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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: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001

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#44,053
Reviews:
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pDev:
18.65%
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Ratings: 1,880 |  Reviews: 669
Photo of Sammy
3.11/5  rDev 0%
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 kylehay2004
3.59/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jaydoc
3/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.07/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best before 3/6/15.

Pours a clear gold with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, sugar, and slight grass aromas. Taste is much the same with grain and grass flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is drinkable, but it gets noticeably worse as it warms up.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.03/5  rDev -2.6%
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 spycow
2.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of Knapp85
3.03/5  rDev -2.6%
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 nmann08
3/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of oriolesfan4
2.5/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tastes just like any other mass import to me.. Beck's, Heineken, Grolsch.. all the same basically. A watered down, skunky pale lager. While it isn't offensive and goes down smooth, it isn't exactly a treat to drink each other. Good for once in a while but I would never purchase a six pack of this or order one at the bar.... sweet swing top though.

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Photo of metter98
3.12/5  rDev +0.3%
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 BEERchitect
2.95/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Its bad when you get more excited over the bottle that the beer comes in than you do the beer. Pours a pale yellow, very clear, highly carbonated beer. Decent head that gradually fades. Smells of noble hops (partly light struck) and modestly sweet. Flavors are subtle and mild. Slight cereal grain sweetness. Light malt profile. Hop bittering and flavors show up moreso than the malt. Causes herbal and grassy flavors. A little bready and yeasty. Mild grapefruit and pear flavors into the finish. Light feel to the mouth. A good beer to chase a pizza.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.13/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

500ml serving. The swing-cap bottle that this stuff comes in always seems to rouse interest, and the waifish bartender proved game when providing a spectacle by blowing the cap off with a deft smack before depositing it squarely in front of me.

This beer pours a clear medium golden yellow colour, with two hefty fingers of puffy, thinly foamy bone-white head, which renders a bit of layered cloud form lacing as it swiftly recedes.

It smells of lightly bready, and slightly biscuity grainy malt, a bit of pithy corn, the suggestion of skunk, and earthy, grassy hops. The taste is more semi-sweet, gritty bready and biscuity grainy pale malt, a decent lessening of that unpleasant corniness, and subdued earthy, herbal, and leafy hops.

The carbonation is middling, and not as quite off-putting as I might have remembered, the body on the thin side, and smooth like, um, er, water. It finishes fairly malty, in that indistinct Euro lager sense, with the impression that a skunk at least walked under the production line, or through the sacks of hop pellets, at some point.

A so-so representation of the style, hardly as egregious as a lot of its competitors, in the way of the skunk, but not really all that innocent by the same sword. Agreeable enough, I suppose, if it were much, much cheaper, and not another of those 'premium import' brands that suck one's soul and wallet dry across North America.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served on-draught into a Grolsch pint glass in the Oslo pub in Salthill, Ireland. Reviewed from notes.

A: One finger head of decent thickness. Clear yellow with a nice bubble show.

Sm: Clean barley scent. That's it. Rather light.

T: Clean barley and malt body with a crisp refreshing finish. Slight cream hints, a nice touch in a lager. Built in an average fashion for the style. Decently balanced.

Mf: Nicely crisp. A bit too smooth but a bit coarser on the finish, which is fortunate.

Dr: It's a great session beer, but it's too pricey. Give it a go, but keep your expectations in check.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of Phyl21ca
1.8/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Bottle: Poured a golden colored beer with a small bubbly white head with very little retention. Carbonation is quite low which is not what I would expect from a Premium Lager. Aroma is quite weak with maybe some malt in the background. Taste is also quite weak with some skunky taste at the end instead of dryness. Overall lack of crispness with funky taste at the end, not one I will be seeking again anytime soon.

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Photo of zeff80
3.6/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours out golden yellow with a white two finger head.
No skunk smell...a major plus. The taste is lightly hopped and slightly bitter. It improves as you drink it. It has a crisp, sharp mouthfeel. It is also very drinkable. It goes well with food or by itself.

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Photo of zestar
3/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of Kurmaraja
3.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mothman
1.98/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Swing top bottle for the win.

Color is a clear pale straw yellow. Fizzy white head with a bit of retention.

Aroma: Grains with some pale malts and light. A little bit skunky. Not much here.

Taste: More skunky flavors. Grainy and grassy with a light hoppy flavor. Again, not much here.

Mouthfeel: Crisp. Light bodied with a higher amount of carbonation. Ends dry and bland.

Overall, not something very special or tasty. Coolest thing about this beer is the bottle. I guess that's not saying very much.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Standard capped green bottle - not a flip top. Clear, golden body topped by a frothy white head that has surprisingly good holding power, keeping a solid 1/16" throughout the glass and leaving some spotty lace. The aroma is mainly of an herbal and earthy hop (not at all skunked) that's reflected in the flavor along with a dryish malt that's well balanced by bitterness. The body is light/medium with a very fine carbonation giving an exceptionally smooth mouthfeel. It finishes dry with a gently lingering bitterness, hop flavor and maltiness. I remember this being a popular fad some years ago - I'm guessing because of the flip-top - but it's actually quite nice and highly drinkable although fairly basic. Still, an exceptionally well done beer that ranks with some of the best German lagers.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.13/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of visible carbonation and some lemon + golden yellow highlights. The beer has a half finger tall sudsy white head that quickly reduces to a very large patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of biscuit malts and grassy hops with a lighter amount of grainy sweetness.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of biscuit malts with just a light touch of grainy sweetness. Light amounts of grassy hops that impart just a light amount of bitterness which fades pretty quickly.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp.

O: I found this beer to be easy to drink and refreshing with a little more bitterness than others in the style (in a good way). I love the bottles and think more breweries should use bottles that close this way.

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Photo of olradetbalder
2/5  rDev -35.7%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.52/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16oz. swing-top bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains light malts, honey and caramel with a touch of hops.

T: The taste is sweet but decently balanced with flavors of honey, caramel and nuts. There's a mild hops presence and a medium malt character. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, this is a decent beer to stick with for an evening once you get past the sweetness.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.88/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a light golden color with plenty of carbonation. Pretty fluffy white head without too much lacing. The nose is some slightly-skunked hops that are a bit grassy. Some slight grain. Taste is skunked grassy hops and a bit of grain husk. Light body with a fairly-large amount of carbonation. Not terrible, but not something I'd really choose to drink.

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