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Grolsch Premium Lager - Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.

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1,381 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,381
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 WillieMoe


2.68/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a light gold, not giving off much aroma. Little head and mild tracing. From what I could whiff, it had a weak malty smell. It tastes alright, but a bit grainy. It does go down pretty smooth. It's fairly drinkable enough, but I wouldn't go out of my way to get it.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2007 02:20:15 | More by WillieMoe
Photo of udubdawg


2.5/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

from the swing-topped bottle pours a pretty nice looking glass of pale gold brew, sizeable whitish head and better lacing than I remember. Good start.

Not skunky per se, but not exactly impressive either. Cooked grain aroma a light grassiness that seems just slightly "off".

Flavor isn't terrible, but there's not a lot there to like either. More grass, and didn't care for the alcohol in the aftertaste.

Carbonation is pretty brisk, but not unpleasant. Pretty light and I suppose reasonably refreshing. I'll pass on another, but if drank quickly enough to keep somewhat cold, I won't have much trouble finishing one.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2007 01:15:17 | More by udubdawg
Photo of baos


3.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4

Poured into glass from resealable green bottle a good head that laces out nicely. The smell is a little like Granny Smith apples and alcohol. The taste: bitter green apples, hops, and sour grains it finishes with a mellow skunk weed flavor. This is my girlfriends favorite beer and I'm always robbing them out of the fridge from her. A decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2007 02:25:45 | More by baos
Photo of mnj21655


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

16oz. green swing-top bottle with no freshness date

Pale gold in color with about 2 fingers of bone white head that dissipates rather quickly but leaves some lacing. Smells a bit hoppy at first, followed by some malty sweetness with hints of grass; overall fairly pleasant but nothing special. Tastes first of a nice spicy hoppyness followed by some earthiness, which seems overdone to me. All of this is supported by a nice malt backbone. Mouthfeel is ok. Body is light, bordering on watery. Carbonation is just shy of moderate. Overall this beer failed to impress me. Something about the earthiness in the taste just didn't seem to work with the rest of the flavors. I don't think I'll be buying this anytime soon as there are so many other (and potentially more enjoyable) beers out there for me to try.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2007 00:39:01 | More by mnj21655
Photo of giblet


2.7/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

not a bad euro. decent taste with some flirts with some hops. decent carbonation and head. lil to no lace.

i enjoyed this beer as something a lil different. cool bottle with stopper. not a great europeeeon beer but not too bad either.

another notch on the headboard!

suckem up and movem out!


Serving type: bottle

07-10-2007 12:45:19 | More by giblet
Photo of BeerZack

North Carolina

3.33/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark gold color with fine bubbly head that fades fast.

Malty grain, slightly buttery smell.

Full malt flavor with the slightest bit of skunk-hops, almost a pils.

Really awesome fine bubbles that do not sting the tongue.

This is another one that I like a lot better straight from the bottle; very good EPL.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2007 17:30:04 | More by BeerZack
Photo of TechMyst


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

From the bottle. Smooth yet skunky. Like St. Pauli and the like. Common. Drinkable though. Really going to be hard to get the character quota on this one; there are so many beers like this, you can just compare it to another and be done. Heineken and all those. This one, not as skunky and a little better on drinkablity.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2007 15:39:54 | More by TechMyst
Photo of RJLarse


3.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought a couple of pint bottles of Grolsch Premium Lager in a grocery store. Green glass bottle with a swing top plastic cap. I poured this beer in to a pilsner glass.

Pours a pale yellow/gold color and is clear. A substantial foamy, stark white, head forms and is moderately resilient. Many bubbles are seen streaming bottom to top through the glass.

The smell is a toasted bread aroma, with a bit of an acerbic presence. Absent are the perfume fragrances of a typical lager.

The taste is a sharp sweet cracker flavor, with some dry bitterness. Bit of a dandelion flavor in the end.

Mouthfeel is light and clean. Bit of a cider feel to it really.

A very drinkable lager, and not skunky like so many green bottled Euro-Lagers can be. Not bad, but probably too expensive to become a staple at my house.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2007 00:01:20 | More by RJLarse
Photo of Durge


3.45/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thin yellow color that poured very fizzy for a medium head that died quickly. Aroma is thick and bready with what I like to call that "cardboard" quality. Flavor is yeasty and a bit dry but again is pretty heavy in that bread category with a tangy touch to the tongue. A good lager with some character but not the kind of quenching brew I like from a lager. A good change of pace lager and an old standby.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2007 05:07:04 | More by Durge
Photo of malcontent


3.33/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ghostly pale hay hue crowned by a large but short-lived head. Steady streams of bubbles feed the thin remaining head.

