Augustiner Bräu Maximator | Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG

Augustiner Bräu MaximatorAugustiner Bräu Maximator
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Augustiner Bräu MaximatorAugustiner Bräu Maximator

Brewed by:
Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-25-2002

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Photo of colts9016
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer has been in my cellar for a while and I think I am going to drink it tonight. Poured into a plisner glass at 45 degree.

Appearance: A two finger head that is has fair retention. The head is off white, to a light tan head that is creamy and foamy. The color of the beer is a dark mahogany with some ruby highlights. The clarity of the beer is near opaque.

Nose: A rich caramel aroma that is kettle cooked with brown sugar, molasses, and toffee aromas. The malt is toasty with some grainy notes. Other aroma is alcohol, prunes and vanilla.

Taste: A very rich complex malt profile that is toasty and grainy. Caramelization notes with molasses, toffee, and vanilla, Other flavors is dark cherries, prunes, alcohol, and fruity esters.

Mouth feel of the beer is carbonated, slightly warm, and smooth.

Overall: The body of the beer medium and the finish is medium as well. This beer has a lot going for and it well made. The flavors are developed and the beer is complex. Really good beer for a dopplebock.

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Photo of JohneHoodlum
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of Samp01
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy reddish brown with a medium quickly fading tan head. Aroma of caramel malt, yeast, some dark dried fruity esters, dates, raisins, black figs fill the senses. Taste is sweet caramel malt, bready yeasty notes, dark dried fruits and some sweet alcohol as well. Palate is a nicely balanced medium body with some good carbonation. Finishes with some sweet caramel malt, yeasty bready notes, some nice dark fruity flavors of raisins and black fig sweetness with some bitter notes on the end for balance.

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Photo of GeneralDow
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of damndirtyape
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. No date on bottle.

Appearance: On the table, dark to tarnished copper. Held up to the light, deep coppery color with plenty of bubbles coming up through the glass. Initial 1/4" tan head slowly died down to a thick edge ring and the barest of skin across the top. Occasional island of lacing noted, but these would tend to slide down the glass.

Smell: With a swirl, grapes, fruity esters, dark fruits, caramel malt sweetness. As the foam dies back down, so does the aroma.

Taste: Toffee, dark fruits + grape, caramel malt sweetness underneath it all. The flavors run together such that I cannot tell you the order I am tasting them, but they're separate enough I can pull them out. The finish is surprisingly dry and roasted bitterness, but a very mild bitterness. The flavor does not linger long.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, cleans the beer right off the palate and the teeth. Nice thickness underneath.

Overall / Drinkability: A solidly good beer in taste and mouthfeel, but not as good in the aroma and appearance compared to other doppelbocks I've had. That being said, it's a tasty beer does seem to have a narrow temperature window where the flavors are optimal. Towards the end of the glass the bitterness got a tad overpowering in a bad way as it warmed up, so one is enough.

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a relatively frothy tan head with a nice chestnut brown body

S: Aroma of sweet caramelized sugars and raisin like malt. Some crystal flavors coming through in the malt department, some sweetness from the crystal and a bit of dark fruit.

T: Relatively rich and decadent, not too much unattenuated sugar which is a plus for the style as many do doppelbocks a little too sweet IMO. A lot of caramel and toffee up front, with a rich brown loaf of bread flavor. At the end there is a slight ashy burnt flavor from a long roast time. At 7.5abv, this is a pretty powerful doppelbock from Germany and I can appreciate it just the same as the others I have had at the Augustiner tent last year in Munchen.

M: Thick and a high level of carbonation.

O: One of the things I find with some of the German beers that have been around forever is that a lot of them have such classic flavors that go under appreciated these days of hops and Imperial beers. You want a malt bomb, here you go! just a dash of hops to balance out the maltiness, but you can taste the classic in this beer.

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Photo of pkalix
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

darker, ruby red pour, minimal head; non-existent lacing.
those caramel-ly, sweet smelling malts, with a little alcohol coming through with same in the taste.
a little heavy for the type, but still traditionally sweet. the thickerness isnt a bad thing.
as i click on the brewery's website, i realize i've had their beer before in another flavor although none of them ring a bell (typical of the condition lately...).
the taste isnt bad. you can taste the alcohol in it but it's not terribly bad considering it is a 7.5% brew. not the best in its class, but very decent.
zero carbonation, kind of sits on the tongue with unremarkable qualities.
overall... not bad, again. but generic for the style. wouldnt mind trying it again at another time...
and what the heck? germany's getting into this 11.2 oz bottle thing now, also ?!? it hought that was only the belgians . . . . .

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Photo of kgmm77
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of Soracloud
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of generallee
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
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 ColSanders123
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of yankees27
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of VncentLIFE
3.3/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had to a be a tool and buy some German beer for the German UEFA Euro game against Portugal.

Actually pretty light for a Doppelbock (color wise). Poured slightly colder than room temp, and still didnt get much head. The smell is just toffee with a hint of caramel, honestly. Touch of corn and cereal grains.

Taste is all sweetness and loads of dry burnt caramel. Reminds of me caramel corn. No real body to back all of the sweetness.

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Photo of crisis44
4/5  rDev +2%

Photo of wakajawaka76
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of mk66
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of PorterLambic
4.47/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours chestnut brown with a small tan head. Cloudy with a little light penetration.
Smell is rich, heavily malty with a whiskey-soaked fruitcake presence that is exceedingly intoxicating. Pun intended.
Taste is a carbon copy of the smell with a faint woody note and a touch of vanilla. Molto bene.
Rich, full-bodied, light effervescence. Smooth like liquid velvet. Phenomenal, IMO.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.14/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 4/17/12

Rust and copper in color. The head billows to two fingers but loudly fizzles away to a wispy layer and some suds around the collar. No lasting head retention or lace.

The aroma is on the toasty side as far as notions of grains and bread. Overtones of grassy hops are stifled, as is the whole aroma, to an extent, by an odd mustiness. Swirling brings out fruit and spice notes a la cinnamon apples. Over time is shifts from bread to dark fruits like plum and raisin.

Each sip finds a modest hop twinge that lingers a moment before bready flavors envelop the palate. Hints of dark fruit waft about. The hops pick back up and build on the finish. Very dry.

Somewhere between medium and full body. It has an underlying smoothness that is agitated by active carbonation making for a fussy overlay. Dusty finish.

Overall impression - Not too shabby at all, especially if you're looking for some hops to balance all the malt.

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Photo of jk3
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of oliverwren
4/5  rDev +2%

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

Sample: 1 bottle 2012

A: Deep ruby red, completely translucent, pours a small bone white head that evolves into moderate lacing, decent internal carbonation

S: Mildly fragrant, notes of vanilla and cocoa at once, light hints of dried fruits, much as to be expected from a bock

T: Much akin to the nose, but more pronounced, vanilla and cherry and certainly present, quite malty, well balanced and not overly sweet, touch of alcohol on the finish

M: Very smooth and drinkable, light and sweet aftertaste, amaretto comes to mind, not too lingering, and not drying on the palate

O: A prime example of it classification, flavorful, nice to look at, and easy to drink, a bit more fragrance would be nice, but delicate and delicious

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Photo of jaidenjb
3/5  rDev -23.5%

Augustiner Bräu Maximator from Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 632 ratings
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