Monday, March 14, 2011

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock


Spring is finally here! So what better way to ring in the new season than with a traditional, authentic German double bock? Ayinger Celebrator is often considered among the best, if not THE best example of the style. It's been about two years since I had a beer like this and I'm not usually a fan of malt bombs - but now that I've got 2 1/2 years of video beer-reviewing under my belt, how would I react to this beer?

P.S. there's a new opening montage and I deliberately made it different this time around just to change it up a bit.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Chad9976 (624) - Albany, USA - JUL 16, 2011
I’m not normally a fan of doppelbocks, but as you can tell from my rating, Ayinger Celebrator ranks among the best beers. So if a beer of a style I’m not partial to can knock my socks off - what does that say about the beer?

I poured a 12oz bottle into a tumbler.

Appearance: Pretty hue of dark maroon, almost purple, with a perfectly-proportioned tan, foamy head. The head sticks around until the bitter end and leaves some lacing on the glass.

Smell: Many of the same scents I get in a dark Trappist ale I get here: raisin, fruitcake, rum, and a bit of cough medicine.

Taste: Perhaps I should just "copy and paste" my tasting notes of certain Belgian Trappist beers since Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock seems to have many of the same flavors. As we noted in the aroma, dark fruits and confectionary flavors are strong here. Fruitcake, rum, raisin, and toffee syrup are all prominent from start to finish. It’s a rich, sweet beer to be sure, but it’s never cloying or sticky. It finishes with a subtle, semi-sweet chocolate aftertaste to impart some bitterness and let you know it’s still a beer.

Mouthfeel: The first thing I noticed about this beer even before the flavor was just how soft and gentle it was in the mouth. This is like getting a hug from a teddy bear.

Drinkability: There’s no carbonation sensation, nor is the beer obese - it’s perfectly medium-bodied. Not a refreshing beer, obviously, so it’s not quite in league of a summer seasonal (bear in mind this beer IS a lager, not an ale). It’s so darn soft and tasty that it’s difficult not to drink it as fast as possible.

Overall, this is a pretty amazing beer I wasn’t expecting to like nearly as much as I did. I think most beer drinkers will be pleasantly surprised by it as well.

Grade: 9/10