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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 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 money...you can find tons of beers better. avoid.

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Photo of franktheman
2.61/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I had this beer for my birthday! It is a very nice bottle I must say, I it just the taste that is not great. I would not drink it again, it is refreshing, but there are better lager beers out there for sure!I would not recommend this beer to a friend- again nice bottle haha!

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Photo of matt20102
3.58/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served from the iconic bottle into a pilsner glass. Initial aroma is very reminiscent of stella artois; the flavor is similar but less distinctive. Good lacing. The bottle pours with only a short head which remains after several minutes. The carbonation is very light and refreshing. This is definitely not overcarbonated but the effervescence is very present and upfront- it really helps to announce the aroma. Although I'm sure that this beer is generally purchased for the bottle, the beverage itself is fantastic and will definitely grace my shelf again!

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

12 oz. Green bottle with best before date on back of neck label.

Appearance is common to this style straw yellow color with fizzy head that fades fast, no lacing.

Smell is of most all euro green bottled lagers smells skunky with subtle malts.

Tastes like a nice typical import way better than a heiniken.

Mouthfeel is nice and light with nice carbonation.

These are a common beer at a lot of friends houses I've grown to like it as such.

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Photo of ReFill31
3.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

500ml can poured into a Pint glass.

A : Poured with a great head but it dissaperas quickly and leaves no ring on the side of the glass.

S : Not too strong, some malty smell and cereal notes.

T : A little bit of hops ans grain are noticeable but the saste is not that strong. A little bitterness also.

M : Feels light, the carbonation of the beer dissapears quickly...

D : Easy to drink, no problem with drinking another one right after. The beer is, in fact, really refreshing.

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Photo of benclimbs
3.1/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours yellow and clear with a very slight head and a bit of lacing down the side of the glass but not muc, very little visable carbonation - looks like a plain old lager

Smell is slight but present a bit of bready, cakey notes without the skunky flavours that permeate other cheap euro lagers

Taste is actually pleasant enough as far as lagers go - a bit of light nutty flavours, some slight ripe apple juice and a hint of hops at the end - truly I have a bias against euro light lagers, but I suppose this is close to how they "should" taste.

Mouthfeel is unsurprising either way

Overall, I'd say this is a drinkable brew, nothing I would choose over an ale any day, but on a summers day, or an afternoon editing essays in a pub such as today - on special for £1.75/pint - could do a lot worse - don't really want a second one though.

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Photo of StevenBilodeau
3.82/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I think this beer is very drinkable, it pours very thin, with nice head. This beer is a dark yellowy color, pale gold, with the a subtle smell of skunk. Grolsch tastes of skinniness as well. This beer isn't terrible, but it isn't the best. I liked this beer. This is a good beer to have with fish and poultry.

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Photo of vkv822
2.06/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz. bottle into pint glass.

Pours a dark yellowy color with very little head that dissipates very quickly. The aroma is malty skunky-ness, actually a bit unpleasant. The taste is more malt with some bitterness, very one dimensional flavor. The mouth feel is very carbonated and pretty light, almost watery. It is fairly drinkable due to its simplicity, but not enjoyable.

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Photo of Long813
2.59/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

G: Grolsh pint glass

A: Clear amber body with two fingers of white head. Good retention and decent retention. Also it did not stop fizzing from the bottom of the glass during the entire drink.

S: Grains and light malts is all I can pick out. Something to apparent or complex.

T: Light smooth malts and grains. Not to much flavour going on here.

M: Light bodied with high carbonation. Has that typical macro "light crisp finish".

D: Easy to drink, but nothing to bring me back to it. Typical macro tasting beer.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
1.68/5  rDev -46%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours pale gold with a small head.
The expected grainy malt and skunky Euro hops are instantly noticeable.
Flavours include loads more grainy malt, with a mild and one-dimensional bitterness.
Watery body, with massive carbonation.
Yet another boring pale euro lager...

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Photo of BevMoAndrew
2.14/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served from a Flip-top bottle into a standard pint glass at about 35 degrees.

Pours a straw yellow with a small white froth and decent lacing. The aromas are simple and straight forward with grains, skunk, & VERY light lemon hops....very unimpressed. The beer is dry, crisp, & easy to drink with flavors of grains and not really much else. Although the mouthfeel is decent, this really is not a great beer...but who am I to turn down a free beer? Beer pong anyone?

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours pale yellow with a decent foamy white head. Some light lacing.

Mild skunk with some metallic notes, light malt, some vegetal/floral aromas as well. Eh...

On par with Heineken, but a bit smoother. Light malt flavors with some good crisp hop bitterness rolled in. Light grassy sweetness, then the green vegetable bitterness, with a light sour aftertaste. I've had worse, but a fairly average Euro lager.

