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Heineken Lager Beer
Heineken Pilsener
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Dutch bottle (left) and export bottle (right)
Type Beer
Manufacturer Heineken International
Country of origin Netherlands
Introduced 1873[1]
Alcohol by volume 5%[2]
Colour 7 EBC
Style Pale lager
Original gravity 1.044–1.048[2]
IBU scale 23[2]
Related products Heineken Oud Bruin
Heineken Premium Light
Heineken Tarwebok
Website www.heineken.com

Heineken Lager Beer (Dutch: Heineken Pilsener), or simply Heineken (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈɦɛinəkən]), is a pale lager beer with 5% alcohol by volume produced by the Dutch brewing company Heineken International.


Heineken Lager Beer was first brewed by Gerard Adriaan Heineken in 1873. The beer is made of purified water, malted barley, hops, and yeast. In 1886 H. Elion finished the development of the Heineken A-yeast, which is still used in the brewing process today.[1]

In the early years of Heineken, the beer won four awards, which are still mentioned on the label:


Two glasses of Heineken beer

Since 1975, most Heineken brand beer has been brewed at the Heineken brewery in Zoeterwoude, Netherlands.[1] In 2011, 2.74 billion liters of Heineken brand beer was produced worldwide, while the total beer production of all breweries fully owned by the Heineken Group over all brands was 16.46 billion liters globally.[4]


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