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 JoEBoBpr
2.83/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

appearance: light golden yellow

smell: hoppy and a little skunky to me. but nothing to turn heads.

taste: i enjoyed it, it had a sharp sour taste and some bitterness to it

mouthfeel: pretty thick and full bodied, crisp fizz that was refreshing

I found a unique way to enjoy this beer: At a Coast Guard Package Store i found boxes that came with two mini kegs(i dont remeber but it seemed like 2-4galons) of Grolsch. It was an intresting way to have it but the taste was vey similar to the bottled brew.

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Photo of jsolack
3.27/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light amber color. Head is mild and lacing is minimal. Very average looking.

Slight coffee scent and "skunky" smell that is typical of the style. Overall pretty nice.

Mild flavor... beefy taste with mild sweetness comming through.

Crisp and slightly heavy. Overall feels really good in mouth.

An easy to drink beer... overall it's very average. Nothing too special to make it stand out from other lagers.

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Photo of Billolick
3.95/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best before date of 6/04 (yeah fresh beer!), 16 ounce swing top bottle.
Straw color, loose head, larger bubbles. Grassy, cabadgy nose.
Light bodied, medium carbonation. Clean flavor, simple lager, not a whloe lot going on ere flavor wise. Refreshing and fairly balanced. No off flavors noticed. The swing top add some character and brings back the memories (used to think this stuff was the best brew around when I was 17)
A pleasant enough quaffer.

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

Grolsch Lager is your basic euro lager, not much to write home about. However, it is better than that other green bottled beer from Holland. Appearance is a fine clear golden with a white sticky cap. The smell (if not skunked) is a fairly mild sweetness, I had an unskunked bottle. The taste is pleasant, but unremarkable, slightly sweet with a hint of grassyness. It's a quaffable beer and a step up from US macro lager. I would really like to try this on tap in Holland. I expect that that would be a completely different experience.

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Photo of surfmeister
3.35/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: golden yellow with sturdy head
Smell: firm hops, and a unique smell, is it skunk? is it flint/metallic? I'm not sure but it cannot be ignored. It was annoying since I tasted it next to a smooth Munich lager.
Taste: ditto of smell, very fragrant but a little odd. I loved this beer the last time I tried it, so I'm giving it points for personality. I'm not sure I like the personality anymore
Mouthfeel: normal lager, nothing special
Drinkability: smooth drinker overall, if you can make friends with it's unique character

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Photo of Naerhu
3.87/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pale yellow body with small white and very sturdy lacing.
Fresh hop and pale malt aroma.

Good malt flavor with piney bitterness. There is something worth drinking here. Something juicey that was not in the bottle.

Nothing very exciting but a very decent brew. The freshness of hops in this beer definately carry the day.

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Photo of Zorro
4.02/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow, got to give it extra points for the nifty bottle though! ;)

Smells strongly of grain and yeast in a good way like very good fresh bread. Also has a malty smell.

Tastes very bready and thick for a lager. There is also an unusual elusive wheat taste here like pasta, strange but not unpleasant. Fairly hoppy, but not really bitter.

One of the thicker lagers, you almost want to chew it. I like German style beers so I LIKE to chew my beer! ;)

Very Drinkable.

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Photo of cyguyjg
3.91/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a clear golden nectar. Good lasting lacing. The lagering is quite apparent in the carbonation that rises slowly throughout the bowl and effervesces on the top. The primary nose for me is one of slightly sweet caramel. The hops are evident but not oppressive, imparting a bitterness that one would expect in a European premium lager. This beer is substantial and fizzy on the tongue but not bitey. I like this beer. I could drink it at session. And I could recommend it to others without reservation.

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Photo of JustinBathurst
2.61/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Swingtop bottle on this one in 473 ml.

Poured a substantial frothed head. Left a good lace and retained very well. It's a clear orange-gold.

Smells of banana, grain, a bit of skunk there, and extremely subtle hops that emerge as the dominant scent with warming.

