Augustiner Bräu Maximator - Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG
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Reviews by czfreeman:
4.58/5 rDev +16.8%
As the Stark bier season has begun here in Munich, time to review the "Maxi", this beer is surprisingly hard to find in bottle form here even in Munich. Got from a small pub near the brewery. 2 Euro.
After a medium pour into my Delirium goblet, held into direct light, Maximator is a perfect ruby-cognac color. Not quite as dark as other versions, cherry toned with a fairly active amount of carbonation. The head is somewhat dissapointing, as it isn't quite as thick or creamy as hoped for, and dissipates quite quickly.
Aroma quickly picks up where the appearance leaves off. Cherry, raisin, preserved figs, oak, sweet caramel malt backbone. Rather than so much malt notes as I have found in other examples, a surprisingly amount of Chocolate is found in the aroma. Cocoa and dark fruit combine to create a rather stout-like nose. As the beer opens up more chocolate becomes apparent, finishing with a note of cherry. I'm digging it.
Initial sip is a bit spicier than expected-a welcome surprise. Chocolate comes through, cherry, oak, smokiness akin to smoked malt, musty, malty rustic. Dark bread, plum, caramel.The finish yields a pleasant amount of throat warming and sweetness is kept in check by a well-balanced level of carbonation. Subsequent sips reveal one the best Dopplebocks I've had. The cocoa-dark fruit-malt-spice profile married with a Belgian yeast would make a perfect replica of a Dubble.
Rather than tasting like sweet malt sugar-cola as d.Bocks sometimes do, this brew is well carbonated, balanced, lively and spicy. I can feel the stomach warming effects already. I will have to go buy a bottle of Andechs Dopplebock to compare, but this is so far the best I've had so far.
Skip the Salvator, Maximator is by far superior.
03-15-2010 20:37:13 | More by czfreeman
More User Reviews:
4.22/5 rDev +7.7%
Thi poured a deep velvety brownish/red color with almost no head to speak of,the smell was very chocolaty and coffee-like.The taste was not as sweet as some others of the style but still retaines alot of the traits of a good doppel,I was really impressed with that.Honestly had never heard of if this before I bought it today.
06-14-2003 21:10:36 | More by oberon
3.45/5 rDev -12%
Augustiner Brewery Munich, Germany... 7.5% alcohol content. Picture of a happy monk surrounded by medals on a washed out label.
Poured into a pilsner glass.
A- Pours a dark amber color fluid with active tan head that falls to a tight bubbled froth leaving light patchy lacing.
S- Smells of banana nut bread, fresh churned butter and light biscuty aromas.
T-M- Has a very pronounced thick buttery oak flavor, almost a tree nut hint. Slight banana halfway through followed by a mild alcohol warmth. Hints of toffee and light cocoa. A decent mouthfeel of thick and carbonated cream makes it a tad rough on the tongue.
D- All and all a decent beer with drinkable charactoristics for the style.
02-18-2010 00:30:22 | More by wesbrownyeah
3.55/5 rDev -9.4%
Presentation: 12 oz slender brown Euro style bottle with gold foil on the top, no freshness date.
Appearance: Foamy light tan head subsides to a thin bubbly lace, deep mahogany colour throws a brightness from its clarity.
Smell: Fine sweet caramelization of malt sugars that the yeast could not ferment out is quite predominant in the aroma. Hint of alcohol and dark fruit in the nose also.
Taste: Thick and creamy with a slick mouth feel, medium carbonation taste like it is struggling a little to move around in the beer. Sizeable maltiness with a sweetness that does not go overboard, maltiness brings more to the table than sweetness also. Over caramelized sugars, toasted bread, and a mildly grassy grain in the finish. Hops are mild and double up with the alcohol to keep the sweetness in check.
Notes: On par for the style, a bit placid in the flavour though. Decent drinking through and through yet the head lacks a little. Not sure if I would drop $10 a six pack again for this.
06-02-2002 19:41:35 | More by Jason
4.4/5 rDev +12.2%
Pours a dark brown, cola appearance, with a minimal, beige head. Very little lacing effect.
