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Grolsch Premium Lager - Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.

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Ratings: 1,373
Reviews: 607
rAvg: 3.09
pDev: 18.45%
Wants: 16
Gots: 62 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of ReFill31

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

500ml can poured into a Pint glass.

A : Poured with a great head but it dissaperas quickly and leaves no ring on the side of the glass.

S : Not too strong, some malty smell and cereal notes.

T : A little bit of hops ans grain are noticeable but the saste is not that strong. A little bitterness also.

M : Feels light, the carbonation of the beer dissapears quickly...

D : Easy to drink, no problem with drinking another one right after. The beer is, in fact, really refreshing.

Serving type: can

01-28-2010 00:41:06 | More by ReFill31
Photo of benclimbs


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

Pours yellow and clear with a very slight head and a bit of lacing down the side of the glass but not muc, very little visable carbonation - looks like a plain old lager

Smell is slight but present a bit of bready, cakey notes without the skunky flavours that permeate other cheap euro lagers

Taste is actually pleasant enough as far as lagers go - a bit of light nutty flavours, some slight ripe apple juice and a hint of hops at the end - truly I have a bias against euro light lagers, but I suppose this is close to how they "should" taste.

Mouthfeel is unsurprising either way

Overall, I'd say this is a drinkable brew, nothing I would choose over an ale any day, but on a summers day, or an afternoon editing essays in a pub such as today - on special for £1.75/pint - could do a lot worse - don't really want a second one though.

Serving type: on-tap

01-20-2010 20:09:30 | More by benclimbs
Photo of StevenBilodeau


3.83/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I think this beer is very drinkable, it pours very thin, with nice head. This beer is a dark yellowy color, pale gold, with the a subtle smell of skunk. Grolsch tastes of skinniness as well. This beer isn't terrible, but it isn't the best. I liked this beer. This is a good beer to have with fish and poultry.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2010 00:53:06 | More by StevenBilodeau
Photo of vkv822


2.08/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz. bottle into pint glass.

Pours a dark yellowy color with very little head that dissipates very quickly. The aroma is malty skunky-ness, actually a bit unpleasant. The taste is more malt with some bitterness, very one dimensional flavor. The mouth feel is very carbonated and pretty light, almost watery. It is fairly drinkable due to its simplicity, but not enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2009 17:39:24 | More by vkv822
Photo of Long813

Ontario (Canada)

2.58/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

G: Grolsh pint glass

A: Clear amber body with two fingers of white head. Good retention and decent retention. Also it did not stop fizzing from the bottom of the glass during the entire drink.

S: Grains and light malts is all I can pick out. Something to apparent or complex.

T: Light smooth malts and grains. Not to much flavour going on here.

M: Light bodied with high carbonation. Has that typical macro "light crisp finish".

D: Easy to drink, but nothing to bring me back to it. Typical macro tasting beer.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2009 08:38:33 | More by Long813
Photo of CrazyDavros


1.68/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours pale gold with a small head.
The expected grainy malt and skunky Euro hops are instantly noticeable.
Flavours include loads more grainy malt, with a mild and one-dimensional bitterness.
Watery body, with massive carbonation.
Yet another boring pale euro lager...

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2009 00:44:22 | More by CrazyDavros
Photo of BevMoAndrew


2.15/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served from a Flip-top bottle into a standard pint glass at about 35 degrees.

Pours a straw yellow with a small white froth and decent lacing. The aromas are simple and straight forward with grains, skunk, & VERY light lemon hops....very unimpressed. The beer is dry, crisp, & easy to drink with flavors of grains and not really much else. Although the mouthfeel is decent, this really is not a great beer...but who am I to turn down a free beer? Beer pong anyone?

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2009 23:42:00 | More by BevMoAndrew
Photo of OtherShoe2


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

Pours pale yellow with a decent foamy white head. Some light lacing.

Mild skunk with some metallic notes, light malt, some vegetal/floral aromas as well. Eh...

