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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

2,336 Reviews
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Reviews: 2,336
Hads: 6,136
Avg: 4.33
pDev: 16.4%
Wants: 497
Gots: 843 | FT: 23
Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Germany | website

Style | ABV
Doppelbock | 6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2001

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Reviews: 2,336 | Hads: 6,136
Photo of Matteox3
3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased by the case at Shangy's in Emmaus, PA.

This beer was very full bodied, dark brown with a very adequate head. Smell was smoky, bocky, goodness. The taste had almost a soy sauciness that worked very well actually. Much more drinkable to me than other bocks ive had. This is a quality bock.

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Photo of floridadrift
3.89/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark-almost-black-brown from bottle to stange. Thick tan head, probably a finger tall. Smells of sugar and malt. Tastes of chocolate and malt. Heavy. Maybe a little too boozy to drink regularly. As a side note, these are pricey for a single 330mL bottle. Overall though, great flavor and a "wow" beer, but not an everyday drinker. Almost a Porter-meets-Doppelbock.

L: Blackish brown with white tan head
S: Malt, sugar
T: Chocolate Malt, roasted malts
F: Pretty thick, nice going down
O: Solid offering always available in any craft store for Doppelbock Day.

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Photo of Dizzy
3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with garnett highlights. Nice tan head, retains well. Aroma is complex, sweet malts. Tastem is sweet malts and a roasty, almost coffee like flavor. Alcohol is noticeable but faint. Medium-full bodied with a fair amount of carbonation. This one is pretty good, but the high ABV prevents it from being a session beer. I'm not clear on why this is so highly rated (or priced for that matter).

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Photo of haddon
3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a dark chocolate with a thick, frothy mocha brown head. Lots of lacing all the way down glass

S- probably the weakest part of this beer. A little muted but aromas of toasted nuts, chocolate and malts.

T- toasted malts, espresso & chocolate. ends bitter but works well with the sweet malty flavor. very well balanced.

M- thick and velvety. Medium body with light carbonation.

D- really enjoyed this beer. Very good example of a dopplebock.

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Photo of socon67
3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Brown with some red notes. Has a big bubbly foam like dish detergent. Poured into a siedel it left a thin amount of lacing.

S - The most prominent smell was of dried fruit, like prunes. Had a sugary scent like opening a jar of molasses.

T - Exceptionally sweet and malty. This one drinks very heavy. I've had this y
ears ago and remember how it felt like an imperial stout. The finish is has a hint of raisin.

M - Syrupy thickness and feeling like a meal, this is best enjoyed on its own, though each time I've had it was with dinner. This is a one and done beer.

O - The gold standard of dopplebocks and the perfect example of the style. Worth trying because it is so epic.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

pours with a simply massive foamy tan head. the head lasts and lasts (and lasts) too. a nice little bonus. body is a nice brown colour with hints of amber. smells of berries (cherry and grape, perhaps) and malt throughout. almost a bit of a sour (not bad)smell here with hints of licorice and perhaps carrots (?). whatever it is, it smells good, but a tad off. taste is a creamier version of the smell. full bodied and smooth with a touch of caramel added with malt all over the place. the problem is, while the flavour is nice, i can't escape that cooked carrot/slightly 'off' characteristic that was in the smell. it's here in the taste as well and hinders what could be an awesome brew. still very good and drinkable, but i prefer something more along the lines of the SA double bock, which, whilst not as complex or bold as the celebrator, i think it's a better balanced brew. you've got to try the celebrator at least once and it is definitely worth your while (and cash) but while this is an excellent example of the style, i've had doppelbocks i enjoy more than this one.

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Photo of david18
3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another good Doppelbock, which I have just begun to start enjoying more. Very good color and surprisingly good carbonation for a beer this dark. Also, not too strong for the style. Should mostly be enjoyed during non-summer months but could really be a good beer any time.

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Photo of beerceller99
3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A black color tuns dark red when held up to a lamp. Thick tan head. Burnt chocolate, chicory smoke smell. Lightly carbonated with a medium body. Very smooth chocolate malt and roasted nut flavor. The smoothness is nicely balanced by a tangy alcohol bite on the tongue.
One of the better German exports.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very dark brown to almost black with reddish hues and a two finger tall foamy light beige head. The beer has very good head retention and exhibited moderate amounts of lacing.

