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Grolsch Premium Lager - Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.

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1,414 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,414
Reviews: 609
rAvg: 3.09
pDev: 18.45%
Wants: 18
Gots: 76 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001)
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Photo of Beastdog75

New Jersey

2.15/5  rDev -30.4%

Grolsch is simply another green-bottled import that I would have to lump in with the Heineken and Beck's crowd. Simple, overpriced, fizzy yellow lager with some skunk to it and not too much flavor. Nothing about this beer proved to be to exciting to me (maybe it would have if I had picked up the swing-top bottles, but I chose the regular crown caps).

Grolsch pours a light gold color with a decent foamy white head that lasts around 20 seconds. Somewhat skunky aroma, although not quite the roadkill that is Heineken. There is some minimal malt and some husky/musty cheap beer smell too. The mouthfeel is fizzy and watery, and the taste is typically Euro-lager. Husky grain/malt taste, sort of like Miller Lite meets Heineken. Light citric fruitiness, and some average hop bitterness in the finish. The aftertaste is much like the rest of the beer: husky and coarse. Somewhat hay like. Grolsch finishes off with very little alcoholic warmth.

This is a very average beer that fits into the Heineken/Beck's "euro" mold and does nothing to distinguish itself. A cheap domestic macro can be had for less and is probably better tasting too.

07-23-2003 03:49:28 | More by Beastdog75
Photo of beerbill


3.95/5  rDev +27.8%

This is one of the better lagers on the market today. It pours rather unimpressive, and the smell is pretty much non-existant. Yet, the taste is highly satisfying. It is crisp and smooth with a nice bitter hops flavor. This is probally the best of the well known lagers, however, it is a bit too pricey.

06-30-2003 22:16:23 | More by beerbill
Photo of clvand0


2.8/5  rDev -9.4%

This beer pours a light amber color out of the regular capped bottle with little head and no lacing on the glass. I really can't smell anything at all in the aroma. There is something, but it is too faint to tell what it is. The flavor is a little malty and there are faint hints of spices, but it is pretty plain. I had one of these long ago with the semi-corked top and remember it being much better - perhaps I just got a skunky one this time around. It's ok, but nothing I would pay an import price for.

06-26-2003 19:47:06 | More by clvand0
Photo of Indybeer


2.9/5  rDev -6.1%

12 oz bottle. Poured just slightly darker than most macros, with very little head. Leaves some fine lacing on the glass. Aroma was skunk, probably from the green bottle, which dissipated after a few minutes. Taste was nothing to cheer about malts and hops, low carbonation, and a very bitter finish. An ok beer, but I wouldn't go out of my way to drink it.

06-26-2003 06:52:18 | More by Indybeer
Photo of Popsinc

Ontario (Canada)

3.03/5  rDev -1.9%

5 litre keg.

Another beer for the masses. Golden pour with a white head that fades. The nose moderatley hoppy and floral. The taste is lightly hopped with a slighly sweet and light caramel finish. Some bitterness. A little more body than your average mass-brew. I don't mind Grolsch too much. I pretty much accept it for what it is.

06-16-2003 08:49:36 | More by Popsinc
Photo of Andreji


2.23/5  rDev -27.8%

A plain lager that pours your average golden tone with a plain head, that fades eventually leaving a thin layer and some lacing. the smell, strong and not very appealing has a lot of hops to it. The taste, a poor combination of hops and malt doesn't even have a nice mouth feel as there is very little carbonation in itself. Good I tried it and learned.

06-14-2003 17:38:52 | More by Andreji
Photo of Boto


2.93/5  rDev -5.2%

The beer pours a pretty typical fizzy, yellow color. The aroma has a bit of fruity hop aroma to it, but not too much. The taste is pretty devoid of any maltiness, but it does have a bit of a bitterness to it. The taste is even slightly sour. Good lager smoothness. Far from the best out there, but a lot better than most of them.

06-05-2003 13:43:48 | More by Boto
Photo of far333


3.83/5  rDev +23.9%

I used to consider this beer as "Dutch Bud" and didn't think much of it. Try saying its name out loud a few times, and it sounds like the sound it makes on the way back up. But after having tried Grolsch again, I have a new found respect. I was expecting a Heineken flavor, but found a pretty flavorful beer.

Pours from the distinctive bottle a pale golden color with bubbles rising quickly to a 1/2-inch high, off-white head. The head lingers briefly. The aroma is of hop, sweet malt, and some floral. The malt flavor comes through right away, followed by a mild hop finish, with hints of pine. Mouthfeel is smooth, and is capped off with a slight tingle on the tiip of the tongue. Drinkability is hgh. This beer is better than average in all respects.

05-27-2003 06:09:35 | More by far333
Photo of canoehornpoint


2.93/5  rDev -5.2%

I tasted this only for the flip top bottle (homebrewing) and the review. Pours a medium gold with little to no head. Moderately carbonated with tiny rising bubbles like ginger ale. Even mild rough maltiness and a hint of flowery hop aroma. Even mild maltiness with uninteresting bittering hops. mouthfeel starts smoothe but finishes with a grainy maltiness. This is not skunky like Heini.

