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 RedBaron
4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This doppelbock is a great beer; beefy, brash and very satisfying. Although I had this sample on a hot, late May day, after a hard day's work, this is just the tonic to set ya straight.

Appearance: Dark, ruby-colored. Nice, fairly sustained white-ish head.
Smell: Strong alcohol presence. Malty as hell. Not much in the way of a aromatic hops.
Taste: Slightly phenolic, port-like. Chock full of plum, raisin and banana notes. Do I detect even a little sour cherry tone as well?
Mouthfeel: Definitey a malt-lover's paradise. Malty sweetness thru and thru, but uncloyingly alluring. I'm guessing a lot of lagering time went into this brew. Inspite of the alcoholic sweetness, it finishes clean.
Drinkabililty: Well, let's get one thing straight: a sixer of this beer ain't cheap (I paid $12 for a sixer), but it's worth every penny. I had two fresh bottles of this beer, and it's a great beer to relax with. Respect it though, since it is a strong beer. A wonderful beer brewed by a well-respected, and fairly unknown (to most Americans, anyway) Munich brewer. Trust me, this is a gem of a doppelbock. Not the ideal beer for a hot day, but as I enjoyed it so much on a warm day, I can only imagine what it must do to take the bitter chill out of, say, a cold March evening.

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Photo of bigbubba
3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is the color of Pepsi, there is a tiny glaze of a head and a ring around the edge that just can't quite form lacing. There is a strong smell of sweet yeasty bread dough. There is also a wine like scent with a hint of prunes or rasins. The taste is similar to the smells above. The mouthfeel is silky smooth and appealing. Drinkability is good.

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Photo of slayer3604
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-see-through mahogany, with a decent head that dies down to patches-o-hoolihan, spotted with larger bubbles, leaving zero lacing.

S-Slight notes of leather, caramel and milk chocolate.

T-NICE! Nutty, a tad roasty, big flavors coming from left and right field, which is completely the opposite of what the nose gives you!

M-Firm, foamy, and slightly dry in the finish. I like the finish a lot on this one. Kind of needs a little more caramel to convince me that its a dopple, though.

D-Excellent drinkability, price and availability! Cheers!

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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 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 LauraAlberts
4.58/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this into a Kwak glass from a 12oz bottle.

Appearance: Beautiful dark ruby-burnt orange color when observed in the light.

Smell: Honey, Maple Syrup, Dark Fruit.

Taste: Smooth ease into a dark honey, not sweet flavor. Then the fruit flavors come out and spread across the palate for a hint of grapefruit/cherries flavor that turns bitterish towards the finish. Settles well midpalate for a warm aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Refreshing at first with a long slightly dry finish that causes me to salivate after the beer has been swallowed - needing/wanting another sip.

Drinkablility: A beautiful beer that can be savored and sipped. I wouldn't overdo it with this one/however it does go down fast due to the nature of the mouthfeel and effect on the salivatory glands. Medium to full bodied beer that I would definitely grab up if I saw it in a store. Savor during a cool night on the dock, back porch, or while waiting for something. A delicious Doppelbock.

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Photo of Dinglehacker
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into perforated mug. Nice little head gives way to nothing. No lace.

Nose is malt and fruit, a hint of watermelon.

Taste is the usual lovely fare. Molasses, dark cherries, malt, nutmeg.

Mouth doesn't bother me.

Lighter on the spice than some doppelbocks, but a nice milder offering of the style. In all, still flavorful. For fans of bock beers, Dunkel lager, brown ales, and Scotch ale.

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Photo of WMBierguy
4.53/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

What can I say? This is a very good doppelbock, and has the typical doppelbock flavor. Pours a dark brown, and looks a bit like rootbeer. Had a thick head that disapated after a minute or so. I'd say that this is my 3rd favorite doppelbock (falling behind Celebrator, and Weihenstephaner's Korbinian). It loses a bit because of its relatively low alcohol content. That's a small quibble, though. If you find this, then you must try this.

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Photo of Andy
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful deep ruby color. Big, inviting German malt aroma. Slightly creamy, very clean and smooth drinking. slight hop bite rounds out the strong but not overpowering malt base. Almost lacks any alcohol base. Complex malt profile, various levels of sweetness. Almost like vanilla. Delicious start to finish

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Photo of mcarroll10177
4.4/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

poured from the bottle into an pilsner glass

A- dark copper brown with a nice off white head and tons of lacing on the glass

S- some malts and undertones of alcohol, this is a doublebock

T- malts with some nice crispness and alcohol as the beir warms

M- balanced and creamy

D- an easy drinker considering the 7.5% ABV, wonderful smoothness as is characteristic of all german lagers. A pleasure to drink.

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Photo of clabaugh
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with some ruby interspersed. Abundant head with a sandy color bubbling to the rim of glass. Retains admirably, with fair lacing.

