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Grolsch Amber Ale - Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.

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135 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 135
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 17.96%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V. visit their website
Netherlands

Style | ABV
Altbier |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2001)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

2.83/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Foam city on amber and then some pleasant malt followed by metallic dry sweet astringant bitter aftertaste. Grassy thin/medium mouthfeel and lively carbonation. Canadians seem to like this, outside of Quebec. The type you drink cold on a hot summer day. Could do worse, signature grolsch definition.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2004 04:15:18 | More by Sammy
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djrn2

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -7.1%

12-02-2011 22:58:30 | More by djrn2
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dim orange-bronze with amber highlights. I imagine the clear bottle is meant to show off the color of the beer and thereby increase sales. It seems to me that non-skunked beer would result in more revenue, but what do I know? Are there any American breweries that bottle in clear glass? I don't believe I've seen one.

The head is somewhere between dark cream and palest ecru and is deceptively firm. A blunted cone of foam remains in the center of the cap as it falls, leaving finely speckled lace in its wake. What makes it to the glass looks like that fake snow that people (used to?) spray on their windows at Christmastime.

The nose is dominated by a toasted graininess and a whiff of earthy-spicy hops. I'm pleased that no skunks are in the house. Amber Ale tastes a little better than Grolsch's standard lager, but I've tried to block that beer out of mind, so an informed comparison is next to impossible.

The flavor follows the nose, more or less. It's lightly toasted malty with a balancing amount of hop flavor and bitterness. I'm reminded of sweetened tea in the initial portion of the flavor arc. Things become increasing bitter and dry at the midway point and become progressively so through the medium length finish. The light body and the clean mouthfeel increase drinkability, even as the barely acceptable flavor decreases it.

The best that I can say about Grolsch Amber is that it has no major faults. As noted above, I consider it to be a better beer than its more famous, green-labeled, swing-topped brother. Unfortunately, that's far from a ringing endorsement.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2005 21:07:32 | More by BuckeyeNation
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2.48/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured an amber color ale with a huge off-white bubbly head with good retention (even leaves mark after each sip on my glass which is quite good for macro-type beer. Aroma is only about malt, but it’s so weak that I would qualify this as neutral aroma. Taste is mildly refreshing with again malt being the only thing really noticeable. Overall lack of character does not make this beer very interesting.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2004 17:35:22 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.15/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A delicate and flavorful session beer; but maybe a bit dull in the end. Starts off with a brilliantly clear, abundantly carbonated deep golden / light copper hue, with a favorable foamstand that laced throughout. Aromas show a balance of malt and sparged grains with a mild noble hop (grassy) scent. Mild sulfers is the only deterant in the nose. Flavors also take on a nice malt / grain blend, albeit a bit strained. Sweetness takes on light toasty, biscuity, yeasty heartiness with light hints of caramel and powdered sugar. Sweetness is balanced by German hops, but don't offer much in the way of flavor. Feels light, nearly watery; thus finishing with a linger of grassy hops and mild grain-husk astringency. Fair beer that either needs to be flawless in it's style or gain a bit more intensity in flavor and feel to win beer-lovers over.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2007 02:15:19 | More by BEERchitect
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jaydoc

Kansas

3/5  rDev -7.1%

11-24-2013 17:00:07 | More by jaydoc
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zeff80

Missouri

3.28/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours out an orange color with a one-finger head. No lacing.

S - It smelled of malt and grass.

T - It tasted very grassy and of light malt.

M - It was crisp and light-bodied.

D - This was pretty good. Sometimes with "old-school" imports branch out it isn't so good, but this was pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2007 02:04:35 | More by zeff80
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz clear bottle, “Ingredients: water, malted barley, malted wheat and hops” stated on the back label along with a freshness date.

Appearance: Deep garnet colour with a thick unwavering lace that leaves a few rings of lace on the glass.

Smell: Mixed twang of fermented wheat and hops, some sweetness and some graininess with a vague toasted aroma. Do I decent a by-product that smells like mustard seed?

Taste: Thick medium body with a smooth crispness from a mild carbonation. Maltiness has potential and seems to flow very well with sweet grain and toasted flavours. Hops are a touch weathered but provide ample bitterness, malt flavours and hop as well seem to pull back towards the end in more of a filtered fashion leaving a trace graininess and ghost like hop in the finish.

Notes: We can all assume this is an Altbier or something close to it, I dare not say “German” or I might offend. It’s much further away from American or English styles so that is what they must have been going for. Who really cares right? This is a decent amber ale and goes down just as good as their lager.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2002 19:29:20 | More by Jason
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +16.1%

05-24-2013 10:08:22 | More by Slatetank
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WesWes

New York

3.53/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours an amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a mildly sweet crystal malt scent along with a dry aroma. It's simplistic, but good smelling. The taste is decent also. It has a basic malt bill; pale and crystal malts. It's semi-sweet with a dry finish. It goes down easy with a smooth taste. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a pretty good amber ale. There's nothing special going on here, but it tastes good nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2005 12:42:28 | More by WesWes
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +23.8%

12-01-2011 15:39:10 | More by Rochefort10nh
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DoubleJ

California

3.8/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Having tried it's famous pale brother already, I decided to give this a shot. On to the beer:

