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Amsterdam Maximator - Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.

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34 Ratings
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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 1.91
pDev: 34.03%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  11.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Boto on 05-23-2004

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Photo of AmitC
2.05/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Lukass
2.95/5  rDev +54.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This one should just fall into the malt liquor category. Picked this up from a small store in Paris for a good, cheap buzz before heading out. It's got a very strong malty, bready flavor, and a lit of heat from the alcohol as it warmed. Not gonna lie, I was expecting a lot worse after seeing the score on ba, but hey, I didn't mind it. Tastes much better out of a can.. Not worthy of a bock glass.

Photo of Farnswurth
1/5  rDev -47.6%

Photo of Monochrome
2/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of rojavaga
2/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of endless1408
2.25/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.06/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Another can brought back from the South of France in Sep 13: this 500ml monster was cracked open on 2 Dec 13, well before it's expiry date.

Poured (twice) into a La Chouffe tulip at home.

Bright, light golden/amber with a deep head on each pour, the heads tried to hang around for a while too.

A hangover in a single can: smells grainy, tinny and alcoholic, tastes grainy, tinny and alcoholic, palate wise I thought it, grainy, tinny and alcoholic, overall it was grainy, tinny and alcoholic.

It actually got a little better as it warmed and my second glass was almost pleasant,well almost.

Photo of Jeffo
1.45/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Got this one in Normandy at a grocery store. This one is Max Intense! Described as a "beer rich in ingredients" with a "long brewing process."

From a 50cl can into a pint glass

APPEARANCE: Pours a three finger, loose looking, white head with decent retention. Really loose and chunky looking. Perfectly clear amber orange with medium carbonation. Force carbonated. Fades to a chunky wisp and leaves foamy, chunky wisp on the sides of the glass. Splotchy wisp leaves some foamy lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Bread and grainy malts, corn, and some alcohol.

TASTE: Rough going. Boozy and sweet grain up front, with sweet bread and corn into the finish. A bolder finish is boozy with alcohol, corn and sweet grainy malts. Not pleasant in the least. Harsh.

PALATE: Medium body and carbonation. A little light, goes down airy and bubbly with a harsh burn at swallow and finishes slightly sweet on palate. Some alcohol lingers.

OVERALL: Not a doppelbock at all. This is simply a strong Euro pale lager, and a really strong one at that. I guess it's better than malt liquor, but the only reason one would even consider drinking this would be to get mashed on the cheap. I can't believe a brewer would taste this and go, "yes, this is exactly what I wanted..."

Photo of Tebuken
2.33/5  rDev +22%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

A crystal pale beer with a white foam that rapidly disappear,no lace at all.
Aroma is somehow fruity,boozy and a bit yeasty.Its taste resembles dry fruits, alcohol and subtle malt hints are present.Bitterness is balanced and carbonation could be a little less prominent.Medium bodied

Photo of Jovean_McNasty
1.14/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Originally bought a can of this in Singapore at a convenience kiosk. I bought it because it was cheap, strong, and I like to try new beers. It is the best prank beer I have ever had... By this i mean that every time I went out in town with a different one of my shipmates, I told them about this "heavenly" beer that they must try because it is without a doubt the best drinking experience they will ever have. I was of course lying to them, which brings me to my review:

Pour: Left it in the can for fear of Singapore's strict environmental laws.

Aroma: Alcohol and sawdust.

Taste: Alcohol, fermented sugar, corn-nuts, and a hint of earwax in the finish.

Mouth/face: Twisted in disgust (This reaction is what kept me exposing poor individuals to this particular brew, and I would often take pictures of my victims during this phase of tasting).

Overall: Good for pulling a fast one on one of your buddies, even if it means you have to suck it up and down one with them (My version of keeping it fair). Consume only for getting drunk or preparing your taste buds for eating handfuls of Thai chilies.

