Augustiner Bräu Maximator | Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG

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Augustiner Bräu MaximatorAugustiner Bräu Maximator

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Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of Jeffo
4.41/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this at The Cracked Kettle in Amsterdam.

From a half-liter bottle into a mug.

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger medium looking off-white head with good retention. Very little carbonation evident. Somewhere around burgundy or burnt-umber brown in color. Head slowly fades to a thin film. No head sticks around by the end and leaves no lacing down the glass.

SMELL: A big nose jumps out of the bottle and the glass. Caramel malt, toffee notes and a good dose of spiciness. Red fruits are there, raspberries perhaps. Sweet toasted malts all over the place. Very nice and bold. Enticing.

TASTE: Sweet caramel malt, toffee, and toasted malts up front. Biscuit flavours through the middle and some red berry notes too. Finishes with some spicy alcohol notes and goes into a mild but longer lasting sweet malt and spicy alcohol aftertaste. A very sweet and tasty doppelbock for sure.

PALATE: Medium-full body with medium carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, heavy as well, lots of weight, goes down smooth and finishes slightly mouth-coating. No bite on the way down. Great feel. Agustiner never disappoints in this category.

OVERALL: A great Doppelbock; one of the best on the market. Augustiner lager beers are phenomenal to say the least, and this is another fine example of their craft. If you like sweet Doppelbocks, this is your baby. A complete malt bomb. Recommended.

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Photo of homebrewhawk
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in a Duvel tulip. Bit of a gusher when opened. Poured a deep reddish brown with a finger of light tan head. Rich malty aroma with some molasses. A little on the sweet side, but it has a big malty base. More molasses and some dark fruit. Long malty finish. Smooth and very easy drinking for such a big beer.

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Photo of Rayek
3.74/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Pilsner glass.

A: Hazy deep copper, with a short lived garnet tinged head. Leaves no lace. The beer's weak point.

S: Sweet overall. Caramel, toffee and a bit of dark fruits, plus a hint of alcohol.

T: On the sweet side. Toffee and prunes up front, followed by a light pepper bitterness. Sweet finish is somewhat dry and slightly vinous. Nice alcohol warmth going down. Gets better as its temperature rises.

M: Medium body is syrupy. Carbonation level is right.

D: Perfect for a cold night, but there are much better examples of this style in my book. A good, but not great doppel to me.

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Photo of Goldfish19
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

~ Purchased this 12 oz bottle from Big Z Beverage in Huntington, NY. This beer pours a deep reddish-brown color with a small head that fades away quickly. Aromas are of caramelized malts and dark fruits. Taste is the same. The alcohol makes its presence but does not overpower. All in all, an attractive Doppelbock that is flavorful, relatively inexpensive and is always available. A must try. ~

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Photo of drabmuh
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer served in a Pinkus glass. Dark brown / black, almost no head. Moderate carbonation, cloudy.

Aroma is dominated by malt and sweetness. Very pleasing smell to come from a doppelbock. I'm really looking forward to this beer now.

Beer is medium bodied, really smooth, coats the mouth with nice forward sweetness and a good finish. There is a slight, fruit like aftertaste, almost sweet apple flavored. I am a huge doppelbock fan and this is a repeat for sure.

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Photo of fightingwords
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-- bold trasparent brown. It's got this cherry/rosy glow also...rosy brown? Fluffy head from a rousing pour. Pretty sticky but the head was mostly laid back.

S-- way prevalent caramel and dirty toasted malts. Little raisiny. Mosly a typical musty cereal with a little sweetness. Good stuff, I liked the nose.

T-- MALTY, biscuity and sweet malts give way to just a touch of oily hops. As it warmed (and me as well) I could pick up some of the alcohol flavor. Nothing bad, just a characteristic of the style I guess.

M-- can it be called soft on the mouth? Smooth and definately full bodied. Memorable finish. Not oily but definately lasting.

D-- not a quaffable style considering the body and the abv, but it's highly drinkable one bottle in a sitting.

I'd have to call this beer classic. It's not a Celebrator or Consecrator, but it holds it's own. Worth a shot if you want to try the style.

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

Maximator pours a ruby brown with a lasting head and good retention.

Aroma is full of malt sweetness bordering on fruityness. Smells like a bock of moderate strength.

A very complex beer here. Caramel and Munich malts blended. Nutty like caramelized cashews. Bitter noble hop adds a touch of resiny bitterness. Possess all the neccessary bock tendencies with chewey malt lingering into the finish.

Mouthfeel is somewhat crisp for a medium bodied bock style beer. Nice lively feel.

One of my all time favorites. A great session beer when I'm not going anywhere.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark brown body with a minimal head and minor lace. A strong malt smell of roasted, burnt chocolate and caramel malt with a little hop bitterness. A basic brew but a good one; has a medium body that goes down smooth and has a chocolatey taste along with some caramel and syrupiness (beer is slightly sticky). A slight fruit taste along with some hop bitterness that gives off a slightly dry finish. A quality dopplebock that hides the ABv well and is an enjoyable drink.