Smell: Chocolately malts and juicy, vine-ripened fruit. Subtly earthy, and very natural. Perhaps some butter in the nose as well.

Taste: Milk chocolate and, yes, the hops emerge! Acutely bitter in a floral character. Sweet and warming, almost of honey. Wait, very much honey. Pastry-like malts make for a truly decadent taste. Dessert-like really in its flavor profile.

Mouthfeel: Exquisitely creamy with a touch of carbonation. Leaves a nice, slick coating on the mouth. Almost chewy, lives up to the designation "liquid bread."

Drinkability: The flavor is exquisite, but the alcohol is surely palpable. Mildly filling, but a great experience. Fine beer.

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

12 oz. bottle purchased at Alpine Market in Torrance, CA. Enjoyed in a Becker glass.

Deep ruddy brown and perfectly clear, with rich amber highlights. The head is a rich golden tan, the color of flan, and is dense with a finely beaded texture. It disappears and leaves behind a thin collar after 5-10 minutes.

Very sweet up front, loaded with brown sugar and caramel on a foundation of rich, dry malt. There is also a light red plum fruitiness, juicy and slightly tart. Other notes include molasses, golden raisins, dried figs, leather, and a burst of alcohol.

Malty with a caramel sweetness at first, though less sweet than it smells. Bready through the middle, with a satisfying nutty/grainy flavor like bran flakes. This beer also has a delicious slightly salty character. The finish is quite fruity, like a tawny port, with a delicate herbal licorice note at the very end which dries the beer and gets your palate ready for the next sip. Wonderfully savory and moreish.

Carbonation feels a bit low for the style, but I'm not complaining. Medium-bodied and full of flavor, but doesn't coat the palate. Smooth, graceful, and chewy. Less sticky than you'd expect from the sweetness.

Perilously drinkable, considering its strength. Full of flavor, yet rather light of body, with an appealing fruitiness and soft carbonation. A very tasty version of the style which I would happily drink again.

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Photo of dudemuskie
4.32/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold foil topped 12 oz bottle into taster glass.

Appearance- Deep amber with garnet highlights. Quickly fading, coke-like, fizzy light tan head. Bottle popped with quite a pfft! No lacing.

Aroma- Incredible depth of malt aromatics with a mouthwatering effect! Sweet caramel, dark dried fruits like raisins and prunes, a soft nuttiness and perfume-like floral character. Very complex nose, with a hint of herbal hops tucked well in the background.

Flavor- Starts with a big, deep, caramelly malt sweetness that intensifies into a mouth-filling, sticky sweet raisin flavor. Just the right amount of herbal hop bitterness kicks in for the finish, keeping it from being overly sweet. Slightly evident alcoholic strength in finish. Long lingering prune/raisin flavors.

Mouthfeel- Moderate CO2, full bodied, with lots of sticky residual sugars. Leans well towards the malty side with just enough bittering hops to keep the brew from being overly sweet.

Overall- Great doppelbock! Incredible depth of malt complexity and richness with a kiss of hops keeping it from being over the top. Drinkability takes a bit of a hit due to its richness, but I want to have another thanks to the awesome malt character. This is an excellent example of the style and a very tasty brew! The next time I want a classic old world doppelbock, I will be seeking this out!

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Photo of Graebner
4.06/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap at Augustiner in Munich. Served in a maß. Little head, and thats saying something for those who've had beer in Germany. Dark brown, but not too heavy looking.

Smells somewhat sweet, but not extreme. Hints of dark fruit and some molasses. Tamed.

Taste is sweet but not overly so. Light hops, flavors of molasses and prunes in the mouth. Finishes pretty cleanly.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly light for a beer like this. Incredibly drinkable, even at this abv. Enjoyed this with some brezen and kraut and it hit the spot (all 1 litre of it). Really a pleasure to drink.

Overall a very good brew. Very good and terribly drinkable. If in Munich, stop in and grab one if you have the time. If you have a choice, though, spring for Andechser instead...their doppelbock is superior.

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Photo of atlason
3.92/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into Jever flute. Nor freshness date indicated. My bottle actually indicates 7.4% ABV.

A: Slightly opaque brown color with pretty creamy head.

S: Dark chocolate caramel.

T: Heavily caramelized malt, dark roast and coffee, assertive background bitterness.

M: Slightly creamy with soft carbonation. Feels delicate.

Overall this is delicious, complex sipping brew without any overpowering harshness.

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Photo of bceaglejoe
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presentation: Poured a very dark brown (almost black) color into a mug. It immediately produced a nice, billowing off-white head that showed off a light to moderate amount of carbonation. Retention was very good. The scent was very sweet, showing off strong malt characteristics. There was a slight hint of a floral hop aroma, but that was mixed in with the sweetness. It was rather pleasant to behold.

