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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

4,611 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 4611
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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dmamiano

West Virginia

3.65/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark reddish in color with a decent off white head. Very creamy looking head as would be seen in a stout.
Heavy malts detected in teh nose, dark.
Taste is very malty, clean. Burnt flavors from the dark malts abound. Almost tasting licorice in the finish.
Good, clean finish.
Good beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2008 19:56:27 | More by dmamiano
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BMMillsy

Florida

3.65/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours deep dark brown/black with nearly no head. Some ruby edges in teh light. Sweet molasses aroma, roasted malt, and licorice/anise. Flavor is big licorice with hints of chocolate, then more licorice. Pretty sweet stuff, but a lingering bitter on the palate. Very low carbonation, thick mouthfeel, and heavy. Velvety as it describes. Interesting brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 14:08:50 | More by BMMillsy
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mpyle

Maryland

3.63/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep ruby red color, crystal clear appearance. Reasonably large tan head, long lasting and tightly bubbled.

Candy sweet aroma, with a bit of black licorice (sp?) and plum. Clean aroma beyond the malt and fruity esters.

A burst of roasty malt flavor up front, but not overly sweet. Somewhat less malty than the aroma hinted at, and balanced by hop bitterness and/or darker malts. Finishes slightly dry and more bitter than a lingering malty sweetness.

Medium body and carbonation. Very creamy, and only slight hints of alcohol warming. Finishes fairly dry, and is absolutely clean on the palate (no astringency).

Overall a very clean, malty lager with surprising balance. Rich without being cloying, but I might actually want it slightly shifted in the malty direction. But that is a minor quibble, as it is a really nice, highly drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2006 02:59:38 | More by mpyle
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TheBierBand

Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It had been a while... so I thought I'd try a Celebrator during my latest outing. The bartender served it up in a pint glass deftly poured with a perfect 3/4" head. The color was almost black, but when held to the light let some dark reddish hues through.

The head held on through my sniff test which reveiled hints of coffee, chocolate and a sweet fruity-ness.

Upon my first taste, the head had diminished to about 1/4" and was already leaving a pronounced lacing on the glass. The taste (like the smell) had coffee, chocolate and fruit characteristics, although they weren't as pronounced as I'd hoped. This one was a bit thinner that many of the other dopplebocks I've tried (most recently Spaten Optimator). Very little on the hoppiness factor. Spaten Optimator is a much richer brew in this Beer Advocate's opinion.

Mouthfeel was OK. A bit too heavy on the carbonation for me. Still smooth enough to fully enjoy.

Drinkabilty: I won't have this in heavy rotation, but one in a while it's a good one to have on second string.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2007 16:37:58 | More by TheBierBand
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WeisGuy

New York

3.63/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a - pours a deep dark brown with a three-finger tan head, retention around the edges, not much lacing

s - caramel maltiness dominates, hints of alcohol as well as notes of mint, light hoppiness

t - once again, sweet caramel maltiness is the dominant flavor, very light hoppiness and unique notes of mint, not much alcohol on the finish, lingering sweetness

m - a bit too thin in my opinion, lightly carbonated, sweet finish

d - fairly drinkable, easy on the palate and the alcohol isn't prominent at all

This is a decent doppelbock in my opinion, but I wouldn't put it up there in my top five of the style. Well worth trying, but it didn't blow me away.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2008 00:41:53 | More by WeisGuy
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HalfFull

California

3.63/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber brown/red into a pint glass with a thin off-white head, which settles into a thin lacing.

Smell is typical of sweet German malts, offering a bit of roasted nuts. Otherwise typical of any bock style, yet offers a bit more depth as well.

Taste follows with sweet malts, slightly chewy and lingering, yet rather simple in the malts department and yet rather expected. I'm surprised this brew rates so highly as I find it just a slight variant of many a ---bock.

Decent feel with light carbonation and a sweet and lingering viscous finish. Drinkability suffers from the rich malty sweetness yet a nice winter brew in moderation. But then I live in San Diego and not in snow country, so I don't see myself revisiting soon.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2008 06:13:31 | More by HalfFull
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callmescraps

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I enjoy goats. We'll see about the beer.

