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Grolsch Premium Lager - Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.

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1,259 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1259
Reviews: 603
rAvg: 3.09
pDev: 18.45%


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Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V. visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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metter98

New York

3.11/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high bright white head that gradually died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles in the center of the glass and a collar around the edge.
S: There are aromas of grassy hops, a bit of biscuit malts and some hints of skunk in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that there is a light to moderate amount of bitterness and this lingers through the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: From its appearance in a green bottle, this might seem like another mass produced beer, but it's hardly skunked and there's a rather high amount of bitterness for the style, which helps to mask the other flavors.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 01:58:28 | More by metter98
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FLima

Brazil

3.23/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

It made a lot of head with a medium retention. Pale golden color.
Aroma of grassy hops and hints of malt. Good carbonation and light body.
Predominant bitter bite at the beginning in its taste coming from its grassy hops.
A little astringent with a dry finish. Not a complex beer but with some character.

Serving type: can

02-06-2013 21:51:38 | More by FLima
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mralphabet

Virginia

2.34/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Poured a straw yellow color, with about a fingers worth of head that settles to a ring with little to no lacing.

S: Not much here, sweet malt and grass.

T: Pretty much like the smell, sweet adjunct with a little grassy bitterness.

M: Light bodied pretty watered down with a sharp carbonation.

O: Pretty standard Euro Pale Lager. Just beer, nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2013 02:47:50 | More by mralphabet
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NilocRellim

Minnesota

3.38/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The lager poured from a pop top bottle. It was a clear, pale gold colour and left virtually no visible head; just some residual bubbles. Faintly sweet hop nose. Clean taste and clean palate; not much to it, really. Sessionable. Slight bitter aftertaste.

Would I drink it again? Yes.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2012 03:45:06 | More by NilocRellim
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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.58/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Damn, no swingtop. Oh well, the beer should still be the same, right? This stuff pours a clear pale straw topped by a finger of short-lived lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises light powdered sugar, wheat, and a touch of dry grass. The taste holds notes of grass, sweet corn, funky wheat, and a kiss of greens. The body is fairly light, with a moderate carbonation and a watery feel. Overall, a limp little lager, one that eschews a pilsner background in favor of a more, shall we say, mass-produced adjunct-y character.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2012 22:00:05 | More by TMoney2591
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cvillarrealb

California

2.25/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Small white head that dissipates quickly. Good clarity.

S. Sweet corn and mild malt aroma underneath. Skunky. A bit grassy

M: Light bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Crisp.

T: Little dry and a hint of sweet. Grassy. Bitter aftertaste.

O: Great bottle. OK, but not a must try.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2012 23:18:51 | More by cvillarrealb
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Razr86

New York

2/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

i dont know, it reminds me a lot like a Heineken. the same skunkyness and all. i probably wouldn't drink this beer again but the bottle pop top is cool. well it wabts me to put 250 characters right bow and i dont jave much else to really say about it im kinda drunk right now

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2012 03:21:07 | More by Razr86
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.1/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - pale, transparent gold with a large, dense, white head that has great retention

S - musty, skunky, grainy, maybe a bit grassy

T - grainy, warm, faintly grassy, faintly bitter, a bit musty

M - light bodied, crisp, a bit heavily carbonated

A typical european lager. It's musty but there is some underlying flavor that represents a solid lager. For the style it's decent - much better than some of the other offerings.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 02:53:15 | More by tdm168
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ADZA

Australia

2.9/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden hue with a fluffy two finger head and a rim of lacing,the smell is noble hops,honey malts and grains,the mouthfeel is just over lightbodied and has tastes identical to smell with hints of noble grassy hops,honeyed malts and finished with a dry herbalness and overall its a macro but a better one when offered with the horrible lineup i had today cheers.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 04:46:31 | More by ADZA
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decimator

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml can poured into a pint glass. ABV 5%.

A - Poured a clear gold with a 1cm bubbly head. Head reduces to nothing and no lacing.

S - Sweet malts, grass.

T - Sweet malts, hint of citrus, light bitter finish.

M - Medium carbonation, medium body, crisp finish.

O - Just your run of the mill Lager. It's nothing special but it does the job on a hot summer's day. The cans just aren't as cool to drink as the swing top bottles though.

