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Augustiner Bräu Maximator - Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG

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BA SCORE
88
very good

469 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 469
Reviews: 293
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 25
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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nick76

Florida

3.2/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

The aroma is sweet and malty with caramel, dark fruit, and a touch of vanilla. The appearance is deep amber with a small head. The taste is like the aroma with a definite cardboard taste and medicine, both of which ruin it. The palate is super smooth. Overall it suffers from side effects that just kill a great smelling beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2009 11:44:32 | More by nick76
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therica

Maryland

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We opened this 2-year old bottle right after we'd had a 2-year old bottle of N'Ice Chouffe 2006. They were somewhat very similar, to our surprise-- but the N'Ice Chouffe is a better beer.

A= chestnut-amber, modest dark head that didn't stay for long.

S= somewhat raisin-brandy with some nasal-astringent effects most likely from hops.

T= moderately smooth, pleasant, more like a holiday or winter-warmer beer, with traits of fruits but more subtle. Diminished in flavor by the N'Ice Chouffe 2006 we'd just sampled.

M= clean, slightly watery, nice.

D= at the price it might be a deterring challenge, but if you enjoy a more winter-holiday beer style and can't find it offseason, this would be a great choice.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2009 20:36:23 | More by therica
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Bung

Michigan

3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pretty dark amber, yet transluscent pour. Quite a bit of bubbles in this one. Head closer to dark tan, different than the white head I was expecting. Aroma is basic, some malt, hops, light fruits. Tastes is pretty straight forward with those same malts, light caramel, some real light red fruit and apple. Rather lively mouthfeel. Finishes clean as a whistle. This reminded me very much of the brews I sampled when in Southern Germany for work. Hasthat Beck's tang, not quite sure what else to call it, but many German beers seem to have it.
Not the things we've become accustomed to here in the US, but a very solid version and typical of a German Dopplebock. A clean refreshing break from heavier American craft brews.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2009 02:54:22 | More by Bung
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stewart124

Ohio

4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Amber in color with a tan head. Thick in the flute glass.

The smell is vanilla, floral notes with a tobacco finish.

There is a strong chewiness to this bock and lots of caramel. This caramel is backed up with a biscuity note. Soft and smooth mouthfeel. Very delicate and delicious.

The finish is soft and leaves a caramel note. Grape and raisins that linger on my tongue. A solid bock but a little waeker than I had pictured.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2009 02:21:02 | More by stewart124
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tai4ji2x

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle. no date found, although there are some funny notches printed on the label. i DO know that this poor sixer has been sitting in the fridge for quite a few months, maybe even more than half a year. oh well...

all bottles in the sixer have been mild gushers, which will affect the appearance score. that aside...

dark brown amber, with a gemstone quality. decent head fades to a solid ring. some thin rings of lace here and there.

aroma of maltose syrup and dark caramel. raisin fruitiness. faint grassy hop. hint of molasses.

malt and caramel is rich, with cherry fruit underneath and in the back end. gentle hop bitterness for subtle balance, but then more malt and fig/date fruitiness, plus trace of phenols in the back. (these latter qualities border on cloying, but not quite.)

smooth with light syrupy texture. carbonation is light, but spritzy and gives lift.

not very fresh, but glad i got to try it anyway. i was surprised to even find this, thinking that i would never get to try an augustiner brew until i someday actually made it to germany.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2009 06:49:30 | More by tai4ji2x
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nasty15108

New York

4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Poured a deep dark brown color. The pour produced a head to thick tan foam that quickly subsides into a thin film.

S - Aroma of dark ripe fruit, nuts and chocolate. A great rasinette smell.

T - More of the same. Liquid Rasinettes.

MF&D - Smooth, creamy and extremely drinkable for a 7.5% ABV. If you are a Doppelbock fan (and I am), you have to check this one out, its one of the best out there.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2009 23:57:17 | More by nasty15108
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avalon07

South Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsener glass. Had a brown color and a clear consistency. There was a big, long-lasting head and average lacing.

