Grolsch Premium Lager / Premium Pilsner
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Style:
Lager - European Pale
Ranked #139
ABV:
5%
Score:
72
Ranked #50,582
Avg:
3.14 | pDev: 18.47%
Reviews:
729
Ratings:
2,058
From:
Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.
 
Netherlands
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  38
Gots
  461
SCORE
72
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Claude-Irishman from New Jersey

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-

Wednesday at 02:31 PM
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LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle fresh also a 160z swing top bottle poured into a 25cl Grolsch stemmed glass.
L: Pours a honey caramel gold with a medium slightly off white fluffy head that dissipates over time. Low carbonation.
S: Grassy with a hint of yeast, hay and malt.
T: Lightly sweet, freshly cut grass, a hint of caramel, light yeast and a well balanced hop finish. It is lightly dry.
F: Grolsch has a crisp medium light bodied mouthfeel with a medium finish that is smooth.
O: A very nice pilsner and an excellent example of German pilsner. A classic in the world of beer. Over many years I personally have had the good fortune to have drank Grolsch in NL in many different cities, towns and villages. Most of the 16oz swing top bottles there are brown and not green. It is a sturdy and durable beer and is of fantastic quality and taste on tap.

Jul 04, 2021
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jjamadorphd from Florida

3.36/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

My first one, it’s a solid brew...

I’ve heard of these for years, but today I had my first one, and I have to say it’s a pretty good Pilsner. The color is beautiful to look at even though the smell is muted. Mouthfeel is very well carbonated, with a taste that is pretty good - a very good Pilsner.

May 30, 2021
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Singlefinpin from North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Drinking this at home.
Poured from a swing top bottle into a pint glass.
Looks golden yellow with a nice white foamy head that dropped to a thick cap.
Smells lightly bready, floral citrus, pepper
Taste follows the nose nicely.
Mouth feel is medium light for the style.
Overall a decent lager that would be really good at a cookout and definitely the coolest bottle in the beer business.
Cheers!

Apr 06, 2021
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OK_Denise from Oklahoma

3.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I cannot say that there is anything special about the Euro Pale lager. The taste is mostly Bleh and the finish is kind of sharp, Imo. It is not a horrible beer at all, but I just do not think it is an awesome example of the style.

Mar 29, 2021
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defunksta from North Dakota

4.21/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, medium, pale orange color with a soft white head. SRM of 8-9. (3.75)

Aroma: Mild aromas of pale bread malts, cereal grains, with a faint grassy hop character. (4.00)

Flavor: The flavor follows with white and pale cereal grains, with a slight grass hop flavor to it.

Feel: Drinks very clean with appropriate carbonation.

Compared to Heineken in the bottle 3/14/21: Pours a darker color. Slightly more honey and grassy hops. Less bread and skunk. More complex and graduated flavors. Winner: Grolsch.

Overall: This one impressed me for a European pale lager. Really nice cereal grain flavors with authentic German hops that are grassy, yet very subtle. Drinks incredibly clean with a near perfect level of carbonation that allows it a smooth, yet clean drinking beer.
I was skeptical of light-struck due to the green bottle, but this was not the case. As others have mentioned this is much better than a Heineken. An impressive European Pale Lager.
(Final Rating: 4.21)

Mar 14, 2021
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IPAs_for_days_13 from Texas

3.14/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

L: Pours a golden straw yellow with a bitchin two-finger white head.
S: Sweet-grain maltiness, bready, grass, faint herbal hops.
T: Taste follows the nose, has a bit of a funky aftertaste though.
F: Light-medium bodied, light carbonation, almost flat, clean, crisp, crushable.
O: Not a bad beer by any means, just a lot more beers of this style that I personally like more.

Feb 06, 2021
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1009 from Massachusetts

2.94/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An upgraded Heineken for sure. A light bodied easily drinkable euro pale ale with a slightly skunky and bitter after taste. I think it has more flavor than its macro import cousin also from the Netherlands. A nice golden color that would surely refresh on a hot day. It also came in a really cool bottle with an old style pop cap straight from the brewery!

Jan 15, 2021
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LeBron_James from Canada (ON)

2.78/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

There's not a whole lot to say about this beer. It's about as standard as it gets for pale lagers. It tastes kind of similar to how all the big beer adjuncts do except it's actually quite good by comparison. Bready malt and very earthy tones with a kind of corny taste but quite crisp and it has a lot more going for it than I expected. The carbonation is great and I mean it's not terrible. After trying so many vastly superior craft beers and with the selection of fantastic beer in my city, there's no reason to buy this. But, overall, Grolsch makes the best lager in all of big beer.

