Grolsch Premium Lager | Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.

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Grolsch Premium LagerGrolsch Premium Lager

Brewed by:
Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-10-2001

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Photo of phideltashaggy
2.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

(Confession time: I bought this beer so I could have some swing-tops for my homebrews. I don't mind reviewing it though)

Pours very light yellow with a fluffy white head that goes away quickly.

It has that grassy, somehow soapy smell that I always detect in Heinekens and the like.

Tastes a little boring, but not unpleasant. The grass nose comes through in the taste.

It's a somewhat thin beer (but not the thinnest).

The fizz almost burns a little, evens bites a little. But despite that this is a very drinkable beer. The lightness and 5% abv make this a little treat after a few hours of yard work (my situation at the moment).

Overall, eh. This isn't really my cup o' suds, but it's not a bad beer.

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Photo of AdamBear
2.72/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A-golden with a decent white head that slowly vanishes

S-smells like sweet honey. decent strength

T-comes in with a sweet honey and barley and ends with a classic euro lager finish that tends to be more tolerable than others i've had

M-medium to high carbonation with a dry finish

D-the tastes don't hold up extremely well but it does go down easily. i'd order it again if another restaurant has a selection as poor as this one did, but it isn't a beer i can drink all night.

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Photo of goldbot
3.06/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Classic swing-top. Best before Nov. 1, 2011.

Pours clear straw yellow. Lots of fizzy carbonation. Plenty of white, fluffy head and good retention. Smelled skunky when the bottle opened but this dissipates. In its place is a mild malty aroma, lightly corny and a bit sulphury. A touch of floral hops. Crisp, grainy malt flavor. Grainy and corny but not to the extent of adjunct lagers. A bit of sweetness on the aftertaste. Light carbonation, crisp, light mouthfeel.

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Photo of jiggahertz
3.27/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear straw yellow with a finger head that instantly dwindles to a half finger. Nice lacing throughout.

S: Corn, alcohol.

T: Clean and fruity up front, then the malt and hops kinda go back and forth. Slightly grassy.

M: Thin, clean, dry.

D: Nice with chinese food or something. Pretty easy drinking beer, great for a session beer.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From notes at Old Chicago (2001): A - Light to clear straw color. Fairly large white head that disappears somewhat fast. S - Faint smell. Mostly sweet grain smells. A little skunky smell as well. T - Flavor is a little thin. Mostly a grainy and grassy type of taste. A little sweet but slight hoppiness at the end. Slight skunkiness (not much at all though). M - Light body with decent carbonation. Fairly watery. D - Light and easy to drink, but the flavor doesn't really invite you to drink more. Note: Not a lot of flavor and pretty watery overall.

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Photo of McNealc31
2.76/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Grolsch pours a clear gold color with a thin, quickly dissipating white head. Tastes of grass and straw, with a little bit of a dry hop finish. Some skunkiness, as well. Not a ton of character. Very one note. I'd go for this before a macrobrew, but that's about it.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

214th review on BA
Bottle to pilsner

App- A very typical color of a pale yellow with some bubble activity. Looked to be a 1/2 in whispy head.

Smell- Traditional euro pils malt. A little grainy

Taste- A pleasant suprise after not having one of these for many years. Was a nice pils taste with that little bite at the end. Malt is inviting to new drinkers but still asserts itself.

Mouth- A light beer to enjoy on a hot day that you can find enjoyable and not a drain pour

Drink- This was a freebie to use the bottle for the swingtop and I can say I am suprised at this beer. Forgot some of the Euro lagers arent 1/2 bad.

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Photo of jwhancher
3.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Crystal clear blondish-yellow color with nice little foamy white head & decent carbonation.

S: Starts with a whiff of nice floral hops, but then gives way to some graininess. The more I drink it as it warms, the more the grains seem to take front stage.

T & M: A tad on the sweet side to start with. Finishes somewhat dry. A pretty crisp & refreshing lager. Light bodied. Not a lot of malt character besides either pale or pilsner malts. Leaves a sweet aftertaste. Not sure if it's in there or not, but I seem to detect some extract or adjunct qualities to this brew.