S: Smelled of malt, sugar and alcochol.

T: Taste consisted of brown sugar, malt and a fair amount of alcohol. Not the most overwhelmingly brilliant taste, but decent.

M: A fairly well-carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: On the whole this is a drinkable beer, though it's probably not something I'd seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2009 13:47:15 | More by avalon07
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JoshuaCain

California

4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours an interesting reddish-brown with a thin tan head. head dissipates rather quickly.
aroma is a little understated, malt and black tea with a little caramel and plum in the back.
tastes quite nice. big maltiness up front, as expected, with brown sugar, figs and earth. there is a sharp resinous hop presence in the finish, adding a bit of balance to the sweetness.
mouthfeel is good, very creamy and rich. carbonation is a little weak, but that doesn't detract from the experience.
overall a really nice doppelbock, I wish I had bought a few more.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2009 01:08:54 | More by JoshuaCain
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albern

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a solid doppelbock with no real surprises. The beer pours a very syrupy dark mahogany with not much lacing, zero retention. The look of the beer is syrupy thick sweet brown sugar. The aroma on the beer is thick sweet malts, molasses, caramel, and raisins, perhaps a bit of alcohol soaked pineapple. There is a definite liqueur feel to this beer.

The taste is pretty commenserate with the aroma, lots of brown sugar sweetness, lots of caramel sweet malts, molasses, some alcohol soaked heavy fruit presence. There is a raisiny and sweet pineapple flavor to the beer, mostly raisin though. The beer has a definite syrupy liqueur mouthfeel, a warming alcohol presence throughout. The beer is cloyingly sweet, low carbonation, and very typical for the style. The alcohol is kept in check, and there is not the difficult throaty burn so characteristic of the style. This is a sipping beer for those like me who are only okay with this style and not really big fans.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2008 22:10:26 | More by albern
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a beautiful cranberry-amber with a compact light beige head. Visible carbonation was medium.

S: some tart cranberries, a sweet fruitiness and caramel.

T: The flavor was fruity and tart with cranberries, apples and sweet caramel. There was also toasted grains, raisins and spicy alcohol fusels before finishing with toasted caramel.

M: medium full with a light sour fruitiness and a light fizziness from the carbonation. A light chewiness.

D: Good drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2008 01:56:11 | More by beerthulhu
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle.

This one poured a dark ruby red color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of breadiness, dark fruits and molasses. Tastes of brown sugar, dark fruits and molasses. All around malty. Light alcohol in the finish.

Notes from 4/7/05

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2008 15:18:31 | More by hopdog
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mj001jk

California

4.22/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber double-bock with a hazel head that quickly disappears. Aroma is dark and rich like that of raisins, it has a sweet, syrup-like character that extends into the flavor profile. Malts are rich, taste honey-roasted and lingers on the finish. This is a very tasty beer but the sweetness may limit the numbers you can down in one sitting.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2008 06:58:24 | More by mj001jk
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Halcyondays

California

4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a red brown with a somewhat fizzy off-white head.

S: Strong smell of brown sugar and malt, molasses, a very sweet scent.

T: Classic doppelbock flavour. Heavy on the malt and residual sugar, brown sugar is dominant throughout the whole drink.

M: Extremely sweet, tons of residual sugar, has a good feel, but I think it needs more body to balance all the sugar.

D: Nice doppel, $18 a sixer though, so I'd only buy it as a single. Good beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2008 02:25:10 | More by Halcyondays
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a10t2

Colorado

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Medium brown color with copper tones when held to the light. Thin off-white head dissipates quickly, but a light foam remains on top. Good lacing given the ABV.

S: Rich, almost saccharine malt sweetness, bready yeast aromas and some hints of dried plums and raisins. Some alcohol in the background.

