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Grolsch Premium Lager - Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.

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1,467 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,467
Reviews: 615
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 18.39%
Wants: 18
Gots: 99 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of Sammy
3.18/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A decent brew and a unique bottle. Pours fizzy yellow. Mild hop flavour. Good enough before a pizza or pasta meal, fine with it. Crisp, light, smooth. Best in Summer, first sip is the best. Bitter aftertaste. Good volume beer for the gang. Slightly better than North American national brands.

Sammy, Dec 22, 2003
Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -3.2%

djrn2, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
2.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a light golden color with plenty of carbonation. Pretty fluffy white head without too much lacing. The nose is some slightly-skunked hops that are a bit grassy. Some slight grain. Taste is skunked grassy hops and a bit of grain husk. Light body with a fairly-large amount of carbonation. Not terrible, but not something I'd really choose to drink.

Thorpe429, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of zestar
3/5  rDev -3.2%

zestar, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -3.2%

nmann08, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.11/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high bright white head that gradually died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles in the center of the glass and a collar around the edge.
S: There are aromas of grassy hops, a bit of biscuit malts and some hints of skunk in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that there is a light to moderate amount of bitterness and this lingers through the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: From its appearance in a green bottle, this might seem like another mass produced beer, but it's hardly skunked and there's a rather high amount of bitterness for the style, which helps to mask the other flavors.

metter98, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.55/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pale yellow-amber with a fair number of fine particulates. The head is two shades darker than bright white and has a little substance to it. It looks frothy, but not airy, and falls to a thin, lumpy disk, leaving a few scattered scraps of lace. Unimpressive nose of cooked, slightly sour grain and mildly pungent hops.

The flavor isn't appealing, though it stops just short of bad. Again, sour grain with a sharp, flinty bitterness and a faint metallic echo. Short finish (a blessing) and a too-thin mouthfeel contribute to the sheer ordinariness of this beer. It's actually a step or two below ordinary, especially if it's permitted to warm at all.

My advice is to drink Grolsch Premium Lager ice-cold or not at all, preferably the latter. I'm sure that The Netherlands can do better than this.

BuckeyeNation, Jul 10, 2004
Photo of BEERchitect
2.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Its bad when you get more excited over the bottle that the beer comes in than you do the beer. Pours a pale yellow, very clear, highly carbonated beer. Decent head that gradually fades. Smells of noble hops (partly light struck) and modestly sweet. Flavors are subtle and mild. Slight cereal grain sweetness. Light malt profile. Hop bittering and flavors show up moreso than the malt. Causes herbal and grassy flavors. A little bready and yeasty. Mild grapefruit and pear flavors into the finish. Light feel to the mouth. A good beer to chase a pizza.

BEERchitect, Sep 01, 2005
Photo of Phyl21ca
1.83/5  rDev -41%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Bottle: Poured a golden colored beer with a small bubbly white head with very little retention. Carbonation is quite low which is not what I would expect from a Premium Lager. Aroma is quite weak with maybe some malt in the background. Taste is also quite weak with some skunky taste at the end instead of dryness. Overall lack of crispness with funky taste at the end, not one I will be seeking again anytime soon.

Phyl21ca, Nov 05, 2004
Photo of womencantsail
3.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer pours a clear pale straw color with a small white head that dissipates quickly.

S: Quite skunked and sulfuric. This is unfortunate, but not surprising. Sweet corn and mild malt aroma underneath. A slightly overcooked aroma to it as well that I just don't find very appealing.

T: The flavor is not too shabby. It is primarily sweet grain/malt with a touch of corn and corn syrup type flavor. Some hints of hops with just a little bit of bitterness to it. Some notes of sulfur at times.

M: The body is fairly light with a moderate level of carbonation.

O: The flavor was better than expected, but the nose was just so off-putting it was a bit hard to get passed.

womencantsail, Apr 30, 2011
Photo of jaydoc
3/5  rDev -3.2%

jaydoc, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.17/5  rDev -30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Swing-top bottle served up at Front Page News in the Little Five Points area of Atlanta, Georgia.

Best Before: 19 May 2009.

Appearance: Pours a clear, lightly effervescent, yellow body with a smallish, white head.

Smell: Light pale malts, a tad grainy, and a faint apple-like fruitiness. Sure, it's skunked, but, mercifully, it's mild.

Taste: Light pale malts with an equally light sweetness. Hint of apple. Again, it's a tad grainy, though it never lets up and sticks with you into the aftertaste. Faint herbal-toned hop character with a comparatively medium bitterness. Finishes dry and crisp with a lingering graininess.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A poor product and one I would never recommend. Grolsch! Not only the name, it's also the sad you make when you choke this thing down.

