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Augustiner Bräu Maximator - Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG

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Augustiner Bräu Maximator
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BA SCORE
89
very good

505 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 505
Reviews: 297
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 30
Gots: 36 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-25-2002)
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2/5  rDev -49.1%

jophish17, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of soulgrowl
2.23/5  rDev -43.3%
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.

soulgrowl, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of stcules
2.48/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Full ruby red. Pratically no head, and anyway, it is quickly falling to zero. Fizzy.
The smell is malt and caramel overall; then toasted, rhubarb, artichoke. Light mou. Quite washed out, for the style.
The taste is essentially malty and caramel, with a hint of hop below. Nothing remarkable.
It is maybe perceptible some liquorice, but even the alcohol, in spite of the ABV of "only" 7.5.
Sweet taste, maybe too much sweet. The aftertaste is resolutely too sweet, despite the presence of some hopping and bitterness, but not enough.
Not too satisfactory.

stcules, Sep 12, 2004
Photo of emsroth
2.73/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

12oz bottle

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.

emsroth, Oct 12, 2010
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2.75/5  rDev -30%

YeastEnthusiast, Feb 27, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -30%

CincySpectre, Dec 20, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -30%

Jcarter1221, Aug 11, 2014
Photo of smakawhat
2.93/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from the bottle into a Pilsner style glass.

Pours a very large head at first with big tan bubbles. There is some retention but the head goes at a standard clip and it NEVER comes back. Seriously, it looks good.. then it's gone and looks terrible. Some minor retention. Dark brown/red clear with some carbonation bubbles going on, but there is zero and I mean ZERO lacing on this beer and it resembles a weakened soda pop look after you drink it for awhile. This is one beer that looks good at first to drink when you pour, and then after your drink it for some time it looks terrible.

Smell though is quite decent, chocolate malt , banana off pour, but gives way to faint grass and malt. Burnt black clove spice.

Taste is a little banana, but not much malt body or chewy-"ness". There is not much body in this beer and it's very wet for a doppelbock I think. The finish on your palate is also kind of dry with a strange sort of crispyness. This beer is muted, odd, tame.

I really think the nose on this is good, but there are so many things that dissapoint me about this beer that I really do not want it ever again even though you could drink it easily.

smakawhat, Jan 02, 2011
Photo of jaidenjb
3/5  rDev -23.7%

jaidenjb, Apr 22, 2012
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3/5  rDev -23.7%

michaelfcasey, Jun 12, 2014
Photo of jmathis
3/5  rDev -23.7%

jmathis, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of jbierling
3/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Great bottle with the foil but it didn't quite stack up to my expectations considering its presentation.

[Placeholder]
Appearance: Dark amber color.

Smell: Average

Taste: Pleasant

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Average at best. I was expecting to really like it.

jbierling, Sep 11, 2011
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3/5  rDev -23.7%

PoppaSquat, May 10, 2014
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3/5  rDev -23.7%

tastymug, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of Ego
3/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

eyes...
dude who looks like he molests kids on the label, oops, I meant a clergyman... snap crackle pop off white head thqat sizzles down from one full finger to a coating quickly, brown and dark ruby in hue, lacing is bad but this has legs like good wine and jessica alba... a decent enough looking DB.

nose...
mellow DB tones, dark toffee, raisins, dark caramel... all the usual suspects but subdued.

taste etc...
the taste is much like the nose, pretty subdued, the ABV is absent in the flavor so that's just swell but overall this is a pretty thin tasting DB, carbonation is fine and a bit prickly, the mouthfeel is just too thin on this imo. this almost has a strange smoke flavor in the aftertaste, strange but cool.

verdict?
I couldn't even really embelish my review. This is a standard DB. not one of the greats...

Ego, Aug 08, 2006
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3.03/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light mahogany with a bubbly, two finger sized head that fades to nothing fast.

Roasted malts and very light caramel smell to this one initially along with some dark fruits such as figs and sugar with some chocolate.

Roasted malts to begin with along with a rich, dark fruity taste and a lot of sweetness. There is hints of figs again and a tiny bit of chocolate with a little bitterness too.

Smooth, medium, bordering on a full body. The carbonation levels are high, it was also a very sweet tasting beer.

This was a fairly ordinary beer and not really worth a second look despite the good name of the brewery. Not one to go out of your way to try but give it a bash if you spot it in your local.

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flyingpig, Mar 17, 2012
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3.05/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out of a bottle into a tasting glass. Served cool.

A-dark garnet red body and an off white head.

S-grain and hard candy smell

T-sweet candy front, light booze and enough hop to make its presence felt

M-medium-full

D-nice version of the style. Very drinkable but nothing outstanding. I would drink this again if given limited choices.

jneiswender, Nov 23, 2010
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3.08/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- Light mahogany with beautiful ruby highlights and a bubbly, two finger sized head with no head retention whatsoever. It does continually effervesce for quite some time.

