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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Ayinger Celebrator DoppelbockAyinger Celebrator Doppelbock
BEER INFO

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

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2001

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11.2oz. bottle into a Harpoon pilsner glass.

A: Moderate pour yields a downward cascading 2.5 finger semi-fine brownish-cream head with respectable retention. Beer is a dark, near opaque purplish-brown. Lacing is stringy and sptty and never strays far from the head.

S: Caramel, coffee, toasted toffee, signature European malt mintiness, slight sourness and cream. Overall aroma is very cakey and doughy. Pungent, yet subdued and subtle at the same time.

T: Brown sugar, caramel, toffee sweetness. Sweet coffee and cream linger in the background. Spicy at points that constantly tickles the back of the throat. Very chewy in the middle and even a little bit fruity. Burnt plums? Coffee comes back around for another go at the end. Slightly roasty characteristic this time though with the same accompanying sweetness. Finish is messy with a lingering roasted malt sourness that gets sweeter just as it disappears from the tongue.

M: Medium bodied and smooth as all hell. At 6.7% this is by no means a strong beer but it might as well be 3%. Alcohol is non-existent. Carbonation is there but at just the right amount it excites the palate while not interrupting the silky feel. Finish is messy but leaves such a delectable taste on the palate, I don't mind.

D: I thought I knew what a doppelback tasted... and then I had this. An astounding beer by every measure, this is probably one of the most sessionable beers for every season. Warming when its cold and quenching when its hot, there's no time when this wouldn't be enjoyable. A fantastic brew!

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow what a great example of a Bock. And this is a double bock and I always love double of anything.

Pours a nice dark brown color. Nice head at first but dissapated fast. No lacing. But my experience with most bocks is no lacing.

Smells of toasted sugar and caramel. Nice malty sweetness to the nose.

Taste is wonderful. Nice and malty and sweet with just enough roastyness. Nice caramel taste from the crystal malts.

Mouthfeel is smooth and silky. Perfect carbonation.

Overall I think this is the best bock I have ever tried. Will have more for sure.

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Photo of output01x
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330 mL. bottle (no date) into a snifter glass.

A strong pour yields a 1/2 finger tan-colored creamy head that quickly recedes to slight dusting and a thin ring of foam around the edge. The body is near black with no traces of color even when held to light. Lacing is not thick, but definitely there.

Aromas of roasted malt, milk chocolate, coffee beans, and hazelnut. Bold and delicious, the nose makes you want to taste this beer.

Dark malt with notes of rye bread and toasted nuts. Dark, robust, and complex, the flavors are interesting and more than satisfying. A slightly bitter roasted coffee aftertaste finishes each sip perfectly.

Full bodied with moderate carbonation, this beer is thick but not syrupy in the least. It coats your mouth well, but only enough to allow the flavors to stick around for the preferred amount of time.

I could drink Celebrator for breakfast, enjoy it with a chicken club sandwich for lunch, pair it with BBQ spare ribs for dinner, or sip on it as a midnight snack. And by "could", I really mean "have and will glady do so again". There is a reason why Celebrator is widely considered one of the best beers in the world. Every fan of craft beer should try Celebrator at least once.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a chocolaty dark brown color...almost stout like to be exact. The head is simply superb, being caramel in color and initially about 3-4 fingers in thickness...it settles down to a cloud like layer over the liquid. I can't really tell how carbonated this beer is but it appeared to be creamy while pouring. The lacing is the only area that lacks, with some clumpy foam quickly sinking back into the beer. Outside of this, it's a very nice looking beverage, plus there is a goat trinket tied to the bottle....how cool is that!

S- This smells very rich....dark fruits are noticeable...prunes and/or raisins mainly. There is also strong molasses and a hint of brown sugary malt present. The finish is also rich and sweet, being of toffee and caramel.

T- Very nice indeed! Along with some of the aforementioned aromas being tasted (raisin, prune, molasses), there is also hints of cocoa, black cherry, baking spices, black coffee, and roasted grain. There isn't really any bitterness....just perhaps a dollop right at the end of the swallow.

M- Full bodied for sure....it's almost like a meal itself! The carbonation is creamy smooth...even sticky/oily on the palate....the flavors are so well balanced and I don't think anything can compare.

O- What can I say that hasn't already been said about this one....a rich, powerful brew that is warming, but nothing near boozy. Full flavors, full bodied, very nice looking and pleasant smelling, this one has it all! I am sure this set and continues to be the standard for the style and I highly recommend this to anyone who is a beer lover!

