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Grolsch Premium Lager - Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.

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Ratings: 1,358
Reviews: 607
rAvg: 3.09
pDev: 18.45%
Wants: 16
Gots: 53 | 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 Rootdog316


3.15/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When you first catch the aroma of Grolsch, the first thing you will notice is the smell of hops. The aroma is somewhat "skunked", but not too much. It doesn't distract from the drinking experience. A quick pour of this beer, into the center of a glass, will give you a pretty good head of foam, but it doesn't last very long. Still, it's pretty good, as far as lagers go. The color of Grolsch is golden, and it has excellent clarity. The flavor is mostly hops, with a hint of sweet malt in the beginning, but with a bitter finish. The beer is easily drinkable, without too much harshness or heaviness.

Serving type: on-tap

12-10-2007 01:44:17 | More by Rootdog316
Photo of stcules


2.6/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Deep golden, quite dar. A white, decent head.
A decent hop in the smell. Notes of malt and lemon.
The taste is more malty than the smell. Again a decent herbal hop.
The hop is more strong in the aftertaste, quite pleasant, after all.
Quite balanced.
Nothing remarkable, but still drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2007 20:33:16 | More by stcules
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.53/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2007 20:49:02 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of rhoadsrage


2.8/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a crystal clear warm yellow body with a gentle carbonation of big bubbles and a sticky white head that last as a thin film for a bit.

S- This beer has alight sulfury noble hop note with a sulfury honey hint in the background. There was a light smell of dry corn that came through as the beer warmed.

T- The smooth slightly sulfury sweet taste of raw grain gets lighter on the sulfury sweet and heavier on the raw grain as the beer warms. There is a tap water taste with a carbonic acid and soft green hop bite that finishes the beer. The taste of raw grain and Noble hop linger in the after taste.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a crisp finish.

D- I really like the Kolsch style and this didn't really have any of the distict qualities of this style. There wasn't much character to the malt and the slight sulfury sweetness was overpowered by hops.

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2007 19:45:01 | More by rhoadsrage
Photo of PhageLab


3.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16oz swing top bottle. Looks like a miniature growler. I'm not going to pour this into a glass, I like the bottle.

A - Identical to all others in the style I imagine. I give this one more points in appearance due to the bottle, and yes i'm a consumer whore.

S - Faint grassy notes, perhaps a slight hop presence, but overall, there is nothing going on here, nothing bad, but not good either.

T - Slightly less metallic than Heineken, but maybe it's just me on this one, I seem to think all of the euro pales I've tried thus far tasted pretty much the same. Pocket change and a little bit of hops.

M - Light bodied, decent carbonation, a bit of a metallic aftertaste, nothing exceptional.

D - Decent, I'll kick back a few before moving on, and would choose it over most other water lagers. I wonder if SAB will change anything now that they've bought it? I'll try one again in 6 months and see if it differs. Recommended only if you really like this style.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2007 22:40:58 | More by PhageLab
Photo of thierrynantes


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

Beer bottle (25cl.), tasted in 2002.

Appearance: sparkling blond color, beautiful white foam head that fades quickly, low effervesence.
Smell : malt and grain aromas.
Taste and mouthfeel: very soft in the mouth, sweet taste, low bitterness.
Drinkability: an average beer in the style pale lager.

Review translated from french 5-25-2008.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2007 21:38:01 | More by thierrynantes
Photo of vikingloki


3.45/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had been wanting to try it, but didn't want to commit to a case, and got a four pack. I would have been worried about the beer being skunked, since the bottle was green. I got it out of a refrigeratated case, so I hoped I was safe.

Poured from the classic flip top bottle into a pint glass.

Easy 2 inches of foam sitting on top of a nice clear pale straw brew. Noramal carbonation.

No whiff of skunkiness, the beer tastes like a traditional lager should, maybe even a light lager. Crisp, slight hop flavor, not much maltiness is here. Not much on mouthfeel. Could easily have drank the whole 16 ounce four pack in an afternoon without any ill effects.

Happy to have the bottles for my homebrew...might buy a case sometime.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2007 12:17:58 | More by vikingloki
Photo of dnichols


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

I had a serving from the 16 ounce green flip-top bottle.

A: It had a light gold color with a bone white three finger head that exhibited moderate retention. There was a wee bit of lacing, but not much.

S: There was a noticeable aroma of malt and a touch of grassy hops.

T: It has a light sweet beginning that was replaced by a slightly bitter bite. The aggressive carbonation gave the brew a slightly citrusy zest and resulted in a finish that was initially clean but was soon replaced with a lingering sour taste in my mouth.

M: Moderately light body that is overly carbonated and not well balanced.

D: It is light and refreshing. Easy to drink. It could be consumed in multiples with little trouble.

