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Grolsch Amber Ale - Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.

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Grolsch Amber Ale
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136 Ratings

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Ratings: 136
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 17.96%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Altbier |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2001)
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Photo of ProfessorHomer
3.38/5  rDev +4.6%

Overview: a nice, balanced, easy-to-drink ale that remarkably tastes like an out-of-season Oktoberfest.

A: good, solid sexy clear bottle highlights the clarity of the contents within. Pours nicely with a pretty white head - almost dainty-like.

S: good, clean smell, unextraordinary.

T: sweet, nice malty taste that clings to the roof of your mouth. Not too hopped, so tastes clean & fresh - amazingly like an Oktoberfest. An average Oktoberfest like Becks or one of them Americanized Octoberfests from Saranac or Harpoon.

M: nice clean water, nice mouthfeel.

D: quite drinkable - like an Oktoberfest out of season.

I like the clear bottle in that you can really see the filtered contents within, but as there was no age date, ya gotta wonder how fresh or old this beer is by the time it reaches your tastebuds. But I like it and will drink it periodically throughout the year.

ProfessorHomer, Nov 11, 2008
Photo of wvmi
3.98/5  rDev +23.2%

12 oz. bottle to a lager glass.

Beautiful appearance. Ruby to amber, poured a half inch head that dissipated quickly, but left heavy lacing.

Smelled of sweet malt, medium hoppines for the style, with a fruity touch.

Very nice flavor. Roasted grains, spicy top hops, and a bit of mellow fruit(maybe pear?)

Just a touch heavy on the carbonation. A bit of bite on the back of the tongue, not bad but a wee bit much for the mellow flavor.

A fine session beer. Finished the third bfore I tried to review it. (purely an accident, I assure you.)

wvmi, Sep 28, 2008
Photo of kshankar
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Appearance: Deep amber color. Head was there, but was pretty run of the mill I thought. Not impressive, not off putting. Just there. But the deep color of the drink itself looked pretty good.

Aroma: Caramel malts pretty much. Some hops are scented as well, but the caramel is noticeable.

Taste: Sweetish, with the caramel malts taking up most of the flavor. There is a little hop bitterness going down, and overall, its pretty dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, so it goes down smooth. Wouldn't call it refreshing or anything, but its decent in this category

Drinkability: I could have a few of these with no issues, it tastes fine, smells fine, and goes down well. I probably wouldn't reach for many though, its not the type of beer I see as having more than 2 of.

kshankar, Sep 23, 2008
Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.83/5  rDev +18.6%

Served at Ditto's in Litchfield, Conn.

A: A nice, deep ruby-amber color which retained a decent head and even left a bit of web-lacing behind.

S: Smells a little sweet and mostly of caramel malts with a bit of floral sweetness.

T: Taste is a fulfilling, slightly sticky sweet bread flavor up front, with toasted cereal malts and caramel tossed in with a little bit of herbal hop bitterness.

M: Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and a sturdy drinking lager.

D: Has a decent flavor, a sessionable ABV and an ambiguous European feel just charming enough to keep you drinking it the whole night long.

I'm used to just seeing swing-top green bottles of Grolsch Euro lager on store shelves, so to see this clear-bottled beauty was a rare treat. Not the best beer to have all night, but it probably won't steer you wrong.

Gambrinus1184, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of PatrickJR
3.1/5  rDev -4%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Clear amber/copper with a finger of head that recedes rather quickly, falling to a thick collar. Lacing is very abundant however.

S - Caramel malts abound along with a small hop spiciness.

T - Most of the taste is dominated by overly sweet, caramel malts. Surprisingly, some alcohol kicks in late palate, followed with a vague suggestion of spicy hops. Aftertaste is slightly bitter with a rough metallic flavor.

M - Medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation.

D - Too sweet. To me, this tasted like a sweeter Newcastle with a hint of hops. It isn't a terrible beer, but it is decidedly average.

PatrickJR, Aug 19, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
3.73/5  rDev +15.5%

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.

beerthulhu, Jul 31, 2008
Photo of toolbrew
3.83/5  rDev +18.6%

Pours a brown/copper color with medium carbonation and a small white head. Decent head retention.

Nice sweet malty smell. Slightly doughy.

Sweet malty taste with a slight hop finish. More malt overtones than anything.

Smooth taste and goes down easy. Some tingling sensation on back of the tongue and rear of the mouth.

