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 mithrascruor
3.97/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a very dark copper color - nearly brownish. Really no head to speak of, but there's some visible carbonation.

Smell: Sweet malty aroma, with some grain and caramel.

Taste: Lots of malty grains with sweetness - caramel comes in stronger towards the finish. There's some spices and brown sugar in there, and a bit of hop bitterness comes in at the finish and into the aftertaste (together with that caramel).

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and smooth, with lots of carbonation.

Drinkability: Pretty easy to drink, though the alcohol is definitely there.

A nice doppelbock that is a bit mellower than some others - and I mean that in a good way, as it helps drinkability and makes it a bit more unique. Quite tasty, but (unfortunately) also quite pricey.

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Photo of John
4.41/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Exceptional color and, dark brown with some russet hues around the edges. Creamy tan head is produced with a vigorous pour. Hearty raisin bread aroma. The flavors skillfully blend substantial roasted malt, subdued dark fruit; plum, grape, raisin and the perfect hint of alcohol to finish it off. I thoroughly enjoyed this doppel. One of the best.

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

Photo of pperez38
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of weonfire
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of IrishRedRock
4.04/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this beer out due to the busy label, and the fact that I hadn't seen it anywhere before. I didn't even know if it was a dark lager or a doppel, but I went with it. Frankly, its a very tasty doppel.

Pours amber brown. Head is there during the pour, but is eliminated immediately. Very bubbly brew in the glass. Strong tantalizing aroma of powerful sugary malt and dark fruit, particularly plums. Mouthfeel is a little thin...I expected a chewier, breadier doppel. Could use a thicker body. Taste is wonderful and complex enough. Highly malty and balanced well with a caramel sweetness. Only a slight hint of alcohol. Not the best, but certainly a winner.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had to a be a tool and buy some German beer for the German UEFA Euro game against Portugal.

Actually pretty light for a Doppelbock (color wise). Poured slightly colder than room temp, and still didnt get much head. The smell is just toffee with a hint of caramel, honestly. Touch of corn and cereal grains.

Taste is all sweetness and loads of dry burnt caramel. Reminds of me caramel corn. No real body to back all of the sweetness.

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Photo of nitter
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of billybob
4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a meduim brown with a one finger beige head that fades quickly with some spotty lace. nice fruity, floral aromas in the nose. sweet taste of brown sugar and caramel with lots of toasted malt with other subtle flavors, smooth and well balanced. mouthfeel light and carbonation is a little light also. greast taste. very enjoyable.

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

Deep ruby brown body wears minimal head, but displays a nice little haze. Its aroma is rich and bold, claiming for the big leagues in the doppelbock community. Moderately complex flavor suburb ranges from the floral almond skin to the woody and almost cheesy sweet fruits. You bite into that honeymelon only to uncover a grape branch and vinous berries. Upon tasting, I once again am taken aback by more unexpected character showing up in the form of a earthy and roasty bitter finish, though I pass through the fruit and nut appetizer at first. Soft carbonation accompanies the medium body. The global experience remains constructive, more warming toward the end, but as interesting in its unveiling mysteries form the beginning. Interestingly multilayered in its boldness.

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Photo of reizorc
3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of jk3
3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of tbeer40
3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

Pours a tawny brown color with a huge tan head. Aromas of rum-raisin, pumpernickel bread, brandy, slight cardboardiness and light hopping. The taste envelops a plumminess that accompanies the dark roasted malts very well. Hopping is fairly low, aside from a faint vegetal astringency in the finish. Slight notes of chocolate and miniscule nuances of anise. A little sweet, but not outlandishly so, it's balanced very well. A very nice doppelbock that's recommended.

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Photo of yelterdow
4.54/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found in the cold case at Andy's Corner in Bogota the night of the big doppelbock night featuring Celebrator on tap. This beer was suggested by someone more "in the know" than myself about the style.

Served at just over fridge temperature in a doppelbock glass. No freshness code that I could find.

Appearance- First of all, a very cool thing... after popping the bottlecap, a subtle, yet constant carbonation inside the bottle elevates a little nub of foam out the top. It's neat, I've never seen that before.

Anyway, the beer *glugs* a raisiny reddish brown, with a nice three finger light tan head that pops and fizzles its way down to a thick mat. Just a tiny amount of lacing drifts behind, this looks like a good solid doppel.

