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Grolsch Premium Lager - Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.

Grolsch Premium LagerGrolsch Premium Lager

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Ratings: 1259
Reviews: 603
rAvg: 3.09
pDev: 18.45%

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Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001)
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Photo of kojevergas


2.95/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served on-draught into a Grolsch pint glass in the Oslo pub in Salthill, Ireland. Reviewed from notes.

A: One finger head of decent thickness. Clear yellow with a nice bubble show.

Sm: Clean barley scent. That's it. Rather light.

T: Clean barley and malt body with a crisp refreshing finish. Slight cream hints, a nice touch in a lager. Built in an average fashion for the style. Decently balanced.

Mf: Nicely crisp. A bit too smooth but a bit coarser on the finish, which is fortunate.

Dr: It's a great session beer, but it's too pricey. Give it a go, but keep your expectations in check.

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2011 00:54:37 | More by kojevergas
Photo of kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

2.7/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at The Imperial Pub in Toronto. Pours a clear yellow colour with a finger of white head, but little lacing. Smells of some mild grassy hops, but mainly grainy malt. Flavour is pretty mild, but it is clean with no off flavours. Ok carbonation. I'd take this any day over typical macro lagers, but this is not worth seeking out to drink again.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2010 04:49:06 | More by kwjd
Photo of scott451

Ontario (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap into a Grolshe glass. Effervescent light golden yellow with a one finger fine white head which soon diminishes to a ring. Persistent lacing rings. Smells of spice malts.
Light malt flavours up front with a very mild but persistent hop finish. Well balanced.
Medium body and carbonation. Drinkability is high. No major flaws here.

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2010 17:40:39 | More by scott451
Photo of benclimbs


3.1/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours yellow and clear with a very slight head and a bit of lacing down the side of the glass but not muc, very little visable carbonation - looks like a plain old lager

Smell is slight but present a bit of bready, cakey notes without the skunky flavours that permeate other cheap euro lagers

Taste is actually pleasant enough as far as lagers go - a bit of light nutty flavours, some slight ripe apple juice and a hint of hops at the end - truly I have a bias against euro light lagers, but I suppose this is close to how they "should" taste.

Mouthfeel is unsurprising either way

Overall, I'd say this is a drinkable brew, nothing I would choose over an ale any day, but on a summers day, or an afternoon editing essays in a pub such as today - on special for £1.75/pint - could do a lot worse - don't really want a second one though.

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2010 20:09:30 | More by benclimbs
Photo of Long813

Ontario (Canada)

2.58/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

G: Grolsh pint glass

A: Clear amber body with two fingers of white head. Good retention and decent retention. Also it did not stop fizzing from the bottom of the glass during the entire drink.

S: Grains and light malts is all I can pick out. Something to apparent or complex.

T: Light smooth malts and grains. Not to much flavour going on here.

M: Light bodied with high carbonation. Has that typical macro "light crisp finish".

D: Easy to drink, but nothing to bring me back to it. Typical macro tasting beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2009 08:38:33 | More by Long813
Photo of Brabander


3.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer in a restaurant this night. It's one of the popular beers in my country. The brewery is situated in the east of Holland, nearby the German border.

It is a light sweet pilsener and it is very drinkable. Not much foam anf little co2.

The beer in the crates have a special way to open it as you can see on the foto.

It is not my favourite dutch beer but it is not a punishment to drink this one. Tonight however i will open my second westy 12. Lifes good!!!

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2009 19:45:33 | More by Brabander
Photo of joedon


3.68/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Available nearly everywhere in Amsterdam except some bars that are partial to Heineken. Possibly the number one competitor to Heineken in the Netherlands and is really quite similar.

A macro-lager but has more taste than the BMC stuff. Very refreshing and drinkable. This is a well made beer but not really special.

Certainly one would chose this over Bud or Beck's and probably Heinie.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2009 12:55:29 | More by joedon
Photo of MrAleman

United Kingdom (England)

2.05/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Its another skunky beer. Grolsch is not a good lager like many of the other ones in good old Holland. One of the beers known to be totally vegetarian which is nice. But I don't think thats enough to save this one. Typical premium lager with disappointing taste.

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2008 12:14:05 | More by MrAleman
Photo of kemoarps


1.48/5  rDev -52.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

so... I didn't get the cool bottle, but I am drinking it in the Netherlands, so I figured the whole 'direct from the source, non export' version might be pretty good, right? this might actually be the single least enjoyable beer I have ever drank. I realize that I still have a world of experience ahead of me, but there was not much redeeming in this beer, other than it's decent colour.

appearance - crisp golden straw, kind of what I expected from a lager

smell - sourish. kind of an omen of what's to come.

taste - bad. that's really the only way I can think of to describe it. this is the first time that i actually wished that the beer was more watery, so there was less taste to it. it's taste is born from it's aroma. it tastes like bad classic rock cover bands and stale morning breath. it's reminiscient of the morning after - the night of. it's kind of sour, not really bitter or hoppy, just kind of uninviting.

