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3.94 | pDev: 10.41%
Jul 21, 2022
Feb 25, 2002
Very Good
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Rated: 4.19 by travelguy from Ohio

Jul 21, 2022
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Reviewed by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Maximator from Augustiner-Bräu Wagner. Picked up at Save On Beer, Wexford, PA, 14/07/22. $ 16.04 (Including tax)/6-pack of 11.2 oz bottles ($ 0.239/oz). On room temperature shelf at store, stored at 37 degrees at home. Reviewed 17/07/22. Note that I use DD/MM/YY protocol.
Stamped on bottom of the label “L280062114”. Served at 54.3 degrees in a hand washed and dried Jester King Snifter. Final temperature 59.1 degrees.
Appearance – 3.
First pour – Medium Amber (SRM 12), clear.
Body – Deep Amber (SRM 15), opaque almost a chocolate brown. When rear-lite, clear and red amber.
Head – Large (Maximum 5.5 cm, aggressive center pour), beige, high density, average retention, receding to a four mm crown fed at multiple sites by effervescence, and a thin, rocky cap.
Lacing – None.
Aroma – 4 – Weak malt. No hops, no yeast.
Flavor – 4 – Follows the nose. Malt presence is strong, sweet but not cloying. No yeast, no hops. No ethanol (7.5 % ABV as marked on label) aroma or taste. No gastric warming. No dimethylsulfide or diacetyl. Ends slightly bitter.
Palate – 3.5 – Medium, lightly syrupy, soft carbonation.
Final impression and summation: 3.5 Decent doppelbock.
Jul 17, 2022
Rated: 4.04 by DarrellK from Florida

Jul 01, 2022
Rated: 4.17 by LunchMoney from Minnesota

Jun 25, 2022
Rated: 4.15 by bf7 from Pennsylvania

Jun 22, 2022
Rated: 3.85 by Iamaskier from Idaho

Jun 14, 2022
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Reviewed by defunksta from North Dakota

4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Appearance: Pours a clear, deep and rich amber color with a large off-white head. SRM of 19-20. (4.25)

Aroma: Strong and toasty bread malt aromas. There's rich bread malt, some bread pudding, hints of molasses. A smooth caramel to finish. (4.25)

Flavor: Rich and malty bread flavors of brown bread and caramel. Some toasted bread and strong nut aromas within. There's pecans and roasted nuts. Like a bread loaf baked with nuts. (4.25)

Feel: Medium-bodied. Right on in terms of carbonation for a smooth, but slightly crisp finish. (4.00)

Overall: A great doppelbock here. This one nails the flavors of brown bread, caramel, and nutty flavors. Flavorful, with a smooth, but somewhat delicate body here. Doesn't drink too heavy or sweet. Drinkable and delicious for the ABV. This one was good and probably deserves a comparison to Celebrator.
Apr 29, 2022
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Rated by LukeGude from Iowa

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Fancy bottle from John’s poured into stein. Nice head, amber caramel color. Nice doppelbock, yup. Easy for 7.5%.
Apr 14, 2022
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Rated by Captain69 from Illinois

4.6/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
one the best beers i've had in the last year great german malty bock slightly sweet with great after taste
Apr 09, 2022
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Reviewed by BitteNochEinWeissbier from Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
Bottle Dates: 27 Jan, 2021, 07 Oct, 2021
Glass: 0.5L Willibecher
Serving Temp: unsure. Maybe 48-50 degrees F

Look: Clear but mahogany-amber with a huge beige head. The head dissipates in time to about .75 inches then eventually thinner. The lacing is long lasting.

Smell: Rich malts (maybe toasted caramel) and somewhat candied dried fruits such as raisins, currants, figs, and dates. As the beer warms an underlying earthiness is noticeable.

Taste: Same as the nose, but more pronounced across the board. The toasted caramel and the earthy notes are most prominent. The alcohol peeks through here and there and adds some warmth. The beer stays on the sweet/rich side, but the earthiness is enough to balance things out some and keep it from becoming cloying. Something seems to want to be chocolate or cocoa, but doesn't quite get there.

Feel: Smooth and rich with hints of warmth. The body leans to the heavier side of medium.

Overall: A well made and tasty doppelbock. Sweeter than I normally prefer them and missing or deemphasizing the dark bread and chocolate notes that I like in a doppelbock. But this is a quality doppelbock nonetheless. I found the body to be surprisingly heavy. This is a nice beer for a cool or chilly spring night. Or even for some winter days.
Mar 22, 2022
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Reviewed by drmeto from Germany

4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
-pours a clear copper-red with a medium,foamy,offwhite head
-medium to high carbonation visible
-Follows the nose + hoppy
-medium carbonation
-medium body
-alcohol noticeable
One of the Top flight Doppelbocks
Mar 17, 2022
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Reviewed by jonphisher from New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
This is one good looking beer, crystal clear dark brown, then hold it up to light its a beautiful ruby hued brown, did I mention crystal clear. Nice light brown head that leaves some minor lacing, a thin cap of light brown frothy cream remains.

