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Grolsch Premium Lager - Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.

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645 Reviews
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Reviews: 645
Hads: 1,743
Avg: 3.1
pDev: 30.65%
Wants: 27
Gots: 289 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.
Netherlands | website

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 FRANKIE65
3.18/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Had this at a dinner last night...other choices were Canadian, Blue, Coors Light, ugh. Was actually surprised by this one. Was expecting "Heineken like skunk" but, the bottle must not have been light struck. Would I buy at a store - no, would I have it again in the same circumstances - sure. Actually preferred the taste, and, mouthfeel over the Smithwick's red ale I had the night before.
Since I had it from the bottle, had to guesstimate at the look.

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Photo of 12teen60ten
3.75/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

. A very decent session lager in my opinion. A step above the other global brands for me anyway. Not the best but not anywhere near the worst. I really do enjoy Grolsch. Never out of a can! Always, always out of a bottle.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
2.44/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Brilliant straw color. White 2 finger head, dead in 2 minutes, subtle activity with average legs.

Faint corn, fruity, skunky and metallic aromas and flavors. Well balanced between sweet and bitter, but almost tasteless.

Light slick body with nice carbonation. Pleasant well balanced bitter finish ending with smoky skunk feel. Very acid.

Overall : Well balanced beer with good freshness but way too bland in flavors.

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Photo of Josueq12
3.17/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

It's a lager, so it's not meant to be strong; however, I believe they put more on the bottle than they do in their ingredients. Could be better. Such a cool bottle deserves a better beer

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Photo of Hamme
3.66/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Serving type: bottle 30 cl.

L - The green bottle is one of my favorites. Somehow the green adds to the freshness.

S - Malty and hints of grass and hop.

T - The beer is pleasant bitter and the aftertaste is like fruit in your mouth. It is very satisfying and when i wound op drinking nearly half a bucket last August during an afternoon, i didn't mind at all.

M - The mouth feel is slightly on the watery side.

O - Grolsch Premium Lager is a great pick when you are in Holland, it is very reminiscent of German beers and according to some it is brewed by the German purity law.

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Photo of etherealbrewer
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I have reviewed a few lagers under a different account and I have to say i'm unimpressed. It's possible the ingredients are of higher quality but the finished product has a mediocrity that matches U.S. macro lagers. A bit more honey than vegetable in the flavor and more skunk/ sulfur on the nose. However it is very quaffable and refreshing and sets it's own standards. Good not great. But great bonus swing top for homebrew!

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Photo of LucitasMonti
3.56/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I find it a very nice lager. Refreshing and a cheaper option than any other special beer (1,1 eur). I like and enjoyt it! Bottles are indeed very useful :-)

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Photo of PorterPro125
2.83/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Serving Type: 450 mL Swing Top bottle

While I don't typically go for mass marketed Euro Lagers, the Swing Top bottle was just too cool not to buy!

A- Pours clear, clean, and golden typical to the style. 1 1/2 finger of white head that quickly dissipated. No lacing.

S- Like most green bottled beers I've had, the smell of this one was not great. Skunky with a slight corn sweetness similar to what you would find in a Budweiser.

T- Corn-like sweetness that is mostly overpowered by the skunkiness. Mild (and I mean mild) hop profile.

M- Medium carbonation with a fairly weak body.

O- While not great, Grolsch is certainly better than your average American Adjunct Lager. Serve ice cold and drink it up before it warms.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
3.01/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 15.2 ounce green bottle with swing top porcelain stopper and a rubber seal into a Shaker pint glass, "enjoy before" date 7-29-15.

APPEARANCE: pours a clear yellow color with 1 finger white head that dissipated quickly leaving a thin, broken layer of small bubbles, there was almost no lacing on the glass, medium carbonation.

SMELL: skunky, sweet and metallic.

TASTE: initially sweet then a skunky, mild hop profile, the 5% alcohol is imperceptible, not much else going on here, it tasted better cold and got worse as it warmed.

PALATE: medium carbonation and body.

OVERALL: I used to drink this before there were micro-brews because it was something different, my palate has really changed, there are better lagers to be had domestically and abroad, I would not but this one again, the bottles are great for home brewing but that is the best part about this beer.

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Photo of SmashPants
3.21/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Format: a stumpy embossed green bottle with a fun swing-top and a decent macro label.

