Grolsch Premium Lager - Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.

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Ratings: 1,652
Reviews: 670
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 18.71%
Wants: 25
Gots: 239 | FT: 0
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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 Popsinc
3.03/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

5 litre keg.

Another beer for the masses. Golden pour with a white head that fades. The nose moderatley hoppy and floral. The taste is lightly hopped with a slighly sweet and light caramel finish. Some bitterness. A little more body than your average mass-brew. I don't mind Grolsch too much. I pretty much accept it for what it is.

Photo of RoyalT
2.18/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance – Extremely light yellow in color with pretty good head retention and some decent lacing.

Smell – There’s the tiniest bit of skunk to this one, but otherwise it’s your typical macro grain and sucrose combination.

Taste – The corn comes out big in this one. There’s nothing subtle about the flavor profile here. This one is nasty with a capital “N”.

Mouthfeel – Not quite as thin as most, but cheaply carbonated and not very quenching.

Sinkability – I’m pouring this one down the garbage disposal along with last week’s tuna casserole.

Photo of SIRIUS2
2.83/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer has a pale golden color. Poured into a pint glass it produced a very thin head that diminished very quickly leaving practically no lacing behind. The smell didn't add anything to the experience. Flavor was light, thin actually. Rolling this over the tongue it feels watery, with a light bittering that seems is the only thing that came from the hops used for this brew.

Drinkability? Uh, well, there's a lot better out there but a lot worse too. The watery body quenches about as well. If offered, I probably wouldn't turn it down but I wouldn't seek it out either.

Photo of BeerDreadz
2.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12onz green bottle with best before date on the back.

The Appearence is a golden color with small white head. The smell have some hops in it.The taste is very nice, not the average import on the green bottle some thing, reminds me the food with a laurel( a spice) . A decent taste some water on it.

Feels good in th mouth very easy to drink.

Photo of twi1609372
3.7/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

good to excellent all aroound brew. Normal apppearence and smell for the style of beer it is. Not quite as bitter was i was expecting. Still an overall pretty good taste. My favortie is still beck for the style but this is still good. Astringenty taste but nothing overly excessive. Felt good in mouth, better colder though. Also for drinkability colder the better, cold will not ruin the flavor of this brew and will make is go down easier.

Photo of niangelo
3.92/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle, brought all the way from Holland by my loving sister-in-law... God bless her soul, she remember my beer habit.

Shared with a friend, so some cumulative feeback.

Poured into pintglasses, with a large, fluffy white head that stuck around for a good portion of the drink. The color is a deep gold, no cheap straw yellow here. The carbonation is very active, streaming up the sides of the glass in more than a dozen tight columns.

Immediate recognition on the nose, but my friend and I can't place it... fruit of some sort, maybe grapes and perhaps... honeydew? Very fresh, with a hint of a full malt and just a whiff of hops. Anyhow, no lack of smell on this brew.

Taste is sweet, any sweeter and I normally dump a brew, but this seems to work. A nice blend of fruit flavors, a sweetish, deep malt and just a tiny pinch of hop at the end. The mouthfeel is full and thick.

An enjoyable brew for a mass Euro-lager.

Photo of Jason
3.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz green bottle, “Ingredients: water, malted barley and hops” stated on the back label. No freshness date.

Appearance: Weathered straw colour has a great clarity, fluffy white head settles down to a bubbly stick blanket of lace.

Smell: Husky grain with a mild skunky imported lager aroma. Hops range from a ghost like skunk to herbal in the aroma.

Taste: Smooth, almost buttery, mouth feel that brandishes a half hearted crispness that is a bit astringent. Moderate body. Grassy, grainy and a tad veggie / herbal. Grassy and grainy from the malted barley, taste of fresh cut hay and crackers. Veggie and herbal from the hops, tingling bitterness balances the brew and the flavour gives flavours of fresh herbs and leafy undertones. Light sprig of alcohol in the mouth, not too dry and not expressively sweet but a little bit of both in the after taste.

