Augustiner Bräu Maximator - Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG
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3.68/5 rDev -6.1%
This beer is kind of all over the place...as far as ratings go. It pours very well. Rich, deep, shiny copper body. The head is small but effective to give nice contrast.
Nose is lacking. Hints of nuts, raisin and more of caramel. Considerably not a strong aroma. Not bad, though.
Ok, so the taste comes to the rescue. Flavors consist of the those in the aroma, and the caramel comes through strongly. Some herbal grass or anise in the faint background. The flavors aren't very noticeable up front, more so towards the finish.
Finishes clean, a bit too clean. Would like to have something else, some smokiness, or something to just tease the sweetness.
For the style, it's pretty good. For me, the drinkability takes a hit.
12-01-2010 21:38:25 | More by Mebuzzard
4.05/5 rDev +3.3%
A-see-through mahogany, with a decent head that dies down to patches-o-hoolihan, spotted with larger bubbles, leaving zero lacing.
S-Slight notes of leather, caramel and milk chocolate.
T-NICE! Nutty, a tad roasty, big flavors coming from left and right field, which is completely the opposite of what the nose gives you!
M-Firm, foamy, and slightly dry in the finish. I like the finish a lot on this one. Kind of needs a little more caramel to convince me that its a dopple, though.
D-Excellent drinkability, price and availability! Cheers!
11-29-2010 04:01:51 | More by slayer3604
4.2/5 rDev +7.1%
I like beers like this, when the label looks like an illustration from the 1908 Sears and Roebuck catalogue.
I also like that kind of severely roasted, very ripe fruit smell that you get out of a good, aged doppelbock. This hasn't been on the shelf more than a few months, but lord knows how long ago it was brewed. Some age is to be expected with a beer like this, and the aroma wears the age quite well.
The taste, not so much. The very beginning is pleasantly burny--bock malt mixed with ash and apples--but that gives way to an intense, vinous fruitiness that overwhelms everything else the whole rest of the way, until a few seconds after the beer is swallowed when the ashy, sweet bock malt returns as an aftertaste.
Still, it's smooth for its size. The burn is light and pleasant, and even though the fruitiness is really strong and disrupts the beers balance, it isn't really offputting.
I'm bumping this up a bit. The drinkability is insane, and it becomes a bit more balanced as it warms up.
11-28-2010 07:30:08 | More by mynie
3.05/5 rDev -22.2%
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
D-nice version of the style. Very drinkable but nothing outstanding. I would drink this again if given limited choices.
11-23-2010 02:52:46 | More by jneiswender
3.5/5 rDev -10.7%
Clear, deep red colour with a meager cap of fine bubbles that dispersed quickly. Not much in the way of lacing. Clean malt aroma that was quite light overall, grain, light caramel, slight dried fruit -- more earthy than juicy. Light bitterness, lots of caramel and dried fruit sweetness. Light alcohol towards the end, malty all the way through. Medium to full bodied with lowish carbonation, smooth and nearly creamy. Mild alcohol warmth. Pretty good overall, nice malt character.
11-06-2010 22:55:06 | More by DrJay
3.8/5 rDev -3.1%
Got this 12oz single capped with gold foil at Harvest Fine Wine in West Hartford CT for $2.32. Served cold in a chilled pint glass.
Cloudy brown liquid gives a modest half inch of tan head which settles to a single layer after a few minutes and leaves no lace. The smell is fairly thick with bread and brown sugar, fig, a hint of anise, and a slight edge of citrus hop. Feel is fairly thick and viscous with a carbonation that's robust but not sharp. Taste is just like the smell plus some earthy nuttiness and faint banana. Alcohol is not apparent.
This is bock is good in an average kind of way, solid but not exceptional.
10-30-2010 01:36:02 | More by BeerNinja007
4.22/5 rDev +7.7%
Poured into a pilsner glass from a 12oz bottle.
A - Pours a deep copper, forming a 1/2 inch off-white head. No lacing remains on the glass.
S - Very malty aroma dominates the nose.
