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Grolsch Premium Lager - Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.

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Ratings: 1,378
Reviews: 607
rAvg: 3.09
pDev: 18.45%
Wants: 17
Gots: 65 | 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 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
Photo of cer40


2.9/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I sampled this beer from a 16oz fliptop bottle poured into a pilsner glass. It was golden with a nice frothy white head and lots of bubbly carbonation.

The beer smells light and biscuity with a little bit of a metallic/skunky undertone(suprise, suprise). Tastes crisp, finishes dry without much in between. Some alcohol on the aftertaste.

The beer is very thin in the mouthfeel department. I have to say I find it more drinkable than heineken but wouldn't request it under many circumstances.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2008 17:10:13 | More by cer40
Photo of KingPuuChuu


3.38/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Recently, I noticed that Grolsch is available in 12 packs, and I decided to pick one up, seeing it's one of the few Euro Lagers that my girlfriend can enjoy with me. Upon opening the bottle, I was pleasantly surprised with the lack of a heavy "skunk" smell. When poured into a pint glass, the beer was very gold in color, with a heavy head. The scent of it wasn't very aromatic, but the beer makes up for that in flavor.

Some sweetness, with a bit of bitter, but overall, a very easy beer to drink.

I must say, that if you do drink this, make sure you get it either from the tap, or like me, get it from a very fresh pack.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2008 04:11:17 | More by KingPuuChuu
Photo of Manosbeeroffate


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

Bought this cause I haven't had this beer in a while, wanted to try it again. pours a golden yellow color, a bit darker than the average macro. Smells very faintly sweet, but not much. Tastes pretty good, sweet malt upfront, faint hops but some skunk thrown in for good measure (damn green bottles) but the skunk is not as bad as, heinikin for example. Mouthfeel is a bit thin and fuzzy. Overall it is quite drinkable and think it would be a lot better if it was in brown bottles, get rid of the skunk and it may be almost as good as Pilsner Urquell.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2008 22:42:13 | More by Manosbeeroffate
Photo of drinkininthewood

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got a gift pack for Christmas with two 710ml bottles in it and 2 tiny glasses, both bottles BB summer 2008.

Served from a 710ml green bottle into and dimpled mug ( i don't fancy the tiny glasses )

A- was light golden in color with a decent frothy head of foam that remains for the majority of your brew. Not many bubbles other than a few streams.

S- is slightly skunky, not as bad as i was expecting i think mainly in part due to the box it was packaged in, with some malty aromas and some floral hops as well in the nose.

T- Slight sweetness up front front countered by stale hop flavors and a skunky/metallic taste. Fairly bland but bitterness in the finish was appreciated.

M- light bodied and easy carbonation on the tongue.

D- decent

Overall i enjoyed the 2 bottles i had, i wouldn't go out of my way to find it but if offered i would enjoy. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2008 21:47:10 | More by drinkininthewood
Photo of mattgert


4.22/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I grabbed some Grolsch for New Year's Eve and I had to review because my experience was different for once. One of the biggest issues with this beer like many is the "green bottle skunk effect". It plagues Grolsch badly (worse than most in fact) and there are many variances of this that shadow how good the beer is. I won't go into anything that hasn't already been said when it comes to appearance, blah blah... same story.

I purchased a 4-pack of 16oz flip tops. The brew date on the bottles were 12/20/2007. That is fresh. I drank these 12/31. I must say that made all the difference. When the skunk factor is removed as it was on these it was a whole different animal. When I popped the top and poured there was no skunk aroma at all, just a nice blend of malt and hops. Of course this is a milder beer but it was exactly what it should be. If you can find it fresh it is an excellent Euro Pale. Needless to say that was the best sample of Grolsch I have had, so different in fact that it could have been a different beer. I was certainly surprised at how different it was.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2008 02:32:56 | More by mattgert
Photo of BeaBeerWife


3.85/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Like most, I want the bottles for homebrewing. But I've always respected Grolsch otherwise. Tastes like real beer, not like big macro. Head disappears quickly. Reminds me a lot of Heineken with it's green bottle and it's typical skunkiness, just not as skunky.

There has got to be a better way to define skunkyness. Afterall, some people come to love this aspect of beer as a positive attribute.

