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Augustiner Bräu Maximator | Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG

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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
Reviews:
325
Ratings:
601
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
14.58%
 
 
Wants:
40
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57
For Trade:
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Reviews: 325 | Ratings: 601
Photo of HappyHourHero
3.65/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The aroma is of pungent malt and a bit of caramel. Poured a dark coco colored head that faded quickly to a film. Dark brown in color with slight amber hue. The flavor is nice, creamy malt, fresh caramel, and some raisins. Creamy, moderately thick body, caramel in the finish fades slowly. This reminds me of why I like doppelbocks.

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Photo of Brent
3.18/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clearly a doppelbock, although the bottle only gives the cryptic identification of "dark beer." Pours a ruddy brown with some sediment evident throughout the pour. Nomimal head, and carbonation was fairly reserved. Aroma was sweet caramel and prune juice. Body was substantial and a bit syrupy. Flavor was quite sweet, with caramel, toffee, molasses and dominating prune flavors. Alchohol was noteworthy in the background, with some black pepper. Overall, the beer was just too heavy-handed, even for the style. Although there was nothing in particular about the beer that was bad, the overall effect was that I found myself trudging through it, and not enjoying it all that much. I suppose this one should be chalked up to personal taste rather than beer quality.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a very nice doppelbock. It was a dark ruby/purple colour with a small and quickly dissipating head of white foam. The aromas were of coffee, plum brandy, port wine, alcohol, deep roasted malts, and slight German hops. The taste was of chocolate, caramel, port wine, alcohol, malts, and hops. The mouthfeel was thick to medium bodied and totally acceptable for this style of beer and the drinkability was great for a doppelbock!

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Photo of nomad
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep purplish brown color, this beer began with lots of carbonation but showed little of anything through the session. Smelled chocolatey with a big pock-textured malt that was grainy, sweet, and nascently bready. Also tasted chocolatey, accompanied by a winey malt and scruffy wood notes and tart snaps. Almost syrupy smooth, this is a complex beer, though the finish could be less hectic and sloppy. Warming immediately, filling, drinkable, and pretty cheap for an import. A good pick.

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Photo of edchicma
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very little head, but nice lacing...dark chocolate appearance. Rich smell that was sweet, with a hint of spice and some alcohol presence. Taste was sweet, but rounded and full...slight alcohol hit at the back of the palate. For its abv..very smooth and drinkable..a definite winter style brew.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
4.13/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very nice and enjoyable beer. The great looking body of tawny dark amber was topped by an equally impressive head that created good lacing. Very complex nose that combined lots of caramel malt with a nice fruit component. Mild spiciness also prevades the senses.

The flavor is very full of malt and pungent fruitiness. The feel is full and tends towards a syrupy sense because of the thick fullness. Limited drinkability due to the ABV and heavy body feel.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The head on this beer is nonexistent. Aroma is lacking as well. In the aroma are roasted and chocolate notes, but not the expected raisin and malt. The flavor is roasted and chocolate and then the sweetness fades into a dry chocolate finish. It does go down smooth and have a good drinkability. I like the beer, but cannot review it highly as a dopplebock.

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Photo of AaronRed
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On first appearance, a nice looking brew, dark and rich looking, with a nice tan head and lace. It had sort of that burnt malt aroma, but not overpowering. A wonderfully complex beer, with dark malt flavors as well as a smoke-like taste. Easy to drink for such a strong beer. Not too filling either- perfect for fall.

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Photo of vitesse
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

served in 12 oz. brown bottle with gold foil.
a very restrained, classy doppelbock. won't knock you on your ass with any one flavor, but everything comes together: nice plums, chocolate, hops, coffee and some alchohol burn at the end. very round flavor. no smokiness and not overly carbonated. i recommend this one.

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Photo of UnionMade
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a deep umber brown, topped with a thin mist of head.
Aroma is richly roasty, with a bit of fig and date. No hops, save a light undeterminted herbal aroma. Very strong, with a touch of chocolate and molasses.
Flavor is powerfully malty, with a strong roastiness. A bit of sweet chocolate and molasses, with hints of dates, fig, and green raisin. No apparent alcohol. Viscous, heavy mouthfeel, with mild carbonation. Very smooth drinking for it's strength. Flavors are powerful, yet smooth, round edged, and subtle. Excellent.

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Photo of clvand0
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark brown color with a small creamy head and no lacing on the glass. The aroma is very malty with a coffee/chocolate hint to it. The flavor was very smooth. Very little carbonation and very rich mouthfeel. There is also a hint of fruityness in the flavor that is very nice. I really enjoyed this beer and will do so again.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this beer out due to the busy label, and the fact that I hadn't seen it anywhere before. I didn't even know if it was a dark lager or a doppel, but I went with it. Frankly, its a very tasty doppel.

