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Augustiner Bräu Maximator - Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG

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Reviews: 308
Hads: 563
Avg: 3.91
pDev: 14.58%
Wants: 36
Gots: 49 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-25-2002

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Photo of Avagadro
4.77/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: red in color, with maybe a touch of brown, maximator is crystal clear, and full of lacing. I would have liked a bit more in the head though.

S: bouquet is quite malty, with munich leading the way. Raisins and molasses are quite enjoyable.

T: semi-sweet with strong notes of raisins, molasses, and caramel, along with a touch of noble hops at the end. Maximator is well made, and it shows.

M: full body with a moderate level of carbonation.

D: overall, a very enjoyable doppelbock. Maximator delivers great dichotomy with this brew, giving both refreshing and rich their share of the limelight. Definitely worth picking up, don't be afraid of the bland packaging.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.72/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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!

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Photo of WVRadar
4.67/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Two finger fizzy light brown head on a clear, sparkling deep amber body with ruby highlights. Virtually no lacing. Very pleasant toasted, nutty aroma with maybe a hint of some fruit. Sweet taste with a hint of bitterness. Very little hop presence. Mouthfeel is medium, creamy and lively. Excellent smooth beer, very drinkable.

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Photo of JohnnyWong
4.65/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Caramel colored with a nice creamy head. Sweet malt aromas with caramel and a hint of nut. Fantastic flavor. Deep layers of caramel but not syrupy. Just enough hops to make this a nice balanced doppel. Clean finish. A bit thin on the body but overall a terrific beer

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Photo of Erik53
4.65/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It has a very complex flavor which I assume comes from traditional decoction mashing. The caramelized sugars give slightly roasted notes. It accomplishes the stylistic sweetness, without coming off as a sweet beer, achieving excellent balance. This is the first dopplebock that I have truly enjoyed.

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Photo of Beertracker
4.64/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Augustiner Bräu Maximator is best served at traditional cellar temperatures (50-55F) & pours up with defiant nobelity into a house Willibecker (0.5L). A well defined cream colored head generously tops the deep reddish-brown body, but collapses gently due to the alcohol. The aroma is envitingly rich with lots of melanoidins & toasted grains that's reminiscent of freshly baked soda bread. Hints of fruitiness (e.g. applesauce raisin bread, carmelized raisins & plum pudding) and alcohol interplay nicely at the rim of the glass. The flavor starts off very rich & grainy with some cloying malty sweetness which gives into some underlying spiciness from the Noble hops that finally catch up to add some balance to this malt monster. There's just a touch of cheek warming in the slightly nutty-raisiny sweet finish. The body is medium-full to full bodied with just a perfect amount of carbonation. Very nice!

This is a wonderful, classic doppelbock from Munich's oldest brewery. Try pairing "Maxi" with hearty game like teriyaki marinated venison or orange-marmalade glazed duck. If you're in the mood for something more traditional then try spit-roasted Schweinshaxn (pork knuckles) seasoned with caraway seed & white pepper, served with a plate of red cabbage sauerkraut, mushroom-gravy covered spätzle and thinly sliced sweet onions & radi (white radish). How about some cinnamon glazed apple dumplings for dessert? Here's to liquid bread!

PROST! Beertracker

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Photo of Afterburner
4.64/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Deep, rich mahogany color, with a short, tan head. Good head retention.

Smell: Sweet, malty nose. There's a sweet sort of vegetable smell that I can't quite place. Freshly cut sugar cane, maybe? I'm having trouble coming up with a good comparison. Also strong notes of maple syrup. Mild yeast bite.

Taste: Not as malty as the nose would suggest. The sweetness is restrained, and does not completely dominate the palate. The maple character appears mid-palate, along with some hints of peppery spicyness. Finish is soft and short for a beer of this style, leaving lingering sweetness and some hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, mild carbonation.

Drinkability: Most doppelbocks have a very "in your face" flavor profile. This doppel is subtle. It whispers where other doppels scream. An outstandingly well-designed beer.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.62/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a std. pt. glass Nice deep dark liquid with a rising thick Carmel head. Very nice indeed.

Smell is very inviting. Carmel, roasty malts, coffee, hints of fruit.

taste is in line with the smells. Malts roasted to perfection and hoped for the perfect palate sensation in only the way monks devoted to there faith and practicing for hundreds of years can do. These brothers are legendary, this beer does testify.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, perfect carbonation for the style.

Drinkability is very high. It is hard to stop, 12oz is just not enough. How about 1/2L. This is your fathers fathers fathers fathers fathers fathers fathers and so on, Dopplebach! MK

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Photo of bierman2000
4.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

So smooth and chocolatey from vom Fass at the brewery/restaurant itself. Alcohol has to be about 8% ABV. Drank a Liter slowly as the alcohol hits you at the end very drinkable and dangerous. The atmophers is one of the ohte wonders of drinking this beer in the heart of the industrial area, save the piece of grass that the restaurants sits on.

