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Brewed by Grolsche Bierbrouwerij Ned. (Asahi)
Style: Pale Lager
Boekelo, Netherlands

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RATINGS: 2038   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.54/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Bottle: Filtered and force-carbonated.
Premium Lager / Pilsner Since 1615
Ingredients: Water, Malted barley, Hops
The company’s best selling lager.

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3.4
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!

2.2
chriso (7536) - 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.

2.3
Enniskillen (2061) - 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.

2.1
piscator34 (2673) - 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.

3.2
shrubber85 (11706) - 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.

3.8
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - MAY 12, 2004
(CANNED on February/25/2004, Best by February/25/2005) The beer poured out the can smoothly and produced an average head and lace. A light and spicy (Hallertau?) hop nose gently rose from glass. The body is light soft, bready, and malty with a balanced blend of smooth noble hop bitterness. The finish is clean, malty, and gently bitter. The canned version of this beer is vastly superior to the green bottled version, my guess being that the aluminum can protects the beers delicate flavors. This is going to be one of my summer quenchers.

1.4
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 11, 2004
On draft at Jet Rock in the Philly Airport. One of my biggest disappointments: Dutch Bud Light? Maybe the girls pulled on the wrong tap handle. Or maybe the brewers have reformulated this brew for a mass market since my last tasting in 198X. Schlabberwasser. Stick with Heineken.

2.6
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - MAY 11, 2004
A bit skunky, but the greeb bottle is probably responsible. Very hoppy in taste with a bit of a sour note afterward. Light and fairly drinkable, though. A fair beer all around.

2.7
MrManning (2009) - Hamilton, Ontario, CANADA - APR 27, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2008 Not bad. Nice thick and foamy head to start off with, with aromas of strong hops. Slightly skunky smelling as well. Taste is harsh hops with some alcohol in there as well. Maybe a little too strong? Good beer for a summer day though. I just can’t get over the harshness.

2.6
sayravai (4711) - Helsinki, FINLAND - APR 23, 2004
(Bottled, very nice bottle indeed) Typical lager color with small, tight and lacy head. Very crisp, hoppy aroma - this must be pilsener, not lager. Flavor is more like in regular lager, but still quite hoppy and crisp. Light-bodied, crisp (how many times can I repeat that word in one rating?), palate with medium carbonation. A light but refreshing and pretty hoppy (although harsh) brew. Not bad if you happen to be thirsty.


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