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Grolsch Premium Lager - Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.

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Ratings: 1,376
Reviews: 607
rAvg: 3.09
pDev: 18.45%
Wants: 16
Gots: 64 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the smaller 330 ml bottle with cap (not flip top) with Best Before date on back label. Neatly embossed bottle with hop cones and GB on neck, and Grolsch script on shoulder. Color is clear and golden, short white cap of tight bubbles. Head dissipates quickly, leaves no lacing and left with not a lot of carbonation in my tall pilsner glass. Mild skunky nose (not as bad as some green-bottle lagers as I have had), but still hard get ignore. Taste is quite light, grainy with a mild hop finish. Seems like a touch of metallic aftertaste. Dry finish. Smooth lager, easy to drink, good, but nothing great.

Interesting reading the back label that one bottle is approx. 1.3 standard drinks?!?

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2005 06:15:01 | More by BigBry
Photo of sockeye101


3.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've passed over Grolsch since 1615 many times in the grocery store and decided to finally give it a go... Not a bad European macro....but nothing that great either.
Poured a nice golden color with a wimpy head that left a trace of lacing. Lots of hops with a slight skunk at the end. Smell not over-powering. Overall not a bad brew, but not one I'd recommend for someone looking for a great European lager.

But hey, the metal spring loaded bottle cap is a nice touch.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2005 01:55:17 | More by sockeye101
Photo of ChiSox05


2.7/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Nearly clear, somewhere between gold and yellow, layer of suds holds for a while, fluffy head on the pour, sturdy 12 oz bottle. Best by Sept 28, 2006

Barley, wet corn and grains, bit of chalky malt, musty

Dry malt shows up, but not really palate cleansing, grainy, wet paper.

Thinner, kinda watery to start, carbonation on end fills it out some.

Like the dry malt but wetter finish reminds of macros. Every aspect has something off the mark that keeps me from wanting another.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2005 07:08:20 | More by ChiSox05
Photo of daliandragon

North Carolina

3.13/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another beer my parents regularly have in the beer fridge in the garage when I come over for dinner. I'm a little disappointed they went away from the old school hinge tops, gave them some originality. It was also the only beer outside of Heineken and Amstel that I could find served in coffee shops in Amsterdam, so I had my fair share when I was there a few years back.
Attractive beer with a golden color and surprisingly strong froth of sweet white head. The smell is muted with hops and yeast barely evident, maybe a little fruity as well.
The taste is crisp and bitter but otherwise fairly anonymous. More carbonation than I typically need in my lagers as well. The finish is crisp but could afford to be a bit dryer.
This is not a bad beer, just nothing to get too excited about. If not in a coffeeshop (I like the Blue Velvet), don't go out of your way for this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2005 21:12:56 | More by daliandragon
Photo of Finite


2.7/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark gold in colour, good carbonation, looks moderately inviting with a stable thick head reasonable retention with nice lacing. Not bad so far.

The smell was the start of something bad I’m afraid. The smell was quite skunked with a hint of floral hops.

Tasted quite metallic, with some sweet grass, maybe a bit too much malt in this one, the hops had trouble showing some punch and when they did it was quite bitter, with ok sweetness in the after taste.

Drinkable for a euro macro larger but not something I will chase.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2005 09:46:50 | More by Finite
Photo of Pegasus


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

Appearance: Clear straw gold color with a large, sticky, persistent white head, profuse brken lace, and numerous streams of fine, slow-rising carbonation.

Aroma: Profound skunk aroma, beneath this there is a strong presence of light, sweet malt, and restrained herbal hops.

Taste: Light, sweet maltiness, and grassy notes, soon followed by herbal hop bitterness, which turns more intense later in the taste, finally settling at the back of the mouth with a lingering metallic note. The finish is a bit dry

Mouth feel: Smooth and reasonably full, with somewhat shart carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Skunky or not, this is just another Euro lager, hardly distinguished from Heineken. Quite suitable as a lawnmower beer, very refreshing, but lacking in character.

Presentation: packaged in a custom twelve ounce green glass bottle with a pop-off crown, served in a standard tap glass.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2005 20:05:16 | More by Pegasus
Photo of shbobdb


4.43/5  rDev +43.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Well now, it's come to this: Grolsch. I remember I used to grab one of these on my way home from school everyday and drink it as I walked through the fields. It is usually sour for a lager, and is pleasantly bitter . . . Well, as bitter as a pale lager gets. When I drink Grolsch, I think 'beer'.

This is a archetypical beer. That is both a good and a bad thing. It lacks many of the finer characters that a beer expert might seek in a beer, excelling at nothing save raw drinkability. However, the flip-side of that statement is that it does nothing wrong either.

Nice. Simple. Solid.

