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Augustiner Bräu Maximator - Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG

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Augustiner Bräu MaximatorAugustiner Bräu Maximator

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308 Reviews

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Reviews: 308
Hads: 563
Avg: 3.91
pDev: 14.58%
Wants: 36
Gots: 49 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-25-2002

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Photo of theopholis
3.08/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- Light mahogany with beautiful ruby highlights and a bubbly, two finger sized head with no head retention whatsoever. It does continually effervesce for quite some time.

Smell- Some subdued, roasted malts and very light caramel smell. Not very complex.

Taste- A subdued malt sweetness with some lightly roasted malts. Gets maltier as it warms. Hints of dark fruit. Kind of plain for a Dopplebock.

Mouthfeel- Smooth, medium body. The carbonation levels are high, but it works in this case. Quite sticky, lending it a decent aftertaste.

Overall- This was a fairly ordinary beer, certainly not worth writing home about.

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Photo of JayQue
3.47/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An ok doppelbock. Pours a clear dark amber color with a big highly carbonated bubbly off white head. The head fades fast and leaves minimal lacing. Smell is pretty good. Some caramel and beady malts, toffee and dark fruit.

Tase is similar, pretty mild but pleasant flavors. kind of sweet but under control.

Mouthfeel is crisp and a little light for a doppelbock. I am more used to the heavier, bready feel.

Not bad, a pleasant drink but nothing outstanding.

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Photo of BrownNut
4.31/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

I was surprised to come here and see this beer rated lower than I thought it would be. I thought it was fantastic. I love doppelbocks and this one was such a curveball. To me it smelled like beautiful honey over malt. It's a really lovely brown color. The taste was also that lovely honey malt flavor plus some buttered golden brown toast. I had it in a bar and couldn't do my usual concentration to parse out flavor notes, but I was so happy with this beer. It wasn't thick in the way some doppelbocks are thick. That's something I like, but I also liked this one's lighter feel. Really fantastic. A lot of doppelbocks would kind of all fall closely together and be tough to tell apart but this one is distinctive. It won't always be the one you're in the mood for when you want a doppelbock, but when you have it, it will be just the special treat you wanted. Fantastic.

Update: Had a second one of these at the same place a month later and didn't get as great an impression. Still really good, but didn't pop like before.

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Photo of KajII
3.2/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Dimpled Mug]

The pour was a semi-transparent medium brown with an orange hue and an average sized (1-2 finger) cream colored frothy head that dissipated quickly to a small amount of residue which produced some poor lacing.

The aroma was of a toasted light bread malt and a sweet doughy yeast with notes of toffee, caramel, dark fruit (cherries and plums) and also had a mild nuttiness to it.

The taste was lightly sweet with a note of toffee early on and then had a nice bold maltiness come on board with notes of caramel, dark fruit and an ever so mild taste of alcohol. The flavor hung around for only a short while with a sweet fruity taste that was left to fade away rather quickly.

Mouthfeel was just above light in body and had a kind of watery texture with a moderate carbonation.

Overall a brew that was quite easy to drink and had a nice malty fruity flavor...

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Photo of flyingpig
3.03/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light mahogany with a bubbly, two finger sized head that fades to nothing fast.

Roasted malts and very light caramel smell to this one initially along with some dark fruits such as figs and sugar with some chocolate.

Roasted malts to begin with along with a rich, dark fruity taste and a lot of sweetness. There is hints of figs again and a tiny bit of chocolate with a little bitterness too.

Smooth, medium, bordering on a full body. The carbonation levels are high, it was also a very sweet tasting beer.

This was a fairly ordinary beer and not really worth a second look despite the good name of the brewery. Not one to go out of your way to try but give it a bash if you spot it in your local.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fills a pilsner glass with a tawny brown beer that is cloudy, with ruby highlights. Carbonation is dramatic, though only a quarter inch beige head builds, then quickly fades, leaving no lacing.

Sweet malt with molasses gives way to fresh wheat bread and a mild, roasted malt scent.

The flavor roughly follows the nose, though it emphasizes the malt and bread notes. The finish is long, drawing out the roasted bitterness. Progresses from sweet to dry in each sip.

This has a fully body with woolly texture and lively carbonation. The alcohol is present, but still a minor player, as expected.

A decent beer on its own, but probably best with flavorful sausage.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.11/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a beer I’ve wanted to try for a number of years but never found on my travels: I discovered it in ‘Aufsturz’, Berlin: it isn’t on their normal beer menu but I spied a small selection of bottles on one of the bar tops and decided to investigate the laid out presentation, this was one of the brews on offer.

500ml Bottle: dark ruby red body with a thin off-white head, the beer was clear and clean looking.

The smells were of malty molasses, caramel aromas that indicated the beer was going to be a very sweet Doppelbock indeed.

The smells didn’t lie, this is sweet and malty (in that order): almost sticky in consistency and mouthfeel. I like the sweeter, maltier brews out there, but this tested my resolve: I really enjoyed the first half of the tasting, but as the beer warmed in the glass my pleasure began to recede somewhat. A smaller bottle would have been fine: mental note to myself, only have 330ml bottles of unknown Doppelbocks in future!

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is a clear mahogany reddish brown and builds a one finger high, bubbly tan head , which dissipates fast and leaves non lacing.
The smell is sweet and of caramel and dark fruit. Little hop in the back.
The taste is sweet and caramel up front, dark fruit and malty notes in the middle, and a hop finish , which balances the sweetness nicely.
The beer is a little syrupy and leaves a sweet linger on the tongue. But a nice Doppelbock and very drinkable.

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Photo of Kromes
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear dark brown and ruby highlights with a thin line of bubbles on top.

S: Toasted malt and noble hops.

T: Sweet toasted malt, a little grain, and a very slight bitter hop flavor in the finish. The beer is very malty and sweet.

M: Medium-heavy body with good carbonation. A full feel to it.

G: A good doppelbock. Compared to others in it's class though, it doesn't stand up. Still an above average beer.

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Photo of Luigi
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours out a rich amber color with a head that goes above the rim but does not overflow. Retention is good keeping a thick lace around the glass. Has a lot of carbonation bubbles floating to the top.

The aroma is sweet with caramel at first then some grassy hop kicks in. There is a hint of semi-sweet chocolate as well.

Sweet caramel malt, sweet alcohol, and grassy hops dominate the flavor. More caramel and chocolate at first than the hops, but the the bitter hop hit the tongue quickly.

This is full bodied Doppelbock that is very tasty, drinkable, but at the same time I paid 14$ for this lager and think you can find just as good for cheaper. Either way this lager was wonderful!

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Photo of keithmurray
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a mug

Appearance - murky ruby red color with fluffy tan head

smell - pretty rich, plums, figs, raisins, cocoa, hazelnut

taste - this is good, most of what was hinted at in the smell - figs, raisins, plums, cocoa, hint of red grapes

mouthfeel - light to medium carbonation, medium bodied, some booze is present, warming but not overwhelming, slight sweetness, goes down smooth down the gullet

overall - decent dopplebock, if you are a fan of the style, it is worth a try, while other versions of the style are more readily available and more reasonably priced

Price Point - single purchased for $3.25

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Photo of bobhits
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby red dense body, head doesn't last under the weight.

Smells of sweet plums, cherry, and just sweet caramel drenched fruits.

A wonderful complex sweetness perfectly hit with just enough hops to tame the sweetness parade.

A bit of carbonation but very sweet and thick body to finish the style.

A short review because I want to get back to drinking! I really like this one. I think this hits the perfect balance of sweet, hops, in a Gemeran beer without over doing it or going so over the top on the malt that it becomes a barely wine. I really appreciate this one.

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Photo of claytong
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

appearance - nice one inch head. amber in color. white head. decent lacing that doesnt last too long. doesnt stick at rim and is completely gone now.

smell - raisin, alcohol, plum, brown malts

taste - brown malts up ront, light raisin/fig comes in and alcohol tinge. malts finish it off

mouthfeel - smooth, good carbonation, good body.

overall - eh, a good doppelbock, but no where does it stand out. and i feel i overrated a hair on the taste and mouthfeel.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured out as a nice brown color with a thin tan colored head on top that doesn't last very long. The smell of the beer was a little boozy with some roasted malt aromas too. The taste is a little on the bitter side, with the sweeter malts coming through in the finish. The mouthfeel is pretty good, not very heavy for a dark brew. Overall it's worth trying.

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Photo of Extrajoker00
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pilsner glass

Review from notes: Beer Tasting 09-23-2011

A : Ruby with a thin head -really a good looking beer

S : faint smell of yeast and fruit

T : roasted malt and yeast fruity undertones

M : very bright

D : had a good finish

I'm glad I got to try this one a very unique Beer

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Photo of Neorebel
3.67/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer's appearance is dark russet with a bubbly head, which soon recedes to a half inch, and then to less than that, with little retention. The nose consists of grains, caramel, cherry, and sugar. When imbibed, the initial taste is that of a hearty bread for just a second, followed by sweet taffy and tart cherry. For a moderate ABV, it doesn't seem like it - the beer is pretty balanced with a medium mouthfeel. Seems just right for the level of strong flavor. It gets smoother as the temperature goes up. Not the best doppelbock but still very good. As for Augustiner-Brau though, I think I'll stick to the Pils.

