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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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-25-2002

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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 jwc215
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours mahogany with ruby highlights and a fluffy/creamy tan head.

The smell is of caramel/toffee with a hint of raisins and dark cherry.

The taste is of sweet maltiness - caramel/toffee - towards chocolate, with a hint of something rum-like and some raisins and dark cherries. An earthy bitterness keeps it balanced, though it remains firmly on the sweet side of the spectrum. A touch of warming alcohol comes through in the sweetish finish.

It has a rich, creamy body with enough carbonation to keep it from being syrupy or thick.

Wonderfully delicious. Traditional, yet unique. One I will keep in mind when in the mood for a malty doppelbock - nice maltiness here.

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Photo of AChamberlain
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle with no apparent freshness date. Deep brown color, with redish hints. Wheaty, yet beautiful aroma. The taste, a sweet malty flavor with nutty finish. It feels loose in the mouth and leaves a soda like finish. Highly drinkable, I could sit on the couch all night watcing the Mets drinking mug after mug of this brew.

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Photo of BlakeAJurgens
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Beautiful Burnt Sienna color with a hint of an almost reddish or amber hue. Head was decent (around two fingers); neither overextended nor minimal, and diminished quickly after the initial pour. not a lot of carbonation bubbles.

Smell: Very full scent; the only flaw may be the overpowering scent of the caramel which at times obscures the molasses and eventual raisin undertones. That being said, the aroma is still quite good and superior to many doppelbocks.

Taste: impressive taste full of complexity; well accompanied by the smell. The caramel blends very well into other flavors (slight fruit, maybe a little bit of chocolate). The malt taste grows strongest at the end, while remaining more subtle during the initial sip and middle. The beginning sip also has a hint of raisin and perhaps a hint of orange. great from first sip to bottom of the glass. The slight hint of alchohol which many doppelbocks possess is overshadowed by the many flavors (my wife, who deeply disdains starkbiers actually enjoyed her sip)

Mouthfeel: neither bad nor extravagant. Surprisingly a little weak, as a little more substance would make this beer quite exceptional. While it has no negative overtones, it certainly leaves a little to be desired. Slightly carbonated at the open but quickly desolves. Definitely the weakest aspect of this beer.

Overall: a strong 4. A very well-crafted beer which definitely masks the 7.5 alcohol percentage.its fruit and caramel flavor, deep aroma, and smooth finish make this a very good beer. Definitely a re-drink.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz gold foil capped bottle served in a glass beer mug.

L - clear dark cherrywood color with a beige head that thinned out but still left decent lacing.
S - sweet caramel malt and dark fruits.
T - rich malty sweetness accompanied by dark fruit flavors, very good tasting brew.
F - medium bodied with a silky smooth feel.
D - goes down smooth and easy but it is quite filling.

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Photo of Braudog
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz’er, this produced a nice falling pour, seemlingly still at first, but slowly and surely creating a nice carbonated rise into a firm, but very thin head of foam. The body is deep crimson with a steady amount of carbonation continuing to boil. The aroma accosts my nasal passages with an alcoholic sting ... and an almost cherry-juice aspect. At the first sip, that hint of cherry rears its head again, although subtle and restrained, like a mildly flavored cough drop. That sliver of the flavor settles into the background as I go ... and this mellows into a very drinkable and smooth caramel-laden, warming brew. All the way nice. (#2734, 3/5/2007)

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Photo of stephens101
4.24/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Blast of tan head tops off a brownish red brew. Vermilion hues. Froth flitters away. Has an aroma of burnt sugar, caramel, brown bread, allspice, faint taffy. Complex and promising. Tastes of caramel, toasted malt, sweet bread and faint notes of prune juice. Medium-plus body with warming but not overwhelming notes of alcohol. A fine, sweet sipper and one of the finer Doppelbocks I've had the pleasure of drinking.

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Photo of largadeer
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Gourmet Haus Staudt.

Dark but perfectly clear mahogany brown, this looks great. It's capped by an inch of off-white head which slowly settles to a crown.

Toasted, caramelized malts are strong on the nose. There's a date-like fruitiness beneath, and hints of earth.

Taste is great, toasty and malty, brown sugar and dates. Medium-full body, rich but easy to drink. Dark fruit flavors in the mid-palate lead into a toasty brown sugar finish.

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Photo of KI9A
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark molasses, poofy tan head, almost syrupy.

S: It's all there. Bread, big malts, booze.

T: Again, everything I look for from my favorite style. Dark fruits, malt, sweetness, bread. Cinnamon, molasses.

