Augustiner Bräu Maximator | Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG

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Augustiner Bräu MaximatorAugustiner Bräu Maximator

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Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
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 +9.5%
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 Davedrinkinbeer
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
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 +0.5%
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 -4.6%
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 -2.6%
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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Photo of fscottkey
3.39/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: [3.50] The bottle lists the ABV (7.5%). I can't find a date code anywhere. The beer is a light brown/cola color. The beer forms 1/2 a finger of sand colored head. The head looks a bit creamy with some larger bubbles.

S: [3.75] Leather, brown sugar, hints of cocoa, smoke.

T: [3.25] Similar to the nose with leather and brown sugar. Dark bread or dark crackers. Maybe something metallic

M: [3.25] Thinner bodied with elevated carbonation. No sensation on the finish.

O: [3.25] The body is noticeably thin for a 7.5% beer. The flavor is there but they could get the same (or more) at 5%. This is not a bad beer I had just hoped that the extra few ABV would have equated to body and flavor. They did not.

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Photo of phishgator
4.09/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass. The color is a deep amber brown, very clear and decent carbonation. The head is a solid two fingers thick and tight lacing. The smell is sweet malt and pumpernickel bread. The alcohol is well hidden at 7.5%. As the beer warms a little more chocolaty note develops. It also becomes sweeter and the body becomes thicker. A good representative of the style.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the 11.2 oz bottle in a snifter. This legend of dopplebocks (IMHO) pours a
fantastic bright red tinged mahogany with a very nice head of off white foam that
settles to a thick ring and slight pool with nice light lacing. Nose of dark cherries,
breaded malts, brown sugars, toffee, and subtle booze. Flavors hit the perfect notes
for the style---brown sugars with stewed dark cherries and dark bread mixed with a touch
of tobacco and sweet malts with a light hint of herbal hops. Excellent mouth feel, coating,
moderate carbonation, and warming. Overall a fantastic brew and one of my favorites year round.


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Photo of Dragginballs76
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours purplish deep brown color, thin tan head not much lacing.

Smell - Dark fruit and cherries, light tobacco smell raisins and prunes. Some light caramel and dark bitter chocolate.

Taste - More dark fruit, plums, prunes and black cherries. Little bit of bitter chocolate caramel and molasses.

Feel - Medium body, nice carbonation, coats the mouth.

Overall - Very nice beer, great flavors and feel

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Photo of BB1313
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy dark auburn with a fluffy tan khaki head that fades leaving nice retention and okay lacing. The aromas are great. Tons of caramel, toffee and chocolate. Dark fruits are in the mix along with lots of black cherry. Lots of sweet malts as well. The flavors follow the nose perfectly. Tons of malty goodness. Lots of caramel. More toffee and chocolate. Raisins and cherries are there. The dark fruits do their thing. Alcohol basically goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with active carbonation. It's very smooth and easy to drink.

This is a great doppelbock. Great aromas and flavors. Well crafted. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 fl oz. bottle, no bottled on date present. Acquired a single bottle of this stuff from the local bottle shop. My label is different than the beer pictured and reads Augustinerbrau Munchen - "Munchen Bier - Maximator - Since 1328 AD". The bottle also merely lists this as "Dark Beer" and doesn't specify a style.

Poured into a Unibroue Maudite snifter.

A - Pours a deep tawny ruby body, garnet red highlights, with a finger of frothy khaki head that dies down to a ring and leaves slim surface skimming. Minor sticky, residual sugary lacing, but none really sticks. Appears decently carbonated. Looks nice. (Body is actually slightly semi-translucent when held to the light)

S - A fairly simple, but pleasant aroma - notes of smooth creamy caramelized malts / brown sugar, with some subtle notes of dark fruit and fruity hops peaking through on the end.

T - Taste follows the nose: sweetened caramelized brown sugary malts, with subtle notes of indistinct dark fruits poking through. Traditional flavor for the style; it hits all the right marks. Not overly sweet, sticky, artificial, or boozy. A bit minerally in the end, with subtle notes of dry lingering chocolate / nutty / toasty maltiness.