Appearance - Surprisingly black. I'd say a very deep brown, but almost no light gets through at all. An inch of off-white head dissipates quickly.

Smell - A hint of dark fruits and a lighter, sweeter malt smell. Lots of roasted malt.

Taste - Lots of sweet roasted malts. Very rich. There is a burnt aspect on the finish that I'm not loving. A hint of molasses as well. Definitely some dark fruit.

Mouthfeel - Nice carbonation, but it's not as rich as I might like. Very light and crisp.

Drinkability - Not bad, but that lingering roast is not helping the matter.

This is a fine beer. Not a huge fan or anything. It's got a nice roasted malt thing, but seemed a tad one note. I guess it's just not a favorite of mine.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2009 05:52:49 | More by callmescraps
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RickS95

Indiana

3.63/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Color is 1 part ruby, 4 parts black with a thick tan head.

Has a malty, wheaty, hoppy smell to it.

Tastes like caramel; like the smell, a lot is there, but nothing dominates.

Very smooth in the mouth, only a touch of heat from the alcohol in the finish.

This is really easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2010 21:01:57 | More by RickS95
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blakelive784

Colorado

3.63/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 fl oz bottle served in a snifter, reviewed live:

A - Pours a deep mahogany/amber color with 2 fingers of surprisingly thin, light tan head. Retention is average.

S - Candied sugar, toasted malt, light spice, dark tart fruit (plum?), bread, and a faint nose of alcohol. Subtly complex, and wonderfully inviting.

T - Follows the nose, though the flavors are much more pronounced. The toasted barley is heavier than expected, as is the yeast. It's a nice counterpoint to the sweetness of the malt and candied sugar. The fruit is most apparent towards the climax, where it strangely finishes with an alcoholic bite, though it's not intrusive. I like it quite a bit.

M - Medium bodied, not too thick, and finishes smoothly. Suits the flavors well.

D - It's a very good beer, though it's a bit of a let down given the current ratings. Considering its availability and quality, though, its a good choice.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 01:50:58 | More by blakelive784
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TruePerception

California

3.61/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Previous review, transferred from beer journal)

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock: 6.7%, thin head, quick fade; Appearance: very dark reddish-brown, stout-like; Smell: sweet bun, a little malty; Taste/Mouthfeel: heavier, sweet bun/cinnamon roll, dark cocoa on the back end, burnt toffee; long cocoa finish; pretty good.

Poured into a pint glass.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 07:07:39 | More by TruePerception
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.6/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep, dark brown with ruby highlights, capped by a massive, light brown, lumpy head that recedes relatively quickly to a thin, covering film. Not much in the way of lace. The aroma is predominantly of coffee and dark dried fruits (raisins, prunes and dates). It isn't as complex as expected, but is appetizing nonetheless.

The flavor is malty sweet, with molasses and coffee at the head of the line. Some alcohol is evident; surprising since the ABV is only 6.7%. I noted a slight metallic taste with the first few sips, but it faded soon thereafter.

The mouthfeel isn't bad, but isn't all that wonderful either. I was expecting more smooth creaminess, but didn't get it. Drinkability is good.

Celebrator is my first doppelbock so I wasn't really sure what to expect. Given the high ratings, I expected to like it more than I did. Don't get me wrong, it's a good beer, but it didn't come close to knocking my socks off. I do like the little goat charm though. Nice touch.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2003 20:57:20 | More by BuckeyeNation
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BigJTrucker

Oregon

3.6/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle. Decent head settles fairly quickly. Dark choclatey amber color. Smells slightly reminiscent of molasses or rum. Very malty tastes. I'd wish it had a bit more hops to balance it out. Feels very thick in the mouth, not fizzy. Very full bodied. A decent enough beer, and from what i've read, a decent enough member of the style, but for some reason, i enjoyed a Samichlaus much more.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2007 04:46:13 | More by BigJTrucker
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jayrod20

