Brewed by Heineken Nederland
Style: Pale Lager
Zoeterwoude, Netherlands


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RATINGS: 3600   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.09/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
100% Barley malt, choice hops and pure water give this brew unsurpassed clarity.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
vector (163) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 7, 2003
Ha! I knew early on in my beer drinking days that this was one overrated, overpriced, skunky, sour lager. Thanks ratebeer community. I feel validated. Ok, now for the review... oh, just read the other comments.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 6/20
bender (293) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JAN 5, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2003 Light struck. No flavor except skunkiness.
Why couldn't the bar serve the cans? It would be safer in the riot-prone area known as the OSU campus! ;o)
Will re-rate after I get some cans.
Even skunked in the can too. This beer is way over-hyped.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bythe40 (64) - USA - JAN 4, 2003
UPDATED: APR 28, 2003 After re-trying this it was better out of the bottle but still lacks. Try warstiener

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 4, 2003
1/3/03: drank straight from the bottle at a sports bar in columbus... GO BUCKS!! Light skunky taste, which is probably the result of sunlight hitting the green bottle during shipment. not a big fan at the moment, but when i had this one on tap in amsterdam a couple of years ago i had a much more pleasant experience!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (10019) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 3, 2003
UPDATED: APR 13, 2004 Rerate 04/13/04: On draught (pression) 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.

Rerate 01/03/03 (1.8): I like skunky/nutty beers even less now. Even though Bud drinkers call this a fancy import I think it is pretty awful.

01/03/02 (2.5): Skunky more often than not, it is either in the light too long or doesn't travel well. A decent Lager when it's good, but it is usually a gamble.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
tigre38699 (20) - austin, Texas, USA - JAN 1, 2003

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Brewster (29) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 1, 2003
needs more hop flavour

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Diqqiediq (17) - Meerkerk, NETHERLANDS - JAN 1, 2003

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Crit (3642) - Surrey, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 30, 2002

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 30, 2002
Pale golden color topped by a thick white lasting head that leaves some lace. sour, slightly skunky malt aroma with a slight hop background. Slightly sweet well-balanced flavor with a sour, bitter finish. Not to bad but still a little on the skunky side. Light bodied and smooth.

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