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Augustiner Bräu Maximator - Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG

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BA SCORE
88
very good

464 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 464
Reviews: 293
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 25
Gots: 21 | 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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2005 23:12:52 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

08-18-2012 22:40:35 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear dark copper with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, dried dark fruit, brown sugar, and molasses. Taste is much the same with lots of burnt sugar and molasses flavors on the finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some very sweet flavors that make this one a slow sipper.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2013 02:10:27 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

12-14-2013 01:46:18 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle picked up at City-Wide in South Bend. Served in a Hill Farmstead wine glass.

Pours a very dark brown with a thin off-white head that quickly recedes and leaves some spotty lacing behind. Thin collar as it fades down. The nose brings some light dark fruits as well as a bit of brown sugar. Quite a bit of malty sweetness as well. The body is quite sweet with a lot of malt. Some caramel and light dark fruits there as well. Mouthfeel is medium with lowish carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good. A solid attempt.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 01:37:06 | More by Thorpe429
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Darkest tawny that becomes particulate-filled crimson with backlighting. The smallish head of sand colored foam is too soft and is, therefore, short-lived, almost featureless and not a very good lace generator. I've seen better dobbelbocks in the looks department.

The underpowered nose leans more toward dark caramel and dark fruit than it does toward chocolate-cocoa. Slightly musty, (probably) noble hops are noted and keep me from loving what I'm smelling. I hope it'll expand a bit with warming, but for now the aroma is merely passable.

Maximator is much better on the palate. There's definitely no shortage of flavor. The beer is well-malted, although not abundantly so for the style. Chocolate-cocoa is still subservient to caramel, fruit and nuts. In fact, with a little more chocolatiness, this stuff could be the beer equivalent of a Cadbury Fruit & Nut candy bar (plump, juicy raisins and chunks of pecan).

Warming brings depth, as it so often does, and the discovery of new and interesting facets of the flavor gem. I'm surprised that the beer I experienced with my first sip (no slouch, mind you) has turned into the beer that I'm experiencing now. If you like your doppelbocks fig and date and raisin fruity, then you'll love this one. There's a perfectly modulated sweetness that remains in tune throughout.

The body/mouthfeel, while good, doesn't tempt me to break out the big scores. It's as big as it needs to be and no more. It's also smooth, soft and subtly carbonated. I'm sure it isn't easy to completely bury an ABV of 7.5%, but Augustiner-Brau Wagner has done just that.

Good things come to those who wait. After pouring, looking at and smelling Maximator, I was less than impressed. It won me over, though. In the end, I consider it to be one of the better doppelbocks that I've had the opportunity to drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2005 15:51:26 | More by BuckeyeNation
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metter98

New York

3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured very dark amber in color with just a few bubbles floating on the surface. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are smells of dark malts along with notes of brown sugar in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the overall taste is very malty and somewhat sweet. There are also notes of brown sugar, caramel and raisins.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied, smooth and rather filling on the palate. There is a light to moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is rather easy to drink; any traces of alcohol are barely perceptible in the taste or aroma.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2010 12:44:49 | More by metter98
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a russet brown color with a maximator of a tan head that retains and laces the glass

Smell: Caramel, rum-soaked raisins and a hint of licorice

Taste: Starts out with a caramel, dark fruit, roasted nut and raisin aspect that builds and builds; there is a slight sweet licorice quality that appears just before the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to thick body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A very nice doppelbock; very fruity and not overly sweet; cellars nicely, too

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2007 18:44:10 | More by brentk56
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark hazelnut brown. Lots of carbonation visible throughout the glass. A nice three finger high head of tan colored lace rose up above it and hung around for a few minutes before finally settling down to just a thin film across the top of the glass. Some decent side glass lacing as well, completed it very nicely.

The aroma was rich and sweet. Lots of great earthy and grainy notes mixing in well with a good amount of caramel sugar. The flavor followed suit nicely, with the dominant flavor of caramel really taking hold. Some nice bready malts being located under that as well. The alcohol was very well hidden, and not a factor at all. Nice smooth finish with the long lingering flavor of nutty caramel on the tongue for a few minutes afterward.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 00:49:29 | More by mikesgroove
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A complexly malted lager with a depth of character that's all grain deriven. From molasass to dark fruits to a rich meaty character, this beer puts on a show while never letting this hophead miss the underplayed lupids.

Deep ruby/crimson in color, the masculine glow shows brilliant clarity even hedging on dark brown hues. A formitable froath builds a lightly tanned head the reduces to a dainty lace around the rim, leaving pockets of foam behind. A very handsome looking beer.

Aromas of dates and figs start the malty-rich scent. Low on esters, these fruity aromas are part of the profile of dark malts and mature alcohols. Low on hops, the aroma relies on a depth of malt character, including melanoidins, bready notes, oxidized character of soy sauce, toast/bread crusts, sherry, and subtle chocolate whiffs. Again, very complex and without any hop influence outside of a mild herbal earthiness.

Sweetness starts the beer, but quickly develops into a depth of malt character that pushes the early sweetness into a robust maltiness of toast, deeply caramelized sugars, starches, and protiens, sorghum or molasass, and with the same soft coffee and chocolate character found in nose. The developed malt character leaves impressions of sherry, dates, figs, raisons, soy sauce and something that reminds me of Cracker Jack ballpark candies. Very smooth flavors fly in the face of such strong maltiness but this beer miraculously pulls it off. Zero flaws and ideally balanced.

