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Augustiner Bräu Maximator - Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG

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BA SCORE
89
very good

504 Ratings
THE BROS
81
good

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Ratings: 504
Reviews: 297
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 30
Gots: 36 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG visit their website
Germany

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 BEERchitect
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

BEERchitect, Nov 07, 2005
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

BuckeyeNation, Oct 11, 2005
Photo of beveragecaptain
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

beveragecaptain, Oct 02, 2005
Photo of Beertracker
4.63/5  rDev +17.8%
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

Beertracker, Sep 15, 2005
Photo of AltBock
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

AltBock, Aug 08, 2005
Photo of Sammy
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

Sammy, Aug 02, 2005
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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%
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!

NeroFiddled, Jul 08, 2005
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3.93/5  rDev 0%
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.

horndecker, Jun 28, 2005
Photo of Citadel82
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

Citadel82, Apr 29, 2005
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3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

bceaglejoe, Apr 27, 2005
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3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is the color of Pepsi, there is a tiny glaze of a head and a ring around the edge that just can't quite form lacing. There is a strong smell of sweet yeasty bread dough. There is also a wine like scent with a hint of prunes or rasins. The taste is similar to the smells above. The mouthfeel is silky smooth and appealing. Drinkability is good.

bigbubba, Apr 23, 2005
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4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes. This beer poured a ambered brown color with a small ring of head over top. The nose was fig with a slight nutty and bready quality. The flavor was big, with a nice fig and bready. The feel was moderate with a nice active carbonation. Overall, the beer was well balanced. I liked the flavor and and feel. I'd try it again.

kmpitz2, Apr 06, 2005
Photo of beerluvr
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours into the glass with a decent light tan head over very lightly hazy dark maroon liquid tinged with brown. Sweet malty nose with some chocolate and slight raisin aromas, very good smelling. Soft and smooth malty mouthfeel with great sweet maltiness with light underlying roastiness and sufficient hop bitterness. Some alcohol felt in the back of the throat after swallowing. Finishes nicely bittersweet with a malt and alcohol kick. Very tasty and drinkable. Haven't seen this around my area in at least 17 years, welcome back I say!

beerluvr, Apr 05, 2005
Photo of Billolick
4.22/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ouncer sampled, no freshness indicater to be found for guidance., but hey, these guys should know what they are doing, "since 1328" clearly noted on the label... Sweet maltynose, this is a strong, bold, flavorful German classic. Lots of chocolate, alcohol, and malty sweetness. Fine brew for a nightcapper.

Billolick, Mar 05, 2005
Photo of LarryKemp
4.47/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a very clear deep ruby redish brown with an off white head that did not linger long. When the liquid is swirled, the beer clings to the glass like the oil in the winter time.

A great complex aroma comes from this beer. I can really smell the prunes. Also some cararmel. No hops or off notes.

Very rich malt taste. Very, very sweet from start to finish. Almost too sweet. Prunes again are BIG in the taste. One is quite nice after dinner. I don't think I could drink more than that and enjoy the rest. Almost reminds me of some Belgians I have had.

Medium full body. Very smooth. Not oily, just very nice. Alcohol tingles my gums.

Exceptional beer. I bought it expecting their light lager. What a very pleasant surprise.. I will go get more tomorrow.

LarryKemp, Feb 13, 2005
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4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a tawny brown color with a huge tan head. Aromas of rum-raisin, pumpernickel bread, brandy, slight cardboardiness and light hopping. The taste envelops a plumminess that accompanies the dark roasted malts very well. Hopping is fairly low, aside from a faint vegetal astringency in the finish. Slight notes of chocolate and miniscule nuances of anise. A little sweet, but not outlandishly so, it's balanced very well. A very nice doppelbock that's recommended.

crookedhalo, Feb 04, 2005
Photo of ChrisBowers
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice, well made Doppelbock. Probably moves into my top 5. Enjoyed at the Brickskeller in DC. Pours a ruby-brown with a nice head and orangish lacing. Aroma is sweet, malty. Taste is quite rich, malty, pleasantly sweet with hints of dried fruits/raisins, maybe a touch of brown sugar and a roasty, bitter finish. I would say that this would be an excellent "everyday" doppelbock since it has a little of everything. Just a very well made, solid beer. The malty richness may limit the number of these you could drink in one sitting, but I'm a malt head so I still give it high marks for drinkability.

ChrisBowers, Jan 26, 2005
Photo of Rastacouere
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep ruby brown body wears minimal head, but displays a nice little haze. Its aroma is rich and bold, claiming for the big leagues in the doppelbock community. Moderately complex flavor suburb ranges from the floral almond skin to the woody and almost cheesy sweet fruits. You bite into that honeymelon only to uncover a grape branch and vinous berries. Upon tasting, I once again am taken aback by more unexpected character showing up in the form of a earthy and roasty bitter finish, though I pass through the fruit and nut appetizer at first. Soft carbonation accompanies the medium body. The global experience remains constructive, more warming toward the end, but as interesting in its unveiling mysteries form the beginning. Interestingly multilayered in its boldness.

