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Grolsch Premium Weizen - Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.

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82
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77 Ratings
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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.4%
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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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
Photo of mdagnew
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
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...

mdagnew, Nov 13, 2008
Photo of rec
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

rec, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of davidchollar
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

davidchollar, Sep 12, 2008
Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Phyl21ca, Aug 19, 2008
Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

ThatWineGuy, Aug 18, 2008
Photo of sstackho
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

sstackho, Aug 18, 2008
Photo of CanuckRover
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

CanuckRover, Jul 30, 2008
Photo of Derek
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Derek, Jul 28, 2008
Photo of BlackHaddock
3/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

BlackHaddock, Jul 27, 2008
Photo of DrJay
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

DrJay, Jun 28, 2008
Photo of GodOfBeer
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

GodOfBeer, Jun 18, 2008
Photo of allergictomacros
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

allergictomacros, Jun 17, 2008
Photo of Viggo
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Viggo, Jun 09, 2008
Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Sammy, Jun 08, 2008
Photo of Antilochus
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Antilochus, Jun 05, 2008
Photo of cyrenaica
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

450ml swingtop bottle
5.3% ABV

I tried this beer on May 31, 2008 after purchasing from the Queen's Quay LCBO outlet in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a hazy orange gold colour with a huge foamy head. The aroma was wheat, some malt, and some spicy notes. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, slippery, and mildy carbonated. The flavour is wheaty with some sweet banana and malt hints

cyrenaica, Jun 04, 2008
Photo of biegaman
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

biegaman, Jun 03, 2008
Photo of bobsy
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

bobsy, Jun 02, 2008
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

CAMRAhardliner, Jun 02, 2008
Photo of funkengruven
4.45/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

New offering at the LCBO. I like Weizen Beer so I had to give this a try. Glad I am that I did.

This came out of the typical Grolsch flip top bottle a nice cloudy orange with tons of creamy white foamy head, smell is a bit faint but yeasty, some banana in there too. Flavor is excellent, definitely on par with German equivalents. What makes this one stand out however is the incredibly smooth mouthfeel and wheaty aroma. Easily drinkable, I could down these all day.

If they keep carrying this, then it might end up being my staple for the summer. It tastes as good as the Bavarian version but definitely smoother. A great beer.

funkengruven, May 31, 2008
Photo of Vancer
4.47/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Vancer, Apr 16, 2007
Photo of Absumaster
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Absumaster, Jan 04, 2007
Photo of Regenpak
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
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...

Regenpak, Aug 28, 2006
Grolsch Premium Weizen from Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.
82 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.