Grolsch Premium Lager - Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.

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Ratings: 1,554
Reviews: 627
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 18.71%
Wants: 20
Gots: 135 | FT: 0
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Netherlands

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001)
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Photo of drxandy
3.03/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mini-keg!! - On sale since it expired in Feb '08 - drank in June '08 - a big $10 a mini keg, can't beat that :D

minikeg to standard pint glass, pours a deep amber color, semi high carbonation at the start of the minikeg then fades down

smells of crisp malts, hops, slight apple / skunk

tastes of smooth malts, slightly dry and bitter, smooth yet some oxidation, a nice drinkable lager

mouthfeel is light, dry, crisp, bitter finish

Photo of montageman
3.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Seems like I would've come across Grolsch before now. I've been interested in craft beer for years now, but I've never had Grolsch. It seems to me that Grolsch is quintessential in a way - a pale lager that all other lagers should be gauged upon. It has been around for a while - folks are comfortable with Grolsch. And why not? There is little to be alarmed by when looking at its pale golden hue. The sweet grass and citrus aroma is not at all imposing. Slight grainy sweetness and crisp finish is totally passable. Nothing too wacky about the carbonation or body. Thus, this is one easy to drink & session beer. Nothing great, but nothing bad. Recommended.

Photo of beerthulhu
2.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a clear, bright gold with a 1 finger creamy bone white head that surprisingly enough maintained nicely while leaving a sticky rim lacing. Visible carbonation was extremely light, almost non-detect.

S: The nose produced sour lemon grinds, otherwise was faint and almost non-existent.

T: a decent sour lemony hopping with strong hay notes. A nice fresh pale grain backing highlighted the slightly sour hop finish. Overall a fairly clean crisp lager but still only average at best flavor wise.

M: light, with an oily texture, and softly carbonated.

D: Ok drinkability, some good pale grains come through in the flavor but overall is just moderate and average to consume and enjoy.

Photo of kinger
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I like to buy these in the pint swing top bottles once in a while primarily so I can re-use the bottles for my home brews. The good part is that I really enjoy a cold Grolsch so it's a win/win situation. Crack the seal and pour into my pilsner glass. I'm rewarded with a rich golden lager with a thick cloudy lasting head. As I drink this down ample lacing clings to my glass holding on for dear life. The aroma is definitely funky and strangely inviting, I believe that the aroma is why one either likes this beer or hates it. The mouthfeel is relatively average, slightly thin this beer finishes crisp which is a nice touch. The flavor is good, and in relation to it's european brothers this one sits near the head of the class. Easy drinking, I can enjoy a couple of these in a sitting, but not too many.

Photo of elniko
3.63/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the big bottle into pint glass

A: Light golden amber, finger and half of head after aggressive pour, lacing left behind. High amount of carbonation. Really nice looking lager.

S: Not skunky as I expected. I get a small amount of corn in the nose. Pretty decent smelling for Euro lager.

T & M: This beer does has a bit of bitterness to it which I enjoyed. Mouthfeel is crisp, carbonation does not overwhelm. This beer had a little more to it than I've found with other Euro lagers.

D: Definitely drinkable, one of my favorite easy drinking lagers now.

Photo of orcasteve
3.03/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a bit sour to start with loads of carbonation, maby bordering on to much carbonation, this was a nice golden color clean and crisp from start to finish, has a fair hop character, that comes in at the end witch is the part i like the most in this one, this is just avrage, wouldent go out of my way to get this one though.

Photo of toolbrew
2.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a clear yellow color with a small white head. Lots of carbonation at first, but that has settled down after a few minutes. The head has fallen too.

Grainy smell that is typical of most lagers.

Light watery taste with a slight bitter finish. Also somewhat dry tasting.

Get a dry sensation in the mouth.

A decent lager that is ideal for hot days.

Photo of Kyle987
2.68/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Large, thick and foamy head with clear, golden body. The head sticks around for a bit, but eventually disappears completely. Taste is alright - mild and grainy at the front, with a slightly bitter and skunky aftertaste. And I thought there was a hint of orange in the background, but I might have imagined that. More carbonation than normal. Decent mouthfeel, but the taste just wasn't that great. Drinkable, but not really enjoyable.

Photo of kemoarps
1.48/5  rDev -52.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

so... I didn't get the cool bottle, but I am drinking it in the Netherlands, so I figured the whole 'direct from the source, non export' version might be pretty good, right? this might actually be the single least enjoyable beer I have ever drank. I realize that I still have a world of experience ahead of me, but there was not much redeeming in this beer, other than it's decent colour.

appearance - crisp golden straw, kind of what I expected from a lager

smell - sourish. kind of an omen of what's to come.

taste - bad. that's really the only way I can think of to describe it. this is the first time that i actually wished that the beer was more watery, so there was less taste to it. it's taste is born from it's aroma. it tastes like bad classic rock cover bands and stale morning breath. it's reminiscient of the morning after - the night of. it's kind of sour, not really bitter or hoppy, just kind of uninviting.

