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Grolsch Premium Lager - Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.

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1,487 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,487
Reviews: 618
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 18.39%
Wants: 18
Gots: 108 | FT: 0
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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 woodychandler
3.43/5  rDev +10.6%
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!

woodychandler, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of burnerfinger
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

started buying this just for the bottles.
one night (tonight) decided to give it a review.

A poured from the 16 oz bottle into my goblet. just a little bit darker than pale straw. this pours super clear and visually almost flat. The evervescent head makes me think of ginger ale. settles down to almost nothing super quick, leaving no lacing at all.

S a bit on the skunky side. not much maltiness at all (at least to the nose)

T Just a touch of hoppiness here, and not much else.

M: the carbonation is very apparent in the mouthfeel. leaves a slightly "stale" aftertast of the off-hops. cant detect the alcohol at all.

D: well all in all this is not very remarkable.
what I CAN say for Grolsch is the bottle does well for homebrew. this is pretty expensive beer - they charge premium beer prices for only a FOUR pack of 16 oz bottles. But the swingtop bottles are almost as expensive at my homebrewer's supply store as empty bottles. So from that point of view this is free beer. because of that reason (and ONLY that reason) I will continue to buy this until I have enough bottles....and after that I will probably continue to buy more bottles with Grolsch because when I give people brew only about half of them return the bottle.

all that above reflects BUYabilty not DRINKablity. This isn't very good at all but at least it's better than the rice-based macros.


burnerfinger, Oct 27, 2009
Photo of Brabander
3.58/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer in a restaurant this night. It's one of the popular beers in my country. The brewery is situated in the east of Holland, nearby the German border.

It is a light sweet pilsener and it is very drinkable. Not much foam anf little co2.

The beer in the crates have a special way to open it as you can see on the foto.

It is not my favourite dutch beer but it is not a punishment to drink this one. Tonight however i will open my second westy 12. Lifes good!!!

Brabander, Oct 17, 2009
Photo of unclejimbay
3.03/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Grolsch Premium Lager
Grolsche Bierbrouwerij N.V.
Style: Euro Pale Lager
ABV: 5.00 %
11.2 crown capped green bottle > pint glass


Appearance is very clear golden straw color, with decent head & retention.
Smell is malt based aroma with a bit of skunkyness sneaking in as most in this style IMO.
Taste follows smell.
Mouthfeel is high carbonation with a light body.
Drinkability - I enjoyed the malt body but disliked the skunkyness of this brew.

unclejimbay, Oct 13, 2009
Photo of nectar14
3.63/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 16 oz

A: Pours a medium gold color, nice and clear, with a 2 finger foamy head, nice lacing on the glass. Looks good.

S: Grainy and a whiff of skunkiness that actually works OK in this. Hint of biscuit.

T: Bitter grains and biscuit flavors. Nice bitterness on the finish.

M: Easy going down. Would imagine this would pair well with food.

D: High marks. Good European lager. Not big and bold, but crisp and bitter on the finish.

nectar14, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of tigg924
2.13/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, clear, straw yellow, high carbonation. It does come in a really neat looking bottle.

Smell: wheat, grass, almost at the start of skunking

Taste: straw, grass, and some metallic aftertaste as well

Mouthfeel: very high carbonation, light, watery, slightly bitter towards the end

Drinkability: I will be passing on this in the future. For the style, the flavors just don't add up and the high carbonation is overwhelming. I will be passing on this in the future.

tigg924, Sep 30, 2009
Photo of rvdoorn
3.15/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice, somewhat traditional looking green bottle. Beers pours like a typical lager (yellow-straw color) with a nice two finger-thick, snow-white head. Because I finished the beer within several minutes, I don't have a clue how long the head lasted...

Smell: grain and some undefined herbs (herbal hops?)

Taste: Crispy, dried grass, herbs and malted barley. The bitterness that is nicely present during the whole taste, becomes stronger in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: like a typical lager. Medium-high carbonation

Overall: Much better than Heineken. The Grolsch beer in the Netherlands that I reviewed here however, is quite different from the Grolsch export beer available outside the Netherlands (much more sweet, and less taste). Clearly one of my favorite Dutch lagers.

rvdoorn, Sep 16, 2009
Photo of Kooz
1.98/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

The swingtop bottle is very cool. Aside from that, I was surprised by the scores I gave this beer. I always though I liked Grolsch, but maybe I haven't been objective with myself. Or maybe this was a bad batch or old bottle.

