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Augustiner Bräu Maximator - Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG

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88
very good

518 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 518
Reviews: 300
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 30
Gots: 39 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 russpowell
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours brown/chestnut with 3 fingers of rocky tan head. Minimal head & lacing, some viscosity to this

S: Brown bread, nice spiciness, at touch of smokeynesss & cinnamon

T: Brown bread, brown sugar, slight peppery notes & toffee up front. Some boozeyness, slight metallic & herbal hops as this warms, along with ginger & brown bread as this warms. Finishes with brown bread, spiceyness, & dryness. Almost pulled a 5.0

MF: Medium bodied, chewy with low carbonation. More malt depth please

Drinks great, don't' remember coming across this in Germany, Super solid dopplebock!

Photo of nrpellegrini
4.43/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep brown color with a nice tan head that stuck around. Smelled of cinnamon spices and malts. Tasted sweet and caramel malts. A smooth spice going on in there and maybe some bread texture. This beer was incredibly smooth, almost like a cola at times, with the close to creamy mouthfeel. I wanted more, it went down easy.

Photo of Amalak
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

App: Nice dark-red beer.

Smell: Fruityish smell. Not enough of an expert to explain the flavors, but it smells excellent.

Taste: On of my favorite Dopplebocks, though I have only had a handful. Haste a tremendous, noticeable flavor. Goes down easy. I really enjoyed it.

Mouthfeel: Bubbly, but not over carbonated.

Drinkability: While its apr is high (7.5) it doesn't feel like a strong beer at first, but after a couple it really hits you. Great beer, but it will get you very drunk if you don't watch yourself.

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 illidurit
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Celebrator doppelbock glass. Deep clear amber color with a nice khaki head. Lovely nose, big dark fruit notes, especially prunes, raisins, dates and dried cherries. Ludicrous that this should emanate from a lager! Vivid and luscious, recalling licorice and See's candies along with dried fruit. The flavor departs a bit from the fruitiness to showcase creamy caramel and molasses, but there's still a significant unripe raisin note. There's a slight metallic tinge as well, but it's not nearly as prominent as in some lesser doppelbocks and the subtlety actually works okay with the other flavors. I don't get any alcohol on the palate at all, which is great. It's obviously there but the only evidence is a slight warmth, a slight oiliness, and a slight buzz. Finishes dry for a chewy beer (much appreciated). This is honestly up there with Celebrator. I can't believe how good this is. Bravo.

Photo of John
4.41/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Exceptional color and appearance...rich, dark brown with some russet hues around the edges. Creamy tan head is produced with a vigorous pour. Hearty raisin bread aroma. The flavors skillfully blend substantial roasted malt, subdued dark fruit; plum, grape, raisin and the perfect hint of alcohol to finish it off. I thoroughly enjoyed this doppel. One of the best.

Photo of Jeffo
4.41/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this at The Cracked Kettle in Amsterdam.

From a half-liter bottle into a mug.

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger medium looking off-white head with good retention. Very little carbonation evident. Somewhere around burgundy or burnt-umber brown in color. Head slowly fades to a thin film. No head sticks around by the end and leaves no lacing down the glass.

SMELL: A big nose jumps out of the bottle and the glass. Caramel malt, toffee notes and a good dose of spiciness. Red fruits are there, raspberries perhaps. Sweet toasted malts all over the place. Very nice and bold. Enticing.

TASTE: Sweet caramel malt, toffee, and toasted malts up front. Biscuit flavours through the middle and some red berry notes too. Finishes with some spicy alcohol notes and goes into a mild but longer lasting sweet malt and spicy alcohol aftertaste. A very sweet and tasty doppelbock for sure.

PALATE: Medium-full body with medium carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, heavy as well, lots of weight, goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth-coating. No bite on the way down. Great feel. Agustiner never disappoints in this category.

OVERALL: A great Doppelbock; one of the best on the market. Augustiner lager beers are phenomenal to say the least, and this is another fine example of their craft. If you like sweet Doppelbocks, this is your baby. A complete malt bomb. Recommended.

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

Very nice dark brown w/ a copper hue. Pours a very small creamy head. Very little carbonation (which was nice.) The aroma is that of prunes mixed with caramel and dough, the same can be tasted on the palate. This brew was so easy to drink and was so enjoyable! An excellent Doppelbock!

Photo of merlin48
4.39/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of emerge077
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a seriously dense brownish-black, with reddish highlights. Khaki foam creeps up to the edge of the snifter.

Smell is slightly boozy, caramel, plum, raisin, though not especially sweet. Definitely malty.

Taste is big, and pretty much represents the sublime Doppelbock to me. Roasty malt, sweet dark fruit, caramel in the aftertaste. Lingering dry roastiness. Not to cloying or harsh with the alcohol, this one is well balanced.

Smooth, velvety on the palate, fairly dry finish begs you to sip it again. 2-3 makes a perfect fall-winter session.

This is my favorite Doppelbock, due to the dark fruit element and exceptional balance. Cheers!

Photo of mcguirmn
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

First thing I noticed was the champ on the front label. Not really sure if the picture above really does it justice. This monk-looking fellow looks like a total boss. He's sitting there, wearing his bib (which he wears proudly) ready to kick ass and take names. This beer's label is probably my favorite.

Now, on to the beer itself.

Appearance: Comes out of the bottle as a dark brown, almost burgundy color. Nonexistent head.

Smell: Amazing. Smells of malt, dark fruits, with a strong chocolate presence.

Taste: Amazing. I had never had a Doppelbock before. And since I pretty much bought the beer only because it looked cool, I really didn't know what to expect. It was like drinking a dark, alcoholic, chocolate milk. Definitely hides the alcohol well.

Mouthfeel: Solid. Full Bodied with minimal carbonation (perhaps I had an older bottle).

Overall: Definitely a good beer.While I wouldn't say that this is one of my go-to beers, it was very enjoyable.

Photo of BigMarty1980
4.36/5  rDev +11.2%

Photo of MoreThanWine
4.36/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

They do Munich proud. Pours a lovely 2" light mocha head. The color held to the light is a clear deep berry color. Smell is rich malt and taste is oh so much more of the same along with some caramel. Rich and with a substantial finish. An extraordinary testimony to malt. I'd snagged this as a single bottle for a pretty affordable price and I'd say this is great for repeats and even gifts. Maximator indeed.

Photo of kmpitz2
4.35/5  rDev +11%
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.

Photo of goindownsouth
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

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 dwren89
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: excellent clarity, ruby-brown color, cream colored head, nice lacing

Aroma: nutty, caramel, toasty malts,

Taste: very malty, with strong nutty and bready flavors,

Mouthfeel: crisp finish, thick bready mouthfeel, medium-full body

Overall Impression: excellently crafted Doppelbock with notes of toasted bread and mixed nuts. An excellent beer for a malt lover.

Photo of nasty15108
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Poured a deep dark brown color. The pour produced a head to thick tan foam that quickly subsides into a thin film.

S - Aroma of dark ripe fruit, nuts and chocolate. A great rasinette smell.

T - More of the same. Liquid Rasinettes.

MF&D - Smooth, creamy and extremely drinkable for a 7.5% ABV. If you are a Doppelbock fan (and I am), you have to check this one out, its one of the best out there.

Photo of roadhouse
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pilsener glass.

Appears a clear mahogany reddish color with a one inch light tan head. Retains a cap well and leaves some moderate lacing on the glass.

Aroma is insane with raisins, tons of caramel sweetness, some toasty malt, a very slight chocolate note as well.

Taste has lots of sweet sugary caramel to start, again a bit dose of raisin dark fruit character, and some toasted malt. A slight mineral character in the finish, with lingering dark fruit and caramel.

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, quite creamy consistency. Rather easy to drink, but not one you want more than two of at a time.

Very impressed by this one. I didn't know if it was wise to spend $13 on a beer I hadn't tried before but this time it was worth it.

Photo of dudemuskie
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold foil topped 12 oz bottle into taster glass.

Appearance- Deep amber with garnet highlights. Quickly fading, coke-like, fizzy light tan head. Bottle popped with quite a pfft! No lacing.

Aroma- Incredible depth of malt aromatics with a mouthwatering effect! Sweet caramel, dark dried fruits like raisins and prunes, a soft nuttiness and perfume-like floral character. Very complex nose, with a hint of herbal hops tucked well in the background.

Flavor- Starts with a big, deep, caramelly malt sweetness that intensifies into a mouth-filling, sticky sweet raisin flavor. Just the right amount of herbal hop bitterness kicks in for the finish, keeping it from being overly sweet. Slightly evident alcoholic strength in finish. Long lingering prune/raisin flavors.

Mouthfeel- Moderate CO2, full bodied, with lots of sticky residual sugars. Leans well towards the malty side with just enough bittering hops to keep the brew from being overly sweet.

Overall- Great doppelbock! Incredible depth of malt complexity and richness with a kiss of hops keeping it from being over the top. Drinkability takes a bit of a hit due to its richness, but I want to have another thanks to the awesome malt character. This is an excellent example of the style and a very tasty brew! The next time I want a classic old world doppelbock, I will be seeking this out!

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 BrownNut
4.31/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of beerluvr
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
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!

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Augustiner Maximator has a thick, beige head, a clear, bubbly, copper appearance, and minimal lacing left behind on the glass. The aroma is faint, but one can detect a distinct fruitiness and a bit of sweet, brown bread. Taste is of sweet, brown bread, sugar, Japanese plum, and a mellow hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and slick, and Augustiner Maximator finishes mostly dry, crisp, refreshing, and quite drinkable. Although there is an underlying alcohol presence, I would not guess it is at 7.5% by just tasting it. Overall, this is an excellent beer.

RJT

Augustiner Bräu Maximator from Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG
88 out of 100 based on 518 ratings.