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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Grolsch Bierbrouwerij N.V.
Netherlands | website

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Boto on 05-23-2004

BEER STATS
Reviews:
22
Ratings:
43
Avg:
1.84
pDev:
52.72%
 
 
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4
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Reviews by TheBrewo:
Photo of TheBrewo
1.99/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Ant777uk
1.43/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Managed to get to the review box without seeing previous ones...yesss..! It's difficult.

Left out the fridge for 30 minutes before drinking.

Initial impressions, I do not like the green can much. For me green is not beer. It's the devil or maybe wheatgrass juice or broccoli.

For a strong beer at 11.6%, it is very light. Basically like a lager, with a bit more colour. Head goes down fast.

Aroma has no fruitiness, nothing complex...just fizziness and a hint of sawdust.

Not looking forward much to the taste...

Taste is intense, spirit like. Much better than a lager like Carlsberg or Heineken, as at least there is taste. Though the taste is alcohol, almost vodka, and not a complex brewed taste with lots of flavour, This is obviously made for the alcohol, not the taste. The perfect beer for someone who hates their life, wants to get drunk, forget things, and who wants to save money as much as possible.

Would I drink if I was homeless..? For sure. There is fuck all else to do and I probably do not want to break another tooth opening a bottle of Chimnay Bleu.

The taste has elements of honey, lots of sweetness (surprising for such a strong beer).

It's my opinion that the ingredients are false. They have basically mixed beer with pure alcohol and sugar. Therefore alcohol should be on the ingredients. Perhaps they do not have to add this as a seperate one...haha clever.

This has not been brewed, it has been mixed.

Still, it's better than a mass produced lager. Though, really it is the same, just mixed with alcohol. So it gets a pretty low rating from me...

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.06/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of Jovean_McNasty
1.14/5  rDev -38%
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.

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Photo of Jeffo
1.45/5  rDev -21.2%
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..."

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Photo of Melvintrude
1.42/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Truly horrible. Bought as a curiosity from a French supermarket shelf.

"Trampagne" at it's most cynical maximum alcoholic units per buck formula

Curiously syrupy when overchilled (freezer incident)

Avoid

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Photo of ant1
1.5/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of RD1163
3/5  rDev +63%

Photo of BoitSansSoif
1.24/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A-C'mon, it might be horrible, but it looks as good as most other beers. Pours a light golden color w/decent head and retention, bits of lacing.

S-Smell actually doesn't reveal all the problems while it's still cold, which mine is. Grainy husk, alcohol, slightly sweet malt, bits of corn, some skunkiness.

T-This stuff tastes like my mouth after I used to wake up from college benders when I forgot to brush my teeth. Alcohol, slightly sweet grainy flavor, cheap hooch, aftertaste of nail polish remover and a touch of hops.

M-My mouth feels really bad. I feel remorseful. Maybe recycling the can will make me feel better.

D-First beer I haven't finished in a long while. This stuff is repulsive. If you want to drink something this strong, just go for a bottle of wine. In France you can get a potable bottle for just double the price of this poison. Other strong Euro beers, and any American malt liquor I can imagine are far superior...that includes King Cobra, Camo, and Steel Reserve.

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Photo of AmberMan22
1.39/5  rDev -24.5%
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.

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Photo of Bustersuess
3.27/5  rDev +77.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of d07c0m
2.93/5  rDev +59.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'd heard about this beer long before I drank it. Found it in a corner store / kiosk / bodega in Geneva, Switzerland for about 3 Swiss Francs. Bought it along with several "normal" beers to sample. Started out pretty smooth because it was still cold but the further I got into it, the more pronounced was the taste of the alcohol. It was however, compared to it's weaker brother Amsterdam Navigator (8,4%) surprisingly smooth. A definite must if you're looking for a good bang/buck ratio.

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Photo of jhm
1.25/5  rDev -32.1%

Photo of endless1408
2.25/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of warmstorage
1.26/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

500ml can, SGD$5.50 (Singapore.) Can states "Dutch Export Breweries", has bold graphics and prominently states 11.6% ABV.

Pours a medium straw, pours with a significant head that goes away quickly.

Aroma is sweet and slightly damp/musty, and a little sour.

Tastes like... strong American malt liquor (think double-strength King Cobra, or Colt 45, or about any macro lager produced by an American brewer with 'Ice' or 'Dry' in the name.) It's very sweet, with a distinct sour funk, and that damp mustiness from the aroma is obvious.

Mouth: it's like malt liquor flavored syrup.

Verdict: drainpour. (Well, actually, gutter-pour.)

Overall, pretty foul stuff, but it seemed worth trying once. And I mean once only. I've had worse beer. I actually think that Coors Light, e.g., is worse, as are many American malt liquors. But this stuff definitely sucks.

Their website is revealing in that a majority of the specific information about the beer is about its packaging, dimensions, and weight: clearly this is a beer designed for the convenience store market, and little else. Oh, and I guess they just withdrew any credentials I might have had as a beer geek:

"Description:
Its smooth taste combined with superior strength makes Amsterdam Maximator a treat for the true beer connoisseur."

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Photo of Howlader
1/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of spycow
1.5/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of bezakjon
1/5  rDev -45.7%

Photo of ericj551
1.82/5  rDev -1.1%
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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Photo of Gregwa
2/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of BeerNutta
1.03/5  rDev -44%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Amsterdam Maximator.

What can I say... I was young and stupid.

A = Straw coloured. Nothing special.

S = Alcohol.

T = Alcohol. Strong Alcohol.

M = Alcohol ruins all taste.

D = Never again. Who drinks this stuff? (Ok... I drank this stuff. But I was young... and stupid.)

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Photo of chrisroarshack
1.75/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Photo of rvdoorn
1.97/5  rDev +7.1%
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

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Photo of M-Jez84
2.16/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of KrisPaulk77
1/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Desperation drove myself and a Danish electrician to try cans of this crap in a shipyard in Dubai. That and a dare. Oh good lord, is this stuff foul. I should have known better when we popped the tabs and took a whiff. We have paint thinner on our vessel that is more palatable. We looked at each other and knew it wasn't getting any better, so, with a toast to our comrades, away we went. One gulp into this unholy abomination was all it took. I'm not going to dignify this beer with talking about mouthfeel, or lacing, or hop profiles, or what have you. It was pure evil in a can. Like Satan's own urine... the taste was something akin to beer spilled into mop water, with a healthy dose of rubbing alcohol thrown in. I can't call it a drain pour, well, because I couldn't find a drain. I hate to admit it, but we gave our unfinished cans to a Nepalese cook that was with us... poor bastard. I'm sure karma will get us back one day for that one. Avoid this "beer" at all costs.

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