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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

Ayinger Celebrator DoppelbockAyinger Celebrator Doppelbock

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4,625 Ratings

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Ratings: 4625
Reviews: 2176
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.14%

Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website

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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Photo of SamN


4.97/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz bottle purchased from LiquorMax in L-Town. I love this beer, but this gonna be my official review. I'll try to be impartial. Served in a tumbler.

Pours a deep, deep brown, almost black with just a bit of light coming through. No head to speak of, lots of bubbles coming up. The goat fell in! The lack of head is the only thing keeping this one from a perfect 5.

Smells a rich velvety malt, wow! What a smell! Herbs come through, spices, smells like black bread, maybe pumpernickel. Smokey and wonderful. My mouth is already watering...

Taste is out of this world! This is probably the most balanced beer I've ever had. Starts off like it's gonna be a bitter beast, but quickly mellows out to smooth grains. Lots of burnt earth tastes, almost unnoticeable hops, very doppelbock-y. This is what I think of when I think dark German beers; this guy doesn't mess around, but it's kind and gentle. Absolutely fantastic, a delicious beer!

The body is medium with perfect carbonation.

Drinkability is perfect, too. A dark beer with plenty of complex flavors, but without the overpowering qualities that prevent many a dark and tasty beer from being consumed with the gusto it deserves. Ayinger has solved that conumdrum with Celebrator; I could drink this at a BBQ, a funeral or when I'm simply thirsty.

I love this beer, one of my all time favorites. It's especially good when we have our Swedish Thanksgivings; compliments the food without filling you up and becoming heavy. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2009 21:25:56 | More by SamN
Photo of lumikuuro

British Columbia (Canada)

4.97/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

330ml bottle poured into tulip glass.

Appearance: Very, very dark brown with fiery hue. Dark biege head recedes to a ring and leaves a little lacing.

Aroma: Smoky, cheesy, wet chocolaty malt. Different and intense, but typical of darker offerings from this outstanding brewery.

Taste: As in the aroma: smokiness, cheese, wet chocolate malts, but also with a good vinous character and a christmasy spiced flavour, cinnamon and perhaps nutmeg or allspice, with a delicate treacle and honey sweetness. All of this balanced with just a touch of hop, enough to round it out but to keep this essentially a malt bomb. Absolutely delightful. 6.7% abv is not particularly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, incredibly smooth. Low carbonation.

Drinkability: Delicious and moreish. One of the world's best beers from one of the world's best breweries.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2010 04:01:49 | More by lumikuuro
Photo of doppelbockrob


4.97/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Looks almost black in a bar setting, but shows a dark ruby red color when held up to a light. Slight head and semi creamy look.

Smell is delightful. Full of rich malt with a chocolate/coffee undertone.

Taste is very balanced. The subtle flavors of chocolate, coffee, and hops do not overpower any single flavor. Smooth, and vibrant.

I love this doppelbock on draught, however I prefer this wonderful beer form a bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2010 16:51:47 | More by doppelbockrob
Photo of sureshot08


4.97/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with some red hues. Head dissipated quickly, but I probably used to wide a glass (like a goblet).

Smell: Lots of molasses, some dark fruit (cherries, etc), malty.

Taste: Again with the dark fruit and molasses. Slightly sweet with a little tartness. No bitterness. Bready aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Full and rich with relatively mild carbonation.

Overall: Probably one of the top five beers I've had. Outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2011 03:46:13 | More by sureshot08
Photo of Hobbz

Rhode Island

4.95/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beer exultation. Well, I just finished my beer card at a local institution and what beer by design did I have to save for last? Poured 1/2 bottle with some gusto into a glass to start. Head produced itself with noticeable white-brown foam with rather large bubbles in the mix. Head does not linger long in this guise. Coyly dark, almost blackish color - but held up to a strong light, a most alluring reddish hue becomes evident. Nose is also toying with me! I want so badly to taste... Hints of its alcohol level and sweet maltiness predominate the aroma, with almost a fruity, "raisiny" character. An absolute knock-out taste. What I particularly found was how intriguing its character remained with each and every sip! People here who wrote of its "complexity" are dead-on. Discerning the range of subtle flavors with its perfect balance was not an ephemeral experience, especially considering that alcohol at this level can overpower. Very exceptional & true to -- and a paragon of -- its brewing style. Like dancing with goats!

