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Grolsch Premium Lager - Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.

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BA SCORE
71
okay

1,430 Ratings
THE BROS
74
okay

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Ratings: 1,430
Reviews: 611
rAvg: 3.09
pDev: 18.45%
Wants: 18
Gots: 84 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V. visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001)
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Abita45

Pennsylvania

2.9/5  rDev -6.1%

The beer pours into a pint glass gold, ending with a nice, foamy head that is fragrant from the start. Once receded, there is nice lacing. It has a bit of a sharp taste to it, a bitter hoppiness or sorts, which isn't necessarily a bad, though for this style, I'm not sure if it's a good thing. Still, it has some layers to it, unfortunately, that don't necessarily lend themselves to thinking the beer is "complex."

Actually, I'm finding that as it warms, the hoppiness evens out some. Giving it some time to sit seemed to calm down some of the initial sharpness. I'm not familiar with pale lagers, so I'm not entirely sure how this measures out, but I know what I like and I like this okay.

Overall, not a favorite, but I'm in for a case (thank you, PA liquor laws), so perhaps it will grow on me by the end of it all...or end up in friends' fridges.

06-10-2006 01:07:46 | More by Abita45
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bunbury

Panama

4.18/5  rDev +35.3%

This beer has a strong aroma, as well as mouthfeel and hard after taste.
Pours nicely into a 2 fingers white head, yellow/gold appearance.
it tastes bit over cooked creating that exceptional bitterness

Drink 6 and your are out, so even though it has only 5% abv, is just the enough exact number for it.

exceptional to drink while in a cold place

06-09-2006 22:54:18 | More by bunbury
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AaronHomoya

Indiana

2.98/5  rDev -3.6%

12 oz green bottle with metal cap.

Pours a nice, golden color with pretty good white head and good, but not overwhelming, carbonation. Aroma is a little malty, a little hop spicy, and somewhat funky like light-struck I think. Taste is better, malty sweet with some hops bitterness and less of the funk. Mouthfeel is nice, light, smooth and pleasing carbonation. Drinkability is lessened by the unpleasant aroma and marginal taste.

06-01-2006 02:20:39 | More by AaronHomoya
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JWFokker

New York

4/5  rDev +29.4%

Poured from a bottle into a stein, it's a pretty average looking pale lager, but the head is nice. It continues to swell for a minute or two until there's about 3/4" of head, then slowly dies down and leaves a nice, thin lacing. The nose is nice, somewhat grassy, could be described as floral. The flavor is well balanced. It's got a bit of an edge to it between a slight bitterness and a touch of alcohol flavor. Mouthfeel is pretty average, though nothing amazing. All in all, it's a very drinkable beer. It's well balanced and it could easily make be a session beer.

05-31-2006 05:07:11 | More by JWFokker
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Noxious26

Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +5.2%

473ml green bottle with a swing-top cap. I've always thought this was one of the cooler bottles out there. Best before date on back of label 24082006.

Clear, pale golden in colour. Thick, solid white head is 1/4 inch on the pour, but recedes to a ring around the edge with splotchy islands. Clumps of lacing here and there.

Aroma is grassy with a pleasantly sweet background.

There's actually very little flavour making this clean and mild. There is a very light sweetness at the start which fades as a faint hop flavour comes in around the middle. Finish is mild grassy hops. Aftertaste is skunky/grassy hops.

Thin bodied and mildly carbonated.

There isn't anything wrong with this, but it's really nothing special. If you hold your breath before you sip, you hardly get anything for flavour, but if you inhale right before drinking, it mimics the aroma in the taste. A decent euro lager that would be refreshing on a hot day.

