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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

Ayinger Celebrator DoppelbockAyinger Celebrator Doppelbock

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

4,611 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 4611
Reviews: 2174
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 10.11%


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

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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

New York

4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-a dark chestnut brown with a fingers worth of light tan head that leaves a bit of lacing around the top

S-rich sweet malts, with a somewhat sour note to it, molasses, caramel, and raisins

T-Rich malt backbone, caramel, raisins, and lightly roasted coffee

M-medium body, moderate carbonation

Overall a perfect example of a Doppelbock; super malty, bread-like quality and perfect mix of flavors

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2013 22:37:03 | More by ksimons
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scotorum

Massachusetts

3.86/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the 11.2 oz. bottle into an Innis & Gunn flute. The little white plastic horse hanging from the bottle neck is a nice touch.

a: Black with dark ruby clarity when light is shone through. Finger thick tan head dissipated fast to a large spot of surface foam. No lacing to speak of.

s: Mild dark malt.

t: Dark malt/ fruit with a sharp edge. Mildly bitter dark fruit aftertaste. Tasty, but the bitterness detracts from the malt, which should be more prominent than it is here. I could praise its balance, but like in a milk stout, I'm really looking for more malt dominance in a doppelbock.

m: Moderate, lighter than expected. I did not find it to be as rich as the label said it should be. Lots of carbonation which mostly did not show up in the head.

o: A very good, easy drinking doppelbock, but a bit disappointing considering its high rating. Not a favorite I am likely to buy again.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2013 05:25:22 | More by scotorum
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utopiajane

New York

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mahogany color. Dark and deep but lets just a little light come through gently. It's got terrific garnet hues to illuminate the beer. On top sit s thick creamy tan head of foam that 's cloud like and loathe to fall. It finally does but leaves wet lace dripping down the glass with each sip.

Nose is intense. First the most authentic scent of blackstrap molasses. With that earthy little sour to it like if you had put your nose int he jar of it. Dark fruits and fresh plum. Behind that a treasure of dark dried fruits like raisin and prune. bit of caramel and a dark and breaddy malt that is toasted perfectly. Toasted bread and you can almost smell the crusts. There's a whiff of alcohol but it is not unwelcome and a light spice. Smells like a pastry made with lots of dark fruits and nuts.

Taste is fat chewy and velvety malt. Toasty and breaddy. Glides over the tongue with all that fruit and the creamy molasses. There's a touch of hops on this and they are bitter but not too much. Endless and smooth. creamy with dark sugars and toasted grains. There's a touch herbal in the drink and the body is round, full and fat. Finishes with a delightfully authentic aftertaste of molasses.

This beer is perfection in every way. it's rich and delicious. Smooth and forthcoming. It drinks sticky and has a complex palate that has just the right amount of sour and bitter to offset it's deep sweetness. The alcohol is warming int he drink and it's easy to see why this one is the best in the world.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 20:32:13 | More by utopiajane
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anon

California

2.35/5  rDev -46%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured very dark drown, nice head and lacing to boot. Moderate carbonation.

Smell was lots of caramel, malt and some fruit/nut in there. Coffee.

Now this is where I am led to believe I may have picked up a bad bottle; this tasted absolutely awful. Up front there was lots of malt and caramel, but the aftertaste...the aftertaste was just bad. There was just something just not right about it. I've had a few others of this style and enjoyed them, but something was off. I'll definitely have to pick up another one sometime, as I was quite let down.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2013 22:24:37 | More by anon
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dar482

New York

4.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The color is a dark brown color, in the light which becomes brown and amber ruby.

The aroma has dark sticky caramel, dark brown sugar, figs, and raisin with roasted malt and nuts. Pretty sweet and malty. It's a big aroma for it being a 6.7% beer. There's also that fishy umami.

The taste follows with a round pack of flavor of roasted malt, molasses, dark brown sugar, and some rich raisins and dried cherries. The finish follows through with that doppelbock flavor of slight stickiness and nuttiness. It's a clean wonderful finish with actually some alcohol in there.

The mouthfeel is a full medium with a creamy mouthfeel, but quite rich compared to other doppelbocks. The others I've had do not pack the huge delicious flavors as this, but along with that lager crispness in there too.

One of my favorite lagers and one of the best doppelbocks out there.