The color upon pouring into a pint glass was a somewhat unappealing pale yellow. I detected little smell, which is better than skunk, but not by much--it's what I'd expect from a watery light beer like Coors Light. If the smell wasn't skunky, the taste hinted of it. Saved by a slightly sweet and not unpleasant finish. The mouthfeel was not good--soapy and too carbonated--it actually gave me a slight burning sensation. I'd have to say, based on this bottle, Grolsch gets a low drinkability score, but I hope to try it again and recapture whatever it was that once made me think this was a decent beer.

Kooz, Sep 14, 2009
Photo of epicness
2.25/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Wow... Cool looking bottle. Too bad there isn't much else cool about it.

A - Golden color. Fluffly white head. Minimal lacing.

S - Corn and floral aroma is about it when you take a sniff.

T - A little bitter. Dry taste. It's a pretty good duplicate of the smell. Bitter dry corn. Not complex at all. Pretty straight forward. It kind of has a watery taste to it. I didn't expect this at all, and I was disappointed.

M - Light to medium bodied. Very very high carbonated beer. I didn't like that at all. Seemed like I was drinking pop.

D - Pretty easy to drink though I guess. If you like the taste that is.

I wouldn't drink it again, not because I hated it, I just would rather drink something better.

epicness, Sep 13, 2009
Photo of jgasparine
3.3/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- An agressive pour from the flip-top bottle yielded a 1/4" of white foam, which slowly dissipated, leaving a few traces of lacing behind. The body was a bright yellow (hate to say it- but the exact color or urine). Coarse bubble trains were observed from the sides of the glass.

S- Smells like a commercial European Pale Lager- honey sweetness co-mingled with some traces of low-alpha hops. Not much else to the nose- simple and straight-forward.

T- The taste is a perfect replicate of the nose... although I find the hop bitterness to be a touch heaver than expected. Finish is lingering- dry and slightly bitter. Again, no complexity here... simple and straightforward.

M- Light to medium body. I little more viscous than I anticipated... in a good way. The carbonation is coarse... in a bad way. This makes the mouthfeel almost wash in my book...

D- Goes down easy enough... mild enough in flavor to be sessionable... light enough in alcohol to be sessionable. Overall, I'd say it's quite drinkable!

jgasparine, Sep 11, 2009
Photo of tosshin
3.73/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: golden grain color. clear. big head, light, white, fluffy, with some lacing
s: light honey, malty sweetness, grains
t: some maltiness, a bit of honey, finishes with a nice bitterness
m: crisp, clean, mild carbonation
d: refreshing, the bitterness might make this harder to pound back bottle after bottle.

tosshin, Sep 06, 2009
Photo of RyanBelle
2.53/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

450 mL classic green bottle swing-top poured into tall Pilsner glass

This beer is not bad. It is super dry and sticky on the way down, which I can't decide if I like yet. I will try the can and re-review it to give it some justice. Super active carbonation in this one although not super fizzy. White lacing is apparent in small patches down the glass and really gives it a nice sign of quality, but it could be better. The main taste in this one I find is actually bitter corn and a little bit of a wine-like taste. Not bready whatsoever to my palatte (which is a beer trait I like) Warming alcohol is present and the aftertaste is super dry bitter corn taste as well.

Somewhat thin taste overall, not thirst quenching and not super-satisfying. The head seemed impressive at first with lots of foam (1 inch) but diminished super quick. The bubbles rose from the glass from the carbonation until I finished drinking it.

Try it out, but don't expect 394 years of their brewing tradition to make any difference separating this from the pack, although it certainly, certainly should.

RyanBelle, Aug 31, 2009
Photo of jujubeast6000
3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 7/9/2009 (bottle BB 05FEB2010):

Pours a golden brown yellow colored body, clear. Small white head. Vegetably, sweet corn aroma. Malty. Malty tasty, malty aftertaste. Sweet, not as vegetably as most pale lagers, especially ones from Europe. Not quite refreshing.

jujubeast6000, Aug 10, 2009
Photo of almychristopher
3.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a golden color with an off white head that fades to a patchy sheet of lace. the beer owes a great deal of it's aroma to the nasty little bottom feeders that spawned it, but still not bad for a lager. the taste follows with a bit of sweet malt up front and of course the esters, and a bit of a mineral taste at the end. full carbonation and the light body with the crisp clean finish make this a easily quaffable beer, but not one that I seek out on a regular basis.

almychristopher, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of wheatyweiss
3.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 15.2 ounce swing top bottle into a pils glass.

Pours a light straw, no cloud with a soapy two finger head that settle to a half finger with active carbonation climbing the glass.

Aroma is typical euro lager floral and corny aroma.

Flavor is very light grain, typical corny adjunct grain flavor with a tiny snap of floral nobles, but nothing spectacular. Finishes dry despite the grain sweetness and lack of bitterness, most likely the carb level.

