Augustiner Bräu Maximator | Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG

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88
very good
625 Ratings
THE BROS
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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
Ratings:
625
Reviews:
331
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
10.74%
 
 
Wants:
42
Gots:
66
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Sammy
3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Licorice and anise and grassy aroma. Very dark brown, carmel coca-cola and well carbonated, large but dissapearing head, lace, sourness like a Baltic. cocoa powder in medium mouthfeel. Mixed up well with different other tastes, more of a cooking beer by itself.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear dark copper with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, dried dark fruit, brown sugar, and molasses. Taste is much the same with lots of burnt sugar and molasses flavors on the finish. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with some very sweet flavors that make this one a slow sipper.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark black red that you can't see through with a short and thin white head. Very pretty when poured and with a quick swirl.

Nose is all fresh black cherry with undertones of candi sugar and malt.

Mouthfeel is nice, bold, thick and creamy.

Pleasant and assertive creamy carmel and toffee with creamed coffee and cherry undertones.
Very nice flavors with complexities and layers. Hint of sweetness of cherries and plums.

Finishes with creamy sweet coffee, carmel and toffee flavors and very end is cocoa and chocolate.

This is a nice beer and would likely go well with many different foods, especially spicy, grilled or BBQ. Could also pair with many desserts, although you likely couldn't drink a lot of this because of it's sweet character.

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Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +2.3%

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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Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Knapp85
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured out as a nice brown color with a thin tan colored head on top that doesn't last very long. The smell of the beer was a little boozy with some roasted malt aromas too. The taste is a little on the bitter side, with the sweeter malts coming through in the finish. The mouthfeel is pretty good, not very heavy for a dark brew. Overall it's worth trying.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer poured very dark amber in color with just a few bubbles floating on the surface. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are smells of dark malts along with notes of brown sugar in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the overall taste is very malty and somewhat sweet. There are also notes of brown sugar, caramel and raisins.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied, smooth and rather filling on the palate. There is a light to moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is rather easy to drink; any traces of alcohol are barely perceptible in the taste or aroma.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.3/5  rDev +10%
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 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 emerge077
4.38/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a seriously dense brownish-black, with reddish highlights. Khaki foam creeps up to the edge of the snifter.

Smell is slightly boozy, caramel, plum, raisin, though not especially sweet. Definitely malty.

Taste is big, and pretty much represents the sublime Doppelbock to me. Roasty malt, sweet dark fruit, caramel in the aftertaste. Lingering dry roastiness. Not to cloying or harsh with the alcohol, this one is well balanced.

Smooth, velvety on the palate, fairly dry finish begs you to sip it again. 2-3 makes a perfect fall-winter session.

This is my favorite Doppelbock, due to the dark fruit element and exceptional balance. Cheers!

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Photo of brentk56
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a russet brown color with a maximator of a tan head that retains and laces the glass

Smell: Caramel, rum-soaked raisins and a hint of licorice

Taste: Starts out with a caramel, dark fruit, roasted nut and raisin aspect that builds and builds; there is a slight sweet licorice quality that appears just before the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to thick body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A very nice doppelbock; very fruity and not overly sweet; cellars nicely, too

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 largadeer
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Gourmet Haus Staudt.

Dark but perfectly clear mahogany brown, this looks great. It's capped by an inch of off-white head which slowly settles to a crown.

Toasted, caramelized malts are strong on the nose. There's a date-like fruitiness beneath, and hints of earth.

Taste is great, toasty and malty, brown sugar and dates. Medium-full body, rich but easy to drink. Dark fruit flavors in the mid-palate lead into a toasty brown sugar finish.

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Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours crystal clear reddish copper color with a nice 2 finger light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Slight spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of big toast, caramel, biscuit, molasses, toffee, nuttiness, raisin, and light herbal spiciness. Very nice and well balanced aromas with good strength; very pleasant. Taste of caramel, molasses, toast, biscuit, nuttiness, raisin, light pepper, and light herbal spiciness. Fairly dry on the finish; with light lingering notes of caramel, molasses, biscuit, toast, raisin, and light herbal spiciness on the finish. Nice balance of flavors with good complexity and no cloying sweetness. Medium carbonation and body; with a nice creamy and slightly slick mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden with pretty much no warming noticed at all after the finish. Overall this is a very nice doppelbock. Good flavor balance, robustness, and complexity; and very smooth to sip on. Very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.72/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beautiful doppelbock delivers a very dark, almost black body with ruby highlights beneath a short head of creamy tan froth that dwindles steadily to a whispy surface covering and wide collar. Lacing about the glass is limited.

The nose is fairly contained and doesn't reveal much more than some caramelish malt with a touch of dark fruitiness.

In the mouth, it's medium/full bodied and gently bristly before warming to become more supple.

The flavor offers a mildly toasty, cocoa-ish, and dark-skinned fruity maltiness that's unlike any other. It's clean; well-balanced by a low-key bitterness; and the alcohol is well hidden. It finishes with a drying wash of alcohol and some sticky, lingering cocoa-ish malt.

This is a softer, and less confrontational doppelbock, but what it lacks in bravado it makes up for in supple drinkability! An exceptionally well-done, and superbly drinkable, soft and very-well rounded doppelbock!

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Photo of chinchill
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
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 Thorpe429
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle picked up at City-Wide in South Bend. Served in a Hill Farmstead wine glass.

Pours a very dark brown with a thin off-white head that quickly recedes and leaves some spotty lacing behind. Thin collar as it fades down. The nose brings some light dark fruits as well as a bit of brown sugar. Quite a bit of malty sweetness as well. The body is quite sweet with a lot of malt. Some caramel and light dark fruits there as well. Mouthfeel is medium with lowish carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good. A solid attempt.

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Photo of jlindros
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a large but very fizzy 2 finger head that fades very quicky to nothing over semi clear rosy auburn color.

Nose was erupting from the pour with plenty of darker malts, some dark wheats, a bit of a roasty and toasty aroma, a very slight chocolate, some dark fruits with a bit of fig, hint of booze, some toffee, and lots of dark wheat aromas.

Taste starts with darker wheats and malts again, a slight caramelized wheat flavor, some brown sugar and molasses, plenty of toffee, darker wheat flavors, a bit of a cola like syrup flavor but just a hint, some darker malts, roasted malts and some toasted malts, slight chocolate again, more fruits, fig and touch of a nutty flavor, hint of coffee, fairly complex, and even a hint of warming booze, that comes out a bit more on the finish but never heavy, very slightly sticky and hint of sweetness but dries slightly.

Mouth is medium bodied, slightly syrupy, with decent carbonation.

Drink is OK, hint of warming booze, slight sticky and syrupy, nothing too heavy.

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Augustiner Bräu Maximator from Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG
3.91 out of 5 based on 625 ratings.
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