I’ve never been a big fan of Heineken ever since I had it a few years back at a restaurant. While I can’t remember which restaurant this was, I distinctly remember this beer as being a tad bit on the sour end when it comes to taste. It’s really not a characteristic that I would associate with quality beer, especially one that is marketed as heavily as Heineken.
Despite my previous memory of Heineken, I wanted to give it one last go before I call it quits on this beer forever. Well, maybe not forever but I certainly haven’t ordered it at a bar or a restaurant ever since that last experience. (Or for that matter, bought it anywhere else, even as a casual booze to get drunk off of). This Memorial Weekend is no different. And I vaguely remember that my childhood friend likes Heineken and insisted that it’s good beer to me one time. I looked at him like he was crazy.
Sure enough, when I cracked open this beer can, and took my first sip, almost instantly, I tasted that classic sourness that I remembered tasting many years back. It’s also a tad bit on the fizzy side as well. (Usually, when there’s a high amount of carbonation, it means that they are trying to hide some of its less prominent flavors. That carbonation acts as a buffer to lessen its impact and heighten the aspects that they do want to be heightened. In this case, however, it didn’t work out. At least for me.)
Now, don’t take this to mean that I hate sour beers because I don’t. I like sour-tasting beers if they can make it taste good. Sadly though, only a handful of craft brews (and/or micro brews) have done this and successfully at that, might I add. So much so that I wouldn’t mind buying them again and again at the same bar (or even if another bar happened to have served them).
The only saving grace of Heineken is its ABV, which is rated at 5%. I can dig a 5% ABV beer but I’d rather substitute this for an equivalently high ABV but of a different brand. Heineken just isn’t my beer. I can stand the original Budweiser, Coors, and/or Miller’s but Heineken? I’ll pass.
All in all, Heineken just isn’t my cup of tea (or beer, in this case). To me, it’s the sort of sour that just makes you want to stop drinking it but I’m not a quitter so I’ll just power through the rest of this can and move onto my next booze review.