you’re a homebrewer, chances are pretty good you’ve had Grolsch Premium
Lager since its swing-top bottles are great for bottling your own
homebrews. I’ve been Homebrewing for nearly four years and I’ve never
actually had this beer until now. I went in with some expectations and
this beer met them almost exactly. It’s essentially the same as all the
other brews of its type, though I will say this one is a tad
cleaner-tasting and actually has some hop character to it. An all-malt
version in a can would probably be a solid beer whereas this is just…
I poured a 15.2oz bottle into a mug. It had a best before date of 9/10/15 and cost $2.99 ($0.20 per ounce).
Appearance: Crystal clear golden/amber color. Slow, small carbonation
bubbles sporadically rise. Pours to a large, white, foamy head which
mostly dissipates and leaves minor lacing.
Smell: Pretty skunky at first due to the green bottle, but it quickly
fades. Eventually has an almost neutral, generic pale lager aroma.
Taste: The first swig was a tad sour and abrasive due to the
light-strike, but my palate quickly became accustomed to it. I picked up
on some lightly sweet honey/amber maltiness at the beginning and some
lightly spicy hop bitterness on the finish. I’m not sure if this beer
contains adjuncts, though I do detect a light Corn Flakes flavor or some
kind of corn product. Whatever it is, the palette just doesn’t seem
completely “pure.” There is minor acetaldehyde (green apple flavor) in
the aftertaste, but it’s mild and tolerable. The spicy hop character
fades entire too quickly – had it lingered this would actually pretty
good for a macro “premium” lager. I could drink this for the bottle if
for no other reason.
Drinkability: At only 5% ABV, Grolsch Premium Lager does exactly what
it’s supposed to do: work as a light-bodied lager. The mouthfeel is thin
and crisp, but with no carbonic bite. Somewhat refreshing while in the
mouth, but not a refreshing beer per se due to the acetaldehyde
character. Too heavy to session, too light to stand up to anything other
than snack fare.