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100
100
style
Brewed by Brauerei Aying
Style: Doppelbock
Aying, Germany

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 3680   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.03/5   IBU: 24   EST. CALORIES: 201   ABV: 6.7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Celebrator has a creamy head of tight bubbles contrasting beautifully with its profound dark robe. It is full-bodied and velvety from half a years 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.

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4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
2Row (11) - USA - DEC 5, 2005
Choclatey and smooth with a lasting head and satisfying palate. Well, rounded, never overpowering and perfectly balanced. Sweet at first but mulled by a substantial body and formidable backnotes.

4.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
moseefus (79) - Little Rock, Arkansas, USA - DEC 4, 2005
Poured a very dark red/brown with a thick creamy head that lasted the whole drink. The aroma is wonderful, rich, spicy, chocolaty, and malty. The taste is very complex with a lasting finish. A very smooth beer, but I found it to be heavy. Definately recommended, just not after anything light.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
KimmoS (51) - FINLAND - DEC 3, 2005
I can feel salt and barnyard in my nose. The flavor is roasted with maybe a bit of alcohol but not too much.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GarrettB (1535) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 2, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2007 The lager style comes with a certain prejudice. Americans are familiar with lagers as those cans of cheap bitterness that a few mass breweries vomit onto the market. As an American, I too was tainted by this overwhelming industrial presence from Coors and Bud that equated lager with a pale, watery liquid that tasted bothwell pale and watery. The Celebrator single handedly disarmed my hostility to this Germanic variant on beer, and seeded a new interest in good lager styles (especially in the Bock family). Gone is the sentiment weaved by the perfidious American beer industry. Unlike the fierce and industrious Teutonic spirit, the Celebrator is a cool, smooth and relaxing beer. Each sip relaxed my muscles until I was a goopy mess of organs. Even its placid exterior brings a feeling of tranquility to the room; a moderately thick foam the color of dried mud crests a calmly dark beer. Looking at a light through the Celebrator gives a drinker the feeling hes in pitch black basement in an old home where a few cracks of light from the first floor shoot down and make designs in piles of old possessions. The scent is comparably immersing, flowing with chocolate, pork, steak sauce, cider, cranberries, grape juice, artichokes, and an odd geological sort of odor that makes me think of German stone quarries. The Celebrator performs just as skillfully on the tongue as on the nose; bringing the steak sauce on bread flavor to bear. Also present is a monotone and long, mellow and coffee flavor; like a basso profundo taste of dark bitter chocolate. The Celebrator, true to its vaunted history, is the vanguard of high quality lagers, and should be dispensed to every American whose interpretation of lager is limited to what they can find in a can.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 30, 2005
dark mahogony colored pour w/ a huge frothy tan head and some nice lacing. Deffinate doppelbock aroma very sweet carmel scents some yeasts figs & plums and a touch of roasty. Lightly creamy palate smooth and even well coated. Full flavor some nice carmel malts and hints of chocolate and fig and plum and the doppel flavor.. good stuff...

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fearless99 (14) - Oregon, USA - NOV 29, 2005
Deep reddish-brown color, medium tan head with lacing. Aroma has strong malt, and many complex flavors that I couldnt quite identify them all: carmel, chocolate, smoke. Creamy texture, strong malt flavors with chocolate and caramel notes, somewhat bitter. Finishes bitter and lingers for a little while. Excellent beer, but something will beat it.

4.2
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
frankenkitty (2008) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2005
Rating #600

Pours a deep, burgundy/mahogany with a tan head that fades to a thick film. Gorgeous malt aromas enveloped me in chocolate, caramel and dark fruits with a dash of smoke and stale Bazooka bubblegum for good measure. Although tasty, the flavor did not strike me with the same grand impression. Coffee bitters and earthen notes with pruney middle-sweetness led to an alcoholic astringency and lingering bitters. Able-bodied with a whisky consistency.

A fine beer, but a thicker body and additional sweetness would have been preferable (its possible I simply crave a Barleywine). Regardless, it was easy to get lost in the indulgent aroma, celebrate my 600th rating, and forget about all else.

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4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
kseecs16 (1215) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2006 11.2oz bottle - Pours a beautiful deep brown with a hint of red, nearly opaque. Head is thin and a nice tan complementing the richness of the beer itself. Very creamy and smooth, with a slight warming sensation. Intricate flavors to savor in the beginning with a dark roasted chocalate/caramel finish that lingers pleasantly in the mouth.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ElPresidente1984 (173) - Maine, USA - NOV 27, 2005
mmmm. really good. pours dark copperish color. nice head. aroma of malts and sweet spicy tones. taste is similar, with malty wintery spices. creamy texture. great beer, highly recomended. one of my personal favorites

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lethe (177) - New York, USA - NOV 26, 2005
Finally tracked this beer down and was not disappointed. Mahogony color that is rich and translucent with a tan, formidable head. Nose is a sweet flutter of maltiness: gingerbread, cinnamon, oak, and port. Mouthfeel is medium thick and velvety smooth. Flavor offers the detected scents in a full and appetizing form that make this brew a wellspring of goodness. Not as heavy as would have expected. This is an excellent winter beer and one of the best German creations.


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