Grolsch Premium Lager | Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.

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Grolsch Premium LagerGrolsch Premium Lager

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Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of JayJMarc
5/5  rDev +61.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This excellent lager is getting a bad rap due to improper handling. The beer is dated 12 months from bottled date. I find it is best with at least 5 -6 months left. If you buy this beer fresh and it was not subject to being cold then warm then back to cold again - there is NO skunk smell or taste! I am sick of reading about the skunk in this beer when it does not exist. I have been drinking this beer for over 25 years and I can tell you I have tried a ton of beers out there. Yes, I have had a skunk case and have reported it to the seller and if they don't change it I buy it elsewhere where it is fresh. I am happy to say I have a local source and every case is excellent with absolutely no skunk whatsoever. This is not a complex beer compared to the thousands of varieties out there today. It is just an excellent, classic, fresh tasting, satisfying European lager, since 1615, that goes excellent with food (cheese) or as a stand alone. It wins several awards for it's vegan attributes and I have never had a hangover or an upset stomach from this beer. I cannot say that for other beers I have consumed. I have had nights where I drank a few more than I should have and am able to wake up fresh and ready to go. It is because this beer is made with the finest ingredients and mountain spring water. Awesome beer through and through if you get it fresh.

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Photo of Avagadro
4.68/5  rDev +51%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: dark straw and bordering amber, Grolsch is quite a bit darker than other Euro Pale Lagers (EPLs). Based on this, and that the brew doesn't show prominent caramel tones, I would venture to say that Grolsch has endured a multi-decoction mash.

S: bouquet is upfront, expressing spicy continental hops and a sharp, sulfury yeast bite.

T: taste is bordering that of a good Czech pils, except a touch sweeter. Grolsch is quite dry, but not completely, with tones of grain, sulfer, and many layers of hops.

M: light, but chewy on the palate. I'm willing to bet that they took after Urquel and used proteins and complex carbs to achieve a brew that was full on the palate while maintaining dryness.

D: the best EPL I've had by far. I would be willing to day that it is due to Grolsch bearing more resemblance to the German and Czech pilsners than the often lower quality ELPs. Regardless of style assignment, Grolsch is a well crafted and delightful beer well worth a try.

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Photo of putnam
4.6/5  rDev +48.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Sampled in a single-blind format with bottles of Aass, St. Pauli Girl, Heineken, Bitburger and Warsteiner.
I formerly had given this beer a 4.3 overall, but in a tasting with its peers, it became obvious how exceptional it really is. Before the identity of this beer was revealed I guessed it to be Aass.
Fine intermittent bubbles lead to a good blanket of foam on top. Roasty, malty nose with some fresh, sticky hop aromatics (the only beer in this lineup that featured fresh hop aromatics, by the way. Something I consider essential to the style.) The attack is round and dry and suggests toasted starch. Nutty. Driving, nutshell flavors carries through to the finish, fueled by good hop extraction. Seamless development of flavors with toasty caramel and ripe grain notes throughout. This beer had the longest finish of the set at more than 10 seconds!
I am told that this beer is unpasteurized, unlike Heineken. Also, the 12oz. format has always tasted fresher than the 17oz. swing-tops I've sampled

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Photo of Gruntlumber
4.52/5  rDev +45.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I hate county music. It annoys me. For me, I much prefer more extreme, heavy music. Then a certain song by Garth Brooks comes along (no idea the name of it) that my wife plays all the time, and for some reason I really like that one song. I don't like any others, but I really dig that song. Similarily, lagers are really boring to me for the most part. I like extreme beers, like my music. Now, unlike county music it don't HATE lagers, but they usually don't stand out to me like a stout or barleywine often does. Grolsch is my exception. I LOVE Grolsch. From the moment I pop off the top I can smell that smell I know so well. There's a distinctive taste that no other lager has like a Grolsch; slightly sweet at first, finishing with an even slighter hoppiness. Simple, very drinkable, fantastic.

