Brewed by Heineken Nederland
Style: Pale Lager
Zoeterwoude, Netherlands


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RATINGS: 494   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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   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
cblado (298) - Washington, USA - SEP 3, 2009
12 oz bottle. Pours a clear... ok, on second thought, I’m not going to bother with this. Suffice it to say the flavor was bitter and ashy. I was actually surprised at how bad it tasted. If for some reason you need to cut down on your drinking, stock your fridge with this. It’s perhaps the best drinking deterrent I’ve ever come across.

Plovmand (8316) - Helsinge, DENMARK - JUL 11, 2017
Can. It pours clear yellow with a white head. Light hoppy and light pale malty aroma. Some grain. Waterish palate. The flavor is mild malty and faint hops. No real off notes but not much of a beer.

Pinball (12156) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUL 8, 2017
can found in rethymo, crete. clear yellow, small white head. very mild aroma, notes of euro hops and faint malts. flavor is faint malts, mineral water. dry easy drinking quality industrial beer, in a mineral water flavored version. take it if you can’t decide between beer and sparkling water, it tastes like half and half.

DietPepsican (1591) - @ $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. It’s pretty dang dry for a light brew as compared to other American loggers. It’s 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 (2252) - 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) - Zürich, 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 (193) - Taipei City, TAIWAN - MAR 10, 2017
A small can from Simple Mart down the road. Doesn’t taste of much, alright if you’re driving. Better than tap water I suppose. [Old notes].

Aggiebob (1140) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - NOV 21, 2016
Bottle. Best thing about this one is it’s appearance - clear gold, frothy white head, and nice carbonation. The aroma and flavor was skinny malt. Thin bodied. Not enjoyable.

Strykzone (7363) - 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 (537) - - 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 (1821) - 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

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