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Augustiner Bräu Maximator - Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG

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528 Ratings

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Ratings: 528
Reviews: 305
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 31
Gots: 39 | 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 Domingo
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of Offa
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of SykDoc
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of TheSarge
3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

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.

Photo of OtherShoe2
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of TLove
3.11/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

Photo of roadhouse
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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.

Photo of nick76
3.24/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of stewart124
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of tai4ji2x
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of nasty15108
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Photo of avalon07
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Photo of JoshuaCain
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Photo of albern
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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.

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

Photo of mj001jk
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of Halcyondays
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of a10t2
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
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).

Photo of nrpellegrini
4.43/5  rDev +13%
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.

Photo of vurt
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Augustiner Bräu Maximator from Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG
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