Grolsch Premium Lager | Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.

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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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001

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Photo of achepil
3.13/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of jamesroses
3.58/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Argentinean brewed can.

Look: pale golden, mefium sized bubbles, fluffy head. Soapy lacing and low head retention.

Aroma: good amount of cascade hops dominate the nose. It was a surprise. A clean herbal lager aroma is there too with a slight sweet malty background.

Taste: hoppy, herbal and clean grainy malts.

Mouthfeel: a bit harsh. The amount of hops make it a bit unbalanced for the style, but I don't complain. Had like 4 cans in 25'.

Overall: seems to be different to the bottled version. Much hoppier or at least not skunked. Good.

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Photo of MichaelGennings
3.77/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I’ve loved Grolsch for years. The beer has a thick white head that dissipates quickly. The colour of the beer is golden and there are lots of ascending bubbles.

The aroma is white bread and faint hops. This translates to the taste, too. There is a slight malt character in the taste as well.

The beer is light bodied and the finish is dry and refreshing.

Grolsch is best enjoyed on hot days and it always goes well with barbecue.

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Photo of kootenays88
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mr-Beer
2.62/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Light Golden Crisp. Not much of a taste to this beer goes down smooth easy drinking.

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Photo of Harrison8
3.7/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a foggy, but nearly clear straw color with a finger of white foam on top. Fair retention on the head. Aroma is toast, rice, yeast, and bready pilsner malts. Definitely comes off a little sharp and pungent. Flavor profile is toast, yeast spice, and bready, earthy pilsner malts. Despite its light body and lager label, it feels like it carries a good weight in the flavor area and even comes off a little dark due to the malts. Mouth feel is medium in thickness with a fuzzy crispness to it. Overall, it doesn't taste or feel thin, which is a welcome deviation from standard lagers. It packs a fair amount of flavor into its 5% ABV liquid. Not a bad lager to sip and savor on even a cold night. The format is interesting (this review glass was served out of a 15.2oz glass bottle sold in a 4 pack) and seems to add a little additional value to the purchase in terms of reusable glass.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 15.2oz bottle.

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Photo of 12ozfan
3.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Lagerquestrian
3.18/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dataslal
2.58/5  rDev -17%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of TigerSoul
3.24/5  rDev +4.2%
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 bmaggot
3.07/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of lewdwig
3.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bought as I'd begun brewing my own beer and these bottles are good as home brewing containers. Pours a clear golden color, light malty smell. Thin head, little clings to the glass. Touch of malt, thin hoppy taste. Smooth going down...maybe a good lawn mowing beer. Less "lager-y" than the American BMCs.

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Photo of jroof1
3.15/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of TaunusKnudsen
3.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BrodyGaston
3.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

I find this similar to Heineken, and didn't know that they come from the same region until I looked up how to spell Heineken. I'm optimistic and positive in my few reviews, but this one is just average for me. I love the hoppy smell and the color and head. But I search for some taste after the swallow, and all I get is bitterness and an empty - watery finish. The pop-top bottle scared me a bit but I like it. Packaging of the bottle (bought in California in 2018) is creative and attractive. But the beer is just average. It is pretty inexpensive though, and I'd probably choose it over Stella, Hkn, Corona or big American beers.

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Photo of Vylo
3.75/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sparx1100
2.93/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ConfusedCat
3.25/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A little better than your average EPL. Not much to note other than it's surprisingly hoppy and bitter, almost to a fault. Only bought it because it was very cheap on sale, I'd rank it a bit above Stella and way above Heineken but below Kronenbourg 1664.

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Photo of SiepJones
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of franciscop
3.56/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Octoberist
3.41/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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

Photo of Ant777uk
3.04/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Brewed in Holland, I love the corked bottles, though review this time is from can...

Used to drink this quite a bit as a youngster.

Amber colour, reasonable head.

Fairly uninspiring malty aroma.

Grolsch has quite a unique taste that fizzes around and changes for quite some time. It is a good bitterness, and quite a balanced flavor. Though it does not really stand out and has nothing to distinguish itself from about the other big 9 commercially produced lagers. Also, better from a corked bottle, definitely...

Now re reviewing from a corked bottle...

Heineken has a slightly more inviting aroma I reckon, however this has a similar frothyness to it.

They definitely have tasty malts in Holland, as the malt in Heineken is pretty good too. This also has a very well balanced hops bitterness to it, particularly noticeable in this plastic corked version. A great overall balance and I'm loving the bottles.

Watch out though as sometimes the Grolsch in the cans and small bottles is different and not as good...

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Photo of Jbbdrinker
3.87/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a toasted amber with only a tracery lacing the surface. There is a sweet, hoppy aroma, with a hint of skunky breakdown. Poured into a stein, the skunk relaxed a touch. It is a very simple and nicely balanced brew with a thin bready backbone, which is coated with a sweet, resonious hop character. Very easy drinking and a sweet pop-top bottle. I just wish it wasn't green, but a dark brown, or even ceramic to better protect the fine lager for it's international trek.

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Photo of souvenirs
3.32/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

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