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Amsterdam Mariner | Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.

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Amsterdam MarinerAmsterdam Mariner

Brewed by:
Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.

Style: Euro Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-15-2003

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Ratings: 36 |  Reviews: 30
Reviews by Redrover:
Photo of Redrover
3.38/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had a couple of cans of this while visiting Panama. .87 cents at the Super Mercado compared to .53 to .55 for the locals…

Poured into a glass, the beer is gold/bronze with a massive white head.

The beer smells of grass and a bit of grains. No skunk odor at all (maybe the can helped..).

The taste leans a trifle towards the sweet side. Grains, grass, bread and the hops add a smidgen of backend bitterness. Surprisingly, bitterness increases at mid-glass.

Mouth has decent heft, would be easy to pair with a burger, chicken and rice, etc

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Photo of SD-Alefan
2.75/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of BeerIsland
3.1/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I reach form this item as an upgrade from the American mega crap when I want to impress the visitors. It's very cheap at Total in VA so I don't feel too bad putting it in stock. The drinkability factor is decent with is the redeeming feature, the rest of the attributes are pretty run of the mill. It also has a nice label.

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Photo of Anonmatel
1.64/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

foamy head lleaves little to no lace on on the sides of the glass, little to no smell, dunno if thats a good thing or a ba thing. Tastes a little skunky and a metallic (strange, it came from a bottle), clean crisp finish, floral. not much else can be said about this beer, as for drinkability, don't even try, after about 4-5 sips i'm full of gas.

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Photo of Sammy
1.48/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Another pale lager, easy to get so the LCBO brings it in, the largest buyer of alcohol in the world. It is large bubbly water with some initial foam that quickly dissipitates. A chemical metallic taste, reminicant of a club soda weeks left in the fridge. Drying burning aftertaste. No aroma worth describing.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
1.89/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours clear yellow with a large head and some lacing.
Nose shows dirty sweet stale malt with a hint of floral hops in the background.
Flavours include sweet malt with definite corn and very little hops. Offensive but not too bold.
Carbonation is just a little too high.

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Photo of irishkyle21
2/5  rDev -26.2%

Photo of ALEXJMZ
2.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A. Pours a golden colour with decent snowy head of sparse bubbles that sinks pretty steadily. Bead is thin, but steady. Lacing left as rings of white foam. Looks nice.

S. Pungent, with a kind of corn sweetness and a whiff of barley. A slight isoamile acetate (bannana gum like Heineken) and some slightly medicinal hop phenols. Has a sourness to it, slightly citric, maybe a bit bready, like undercooked dough.

T. Bannana and sourness, but ultimately seems sweet. Aspects of lolly water and a bit of a saline character almost like seawater. A bit of a chemical aspect and quite savoury on the mid-palate, like a crackery malt flavour. Tartness comes through on front and back

AT. Mouthfeel is slightly textured with a hint of tingle, but mostly watery, a little bit thicker than your average lager though.

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Photo of Kulrak
3.42/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright golden straw color with white fluffy head that fades fairly quickly, but clings to the glass. Smells of hops and citrus, very pleasant. The taste is very clean, not much sweetness, a decent amount of bitterness and finishes slightly sourly. Mouthfeel is heavy and a little creamy, but mostly fizzy. All in all, it's very drinkable, mostly because it's not overpowering in any way. Not bland, but not what I'd call flavorful.

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Photo of pin
1/5  rDev -63.1%

Photo of joecast
3.4/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours with a thick foamy head.
the hop aroma hit my face first off but quickly mellows out while drinking.
smooth malt flavour with slightly bitter finish.
the strong aroma first off made me think this would have an equally strong (and maybe unpleasant) taste, but i was wrong. turns out to be a very drinkable beer in this style.

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Photo of MrThell
3/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of Andreji
2.21/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A crappy lager going on for too long (apparently since 1275 or something like). A plain and simple golden tone with little foam head or lacing, and no present smell, a bit hoppy. The taste, somewhat watery, was poor lacking on all the basic ingredients. No worthy aftertaste; you can sure drink a dozen, but who'd want to?

