Grolsch Premium Lager | Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.

Grolsch Premium LagerGrolsch Premium Lager
1,874 Ratings
Grolsch Premium LagerGrolsch Premium Lager

Brewed by:
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 DJED69
3.6/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

So, I just won a 12 pk of Grolsch thanks to taking the Dutch over Brazil in a WC game.

Probabaly been a good 10+ years since I last had a Grolsch. You know what, pretty damn good beer. Very crisp, smooth and has a nice body to it. Reminds me of a less skunky Heineken (and smoother). A great comparison would be to a mild Bohemian Pilsner---has some attributes---not as bitter.

Overall, a very plesant brew to enjoy on a warm Summer day. I can see buying more myself once I finish this round. At 5% abv, drinking these all day at a BBQ or having a few with friends is no big deal. Nice European lager!

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Photo of Jemonster
3.62/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 1 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This beer should just be drank out of the bottle. The body isn't bad looking, clear and straw colored. The head however, looks disgusting. Clumpy and overly foamy, but especially...clumpy. After a pour into the glass, looks like badly made foam for a cappuccino. It starts to dissipate into slimy, spitty looking patches that made me want to stop drinking this beer. A bit like marshmallows melting in a hot cocoa.

S: Grassy and musky scent. Also slightly sour and clean citrus.

T: It was pretty good, but it was hard to get over the appearance! Again with the musk and citrus, and a little bit of bitterness from the hops.

M: Thin and smooth overall, minus the head. Probably the best part about this one.

D: If I didn't see what the head looked like, I could session this beer at a party. It feels like a social drinking beer rather than an "enjoy me" beer.

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Photo of biegaman
2.79/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

That green glass bottle may have corrupted the beer's aroma (we'll see) but it's obviously done nothing to tarnish its lustrous golden complexion. The appearance could aptly be described as sparkling, both for its spotless clarity and for the flood of twinkling bubbles. Its head is appropriately fluffy, much of it managing to fasten to the glass.

The aroma is not rotten but it is repellent. The green glass has in fact added a faint fragrance of skunk. Normally I'm against reviewing beers that have been clearly mishandled but the choice to put the beer in green bottles is deliberate on the brewery's behalf (and it's a decision motivated by marketing, with no concerns about quality).

Besides that, the bouquet needed no extra help in being unappealing anyway. It, much like the taste, is dominated by a corn-like flavour that is both stale and cloying, with an artificial kind of sweetness. To its credit, it does also have a smidgen of bready, grainy barley malt taste (which is more than can be said for many other mass-produced lagers).

The mouthfeel is overtaken by a stinging, soda-pop like carbonation. Although it can be bloating, it does numb the tongue to at least some of the unwanted by-products of all the adjuncts used (cottony dryness, cloying sweetness, unwanted aftertaste). I could get through one serving but the thought of another was most unappetizing.

I really couldn't chose between major European brands like Grolsch and Heineken, to name only two, if only because I dislike them all for the same reasons: they are intentionally drab, insipid beers that are ridden with adjuncts and driven only by advertising. If that's the kind of beers you like then Grolsch will probably register pretty favorably with you.

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

Appearance - 1 1/2" head that was gone very quickly. Light gold in color that is quite clear.

Smell - Grainy and hop filled.

Taste - Wheat and barley with a dry hop aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Clean, crisp and on the light side.

Drinkability - It is not a bad beer just so so not a great beer either. Very average.

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Photo of xylophonica
3.12/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Not much to rave about; little head, pale golden colour.

S - Wheat and freshly cut grass. Bit of barley as well.

T - Bitter, classic lager taste. Sweet on the way down. Hint of honey and malt. Actually a little bit watery...

M - Soft on the tongue, not much else to talk about.

D - If you had to, you could.

I remember this being better than what I'm experiencing now. Sorry to say this isn't that great. Definitely better examples of this style of beer out there.

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Photo of madjr80
2.81/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

15.2 ounce bottled poured this into Sam Adams perfect pint glass. There was plenty of foam and the bottle even made a popping noise when it was opened. Nice golden color with a soft head of foam. The smell was not the greatest; a bit skunky and corny.The taste was very similar to Heineken. Mouth feel was average. Drinkability is average. I will keep the bottle for brewing.