Whenever I go and buy a six-pack, it has to pass the Grolsch test: Would I enjoy these beers at the end of the day more than Grolsch. Often the answer is 'yes', but the test remains a good barometer for quality beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2005 20:42:57 | More by shbobdb
Photo of snooter511


3.7/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the classic swing top bottle (always a plus) this lager poured a golden wheat color with about a 1/4 inch head that i was not impressed with although it did leave a nice lace. The first thing you'll notice is the skunky smell, it's not overwhelming and it doesn't particulary bother me. I thought it was actually pretty smooth at first for a Dutch lager. It leaves an after-taste that is somewhere between hops and a light citrus. No film or sticky residue to note. Could use a little more kick if thats what your into. I would recommend as a night out with friends lager, nothing to sit down and ponder, like I just did.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2005 05:36:02 | More by snooter511
Photo of BeerNutta


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

Grolsch, is another of your standard Euro macro lagers.

A = Straw coloured with a moderate foam head.

S = Hoppy with a light skunked aroma.

T = Standard eurolager taste, hoppy with a twist of skunk. This one however has a slight grassy aftertaste.

M = Moderate carbonation makes it not offensive to the palate.

D = Average.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2005 23:20:53 | More by BeerNutta
Photo of Ricochet


2.15/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I bought this as part of a sampler and I'm glad I did. Only one, drink it, don't pay much of a price, review and don't invite it back. It wasn't so bad, it smelled like Ballantine, skunky ale, and in the glass, just like Ballantine. It looked yellow, just like any beer, with a sticky head that almost looked like it contained fibers, really odd. Mouth was a little sour, good foaming, and went down like a beer. Average. Taste was , well, skunky. Ballantine has a better flavor and is way cheaper. There was some hop bite but not much else. Because the price was higher, because this seemed like a heiny (Ick) It was worth trying anyway...

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2005 05:06:35 | More by Ricochet
Photo of ski271


2.35/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clear, medium gold with a small, white, foamy head that quickly diminishes to a thick film. The smell is lightly skunky and cookie-like with some grassy hops. The taste is dry and fruity with more light skunk on the finish. It has a light-medium body, chalky texture and lively carbonation. A pretty typical low-end Euro that relies on its gimmick more than its quality. I’m not impressed and won’t be getting this again.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2005 18:13:33 | More by ski271
Photo of beeroclock

United Arab Emirates

2.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I recommend drinking this from a frozen mug. The taste is just better in a frozen mug for this one, I have tried from the bottle on 2 occassions and it just tastes like the rest of the Holland beers. From a mug, it somehow has its own flavor. It pours a thick foamy head that lasts a bit before dying down. The feel is average and it has some skunk smell but not so bad. Not bad considering it is fairly cheap compared to most other imports.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2005 03:03:03 | More by beeroclock
Photo of kkipple

South Carolina

2.55/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I couldn't find one of the signature Grolsch bottles at my local store, so I settled for a boring pop-cap 12oz. I poured into a tall glass. Hmm, a huge foamy head... tons of bubbles, deep yellow color that regrettably reminds me of pee... still could be promising...

Bring the glass to my mouth -- what's this? Skunk?! Smells like a Heineken! Retch. Take a long sip. Bitter, hoppy, kind of watery. Another sip. Catch a slight sweet taste before the bitter overpowers it. Tastes like hops. Refreshing and fizzy, which I like. Smells awful, which I don't. Bubbles still rising to the top after ten minutes of increasingly smaller sips. Ended up sacrificing half the beer to the kitchen sink.

I would try Grolsch again if an attractive female thrust one in my hand, but I wouldn't pay for one. The foul smell ruined this one for me, even though it's not an awful taste. I have yet to find a "Euro Lager" I've really enjoyed. Try a single before you buy a 6 pack.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2005 23:24:25 | More by kkipple
Photo of tesguino


3.1/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A good beer made by the netherlanders, in general is good and recommendable, with mexican food and the buddies meeting, smell good its well balanced hops and malt, its vintage bottle, made a touch of european premium beer, good for the producers, in my country, is rare, but, the reward is good; taste and mothfeel acceptable.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2005 15:41:48 | More by tesguino
Photo of tgbljb


3.48/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

neat bottle! Poured a pale yellow with impressive white puffy head. Smell is very minimal and could not really be detected over the smells in the restaurant where consumed. Taste was very dry, bitter, and enjoyable.( I was a bit suprised) Good and crisp. Finished very refreshing. While not my favorite style of beer, this one was pretty good. Easy drinking. Paired well with pork loin.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2005 02:36:58 | More by tgbljb
Photo of funkengruven

Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not too bad. This has a flavor that somewhat resembles another very popular european lager from the same country, without the pronounced skunkyness. It looks much like it's more popular cousin. the mouthfeel is not much different from most other euro lagers, and is equally as drinkable. Overall, pretty decent. not too bad. And the bottle is pretty cool.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2005 00:57:37 | More by funkengruven
Photo of battlekow


2.48/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This was my reward for playing chauffeur all day. Whoop-de-fucking-do.

Sure looks like a pale lager. It's pale gold with a blotchy white head. It really looks remarkably like piss. Smells grainy and with a little skunk funk. Tastes cold. Mouthfeel is actually slightly harsh, which is like an ugly girl not shaving her legs--with what it's got to offer, it needs all the help it can get. Drinkability? Well, after ten of these, you'd think that furry chick was pretty hot, but the problem is the first nine.

