Heineken Lager Beer | Heineken Nederland B.V.

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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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Added by OldFrothingSlosh on 01-29-2001

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Photo of RocketWidget
2.13/5  rDev -21.7%
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 -0.4%
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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Photo of Jacobier10
2.85/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours golden yellow with a slight head that disappears after a few minutes. Smells like nothing special. Just your regular European lager. The taste is slightly hoppy, but is pretty bland. The only real good thing about this beer is that it is easy to drink a lot of and I always seem to get pretty drunk when I drink Heiney.

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Photo of mschofield
1.59/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

As I work my way through the free beer on hand.
This actually poured with an appealing body, a vibrant crystal clear gold, with a one finger white head.
The aroma is dominated by sulfur, and this was from the "keg can". Leads me to conclude that Heineken is actually aiming for skunkiness. Perhaps their consumers are used to it from the green bottles, and think it is meant to be that way. I had this fresh in the Netherlands a few years ago and there was no skunkiness.
A bit of spiciness, lemon rind, lightly toasted grain, and some aromatic hops.
Light body, sweet.

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Photo of jsolack
3.22/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very clear golden yellow. Head is mild with some lacing. Looks nice, but average.

Sweet wheat and grains. Pretty light scent, especially for a lager. Overall smell is nice though.

A mild bitterness first comes through but then a sweet flavor sets in. A mild grain flavor comes through while in mouth. Finish is slightly bitter.

Light and bubbly but still coats tounge well. Pretty average feel in mouth.

Pretty easy beer to drink... tastes good and is easy to go down. Could easy drink a few... tastes pretty good but overall it's just an average beer.

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Photo of Foxman
2.41/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It pours a clear, clear straw yellow, with less than a finger of fizzy white head, which recedes quickly to virtually nothing.

The aroma is sweet grain, malt, and maybe corn, and a light hops character, but what wins the day, unfortunately, is that all-too-expected skunky presence.

The first sip brings a crisp semi-sweet malt and adjunct impression, along with a bitter hops note. There's a metallic bite that twists into a long and strong bitterness. Overall the flavor is too thin to support the arching bite and bitterness.

Light bodied, it feels thin and washy, though not quite as thin as water. The bitterness leaves a sharp tang on the tongue as a legacy.

So why did I try this again, knowing what I knew well from my younger days? Because I believe that to truly appreciate the good, you have to understand the bad. And while this is far from the worst, it's bad enough to give some kind of baseline. That aroma...check that...that smell, is something I could never get around, even years ago when drinking it was considered hip and enlightened. Now, if I could hold my nose while drinking, it would indeed be drinkable, because it is light and crisp, but I just can't live with that smelly critter under my nose. Gone are the days when I could drink this to try to look cool. I'm old, with kids and a mortgage. I'm drinking what I like now. And this is not it.

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Photo of kmo1030
3.07/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

white head on this yellow lager quickly disappears. faint citrusy smell, with another slightly fruity smell that wierd faint skunky smell is there too. pretty standard euro lager aromas. i don't really smell any hops. tangy, citrusy, with almost some sort of vegetable flavors. just enough hops to say that they're their. mouthfeel is sort of watery with tingling carbonation on the tongue. drinkability is average or even below for the discriminating beer drinker, but i feel that there is a time and place in which it could be higher, a warm summer day for instance. i enjoyed drinking it, sort of like i like to drink soda.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
2.35/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is like any mass produced and over marketed Euro-Lager. It pours a bright golden yellow. The taste is a little watery and it has some soury citrus to it. Very little hints of hops or malt but just enough to pass as beer. Overall a beer that i wouldn't choose if i didn't have to.

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Photo of rdrummer
2.65/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Heineken is usually the best of a bad choice of beers for me. I hadn't one in a while but was kind of forced to drink nothing or Heineken at a Jersey shore establishment that was not prepared for a crowd on a warm winter day. Heineken pours the same clear, yellow as any mass-produced lager with a little quickly departing head and no lacing. It smells of old alcohol and a little of the barley. The taste is not awful by mass-produced lager standards but it is very thin, and almost watery in the mouth. The taste is definitely beer, but not much more distinct than that. If it had been Heineken on tap, it would have been more drinkable. I had one and left to find a bar that had better beer, happening upon one that was ready, was doing 10 times the business, and had a wide selection of beers on tap.

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Photo of rajendra82
2.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

While being faced with a choice of drinking no beer, Heineken, or a US macro, I’d always choose Heineken. That’s what I did last night, and what I got was a nondescript Euro Lager with no overly offensive characteristics. Pale clear color with bubbly artificial carbonation. Thin white head is very short lived. Aroma is clean to grassy with little touch of hops, and due to the bottle having been protected no skunk. Taste is dominated by grainy malts, but is not sweet like a US brewed macro lager. Body is also more substantial than the big three US products and does not project a watered down cheap image. A note of what I think was fusel alcohol became pronounced as the beer warmed up, resulting in the mouthfeel becoming harsh. Drinkability is quite good and beats the other choices mentioned above any day.

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Photo of jwilli7122
2.99/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very clear light gold color with minimal head. Smell is sweet malt and grain (maybe corn?) and alchohol. Taste is similar. Has a little bit of that sour fruit flavor so common in american macro lagers. Mouthfeel is light, watery, but very slightly oily and malty. Bottom of the glass tastes better than the first few sips for some reason. Beats most macro lagers, but barely. Fairly easy drinking, but only marginally enjoyable.

