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Augustiner Bräu Maximator - Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG

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487 Ratings

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Ratings: 487
Reviews: 294
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 28
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of GRG1313
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark black red that you can't see through with a short and thin white head. Very pretty when poured and with a quick swirl.

Nose is all fresh black cherry with undertones of candi sugar and malt.

Mouthfeel is nice, bold, thick and creamy.

Pleasant and assertive creamy carmel and toffee with creamed coffee and cherry undertones.
Very nice flavors with complexities and layers. Hint of sweetness of cherries and plums.

Finishes with creamy sweet coffee, carmel and toffee flavors and very end is cocoa and chocolate.

This is a nice beer and would likely go well with many different foods, especially spicy, grilled or BBQ. Could also pair with many desserts, although you likely couldn't drink a lot of this because of it's sweet character.

GRG1313, Aug 16, 2009
Photo of tempest
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this as a dessert beer at Tap and Table in Emmaus, PA for $5 a bottle. This is a sweet and simple beer, and I was happy to end the night with it. I don't mean to say the beer was cloying, it certainly had a dry edge to it, but the flavors were big and tasty cocoa and fruit notes that included red grape, apple, and sweet cherries. The semi-sweet chocolate flavor led things off, but the aftertaste trailed off too quickly. Overall the beer drank well, but the flavor and feel were just too thin for this to be a great beer. Worth a try though.

tempest, Aug 15, 2009
Photo of JohnnyWong
4.68/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Caramel colored with a nice creamy head. Sweet malt aromas with caramel and a hint of nut. Fantastic flavor. Deep layers of caramel but not syrupy. Just enough hops to make this a nice balanced doppel. Clean finish. A bit thin on the body but overall a terrific beer

JohnnyWong, Jul 17, 2009
Photo of americanaqualung
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark caramel, coffee almost like cola or a maple/oak wood. Some reddish hues. A small head of about one and a half fingers, leaves a thin head after dissipating.

S - I get fruity malt smell. Smells sweet and caramel, maybe brown sugar.

T - The taste is a little more subdued than the smell, but the same accents are there. The malt is smooth and there is a little bite at the end of the beer.

M - Smooth, a little tingly. Doesn't leave the mouth dry. Doesn't feel as heavy on the mouth as I'd expect from such a dark beer.

D - I like this beer. I feel that it goes good with a rich meal, like steak, or after a meal. It is definitely not a fast drinking beer as it is a little on the heavier side.

americanaqualung, Jul 15, 2009
Photo of erz316
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle into brooklyn brewery pokal.

A - one finger head starts dissipating really quickly. very light coffee color. body is a real dark orange-brown, almost like a dark wooden colour.

S - real malty, I think that fizz character I can smell if properly defined as a caramel note by the professionals. a good amount of aroma for an ice cold beer.

T - malty sweetness with some dark ripened fruits coming along to join to party, alcohol is like a fruity liqueur during the finish: a delectable taste indeed. after taste is primarily ripe fruit malts.

MF&D - good bubbles and a weight to the body that makes its a good, solid, drink.

erz316, Jun 06, 2009
Photo of ArrogantB
3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark chestnut color poured into a pilsener glass, little head to be found but it still looks like a good beer. It smells quite malty, a hint of chocolate, smells decent. The mouthfeel is a little weird and I can;t quite say why, flavor is good and malty, a little hint of maple syrup. This was a decent enough dopplebock but I probably won't revisit this again.

ArrogantB, May 31, 2009
Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my dimpled mug, this doppel appears a dark brown color with a good two fingers of light tan foam. A big dose of sweet caramelized malt dominates the aroma and flavor, followed by notes of bitter hops, milk chocolate, raisins, a touch of molasses, dark bread, medium toasted grains. Bordering on full bodied with adequate carbonation. Very nice.

ClockworkOrange, May 25, 2009
Photo of SetarconeX
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Really a good looking brew. Nice and dark, with a hint of redness to it. Plenty of froth on top. Smells like raisins and malt, fairly thickly. Tastes pretty raisiny, with a lot more alcohol flavor than you get in some other doppelbocks. Lighter, and more airy than might be expected in a beer of this strength and color.

