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Grolsch Premium Lager - Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.

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1,518 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,518
Reviews: 622
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 18.71%
Wants: 18
Gots: 119 | FT: 0
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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 botham
3.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

16 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. pours a crystal clear straw color with a couple fingers of white frothy head. your standard pale lager in appearance.

smell is lightly sweet and malty, namely pale and some munich malts. a light floral base is present as well, with an overarching grainy character. nothing too complex about this one.

taste is lightly malted up front, with a mildly hoppy finish. the brew itself is watery and without much character.

aftertaste is of grassy hops and a light yeasty character. not very pleasant.

mouthfeel is light bodied with a decent bite from carbonation.

drinkability is good. this is a light lager with a macro type taste. nothing much to praise from this bottle.

botham, Sep 15, 2007
Photo of bunnyhustle
3.3/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 16 oz flip-top bottle, very nice, heavy duty green glass. Pours a starw-like yellow and leaves thick 2 finger head that quickly decipates. Leaves slight traces of lace behind. Smell is straw-like as well with some citrus hints, earthy smell. Taste is somewhat bland. Not really hoppy, not really malty, a very present grain taste with some slight sweetness. Moderate carbonation and light mouthfeel makes this an easy drinker despite that "bland" factor in taste. Not a terrible beer, but not a standout either.

bunnyhustle, Sep 13, 2007
Photo of Floydster
2.55/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle from Richmond Bar and Grill in El Segundo

Poured golden yellow into my pint glass with a quarter inch white head

No real smell other than than the normal lager bite

Tasted okay and held its own, not as drinkable as the light version

Not the best beer in my opinion

Floydster, Sep 12, 2007
Photo of livingregret
2.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving Type: Bottle

Appearance: A straw like yellow that started w/ a 2 finger head that quickly dissipated to nothing

Smell: Grains and some sort of skunky smell. Doesn't smell that appealing

Taste/Mouthfeel: Fairly smooth and has a crisp grain taste. Not a whole lot of taste and no real aftertaste A touch dry...that's about it

Drinkability: Not bad on a hot day like today...nice to BBQ w/ but not sure if i'd drink on a cold night

livingregret, Sep 12, 2007
Photo of sudz42
2.83/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Coming from someone who used to regard the green, frost beading, porcelain-capped bottles as some kind of treasure 20 years ago, a recent tasting of Grolsch in 12 oz. bottles disappointed to the degree of returning the bottles to the store as skunked. Could it be light/heat? A recipe change? I may never know. Groslch of old used to be malty, fresh, clean hopped, a very refreshing delightful drink.

sudz42, Sep 11, 2007
Photo of Brad007
3.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light yellow color with ample carbonation and a decent head. Aroma is one of grain and just a tiny bit of skunk. Even smells a bit hoppy. Taste very smooth and the malt really shines through. A bit sour of a finish but overall, quite a drinkable lager. I could see myself buying something like this if I wanted something cheap and still a step above most macro lagers.

Brad007, Sep 10, 2007
Photo of GrimmReaper
3.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden yellow with 2 finger bubbly head that holds it's own and mild lacing.
Smells fresh with a faint grass and herbs,suprisingly no skunk smell to this one
Tastes clean and refreshing with a touch of grain,nothing really jumps out at you,but the finish leaves the mouth very dry with a little hint of bitterness.
Medium to full body
Very refreshing and easy to drink beer right out of the fridge,I like this one way better than Heiniken,tastes best ice cold...
..will try again for sure...not bad at all

GrimmReaper, Sep 03, 2007
Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, light golden colour. White head settled quickly with a wispy centre; lightly carbonated with a ring around the glass. I detected a wet grassy odour that was a bit skunky. This lager is dry, a bit hoppy and with a sharp finish. Refreshing bitterness but a little sour on the finish. Not overly complex but satisfying and pretty typical of the style, compares favourably to a Heineken for example.

ThatWineGuy, Aug 27, 2007
Photo of MTNboy
2.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- A very light translucent beer with a very thin head.

Smell- It has a very crisp hops scent.

Taste- It has a very nice bitterness to it more hops than sweet malt but balanced for the most part.

Mouthfeel- Light but has a little carbonation burn.

Drinkability- A refreshing beer that is pretty good for a warm day.

MTNboy, Aug 20, 2007
Photo of Gmann
3.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden straw color with a decent white head that left some spotty lacing on the glass. The smell is faint, grainy, some grassy hops, slight cooked veggie smell. A cracker like malt base with some grassy hops, a bit of that Euro lager green bottle skunk taste. I give it a 3.5 because it does resemble a pilsner to a certain extent. Th feel is light almost watery, well carbonated, slightly bitter aftertaste. Better than the other Dutch green bottle Euro lager as it is not as skunky. Though it is green, I dig the bottle.

