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Grolsch Premium Lager - Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.

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1,521 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,521
Reviews: 623
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 18.71%
Wants: 18
Gots: 122 | FT: 0
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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 CheckmateBrew
3.55/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

If there was a category for the bottle, Grolsch would be one of the clear winners!

Appearance - Light and clear lagger like. Head was small with tiny little bubbles.

Smell - A strong lagger smell, no hops, no malt, just lagger beer.

Taste - Smooth which is what you want from a lagger beer, and true to style, I just like a bit more.

Mouthfeel - Not too complex, just a drinkable beer.

Drinkability - I usually prefer more complex or darker beers. But on a hot summer day after a workout this would go down really smooth. This is what you want from a lagger. Dont get me wrong I still prefer my Dark Belgian, but there is a place for this and other lighter beers in my fridge.

CheckmateBrew, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of CrazyMike
3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow appearance with light head, smell is mostly malty and a bit grassy, nothing to noticeable.

The taste is grassy and malty, slight hop taste. The body is light with high carbonation. Aftertaste is faint but bitter, goes down smooth.

Overall, this beer is nothing out of the ordinary. It is drinkable, maybe something to drink in the summer, but for the most part a generic Euro Pale Lager.

CrazyMike, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of andrenaline
3.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've had this on several occasions, but this is my first time reviewing.

A - Pours a light golden colour with a thick fluffy head which dissipates rather quickly leaving the odd sporatic lacing.

S - Scent is much like any other import, dominated by sweet corn and bitter grassy hops.

T - Again, nothing surprising here, with a classic Euro ale flavour dominated by sweet corn, grassy hops and bready malts.

M - No complaints in this department, a medium bodied ale which goes down smooth and isn't overly dry.

D - This stuff is easily poundable, but it's nothing memorable.

andrenaline, Nov 06, 2010
Photo of kwjd
2.7/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

kwjd, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of BARFLYB
3.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a bottle of this for nostalgic reasons.

A- Bright tan with yellow intertwined. No head not even a cap from a hard pour not from the tap. This beer looks dead. no lace.

S- It smells like a euro pale lager allright. As soon as i popped the top that grainy smell came busting out. Some grass and faint malt make this one up, no sense of hop bitterness. Surprisingly this does not smell skunked like many others.

T- And it does not taste skunked either, which to me is amazing, since it comes in a green bottle. It does not taste banging or even worthy of another purchase, but it beats heine and others out of the water. Grain, faint malt, grass, yep!

M- Thin and lightly carbed and not very offensive.

D- It's alright but it certainly is not the bees knees.

BARFLYB, Oct 22, 2010
Photo of dasenebler
3.08/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

dasenebler, Oct 11, 2010
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 megahurts4
2.73/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Grolsch Lager

Appearance: Amber, medium head, and some lacing.

Smell: Malty and grainy with a subtle skunk.

Taste: Malts, grains, and a faint subdued hops.

Mouthfeel: Light and smooth.

This is more of an average lager. Not a strong flavor, but it consists mostly of malts and grains with very light aftertaste.

megahurts4, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of srandycarter
3.7/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Light honey, clear, very white thinish head. Leaves to disk fast. Spotty cling lace.

S - Bitter hops dominate smell.

T - Grassy, light malt flavor, bittered well by hops.

M - Light body, good carb, ok balance.

D - An old favorite. Not my choice for session, but kicks ass over bud light!

srandycarter, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of A380
2.7/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

A380, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of racer2k
3.35/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a flip top bottle into my favorite pint glass

A - Golden amber color to the beer with one finger of white head. The pour leaves some solid retention and lacing around the perimeter of the glass. Lots of carbonation working as well.

S - Sweet grains and a lighter malt characteristic. Also present is an earthy malty aroma that is quite inviting.

T - Smooth sweet malty beginning with a bitter finish to the beer. Not highly hopped by any stretch of the imagination but a solid citizen beer.

M - Light body to the beer with heavy carbonation. I would characterize this beer as being quite sessionable.

D - Easy drinking with moderate carbonation on board. This beer is a nice alternative to the watered down tasteless BMC offerings.

racer2k, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of dcook11
3.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- white head...looks very similiar to a heinekein.

S- Malt forward with a tad bit of skunky aroma.

T- Malt forward agin with a slight bitterness at the end.

M- light bodied.

D- alright but very easy to get bored with this after a while. Not something id drink alot of.

dcook11, Sep 18, 2010
Photo of AleWatcher
3.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Trying to catch up on my notes from the past 6 weeks or so... Reviewed from notes.

This swingtop was bought for some hand-bottling needs... Served the beer in a standard pint.
March 8th 2011 on the bottle.0

Pours a clear darker golden color. White 1.5 finger head.

A lime smell is upfront? Odd? Faint malts blends into a limey hop note. A slight skunking has begun.

Taste is sweet... then a bit of dryness. The finish has a slight floral and spicy hop note. Crisp and dry finish is decently refreshing and drinkable.

Body is pretty heavy for the style-- but enough carbonation helps keep is drinkable.

I only bought these for the bottles... but I'll have no problem finishing off the beer. Though not my style of choice-- this isn't the worst thing to happen to beer.

