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Grolsch Premium Lager | Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.
Netherlands
grolsch.nl

Style: European Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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18.59%
 
 
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Reviews by NorthSideSean:
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3.75/5  rDev +20.2%

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Photo of Dave97
4.32/5  rDev +38.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poor - from a 15.2 oz bottle - Nice poor, semi-aggressive poor produces a generous two finger, frothy head. It settles down rather quickly to a nice top lacing. No side lacing to speak of.

Appearance - Nice 18k gold, dark straw, medium amber. Clear with a good amount of carbonation.

Nose - Nice light bready/cereal/hay from the pilsner malt. Along with the hops which really come through. You can smell the Perle/Hallertau hop distinctly. Nice lemongrass, olive, and some spice; clove, coriander, ginger. Over all a medium nose that is definitely present and pleasant.

Mouthfeel - Excellent mouthfeel, a little fizzy, not much, a little watery but not bad; overall an extremely easy drinker.

Taste - With 30 IBU, there is a very nice medium bitterness to this lager that I really enjoy. The water tastes a little hard/mineral/slate making for a slight metallic tang. The malt for me is pushed back. There's a slight toasted barley but it's faint. Mostly just the hops. Floral, grassy, apple, pear; a little olive. This beer isn't sweet like a Heineken. Mostly sour, semi dry, dry fruit, lemon and grass/olive. Very nice.

Finish - Nice lasting medium bitter finish. Some bitterness on the sides of the tongue, mostly on the middle and back of the mouth/throat. Bitter/sour lemongrass and slate on the finish.

Overall - I've enjoyed many a Grolsch all over Europe. A very nice all time of day poor. I always try to keep some in my fridge.

Food Pairings - Olives, Gouda Cheese, Summer Sausage, Bratwurst, Currywurst, Pizza, Sauerkraut, Stroganoff, Mussels, lamb and most especially when it's in Gyro's.

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Photo of Sammy
3.11/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A decent brew and a unique bottle. Pours fizzy yellow. Mild hop flavour. Good enough before a pizza or pasta meal, fine with it. Crisp, light, smooth. Best in Summer, first sip is the best. Bitter aftertaste. Good volume beer for the gang. Slightly better than North American national brands.

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Photo of TigerSoul
3.24/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Well, here we go again folks. I'm gonna weigh in on another one of those boring lagers and pilsners that I've been returning to in recent weeks, having had my taste buds overwhelmed by hyper-abv and ridiculously hopped IPA's for so long, I need recalibration... Let me start off by saying that if there were any beer that needed to be consumed exclusively from one type of container that it is sold in, it is Grolsch. And that is the 15.2-oz swing-top green glass bottle. That is half the appeal, in my book. And, I must say, that it tastes better coming out of that than it does the traditional 11.2 oz. bottle. It's not much to look at although there are worse looking Euro lagers; it reminds me of Pilsner Urquell, it's got a little deeper hue to it than some others. Smell? Nothing. Taste? Acceptable, but it's gotta be just the right temp, not too numbingly cold and of course not room temp. Snap open that lovely ceramic stopper, pour it in a frosted mug and consume quickly. I'm getting some of those grassy notes others mention but it's mostly just a very clean type of deal, and thankfully none of that sticky aftertaste that plagues many beers of this style. I'll keep a couple of swing tops on hand in the fridge, it's a great 'first beer' after a long day's work, then you can move on to something with more oomph and character. But taken for what it is, I'd say it satisfies.

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Photo of Steve0mac
3.69/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I know a lot of reviewers do not rate this beer highly...but it’s a good beer. It pours nice, has a nice golden colour and good white head. I taste kind of caramelly undertones. It might not be the best beer in the world but it is a good easy beer you can throw back all evening.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was one of my first that I picked when I started exploring the world of beer. I had gotten a 6 pack at a NJ liqueur store and brought it home. The beer itself is basically just another generic looking lager. The smell and taste are a little funked but minimal enough that it can still be enjoyed. The mouthfeel is pretty light. Overall it's an ok brew. I'd drink it again if I had to.

