Best Bocks 2010: #2 Ayinger Celebrator

1 04 2010

There are many reasons why the Ayinger Celebrator has such a cult following. Originally called “Fortunator” by the brewery, The Beer Hunter Michael Jackson renamed the beer “Celebrator” for US audiences; the festive label of goats dancing in the foam of an overflowing glass of beer; and the little plastic goat charm that jauntily hangs from the neck of the bottle all add to the allure of the beer. But why goats? you may ask. As we mentioned in the history of bock beers a while back, the name “bock” was a Bavarian pronunciation of the city the beer came from: Einbeck. The word “bock” also means “billy goat” in German. Hence, the goats. All of this on top of the fact that this beer is really super yummy. Available year round at all finer beer shops.

Ayinger Celebrator- Brauerei Aying (en-aying.de)
Ratebeer.com Score: 100 Points

Photo Credit: Bernt Rostad CC

Aroma: Earthy, meaty malts common with German Dopplebocks with a faint hint of smoke. Warm, mossy hops. And a whiff of alcohol.

Appearance: Russet brown, almost black. Reminiscent of fresh coffee. A full, rich mocha head the consistancy of whipped cream or meringue. No visible carbonation in the body.

Flavor: Rich, full meatiness of brisket moves into a deep, warm bitterness of black coffee and a hint of burnt sugar. Mossy, earthy hops further deepen the beer while balancing and rounding out the beer. Sharp, boozy, alcohol cleanses the palate.

Mouthfeel: Rich and creamy. Full and round. The head is very thick and satisfying. And the body has slight carbonation.

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1 04 2010
BreworFerment

I JUST drank and reviewed this beer last night! The head on mine was really rocky and not at all like you described on yours. I wonder what the difference was?
http://foodmented.blogspot.com/2010/04/ayinger-celebrator-doppelbock.html

All of the aromas and tastes are spot on though!

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