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Augustiner Bräu Maximator - Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG

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488 Ratings

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Ratings: 488
Reviews: 294
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 28
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 beergoot
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Body appears a nice honey-colored orange/red with a thick, foamy head. Malty, molasses-like aroma; apricots. Warm, bread-like flavor; rich sweetness; smooth hop bitterness. Heavy bodied; smooth and velvety on the tongue.

Another fine doppelbock from the Germany. Excellent malt profile with a deep flavor and rich mouthfeel.

beergoot, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of bditty187
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Quite ruby in hue with some brown influences; off white head, at the apex the foam was a half finger tall. Head retention was respectable, a soapy collar lasted the entire consumption. Not much lacing though. The appearance is decent; it is oddly "shiny" in color, a bit "red" for me as well. The color of the head could be darker. Maybe I am nitpicking.

The nose is ripe with molasses and brown sugar notes, kisses of toffee and caramel. I swear I detect a suggestion of cherry cola and tobacco. The malt profile is very rich... not as robust as Celebrator, not as fruity as Curator but definitely better than, say, Salvator or Optimator. I find the nose unique for the style. Moderate potency; still it is chatty and thus inviting. I really like what I smell. Inviting!

The palate is sweet upfront with molasses and cherry cola, mix in a kiss of chocolate and some butterscotch, hell there is even a smattering of caramel. I get a good bit of tobacco near the finish which dries out the beer quite a bit. However, the finish and aftertaste are fairly sweet. Mouth-coating sweetness would annoy me if there wasn't such good flavor in the aftertaste. Once I took another sip the tobacco dryness removes the cloying aftertaste for a second only to swallow and have it return. Still, it is hard to complain about a beer that has big flavors from start to finish.

Medium/medium-full in body, low but natural carbonation, the mouthfeel is respectable... if not a tad slik.

Damn easy to drink but the potency is noticeable (the alcohol provides a little heat). This is a topnotch Doppelbock, while not as complex as some there is still plenty going on. It might be too sweet for some people but, if nothing else, this would be a great sipping beer after a good meal. For $10.99 a six-pack it is worth the cost. Recommended.

bditty187, Apr 02, 2008
Photo of Neffbeer
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into a tulip.

A: It pours a dark brown color with some lovely ruby highlights. Mahogany in essence. It was a strong pour which yielded a large two finger off white head. The retention was moderate with flecks of lacing as it receded.

S: The nose begins with a waft of sweet malt. It strongly hints at caramel/toffee with a touch of rye for good measure. There is a faint suggestion of floral hops with some fig and apple like notes as well.

T: Big bold malt flavors sweep through my palate. It has a massive presence without being to sweet. The hint of rye from the nose is evident in the viscous quality of the brew, it is also slightly spicy. The apple and fig notes are present, but more subdued than the nose. The toffee-like malt is the headliner here.

M: The mouthfeel was quite full bodied and lush, nicely done.

D: Overall this beer is a quaffable doppelbock. The alcohol is masterfully hidden behind the malt curtain, and the yeast helps bring some interesting complexity to the flavor.

Neffbeer, Mar 07, 2011
Photo of BierFan
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Clear reddish brown body with a decent sized head for the style. Doesn't quite live up to the name "Maximator". I'd like if this beer had more hops, malt, alcohol... I guess this just kind of seems more like a "light" doppelbock to me. Despite that, it's still pretty darn good.

BierFan, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
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
Photo of horndecker
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
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
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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.

scruffwhor, Jan 03, 2006
Photo of jdhilt
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a four finger light tan head that fades quickly, leaving traces of lace. Clear mahogany color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Slight malty nose. Flavor is nutty, caramel easy to drink. $2.85 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

jdhilt, Jun 16, 2008
Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours crystal clear reddish copper color with a nice 2 finger light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Slight spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of big toast, caramel, biscuit, molasses, toffee, nuttiness, raisin, and light herbal spiciness. Very nice and well balanced aromas with good strength; very pleasant. Taste of caramel, molasses, toast, biscuit, nuttiness, raisin, light pepper, and light herbal spiciness. Fairly dry on the finish; with light lingering notes of caramel, molasses, biscuit, toast, raisin, and light herbal spiciness on the finish. Nice balance of flavors with good complexity and no cloying sweetness. Medium carbonation and body; with a nice creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden with pretty much no warming noticed at all after the finish. Overall this is a very nice doppelbock. Good flavor balance, robustness, and complexity; and very smooth to sip on. Very enjoyable offering.

superspak, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of ChrisBowers
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
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 StJamesGate
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

StJamesGate, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of Wildman
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a copper color and formed an off white head that left trace lace as it subsided. An aroma of malt, hops and some candy elements. A flavor of malt, hops and caramel. I found it to be fairly creamy and easy to drink. It wasn't bitter as some darker beers often are, and I found it to be one of the few dark beers outside of the British Isles that impressed me. May not be in the top tier, but definately worth checking out as one of the German beers.

