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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

4,604 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4604
Reviews: 2174
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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berpwillie

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a opaque dark brown color with good tan frothy head, good lacing, and average carbonation. caramel nutty smell with a toasted nutty taste. very smooth. medium body and thin slick texture. very light bitter creamy finish, and short flavor duration. very easy to drink. probably a really good session beer if it wasn't more on the pricey side.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2010 16:52:23 | More by berpwillie
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

3.73/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a rich looking brown with a thin head that fades quickly to nothing...hardly like the overflowing head shown on the beer's label. The nose has a caramel sweetness and subtle yeastiness. Very little spice is present. As expected, the taste is rich and bready with a lingering sweetness. There is almost no bitterness on the back end and the alcohol is well hidden. There is a slight fruitiness reminiscent of prunes followed by notes of tobacco. Medium bodies beer that feels heavy during this hot summer day. Overall, this beer is as expected and a reliable doppelbock.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2012 22:41:41 | More by ThePorterSorter
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beerinator

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark Brown, almost black. Tannish dark tan head with small bubbles assisting with the decent retention.

Aroma: Front notes of coffee. Caramel roasty almonds make their presence known as well. Very very pleasant aroma.

Taste: Heavy malt up front. The alcohol content is noted in the flavors. Mouthfeel isn't as full as I expected from the smell. Nutty. Taste is a bit mocha-ish.

Notes: Expensively enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2004 19:07:17 | More by beerinator
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SupaCelt

Michigan

3.7/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This little number spreads itself into a nice cranberry jelly coloured darkness that looks almost like grape juice when held up to the desk light. The head rioted over the borders of the glass. Very good looking flow.

The smell summons up thoughts of molasses and caramels. There is certainly a sun dried fruit element to this. Like a shrivled raisin smell, or mashed prune, or something weird. Some goofy purple fruity thing, hell maybe even eggplant. There are surely some chocolate sheets in the breeze. Malty; roasty. Jeepers this thing has alot of odoriferous eminations to it. I think the smell might be taking me over as I review this one.

The taste is just as cumbersome to analyze. There are so many layers in here that it is almost confusing. You get the bitter chocolate thing at first. Then the sweetness shows itself. The weird purple fruit rind taste creeps up at the end. Other suggestions assert themselves randomly into the flavour atmosphere. Each sip poses another question. The end is a fruit juice finish minus the sugary sweetness. Unique is about how I can describe this one. Mouthfeel is fairly thick, just shy of a "syrupy" designation. Drinkability is a non issue. There is no way I could handle the mental aspect of more of these after this one. I really can't tell what it is trying to say.

This brew is alright. I may be persuaded to try this one again. I would prefer to have something else if I had my 'druthers though. Nice goat. Fine beer. No tremendous fuss. Tastes a bit rotten.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2005 10:26:08 | More by SupaCelt
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neonbrown82

Nebraska

3.7/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I think this beer is way overrated compared to other Ayinger brews. Looks beautiful, smells good, but the taste seems a bit odd. Maybe everybody just likes the pretty little necklaces on each bottle.

Pours to a dark and hazy nut brown color with a big and fluffy tan colored head. Looks good so far.

Has a very Bavarian aroma to it, if that means anything. A bit of a spicy hop bouqet combined with a grainy malt aroma. Smells quite enticing and refreshing, but the taste seems to let down on the promises of the appearance and smell.

Tastes sweet with a bit of caramel and a slightly roasted bitterness in the finish. I was hoping for more of a yeasty profile in the flavor, but all I seemed to be able to taste were the grains and hops (and a bit of ethanol). No estery or phenolic delights in this unfiltered brew.

The beer has a good body to it, but this can only entice the taste buds so much. Drinkability is average, but can be greatly increased when paired with a meal (I used this beer to marinate my roast last night. It was an expensive choice, but the best I've made so far).

