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3.92/5
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636 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG
Germany
augustiner-braeu.de

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-25-2002

BEER STATS
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#6,498
Reviews:
334
Ratings:
636
pDev:
10.71%
Bros Score:
3.55
 
 
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Reviews by WVRadar:
Photo of WVRadar
4.67/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Two finger fizzy light brown head on a clear, sparkling deep amber body with ruby highlights. Virtually no lacing. Very pleasant toasted, nutty aroma with maybe a hint of some fruit. Sweet taste with a hint of bitterness. Very little hop presence. Mouthfeel is medium, creamy and lively. Excellent smooth beer, very drinkable.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A complexly malted lager with a depth of character that's all grain deriven. From molasass to dark fruits to a rich meaty character, this beer puts on a show while never letting this hophead miss the underplayed lupids.

Deep ruby/crimson in color, the masculine glow shows brilliant clarity even hedging on dark brown hues. A formitable froath builds a lightly tanned head the reduces to a dainty lace around the rim, leaving pockets of foam behind. A very handsome looking beer.

Aromas of dates and figs start the malty-rich scent. Low on esters, these fruity aromas are part of the profile of dark malts and mature alcohols. Low on hops, the aroma relies on a depth of malt character, including melanoidins, bready notes, oxidized character of soy sauce, toast/bread crusts, sherry, and subtle chocolate whiffs. Again, very complex and without any hop influence outside of a mild herbal earthiness.

Sweetness starts the beer, but quickly develops into a depth of malt character that pushes the early sweetness into a robust maltiness of toast, deeply caramelized sugars, starches, and protiens, sorghum or molasass, and with the same soft coffee and chocolate character found in nose. The developed malt character leaves impressions of sherry, dates, figs, raisons, soy sauce and something that reminds me of Cracker Jack ballpark candies. Very smooth flavors fly in the face of such strong maltiness but this beer miraculously pulls it off. Zero flaws and ideally balanced.

Rich and robust textures early have a smooth and long fade into a toasty, semi-dry finish that leaves the linger of molasass and cocoa on the mouth, seemingly of cola soft drinks. Smooth warming and just enough hop balance to prevent the beer from cloying, the beer finishes palatable and digestible.

While fitting the moniker of the beer being 'liquid bread' I could see myself as a monk for a month and a half during lent if they fasted- giving up food for this fortifying elixor.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.88/5  rDev -1%
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 bubseymour
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Not much to look at (no head, not very thick looking). Taste is pretty solid though. Nice caramel and malt backing. A decent and enjoyable beer. Not best for the style but still a tasty treat.

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Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thi poured a deep velvety brownish/red color with almost no head to speak of,the smell was very chocolaty and coffee-like.The taste was not as sweet as some others of the style but still retaines alot of the traits of a good doppel,I was really impressed with that.Honestly had never heard of if this before I bought it today.

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Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.45/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Augustiner Brewery Munich, Germany... 7.5% alcohol content. Picture of a happy monk surrounded by medals on a washed out label.
Poured into a pilsner glass.

A- Pours a dark amber color fluid with active tan head that falls to a tight bubbled froth leaving light patchy lacing.

S- Smells of banana nut bread, fresh churned butter and light biscuty aromas.

T-M- Has a very pronounced thick buttery oak flavor, almost a tree nut hint. Slight banana halfway through followed by a mild alcohol warmth. Hints of toffee and light cocoa. A decent mouthfeel of thick and carbonated cream makes it a tad rough on the tongue.

D- All and all a decent beer with drinkable charactoristics for the style.

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Photo of BigMarty1980
4.36/5  rDev +11.2%

Photo of BeerDreadz
2.5/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of generallee
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Jason
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz slender brown Euro style bottle with gold foil on the top, no freshness date.

Appearance: Foamy light tan head subsides to a thin bubbly lace, deep mahogany colour throws a brightness from its clarity.

Smell: Fine sweet caramelization of malt sugars that the yeast could not ferment out is quite predominant in the aroma. Hint of alcohol and dark fruit in the nose also.

Taste: Thick and creamy with a slick mouth feel, medium carbonation taste like it is struggling a little to move around in the beer. Sizeable maltiness with a sweetness that does not go overboard, maltiness brings more to the table than sweetness also. Over caramelized sugars, toasted bread, and a mildly grassy grain in the finish. Hops are mild and double up with the alcohol to keep the sweetness in check.

Notes: On par for the style, a bit placid in the flavour though. Decent drinking through and through yet the head lacks a little. Not sure if I would drop $10 a six pack again for this.

