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Grolsch Premium Lager - Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.

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Reviews: 638
Hads: 1,672
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 18.06%
Wants: 25
Gots: 260 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V. visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001

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Photo of Antg8989
4.42/5  rDev +42.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light gold with a quickly dissipating head. Aroma is of sourdough pretzels. Taste is of bready malts. Medium bodied, well balanced, smooth and a medium high carbonation. I like this a lot for a lager. Could definitely drink more. (237 characters)

Photo of Anacross
3.39/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - Pours light yellow with a quickly disappearing lace

S - Hops, corn and spice

T - Hoppier than I expected but not too overpowering. Decent body but nothing too remarkable.

F - Lots of carbonation and bitter at the end

O - Pretty decent dutch lager. I prefer this over Heineken. (284 characters)

Photo of josanguapo
3.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After dinner. In Paulaner glass because I haven't another glass that fits a nearly 50cl beer. After dinner. It reminds my my favourite pilsener, the Weltenburger, but is a bit below it (184 characters)

Photo of tillmac62
3.62/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A bit different than the other macro lagers, this one uses no corn. As a result, the nose and taste don't suffer from the adjunct. Being green bottled, a bit of skunkiness usually is present, unless stored in a closed case. The taste is a bit more hopped than the macros and the body fuller. Balance is quite good with a nice biscuit sweetness background. If you want a quaffable macro, snag this one. (406 characters)

Photo of SometimesIfart
1.96/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This was one of the stragglers left over from quite the fourth of July shindig left in my fridge from my dear cousin.Decided I'll have it with my post work meal on the cloudiest of cloudy days.

A - Pours a typical see through medium yellow with a half finger of head and leaves no tracing.

S - Smells typical of the style with the skunk level turned to 11.

T - Oh yes, we have a skunker. The grains aren't all that terrible and take a decent hold which is quickly overruled by a ridiculous skunks ass to the mouth.

F - Feels pretty flat with a bit of body and moderate carbonation.

O - Yawn....Zzzz....Zzzzz... (616 characters)

Photo of KinkyEconomist
3.52/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A pretty good take on Eurolager. Minimal skunkiness, crisp taste, not much bitterness or aftertaste. Pours a really pretty golden straw color, which I enjoyed, with a nice foamy head. I'd rank it a notch above Heineken. Nothing fantastic, but a great beer in its class. (269 characters)

Photo of Andrewharemza
2.74/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours golden yellow and clear with medium small white head. It smells like bread. It taste like bread and corn. It’s a bit watery but very crisp,clean and refreshing as well. (176 characters)

Photo of drmeto
2.68/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

L:
-pours a clear golden with a medium-big,quickly dissipating,white head
-medium carbonation visible
S:
-grainy,spicy,earthy,doughy,honey
T:
-honey,pepper,grainy,grassy
F:
-high carbonation (overcarbonated),light-medium body
O:
Best dutch Macro Lager.Average overall (267 characters)

Photo of vulgora
2.5/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Its just another green bottle beer .
have you had Heineken?,beck's ?,st. Pauli girl ? stella? budda beer lager? all taste basically the same to me , the bottle is bad ass but like budda beer lager is just another green bottle beer in a sleek bottle.

id rather drink pbr, natty ice ,OE this kind of beer is so overrated and overpriced (336 characters)

Photo of cryptichead
4/5  rDev +29%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the higher quality European pale lagers out there. Crisp and refreshing. Close to a German pilsner but still true to its Euro Pale Lager roots. (150 characters)

Photo of storage
4.37/5  rDev +41%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The default beer of many in the Netherlands especially in the local region of Twente.
Fun fact: If you ask for a beer in Twente you will get a Grolsch beer. (many people have this beer stocked at home)
For me it is the go to beer if you just want to have a cold one! Excellent Lager. (285 characters)

Photo of priwen
3.79/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear, lemony yellow appearance with a creamy white head. Good carbonation. Aroma of bready malt and fruity hops. Good malt flavor with the hops adding some nice bitterness. I get a hint of lemon from the hops. Medium mouthfeel. Semi-dry finish. Enjoyable. Overall, a very nice beer. It has a little more malt flavor than other in the style. Definitely worth trying.

11.2 oz bottle
Best Before: Mar2115
Served in a Pilsner glass (429 characters)

Photo of FRANKIE65
3.18/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Had this at a dinner last night...other choices were Canadian, Blue, Coors Light, ugh. Was actually surprised by this one. Was expecting "Heineken like skunk" but, the bottle must not have been light struck. Would I buy at a store - no, would I have it again in the same circumstances - sure. Actually preferred the taste, and, mouthfeel over the Smithwick's red ale I had the night before.
Since I had it from the bottle, had to guesstimate at the look. (458 characters)

Photo of 12teen60ten
3.75/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

. A very decent session lager in my opinion. A step above the other global brands for me anyway. Not the best but not anywhere near the worst. I really do enjoy Grolsch. Never out of a can! Always, always out of a bottle. (222 characters)

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
2.44/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Brilliant straw color. White 2 finger head, dead in 2 minutes, subtle activity with average legs.

