My wife goes to Manila a lot and she tends to have a stopover in Amsterdam so this time I asked her to pick me up some beer at the airport. This was the best she could find and a quick google prepared me for the worst but I have to try it out. Amsterdam Speciality beers came in a box containing three beers.
Explorator 6.8% - strong
Navigator 8.4% - extra strong
Maximator 11.6% - super strong
The difference between these three beers? Nothing except how much syrup they added in to boost the alcohol and they get less drinkable as you move ahead.
I can't say for certain they are using corn syrup but one of the ingredients is simply "sugars" so that could mean anything but the beers taste like syrup.
I only got through half of Navigator before it went down the sink and I took a mouthful or two of Miximator before chucking it.
Perhaps there should be a rule of thumb that in you are in a different country, never drink a beer called after that country. In fact that practice should be made illegal. Imagine passing through Amsterdam and buying the Amsterdam Speciality beer and when you get home you find it so disgusting that you think all beer from said country is pathetic?
I know better and plan to go there some time as I know they make some of the best beer in the world.
My wife has promised that next time she will look a little harder but swears that was the most interesting looking beer she could find.