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Augustiner Bräu Maximator - Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG

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88
very good

528 Ratings
THE BROS
81
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Ratings: 528
Reviews: 305
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 31
Gots: 39 | FT: 0
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Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG visit their website
Germany

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

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

Photo of delicious
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of tgbljb
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of mcarroll10177
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of Ego
3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

eyes...
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.

nose...
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.

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

Photo of mmmbeer
3.62/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of weeare138
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Higravity
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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

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.

Photo of sinstaineddemon
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
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

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Photo of clabaugh
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.62/5  rDev +17.9%
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

Photo of Lnedrive14
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of jaluria
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of yelterdow
4.54/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

Photo of bigdeuce
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!

Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.22/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

Photo of Naes
3.15/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

Photo of Derek
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Photo of crwills
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Photo of connecticutpoet
4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of scruffwhor
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.

Photo of Franchise
3.83/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Augustiner Bräu Maximator from Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG
88 out of 100 based on 528 ratings.