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

This beer has been a staple beer for me over the years.

A consistent, if not "A" quality brew that is highly drinkable and has a nice but lightly hoppy, grainy taste, with a slight touch of bitterness that does not overpower.

The smell is light, but also grainy, with some hops and perhaps a touch of a summer field.

This beer's strong point is drinkability, which is why I've consumed so many of them over the years. Tho my pallet has gotten more refined over time, I never get tired of Grolsch, and it's almost always for sale everywhere.

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Photo of Cylinsier
2.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


Pours a clear golden yellow with a thing white head that retains as a film. Effervescent bubbles are visible.

Smells of grains and lager adjuncts.

Taste is grainy and mild.

Feels moderate to thin with minimal carbonation.

Pretty so-so. I'd heard good things about this lager and was expecting more. It's not bad, but it's nothing special.

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Photo of mytireisfat
4.01/5  rDev +28.9%
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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Photo of scottfrie
2.8/5  rDev -10%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

450ml bottle into SA perfect pint glass.

A: Pours a light straw yellow with a couple fingers of bubbly white head that reduced into a thin scum.
S: Big grain smell with light grassy hop notes in the background.
T: Light straw flavors with skunky bitter hops and sour grain notes.
M: Super crisp with a dry clean finish. Moderate carbonation is smooth and body is light.
D: A light and crisp beer that goes down fairly easily and has a halfway decent flavor. However, there is an overall ambiguous sourness to its flavor that takes away from the drinkability. Similar to the other big name EPL's out there. Pick one up if you're a fan.

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Photo of Avagadro
4.68/5  rDev +50.5%
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 Evil_Pidde
2.5/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

33 cl green stubby-looking bottle. There's only a small silver and green label on the neck. Looks kind of "macro-beer-cool" (in the worst possible way).

A: Pale golden pour with a large very airy head that dissipates unevenly, leaving some lacings. Some bubbles in the liquid.

S: The corn hits the nose as soon as you open the bottle, even before you start to pour. After the pour the corn gets company from malt and bitter hops but faint...

T: Tastes like it smells. Corn, mostly but also malt and bitter hops. A bit creamy as well.

M: Medium body and rather rich carbonation. Aftertaste is long and bitter, but there's an off-taste in the bitterness.

D: Euro Pale Lagers tastes like this. If you're into that style try this one - otherwise avoid...

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Photo of BucBasil
2.85/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a tall pilsner glass from the 500mL can.

A: The beer is a light pale color color with a 2 finger quickly dissipating pure white foamy head. Some carbonation evident - a few bubbles coming up in the glass. Nothing extraordinary.

S: Typical euro pale smell - grain, a little bread. Some fresh hay.

T: Bitter flavor, astringent, somewhat dry. Hoppy. Not very balanced, which you don't really see too much from a euro pale. In that regard, has a pretty unique taste which could be a good changeup, but is kind of offputting. Hoppy in a strange way rather than a tasty way, if that makes any sense. Especially considering that few hops come through in the aroma. I'm not sure if this was good or bad, I'm leaning towards the bad side. Maybe the word I'm going for is skunky, which is odd because it's from a can... Probably vegetal is the right word. For some reason can't put my finger on this one. Grassy hops, but out of balance.

M, D: Light and crisp. I wouldn't say refreshing due to the weird flavor.

Hop flavor seems forced, rather than balanced. Skunky sort of flavor prevents a lot of drinkability. Not bad, but not my first choice by a long shot.

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Photo of billybob
4.27/5  rDev +37.3%
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 John1985
3.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just got back from a cruise and this was one of the "premium" selections on board. Since I had not had this brew in about 20 years I thought I would give it a shot.

Sixteen ounce swing top bottle

A- golden with some with foam that quickly dissipated
S - very faint malty aroma
T - Good malty flavor with some bitterness in the back to keep it palatable. Fresh without the skunky aroma.
M - substantially full bodied without being heavy. a real Euro brew that I used to crave back in college.
D - I was thirsty and this did the trick. Very refreshing. Not interesting enough for a repeat purchase. Well maybe in another 10 years.

