Brewed by Heineken Nederland
Style: Pale Lager
Zoeterwoude, Netherlands


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RATINGS: 492   WEIGHTED AVG: 1.66/5   EST. CALORIES: 99   ABV: 3.3%
Brewed in the same high quality tradition as the original Heineken, but lighter in taste and with fewer calories and carbohydrates.

Being introduced in four select US markets beginning in June 2005: Phoenix, Arizona; Dallas, Texas; Tampa, Florida; and Providence, Rhode Island.

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DietPepsican (1590) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - JUN 18, 2017
Picked up a carton of these golds for $20 out the door. Not fucken bad for 384 ounces of piss. Sixteen ounce can af. Poors yellow af. Carbed. Cold. Actually a nice mild hop aroma in this one. Itís pretty dang dry for a light brew as compared to other American loggers. Itís clean too. Very light in flavour, almost sparkling water ish w/a bit of nice grassy hops. Extremely light body makes this can world class for chugs.

CH-303 (2197) - Fribourg, SWITZERLAND - MAY 29, 2017
Appearance: Yellow golden, crystal clear. Some fizzy white head, short lived.
Aroma: Light malt, grains.
Taste: Light malt, light hops, grains. Watery.
Bought: Coop give-away, 150 ml can, CHF 0.00
Info: 26/5-2017, BB: 31/3-2018

HopsMonger75 (1) - ZŁrich, SWITZERLAND - MAY 8, 2017 does not count
Very balanced taste. Ice Cold it tasted best. Drank it at an Apero. I did not expect to get such a good light beer from Heineken. However, great alternative to Wine :) Beery Greetings, Hans

Luneylane (176) - Taipei City, TAIWAN - MAR 10, 2017
A small can from Simple Mart down the road. Doesnít taste of much, alright if youíre driving. Better than tap water I suppose. [Old notes].

Aggiebob (1101) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - NOV 21, 2016
Bottle. Best thing about this one is itís appearance - clear gold, frothy white head, and nice carbonation. The aroma and flavor was skinny malt. Thin bodied. Not enjoyable.

Strykzone (7306) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - AUG 11, 2016
Yep, Iím ticking. Greenbottle skunky nose. Pale lager looking. A bit of lemon but almost flavorless. The hood news is that you could drink thiss all day. Completely inoffensive.

Larry_Duffman (527) - - JAN 30, 2016
I had it from the bottle. That skunky aroma is present. The taste is corn malt, slight sweetness, and a hint of bitterness. Itís thin and watery on the palate with some carbonation. It is what it is.

ChadPolenz (1804) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - OCT 8, 2015
The only thing craft beer nerds dislike more than macro lagers is light macro lagers. Iíve tried almost all of them and Iíve yet to find one I truly enjoy, though Heineken Light comes awfully close. It has a cleaner taste than most American lights, in my experience. Still, the actual palette is featherweight in all aspects, so being relatively inoffensive will only get you so far.

I poured a 22oz bottle into a pilsner glass. It was bottled on 3/19/15 (if Iím reading the freshness code correctly) and cost $2.69 ($0.12 per ounce).

Appearance: Pale straw golden color, though crystal clear. Head is brilliant white. Pours fairly large at first, but fizzles away very quickly and leaves no lacing.

Smell: Since this was from a green bottle itís not surprising it has a strong skunky scent. Iíve built up a tolerance to this smell over the years since some of the Noble hops tend to have a similar aroma. It does seem to fade rather quickly and once I start drinking I can pick up faint malt character.

Taste: The first word that came to mind upon taking my first sip was ďclean.Ē Itís usually not a good sign when that is the predominate adjective to describe a beer, but in this case itís not only apt, but practically a compliment. Obviously, this is a beer intended to be mild so itís understandable. The first sip or two has a bit of a sour tang from the light strike, but it dissipates quickly. Eventually I start to taste a genuine malt sweetness Ė faint to be sure, but noticeable at least. Hops are practically non-existent as far as bitterness goes, but I get a touch of rye-like spice. The finish and aftertaste is remarkably clean compared to so many foul examples of the style Ė no metallic or dirty sensation here (maybe just a trace amount of cooking oil, though).

Drinkability: It doesnít say on the bottle, but my sources indicate that Heineken Light is only 3.2% ABV. Itís amazing a brewery this mammoth is capable of putting out such a small beer thatís not utter swill. Though that lightness definitely shows in the mouthfeel which is, not surprisingly, paper thin. Though it is pretty crisp throughout and actually a little refreshing while in the mouth. Much too boring to session, but I can see why mainstream audiences enjoy this.

RATING: 3/10

geologyguy (1583) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - SEP 19, 2015
Smells like a Heineken...pilsner with that slight skunk. .very clear appearance, smooth taste off the bat...changes to a bit bitter...not bad though, could actually drink these... Just nothing special...mostly water

rondphoto (4383) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - SEP 14, 2015
bottle @ Party Town / Florence KY --- Clear straw color, white head cover, blobs and dots of lace. Taste is very light malt that adds edgy carbonation on the swallow, then turning a little hoppy in the finish. Carbonation accounts for most of whatís happening here. Not really a "bad" beer, but certainly not enough to say anything positive.

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