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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Ayinger Celebrator DoppelbockAyinger Celebrator Doppelbock

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

5,380 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 5,380
Reviews: 2,222
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.37%
Wants: 359
Gots: 453 | FT: 17
Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2001)
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Reviews by Premo88:
Photo of Premo88
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

11.2 oz. bottle poured into pilsener

L: dark red-purple, clear, big tan head -- the head explodes up to 1 1/2 inches at least, and it's thick, full ... just a fantastic pour! the color reminds me of an old ale, and the clarity of the beer seems remarkable for such a dark brew. if the head stuck and the beer laced on the way down, it'd be the easiest 5 i've scored ... it does not lace much, however, and that's about the only point deduction ... a VERY minor one.

S: malt, malt and more malt -- it's a donut shop, a bakery, a yeasty sweet aroma that for my money is as good as it gets. i've only encountered this perfection once or twice outside of Celebrator, but with those other brews, it is a hit-and-miss thing ... sometimes they produce the perfect aroma, sometimes not quite. Celebrator offers this malt perfection consistently. raisins and a slight wine-like note show up at times, but never at the expense of the perfect sweet biscuits smell.

T: doesn't follow the nose 1-to-1, but obvious malt notes permeate each swallow ... lots of sweetness, some raisins, a little bread -- the taste seems a bit "darker" than the nose. it's almost like it smells more like beer and tastes a little more like red wine ... a slightly sweet but definite red wine.

F: a slight silkiness to it, not super heavy, enough carbonation to last the entire bottle, but it's not the brew's strongsuit for me.

O: without question, the brew is a great one. my scores on the lower end (taste, feel, overall) only reflect the fact that i'm not a fan of raisins, and while i try to review to style, i also score for me ... so here's the deal: if you want to try a good doppelbock, starting here is a good idea. you can *look* at Celebrator and tell it's world-class. the pour alone is dazzling, and the nose is so perfect i might keep coming back to this one simply for it.

the 6.7% ABV, btw, is every bit of that. the Germans give it to you strong here ... i don't taste even a hint of alcohol, but 2/3 into a little ol' bottle 11.2 oz. big, i can feel that 6.7%.

Premo88, Jul 13, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of jsausley
4.56/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a stout glass from a bottle.

A: This beer is a wonderfully dark, thick and rich doppelbock. It is mostly a dark brownish-black with hints of red and even amber at its thinnest points in the glass near the stem. Some creamy frothy head but no major lacing on on my pour. The beer seems so thick that as it leaves the glass it pulls the lacing with it. Lots of soul in this beer's look.

S: Not super fragrant, gives the impression that it's thick and not aromatic like an IPA. Big malts hidden deep and a very noticeable molasses smell.

T: I'll be completely frank from the start. I struggled between a 5.00 and 4.75 here. This beer isn't really perfect but it's too good to be 4.75. Unfortunately I don't think it quite deserves a 5.00 but it's so close that I almost gave it to it anyway... Anyway, on to the review.. The first sip is very smooth and crisp considering its thickness, very similar to a nice drinkable wine. Extremely malty, one of the richest and maltiest beers I've tasted. Tons of depth and various flavors as the beer cools. Rich caramel and molasses over hints of coffee. Even a little twang maybe like a green apple on the nose. Nothing overpowering, perfectly balanced. Extremely drinkable. 6.7% ABV and virtually zero bitterness. The roasted malts are huge. The only thing it needs is a little more hops to give it a nice crispy finish. Massive, deep rich beer. Wonderful. A++++.

M: Thick but not syrupy. Very crisp and tons of carbonation deep within the beer's rich texture. A wonderful mouthfeel after drinking with almost no aftertaste. Super smooth, super flavorful and super easy to drink.

O: By far the easiest doppelbock I've tasted, and possibly one of the best beers I've tasted. Rich and powerful, deep and thick but not overly strong, sour or bitter. Lots of wonderful notes and a very fragrant nose. Dominant flavors are MALT MALT MALT MALT with some caramel, molasses. Followed by some subtle coffee and citrus hints. Wonderfully balanced, maybe the best balanced beer I've ever sampled. Unbelievably drinkable for this thickness.

jsausley, Jul 23, 2014
Photo of JackRWatkins
3.33/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

modified tulip glass from bottle

honestly I'm not an expert in dopplebock and bock styles but I have to say to me this was a mildly disappointing beer. If you are thinking about picking this up, I'd just get Aventinus Eisbock instead, maybe heavier but much better in my opinion

appearance: pours a very dark, cola-ish color, some subtle amber tones when held up to the light. Prominent head, cream colored by not creamy, somewhere between watery and frothy, more close to watery. head of about 2 to 3 fingers,decent retention

smell: the most prominent thing about this beer, smells as it's described, rich, dark, fruity, but not overly malty

taste: adequate, it's not that this is a bad beer, I want to stress that. it's more that given the praise this beer receives, well i'm just not so sure it's deserving. I come from a place of favoring strong dark belgian ales and whilst I do understand that this is not that, I feel as though it attempts at least in some sense to support the fruity flavors it claims to carry but the yeast does not do a very good job of it, this is a malty, malty, malty beer. It very much tastes like a generic porter or stout with dark fruity notes at the back of the take, but the strongest flavor is the roasted malt, which dominates the beer

mouthfeel:crisp but a little thick, not bad in this regard

overall: not aweful but if you're in the market for something like this, you can certainly do better. I do recommend having this with some Y Fenni cheese (otherwise known as red dragon)

