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Grolsch Premium Lager - Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.

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Reviews: 645
Hads: 1,745
Avg: 3.1
pDev: 30.65%
Wants: 27
Gots: 291 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.
Netherlands | website

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 HerbGuy42
4.39/5  rDev +41.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A pretty OK lager. Nice and crisp. Just slightly malty. Hops are bold up front with a pretty skunky taste accompanying. I'm not sure if this is an issue with the cans. I like the feel of the big fat bubbles in a Grolsch. I wish more beers came in these euro-style bottles. Sometimes I buy the beer just for those! Overall, it's a fairly well-balanced and very drinkable beer.

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

Pours a nice light honey brown that looks particularly good for the style, with a decent white head that doesn't go away too fast and very active carbonation. The smell is sweet in a strange way, almost too strong. Not unpleasant, but decidedly not beer-y. The flavor carries that same sweetness; once more, it's not bad, but it's not what I'm usually looking for in a beer. Some hops and malt are identifiable as well. The feel is interesting; it's full, but also has some of that crisp sharpness from both the hops and the carbonation.

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Photo of pat61
2.48/5  rDev -20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

I pulled the green ceramic topped bottle from a fluorescent lighted cooler at the retailers. Poured into a pilsener glass.

L: It pours brilliant gold with a 1” rapidly dissipating foam cap.

S: Even as I pour I can smell the potent stench of skunk that masks any other aroma in the beer. Why am I reviewing this? The brewer should know better than to package a beer for export in a green bottle without using hops treated to avoid skunkiness. It’s the brewer’s fault.

T: I swirl the glass vigorously for several minutes to try to drive off the skunk, Some light malt comes through but the hops are muted with their alpha acids converted to 3-methyl-2-butene-1-thiol – aka skunk aroma.

F: Medium light body and medium carbonation.

O: This may have been a decent beer had the brewer not let the marketing department decide the packaging for the beer.

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Photo of weaponexpo
2.32/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I honestly don't know how to review this beer. The herb/spices used to make this beer give it a terrible odor. The odor is skunk people. The beer tastes good up front but leaves a skunky coppery finish and aftertaste. Will not purchase again.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
2.61/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Years ago, my Uncle drank this. I didn't like the way it smelled then and the same could be said today, even after all of the beers I've had and reviewed on here. When I saw the 500th anniversary package for this in six-packs, I grabbed one just to have the sleeve for my collection. I don't know how I'm going to down the rest of these but this is beer and I"ll have to remind myself of that before braving another session of this stuff.

Typical pour for this style - golden, clear, and with some frothy head that quickly settled down. No lacing to be seen and not much of an aroma either. Sour grass, cracker, and cereal were in the nose with even more in the taste. I had no idea how beer that didn't expire until the spring tasted skunky but this fit the bill as the light hops gave way to a skunkiness that stuck around for way too long. Light and crisp, this beer could have used more carbonation to scrub everything away, as the flavors stuck around for way too long!

This fit the bill for a session beer but really, are you going to have more than one of these at a time? Buy it once just to say you've had it but don't be fooled - someone probably yelled out "gross!" upon first drinking it with the noise being uttered now the name by which we call this beer today. Only good on a hot day after mowing the lawn, or to test the limits of what you can handle. Not even a winner for this particular style.

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Photo of Dave97
4.32/5  rDev +39.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poor - from a 15.2 oz bottle - Nice poor, semi-aggressive poor produces a generous two finger, frothy head. It settles down rather quickly to a nice top lacing. No side lacing to speak of.

Appearance - Nice 18k gold, dark straw, medium amber. Clear with a good amount of carbonation.

Nose - Nice light bready/cereal/hay from the pilsner malt. Along with the hops which really come through. You can smell the Perle/Hallertau hop distinctly. Nice lemongrass, olive, and some spice; clove, coriander, ginger. Over all a medium nose that is definitely present and pleasant.

Mouthfeel - Excellent mouthfeel, a little fizzy, not much, a little watery but not bad; overall an extremely easy drinker.

Taste - With 30 IBU, there is a very nice medium bitterness to this lager that I really enjoy. The water tastes a little hard/mineral/slate making for a slight metallic tang. The malt for me is pushed back. There's a slight toasted barley but it's faint. Mostly just the hops. Floral, grassy, apple, pear; a little olive. This beer isn't sweet like a Heineken. Mostly sour, semi dry, dry fruit, lemon and grass/olive. Very nice.

Finish - Nice lasting medium bitter finish. Some bitterness on the sides of the tongue, mostly on the middle and back of the mouth/throat. Bitter/sour lemongrass and slate on the finish.

Overall - I've enjoyed many a Grolsch all over Europe. A very nice all time of day poor. I always try to keep some in my fridge.

Food Pairings - Olives, Gouda Cheese, Summer Sausage, Bratwurst, Currywurst, Pizza, Sauerkraut, Stroganoff, Mussels, lamb and most especially when it's in Gyro's.

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Photo of EMH73
3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Used to be one of my favorite beers, my how my tastes have changed. Has a bitter and slightly off putting taste. As it gets warmer it becomes less and less drinkable.

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Photo of captaincoffee
3.3/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Revisiting something from thepast i havent had in a while. Pours like fizzy yellow piss. Smell is actually quite nice. Crisp light hops with a touch of breadiness. This one isn't skunky...hooray! Taste is not so great. Still crisp with some light malt and cracker, it has just enough off flavor that you dont want to throw back multiple. If you've already had a few, it starts to taste fine again. Overall, I'd probably choose this over most other euro-lagers, but that's not a big compliment. If you get a skunked one, forget it

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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...

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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.

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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.

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

-pours a clear golden with a medium-big,quickly dissipating,white head
-medium carbonation visible
-high carbonation (overcarbonated),light-medium body
Best dutch Macro Lager.Average overall

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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

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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Grolsch Premium Lager from Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.
72 out of 100 based on 645 ratings.