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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Reviews: 2,295
Hads: 5,952
Avg: 4.33
pDev: 16.17%
Wants: 470
Gots: 742 | FT: 21
Brewed by:
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: 2,295 | Hads: 5,952
Photo of phichifiji00
3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with slight red hue, minimal head and minimal lacing.

Smell: Very malty, dark fruit, somewhat sweet.

Taste: Malty, slightly hoppy, some smokiness, oak and raisins.

Mouthfeel: Medium - Full bodied.

Overall: Another good dopplebock, much maltier and smokier than the Paulaner Salvator.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.87/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown mahogany color with a tan head. The aroma is loaded with toasted malt, dark fruits (prunes, raisins) and just a tad bit of caramel. The taste features toasted malt with kind of a nutty chocolatey finish. The taste is a little thinner than I would have liked but it is certainly not bad. Mouthfeel much like the taste is a little thinner than I would have liked but does not detract from the beer that much. Overall, this is a fine representation of the style and a beer that is certainly recommended.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.87/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown tree bark/ruby, but clear. Thin tan head that gets even thinner over time, not much lacing, nor carbonation.

S: Rum fruitcake, plums, raisins, plus a little bit of wet dog. Not super appealing.

T: Raisin, hints of caramel. Some sips hide notes of spices such as cinnamon and clove- surprising, but welcomed in this otherwise heavy-handed brew. The total lack of bitterness leaves the mild sweetness unrestrained and especially noticeable, like a kid holding a bank hostage because he's the only one with a gun; it's an odd dynamic. Lasting finish.

M: Full-bodied, soft, with fine but mild carbonation.

O: So, so malty. Doesn't really contribute many flavors that I usually seek out, although it does somehow present them better than other beers with similar profiles. My score is boosted for its perfectly representing the style, however different it is from my preferences. It is pleasant, but a slow sipper for sure... or maybe pound it.

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Photo of dreadnatty08
3.87/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mostly opaque black with slight ruby highlights. A minimal amount of head appears but is gone quickly. Tracing is ok. Aromas of raisins, sherry (slight oxidation?), and roasted malts. Flavor is mostly roasty malts, slight chocolatiness. Very clean and smooth in the mouth. Hops are mostly floral and slightly spicy, but just enough bitterness to contrast the sweetness, quite balanced. Carbonation is low but provides a slight creaminess. Alcohol is barely detected, but at the level it shouldn't be. Overall, I was expecting more from a top rated beer, but this one is lacking complexity, due to low gravity perhaps.

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Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3.86/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice looking 1 inch fluffy cream head and a beautiful dark black body. Aroma is sweet with heavy malt presence. The taste is pretty sweet and the alcohol hits midstream. Doesn't finish as crisp as I normally like on Bocks, but nonetheless, very flavorful. I know this is in the "Top Ten", but I honestly would choose other Double Bocks over this one. This is my second bottle of this and I had the same feeling each time.

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Photo of DouggiePhresh
3.86/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.5

I went out and purchased a 4 pack from the local Beverage Barn. Planned on drinking, quietly, at my house from a glass. I ended up going to a frat house party and drinking it out of the bottle. I must say it has a potent smell and syrupy mouthfeel. I was feeling my stomach ache after the 3rd bottle (i did drink them quite fast). Tastes of dark fruits and molasses. Very sticky. I was licking it off my lips for 20 minutes. I enjoyed a Pear Cider afterwords, and the two mixing tasted like peanut butter!

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.85/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smells of molasis and dried fruit...sweet toasted malt.
Tastes of dried sweet fruit, molasis, brown sugar and a tiny bit of hops.
Lingering aftertaste of brown sugar and dried fruit with no drying at all.
Good after dinner drink....filling desert all by itself.
You have to be ready for a cloying rich, sweet, desert before drinking this, otherwise it will be wasted.

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Photo of prototypic
3.85/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It's dark and brown with just a flash of red. Light's coming through relatively easy. The head is a little off-white and about two fingers deep. It dissipates quickly and leaves a very light lacing.

Smell: It's relatively straight forward and a bit uninspiring. Strong malty aroma mixes with dark fruit scents (plum, prunes, and raisin). Due to its malty base, it is sweet smelling. There are ancillary yeasty and bready aromas in addition to a very faint hop aroma. It's not complex, but it's not bad. Just far from elite.

Taste: It features a strong malt flavor coupled with a heavy dose of raisins and prunes. They blend well and clearly make its flavor the strength of the beer. The dark fruits have an interesting residual bitterness about them that lingers into the aftertaste. Hops are light and may factor into the bitter taste. But, the bitterness appears to be attributable to the dark fruit. Just a personal observation. Slight yeasty and dry finish.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's somewhere between light and medium bodied. Carbonation level is good. It goes down easy and smooth. Drinkability overall is good. This is a good beer and perhaps one of the better doppelbocks I've tried. Given its lofty status, I honestly was expecting more. It's definitely a good beer and certainly should be featured on any BA's resume. But, world class? I can't go that far.

