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Grolsch Premium Lager - Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.

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1,370 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,370
Reviews: 607
rAvg: 3.09
pDev: 18.45%
Wants: 16
Gots: 59 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of youngleo


3.3/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured to a nice white head, with some big bubbles. Not very much lacing at all. Beer was light yellow in color. Had a grainy smell,with that slight skunk odor. Had a bitter sweet aftertaste. And also had that Heineken taste, just not as strong as Heineken. Felt good in the mouth. Carbonation was about right. The cap that comes on the bottle was always in my way when pouring. The bottle the way that its made always had beer running down the side when done pouring. Maybe if you drank these all the time, you would get use to the cap. Other than that I could drink these and have a nice session with them.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2008 18:45:58 | More by youngleo
Photo of mbo34


3.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Yeah, it comes in a green bottle and it's from the Netherlands. Sure, it's yellow and doesn't smell like much, but this beer really hits the spot sometimes...a good reminder that beer need not be dark, heavy, unbalanced or produced on a small scale to taste good.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2008 19:21:52 | More by mbo34
Photo of HomeRunBaker

Rhode Island

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

Taste, smell, and appearance were all pretty standard. This was an average brew in just about every way. There was a little too much carbonation, and that, coupled with the watered down taste, made for a sub-par experience. With all the beer in the world, there are many others to sample before this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2008 04:04:34 | More by HomeRunBaker
Photo of jar2574


2.75/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Nice pour, fluffy white head over a clear yellow lager.

Smells like hops but is a little metallic.

This isn't a terrible offering, but I don't like the taste. More malts than you'd think from the smell. Not very hoppy. Probably meant to be a mellow, chill-out beer. But overall, there's a general lack of flavor and the flavor that's there is cheap, for lack of a better word. Like the ingredients aren't quite up to snuff. Borderline skunky.

Better than many other mass-produced beers, because at least there's some flavor. But a dissappointment, all things considered.

On a hot summer's day, these are tolerable, but nothing I'll buy again.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2008 19:18:54 | More by jar2574
Photo of rye726


1.78/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This comes in a cool bottle, but that is about it. Because of the bottle, it is probably even more over priced for what's inside. A clear yellow and poor tan head. Not much of a smell. Some grains perhaps. Very light flavor and a bit bitter. Light body as well. Not much of a lager in my book, but drinkable I guess.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2008 18:11:08 | More by rye726
Photo of swizzlenuts


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

With this beer there is a decent sized head with a yellow/golden colour beer. The nose is quite malty and that's about it. The beer is malty with hints of sweetness that is kind of fruity. The malt flavour in this beer is different than most lagers, which makes it nice. The beer doesn't have a lot of flavour, but the flavour it does have isn't too bad. I can drink a few of these because there isn't much flavour there.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2008 08:47:53 | More by swizzlenuts
Photo of hustlesworth


2.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A- clear pale golden yellow with rapidly rising bubbles and a somewhat puffy active head that falls before my eyes. some cobwebby lace hangs around, but after this baby settles, it's pretty much gone, save for a thin ring.

S- faint pale malt sweetness and some musty slightly floral hops. overall a grassy and rather weak aroma with just a touch of citrus

T- well water, generic tasting pale barley, grass clippings, corn, undercooked veggies, the earthy taste of something like raw zucchini or eggplant, with a small amount of noble hop bitterness that dominates the other flavors in the second half, but fades out quickly in the finish.

MF- feels just like our well known pale-euros and american macros, light bodied and pushing the limit on fizzies, with a slightly astringent feeling.

D- pretty drinkable due to the beer's overall character as a mildly flavored crisp clean lager, but the taste of adjuncts can quickly become undesirable if you let this one sit around too long. just like the spaten i just reviewed, ice cold is the way to go.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2008 03:22:29 | More by hustlesworth
Photo of mashedpotatoes


4.43/5  rDev +43.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Typical golden lager appearance; the Grolsch premium lager pours a pretty, pillowy white head. The smell is quite tame and mild, nothing funky or skunky here. The taste is surprisingly creamy and the finish is better than expected. Mouthfeel is clean and again, a bit creamy, very pleasing to the palate. Drinkability ensures comfort, six of these would make for a nice relaxing evening.

A well rounded premium lager that is much better than expected.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2008 22:52:22 | More by mashedpotatoes
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Single bottle just purchased from Total Wine and More in West Orange for $1.79...
Seen this beer around a lot and despite its commonality, was always interested in giving it a shot...
Pours a light, straw-colored hue with very little head and hardly any lacing...
Pale, straw and grain aroma with not much going on in this department...
Satisfying, yet bland taste - a good depiction of the style, but not an exciting beer by any stretch of the imagination...
Easily drinkable with a modest ABV...
Basically your average beer...

