Friday, March 24, 2006
REVIEW: AYINGER CELEBRATOR DOPPELBOCK
I’ve had Bock beer before, a German lager style featuring some serious malt action and a rich, dark brown color. Figuring a single bock was pretty tasty, a “Doppelbock” would be nearly twice as good, right? These Doppelbocks apparently filled the screaming bellies of olde-tyme Germans with an almost meal-like beer during fasting periods, and they are quite a bit stronger than normal Bocks. Not that I know much about this; I had my first Doppelbock on Tuesday evening, one that was perched on top of the beer snob charts I found in my online research on the style. AYINGER’s Celebrator Dopplebock comes with a great little goat ornament around the bottle neck, which my two-year-old son promptly christened a “horse”. Hey, the thing is small enough to be a choking hazard yet not large enough to be passed off as a legitimate present from Dad. It was in the trash 10 minutes later. The beer itself is quite good. If you can open a beer, take a gulp and immediately tell what continent it’s from, it’s probably got a pretty malty, lagery taste to it – and I’m not talking the US of A, comrade. I’m talking Old Europe. As I understand it, doppelbocks are often somewhat sweet, but this one really isn’t. The malt is intense and the beer could easily be mistaken for a porter, it’s so dark, but if you closed your eyes or did a blind tasting, you could probably imagine it being at least medium-red or even a dark yellow. Oh – and it packs a punch – 6.7% “ABV”. If you’re keeping score at home, that’s “alcohol by volume”, and that’s a lot. I found it easy to down and enjoyable for the 15 quality minutes I spent with it. Not sure if I’m going to sign on for this style for frequent home-based research, but I thought this one was pretty all right & I’d drink it again for sure.
Posted by Jay H. at 9:17 AM