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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

Ayinger Celebrator DoppelbockAyinger Celebrator Doppelbock

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

4,613 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 4613
Reviews: 2175
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 10.11%


Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.20% 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 thehyperduck:
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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

4.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 mL bottle from the LCBO; no packaging/best before date. This is one of those beers that I've basically never heard anything bad about, ever - it's been on my 'must try' list for a while, and I'm glad to finally scratch it off that one. I must point out that I haven't had a lot of doppelbocks, and the few that I have tried didn't really impress me that much... but maybe this one will turn out to be the brew that changes my outlook on the style. Poured into a mug.

Pours a deep brownish-black colour; looks nearly opaque, but under the light I can make out some crimson tinges and the translucency of the brew. Topped with two fingers of puffy, creamy, off white-coloured head that wilts slowly over the next few minutes, leaving behind a smooth, dense cap about 1/2 a cm thick, and smears of lacing on the sides. The aroma is pleasing and intensely malty, with hints of raisins, butterscotch, figs, fruitcake, brown sugar and sweet potatoes. I might be imagining the smoky notes, but with or without them the bouquet is rich and enticing.

And that richness carries over into the flavours, as this is one of the tastiest dark lagers I have had in my many years on BA. Some light brown sugar or molasses sweetness is quickly overpowered by figs and raisins, some toasted, biscuity malts, with the smooth finish being dominated by bittersweet notes of baker's chocolate and a pleasant demerara sugar sweetness. The aftertaste is mostly lingering roast and a weak hint of booze. On the heftier side of medium-bodied, with mild carbonation that gently prickles the tongue. The mouthfeel is silky-smooth, and even though it's extremely easy to drink this stuff, the small sample means I'd rather savour what precious little I have.

Final Grade: 4.73, a nearly flawless A+. Ayinger Celebrator was just what I needed - a doppelbock to convince me that I don't hate doppelbocks. I have trouble envisioning a more finely-crafted bock than Celebrator - it really is the gold standard; the doppelbock that other doppelbocks should aspire to be like, and an amazingly drinkable strong lager that I will definitely pick up again at some point. Highly recommended to newbies as an introductory bock, and something worth stocking up on if it isn't always available in your area.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2013 23:36:08 | More by thehyperduck
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Furlinator

California

4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours translucent cola dark brown with 1/2 inch of off-white head that settles to a thick cap on top and leaves curtains of lace.

The smell is of cinnamon and other Autumn spices, coffee, cocoa, toffee and faint dark cherry.

The taste is of chocolate, coffee, Autumn spices, molasses and dark malt.

The texture is medium bodied with high carbonation. A steady stream of tiny bubbles rise up throughout the drink down.

A delicious mixture of many different flavors that all blend together to create an outstanding rich and decadent brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2014 00:49:28 | More by Furlinator
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wsd627

Vermont

4/5  rDev -8%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev -8%

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Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

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Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

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New York

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +9.2%

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Missouri

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%

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New Brunswick (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%

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Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -8%

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bskrtz

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A) Very dark, stout like with off white head that disappears quickly
S) Mild spice, burnt caramel, cooked dark fruit, bitter hops
T) Deliciously complex. Espresso and burnt dark chocolate, citrus fruit.
M) Ample carbonation, mild esters, bitter finish
O) An excellent beer

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 01:29:27 | More by bskrtz
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Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -13.8%

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Minnesota

4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark brown with ruby highlights, huge head.

Smell: Darkened toffee, sweetness, hint of coffee.

Taste: Sweet, dark chocolate, mild coffee. No alcohol detected, very well balanced, semi-dry finish.

Overall: Celebrator has been a favorite that I'm finally getting around to review. Leaves other doppelbocks in the dust with its balanced flavors and well-hidden alcohol. A great beer that can be enjoyed year round.

Serving type: bottle

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4/5  rDev -8%

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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
97 out of 100 based on 4,613 ratings.