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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:
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Germany

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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sinstaineddemon

Connecticut

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

A - dark dark read, nearly black beer, with a thinwhite head, that laces and rims the glass quickly

S - very sickly sweet, like dark fruits, like dates, with a hint of toffee or caramel, very overpowering

T - coffee bitterness at first, then a dark roasted, burnt caramel flavor, definitely a roasted malt flavor, very tasty

M - smooth and tasty, maybe to sickly sweet for some

D - high, easy to pound

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2006 01:44:17 | More by sinstaineddemon
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle. The beer literally exploded when I opened the bottle (2 bottles in a row). Once it was poured it looked really good, dark reddish brown with lots of carbonation and foam. It smelled malty and sweet, and sugars dominated the flavor too. A really good doppelbock. I'll make a point of getting it again.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2006 13:24:42 | More by TurdFurgison
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clabaugh

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with some ruby interspersed. Abundant head with a sandy color bubbling to the rim of glass. Retains admirably, with fair lacing.

Smell: Chocolately malts and juicy, vine-ripened fruit. Subtly earthy, and very natural. Perhaps some butter in the nose as well.

Taste: Milk chocolate and, yes, the hops emerge! Acutely bitter in a floral character. Sweet and warming, almost of honey. Wait, very much honey. Pastry-like malts make for a truly decadent taste. Dessert-like really in its flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: Exquisitely creamy with a touch of carbonation. Leaves a nice, slick coating on the mouth. Almost chewy, lives up to the designation "liquid bread."

Drinkability: The flavor is exquisite, but the alcohol is surely palpable. Mildly filling, but a great experience. Fine beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2006 02:06:18 | More by clabaugh
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MuenchenerKindl

Germany

4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a std. pt. glass Nice deep dark liquid with a rising thick Carmel head. Very nice indeed.

Smell is very inviting. Carmel, roasty malts, coffee, hints of fruit.

taste is in line with the smells. Malts roasted to perfection and hoped for the perfect palate sensation in only the way monks devoted to there faith and practicing for hundreds of years can do. These brothers are legendary, this beer does testify.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, perfect carbonation for the style.

Drinkability is very high. It is hard to stop, 12oz is just not enough. How about 1/2L. This is your fathers fathers fathers fathers fathers fathers fathers and so on, Dopplebach! MK

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2006 04:43:38 | More by MuenchenerKindl
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Lnedrive14

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Mahagony, amber red, someone described it as red raisin, which i liked. Huge head - HUGE - really pretty. head was very fluffy, not thick like you sometimes see.

S/T: Raisins, caramel, mild malt character. Flavors were robust and complex. Major complaint here was that it was too sweet. I enjoy the subtle sweetness of dopplebocks, but it was just too prevalent here. Shadowed away some of the other flavors.

M/T: Light, fluffy, delicious. Drinkability takes a hit for the sweetness. I liked the first couple sips, but after that it got to be a bit too much.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2006 19:52:44 | More by Lnedrive14
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jaluria

Connecticut

4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a lovely ruby-black with red hues at the bottom of my goblet. A soft, cream colored head developed and stayed for just a few moments. Little carbonation was detected. Aromas of mocha, alcohol, salt, cream, and dried fruit. The taste was dominated by malt, but there were plenty of fruity flavors. A subtle cream flavor was detectable in the finish adding an additional layer of smoothness. Easy to drink, easy to enjoy. This was a flavorful and exciting doppelbock; very satisfying.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2006 12:57:44 | More by jaluria
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yelterdow

New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found in the cold case at Andy's Corner in Bogota the night of the big doppelbock night featuring Celebrator on tap. This beer was suggested by someone more "in the know" than myself about the style.

Served at just over fridge temperature in a doppelbock glass. No freshness code that I could find.

Appearance- First of all, a very cool thing... after popping the bottlecap, a subtle, yet constant carbonation inside the bottle elevates a little nub of foam out the top. It's neat, I've never seen that before.

Anyway, the beer *glugs* a raisiny reddish brown, with a nice three finger light tan head that pops and fizzles its way down to a thick mat. Just a tiny amount of lacing drifts behind, this looks like a good solid doppel.

Smell- Mmmmm.... the aromas of chocolate ice cream, figs, dates, maybe a little coffee, and a great big wallop of malts jump out of the class with finesse. Slick and sweet on the nose, this is one of the greatest smelling beers I've ever sampled. A nutty character, like Frangelica soaked cake, is certainly evident. Wonderfully big, complex, and remarkable.

