Augustiner Bräu Maximator - Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG

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Reviews: 304
Hads: 548
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 33
Gots: 44 | FT: 0
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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 delicious
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fast ivory head that eventually falls without lace on a dark chestnut body that is clear if the backlighting is bright enough.
Very malty nose. Sweet with a little fruitiness and a hint of chocolate ice cream.
The taste is a little nutty and malty, but it's far from sweet. As the beer warms more fruit comes out in the flavor.
Carbonation is low, and though the mouthfeel isn't tremendous, it is creamy.
This is a very passive doppelbock. The alcohol is well masked, it's creamy, and it's not too sweet. All of these characteristics come together to allow the fruitiness to shine through and make for a very drinkable doppelbock. (645 characters)

Photo of a10t2
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Medium brown color with copper tones when held to the light. Thin off-white head dissipates quickly, but a light foam remains on top. Good lacing given the ABV.

S: Rich, almost saccharine malt sweetness, bready yeast aromas and some hints of dried plums and raisins. Some alcohol in the background.

T: A bit of booze up front, then rich caramel and toasted malt flavors. Not sweet per se, just very very malty.

M: Much drier than the appearance and smell would suggest. Carbonation is evident but helps to keep things light. A very subtle heat in the throat, and then my mouth feels tragically empty.

D: Extremely high. Most doppelbocks are sweet enough to wear out their welcome, but I drank three of these in a sitting (in hindsight, not the best idea). (762 characters)

Photo of fightingwords
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-- bold trasparent brown. It's got this cherry/rosy glow also...rosy brown? Fluffy head from a rousing pour. Pretty sticky but the head was mostly laid back.

S-- way prevalent caramel and dirty toasted malts. Little raisiny. Mosly a typical musty cereal with a little sweetness. Good stuff, I liked the nose.

T-- MALTY, biscuity and sweet malts give way to just a touch of oily hops. As it warmed (and me as well) I could pick up some of the alcohol flavor. Nothing bad, just a characteristic of the style I guess.

M-- can it be called soft on the mouth? Smooth and definately full bodied. Memorable finish. Not oily but definately lasting.

D-- not a quaffable style considering the body and the abv, but it's highly drinkable one bottle in a sitting.

I'd have to call this beer classic. It's not a Celebrator or Consecrator, but it holds it's own. Worth a shot if you want to try the style. (898 characters)

Photo of dvb
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A picture of a monk on the bottle of doppelbock. How could you go wrong?

A - Deep reddish brown, nice off-white head but no lacing whatsoever. None.

S - Standard doppelbock fare. Lots of malty, bready, yeasty aroma.

T - Very bready. With most beer, when you get to the bottom of the bottle and let that last drop sit for a while, it seems very bitter and that's all you get: bitterness. No so, here. That last drop tastes like bread. Good, dense, chewy bread. The monks had the right idea. This one tastes nice all the way through.

M - A bit thin, quite honestly.

D - Not the best doppelbock I've had, but I could drink several of these just the same. Very drinkable. (672 characters)

Photo of e11iott
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: 12 oz bottle. Frothy 2 finger head, lasted a short time, light lacing, deep dark red/brown when poured.

S: Heavy aroma of nuts and malt smell. Strong scent

T/M: served cold had heavy body. light carbonation. Very sweet to taste for a beer, considering its not a fruit beer. Alcohol is hidden nicely for how strong it is.

D: Strongly surprised how amazing this beer is warm, got sweeter. Will get this for a special occasion, in the near future, a bit pricey. (464 characters)

Photo of JoshuaCain
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours an interesting reddish-brown with a thin tan head. head dissipates rather quickly.
aroma is a little understated, malt and black tea with a little caramel and plum in the back.
tastes quite nice. big maltiness up front, as expected, with brown sugar, figs and earth. there is a sharp resinous hop presence in the finish, adding a bit of balance to the sweetness.
mouthfeel is good, very creamy and rich. carbonation is a little weak, but that doesn't detract from the experience.
overall a really nice doppelbock, I wish I had bought a few more. (552 characters)

Photo of BoulderBarrovecchio
3.54/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

A: Cloudy rose copper amber that lets light through, thin head, no visible carbonation.

S: A lot going on here, chocolate, honey, a flash of smoke, roasted malt, and dark fruit comes out later.

T: Sweet honey is the dominant flavor. Took a little bit for me to pinpoint it and really surprised me.

M: Very smooth and creamy, very light carbonation, similar mouthfeel to Celebrator.

