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Grolsch Premium Lager - Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.

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1,256 Ratings

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Ratings: 1256
Reviews: 603
rAvg: 3.09
pDev: 18.45%

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Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

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

12oz Bottle

Appearance - Clear gold colour with an average size frothy white coloured head. There is an above average amount of carbonation showing and there is a fair amount of lacing. The head lasted for ony a short while.

Smell - Grains, corn, hops, citrus

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste grains, corn, and some fresh cut grass. There is also a hint of citrus. It ends with a grainy slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall - Beside the hint of citrus, this is just another drinkable euro-beer. Nothing really exciting about it other than the bottle it comes in.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2011 00:11:53 | More by spinrsx
Photo of bobhits


2.35/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This was a gem of a beer when I was 19 and trying to get into beer. It was full flavored, creamy, and just wonderful. Fast forward about a thousand beers and well...

Pours with a hint more color than a bud light, a hint of depth to the color with decent head and a touch of lacing.

The sour/skunked aroma is unmistakable but to this beers credit that seems to be ok. Faint grains and cereals make up the malt backing.

I want to rip this beer for the failings but it is full of flavor. It has some interesting pear and perhaps lemon puckering flavors. Just enough sweetness to balance things. It isn't awful.

Well carbonated and rather drinkable. As long as you don't hold this to high standards you won't be disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2011 02:25:00 | More by bobhits
Photo of rangerred


3.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

swing top bottle poured into an imperial pint.

Pours a clear gold with a healthy white head that slowly fades into a thin film. Decent lacing and plenty of bubbles coming from the bottom of the glass.

Not a hint of skunkiness in the aroma which surprised me. Instead there is a pleasant mixture of bready malts and honey along with some earthy hop aroma. Nice.

The taste starts off with the same bready taste found in the smell but unfortunately, it fades away to nothing rather quickly. There is a slight hop bitterness but not on the level of a pilsener.

Overall I was somewhat surprised by this beer. I would've rated it higher if not for the flavor fading so quickly. A great thirst quencher, though.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 22:38:42 | More by rangerred
Photo of Reagan1984


4/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2+ fingers of nice bright white head. Very nice retention on this. The beer is a bright brass color and perfectly clear. No carbonation is visible. Quite a bit of sticky lacing clings everywhere.

Very bright and fresh aroma. Grassy, a touch of spice.

This was "the best" beer on a mediocre list at a hotel so I wasn't really expecting much. But I am surprised and this is pretty damn good. Nice pale malt flavor up front, then lots of spicy and grassy notes. A nice crisp finish with a not so subtle bitterness. Clean flavor. Notice the bottle says "April 2212" which may be a best by date.

Bright, crisp, clean and fairly light bodied. Bitterness brings it some more heft.

I've definitely had Grolsch several times over the years, but I am pleasantly surprised. I won't be saddened when I see it on a beer list going forward.

Bottle seems real fresh.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2011 02:49:06 | More by Reagan1984
Photo of jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

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

A 275ml green glass bottle with a BB of May 2012.

Poured into a Sam Smith's pint glass. A clear straw colour with fine carbonation. Forms a small head of white foam that dissipates quickly, leaving a thin surface layer. Aroma of faint light malt with a stale note of stewed hops/veg.

Tastes of very light malt with a mild finish. Slightly sweet, with a stewed hop flavour and an unpleasant stale note. The faintest whisper of noble hop aroma in the background. Mouthfeel is light, crisp and tingly. Dries the palate a little, with a stale stewed hop aftertaste.

A pretty average mass-produced lager with some mild off-flavours making it imperfect. Dull. I'm sure the Netherlands has better beers if you take the time to seek them out.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 22:06:59 | More by jazzyjeff13
Photo of tobelerone


2.93/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from notes.

Ah, the old swing-top Grolsch. Once a favorite of mine, long long ago. A skunky-tasting Pils I hadn’t had in years till the other night.

A pale yellow beer that’s very clear. Nice fluffy white head with decent lacing left behind. Aroma is definitely skunky, typical bitter/grassy pils smell underneath.

Tastes skunky too, but not awful. Decent bitterness from those grassy hops; grainy malt, kinda watery. Good carbonation and fairly crisp finish make this easy to drink, if you like that sort of thing. Not much depth of flavor.

