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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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BA SCORE
96
world-class
2,370 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
2,370
Ratings:
6,299
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
16.4%
 
 
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Ayinger Celebrator DoppelbockAyinger Celebrator Doppelbock
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Germany | website

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2001

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Reviews: 2,370 | Ratings: 6,299
Photo of MJR
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This bottle comes with free plastic jewelry...bonus!!

Appearance: Pours what appears to be black from across the room...fooled you! It's dark brown with garnet highlights and has decent clarity for a brew this dark. A tan head starts really big and shrinks down to a more-than-respectable size.

Smell: Nose of sweet malt, dry fruit, molasses, caramel, raisons, and hops. A touch of alcohol too. Massive aroma here...

Taste: Where do I start? There's all of the flavors from the aroma, plus a slight bready flavor. Bitter chocolate. I notice a touch of alcohol on the end, along with a small roasted note. The smallest bit of hop flavor shows up too. Very complex...

Mouthfeel: Fairly thick with an oily mouthfeel. Finishes round and full, with lots of residual sugars adding body. Very nice.

Drinkability: Top of the class. This is an outstanding doppelbock that's worth every penny you pay for it. Sure it's fairly strong alcohol-wise, but walking's overrated anyway...

As stunning as it is from a bottle, it's worth mentioning that this beer is much better on tap.

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Photo of u2carew
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz longneck
A) Pours with a two finger tan head. Dark nearly opaque body. The head settles slowly leaving a sticky lacing at the edge of the glass and on the drink down.
S) Roasty malt aromas. Bready.
T) Bold malt taste. Toasty caramel. Hints of chocolate. Bready.
M) Medium body. Creamy. Slightly dry finish.
O) A delicious doppelbock!

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Photo of benwah22
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this delicious brew from the bottle into a .3L Celebrator Dobbelbock specialty glass. Pours the color of Coca Cola - black with the slightest hint of dark brown in the light. Tan head that disappeared rather quickly.

Good mouthfeel. With a beer this dark you just expect a creamier mouth feel, but still good nonetheless. Not a whole lot of aroma, but wow, what a taste. Malty, coffee, dark chocolate, burnt caramel but not overly sugary. A smooth finish with a hint of bitterness.

My tip, let the beer warm slightly. Not room temperature, but definitely not straight from the fridge. It really helps the complexity of this beer stand out. And let's face it, if you can get a Ayinger Celebrator specialty glass, it definitely tastes better.

EDIT: I let this warm pretty significantly and the taste just became incredibly complex and the mouthfeel changed substantially. It was almost syrup like and the flavors you needed to flesh out before just hit you over the head. Great stuff.

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Photo of DreamInOrange
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Great doppelbock! Pours a deep brown with some clarity through light with a decent off-white head that clings to the glass going down. Smells fantastic, with aromas of brown bread, caramel, and chocolate. Flavor is very smooth and well put together. Tastes of coffee, dark chocolate, roasted malts with some alcohol warmth at the back of the tongue. Terrific beer!

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Photo of MrIncognito
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Ruby red and transparent with a sticky tan head that floats almost endlessly. Beautiful lacing. Not much notice of carbonation.

S - Deep, dark rum-soaked red fruits and fig. Nice and sweet with alohol esters smoothing things out. Sweet malts stick in your nose.

T&M - So much like the smell. So incredibly malty up front with the sweet rum-soaked dark fruits sliding in and then the slick alcohol to close. So delicious. Impeccable flavor has me savoring each and every sip.

D - I could drink this all day if it wouldn't leave me wasted after the 3rd or 4th glass.

This is a fantastic brew and I wish I had an endless supply. I drank two of these about a month apart before reviewing and I liked it even better the second time. Perfect on a cold day and MUST be at cellar temperature.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 mL bottle from the LCBO; no packaging/best before date. This is one of those beers that I've basically never heard anything bad about, ever - it's been on my 'must try' list for a while, and I'm glad to finally scratch it off that one. I must point out that I haven't had a lot of doppelbocks, and the few that I have tried didn't really impress me that much... but maybe this one will turn out to be the brew that changes my outlook on the style. Poured into a mug.

Pours a deep brownish-black colour; looks nearly opaque, but under the light I can make out some crimson tinges and the translucency of the brew. Topped with two fingers of puffy, creamy, off white-coloured head that wilts slowly over the next few minutes, leaving behind a smooth, dense cap about 1/2 a cm thick, and smears of lacing on the sides. The aroma is pleasing and intensely malty, with hints of raisins, butterscotch, figs, fruitcake, brown sugar and sweet potatoes. I might be imagining the smoky notes, but with or without them the bouquet is rich and enticing.