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2003 20:07:14 | More by Hobbz
Photo of lackenhauser


4.95/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of my all time favorites.Pours a muddy red color with little head and carbonation.The aroma screams malt with a hint of alchohol.The aroma is backed up by the taste of malt with just a slight bitterness and warming.Makes my mouth happy-I could drink this one all night.I thought it was a lot higher in alchohol then it says so its nice to have one on the lighter side that still smells and tastes like a much "bigger" beer.And the goat around the neck is a nice,classic touch.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2003 16:03:47 | More by lackenhauser
Photo of Rastacouere

Quebec (Canada)

4.95/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

In a Fin Du Monde tulip. It's very dark brown with a huge frothy tan head, slowly, but steadily diminishing though. Aroma is not as intense as I thought, but definitely complex and appealing with its chocolate and numerous fruits notes. Now that's malty. This beer is as complex as any other beer. Period. Rich roasty black chocolate, some caramel, lots of plum esters, blue grapes, cherries, pecans, coffee, yum yum, butter notes as well as robust earthiness every couple of sips (sometimes, the malt reminded me of Rogue Hazelnut Brown nectar). The palate is as good as it gets, thick, full, round, velvety. Long aftertaste once it warmed a bit that varies from a sip to the other, once it will be the dark chocolate, the other time it will be the roastiness and next time you'll remember those juicy plums, subtly bitter at times. In my eyes, it's fully worthy of these high ratings. That's precisely the type of beers I adore, a big malty phenomenon with a body to back it up. Only critic I'd adress it is the palate fatigue (or I just want the moment to last forever) I get after just one bottle, maybe the sweetness is too much although I never found it stickingly cloying, I wouldn't have two in a row, hell I'd never deserve two i a row! Glad I've got another one of this rare treat. Thanks to both Erics!

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2003 23:27:41 | More by Rastacouere
Photo of Rootdog316


4.95/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The aroma is strong, sweet with notes of prunes, brown sugar, citrus, coffee, malt, and bitter chocolate. The color is deep red-brown and it has a beutiful lasting light brown head. The flavor is sweet malty with very strong roasted notes; coffee, roasted bread, combined with caramel, alcohol, citrus, and more - great complexity. The alcohol runs prickling over the tongue and gives it a good palate.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2008 01:03:56 | More by Rootdog316
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.95/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: As black as tar with extremely dark brown tones. Half an inch of creamy looking head.

S: The malt is what really stands out.

T: Malty and semi-sweet. World class taste.

M: Thick and full bodied. Medium to low carbonation. Very pleasant aftertaste.

O: Hands down one of the best beers in the world. So incredibly well rounded and unique, any time I have the chance to have one I take it.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2011 02:10:50 | More by DaftCaskBC
Photo of Rob315


4.95/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip

Look: Pours a deep dark umber / almost black color with a two finger butterscotch colored head that leaves lacing all all over the glass.

Smell: Dark fruits, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, sweet maltiness, bready notes.

Taste: Wonderful. Brown sugar with caramel notes, followed by dark fruits and candied sugar. Extremely creamy and chewy, leaves a slight bitterness in the after taste, that fades into sweet again.

Overall: Amazing. Incredibly complex, honestly had trouble finding words to describe some of the nuances. One of my all time favorites, perfect.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 00:26:53 | More by Rob315
Photo of jb510


4.95/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I typically favor stouts and bocks and for many years this has been my favorite beer. It's been getting much easier to find the last couple years.

It serves well out of the bottle or out of a glass. Having a light cream head with very little carbonation that gives it a silky mouth feel.

It is richly flavored and a bit sweet or sugary. The with hints of molasses.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 08:30:26 | More by jb510
Photo of Andynator


4.95/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz brown bottle with a nice colorful albeit kind of homemade looking label with the classic billy goats and a small goat trinket hanging around the neck. Nice touch. Poured fridge cold into a brandy snifter.

Appearance: Deep and dark, occasionally hinting flashes of crimson with a nice tan colored head and sticky, long lasting lace.

Smell: Complex sweetness and roasted malts make you want to keep sniffing away in anticipation of what is to come.

Taste: Oh boy. This is the doppelbock against which all others are measured. Sweet malt, raisins, the most subtle hint of alcohol spice, maybe a touch of toffee and dark chocolate. Absolutely delicious and the aftertaste lingers as a reminder. Additionally, it seems to get better as you sip it and as it warms revealing more complexities of malted goodness.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel with beautiful carbonation not too bubbly, expected it to be heavier than it is. Creamy without being syrupy. Feel free to swish it around.

An epic representation of the style and awful nifty that it's available year round. Not overly alcoholic at 6.7% which is good because you will want another. Hop bitterness is barely noticeable and serves well to keep the sweetness in balance. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 20:39:42 | More by Andynator
Photo of BeerWithMike


4.94/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Usually comes in a 4-pack and have had this one before. Chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler.

