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Augustiner Bräu Maximator - Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG

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Ratings: 516
Reviews: 299
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.94%
Wants: 29
Gots: 38 | 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 StJamesGate
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ruddy amber with flan-colored lumpy head. Flinty grain, cherry skin and raisin scone nose.
Sourdough rye bread and cherry compote, a tart fruit pit middle and nutmeg and sarsaparilla spice to finish.
Prune finish and bone dry leave. The light side of medium, some chew, lively.

Lean, tart and dry - ABV and sour dark fruit together make this a crisp and not at all sweet doppelbock. Not sure it's what I want, but it certainly does what it sets out to.

Photo of nickd717
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to largadeer. Review is from 8/31/2010.

Clear medium reddish-brown color with a decent-sized light beige head.

Big malty aroma with some good dark fruit notes.

Nice classic doppelbock flavor with cherry and deep caramel and roasted notes. Smooth and malty on the finish.

Good mouthfeel, medium-plus bodied with average carbonation.

A solid example of the style.

Photo of mdcrouser
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased by the bottle from the Bier Garden in Portsmouth, Va. and enjoyed at the bed and breakfast we're staying at for the evening.

I managed to borrow a small mug glass from the innkeeper and enjoy this back at the room.

Pours a steady ruby-brown with very little white head.

I'm picking up big flavors of chocolate, cinnamon, some heavy dark bread. Not in a chewy way like you'd find with a big stout, but in one that features layers of a cake - each delivering a different flavor. In the background is a touch of floral hoppiness, barely revealing to the palette.

Sweetly fills the mouth with big flavor - goes well with the chocolate cake we brought home from the restaurant.

That's a really good doppelbock - best enjoyed when it's nearly room temperature.

Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of womencantsail
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of Erik53
4.7/5  rDev +19.6%
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.

Photo of BeerForMuscle
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Gloowing amber, clear with a nice lace ring.

S - Roasted nuts, malt sugar, dry alcohol. Interesting woody nutty spice note. Not sure what that is. Alcohol wafting about.

T - Very nutty taste, with a sweet aftertaste. This reminds me of the grainy sweet aftertaste of honeycomb cereal. ALmost a starchy corn note, much like the sweetness amylase presents when consuming a starch. Toasty nuts for sure. Malt sweetness and honey to boot.

M - Very light and crisp on the palate, with a semi dry finish on the tongue. This beer makes you want to keep sipping.

O - A different doppelbock, with earthy nutty notes and a crispness to it. A nice change from the viscous malt domination of some more traditional DB's.

Photo of BeerYain
3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours caramel with a small head out of an 11.2oz bottle. It tastes a lot like a typical smooth, mellow scotch beer...easy drinking. If you know what that tastes like, then you'll understand this one. If you don't, go read up on them! The alcohol is hiding under there at 7.5%, so don't stand too quickly if you've had a few. The price is right here in Seattle-Tacoma for a repeat visit, but I wouldn't set out for it anywhere - not even in Germany where it's bottled.

Photo of BierFan
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Clear reddish brown body with a decent sized head for the style. Doesn't quite live up to the name "Maximator". I'd like if this beer had more hops, malt, alcohol... I guess this just kind of seems more like a "light" doppelbock to me. Despite that, it's still pretty darn good.

Photo of wcintula
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very good Doppelbock this was. Poured into a Jever flute with a clear reddish-brown body with a tan head with a finger and a half depth. Very light lacing. Smells very nice, and 'like a doppelbock.' Clean, malty, with a fruity sweetness. The taste follows through as I think 'crystal malt' with this delicious German offering. Paired with a dinner of pickled herring in sour cream and venison sausages with homemade potato salad, this bold Doppelbock stands up to strong flavors in the meal with it's own sweet balance. The 7.5% ABV is barely noticed(but yes, still noticed) in this strong bier. Recommended strongly as it is a beer with great flavor, aroma, and character. YES, character.

Photo of mcguirmn
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

First thing I noticed was the champ on the front label. Not really sure if the picture above really does it justice. This monk-looking fellow looks like a total boss. He's sitting there, wearing his bib (which he wears proudly) ready to kick ass and take names. This beer's label is probably my favorite.

Now, on to the beer itself.

Appearance: Comes out of the bottle as a dark brown, almost burgundy color. Nonexistent head.

Smell: Amazing. Smells of malt, dark fruits, with a strong chocolate presence.

