Grolsch Amber Ale | Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.

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Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of billybob
4.5/5  rDev +39.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Pepeton
4.38/5  rDev +36%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.


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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.28/5  rDev +32.9%
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.

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Photo of Pegasus
4.23/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep and clear dark amber color with a large cream-colored head that retains quite well. Carbonation is moderate; the excellent lace leaves prominent rings in the glass. Aroma consists of dark and bready malt with hints of brown sugar, quite pleasing. Taste begins with solid bready malt notes, reminiscent of home-baked dark bread. Finishes dry with substantial mild hops and dark fruit notes. The mouth feel is creamy and smooth. This is an unflaggingly excellent beer that I will assuredly buy again.

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Photo of aaronh
4.15/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a "thick" sound as the dense, creamy, off-white head develops. The head lasts a good while, leaving a coating of heavy lace on the glass. The beer is more of a dark amber/mahogany. The aroma is sweet and very malty, yet clean. There is a component that is very inviting, yet I can't quite place it. The flavors are many, including roasted malt, chocolate, and a hint of fruit (I want ot say pears, but that just seems weird). The alcohol is apparent in the taste, but in a good way. It has a rather creamy mouthfeel that really caught me off guard. The hops are barely evident, but are present in the finish (and perhaps are the source of the inviting aroma). Perhaps one of the more flavorful ales I've tried, and an excellent beer that I will definitely purchase again. Much better than the lager, which is a good beer.

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Photo of beerluvr
4.1/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours into the glass with a nice long lasting rocky white head. Great tea-colored liquid, smells a bit of new mown hay with a light malt aroma. Mouthfeel is light-bodied, due to the addition of wheat malt, with some sweet malt flavors creeping in. Finishes sweet too, with just a hint of hop bitterness. Overall smooth and very the clear bottle/cool label presentation too.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
4.05/5  rDev +25.8%
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 baxterbrew
4/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one at the local grocery, I miss the swing-top bottles.

Poured it out into a glass with a nice head that dissolved into little ribbons of foam. The color is clear, deep amber, almost red.

Smell is very malty, very sweet. Puts me in mind of my homebrew as it's slow boiling on the stove.

Taste: Sweet and hoppy. Bigger taste than I expected from this class.

Mouthfeel: very carbonated, I would say overly so. A little rough on the tongue.

Drinkability: I could put a few of these away. It has a nice taste, not exactly what I expected from an amber ale, but definitely not unpleasant. This would make a nice session beer.

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Photo of wvmi
3.98/5  rDev +23.6%
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 twi1609372
3.96/5  rDev +23%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at the local pbblix. It's amber in color, as it should be, it is an amber ale. It has a good aroma. It has a complex, robust taste and yet it still pretty smooth. The mouthfeel is there and it is pretty strong, you feel this ale, and it compliments the taste. All in all a pretty good ale.

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Photo of JamesS
3.93/5  rDev +22%
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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Photo of SargeC
3.92/5  rDev +21.7%
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 clvand0
3.85/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'd never seen this one before a fellow BA brought it over for me to try. Pours a light amber color with a small head that dies off fast and leaves no lacing on the glass. The aroma is of sweet malt. Very little hops in the nose. The flavor is mostly comprised of biscuit malts with a slightly grassy hop. Seems slightly thin, but very good beer. This is a good session beer and much less skunky than the standard Grolsch.

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Photo of toolbrew
3.8/5  rDev +18%
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 Gambrinus1184
3.8/5  rDev +18%
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 DoubleJ
3.78/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

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Photo of bonkers
3.75/5  rDev +16.5%
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 ADR
3.72/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Half of a 12 pack, the other are the Lagers...

Clear deep amber color with a minimal head that skims the top of the glass but that forms nice and delicate lace. Sweet aroma, sub-caramel and more like dark brown sugar with some sense of straw. Bready and biscuity malt profile, less carbonation than the Lager. Hops are slightly metallic, somewhat grassy, and are early-comers to the flavor profile. Finishes fairly clean with some tart apple impression. Not bad, Alts rarely are super memorable for me but this is a quaffable beer.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.72/5  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.

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Photo of manahansf
3.68/5  rDev +14.3%
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 Luigi
3.68/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep clear amber color with a big white head. Sticks around the glass a little bit. Clean hops aroma with a nice roasted malt and wheat back ground. Taste twangy from the wheat and hops. Roasted malts, some grains, and a clean finish. Smooth going down and very drinkable. I am glad I picked up a six pack.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.63/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I hadn't had this brew in nearly six years, since I first saw it while stationed on Okinawa. Seeing it again at my local Trader Joe's, I figured I'd give it a try again as I liked it back in the day.
Poured from a clear (uh, oh!) 12oz. bottle, it had a clear amber hue and a bubbly yet durable off-white head that left rings of lace on the side walls. The smell was rather subdued - some sweet malt and caramel and some light, almost residual, floral hops aromas. Bonus, no lightstruck "off" aromas! The taste follwed the smell almost to a "T"; some grainy sweet malt and caramel flavor up front, some light dark fruit notes, and a mild hops bitterness in the finish. The feel was medium-bodied, smooth and clean.
Grolsch's amber ale is a decent beer that doesn't have any major flaws other than it's profound unremarkableness, if that's a word. It was one of my starter beers a few years ago and it would be a good one to use to introduce beer drinkers to the craft brew world. No complaints here.

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Photo of ThreePistols
3.63/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber brown color. Foamy head. Floral caramel hoppy nose. Toasted caramel malt, spicy hops taste. Well balanced. Slightly bitter and enjoyable. Light bodied. This beer went very well with my roasted turkey sandwich on fresh white bread with mayo and Tuong Ot Toi Viet-Nam Chili garlic sauce and so did the second one. Very smooth, very drinkable, well rounded beer.

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Photo of Pete9094
3.63/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured bottle into glass...ruby red with very thin white head. Nice lacing. Subdued sweet fruity aroma, very faint. Nice firm taste, lots of malt with some hops on the back end. Pretty good stuff.

Great mouthfeel, almost creamy. Nice body.

This is a great session beer. Good value at $24/case. Bought this for the non beer geeks that are attending Thanksgiving dinner at my humble abode. They better get here soon because these are going down pretty damn quick!

Good choice if you are looking for a change. Happy Holidays from the Keystone State!!

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Photo of yen157
3.6/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

For some reason, whenever I buy this beer there is ALWAYS gunk under the lip of the bottle and dried beer on the top of the cap. I guess they have a messy bottling plant.

Rich copper to brown in color, nice fluffy head that hangs in there for a while. Coarse lace down the side of the glass. The nose was of malt, caramel, and noble hops. The malt was the only one that realy stood out, though. Roasted grains really came through in the flavor, along with a tiny bit of bittering hops. Also, there was a dose of nice, mouth warming alcohol, though the abv is most likely normal. THere may have been a little metallic taste as well. THere was nothing special about the mouthfeel, very average in every regard. Grolsch Lager is one of my favorite beers, mostly for sentimental reasons, and this Amber Ale carries the name well. Much better then that god aweful Blonde crap (that had the same dirty cap problem).

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