Appearance: pours a deep yellow colour a half-finger of decent white head that drops to a thick cap with good lacing.

Aroma: some grass hops and a touch of malts. Pretty boring to be honest.

Taste: the flavours are stronger in the mouth than on the nose. Definite grass hops with bready malts hanging about.

Aftertaste: some bitterness coming through from the hops along with a tiny bit of sweetness from the malts.

Mouth feel: light in body with a decent amount of carbonation.

Overall: not a bad lager at all, but neither is it anything too special. Pretty standard macro and a pretty standard macro price at AU$45 a case. Still, decent.

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Photo of Atacama_Rain
4/5  rDev +29%

One of my first favorite beers, I used to buy these by the case in college whilst trying to look a tad more refined than my "whatever's cheapest" friends.

I think I like it a bit too much due to my dutch blood, and having drank gallons of the stuff on draft in the Netherlands during family visits.

It can definitely get skunky and flat here in the U.S., i've had some bad batches before.

My rating is skewed by nostalgia, but It is definitely a good dutch lager, best served VERY cold (chill a stein!).

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Photo of Nathan451
3/5  rDev -3.2%

It's a crisp beer that's way better when its cold than when it warms up. I think the cost is only justified if you're getting the bottles. because you don't see those Spring-top/flip-top/spring-top bottles anymore.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best before 3/6/15.

Pours a clear gold with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, sugar, and slight grass aromas. Taste is much the same with grain and grass flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is drinkable, but it gets noticeably worse as it warms up.

Serving type: bottle.

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

When I was first getting into real beer, I liked this a lot, maybe it's the bottle, but it always seemed just a little nicer than what was in my parents fridge. Revisiting it this weekend was uninspiring. It's heavier in malt than I remember, seemingly stale and under carbonated, and definitely light struck in its once distinguishing green glass. Skunks for sure, this may be a little older than optimal, but it's heavy as these lagers go, more sturdy and definitely with more malt flavor. I bet this is much better fresh at the source, but it doesn't travel real well in my experience. More filling than it should be, just quite unremarkable compared to my nostalgia.

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Photo of kevofficiel
3.56/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Grolsch Premium Lager.
The look of it is really nice, you have that nice carbonation. A yellow color.
The smell of it is not really that strong.
Now the taste of it its completely different. It remind me of the Heineken. The taste of it is really close. If I had my eyes close and would give me a Heineken or Grolsch Premium Lager I won t notice any difference.
The difference with that beer and the Heineken for example is that the beer goes down really easily. It is tasty refreshing and have some flavour on it.
SO would I recommend it? For sure, this is much better than a Heineken even if the taste is almost similar. A little bit expensive here in Canada but definitely enjoyable. Cheers !

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Photo of mhuber
4.25/5  rDev +37.1%

Pours clear, medium yellow color. Very small head that dissipates quickly. A bit of tartness on the nose and a bitter-tart flavor gives a pleasantness to what would otherwise be an unremarkable beer.

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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
3.2/5  rDev +3.2%

Appearance – Pale golden amber with medium carbonation and a fingernail head.

Smell – Malty with a slightly leafy hint in there.

Taste – Rather malty with a hoppy over tone but really quite middle of the road if like me you are an ale drinker. That said this is not going for deep bold flavours but a crisp fresh and easy flavour and as such it hits its mark very well. There is the slightest hint of citrus and a little bitterness that makes this more interesting than say a Heineken.

Mouthfeel – Astringent and quite dry. This one is not very full in the mouth and is actually rather light bodied, zero linger, when it leaves the mouth it is gone leaving nothing but the dryness that makes you drink more.

Overall – As with all Dutch brews this is very drinkable even if this one is not very exciting. Seems to hold more flavour when sipped as the malts have time to run over the whole tongue and this lets the flavour develop.

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Photo of titvs
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

Review according to BJCP2008 guidelines (style 1C). Bottle 45 cl - Batch 3M20 01:28. AROMA: sweet malt aroma and medium grassy hop aroma. APPEARANCE: very clear and golden color. thin, moussy white head with medium-low retention. TASTE: slight notes of sweet malt flavor and very low hop flavor. medium to medium-low bitterness that lingers with balance towards bitterness. finishes somewhat dry. PALATE: medium-low body with low carbonation. OVERALL: above average bulk lager with a nice hop presence.