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
2.43/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Presentation: 11.2 fluid ounce (330ml) green glass bottle. Known also as “Amsterdam Mariner” in its homeland and brewed by Grolsche Bierbrouwerij NV of Enschede, this is between 4.8% and 5.0% depending on whom you believe.

Appearance: Pale piss yellow with some straw hints that support a chilled white head that leaves spotted bleach patches on the glass side walls. Spritzy carbonation with some lager tones. Looks like a million other Euro lagers….

Nose: Smells like a million other Euro lagers.

Taste: Tastes like a million other Euro lagers.

Mouthfeel: Feels like…..oh wait I have to make some effort here I know….

Drinkability: Crisp, breaded malts and light hoppy hints all masquerade as a pseudo-pilsner with some herbal traits.

Overall: Nothing outstanding, nothing…..erm, well just nothing outstanding, really.

Why do I keep thinking of Paul Mariner whilst drinking this, wonder what he is up to these days, well apart from his many honors as an England player as well as including winning the 1978 FA Cup Final with Ipswich, a game in which Mariner was named Man of the Match (despite not being the goal scorer) in the memorable 1-0 classic win over Arsenal, he now coaches in the USA for several Soccer teams it seems…..hmm, maybe he can coach the brewer of this crap to brew….

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Photo of cypressbob
2.23/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

500ml can

Pours with alight yellow body, fizzy egg white head, poor retention, some lacing

Smell, slight biscuit, some hint of grain, nothing special, some off aromas

Taste, fairly crisp, some hop bitterness on the finish, quite a thin body, quite sweet, slightly metallic on the finish

Pretty crap, very cheap (3.99 for a 6 pack of 500ml cans)

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Photo of vancurly
2.39/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a big white head, rocky foam. Pale gold, with good bubbling.
Strange hint of paté on the nose.... perhaps this beer is not at its best. Sulfur, gamey... then malty.
Dominant malt, followed by a firm herbal bitterness. Quite unbalanced, from one extreme (pale malt) to the other (bitterness) with little in between.
This is the first time I have marked down a beer primarily on its mouthfeel. The flavours are there, but are not in harmony, and do not hit the palate well.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.03/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden colour with decent snowy head of sparse bubbles that sinks pretty steadily. Bead is thin, but steady. Lacing left as rings of white foam. Looks nice.

Nose is pungent, with a kind of corn sweetness and a whiff of barley. A slight chemical aroma and some slightly medicinal hop phenols. Has a sourness to it, slightly citric, maybe a bit bready, like undercooked dough. An odd mélange, but not horrible.

Taste has elements of that sourness, but ultimately seems sweet. Aspects of lolly water and a bit of a saline character almost like seawater. A bit of a chemical aspect and quite savoury on the mid-palate, like a crackery malt flabour. Tartness comes through on front and back, slightly phenolic and gives it a nice rounded profile, even if the flavour itself isn't wonderful.

Mouthfeel is slightly textured with a hint of tingle, but mostly watery, a little bit thicker than your average lager though.

This is pretty standard Euro fare. Nothing outwardly bold on the palate, but noticeable hops and a distinct lager yeast strain that gives it a slight savoury character. Not undrinkable.

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Photo of BeerNutta
2.6/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I have no idea why but this beer seems to be always on sale. So I thought i would give it a crack. What the hey.... Its cheap.

A = Pale straw colour

S = Nothing noteworthy. Slight hop smell.

T = Sweet malt that gives way to hop bitterness that lingers.

M = A little overcarbonated.

D = Not a bad beer for the price.

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Photo of pootz
3.1/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

500-ml can...

Pours clear light gold in the glass... 2 finger rocky head, fair retention, good lacing. A tad over carbonated.

Bready malt and light floral tones to the aroma.

Moderate malt spine, light body, sharp dry character, sandy mouth feel...fizzy!

2 dimensional lager... pale biscuit malts are balanced with sharp medicinal bittering from the hops . Finish is clean, slightly dry and bitter with a metallic after taste.