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2008 10:55:56 | More by dsa7783
Photo of FriedGold2010


4.45/5  rDev +44%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Grolsch is a great and very accessible example of a Dutch or "Euro" lager. Once you get over the, and I'll admit it, really freakin' cool flip-top bottle, it's still a great lager that delivers with no skunk and a full flavor.

I've just had it poured from one of those damn-cool bottles into a pint glass. It pours with a moderately sized white head that dissipates somewhat rapidly leaving very little lace. The beer has moderate carbonation with fine, small bubbles. The taste has a foundation of the bready lager malt taste with a licorice-type twist thats typical of dutch lagers, topped with a
very floral, little bit fruity European hop flavor. The taste is very complex and tastes several sit-downs to get one's way around a description. However, it is a very drinkable beer. I recommend pairing with any sort of British or American pub grub, fried and boiled seafood, but especially Indian food which pairs well with beers that have a strong hoppy nature.

Now how's that for a slice of fried gold?
Yeah-heah Roy!

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2008 08:14:14 | More by FriedGold2010
Photo of nocheinsbitte

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a typical Euro Lager, but much better than a Heineken.
App: Pours a medium golden color with a decent head that dies away after 2 minutes. Good carbonation.
Smell: Not as acidicy (sp) as Heini, a little buttery tone to it. Non-repugnant.
Taste: This is a good euro lager that you can drink all day while watching the game(s). Easy going down, a little tart at the end, fairly enjoyable.
Mouthfeel: Nothing special, good feel and taste.
Drinkability: As I stated earlier, this is a n easy bier for you to drink all day on the beach or watching the games.
I recommend it for what it is, an east drinking bier...

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2008 22:01:28 | More by nocheinsbitte
Photo of FleeVT


3.1/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. greenie with "Best by" date poured into a pilsner.

A: Extremely pale yellow with a thin white head and slow trickle of tiny bubbles from the bottom.

S: Lots of malts and a bit of a skunky "old beer" smell. Very mild hops on the nose.

T/M: A crisp beer with good carbonation. Lots of malty flavor again, similar to the nose. A slightly bitter finish, which I'm not sure is the hops, also permeates the aftertaste.

D: It's a daytime beer, and possible a session beer. It wouldn't be my first choice with the nose and palate, but if you're buying, I'll be there. I do plan on trying this one again, just to be sure it wasn't a spoiled batch.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2008 23:58:12 | More by FleeVT
Photo of Hornet2003

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
Photo of arguemaniac


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

Classic, simple and oh so drinkable. Grolsch was one of the first beers I ever tried and that probably has something to do with why I managed to skip the macro scene altogether and just go straight for the good stuff. A slightly buttery malt base with a good amount grain sweetness and mellow, but balancing vegetal hop spice.

Clean and balanced, I could drink this stuff al day. It's one of those beers that isn't so different from beers like Heineken, for example, but is clearly a step above.


Serving type: bottle

03-29-2008 21:57:53 | More by arguemaniac
Photo of albern


2.42/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is pretty crappy lager, and too much in the family of mediocre, bland American macros with an overcooked veggie base. There is bit more of a syrupy malt backbone which may be the distinguishing characteristic from any number of more dry crisp crappy American macros. The beer is about as yellow, straw pale as it comes, with some white head and some lacing. The smell is pretty skunky herbal with some lemony tartness too. There is a sour unpleasantness and maybe a bit of an artificial chemically aroma lingering about. The taste is cooked veggies, herbal astringency, dry straw, and dryish malt in the finish. I'm pouring this one down the drain and going for something with more taste. I haven't had a Grolsch in years and I see no reason to revisit the past.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2008 23:25:09 | More by albern
Photo of Bestuurder

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass, a two-finger head that was decent, even frothy similar to a milkshake, yet this dissipated quickly.

Minimal lacing was present, as well as a well. almost overly-carbonated beer. Smell well balanced, with earthy toned, as well as hoppy characteristics with a malty aroma to the palate.

The hopping was surprisingly well balanced and complimented by a bitterness that was rather full in the mouth, perhaps the barley came through. Overall a medium to heavy body that transitioned quite smoothlyl. Excellent brew for the patio in the summer with a steak and potatoe dish or a barbequed chicken and rib platter.

Serving type: growler

02-27-2008 03:49:23 | More by Bestuurder
Photo of Absumaster


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

A golden beer with a head that lasts for a few minutes before it settles into a small layer of creamy foam which leaved lacing on the glass.

Smell is full of pilsmalt, like a handfull of dry malt, grainy like cereal. There is a light hoppy smell that appears to be extract. In the end a smell of DMS comes around the corner, which is a bit unpleasant.

Taste is light malty with a reasonable bitterness. This used to be higher in my memory. The vegetable smell is not in the taste. I can taste a little citric note, which makes this not very exciting beer a little more complex.
Aftertaste is long and bitter with some malt.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2008 10:36:12 | More by Absumaster
Photo of BeerImmediately


1.85/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured from 12oz bottle.

