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
Ratings:
622
Reviews:
331
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
10.74%
 
 
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42
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Photo of schoolboy
3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I thought I'd go for some German's today, to keep things from getting real heavy and to speak some of my native tongue (my parents, really, I was born in the US).

Yes, I am in full kraut mood after drinking this, but I didn't like it much. The dark malty taste is not for me. The aftertaste is nice, and it probably would go great with food, cutting through other flavors. It really is a well made beer, and a lot more interesting than the helles from this brewery, but it doesn't work well for me. I don't want to buy it again.

Later notes: it still hits harder than it should. Bitter malts. Like heroin beer.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Authentic German Doppler picked up at the Beer dispensary in Apex last night. Cool Monk themed drawings on the label. Pours a flat looking cola with a rapidly retreating head and little visible carbonation. or lacing. Nose is fait with biscuit, roasted malt, yeast, and a tiny wisp of dark fruit.

The taste is sweet from aft to stern and still carries the yeast and dark fruit, and for the first time, alcohol as well. Sweet chocolate and caramel coat the malt in that straight ahead German style and last long into the finish. A touch of metal follows, natch. Lightly carbonated and very smooth.

This is authentic tasting and grows on me as it warms but has trouble matching the St. Victorious I consumed this evening.

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

50cl bottle poured into Spaten seidel

Best Before end of April 2011

A- Copper dark ruby body with excellent clarity. 3 finger creamy head that reduces relatively quickly to a crown. Lacing is average.

S- Strong doughy, toffee malt sweetness, suggestion of dark fruit and raisins.

T- Sultana cake like sweetness, some toasted malt sweetness. An odd flavour but I get a hint of burnt raisin - like in a scone when the surface raisins have more exposure when cooked and get a bit crispy, gives nice balance in the full finish.

M- Full bodied but clean tasting with moderate carbonation

D- Maybe lacks depth of malt complexity compared to celebrator and Korbinian but still satisfying. Clean tasting and alcohol content well hidden. Definitely a doppelbock that leans more to the toasted attenuated side

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Photo of falloutsnow
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The bottle features some of the nicest artwork and color schemes on a bottle: turqouise blue background and lettering with a golden, hand-drawn monk and hops.

From the dark brown bottle, the beer pours thickly, producing a 1cm head that's light brown in color. The foam bubbles down after a few minutes, leaving a thin ring and a few small islands of bubbles in the glass. Minimal lacing. The body is dark brown or mahogany in color, reddish highlights, semi-hazy with carbonation percolating along the sides of the glass.

This beer is faintly ripe with doppelbock scents of caramel, mixed dark and roasted malt, heated figs, and an end hint of port wine. I also pick up the lightest hint of black pepper. Smell is the weak point of Maximator, but only because all its components are so weakly displayed.

Taste is expectedly full of rich, dark malt sweetness; some hazlenut; figs and prunes; dry sour cherries; a bit of alcohol (when warm) and a slight tinge of spicy hops in the aftertaste. This is definitely a doppelbock on the sweeter end of the spectrum, and I suspect that is why several do not enjoy it.

Full bodied, slightly syrupy, with moderate carbonation that helps temper the body and move the beer while in the mouth. Finish is semi-dry, which when combined with the aroma and taste, makes taking another sip almost essential.

This is a quality doppelbock that hits nearly all the right notes. Definitely worth seeking out and should be considered one of the avatars of the sweet-doppel style.

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Photo of mtwentz
3.16/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I read, last Oktoberfest season, that Augustiner was one of the 4,5, or 6 Munich breweries allowed to have a tent at the annual festivity. Finally found a bottle, Maximator, and here we go...

poured from a third liter bottle glass into a pike tulip.

pours a dark ruby, leaving a crescent of off-white head.

Smells a little like stale raisin bread soaked in water.

Fruity sips of malt make way for....

I'm surprised this is only 7.5%. There seems to be room for more alcohol..Fairly smooth and dark, dried fruity. Not what I'm used to in Munich beers. Glad to check it off the list.

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Photo of PEBKAC
3.42/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

300ml Bottle from Good Beer. Cozy new little beer store near Hop Devil Grill, & not too far of a walk to/from New Beer & Whole Foods Bowery.

Bottle filled to about half an inch of the mouth. Carlsberg pils glass. Beautiful fucking color. Head is a consuming, rich sandy tan color I've never quite seen before exactly. Looks like there's some added beta carotene in this. :P Body is a clear, orange-amber color. Slight, stringy lace & immense, milkshake-like resistance on the head.