Comment: The distinctive packaging makes this a beer that calls out to be selected from the commonness that surround it on the shelf. However, after drinking the beer you come to find it is a fairly common lager.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2007 17:36:50 | More by dnichols
Photo of ZimZamZoom

West Virginia

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

Classic green pop-top bottle. Poured into a pilsner glass. Straw colored, with a thick white head. Nice looking pour really. Head lingers for quite a while and leaves a bit of lacing taboot.

Mildly skunky yet not unpleasant aroma, with a bit of maltiness. There might be some perceptible hops at the end. Tastes about the same, with the somehow pleasant skunkiness mixing with some adjunct or malt flavor and definitely some hop bitterness in the finish.

This Euro lager is heavy in spite of itself. I could see the 16oz bottle filling me up for sure. It's not bad for the first beer of the night, but I probably wouldn't have even tasted it if it was my second.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2007 00:40:16 | More by ZimZamZoom
Photo of MiguelMandingo


2.55/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was the first time I have had a Grolsch. It wasn't horrible, but it wasn't good either.

Poured a 16.oz swing-top bottle into a pilsener glass.

Appearance - Poured out a transparent straw color. It produced a quickly dissipating, foamy, 2-finger white head. The head completely dissipates about halfway through the beer. Constant bubble stream of carbonation.

Smell - Much like other lagers served in green bottles - kinda skunky. Grainy, grassy, and herbal. There is a slight biscuit scent in there as well.

Taste - Extremely mild hop profile. Extremely slight biscuity malt. Herbal grassy hay-like flavor. There is a little bit of cirtus in there as well - tastes like a bit of lemon peal.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied. Thin mouthfeel with a decent level of carbonation that cuts through.

Drinkability - Just okay. It has taken me about an hour to finish. It is kind of astringent on the way down. I would drink it again on a hot day, but only if the brew was ice cold.

I probably won't buy this beer again. I wouldn't turn it down if it was offered to me - if there wasn't a better alternative.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2007 23:01:24 | More by MiguelMandingo
Photo of happygnome


3.15/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My friend purchased one of those mini kegs, thought id give it a try

a: poured a orange/gold color with about an inch of head didnt dissapear too fast
s: grassy and herbal hops followed by a strong biscuity malt aroma
t: stale malt flavor, hop flavor for the style is a little more than i had expeceted but that i was nice may lead to lack of skunky flavor noticeable in other import lagers
m: medium bodied beer with carbonation that is towards the high side of average

overall, I enjoyed this beer however i dont think that im going to pour another when i have other good beers in the fridge

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2007 17:49:02 | More by happygnome
Photo of OWSLEY069


2.9/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale golden yellow with a white head. Aromas of a European sweet malt. In the taste, malty sweet and a dry end. A very smooth mouthfeel and a dry malty aftertaste. A decent lager, kind of standard European lager, but better than I thought and/or remember.

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2007 12:59:38 | More by OWSLEY069
Photo of shadow1961


2.78/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Grolsch Lager's been around a long time. Back in the day it was a common choice,
if only because of that swing top cap. It was the beer that demonstrated that maybe
brews were different in other places. At that time, in the 80's, different was good, and
that was enough...

Grolsch Lager pours a big fat head over a deep yellow brew. Carbonation is active and
steady, and the nose is barley malt and lager yeast. Thankfully, there was none of that
skunkness that a lot of people assume is part of that foreign green-bottle taste, which we
know isn't a style and isn't intended. The flavor is a bit of barley malt with a big grassy hop
finish- to my palate a bit unbalanced, with a little too much emphasis on that bitter hop. The
contrast does moderate as the brew warms, still, the stuff in the green bottle is not one of
my favorite things. I can't imagine drinking enough of this stuff to provide bottles for homebrew,
but that is where lots of them are destined. I suppose it's a lot like paying dues. It really is
too bad they aren't brown.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2007 06:17:26 | More by shadow1961
Photo of dmamiano

West Virginia

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

The swing top bottles almost make this beer worth the price of admission.
Beer poured an nice, very light and clear golden with a fluffy white head that lasted a long while. Nice lacing observed.
Smelled of mild skunkiness. Sweet maltiness was faint.
Tasted very mild, not much malt. Faint hoppiness with a clean finish.
Not a bad beer. Better than expected.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2007 23:37:17 | More by dmamiano
Photo of crazybrody06


3.23/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Loved the bottle that was my main reason for purchasing this. Poured into a pint glass.
Pours a straw color with a 2 finger head that faded into a thin ring leaving very little lacing.
Smell is of straw, earthy bits
taste is light, not much at all, some hops mostly just watered down skunky taste that comes with the style
Mouthfeel was watery but with the lower alcohal content this is one I could drink all night.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2007 17:23:26 | More by crazybrody06
Photo of botham


3.13/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

16 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. pours a crystal clear straw color with a couple fingers of white frothy head. your standard pale lager in appearance.

smell is lightly sweet and malty, namely pale and some munich malts. a light floral base is present as well, with an overarching grainy character. nothing too complex about this one.

taste is lightly malted up front, with a mildly hoppy finish. the brew itself is watery and without much character.

aftertaste is of grassy hops and a light yeasty character. not very pleasant.

mouthfeel is light bodied with a decent bite from carbonation.

drinkability is good. this is a light lager with a macro type taste. nothing much to praise from this bottle.

