Augustiner Bräu Maximator - Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG

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88
very good

303 Reviews
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Reviews: 303
Hads: 547
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 33
Gots: 44 | FT: 0
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Germany

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 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. (179 characters)

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. (607 characters)

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. (1,125 characters)

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. (259 characters)

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. (384 characters)

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. (366 characters)

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. (509 characters)

Photo of mncoinman
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Fancy gold foil topping
Good caramel malt aroma
Very little foam head upon pouring
A little bit on the sweeter side for a doppelbock
Good rich "bock" flavor
Reddish brown color...good effervescence

A good beer, I could certainly enjoy this beer on a regular basis (266 characters)

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. (196 characters)

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. (341 characters)

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 (463 characters)

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 (928 characters)

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. (412 characters)

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. (829 characters)

Photo of beergoot
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Body appears a nice honey-colored orange/red with a thick, foamy head. Malty, molasses-like aroma; apricots. Warm, bread-like flavor; rich sweetness; smooth hop bitterness. Heavy bodied; smooth and velvety on the tongue.

Another fine doppelbock from the Germany. Excellent malt profile with a deep flavor and rich mouthfeel. (325 characters)

Photo of BoulderBarrovecchio
3.54/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

A: Cloudy rose copper amber that lets light through, thin head, no visible carbonation.

S: A lot going on here, chocolate, honey, a flash of smoke, roasted malt, and dark fruit comes out later.

T: Sweet honey is the dominant flavor. Took a little bit for me to pinpoint it and really surprised me.

M: Very smooth and creamy, very light carbonation, similar mouthfeel to Celebrator.

O: Murky visual, complex scent, surprise of honey taste, and too smooth for my liking. Easy drinking. (488 characters)

Photo of soulgrowl
2.22/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Maple syrupy brown with big bubbles and almost no head. Looks a bit lifeless. Smells mostly of Drambuie: honey, caramelized sugar, malt syrup, rummy booze and a touch of indistinct herbs and spices. Tastes pretty much as it smells, but with a weird, earthy sherry-like quality and a hint of something like licorice or black cardamom that reminds me of a Chinese apothecary. All of this might be nice in a beer with more body and depth, but this feels shallow, emaciated, and weirdly sour. Not like lambic sour, more like raw bread dough sour. Not a good example of this style, and in general a total disappointment. (615 characters)

Photo of BlakeAJurgens
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Beautiful Burnt Sienna color with a hint of an almost reddish or amber hue. Head was decent (around two fingers); neither overextended nor minimal, and diminished quickly after the initial pour. not a lot of carbonation bubbles.

Smell: Very full scent; the only flaw may be the overpowering scent of the caramel which at times obscures the molasses and eventual raisin undertones. That being said, the aroma is still quite good and superior to many doppelbocks.

Taste: impressive taste full of complexity; well accompanied by the smell. The caramel blends very well into other flavors (slight fruit, maybe a little bit of chocolate). The malt taste grows strongest at the end, while remaining more subtle during the initial sip and middle. The beginning sip also has a hint of raisin and perhaps a hint of orange. great from first sip to bottom of the glass. The slight hint of alchohol which many doppelbocks possess is overshadowed by the many flavors (my wife, who deeply disdains starkbiers actually enjoyed her sip)

Mouthfeel: neither bad nor extravagant. Surprisingly a little weak, as a little more substance would make this beer quite exceptional. While it has no negative overtones, it certainly leaves a little to be desired. Slightly carbonated at the open but quickly desolves. Definitely the weakest aspect of this beer.

Overall: a strong 4. A very well-crafted beer which definitely masks the 7.5 alcohol percentage.its fruit and caramel flavor, deep aroma, and smooth finish make this a very good beer. Definitely a re-drink. (1,557 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

11.2oz bottle with gold foil. Poured into an unlabeled snifter today, 10/13/2013.

As soon as I popped the cap, this beer started gushing. Not a good start. Pours a very dark yet clear amber body, not quite brown or black. As it was a gusher, it poured with a massive tan head that dissipated quickly into nothing, not even a collar. Just some small bubbles coming up.

Smells full of caramel and toffee, a little bit of alcohol heat and hints of honey. I don't get much in way of noble hops.