"Chlorophyll Odorous", does that work?

Regardless, I dig it as an awesome light euro beer. I dig!

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2008 23:50:22 | More by BeaBeerWife
Photo of n0315


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

Decent soft head that simmers quite quickly, with the smell of mault and I get something of metal. pours a nice amber color thats not too dark, but not quite clear like the macros. Taste is just like the smell, mault and I guess a bit of metal. It was taste though, and is drinkable. Not something I would always want, but it is drinkable. Could be the green bottle got to it, I dont know.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2008 16:04:29 | More by n0315
Photo of ksbrainard


3.55/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: I wasn't going to even take notes on this one, but I was so stunned by the sheer beauty of its appearance, I had to review it. I stare now at the perfectly crystal clear pale yellow beer that stands before me. The head started off slow, but rose to the occasion as I poured it. It remains as a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: First impression is nothing but skunky light-struck. That seems to fade somehow, and reveals a light floral aroma with a hint of malt breadiness.

Taste: This is also very surprising to me. The taste is clean and smooth with plenty of hop bitterness upfront. There are light amounts of malts playing around, making a slightly sweet tint to the taste. Really tasty, not boring, and with plenty of interest.

Mouthfeel: Pretty full, with carbonation working to make it so. It is clean and smooth, as noted above. Mouthfeel seems perfect to go along with the taste.

Drinkability: Really enjoyable. Especially considering my low expectations based on apparently unfounded prejudice. It's no Imperial Stout, but then again, it doesn't try to be. It is a great smooth easy drinking lager beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2008 22:52:22 | More by ksbrainard
Photo of berserker256


3.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought some of these mostly, ok entirely because I wanted the flip top bottle to refill with my own homebrew. So I have to get rid of what's in the bottles. It appears light gold and has a mediocre and quickly-dissapearing white head. Smells like a lighter lager made from quality ingredients. Not too overpowering. No corn, rice, Budweiser stink. And not too bad for a green bottle. No skunkyness. There's a subtle hint in the taste of malty sweetness. Nice light flavor. Not too bitter. Nice balance of malt and hops. Easy drinking. I like it. It's good for the style of beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2008 17:49:04 | More by berserker256
Photo of jwc215


3.18/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Swing-top bottle, best before 20 March 2008:

Pours straw yellow with a fluffy white head that becomes a lasting patch. Minimal trailing lace sticks to glass.

The smell is of some graininess/hay with a touch of mild "Euro-skunk". Typical green-bottled Euro-lager aroma.

The taste is of sweet grain with some balancing, non-descript hop presence. A touch of hay, along with some chemicalish soapiness. Rather bland - abrupt finish.

Pretty crisp with a light, but not too watery or fizzy, body. Cleaner than some big Euro Pale Lagers, but not as much as a few smaller one's I've had.

I've had better, I've had worse of the style. Not bad - nothing special - pretty typical. I think the swing-top bottle makes it more popular than it deserves - but who knows...Better cold than chilled or warmer.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2007 18:10:12 | More by jwc215
Photo of mltobin


3.35/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ahhh, the Grolsch swingtop. Although, other brewers may produce beers with the swingtop, you have to hand it to Grolsch on this one.

The appearance is a 3.5, thanks to the swingtop !

The smell is average, typical for any lager out on the market.

The taste is better than some lagers out there, but just slightly ahead of the rest of the pack.

The mouthfeel is average, nothing negative but nothing over the top positive to say in this category.

And the drinkability is a little better than average, pretty much thanks to the power of the swingtop, those folks at Grolsch are so clever !

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2007 01:28:02 | More by mltobin
Photo of Traquairlover


3.35/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle poured into a beer mug.

A = Very clear dark straw, good head, light lacing, fair carbonation.

S = Light scent of malt, with light floral hints.

T = Flavors of sweet corn, flowers, light toasted grains. Bitter aftetaste. Good for an intentionally light lager.

M = Light bodied, soft carbonation.

D = Not bad for a light lager. I would choose this over quite a few other lagers of the same style. That said, not over impressive, just slightly above average.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2007 19:33:51 | More by Traquairlover
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
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