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Photo of hyuga
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very dark brown with a nice tan head topping it off. The head subsides to a thin ring after a while. Huge sweet raisin and plum aroma with a hint of spiciness. Kind of bready. Fig is also present with the other fruits. A taste brings even more pleasure. Hops are noticeable, but stand back and let the malt rush in, which is, again, very sweet and spicy. Massive caramel, slightly toasted, and subtle hopping. Spicy dried fruit in the middle, reminds me a bit of a dubbel. Nice full body. Smooth yet prickly mouthfeel. A bit more than mildly acidic. A slightly metallic flavor in the background, but that fades as it warms. A grain-malty, but surprisingly dry finish. This doppelbock is spicier than its competitors, which I believe is one of the things that makes it better than a lot of them. An excellent brew, one of the kings of its style.

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Photo of Amalak
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Out of the bottle, it is dark brown/blackish. Good head, dissipates somewhat quickly, good lace. Thick coffee chocolate smell, very heavy.

Thick and smooth in taste. Leaves a chocolately trace in the mouth. So smooth, it goes down great.

Off topic somewhat, it comes with a little ornament...classy. Really a high quality brew. Heavy dark brew, that leaves you completely satisfied.

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Photo of nickynick
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ok, this stuff is unbelievable. I love this brewery, and I love this beer. The appearance is wonderful, dark dark brown, and it looks thick. Nice tan head that has good retention. The smell is amazing. Every time I have one of these I sit and smell it for at least a minute, and am amazed that I find something new almost every time I nose this beer. Dark malt, brown sugar, hops, chocolate, dark beers, caramel. I could go on. Taste matches the smell. With tons of dark rich malt flavors. Chocolate, and brown sugar. Mouthfeel is good, right amount of carbonation and not overly thick. Drinkability is good, but you can only have maybe 2 of these at most, because it is like a meal. Or at least dessert. Wonderful!

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Photo of burnerfinger
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A poured from the 12 oz bottle into my goblet.
color of maple syrup
about a finger of THICK beige sweet tasting head

S chocolate SWEET smells a lot like my homebrew's wort.

T OOH sweet caramel malty goodness.this is pure malt. in the best way

M: thick and chewy.

D: not so drinkable Excellent nonetheless. Too Good to drink one after the other.

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Photo of crnipeter
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

330 ml bottle, BB reads 04.2011, into tulip. Pours creamy tan head with good retention & stickage atop of opaque yet clear dark brown body with ruby highlights. Aroma is rich maltiness with melanoidin-toasty qualities, dark fruits (plum, prune and dried grapes) originating from the malts used rather than fruity esters of yeast, dark chocolate and some caramel. Malty flavor with melanoidin-toasty qualities, chocolaty with roasty notes, non-harsh alcohol warmth and some hoppy bitterness towards the finish which is quite dry for such a dark Doppel Bock. Very clean lager character with less fruitiness than in the aroma. The body is medium with moderate yet fine carbonation allowing smoothness to this nearly flawless beer. In short: An excellent, rather dry Doppel Bock with clean lager character.

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Photo of SethB2
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow.

Served out of a 12oz bottle in my Sacramento Kings pint glass.

A - Very dark, deep redish brown with a nice one finger head. Lacing is great. Good looking brew.

S - Very nice. Lots of fruit and sweet malt. Very complex. I smell something different every time I put it to my nose.

T - Wow. Starts sweet with fruity flavors and then settles into a slight hop bite. This is as close to perfection as I have ever had. Wonderful taste.

M - Smooth as silk. Low on carbonation.

D - No problems here either. I could drink these all night.

O - One of the best beers that I have had the pleasure of sampling.

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Photo of bfields4
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The darkest mahogany brown before being black. A nice tight head that rises and falls quickly.

The sweet smell of toasted malts make my mouth water. Nice faint smell of biscuits and caramel.

Wow flavor hits right away. Nuttiness and malts and molasses and bananas and... so exceptional finally fades way to a very creamy caramel.

As a huge German beer fan I am ashamed it has taken me so long to finally pick one of these guys up. With Celebrator and Weinstephaner I always have a way to make my way back to Munich.

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Photo of Matthew
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Im a huge fan of the dopplebock style and this brew is a fine example. Pours a Dark copperish color with a nice light tan head about an inch thick. Smells of sticky fruit, raisons, very slight citrus, and very sweet. Delicious! Sweet Caramel/molasses flavor up front with some fruitiness, lightly bready and has slight alcohol in the after taste. Very smooth. This is a complex beer that has flavors i cant quite put my finger on.

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Photo of ccrida
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

330ml bottle poured into my Delirium snifter, Celebrator is a pitch dark garnet with a small tan head. I've had this many times in Ayinger's designated flute, and it looks better that way, but for some reason I don't have one!

