Grolsch Krachtig Kanon
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European Strong Lager
Ranked #99
Ranked #47,530
2.53 | pDev: 28.85%
Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.
Grolsch Krachtig KanonGrolsch Krachtig Kanon
Notes: Formerly Grolsch Het Kanon
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Reviews: 25 | Ratings: 61
Photo of headlessparrot
2.49/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Visited Amsterdam; made a grocery store run and picked up a dozen random bottles. This was one, and I didn't even check the ABV until halfway through (shortly after thinking, "good lord, this is sweet").

It *is* sweet. Cloyingly sweet. And sharp. And malty, but otherwise bland and only slightly beery. Interesting, I guess, but no one's version of a great beer.

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Photo of Zet
2.39/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 1.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Light orange with a quickly disappearing layer of foam, which makes it look like a root beer within a few seconds. The smell is not that bad: fresh, herby and yeasty. The taste however is: an unholy matrimony of sugar and booze with some malt. No attempt has been made to hide this guy's huge abv. Though it can be pretty refreshing despite its abv, please skip this one. Taste should always be priority number one.

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Photo of BeerDrinkersWorldTour
1.24/5  rDev -51%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Served in a flute at 6*C
Appearance - Standard lager colouration, heavy CO2 and rocky head that dies off instantly and leaves little lace.

Smell - Oddly chemical with grainy corn possibly.

Taste - Medical alcohol and a very off putting chemical element.

Mouthfeel - Watery and metallic.

Overall - The drink-ability of this one is almost nil. Drain pour unless you are a homeless park drinker!!! (I don't mean that to be as harsh as it sounds I do feel for people in that situation but still.... this is a beer I associate with homeless alcoholics not a good look or a good beer) My advice is avoid this one.

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Photo of PlutonowyManiek
2.49/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Not amazend me. Strange and difficult. Malty aroma and flavor, very sweet. Definitely feel the alcohol and it's not a plus. Slightly saturated. I would not return to this beer.

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Photo of benfons
2.23/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Dark yellow, almost pale orange colour; nice head, absolutely clear. Not much in the nose, maybe some orange, no hops, fairly sweet. It tastes of sweet corn and slightly artificial. Undercarbonated.
Honestly there is no reason to drink this beyond getting drunk fast. There is nothing really revolting about this, but neither is there anything good.

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Photo of UncleBrazzie
1.94/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

Picked up a 500ml can at Albert Heijn supermarket. A beer calling itself "Kanon" is not something I can resist.

I wish I had though.

Kanon pours like a lazy lager, slightly gloopy but bright and golden. Mildly carbonated, with a bit of white fluff pretending to be a head. Visually interchangeable with any other "superlager" (think Gordon's Finest Platinum and siblings).

The nose, while initially pleasantly fruity, quickly turns ugly: solvents and booze, with a bland undertow of dough-like malt. A bit chemical. Literally takes 2 seconds to lose all fragrance in the glass.

Flavour is booze, layered with booze, with hints of booze and a delicate touch of booze. Seriously: it's a mouth-numbingly boozy and altogether unpleasant monster of a beer. While there are plenty beers around with higher ABV, this is one of those beers which seems to be designed just to show off the booziness.

Overall, this beer does not seem to be designed for people who actually enjoy drinking beer. People who enjoy getting drunk possibly might like it, as it gets the job done quickly, if a little unpleasantly.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.45/5  rDev +36.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

With incredible strength that lands this massive lager somewhere between a blonde dopplebock and an imperial pilsner, the beer piques my interest in ways that I hadn't thought possible during my travels in Curacao. Taking a break from island activities and settling in with this beer and a good old American basketball game on television makes for one memorable evening.

The beer opens with a hearty pilsner pour that showcases its immense malt additions with strong honey-straw colors, firm golden highlights, and brilliant clarity. Racy carbonation fuels a stark white head that retains well for half the session, but the foam eventually succumbs to the enormous alcohols.

Honey, herbs, flowery notes, and a grainy-sweet scent emit from the glass and fill the nose with a strong presence of freshly kilned barley, baking bread, cookie dough, and springtime bouquet. Because of the light character of malt and hops, the strong alcohols allow for a rosy spirits scent to emerge.