Serving type: can

07-02-2012 03:36:28 | More by decimator
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BeerLover99

Illinois

3.08/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: light gold/bubbly, finger white head,
zero lacing

S: grassy, sweet corn, grain/malt

T: same as nose, green veg finish

M: light body, dry/crisp mouth

O: Not a huge fan of this style,
if you love Heinenken, you may like this.
Would not recommend or buy again.

OK, NOT MUST HAVE!

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2012 17:47:33 | More by BeerLover99
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doktorhops

Australia

3.18/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Grolsch; I've been drinking this for years but this is the first time I've actually reviewed it. No time like the present then. One thing I want to point out and it's bleeding obvious; the classic swing-top is gone, extinct because of novelty and cost no doubt. It's sad that traditions like this have to die, making way for supposed "progress" when in actual fact it is a shrewd squeeze in the quest for profits at the behest of shareholders and suits within the organisation. Oh well, probably wont detract from the flavour, which is my key concern.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a 500ml Stein.

A: Pale straw body with a 1cm white head, classic Euro Pale Lager territory here but expected nonetheless.

S: Aromas of cut grass, vegetable matter a twist of lemon and slightly sweet grain base.

T: Its got that Netherlands sour twang to it (yeast flavour), apart from that it is complete textbook Euro Lager - malt grains with a long dry finish and slight bitterness, not bad, no surprises but overall a decent enough ice cold beer.

M: Borderline flat carbonation with a light to medium body.

D: On par with the many macro Euro Pale Lagers - better then Australian and US macros but nothing adventurous for the taste buds. That said sometimes you want a bland lager to quench a mighty thirst and this is where Mr. Grolsch steps in with a thoughtful nod... "Why thank you Mr. Grolsch".

Food Match: Light/fresh fare, garden salads, grilled chicken/fish and the like, summer food for a summer lager.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2012 08:41:34 | More by doktorhops
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dannydetox

California

2.85/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

bought the 4 pack of flip tops for the bottles, but might as well give yet another average rating to a typical euro lager. pale golden color with a bright white head that fades quickly. lighter carbonation than i recalled from the days i used to drink this with my father. bit of skunkiness mixed in with the grainy scents. taste is reminds me of par-baked bread with some bitterness on the finish. nothing particularly exciting here - just another european yellow beer. this style has been copied all around the world; to some of my south american friends this type of brew is beer, and anything that deviates from that recipe just ain't right. shame, really, because there is so much more you can do with grains and hops. still, goes down easy and is refreshing - just like an ice cold miller high life.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2012 03:08:23 | More by dannydetox
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MaximalC

Illinois

2.85/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours amber in color with a respectable prickly white head that soon dissipates. Aroma is wheaty and a little skunky--smells like "beer" in the lowest common denominator sense. Flavor is similar to the aroma--wheaty, but not overbearingly so, with some hop bitterness. Nothing remarkable here; at least the carbonation adds a nice crispness to mask the flavor some. A drinkable pale lager, but the style doesn't really have much to offer as far as I'm concerned.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2012 20:09:42 | More by MaximalC
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

2.6/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a golden straw color with a large white head. The head fades fast to give a very light amount of lacing.

Smell – There is some light breadiness with a sweeter corn aroma. These aromas are rather light and are mixed with a bit of a skunky smell as well.

Taste – The taste is as was experienced in the nose with the exception of the sweet. The taste begins with a bready base and a corn cereal maltiness. As the taste advances the corn flavor diminished with some light more bitter flavors coming to the taste. These at the end mix with a skunky and papery flavor leaving a not so pleasant taste on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The beer has a thinner body with a slightly lower than average level of carbonation. It is very average for a lager.

Overall - Not a really good beer. Kind of classic lager with a UV burnt green bottle skunkiness.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2012 23:46:40 | More by Darkmagus82
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dansmcd

Australia

2.53/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - Very light in colour and highly effervescent, flimsy head which quickly fades to a ring.

S - Corn, grain and a light hop aroma.

T - Corn, light lemony hops, cut grass, nothing special here. I used to love this beer (before my eyes were opened).

M - Light bodied with high carbonation, clean and crisp, just right for the style and perfect for a summer thirstquencher.

