Augustiner Bräu Maximator | Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG

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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
Reviews:
328
Ratings:
613
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
10.74%
 
 
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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 BeerForMuscle
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Gloowing amber, clear with a nice lace ring.

S - Roasted nuts, malt sugar, dry alcohol. Interesting woody nutty spice note. Not sure what that is. Alcohol wafting about.

T - Very nutty taste, with a sweet aftertaste. This reminds me of the grainy sweet aftertaste of honeycomb cereal. ALmost a starchy corn note, much like the sweetness amylase presents when consuming a starch. Toasty nuts for sure. Malt sweetness and honey to boot.

M - Very light and crisp on the palate, with a semi dry finish on the tongue. This beer makes you want to keep sipping.

O - A different doppelbock, with earthy nutty notes and a crispness to it. A nice change from the viscous malt domination of some more traditional DB's.

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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 smakawhat
2.96/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from the bottle into a Pilsner style glass.

Pours a very large head at first with big tan bubbles. There is some retention but the head goes at a standard clip and it NEVER comes back. Seriously, it looks good.. then it's gone and looks terrible. Some minor retention. Dark brown/red clear with some carbonation bubbles going on, but there is zero and I mean ZERO lacing on this beer and it resembles a weakened soda pop look after you drink it for awhile. This is one beer that looks good at first to drink when you pour, and then after your drink it for some time it looks terrible.

Smell though is quite decent, chocolate malt , banana off pour, but gives way to faint grass and malt. Burnt black clove spice.

Taste is a little banana, but not much malt body or chewy-"ness". There is not much body in this beer and it's very wet for a doppelbock I think. The finish on your palate is also kind of dry with a strange sort of crispyness. This beer is muted, odd, tame.

I really think the nose on this is good, but there are so many things that dissapoint me about this beer that I really do not want it ever again even though you could drink it easily.

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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 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 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 stevoj
3.66/5  rDev -6.4%
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 Gavage
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a clear brownish burgandy color with a thick 2" head that lingers a while. Some spotty lacing sticks to the glass.

Smell: loads of malt and fruit sweetness are detectable.

Taste: big malty goodness with prunes, raisins, molasses, a hint of dark chocolate. Mild bitterness and a hint of alcohol rounds it out. Nice flavorful beer.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Smooth at the start, leaning towards an almost syrupy finish. Long sweet malty aftertaste.

Drinkability: nicely drinkable albeit a slow sipper. This is a nice full bodied beer that satisfies the hunger for a hearty brew. Try it.

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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 Mebuzzard
3.62/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is kind of all over the place...as far as ratings go. It pours very well. Rich, deep, shiny copper body. The head is small but effective to give nice contrast.

Nose is lacking. Hints of nuts, raisin and more of caramel. Considerably not a strong aroma. Not bad, though.

Ok, so the taste comes to the rescue. Flavors consist of the those in the aroma, and the caramel comes through strongly. Some herbal grass or anise in the faint background. The flavors aren't very noticeable up front, more so towards the finish.

Finishes clean, a bit too clean. Would like to have something else, some smokiness, or something to just tease the sweetness.

For the style, it's pretty good. For me, the drinkability takes a hit.

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Photo of tone77
3.82/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of dark fruits, malts, alcohol. Taste is the same. Bready malts, dark fruits, some alcohol, but not as much as the smell would have indicated. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall, considering the abv, this is a very smooth, refreshing, and easy drinking beer.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml Bottle
Gold Foil/Capped

Poured into a Roosters true pint glass a pretty nice hazy dark golden brown color, pretty nice carbonation, with a nice thick/creamy one-finger off-white head, which leaves some minimal sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, sweet, toffee. The taste is pretty nice malty, toffee notes, very nice sweetness. Medium body, ABV hidden very well. Overall, a pretty tasty brew.

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

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a red brown with a somewhat fizzy off-white head.

S: Strong smell of brown sugar and malt, molasses, a very sweet scent.

T: Classic doppelbock flavour. Heavy on the malt and residual sugar, brown sugar is dominant throughout the whole drink.

M: Extremely sweet, tons of residual sugar, has a good feel, but I think it needs more body to balance all the sugar.

