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Augustiner Bräu Maximator - Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG

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486 Ratings

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Ratings: 486
Reviews: 294
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 27
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 Minkybut
3.13/5  rDev -20.2%

Beer poured into tumbler at 45 degrees. Beer was very dark with a dark head that fell rather rapidly. Smell was average nutty raosted smell. No lacing to mention. Taste was okay, not too strong and with kind of a fruitty nutty malty taste. It was certainly not a bad beer, but tasted slighly sour to me. Enough so I will have to decline aother purchase.

Minkybut, Feb 02, 2007
Photo of phisig137
3.28/5  rDev -16.3%

A deep dark amber ruby like hue, with a one finger head and little retention. Nothing much left in the glass.

Aroma is bready and biscuit like, with some dark fruit aromas, a caramel buried deep in there, and just the slightest twinge of alcohol.

Flavor is smooth and well balanced. Mostly bready flavors are present, like bakery fresh type bread. Very little malt sweetness, dry finish, and a creamed corn type of aftertaste. Mouthfeel is creamy smooth. Drinkability is pretty good.

Overall, a decent beer, but not a very good dopplebock. I'd expect more malt flavors, a bit more sweetness, and a thicker, heavier mouthfeel. It's worth a shot, but I won't be buying it again.

phisig137, Jan 30, 2007
Photo of Jredner
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%

Gold foil capped 12 oz bottle from Joe Canal’s in West Deptford, NJ. The aroma is sweet dark malts that render a dark baked bread aroma that is at once hearty and sweet with fruit and mild raisina nd molasses notes. Pumpernickel soaked in a raisin and molasses mash comes to mind. It smells quite nice. The body is a dark ruby brown color and holds a diminishing tan head that is a thumb thick and quite creamy looking before fading.

Raisins, carmelized malt, rum soaked sweet dark bread, baked apples and some mild roast bitterness in the finish. Has a slightly sticky mouthfeel. This is quite good and I’m happy I got more than just one bottle.

Jredner, Jan 24, 2007
Photo of techdiver
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%

Pours a deep clear brown with a modest head that dissipates quickly.

Nice caramel malty aroma.

Chocolate and malt on tasting this smooth brew. Not in the same league as a Korbinian, but not bad.

Mouthfeel is smooth, a bit light, again compared to a Korbinian.

Very drinkable and enjoyable on this cold winter night.

techdiver, Jan 18, 2007
Photo of Phatz
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%

Allowed to warm and served in my large flute glass.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful deep dark red color 'red/brown crimson' that is partly translucent when backlit. It has a two finger tan head in my flute glass minimal lacing.

Smell: Dark fruits and heavy sugar notes prunes caramel and chocolate make for a rich heavy aroma.

Taste: Rich sweet tasty malts. Brown sugar prunes, raisins, chocolate syrup and more over ripe sweet fruit is balanced by a splash of lemon (hops) and alcohol that warm the palate. Very tasty aftertaste and the burp is not bad either. The residual sweetness on the palate seems unending.

Mouthfeel: Ultra-creamy smooth and slick. Viscous, like a milkshake only a malt shake in this case.

Drinkability: I like sweet beers and this one is ultra sweet. Nice. Sessionable - no but very enjoyable.

Hope this is helpful.

Phatz, Jan 09, 2007
Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%

One more time.

Minimal off white head over a very dark amber body. Pretty decent.

Nice malty rye-bread smell, with minimal hop presence. All malt, all chocolate and dates, raisins and burned cherry syrup.

Taste follows the smell to a "T," both in depth and complexity. This tastes even better than I remember. Fascinating sourdough finish. Mmmm.

Mouthfeel is nice and thick.

Great drinkability. This is a D-B that could just be sessionable!

ColoradoBobs, Jan 05, 2007
Photo of Gavage
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%

Appearance: pours a clear brownish burgandy color with a thick 2" head that lingers a while. Some spotty lacing sticks to the glass.

Smell: loads of malt and fruit sweetness are detectable.

Taste: big malty goodness with prunes, raisins, molasses, a hint of dark chocolate. Mild bitterness and a hint of alcohol rounds it out. Nice flavorful beer.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Smooth at the start, leaning towards an almost syrupy finish. Long sweet malty aftertaste.

Drinkability: nicely drinkable albeit a slow sipper. This is a nice full bodied beer that satisfies the hunger for a hearty brew. Try it.

Gavage, Nov 05, 2006
Photo of AChamberlain
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%

Poured from a bottle with no apparent freshness date. Deep brown color, with redish hints. Wheaty, yet beautiful aroma. The taste, a sweet malty flavor with nutty finish. It feels loose in the mouth and leaves a soda like finish. Highly drinkable, I could sit on the couch all night watcing the Mets drinking mug after mug of this brew.

