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Beer Review – Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock


I am a huge fan of the merchant du vin lineup and thought I would add the Ayinger brewery to my list. To that end, I picked up a bottle of Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock as part of mixed six. From the Merchant du Vin site:

Originally brewed at a monastery in northern Italy, “double bock” was quickly introduced by Bavarian brewers to compete with bock. It is a rich, classic Bavarian specialty lager often consumed as a celebration beer.

Tasting notes: A rich, dark elixir with cascading layers of malt complexity balanced by elegant hops. Notes of toffee, caramel, elegant dark-malt roastiness, and pure malt. Pinpoint conditioning and semi-dry finish

I found the Celebrator Doppelbock to have the following characteristics.

  • Appearance: Rich brown. No foam and good lacing.
  • Aroma: Sweet caramel and chocolate malt.
  • Taste: Very smooth, with sweet roasted malt and chocolate followed by a burnt, bitter finish.
  • ABV: 6.7%

I thought that this was a really good beer with all of the chocolate and sweet roasted malt flavor that I had hoped to find. Once again, the folks at Merchant du Vin have provided a quality import.

10 replies »

  1. Ahhhhh jinx I literally had a 1pm review planned for this one. Oh well, new perspective I am sure!!

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  2. This has been one of my favorite beers for a very long time. It was one of the ones that really opened my eyes to what great beers really were back when I was in college.

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    • I wish I could say that I was drinking Doppelbock in college. Sadly, I spent more time with bottom tier mass production or if I really splurged something all the way from Canada. I really like the style of beer and the Celebrator is one of the best.

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  3. And you can’t beat the bighorn sheep bottle necklace. I’m waiting for Lagunitas to start blinging their bottles with molusc or microminiature three-toed sloth bottle necklaces.

    Oh, and you really can’r beat Celebrator. It’s a world classic for good reason.

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    • You never cease to amaze. I would like to think you are the only one that would consider a micro miniature three-toed sloth bottle necklace bling. This makes it three for three. Either I am starting to review beer that you enjoy or you are just taking the summer off from your typically creative smack-downs.

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