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Photo of kdawg105
4.47/5  rDev +44.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pretty decent beer. It is dark in color and not much carbonation. At first you get a smell of skunk which has a nice finish of hops! It taste really good with quite the bite of hops. The mouthfeel is great very balanced which makes for perfect drinkability!!

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Photo of MikeInIowa
4.45/5  rDev +43.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a solid lager. Loved it. It has a gorgeous color and hop smell. It sustains its head one-inch head for long periods following the pour. And it dazzles the taste buds without lingering in aftertaste. Well done!

Of course, one immedidate difference about Grolsch Premium Lager is its "swing top" cap and green bottle. Somewhere out there are any number of Summa Cum Laude beer geeks who will be able to tell me the benefits of capping a bottle of beer with a porcelain stopper instead of an aluminum cap. I will take a guess that it is all about the taste (versus the nostalgic look of an antique container), and I say that because I prefer bottle-beer to can-beer due to the same reasons -- I swear, I can taste the difference when a beer comes from a can. But whatever the justification, it is apparent that a beer with a porcelain stopper is something a bit out of the ordinary, and therefore, something of a curiosity as it sits there on the shelf. Hmmm, you say to yourself. Then, perhaps a little cynically, you wonder if it a just gimmick to sell something mediocre.

Well, in the case of Grolsch Premium Lager, speculate no longer. It does not need fancy packaging to sell this product. Porcelain cap or not, I could slurp it up from the palms of my hands if all the glasses in the world were suddenly smashed. Delicious!

With Respect for Beer,

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Photo of rfabian
4.43/5  rDev +42.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've enjoyed this beer for years and years. In college a big treat was to get this in a pint bottle with a cheeseburger and fries, and I'd return to classes with a bit of a buzz. At that time, lo those many years ago, it was a bit exotic, a European beer with far more taste than what would usually be offered. And wow, what was that? Hops, you say? Fantastic!

Poured into a tumbler it forms a small head that dissipates and leaves little lacing. The appearance is of a slightly darker straw color and crystal clear. The aroma is of faint floral hops and perhaps a little maltiness. The taste is of slight malt sweetness and mild to moderate hop bitterness. It has a bittersweet finish with moderate carbonation. My favorite session beer for old times sake.

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Photo of Antg8989
4.42/5  rDev +42.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light gold with a quickly dissipating head. Aroma is of sourdough pretzels. Taste is of bready malts. Medium bodied, well balanced, smooth and a medium high carbonation. I like this a lot for a lager. Could definitely drink more.

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Photo of shbobdb
4.4/5  rDev +41.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Well now, it's come to this: Grolsch. I remember I used to grab one of these on my way home from school everyday and drink it as I walked through the fields. It is usually sour for a lager, and is pleasantly bitter . . . Well, as bitter as a pale lager gets. When I drink Grolsch, I think 'beer'.

This is a archetypical beer. That is both a good and a bad thing. It lacks many of the finer characters that a beer expert might seek in a beer, excelling at nothing save raw drinkability. However, the flip-side of that statement is that it does nothing wrong either.

Nice. Simple. Solid.

Whenever I go and buy a six-pack, it has to pass the Grolsch test: Would I enjoy these beers at the end of the day more than Grolsch. Often the answer is 'yes', but the test remains a good barometer for quality beer.

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Photo of mashedpotatoes
4.4/5  rDev +41.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Typical golden lager appearance; the Grolsch premium lager pours a pretty, pillowy white head. The smell is quite tame and mild, nothing funky or skunky here. The taste is surprisingly creamy and the finish is better than expected. Mouthfeel is clean and again, a bit creamy, very pleasing to the palate. Drinkability ensures comfort, six of these would make for a nice relaxing evening.

A well rounded premium lager that is much better than expected.

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Photo of FriedGold2010
4.4/5  rDev +41.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Grolsch is a great and very accessible example of a Dutch or "Euro" lager. Once you get over the, and I'll admit it, really freakin' cool flip-top bottle, it's still a great lager that delivers with no skunk and a full flavor.

