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Grolsch Premium Lager - Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.

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Ratings: 1258
Reviews: 603
rAvg: 3.09
pDev: 18.45%

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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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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
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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
Photo of FLima


3.23/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

It made a lot of head with a medium retention. Pale golden color.
Aroma of grassy hops and hints of malt. Good carbonation and light body.
Predominant bitter bite at the beginning in its taste coming from its grassy hops.
A little astringent with a dry finish. Not a complex beer but with some character.

Serving type: can

02-06-2013 21:51:38 | More by FLima
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Ontario (Canada)

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

500ml can poured into a pint glass. ABV 5%.

A - Poured a clear gold with a 1cm bubbly head. Head reduces to nothing and no lacing.

S - Sweet malts, grass.

T - Sweet malts, hint of citrus, light bitter finish.

M - Medium carbonation, medium body, crisp finish.

O - Just your run of the mill Lager. It's nothing special but it does the job on a hot summer's day. The cans just aren't as cool to drink as the swing top bottles though.

Serving type: can

07-02-2012 03:36:28 | More by decimator
Photo of hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

3.05/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Almost the stereotypicsl Euro-lager...

Pale golden hue with limted head, unremarkable mouthfeel. A supremely grainy aroma, both bready and sweetly pleasant. The taste is equally as uni-dimensional, pure golden grain sweetness with a hint of bittering hops in the afterfinish.

An "olde standard" that speaks to completely different taste than what I'm currently seeking.

Serving type: can

03-18-2012 07:51:31 | More by hopsolutely
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2.93/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sitting in the Executive Lounge at the Bahrain Airport and thank the heavens Bahrain allows alcohol within their borders! After many days in Saudi Arabia...any beer would taste great! This lounge has Grolsch in a can....and its been a while since I had one. The color was golden clear with white thin head that appears to be lacing quite well. The smell is dominated by grain. The taste is a like a very standard Euro Pale Lager...much grain, but still tasty! The mouthfeel is fine...Saudies dont know what they are missing!

Serving type: can

05-26-2011 15:16:42 | More by WoodBrew
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Alberta (Canada)

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

500ml can poured into pint glass jan4 2011

A clear straw yellow with lots of large bubbles feeding a fast falling thumbs worth of head that leaves a couple random patches of lace

S faint grassy hops and a little lemon

T see above

M crisp and refreshing, light but well carbonated

D easy too drink and on a hot day it would be decent

nothing wrong and nothing special, worth a try but not worth looking for

Serving type: can

01-05-2011 02:20:21 | More by wordemupg
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3.08/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

.5L can, Netherlands.

Pours a light gold with an above-average head and lacing.

Aroma is grainy and lightly grassy.

The flavor is quite grainy and biscuity, but not too sweet. There is a small amount of bitterness just to provide balance. Finish is brisk. Relatively clean, but could use more hop flavor, even if it's just that typical Euro muskiness. Mouthfeel was light, but the ample, creamy carbonation was nice.

Grolsch is not bad, it's just very one-dimensional. I recall it being better out of the bottle.

Serving type: can

10-11-2010 21:27:14 | More by dasenebler
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Manitoba (Canada)

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

Not a terrible beer, i found the head disappears quite quickly and the beer had a hint of citrus which i found odd for a dutch lager (correct me if im wrong - im new at this) I thought the beer all in all didn't taste too bad but there was something missing, the taste of the actual beer when you first drink it... The strong aftertaste provided a semi spicy hop taste and quite overpowering bite in your mouth that took away from the taste of the actual beer. Who knows maybe this is what Grolsch was trying to do.

I will say that this beer is decent from the swingtop bottle ( because its fun )

Overall i think its a personal taste that people will have to decide upon themselves whether or not they like it.

Serving type: can

09-29-2010 19:53:04 | More by A380
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3.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours brilliant yellow with large white head that almost immediately dissipates to patchy white foam, a few carbonation bubbles slowly rising. It looks stale and watery. Aroma is light spicy grain, herbal hops, overall, the aroma is stronger than expected.

Taste is light malt that reminds of corn with weak bittery finish, it seems to be rather well balanced. Ligh mouthfeel with less than average carbonation.

Overall, somewhat refershing beer, but not worth the slightly inflated price.

Serving type: can

08-17-2010 16:48:21 | More by atis
Photo of BucBasil

South Carolina

2.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a tall pilsner glass from the 500mL can.

A: The beer is a light pale color color with a 2 finger quickly dissipating pure white foamy head. Some carbonation evident - a few bubbles coming up in the glass. Nothing extraordinary.