Smell isn't intense & is difficult to pin down. Grainy breakfast cereal & caramel. Flour-like? It's too cold, gotcha. Gave it a five minute rest, & sharper sweetness emerges. Almost like slightly charred toast. Still not a whole lot.

Taste is toasty grain & sharper instances of dark wheat macerated with that quoted 7.5% ABV. Some charred/tannic flavor. Some sneaky raisin-esque flavor that I'm not so sure of in here also. No bite aside from the slight char.

Body has enough resistance to be considered chewy. Carbonation is almost enough. Alcohol is alright, but lands a solid hit to my temple.

Solid beer, but makes me crave fresh Optimator. :|

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Photo of WVRadar
4.67/5  rDev +19.4%
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 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 Neffbeer
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured into a tulip.

A: It pours a dark brown color with some lovely ruby highlights. Mahogany in essence. It was a strong pour which yielded a large two finger off white head. The retention was moderate with flecks of lacing as it receded.

S: The nose begins with a waft of sweet malt. It strongly hints at caramel/toffee with a touch of rye for good measure. There is a faint suggestion of floral hops with some fig and apple like notes as well.

T: Big bold malt flavors sweep through my palate. It has a massive presence without being to sweet. The hint of rye from the nose is evident in the viscous quality of the brew, it is also slightly spicy. The apple and fig notes are present, but more subdued than the nose. The toffee-like malt is the headliner here.

M: The mouthfeel was quite full bodied and lush, nicely done.

D: Overall this beer is a quaffable doppelbock. The alcohol is masterfully hidden behind the malt curtain, and the yeast helps bring some interesting complexity to the flavor.

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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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Photo of CampusCrew
3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance: deep dark brown apprearnce, nice lingering head.

smell: toasty roasted malts, some caramel

taste: lots of bready sweetness and fruit flavors such as raisins

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: not my favorite doppel and I expected alot from Augustiner. decent

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

Poured from 12 oz glass into dimpled mug. Pours dark amber with a small bubbly white head. Strong and sweet malty aroma with huge notes of fruit, caramel, and toffee. Flavor is lighter than expected, but semi-sweet and fruity. A bit of spice towards the finish, and some earthy tobacco notes. Palate is medium, slightly watery, but still has a nice mouth-feel. Balanced, flavorful, and easy drinking.

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Photo of dvb
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A picture of a monk on the bottle of doppelbock. How could you go wrong?

A - Deep reddish brown, nice off-white head but no lacing whatsoever. None.

S - Standard doppelbock fare. Lots of malty, bready, yeasty aroma.

T - Very bready. With most beer, when you get to the bottom of the bottle and let that last drop sit for a while, it seems very bitter and that's all you get: bitterness. No so, here. That last drop tastes like bread. Good, dense, chewy bread. The monks had the right idea. This one tastes nice all the way through.

M - A bit thin, quite honestly.

D - Not the best doppelbock I've had, but I could drink several of these just the same. Very drinkable.

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Photo of obywan59
4.12/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

#4 from my mixed Christmas 6-pack. Poured into my 1/2 pint Whitbread mug. My first Doppelbock.

A slight gusher, it pours a clear, deep reddish amber, perhaps a 1 finger head that was gone without a trace before I realized it. Zero lacing. It looks like a glass of good rum.

Incredible malty aroma like wildflower honey. A bit of dark fruit and some bready notes as well.

Predominately honey again, very sweet with a substantial taste of alcohol that, in that regard, once more resembles a good rum.

Rather thick-bodied and syrupy, it coats the mouth well. Not much in the way of carbonation, but plenty of tingle and warmth from the alcohol.

Pretty good drinkability for a thick-bodied sweet brew. I could have handled another or perhaps two, though the 7.5% is noticable to me after one glass.

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Photo of heavy216
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 12 oz bottle, pour dark amber red, lots of head which faded fast

S: smells fruity and malt...could definately smell the alcohol

T/M: nutty, alcohol taste that seemed to be mopre present as it gets warmer, not much carbonation very light

D: This one was provided to me by a friend and i really enjoyed it until i learned the steep price? good solid beer to enjoy on special occasions

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Photo of e11iott
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: 12 oz bottle. Frothy 2 finger head, lasted a short time, light lacing, deep dark red/brown when poured.