Jan 11, 2021
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Pistolcreep1 from Florida

5/5  rDev +59.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite beer overall, I got too tired of drinking heavy abv beers throughout the years, I was getting too drunk and honestly most of those beers above 6.5 taste like medicine, no thanks. At that point its not a beer anymore, its a wine or something else, but anyway, this beer here in my opinion, is the greatest beer In the world, super crisp in taste very refreshing, goes down smooth. You can drink these down without being worried of getting too drunk, this beer will always be my go to beer, I buy them by the 12 packs and drink them down at home, get you one I bet you won't be dissatisfied, you can drink these down and they are so delicious.

Jan 03, 2021
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JuliusBonsall from Pennsylvania

3.57/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

What can be said about a beer that shares its name with the sound emanating from a grown man sitting on a bench with a full adult diaper? Grolsch. I first had this beer when I visited my diabetic compadre Gordon Van Blevins in the Netherlands back in the 2009, while he was working with legendary cinematographer Goof de Koning on the film “The Human Centipede”. After a full day of assisting 3 actors “surgically connected mouth-to-anus”, Gordon needed to wet his palate and clear his mind. Grabbing two massive green bottles of Grolsch, we popped the flip-tops and admired their beauty.

Not unlike an adult diaper, a large foam head rapidly shot out from the opening, leaving a film throughout. Poured a clear yellow color with a touch of dark straw, followed with grassy hops and a light biscuit malt. As it turned out, Gordon was deathly allergic to alcohol and immediately collapsed and died.

Enjoy your Bleverage responsibly.

Dec 28, 2020
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datstankadank from New Jersey

3.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

450 ml swing top, poured directly into pilsner urquell .5l mug. 3 finger dense head. Smell is mix of malted barley, faint grass. Taste follows with grassy hops, light biscuit malt. Good lacing, easy drinking. Good beer.

Dec 07, 2020
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Tony787 from Canada (ON)

3.67/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I bought a can at the lcbo in Ontario poured a 2finger into glass clear golden color medium carbonation and medium malt and bitterness.
meduim sweetness its actually refreshing to drink tho.
cheers

Nov 23, 2020
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imnodoctorbut from Texas

3.6/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

super clean looking, smelling, and tasting lager.
crystal clear dark gold body with an excited off-white frothy head with low retention that settles to a patchy cap
aroma is sweet and crisp malt with light fruit spark
follows the nose, but ups a floral bitter hop
moderately high carbonation, medium-light body, smooth with lots of carbo prickles and a clean dry finish

overall:
a standard but well done lager.

Nov 04, 2020
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jwp777 from Oklahoma

3.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear gold color with foamy but small white head that does retain a bit around the circumference of the glass and some in the middle. Very little lacing but there is some.

Smell is strong on the yeast with a bit of grass and some hops.

Taste is grass and yeast mainly, with a little bit of malt near the end. Finish is a bit long and very grassy.

Feel is pretty light and dry with strong carbonation. The grass characteristic seems to make it a tad bit scratchy on the throat at first.

Overall - pretty good, and better than average, but not anything special.

Oct 26, 2020
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snaotheus from Washington

3.39/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

2020-10-06
450ml green swingtop bottle served in a big snifter. Best before APR0821. I find it very strange that I'm reviewing under a listing that was added today and had no reviews at the time that I started this. Is this some unheard of variety of Grolsch? Yet it's exactly what's written on the label...

Pours a honey amber color, nice and clear, with a medium to small head. Smell is lager yeast, a little grass.

Taste is a little water. Grain, a little grass, a little lager yeast. Not bad, just not much to it.

Mouthfeel is light, dry, crisp. Overall, it's not bad.

Oct 07, 2020
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Thankin_Hank from Texas

3.9/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Good color and carbonation. Flat head. Sparkly sweet aroma. Rice and corn. Tasty is crispy bitter corn. Mouthfeel is dry. Sweet, bubbly corn that finishes dry. I bought Grolsch many times over the years and I liked it for something different (and more expensive) than Coors Light. 15.2 ounce resealable bottle dated Best Before:APR2121 Poured into a 12 ounce Pilsner. I need a bigger pokal

Aug 20, 2020
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jkblr from Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

450mL flip top green bottle Best Before APR2121 (presumably 3 months old) poured into a becher glass at fridge temp 5% ABV. The beer pours bright light gold in color with off white head. The head recedes to a thin ring and leaves a few spots of lacing. The aroma is faint with pale malt and a hint of fruity esters. The taste is semisweet toasted and pale malt with a hint of floral hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied with average carbonation and a dry finish. Cleanly lagered. Overall, very good pale lager. I will admit I pulled these from the back of a shelf after seeing freshly emptied cases at the LBS. Good beer if it's fairly fresh and not light struck.