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

12oz bottle. Pours clear mahogany with a modest, light beige head that dies quickly. Smells strongly of caramel malt and brown sugar. Some dark, raisin-like fruits. Very sweet. Taste is also sweet, with many of the same, almost cane-syrup-like characteristics, but also a distinct, slightly chocolaty roasted malt taste that makes it more pleasant. Sweet finish, but not overpoweringly so. Medium-full, though slightly syrupy, body. A decent doppelbock overall, though it's admittedly not my favorite style.

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Photo of farrago
3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good thickness and retention to the creamy brown head, eventually settles into a thin layer across the surface, the lacing doesn't stick. Fairly clear brown liquid with equal red and orange influences, few bubbles to be seen. The nose comes up with suitable doses of caramel, milk chocolate, raisin, apricot and bing cherry fruit, there's a smoky touch along with peat moss, forest floor matter and dried oranges, the bread notes are dense like pumpernickel, little airiness. Medium-bodied, nowhere near as sweet as one might have expected, has a mineral water sort of freshness and pétillance, not really carbonated in the strong sense. As a result it does not have density and flows by at a pace detrimental to the flavors soaking in. Soda bread, raisin bread, rye and grains elevate here, the caramel, creamed coffee and butterscotch components fade off. The cherry, apricot, peach fruit finds some traction in the mid-palate. Warming doesn't seem to help flavor expressivity. As it ends the stage mostly held by the herbaceous earthiness. Not sure what the goal was here.

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Photo of Pencible
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured a clear, dark mahogany with some tan head. It smelled like bready yeast and roasted barley, with some rich caramel malt and a bit of raisin. It tasted like roasted barley and dark caramel, with some copper and coffee, and a bit of smoke. It was slightly thick with some carbonation, and had a bittersweet aftertaste. Overall this was a good, solid doppelbock. It wasn't quite as rich as the top doppelbocks I've tried, but it still had a nice clean flavor with good body. It hid the alcohol well also, so it was quite easy to drink. Nice autumn beer.

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

Maximator, Augustiner's Doppelbock. Augustiner is known for their helles lagers, will this one stand up to snuff?

Intriguing old-school label with a monk and a bizzilion medals and some hops. Since 1328, nice. I like the fact that it is 12 oz, get that extra few tenths of an ounce in. The top is adorned with gold foil.

Served around 50 degrees. Pours with a nice large light caramel/off-white colored head that quickly dissipates and leaves no lacing. The beer is dark with hints of ruby.

Wonderful smell! Fruity, dark, roasty, sweet; eloquently doppebock. Mild alcohol catches the nose slightly with multiple whiffs.

Taste follows the smell. It is a mighty doppelbock though the tried and true Salvator still reigns supreme. It is nice and smooth, perfect carbonation for the style. The flavors attack with a bite, this one is no-holds-barred. Alcohol creeps in with the sweetness. A rich tasting brew.

This is a great doppelbock, worth the price. It is one of the better ones out of Bavaria though not on the highest tier.

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Photo of Floydster
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce single purchased today for $3.50 at Beverage Warehouse in Marina del Rey, my friend just got done telling how good this was when he was over in Munich, poured into my Aventinus weizen glass, color is a medium to dark brown, 3/4 inch creamy beige head, aroma consists of roasted malts, wheat, prunes, plums, caramel, milk chocolate, roasted malts, almonds, and some spices, flavor starts off with chocolate, various spices in the middle with a hint of clove and nutmeg carrying over into the finish, where sweet malts were prominet, roasted malts come out in the next few sips, by the end you get a hint of booze to go along with dark fruits but there is still lots of malts, sweet, slightly fruity, and malty mouthfeel, medium bodied, actually pretty thin, too much carbonation probably, taste lingers, drinks pretty well but once it warms it loses a lot of its drinkability, can get sweet and filling after a while, a twelve ounce serving was enough for me, had not heard of this brewery before, decent beer but I do not know about the six pack being over twenty dollars even considering the importing costs and other factors, besides that I would drink again, worth trying

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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 tempest
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this as a dessert beer at Tap and Table in Emmaus, PA for $5 a bottle. This is a sweet and simple beer, and I was happy to end the night with it. I don't mean to say the beer was cloying, it certainly had a dry edge to it, but the flavors were big and tasty cocoa and fruit notes that included red grape, apple, and sweet cherries. The semi-sweet chocolate flavor led things off, but the aftertaste trailed off too quickly. Overall the beer drank well, but the flavor and feel were just too thin for this to be a great beer. Worth a try though.

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Photo of JohnnyWong
4.65/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Caramel colored with a nice creamy head. Sweet malt aromas with caramel and a hint of nut. Fantastic flavor. Deep layers of caramel but not syrupy. Just enough hops to make this a nice balanced doppel. Clean finish. A bit thin on the body but overall a terrific beer

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

A - Pours a dark caramel, coffee almost like cola or a maple/oak wood. Some reddish hues. A small head of about one and a half fingers, leaves a thin head after dissipating.

S - I get fruity malt smell. Smells sweet and caramel, maybe brown sugar.

