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Grolsch Premium Weizen - Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.

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82
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83 Ratings
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Ratings: 83
Reviews: 44
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 9
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V. visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: paterlodie on 11-17-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 83 | Reviews: 44
Photo of stcules
2.84/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Light orange, carbonated, with a very beautiful white foam hat, creamy.
Wheat, yeast and cloves in the smell, tending to band-aid and medicinal notes.
Almost no banana. Same in the taste.
Some yeast in the finish, along with a sweetish note, not great for the drinkability.
Still, decent.

Photo of MTNboy
3.17/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

It was good variation of a Weizen. It seemed to be a little adjunct for this style but it wasn’t bad. I am not sure if this is going to make sense but it poured into weizen glass with a clean golden haziness. There was a nice amount of white carbonation. The aroma was grainy but not as much wheat character as one might think there should be. After the hay like grain aroma settles down you get some tones of fruit and spice. The flavor has some clove and pepper but is for the most part mild. I felt the body was a little bit too watery for this style.

Photo of HalfFull
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pours a hazy banana liqueuer with half an inch of white foam and offers decent lace.

Nose of wheat and a bit of coarse grain. Offers a touch of lemon and a notable spice component. Much more of a Witbier than a Hefeweizen in the aroma.

Taste follows the aroma with a subtle peppery spice and a pleasant feel and carbonation. Spice factors are limited but present, placing this brew a bit at odds to any style per se.

Overall not a bad quaffer. Offers a nice yet subtle spice character though no Bavarian influence. Not overly fruity and lacking much nuance but easy on the palate nonetheless.

Photo of Douberd
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle of 300 ml at home, poured into a small weizen glass.
Colour is honey like, only much more pale.Non transparent.Head is huge, as expected, three fingers at least. Creamy, white in colour, good retention. Lots of activity in the glass.After a while head becomes one finger in height and stays like thaat for the rest of the session.
Fruity aroma, sweet. Mostly citrus fruits, some bubblegum and bananas too.
Taste is fruity too, with the banana flavor being much more obvious.
Thin on the body for a weizen, with carbonation being as much as needed.
Overall a good weizen, in a reasonable price.

Photo of Filosoof
3.24/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

As a former wheat beer lover I thought to give the Grolsch brewery another chance, though knowing that there never has been a great beer brewed under their label.

Wrong choice.

L: okay ofcourse, but have you ever seen a wheat beer that didn't? The top is always okay;
S: brrr. Typical smell of a dish-cloth that has been lying too long; next to that a bit citrus;
T: the dish-cloth is gone, but there's not much to mention; not really bad, but with the fear in mind to have to smell the next sip...
M: okay, thin but that's also not new for a wheat beer;
O: change the smell and the beer will be an average, drinkable beer; in this form I was glad to spoil half of the bottle.

Photo of StJamesGate
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy deep golden honey with piles of tight rocky white head. Candle wax with hints of banoffi and lemon zest.
Waxy caramel biscuit and banana creme pie with very light clove.
Vanilla creme finish and clean minty linger. Light, thin, fizzy and some creaminess.

The light, crisp side of Hefe. A bit thin, but surprisingly good coming from a Macro. Wide access to this would be no bad thing.

Photo of kojevergas
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Bottle into La Chouffe goblet in low altitude Galway, Ireland. Pours a three finger head of nice cream and thickness. Hazy light orange colour.

Sm: Fresh citrus and hops.

T: Citrusy estery build, quite balanced. Some cream on the finish. Hoppy. Built excellently for the style. Pretty impressive compared to my expectations.

Mf: Nicely coarse, creamy, and smooth.

Dr: I could down it easily pint after pint. Highly recommend to any beer fanatic tired of crappy beers in the style.

Photo of flyingpig
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Settles a hazy golden yellow with a white bubbly head which is a good size & has good retention.

A clove & banana mix on the nose with a little bit of lemon & possibly coriander. Very nice & quite similar to Hoegaarden.