This beer smells so good, as I walked with it I got whiffs before actually smelling it proper; dark fruit, toffee, some toasted bread crust and just a general awesome richness to the smell; amazingly it has a crisp refreshing smell to it as well.

The taste is very rich and mouth-coating; the toffee and dark fruits definitely show at first for me followed by a rich dark bread.

I'd say this beer has a medium body but it is quite big; an almost syrupy feel at first seemingly disappears into a incredibly smooth drinking beer with zero sweetness. I don't really notice any bitter and man does this finish clean. Also just the slightest warming sensation as it goes down; this is good because otherwise I'd probably drink way to fast.
Mar 06, 2022
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Reviewed by Weisenbeer from Ohio

3.91/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Have to admit I was a little disappointed in this one especially given the fact it was brewed in the beer capital of the world.... Tasty, but a bit flat and unexciting....
Feb 26, 2022
Rated: 4 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Feb 24, 2022
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Reviewed by josanguapo from Spain

4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
De Labirratorium. En copa hefe de Bavaria. Estudiando y jugando a Fortnite. Doppelbock fiel al estilo bien hecha, sin ninguna aspereza, un agradable dulzor maltoso, buen feel y el adecuado amargor. El abv no impide que invite a trago largo
Jan 27, 2022
Rated: 3.35 by zaraspook from Illinois

Jan 26, 2022
Rated: 3.88 by trevorpost from Pennsylvania

Jan 11, 2022
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Reviewed by RayCannata from Louisiana

3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Really nice, smooth dopplebock from Germany. Beautiful. Just a little smoky and sweet. Bonus: the label features my favorite Early Church Father -- Augustine.
Dec 30, 2021
Rated: 3.32 by emptyglassagain from Massachusetts

Dec 13, 2021
Rated: 4.13 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

Nov 15, 2021
Rated: 4.52 by _Adam_ from Maryland

Oct 24, 2021
Rated: 4.12 by Cpmitchno1 from Virginia

Oct 04, 2021
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Reviewed by lastmango from Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured a clear ruby brown with a two finger fizzy tan head that quickly dissipated to a thin film. Little lacing. The nose is sweet malt with a hint of dark fruit. After this beer sat for a few minutes and warmed, the taste exploded with malt and sweet dark fruit and a bit of peat. The malt lingered on the finish and was somewhat salty. Light - moderate body with light carbonation. Although not real boozy, it does sneak up. I could drink this any day.
Oct 03, 2021
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Reviewed by hankp59 from New York

4.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Clear mahogany colored pour with a 3 finger head. Malty and slightly boozy on the nose. Rich, malty and slightly sweet this stuff does not taste 7.5%. There is very little hops here but for a doppelbock this stuff is fantastic. Run, don’t walk to try some.
Oct 02, 2021
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Reviewed by puboflyons from New Hampshire

4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
From a gold foil topped bottle labeled LO27232103. Sampled Aug 26, 2021.

Handsome looking mahogany amber brown appearance under a modest dissipating tan head.

The aroma is alive with caramel and toffee along with berries, peat, and ash.

Smooth medium or better mouthfeel.

This beer is so sweet and malt forward with the same earthy characters of peat moss and ash to balance it out. Slight bitterness at the finish. I enjoyed this immensely.
Aug 26, 2021
Rated: 4 by 1mrbeer from Ohio

Aug 02, 2021
Rated: 4.08 by mothmanscott from Georgia

Jul 20, 2021
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Reviewed by OSOLO

3.92/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Single bottle from Wegmans. Not bad but not as good as Salvator (tasted alongside) and defenitely not a Celebrator. Less lively than the other two, perhaps a bit more malty and less hops. Good carbonation and beautiful dark caramel color.Felt more boozy than Salvator. Solid label design...
Jun 22, 2021
Rated: 3.5 by mpenske from California

May 09, 2021
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Reviewed by Viaduck from California

4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Pours a pretty chestnut brown with a huge light tan head that can't wait to get out of the bottle but is then quick to disappear. Extremely pretty aroma consists of the sweet smell of fermenting malted grain, clover honey, caramel & some dark fruit. The sweetness promised by its aroma is missing in its taste, it's still sweet but less than expected with a slightly salty finish. Flavor is everything suggested by the nose plus some figs, prunes & dates. Alcohol & carbonation provide plenty of entertainment for the tongue but hurry, it goes flat quickly. Overall: delicious.
Apr 28, 2021
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Reviewed by cjgiant from District of Columbia

3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
The beer pours clear, with a medium brown hue to it. The head is not doing anything impressive.

