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Old 07-11-2012, 03:16 PM   #11
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Becks is better than heineken to me but still not too great. I also agree with everyone that claims they have not tasted a heineken that wasn't skunked.
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Old 07-11-2012, 03:54 PM   #12
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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.
This.

Heineken in the States is pure piss-water. It's skunky, musty, and generally disagreeable. My mother-in-law, who knows absolutely nothing about beer, bought a case for a party last February. It's still sitting in the garage unopened. I can't give it away. No one at the party touched it.

However, when in Amsterdam a few years ago, I got it fresh on tap. It was actually quite good. Very different than our bottled domestic version.

 
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Old 07-11-2012, 04:22 PM   #13
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For me it seems green bottles equals skunk!

 
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Old 07-11-2012, 07:28 PM   #14
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For me it seems green bottles equals skunk!
That's because green bottles skunk beer.

 
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Old 07-11-2012, 07:47 PM   #15
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That's because green bottles skunk beer.
Well, technically, it's LIGHT of a particular wavelength that is let in buy a green bottle that skunks beer. If you store green-bottled beer in a dark room it won't stuck.

Having said that, Heineken skunks if you look at it funny.

 
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Old 07-11-2012, 07:55 PM   #16
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Skunked Heineken in Europe taste better than Heineken of any condition in the US.

 
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Old 07-11-2012, 08:00 PM   #17
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MOST commercial beers that are sold in clear or green bottles use hop extract instead of real hops. Hop extract does not contain the compounds that cause skunked beer (reaction of UV light with sulfur compounds in the hops to produce mercaptans), so it is impossible to skunk.

That said, Heineken appartently uses BOTH hop extrant and "milled hops/hop powder," so it would be possible to skunk, which makes you wonder why they would serve it in green bottles. Maybe it is SUPPOSED to taste that sh**ty.
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Maybe it is SUPPOSED to taste that sh**ty.
Not according to those posters who claim it tastes much better in the country of origin.
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I had one at a restaurant a few months back that was actually not skunked. It just wasn't the same.

 
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Old 07-11-2012, 08:08 PM   #20
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When I lived in southwest Germany, we would make beer runs to the Netherlands. I loved the brown bottle Heineken.

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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.

 
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