Augustiner Bräu Maximator, a Doppelbock brewed by Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG blends plum, raisin, and cherry with chocolate, brown bread, and booze.

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Augustiner Bräu Maximator is a German Doppelbock that’s brewed by Munich-based Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG. For the purposes of this craft beer review, the lager was served in a pilsner glass from a 330 ml bottle.

Packaging art for the Augustiner Bräu Maximator by Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG

Packaging art for the Augustiner Bräu Maximator by Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG

What You Need to Know

The Maximator is a starkbier (strong beer) that’s brewed to coincide with Lent. And like every other beer Augustiner produces, the Maximator is brewed in accordance with Reinheitsgebot (German Purity Laws). But even with just four ingredients, this brew delivers a lot of flavor. So how was it? Let’s get to the review.

Appearance

The Bock pours a clear ruby red and is topped by a thick cap of dense beige-colored foam that shows modest retention. The head’s reduction doesn’t leave behind any lace or residue.

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Aroma

The aroma is bright with noble hops and a hint of toffee. But as the beer warms the aromatics turn decidedly sweet with dark fruits of plum and raisin.

Flavor

The palate is led by notes of chocolate and brown bread. Flavors of dark fruits such as plum and raisin mixed with nut follow. Finishes with a light taste of vinous booze and cherries that bottoms out with a mellow toffee sweetness.

Label art for the Augustiner Bräu Maximator by Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG

Label art for the Augustiner Bräu Maximator by Augustiner-Bräu Wagner KG

Mouthfeel

The body of the Doppelbock is smooth and creamy and has a medium build with medium-light carbonation. The Bock finishes dryly.

Overall

The appearance of the Maximator is adequate and its aroma is certainly pleasant enough. The palate is rich and yummy with just the right amount of body to support it. The taste is slightly boozy but the alcohol provides a nice counter to its fruity sweetness. Doesn’t matter. The Augustiner Bräu Maximator makes for a wonderful drinking experience.

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