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Augustiner Bräu Maximator | Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG

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BA SCORE
3.92/5
Very Good
635 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#6,401
Reviews:
334
Ratings:
635
pDev:
10.71%
Bros Score:
3.55
 
 
Wants:
43
Gots:
69
Trade:
0
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Photo of Dinglehacker
3.98/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into perforated mug. Nice little head gives way to nothing. No lace.

Nose is malt and fruit, a hint of watermelon.

Taste is the usual lovely fare. Molasses, dark cherries, malt, nutmeg.

Mouth doesn't bother me.

Lighter on the spice than some doppelbocks, but a nice milder offering of the style. In all, still flavorful. For fans of bock beers, Dunkel lager, brown ales, and Scotch ale.

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Photo of ledouge
3.42/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of hypnotoad1
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CodeBlack7
3.49/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kojevergas
2.93/5  rDev -25.3%
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 red94tt
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Korbynlehr
4.39/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of delta490
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear mahogany with a moderate cap of light tan head, slightly foamy. The aroma is rich malts, a little grainy and earthy. The taste is about the same with a slight nutty finish. The body is surprisingly light, with just a hint of carbonation.

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Photo of stevoj
3.66/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light brown/ruby in color, thin head. Nutty, roast grain aroma, taste has more malt, some caramel sweetness,. Roast grain bitterness linger son the tongue. Classic doppelbock.

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Photo of drummerdwzp
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of chebode2
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of whatsgoody
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SFNC
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look; A stunning deep red when held to the light. It has a nice two finger off-white head.
Smell; A tad faint, but a definite freshly baked brown bread smell. Some sweetness, little or no alcohol.
Taste; Again the freshly baked brown bread, but more pronounced, also burnt brown sugar and dates. Very rich tasting, a nice sipper!
Feel; Very full, sweet and sticky on the front, a bit dry on the back.
Overall; A very good Doppelbock, nicely done and worth visiting again.

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Photo of clarknova
3.32/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DerwinWentworth
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BikingDutchman
3.97/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Dark reddish mahogany and clear. Light tan head dissipates quickly.
S - Strong plum/dark fruit in the smell with some complimentary dark breadiness.
T - More dark fruit up front with dark bread crust flavors that follow closely. They work very well together, and one does not mask the other. No alcohol flavor is noticeable. Very sweet with no noticeable hop flavor and minimal bitterness.
M - A little syrupy/sweet, but not too heavy. Medium carbonation.
O - Strong dark fruit flavor is really good, but goes unchecked. It gets a little bit cloying after a while. Lucky there is a decent amount of carbonation to lighten things up.

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Photo of BlueSpader
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sharpski
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Wattstriker
2.84/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of FrancisM12
3.46/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.76/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Earthy, sweet brown malt. Toasted cereal and raisins, dark fruit. Smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Little bit of bitterness on the back end that lingers. Nice carb level.

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Photo of tbeer40
3.69/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of leadpaint76
3.25/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not sure if it is style or just this beer but don't think I will purchase again. It poured almost no head at all. Aroma reminds me of an old farmhouse and not in the good way like a Saison. Just not a beer for me but like always I am glad I tried it. Have a great day my friends.

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Photo of Fettpopps
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ralph-pine
3.84/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Augustiner Bräu Maximator from Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG
Beer rating: 3.92 out of 5 with 635 ratings
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