O: Murky visual, complex scent, surprise of honey taste, and too smooth for my liking. Easy drinking. (488 characters)

Photo of iguenard
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (1,090 characters)

Photo of heavy216
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 12 oz bottle, pour dark amber red, lots of head which faded fast

S: smells fruity and malt...could definately smell the alcohol

T/M: nutty, alcohol taste that seemed to be mopre present as it gets warmer, not much carbonation very light

D: This one was provided to me by a friend and i really enjoyed it until i learned the steep price? good solid beer to enjoy on special occasions (388 characters)

Photo of WVRadar
4.67/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Two finger fizzy light brown head on a clear, sparkling deep amber body with ruby highlights. Virtually no lacing. Very pleasant toasted, nutty aroma with maybe a hint of some fruit. Sweet taste with a hint of bitterness. Very little hop presence. Mouthfeel is medium, creamy and lively. Excellent smooth beer, very drinkable. (326 characters)

Photo of BlakeAJurgens
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Beautiful Burnt Sienna color with a hint of an almost reddish or amber hue. Head was decent (around two fingers); neither overextended nor minimal, and diminished quickly after the initial pour. not a lot of carbonation bubbles.

Smell: Very full scent; the only flaw may be the overpowering scent of the caramel which at times obscures the molasses and eventual raisin undertones. That being said, the aroma is still quite good and superior to many doppelbocks.

Taste: impressive taste full of complexity; well accompanied by the smell. The caramel blends very well into other flavors (slight fruit, maybe a little bit of chocolate). The malt taste grows strongest at the end, while remaining more subtle during the initial sip and middle. The beginning sip also has a hint of raisin and perhaps a hint of orange. great from first sip to bottom of the glass. The slight hint of alchohol which many doppelbocks possess is overshadowed by the many flavors (my wife, who deeply disdains starkbiers actually enjoyed her sip)

Mouthfeel: neither bad nor extravagant. Surprisingly a little weak, as a little more substance would make this beer quite exceptional. While it has no negative overtones, it certainly leaves a little to be desired. Slightly carbonated at the open but quickly desolves. Definitely the weakest aspect of this beer.

Overall: a strong 4. A very well-crafted beer which definitely masks the 7.5 alcohol percentage.its fruit and caramel flavor, deep aroma, and smooth finish make this a very good beer. Definitely a re-drink. (1,557 characters)

Photo of mtwentz
3.16/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I read, last Oktoberfest season, that Augustiner was one of the 4,5, or 6 Munich breweries allowed to have a tent at the annual festivity. Finally found a bottle, Maximator, and here we go...

poured from a third liter bottle glass into a pike tulip.

pours a dark ruby, leaving a crescent of off-white head.

Smells a little like stale raisin bread soaked in water.

Fruity sips of malt make way for....

I'm surprised this is only 7.5%. There seems to be room for more alcohol..Fairly smooth and dark, dried fruity. Not what I'm used to in Munich beers. Glad to check it off the list. (587 characters)

Photo of americanaqualung
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark caramel, coffee almost like cola or a maple/oak wood. Some reddish hues. A small head of about one and a half fingers, leaves a thin head after dissipating.

S - I get fruity malt smell. Smells sweet and caramel, maybe brown sugar.

T - The taste is a little more subdued than the smell, but the same accents are there. The malt is smooth and there is a little bite at the end of the beer.

M - Smooth, a little tingly. Doesn't leave the mouth dry. Doesn't feel as heavy on the mouth as I'd expect from such a dark beer.

D - I like this beer. I feel that it goes good with a rich meal, like steak, or after a meal. It is definitely not a fast drinking beer as it is a little on the heavier side. (713 characters)

Photo of mcguirmn
4.37/5  rDev +11.8%
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. (962 characters)

Photo of mncoinman
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Fancy gold foil topping
Good caramel malt aroma
Very little foam head upon pouring
A little bit on the sweeter side for a doppelbock
Good rich "bock" flavor
Reddish brown color...good effervescence

A good beer, I could certainly enjoy this beer on a regular basis (266 characters)

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

Saw this in the cooler at my local pub. 12 ounce bottle, poured into a .33 liter Stella pils wineglass.

Appearance - Poured dark reddish brown, 1/2 inch of white head, quick dissipation, no lacing.

Smell - Nose was raisin, molasses, small nints of clove, fruit, rum tones.

Taste - This was an odd one, nothing like a doppelbock, it tasted very much like a Munich style dunkel, on steroids. Despite the moderately high A.B.V, no heat at all. Just malty, spicy, raisiny bready. No sediment in the bottle, filtered.

Mouthfeel - Felt very thin and crispy on the way down, clean brew, no chunky bits.

Drinkability - Overall, a smooth, malty, yeasty, spicy brew. Despite the higher alcohol, this went down very smooth.

Final thoughts, good, easy, intense, but manageable. This is the curveball of the Doppelbock family, but I'll be drinking this again. (853 characters)

Photo of galante27
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my all time favorite beers...

