I love Doppelbocks – they’re malty, sweet, delicious and full of body, without being too heavy, so you can drink a few in a session.
Ayinger Celebrator has a special place in my heart because it is the very first Doppelbock I had ever had, years ago and remains one of my favorites to this day. Yesterday, I had the pleasure of enjoying it with my brunch at Shango.
This particular Doppelbock pours dark brown—almost black—with two fingers of creamy, tan head. It smells of molasses and bread, with hints of raisin and bitter chocolate. I didn’t detect any hops, which is typical of the style.
It tastes of sweet bread, molasses and dark roasted coffee; truly a great brew to enjoy with brunch (way more up my alley than a fizzy mimosa). Its medium body has a perfect amount of carbonation to keep it from feeling too heavy or syrupy, making it truly sessionable. At 6.7% ABV, this doppelbock weighs in on the lower end of alcohol content levels for the style (which one can find up to about 10%) so enjoying a few in a row won’t make you completely lose your senses.
Truly an incredible Doppelbock (rated A to A+ by reviewers on BeerAdvocate) I highly recommend it.
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