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Photo of jbierling
3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Great bottle with the foil but it didn't quite stack up to my expectations considering its presentation.

Appearance: Dark amber color.

Smell: Average

Taste: Pleasant

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Average at best. I was expecting to really like it.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ruddy amber with flan-colored lumpy head. Flinty grain, cherry skin and raisin scone nose.
Sourdough rye bread and cherry compote, a tart fruit pit middle and nutmeg and sarsaparilla spice to finish.
Prune finish and bone dry leave. The light side of medium, some chew, lively.

Lean, tart and dry - ABV and sour dark fruit together make this a crisp and not at all sweet doppelbock. Not sure it's what I want, but it certainly does what it sets out to.

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Photo of nickd717
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to largadeer. Review is from 8/31/2010.

Clear medium reddish-brown color with a decent-sized light beige head.

Big malty aroma with some good dark fruit notes.

Nice classic doppelbock flavor with cherry and deep caramel and roasted notes. Smooth and malty on the finish.

Good mouthfeel, medium-plus bodied with average carbonation.

A solid example of the style.

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Photo of mdcrouser
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased by the bottle from the Bier Garden in Portsmouth, Va. and enjoyed at the bed and breakfast we're staying at for the evening.

I managed to borrow a small mug glass from the innkeeper and enjoy this back at the room.

Pours a steady ruby-brown with very little white head.

I'm picking up big flavors of chocolate, cinnamon, some heavy dark bread. Not in a chewy way like you'd find with a big stout, but in one that features layers of a cake - each delivering a different flavor. In the background is a touch of floral hoppiness, barely revealing to the palette.

Sweetly fills the mouth with big flavor - goes well with the chocolate cake we brought home from the restaurant.

That's a really good doppelbock - best enjoyed when it's nearly room temperature.

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Photo of nickfl
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of light tan foam on a clear, brown body with bright ruby highlights. The head settles at a moderate pace and leaves light lace.

S - Caramel and a hint of molasses otherwise very clean

T - Dark caramel malt and toasted grain up front. Some darker, sugary notes of brown sugar and molasses in the middle. The beer finishes with dry, fruity notes of plum and brown sugar as well as some nutty malt.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Very drinkable, this beer is not quite as thick as some examples of the style. It has a fair amount of dark, sugary character in the malt profile, but finishes dry enough to be well balanced. There are better dopplebocks out there, but this is definitely worth trying.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark hazelnut brown. Lots of carbonation visible throughout the glass. A nice three finger high head of tan colored lace rose up above it and hung around for a few minutes before finally settling down to just a thin film across the top of the glass. Some decent side glass lacing as well, completed it very nicely.

The aroma was rich and sweet. Lots of great earthy and grainy notes mixing in well with a good amount of caramel sugar. The flavor followed suit nicely, with the dominant flavor of caramel really taking hold. Some nice bready malts being located under that as well. The alcohol was very well hidden, and not a factor at all. Nice smooth finish with the long lingering flavor of nutty caramel on the tongue for a few minutes afterward.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for this one, Chris.

A: The beer pours a dark amber color with a solid khaki head that is about a finger tall.

S: Not the most intense nose for a doppelbock. Nice brown sugar and toffee notes with a hint of fruit to it. Some toasted malt and bread with a little bit of cocoa/dark chocolate to it as well.

T: The flavor is a bit more impressive. Nice dark chocolate and brown sugar to go along with the toffee and dark fruits and toasted bread. A slight bitterness and a light molasses flavor.

M: Medium in body with carbonation that is a bit on the low side of medium.

O: Just an okay doppelbock. Not as sweet and a little thinner than most doppelbocks I've come across.

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Photo of Erik53
4.65/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It has a very complex flavor which I assume comes from traditional decoction mashing. The caramelized sugars give slightly roasted notes. It accomplishes the stylistic sweetness, without coming off as a sweet beer, achieving excellent balance. This is the first dopplebock that I have truly enjoyed.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Gloowing amber, clear with a nice lace ring.

S - Roasted nuts, malt sugar, dry alcohol. Interesting woody nutty spice note. Not sure what that is. Alcohol wafting about.

T - Very nutty taste, with a sweet aftertaste. This reminds me of the grainy sweet aftertaste of honeycomb cereal. ALmost a starchy corn note, much like the sweetness amylase presents when consuming a starch. Toasty nuts for sure. Malt sweetness and honey to boot.

M - Very light and crisp on the palate, with a semi dry finish on the tongue. This beer makes you want to keep sipping.

O - A different doppelbock, with earthy nutty notes and a crispness to it. A nice change from the viscous malt domination of some more traditional DB's.

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Augustiner Bräu Maximator from Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG
88 out of 100 based on 308 ratings.