Few beers are more German than a lager that is brewed by monks and fermented over a long period at cold temperatures. The double bock beer tradition is one that only monks could invent. The celebrator is a beer that is true to it’s heritage.
A rich, dark elixir with cascading layers of malt complexity balanced by elegant hops. Notes of toffee, caramel, graceful dark-malt roastiness, and the essence of barley. Lager fermentation leads to clean flavors and pinpoint conditioning. Semi-dry finish. (Ayinger Brewery)
Best Served: 50 degrees, in goblet
The Germans were the ones that initially brought lagers to the USA. The double bock is technically a lager but it is fermented at lower temperatures and then cellared over the winter months. It’s a long process to get a double bock to the table. This particular double bock comes with a fancy label and an even more fancy Christmas ornament draped around the neck of the bottle …… or is it charm for the bracelet? It’s a 1.5″ white goat to match the two goats printed in the label. For those who are not aficionados of the German culture, the term bock in German is roughly translated as “buck” and refers to a goat.
The double bock is basically everything a lager could and should be. This one is rich and well-carbonated. It’s crisp but not thin, rich but now chewy. However, it does have a slight more hop flavor than some lager-lovers might care for. It’s basically the Mennonite of beers. Patient but strong, firm in it’s traditions. Not trying to be fancy but still full of special character. It might be everyone’s cup of tea but you respect it nonetheless.
Aroma: Roasted barely, caramel, almost no hops.
Taste: The taste is typical of a doublebock but slightly more malt-forward. Not as much as stout but more than the average porter.
Texture: The beer pours a tall and thick head, and is has a smooth mouth feel.
Finish: The finish is the only time the hops are present in the flavor.
Comparisons: This is similar to other doublebocks but probably most closely tastes like St. Georgen Bräu Doppelbock Dunkel.