Taste- I am taken by surprise that the notes of dark fruit and alcohol are so far upfront with this beer... An old ale character is joining the beautiful display of rich, malt tones and ending, mellow hop bitterness. The flavor profile overall, in terms of character and depth, is extraordinary. This is a *must-try* doppelbock.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Light as could be... but nicely done. There is still a slickness to the mouthfeel which elevates it above your typical lager or bockbier... almost like there is a fine presence of sediment throughout the tasting. I love it though, and it feels right for the beer. I am seriously sipping and enjoying the rest of this bottle completely, as I have never seen this before and maybe won't again in the near future.

High, high praise for this wonderfully satisfying doppelbock.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2006 02:09:35 | More by yelterdow
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bigdeuce

Pennsylvania

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

I must say, this is a very good dopplebock. Nice coffe, caramel undertones, beautiful head on the pour. Very smooth creamy mouthfeel with some wicked hops kickback at the end. Smells of cocoa and caramel, with the alcohol being present. Warms ya up too. I really enjoyed and recommend this one!

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2006 22:57:46 | More by bigdeuce
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Golden2wenty1

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a single at Steve's on University several months ago.

Exploded upon opening, forcing the frantic "shove the bottle in your mouth and drink foam until it subsides" move. Eventually, the pour was headless and dark mahogany. Nose includes caramel and dark fruits. Taste starts with the vinuous dark fruit, transitioning into bready, sweet caramel malt and warming alcohol. Mouthfeel was typically rich for a doppelbock. Overall a decent, "authentic" tasting doppebock, but I can't help but prefer a local Capital Blonde Dopplebock or Autumnal Fire anyday.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2006 04:35:31 | More by Golden2wenty1
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Naes

New York

3.13/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

There is a very tall dark tan head floating on top of this dark brown doppelbock.
The aroma is of dark malts and fruit. Cherries and raisins surface with a bit of bread smell.
The flavor is not as pronounced as the aroma would imply. It is malty sweet with a fruity base and hints of caramel malt.
Mouth feel is full bodied and a bit under carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2006 00:23:52 | More by Naes
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this at the Augustiner restaurant, Marienplatz, Munich.

A: Light mohoganny, off-white head, little retention, nice lace.

S: Bready, caramel & spice.

T: Malty sweet, dark fruit, caramel, a little nut, slight spice.

M: Moderate to full body is creamy, moderate carbonation. (4-4.5).

D: Almost exceptional.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2006 22:45:14 | More by Derek
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crwills

Ontario (Canada)

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

Poured from a standard-sized bottle into a pint glass. A darkish brown with copper highlights and a nice 1/2" head. Looks less carbonated than others of the style (which is probably a good thing).

Smell is rich and fruity -- raisins, plums, very bready. Some sour berries, alcohol, and a bit of toasty malt essence.

Taste is heavy on the raisins and dates, with some chocolate notes and roasted malts. As it warms, the flavour of fresh bread becomes more prominent and this beer really begins to improve. Definitely better at the warmer end of the temperature range for this style.

Slightly bitter and mildly sour aftertaste, and a moderately big mouthfeel for a lager. Overall not bad, but definitely not my favourite doppelbock.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2006 02:16:09 | More by crwills
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connecticutpoet

Connecticut

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

Having this just after their Edelstoff... this one looks MUCH better. Glad I picked this one for last.

This one is a very dark red, clear beer with a one finger, foamy head that slowly subsided into a thin layer with clinging lace.

Aroma... WOW! LOTS of molasses, dark fruits, a hint of roasted malts, and a little bit sweet. But this was just like opening a bottle of Grandma's molasses before making a batch of baked beans.

The taste... again, WOW! Strong dark malts, sweet, hints of molasses and bitter chocolate, dark fruits. Aftertaste was of slightly roasted malt.

Mouthfeel was good, a little syrupy, but rich and chewy, as befits such a malt bomb.

Drinkability... really good, but a little too sweet for extended drinking. One bottle was enough for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2006 03:46:21 | More by connecticutpoet
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Poured a two and a half finger head wich evaporated in a bit more than a minute. A nice watery black/brown color. No visible lacing.

Smell- Lots of malt and sweet dark fruits.

Taste- Just like the smell, the flavor was a great sweet malt mixed with dark fruits and candy sugars.

Mouthfeel- A sweet palate overall witha lager like drinkability. Except one with more alcohol than most lagers.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2006 04:08:48 | More by scruffwhor
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Franchise

Oregon

3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a silky dark brown and leaves a sticky beige head that lingers in the glass. As I smell this beer I can really get the caramal a faint alcohol smell as well as the chocolate and a dark fruit essence. The taste is slightly sweet with a def bitter chocolate malty presence and a finish of hops and alcohal. I can also feel a sense of warmth as this beer flows down the throat. This is a decent brew that has a great finish and is pretty balanced. Although could be better for the style and price.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2005 03:42:31 | More by Franchise
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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

A complexly malted lager with a depth of character that's all grain deriven. From molasass to dark fruits to a rich meaty character, this beer puts on a show while never letting this hophead miss the underplayed lupids.

