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Grolsch Premium Weizen - Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.

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Reviews: 44
Hads: 85
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 7.28%
Wants: 11
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of stcules
2.84/5  rDev -23.5%
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. (288 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml Brown bottle (not a flip-top), best before 14 Dec 2008, drank 24 July 2008.

Poured into one of my Franziskaner Weissbier glasses (the only Weissbier glasses I own).

It looked a pale German version of this famous style of beer, cloudy, with a huge white head.

Lemons, other citrus aromas and vanilla, but none of my favourite Weissbier smell, Bananas!

The taste was spritzy, tangy, citrusy and dry, but it lacked something.

Grapefruit appeared in the aftertaste, but it just didn't have the full-on flavours or body of the better beers in this style. (560 characters)

Photo of Regenpak
3.16/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I came across this beer due to a promotional campaign in a local supermarket, featuring a special Grolsch Premium Weizen glass. However, compared to other (German) Weizenbiere I am not very impressed. It certainly looks good, the 45 cl corked bottle even comes with a handy pouring instruction (pour half, then close the bottle, roll it (!) then pour the remainder). Both smell and taste did not appeal to my taste. It's a bit watery, with only bland tones. Maybe it's the slightly higher ABV (usually around 5 %), I couldn't say. I'd put it in the same league as the Weizenbier from Lidl (Finkbrau), which definitely is cheaper... (631 characters)

Photo of MTNboy
3.17/5  rDev -14.6%
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. (556 characters)

Photo of bobsy
3.17/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy yellow body with a billowy white head. The head retention is quite poor, and is quickly reduced to a thin lacing. Crisp wheat aroma with subtle banana notes. Flavour is a little bland and generic, the wheat is there (obviously), but there's nothing else cooking. Very light banana notes, but not nearly as strong as it should be for a hefe. A lot more citrus in the flavour than I was expecting. Smooth, light mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Refreshing drinkability, but the lack of character would make it questionable for a session brew. (551 characters)

Photo of Filosoof
3.24/5  rDev -12.7%
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. (678 characters)

Photo of paterlodie
3.27/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

BB march 2006. Nice head and a golden beercollor with white haze. Nose is very weizen like with lots of banana and wheaty caracter, quiet good but nothing special. Taste is also of a good weizen, wheat, low bitterness, creamy, some alcohol and very easy drinkable. Litle light maybe in mouthfeel and most certainly too low in carbonisation but one of the better foreign weizenbeers IMO. (386 characters)

Photo of benclimbs
3.36/5  rDev -9.4%
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. (551 characters)

Photo of sstackho
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
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. (269 characters)

Photo of HalfFull
3.45/5  rDev -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. (602 characters)

Photo of Douberd
3.45/5  rDev -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. (601 characters)

Photo of CanuckRover
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beautiful pour. A wonderful murky orange/yellow. Big fat snow white head with excellent lacings.

Plenty of banana on the nose. Hint of citrus.

Disapointing taste after such a promising appearance and aroma. Slight clove spiciness and a hint of banana, maybe a little bit of alcohol. Not a standout in any area, rather plain.

Fairly thin mouthfeel, easy drinker.

Would be a good intro to the style. (401 characters)

Photo of RuudJH
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (595 characters)

Photo of mikeal1917
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (1,633 characters)

Photo of flyingpig
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Featured in the 1001 You Must Try List at:
http://abarwithnoname.wordpress.com (806 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (491 characters)

Photo of StJamesGate
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (393 characters)

Photo of mdagnew
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
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... (1,224 characters)

Photo of Antilochus
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

5.30% abv, swingtop 450 mL bottle. Best before Dec 14 2008. Fridge temp into a weizen glass.

Amberish hazy body, huge ivory head fills up .5L weizen glass very well. A bit of lace, but retention isn't great.

Nose is remarkably alcoholic for 5.3% abv. Bubblegum, banana, brown sugar. Vanilla cake mix. Yeasty, but clean.

Very creamy mouthfeel from dense carbonation. Palate has banana, apple, bubblegum, warming finish. A lot of noble hop spice which I find odd in a weizen. Well balanced with some yeasty bitterness. Great for Grolsch. (538 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A fresh, heavily sedimented, 450ml distinctive Grolsch swing-top bottle.

Grolsch Premium Weizen has colours that change at different angles; ranging on its lighter side from banana peel yellow to peach skin when away from the light. The natural haze makes my fingers appear but shadows on the other side of the glass. A creamy, bleached white head was once abundant, but now has settled to a mere half-inch level.

The aroma takes you right out to the field; it is a lively bouquet of fresh wheat and oats. Not only for horses, however, there are also potpourri-like notes of clove, lemon, dried orange peel, banana, and coriander. Leave a bottle in the washroom when entertaining house guests.

The flavour is awfully nice, and like the aroma, packs a strong punch of fresh wheat! Bam! It smacks the palate with every sip. Accompanying it is a subtle cast of citrus, banana, clove, orange, apple and coriander that make for a delicious tasting and sufficiently layered weiss.

The mouthfeel, unfortunately, lets down this wonderful taste profile. It dries out terribly fast, leaving the palate feeling stale, and tasting like wet cardboard. The carbonation is a little low for the style, rendering it considerably less refreshing than what is expected of a Hefe.

I was surprised with how well this giant Dutch macro fared alongside traditional masters of the style like Hacker-Pschorr, Paulaner, Weihenstephaner, and Schneinder & Sohn. It's not on their level exactly but it's good enough that I'll probably enjoy another one or two over the summer. (1,557 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very pleasant wheat beer, brought in to the LCBO. Inviting fresh wheaty aroma, with some citrus. Well balanced, on the sweet side. Enormous head,which is how I pour it, and an easy mouthfeel. Some creaminess from the foam, the body was middling. A bit of citrus. What Grolsch can do. (285 characters)

Photo of DrJay
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of northyorksammy.
Cloudy yellow with a gigantic, fluffy white head of the pour. The cap settled quickly to a ring and thin skim of bubbles, leaving behind a fairly solid sheet of lacing. Classic aromas of bread, banana, lemon, plus a bit of herbal hops and vanilla. The flavour ended up a bit sweet, but there were some nice banana and wheaty/bready notes. Citrusy towards the end with a hint of spice. Medium to light bodied (it had a lighter feel in the finish) with a bit of creaminess, plenty of carbonation. Pretty good, drinkable and refreshing. (568 characters)

Photo of GodOfBeer
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very decent Hefeweizen from Grolsch. Pours a nice orangey/yelllow with a decent thick head that sadly dissipates quickly.

Average smelling Hefe, citrusy, yeasty, not much banana.

I really liked the taste, lots of banana, very refreshing. Its no Hacker-Pschorr or Weihenstephaner but Grolsch's best beer for sure. (316 characters)

Photo of Viggo
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Half liter swingtop from the LCBO.

Pours a cloudy golden/light orange, fluffy white head forms, quickly settles down to a thin ring, some lacing on the glass, looks okay. Smell is neat, light banana, tiny bit of spice, honey, bready malts, grass, light bit of herbal hopping, wheat, vanilla, solid. Taste is similar, light bready malt and vanilla, banana, hint of citrus, light orange peel, quite dry in the finish, not a lot of flavour but decent. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation, pretty damn smooth and good for hot weather. (545 characters)

Photo of pootz
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (377 characters)

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Grolsch Premium Weizen from Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.
84 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.