Good carbonation and medium body actually make this easier to drink. But, this is still just an ok brew. This was a pleasant surprise today. Someone had an impulse buy, and it allowed me a trip down memory lane. Not horrific by any means, but it is what you'd expect it to be.

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Photo of rfabian
4.43/5  rDev +42.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've enjoyed this beer for years and years. In college a big treat was to get this in a pint bottle with a cheeseburger and fries, and I'd return to classes with a bit of a buzz. At that time, lo those many years ago, it was a bit exotic, a European beer with far more taste than what would usually be offered. And wow, what was that? Hops, you say? Fantastic!

Poured into a tumbler it forms a small head that dissipates and leaves little lacing. The appearance is of a slightly darker straw color and crystal clear. The aroma is of faint floral hops and perhaps a little maltiness. The taste is of slight malt sweetness and mild to moderate hop bitterness. It has a bittersweet finish with moderate carbonation. My favorite session beer for old times sake.

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

poured a clear golden pils color from a swing cap bomber with a nice 1" head and good retention the smell was malty and toasty with a slight floral hop background..the taste was the same it was to thin for my taste buds but it went down easy and was some what tasty..this one is probably the best of euro macros (Heineken,becks, st pauli ) bottle was nice looking and this is slightly above lager

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Photo of roddwolff
2.69/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

European lager like Carlsberg (amazing) and Heineken (mediocre).

A: Blond color and big foamy head that quickly disappears, something cool, is that the bottle have a cap instead of cork;

S: Gentle, some herbal malts;

T: Earth hops, homever doesn't have much flavor;

M: Refreshing, mild bitterness and light body;

D: Remind me Heineken, but heineken a little better than this.

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Photo of mrcarterxxl
3.76/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

grolsch lager

one of my favorite lagers

P/A= pours a gold color with a white head

S= smells like a beck's or a Heineken.

T= tastes simular to a heineken but more full bodied

MF= medium carbonation semi-loose feel in the mouth.

a great pizza beer good with most fast and home cooked food.


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Photo of woodychandler
3.4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was one of those reviews which were recently lost into cyberspace, but I have extras, so I CAN re-review it.

First off, this is a prime example of why CANned beer beats bottled beer. I have had more skunked Grolsches in those pretty green swing-top bottles than I care to remember. CAN a beer become skunked in a CAN? F NO! I bought a six pack of 330 ml (11.2 oz) CANs recently and I have been running through them like nothing. I find them to be quite tasty upon returning from a day of teaching.

My pour created a finger of foamy bone-white head with good retention. Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose was lightly malty, but it had a light nose overall. Mouthfeel was medium with a classic lager sweetness on the tongue. I find it difficult to quantify that quality, but it is like the Supreme Court's definition of pornography - I may not be able to define it, but I know it when I [taste] it. I can understand the roots of our American Adjunct Lagers when I taste a good German lager and it makes me sad for what we lost for so many years through Prohibition. The finish was slightly sweet and definitely lager. The combination of CAN plus relatively low ABV makes this a cooler candidate. Viva the CAN!

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Photo of burnerfinger
3.26/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

started buying this just for the bottles.
one night (tonight) decided to give it a review.

A poured from the 16 oz bottle into my goblet. just a little bit darker than pale straw. this pours super clear and visually almost flat. The evervescent head makes me think of ginger ale. settles down to almost nothing super quick, leaving no lacing at all.

S a bit on the skunky side. not much maltiness at all (at least to the nose)

T Just a touch of hoppiness here, and not much else.

M: the carbonation is very apparent in the mouthfeel. leaves a slightly "stale" aftertast of the off-hops. cant detect the alcohol at all.

D: well all in all this is not very remarkable.
what I CAN say for Grolsch is the bottle does well for homebrew. this is pretty expensive beer - they charge premium beer prices for only a FOUR pack of 16 oz bottles. But the swingtop bottles are almost as expensive at my homebrewer's supply store as empty bottles. So from that point of view this is free beer. because of that reason (and ONLY that reason) I will continue to buy this until I have enough bottles....and after that I will probably continue to buy more bottles with Grolsch because when I give people brew only about half of them return the bottle.

all that above reflects BUYabilty not DRINKablity. This isn't very good at all but at least it's better than the rice-based macros.


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Photo of Brabander
3.57/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer in a restaurant this night. It's one of the popular beers in my country. The brewery is situated in the east of Holland, nearby the German border.

It is a light sweet pilsener and it is very drinkable. Not much foam anf little co2.

The beer in the crates have a special way to open it as you can see on the foto.

It is not my favourite dutch beer but it is not a punishment to drink this one. Tonight however i will open my second westy 12. Lifes good!!!

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Grolsch Premium Lager from Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.
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