Grolsch is a famous beer in the Netherlands and other countries produced by Grolsch Brewery, a Dutch brewery founded in 1615 by Willem Neerfeldt in Groenlo. It is made with natural ingredients - malted barley, hops and water. The beer has a full-bodied taste and creamy head.
Grolsch is best known for its 5% abv pale lager, Grolsch Premium Pilsner. Grolsch produces a range of mainly pale lager beers from alcohol free to 11.6% abv:
- Grolsch Premium Pilsner - Known internationally as Grolsch Premium Lager, is Grolsch's flagship beer and comprises 95% of all sales. It contains 5.0% abv.
- Grolsch Premium Blond - Blond is a lighter version of the Pilsner, with 30 per cent fewer calories and 4% abv.
- Grolsch Premium Light - A light version of the Pilsner with 3.7% abv, available only in the United States.
- Grolsch Premium Weizen - A traditional hefeweizen brewed according to the Reinheitsgebot. It finishes soft and wet and has 5.5% abv.
In addition to the 'new' bottle, Grolsch uses a distinctively shaped bottle for some of its products, known as de beugel or 'the brace'. Bottles of this type use a swing-top cap, eliminating the need for an opener. The brown domestic bottle contains 45cl, which is over one-third more than the capacity of the average Dutch beer bottle, while the green export bottle is slightly larger, at 467 ml. In 2008, the brewery introduced a slimmer design that is a consistent 45cl for both the domestic market and export. The new bottles can be opened by hand, using a lever at the side of the bottleneck. The label is applied over the lever in order to make any tampering evident. The top used to be made of porcelain, but is now made of plastic. Bottles with porcelain tops are still in circulation in the Netherlands. They are popular with home brewers, as they are very robust and can easily be sealed by hand without the expense of new crown seals. In North America, however, traditional metal-capped Grolsch bottles are becoming increasingly prevalent.
Occasionally Grolsch will use different color bottles, depending on the brew, e.g. the bottle for blonde lager is yellow, while the 2.5 lemon variety comes in a clear 25 cL bottle.
The new bottle
In 2007 Grolsch also started using green bottles for the home market. Grolsch was the first major brewery to stop using the brown refillable bottles which are used by nearly every brewery in the Netherlands. The new green bottles have the Grolsch logo marked in the glass and come in a new package. The label is now placed higher at the neck of the bottle, and the bottles contain 10% more beer (now 33cl). The new bottle was introduced through the slogan 'Bier mag weer gezien worden', which translates roughly as, 'Beer is fit to be seen again'.
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Grolsch Brewery, en.wikipedia.org
Grolsch Premium Lager, destinationbeer.com
Grolsch, official website, www.grolsch.co.uk