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
pDev:
16.4%
 
 
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Photo of biboergosum
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle, this was a favourite at an office party where I provided the input to the beer selection, a few years ago, at least now. Time to enjoy it while off the clock, I suppose.

This beer pours a moderately hazy, deep dark cola colour, with a multitude of foamy, bubbly, and somewhat creamy beige head, which leaves some solid spidery lace around the glass as it gradually settles.

It smells of musty caramel/toffee malt, softly bittersweet sticky molasses, muddled black fruit, bready biscuit notes, and floral, spicy hops. The taste is lightly roasted caramel malt, well-aged dark fruit, slick cafe au lait, ethereal chalky cocoa, a twinge of salty nuttiness, tobacco ash, and adequately bitter leafy, earthy hops.

The carbonation is quite mild, but hardly absent from its underlying duties, the body medium-full in weight, subtly rich, and decently smooth by the same measure. It finishes in a nicely balanced manner, the lingering malt complexities and noble hops acting like they've been through this a few times before.

Nothing surprising here - the effusive, long-running hype is more than well deserved. Call it what you will - the blueprint, the (almost) progenitor, whatever, this is a deftly rendered, crazily easy to drink, amped-up dark lager, for all your latent winter-despising needs.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a dark black beer with a huge foamy off-white head with excellent retention. I think I can smell vanilla and/or banana with some roasted malts. Taste is quite sweet at first with the banana/vanilla side coming out and then ends with a more alcoholic sweetness at the end (still cannot feel the alcohol thought). Very good, probably the best example of this style that I know of.

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Photo of LXIXME
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Smooth malt laden taste with a super smooth light malty aftertaste that leaves me wanting more and more.
To me the two most important things about beer are taste and aftertaste (hence: it tastes good and I want more) and this beer delivers on both.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.5/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into an EKU 28 snifter in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are fairly high given its high rating balanced against my usual disdain for bocks. A hanging plastic goat lends the presentation a unique characteristic. I like the cover art.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues were anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger head of nice cream, good thickness, and okay retention - though the retention problem seems unlikely given the mere 6.7% ABV. Colour is a nontransparent solid black. Nothing strikes me, though it is appealing.

Sm: Chocolate, vanilla, caramelized malt, cream, and some toffee. Maybe some alcohol. A mild strength aroma.

T: Chocolate, with some dark malts as the foundation. Hints of cream and vanilla. Well balanced and built, if simple. A hint of nuts. Hints of roasted barley. Some mild layering, but nothing impressive.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Not creamy enough. Coarse enough to allow the flavours to come through without being unpleasant. Neither too thick nor too thin, but not perfect either.

Dr: Very drinkable. I do like it, but I don't know that it's the best doppelbock ever brewed. If it is, that doesn't bode well for doppelbocks as a style in my book. I'd certainly have it again, ideally on nitro-draught.

High B-

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Photo of zeff80
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a solid black color with a foamy, caramel-colored, one-finger head. It left long trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled very sweet. There was also some roasted malt and caramel aromas.

T - It had a great sweet maltiness. There was also a good dose of chocolate flavor.

M - It was soft, creamy and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - A really great dopplebock. It is very sweet and chocolatey.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.57/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Cola-colored as it comes out of the bottle. A fairly-light cream head with minimum amounts of carbonation. In the glass, it's a deep brown that is nearly opaque. Lacing in decent amounts as it goes down. Additionally, bonus points for having by far the coolest bottle I have seen to date, completed by the plastic goat.

S: Rich, rich malt with underlying complexity. Slight sugars of dates behind a caramel scent.

T: Very rich--much like the nose--and slightly sweet. Hints of light molasses, although the malt dominates--in a very good way.

M: Excellent creamy texture with low to moderate amounts of carbonation. Extraordinarily smooth with little to no alcohol presence.

D: Exceedingly drinakble. Beautiful taste and fairly light in body, combined with a low enough ABV to be quasi-sessionable, this is an excellent choice for the summer months ahead.

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Photo of oline73
4.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Beer pours a dark mahogany color. Initially there is a half inch dark tan head that disappears almost immediately.

Smell: A mild dark fruit and caramel malty sweetness. Fairly mild.

Taste: First thing I notice is the perfect level of sweetness. There are hints of roast and dark chocolate, as well as caramel and ripe dark fruit. Slight bitterness at the very end. Extremely well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a mildly dry finish. Very nice delicate carbonation that fits the beer well.

