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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Reviews: 2,292
Hads: 5,944
Avg: 4.33
pDev: 16.17%
Wants: 464
Gots: 734 | FT: 20
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Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website

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: 2,292 | Hads: 5,944
Photo of cleolicious
3.99/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A tall, tan, thick head that lasts. Light caramel and malts. Taste: Really delicious and very smooth. Spices, grains, fruits, and sugars. A hearty meal.

Very drinkable, but will get filling after a few. Even though I like a bit more carbonation in my beers I have to say that this is an great beer. Quite delicious.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
3.99/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a very dark amber/brown color with two fingers of dense off white head. Retention and lacing are superb.

S: Roast, love, prunes, and a hint of banana. Rather mild for the style. As the beer warms, prunes come out more and more.

T: Similar to the aroma. Roast is interestingly quite strong, particularly for a style it's not really expected in. Bready malts are also quite strong - this reminds me of having a rye bread. Raisins and clove come out behind the roast and breadiness, though they are mild.

M: Medium to thick mouthfeel with creamy carbonation.

O: Not exactly what I've come to expect for a Doppelbock, but I really enjoyed this beer. It has a distinct roastiness and breadiness that is quite nice, but I could have used more fruitiness and caramel flavors. I also en

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

.3l poured into a celebrator glass.

Pours a very dark brown with a small light brown head. Nose is boozy and very malty.

Taste is mostly malt with some sweet licorce and nuttiness it's really good. Mouthfeel is fairlyrich an crisp. Easy to drink for the style.

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Photo of geodonnokepyo
3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

look - dark brown to black color, ruby red when held up to a light. creamy tan head that dissipated fairly quickly. good lacing

smell - roasted malts, coffee

taste - follows the smell, very rich

feel - full bodied, smooth, and slightly creamy

overall - didn't live up to the hype for me. It is a great beer, no doubt, but there was no wow factor or any reason that it should be above the rest

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Photo of jp62099
3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had two over the course of a weekend, first was maybe a little to warm and I had had one or two other beers before so it did'nt do much for me. 2nd had a day or so in the frig, no beer before, much better. As with most of my reviews D-bocks are new to me so can't really compare by style. It was good, but after hearing all the hype maybe I expected more. Nose was malty, bready, not much actually. Taste was balanced leaning on sweet. Very drinkable, did'nt fill to heavy. Reasonably priced, if it were available here I would drink again.

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Photo of nickd717
3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Despite all the fanfare, I did not think this one was really slap-your-grandma good (yeah, I got that from "Honkytonk Badonkadonk").

A - Appearance is great: dark brown with a tan head that lingers longer than for most lagers, even strong ones.

S - Sweet caramel malt, dark fruits, mild roast, and spice.

T - This is a fairly complex beer on the flavor, malty with caramel, roast, chocolate, prune, raisin, and spice. Pretty good, but not a standout.

M - Very smooth and fairly full with a bit of alcohol warmth.

D - Decent but not outstanding. Easy to drink a bottle but I might want to switch to something else after that.

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Photo of theghost3
3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mahogany/deep red almost black; very thin beige head. Smell is heavily malty and sweet fruits. It has a strong malt flavor with sweet molasses, fruity. The mouthfeel is very heavy and smooth. This is a drinkable beer but it's so heavy and filling, it would be difficult to drink more than maybe two in a session.

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

More of a dark, dark maroon color instead of a brown. The head has that stout like chocolate foam color. It doesn't really lace the glass but it at least shows up and hangs out for a while. A rich malty nose with some toffee and brown sugar. The taste is a little bit grainy. A sweet molasses tickles the palate and the slightest hint of bitterness that is almost unnoticeable. The finish lingers just long enough to leave a sweetness on your lips making you want another sip. Great food beer.

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Photo of rsyberg01
3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

serving type - 12 oz bottle with 2 goats adorning this extremely exceptional doppelbock. One of the goats is hanging off of the neck on a red piece of string, fun looking and also doubles as a unorthodox monopoly piece.

appearance - dark and nutty brown, just so warm looking and inviting. head resides from being prominent to residing and leaves a good sticky lacing.

Smell - roasty and malty with a slight hint of fruit. a very pleasant slap across the face, just makes you want to slide right in, kick off your shoes, and relax.

taste - just like the smell only much more prominent on the palate, the fruit doesnt stand out so much as it does in the nose but is still evident. the roasted malt is warm and toasty and lends those feelings directly from the mouth to your body. a good cold weather beer because of the roasted element, though there is also a certain crispness to it at the very beginning and it finishes a bit crispy too. good brew.

mouthfeel - coats your tongue and cheek, lingers for a moment and then finishes quite clean with a little residual flavor hanging out just to remind you what you're in for with your next sip.

drinkability - smooth and delicious, but it has such depth that it seems to be a difficult one to continue with after about 4. Which is perfect because that is how they are sold.

tip - this goes well in a tulip, actually I prefer a tulip because of the concentration of the smell at the mouth of the glass. A great buy if you come across it, which is not a difficult task.

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Photo of gameface23
3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

NOTE: I am not a fan of Doppelbocks and usually not a fan of malt in general, but this was pretty damn good. Although I didn't enjoy it as much as an IIPA or the like, I still respect it for being exceptional within it's style.

Pours a dark brown with a great looking tan head. Smells of malt, raisins and molasses and maybe some very faint smokiness. Taste hides the alcohol well, with notes of malt.

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

Pours a clear, deep caramel with ruby hilights and a good 3/4 inch tan head. Has a nice guinness-like effect on the pour. Very pretty to look at.

Nose is roasted malts and caramel with a slightly candied, fruity edge.

Intro onto the palate is ever so slightly bitter before the malt kicks in to mellow it out. There's also a tad too much carbonation that takes a moment to back off before the malt has a chance to make itself know. Is slightly astringent on the front of the palate, leaving a tartness on the front of the tongue after it's gone. Aftertaste is smooth caramel malt with a little espresso lurking behind it.

Mouthfeel is smooth & creamy but just a wee bit too astringent & carbonated for my liking. Creates a little more tartness than I would have liked.

A solid drinker, I don't think I'll have any complaints about having to finish the 4-pack I picked up.

Overall, a good offering. In my opinion it doesn't quite measure up to the TH-Liberator, but it's not bad at all.


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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into pilsner glass.

A - Poured very dark brown, almost black, and almost opaque. Brown one finger head recedes to virtually nothing, no lace.

S - Mainly deep caramel, with a hint of dark fruit and spice.

T - More caramel dominates with some slight roasted flavors. Hops are present somewhere near the finish, with a small floral component mid- to late-palate. Finish is bitter with notes of something like nutmeg or mace, along with a fruity sugar taste, reminding me a lot of a demerara sugar. Quite sweet overall.

M - Nice and smooth with very little carbonation. Little bit of alcohol bite at the end.

D - I don't think I'd want more than one of these, though I could see some folks having a few. It's a little too sweet for my taste, rather heavy, and the alcohol really starts showing as the beer warms. Bocks in general aren't the most sessionable of beers anyway.

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

Presentation: 11.2oz. brown bottle; no "bottled on" or "best before" warning, despite the small, plastic goat danding on the neck; purchased as a stray single from the Westwood Whole Foods for $2.29; front label depicts a six-foot beer breaking up a hoof to hoof battle between two goats.

Appearance: Pours a dark, dark, fudge brown; fat, cocoa-tinged brown; d-cup's worth of lacing; very good head retention.

Aroma: Somewhat mildly of molasses and carmelized brown sugar.

Taste: Thick, toasted malt profile upfront and throughout; strong notes of black bread, dark fruits, molasses and brown sugar; a subtle hop bitterness balances things out in the finish; hints of graham crackers and butter; not half as sweet as one might imagine; full bodied with a smooth, chewy mouthfeel.

Notes: Probably the most complex doppelbock these lips have ever sampled, though I'm not entirely sure that adds up to its being the best.

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

Pours a rich and bold brown color with a big tan head resting on top, that will die down after a few moments leaving very little in its wake. Smell is of a smokiness, roasted malt, some dried fruits. The bouquet awakens as this one warms in your hand. Taste is complex and full bodied. After sipping on this one for so long I felt like I was drinking my meal. It certainly is filling.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.
(This should be interesting)

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 2,292 ratings.