Smell- Mmmmm.... the aromas of chocolate ice cream, figs, dates, maybe a little coffee, and a great big wallop of malts jump out of the class with finesse. Slick and sweet on the nose, this is one of the greatest smelling beers I've ever sampled. A nutty character, like Frangelica soaked cake, is certainly evident. Wonderfully big, complex, and remarkable.

Taste- I am taken by surprise that the notes of dark fruit and alcohol are so far upfront with this beer... An old ale character is joining the beautiful display of rich, malt tones and ending, mellow hop bitterness. The flavor profile overall, in terms of character and depth, is extraordinary. This is a *must-try* doppelbock.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Light as could be... but nicely done. There is still a slickness to the mouthfeel which elevates it above your typical lager or bockbier... almost like there is a fine presence of sediment throughout the tasting. I love it though, and it feels right for the beer. I am seriously sipping and enjoying the rest of this bottle completely, as I have never seen this before and maybe won't again in the near future.

High, high praise for this wonderfully satisfying doppelbock.

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Photo of npendres
3.01/5  rDev -23%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Not as good as I had hoped. Will try again though for another review/rating.

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

Gold foil capped 12 oz bottle from Joe Canal’s in West Deptford, NJ. The aroma is sweet dark malts that render a dark baked bread aroma that is at once hearty and sweet with fruit and mild raisina nd molasses notes. Pumpernickel soaked in a raisin and molasses mash comes to mind. It smells quite nice. The body is a dark ruby brown color and holds a diminishing tan head that is a thumb thick and quite creamy looking before fading.

Raisins, carmelized malt, rum soaked sweet dark bread, baked apples and some mild roast bitterness in the finish. Has a slightly sticky mouthfeel. This is quite good and I’m happy I got more than just one bottle.

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

Pours into the glass with a decent light tan head over very lightly hazy dark maroon liquid tinged with brown. Sweet malty nose with some chocolate and slight raisin aromas, very good smelling. Soft and smooth malty mouthfeel with great sweet maltiness with light underlying roastiness and sufficient hop bitterness. Some alcohol felt in the back of the throat after swallowing. Finishes nicely bittersweet with a malt and alcohol kick. Very tasty and drinkable. Haven't seen this around my area in at least 17 years, welcome back I say!

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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 MoreThanWine
4.36/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

They do Munich proud. Pours a lovely 2" light mocha head. The color held to the light is a clear deep berry color. Smell is rich malt and taste is oh so much more of the same along with some caramel. Rich and with a substantial finish. An extraordinary testimony to malt. I'd snagged this as a single bottle for a pretty affordable price and I'd say this is great for repeats and even gifts. Maximator indeed.

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Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.02/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Comes out a dark brown sort of burgundy color. Small white head that doesn't stick around, not much lacing to it either. Very dark but decent clarity to it.

Smell is good, pretty strong as well. Well malted, dark fruit sweet, almost candied or sort of a liquorish flavor. In addition to all of that there is a strong hop presence in the smell too. It's not strong but there's a slight hint of chocolate.

Taste is the best part. It has a sweet nuttiness to it with dark dried fruit flavor. Malted barley with a hint of chocolate, just a touch though. Slight hoppy aftertaste, but not strong, it's blended in with the rest of the flavors.

The mouthfeel is ok, its certainly full bodied and has a good carbonation level. It could finish a little cleaner. Drinkability is about the same as well. The beer gets a little better as it warms up. I like it, a decent Dopplebock.

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Photo of jneiswender
3.06/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out of a bottle into a tasting glass. Served cool.

A-dark garnet red body and an off white head.

S-grain and hard candy smell

T-sweet candy front, light booze and enough hop to make its presence felt


D-nice version of the style. Very drinkable but nothing outstanding. I would drink this again if given limited choices.

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Photo of Ego
3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

dude who looks like he molests kids on the label, oops, I meant a clergyman... snap crackle pop off white head thqat sizzles down from one full finger to a coating quickly, brown and dark ruby in hue, lacing is bad but this has legs like good wine and jessica alba... a decent enough looking DB.

mellow DB tones, dark toffee, raisins, dark caramel... all the usual suspects but subdued.

taste etc...
the taste is much like the nose, pretty subdued, the ABV is absent in the flavor so that's just swell but overall this is a pretty thin tasting DB, carbonation is fine and a bit prickly, the mouthfeel is just too thin on this imo. this almost has a strange smoke flavor in the aftertaste, strange but cool.

I couldn't even really embelish my review. This is a standard DB. not one of the greats...

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Photo of redsoxjim
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tastymug
3/5  rDev -23.3%

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