And that richness carries over into the flavours, as this is one of the tastiest dark lagers I have had in my many years on BA. Some light brown sugar or molasses sweetness is quickly overpowered by figs and raisins, some toasted, biscuity malts, with the smooth finish being dominated by bittersweet notes of baker's chocolate and a pleasant demerara sugar sweetness. The aftertaste is mostly lingering roast and a weak hint of booze. On the heftier side of medium-bodied, with mild carbonation that gently prickles the tongue. The mouthfeel is silky-smooth, and even though it's extremely easy to drink this stuff, the small sample means I'd rather savour what precious little I have.

Final Grade: 4.70, a nearly flawless A+. Ayinger Celebrator was just what I needed - a doppelbock to convince me that I don't hate doppelbocks. I have trouble envisioning a more finely-crafted bock than Celebrator - it really is the gold standard; the doppelbock that other doppelbocks should aspire to be like, and an amazingly drinkable strong lager that I will definitely pick up again at some point. Highly recommended to newbies as an introductory bock, and something worth stocking up on if it isn't always available in your area.

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Photo of MistahBeah
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Dark brown - near black - with some ruby highlights. Darker than I'm used to in the style. About a half a finger's head worth of creamy mocha colored head. Healthy dose of carbonation. Looks like a nice stout

Aroma: Roasted malt, caramel, molasses, coffee, a faint nuttiness. This is a rich smelling brew.

Taste: Richness follows nose. Very malty. Definitely coffee and some nuttiness. Possibly chestnuts. There isn't nearly as much sweetness as the nose led me to believe. The caramel and molasses aren't really present in the flavor. Ends roasty with a slight metallic aftertaste. Overall very clean tasting

Mouthfeel: Silken smoothness. Robust. Slightly watery that leaves the mouth feeling very clean. Creamy

Overall: I've been wanting to try this since my first forray into dopplebocks with Troegs' Troegenator and I'm very happy to say that it doesn't disappoint. Extremely clean tasting without sacrificing any flavor. Not as high in abv as others but better overall in my opinion. I would get this over Paulaner's Salvator any day of the week. A great example of the style and a great beer

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Popped a 12oz bottle and let it sit a moment. After about 2 minutes I had a touch of foam coming out of the neck. Poured into a tulip glass.

A nice deep brown with just a bit of ruby showing through when held up to light. Got a good foamy tan head that leaves a nice lacing.

Smells of dark roasted malts, prunes, nuts, and alcohol. Quite lovely indeed. I would say if heaven came out of a bottle it would be put in there in Germany.

Taste is fruity and nutty, a rich plum/prune flavor with a slightly bitter alcohol finish. This is really thick and complex. I will savor every taste of this one.

Nice, warming, fill-you-up kind of beer. I can see why the monks brewed this to get through their Lenten fast.

Highly recommend this one. It's my first authentic sampling of the style and I'm intrigued to say the least.

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Photo of DCon
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 12oz bottle of this @ Lukas Liquor in Ellisville, MO for $3.49. Has a Celebrator Ram around a string, around the bottle. Have had this bock around 4 times in the past year (both bottle & on-tap from Lukas Liquor) and now getting the chance to review it. Poured from the Un-Dated Bottle into my New Belgium Wide Mouthed Snifter.

Appearance- Has a darkest brown/red body you can get to in description with a 1 finger, off white head that keeps bubbles at the top for a while. Nice carbonation!

Smell- Very dark, caramel, and dark chocolate notes with a raisin finish. Has tons of malt and stout like characteristics.

Taste- Has massive taste of raisin/plum with a hint of chocolate. Light on the hops but the bitterness is perfect! Nice fruit background (not sure what kind) and then has a sweet finish (not so bitter). Have to have it yourself to understand!

Mouthfeel- Full Bodied, Medium carbonation, Sticky at the end, and leaves burnt caramel taste on the palate!

Overall- Are you kidding me? This is my 5th time coming back to this beer! One of top Doppelbock's I've ever had! Would suggest to anyone trying the style. I may not be able to drink more than one but its still fantastic!

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Photo of natelocc787
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What a beer. I have had this several times and this experience was the best. Absolutely amazing example and deserving of all accolades earned.

Beautiful Dark Brown Body with a caramel tint to it. Dark caramel creamy, frothy head. Molasses, brown sugar, vanilla and caramel in the aroma. Very tasty and luxurious feeling beer. Very small nutty character like a handful of sugared pecans pureed into a large bucket of molasses. Big brown sugar in the taste as well, brown malt sweetness, if I didn't know better I might think this was a gargantuan Brown Ale. Mouthfeel is heavy, chewy for the style, small bubbles and very silky, creamy-the opposite of a dry finish. The best Doppelbock I've ever had under any circumstance. Highly recommended. I'm sad to see this creep down the top 100, it deserves to creep back up.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had only had this once, out of the bottle, years ago. Why haven't I had this again? Wow!

