Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock is one of those beers that is widely accepted as one of the best best beers that can be had. Who am I to disagree?
I know, you’re thinking “Gee, how hard is it to celebrate with a beer called Celebrator? Put some thought into your beer!”
You’d be right, but this really is a beer worthy of big events! Its no wonder that its considered one of the absolute best beers in the world.
Celebrator at first looks like prune juice in its opacity, but on closer inspection one finds that its more of a deep rust color than anything. Whatever color, you can’t see though it!
As you can see in the picture, it creates a dense, foamy head that caps the beer which left a little bit of lace as things progressed.
Now it gets interesting! The aroma of this 6.7% ABV beer really makes you want to get to the drinking part if it all! The bready smell, and toasty grains mix with aromas of dark fruit and sweet malt to make quite the bouquet. In fact, there is so much going on regarding the scent, that I’m sure I’m just barely describing it! Its quite complex, yet it seems to come together simply.
The flavor is equally complex yet simple. Maltiness, biscut, dark fruit, bitter chocolate, bread crust. That’s the core to me, but there is so much more to this beer you need to try it yourself.
Certainly, Ayinger cranks out some very good beers, and in that tradition, Celebrator Doppelbock is a beer worthy of all the praise. It easily exceeds the hype.