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Photo of Mongrel
3.85/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter - very dark brown, almost black. Nice two-finger, creamy, tan head dissipates to much thinner layer with moderate lacing.

Smell - first thing that came to mind was kettle corn - immediately sweet, but also roasty. Chocolate syrup also comes through on the nose.

Taste is sweet, roasty, a little smoky, with mild chocolate and dark fruit notes. Not incredibly complex, but still tasty and very drinkable.

Mouthfeel is soft and somewhat silky, but surprisingly thin. I'm a little underwhelmed by this one, but my expectations were pretty high. A solid brew, but you can do better in today's market.

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Photo of charlesw
3.85/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pretty decent beer, all said. And thanks for the x-mas tree ornament. Outstanding? I guess... Given the low abv you could say that there's a heck of a lot of body and flavor in there. Sort of an interesting twang to the tast - raisin, caramel and sweet mangoe... Interesting. Decent.

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Photo of brewmudgeon
3.85/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

my previous review having vanished, here is a replacement


a 4 very dark brown and nearly opaque, light tan head tanks to a ring, leaves a little lace.

s 4 dark caramel, some breadyness, hints of dark chocolate brownies and peat

t 4 somewhat less impressive version of the nose, but nicely balanced. touch of roast in the finish.

m 3.5 barely medium body and could stand to be creamier. no, demands to be creamier.

d 3.5 i haven't been buying this much since they nearly doubled the price. good but i still believe it's overrated.

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Photo of TheodorHerzl
3.85/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a deep mahogany with a very thin head that left just a swirl of itself for most of the beer. Malt is the strongest scent coming through, but there are scents of bread and brown sugar coming to life. The taste is packed with the malt showing flavors of coffee and dark chocolates. Possibly some dark fruits (raisins?) in there as well, but they are not very pronounced. It has a really nice smooth and creamy mouthfeel that is full bodied with low carbonation. This beer goes down quite easily and has very good drinkability with its moderate alcohol content.

Outstanding for the style and overall a really nice beer.

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Photo of scotorum
3.85/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the 11.2 oz. bottle into an Innis & Gunn flute. The little white plastic horse hanging from the bottle neck is a nice touch.

a: Black with dark ruby clarity when light is shone through. Finger thick tan head dissipated fast to a large spot of surface foam. No lacing to speak of.

s: Mild dark malt.

t: Dark malt/ fruit with a sharp edge. Mildly bitter dark fruit aftertaste. Tasty, but the bitterness detracts from the malt, which should be more prominent than it is here. I could praise its balance, but like in a milk stout, I'm really looking for more malt dominance in a doppelbock.

m: Moderate, lighter than expected. I did not find it to be as rich as the label said it should be. Lots of carbonation which mostly did not show up in the head.

o: A very good, easy drinking doppelbock, but a bit disappointing considering its high rating. Not a favorite I am likely to buy again.

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Photo of Mikus
3.84/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My scores on this one were all over the map with the appearance and mouthfeel exceptional, and the aromas and flavors on the side of (Borat-voice) 'very niiice'. An opaque brew (seemingly black) with vinous red highlights around the base of the snifter in the light. Rich and malty on the nose, opens up to some nice dark fruits (plums, raisins) and hints of tobacco and light chocolate notes. Nice, but really had to work on the 'smell' portion here. Just a hint of tartness up front on this one, moving into the dark fruits which came in as some nice cherries on the mid, and alcohol warming noticeable. Aftertaste actually brings up more of the malty and chocolatey notes sneaking in. Nice coating mouthfeel and creamy carbonation. Drinks like a bigger ABV beer. Comes together well, and now I have a benchmark doppelbock.

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Photo of rangerred
3.84/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a nearly opaque dark brown with a half finger tan head that fades rather quickly leaving just a tiny bit of foam on top. No lacing.

Aroma is full of malt. Lots of caramel, toffee, and burnt sugar along with an almost soy sauce like character but it is not off-putting. A touch of chocolate as well.

The flavor is very heavy on the burnt sugar/caramel but it doesn't become astringent. This leads to some milk chocolate and a touch of coffee and toast. A little hop bitterness towards the finish but it is far in the background. Malt dominates. Mouthfeel is full and sticky/sweet but stays just below being cloying.

Overall, one of the best Doppelbocks out there. This is probably one of my least favorite styles but I can appreciate it for what it is; a nice, malty, cold weather beer and this one really packs in tons of flavor.

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Photo of chickenm
3.83/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color with a tan head that leaves some lacing. Sweet malty aroma with a little bit of smokiness. Flavor is sweet with malt, vanilla, chocolate, and smoke. Not much hops in this, it kind of reminds me of a scotch ale. Full bodied with an excellent smooth mouthfeel. Nice beer.

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Photo of Mavajo
3.83/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a brown/garnett color with a decent cream head. Nose and taste are both layered with malt, caramel, toasty and nutty. It's a decent flavor, but I didn't find it impressive. Mouthfeel is solid - nothing wrong here at all.

All in all, this beer is good, but I just simply wasn't wow'd. To get an A out of me, I need to be wow'd. I found this merely "good." Which isn't a bad thing, to be sure.