A strong and fairly tasty brew. Definitely one to try.

SetarconeX, May 21, 2009
Photo of ThirstyBird
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass
A - Pours a Medium coppery brown with a light tan head. The heads is making a loud fizzing sound as it quickly falls to a skim.
S - Rich malt presence up front - I get brown sugar. Darker fruit odor follows.
T - Big malty, brown sugar, some bready taste, some booziness. Dark fruit as it lingers on the taste buds.
M/F - Medium body. A bit chewy. Carbonation is quite high and a little course.
D - This is pretty enjoyable. If the carbonation was a bit lower/smoother this would really pump it up in my view.

ThirstyBird, May 07, 2009
Photo of Domingo
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Beejay for this one. I haven't even seen this in Munich, although I'll be sure to look for it on my next trip.
Pours a medium to deep brown color with a fair amount of head.
The smell's definitely subdued more than I expected. Faint chocolately malts and a little bit of huskiness are really all that's there.
The taste is pretty unusual compared to what I expected. It's sweet and malty, but not THAT sweet. Reminds me of a stronger Munich dunkel. There are notes of caramel, cocoa, and even marachino cherries, but nothing beats you over the head. It's pretty unlike any other doppelbock I've ever had. Much like their other beers, the finish is the cleanest you will ever have. Supposedly this is related to their underground water source. That clean finish will have you coming back for more.
The 7.5% ABV is almost completely hidden. Drinkability is nearly maxed on this one. The flavor isn't as bold, but it nearly goes down like a normal dunkel.

Not the boldest, biggest, or most flavorful doppelbock, but definitely one of the most drinkable. I like how Augustiner doesn't follow the typical path. It might not always be the absolute best (although it often is), but it's different.

Domingo, May 01, 2009
Photo of Offa
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a tasty doppelbock with a definite milk-chocolate quality.

Deep reddish brown, slightly murky, it has a medium-big tan head steadily shrinking to a thin ring and wisps and leaving no lace.

The aroma is caramel, wine, raisins, dark toasted bread, hints of chocolate and spicey molasses. Overall, verynice.

The taste is good but not up to the aroma. It has a lot of vague caremlised & stewed fruit with wine a hint of pepper with a light bite, and a little creamy, rich milk chocolate. It's tasy and easy to drink but not as complex or rich as some others.

Offa, Apr 08, 2009
Photo of SykDoc
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It pours a deep ruby red with no sediment. A thick 1.5 inch tan head from and slowly recedes to a nice lacing.

The smell is quite good with healthy notes of dark from and caramel from the malts. A mild bread/yeast component is also present and chocolate hides out in the background.

The taste was a little underwhelming, as I remember it having a better taste in the past. Again, dark fruit and caramel malts with the hops hiding behind. There was also a metallic taste and a secondary bitter/spicy component at the finish. Alcohol is noticeable but not too much.

The mouthfeel was back up again. I like the lingering spicy/bitter feeling. The carbonation was right for the thickness. This is nominally full bodied and starts out crisp and finishes quite smooth and clean.

Overall, I think this is a very drinkable beer. I do wish the malts had presented a bit more intensely on the taste but overall, a very good dopplebock. I do keep my eyes open for it, cause it is quite good.

SykDoc, Apr 07, 2009
Photo of TheSarge
3.28/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Augustiner's Dopplebock pours typically a quick foaming head that dissipates quickly. It is somewhat like a cola in appearance, to include a dark ruby red body, and a light tan head.

Aromas are metallic, cola, and slightly herbal.

The taste is sweet and somewhat chocolaty.

This brew feels a little thin at first, but warms up a bit in the end.

This is a good mainstay doppelbock. Nothing too out of the ordinary, but very reliable.

TheSarge, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of LauraAlberts
4.58/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this into a Kwak glass from a 12oz bottle.

Appearance: Beautiful dark ruby-burnt orange color when observed in the light.

Smell: Honey, Maple Syrup, Dark Fruit.

