Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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96
world-class

2,277 Reviews
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Reviews: 2,277
Hads: 5,860
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 8.78%
Wants: 451
Gots: 691 | FT: 20
Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2001

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Reviews: 2,277 | Hads: 5,860
Photo of dougbassett
4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the "1001 Beers You Must Try Before You Die" -- this is #8 of my reviews.

This is a world class doppelbock, maybe the best I've ever had in the style. It pours an incredibly dark mahogany-brown, maybe as close as you can get to black without it being quite black. (It does radiate a very solemn red in its center when you hold it up to the light.)

A very sweet nose: brown sugar, carmel, rum raisins and brandy. Flavor-wise I would venture something like "that combination indicated above dumped in a bowl of very good-quality Scottish Oatmeal, with maybe some blackstrap honey added on top as a garnish." Amazingly the mouthfeel is as silky-smooth as can be, even the grainy-mealy finish is delivered as more of an afterthought than a real kick.

I think this is one of the classic beers out there. I don't think I've ever had a doppelbock that's ever come close to getting as many things right as this one does. (925 characters)

Photo of Manosbeeroffate
4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Jesus H Christ I love this stuff, I'm not sure how well I can really describe how much I love this stuff, but here we go. Pours extremly dark brown, almost like a porter. Smells a bit malt syrupy, but good. Taste is...wow!! Malt, cocoa, some mild dried fruit, slightly bitter but again of cocoa. Mouthfeel is nice. Drinkability is excellent. Though you want to sip on this i can go for more again and again. The best I have had so far. (435 characters)

Photo of mustang70
4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

as the first dopplebock I have ever tried. I must say it is very good. I wasn't sure what to expect so I was very surprised with the flavor. it has some very complex flavors. once it warms up you get more of the fruity notes. for a beer I chose at random. it turned out to be a great buy. will definitely buy again. (315 characters)

Photo of Beerbluesbiology
4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a beautiful mahogony color with slight hints of maroon when held to light. Substantial head dwindles to faint traces of foam. Smells of dark chocolate, molasses faint anise, dark malt and faint trace of alcohol. Taste: like pouring velvet in your mouth. This beer tastes and feels so smooth. The smokey malt dwindles to a light hoppy finish with a dry feel on the tongue...beautiful. This is an abolutely world-class beer with nothing to be ashamed of...except maybe the price. Savor every sip! (500 characters)

Photo of cagocubs
4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love doppelbocks and finally got around to trying Ayinger's Celebrator. It was phenomenal.

A: Dark brown with slight amber highlights when held to light. Cream-coloured head dissappeared shortly after pour.

S: Sweet smell.

T: Insanely good. Malt flavor accompanied by smoky/toasty flavor. Hints of sweet flavor in aftertaste.

M: Smooth and full.

D: Goes down smoothly and easy to drink. I enjoyed taking it slow with this one. (433 characters)

Photo of RppIII
4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: This beer was served in a 10-ounce Chalice. The color is a deep yet translucent mahogany with a beautiful tan head.

Smell: Essence of molasses pervades this brew. Balanced against the refined fragrance of molasses is that of spicy phenol, sweet caramel, and a toasted malt character.

Taste: Beautiful and complex. The first property that takes ahold and hangs on for the entire ride is that of malt and molasses. Subtly, the essence of fig augments the flavor. Piercingly, hops enter to contrast the sweet foundation and create dissonance in this otherwise harmonious symphony of flavor. During the recapitulation, an essence of alcohol and grain are present to usher this dark nectar to an unceasing end.

Mouth-feel: Unable to break the grips of its captor (rich, full bodied, thick malt), the carbonation, fully infused, makes this beer smooth.

Drinkability: A nectar seemingly not meant for mortal palates. Divinely inspired!? The Germans can be thanked for making this brew available and thusly determining my only sustenance till the day I die.

Served on tap from Kilted Mermaid of Vero Beach, FL for a price of $5 (1,139 characters)

Photo of legalpete19340
4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: This is beer. Mahogany colored with a perfect head that never went anywhere.

S: Sweet bread. That is the nose on this guy. Caramel and great malt notes.

T: Sweetness pushes through early on in molasses and dried fruit, perhaps raisins and plums. Then huge bready malts and just the slightest thread of pure alcohol near the end.

M: Perfect. Medium and slightest bit chewy when you want it, smooth and light when you dont.

