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Grolsch Premium Lager - Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.

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1,419 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,419
Reviews: 609
rAvg: 3.09
pDev: 18.45%
Wants: 18
Gots: 78 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of DaveFL1976


2.85/5  rDev -7.8%

It's been so long that I've had something that called itself a 'premium lager' I felt, what the heck. It's only $2.99 - I can use the flip-top bottle later for homebrewing.

Well, the beer pours exactly like you would expect it to. Crystal clear and a dark straw color. Topped with a really nice head, actually. For the style, it looks nice.

But the smell....
What smell? It smells boring, uninteresting. I guess it smells 'cold?'

The taste is a bit grainy up front. A bit floral maybe. No bittering hops are descernable. It's definately on the sweet side. Sort of like a good pilsner, only watered down.

Mouthfeel is light and carbonation is mellow and accomodating, but there just isn't enough taste to make you want to come back to this stuff.

Oh well, it's a cool bottle.

08-23-2006 22:12:44 | More by DaveFL1976
Photo of cjgator3


3.23/5  rDev +4.5%

Pours a straw colored pale yellow color with a fluffy white head that quickly diminishes into a thin layer of lacing. Typical grainy euro lager aroma. Taste is grassy and grainey that finishes with a slightly herbal hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is delightfully smooth. Overall, this is another run of the mill euro lager that does not do enough for me to purchase again.

08-21-2006 04:09:42 | More by cjgator3
Photo of barefootbrewer


2.33/5  rDev -24.6%

This beer poured a very clear golden color. The head was thick and persistent. The smell is very hoppy. The taste is definitely hop-heavy. It has a light body with a thin feel and a bitter aftertaste. This beer is possibly drinkable if served very cold.

08-16-2006 00:56:25 | More by barefootbrewer
Photo of BlackHaddock

United Kingdom (England)

2.53/5  rDev -18.1%

My green 300ml bottle was full of Grolsch brewed in 'Burton -on-Trent, England'.

Grolsch has become a cheap supermarket beer here in the UK, to be drank when you are hot and thirsty, not when you fancy a beer!

I first drank this beer draught in Holland back in 1976, thirty years ago it was great, a small, local brewery run by brewers. It is now huge and run by moneymen.

Back to the beer. A basic fizzy European lager for the young British market. The bottle looks good, the beer comes out fine and retains its head, no real aroma or taste, it was however wet.

The colour is typical lager, a golden yellow with a sparkle to it, sadly that is where the sparkle ends.

Maybe the real stuff brewed in Holland is better, and tastes like I think I remember, I hope so.

08-09-2006 08:18:02 | More by BlackHaddock
Photo of MusicmanSD


3.35/5  rDev +8.4%

Grolsch to me is like a premium version of Heineken. It’s super refined compared to its Dutch partner. You can't go wrong with the flip top, its classic. Pale euro lager in appearance and pretty much no head for the most part. The smell is kinda skunky because it's been sitting under supermarket lights in its single form, so I wont hold it against the beer. The taste is for the most part, average. Like a maltier, tastier version of its mass produced cousin. The mouthfeel is also fairly heavy for lager, and I commend them for achieving that with how pale the beer is! The drinkability is the high part of this beer. Very sessionable, and out of the ordinary. It will definitely get people talking if you drink it right out of the flip top! Definatly recommend if you’re looking for something different, but drinkable.

08-03-2006 05:26:37 | More by MusicmanSD
Photo of benmiliron


3.8/5  rDev +23%

Paid 1.79 euro for 0.5 L.

Hey, I know it's a green bottle. I don't care. Gotta love that look. Classic.

Smells lagerish. Fruity with a bit of a metallic nose. Taste is nice and light, a bit grainy. Mouthfeel is good, nice bubble. Drinkability is also good, as this is one of those you could drink forever. Although you might regret it in the morning.

07-16-2006 20:15:28 | More by benmiliron
Photo of kimcgolf


3.2/5  rDev +3.6%

Not bad for a big name, wiidely distributed beer. Not a lot of aroma, and the appearance is weak with a thin head and little lacing. But this is a very drinkable beer, especially as it warms around mid-glass, and it has a smooth finish. The flip-top stopper on the bottle adds a nice touch.

07-15-2006 03:06:49 | More by kimcgolf
Photo of Phocion


3.23/5  rDev +4.5%

16 oz. swingtop bottle, poured into a nonic. Clear hazy light golden color with a white head that quickly subsides to a thick eggy lacing.

Smells lightly of hops and citrus/spice.

Very citrusy and tangy. Tastes also of wheat, with a bit of spice in the background and also a very mild bitter hops finish.

Light and crisp on the palate. Very refreshing and much better than your average green-bottled Euro Skunklager, but that's not saying a lot. It's worth a try.

07-15-2006 01:04:08 | More by Phocion
Photo of TheSarge


2.53/5  rDev -18.1%

Grolsch Premium Lager pours with a very light white frothy head, which is gone in 60 seconds. The brew has pure clarity, and is a bit more golden than a typical American macro brewery lager. Lacing doesn’t totally vanish like many other lagers, which adds to the visual presentation score in my book.

