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Grolsch Premium Weizen - Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.

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82
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75 Ratings
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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 7
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V. visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: paterlodie on 11-17-2005)
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rekel, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of Filosoof
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Filosoof, Oct 24, 2011
Photo of StJamesGate
3.63/5  rDev 0%
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.

StJamesGate, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of kojevergas
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

kojevergas, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of flyingpig
3.63/5  rDev 0%
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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flyingpig, Feb 25, 2011
Photo of RuudJH
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

RuudJH, Jun 12, 2010
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3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

pootz, Apr 22, 2010
Photo of FreshHawk
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

FreshHawk, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of fullsweep
4.5/5  rDev +24%
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!

fullsweep, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of rockyfire
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

rockyfire, Feb 25, 2010
Photo of benclimbs
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

benclimbs, Feb 23, 2010
Photo of Fizzlybear
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
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

Fizzlybear, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of soulgrowl
3.95/5  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.

soulgrowl, May 22, 2009
Photo of mikeal1917
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

mikeal1917, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of darklordlager
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
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....)

darklordlager, Dec 09, 2008
Photo of wl0307
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

wl0307, Dec 06, 2008
Grolsch Premium Weizen from Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.
82 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.