M/D: Heavy, as expected. A bit of a metallic taste hung around, as expected from this style. Not a hot summer days beer, but, certainally a nice one to finish the night off with. This came close to a 5 on taste. Ranks up there with Celebrator ( my favortite of all beers!), but, not quite there.

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Photo of TinusTime
4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby colour with a minimal khaki head that doesnt last to long. Smell is of rich roasted malts. This is gonna be a meal in a glass. Taste echos the smell. Dark Breads, dried fruits, a hint of cigar tobacco, and more malt on top.. enough hops to keep it in line, but none to speak of. Mouthfeel is lighter than i would have thought. The alcohol is well hidden but still there. This beer would go great with roast duck with some red cabbage.. YUmmm .. This beer and Celebrator are the cream of the Dopplebock crop to me.

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Photo of becktone
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Eye: The beer is brown in color with ruby highlights when the light diffuses through it. This isn't the first time I've poured this beer recently....On other occasions I've had great head retention from this brew, perhaps the glass is a bit dirty...right now I've got little more than a thin film, very poor...same goes for lacing too. I've seen it look pretty good though...that is on other occasions.

Nose: Lots of dark malts. Chocolate and roasted notes give this brew's nose quiet a deep and pleasant aroma. Some grainy notes as well. Hints of spice from hops. All in all a nice aroma, just a bit more of potent aroma would be nice.

Tongue: Chocolate and roasted notes are present in the flavor just as in the aroma. Caramel is also present. This is a good doppelbock, not as good as Celebrator in my opinion, but better than Spaten and Consecrator. Alcohol is there, giving a slight spicy taste to it as well as some pure alcohol character that is just so, right there in the background with the finish, a slight hint of alcohol lingers in the back of the mouth, under the edges of the back of the tongue...much like the burn of vodka when in the mouth but to a much lesser degree. Not as complex a character as the Christian Moerlein Emancipator, but less can be more sometimes...a very old beer, a very simple beer, seems to me like it would appeal to the monks.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: This beer is a meal in itself...I can truthfully attest to this...It fills the stomach and fulfills hunger. I recently came off of a fast where all I drank was this beer. I went 5 days...This beer sustained me, it truly is a square meal in a bottle, very filling and its got enough nutrition to keep you going...well that is perhaps if you aren't doing stressful or any kind of physical activity or labor-reason for the fast ending. Anyway, this is a brew that I'd buy and drink again, though I love exploring this style, so I'm sure it might be a bit till I come back to it.

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

12oz. bottle
Appearance: When poured into a mug it looked almost opaque, but when held up to the light it is actually a dark ruby color. It had a 1 inch head of tan foam that disappeared quickly that left very little lace in the glass.
Smell: It had a sweet caramel, dark chocolate, and malty smell. When swirled it also gave a bit of a fruitiness smell.
Taste: The taste was that of a typical Dopplebock; lots of malts, some chocolate, and at the end some sweet caramel.
Mouthfeel: It was medium bodied, little carbonation, and hides the alcohol content of 7.5%.
Drinkability: Overall a good typical German Dopplebock that is easily found and affordable. If you like Dopplebocks, then you need to try this one.

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Photo of Natural510
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, no dating.

Pours a dark, opaque reddish-brown with a rose hue. Nice swath of off-white head dissipates into a solid ring of lacing on the glass.
Nose is chock full of fruit; reminiscent of date, raisin, cherry, grape...you get the idea. Quite inviting.
Flavor is also that of varietal fruit, with an added cola-like quality. Hints of caramel & vanilla as well. Yeast leaves an astringent finish to the brew.
Full in body, yet a fairly easy-drinker. Not as alcoholic as some offerings of the style, which makes it more of an "everyday" dopplebock.
Simplistic yet tasty; I'll definitely look for this again in the future.

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Photo of 86sportster883
4.22/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Augustiner Brau Maximator is an easy drinking Bavarian doppelbock that reminds me of what I like most about strong German lagers. The Maximator is not an overly big doppelbock at 7.5% abv., but big enough to pack a punch while still keeping the alcohol well in the background. Rich, malty and toasted flavors dominate both the aroma and taste with just the right amount of hop bitterness and alcohol to balance out the sweetness. Overall a very drinkable, clean clear German lager that is a frequent resident in my fridge during the winter months.

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

Thi poured a deep velvety brownish/red color with almost no head to speak of,the smell was very chocolaty and coffee-like.The taste was not as sweet as some others of the style but still retaines alot of the traits of a good doppel,I was really impressed with that.Honestly had never heard of if this before I bought it today.