Gmann, Aug 19, 2007
Photo of LittleCreature
3.15/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - 4.0
Poured a reasonably solid 1.5 fingers of bubbly white head, which took its time in reducing to a thin patchy layer. The colour is a pale orange/gold. Looks to be highly carbonated.

Smell - 3.0
I was immediately impressed by the absence of the skunky smells that often pervade Euro lagers. The predominant smell is of grassy hops with a bit of bready grain and a vague herbal whiff.

Taste - 3.0
Instantly crisp and refreshing, noticeably a little better than the Heinekens and Coronas of the beer world. From here it gets worse, with vague tastes of stale grain, herbs and something of a metallic taste. The finish is a letdown with a moderate to high level of bitter hops, dryness and little flavour.

Mouthfeel - 3.0
Carbonation is moderate, as is weight in the mouth. Feels possibly a little harsh, definitely not smooth.

Drinkability - 3.5
This is definitely a sessionable beer, especially on a hot summer's day. However, based on this example, I would not be looking for a second.

OVERALL - 3.25
I have found Grolsch to vary in quality more than most beers. This example was not skunked, and did not impress me, but I have enjoyed drinking Grolsch in the past. A slightly better than average Euro lager with a reasonably high price. A better bet than Heineken, but nothing remarkable.

LittleCreature, Aug 12, 2007
Photo of cyrenaica
2.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I tried this beer on August 12, 2007 at purchasing it at an LCBO store. It poured a translucent pale gold colour into the glass with a generous white head that quickly disappeared leaving some rocky lacing on top. The aroma was slightly malty. The mouthfeel was thin-bodied, crisp, with mild carbonation. Definitely not a watery feel. The taste was that of malt, hops, and a little spiciness I can't place. Overall, a decent beer.

cyrenaica, Aug 12, 2007
Photo of WillieMoe
2.68/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a light gold, not giving off much aroma. Little head and mild tracing. From what I could whiff, it had a weak malty smell. It tastes alright, but a bit grainy. It does go down pretty smooth. It's fairly drinkable enough, but I wouldn't go out of my way to get it.

WillieMoe, Aug 06, 2007
Photo of udubdawg
2.5/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

from the swing-topped bottle pours a pretty nice looking glass of pale gold brew, sizeable whitish head and better lacing than I remember. Good start.

Not skunky per se, but not exactly impressive either. Cooked grain aroma a light grassiness that seems just slightly "off".

Flavor isn't terrible, but there's not a lot there to like either. More grass, and didn't care for the alcohol in the aftertaste.

Carbonation is pretty brisk, but not unpleasant. Pretty light and I suppose reasonably refreshing. I'll pass on another, but if drank quickly enough to keep somewhat cold, I won't have much trouble finishing one.

udubdawg, Aug 01, 2007
Photo of baos
3.58/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4

Poured into glass from resealable green bottle a good head that laces out nicely. The smell is a little like Granny Smith apples and alcohol. The taste: bitter green apples, hops, and sour grains it finishes with a mellow skunk weed flavor. This is my girlfriends favorite beer and I'm always robbing them out of the fridge from her. A decent beer.

baos, Jul 25, 2007
Photo of mnj21655
2.78/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16oz. green swing-top bottle with no freshness date

Pale gold in color with about 2 fingers of bone white head that dissipates rather quickly but leaves some lacing. Smells a bit hoppy at first, followed by some malty sweetness with hints of grass; overall fairly pleasant but nothing special. Tastes first of a nice spicy hoppyness followed by some earthiness, which seems overdone to me. All of this is supported by a nice malt backbone. Mouthfeel is ok. Body is light, bordering on watery. Carbonation is just shy of moderate. Overall this beer failed to impress me. Something about the earthiness in the taste just didn't seem to work with the rest of the flavors. I don't think I'll be buying this anytime soon as there are so many other (and potentially more enjoyable) beers out there for me to try.

mnj21655, Jul 25, 2007
Photo of giblet
2.7/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

not a bad euro. decent taste with some flirts with some hops. decent carbonation and head. lil to no lace.

i enjoyed this beer as something a lil different. cool bottle with stopper. not a great europeeeon beer but not too bad either.

another notch on the headboard!

suckem up and movem out!


giblet, Jul 10, 2007
Photo of BeerZack
3.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark gold color with fine bubbly head that fades fast.

