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Augustiner Bräu Maximator - Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG

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BA SCORE
88
very good

489 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 489
Reviews: 294
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 30
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of LewisMartin
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

LewisMartin, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of metter98
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.

metter98, Jun 18, 2010
Photo of skulk001
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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

skulk001, May 16, 2010
Photo of bashiba
3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

bashiba, May 05, 2010
Photo of Strawbs
4.65/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Strawbs, May 05, 2010
Photo of Avagadro
4.8/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Avagadro, May 02, 2010
Photo of Blakaeris
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Blakaeris, Apr 26, 2010
Photo of FlannelAvenger
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

FlannelAvenger, Apr 24, 2010
Photo of Natural510
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Natural510, Apr 02, 2010
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

JoeyBeerBelly, Mar 21, 2010
Photo of czfreeman
4.58/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

czfreeman, Mar 15, 2010
Photo of NewGeneric
3.48/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

NewGeneric, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of B967ierhunter177
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not being a fan of doppelbocks this beer was a good surprise. Poured from a bottle into glass mug.

A: poured a deep copper with slight red tint, 1/4 inch tan head

S: pleasant aroma of toast and biscuits with some yeast mixed in

T: sweet malt and bread entry followed by a bit of fruity notes giving way to stronger taste as it warmed

M: entered with a smooth, creamy, full body with just a hint of hops more so as it warmed

D: good for once and done, finished with a lasting, warming feeling inside, interesting

By far my favorite doppelbock.

B967ierhunter177, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.45/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Augustiner Brewery Munich, Germany... 7.5% alcohol content. Picture of a happy monk surrounded by medals on a washed out label.
Poured into a pilsner glass.

A- Pours a dark amber color fluid with active tan head that falls to a tight bubbled froth leaving light patchy lacing.

S- Smells of banana nut bread, fresh churned butter and light biscuty aromas.

T-M- Has a very pronounced thick buttery oak flavor, almost a tree nut hint. Slight banana halfway through followed by a mild alcohol warmth. Hints of toffee and light cocoa. A decent mouthfeel of thick and carbonated cream makes it a tad rough on the tongue.

D- All and all a decent beer with drinkable charactoristics for the style.

wesbrownyeah, Feb 18, 2010
Photo of Jeffo
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this at The Cracked Kettle in Amsterdam.

From a half-liter bottle into a mug.

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger medium looking off-white head with good retention. Very little carbonation evident. Somewhere around burgundy or burnt-umber brown in color. Head slowly fades to a thin film. No head sticks around by the end and leaves no lacing down the glass.

SMELL: A big nose jumps out of the bottle and the glass. Caramel malt, toffee notes and a good dose of spiciness. Red fruits are there, raspberries perhaps. Sweet toasted malts all over the place. Very nice and bold. Enticing.

TASTE: Sweet caramel malt, toffee, and toasted malts up front. Biscuit flavours through the middle and some red berry notes too. Finishes with some spicy alcohol notes and goes into a mild but longer lasting sweet malt and spicy alcohol aftertaste. A very sweet and tasty doppelbock for sure.

PALATE: Medium-full body with medium carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, heavy as well, lots of weight, goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth-coating. No bite on the way down. Great feel. Agustiner never disappoints in this category.

OVERALL: A great Doppelbock; one of the best on the market. Augustiner lager beers are phenomenal to say the least, and this is another fine example of their craft. If you like sweet Doppelbocks, this is your baby. A complete malt bomb. Recommended.

Jeffo, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of homebrewhawk
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in a Duvel tulip. Bit of a gusher when opened. Poured a deep reddish brown with a finger of light tan head. Rich malty aroma with some molasses. A little on the sweet side, but it has a big malty base. More molasses and some dark fruit. Long malty finish. Smooth and very easy drinking for such a big beer.

homebrewhawk, Jan 17, 2010
Photo of Rayek
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Pilsner glass.

A: Hazy deep copper, with a short lived garnet tinged head. Leaves no lace. The beer's weak point.

S: Sweet overall. Caramel, toffee and a bit of dark fruits, plus a hint of alcohol.

T: On the sweet side. Toffee and prunes up front, followed by a light pepper bitterness. Sweet finish is somewhat dry and slightly vinous. Nice alcohol warmth going down. Gets better as its temperature rises.

M: Medium body is syrupy. Carbonation level is right.

D: Perfect for a cold night, but there are much better examples of this style in my book. A good, but not great doppel to me.

