Grolsch Amber Ale | Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.

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76
okay
144 Ratings
THE BROS
81
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.
Netherlands
grolsch.nl

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-06-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
144
Reviews:
97
Avg:
3.22
pDev:
17.7%
 
 
Wants:
2
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9
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Ratings: 144 |  Reviews: 97
Photo of Sammy
2.81/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

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Photo of jaydoc
3/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.16/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.47/5  rDev -23.3%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
3.24/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of zestar
3/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of olradetbalder
2/5  rDev -37.9%

Photo of Gagnonsux
3.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm sampling this 6 months or so after it's "best by" date. The beer doesn't taste like it's been affected. Grolsch Amber is brown in color with an average-sized, creamy head. Aroma is malty, not too strong, but inviting. Taste is malty sweet, reminds me a little bit of Newcastle Brown, but is better tasting. Finish has a mild lingering sweetness. This is a good, sessionable beer, not too complex, but very much worth drinking.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.13/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of Jason
3.56/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.75/5  rDev +16.5%

Photo of ejimhof
2.75/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
2/5  rDev -37.9%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +24.2%

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.3/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of WesWes
3.53/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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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 BillRoth
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of wrightst
3/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of Latarnik
3.25/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of clayrock81
3.4/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

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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 rodbeermunch
2.82/5  rDev -12.4%
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 harpus
2.75/5  rDev -14.6%

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Grolsch Amber Ale from Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.
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