I’m celebrating with a friend and Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock. I posted an International Beer Day badge on my tumblr blog for my English favorite, Newcastle Brown Ale, (I’m enjoying one as I type this post).
Why I Heart Celebrator Doppelbock
- Sentimental value: moments that I treasure – first sexual experience, first trip overseas, first apartment,first German beer.
- Not in a can.
- Taste and appearance: Coffee colored with a chocolate after-taste.
Tastes Like a Kitchen
In an episode of Beer is Tasty, Bryan and Chris reviewed the Celebrator Doppelbock.
Chris’ description of Celebrator Doppelbock as “tasting like a kitchen,” is not surprising. The Doppelbock is a stronger version of the circa 14th century bock beer (doppelbock means double bock). Developed in Germany during the 17th century by Paulaner Monks as a Fastenbier or Lenten beer, the monks imbibed their “liquid bread,” during the Lenten fast when solid food was forbidden. The Paulaner monks also developed Salvatore, a stronger doppelbock, which is brewed 72 feet underground in the world’s deepest lager cellar.
I have to disagree with their “B” ratings. Celebrator Doppelbock is an A+ full-bodied beer. Aged for half a year, the taste is strong, but not bitter, with complex flavors from different malts and a subtle hint of hops. At 6.7% alcohol, Celebrator is not a chug one after the other beer; pour it in a glass, kick back and enjoy flavor.
The Billy Goat
A plastic billy goat and not a bull, is tied around the neck of every bottle of Celebrator Doppelbock and two dueling billy goats appear on the label. According to Wikipedia:
Due to their Bavarian accent, citizens of Munich pronounced “Einbeck” as “ein Bock” (“a billy goat”), and thus the beer became known as “bock”. To this day, as a visual pun, a goat often appears on bock labels.
Styles of Bocks
- Traditional: sweet, relatively strong; 6.3 – 7.2% alcohol by volume, lightly hopped.
- Maibock (prounced “My Bock”) – a.k.a., Helles Bock, Heller Bock, Frühlingsstarkier (spring strong beer): a golden lager, stronger than a traditional bock at 6-12% alcohol, more hop presence.
- Esibock (pronounced “ice-bock”) : a traditional specialty beer from the Kulmbach district of Germany, this beer is frozen to remove water and concentrate flavor; 9-13% alcohol, deep copper to light brown color with ruby highlights, no hop presence.
- Weizenbock (pronounced veye-tssen-bock not wisen-bock”): strong version of an unfiltered Weissbier or Hefewizen.
You can learn more about doppelbock and other styles of German beers at the German Beer Institute
Now that I’ve finished this post, I am going to grill two rib eyes steaks (rare for me, medium for my friend) and toss a simple salad of mixed greens, thinly sliced green onions, a handful of grape tomatoes and sliced avocado with a balsamic vinaigrette. My friend is a die hard Guinness drinker and I’m going to enjoy a Celebrator. How did you celebrate International Beer Day? Are you a German beer fan? How would you rate Celebrator Doppelbock?
Happy International Beer Day to everyone who is old enough to drink. Please don’t drink and drive and take a tip from BettyFcknWhite: