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Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.

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Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.
 
Netherlands
Style:
European Pale Lager
Ranked #116
ABV:
5%
Score:
72
Ranked #29,917
Avg:
3.14 | pDev: 18.47%
Reviews:
746
Ratings:
1,348
Status:
Active
Rated:
Nov 04, 2022
Added:
Sep 10, 2001
Wants:
  41
Gots:
  467
SCORE
72
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Rated: 3 by Dovers from Wisconsin

Nov 04, 2022
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Reviewed by charleskimmle from Canada (BC)

2.27/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25
fairly balanced but malt is definitely the most prominent flavour. moderately bitter aftertaste, but enough to increase salivation. otherwise unremarkable.
Nov 03, 2022
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Reviewed by budsNpils from Texas

3.81/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Light kinda thin for my liking, no lace and head went fast. Smells and tastes good tho. Does go down easy and is drinkable.

Is good beer to drink if you want to drink a pils and don't want to think about it to much. Good grilling beer or beer to have with some food. I buy it every once in a while and would recommend trying it if your into Euro lagers.
Oct 25, 2022
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Reviewed by kotocar from California

4.18/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
I like that this comes in high quality swing-top bottles. That is a huge plus since I enjoy the larger bottles for other uses.

This beer is darker than most pilsner or pale lagers. I like that it is a little darker. I taste biscuit and and bready malts with a little sweetness only initially. This beer has a hay flavor too. Slightly sour herbal. Clean crisp with not much lingering off putting flavors at all.

I do not notice any skunkiness at all. The enjoy by date is 7 months away from now.
Oct 17, 2022
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Rated by MarkieT from Kentucky

4.75/5  rDev +51.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Like this beer very much. Taste similar to Heineken. As I've said often, anything is better than Bud or Bud Light.
Oct 13, 2022
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Reviewed by LampertLand from Canada (BC)

3.64/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Grolsch 'Premium Pilsner' @ 5.0% , served from a 500 ml can
A-pour is a light gold from the can to a clear gold in the glass with a medium size white head leaving a streaky lace along the stein
S-herbal , grassy
T-clean Euro pale lager
MF-ok carbonation , medium body
Ov-glad it's a one & done , not a good beer
prost LampertLand
Sep 23, 2022
 
Rated: 3.98 by Mortarforker from Texas

Sep 23, 2022
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Reviewed by pizzabutt from Maryland

3.37/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
appearance: very clear. pale gold, like a dark straw color. 1.5cm(approx) foamy white head that quickly sinks down to a very thin ring. no lacing, and the ring disappears fairly soon after beginning to drink.

smell: clean and grassy. minor funk (very very slight). slight overtones of hay. a light touch of malt.

taste: on initial sip, slight bitterness with more hay and some gentle tones of honey. as it lingers, bready malt appears along with some of that funk from the nose. long semi-dry finish with a flourish of bright but bitter hops.

feel: nice smooth carbonation. body feels heavier than you would expect, but medium-light at the same time. easily drinkable, goes down smooth.

overall: pretty good pale lager. more interesting than some other macro brews, but not quite up to craft standards. locally it was purchased at $10.99 for a 4x pack of 450mL glass swing-top bottles. not the cheapest for what you get but still an overall nice drinking experience. i would recommend this to a friend.
Sep 22, 2022
 
Rated: 2.63 by BubbiesR

Sep 19, 2022
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Reviewed by RationalHuman

4.33/5  rDev +37.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Grolsch was made for cigar smokers. It holds up really well to the muting properties of cigar smoking. Hardly a beer fares better under the scrutiny of the cigar’s influence on the palate, yet remains subtle and refined.
Sep 18, 2022
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Reviewed by Sigmund from Norway

3.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
April 2002: Rerate: More flavour than the other Dutch macrobrew lagers, still I'm far from ecstatic. Clearly on the bitter (hoppy) side (too much bitterness for me), some sweetness too. Not as easily drinkable as Dommelsch. I had it on tap (in Holland) as well as can (have sampled the original bottle earlier), it didn't improve much from tap, unlike most beers.
Aug 29, 2022
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Reviewed by Ant777uk from England

2.44/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.75
So I deleted my last review and now I review again, as I think I just tasted my new favourite pilsner ever, Radeberger. An hour ago, this probably was. So I am going to review this again now to directly compare against it. From a corked bottle. If you try Grolsch from a can or an alternative bottle without a cork, it simply doesn't compare. I think the corked bottles are brewed in Holland, where as the others are brewed under licence, locally.

