Augustinerbräu München – Münchner Bier Maximator doppelbock lager.
By Bill Lau | A Potable Pastime
Posted February 21, 2016
Doppelbock, 7.5% ABV
Augustiner Brewery, Munich, Germany
It’s that time of year – the Lenten season – which means doppelbock beer to us aficionados, don-cha-know! And that’s definitely a good thing as far as I’m concerned. I may be an Official Card-Carrying Hopheadicus Extremus, but I do appreciate a well-brewed malty lager as well, especially at this time of year and during Oktoberfest season.
Of course, the style originated among monks to help provide some nutrition and calories while fasting (nice that they were allowed beer at least!), but at some point the style spread and caught on with the general populace. Most have a name ending in the letters “-ator”, inspired by the prototypical version Salvator (meaning savior) from Paulaner.
All that aside, we’re enjoying unseasonably mild weather in southwest Ohio today; got the grill going smoking up a variety of tasty fare, and even if I’m not personally on a fast, this doppelbock just seemed to be the perfect beverage to go with the food and weather. It’s sunny, the windows are open, the smell of hickory smoke is pervasive, and a nice, malty doppelbock is right at home.
Life is good!
Appearance (4/5): Presents a deep, coppery-red-amber hue with crystal clarity. Head of pale beige foam is short-lived, retaining a collar and central thin patchy area.
Aroma (9/10): Rich, caramelized malt notes dominate the aroma, no surprises here! Some raisin and baked pit fruit notes joining in.
Palate (5/5): Full-bodied, extremely smooth, with a light and very fine carbonation. Luxuriant.
Taste (9/10): Oh, my! Generous, flavorful, deeply caramelized Munich malt notes spread over the palate, with some toasted and nutty nuances in the mix, as well as hints of raisin and baked fig. All that malt flavor comes with only a light sweetness up front, which slowly evolves with the malt character until a nice backside bittering seamlessly arrives. This is most satisfying and enjoyable. I could definitely see this carrying a person through days of fasting!
Overall (18/20): Top-notch doppelbock.
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