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Grolsch Premium Lager - Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.

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1,383 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,383
Reviews: 607
rAvg: 3.09
pDev: 18.45%
Wants: 17
Gots: 66 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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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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Ontario (Canada)

3.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Revisiting this one (first reviewed in 2007; updated May 2011). As with most green-bottled imports, I prefer to stick with cans so I don't waste time reviewing light-stricken samples. Pours a light golden colour with a foamy head that lasts two to three minutes before dissipating to patchy lacing. Tons of bubbles stream to the top at first but the density soon drops considerably. Smell is typical for the style and wholly unimaginative; light sweet malts and some hay/grassiness.

Haven't had this in 4 years but the taste is still familiar - a hint of barley malt sweetness at the front followed by some gentle hop bitterness that slowly fades away in the finish. There are some off-flavors (adjuncts? from the can? not sure) in this but they are in the backseat, and mostly quiet until the beer has warmed a bit. Mouthfeel is thin with surprisingly low carbonation for the style. Very smooth going down.

I thought re-reviewing this might help me appreciate it more, but it's the same old stuff it has always been. Decent, and better than domestic macros, but still not worth going out of your way for. Comparable to others in its category, but not very distinguishable from them.

[Updated Oct. 17 2013]

Another can (this time side-by-side with Heineken, Stella Artois and Tuborg Gold). This is easily above average for the style, and I would happily take it over any of the aforementioned competitors. I like to consider this lager sort of a 'light' German-style pilsener, as it has a grassy, vaguely noble hop bite to it that Heineken and Stella sorely lack, and the off-flavours mentioned in my previous review are nowhere to be found. Any pale lager fan should consider this one at least worth a look.

Final Grade: 3.29, a very high C+.

Serving type: can

04-04-2007 00:57:29 | More by thehyperduck
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2.95/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one's a lively, pale gold. Light, fluffy head. All around pretty inviting.

The smell was full and malty, but the taste ran counter . . . smoky/burnt . . . slightly skunky? Euro-bitter? But pleasingly thick mouthfeel.

I get the feeling (looking my scores) that taste keeps this beer from being really "good." For me.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2007 16:26:18 | More by Scottsan
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New York

2.53/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I got this in a "beers of the world" mixed pack

It's a gold/yellow beer with a thin white head

it smells like a fart

it tastes kind of bitter, what did I expect after the smell...

it's cold, carbonated liquid

I won't be drinking this again!

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2007 02:37:34 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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3.28/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Never indulged in this particular beer, but after the movies tonight I decided id give it a go.

Love the bottle with the clasping lid. Freaked me out opening it haha! Sounded really pressurized.

I didnt pour this into a glass like usual. I drank straight from the bottle, so not sure much about the appearance.

Smell is pretty good, not skunky at all.

The taste reminds me of something along the lines of a heineken or something. Not offensive and pretty light.

Mouthfeel isnt offensive either, pretty carbonated but not bad if youre into that type of stuff. Im not but I can dig it.

As far as drinkability, I think I could toss these back all day. At least thats what it seems like at the moment.

All in all, its an alright lager. If I were low on dough I wouldnt mind drinking these if I were looking to get drunk, but im not going to really go to the store looking for this.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2007 03:10:56 | More by halfassedjedi
Photo of July2Nov


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

A: Very clear golden hue with a thick head that soon becomes a blanket of lace around the glass.

S: Got a musty smell that isn't as bad as it might sound. Pleasant.

T: Silky and light, with a slight bitter taste near the end.

M: Leaves a crisp aftertaste. Light and airy.

D: Not the greatest in the world, but certainly not the worst. It's a good drink for relaxing on a spring/summer afternoon.

Footnote: Had this w/ some Tandoori Fish and it was a excellent pairing.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2007 01:24:03 | More by July2Nov
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Alberta (Canada)

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

tried one at the local pub today

decent enough for a lager..not much of a head but then it came right out of the cooler...decent lacing

Was shocked!..no..repeat no skunk smell...a first for this brand when from a green bottle. Fresh and from a pub..well the owner does have Dutch parents...spicey euro hops and grainy malt smell

taste...spicey hop and grainy malt..not too sweet, not too bitter.

Ok Euro lager..not sure I could drink more than 2 in 1 sitting though

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2007 00:16:31 | More by Shadman
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New York

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

So I poured this from a bottle just like it is pictured on this page, and for a Euro Lager it is a nice presentation, but the green bottle can be done without.