Light mouthfeel, somewhat slick and coating.

Vague sweetness with a pinching bitter copper. The aftertaste is slightly more coffee and salt with--I'm not kidding--the taste of envelope glue. A lingering aftertaste that emphasizes the bitter qualities. This is what disappoints me most--the bitter is nice, but the sweet that begins is so faint that it strikes me as unbalanced. Not bad, not great. Just sort of lingering in the middle precariously.

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Photo of JISurfer
2.59/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ok, this was a bad beer. I might have gotten a crap bottle, but it was more skunk than anything for me. It was strong in the smell, all I got was skunkness smell, with nothing else to back it up. The taste was similar, but had more on the malt side mixed with the strong skunk esscence. I was sure that it was going to be that way when I saw the green bottle. All I can say is thank God it was free to me.

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

I've always enjoyed this beer, and I hadn't tried it in quite some time. It is still fresh and crisp, and would rank about halfway between a Beck's and a Pilsner Urquell. Looks as good as most pils or lagers, and has a nice (if somewhat mild) flavor. Very good balance. This is my "entry level" beer. Out at a restaraunt, I would be happy with it. Always get the corked bottle. Nothing bad to say, just not in the class of the best beers of the style.

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Photo of RoyalT
2.18/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance – Extremely light yellow in color with pretty good head retention and some decent lacing.

Smell – There’s the tiniest bit of skunk to this one, but otherwise it’s your typical macro grain and sucrose combination.

Taste – The corn comes out big in this one. There’s nothing subtle about the flavor profile here. This one is nasty with a capital “N”.

Mouthfeel – Not quite as thin as most, but cheaply carbonated and not very quenching.

Sinkability – I’m pouring this one down the garbage disposal along with last week’s tuna casserole.

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Photo of Sammy
3.11/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A decent brew and a unique bottle. Pours fizzy yellow. Mild hop flavour. Good enough before a pizza or pasta meal, fine with it. Crisp, light, smooth. Best in Summer, first sip is the best. Bitter aftertaste. Good volume beer for the gang. Slightly better than North American national brands.

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Photo of masterbruewer
2.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer looks great and smells decent.

It pours from the pint-sized green flip-top bottle with a substantial head that sticks around a while and a nice golden color.

The smell is a strong, grassy/grainy one, with a hint of skunkiness.

The flavor starts strong but is almost overpowering. After a while the strong taste and the stinging mouthfeel of the beer numbs the tastebuds a little.

All in all, this is a harsh flavorful brew. Not an everyday beer for me, but good with some spicier foods.

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Photo of DESTRO
3.63/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

$4.99 for a 6er of the 16oz swing couldn't i? pours a nice gold, lots of bubbles and a medium white head. scents of grass, grains, minerals and light hops pop out of the pour. i expected that good old nasty skunk smell, but much to my suprise it didnt exist...maybe because the swing tops come in an enclosed case preventing light from zapping it? anyway, the taste is earthy, light and refreshing, small hop bite yet a little sweet. simple and grainy, easy drinkin. never a fan of the imported macro lagers like heineken, becks and st. pauli girl, this one actually impressed me.

paid $4.99 for a 6 pack of 16ozer's.

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

with the green bottle and the same color scheme on the label I expected it to taste a lot like hieniken, and I wasnt disappointed. It does taste a little more "beerlike" then the big H, but overall I'd say if you like one, you'd like the other, and if you dont...well the same.

The bitterness is pretty much spot on for the average person, oh, and the bottle is cool too.

overall a very average beer.