ChainGangGuy, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of Knapp85
3.03/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was one of my first that I picked when I started exploring the world of beer. I had gotten a 6 pack at a NJ liqueur store and brought it home. The beer itself is basically just another generic looking lager. The smell and taste are a little funked but minimal enough that it can still be enjoyed. The mouthfeel is pretty light. Overall it's an ok brew. I'd drink it again if I had to.

Knapp85, May 29, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
2.58/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Damn, no swingtop. Oh well, the beer should still be the same, right? This stuff pours a clear pale straw topped by a finger of short-lived lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises light powdered sugar, wheat, and a touch of dry grass. The taste holds notes of grass, sweet corn, funky wheat, and a kiss of greens. The body is fairly light, with a moderate carbonation and a watery feel. Overall, a limp little lager, one that eschews a pilsner background in favor of a more, shall we say, mass-produced adjunct-y character.

TMoney2591, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of zeff80
3.6/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours out golden yellow with a white two finger head.
No skunk smell...a major plus. The taste is lightly hopped and slightly bitter. It improves as you drink it. It has a crisp, sharp mouthfeel. It is also very drinkable. It goes well with food or by itself.

zeff80, May 08, 2006
Photo of biboergosum
3.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml serving. The swing-cap bottle that this stuff comes in always seems to rouse interest, and the waifish bartender proved game when providing a spectacle by blowing the cap off with a deft smack before depositing it squarely in front of me.

This beer pours a clear medium golden yellow colour, with two hefty fingers of puffy, thinly foamy bone-white head, which renders a bit of layered cloud form lacing as it swiftly recedes.

It smells of lightly bready, and slightly biscuity grainy malt, a bit of pithy corn, the suggestion of skunk, and earthy, grassy hops. The taste is more semi-sweet, gritty bready and biscuity grainy pale malt, a decent lessening of that unpleasant corniness, and subdued earthy, herbal, and leafy hops.

The carbonation is middling, and not as quite off-putting as I might have remembered, the body on the thin side, and smooth like, um, er, water. It finishes fairly malty, in that indistinct Euro lager sense, with the impression that a skunk at least walked under the production line, or through the sacks of hop pellets, at some point.

A so-so representation of the style, hardly as egregious as a lot of its competitors, in the way of the skunk, but not really all that innocent by the same sword. Agreeable enough, I suppose, if it were much, much cheaper, and not another of those 'premium import' brands that suck one's soul and wallet dry across North America.

biboergosum, Mar 29, 2009
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.9/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Standard capped green bottle - not a flip top. Clear, golden body topped by a frothy white head that has surprisingly good holding power, keeping a solid 1/16" throughout the glass and leaving some spotty lace. The aroma is mainly of an herbal and earthy hop (not at all skunked) that's reflected in the flavor along with a dryish malt that's well balanced by bitterness. The body is light/medium with a very fine carbonation giving an exceptionally smooth mouthfeel. It finishes dry with a gently lingering bitterness, hop flavor and maltiness. I remember this being a popular fad some years ago - I'm guessing because of the flip-top - but it's actually quite nice and highly drinkable although fairly basic. Still, an exceptionally well done beer that ranks with some of the best German lagers.

NeroFiddled, Oct 20, 2002
Photo of Jason
3.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz green bottle, “Ingredients: water, malted barley and hops” stated on the back label. No freshness date.

Appearance: Weathered straw colour has a great clarity, fluffy white head settles down to a bubbly stick blanket of lace.

Smell: Husky grain with a mild skunky imported lager aroma. Hops range from a ghost like skunk to herbal in the aroma.

Taste: Smooth, almost buttery, mouth feel that brandishes a half hearted crispness that is a bit astringent. Moderate body. Grassy, grainy and a tad veggie / herbal. Grassy and grainy from the malted barley, taste of fresh cut hay and crackers. Veggie and herbal from the hops, tingling bitterness balances the brew and the flavour gives flavours of fresh herbs and leafy undertones. Light sprig of alcohol in the mouth, not too dry and not expressively sweet but a little bit of both in the after taste.

Notes: Not as coarse as other lagers from Holland that come to the US. All of the herbal and grainy flavours still make it somewhat of a chore to drink. Pair it with some grilled turkey sausage and kraut.

Jason, Apr 02, 2002
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.53/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16oz. swing-top bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains light malts, honey and caramel with a touch of hops.

T: The taste is sweet but decently balanced with flavors of honey, caramel and nuts. There's a mild hops presence and a medium malt character. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, this is a decent beer to stick with for an evening once you get past the sweetness.

