Grolsch Blond | Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.

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Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Ratings: 79 |  Reviews: 55
Reviews by Brent:
Photo of Brent
3.2/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Packaged in a clear bottle, but, surprisingly, no off aroma. Pale golden yellow with short-lived head. I noted on the bottle that "sugars" was listed as an ingredient, so I expected a very adjunct-laden flavor. The beer turned out to be pretty well put-together for the style - the flavor profile was clean, finishing with a small amount of residual sweetness. Hopping was low, as one would expect. Smooth and a worthwhile alternative to the generic U.S. macro lager.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.22/5  rDev +11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Not very impressive, looks BMC through its clear bottle. Aroma is nonexistant.

Taste, another winner for Grolsch. Very light, but still packs the trademark Grolsch snappiness, and boy does it go well with a spliff.

Mouthfeel, not a lot to savor. Pair this beer with your smoke, not the best in and of itself unless its the peak of summer. Very drinkable, these go down great in the right atmosphere.

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Photo of zjungleist
1.9/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I would say this beer is sub par at best. Piss yellow, zero head (after 30 seconds), smells like the floor of a frat house.

Taste is nothing. Slighly oxidized/metalic aftertaste, which overpowers any malt or hops that might be there.

Why not drink Miller or Bud? It's cheaper, and at least you wouldn't be fooling yourself. A true dissapointment.

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Photo of Sammy
2.2/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

After a run of good beers, we introduced this in the mix. This can spews out a fizzy foamed pale yellow colour with a slightly cheesy aroma. Its thinnish body of metallic malted water gives momentary repause on thirst, and that, 10% of the can, was..enough.Decent carbonation, drying. Corny aftertaste.

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Photo of agsourdough1
4.75/5  rDev +63.8%

Photo of k47k
2.94/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of JamLand
2.75/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.59/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Can: Poured a deep golden color ale with a large pure white foamy head with great retention and surprisingly some great lacing. Aroma of light sweet malt is quite bland. Taste is also very bland and boring with some limited malt presence discernable. Refreshing with no distinguishable adjunct or any other defect but too bland to be truly inetersting.

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Photo of Aleforge
2.15/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I had this beer over the weekend on Easter. It was one of the most mundane beers I have ever had. Everything was just "Ok", looked a bit light, tasted a bit boring, smelled kind of skunky. Head was very fine and was gone in seconds. I could drink this stuff on hot days, better then Bud Light, but would rather have a hundred other brands over this one, including Michelob.

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Photo of Beerman420
3.28/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Good beer overall. A light spring brew great for the hot weekends. Smell could be better. Taste a little corny, unique but pleasent. Appearence is attractive, not a good winter beer though, a little too light. Much better than Budweiser for many reasons: Taste (not as "bland"), texture (doesn't feel like your drinking club soda), and Smell (doesn't smell like cement).

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Photo of peabody
3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours out like any macro with very little head and not much carbonation.
Smell is yeast and malt with a slight citrus aroma.
Taste is very smoothe with just a slight hint of a malt and yeast taste.
Aftertaste is almost nil but I get a slight citrus flavor with the yeasty residue.
This is a good session beer if you happen to be in a place that has this on tap.

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Photo of mikesgroove
2.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

clear blond light brew with a thin and quenching tatse. tastes clean and golden. being watery and without a malty taste doesn’t bother me at all. honey and carroty nutmeg so light and hidden well. too expensive. beach beer, as I could not see myself drinking this at any other place, and only if it were free.

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Photo of witster18
3.27/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

If your a beer purist or someone who likes flavorful beers, then you may not agree with this review. Grolsch Blonde Lager had very little taste and is a little lighter in color than a MGD. I think it would be unfair to judge this beer against excellent tasty crafts....for that is not the market of beer drinkers this was aimed for. This Blonde lager is sweet with a little hops to be detected. For anyone that drinks Bud or Miller products....this will be a welcome addition to the fridge. It goes down like cool-aid after two hours of yard work...and I found it to be light but sweet with very little...if any...unpleasantries. There is nothing special about this beer except that it may be the most poundable beer I have ever tried...while being watered down, it doesn't possess nearly as many off tastes and is unbelievably easy to drink. I threw this in a variety six...just to try it...I was pleasantly suprised....not a bad brew! Little to no head...taste like a sweet hellas ultra light....a little grainy but no bad....moderate carbonation. My mother would drink this beer....but I must admit....I will revisit it myself...especially if I just have a mission...if you know what I mean.