I've just had it poured from one of those damn-cool bottles into a pint glass. It pours with a moderately sized white head that dissipates somewhat rapidly leaving very little lace. The beer has moderate carbonation with fine, small bubbles. The taste has a foundation of the bready lager malt taste with a licorice-type twist thats typical of dutch lagers, topped with a
very floral, little bit fruity European hop flavor. The taste is very complex and tastes several sit-downs to get one's way around a description. However, it is a very drinkable beer. I recommend pairing with any sort of British or American pub grub, fried and boiled seafood, but especially Indian food which pairs well with beers that have a strong hoppy nature.

Now how's that for a slice of fried gold?
Yeah-heah Roy!

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Photo of HerbGuy42
4.39/5  rDev +41.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A pretty OK lager. Nice and crisp. Just slightly malty. Hops are bold up front with a pretty skunky taste accompanying. I'm not sure if this is an issue with the cans. I like the feel of the big fat bubbles in a Grolsch. I wish more beers came in these euro-style bottles. Sometimes I buy the beer just for those! Overall, it's a fairly well-balanced and very drinkable beer.

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Photo of storage
4.37/5  rDev +41%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The default beer of many in the Netherlands especially in the local region of Twente.
Fun fact: If you ask for a beer in Twente you will get a Grolsch beer. (many people have this beer stocked at home)
For me it is the go to beer if you just want to have a cold one! Excellent Lager.

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Photo of Dave97
4.32/5  rDev +39.4%
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 ViveLaChouffe
4.3/5  rDev +38.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the 12oz bottle.

Pours a very, very pale gold. Palest beer I've seen in awhile outside of Mich Ultra. Crystal clear. 1/4 inch dense and persistent head. Head dissipates, leaves nice lacing. Smells of grassy malt, herbal hops. Just a bit of light skunk.

Taste is crisp grassy malt. Light bitterness in the finish. Persistent noble hops that build nicely. Hallertau or saaz? Don't know but it's a nice finish. Crisp and very clean mouth. A lightly sour finish. Lingering hops and fizzy mouth. This is shockingly tasty. Good stuff. Of the Eurolagers, this should be your choice.

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Photo of billybob
4.27/5  rDev +37.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into in pint glass a clear medium gold color one finger head wispy quickly fading lace. aromatic aromas of cut grass odd herb notes but not unpleasant on the nose. corn husk dry grass slightly sour malt good hop note finish. light to medium mouthfeel and carbonation is good and holds up well. we should made a lager here as good.

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Photo of mhuber
4.25/5  rDev +37.1%

Pours clear, medium yellow color. Very small head that dissipates quickly. A bit of tartness on the nose and a bitter-tart flavor gives a pleasantness to what would otherwise be an unremarkable beer.

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Photo of BobLuvBeer
4.22/5  rDev +36.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Large thick head, very clear. Minimal bubbles.

Aroma: Strong floral hop aroma, which tends to have a citrusness to it as well.

Taste: Strong bitter taste, with a fullness to the body underlining. Bitterness quickly subsides and leaves a mildly bitter aftertaste.
Overall a very nice appearance. Wonderful to the nose. Pleasing taste, due to its balanced use of hops and grains. Aftertaste is slightly acidic. But on a whole, very nice.

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Photo of mattgert
4.18/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I grabbed some Grolsch for New Year's Eve and I had to review because my experience was different for once. One of the biggest issues with this beer like many is the "green bottle skunk effect". It plagues Grolsch badly (worse than most in fact) and there are many variances of this that shadow how good the beer is. I won't go into anything that hasn't already been said when it comes to appearance, blah blah... same story.

I purchased a 4-pack of 16oz flip tops. The brew date on the bottles were 12/20/2007. That is fresh. I drank these 12/31. I must say that made all the difference. When the skunk factor is removed as it was on these it was a whole different animal. When I popped the top and poured there was no skunk aroma at all, just a nice blend of malt and hops. Of course this is a milder beer but it was exactly what it should be. If you can find it fresh it is an excellent Euro Pale. Needless to say that was the best sample of Grolsch I have had, so different in fact that it could have been a different beer. I was certainly surprised at how different it was.