Serving type: growler

09-15-2007 21:33:38 | More by botham
Photo of bunnyhustle


3.3/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 16 oz flip-top bottle, very nice, heavy duty green glass. Pours a starw-like yellow and leaves thick 2 finger head that quickly decipates. Leaves slight traces of lace behind. Smell is straw-like as well with some citrus hints, earthy smell. Taste is somewhat bland. Not really hoppy, not really malty, a very present grain taste with some slight sweetness. Moderate carbonation and light mouthfeel makes this an easy drinker despite that "bland" factor in taste. Not a terrible beer, but not a standout either.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2007 00:37:06 | More by bunnyhustle
Photo of Floydster


2.55/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle from Richmond Bar and Grill in El Segundo

Poured golden yellow into my pint glass with a quarter inch white head

No real smell other than than the normal lager bite

Tasted okay and held its own, not as drinkable as the light version

Not the best beer in my opinion

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2007 17:06:14 | More by Floydster
Photo of livingregret


2.8/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving Type: Bottle

Appearance: A straw like yellow that started w/ a 2 finger head that quickly dissipated to nothing

Smell: Grains and some sort of skunky smell. Doesn't smell that appealing

Taste/Mouthfeel: Fairly smooth and has a crisp grain taste. Not a whole lot of taste and no real aftertaste A touch dry...that's about it

Drinkability: Not bad on a hot day like today...nice to BBQ w/ but not sure if i'd drink on a cold night

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2007 01:07:54 | More by livingregret
Photo of sudz42


2.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Coming from someone who used to regard the green, frost beading, porcelain-capped bottles as some kind of treasure 20 years ago, a recent tasting of Grolsch in 12 oz. bottles disappointed to the degree of returning the bottles to the store as skunked. Could it be light/heat? A recipe change? I may never know. Groslch of old used to be malty, fresh, clean hopped, a very refreshing delightful drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2007 14:26:08 | More by sudz42
Photo of Brad007


3.38/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light yellow color with ample carbonation and a decent head. Aroma is one of grain and just a tiny bit of skunk. Even smells a bit hoppy. Taste very smooth and the malt really shines through. A bit sour of a finish but overall, quite a drinkable lager. I could see myself buying something like this if I wanted something cheap and still a step above most macro lagers.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2007 21:51:42 | More by Brad007
Photo of GrimmReaper

British Columbia (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden yellow with 2 finger bubbly head that holds it's own and mild lacing.
Smells fresh with a faint grass and herbs,suprisingly no skunk smell to this one
Tastes clean and refreshing with a touch of grain,nothing really jumps out at you,but the finish leaves the mouth very dry with a little hint of bitterness.
Medium to full body
Very refreshing and easy to drink beer right out of the fridge,I like this one way better than Heiniken,tastes best ice cold...
..will try again for sure...not bad at all

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2007 02:54:13 | More by GrimmReaper
Photo of ThatWineGuy

Ontario (Canada)

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

Pours a clear, light golden colour. White head settled quickly with a wispy centre; lightly carbonated with a ring around the glass. I detected a wet grassy odour that was a bit skunky. This lager is dry, a bit hoppy and with a sharp finish. Refreshing bitterness but a little sour on the finish. Not overly complex but satisfying and pretty typical of the style, compares favourably to a Heineken for example.

Serving type: can

08-27-2007 04:36:27 | More by ThatWineGuy
Photo of MTNboy


2.85/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- A very light translucent beer with a very thin head.

Smell- It has a very crisp hops scent.

Taste- It has a very nice bitterness to it more hops than sweet malt but balanced for the most part.

Mouthfeel- Light but has a little carbonation burn.

Drinkability- A refreshing beer that is pretty good for a warm day.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2007 21:11:41 | More by MTNboy
Photo of Gmann

New York

3.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden straw color with a decent white head that left some spotty lacing on the glass. The smell is faint, grainy, some grassy hops, slight cooked veggie smell. A cracker like malt base with some grassy hops, a bit of that Euro lager green bottle skunk taste. I give it a 3.5 because it does resemble a pilsner to a certain extent. Th feel is light almost watery, well carbonated, slightly bitter aftertaste. Better than the other Dutch green bottle Euro lager as it is not as skunky. Though it is green, I dig the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2007 03:09:19 | More by Gmann
Grolsch Premium Lager from Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.
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