Deep ruby/crimson in color, the masculine glow shows brilliant clarity even hedging on dark brown hues. A formitable froath builds a lightly tanned head the reduces to a dainty lace around the rim, leaving pockets of foam behind. A very handsome looking beer.

Aromas of dates and figs start the malty-rich scent. Low on esters, these fruity aromas are part of the profile of dark malts and mature alcohols. Low on hops, the aroma relies on a depth of malt character, including melanoidins, bready notes, oxidized character of soy sauce, toast/bread crusts, sherry, and subtle chocolate whiffs. Again, very complex and without any hop influence outside of a mild herbal earthiness.

Sweetness starts the beer, but quickly develops into a depth of malt character that pushes the early sweetness into a robust maltiness of toast, deeply caramelized sugars, starches, and protiens, sorghum or molasass, and with the same soft coffee and chocolate character found in nose. The developed malt character leaves impressions of sherry, dates, figs, raisons, soy sauce and something that reminds me of Cracker Jack ballpark candies. Very smooth flavors fly in the face of such strong maltiness but this beer miraculously pulls it off. Zero flaws and ideally balanced.

Rich and robust textures early have a smooth and long fade into a toasty, semi-dry finish that leaves the linger of molasass and cocoa on the mouth, seemingly of cola soft drinks. Smooth warming and just enough hop balance to prevent the beer from cloying, the beer finishes palatable and digestible.

While fitting the moniker of the beer being 'liquid bread' I could see myself as a monk for a month and a half during lent if they fasted- giving up food for this fortifying elixor.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2005 15:02:01 | More by BEERchitect
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Darkest tawny that becomes particulate-filled crimson with backlighting. The smallish head of sand colored foam is too soft and is, therefore, short-lived, almost featureless and not a very good lace generator. I've seen better dobbelbocks in the looks department.

The underpowered nose leans more toward dark caramel and dark fruit than it does toward chocolate-cocoa. Slightly musty, (probably) noble hops are noted and keep me from loving what I'm smelling. I hope it'll expand a bit with warming, but for now the aroma is merely passable.

Maximator is much better on the palate. There's definitely no shortage of flavor. The beer is well-malted, although not abundantly so for the style. Chocolate-cocoa is still subservient to caramel, fruit and nuts. In fact, with a little more chocolatiness, this stuff could be the beer equivalent of a Cadbury Fruit & Nut candy bar (plump, juicy raisins and chunks of pecan).

Warming brings depth, as it so often does, and the discovery of new and interesting facets of the flavor gem. I'm surprised that the beer I experienced with my first sip (no slouch, mind you) has turned into the beer that I'm experiencing now. If you like your doppelbocks fig and date and raisin fruity, then you'll love this one. There's a perfectly modulated sweetness that remains in tune throughout.

The body/mouthfeel, while good, doesn't tempt me to break out the big scores. It's as big as it needs to be and no more. It's also smooth, soft and subtly carbonated. I'm sure it isn't easy to completely bury an ABV of 7.5%, but Augustiner-Brau Wagner has done just that.

Good things come to those who wait. After pouring, looking at and smelling Maximator, I was less than impressed. It won me over, though. In the end, I consider it to be one of the better doppelbocks that I've had the opportunity to drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2005 15:51:26 | More by BuckeyeNation
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beveragecaptain

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. This beer has a very dark brown color with a light brown head. The aroma is a very potent combination of dough and prunes. Huge malt flavor that is quite sweet. Other flavors include dough and caramel. There is a little bitter flavor in the finish, but overall this is very sweet. Mouthfeel is creamy. Low carbonation. A good choice if you like malty beers.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2005 01:14:38 | More by beveragecaptain
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Beertracker

Oklahoma

4.63/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Augustiner Bräu Maximator is best served at traditional cellar temperatures (50-55F) & pours up with defiant nobelity into a house Willibecker (0.5L). A well defined cream colored head generously tops the deep reddish-brown body, but collapses gently due to the alcohol. The aroma is envitingly rich with lots of melanoidins & toasted grains that's reminiscent of freshly baked soda bread. Hints of fruitiness (e.g. applesauce raisin bread, carmelized raisins & plum pudding) and alcohol interplay nicely at the rim of the glass. The flavor starts off very rich & grainy with some cloying malty sweetness which gives into some underlying spiciness from the Noble hops that finally catch up to add some balance to this malt monster. There's just a touch of cheek warming in the slightly nutty-raisiny sweet finish. The body is medium-full to full bodied with just a perfect amount of carbonation. Very nice!

