Ayinger Winterbock
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Style:
German Bock
Ranked #6
ABV:
6.7%
Score:
87
Ranked #10,084
Avg:
4.05 | pDev: 10.12%
Reviews:
16
Ratings:
42
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Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
 
Germany
Avail:
Winter
Wants
  26
Gots
  4
SCORE
87
Very Good
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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Photo of KooVee
4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

50cl bottle, bb in 4m.

Very dark brown with a ruby heart. Pale brown head with a respectable lace.

Aroma is quintessential darker kind of Munich malt, with a bit of roast to it. Bread, caramel, cookie, a bit of dark fruit.

The malt is pleasantly thick on the tongue, with plenty of licorice blending with the grainy sweetness. Bitterness cutting through and both continuing to vie for dominance towards a long aftertaste. A very succesfully full-bodied bock. Balance despite an abundance of taste, resulting in high drinkability.

A canonical example for the style.

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Photo of bark
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The liquid is clear; it got a deep brown colour. The very high head is pale brown, creamy and compact. The large lacing is thick.

The smell got some clean notes of alcohol. Lots of malt, sweet flavours of pumpernickel, fresh flowery bitter notes, some caramelized sugar and a touch of chocolate.

The taste is intensive, but at the same time rounded and balanced and not over-heavy at all. Lots of malt, some of it roasted. Lots of mellow sweetness (brown sugar, toffee); this is a full-bodied beer! There is a clean robust bitterness in the background. Some raisins and dried apricots plus a very gentle alcoholic flavour. The aftertaste got an interesting hint of grilled meats, chocolate and dark rye bread. The long bitterness grows a little with notes of bitter almonds and bitter exotic fruits.

The carbonation is mild, yet there are lots of very small fresh bubbles. The liquid is smooth and a little sticky.

One of the best bock beers I have tasted so far.

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Photo of paterlodie
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BBE 11-06. This one pours in without to much head cause of low carbonisation but whats there stays nicely. Beercollor is dak brown almost black. Nose has lots of dark/munich carracter and shows also a good part of roast. Very sweet and remembering of a munich dunkel. Taste shows that this one has more and is heavy and full. Mediumhigh bitterness and a liquorice roast note very present. Yes this is highly enjoyable and every sip is a new taste explosion, honey, caramel, bitterroast and maltsweetness with hinst of vanilla all pass by. Great brew well worth a try.

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4.1/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of crnipeter
3.82/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Some claim Ayinger Winter Bock is an alias of Celebrator and although I've never had both side by side I doubt they are synonymous, with Celebrator being better of the two.

Pours very dark brown, seemingly opaque body with ruby hue when held to the light, topped by mid-sized tan head that fades away rather quickly.
Nose is malt-sweetness with pronounced melanoidin and toasty, nearly burnt bread crust-like qualities, dried dark fruits and notes of chocolate. Some booze shines through.
Rich malt is dominated by roasted, burnt bread-like flavors and exhibits above mentioned fruitiness, while warming alcohol helps to balance out the malt. Finish is quite dry for such a malty beer, partially thanks to the prominent roastiness reminiscent of Schwarzbier. Aftertaste lingers and features both hop-bitterness and roast. Medium-full bodied with mild yet prickly carbonation.

In short, a rich Doppelbock with strong roast/burnt-bread character. (500 ml, into tulip).

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of shwami
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of kwjd
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.02/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This beer pours with a dark brown with a red tone. The head is large off-white and stays for a rather long time.

S: The smell is mostly light roasted sweet malt, but there is also a fruityness (dark dried fruit) and som faint bitter hops in a nice mix.

T: The taste is like the smell, but with different proportions: The malt is still sweet but the roast is heavier than in the smell. The fruitness is a bit milder. The bitter hops is more obvious. Then there is a nice coffee and dark bitter chocolate tone.

M: The aftertaste is long with a dry bitterness together with a rather heavy sweetness. The body is full and the carbonation is light.

D: A well tasting beer with a nice mix between roasted sweet malt and well balanced dry bitterness. A nice fruityness as well.

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Photo of rarbring
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer is bark brown with hints of red, much beige foam leaving a compact head.

The smell has a hints of malt and burnt bread, a bit of sweetness.

The taste is pleasant, tones of dates, raisins, some smoky malty tones, dark chocolate and coffee, but still fresh and bitter.

A rather light but pleasant carbonation.

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Photo of dqrull
3.51/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark red/brownish colour, almost wine-red, a compact, creamy slightly beige head. Leaves lots of thick lacing on the glass.

Malty, bready aromas, overpowering at first, then some dried fruitscome through, more spicy bread and slight notes of wort, but there is a really uninspired lager-breadiness to it that smashes down what little else there is to smell.

Tastes better than it smells, although the same boring breadiness is still very present. Some kind of other breadiness as well, much like our swedish 'wort-bread', a very spicey bread with raisins in it, and some other dried fruits are also more prominent in the taste than in the nose. In the end I get some roasted malt-tones and a little tartness, slightly unblanced in the end and some booziness shines through.

As before, slightly boozy mouthfeel, carbonation is okay.

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Photo of ssjkyle
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of CwrwAmByth
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a good looking dark brown/black colour, with a nice off-white head.

Smells strongly boozy and malty.

Taste reflects the smell, with a bit more yeast and some hop bitterness. A nice full mouthfeel accompanies.

Overall this works out as being a great beer, warming and wholesome without being too much.

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2.5/5  rDev -38.3%

Photo of TheGrunt
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color very dark brown, almost black. Smell has smokey flavor resembling of roasted grain.

Taste isn't very strong, but still nice. Medium hops and a hint of smoke and fruity taste. Light carbonic and foam.

Very good beer and the quality is in line with other products of Ayinger. Taste isn't that strong as it is with some german winter beers, but I like this as I am not a big fan of very strong and smokey flavored beers. People looking for those might be little disappointed with this.

Thumbs up!

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Photo of stevoj
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Hoppsbabo
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cola brown body with a large beige head. Smells of metal.
Wow, very much like a cakey stout. It is a touch bitter, but nothing distracting. No walnut like I was expecting. Plenty of rhubarb and custard in the finish. Weirdly reminds me of St Peter's Cream Stout. Almost liqueur-like black chocolate flavour. Classy mouthfeel. If you're in the mood for a restorative winter brew this won't disappoint.

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of Arborescence
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served in room temperature.

Appearance: Almost black. Pours an airy two finger head.

Aroma: Caramel malt, some toasty nuts & spices, little bit of yeasty chocolate.

Taste: Malt and dried fruit, hint of coffee.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, moderate carbonation.

Overall: It's a very malty brew, a bit richer than your typical bock. I've had it a number of times and I feel that it tends to be a bit better from the tap. It's a solid beer though, and nice for the winter months.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Really dark brown color with light brown head. Aroma has dark, roasted malt and a bit of milk chocolate. Taste is really roasty with hints of coffee and chocolate. Body is light and well carbonated. Quite nice overall, easy to drink and more roasty than a regular bock.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Ayinger Winterbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 42 ratings