Sweetish corn scent mingle with a soft metallic odor.

Classic continental metallic hop taste carry over although not as annoyingly as others of from this camp. Sweet malt characteristics elevate this above its skunky peers. Finish is almost like damp grain.

Mouthfeel is full, almost creamy at first, although it thins-out as expected towards the end.

If, and I say IF, the fairly gross Pale Euro Lager is your thing then I would consider this significantly better than its peers. In fact, it's one of the better representations of the style. Still, aren't you out of college by now?

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2007 22:54:24 | More by malcontent
Photo of witster18


3.13/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden with a whispy .5inch head....retains fairly well. Smell is typical Euro-pale skunk. Taste is suprisingly better than it's other mass produced counterparts. Nice hoppiness....grassy bite is pleasant and definately unexpected. Finish is a little underwhelming(taste-wise) and then it gets a little bitter afterward. I must say I'm pleasantly suprised....it had been sometime since I'd had one of these. I'm glad I revisted this brew....a good quencher for the summertime....found 12/pk cans @9.49 @Harry Quick Stop in Cleveland, Tn...not bad at all! Typical Pale Lager...but with less negative qualities than most. The Hops put it a nudge above the rest.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2007 20:12:40 | More by witster18
Photo of BeerDreadz


2.88/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12onz green bottle with best before date on the back.

The Appearence is a golden color with small white head. The smell have some hops in it.The taste is very nice, not the average import on the green bottle some thing, reminds me the food with a laurel( a spice) . A decent taste some water on it.

Feels good in th mouth very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2007 05:19:56 | More by BeerDreadz
Photo of MMansfield

Nova Scotia (Canada)

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

Picked up a few tall cans for a fishing trip at the NSLC.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden yellow with a monsterous fluffy bone white cap. Leaves scant lacing, decent enough retention.

Aroma: Nice smelling grains, faint sweetness. Lightly hopped, plenty of grass, some florals, a bit of bread.

Taste: A rush of musty grain, a bit of alcohol. A long lignering sweetness in the the finish, which is low to moderately bitter. Grapefruit like citrus, perhaps some sour lime and pine.

Mouthfeel: Lightly carbonated, very high drinkability.

Final Statement: I don't think anyone with some knowledge of beer will claim this to be world class. With that being said, I really enjoy this one. It's at least a dozen steps ahead of Heineken, Stella, & Becks as far as mainstream euro lagers go, and pretty damn cheap. It's a good beer to take fishing, and it's nothing to turn down.

Serving type: can

06-10-2007 21:01:34 | More by MMansfield
Photo of Bitterbill


1.95/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured from 16oz swingtop bottle(best by 18 Oct 2007) a clear light gold with a good sized head of foam that stayed around longer than I expected and has good lacing.

Taking a whiff or 2, it has the typical EuroLager smell to it...malt that is on the sweet side and some corn.

Taking a few sips, it has a vegetal taste to it with the malt having a not so tasty malt flavour to it(not even a bit sweetish) and the hops imparts, what I think to be, a not so tasty hop flavour.(bitterness, yeah, but it's not citrusy or grassy or...it's pretty nasty)

If I finish this bottle, I'll be surprised.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2007 22:47:33 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of KroMagnon


3.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear, nice white head. The aroma is somewhat fruity, a little malty and a little creamed corn (DMS??) The flavor is not bad, cleaner than the aroma suggests, with a crisp character, some residual sweet maltiness, and a nice touch of bitterness. Overall this is a nice light beer, not anything to write home about but it suits its purposes and has its place & time.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2007 00:31:27 | More by KroMagnon
Photo of WJVII


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

Poured into a pint glass this lager has a nice clean golden color. It has a slight smell of malts, but it is minimal. This beer had a quarter inch head tthat lasted a while. Nothing to distinctive about this beer. It has a clean taste with a finish of hops. No skunkiness like you find in some imports. The one noticable thing about this lager was the carbonation. I had a chance to visit Europe and this was a good beer there and is just as good back in the states, just nothing to brag about. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2007 22:30:40 | More by WJVII
Photo of beckscrusader420


4/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer is like heineken but without that strange chemical after taste. If youre into this type of beer this stuff is decent. After all they have like over 200 years of brewing experience on heiny. heiny is 1873?? grolsch is 1615 so that should tell you something. Not the best beer but cerainly not a heineken and definately not a crudweiser.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2007 00:20:40 | More by beckscrusader420
Photo of mithrascruor


2.63/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

16 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a clear, light golden-straw color. Fluffy white head lasts longer than I'd imagine, and laces the glass a bit.

