Heineken Pilsener
Heineken logo.svg
Manufacturer Heineken International, The Netherlands
Introduced 1873[1]
Alcohol by volume


Style Pale Lager
Original gravity 1.044–1.048[2]
IBU scale 23[2]

Heineken is a Dutch beer (5% abv pale lager) which has been brewed by Heineken International since 1873. It is available in a 4.6% alcohol variety in countries such as Ireland. It is the flagship product of the Heineken company and 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] The beer is force carbonated.[citation needed] It is popular in the United States, Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Vietnam, Europe, Singapore and Middle Eastern countries.



Two glasses of Heineken Pilsener

Heineken beer is brewed by 40 breweries in 39 countries around the world. In 2006, 25.8 million hectolitres of Heineken beer were produced and the consolidated beer production was 111.9 million hectolitres.[3] Since 1975, most Heineken beer has been brewed at the Heineken brewery in Zoeterwoude, the Netherlands.[1]


Four awards won in the early history of Heineken are mentioned on the label of the Heineken beer bottle:

  • Medaille d'Or (English: Gold Medal) in Paris in 1875[4]
  • Diplome d'Honneurs (English: Honorary Diploma) at the International Colonial Exposition in Amsterdam in 1883[4]
  • Grand Prix (English: Grand Prize) at the Exposition Universelle in Paris in 1889[4]
  • Hors Concours Membre du Jury in Paris in 1900[4]


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