05-19-2006 02:45:53 | More by Noxious26
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Kulrak

Australia

2.65/5  rDev -14.2%

Pours a golden straw color with very little head that fades into a film on top of the beer and laces the glass. Smells a little yeasty and a little hoppy, a tiny bit citrusy. Not unpleasant. Taste isn't very malty, slightly hoppy at first and then some chemical bitterness at the finish leaving a chemical aftertaste. I guess the fact that there isn't much flavor is a blessing. Mouthfeel is fairly creamy with a little bit of carbonation on the back of the tongue. All in all, it's not what I'd call a good beer, but it's not what I'd call a bad one either.

05-18-2006 11:33:33 | More by Kulrak
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Sosh

Indiana

2.1/5  rDev -32%

Of course I got this in the bottle....why the hell else would I even get this? It is a fun gimmick.

Looks like piss....smells like skunk, even more than heineken did. I do believe people when they say that not all Grolsch's smell skunky....but I'm not going to hunt down the few that don't.

Better than most macros, and a lot easier to drink (easier to drink that heineken, which is what this beer is very and obviously similar to). Eh, save your money, unless you really want one of the bottles. The taste isn't bad. It's not good, but the fact that it isn't bad puts it ahead of most macros.

05-18-2006 03:16:09 | More by Sosh
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kbnooshay

New York

3.43/5  rDev +11%

Wow this is awful. I don't why I continually try euro lagers because all they do is dissapoint. This poured an insanely clear straw color. The smell is so nasty! Chemical skunk times a million. The taste also is awful, grainy, hasrh and chemically. Kinda hoppy, of course they are death harsh hops. Very weak mouthfeel, but really that is irrelevant here.

It smells and tastes so unhealthy. I feel like I am going to wake up with cancer after consuming one of these.
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UPDATE

i bought a case of flip tops and it was delicious! i updated my score.

05-12-2006 21:25:44 | More by kbnooshay
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utahbeerdude

Utah

3.28/5  rDev +6.1%

Visual: Medium golden color.
Aroma: Very Faint aroma, pils/light-lager type type, with more malt than hops after it warmed a bit.
Flavor: Bitter, then malt, then bitterness in finish. Nothing extraordinary, but not objectionable.
Mouthfeel: typical for style, medium body with decent carbonation.
Overall: Overall OK, not unpleasant, but I wouldn't go out of my way for it.

05-12-2006 19:13:57 | More by utahbeerdude
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zeff80

Missouri

3.6/5  rDev +16.5%

12 oz bottle pours out golden yellow with a white two finger head.
No skunk smell...a major plus. The taste is lightly hopped and slightly bitter. It improves as you drink it. It has a crisp, sharp mouthfeel. It is also very drinkable. It goes well with food or by itself.

05-08-2006 01:59:02 | More by zeff80
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ViveLaChouffe

Georgia

4.33/5  rDev +40.1%

From the 12oz bottle.

Pours a very, very pale gold. Palest beer I've seen in awhile outside of Mich Ultra. Crystal clear. 1/4 inch dense and persistent head. Head dissipates, leaves nice lacing. Smells of grassy malt, herbal hops. Just a bit of light skunk.

Taste is crisp grassy malt. Light bitterness in the finish. Persistent noble hops that build nicely. Hallertau or saaz? Don't know but it's a nice finish. Crisp and very clean mouth. A lightly sour finish. Lingering hops and fizzy mouth. This is shockingly tasty. Good stuff. Of the Eurolagers, this should be your choice.

05-05-2006 03:58:06 | More by ViveLaChouffe
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acrawf6

Louisiana

2.9/5  rDev -6.1%

Pours out a slightly golden straw color. Nice white foamy head rises. nice lacing.

Smell. grainy and sweet. nothing too special here, smells like a typical euro lager.

Taste. on this sweet side, but expected. i get no noticable hop appearance, but do get a cereal like maltiness. not horrible, but i'm not a fan.

Mouthfeel. Decent mouthfeel, average carbonation, good enough balance. but not all that good.

Overall this one isnt one for me, but i dont hate it. I'd pick this over heineken, but thats about it.