mouthfeel - pervasive. blanketing. it makes your saliva glands active, but not like when anticipating a good meal, more in that pre vomit salivation of your natural defenses trying to build a barrier between you and it.

drinkability - If after reading the above sections you are still considering Grolsch's drinkability, then maybe you should try it.
the locals warn that even without drinking it in large quantity it's known as the headache beer. as in it'll give you a hangover regardless of whether you have drank enough to deserve one, although I must admit that writing this the morning after I feel fine, hangover free, and only regretting having drunk it for the assault on my tastebuds that it represented.

now I will admit that I am not a fan of lagers in general, and am not typically moved to write reviews, especially scathing ones such as this. that said, even wihtin the lager community that I have experienced this was explicitly bad. typically I just prefer other styles but will drink a lager if the mood strikes me slash it's readily available. Grolsch I would avoid at all costs. if I was in a Saw movie with some elaborate trap where drinking another glass of Grolsch was the only way out of the room I would seriously consider facing whatever Jigsaw had set up for me.

Photo of youngleo
3.3/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured to a nice white head, with some big bubbles. Not very much lacing at all. Beer was light yellow in color. Had a grainy smell,with that slight skunk odor. Had a bitter sweet aftertaste. And also had that Heineken taste, just not as strong as Heineken. Felt good in the mouth. Carbonation was about right. The cap that comes on the bottle was always in my way when pouring. The bottle the way that its made always had beer running down the side when done pouring. Maybe if you drank these all the time, you would get use to the cap. Other than that I could drink these and have a nice session with them.

Photo of mbo34
3.58/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Yeah, it comes in a green bottle and it's from the Netherlands. Sure, it's yellow and doesn't smell like much, but this beer really hits the spot sometimes...a good reminder that beer need not be dark, heavy, unbalanced or produced on a small scale to taste good.

Photo of HomeRunBaker
2.7/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Taste, smell, and appearance were all pretty standard. This was an average brew in just about every way. There was a little too much carbonation, and that, coupled with the watered down taste, made for a sub-par experience. With all the beer in the world, there are many others to sample before this one.

Photo of jar2574
2.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Nice pour, fluffy white head over a clear yellow lager.

Smells like hops but is a little metallic.

This isn't a terrible offering, but I don't like the taste. More malts than you'd think from the smell. Not very hoppy. Probably meant to be a mellow, chill-out beer. But overall, there's a general lack of flavor and the flavor that's there is cheap, for lack of a better word. Like the ingredients aren't quite up to snuff. Borderline skunky.

Better than many other mass-produced beers, because at least there's some flavor. But a dissappointment, all things considered.

On a hot summer's day, these are tolerable, but nothing I'll buy again.

Photo of rye726
1.78/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This comes in a cool bottle, but that is about it. Because of the bottle, it is probably even more over priced for what's inside. A clear yellow and poor tan head. Not much of a smell. Some grains perhaps. Very light flavor and a bit bitter. Light body as well. Not much of a lager in my book, but drinkable I guess.

Photo of swizzlenuts
3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

With this beer there is a decent sized head with a yellow/golden colour beer. The nose is quite malty and that's about it. The beer is malty with hints of sweetness that is kind of fruity. The malt flavour in this beer is different than most lagers, which makes it nice. The beer doesn't have a lot of flavour, but the flavour it does have isn't too bad. I can drink a few of these because there isn't much flavour there.

Photo of hustlesworth
2.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A- clear pale golden yellow with rapidly rising bubbles and a somewhat puffy active head that falls before my eyes. some cobwebby lace hangs around, but after this baby settles, it's pretty much gone, save for a thin ring.

S- faint pale malt sweetness and some musty slightly floral hops. overall a grassy and rather weak aroma with just a touch of citrus

T- well water, generic tasting pale barley, grass clippings, corn, undercooked veggies, the earthy taste of something like raw zucchini or eggplant, with a small amount of noble hop bitterness that dominates the other flavors in the second half, but fades out quickly in the finish.

MF- feels just like our well known pale-euros and american macros, light bodied and pushing the limit on fizzies, with a slightly astringent feeling.

D- pretty drinkable due to the beer's overall character as a mildly flavored crisp clean lager, but the taste of adjuncts can quickly become undesirable if you let this one sit around too long. just like the spaten i just reviewed, ice cold is the way to go.

Photo of mashedpotatoes
4.43/5  rDev +42.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Typical golden lager appearance; the Grolsch premium lager pours a pretty, pillowy white head. The smell is quite tame and mild, nothing funky or skunky here. The taste is surprisingly creamy and the finish is better than expected. Mouthfeel is clean and again, a bit creamy, very pleasing to the palate. Drinkability ensures comfort, six of these would make for a nice relaxing evening.

A well rounded premium lager that is much better than expected.