T - Caramel and dark fruit flavors coat the palate. Slightly sweet with some floral hops becoming apparent in the finish. No roasted flavors detected. The alcohol is well hidden.
M - Heavy bodied with a low amount of carbonation. Very smooth and clean mouthfeel.
D - Wow, what a difference not coming in a green bottle can make. This is fantastic! Great full flavor and thick body. The aroma is average, but the taste just takes this to the top.
10-18-2010 23:15:23 | More by beeragent
2.73/5 rDev -30.4%
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.
10-12-2010 01:51:05 | More by emsroth
4.05/5 rDev +3.3%
Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Comes out a dark brown sort of burgundy color. Small white head that doesn't stick around, not much lacing to it either. Very dark but decent clarity to it.
Smell is good, pretty strong as well. Well malted, dark fruit sweet, almost candied or sort of a liquorish flavor. In addition to all of that there is a strong hop presence in the smell too. It's not strong but there's a slight hint of chocolate.
Taste is the best part. It has a sweet nuttiness to it with dark dried fruit flavor. Malted barley with a hint of chocolate, just a touch though. Slight hoppy aftertaste, but not strong, it's blended in with the rest of the flavors.
The mouthfeel is ok, its certainly full bodied and has a good carbonation level. It could finish a little cleaner. Drinkability is about the same as well. The beer gets a little better as it warms up. I like it, a decent Dopplebock.
10-09-2010 02:09:56 | More by AndyAvalanche
3.88/5 rDev -1%
Augustiner Bräu Maximator
Appearance: Dark reddish-brown with very little head and almost no lacing.
Smell: Delicious apple-caramel and honey.
Taste: Apple, caramel, slight hops, and slightly roasted malts.
Mouthfeel: Heavy, carbonation, and hints of water.
I would say that if you mixed a thick malty ale with a kolsch, you would get this beer. It is thick and flavorful. The smell is delicious. The only odd thing about it is some bits of it was almost watery, while other tastes were not. This is a good beer, though.
10-08-2010 06:17:01 | More by megahurts4
3.98/5 rDev +1.5%
a clear dark amber pour of a moderate carbonation. Nose intensely of caramel toasted malt. A bit sweet. As expected on the palate but it quickly fades out just dropping off the palate. Honey, brown sugar, and toasted almonds fading of to subtlities. Nice and smooth. Lacking a bit of dimension in comparison to some.
09-27-2010 06:00:04 | More by rtepiak
4.33/5 rDev +10.5%
Gold foil topped 12 oz bottle into taster glass.
Appearance- Deep amber with garnet highlights. Quickly fading, coke-like, fizzy light tan head. Bottle popped with quite a pfft! No lacing.
Aroma- Incredible depth of malt aromatics with a mouthwatering effect! Sweet caramel, dark dried fruits like raisins and prunes, a soft nuttiness and perfume-like floral character. Very complex nose, with a hint of herbal hops tucked well in the background.
Flavor- Starts with a big, deep, caramelly malt sweetness that intensifies into a mouth-filling, sticky sweet raisin flavor. Just the right amount of herbal hop bitterness kicks in for the finish, keeping it from being overly sweet. Slightly evident alcoholic strength in finish. Long lingering prune/raisin flavors.
Mouthfeel- Moderate CO2, full bodied, with lots of sticky residual sugars. Leans well towards the malty side with just enough bittering hops to keep the brew from being overly sweet.
Overall- Great doppelbock! Incredible depth of malt complexity and richness with a kiss of hops keeping it from being over the top. Drinkability takes a bit of a hit due to its richness, but I want to have another thanks to the awesome malt character. This is an excellent example of the style and a very tasty brew! The next time I want a classic old world doppelbock, I will be seeking this out!
09-09-2010 12:45:17 | More by dudemuskie
4.25/5 rDev +8.4%
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.
09-01-2010 04:05:13 | More by largadeer
3.83/5 rDev -2.3%
Presentation: 12 oz bottle in a pint glass.
Appearance: Small 1 finger head that leaves no lace on the glass.
