Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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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:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2001

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Avg:
4.33
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16.4%
 
 
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Photo of starkdog24
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of CharlesRiver
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I have been waiting to sample this beer for some time now. Everything looks grand about it. The label, the glass and of course the little plastic medallion that sits around its neck.

Pours very dark brown in color with a 3/4 inch head that seems to last. The smell is sweet, malt, chocolate and honey. One of the first things that I notice---smooth! The taste is earthy, old, metallic, plum and raisin. The aftertaste is more chocolate and it gives that warming feeling.

This might sound odd but it reminds me a lot of Rapscallion Creation.

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Photo of jjanega08
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A= pours a deep deep rich amber color. I say amber because when held up to the light it is a deep amberish red color however when in the glass and not to the light it's just black looking. There is a nice two finger head coming out of it that I didn't expect to show up for some reason but it is there and it falls to a thiner one finger and stays there nice and dense. Great lacing as well.

S= pungent. I can smell it from a ways away which I havent been able to do with some of my more recent beers so that's a plus. When I stick my nose in there I get a lot of aroma. Nice sweetness to it. Smells almost like some delicious cookies. Good chocolate and roasty notes. Not so much coffee notes in this one which I usually expect from a beer of this color. Really a nice sweet smell. It may seem odd but it smells lagered. I dunno what it is but it has a nice crisp distinct lager smell.

T= Ta ta ta tasty tasty. Smells very similar to the smell. Almost to the tea. Upfront of the tip of the tongue it matches the smell word for word. As it passes along the tongue I get more bready doughyness from it that is just great. The finish is nice and bready with lingering roasty chocolaty taste on your tongue making this a beer you can nurse for a while and just enjoy without having to go back to much

M= Smooth and clean. Really sort of light I guess. The mouthfeel isn't my best evale area but I like this one.

D= As I mentioned before this beer has a lasting flavor so you don't have to chug a ton of them down however if you wanted the alcohol is a little lower so you could have a few... I wouldn't get too carried away though. This beer has great flavor and nose with a lasting complex mouth on it. I can see why it's among the highest rated in it's class.

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Photo of JMac311
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Amazing doppelbock! Looks true to style with a dark rich color off the SRM charts! As expected from Ayinger brews, this bock is certainlynot lacking in flavor. Was extremely surprised to find this on tap, and could have sipped on these all afternoon. Excellent drinkability, certainly not overpowered by the above-average ABV. GREAT BEER!

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Photo of Noahman23
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock is hands down the best doppelbock available in Massachusetts. The nose is straight roasted malts, bitter chocolate, and coffee. In my experience, it shows best in a tulip glass.

The taste is near perfection--one of the smoothest beers I've had, especially considering the 6.7% abv. Dark, roasted, bready malts, nuttiness, chocolate, coffee--really just a complex, and impressively drinkable beer that gets better as it warms up. I recommend not drinking it too chilled as it masks a lot of the flavor. That's the best thing about the beer, is that each sip is better than the last. Anyhow, I recommend this doppelbock to any beer drinker. Unquestionably worth the $14 for a four-pack.

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Photo of ski271
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear, dark brown with a medium-sized, light tan, frothy, slowly diminishing head. Excellent lacing. The smell is quite sweet with big dark malts. Toffee & molasses are the dominant aromas, and are accompanied by a grainy cookie-like scent, some light yeast and some light herbal hops. The taste is… oh wow this is good. Follows in line with the smell with the dark malts stealing the show. Caramel and molasses take center stage but are surrounded by a supporting cast of many different flavors, including plum, raisin, licorice, cola, alcohol and bready yeast. The finish is dry and has a very light metallic tinge late, not enough to really detract from the overall quality of the beer. The mouthfeel is wonderful for a doppelbock. Full body, and it feels thick and syrupy in the mouth but goes down very smoothly. Now granted, I am a sucker for a good doppelbock, but this is one of the best ones I’ve ever had. Definitely the best bottled one for sure. Very nicely done!

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Photo of jdoolin
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz bottle with the plastic goat hanging from the top. Served in a glass much like the one seen on the label.

Appearance: poured a beautiful dark brown, nearly black with a big tan head that never dissipates. By appearance, one could mistake this for a porter or stout.

Aroma: exceptional roasted malt, molasses and toastiness.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Incredible roasted malt flavor with a hint of chocolate that is very pleasant. Caramel and brown sugar comes through as well. Sweet, rich and intense with a chewy mouthfeel.

Notes: So smooth, so balanced, so rich and so tasty. I will never be without a few bottles of this hanging around.

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Photo of TheRealBigC
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

All doppelbocks bow to Celebrator. With over 2,000 reviews now, there is nothing left to be said about it. I will say that the one thing I particularly like about Celebrator is that, despite its thick & sweet flavor profile, it doesn't feel overly sticky or chewy which is something other doppelbocks I've tried would benefit from. All in all it's just a fantastic beer that quickly made its way onto my top 20 beers list.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz into pint glass.

A-Pours dark, viscous. Foamy, active nutmeg head. Lacing is superb.

S- Caramel, sweetness, cloves. dried fruit, spices noted.

T- Intense. A full-flavored assault (in a good way).Cloves, plum sugar, Roasty, toasty malts lingering on the tongue. Very rich.

M- Creamy, viscous (well, more viscous-y than most) and a delight.

D- Very high, but very filling. Still, this is great beer. Amazingly tasty.

This beer is one of my favorites, and with good reason. As close to perfection as almost any beer I've ever had.

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Photo of AdamMY
4.69/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The appearance is good, though pitch black, with a nice off white head. While the aroma is wonderful full of pumpernickel bread, chocolate and citrus, and a slight herb nature to it. All that comes out in the taste with chocolate so incredibly pronounced.