Notes: Not as coarse as other lagers from Holland that come to the US. All of the herbal and grainy flavours still make it somewhat of a chore to drink. Pair it with some grilled turkey sausage and kraut.

Photo of Rifrafboy
3.3/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was expecting something like Heineken, but boy was I surprised. This is good stuff. It poured a distinct dark amber with a modest head. The taste is bold for a Euro lager. Taste is malty and smooth. Decent hoppiness. I liked this a lot and will drink it again for a cool change from typical boring green bottles.

Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best before date of 6/04 (yeah fresh beer!), 16 ounce swing top bottle.
Straw color, loose head, larger bubbles. Grassy, cabadgy nose.
Light bodied, medium carbonation. Clean flavor, simple lager, not a whloe lot going on ere flavor wise. Refreshing and fairly balanced. No off flavors noticed. The swing top add some character and brings back the memories (used to think this stuff was the best brew around when I was 17)
A pleasant enough quaffer.

Photo of Weizenmensch
2.39/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Smooth head when poured Dutch-style - it seems only certain Northern European pale lagers have a potable head - domestic beers have a less creamy head. Big hoppy-grassy taste, not very refreshing, taste a little different but not necessarily good. Bottle is cool, 473mL seems a random capacity, but the bottles are perfect for sticking home brews in. Overall it's OK but it's sad when you're buying a beer for the bottle it comes in!

Photo of tigg924
2.14/5  rDev -31%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, clear, straw yellow, high carbonation. It does come in a really neat looking bottle.

Smell: wheat, grass, almost at the start of skunking

Taste: straw, grass, and some metallic aftertaste as well

Mouthfeel: very high carbonation, light, watery, slightly bitter towards the end

Drinkability: I will be passing on this in the future. For the style, the flavors just don't add up and the high carbonation is overwhelming. I will be passing on this in the future.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.35/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Haven't had this beer since high school (i.e., a while ago...), so I figured I'd give it another go.

Poured into oa lager glass. Medium golden with a half-inch of fluffy head. Recedes fairly quickly into a ring.

Nose is pale malts, grassy hops.

Smooth and quite drinkable. Starts with a slightly sweet pale malt character and quickly transitions to grassy hops. The hop finish is certainly present and quite long lasting.

Slightly above-average carbonation, decent body to it.

Similar to a lot of other Euro lagers, not terribly interesting but it's still a decent brew that goes down well.

Photo of PsychoJedi
3.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It pours a light golden color with a head that is fast to go down. Not much for looks I can say. The smell is a rather nice smell for those of us who know that green bottles brings out the smell and taste by design apart from any negative marketing campaign from competing brewers that it is skunk. The taste is rather salty. Not good, but the desired taste of the green bottle covers up the aftertaste. Goes down with a little resistance.

Verdict: Try another import.

Special note: this bottle was bought and drank after the recommended "sell by" date.

Photo of magictrokini
2.65/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Cool looking bottle. Beer inside is weak, and normally expensive. Pours clear gold, with a sweet and skunky nose. Looks and smells a lot like Heineken. Well, what do you know, it tastes like Heineken, too, only sweeter. But its still a cool looking bottle.

Photo of NilocRellim
3.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The lager poured from a pop top bottle. It was a clear, pale gold colour and left virtually no visible head; just some residual bubbles. Faintly sweet hop nose. Clean taste and clean palate; not much to it, really. Sessionable. Slight bitter aftertaste.

Would I drink it again? Yes.

Photo of ryanocerus
3.58/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I give this beer big appearance points mostly for the bottle, gotta love the flip-top bottle, even if it is green. The smell was hopped up with very little malt, like most other pilsners, and the taste was more of the same, with a higher malt content than the smell (not by much). Average mouthfeel, but I think it is a very drinkable beer, if you can find it fresh.

Photo of jsolack
3.27/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light amber color. Head is mild and lacing is minimal. Very average looking.

Slight coffee scent and "skunky" smell that is typical of the style. Overall pretty nice.

Mild flavor... beefy taste with mild sweetness comming through.

Crisp and slightly heavy. Overall feels really good in mouth.

