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dondford 07-11-2012 01:57 PM

Heineken
 
Just curious Guys: What is the general homebrewing community's opinion of Heineken.

Thanks,
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dondford 07-11-2012 02:05 PM

Same question for Beck's

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SledgeH 07-11-2012 02:08 PM

I wasn't a fan in my younger drinking days. I generally enjoy it now, but it is insanely expensive here, so I rarely drink one. It does have that unique almost skunked flavor. I also find Grolsch to taste slightly similiar and honestly if something tastes remotely close to Grolsch, Grolsch wins just because of their bottles. Not a fan of Becks.

jaytizzle 07-11-2012 02:12 PM

My friends and I have used this analogy for a long time. Becks tastes like what I would expect sweaty German horse nuts to taste like. I don't like Becks at all. I'm not a fan of heineken but if it's free then I'll drink it. I'm certainly not paying for it. Life is too short and there's far too many good beers out there.

ludomonster 07-11-2012 02:48 PM

I don't always drink Heineken. But when I do, it's skunked.

TopherM 07-11-2012 02:50 PM

I think Heineken tastes worse than Bud Light and Miller Light, yet costs about 25% more. Pass!

medusa1066 07-11-2012 02:52 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ludomonster (Post 4242988)
I don't always drink Heineken. But when I do, it's skunked.

Nice!! Has anyone had a fresh Heineken? Is the beer supposed to be skunky? Same goes for St. Pauli's Girl.

demuzik 07-11-2012 03:00 PM

Heine tastes awful here in the states.

HOWEVER - if you find yourself in Amsterdam (you should at least once), for the love of God/Beer, try a domestic Heineken. One of the most refreshing, crispy, balanced beers you'll every try. Hoppy, amazingly clean and good malt undertones. I think you're good to go as long as the beer is not pasteurized for shipping overseas... any Heineken over the pond that's fresh should be a world of difference.

Same goes for any imported beer... don't judge it once and for all if you try it imported. Gotta try it in its home turf. It's probably imported for a reason; because it's really good in it's hometown.

thanantos 07-11-2012 03:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by demuzik
Heine tastes awful here in the states.

HOWEVER - if you find yourself in Amsterdam (you should at least once), for the love of God/Beer, try a domestic Heineken. One of the most refreshing, crispy, balanced beers you'll every try. Hoppy, amazingly clean and good malt undertones. I think you're good to go as long as the beer is not pasteurized for shipping overseas... any Heineken over the pond that's fresh should be a world of difference.

Same goes for any imported beer... don't judge it once and for all if you try it imported. Gotta try it in its home turf. It's probably imported for a reason; because it's really good in it's hometown.

Agreed. I drank the HELL out of Heineken in the NL and loved every last sip. However, I'd never pay for bottles of it here in the US. Skunked every time.

However, if you can pick up a mini keg of it, those are usually pretty good.

OR, grab a 6 pack of New Holland Brewing's Full Circle which is a darn good Kolsch.

iambeer 07-11-2012 03:12 PM

Heineken definitely tastes better (good) in Europe.


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