Aroma: Molasses presses some big buttons here, with toffee and butterscotch in the background. Some dark fruit notes are picked up, as well.
Mouthfeel is thick and rich, with minimal carbonation.
Taste is true to style for an excellent doppelbock. Powerful notes of malty, molasses and caramel are up front. Figs and dates emerge into the profile as the glass warms, and everything is held together well with the barely adequate, carbonation and a hops bittering that seems to evoke some hazelnut flavors. Alcohol is well hidden. Despite the heavy, malt dominance, the finish has a pleasant, hop bitterness.
A fine doppelbock, with complex layers of malty flavors, dominated by the molasses taste that seems to be the bechmark of a first class doppelbock. Certainly, this is one I will try again soon, and it would be fun to taste this one alongside a Celebrator, or Salvator.
03-27-2004 22:03:05 | More by merlin48
4.22/5 rDev +7.7%
12 ouncer sampled, no freshness indicater to be found for guidance., but hey, these guys should know what they are doing, "since 1328" clearly noted on the label... Sweet maltynose, this is a strong, bold, flavorful German classic. Lots of chocolate, alcohol, and malty sweetness. Fine brew for a nightcapper.
03-05-2005 18:20:17 | More by Billolick
3.21/5 rDev -18.1%
Minimal yellow hued head on the pour. Mahoghony brown color with mild carbonation. Biscuity malt and raisins on the nose. Thick mouthfeel with an assault of malt and somewhat of a copper tasting aftertaste quickly fading into an alcohol tinged aftertaste. MALT!
06-21-2013 22:48:24 | More by Franziskaner
4.22/5 rDev +7.7%
Dark amber double-bock with a hazel head that quickly disappears. Aroma is dark and rich like that of raisins, it has a sweet, syrup-like character that extends into the flavor profile. Malts are rich, taste honey-roasted and lingers on the finish. This is a very tasty beer but the sweetness may limit the numbers you can down in one sitting.
11-19-2008 06:58:24 | More by mj001jk
4.34/5 rDev +10.7%
Appearance: excellent clarity, ruby-brown color, cream colored head, nice lacing
Aroma: nutty, caramel, toasty malts,
Taste: very malty, with strong nutty and bready flavors,
Mouthfeel: crisp finish, thick bready mouthfeel, medium-full body
Overall Impression: excellently crafted Doppelbock with notes of toasted bread and mixed nuts. An excellent beer for a malt lover.
06-12-2013 21:44:44 | More by dwren89
3.43/5 rDev -12.5%
Pours a deep mahogany ruby tinged tone with a large tan head that seems to be rather resilient during my session with the 12 oz portion. Lacing is thin and sparse but nonetheless an appetizing brew for sure. Aromatics contain big ripe layers of raisin, green apples, and plums with a touch of sour acidic wild brew action and maybe a smidget of cocoa powder. Flavor is toothache sweet almost like liquified green apples and raisins sits a bit heavy on the tartness and sweetness together. The strange tartness and unique yeast flavors don't really work in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied and is basically a meal compared to most lagers out there, sweet throughout the session does weigh in a bit cloying with absolutely no balancing act going down. Carbonation is pretty mellow but overall it's tough to stomach, overall drinkability is weak but it's a less alcholic version than Salvator or Celebrator both of those kick this versions ass.
03-07-2009 03:30:58 | More by WVbeergeek
4.43/5 rDev +13%
poured from the bottle into an pilsner glass
A- dark copper brown with a nice off white head and tons of lacing on the glass
S- some malts and undertones of alcohol, this is a doublebock
T- malts with some nice crispness and alcohol as the beir warms
M- balanced and creamy
D- an easy drinker considering the 7.5% ABV, wonderful smoothness as is characteristic of all german lagers. A pleasure to drink.
