Grolsch Light Lager | Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.

Grolsch Light LagerGrolsch Light Lager
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Grolsch Light LagerGrolsch Light Lager

Brewed by:
Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.

Style: Light Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by arguemaniac on 03-13-2006

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Ratings: 51 |  Reviews: 18
Reviews by Phatz:
Photo of Phatz
2.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

There is actually nothing offensive about this beer but it has little redeeming qualities other than the H2O present. Cold and refreshing sure but mostly tasteless.

Appearance: Pale pee color with a fizzy soda like head that fades instantly and leaves no lace at all.

Smell: The fizzy water seemed mostly devoid of aroma but there is a stale grain bitter odor that eventually emerges.

Taste: The flavor is fleeting but wisps of grain and there is an indistinct bitterness lacking any fresh hop flavor but it is not *that* bad, just pointless.

Mouthfeel: Very light which is appropriate to style my main complaint was the over-carbonation. Way too fizzy.

Drinkability: Yes this is a beer I would stomach out of curtsey. I have had worse Light Lagers but I would never buy or drink many. The fizzyness is to high and the flavor too low.

Hope this is helpful.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of olradetbalder
1.5/5  rDev -50.2%

Photo of chuckgietzen
2.77/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.53/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grolsch Light pours a surprisingly darker than expected golden body beneath a solid finger of fluffy bright white lace that holds exceptionally well and leaves some very nice rings of lace about the glass. Median-sized bubbled can be seen racing upwards, and there's a little bit of crinkling to be heard if you put your ear to the glass as the head subsides.

Unfortunately my sample is light-stuck and "skunky" in the nose. Beyond that there's some sweetish, grainy and straw-like grassy notes. I'd imagine that an unskunked bottle, or draft, would be quite pleasant.

The flavor is lighter than the standard Grolsch to be sure, but it's not watery. In fact, I'd argue that there are quite a few "pilsners" on the market that have less flavor than this. It's got a decent maltiness to it, and some hops as well, and it's grainy, grassy, softly herbal, lightly sweet with a very soft drop of honey, and even a bit floral and spicy. The bitterness is low, but of course it has to be in a light beer. It could stand a little bit more bitterness as there's actually some malt here, but it follows the balance of the original Grolsch. It's malty and bitter at once, then a touch more bitter across the middle, and then much softer in the finish.

For a light beer it's got a good amount of flavor and complexity with some very nice malt and hop flavors working together to complete the whole. I'm not sure how many calories are in this, but it's certainly one of the better light beers I've tried.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Pilsner glass. Best by date 09June'09

A - Clear golden yellow with a large white head of two fingers size. Decent retention and sticky lacing.

S - Sweet corn, dry straw, and light malts with a low level of hops detectable on the nose.

T - Sweet corn and malts flood the palate. Adjunct in flavor with a slight hop crispness to it. No bitterness at all but some unsettling flavor lingering in the background. Slight apple cider.

M - Its quite smooth actually with a refreshing crisp and slightly dry aspect to it.

D - Its a drinkable brew of course. A bit sweeter of a beer for a lawn mower type but it will go down nicely and refresh too.

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Photo of matjack85
3.25/5  rDev +8%

Photo of user785335
3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of witster18
2.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

more bitter than other light lager's...more flavor than other light lagers...crisper....not too bad on aftertaste. fizzyfoamy. This is sooo much better than Heiny lt! They should have taken notice a long time ago. This is not a great beer...but for the style it is pretty good. The bitter euro lager is still their but the calories are not. Some corn...but a nice earthy bitter finish for a can...affordable...for an import...but ALL light beers are overpriced on the flavor to cost ratio...but if you can't afford(or find) Mar's ...or you want a little more abv...this is a good alternative.

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Photo of bushbeer75
3.3/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz green bottle

Grolsch is a pale yellow light lager that drinks crisp, clean and easy to quaff. Low hop character, and is balanced. Lower in flavor, however this is a light lager and I usually don’t drink this style. It is [a little] above average for the style and its price is very economical.
It should be a good brew to drink on a hot day.

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Photo of ovaltine
2.75/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of arguemaniac
2.75/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very pale, dull yellow with a brief, fizzy white head. A first taste, this brew is stale and grainy, but the flavor softens up a bit after a few more sips: it remains grainy but with some mild though balancing hop flavor. Also, the mildly silky mouthfeel is just a bit better than that of most light lagers. However, it’s still bland and stale, and even though that’s kinda the case with most light lagers, there are certainly better examples of the style than this one. Not recommended.

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Photo of Hophead21
3/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of ksmi116
3.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass from a swing top bottle.
Initially picked up just for a few extra swing tops for homebrew.

A - Pours a clear gold with minimal white head.

S - smells like a nice blend of hops and malt, like a well made Budweiser if you will.

T - Lacking on aftertaste, but a good blend of malt and hops for how large of a brewery it is. I'm impressed considering what I was expecting. Tastes like how B/M/C should taste.

M - a little watery, and not much carbonation to it. Crisp, and goes down easily.

D - Overall, this is a quaffable summer beer for those who want to play drinking games with something that isnt a BMC. Decent, but nothing out of the ordinary

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Photo of neenerzig
3.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Drank this for free earlier this evening. I am currently on vacation with family in Florida. This was sitting in the fridge when we arrived here. A 12 oz bottle poured into a tumbler. This beer pours a light to medium clear golden color. Head is about 1/3 inch when poured. Settles to a pretty thin surface cover 2 minutes or so after being poured. Not much lacing. Has a sort of foul, grainy smell with light malt and hops and some vegetable adjuncts. Somewhat malty sweet upfront followed by some fairly mellows hops and a hint of corn maybe. Good balance, but I certainly wish the flavors were stronger overall. Has a crisp, light to medium bodied mouthfeel. Carbonation was fairly heavy, which I found surprising considering the poor head and retention this beer had. Pretty easy to drink, but not necessarily in the way a good beer should be. Feels more like seltzer water than a good beer. Worth a try I guess, but I certainly would not go out of my way to drink this again.


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Photo of Smithperson
2.75/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of probert
3.75/5  rDev +24.6%

Photo of Stijn
3.77/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PhageLab
2.03/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Pale yellow coloration. Produced a very minimal head that disappeared rather quickly. No lacing or retention. Looks like a standard light lager.

S - Not much of anything, some grass notes and a bit of skunk.

T - Egads, someone stole the beer flavor! Tastes like seltzer water with a mildly sour aftertaste. Slightly metallic and and a bit unpleasant.

M - Thin bodied, watery, mild carbonation level, aftertaste lingers on the tongue for a while, and that's not a good thing.

D - A massive step down from Grolsch Premium, which is not a bad brew at all. In the process of turning it into a light brew, however, they definitely lost something. I will not revisit and would not recommend, even for fans of Grolsch.

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

I’d been painting outside on a hot summer night, and just grabbed this one that someone gave me. A good thirst quencher and actually had a good flavor and finish. I wasn’t expecting much, but got more than I thought. It doesn’t make sense that I’m rating this fairly high, being a big-name, light import, but I actually liked this. I’m sure if I were taste testing this under different circumstances, it would not do as well, but hey...I call ’em as I see ’em.

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Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of animal69
3/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Zaso
3/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of SoullessHell
3/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of jrutigs
3/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of spycow
2.64/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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