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Grolsch Premium Lager - Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.

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1,451 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,451
Reviews: 613
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 18.39%
Wants: 18
Gots: 95 | FT: 0
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Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V. visit their website

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 hunteraw
3.28/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Since this is one of my dad's preferred beers, it's shocking it has taken me so long to review it. I'm reviewing this out of the capped bottle, not the flip-top.

Appearance: Very clear, golden in color. Good head, but lacing isn't notable.

Smell: Smells like an import lager, grainy with a hint of German hops.

Taste: Crisp and bitter, I don't think it's skunked. Bitterness continues through to the aftertaste. Not much of a malt presence at all.

Mouthfeel & Drinkability: Not watery, but light. Good carbonation. As for drinkability, better than BMC and better than Heineken, but not great.

hunteraw, Oct 10, 2006
Photo of vancurly
3.05/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Gold, even white head with some lacey suds.

Aromas of bread, light honey. Some fleshy, wurst & dill pickle notes, and deeper notes of toasty malt.

Typical Euro malty flavour, spicy hop aspects, fairly well balanced.

Mouthfilling effervescence, medium bitterness,

Probably a good drop with a light meal, or with a few mates in the sunshine. Nothing particularly appealing about it, however.

vancurly, Sep 19, 2006
Photo of afinepilsner
3.35/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz green bottle

Grolsch Premium Lager was a clear golden color. The head was white and had pretty good retention, leaving some lace behind. The aroma was hops with a little malt. The taste was crisp and clean with a dry finish. The mouthfeel was light with plenty of carbontion. This was a refreshing thirst quenching beer.

afinepilsner, Sep 18, 2006
Photo of asabreed
3.68/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A pale yellow hue with lots of tiny bubbles going toward the top. Head stays at about 1/2" and is pretty stingy about dissipating. Nice clumpy lings left around the sides too.

Smell: Flowery, sweet and aromatic though-not-too-complex malt, with some slight citrus hop bitterness. Some nuttiness and bread crust is in the nose too.

Taste: Again, slightly flowery sweetness and some citrus coming through from the hops. Nothing too bad at all, but I can't really discern a lot of complexity to any of its elements.

Mouthfeel: A nice amount of carbonation lends an initially slightly creamy feel before it's spread out, making it less than any sense of astringent and pleasant enough to continue taking down.

Drinkability: One of the best EPLs you can get that's readily available in my opinion. This isn't a style of daredevil beauty, but I think this brew serves the style well in coming through with what it's supposed to do. It's also a brew that goes well with washing some grilled food down too.

asabreed, Sep 16, 2006
Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.9/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours light golden with pristine clarity. Two finger frothy head shows good retention and a few sticky patches of lacing. Mild light-struck aroma, with some benign noble hops and pale malt in the background. Pleasent light munich and pale malt sweetness at first sip, followed by balancing hallertau and slight tettnanger flavor. Semi-dry aftertaste, spicy and floral hop character with an appropriate bitterness. Medium in body and carbonation, a very smooth and inviting mouthfeel; highly drinkable. Finishes soft with a hint of pale malt sweetness and german hop bite. I would refer this to people looking for a euro pale lager that doesn't suck.

PBRstreetgang, Sep 13, 2006
Photo of pmcadamis
3.18/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This golden brew has a nice one finger fluffy head that leaves chalky lace on the side of the glass.

This one smells pretty typical of a basic lager. Slighty fruity and grainy with a decent amount of sweet malt and some really peppery and skunky saaz aromas.

Decent malt punch with hints of fruit and tons of pepper. Grainy adjuncty flavors are unwanted, and a strange aftertaste follows a moderately dry finish. There is an overwhelmingly bitter and sour taste that just seems strange to me, and I think this is what is ruining the brew. I didn't like this at first, but it's growin' on me.

This one is not bad. It's a lot like a funky, spicy, and peppery Czech pils. I thought that this was skunked initially, but then I began to really like that funky flavor. I could seriously session this brew.

pmcadamis, Sep 09, 2006
Photo of sauron681
2.33/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Typical swing top bottle, 16oz. freshness date 09AUG2006.

Another usual European style lager to me, maybe its the water from over there. After opening, a great gush of CO2 escapes. Pours a nice golden color with sticky thick head. Acceptable carbonation with a 'hang around a while' lacing.