M - The feel is sticky & semi-sweet, with a semi-dry finish, and lingering notes of toasty malts. Medium-full bodied, with low lying carb. Definitely a nice sipper; would make for a good dessert beer.

Overall, a nice authentic representation of the style from Augustinerbräu. I will be on the look out to try more from this Munich brewery.

Augustinerbräu Munchen Maximator -----4/5.

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Photo of neenerzig
4.19/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of an 11.2 oz. bottle into one of my mugs, this beer pours a clear, dark amber color with deep ruby highlights when held up to the light along with a many streams of little bubbles continuously and fairly rapidly rising to the beer's surface. Has a slightly tan head that's over an inch and a half thick when first poured that settles to a solid 1/3 of an inch thick about 5 minutes after being poured. Good retention, and not much lacing. Aromas of nicely toasted caramel malts along with a bit of cinnamon and brown sugar followed by a bit of nuttiness and some dark fruit hints. The taste is pretty much the same, with toasted caramel malt and brown sugar sweetness followed with just a slight hint of cinnamon along with some nuttiness. This is followed by some hints of dates, plums, and a slight touch of banana. Just a slight hint of hop bitterness. Has a decently crisp, mostly smooth, slightly creamy and frothy, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Has a clean finish and the flavors linger very nicely on the palate in the after taste. A very good beer here all around.


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Photo of Dinglehacker
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into perforated mug. Nice little head gives way to nothing. No lace.

Nose is malt and fruit, a hint of watermelon.

Taste is the usual lovely fare. Molasses, dark cherries, malt, nutmeg.

Mouth doesn't bother me.

Lighter on the spice than some doppelbocks, but a nice milder offering of the style. In all, still flavorful. For fans of bock beers, Dunkel lager, brown ales, and Scotch ale.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.93/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

500ml bottle from Getranke Oase in Munich. Served chilled into a weissbier glas. Regrettably brief notes below:

7.50% ABV.

HEAD: Fills ~80% of the glass with pale khaki foam. Nice even consistency. Good retention for the ABV - ~8 minutes.

BODY: Translucent transparent amber of average vibrance.

Looks fine for a doppelbock, with an impressive head retention but a surprisingly bright colour.

AROMA: Toast, caramel, brown bread, cream...and that's about it. The descriptor "liquid bread" definitely comes to mind. A hint of sourdough/doughy yeast.

Aromatic intensity is average.

TASTE: Exactly what the aroma promised, and nothing more. Okay, maybe some amber malt treacle. Balanced albeit plain. Very bready and simple for a doppelbock, lacking, for instance, the spicy yeast profile you might find in a superior offering. The malt backbone isn't all that robust, either. Sweet, sure, but shallow for a doppelbock.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, plump, full-bodied, bready, filling, hefty, and weighty/heavy on the palate. Not syrupy, but a bit sticky. True to the style, but it doesn't accentuate specific notes from the taste or anything (aside from emphasizing the general breadiness of the beer).

OVERALL: It's an above average doppelbock, but honestly I expected better given its city & region of origin. This can't hold a candle to Ayinger's Celebrator, nor is it on par with Andechs' Augustiner. Drinkable for what it is (though it does pack a punch; be careful!), but far from world class. Basically liquid bread; I could see monks fasting using only this for sustenance. But for discerning drinkers interested in flavour, not kilocalories, Maximator will be found lacking.

I think some of the higher ratings for this beer may reflect a regional bias; just because the beer is from Bavaria -the home of the style - doesn't mean it's a paragon thereof.

C (2.93) / AVERAGE

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Photo of delta490
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear mahogany with a moderate cap of light tan head, slightly foamy. The aroma is rich malts, a little grainy and earthy. The taste is about the same with a slight nutty finish. The body is surprisingly light, with just a hint of carbonation.

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Photo of stevoj
3.66/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light brown/ruby in color, thin head. Nutty, roast grain aroma, taste has more malt, some caramel sweetness,. Roast grain bitterness linger son the tongue. Classic doppelbock.