Drinkability: This is a great beer. I will definitely be picking up more in the future.

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Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice deep brown with some red hints thru out nice medium slight off white head,aroma sweet and nutty.Many flavors from this beer starts out a little smokey with some nuttiness,it's finish is a little dry.Not nearly as sweet as some of the style to, wich is a good thing.This is a classic worthy of the high ratings it gets.

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Photo of nickfl
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours with nearly a finger of light tan foam on top of a black body with amber highlights. The foam settles pretty quickly and leaves light lace.

S - Dark, fruity malt with notes of plum, caramel, toffee, and red apple.

T - Lots of dark toffee malt and a bit of caramel up front. Fruity notes of plum and red apple come out in the middle and blend nicely with the caramel. The beer finishes with lots more toffee and some burnt caramel as well as more of the red apple character.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Complex, drinkable and overwhelmingly malty. The fruity notes blend very well with the caramel and toffee and give the beer a level of complexity that lasts through the finish. Smooth, and extremely pleasant this is a classic example of the style that I could easily drink all night.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%

A: Pours from a 330ml bottle a dark brown with reddish highlights under a solid 2-finger thick light mocha head with lingers and eventually settles to a thin cap and rim leaving stringy and spotty lace.

N: Roasty and caramel malts, dark chocolate syrup, cocoa powder, mild sweetness, aged wood.

T: Dark fruits (figs, dates, raisins), dark malts, dark chocolate mousse, nutty and earthy. Complex.

M: Full body and semi-full carbonation. Creamy, silky smooth and rich finish.

O: A classic. Bonus points for the plastic goat lanyard.

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Photo of jlindros
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into large oversized snifter

A: Dark charred brown color with almost no light through, thick frothy 1 finger head with good retention

N: Nose has some sweet dark malts with a little alcohol, deep fruits like raisin and a cramy scent

T: Taste starts with the rich malts and raisin, then moves to a strange dark biscuit like almost chocolate powder with a Christmasy taste that I can't figure out, more rich deep molases like syrupy taste, a slight sweet buttery candi sugar taste like caramelized bananas with walnuts

M: Mouth is very thick and frothy as well as syrupy as it coats the mouth

F: Finish is sweet but not too much, leaves more of the burnt brown sugar taste and toffee, makes my mouth water like crazy for more

Final thoughts: Not heavy on spices like I thought it would be, but lots of deep earthy fruits and rich malts, as well as caramelized sugars and fruits, surprisingly very drinkable for a double boch and celebration style beer. I can see why its so highly rated. I'm glad I can get ahold of this stuff easily. I'll be drinking a lot more in the fall.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a dimpled mug.

Pours a dark brown with some ruby highlights around the edges and a big 2+ finger widths of creamy tan head that retained down very nicely into a still fairly large layer that left thick swathes of lace down the sides of the mug. The aroma is caramel sweetness, brown sugars, raisens, just the tiniest waft of alcohol.

The taste starts out with a blast of sweetness and thick malts (with just a touch of hop bitterness) that gives way to just the lovliest flush of cocoa powder and dark fruits. Finishes thick and sweet on the lips. The mouthfeel is a rich, creamy feel with just a touch of warmth.

Wow, wow, and double wow! This is by far the best Doppel Bock I've had yet with just a ton of rich yet clean flavors and an incredible drinkability. It's definitely one of the tops in its style!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Known as Fortunator (and with an alcohol content of 7.2% by volume) except in the U.S., Ayinger's Doppelbock has become known as one of the classics of the style. Interestingly, one of it's essential ingredients - a light touch of smoked malt - is much more common to the northern region of Franconia than to the area south of Munich where Aying is located.
It pours a very deep mahogany with a foamy tan head that holds well. The nose displays a mild smokiness and some toasty breadiness that combines with a touch of alcohol to twist it into a more toffee-ish character. A velvety mouthfeel is derived from a medium body and a very fine carbonation. The flavor offers a luxurious maltiness that's fairly complex with notes of molasses, deeply toasted honey-glazed bread, dried dark fruit, mild leafy hop, and a very subtle smokiness. The rich, and somewhat sweet malt character is exquisitely balanced by a firm bitterness that remains in the wings as it crosses the palate, but then combines with the alcohol to dry out the finish. Some lingering malty notes of caramel and subtle bitter & smoky notes add to it's richness. Overall, a smooth, rich, deceptively strong and warming lager with a drying finish. The alcohol is well-cloaked and the smokiness is quite subtle, just adding a touch of character at the offest and then vanishing amongst the maltiness. Quite enjoyable!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.6/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep, dark brown with ruby highlights, capped by a massive, light brown, lumpy head that recedes relatively quickly to a thin, covering film. Not much in the way of lace. The aroma is predominantly of coffee and dark dried fruits (raisins, prunes and dates). It isn't as complex as expected, but is appetizing nonetheless.

