheap corn with that typical green bottle skunkiness.
Taste- sweet with a skunky tanginess. Very watery too.

Overall- this is an absolute horrible beer! It is a beer to use for drinking games only. This beer should cost half the price!

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Photo of cptnjck101
3.24/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I can't believe this beer is getting a 2.5! Sure it's not the best beer out there, but it beats most imports and just about every macro. It is a little skunky, but in a good way. Not something to drink everyday, but I have a couple extra bucks to splurge on booze, it's always high on my list.

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Photo of maek228
3.37/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

appearance- light strawish color...a rather dull gold. normal head with decent retention...certainly nothing special

smell- damn, this jawn is husky! seriously though, it is husky with a bit a sweet sugary smell to it. some corn as well

taste- CLEAN. so average....yet so clean. nice sweet malty taste, with some husk. corn and sugary malt aftertaste. mild but decent flavor

mouthfeel- once again...clean. just feels right, but still...nothing special

drinkability- i give "heiny" a high drinkability rating cause it just goes down so damn easy. its taste is more than O.K....slighty above average...but still as ive said plenty of times: nothing special. heineken just goes down without a problem.

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Photo of skaughty
1.68/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

appearance: typical lager
smell: old socks (seriously troubling)
taste: metallic and thin
mouthfeel: Bad bite and high skunk factor
impressions: Why do people bring me this for parties? Time to stop the BYOB policy! This must be consumed cold to miss the funkiness.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.74/5  rDev +36%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draught at Chez Bernard in Fontainebleau, France. Someone had suggested trying a Heineken on my trip which I planned on not doing, but due to my poor French speaking I ended up with one at lunch one day. I literally had to ask the waiter what I was drinking to be sure, even though it was served in a Heineken glass. I was assured in answer to my "qu'est-ce que s'appelle"? that it was indeed Heineken. Wow. Looks the same but the taste is definitely different. Clear gold with a medium white head and little lacing. The nose is lightly hoppy with a pleasant grape character. Very smooth body with a fruity and hoppy flavor that just somehow tastes like this beer really should. It all makes sense now. The finish is refreshing and vinous with a touch of hops. One of the only good beer surprises on my trip.

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Photo of pheurton
2.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

crystal clear straw with a pure white foamy head that disappears to nothing. light aroma of cooked grain and slight skunkiness. light bodied and crisply carbonated, obviously going for zesty. lightly sweet over-cooked ceral flavor with hints of lemony hopiness. hops are vauge. finshes with that trademark skunky aftertaste. i had this many times on draft in holland, and it was much better there where it was presumably much more fresh. doesn't travel well, i suppose.

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Photo of watermelonman
2.48/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This poured to a very light color with a quickly fading head and no lace worth mentioning.

There's a punch of cheap grains that they would do very well to tone down. It comes out loud and clear in the nose and holds steady right through the finish.

This best serves as a thirst-quencher or a placeholder when nothing better can be found. Its best attributes are wide distribution and better-than-garbage quality.

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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 brewQ
2.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

24 oz. "keg can"

This can is a nice grippable package!

The brew pours a clear gold with a thin and quickly receding white head. My aging, perhaps overworked olfactory senses simply cannot pick up an aroma here. Are there grains? Is their sweetness? Are there hops? My nose can't tell.

The taste is fresh and the body is thin but not unpleasant. Actually, I am wondering if if this is one of the better Heinekens I have ever had- most came from the skunky green bottles that pretended to give some character. (Yuk!)

This example offers a well rounded mouthfeel. Ironically, I'd find this to be a good brew to have for nine innings at a baseball game.
It is drinkable for the whole game.

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Photo of Joey7F
2.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So this is Heineken eh? You can keep it. Wow what a piss beer. The taste is AWFUL! Granted, it could be skunky, but man it was like a vinegar and lager combo.

The mouthfeel is pretty decent, and I think this would be drinkable if I liked it. It looks good, smells okay and tastes terrible. Never would buy.


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Photo of RocketWidget
2.13/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer frustrates me. Mainly, it's because many friends of mine consider this a "good" beer worth paying a premium for, when in fact this beer possesses no remarkable characteristics whatsoever. I'll admit, this beer is quite drinkable. But that stems mostly from it's plain taste and the extra cold temperature it is typically served at. Pouring a plain yellow with slight head, this beer basically has a crisp, clear and boring smell to it. Though you can taste the hops in there, I highly recommend almost any Czech lager over this bore fest. Nothing remarkable to speak of here.

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Photo of fdrich29
2.71/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Apparently the Beer Gods left a keg can of this stuff in my fridge, so I humbly take on the burdon to drink and review this lager for the sake of all those involved.

Poured a pale golden producing a pinky's worth of head that disappeared much quicker than my dismay for thinking drinking this might be a good idea.

It smelled faintly of hops, possibly a bit of malt and sulfur. Ever so slightly tasted of hops, taste did not linger on the tongue (thank God). Wee bit of carbination tingle. Extremely light tasting beer.

Very easy to drink if you dont care what your beer tastes like. If youre feeling frisky and looking to whap back a case of beer go for Natty Light, its much cheaper and you won't be missing out on quality.

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