Rastacouere, Jan 22, 2005
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3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another selection from a 10-beer gift pack, yee hah!

Appearance - nice looking darker amber, short-lived head though and little to no lacing.

Aroma - malty sweet but with a metallic-affected element as well. The metallic goes away, leaving a malt and slightly sour yeast aroma behind.

Taste - big malty, sweet start. Maybe this should be called Maximaltor? Raisiny sweet like a classic doppelbock. A slight hop touch towards the end, a slight metallic taste also. A subtle roasty aftertaste that only appears when the stronger flavors subside.

Mouthfeel - very heavy, thick and chewy. Low carbonation is proper for the style.

Drinkability - too heavy for many in a row, but tasty and well made enough to have again, certainly.

brewdlyhooked13, Jan 19, 2005
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3.18/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown with a small tan head that disappeared before I could really get a good look at it. I think it had bubbles in it.
Smell is malty with a lot of yeast, almost doughy. Some spice notes come through.
Taste is sweet and malty with a bit of cinnamon and some fruity notes that remind me of pear. Overall, kind of bland, though.
Overall: Not doing a whole lot to recommend itself to me. Maybe I'm spoiled because I'm currently working my way through a case of Celebrator, but as a doppelbock this brew was somewhat disappointing for me. The taste is pretty average, and it doesn't look or smell particularly great. There's so many great alternatives in the style that I can never see myself wanting this one again.

whartontallboy, Jan 13, 2005
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4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out brown with orange streakings and sits black rapberry in the glass with orange-brown sides and a decent off-white head fading fast to the sides.

Smells of brown sugar, cinnamon, caramel, oatmeal and light traces of diactyl. Lightly spicy with lingering alcholic presence.

Tastes sweet and malty up front with sugary sweetness all the way. Brown sugar, and alcohol present only just a little.

Full bodied with easy carbonation, rich and silky smooth in the mouth. Very good taste and body. Highly enjoyable.

Skidz, Oct 19, 2004
Photo of stcules
2.48/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Full ruby red. Pratically no head, and anyway, it is quickly falling to zero. Fizzy.
The smell is malt and caramel overall; then toasted, rhubarb, artichoke. Light mou. Quite washed out, for the style.
The taste is essentially malty and caramel, with a hint of hop below. Nothing remarkable.
It is maybe perceptible some liquorice, but even the alcohol, in spite of the ABV of "only" 7.5.
Sweet taste, maybe too much sweet. The aftertaste is resolutely too sweet, despite the presence of some hopping and bitterness, but not enough.
Not too satisfactory.

stcules, Sep 12, 2004
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4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ruddy and dark, purple-hued orange. The head is pale tan, and well-stacked.
Nose full of wet, dark breads, prunes, and caramel.
The smell is a very accurate forecast of the flavor. Begins full of dark, caramel-drizzled breads. Still mushy and warm, and doughy. Prune envelops the middle, as is pure; not simply a suggestion but as though actually prune juice augments this brews. The prune lingers long, rolling through minor roasty notes as this draws towards its end. Leafy herbal pangs of bitterness, however quiet, seal the finish.
All told, this seems like a realized bock. It's a bit thinnish in structure, and a bit tame in overall flavor to be hailed as a dopplebock. But as such, it is tremendously drinkable and enjoyable just the same..

cokes, Sep 03, 2004
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4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Traded my roommate a PBR and a Bud Light for this, and I'm damn happy I did.

Pours out dark brown with a small light tan head. Malty, roasted aroma with a little bit of spice to it. Nutty flavor and the alcohol is slightly noticable. Very smooth on the palate and goes down great. Pretty drinkable for a dopplebock.

I enjoyed this beer with a grilled sirloin steak and mashed potatoes. What a combo! I was in heaven.

Jacobob10, Jun 03, 2004
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4.63/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Deep, rich mahogany color, with a short, tan head. Good head retention.

Smell: Sweet, malty nose. There's a sweet sort of vegetable smell that I can't quite place. Freshly cut sugar cane, maybe? I'm having trouble coming up with a good comparison. Also strong notes of maple syrup. Mild yeast bite.

Taste: Not as malty as the nose would suggest. The sweetness is restrained, and does not completely dominate the palate. The maple character appears mid-palate, along with some hints of peppery spicyness. Finish is soft and short for a beer of this style, leaving lingering sweetness and some hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, mild carbonation.

Drinkability: Most doppelbocks have a very "in your face" flavor profile. This doppel is subtle. It whispers where other doppels scream. An outstandingly well-designed beer.

Afterburner, May 17, 2004
Augustiner Bräu Maximator from Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG
89 out of 100 based on 504 ratings.