Unexpectedly large, 4 finger white head. Which faded quickly. Pale yellow color, as expected.

Phew... the smell took me right back to my fraternity house the morning after a party. Stale, cheap - not pleasant.

Taste was grainy and bitter, like many Euro lagers, but not quite as harsh as Heineken.

Mouthfeel was almost as rough as the smell. Decent carbonation, but bad aftertaste.

Outside of how this beer looks (like that matters), it is really not good.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2008 22:10:50 | More by BeerImmediately
Photo of donteatpoop


1.83/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I can't say that I am a fan of this one.

The term gold could be used to describe this lager, but 'gold' makes it sound valuable so am going to go with 'yellow' because yellow has more negative conotations associated with it. It's a light clear yellow in color.

The aroma is on par with a can of Budweiser that has been sitting out all night and someone tossed a cigarette butt into it instead of using an ashtray like a civilized human being.

I suppose the carbonation level and overall body of the beer are it's saving graces; though even that is just average. I don't think I'll be buying this again unless my only options are extremely limited.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2008 05:59:04 | More by donteatpoop
Photo of hardy008


2.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - poured out of the green bottle with a light gold color and an average white head which quickly disappeared.

Smell - Light aroma of hops and malt.

Taste - Lightly sweet and mild. Also a touch of bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and mellow.

Drinkability - Pretty average.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2008 23:00:23 | More by hardy008
Photo of clayrock81


3.2/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass and received a two-finger head that was slightly frothy and receeded quickly. This did leave a small head w/ minimal lacings that stayed on the beer throughout this constantly carbonated beverage. Smell was earthy and hoppy with a tad bit of malt coming out. The taste was not overly hoppy, as there seemed to be a dirt/grass taste with a hint of yeast (it seemed). Hops were present and complimented by some bitterness that was rather full in the mouth, perhaps the barley came through. Overall a medium to heavy body that went down smooth but rather uneventful. Just not a beer I would seek out.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2008 00:45:33 | More by clayrock81
Photo of Gehrig


3.38/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A finger of slightly off-white head caps this light-gold lager, with surprising duration from the head. Molson could take a lesson from Grolsch on head retention. The smell is a little bland--modest hops, bitter-sweet, but little else confront my amateurish nose. The taste is better, improved somewhat by a slightly bitter-hopped tinge to the beer to offset the fairly smooth feel overall. Grolsch is fairly easy to have, but presents basics to the consumer, characterized more by decency than by any superlative spikes. It won't wow people, but is fairly pleasant overall. Not bad.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2008 05:42:34 | More by Gehrig
Photo of jdmorgan


3.83/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a pale yellow color with a medium white head. The swing-top lid was a fun change of pace, I might add.

The smell was of faint malt and hops and was very light. The taste was slightly sweet, with a medium malt body and a medium hop profile. Hop flavor was characterized by a slightly grassy taste with a bit of astringency. These flavors were kept largely in check and blended well. The flavor was light and crisp overall. The consistency was thin and the carbonation was medium.

All in all, it's a decent beer. Light, no doubt, but of a higher quality and taste than you'd find in most macros for instance. It's not the first beer I'd reach for, but still pretty good. I was impressed by the hop flavor balance. The bottle is fun too! :-)

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2008 04:02:16 | More by jdmorgan
Photo of SIRIUS2

North Carolina

2.85/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer has a pale golden color. Poured into a pint glass it produced a very thin head that diminished very quickly leaving practically no lacing behind. The smell didn't add anything to the experience. Flavor was light, thin actually. Rolling this over the tongue it feels watery, with a light bittering that seems is the only thing that came from the hops used for this brew.

Drinkability? Uh, well, there's a lot better out there but a lot worse too. The watery body quenches about as well. If offered, I probably wouldn't turn it down but I wouldn't seek it out either.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2008 01:31:58 | More by SIRIUS2
Photo of chilidog


2.9/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I picked up this Grolsch after seeing them with the flip top. Several sizes available thoughout the holidays. I went with the 16 oz. flip.

It pours a good looking darker gold. Atop sits an egg-shell head that was thick and fluffy. It laced alittle as well. Good carbonation and body feel.

The aroma on the other hand, abit strong, in the wrong direction. Corn and husk overtake anything else.

The taste, alittle more mellow but still hints that ride the flavor wave like corn earth and husk with a bit of metalic lager.

Mouthfeel is smooth with a pepper/corn afterfeel.

Drinkability is fair or just ok. My local store carries a few other Grolsch offerings. This beer has the body and is good enough for me to check out the Amber and Blonde. I thought this would be like a Heine, this one carries alittle more charactor.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2008 19:36:32 | More by chilidog
Grolsch Premium Lager from Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.
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