Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock

Reviewed by on March 27, 2015 in Spring Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG

  • Origin: Aying, Germany

  • Rated On: March 27, 2015

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 6.7%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Doppelbock

  • Rating: WORLD-CLASS !!!

The Review

One of the more famous versions of this dark, rich, warming springtime style, Ayinger’s Celebrator Doppelbock sure sounds like a barrel of fun, coming as it does from this well-respected Bavarian brewery.  And the little ornamental plastic goat hanging around the bottleneck is pretty cool too.

This 330ml bottle 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 more than 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.

Brady White

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