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Grolsch Premium Lager - Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.

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1,486 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,486
Reviews: 618
rAvg: 3.1
pDev: 18.39%
Wants: 18
Gots: 106 | FT: 0
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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 Popsinc
3.03/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Popsinc, Jun 16, 2003
Photo of Andreji
2.23/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

Andreji, Jun 14, 2003
Photo of Boto
2.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Boto, Jun 05, 2003
Photo of far333
3.83/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

far333, May 27, 2003
Photo of canoehornpoint
2.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

canoehornpoint, May 24, 2003
Photo of IronDjinn
3.43/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

IronDjinn, May 22, 2003
Photo of pio
3.53/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

pio, May 18, 2003
Photo of Reidrover
3.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Reidrover, May 17, 2003
Photo of Garin
3.6/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Garin, Apr 28, 2003
Photo of avylover
3.15/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

avylover, Apr 27, 2003
Photo of WMBierguy
3.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

WMBierguy, Apr 26, 2003
Photo of hotstuff
3.08/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

hotstuff, Apr 22, 2003
Photo of TheDM
2.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

TheDM, Apr 18, 2003
Photo of Redrover
3.08/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Redrover, Apr 06, 2003
Photo of AtLagerHeads
2.88/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Bruiser81, Feb 09, 2003
Photo of LarryKemp
3.75/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

LarryKemp, Feb 03, 2003
Photo of Gusler
2.63/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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
Grolsch Premium Lager from Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.
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