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Photo of Anderbrau_IPA
4.15/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer has a strong aroma, as well as mouthfeel and hard after taste.
Pours nicely into a 2 fingers white head, yellow/gold appearance.
it tastes bit over cooked creating that exceptional bitterness

Drink 6 and your are out, so even though it has only 5% abv, is just the enough exact number for it.

exceptional to drink while in a cold place

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Photo of Guinnesslover7
4.1/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice clean appearance and taste. No foamability or bubbly action with this lager. Almost a flat affect and very similar in taste to a Stella Artois, in my opinion. Tastes will vary.
Definitely not a heavy bogged down taste to it and smell is very mild.
Also I like the delivery of the product and bottle design.
I've wanted to try a Grolsch for years so I was glad to have finally given it a try.

An easy B+ to A- beer.

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Photo of templar316
4.1/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours with a billowy head which falls back to leave islands of foamy suds behind. The color is the same apple juice yellow of lagers, and there is a little apple in the nose as well as subtle alcohol undertones and a quiet hop presence. The taste is quite impressive for a lager, a touch of hop bitterness, mild malt body, a great rocky finsh. Goes down smooth perfect on a hot day afterworking in the yard or to knock back a twelver at a BBQ.

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Photo of AdrianRP
4.1/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another beer evidently misunderstood, and yet another good beer DESTROYED by it's green packaging. I haven't had this in quite some time. Been wailin' on the Marzen lagers. But yesterday after i work went to my local liquor store and saw a four pack of their resealable 16oz bottles in the cooler. I went INTO the cooler from behind, and grabbed a 4 pack that was completely in the dark. The last time I drank this was in MO. circa 2005. It was completely skunky and tasted like crap! This was BEFORE I became more educated about how to buy beer, especially imports that are brewed in accordance with the German purity law. Anyway, got home, grabbed my favorite beer mug, popped open the top... (pop!) With a drum roll rattling in my head...I slowly placed my nose over the freshly opened beer and took a sniff... YES...nice and fresh smelling with ZERO skunk aroma. I poured it into my glass in a way to exude a nice, bright white..3 finger head...let it settle...and YES...DELICIOUS lager! This beer is smooth...very clean. This is just a straight up lager...a great example of what all AMERICAN lagers should be, One thing came to my mind: BALANCE. Nothing to sharp up front, nothing lingering in the end...and in the middle..just pure, bubbly larger brew flavor. Not as good as the Hofbrau lager...but the quality was on the same level. BTW...the head hung around for nearly half the pint's consumption...and eventually settled to a beautiful..stew like foam on top of the beer with plenty of lacing on the glass. I must once again reiterate...and this is to those whom rate the beer's flavor based on it being spoiled...thus 'skunky'... IF IT IS SKUNK IT IS JUNK! If you want to try this beer ENSURE it has not been light will suck if it is.

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Photo of Zorro
4.02/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow, got to give it extra points for the nifty bottle though! ;)

Smells strongly of grain and yeast in a good way like very good fresh bread. Also has a malty smell.

Tastes very bready and thick for a lager. There is also an unusual elusive wheat taste here like pasta, strange but not unpleasant. Fairly hoppy, but not really bitter.

One of the thicker lagers, you almost want to chew it. I like German style beers so I LIKE to chew my beer! ;)

Very Drinkable.

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Photo of mytireisfat
4.01/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my first review, still learning!

A: Nice golden yellow color, maybe a little to carbonated, 2 1/2 finger head, which quickly dissipated.

S: A citrus flavor which was sweet was all i could really smell.

T: Citrus was pretty over powering, a little sour also.

M: Light body.

D: Easy to drink, would be a great beer on a hot day. the bottle is fun. I would drink another. i think it is a good beer every once in a while, but not every day!

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