Banana seems to be the dominant flavour with the clove & coriander also making an appearance. It is quite fruity & pleasantly well balance.

Refreshingly smooth with a light to medium body. The beer goes down quite well and had a nice overall balance.

A pretty solid beer overall & what I've some to expect from the wheat beers I have reviewed so far, this may be the norm for them or perhaps I've just been lucky to begin with - either way this is a style I really enjoy and a beer I would drink again.

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Photo of RuudJH
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A Grolsch brewed only 2 miles from my home, I had to try the ultimate summer beer style: hefeweiss wheat beer.

Colour golden with a good head, but disappointing carbonation.

Smell and, to a lesser extent, taste, of a good hefeweiss character, with malts, yeast, banana notes, cloves, citrus.
Just a bit faint.

Mouthfeel is watery. Smooth, but the lack of carbonation makes this a very average experience for a summer beer.

This is what I expected: a nice try from a big brewery trying to get into the specialist market, but just not great...
It's ok, but just not good enough in this league.

Photo of pootz
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Swing top liter bottle:.
Pale clouded yellow with a decent puffy cap great lacing.

Light clove-banana aroma with a nice wisp of sweet malt.

Velvety mouth feel, good body, ample toasty wheat tastes mingle with fruit and spice and a lemony tartness and drying in the finish.

Color me impressed...a decent enough hefe for a commercial brewer..mild, smooth and approachable.

Photo of FreshHawk
4.02/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy gold color with a large foamy white head. Good retention with a slight lacing left.

S - Typical Hefe smells. Good amount of bready wheat smell along with banana and clove.

T - Starts with a malted, bready wheat taste. This leads into the fairly sweet banana, bubblegum, and wheat. Finishes with some lemon citrus and clove.

M - Medium to light body. Decent carbonation. Pretty smooth and creamy. A little more watery than other Hefes.

D - Pretty good. Light, smooth and goes down easy. The taste is pretty good and smooth.

Notes: Pretty typical Hefe. It is a little thinner than others but not bad. Pretty nice but not outstanding. Better than what I was expecting from the brewery.

Photo of fullsweep
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

500 mL brown bottle poured into a pint glass.

I was pleasantly surprised by this beer, wasn't sure what to expect from Grolsch on this one, but it is great!

A: cloudy tan-coloured beer with white head on top.

S: smells grainy with a hint of lemon or grapefruit citrus.

T: very refreshing, sharp and bittersweet, again picked up some mild citrus.

M&D: very refreshing and drinkable--would certainly have this again without hesitation!

Photo of rockyfire
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy straw colored. The white head lasts and drapes the glass with lace.

The nose is fragrant and spicy, some soft citrus notes also in the mix. The taste is wheat and citrus with cloves and bubblegum prominent. The mouthfeel is chewy and smoothly carbonated. The finish is fruity and tart.

This is really a good wheat beer, better than I was expecting, but I do like Grolsch. Rather than the pale american wheat beer I was expecting, this tastes like a Bavarian Hefeweizen. Full flavored and complex.

Photo of benclimbs
3.36/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours pale yellow opaque with a nice thick white head just a bit of lacing in the glass.

smell is sort of typical weizen beer - cloves, bananas etc...but its just not very dominant...in addition to that are some skunky lager notes that just suck.

taste is a bit of ripe sour fruit and yeasty deep creamy wheaty niceness....pretty good actually.

overall its a nicely drinkable beer, unoffensive but not very exciting - i'm no expert on hefeweizens but i think many of the other typicals liker erdinger and paulaner are nicer and more interesting.

Photo of Fizzlybear
3.82/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L - It poured a cloudy dark yellow, with plenty of carbonation and a large head.

S - The main smells are the spiced fruits and honey, but I am sure I can smell a bit of banana in there as well.

T - The taste was quite fruity with a hint of liquorish and a slight metallic and citrus aftertaste.

M&D - the beer had a good texture too it, the right consistency. A nice easy drink.

