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Grolsch Premium Lager - Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.

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Ratings: 1255
Reviews: 603
rAvg: 3.09
pDev: 18.45%

Brewed by:
Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V. visit their website

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 aquaderek


3.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Grolsch is a very drinkable brew. It has a nice yellowish copper color. It pour with a one finger head that reduces to nil after a couple of minutes. I get a grainy smell kinda skunky, this could be from the stroage of the beer. The taste is what you would expect from a lager. It has a very bubbly mouthfeel, good and refreshing for a hot day.

Serving type: nitro-tap

07-23-2005 20:12:18 | More by aquaderek
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
Photo of archyquaffer


3.76/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the green pint bottle into a shaker glass with the cover art of AC/DC's Highway to Hell album. A moderate pour produces 1.5 inches of billowy head. This dissipates quickly but leaves some good lacing. The beer is pale straw in color with a reddish tinge and with fairly high carbonation.

Of course, you get that skunky aroma and taste, which is what I expect from this type of beer. A distinct, almost honey-like sweetness and a touch of bitterness balance each other pretty well. Overall a crisp and clean taste with the exception of the skunk. I honestly don't perceive the crackers, grass, etc. that several reviewers note (really? I've eaten grass a time or two, and it don't taste like beer). Lots of pleasant burps to enjoy.

Beer of this type has a unique taste that I appreciate. I had this one while enjoying some apple german sausage with plenty of saurkraut. The bottles are also excellent for bottling homebrew- it's tough to actually find a pint-sized bottle, and this one comes with its own reusable cap.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2013 04:06:30 | More by archyquaffer
Photo of rx-beer

Puerto Rico

3.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

450 ml (15.2 fl oz) swing top bottle served into a Sam Adams taster glass.

A - A pour right down the center of the glass produced about an inch and a half of short-lasting, white head, which fades almost entirely. The beer is a light yellow that is completely clear with few bubbles and very light lacing.

S - Mildly hoppy, sweet, and biscuity. Aroma is light but enjoyable.

T - Taste is initially hoppy and malty-sweet, then slightly biscuity with a touch of hops. The hops outlast the other flavors as they slowly fade in the aftertaste.

M - Light carbonation imparts a buttery feel to the low-medium body.

O- What I particularly like about this beer is how it nicely balances the sweetness with the hoppyness. Perfect beer to pop open when your parched and looking for something that's neither excessively light nor heavy. There are undoubtedly better lagers out there, but this one is quite nice. And...I have to admit, I love the swing top!

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2013 21:40:49 | More by rx-beer
Photo of JMSDUN


1.64/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Pours highly carbonated and transparent. Highly carbonated thin head that disappears quite fast. Small amount of lacing. Straw yellow in appearance. Taste is very hoppy and weak bodied. Quite a skunky smell, however this may have just been from the storage of the bottle I purchased. Overpriced for what you get, you're probably paying more for the swing top bottle than the actual beer. Wouldn't recommend.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 23:58:37 | More by JMSDUN
Photo of comm0dore

New York

3.69/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

So easy to drink, and so enjoyable to do so. Very surprised at how good this beer is- crisp, just the right balance of flavors, all-around goodness. My surprise pick-of-the-week, easily. Great head, nice color. Give it a try if you've never had it and there's not many great choices in front of you- this one will pleasantly surprise you.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2013 06:44:36 | More by comm0dore
Photo of utopiajane

New York

3.34/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear and light straw color. Spun gold. Plenty of bubbles making their way from the bottom to the top. Fluffy white head of foam that lasted amply and left soapy lace. Nose is first skunky. Pungent, dank and herbal. That experience of the skunked smell dissipates as the beer warms a little and you are left with a husky sweet grain. Herbal and sweet. Light biscuit malt with a touch of honey. Taste is grassy, grainy. Sweet corn and light cracker. Herbal. A little leafy hops. It's fresh tasting and the sweetness brings you to a light bitter that resides at the back of the throat and accumulates in the aftertaste. It's not really dry although there is some drying bitter. No fruit on this beer at all. It's thin and has a crispness from carbonation. Mouthfeel has a small bite and it's a touch oily in the body as well.

