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Grolsch Premium Lager - Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.

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1,590 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,590
Reviews: 642
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 scottoale
3.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of charlatan
2.7/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of CDBeerDisappear
3.3/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of danielharper
3.6/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of BDTyre
3.68/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"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.

Photo of ikats
2.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Drew966
1.73/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of niangelo
3.92/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Vancer
2.61/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

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

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.

Photo of allergictomacros
3.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear gold with a big, chunky head that recedes medium-quickly, leaving some lace. Love that swing top bottle.

Strong hop aroma with a bit of skunk maybe. Moderate hop taste, but a bit watery. Nothing really stands out about the flavour at all.

Moderate carbonation and goes down smooth. Easy to drink

Photo of jettjon
3.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Highs: Nose
Lows: Nothing stands out

From the standard pop-top bottle, pours a boring golden clear with a foamy white "spit" head. Pleasant, citrusy nose with some malt and a bit of hops. Malty, lemony flavor. Watery mouth lends to good drinkability, but nothing special. There’s a slight, bitter, malty finish.

Overall: A typical euro-lager.

Photo of sid
3.88/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grolsch is a good beer packaged in a better bottle. Pours a pale golden colour with a 1 inch head lacing down the glass.

mouthfeel starts off creamy with the head, smooth all the way down with a hint of hops at the end. A good beer, much better than heinkenin and comparable with Beck's. Very little carbonation with the smoothness makes this beer easy to drink.

One of my all time favourties

Photo of becktone
3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a light yellow/gold color into the glass. It almost looks like water with yellow food coloring (Not much in the way of color if you have that picture in your mind). There is almost what can be called a head right after the pour. It is not creamy in appearance, it looks more like soap suds. In reacord time the meager "head" receeds to, well, nothing. There is no lacing to speak of and no head retention. Not a very impressive beer when it comes to looks.

The aroma is a faint smell of hops, perhaps also an estery aroma. Not getting much else at this time.

The taste of this beer is pretty average, nothing to brag about. It's hard to describe the taste of this beer, it's better than any macro but isn't all that great. As in the aroma I taste an estery flavor. I guess it is pretty well balanced, there isn't much complexity to this beer. Just some hops and a bit of malt. It leaves an aftertaste that reminds me of barley (good observation...most beers are made with barley as one of the main ingredients). Basically in my opinion it has a stronger barley taste/infleunce than any I've had (unroasted barley that is).Seems to be just a typical average beer.

The mouthfeel of this beer is better than everything else so far. The higer carbonation makes it feel interesting on the palate. I also like the dry feeling/finish it has on the palate. The beer goes down very easy and is light bodied. This beer is extremely easy to drink, it goes down smooth and in my opinion might go pretty well with a pizza. This isn't something that I wouldn't buy again, however it's near the top on my list of beers to buy again.

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

Poured from the smaller 330 ml bottle with cap (not flip top) with Best Before date on back label. Neatly embossed bottle with hop cones and GB on neck, and Grolsch script on shoulder. Color is clear and golden, short white cap of tight bubbles. Head dissipates quickly, leaves no lacing and left with not a lot of carbonation in my tall pilsner glass. Mild skunky nose (not as bad as some green-bottle lagers as I have had), but still hard get ignore. Taste is quite light, grainy with a mild hop finish. Seems like a touch of metallic aftertaste. Dry finish. Smooth lager, easy to drink, good, but nothing great.

Interesting reading the back label that one bottle is approx. 1.3 standard drinks?!?

Photo of sockeye101
3.05/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've passed over Grolsch since 1615 many times in the grocery store and decided to finally give it a go... Not a bad European macro....but nothing that great either.
Poured a nice golden color with a wimpy head that left a trace of lacing. Lots of hops with a slight skunk at the end. Smell not over-powering. Overall not a bad brew, but not one I'd recommend for someone looking for a great European lager.

But hey, the metal spring loaded bottle cap is a nice touch.

Photo of ChiSox05
2.73/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Nearly clear, somewhere between gold and yellow, layer of suds holds for a while, fluffy head on the pour, sturdy 12 oz bottle. Best by Sept 28, 2006

Barley, wet corn and grains, bit of chalky malt, musty

Dry malt shows up, but not really palate cleansing, grainy, wet paper.

Thinner, kinda watery to start, carbonation on end fills it out some.

Like the dry malt but wetter finish reminds of macros. Every aspect has something off the mark that keeps me from wanting another.