This does smell rather husky, kind of like fresh cut hay. A slight hops aroma, with not much from the malts to speak of.

This doesn’t taste as clean as most Euro lagers. I’m sampling the import version, which of course may be a little skunked. I’ve had the domestic version before, and I remember it tasted a bit better. Unfortunately this company, along with the likes of Beck’s and Heineken, they use green bottles. Technology tells us the brown bottles better protect from light, which helps to ruin the freshness of brew. This needs to be taken into consideration by these companies, especially when exporting their brews. Still this does taste better than a Heiny, a little bit fuller in body and a little more kick from the hops.

This is a decent Euro discotech kind of brew. Not something I’d bring home to my mother, but slightly refreshing in a sweltery dance club type atmosphere.


07-11-2006 11:22:17 | More by TheSarge
Photo of boblog


2.73/5  rDev -11.7%

Appearance was pale and not that great. Small head.
Smell-hoppy and skunky maybee the green bottles add to that.
Taste-Light and slightly malty.
Drinkability-Not very great wouldnt pay the price it cost to have another one.
Overall "okay" I prefer their ale more.

07-07-2006 00:53:41 | More by boblog
Photo of Illini5596


2.45/5  rDev -20.7%

Initially impressive with the swing top gasket cork style bottle, a thick creamy layer of head and beautiful pale body, the smell breaks down the image that Grolsch offers. Smelling strongly of chemicals, and macro, it was an immediate let down.

Grolsch actually produces two beers under their premium lager brand, those with bottle caps are actually brewed by Coors and relabled, while the swing tops are brewed in the Enschede. I had tried the Coors relabled Grolsch by accident, and decided to give the real stuff another go.

The taste itself was far from impressive, light and a little refreshing with a halfway descent spicyness to the character. Unfortunately the mouth feel, initial and after taste were that of a macro brew. Very watery with astringent flavors.

Unfortunately I can't say much for this beer positive for this beer, very little character, very little body, and the bad astringent taste of a macro.

07-04-2006 04:33:44 | More by Illini5596
Photo of supercolter


3.88/5  rDev +25.6%

Appearance is pretty bland. Just a bit above average, a little lacing, almost no head, pale yellow in color
Smell- not a whole lot going on here. Really no coplexity, but the hop smell intrigued me.
Taste and mouthfeel- not a real strong body but good feel, hoppy and ever so slightly malty.
Drinkability- well at last count I had....

07-01-2006 06:32:24 | More by supercolter
Photo of JayTheFinn


1.95/5  rDev -36.9%

Light looking in the glass without much of a head. Not a strong definable scent, at least none that I noticed, but then again I didn't feel like keeping my nose in this one for too long. It was just overall unpleasant. There was a murky kind of swampy taste to it. And the aftertaste lingered for way too long, which is not a good thing in this case. But hey, at least there was a lot of carbonation that kept me belching for a good long time (I'm laying on the sarcasm pretty heavy, in case you weren't sure). This beer is not worthy of the awesome bottle they put it in.

06-27-2006 04:25:54 | More by JayTheFinn
Photo of Blakaeris


2.93/5  rDev -5.2%

Pours orange-gold with a moderate head that dissipates quickly to a thin sheen.

Smell is slightly sour skunk and mild hops.

Taste is rather green, as expected from a pilsner. Finish is clean with a touch of hops.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side.

Better than expected. But I wasn't expecting much.

06-12-2006 21:43:12 | More by Blakaeris
Photo of Abita45


2.9/5  rDev -6.1%

The beer pours into a pint glass gold, ending with a nice, foamy head that is fragrant from the start. Once receded, there is nice lacing. It has a bit of a sharp taste to it, a bitter hoppiness or sorts, which isn't necessarily a bad, though for this style, I'm not sure if it's a good thing. Still, it has some layers to it, unfortunately, that don't necessarily lend themselves to thinking the beer is "complex."

Actually, I'm finding that as it warms, the hoppiness evens out some. Giving it some time to sit seemed to calm down some of the initial sharpness. I'm not familiar with pale lagers, so I'm not entirely sure how this measures out, but I know what I like and I like this okay.

Overall, not a favorite, but I'm in for a case (thank you, PA liquor laws), so perhaps it will grow on me by the end of it all...or end up in friends' fridges.

06-10-2006 01:07:46 | More by Abita45
Photo of bunbury


4.18/5  rDev +35.3%

This beer has a strong aroma, as well as mouthfeel and hard after taste.
Pours nicely into a 2 fingers white head, yellow/gold appearance.
it tastes bit over cooked creating that exceptional bitterness

Drink 6 and your are out, so even though it has only 5% abv, is just the enough exact number for it.

exceptional to drink while in a cold place

06-09-2006 22:54:18 | More by bunbury
Photo of AaronHomoya


2.98/5  rDev -3.6%

12 oz green bottle with metal cap.

Pours a nice, golden color with pretty good white head and good, but not overwhelming, carbonation. Aroma is a little malty, a little hop spicy, and somewhat funky like light-struck I think. Taste is better, malty sweet with some hops bitterness and less of the funk. Mouthfeel is nice, light, smooth and pleasing carbonation. Drinkability is lessened by the unpleasant aroma and marginal taste.