Photo of dsa7783
3.43/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Single bottle just purchased from Total Wine and More in West Orange for $1.79...
Seen this beer around a lot and despite its commonality, was always interested in giving it a shot...
Pours a light, straw-colored hue with very little head and hardly any lacing...
Pale, straw and grain aroma with not much going on in this department...
Satisfying, yet bland taste - a good depiction of the style, but not an exciting beer by any stretch of the imagination...
Easily drinkable with a modest ABV...
Basically your average beer...

Photo of FriedGold2010
4.45/5  rDev +43.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Grolsch is a great and very accessible example of a Dutch or "Euro" lager. Once you get over the, and I'll admit it, really freakin' cool flip-top bottle, it's still a great lager that delivers with no skunk and a full flavor.

I've just had it poured from one of those damn-cool bottles into a pint glass. It pours with a moderately sized white head that dissipates somewhat rapidly leaving very little lace. The beer has moderate carbonation with fine, small bubbles. The taste has a foundation of the bready lager malt taste with a licorice-type twist thats typical of dutch lagers, topped with a
very floral, little bit fruity European hop flavor. The taste is very complex and tastes several sit-downs to get one's way around a description. However, it is a very drinkable beer. I recommend pairing with any sort of British or American pub grub, fried and boiled seafood, but especially Indian food which pairs well with beers that have a strong hoppy nature.

Now how's that for a slice of fried gold?
Yeah-heah Roy!

Photo of nocheinsbitte
3.7/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a typical Euro Lager, but much better than a Heineken.
App: Pours a medium golden color with a decent head that dies away after 2 minutes. Good carbonation.
Smell: Not as acidicy (sp) as Heini, a little buttery tone to it. Non-repugnant.
Taste: This is a good euro lager that you can drink all day while watching the game(s). Easy going down, a little tart at the end, fairly enjoyable.
Mouthfeel: Nothing special, good feel and taste.
Drinkability: As I stated earlier, this is a n easy bier for you to drink all day on the beach or watching the games.
I recommend it for what it is, an east drinking bier...

Photo of FleeVT
3.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. greenie with "Best by" date poured into a pilsner.

A: Extremely pale yellow with a thin white head and slow trickle of tiny bubbles from the bottom.

S: Lots of malts and a bit of a skunky "old beer" smell. Very mild hops on the nose.

T/M: A crisp beer with good carbonation. Lots of malty flavor again, similar to the nose. A slightly bitter finish, which I'm not sure is the hops, also permeates the aftertaste.

D: It's a daytime beer, and possible a session beer. It wouldn't be my first choice with the nose and palate, but if you're buying, I'll be there. I do plan on trying this one again, just to be sure it wasn't a spoiled batch.

Photo of Hornet2003
3.95/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale yellow, clear with a slight head when poured.

Smell: Reminds me of the typical euro malty lager. More hops than a Heineken, and a an earthy aroma as well.

Taste: Great tangy bitterness from the hops. I've always appreciated Grolsch for its genuine European flavour. It isn't as dumbed down(in the can/bottle) as say Heineken. It retains a beautiful floral hoppy character. I don't know what kind of hops they use but I love them. Earthy and no citrus like your typical N.American beer. Maltiness balances the bitterness well to leave a beautiful flowery aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Pretty much a macro lager feel. Lots of carbonation, only difference being the bigger flavour presence all over the tongue.

Drinkability: Well I drank about 8 of these at Sensation White 2007 Amsterdam and felt no ill effects after waking up the next day at 5pm. Drinkability is really incredible. I think this is my favourite macro lager of all time.

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

Classic, simple and oh so drinkable. Grolsch was one of the first beers I ever tried and that probably has something to do with why I managed to skip the macro scene altogether and just go straight for the good stuff. A slightly buttery malt base with a good amount grain sweetness and mellow, but balancing vegetal hop spice.

Clean and balanced, I could drink this stuff al day. It's one of those beers that isn't so different from beers like Heineken, for example, but is clearly a step above.

Recommended...

Photo of albern
2.42/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is pretty crappy lager, and too much in the family of mediocre, bland American macros with an overcooked veggie base. There is bit more of a syrupy malt backbone which may be the distinguishing characteristic from any number of more dry crisp crappy American macros. The beer is about as yellow, straw pale as it comes, with some white head and some lacing. The smell is pretty skunky herbal with some lemony tartness too. There is a sour unpleasantness and maybe a bit of an artificial chemically aroma lingering about. The taste is cooked veggies, herbal astringency, dry straw, and dryish malt in the finish. I'm pouring this one down the drain and going for something with more taste. I haven't had a Grolsch in years and I see no reason to revisit the past.

Photo of Bestuurder
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass, a two-finger head that was decent, even frothy similar to a milkshake, yet this dissipated quickly.

Minimal lacing was present, as well as a well. almost overly-carbonated beer. Smell well balanced, with earthy toned, as well as hoppy characteristics with a malty aroma to the palate.

The hopping was surprisingly well balanced and complimented by a bitterness that was rather full in the mouth, perhaps the barley came through. Overall a medium to heavy body that transitioned quite smoothlyl. Excellent brew for the patio in the summer with a steak and potatoe dish or a barbequed chicken and rib platter.

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