D: Not a bad lager. Really enjoyed this with some spicy Thai food the other night. Besides that, I'm not so sure spending the extra bucks for this beer over the typical BMC is justifiable. Likely a great brew for the hotter weather. Could drink a lot of these - just not sure if I would decide to.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.15/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml can poured into pint glass jan4 2011

A clear straw yellow with lots of large bubbles feeding a fast falling thumbs worth of head that leaves a couple random patches of lace

S faint grassy hops and a little lemon

T see above

M crisp and refreshing, light but well carbonated

D easy too drink and on a hot day it would be decent

nothing wrong and nothing special, worth a try but not worth looking for

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev +29%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grolsch Lager has a thick, white, frothy head and a crystal clear yellow appearance, with lots of carbonation. The aroma was NOT skunked (green bottle), and it is predominately barley malt. Taste is a delightful mix of barley and mild hops. Mouth-feel is light and watery, and Grolsch Lager finishes crisp and refreshing. Overall, I really enjoyed this sample and would highly recommend you giving it a try.


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Photo of Briken
2.51/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Clear, light amber orange and fizzy white head with okay retention and no lacing. Sweet pilsner aroma. Salty hop and possibly adjunct and pilsner malt flavor and a light sweetness. Fairly crisp mouthfeel with sharp carbonation.

Not that impressive overall. A bad taste lingers in bittering and reminds me of a more "hoppy" coors. Definitely not a clean finish or a flavorful brew.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
4/5  rDev +29%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 15.2oz bottle into 500ml Radeberger branded seidel.

Appearance: Pours a pale golden color that has many lively bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass and sticking to the sides. Has a large, frothy white head that dissipates slowly and leaves behind spotty lacing.

Smell: Lots of sweet pilsner malt aroma, with some floral and fruity hints as well.

Taste: Begins with a slight grassy hop flavor, which rounds out more and more into sweet pilsner malt flavor as the beer finishes. The aftertaste begins sweet, reminiscent (though not equivalent to) a Czech pils, and yields to some rounded grassy hops.

Mouthfeel: Light body with balanced carbonation and a clean, refreshing finish.

Drinkability: This beer is probably one of the most pleasant surprises I have encountered in beer. It had been a long time since I had it- and that one time I had it was long ago when a friend's dad offered me a bottle and I remember it being the first beer I actually came close to liking (this was before I was of drinking age). I recently bought some to use the bottles for homebrew, expecting a boring macro lager, but decided to review it and try to enjoy it anyhow- realizing that my palate has changed and that I would probably find this beer boring. What you get, though, is a beer that could in all seriousness stand its ground against a Czech pils. While it isn't quite as good as the best Czech pilsners, it is surprisingly enjoyable. It's easily drinkable, refreshing, and sessionable, and could be a good beer to have around for parties- I would also be willing to bet that this is pretty damn good on tap. However, it's relatively high price tag means that I won't be having this much and, while it is good and was a surprise, it isn't quite good enough to justify it's price tag (a sixer of Celebration Ale was less than a four-pack of Grolsch at the Whole Foods I worl at).

An enjoyable brew. It surprised me. Not a Heineken clone!

P.S. Sorry for the wordy drinkability explanation!

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Photo of 7beerphil
3.32/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured from the funky capped bottle into a pint. it's a clear light gold with a thick foamy head that dissipates rather quickly, but turns into a thicker 1 cm head.'

smells faintly of hops. not much smell at all.

tastes pretty decent for the style. rather pale. is a crisp and refreshing brew.

I could see drinking a few of these in a row, especially if it was on tap.

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Photo of mikeg67
1.12/5  rDev -63.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Bottle. Pours a golden color with a white, thin head that fades fast, lively carbonation. Aroma is grainy, with notes of yeast and citrus. Thin body. Taste reminds me of fermented apple cider. I could not drink this beer. The bottle probably was too old.

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Photo of MaxBrewell
3.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Flip-top bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Clear-golden color with mild head that faded quickly.

S - Herbal hops, grassy and a hint of skunkiness.

T - Grassy hops and slightly bitter.

M - Light, verly low carbonation and finishes semi-dry.

D - Not an impressive beer, but as a Light Euro-Lager (Pilsener) it would quench the thirst on a warm late Fall day.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very light gold colour with a tiny, soft white head that goes fast.

A faint herbal/grassy kind of smell.

Sort of typical for a pale lager only a lot more smooth with a nice bitter finish.

Hardly any carbonation, not too dry or thin; it goes down well.

A really nice beer with no real negative features, I could drink these all night.

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Photo of JayS2629
2.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cool bottle.

A- Clear golden color with light soft white head.

S- Herbal hops, mild spice, mild subdued but tolerable skunk.

T- Grassy, sweet malts undertoning, mild spice, herbs and again a tolerable faint skunkiness.

