Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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Reviews by rickyleepotts:
4.84/5 rDev +11.5%
I have had this beer several times. My favorite part of this beer is the little goat that hangs on the side of the bottle. Not sure if he has a name, but he's cute! There are also goats on the label. Does anyone know the connection with goals the doppelbock style?
My palate has been out of sorts lately. I haven't been in the mood for a particular style in a few weeks, and nothing tastes good. Not that it doesn't taste good, but there are days where I am not even in the mood for a beer. Good thing I know what this tastes like, and know it will be an enjoyable experience. I can already smell the bready sweetness on this bottle as I was pouring it. Let's drink!
In the Glass: I remember this beer being dark, but not this dark. It is nearly black in the glass, and offers a nice thin tan head. The lace is nice and thick, too. I am sure this will, as it heats up, it will get better. But I KNOW it will be good from the first sip.
Nose: Lots of bread on the nose. The more I smell it the more malty flavors I am starting to pick up some dark chocolate, almost coffee notes after a few sniffs. The aroma is so powerful I can almost taste it as I smell. That is a sign of a good beer. Before I take my first sip, let me tell you… the beer looks creamy in the glass now. Maybe it is the way the light is hitting the head, but the beer looks even more inviting than normal. Maybe my desire for beer is coming back!
Flavor: Holy. Crap. This beer is SO SO SO good. I mean, great. I could seriously drink a gallon of this and be fine. Well, not fine… flavor wise, anyway. There are some nice layers of carbonation to start, then the dark bready flavors really shine through. Then, as you swallow, it turns somewhat sweet and finishes with a nice hoppy dryness. Think Irish stouts when without the metallic finish. The flavor here is just incredible. I bet this would make a good food beer, too. It is thick enough to be a meal all by itself. This is what beer should taste like. Bravo, Aying!
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel on this is thick and creamy with slight bubbles around the edge. I did swish a sip around in my mouth, and it did open up a little bit. Not too much, but the fluffy texture turned to bubbles. I rarely finish a glass before I am done writing, but this will be gone before I am finished. It is too good to let it heat up. Right out of the fridge and I am satisfied. Guys, this is one of the best beers I have tasted in weeks and I plan to make this the beer of the week next week at Total Wine & More. YUMMY!
Aftertaste: For a beer that has this much flavor, I expected the finish to be a bit more bold. The drying is nice, though. It lasts for a few minutes, but isn't as intense as the flavor profile here. I guess I will just have to take another drink. Hold on… be right back! Man, this just gets better with every sip. Maybe I have found a new love for doppelbocks.
This beer makes me want to celebrate!!! Get it? I doubt that is where the name comes from, but this is such a tasty beer, I might buy another one on my way home tonight. We are going to some grand opening somewhere… free appetizers and free drinks. Not sure what, but it should be fun. I don't even know what the place is called! Anyway, I am excited to try a new bar and hopefully they have some good cocktails available. If not, I will leave and find a bar offering Celebrator. CHEERS!
05-15-2013 21:47:22 | More by rickyleepotts
More User Reviews:
4.03/5 rDev -7.1%
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.
07-23-2003 21:26:31 | More by oberon
4.7/5 rDev +8.3%
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. Theres 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.
09-25-2003 03:15:13 | More by RoyalT
4.6/5 rDev +6%
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.
02-22-2006 23:13:25 | More by DaPeculierDane
4.63/5 rDev +6.7%
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
03-29-2014 03:57:22 | More by Fear4Beer
4/5 rDev -7.8%
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.
01-27-2013 00:08:32 | More by tectactoe
4.13/5 rDev -4.8%
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?
02-23-2010 12:57:21 | More by ricke
3.68/5 rDev -15.2%
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.
03-23-2008 02:24:21 | More by boston2bburg
4.1/5 rDev -5.5%
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.
06-14-2010 01:25:37 | More by TCHopCraver
4.4/5 rDev +1.4%
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.
10-05-2009 17:37:01 | More by brownbeer
4.43/5 rDev +2.1%
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.
02-16-2010 04:18:28 | More by weatherdog
4.33/5 rDev -0.2%
Poured from an 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.
A: Dark Brown color with a pleasant light brown head that retained itself for quite a while.
S: Roasted malts, a hint of coffee, some bready aromas.
T: Lots of coffee in the flavor, accentuated with some sweet chocolate notes balanced with a bit of bread flavor. It finished with a slight bit of lager crispness.
M/D: A full thick body, the carbonation was very smooth. On drinkability terms, this one was fantastic. A lot of this style is cloyingly sweet and its very hard to down more than one of them. I could drink this one all night.
All and all, a fantastic beer.
01-27-2011 17:42:31 | More by Someguy1989
Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 5,023 ratings.