00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - MAY 31, 2004
Very cool lid on the bottle. Golden color with a white head. A bit skunky though. darkerdabetter (255) - Michigan, USA - MAY 31, 2004
Cool flip-top bottle, fair lager, somewhat skunky taste, but not too harsh. It does have a decent crispness to it, not a bad aftertaste at all. JoeMcPhee (9426) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 28, 2004
Pale golden colour, creamy off-white head with some lace. Floral hop aroma, some Saaz hops and thin malt. Was not skunked which was a nice surprise. Decent malt and a fairly assertive bitterness. It’s okay but not all that great. JackLanders (55) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAY 27, 2004
This beer is almost always lightstruck and skunky. Did you know that lightstruck beer contains the exact same chemical compound that give real, live skunks their smell? Green bottles does not mean ’premium,’ folks. It means beer that tastes like a skunk’s ass after sitting on the grocery store’s shelf for more than a day or so. Grolsch’s continuing decision to package their beer in green bottles represents a conscious effort to sell skunk-flavored beer, no different from using stale hops. Don’t buy it until they switch to brown bottles like a civilized brewery that is no longer living in the 1970’s. On the other hand, the swing-tops are great for homebrewers who are keeping their beer hidden safely in the dark until the time to imbibe has arrived. beanmedic (347) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 24, 2004
The first thing you notice is a foul smell, but that goes away. The taste is pretty much standard, but it can be downright undrinkable at times. I made a few faces.
carnival (20) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 23, 2004
A good, everyday beer. I probably drink this beer once per month or so. I like the skunkiness of it ... reminds me of Dutch beer (and some other German Lagers). Not as refined as a Czech Pils, but, it is in the same family, anyway. Great with dinner or lunch. Like a lot of other fine beer here, they come in great 1/2 litre cans in Toronto - good for sharing if you want to do a series of tastings with your friends. Love the wire cap bottles - use them for home-made salad dressing! chriso (7533) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAY 22, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2007 Beer #10 (and the last) in my lager marathon, and the clear overall winner. Keg. Presumably brewed under licence somewhere in the UK, but I have no idea where. Unlike most of the others, the aroma was not positively unpleasant, just faint and not clearly defined. The taste was quite fresh with even a hint of hop bite. Clean finish. Nothing special, but OK.
Postscript, 5 Feb 2007. It appears that the UK version of this beer is made at Coors Brewery in Alton, Hampshire. Enniskillen (2051) - Bakersfield, California, USA - MAY 16, 2004
Pours foamy, with yellow coloration like all other lagers. Does have a touch of hops which makes it better then many other lagers. Those mini 5L kegs are pretty fun. piscator34 (2529) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - MAY 15, 2004
Harsh and skunky. Similar to Heineken, only with a bit more hops. It left a bad taste in my mouth. shrubber85 (11390) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - MAY 15, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 18, 2006 Can. Barley malt aroma. Light amber color with large head. Evenly blended flavor between the hops and malt with a dry finish. Decided to buy one again in the states to compare - pretty consistent, maybe a bit less palate and flavor but seems to have survive importation better than Heineken does (which tastes much better in the Netherlands). Still a pretty nice beer.