T: A bit of booze up front, then rich caramel and toasted malt flavors. Not sweet per se, just very very malty.

M: Much drier than the appearance and smell would suggest. Carbonation is evident but helps to keep things light. A very subtle heat in the throat, and then my mouth feels tragically empty.

D: Extremely high. Most doppelbocks are sweet enough to wear out their welcome, but I drank three of these in a sitting (in hindsight, not the best idea).

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2008 06:02:38 | More by a10t2
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nrpellegrini

Maryland

4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep brown color with a nice tan head that stuck around. Smelled of cinnamon spices and malts. Tasted sweet and caramel malts. A smooth spice going on in there and maybe some bread texture. This beer was incredibly smooth, almost like a cola at times, with the close to creamy mouthfeel. I wanted more, it went down easy.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2008 15:49:26 | More by nrpellegrini
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vurt

Oregon

4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle purchased at Alpine Market in Torrance, CA. Enjoyed in a Becker glass.

Appearance:
Deep ruddy brown and perfectly clear, with rich amber highlights. The head is a rich golden tan, the color of flan, and is dense with a finely beaded texture. It disappears and leaves behind a thin collar after 5-10 minutes.

Smell:
Very sweet up front, loaded with brown sugar and caramel on a foundation of rich, dry malt. There is also a light red plum fruitiness, juicy and slightly tart. Other notes include molasses, golden raisins, dried figs, leather, and a burst of alcohol.

Taste:
Malty with a caramel sweetness at first, though less sweet than it smells. Bready through the middle, with a satisfying nutty/grainy flavor like bran flakes. This beer also has a delicious slightly salty character. The finish is quite fruity, like a tawny port, with a delicate herbal licorice note at the very end which dries the beer and gets your palate ready for the next sip. Wonderfully savory and moreish.

Mouthfeel:
Carbonation feels a bit low for the style, but I'm not complaining. Medium-bodied and full of flavor, but doesn't coat the palate. Smooth, graceful, and chewy. Less sticky than you'd expect from the sweetness.

Drinkability:
Perilously drinkable, considering its strength. Full of flavor, yet rather light of body, with an appealing fruitiness and soft carbonation. A very tasty version of the style which I would happily drink again.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2008 01:29:41 | More by vurt
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gmcfarre

Colorado

3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into imperial pint glass

A - Pours a ruby tinted brown that is fairly clear especially for its dark color. Light tan head is massive, starting at 2 inches and falling steadily to 1/4 inch, leaving bits of lacing all the way.

S - Strong sweet notes of raisin and molasses immediately hint the nose. Maple syrup comes to mind as well. A touch of alcohol. Obviously, the dark malt dominates the scent.

T - Starts with a sweet, dark fruity malt flavor that for an instant has a cola quality. Fig, raisin and plum flavors cascade over the tongue. Finish is still sweet and full with a touch of dryness.

M - Smooth and dense with mild carbonation. Full bodied with smooth residual sticky sweetness at the finish. A bit oily.

D - A drinkable and enjoyable take on the doppelbock. A dark malt bomb with manageable alcohol content. Worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2008 21:46:19 | More by gmcfarre
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KI9A

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark molasses, poofy tan head, almost syrupy.

S: It's all there. Bread, big malts, booze.

T: Again, everything I look for from my favorite style. Dark fruits, malt, sweetness, bread. Cinnamon, molasses.

M/D: Heavy, as expected. A bit of a metallic taste hung around, as expected from this style. Not a hot summer days beer, but, certainally a nice one to finish the night off with. This came close to a 5 on taste. Ranks up there with Celebrator ( my favortite of all beers!), but, not quite there.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2008 21:32:02 | More by KI9A
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours brown/chestnut with 3 fingers of rocky tan head. Minimal head & lacing, some viscosity to this

S: Brown bread, nice spiciness, at touch of smokeynesss & cinnamon

T: Brown bread, brown sugar, slight peppery notes & toffee up front. Some boozeyness, slight metallic & herbal hops as this warms, along with ginger & brown bread as this warms. Finishes with brown bread, spiceyness, & dryness. Almost pulled a 5.0

MF: Medium bodied, chewy with low carbonation. More malt depth please

Drinks great, don't' remember coming across this in Germany, Super solid dopplebock!

