Grolsch Premium Weizen - Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.
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3.7/5 rDev +1.9%
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.
06-08-2008 03:29:57 | More by Sammy
4/5 rDev +10.2%
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.
08-19-2008 19:56:50 | More by Phyl21ca
United Kingdom (England)
3/5 rDev -17.4%
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.
07-27-2008 20:58:22 | More by BlackHaddock
3.65/5 rDev +0.6%
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.
03-30-2011 17:50:14 | More by kojevergas
United Kingdom (England)
3.78/5 rDev +4.1%
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.
12-06-2008 18:14:48 | More by wl0307
3.7/5 rDev +1.9%
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.
06-03-2008 01:20:14 | More by biegaman
3.73/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
06-09-2008 03:21:24 | More by Viggo
3.7/5 rDev +1.9%
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.
06-28-2008 02:03:08 | More by DrJay
British Columbia (Canada)
3.78/5 rDev +4.1%
A: Hazy straw with a huge, fluffy-white head. Some retention & lacing.
S: Banana bread, cloves & hints of cinnamon.
T: Banana bread, cloves, citrus rind, slight earthyness from the heffe. (It's better without the sediment).
M: Moderate body is very smooth.
D: An all around good beer.
07-28-2008 22:29:02 | More by Derek
4.47/5 rDev +23.1%
Thanks to my great son, studying overseas in Amsterdam. I was brought this for the unique chance to enjoy direct from brewery.
And brother, what a brew! They really put together a fine frosty, just top-notch all the way around.
Clear, sunshine yellow (until I mixed in the goodies on the bottom), with a superb creamy white head, THICK sheets of lace.
Nice aromas of clove, banana and bubblegum, intertwined with the heavy malt backbone. Rich and creamy wheat brew. All the flavors compliment each other. This is a true session brew, I could go for popper topped bottle after bottle on a fine spring/summer day.
04-16-2007 14:04:30 | More by Vancer
3.63/5 rDev 0%
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.
09-05-2011 15:37:41 | More by StJamesGate
3.13/5 rDev -13.8%
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.
06-02-2008 16:51:27 | More by bobsy
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)
3.68/5 rDev +1.4%
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...
11-13-2008 11:49:57 | More by mdagnew
3.95/5 rDev +8.8%
This beer has been put on the market recently and it is one of the best new products Grolsch has made.
Appearance is a murky, orange yellow beer with a big, creamy head.
Smell is strong vanilla with some clove notes. It appears to be quite mild.
Taste is also very much vanilla. The wheat adds some grainy notes and the yeast gives the beer a slight sour taste. Bitterness is not present and it is all very mild and highly drinkable. The body is kind of thin and the beer is not sticky or sweet.
A great beer that is off course a German style beer, but with a Dutch twist.
01-04-2007 09:47:10 | More by Absumaster
3.45/5 rDev -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.
10-21-2012 04:17:17 | More by HalfFull
3.98/5 rDev +9.6%
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.
02-28-2010 02:13:06 | More by FreshHawk
3.78/5 rDev +4.1%
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.
04-22-2010 01:06:25 | More by pootz
3.9/5 rDev +7.4%
A - Hazy yellow with a thick, solid creamy head. Poured into my ridiculous Erdinger glass though...
S - Yep, smells like a hefeweizen. Light fruit citrus and yeasty, wheaty malt. Little bit of banana and spice.
T - Oo. Banana is really strong, in this one, together with a chewed bubblegum (like normal bubblegum but very, very light). Wheaty twang is there but not overly assertive.
M - Feels creamy, but I think the banana flavour adds to that. Light, refreshing.
D - Hands down, beats the pants off regular grolsch. Actually quite good - I enjoyed this a lot.
06-17-2008 00:18:43 | More by allergictomacros
3.23/5 rDev -11%
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.
11-17-2005 17:47:31 | More by paterlodie
4.13/5 rDev +13.8%
Grolsch's best offering ever pours cloudy straw colored. The giant white head lasts forever and drapes the glass with chunks of lace. In the looks department, this is an A1 Hefe.
The nose is fragrant and spicy, some soft citrus notes also show in the mix. The taste wheaty and citrusy with cloves and bubblegum sweetness pretty prominent. The mouthfeel is chewy and smoothly carbonated. The finish is fruity and tart.
This is a really great wheat beer, better than I was expecting. Rather than the pale american wheat beer I was expecting, this tastes like a Bavarian Hefeweizen. Full flavored and complex.
06-01-2008 23:46:30 | More by CAMRAhardliner
3.16/5 rDev -12.9%
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.
08-09-2013 05:46:04 | More by MTNboy
United Kingdom (Scotland)
3.63/5 rDev 0%
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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02-25-2011 01:54:12 | More by flyingpig
Grolsch Premium Weizen from Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.
82 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.