S: Aromas of caramel, toffee, toasted malts, dark chocolate, and some fruit. Subtle in smell but still showing some complexity.

T: Flavors are caramel, toffee sweetness, and bitter chocolate. Lots of complexity and a very big/bold flavor. Some light hints of alcohol and fruit are also present as the beer warms.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Very creamy.

O: Very nice complexity in both the smell and taste and a very consistent beer - I have had this beer many times over the last 5 years and always been pleased. A great example of the style. I recommend this as a beer for people new to the style and wanting to explore it. I will likely have many more of these in my BA experience.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours almost black its so dark. Ruby accents. A magnificent looking beer. Head lingers for a while. Lacing solid

S- Some bready notes to go with some unexpected but pleasant dark fruits- plum, prunes. Quite sweet smelling.

T- Follows nose well. I really enjoy the sweetness of this one compared to some others of the style. Not quite as much of the toasted bread that I have come to love with Doppelbocks, but lots of dark sugars. I do prefer the spicy notes and warm finish of this one.

M- Mid body. A little lighter/thinner than I expected, but it does make it quite drinkable. Some alcohol present. Goes down easy. Not overly dry.

O- I enjoyed it, but it doesn't live up to the hype for me. Just failed to have that "it" factor each time I have tried it. But in relative terms, a very good beer. Smooth, sweet, and certainly worth the purchase.

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Photo of WilliamD
3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pilsner. Very attractive beer- bordering between burgundy and mahogany. Thin, white head that slowly thins out.
Smell up front is very malty and smokey. A certain malty sweetness, almost of maple syrup, is present. Yet perhaps some bbq meat underneath as well. Odd mixture I know, but it's definitely inviting.
Tastes is meaty and malty. Same malty sweetness in the taste. Little bit of smokiness as well.
Mouthfeel is fine- very slightly watery, and fairly crisp. Slight bitter finish.
Decent drinkability. I probably wouldn't prefer more than two of these in one sitting.

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Photo of EvilKeith
3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So, this is the one everybody talks about, and deservedly so. This is an excellent doppelbock.

Pours dark brown to deep ruby in color. Starts with one finger of dense frothy camel colored head, fades to a thin cap with fine lace.

The nose detects molasses, dark fruits, plums, sweet toasty malts and a wisp of alcohol.

Taste is the same toasted malts, plums, raisins with a slight spicy hop bitterness and traces of alcohol.

Medium to medium-heavy bodied. Carbonation is moderate.

Very well done. The balance of the flavors alone is enough to make this one a real treat.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this years ago at Old C's in Boise but pickedup another bottle today.
Poured an amazing dark brown color. rich. Nose is toffee, caramel, chocolate, brown sugar with a roastiness. Taste is exactly what I want in a dopplebock. Nice mouthfeel, not too sticky, creamy but not too heavy. Drinkability is up there!

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Photo of s1ckboy
3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cola colored body, a finger of off white head.

S - Fruity, bready, light amout of brown sugar and molasses.

T - Some dark fruits, lots of malt. Like the nose, bready, brown sugar, molasses. Clean finish.

M - Surprisingly very thin. Little carbonation.

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Photo of brewskifan55
3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

Appearance: Mahogany, cola brown; 1 finger head, nice lacing; love the little ram hanging from the bottle...that's class!

Smell: Malty, raisins, fruity

Taste:Rich, complex. Very malty with a light, smoky finish. Semi sweet chocolate and roast coffee. Raisins and spices and everything nice-es. Goes down easy.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium. Really coats the tongue.

Overall: Not as impressed as I thought I'd be, after all the hype. A good sipping beer, nonetheless. My wife, too, kept coming back for more. Pairs well with cheddar. Ram on, little Celebrator.

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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 yesterdayfaraway
3.87/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: dark beer, but up to light it's dark red.
S: not a whole lot, some dark malty sweetness
T: all malty sweetness and that distinct German yeast
F: smooth, fairly coating but thin.

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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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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 2,336 ratings.