Heineken is probably one of the most known beers around the world and definitely a synonym for Dutch beer. As well documented on HopfenLiebe, there is more to beer in the Netherlands than Heineken. Nevertheless, it is worth to take a look from time to time what this big brewery is doing.
Right now, there are some exciting news from the Heineken brewery, and this news have a name: Heineken H41. This new lager beer has the same ingredients as the classical Heineken, but uses different yeast. Normally, Heineken uses its famous A-Yeast. But the H41 uses new yeast, exclusively found in South-America. A few years ago, scientists discovered this new yeast in the forests of Patagonia and concluded interesting characteristics. Due to the colder climate in Patagonia, the H41 yeast is similar to bottom-fermentation yeast. But it produces very different flavors!
The beer is so far described as fruity, like a German Keller beer style. It has a sweet-malty flavor, which is partly due to the fact that the new yeast does not convert all sugars to alcohol. On top, it has apparently spicy flavors as usually known from Belgian blond beers. All this is still a lager beer.
So far, we hadn’t had the chance to taste the Heineken H41, as it is very limited and only sold in selected locations. As soon as we give it a try, we will report the tasting notes.