D: Nice doppel, $18 a sixer though, so I'd only buy it as a single. Good beer overall.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
3.11/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a beer I’ve wanted to try for a number of years but never found on my travels: I discovered it in ‘Aufsturz’, Berlin: it isn’t on their normal beer menu but I spied a small selection of bottles on one of the bar tops and decided to investigate the laid out presentation, this was one of the brews on offer.

500ml Bottle: dark ruby red body with a thin off-white head, the beer was clear and clean looking.

The smells were of malty molasses, caramel aromas that indicated the beer was going to be a very sweet Doppelbock indeed.

The smells didn’t lie, this is sweet and malty (in that order): almost sticky in consistency and mouthfeel. I like the sweeter, maltier brews out there, but this tested my resolve: I really enjoyed the first half of the tasting, but as the beer warmed in the glass my pleasure began to recede somewhat. A smaller bottle would have been fine: mental note to myself, only have 330ml bottles of unknown Doppelbocks in future!

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Photo of Derek
4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this at the Augustiner restaurant, Marienplatz, Munich.

A: Light mohoganny, off-white head, little retention, nice lace.

S: Bready, caramel & spice.

T: Malty sweet, dark fruit, caramel, a little nut, slight spice.

M: Moderate to full body is creamy, moderate carbonation. (4-4.5).

D: Almost exceptional.

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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 jdhilt
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a four finger light tan head that fades quickly, leaving traces of lace. Clear mahogany color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Slight malty nose. Flavor is nutty, caramel easy to drink. $2.85 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

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Photo of weeare138
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a muddled dark brown with caramel reddish edges. A light tan head fades into a mild film with a heavy collar settling into the sides. Small streakes of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of heavy weighted malt with cocoa and rich syrup. Mild oxidation can be sensed in the background.
Taste is of the same aromas with the malty richness and cocoa notes.
Mouthfeel contains little bits of syrupy malt but it's a tad thin along the palate. Overall, not bad considering we don't know the age of it. This was bought at Michael's Deli in KOP.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
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 beerthulhu
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a beautiful cranberry-amber with a compact light beige head. Visible carbonation was medium.

S: some tart cranberries, a sweet fruitiness and caramel.

T: The flavor was fruity and tart with cranberries, apples and sweet caramel. There was also toasted grains, raisins and spicy alcohol fusels before finishing with toasted caramel.

M: medium full with a light sour fruitiness and a light fizziness from the carbonation. A light chewiness.

D: Good drinkability.

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Photo of barczar
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliant deep amber with garner highlights and a caramel head. This one was a gusher, so...

Deep toasty melanoidin notes, buttery toffee, burnt sugar, and light fruity malt character form the aroma.

Flavor reveals sweet, toasty kettle caramelization, with a nutty, toasted malt backbone. Notes of dark cherries add contrast. The finish is somewhat dry and nutty.

Body is fairly full, with fairly low carbonation and moderate alcohol warmth.

Very tasty brew. Great malt complexity. More carbonation would help.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.73/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

11.2oz bottle with gold foil. Poured into an unlabeled snifter today, 10/13/2013.

As soon as I popped the cap, this beer started gushing. Not a good start. Pours a very dark yet clear amber body, not quite brown or black. As it was a gusher, it poured with a massive tan head that dissipated quickly into nothing, not even a collar. Just some small bubbles coming up.

Smells full of caramel and toffee, a little bit of alcohol heat and hints of honey. I don't get much in way of noble hops.

Tastes so caramelly sweet with a hint of honey, its solid. A little bit of noble hops on the back end. Not very complex but a very straightforward beer.

Medium bodied, smooth and fairly well carbonated. Leaves a fairly dry finish. Nothing special, a little bit of heat on the backend.

This beer is definitely not what it should be. I don't remember ever having it at Augustiner Bräustuben, but this is not up to Augstinerbräu's standards.

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Photo of avalon07
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsener glass. Had a brown color and a clear consistency. There was a big, long-lasting head and average lacing.

S: Smelled of malt, sugar and alcochol.

T: Taste consisted of brown sugar, malt and a fair amount of alcohol. Not the most overwhelmingly brilliant taste, but decent.

M: A fairly well-carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

D: On the whole this is a drinkable beer, though it's probably not something I'd seek out again.

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Augustiner Bräu Maximator from Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG
3.91 out of 5 based on 613 ratings.
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