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Celebrator

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Ayinger
Aying
Germany
http://www.ayinger.de/

Style: Doppelbock
ABV: 6.7%

Rings’s Rating:
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Comments:
Celebrator is probably the granddaddy of all the German dopplebocks, at least in terms of U.S. awareness, and it’s one of the most awarded, winning early and often at the World Beer Championships, including Platinums in 2005 and 2007.

Celebrator is also certainly the most famous dopplebock on these shores and its bottle, with the little plastic billy goat hanging around the neck, is easily recognizable to any Beer Dork.

Ayinger Brauerei is also relatively well known, winning “Top Ten Breweries in the World” awards at the WBC in 1994-97. Although it falls about 25 kilometers outside the city of Munich, so is not considered part of the “Big Six,” it is as well-regarded as any of the others.

Celebrator pours a deep brown color with a nice, fluffy tan head. The foam disappears quickly, but the nose is caramel and sweet, with loads of candied molasses on the aroma. Sweet and silky on the palate, with a touch of alcohol, the brown sugar maltiness is lightly balanced with a soft hoppy finish and a lingering sugar tail.

Having tasted this beer often over the years, it was always HUGE back in the day. It still holds up well compared to the big craft beers out there now, but it’s definitely not as overwhelming as it used to seem.

This is still a quality beer. My bottle was probably at least a year old, but stored under good conditions and held up well.

From a personal perspective, March is one of my favorite times in Bavaria, because all the Starkbier is on the market and many of them are excellent. Celebrator is no exception.

Reviewed by Rings on February 23, 2015.
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