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Augustiner Bräu Maximator - Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG

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BA SCORE
88
very good

308 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 308
Hads: 553
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 34
Gots: 45 | 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 ArrogantB
3.31/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark chestnut color poured into a pilsener glass, little head to be found but it still looks like a good beer. It smells quite malty, a hint of chocolate, smells decent. The mouthfeel is a little weird and I can;t quite say why, flavor is good and malty, a little hint of maple syrup. This was a decent enough dopplebock but I probably won't revisit this again. (361 characters)

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

I like beers like this, when the label looks like an illustration from the 1908 Sears and Roebuck catalogue.

I also like that kind of severely roasted, very ripe fruit smell that you get out of a good, aged doppelbock. This hasn't been on the shelf more than a few months, but lord knows how long ago it was brewed. Some age is to be expected with a beer like this, and the aroma wears the age quite well.

The taste, not so much. The very beginning is pleasantly burny--bock malt mixed with ash and apples--but that gives way to an intense, vinous fruitiness that overwhelms everything else the whole rest of the way, until a few seconds after the beer is swallowed when the ashy, sweet bock malt returns as an aftertaste.

Still, it's smooth for its size. The burn is light and pleasant, and even though the fruitiness is really strong and disrupts the beers balance, it isn't really offputting.

EDIT:
I'm bumping this up a bit. The drinkability is insane, and it becomes a bit more balanced as it warms up. (1,012 characters)

Photo of illidurit
4.42/5  rDev +13%
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. (908 characters)

Photo of francisweizen
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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! (436 characters)

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

A pretty dark amber, yet transluscent pour. Quite a bit of bubbles in this one. Head closer to dark tan, different than the white head I was expecting. Aroma is basic, some malt, hops, light fruits. Tastes is pretty straight forward with those same malts, light caramel, some real light red fruit and apple. Rather lively mouthfeel. Finishes clean as a whistle. This reminded me very much of the brews I sampled when in Southern Germany for work. Hasthat Beck's tang, not quite sure what else to call it, but many German beers seem to have it.
Not the things we've become accustomed to here in the US, but a very solid version and typical of a German Dopplebock. A clean refreshing break from heavier American craft brews. (722 characters)

Photo of Pencible
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (562 characters)

Photo of cokes
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.. (752 characters)

Photo of whartontallboy
3.17/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (731 characters)

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. (456 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

11.2oz bottle with gold foil. Poured into an unlabeled snifter today, 10/13/2013.

As soon as I popped the cap, this beer started gushing. Not a good start. Pours a very dark yet clear amber body, not quite brown or black. As it was a gusher, it poured with a massive tan head that dissipated quickly into nothing, not even a collar. Just some small bubbles coming up.

Smells full of caramel and toffee, a little bit of alcohol heat and hints of honey. I don't get much in way of noble hops.

Tastes so caramelly sweet with a hint of honey, its solid. A little bit of noble hops on the back end. Not very complex but a very straightforward beer.

Medium bodied, smooth and fairly well carbonated. Leaves a fairly dry finish. Nothing special, a little bit of heat on the backend.

This beer is definitely not what it should be. I don't remember ever having it at Augustiner Bräustuben, but this is not up to Augstinerbräu's standards. (936 characters)

Photo of Bierman9
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mmmm...nice doppel! Alewife was drinking a Sammy Doppel...had a taste of this and didn't want to return it. Hey!! Nice dark brown/ruby colored bier, (great color!!) with a small thin head, minimal lace. Big malty, sweet nose; rich...quite appealing! Superb body and smoothness....easy going down! Big malt backbone, sweetness...some dark fruit, caramel-toffee, and a little hop note at the finish. Mmmm... Real nice....not quite a Salvi, Sammy or Celebrator, but real good!

overall: 4.5
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4.5

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

From the bottle.

This one poured a dark ruby red color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of breadiness, dark fruits and molasses. Tastes of brown sugar, dark fruits and molasses. All around malty. Light alcohol in the finish.