Rayek, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of Goldfish19
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

~ Purchased this 12 oz bottle from Big Z Beverage in Huntington, NY. This beer pours a deep reddish-brown color with a small head that fades away quickly. Aromas are of caramelized malts and dark fruits. Taste is the same. The alcohol makes its presence but does not overpower. All in all, an attractive Doppelbock that is flavorful, relatively inexpensive and is always available. A must try. ~

Goldfish19, Nov 24, 2009
Photo of drabmuh
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.

drabmuh, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of fightingwords
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-- bold trasparent brown. It's got this cherry/rosy glow also...rosy brown? Fluffy head from a rousing pour. Pretty sticky but the head was mostly laid back.

S-- way prevalent caramel and dirty toasted malts. Little raisiny. Mosly a typical musty cereal with a little sweetness. Good stuff, I liked the nose.

T-- MALTY, biscuity and sweet malts give way to just a touch of oily hops. As it warmed (and me as well) I could pick up some of the alcohol flavor. Nothing bad, just a characteristic of the style I guess.

M-- can it be called soft on the mouth? Smooth and definately full bodied. Memorable finish. Not oily but definately lasting.

D-- not a quaffable style considering the body and the abv, but it's highly drinkable one bottle in a sitting.

I'd have to call this beer classic. It's not a Celebrator or Consecrator, but it holds it's own. Worth a shot if you want to try the style.

fightingwords, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Maximator pours a ruby brown with a lasting head and good retention.

Aroma is full of malt sweetness bordering on fruityness. Smells like a bock of moderate strength.

A very complex beer here. Caramel and Munich malts blended. Nutty like caramelized cashews. Bitter noble hop adds a touch of resiny bitterness. Possess all the neccessary bock tendencies with chewey malt lingering into the finish.

Mouthfeel is somewhat crisp for a medium bodied bock style beer. Nice lively feel.

One of my all time favorites. A great session beer when I'm not going anywhere.

Stinkypuss, Oct 14, 2009
Photo of clayrock81
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark brown body with a minimal head and minor lace. A strong malt smell of roasted, burnt chocolate and caramel malt with a little hop bitterness. A basic brew but a good one; has a medium body that goes down smooth and has a chocolatey taste along with some caramel and syrupiness (beer is slightly sticky). A slight fruit taste along with some hop bitterness that gives off a slightly dry finish. A quality dopplebock that hides the ABv well and is an enjoyable drink.

clayrock81, Sep 28, 2009
Photo of philipquarles
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Pours clear mahogany with a modest, light beige head that dies quickly. Smells strongly of caramel malt and brown sugar. Some dark, raisin-like fruits. Very sweet. Taste is also sweet, with many of the same, almost cane-syrup-like characteristics, but also a distinct, slightly chocolaty roasted malt taste that makes it more pleasant. Sweet finish, but not overpoweringly so. Medium-full, though slightly syrupy, body. A decent doppelbock overall, though it's admittedly not my favorite style.

philipquarles, Sep 15, 2009
Photo of farrago
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good thickness and retention to the creamy brown head, eventually settles into a thin layer across the surface, the lacing doesn't stick. Fairly clear brown liquid with equal red and orange influences, few bubbles to be seen. The nose comes up with suitable doses of caramel, milk chocolate, raisin, apricot and bing cherry fruit, there's a smoky touch along with peat moss, forest floor matter and dried oranges, the bread notes are dense like pumpernickel, little airiness. Medium-bodied, nowhere near as sweet as one might have expected, has a mineral water sort of freshness and pétillance, not really carbonated in the strong sense. As a result it does not have density and flows by at a pace detrimental to the flavors soaking in. Soda bread, raisin bread, rye and grains elevate here, the caramel, creamed coffee and butterscotch components fade off. The cherry, apricot, peach fruit finds some traction in the mid-palate. Warming doesn't seem to help flavor expressivity. As it ends the stage mostly held by the herbaceous earthiness. Not sure what the goal was here.

farrago, Sep 14, 2009
Photo of Pencible
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured a clear, dark mahogany with some tan head. It smelled like bready yeast and roasted barley, with some rich caramel malt and a bit of raisin. It tasted like roasted barley and dark caramel, with some copper and coffee, and a bit of smoke. It was slightly thick with some carbonation, and had a bittersweet aftertaste. Overall this was a good, solid doppelbock. It wasn't quite as rich as the top doppelbocks I've tried, but it still had a nice clean flavor with good body. It hid the alcohol well also, so it was quite easy to drink. Nice autumn beer.

Pencible, Sep 03, 2009
Augustiner Bräu Maximator from Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG
88 out of 100 based on 489 ratings.