Fairly deep and dark for a pilsner...medium head with a combination of small and large bubbles.

Amazing aroma when you open the plastic cork...but actually the aroma from my pilsner glass is kind of frothy and a bit uninspiring. Especially after the Radeberger...

The flavour is nothing compared with Radeberger. That is now my favourite pilsner for sure. Now Grolsch really does taste like a mass market produced beer. I think the reason I gave it such a good review before, was linked to the rather terrible beers that I drank just before I drank it.

Hops are well balanced...kind of lightly Czech style. A little watery and uninspiring overall. Not much in the way of mouth feel, though there is some background bitterness that kind of lingers and comes to at the end. It tastes like it might have been pasteurised for a bit too long...but I guess for mass markets it needs to be.

One hour ago I really loved this, now after tasting it and reviewing while fairly sober, not so much ; )
Aug 29, 2022
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Rated by Thunderduck22 from Ireland

3.18/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
Swingtop bottle. Nice beer easily drank. Far superior to Heineken.
Aug 19, 2022
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Rated by Ajc2936 from Texas

3/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Skunky
Aug 09, 2022
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Reviewed by Chaz from Minnesota

3.56/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Pale golden / straw in color, and quite well filtered for excellent clarity. Rather good and “scrubbing” carbonation is evident (and is equally evident across the palate).

Nose is neutral and “lager” like, with a better than average, upfront Noble hop character. Slightly sour/sharp… Pils like, and somewhere between a Pils and a Helles if I had to place it, but clearly more character to my mind than that of it’s obviously more successful competitor, Heineken. On the other hand, the malt character is on not as evident. Perhaps a result of the use of corn or another (in the “classic” sense of the word adjunct) adjunct? All signs would point to “Yes.”

Sweet and very slightly sour/acidic/sharp across the palate on the first sip. Good aromatic character (the really carbonation helps, here), and an almost herbal quality beneath its sweeter malt base. Tastes at once both richer -and- lighter in body: a contrast and a conflict. Even though it is not as “hoppy” as anything in the c.f. “Craft Beer era”, the hop bitterness does linger quite nicely throughout the drink.

Good mouthfeel, and the carbonation although ample, is much gentler than it first seems to be.

The taste for me is where this brand, Grolsch, has always shined over others of its very broad style of Euro Pale Lager. This is of course, judging from both memory (many previous encounters in many packaging and draught formats over the past thirty plus years), and re-reviewing a fresh, flip-top bottle — Best By: March 14 2023.

My rating is doubtless high, but for what it is Grolsch is a classic example of its style, and a longtime personal favorite.
Jul 23, 2022
 
Rated: 3.73 by Whyteboar from Michigan

Jul 17, 2022
 
Rated: 3.68 by yancarlos

Jul 17, 2022
 
Rated: 3.49 by jeschaefer from Texas

Jun 27, 2022
 
Rated: 3.47 by kjkinsey from Texas

May 28, 2022
 
Rated: 5 by Dalkri from Massachusetts

May 07, 2022
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Rated by goldengod745 from Scotland

2.93/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Quite nice, although seems to be only 4% in the UK. Has a lovely spry scent and a refreshing taste. Goes well with lunch.
May 05, 2022
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Reviewed by ANIMOUL from Vermont

3.5/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a 12 oz bottle with the funky top that's kind of cool. Pours dark yellow with a thin amount of head. Biscuity, bread like taste with decent carbonation. Has a stale tastes that reminds me of beer drankin' while deployed in the Navy; not bad.
Apr 23, 2022
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Reviewed by dcotom from Iowa

3.82/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured from swing-top bottle into a Grolsch logo mug. (I mean, why not?) Pale Amber color, with a couple of fingers of brilliant white head. Decent retention, with some pretty lacing. Aromas and flavors are muted a bit at fridge temp, but open up as the beer warms. Grainy and grassy, with a hint of peppery spice and lots of pleasant bitterness. Finish is clean and crisp, with no lingering off-flavors and no skunkiness. So is it a Pilsner or a Euro Pale Lager? Either way, it's pretty good.
Apr 09, 2022
 
