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Grolsch Premium Lager | Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.

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Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.
Netherlands | website

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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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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Photo of JMSDUN
1.67/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Pours highly carbonated and transparent. Highly carbonated thin head that disappears quite fast. Small amount of lacing. Straw yellow in appearance. Taste is very hoppy and weak bodied. Quite a skunky smell, however this may have just been from the storage of the bottle I purchased. Overpriced for what you get, you're probably paying more for the swing top bottle than the actual beer. Wouldn't recommend.

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Photo of comm0dore
3.68/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

So easy to drink, and so enjoyable to do so. Very surprised at how good this beer is- crisp, just the right balance of flavors, all-around goodness. My surprise pick-of-the-week, easily. Great head, nice color. Give it a try if you've never had it and there's not many great choices in front of you- this one will pleasantly surprise you.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.3/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear and light straw color. Spun gold. Plenty of bubbles making their way from the bottom to the top. Fluffy white head of foam that lasted amply and left soapy lace. Nose is first skunky. Pungent, dank and herbal. That experience of the skunked smell dissipates as the beer warms a little and you are left with a husky sweet grain. Herbal and sweet. Light biscuit malt with a touch of honey. Taste is grassy, grainy. Sweet corn and light cracker. Herbal. A little leafy hops. It's fresh tasting and the sweetness brings you to a light bitter that resides at the back of the throat and accumulates in the aftertaste. It's not really dry although there is some drying bitter. No fruit on this beer at all. It's thin and has a crispness from carbonation. Mouthfeel has a small bite and it's a touch oily in the body as well.

This is one of my all time favorite light lagers. It's not going to earn 100's by most people but this beer is everything you want in a light lager. It's refreshing and the carbonation is crisp. The dryness develops over time and so does the bitter. Before you know it you've had four of these. It's tasty and there is a reason that is one of the oldest beers around. Groslch since the 1600's.

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Photo of Tebuken
3.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A pale straw crystal colored beer with a white foam that lingers regularily.Hoppy and sweet aroma.Its taste is somehow sweet at the beginning, ending very bitter in the aftertaste,refreshing beer taste in my opinion.Light bodied beer,serve it very cold.

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Photo of thegodfather2701
3.14/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a straw yellow with a thick bright white head. There surprisingly was some slight lacing. I could not detect much in the nose at all except for a faint skunkiness. The taste is bitter, with some grassy (Noble) hops and some malt to balance it out. The mouthfeel is watery. This is a decent beer with a nice crisp bite. However, I do not see myself drinking this again any time soon.

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Photo of kagent777
2.99/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

450 ml bottle that somehow Texas wants to call an "Ale". Poured into my beer goblet. I picked this one up mainly because my wife wanted to use some of my homebrew for slug bait. So I will give her some of this instead, and the bottle is great for homebrewing.

Appearance: Actually a nice fluffy white 1 finger head with lots of effervescent bubbles below. The beer is a pleasing straw color.

Smell: Metallic corn and some "skunked?" hops. Some sweetness in the smell.

Taste: Sweetness with not much bitterness to balance. Light grains are not unpleasant.

Mouthfeel: The body feels oily coats the mouth easily with thin flavor. Carbonation is appropriate for a light lager.

Overall: Not a fan of mass produced pale lagers. This one just needs some hops to balance the sweetness.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.15/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

500 ml can served cold and poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - Clear rich golden color with few bubbles rising to the top of the beer. 2 finger white foamy head is poured and lasts for a few minutes before completely subsiding. Some lacing left on the sides of the glass. A good looking beer.

Smell - Absolutely nothing offensive, but wasn't able to pick pick up much of anything. The faintest trace of grassy aromas but that is about it.

Taste - A solid bitter flavor right off the bat that transitions to some mild grainy flavors. Not much else going on but it is fairly flavorful and well-crafted for what it is.

Mouthfeel - Fairly dry and clean feeling. Moderately low carbonation and a bit of a soft feel in the mouth. Nice but wish the carbonation was more expressive.

Overall - A good EPL, that isn't anything special but certainly hits the spot and is crisp and refreshing.

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

450ml bottle into pint glass.

A - Clear golden yellow with a huge bubbly white head.

S - Sweet toasted malt, a bit grassy, very grainy.

T - Bready malt, mostly sweet and grainy throughout with a touch of grassy hops. Finishes with a hint of bitterness and spicy herbal notes that quickly fade away.

M - Light body, crisp and refreshing. High carbonation, clean and smooth.

O - Decent pale lager, very similar to Heineken. Overall just an easy drinking, non offensive sessionable lager.

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Photo of girlovesbeer
2.87/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

330mL bottle into mini Weisen-type glass because that's all I could find where I live (in Papua New Guinea). Capped, not flip-top bottle.

A: Straw; decent head that fades quickly.

S: Faint grassy/sweet smell that doesn't linger or spread.

T: Light, slightly sweet, little bit hoppy, but this fades quickly on the tongue and leaves a faint, not unpleasant bitter aftertaste.

M: Slightly creamy, mostly watery and thin.

O: This was actually better than I remember Grolsch being when I've drunk it in the states, but this was brewed in Australia for the market here in the South Pacific and doesn't have the flip-top. We've all had beers that taste better from one brewery vs another. Although it doesn't have much to say ("faint," "slightly," "quickly"), this was a mildly creamy lager that drinks easily. And I have a whole case of it...so bottom's up!

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Photo of ckollias
3.12/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a Belgian tulup glass.

A: Pours a golden hue with a thin white head that quickly dissipates into a wispy lace.

S: Grassy hop and grain aroma.

T: Similar to the aroma there is a smooth grassy hop flavor with light grain malt taste with hints of herbal spicy hops that finishes on the bitter side.

M: Medium body and carbonation

O: Decent brew – not the best but worthy of a try.

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Photo of Das_Reh
2.16/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

What can I say about Grolsch that hasn't been said already?

Poured from a swing-top bottle into a chilled pint glass.

Appearance - Pale straw yellow with a small, sudsy head that quickly dissipated. Soda-pop like carbonation on the initial pour.

Smell -The overall aroma is mostly grass and something herbal, not a whole lot of malt coming to the nose. This bottle is only 2 months old and any hint of skunkiness is quite subtle.

Taste - Very dry, bitter, almost no malt presence. Tastes of bitter grass and Perrier. Very slight skunk taste coming through. Watery, sudsy, very unpleasant in my opinion. I can see this being great for drinking after a hot day of yard work, but as a sit-down-and-savor kind of beer, it misses the mark by a longshot.

Feel - Heavy carbonation, medium mouthfeel, dry and aggressive bitterness.

Overall - I bought this the same reason everyone else did: the cool swing-top bottle. It's an overpriced gimmicky beer that tastes a lot like Stella in my opinion. My grandfather, who makes and bottles his own wines and spirits, will appreciate the bottle as a gift.

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Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.4/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 450ml green flip top bottle to a pilsener glass

A: Looks very "beer like". By that I mean it matches the stock image of beer in most peoples minds. Straw yellow color topped with a finger and a half of white pillowy head. Bubbles streaming up the sides. Overall very appealing.

S: Green bottles, so you guessed it skunk. Even though it was mild it was still clouding out some of the other aromas.

T: Everything noticeable was dimmed by the skunk aroma. Sweet doughy and biscuit malts were present and balanced well with a mild slightly grassy hop bitterness.

M: Crisp and clean with little aftertaste. Slightly dry as well.

O: Pretty decent alternative to BMC beers but nothing astounding. The skunk was a little bit displeasing but not entirely overpowering. I really just decided to pick it up to bottle some home brew in the bottles but it was alright.

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