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Beer – #861 – Heineken – Light

Oh yes, I’m an equal opportunities beer drinker, and a couple of these Heineken Light things landed on my doorstep, gift sample. I thought it was a decent thing for them to do.  This a 2.5% ABV strength beer, and brewed under licence in New Zealand, not even an imported beer. Give it a go?, why not?

lighter in taste

This is a 330nl of a beer that is 2.5% ABV,  0.7 of a standard drink and about 72 calories a serve size.

Brewed locally under licence to Heineken Nederland this is in the style of a Pale Lager originally from Zoeterwoude, Netherlands, now from South Auckland.

City edition

City edition

Brewed in the same high quality tradition as the original Heineken, but lighter in taste and with fewer calories and carbohydrates.

Full taste profile, brewed using all malt to provide a flavoursome foundation. The Cascade hops used impart special floral and citrus notes, along with a light bitterness.

So, What could possibly go wrong?

It is going to be what it is, and I’d reasonably expect that they’ve managed to get some flavour and highlights in this.

Aroma is really the same as standard Heineken, that’s a good start. By the same I mean that bready yeasty thing

hl-in-a-glassPour is a an easy straw yellow and the nice head was nice while it lasted, which wasn’t long really.

Taste was clearly light, but this has a lot of the big brother fun strength beer about it to be familiar and easy drinking,

As it’s lighter it is also very easy drinking, and you’ve ended up quaffing and drinking this in improbably short order, and lucky for me  have another in the fridge

I liked it more than I thought I would, but that’s a low bar at times. This really does lack the hop bite that you might otherwise get, the aroma is light, and in the mouth this if light and lacking.

Whilst it’s not the best beer I’ve had it still isn’t near the worst, reluctantly then I’d probably buy this if I wanted to have a few beers and stay legal for mechanical contraption operation, i.e. party and drive home.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 5 of its things from the thing. It actually a shade under average to be honest, but it isn’t an avoid, the low alcohol beer selection can be difficult and you can get some odd flavour contradictions, this has none of those things, it’s light everywhere.

The double dip review

  • Where did I get it? It’s everywhere (I got mine as a promo gift though)
  • Am I enjoying it? It essentially is lightly beer flavoured cold water if you wanted to be pedantic.
  • Would I have another? I had two in quick succession. Easy going.
  • Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? I think that I’d take these to a recovery lunch, this is easy to drink and has hints of the stronger beer. IN a market where the low alcohol beers can be challenging this would be nice go to.

Music for this:  ” Kevin Devine ” with an Album called ” Instigator”  on the Spotify

Kevin Devine is an American songwriter and musician from Brooklyn, New York, who is known for melodic, acoustic songs with alternately introspective, and political lyrics.



The colour of pale lager ranges from light bronze to nearly transparent and the alcohol anywhere from 4-6%. Adjunct usage may be quite high, though in some cases the beer is all-malt. Carbonation is typically forced, though not always. One thing that doesn’t vary is that neither the malt nor the hops make much of an impression on the palate. These beers are brewed for minimum character, though faint traces of hop or malt may show through. More likely though is that adjuncts like corn will show through, or you’ll find notes of higher alcohols (fuel notes) due to the use of high-gravity brewing. The body will be thin and watery, and the finish is typically non-existent.


One comment on “Beer – #861 – Heineken – Light

  1. kingmidget
    October 25, 2016

    OK. If you ever drink and review Coors Light or Bud Light, I’m never reading you again. This was your one free pass.

    Kidding. Sort of.


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