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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Reviews: 2,282
Hads: 5,901
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 5.31%
Wants: 461
Gots: 707 | 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: 2,282 | Hads: 5,901
Photo of granger10
3.67/5  rDev -15.2%
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. (570 characters)

Photo of teromous
3.67/5  rDev -15.2%
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. (978 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
3.67/5  rDev -15.2%
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. (353 characters)

Photo of crossovert
3.66/5  rDev -15.5%
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. (716 characters)

Photo of HalfFull
3.65/5  rDev -15.7%
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. (741 characters)

Photo of callmescraps
3.65/5  rDev -15.7%
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. (766 characters)

Photo of TheBierBand
3.65/5  rDev -15.7%
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. (1,041 characters)

Photo of jsh420
3.64/5  rDev -15.9%
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 (412 characters)

Photo of blakelive784
3.64/5  rDev -15.9%
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. (911 characters)

Photo of Francepants06
3.64/5  rDev -15.9%
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. (257 characters)

Photo of mpyle
3.64/5  rDev -15.9%
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. (856 characters)

Photo of jayrod20
3.64/5  rDev -15.9%
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. (367 characters)

Photo of BrewSomerville
3.64/5  rDev -15.9%
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. (636 characters)

Photo of WeisGuy
3.63/5  rDev -16.2%
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. (658 characters)

Photo of BigJTrucker
3.63/5  rDev -16.2%
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. (407 characters)

Photo of travelfrog
3.62/5  rDev -16.4%
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. (941 characters)

Photo of BoulderBarrovecchio
3.62/5  rDev -16.4%
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. (583 characters)

Photo of RickS95
3.61/5  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. (287 characters)

Photo of TexIndy
3.61/5  rDev -16.6%
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. (934 characters)

Photo of dmamiano
3.61/5  rDev -16.6%
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. (285 characters)

Photo of trevorjn06
3.61/5  rDev -16.6%
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. (485 characters)

Photo of TruePerception
3.6/5  rDev -16.9%
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. (344 characters)

Photo of OakedCanuck
3.6/5  rDev -16.9%
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. (533 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.6/5  rDev -16.9%
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. (976 characters)

Photo of tarheels86
3.58/5  rDev -17.3%
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. (679 characters)

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 2,282 ratings.