08-13-2006 23:07:49 | More by mcarroll10177
3.88/5 rDev -1%
Really a good looking brew. Nice and dark, with a hint of redness to it. Plenty of froth on top. Smells like raisins and malt, fairly thickly. Tastes pretty raisiny, with a lot more alcohol flavor than you get in some other doppelbocks. Lighter, and more airy than might be expected in a beer of this strength and color.
A strong and fairly tasty brew. Definitely one to try.
05-21-2009 22:05:30 | More by SetarconeX
2.73/5 rDev -30.4%
App: Frothy tan head caps a ruby beer with darker hues of brown.
Smell: Great doppelbock smell. Some dark fruit, the slightly sour german dark malt, caramel, and a touch of alcoholic sweetness around the edges.
Taste: Quite bitter at first. Biting roasted flavors pair with bitter hops to create an aggressive flavor. Lacks the sweetness found in the nose, and it seems like all the sugars were fermented, thus giving it strength and no body. Finishes, however, rather appropriately with bitterness and flavor imparted by the roasted malt and the herbal hops, a finish that wants me to drink more of this lacking brew.
A seemingly medium body that quickly turns watery in the finish.
Perhaps an old bottle. Will re-review when possible.
10-12-2010 01:51:05 | More by emsroth
4.03/5 rDev +2.8%
Ruddy and dark, purple-hued orange. The head is pale tan, and well-stacked.
Nose full of wet, dark breads, prunes, and caramel.
The smell is a very accurate forecast of the flavor. Begins full of dark, caramel-drizzled breads. Still mushy and warm, and doughy. Prune envelops the middle, as is pure; not simply a suggestion but as though actually prune juice augments this brews. The prune lingers long, rolling through minor roasty notes as this draws towards its end. Leafy herbal pangs of bitterness, however quiet, seal the finish.
All told, this seems like a realized bock. It's a bit thinnish in structure, and a bit tame in overall flavor to be hailed as a dopplebock. But as such, it is tremendously drinkable and enjoyable just the same..
09-03-2004 06:50:22 | More by cokes
3.25/5 rDev -17.1%
Licorice and anise and grassy aroma. Very dark brown, carmel coca-cola and well carbonated, large but dissapearing head, lace, sourness like a Baltic. cocoa powder in medium mouthfeel. Mixed up well with different other tastes, more of a cooking beer by itself.
08-01-2005 23:12:52 | More by Sammy
3.25/5 rDev -17.1%
Picked up a single at Steve's on University several months ago.
Exploded upon opening, forcing the frantic "shove the bottle in your mouth and drink foam until it subsides" move. Eventually, the pour was headless and dark mahogany. Nose includes caramel and dark fruits. Taste starts with the vinuous dark fruit, transitioning into bready, sweet caramel malt and warming alcohol. Mouthfeel was typically rich for a doppelbock. Overall a decent, "authentic" tasting doppebock, but I can't help but prefer a local Capital Blonde Dopplebock or Autumnal Fire anyday.
04-23-2006 04:35:31 | More by Golden2wenty1
4.75/5 rDev +21.2%
This beautiful doppelbock delivers a very dark, almost black body with ruby highlights beneath a short head of creamy tan froth that dwindles steadily to a whispy surface covering and wide collar. Lacing about the glass is limited.
The nose is fairly contained and doesn't reveal much more than some caramelish malt with a touch of dark fruitiness.
In the mouth, it's medium/full bodied and gently bristly before warming to become more supple.
The flavor offers a mildly toasty, cocoa-ish, and dark-skinned fruity maltiness that's unlike any other. It's clean; well-balanced by a low-key bitterness; and the alcohol is well hidden. It finishes with a drying wash of alcohol and some sticky, lingering cocoa-ish malt.
This is a softer, and less confrontational doppelbock, but what it lacks in bravado it makes up for in supple drinkability! An exceptionally well-done, and superbly drinkable, soft and very-well rounded doppelbock!
07-08-2005 22:47:47 | More by NeroFiddled
3.23/5 rDev -17.6%
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.
04-28-2014 23:38:04 | More by WoodBrew
Augustiner Bräu Maximator from Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG
88 out of 100 based on 479 ratings.