Pours amber brown. Head is there during the pour, but is eliminated immediately. Very bubbly brew in the glass. Strong tantalizing aroma of powerful sugary malt and dark fruit, particularly plums. Mouthfeel is a little thin...I expected a chewier, breadier doppel. Could use a thicker body. Taste is wonderful and complex enough. Highly malty and balanced well with a caramel sweetness. Only a slight hint of alcohol. Not the best, but certainly a winner.

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Photo of Sixpack595
4.17/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice Doppel, but falls short of the greats like Celebrator. Big malts provide a caramel flavor without too much sweetness, a bit bready with a balanced bitterness. Very well hidden alcohol, I have no idea how much heat this beer is packing but in the interest of science I will keep trying till I figure it out.

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Photo of hotstuff
4.26/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This Dopplebock poured a medium tan head that dissolved quickly and it contained fine-medium bubbles. There was no lacing on the sides of my glass. The body was dark brown. It had a sweet aroma to it. The taste was very smoooth and this was a Dopplebock that I enjoyed drinking. Dopplebock are sooooo good!!

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Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
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 TheDM
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This brew poured a medium head of finely sized light brown bubbles and asemi-opaque dark brown body. It has a very nice medium strength malt aroma with a very good malt Doppelbock flavor. It is very smooth from start to finish, slightly sweet and leaves a slight tingling sensation in the aftertaste.

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Photo of stoutman
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found Maximator to have a profile similar to Salvator, but the rye flavors were richer and the liquorice sweetness was much more noticeable. Much flatter as well. Very sweet and delicious. Well crafted. Lots of alcoholic kick to it. True to its style.

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Photo of bierman2000
4.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

So smooth and chocolatey from vom Fass at the brewery/restaurant itself. Alcohol has to be about 8% ABV. Drank a Liter slowly as the alcohol hits you at the end very drinkable and dangerous. The atmophers is one of the ohte wonders of drinking this beer in the heart of the industrial area, save the piece of grass that the restaurants sits on.

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Photo of DarthMalt
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There are no bad doppels, I am convinced. There are good ones, and there are exceptional ones. This one is good...but not exceptional.

At $10+ a crack for a pack for this stuff, Spaten Optimator might be the way to go most days (not to mention its widespread availability). But, if you get a margin call from your tastebuds, then, by all means, buy this one.

Oh, yeah! I dare ya' to get a one-inch head on this sucker!

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Photo of John
4.41/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Exceptional color and appearance...rich, dark brown with some russet hues around the edges. Creamy tan head is produced with a vigorous pour. Hearty raisin bread aroma. The flavors skillfully blend substantial roasted malt, subdued dark fruit; plum, grape, raisin and the perfect hint of alcohol to finish it off. I thoroughly enjoyed this doppel. One of the best.

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Photo of Jason
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
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 Bierman9
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mmmm...nice doppel! Alewife was drinking a Sammy Doppel...had a taste of this and didn't want to return it. Hey!! Nice dark brown/ruby colored bier, (great color!!) with a small thin head, minimal lace. Big malty, sweet nose; rich...quite appealing! Superb body and smoothness....easy going down! Big malt backbone, sweetness...some dark fruit, caramel-toffee, and a little hop note at the finish. Mmmm... Real nice....not quite a Salvi, Sammy or Celebrator, but real good!

overall: 4.5
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4.5

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

This beer poured a copper color and formed an off white head that left trace lace as it subsided. An aroma of malt, hops and some candy elements. A flavor of malt, hops and caramel. I found it to be fairly creamy and easy to drink. It wasn't bitter as some darker beers often are, and I found it to be one of the few dark beers outside of the British Isles that impressed me. May not be in the top tier, but definately worth checking out as one of the German beers.

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Photo of Andy
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful deep ruby color. Big, inviting German malt aroma. Slightly creamy, very clean and smooth drinking. slight hop bite rounds out the strong but not overpowering malt base. Almost lacks any alcohol base. Complex malt profile, various levels of sweetness. Almost like vanilla. Delicious start to finish

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Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very nice dark brown w/ a copper hue. Pours a very small creamy head. Very little carbonation (which was nice.) The aroma is that of prunes mixed with caramel and dough, the same can be tasted on the palate. This brew was so easy to drink and was so enjoyable! An excellent Doppelbock!

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Augustiner Bräu Maximator from Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG
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