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Photo of Strawbs
4.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One of the first beers I ever had that made me decide I liked beer. Sweet, malty & medium bodied. I like high alcohol beer, so this one is actually fairly mild & one I can guzzle when thirsty.

One major complaint. Unlike the similar Paulaner Salvator, there is no bottling date to be found. In 30 years of drinking this beer, I've gotten the odd case with bitter & burnt flavors. Obviously expired. But when fresh, I love it.

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Photo of LauraAlberts
4.58/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this into a Kwak glass from a 12oz bottle.

Appearance: Beautiful dark ruby-burnt orange color when observed in the light.

Smell: Honey, Maple Syrup, Dark Fruit.

Taste: Smooth ease into a dark honey, not sweet flavor. Then the fruit flavors come out and spread across the palate for a hint of grapefruit/cherries flavor that turns bitterish towards the finish. Settles well midpalate for a warm aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Refreshing at first with a long slightly dry finish that causes me to salivate after the beer has been swallowed - needing/wanting another sip.

Drinkablility: A beautiful beer that can be savored and sipped. I wouldn't overdo it with this one/however it does go down fast due to the nature of the mouthfeel and effect on the salivatory glands. Medium to full bodied beer that I would definitely grab up if I saw it in a store. Savor during a cool night on the dock, back porch, or while waiting for something. A delicious Doppelbock.

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Photo of bgkeeley
4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a red amber with a very slight head. The nose is caramel alcohol, toffee and fresh bread. In the mouth the sweet notes of malts and sugars are balanced by the hops and alcohol. This is a very pleasant to drink beer, although if you are looking for a hops hops and more hops I suspect you should look elsewhere.

-I have noticed that many reviews seem like they are tasting different beers. The bottles are not dated and I have found this beer to taste very differently depending on how old it is. I have had this beer off the tap in Munich so I have some vague idea of how it is fresh. As the beer ages some of the sweet and bready notes vanish and the hops become more and more prominent. This means that what at once a fairly rich beer full bodied beer becomes a drier thinner and inferior version of itself.

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Photo of czfreeman
4.54/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of yelterdow
4.54/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found in the cold case at Andy's Corner in Bogota the night of the big doppelbock night featuring Celebrator on tap. This beer was suggested by someone more "in the know" than myself about the style.

Served at just over fridge temperature in a doppelbock glass. No freshness code that I could find.

Appearance- First of all, a very cool thing... after popping the bottlecap, a subtle, yet constant carbonation inside the bottle elevates a little nub of foam out the top. It's neat, I've never seen that before.

Anyway, the beer *glugs* a raisiny reddish brown, with a nice three finger light tan head that pops and fizzles its way down to a thick mat. Just a tiny amount of lacing drifts behind, this looks like a good solid doppel.

Smell- Mmmmm.... the aromas of chocolate ice cream, figs, dates, maybe a little coffee, and a great big wallop of malts jump out of the class with finesse. Slick and sweet on the nose, this is one of the greatest smelling beers I've ever sampled. A nutty character, like Frangelica soaked cake, is certainly evident. Wonderfully big, complex, and remarkable.

Taste- I am taken by surprise that the notes of dark fruit and alcohol are so far upfront with this beer... An old ale character is joining the beautiful display of rich, malt tones and ending, mellow hop bitterness. The flavor profile overall, in terms of character and depth, is extraordinary. This is a *must-try* doppelbock.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Light as could be... but nicely done. There is still a slickness to the mouthfeel which elevates it above your typical lager or bockbier... almost like there is a fine presence of sediment throughout the tasting. I love it though, and it feels right for the beer. I am seriously sipping and enjoying the rest of this bottle completely, as I have never seen this before and maybe won't again in the near future.

High, high praise for this wonderfully satisfying doppelbock.

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Photo of WMBierguy
4.53/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

What can I say? This is a very good doppelbock, and has the typical doppelbock flavor. Pours a dark brown, and looks a bit like rootbeer. Had a thick head that disapated after a minute or so. I'd say that this is my 3rd favorite doppelbock (falling behind Celebrator, and Weihenstephaner's Korbinian). It loses a bit because of its relatively low alcohol content. That's a small quibble, though. If you find this, then you must try this.

