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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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2,283 Reviews
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Reviews: 2,283
Hads: 5,906
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 8.78%
Wants: 461
Gots: 710 | 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: 2,283 | Hads: 5,906
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. (1,532 characters)

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. (402 characters)

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.

Wyll- (1,009 characters)

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. (902 characters)

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. (930 characters)

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. (384 characters)

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)

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 2,283 ratings.