Mouthfeel is thin and very highly carbonated, I feel like I'm getting heartburn right now.

Not horrible, but I'm ashamed to say that I think Heineken is better, in a can.

I wish I could give points for the swing top, makes for good home brew bottles.

wheatyweiss, Aug 07, 2009
Photo of BeanBone
3.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A crystal-clear golden-straw body capped by a generous white head that features decent retention and lacing.

Aroma: Crisp and clean noble hops over a rich pale malt base.

Taste: Herbal, earthy, and slightly lemony hops up front with a pale, honeyish malt backbone underneath. The clean finish features grain and some mild bitterness. A rather straightforward brew, to be sure.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied with good carbonation and a dryish finish.

Drinkability: Goes back rapidly, making it quite the session beer if you're a fan of the flavor profile.

Verdict: Grolsch is a pretty typical example of the Euro Pale Lager style; inoffensive enough, but far from special.

BeanBone, Aug 04, 2009
Photo of BierFan
3.58/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 15.2 ounce green swing-top bottle into a pint glass. Freshness date of December 9th, 2009.

Appearance: White fizzy head vanished all too quickly. Light carbonation. Darker shade of yellow than most pale lagers.

Smell: Smells decent enough. Sweet pale malts, faint hops.

Taste: Very drinkable. No skunk despite the green bottle. Hops give it a little spicy/herbal aftertaste.

BierFan, Aug 02, 2009
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
Photo of tone77
3.28/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

tone77, Jul 30, 2009
Photo of joedon
3.68/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Available nearly everywhere in Amsterdam except some bars that are partial to Heineken. Possibly the number one competitor to Heineken in the Netherlands and is really quite similar.

A macro-lager but has more taste than the BMC stuff. Very refreshing and drinkable. This is a well made beer but not really special.

Certainly one would chose this over Bud or Beck's and probably Heinie.

joedon, Jul 25, 2009
Photo of KarlHungus
3.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear golden straw color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes quickly into minimal lacing. The aroma is bready pale malt, with a hint of spicy hops. I like the malt a lot, but wish the hops were just a little more pronounced. The hops show through more in the taste. However, I think that might be due to the malt being less present overall, instead of there actually being more hops. Still it is not a bad taste. The mouthfeel is light bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a decent beer. There is enough in it that I could drink it in a pinch. But not enough that I would call it a good Euro Lager, let alone a good beer.

KarlHungus, Jul 22, 2009
Photo of twiggamortis420
2.65/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This one is not a flip-top, but rather a regular 12 oz green bottle with only a neck label. Freshness date of 11Dec2009. Pours a very clear medium yellow color with a fluffy white head that displays some decent retention but no lacing.

Nose is very light on this beer with a few hints of cardboard-esque grainy malts and grassy hops. I get a bit of light fruitiness in there, perhaps some green apple and for some odd reason, uncooked hot dogs. Not altogether unpleasant, but far from great.

Lots of lightly toasty malts and just a mild hop bitterness for balance, but still leans toward the sweet side. Carbonation seems high, which is ok for this style and lends a helping hand to refreshability. Overall, just kind of stale tasting with a lingering, roughly bitter aftertaste. Not bad for a euro pale lager, but I am not disappointed I only got a single of this.

twiggamortis420, Jul 18, 2009
Photo of Onenote81
3.85/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a bottle of this at lunch today. Pours a crystal clear light gold with a thin white head on top. No retention, no lacing. Smells of corn, grains, and sweet sugar malts.

The mouth is crisp yet creamy. This is a very smooth lager. Flavor is of creamed corn, sweet breads, and hints of bitterness on the finish. This reminds me of a blonde ale, which I thought I was actually ordering. This is what came out instead. This is a very good lager that I will keep regularly in the fridge from now on.

Onenote81, Jun 30, 2009
Photo of drcarver
3.48/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Clear straw-colored sparkling body with a small white head.

S - Crisp smell of light malt and straw. Bit skunky.

T - Smooth crisp and clean. All around classic German lager taste

M - Smooth with little or no aftertaste

D - I'd choose beers before this one, but if it was around I'd drink it.

drcarver, Jun 29, 2009
Photo of puboflyons
3.53/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From the 355 ml. bottle marked 01DEC2009/8NO1-7:18:02. Sampled on Father's Day 2009.

A - golden yellow with lively carbonation and a fizzy white head that does not last long. Lacing does not cling to the glass for any longevity.

S - A mild mixture of malts and hops, Nothing out of the ordinary.

T/M - The mouthfeel is thin and light. The taste also boasts that subtle balance of malts and faint hops but it ends a bit sour. This is an easy one to pound down.

puboflyons, Jun 21, 2009
Grolsch Premium Lager from Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.
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