The flavor is malty sweet, with molasses and coffee at the head of the line. Some alcohol is evident; surprising since the ABV is only 6.7%. I noted a slight metallic taste with the first few sips, but it faded soon thereafter.

The mouthfeel isn't bad, but isn't all that wonderful either. I was expecting more smooth creaminess, but didn't get it. Drinkability is good.

Celebrator is my first doppelbock so I wasn't really sure what to expect. Given the high ratings, I expected to like it more than I did. Don't get me wrong, it's a good beer, but it didn't come close to knocking my socks off. I do like the little goat charm though. Nice touch.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.92/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

10 oz. - $4.75 at The Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Clear, dark brownish-red body with a thin, very thin, white head.

Smell: Sweet-smelling, raisin-packed aroma full of heavy caramel overtones. Slighter hints of fresh grain and unsweetened chocolate.

Taste: Sweet, caramel-covered grains followed by tons of raisin fruitiness. Minor chocolate hint. A few gingerbread crumbs. Light spicy hops and bitterness. More alcohol than you'd expect from 6.7% creeps into the semi-sweet, fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation. Sticky mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Ayinger's Celebrator Doppelbock, while we've had some wonderful times together, isn't exactly my favorite d-bock out there. I feel this way no matter how many little plastic goats it gives me.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours crystal clear very dark reddish brown color with a nice 2 finger fluffy khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, raisin, toast, toffee, molasses, apple, dark bread, cocoa, light roast, light nuttiness, and light floral. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of malty notes and light fruity esters. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, raisin, molasses, apple, dark bread, cocoa, roasted malt, light nuttiness, and light smoke. Lingering notes of caramel, toffee, molasses, dark bread, toast, raisin, apple, roasted malt, cocoa, and light smoke on the finish for a good bit. Excellent flavor balance and complexity of robust malty flavors and light fruity esters; with zero cloying sweetness present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and fairly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent doppelbock! Great balance and complexity of robust malt flavors; and extremely smooth to drink. A highly enjoyable offering as expected.

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Photo of mothman
3.73/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour into New Belgium Globe glass

Pours a thin light tan head, that fizzles down quickly. No lacing noted. Color is a dark dark ruby red (almost black).

The aroma has some what of a fruity smell to it. Almost like a banana and clove aroma. Taste is very smokey. It's a very hard flavor to distinguish, but it resembles some sort of grape that may have been roasted or something.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Leaves a very dry aftertaste in the mouth. Carbonation level is low.

Overall, this wasn't something that appealed to me very much. I had much higher expectations for this beer.

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Photo of chinchill
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A nice dark mahogany brew with a fine head that rising quickly but falls too fast.

Aroma mainly reflects toasted malts, with hints of light molasses, caramel, and dark bread. I wish it were more robust like the flavor.

T - Not strong or extreme, the flavor is predominately roasted malts, but is admirably rich. I find this otherwise excellent beer to be a little bit too sweet.

M - full and smooth, but good carbonation leads to a somewhat lively mouthfeel.

O - outstanding dopplebock

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsener glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of dark fruit, chocolate, caramel, lager yeast and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is well balanced with flavors of chocolate, caramel and dark fruit up front. There's a hearty malt character that brings a nice, substantial breadiness. The hops presence is mild but complimentary. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is very clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is a very nice Doppelbock to drink for a while if you're in the mood for the style.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.93/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured a rich ruby red brown, which was nearly opague but could still observe some light through. Big tan head, faded after a moderate time revealing a big layer of lace that stayed until the end.

S - Smell was very sweet, and thick. Robust would be a good word. Lots of caramel aromas here, even some hints at cofee, rasin, or perhaps a light chocolate interspersed with a nice smoked aroma.

