Lively marzen-styled Octoberfest contrasts sharp hop bitterness against caramel malt creaminess and nestled ripe fruit backdrop, remaining mild and smooth.
Fizzy hop frisk picks up faintest mocha-caramel insinuation as dry wheat contour builds to smooth nutty finish.
Mild Irish-styled dry stout brings soft water sedation to dark coffee roast and blanched mocha bitterness. Sharp hops, resinous peat malts, and ashy cigarette stain permeate deep molasses finish, thickening resolve.
Buttery coriander-spiced orange peel elegance takes in soured apricot-grapefruit-quince hints as subtle hop-bitten wheat-flaked barley-roasted setting emerges.
Dry tea and pine tips inform embittered Fuggle-hopped medium-bodied pale ale, countering toasted malt linger at pleasingly soft finish.
Despite sexy long-legged blonde on label, this is some rough stuff. Musty Kolsch-styled ale retains dirty earthen dryness and sourdough undercurrent. Lousy lemongrass souring disrupts unripe orange bittering undercutting astringent white grape scour. Brewery defunct: 2010.
A different kind of IPA – more like a boringly herbaceous Belgian gueuze. Murky golden medium body places saffron-like horse-blanketed alfalfa-hay astringency inside soured unripe orange tartness and tannic white grape acridity. Toasted wheat bottom gives out early. Brewery defunct: 2010.
Nonpareil old-styled gold-hazed medium-bodied Bavarian dunkelweizen pours out of bottle with lively carbolic vigor, amplifying creamy vanilla seduction before leaving banana nut and raisin bread illusions in its wake. Musty clove-spiced cherry-apple-grape fruiting fortifies chewy malt center to sweet honeyed wheat finish.
Deep golden hue, thick toffee waft, and rich grain concentration hit the senses initially. Creamy caramel malts and sweet doughy yeast underscore clean nut-abetted finish preserving taut off-dry lager even average Bud drinkers would enjoy.
Creamy pale-toned ‘Munich Helles’ brings subtle peppery hop-spiced bittering to vague malt-candied cocoa powdering informing lemony banana bread midst. But lazy yellow-fruiting and polite peach marmalade frailty are never sweet, raspy, bitter, or brazen enough to compare with Ayinger’s better efforts.
Noticeably lacking Ayinger tag, Celebrator’s at the threshold of distinct full-bodied Bavarian-styled brewing. Its beautiful jet-black frame, frothy whipped cream tan head, and sweet chocolate whiff offer up-front resilience maintained by lactose stout-like chewy caramel thickness. Sharp charred hop bite emboldens tobacco chew, pine, fig, and cola nut illusions as brown sugar, honeyed molasses, and toffee coat lofty Black Forest cake signature. Buttered pecan, toasted almond, burnt cedar, and hazelnut paint the corners, enchanting the earthy grain bottom to an emphatic espresso finish perfect for heavenly dessert.
Cordial 60% barleymalt/ 40% wheat combination suits typically frothy golden-hazed Bavarian-styled beer. Fizzy carbonation explodes in mouth before concentrated grains settle beside yeast-sinewed banana-clove midst. At finish, nutmeg nestles banana nut bread insistence.