The smell is rich and sweet, yet soft, dark fruits and toffee

Taste is big and thick, super malty but not to sweet nor rich, a fantastic balance. Caramel and roasty, Ayinger's is the benchmark dopplebock, period. A truly great beer.

Mouthfeel is very creamy, the body on the heavier side.

Drinkablity is almost to high. Man have I had more of these then prudent on more then one occasion. Really missing these on draught from the Sharp Edge right now!

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Photo of tavernjef
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Super thick glowing dark brown color with deep red ruby highlights, light brown head of tight frothyness thats about a finger high, faded fast, gets some minimal spotty and stringy lace.

Smell is tangy fruitish dark malts, quite a rich full nose with hints of ginger, brown sugar, favorable cookie dough, lightly roasty/toasty, some toffee, with dark fruit of plum and raisin notes.

Taste is a ton of nice tangy dark malts, a bit of caramel and toffee up front, middle twinge of chocolate and slight hops into the finish which is mostly dark fruits and toffee with incredible lingering qualities of twingy, fruity malty tanged dryness.

Feel is medium bodied, buttery smooth and lightly textured with a light tangy dryness in the finish. Very nice drinkablity, heavenly smooth and excellent creamyness makes for short work of the 12 ounces, need another.

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Photo of chimaylvr
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in Sam Adams "tulip' glass, no freshness date

App: dark chocolate hue, half finger foam which dissipates quickly but leaves saturn ring around glass throughout

Smell: Variety of roasted coffee beans, peat and earth, hickory beef, sweet spice

Taste: complex roasted malt profile, like a great IPA with hops but only malt, molasses first bourbon finish

Mouthfeel: not sticky for complex malts but buttery and smooth; not puckering but comforting like a fine dessert, a little chewy even

Overall: there's not much to knock here, rich like a Belgian without the spice, not too sweet like an overblown wee heavy; at a respectable 6.7 you can have one or two more because you're gonna want another, a real winner....enjoy!

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Wilbur's in Ft Collins.

It pours from 330ml bottle a clear dark brown with reddish highlights and a very small head of foam with almost no lacing.

The smell of caramel malt hits my nose before I even get close to the glass..lots of dark fruit like fig also there in abundance. Wonderful smell!

The taste is big on the sweet malt and has notes of roasted malt, chocolate, fig, toffee, and just a touch of bitterness that I find mainly in the finish but it's more of a dark chocolate bitterness and it really gives a superb ending to a great DB.

More sips in and I'm beginning to notice the alcohol a bit; it's mainly a warming after the swallow. I wish I had picked up more than the 2 bottles I have.

The mouthfeel is kind of chewy, the carbo is fairly lightly done, and the aftertaste lingers on for some time and *that's* a plus. Best darn Doppelbock I've ever tasted and I couldn't recommend it more. Another great product from Ayinger!!!

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Photo of jman892
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Dark reddish brown with a 2 finger foamy head. Decent lacing left on the glass

S - Malty aroma. Strong smell of cherries, plums, raisins, maybe a hint of molasses.

T - Taste is all plum/raisin. Little bit of a breadiness also. Alcohol very difficult to detect

M - Medium bodied, low carbonation, making this a very smooth drinker

D - Highly drinkable because of the sweet dark fruit taste and smooth mouthfeel. Goes down quickly and easily

An exceptional beer. I am a big dopplebock fan and this one is at the top of the list, and among my top beers overall. Wish I had tried this sooner.

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Photo of everetends
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle I got from Four Winds in Pensecola. Poured into a stein.

A: Poured a nice dark brown with beautiful ruby highlights. The pour produced a nice tan head, but it receded quickly and didn't produce much by way of lacing.

S: Smells of sweet, roasted malt, caramel, toffee, espresso coffee, and dark fruits. Very nice.

T: Does not dissapoint. Comes first with sweet, biscuity malts. Followed by dark roasted malt that adds a bit of smoke to the profile. Caramel, green apples, raisins, toffee, and coffee can all be found in the tasting. This brew is amazing.

M: This a full bodied beer that realy rolls right over the tongue and down the throat. Although it is chewy, it goes down easy. Varied malt flavors linger and there is a touch of alcohol heat on the back of the throat. Amazing.

D: This is a great beer and I could drink this all night, but I shouldn't. Very heavy brew that makes for a great after dinner beverage. This is one of the best brews I have had. Damn near perfect.

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Photo of ahq514
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into pilsner glass.

Pours a near opaque chocolate color with a bit of an amber hue. Head is minimal.

Aroma is tantalizing. Smells like sweet, thick, rich malts with a hint of chocolate. Some hints of dark fruits as well.