JackRWatkins, Nov 03, 2014
Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice deep brown with some red hints thru out nice medium slight off white head,aroma sweet and nutty.Many flavors from this beer starts out a little smokey with some nuttiness,it's finish is a little dry.Not nearly as sweet as some of the style to, wich is a good thing.This is a classic worthy of the high ratings it gets.

oberon, Jul 23, 2003
Photo of Popsinc
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A classic of it's style. Deep and rich in colour. Hints of chocolate & roasted oates. A dry, warm finish, this beer is simply the perfect cold weather beer. I wouldn't go through a winter without it.

Popsinc, Nov 15, 2002
Photo of davemarc87
4/5  rDev -7.8%

davemarc87, May 05, 2014
Photo of RoyalT
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance – The head came up, lasted and laced, but the body is the story here. This is that deep, dark, rich color that all good Doppelbocks possess.

Smell – The darl malt, bready yeast aroma is here in spades. There’s also a deep molasses scent that fills the room. Some loose fruits and a scent of alcohol complete the package.

Taste – This is monstrous. The molasses comes out in force, laced with brown sugar and alcohol along with deep, roasted, mature yeast flavors.

Mouthfeel – This is a bit bigger than medium-bodied and very bitter from the unsulphored molasses flavors. It has a lingering aftertaste, which seems to be a trademark of the style.

Drinkability – This is a terrific representation of the style. It is more complex than most and is a real treat.

Update – I have this occasionally and decided to review it for 2004. This really is a big, complex example of the style and I guarantee will top the list of any blind DB tasting.

Update – I cellared a 2004 vintage and popped it in the spring of ’06. The body held up well but was right on the edge of being spent. The molasses matured times two and the overall mouthfeel was incredibly smooth. It was sweeter than the style standard after being laid down for two years but boy was this some fun to drink.

RoyalT, Sep 25, 2003
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

mmm…meaty. Very full bodied. Uniquely warming. Uber dark ruby-orange-brown with an impressively huge tan head. Great retention. Carmel, dark chocolate, and toasty raisons in the flavor and aroma. Very dark but very drinkable. Slight dry hop finish. Subtle and effective. A great treat! Sessionable aside from the price.

DaPeculierDane, Feb 22, 2006
Photo of beerhunter13
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

beerhunter13, Jan 13, 2012
Photo of DanGeo
4/5  rDev -7.8%

DanGeo, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of Fear4Beer
4.63/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

So dark, malty, and delicious. One of the best beers I've ever had. Drink it warm, its meant to be drank at 16 degrees Celsius (around 59 degrees Fahrenheit). If you drink it cold you are not drinking it the way it was made to be consumed and the taste profile is TOTALLY different. When it is warm the flavors explode. It has a very little alcoholic zing at the end. Bitterness is next to nonexistent but it does have a beautiful dark cocoa taste. Cocoa is very bitter but this cocoa is balanced among all the dark fruit and other flavors. If you are a fan of other Ayinger beers you can taste that hefeweizen core at the very end. I LOVE their hefeweizen (Ayinger Bräu Weisse) so this is a nice change of pace. A perfect cold weather beer while the hefeweizen is perfect for the warmer weather.

Ayinger is one of the best beer crafters in the world. This beer continues that pedigree. If you want a lighter beer from them look for the Ayinger Bräu Weisse.

Other notes: If you check the Alström Bros' review it looks like they made a mistake in Jason's review. He gives the beer an overall rating of 3.5 out of 5 but every other aspect of the beer (taste, appearance, smell, and mouthfeel) got a 4.5 out of 5 or higher. Seems like he made a typo when setting the overall rating. Seems like it should have been 4.5 instead of 3.5

Fear4Beer, Mar 29, 2014
Photo of tectactoe
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a color close to inky black at first, but shows some deep ruby red clarity when held up to the light. A big, creamy, light-tan head tops this one off - nice retention, however much to my surprise, not much lace is left behind.

Nose is powerful, right from the start. Caramel malts take center stage with some sweet, brown sugar heavy in the background. Light fruits also help contribute to the sweet smelling aroma - raisins, plums - all covered in molasses. Some grains help dry things out a little bit and stop the aroma from being too overpowered with sweetness.

Up front, the alcohol is noticeable, especially considering the brew is only 6.7% ABV, but it's far from off-putting. It meshes with the dark fruits to give almost a wine-like presence and sweetness. This beer is nearly as sweet as it smells - molasses, syrup, deep black licorice, and a faint spice, somewhat reminiscent of anise. Rustic, dry cocoa flavors hide in the back, but are definitely there.