05-24-2003 14:33:27 | More by canoehornpoint
Photo of IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev +11%

From the 473mL green flip top bottle it poured out a nice clear golden colour. So that's what it looks like! This has been an easy drinking summer standard of mine for years, and I'm embarrassed to admit this is the first time I never drank it straight from the bottle.
Thin white head that dissipates quickly, not a lot of carbonation. Mild skunky nose that isn't as bad as many Euro lagers of the region, it's almost welcoming. Herbal scent of hops with a faint hint of salad, and a ghostly metallic aroma. Taste is also a bit metallic, light malt flavour with mild hop finish, a little dry. A very smooth lager, goes down easy. It won't win any blue ribbons, nothing exceptional, but I like to buy a few for nice hot days.

05-22-2003 17:12:06 | More by IronDjinn
Photo of pio


3.53/5  rDev +14.2%

i used to get these because of the cool bottle, and had thought before i had this one that this was the only reason to drink grolsch. my experiences with this beer have been marred by alot of skunks, not this time though. maybe because it has a new top (plastic rather than ceramic stopper) or perhaps i just got a fresh one that had been handled well.

the grolsch poured a clear golden with a nice white head that i didn't expectin the least but was pretty and staying leaving terrific rings around the inside of the glass. there were very faint aromas a thin alcohol scent pervaded. the drink was crisp and bitter with a dry hop that was well pronounced but not really a feature. there were fresh greens in the flavor and i couldn't help but think it was celery but i wouldn't say that as a conviction. it was a golden flavor! the mouthfeel was crisp and full of tiny bubbles, the burp was clean and these lent to a great drinkability. i was, again, quite supprised at the fact that it wasn't skunky. great beer. shit, thanks for reading my review.

05-18-2003 10:54:29 | More by pio
Photo of Reidrover


3.38/5  rDev +9.4%

Ok bought in the Olde Style Swing top green pint bottle..I like the Grolsch bottle.
The beer pours a regular import lager colour..deep yellow , with a tiny white head that lasts for a few seconds before fading into a thin lace ring.
Again the smell is typical Euro-lager hoppiness ..quite spicy..
I was surprised how much i actually liked the taste of Grolsch..started a nice fizzy sweetness and faded slowly to a nice creamy bitterness..pretty good actually
Very nice feel on the tongue..smooth
This is a smooth drinking lager beer..I drank this very quickly froma slightly chilled pint mug.

05-17-2003 21:56:01 | More by Reidrover
Photo of Garin

Alberta (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev +16.5%

This one poured a clear, pale, lemon yellow. The head was quite thin, but it lingered for a couple of minutes in the glass. It left a thin and creamy lacing around the glass. The lack of a dense creamy head is a bit disappointing. Oh well.

I found lots of hops in the aroma, crisp, clean, and clear, with a hint of grain. Not even the faintest bit of skunking. I've gotta hand it to our liquor stores here, they handle the stuff well.

The flavour is clean and clear. It's nice and refreshing. Good hops bitterness gives way to some maltiness. The finish is a clean and short-lived bitter, with some pith or tannic dryness, with that maltiness lingering.

The body is smooth, with a mild but interesting fizz. It feels good.

The green bottle is, perhaps, a bit irresponsible. However, I can't drop this lager's score for faults that just aren't there. I found just about all of those things that a good lager is supposed to have, and none of the bad. Today was a beautiful, hot, sunny day. I came home, I had an excellent dinner, and I finished it off with this beer.

I'll be back.

04-28-2003 20:41:17 | More by Garin
Photo of avylover


3.15/5  rDev +1.9%

Came in a sampler 12 pk for 8 bucks..not bad. It's a very clear pale yellow with a foamy white head. I believe if you looked up beer in the dictionary you'd see a picture of my mug next to the definition.Smell is tademark holland skunky, with not much else to speak of. Taste is crisp and somewhat hoppy, slightly floral. Not a very strong tasting brew, but pleasant. Fairly watery and easy to drink, but not something I'm gonna go out of my way to find. A good session brew if nothing else. Choose this one when the gang's coming over and you need high volume, yet decent quality.

04-27-2003 13:23:55 | More by avylover
Photo of WMBierguy


3.33/5  rDev +7.8%

Do you like Heine? Do you like St. Pauli? Do you like Beck's? If so, then you'll like Grolsch. Very similar to the style of those beers. I prefer Grolsch to those because Grolsch isn't quite as bitter. Despite the small difference, Grolsch will taste very familiar, even if you've never had it.

04-26-2003 18:44:34 | More by WMBierguy
Photo of hotstuff


3.08/5  rDev -0.3%

This brew had a good head on it. The lacing was fair. It had a hoppy aroma. It had a bitter aftertaste that seemed to linger. This brew was drinkable, but it was not an outstanding brew in my opinion. This is not a brew that I would go out and order if I had the chance to do so.