Serving type: growler

09-28-2005 00:37:13 | More by battlekow
Photo of jarmby1711


2.85/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It is an educational experience to attempt to review a beer.
I had always thought this to be pretty damn good.
Its still ok and a easonable drink but it does have its faults.
A dull grain smell is reflected in what to me tastes like sweet cornThere is a malty sweetness in the aftertatse as well Pleasnt enough but would wear thin after a few bottles of this
It is quite bitter and very cleansing so it has great refreshing qualities.So you could happily have a few on a wam day.
Dont get excited but dont be too disappointed

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2005 03:52:48 | More by jarmby1711
Photo of alankwak


3.88/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Light gold. Typical Dutch lager. Great head, lacing and head retention.
S: Lightly hopped. Not sure about the type of hops.. but lightly hopped.
T: Very good. This is a nice lager. It's not over powering and it shouldn't be.
M: Medium. This is no stout. It's a nice lager. Nice mouthfeel for this type of beer.
D: Very good here. I really like this beer. For the price..very good.

I would put this ahead of Heineken. No doubt. And I like Heineken( as far a Euro Macro's go.).

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2005 04:09:59 | More by alankwak
Photo of LPorter33


3.38/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased single bottle from Martignetti's

Appearance = golden straw colored, lots of bubbles that rise through the liquid, decent head which goes quickly and leaves a thin film on top, respectable lacing.

Smell = Initial blast of sweet grain followed by mild skunkiness but MUCH better than some of the other mass produced imported lagers.

Taste = Much better than I thought. This sure beats a Heineken. There's a good bit of sweetness that compliments the flavor nicely. Bitter grain taste strongly represents the flavor. This is a better than average tasting beer but not a good one.

Overall = This one defintiely surpassed my expectations. I wouldn't necessarily go out and buy it again but stacked up against the competition it's definitely a step ahead.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2005 03:37:12 | More by LPorter33
Photo of davidchollar


2.7/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

grolsch is premium like heineken. along with heinney and guinney it's 1 of the few foreign beers i can find at the local grocery store here in Japan, so it gets extra points from me... but it is definitely average.

look, smell, taste, etc.. nothing special, same old lager. drinakable because i got no choice. basically crappy.

Serving type: can

09-24-2005 17:07:04 | More by davidchollar
Photo of Golden2wenty1


3.65/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Convinced my girlfriend to get a barrel of this over the cheap stuff for her birthday party at our place last night. On sale for $59.95 at Riley's. Not bad considering Beast (Milwaukee's Best for the uninitiated) is $45.

Pours a vibrant golden color with a frothy white head. Smell is grassy and a little skunky. Taste is grassy, a little skunky, and predominantly malty. Gets a little sweet as it warms. Not a bad drinker for a party. Mouthfeel is bubbly and crisp, body is thin but drinkable. Must say I did my fair share in polishing off that bad boy last night. It comes in those fun swing-tops and mini-kegs as well. I'd have to say it tastes best out of the keg though. For a pale lager, this is some decent stuff if you don't mind a bit of Euro skunk.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2005 21:20:27 | More by Golden2wenty1
Photo of Backer2004

North Carolina

3.33/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Too bad the waitress handed me the bottle sans swingcap. I must not have been too excited about Grolsch if it has taken me this long to even try one (and it's available everywhere around here).

Euro Pale Lagers are one of my least favorite styles, however, in comparison this one isn't bad. It's refreshing, easy to down, a not too complex. I'll buy it if it's on special somewhere.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2005 21:28:40 | More by Backer2004
Photo of BEERchitect


2.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Its bad when you get more excited over the bottle that the beer comes in than you do the beer. Pours a pale yellow, very clear, highly carbonated beer. Decent head that gradually fades. Smells of noble hops (partly light struck) and modestly sweet. Flavors are subtle and mild. Slight cereal grain sweetness. Light malt profile. Hop bittering and flavors show up moreso than the malt. Causes herbal and grassy flavors. A little bready and yeasty. Mild grapefruit and pear flavors into the finish. Light feel to the mouth. A good beer to chase a pizza.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2005 21:15:28 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of edmundfitzoil


2.93/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought one of the famous swing-top green, 16 oz. green bottles, and I poured it into a standard pint glass.

I popped the top and, and the beer poured a clear gold with more than a finger of very light, airy white head that didn't have any stamina of any kind. The beer stunk like a skunk - I apologize for the rhyme - but the smell began to preoccupy me as I carried on with the rest of the tasting. I really wish that they could stop using the green bottles. They are beautiful, or at least cool, but not worth ruining a beer. Taste is so tied to smell that the beer didn't get a proper tasting because of the smell, and even when finding the flavor favorable to me over other beers of this style I had a difficult time believing it in my own mind as long as the smell persisted.

The taste was clean with a light hop presentce. Mine didn't have the mouthfeel of something overly carbonated. The beer is on the bland side, but less than some of its competitors within this category has always tasted to me. It is easily drinkable because of its light mouthfeel and clean taste, but not something I'll be reaching for again because of a personal lack of interest in the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2005 03:27:18 | More by edmundfitzoil
Grolsch Premium Lager from Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.
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