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Grolsch Premium Lager - Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.

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Ratings: 1,573
Reviews: 638
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 18.71%
Wants: 22
Gots: 158 | 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 GratefulBeerGuy
2.7/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This was what I concidered a really great beer about ten years ago!!

Pouring this puppy out of it's classic green bottle makes me pray it's not too skunkified! The look is a clear, pale golden color with white hues, mild fizz shows of a thin, white head that actually forms fully but fades fast.

The aroma is of thin, sweet malt, grainy wheat and rice with an earthy, sour effect and only a slight skunky effect way down. clean scent overall.

The flavor is clean and bolder in the flavor department than most of it's style, a light fizzy malt with green veggies and tart malt, slightly sour-breadness with an herbal-sour effect in the back palate. Minimum, sour skunkiness. The feel is light, and crisp and clean the whole way through.

not the worst of the green bottle brigade!

Photo of MrAleman
2.02/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Its another skunky beer. Grolsch is not a good lager like many of the other ones in good old Holland. One of the beers known to be totally vegetarian which is nice. But I don't think thats enough to save this one. Typical premium lager with disappointing taste.

Photo of Rayek
3.28/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Gold with good clarity and a soapy white head. Decent head retention leads to a fair amount of lace.

S: Mostly dry grains and grass with a faint amount of skunk.

T: Good amount of straw-like malt out front. A grassy bitterness follows. Some funky vegetable flavors are also present. Finishes clean.

M: Medium-light body is a little too fizzy. Feels somewhat dry.

D: I bought way too much of this in the past simply because the flip-top bottles were perfect for homebrewing. The beer inside isn't all that special, however. It's a decent beer. No more, no less.

Photo of Spikester
3.71/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased for the 16 ounce re-cap bottle.
Gold color with one-finger white head. Fair amount of lacings. Aroma is mild floral hops-no skunk!
Taste is rich bitter hops and some mildly sweet malts. Very good flavor for the style.
Mouthfeel was quite full bodied.
Drinkability is good. If you want a full-flavored and interesting lager give Grolsch a try.
Rather good considering the bottle was a month past the "best by" date.

Photo of reezun
2.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Served on a Pokal from a green 12 oz. bottle.

Appearance: Clear with a rich golden color. Two-inch head on pour, shortly settled to a thin ring. Very nice, consistent lacing at the top.

Smell: Sweet, champagne-like aroma.

Taste: Strong grain taste with a very slight bitterness; dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation on the strong side, with a light body.

Drinkability: A bit harsh, but fairly drinkable.

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

Nose is light toasty dry apple-fruit, tad bit of floral hoppage.

Pours medium straw, good clarity, mild head.

Pleanty bitter, nicely tart, dry and grainy with sweet fruit bits. There's some lemmongrass notes. Suprisingly bitter. A little more malt comes through. Medium-thin body.

Moderately drinkable, not bad. Not much to say really.

Photo of EatsTacos
2.82/5  rDev -9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a medium gold colour with two fingers of head. No lacing

Smell is somewhat bitter hops, grains and freshly mown grass aromas

Taste is smooth and balanced with a pretty refreshing hop character to it. Some spices hidden in the back. Dry finish. Too much hard biting carbonation, but some people like that in a lager like this. Light body.

Photo of nighthawk
3.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an incredibly clear pale gold. Three fingers of fluffy white head take a few minutes to settle down to a sticky, clumpy ring. Bits of lacing here and there.
Nose isn't quite as nice. A dry corn smell, a bit skunky, with only very mild hints of malt and hops hiding in the background.
Taste is sweet corn, some smooth roasted malt with a bitter finish.
Mouthfeel is medium body, smooth in some places, but sometimes almost grainy feeling. Mildly astringent on the finish.
I wouldn't mind drinking another, but I'm not yearning for one. The bittiness takes away from its palatability.

Photo of Guinnesslover7
4.1/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice clean appearance and taste. No foamability or bubbly action with this lager. Almost a flat affect and very similar in taste to a Stella Artois, in my opinion. Tastes will vary.
Definitely not a heavy bogged down taste to it and smell is very mild.
Also I like the delivery of the product and bottle design.
I've wanted to try a Grolsch for years so I was glad to have finally given it a try.

An easy B+ to A- beer.

Photo of ocelot2500
2.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear yellow with a nice head that dies down. Almost no lacing present.

Smells really funny. Has a sour, grassy smell.

Tastes like the nose with a weird hoppiness that leaves a bitter, herbal aftertaste.

Very thin and watery in the mouth with a decent amount of carbonation.