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Photo of Andy
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful deep ruby color. Big, inviting German malt aroma. Slightly creamy, very clean and smooth drinking. slight hop bite rounds out the strong but not overpowering malt base. Almost lacks any alcohol base. Complex malt profile, various levels of sweetness. Almost like vanilla. Delicious start to finish

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Photo of Bierman9
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mmmm...nice doppel! Alewife was drinking a Sammy Doppel...had a taste of this and didn't want to return it. Hey!! Nice dark brown/ruby colored bier, (great color!!) with a small thin head, minimal lace. Big malty, sweet nose; rich...quite appealing! Superb body and smoothness....easy going down! Big malt backbone, sweetness...some dark fruit, caramel-toffee, and a little hop note at the finish. Mmmm... Real nice....not quite a Salvi, Sammy or Celebrator, but real good!

overall: 4.5
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4.5


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Photo of billybob
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a meduim brown with a one finger beige head that fades quickly with some spotty lace. nice fruity, floral aromas in the nose. sweet taste of brown sugar and caramel with lots of toasted malt with other subtle flavors, smooth and well balanced. mouthfeel light and carbonation is a little light also. greast taste. very enjoyable.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours chestnut brown with a small tan head. Cloudy with a little light penetration.
Smell is rich, heavily malty with a whiskey-soaked fruitcake presence that is exceedingly intoxicating. Pun intended.
Taste is a carbon copy of the smell with a faint woody note and a touch of vanilla. Molto bene.
Rich, full-bodied, light effervescence. Smooth like liquid velvet. Phenomenal, IMO.

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Photo of LarryKemp
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a very clear deep ruby redish brown with an off white head that did not linger long. When the liquid is swirled, the beer clings to the glass like the oil in the winter time.

A great complex aroma comes from this beer. I can really smell the prunes. Also some cararmel. No hops or off notes.

Very rich malt taste. Very, very sweet from start to finish. Almost too sweet. Prunes again are BIG in the taste. One is quite nice after dinner. I don't think I could drink more than that and enjoy the rest. Almost reminds me of some Belgians I have had.

Medium full body. Very smooth. Not oily, just very nice. Alcohol tingles my gums.

Exceptional beer. I bought it expecting their light lager. What a very pleasant surprise.. I will go get more tomorrow.

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Photo of russpowell
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours brown/chestnut with 3 fingers of rocky tan head. Minimal head & lacing, some viscosity to this

S: Brown bread, nice spiciness, at touch of smokeynesss & cinnamon

T: Brown bread, brown sugar, slight peppery notes & toffee up front. Some boozeyness, slight metallic & herbal hops as this warms, along with ginger & brown bread as this warms. Finishes with brown bread, spiceyness, & dryness. Almost pulled a 5.0

MF: Medium bodied, chewy with low carbonation. More malt depth please

Drinks great, don't' remember coming across this in Germany, Super solid dopplebock!

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Photo of nrpellegrini
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep brown color with a nice tan head that stuck around. Smelled of cinnamon spices and malts. Tasted sweet and caramel malts. A smooth spice going on in there and maybe some bread texture. This beer was incredibly smooth, almost like a cola at times, with the close to creamy mouthfeel. I wanted more, it went down easy.

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Photo of Amalak
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

App: Nice dark-red beer.

Smell: Fruityish smell. Not enough of an expert to explain the flavors, but it smells excellent.

Taste: On of my favorite Dopplebocks, though I have only had a handful. Haste a tremendous, noticeable flavor. Goes down easy. I really enjoyed it.

Mouthfeel: Bubbly, but not over carbonated.

Drinkability: While its apr is high (7.5) it doesn't feel like a strong beer at first, but after a couple it really hits you. Great beer, but it will get you very drunk if you don't watch yourself.

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Photo of clabaugh
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with some ruby interspersed. Abundant head with a sandy color bubbling to the rim of glass. Retains admirably, with fair lacing.

Smell: Chocolately malts and juicy, vine-ripened fruit. Subtly earthy, and very natural. Perhaps some butter in the nose as well.

Taste: Milk chocolate and, yes, the hops emerge! Acutely bitter in a floral character. Sweet and warming, almost of honey. Wait, very much honey. Pastry-like malts make for a truly decadent taste. Dessert-like really in its flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: Exquisitely creamy with a touch of carbonation. Leaves a nice, slick coating on the mouth. Almost chewy, lives up to the designation "liquid bread."

Drinkability: The flavor is exquisite, but the alcohol is surely palpable. Mildly filling, but a great experience. Fine beer.

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Photo of illidurit
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Celebrator doppelbock glass. Deep clear amber color with a nice khaki head. Lovely nose, big dark fruit notes, especially prunes, raisins, dates and dried cherries. Ludicrous that this should emanate from a lager! Vivid and luscious, recalling licorice and See's candies along with dried fruit. The flavor departs a bit from the fruitiness to showcase creamy caramel and molasses, but there's still a significant unripe raisin note. There's a slight metallic tinge as well, but it's not nearly as prominent as in some lesser doppelbocks and the subtlety actually works okay with the other flavors. I don't get any alcohol on the palate at all, which is great. It's obviously there but the only evidence is a slight warmth, a slight oiliness, and a slight buzz. Finishes dry for a chewy beer (much appreciated). This is honestly up there with Celebrator. I can't believe how good this is. Bravo.

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Augustiner Bräu Maximator from Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG
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