Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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BA SCORE
96
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2,277 Reviews
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Reviews: 2,277
Hads: 5,864
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 8.78%
Wants: 454
Gots: 696 | 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: 5,864
Photo of Palealetial
3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am several beers into my tasting but this is getting my attention.

I cannot put my finger on the exact taste but it is similar to figs, nutty, caramel, honey, with a pumpkin spice kicker.

I will celebrate the fact that this is my last beer of the night but it was enjoyable none the less. (292 characters)

Photo of shivtim
3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Have had this a few times, just never reviewed it until now.
Love the bottle. Classic.
Appearance is nice, deep brown with red hints. decent tan head. Nose is smoky malts and grains, nuts, and some sweetness. Taste is strong smoky malts, bready goodness, and plums. nice. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is high. A solid brew! (334 characters)

Photo of Donnie2112
3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottle poured into a Celebrator glass

deep deep brown with gorgeous tinges of red light film of head

nicely sweet aromas of caremel and other burnt sugars. Again the smells are almost exclusively malt

there are hints of dark chocolate and light notes of caramel, there is just a little bit of sharpness and peppery flavor from the alcohol. The ammount of alcohol plus the malts equate to a fantastic balance.

full body and medium light carbonation slightly dry from alcohol

very drinkable I enjoyed this beer a great deal and look forward to trying more from this style. (575 characters)

Photo of mryuk
3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a dark brown with a hint of red. very little head.

smell is sweet honey and all malt. not getting any hops at all. maybe a bit of licorice as well.

taste is sweet and malty with coffee undertones and caramel.

mouth is thick bodied with low carbonation.

overall I was hoping for more out of this beer. it certainly makes sense that I did not love it since i am a hop head and celebrator is all malt. definitely too sweet and thick for me to love but it does have some good flavors. (490 characters)

Photo of LordofthePings
3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours dark and smooth with medium head. The smell is malty and NO hops. Taste is sweet and Carmel, molasses, sweet corn. Silky and smooth, lacy. Not my favorite beer style so while i appreciate this beer and how well made it obviously is, it's only an occasional drinker for me. (287 characters)

Photo of PatronWizard
3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow! Comes with a free charm for your necklace.

Pretty damn dark. Head is off white, not too long lived. Can get a ruby hue if I tilt the glass, otherwise it's just about black.

Light sour scent.

Good flavor. I'm gonna let it warm just a hair. **Lets it warm**

The flavor and scent get a little stronger. There's a new scent that I can't name. Sorry, I'm stupid.

I think I now know the distinct doppelbock flavor. Love the 6.7%, can't sense it until it's too late.

Overall: good beer, worth a trial (504 characters)

Photo of GOBLIN
3.97/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Ayinger Celebrator

Poured into tulip glass

A: Pours a deep dark brown with a himt of ruby highlights when held against the light.
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S: Fig, raisins, roasted malts and some other dark fruits.

T: Very intense deep dark fruits up front. Followed in the end by a nice, pleasant sweet touch on the end . . . Probably from fruits.

M: Full bodied and crisp to thick feel in this one.

O: A good spring brew. A tried and true German favorite. Would not hesitate to pick this up again. (508 characters)

Photo of r0nyn
3.97/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass from a 11.2 fl oz bottle.

Pours a dark brown color with tinges of burnt orange around the edges. Not too much of a head at all, or lacing. Still, not a bad looking brew. There's a big malty character to the smell, along with a slight bit of fruitiness.

Taste pretty much follows through on the smell with the maltiness asserting itself from the get go. Slight smokiness as well. Bit of bitterness makes itself known, but nothing too excessive; this beer is by no means hoppy. There's an almost wheaty backend, the kind I'm used to getting from hefeweizens, but it's fleeting and gives way to more malty sweetness that rounds out the finish into the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is decent, somewhat thinner than I expected, but still quite serviceable. Quite a bit of carbonation that helps give it character.

Good drinkability, thanks to the unique smell and taste along with the only slightly higher-than-average ABV. Not as pleasant as the Weihenstephaner Korbinian, but definitely not a terrible experience. May merit another visit down the road. (1,074 characters)

Photo of iadler
3.97/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip.

A- Pours a dark brown with a reddish hue. A two finger off white head dissipates into a thin cap. Minimal lacing left behind.

S- Roasted mat, subtle dark fruits including prunes and raisins, molasses, and a hint of bakers chocolate.

T- Raisins, bakers chocolate, nutty bread with roasted and bready malt, toffee and molasses.

M- Medium carbonation and body with a rich mouthfeel that with a dry roasted and sweet finish.

O- One of the better doppelbocks I've had. Not typically a fan of this style, but this is a nice brew for a cold fall evening. (580 characters)

Photo of IBUnit63
3.97/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Pours like a Diet Coke - dark and carbontated with frothy pale head that dissipates quickly. Looks like powerful syrupy stiff.

