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Grolsch Blond - Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.

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Reviews: 54
Hads: 77
rAvg: 2.86
pDev: 15.73%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V. visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  3.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-24-2002

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Photo of Mit
3.35/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a-Pours a nice golden colour....reminiscent of any other beer. Very short lived head.

s-malts yeast and adjuncts....hmmm not thrilled with the smell.

t-easy going...mild malts...some bready notes....almost no hop characteristic.

m- solid for a 4% beer.

o-solid drinking beer. I would def buy this beer again. I'm a big Grolsch fan. (335 characters)

Photo of biegaman
1.86/5  rDev -35%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

There are enough thick, cartoonishly drawn bubbles clinging on to the glass that they literally obstruct viewing; carbonation runs through the beer hurried and fervently, like a Greek making their way through the isles to find the sale on Windex. To no one's surprise the beer is banana yellow in colour and filtered to a point of antiseptic cleanliness.

The beer's hulking bubbles and unnaturally sterile appearance smack of artificiality, but those are nothing compared to the aroma. There's certainly nothing in this bouquet redolent of barley malt, yeast or hops (although granted, a case could be made that it smells a little like beer's fourth ingredient, water). How can this even be?

To answer that question: it can be because so little of those ingredients - save the water, of course - were actually used to make the beer. Designed to be as inoffensive and indistinct as possible, the brewer intentionally brews a beer with no perceivable hoppiness, an insensible yeast and only the faintest, most neutral memento of malt flavour.

And the rest is left up to branding and the marketing department. Oh, except I forgot to mention the part about how they adulterate the beer with corn syrup or some equally cheap, insipid adjunct and pump the beer with such a sharp, stinging carbonation that it numbs the tongue of all the ill effects that result from taking such shortcuts.

Adding the words "Premium Blond" to the Grolsch name may make it sound a little more impressive but I assure you there is no reason for any 'oohs' or 'aahs'. That is unless of course you are, like me, fascinated by the fact that this brewery is able to pass off such an emasculated, insipid and pathetic product as real beer and actually convince people of it. (1,748 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.22/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Not very impressive, looks BMC through its clear bottle. Aroma is nonexistant.

Taste, another winner for Grolsch. Very light, but still packs the trademark Grolsch snappiness, and boy does it go well with a spliff.

Mouthfeel, not a lot to savor. Pair this beer with your smoke, not the best in and of itself unless its the peak of summer. Very drinkable, these go down great in the right atmosphere. (402 characters)

Photo of FreshHawk
2.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Light straw yellow color. Bubbly, foamy white head. Disappears fast and leaves just the slightest lace.

S - Sweet grain, mostly corn. Slight grassy smell too. Mostly sweet.

T - A lot of sweet grainy taste. A bit of grassy and floral hops. Kind of like a hoppy and sweet adjunct lager.

M - Light body and decent carbonation. Somewhat watery and fizzy.

D - Easy to drink with the mouthfeel. Flavors easy to drink and pretty inoffensive, but not a beer that I would search out. Summer beer that would be a good replacement for something like Corona. A little too sweet to be all that drinkable.

Notes: A lot like a Macro/everyday lager. Not a great beer, but decent compared to things like Corona, which it taste like. Unfortunately that is not really what I look for in a beer. (784 characters)

Photo of joedon
3.51/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yellow-gold beer with thin white head. Very clear but not overly carbonated.

Smells a little bit medicinal with very little hop aroma.

Tastes like the macro-beer that it is. Listed as a blonde ale but tastes pretty much like Grolsch lager. Not bad, just kind of blah...

Mouthfeel on the watery side with a little bit of malty-hoppy aftertaste. Very drinkable. (362 characters)

Photo of Ragingbull
3.3/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a blonde lager despite being listed on here as a blonde ale. At least Grolsch calls it a blonde lager. Anyway, the beer pours a light yellow or pale straw color. The head is wispy and light with traces of lacing. The nose is a "classic" beer nose of light malts and grains like most macrobrews and festival type beers. The attack is fresh and clean, but there is really not a whole lot of flavors to cover in a review. Some light malt and clean grains. The finish is crisp and clean. Nothing spectacular, but not bad. Its relatively easy drinking, but I hesitated to bump up the drinkability because it wasn't exactly calling me back to drink another. It was another beer I fished out of my brother-in-law's beer fridge. (728 characters)

Photo of DoctorStrangiato
3.38/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a 500-ml can into a draught glass.

Appearance - pours a bright yellow colour with decent head formation. Gives way to strong lacing along the sides.

Smell - bright floral and corn notes, fresh leaves and grasses.

Taste - starts with a decent bitter effect and then switches quickly to Euro-malt sweetness. Tastes of thin veggies to the finish along with a resurgence of light bitters.

Mouthfeel - not bad, some active carbonation on the front. Not a champion of smoothness.

