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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

4,875 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,875
Reviews: 2,194
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 279
Gots: 288 | FT: 18
Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2001)
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claspada

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is of dark fruits, caramel, malts, light chocolate and caramel and bready malts. Typical German yeast notes are detectable as well. The taste is heavenly. The molasses and dark fruits in the nose are prevalent in the taste. Prunes, raisins, and dark cherries. Dark, roasted malts (not bitter by any means) make an appearance with a strong caramel presence. The more it warms the more the flavors begin to develop. The German yeast is also prevalent in the finish; this is a world class beer. True definition of style and expert brewing tradition. There is a certain thickness and creamy mouthfeel,still finishes slightly dry from the lager yeast, can't say enough about this beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2010 01:57:11 | More by claspada
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carpezytha

California

4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in Tulip

A: deep purple brown body with almost no head
S: Raisins and wet mahogany and cedar.
T: Raisins, vermouth, chocolate, coffee, charred madrone.
M: Despite no head, great carbonation and sustained taste. Very active.
D: Definitely but you might want to share.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2010 22:35:29 | More by carpezytha
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wvsabbath

West Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Serving type - Bottle

Appearance - Black, some traces of red when held to a light, nice creamy 2 inch head

Smell - Malts, Barely, sugars, spices some coffee and hops. Alot going on

Taste - VEry smooth and easy to drink. Each drink is a sweet flavor, malts and barley with spices. Theres a slight stout edge to it. Its so huge on flavor, you taste so much on each drink, man its a pleasure

Mouthfeel - Superb, like a desert in your mouth, you can enjoy it without being burn by alcohol. Smooth and tasty, tounge, palette, and throat can handle this very easy.

Drinkabilty - Well i just bought a case of this, so its very drinkable. Its more of a winter beer they say but seems to me its a weekly beer. Fantastic and so smooth, wow

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2010 05:02:12 | More by wvsabbath
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Elimination

Oregon

4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Into a pint glass...

Look is a nice thick dark black, a nice little mocha head to it about one finger height.

Smell is slight raisin, coffee, toffee, chcolAte and a tad of banana.

Taste is a bit of the same but more of a chocolate covered raisin no hops with strong sweetness.

Mouthfeel is a great thickness powerful carb very good

Drink is great, a very good overall dopplebock. Of course with any import I have a feeling this isn't the freshest it could be.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2010 21:58:02 | More by Elimination
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Duff27

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dark brown...red-tinged around the edges. Nice one fingered head on the initital pour. Some, not much, lacing present. Can see the carbonation rising in some places.

S- A lot of roasty malts going on here. Caramel.

T- More caramel, molasses. Biscuity. "Magnificent" comes to mind. Subtle but noticeable alcohol presence.

M- Adequate carbonation, tad syrupy.

D/O- Delicious. Could and would put down a few of these if it came to it. Went down way too fast and easy. Out of the handful of doppelbocks I've had, this is the best. Will be buying more.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2010 03:58:56 | More by Duff27
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billshmeinke

California

4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a mug.

Pours a one inch off white head with an almost black dark body. Hints of ruby/amber towards the outer edges. Head dies down to a cap of foam on top. No real lace to speak of.

Smells of caramel malt sweetness and whole wheat bread. Not getting too much else in the nose.

Tastes of sweet caramel malts up front that give way to a bit of chocolate, and a hint of roasty coffee. The caramel sweetness lasts the whole way through and the roast and caramel sweetness linger.

The mouthfeel is on the high end of medium and well carbonated. Sweet and tangy with just the right amount of bitterness.

A well balanced, easy beer to drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2010 01:07:35 | More by billshmeinke
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omnigrits

Texas

4.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a perfect pint glass, I get a very dark, almost opaque beer but with ruby highlights around the edge. Not much head and no lace.

The aroma is full of roasted malts, slightly bready, a hint of medicinal phenols.

The taste... oh my goodness. Rich, malty but not sweet, more than a touch of coffee, a little less in the way of hops. Wonderfully dry finish and a lingering bitterness that comes from the roasted malts rather than from hops, I think.

Very good mouthfeel - thick, chewy, full-bodied.

I wish I didn't have to pay import prices for this beer - it would be my daily tipple if I could afford it. But then I'd be totally spoilt.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2010 23:16:12 | More by omnigrits
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FunkyMacGroovin

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Beer pours a dark ruby color with a slightly tan one-finger head - this beer looks incredible. A fair amount of lacing is retained.

Smell gets its own paragraph here. You know when you go to a brewery and the air has that distinct smell of grains intermingling with hops and the other aromas wafting around? That smell that, though it isn't yet beer, is the quintessential beer aroma, and you just can't inhale enough of it? Celebrator Doppelbock smells like that. It's perfect. Someone needs to make one of those Christmas tree air fresheners that smells like this - I'd never leave my car.

The taste is primarily malt - a bit biscuity and sweet, with a small but noticeable hop presence. There's also a slight alcoholic tinge to it that is surprising for its abv. Mouthfeel is chewy and full-bodied, very viscous in my mouth, and quite pleasing.

This is a truly great beer. You owe it to yourself to go out and find some.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2010 03:25:59 | More by FunkyMacGroovin
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fiver29

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pours clear dark brown color with off white head. Aroma is malty sweetness with cinnamon, grape, and plum. Medium mouthfeel. Flavor follows the nose and finishes semi dry. There is no cloying sweetness and was a very enjoyable beer. Great brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2010 02:55:40 | More by fiver29
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KAP1356

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pilsener glass...

A - So hard to say that this is one color or another. It is literally on the border between black and brown. In some light it appears black, but in others it appears extremely dark brown. There is a nice one finger tan head that forms and takes a little bit to recede.

S - Sweet malty goodness. Dark fruits are abundant in the nose with dates and prunes being the most noticeable; some raisin is present as well. There is also a nice coffee and chocolate aroma that comes out as well.

D - Sweet malts with some nice molasses flavor and some clight coffee flavors. Dark sugary fruits are definitely in the forefront of this profile as well. Raisins and prunes stand out amongst all the flavors. Slight alcohol at the back of the palate.

M - Slightly sticky on the palate. Some nice carbonation and medium bodied. Despite it being not a full bodied, thick beer, it is a nice rich beer.

D - Nicely drinkable. Not too heavy and a great sipping beer. Could easily get lost in several of these in a sitting. It's great when you want something heavier but not quite as heavy as a stout.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2010 01:43:35 | More by KAP1356
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Bonis

Ohio

4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - A dark brownish red with a huge tan head that takes a few minutes to die off. Looks good.

S - Spicy and malty/bready up front, possibly almost like gingerbread. The spicy aroma is where the alcohol hides. Lots of dark sugars are apparent as well, adding some hints of dark fruit.

T - Bready, chewy, malty with sweet caramel. The sweetness just explodes on the back end with hints of burnt brown sugars and spicy dried dark fruits. Complex, yet to the point. This tastes excellent.

M - Fairly big bodied, yet creamy, smooth, and somewhat refreshing. The only trace of alcohol is on the way down.

D - This one could be gone in no time, but I'm savoring it because it's my first ever. This seems like a beer you could session at 6.7%, then again you'd probably get pretty buzzed. I'll be picking up a few more of these for sure.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2010 01:15:18 | More by Bonis
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LiquidCucumber

Ohio

4.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Very dark brown with a good dose of red. Doesn't leave much head, but the film it does leave is attractive.

S - Intoxicatingly sweet malts come with hints of plums and other dark fruit. Not too complex, but it's nice.

T - Sweet bready malts and plenty of those dark fruits (plums, raisins, dates). A touch of molasses.

M - Drier than expected, and high in carbonation. The malts stick around a little bit, but it's not unpleasant. Actually it's nice.

D - This is a beer that goes down way too easily. World class.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2010 23:49:44 | More by LiquidCucumber
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silentjay

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

deep brown to black with a smallish light tan head that recedes to a nice film with some nice lacing.

nice aroma of brown sugar, molasses, and lots of sweet dark fruits.

flavor again is heavy in brown sugar and molasses, with some dark caramelized sugars and some prune juice, sweetened dark fruits, a bit of milk chocolate covered raisins, maple syrup. makes for a very sweet beer, yet some complex flavors. brown sugar sticks around on the back end for quite some time.

very syrupy mouthfeel leads to an overall medium body with a light carbonation that works well for the sticky sweet flavors.

drinks well. probably the best of the style I have tried to date. its sweet without becoming cloying. its complex without becoming a mess. the alcohol is barely noticeable and provides no harshness, just a slightly warm feel. though the style is not for me, and I don't see myself purchasing this too much, as viewed within the style parameters, this beer is wonderful.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2010 23:49:14 | More by silentjay
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Kbogac

Illinois

4.63/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark. The color is a wonderful brown almost burgundy with and inch of head that dissipates quickly. The aroma is light. Malt, coffee and some molasses. Taste follows scent. Big malt followed by coffee and dried fruit. A little hops flavor towards the back of the tongue Slightly bitter finish. Light mouthfeel with light carbonation. The flavors become more complex once the palate settles down and the beer warms a little. This is a very drinkable beer. I could easily have 2-3 of these.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 19:32:36 | More by Kbogac
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Espenoza

Brazil

4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured pitch black, no light getting through, with a two finger white head that dissipated into a thin lacing. The nose is very sweet, strong malts, alcohol is definitely present. This left my mouth confused after my first sip. The malts are sweet and strong, my mouth is left searching for the hops, but none are to be found. The after taste is slightly fruity with a nice alcohol burn. I do love me hops and consider myself an ale man but this Doppelbock is defintely a nice surprise.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2010 02:43:17 | More by Espenoza
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beyah

Maine

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown, tan head slight lacing.