This is a wonderful, classic doppelbock from Munich's oldest brewery. Try pairing "Maxi" with hearty game like teriyaki marinated venison or orange-marmalade glazed duck. If you're in the mood for something more traditional then try spit-roasted Schweinshaxn (pork knuckles) seasoned with caraway seed & white pepper, served with a plate of red cabbage sauerkraut, mushroom-gravy covered spätzle and thinly sliced sweet onions & radi (white radish). How about some cinnamon glazed apple dumplings for dessert? Here's to liquid bread!

PROST! Beertracker

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2005 05:58:57 | More by Beertracker
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AltBock

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle
Appearance: When poured into a mug it looked almost opaque, but when held up to the light it is actually a dark ruby color. It had a 1 inch head of tan foam that disappeared quickly that left very little lace in the glass.
Smell: It had a sweet caramel, dark chocolate, and malty smell. When swirled it also gave a bit of a fruitiness smell.
Taste: The taste was that of a typical Dopplebock; lots of malts, some chocolate, and at the end some sweet caramel.
Mouthfeel: It was medium bodied, little carbonation, and hides the alcohol content of 7.5%.
Drinkability: Overall a good typical German Dopplebock that is easily found and affordable. If you like Dopplebocks, then you need to try this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2005 05:20:36 | More by AltBock
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Licorice and anise and grassy aroma. Very dark brown, carmel coca-cola and well carbonated, large but dissapearing head, lace, sourness like a Baltic. cocoa powder in medium mouthfeel. Mixed up well with different other tastes, more of a cooking beer by itself.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2005 23:12:52 | More by Sammy
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beautiful doppelbock delivers a very dark, almost black body with ruby highlights beneath a short head of creamy tan froth that dwindles steadily to a whispy surface covering and wide collar. Lacing about the glass is limited.

The nose is fairly contained and doesn't reveal much more than some caramelish malt with a touch of dark fruitiness.

In the mouth, it's medium/full bodied and gently bristly before warming to become more supple.

The flavor offers a mildly toasty, cocoa-ish, and dark-skinned fruity maltiness that's unlike any other. It's clean; well-balanced by a low-key bitterness; and the alcohol is well hidden. It finishes with a drying wash of alcohol and some sticky, lingering cocoa-ish malt.

This is a softer, and less confrontational doppelbock, but what it lacks in bravado it makes up for in supple drinkability! An exceptionally well-done, and superbly drinkable, soft and very-well rounded doppelbock!

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2005 22:47:47 | More by NeroFiddled
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horndecker

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Love the label, a monl with medals.
It's murky and dark. Deep chestnut brown, purplish-gray at the edges, clouded and earthy. A fine tan head develops, but is gone all too quick, and the odd bit of suds clings.

The nose is cocoa and molasses, a grassy hop tinge, very faint, a touch of soy. Slightly sour fruit and funky yeast aromas eventually appear.

A mineral start, very quick, then a full chocolatey malt, marinated fruit, cherries, figs, rhubarb? All that leads to a toffee-ish drying finish. A dusty mildly bitter aftertaste.

It has a moderately full and creamy mouthfeel, some fizz and decent body. A nice doppelbock, not too deep or profound.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2005 03:09:11 | More by horndecker
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Citadel82

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a nice warming Doppelbock.

Pours dark chestunut with a short lived light tan head.

Aroma of dried figs, caramel, sweet malt, dark cake hints of alcohol.

Does not hide the alcohol well. There is strong warming alcohol in the palate early on mixed with sweet malt, some biscuit notes and a long drying finish.

Mouthfeel is slick, coating the toungue with a sweet-dry lingering after taste. Not all that pleasant.

Drinkable, yes. Not my instant favorite but I will try it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2005 01:27:06 | More by Citadel82
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bceaglejoe

Massachusetts

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

Presentation: Poured a very dark brown (almost black) color into a mug. It immediately produced a nice, billowing off-white head that showed off a light to moderate amount of carbonation. Retention was very good. The scent was very sweet, showing off strong malt characteristics. There was a slight hint of a floral hop aroma, but that was mixed in with the sweetness. It was rather pleasant to behold.

Tasting: Malt sweetness walloped my palate immediately. Hints of chocolate and even a bit of grape came through on my tongue. This was a medium-to-full bodied beer, with a soft feeling on the tongue and a nice sweet aftertaste to it. Hop bitterness was virtually nonexistent. The slightly higher alcohol content warmed my throat as it went down. However, this harmed its drinkability, as the alcohol content has the potential to sneak up on the unsuspecting drinker.

This has great potential as a dessert beer, or as a way to introduce new Beer Advocates to better styles. It got me on the road to better beer because it was very approachable, without a great deal of hop bitterness that might have turned me off at that point. But now, even having tried and enjoyed hoppier beers, I must say that this one still impresses me.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2005 01:30:56 | More by bceaglejoe
Augustiner Bräu Maximator from Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG
88 out of 100 based on 469 ratings.