Malt forward flavors capture well the taste of honey, sweet grains, bread dough, and powdered sugar with much more concentrated taste than the standard strength versions of pilsner beer. Balanced with noble German hops, the floral aromas turn honey-like with perfume and bright taste. Lightly herbal, early notes of lemongrass and fresh grasses turn mildly spicy and bitter to finish. Apple-like sulfur and esters allow for fruitiness that shares pear and apricot notes to rise from time to time.

Medium-full in texture, the residual sweetness gives the beer a fuller and somewhat oily feel, similar to corn syrups. Peppery carbonation gives a zesty mouthfeel with mild carbonic bite in mid palate and finish. The beer closes with very warm alcohols, semi-dry maltiness, and stubborn sweetness to persist in aftertaste.

The strength of Kanon definitely earns its namesake with the power that's twice that of the standard pilsner. This lands the beer somewhere between Samichlaus Helles and a plethora of American microbrewed imperial pilsners.

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Photo of TheBrewo
2.71/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

We pour a glowing golden brew. It holds a one finger head of big tannish bubbles. This shows nice retention, leaving spots of lacing all around the glass. Carbonation appears highly active, and no sediment or haze is noted. The nose is sweet, with huge booze, and cloying synthetic strawberry sweetness. The malts are adjuncty and bitter, but lighten up with a pale toast around the edges. With warmth come light banana esters, but even these seem forced and fake. Our first impression is in regard to the surprising bitterness. As we sip, that same cloying sweetness from the nose comes in the form of dextrin sugars and concentrated berry syrups. Booze is apparent right off the bat, giving black pepper spice and lactic sourness. The middle peaks with fusel, fiery booze, decimating all flavoring besides the pale malt base. The malts enhance a bit towards the end, with more caramel sweetness and depth, and some of that toast from the nose begins to seep out. Otherwise, the booziness reigns king and continues through to the end. The aftertaste breathes bitterly of booze and stale adjuncty malts, under ripe bananas, and light caramel. The body is medium, and a bit on the syrupy side, while carbonation is higher. The bubbles prickle the tongue, and leave a big foam throughout the mouth. This initially coats, but eventually dries with astringency from all the massive booziness. There is okay slurp and smack with each sip. The abv is huge, and the beer drinks slowly for that reason.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the nose. While it seemed way overdone, muddy, and forced, some of the notes enlivened the nostrils. The flavoring suffered from being overly boozy, and you really had a hard time getting past that to find much of anything at all. Had they been willing to subdue that a bit more, it could have potentially been a much more curious, complex drink.

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Photo of Aethien
1.74/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a tulip, it looks a nice golden yellow with a decent head that quickly disappears.
The smell is just alcohol, alcohol and alcohol with some sweetness in between.
The taste is just sugary sweetness and alcohol, there's barely anything else in there, it's too sweet and there's too much alcohol for the beer.
The mouthfeel isn't bad but that's about all I can say about it, I just want to swallow this beer as fast as possible so I don't have to taste it.

All in all, it just tastes artificial to me, it's all about getting that 11.6% ABV and they've seem to forgotten about how the beer actually tastes.
Maybe this works for someone who wants to get drunk fast and doesn't care about taste but I'll pass.

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Photo of Douberd
2.84/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 300 ml bottle. Minimal head that also dissapeared straight away. Colour is clean, dark yellow. Strong taste, expected from the high alcohol but other than that, nothing. Midly carbonated. it's okay if you have difficulties to go to sleep although you have already drunk a bunch of normal lagers.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.08/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sent to me in care package from the Netherlands. This is a beer that looks great ( the can that is) and is obviously for the comsumer to get drunk fast. Why else brew a 11.7% lager? That being said this beer is not as bad as other reviewers have said. It is slightly sweet but the alcohol is not that pronounced. I got hops off the nose and a decent midbody. I drank it out of the can at first but once I realized it wasn't terrible I poured it into a glass. Way too much ABV for the style but drinkable

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Photo of sfprint
1.33/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A: Pilsnerlike with a short, banana milkshake consistency head.