05-02-2006 02:45:59 | More by acrawf6
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shererjt

Texas

3.33/5  rDev +7.8%

Poured a slightly straw-colored clear with a rocky head. Probably as average looking as a beer could be. Aroma was malt with some grassiness in the background. Also had some astringency or other off-smell I cant' quite place. Medium body with some caramel notes. Had a bit of hop flavor but not much bitterness. Overall, leans to the sweet side.

Pretty decent beer. Not a world-beater, but nothing wrong with it.

04-22-2006 23:10:28 | More by shererjt
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dubman003

New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev +5.2%

The bottle is eye catching and I expected an explosive, unique beer. And then I drank a regular lager that came out of a really cool bottle. Realistically, Grolsch is just one step above any regular brand lager, it had a higher 'sweetness' to it, which made me feel like its quality was a bit higher.

Unfortunately, the bottle alone must be the reason this beer costs so much. It is very expensive, and I don't think I got as much beer as I paid for (almost $4). Grolsch has the right idea, I definitely bought the beer because of the interesting bottle, but I won't be returning to it, because I can drink a Foster's for less money.

Still, keep the bottle for something.

04-12-2006 00:59:46 | More by dubman003
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ReebShorts

Washington

3.23/5  rDev +4.5%

Standard clear yellow colored lager, decent slightly chunky head. Best before July 21 2006, so a pretty fresh sample.

Mildly spicy Floral aroma, malts, and a bit of hops.

Slightly buttery mouthfeel, bitter finish, and a bit of a lingering aftertaste, but all in all fairly decent brew.

Carbonation is just right, and this one laces the whole way.

04-07-2006 06:15:36 | More by ReebShorts
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scottoale

California

3.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Haven't had this one in a while, 12oz. green bottle dated:29 JUN 2006. It pours a light gold with ample 3/4in. of bubbley white head. Nice streamers as well as sporatic bubble outbursts in the carbonation, with just a scant of lacing. Looks just as it's style should.

Smells of light malted barley with light hop balance, a wee skunky at first, but that subsides (much like Heine, Becks,etc..).

Tastes clean with feathery light barley balanced with a nice bitter hop to dry the finish. A fuller, stronger tasting lager than others of this style, the mouthfeel is a bit fizzy then turns dry, much like champagne with very little sweetness. Easy drinking, medium-light body with enough flavor to satisfy, not bad.

03-18-2006 10:33:39 | More by scottoale
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charlatan

United Kingdom (Scotland)

2.7/5  rDev -12.6%

Pours from can with straw colour and very little head. Smells like a rather stale cross between a pilsner and a bock. This doesn't augur well.

Almost honey like sweetness is followed by stale malty flavour which sticks around too long for the hops to give this enough edge. Quite like the carbonation here but that's about it. Would be easy to drain a lot of but this is no better than PBR as far as I am concerned.

03-14-2006 22:08:09 | More by charlatan
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CDBeerDisappear

Ohio

3.33/5  rDev +7.8%

A - Pale straw color with thick but short lived head.

S - Aroma is malty with a bit of European hop sourness.

T - It has an initial sweet taste dissolves into a European hoppy bitterness. Kind of an old world taste. Flavor does not improve as the beer warms. Drink it cold.

M - Good viscosity with plenty of carbonation. Feels clean and refreshing

D - Easy to drink, goes well with food.

02-19-2006 21:24:12 | More by CDBeerDisappear
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danielharper

Michigan

3.63/5  rDev +17.5%

Purchased from Target on University, Huntsville, AL.

(Notes taken on 2/12/06. Review verbatim from notes.)

"Light yellow color, thin foam on top. Aeration continues from bottom of glass. Sweet aroma, touch of grass but less than expected. No skunk aroma. Sweet malty up-front, clean and slightly grassy aftertaste. Still no skunk. Thin mouthfeel, well-done to style. Not my favorite beer, but not bad for a Euro Pale Lager."

Let me put it this way: if you have the choice between this and Heineken, pick this every day of the week.