Deep complex bready malt smell, can tell it has a bit more alcohol than you tipical beer.

Has a bit of a moloasas flavor with a bit of a fruity aftertaste, very mild hop flavor.

Smooth mouthfeel, light carbonation

This is the ultimate dopplebock.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2010 23:33:05 | More by beyah
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Chizoad

California

4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Been looking for this for a while, happy to have found it at Monument in Concord.

Very nice clear brown ruby with a bubbly tan head. Relatively large but uniform bubbles gave a great indication on the mouthfeel.

Supremely malty and sweet smelling. Definitely alluring, especially on the first day that's really felt like fall.

Great deep malts and sweetness up front, with a small metallic tang that I seem to get from a lot of German beers. After a few seconds of the malts dancing on the tongue, a vague balancing bitterness starts offsetting the sugar in a perfect manner. The hops crescendo to a straight bitter that is washed away by another glorious gulp, restarting the whole process.

My only complaint, and it's not a huge one, is the mouthfeel. This beer is seriously carbonated. If you swill a little of it and let it sit in your mouth, it becomes a ball of froth which is not really like liquid any more. Once the beer has gassed out a little bit this goes away and I think the beer is better for it.

Very very drinkable. Maybe I wouldn't have more than 2 of them, but they are great going down.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2010 17:57:14 | More by Chizoad
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into pint glass sept7 2010

A a ruby red leaning towards cola in color and enough carbonation that you could mistake it for cola, the thumbs width of head falls fast but leaves some patches of lace

S molasses, cherry, dark toffee and some brown sugar

T all I smell but with some rye bread, chocolate and some very faint coffee and even some rum, great tasting beer plenty going on here

M almost turns to foam in your mouth from the bubbles and sticks to your lips just a little

D no issues with this one about as easy to drink as they get

a classic and one of those beers everyone should drink every now and then

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2010 07:21:54 | More by wordemupg
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SanDiegoBeerLove

California

4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a Medium Brown with Yellow highlights. There was a finger of head that disappeared quickly to leave a light film. Look is very similar to a Coke or Pepsi in the glass.

S - Smells of Brown Sugar, Caramel, Rootbeer, Coffee, Toffee, Alcohol Plum and Malt Sweetness.

T - Tastes of Toffee, Coffee, Chocolate, Brown Sugar, Bread, Raisins and only a sight Bitterness.

M - Mouthfeel is Very smooth with great carbonation although a little sweet.

D - This is very drinkable but a little

Much better than I anticipated.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2010 05:13:13 | More by SanDiegoBeerLove
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FreshHawk

Illinois

4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark mahogany with deep ruby and slightly orange hues on the edges. Slightly larger than average size, sticky, frothy, khaki colored head. Nice retention leaving a nice, thick, creamy layer of lace.

S - Dark bread aromas with a good amount of burnt molasses and brown sugar. A touch of licorice with plenty of dark fruit similar to other Doppelbocks with a slight touch of tart aroma. Nice touch of spice and herbal aroma in the background.

T - A good amount of burnt brown sugar/molasses with lots of toasted dark bread. Big kick of spice (mostly clove and pepper but others) mid sip with a good amount of grassy and herbal hop flavors with a touch of bitterness. Nutty and earthy flavors also come out mid sip. Some dark fruit (plum, fig, date, touch of raisin) provides a background taste through out. Also a slight tartness with that fruity flavor. Perfectly balanced flavors.

M - Medium body with a lot of carbonation. Pretty smooth and creamy, but could use just a touch more for the style. Touch of a drying finish.

D - Pretty drinkable beer with perfectly balanced flavors. Only thing that really holds it back is the slightly sweet and drying finish.

