Grolsch Amber Ale

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Amber Ale, Made Dutch- Style

Dec 28, 2000 (Updated Dec 28, 2000)
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Pros:Easy Drinkability

Cons:Weak Flavor Profile

Grolsch Brewing Company is a large beer- producing operation, headquartered in the Netherlands. Its best- known product is its lager, sold in the familiar green "flip top" bottles. Second on the Grolsch popularity list is this beer, Grolsch Amber Ale. This is an unusual tasting beer, and it's very different from other beers of similar style.

Basic Characteristics:

This beer has a light copper color and it's very clear, which is the result of the triple- cold filtering process. The aroma of this beer is not very appetizing. It has a cardboard- like smell, which is often the sign of a bad product. Many of the mass- produced products in the United States have a similar aroma. Grolsch Amber Ale is brewed using two- row European Spring barley malt, wheat malt, hops, yeast, and water. The alcohol level of this product is 5 percent by volume.

When it comes to deciding between ales and lagers, I usually go for ales. Among other things, I find that ales are generally more flavorful and have a more pronounced flavor of hops. This beer doesn't have the hop taste that I expect in an ale, or any good malty taste, either. I think part of the reason for this odd flavor profile is because of the addition of the wheat malt. Supposedly, the addition of the wheat is to help the beer have more head retention. Well, the brewers did succeed in that respect, because the foaminess is pretty good and it does last for a while. But, the addition of wheat doesn't do much for the flavor. The end result is a beer that is a little weak on real beer taste, and a touch too watery. It is easily drinkable, but that alone does not make a great beer. The finish of this beer is bitter, and a little rough. The aftertaste is balanced between sweet and bitter, but not good.

Food Compatibility:

Grolsch Amber Ale is best served with standard tavern food and snacks, like burgers, fries, potato chips, pretzels, etc. It doesn't have any good distinction, so I wouldnt recommend serving it with good food. I would just stick with light snacks.

Final Thoughts:

Grolsch Amber is a forgettable product from the Grolsch Brewery. If you like Grolsch Lager, you won't necessarily like the ale. The two products don't taste anything alike. Grolsch Amber is available in standard 12 oz. bottles, and also in the larger "flip- top" style, just like the lager. The bottles, for the ale, are clear, not green, so they should be stored in a place that's away from direct light. The clear bottle does showcase the beer nicely, but it doesn't offer any protection from light, which increases the chance of spoilage.

There are several decent beers produced in the Netherlands, but this isn't one of them. If you like Dutch- produced malt beverages, than I would suggest sticking with the lagers. The Dutch make do make some good lagers, but ale is obviously not their specialty.


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