Dutch bottle (left) and export bottle (right)
|Country of origin||Netherlands|
|Alcohol by volume||5%|
|Related products||Heineken Oud Bruin
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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.
In the early years of Heineken, the beer won four awards, which are still mentioned on the label of the beer bottles:
- Medaille d'Or (English: Gold Medal) in Paris in 1875
- Diplome d'Honneurs (English: Honorary Diploma) at the International Colonial Exposition in Amsterdam in 1883
- Grand Prix (English: Grand Prize) at the Exposition Universelle in Paris in 1889
- Hors Concours Membre du Jury in Paris in 1900
Since 1975, most Heineken brand beer has been brewed at the Heineken brewery in Zoeterwoude, Netherlands. In 2011, 2.74 billion litres 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 litres globally. 
In September 2014, it was announced that Heineken would sell its Mexican packaging business Empaque to Crown for around $1.23 billion. Also during that month, Heineken revealed it was in talks to sell its Czech operations to Molson Coors.
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- "Heineken fact sheet". www.heinekeninternational.com. Heineken International. Retrieved 1 May 2007.
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- "Annual Report 2011". Heineken International. Retrieved 18 March 2012.
- [ http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/09/01/uk-heineken-nl-crown-holdings-divestitur-idUSKBN0GW1IZ20140901 Heineken to sell Mexican can, bottle maker to Crown]. Reuters, 1 September 2014
- Heineken in talks to sell Czech operations to Molson Coors. Reuters, 9 September 2014
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