Taste: Amazing. I had never had a Doppelbock before. And since I pretty much bought the beer only because it looked cool, I really didn't know what to expect. It was like drinking a dark, alcoholic, chocolate milk. Definitely hides the alcohol well.

Mouthfeel: Solid. Full Bodied with minimal carbonation (perhaps I had an older bottle).

Overall: Definitely a good beer.While I wouldn't say that this is one of my go-to beers, it was very enjoyable.

Photo of UnbakedToast
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.

Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.3/5  rDev -16%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - A reddish-brown thick brew. Substantial head that fades to only a thin ring of foam. No lacing.

S - Malty, raisins, plums (faintly pickled) and brown sugar.

T - Malty, slightly sour and bitter - a hint of raisins. Aftertaste is of lingering sweetness and light malty bitterness.

M - Thick, very slightly harsh from carbonation, moderately refreshing.

D - The smell is excellent, the rest is mediocre. I am not going to have this again. I love doppelbocks and this simplify is okay, albeit slightly more expensive.

Photo of illidurit
4.43/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Photo of iguenard
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

( 37/50, 7.5% alc/vol, Home, from Rochester) A healthy brown-toast colored head rises and falls swiftly from a palish brown bockbier with mauve hues. Blood red at the depth of the sniffer. Some opacity, yet shines well under the light. Some licorice, molasses, brown sugar and the grapish sweet that I still cannot name. Very nice, sweet and slightly aniseed nose. It starts off very much dripping and sticking with sweet molasses, with a definite palate of aniseed. Lingers in black licorice, with that brownish toffee-like, tar-like quality. Lasts a long time with an interlace of bitter coffee in the back of the tongue. Some light acidics are mostly overrun by the heavy sweet, and the molasses. Dense, and very heavy for it's size. I dont usually takes chances with german beers from BotW, but this one seduced me on the shelf. This one looks to be recent, unhindered by the beams of incadescent lights. The palate leaves a little tobacco finish that I dont agree with.
Otherwise, it is an awesome doppelbock. Milky sauces and pork-ribs should ally well with the flavours of this brew.

Photo of MoreThanWine
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

They do Munich proud. Pours a lovely 2" light mocha head. The color held to the light is a clear deep berry color. Smell is rich malt and taste is oh so much more of the same along with some caramel. Rich and with a substantial finish. An extraordinary testimony to malt. I'd snagged this as a single bottle for a pretty affordable price and I'd say this is great for repeats and even gifts. Maximator indeed.

Photo of atlason
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Jever flute. Nor freshness date indicated. My bottle actually indicates 7.4% ABV.

A: Slightly opaque brown color with pretty creamy head.

S: Dark chocolate caramel.

T: Heavily caramelized malt, dark roast and coffee, assertive background bitterness.

M: Slightly creamy with soft carbonation. Feels delicate.

Overall this is delicious, complex sipping brew without any overpowering harshness.

Photo of StoutHunter
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a single of this for $2.49 at The Lager Mill. I picked up a couple different Doppelbocks when I was there and I thought I would start with a traditional German one first. No visible bottling date. Poured from a 11.2oz brown foiled bottle into a mini snifter.

A- The label is ok looking and has what appears to be a monk on it, nothing fancy. It poured a dark copper color with two and a half fingers worth of off white head that died down to a little ring.

S- The aroma is pretty bready and yeasty. There lost of sweet caramel malts in this brew that give this beer a pretty sweet aroma. Following that are large amounts of dark dried fruits, mainly raisins. I pick up a light amount of floral hops at the end.

T- Lots of nice caramel malts dominate the flavor of this brew and are not as sweet as the nose led me to believe. The dark dried fruits carry over from the aroma, mostly raisins and figs, they blend with the malts nicely. There is some slight spiciness from the yeast and the finish is a little boozy with a hint of grassy hops.

M- Full bodied with decent carbonation.

Overall I thought this was a good beer. The flavors were pretty spot on for the style but it didn't hide its alcohol that well, it tasted more like its 9%. The malts were just were they should be and had the right amount of sweetness and that dark dried fruit flavor help tie everything together. One of these is enough for me. I am not sure I would seek this one out again, but I wouldn't turn it down. If you like the style give this beer a try, it represents it pretty well.

Photo of schoolboy
3.35/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I thought I'd go for some German's today, to keep things from getting real heavy and to speak some of my native tongue (my parents, really, I was born in the US).