O - Not the great beer I once thought it was.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2012 02:15:05 | More by dansmcd
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Douberd

Netherlands

3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle of 330 ml, the only one I've found to be in that size, since every other dutch beer comes into a 300 ml bottles.
Not much to write about this, golden yellow colour with a white head, average retention. Smell isn't anything special, the usual for macro pilsners. Taste is average too, a bit skunked and slighty bitter aftertaste. Medium thin on the body, average carbonation.
Overall an average pilsner, one you can drink lots of in the summer and/or in the winter.
Greatly advertised, there are other better pilsners out there with a more reasonable price.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2012 17:48:16 | More by Douberd
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buschbeer

Ohio

2.9/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

15.2oz bottle
Served in a pint glass

A - It pours clear and yellow. It has a couple inches of white head on top.

S - It has that lovely skunked smell. A young lady I know thought it smelled like weed.

T - The skunk gives it a little flavor. Of course, that is about all the flavor it has to offer.

M - Thin

O - It's another below average, green bottled beer from Europe.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2012 01:28:08 | More by buschbeer
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soju6

Missouri

3.1/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a golden color with a good head that fades to some lacing.

S: Aroma of grain, malt sweetness and hint of fruit in the background.

T: Taste of malt sweetness bit of grain and fruit. Mild bitterness and a slightly sticky finish.

F: Light body and smooth.

O: Goes down easy. One of the more decent Euro Lagers out there.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2012 20:03:13 | More by soju6
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DrewSnyc667

Massachusetts

3.3/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 Oz Bottle, label on neck only poured into a Pilsener glass

A - Pale golden color, little activity, big soapy head that sticks around the glass

S - Very floral, fruity notes of pear and apple

T - A bit heavy and bitter, skuny euro lager

M - Pretty easy going down, but a bit heavy and sticky on the palate

O - Not bad, a bit sweet for Euro

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2012 21:30:38 | More by DrewSnyc667
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ThePortlander

New York

3.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bought this at the corner store so I had some extra bottles for a homebrew in case I was a couple short. I've used these bottles before, thanks to my neighbor, but I hadn't had one until last week.

Pretty typical Euro-lager fare: mildly grainy, a bit floral, slightly skunky. The mouthfeel is smooth, though. Quaffable, for sure.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 02:36:09 | More by ThePortlander
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jimmah120

Minnesota

2.75/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

15.2oz cork bottle best by oct 10 2012

Pale yellow with a small filmy head. Very average. Nose is odd. I'm picking up the grain and touch of hops I expected but I'm also getting an extremely heavy sugar cookie dough smell. It wipes away the grain and hop until it's all you can smell. It also translates to the taste, but thankfully it's not as overbearing. It's warm malt, grain, a touch of dank hops, and that sugar cookie dough aftertaste. Not bad, not especially good, just odd. Mouthfeel is nice and creamy.

Overall this wasn't bad, better than others in the style even, but not something I especially enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2012 08:53:29 | More by jimmah120
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hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

3.05/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Almost the stereotypicsl Euro-lager...

Pale golden hue with limted head, unremarkable mouthfeel. A supremely grainy aroma, both bready and sweetly pleasant. The taste is equally as uni-dimensional, pure golden grain sweetness with a hint of bittering hops in the afterfinish.

An "olde standard" that speaks to completely different taste than what I'm currently seeking.

Serving type: can

03-18-2012 07:51:31 | More by hopsolutely
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BlurryVisi0n

New York

2.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured unto pint glass.

Appearance: gold, with a white 1/2" head off the body.

Smell: light hops nothing to say "hey this is awesome".

Taste: light hops, the beers feels like it cleans your palates.

Mouth: medium to heavy, just that smooth.

Overall: pretty good beer, not the best lager I have had but definitely the one you don't say no to. Hope you all enjoyed, Salud!

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 04:22:46 | More by BlurryVisi0n
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keitho

New Zealand (Aotearoa)

2.6/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance- Pale yellow, lots of carbonation, bubbly white head which dissipates quickly, looks refreshing.

Smell- Not much of an aroma,light hop smell.

Taste- Light and easy to drink, slight bitter aftertaste. Short.

Mouthfeel- Feels a bit thin in the mouth.

Overall- Could quite easily sink a few of these on a hot day. A refreshing lager but nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 00:51:40 | More by keitho
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