Grolsch Premium Lager | Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.

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Grolsch Premium LagerGrolsch Premium Lager

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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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Photo of BeanBone
3.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A crystal-clear golden-straw body capped by a generous white head that features decent retention and lacing.

Aroma: Crisp and clean noble hops over a rich pale malt base.

Taste: Herbal, earthy, and slightly lemony hops up front with a pale, honeyish malt backbone underneath. The clean finish features grain and some mild bitterness. A rather straightforward brew, to be sure.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied with good carbonation and a dryish finish.

Drinkability: Goes back rapidly, making it quite the session beer if you're a fan of the flavor profile.

Verdict: Grolsch is a pretty typical example of the Euro Pale Lager style; inoffensive enough, but far from special.

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Photo of BierFan
3.57/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 15.2 ounce green swing-top bottle into a pint glass. Freshness date of December 9th, 2009.

Appearance: White fizzy head vanished all too quickly. Light carbonation. Darker shade of yellow than most pale lagers.

Smell: Smells decent enough. Sweet pale malts, faint hops.

Taste: Very drinkable. No skunk despite the green bottle. Hops give it a little spicy/herbal aftertaste.

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

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick fizzy white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a crisp, pilsner malt scent that's a tad sweet smelling along with a dry lager yeast aroma. The taste is decent. It has a smooth, pilsner malt and adjunct flavor that goes down with ease and finishes clean. There is a light bitterness, but nothing too noticeable. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an easy drinking beer with some pilsner malt taste. It's crisp and clean and definately sessionable.

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Photo of tone77
3.28/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From an 11.2 oz. can.
Pours a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smells grassy and somewhat skunky. Taste is crisp and refreshing although not a lot of flavor. Feels light in the mouth and is very drinkable. Overall this is pretty much an average lager.

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Photo of joedon
3.68/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Available nearly everywhere in Amsterdam except some bars that are partial to Heineken. Possibly the number one competitor to Heineken in the Netherlands and is really quite similar.

A macro-lager but has more taste than the BMC stuff. Very refreshing and drinkable. This is a well made beer but not really special.

Certainly one would chose this over Bud or Beck's and probably Heinie.

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

This beer pours a clear golden straw color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes quickly into minimal lacing. The aroma is bready pale malt, with a hint of spicy hops. I like the malt a lot, but wish the hops were just a little more pronounced. The hops show through more in the taste. However, I think that might be due to the malt being less present overall, instead of there actually being more hops. Still it is not a bad taste. The mouthfeel is light bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a decent beer. There is enough in it that I could drink it in a pinch. But not enough that I would call it a good Euro Lager, let alone a good beer.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
2.61/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This one is not a flip-top, but rather a regular 12 oz green bottle with only a neck label. Freshness date of 11Dec2009. Pours a very clear medium yellow color with a fluffy white head that displays some decent retention but no lacing.

Nose is very light on this beer with a few hints of cardboard-esque grainy malts and grassy hops. I get a bit of light fruitiness in there, perhaps some green apple and for some odd reason, uncooked hot dogs. Not altogether unpleasant, but far from great.

Lots of lightly toasty malts and just a mild hop bitterness for balance, but still leans toward the sweet side. Carbonation seems high, which is ok for this style and lends a helping hand to refreshability. Overall, just kind of stale tasting with a lingering, roughly bitter aftertaste. Not bad for a euro pale lager, but I am not disappointed I only got a single of this.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.8/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a bottle of this at lunch today. Pours a crystal clear light gold with a thin white head on top. No retention, no lacing. Smells of corn, grains, and sweet sugar malts.

The mouth is crisp yet creamy. This is a very smooth lager. Flavor is of creamed corn, sweet breads, and hints of bitterness on the finish. This reminds me of a blonde ale, which I thought I was actually ordering. This is what came out instead. This is a very good lager that I will keep regularly in the fridge from now on.

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

A - Clear straw-colored sparkling body with a small white head.

S - Crisp smell of light malt and straw. Bit skunky.

T - Smooth crisp and clean. All around classic German lager taste

M - Smooth with little or no aftertaste

D - I'd choose beers before this one, but if it was around I'd drink it.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.52/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From the 355 ml. bottle marked 01DEC2009/8NO1-7:18:02. Sampled on Father's Day 2009.

A - golden yellow with lively carbonation and a fizzy white head that does not last long. Lacing does not cling to the glass for any longevity.

S - A mild mixture of malts and hops, Nothing out of the ordinary.