Overall a surprise from grolsch

Photo of soulgrowl
3.94/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On the light side for a weizen, quite a pale but sunflowery yellow, nicely hazed and capped with a fair, smooth white head with okay retention. Simple yet satisfying smell; nothing unexpected, just the classic banana and clove weizen notes sharing the stage equally to a score of citric/lemony white wine. A bit of field greens and flowers crop up as well. Mild and stof, but there is a distinct spice to it; powdery clove lends a bit of zing to the supple, tangy base of banana and wheat. Soft, rolling carbonation that ends with a tight, decisively dry finish fits the flavor nearly perfectly. Quite a nice surprise - a very refreshing and flavorful weizen, and quite good with lemon-pepper white chocolate.

Photo of mikeal1917
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grolsch is a Dutch beer first drafted in 1615, so its quite an older beer (if there telling the truth of course!). I personally feel that it is quite similar to Heineken in terms of color, taste and even bottle color.

Appearance- Grolsch has a greenish/Tanish color, which to most, including myself, isn't the most appetizing color to drink. When poured into a pint glass, it doesn't have a thick pour as Guinness does, and the head is thin and fades away. The bottle was quite amazing (I got the flip top bottle). Overall, an average appearance.

Smell- The beer has a pungent, skunk-like smell, which is what reminded me the most of Heineken.

Taste- The initial taste is a bitter, almost cough syrup bite, but I don't mean that in a negative way. As the aftertaste sets in, the truly pleasurable taste of the beer emerges. A refreshing aftertaste with heavy but not overwhelming reliance on hops is the key to this beer. If your not a fan of a strong hops flavor, this isn't the beer for you.

Mouthfeel- The beer isn't the smoothest beer going down, and the bitterness is noticeable. It's a rather thin beer, and once you get a taste for the bitterness, the beer become better to drink

Drinkability- I imagine this as a beer that one can drink casually with dinner, maybe a steak/bake potato meal, where the red meat will coincide with the bitter taste (you wouldn't want a meal that's buttery and sweet, because isn't only going to make your palate more susceptible to the bitterness). Overall, this is definitely not a football game beer. Enjoy it with a nice dinner at a restaurant, or in the company of a few good friends.

Photo of darklordlager
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a not-quite-see-through golden, bordering on light orange colour, with a very modest amount of foam for a hefe-weizen (although there is a small chance that the glass was washed with soap) Bubbles are very small and uniform for the most part.

Smell is sour wheat, a little bit of banana, some sugary fruits. Not much spiciness...

Taste is muted up front with lots of carbonation and some bananas coming in near the middle, some citrus, a little bit of bubble-gum, then fades into a semi-bitter wheat bite.

Mouthfeel works well with the carbonation, but perhaps slightly watery.

This is a pretty tasty brew, but at 2.45 pounds a bottle, I'd rather get a bottle of SchneiderWeisse for 1.99. (Which in my opinion is better anyways....)

Photo of wl0307
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coming in a 500ml brown slim bottle rather than the swing-top one as on display above; BB 20/03/09, served lightly chilled in a pint-size weizen glass.

A: dark yellow glows glossed over a golden basis, topped with a thick, creamy and tight off-white froth with good superb retention, while the carbonation remains naturally lively.
S: a dusty and lightly spicy yeasty note laces the main aroma full of sweet bready malts, maize, bananas and sweetened lemon peels... As it warms, the slightly astringent touch of dusty yeasts seems to fare even better, lifting up the overall weight considerably.
T: sour-sweet and soothing banana-esters and lemony fruits rest on a medium-bodied wheat-ish malty platform; almost by stealth, a soothing whiff of hop bitterness gradually creeps down the palate along with a subtle touch of clove-ish spice, rendering a very delicate finishing touch that features lingering spiciness on top of sour-sweet banana fruits and (much milder) tangy lemons.
M&D: soothing as well as refreshing carbonation, light-medium bodied, this weizen's strongest point is its integration of flavours with a clear yeasty theme, while the overall palate never falls thin or too sour. The label says it won the "World Beer Award" as "World's Best Wheat Beer 2007"; however ridiculous I find this title to be, I can't deny that this is a really decent and integrated weizen that is not made by artisan breweries but a giant commercial one.