Smell- Some subdued, roasted malts and very light caramel smell. Not very complex.

Taste- A subdued malt sweetness with some lightly roasted malts. Gets maltier as it warms. Hints of dark fruit. Kind of plain for a Dopplebock.

Mouthfeel- Smooth, medium body. The carbonation levels are high, but it works in this case. Quite sticky, lending it a decent aftertaste.

Overall- This was a fairly ordinary beer, certainly not worth writing home about.

theopholis, Apr 04, 2012
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3.08/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Please note that personally, I am not a big fan of German beers... but with that being said, I was not too fond of this beer.

This beer poured fairly smooth with a decent head that faded to a faint ring around the top. The aroma was very sweet and had a faint hint of wood or rosin that you almost had to search to find.

If one did not know what to expect from this style, you might be overpowered by the sweetness. This beer was very malty with an almost cough-syrup aftertaste.

If you were to have this with dinner it would pair well with a dessert, or wild game with berries... but drinking a whole bottle by itself I would not recommend.

UnbakedToast, May 26, 2011
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3.1/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a beer I’ve wanted to try for a number of years but never found on my travels: I discovered it in ‘Aufsturz’, Berlin: it isn’t on their normal beer menu but I spied a small selection of bottles on one of the bar tops and decided to investigate the laid out presentation, this was one of the brews on offer.

500ml Bottle: dark ruby red body with a thin off-white head, the beer was clear and clean looking.

The smells were of malty molasses, caramel aromas that indicated the beer was going to be a very sweet Doppelbock indeed.

The smells didn’t lie, this is sweet and malty (in that order): almost sticky in consistency and mouthfeel. I like the sweeter, maltier brews out there, but this tested my resolve: I really enjoyed the first half of the tasting, but as the beer warmed in the glass my pleasure began to recede somewhat. A smaller bottle would have been fine: mental note to myself, only have 330ml bottles of unknown Doppelbocks in future!

BlackHaddock, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of Naes
3.13/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

There is a very tall dark tan head floating on top of this dark brown doppelbock.
The aroma is of dark malts and fruit. Cherries and raisins surface with a bit of bread smell.
The flavor is not as pronounced as the aroma would imply. It is malty sweet with a fruity base and hints of caramel malt.
Mouth feel is full bodied and a bit under carbonated.

Naes, Apr 19, 2006
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3.13/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer poured into tumbler at 45 degrees. Beer was very dark with a dark head that fell rather rapidly. Smell was average nutty raosted smell. No lacing to mention. Taste was okay, not too strong and with kind of a fruitty nutty malty taste. It was certainly not a bad beer, but tasted slighly sour to me. Enough so I will have to decline aother purchase.

Minkybut, Feb 02, 2007
Photo of TLove
3.15/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a bottle at Chevy Chase Liquors, DC.

Color is translucent brown, a bit murky.

Aroma is very strong and caramely, but has a sour quality to it that initially made me think the beer went bad.

Taste is not very subtle, with citrus, green raisins, and a bit of chocolate maltiness. A sweetness of candied fruit.

Rolled around in the mouth well, balancing the sweet and sour tastes of the fruits.

Did not finish particularly well, as it was not very full-bodied or smooth and finished with a bit of an awkward tingle on the tongue.

TLove, Mar 16, 2009
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3.15/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clearly a doppelbock, although the bottle only gives the cryptic identification of "dark beer." Pours a ruddy brown with some sediment evident throughout the pour. Nomimal head, and carbonation was fairly reserved. Aroma was sweet caramel and prune juice. Body was substantial and a bit syrupy. Flavor was quite sweet, with caramel, toffee, molasses and dominating prune flavors. Alchohol was noteworthy in the background, with some black pepper. Overall, the beer was just too heavy-handed, even for the style. Although there was nothing in particular about the beer that was bad, the overall effect was that I found myself trudging through it, and not enjoying it all that much. I suppose this one should be chalked up to personal taste rather than beer quality.

Brent, Feb 10, 2004
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3.15/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I read, last Oktoberfest season, that Augustiner was one of the 4,5, or 6 Munich breweries allowed to have a tent at the annual festivity. Finally found a bottle, Maximator, and here we go...

poured from a third liter bottle glass into a pike tulip.

pours a dark ruby, leaving a crescent of off-white head.

Smells a little like stale raisin bread soaked in water.

Fruity sips of malt make way for....

I'm surprised this is only 7.5%. There seems to be room for more alcohol..Fairly smooth and dark, dried fruity. Not what I'm used to in Munich beers. Glad to check it off the list.

mtwentz, Mar 24, 2011
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Augustiner Bräu Maximator from Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG
89 out of 100 based on 505 ratings.