This single 330ml (11.2 ounce) bottle came with a little white Ram ornament that says "Celebrator" on the bottom. Very cool! This 'Doppelbock' style beer pours a very dark brown, almost black with a khaki creamy head that doesn't last long. Not much lacing around the glass for this one. Aroma is very pleasing with hints of molasses, raisins, caramel and butterscotch. The taste is the same with a hint of chocolate as well. One of the best that I had in a while for this type!

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 22:10:10 | More by BeerWithMike
Photo of BoilerMo


4.94/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

a: Wondeful look in the pint glass. Dark browns, not muddy but darker richer browns.

s: very light roasted carmel tones

t: smooth on the tongue, slight roast after taste and some sweetness.

m: Looks full bodied, but mouth feel is lighter, thinner but in a good way.

o: Fantastic beer, we did pint glasses at 57F and could have drank a lot more. Generally higher alcohol beers taste like it, but this was simple and easy to drink with no hint of the higher alcohol esters.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 14:33:56 | More by BoilerMo
Photo of BeerBob


4.93/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The bottle label says it all... “Finest Bavarian Double Bock Beer”. Commanding and assertive, this is one double bock not to miss.
Bittersweet chocolate, toffee, licorice and very dark blackish red, if there is such a colour.

"alc 6.7% vol." was read from the back of the 330 ml bottle.

This beer is almost better then sex... almost...

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2002 18:00:57 | More by BeerBob
Photo of Boto


4.93/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a very dark brown, and almost syrupy. Thick tan head which doesn't linger long. Some roastiness to the nose, but also a very sweet aroma. Very sweet taste. It is really malty. Lots of chocolate. Some subtle fruitiness. Alcohol somewhat evident, but not the overpowering taste. This is very complex. This is great!

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2003 13:57:22 | More by Boto
Photo of GnomeKing


4.93/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This brew perked to attention in my chalice glass, foaming into a large head of medium-sized bubbles. The color was deep brown with a little red when looking down into the glass, and black/brown when looking at it from the side.

The smell is strong and enchanting, a siren call to drink the beer. There were strong aromas of caramel and chocolate, among other scents, that promised a strong malt character in the beer.

The taste is rich and hearty, with caramel being most noticeable in the early swigs, then chocolate coming through strongly at the bottom of my chalice glass. By the end, there were also some hints of, could it be, grapes and strawberries? Along the way toward finishing this magnificent beer, there were also hints of coffee and devil's food cake. Yeah, and black licorice too. And maybe even nuts. All the tastes were blended perfectly.

It is a good world, that has Celebrator in it.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2004 03:13:47 | More by GnomeKing
Photo of guitarmage


4.93/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Nearly black, hints of red orange light pass through if held up to the light, tan ring around the glass.

Smell: Big malty, molasses, licorice, chocolate, alcoholic esters when swirled, mild medicinal notes.

Taste: All the smells in your mouth, toasty malt and molasses and unsweetened chocolate, low alcoholic and hop presence, just enough bitter to balance it about.

Mouthfeel: Lightly carbonated, full bodied and smooth, goes down very easily, lightly coats the mouth.

Drinkability: This is a great beer, so flavorful, so drinkable, complex and tasty. It would be good with a number of things, sweeter items but also other bold flavors to contrast.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2006 06:08:01 | More by guitarmage
Photo of jasonjlewis


4.93/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a small little flute glass with two fingers of head which is pretty impressive for such a small glass. Nice brown color. I can barely see my fingers through the glass. Nice retention. I poured into another glass for the rest of the bottle. The appearance becomes insane.

Smell is of apple phenol with THICK ass caramel malts with some chocolate malts in the back with some raisin and grape.

Taste is rich and robust. Caramel malts are aggressive with a nice touch of chocolate malts. Raisin and fruity undertones come out as well. Some grape notes come out as the beer warms. Hop bitterness is mild and just there to cut the sweetness alittle bit. Holy shit. This is the best double bock that I've ever had.

Mouthfeel is smooth as hell with a delicate creaminess. WOW!

Drinkability: A beer worthy of the Gods.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2007 07:59:42 | More by jasonjlewis
Photo of Saunapoika


4.93/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Very dark brown with only the slightest hint of ruby hue when held to light. Nice brown head that held up for a bit and continuted to produce nice lacing all the way to the end.

S: Caramel, molasses, and a slight raisiny note. Maybe some date-style aroma in there as well. Outstanding.

T: The very best. Malty, caramel, molasses, sweetness balanced out with an unnoticeable hop prescence. Completely balanced.

M: Perfection with the carbonation. Slick feel to it. Very easy to drink.

