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Grolsch Premium Lager - Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.

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Ratings: 1,594
Reviews: 643
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 alexskovan
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured pale gold with an egg-white head that dropped to a half-inch and stayed. Smells like euro-macro, grassy hops and a little light toasty malt. Taste is a little on the sweet side, low carbonation. Slightly bitter finish.

Euro macro. Ho hum. Better on average than American macro, but still boring.

Photo of theopholis
3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- Very clear, dark straw/amber in color. Good head, good staying power, good lacing. Head is very white.

Aroma- Smells like a stereotypical continetal lager. Crisp, hint of malt sweetness, hint of bittering hops, some graininess. Just the barest hint of green apple.

Taste- Just a tad of malt sweetness at the forefront. Goes very quickly into hop bitterness. Not overwhelming bitterness, but noticable. Nice and crisp and clean tasting..

Mouthfeel- Body is average. Carbonation level is good. Some clinginess in the mouth, but not much. About what you would expect from a continental lager.

Drinkability- It's okay. Nothing great, nothing bad.

3.75/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

during a longer stop-over at the Amsterdam airport I had the chance to sample various dutch beers on draught. Grolsch was the best in my opinion. Clean taste, clean aroma and a nice bitterness that other dutch mass-beers seem to lack. Yuo can surely drink more than a glass without endangering your health

Photo of soupyman10
2.91/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Nice two finger head, average golden color with lots of bubbles, crystal clear, some noticeable lacing throughout the drink

S - A scent of corn, fairly light aroma with a very subtle fruit malt

T - Strong corn taste, light malt and a slightly bitter, hoppy aftertaste; fairly "macro-lager" taste, although a little better than most

M - Medium-high carbonation, thin body, nothing out of the ordinary

D - Fairly drinkable - its basically just a solid lager that's better than some but nothing particularly great; it's a little disappointing, really, given how sweet the bottle is

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.95/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An above-average beer that even a serious beer connoisseur can enjoy. The color is rich and inviting, and the smell is nice and beery. The taste, though not complex, is impressive. In the mouth it has a jazzy, sassy feel with a little bit of a kick. A truly delicious lager.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.03/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark yellow, perhaps light amber color. Frothy head, looks good...perhaps a bit light, but nice for a lager.
A bit skunked on the smell. Sweet malt and faint citrus in the nose.
Tastes like a fruity lager, and a bit skunked. Light citrus, some crab apple sourness. Sweet in the long run.
Average lager. Better than some. Can drink it if had to.

Photo of moonman00
3.55/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is offered at local Sam's clubs but only the 5 litter keg, So I poured it into a beer glass.

It pours a dark-yellow with a little head.

It smells malty, with sweet fruits, apple.

Tastes a sweet malty flavor, with a nice body.

Served cold it is very refreshing. I could drink the hole 5 litter keg in one night.

I prefer it over Heineken.

Photo of bigsteveo830
3.51/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 packs were on sale at the local supermarket so I decided to giev this a try

A- Pours a golden almost copper color with a large foamy head that disapates fairly quickly, slight lacing, many small bubbles

S- hoppy sent, with a slight hint of malt and almost fruity

T- fairly grainy taste, semi fruity and sweet

M- Light and smooth

D- Very drinkable, could drink alot of these in one night

Definatly a good beer if i'm going out for a night of drinking

Photo of DoubleJ
2.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bought one of these from the local liquor store (along with two other beers, Coors and Spaten), so let's get on to the beer;

It pours a rich, dense head, with some definition inside the body. A whiff of Euroskunk (tm) and spicy herbs is followed by a taste of herbs, hop bitterness, with some malts ending the sip. It's more difficult to drink than a typical pale lager because of the overwhelming flavor that gets in the way.

Photo of bigone4
2.82/5  rDev -9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a green flip top 16oz bottle. Darker golden yellow color well carbonated with a fluffy white head. Decent head retention that left a slight lace. Smells of pale malts with a sweetness of fruit and a slight caramel tone. Some hints of sourness. Rather smooth taste pale malt flavors followed by a dry slight bittering hop finish. Decent drinkability. Has the distinct Euro lager funk that I have found characteristic to the style. Not my favorite Euro lager but also not the worst.