Roasted malts? A little. But I'm getting a larger quantity of sweetness from the malts here - this brew is very caramely and toffee-like. Some earthy undertones trace the outline for this beer, with some herbal hop aromas, slightly tea-like on the tail end. Aftertaste is a fading, earthy caramel sweetness with a hint of dry bitterness. Medium bodied, light creaminess to it on the palate, medium amount of carbonation.

Very robust and full-flavored brew. Haven't had many Doppelbocks, but this one was certainly tasty. Packed with intense malt and sweetness without being cloying - very impressive. Score may adjust once I open up and sample more and more beers of the style, but this is definitely something I'd like to have again.

tectactoe, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of ricke
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown color with a big off-white head. Some lacings.

The aroma is nice and malty with big notes of bread, fudge, cola and earth. Some leafy hops and sweet fruity notes as well.

The flavor is sweet, malty and spicy. Full-bodied and smooth with a decently dry finish. Notes of caramel, raisins, sweet cherries, fudge, cola. Ends somewhat bitter with notes of rye bread, leafy and spicy hops and well-integrated alcohol.

Nice one, complex for the style and very "German" in character. Can someone please pass me the sauerkraut?

ricke, Feb 23, 2010
Photo of DavyJones
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

DavyJones, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev -7.8%

t2grogan, Oct 05, 2014
Photo of boston2bburg
3.68/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single 12 oz bottle with plastic ram (bull? yak?) necklace. No bottling date, and from a supplier notorious for having old beer on the shelves. I'm not sure how well doppelbocks age, but could be an issue.

Poured into a Champagne glass, a mysterious deep caramel color with a large, smooth tan head that maintains a healthy cover, with big patches of lacing down the glass. Nice bright tan bubbles swirl during the pour. Pretty to look at.

Smells like birthday cake, caramel, faintly of raspberry cheesecake. Not overpowering but pleasant.

Taste is almost all malt, but not as sweet as most other doppelbocks I've tried. The malt flavor is toasted, with caramel and molasses notes. Very slight bite on the back of the throat. The alcohol isn't tasted but kicks in nicely towards the final third of the beer.

Mouthfeel is clean and a little sharp on the tongue, slightly spicy on the finish. Full-bodied, but not syrupy or tangy. Drinkability is good for the style, but it might sit heavy after two or three. A well-built beer, true to style, but lacking a distinctive character that sets it apart from other beers.

boston2bburg, Mar 23, 2008
Photo of TCHopCraver
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Into a medium sized wine glass, ACD pours a dark brown with a slight reddish hue. A khaki head foams up to about a finger and a half and recedes to leave a ring about the top of the beer. The carbonation looks exciting.

S: I smell chocolate, bread, and some interesting sweet spice aromas rising out of the glass. There is a very dry, grainy smell accompanied by some plum and fig hints.

T: I don't know what it is about bock beers, but I get a very salty taste from all of them. If the taste of this beer perfectly matched the aroma, I would be over the moon. But the salt taste overpowers the chocolate flavor that is present and leaves a sodium residue in my mouth. That being said, there is a decent balance between sweetness and dryness in this beer, and it has a nice, crisp, clean taste to it.

M: Relatively full and coating at the beginning of the sip, and then a puckering saltiness/dryness takes over the feel on my palate. Crisp.

D: This is a well crafted Dopplebock and if I really liked Dopplebocks, I would make this one of my go-tos.

TCHopCraver, Jun 14, 2010
Photo of Zakk
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Zakk, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of brownbeer
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Deep burgundy with a creamy light brown head.

S- Rich malty nose with raisin, burnt toffee, a milky sweetness, and a hint of molasses and cola.

T- The taste is sweet but not overly so. Dark milk chocolate, dates, woody, and root-like.

M- Silky and smooth for a very pleasant drinking experience.

D- A bit of warmth on the finish makes this a perfect cool weather beer.

brownbeer, Oct 05, 2009
Photo of npala86
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

npala86, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of cjn40277
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

cjn40277, Nov 03, 2014
Photo of Spaten454
5/5  rDev +15.2%

Spaten454, Jun 14, 2014
Photo of weatherdog
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330mL bottle poured into a tulip glass

It pours a dark brown with rich ruby highlights. A dense khaki head tops it that lingers for a minute.

The smell is similar of a sweet good quality chocolate. it isn't roasty but a heavy sweet chocolate smell. There was some darker fruit tones behind the chocolate like raisin and cherry. It's really quite nice.

A nice low roasted chocolate pairs with a malt sweetness. It seems to be a fairly simple one dimensional flavor profile to me but it does it really well. It ends crisp and some alcohol can be tasted on the back end.

The body is think and carbonation on the low side which makes it very drinkable in my opinion. A great beer and the goat charm on the bottle doesn't hurt either.

weatherdog, Feb 16, 2010
Photo of tbryan5
5/5  rDev +15.2%

tbryan5, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of nickisserious
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

nickisserious, Jul 22, 2014
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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
97 out of 100 based on 5,380 ratings.