Amsterdam Mariner

Total Score: 4.1/10 Malt1 Bread1 Lemon1 PokalStange1

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. 4/10.

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. 5/10.

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. 4/10.

M: Forgiving in regards to the carbonation. Slight wateriness in the mouthfeel makes it go down pretty easy too. 5/10.

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. 3/10.

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

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