Aug 02, 2020
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Steve555 from Wales

3.52/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark gold hue with large white head that fades quickly leaving the odd small island of froth. Smells of mowed grass and biscuits. The flavour is quite balanced between light hops, malts and corn. Has quite a full taste and filling taste. Finishes slightly sweet, crisp and clean. Not a bad lager.

Jul 20, 2020
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Mark-Leggett from Missouri

2.99/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle. Straw in color with a good sized head. Smells of grain and skunk hit the nose. Flavors of grain and malt. Typical euro pale lager. Flavor is not bad.

Jun 19, 2020
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Gajo74 from New York

3.59/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear yellow color with a touch of dark straw and some carbonation that doesn’t look too fizzy. A large foam head rapidly dissipates but the film retains throughout.

The nose opens with grassy hops. Then, clean malt aromas evoke notes of cereal grain, bready malt and some developing caramel sweetness.

Light bodied and crisp and easy to drink. The carbonation is moderate and feels right on par. Clean flavors of cereal grain and developing bready and caramel malt sweetness. There is a touch of easy going hops bitterness and grassy flavors. The finish is clean, short and dry.

I used to drink this in the 90s as a college student, thinking that because it was an import, it was sophisticated. Knowing what I know now, I wasn’t expecting much given the green bottle. However, I was pleasantly surprised to see this wasn’t bad at all, refreshing and certainly better than Heineken.

Jun 10, 2020
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Mitchster from Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +37.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

$4.99 for a 6 pack of 11.2 oz green bottles at Beer city on blow out. 5% ABV, Hopped with Emerald and Magnum per the website and brewed with "pale malt and other specifically chosen malts"

Pours out to a crystal clear medium gold, forming a bone white head with poor retention and lacing in my beer clean glass. The nose is clean, crisp, with moderate skunk owing to the green bottle and a little bit of melanoidin malt character. The mouthfeel is soft, light bodied, clean, refreshing and very easy to drink. The taste is of delicate malt, skunk (which I don't mind at all in eurolagers), very mild bitterness and a lightly sweet residual grainy finish.

This is an easy drinking lager. I'd love to try it on tap before it gets skunked in the green bottle, I bet it's a hell of a fine beer. These things go down like water. Refreshing and simple.

May 27, 2020
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Beernaby from Maryland

4.02/5  rDev +28%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hey
guess what....I'm usually a hop-head. I like IPA's and hoppy Belgians, but every now and then you just NEED a clean,
straight-forward LAGER. A refreshing, simple cold lager to quench your thirst. THIS IS IT!
Look: clarity and a late-season wheat yellow
Nose: grassy, grainy, with a little cucumber
Taste: crisp, clean, and finely carbonated
Feel: natural, like spring-water
Overall: whether you just played three sets of tennis on the red clay of the French Riviera or you are just plain thirsty,
this is a go-to beer when you need clean refreshment!

May 15, 2020
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tucson_brewson from Arizona

4.15/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Fancy 15.2 oz bottle (best by Nov2019) poured into a pint glass.

L - Pours a clear golden honey color with about two fingers of soapy white foam that dissipate with good retention leaving a thin lacing throughout. Good stream of bubbles as well.

S - Slightly skunky up front, metallic, grassy, earthy hops, cereal grain, bready malt, honey, orange blossom, soy sauce (umami)

T - Follows the nose with a metallic hoppy bite up front, honey, sweet corn, bready malt, cracker, spice, a nice balance of bitter hops and sweetness from the malt.

F - Light bodied, moderate carbonation, and insanely drinkable. Very refreshing, starts crisp, and finishes slightly dry but clean.

O - One of the better Euro pilsners. The flip-top is a nice touch, although not the easiest to open if you're a few beers deep... Packaging aside, this is a nice, light, drinkable pilsner that brings a very nice balance in flavor. Need to put it to the test against other green-bottled beers.

Apr 26, 2020
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chitoryu12 from Florida

3.67/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Deep gold. Two fingers of foamy white head with good retention.

Smell: Sweet, biscuity malt.

Taste: Mild crackers, with a very faint hint of hop bitterness that lingers on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Slightly thin, highly carbonated.

Overall: A completely average, refreshing, inexpensive lager for drinking without thinking.

Apr 08, 2020
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