Brew Review: Grolsch Premium Lager

30 Aug

Brew: Grolsch Premium Lager

Brewed by: Grolsche Bierbrouwerij (Enschede, Holland)

Style: European Pale Lager (5.0% ABV)


From a request I dug into my fridge and found a beer that is much easier to find yourself and therefore more of a common man’s brew. Needless to say I haven’t been to the liquor store for too long otherwise I probably would have had a better selection of common brews. Grolsch is a pale lager that has been produced in some fashion since 1615. So its got some staying power, which means lots of people like this beer.

It poured out a very clear, pale yellow. Very clear, made me think of yellow water actually. Maybe not the best idea that comes to mind when your about to drink something but hey, I know I’ve had worse. There was a decent sized light white head, it settled within a minute but the bubbles never stopped rising on this one, it was well carbonated. Let’s face it though, the carbonation is one of the reasons we drink beer, because its just one more thing that water doesn’t have.

The aroma that came off this beer was what you would expect, the skunky, funky lager smell that we here in America can associate with Bud and Miller staples. There were some pale malt smells in there as well, but overall that typical lager smell and mostly water.

The first sip had some sweet malts, a little hop presence that balanced this brew nicely. There are apparently some bittering and aroma hops used in the brewing process of this one, of which I guess I picked up a little of each but I think they were just there to balance out the pale malts. There was some bread tastes as well from the malts.

This is a very easy drinking beer. It has a little sweetness to it, some light grassy hops. A very crisp refreshing brew, nothing really offensive about it. It has been around for literally centuries and it has been popular that whole time, I would say that they got a winner here. This beer does exactly what its supposed to: appeals to the masses, with crisp subtly flavors that make it enjoyable for everyone. For the most part though its a bland beer that will be consumed in mass quantities on Friday and Saturday nights by people who think they are too good for a Keystone or Natural light and got too much money to spend on a beer that’s maybe a step up from those two.


Overall Grade: C+


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