German chocolate aroma - a little soft, a sour, sorta metal. After about 15 minutes it reveals a toasted nut texture - almost like pecan pie. Strong, smoked malt taste - a little too puckering at first but develops slowly. Still slightly sour. Alcohol and malt are there in force - could be a little better blended but still well-balanced. Short-to-medium finish. Carbonation is long gone a few minutes after pour - first sip is a little clammy; a few minutes later it's very soothing. This needs a little while to breathe, sort of like wine. Most likely best enjoyed in a dark, warm setting - bar, ski lodge, German brew haus, etc. - powerful, well-made stuff. (825 characters)

Photo of NODAK
3.97/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell is of rich caramel malts...molasses...some dark fruit perhaps...very thick. Tasty.

The beer itself is not quite as thick in mouthfeel as I may have expected. Taste is of caramel malts...raisins...molasses....figs maybe. A heavy beer without being TOO heavy. Finish has basically no bitterness on it at all, but there is a very healthy dose of caramel sweetness....alcohol is somewhat noticeable but not astringent, as the ABV isn't all that high. There isn't that much of an aftertaste either, aside from a bit of residual sweetness.

It's certainly a malty monster, but I like that it doesn't go to the point where I feel I'm going to go into a diabetic coma from drinking it. It's balanced quite well. (710 characters)

Photo of Hhawk06
3.97/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was expecting big things out of such a highly reviewed BA selection. It poured purely black with a woodsy cranberry odor. I'm tasting a roasty licorice flavor intermingling with a dry bitterness. The aftertaste feels more nutty but remains dry. It makes you thirst for more! I did enjoy this brew, it's obvious this beer is carefully taken care of. (350 characters)

Photo of Gehrig
3.97/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I just finished this good dopplebock, the first time I tried it, and was not disappointed. It pours a nice head, but one that is short in duration. The color is practically black. The flavors are nice--a bit of chocolate and coffee--but the aromas are not as prominent as I would have liked. The smooth texture atones for the modest aromas, and I would certainly request a second. Celebrator is solid overall, not outstanding but quite good and worth trying. (458 characters)

Photo of Vendetta
3.96/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Original Rating Date:
June 16, 2008

Had this on a beer tasting event on a cruise ship. Really strong doppelbock. Smells fabulous, looks great. The flavor is very strong, toasted, dark. Super malty. Creamy, enjoyable palate. Really quality doppelbock- not really my style, and super filling so I only had a couple before I switched to something lighter. Recommended. (366 characters)

Photo of birchstick
3.96/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - pours with nice one-finger head and chocolate brown in appearance

S - This has a nice aroma to it with sweet, dark fruits (grape and figs) and caramel malts come though.

T - Starts off with dark fruits that soon mix with chocolate and some slight burnt malts. Not a taste I was expecting from the smell.

M - goes down creamy and smooth - mouthfeel is great.

D - this is an excellent doppelbock. I can understand why it is so highly regarded for its style. I know I will revisit this one soon. (501 characters)

Photo of Night
3.96/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear scarlet with a dark brown character in flat lighting. Medium to small, foamy, light tan head has a thin plateau of cream in the center. Somewhat sparse archipelago of lacing sticks just above the head. Aroma has a yeasty belgian character; alcohol has a strong presence. Mouthfeel is medium-creamy and has a light and crisp carbonation tingle. Flavor is woody and grassy with a background of banana-yeast, parmesan, molasses, and a nice spicy (but distant) hop bite. Thick, roasty, almost smoky malts throughout. Dry and bitter undertone in the finish along with more molasses sweetness; aftertaste is clean and slightly bitter. (640 characters)

Photo of Oxymoron
3.96/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beers that end in -ator, are always good. Poured a dark, very rich brown color with stronger red color throughout. A very nice foam with little bubbles with plenty of staying power. Left good lacing as well.

The smell is sweet with malt. Very rich even for doppelboch standards. Some caramel notes mixes with fruity tropical smells. Plums, a touch of raisins and a hint of fried plantains (bananas yum).

The taste is all malt. A sweet mix of caramel and lighter toffee. There is an almost syrupy taste with strong notes of molasses. The fruit flavors become more apparent then even the nose would indicate. Touches of bready and toast flavors are presence but not to be missed.

A good complexity of malt but some lingering yeast qualities and a beer to be enjoyed. Full flavor, full bodied. End it -ator and you wont go wrong. (835 characters)

Photo of timbro81
3.96/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice black color that when held to the light shows a deep reddish brown hue. The head is a nice 1/2 inch off white with good staying power and great lacing. Smells of nice roasted malts with a toffee like sweetness. Nose doesn't reveal too much, my only gig to this classic. Taste is slightly sweet but very balanced. The roated malts don't really come into play until the end. The mouthfeel is light yet silky. A really well balanced beer that could be sipped into the night. Highly Recommended and the pinnacle of the style. (534 characters)

Photo of pmarlowe
3.96/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Doppelbock to tulip glass.

