Ayinger Celebrator

Given that when I purchased this beer, it was early October, I figured a nice German beer would be a good choice. The bottle comes with a charm that reminds me of a goat. There’s also some cool looking art on the label. Hopefully what’s inside the bottle is as good as what’s outside.

ABV: 6.7%

Style: Doppelbock

Trivia: [Doppelbocks were] originally brewed at a monastery in northern Italy, “double bock” was quickly introduced by Bavarian brewers to compete with bock. Doppelbock names end with the suffix “-ator.”

Random: This is a beer that I’ve heard about for a long time. I’ve heard nothing but good things. It also gets an A+ from the Alstrom brothers on beer advocate.

This beer pours with a very dark brown body with heavy carbonation. The head is a two finger off white color that leaves significant lacing. I’ve never had a doppelbock, so I really don’t know what to expect. The head dissipates at a moderate rate. The nose hit me with a lot of malt with some burnt nuts. The nose was quite pleasant, but not overpowering. The taste has some coffee and burnt notes on it and again, the carbonation also hit me up front. The body is more watery than I expected. You would assume that I would have learned by now that color isn’t indicative of the body of a beer. My brain knows that, but instinctively, I feel like a dark beer should be heavy. I really have to get over that whole thing. The finish lingers with a bit of sweet nuttiness. I would definitely have this beer again. It had a nice malty fall taste and would be a great change from a pumpkin beer.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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