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Augustiner Bräu Maximator | Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG

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Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-25-2002

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Photo of kojevergas
2.93/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

500ml bottle from Getranke Oase in Munich. Served chilled into a weissbier glas. Regrettably brief notes below:

7.50% ABV.

HEAD: Fills ~80% of the glass with pale khaki foam. Nice even consistency. Good retention for the ABV - ~8 minutes.

BODY: Translucent transparent amber of average vibrance.

Looks fine for a doppelbock, with an impressive head retention but a surprisingly bright colour.

AROMA: Toast, caramel, brown bread, cream...and that's about it. The descriptor "liquid bread" definitely comes to mind. A hint of sourdough/doughy yeast.

Aromatic intensity is average.

TASTE: Exactly what the aroma promised, and nothing more. Okay, maybe some amber malt treacle. Balanced albeit plain. Very bready and simple for a doppelbock, lacking, for instance, the spicy yeast profile you might find in a superior offering. The malt backbone isn't all that robust, either. Sweet, sure, but shallow for a doppelbock.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, plump, full-bodied, bready, filling, hefty, and weighty/heavy on the palate. Not syrupy, but a bit sticky. True to the style, but it doesn't accentuate specific notes from the taste or anything (aside from emphasizing the general breadiness of the beer).

OVERALL: It's an above average doppelbock, but honestly I expected better given its city & region of origin. This can't hold a candle to Ayinger's Celebrator, nor is it on par with Andechs' Augustiner. Drinkable for what it is (though it does pack a punch; be careful!), but far from world class. Basically liquid bread; I could see monks fasting using only this for sustenance. But for discerning drinkers interested in flavour, not kilocalories, Maximator will be found lacking.

I think some of the higher ratings for this beer may reflect a regional bias; just because the beer is from Bavaria -the home of the style - doesn't mean it's a paragon thereof.

C (2.93) / AVERAGE

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Photo of delta490
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear mahogany with a moderate cap of light tan head, slightly foamy. The aroma is rich malts, a little grainy and earthy. The taste is about the same with a slight nutty finish. The body is surprisingly light, with just a hint of carbonation.

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Photo of stevoj
3.66/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light brown/ruby in color, thin head. Nutty, roast grain aroma, taste has more malt, some caramel sweetness,. Roast grain bitterness linger son the tongue. Classic doppelbock.

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Photo of SFNC
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look; A stunning deep red when held to the light. It has a nice two finger off-white head.
Smell; A tad faint, but a definite freshly baked brown bread smell. Some sweetness, little or no alcohol.
Taste; Again the freshly baked brown bread, but more pronounced, also burnt brown sugar and dates. Very rich tasting, a nice sipper!
Feel; Very full, sweet and sticky on the front, a bit dry on the back.
Overall; A very good Doppelbock, nicely done and worth visiting again.

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Photo of BikingDutchman
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Dark reddish mahogany and clear. Light tan head dissipates quickly.
S - Strong plum/dark fruit in the smell with some complimentary dark breadiness.
T - More dark fruit up front with dark bread crust flavors that follow closely. They work very well together, and one does not mask the other. No alcohol flavor is noticeable. Very sweet with no noticeable hop flavor and minimal bitterness.
M - A little syrupy/sweet, but not too heavy. Medium carbonation.
O - Strong dark fruit flavor is really good, but goes unchecked. It gets a little bit cloying after a while. Lucky there is a decent amount of carbonation to lighten things up.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Earthy, sweet brown malt. Toasted cereal and raisins, dark fruit. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Little bit of bitterness on the back end that lingers. Nice carb level.

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Photo of leadpaint76
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not sure if it is style or just this beer but don't think I will purchase again. It poured almost no head at all. Aroma reminds me of an old farmhouse and not in the good way like a Saison. Just not a beer for me but like always I am glad I tried it. Have a great day my friends.

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Photo of 303beer
4.11/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice looking brownish red. About half inch of bubbly head that dissipates quickly. Has a little bit of roast nose with some molasses or brown sugar. Sweet, rich just a touch of roast at the end. It's smooth as well. Nice beer. Little sweet but a nice beer.

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Photo of stephens101
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Blast of tan head tops off a brownish red brew. Vermilion hues. Froth flitters away. Has an aroma of burnt sugar, caramel, brown bread, allspice, faint taffy. Complex and promising. Tastes of caramel, toasted malt, sweet bread and faint notes of prune juice. Medium-plus body with warming but not overwhelming notes of alcohol. A fine, sweet sipper and one of the finer Doppelbocks I've had the pleasure of drinking.