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Photo of blackie
2.64/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

appearance: The pour into my pilsner glass creates a .5" white head that recedes very slowly, being fed by a rush of bubbles from the bottom. The beer is a pale golden color.

smell: Typical light grainy sweetness associated with the style. Considerable noble hop aroma. Hints of grain, wet canned dog food (I swear), and...well, I can't get past the dog food.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is medium and smooth...kinda low actually, but just a little. The body is on the slicker, heavier side of the light range.

taste: Pretty much the same as the nose, though the "dog food" that I mentioned is less noticeable here. There's a sweetness of light grain that dominates, with light noble hop flavors and just a touch of bitterness.

drinkability: Easy to drink, I guess, but I don't want to do so again

Given to me by a friend back home, who gets hooked up with beers from the distributor. There is a best by date of 21 April 2006 printed on the reverse label.

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Photo of Ragingbull
3.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a blonde lager despite being listed on here as a blonde ale. At least Grolsch calls it a blonde lager. Anyway, the beer pours a light yellow or pale straw color. The head is wispy and light with traces of lacing. The nose is a "classic" beer nose of light malts and grains like most macrobrews and festival type beers. The attack is fresh and clean, but there is really not a whole lot of flavors to cover in a review. Some light malt and clean grains. The finish is crisp and clean. Nothing spectacular, but not bad. Its relatively easy drinking, but I hesitated to bump up the drinkability because it wasn't exactly calling me back to drink another. It was another beer I fished out of my brother-in-law's beer fridge.

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Photo of Gusler
2.26/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The after its departure form the 12-ounce clear bottle sets in the glass an unblemished straw color, the head portly and bright white with the texture semi-creamy, the lace a white sheet to conceal the glass. Sweet malt dominates the nose, crisp and clean, start is sweet with a light malt presence and the top spindly in feel. Finish is light to moderate in its acidity, the hops present but mild and the aftertaste dry, drinkable, but by no means a favorite of mine, sample once every 4 years or so just for the hell of it.

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Photo of ProfessorHomer
3.89/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Overview: An "American Blonde Ale" brewed in Europe that tastes like the offspring of a Lager and a Pilsner and yet is an Ale - me really likee!

A: A good-looking, pretty beer in its clear bottle, it pours out seemingly even more clear and somewhat carbonated (less than expected) with a nice white head.

S: Smells just like a lager. An American Lager.

T: Here's the interesting part - tastes like a cross between a Lager and a Pilsner! Starts off with distinctive Pilsnerness and finishes with that mildly hoppy Lagerness well into its lingertaste. Quite mild tasting, with no offense nor too much carbonation. Goes down smoothly, almost too smoothly, you need to pay close attention or you will miss its mild supple subtle seductiveness. You will probably need to drink two just to make sure. Finishes clean.

M: Good, Pilsner-like with nice carbonation. Lighter, not overwhelming. A GREAT summer, hot-weather beer.

D: This has "mass-market US hit" potential written all over it. A great session beer, nice quality balance of ingredients, solid water base, mild tasting, clear & clean, can easily put down two (or more) at a party. And that fascinating balance straddling the styles of a Pilsner and a Lager while being an Ale! All wrapped up in that clear, pretty bottle. Women will buy it, men will fall for it.

This Homer was weaned on American mass-market Lagers and Pilsners. This beer is a giant step up and over them American standards. I sandwiched a few of these between a few of those and Grolsch Blonde Ale blew them others away. And this Homer don't usually like blondes!

If this had become more available nationwide at the beginning of Summer, Blue Moon would never have become successful. I am a little worried though about the clear glass bottle and the beer turning too soon. If only all brewers put a "born on" or a "best drunk by" date on all their beers....