Photo of hanco005
3.58/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 oz swing top bottle, best before 20 Jul 2007 and 6G20 17:34 printed on the neck label

A—pours clear honey yellow with a ½ inch foamy bright white head that fades down to a thin sheet in a few minutes, lacing resembles grains of sugar or salt

S—sweet grains, malts, some straw aroma, some milder fruit tones as well

T—mild hop bitters and even milder sweet malty flavor, tastes like a typical lager, there is a slight alkaline aftertaste, but not enough to get in the way. Some sour twang is in the mouth, too

M—a bit dry, light bodied, good carbonation

D—not bad, I honestly bought it for the swing top bottle since I just started home brewing. I bought another one and will enjoy it as well.

Photo of gmfessen
3.31/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer has a nice three-finger head and is a clear golden color. Smell is like most commercial lagers, heavy on the corn smell with a slight metallic tinge. Taste is initially bitter with a honey sweet flavor to follow with hints of fruit and a crisp bitter finish. Mouthfeel is light and velvety with a moderate amount of carbonation. This is a drinkable beer, better than most macro commercial beers but nothing too special either.

Photo of zuggy9
3.8/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This lager pours a golden amber with a white head and little head retention. The smell was rather sweet, with a bit of herb. The taste is a good solid bitter with a sweet finish. It has decent carbonation and is somewhat balanced in regard to mouthfeel. I could drink a few of these.

Photo of Westsidethreat
3.03/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Medium golden copper with hundreds of little bubbles floating to the surface from the bottom of the glass. Head is just a touch off white and falling fast, made up of smallish bubbles.

S: Honeycomb, green apple, copper coins and dry biscuits

T: Crisp under ripe green fruits and green banana peels are my first thoughts. Spicy noble hops move in gently with really mild malty light barley. Finishes with some metallic moments and surprisingly bitter for the style.

M: Light body with a medim mouthfeel. Nothing special.

D: IMO this is a mediocre version of the style. Its certainly drinkable but its not a beer I'd really ever buy again.

Photo of JOaikido
3.03/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle. Best before 09 03 2007.

A- Golden colour. White foamy head that sticks to the glass. Very clear. Nice for the style.

S- Meadow flowers. Grassy. A touch of fruit. Pleasant but too weak.

T- Nice bitter hops afertaste. Over flavour OK with nothing bad. But it is much too bland.

MF- Refreshing. Clean. Carbonation good. Far too watery though.

D- Goes down like water. Not unpleasant. Easy to drink but nothing special to make it an experience to remember.

Photo of MaxxDaddy
2.86/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light golden appearance with thin white head. Aroma not that great, smells like many other pale lagers. The taste however distinguishes it from the rest. Has a bit of a nutty taste to it and is easier to drink. Definitely something I'd stock the fridge with for parties or just for relaxing when I don't have much cash available for the better stuff.

Photo of bdjacoby
2.33/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A - Standard urine-coloured lager. White head dissipates quickly into almost nothing, though it leaves some lacing.

S - Grainy...corn, maybe. A bit sweet. Really, nothing that jumps out at you.

T - Too bitter for my tastes, though there is some sweetness.

M - Lots of fun on the tongue. The bubbles fizzed on the back of my tongue. It's a bit thicker than most beers I've tried.

D - I'm not a huge fan. It doesn't go down as smooth and I would have liked, and it's too bitter for me to drink on a regular basis.

Photo of nekronos
2.55/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

First impression was like a strong tea, very herbal, strong taste. HAd it while the Eurocup 2004 was taking place. We did a Eurobeer contest that day. Very hopy, maybe the herbal nastyness was due to the expiry date. The second time I had it was on can, very drinkable, reminds me Stella, very golden and foamy but nothing special.

Photo of hunteraw
3.23/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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.

Photo of afinepilsner
3.33/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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.

Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.86/5  rDev +24.5%
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.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.17/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of sauron681
2.36/5  rDev -23.9%
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.

Grolsch Premium Lager from Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.
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