S: Typical euro pale smell - grain, a little bread. Some fresh hay.

T: Bitter flavor, astringent, somewhat dry. Hoppy. Not very balanced, which you don't really see too much from a euro pale. In that regard, has a pretty unique taste which could be a good changeup, but is kind of offputting. Hoppy in a strange way rather than a tasty way, if that makes any sense. Especially considering that few hops come through in the aroma. I'm not sure if this was good or bad, I'm leaning towards the bad side. Maybe the word I'm going for is skunky, which is odd because it's from a can... Probably vegetal is the right word. For some reason can't put my finger on this one. Grassy hops, but out of balance.

M, D: Light and crisp. I wouldn't say refreshing due to the weird flavor.

Hop flavor seems forced, rather than balanced. Skunky sort of flavor prevents a lot of drinkability. Not bad, but not my first choice by a long shot.

Serving type: can

05-09-2010 17:41:06 | More by BucBasil
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Ontario (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Serving type: can

04-10-2010 19:14:40 | More by JohnnyBarman
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3.48/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

0.5l can served in a ordinary glass.

A: Clear yellow-gold color with a one finger fluffy head. Some lacings
S: Malt, basically
T: Fresh malt and hops. Balanced hop bitterness
M: Soft body. Medium carbonation and nice bitter end.
D: Good. Soft beer. Not bad euro lager.

Serving type: can

03-05-2010 15:47:39 | More by eduardolinhalis
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Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

500ml can poured into a Pint glass.

A : Poured with a great head but it dissaperas quickly and leaves no ring on the side of the glass.

S : Not too strong, some malty smell and cereal notes.

T : A little bit of hops ans grain are noticeable but the saste is not that strong. A little bitterness also.

M : Feels light, the carbonation of the beer dissapears quickly...

D : Easy to drink, no problem with drinking another one right after. The beer is, in fact, really refreshing.

Serving type: can

01-28-2010 00:41:06 | More by ReFill31
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3.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was one of those reviews which were recently lost into cyberspace, but I have extras, so I CAN re-review it.

First off, this is a prime example of why CANned beer beats bottled beer. I have had more skunked Grolsches in those pretty green swing-top bottles than I care to remember. CAN a beer become skunked in a CAN? F NO! I bought a six pack of 330 ml (11.2 oz) CANs recently and I have been running through them like nothing. I find them to be quite tasty upon returning from a day of teaching.

My pour created a finger of foamy bone-white head with good retention. Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose was lightly malty, but it had a light nose overall. Mouthfeel was medium with a classic lager sweetness on the tongue. I find it difficult to quantify that quality, but it is like the Supreme Court's definition of pornography - I may not be able to define it, but I know it when I [taste] it. I can understand the roots of our American Adjunct Lagers when I taste a good German lager and it makes me sad for what we lost for so many years through Prohibition. The finish was slightly sweet and definitely lager. The combination of CAN plus relatively low ABV makes this a cooler candidate. Viva the CAN!

Serving type: can

10-31-2009 23:00:24 | More by woodychandler
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3.28/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From an 11.2 oz. can.
Pours a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smells grassy and somewhat skunky. Taste is crisp and refreshing although not a lot of flavor. Feels light in the mouth and is very drinkable. Overall this is pretty much an average lager.

Serving type: can

07-30-2009 22:39:47 | More by tone77
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3.38/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm not a lager fan, but this is the beer I would drink if I had to drink only lagers. Inviting transparent lagery look when poured, frothy head which subsides quickly and doesn't get in the way, rather high carbonation but feels nice on the nose and mouth when chilled - gives off a mild skunky "aroma" and Heineken-taste as it warms in the glass, but it is never so bad as to be undrinkable. Rather good for a sultry sunny day in Singapore, really!

Serving type: can

05-02-2009 05:56:03 | More by pradipta
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Costa Rica

3.15/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Grolsch in a can is the only way to go - don't be tempted by those fancy swing tops! Unfortunately this is really just another light lager but compared to others in it's class it is very drinkable. It's head is pretty flat and there is little to no aroma but the flavor balances hop bitterness with a light sweetness. On a hot day sitting at the beach, a Grolsch in hand is not a bad option.

Serving type: can

04-02-2009 01:25:04 | More by kellywilson50
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3.83/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I straight up love Dutch beer. I have grabbed a Heiny and pounded a Grolsch claytop in like 5 seconds. I love that stinky skunky that seems to live in every bottle. My friend Dan says it has that little bite that makes you go back for more. Next thing you know your tips. I won't go to bat for this beer's constitution, but will say that I love drinking it plenty!

