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
, and yeast
. In 1886 H. Elion
finished the development of the Heineken A-yeast
, which is still used in the brewing process today. The beer is force carbonated
. It is popular in the United States, Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Vietnam, Europe and Middle Eastern countries.
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.
Four awards won in the early history of Heineken are mentioned on the label
of the Heineken beer bottle: