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Augustiner Bräu Maximator - Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG

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485 Ratings

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Ratings: 485
Reviews: 294
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 27
Gots: 28 | 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 whartontallboy
3.18/5  rDev -18.9%

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
Photo of Skidz
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%

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 -36.7%

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
Photo of cokes
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%

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
Photo of Jacobob10
4/5  rDev +2%

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
Photo of Afterburner
4.63/5  rDev +18.1%

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
Photo of jahred
4/5  rDev +2%

Tried at the Goose Island April Beer Academy. Pours a dark brown color with a nice, tan head to go along with it. The scent is sweet, vinegary, vinous - and intriguing. The taste is malty, dry and hoppy, with a toffee-like hop aftertaste.

There's a lot of mouthfeel going on in this beer - a rich, syrupy texture and lots of carbonation (along with the toffee/caramel malt flavors) make it a tasty brew.

jahred, May 05, 2004
Photo of goindownsouth
4.35/5  rDev +11%

Wow, seems to be one of the more fitting words for this German dopplebock. This brew poured out of the bottle an amazingly mezmerizing deep and rich shade...damned if it wasn't almost purple!!! The aromas of bittersweet chocolate and toffee were apparent from the get go. The flavor was similar. Smooth and vibrant, this dopplebock is almost velvety on the palate. An excellent pairing with some of Ludwig's Garten famous Apple Strudel.

Zum wohl!

goindownsouth, Mar 28, 2004
Photo of merlin48
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%

Pours a dark brown, cola appearance, with a minimal, beige head. Very little lacing effect.
Aroma: Molasses presses some big buttons here, with toffee and butterscotch in the background. Some dark fruit notes are picked up, as well.
Mouthfeel is thick and rich, with minimal carbonation.
Taste is true to style for an excellent doppelbock. Powerful notes of malty, molasses and caramel are up front. Figs and dates emerge into the profile as the glass warms, and everything is held together well with the barely adequate, carbonation and a hops bittering that seems to evoke some hazelnut flavors. Alcohol is well hidden. Despite the heavy, malt dominance, the finish has a pleasant, hop bitterness.
A fine doppelbock, with complex layers of malty flavors, dominated by the molasses taste that seems to be the bechmark of a first class doppelbock. Certainly, this is one I will try again soon, and it would be fun to taste this one alongside a Celebrator, or Salvator.

merlin48, Mar 27, 2004
Photo of TinusTime
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Pours a dark ruby colour with a minimal khaki head that doesnt last to long. Smell is of rich roasted malts. This is gonna be a meal in a glass. Taste echos the smell. Dark Breads, dried fruits, a hint of cigar tobacco, and more malt on top.. enough hops to keep it in line, but none to speak of. Mouthfeel is lighter than i would have thought. The alcohol is well hidden but still there. This beer would go great with roast duck with some red cabbage.. YUmmm .. This beer and Celebrator are the cream of the Dopplebock crop to me.

TinusTime, Mar 11, 2004
Photo of HappyHourHero
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%

The aroma is of pungent malt and a bit of caramel. Poured a dark coco colored head that faded quickly to a film. Dark brown in color with slight amber hue. The flavor is nice, creamy malt, fresh caramel, and some raisins. Creamy, moderately thick body, caramel in the finish fades slowly. This reminds me of why I like doppelbocks.

HappyHourHero, Mar 05, 2004
Photo of Brent
3.15/5  rDev -19.6%

Clearly a doppelbock, although the bottle only gives the cryptic identification of "dark beer." Pours a ruddy brown with some sediment evident throughout the pour. Nomimal head, and carbonation was fairly reserved. Aroma was sweet caramel and prune juice. Body was substantial and a bit syrupy. Flavor was quite sweet, with caramel, toffee, molasses and dominating prune flavors. Alchohol was noteworthy in the background, with some black pepper. Overall, the beer was just too heavy-handed, even for the style. Although there was nothing in particular about the beer that was bad, the overall effect was that I found myself trudging through it, and not enjoying it all that much. I suppose this one should be chalked up to personal taste rather than beer quality.

Brent, Feb 10, 2004
Photo of francisweizen
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%

This was a very nice doppelbock. It was a dark ruby/purple colour with a small and quickly dissipating head of white foam. The aromas were of coffee, plum brandy, port wine, alcohol, deep roasted malts, and slight German hops. The taste was of chocolate, caramel, port wine, alcohol, malts, and hops. The mouthfeel was thick to medium bodied and totally acceptable for this style of beer and the drinkability was great for a doppelbock!

francisweizen, Dec 16, 2003
Photo of nomad
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%

A deep purplish brown color, this beer began with lots of carbonation but showed little of anything through the session. Smelled chocolatey with a big pock-textured malt that was grainy, sweet, and nascently bready. Also tasted chocolatey, accompanied by a winey malt and scruffy wood notes and tart snaps. Almost syrupy smooth, this is a complex beer, though the finish could be less hectic and sloppy. Warming immediately, filling, drinkable, and pretty cheap for an import. A good pick.

nomad, Dec 16, 2003
Photo of edchicma
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%

Very little head, but nice lacing...dark chocolate appearance. Rich smell that was sweet, with a hint of spice and some alcohol presence. Taste was sweet, but rounded and full...slight alcohol hit at the back of the palate. For its abv..very smooth and drinkable..a definite winter style brew.

edchicma, Nov 22, 2003
Photo of AtLagerHeads
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%

A very nice and enjoyable beer. The great looking body of tawny dark amber was topped by an equally impressive head that created good lacing. Very complex nose that combined lots of caramel malt with a nice fruit component. Mild spiciness also prevades the senses.

The flavor is very full of malt and pungent fruitiness. The feel is full and tends towards a syrupy sense because of the thick fullness. Limited drinkability due to the ABV and heavy body feel.

AtLagerHeads, Oct 28, 2003
Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%

The head on this beer is nonexistent. Aroma is lacking as well. In the aroma are roasted and chocolate notes, but not the expected raisin and malt. The flavor is roasted and chocolate and then the sweetness fades into a dry chocolate finish. It does go down smooth and have a good drinkability. I like the beer, but cannot review it highly as a dopplebock.

GCBrewingCo, Oct 28, 2003
Photo of AaronRed
4.13/5  rDev +5.4%

On first appearance, a nice looking brew, dark and rich looking, with a nice tan head and lace. It had sort of that burnt malt aroma, but not overpowering. A wonderfully complex beer, with dark malt flavors as well as a smoke-like taste. Easy to drink for such a strong beer. Not too filling either- perfect for fall.

AaronRed, Oct 05, 2003
Photo of vitesse
4.15/5  rDev +5.9%

served in 12 oz. brown bottle with gold foil.
a very restrained, classy doppelbock. won't knock you on your ass with any one flavor, but everything comes together: nice plums, chocolate, hops, coffee and some alchohol burn at the end. very round flavor. no smokiness and not overly carbonated. i recommend this one.

vitesse, Sep 23, 2003
Photo of UnionMade
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%

The beer pours a deep umber brown, topped with a thin mist of head.
Aroma is richly roasty, with a bit of fig and date. No hops, save a light undeterminted herbal aroma. Very strong, with a touch of chocolate and molasses.
Flavor is powerfully malty, with a strong roastiness. A bit of sweet chocolate and molasses, with hints of dates, fig, and green raisin. No apparent alcohol. Viscous, heavy mouthfeel, with mild carbonation. Very smooth drinking for it's strength. Flavors are powerful, yet smooth, round edged, and subtle. Excellent.

UnionMade, Sep 15, 2003
Photo of clvand0
4/5  rDev +2%

This beer pours a dark brown color with a small creamy head and no lacing on the glass. The aroma is very malty with a coffee/chocolate hint to it. The flavor was very smooth. Very little carbonation and very rich mouthfeel. There is also a hint of fruityness in the flavor that is very nice. I really enjoyed this beer and will do so again.

clvand0, Aug 04, 2003
Photo of IrishRedRock
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%

I picked this beer out due to the busy label, and the fact that I hadn't seen it anywhere before. I didn't even know if it was a dark lager or a doppel, but I went with it. Frankly, its a very tasty doppel.

Pours amber brown. Head is there during the pour, but is eliminated immediately. Very bubbly brew in the glass. Strong tantalizing aroma of powerful sugary malt and dark fruit, particularly plums. Mouthfeel is a little thin...I expected a chewier, breadier doppel. Could use a thicker body. Taste is wonderful and complex enough. Highly malty and balanced well with a caramel sweetness. Only a slight hint of alcohol. Not the best, but certainly a winner.

IrishRedRock, Jul 09, 2003
Photo of Sixpack595
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%

A very nice Doppel, but falls short of the greats like Celebrator. Big malts provide a caramel flavor without too much sweetness, a bit bready with a balanced bitterness. Very well hidden alcohol, I have no idea how much heat this beer is packing but in the interest of science I will keep trying till I figure it out.

Sixpack595, Jul 06, 2003
Photo of hotstuff
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

This Dopplebock poured a medium tan head that dissolved quickly and it contained fine-medium bubbles. There was no lacing on the sides of my glass. The body was dark brown. It had a sweet aroma to it. The taste was very smoooth and this was a Dopplebock that I enjoyed drinking. Dopplebock are sooooo good!!

hotstuff, Jun 17, 2003
Photo of oberon
4.22/5  rDev +7.7%

Thi poured a deep velvety brownish/red color with almost no head to speak of,the smell was very chocolaty and coffee-like.The taste was not as sweet as some others of the style but still retaines alot of the traits of a good doppel,I was really impressed with that.Honestly had never heard of if this before I bought it today.

oberon, Jun 14, 2003
Augustiner Bräu Maximator from Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG
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