T/M - The mouthfeel is thin and light. The taste also boasts that subtle balance of malts and faint hops but it ends a bit sour. This is an easy one to pound down.

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Photo of PsychoJedi
3.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It pours a light golden color with a head that is fast to go down. Not much for looks I can say. The smell is a rather nice smell for those of us who know that green bottles brings out the smell and taste by design apart from any negative marketing campaign from competing brewers that it is skunk. The taste is rather salty. Not good, but the desired taste of the green bottle covers up the aftertaste. Goes down with a little resistance.

Verdict: Try another import.

Special note: this bottle was bought and drank after the recommended "sell by" date.

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Photo of chaswisler
3.47/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm trying to get past the whole swing top thing. It's easy to be romanced by the bottle.

So I grab a pint glass with a certain chip on my shoulder that the beer is going to suck.

But it doesn't it's actually pretty good. Nice clean taste. It makes you want to drink more. Loses a taste as it warms, but still not bad.

Kinda reminds me of Heineken.

The head stuck around for a while.

Bottomline - I enjoyed it and will probably enjoy the next one as well.

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Photo of 1fastz28
3.15/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

another beer that somehow evaded my radar for reviewing, i've been drinking a crap load of these the past few weeks trying to have enough swingtops so not to cap my homebrew anymore, and i somehow never reviewed it. anyway, on with the show

has a solid lager look to it, big white head, rich golden color, looks pretty decent

smell is good, has a mild maltiness to it with some skunkiness to it, with a very light hop aroma

taste is decent, its somewhat blande and a little watery in the taste/mouthfeel but it is better than lot of other macro lagers out there, i've noticed that the glasswear will really alter the taste of the beer, a tall stange glass will really bring out the hops and gives it more of a spaten flavor, while a standard dimple stein glass will make it a bit more bland.

overall its a decent beer, and considering buying swingtops empty is nearly the same price as a grolsch with beer in it, its an easy choice

one thing though, inbev changed the amount of beer, it used to be (iirc) 16 oz, or a full pint, maybe even a tad more, but this one is 15.2 oz, but i could be completely wrong

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Photo of pradipta
3.36/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm not a lager fan, but this is the beer I would drink if I had to drink only lagers. Inviting transparent lagery look when poured, frothy head which subsides quickly and doesn't get in the way, rather high carbonation but feels nice on the nose and mouth when chilled - gives off a mild skunky "aroma" and Heineken-taste as it warms in the glass, but it is never so bad as to be undrinkable. Rather good for a sultry sunny day in Singapore, really!

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Photo of RuudJH
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer produced near my home.
It's pilsner, made to drink cold. Buy a crate of it, and watch football with some friends.
Today it's warm: it will help this beer through the review. I have a sample that's bottled very recently.

It has a very clear yellow to golden colour, the head disappears slowly. It has reasonable carbonation.
The smell is very neutral, slightly malty and citrus.
The taste is fresh with little hops , slightly bitter, with a sweet malt finish, spice and citrus.
As expected, it's pretty thin/watery in the mouth.
For a lager it's pretty good, it easily stands tests with other euro-lagers I've had.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.31/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

15.2 oz. swing-top green bottle,

A: Pours golden, with a soapy white head with fair retention, good clarity.

S: Clean, again soapy, really light hop aroma.

T: Pretty much classic Euro lager. Noble hops, bready malt with a sweet finish. Notes of grass, candied orange, and minour berry.

M: Solid beer body, very smooth, good hop character in the aftertaste.

D: A solid lager on the cheap, definitely better than Heineken. Always been on of my favourite macro Euro beers.

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Photo of Bananaman
2.77/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I've tried this beer alot of times, but I've never got a proper chance to review it, so here it goes;

The beer pours a golden color with a nice white foam, the foam settles to a thin lid of foam after a while. The bottle is kind of nice, a profile bottle on a euro lager ain't that bad.

The smell holds some flowery notes with slight notes of malts and some earthy hops. Decent smell, but all the notes are quite weak.

Taste is quite crispy with those earlier mentioned flowery notes. Some earthy hops too.

Too thin for my taste, but went down quite nicely to some pasta bolognese.

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Photo of AdmiralDiaz
3.18/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle to pint glass. Smells slightly skunky as I expected. Strong grain and some hopiness. Tastes about the same as it smells, but has a much bolder flavor than I expected. Strong graininess with some notes of hops. mouthfeel is good, well carbonated and semi-creamy. Overall pretty good for the style, very easy to drink and has a decent flavor. good enough for me.