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Photo of andjusticeforale
3.83/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured a twelve oz. bottle into a rounded pint glass. It poured out like Pepsi with a scant tan head. It was dark but alive. It seemed like it was well carbonated. It was not dark and oily and big like a stout or porter from the British Isles. This was heavy and consistent in a different way

There was not much to the nose of this beer. No appreciable fruit, yeast, herbs, hops, anything. Just a “beer” smell. A very good beer smell, with all its goodness, but nothing really too interesting. If you read a review that says there is much more, its probably romantic glorification because I swirled and smelled and let the thing sit awhile and swirled and smelled a bit more. Maybe there was some cocoa/coffee smokiness and malt but that is all. There was no “lace” on the glass to speak of. Thats really not the point of this, though, is it?

On first taste, there was a distinct non-sweetened espresso/coffee flavor, and the aftertaste was as fizzy as hydrogen peroxide. This happened again, and I tasted and tasted and searched for complexity. There was a big malt flavor that pre-dominated, along with a stout-like coffee taste that was prevalent.

There was one saving grace here, a really faint hint of sweetness that added a little bit of depth. Don’t get me wrong, there was no alcohol flavor, and there was absolutely no hops bite here, and the mouthfeel was huge and chewy, with a good deal of carbonation present. If this was your type of drink, the drinkability here is very good- 3 or 4 would not be out of the question, if you had the intestinal fortitude and a designated driver.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.83/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: poured a dark brown with a thin head that left a little sticky lacing on the glass.

S: It had brown sugar and molasses aromas with hints of belgian yeast plums and other dark fruits. There is also faint booze notes.

T: molasses and brown sugar dominate the taste which had plum and dark fruit accents. Like the nose I could detect some booze and slight chocolate flavor.

M: medium to full bodiy with a low amount of carbonation that had a sweet and very slight boozy finish.

D: it drank good and was a great interpretation of a dopplebock. I could definitely drink lots of this brew in one sitting.

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Photo of Truh
3.83/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The doppelbock poured a deep ruby to brownish hue, on the darker end of the ruby scale. An initial thin caramel, head existed that floated into disorganization rather quickly, so there was little to no retention. Up front date and caramel notes existed, with a bit of licorice or treacle off to the side, along with the present tone of malt. On first taste, the malt overpowers immediately, but not negatively. This is followed by some roasted characters, not unexpected. This had a creamy mouth feel with burnt umber tinges left as echoes. There is a pleasant amount of alcohol, but an amount that would not prevent this from being a session ale.

Celebrator holds a particular fondness in my heart for two reasons-

1. Shortly after discovering home brewing in spring of 1993, I went on a beer-buying excursion in Boston and this was one of the libations that I purchased, no doubt swayed by the plastic goat.

2. On a business trip to Seattle, I discovered Celebrator on draught at the Pike Pub and Brewery. Needless to say, I stumbled home after that.

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Photo of BrewerB
3.83/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear reddish copper, well formed medium-tan head sticking around a while.

Aroma includes a mix of prunes, toasted malts, and sweet grapes. Alcohol can be noticed but isn't harsh.

Maltiness taking front and center stage with a modest chocolate and toasted bread. Raisin in the medium-dry finish.

Medium bodied and moderately carbonated.

Not quite as good as I remember it being. The prominent maltiness seems toned down somewhat. Will have to give it another shot in the future.

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Photo of TerryW
3.83/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a great head over top of a clear walnut coloured brew. Head settles to a heavy film that gives spotty lace.

Nose is malts, dark fruit, treacle, molasses and alcohol. Noticeably sweet. Sweet and malty to taste, some grain and alcohol. Clean, not sticky. Slightly bitter burned toffee finish, some woodiness. Lots of sturdy flavours, not for the faint of heart.

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Photo of gotbeer
3.83/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a dark brown, although a little red shows around the edges where the light comes through. Thick head that dissapates quickly, and laces the glass very lightly.

The smell is of malty bread, and some earthy tones.

The taste is huge malt sweetness with a little taste of hops at the end. Molasses and bread with some earthy notes. Huge and complex. Very interesting beer.

The mouthfeel is a little chewy, but the carbonation takes a little away from the overall experience.

Overall a good double bock.

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Photo of markshhaaefer
3.82/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I drank this beer when I was in Germany visiting my brother who was stationed there.

This beer was very strong. The taste was ok, I just remember getting wasted off of this beer. I wish I could give more details, but it was memorable, that's for sure!

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Photo of joeskirkie
3.82/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Finally after about three years I can pair a Celebrator with my Celebrator glass.

It's dark, thats fur sure. Damn near opaque. It was a very healthy head, it dissipated within a short period.

The nose consists of dark chocolate, toffee and cherry hints, whats not to like?

Same stuff on the tongue, chocolate, cherry, toffee, some bitterness and alcohol. The bitterness is strong but very balanced.

Medium to heavy mouthfeel. I definitely dig it. I am satisfied. I'd order another.

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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 2,295 ratings.