Nose of toast with some burnt edges. The alcohol sits at a respectable but not overwhelming 7.5%, but somehow comes through a little bit in the nose. There are also some fruit notes of raisin, date, and grape.

Toasted bread with a little grape jam and some brown sugar. Initially, the malt on this beer didn't seem as interesting as some others I have had this weekend. However, there is a little pumpernickel in the linger that works itself forward to counter that initial assessment. It's still a little on the sweet side, but it doesn't get sticky like sweeter beers can.
Apr 25, 2021
Rated: 3.75 by BeerWasp from Germany

Apr 24, 2021
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Reviewed by snaotheus from Washington

3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
330ml bottle served in a tulip. I don't see a date on it. Bought it at Total Wine a week or two ago.

Pours a very dark tea color. Initially large head, collapses to a thin layer. Ongoing, active, fine activity. Smell is tea, grains, figs, maybe a little dates.

Taste is way farther down the dates and date skin path, roast bitterness in there as well, but still with a tea-like sweetness.

Mouthfeel is somewhat watery and somewhat thin, a little filmy, no detectable effervescence. Overall, it's an OK beer.
Apr 18, 2021
Rated: 4.28 by mattmarka1 from Minnesota

Apr 01, 2021
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Reviewed by DrBeergood from Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
L: Caramel. Cloudy. Tan head. Mild activity. Glossy.

S: Roasted candied dark fruit. Without actual having fruit.

T: Sugar glazed roasted candy prune. The biting hops and prickly carbonation balance it out. The German water quality is taken for granted and the yeast is a treat to your stomach.

F: The residual is absolutely delightful. Would pair well with food or tobacco... Or uhh... another Maximator...

O: It's sweet without being sugary. It's thick without being heavy. It has a residual without being syrupy or filmy. Excellent brewing.
Mar 21, 2021
Rated: 4.09 by Bunuelian from Minnesota

Mar 15, 2021
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Reviewed by JonnoWillsteed from England

4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
I've high expectations, I rate this brewey as 2-thumbs up!
Blind-tasted except for the beer's name and brewery/country, zero reviews below read (yet!)...
L- Superb clear very dark chestnut brown. Pours with minor head that has now cleared to a patch.
S- Fruity malts.
T- Lovely, deep roasty fruit notes (reminds me of British Christmas pudding) which have to be from the deep malts and ABV% combining to create the Brit pudding^ aspect. Threrichness has a hint of dark treacle that builds especially right into the finish.
F- This beer is certainly rich but it isn't near crossing the line into being sweet (which I cannot enjoy).
O- It's a good winter beer or more generally for slow-slipping. I'm enjoying this, it's deep and satifying. The lack of initial head was a bit of a surprise but CO2 in the mouth is fine.

Review/scoring all done, now the reveal, I get to read the bottle lables to see what I missed! Nope, info is almost absent... unusual for a bottled beer these days!
500ml bottle BB: 05/21 Bought from BeautifulBeers/BurySt.Edmunds as part of a large pick-your own consignment to London.

Just in passing... I lived in Germany for 3 years and it's where I found this site and began rating every beer I could find. When I first had a beer from this brewery I confused it with the mega 'Augustiner' brewery, but Augustiner-Brau is not the same brewery, oh no. I rated their 'Augustiner-Brau Lagerbier-Hell' here at 4.59/5, or 3rd of my 1650 reviews to date! It's so subtle in it's blend of Taste/Feel but a true gem; and was my go-to 'session beer' at about (then) Euro1.40/500ml bottle. I liked their beers from the off but never encountered this particular beer there. I suspect it's either new/niche or not routinely found outside Bavaria.
Feb 14, 2021
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Reviewed by Reef from South Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours a clear reddish brown with two fingers of fine beige head. Full cap and lacing are long lasting.
Fig jam, white grape, caramel, light herbal hop aromas deepen as the glass warms.
Sweet caramel, plum, grape, ginger, milk chocolate, bread flavors intensifying as glass warms.
Smooth well carbonated mouthfeel. Light alcohol heat.
Big malt flavor expressing an array of fruit and spice. Delicious.
Jan 25, 2021
Rated: 4.36 by miwestcoaster from Michigan

Dec 03, 2020
Maximator from Augustiner-Bräu
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 739 ratings