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2005 03:05:38 | More by neonbrown82
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marcpal

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle with the plastic goat hanging so intently. A dopplebock that has avoided me so I bought a pack recently.

A: Dark dark crimson with a tan thin head with lasting power. Bubbles are there to be found.

S: All dark fruit and burnt wood. Sweet flavors that are rounded softly but the woodiness. I actually like the smell far more than the taste.

T: Dark chocolate, raisins and malt. I dont get the same smoked wood flavor from the aroma. Dark chocolate and smoke in the beginning. May seem like blasphemy for such a style standard, but too sweet for my taste. Molasses and malts are surely complex but not crazy about it.

M: Medium body with a creamy texture. Carbonation is well pronounced but needed some bitterness.

D: By all means a well thought out, complex dopplebock. Too chocolatey and rich too go through several but it was one I was glad to finally give a try.

I feel like Im missing something here, but I expected more.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2008 18:53:44 | More by marcpal
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

3.7/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found four light switches and stuff to hang 4 goat charms on, that's pretty cool.

Pretty dark brown body with a big, thick, rocky brown head. Some great retention and nice sheets of lacing. Pretty good looking beer.

Chocolately smell, sweet malts.

Chocolately sweet malts again with some alcohol.

Pretty creamy with medium carbonation, nice mouthfeel.

A fairly drinkable beer. Pretty good overall, not sensational like I expected.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2009 02:31:38 | More by Hojaminbag
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bulletrain76

California

3.7/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

33cl bottle. Dark brown with a creamy tan head that leaves an oily film. The aroma is pretty sweet and roasty, with some dark fruits, like prunes and chocolate. Roasted malts and burnt sugar in the flavor. Not overly rich as my previous experiences with doppelbocks led me to anticipate. Drinkable and balanced, but thin in the mouth as well. Pretty solid, but not quite up to expectation.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2009 19:41:46 | More by bulletrain76
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gmfessen

Michigan

3.7/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, Celebrator is a very deep brown - almost black, with crimson highlights and a thick, mocha colored head. The smell is all malt as you would expect from a dopplebock, caramel and chocolate stand out the most. The taste is also malt-forward with caramel and lightly burnt chocolate taking the stage. There are also slight nuances of dark fruit like dates, raisins and figs. Seems like this one might have a little skunk to it as well and there is only a hint of the 6.7% that is hidden within. Mouthfeel is full bodied - almost chewy with a thin yet adequate carbonation. Overall a drinkable dopplebock, wish I would have had a fresher one but solid none the less.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2009 19:39:05 | More by gmfessen
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crossovert

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 fl oz bottle. I'm pretty sure this is a really fresh bottle, but I'm not 100% sure of it.

Pours into may small mug with a nice off white head and a dark brown body with hints of red.

This one smells different from the other doppelbock imports. It is what Orval is to the trappist beers. It is mostly raisin on the nose, almost exclusively, with some caramel. There is just something weird about it.

It tastes doppelbock enough, and it is pretty awesome. There are hints of chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, dark fruits, and an interesting yeast kick. It is pretty sweet.

The mouthfeel is pretty good although the drinkability could be higher.

It is a good doppelbock but Salvator reigns supreme in my mind.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2010 23:06:32 | More by crossovert
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MEsoJD

California

3.7/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark brown body with small and fast dissipating head.

S: Smells of hops and roasted malt.

T: dark fruits(cherries), sweet malt, and roasted bitter aftertaste/finish.

M:Smooth/silky, medium bodied, low alcohol presence and medium carbonation.