Drinkability - this is the second time I've had this brew. As with the first time, it's a reasonable light beer choice because it's not all watery. Also there is decent bitterness for the ABV - often 4% beers are weaker on this character. (724 characters)

Photo of KevinBrewer
2.64/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Clear light gold with fluffy white head the dissipates quickly leaving a moderate amount of lacing.

N: Sweet biscuity malt and cooked corn with just a hint of pungent hops, barely noticeable. Also a slight solvent-y aroma.

T: Candy-sweet malt with a hint of biscuit followed by a light hop bitterness and a metallic aftertaste. Very little hop flavor.

M: Medium light body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly dry finish.

D: A little on the sweet side. Aftertaste is a bit off-putting. Not terrible, but I'm craving something else now. (543 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.47/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a. Pale yellow with a very short livid head.

s. Smell is not very strong, just grains and wheat in the nose.

t/m. A nice crystal malt body with notes of grain. Noble hops in the background. Biscuity yeast and finishes slightly dry. Mouthfeel is smooth, crisp with ample carbonation. Light bodied and refreshing.

D. A surprisingly decent blonde. Not a style I even care for but this is on par with the guidelines and pretty good actually. (440 characters)

Photo of yesyouam
2.68/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Grolsch Blond is an extremely clear, very sparkling blonde lager with a bone white head. It leaves good lacing. It smells a little funky and farty. There is a hint of light grain in the nose. It actually smells pretty fresh for something that came out of a clear bottle. It's pretty smooth, light bodied and reasonably crisp. It has a very light flavor of light grain, crackers and lemon pepper. It's a bit funky.
(rated Feb 12, 2008) (434 characters)

Photo of ProfessorHomer
3.89/5  rDev +36%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Overview: An "American Blonde Ale" brewed in Europe that tastes like the offspring of a Lager and a Pilsner and yet is an Ale - me really likee!

A: A good-looking, pretty beer in its clear bottle, it pours out seemingly even more clear and somewhat carbonated (less than expected) with a nice white head.

S: Smells just like a lager. An American Lager.

T: Here's the interesting part - tastes like a cross between a Lager and a Pilsner! Starts off with distinctive Pilsnerness and finishes with that mildly hoppy Lagerness well into its lingertaste. Quite mild tasting, with no offense nor too much carbonation. Goes down smoothly, almost too smoothly, you need to pay close attention or you will miss its mild supple subtle seductiveness. You will probably need to drink two just to make sure. Finishes clean.

M: Good, Pilsner-like with nice carbonation. Lighter, not overwhelming. A GREAT summer, hot-weather beer.

D: This has "mass-market US hit" potential written all over it. A great session beer, nice quality balance of ingredients, solid water base, mild tasting, clear & clean, can easily put down two (or more) at a party. And that fascinating balance straddling the styles of a Pilsner and a Lager while being an Ale! All wrapped up in that clear, pretty bottle. Women will buy it, men will fall for it.

This Homer was weaned on American mass-market Lagers and Pilsners. This beer is a giant step up and over them American standards. I sandwiched a few of these between a few of those and Grolsch Blonde Ale blew them others away. And this Homer don't usually like blondes!

If this had become more available nationwide at the beginning of Summer, Blue Moon would never have become successful. I am a little worried though about the clear glass bottle and the beer turning too soon. If only all brewers put a "born on" or a "best drunk by" date on all their beers....

Drink it - you will not be disappointed. I can't wait to try this on tap. (1,961 characters)

Photo of zeff80
2.76/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, straw yellow color with a thick, foamy, white, two-finger head. No lace.

S - It smelled of grains and light notes of caramel.

T - Taste was not much different from aroma. Some grain taste and some light caramel malt taste.

M - It was smooth and a little weak considering how carbonated it appeared. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is a pretty bland blonde brew. Not much in the way of flavor. (419 characters)

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.3/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served at Ditto's in Litchfield, Conn.

A: A clear, pale golden color with a faint ring of carbonation which left a faint wisp of soapy lace.

S: Smells faintly astringent, with a bit of bittersweet corn and grain in the nose.

T: The taste erred "Euro lager at first" but actually mellowed to a nice, drying toasted biscuit flavor with a bit of honey sweetness and a dry hop finish. It was a real curveball, and not all that bad.

M: Mouthfeel is light, crisp and drying toward the finish.

D: I'd probably go for a one and done, but maybe for someone who wanted to take it easy for a night and liked the semi-sweet dry finish would really go for it. It's pretty drinkable, overall.

This is for a person who likes dry ginger ale, or something. One of those beers that you really can;t warm up to, but has a little twist to it that makes you able to live with it. Pretty dry and grainy, but an uncomplicated, easy drinking Euro blonde ale. (940 characters)

Photo of Viggo
2/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

500 ml can from the LCBO.