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Photo of merlin48
4.39/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown, cola appearance, with a minimal, beige head. Very little lacing effect.
Aroma: Molasses presses some big buttons here, with toffee and butterscotch in the background. Some dark fruit notes are picked up, as well.
Mouthfeel is thick and rich, with minimal carbonation.
Taste is true to style for an excellent doppelbock. Powerful notes of malty, molasses and caramel are up front. Figs and dates emerge into the profile as the glass warms, and everything is held together well with the barely adequate, carbonation and a hops bittering that seems to evoke some hazelnut flavors. Alcohol is well hidden. Despite the heavy, malt dominance, the finish has a pleasant, hop bitterness.
A fine doppelbock, with complex layers of malty flavors, dominated by the molasses taste that seems to be the bechmark of a first class doppelbock. Certainly, this is one I will try again soon, and it would be fun to taste this one alongside a Celebrator, or Salvator.

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Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ouncer sampled, no freshness indicater to be found for guidance., but hey, these guys should know what they are doing, "since 1328" clearly noted on the label... Sweet maltynose, this is a strong, bold, flavorful German classic. Lots of chocolate, alcohol, and malty sweetness. Fine brew for a nightcapper.

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Photo of tigg924
4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
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 locckdown
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of ledouge
3.42/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Franziskaner
3.2/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Minimal yellow hued head on the pour. Mahoghony brown color with mild carbonation. Biscuity malt and raisins on the nose. Thick mouthfeel with an assault of malt and somewhat of a copper tasting aftertaste quickly fading into an alcohol tinged aftertaste. MALT!

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Photo of mj001jk
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber double-bock with a hazel head that quickly disappears. Aroma is dark and rich like that of raisins, it has a sweet, syrup-like character that extends into the flavor profile. Malts are rich, taste honey-roasted and lingers on the finish. This is a very tasty beer but the sweetness may limit the numbers you can down in one sitting.

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Photo of dwren89
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: excellent clarity, ruby-brown color, cream colored head, nice lacing

Aroma: nutty, caramel, toasty malts,

Taste: very malty, with strong nutty and bready flavors,

Mouthfeel: crisp finish, thick bready mouthfeel, medium-full body

Overall Impression: excellently crafted Doppelbock with notes of toasted bread and mixed nuts. An excellent beer for a malt lover.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.43/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep mahogany ruby tinged tone with a large tan head that seems to be rather resilient during my session with the 12 oz portion. Lacing is thin and sparse but nonetheless an appetizing brew for sure. Aromatics contain big ripe layers of raisin, green apples, and plums with a touch of sour acidic wild brew action and maybe a smidget of cocoa powder. Flavor is toothache sweet almost like liquified green apples and raisins sits a bit heavy on the tartness and sweetness together. The strange tartness and unique yeast flavors don't really work in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied and is basically a meal compared to most lagers out there, sweet throughout the session does weigh in a bit cloying with absolutely no balancing act going down. Carbonation is pretty mellow but overall it's tough to stomach, overall drinkability is weak but it's a less alcholic version than Salvator or Celebrator both of those kick this versions ass.

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Photo of chinchill
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml undated bottle served in a pilsner glass.

Pours clear and with plenty of visible carbonation, but less than a 1 finger head despite a fairly vigorous pour. The tan head was reasonably durable.

S: Roasted grains; hints of roasted nuts, toffee and dark dried fruits.

T: Also malty with hints of raisins, dates, dried plums and roasted nuts. Lightly sweet overall but with some bitterness. Approaches 4.

M: Medium+ body. Medium-light carbonation. Very smooth and just a touch syrupy.

O: Very good.

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Photo of BrianCuoz
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of mcarroll10177
4.4/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poured from the bottle into an pilsner glass

A- dark copper brown with a nice off white head and tons of lacing on the glass

S- some malts and undertones of alcohol, this is a doublebock

T- malts with some nice crispness and alcohol as the beir warms

M- balanced and creamy

D- an easy drinker considering the 7.5% ABV, wonderful smoothness as is characteristic of all german lagers. A pleasure to drink.

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Photo of SetarconeX
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Really a good looking brew. Nice and dark, with a hint of redness to it. Plenty of froth on top. Smells like raisins and malt, fairly thickly. Tastes pretty raisiny, with a lot more alcohol flavor than you get in some other doppelbocks. Lighter, and more airy than might be expected in a beer of this strength and color.

A strong and fairly tasty brew. Definitely one to try.

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Photo of ltdantheman
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of weonfire
4/5  rDev +2%

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