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Photo of Billolick
2.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 ounce can. Pours light almond, white head, not much retention. Just picked up a hint of "skunkyness", and wet cardboard in the nose. light body, faint malt characteristics, mimimal hops, some grassy flavor, hint of cabbage. Crisp carbonation. This is a refreshing brew, w/o much flavor or other positive qualities.

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Photo of Zorro
3.12/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a highly carbonated clear yellow beer.

Smell is mildly of perfume and bananas and mildly sweet grain.

Taste is mildly sweet grain and a mild grassy hop flavor. Has a funky flavor I can't identify. Beats Budweiser, and that is about it.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Sure it's drinkable, but I can find 100 better beers.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3/5  rDev +10.3%
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 ALESwhatCURESya
2.63/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Every time I drink a Heineken it brings me back to High School. I guess now that I look at it, it is not a very good beer, but for high school, drinking imports made me a minority while other swigged the beast. I must say, I liked this beer a lot more back in the days. I do, however, don't think it is as bad as many others say. This is an easy beer to drink all day. There are times when this is the best looking thing on the menu at a restaurant. From what I hear, this is phenomenal in Amsterdam.

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Photo of wsouloa
1.48/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This may well be my least favorite beer. Just due to the fact that it is imported, it seems that a lot of people think it is better than the US macros. They are greatly mistaken. Many US macros have little or almost no taste. I would take that anyday over the aweful taste of this beer. It is lightly carbonated, light colored and has a wretched smell. You get an aweful aftertaste and the taste of alcohol is too overly present and not disguised by anything else except for an almost metallic taste. Avoid this beer, but if you must have this beer, have it on draft, it is somewhat more tolerable than in the bottle.

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

This beer is completely different on tap than from a bottle. No skunkiness whatsoever. Has a very carbonated sharp flavor that goes well with the sulfur flavors in the beer. This makes the beer go from awful to just average. I would actually consider ordering this on tap again.

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Photo of JCBears
2.19/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: PLeasent with stong buuble trying to make an effort that soon quit to form a head

Aroma: Skunk, yet a living skunk so not a total loss

Taste: A bad bight with a slow weak moalty flavor, at least its not spoiled

Mouthfeel: A sharpness that is trying to make its presence felt yet can't do it

Overall: Hate to call imports this bad but it is. It wants to be a strong, good beer but it dosen't make the cut.

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Photo of CharlesRiver
2.53/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours out a clear yellowish color with a good size head that is tightly packed with small round bubbles. The smell is okay. A bit bitter with mostly corn like malt notes coming through. The taste is more of the smell but weaker. Starts off strong and then the flavor just jumps off a cliff. Not much there but seems to take care of my thirst.

Ok, but nothing special. I think I like the bottle better as it seems a bit more crisp.

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Photo of merlin48
2.02/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a clear, pale yellow with a moderate white head. Spotty lacing. Aroma is bitterly skunky, like rotting carrots and onions. Taste is unpleasant, with an acrid bitterness that mirrors the nose. Has a bitter, metallic aftertaste that lingers on the palate. The metalic taste is also present in the mouthfeel, which is also highly carbonated. This bottled lager has nothing in common with the fresh, draft version I've enjoyed many times in cafes in the Netherlands. This bottle is undrinkable, and the rest of it goes down the sink. Perhaps they should get rid of the green bottles. This doesn't travel well, to say the least.

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Photo of WesWes
3.22/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thin white lace head. The aroma is good. It's simple pale malts and lager yeast with a bit of skunky scent. The taste is average. It's a light and refreshing beer with little malt flavor and little hop taste. It seems a bit watery, but it goes down smooth. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. It drinks well; a good sessions ale.

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Photo of ChrisBowers
2.66/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is basically a better version of Rolling Rock thats imported. Taste is all corn and so is the smell. Its quite drinkable, as it doesn't have that dirty gym sock taste that Rolling Rock has, but at the same time, it doesn't really taste good so way drink it? And more importantly, why pay an "import" price? Most places will sell this for the same price as your average craft brew. It'll at least be the same price as a Sammy A. I'd rather have the Sam Adams... much more fulfilling lager thats not made out of crap filler.

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Photo of donnebaby
2.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

It's my preference to drink Heineken out of the can. Maybe I like the bright green body and the bright green tab. It's welcoming and makes you feel like you've got something special in your hand, even if it's not.

It smells light and a little honeyish, nice It tastes similar to the way it smells, light and honeyish, nice. Besides that, there's not too much going on. The carbonation is light and leaves a watery taste behind. A bit heavy despite the watery feel in the mouth. Still though, with the nasty beers I've been imbibing lately in Japan, drinking this beer is pretty enjoyable.

I wish this beer was my favorite beer because I've seen it everywhere I've been in the world. They must have one of the better distribution networks in the world.

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Photo of Gavage
2.7/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This pours a dull yellow color with a very thin head that quickly disappears to a few bubbles along the rim. The aroma is weak, as grass was the main component. The flavor is also strange, as a light malt is there with a hint of hoppy bitterness. But those grassy tones that were in the nose are now attacking the tongue.

This is crisp and clean on the tongue. Very light bodied and good carbonation. The grassy tones of this beer make it less desirable in the drinkability category. One for lunch was more than enough.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
2.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear pale gold, kinda the color of ginger ale and very fizzy. Not much of a head. Smell is grassy and lightly sweet.

Taste is grassy and very clean. Crisp. Lightly bitter finish. Not much aftertaste though and very thin mouth. Not much to add because there is not much here. Very drinkable.

This sample was much better than previous tries as the bottle was not skunked. A passable macro lager if it's taken care of.

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