Notes from 4/7/05 (257 characters)

Photo of Brent
3.18/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (764 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a single of this for $2.49 at The Lager Mill. I picked up a couple different Doppelbocks when I was there and I thought I would start with a traditional German one first. No visible bottling date. Poured from a 11.2oz brown foiled bottle into a mini snifter.

A- The label is ok looking and has what appears to be a monk on it, nothing fancy. It poured a dark copper color with two and a half fingers worth of off white head that died down to a little ring.

S- The aroma is pretty bready and yeasty. There lost of sweet caramel malts in this brew that give this beer a pretty sweet aroma. Following that are large amounts of dark dried fruits, mainly raisins. I pick up a light amount of floral hops at the end.

T- Lots of nice caramel malts dominate the flavor of this brew and are not as sweet as the nose led me to believe. The dark dried fruits carry over from the aroma, mostly raisins and figs, they blend with the malts nicely. There is some slight spiciness from the yeast and the finish is a little boozy with a hint of grassy hops.

M- Full bodied with decent carbonation.

Overall I thought this was a good beer. The flavors were pretty spot on for the style but it didn't hide its alcohol that well, it tasted more like its 9%. The malts were just were they should be and had the right amount of sweetness and that dark dried fruit flavor help tie everything together. One of these is enough for me. I am not sure I would seek this one out again, but I wouldn't turn it down. If you like the style give this beer a try, it represents it pretty well. (1,575 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz gold foil capped bottle served in a glass beer mug.

L - clear dark cherrywood color with a beige head that thinned out but still left decent lacing.
S - sweet caramel malt and dark fruits.
T - rich malty sweetness accompanied by dark fruit flavors, very good tasting brew.
F - medium bodied with a silky smooth feel.
D - goes down smooth and easy but it is quite filling. (377 characters)

Photo of merlin48
4.39/5  rDev +12.3%
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. (977 characters)

Photo of Vancer
3.83/5  rDev -2%
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. (378 characters)

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

Poured a deep reddish-brown color with modest white head that very quickly disappeared. Smell is slightly malty with much dark fruit (plums, figs) also to be found. Taste is extremely enjoyable with a nice full malty taste and lots of dark fruit tastes. Finishes with a nice fruity sweetnes. Unbelieveably drinkable for a 7.5% beer. Great job. (343 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.9/5  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. (741 characters)

Photo of Jeffo
4.41/5  rDev +12.8%
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. (1,386 characters)

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (356 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.3/5  rDev +10%
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 (564 characters)

Photo of Floydster
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce single purchased today for $3.50 at Beverage Warehouse in Marina del Rey, my friend just got done telling how good this was when he was over in Munich, poured into my Aventinus weizen glass, color is a medium to dark brown, 3/4 inch creamy beige head, aroma consists of roasted malts, wheat, prunes, plums, caramel, milk chocolate, roasted malts, almonds, and some spices, flavor starts off with chocolate, various spices in the middle with a hint of clove and nutmeg carrying over into the finish, where sweet malts were prominet, roasted malts come out in the next few sips, by the end you get a hint of booze to go along with dark fruits but there is still lots of malts, sweet, slightly fruity, and malty mouthfeel, medium bodied, actually pretty thin, too much carbonation probably, taste lingers, drinks pretty well but once it warms it loses a lot of its drinkability, can get sweet and filling after a while, a twelve ounce serving was enough for me, had not heard of this brewery before, decent beer but I do not know about the six pack being over twenty dollars even considering the importing costs and other factors, besides that I would drink again, worth trying (1,183 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
3.95/5  rDev +1%

Rich burgundy color reveals fig, date, raisin and barley malt on the nose. Strong flavors of dark dried fruit like, raisin, date and prune. Figgy like malts with a tea leaf, molasses, barley grain, light toast, smoke and some biscuit tastes. The feel is thick, almost chewy. Very good example of the style as it feels and tastes like a meal. (341 characters)

Photo of kmpitz2
4.35/5  rDev +11.3%
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. (333 characters)

Augustiner Bräu Maximator from Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG
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