Pours a clear straw yellow, very light looking, fizzy white head forms, very quickly settles down into almost nothing but a thin ring, no lace. Smell is generic lager, sweet and slightly grainy, corn, bit of grass and light floral, thats it. Taste is even blander, metallic, lightly malted, corn, some sweet grass, floral, corn sugar, unpleasant at best. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium fizzy carbonation, gross. (445 characters)

Photo of Sammy
2.2/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

After a run of good beers, we introduced this in the mix. This can spews out a fizzy foamed pale yellow colour with a slightly cheesy aroma. Its thinnish body of metallic malted water gives momentary repause on thirst, and that, 10% of the can, was..enough.Decent carbonation, drying. Corny aftertaste. (302 characters)

Photo of toolbrew
3.35/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light golden color with little to no head.

Faint grainy smell. Light malt or rice.

Get a slightly bitter aftertaste. Smooth light taste going down. Slightly grainy.

Goes down easy and flows over the tongue. Some carbonation felt at the back of the mouth.

Seems to be like the lager but lighter. Not a bad beer for a hot day. (343 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.59/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Can: Poured a deep golden color ale with a large pure white foamy head with great retention and surprisingly some great lacing. Aroma of light sweet malt is quite bland. Taste is also very bland and boring with some limited malt presence discernable. Refreshing with no distinguishable adjunct or any other defect but too bland to be truly inetersting. (352 characters)

Photo of arguemaniac
3.41/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The light palate features a soft, slightly buttery breadyness with some decent grassy character. The mellow sweetness is balanced nicely by a slight hop bitterness. Refreshing, but far from watery.

Not as substantial as the regular Grolsch, but a decent beer.

Recommended... (276 characters)

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
2.88/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours like a light lager; pale straw with a non existent head, just a small ring of lace. The aroma is very faint, malt sweetness and bread. Rounded, straightforward malt sugars and unsalted crackers make up the taste. No bitterness and very little hop aroma. The mouthfeel is light and highly carbonated.

Pretty much a light lager without DMS or corn flavors. Very bland, but not offensive. (393 characters)

Photo of jaz58
3.2/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wow..a corona from the netherlands. A very simple beer. Clear gold colour with some effervesence. A frothy head which lattices along the entire glass. Hint of lemon but lots of lime in the nose. Generous hints of lime in the taste with a subtle bitter at the end. A beer to wash your wings down with. (300 characters)

Photo of allergictomacros
1.7/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A - Clear straw, with an impressively solid white head of foam.

S - Mostly macro-ish, + mustiness.

T - Hmm. Not much here. Barely there hops are balanced by a barely there malt.

M - Light and watery. Not particularly fizzy though.

D - This really is a bad, bad beer. No taste to speak of, and .. well that's it really.

Edit: After a few more sips, I ended up pouring it out. Ugh. (384 characters)

Photo of peabody
3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours out like any macro with very little head and not much carbonation.
Smell is yeast and malt with a slight citrus aroma.
Taste is very smoothe with just a slight hint of a malt and yeast taste.
Aftertaste is almost nil but I get a slight citrus flavor with the yeasty residue.
This is a good session beer if you happen to be in a place that has this on tap. (361 characters)

Photo of BeerImmediately
3.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.

Bright yellow appearance, with short 1/2" head.

Surprisingly, nary the faintest whiff of the typical horrid Grolsch smells... clean and citrusy, with a little wet cardboard to boot.

Taste was slightly yeasty, with some light lime and lemon sorbet. No funky aftertaste that often accompanies Grolsch lagers.

Lightly carbonated, and very drinkable. Good summer brew, and would not turn this one down if offered. (429 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
2.71/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Seems to be a fair beer according to style, although the style is sub-par. A mild sulfter and DMS (corn) aromas distracted from any would-be maltiness or soft sweetness in the aroma. Low hops do little to add variety. The appearance is a standard straw color with abundant carbonation and a better-than-fizzy head retention and light lacing. Tastes quite sweet without substantial hop bitterness or flavor. Sweetness is part from light malt flavors, and part from raw cereal grains. The same corn flavors came through as they did in aroma, but the beer leaves the sulfer characteristics in the nose. No real esters detected (use of lager yeast, rather than ale yeast). The beer feels lightly malty, and medium grain (husk astringency) textured. Finishes a bit vegital sweet with a hint of residual, confectionate sweetness. A standard lawnmower beer, but hardly a treat for the real beer enthusiests. (900 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
2.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

clear blond light brew with a thin and quenching tatse. tastes clean and golden. being watery and without a malty taste doesnÂ’t bother me at all. honey and carroty nutmeg so light and hidden well. too expensive. beach beer, as I could not see myself drinking this at any other place, and only if it were free. (310 characters)

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Grolsch Blond from Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.
70 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.