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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 Beastdog75
1.61/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

The label on my (clear) bottle reads "Grolsch Blonde Lager." The regular Grolsch lager is basically just a typical green bottle euro-pilsner so I didn't know what to expect from this clear bottled brew displaying a bright yellow liquid. It turns out that this has more in common with an economy class American light beer than even your most average euro-pils.

Grolsch Blond pours a yellowish gold color with barely a fingers worth of foam that vanishes in about 15 seconds. The smell is quite simply adjuncty. Some skunk is present here, but the corny aroma makes it presence known. The mouthfeel is thin and moderately carbonated. This didn't have that much flavor to it and was near light-beer wateriness. Adjuncty flavors of corn, mustiness/soapiness, and some light fruitiness. The finish had a bit more dryness in the finish than I was expecting, but it wasn't enough to salvage the brew. The aftertaste has some lingering dryness and a very distinct corny graininess which sticks for a few minutes. No alcoholic warmth to end this one.

I don't know what the point of this beer is. It almost seems like an attempt to cash in on the Corona market. It is most certainly not an ale, but no matter what it is this brew is quite poor. Not recommended. (1,257 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 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 GClarkage
1.88/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Consumed in September, 2004. Bought this six pack at Grocery Outlet in California. Poured with fairly large head with not much lace. Smelled similar to a Coors light or something like it. Tasted pretty much the same. Seemed to have some kind of metallic taste to it. Can see now why it was so cheap. Nice looking bottle, but not a nice tasting beer. Will finish the 6 pack, but may have to wait until I have a few first. (420 characters)

Photo of zjungleist
1.9/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I would say this beer is sub par at best. Piss yellow, zero head (after 30 seconds), smells like the floor of a frat house.

Taste is nothing. Slighly oxidized/metalic aftertaste, which overpowers any malt or hops that might be there.

Why not drink Miller or Bud? It's cheaper, and at least you wouldn't be fooling yourself. A true dissapointment. (354 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 lordbrad1
2.1/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

When I found this at the local packy I was pretty stoked. I'm a huge fan of Grolsch in the swing top bottle (both the lager and the amber), and couldn't wait to get this stuff home and try it....I should have waited...a long long time lol.

The smell is very much like the green bottle lager. It's pretty crisp and clean. Not much foam (but I was drinking it from the bottle not a glass). The taste however was kinda lacking, and to my horror I'd tasted it before...from a bottle of Miller High Life. They're so much alike in taste, right down to the shitty after taste, that I'm surprised no one else has pointed it out.

I'd say give it a pass, and just get the green bottle if you're looking for a lager. However if you want some High Life in a fancier bottle for twice the price, by all means have a go at it. (818 characters)

Photo of Taipans
2.15/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I had this beer over the weekend on Easter. It was one of the most mundane beers I have ever had. Everything was just "Ok", looked a bit light, tasted a bit boring, smelled kind of skunky. Head was very fine and was gone in seconds. I could drink this stuff on hot days, better then Bud Light, but would rather have a hundred other brands over this one, including Michelob. (373 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 Gusler
2.26/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The after its departure form the 12-ounce clear bottle sets in the glass an unblemished straw color, the head portly and bright white with the texture semi-creamy, the lace a white sheet to conceal the glass. Sweet malt dominates the nose, crisp and clean, start is sweet with a light malt presence and the top spindly in feel. Finish is light to moderate in its acidity, the hops present but mild and the aftertaste dry, drinkable, but by no means a favorite of mine, sample once every 4 years or so just for the hell of it. (525 characters)

Photo of Dogbrick
2.47/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sample at AleFest Dayton: Dark yellow color with a thin and wispy white head with fair retention. Thin spotty lacing. Sweet aroma of corn and honey. Light-bodied and bland with weak hops and caramel flavor. The finish is clean and relatively flavorless. Unimpressive. (267 characters)

Photo of hunteraw
2.5/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark yellow... a meager head forms, with no lacing, and few bubbles tracing up the glass.