This is one of my all time favorite light lagers. It's not going to earn 100's by most people but this beer is everything you want in a light lager. It's refreshing and the carbonation is crisp. The dryness develops over time and so does the bitter. Before you know it you've had four of these. It's tasty and there is a reason that is one of the oldest beers around. Groslch since the 1600's.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 15:29:01 | More by utopiajane
Photo of Tebuken


3.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pale straw crystal colored beer with a white foam that lingers regularily.Hoppy and sweet aroma.Its taste is somehow sweet at the beginning, ending very bitter in the aftertaste,refreshing beer taste in my opinion.Light bodied beer,serve it very cold.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 15:11:23 | More by Tebuken
Photo of thegodfather2701

North Carolina

3.2/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a straw yellow with a thick bright white head. There surprisingly was some slight lacing. I could not detect much in the nose at all except for a faint skunkiness. The taste is bitter, with some grassy (Noble) hops and some malt to balance it out. The mouthfeel is watery. This is a decent beer with a nice crisp bite. However, I do not see myself drinking this again any time soon.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 01:08:14 | More by thegodfather2701
Photo of kagent777


3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

450 ml bottle that somehow Texas wants to call an "Ale". Poured into my beer goblet. I picked this one up mainly because my wife wanted to use some of my homebrew for slug bait. So I will give her some of this instead, and the bottle is great for homebrewing.

Appearance: Actually a nice fluffy white 1 finger head with lots of effervescent bubbles below. The beer is a pleasing straw color.

Smell: Metallic corn and some "skunked?" hops. Some sweetness in the smell.

Taste: Sweetness with not much bitterness to balance. Light grains are not unpleasant.

Mouthfeel: The body feels oily coats the mouth easily with thin flavor. Carbonation is appropriate for a light lager.

Overall: Not a fan of mass produced pale lagers. This one just needs some hops to balance the sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2013 23:46:59 | More by kagent777
Photo of DenisKolkin

Ontario (Canada)

3.16/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

500 ml can served cold and poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Clear rich golden color with few bubbles rising to the top of the beer. 2 finger white foamy head is poured and lasts for a few minutes before completely subsiding. Some lacing left on the sides of the glass. A good looking beer.

Smell - Absolutely nothing offensive, but wasn't able to pick pick up much of anything. The faintest trace of grassy aromas but that is about it.

Taste - A solid bitter flavor right off the bat that transitions to some mild grainy flavors. Not much else going on but it is fairly flavorful and well-crafted for what it is.

Mouthfeel - Fairly dry and clean feeling. Moderately low carbonation and a bit of a soft feel in the mouth. Nice but wish the carbonation was more expressive.

Overall - A good EPL, that isn't anything special but certainly hits the spot and is crisp and refreshing.

Serving type: can

07-12-2013 22:34:09 | More by DenisKolkin
Photo of mooseo


3.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

450ml bottle into pint glass.

A - Clear golden yellow with a huge bubbly white head.

S - Sweet toasted malt, a bit grassy, very grainy.

T - Bready malt, mostly sweet and grainy throughout with a touch of grassy hops. Finishes with a hint of bitterness and spicy herbal notes that quickly fade away.

M - Light body, crisp and refreshing. High carbonation, clean and smooth.

O - Decent pale lager, very similar to Heineken. Overall just an easy drinking, non offensive sessionable lager.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 00:56:18 | More by mooseo
Photo of girlovesbeer

Papua New Guinea

2.89/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330mL bottle into mini Weisen-type glass because that's all I could find where I live (in Papua New Guinea). Capped, not flip-top bottle.

A: Straw; decent head that fades quickly.

S: Faint grassy/sweet smell that doesn't linger or spread.

T: Light, slightly sweet, little bit hoppy, but this fades quickly on the tongue and leaves a faint, not unpleasant bitter aftertaste.

M: Slightly creamy, mostly watery and thin.

O: This was actually better than I remember Grolsch being when I've drunk it in the states, but this was brewed in Australia for the market here in the South Pacific and doesn't have the flip-top. We've all had beers that taste better from one brewery vs another. Although it doesn't have much to say ("faint," "slightly," "quickly"), this was a mildly creamy lager that drinks easily. And I have a whole case of it...so bottom's up!

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 02:11:45 | More by girlovesbeer
Photo of ckollias


3.11/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a Belgian tulup glass.

A: Pours a golden hue with a thin white head that quickly dissipates into a wispy lace.

S: Grassy hop and grain aroma.

T: Similar to the aroma there is a smooth grassy hop flavor with light grain malt taste with hints of herbal spicy hops that finishes on the bitter side.

M: Medium body and carbonation

O: Decent brew – not the best but worthy of a try.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2013 03:13:07 | More by ckollias
Photo of Das_Reh


2.15/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

What can I say about Grolsch that hasn't been said already?

Poured from a swing-top bottle into a chilled pint glass.