Not the worst beer you’ll come across but I won’t mind if I don’t ever have another one.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 04:45:39 | More by tobelerone
Photo of McStagger


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

A: pale straw. Excellent clarity. Lively carbonation. White head, dissipates quickly.

S: green bottle smell. We all know it. Husked grain, vegetal hops. Skunked.

T: the same green bottle mediocrity. Slight sweet beginning from the malt, clean crisp finish.

M: Not quite as "sharp" on the tongue as some mass Euro lagers can be.

O: pretty damn average. All the green bottles seem pretty interchangeable. Yeah, there are nuances of flavor, but if you've had more than four or five varieties, you have a pretty good grasp of what the brew is and is not. Better than BMC? Yes. Craft? Not even by the tiniest margin.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2011 08:14:23 | More by McStagger
Photo of TwelveOunces


3.33/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

15.2 Oz swingtop poured into 18 oz glass

A- Not much of a looker, looks unfortunately like urine and is crystal clear. white head that dissipates somewhat quickly.
S- Smells like pilsner and skunk, not the worst thing in the world but still pretty funky.
T- Actually taste like it smells but a lot better thanks to some hidden caramel malts.
M- Drinks like a light beer only taste better. Pretty decent carbonation and a silky smooth feel. This beer is refreshing and easy to drink.
O- The main reason I buy these is because I brew my own beer and I like swingtops. I will buy again, something about the cool bottles and the refreshingly easiness to drink. Worth trying but for the price theyre just not that great.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 10:59:26 | More by TwelveOunces
Photo of CaptJackHarkness

New York

3.73/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First, I hate to admit, I had difficulty with the bottle top! But, once it's figured out, it is reusable!
Pours a yellow color and a thin foamy head that doesn't last. Laceless. Smells floral/fruity aromas.Not bad.Taste is fairly neutral, crisp , but neither sweet nor bitter. I might try it again.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2011 00:29:56 | More by CaptJackHarkness
Photo of xuptygm


3.1/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My cousin gave me a bottle of this as a gift. Pours a clear golden yellow. Not to appealing to the eye, nor does it have a distinct smell. Tastes somewhat of honey and lavender. A bit better than your typical lager. This is stupid but they get points in my book for the swing top. Not only can I reuse the bottles for homebrew, but I don't have to buy bottle caps either. Worth a try, but I won't be searching for it again.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2011 20:06:56 | More by xuptygm
Photo of zdk9


3.48/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Out of the swingtop with a yellow color and a plethora of foam on top. The head dissipates unevenly giving it a filmy look that isn't super appealing.

S- Honey, lavender and other floral aromas, earthy hops. Not bad at all.

T- A fairly nondescript flavor but one that's well balanced. Hops taste of grapefruit peel, and mustard greens.

M- High carbonation, good balance.

O- Not a bad beer, just not much in the way of flavor. But no sulfer or corn flavors, and a decent amount of hops. Certainly an easy drinker.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 02:49:27 | More by zdk9
Photo of Stocean1

Ontario (Canada)

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

Poured a one finger head into a wine glass - clear golden yellow colour with little retention or lacing. Smell of biscuit and some light fruit - some grain.Taste follows the nose with a little peppery bitterness. Light body with some carbonation - slight bitterness. A ho hum lager.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 02:52:14 | More by Stocean1
Photo of KajII

North Carolina

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

[Best served in a Lager glass]

It poured a clear sparkling yellow with a light golden hue and had an average sized (1-2 finger) white frothy head that diminished almost completely but did have some retention throughout thus producing some fair lacing.

The aroma was pretty basic for a lager. The nose was crisp with a mild grain malt, a moderate grassy hop and a somewhat barnyard scented yeast with a light odor of wet cardboard.

It tasted very mildly sweet and acidic at first, and then became slightly bitter with a mild crisp hoppy flavor at the end that stayed with you just long enough to put a nice finish on this brew.

Mouthfeel was nice and light in body and a bit watery in texture with a nice light creaminess. The carbonation was quite lively, almost fizzy.

Overall as I stated before, it is a nice crisp hoppy lager. One I have drank in the past and will again in the future. Very Drinkable!!