Not a bad amber from Grolsch. A decent session beer that I would have again.

toolbrew, Jul 16, 2008
Photo of botham
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

12 oz bottle poured into a stange. pours a rich amber color with a few fingers of light orange head that remains for a minute or two. light lacings.

aroma is subtle, with caramel malts and a touch of dark fruit showing. not much else as far as the aroma goes.

taste is mroe of the same, with caramel malts mainly, but also a distant note of roasted malts and a bit of dark fruit in the background, possibly raisen. earthy undertones round out the profile, making this one a worthy alt.

mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a smooth texture and a finish of residual caramel and grain. could be a bit heavier on the body.

drinkability is decent. this is a lighter alt in body, with a decent character, but overall lacks in richness. it resembles an alt-flavored red ale, which could be a good thing, but it falls short in certain areas.

botham, Apr 08, 2008
Photo of SargeC
3.93/5  rDev +21.7%

Appearance: Clear, amber colored brew with a creamy, off-white head.

Smell: Tobacco, malt, slight hop presence.

Taste: Good malt flavor, easygoing and slightly smoky finish.

Mouthfeel: Light, medium body. Very smooth.

Drinkablity: Decent European flavor with dark characteristics. Easily consumed.

SargeC, Apr 01, 2008
Photo of baos
2.98/5  rDev -7.7%

12 oz in stemmed Grolsch 25 cl glass.

A: 3 finger tan head atop a nice dark caramel color. Pretty nice lacing.

S: Mild malt and band-aid smell. A touch or roastiness and caramel.

T: Light caramel, a bit of malt, and then a strange sour metallic taste. This one finishes pretty dry.

M: Very good on this aspect.

D: Other than the slight strange bitter metallic taste this is a good beer.

baos, Mar 06, 2008
Photo of BeerImmediately
2.53/5  rDev -21.7%

Poured a surprisingly large, 4-finger head. Deep, amber color was impressive.

(insert sound of screeching tires...) Smell was typical Grolsch Euro Trash - sour, without anything balancing. Please don't smell this beer if you have one.

Taste had some light caramel, little bitterness and pine-nuttiness. I'm rating slightly below avg for this style.

Mouthfeel was ok, relatively smooth, and good carbonation throughout.

Actually drinkable, if you plug your nose and don't expect anything spectacular. One of the "better" offerings from Gross, um, I mean Grolsch.

BeerImmediately, Mar 02, 2008
Photo of schap329
2.95/5  rDev -8.7%

Way too sweet that is my first impression. I am kinda dissappointed since it has been compared to an Altbier by some People. An Altbier tastes different. I am thinking of flying to Duesseldorf to get that real experience back. I just notice if Grolsch Amber is really cold that sweetness becomes less bothering. I don't know how this could be superiour in any way to newcastle brownale by the way.

schap329, Feb 26, 2008
Photo of JamesS
3.95/5  rDev +22.3%

Pours a great mid-amber color with wonderful head and good, if uneven, lacing. It has a nice scent, a bit hoppy with a nice fruity kick, although the smell is not very strong. It has an excellent malty taste with a bit of light citrus/tangerine flavor. It's not a hoppy beer at all. It goes down extremely smooth, it's a very good beer.

JamesS, Jan 30, 2008
Photo of clayrock81
3.4/5  rDev +5.3%

Decided to pour this into a pils glass rather than a stange or flute. The smell was sharp as the carbonation kicked up there, leaving a foamy two-finger head. I picked up hints of citrus and yeast, plus earth tones but nothing too hoppy and no strong malt presence. The taste is different though, as the frontkick is drying and hoppy, but it passes over the tongue smoothly as there might be coffee or roast/burnt malt in there. For the price of the 6-pack it wasn't bad, and that aids its drinkability. It is just not complex/lacks depth that holds it back.

clayrock81, Jan 29, 2008
Photo of Pepeton
4.4/5  rDev +36.2%

Beautiful clear embossed bottle with a neck label, nothing to do with the one depicted here.

Pours a dark amber, with a nice matching head and a beautiful stubborn creamy lacing.

Aroma is all roasted malts, with some noble hops in the backend.

Taste is really malty, with a nice bitter finish. Great balance.

Has a long lasting creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability is really high, especially in my Mexican Winters. I can spend all night drinking this one.


Pepeton, Dec 24, 2007
Photo of Floydster
2.45/5  rDev -24.1%

12 ounce bottle purchased as part of a six pack that was on sale at Cooke's Market in El Segundo

Poured into a Firestone pint glass with a dark amber color, more brown than red, small 1/4 inch white head that mellowed very quickly, no retention or lacing

Smell was weak, the only thing I could really idenitfy was toasted malt and it needed to warm for about fifteen minutes before I could get any kind of aroma

Taste was also disappointing, hoppiness was overwhelming and took over any malt that was present, sometimes bread-like tastes that were chewy but not much, got a little sour towards the end when the beer had reached room temperature, this one really needs to be drank as cold as possible, definitely not a winter beer, but it could potentially be refreshing during the summer, overall very faint flavor qualities