Notes: Very good beer and a great example of a Doppelbock. Perfectly balanced with the dark bread, dark fruit, nut/earth, brown sugar/molasses, and spice with a good kick of hops, bitterness, sweetness, and tartness. Quite a lovely beer that I would definitely recommend.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2010 03:54:31 | More by FreshHawk
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Dunkle

Michigan

3.83/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark, but not quite opaque. Poured with one inch of light brown foam, with nice lacing throughout.
S: Roasted malts in the nose along with some plum and maybe a hint of bread.
T: Is that nuts and some molasses I taste? I wasn't expecting that. The plum I smelled lingers in the background with some raisin as well. Unfortunately, I can't seem to find the hops in this brew. Good nonetheless, but nothing particularly special.
M: Medium-full bodied. Smooth and not dry.
D: It took me a while to drink one bottle. I could not see myself having more than one in a night.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2010 02:14:15 | More by Dunkle
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Bubba83

California

4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a tulip at around 50 degrees.

Body is black as night with maybe a tinge of dark brown around the edges. The head is an extremely light tan color, almost off-white. Khaki perhaps. Around one finger width of super creamy head. The retention and lacing is a little on the light side.

I'm smelling dark fruits, plum, raspberry, fig, raisins. Also quite a bit of bittersweet chocolate here and vanilla/caramel. A smidge of coffee even enters the equation, which I wasn't expecting.

Taste is more of the same. Happy to report that this is not sickly sweet like many of the other doppelbocks I have had. Good bit of dark fruit up front, lots of fig, almost like eating a fig newton. Huge caramel mid-range, with a good amount of vanilla, and more coffee rounds out the flavor than was in the smell. Yum!

Mouthfeel is almost perfect. Smooth and creamy yet well carbonated, the only dock I can give it is that it may be a little thinner than I was looking for.

Drinks impeccably well. No alcohol heat to speak of at all, extremely palatable flavors with no off flavors at all. Damn, it's hard to put a finger on why this is such a great beer, but it really is a great great classic. If I could only pick one beer to sum up why German beers are so awesome, this would likely be it.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 08:46:04 | More by Bubba83
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tewaris

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Celebrator Doppelbock
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Doppelbock
6.7% ABV
OG?
IBUs?
330 ml into a Samuel Adams "perfect pint"

Apperance 5/5
Pours clear and dark brown with a light brown colored bubbly head, that recedes to a thin, but persistent and creamy one, with good lacing.

Aroma 5/5
A very rich aroma, full of dark fruit (raisins and figs), like a fresh, warm dessert. Caramel. There is a strong malt presence that goes well beyond mere sweetness. This is one of the best smelling malt forward beers that I have had a chance to try.

Taste 4/5
Taste is similar to aroma, but has a stronger candied, almost burnt, sugar character, that could be identified as molasses, but nowhere as viscous. Sweet all the way without being cloying, because of the excellent flavor. There is a slight bitterness that doesn't seem "hop-like". This bitterness balances the malts quite well, so that the overall impression is like caramel: nice! The finish is moderately dry: attenuated, given the sweetness. Although a residual sweetness is still notable over the course of the beer, it is adequately complemented by a darker taste. What's missing? Strength.

Mouthfeel 3.5/5
For a beer of this taste, I would prefer a stronger body. Also, the carbonation is higher. Wait after drinking some of it, and it does feel like you've had bread: very fitting! But my only complaint is a thin body.

Drinkability 3.5/5
I can drink a few of these. But if you're having more than one, it needs to be accompanied by some food, to avoid cloying aftertaste. I wrote that the taste is not cloying but a malty beer will get to you, given enough sips. Period. Usually this won't affect drinkability score for me, but this beer has a thin body. Had it been stronger in body, I'd give it a 5/5 on drinkability but in the long run, for this ABV & body, drinkability is not the best.

Other
Overall, this seems like a milder doppelbock. An enjoyable drink indeed, but going by the style guidelines, it needs to be more aggressive in taste and body.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2010 08:56:02 | More by tewaris
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SteelKettle

California

4.85/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a. dark brown with a long lasting thick coco head

s. carmel roasted goodness roasted malts

t. carmel buttery very smooth enjoyable aftertaste

m.full bodied creamy

d.very drinkable taste great carmel buttery perfect bitterness very enjoyable

one of my favorites...

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2010 23:41:53 | More by SteelKettle
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hooliganlife

Missouri

4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours deep brownish black with a 2 inch creamy cocoa like head. excellent retention.

light roasted malts and light caramel. nice light sweetness

very rich. lots of butterscotch and caramel. light roasted nutty flavor. slight bitterness with a chocolate flavor in the finish.

very full bodied with a nice moderate carbonation. sweetness coast your mouth.

this is an excellent dopplebock and very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2010 00:18:46 | More by hooliganlife
Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 4,875 ratings.