Amsterdam Navigator 8,4
Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.

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European Strong Lager
Ranked #104
Ranked #47,806
2.42 | pDev: 20.66%
Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.
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Reviews by arkanu:
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2.36/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

6,5 ABV version produced by Efes Moldova under supervision by Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.

Much darker in color than a normal euro lager, its color reminded me of peach juice, but with the same clarity you would expect from a lager. Pretty high carbonation can not hide the increased ABV, that feels rather unnatural.
Smell is full of alcohol and faint spices, some fruit too.
Taste is very blunt, some alcohol traces, just your extremely average lager. However, the black can has a lovely design. Anyway, compared to a bottle of Chisinau beer, this one is nowhere near it. Don't get me wrong, Chisinau is a fairly average, yet honest beer. Amsterdam Navigator is not catastrophic by any means, still not good enough. Worth a try only for the sake of trying it, but don't expect any fireworks.

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Photo of TheSarge
2.7/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This brew came in a red can that I failed to take a picture of.

This brew pours with a lot of CO2, which produces a good bit of off white colored head, and a golden clear body.

I detect a slight sweet and arid aroma. There seems to be a hint of corn.

Tastes sweet and syrupy as is with the consistency in the mouth feel.

This beer has one purpose, and that's to get tanked on. This is not refreshing or complex; it's just got a high ABV.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.48/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Now at 8% ABV: my 50cl can was obtained from a supermarket in Ste Maxime on the South of France and poured into two tumblers at my mates holiday villa on 17th Sep 2013 during a 'heavy can tasting evening'.

Good solid gold body with a white, short lived head.

Sweet and syrupy from the moment the can was opened, it was the sweetest by far of the high alcohol cans we tried.

Can't really say much more, some alcohol traces, but even those were masked by the overpowering sweetness of the brew: I normally enjoy malty, sweet brews, but this was too much.

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Photo of papat444
2.25/5  rDev -7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Flashback #374

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Photo of irishkyle21
2/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of BoitSansSoif
2.53/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A-Clear yellow-golden w/thick white head, decent lacing & retention.

S-Slightly sweet toasted malt w/bits of corn and faint red apple.

T-Sweet upfront w/red apple, sweet malt, and faint hops in finish.

M-Cloyingly sweet w/light-to-medium syrupy body and moderate carbonation.

D-Too sweet, and a level under many of the other strong lagers one can buy for the same price.

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Photo of chinchill
2.72/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Shared 500 ml can in Greece.
Appearance: it has an amber-apricot colored body.
The flavor is overly sweet and lacking in hops.
Overall: 8.0% alcohol is partly hidden.

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Photo of spycow
2.37/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

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3/5  rDev +24%

Photo of Jeffo
2.3/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Got this from a supermarket in Normandy. Says it's a beer "rich in ingredients" with a "long brewing process..."

From a 50cl can into a pint glass.
ABV: 8%

APPEARANCE: Pours a three finger, medium looking, fluffy white head with decent retention. Perfectly clear amber orange with medium carbonation. Force carbonated. Fades to a chunky wisp and leaves foamy, chunky wisp on the sides of the glass. Splotchy wisp leaves some lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Mild nose of bread and grain. Light caramel perhaps.

TASTE: Bread and grainy malts to begin, with some sweet grainy malt, some light caramel and some bitter hop at the swallow. Aftertaste is sweet and grainy with caramel and toffee sweetness and just a hint of bitterness. Much like the Admiral but without the hop balance.

PALATE: Medium body and carbonation. A little light, goes down fine and finishes slightly sweet on palate. A touch light perhaps.

OVERALL: Not as good as their Admiral. Stronger with more sweet malt flavors, but without the hop bitterness to act as balance. Yeah, there's a lot of flavor, but not flavor that make me want to go back for more.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
2.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

500ml can poured in a chalice.

A: Pours a clear golden yellow to orange color with a big white fluffy head. Medium retention and some lacings left

S: A lot of sugar in the nose followed by the caramel malts, some hops and alcohol

T: Too sweet and extremelly syrupy. Some sweet malts but, the sweetness is quite extreme and jeopardizes the taste. End is quite bitter as an unique positive point

M: Heavy and molasses with a reasonable carbonation, a quite bitter aftertaste and a high ABV

D: Low. Again, too sweet and molasses

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Photo of RuudJH
2.5/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Grolsch brewed specialty.

Looks orange golden, thin head, decent lacing in the glass, hardly any carbonation.
Smell of malts, some faint grassy hops. Also flowerscented soap and seaweed.
Taste is completely syruppy sweetness, malts and corn in the background. Hardly any hop.
The 8.4 % isn't too harsh in the mouth, mainly because of the sweetness.
This beer lacks balance and depth.

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Photo of rvdoorn
2.54/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Had this beer on tap in the Vlaamsche Reus in Wageningen some time ago. I try to write this review as I remember the beer by heart. The beer pours a clear golden-yellow color with a nice thick white head (just like a normal pilsner).

Smell: sweet malts, bit alcoholic, some flowery hops.

Taste: very very sweet, almost like strong liquor (e.g. liquor 43) with malts . Some hints of caramel and a very weak grainy hoppiness in the aftertaste. The beer tastes like sugar is added after the brewing process. Alcohol is quite strong.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied (bit syrupy), although the big head suggested high carbonation, the beer is medium-low carbonated.

Overall: Way to sweet, like most strong Grolsch beers. Not worth trying.

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Photo of TheBrewo
2.73/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

We pop the tab and glug out an apple juice colored brew. It puts up a one and a half finger chunky white head showing great retention. This leaves a single thick sheet of lacing as it dissipates. Carbonation appears average, with no haze or sediment noted. The nose is full of adjuncts, flour, biting alcohol, syrupy sugar, and a light nectary hop. Raw vanilla bean, grassy leafiness, and lactics appear on the far back with warmth. Our first impression is that this beer is extraordinarily sweet. The taste opens with cloying sugars hitting hard and hitting fast. It is dextrin and candy-like, with a bit of apple sweetness. It is hard to pick out any other flavoring until the middle, where a floury malt comes in, but this does little to cut the sugars. The end shows more cheap apple quality, but the grain is most apparent here, with adjuncts, bitters, and a big dose of booze. The aftertaste breathes of raw cane sugary, fermented apples, fusel alcohols, and some wheaty wetness. The body is thick, and the carbonation is light to medium. Each sip is puckering to the sweetness, but there is decent sip and froth, and hearty slurp and glug. The abv is appropriate, and the beer is hard to drink.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the appearance. The head actually showed nice retention and color, making the beer seem rather inviting. It really fell apart from there, as the flavoring was intensely sweet. There was actually a benefit to this in that it helped to mask the alcohol pretty well. Other than that it decimated all other traces of flavoring and overwhelmed the drinker.

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2.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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1/5  rDev -58.7%

Photo of stevoj
2.1/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Aroma is sour and musty. Pours wth a nice, thick velvety head (but then again, so does pee from time to time). Flavor is licorice (not in a good way) and cough syrup. This is beer made for getting drunk, if you can get it down.

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3/5  rDev +24%

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1.75/5  rDev -27.7%

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2.59/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of GoHabsGo
2.5/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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2.5/5  rDev +3.3%

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3/5  rDev +24%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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2/5  rDev -17.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +44.6%

Amsterdam Navigator 8,4 from Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.
Beer rating: 61 out of 100 with 38 ratings