M- crisp, light, refreshing with a dry finish.

D- Easy to drink. Light and refreshing. Faint skunkiness downgrades it but it isn't as skunky as some green bottled beer can be.

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Photo of steveh
3.46/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can't even remember the last time I tried this one, always an old fave back in the dark days before micro brew. A local always has a decent sale now and again, so I snapped some up.

Green, 12oz. bottles from a covered 12 pack.

Bros call this a "Euro Pale Lager," but the Grolsch web site calls it a Pilsener (with that western Euro spelling of the style).

A -- Clear gold color with a soft, slow-settling white head.

S -- Mild spicy and herbal hops. The herbal quality is unlike any German noble hop. Some mild DMS with warming. Just a little light in character.

T -- That spicy and herbal quality up front, even some mild citrus fruitiness. Crisp, bitter hops as a backbone. The vaguest of bready malt back. Nothing great, but nothing earth-shaking.

B -- Light body with a very crisp mouthfeel and dry finish.

D -- Drinkability is good, though I wonder if that herbal quality matched with the bitterness and dryness wouldn't become tiring after a while. Another of those old stand-bys that gets little love anymore, but really isn't too bad.

OBTW -- No skunkiness in the 2 bottles consumed for this review.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.88/5  rDev -7.1%
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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Photo of CheckmateBrew
3.55/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

If there was a category for the bottle, Grolsch would be one of the clear winners!

Appearance - Light and clear lagger like. Head was small with tiny little bubbles.

Smell - A strong lagger smell, no hops, no malt, just lagger beer.

Taste - Smooth which is what you want from a lagger beer, and true to style, I just like a bit more.

Mouthfeel - Not too complex, just a drinkable beer.

Drinkability - I usually prefer more complex or darker beers. But on a hot summer day after a workout this would go down really smooth. This is what you want from a lagger. Dont get me wrong I still prefer my Dark Belgian, but there is a place for this and other lighter beers in my fridge.

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Photo of CrazyMike
2.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow appearance with light head, smell is mostly malty and a bit grassy, nothing to noticeable.

The taste is grassy and malty, slight hop taste. The body is light with high carbonation. Aftertaste is faint but bitter, goes down smooth.

Overall, this beer is nothing out of the ordinary. It is drinkable, maybe something to drink in the summer, but for the most part a generic Euro Pale Lager.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've had this on several occasions, but this is my first time reviewing.

A - Pours a light golden colour with a thick fluffy head which dissipates rather quickly leaving the odd sporatic lacing.

S - Scent is much like any other import, dominated by sweet corn and bitter grassy hops.

T - Again, nothing surprising here, with a classic Euro ale flavour dominated by sweet corn, grassy hops and bready malts.

M - No complaints in this department, a medium bodied ale which goes down smooth and isn't overly dry.

D - This stuff is easily poundable, but it's nothing memorable.

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Photo of kwjd
2.71/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at The Imperial Pub in Toronto. Pours a clear yellow colour with a finger of white head, but little lacing. Smells of some mild grassy hops, but mainly grainy malt. Flavour is pretty mild, but it is clean with no off flavours. Ok carbonation. I'd take this any day over typical macro lagers, but this is not worth seeking out to drink again.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a bottle of this for nostalgic reasons.

A- Bright tan with yellow intertwined. No head not even a cap from a hard pour not from the tap. This beer looks dead. no lace.

S- It smells like a euro pale lager allright. As soon as i popped the top that grainy smell came busting out. Some grass and faint malt make this one up, no sense of hop bitterness. Surprisingly this does not smell skunked like many others.

T- And it does not taste skunked either, which to me is amazing, since it comes in a green bottle. It does not taste banging or even worthy of another purchase, but it beats heine and others out of the water. Grain, faint malt, grass, yep!

M- Thin and lightly carbed and not very offensive.

D- It's alright but it certainly is not the bees knees.

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Photo of dasenebler
3.08/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

.5L can, Netherlands.

Pours a light gold with an above-average head and lacing.

Aroma is grainy and lightly grassy.

The flavor is quite grainy and biscuity, but not too sweet. There is a small amount of bitterness just to provide balance. Finish is brisk. Relatively clean, but could use more hop flavor, even if it's just that typical Euro muskiness. Mouthfeel was light, but the ample, creamy carbonation was nice.

Grolsch is not bad, it's just very one-dimensional. I recall it being better out of the bottle.

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