Brewed by Brauerei Aying
Style: Doppelbock
Aying, Germany


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RATINGS: 3339   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04   IBU: 24   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
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Celebrator has a creamy head of tight bubbles contrasting beautifully with its profound dark robe. It is full-bodied and velvety from half a year’s aging. Although it is strong, it is not overpowering. There is a wonderful and complex balance between the various malts, the alcohol and the subtle hops. A complex fruitiness of roasted malt and whole hop flowers make Celebrator great as a party drink with friends and family at celebrations. Despite its richness, it has a faintly smoky dryness in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - OCT 18, 2003
Rusty brown with average tan head. Aroma is amazing. Smells like walking through a brewery, like unfermented malt. Very virgin beer smell. Tastes pretty much like it smells. Extremely drinkable and smooth. Malt sweetness, some light bitterness. Rich body and dry.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - OCT 18, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2004 Re-rate 8/31/04 Deep dark brown-ruby body topped by a huge creamy light tan head. Glass lacing is quite nice. The aroma is a very pleasant pure, crisp malt. Caramel and grain. Beautiful aroma. The flavor is not quite as good as teh aroma but is still outstanding. Chewy, almost buttery maltiness. Full thick lovely body. This beer is defintely worthy of all of the praise heaped upon it.
Old Rating -10/18/2003- 9/3/7/3/16 Clear brown, can’t quite see through it. Nice quickly diminishing tan head comprised of fine particles. The aroma is exactly that of stepping into an active brewery. Boiling wort, yum. The flavor is exactly like the aroma. Nutty malt and sweet dark fruit flavors. Some smokey flavors. Bitterness seems to all come from the grain. Body is medium with a grainy aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
motelpogo (7171) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - OCT 18, 2003
what westvleteren is to strong belgian ales, celebrator is to doppelbocks. that is not meant entirely as a compliment, just to say that it is a classy, inoffensive version of a style that can be intimidating. ridiculously smooth with a lush toffee aroma. sweet, tastes like raisin toast. just lacks the saltiness that i like in doppelocks, i prefer the ayinger winterbock. thanks to duff for bringing this around, i'd been wanting to try it for a long time
Earlier Rating: 3/10/2003 Total Score: 4.5
glad joss shoved this in as i was too lazy to do so. powder coffee aroma. dark purple. hits you with a weird range of flavours as it warms - neapolitan ice-cream, medium-rare steak, cocoa, sweet soy sauce. but somehow it's soft and mellow. makes me look forward to tasting the celebrator some day

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
NathanJ (42) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 17, 2003
very dark, fluffy tan head, sweet malt aroma. Sweet fruity taste with a soft feel and a spicy bitter finish. wonderfull.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
keg18 (4) - Indiana, New York, USA - OCT 15, 2003 does not count
absolutely delicious. even so, i buy it mainly so i can play with the little goat toy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - OCT 14, 2003
The "king" of bock beers. Big malt aroma. You can smell the roasty, conditioned malt. Big mouth feel and flavor. This beer just fills up your mouth! Deep, rich, brown, color that even looks inviting. You would hardly even notice that the beer is not strong enough to be in the doppelbock catagory.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
RaginCajun (320) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 9, 2003
Worth the hype as far as I'm concerned. Pours a dark ruby-brown color with a tan head that diminishes quickly, but leaves lacing. Smokey, soy sauce overtone with a nice bite on the tongue. Too bad this was $14 a 6...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
snoot (286) - Anaheim, California, USA - OCT 8, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2003 Looks a lot like a porter until you hold it up to the light, it does let some through. Nice head that recedes, but leaves great lacing on the glass. Aroma is dominated by malt, maybe a hint of smoke? Starts off slightly sweet, slightly bitter on the finish. Superb mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 6, 2003
Bottle. Poured dark brown and opaque with orange highlights around the rim and an amazing light brown head. Aroma is rich dark malts, molasses, figs and alfalfa hops. Flavor is sweet and fruity, like rum-soaked fruitcake (yes the really good kind of fruitcake, not the traded among the family for the past ten years kind of fruitcake) soaked in coffee. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Nice brew - I only wish I could have sampled it at the brewery when I was in Munich.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Syd (921) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 6, 2003
The bottle pours a deep, deep amber color with a really nice head that sustains for quite some time. The aroma was sweet, very little hop. The flavor (which could be quite slanted to the sweetness due to my consumption of a very spicy jalapeno pepper sauce) was very tasty molasses malt. This Dopplebock married perfectly with Capsaicin. It was truly great. I will re-rate if appropriate…

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