What Does Heineken Taste Like? (Recipe, Flavors, and Tasting Notes)

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Heineken is a high-quality European pale lager made from 100% natural ingredients. There are only three ingredients in this beer: barley, hops, and water. 

Overall it has a bitter, sweet taste with biscuity malt flavor and a hint of sweet corn and green apple, which make it intriguing. From the bottle, it sometimes has a distinctly skunky flavor.

Tasting notes and flavors for Heineken

A malty cereal and fruity yeast base compliment the hop bitterness. It is the taste that follows the nose in this beer. 


The malty sweetness and biscuity notes (which some have compared to sweet corn) are followed by subtle, fruity, citrusy notes. 


A hint of ripe sweet corn then appears in the middle. There are also some subtle fruity notes reminiscent of green apples. The finish is a faint smell of fresh-cut grass provided by the hops. 


Heineken pours very clear with a light golden color. 


Heineken has a tingly, highly carbonated light to medium body. 

What kind of foods pair best with Heineken

It also goes well with a good, hearty pizza on game day. Cheese pairings such as Edam, Havarti, mild Cheddar, and Swiss are also suggested. Salads, light seafood entrees, and spicy Indian and Mexican foods are also suggested. 

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