Heineken better from a can?

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  1. Grindelvasdrum

    Grindelvasdrum Initiate (0) Aug 9, 2015 Kentucky

    Unorthodox perhaps, but to me Heineken tastes better from a can than from a bottle.

    Anybody agree? And if so, does anybody know why this is so?
     
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  2. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (2,771) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    I'd agree, those green bottles can be dangerous.
     
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  3. SLewis

    SLewis Aspirant (247) Jun 17, 2014 North Carolina

    No light can get in and skunk the beer if it's in a can.
    Cans are great
     
  4. Grindelvasdrum

    Grindelvasdrum Initiate (0) Aug 9, 2015 Kentucky

    I was thinking it had to because of the bottles somehow. It's really pretty good from a can or on draft.
     
  5. BrewsingBuffalo

    BrewsingBuffalo Initiate (0) Jul 6, 2015 New York

    Green bottles are dumb as fuck. It has nothing to do with Heineken itself. Anything, especially an import, in green or clear bottles is likely going to be worse off than it's canned counterparts.
     
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  6. Groenebeor

    Groenebeor Initiate (0) Feb 14, 2009 California

    Green bottles are literally satan

    That being said, it doesn't matter if they were in cardboard, and not exposed to UV for even a few minutes.

    I regularly buy Hofbrau Munchen products in the 12 pack that aren't exposed to light.
     
  7. Grindelvasdrum

    Grindelvasdrum Initiate (0) Aug 9, 2015 Kentucky

    I've had bad experiences with some clear bottles too.
     
  8. Groenebeor

    Groenebeor Initiate (0) Feb 14, 2009 California

    Same issue. It lets far too much UV in.

    Go brown, or make sure if never saw any light.
     
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  9. beertraveler08

    beertraveler08 Aspirant (228) Mar 22, 2016 Louisiana

    Heineken taste great all the time even in those shitty green bottles.
     
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  10. scottakelly

    scottakelly Zealot (513) May 9, 2007 Ohio

    I have only bought it in the can for years now. The green bottles are not worth the risk. And yes, Heineken is a very good beer.
     
  11. Urk1127

    Urk1127 Poo-Bah (1,994) Jul 2, 2014 New Jersey
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    For me, i dislike Heineken in all forms. I can drink it if offered but otherwise i can't come to do it. Im a Becks guy and i can tell the difference blindfolded ive done it before.
     
  12. The_Snow_Bird

    The_Snow_Bird Poo-Bah (1,826) May 7, 2015 Florida
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    I would have it in cans or bottles.
     
  13. dutesanch

    dutesanch Initiate (0) Apr 22, 2014 California

    Tastes even better from a pint can than a 12oz. Mostly because its 4oz more beer. No scientific basis
     
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  14. drmeto

    drmeto Poo-Bah (2,290) Jan 29, 2015 Germany
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    Being canned avoids that the Hops get light struck, which is a common off aroma/flavour in Beers bottled in non brown/Black bottles.
    Its still the same Heineken
     
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  15. CJNAPS

    CJNAPS Initiate (0) Nov 3, 2013 California

    Yeah I would go with the can.
     
  16. ecpho

    ecpho Aspirant (250) Mar 28, 2011 New York

    I used to love those keg shaped cans they had.
     
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  17. pat61

    pat61 Initiate (0) Dec 29, 2010 Minnesota

    Heineken is packaged in a green bottle because the marketing people think that makes the beer look classier. It also makes it skunky. AI have a good friend who swears by Heineken in the bottle, buys it all the time, and is more than generous in sharing. More often than not the bottled Heineken I have had is light struck. My friend thinks that is how it is supposed to taste. The canned stuff is much better although if I am buying, I would buy something else.
     
  18. PhilsPils

    PhilsPils Disciple (307) Feb 11, 2010 Texas

    Among the first wine iconoclasts to champion screw caps and yes, I'll choose beer in a can over bottle, everything else being equal.
     
  19. neenerzig

    neenerzig Poo-Bah (2,773) Feb 15, 2006 Ohio
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    I very rarely drink Heineken anymore, but when I do I also prefer it out of the can, as there's less Of a chance of it being skunked in a can than there is when it is in those green glass bottles.
     
  20. offthelevel_bytheplumb

    offthelevel_bytheplumb Devotee (402) Aug 19, 2013 Illinois

    I know I'm in the minority on this one, but I don't mind a skunky Heineken from time to time. Personally, though, I only drink it, can or bottle, if I'm offered one from my old man. I haven't purchased one since I was underage.
     
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  21. tmalt

    tmalt Initiate (0) Dec 17, 2015 Florida

    Stay thirsty
     
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  22. Uniobrew31

    Uniobrew31 Devotee (483) Jan 16, 2012 Pennsylvania

    heineken tastes skunked. A month or two in god knows what conditions before it hits the shelves in green bottles? Follow the lead of the Pilsner urquel and brown out the bottles. Your customers will be glad you did.
     
  23. HeavensGoblet

    HeavensGoblet Initiate (63) Apr 21, 2015 Massachusetts

    complete different beer out of a can. 1000% better IMO
     
  24. Anyportinastorm

    Anyportinastorm Initiate (0) Dec 31, 2009 Oregon

    I drink bottles in the Caribbean and it's way better. I've never looked into the veracity, but people say the the formula is different in the States for some reason. Again, no guarantee, but it tastes good in the Dutch Islands.
     
  25. PorterPro125

    PorterPro125 Champion (851) Jan 19, 2013 Canada (NB)

    To me, a lot of beer that is imported from Europe tastes better in cans. The obvious correlation is that bottles allow light (in varying amounts depending on glass type/colour) and are not 100% safe from oxidation (although cap technology is improving).

    I personally would choose a bottle over a can 95% of the time purely for the aesthetic and feel but if a can offers a better flavour, it's really a no brainer.
     
  26. Invinciblejets

    Invinciblejets Devotee (477) Sep 29, 2014 South Carolina

    I've never tried a Heineken...
     
  27. Lurchus

    Lurchus Initiate (191) Jan 19, 2014 Germany

    Clear bottles are somehow worse than green bottles..
    It annoys the hell out of me that these days, Reissdorf and Gaffel put their K├Âlsch for six packs in CLEAN BOTTLES;although normally they use brown ones for the crates.So why, whyy? In those cases I prefer a can as well..
     
  28. doktorhops

    doktorhops Poo-Bah (2,014) Jan 12, 2011 Australia
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    Heineken tastes just as bad in a can - can confirm :wink:
     
  29. drtth

    drtth Initiate (0) Nov 25, 2007 Pennsylvania

    One of the advantages of living in PA is that I've never had a skunked Heineken (unless I deliberately exposed it to light so as to see what skunking is really like rather than just imagining based on 2nd or 3rd hand information). Whether the beer is in bottle or can or keg there's little or no difference in flavor since the bottles are stored in a case that protects them from ling and the rest don't get skunked. So freshness is the only issue for me. Outside of freshness changes any difference between container is in my imagination.
     
  30. Caj1

    Caj1 Aspirant (235) Jul 2, 2013 Texas

    Cans are heavily underrated. It keeps the beer fresh in an oxygen free environment, keeps it pressurized, and, most importantly, keeps the light out. I will happily drink out of a can.

    That said, I bought one of the mini-kegs for a drinking session and while it wasn't much better, it definitely wasn't skunked like every other Heineken from a bottle I'd ever had.
     
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