Smell: Slightly malty, not a strong aroma. Maybe a a hint of nuts.
Taste: A little more malt and carbonation than expected but nothing overpowering. Still a good combination of flavor that leaves no doubt. Enough hops to keep the tongue satisfied but nothing overboard.
Notes: Would certainly buy another. Solid flavor all around and nothing lacking.
07-21-2010 00:06:43 | More by LewisMartin
3.95/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
06-18-2010 12:44:49 | More by metter98
District of Columbia
4.25/5 rDev +8.4%
Love Doppelbocks. Poured from a bottle into a weizen glass
A: poured a deep copper with slight red tint, 1/4 inch tan head
S: malty aroma with hint of slightly roasted caramel
T: malty. lightly spiced and a bitter after taste
M: entered with a smooth, creamy, full body with just a hint of hops more so as it warmed
D: Great drinkability and could go for more.
one of my favorites
Serving type: bottle
05-16-2010 04:06:45 | More by skulk001
3.4/5 rDev -13.3%
Poured a great dark clean and clear mahogany color with a perfect one inch creamy tan head with great retention, looks amazing.
Has a big sweet malty smell with hints of banana and toasted grain.
The flavor has a big woody cedar profile, very nutty as well with a real earthy bitterness. Has a kind of an odd light sourness as well that ruins what could be a good thing.
The mouthfeel has good body and a long lingering finish.
Overall a pretty average Doppel.
05-05-2010 22:18:53 | More by bashiba
4.65/5 rDev +18.6%
One of the first beers I ever had that made me decide I liked beer. Sweet, malty & medium bodied. I like high alcohol beer, so this one is actually fairly mild & one I can guzzle when thirsty.
One major complaint. Unlike the similar Paulaner Salvator, there is no bottling date to be found. In 30 years of drinking this beer, I've gotten the odd case with bitter & burnt flavors. Obviously expired. But when fresh, I love it.
05-05-2010 21:07:39 | More by Strawbs
4.8/5 rDev +22.4%
A: red in color, with maybe a touch of brown, maximator is crystal clear, and full of lacing. I would have liked a bit more in the head though.
S: bouquet is quite malty, with munich leading the way. Raisins and molasses are quite enjoyable.
T: semi-sweet with strong notes of raisins, molasses, and caramel, along with a touch of noble hops at the end. Maximator is well made, and it shows.
M: full body with a moderate level of carbonation.
D: overall, a very enjoyable doppelbock. Maximator delivers great dichotomy with this brew, giving both refreshing and rich their share of the limelight. Definitely worth picking up, don't be afraid of the bland packaging.
05-02-2010 20:46:15 | More by Avagadro
4/5 rDev +2%
Pours deep mahogany brown with ruby highlights with a creamy off-white head.
Aroma is sweet. Smokey dark fruit, cocoa, and vague spices.
Taste is rich roasted caramel malt and molasses. Peaty with a very pleasant earthy nut quality. Plenty of dark fruit - notably fig date, and a touch of cranberry tartness. Finishes with lingering alcohol warmth and peppery spice.
Mouthfeel is thick and chewy.
Overall a viscous malt bomb. Sweet and sticky. Major earthy dark fruit notes. If you like a good Dopplebock, you need to try this one.
04-25-2010 23:09:05 | More by Blakaeris
4/5 rDev +2%
Saw this in the cooler at my local pub. 12 ounce bottle, poured into a .33 liter Stella pils wineglass.
Appearance - Poured dark reddish brown, 1/2 inch of white head, quick dissipation, no lacing.
Smell - Nose was raisin, molasses, small nints of clove, fruit, rum tones.
Taste - This was an odd one, nothing like a doppelbock, it tasted very much like a Munich style dunkel, on steroids. Despite the moderately high A.B.V, no heat at all. Just malty, spicy, raisiny bready. No sediment in the bottle, filtered.
Mouthfeel - Felt very thin and crispy on the way down, clean brew, no chunky bits.
Drinkability - Overall, a smooth, malty, yeasty, spicy brew. Despite the higher alcohol, this went down very smooth.
