Augustiner Bräu Maximator | Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG

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Augustiner Bräu MaximatorAugustiner Bräu Maximator

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Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG
Germany | website

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 wesbrownyeah
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Augustiner Brewery Munich, Germany... 7.5% alcohol content. Picture of a happy monk surrounded by medals on a washed out label.
Poured into a pilsner glass.

A- Pours a dark amber color fluid with active tan head that falls to a tight bubbled froth leaving light patchy lacing.

S- Smells of banana nut bread, fresh churned butter and light biscuty aromas.

T-M- Has a very pronounced thick buttery oak flavor, almost a tree nut hint. Slight banana halfway through followed by a mild alcohol warmth. Hints of toffee and light cocoa. A decent mouthfeel of thick and carbonated cream makes it a tad rough on the tongue.

D- All and all a decent beer with drinkable charactoristics for the style.

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Photo of letsgopens
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This Doppelbock pours a nice, clear, ruby-tinted amber with some copper highlights. The Frothy but rather airy beige head recedes quickly and leaves some sticky rings of lace.

Nutty with some dark fruit, molasses, honey, slight booze, and a hint of mineraliness. An fresh, grassy/spicy hop note is thrown in as well. Bright and juicy. Somewhat different smelling and very pleasant.

Mostly mild in flavor with some buttery caramel, brown biscuit, and a slight toasted nut character. Tons of malty sweetness. A hint of metallic flavor and a buttery finish. Decent tasting but rather run-of-the-mill.

Crisp initially with a smooth, buttery feel and some slight warmth in the end. Semidry with a lingering waxy malt feel on the tongue.

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Photo of NewGeneric
3.44/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my Grimbergen goblet.

A: Pours a rich auburn, burgundy color with a fair amount of beige head that fades quickly, leaving nice circles around the glass. A hair-thin layer of foam sits on top.

S: Smells toasty, roasty with hints of dark fruits shining through. Everything is fairly subdued. Not much going on here.

T: Thankfully there is more going on here than in the nose. Not a ton though. Lovely toasted malt complemented by mild fruitiness and hints of spices.

M: Bitterness could be toned down a little, but otherwise a pretty smooth ride. Coats the tongue ever so slightly, leaving just enough moisture so as not to leave you overly dry.

D: Even though it's not the best doppelbock I've had, and it doesn't really shine in any particular category, it is very drinkable. Goes down easy, and continues to please as it warms up.

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Photo of BeerYain
3.44/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours caramel with a small head out of an 11.2oz bottle. It tastes a lot like a typical smooth, mellow scotch beer...easy drinking. If you know what that tastes like, then you'll understand this one. If you don't, go read up on them! The alcohol is hiding under there at 7.5%, so don't stand too quickly if you've had a few. The price is right here in Seattle-Tacoma for a repeat visit, but I wouldn't set out for it anywhere - not even in Germany where it's bottled.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep mahogany ruby tinged tone with a large tan head that seems to be rather resilient during my session with the 12 oz portion. Lacing is thin and sparse but nonetheless an appetizing brew for sure. Aromatics contain big ripe layers of raisin, green apples, and plums with a touch of sour acidic wild brew action and maybe a smidget of cocoa powder. Flavor is toothache sweet almost like liquified green apples and raisins sits a bit heavy on the tartness and sweetness together. The strange tartness and unique yeast flavors don't really work in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied and is basically a meal compared to most lagers out there, sweet throughout the session does weigh in a bit cloying with absolutely no balancing act going down. Carbonation is pretty mellow but overall it's tough to stomach, overall drinkability is weak but it's a less alcholic version than Salvator or Celebrator both of those kick this versions ass.

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Photo of sacfly
3.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz, no date (other than the “since 1328” that is…)
pours a dark but clear red/brown with a thick head of creamy tan bubbles. Aroma is of sweet dark fruits, plumbs with just a hint of some earthy hops. Taste is a bit syrupy, but not off putting. A bit of bread as well. About what I would expect from a doppelbock, except maybe a bit thin. In the aftertaste… at first I thought it was the hops making a comeback, but the more I drink it seems more of an astringency from the grains. Not terrible, but not great either. So-so. Better doppelbocks have been made since 1328…

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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 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 hackmann
3.4/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: clear mahogany body with a little beige head and no lacing

Aroma: rich sweet malty tones

Flavors: rich malty notes, caramel, lightly toasted toffee, dark sugar, dark fruits,

Mouthfeel: moderate carbonation, semi-thick feel, the rich malty notes cling to the palate,

To the Point: I can only drink one of these. Too rich and the dark sugary profile makes it a one and done for me. It is an okay to midland as far as Doppelbocks go.

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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 tapman
3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Small white head atop a rudy red/brown body. Looks good, not remarkable, but good. Lacing is thin.

Grape smell is huge. Potentialy high alkaline in the the water for this brew, or a generous amount of 2 row or 6 row malt. Either way very grape. A little cinnamon in there, interesting nose, though a bit uni-dimensional.

Best grape soda ever!!!! As a beer, however, I guess its all right. So much grape, must be either the row malts or the water, but under that is some Munich malt and some really thin Czech like bready hops. Not a lot of complexity for me. I'm not super experienced with this style, but I've had enough to know that there could be more.

Mouth is about average, better than a standard lager (fitting the style), though nothing great. Could have used even more carbonation, which I've ever said before.