AleWatcher, Sep 13, 2010
Photo of btorsdog
4/5  rDev +29%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Something cheezy and funky that keeps me liking this beer over and over for years.
Wouldn't call this craft but is indeed a well made product with a solid dependable quality.
gleaming brite yellow in color with a malty scent to it.
Tastes kind of skunky with a mild hops bitterness,weird and pleasing at same time.
mouth is medium body with a slight chewiness.
drink is extremely good IF your in the mood for it,fairly solid beer and can usually get on sale around all holidays!

btorsdog, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of atis
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

atis, Aug 17, 2010
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 treque
3.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Shades of amber to pale orange, perfectly translucent. Serving
presents a rich lather in light shade with good retention, light residue and tiny bubble. The constant carbonation

S: In species perceived aroma and a deep smell of barley that is reflected in the taste

T: Bitter start to an extended ending without being extremely dry.

treque, Aug 12, 2010
Photo of darkmartin
2.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours to a clear golden-brown with a foamy white head that leaves thick, sticky lacing.

Smell: Smells primarily of grain with faint citrus hops.

Taste: Flavor is really fairly simple, all grain with a dry finish. Mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Quite light beer with a clean finish. Pretty heavily carbonated.

Drinkability: Overall the beer is just too simple for me. The heavy grain notes aren't even contrasted with a noticeable alcohol content. This would be drinkable on a hot summer day, but even then not my first choice.

darkmartin, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of scott451
3.35/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

scott451, Jul 10, 2010
Photo of wahhmaster
2.05/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Pilsner Urquell pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a pale yellow color with a large, fizzy, white head that dissipates slowly and leaves some spotty lacing.

Smell: Has a faint sweet, grainy smell with faint hints of grassy hops, perhaps.

Taste: Mildly bitter up front. Develops a sweet, grainy flavor at the back reminiscent of most macro lagers. Pretty blah...

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

Drinkability: A pretty standard macro lager. Probably tastes slightly better than most American macro lagers but certainly isn't worth the price that most places charge for imports.

wahhmaster, Jul 07, 2010
Photo of DJED69
3.65/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

So, I just won a 12 pk of Grolsch thanks to taking the Dutch over Brazil in a WC game.

Probabaly been a good 10+ years since I last had a Grolsch. You know what, pretty damn good beer. Very crisp, smooth and has a nice body to it. Reminds me of a less skunky Heineken (and smoother). A great comparison would be to a mild Bohemian Pilsner---has some attributes---not as bitter.

Overall, a very plesant brew to enjoy on a warm Summer day. I can see buying more myself once I finish this round. At 5% abv, drinking these all day at a BBQ or having a few with friends is no big deal. Nice European lager!

DJED69, Jul 03, 2010
Photo of Jemonster
3.63/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 1 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This beer should just be drank out of the bottle. The body isn't bad looking, clear and straw colored. The head however, looks disgusting. Clumpy and overly foamy, but especially...clumpy. After a pour into the glass, looks like badly made foam for a cappuccino. It starts to dissipate into slimy, spitty looking patches that made me want to stop drinking this beer. A bit like marshmallows melting in a hot cocoa.

S: Grassy and musky scent. Also slightly sour and clean citrus.

T: It was pretty good, but it was hard to get over the appearance! Again with the musk and citrus, and a little bit of bitterness from the hops.

M: Thin and smooth overall, minus the head. Probably the best part about this one.

D: If I didn't see what the head looked like, I could session this beer at a party. It feels like a social drinking beer rather than an "enjoy me" beer.

Jemonster, Jun 22, 2010
Photo of biegaman
2.83/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

That green glass bottle may have corrupted the beer's aroma (we'll see) but it's obviously done nothing to tarnish its lustrous golden complexion. The appearance could aptly be described as sparkling, both for its spotless clarity and for the flood of twinkling bubbles. Its head is appropriately fluffy, much of it managing to fasten to the glass.

The aroma is not rotten but it is repellent. The green glass has in fact added a faint fragrance of skunk. Normally I'm against reviewing beers that have been clearly mishandled but the choice to put the beer in green bottles is deliberate on the brewery's behalf (and it's a decision motivated by marketing, with no concerns about quality).

Besides that, the bouquet needed no extra help in being unappealing anyway. It, much like the taste, is dominated by a corn-like flavour that is both stale and cloying, with an artificial kind of sweetness. To its credit, it does also have a smidgen of bready, grainy barley malt taste (which is more than can be said for many other mass-produced lagers).

The mouthfeel is overtaken by a stinging, soda-pop like carbonation. Although it can be bloating, it does numb the tongue to at least some of the unwanted by-products of all the adjuncts used (cottony dryness, cloying sweetness, unwanted aftertaste). I could get through one serving but the thought of another was most unappetizing.

I really couldn't chose between major European brands like Grolsch and Heineken, to name only two, if only because I dislike them all for the same reasons: they are intentionally drab, insipid beers that are ridden with adjuncts and driven only by advertising. If that's the kind of beers you like then Grolsch will probably register pretty favorably with you.

biegaman, Jun 19, 2010
Photo of SAtaMi
3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - 1 1/2" head that was gone very quickly. Light gold in color that is quite clear.

Smell - Grainy and hop filled.

Taste - Wheat and barley with a dry hop aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Clean, crisp and on the light side.

Drinkability - It is not a bad beer just so so not a great beer either. Very average.

SAtaMi, Jun 07, 2010
Photo of xylophonica
3.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Not much to rave about; little head, pale golden colour.

S - Wheat and freshly cut grass. Bit of barley as well.

T - Bitter, classic lager taste. Sweet on the way down. Hint of honey and malt. Actually a little bit watery...

M - Soft on the tongue, not much else to talk about.

D - If you had to, you could.

I remember this being better than what I'm experiencing now. Sorry to say this isn't that great. Definitely better examples of this style of beer out there.

xylophonica, May 29, 2010
Grolsch Premium Lager from Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.
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