Thursday, April 1, 2010

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock

I hadn't had a bock in a really long time so I figured now, during lent, was as good a time as any to jump right in with both feet and review a quintessential doppelbock.

In the time honored tradition of naming doppelbocks this one ends with "ator." If you are ever at a loss for what type of beer something is and it has a name like "Terminator," "Optimator," or "Mast..." ok I won't go there but you get the idea. Doppelbocks always end with ator.

Bocks stem from monks. What's with the monks and their obsession with beer? My kind of guys. Monks brewed these extremely malty brews during the 46 days of Lent in which solid food did not pass their lips. Bocks are basically liquid bread. They provided the sustenance the monks needed to survive on basically no solid food. So don't let anyone tell you beer is bad for you! If it's good enough for monks it's good enough for you.

Doppelbocks are basically strong, dark, versions of regular bocks. Doppel means double in German.

I poured this one out for weekly man night over at the lawyer's. VERY appropriate choice of beverages(sometimes we like something stronger, scotch makes an appearance quite regularly) since we were watching Beer Wars. Great movie. Great beer.

If I poured a Celebrator and a Diet Coke into two identical glasses, I challenge you to choose which one is the bock. The head was that rocky, larger bubbled fizz you get from soda and didn't stick around too long.
The aroma is where you can begin to discern between these two. VERY malty like it's supposed to be. Sweet, sweet, bready, yeasty, earthy, whole wheat, you get the idea. Liquid Bread

It was good, but I wouldn't want to drink more than lets say, two of these. I would not be a good monk.


  1. Now that I am looking at your picture of your Celebrator, I think the difference is the cleanliness of your glass. It looks like you may not have rinsed it well enough. Those pockets of bubbles clinging to the side of the glass shows that there are smudges inside it. Possibly oil from you hands or soap deposits. If you use a dishwasher, I would recommend giving your beerware a quick rinse before pouring your beer. That will help with keeping the bubbles off the sides of you glass and also with head retention.

  2. This was a buddy's glass so who know's where it's been? ;) I'll keep that in mind next time. Thanks! Loving your blog by the way Think.