If you are a fan of Dopplebock this is for you. From the Dark brown appearence to the smooth taste and lasting flavor this beer is def. one of Germany's finest.

Dispite its heavy taste which may turn off the lighter beer folks, this brew is good enough to be enjoyed all day.

I ran a Germanfest last weekend and this was a hit of the party, was and always will be a favorite. (424 characters)

Photo of Strawbs
4.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One of the first beers I ever had that made me decide I liked beer. Sweet, malty & medium bodied. I like high alcohol beer, so this one is actually fairly mild & one I can guzzle when thirsty.

One major complaint. Unlike the similar Paulaner Salvator, there is no bottling date to be found. In 30 years of drinking this beer, I've gotten the odd case with bitter & burnt flavors. Obviously expired. But when fresh, I love it. (426 characters)

Photo of BeerYain
3.44/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours caramel with a small head out of an 11.2oz bottle. It tastes a lot like a typical smooth, mellow scotch beer...easy drinking. If you know what that tastes like, then you'll understand this one. If you don't, go read up on them! The alcohol is hiding under there at 7.5%, so don't stand too quickly if you've had a few. The price is right here in Seattle-Tacoma for a repeat visit, but I wouldn't set out for it anywhere - not even in Germany where it's bottled. (467 characters)

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

This one pours a deep carmel brown with a small, bubbly head that disappears too quickly and leaves little lacing.

Nose is thick with malts; dark caramel, toffee, light raisin notes, and brown sugar.

Taste is much the same, with a thick brown sugar backbone, followed by caramel and more molasses; not much in the way of hops in this one except for a faint bitterness toward the end.
Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, with a medium-heavy body.

Pretty good doppelbock overall. It was severely lacking in carbonation, but otherwise pretty nice, very much a malt lovers beer though, as it is one of the sweeter doppelbocks I've had, bordering on being cloying and syrupy. Somewhat middle of the road, but nice if you need a malt fix. (734 characters)

Photo of bgkeeley
4.55/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a red amber with a very slight head. The nose is caramel alcohol, toffee and fresh bread. In the mouth the sweet notes of malts and sugars are balanced by the hops and alcohol. This is a very pleasant to drink beer, although if you are looking for a hops hops and more hops I suspect you should look elsewhere.

-I have noticed that many reviews seem like they are tasting different beers. The bottles are not dated and I have found this beer to taste very differently depending on how old it is. I have had this beer off the tap in Munich so I have some vague idea of how it is fresh. As the beer ages some of the sweet and bready notes vanish and the hops become more and more prominent. This means that what at once a fairly rich beer full bodied beer becomes a drier thinner and inferior version of itself. (817 characters)

Photo of MarkStewart
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A good beer, a medium toasted flavor with a slight nose. A medium body with a creamy texture. Smooth and easily drinkable. I had expected more from what I had heard too be honest. (179 characters)

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

Caramel colored with a nice creamy head. Sweet malt aromas with caramel and a hint of nut. Fantastic flavor. Deep layers of caramel but not syrupy. Just enough hops to make this a nice balanced doppel. Clean finish. A bit thin on the body but overall a terrific beer (266 characters)

Photo of DreifachS
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not bad for a beer that appears to have been brewed by Mikhail Gorbachev (at least it looks like him on the label).

Poured into a pint glass washed, rinsed and dried by hand just prior to serving. (I've heard residual soap can really effect head so I try to remove this variable whenever possible)

Appearance is more like an Amber rather than a Doppelbock.
Head lingered only momentarily before almost completely disappearing. Very clear which isn't surprising for a lager.

Tastes of pilsner malt, dark crystal, and just a touch of Munich malt- clean with a bouquet of dark caramel, coffee and a little bit of raisins. Lager levels of residual sweetness.

Mouthfeel is fairly light for a beer that relies on malt for all of its flavor (probably about 5 ibu's of hops). Typically these beers taste much thicker to me, perhaps this is why this one seems so drinkable.

Smell is very light, not very aromatic which isn't surprising for a doppelbock.

I would characterize this beer as one of the few doppelbocks I could drink all night, though something tells me (7.5 ABV) that this wouldn't be a good idea.

It's no Celebrator but its still a good doppelbock. (1,179 characters)

Photo of LewisMartin
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz bottle in a pint glass.

Appearance: Small 1 finger head that leaves no lace on the glass.

Smell: Slightly malty, not a strong aroma. Maybe a a hint of nuts.

Taste: A little more malt and carbonation than expected but nothing overpowering. Still a good combination of flavor that leaves no doubt. Enough hops to keep the tongue satisfied but nothing overboard.

Notes: Would certainly buy another. Solid flavor all around and nothing lacking. (465 characters)

Augustiner Bräu Maximator from Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG
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