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2011 17:50:52 | More by KajII
Photo of ElCommodoro


2.45/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance is a boring gold-yellow with no head, tiny tiny bit of white lacing.
The smell typical euro lager, maybe a bit of a fruity smell.
It tastes very very typical of pale lager. Absolute middle of the road, so they hit the nail on the head, and I'll give them that. There is absolutely nothing offensive about this beer. And that is good! That means they didn't put too many hops, and I'm not into hops, so I commend them. It's very well balanced, but very watery. Great with my spicy chickpeas, I must say. So, I'm going to give it an above average for not screwing anything up, but I can't give them anything higher for something this boring.

Oh, and I noticed that this one was brewed in the U.K., as many Euro lagers are here in Britain. European breweries will often set up a separate brewery in the UK for their sales there or license them to another brewery. However, this is often done to produce a second lower-alcohol version of the beer which apparently is more popular with the English. In the case of this Grolsch, the alcohol content is the same, so it may be an exact replica of the beer actually brewed in the Netherlands.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2011 11:15:11 | More by ElCommodoro
Photo of jkrich


3.35/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. green bottle with freshness date stamped on label. Poured a clear, golden hue with a nice foamy sustained head.
I was very surprised that there was not a hint of skunk from bottle or after the pour. Outside of that, the aroma was very, faintly sweet and not much else; perhaps a little noble hop aroma.
The lager has a surprisingly pleasant bitterness, much like a pilsner, followed by some bready, husk-like flavors. A faint metallic flavor lingers in the mouth.
Rather thin-bodied with medium carbonation, the mouthfeel is slick and slightly bitter with very little lingering malt sweetness one normally associates with a pale lager.
This is a clean, crisp lager that was very fresh, considering it came from overseas in a green bottle and is not pasteurized.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 23:26:57 | More by jkrich
Photo of IronCitySteve


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

A: Pours a bright yellow, almost blonde color with a thick white foam head that lasts for a little bit then dissipates to a film. Provies a small amount of lacing.

S: Light smell of grass, wheat and dry hay. There is also a small hint of 'skunk' as well.

T: Starts off with a light dry hay taste. The light grassy hops are most potent in the middle and on the back end. In the middle there is also a slight caramel malt undertone. There is also light skunky taste on the back end.

M: A nice light bodied beer. Leaves a slightly crisp and refreshing taste on the palate.

O: This is a standard Pale Lager. It is quite refreshing and slightly crisp. This is easy to drink at a picnic or bbq.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 18:48:17 | More by IronCitySteve
Photo of JMad


3.4/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from a glass mug...

The beer is a clear pale yellow color with a consistent white head. It smells of grass, grain and skunk with a hint of lemon. The taste is slightly bitter with the same flavors as the aroma. It is light with strong carbonation and a dry finish. This is a typical pale euro light lager but it is not bad at all.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2011 02:35:00 | More by JMad
Photo of kflorence


3.38/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Imported from my ratebeer.com profile - DEC 24, 2007

One of the best mass-produced lagers, but like others have said it is overpriced. Swing top bottle is a plus (can re-use it for homebrews). Smells hoppy and tastes hoppy with a slightly bitter aftertaste, subtle but very refreshing. Nothing special, but a step up from all the other lagers in the beer isle at the store.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 05:49:36 | More by kflorence
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

1.98/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Swing top bottle for the win.

Color is a clear pale straw yellow. Fizzy white head with a bit of retention.

Aroma: Grains with some pale malts and light. A little bit skunky. Not much here.

Taste: More skunky flavors. Grainy and grassy with a light hoppy flavor. Again, not much here.

Mouthfeel: Crisp. Light bodied with a higher amount of carbonation. Ends dry and bland.

Overall, not something very special or tasty. Coolest thing about this beer is the bottle. I guess that's not saying very much.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2011 19:49:04 | More by mothman
Photo of sergio1va


3.68/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Saw this beer at my local liquor store and had to try it out. Like most European beers, especially the Lagers, the taste and smell is far less fruity than other styles.

Color is pale yellow with a slight white head.
Taste is not too overwhelming to the pallate and it mellows in the after taste.

if you're into lagers this would be a good selection to chose from. With its 5% abv it becomes a beer you can enjoy for your entire drinking session and not reach your tipping point.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 06:53:48 | More by sergio1va
Photo of BilbosNuts


2.95/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pilsner glass.