Photo of mdagnew
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml bottle bought from Sainsburys... sadly it wasn't the swing top bottle as shown in the picture above..

Poured a golden yellow colour with a good yeasty haze... White head poured typically thick and foamy then faded slowly to decent thickish covering ... lots of carbonation rises to the surface... fair amount of sticky lacing...

Aroma - Very light clove spiciness, light wheatiness, some breadiness, very little malts - just some faint biscuity hints, light sour fruitiness (apples and lemons), some peppery traces, faint ginger, some hay traces...

Taste - Very light biscuit malts, quite noticeable metallic notes which thankfully disappear as the beer warms up, faint clove and wheat notes, quite yeasty, definite breadiness, some graininess, some soap, watered down fruits (lots of apples and lemons), light sour notes, peppery hints...

Feel - Fairly smooth with a little bite underneath... light body... As with most hefe's this is pretty refreshing and drinkable although a little on the dull side...

Overall - A pretty standard and average hefe... refreshing and drinkable enough but just not very exciting (and certainly doesn't live up to all the good things i've been reading about it).... worth a try...

Photo of rec
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy straw-yellow with an initially explosive and foamy head is noticed during the pour. The head retreats quite quickly however, and in this instance fails to lace.

Suprisingly the aroma is relatively flat, but some light fruit and other typical hefe characteristics arrive gently on the nose.

Citrus, bananna and clove are prominent flavours, again in-line with other popular hefe options. There is some very mild spice. Depite the flavour not being in-your-face, it's very pleasant and well balanced.

The mouthfeel is soft and delicate, with just enough carbonation to keep it feeling lively.

Overall it's a rather bright brew; a quality hefe indeed. Unfortuantely it doesn't do anything to seperate itself from other good hefe offerings.

Worth trying, and worth buying again.

Photo of davidchollar
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A beautiful, however typical, hefeweizen appearance of honey gold with a big, fat white head. Decent retention and lacing lends to a very nice-looking brew. Smells way better than I thought it would. I consider Grolsch like Heineken, just a Euro-macro. But this is something worth noting.

Thick and rich enough, banana wheat and clove, your standard hefe. Not exactly special or unique, but definitely tasty. Well-made. Great balance. I get the feeling I could down these all night. Highly drinkable. The feeling on the tongue is lively in this one.

For the scores, I always equally consider the overall goodness with the particular style points. In this case, it's a great buy. Not the best weizen, but a good beer for your money. Very nice.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy golden color weizen with a huge pure white foamy head with good retention and good lacing. Aroma of banana and cloves are easily detectable with some distinctive bubble gum ester notes. Taste is also dominated by some wheat notes with some ester of banana, cloves and bubble gum. Full body with some great carbonation and no discernable alcohol. I have to admit to being quite surprise by the quality of the product considering the brewery is not one of the most renowned for producing top quality products.

Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Swing top had a very loud "pop" on opening. Pours honey coloured, hazy, murky with a huge white foamy head and generous lacing. Hints of spice, lime, banana, yeast initially in the nose, the spice not as pronounced in the mouth. It tasted of melon, muted lemon-lime and more banana with a bitter finish and malty aftertaste, really quite quaffable in this summer weather. Impressive carbonation slowed after a couple of tipples but remained persistent, the head settled eventually but never went away. Overall, not a bad drink at all, I wouldn't hesitate to include it on the patio offerings for this time of year.

Photo of sstackho
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

450mL bottle. Pours a cloudy light gold, with a big fat head. Decent bubblegum aroma. This style can often have a light taste, but I tend to prefer the ones that are a bit more pronounced. This one falls on the light end of the spectrum, although it's certainly decent.

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Grolsch Premium Weizen from Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.
82 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.