Texas

3.6/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a beautiful deep brown, almost black, with a robust tan head that fades to some lacing. The smell was sweet, almost fig with coffee hints. The taste was very good, cream, coffee, grain. The mouthfeel was creamy smooth, slightly thick with a bit of carbonation. The drinkability was very good, this is a beer i like to savor for a while but its highly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2008 02:55:16 | More by jayrod20
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TexIndy

Texas

3.6/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Has this one several times and was surprised to see that I hadn't reviewed it yet so here goes. Poured from a 330ml bottle into a pint glass. Had some dating notches on the front but no way to decipher them. It was dark brown almost black in color with mahogany highlights against a light. It had a large tan head that slowly settled down to a thick collar and partial film. Some carb streams but no lacing.

The nose was very sweet malt, caramel and molasses. Too sweet for me. Same with the taste. Very sweet with no bite to it. Needed something to offset the sweet. Not knowing the age on it so not sure if this is normal or not. It's been several years since I had one and seem to remember more of a balance to it. Mouthfeel was nice and creamy.

Overall, a good but not great beer. This isn't one of my favorite styles but even considering that this one was a bit of a letdown. Rotation-wise it's probably once every year or so.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2009 04:31:29 | More by TexIndy
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trevorjn06

Washington

3.6/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a coffee-ish brown with about 2 fingers of foam that dissipates after a minute.

Aroma is dark, sweet malt and toffee. Fairly simple and straight forward.

Taste is rich and sweet. Dark malt with a hint of noble hop bitterness. It is a fairly straight forward taste, complex malt and a balancing bitterness, as I would expect with a lager. Finish is a bit sweet and leaves an oxidized, unpleasant dark malt taste.

Mouthfeel is moderately thick, medium/low carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2010 02:10:49 | More by trevorjn06
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Damian

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice full head and translucent deep brown body.

Smell was rich and sweet.

Taste was malty with notes of caramel, cinnamon and spice. Slightly hoppy, bitter aftertaste.

Moderate body created a nice rich mouthfeel.

A good beer overall but not worthy of the hype.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2006 00:53:31 | More by Damian
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kosmoraios

Washington

3.58/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark chestnut brown with a beige-colored head. Aroma is of roasted malt, banana, toffee, brown sugar.

Taste is sweet and strong with notes of molassess, coffee, roasted malts, and maybe some nutty yeast.

A full-bodied ale with a bit of a toasted aftertaste. Well carbonated and spicy.

Excellent ale. Just can't drink more than 1 or 2 in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2006 20:44:01 | More by kosmoraios
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travelfrog

New York

3.58/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is one of the few "*-ator" Munich Starkbier brands I did not try in Munich during my Starkbierzeit pilgrimages in my younger days... ;) I must say I was a bit disappointed, especially since I have very much enjoyed Ayinger's other beer varieties. To be fair, I had this brew on tap in the USA (i.e., perhaps not at its freshest), served into a Celebrator 0.3 liter glass.

Appearance was dark-brown with a reddish tinge. A bit more watery than other Doppelbocks I've seen.

Aroma was very good, almost of a chocolate cordial.

Flavor was OK, with notes of port wine and sherry. The aftertaste was almost salty.

Mouthfeel was average at best, with not a lot of body and cloying to the roof of the mouth.

Drinkability was OK for a Doppelbock, but you could definitely taste the alcohol.

Again, to be fair, I had it on tap a long distance from where it was brewed. Perhaps I'll sample it again if I make it back to Bavaria.

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2007 12:59:05 | More by travelfrog
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JDV

Texas

3.58/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Rich Mahogany pour with a light brown short lived head. Looks nice, and smells even better. Smells of Gingerbread cookies, mollasses, with some smokey, earthy tones. Taste is malty, molasses, and some smokey earthiness again. It also has a tart, sourish twinge to the finish and a nice needed bitterish note to it. Alcohol is hidden well, and this an awesome beer overall. Still good, but I didn't like it as much the 2nd time around.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2008 19:11:13 | More by JDV
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maximum12

Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to genog for throwing this into a trade.

