Augustiner Bräu Maximator | Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG

Augustiner Bräu MaximatorAugustiner Bräu Maximator
BA SCORE
73%
Liked This Beer
3.92 w/ 630 ratings
Augustiner Bräu MaximatorAugustiner Bräu Maximator
BEER INFO

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

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-25-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,101
Reviews:
332
Ratings:
630
Liked:
460
Avg:
3.92/5
pDev:
10.71%
Alströms:
3.55
 
 
Wants:
42
Gots:
67
Trade:
0
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Photo of jophish17
2/5  rDev -49%

Photo of soulgrowl
2.22/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Maple syrupy brown with big bubbles and almost no head. Looks a bit lifeless. Smells mostly of Drambuie: honey, caramelized sugar, malt syrup, rummy booze and a touch of indistinct herbs and spices. Tastes pretty much as it smells, but with a weird, earthy sherry-like quality and a hint of something like licorice or black cardamom that reminds me of a Chinese apothecary. All of this might be nice in a beer with more body and depth, but this feels shallow, emaciated, and weirdly sour. Not like lambic sour, more like raw bread dough sour. Not a good example of this style, and in general a total disappointment.

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Photo of stcules
2.47/5  rDev -37%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Full ruby red. Pratically no head, and anyway, it is quickly falling to zero. Fizzy.
The smell is malt and caramel overall; then toasted, rhubarb, artichoke. Light mou. Quite washed out, for the style.
The taste is essentially malty and caramel, with a hint of hop below. Nothing remarkable.
It is maybe perceptible some liquorice, but even the alcohol, in spite of the ABV of "only" 7.5.
Sweet taste, maybe too much sweet. The aftertaste is resolutely too sweet, despite the presence of some hopping and bitterness, but not enough.
Not too satisfactory.

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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 YeastEnthusiast
2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of CincySpectre
2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

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2.75/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of emsroth
2.82/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

12oz bottle

App: Frothy tan head caps a ruby beer with darker hues of brown.

Smell: Great doppelbock smell. Some dark fruit, the slightly sour german dark malt, caramel, and a touch of alcoholic sweetness around the edges.

Taste: Quite bitter at first. Biting roasted flavors pair with bitter hops to create an aggressive flavor. Lacks the sweetness found in the nose, and it seems like all the sugars were fermented, thus giving it strength and no body. Finishes, however, rather appropriately with bitterness and flavor imparted by the roasted malt and the herbal hops, a finish that wants me to drink more of this lacking brew.

A seemingly medium body that quickly turns watery in the finish.

Perhaps an old bottle. Will re-review when possible.

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Photo of Wattstriker
2.84/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of kojevergas
2.93/5  rDev -25.3%
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 imbibehour
2.96/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from the bottle into a Pilsner style glass.

Pours a very large head at first with big tan bubbles. There is some retention but the head goes at a standard clip and it NEVER comes back. Seriously, it looks good.. then it's gone and looks terrible. Some minor retention. Dark brown/red clear with some carbonation bubbles going on, but there is zero and I mean ZERO lacing on this beer and it resembles a weakened soda pop look after you drink it for awhile. This is one beer that looks good at first to drink when you pour, and then after your drink it for some time it looks terrible.

Smell though is quite decent, chocolate malt , banana off pour, but gives way to faint grass and malt. Burnt black clove spice.

Taste is a little banana, but not much malt body or chewy-"ness". There is not much body in this beer and it's very wet for a doppelbock I think. The finish on your palate is also kind of dry with a strange sort of crispyness. This beer is muted, odd, tame.

I really think the nose on this is good, but there are so many things that dissapoint me about this beer that I really do not want it ever again even though you could drink it easily.

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Photo of jaidenjb
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of michaelfcasey
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of jmathis
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of soonerlight
3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

good beer lots of flavor

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Photo of jbierling
3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Great bottle with the foil but it didn't quite stack up to my expectations considering its presentation.

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Appearance: Dark amber color.

Smell: Average

Taste: Pleasant

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Average at best. I was expecting to really like it.