D: The definition of a dopplebock. My favorite style of all time and I would arugue is possibly the best dopplebock in the world.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2008 00:40:09 | More by Saunapoika
Photo of ash111


4.93/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I read about this beer in the NY Times when the wine and beer guys did a bit on Doppels. My local store had the 4 pack of bottles for $12, which took me a while to warm up to.

Wow! Was it worth it. This is probably the best beer I've ever had. The flavor is intense, complex, but not overpowering. And I was particularly impressed with the smoothness of the beer.

Compared to other Doppels like Optimator or Troegs, I'd take the Ayinger any time.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2009 03:30:21 | More by ash111
Photo of generallee

New York

4.93/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 11.2oz bottle into a stange glass. The back label lists the abv at 6.7% however there is no freshness date.

Appearance: The body has a very dark brown color in the glass and when held up to light it has nice garnet highlights. Some small bubbles of carbonation can be seen in the highlights and near the edges of the glass. On top sits a tight head of light brown foam which slowly settles down to small cap that hangs on till the last sip. Lacing is slick and slides right down the glass as I drink.

Smell: In the nose I get notes of sweet caramel, fresh sweet bread, ripe fruit and a kiss of German hops.

Taste/Palate: The flavor has a sweet overall character with moderate hoping that comes through in the end to finish things up without becoming too sweet or cloying. Up front are the caramel candy, brown sugar, light molasses and brown pear like fruit notes. Towards the finish bready notes become more toasted and mix with some light hop flavors to temper the overall sweetness. The finish is short and still on the sweet side but in a good way. Carbonation is lively enough to lift the palate of the solid, smooth, and full body and leave you wanting that next sip.

Notes: All I need to say here is outstanding!!! When I think about Doppelbock beer this is the beer I will think of and compare all others to.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2010 20:57:53 | More by generallee
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4.93/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Celebrator flute.

A - Very deep, dark black color with hues of ruby red along the edges; beautiful, light-brown, one-finger head; appears to be slightly carbonated with very small bubbles; head retention is low, only slight lacing throughout drink.

S - Big nose! Very complex. Explosion of malts up front, with coffee & chocolate. Subtle hint of roastiness.

T - Thick malts with an explosion of chocolate; subtle hints of coffee and caramel. Intense dark chocolate finish with a hint of sweet roastiness. No heat.

M - Medium-bodied; cool carbonation that tingles in your mouth (and on your mustache).

D - Fully drinkable. World-class Doppelbock. A must-try!

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 22:42:22 | More by CourteManche
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Ontario (Canada)

4.93/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow... I mean.. this is a beer! I love dark malty beers. I love beers with a balance of sweet, bitter, roasted and rich. THIS IS THAT BEER. Amazing.

Pours a dark almost black with a reasonable head. Lacing all around.

Smell: Malt. Malt and More malt. But...with a dark chocolate zing.

Taste: Starts almost tangy while quickly progressing into a dark and rich chocolatey sweet malt with a hint of dark dried fruits, just a hint. Molasses and rye bread. Pure bliss. As the flavor develops, you sense the bitterness which eventually fades into a roasted malt finish. Just fantastic. I am shocked how good this beer is.

If you really want a meal in a glass, find one of these!

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 00:18:52 | More by jbonapar
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4.93/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beer soup. A monk's dinner. One of the world's greatest doppelbock's and more. Let's review the beer that pours from the beautiful bottle, celebrator.

The beer pours a very dark brown with hints of dark red. This is so beautiful to admire. I think a rare dark brown is a hard quality to achieve. The tan head is frothy, like rich espresso the oils slowly erode the head. what remains is some light lacing that are like fingers dragging me into this holy elixir.

The aroma's remain strong in this bottle. I have no idea how long this has been on the shelves but it smells like it was just cooked up in a cloistered abby by a jolly red faced monk. I imagine the bald friar's nostrils flaring at the smell of caramel, candied sugar. The sugars resound in a symphony of chocolate, dried fruit, apricots. Is it Christmas in August?

This beer taste like it was cooked by a fireside, chestnuts, spices. The nutty dark roasted malts become a nice banana bread flavor in my mouth. The subtle hints of sourness and bitterness lend a punch to the beer. The beer finishes with a mild cocoa flavor. This is terrific.

The mouthfeel is really good. It taste like beer soup oils and malts fill my stomach and a light alcohol presence warms my head.

I love this beer. I am glad it is so widely available. This is the go to doppelbock. It's also a beer to reflect on. To slowly savour and appreciate the miracle of life and beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 05:07:51 | More by BerkeleyBeerMan
Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 4,625 ratings.