Not a good mouthfeel, body was nothing and it was overly carbonated

This stuff is very light and has a low alcohol percentage, but the taste would get really old after a while, not filling but could become too much due to its one dimensional flavor

Did not expect much from this to begin with, but it was even worse than I thought it would be, I would not drink this again or recommend it to anybody either

Floydster, Dec 18, 2007
Photo of mooseisloose
3.58/5  rDev +10.8%

Bottle smell is a sweet lightly toasted malt. Poured into a pint glass it has a huge creamy head that clings like there is no tomorrow. Color is, well, amber. Upon sipping the taste is very malty with a broad based bitterness that underscores but doesn't overshadow the sweetness. A typical Holland beer by all means but with a twist. The carbonation is good and the body is very heavy. This is a delicious beer. I could drink this all night long.

mooseisloose, Dec 15, 2007
Photo of billybob
4.5/5  rDev +39.3%

pours a clear dark copper to brown color with a beige one finger head a lots of lace sheeting through the finish. fruity aroma along with some caramel in the nose. fruity and bready slightly grainy taste. mouthfeel, light and good carbonation. nicely balanced beer and i would buy again.

billybob, Nov 18, 2007
Photo of geexploitation
2.68/5  rDev -17%

Pours a dark amber, with burnt bread crust edges and no head to speak of. The nose is very slight -- just hints of bready grains and some earthy, clay-like hops. On the palate, only slight bitterness that's identifiable as hops -- instead there's a medicinal quality to it, like it's chemically derived. Too sweet at the mid-palate and the finish. Mouthfeel is a bit heavy and slightly metallic. Overall, there's nothing to recommend this beer, but it's not terrible.

geexploitation, Nov 11, 2007
Photo of getch
2.35/5  rDev -27.2%

A- Dark brown, amber color, little head and goes away quickly

s-horrible smell, from the Grolsche beers i have had, they all seem to stink, not as bad when it has been poured into a glass

t-not really a fan of amber ales, has some carmal, longer after taste, not much variety in the taste

m-not the smoothest beer, and seems to linger in the mouth unfortunally

d-this will be the last grolsche amber ale i will ever have, unless its the only beer on tap.

getch, Oct 08, 2007
Photo of peabody
2.8/5  rDev -13.3%

Pours out like dark ice tea with lots of off white suds.
Smell is just like any other macro, yeast and malt and not much else.
Taste is a little more yeasty and alcoholy than the Blonde. Mabey just a little more sugary malts that hide the caramel.
Mouthfeel is clean but leaving you wanting something just a bit more.
Drinkability is OK but there are so many more macros that are better than this.( I suppose that is not a good thing to say).

peabody, Oct 05, 2007
Photo of jettjon
3.4/5  rDev +5.3%

From a 12 oz bottle marked “Best before: 06MCH2008,” I rather doubt it would make it that long in the crystal-clear glass bottle. Into my Sam Adams glass (thanks, guys!), this one’s an amber brown clear color with small amounts of carbonation. Thick off-white head fades fairly quickly down to a thick cap with lots of sticky lace. Nose of toasted, semi-sweet malt. Flavor similar to nose, with a pleasant, toasted malt, semi-sweet flavor finishing on a lightly bitter hoppy note. Mouth is clean and wet, and fairly thirst-quenching. Drinkability is decent though there’s not a whole lot here to bring me back. I can’t justify paying “premium” beer price for this.

Overall: Not bad, not bad. Better than expected. I’m not familiear enough with the altbier style to speak to style adherance, but this is a decent brew nevertheless. I don’t see me paying a “premium import” price tag for another sixer, but I wouldn’t decline a few if offered. Worth a try.

jettjon, Sep 03, 2007
Photo of BEERchitect
3.15/5  rDev -2.5%

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.

BEERchitect, Aug 29, 2007
Photo of Symphonic
3.23/5  rDev 0%

Unfortunately, I was in a smoky bar when I tasted this, so that could have affected my review. That said, the aroma I could smell, besides the smoke, was pretty good, slight caramel and some aromatic hops. Clarity was great, 3 out of 5 on sweetness, light body, since it was bottled, I had no head :( Good carbonation, and of course you can reuse the bottle for home brewing (always a plus)

Symphonic, Aug 23, 2007
Photo of Drew966
3.2/5  rDev -0.9%

Grolsch Amber Ale pours a reddish brown with an off white head from a clear twelve ounce bottle. There's a little grainyness in the nose, that's about it. There is more flavor than I expected, a bit of toasted grain, some caramel malt, just a hint of sweetness. Much more interesting than I was expecting from Grolsch. Definitely worth a try.

Drew966, Aug 01, 2007
Grolsch Amber Ale from Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.
75 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.