S: Heavy aroma of nuts and malt smell. Strong scent

T/M: served cold had heavy body. light carbonation. Very sweet to taste for a beer, considering its not a fruit beer. Alcohol is hidden nicely for how strong it is.

D: Strongly surprised how amazing this beer is warm, got sweeter. Will get this for a special occasion, in the near future, a bit pricey.

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Photo of smakawhat
2.96/5  rDev -24.3%
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 mithrascruor
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a very dark copper color - nearly brownish. Really no head to speak of, but there's some visible carbonation.

Smell: Sweet malty aroma, with some grain and caramel.

Taste: Lots of malty grains with sweetness - caramel comes in stronger towards the finish. There's some spices and brown sugar in there, and a bit of hop bitterness comes in at the finish and into the aftertaste (together with that caramel).

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and smooth, with lots of carbonation.

Drinkability: Pretty easy to drink, though the alcohol is definitely there.

A nice doppelbock that is a bit mellower than some others - and I mean that in a good way, as it helps drinkability and makes it a bit more unique. Quite tasty, but (unfortunately) also quite pricey.

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Photo of TheKingofWichita
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep black color with a thick tan head and some good lacing. Smells of dark fruits, sugar, malts, and some hidden hops. Tastes of sweet malts, chocolate, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, and maybe some prune. Mouthfeel is very thick and very nice. Easy to drink.

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Photo of shooterCO
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass at cool temperature.

A- Red Mahogany, 2 fingers of head, dissipates quickly, no lacing
S- Rich, caramel, fruits, sugar, malty, as it gets warmer alcohol is more apparent
T- Rich, malty, hints of caramel
M- Full bodied, smooth
D- This isn't a beer you could drink many of, but this seems to be the way of a doppelbock (at least for me).

Overall a good beer, would definitely like to drink again; however $15 price tag is a little steep.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is kind of all over the place...as far as ratings go. It pours very well. Rich, deep, shiny copper body. The head is small but effective to give nice contrast.

Nose is lacking. Hints of nuts, raisin and more of caramel. Considerably not a strong aroma. Not bad, though.

Ok, so the taste comes to the rescue. Flavors consist of the those in the aroma, and the caramel comes through strongly. Some herbal grass or anise in the faint background. The flavors aren't very noticeable up front, more so towards the finish.

Finishes clean, a bit too clean. Would like to have something else, some smokiness, or something to just tease the sweetness.

For the style, it's pretty good. For me, the drinkability takes a hit.

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Photo of slayer3604
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-see-through mahogany, with a decent head that dies down to patches-o-hoolihan, spotted with larger bubbles, leaving zero lacing.

S-Slight notes of leather, caramel and milk chocolate.

T-NICE! Nutty, a tad roasty, big flavors coming from left and right field, which is completely the opposite of what the nose gives you!

M-Firm, foamy, and slightly dry in the finish. I like the finish a lot on this one. Kind of needs a little more caramel to convince me that its a dopple, though.

D-Excellent drinkability, price and availability! Cheers!

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

I like beers like this, when the label looks like an illustration from the 1908 Sears and Roebuck catalogue.

I also like that kind of severely roasted, very ripe fruit smell that you get out of a good, aged doppelbock. This hasn't been on the shelf more than a few months, but lord knows how long ago it was brewed. Some age is to be expected with a beer like this, and the aroma wears the age quite well.

The taste, not so much. The very beginning is pleasantly burny--bock malt mixed with ash and apples--but that gives way to an intense, vinous fruitiness that overwhelms everything else the whole rest of the way, until a few seconds after the beer is swallowed when the ashy, sweet bock malt returns as an aftertaste.

Still, it's smooth for its size. The burn is light and pleasant, and even though the fruitiness is really strong and disrupts the beers balance, it isn't really offputting.

EDIT:
I'm bumping this up a bit. The drinkability is insane, and it becomes a bit more balanced as it warms up.

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Photo of jneiswender
3.06/5  rDev -21.7%
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 DrJay
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, deep red colour with a meager cap of fine bubbles that dispersed quickly. Not much in the way of lacing. Clean malt aroma that was quite light overall, grain, light caramel, slight dried fruit -- more earthy than juicy. Light bitterness, lots of caramel and dried fruit sweetness. Light alcohol towards the end, malty all the way through. Medium to full bodied with lowish carbonation, smooth and nearly creamy. Mild alcohol warmth. Pretty good overall, nice malt character.

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Augustiner Bräu Maximator from Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG
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