As well as expensive beers like Pils and Beiersch, Heineken also had some more attractively priced products.
Just as you had Gerste as a cheap Dark Lager, so you had Lagerbier as a low-budget Pale Lager. You can see all Heineken’s prices here:
|Heineken wholesale prices 1904 - 1914|
|beer type||cents per litre|
|1904-1914 - "Korte Geschiedenis der Heineken's Bierbouwerij Maatschappij N.V. 1873 - 1948" (p.218)|
The Gerste whose recipe is a few pages back was the more expensive Rotterdamsche Gerste. You can see that this beer, as just 8 cents a litre, was one of Heineken’s cheapest.
Its successor, Licht Lagerbier was brewed in the interwar years but looks like it was killed off by WW II. After the German occupation, the gravities of Heineken’s beers rapidly fell and by October 1943 it had an OG of just 3.9º Plato (1016º).
It’s another very uncomplicated recipe, just pilsner malt and hops.
|1911 Heineken Lagerbier|
|pilsner malt 2 row||8.25 lb||100.00%|
|Hallertau 90 mins||1.25 oz|
|Mash double decoction|
|Boil time||90 minutes|
|pitching temp||48º F|
|Yeast||WLP830 German Lager|
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