Drink it - you will not be disappointed. I can't wait to try this on tap.

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Photo of lordbrad1
2.1/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

When I found this at the local packy I was pretty stoked. I'm a huge fan of Grolsch in the swing top bottle (both the lager and the amber), and couldn't wait to get this stuff home and try it....I should have waited...a long long time lol.

The smell is very much like the green bottle lager. It's pretty crisp and clean. Not much foam (but I was drinking it from the bottle not a glass). The taste however was kinda lacking, and to my horror I'd tasted it before...from a bottle of Miller High Life. They're so much alike in taste, right down to the shitty after taste, that I'm surprised no one else has pointed it out.

I'd say give it a pass, and just get the green bottle if you're looking for a lager. However if you want some High Life in a fancier bottle for twice the price, by all means have a go at it.

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Photo of toolbrew
3.35/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light golden color with little to no head.

Faint grainy smell. Light malt or rice.

Get a slightly bitter aftertaste. Smooth light taste going down. Slightly grainy.

Goes down easy and flows over the tongue. Some carbonation felt at the back of the mouth.

Seems to be like the lager but lighter. Not a bad beer for a hot day.

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Photo of FreshHawk
2.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Light straw yellow color. Bubbly, foamy white head. Disappears fast and leaves just the slightest lace.

S - Sweet grain, mostly corn. Slight grassy smell too. Mostly sweet.

T - A lot of sweet grainy taste. A bit of grassy and floral hops. Kind of like a hoppy and sweet adjunct lager.

M - Light body and decent carbonation. Somewhat watery and fizzy.

D - Easy to drink with the mouthfeel. Flavors easy to drink and pretty inoffensive, but not a beer that I would search out. Summer beer that would be a good replacement for something like Corona. A little too sweet to be all that drinkable.

Notes: A lot like a Macro/everyday lager. Not a great beer, but decent compared to things like Corona, which it taste like. Unfortunately that is not really what I look for in a beer.

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Photo of RoundelMike
3.42/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Grolsch Blonde Lager was a beer that I had never heard of but picked up spontaneously from my local grocery store. The packaging was attractive, and I admit that this was the reason for my purchase.

I find this beer to be fantastically drinkable. It has a sweet taste, but the sweetness doesn't go overboard. Carbonation is ample--if not strong--and compliments the sweet, slightly skunky flavor. I'm not overall in love with the yellow appearance of this beer, and it does pour a rather weak head. Lacing is nearly nonexistent. The smell is quite skunky but it also hints at the sweetness.

Overall Grolsch's blond lager offering is a session favorite of mine and I continue to purchase the beer regularly. The lackluster appearance is soon forgotten and becomes a non-issue while enjoying this fine beer.

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Photo of Giggy
2.75/5  rDev -5.2%

Photo of Pegasus
3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Medium golden color, quite clear, with a large, coarse, white head, scattered patchy lacing, and fat fast-rising bubbles.

Aroma: Light toasted malt notes, mild grassiness, with slight noble hops. Despite the clear bottle, no skunk off-aroma was present.

Taste: Slight caramel and lightly toasted malts at the open, midway through the taste mild hops with a slight metallic note overlay the taste. The finish is clean and dry.

Mouth feel: Smooth and pleasant, fairly full, soft, with a sting of carbonation at the tip of the tongue.

Drinkability/notes: Pleasant, unremarkable, better than American examples of the style, nothing special, but nothing to despise, either.

Presentation: Packaged in a short, clear glass custom bottle with a pop-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

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Photo of arguemaniac
3.41/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The light palate features a soft, slightly buttery breadyness with some decent grassy character. The mellow sweetness is balanced nicely by a slight hop bitterness. Refreshing, but far from watery.

Not as substantial as the regular Grolsch, but a decent beer.


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Photo of dmurray50000
3.5/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pretty good attempt at a mass market blonde

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Grolsch Blond from Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.
Beer rating: 2.9 out of 5 with 79 ratings