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Augustiner Bräu Maximator - Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG

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488 Ratings

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Ratings: 488
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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-25-2002)
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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
Photo of JoshuaCain
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.

JoshuaCain, Jan 15, 2009
Photo of albern
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.

albern, Dec 13, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
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.

beerthulhu, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of hopdog
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

hopdog, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of mj001jk
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.

mj001jk, Nov 19, 2008
Photo of Halcyondays
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.

Halcyondays, Nov 16, 2008
Photo of a10t2
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).

a10t2, Nov 12, 2008
Photo of nrpellegrini
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.

nrpellegrini, Oct 11, 2008
Photo of vurt
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

vurt, Sep 29, 2008
Photo of gmcfarre
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.

gmcfarre, Sep 26, 2008
Photo of KI9A
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.

KI9A, Aug 29, 2008
Photo of russpowell
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!

russpowell, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of superdedooperboy
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.

superdedooperboy, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of jwc215
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.

jwc215, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of dsa7783
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...

dsa7783, Aug 17, 2008
Photo of giblet
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, Jul 20, 2008
Photo of Hibernator
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.

Hibernator, Jul 12, 2008
Photo of jdhilt
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.

jdhilt, Jun 16, 2008
Photo of donteatpoop
3.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A dark amber color, with a bit of a lighter glow; very little head and practically no retention.

Smelled like molasses and nuts as well as a bit fruity.

The taste was very caramel heavy, not an overwhelming intense taste, but the caramel malts seemed to dominate the palate. A bit raisony as well.

donteatpoop, Jun 06, 2008
Photo of peabody
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out a cloudy amber with tan suds. Slight lacing.
Smell is sweet malt and toffee.
Taste is malty sweet. You can't tell that this is a 7.5% beer. Some hops here but the star is the sweet sugary malts.
Mouthfeel is a bit of candy sugar mixed with a slight hoppiness.
Good drinkable beer here.

peabody, Jun 02, 2008
Photo of Vancer
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Umm, clean and clear mahogany brown, capped with a nice tan head. Looking good in my SammyAdams freebie glass.

Sweet caramel malts arise in the aroma and cross over into the quaff. Not too sweet, not to hoppy - this one is just right. Just enough hop bite in the finish to tone down the initial sweetness. Nice.

Medium bodied and quite tasty. Put this on your dobblebock list.

Vancer, May 30, 2008
Photo of galante27
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my all time favorite beers...

If you are a fan of Dopplebock this is for you. From the Dark brown appearence to the smooth taste and lasting flavor this beer is def. one of Germany's finest.

Dispite its heavy taste which may turn off the lighter beer folks, this brew is good enough to be enjoyed all day.

I ran a Germanfest last weekend and this was a hit of the party, was and always will be a favorite.

galante27, May 19, 2008
Photo of letsgopens
3.4/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This Doppelbock pours a nice, clear, ruby-tinted amber with some copper highlights. The Frothy but rather airy beige head recedes quickly and leaves some sticky rings of lace.

Nutty with some dark fruit, molasses, honey, slight booze, and a hint of mineraliness. An fresh, grassy/spicy hop note is thrown in as well. Bright and juicy. Somewhat different smelling and very pleasant.

Mostly mild in flavor with some buttery caramel, brown biscuit, and a slight toasted nut character. Tons of malty sweetness. A hint of metallic flavor and a buttery finish. Decent tasting but rather run-of-the-mill.

Crisp initially with a smooth, buttery feel and some slight warmth in the end. Semidry with a lingering waxy malt feel on the tongue.

letsgopens, Apr 15, 2008
Photo of soupyman10
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one from a friend who didn't really know what he was drinking, but he made a good choice nonetheless. Pours a nice brown color with some copper highlights. A good finger of head that dissolves fairly quickly and doesn't really leave much lacing. Nose is lots of spicy toffee malt, dried fruit in there as well, some caramel and a touch of hops. Taste is similar. Strong on those fruit notes, and then a nice dose of sweet hops, a touch of chocolate in there as well. Feel is good, appropriate for the style, with good carbonation. Overall, quite a tasty doppelbock.

soupyman10, Apr 15, 2008
Augustiner Bräu Maximator from Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG
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