722: Grolsch Premium Pilsner

722 - Grolsch Premium PilsnerName: Grolsch Premium Pilsner
Brewery: Grolsch Bierbrouwerij
Country of Origin: Netherlands
City & State: Enschede
Style: Euro Pale Lager
Alcohol Content (ABV): 5.0%
First Brewed: 1897
Price: $1.99

Tasting Notes
On the nose, soft and fragrant notes of grassy hops. Gentle carbonation on the palate, good body, light graininess, and hints of herbal and spicy hop leading through to a bitter finish.

Ricky’s Thoughts

I don’t expect this beer to be good. I am sure it is a good example of the style, or it will remind me of Europe… But this won’t blow me away. Of course, there are people out there that think every beer will blow me away. Yes, typically I like beers to impress me. Especially expensive beers. This beer isn’t expensive, and is something I could drink a gallon of while in Europe.

The top is cool… The flip top cap on the bottle. That’s unique. Also, the bottle says Premium Lager, not Premium Pilsner. I did some digging, and couldn’t find the Lager anywhere. Even BeerAdvocate lists them as the same beer. Are they different? If they are, we need to review that one. Someone tell me if we are wrong! Erick?

In the Glass: As I was pouring this, the beer did produce a nice head. It didn’t last long, but it looked refreshing as I was pouring it. Not much lace. I expect this to be easy to drink and provide a subtle spicy flavor.

Nose: It smells OK… A hint of skunk to it. That’s not a bad thing, though. This beer comes in a green bottle, and most beers, for whatever reason, that come in a green bottle smell and taste like that. The aroma isn’t very powerful, so maybe the flavor will be. Here we go. Cheers!

Flavor: At first, nothing… Then you are hit with an almost clove spiciness and it finished with a nice almost grassy flavor. Not much hop character. This is a beer that you are going to want to drink ice cold, too. Letting this warm up won’t do you any good. Like I said, I didn’t expect great things. But it does make me wish I was in Europe.

Mouthfeel: That beer is VERY easy to drink. Almost like water. That could be dangerous. There is a hint of carbonation toward the finish, but other than that, I could chug this stuff.

Aftertaste: There isn’t much of an aftertaste, either. What is there are those same clove notes that I was getting earlier. As I swallow the flavor becomes almost drying. I bet this would pair well with Thanksgiving dinner. The dryness from the turkey and the stuffing. Maybe I will grab a bottle wherever we end up this Thanksgiving. Say, San Diego? #tradition

I hate the saying, “It is what it is.” Of course it is what it is… Because it is… What it is. Make sense? That is what this beer is. I wouldn’t order it, but glad we got the chance to review it. Cheers!

Grolsch Premium Pilsner – The bottle says: “NA”

Rating: 1/5

Sheryl’s Thoughts

So Ricky decided we should review a beer tonight. As usual, I am very behind on posting our reviews. But hopefully, I can get caught up this weekend. So let’s go!

This one is a European beer. In fact, I’m pretty sure it’s one of the ones I drank regularly when I was in Russia. I’m basically expecting it to be your boring everyday European lager. And those kind of beers always taste better when you’re in Europe. But oh well. Let’s see.

I always wonder why some of these beers, like Japanese or Chinese beers, for example, are even on this list. They’re all pretty boring. Let’s hope this one is at least a little better than those. It looks pretty boring in the glass. It’s yellow, like any common lager, with little bubbles floating to the top. It looks pretty thin, without a lot of head. It smells like bread, but actually kind of sweet bread. Let’s try it out… here goes nothing!

Yep, it’s a basic lager. I really can understand why these taste better in Europe, though. Things are just automatically more interesting over there, because it’s different, at least to me. So even the most boring beer is more interesting. Plus, honestly, they are at least more rich and don’t have the bad aftertaste and thinness that American domestic beers have. So, while this one may not be the most interesting beer ever, at least it has that going for it. Some lagers that might be pretty plain compared to a heavy stout actually taste kind of good on a hot summer’s day, at least way better than a Bud Light. That, and while you’re pub-hopping. A good European lager is good for that too. But this isn’t something I’d go out of my way to buy… thin, plain, bread-like taste… lagers aren’t my favorite, but they get the job done.

Rating: 2/5

721 bottles of beer on the wall…

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