mouthfeel - pervasive. blanketing. it makes your saliva glands active, but not like when anticipating a good meal, more in that pre vomit salivation of your natural defenses trying to build a barrier between you and it.

drinkability - If after reading the above sections you are still considering Grolsch's drinkability, then maybe you should try it.
the locals warn that even without drinking it in large quantity it's known as the headache beer. as in it'll give you a hangover regardless of whether you have drank enough to deserve one, although I must admit that writing this the morning after I feel fine, hangover free, and only regretting having drunk it for the assault on my tastebuds that it represented.

now I will admit that I am not a fan of lagers in general, and am not typically moved to write reviews, especially scathing ones such as this. that said, even wihtin the lager community that I have experienced this was explicitly bad. typically I just prefer other styles but will drink a lager if the mood strikes me slash it's readily available. Grolsch I would avoid at all costs. if I was in a Saw movie with some elaborate trap where drinking another glass of Grolsch was the only way out of the room I would seriously consider facing whatever Jigsaw had set up for me.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2008 13:21:48 | More by kemoarps
Photo of Rootdog316


3.15/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When you first catch the aroma of Grolsch, the first thing you will notice is the smell of hops. The aroma is somewhat "skunked", but not too much. It doesn't distract from the drinking experience. A quick pour of this beer, into the center of a glass, will give you a pretty good head of foam, but it doesn't last very long. Still, it's pretty good, as far as lagers go. The color of Grolsch is golden, and it has excellent clarity. The flavor is mostly hops, with a hint of sweet malt in the beginning, but with a bitter finish. The beer is easily drinkable, without too much harshness or heaviness.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2007 01:44:17 | More by Rootdog316
Photo of rhoadsrage


2.8/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2007 19:45:01 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of happygnome


3.15/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My friend purchased one of those mini kegs, thought id give it a try

a: poured a orange/gold color with about an inch of head didnt dissapear too fast
s: grassy and herbal hops followed by a strong biscuity malt aroma
t: stale malt flavor, hop flavor for the style is a little more than i had expeceted but that i was nice may lead to lack of skunky flavor noticeable in other import lagers
m: medium bodied beer with carbonation that is towards the high side of average

overall, I enjoyed this beer however i dont think that im going to pour another when i have other good beers in the fridge

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2007 17:49:02 | More by happygnome
Photo of OWSLEY069


2.9/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale golden yellow with a white head. Aromas of a European sweet malt. In the taste, malty sweet and a dry end. A very smooth mouthfeel and a dry malty aftertaste. A decent lager, kind of standard European lager, but better than I thought and/or remember.

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2007 12:59:38 | More by OWSLEY069


3.73/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

during a longer stop-over at the Amsterdam airport I had the chance to sample various dutch beers on draught. Grolsch was the best in my opinion. Clean taste, clean aroma and a nice bitterness that other dutch mass-beers seem to lack. Yuo can surely drink more than a glass without endangering your health

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2007 11:58:29 | More by SERENGETI
Photo of Golden2wenty1


3.65/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Convinced my girlfriend to get a barrel of this over the cheap stuff for her birthday party at our place last night. On sale for $59.95 at Riley's. Not bad considering Beast (Milwaukee's Best for the uninitiated) is $45.

Pours a vibrant golden color with a frothy white head. Smell is grassy and a little skunky. Taste is grassy, a little skunky, and predominantly malty. Gets a little sweet as it warms. Not a bad drinker for a party. Mouthfeel is bubbly and crisp, body is thin but drinkable. Must say I did my fair share in polishing off that bad boy last night. It comes in those fun swing-tops and mini-kegs as well. I'd have to say it tastes best out of the keg though. For a pale lager, this is some decent stuff if you don't mind a bit of Euro skunk.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2005 21:20:27 | More by Golden2wenty1
Photo of wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

3.35/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tried this beer for free by a pint on tap yesterday, so I didn't have pay the usual, sky-high price of 2.60 pounds for the sake of reviewing something available in most pubs in London~~

It pours a bright, dark golden hue, coming with a very foamy and pillowy thick whte head sustaining thoughout the drink, due to fierce carbonation I reckon. The nose is "floating" and refreshing aroma of biscuity mals and grassy, lime-peel like hops. The taste is slightly more pronounced than the aroma--medium-citrusy hops and butter-biscuity mals, leading to quite round bitter-sweetness at the back and a quite inense mouthfeel of dryish bitterness in the finish, though not lingering well. The overall mouthfeel is soft and the aftertaste round and mild, as opposed to its fizzy outlook. But the flavour could certainly have been richer to be tasty. Still an easy drinking, thirst-quenching beer, though at the expense of richer bitterness and maltiness...