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2008 08:01:20 | More by russpowell
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superdedooperboy

Georgia

4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a stemmed pilsner glass.

Color is a beautiful deep, crystal clear ruby-brown. A thin bubbly tan head forms and quickly fades, leaving absolutely no trace of its existence on the glass.

Aroma is almost entirely of sweet milk chocolate. Combined with the color, this is one very inviting brew for one with a sweet tooth such as mine.

Taste is dominated by sweet bread, maple, and chocolate. A bit of alcohol glows through in the middle as the beer warms, signaling its strength, which is otherwise masked by the (often cloyinging) sweet flavor and aroma. A small bittering from hops peeks through in the finish, leaving a slightly dry, bittersweet aftertaste.

This is one full-bodied beer; the very little amount of carbonation makes it almost syrupy in consistency, and, true to the style, it is very filling. Every time I drink a good Doppelbock, I understand fully how Martin Luther could have sustained himself on the substance during fasting.

Overall, not the best Doppelbock I've tried, but certainly a good reminder of why I love the style so much.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2008 03:00:56 | More by superdedooperboy
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jwc215

Wisconsin

4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours mahogany with ruby highlights and a fluffy/creamy tan head.

The smell is of caramel/toffee with a hint of raisins and dark cherry.

The taste is of sweet maltiness - caramel/toffee - towards chocolate, with a hint of something rum-like and some raisins and dark cherries. An earthy bitterness keeps it balanced, though it remains firmly on the sweet side of the spectrum. A touch of warming alcohol comes through in the sweetish finish.

It has a rich, creamy body with enough carbonation to keep it from being syrupy or thick.

Wonderfully delicious. Traditional, yet unique. One I will keep in mind when in the mood for a malty doppelbock - nice maltiness here.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2008 02:36:49 | More by jwc215
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dsa7783

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single, twelve-ounce bottle just purchased from New Beer Distributors on Chyrstie Street in Manhattan...
Pours a ruby-red, deep, tawny, ruddy-colored hue with a minimal head that quickly dissipated and left a very minor amount of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Thick, rich, malty aroma replete with dark grapes, figs, and prunes...
Taste had a thick, rich, malt-backbone with strong nuaces of figs, prunes, dates, dehydrated fruits, and dark, candied sugars...
Creamy, thick, rich, full-bodied mouthfeel along with a pretty good level of drinkability for such a flavorful and strong brew...
Not bad...
Worth a shot...

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2008 20:29:16 | More by dsa7783
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giblet

Ohio

3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Maximator. i heard that people that do this either go blind or have hairy palms...oh well. i tried this cuz it was new. it is pretty darn good. poured nice with three eights inch of head that settled quickly. nice deep amber color. nice carbonation. decent lace down the glass. roasted malt but not overpowering. nice tasty beer.

suckem up and movem out.

giblet

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2008 22:14:36 | More by giblet
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Hibernator

Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Augustiner Brau Maximator
12 oz brown bottle
Served in an Allagash tulip glass

Pours a chestnut brown with a mini head on top.

Whiffs of sweet caramel drip and dark fruits.

Extremely malty with hints of juicy caramel, prunes, milk chocolate, cocoa and walnuts. I like the balance of heavy malts and a strong nutty punch. A solid doppelbock overall and quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2008 05:03:32 | More by Hibernator
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a four finger light tan head that fades quickly, leaving traces of lace. Clear mahogany color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Slight malty nose. Flavor is nutty, caramel easy to drink. $2.85 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2008 22:34:11 | More by jdhilt
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