02-18-2006 02:23:19 | More by danielharper
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BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +19.1%

"Cheap Dutch lager for the lady?"

Decent, pleasing but nothing exceptional here. Gold colour, with a snowy, dense head that disappates fairly quickly. Hoppy smell, with hints of grass and a bit of a corn mash smell. Taste is bland malts and tame hops with some grassy overtones. Reminiscent of Tusker or an Indian lager. Not bad, but nothing great. Easy to drink, great for the summer with some spicy foods.

02-17-2006 04:33:46 | More by BDTyre
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ikats

New Jersey

2.98/5  rDev -3.6%

Very light golden brew in a green bottle. White head full of large bubbles subsided to a thin cover. Not the best looking beer. Aroma reminds me of only one word - "macro" - as in that typical uninviting aroma of a macro brew. Taste is actually not bad. Plain - yes, light body - yes, weak - yes, but not bad to drink. Given the opportunity I would not mind trying this beer on tap. And in a bar full of macro beers, I would pick it as my session beer in a second. Not enough flavor, but still drinkable.

01-24-2006 05:06:08 | More by ikats
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Drew966

Florida

1.75/5  rDev -43.4%

Pours yellow with fluffy white head. Tastes and smells like typical euro lager. I like to have one or two "good" beers and then switch over to whatever American macro or euro lager I find on sale for a session beer. Grolsch is perfectly acceptable for session beer, but it's nothing to get excited about either. I do like the swingtop bottles, but the green glass really is a bad idea.

01-20-2006 01:16:11 | More by Drew966
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niangelo

Alberta (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +27.2%

Poured from a bottle, brought all the way from Holland by my loving sister-in-law... God bless her soul, she remember my beer habit.

Shared with a friend, so some cumulative feeback.

Poured into pintglasses, with a large, fluffy white head that stuck around for a good portion of the drink. The color is a deep gold, no cheap straw yellow here. The carbonation is very active, streaming up the sides of the glass in more than a dozen tight columns.

Immediate recognition on the nose, but my friend and I can't place it... fruit of some sort, maybe grapes and perhaps... honeydew? Very fresh, with a hint of a full malt and just a whiff of hops. Anyhow, no lack of smell on this brew.

Taste is sweet, any sweeter and I normally dump a brew, but this seems to work. A nice blend of fruit flavors, a sweetish, deep malt and just a tiny pinch of hop at the end. The mouthfeel is full and thick.

An enjoyable brew for a mass Euro-lager.

01-15-2006 14:55:40 | More by niangelo
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Vancer

Illinois

2.55/5  rDev -17.5%

Not bad, but not very good either, just not a whole lotta anything. Lemon yellow pour, decent white rocky head that laced down the glass – pretty much the best part of this brew.

Initial whiff of euro yeast (skunk), and after that dies, nuttin’ much left. An earthy and leathery lager taste, tart and crisp (that would be a dry aftertaste).

So, maybe, drinkable, but not for more than the 500ml mini-bomber. Hey, the swing top was nice.

01-09-2006 15:54:15 | More by Vancer
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trevorwideman

Manitoba (Canada)

2.93/5  rDev -5.2%

I have a long history with this beer, back to when I first saw the swing-top bottle and thought, "that looks cool." and tried it.... It is everything a generic Western European lager should be. Poured into a pilsner glass. Pretty carbonation, good head retention, and the colour of pale straw, everything I look for in a lager. The smell is where it gets tricky. I've always known this to be a skunky beer, but it's one of the top most skunky beers I've had the pleasure of smelling. Other than that, corn adjuncts, malty sweet, and a slight soapiness that all compliment the skunkiness. Taste isn't awful, decent hop bitterness to offset the malts. Dry mouthfeel, sticks to the throat a bit, zingy on the tongue. More drinkable on tap I think, but whatever, this is a very average Euro lager, not super offensive, but certainly not the peak of the brewers art.

01-05-2006 01:52:14 | More by trevorwideman
Grolsch Premium Lager from Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.
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