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2005 03:26:58 | More by wl0307
Photo of Boto


2.93/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a pretty typical fizzy, yellow color. The aroma has a bit of fruity hop aroma to it, but not too much. The taste is pretty devoid of any maltiness, but it does have a bit of a bitterness to it. The taste is even slightly sour. Good lager smoothness. Far from the best out there, but a lot better than most of them.

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2003 13:43:48 | More by Boto
Photo of Thrasher


2.28/5  rDev -26.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2002 16:26:22 | More by Thrasher
Photo of StevieW


3.23/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Straw colored, thin white head. Slightly sour, off smell, what I expected actually. Taste was typical European lager, some sweet malty taste, no real noticable hop note. Finish was a bit sour, and lingering. A bit thin and bubbly, not much to note. I think it's better than a heineken and others. They seem to be making a big push in Florida recently, showing up in every grocery store on sale, and new handles in the bars.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2002 16:29:38 | More by StevieW
Photo of yardkl


2.71/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

The best thing about this beer is the bottle. That's where it ends. It tastes like a mild Heineken. If you don't like Heineken you won't like this. Has that sour smell that all Heinekens have but it misses all the flavors I was expecting. I would drink this over bud or corona any day, but It is in no way a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 03:28:00 | More by yardkl
Photo of fede_glodo


3.75/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It was a really premium lager, with an awesome aftertaste
the apearance is one of the best caracteristics, it is ambar/golden, and the it also has a good foam. I really recomend this beer.
what i dislike was the price, but for me this was one of the best lagers i've ever tryed.
i recomend you to have it not so cold, if not you won't feel the flavors of the malt

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 05:03:41 | More by fede_glodo
Photo of PierreCharra


3.14/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Not much going on with this old classic, it's Grolsch.

It's skunky and funky, but I would still rather have this than other green bottle lagers, it does have that awesome flip-top cap. (Like a boss).

You get the smell of corn (or rice?), no idea on what it looks like because I just drink from the bottle, but I would assume a typical lager yellow.

Taste is tolerable, light feel in the mouth, I always get that kick of skunk though.

Overall I love it for what it is, it's iconic but it's a typical green bottle lager, you do get cool bottles you can reuse and the taste is decent enough, at least for me, but I'm no connoisseur after half the bottle is gone anyway.

Love this stuff with some pepperoni or steak, when I'm BBQing or with meat in general.

Bonne santé!

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 08:11:22 | More by PierreCharra
Photo of CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

3.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Gets style points for the iconic bottle and you have to try this one eventually, assuming you are willing to sample mainstream Euro lagers ... Pours a very pale stubble hue with ample carbonation. Aroma is notably skunky but perhaps less so than some other green bottle "classics", sweet corn, some wet and almost swampy barley malt, a whiff of vinous fruit. Smells like a pale Euro lager in a green bottle, albeit maybe a tad better than average: A recurring theme here ... Better than expected but only a little better than expected. Palate is quite crisp and bitter, some DMS cooked flavor but a decent dose of pungent fresh green vegetable flavor as well (grass, carrot, zucchini), dry popcorn malt, a little nondescript tartness that hints at grape, metal, oxidation trans-2 nonenal notes like wet cardboard, and a dry bitter finish that does not stand out as particularly unique to any one hop variety. All in all, this well-known beer may capture a classic lager flavor profile better than many other commercial examples (dry, crisp, bitter, not particularly sweet) but the name and instantly recognizable container may goad one in thinking that this is going to be more exciting than the cold, fizzy reality bears out.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2013 01:36:26 | More by CalgaryFMC
Photo of ale1


3.63/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

was searching the beer racks at the local mart looking for a beer to go with the evening meal , to chose from either grolsch with fliptop and 12 pack fliptop considerably more for less beer
having not had a Grolsch in many years picked up the 12pack of bottles

poured into a malt glass served around 55°
nose : light malt,hop , corn? or rice? possibly
appearance : light straw color, fine carbonation which appears not to be artificially carbonated
taste: crisp mild malt ,hops, corn,rice with medium finish, drinkable and if i had guests over that prefer usa lager they would like this vs my more stout ales in the fridge.

some that are similar Presidente,Peroni,Moretti,Estrella

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 20:21:55 | More by ale1
Photo of bbluemzbeer


2.23/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: a pale yellow color with a large, white head that dissipates slowly.

Smell: Has a faint sweet, and faint hints of grassy hops, perhaps.

Taste: Mildly bitter up front. Develops a sweet, grainy flavor at the back reminiscent of most macro lagers. The asrtigent aftertaste after taste lingers way too long. Something is not right with this beer . Maybe it is skunk bottle. Pretty simple. Bud or Miller products are better tasting.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and heavily carbonated like most macro lagers.

Overall : It is average drankabilty because it is light but price is way too much and astringent after taste. I will stick with Bud , Heineken or even icehouse. The only redeeming value is the bottle and lightness of beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 17:24:33 | More by bbluemzbeer
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