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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1/5  rDev -63.1%

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 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 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 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 cyrenaica
2.21/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

500ml can
4.8% ABV

I tried this beer on June 2, 2008 after purchasing from the Queens Quay LCBO outlet in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a pale gold colour with a huge frothy white head that disappeared quickly. The aroma was grainy malt, some spice, and a little hops. The mouthfeel was thin to medium bodied, a little watery, with sharp carbonation. The flavour was grassy malt with a little bitterness in the finish.

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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 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 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 LittleCreature
2.49/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of diablo14
2.56/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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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 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 slitherySOB
2.67/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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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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2.75/5  rDev +1.5%

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 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 MrThell
3/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of jarmby1711
3/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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3/5  rDev +10.7%

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3/5  rDev +10.7%

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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