Smells sweet, and I detect some corn characteristics. No hint of skunking, despite the clear bottle. I taste the same corn... probably used as an adjunct? Sweet, obviously low in alcohol... Leaves an aftertaste that isn't pleasant, but not quite unpleasant either. Could have benefited some more carbonation, I think, to make up for the lack of character otherwise. Not a bad beer, but I won't be seeking it out - one is enough. (529 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 Absumaster
2.61/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is a new beer from one of the larger pils/lager breweries in Holland. Grolsch is trying to develop new beers with varying success. When I opened this bottle and smelled it, a mash-like smell, like unfermented beer entered my nose. There is some malt in there, but it is being pushed away by the off-flavour of the typical sweetness that alcohol-free beers usually have. First taste was malty and slightly sweet, typical Grolsch bitterness and also some mash taste. After the third swallow, the taste slowly fades away and apart from the (alcohol-free) sweetness, this is almost tastes like a pils/lager beer. All together I was not very impressed with this beer, but as this was probably one of the first batches, I will give them the benefit of the doubt. (761 characters)

Photo of paterlodie
2.63/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

BB okt 05. Nice head that's lasting and golden and clear beercolor.
Nose is hoppy, litle malty and litle estery alltogether leaving a good and beery nose. taste is lot less, no body, not much maltyness, very watery and quiet bitter for it's light taste. The brew misses just some extra malts to make it into a good brew but with this watery mouthfeel it's just not my type off beer. (383 characters)

Photo of blackie
2.64/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

appearance: The pour into my pilsner glass creates a .5" white head that recedes very slowly, being fed by a rush of bubbles from the bottom. The beer is a pale golden color.

smell: Typical light grainy sweetness associated with the style. Considerable noble hop aroma. Hints of grain, wet canned dog food (I swear), and...well, I can't get past the dog food.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is medium and smooth...kinda low actually, but just a little. The body is on the slicker, heavier side of the light range.

taste: Pretty much the same as the nose, though the "dog food" that I mentioned is less noticeable here. There's a sweetness of light grain that dominates, with light noble hop flavors and just a touch of bitterness.

drinkability: Easy to drink, I guess, but I don't want to do so again

Given to me by a friend back home, who gets hooked up with beers from the distributor. There is a best by date of 21 April 2006 printed on the reverse label. (970 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 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 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 Drew966
2.73/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Grolsch Blonde Lager is appropriately enough, a blond yellow color with a white head, that came from a clear twelve ounce bottle. Not a very impressive nose, I'm not sure if I'm getting skunk or canned vegetables in the aroma, either way, it's not good. Taste is on the sweet side, and actually isn't offensive. I think there's a hint of canned vegetable taste, but it's not too distracting. Nothing special, but I could probably drink a few. (442 characters)

Photo of ski271
2.73/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Golden yellow with a small, white, frothy head that quickly diminished to a thin film but left some decent lacing behind.

Smell: The mild fresh nothingness of a typical American macro, but not as much adjunct stink… but yes it does still have a little stink. A little grainy.

Taste: A little fruity and yeasty, nicely malted, and a very light hop bitterness on the short finish.

Mouthfeel: Light body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Drinks like an Am. Adjunct.

Drinkability: This is definitely a drink-it-very-cold kind of beer. It’s crisp and refreshing, but turns a little harsh and stinky if you let it warm up. This is nothing special, but it might be slightly better than their lager. (721 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 Reidrover
2.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought a sixer of this, directly from an unopened box..so lets hope there is no skunk.
Says Grolsch Blonde Lager on the bottle..I assume this is the same thing as the ratings.
Appearance when poured from the 12 oz clear glass bottle is very lackluster. a pale yellow ..the only thing that sets it apart from,say, Corona is the sizable head.
A very unpleasant grassy aroma..almost as if they are trying to out Corona .Corona..at least its not skunked as Corona usually is.
The taste though is actually quite acceptable..its a sweet beer mostly, some quality malts..but a refreshing hop zing at the end.
Mouthful aslo is not bad for the style, thicker than most.
For all its faults this would be a very drinkable beer siting on the beach in the summer. (756 characters)

Photo of afinepilsner
2.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz clear bottle

Grolsch Blond Lager was pale golden in color with a white head. The head was fairly small and quickly became a very thin layer, and after a few minutes only a ring remained. The aroma was lighlty malty. The taste was light malt as well and a little sweet to start with a dry finish. The body was light to medium with plenty of carbonation. Drinkabilty was average. (385 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 doesn’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.
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