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Grolsch Premium Lager - Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.

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642 Reviews

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Reviews: 642
Hads: 1,714
Avg: 3.1
pDev: 30.32%
Wants: 29
Gots: 284 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V. visit their website

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 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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Photo of dbrauneis
3.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of visible carbonation and some lemon + golden yellow highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy white head that quickly reduces to a very large patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of biscuit malts and grassy hops with a lighter amount of grainy sweetness.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of biscuit malts with just a light touch of grainy sweetness. Light amounts of grassy hops that impart just a light amount of bitterness which fades pretty quickly.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp.

O: I found this beer to be easy to drink and refreshing with a little more bitterness than others in the style (in a good way). I love the bottles and think more breweries should use bottles that close this way.

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Photo of JesseMurdock
2.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A rather unattractive straw color with a lot of fizz and a quickly dissipating head which makes this beer seem like an ordinary pale lager. Flavor is not bad. There is a definite taste of malt with bready and biscuity notes to it. Basically no bitterness or hop character. Very crisp and light mouthfeel to it. Better than the average pale lager, but ultimately a boring and unimpressive beer.

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Photo of silverking
3.47/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A- Very pale gold, big white head that fades fast and leaves patchy lacing.

S- Biscuity malt with some skunk. Slight grassy hop aromas as well.

T- Bready malt opens up the palate and leads into citrus and a slightly bitter finish.

M- light/medium bodied with lots of tingly carbonation. Finish feels a little dry.

O- Not bad for what it is.

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Photo of ghisty
3.57/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

lagery. basic apple juice yellow tone. thin dissapearing head. some odd small lace tho.

smells like it looks, it has a sweet note something like the apple juice is appears similar to. grains and hops present in there. slightly sweet an bitter smelling.

medium carb levels out to a lagery bitter, some sweet fruit hints in there mildly,
pretty short flovoured, ends up with nice dry feeling left behind, really refreshing,
grain is dominant in the after taste, over all a nice taste.

sharp to start, not a heavy carb but a good level. I find it reminds me alot of
carlberg lager, not so much on the grassy notes , but similar, I find carlsberg almost like drinking a pint of the football pitch. this euro lager has simialr qualities, but
in a more hopped way. with a better overall balance.

this beer had been something I had tried a long time ago, from a flip top,
which was room temperature, and light struck. so naturally my first impressions
were not great, and I avoided buying it in choice for others. After some discussion the other night with a friend who drinks it regularly, I grabbed a can of it, and much to
my surprise, the lager I had hated, turns out to be very good when given the proper
treatment , (being poured properly, and chilled at least slightly) ...I will be adding this to my regulars I think, as the taste is considerably better than I had remembered.
a good clean euro pale.

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Photo of GabeQ
3.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

First off, got it in the flip-top at Trader Joe's. Score. Saving for bottling the next batch.
Second, served it in a pint glass.
A- Light, golden orange. One finger head that dissipated quickly but left a thin film as it was agitated.

S- Sweet malt, light grass, light citrus.

T- Grassy, sweet malt.

M- Light bodied, definite cripsness, a little dry.

O- Basically a Heineken. Maybe a bit more bitter after-taste. Not my favorite but glad for the flip top regardless.

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Photo of metter98
3.12/5  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.

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Photo of FLima
3.23/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of mralphabet
2.32/5  rDev -25.2%
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.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.37/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.58/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

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Photo of cvillarrealb
2.23/5  rDev -28.1%
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.

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Photo of Razr86
2/5  rDev -35.5%
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

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Photo of tdm168
3.11/5  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.

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