Rated: 3.75 by Spark420

Mar 21, 2022
 
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Reviewed by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

3.52/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Attractive clear gold body with a large white head that left good lacing. Subtle aroma; malts impart a biscuit-like quality that pair well with the noble hops. No off notes, nothing skunky. A grainy, crisp, clean texture to the taste. There is a little sweetness and a bit of spiciness but no noticeable fruit. Pleasantly bitter with a well carbonated mouthfeel. One of my favorites of this style.
Mar 13, 2022
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Reviewed by dr_lager from Washington

4/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Drinking one of these takes me right back to my well-spent youth. I always preferred this to its other macro equivalents, Heineken and Stella Artois. Slightly more complex, a bit more breadiness but also a suggestion of a hop bite at the end. And, the coolest bottle! Yeah, I'm being a bit generous with my score, but this is a whole lot better than Heineken, and definitely better than Stella, so there you go.
Mar 05, 2022
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Reviewed by TheMatts

3.37/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Beautiful thick bottle, really really cool. Typical clear Pilsner look with a frothy white head. Smells like barley, unbaked bread, and other non sweet bakery goods, with I hate to say this, but a touch of weed. Simple taste, but clearly there is quality hops used which I can appreciate. Classic European Pilsner taste with its own thing going on coming from the hops. Refreshing but not exactly a summer type beer, like the lager of Guinness for myself (meaning, refreshing, but.. not a warm weather beer per say). Normal watery mouth feel, leaves a small aftertaste, especially at the back of your tongue. As you keep drinking the taste gets more casual, and being a Pilsner it’s not too complex, but you can still enjoy that different hoppy character that we see differently in European Pilsners, but that’s all you really get.
Short Verdict: better than ok, not great, but still enjoyable. Though I did drink it out of a old style beer bottle which could have enhanced it.
Feb 20, 2022
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Rated by BigSueHarris

4.24/5  rDev +35%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Superb little number. I have found it goes well with beef, lamb, chicken and a fried brekkie.
Feb 08, 2022
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Reviewed by Rebels903

3.58/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75
Crisp classic. A touch single dimensional. Although the hop is the star of the show. Less hoppy alternative to Urquell. Solid brew. Definitely be back for more.
Feb 06, 2022
 
Rated: 3.13 by WlSH_YOU_WERE_BEER from Georgia

Feb 04, 2022
 
Rated: 3 by Bigmoist from West Virginia

Jan 26, 2022
 
Rated: 3.37 by DaPan from Canada (ON)

Jan 23, 2022
 
Rated: 2.71 by DOCRW from Washington

Jan 19, 2022
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Reviewed by UnoBeero

2.36/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
Nose: skunky hopps, fresh cut grass and basic barley aroma.

In the glass: golden/ light amber looks tasty, if only it was

Palate: sour bitterness met with mellow cereals, very bland with the only characteristic making itself known being the hops.

Finish: bitterness met with a harsh sweetness, like poorly malted barley.

Don't waste your time with this one. There are plenty of better beers, this is like a worse version of Heineken
Dec 31, 2021
 
Rated: 3.25 by Marvicsin from California

Dec 05, 2021
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Reviewed by deleted_user_995920

4.24/5  rDev +35%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours a translucent honey golden color, with a fast receding head. Smell is sweet caramel malt, grains,distinctive yeast that only Grolsch has. Taste is slightly bitter(no funk), with a delicious wash of quality caramel malts. A floral note is evident.Feels almost perfect . Carbonation is good, all the malt to hop ratios seem perfect. Even though this brand has been passed around almost as much as my old girlfriend it still has the same qualitative taste. Many, many stories where the Grolsh was involved. The cap today resembles ceramic but I believe it is plastic. 30 Years ago in NYC that real ceramic cap was a perfect stone for spleefers- Still really good,underrated-
Dec 01, 2021
 
Rated: 2.9 by Daneve76 from Australia

Nov 19, 2021
 
Rated: 3.85 by MatthewJW from Wisconsin

Nov 11, 2021
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Beer rating: 72 out of 100 with 2094 ratings