O: The goat has been hanging from the stick in my jeep for years because this is a beer to remember. So enjoyable from start to finish. The Doppelbock. Brilliant in its simple complexity. (617 characters)

Photo of Schwarzwald
4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one easy drinking beer. Great flavor and color, typical doppelbock colors. The head is really nice and smooth, really nice feel in the mouth. It really has some depth with some oak flavors and smoothness. Once again, like most of my reviews, great with German cheese and crackers or bread. Yes, there are other cheeses, but why change. This beer is my constant goto beer. Just pour it in and enjoy! (406 characters)

Photo of goindownsouth
4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Quite possible sex in a bottle, but I shall dive deeper...

Dark and rich in its appearance, a little hint of cherry red mixed in for good measure. Good head retention from the frothy pillow atop this glorious brew. Aromas are rich and pleasing with molasses, roasted malty goodness, and a nice shot of hoppiness. Absolutely envelopes the palate in luscious goodness. Huge chewy malt action with the molasses sweetness and a touch of faint alcohol makes this one very balanced brew. Hints of rich cherry and other fruits.

Perhaps as good as it gets with regard to imported Biers. This is the best of the best when it comes to this style. Smooth, luscious, yet full of aromas and flavors without being overpowering. The closest thing to perfection in a bottle. (765 characters)

Photo of WMEugene
4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. I have to say, it has one of the best bottle designs I've seen in a long time. Love the classic label with the goats on it to the plastic goat hanging around the bottle. Now on to the beer.

A - Pours a very dark brown with a creamy and bubbly thick tan head. Very good lacing.

S - Intense malt and fruit flavors. Noticeable smells of figs, raisins, bread and toffee.

T - Sweet bready flavors - complex mix of fruits and spices. Hints of bitterness after the sweet. Roasted malts also seem to be present. Unique and complex taste. The more I drink the more I discover on the palette.

M - Extremely smooth. Nice carbonation with a syrupy and chewy mouthfeel. Medium to thick bodied. Slightly sweet aftertaste.

O - Ayinger's Celebrator is an awesome beer - simple as that. Its sweet and slightly bitter full of interesting and complex flavors. It's a world class beer and an example of how great a lager truly can be. Run, don't walk to go pick this up! (995 characters)

Photo of chrisms86
4.87/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A complex flavor which is not so complex as to compromise the enjoyment of the brew. Mouthfeel is somewhat thick and the smell is exceptional. The appearance is fantastic and makes me want to dive in. Relatively inexpensive to other top 20 brews, this one is highly recommended. (278 characters)

Photo of BeerTaster
4.87/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearence black hints of brown when you hold it to the light. Smell hint of fig and prune malt and rosted grain. Taste rosted grin figgy dryness Alcohol comes through in the end as well as a hint of bitter chocolate finish. This beer is very cleen tasting lager considering how complex it is if that makes sense. Drinkability was very good for a beer of its kind its a cold late winter night and I wish I had another doppelbock. (429 characters)

Photo of DarthKostrizer
4.87/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Look: Pours a dark brown with milk chocolate brown rings on the edges. 1/2 inch tan head and great retention with some circular lacing

Smell: Molasses, bread, brown sugar, and a malty sweetness that make the nose very complex and amazing

Taste: Figs and raisins are in the forefront with some chocolate and molasses slightly behind that and finishes with just the right touch of coffee and bread

Mouthfeel: Medium body and mildly carbonated and creamy

Overall: Just a world class beer. I have enjoyed this beer as a go to beer for about a decade now and I will never stop drinking this. I absolutely love this and recommended it and it is hands down the best dopplebock on the planet (687 characters)

Photo of CU570M
4.87/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

As the 1,000 review of this beer i want to try and make this a good review. As i poured this brew it had a light caramel colored head that was beautiful, but did seem to not last that long. Was decent though. The color of this is a dark rich black/brown color. When looked at through the light i can see hints of red as well though. The smell is of brown sugar, molasses, caramel, and a nice roasted barley malt. Nutty wood chocolaty brew that pleases the taste buds. Mouthfeel was a mild to medium carbonation with a slight aftertaste and dry. Drinkability is high on this one, one of the better dark beers i have ever had. I would definitely urge anyone to go out there try this one. (685 characters)

Photo of mzwolinski
4.87/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

What a huge beer. This is what to give your friends if they think lagers are for sissies.

The beer is black, with just a hint of ruby when backlit. Thick, tan, creamy head.

Wonderful aroma -- reminiscent of bitter dark chocolate, with hints of toffee and fruit -- prunes and fig.

This is a very full-bodied beer. Heavy, sweet malty flavor with more fruit esters and a hint of baked bread. The finish is superb -- slightly hoppy and dry, with a nice aftertaste from the residual sugars.

