Augustiner Bräu Maximator - Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG

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511 Ratings

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Ratings: 511
Reviews: 298
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.94%
Wants: 29
Gots: 37 | 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 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.

Photo of obywan59
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

#4 from my mixed Christmas 6-pack. Poured into my 1/2 pint Whitbread mug. My first Doppelbock.

A slight gusher, it pours a clear, deep reddish amber, perhaps a 1 finger head that was gone without a trace before I realized it. Zero lacing. It looks like a glass of good rum.

Incredible malty aroma like wildflower honey. A bit of dark fruit and some bready notes as well.

Predominately honey again, very sweet with a substantial taste of alcohol that, in that regard, once more resembles a good rum.

Rather thick-bodied and syrupy, it coats the mouth well. Not much in the way of carbonation, but plenty of tingle and warmth from the alcohol.

Pretty good drinkability for a thick-bodied sweet brew. I could have handled another or perhaps two, though the 7.5% is noticable to me after one glass.

Photo of heavy216
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 12 oz bottle, pour dark amber red, lots of head which faded fast

S: smells fruity and malt...could definately smell the alcohol

T/M: nutty, alcohol taste that seemed to be mopre present as it gets warmer, not much carbonation very light

D: This one was provided to me by a friend and i really enjoyed it until i learned the steep price? good solid beer to enjoy on special occasions

Photo of e11iott
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: 12 oz bottle. Frothy 2 finger head, lasted a short time, light lacing, deep dark red/brown when poured.

S: Heavy aroma of nuts and malt smell. Strong scent

T/M: served cold had heavy body. light carbonation. Very sweet to taste for a beer, considering its not a fruit beer. Alcohol is hidden nicely for how strong it is.

D: Strongly surprised how amazing this beer is warm, got sweeter. Will get this for a special occasion, in the near future, a bit pricey.

Photo of smakawhat
2.93/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from the bottle into a Pilsner style glass.

Pours a very large head at first with big tan bubbles. There is some retention but the head goes at a standard clip and it NEVER comes back. Seriously, it looks good.. then it's gone and looks terrible. Some minor retention. Dark brown/red clear with some carbonation bubbles going on, but there is zero and I mean ZERO lacing on this beer and it resembles a weakened soda pop look after you drink it for awhile. This is one beer that looks good at first to drink when you pour, and then after your drink it for some time it looks terrible.

Smell though is quite decent, chocolate malt , banana off pour, but gives way to faint grass and malt. Burnt black clove spice.

Taste is a little banana, but not much malt body or chewy-"ness". There is not much body in this beer and it's very wet for a doppelbock I think. The finish on your palate is also kind of dry with a strange sort of crispyness. This beer is muted, odd, tame.

I really think the nose on this is good, but there are so many things that dissapoint me about this beer that I really do not want it ever again even though you could drink it easily.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a very dark copper color - nearly brownish. Really no head to speak of, but there's some visible carbonation.

Smell: Sweet malty aroma, with some grain and caramel.

Taste: Lots of malty grains with sweetness - caramel comes in stronger towards the finish. There's some spices and brown sugar in there, and a bit of hop bitterness comes in at the finish and into the aftertaste (together with that caramel).

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and smooth, with lots of carbonation.

Drinkability: Pretty easy to drink, though the alcohol is definitely there.

A nice doppelbock that is a bit mellower than some others - and I mean that in a good way, as it helps drinkability and makes it a bit more unique. Quite tasty, but (unfortunately) also quite pricey.

Photo of TheKingofWichita
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black color with a thick tan head and some good lacing. Smells of dark fruits, sugar, malts, and some hidden hops. Tastes of sweet malts, chocolate, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, and maybe some prune. Mouthfeel is very thick and very nice. Easy to drink.

Photo of shooterCO
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass at cool temperature.

A- Red Mahogany, 2 fingers of head, dissipates quickly, no lacing
S- Rich, caramel, fruits, sugar, malty, as it gets warmer alcohol is more apparent
T- Rich, malty, hints of caramel
M- Full bodied, smooth
D- This isn't a beer you could drink many of, but this seems to be the way of a doppelbock (at least for me).

Overall a good beer, would definitely like to drink again; however $15 price tag is a little steep.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is kind of all over the 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.

Photo of slayer3604
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of mynie
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of jneiswender
3.05/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of DrJay
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of BeerNinja007
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of beeragent
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of emsroth
2.73/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

12oz bottle

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.

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of megahurts4
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of rtepiak
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of dudemuskie
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of largadeer
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of LewisMartin
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of skulk001
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
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

Augustiner Bräu Maximator from Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG
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