Taste: Smooth ease into a dark honey, not sweet flavor. Then the fruit flavors come out and spread across the palate for a hint of grapefruit/cherries flavor that turns bitterish towards the finish. Settles well midpalate for a warm aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Refreshing at first with a long slightly dry finish that causes me to salivate after the beer has been swallowed - needing/wanting another sip.

Drinkablility: A beautiful beer that can be savored and sipped. I wouldn't overdo it with this one/however it does go down fast due to the nature of the mouthfeel and effect on the salivatory glands. Medium to full bodied beer that I would definitely grab up if I saw it in a store. Savor during a cool night on the dock, back porch, or while waiting for something. A delicious Doppelbock.

LauraAlberts, Apr 01, 2009
Photo of OtherShoe2
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with some reddish highlights. Some foam and light lace.

Good aromas here. Very German -- sweet malt, brown sugar, dark fruit.

Well balanced flavors -- some brown sugar, brown bread, dark fruit/prune, good sweet malt, a little hop bitterness, and some alcohol (but not very noticeable). A little sourness in the end, but kinda the tartness you get from eating a piece of bread (as your palate clears) - nothing to get in a twist about.

Smooth, light carbonation, medium body.

Overall, I found this doppelbock extremely drinkable for the style. No overly cloying flavors - in fact, fairly reserved for the style, but not in a watered-down way. No off flavors, and even at 7.5%, you didn't notice the alcohol. This pint went down much faster than others of the style. No super heavy flavors that force you to take small sips. Because of the drinkability factor, a great gateway for an introduction to the style.

OtherShoe2, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of TLove
3.15/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a bottle at Chevy Chase Liquors, DC.

Color is translucent brown, a bit murky.

Aroma is very strong and caramely, but has a sour quality to it that initially made me think the beer went bad.

Taste is not very subtle, with citrus, green raisins, and a bit of chocolate maltiness. A sweetness of candied fruit.

Rolled around in the mouth well, balancing the sweet and sour tastes of the fruits.

Did not finish particularly well, as it was not very full-bodied or smooth and finished with a bit of an awkward tingle on the tongue.

TLove, Mar 16, 2009
Photo of roadhouse
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pilsener glass.

Appears a clear mahogany reddish color with a one inch light tan head. Retains a cap well and leaves some moderate lacing on the glass.

Aroma is insane with raisins, tons of caramel sweetness, some toasty malt, a very slight chocolate note as well.

Taste has lots of sweet sugary caramel to start, again a bit dose of raisin dark fruit character, and some toasted malt. A slight mineral character in the finish, with lingering dark fruit and caramel.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, quite creamy consistency. Rather easy to drink, but not one you want more than two of at a time.

Very impressed by this one. I didn't know if it was wise to spend $13 on a beer I hadn't tried before but this time it was worth it.

roadhouse, Mar 16, 2009
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep mahogany ruby tinged tone with a large tan head that seems to be rather resilient during my session with the 12 oz portion. Lacing is thin and sparse but nonetheless an appetizing brew for sure. Aromatics contain big ripe layers of raisin, green apples, and plums with a touch of sour acidic wild brew action and maybe a smidget of cocoa powder. Flavor is toothache sweet almost like liquified green apples and raisins sits a bit heavy on the tartness and sweetness together. The strange tartness and unique yeast flavors don't really work in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied and is basically a meal compared to most lagers out there, sweet throughout the session does weigh in a bit cloying with absolutely no balancing act going down. Carbonation is pretty mellow but overall it's tough to stomach, overall drinkability is weak but it's a less alcholic version than Salvator or Celebrator both of those kick this versions ass.

WVbeergeek, Mar 07, 2009
Photo of nick76
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.

nick76, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of therica
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.

therica, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of Bung
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.

Bung, Feb 27, 2009
Photo of stewart124
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.

stewart124, Feb 27, 2009
Photo of tai4ji2x
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.

tai4ji2x, Feb 12, 2009
Photo of nasty15108
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.

nasty15108, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of avalon07
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.

avalon07, Jan 23, 2009
Augustiner Bräu Maximator from Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG
88 out of 100 based on 487 ratings.