Brewed by Heineken Nederland
Style: Pale Lager
Zoeterwoude, Netherlands


on tap

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RATINGS: 502   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.

In 2013 the brand was re-designed and Cascade hop was added.

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Strykzone (7848) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - AUG 11, 2016
Yep, I’m 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 (633) - - 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. It’s thin and watery on the palate with some carbonation. It is what it is.

ChadPolenz (1847) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - OCT 8, 2015
The only thing craft beer nerds dislike more than macro lagers is light macro lagers. I’ve tried almost all of them and I’ve 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 I’m 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 it’s not surprising it has a strong skunky scent. I’ve 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 “clean.” It’s usually not a good sign when that is the predominate adjective to describe a beer, but in this case it’s not only apt, but practically a compliment. Obviously, this is a beer intended to be mild so it’s 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 – 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 – no metallic or dirty sensation here (maybe just a trace amount of cooking oil, though).

Drinkability: It doesn’t say on the bottle, but my sources indicate that Heineken Light is only 3.2% ABV. It’s amazing a brewery this mammoth is capable of putting out such a small beer that’s 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 (1689) - 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 (4540) - 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 what’s happening here. Not really a "bad" beer, but certainly not enough to say anything positive.

JeepGC4x4 (31) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 8, 2015
Clear yellow-gold beer. Tastes like a milder, lighter version of Heineken. Kind of has that percieved "skunked" aroma, but doesn’t really show up in the taste. Certainly not the worst beer I drank, but definitely not the best. I would probably drink it if someone offered it to me, but probably wouldn’t make a point to go out and buy it.

MRMedellin (348) - Bogota, COLOMBIA - AUG 29, 2015
Clear golden beer, standard carbonation, sweet taste, light body, light flavor, the hop flavors are almost lost. Overall something to drink if you can’t found something else.

mikovacic (11) - Ljubljana, SLOVENIA - AUG 4, 2015
Basement aromas, barnyard, earthy, leaves, cheese, cheese, cheese, cheese, citrus, roasty

radio_nowhere (1474) - Maryland, USA - AUG 4, 2015
Tallboy at Nationals Stadium in Washington DC poured into plastic pint cup. Very clear pale straw golden color with white head. Aroma notes of very minimal pale malt sweetness. Taste adds faint hop spice bitterness. Light body, moderate-heavy carbonation, crisp with clean finish. Not much to say about this one, I think "heiney heavy" is enough.

beertholomeus (1814) - California, USA - JUL 28, 2015
Pours a light pale straw color with a fizzy white head. Grass, grain and skunky aroma. Grass and grain flavors. Light body and average carbonation. Watery grassy finish.

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