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Grolsch Premium Lager - Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.

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1,447 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,447
Reviews: 612
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 18.39%
Wants: 18
Gots: 90 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 Redrover
3.08/5  rDev -0.6%

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.

Redrover, Apr 06, 2003
Photo of AtLagerHeads
2.88/5  rDev -7.1%

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.

AtLagerHeads, Mar 28, 2003
Photo of shirfan
3.05/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

shirfan, Mar 18, 2003
Photo of Rifrafboy
3.33/5  rDev +7.4%

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.

Rifrafboy, Mar 13, 2003
Photo of Anonmatel
2.28/5  rDev -26.5%

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.

Anonmatel, Feb 14, 2003
Photo of Bruiser81
3.05/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

Bruiser81, Feb 09, 2003
Photo of LarryKemp
3.75/5  rDev +21%

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.

LarryKemp, Feb 03, 2003
Photo of Gusler
2.63/5  rDev -15.2%

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”.

Gusler, Jan 19, 2003
Photo of goz
1.88/5  rDev -39.4%

The pour produced a skunky aroma that filled the room, a straw yellow, fizzy body, and a moderate white head that left minimal lacing. Initial taste had some of the skunky aroma on the tongue, but it got less annoying after that. Ending was quite dry.

goz, Jan 18, 2003
Photo of Morris729
3.88/5  rDev +25.2%

Pours a clear golden color with a foamy and creamy white head that fades into a nice lace. Nose is sweet malts and stale grains. Clean and crisp in the mouth with tastes of fresh bready malts, lightly spiced hops, and a touch of honey. A very refreshing brew that pairs nicely with anything spicy. Once you get past the aroma, this is a pretty good beer.

Morris729, Jan 14, 2003
Photo of inebrius
3.6/5  rDev +16.1%

I've avoided Grolsch for quite some time because popular opinion deems it on par with that other big selling beer from Holland. But this couldn't be further from the truth according to my humble buds. Okay, so the nose is a bit disconcerting, perhaps like washing your socks in stewing wort, but the taste more than makes up for it. Toasty, rounded, fed pickled hops the night through. I couldn't pound a whole lot of these, no, but I wouldn't turn one down either.

inebrius, Dec 19, 2002
Photo of jtw5877
3.38/5  rDev +9%

I love the swing top bottles, except for the fact that they replaced the ceramic part with a plastic part, when I was in college we did some crazy stuff with that ceramic part. Anyways the beer is good for nostalgia purposes, plus it's not a bad lager.

jtw5877, Dec 16, 2002
Photo of mrjimcat
2.9/5  rDev -6.5%

The sample I tasted was from the large 1.5 liter bottle with the well known swing cap top. Some care must be taken in pouring as there was an abundance of carbonation. The head lasted until the glass was empty. There was a distinct hop bite upfront. The palate was clean with very little mouthfeel. There was a dry finish to the beer with an aftertaste that lasted long after consuming the beer. There was, however, a slight off taste noticed in the finish after consuming about one liter of the brew. To me this beer would be best enjoyed with food that stimulates the tastebuds such as a New York or German hot sausage. It was also a bit pricey for the product received.

mrjimcat, Dec 14, 2002
Photo of Kwak
1.23/5  rDev -60.3%

Nice swing cap bottle looks cool thats about it! It looks thin and pale golden color very thin body.

The head is almost not their small fizzy and gone in a flash!

The taste is less then appetizing bad skunky taste to go with the skunk aroma!

Kwak, Dec 04, 2002
Photo of Winter
1.65/5  rDev -46.8%

Poured a dark clear golden color with a white foamy head that disappeared quickly. Aroma was of malt, hops with a slight skunkiness that worsened as the beer warmed. Taste was crisp with a sweet malt front that turned into a sour lemony middle and a finish that was bitter and skunky. I've had this in the past and I don't remember Grolsch being this distasteful. Expiration was marked 07/2003, but this bottle was just plain awful. With so many options out there I don't know if I'd waste my time with this one again.