O: Nothing earth shattering but it's a good beer. Very easy drinking and complex considering the ingredients. Not the top of my dopplebock list but will defiantly keep in mind.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 03:52:33 | More by MEsoJD
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Francepants06

Louisiana

3.7/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looked like a darker brown ale color with the smell of blueberry Special K cereal.
It tasted of Raisins, yeast, slight grappy taste kind of similar to Aventinus from Schneider but not as good. I don't think it's as wonderful as advertised but a decent beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 18:41:40 | More by Francepants06
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fostachild

Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

very dark red/brown colour. good amount of tan head with some nice lacing that sticks around for a bit.

smell was nice - sweet, fruity, and some roasted malts.

taste was similar but not quite as good - roasted malt, sweet/fruity, bit of molasses. wasn't the best thing i've ever tasted but definitely still a good beer, i enjoyed trying it.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2011 00:27:46 | More by fostachild
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sauron681

Wisconsin

3.68/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice dark amber with acceptable head, as well as good lacing. Initial taste is sweet and smooth, then leading to a nutty slightly fruit richness. About one-third down the glass I noticed a caramel taste. Aftertaste maintains a burnt and bittery pre dominance. Goes great with a hearty bratwurst.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2007 02:09:51 | More by sauron681
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Duster72

Indiana

3.68/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a coca-cola color into glass with no head. No lacing left behind. Aroma is chocolate at first and then roasted malts. Taste is dark fruits and sugar up front. Carmel malts give way to roasted flavor and slight alcohol burn as it goes down. Aftertaste is primarily roastiness and alcohol. Good beer, not great. I do not have enough experience in the style to say how it stacks up to the competiton.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2007 22:28:29 | More by Duster72
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boston2bburg

Virginia

3.68/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single 12 oz bottle with plastic ram (bull? yak?) necklace. No bottling date, and from a supplier notorious for having old beer on the shelves. I'm not sure how well doppelbocks age, but could be an issue.

Poured into a Champagne glass, a mysterious deep caramel color with a large, smooth tan head that maintains a healthy cover, with big patches of lacing down the glass. Nice bright tan bubbles swirl during the pour. Pretty to look at.

Smells like birthday cake, caramel, faintly of raspberry cheesecake. Not overpowering but pleasant.

Taste is almost all malt, but not as sweet as most other doppelbocks I've tried. The malt flavor is toasted, with caramel and molasses notes. Very slight bite on the back of the throat. The alcohol isn't tasted but kicks in nicely towards the final third of the beer.

Mouthfeel is clean and a little sharp on the tongue, slightly spicy on the finish. Full-bodied, but not syrupy or tangy. Drinkability is good for the style, but it might sit heavy after two or three. A well-built beer, true to style, but lacking a distinctive character that sets it apart from other beers.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2008 02:24:21 | More by boston2bburg
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nick76

Florida

3.68/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The aroma is brown sugar, alcohol, herbs, coffee, toasted malt, and hops. The appearance is dark red/brown and the head is foamy. The flavor is caramel, coffee, raisins, chocolate, spice, nuts. The palate is just the right thickness for the style. The aftertaste is a bit acidic for my liking but overall it's very good.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2008 07:35:48 | More by nick76
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yesyouam

New York

3.68/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours red-brown with a small, off-white, mostly diminishing head. The aroma is a very strong, dark malt. It almost smells like molasses. There may be a hint of herbal hops lingering in the back. It has a medium body and a smooth mouth feel. While the aroma provided malt, the flavor provides hops. This is what was lurking beneath this malty veneer! The bitterness is all that remains in the aftertaste.
(rated Jan 30, 2007)

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2008 04:27:15 | More by yesyouam
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paco1029384756

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with minimal head and good lacing.

Scent of malts, brown sugar, maple syrup, and hints of oats. Well rounded and not overpowering, but a bit too sweet.

Taste of maple syrups, sweet malts, brown sugar, oats, and a hint of cinnamon. Finishes with some malts and brown sugar. I don't think this is good enough to warrant a second purchase when there are better options for the same price.

Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied and not too thin.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2009 03:42:51 | More by paco1029384756
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jsh420

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours dark brown with a little ruby 2 finger head with great retention

smell - not as strong as i remember some roast on the caramel malt little fruit - no booze?

taste was much better but i remember the first time i bought a 4 pack i was blown away - dark fruit little chocolate toasted grains - but no booze no heat

mouthfeel was lighter with medium carb

drinkability was ok but give me a korbinian anytime

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2010 03:23:43 | More by jsh420
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teromous

Virginia

3.68/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Right off the bat, the appearance is fantastic. It's a dark beer the color of molasses, allowing beautiful dark brown tones of color to show through when held up to a light. The head stands about the width of my small finger, and sinks to a sliver across the top of the beer. It is a light tan color, and looks milky smooth across the surface. Lacing is already starting to build.

S: The beer is very light in the scent department. I pick up notes of caramel, some roasted grains are in there. Most of the scent is caramel.

T: There's a nice light smooth roasted flavor to this. It's a very good tasting Dopplebock.

M: It's a very smooth beer. It's medium bodied, and very easy to drink. Very light bitterness.

O: Overall it's a really good beer. It is, what a Doppelbock is. I would recommend it to another person, and would drink it again. I don't pick up much nose from this beer, and the taste is not very complex or rich as I'd want it to be. It's still a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 05:03:52 | More by teromous
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endovelico

Portugal

3.68/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My quest for the perfect Bock has been a long one, similar to what is happening to me with the Barley wines; It's a style that on paper seems like my chosen stuck-on-an-island drink but alas no exemplar I've had has stood out has anything other than a average to good quaffer.

You can imagine the excitement i was in when i had the chance to first open this legendary brew, that was sure to break the spree.

The brew was much darker than i had thought and much more effervescence, not necessarily over-foaming, just showing lots of bubbles. The aroma is mute and closed, something i tend to feel when sniffing heavy beers like Bocks and Barley Wines - might this be related with my apparent spree?. You still feel that melanoidin quality which makes its appearance in the taste profile, exactly what you would expect after smelling the beer. In addition, a strong yeast bite character also reveals itself in the mouth alongside a coke like syrupy caramel taste/texture.

It's full bodied, not very bitter and in my opinion much more carbonated than it needs to be. I wish i had liken this more, i really do, but this one is not for me, even if it's a beer whose technical merits are beyond discussion.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2012 22:57:02 | More by endovelico
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beernut7

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I drained the local liquor store of every other brand and style of beer so I figured I'g give this brew a swing and see what the hype was all about. Pours a deep black with a foamy thick tan head. Aromas of bready and dark German malts. Light chocolate and heavy sweet malt is the initial flavor with a clean syrupy finish. I am not usually a big fan of the style and this bock doesn't really change my opinion. Not bad, but not impressive for the hefty price tag.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2002 16:45:58 | More by beernut7
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granger10

Wisconsin

3.65/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one did not live up to its hype by my standards. My friends who had this obsessed about how great it was and this site has it at something like 4 or 5 on the top beer list. But, to my dismay, this was simply a little above average. Dark with a very, very small head. Might this have been sitting on the shelves for too long? Anyways the flavor was strong and there was a very chewy thick mouthfeel to the beer that didn't completely appeal to me. A strong malt flavor came but this beer was never sweet. All around it was good, but not up to the hype it's recieved.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2003 01:09:51 | More by granger10
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BrewSomerville

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aromas of chocolate, maple, burnt sugar. Smelled kind of like a tootsie roll and some licorice. Smelled something like an aged port.

It was dark brown in appearance with ruby red highlights. It had a big biege head with good retention. It did leave some lace but not much.

It tasted sweet. I tasted flavours of raisons, cherries, grapefruit, dark fruits. It was a little vinous. I also tasted some sweet coffee and chocolate. There was some hop flavour/bittering to inhibit the sweetness from overpowering.

Mouthfeel was full-bodied. Average carbonation.

Overall I think this is a good dopplebock, one that I will try again.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2007 03:22:35 | More by BrewSomerville
Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
97 out of 100 based on 4,604 ratings.