Yes, I am in full kraut mood after drinking this, but I didn't like it much. The dark malty taste is not for me. The aftertaste is nice, and it probably would go great with food, cutting through other flavors. It really is a well made beer, and a lot more interesting than the helles from this brewery, but it doesn't work well for me. I don't want to buy it again.

Photo of daliandragon
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Authentic German Doppler picked up at the Beer dispensary in Apex last night. Cool Monk themed drawings on the label. Pours a flat looking cola with a rapidly retreating head and little visible carbonation. or lacing. Nose is fait with biscuit, roasted malt, yeast, and a tiny wisp of dark fruit.

The taste is sweet from aft to stern and still carries the yeast and dark fruit, and for the first time, alcohol as well. Sweet chocolate and caramel coat the malt in that straight ahead German style and last long into the finish. A touch of metal follows, natch. Lightly carbonated and very smooth.

This is authentic tasting and grows on me as it warms but has trouble matching the St. Victorious I consumed this evening.

Photo of seanyfo
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

50cl bottle poured into Spaten seidel

Best Before end of April 2011

A- Copper dark ruby body with excellent clarity. 3 finger creamy head that reduces relatively quickly to a crown. Lacing is average.

S- Strong doughy, toffee malt sweetness, suggestion of dark fruit and raisins.

T- Sultana cake like sweetness, some toasted malt sweetness. An odd flavour but I get a hint of burnt raisin - like in a scone when the surface raisins have more exposure when cooked and get a bit crispy, gives nice balance in the full finish.

M- Full bodied but clean tasting with moderate carbonation

D- Maybe lacks depth of malt complexity compared to celebrator and Korbinian but still satisfying. Clean tasting and alcohol content well hidden. Definitely a doppelbock that leans more to the toasted attenuated side

Photo of falloutsnow
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The bottle features some of the nicest artwork and color schemes on a bottle: turqouise blue background and lettering with a golden, hand-drawn monk and hops.

From the dark brown bottle, the beer pours thickly, producing a 1cm head that's light brown in color. The foam bubbles down after a few minutes, leaving a thin ring and a few small islands of bubbles in the glass. Minimal lacing. The body is dark brown or mahogany in color, reddish highlights, semi-hazy with carbonation percolating along the sides of the glass.

This beer is faintly ripe with doppelbock scents of caramel, mixed dark and roasted malt, heated figs, and an end hint of port wine. I also pick up the lightest hint of black pepper. Smell is the weak point of Maximator, but only because all its components are so weakly displayed.

Taste is expectedly full of rich, dark malt sweetness; some hazlenut; figs and prunes; dry sour cherries; a bit of alcohol (when warm) and a slight tinge of spicy hops in the aftertaste. This is definitely a doppelbock on the sweeter end of the spectrum, and I suspect that is why several do not enjoy it.

Full bodied, slightly syrupy, with moderate carbonation that helps temper the body and move the beer while in the mouth. Finish is semi-dry, which when combined with the aroma and taste, makes taking another sip almost essential.

This is a quality doppelbock that hits nearly all the right notes. Definitely worth seeking out and should be considered one of the avatars of the sweet-doppel style.

Photo of mtwentz
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.

Photo of PEBKAC
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

300ml Bottle from Good Beer. Cozy new little beer store near Hop Devil Grill, & not too far of a walk to/from New Beer & Whole Foods Bowery.

Bottle filled to about half an inch of the mouth. Carlsberg pils glass. Beautiful fucking color. Head is a consuming, rich sandy tan color I've never quite seen before exactly. Looks like there's some added beta carotene in this. :P Body is a clear, orange-amber color. Slight, stringy lace & immense, milkshake-like resistance on the head.

Smell isn't intense & is difficult to pin down. Grainy breakfast cereal & caramel. Flour-like? It's too cold, gotcha. Gave it a five minute rest, & sharper sweetness emerges. Almost like slightly charred toast. Still not a whole lot.

Taste is toasty grain & sharper instances of dark wheat macerated with that quoted 7.5% ABV. Some charred/tannic flavor. Some sneaky raisin-esque flavor that I'm not so sure of in here also. No bite aside from the slight char.

Body has enough resistance to be considered chewy. Carbonation is almost enough. Alcohol is alright, but lands a solid hit to my temple.

Solid beer, but makes me crave fresh Optimator. :|

Augustiner Bräu Maximator from Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG
88 out of 100 based on 516 ratings.