Serving type: can

03-02-2009 01:48:39 | More by LibertyAvenue
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Ontario (Canada)

1.9/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Appearance - Comes in a green and silver can, not much going on there. A little bit of a nice, but somewhat pale gold color. Pours with a nice inch and a half of foamy head. Definite signs of carbonation as well as decent lacing.

Smell - Very strong hop smell with a slight herbal/grassy smell. I also sense almost an odd dried pine needle smell. Not that strong thankfully, but not exactly that appealing.

Taste - I'm tasting excessively bitter grassy hops throughout the entire experience and not much else. There is a slight, herbal flavor in the background but it's hard to distinguish from the hops. There is no character to this beer, it tastes the same beginning, middle and end. The worst part though is the taste lingers.

Mouthfeel - The bitterness of this beer lingers in a bad way. Also, despite clear signs to the contrary this beer does not give much in the way of carbonation. It also leaves an awful creamy/filmy sensation in your mouth.

Drinkability - It is honestly a struggle for me to get this beer down, but that is mainly due to the awful aftertaste. It's refreshing and not very heavy thankfully, but that aftertaste is far too strong and lasts for far too long

Final Thoughts - At first pour, this beer looks like it might be good. When you smell it, you think it might be a bit hoppy but it won't be so bad. The first little bit of head it decent but as you drink more of it, the stuff turns more and more vile. I was only about to get about 3/4 down before I dumped it. Stay away from this stuff.

Serving type: can

02-21-2009 02:38:04 | More by TheHammer
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Alberta (Canada)

2.63/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured a 500-ml can into a tall draught glass.

Appearance - poured a nice yellow colour, showed a half-inch head that quickly disappeared.

Smell - Euro-hoppy, grassy herbs.

Taste - is of the can. Or is it? I'm getting the hoppy flavour but there are also butter and grapes that come in also.

Mouthfeel - not as balanced as others. The sense on the front of my tongue is too noticeable when I sip.

Drinkability - I wouldn't pound away on this brew because it ain't a winner.

Serving type: can

01-30-2009 02:45:28 | More by DoctorStrangiato
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3.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mini-keg!! - On sale since it expired in Feb '08 - drank in June '08 - a big $10 a mini keg, can't beat that :D

minikeg to standard pint glass, pours a deep amber color, semi high carbonation at the start of the minikeg then fades down

smells of crisp malts, hops, slight apple / skunk

tastes of smooth malts, slightly dry and bitter, smooth yet some oxidation, a nice drinkable lager

mouthfeel is light, dry, crisp, bitter finish

Serving type: can

08-18-2008 14:49:47 | More by drxandy
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale yellow, clear with a slight head when poured.

Smell: Reminds me of the typical euro malty lager. More hops than a Heineken, and a an earthy aroma as well.

Taste: Great tangy bitterness from the hops. I've always appreciated Grolsch for its genuine European flavour. It isn't as dumbed down(in the can/bottle) as say Heineken. It retains a beautiful floral hoppy character. I don't know what kind of hops they use but I love them. Earthy and no citrus like your typical N.American beer. Maltiness balances the bitterness well to leave a beautiful flowery aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Pretty much a macro lager feel. Lots of carbonation, only difference being the bigger flavour presence all over the tongue.

Drinkability: Well I drank about 8 of these at Sensation White 2007 Amsterdam and felt no ill effects after waking up the next day at 5pm. Drinkability is really incredible. I think this is my favourite macro lager of all time.

Serving type: can

03-30-2008 05:27:00 | More by Hornet2003
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Ontario (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, light golden colour. White head settled quickly with a wispy centre; lightly carbonated with a ring around the glass. I detected a wet grassy odour that was a bit skunky. This lager is dry, a bit hoppy and with a sharp finish. Refreshing bitterness but a little sour on the finish. Not overly complex but satisfying and pretty typical of the style, compares favourably to a Heineken for example.

Serving type: can

08-27-2007 04:36:27 | More by ThatWineGuy
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Ontario (Canada)

2.8/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I tried this beer on August 12, 2007 at purchasing it at an LCBO store. It poured a translucent pale gold colour into the glass with a generous white head that quickly disappeared leaving some rocky lacing on top. The aroma was slightly malty. The mouthfeel was thin-bodied, crisp, with mild carbonation. Definitely not a watery feel. The taste was that of malt, hops, and a little spiciness I can't place. Overall, a decent beer.

Serving type: can

08-12-2007 05:42:25 | More by cyrenaica
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Grolsch Premium Lager from Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.
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