Wow, that is one delicious doppelbock. Everything from the aroma is present in the taste, but instead of different parts shining through at different times, the flavors mingle together and complement each other perfectly. You get sweet, rich malt with chocolate, fruits, and brown sugar, and a lingering roasty almost sweetened coffee like taste. The hops are not prominent in this beer by far, but you can tell they are in the background only complementing the malt profile.

The mouthfeel is right on too. Not too much carbonation. Its got a nice viscosity to it that kind of reminds me of chocolate milk. The lingering roastiness I mentioned earlier sticks to sides of your mouth for awhile. Pretty drinkable.

This beer is near perfect. Would gladly drink this anytime. Best doppelbock I've enjoyed to date by far.

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Photo of Offa
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a very tasty doppelbock that's also very mellow and easy to drink.

Almost black, it has a very large light brown head very slowly shrinking.

The aroma is rich prune, raisins, sweet brown bread, bread cruast, hints of dark rum.

The taste is rich, dark toasted brown bread, molasses cake, prunes, winey prunes and raisins, faintly rummy and with a hint of coffee. It's generally sweet with with very faint bitterness and spiciness. The feel is rich and smooth and it's very smooth and easy to drink.

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

I decided I needed to do myself a service and try one of the most celebrated beers in the world. I was determined not to come to a decision before I finished it or based on other peoples' opinions. This is the result.

The look is incredible. The head pours several fingers and just sits there. When it diminishes, it's to a fat pillow of at least two fingers. It just doesn't go away. Ever. Lacing is left all over the place. The color is nearly black and shines a rich, deep brown with red tint in the light.
The complexity of the aroma adds to its appeal. Heavy malt with typical caramel, molasses and licorice notes takes up the forefront with a biscuity tone and some herbal, earthy hops teasing.
The taste is just as complex; everything you expect from the malt with a little spicy bite and earthy hops. A nice flavor of toasted grains rounds it out for excellent balance.
The mouthfeel is everything I dreamed. Thick and creamy as could be expected with a nice smoothness. Carbonation is lively but not heavy. It's complimentary rather than oppositional.
As far as drink ability goes, I don't know why you'd want only one of these at a time.

Love the goat.

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Photo of McNealc31
4.73/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Celebrator pours an inviting mahogany with a thin tan head. There's a malty must in the smell with some spice in the background. Very similar flavors in the taste. It's full of malt but is subtly sweet, bread, and just a kick of spice at the back. Aftertaste of some chocolate and hazelnut. It's smooth, creamy, and amazingly drinkable

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

Poured from a bottle into a gold rimmed, steamed Ayinger Celebrator glass.

This beer is black as night with high lights of ruby red and orange when held to the light. The golden tan head is thick and lasting. It billows like high cumulous clouds on a warm dry spring day. An amazing beer to behold.

The smell is of chocolate, toffee and espresso with a slight carmel after taste. This is how god trained the Bavarians to roast malt. All should take homage.

The taste is the apex. This beer rocks. Richly roasted malts give way to a crescendo of chocolate and coffee and finised to perfection with hops in a way that leaves you begging for more. Better beers do not exist. I would gladly sacrifice feel and other lesser attributes for the taste and drinkability of this full bodied and unyieldingly complex world class beer.

Mouthfeel is quite adequate, your sences will be happy from top to bottom as it washes back.

Some rich dopplebock beers are great but you seem to be satisfied after a 12 oz or a 1 pint serving. But not this Ayinger. I say ' Herr Ober, Mass Celebrator, Bitte'

All in all quite an accomplishment from a brewery with barely a hundred years of experience. I purchased a case to age and will do follow up reviews as it does over the next several years. MK

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Photo of BZero007
4.73/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up from a Piggly Wiggly at the Common Market in Myrtle Beach, SC.

Poured from bottle in to my Aventinus glass. This bock is just plain sexy. It pours an extremly dark ruby color. The beer is pour black with the exception when light is beaming threw it, then you can easily the ruby color to it. The head forms easily and does not take much, color is an light tan color to it. The lacing sticks around to show this beer is a piece of art.

Smell is a great as it plows threw and makes you think of a certain fruit you have had. Everytime I took a wiff a new fruit sensation would take over.

The taste is some thing that makes you sit back and think. It is a very complex brew and certain flavors seem to come in the foreground with every sip. Mainly the taste is of a dark fruits with a molasses sweetness. With every taste I sat there and analyzed it untill about the fith sip, as I was hit with a bit of realization. This beer had asked me to sit back and relaxed outside and enjoy it.

The body is great and thanks to the perfect level of carbonation it helps the flavors and aromas greatly. The body and alcohol level makes this brew something I could drink threw the night. As I would relax and take my time with it as it rightly deservs it.

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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 2,379 ratings.
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