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Augustiner Bräu Maximator - Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG

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486 Ratings

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Ratings: 486
Reviews: 294
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 10.97%
Wants: 28
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-25-2002)
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Photo of avalon07
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsener glass. Had a brown color and a clear consistency. There was a big, long-lasting head and average lacing.

S: Smelled of malt, sugar and alcochol.

T: Taste consisted of brown sugar, malt and a fair amount of alcohol. Not the most overwhelmingly brilliant taste, but decent.

M: A fairly well-carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: On the whole this is a drinkable beer, though it's probably not something I'd seek out again.

avalon07, Jan 23, 2009
Photo of WoodBrew
3.23/5  rDev -17.6%

The Maximator gets average reviews from this guy because I am not an overly huge fan of Doppels. Nevertheless the beer poured a very nice clear amber with thin slightly off white head that is not lacing. The scent is very malty and sweet. The taste is intensely malty with that belgiumy europeany sweetness. The mouthfeel is medium in body with subtle carbonation. Overall...its not bad....but its not preferred.

WoodBrew, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of DrDemento456
4.05/5  rDev +3.3%

$2.69 for the under 12oz bottle. Poured into a pint glass

A - A nice ruby red brown color with a inch of deep tanish colored head. Lacing is excellent.
S - Bready malts, Brown Sugar goodness. mild dark fruits, and a dose of molasses.
T - It's very easy to drink with strong bread malts, molasses, some plum goodness, and a pinch of sweet brown sugar.
M - Best part of the beer it's not as heavy as other takes on the style. More medium bodied somewhat chewy.

Overall not as drinkable as the Helles lager but still a very well crafted german creation. Worth picking up.

DrDemento456, May 17, 2013
Photo of Evil_Pidde
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Evil_Pidde, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of Dogbrick
4/5  rDev +2%

Pours a dark reddish-brown color with a medium thin and foamy beige head that dissipates rather quickly. Small patches of lacing. The aroma is roasted malt and caramel along with a touch of grassy hops. Medium-bodied with rich peaty malt flavor coupled with plum and raisin, plus softer hops. An interesting mix overall. The finish is sweet caramel malt with earthy undertones and a lightly spiced hops aftertaste. Pretty enjoyable from start to finish.

Dogbrick, Dec 18, 2007
Photo of stcules
2.48/5  rDev -36.7%

Full ruby red. Pratically no head, and anyway, it is quickly falling to zero. Fizzy.
The smell is malt and caramel overall; then toasted, rhubarb, artichoke. Light mou. Quite washed out, for the style.
The taste is essentially malty and caramel, with a hint of hop below. Nothing remarkable.
It is maybe perceptible some liquorice, but even the alcohol, in spite of the ABV of "only" 7.5.
Sweet taste, maybe too much sweet. The aftertaste is resolutely too sweet, despite the presence of some hopping and bitterness, but not enough.
Not too satisfactory.

stcules, Sep 12, 2004
Photo of Duff27
4/5  rDev +2%

Duff27, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of barnzy78
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

barnzy78, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of Lare453
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Lare453, Mar 21, 2013
Photo of illidurit
4.43/5  rDev +13%

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.

illidurit, May 19, 2011
Photo of francisweizen
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%

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!

francisweizen, Dec 16, 2003
Photo of mrfrancis
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

mrfrancis, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of aasher
4/5  rDev +2%

aasher, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of DmanGTR
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

DmanGTR, Feb 10, 2013
Photo of cokes
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%

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..

cokes, Sep 03, 2004
Photo of whartontallboy
3.18/5  rDev -18.9%

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.

whartontallboy, Jan 13, 2005
Photo of clayrock81
3.58/5  rDev -8.7%

Poured a dark brown body with a minimal head and minor lace. A strong malt smell of roasted, burnt chocolate and caramel malt with a little hop bitterness. A basic brew but a good one; has a medium body that goes down smooth and has a chocolatey taste along with some caramel and syrupiness (beer is slightly sticky). A slight fruit taste along with some hop bitterness that gives off a slightly dry finish. A quality dopplebock that hides the ABv well and is an enjoyable drink.

clayrock81, Sep 28, 2009
Photo of ArrogantB
3.3/5  rDev -15.8%

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.

ArrogantB, May 31, 2009
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%

TheBeerAlmanac, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of mynie
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

I'm bumping this up a bit. The drinkability is insane, and it becomes a bit more balanced as it warms up.

mynie, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of jophish17
2/5  rDev -49%

jophish17, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of Pencible
3.88/5  rDev -1%

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 hopdog
4/5  rDev +2%

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

hopdog, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of Brent
3.15/5  rDev -19.6%

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.

Brent, Feb 10, 2004
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%

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.

JoeyBeerBelly, Mar 21, 2010
Augustiner Bräu Maximator from Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG
88 out of 100 based on 486 ratings.