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Grolsch Premium Lager - Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.

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Ratings: 1,570
Reviews: 637
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 18.71%
Wants: 22
Gots: 156 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.6/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer has been a staple beer for me over the years.

A consistent, if not "A" quality brew that is highly drinkable and has a nice but lightly hoppy, grainy taste, with a slight touch of bitterness that does not overpower.

The smell is light, but also grainy, with some hops and perhaps a touch of a summer field.

This beer's strong point is drinkability, which is why I've consumed so many of them over the years. Tho my pallet has gotten more refined over time, I never get tired of Grolsch, and it's almost always for sale everywhere.

Photo of Cylinsier
2.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


Pours a clear golden yellow with a thing white head that retains as a film. Effervescent bubbles are visible.

Smells of grains and lager adjuncts.

Taste is grainy and mild.

Feels moderate to thin with minimal carbonation.

Pretty so-so. I'd heard good things about this lager and was expecting more. It's not bad, but it's nothing special.

Photo of mytireisfat
4.03/5  rDev +30%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my first review, still learning!

A: Nice golden yellow color, maybe a little to carbonated, 2 1/2 finger head, which quickly dissipated.

S: A citrus flavor which was sweet was all i could really smell.

T: Citrus was pretty over powering, a little sour also.

M: Light body.

D: Easy to drink, would be a great beer on a hot day. the bottle is fun. I would drink another. i think it is a good beer every once in a while, but not every day!

Photo of scottfrie
2.83/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

450ml bottle into SA perfect pint glass.

A: Pours a light straw yellow with a couple fingers of bubbly white head that reduced into a thin scum.
S: Big grain smell with light grassy hop notes in the background.
T: Light straw flavors with skunky bitter hops and sour grain notes.
M: Super crisp with a dry clean finish. Moderate carbonation is smooth and body is light.
D: A light and crisp beer that goes down fairly easily and has a halfway decent flavor. However, there is an overall ambiguous sourness to its flavor that takes away from the drinkability. Similar to the other big name EPL's out there. Pick one up if you're a fan.

Photo of Avagadro
4.68/5  rDev +51%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: dark straw and bordering amber, Grolsch is quite a bit darker than other Euro Pale Lagers (EPLs). Based on this, and that the brew doesn't show prominent caramel tones, I would venture to say that Grolsch has endured a multi-decoction mash.

S: bouquet is upfront, expressing spicy continental hops and a sharp, sulfury yeast bite.

T: taste is bordering that of a good Czech pils, except a touch sweeter. Grolsch is quite dry, but not completely, with tones of grain, sulfer, and many layers of hops.

M: light, but chewy on the palate. I'm willing to bet that they took after Urquel and used proteins and complex carbs to achieve a brew that was full on the palate while maintaining dryness.

D: the best EPL I've had by far. I would be willing to day that it is due to Grolsch bearing more resemblance to the German and Czech pilsners than the often lower quality ELPs. Regardless of style assignment, Grolsch is a well crafted and delightful beer well worth a try.

Photo of Evil_Pidde
2.5/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

33 cl green stubby-looking bottle. There's only a small silver and green label on the neck. Looks kind of "macro-beer-cool" (in the worst possible way).

A: Pale golden pour with a large very airy head that dissipates unevenly, leaving some lacings. Some bubbles in the liquid.

S: The corn hits the nose as soon as you open the bottle, even before you start to pour. After the pour the corn gets company from malt and bitter hops but faint...

T: Tastes like it smells. Corn, mostly but also malt and bitter hops. A bit creamy as well.

M: Medium body and rather rich carbonation. Aftertaste is long and bitter, but there's an off-taste in the bitterness.

D: Euro Pale Lagers tastes like this. If you're into that style try this one - otherwise avoid...

Photo of BucBasil
2.83/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a tall pilsner glass from the 500mL can.

A: The beer is a light pale color color with a 2 finger quickly dissipating pure white foamy head. Some carbonation evident - a few bubbles coming up in the glass. Nothing extraordinary.

S: Typical euro pale smell - grain, a little bread. Some fresh hay.

T: Bitter flavor, astringent, somewhat dry. Hoppy. Not very balanced, which you don't really see too much from a euro pale. In that regard, has a pretty unique taste which could be a good changeup, but is kind of offputting. Hoppy in a strange way rather than a tasty way, if that makes any sense. Especially considering that few hops come through in the aroma. I'm not sure if this was good or bad, I'm leaning towards the bad side. Maybe the word I'm going for is skunky, which is odd because it's from a can... Probably vegetal is the right word. For some reason can't put my finger on this one. Grassy hops, but out of balance.