Faint corn, fruity, skunky and metallic aromas and flavors. Well balanced between sweet and bitter, but almost tasteless.

Light slick body with nice carbonation. Pleasant well balanced bitter finish ending with smoky skunk feel. Very acid.

Overall : Well balanced beer with good freshness but way too bland in flavors. (419 characters)

Photo of Josueq12
3.17/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

It's a lager, so it's not meant to be strong; however, I believe they put more on the bottle than they do in their ingredients. Could be better. Such a cool bottle deserves a better beer (186 characters)

Photo of Hamme
3.66/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Serving type: bottle 30 cl.

L - The green bottle is one of my favorites. Somehow the green adds to the freshness.

S - Malty and hints of grass and hop.

T - The beer is pleasant bitter and the aftertaste is like fruit in your mouth. It is very satisfying and when i wound op drinking nearly half a bucket last August during an afternoon, i didn't mind at all.

M - The mouth feel is slightly on the watery side.

O - Grolsch Premium Lager is a great pick when you are in Holland, it is very reminiscent of German beers and according to some it is brewed by the German purity law. (584 characters)

Photo of etherealbrewer
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I have reviewed a few lagers under a different account and I have to say i'm unimpressed. It's possible the ingredients are of higher quality but the finished product has a mediocrity that matches U.S. macro lagers. A bit more honey than vegetable in the flavor and more skunk/ sulfur on the nose. However it is very quaffable and refreshing and sets it's own standards. Good not great. But great bonus swing top for homebrew! (426 characters)

Photo of LucitasMonti
3.56/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I find it a very nice lager. Refreshing and a cheaper option than any other special beer (1,1 eur). I like and enjoyt it! Bottles are indeed very useful :-) (156 characters)

Photo of PorterPro125
2.83/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Serving Type: 450 mL Swing Top bottle

While I don't typically go for mass marketed Euro Lagers, the Swing Top bottle was just too cool not to buy!

A- Pours clear, clean, and golden typical to the style. 1 1/2 finger of white head that quickly dissipated. No lacing.

S- Like most green bottled beers I've had, the smell of this one was not great. Skunky with a slight corn sweetness similar to what you would find in a Budweiser.

T- Corn-like sweetness that is mostly overpowered by the skunkiness. Mild (and I mean mild) hop profile.

M- Medium carbonation with a fairly weak body.

O- While not great, Grolsch is certainly better than your average American Adjunct Lager. Serve ice cold and drink it up before it warms. (729 characters)

Photo of HoppyBastard
3.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 15.2 ounce green bottle with swing top porcelain stopper and a rubber seal into a Shaker pint glass, "enjoy before" date 7-29-15.

APPEARANCE: pours a clear yellow color with 1 finger white head that dissipated quickly leaving a thin, broken layer of small bubbles, there was almost no lacing on the glass, medium carbonation.

SMELL: skunky, sweet and metallic.

TASTE: initially sweet then a skunky, mild hop profile, the 5% alcohol is imperceptible, not much else going on here, it tasted better cold and got worse as it warmed.

PALATE: medium carbonation and body.

OVERALL: I used to drink this before there were micro-brews because it was something different, my palate has really changed, there are better lagers to be had domestically and abroad, I would not but this one again, the bottles are great for home brewing but that is the best part about this beer. (888 characters)

Photo of SmashPants
3.21/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Format: a stumpy embossed green bottle with a fun swing-top and a decent macro label.

Appearance: pours a deep yellow colour a half-finger of decent white head that drops to a thick cap with good lacing.

Aroma: some grass hops and a touch of malts. Pretty boring to be honest.

Taste: the flavours are stronger in the mouth than on the nose. Definite grass hops with bready malts hanging about.

Aftertaste: some bitterness coming through from the hops along with a tiny bit of sweetness from the malts.

Mouth feel: light in body with a decent amount of carbonation.

Overall: not a bad lager at all, but neither is it anything too special. Pretty standard macro and a pretty standard macro price at AU$45 a case. Still, decent. (733 characters)

Photo of Atacama_Rain
4/5  rDev +29%

One of my first favorite beers, I used to buy these by the case in college whilst trying to look a tad more refined than my "whatever's cheapest" friends.

I think I like it a bit too much due to my dutch blood, and having drank gallons of the stuff on draft in the Netherlands during family visits.

It can definitely get skunky and flat here in the U.S., i've had some bad batches before.

My rating is skewed by nostalgia, but It is definitely a good dutch lager, best served VERY cold (chill a stein!). (508 characters)

Photo of Nathan451
3/5  rDev -3.2%

It's a crisp beer that's way better when its cold than when it warms up. I think the cost is only justified if you're getting the bottles. because you don't see those Spring-top/flip-top/spring-top bottles anymore. (214 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best before 3/6/15.

Pours a clear gold with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, sugar, and slight grass aromas. Taste is much the same with grain and grass flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is drinkable, but it gets noticeably worse as it warms up.

Serving type: bottle. (566 characters)

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