The smell is that of cabbage/veggie like odor. Gives a thick, full mouthfeel with a taste of bitter grain with a slight tang. Hard to tell if its the hops giving it a dry taste. Rather unpleasant to me.

I will still drink it once in a while, however, because I like the bottles for homebrewing.

sauron681, Sep 08, 2006
Photo of DaveFL1976
2.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It's been so long that I've had something that called itself a 'premium lager' I felt, what the heck. It's only $2.99 - I can use the flip-top bottle later for homebrewing.

Well, the beer pours exactly like you would expect it to. Crystal clear and a dark straw color. Topped with a really nice head, actually. For the style, it looks nice.

But the smell....
What smell? It smells boring, uninteresting. I guess it smells 'cold?'

The taste is a bit grainy up front. A bit floral maybe. No bittering hops are descernable. It's definately on the sweet side. Sort of like a good pilsner, only watered down.

Mouthfeel is light and carbonation is mellow and accomodating, but there just isn't enough taste to make you want to come back to this stuff.

Oh well, it's a cool bottle.

DaveFL1976, Aug 23, 2006
Photo of cjgator3
3.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a straw colored pale yellow color with a fluffy white head that quickly diminishes into a thin layer of lacing. Typical grainy euro lager aroma. Taste is grassy and grainey that finishes with a slightly herbal hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is delightfully smooth. Overall, this is another run of the mill euro lager that does not do enough for me to purchase again.

cjgator3, Aug 21, 2006
Photo of barefootbrewer
2.33/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer poured a very clear golden color. The head was thick and persistent. The smell is very hoppy. The taste is definitely hop-heavy. It has a light body with a thin feel and a bitter aftertaste. This beer is possibly drinkable if served very cold.

barefootbrewer, Aug 16, 2006
Photo of BlackHaddock
2.53/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

My green 300ml bottle was full of Grolsch brewed in 'Burton -on-Trent, England'.

Grolsch has become a cheap supermarket beer here in the UK, to be drank when you are hot and thirsty, not when you fancy a beer!

I first drank this beer draught in Holland back in 1976, thirty years ago it was great, a small, local brewery run by brewers. It is now huge and run by moneymen.

Back to the beer. A basic fizzy European lager for the young British market. The bottle looks good, the beer comes out fine and retains its head, no real aroma or taste, it was however wet.

The colour is typical lager, a golden yellow with a sparkle to it, sadly that is where the sparkle ends.

Maybe the real stuff brewed in Holland is better, and tastes like I think I remember, I hope so.

BlackHaddock, Aug 09, 2006
Photo of MusicmanSD
3.35/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grolsch to me is like a premium version of Heineken. It’s super refined compared to its Dutch partner. You can't go wrong with the flip top, its classic. Pale euro lager in appearance and pretty much no head for the most part. The smell is kinda skunky because it's been sitting under supermarket lights in its single form, so I wont hold it against the beer. The taste is for the most part, average. Like a maltier, tastier version of its mass produced cousin. The mouthfeel is also fairly heavy for lager, and I commend them for achieving that with how pale the beer is! The drinkability is the high part of this beer. Very sessionable, and out of the ordinary. It will definitely get people talking if you drink it right out of the flip top! Definatly recommend if you’re looking for something different, but drinkable.

MusicmanSD, Aug 03, 2006
Photo of benmiliron
3.8/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid 1.79 euro for 0.5 L.

Hey, I know it's a green bottle. I don't care. Gotta love that look. Classic.

Smells lagerish. Fruity with a bit of a metallic nose. Taste is nice and light, a bit grainy. Mouthfeel is good, nice bubble. Drinkability is also good, as this is one of those you could drink forever. Although you might regret it in the morning.

benmiliron, Jul 16, 2006
Photo of kimcgolf
3.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not bad for a big name, wiidely distributed beer. Not a lot of aroma, and the appearance is weak with a thin head and little lacing. But this is a very drinkable beer, especially as it warms around mid-glass, and it has a smooth finish. The flip-top stopper on the bottle adds a nice touch.

kimcgolf, Jul 15, 2006
Photo of Phocion
3.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16 oz. swingtop bottle, poured into a nonic. Clear hazy light golden color with a white head that quickly subsides to a thick eggy lacing.