Winter, Nov 28, 2002
Photo of ipogios
3.2/5  rDev +3.2%

I only drank this beer with food. I must admit that it goes great with food. Fine effort by the Dutch but it needs a lot more effort to make it to to the top of Europe list...

ipogios, Nov 17, 2002
Photo of Thrasher
2.28/5  rDev -26.5%

I thought that trying this on-tap would alleviate the symptoms of the green bottles which are the scourge of Eurolagers. Alas this beer is still lackluster, with off flavors like those prevalent in Heineken, Beck's, and Amstel. Thicker than these other huge European beers, it still contains their synthetic, mass-produced waterlike blandness. It really is almost identical to Heineken. If that sounds up your alley, you might as well get a skunked sample in one of those semi-neat swingtop bottles since it tastes like crap on tap anyway.

Thrasher, Nov 05, 2002
Photo of Dogbrick
2.65/5  rDev -14.5%

I wasn't even lucky enough to get mine in a cool bottle (but I was lucky not to get a skunked one). Typical Lager attributes. Clear golden color with a white head. Dry flavor with minimal hops.

Dogbrick, Nov 05, 2002
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.9/5  rDev +25.8%

Standard capped green bottle - not a flip top. Clear, golden body topped by a frothy white head that has surprisingly good holding power, keeping a solid 1/16" throughout the glass and leaving some spotty lace. The aroma is mainly of an herbal and earthy hop (not at all skunked) that's reflected in the flavor along with a dryish malt that's well balanced by bitterness. The body is light/medium with a very fine carbonation giving an exceptionally smooth mouthfeel. It finishes dry with a gently lingering bitterness, hop flavor and maltiness. I remember this being a popular fad some years ago - I'm guessing because of the flip-top - but it's actually quite nice and highly drinkable although fairly basic. Still, an exceptionally well done beer that ranks with some of the best German lagers.

NeroFiddled, Oct 20, 2002
Photo of Sheldon
3.03/5  rDev -2.3%

A clear golden straw color with a thin white head, half way through the glass it was completely gone. The smell is a bit skunky, however it doesn't taste as bad as it smells. It goes down pretty good, reminds me a bit of Heineken but tastes a little better. Overall an average European Lager.

Sheldon, Oct 13, 2002
Photo of BeerAngel
3.3/5  rDev +6.5%

Pours a clear golden color with large white soda-like head with large bubbles. The smell is the typical skunky (but not skunked) smell of this beer that is so overwhelming, it is hard to smell anything else but maybe some faint hops. Has a grassy twang type taste that finishes with a dry bitter hop. Actually not bad. Has a light to medium bodied mouthfeel and the bitter finish leaves you wanting another swig. Proost!

BeerAngel, Oct 12, 2002
Photo of aaronh
3.68/5  rDev +18.7%

Having never tried this beer, I was somewhat impressed. It has a very clear amber color which reminds me of Ginger Ale. It pours with a very nice head that slowly fades to nothing. Fairly fine bubbles give a lightness to the mouthfeel. This beer is somewhat sweet with hints of some fruit, perhaps its apple I taste. It also has a slight maltiness as well, with a different and interesting hp flavor on the finish. Overall, I'm surprised by the disguised sweet flavors, and impressed with this beer. Not an everyday drinking beer, but definitely a good change of pace.

aaronh, Oct 10, 2002
Photo of Shiloh
3.43/5  rDev +10.6%

Somewhat lighter and sweeter in taste than I had anticipated.Aroma is marginal and is low in carbonation. Not a brew for enjoying the big game, but works fine in limited amounts while dining. I did enjoy this offering.

Shiloh, Oct 04, 2002
Photo of bewareOFpenguin
3.48/5  rDev +12.3%

I orginally bought this beer as a teenager for the ceramic cap. It made a great "roach" clip. Since then I have discovered, 1) it is just too sweet, 2) It has a weird tasting hops and 3) most massed produced beers from the netherlands are no better then bud

bewareOFpenguin, Oct 04, 2002
Photo of tang214
2.65/5  rDev -14.5%

I usually have good things to say about most beer, but this does not make it into that category. This beer is very bland. It has a golden straw color. The aroma is also very bland with that Holland-ish skunkiness. It does not go down smooth and is not very drinkable. It was gross and I only drank a pint. I do not recomend this beer to anyone.

tang214, Sep 29, 2002
Grolsch Premium Lager from Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.
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