04-21-2003 23:09:22 | More by hotstuff
Photo of TheDM


2.95/5  rDev -4.5%

This brew poured a full head of fine and medium sized white bubbles and left behind a fair lacing. Its body has a
transparent light amber brown body and a hoppy aroma. I tasted a mild hoppy flavor that was fairly smooth. Nothing
exceptional, just a decent brew.

04-18-2003 18:16:24 | More by TheDM
Photo of Redrover


3.08/5  rDev -0.3%

12 oz green(?) bottle.

Beer pours a golden yellow with a white fluffy head. Some lacing.

Smell is that import European lager smell. Some hops, a little malt and that skunk smell.

Taste is as expected. Better than a generic lager, but still a little bland. Hops try to push through, malt seems to be in balance. Carbonation is also good. If they could just get rid of the skunkyness... Not a bad lager, but not a great one either. I would like to sample this in Europe to compare & contrast it to the US import version.

Mouthfell is just about right. I guess you could drink a lot of these, but your money would be better spent elsewhere.

04-06-2003 14:58:57 | More by Redrover
Photo of AtLagerHeads


2.88/5  rDev -6.8%

Beautifully presented in a green embossed bottle with a swing cap (handle placed under the neck label to assure that no meddling has taken place with the easily opened and resealable bottle.) The scent on opening was very skunky, and I'm not usually too sensitive to the green bottle skunk. Skunk was also prevalent on the pour. The beer poured a very clear, light amber with a big fluffy head that thinned to ring that laced very well.

Taste is nicely balanced with very little sweetness. The finish is bitter with the bitterness lasting into the aftertaste. A smooth mouthfeel with a little astringency. This would probably go well with pizza.

03-28-2003 05:35:20 | More by AtLagerHeads
Photo of shirfan

New York

3.05/5  rDev -1.3%

One of the better green-bottle eurolagers I've sampled.

Pours a standard golden, not too light, with little head retention.

This bottle wasn't skunked very badly; aroma was strongly of noble hops and just a trace of polecat.

One thing that sets this apart from its peers is that it isn't fantastically overcarbonated. Taste is crisp and refreshing and fairly balanced. Starts bitter for a lager, moves to a nice but light malt body, and finishes with a solid noble hops kick. Hints of sea grass and lemon.

I would buy this again if I wanted a warm-weather or spicy food lager, or just as a rare changeup from ale. More flavor and less skunk than most of its competitors.

03-18-2003 21:54:11 | More by shirfan
Photo of Rifrafboy


3.33/5  rDev +7.8%

I was expecting something like Heineken, but boy was I surprised. This is good stuff. It poured a distinct dark amber with a modest head. The taste is bold for a Euro lager. Taste is malty and smooth. Decent hoppiness. I liked this a lot and will drink it again for a cool change from typical boring green bottles.

03-13-2003 16:29:25 | More by Rifrafboy
Photo of Anonmatel


2.28/5  rDev -26.2%

It's better than your average Macro Swill thats for sure, but still falls short of being a good beer. Nice creamy head, not overly carbonated like most Macros can be. Taste is a little skunky, but thats to be expected from these damm green bottles. Aroma is a little spicy with a clean crisp finish. It's not the best lager on the market, but it's definatly not the worst.

02-14-2003 04:03:29 | More by Anonmatel
Photo of Bruiser81


3.05/5  rDev -1.3%

Poured a light golden color, with a frothy white head that dissappeared rather quickly, however the lacing was decent. As soon as I popped the cap I was overwhelmed with a skunky, bittery aroma. After the pour the aroma became more complex, picking up some malty sweetness. The taste was nothing special, a very herbal taste, probably from the hops. A little sweet up front with bittery finish. This brew is nice and smooth.The astrigency of the alcohol comes through, especially in the aftertaste which is pretty dry. I would drink this brew again but it would not be something I would purchase again.

02-09-2003 12:10:14 | More by Bruiser81
Photo of LarryKemp


3.75/5  rDev +21.4%

A clear, straw color with a creamy white head that lingered and laced the side of the glass.

The noble hops were present in the nose with a hint of the malt. There was no fruitiness nor esters.

The flavor was clean and the hop bitterness was present throughout. The first several sips were very dry and the hops were dominate. After several sips, the sweetness came forward but never overpowered the bitterness.

The mouthfeel was light to medium. The carbonation seemed low and not up to style.

This is a very drinkable beer. The noble hops dominating the flavor and aroma makes this lager much more pleasant for me than the Bohemian Pilsners.

02-03-2003 19:05:44 | More by LarryKemp
Photo of Gusler


2.63/5  rDev -14.9%

Once again, the pour a typical gold color, the head average in size, brilliant white in color, the lace adequate to cover the glass. Nose is malt sweet, fresh and clean with the star cloyingly sweet fair to middling malt presence and the top thin. Finish mild in its carbonation, hops presence but mild, aftertaste dry, a drinkable but only average, and I am reaching for this one as I really find it “Weak”.

01-19-2003 14:03:08 | More by Gusler
Grolsch Premium Lager from Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.
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