Friday, March 11, 2011

Grolsch - The Netherlands - 11-3-11

The Low Down:
Grolsch. I lived with some dutch people back in the early 2000's, and I probably have them to blame for my fond spot for this Dutch classic. It's smooth, it's fizzy, it's less hoppy than most European beer, and it's sweet on the finish.

You might think that it tastes like tulips, and it does have a floral aroma, but that's mostly down to the quality and age of the hops.

The greatest thing about Grolsch, which is technically a Pilsner is its amazing bottle design. The use of the beugel top, means no bottle opener is required, and adds an elegant flair.

Packaging: 10/10
The beugel top makes this the best designed beer in the world. It becomes a plaything while you drink.
Refreshment: 8/10
Very smooth, very quick to go down. Nice Fizz accompanying something that's both refreshing and energising
Flavour 8/10:
Since this is technically a Pilsiner, the flavour it possesses is truly amazing.
Alcohol Content: 7/10
5.0%. exactly what you might expect for a beer that is the 21st most consumed world-wide.
Price: 5/10
$8.00 This was admittedly out and about at our local, but its not terrifying for an import beer.
Total: 40/50

A very very good beer, from a country that makes excellent beers anyway. The fact that this beer shares 15% of the market share behind Heineken in The Netherlands, speaks volumes. Drink it when you fear spilling your beer, or anytime really.