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Photo of Patrick999
2.66/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Had this at a bar where this was the super-premium brand. Might as well review. I can't believe I'd never had this before.

A - I poured the contents of the bottle into a frozen pint glass. It was a nice golden color, decent head, a little lacing. Can't complain. Not a bad looking beer at all.

S - Sticking my nose in, I think I detected some hop, though it had a bit of the Stella skunk.

T - Honestly? Just a standard "import lager" skunkiness, with a little more hop. Not terrible, but not really what I'd call good. In truth, it's just a notch above Heineken, as it does have a little refreshing crispness and lemon-zest hop character to it. A little.

F - Pretty gassy. I can't believe people actually drink this out of the bottle - I witnessed quite a few. Pour your beer, people.

D - Skunk, boredom, and gas all contribute to make this a bit of a slog. I wish I'd ordered another Guinness instead.

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Photo of Jimmys
2.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Looks like a lager, smells like a lager, just nothing too special. As for taste, not noting significant hop flavors or malt. Mouthfeel is nothing to really savor for too long. Nice day drink although I wish it was a little cheaper for what you are getting. But who can complain with the swing top bottles! Stocking up for my homebrewww.

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Photo of Rudgers73
3.15/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Boddington's Imp. pint glass. Fizzy and yellow, a bit darker than most american macro lagers. Light head that quickly subsides. This beer is similar to Heineken, but there is a little bit more body and malt to it. The malt isn't quite enough to take the cheap adjunct taste out of the end, though. Cool bottle, mediocre adjunct lager inside.


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Photo of woemad
3.48/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

15.2oz green swingtop bottle. "The Original Swingtop." Not sure I believe that. Picked up at a local grocery store for $2.19. Best before July 23, 2009 per the neck (i.e., only) label. I've heard this was the beer choice of John Cale back in the days when he was merrily abusing various substances while chopping heads of chickens in concert and singing about how the "bugger in the short sleeves fucked [his] wife."

Poured a slightly hazy straw color, with about an inch of white foam that wasn't quite as fizzy as I was expecting. Said head dropped fairly fast, leaving brief-lived sheets that receeded to spots.

Very subdued nose, with vague grassy and herbal hop notes. There's also a mild, biscuity malt scent and a grainy earthiness way in the background. Not skunky at all, so that's a relief. I tend to view the green bottle hysteria as greatly overstated, but I'm still glad it doesn't seem to be an issue.

Fairly mild in the taste, with the bready malts dominating, though they are well balanced by the herbal and very slightly spicy hoppiness. Mild dry zap at the swallow.

Body is just like one would expect for a Euro lager, with a slightly prickly mouthfeel.

Very drinkable, but not terribly exciting. I'd choose this over a domestic pale lager, and would consider this as a lawnmower beer, but that's the limit of its usefulness to me, as it's not interesting enough to pay extra, and it's not cheap enough to drink as a blank slate beer.

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Photo of colts9016
3.53/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured the beer into a pokal glass at 43 degrees.

Appearance: A pale light yellow with a slight dark hue. There is effervescene in the beer and the clarity of the beer is clear.

Nose: A nice light floral fragrent, with a slight sweetness to the malt.

Taste: A nice light spicy fragrent and slight sweetness to the malt.

Overall: The mouth feel is carbonated and dry. The body of the the beer is medium light and the finish is dry and slightly bitter. The is one of my stand by beers and I enjoy drink this beer. It is good beer to drink.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
3.16/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Very clear, straw yellow in color. Decent head for a pale lager with lots of little bubbles

S- Smells like bread and grass along with "lager" aroma

T- Taste reminds me of sourdough bread with grainy/grassy tones and a decent pinch of bitterness and floral characteristics from the light hopping. Nothing bad, nothing good.

M- Carbonation is spot on - bubbly without being distracting. Body is a bit heavy for me

D- Cool bottle with a re-sealable cap. The beer isn't that great, but it's better than Bud

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Photo of kellywilson50
3.15/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Grolsch in a can is the only way to go - don't be tempted by those fancy swing tops! Unfortunately this is really just another light lager but compared to others in it's class it is very drinkable. It's head is pretty flat and there is little to no aroma but the flavor balances hop bitterness with a light sweetness. On a hot day sitting at the beach, a Grolsch in hand is not a bad option.

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Grolsch Premium Lager from Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.
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