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Photo of teromous
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

No bottle or import date.

Appearance A very nice looking dark brown body with good clarity. Short eggshell white head and lots of visible carbonation. Unfortunately the head doesn't even last through a few sips. The surface of the beer is glass without a sign of bubbles. No lacing. The beer itself looks amazing aside from the head.

Aroma: There isn't much on the nose. There is a bit of green apple and a lager yeast aroma with a touch of sweet date.

Taste: I get some caramel flavor along with bits of dates and brown sugar. The end is slightly bitter. As the beer warms up a bit the alcohol starts to come through.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel on this beer is lovely. It's a nice smooth nearly creamy full bodied beer that sticks slightly on the palate leaving some aftertaste. It's not quite a sipper beer but the full body makes it so you really have to take your time with it. It's great for a Doppelbock.

Overall: The beer has a natural "cool factor" for being a traditional beer and one from a brewery that has been around for so long. It could be worth it to you to try the beer for this purpose alone. The beer was a pretty good Doppelbock but I can easily find better imports and local ones.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

nobody likes a dopplebock in the summer, that seems to be a fact of beer drinking life, but take one with a little age on it, and drink it as a night cap on a cool evening, it works. deep ruby to brick red in color, plenty thick, and a rich tan head rises up almost two inches tall in the glass before fading back. it smells like molasses and german red malts, american amber ale notes too with the caramelized sweetness going on in the middle and a decent hops structure on the back end. the booze really stands out in the taste, and its as sweet as honey, hard to drink a lot of a beer thats strong and sweet, but thats how the style usually is. i would have liked more lager yeast character in this, and it could definitely be fermented down a bit more. still i like the layers of grain, perfectly autumnal complexion, earthy and old worldy, which i like, and serviceable as a night cap for sure. not my favorite example of the style, but a rather bold and authentic one. i suspect this might actually be better fresh.

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Photo of MarkStewart
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A good beer, a medium toasted flavor with a slight nose. A medium body with a creamy texture. Smooth and easily drinkable. I had expected more from what I had heard too be honest.

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Photo of bushbeer75
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

11.2 oz brown bottle

Augustiner Maximator filled my mug with a clear dark amber hue producing an off-white 1/2-finger head that reduces to a light lacing around the rim. The light aromas of brown sugar, and toffee seem to dominate. The flavor is a little more impressive than the nose. Stronger flavors of brown sugar and toffee are noted along with dark fruits and toasted bread. The body is medium at its highest with a lighter carbonation. The mouth feel is a little creamy and slick.

Maximator is a bit light in flavor - not as rich as some doppelbocks. However, this makes for an easy drinker.

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice creamy off-white head that takes a long while to dissipate. The beer itself is a clear brown color with a reddish hue. It's little lighter than other bocks but still dark.

The beer smell is fairly sweet. The beer has a very strong malt smell with caramel notes dominating the nose. The beer has a slight grassy hop note to it but is easily covered by the malts.

The beer taste is not as good as the smell but is still decent. The beer has a very sweet and caramel taste with a light hop bitterness to it. In addition to caramel, the beer seems to also have a dark fruit taste to it but sometimes blends with the caramel notes. The grassy hop note also lingers in the aftertaste. However, the beer taste doesn't taste as rich as the smell leads it to believe.

The Mouthfeel is heavy bodied and thick with medium viscosity. The beer has some biting carbonation. Finishes nice and wet. However, the body feels a little light for the style.

Overall, a pretty good doppelbock and one I wouldn't mind dropping some money on. This one seems to be a good buy since it's cheaper than other imported bocks.

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Photo of rjplumer
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Deep dark ruby body with a thin off white head. Lightly carbonated. Sweet malt dark fruity aroma. Dark fruity taste with some light bitterness. Finishes wet but clean. Looks lightly carbonated but comes alive on your tongue. Feels potent at first but settles.

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Photo of Jeffsta1
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Nice red color, though one might hope for slightly deeper color in a doppelock. Head is a lovely color tan.

Bouquet has a hint of American lager. Downgrade.

Nice, malty flavor. A bit of sweetness and mold, neither of which fit especially well.