Tasting: Malt sweetness walloped my palate immediately. Hints of chocolate and even a bit of grape came through on my tongue. This was a medium-to-full bodied beer, with a soft feeling on the tongue and a nice sweet aftertaste to it. Hop bitterness was virtually nonexistent. The slightly higher alcohol content warmed my throat as it went down. However, this harmed its drinkability, as the alcohol content has the potential to sneak up on the unsuspecting drinker.

This has great potential as a dessert beer, or as a way to introduce new Beer Advocates to better styles. It got me on the road to better beer because it was very approachable, without a great deal of hop bitterness that might have turned me off at that point. But now, even having tried and enjoyed hoppier beers, I must say that this one still impresses me.

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Photo of Goldfish19
4.07/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

~ Purchased this 12 oz bottle from Big Z Beverage in Huntington, NY. This beer pours a deep reddish-brown color with a small head that fades away quickly. Aromas are of caramelized malts and dark fruits. Taste is the same. The alcohol makes its presence but does not overpower. All in all, an attractive Doppelbock that is flavorful, relatively inexpensive and is always available. A must try. ~

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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 rjplumer
3.84/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Deep dark ruby body with a thin off white head. Lightly carbonated. Sweet malt dark fruity aroma. Dark fruity taste with some light bitterness. Finishes wet but clean. Looks lightly carbonated but comes alive on your tongue. Feels potent at first but settles.

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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 Afterburner
4.64/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Deep, rich mahogany color, with a short, tan head. Good head retention.

Smell: Sweet, malty nose. There's a sweet sort of vegetable smell that I can't quite place. Freshly cut sugar cane, maybe? I'm having trouble coming up with a good comparison. Also strong notes of maple syrup. Mild yeast bite.

Taste: Not as malty as the nose would suggest. The sweetness is restrained, and does not completely dominate the palate. The maple character appears mid-palate, along with some hints of peppery spicyness. Finish is soft and short for a beer of this style, leaving lingering sweetness and some hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, mild carbonation.

Drinkability: Most doppelbocks have a very "in your face" flavor profile. This doppel is subtle. It whispers where other doppels scream. An outstandingly well-designed beer.

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Photo of delicious
4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fast ivory head that eventually falls without lace on a dark chestnut body that is clear if the backlighting is bright enough.
Very malty nose. Sweet with a little fruitiness and a hint of chocolate ice cream.
The taste is a little nutty and malty, but it's far from sweet. As the beer warms more fruit comes out in the flavor.
Carbonation is low, and though the mouthfeel isn't tremendous, it is creamy.
This is a very passive doppelbock. The alcohol is well masked, it's creamy, and it's not too sweet. All of these characteristics come together to allow the fruitiness to shine through and make for a very drinkable doppelbock.

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Photo of a10t2
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Medium brown color with copper tones when held to the light. Thin off-white head dissipates quickly, but a light foam remains on top. Good lacing given the ABV.

S: Rich, almost saccharine malt sweetness, bready yeast aromas and some hints of dried plums and raisins. Some alcohol in the background.

T: A bit of booze up front, then rich caramel and toasted malt flavors. Not sweet per se, just very very malty.

M: Much drier than the appearance and smell would suggest. Carbonation is evident but helps to keep things light. A very subtle heat in the throat, and then my mouth feels tragically empty.

D: Extremely high. Most doppelbocks are sweet enough to wear out their welcome, but I drank three of these in a sitting (in hindsight, not the best idea).

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Photo of fightingwords
3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-- bold trasparent brown. It's got this cherry/rosy glow also...rosy brown? Fluffy head from a rousing pour. Pretty sticky but the head was mostly laid back.

S-- way prevalent caramel and dirty toasted malts. Little raisiny. Mosly a typical musty cereal with a little sweetness. Good stuff, I liked the nose.

T-- MALTY, biscuity and sweet malts give way to just a touch of oily hops. As it warmed (and me as well) I could pick up some of the alcohol flavor. Nothing bad, just a characteristic of the style I guess.

M-- can it be called soft on the mouth? Smooth and definately full bodied. Memorable finish. Not oily but definately lasting.

D-- not a quaffable style considering the body and the abv, but it's highly drinkable one bottle in a sitting.

I'd have to call this beer classic. It's not a Celebrator or Consecrator, but it holds it's own. Worth a shot if you want to try the style.

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Photo of dvb
3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A picture of a monk on the bottle of doppelbock. How could you go wrong?

A - Deep reddish brown, nice off-white head but no lacing whatsoever. None.

S - Standard doppelbock fare. Lots of malty, bready, yeasty aroma.

T - Very bready. With most beer, when you get to the bottom of the bottle and let that last drop sit for a while, it seems very bitter and that's all you get: bitterness. No so, here. That last drop tastes like bread. Good, dense, chewy bread. The monks had the right idea. This one tastes nice all the way through.

M - A bit thin, quite honestly.

D - Not the best doppelbock I've had, but I could drink several of these just the same. Very drinkable.

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Augustiner Bräu Maximator from Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG
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