S: The alcohol is quite apparent. Rubbery alcohol, with a hint of a sweet beer underneath.

T: Very sweet. It has this bizarre flavor of these Japanese candies I tried when young. Not good. There's also a definite cough syrup quality to the taste. Pretty gross.

M: The cough syrup feel of this really ruins it for me. It's almost like tasting alcohol for the first time and thinking "people really drink this stuff? this is how people get drunk?"

D: It's not. I had a few sips and had to toss it. Very disappointing.

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Photo of BeerShirts
1.98/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- A dark yellow, the head was about thumb thick and did not go down much through out the drink

S- Really was not much of a smell there, bit of Alc and a sweet hoppy smell but all so small that it was hard to tell

T- The ALC hits you hard on this one and there is a little bit of a hoppy taste to drowned some of that out. There is a hint of Vanilla there too.

M- High in carbonation, goes down kind of smooth if you dont mind that smidgen of ALC burn

D- I would drink another if a friend offered it to me and there was nothing else around. Not something I will search around for though

I got this bottle free when I was at a Beer Fest and I can say I am happy I did not spend money on it but am not sad that I at least got to try it.

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Photo of RuudJH
2.03/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

'Het kanon', the cannon ... I'm expecting an alcoholburn, as i'm sure it's meant to give a buzz.

Even though I knew of the poor reviews this beer got here, I still bought one bottle 30 cl to find out for myself.

First smell from the bottle seemed rather fresh hops. It pours into a clear darkgolden drink with decent carbonation, but a very poor head.
The smell and taste are hops, some citrus, decent malts, peppery, but these seem unable to escape from the very dominant alcoholburn.
Aftertaste is soapy, the mouthfeel is dry.
This could leave you with a headache after a few hours.

This grolsch is very obvious: giving a buzz with one small bottle.
I'm sure many people like this stuff because of that.
Cheers to them.

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Photo of ccrida
2.43/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a tumbler, Kanon is clear gold with no head or lace, still looking.

Smell is light, sweet alcohol.

Taste is pretty neutral, with hot alcohol being the primary characteristic, with a rubbing alcohol finish.

Mouthfeel is dry, light, spicy.

Drinkability is low, all booze and no real taste otherwise.

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Photo of rvdoorn
1.33/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Pours a clear amber color with a good white head.

Smell: Sweet malts, some sharp spices which I cannot define because of the very strong alcohol.

Taste: Sweet malts, sugar and lots of alcohol. Aftertaste of peppery malts and burning alcohol.

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, bit oily body.

Overall: This must be the worst beer I ever had, pure ethanol and other solvents, nothing else. Tastes and smells like nail polish.

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Photo of joedon
2.4/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

When I bought this on my latest trip to Amsterdam, I thought it might be a wonderful surprise. Then I read the BA reviews and the fear began to build.

Unfortunately, the reviewers were correct. This is not much of a beer. Most notable feature is the hot alcohol burn. It reminds me of a Steel Reserve with some added sugar.

Color is a clear gold with a very thin white head. Smells very sugary, almost like grape juice.

Not much in the way of hop bitterness or flavor. Mostly heavy sugar and malt with a lot of alcohol taste.

Not a very pleasing drink. I can't tell what the Grolsch brewers were trying to do but this beer didn't turn out so well.

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Photo of friendofthedevil
3/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tried this one a day ago. 11.6% hmm? Just what you'd think - strong, little in the way of anything BUT alcohol, and still, pretty decent. The smell gives away it's strength, but the taste is not nearly as harsh as one might expect. And like someone else said, there was in fact some relatively good lacing on the glass. Ahem, well, good bang for your buck.

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Photo of Absumaster
2.68/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Whoever thought this is a Marzen must have wasted it's tasting ability with all these imperial IPAs.

The beer pours a clear, dark golden color with a thin head and a medium amount of carbonation.

Smell is sweet malty with some straw notes and some alcohol notes. These notes are not heavy or anything.

Taste is Aaaah... alcohol, burning alcohol, the kind that burns a hole in your stomach. The sweetness of the malt is covering up some of the alcohol, but not enough to give the beer whiskey-like booziness. Other than the alcohol and sweet malt tastes, there is not much else going on. After 1 bottle I feel a big cannon stampeding through my head and I feel that this is a one time experience. Not bad, but alcohol is not the reason to drink beer.

