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Grolsch Premium Lager - Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.

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Ratings: 1,591
Reviews: 642
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 18.39%
Wants: 22
Gots: 174 | 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 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.

Photo of toolbrew
2.88/5  rDev -7.1%
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
1.54/5  rDev -50.3%
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
3.27/5  rDev +5.5%
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
3.52/5  rDev +13.5%
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
2.78/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Grolsch Premium Lager from Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.
72 out of 100 based on 1,591 ratings.