A: Pours a coffee brown with three fingers of fluffy tan head which slowly deflates over the course of a few minutes.

S: Roasted, sweet, dry fruity malt, toffee, chocolate malt balls, and nutty rye bread. In the secondary, dried fruit like pineapple.

T: Malt and more malt, roastiness, oxidization and a whiff of coffee, some fruity esters without the explicit fruit from S:. Finishes with that dry, lagery taste on the finish which I don't care for. Bone dry.

M: Medium-full body and medium carbonation. The carbonation feels great, smooth and almost crisp.

O: One of the references for the style. Unfortunately, I'm not a huge fan of the style. (679 characters)

Photo of Rutager
3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can someone tell me what I'm supposed to do with this little goat??

Appearance. Pours a thick, deep dark brown with a little red and a half finger of bubbly, light tan head.

Smell. Toasty malts and caramel, plums and raisins.

Taste. Caramel, roasty sweet grains, a little bit of molasses and some light, earthy hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body, medium carbonation. Just a little sticky.

Overall. Tasty and well made beer. I can see why this is considered exemplary for the style. (491 characters)

Photo of beernut
3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finished of my 4pk the other day. Pours a deep amber, with nice clarity. Very rich in flavor, with toffee, caramel and a hint of coffee. Finishes dry with a subtle chocolate/coffee aftertaste. Has a creamy body with just enough alcohol to satisfy the palate. A very, very good Doppelbock. Worth purchasing every month. (318 characters)

Photo of IronDjinn
3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice presentation with this stuff. Came in a 4 pack of 330ml brown bottles, slightly art noveau design on the label, and each bottle comes with a small white goat charm attached to its neck.

Pours out a deep mahogany, opaque until it's been held up to the light where it attains some translucent cola-hued highlights. Two fingers of spongy tan head that recedes fairly quickly. Chewy toffee and dates on the nose, rich dark dried fruits, faint trace of alcohol. Traces of powdered dry dark chocolate.

Very dry mouthfeel. Roasted malt, dark toffee, a bit of fig sweetness in the middle, with a finish of dry dark chocolate and light roasted coffee beans. The flavour is not intense, but refined and balanced, the progression of flavours marries well. Well into the aftertaste a bit of boozy preserved fruit sweetness breaks out, helping to contrast the overall dryness of the flavour and mouthfeel.

Most certainly an enjoyable doppelbock, it definitely has produced its own niche for its take on the style, and a worthy following. Although I liked it I couldn't see myself buying this on a regular basis though, perhaps saving it more for special occassions and to introduce friends to this unique ale. One at at time is enough to satiate me, I'm not craving a follow-up at the moment. (1,293 characters)

Photo of airohead2001
3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What better way to celebrate the 2010 STANLEY CUP CHAMPION CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS than with a Celebrator?? This one's for the Hawks - it's been an outstanding season from start to finish with a perfect ending. ONE GOAL.

A - dark mahogany, almost black with a one finger head that quickly fades. not much lacing, but still a great looking beer.

S - just outstanding - caramel, sugar, malts, with a hint of alcohol

T - great beer. taste reflects the smell - caramel, malts, burnt sugar, slight piney hops in the background.

M - good mouthfeel with just the right carbonation.

D - very drinkable beer - perfect for celebrating a Stanley Cup Championship!! Will definitely seek this brew out again. Outstanding. (709 characters)

Photo of sourdoughsteve
3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had to give this a try after reading the reviews here. Found it with little effort at a local wine emporium. Tad expensive, but good beer worth it.

Poured into a chilled pint glass.

A: Dark brown with a good bit of head on it. Head disappeared fairly rapidly

S: At first, the typical "lager-y" scents, then a bit of the caramel and fruityness began to arrive. The fruityness increased as the beer warmed.

T: Nice malty blast. Maybe a teeny bit over-roasted though. That bitterness subsided with each sip. Became more balanced as the glass emptied.

M: Thick-ish but not bread-like. A bit of carbonation evident.

D: Serious innard-warmer here. Not something for everyday consumption though. A special occasion beer perhaps? (728 characters)

Photo of twelvsies
3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had heard a lot about this beer and never got around to trying it until last night at the Moan and Dove. Good, but not quite what I expected. Nice poofy head on top of a dark brown ale, with bubbles. Smell was really nice; malty and roasty and with a nice milky character. In the taste that milky creamy characteristic was really the only thing that made it stand out. Yeah, the nice roasted toasted chocolaty coffee taste was nice, but nothing I haven't come across before, in a variety of styles. It seemed like this beer didn't really know if it was a brown ale or a dopplebock or a stout. The mouthfeel didn't match up with the taste, it was a little thin and too carbonated in my opinion. This is tasty for sure, but I was expecting something more along the lines of a real dopplebock, like Aventius or something. But then again, everyone else on the site seems to think this stuff is the cream of the crop, so to each his own. (934 characters)

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