Wildman, May 22, 2002
Photo of MatthewWilde
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample: 1 bottle 2012

A: Deep ruby red, completely translucent, pours a small bone white head that evolves into moderate lacing, decent internal carbonation

S: Mildly fragrant, notes of vanilla and cocoa at once, light hints of dried fruits, much as to be expected from a bock

T: Much akin to the nose, but more pronounced, vanilla and cherry and certainly present, quite malty, well balanced and not overly sweet, touch of alcohol on the finish

M: Very smooth and drinkable, light and sweet aftertaste, amaretto comes to mind, not too lingering, and not drying on the palate

O: A prime example of it classification, flavorful, nice to look at, and easy to drink, a bit more fragrance would be nice, but delicate and delicious

MatthewWilde, May 02, 2012
Photo of Hibernator
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Augustiner Brau Maximator
12 oz brown bottle
Served in an Allagash tulip glass

Pours a chestnut brown with a mini head on top.

Whiffs of sweet caramel drip and dark fruits.

Extremely malty with hints of juicy caramel, prunes, milk chocolate, cocoa and walnuts. I like the balance of heavy malts and a strong nutty punch. A solid doppelbock overall and quite enjoyable.

Hibernator, Jul 12, 2008
Photo of SetarconeX
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Really a good looking brew. Nice and dark, with a hint of redness to it. Plenty of froth on top. Smells like raisins and malt, fairly thickly. Tastes pretty raisiny, with a lot more alcohol flavor than you get in some other doppelbocks. Lighter, and more airy than might be expected in a beer of this strength and color.

A strong and fairly tasty brew. Definitely one to try.

SetarconeX, May 21, 2009
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3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Augustiner Bräu Maximator

Appearance: Dark reddish-brown with very little head and almost no lacing.

Smell: Delicious apple-caramel and honey.

Taste: Apple, caramel, slight hops, and slightly roasted malts.

Mouthfeel: Heavy, carbonation, and hints of water.

I would say that if you mixed a thick malty ale with a kolsch, you would get this beer. It is thick and flavorful. The smell is delicious. The only odd thing about it is some bits of it was almost watery, while other tastes were not. This is a good beer, though.

megahurts4, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of iguenard
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

( 37/50, 7.5% alc/vol, Home, from Rochester) A healthy brown-toast colored head rises and falls swiftly from a palish brown bockbier with mauve hues. Blood red at the depth of the sniffer. Some opacity, yet shines well under the light. Some licorice, molasses, brown sugar and the grapish sweet that I still cannot name. Very nice, sweet and slightly aniseed nose. It starts off very much dripping and sticking with sweet molasses, with a definite palate of aniseed. Lingers in black licorice, with that brownish toffee-like, tar-like quality. Lasts a long time with an interlace of bitter coffee in the back of the tongue. Some light acidics are mostly overrun by the heavy sweet, and the molasses. Dense, and very heavy for it's size. I dont usually takes chances with german beers from BotW, but this one seduced me on the shelf. This one looks to be recent, unhindered by the beams of incadescent lights. The palate leaves a little tobacco finish that I dont agree with.
Otherwise, it is an awesome doppelbock. Milky sauces and pork-ribs should ally well with the flavours of this brew.

iguenard, May 07, 2011
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3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Jever flute. Nor freshness date indicated. My bottle actually indicates 7.4% ABV.

A: Slightly opaque brown color with pretty creamy head.

S: Dark chocolate caramel.

T: Heavily caramelized malt, dark roast and coffee, assertive background bitterness.

M: Slightly creamy with soft carbonation. Feels delicate.

Overall this is delicious, complex sipping brew without any overpowering harshness.

atlason, Apr 19, 2011
Photo of magictacosinus
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Yay, Augustiner Bräu finally arrives to the West Coast! Broken from a six pack at Ales Unlimited. Poured out of a 11.2oz bottle into a pokal glass.