The mouthfeel is great although something does not feel quite right about it to me, while it is almost too flavorful to be incredibly drinkable.

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Photo of jhollick
4.69/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rusty brown color with a nice, persistant creamy tan head. The beer becomes much lighter when held up to light, and reveals its transparency. Smell is of sweet cocoa, oatmeal, molasses, dark berries, and a hint of hops. The mouth is thick and creamy. Beautiful beer to swirl around the palette.

Taste is surprisingly hoppy, but in a good way. The hop and malt balance is absolutely brilliant, allowing the chocolate and molasses to come out after a short while. A smoky flavor is also present throughout, and coffee flavor provides some additional bite at the end. I think I am detecting some citrusy flavors and smells as well. The flavor finishes slightly dry with a slight warming effect from the alcohol.

This beer really has it all; the taste is complex but understated, the smell is amazing, the mouthfeel is spot on for a bock, and you could drink it for hours if you wanted to. Oh why must you be so pricey? Oh, and please let this warm up a bit before enjoying. You won't be disappointed. The much celebrated Celebrator does not disappoint. This is everything that is good about doppelbocks.

My goat pendant necklace is certain to be the envy of the neighborhood.

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Photo of jbertsch
4.69/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Had this on tap at a local German restaurant with a delicious wurst plate complete with sauerkraut and potato pancakes.

Served in an stemmed stange Ayinger glass.

Appearance: Head was small, but the brew looked fantastic. Its primary color was a very dark brown on the interior, but with light coffee brown edges as the light hit it.

Smell: Malty-molasses goodness. Smokey, plus notes of coffee.

Taste: Roasted malty awesomeness. A little bit of dark fruit and nuts. You still taste some hops. What I love about it is how it's a complex beer without tasting cluttered.

Mouthfeel: I was afraid it would be too thick for its own good. But the mouthfeel is solid. It could have a bit more carbonation, but that was minor.

Drinkability: I didn't taste any alcohol so this goes down real easy. Well done.

Honest, well crafted, comprehensive, with a sense of history without at all tasting busy. Grab this when you can.

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Photo of Tupperwolf
4.69/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have been enjoying doppelbocks recently, and know Celebrator is the quintessential. However, it wasn't until trying it that I realized it's quite an exceptional beer, and all of the -Ators that pay homage to it fall just a little short in total experience.

For example, this pours out an extremely dark color - it looks like cola as you begin the pour, and darkens as it nears the top of the glass, forming a thin yellowish head - It's very dark indeed, happy to give up red highlights in the right light, but nearly stoutlike in other lighting conditions. The head is thin and leaves behind minimal lacing.

Rich, roasty, toasty oat bread slathered with butter and fresh clover honey - that's what I get from the smell. Very slight whiffs of alcohol, but no hops to note. Deep, dark, complex, lovely.

Warm alcohol whispers to the front of the tongue, while the middle tingles with the sweet, rich caramel of the malts. Toasty, tasty. What might be a hint of hops graces the back of the tongue when swallowing, and another slight hint of alcohol precludes a creamy aftertaste.

A slight sparkle from alcohol mingles with very gentle carbonation - slight, fluffy, it doesn't get in the way. The beer fills the mouth, rich and chewy. Very delicious.

This is a sipper of a beer. Sit back, relax, enjoy its deep maltiness!

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Photo of edmundfitzoil
4.69/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Celebrator Doppelbock purchased at Grand Vines in Salem, OR, and poured into a plisner glass. I had allowed mine to warm outside the fridge for about a half an hour before drinking.

The beer poured a very deep mahogany with a finger of thick, surprisingly fizzy sounding head. The nose blew me away with an enormous, doughy presence with dark and subdued fruit undertones and a small hint of carmel. The flavor provided the expected big malts with a wonderful molasses presence. A medium body and excellent warming beer. There exists a hint of smokiness to Celebrator as well, very subdued, but there. The alcohol, although not overly high or necessarily high for the style, hides behind the enormous flavor of this brew. This is one, that although I've had difficulty finding it in the area, I would return to before the others of this particular style that I've encountered.

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Photo of StaveHooks
4.69/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a dark brown with garnet highlights and edges. 2 finger off-white head that dissipates slowly.

S - Rich malt, chocolate, sweet molasses, creamy toffee, nuts raisins, dried dates, soft vanilla, slight metallic notes.

T - Sweet creamy malt, hints of chocolate a coffee, sugary raisins, roasted toffee. Has an underlying smokiness.

M - Soft creamy feel, adequate carbonation. Full bodied.

One of my favorite beers of all time. It never seizes to amaze me. The complexity of the malt is outstanding. A fantastic comfort beer.

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

A: dark brown with brick red highlights when held up to the light into a Duvel tulip. Thick creamy dirty khaki head that sticks around and leaves a moderate amount of lacing.

S: earthy and dark roasted malt, fig and plum hints. It is extremely earthy and hoppy.

T: burnt biscuit malt and leathery right up front. A lot of bitterness from the hops, and dark pitted fruits on the back and a lingering smokiness.

MF: thick and creamy, astringent and not very effervescent. Filling and extremely bold flavor. A little dry.

D: an amazingly bold and flavorful beer. Not a great deal but its so good I would quickly pick this one up again.

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Photo of Padron4KM
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.3 oz bottle.
This bottle is over 1-1/2 years old. not quite sure on the age, but it was bought as a single out of a six pack, and these come in 4 packs now.
Pours out dark reddish brown with a 1", quickly disapating head. Head settles to a thin cap. alcohol visible floating on top.
Aroma is malty, fruity, rum, brown sugar, mollasses.
Flavor is fruity, raisin, prune, burnt sugar. nicely balanced bitter/sweet finish.
Damn this stuff is good

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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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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
4.33 out of 5 based on 6,364 ratings.
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