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Photo of BrewAskew
1.89/5  rDev -39%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Looks good with decent head retention for its kind. Aroma is sweet malt, grassy hops and synthetic rubber. Flavor is mostly harsh hop bitterness, astringency (in the mouthfeel) and little else. Finishes dry, bitter, chalky. I used to like this beer but not enough to buy it again and again. The main attraction must have only been the swing-top bottles.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Aroma is sweet pils type hops. Fresh.
Huge white head. Yellow gold and clear.
Only slightly bitter in start that grows from middle to end with a fairly long bitterness on finish. Smooth malt backing.
Ale like smoothness with thirst quenching properties.
This is fine. Not outstanding but a nice thisrt quencher. Bitterness lingers little too long and isn't pleasant enough tasting.

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Photo of Jdiddy
3.63/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the better lagers I have had from overseas. I had it the first time in Amsterdam and I canb say that the bottle here in the states keps the flavor well (unlike Heineken). It is extremely smooth and a bit buttery. Has a grainy grass like taste as well but is overcome by the smoothness. This is a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of PiratePete
3.35/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a pale yellow with a white head that shrinks to a thin but firm head. There is a slight smell of malt at the beginning and an aftertaste of hops. In the end it is a good lager that has taste. It is one of the better Dutch lagers in a world full of lagers.

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Photo of Ianhockey91
2.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A very very typical euro. Pale yellow fizzy whit head that doesnt last. Touch of malt and some hops nothing to write home about, nice bottle though. One thing to note, i detected a lot i mean a lot of honey flavor if its consumed from a 5 liter mini keg as opposed to the bottle, doing this gives the beer a lot more character and it tastes pretty damn good this way.

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Photo of Brian700
2.88/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a beer I've put off buying for a long time due to my last experience with it. I tried it years ago and thought it was unimpressive at best.

It pours a nice golden color with a thin white head that doesn't stick around very long. It has a skunky aroma that isn't very good at least to my taste. The taste follows the nose. Skunky, grassy, malt. Not a bad mouthfeel but still not impressive. Overall, nothing special. Its a drinkable beer but nothing to conversate about. At least I have four new flip-tops for my homebrew.

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Photo of kindestcut
2.23/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I'm tempted to give ths beer two reviews. But I'll give it three instead:

1) Look at the cool bottle! Flippy top! Flippy top!

2) Read my review of Heineken and take the flavor down a notch.

3) A fair pale lager with a hint of sulpher and few redeeming qualities. The similarity to Heineken is there but the Grolsch is not as putrid, not close. However, the same smelly qualities are here and it's not pretty.

The Grolsch looks ok, and sitting next to the flippity top bottle, the beer looks nice. Take away the bottle and it's nothing special. The aroma is not especially strong, with a sour tint. I understand this is probably how it is supposed to smell but I don't have to like it.

The flavor is a combination of bitterness and cooked veggies, although not incredibly strong. This is a beer that I would drink agian if I were dying of thirst. If not, then there are many other passable choices, even at a bar with a bad selection.

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Photo of slitherySOB
1.76/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Far below average lager. Bought the single, swing top bottle. Hey, that was neat. It's also the highlight of the beer, and I haven't even poured it yet. Let's see, somewhat darker than gold colour. Alot of carbonation, and yet very little head. What was their did leave a little lace on my glass. Whoa, bad smell. Cooked vegetables, wet malt, little hops, soggy cardboard and skunk juice. Hmm, green bottle, skunked beer. Who would see that coming? Very bad taste. Skunky taste up front, cooked veggie taste in the middle, bitter skunk aftertaste. Thin, overcarbonated mouthfeel. I would not drink this again. Even if it were offered for free, I'd choose something else. Even Bud Light. At least the taste in Bud Light isn't skunk.

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Photo of beerguy101
1.08/5  rDev -65.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Fizzy beer gold color. Large fizzy head. Aroma is DMS, wet cardboard and Flavor is matly and slightly hoppy, but is obscured by the green bottle skunkyness. Bad bottle? Possibly, I have tried this beer several times and it always taste like this, some more some less, Average lager, but this one was UNDRINKABLE

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Grolsch Premium Lager from Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.
3.1 out of 5 based on 1,827 ratings.
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