Really a terrific beer. Best bock I've ever had. The bottle even comes with a little goat toy for the kids. Something for everyone! (638 characters)

Photo of beertaster13
4.87/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brown cola, with a nice mocha/tan head, bubbles rise from within. The smell is of apples covered in caramel, a slight buttery yeast, biscuits and jelly. Malts ar fruity (cherries) and sweet. The taste is facinating, crisp and refreshing, apple pie with roasted pecans. A nice biscuit layer coated with honey sap. The fruits are pleasant, slight floral hop, lively in the mouth. This beer is king of all. (411 characters)

Photo of turdburglar
4.87/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is my favorite beer. The other members of Beer Advocate have certainly described its character and attributes more eloquently and accurately than i could, but i will say this: i have tasted every other dopplebock i could find and compared them to the mighty Celebrator. Most are good, but none can compare to this magnificent brew. To be fair, the Weihenstephaner Korbinian is excellent, but a distant second in my opinion.

GREATEST BEER EVER. (449 characters)

Photo of steelreign
4.87/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

"Malt malt malt!", I firstly shout after trying this beer. Wow, this is the epitome of bock beer, period. Pours a dark caramel color with a small head that does not stick around long. The aroma is of caramel and toffee, sweet chocolate and roasted grain. Upon first sampling, I thought it a bit sweet, but soon balanced itself out wonderfully with a dry and slightly hoppy finish. Outstanding!

Mouthfeel was very much full bodied and robust, smooth and silky. And of course, the taste - well, let's just say euphoria. A perfect blend of malty goodness and caramel, with hints of grain and bready tones. This is close to perfection. Hail Celebrator!! (652 characters)

Photo of mjohn27603
4.87/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

First, I made sure I bought the single with the goat charm bracelet around the neck. This is like getting a Cracker Jack toy in a beer. Very dark brown in appearance, I couldn't see through the glass when I held it up to the light. Very sweet in aroma reminds me of molasses or brown sugar. First sip - sweet! sweet! Toffee, coffee, molasses. The mouthfeel of mercury (I'm guessing because I've never drank mercury!). I'm picking up a little bit of hops. This is good but I couldn't have more than one or two. Yummy. A bit of roasted aftertaste. (556 characters)

Photo of TippySelenoid
4.87/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a chocolaty brown with a small tan head. The bubbles are slowly rising to the top.

It smells like a loaf of bread. So much malt for one bottle.

The taste is amazing! Delicious!

Feels so creamy and smooth. Almost slides down your throat.

I would drink these all night if they were not so danged expensive. (321 characters)

Photo of Arsenal82
4.87/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a dark amber color especially in the light with a 1/4" tan foam head that disspitated quickly. The smell was of sweet malts, raisins and a hint of coffee notes as it warmed. The taste was well balanced with the presence of dark fruits, mollasses and a red grape aftertaste complimenting the hops. The mouthfeel was really smooth with little carbonation. Definitly recommended on a nice fall night. (404 characters)

Photo of musingmonkey
4.87/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

If I didn't know any better, I would translate this beer to "The Nectar of the Gods".

A significant, fluffy head formed with very little effort atop the dark mahogany body. This beer smells delicious.... the predominate fragrance, believe it or not!, was cherry pie, riding a wave of sweet mollasses, chocolate, and biscuit.

Flavour very nearly matched the smell, with some slight variations. Foundational was a golden syrup/treacle that bolstered fruit cake (dates esp.) and a little honey, with a continuous, but gentle reminder of an alcoholic punch through the finish.

Mouthfeel is chewy and viscous syrup, that allows a wonderful retention of the flavours well after swallowing.

While I have many more beers to sample, I have no hesitation in recognising this as my most memorable and delightful to date. (821 characters)

Photo of allboutbierge
4.87/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is the ambrosia of the gods. I picture myself sitting on Mt. Olympus with Zeus himself after a long day's work. If this beer was a woman, I would consume it like I desire Aphrodite. It is filling, while at the same time satisfying every sense of taste one possesses. While one might desire another, the filling qualities of this brew makes the second one their last.


5KD approved. (394 characters)

Photo of maxpower
4.87/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown-black color, creamy tan head, roasty chocolate aroma, creamy silky mouthfeel, soft on the palate. Tastes of caremel, chocolate and toffe, this is the standard for great dopplebocks, none better. (205 characters)

Photo of Wobbly
4.86/5  rDev +12.2%

Probably the best example of this style I have ever had. I have tried it on tap in both Germany and the U.S. and the bottled version retains most of the complex set of flavors that make this beer a true world classic. Usually pretty affordable where I live. (257 characters)

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 2,277 ratings.