Amsterdam Mariner
Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.

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Lager - European Pale
Ranked #424
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2.75 | pDev: 21.82%
Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.
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TheLongBeachBum from California

2.43/5  rDev -11.6%
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….

Oct 16, 2005
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Anonmatel from Australia

1.64/5  rDev -40.4%
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.

Feb 15, 2003
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pootz from Canada (ON)

3.1/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Jul 09, 2006
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slitherySOB from Canada (ON)

2.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Another overpriced European lager. Not terrible, but certainly not worth the price. Pours a pale yellow colour, with a bit of orange. Not sure if it's the light. Depending on the angle, it's either pale yellow or pale yellow with an orange sheen. Thin, 1/4 finger head that disipates to about two layers of bubbles. Decent smell. Crackery malts, and floral/grassy hops. Tastes like a decent session lager. Not overly sweet, but enough malt starchiness to hit the 'spot', and finishes slightly herbal. Mouthfeel seems a bit astringent. Alright, it's drinkable. In the same way Lakeport is drinkable. I certainly would not refuse one, but I will not be buying this again.

Sep 01, 2006
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BeerGlassesCollector from Cyprus

3.08/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This lager was in a gift pack, brought to me from the UK, which had 5 European lagers. It pours golden colour topped by a thin, white head. The head settled quite fast. Mouthfeel is quite smooth and the flavor consists of malts and hints of hops. Quite drinkable lager.

Dec 20, 2003
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Andreji from Texas

2.21/5  rDev -19.6%
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?

Jun 07, 2003
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Redrover from Wisconsin

3.38/5  rDev +22.9%
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

Nov 27, 2012
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WMBierguy from Maryland

3.23/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

Apr 25, 2003
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BeerIsland from Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Nov 16, 2006
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joecast from Australia

3.4/5  rDev +23.6%
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.

Jan 16, 2004
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diablo14 from Illinois

2.56/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

the pick of the recession buster imported beers, amsterdam mariner is no classic, but quite drinkable nevertheless.

lightish golden color, frothy white head with minimal retention. maybe just a little too carbonated, still the fizz looks impressive in the glass. no smell to speak of, just a tinge of floral hops. has a pretty fair malty flavor, good crisp feel and hop bitterness, that is unfortunately detracted from by an unusual metallic flavor. its not unbearable in its presence but does take something away from the overall experience. for the price tag this downside is hardly surprising.

all i can say in closing is that if i was hard up for cash and i needed something to get me thru, i could do a hell of a lot worse than this little number. there are beers out there that cost more and taste worse. so in my books the mariner gets to sail my boat occasionally.

Dec 05, 2003
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cypressbob from Northern Ireland

2.23/5  rDev -18.9%
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)

Jan 13, 2005
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

1.48/5  rDev -46.2%
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.

Oct 01, 2006
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CAMRAhardliner from Canada (ON)

2.91/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Mar 06, 2008
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lacqueredmouse from Australia

2.47/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Jan 12, 2005
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Kulrak from Australia

3.42/5  rDev +24.4%
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.

Dec 16, 2006
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Roderick from Kentucky

3.72/5  rDev +35.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured golden with a very frothy head and had a very strong initial smell of hops, to me it taste kinda like a FRESH Heineken (not the ones setting on the store shelf for weeks or months) and it was enjoyable if not exactly memorable.
$2.89 for a pint....well worth the price.

Sep 28, 2004
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BeerNutta from Australia

2.6/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Aug 25, 2005
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jarmby1711 from Australia

3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A little cloudy and darker by a little than most of this style.
Little bead and little sustained head
The smell was a surprise as it had some hops and malt which were balanced.
Didn't quite carry through to the taste, where the hops contribute plenty of bitter sensation but not a lot of flavour and the malt is subdued.
It is surprisingly fizzy in the mouth given the lack of carbonation apparent in the glass and it has a clean feel, so it is reasonably good in the mouth
This by Australian standards is a cheap "premium lager, so is reasonable value for money if comparing , but standing alone it is drinkably ok , but not much more.

Dec 04, 2005
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Finite from Australia

3.62/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden yellow with an acceptable color. Good head retention and ok lacing. This had a citrus smell which carried through to the taste. The taste was sweet with citrus flavors to start and a subtle malt carried through. The whole mix is refreshing and a little smooth. However the carbonization was good. Considering the amazing low price of this brew and its quality I will definatley be trying it again.

Nov 25, 2005
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laituegonflable from Australia

3.03/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Sep 30, 2009
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vancurly from Australia

2.39/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

Nov 24, 2007
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pin from Australia

1/5  rDev -63.6%

Jul 04, 2012
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irishkyle21 from Canada (ON)

2/5  rDev -27.3%

Jan 17, 2012
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LittleCreature from Australia

2.49/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - 4.0
Deep gold in colour with a big fluffy white head which receded quickly leaving a thin layer of foam and lots of sticky lace.

Smell - 2.5
Sweetish, grainy malt and a suggestion of lemon.

Taste - 2.0
Vague grainy maltiness, a touch of sweetness, no noticeable hop character and low bitterness, finishing very dry. This is inoffensive but rather bland.

Mouthfeel - 3.5
Light bodied and moderately carbonated

Overall - 2.5
A fairly average Euro lager, not quite as good as Heineken, but cheaper so perhaps the better buy. I wouldn't drink this again by choice, though, there are many German Pilseners similar in price that are much better.

May 08, 2011
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