The beer itself poured a bubbly yellow, and had a nice 1/3inch head...smell of mellow malts, and that distinct and in this beer not quite as offensive as most skunky musky hops...Taste is a clean slightly bitter body, with a malty sweetness that comes in as you finish your sip...there does seem to be some cereal grain in the flavor as well. Mild on the pallet, carbonation a little high, but overall easy to drink, and my New York Cheddar Kettle Chips made this not very classy beer even better. Overall not too bad, I would definitely take this over Heineken any day.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2007 20:23:50 | More by jameaterblues
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3.83/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Classic flip-top pours an effervescent light gold with 4 fingers + of fluffy white head. A little lacing & little bit of of head retention

S: Floral hops & a hint of lemon

T: Light malt with hints of citrus. Herbal & lemony hops follow. Finishes crisp with citrussy hops (lemons, a hint of grapefruit & lemongrass)

MF: Medium bodied with healthy carbonation & fair balance, needs a little more malt

Drinks fairly easy, a pretty good example of the style & worth a shot for some real basic beach or bbq beer

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2007 03:21:33 | More by russpowell
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2.4/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I paid $8.49 for a four pack of this at my local Safeway here in Eureka, CA. Except for the cool bottle, that is a lot of money for poor beer. After moving aside the swing-top lid I poured a very light amber brew with a small white head and almost no lacing into my glass. The nose was somewhat stale and nasty, with a general odor of fermenting hay and sour hops. Mouthfeel was non-descript, and flavor is basically sweet corn. Not a whole lot better than Corona. This popularity of this has simply got to be a case of marketing. Basically this is nearly a drain pour. Nasty stuff in a nice bottle. No place to rate the bottle or this might have gotten a little higher score.. This has been a bad patch for tasting as this is the fourth bad review in a row.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2007 23:19:56 | More by rkuhnel
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3.55/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty cool bottle with a flip top lid.Its a pint also thats a plus.Lets see how it looks and taste's.

It is golden with a thick fluffy head and tons of bubbles streaming to the top.Some nice lacing on the glass.The beer looks very fresh.

It smells a bit skunky but I think thats how all these euro pale lagers smell.It has a crisp smell to it also almost like a pilsner.I cant smell any hops in it.

I must have had bad pale lagers in the past because this stuff taste way better then they ever did.This stuff is pretty good, way better then Stella Artois in my opinion.I can taste the hops in it and the malt is sorda sweet.

Carbonation is pretty ruff but not to the point where its horrible.This stuff is pretty easy going down and refreshing.I can see drinking this on a hot summer day.

Ide buy this again, I got this bottle for $2.75, which I thought wasnt bad.Not a bad lager at all.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2007 15:14:14 | More by MmmIPA
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3.35/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Grolsch Premium Lager has a very clear yellowish body that has little carbonation and a thin head with some mild lacing. It has a mild sweet flavor that just covers your mouth, it's crisp but it isn't dull either. It has a strong aftertaste that has a hint of alcohol in it. This isn't a bad beer over all and I would mind going back to the store for a few more every now and then.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2007 00:36:06 | More by vickersspitfire
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Alberta (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Saw this in a can and thought it was probably time to try it out. I figured that skunking would be eliminated and I would get to taste the real beer.

Pours a pale gold with plenty of cream coloured head. The head seems to have some pretty good staying power, and is sticky enough to leave lacing.

Fresh and grainy smelling, hay is what comes to mind most. A little bit of a shampoo aroma in there. Not bad.

Light on flavour, a crisp hop bite and almost a lime citrus taste. Faint malt sweetness somewhat reminiscent of crackers. Refreshing and not overdone.

Not light enough to feel watery, but nothing really exciting in the mouthfeel department. Well carbonated, as expected.

Here is a beer meant to be refreshing and not challenging. I think it succeeds.

Serving type: can

02-20-2007 02:20:00 | More by elricorico
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New York

3.28/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured pale gold with an egg-white head that dropped to a half-inch and stayed. Smells like euro-macro, grassy hops and a little light toasty malt. Taste is a little on the sweet side, low carbonation. Slightly bitter finish.

Euro macro. Ho hum. Better on average than American macro, but still boring.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2007 20:35:46 | More by alexskovan
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3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- Very clear, dark straw/amber in color. Good head, good staying power, good lacing. Head is very white.

Aroma- Smells like a stereotypical continetal lager. Crisp, hint of malt sweetness, hint of bittering hops, some graininess. Just the barest hint of green apple.

Taste- Just a tad of malt sweetness at the forefront. Goes very quickly into hop bitterness. Not overwhelming bitterness, but noticable. Nice and crisp and clean tasting..

