Grolsch Blond | Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.

79 Ratings

Brewed by:
Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-24-2002

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Photo of GregoryCiuba
5/5  rDev +72.4%

Photo of agsourdough1
4.75/5  rDev +63.8%

Photo of SilentSabre
4.08/5  rDev +40.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've known about this brew for quite sometime, but only just now got around to purchasing and tasting it. I'm glad I did. It's quite tasty. It's a light orange/medium yellow in colour with a fluffy snow white head. Its smell is almost sweet with very little evidence of hops and plenty of evidence of malt; Which is good, seeing as how I really, really don't like hops. The taste, too, is almost sweet with plenty of malt on the finish. Very light mouth feel and little carbonation make this very easy to drink. I'll admit that there isn't a terrible lot of flavour here, but it is pleasant and would certainly make a great session beer. It's fairly light, goes down smoothly, and isn't at all offensive. What's not to like about that?!

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Photo of Molson2000
4/5  rDev +37.9%

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 joedon
3.51/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yellow-gold beer with thin white head. Very clear but not overly carbonated.

Smells a little bit medicinal with very little hop aroma.

Tastes like the macro-beer that it is. Listed as a blonde ale but tastes pretty much like Grolsch lager. Not bad, just kind of blah...

Mouthfeel on the watery side with a little bit of malty-hoppy aftertaste. Very drinkable.

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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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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.47/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a. Pale yellow with a very short livid head.

s. Smell is not very strong, just grains and wheat in the nose.

t/m. A nice crystal malt body with notes of grain. Noble hops in the background. Biscuity yeast and finishes slightly dry. Mouthfeel is smooth, crisp with ample carbonation. Light bodied and refreshing.

D. A surprisingly decent blonde. Not a style I even care for but this is on par with the guidelines and pretty good actually.

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Photo of LarryKemp
3.43/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have to start this review off by saying I was EXPECTING to smell a skunky beer. I had in my hand a clear bottle of yellow beer. What else should I expect. I was somewhat disappointed. NO SKUNK!!!! I got ripped off. I cannot even rant and rave about the evils of the not brown bottle. Well here goes with my review.

This lager poured a bright clear yellow with a white cloud like hear that left lace that still clings to the side of my glass. A slight swirl of the glass brings the head back to life.

The aroma is muted and a very little sweet graininess. No off aromas whatsoever.

The taste is sweet malt with no hop bitterness. For my taste too balanced to the malt. But still it is clean. It finishes almost cloyingly on the tongue.

The mouthfeel is medium light. Almost surprisingly so. I was expecting something very light and it does not fit with my misconceptions.

This would be a good beer for someone who was trying to branch out from Bud. It is light but does have some flavor.

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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 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 DoctorStrangiato
3.38/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a 500-ml can into a draught glass.

Appearance - pours a bright yellow colour with decent head formation. Gives way to strong lacing along the sides.

Smell - bright floral and corn notes, fresh leaves and grasses.

Taste - starts with a decent bitter effect and then switches quickly to Euro-malt sweetness. Tastes of thin veggies to the finish along with a resurgence of light bitters.

Mouthfeel - not bad, some active carbonation on the front. Not a champion of smoothness.

Drinkability - this is the second time I've had this brew. As with the first time, it's a reasonable light beer choice because it's not all watery. Also there is decent bitterness for the ABV - often 4% beers are weaker on this character.

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

a-Pours a nice golden colour....reminiscent of any other beer. Very short lived head.

s-malts yeast and adjuncts....hmmm not thrilled with the smell.

t-easy going...mild malts...some bready notes....almost no hop characteristic.

m- solid for a 4% beer.

o-solid drinking beer. I would def buy this beer again. I'm a big Grolsch fan.

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Photo of chakadrum
3.31/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Empty golden color. No head and light lacing.

Smell is skunky like I expected (and enjoy). Taste is also of a skunky nature that reminds me of normal Grolsch lager along with several other german beers of this style. Just the right amount of bitterness lingers on this one which leads to good drinkability. I find this very refreshing simply because it is simple.

Good carbonation. Would be better if some sort of taste lingered longer.

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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 Gambrinus1184
3.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served at Ditto's in Litchfield, Conn.

A: A clear, pale golden color with a faint ring of carbonation which left a faint wisp of soapy lace.

S: Smells faintly astringent, with a bit of bittersweet corn and grain in the nose.

T: The taste erred "Euro lager at first" but actually mellowed to a nice, drying toasted biscuit flavor with a bit of honey sweetness and a dry hop finish. It was a real curveball, and not all that bad.

M: Mouthfeel is light, crisp and drying toward the finish.

D: I'd probably go for a one and done, but maybe for someone who wanted to take it easy for a night and liked the semi-sweet dry finish would really go for it. It's pretty drinkable, overall.

This is for a person who likes dry ginger ale, or something. One of those beers that you really can;t warm up to, but has a little twist to it that makes you able to live with it. Pretty dry and grainy, but an uncomplicated, easy drinking Euro blonde ale.

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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 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 hopley
3.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of 4ster
3.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of BeerOps
3.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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 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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Photo of jaz58
3.2/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wow..a corona from the netherlands. A very simple beer. Clear gold colour with some effervesence. A frothy head which lattices along the entire glass. Hint of lemon but lots of lime in the nose. Generous hints of lime in the taste with a subtle bitter at the end. A beer to wash your wings down with.

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