M, D: Light and crisp. I wouldn't say refreshing due to the weird flavor.

Hop flavor seems forced, rather than balanced. Skunky sort of flavor prevents a lot of drinkability. Not bad, but not my first choice by a long shot.

Photo of billybob
4.3/5  rDev +38.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into in pint glass a clear medium gold color one finger head wispy quickly fading lace. aromatic aromas of cut grass odd herb notes but not unpleasant on the nose. corn husk dry grass slightly sour malt good hop note finish. light to medium mouthfeel and carbonation is good and holds up well. we should made a lager here as good.

Photo of John1985
3.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just got back from a cruise and this was one of the "premium" selections on board. Since I had not had this brew in about 20 years I thought I would give it a shot.

Sixteen ounce swing top bottle

A- golden with some with foam that quickly dissipated
S - very faint malty aroma
T - Good malty flavor with some bitterness in the back to keep it palatable. Fresh without the skunky aroma.
M - substantially full bodied without being heavy. a real Euro brew that I used to crave back in college.
D - I was thirsty and this did the trick. Very refreshing. Not interesting enough for a repeat purchase. Well maybe in another 10 years.

Photo of philphilphil
3.83/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Once my preferred beer. Now just the best of the mainstream dutch beers. 450 ml bottle within freshness date.
A - like an average macro, ok head, a little lacing.
S - malt, hops nothing unusual
T - pleasent, less bitter than heineken, but not flavourless like amstel.
M - high end of good for carbonation.
D - quite good. probs the best beer which is available in almost any shop.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Haven't had this beer since high school (i.e., a while ago...), so I figured I'd give it another go.

Poured into oa lager glass. Medium golden with a half-inch of fluffy head. Recedes fairly quickly into a ring.

Nose is pale malts, grassy hops.

Smooth and quite drinkable. Starts with a slightly sweet pale malt character and quickly transitions to grassy hops. The hop finish is certainly present and quite long lasting.

Slightly above-average carbonation, decent body to it.

Similar to a lot of other Euro lagers, not terribly interesting but it's still a decent brew that goes down well.

Photo of sunrisesolara
3.28/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

.5L emptied into a Pilsener.

A: Pours a pale gold with a fluffy 2-finger white head which receeds to a thick ring. Sporadic lacing throughout.

S: Skunky, with sweet grainy malts and grassy hops finally coming through.

M: Light bodied with good carbonation.

T: Grainy malt mixed with grassy hops Somewhat spicy, but not overpowering. Crisp with clean, hoppy aftertaste that lingers.

D: On par with Heineken, but superior in every way. Nothing outstanding here, mediocre for the style.

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

Bottle best before 07/07/2010

Poured into a tulip style glass, and it gave light head atop a straw yellow body that had a constant cascade of light carbonation bubble forth, which left a ring of foam with minimal lacing. Smells of biscuit and a sweetness that cannot be pin pointed. The beer itself had a nice bitterness that matched the crisp body with a light flavour of biscuit. Clean finish and below average carbonation. An enjoyable and drinkable lager that could easily be sessioned on a hot day by the pool.

Photo of bourbonbock
3.28/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a 4-pack of the Grolsch swing top bottles and poured one into a cool pint glass. The swing top adds alot to the experience of Grolsch and I have to say that this is the first green bottle beer from Europe that I have had that wasn't obviously skunky.

A. The beer completely filled my pint glass with a slight white head and a very slightly hazy yellow color that compliments the green bottle pretty well.

S. Very light smell with no significant notes come to mind. The bottle smells of a Heineken draft.

T. Pretty good but not the best balance of flavor Not too complex but not bad for the style. I would prefer this beer to a Bud or Michelob any day.Light and a little fruity but fulfilling.

M. Slightly sticky and slightly light, not too much carbonation.

I would have another one of these any day but wouldn't exactly seek it out.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.83/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I don't think I've ever had scores so all over the place. Doesn't look like anything special, in fact, looks pretty disappointing. Yellow.

Great skunky aroma. The good kind. Taste, more of the skunk, good light style kinda beer hop quality to it. One of my favorite lagers. Light, yet full bodies in its taste, bitterness and more bang for the buck hop assertion. Mouthfeel, these things quickly fade, but its somewhat necessary to keep the light aspect. Minimal malt addition. Great drinkability. For some reason, this stuff is getting harder to find out west.