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Photo of PoppaSquat
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of tastymug
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of Ego
3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

eyes...
dude who looks like he molests kids on the label, oops, I meant a clergyman... snap crackle pop off white head thqat sizzles down from one full finger to a coating quickly, brown and dark ruby in hue, lacing is bad but this has legs like good wine and jessica alba... a decent enough looking DB.

nose...
mellow DB tones, dark toffee, raisins, dark caramel... all the usual suspects but subdued.

taste etc...
the taste is much like the nose, pretty subdued, the ABV is absent in the flavor so that's just swell but overall this is a pretty thin tasting DB, carbonation is fine and a bit prickly, the mouthfeel is just too thin on this imo. this almost has a strange smoke flavor in the aftertaste, strange but cool.

verdict?
I couldn't even really embelish my review. This is a standard DB. not one of the greats...

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Photo of npendres
3.01/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Not as good as I had hoped. Will try again though for another review/rating.

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Photo of flyingpig
3.03/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light mahogany with a bubbly, two finger sized head that fades to nothing fast.

Roasted malts and very light caramel smell to this one initially along with some dark fruits such as figs and sugar with some chocolate.

Roasted malts to begin with along with a rich, dark fruity taste and a lot of sweetness. There is hints of figs again and a tiny bit of chocolate with a little bitterness too.

Smooth, medium, bordering on a full body. The carbonation levels are high, it was also a very sweet tasting beer.

This was a fairly ordinary beer and not really worth a second look despite the good name of the brewery. Not one to go out of your way to try but give it a bash if you spot it in your local.

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Photo of jneiswender
3.06/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out of a bottle into a tasting glass. Served cool.

A-dark garnet red body and an off white head.

S-grain and hard candy smell

T-sweet candy front, light booze and enough hop to make its presence felt

M-medium-full

D-nice version of the style. Very drinkable but nothing outstanding. I would drink this again if given limited choices.

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Photo of theopholis
3.08/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- Light mahogany with beautiful ruby highlights and a bubbly, two finger sized head with no head retention whatsoever. It does continually effervesce for quite some time.

Smell- Some subdued, roasted malts and very light caramel smell. Not very complex.

Taste- A subdued malt sweetness with some lightly roasted malts. Gets maltier as it warms. Hints of dark fruit. Kind of plain for a Dopplebock.

Mouthfeel- Smooth, medium body. The carbonation levels are high, but it works in this case. Quite sticky, lending it a decent aftertaste.

Overall- This was a fairly ordinary beer, certainly not worth writing home about.

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Photo of TLove
3.11/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a bottle at Chevy Chase Liquors, DC.

Color is translucent brown, a bit murky.

Aroma is very strong and caramely, but has a sour quality to it that initially made me think the beer went bad.

Taste is not very subtle, with citrus, green raisins, and a bit of chocolate maltiness. A sweetness of candied fruit.

Rolled around in the mouth well, balancing the sweet and sour tastes of the fruits.

Did not finish particularly well, as it was not very full-bodied or smooth and finished with a bit of an awkward tingle on the tongue.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.11/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a beer I’ve wanted to try for a number of years but never found on my travels: I discovered it in ‘Aufsturz’, Berlin: it isn’t on their normal beer menu but I spied a small selection of bottles on one of the bar tops and decided to investigate the laid out presentation, this was one of the brews on offer.

500ml Bottle: dark ruby red body with a thin off-white head, the beer was clear and clean looking.

The smells were of malty molasses, caramel aromas that indicated the beer was going to be a very sweet Doppelbock indeed.

The smells didn’t lie, this is sweet and malty (in that order): almost sticky in consistency and mouthfeel. I like the sweeter, maltier brews out there, but this tested my resolve: I really enjoyed the first half of the tasting, but as the beer warmed in the glass my pleasure began to recede somewhat. A smaller bottle would have been fine: mental note to myself, only have 330ml bottles of unknown Doppelbocks in future!

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Beer rating: 73% out of 100 with 630 ratings
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