Brewed by Heineken Nederland
Style: Pale Lager
Zoeterwoude, Netherlands


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RATINGS: 3771   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.09/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
100% Barley malt, choice hops and pure water give this brew unsurpassed clarity.

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   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - APR 7, 2004
On that rare occaision in the states when you can find this lager unexposed to light, it's not too bad. In fact, you see the balanced flavor that the maker intended. Sharp up front with a leveling maltiness to wind it out. Unfortunately, most Heineys that I've put my lips on taste a little skunky (hee, hee).

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Boutip (6087) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 5, 2004
Bottle Poured a blond type brew with minimal head with below standard retention. Aroma is in part skunky with some touch of malt. Carbonation is below average. Taste is really light with again that bit of skunky taste coming out. Overall, this is not a great beer but [probably on the same level as those American macros and I also believe we dont get the same version they produce overseas which is probably a shame.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
anickell (14) - Aberdeen, Washington, USA - APR 5, 2004
Not a phenomenal lager, although far superior to Canadian and American macro-brews. Simply, my favorite beer to drink. Aroma undeniably "skunky;" head remarkably thin. Mouth-feel is refreshing, if strong and hoppy, with a distinctly soured aftertaste. Complements pizza and chinese food well.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Beer Snob (501) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 28, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2004 It's too easy to bash this beer. Heineken isn't anything special - fake feeling carbonation, mild flavour with the slightest hint of hops - but there's certainly a lot worse out there. Compare Heineken to your standard Canadian or American macro and you'll see what I mean. At least Heineken will remind you of a good beer.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 5/20
imdownthepub (13708) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 27, 2004
Bottled, Pasteurised. Pale yellow with bubbly head. Pungent aroma before even getting close to the nose, had to fight past this to get a carbonated mess of a malt beer. My tongue was attacked throughout the beer leaving a sour aftertaste. Not for beer lovers I think.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 3/20
zen (41) - Long Beach, California, USA - MAR 23, 2004
I simply hate to do this. This review is not a fluke. Pours yellow, quick dissipating head, without a trace of lace after a few minutes. Beer shouldn't smell this bad, besides the "skunk", it smells like I lit a match in the room. Crispy snap in the mouth, with the skunk just about destroying anything going on underneath and lingering around just long enough to kill any finish. It is one of the worst beers I have ever had. If I can't finish the glass...well...it's horrid IMO not just "awful." A mistake and an insult

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nihilistic0 (4) - New Mexico, USA - MAR 22, 2004 does not count
Slightly skunky smell, not too much head when poured in a glass. This beer, however, is best served straight from the bottle. Best served quite cold. Overall taste is quite good, is non-offensive in anyway, and good to the last sip. Not the best beer I've ever had, but a decent green bottle brew

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
sayravai (4707) - Helsinki, FINLAND - MAR 22, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2005 (Canned, 4.5% ABV, BBE 03/2006) Paleish golden color with a medium, foamy head. Mild, slightly buttery and corny aroma with metal and toffee hints. Sugary-sweet, corny-malty flavor with a somewhat bitter (kitker!) feel. Light-bodied, although not watery, acidic and foamy-carbonated palate. Reminds me of some less impressive, light Swedish lagers.(Bottled, BBE 12/2004, rated Mar 22, 2004, same score) Paleish lager color, medium, foamy head. Quite offensive, hoppy aroma - slightly skunky. Harsh, hoppy-bitter flavor with very little malt. Light-bodied, carbonated, crisp and reasonably refreshing palate. A good-quality but mostly watery and tasteless, although crisp and reasonably hopped lager. Not well-balanced.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
chispito (21) - California, USA - MAR 22, 2004
Unfortunately, the friend who bought the six-pack mildly ridiculed me when I reached for a glass, so I had it straight out of the bottle. Didn't smell like much and didn't taste like much except an initial bready smoothness. Maybe there are some nuances waiting behind the bread, and further sips will bring these out? Nope. Instead, the skunk came out as the beer warmed. Next time, I'll buy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rajendra82 (1064) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - MAR 20, 2004
While being faced with a choice of drinking no beer, Heineken, or a US macro, Id always choose Heineken. Thats what I did last night, and what I got was a nondememo Euro Lager with no overly offensive characteristics. Pale clear color with bubbly artificial carbonation. Thin white head is very short lived. Aroma is clean to grassy with little touch of hops, and due to the bottle having been protected no skunk. Taste is dominated by grainy malts, but is not sweet like a US brewed macro lager. Body is also more substantial than the big three US products and does not project a watered down cheap image. A note of what I think was fusel alcohol became pronounced as the beer warmed up, resulting in the mouthfeel becoming harsh. Drinkability is quite good and beats the other choices mentioned above any day.

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