TheManiacalOne, Nov 27, 2007
Photo of russpowell
3.83/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Classic flip-top pours an effervescent light gold with 4 fingers + of fluffy white head. A little lacing & little bit of of head retention

S: Floral hops & a hint of lemon

T: Light malt with hints of citrus. Herbal & lemony hops follow. Finishes crisp with citrussy hops (lemons, a hint of grapefruit & lemongrass)

MF: Medium bodied with healthy carbonation & fair balance, needs a little more malt

Drinks fairly easy, a pretty good example of the style & worth a shot for some real basic beach or bbq beer

russpowell, Mar 04, 2007
Photo of Slatetank
3.3/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this last winter when moving, review from notes -must've gotten lost in the server upgrade.

Presentation 16oz swingtop into a pint.

A straw golden w/ 2 1/2 fingers of frothy white cream w/ average sized bead and good clarity. The head becomes rocky w/ spotty lace as it compresses. The smell has a slight malty/musty nose w/ some vegetal and yeast odors. There is a light fruit ester w/ a somewhat husky nose.

The feel is smooth and grainy textured w/ high effervescence and slightly slick middle with a clean dry finish. The flavor is smooth w/ mild yeasty musty flavor which goes w/ malt and gentle fruit tinge as the first sip finishes. The light toasted cereal taste emerges w/ light hop flavor midway through that is both herbal and skunky... w/ mellow creamy taste later w/ slight sulfur and mellow woody hop tinges. The finish is slightly spicy -could be the effect of the high carbonation.
I found this to be passable for the style but not one I will likely revisit - just ok basically and the swing top novelty is about all I enjoyed. It may satisfy for a lawnmower beer, but there are plenty of better lagers out there.

Slatetank, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of feloniousmonk
2.15/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Swing-top bottle Grolsch! Man, it's been a while.

On cracking the crock, out comes the skunk. Whoo-eey!

Wow. So, it's now poured and now it's clear, and pale yellow, with a soon-gone slim head. That's peeking at it from six inches away. Now, it's time to pull it close and get a further whiff. Here we go…

Ow! Clear-green-bottle-itis in effect, y'all! Whoa!!!
Spoiled cabbage, bad fruit, mold, …ugh.
"Since 1615, Artistry and Craftsmanship." Maybe that's when it started, when did it stop?
"Royal Grolsch Holland Premium Lager, The Original Swingtop"…"Best before Aug 11/11"
15.2 Fl Oz….I have to suffer through this much? Yikes., 5 % alc/vol.

Time to drink up.
Wet. Carbonated. Harsh. Bitter. Not pleasing at all. I'd drink this if offered to avoid being impolite, and I'd offer no comment if none was required. Then I'd turn and spit it out. Yet, here I am drinking of my own free will, and attempting to finish it.

Water, and cereal. Someone melted my bran flakes.

Each time I raise it up and set it down my windpipe, the same awful aromatics come back. Spoiled, stale, skunked. Green bottles. When will they ever learn?

When will I learn? Putrid and awful. Merest hint of a body, lightness creeps above.
And what counts for flavor is nothing but bad. Soiled cardboard. Rancid lemons. Ugh.
Why do I punish myself like this?
this is exactly what gives beer a bad name.

feloniousmonk, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of drabmuh
3.53/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 4.02.08. Poured into a Grolsch glass, part of my glassware collection project.

Beer is dark yellow and clear. Forms a head that lasts about 10 seconds and disappears. No head, no lacing, carbonation is high. The bottle is clear and green with the grolsch logo on it, swing top cap with a piece of tape on top that says "The Original Swing Top" -- stop bragging.

Beer smells pretty good, like a nice pilsner. Nice mild malt and no sulftur or hops. Good level.

Beer is medium to light in body, mild bitterness at the back. An almost nutty character to the beer. Interesting overall, not my favorite lager but its not as bad as people say. Its decent, an average experience.


drabmuh, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of Rifugium
1.05/5  rDev -66.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

First had: bottle from somewhere...friend's dad's fridge, or a dive bar, I assume.

Seems like a lot of trouble to put the elaborate caps on these nasty things.

Pours a pale straw color, fizzy carbonation, and a white head that disappears quickly. Faint grainy aroma, but mostly skunk. Sweet, stale grains to the taste, skunky and watery, Light mouthfeel, and poor drinkability unless you just like chugging watery beers. To be avoided.

Rifugium, May 09, 2011
Photo of WesWes
3.15/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick fizzy white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a crisp, pilsner malt scent that's a tad sweet smelling along with a dry lager yeast aroma. The taste is decent. It has a smooth, pilsner malt and adjunct flavor that goes down with ease and finishes clean. There is a light bitterness, but nothing too noticeable. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an easy drinking beer with some pilsner malt taste. It's crisp and clean and definately sessionable.

WesWes, Aug 01, 2009
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Grolsch Premium Lager from Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.
72 out of 100 based on 1,467 ratings.