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Photo of philphilphil
3.8/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Once my preferred beer. Now just the best of the mainstream dutch beers. 450 ml bottle within freshness date.
A - like an average macro, ok head, a little lacing.
S - malt, hops nothing unusual
T - pleasent, less bitter than heineken, but not flavourless like amstel.
M - high end of good for carbonation.
D - quite good. probs the best beer which is available in almost any shop.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Haven't had this beer since high school (i.e., a while ago...), so I figured I'd give it another go.

Poured into oa lager glass. Medium golden with a half-inch of fluffy head. Recedes fairly quickly into a ring.

Nose is pale malts, grassy hops.

Smooth and quite drinkable. Starts with a slightly sweet pale malt character and quickly transitions to grassy hops. The hop finish is certainly present and quite long lasting.

Slightly above-average carbonation, decent body to it.

Similar to a lot of other Euro lagers, not terribly interesting but it's still a decent brew that goes down well.

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Photo of sunrisesolara
3.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

.5L emptied into a Pilsener.

A: Pours a pale gold with a fluffy 2-finger white head which receeds to a thick ring. Sporadic lacing throughout.

S: Skunky, with sweet grainy malts and grassy hops finally coming through.

M: Light bodied with good carbonation.

T: Grainy malt mixed with grassy hops Somewhat spicy, but not overpowering. Crisp with clean, hoppy aftertaste that lingers.

D: On par with Heineken, but superior in every way. Nothing outstanding here, mediocre for the style.

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

Bottle best before 07/07/2010

Poured into a tulip style glass, and it gave light head atop a straw yellow body that had a constant cascade of light carbonation bubble forth, which left a ring of foam with minimal lacing. Smells of biscuit and a sweetness that cannot be pin pointed. The beer itself had a nice bitterness that matched the crisp body with a light flavour of biscuit. Clean finish and below average carbonation. An enjoyable and drinkable lager that could easily be sessioned on a hot day by the pool.

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Photo of bourbonbock
3.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a 4-pack of the Grolsch swing top bottles and poured one into a cool pint glass. The swing top adds alot to the experience of Grolsch and I have to say that this is the first green bottle beer from Europe that I have had that wasn't obviously skunky.

A. The beer completely filled my pint glass with a slight white head and a very slightly hazy yellow color that compliments the green bottle pretty well.

S. Very light smell with no significant notes come to mind. The bottle smells of a Heineken draft.

T. Pretty good but not the best balance of flavor Not too complex but not bad for the style. I would prefer this beer to a Bud or Michelob any day.Light and a little fruity but fulfilling.

M. Slightly sticky and slightly light, not too much carbonation.

I would have another one of these any day but wouldn't exactly seek it out.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.82/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I don't think I've ever had scores so all over the place. Doesn't look like anything special, in fact, looks pretty disappointing. Yellow.

Great skunky aroma. The good kind. Taste, more of the skunk, good light style kinda beer hop quality to it. One of my favorite lagers. Light, yet full bodies in its taste, bitterness and more bang for the buck hop assertion. Mouthfeel, these things quickly fade, but its somewhat necessary to keep the light aspect. Minimal malt addition. Great drinkability. For some reason, this stuff is getting harder to find out west.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.45/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

0.5l can served in a ordinary glass.

A: Clear yellow-gold color with a one finger fluffy head. Some lacings
S: Malt, basically
T: Fresh malt and hops. Balanced hop bitterness
M: Soft body. Medium carbonation and nice bitter end.
D: Good. Soft beer. Not bad euro lager.

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Photo of kdawg105
4.47/5  rDev +43.7%
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 FreshHawk
2.56/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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, definitely not a great beer. Get if you want a beer without a lot of beer taste.

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Photo of ironchefchris
2.7/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

and i'm disappointed. i like a good euro lager...but his beers weak. cool bottle, name, and style but it comes down to taste and i'm not digging this one. the smell and taste are all like a heineken, but slightly worse. a bit more bitter, a worse finish, a worse aroma. and for the can find tons of beers better. avoid.

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