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Photo of SFNC
4.18/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look; A stunning deep red when held to the light. It has a nice two finger off-white head.
Smell; A tad faint, but a definite freshly baked brown bread smell. Some sweetness, little or no alcohol.
Taste; Again the freshly baked brown bread, but more pronounced, also burnt brown sugar and dates. Very rich tasting, a nice sipper!
Feel; Very full, sweet and sticky on the front, a bit dry on the back.
Overall; A very good Doppelbock, nicely done and worth visiting again.

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Photo of BikingDutchman
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Dark reddish mahogany and clear. Light tan head dissipates quickly.
S - Strong plum/dark fruit in the smell with some complimentary dark breadiness.
T - More dark fruit up front with dark bread crust flavors that follow closely. They work very well together, and one does not mask the other. No alcohol flavor is noticeable. Very sweet with no noticeable hop flavor and minimal bitterness.
M - A little syrupy/sweet, but not too heavy. Medium carbonation.
O - Strong dark fruit flavor is really good, but goes unchecked. It gets a little bit cloying after a while. Lucky there is a decent amount of carbonation to lighten things up.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Earthy, sweet brown malt. Toasted cereal and raisins, dark fruit. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Little bit of bitterness on the back end that lingers. Nice carb level.

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Photo of leadpaint76
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not sure if it is style or just this beer but don't think I will purchase again. It poured almost no head at all. Aroma reminds me of an old farmhouse and not in the good way like a Saison. Just not a beer for me but like always I am glad I tried it. Have a great day my friends.

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Photo of 303beer
4.11/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice looking brownish red. About half inch of bubbly head that dissipates quickly. Has a little bit of roast nose with some molasses or brown sugar. Sweet, rich just a touch of roast at the end. It's smooth as well. Nice beer. Little sweet but a nice beer.

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Photo of stephens101
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Blast of tan head tops off a brownish red brew. Vermilion hues. Froth flitters away. Has an aroma of burnt sugar, caramel, brown bread, allspice, faint taffy. Complex and promising. Tastes of caramel, toasted malt, sweet bread and faint notes of prune juice. Medium-plus body with warming but not overwhelming notes of alcohol. A fine, sweet sipper and one of the finer Doppelbocks I've had the pleasure of drinking.

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Photo of teromous
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

No bottle or import date.

Appearance A very nice looking dark brown body with good clarity. Short eggshell white head and lots of visible carbonation. Unfortunately the head doesn't even last through a few sips. The surface of the beer is glass without a sign of bubbles. No lacing. The beer itself looks amazing aside from the head.

Aroma: There isn't much on the nose. There is a bit of green apple and a lager yeast aroma with a touch of sweet date.

Taste: I get some caramel flavor along with bits of dates and brown sugar. The end is slightly bitter. As the beer warms up a bit the alcohol starts to come through.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel on this beer is lovely. It's a nice smooth nearly creamy full bodied beer that sticks slightly on the palate leaving some aftertaste. It's not quite a sipper beer but the full body makes it so you really have to take your time with it. It's great for a Doppelbock.

Overall: The beer has a natural "cool factor" for being a traditional beer and one from a brewery that has been around for so long. It could be worth it to you to try the beer for this purpose alone. The beer was a pretty good Doppelbock but I can easily find better imports and local ones.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

nobody likes a dopplebock in the summer, that seems to be a fact of beer drinking life, but take one with a little age on it, and drink it as a night cap on a cool evening, it works. deep ruby to brick red in color, plenty thick, and a rich tan head rises up almost two inches tall in the glass before fading back. it smells like molasses and german red malts, american amber ale notes too with the caramelized sweetness going on in the middle and a decent hops structure on the back end. the booze really stands out in the taste, and its as sweet as honey, hard to drink a lot of a beer thats strong and sweet, but thats how the style usually is. i would have liked more lager yeast character in this, and it could definitely be fermented down a bit more. still i like the layers of grain, perfectly autumnal complexion, earthy and old worldy, which i like, and serviceable as a night cap for sure. not my favorite example of the style, but a rather bold and authentic one. i suspect this might actually be better fresh.

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Augustiner Bräu Maximator from Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG
3.91 out of 5 based on 616 ratings.
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