Mouthfeel- Body is average. Carbonation level is good. Some clinginess in the mouth, but not much. About what you would expect from a continental lager.

Drinkability- It's okay. Nothing great, nothing bad.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2007 06:26:59 | More by theopholis


3.73/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

during a longer stop-over at the Amsterdam airport I had the chance to sample various dutch beers on draught. Grolsch was the best in my opinion. Clean taste, clean aroma and a nice bitterness that other dutch mass-beers seem to lack. Yuo can surely drink more than a glass without endangering your health

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2007 11:58:29 | More by SERENGETI
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District of Columbia

2.93/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Nice two finger head, average golden color with lots of bubbles, crystal clear, some noticeable lacing throughout the drink

S - A scent of corn, fairly light aroma with a very subtle fruit malt

T - Strong corn taste, light malt and a slightly bitter, hoppy aftertaste; fairly "macro-lager" taste, although a little better than most

M - Medium-high carbonation, thin body, nothing out of the ordinary

D - Fairly drinkable - its basically just a solid lager that's better than some but nothing particularly great; it's a little disappointing, really, given how sweet the bottle is

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2007 02:14:30 | More by soupyman10
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3.95/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An above-average beer that even a serious beer connoisseur can enjoy. The color is rich and inviting, and the smell is nice and beery. The taste, though not complex, is impressive. In the mouth it has a jazzy, sassy feel with a little bit of a kick. A truly delicious lager.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2007 02:21:11 | More by Cyberkedi
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3.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark yellow, perhaps light amber color. Frothy head, looks good...perhaps a bit light, but nice for a lager.
A bit skunked on the smell. Sweet malt and faint citrus in the nose.
Tastes like a fruity lager, and a bit skunked. Light citrus, some crab apple sourness. Sweet in the long run.
Average lager. Better than some. Can drink it if had to.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2007 02:49:49 | More by Mebuzzard
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3.55/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is offered at local Sam's clubs but only the 5 litter keg, So I poured it into a beer glass.

It pours a dark-yellow with a little head.

It smells malty, with sweet fruits, apple.

Tastes a sweet malty flavor, with a nice body.

Served cold it is very refreshing. I could drink the hole 5 litter keg in one night.

I prefer it over Heineken.

Serving type: cask

01-17-2007 16:55:40 | More by moonman00
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New York

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

12 packs were on sale at the local supermarket so I decided to giev this a try

A- Pours a golden almost copper color with a large foamy head that disapates fairly quickly, slight lacing, many small bubbles

S- hoppy sent, with a slight hint of malt and almost fruity

T- fairly grainy taste, semi fruity and sweet

M- Light and smooth

D- Very drinkable, could drink alot of these in one night

Definatly a good beer if i'm going out for a night of drinking

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2007 05:57:59 | More by bigsteveo830
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2.85/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bought one of these from the local liquor store (along with two other beers, Coors and Spaten), so let's get on to the beer;

It pours a rich, dense head, with some definition inside the body. A whiff of Euroskunk (tm) and spicy herbs is followed by a taste of herbs, hop bitterness, with some malts ending the sip. It's more difficult to drink than a typical pale lager because of the overwhelming flavor that gets in the way.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2007 00:11:24 | More by DoubleJ
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Rhode Island

2.83/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a green flip top 16oz bottle. Darker golden yellow color well carbonated with a fluffy white head. Decent head retention that left a slight lace. Smells of pale malts with a sweetness of fruit and a slight caramel tone. Some hints of sourness. Rather smooth taste pale malt flavors followed by a dry slight bittering hop finish. Decent drinkability. Has the distinct Euro lager funk that I have found characteristic to the style. Not my favorite Euro lager but also not the worst.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2007 19:49:00 | More by bigone4
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3.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 oz swing top bottle, best before 20 Jul 2007 and 6G20 17:34 printed on the neck label

A—pours clear honey yellow with a ½ inch foamy bright white head that fades down to a thin sheet in a few minutes, lacing resembles grains of sugar or salt

S—sweet grains, malts, some straw aroma, some milder fruit tones as well

T—mild hop bitters and even milder sweet malty flavor, tastes like a typical lager, there is a slight alkaline aftertaste, but not enough to get in the way. Some sour twang is in the mouth, too

M—a bit dry, light bodied, good carbonation

D—not bad, I honestly bought it for the swing top bottle since I just started home brewing. I bought another one and will enjoy it as well.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2007 03:19:07 | More by hanco005
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