Heineken is a pale lager made by Heineken International since 1873.

It is the flagship product of the company and is made of purified water, malted barley, hops, and yeast. In 1886, H. Elion finished the development of the Heineken A-yeast. This is the yeast that is still used for the beer. It is popular in the United States, Australia, Europe and Middle Eastern countries.


Heineken beer is brewed by 40 breweries in 39 countries around the world. In 2006, 250.8 million liters of Heineken were produced, and the consolidated beer production was 111.9 million hectoliters. Since 1975, most Heineken beer is brewed in the Heineken brewery in Zoeterwoude, located in the Netherlands.


  • 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

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