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

0.5l can served in a ordinary glass.

A: Clear yellow-gold color with a one finger fluffy head. Some lacings
S: Malt, basically
T: Fresh malt and hops. Balanced hop bitterness
M: Soft body. Medium carbonation and nice bitter end.
D: Good. Soft beer. Not bad euro lager.

Photo of kdawg105
4.5/5  rDev +45.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pretty decent beer. It is dark in color and not much carbonation. At first you get a smell of skunk which has a nice finish of hops! It taste really good with quite the bite of hops. The mouthfeel is great very balanced which makes for perfect drinkability!!

Photo of FreshHawk
2.58/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Light to clear straw color. Fairly large white head that disappears somewhat fast.

S - Faint smell. Mostly sweet grain smells. A little skunky smell as well.

T - Flavor is a little thin. Mostly a grainy and grassy type of taste. A little sweet but slight hoppiness at the end. Slight skunkiness (not much at all though).

M - Light body with decent carbonation. Fairly watery.

D - Light and easy to drink, but the flavor doesn't really invite you to drink more.

Note: Not a lot of flavor and pretty watery, definitely not a great beer. Get if you want a beer without a lot of beer taste.

Photo of ironchefchris
2.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

and i'm disappointed. i like a good euro lager...but his beers weak. cool bottle, name, and style but it comes down to taste and i'm not digging this one. the smell and taste are all like a heineken, but slightly worse. a bit more bitter, a worse finish, a worse aroma. and for the money...you can find tons of beers better. avoid.

Photo of franktheman
2.5/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I had this beer for my birthday! It is a very nice bottle I must say, I it just the taste that is not great. I would not drink it again, it is refreshing, but there are better lager beers out there for sure!I would not recommend this beer to a friend- again nice bottle haha!

Photo of matt20102
3.58/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served from the iconic bottle into a pilsner glass. Initial aroma is very reminiscent of stella artois; the flavor is similar but less distinctive. Good lacing. The bottle pours with only a short head which remains after several minutes. The carbonation is very light and refreshing. This is definitely not overcarbonated but the effervescence is very present and upfront- it really helps to announce the aroma. Although I'm sure that this beer is generally purchased for the bottle, the beverage itself is fantastic and will definitely grace my shelf again!

Photo of hopheadjuice
3.35/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. Green bottle with best before date on back of neck label.

Appearance is common to this style straw yellow color with fizzy head that fades fast, no lacing.

Smell is of most all euro green bottled lagers smells skunky with subtle malts.

Tastes like a nice typical import way better than a heiniken.

Mouthfeel is nice and light with nice carbonation.

These are a common beer at a lot of friends houses I've grown to like it as such.

Photo of ReFill31
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

500ml can poured into a Pint glass.

A : Poured with a great head but it dissaperas quickly and leaves no ring on the side of the glass.

S : Not too strong, some malty smell and cereal notes.

T : A little bit of hops ans grain are noticeable but the saste is not that strong. A little bitterness also.

M : Feels light, the carbonation of the beer dissapears quickly...

D : Easy to drink, no problem with drinking another one right after. The beer is, in fact, really refreshing.

Photo of benclimbs
3.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours yellow and clear with a very slight head and a bit of lacing down the side of the glass but not muc, very little visable carbonation - looks like a plain old lager

Smell is slight but present a bit of bready, cakey notes without the skunky flavours that permeate other cheap euro lagers

Taste is actually pleasant enough as far as lagers go - a bit of light nutty flavours, some slight ripe apple juice and a hint of hops at the end - truly I have a bias against euro light lagers, but I suppose this is close to how they "should" taste.

Mouthfeel is unsurprising either way

Overall, I'd say this is a drinkable brew, nothing I would choose over an ale any day, but on a summers day, or an afternoon editing essays in a pub such as today - on special for £1.75/pint - could do a lot worse - don't really want a second one though.

Photo of StevenBilodeau
3.83/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I think this beer is very drinkable, it pours very thin, with nice head. This beer is a dark yellowy color, pale gold, with the a subtle smell of skunk. Grolsch tastes of skinniness as well. This beer isn't terrible, but it isn't the best. I liked this beer. This is a good beer to have with fish and poultry.

Grolsch Premium Lager from Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.
72 out of 100 based on 1,570 ratings.