Pours dark with a hint of red sneaking in around the edges. Nice head collapses quickly into a thin ring around the Sierra Nevada pint glass. Not much of a distinguishing nose on this baby.

Given the faint aroma, the full taste is a head-rocker, wow! There's a lot of earthen, muddy, deep dark tastes in there, mixed at the end with a bit a sweet malt to even it out.

Feels full, rich, & lingers well on the palate. First time I've had this beer, very nice.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2008 00:15:54 | More by maximum12
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OakedCanuck

Washington

3.58/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into cervoise.

A - Pours an opaque brown with reddish edging. Off-white single finger head. Minimal lacing

S - Lots of sweet caramel and toffee. Slight herbal hops on the nose and some figs.

T - Lots of sweet caramel malt along with brown sugar and a bready yeast. Decent accenting pine hops.

M - Thinner than I expected. The sweet malts gave it a certain stickiness and ABV wasn't noticeable.

O - I thought it was going to be a bit heavier for the style. Tasty sweet malts but didn't stand out for me for the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 16:55:50 | More by OakedCanuck
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tarheels86

California

3.58/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

355mL. Pours a deep deep ruby with lower carbonation and a small, dark tan, lingering head. Aroma is black cherries, coffee, minerals, coffee. Taste is less fruity, almost like a smoked beer with tobacco, chocolate, savory meat, cinnamon. Nice mix of roasted coffee and mild, sweet barbeque. Raisins, brown sugar, black cherry soda and caramel come through. Overall very drinkable, lighter palate, neutral aftertaste. Fairly decent, but again this is one of the few decent doppelbocks to be distributed stateside. Like almost all German beers, they don't hold up well in the bottle. Need to find this on tap or stick with local dunkels in Germany. Or better yet, pilsners/lagers.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2012 21:48:15 | More by tarheels86
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TheAlamoWrocker

Texas

3.56/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

As a Dobbelbock this is a spectacular example of one (easily an A), but as a beer it's just something that feels like less than a porter while still carrying attributes of one. I'll rate this as a beer rather than just a Dobbelbock.

Reviewed November 16, 2013 at 0245. Poured a 330 mL bottle into a pint glass.

A: 1/2 fingered tan head followed by a dark reddish brown body. Head quickly dissipates.

S: Light pleasant bready malts. Thin molasses smothers the light chocolate of the drink.

T: Toffee followed by a lingering dark chocolate. Tad hit of alcohol on the end.

M: Lightly heavy carbonation with a medium body that is smooth.

O: This a a solid dark version of a Dobbelbock. This is a drink that is made for the everyman. This is the drink that one would get the Shiner Bock drinker to explore more into the craft/micro beer world.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 09:26:41 | More by TheAlamoWrocker
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BoulderBarrovecchio

Pennsylvania

3.56/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark chocolate coffee color, 1/4 inch head, no visible carbonation.

S: Sweet and dark fruits, specifically plum, with a presence of roasted malt.

T: Roasted nutty flavor on the front end, very smooth, no pop, with a sweet coffee, toffee, caramel flavor on the back end.

M: Extremely smooth medium body, slightly creamy feel balanced by light carbonation (too flat for my taste), and a slight alcohol warming sensation that lingers.

O: Inviting color, perfect scent and flavor, lighter than it looks. Lives up to its reputation as one of the best doppelbocks in the world.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 02:24:25 | More by BoulderBarrovecchio
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BrewMonkey

California

3.55/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sm- Mild maltiness, very faint citrus-hop aroma. Light alcohol aroma, somewhat sweet smelling.
Ap- Pours dark brown/amber, very light head, little retention.
Fl- Mild flavor of barleywine, slight alcohol flavor. Somewhat braedy with hints of dates, coffee and caramel.
M- Light carbonation, not too full bodied or creamy which was suprising.
Drinkability - Not really my style of beer, so it's hard to say. One is more than enough for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2007 00:27:49 | More by BrewMonkey
Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
97 out of 100 based on 4,611 ratings.