On par with Heineken, but a bit smoother. Light malt flavors with some good crisp hop bitterness rolled in. Light grassy sweetness, then the green vegetable bitterness, with a light sour aftertaste. I've had worse, but a fairly average Euro lager.

Good carbonation and medium body actually make this easier to drink. But, this is still just an ok brew. This was a pleasant surprise today. Someone had an impulse buy, and it allowed me a trip down memory lane. Not horrific by any means, but it is what you'd expect it to be.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2009 19:24:16 | More by OtherShoe2
Photo of rfabian


4.47/5  rDev +44.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've enjoyed this beer for years and years. In college a big treat was to get this in a pint bottle with a cheeseburger and fries, and I'd return to classes with a bit of a buzz. At that time, lo those many years ago, it was a bit exotic, a European beer with far more taste than what would usually be offered. And wow, what was that? Hops, you say? Fantastic!

Poured into a tumbler it forms a small head that dissipates and leaves little lacing. The appearance is of a slightly darker straw color and crystal clear. The aroma is of faint floral hops and perhaps a little maltiness. The taste is of slight malt sweetness and mild to moderate hop bitterness. It has a bittersweet finish with moderate carbonation. My favorite session beer for old times sake.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2009 22:44:37 | More by rfabian
Photo of gatornation


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

poured a clear golden pils color from a swing cap bomber with a nice 1" head and good retention the smell was malty and toasty with a slight floral hop background..the taste was the same it was to thin for my taste buds but it went down easy and was some what tasty..this one is probably the best of euro macros (Heineken,becks, st pauli ) bottle was nice looking and this is slightly above lager

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2009 21:04:29 | More by gatornation
Photo of roddwolff


2.7/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

European lager like Carlsberg (amazing) and Heineken (mediocre).

A: Blond color and big foamy head that quickly disappears, something cool, is that the bottle have a cap instead of cork;

S: Gentle, some herbal malts;

T: Earth hops, homever doesn't have much flavor;

M: Refreshing, mild bitterness and light body;

D: Remind me Heineken, but heineken a little better than this.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2009 17:30:52 | More by roddwolff
Photo of mrcarterxxl

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

grolsch lager

one of my favorite lagers

P/A= pours a gold color with a white head

S= smells like a beck's or a Heineken.

T= tastes simular to a heineken but more full bodied

MF= medium carbonation semi-loose feel in the mouth.

a great pizza beer good with most fast and home cooked food.


Serving type: bottle

11-10-2009 17:28:16 | More by mrcarterxxl
Photo of woodychandler


3.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was one of those reviews which were recently lost into cyberspace, but I have extras, so I CAN re-review it.

First off, this is a prime example of why CANned beer beats bottled beer. I have had more skunked Grolsches in those pretty green swing-top bottles than I care to remember. CAN a beer become skunked in a CAN? F NO! I bought a six pack of 330 ml (11.2 oz) CANs recently and I have been running through them like nothing. I find them to be quite tasty upon returning from a day of teaching.

My pour created a finger of foamy bone-white head with good retention. Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose was lightly malty, but it had a light nose overall. Mouthfeel was medium with a classic lager sweetness on the tongue. I find it difficult to quantify that quality, but it is like the Supreme Court's definition of pornography - I may not be able to define it, but I know it when I [taste] it. I can understand the roots of our American Adjunct Lagers when I taste a good German lager and it makes me sad for what we lost for so many years through Prohibition. The finish was slightly sweet and definitely lager. The combination of CAN plus relatively low ABV makes this a cooler candidate. Viva the CAN!

Serving type: can

10-31-2009 23:00:24 | More by woodychandler
Photo of burnerfinger


3.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

started buying this just for the bottles.
one night (tonight) decided to give it a review.

A poured from the 16 oz bottle into my goblet. just a little bit darker than pale straw. this pours super clear and visually almost flat. The evervescent head makes me think of ginger ale. settles down to almost nothing super quick, leaving no lacing at all.

S a bit on the skunky side. not much maltiness at all (at least to the nose)

T Just a touch of hoppiness here, and not much else.

