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Grolsch Premium Lager - Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.

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642 Reviews

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Reviews: 642
Hads: 1,712
Avg: 3.1
pDev: 30.32%
Wants: 29
Gots: 284 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001

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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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Photo of yardkl
2.72/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

The best thing about this beer is the bottle. That's where it ends. It tastes like a mild Heineken. If you don't like Heineken you won't like this. Has that sour smell that all Heinekens have but it misses all the flavors I was expecting. I would drink this over bud or corona any day, but It is in no way a great beer.

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Photo of fede_glodo
3.75/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It was a really premium lager, with an awesome aftertaste
the apearance is one of the best caracteristics, it is ambar/golden, and the it also has a good foam. I really recomend this beer.
what i dislike was the price, but for me this was one of the best lagers i've ever tryed.
i recomend you to have it not so cold, if not you won't feel the flavors of the malt

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Photo of PierreCharra
3.11/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Not much going on with this old classic, it's Grolsch.

It's skunky and funky, but I would still rather have this than other green bottle lagers, it does have that awesome flip-top cap. (Like a boss).

You get the smell of corn (or rice?), no idea on what it looks like because I just drink from the bottle, but I would assume a typical lager yellow.

Taste is tolerable, light feel in the mouth, I always get that kick of skunk though.

Overall I love it for what it is, it's iconic but it's a typical green bottle lager, you do get cool bottles you can reuse and the taste is decent enough, at least for me, but I'm no connoisseur after half the bottle is gone anyway.

Love this stuff with some pepperoni or steak, when I'm BBQing or with meat in general.

Bonne santé!

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

Gets style points for the iconic bottle and you have to try this one eventually, assuming you are willing to sample mainstream Euro lagers ... Pours a very pale stubble hue with ample carbonation. Aroma is notably skunky but perhaps less so than some other green bottle "classics", sweet corn, some wet and almost swampy barley malt, a whiff of vinous fruit. Smells like a pale Euro lager in a green bottle, albeit maybe a tad better than average: A recurring theme here ... Better than expected but only a little better than expected. Palate is quite crisp and bitter, some DMS cooked flavor but a decent dose of pungent fresh green vegetable flavor as well (grass, carrot, zucchini), dry popcorn malt, a little nondescript tartness that hints at grape, metal, oxidation trans-2 nonenal notes like wet cardboard, and a dry bitter finish that does not stand out as particularly unique to any one hop variety. All in all, this well-known beer may capture a classic lager flavor profile better than many other commercial examples (dry, crisp, bitter, not particularly sweet) but the name and instantly recognizable container may goad one in thinking that this is going to be more exciting than the cold, fizzy reality bears out.

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Photo of ale1
3.62/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

was searching the beer racks at the local mart looking for a beer to go with the evening meal , to chose from either grolsch with fliptop and 12 pack fliptop considerably more for less beer
having not had a Grolsch in many years picked up the 12pack of bottles

poured into a malt glass served around 55°
nose : light malt,hop , corn? or rice? possibly
appearance : light straw color, fine carbonation which appears not to be artificially carbonated
taste: crisp mild malt ,hops, corn,rice with medium finish, drinkable and if i had guests over that prefer usa lager they would like this vs my more stout ales in the fridge.

some that are similar Presidente,Peroni,Moretti,Estrella

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Photo of bbluemzbeer
2.24/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: a pale yellow color with a large, white head that dissipates slowly.

Smell: Has a faint sweet, and faint hints of grassy hops, perhaps.

Taste: Mildly bitter up front. Develops a sweet, grainy flavor at the back reminiscent of most macro lagers. The asrtigent aftertaste after taste lingers way too long. Something is not right with this beer . Maybe it is skunk bottle. Pretty simple. Bud or Miller products are better tasting.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and heavily carbonated like most macro lagers.

Overall : It is average drankabilty because it is light but price is way too much and astringent after taste. I will stick with Bud , Heineken or even icehouse. The only redeeming value is the bottle and lightness of beer.

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Photo of archyquaffer
3.77/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the green pint bottle into a shaker glass with the cover art of AC/DC's Highway to Hell album. A moderate pour produces 1.5 inches of billowy head. This dissipates quickly but leaves some good lacing. The beer is pale straw in color with a reddish tinge and with fairly high carbonation.

Of course, you get that skunky aroma and taste, which is what I expect from this type of beer. A distinct, almost honey-like sweetness and a touch of bitterness balance each other pretty well. Overall a crisp and clean taste with the exception of the skunk. I honestly don't perceive the crackers, grass, etc. that several reviewers note (really? I've eaten grass a time or two, and it don't taste like beer). Lots of pleasant burps to enjoy.

Beer of this type has a unique taste that I appreciate. I had this one while enjoying some apple german sausage with plenty of saurkraut. The bottles are also excellent for bottling homebrew- it's tough to actually find a pint-sized bottle, and this one comes with its own reusable cap.

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Photo of rx-beer
3.56/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

450 ml (15.2 fl oz) swing top bottle served into a Sam Adams taster glass.

A - A pour right down the center of the glass produced about an inch and a half of short-lasting, white head, which fades almost entirely. The beer is a light yellow that is completely clear with few bubbles and very light lacing.

S - Mildly hoppy, sweet, and biscuity. Aroma is light but enjoyable.

T - Taste is initially hoppy and malty-sweet, then slightly biscuity with a touch of hops. The hops outlast the other flavors as they slowly fade in the aftertaste.

M - Light carbonation imparts a buttery feel to the low-medium body.

O- What I particularly like about this beer is how it nicely balances the sweetness with the hoppyness. Perfect beer to pop open when your parched and looking for something that's neither excessively light nor heavy. There are undoubtedly better lagers out there, but this one is quite nice. And...I have to admit, I love the swing top!

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Grolsch Premium Lager from Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.
72 out of 100 based on 642 ratings.