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Grolsch Premium Lager - Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.

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Ratings: 1,575
Reviews: 638
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 18.71%
Wants: 22
Gots: 158 | 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 ZimZamZoom
3.11/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Classic green pop-top bottle. Poured into a pilsner glass. Straw colored, with a thick white head. Nice looking pour really. Head lingers for quite a while and leaves a bit of lacing taboot.

Mildly skunky yet not unpleasant aroma, with a bit of maltiness. There might be some perceptible hops at the end. Tastes about the same, with the somehow pleasant skunkiness mixing with some adjunct or malt flavor and definitely some hop bitterness in the finish.

This Euro lager is heavy in spite of itself. I could see the 16oz bottle filling me up for sure. It's not bad for the first beer of the night, but I probably wouldn't have even tasted it if it was my second.

Photo of MiguelMandingo
2.53/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was the first time I have had a Grolsch. It wasn't horrible, but it wasn't good either.

Poured a 16.oz swing-top bottle into a pilsener glass.

Appearance - Poured out a transparent straw color. It produced a quickly dissipating, foamy, 2-finger white head. The head completely dissipates about halfway through the beer. Constant bubble stream of carbonation.

Smell - Much like other lagers served in green bottles - kinda skunky. Grainy, grassy, and herbal. There is a slight biscuit scent in there as well.

Taste - Extremely mild hop profile. Extremely slight biscuity malt. Herbal grassy hay-like flavor. There is a little bit of cirtus in there as well - tastes like a bit of lemon peal.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied. Thin mouthfeel with a decent level of carbonation that cuts through.

Drinkability - Just okay. It has taken me about an hour to finish. It is kind of astringent on the way down. I would drink it again on a hot day, but only if the brew was ice cold.

I probably won't buy this beer again. I wouldn't turn it down if it was offered to me - if there wasn't a better alternative.

Photo of happygnome
3.17/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My friend purchased one of those mini kegs, thought id give it a try

a: poured a orange/gold color with about an inch of head didnt dissapear too fast
s: grassy and herbal hops followed by a strong biscuity malt aroma
t: stale malt flavor, hop flavor for the style is a little more than i had expeceted but that i was nice may lead to lack of skunky flavor noticeable in other import lagers
m: medium bodied beer with carbonation that is towards the high side of average

overall, I enjoyed this beer however i dont think that im going to pour another when i have other good beers in the fridge

Photo of OWSLEY069
2.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale golden yellow with a white head. Aromas of a European sweet malt. In the taste, malty sweet and a dry end. A very smooth mouthfeel and a dry malty aftertaste. A decent lager, kind of standard European lager, but better than I thought and/or remember.

Photo of shadow1961
2.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Grolsch Lager's been around a long time. Back in the day it was a common choice,
if only because of that swing top cap. It was the beer that demonstrated that maybe
brews were different in other places. At that time, in the 80's, different was good, and
that was enough...

Grolsch Lager pours a big fat head over a deep yellow brew. Carbonation is active and
steady, and the nose is barley malt and lager yeast. Thankfully, there was none of that
skunkness that a lot of people assume is part of that foreign green-bottle taste, which we
know isn't a style and isn't intended. The flavor is a bit of barley malt with a big grassy hop
finish- to my palate a bit unbalanced, with a little too much emphasis on that bitter hop. The
contrast does moderate as the brew warms, still, the stuff in the green bottle is not one of
my favorite things. I can't imagine drinking enough of this stuff to provide bottles for homebrew,
but that is where lots of them are destined. I suppose it's a lot like paying dues. It really is
too bad they aren't brown.

Photo of dmamiano
2.9/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The swing top bottles almost make this beer worth the price of admission.
Beer poured an nice, very light and clear golden with a fluffy white head that lasted a long while. Nice lacing observed.
Smelled of mild skunkiness. Sweet maltiness was faint.
Tasted very mild, not much malt. Faint hoppiness with a clean finish.
Not a bad beer. Better than expected.

Photo of crazybrody06
3.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Loved the bottle that was my main reason for purchasing this. Poured into a pint glass.
Pours a straw color with a 2 finger head that faded into a thin ring leaving very little lacing.
Smell is of straw, earthy bits
taste is light, not much at all, some hops mostly just watered down skunky taste that comes with the style
Mouthfeel was watery but with the lower alcohal content this is one I could drink all night.

Photo of botham
3.18/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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.

Photo of Floydster
2.53/5  rDev -18.4%
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

Photo of livingregret
2.76/5  rDev -11%
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

Photo of sudz42
2.88/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Photo of Brad007
3.37/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Photo of GrimmReaper
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%
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

Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.35/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of MTNboy
2.9/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Photo of Gmann
3.36/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of LittleCreature
3.16/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of cyrenaica
2.76/5  rDev -11%
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.

Photo of WillieMoe
2.7/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Photo of udubdawg
2.49/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

Photo of baos
3.54/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Photo of mnj21655
2.8/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Photo of giblet
2.67/5  rDev -13.9%
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!


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.

Grolsch Premium Lager from Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.
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