Brewed by Brauerei Aying
Style: Doppelbock
Aying, Germany


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RATINGS: 3389   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 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheBeerGod (5538) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - MAR 22, 2003
Pours a dark, rich brown with a foamy, creamy tan head. The slight aroma of cocoa and slight coffee with a hint of hop bitterness. Wonderful taste of instant coffee along with a milk chocolate and smokiness. Very pleasant and creamy on the palate. Finishes dry with a slight bittersweet aftertaste. Wonderful beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 22, 2003
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2003 Draught: Wonderfully smooth and creamy, I tasted some coffee and banana flavors. Not quite my style, but great nonetheless. Rerate: I think a rerate is due, the first time I rated this I had never experienced a doppelbock before. Bottle this time., just slightly chilled. Dark ruby brown color, big and soft cream head. Overwhelming aroma of raisin bran cereal with sliced banans atop, yeast, malt, and caramel. Balance of bitter and sweet malt flavors, banana, mocha, full body, thick and creamy, touch of smoke, but with a faint metallic aftertaste. I think I may have found the hops as well. The palate is incredible, so smooth and delicate, perfect carbonation. An amazing beer. I celebrate Ayinger for this work of art.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ClarkVV (4166) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 22, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2005 The taste of this beer was very understated, and very unexpected. Bottle. It was such a smooth beer for the body, though it did have a very strong aftertaste compliments of its abv i guess. Not too much of a casual sipping beer, but would have gone better with some food. This beer seemed like it was lacking, probably a bit old, and I imagine the difference of this on draught to bottle is large. must try it.
Rerate. Bottle again. Still couldnt get in to it. It had a good balanced feel but it has a muted almost old hops taste. The flavor is not bursting, there is nothing overly unique that I taste. Hmm, I guess I’ll just have to try more.
On draught 2005 at Anam Cara. I don’t think it’s quite a fair rating, as this stuff must certainly be better in Aying. But regardless, it was HEAVILY carbonated, had the texture and body of cola and though the flavors were even, it wasnt overly flavorful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 21, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2003 A fantastic Double Bock. Celebrator is dark, creamy, and chocolaty. To me it has the aroma of a framboise, raspberry, lambic. It smells of sweet ripe raspberries. I highly recommend the Celebrator.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - MAR 20, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2003 Wow! The germans certainly know what they are doing. This lucious concoction has enough prune flavor to keep me regular for weeks, not to mention the smokey mellow sweetness and seductive aroma of a great doppelbock. Definately deserving of its high ranking. This brew is a pleasure to drink.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 17, 2003
A legend. Beautiful head with nice lacing. Body is dark and rich. Taste is slightly sweet and rich of flavours hinting at coffee and fruit. Finish combines sweetness, roasted notes and a dry goodbye.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jgb9348 (5068) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAR 14, 2003
Dark colour, very small amount of tan coloured head. Not much in the nose, just a bit of malt, thats about it! Taste is nothing to be happy about, some malt, other complex flavours, but in my mind not the best doppelbock! Perhaps my bottle was old (purchased from Beers of the World in Rochester, NY--which has a tendancy to stock old beers).

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Shag (2678) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAR 14, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2003 This is a nice beer. Dark appearance with nice lacing. Flavor is slightly sweet with a chocolate flavor. It hides the alcohol well. A real winner but I don't see how this is one the best beers in the world.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbrus (4991) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - MAR 14, 2003
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2005 Strong aroma, roasted, butterscotch, malty and a little yeasty. Dark brown, light brown almost creamy head, good lace. Strong flavors as well, butterscotch, very sweet, soft, little sugary (what a pity). Long lasting finish, first sweet, then roasted and bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JFGrind (1906) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2003
Celebrator is perched high on many fellow RB'ers top ten lists, on that recommendation I picked up a bottle. Just outside of Camden, NJ a 12 ounce bottle of Celebrator costs me $3.15. I'm the first to admit that I spent my money wisely. Aroma came on strong and yeasty, evident imeadiately after opening. Foamy pour to start out with but after 90 seconds head subsided. Enough was left though to lace my glass throughout the 45 minutes I savored the doppelbock. I'll agree with the commercial description of hops, alcohol and malts in harmony. I can imagine these Celebrators give you a nasty buzz after three or four bottles.

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