Beer Reviews Grolsch Premium Lager
I have a confession to make. Sometimes, my love of imported and craft brewed beer makes me act like something of a beer dictator. A beer-tator if you will. As such, I often ride my brother when it comes to his taste for certain pale, European lagers. It occurred to me recently that I might be behaving unfairly towards the beers Gary enjoys. To that end I picked up a can of Grolsch this week and brought it home for a tasting.
Grolsch was founded in 1615 in the Dutch town of Groenlo by Willem Neerfeldt. Today, the company is located in the town of Enschede and has been part of the SABMiller group since 2008. Currently, Grolsch is the second largest brewer in Holland after Heineken and is the 21st largest provider of beer in the world. Available in 70 countries worldwide, Grolsch is best known for its lager, Grolsch Premium Pilsner.
Grolsch pours into the glass pale yellow, the color of straw. Light carbonation supports a fluffy, bone white head. Head shows decent signs of retention, actually lasting a couple minutes before receding. Aroma gives me malt in the front in the form of biscuits and grains. There is a pleasant hint of sweetness in the center. This is followed by a lack of hop aroma. There’s nothing in the aroma but grains and hints of sweetness. Unfortunately, the lack of hops in the nose leaves the aroma without a solid finish.
Taking a sip, Grolsch is a light bodied lager with enough mouthfeel to keep it from feeling watery. Flavor follows the nose very directly. At first blush it seems to be a short, straight line from graininess to dry finish with no stops in between. In the middle is a suggestion of corn sweetness. This moves straight into a long, lingering, dry finish. As with the nose, Grolsch’s flavor is a fairly linear progression from straightforward malt presence to the finish with no stops in between.
I feel as though the best I can say about Grolsch is that it’s drinkable. Unfortunately, I can’t say I find it very refreshing. With such a hugely dry finish and almost no pronounced sweetness in the center to provide balance, Grolsch does little but dry my palate with every sip. Overall, Grolsch rates a 6.3 out of 10. When all is said and done, Grolsch seems to be made for those who want to say they drink something better than mainstream American lagers without giving up the flavors of said lagers.
1. Grolsch Brewery
2. Grolsch Premium Lager | Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V. | BeerAdvocate