Rich and robust textures early have a smooth and long fade into a toasty, semi-dry finish that leaves the linger of molasass and cocoa on the mouth, seemingly of cola soft drinks. Smooth warming and just enough hop balance to prevent the beer from cloying, the beer finishes palatable and digestible.

While fitting the moniker of the beer being 'liquid bread' I could see myself as a monk for a month and a half during lent if they fasted- giving up food for this fortifying elixor.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2005 15:02:01 | More by BEERchitect
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womencantsail

California

3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for this one, Chris.

A: The beer pours a dark amber color with a solid khaki head that is about a finger tall.

S: Not the most intense nose for a doppelbock. Nice brown sugar and toffee notes with a hint of fruit to it. Some toasted malt and bread with a little bit of cocoa/dark chocolate to it as well.

T: The flavor is a bit more impressive. Nice dark chocolate and brown sugar to go along with the toffee and dark fruits and toasted bread. A slight bitterness and a light molasses flavor.

M: Medium in body with carbonation that is a bit on the low side of medium.

O: Just an okay doppelbock. Not as sweet and a little thinner than most doppelbocks I've come across.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 20:24:00 | More by womencantsail
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

09-05-2013 01:07:32 | More by ygtbsm94
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oberon

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2003 21:10:36 | More by oberon
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured out as a nice brown color with a thin tan colored head on top that doesn't last very long. The smell of the beer was a little boozy with some roasted malt aromas too. The taste is a little on the bitter side, with the sweeter malts coming through in the finish. The mouthfeel is pretty good, not very heavy for a dark brew. Overall it's worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 02:25:47 | More by Knapp85
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GRG1313

California

4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark black red that you can't see through with a short and thin white head. Very pretty when poured and with a quick swirl.

Nose is all fresh black cherry with undertones of candi sugar and malt.

Mouthfeel is nice, bold, thick and creamy.

Pleasant and assertive creamy carmel and toffee with creamed coffee and cherry undertones.
Very nice flavors with complexities and layers. Hint of sweetness of cherries and plums.

Finishes with creamy sweet coffee, carmel and toffee flavors and very end is cocoa and chocolate.

This is a nice beer and would likely go well with many different foods, especially spicy, grilled or BBQ. Could also pair with many desserts, although you likely couldn't drink a lot of this because of it's sweet character.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2009 07:22:36 | More by GRG1313
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emerge077

Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a seriously dense brownish-black, with reddish highlights. Khaki foam creeps up to the edge of the snifter.

Smell is slightly boozy, caramel, plum, raisin, though not especially sweet. Definitely malty.

Taste is big, and pretty much represents the sublime Doppelbock to me. Roasty malt, sweet dark fruit, caramel in the aftertaste. Lingering dry roastiness. Not to cloying or harsh with the alcohol, this one is well balanced.

Smooth, velvety on the palate, fairly dry finish begs you to sip it again. 2-3 makes a perfect fall-winter session.

This is my favorite Doppelbock, due to the dark fruit element and exceptional balance. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2007 01:14:44 | More by emerge077
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largadeer

California

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Gourmet Haus Staudt.

Dark but perfectly clear mahogany brown, this looks great. It's capped by an inch of off-white head which slowly settles to a crown.

Toasted, caramelized malts are strong on the nose. There's a date-like fruitiness beneath, and hints of earth.

Taste is great, toasty and malty, brown sugar and dates. Medium-full body, rich but easy to drink. Dark fruit flavors in the mid-palate lead into a toasty brown sugar finish.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2010 04:05:13 | More by largadeer
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +21.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2005 22:47:47 | More by NeroFiddled
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

01-09-2013 22:27:15 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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nickfl

Florida

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of light tan foam on a clear, brown body with bright ruby highlights. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves light lace.

S - Caramel and a hint of molasses otherwise very clean

T - Dark caramel malt and toasted grain up front. Some darker, sugary notes of brown sugar and molasses in the middle. The beer finishes with dry, fruity notes of plum and brown sugar as well as some nutty malt.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable, this beer is not quite as thick as some examples of the style. It has a fair amount of dark, sugary character in the malt profile, but finishes dry enough to be well balanced. There are better dopplebocks out there, but this is definitely worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 03:31:49 | More by nickfl
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2002 19:41:35 | More by Jason
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2008 08:01:20 | More by russpowell
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer served in a Pinkus glass. Dark brown / black, almost no head. Moderate carbonation, cloudy.

Aroma is dominated by malt and sweetness. Very pleasing smell to come from a doppelbock. I'm really looking forward to this beer now.

Beer is medium bodied, really smooth, coats the mouth with nice forward sweetness and a good finish. There is a slight, fruit like aftertaste, almost sweet apple flavored. I am a huge doppelbock fan and this is a repeat for sure.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2009 19:29:49 | More by drabmuh
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2009 03:30:58 | More by WVbeergeek
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2%

05-25-2013 14:49:47 | More by Slatetank
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Augustiner Bräu Maximator from Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG
88 out of 100 based on 464 ratings.