An easy to drink beer... overall it's very average. Nothing too special to make it stand out from other lagers.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
2.76/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A 275ml green glass bottle with a BB of May 2012.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A clear straw colour with fine carbonation. Forms a small head of white foam that dissipates quickly, leaving a thin surface layer. Aroma of faint light malt with a stale note of stewed hops/veg.

Tastes of very light malt with a mild finish. Slightly sweet, with a stewed hop flavour and an unpleasant stale note. The faintest whisper of noble hop aroma in the background. Mouthfeel is light, crisp and tingly. Dries the palate a little, with a stale stewed hop aftertaste.

A pretty average mass-produced lager with some mild off-flavours making it imperfect. Dull. I'm sure the Netherlands has better beers if you take the time to seek them out.

Photo of Thrasher
2.28/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I thought that trying this on-tap would alleviate the symptoms of the green bottles which are the scourge of Eurolagers. Alas this beer is still lackluster, with off flavors like those prevalent in Heineken, Beck's, and Amstel. Thicker than these other huge European beers, it still contains their synthetic, mass-produced waterlike blandness. It really is almost identical to Heineken. If that sounds up your alley, you might as well get a skunked sample in one of those semi-neat swingtop bottles since it tastes like crap on tap anyway.

Photo of far333
3.8/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I used to consider this beer as "Dutch Bud" and didn't think much of it. Try saying its name out loud a few times, and it sounds like the sound it makes on the way back up. But after having tried Grolsch again, I have a new found respect. I was expecting a Heineken flavor, but found a pretty flavorful beer.

Pours from the distinctive bottle a pale golden color with bubbles rising quickly to a 1/2-inch high, off-white head. The head lingers briefly. The aroma is of hop, sweet malt, and some floral. The malt flavor comes through right away, followed by a mild hop finish, with hints of pine. Mouthfeel is smooth, and is capped off with a slight tingle on the tiip of the tongue. Drinkability is hgh. This beer is better than average in all respects.

Photo of StevenBilodeau
3.82/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I think this beer is very drinkable, it pours very thin, with nice head. This beer is a dark yellowy color, pale gold, with the a subtle smell of skunk. Grolsch tastes of skinniness as well. This beer isn't terrible, but it isn't the best. I liked this beer. This is a good beer to have with fish and poultry.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.82/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I don't think I've ever had scores so all over the place. Doesn't look like anything special, in fact, looks pretty disappointing. Yellow.

Great skunky aroma. The good kind. Taste, more of the skunk, good light style kinda beer hop quality to it. One of my favorite lagers. Light, yet full bodies in its taste, bitterness and more bang for the buck hop assertion. Mouthfeel, these things quickly fade, but its somewhat necessary to keep the light aspect. Minimal malt addition. Great drinkability. For some reason, this stuff is getting harder to find out west.

Photo of ADR
3.28/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice golden OK, but big-bubbled head. Smells very much like fresh cut hay, masking a slight skunkiness. Hop taste dominates, crisp but pretty unidimensional. The smell enhances the flavor somewhat. A little over-carbed to me. Drinkable mid-pack brew and the "swing tops" are great for homebrewers...

Photo of rastaman
2.62/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Better than heineken, but still quite skunky, and a bitn thin, pretty standard and boring beer in the end though.

Photo of rhoadsrage
2.78/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a crystal clear warm yellow body with a gentle carbonation of big bubbles and a sticky white head that last as a thin film for a bit.

S- This beer has alight sulfury noble hop note with a sulfury honey hint in the background. There was a light smell of dry corn that came through as the beer warmed.

T- The smooth slightly sulfury sweet taste of raw grain gets lighter on the sulfury sweet and heavier on the raw grain as the beer warms. There is a tap water taste with a carbonic acid and soft green hop bite that finishes the beer. The taste of raw grain and Noble hop linger in the after taste.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a crisp finish.

D- I really like the Kolsch style and this didn't really have any of the distict qualities of this style. There wasn't much character to the malt and the slight sulfury sweetness was overpowered by hops.

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Grolsch Premium Lager from Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.
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