Augustiner Bräu Maximator

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Bock - Doppelbock
Ranked #27
Ranked #11,057
3.95 | pDev: 10.63%
Very Good
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DrBeergood from Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
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
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JonnoWillsteed from England

4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
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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Reef from South Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
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
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JudgeRoughneck from Louisiana

4.79/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

APP - crystal clear, deep ruby brown, low creamy white head that persists, leaves some lace, weak legs

Aroma - light caramel, toast, cashew nut, apple skin, nougat, vanilla, low herbal hop, acetylaldehyde, hint of alcohol,

Flavor- deep mellow maltiness with rich caramel tone. notes of white grape, blackcurrant, vanilla, fresh bread, mint, Super well blended. Almost smokey finish - but very pleasant. Spicy hop character is medium-high, but blends really well. Some acetaldehyde but its actually quite pleasant. no percieved bitterness. Balance is malty but finish is dry.

MF - The mouthfeel of this beer is excellent. medium-full body. medium low carbonation, very creamy. Slight alcohol warmth is really pleasant.

Overall - This beer is awesome. Wanted to to try this for years and it was worth the wait. Maybe a new favorite for doppelbock.

Sep 23, 2020
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Beersnake1 from California

4.43/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from fridge temp. Pours a nice golden red/dark brown. Head quickly dissipates. Really nice yeast on the nose. Strong notes of caramel, figs, malts, raisins. Taste is super smooth. A touch sweet upfront, with no bitterness in sight. Strong taste of toffee, dark fruits, bread, brown sugar, and a bit of wood. Wow - this is fantastic. Nice solid mouthfeel with a wonderful aftertaste. I will be getting more!

Jul 11, 2020
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REVZEB from Illinois

4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy centered brown pour, clear brown edges and a tan head. Toffee, caramel, plum, date, subtle earth and brown sugar in the nose. Taste is lush with these same flavors up front with the earth, no more assertive, bridges to the finish that has subtle grass and toast. Fantastic! Body is medium-light with great malt work, very smooth, slightly sticky. The wife loved it

Jul 09, 2020
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.7/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Today is F, 15 Mai 2020 & I am in deep isolation during the COVID-19 crisis, giving me ample time to clear out my backlog. This one will mark the penultimate beer, albeit a Bottle (Gasp!), of a few days of imports here at Chez Woody. This one surfaced from the deep depths of the Beerfigerator!

From the Bottle: "Maximator Dark Beer since 1328 AD".

I started by slitting & then gently removing the gold foil from around the cap & neck. I then Pop!ped the cap & started an extremely slow, gentle C-Line pour into the awaiting glass. It was still carbonated, but only lightly, requiring a vigorous in-glass swirl. This raised a finger of fizzy, foamy, light-tan head briefly before falling away & back to wisps. Color was Dark Brown to Very Dark Brown (SRM = > 27, < 34) with button-brightness. The years had allowed it to fully attenuate, apparently. Nose was earthy, herbal & medicinal. My first thought was of my late-maternal grandparents' Geritol, but it also smelled like Jägermeister! Herbal & medicinal with additions of treacle, milk (sweet) chocolate, anise & brown bread. Mmm. Mouthfeel was big, thick, full & dense, like a dollop had been scooped into my mouth & onto my tongue. The taste was especially bready, like liquified brown bread & boy, would I have loved to have had some baked beans to go with this! Mmm. The other flavors of anise, treacle & milk chocolate were there, also, just more muted than on the nose. This was super smooth & very easy drinking. Finish was semi-sweet, leaving me licking my lips after each swallow. I do not know how old my bottle was, but the aging may have been a contributor in some of this. I am now curious to try a fresh bottle for comparison. YMMV.

May 15, 2020
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cheeseheadinMinneapolis from Wisconsin

4.34/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

tested from the bottle.
Taste: Toasted bread, dark bread, dark fruit/plum , caramel, hint of spicy. sweet, but not overly sweet, balanced
easy drinking, smooth, abv is well hidden

good shit one of the best there is for it's style

Mar 14, 2020
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mikeg67 from New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle. Pours dark red with tall, long lasting, fluffy beige head and nice lacing. Aroma is of bready malt, sweet cherries and caramel. Body is full, creamy and slightly crisp. Taste is of caramel malt, herbal hops and cherries. Finish is long, almost dry. Nice brew.

Feb 04, 2020
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.24/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330ml brown bottle. Gold foil wrapped cap. Date code of 'L311091912'.
Clear, amber brown colored body. One thin finger of off white head. Leaves behind a few spots of lacing.
Aroma of a dark bread, caramel malt. Toasted barley grain. A little dark fruit.
Taste is toasted dark bread, quickly joined by slightly sweet dark fruit jam. The malts are a little sweet too but not too much. Towards the end there is a note near a green apple and caramel combination. Really expresses the barley grain as a malt. Some spice notes and a bit of alcohol near the end. The after taste really has the toasted bread flavor.
Medium mouth feel, with a touch of syrup. Very smooth. Very good carbonation.
Very well balanced, and a good choice for food pairing with savory and spicy dishes.

Jan 19, 2020
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officerbill from New York

4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Deep brown with a ruby tint and a dark tan head. This doppelbock has malty fruit fruit notes with a little bite at the end. The full, but not heavy, body hurts the 7.5% ABV.
This is an excellent example of the style while still being friendly to a first timer.

Dec 05, 2019
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VABA from Virginia

4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Sep 01, 2019
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BeerMeInMS from Mississippi

4.72/5  rDev +19.5%
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.

Aug 07, 2019
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jkblr from Indiana

3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Jul 04, 2019
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beersampler6 from Michigan

4.03/5  rDev +2%
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.

Apr 21, 2019
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Snowcrash000 from Germany

3.87/5  rDev -2%
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.

Mar 26, 2019
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FBarber from Illinois

3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Mar 19, 2019
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jrc1093 from Connecticut

3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Feb 28, 2019
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Act25 from New Jersey

4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Dec 18, 2018
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chitoryu12 from Florida

3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Aug 06, 2018
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slusk from Virginia

3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Jun 19, 2018
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Nass from Florida

4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
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-

May 27, 2018
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Apr 17, 2018
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mothman from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Jan 03, 2018
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stegmakk from New York

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Nov 05, 2017
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