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Grolsch Premium Lager - Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.

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71
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1,375 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,375
Reviews: 607
rAvg: 3.09
pDev: 18.45%
Wants: 16
Gots: 64 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V. visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001)
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tyleeis

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +61.8%

04-26-2012 21:39:31 | More by tyleeis
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GregoryCiuba


5/5  rDev +61.8%

07-24-2014 22:37:15 | More by GregoryCiuba
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derbledraught

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +61.8%

07-10-2013 00:56:53 | More by derbledraught
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vondutch

Alberta (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +53.7%

04-23-2012 05:36:31 | More by vondutch
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Avagadro

New Jersey

4.68/5  rDev +51.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: dark straw and bordering amber, Grolsch is quite a bit darker than other Euro Pale Lagers (EPLs). Based on this, and that the brew doesn't show prominent caramel tones, I would venture to say that Grolsch has endured a multi-decoction mash.

S: bouquet is upfront, expressing spicy continental hops and a sharp, sulfury yeast bite.

T: taste is bordering that of a good Czech pils, except a touch sweeter. Grolsch is quite dry, but not completely, with tones of grain, sulfer, and many layers of hops.

M: light, but chewy on the palate. I'm willing to bet that they took after Urquel and used proteins and complex carbs to achieve a brew that was full on the palate while maintaining dryness.

D: the best EPL I've had by far. I would be willing to day that it is due to Grolsch bearing more resemblance to the German and Czech pilsners than the often lower quality ELPs. Regardless of style assignment, Grolsch is a well crafted and delightful beer well worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2010 02:01:03 | More by Avagadro
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putnam

Michigan

4.6/5  rDev +48.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled in a single-blind format with bottles of Aass, St. Pauli Girl, Heineken, Bitburger and Warsteiner.
I formerly had given this beer a 4.3 overall, but in a tasting with its peers, it became obvious how exceptional it really is. Before the identity of this beer was revealed I guessed it to be Aass.
Fine intermittent bubbles lead to a good blanket of foam on top. Roasty, malty nose with some fresh, sticky hop aromatics (the only beer in this lineup that featured fresh hop aromatics, by the way. Something I consider essential to the style.) The attack is round and dry and suggests toasted starch. Nutty. Driving, nutshell flavors carries through to the finish, fueled by good hop extraction. Seamless development of flavors with toasty caramel and ripe grain notes throughout. This beer had the longest finish of the set at more than 10 seconds!
I am told that this beer is unpasteurized, unlike Heineken. Also, the 12oz. format has always tasted fresher than the 17oz. swing-tops I've sampled

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2002 10:38:50 | More by putnam
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Gruntlumber

Missouri

4.53/5  rDev +46.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I hate county music. It annoys me. For me, I much prefer more extreme, heavy music. Then a certain song by Garth Brooks comes along (no idea the name of it) that my wife plays all the time, and for some reason I really like that one song. I don't like any others, but I really dig that song. Similarily, lagers are really boring to me for the most part. I like extreme beers, like my music. Now, unlike county music it don't HATE lagers, but they usually don't stand out to me like a stout or barleywine often does. Grolsch is my exception. I LOVE Grolsch. From the moment I pop off the top I can smell that smell I know so well. There's a distinctive taste that no other lager has like a Grolsch; slightly sweet at first, finishing with an even slighter hoppiness. Simple, very drinkable, fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2004 04:38:36 | More by Gruntlumber
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bagnz0r

Poland

4.5/5  rDev +45.6%

07-23-2014 16:28:32 | More by bagnz0r
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kdawg105

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +45.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pretty decent beer. It is dark in color and not much carbonation. At first you get a smell of skunk which has a nice finish of hops! It taste really good with quite the bite of hops. The mouthfeel is great very balanced which makes for perfect drinkability!!

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2010 21:58:46 | More by kdawg105
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bdoggboston

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +45.6%

03-03-2012 12:49:43 | More by bdoggboston
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MaxOfMetal

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +45.6%

01-15-2012 23:46:22 | More by MaxOfMetal
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NorbertB1974

Germany

4.5/5  rDev +45.6%

02-10-2014 13:48:23 | More by NorbertB1974
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DirtyDurds

New Brunswick (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +45.6%

07-13-2013 18:01:53 | More by DirtyDurds
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rfabian

Texas

4.47/5  rDev +44.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've enjoyed this beer for years and years. In college a big treat was to get this in a pint bottle with a cheeseburger and fries, and I'd return to classes with a bit of a buzz. At that time, lo those many years ago, it was a bit exotic, a European beer with far more taste than what would usually be offered. And wow, what was that? Hops, you say? Fantastic!

Poured into a tumbler it forms a small head that dissipates and leaves little lacing. The appearance is of a slightly darker straw color and crystal clear. The aroma is of faint floral hops and perhaps a little maltiness. The taste is of slight malt sweetness and mild to moderate hop bitterness. It has a bittersweet finish with moderate carbonation. My favorite session beer for old times sake.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2009 22:44:37 | More by rfabian
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MikeInIowa

Iowa

4.45/5  rDev +44%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a solid lager. Loved it. It has a gorgeous color and hop smell. It sustains its head one-inch head for long periods following the pour. And it dazzles the taste buds without lingering in aftertaste. Well done!