A: Pours a light, clear yellow color. It has a small, thin white head that dissipates without leaving a trace. It appears to be highly carbonated.

S: There is a light hop profile with some grassy and piney notes.

T: Some piney tastes come through that leave some moderate bitterness. It also has a mild malt flavor.

M: It is fairly light and quite carbonated. It is somewhat dry and leaves a crisp finish.

O: This isn't exactly my favorite style since there doesn't seem to be a lot of variation. It is similar to other takes on the style. Nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2011 22:58:07 | More by BilbosNuts
Photo of feloniousmonk


2.15/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Swing-top bottle Grolsch! Man, it's been a while.

On cracking the crock, out comes the skunk. Whoo-eey!

Wow. So, it's now poured and now it's clear, and pale yellow, with a soon-gone slim head. That's peeking at it from six inches away. Now, it's time to pull it close and get a further whiff. Here we go…

Ow! Clear-green-bottle-itis in effect, y'all! Whoa!!!
Spoiled cabbage, bad fruit, mold, …ugh.
"Since 1615, Artistry and Craftsmanship." Maybe that's when it started, when did it stop?
"Royal Grolsch Holland Premium Lager, The Original Swingtop"…"Best before Aug 11/11"
15.2 Fl Oz….I have to suffer through this much? Yikes., 5 % alc/vol.

Time to drink up.
Wet. Carbonated. Harsh. Bitter. Not pleasing at all. I'd drink this if offered to avoid being impolite, and I'd offer no comment if none was required. Then I'd turn and spit it out. Yet, here I am drinking of my own free will, and attempting to finish it.

Water, and cereal. Someone melted my bran flakes.

Each time I raise it up and set it down my windpipe, the same awful aromatics come back. Spoiled, stale, skunked. Green bottles. When will they ever learn?

When will I learn? Putrid and awful. Merest hint of a body, lightness creeps above.
And what counts for flavor is nothing but bad. Soiled cardboard. Rancid lemons. Ugh.
Why do I punish myself like this?
this is exactly what gives beer a bad name.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2011 04:34:58 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of evlu1441

Alberta (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330 ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a a typical golden lager colour. There is about a finger of head that shrinks down to a thin but notable foamy layer. Not a whole ton of carbonation by the looks of things.

The aroma is kind of bland. Very faint grassy malt aroma with a hint of skunk funkiness. Nothing too exciting nor offensive.

The taste is quite nice for the style. Very crisp and clean. There is quite a lot of bitterness, especially with the finish. There isn't a whole lot of malt character in this beer.

Overall, I'd drink this again. It's a decent beer that would be very refreshing on a hot summer day. It has a bit more going for it than other beers of the style *coughheinekincough*

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 21:34:02 | More by evlu1441
Photo of Knapp85


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

This beer was one of my first that I picked when I started exploring the world of beer. I had gotten a 6 pack at a NJ liqueur store and brought it home. The beer itself is basically just another generic looking lager. The smell and taste are a little funked but minimal enough that it can still be enjoyed. The mouthfeel is pretty light. Overall it's an ok brew. I'd drink it again if I had to.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2011 22:13:42 | More by Knapp85
Photo of Bockrules

New Mexico

3.58/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass

A - Pours a light blonde with a two finger fluffy white head. Tons of carbonation is the only thing slightly disturbing the perfect clarity of this beer. Head says intact most of the way down the glass and leaves several splotches of lacing.

S - The distinctive "grassy" smell of noble hops mingling with a sweet background reach the nose. Smells slightly skunky. I wonder if that is due to the style or the green bottle allowing photons in?

T - A bit of alcohol and noble hop taste upfront. The noble hop flavor intensifies before transitioning into a sweet, malt-driven body. The finish is oily and slightly grassy. Leaves a bitter-grassy aftertaste.

M - Light and bubbly, but has enough substance to not feel like carbonated water. Suits the style well.

Overall I found this to be a pretty textbook pale euro lager. Well executed and at $7 a six here in New Mexico (cheaper than Heineken in fact), it's hard to argue with it. It was 97 degrees here today, made a refreshing change of pace from the IPA's and APA's I've stocked my fridge with.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 06:59:45 | More by Bockrules
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