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
Ratings:
622
Reviews:
331
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
10.74%
 
 
Wants:
42
Gots:
65
For Trade:
0
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Photo of jlindros
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a large but very fizzy 2 finger head that fades very quicky to nothing over semi clear rosy auburn color.

Nose was erupting from the pour with plenty of darker malts, some dark wheats, a bit of a roasty and toasty aroma, a very slight chocolate, some dark fruits with a bit of fig, hint of booze, some toffee, and lots of dark wheat aromas.

Taste starts with darker wheats and malts again, a slight caramelized wheat flavor, some brown sugar and molasses, plenty of toffee, darker wheat flavors, a bit of a cola like syrup flavor but just a hint, some darker malts, roasted malts and some toasted malts, slight chocolate again, more fruits, fig and touch of a nutty flavor, hint of coffee, fairly complex, and even a hint of warming booze, that comes out a bit more on the finish but never heavy, very slightly sticky and hint of sweetness but dries slightly.

Mouth is medium bodied, slightly syrupy, with decent carbonation.

Drink is OK, hint of warming booze, slight sticky and syrupy, nothing too heavy.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.72/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beautiful doppelbock delivers a very dark, almost black body with ruby highlights beneath a short head of creamy tan froth that dwindles steadily to a whispy surface covering and wide collar. Lacing about the glass is limited.

The nose is fairly contained and doesn't reveal much more than some caramelish malt with a touch of dark fruitiness.

In the mouth, it's medium/full bodied and gently bristly before warming to become more supple.

The flavor offers a mildly toasty, cocoa-ish, and dark-skinned fruity maltiness that's unlike any other. It's clean; well-balanced by a low-key bitterness; and the alcohol is well hidden. It finishes with a drying wash of alcohol and some sticky, lingering cocoa-ish malt.

This is a softer, and less confrontational doppelbock, but what it lacks in bravado it makes up for in supple drinkability! An exceptionally well-done, and superbly drinkable, soft and very-well rounded doppelbock!

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of russpowell
4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours brown/chestnut with 3 fingers of rocky tan head. Minimal head & lacing, some viscosity to this

S: Brown bread, nice spiciness, at touch of smokeynesss & cinnamon

T: Brown bread, brown sugar, slight peppery notes & toffee up front. Some boozeyness, slight metallic & herbal hops as this warms, along with ginger & brown bread as this warms. Finishes with brown bread, spiceyness, & dryness. Almost pulled a 5.0

MF: Medium bodied, chewy with low carbonation. More malt depth please

Drinks great, don't' remember coming across this in Germany, Super solid dopplebock!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Darkest tawny that becomes particulate-filled crimson with backlighting. The smallish head of sand colored foam is too soft and is, therefore, short-lived, almost featureless and not a very good lace generator. I've seen better dobbelbocks in the looks department.

The underpowered nose leans more toward dark caramel and dark fruit than it does toward chocolate-cocoa. Slightly musty, (probably) noble hops are noted and keep me from loving what I'm smelling. I hope it'll expand a bit with warming, but for now the aroma is merely passable.

Maximator is much better on the palate. There's definitely no shortage of flavor. The beer is well-malted, although not abundantly so for the style. Chocolate-cocoa is still subservient to caramel, fruit and nuts. In fact, with a little more chocolatiness, this stuff could be the beer equivalent of a Cadbury Fruit & Nut candy bar (plump, juicy raisins and chunks of pecan).

Warming brings depth, as it so often does, and the discovery of new and interesting facets of the flavor gem. I'm surprised that the beer I experienced with my first sip (no slouch, mind you) has turned into the beer that I'm experiencing now. If you like your doppelbocks fig and date and raisin fruity, then you'll love this one. There's a perfectly modulated sweetness that remains in tune throughout.

The body/mouthfeel, while good, doesn't tempt me to break out the big scores. It's as big as it needs to be and no more. It's also smooth, soft and subtly carbonated. I'm sure it isn't easy to completely bury an ABV of 7.5%, but Augustiner-Brau Wagner has done just that.

Good things come to those who wait. After pouring, looking at and smelling Maximator, I was less than impressed. It won me over, though. In the end, I consider it to be one of the better doppelbocks that I've had the opportunity to drink.

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Photo of Jason
3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz slender brown Euro style bottle with gold foil on the top, no freshness date.

Appearance: Foamy light tan head subsides to a thin bubbly lace, deep mahogany colour throws a brightness from its clarity.

Smell: Fine sweet caramelization of malt sugars that the yeast could not ferment out is quite predominant in the aroma. Hint of alcohol and dark fruit in the nose also.

Taste: Thick and creamy with a slick mouth feel, medium carbonation taste like it is struggling a little to move around in the beer. Sizeable maltiness with a sweetness that does not go overboard, maltiness brings more to the table than sweetness also. Over caramelized sugars, toasted bread, and a mildly grassy grain in the finish. Hops are mild and double up with the alcohol to keep the sweetness in check.

Notes: On par for the style, a bit placid in the flavour though. Decent drinking through and through yet the head lacks a little. Not sure if I would drop $10 a six pack again for this.

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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 Slatetank
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of atrocity
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of womencantsail
3.78/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for this one, Chris.

A: The beer pours a dark amber color with a solid khaki head that is about a finger tall.

S: Not the most intense nose for a doppelbock. Nice brown sugar and toffee notes with a hint of fruit to it. Some toasted malt and bread with a little bit of cocoa/dark chocolate to it as well.

T: The flavor is a bit more impressive. Nice dark chocolate and brown sugar to go along with the toffee and dark fruits and toasted bread. A slight bitterness and a light molasses flavor.

M: Medium in body with carbonation that is a bit on the low side of medium.

O: Just an okay doppelbock. Not as sweet and a little thinner than most doppelbocks I've come across.

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Photo of MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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 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 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 rab53
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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 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 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 Lare453
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Duff27
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of aasher
4/5  rDev +2.3%

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 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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Augustiner Bräu Maximator from Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG
3.91 out of 5 based on 622 ratings.
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