Tastes so caramelly sweet with a hint of honey, its solid. A little bit of noble hops on the back end. Not very complex but a very straightforward beer.

Medium bodied, smooth and fairly well carbonated. Leaves a fairly dry finish. Nothing special, a little bit of heat on the backend.

This beer is definitely not what it should be. I don't remember ever having it at Augustiner Bräustuben, but this is not up to Augstinerbräu's standards. (936 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz beer was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a ring of foam. It is a dark crimson color with a little clarity with and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Caramel, alcohol, toffee, and honey sweetness.

Taste: Malty sweetness with noble hops. A little bitterness to go with the booze.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, medium to full bodied, sweet, light to medium carbonation, and a little boozy.

Overall: A very solid doppelbock that is traditional with the style. (534 characters)

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

Pours a brilliant deep amber with garner highlights and a caramel head. This one was a gusher, so...

Deep toasty melanoidin notes, buttery toffee, burnt sugar, and light fruity malt character form the aroma.

Flavor reveals sweet, toasty kettle caramelization, with a nutty, toasted malt backbone. Notes of dark cherries add contrast. The finish is somewhat dry and nutty.

Body is fairly full, with fairly low carbonation and moderate alcohol warmth.

Very tasty brew. Great malt complexity. More carbonation would help. (523 characters)

Photo of magictacosinus
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Yay, Augustiner Bräu finally arrives to the West Coast! Broken from a six pack at Ales Unlimited. Poured out of a 11.2oz bottle into a pokal glass.

Pours a deep reddish amber color complete with tons of champagne-like bubbles rising in the glass. Holds on for a good long while 7.5%, but eventually the initial foamy white head recedes into a thin ring. Slightly viscous in character, but nothing too showy. Leaves no lacing. The color is pretty awesome for a doppelbock, but really I prefer them a bit darker than this. Well presented.

Smells of dark cherries and prunes overall, containing a huge caramel and clove backbone underneath. There's a sharp, pungent sweetness from the malts and booze at first, but soon the fruits come in a slightly medicinal, syrupy manner. Nutty and slightly grainy as well, although more subtle than you'd think. Not much heat, but the sugars do a great job at covering it up. Can't make out much bitterness from the hops, but they're there, I suppose. I enjoy the flavors, but a little TOO medicinal, even for a doppelbock.

Not quite sure how old this bottle is, but the flavor alone indicates to me that it's been sitting around for probably a good long while. This is indicated in the flavor, which is a nice slap of sweet, raisin-like malts, melding into flavors of cherries, extremely ripe peaches, and sweetened walnuts. To me, the best part of it all is the caramel/honey combo going on at the back, which rather than be overly sweetened, resembles a fresh fruitcake topped with nuts and caramel. The mouthfeel, as always with this brewery's offerings, is silky smooth and never too syrupy. Well carbonated, as a doppelbock always should be. I enjoy it, but I wish it were fresher.

Very great flavors abound, and the beer's easy drinkable feel and lack of heat overall makes this one I'd revisit if possible. However, I would prefer to have this fresh, as the hop character is really missing. Not as intense or malty as other doppelbocks, which is definitely a plus. Relatively balanced... Almost drinks like a helles lager on steroids. Worth trying for sure. (2,105 characters)

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. (817 characters)

Photo of VictorWisc
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I don't mind malty and actually prefer somewhat heavy beers, so YMMV as far as scores go.

Rich mahogany or cherrywood color with nice pale tan head and minor lacing. Sitting next to a cola glass, it looked almost as dark, but more translucent.

Nose of molasses and toasted brioche. Obvious malt presence, no hops aroma.

Strong (Munich) malt flavor. Notes of plums, roasted hazelnuts, caramel and light touch of cloves. Not overly sweet, given the maltiness. Very slight pleasant bitterness of unclear provenance--could be hops, but almost tastes like burnt sugar (think creme brulee).

Mild carbonation, medium body. Alcohol undetectable initially, but appears to come out in the finish. In general, the finish is almost bourbon like, with hints of raisins, smoke and slight boozy sweetness.

A perfectly serviceable doppelbock, went well with the weather, oddly enough. If you don't like malty beverages, even handling a full bottle might be a challenge. (958 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
3.2/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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! (261 characters)

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Augustiner Bräu Maximator from Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG
88 out of 100 based on 303 ratings.