Photo of jkball01
2.75/5  rDev +44%

Photo of RD1163
3/5  rDev +57.1%

Photo of korene84
3/5  rDev +57.1%

Photo of spycow
1.5/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of MrLolalot
3.25/5  rDev +70.2%

Photo of jhm
1.25/5  rDev -34.6%

Photo of ant1
1.5/5  rDev -21.5%

Photo of TheBrewo
1.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

We pour a clean, goldenrod colored brew. It holds a one finger head of tan bubbles, but this disappears on the quicker side, leaving a thick sheet of patterned lacing. Carbonation is active, and there is a mild haze throughout. The aroma is bold, with wheaty and pale malts. There is a stark tropical fruit quality, with passion fruit and pineapple right up front, with some strawberries to boot. This adds a unique sweetness. There is a menthol, minty quality, with surprisingly raw, piney hops. The alcohol is ever present, especially with warmth. As we sip, holy crap. It is like drinking a fruity nail polish remover. The front is dominated by insane metallics, mixing with lightly buttered toast, and those interesting fruity notes from the nose. There is distinct pineapple here, with an added dipped-in-sugar sweetness. The middle moves forward with offensive fusel alcohols, fermented apples, and bittering metallic malts. The finish shows more vodka alcohols and copper, tinny metallics. There is honey sweetness, and more of those strawberries. The aftertaste is burning with booze, fresh cherries, more bitters, and surprisingly pale malts. The body is medium, and the carbonation is medium. The mouth is left dry, but with an initial metallic film. There is okay cream and froth, but little slurp or pop with each sip. Due to the high alcohol presence it is very puckering. The abv is huge, and the beer drinks very slowly.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was the nose. It had great fruity inclusions that were not expected, making for a sweet and inviting aroma. When we sipped, however, we were horribly disappointed. Each sip was like taking a shot of cheap, Canadian beer-flavored vodka. It was extraordinarily hard to drink. The feel was decent, but otherwise, this was a miss for us, with little appeal other than the nose.

Photo of Gregwa
2/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of bezakjon
1/5  rDev -47.6%

Photo of rekel
2/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of rvdoorn
1.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Look: Pours an golden-yellow colour with a large head, leaving a nice lacing.
Smell: Sweet malts,grain, corn and alcohol
Taste: Alcohol, sugar, malts, sweet grains, corn. This is really bad.
Mouthfeel: medium-high carbonation, watery body
Overall: Don’t drink this

Photo of eduardolinhalis
1.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

500ml bottle poured in a chalice.

After the Explorator(D+) and the Navigator(D+) drinking this one is, at least, a big mistake.

A: Clean pale yellow with a big bubbled head which dissipates quickly leaving some lacings
S: Malts and alcohol. Ok it's a Doppelbock, ok it's strong but this smell does not justify. Sweet
T: Bad surprise. Tastes like liquor. Very sweet upfront. A bit fruity. Reasonable bitterness (the ONLY good point of this beer)
M: Heavy and molasses body. Reasonable carbonation to such strong beer
D: Really bad...

Photo of AmberMan22
1.39/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Gotta say this is quite possibly the worst beer I've ever had, and I've had some pretty bad ones as of late.
Had this in Paris, got it as a joke, didn't end up finishing it. Managed to trick one of my friends into taking a sip though -- that was good for a laugh.

A: Doesn't look much worse than other Strong Euro Lagers, dark yellowish color...not too appealing.

S: Smell is repulsive. Honestly the homeless people I've seen drinking this crap could've pissed back into the can and barely told a difference.

T: Taste is miserable at best, downright offensive at worst. It has nothing going for it in terms of an actual beer...tastes more like a cough syrup.

M: This has a very thick, syrupy texture to it. Not a heavy mouthfeel, but a labored mouthfeel, like sludge.

D: Great for novelty or a gag, but your sink will likely drink most of this one...poor sink.

Photo of ericj551
1.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

I bought this in Holland on a recent trip. It pours a golden light orange with a nice looking head that lingers beautifully. The aroma isn't offensive, some sweet graininess, maybe some cooked corn. The flavor isn't bad at first, upfront it tastes like a flavorful macro lager. The flavor quickly gives way to sharp, boozy alcohol, sweet and syrupy, and not smooth at all. This one is hard to put down, and I can't find much redeeming value.

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Amsterdam Maximator from Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.
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