Among the darkest (if not THE darkest) and thickest-looking doppelbocks I can recall. The foam is a bit lighter than I would have expected (no roasted barley, just decocted?). Despite its appearance, it doesn't look like a (dry) stout. Looks heartier, that's for sure.

First impression of the smell is the unmistakably molasses, almost ginger snap aroma. Comes across like a dark, dense, molasses-y German bread with a bit of underlying dark fruit (black grape, cherry), and a kiss of alcohol.

While the taste, like the smell, screams "dark-toasty, lightly-spiced, dense, dark bread", I can't help but get a little peppermint(?!), as in, candy cane. Super rich-malty. The overall taste, maybe more than any other (German) beer, is that of "liquid bread". The body, for me, exhibits a filling-smooth, almost doughy quality. Perhaps it could be a little cleaner - but that's only what I'd expect from a lager. Can't argue with what this offers though. Such a rich malt character! - Dark-toasted bread - dark, but not roasty or bitter - bold molasses and background cherry. The depth of the malt flavor is excellent - sticks around on the palate for what seems endlessly.

This beer has some complexity but also very (unique) bold/loud flavors - more character and depth, but less clean than most. Whatever - I'm rambling here - it's a fantastic drink!

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Photo of doppelmeup
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a great beer!

Truly the class of the doppelbocks. Poured a dark, garnet color into a pint glass with a half inch, white head that dissipated quickly.

Aromas of molasses and caramel. Smelled really good!

The taste was exceptional. Sweet, malty, very molassasy with hints of caramel.

Nice, clean finish.

Very drinkable. Highly recommended!

(And I liked the little goats that came with the bottles!)

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Photo of mariposafan
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A fairly hard pour gives 2 fingers of beige foam that takes a few minutes to settle to lacing. The beer is dark, dark brown until held up to the light when it shows a clear dark ruby color.

The smell is roasted malts and dried fruits with some sweetness.

The taste is rich, semi-sweet fruits and chocolate. Some back-of-the-tongue bitterness with a dry finish. As it warms the fruitiness comes to the fore.

The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with some alcohol drying it out just a bit.

Easy, easy drinking beer. It would be unwise for me to have more than one but the temptation is definitely there.

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Photo of jxboldaslovexh
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: dark, rich, mahogany in color. the head is thick and light tan in color. head retention and lacing is excellent.

smell: deep, complex malts. smells of roasted malts with hints of coffee and chocolate and caramel. the presence of the alcohol can be smelled as well.

taste: perfect melding of subtle hops and complex malts. the presence of roasted malts create a lasting taste on the tastebuds. the hops and alcohol content add a subtle spicyness which melds perfectly with the malty sweetness and flavors of coffee and caramel.

mouthfeel: very smooth and creamy, of a medium bodied mouthfeel.

drinkability: although slightly higher than average in abv, it is still an easily drinkable beer.

notes: a testament to german beer making

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Photo of zeledonia
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown, with ruby at the edges when held to light. Quite clear despite the dark color, though very little light actually makes it through. The medium-tan head is fluffy and leaves great lacing.

Smell is all delicious rich caramel malts. Figs, chocolate, and root beer. And of course the characteristic bready yeast smell. The layers of complexity are amazing.

Once again, I get rich, sweet, bready, fruity malty goodness. Dark fruits like figs and a hint of cherries. A touch of tangy spice comes in late to give some more variety.

Thick and heavy, chewy, with just enough carbonation to balance out all that weight. Also has a creamy smoothness. Definitely on the thick side compared to most other doppelbocks.

This is simply an outstanding beer, all around. I could imagine the taste being a bit deeper or more complex, but I've certainly never encountered such a beer. Simply the best doppelbock I've had, bar none.

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Photo of abcsofbeer
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

MMM, good. Excellent double bock. Pours a very dark, brownish color with reddish amber around the edges. I poured this one pretty fast and came up with a 2 inch head that was light brown and frothy. The lace is very abundant from top to bottom.

The aroma is very malty with a nutty undertone. Also hints of toffee or sweet coffee.

The taste is excellent, also malty, nutty and sweet caramel. The aftertaste is definitely coffee tasting and slightly alcoholic and also very malty. This is the champion of double bocks in my opinion.

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Photo of dpianka
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

date of tasting: 3/16/2013
place of tasting: Barley Vine
beer: Celebrator
type: Ale
style: dopplebock
brewery: Ayinger
glass: mug
temperature of beer: 55

Appearance: a beautiful rich freshly varnished mahogany

Smell: first hit: fruit leather, (sure this is a serious beer, but all beer is fun damnit) then onto rich caramel hops and banana

Taste: like someone decided to make a really complex banana custard. Pleasant pine undertones with almost a hint of Irish whiskey. As it warms up, rich grape takes over and is almost malty caramel kool-aid like.

Mouthfeel: a great balance of creamy and carbonation with slight preference to carbonation

Overall Impression: I could drink this. I will drink this. There is a reason a beer like this has already been rated so high. Beautifully complex, yet simply delicious.

Food Pairing: I had this with some Irish lamb stew and it really goes perfectly. This would also go with some bananas foster as silly as that sounds now. A hamburger or some bratwurst would be really yummy, maybe a pretzel and whole grain mustard. I’m hungry again.

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Photo of illidurit
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Red in Santa Cruz. Poured into the official Celebrator glass. Deep brown with ruby highlights and a fluffy light brown head that sticks around forever.

Yeasty, malty aroma with coffee grounds and dried fruit.

Toasty sweet malt flavors abound: coffee, milk chocolate, molasses, caramel. There is a slight hop flavor and a slight pepperiness. Fruity esters come into play with warmth.

Modest carbonation results in a big chewiness. Smooth and sweet. Drinkability is great.

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Photo of salukiKMO
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now this is beer.
A- like maple syrup only a touch darker and thinner
S- malty, with a hint of raisin
T- hits all the taste buds perfectly, sweet and mellow
M- velvety and smooth
D- This is a beer where I wish I bought more than one. If you see it, get an extra for the cellar.

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Photo of Dopplebock
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Although served from the bottle, this beer has it all! A wonderful malt fragrance carries the dark mahogany colored liquid as it pours into the glass. The mouthfull combines chocolate and caramel malt with a minimal hop presence. Smooth as silk, this dopplebock has an exceptional drinkability. The finish is moderately sweet with hints of vanilla. This beer is for one who truly wants complex levels of flavor! Let it warm to room temperature (recommended), and you open yet more complex flavors. I am not sure I've even experienced the full palate of flavors in this exceptional brew!

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Photo of pojo41
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful, rich, brown color with ruby tint in the light. Aroma of sweet, dark, roasted malt. Taste of dark malt and raisin and a hint of smoke. The flavor hides the alcohol very well but, you still know you are drinking a substantial beer. Excellent

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Photo of markman
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock:

This remains one of my all-time favorites. Beautiful near-pitch colored pour settles quickly to a gossamer topped sea of liquid silk. Aroma is a deceivingly light meld of subtle grain and easy malt. Taste is just uber-freakin-liceous. Chewy malt, chocolate, molasses…beautimus, just beautimus. Creamy mouthfeel and subtle smoky/roasted finish calls to me…gently reminding me of the beauty that is beer. And I know I’m preaching to the choir on this one, but show some respect…cellar temp only, please.

Cheers…

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: deep dark brown color

smell: mild hops, slight coffee, subtle cocoa

taste: beautiful, mild bitterness, rich flavor, coffee notes

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: The best dopple I have had by far, excpectional and i will continue to drink often

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Photo of NightINgale
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 release. 330ml bottle...

A - Pours a marvellous dark mahogany/reddish brown coloured body, with a rich light caramel head. Excellent lacing and good head retention.

S - The beer has a very rich and complex malt smell (caramel, chocolate, toasted bread) with some hints of vanilla, cherries and dark fruit (prunes, dates).

T - This is complex like no other doppelbock out there! It starts out fairly typical, with lots of caramel and bread and a slight fruitiness to it, but then I get a massive chocolate and vanilla taste, which ends with a very nice and lingering finish, with hints of toast, coffee and prunes. There are also some minor vinous qualities and a slight hint of honey in the after-taste.

M - Medium body, medium carbonation. Very smooth and velvety on the palate. The alcohol barely shows, even after the beer has warmed up.

O - Hands down, this is the pinnacle of the style. Paulaner Salvator might be the original doppelbock, but it seems that Celebrator is... well, the most flavourful. It's also impressive that being so big in flavour it's less than 7% in alcohol.

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Photo of drpimento
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In the court of the prince of beers... Man, this is a bulwark of dopplebocks. One of the very best. This one is an interpretation that is earthier and a bit more scrappy. Perhaps even a little more drinkable than the original dopplebock. Poured wth a nice tan head, fine and a bit creamy. Dark almost opaque brown. A little crisper in the mouth with excellent carbonation. A nice smokey character. Just enough bittersweetness to make you want to have another swallow. Beer at its best!

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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 2,370 ratings.