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Grolsch Blond - Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.

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BA SCORE
69
poor

75 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 2.9
pDev: 22.41%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V. visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  3.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-24-2002)
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Photo of Sammy
2.17/5  rDev -25.2%
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.

Sammy, Aug 03, 2008
Photo of BEERchitect
2.7/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

BEERchitect, Aug 28, 2007
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.58/5  rDev -11%
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.

Phyl21ca, Jun 18, 2008
Photo of mikesgroove
2.88/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

mikesgroove, May 27, 2007
Photo of zeff80
2.75/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

zeff80, Oct 09, 2008
Photo of Rochefort10nh
2/5  rDev -31%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of GClarkage
1.9/5  rDev -34.5%
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.

GClarkage, Sep 21, 2004
Photo of ejimhof
2.75/5  rDev -5.2%

ejimhof, Jul 24, 2013
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.5/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

Stinkypuss, Dec 21, 2008
Photo of biegaman
1.88/5  rDev -35.2%
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.

biegaman, Jun 14, 2010
Photo of Latarnik
2.75/5  rDev -5.2%

Latarnik, May 25, 2014
Photo of Viggo
2/5  rDev -31%
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.

Viggo, Sep 06, 2008
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.25/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of harpus
2.5/5  rDev -13.8%

harpus, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of Gusler
2.25/5  rDev -22.4%
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.

Gusler, Aug 01, 2004
Photo of Dogbrick
2.48/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

Dogbrick, Sep 07, 2006
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.23/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

An OK amber ale, good for parties and sports events. Color is yellowish rather than amber so it looks more like a citrus soft drink than beer. However, it has a beery smell and a jazzy flavor that is not complex but still tasty. This smooth ale is good for parties and picnics, if all you need is something easy and drinkable.

Cyberkedi, Jan 30, 2007
Photo of ROGUE16
3/5  rDev +3.4%

ROGUE16, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of blackie
2.65/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

blackie, Feb 26, 2006
Photo of Brent
3.23/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Packaged in a clear bottle, but, surprisingly, no off aroma. Pale golden yellow with short-lived head. I noted on the bottle that "sugars" was listed as an ingredient, so I expected a very adjunct-laden flavor. The beer turned out to be pretty well put-together for the style - the flavor profile was clean, finishing with a small amount of residual sweetness. Hopping was low, as one would expect. Smooth and a worthwhile alternative to the generic U.S. macro lager.

Brent, Jun 28, 2005
Photo of cdwil
2.5/5  rDev -13.8%

cdwil, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of Reidrover
2.85/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Reidrover, Dec 07, 2004
Photo of JamLand
2.75/5  rDev -5.2%

JamLand, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of Molson2000
4/5  rDev +37.9%

Molson2000, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of Pegasus
3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Medium golden color, quite clear, with a large, coarse, white head, scattered patchy lacing, and fat fast-rising bubbles.

Aroma: Light toasted malt notes, mild grassiness, with slight noble hops. Despite the clear bottle, no skunk off-aroma was present.

Taste: Slight caramel and lightly toasted malts at the open, midway through the taste mild hops with a slight metallic note overlay the taste. The finish is clean and dry.

Mouth feel: Smooth and pleasant, fairly full, soft, with a sting of carbonation at the tip of the tongue.

Drinkability/notes: Pleasant, unremarkable, better than American examples of the style, nothing special, but nothing to despise, either.

Presentation: Packaged in a short, clear glass custom bottle with a pop-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

Pegasus, Nov 13, 2005
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Grolsch Blond from Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.
69 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.