Malty grain, slightly buttery smell.

Full malt flavor with the slightest bit of skunk-hops, almost a pils.

Really awesome fine bubbles that do not sting the tongue.

This is another one that I like a lot better straight from the bottle; very good EPL.

BeerZack, Jul 09, 2007
Photo of TechMyst
3.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle. Smooth yet skunky. Like St. Pauli and the like. Common. Drinkable though. Really going to be hard to get the character quota on this one; there are so many beers like this, you can just compare it to another and be done. Heineken and all those. This one, not as skunky and a little better on drinkablity.

TechMyst, Jul 08, 2007
Photo of RJLarse
3.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought a couple of pint bottles of Grolsch Premium Lager in a grocery store. Green glass bottle with a swing top plastic cap. I poured this beer in to a pilsner glass.

Pours a pale yellow/gold color and is clear. A substantial foamy, stark white, head forms and is moderately resilient. Many bubbles are seen streaming bottom to top through the glass.

The smell is a toasted bread aroma, with a bit of an acerbic presence. Absent are the perfume fragrances of a typical lager.

The taste is a sharp sweet cracker flavor, with some dry bitterness. Bit of a dandelion flavor in the end.

Mouthfeel is light and clean. Bit of a cider feel to it really.

A very drinkable lager, and not skunky like so many green bottled Euro-Lagers can be. Not bad, but probably too expensive to become a staple at my house.

RJLarse, Jul 02, 2007
Photo of Durge
3.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thin yellow color that poured very fizzy for a medium head that died quickly. Aroma is thick and bready with what I like to call that "cardboard" quality. Flavor is yeasty and a bit dry but again is pretty heavy in that bread category with a tangy touch to the tongue. A good lager with some character but not the kind of quenching brew I like from a lager. A good change of pace lager and an old standby.

Durge, Jul 01, 2007
Photo of malcontent
3.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ghostly pale hay hue crowned by a large but short-lived head. Steady streams of bubbles feed the thin remaining head.

Sweetish corn scent mingle with a soft metallic odor.

Classic continental metallic hop taste carry over although not as annoyingly as others of from this camp. Sweet malt characteristics elevate this above its skunky peers. Finish is almost like damp grain.

Mouthfeel is full, almost creamy at first, although it thins-out as expected towards the end.

If, and I say IF, the fairly gross Pale Euro Lager is your thing then I would consider this significantly better than its peers. In fact, it's one of the better representations of the style. Still, aren't you out of college by now?

malcontent, Jun 26, 2007
Photo of witster18
3.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden with a whispy .5inch head....retains fairly well. Smell is typical Euro-pale skunk. Taste is suprisingly better than it's other mass produced counterparts. Nice hoppiness....grassy bite is pleasant and definately unexpected. Finish is a little underwhelming(taste-wise) and then it gets a little bitter afterward. I must say I'm pleasantly suprised....it had been sometime since I'd had one of these. I'm glad I revisted this brew....a good quencher for the summertime....found 12/pk cans @9.49 @Harry Quick Stop in Cleveland, Tn...not bad at all! Typical Pale Lager...but with less negative qualities than most. The Hops put it a nudge above the rest.

witster18, Jun 22, 2007
Photo of BeerDreadz
2.88/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12onz green bottle with best before date on the back.

The Appearence is a golden color with small white head. The smell have some hops in it.The taste is very nice, not the average import on the green bottle some thing, reminds me the food with a laurel( a spice) . A decent taste some water on it.

Feels good in th mouth very easy to drink.

BeerDreadz, Jun 16, 2007
Photo of MMansfield
3.58/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a few tall cans for a fishing trip at the NSLC.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden yellow with a monsterous fluffy bone white cap. Leaves scant lacing, decent enough retention.

Aroma: Nice smelling grains, faint sweetness. Lightly hopped, plenty of grass, some florals, a bit of bread.

Taste: A rush of musty grain, a bit of alcohol. A long lignering sweetness in the the finish, which is low to moderately bitter. Grapefruit like citrus, perhaps some sour lime and pine.

Mouthfeel: Lightly carbonated, very high drinkability.

Final Statement: I don't think anyone with some knowledge of beer will claim this to be world class. With that being said, I really enjoy this one. It's at least a dozen steps ahead of Heineken, Stella, & Becks as far as mainstream euro lagers go, and pretty damn cheap. It's a good beer to take fishing, and it's nothing to turn down.

MMansfield, Jun 10, 2007
Grolsch Premium Lager from Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.
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