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Photo of BarryNL
2.12/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Pale, filtered beer. Carbonation produces a good but short lived head.

S: Alcohol.

T: Alcohol.

M: Thin, alcoholic.

D: If you're looking to get wasted fairly cheaply you'd probably have another.

I'm not sure what market Grolsch are going for with this beer, but I suspect it's one which wants the highest alcohol to price ratio possible. The beer is simply dominated by its alcoholic content - I can best descibe it as a normal Grolsch lager spiked with a shot of vodka. Given the thinness and lack of flavour or body I'd guess most of the alcohol comes from added sugars rather than malts.

I'd normally try and find at least one positive thing to say about a beer but with this one its difficult; it's simpy so unbalanced. The appearance is good - just look at it for a while then pour it down the sink.

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Photo of Vancer
3.41/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I read on the label, BB 6/07 and 11.6%. Yep, a cannon.

Pour was clear straw yellow a small, or course, white head. It did leave some surprising sticky laces.

Not much going on in the aroma – just some subtle malts. Taste had a small pop of Belgium yeast and a initial sharp malt kick, then gone. On the dry side, but the alcohol was not overwhelming for me. Darn fine enticing brew, nice for a slow sipper, naturally. Drank like a 6% brew, I would recommend trying one – very unique.

This was a very fresh brew, thanks to my great son, “studying” overseas in Amsterdam. He brought this back home for the unique chance to enjoy.

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Photo of thefenst
2.06/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Kudos to Grolsch for even attempting a beer this strong.
Poured a light amber, almost a straw, with minimal head and lacing.
Smells like rubbing alcohol and beer mixed together.
Taste is like regular Groslch pilsener at first, but then comes the alcohol burn.
Ahhh! This stuff hurts. My mouth is burning.
This stuff is bitter, but well carbonated and cloying, and doesn't want you to know that it is almost 12% ABV.
Drink one of these, and you'll be feeling floaty for at least half an hour. Drink more than one, and I don't know what will happen to you.
Beware the cannon...

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Photo of Regenpak
2.21/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This ridiculously strong beer pours a very thin head, about 1/8". The head is persistent, though. Its color is a lovely golden yellow with lots of fine bubbles rising along the glass. The smell is a sweet, overpowering alcoholic experience. The alcohol is very strong in the mouth, lingering long after swallowing. It has a bitter, almost pilsner-like taste. Originally sold in half-liter bottles it was brought back by popular demand, but now in the cowardly 30cl euro bottles. If you're not aware of the strength of this beer and you drink it too fast and then try to stand up you immediately will sit down. Hence "Kanon", the Cannon...

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Photo of Redteketed
2.07/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Malt, very sweet, alcoholic smell, Appearance is golden, head is uneven and disappears with the speed of light. Taste is sweet/malt and strong alcoholic, the base is neutral. You need knife and fork to swallow. Further a strong alcoholic dry mouthfeel. Even in the aftertaste alcoholic.

This beer was original one of six (I think) beers to celebrate the 100 year birthday of the swingtop. The other beers were must better. But probably due to the Dutch pilsner culture this was the beer that had a great impact. Three of these and you need only a glass of water the morning-after to be intoxicated again. It reminds me of Eku 28, not taste wise, but more image wise, look what we can brew. No Grolsch, leave the high ABV beers for the microbrewers, they can make tasty ones, and stop brewing this. Try Grolsch Amber again!

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Photo of paterlodie
1.53/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

BB aug 05. Not that great of a head annd golden to copper beercolor. Nose is malts bading in pure alcohol or at least that's the feeling you get. Taste is absolutly horrible, terrably sweet and very alcoholic. No bitterness noticeable and even malt is not detectable. What a horror brew this is. Unbelievable it's still has costumers cause I can't imagine anybody liking this accept for fuel to get as fast as possible drunk. Undrinkable IMO.

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Grolsch Krachtig Kanon from Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.
Beer rating: 62 out of 100 with 61 ratings