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Ratings: 1,551
Reviews: 627
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 18.71%
Wants: 20
Gots: 134 | 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 MaxBrewell
3.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Flip-top bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Clear-golden color with mild head that faded quickly.

S - Herbal hops, grassy and a hint of skunkiness.

T - Grassy hops and slightly bitter.

M - Light, verly low carbonation and finishes semi-dry.

D - Not an impressive beer, but as a Light Euro-Lager (Pilsener) it would quench the thirst on a warm late Fall day.

Photo of flyingpig
3.28/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very light gold colour with a tiny, soft white head that goes fast.

A faint herbal/grassy kind of smell.

Sort of typical for a pale lager only a lot more smooth with a nice bitter finish.

Hardly any carbonation, not too dry or thin; it goes down well.

A really nice beer with no real negative features, I could drink these all night.

Photo of JayS2629
3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cool bottle.

A- Clear golden color with light soft white head.

S- Herbal hops, mild spice, mild subdued but tolerable skunk.

T- Grassy, sweet malts undertoning, mild spice, herbs and again a tolerable faint skunkiness.

M- crisp, light, refreshing with a dry finish.

D- Easy to drink. Light and refreshing. Faint skunkiness downgrades it but it isn't as skunky as some green bottled beer can be.

Photo of steveh
3.48/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can't even remember the last time I tried this one, always an old fave back in the dark days before micro brew. A local always has a decent sale now and again, so I snapped some up.

Green, 12oz. bottles from a covered 12 pack.

Bros call this a "Euro Pale Lager," but the Grolsch web site calls it a Pilsener (with that western Euro spelling of the style).

A -- Clear gold color with a soft, slow-settling white head.

S -- Mild spicy and herbal hops. The herbal quality is unlike any German noble hop. Some mild DMS with warming. Just a little light in character.

T -- That spicy and herbal quality up front, even some mild citrus fruitiness. Crisp, bitter hops as a backbone. The vaguest of bready malt back. Nothing great, but nothing earth-shaking.

B -- Light body with a very crisp mouthfeel and dry finish.

D -- Drinkability is good, though I wonder if that herbal quality matched with the bitterness and dryness wouldn't become tiring after a while. Another of those old stand-bys that gets little love anymore, but really isn't too bad.

OBTW -- No skunkiness in the 2 bottles consumed for this review.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Grolsch Premium Lager from Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.
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