Brewery: DB Breweries (New Zealand)
Style: Pale Lager
Source: York Street Studios
Well I had to have one sooner or later, didn’t I?
I actually would have put off drinking Heineken a bit longer, except that I was at an event thingee for work and they only had this or Corona. I half-planned to have something else when I got home for the blog, but then I thought screw it – there’s no reason not to write about Heineken. Also I’d already drunk too much.
Before I bag it too hard, I’ve got to admit that I have drunk many Heinekens in the past. And maybe once or twice… I even enjoyed them. At home at Mum’s house we used to drink them with lunch in the summer (although these days she’s switched to Epic), and even now I don’t say no when it’s free at functions.
Realistically though, Heineken is a really boring, often overpriced pale lager, with a bit of a wanky personality.
Had I poured it into a glass the colour would have been clear, pale straw with a short-lasting white head, but because everybody drinks Heineken from the bottle, that’s what I did.
The aroma was best described as being of beer – but if I had to break it down I’d say the faintest trace of hops, wet cardboard, and grain.
In the mouth it was quite fizzy, with some light malt taste, a little grass, grain, and raw sugar. It was one-dimensional, with a light watery mouthfeel, and very little bitterness at the finish.
But you already knew that, didn’t you?