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Augustiner Bräu Maximator - Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG

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509 Ratings

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Ratings: 509
Reviews: 297
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.94%
Wants: 30
Gots: 36 | 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 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. :|

Photo of WVRadar
4.7/5  rDev +19.6%
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.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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

poured into a tulip.

A: It pours a dark brown color with some lovely ruby highlights. Mahogany in essence. It was a strong pour which yielded a large two finger off white head. The retention was moderate with flecks of lacing as it receded.

S: The nose begins with a waft of sweet malt. It strongly hints at caramel/toffee with a touch of rye for good measure. There is a faint suggestion of floral hops with some fig and apple like notes as well.

T: Big bold malt flavors sweep through my palate. It has a massive presence without being to sweet. The hint of rye from the nose is evident in the viscous quality of the brew, it is also slightly spicy. The apple and fig notes are present, but more subdued than the nose. The toffee-like malt is the headliner here.

M: The mouthfeel was quite full bodied and lush, nicely done.

D: Overall this beer is a quaffable doppelbock. The alcohol is masterfully hidden behind the malt curtain, and the yeast helps bring some interesting complexity to the flavor.

Photo of jlindros
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a large but very fizzy 2 finger head that fades very quicky to nothing over semi clear rosy auburn color.

Nose was erupting from the pour with plenty of darker malts, some dark wheats, a bit of a roasty and toasty aroma, a very slight chocolate, some dark fruits with a bit of fig, hint of booze, some toffee, and lots of dark wheat aromas.

Taste starts with darker wheats and malts again, a slight caramelized wheat flavor, some brown sugar and molasses, plenty of toffee, darker wheat flavors, a bit of a cola like syrup flavor but just a hint, some darker malts, roasted malts and some toasted malts, slight chocolate again, more fruits, fig and touch of a nutty flavor, hint of coffee, fairly complex, and even a hint of warming booze, that comes out a bit more on the finish but never heavy, very slightly sticky and hint of sweetness but dries slightly.

Mouth is medium bodied, slightly syrupy, with decent carbonation.

Drink is OK, hint of warming booze, slight sticky and syrupy, nothing too heavy.

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

appearance: deep dark brown apprearnce, nice lingering head.

smell: toasty roasted malts, some caramel

taste: lots of bready sweetness and fruit flavors such as raisins

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: not my favorite doppel and I expected alot from Augustiner. decent

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

Poured from 12 oz glass into dimpled mug. Pours dark amber with a small bubbly white head. Strong and sweet malty aroma with huge notes of fruit, caramel, and toffee. Flavor is lighter than expected, but semi-sweet and fruity. A bit of spice towards the finish, and some earthy tobacco notes. Palate is medium, slightly watery, but still has a nice mouth-feel. Balanced, flavorful, and easy drinking.

Photo of dvb
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A picture of a monk on the bottle of doppelbock. How could you go wrong?

A - Deep reddish brown, nice off-white head but no lacing whatsoever. None.

S - Standard doppelbock fare. Lots of malty, bready, yeasty aroma.

T - Very bready. With most beer, when you get to the bottom of the bottle and let that last drop sit for a while, it seems very bitter and that's all you get: bitterness. No so, here. That last drop tastes like bread. Good, dense, chewy bread. The monks had the right idea. This one tastes nice all the way through.

M - A bit thin, quite honestly.

D - Not the best doppelbock I've had, but I could drink several of these just the same. Very drinkable.

Augustiner Bräu Maximator from Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG
89 out of 100 based on 509 ratings.