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Photo of 12teen60ten
3.75/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

. A very decent session lager in my opinion. A step above the other global brands for me anyway. Not the best but not anywhere near the worst. I really do enjoy Grolsch. Never out of a can! Always, always out of a bottle.

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Photo of metter98
3.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high bright white head that gradually died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles in the center of the glass and a collar around the edge.
S: There are aromas of grassy hops, a bit of biscuit malts and some hints of skunk in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that there is a light to moderate amount of bitterness and this lingers through the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: From its appearance in a green bottle, this might seem like another mass produced beer, but it's hardly skunked and there's a rather high amount of bitterness for the style, which helps to mask the other flavors.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

When I was first getting into real beer, I liked this a lot, maybe it's the bottle, but it always seemed just a little nicer than what was in my parents fridge. Revisiting it this weekend was uninspiring. It's heavier in malt than I remember, seemingly stale and under carbonated, and definitely light struck in its once distinguishing green glass. Skunks for sure, this may be a little older than optimal, but it's heavy as these lagers go, more sturdy and definitely with more malt flavor. I bet this is much better fresh at the source, but it doesn't travel real well in my experience. It being ice cold is very important, it warms up rather poorly as most of these do. My palate for these beers is always optimistic, but I just wanted this to be as good as I remember it being. More filling than it should be, just quite unremarkable compared to my nostalgia.

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Photo of Stevedore
2.29/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

500ml green flip top. Glass. Clear light yellow body. Skunked, trace crackery malt, light mineral. Pretty bland and watery. Certainly works if you wanted beer flavoured water to refresh yourself on a hot day, but otherwise a forgettable beer.

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Photo of mynie
3.48/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice green flip-top bottle. Nice pour. Dark golden, attractive fizz, nice, retentive head.

Smells of pleasant skunk and grain. Very sharp smell, like a lot other imported greenies.

Bitter upfront, a grainy bitter, not hoppy, moving into light skunk in the middle, ending with slight nodes of fruit. A dry skunky aftertaste.

I can go for skunk once in a while, and this is probably the best skunky beer I've ever had. If it wasn't so damn expensive I might consider using this for session drinking at parties.

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Photo of youngleo
3.27/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured to a nice white head, with some big bubbles. Not very much lacing at all. Beer was light yellow in color. Had a grainy smell,with that slight skunk odor. Had a bitter sweet aftertaste. And also had that Heineken taste, just not as strong as Heineken. Felt good in the mouth. Carbonation was about right. The cap that comes on the bottle was always in my way when pouring. The bottle the way that its made always had beer running down the side when done pouring. Maybe if you drank these all the time, you would get use to the cap. Other than that I could drink these and have a nice session with them.

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Photo of herrburgess
3.75/5  rDev +20.2%

Photo of felixljr
3.5/5  rDev +12.2%

Photo of zaraspook
2.84/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Kappakoosh
2.75/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of CBrodbeck
2.89/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Fear
2.57/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of rhoadsrage
2.78/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a crystal clear warm yellow body with a gentle carbonation of big bubbles and a sticky white head that last as a thin film for a bit.

S- This beer has alight sulfury noble hop note with a sulfury honey hint in the background. There was a light smell of dry corn that came through as the beer warmed.

T- The smooth slightly sulfury sweet taste of raw grain gets lighter on the sulfury sweet and heavier on the raw grain as the beer warms. There is a tap water taste with a carbonic acid and soft green hop bite that finishes the beer. The taste of raw grain and Noble hop linger in the after taste.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a crisp finish.

D- I really like the Kolsch style and this didn't really have any of the distict qualities of this style. There wasn't much character to the malt and the slight sulfury sweetness was overpowered by hops.

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Photo of rye726
1.8/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This comes in a cool bottle, but that is about it. Because of the bottle, it is probably even more over priced for what's inside. A clear yellow and poor tan head. Not much of a smell. Some grains perhaps. Very light flavor and a bit bitter. Light body as well. Not much of a lager in my book, but drinkable I guess.

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Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Giantspace
2.75/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of Alex-by
4.25/5  rDev +36.2%

Photo of Schmoog
2.75/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of xtonytx
3.49/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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