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 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 BoulderBarrovecchio
3.54/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

A: Cloudy rose copper amber that lets light through, thin head, no visible carbonation.

S: A lot going on here, chocolate, honey, a flash of smoke, roasted malt, and dark fruit comes out later.

T: Sweet honey is the dominant flavor. Took a little bit for me to pinpoint it and really surprised me.

M: Very smooth and creamy, very light carbonation, similar mouthfeel to Celebrator.

O: Murky visual, complex scent, surprise of honey taste, and too smooth for my liking. Easy drinking.

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Photo of kwakwhore
3.53/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear brown pour with a light tan head which lasts for a couple of minutes. Little or no lacing. Malt sugar and some hop in the aroma. Sweet malt is the first thing to hit the tongue followed by a little hop bitterness. Pleasant but not very complex. Mouthfeel is a little thin for the style. I usually like this style a lot, but this is one that I will pass on in the future. Not bad, just not all that I look for in the style.

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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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Photo of Jeffsta1
3.48/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Nice red color, though one might hope for slightly deeper color in a doppelock. Head is a lovely color tan.

Bouquet has a hint of American lager. Downgrade.

Nice, malty flavor. A bit of sweetness and mold, neither of which fit especially well.

Mouthfeel is nice. Some richness.

Would drink it if it's the only beer convenient. Won't buy again. Won't finish this one I just opened.

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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 JayQue
3.47/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An ok doppelbock. Pours a clear dark amber color with a big highly carbonated bubbly off white head. The head fades fast and leaves minimal lacing. Smell is pretty good. Some caramel and beady malts, toffee and dark fruit.

Tase is similar, pretty mild but pleasant flavors. kind of sweet but under control.

Mouthfeel is crisp and a little light for a doppelbock. I am more used to the heavier, bready feel.

Not bad, a pleasant drink but nothing outstanding.

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Photo of bashiba
3.46/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a great dark clean and clear mahogany color with a perfect one inch creamy tan head with great retention, looks amazing.

Has a big sweet malty smell with hints of banana and toasted grain.

The flavor has a big woody cedar profile, very nutty as well with a real earthy bitterness. Has a kind of an odd light sourness as well that ruins what could be a good thing.

The mouthfeel has good body and a long lingering finish.

Overall a pretty average Doppel.

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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 fscottkey
3.39/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: [3.50] The bottle lists the ABV (7.5%). I can't find a date code anywhere. The beer is a light brown/cola color. The beer forms 1/2 a finger of sand colored head. The head looks a bit creamy with some larger bubbles.

S: [3.75] Leather, brown sugar, hints of cocoa, smoke.

T: [3.25] Similar to the nose with leather and brown sugar. Dark bread or dark crackers. Maybe something metallic

M: [3.25] Thinner bodied with elevated carbonation. No sensation on the finish.

O: [3.25] The body is noticeably thin for a 7.5% beer. The flavor is there but they could get the same (or more) at 5%. This is not a bad beer I had just hoped that the extra few ABV would have equated to body and flavor. They did not.

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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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Augustiner Bräu Maximator from Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG
3.91 out of 5 based on 612 ratings.
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