Pairing notes: Definitely have this with pretzels. That malty note in pretzels from the lye just explodes with this beer. They compliment so well.
The same goes for rye chips as it mixes so well with the spicy rye and bready notes of the rye chips.
One of the better pairings I've found.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2013 05:17:23 | More by dar482
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vegassommelier

Nevada

4.49/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorite beers I have ever had.
Immense and complex flavors of cola, semi sweet chocolate, molasses, nutmeg cocoa powder and pumpernickel bread. Finish lasts for days with a great bitter sweet finish.
This is the beer that has me trying every doppelbock I see these days...

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 06:42:22 | More by vegassommelier
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TruePerception

California

3.61/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Previous review, transferred from beer journal)

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock: 6.7%, thin head, quick fade; Appearance: very dark reddish-brown, stout-like; Smell: sweet bun, a little malty; Taste/Mouthfeel: heavier, sweet bun/cinnamon roll, dark cocoa on the back end, burnt toffee; long cocoa finish; pretty good.

Poured into a pint glass.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 07:07:39 | More by TruePerception
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SQUIDMANXXX

Georgia

3.44/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This use to be my favorite beer but quality has declined with new owners. Can still say to try it if you have not had it. It is for a Doppelbock still one of the top 10 that I have tried and continue to see if it will return to being the Best. But for the price and quality way overrated due the quality, if it was the same as in the past I would again consider it a great Beer! Not just above average.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 06:45:47 | More by SQUIDMANXXX
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starkdog24

Ohio

4.69/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into a glass bar cup, it was rich thick, very dark brown. The head rose slow and then grew rapidly to almost an inch (blame my anxiousness). In about 30 seconds, there was just an outer lace of head adhering around cup. Initial taste is sweet, dark sugars just like you smell -- caramel, brown sugar, toasted coffee, still working on other awesome adjectives etc. Just a fanstastic robustic blend in your mouth all at once. I think I let out a verbal "wow" at this point. Yeah, it's that good. I took a good mouthful taste, and realized the back of my tongue (bitter) does not like it as much. But, you will enjoy every sip of this beer!!

Overall, one of the best beers I've ever had. I highly recccomend it.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 23:44:34 | More by starkdog24
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deereless

Colorado

4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Half a pencil of espresso like foam, extremely dark brown with burgundy hues, some visible legs after a swirl – 4.50, S: Very robust nose with full on dark molasses and prune juice, some figs and dates along with golden raisins, hint of coffee, classic – 4.75, T: Very nutty and chocolatey, some hints of charred grains and pureed raisins, caramel malts and faint earthy hops - 4.00, M: Very smooth and creamy, medium bodied – 4.00, D: A very nice and very drinkable beer, exemplary for the style – 4.25

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 01:39:05 | More by deereless
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Mongrel

Maryland

3.86/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter - very dark brown, almost black. Nice two-finger, creamy, tan head dissipates to much thinner layer with moderate lacing.

Smell - first thing that came to mind was kettle corn - immediately sweet, but also roasty. Chocolate syrup also comes through on the nose.

Taste is sweet, roasty, a little smoky, with mild chocolate and dark fruit notes. Not incredibly complex, but still tasty and very drinkable.

Mouthfeel is soft and somewhat silky, but surprisingly thin. I'm a little underwhelmed by this one, but my expectations were pretty high. A solid brew, but you can do better in today's market.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 00:56:08 | More by Mongrel
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DaveRinn

Washington

4.64/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I first had this in 1987, and it;s not as good as i remember, but at the time it was the best beer available by far. The recent tasting of this beer was still quote good, however the craft brewers of America have greatly improved upon it. It does remain a high quality beverage.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2013 07:08:19 | More by DaveRinn
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BeerWithMike

Nebraska

4.94/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Usually comes in a 4-pack and have had this one before. Chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler.

This single 330ml (11.2 ounce) bottle came with a little white Ram ornament that says "Celebrator" on the bottom. Very cool! This 'Doppelbock' style beer pours a very dark brown, almost black with a khaki creamy head that doesn't last long. Not much lacing around the glass for this one. Aroma is very pleasing with hints of molasses, raisins, caramel and butterscotch. The taste is the same with a hint of chocolate as well. One of the best that I had in a while for this type!