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

12 ouncer sampled, no freshness indicater to be found for guidance., but hey, these guys should know what they are doing, "since 1328" clearly noted on the label... Sweet maltynose, this is a strong, bold, flavorful German classic. Lots of chocolate, alcohol, and malty sweetness. Fine brew for a nightcapper.

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Photo of mj001jk
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark amber double-bock with a hazel head that quickly disappears. Aroma is dark and rich like that of raisins, it has a sweet, syrup-like character that extends into the flavor profile. Malts are rich, taste honey-roasted and lingers on the finish. This is a very tasty beer but the sweetness may limit the numbers you can down in one sitting.

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

dark hazelnut brown. Lots of carbonation visible throughout the glass. A nice three finger high head of tan colored lace rose up above it and hung around for a few minutes before finally settling down to just a thin film across the top of the glass. Some decent side glass lacing as well, completed it very nicely.

The aroma was rich and sweet. Lots of great earthy and grainy notes mixing in well with a good amount of caramel sugar. The flavor followed suit nicely, with the dominant flavor of caramel really taking hold. Some nice bready malts being located under that as well. The alcohol was very well hidden, and not a factor at all. Nice smooth finish with the long lingering flavor of nutty caramel on the tongue for a few minutes afterward.

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Photo of superdedooperboy
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a stemmed pilsner glass.

Color is a beautiful deep, crystal clear ruby-brown. A thin bubbly tan head forms and quickly fades, leaving absolutely no trace of its existence on the glass.

Aroma is almost entirely of sweet milk chocolate. Combined with the color, this is one very inviting brew for one with a sweet tooth such as mine.

Taste is dominated by sweet bread, maple, and chocolate. A bit of alcohol glows through in the middle as the beer warms, signaling its strength, which is otherwise masked by the (often cloyinging) sweet flavor and aroma. A small bittering from hops peeks through in the finish, leaving a slightly dry, bittersweet aftertaste.

This is one full-bodied beer; the very little amount of carbonation makes it almost syrupy in consistency, and, true to the style, it is very filling. Every time I drink a good Doppelbock, I understand fully how Martin Luther could have sustained himself on the substance during fasting.

Overall, not the best Doppelbock I've tried, but certainly a good reminder of why I love the style so much.

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

Pours a very dark red tinged brown with a one finger head that settles quickly to a thin soapy cap. The lacing is thin, but sticks to the glass nicely.

Smell; caramel, brown sugar and molasses are present, but they're not overwhelming in their sweetness. There's a bit of an alcohol presence, but it never becomes distracting, and there's almost no bitterness to speak of.

Taste; starts off a little earthy and then becomes sweet with molasses, brown sugar and some hints of dark fruits. Some toasted malts and chocolate come out in the finish, and the fruits become a bit more defined as this warms with figs and raisins.

Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with an almost syrupy texure, and relatively low carbonation. The drinkabilty, for me, is only inhinited by the alcohol content. Drinking a few of these in a row, and it tastes good enough to do just that, would get me in all kinds of trouble.

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

I found Maximator to have a profile similar to Salvator, but the rye flavors were richer and the liquorice sweetness was much more noticeable. Much flatter as well. Very sweet and delicious. Well crafted. Lots of alcoholic kick to it. True to its style.

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

There are no bad doppels, I am convinced. There are good ones, and there are exceptional ones. This one is good...but not exceptional.

At $10+ a crack for a pack for this stuff, Spaten Optimator might be the way to go most days (not to mention its widespread availability). But, if you get a margin call from your tastebuds, then, by all means, buy this one.

Oh, yeah! I dare ya' to get a one-inch head on this sucker!

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Photo of dcmchew
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours clear amber, one finger white head goes fast to sticky lacing.
Smell is not so strong, but packs some decent caramel, toasted malts, toffee and very faint raisin.
Dark fruit steals the show in the taste, with sweet raisin, dark cherries, dates and dry figs, covered with caramel and very light milky chocolate. Some citrus juice and peel too. Malts are rich and go hand in hand with the warm alcohol, creating a cognac/dark rum kind of taste. German hops in the finish produce a perfectly mild bitterness that wraps up the extra bit of sweetness that tends to linger.
Light-bodied (not watery), goes from big to medium carbonation, but i expected it to be smoother. So it's actually a very refreshing doppelbock, with absolutely no cloying sweetness.
German precision. Incredibly easy to drink for its style, spot-on taste.

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Augustiner Bräu Maximator from Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG
3.91 out of 5 based on 601 ratings.
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