M & T - The first thing I noticed was a sort of flat, slick taste. I was hoping for some more carbonation and a fuller feel. The first flavor to hit was a nice balanced smoked, roasted malt flavor. Very nice, with a good amount of bittering hoppiness backing it up, almost a hint of a cola flavor as well. Lots of good sublties here, very well rounded.

D - Overall the only negative I have is that it needed more carbonation to give a fuller feel and better set off the flavors. It was very drinkable however, as nothing overwhelmed you and it never came off as too thick. Very nice relaxing nightcap for me.

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Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: ?

I have had this on tap and in bottles, but as to when and where I first had it, I do not remember. Probably Eulogy or something.

Cherry cola color, hazy and thick, with a decently-sized tan head that recedes quite a bit but still leaves a good coating of lace on the glass. Malty aroma, caramel, roast, cocoa and dark fruits. Taste of sweet malts and caramel, roasted grains and nuts, raisins and figs, a touch of chocolate; malt-dominant, but I still pick up a faint hoppiness in the finish. Medium-bodied, flavorful, and highly drinkable.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A 330 ml bottle poured into a mug. The beer is a dark, dark brown with some highlights of red. The head is small and light brown.

S: The smell is roasted malt, molasses, and a bit of caramel.

T: Now, I must say, that I've never been a huge fan of doppelbocks. This one, however, has a flavor unlike any other that I've had. A wonderful mix of roasted malt, caramel, and molasses to provide sweetness. The hops don't make themselves too known, but certain give some balance.

M: Moderate carbonation and rather on the full body side for a lager.

D: This beer is highly drinkable. It's still something I probably wouldn't sit down and drink four of in a sitting, but it's got some great flavors and the alcohol is very moderate.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured slightly chilled from a plastic goat adorned brown 12oz bottle into an Ayiner Celebrator glass with gold rim.
A - Healthy, hefty head hangs on for a while only gradually relaxing leaving a generous amount of lace. A deep brown coffee color similar to mahogany.

S - An extremely pleasant malt with vinous raisin and slightly molasses odor emanates w/ a synergy of roasted malt and brown sugar, fig like scents. Earthy and woody underpinnings follow through.

M - A smooth buttery feel with a masterful blend of carbonation and malt sweetness that surrounds the tongue with exquisite nuance.

T - A beautiful walnut desert flavor gets tangled up in a luscious mix of fig, caramel, toffee, vanilla, subtle dark chocolate and sweet dark malt. The lager yeast really lets the spectrum of nutty, roasty and sweet satiny flavors blend with effortless grace. A majestic harmony is achieved with minimal bitterness and malt that fades into a rippling echo.

D - May be respected in small doses like a truffle with it's rich character and lasting residual sweetness. Almost a meal on its own, it has a fullness and chewiness that makes for a lager for special occasions - like any day it is available.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%

Pours dark brown with hints of mahogany and ruby towards the light, half finger head that sticks around.
Rich malty smell, with salty roasted grains, dark bread crust, some caramel, a big nut mix, some cocoa powder, faint dried plum. Big expectations.
Which are met entirely, and then some. Lots of dark chocolate, not too rough, but with a nice clear cocoa note. Some salted toffee, some caramel, rich nuttiness (peanut, walnut, faint pistachio). A dark fruit zing, subtle, with some nice dried fig mostly and some faint smoked plums. Faint vanilla and licorice. Gets roastier hinting some coffee but more especially dark bread crust. A bit of charcoal in the finish, mildly bitter, even with a nice German hop presence felt.
Medium to thick in body, oily, with a medium carbonation. Quite "full". Nice nutty, malty aftertaste.
A huge doppelbock, tons of taste, great balance, beautiful from start to finish. Deserves being a classic.

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Photo of russpowell
4.73/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours dark mahagony with a decent tan head that drops to a healthy film. Very good head retention and lacing

Smell: Spiciness (licorice) and malt

Taste: Malt, licorice, light ginger and pepper. Doughy qualities, yum. Frutiness and dryness in the finish

MF: Complex and filling, Great carbonation levels, perfect, a drink and meal in one

Very drinkable and moreish. Been a while since I had this.
Highly reccomended, so happy that this fared this well despite a long journey from Bayern. the little goat packs a flavor punch!

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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
4.33 out of 5 based on 6,363 ratings.
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