Smell: Very minimal. Clean, slightly sweet malts. No apparent skunk.

Taste: Better than average grainy taste, with a bit of malt sweetness and some hop spicyness. Ruined by a skunky taste that kicks in quickly and lasts into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Generally smooth, but a bit grainier than some other Euro lagers (but not in a bad way). Light-bodied and carbonation is quite noticable.

Drinkability: While bearable for a glass, the skunk in the flavor would makes this difficult.

This was the first beer that I ever really tried. Granted, it tastes much better now than it did then, but it's still rather unimpressive. But the bottle is still cool...

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2007 02:57:27 | More by mithrascruor
Photo of pumarocks


2.7/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

OK, I started buying this beer for the bottles. I needed them for my homebrewing endeavors. I kinda got hooked for a little while. I got acclimated to the skunky smell and bitter aftertaste. It has a nice zing that rolls over the tongue. If I need any more "nice" bottles I will start swilling this again. Otherwise, I am staying away from anything in a green bottle.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2007 23:57:33 | More by pumarocks
Photo of Clockwork420


3.05/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer reminds me of my dad. Its a stronger smelling lager for sure, this one makes me think that Heineken is easy to drink.

Which it is now but wasnt at a time.

The appearance which is somthing my family has bee fond of for years, automatically gets the extra points.

We use them for strap locks on our guitars, The little red rubber gasket thingee. (For the shredders with a buzz)

Taste was very different at a cold temp. I held the bottle for a while to put the skunk at ease if you know what I mean. Its much better at a warmer temp. Like 10 degrees warmer than the refridgerated temp. Taste in the beginning is nice and clean tasting, the middle is very strong for some reason, and the finish is equally nice as the beginning. The middle part im not so sure about. I cant explain it any other way.

OVERALL this is a very good beer. I will continue to drink this if Im feeling in the mood to visit the ole lager skunk. Much better than others I have tried. Worth it on every level.

Great buzz too from just one beer!


Serving type: bottle

05-05-2007 04:17:27 | More by Clockwork420
Photo of MrMcGibblets


2.63/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

appearance gets points more for the swing top ceramic cap bottle than the beer itself. typical macro-lager in appearance. kinda like a bigger, skunkier heineken. funny that people think the hops turning from the light to those off-skunky aromas is what was intended. can actually detect some malt in those nose and in the taste, but not a whole lot. light and spritzy. short finish is crisp and clean. drinkability decent due to the abv.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2007 15:18:41 | More by MrMcGibblets
Photo of BBM

New York

3.5/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a typical light golden fizzy yellow with a thin white head. Nothing too special there. The aroma however was actually pleasant. Yes it's true, a pale lager with a nice smell! I never thought I'd see the day. Anyway, it was mainly sweet, slightly spicy, with hints of grass and earth.

The flavor is certainly a bit different than usual Euro pales. There's a good amount of maltiness, but it's offset by a spicy, herbal note that I found to be fairly enjoyable. There's an earthiness to the hops, and a slightly dry finish. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but this is still quite a solid pale lager. I'd take it over most of the other Euro pales I've had.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2007 13:03:04 | More by BBM
Photo of SaltyLime


2.9/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pale gold in color, very bubbly head at start. Cool bottle, swivel style metal spring, made the bottle pop on opening.

Smell - A little skunk came before the smell of grass and orange.

Tate - Strong hoppy start but not too bitter. Watery aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Smooth. Slight to medium carbonation.

Drinkability - Not that exceptional. Will pass it up the next time I see it on the shelves for something new.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2007 21:20:57 | More by SaltyLime
Photo of AlexLMS


1.75/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: very clear with a light golden color. The head is white, moderate in size and frothy. Impaired retention.
Aroma: very, very weak skunky nose.
Taste: bitter.
Mouthfeel: puckering, good carbonation, low alcoholic strength, moderate body.
Finish: bitter, moderate length.
Overall: I find this one not very pleasant. It is too unbalanced towards the bitterness. It simply does not go down nicely.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2007 18:56:07 | More by AlexLMS
Photo of cameraman


3.53/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A medium golden color, with carbonation very visibile in the glass. A small white head forms and has fairly good retention. A bread and biscuit fragrances is there at first sniff, then a fruity scents come out, mostly of citrus. The taste starts with a mild malt flavor, folowed by a roasted barley flavor. It ends with a slight smack of bitterness, that lingers on the palate for sometime. A light and watery feel, though it does have a dry, clean finish. A typical Euro style lager, but this does have a unique flavor and a clean finish, those qualities make it very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2007 01:47:50 | More by cameraman
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