M: the carbonation is very apparent in the mouthfeel. leaves a slightly "stale" aftertast of the off-hops. cant detect the alcohol at all.

D: well all in all this is not very remarkable.
what I CAN say for Grolsch is the bottle does well for homebrew. this is pretty expensive beer - they charge premium beer prices for only a FOUR pack of 16 oz bottles. But the swingtop bottles are almost as expensive at my homebrewer's supply store as empty bottles. So from that point of view this is free beer. because of that reason (and ONLY that reason) I will continue to buy this until I have enough bottles....and after that I will probably continue to buy more bottles with Grolsch because when I give people brew only about half of them return the bottle.

all that above reflects BUYabilty not DRINKablity. This isn't very good at all but at least it's better than the rice-based macros.


Serving type: bottle

10-27-2009 01:15:52 | More by burnerfinger
Photo of Brabander


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

Had this beer in a restaurant this night. It's one of the popular beers in my country. The brewery is situated in the east of Holland, nearby the German border.

It is a light sweet pilsener and it is very drinkable. Not much foam anf little co2.

The beer in the crates have a special way to open it as you can see on the foto.

It is not my favourite dutch beer but it is not a punishment to drink this one. Tonight however i will open my second westy 12. Lifes good!!!

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2009 19:45:33 | More by Brabander
Photo of unclejimbay


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

Grolsch Premium Lager
Grolsche Bierbrouwerij N.V.
Style: Euro Pale Lager
ABV: 5.00 %
11.2 crown capped green bottle > pint glass


Appearance is very clear golden straw color, with decent head & retention.
Smell is malt based aroma with a bit of skunkyness sneaking in as most in this style IMO.
Taste follows smell.
Mouthfeel is high carbonation with a light body.
Drinkability - I enjoyed the malt body but disliked the skunkyness of this brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2009 19:47:13 | More by unclejimbay
Photo of nectar14


3.63/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 16 oz

A: Pours a medium gold color, nice and clear, with a 2 finger foamy head, nice lacing on the glass. Looks good.

S: Grainy and a whiff of skunkiness that actually works OK in this. Hint of biscuit.

T: Bitter grains and biscuit flavors. Nice bitterness on the finish.

M: Easy going down. Would imagine this would pair well with food.

D: High marks. Good European lager. Not big and bold, but crisp and bitter on the finish.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2009 20:57:24 | More by nectar14
Photo of tigg924


2.13/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, clear, straw yellow, high carbonation. It does come in a really neat looking bottle.

Smell: wheat, grass, almost at the start of skunking

Taste: straw, grass, and some metallic aftertaste as well

Mouthfeel: very high carbonation, light, watery, slightly bitter towards the end

Drinkability: I will be passing on this in the future. For the style, the flavors just don't add up and the high carbonation is overwhelming. I will be passing on this in the future.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2009 17:13:31 | More by tigg924
Photo of rvdoorn


3.15/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice, somewhat traditional looking green bottle. Beers pours like a typical lager (yellow-straw color) with a nice two finger-thick, snow-white head. Because I finished the beer within several minutes, I don't have a clue how long the head lasted...

Smell: grain and some undefined herbs (herbal hops?)

Taste: Crispy, dried grass, herbs and malted barley. The bitterness that is nicely present during the whole taste, becomes stronger in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: like a typical lager. Medium-high carbonation

Overall: Much better than Heineken. The Grolsch beer in the Netherlands that I reviewed here however, is quite different from the Grolsch export beer available outside the Netherlands (much more sweet, and less taste). Clearly one of my favorite Dutch lagers.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2009 19:17:22 | More by rvdoorn
Photo of Kooz

New York

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

The swingtop bottle is very cool. Aside from that, I was surprised by the scores I gave this beer. I always though I liked Grolsch, but maybe I haven't been objective with myself. Or maybe this was a bad batch or old bottle.