AChamberlain, Oct 06, 2006
Photo of oelergud
4/5  rDev +2%

Dark translucent ruby body. Silken tan head with some small bubbles here and there. High retention and lace.
The smell is a nice mix of caramel, mild spice and wet hay.
Pure simple caramel malt makes up the main body of this brew but still manages to switch to a good hoppy aftertaste that carries the sweet malt with it till the end. There are some undeterminable fruit flavors hidden in this one, maybe dates or overripe grapes.
Medium body and a good coating.
Pretty good drinkability.


oelergud, Sep 16, 2006
Photo of delicious
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%

Pours a fast ivory head that eventually falls without lace on a dark chestnut body that is clear if the backlighting is bright enough.
Very malty nose. Sweet with a little fruitiness and a hint of chocolate ice cream.
The taste is a little nutty and malty, but it's far from sweet. As the beer warms more fruit comes out in the flavor.
Carbonation is low, and though the mouthfeel isn't tremendous, it is creamy.
This is a very passive doppelbock. The alcohol is well masked, it's creamy, and it's not too sweet. All of these characteristics come together to allow the fruitiness to shine through and make for a very drinkable doppelbock.

delicious, Sep 16, 2006
Photo of tgbljb
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%

Poured a deep reddish-brown color with modest white head that very quickly disappeared. Smell is slightly malty with much dark fruit (plums, figs) also to be found. Taste is extremely enjoyable with a nice full malty taste and lots of dark fruit tastes. Finishes with a nice fruity sweetnes. Unbelieveably drinkable for a 7.5% beer. Great job.

tgbljb, Aug 19, 2006
Photo of mcarroll10177
4.43/5  rDev +13%

poured from the bottle into an pilsner glass

A- dark copper brown with a nice off white head and tons of lacing on the glass

S- some malts and undertones of alcohol, this is a doublebock

T- malts with some nice crispness and alcohol as the beir warms

M- balanced and creamy

D- an easy drinker considering the 7.5% ABV, wonderful smoothness as is characteristic of all german lagers. A pleasure to drink.

mcarroll10177, Aug 13, 2006
Photo of Ego
3/5  rDev -23.5%

dude who looks like he molests kids on the label, oops, I meant a clergyman... snap crackle pop off white head thqat sizzles down from one full finger to a coating quickly, brown and dark ruby in hue, lacing is bad but this has legs like good wine and jessica alba... a decent enough looking DB.

mellow DB tones, dark toffee, raisins, dark caramel... all the usual suspects but subdued.

taste etc...
the taste is much like the nose, pretty subdued, the ABV is absent in the flavor so that's just swell but overall this is a pretty thin tasting DB, carbonation is fine and a bit prickly, the mouthfeel is just too thin on this imo. this almost has a strange smoke flavor in the aftertaste, strange but cool.

I couldn't even really embelish my review. This is a standard DB. not one of the greats...

Ego, Aug 08, 2006
Photo of mmmbeer
3.6/5  rDev -8.2%

12 oz. bottle that overflowed with foam when I popped the cap. It pours a deep hazed red/plum that is topped with a small tan head. Lots of rich, sweet malts in the nose - toasted, caramel, molasses, and dark/tart fruits with the flavor mimicking closely, but with the addition of light hops and bitterness. Also, there is faint coffee and chocolate on top of a medium body that becomes near flat by the end. An average German dopple that is quite malty and can be a bit hard to describe. Good, but probably won't come back to it.

mmmbeer, Jul 25, 2006
Photo of weeare138
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%

Appears a muddled dark brown with caramel reddish edges. A light tan head fades into a mild film with a heavy collar settling into the sides. Small streakes of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of heavy weighted malt with cocoa and rich syrup. Mild oxidation can be sensed in the background.
Taste is of the same aromas with the malty richness and cocoa notes.
Mouthfeel contains little bits of syrupy malt but it's a tad thin along the palate. Overall, not bad considering we don't know the age of it. This was bought at Michael's Deli in KOP.

weeare138, Jul 07, 2006
Photo of Higravity
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%

Another bonified DB. Pours to the brown side of red white a over-excited white head. Smell is deafening if that makes sense, it is malt malt nothing but munich malt long boil sugar goodness, but not really sweet. The crushing malt smell translates well into the palate but there is a nice ongoing balance with the hops adding a earthy prespective with the alcohol just making a quick apperance. Chewy and inviting this is one for enjoying anytime.

Higravity, Jun 30, 2006
Photo of WMBierguy
4.58/5  rDev +16.8%

What can I say? This is a very good doppelbock, and has the typical doppelbock flavor. Pours a dark brown, and looks a bit like rootbeer. Had a thick head that disapated after a minute or so. I'd say that this is my 3rd favorite doppelbock (falling behind Celebrator, and Weihenstephaner's Korbinian). It loses a bit because of its relatively low alcohol content. That's a small quibble, though. If you find this, then you must try this.

WMBierguy, Jun 30, 2006
Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%

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

sinstaineddemon, May 16, 2006
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%

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.

TurdFurgison, May 13, 2006
Photo of clabaugh
4.47/5  rDev +14%

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.

clabaugh, May 12, 2006
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.6/5  rDev +17.3%

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

MuenchenerKindl, May 08, 2006
Photo of Lnedrive14
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%

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.

Lnedrive14, May 06, 2006
Photo of jaluria
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

jaluria, May 04, 2006
Photo of yelterdow
4.53/5  rDev +15.6%

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.

yelterdow, May 04, 2006
Photo of bigdeuce
4/5  rDev +2%

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!

bigdeuce, May 02, 2006
Augustiner Bräu Maximator from Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG
88 out of 100 based on 486 ratings.