Smells lightly of hops and citrus/spice.

Very citrusy and tangy. Tastes also of wheat, with a bit of spice in the background and also a very mild bitter hops finish.

Light and crisp on the palate. Very refreshing and much better than your average green-bottled Euro Skunklager, but that's not saying a lot. It's worth a try.

Phocion, Jul 15, 2006
Photo of TheSarge
2.53/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Grolsch Premium Lager pours with a very light white frothy head, which is gone in 60 seconds. The brew has pure clarity, and is a bit more golden than a typical American macro brewery lager. Lacing doesn’t totally vanish like many other lagers, which adds to the visual presentation score in my book.

This does smell rather husky, kind of like fresh cut hay. A slight hops aroma, with not much from the malts to speak of.

This doesn’t taste as clean as most Euro lagers. I’m sampling the import version, which of course may be a little skunked. I’ve had the domestic version before, and I remember it tasted a bit better. Unfortunately this company, along with the likes of Beck’s and Heineken, they use green bottles. Technology tells us the brown bottles better protect from light, which helps to ruin the freshness of brew. This needs to be taken into consideration by these companies, especially when exporting their brews. Still this does taste better than a Heiny, a little bit fuller in body and a little more kick from the hops.

This is a decent Euro discotech kind of brew. Not something I’d bring home to my mother, but slightly refreshing in a sweltery dance club type atmosphere.


TheSarge, Jul 11, 2006
Photo of boblog
2.73/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance was pale and not that great. Small head.
Smell-hoppy and skunky maybee the green bottles add to that.
Taste-Light and slightly malty.
Drinkability-Not very great wouldnt pay the price it cost to have another one.
Overall "okay" I prefer their ale more.

boblog, Jul 07, 2006
Photo of Illini5596
2.45/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Initially impressive with the swing top gasket cork style bottle, a thick creamy layer of head and beautiful pale body, the smell breaks down the image that Grolsch offers. Smelling strongly of chemicals, and macro, it was an immediate let down.

Grolsch actually produces two beers under their premium lager brand, those with bottle caps are actually brewed by Coors and relabled, while the swing tops are brewed in the Enschede. I had tried the Coors relabled Grolsch by accident, and decided to give the real stuff another go.

The taste itself was far from impressive, light and a little refreshing with a halfway descent spicyness to the character. Unfortunately the mouth feel, initial and after taste were that of a macro brew. Very watery with astringent flavors.

Unfortunately I can't say much for this beer positive for this beer, very little character, very little body, and the bad astringent taste of a macro.

Illini5596, Jul 04, 2006
Photo of supercolter
3.88/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is pretty bland. Just a bit above average, a little lacing, almost no head, pale yellow in color
Smell- not a whole lot going on here. Really no coplexity, but the hop smell intrigued me.
Taste and mouthfeel- not a real strong body but good feel, hoppy and ever so slightly malty.
Drinkability- well at last count I had....

supercolter, Jul 01, 2006
Photo of JayTheFinn
1.95/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Light looking in the glass without much of a head. Not a strong definable scent, at least none that I noticed, but then again I didn't feel like keeping my nose in this one for too long. It was just overall unpleasant. There was a murky kind of swampy taste to it. And the aftertaste lingered for way too long, which is not a good thing in this case. But hey, at least there was a lot of carbonation that kept me belching for a good long time (I'm laying on the sarcasm pretty heavy, in case you weren't sure). This beer is not worthy of the awesome bottle they put it in.

JayTheFinn, Jun 27, 2006
Photo of Blakaeris
2.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours orange-gold with a moderate head that dissipates quickly to a thin sheen.

Smell is slightly sour skunk and mild hops.

Taste is rather green, as expected from a pilsner. Finish is clean with a touch of hops.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side.

Better than expected. But I wasn't expecting much.

Blakaeris, Jun 12, 2006
Photo of Abita45
2.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Abita45, Jun 10, 2006
Photo of bunbury
4.18/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

bunbury, Jun 09, 2006
Photo of AaronHomoya
2.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

AaronHomoya, Jun 01, 2006
Photo of JWFokker
4/5  rDev +29%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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.

JWFokker, May 31, 2006
Grolsch Premium Lager from Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.
72 out of 100 based on 1,451 ratings.