Augustiner Bräu Maximator
Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG

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Style:
German Doppelbock
Ranked #29
ABV:
7.5%
Score:
88
Ranked #9,561
Avg:
3.94 | pDev: 10.66%
Reviews:
347
Ratings:
679
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Photo of VABA
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a dark amber color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma had nice caramel malt hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a very rich caramel malt flavor
M-A light bodied decently carbonated beer
O-A good Doppelbock

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Photo of BeerMeInMS
4.72/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

11.2 fl. oz. bottle poured in tulip glass...

Look: Beautiful ruby red color when directly in the light; dark brownish-red otherwise. light khaki foam that hasn't lasted long for me.

Smell: Spiciness, Sweetness, and alcohol notes. Like toasty cinnamon bread. very warming, pleasing aroma.

Taste: A sour flavor, maybe a bit fruity at first; then a little spicy hop taste comes in with absolutely no bitterness; Finally a lightly roasted/toasted, dried-fig like malt sweetness (but not too sweet at all) accompanied by just a bit of alcohol flavor... These three flavor profiles sour fruit/spicy hop/light roasted sweetness are so perfectly balanced. The aftertaste is warming and satisfying with a bit of everything. As the beer warms, more bread/toast-like flavor comes through. I think the beer tastes best before it warms much when it is fairly cool but not cold. Overall taste is balanced, deep, and medium-strong but not aggressive and no flavor is overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Medium-low carbonation (just right to me); almost full-bodied. smooth not creamy or sticky. Warming alcohol presence.

Overall: I love this beer; It hits all the right notes for me...My first taste of it put a big smile on my face. Top 10 in my personal favorites.

The word that most comes to mind for this beer is "elegant"...The depth, strength, and balance makes it seem refined and regal (the label probably helps with that perception, too.) I have been to the Augustiner Biergarten in Munich, but I did not have this beer over there. I have had it from a bottle in Cincinnati, Ohio and most recently from a six-pack in Florida. If I could get it locally it would be a regular purchase despite being a little more than I usually pay for a six-pack. I don't know Doppelbocks well enough to say for sure how well this represents the style, but I would think it is a very fine example.

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Photo of jkblr
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz undated bottle poured into a pokal glass at fridge temp 7.5% ABV. The beer pours bright light brown in color with khaki head. The head recedes rather quickly to an island and partial ring. The aroma is faint mildly sweet raisin bread with some herbal hop notes. The taste is unique like a lightly sweetened whole grain bread trailing off into a barely tangy, earthy lightly bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with less than medium carbonation and a mostly dry finish. Overall, pretty good. This is different to my tastes than most doppelbocks. It may have suffered a little from age as I have no idea when it was bottled.

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Photo of beersampler6
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oh man this beer was surprisingly delicious - my first time enjoying a beer from this style (although I've had other bock-style beers before). Pours a nice deeper amber-copper color with lots of foaming white head and spotty lingering lacing. Smells nice, good clean toasted malt aromas along with some vanilla, caramel, faint hops and bread. Taste follows the nose, but man it was so smooth, delicious, rich, buttery and enjoyable. So easy to drink despite the 7.5% ABV. Smooth, mildly rich, flavorful mouthfeel and just enough carbonation. I will keep sampling from this style because this was a great first venture for me.

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Photo of Snowcrash000
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, deep mahogany coloration with a large, foamy/creamy head. Smells of sweet, caramel, bready malt, dark fruit and just a hint of herbal/grassy hops and mild spice. Taste is dominated by a rich, moderately sweet malt character of caramel, bready and somewhat grainy malt, with notes of dark fruit: raisin, fig, dates and brown sugar that is balanced nicely by some herbal/grassy hops and just a hint of spice: licorice, clove. Finishes with a medium bitterness and some caramel malt and spice lingering in the aftertaste. Smooth mouthfeel with a medium body and carbonation.

A very nice Doppelbock with a great balance of sweet malts and herbal/bitter hops, as well as just a touch of spice to liven things up. Feels just a tad light-bodied for the style, but really not too bad.

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Photo of FBarber
3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a light chestnut brown color. Completely opaque and somewhat cloudy. Thin fizzy soda like head dissipates quickly but there is a thin partial layer of tan foam left on the top of the beer.

Aroma is rich and strong with notes of figs, raisins, dark malts, earthy nutty notes and some brown sugar.

Taste follows the nose with notes of figs, raisins, brown sugar, and some earthy nutty notes. Light earthy bitterness is noted on the back end with a slightly lighter flavor finish. Bit of spicy pepperiness on the back end.