Photo of daliandragon
3.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another beer my parents regularly have in the beer fridge in the garage when I come over for dinner. I'm a little disappointed they went away from the old school hinge tops, gave them some originality. It was also the only beer outside of Heineken and Amstel that I could find served in coffee shops in Amsterdam, so I had my fair share when I was there a few years back.
Attractive beer with a golden color and surprisingly strong froth of sweet white head. The smell is muted with hops and yeast barely evident, maybe a little fruity as well.
The taste is crisp and bitter but otherwise fairly anonymous. More carbonation than I typically need in my lagers as well. The finish is crisp but could afford to be a bit dryer.
This is not a bad beer, just nothing to get too excited about. If not in a coffeeshop (I like the Blue Velvet), don't go out of your way for this one.

Photo of Finite
2.64/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark gold in colour, good carbonation, looks moderately inviting with a stable thick head reasonable retention with nice lacing. Not bad so far.

The smell was the start of something bad I’m afraid. The smell was quite skunked with a hint of floral hops.

Tasted quite metallic, with some sweet grass, maybe a bit too much malt in this one, the hops had trouble showing some punch and when they did it was quite bitter, with ok sweetness in the after taste.

Drinkable for a euro macro larger but not something I will chase.

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

Appearance: Clear straw gold color with a large, sticky, persistent white head, profuse brken lace, and numerous streams of fine, slow-rising carbonation.

Aroma: Profound skunk aroma, beneath this there is a strong presence of light, sweet malt, and restrained herbal hops.

Taste: Light, sweet maltiness, and grassy notes, soon followed by herbal hop bitterness, which turns more intense later in the taste, finally settling at the back of the mouth with a lingering metallic note. The finish is a bit dry

Mouth feel: Smooth and reasonably full, with somewhat shart carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Skunky or not, this is just another Euro lager, hardly distinguished from Heineken. Quite suitable as a lawnmower beer, very refreshing, but lacking in character.

Presentation: packaged in a custom twelve ounce green glass bottle with a pop-off crown, served in a standard tap glass.

Photo of shbobdb
4.4/5  rDev +41.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Well now, it's come to this: Grolsch. I remember I used to grab one of these on my way home from school everyday and drink it as I walked through the fields. It is usually sour for a lager, and is pleasantly bitter . . . Well, as bitter as a pale lager gets. When I drink Grolsch, I think 'beer'.

This is a archetypical beer. That is both a good and a bad thing. It lacks many of the finer characters that a beer expert might seek in a beer, excelling at nothing save raw drinkability. However, the flip-side of that statement is that it does nothing wrong either.

Nice. Simple. Solid.

Whenever I go and buy a six-pack, it has to pass the Grolsch test: Would I enjoy these beers at the end of the day more than Grolsch. Often the answer is 'yes', but the test remains a good barometer for quality beer.

Photo of snooter511
3.72/5  rDev +20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the classic swing top bottle (always a plus) this lager poured a golden wheat color with about a 1/4 inch head that i was not impressed with although it did leave a nice lace. The first thing you'll notice is the skunky smell, it's not overwhelming and it doesn't particulary bother me. I thought it was actually pretty smooth at first for a Dutch lager. It leaves an after-taste that is somewhere between hops and a light citrus. No film or sticky residue to note. Could use a little more kick if thats what your into. I would recommend as a night out with friends lager, nothing to sit down and ponder, like I just did.

Photo of BeerNutta
3.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Grolsch, is another of your standard Euro macro lagers.

A = Straw coloured with a moderate foam head.

S = Hoppy with a light skunked aroma.

T = Standard eurolager taste, hoppy with a twist of skunk. This one however has a slight grassy aftertaste.

M = Moderate carbonation makes it not offensive to the palate.

D = Average.

Photo of Ricochet
2.16/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I bought this as part of a sampler and I'm glad I did. Only one, drink it, don't pay much of a price, review and don't invite it back. It wasn't so bad, it smelled like Ballantine, skunky ale, and in the glass, just like Ballantine. It looked yellow, just like any beer, with a sticky head that almost looked like it contained fibers, really odd. Mouth was a little sour, good foaming, and went down like a beer. Average. Taste was , well, skunky. Ballantine has a better flavor and is way cheaper. There was some hop bite but not much else. Because the price was higher, because this seemed like a heiny (Ick) It was worth trying anyway...

Photo of ski271
2.34/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clear, medium gold with a small, white, foamy head that quickly diminishes to a thick film. The smell is lightly skunky and cookie-like with some grassy hops. The taste is dry and fruity with more light skunk on the finish. It has a light-medium body, chalky texture and lively carbonation. A pretty typical low-end Euro that relies on its gimmick more than its quality. I’m not impressed and won’t be getting this again.

Grolsch Premium Lager from Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.
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