Poured into a glass, a thick head arises from the copperish-red body. It's a sweet beer, kind of a hybrid of Bass and Newcastle. Toffee, toasted malts, and a soft gentle hop aroma. Firm, crisp, and easy to drink, I found their Amber Ale to be a pleasant surprise.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2007 19:22:19 | More by DoubleJ
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -14.9%

07-24-2013 00:42:40 | More by ejimhof
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BillRoth

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

11-29-2013 22:02:49 | More by BillRoth
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

3.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A light amber pour and I glugged into a glass so the head built up pretty well. Still, it did not stay long.
smell of sweet malt and soft fruit. Some faint apricot or pear. slight skunk, but not like their lager.
Taste is light, some malt and thin citrus. A hint of lemongrass seems to be around, too. Some skunk.
Smooth to a point. the malt gets old after a while. Overall, better than the lager, wish the skunkiness would go away.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2007 02:55:00 | More by Mebuzzard
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a cranberry-amber, clear, with a light foamy beige colored head that left a fairly good rim lacing and maintained nicely enough.

S: soft smoky toasted munich, with a dry woodiness and a noble flowery hopping which was quite nice as well.

T: much the same, a light smoky toasted munich with a fresh noble flowery hopping. There was some sweet burnt sugary notes and a touch of cinnamon and alcohol. Overall a decent dry amber with some dry hints of alcohol lingering on the finish.

M: light, watery and a tad disappointing considering the potential of the nose and flavor. Softly carbonated.

D: Decent drinkability, could have a couple of these with a nice dry toasted woodiness and equally nice flowery hopping makes for a decent example though the mouthful hinders a better rating.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2008 23:14:13 | More by beerthulhu
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Latarnik

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

05-25-2014 13:23:29 | More by Latarnik
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

2.88/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

One of the lightest looking amber ales I've seen. Very light amber. Tan head though? Funky old aroma. Like a barn.

Taste, a little better, heavier than appearance would lead you to believe. Very smooth, lacking bitterness or hop character. Nutty. Is this an amber, alt or brown ale? Can't tell by drinking.

Overall, not my style, just tasted unadventurous, a solid malt beer for people who don't like hops or bitterness. Too pricey for me to drink when I'm not all that high on it to begin with.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2010 15:20:01 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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Gusler

Arizona

2.25/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Picked up a bottle of this beer for the “Hell of It”, as I never cared much for Grolsch, but it has been almost 3 years since I had a sample, and it was only $.99 a bottle.

The beers color on the pour a burnished copper with a massive head that is frothy in texture and a light tan color as it evaporates the lace forms an adequate covering upon the glass. Nose is malt, clean and fresh, start is sweet, lots of malt, top cadaverous, finish is lightly acidic, lightly hopped, dry aftertaste, a “Benign” beer, and one that I suppose is suitable for a summer cookout, as it does “Wet Your Whistle”!

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2003 12:40:23 | More by Gusler
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harpus

Alabama

2.75/5  rDev -14.9%

08-22-2013 20:12:07 | More by harpus
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

2/5  rDev -38.1%

12-22-2012 14:44:59 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

3/5  rDev -7.1%

07-13-2013 02:46:37 | More by WOLFGANG
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wrightst

Maryland

3/5  rDev -7.1%

07-28-2014 02:45:00 | More by wrightst
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TheLongBeachBum

California

4.3/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

There I was in Trader Joes tonight, scouring the ‘singles’ section (the beer that is; I have lobbied the Manager for a “single women Aisle” but sadly to no avail) and I spied a lonely bottle of “Imported” Grolsch Amber Ale. Never seen this before “I thinks”, so what the heck, and it’s only a single and at least worth a Review “me thinks”.

Comes in a 12 fl.oz (355ml) clear glass embossed bottle with a distinctive shape, all sealed with a crown cap. Once removed, it poured with a *massive* head that was ever so slightly off-white, and rocky, it appeared to collapse at the edges and not in the middle leaving a huge rocky crusty uneven head in the middle and a smooth 1” head at the glass edges. It looked very “Germanic” at times.

The color reminded me of a light Newcastle Brown; in fact, I almost mistook the Bottle for this homely offering at first glance. It is Amber color mixed with a reddy-brown hue, a very appealing color in the clear glass bottle I have to say. Carbonation is average, retained and released when swirled.

Nose is pungent and quite noticeable from a distance, this really surprised me. Sweet smelling malt, grains and some fresh wholemeal bread smells. No clinging odors – just a very clean precise overall smell. Nicely done.

Initial tastes are sweet, with some malt in front of the mouth; middle is wholesome, strong flavors of sweetish malt, digestive biscuits and fresh baked bread. Mouthfeel is serious as well. The bitter end has a lovely fruity twist, hard to explain, reminded me of soft old pears that I would pinch from a nearby Orchard when I was a child in England. Superb!

I expected a lightweight beer I will be honest – but Bloody Hell, I have been Broad-Sided big style. I’m totally flummoxed.
“Well I will go the foot of our Stairs”, as my Grandma used to say.

A very nice surprise, I am quietly highly impressed by this very drinkable beer. And all for just 80 cents. Not bad. I would buy this again for sure; well as soon as they start to sell it in the new "Single Women Aisle" anyways – LOL.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2003 21:00:42 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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ROGUE16

Delaware

3/5  rDev -7.1%

12-01-2011 11:00:52 | More by ROGUE16
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Grolsch Amber Ale from Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.
75 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.