Feel is light and thin. Spritzy carbonation. Semi-dry finish.

Overall a solid doppelbock - quite tasty and one Id happily drink again.

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Photo of jrc1093
3.97/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

No bottling date

Pours a glistening deep mahogany with a slight greyish white head of foam; the head dies down fairly quickly into a thick, persistent collar which allows virtually no lacing beyond its reach.

Aroma opens with a burst of sticky molasses, toffee, and a deep, oaky, malty sweetness, coming to reveal deeper tones of raisin, fig, brown sugar, light cherry, and vanilla bean; some great, intriguing depth to a bold, nicely-rounded bouquet.

Taste comes balanced with a slightly herbal, vanilla-tinged oaky character accompanied by light cherry tartness that never falls out of line with the general earthiness of the profile; finishes with dried plum and fig with very subtle overarching herbal grit.

Mouthfeel is robust, somewhat sticky, almost creamy, but drying with near-perfect timing; great medium-heavy body with a carbonation both naturally-imbued into and active on the palate; really enjoyable prickly grit rounds out the finish.

Well-rounded and bursting with depth and flavor while maintaining a certain approachability on the palate that makes this so easy to drink and simply enjoy; punchy enough to respect, but inviting enough to have you reaching for another, a combo I can get onboard with almost any day.

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Photo of Act25
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Amazing doppelbock, best ever, enjoyed at Augustine Rest at Beekman St NYC.
a) Pours a dark brown mahogany red with thin tan head that rises with a turn, no lace.
s) Raisin, nuts, black cherry with candy shop and malt.
t) While aroma is faint, taste is massive, maximum. Follows smell w assertive creamy caramel, toffee, regular coffee with cherry swirl.
f) Mouthfeel is chewy, bold, thick and creamy.
o) Outstanding, like an after dinner drink.

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Photo of chitoryu12
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Light copper with a small tan head.

Smell: Very bready and sweet, almost yeasty like sourdough. A sort of spicy, fruity note. Noticeable alcohol.

Taste: The same almost yeasty sweet bread, but with a slightly peppery feeling at the back of the throat. Very minor hop character, but noticeable alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Decent thickness, high carbonation.

Overall: A very unique style that puts a big spin on lagering technology.

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Photo of slusk
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Pours a clear, deep orange with a orange/tan head. Head dissipates rather quickly.

S: Big malty nose with caramel, dark fruits, raisin, graham cracker. Tiny hint of diacetyl. Earthy/spicy hop in the background.

T: Malty sweet, caramel, honey, dark fruits, raisin a bit of toast, Spicy hops in the background. Balance is malt forward. Finishes towards the sweet side.

F: Medium, Full body, medium carbonation

O: This is a rather sweet beer that is mostly malt forward. Definitely a good doppelbock.

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Photo of Nass
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a splendid doppelbock. This is my 2nd favorite doppelbock next to Andechser Doppelbock. This is really tasty & not overly offensive as some other beers in the style have been in the past. Nice dark fruit notes that are mild & pleasant amongst a thick & malty backbone. Cheers! A-

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Photo of Beginner2
3.89/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I like it when I make good choices. I skipped lunch, got home before 5 and asked myself: do I stuff junk food into my mouth... or do I try a new "liquid bread" (as the monk's say.) I had Maximator.

Looks are slightly above average for the style. Smells are slightly better in that the carmelized malt produces a nice dark fruit aroma, encouraged by an effective yeast. Tastes also are sweet, but are held in check by craftily subtle hops. Mouth Feel is rich, but not syrupy with enough carbonation to prevent tongue coating.

Would I have this again? It depends on how much respite I need from a long winter.

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

On tap in Rome. Khaki head. Copper color.

Caramel, toffee, vanilla, molasses, dark dried fruits. Very malty. Some sweetness. Medium bodied. Nice feel. Solid Doppelbock.

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Photo of stegmakk
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a dark brown with ruby highlights. Light tan head left fairly quickly yet retained light lacing on the side.
Aroma of heavy maltiness, toffee, hint of sweet.
Taste...great traditional Dopplebock. What it should be.
Overall excellent traditional Dopplebock. If I find again, would get it again. Especially on the coming winter months ahead.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a mostly clear reddish-brown, with a small head, and not much lacing.

This smells like dark fruits soaked in port, toffee, rich malty breadiness, and nuts.

This is absolutely excellent. There's a little bit of chocolate, and a killer dark fruit character that almost resembles port. There's slight dried cherry, and lots of toffee/nutty/bready malt on the finish. It's so rich and decadent.