Appearance - Pale straw yellow with a small, sudsy head that quickly dissipated. Soda-pop like carbonation on the initial pour.

Smell -The overall aroma is mostly grass and something herbal, not a whole lot of malt coming to the nose. This bottle is only 2 months old and any hint of skunkiness is quite subtle.

Taste - Very dry, bitter, almost no malt presence. Tastes of bitter grass and Perrier. Very slight skunk taste coming through. Watery, sudsy, very unpleasant in my opinion. I can see this being great for drinking after a hot day of yard work, but as a sit-down-and-savor kind of beer, it misses the mark by a longshot.

Feel - Heavy carbonation, medium mouthfeel, dry and aggressive bitterness.

Overall - I bought this the same reason everyone else did: the cool swing-top bottle. It's an overpriced gimmicky beer that tastes a lot like Stella in my opinion. My grandfather, who makes and bottles his own wines and spirits, will appreciate the bottle as a gift.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 15:41:33 | More by Das_Reh
Photo of Haydn-Juby

Quebec (Canada)

3.41/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 450ml green flip top bottle to a pilsener glass

A: Looks very "beer like". By that I mean it matches the stock image of beer in most peoples minds. Straw yellow color topped with a finger and a half of white pillowy head. Bubbles streaming up the sides. Overall very appealing.

S: Green bottles, so you guessed it skunk. Even though it was mild it was still clouding out some of the other aromas.

T: Everything noticeable was dimmed by the skunk aroma. Sweet doughy and biscuit malts were present and balanced well with a mild slightly grassy hop bitterness.

M: Crisp and clean with little aftertaste. Slightly dry as well.

O: Pretty decent alternative to BMC beers but nothing astounding. The skunk was a little bit displeasing but not entirely overpowering. I really just decided to pick it up to bottle some home brew in the bottles but it was alright.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2013 20:24:54 | More by Haydn-Juby
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.13/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of visible carbonation and some lemon + golden yellow highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy white head that quickly reduces to a very large patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of biscuit malts and grassy hops with a lighter amount of grainy sweetness.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of biscuit malts with just a light touch of grainy sweetness. Light amounts of grassy hops that impart just a light amount of bitterness which fades pretty quickly.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp.

O: I found this beer to be easy to drink and refreshing with a little more bitterness than others in the style (in a good way). I love the bottles and think more breweries should use bottles that close this way.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2013 00:09:05 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of JesseMurdock


2.81/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A rather unattractive straw color with a lot of fizz and a quickly dissipating head which makes this beer seem like an ordinary pale lager. Flavor is not bad. There is a definite taste of malt with bready and biscuity notes to it. Basically no bitterness or hop character. Very crisp and light mouthfeel to it. Better than the average pale lager, but ultimately a boring and unimpressive beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 22:01:25 | More by JesseMurdock
Photo of silverking


3.46/5  rDev +12%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A- Very pale gold, big white head that fades fast and leaves patchy lacing.

S- Biscuity malt with some skunk. Slight grassy hop aromas as well.

T- Bready malt opens up the palate and leads into citrus and a slightly bitter finish.

M- light/medium bodied with lots of tingly carbonation. Finish feels a little dry.

O- Not bad for what it is.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2013 00:53:25 | More by silverking
Photo of ghisty

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

lagery. basic apple juice yellow tone. thin dissapearing head. some odd small lace tho.

smells like it looks, it has a sweet note something like the apple juice is appears similar to. grains and hops present in there. slightly sweet an bitter smelling.

medium carb levels out to a lagery bitter, some sweet fruit hints in there mildly,
pretty short flovoured, ends up with nice dry feeling left behind, really refreshing,
grain is dominant in the after taste, over all a nice taste.

sharp to start, not a heavy carb but a good level. I find it reminds me alot of
carlberg lager, not so much on the grassy notes , but similar, I find carlsberg almost like drinking a pint of the football pitch. this euro lager has simialr qualities, but
in a more hopped way. with a better overall balance.

this beer had been something I had tried a long time ago, from a flip top,
which was room temperature, and light struck. so naturally my first impressions
were not great, and I avoided buying it in choice for others. After some discussion the other night with a friend who drinks it regularly, I grabbed a can of it, and much to
my surprise, the lager I had hated, turns out to be very good when given the proper
treatment , (being poured properly, and chilled at least slightly) ...I will be adding this to my regulars I think, as the taste is considerably better than I had remembered.
a good clean euro pale.

Serving type: can

03-04-2013 20:15:12 | More by ghisty
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Grolsch Premium Lager from Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.
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