06-01-2006 02:20:39 | More by AaronHomoya
Photo of JWFokker

New York

4/5  rDev +29.4%

Poured from a bottle into a stein, it's a pretty average looking pale lager, but the head is nice. It continues to swell for a minute or two until there's about 3/4" of head, then slowly dies down and leaves a nice, thin lacing. The nose is nice, somewhat grassy, could be described as floral. The flavor is well balanced. It's got a bit of an edge to it between a slight bitterness and a touch of alcohol flavor. Mouthfeel is pretty average, though nothing amazing. All in all, it's a very drinkable beer. It's well balanced and it could easily make be a session beer.

05-31-2006 05:07:11 | More by JWFokker
Photo of Noxious26

Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +5.2%

473ml green bottle with a swing-top cap. I've always thought this was one of the cooler bottles out there. Best before date on back of label 24082006.

Clear, pale golden in colour. Thick, solid white head is 1/4 inch on the pour, but recedes to a ring around the edge with splotchy islands. Clumps of lacing here and there.

Aroma is grassy with a pleasantly sweet background.

There's actually very little flavour making this clean and mild. There is a very light sweetness at the start which fades as a faint hop flavour comes in around the middle. Finish is mild grassy hops. Aftertaste is skunky/grassy hops.

Thin bodied and mildly carbonated.

There isn't anything wrong with this, but it's really nothing special. If you hold your breath before you sip, you hardly get anything for flavour, but if you inhale right before drinking, it mimics the aroma in the taste. A decent euro lager that would be refreshing on a hot day.

05-19-2006 02:45:53 | More by Noxious26
Photo of Kulrak


2.65/5  rDev -14.2%

Pours a golden straw color with very little head that fades into a film on top of the beer and laces the glass. Smells a little yeasty and a little hoppy, a tiny bit citrusy. Not unpleasant. Taste isn't very malty, slightly hoppy at first and then some chemical bitterness at the finish leaving a chemical aftertaste. I guess the fact that there isn't much flavor is a blessing. Mouthfeel is fairly creamy with a little bit of carbonation on the back of the tongue. All in all, it's not what I'd call a good beer, but it's not what I'd call a bad one either.

05-18-2006 11:33:33 | More by Kulrak
Photo of Sosh


2.1/5  rDev -32%

Of course I got this in the bottle....why the hell else would I even get this? It is a fun gimmick.

Looks like piss....smells like skunk, even more than heineken did. I do believe people when they say that not all Grolsch's smell skunky....but I'm not going to hunt down the few that don't.

Better than most macros, and a lot easier to drink (easier to drink that heineken, which is what this beer is very and obviously similar to). Eh, save your money, unless you really want one of the bottles. The taste isn't bad. It's not good, but the fact that it isn't bad puts it ahead of most macros.

05-18-2006 03:16:09 | More by Sosh
Photo of kbnooshay

New York

3.43/5  rDev +11%

Wow this is awful. I don't why I continually try euro lagers because all they do is dissapoint. This poured an insanely clear straw color. The smell is so nasty! Chemical skunk times a million. The taste also is awful, grainy, hasrh and chemically. Kinda hoppy, of course they are death harsh hops. Very weak mouthfeel, but really that is irrelevant here.

It smells and tastes so unhealthy. I feel like I am going to wake up with cancer after consuming one of these.

i bought a case of flip tops and it was delicious! i updated my score.

05-12-2006 21:25:44 | More by kbnooshay
Photo of utahbeerdude


3.28/5  rDev +6.1%

Visual: Medium golden color.
Aroma: Very Faint aroma, pils/light-lager type type, with more malt than hops after it warmed a bit.
Flavor: Bitter, then malt, then bitterness in finish. Nothing extraordinary, but not objectionable.
Mouthfeel: typical for style, medium body with decent carbonation.
Overall: Overall OK, not unpleasant, but I wouldn't go out of my way for it.

05-12-2006 19:13:57 | More by utahbeerdude
Photo of zeff80


3.6/5  rDev +16.5%

12 oz bottle pours out golden yellow with a white two finger head.
No skunk smell...a major plus. The taste is lightly hopped and slightly bitter. It improves as you drink it. It has a crisp, sharp mouthfeel. It is also very drinkable. It goes well with food or by itself.

05-08-2006 01:59:02 | More by zeff80
Photo of ViveLaChouffe


4.33/5  rDev +40.1%

From the 12oz bottle.

Pours a very, very pale gold. Palest beer I've seen in awhile outside of Mich Ultra. Crystal clear. 1/4 inch dense and persistent head. Head dissipates, leaves nice lacing. Smells of grassy malt, herbal hops. Just a bit of light skunk.

Taste is crisp grassy malt. Light bitterness in the finish. Persistent noble hops that build nicely. Hallertau or saaz? Don't know but it's a nice finish. Crisp and very clean mouth. A lightly sour finish. Lingering hops and fizzy mouth. This is shockingly tasty. Good stuff. Of the Eurolagers, this should be your choice.

05-05-2006 03:58:06 | More by ViveLaChouffe
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