A fair Dutch pilsner in the Urquel-style perhaps a tad under lagered and too fizzy, bitter-sharp without sufficient malt charcter for my liking although it is an all malt lager and good value for price.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
2.91/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours extremely pale gold, very clear. The head is compact and shortlived, leaving lots of delicate lace trails on the glass. The smell too light with a sweetish, wet grain malt flavor and only a shadow of hop aroma. The flavor is simple and typical of the style - light somewhat bready malts and a stayed, herbal hop flavor in the back. A whiff of corn and light bitterness make up the short finish. The mouthfeel is thin with a smooth, nearly creamy carbonation.

Blah, nothing particularly bad, but nothing notable that would bring me back to this beer. Its an unoffensive, simple lager.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
2.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Saw this one on special as I walked to the counter of my local bottle shop. For $1.50 Australian (damn cheap) I thought it was worth a try.

Comes in a 330ml green bottle with a blue label portraying a tall sailing ship. Freshness date October 2005.

Poured a mid to gold amber, clear body with a coarse-bubbled foamy head which disappears rapidly.

Some hops on the nose and a lot of bready yeastiness. Rather clear an pleasant without being overtly complex. Certainly in good condition - no off stink.

Intense hoppy bitterness on the front palate which falls away to a watery nothingness. Quite uninspiring. Flat mouthfeel, no complexity.

It's a one trick beer this. It's drinkable, but forgettable. There are certainly better examples of Dutch Lagers out there. For the price, it was probably worth it, but I guess you get what you pay for.

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Photo of dansmcd
3.03/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Huge, sudsy head that retreats before long. Some spotty lacing around the glass. A nice pale amber glow.

S - A bit like stale old pub carpet.

T - Very smooth, slightly bitter. No intricate flavours here but likable and lingering. Would be perfect with a sharp cheese.

M - A bit thin

O - Very easy to drink and cheap, cheap, cheap. I'd take one over a Heineken given the choice. I could throw down half a dozen with no complaints.

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Photo of doktorhops
2.57/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Another cheap beer to review, hopefully next week I'll have a Chimay or Duvel to splash out on. Anyway I never knew this lager was made by the classic brewers Grolsch - there you go I learned something new today!

Poured from a 500ml can into a 500ml Stein glass.

A: The brew poured fast and hard with a 3cm foamy white head that dissipated as quick as it came, leaving a pockmarked lacing around the inside of the glass. Body is a clear golden hue.

S: There's a tinge of sweet malts backed up by an interesting sourdough note, not sure if that's intended. The hops tail the overall aroma with a hint of lemon.

T: Starts out as a standard sweet malt affair and trails off towards a bitter hop back note with the sourdough in between these two elements... not sure what the brewer was attempting to do but it's not a bad flavour, just stylistically amiss.

M: Forgiving in regards to the carbonation. Slight wateriness in the mouthfeel makes it go down pretty easy too.

D: It's drinkable for sure if you like the flavour... I'm not a fan but I respect that it's doing something well (even if that something isn't my cup of tea). I'll give it a miss over the Oettinger Pils next time.

Food match: Sausages, mash potato, roast vegetables and cabbage.

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Photo of mndlssphlsphr
2.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I smell a mix of malts that pours into a yellowish-yellow. There is a sharp mouthfeel that scratches the pallet but does not cut through. But for $0.67 a can that got shipped across the water to a Panamanean Rays, it is a relative deal. Taste is a of a massed produced lager and is identifiable when a blind taste test is administered versus the municipal tap water of the tropical urban jungle.

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Photo of WMBierguy
3.23/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I bought a six pack of this beer for $1.50! Yes, this was in an American grocery store! Expecting the worst, I brought it home and opened the bottle. It smelled just as I'd imagined it would, like a Grolsch rip-off. The first taste was exactly as it smelled. This beer is a slighty lower quality Grolsch. If you like Grolsch, Heiniken, St. Pauli, etc., then you will like this. I still don't understand why this was so cheap. I went right back to the store and bought 4 more six packs (for a whopping $6!) It is very drinkable beer, if not very memorable. Don't pay top dollar for this, but if you find it for a reasonable price and enjoy the style then try it out. You won't be dissapointed.

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