Amber Ale
Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.

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German Altbier
3.24 | pDev: 17.59%
Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Reviews: 97 | Ratings: 144
Photo of rodbeermunch
2.82/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Outside of light amber ales, this is one of the lightest colored amber ales I've ever seen. Has an off white head, 1/4". Aroma is an interesting mixture of like, Dutch barns, red malts and mild noble hops.

Taste does reveal a little more, the hops aren't there as much as in the nose, the malt is heavier than the appearance looks. Carbonation is low, those swing tops. Smooth, keeps bitterness down, kind of like a brown ale and red ale mash up. Similar to an alt at times.

I prefer the other Grolsch beers.

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Photo of Brenden
3.26/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This alt is darker than amber, on the darker end of the style at a dark sort of brownish-red that's bright and completely clear but for the darkness. The head is creamy, sort of an eggshell white color. It achieves a full finger on top of the beer and remains pretty steady there, falling but very slowly. A sturdy rind of lace is left at the top of the point where it's settled, followed by some good patching.
The aroma is fairly light, malt forward with some dry, wheat-like malts but with a bit of herbal leaf showing a light hops presence as well. There's a mix of vague things, including vaguery in sweetness and spiciness with a sort of tangy twang that detracts a bit.
It shows a little less of the tang, which comes off as a weird note on the nose that doesn't quite fit. It's got some toasted grains on the tongue while remaining pretty wheaty, and the light hops comes through, this time a bit grassier.
It's lighter in body that expected, though it actually fits fairly well and isn't watery or overly thin. It does lean a little too much in that direction, but not heinously so. It's definitely crisp, with a fair smoothness off of even carbonation.

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Photo of soju6
3.41/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an amber color with a nice head that fades slowly to lacing.

S: Aroma of roasted malt, caramel and not much else.

T: Mild taste of roasted malt and caramel sweetness. There is a mild bitterness and a dry finish.

F: medium body, some and creamy like texture. Nice balance.

O: Nice amber that goes down easy. Good for a few.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.86/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

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Photo of manahansf
3.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep but very clear amber color topped with a thin white head which fades quickly into a fine lacing around the glass. The nose is full of toasted malt aroma with hints of toffee and caramel. The flavor is also toasted and malty sweet with a moderately thin body and high carbonation levels. The finish is sweet and fades quickly to a clean end.

The key to this one is freshness. If you can find it somewhere still in the box, try it out. Otherwise its spoilled and hard to enjoy.

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Photo of bonkers
3.75/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a standard pint glass. It pours a deep, clear amber with a sticky white head. Toasted grain rules the nose. The taste more or less follows, along with a pleasently bitter after taste. The beer is medium bodied and well carbonated. I enjoyed this beer, a solid all around brew.

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Photo of Ragingbull
2.37/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I found this in the beer fridge at my brother-in-law and sister-in-law's house. I figured I would pop the top and take some notes. It is an amber or light brown color. Little to no head to speak of. The nose is the "highlight" of this beer with some nutty malt tones. The attack is initially clean and then the flavor follows like a mouthful of straw. It instantly made me think of a beer I had some years ago before I started reviewing called Bitburger. Some people like it, but I remember it for how much I did not. Grolsch amber ale conjured memories of that long ago brew. The tones and flavors in this Grolsch amber are nutty and straw-like.

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Photo of ElGeordie
2.9/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This was a new one for me. Picked up a few six packs on the Colombian Duty-free island of San Andres, for drinking on the beach. It was the only non- macro lager we could find !
Looks like the label says a rich amber colour in a clear glass bottle.
The smell andflavour was really lacking (could have been because it was iced down)- but did have a few subtle notes that reminded me of Newcastle Brown Ale: caramel.
A decent if boring lawnmower beer.

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Photo of Amalak
2.12/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Brownish in color, no bubbles, thick four finger head, dissipates fairly quickly but leaves a solid lace. Very bitter scent to it, not that good.

Ugh. Not much ale, more American Macro Lager. Kind of flat. While it is better than most Lager, when you're expecting an ale, this was disappointing.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
4.05/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz clear pop-top with a Best By date of Oct. 2008...woops

Appearance: Dark burnt orange beer with a nice dense ivory cap with decent retention and slow, lazy carbonation.

Smell: Nice mild toasty malt notes with a touch of mineral and hops in the background.

Taste: Mild and toasty, with just a touch of smokey strikes me as something like a German Bock "light."

Mouthfeel: Light, quite quaffable

Drinkability: Quite hight

Conclusion: This is a simple but quite tasty amber ale with plenty of flavor and high drinkability.

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Photo of biggmike
3.48/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured with a generous head and a deep amber color. The aroma is light caramel maltiness balanced by a touch of hops. Medium bodied with good drinkability, the taste is pretty similar to the smell. Very nicely balanced, this is a decent beer.

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Photo of yesyouam
2.3/5  rDev -29%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Grolsch Amber is an extremely clear, quite sparkling amber ale. It looks about 12 SRM. The head is parchment colored, fluffy, has some oily bubbles, has great retention and lacing. There is an aroma of light grain, old feet... funky barnyard, band-aids. It has a light body and a papery, scratchy finish. The flavor is fruity and woody. It's a bit funky and not very bitter. The aftertaste is a little cave-like. There's no real sharpness present. Why is beer bottled in a clear glass? It's a bad idea.
(rated Feb 12, 2008)

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Photo of ProfessorHomer
3.36/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of wvmi
3.98/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.)

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Photo of kshankar
3.52/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.8/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of PatrickJR
3.11/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.72/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

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Photo of toolbrew
3.8/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of botham
3.23/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of SargeC
3.92/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of baos
2.96/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
2.5/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of schap329
2.91/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of JamesS
3.93/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Amber Ale from Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.
Beer rating: 76 out of 100 with 144 ratings