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 22:10:10 | More by BeerWithMike
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JWearda

Iowa

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Served: poured into a pint glass from the bottle

Appearance: it looks like a proper double bock, alright! Deep, dark, almost ruby brown body and a hint of a somewhat beige top. About a finger's worth of foam.

Scent: sweet and nice on the nose, lots of dark malty sweetness with caramel. I also get hints of coffee and Kahlua. Dang, this smells good!

Taste: it tastes just as good as it smells! It’s dark and super malty. It has a perfect thick and rich smoothness. Taste buds come to life wanting to experience this great beer! It's not too sweet, as sometime double bocks can be.

Feel: so smooth, you just want to let it linger and tease your mouth for a moment before you swallow.

Finish: it leaves you with a dark, thick, malty cake feeling at the finish. So smooth, so good!

A true experience, one that you'll want to really savor every sip!

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 17:00:40 | More by JWearda
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Premo88

Texas

4.03/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz. bottle poured into pilsener

L: dark red-purple, clear, big tan head -- the head explodes up to 1 1/2 inches at least, and it's thick, full ... just a fantastic pour! the color reminds me of an old ale, and the clarity of the beer seems remarkable for such a dark brew. if the head stuck and the beer laced on the way down, it'd be the easiest 5 i've scored ... it does not lace much, however, and that's about the only point deduction ... a VERY minor one.

S: malt, malt and more malt -- it's a donut shop, a bakery, a yeasty sweet aroma that for my money is as good as it gets. i've only encountered this perfection once or twice outside of Celebrator, but with those other brews, it is a hit-and-miss thing ... sometimes they produce the perfect aroma, sometimes not quite. Celebrator offers this malt perfection consistently. raisins and a slight wine-like note show up at times, but never at the expense of the perfect sweet biscuits smell.

T: doesn't follow the nose 1-to-1, but obvious malt notes permeate each swallow ... lots of sweetness, some raisins, a little bread -- the taste seems a bit "darker" than the nose. it's almost like it smells more like beer and tastes a little more like red wine ... a slightly sweet but definite red wine.

F: a slight silkiness to it, not super heavy, enough carbonation to last the entire bottle, but it's not the brew's strongsuit for me.

O: without question, the brew is a great one. my scores on the lower end (taste, feel, overall) only reflect the fact that i'm not a fan of raisins, and while i try to review to style, i also score for me ... so here's the deal: if you want to try a good doppelbock, starting here is a good idea. you can *look* at Celebrator and tell it's world-class. the pour alone is dazzling, and the nose is so perfect i might keep coming back to this one simply for it.

the 6.7% ABV, btw, is every bit of that. the Germans give it to you strong here ... i don't taste even a hint of alcohol, but 2/3 into a little ol' bottle 11.2 oz. big, i can feel that 6.7%.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2013 06:54:29 | More by Premo88
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NiceTaps

New Jersey

4.3/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottle in poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours a very dark brown-black color with ruby red highlights from any light. A 1-plus finger head releases lots of carbonation audibly, slowly fades to a film and hangs some lacing.

S-Molasses, dark fruits, caramel roasted malts. Pleasantly sweet.

T- Roasty caramel malts, chocolaty. Sugar, brown sugar, and alcohol are present. Some bitterness from the hops and chocolate. Faint fruit.

M- It's a full chew with plenty of carbonation. Alcohol dry finish.

O- I could not drink this every day because of the sweetness. For a sweet beer, it rocks.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2013 21:23:53 | More by NiceTaps
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Bosoxfan20

Missouri

3.89/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours almost black its so dark. Ruby accents. A magnificent looking beer. Head lingers for a while. Lacing solid

S- Some bready notes to go with some unexpected but pleasant dark fruits- plum, prunes. Quite sweet smelling.

T- Follows nose well. I really enjoy the sweetness of this one compared to some others of the style. Not quite as much of the toasted bread that I have come to love with Doppelbocks, but lots of dark sugars. I do prefer the spicy notes and warm finish of this one.

M- Mid body. A little lighter/thinner than I expected, but it does make it quite drinkable. Some alcohol present. Goes down easy. Not overly dry.

O- I enjoyed it, but it doesn't live up to the hype for me. Just failed to have that "it" factor each time I have tried it. But in relative terms, a very good beer. Smooth, sweet, and certainly worth the purchase.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2013 04:26:26 | More by Bosoxfan20
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CFHMagnet

Ohio

4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I got a finger of mocha colored head. The body is a deep dark brown. Good head retention and lacing.