T - The taste is a little more subdued than the smell, but the same accents are there. The malt is smooth and there is a little bite at the end of the beer.

M - Smooth, a little tingly. Doesn't leave the mouth dry. Doesn't feel as heavy on the mouth as I'd expect from such a dark beer.

D - I like this beer. I feel that it goes good with a rich meal, like steak, or after a meal. It is definitely not a fast drinking beer as it is a little on the heavier side.

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Photo of erz316
4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle into brooklyn brewery pokal.

A - one finger head starts dissipating really quickly. very light coffee color. body is a real dark orange-brown, almost like a dark wooden colour.

S - real malty, I think that fizz character I can smell if properly defined as a caramel note by the professionals. a good amount of aroma for an ice cold beer.

T - malty sweetness with some dark ripened fruits coming along to join to party, alcohol is like a fruity liqueur during the finish: a delectable taste indeed. after taste is primarily ripe fruit malts.

MF&D - good bubbles and a weight to the body that makes its a good, solid, drink.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.31/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark chestnut color poured into a pilsener glass, little head to be found but it still looks like a good beer. It smells quite malty, a hint of chocolate, smells decent. The mouthfeel is a little weird and I can;t quite say why, flavor is good and malty, a little hint of maple syrup. This was a decent enough dopplebock but I probably won't revisit this again.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my dimpled mug, this doppel appears a dark brown color with a good two fingers of light tan foam. A big dose of sweet caramelized malt dominates the aroma and flavor, followed by notes of bitter hops, milk chocolate, raisins, a touch of molasses, dark bread, medium toasted grains. Bordering on full bodied with adequate carbonation. Very nice.

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Photo of SetarconeX
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Really a good looking brew. Nice and dark, with a hint of redness to it. Plenty of froth on top. Smells like raisins and malt, fairly thickly. Tastes pretty raisiny, with a lot more alcohol flavor than you get in some other doppelbocks. Lighter, and more airy than might be expected in a beer of this strength and color.

A strong and fairly tasty brew. Definitely one to try.

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Photo of ThirstyBird
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass
A - Pours a Medium coppery brown with a light tan head. The heads is making a loud fizzing sound as it quickly falls to a skim.
S - Rich malt presence up front - I get brown sugar. Darker fruit odor follows.
T - Big malty, brown sugar, some bready taste, some booziness. Dark fruit as it lingers on the taste buds.
M/F - Medium body. A bit chewy. Carbonation is quite high and a little course.
D - This is pretty enjoyable. If the carbonation was a bit lower/smoother this would really pump it up in my view.

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Photo of Domingo
3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Beejay for this one. I haven't even seen this in Munich, although I'll be sure to look for it on my next trip.
Pours a medium to deep brown color with a fair amount of head.
The smell's definitely subdued more than I expected. Faint chocolately malts and a little bit of huskiness are really all that's there.
The taste is pretty unusual compared to what I expected. It's sweet and malty, but not THAT sweet. Reminds me of a stronger Munich dunkel. There are notes of caramel, cocoa, and even marachino cherries, but nothing beats you over the head. It's pretty unlike any other doppelbock I've ever had. Much like their other beers, the finish is the cleanest you will ever have. Supposedly this is related to their underground water source. That clean finish will have you coming back for more.
The 7.5% ABV is almost completely hidden. Drinkability is nearly maxed on this one. The flavor isn't as bold, but it nearly goes down like a normal dunkel.

Not the boldest, biggest, or most flavorful doppelbock, but definitely one of the most drinkable. I like how Augustiner doesn't follow the typical path. It might not always be the absolute best (although it often is), but it's different.

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Photo of Offa
4.14/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a tasty doppelbock with a definite milk-chocolate quality.

Deep reddish brown, slightly murky, it has a medium-big tan head steadily shrinking to a thin ring and wisps and leaving no lace.

The aroma is caramel, wine, raisins, dark toasted bread, hints of chocolate and spicey molasses. Overall, verynice.

The taste is good but not up to the aroma. It has a lot of vague caremlised & stewed fruit with wine a hint of pepper with a light bite, and a little creamy, rich milk chocolate. It's tasy and easy to drink but not as complex or rich as some others.

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Photo of SykDoc
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It pours a deep ruby red with no sediment. A thick 1.5 inch tan head from and slowly recedes to a nice lacing.

The smell is quite good with healthy notes of dark from and caramel from the malts. A mild bread/yeast component is also present and chocolate hides out in the background.

The taste was a little underwhelming, as I remember it having a better taste in the past. Again, dark fruit and caramel malts with the hops hiding behind. There was also a metallic taste and a secondary bitter/spicy component at the finish. Alcohol is noticeable but not too much.

The mouthfeel was back up again. I like the lingering spicy/bitter feeling. The carbonation was right for the thickness. This is nominally full bodied and starts out crisp and finishes quite smooth and clean.

Overall, I think this is a very drinkable beer. I do wish the malts had presented a bit more intensely on the taste but overall, a very good dopplebock. I do keep my eyes open for it, cause it is quite good.

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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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