Mouthfeel is nice. Some richness.

Would drink it if it's the only beer convenient. Won't buy again. Won't finish this one I just opened.

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Photo of tone77
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of dark fruits, malts, alcohol. Taste is the same. Bready malts, dark fruits, some alcohol, but not as much as the smell would have indicated. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall, considering the abv, this is a very smooth, refreshing, and easy drinking beer.

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Photo of chinchill
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml undated bottle served in a pilsner glass.

Pours clear and with plenty of visible carbonation, but less than a 1 finger head despite a fairly vigorous pour. The tan head was reasonably durable.

S: Roasted grains; hints of roasted nuts, toffee and dark dried fruits.

T: Also malty with hints of raisins, dates, dried plums and roasted nuts. Lightly sweet overall but with some bitterness. Approaches 4.

M: Medium+ body. Medium-light carbonation. Very smooth and just a touch syrupy.

O: Very good.

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Photo of mncoinman
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Fancy gold foil topping
Munich malt aroma, but with something resembling a dunkel in that background
Not much foam head upon pouring
Pours brown with a slight reddish tinge
Very good carbonation...especially for a doppelbock
The bite ends a bit abruptly. Sometimes leaves an alcohol flavor on the palette
Nice balance on sweetness.

A good beer, I would purchase (and consume) again.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Not much to look at (no head, not very thick looking). Taste is pretty solid though. Nice caramel and malt backing. A decent and enjoyable beer. Not best for the style but still a tasty treat.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.95/5  rDev +1%

Rich burgundy color reveals fig, date, raisin and barley malt on the nose. Strong flavors of dark dried fruit like, raisin, date and prune. Figgy like malts with a tea leaf, molasses, barley grain, light toast, smoke and some biscuit tastes. The feel is thick, almost chewy. Very good example of the style as it feels and tastes like a meal.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Celebrator glass
A: Solid brown with a hint of red and a one-finger tan head that settles fairly quickly
S: Roasted malt, roasted nuts, just a hint of caramel and coffee beans
T: Also malty with roasted nuts, a touch of chocolate and a hint of sweetness
M: Medium-bodied, just a hint sweet though perhaps just a touch watery
O: Let that remaining sweetness ferment into something dry and this would go from pretty good to great

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

(purchased cold - poured into an Innis & Gunn fluted goblet)

A: clear, burgundy (rusty red) liquid... nice pad of spongy foam on the pour, died rather quick, however... thin collar left till the end

S: superb... lightly-spiced, stewed apple... huge, mid-dark melanoidin foundation... bit of caramelized sugar and hard cookie

T: overripe fruits up front... toasty, dark, brittle caramel... mild-moderate toast and hop bitterness lingering in the finish, also a doughy-yeasty tone late... very much malt-centric, with a tinge of milk chocolate and a Beck's-like, 'beery'-lagery aftertaste

M: fullish and a tad chewy... moderately oily-silky, with a slight, squashed, boozy flare in the end... lightly plumpy but pretty darn dry in the finish

O: could I drink a liter of this?... maybe, if this was all I was planning on eating for the majority of the day... seems like it could be filling at first, but its dry drop tempts ya

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.23/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The Maximator gets average reviews from this guy because I am not an overly huge fan of Doppels. Nevertheless the beer poured a very nice clear amber with thin slightly off white head that is not lacing. The scent is very malty and sweet. The taste is intensely malty with that belgiumy europeany sweetness. The mouthfeel is medium in body with subtle carbonation. Overall...its not bad....but its not preferred.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear amber, one finger white head goes fast to sticky lacing.
Smell is not so strong, but packs some decent caramel, toasted malts, toffee and very faint raisin.
Dark fruit steals the show in the taste, with sweet raisin, dark cherries, dates and dry figs, covered with caramel and very light milky chocolate. Some citrus juice and peel too. Malts are rich and go hand in hand with the warm alcohol, creating a cognac/dark rum kind of taste. German hops in the finish produce a perfectly mild bitterness that wraps up the extra bit of sweetness that tends to linger.
Light-bodied (not watery), goes from big to medium carbonation, but i expected it to be smoother. So it's actually a very refreshing doppelbock, with absolutely no cloying sweetness.
German precision. Incredibly easy to drink for its style, spot-on taste.

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Augustiner Bräu Maximator from Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG
88 out of 100 based on 315 ratings.