The nose is toasted malt, caramel and dark fruit. Very sweet smelling.

The flavor is more complex than the nose. Toasted malt and molasses opens it up. Dark fruit and caramel take over, and it ends out with baker's chocolate and toasted malt.

This beer is smooth. It is medium bodied, and doesn't leave any residue. It is dark, yet refreshing. It is delicious and drinks so quickly.

I bought this at the Circle A as a single after perusing the top 250 beers on BA and noticing I had not yet rated one of my favorite brews. It was one of the most popular beers at my wedding, as well as one of the imports that got me into craft beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 03:46:01 | More by CFHMagnet
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JeffBrenner

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had in 10 oz draft. Dark appearance with little light penetration. Very smooth taste with malty notes. Little lacing and maybe 1" of head. Drinks very clean and was refreshing when it was 90 degrees out. Almost stoutish in its flavor. Would unquestionably drink again and probably one of the best Doppelbocks I've had.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2013 20:27:31 | More by JeffBrenner
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DenverHopHead

Colorado

4.14/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a mug and a pint glass (prefer the pint glass).
Appearance - pours a brownish shade with a hint of red. Thick, creamy beige head with great retention! Lacing is very nice!
Smell - dark fruits, maple syrup. Sweet, but not overly so.
Taste - rich flavors, fairly complex; enjoyable beer for anytime of year.
Feel - surprisingly light, mildly sweet.
Overall - this is clearly a great beer, however, for the price, there are better beers at a better value out there, though I'm not sure if you'll find a better Doppelbock.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2013 19:46:25 | More by DenverHopHead
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DemoniChris

Nebraska

4.56/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint.

A - Super dark brown, nearing black. Solid 2 fingers of khaki head.

S - Bready malts, milk chocolate, dark chocolate, coffee, caramel. Pretty complex.

T - Reminiscent to the smell. Also getting some very subtle dark fruits and spice characteristics. A damn smooth delectable beer.

M - Very rich and creamy, but not so much to make this difficult to drink. Mild hop character and bitterness come through, but not much.

O - A very complex and delicious doppelbock and easily the best one I've had. No alcohol presence at all and the plastic goat addition is icing on the cake!

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2013 18:07:42 | More by DemoniChris
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Alieniloquium

Florida

4.14/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap. Served in a Celebrator glass.

Appearance - Murky brown. Huge khaki head. Lasts forever and laces well.

Smell - Deep caramel, brown sugar. Some nuttiness.

Taste - Chocolate malts lace a deep caramel. Buckets of brown sugar. Clean nutty finish.

Mouthfeel - Thick and creamy. Feels way heavier than a 6.7% beer.

Overall - Easily one of the best Doppelbocks.

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2013 23:24:35 | More by Alieniloquium
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ThePaintedGrey

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz. bottle poured into pilsner glass.

A: Dark and creamy looking. Beige head is HUGE and fluffy , eventually dwindles down to a respectable 1/4 inch that retains until the end. Decent lacing on the glass as you drink.

S: Hints of caramel sweetness. Slightly sugary with some toasted malts coming through. Almost detecting dark chocolate. Nothing overpowering going on here. Just an overall sweet aroma, with hints of spicy alcohol hitting the back of the nostrils.

T: Molasses, toasted malts, a touch of caramel and brown sugar. Sort of a black coffee/dark chocolate bitterness. A little bit of that spicy, warming alcohol adds a little twang in the finish. Complex and balanced flavors throughout.

M: Creamy, full-bodied, and wonderfully smooth throughout.

O: This beer is an absolute treat. Complex balanced flavors with a full, creamy body. Definitely a must-try. I can see myself getting this brew again in the near future.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 04:11:33 | More by ThePaintedGrey
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IchLiebeBier

Virginia

3/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark Chestnut with small head that dissipates quickly

Aroma: Malty, roasted grain, coffee

Taste: Malty, fruity, with bitter finish; decent, but not as good as Paulanor Salvator or Andechs Doppelbock

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 02:11:15 | More by IchLiebeBier
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MistahBeah

Massachusetts

4.68/5  rDev +7.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 03:22:40 | More by MistahBeah
Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
97 out of 100 based on 4,611 ratings.