Bock beers will surprise a lot of people in the fact that they are actually lagers. They are named after the Einbeck or Einbock region of Germany that they originate from. Doppelbocks tend to be strong and dark with a toasted and or roasted earthy flavor. But you aren’t here for a history lesson; you’re here for a beer review, so I digress.
Celebrator from the German based Ayinger Brewery pours a thick mahogany, almost black in hue. It boasts an extremely demse coffee-with-cream colored head. The aroma actually is very reminiscent of roasted coffee coupled with an earthy, sweet, raison scent. I would be remiss if I also did not mention the very pronounced alcohol waves that emanate from this brew as well. Celebrator is surprisingly bubbly for a bock beer, with hundreds of little bubbles dancing in the glass ten minutes after I poured it.
The flavor is like a favorite cousin, sweet in small doses, but not someone you’re going to bring to every party. Celebrator has a very sweet mouthfeel with underlying hints of roasted coffee and a certain leathery woodiness. It is also remarkable smooth while being cavity inducingly sweet and finishes with a slight hint of alcohol.
Ayinger Brewery’s Celabrator Doppelbock is a very tasty beer. It does have its faults however. Celebrator is overall too sweet to receive an upper echelon ranking. And the flavor clings to your palette far too long to make it a “session” beer. If you love sweet, roasted, dark beers, definitely give this a shot. But I have a hard time believing that this is going to be anyone’s greatest beer of all time, anytime soon.
Consumed: New Belgium Globe Glass
Verdict: Buy A Twelve Pack