Pours a deep reddish amber color complete with tons of champagne-like bubbles rising in the glass. Holds on for a good long while 7.5%, but eventually the initial foamy white head recedes into a thin ring. Slightly viscous in character, but nothing too showy. Leaves no lacing. The color is pretty awesome for a doppelbock, but really I prefer them a bit darker than this. Well presented.

Smells of dark cherries and prunes overall, containing a huge caramel and clove backbone underneath. There's a sharp, pungent sweetness from the malts and booze at first, but soon the fruits come in a slightly medicinal, syrupy manner. Nutty and slightly grainy as well, although more subtle than you'd think. Not much heat, but the sugars do a great job at covering it up. Can't make out much bitterness from the hops, but they're there, I suppose. I enjoy the flavors, but a little TOO medicinal, even for a doppelbock.

Not quite sure how old this bottle is, but the flavor alone indicates to me that it's been sitting around for probably a good long while. This is indicated in the flavor, which is a nice slap of sweet, raisin-like malts, melding into flavors of cherries, extremely ripe peaches, and sweetened walnuts. To me, the best part of it all is the caramel/honey combo going on at the back, which rather than be overly sweetened, resembles a fresh fruitcake topped with nuts and caramel. The mouthfeel, as always with this brewery's offerings, is silky smooth and never too syrupy. Well carbonated, as a doppelbock always should be. I enjoy it, but I wish it were fresher.

Very great flavors abound, and the beer's easy drinkable feel and lack of heat overall makes this one I'd revisit if possible. However, I would prefer to have this fresh, as the hop character is really missing. Not as intense or malty as other doppelbocks, which is definitely a plus. Relatively balanced... Almost drinks like a helles lager on steroids. Worth trying for sure.

magictacosinus, Aug 10, 2013
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3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark brown/mahogany with a cream color head that goes away and leaves little lace. smell is fruit (fig and raisin etc), sugars, some bready yeast and some malt. not quite as caramelly and choco toffee as i would have thought. there's alittle bit of a sour kick to the taste. just a little little. hops are in there, and some flavors i've only experienced in belgian beer. mainly that yeast character and the fruit taste. i kind of like it. actually, i like it, but i'm not sure if it's proper for the style. nice slick medium body and a cool drink to me. i have weird tastes though. i don't even know what to make of this one. i know i really like it, but it would be hard to recommend. i think i'll have a couple more. I believe this is a must try.

timtim, Sep 20, 2007
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3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured a clear, dark mahogany with some tan head. It smelled like bready yeast and roasted barley, with some rich caramel malt and a bit of raisin. It tasted like roasted barley and dark caramel, with some copper and coffee, and a bit of smoke. It was slightly thick with some carbonation, and had a bittersweet aftertaste. Overall this was a good, solid doppelbock. It wasn't quite as rich as the top doppelbocks I've tried, but it still had a nice clean flavor with good body. It hid the alcohol well also, so it was quite easy to drink. Nice autumn beer.

Pencible, Sep 03, 2009
Photo of ONUMello
3.86/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a Celebrator glass
A: Solid brown with a hint of red and a one-finger tan head that settles fairly quickly
S: Roasted malt, roasted nuts, just a hint of caramel and coffee beans
T: Also malty with roasted nuts, a touch of chocolate and a hint of sweetness
M: Medium-bodied, just a hint sweet though perhaps just a touch watery
O: Let that remaining sweetness ferment into something dry and this would go from pretty good to great

ONUMello, Jun 25, 2014
Photo of tempest
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this as a dessert beer at Tap and Table in Emmaus, PA for $5 a bottle. This is a sweet and simple beer, and I was happy to end the night with it. I don't mean to say the beer was cloying, it certainly had a dry edge to it, but the flavors were big and tasty cocoa and fruit notes that included red grape, apple, and sweet cherries. The semi-sweet chocolate flavor led things off, but the aftertaste trailed off too quickly. Overall the beer drank well, but the flavor and feel were just too thin for this to be a great beer. Worth a try though.

tempest, Aug 15, 2009
Photo of Franchise
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Franchise, Dec 09, 2005
Photo of Vancer
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Umm, clean and clear mahogany brown, capped with a nice tan head. Looking good in my SammyAdams freebie glass.

Sweet caramel malts arise in the aroma and cross over into the quaff. Not too sweet, not to hoppy - this one is just right. Just enough hop bite in the finish to tone down the initial sweetness. Nice.

Medium bodied and quite tasty. Put this on your dobblebock list.

Vancer, May 30, 2008
Augustiner Bräu Maximator from Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG
88 out of 100 based on 488 ratings.