Final thoughts, good, easy, intense, but manageable. This is the curveball of the Doppelbock family, but I'll be drinking this again.
04-24-2010 22:50:54 | More by FlannelAvenger
4.2/5 rDev +7.1%
12oz bottle, no dating.
Pours a dark, opaque reddish-brown with a rose hue. Nice swath of off-white head dissipates into a solid ring of lacing on the glass.
Nose is chock full of fruit; reminiscent of date, raisin, cherry, grape...you get the idea. Quite inviting.
Flavor is also that of varietal fruit, with an added cola-like quality. Hints of caramel & vanilla as well. Yeast leaves an astringent finish to the brew.
Full in body, yet a fairly easy-drinker. Not as alcoholic as some offerings of the style, which makes it more of an "everyday" dopplebock.
Simplistic yet tasty; I'll definitely look for this again in the future.
04-02-2010 13:36:38 | More by Natural510
4.28/5 rDev +9.2%
12oz gold foil capped bottle served in a glass beer mug.
L - clear dark cherrywood color with a beige head that thinned out but still left decent lacing.
S - sweet caramel malt and dark fruits.
T - rich malty sweetness accompanied by dark fruit flavors, very good tasting brew.
F - medium bodied with a silky smooth feel.
D - goes down smooth and easy but it is quite filling.
03-21-2010 22:03:11 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
4.58/5 rDev +16.8%
As the Stark bier season has begun here in Munich, time to review the "Maxi", this beer is surprisingly hard to find in bottle form here even in Munich. Got from a small pub near the brewery. 2 Euro.
After a medium pour into my Delirium goblet, held into direct light, Maximator is a perfect ruby-cognac color. Not quite as dark as other versions, cherry toned with a fairly active amount of carbonation. The head is somewhat dissapointing, as it isn't quite as thick or creamy as hoped for, and dissipates quite quickly.
Aroma quickly picks up where the appearance leaves off. Cherry, raisin, preserved figs, oak, sweet caramel malt backbone. Rather than so much malt notes as I have found in other examples, a surprisingly amount of Chocolate is found in the aroma. Cocoa and dark fruit combine to create a rather stout-like nose. As the beer opens up more chocolate becomes apparent, finishing with a note of cherry. I'm digging it.
Initial sip is a bit spicier than expected-a welcome surprise. Chocolate comes through, cherry, oak, smokiness akin to smoked malt, musty, malty rustic. Dark bread, plum, caramel.The finish yields a pleasant amount of throat warming and sweetness is kept in check by a well-balanced level of carbonation. Subsequent sips reveal one the best Dopplebocks I've had. The cocoa-dark fruit-malt-spice profile married with a Belgian yeast would make a perfect replica of a Dubble.
Rather than tasting like sweet malt sugar-cola as d.Bocks sometimes do, this brew is well carbonated, balanced, lively and spicy. I can feel the stomach warming effects already. I will have to go buy a bottle of Andechs Dopplebock to compare, but this is so far the best I've had so far.
Skip the Salvator, Maximator is by far superior.
03-15-2010 20:37:13 | More by czfreeman
3.48/5 rDev -11.2%
Poured into my Grimbergen goblet.
A: Pours a rich auburn, burgundy color with a fair amount of beige head that fades quickly, leaving nice circles around the glass. A hair-thin layer of foam sits on top.
S: Smells toasty, roasty with hints of dark fruits shining through. Everything is fairly subdued. Not much going on here.
T: Thankfully there is more going on here than in the nose. Not a ton though. Lovely toasted malt complemented by mild fruitiness and hints of spices.
M: Bitterness could be toned down a little, but otherwise a pretty smooth ride. Coats the tongue ever so slightly, leaving just enough moisture so as not to leave you overly dry.
D: Even though it's not the best doppelbock I've had, and it doesn't really shine in any particular category, it is very drinkable. Goes down easy, and continues to please as it warms up.
03-07-2010 01:54:22 | More by NewGeneric
Augustiner Bräu Maximator from Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG
88 out of 100 based on 477 ratings.