Fairly drinkable.

Photo of Corvato
1.52/5  rDev -51%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

smells like skunky beer, tastes like skunky beer, what do you know? its skunky beer.

as a drinker that doesn't drink much beer, it tastes pretty bad. its got a bitterness that i expect from a darker beer, but in a light lager, i am surprised.

bought the beer for the fancy flip-top bottles, so that was good enough for me.

Photo of avalon07
2.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsner glass. Had a yellow color and a clear consistency. A decent amount of head. Not much lacing.

S: Not a whole lot here. Slightly skunky, slightly grassy, with a touch of hops.

T: Thin, watery taste featuring some hops, a bit of yeast and a grassy quality. Has an unpleasantly bitter, acrid aftertaste.

M: A below average amount of carbonation and a slick finish. Below medium-bodied.

T: This is just another mass-produced Euro lager. No real personality to speak of. OK in a pinch (that is, being a bar where nothing else good is served), but not very well made.

Photo of WHROO
3.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pilsner glass...nice 2 finger head that promptly turned to lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell was faint, not too strong at all, cold smell floral hops...

Taste wasn't as fruity as I thought it would be...fairly grainy & doughy...
A few seconds after it goes down the hit of bitterness kicks in, not too harsh, but does linger.

Mouthfeel was nice...not too carbonated, & loved the grainy feel...

Actually I initally was a little disappointed as I heard a lot of good reports, but as the whole 12oz went down & I cottoned onto the taste, I started to really enjoy it!!!

Probably just a little too much lingering bitterness

Worth a try!!!

Photo of bark
3.8/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The colour is straw yellow; the two finger white head leaves some fine lacing.

The smell got some sour hints with flowery notes. White loaf, some herbs, chalk and yeast.

The taste is fresh with light sweet notes of malt. Some broth. Clean flavours with minerals and a weak note of butter. The bitterness is pleasant and balanced with some metallic notes. The medium long aftertaste adds some flowery hops and a fresh balanced bitterness.

The carbonation is medium, as is the liquid smoothness.

Overall, a pleasant euro lager with tingle towards german pils.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid is gold with good carbonation. The head is ok 2 fingers, white and leaves little lace.

The smell is ok, not skunked like so often happens with aa green bottle, earth bread with a slightly perky mildly citric hops.

The taste is ok as well, this brew was delivered fresh so not bad and a good example of the euro lager. Bready malt and a mild hop finish.

The mouthfeel is ok just less then a medium body and good carbonation.

The drinkability is ok, a lightly better then average macro euro as it seems quite fresh.


Photo of larsee01
3.88/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz growler into pilsner glass

A--Decent head dissapates quickly and crisply. Nice, active carbonation. Attractive deep gold color.

S--Clean and grainy. Mild malt. Not a lot here. Touch of grassy breadiness.

T--Sweet and mild with late hop kick to balance. Really smells and tastes like a high quality American lager.

M/D--Reminds me of Miller High Life (which I love), perhaps made with finer ingredients and with more subtle complexities.

Photo of barleywinefiend
2.09/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured a light and clear golden with a fluffy white head that lasted a long while. Nose was pretty skunky, lots of yeast, malt and slight hops.Tasted very mild, not much malt. Faint hoppiness with a clean finish. It was worth a shot but I wont be drinking again.

Photo of templar316
4.1/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours with a billowy head which falls back to leave islands of foamy suds behind. The color is the same apple juice yellow of lagers, and there is a little apple in the nose as well as subtle alcohol undertones and a quiet hop presence. The taste is quite impressive for a lager, a touch of hop bitterness, mild malt body, a great rocky finsh. Goes down smooth perfect on a hot day afterworking in the yard or to knock back a twelver at a BBQ.

Photo of currysage1
3.56/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 1.5 Liter swing top, bought for homebrewing use.

A soft white head caps this pint nicely I must say, it has some peaks and valleys sticking around very nicely. Typical pale yellow of this type of lager, maybe a little darker than others of this ilk.

Smell is of crisp green apples, dried grain, and a slight mustyness. Not exactly complex but this style isn't supposed to be.

Taste is definately in the apple realm, not as tart as the green apples in the nose but definate apple of a savory sort. Not much grain in the flavor until the very end. Definate cooked corn flavors in the middle. Semi dry, slightly crisp, thirst quenching on this 95 degree day.

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
3.11/5  rDev +0.3%
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
2.76/5  rDev -11%
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
3.23/5  rDev +4.2%
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
3.07/5  rDev -1%
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.

Grolsch Premium Lager from Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.
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