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 RepMichigan
4/5  rDev +28.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -19.6%

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3/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of chickenm
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of KGarrett
3/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of rayj212
4/5  rDev +28.6%

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3/5  rDev -3.5%

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

A: pale straw. Excellent clarity. Lively carbonation. White head, dissipates quickly.

S: green bottle smell. We all know it. Husked grain, vegetal hops. Skunked.

T: the same green bottle mediocrity. Slight sweet beginning from the malt, clean crisp finish.

M: Not quite as "sharp" on the tongue as some mass Euro lagers can be.

O: pretty damn average. All the green bottles seem pretty interchangeable. Yeah, there are nuances of flavor, but if you've had more than four or five varieties, you have a pretty good grasp of what the brew is and is not. Better than BMC? Yes. Craft? Not even by the tiniest margin.

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Photo of bpfrush
2/5  rDev -35.7%

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3/5  rDev -3.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -19.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of TwelveOunces
3.28/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

15.2 Oz swingtop poured into 18 oz glass

A- Not much of a looker, looks unfortunately like urine and is crystal clear. white head that dissipates somewhat quickly.
S- Smells like pilsner and skunk, not the worst thing in the world but still pretty funky.
T- Actually taste like it smells but a lot better thanks to some hidden caramel malts.
M- Drinks like a light beer only taste better. Pretty decent carbonation and a silky smooth feel. This beer is refreshing and easy to drink.
O- The main reason I buy these is because I brew my own beer and I like swingtops. I will buy again, something about the cool bottles and the refreshingly easiness to drink. Worth trying but for the price theyre just not that great.

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

First, I hate to admit, I had difficulty with the bottle top! But, once it's figured out, it is reusable!
Pours a yellow color and a thin foamy head that doesn't last. Laceless. Smells floral/fruity aromas.Not bad.Taste is fairly neutral, crisp , but neither sweet nor bitter. I might try it again.

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Photo of xuptygm
3.04/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My cousin gave me a bottle of this as a gift. Pours a clear golden yellow. Not to appealing to the eye, nor does it have a distinct smell. Tastes somewhat of honey and lavender. A bit better than your typical lager. This is stupid but they get points in my book for the swing top. Not only can I reuse the bottles for homebrew, but I don't have to buy bottle caps either. Worth a try, but I won't be searching for it again.

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Photo of zdk9
3.47/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Out of the swingtop with a yellow color and a plethora of foam on top. The head dissipates unevenly giving it a filmy look that isn't super appealing.

S- Honey, lavender and other floral aromas, earthy hops. Not bad at all.

T- A fairly nondescript flavor but one that's well balanced. Hops taste of grapefruit peel, and mustard greens.

M- High carbonation, good balance.

O- Not a bad beer, just not much in the way of flavor. But no sulfer or corn flavors, and a decent amount of hops. Certainly an easy drinker.

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Photo of Stocean1
3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a one finger head into a wine glass - clear golden yellow colour with little retention or lacing. Smell of biscuit and some light fruit - some grain.Taste follows the nose with a little peppery bitterness. Light body with some carbonation - slight bitterness. A ho hum lager.

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

[Best served in a Lager glass]

It poured a clear sparkling yellow with a light golden hue and had an average sized (1-2 finger) white frothy head that diminished almost completely but did have some retention throughout thus producing some fair lacing.

The aroma was pretty basic for a lager. The nose was crisp with a mild grain malt, a moderate grassy hop and a somewhat barnyard scented yeast with a light odor of wet cardboard.

It tasted very mildly sweet and acidic at first, and then became slightly bitter with a mild crisp hoppy flavor at the end that stayed with you just long enough to put a nice finish on this brew.

Mouthfeel was nice and light in body and a bit watery in texture with a nice light creaminess. The carbonation was quite lively, almost fizzy.

Overall as I stated before, it is a nice crisp hoppy lager. One I have drank in the past and will again in the future. Very Drinkable!!

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Photo of ElCommodoro
2.51/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance is a boring gold-yellow with no head, tiny tiny bit of white lacing.
The smell typical euro lager, maybe a bit of a fruity smell.
It tastes very very typical of pale lager. Absolute middle of the road, so they hit the nail on the head, and I'll give them that. There is absolutely nothing offensive about this beer. And that is good! That means they didn't put too many hops, and I'm not into hops, so I commend them. It's very well balanced, but very watery. Great with my spicy chickpeas, I must say. So, I'm going to give it an above average for not screwing anything up, but I can't give them anything higher for something this boring.

Oh, and I noticed that this one was brewed in the U.K., as many Euro lagers are here in Britain. European breweries will often set up a separate brewery in the UK for their sales there or license them to another brewery. However, this is often done to produce a second lower-alcohol version of the beer which apparently is more popular with the English. In the case of this Grolsch, the alcohol content is the same, so it may be an exact replica of the beer actually brewed in the Netherlands.

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Photo of jkrich
3.33/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. green bottle with freshness date stamped on label. Poured a clear, golden hue with a nice foamy sustained head.
I was very surprised that there was not a hint of skunk from bottle or after the pour. Outside of that, the aroma was very, faintly sweet and not much else; perhaps a little noble hop aroma.
The lager has a surprisingly pleasant bitterness, much like a pilsner, followed by some bready, husk-like flavors. A faint metallic flavor lingers in the mouth.
Rather thin-bodied with medium carbonation, the mouthfeel is slick and slightly bitter with very little lingering malt sweetness one normally associates with a pale lager.
This is a clean, crisp lager that was very fresh, considering it came from overseas in a green bottle and is not pasteurized.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
3.18/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a bright yellow, almost blonde color with a thick white foam head that lasts for a little bit then dissipates to a film. Provies a small amount of lacing.

S: Light smell of grass, wheat and dry hay. There is also a small hint of 'skunk' as well.

T: Starts off with a light dry hay taste. The light grassy hops are most potent in the middle and on the back end. In the middle there is also a slight caramel malt undertone. There is also light skunky taste on the back end.

M: A nice light bodied beer. Leaves a slightly crisp and refreshing taste on the palate.

O: This is a standard Pale Lager. It is quite refreshing and slightly crisp. This is easy to drink at a picnic or bbq.

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Photo of JMad
3.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from a glass mug...

The beer is a clear pale yellow color with a consistent white head. It smells of grass, grain and skunk with a hint of lemon. The taste is slightly bitter with the same flavors as the aroma. It is light with strong carbonation and a dry finish. This is a typical pale euro light lager but it is not bad at all.

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Photo of kflorence
3.34/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Imported from my profile - DEC 24, 2007

One of the best mass-produced lagers, but like others have said it is overpriced. Swing top bottle is a plus (can re-use it for homebrews). Smells hoppy and tastes hoppy with a slightly bitter aftertaste, subtle but very refreshing. Nothing special, but a step up from all the other lagers in the beer isle at the store.

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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 sergio1va
3.63/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Saw this beer at my local liquor store and had to try it out. Like most European beers, especially the Lagers, the taste and smell is far less fruity than other styles.

Color is pale yellow with a slight white head.
Taste is not too overwhelming to the pallate and it mellows in the after taste.

if you're into lagers this would be a good selection to chose from. With its 5% abv it becomes a beer you can enjoy for your entire drinking session and not reach your tipping point.

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