Of course, one immedidate difference about Grolsch Premium Lager is its "swing top" cap and green bottle. Somewhere out there are any number of Summa Cum Laude beer geeks who will be able to tell me the benefits of capping a bottle of beer with a porcelain stopper instead of an aluminum cap. I will take a guess that it is all about the taste (versus the nostalgic look of an antique container), and I say that because I prefer bottle-beer to can-beer due to the same reasons -- I swear, I can taste the difference when a beer comes from a can. But whatever the justification, it is apparent that a beer with a porcelain stopper is something a bit out of the ordinary, and therefore, something of a curiosity as it sits there on the shelf. Hmmm, you say to yourself. Then, perhaps a little cynically, you wonder if it a just gimmick to sell something mediocre.

Well, in the case of Grolsch Premium Lager, speculate no longer. It does not need fancy packaging to sell this product. Porcelain cap or not, I could slurp it up from the palms of my hands if all the glasses in the world were suddenly smashed. Delicious!

With Respect for Beer,
MikeInIowa

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2009 19:50:45 | More by MikeInIowa
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FriedGold2010

Louisiana

4.45/5  rDev +44%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Grolsch is a great and very accessible example of a Dutch or "Euro" lager. Once you get over the, and I'll admit it, really freakin' cool flip-top bottle, it's still a great lager that delivers with no skunk and a full flavor.

I've just had it poured from one of those damn-cool bottles into a pint glass. It pours with a moderately sized white head that dissipates somewhat rapidly leaving very little lace. The beer has moderate carbonation with fine, small bubbles. The taste has a foundation of the bready lager malt taste with a licorice-type twist thats typical of dutch lagers, topped with a
very floral, little bit fruity European hop flavor. The taste is very complex and tastes several sit-downs to get one's way around a description. However, it is a very drinkable beer. I recommend pairing with any sort of British or American pub grub, fried and boiled seafood, but especially Indian food which pairs well with beers that have a strong hoppy nature.

Now how's that for a slice of fried gold?
Yeah-heah Roy!

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2008 08:14:14 | More by FriedGold2010
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shbobdb

Indiana

4.43/5  rDev +43.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Well now, it's come to this: Grolsch. I remember I used to grab one of these on my way home from school everyday and drink it as I walked through the fields. It is usually sour for a lager, and is pleasantly bitter . . . Well, as bitter as a pale lager gets. When I drink Grolsch, I think 'beer'.

This is a archetypical beer. That is both a good and a bad thing. It lacks many of the finer characters that a beer expert might seek in a beer, excelling at nothing save raw drinkability. However, the flip-side of that statement is that it does nothing wrong either.

Nice. Simple. Solid.

Whenever I go and buy a six-pack, it has to pass the Grolsch test: Would I enjoy these beers at the end of the day more than Grolsch. Often the answer is 'yes', but the test remains a good barometer for quality beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2005 20:42:57 | More by shbobdb
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mashedpotatoes

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +43.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Typical golden lager appearance; the Grolsch premium lager pours a pretty, pillowy white head. The smell is quite tame and mild, nothing funky or skunky here. The taste is surprisingly creamy and the finish is better than expected. Mouthfeel is clean and again, a bit creamy, very pleasing to the palate. Drinkability ensures comfort, six of these would make for a nice relaxing evening.

A well rounded premium lager that is much better than expected.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2008 22:52:22 | More by mashedpotatoes
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ViveLaChouffe

Georgia

4.33/5  rDev +40.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the 12oz bottle.

Pours a very, very pale gold. Palest beer I've seen in awhile outside of Mich Ultra. Crystal clear. 1/4 inch dense and persistent head. Head dissipates, leaves nice lacing. Smells of grassy malt, herbal hops. Just a bit of light skunk.

Taste is crisp grassy malt. Light bitterness in the finish. Persistent noble hops that build nicely. Hallertau or saaz? Don't know but it's a nice finish. Crisp and very clean mouth. A lightly sour finish. Lingering hops and fizzy mouth. This is shockingly tasty. Good stuff. Of the Eurolagers, this should be your choice.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2006 03:58:06 | More by ViveLaChouffe
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billybob

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +39.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into in pint glass a clear medium gold color one finger head wispy quickly fading lace. aromatic aromas of cut grass odd herb notes but not unpleasant on the nose. corn husk dry grass slightly sour malt good hop note finish. light to medium mouthfeel and carbonation is good and holds up well. we should made a lager here as good.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2010 00:28:19 | More by billybob
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shjdy


4.25/5  rDev +37.5%

07-12-2014 19:43:20 | More by shjdy
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j_hollings13

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +37.5%

06-19-2014 15:41:27 | More by j_hollings13
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Memphis


4.25/5  rDev +37.5%

09-20-2012 23:46:42 | More by Memphis
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Alex-by

Belarus

4.25/5  rDev +37.5%

12-30-2012 20:17:27 | More by Alex-by
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MEP


4.25/5  rDev +37.5%

07-13-2012 21:38:17 | More by MEP
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