I could drink a bunch if on draught somewhere, but there are better brews out there. A lot of this is personal opinion, but this brew is just all right. Gets a lot better as I drink and my palate warms up to the sweet. If you like doppelbocks then send me a beer mail telling me what it tastes like to you as I would like to expand my palate to the various lagers out there as I'm more of an ale guy.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.35/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - A reddish-brown thick brew. Substantial head that fades to only a thin ring of foam. No lacing.

S - Malty, raisins, plums (faintly pickled) and brown sugar.

T - Malty, slightly sour and bitter - a hint of raisins. Aftertaste is of lingering sweetness and light malty bitterness.

M - Thick, very slightly harsh from carbonation, moderately refreshing.

D - The smell is excellent, the rest is mediocre. I am not going to have this again. I love doppelbocks and this simplify is okay, albeit slightly more expensive.

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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 Sammy
3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Licorice and anise and grassy aroma. Very dark brown, carmel coca-cola and well carbonated, large but dissapearing head, lace, sourness like a Baltic. cocoa powder in medium mouthfeel. Mixed up well with different other tastes, more of a cooking beer by itself.

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Photo of TheSarge
3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Augustiner's Dopplebock pours typically a quick foaming head that dissipates quickly. It is somewhat like a cola in appearance, to include a dark ruby red body, and a light tan head.

Aromas are metallic, cola, and slightly herbal.

The taste is sweet and somewhat chocolaty.

This brew feels a little thin at first, but warms up a bit in the end.

This is a good mainstay doppelbock. Nothing too out of the ordinary, but very reliable.

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Photo of phisig137
3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A deep dark amber ruby like hue, with a one finger head and little retention. Nothing much left in the glass.

Aroma is bready and biscuit like, with some dark fruit aromas, a caramel buried deep in there, and just the slightest twinge of alcohol.

Flavor is smooth and well balanced. Mostly bready flavors are present, like bakery fresh type bread. Very little malt sweetness, dry finish, and a creamed corn type of aftertaste. Mouthfeel is creamy smooth. Drinkability is pretty good.

Overall, a decent beer, but not a very good dopplebock. I'd expect more malt flavors, a bit more sweetness, and a thicker, heavier mouthfeel. It's worth a shot, but I won't be buying it again.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
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 leadpaint76
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
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 IchLiebeBier
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Dark copper; long-lasting small head, no real lacing

Aroma: Malty, syrupy, raisiny

Taste: Dry, hoppy and malty, but not complex or balanced; ok, overall but not that great

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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Photo of nick76
3.24/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

The aroma is sweet and malty with caramel, dark fruit, and a touch of vanilla. The appearance is deep amber with a small head. The taste is like the aroma with a definite cardboard taste and medicine, both of which ruin it. The palate is super smooth. Overall it suffers from side effects that just kill a great smelling beer.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.23/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The Maximator gets average reviews from this guy because I am not an overly huge fan of Doppels. Nevertheless the beer poured a very nice clear amber with thin slightly off white head that is not lacing. The scent is very malty and sweet. The taste is intensely malty with that belgiumy europeany sweetness. The mouthfeel is medium in body with subtle carbonation. Overall...its not bad....but its not preferred.

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Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.22/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a single at Steve's on University several months ago.

Exploded upon opening, forcing the frantic "shove the bottle in your mouth and drink foam until it subsides" move. Eventually, the pour was headless and dark mahogany. Nose includes caramel and dark fruits. Taste starts with the vinuous dark fruit, transitioning into bready, sweet caramel malt and warming alcohol. Mouthfeel was typically rich for a doppelbock. Overall a decent, "authentic" tasting doppebock, but I can't help but prefer a local Capital Blonde Dopplebock or Autumnal Fire anyday.

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Photo of NolanGTI
3.22/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Beer ours a nice thick ruby brown with a big creamy head that apparently has somewhere to go, because it doesn't stick around long. It looks thinner than an Olsen twin after the head heads west. Smells like it might be a nice date, all of the makings of a great Dopple. Unfortunately this beer, like many hot 22 yr olds, lacks substance. It falls a little flat and isn't nearly as interesting up close as it is from a distance. It finishes a bit tart with a mouthfeel that showcases a complete lack of suitable carbonation and a peanut taste that could use some Smuckers. Oh well. the bottle is kind of cool, which is why most people must buy this.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.2/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Minimal yellow hued head on the pour. Mahoghony brown color with mild carbonation. Biscuity malt and raisins on the nose. Thick mouthfeel with an assault of malt and somewhat of a copper tasting aftertaste quickly fading into an alcohol tinged aftertaste. MALT!

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Photo of KajII
3.2/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Dimpled Mug]

The pour was a semi-transparent medium brown with an orange hue and an average sized (1-2 finger) cream colored frothy head that dissipated quickly to a small amount of residue which produced some poor lacing.

The aroma was of a toasted light bread malt and a sweet doughy yeast with notes of toffee, caramel, dark fruit (cherries and plums) and also had a mild nuttiness to it.

The taste was lightly sweet with a note of toffee early on and then had a nice bold maltiness come on board with notes of caramel, dark fruit and an ever so mild taste of alcohol. The flavor hung around for only a short while with a sweet fruity taste that was left to fade away rather quickly.

Mouthfeel was just above light in body and had a kind of watery texture with a moderate carbonation.

Overall a brew that was quite easy to drink and had a nice malty fruity flavor...

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Augustiner Bräu Maximator from Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG
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