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Photo of arlo19
3/5  rDev -3.2%

This beer is exactly OK. Nothing special, just a light lager. Crisp and easy to drink. The only reason I bought 12 of them was to use the bottles for homebrew. Yes, they are green and not as good as amber, but they are the same price as amber fliptops and this way you get beer!

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Photo of Everydayoff
3.24/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Had it on-tap at Dean & Deluca in Bangkok, served in a Grolsch's pint glass.

The appearance is showcase by clear golden color with a big frothy white head that stands atop for a while with good retention. After that, the white lacing appears along the way down. Medium visibility of carbonation.

The aroma is clean with a trait of malt breadiness, some floral hop and yeast. The palate senses a smoothness with a dry and clean finish while the beer yields the taste of sweet and bready malt with just a bit bitterness from hop taking part.

Overall, decent macro lager with all the qualities it need to have. Easy drinkable and good to have on-tap.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.29/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into an IPA glass from a swingtop bottle.

Look: Clear golden body holds up a very white and sudsy head. Decent retention, light lacing.

Aroma: Slightly metallic, a little skunky, cereal grains and malts.

Taste: Not quite as skunky as other green bottled imports, but still a component of the taste. Malts and grains with a sour hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, kinda dry.

Overall: I prefer this over the other green bottled beer from Holland, but I'm not a fan of the skunk, and I lowered the score because of it.

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Photo of nicholas2121
2.74/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Grolsch Premium Lager brewed by Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V. with an abv of 5.0%. This brew pours out a nice amber color with a small, white head. The smell is skunky with some grains. The taste is skunky at first, but it gets better but not much better. The fact is: this brew comes out of a green bottle. I feel if it would come out of a brown bottle ,it would be less skunky. The after taste is clean. The mouthfeel at frist is skunky but it's get somewhat smooth. Overall I'm giving this brew a 2.75 out of 5. If it was not so skunky I feel I would enjoy it more. It is a nice looking brew. This is not what expecting, but its alright.
I like the bottle to this beer.

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

Grolsch Premium Lager from Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V. , a "classic" Dutch brew. Poured from the swinger bottle into a glass, this beer's head leaves very fast. Droopy lacing and a light amber body.

Not much of a smell going on here, so I gotta give this a 3 since its very neutral. I kind of thought this would have more of a pungent stench(no pun intended, fellow death metalheads) similar to Heniken.

Taste is also pretty neutral. I got a very slight skunkiness, but nothing like Heniken. Other than that it's pretty crisp. Not much else going on here.

Mouthfeel, again, a 3. This is really light-feeling to me.

Overall 3, as this brew is kinda bland¬ very standoutish. It would be an adequate thirst quencher,yes. I may buy this brew again for that purpose.

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Photo of dacrza1
2.49/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

DATE REVIEWED: May 31, 2014... GLASSWARE: 22oz. pilsner... OCCASION: today Shan and I entered the 21st century and purchased smart phones... APPEARANCE: bubbly, translucent straw-gold body that holds a soapy yet meaningful white head for a few minutes--pedestrian from a distance or close up; zero lacing... AROMA: beefy, metallic malts couple with a somewhat funky yeast profile to imbue a biscuit and cracker aroma--not aromatic, but not a turnoff... PALATE: medium-bodied, warming with heavy aftertaste; nearly water at the teeth... TASTE: yeasty, doughy and metallic, evoking a hot summer sip of the garden hose; rather easy drinking, but an aftertaste that offers gas and malt liquor sweetness...some cardboard in the finish...OVERALLL: the 16 oz. stopper-top bottle is retro cool, but no getting around the fact that the beer is pretty average at best, with a better critic suggesting this combines the less desirable traits of a pilsner and a lager--pinging and fat, so sessioning is not on the to-do list with Groslch either...on the plus side, it is fun pronouncing Grolsch correctly in front of friends and bartenders....

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Photo of Foyle
3.35/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: 1 1/2" foamy white head recedes quickly leaving a little lacing. Clear golden color, moderate carbonation bubbles

Aroma: bready, lightly toasted grains, mild hop spice

Mouthfeel: watery, slightly wet finish

Flavor: doughy, a hint of malt sweetness, just a little hop bite

Overall:very nice Euro lager.

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Grolsch Premium Lager from Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.
72 out of 100 based on 645 ratings.