The color upon pouring into a pint glass was a somewhat unappealing pale yellow. I detected little smell, which is better than skunk, but not by much--it's what I'd expect from a watery light beer like Coors Light. If the smell wasn't skunky, the taste hinted of it. Saved by a slightly sweet and not unpleasant finish. The mouthfeel was not good--soapy and too carbonated--it actually gave me a slight burning sensation. I'd have to say, based on this bottle, Grolsch gets a low drinkability score, but I hope to try it again and recapture whatever it was that once made me think this was a decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2009 21:33:45 | More by Kooz
Photo of epicness

New York

2.25/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Wow... Cool looking bottle. Too bad there isn't much else cool about it.

A - Golden color. Fluffly white head. Minimal lacing.

S - Corn and floral aroma is about it when you take a sniff.

T - A little bitter. Dry taste. It's a pretty good duplicate of the smell. Bitter dry corn. Not complex at all. Pretty straight forward. It kind of has a watery taste to it. I didn't expect this at all, and I was disappointed.

M - Light to medium bodied. Very very high carbonated beer. I didn't like that at all. Seemed like I was drinking pop.

D - Pretty easy to drink though I guess. If you like the taste that is.

I wouldn't drink it again, not because I hated it, I just would rather drink something better.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2009 01:04:11 | More by epicness
Photo of jgasparine


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

A- An agressive pour from the flip-top bottle yielded a 1/4" of white foam, which slowly dissipated, leaving a few traces of lacing behind. The body was a bright yellow (hate to say it- but the exact color or urine). Coarse bubble trains were observed from the sides of the glass.

S- Smells like a commercial European Pale Lager- honey sweetness co-mingled with some traces of low-alpha hops. Not much else to the nose- simple and straight-forward.

T- The taste is a perfect replicate of the nose... although I find the hop bitterness to be a touch heaver than expected. Finish is lingering- dry and slightly bitter. Again, no complexity here... simple and straightforward.

M- Light to medium body. I little more viscous than I anticipated... in a good way. The carbonation is coarse... in a bad way. This makes the mouthfeel almost wash in my book...

D- Goes down easy enough... mild enough in flavor to be sessionable... light enough in alcohol to be sessionable. Overall, I'd say it's quite drinkable!

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2009 22:56:20 | More by jgasparine
Photo of tosshin


3.73/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: golden grain color. clear. big head, light, white, fluffy, with some lacing
s: light honey, malty sweetness, grains
t: some maltiness, a bit of honey, finishes with a nice bitterness
m: crisp, clean, mild carbonation
d: refreshing, the bitterness might make this harder to pound back bottle after bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2009 00:08:26 | More by tosshin
Photo of RyanBelle

Ontario (Canada)

2.53/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

450 mL classic green bottle swing-top poured into tall Pilsner glass

This beer is not bad. It is super dry and sticky on the way down, which I can't decide if I like yet. I will try the can and re-review it to give it some justice. Super active carbonation in this one although not super fizzy. White lacing is apparent in small patches down the glass and really gives it a nice sign of quality, but it could be better. The main taste in this one I find is actually bitter corn and a little bit of a wine-like taste. Not bready whatsoever to my palatte (which is a beer trait I like) Warming alcohol is present and the aftertaste is super dry bitter corn taste as well.

Somewhat thin taste overall, not thirst quenching and not super-satisfying. The head seemed impressive at first with lots of foam (1 inch) but diminished super quick. The bubbles rose from the glass from the carbonation until I finished drinking it.

Try it out, but don't expect 394 years of their brewing tradition to make any difference separating this from the pack, although it certainly, certainly should.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2009 05:21:06 | More by RyanBelle
Photo of jujubeast6000


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

Reviewed 7/9/2009 (bottle BB 05FEB2010):

Pours a golden brown yellow colored body, clear. Small white head. Vegetably, sweet corn aroma. Malty. Malty tasty, malty aftertaste. Sweet, not as vegetably as most pale lagers, especially ones from Europe. Not quite refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2009 02:19:15 | More by jujubeast6000
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