This is medium bodied, slightly creamy, with a surprisingly high level of drinkability.

This has gotta be one of the best traditional dopplebocks out there. It's so nice.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a medium reddish orange with a thin off-white head that dissipates to tiny patches, slight lacing. Aroma of lightly toasted and biscuit malt, brown bread, raisins and dried plums. Flavor is dry caramel and mild toasted malt, brown bread, plums, hints of nuts. Finishes malty with residual dark dried fruit. Medium bodied with light creaminess and pleasant carbonation despite the inauspicious head on pour. A great, malty doppelbock with all the dark malt and dark fruit flavors I expect as well as some lighter bready and nutty notes. Full flavored and pleasant. A fine doppelbock.

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Photo of LeeryLeprechaun
4.34/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge malt nose. Tons of melanoidains. Caramel toffee. No hop aroma or yeast byproducts. Flavor is sweet and has notes of toast, bread, and toffee. Balance is sweet. Good body. Carb is a little low. Brown in color. Poor head retention and a little cloudy.

Overall, really cool to try this beer. I have been growing this yeast for people for 5+ years. Pretty cool to try beer from the brewery finally.

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Photo of tigg924
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear, bronze in color with 1/4 inch head. Taste is toasted malt, dark grain, toffee, and light nuttiness. Medium-heavy bodied, sweet--but not overly so, with low carbonation. Makes for a very clean and super drinkable lager. Could have several of these...Really solid beer.

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A clear brown beer with a reddish hue that has a nice light tan head that clings to the edge of the glass throughout the consumption. The aroma is malty and nutty. The taste is lightly sweet with a nuttiness and a sweetness that is like the candy part of brittle. Quite an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Josievan
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

11.2 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass at the Bier Stube in Moline, IL, 04/01/17. Fluffy head, mild carbonation. Subdued malty sweetness. Soft, utterly smooth mouthfeel. Deceptively drinkable for the alcohol content. The name "Maximator" is intimidating, but this beer is very much at ease. Paired well with a Braunschweiger Reuben and seasoned spatzle!

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Decanted from an 11.2 oz (330 ml) bottle into a conical pint glass; no production information.
A: Pours a crystal clear, rich copper color with red highlights, a one half inch orange/tan head, with limited retention and little or no lacing.
S: Aromas largely caramel and apples. Maybe a honey note.
T: Sweet. Palate follow the nose with more honey. Light bitterness which holds the sweetness at bay.
M: Medium bodied with low carbonation. Oily and goes down very smooth.
O: A superb German Doppelbock. I could drink this all day (well, ... perhaps if it weren't 7.5% ABV).

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Photo of Davedrinkinbeer
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good Doppelbock beer. Smell is mostly a pleasant roasted nuts smell. Taste is very consistent from start to finish-- toffee, nuts, coffee, maybe licorice-- and is very smooth. Carbonation is about perfect, and leaves little aftertaste. This is a great example of a Doppelbock, and one of the easier to drink ones. I would buy this more often, but I rarely see it for sale in many of the liquor stores I frequent.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the imported bottle, it pours a reddish brown with a modest head, eventually diminishing to a strong ring around the edges. Sweet malt in the nose. The mouth gets the caramel malt and licorice/raisin flavor.
Easy drinking doppelbock! Beware!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured a clear brown color doppelbock with a medium size off-white foamy head with OK retention and minimal retention. Aroma of residuals sugar and light caramel malt is pleasant enough. Taste is a mix of residual sugar notes with some caramelized malt with some light bready yeast notes. Body is lighter then I was expecting with some medium carbonation. Well brewed but lacking the complexity of the top example of the style.

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Photo of TH28
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle. No apparent code date. Appearance: Deep brown with dark ruby highlights, clear, with a nice khaki head. Head dissipates fairly quickly. Aroma: Smells like a true German Dopplebock. Malty, with strong dark fruit, raisin, and a touch of licorice. Taste: Sweet rich maltiness. Bready, a little toasty, turning to a sugary dark fruit of raisin and prune. Moderate bitterness is just enough to balance the rich malt sweetness. Mouthfeel: Medium to heavy bodied, with a low carbonation. Had a bit of alcohol warmth. Finish: Toasty maltiness with a touch of raisin Overall: A very easy drinking, well balanced Dopplebock. Slightly lower intensity of rich malt flavors than some others in the style, noticeable without the licorice you find in some. This has a distinct raisin character, and is very easy drinking compared to some others in the style

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Augustiner Bräu Maximator from Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 679 ratings