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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Reviews: 2,293
Hads: 5,947
Avg: 4.33
pDev: 10.16%
Wants: 466
Gots: 735 | 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: 2,293 | Hads: 5,947
Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
4.92/5  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.

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Photo of beergoot
4.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This doppelbock has it all. Rich, dark color; fat, dark fig and date and currant aroma with all the associated dark malt goodness in the smell and taste; additional tastiness in the bittering and excellent mouthfeel qualities. I doubt I can expand on any other rave review of this beer. So I'll just leave it at one needs to try this beer at least once in their life. It's that good!

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Photo of GnomeKing
4.92/5  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.

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Photo of BeerBob
4.92/5  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...

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Photo of ash111
4.92/5  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.

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Photo of Boto
4.92/5  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!

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Photo of CourteManche
4.92/5  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!

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Photo of 360logic
4.91/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L: Standard dark brown/amber hue for doppelbocks. Small but thick layer of off-white head sticks around. The way it looks very much promises the dark, rich, chewy brew to ahead of you.

S: Pumpernickel bread, toffee, prunes and raisins, wet coffee grounds

T: Toasted wheat bread, graham cracker, molasses, prunes, wet coffee grounds. Finish is like burnt sugar, dark sweetness that leads to lingering bitterness. Super elegant and complex for so much malt.

M: Light to medium carbonation, really decent chew to it. Not imperial stout chewy, but definitely full bodied for the style.

O: I think it lives up to the hype. Back of the bottle says "DARK, MALTY, AND RICH" and that's exactly what you get. But more. This is like a loaf of bread at an artisinal bakery or chocolate cake from a high end pastry shop. Maybe you can buy bread and cake at the grocery store, but it's not going to create a rich, flavorful, and cohesive landscape for your tastebuds like the others can. I found the new standard by which I will now compare all other doppelbocks to.

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Photo of BadBadger
4.9/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

An absolutely amazing doppelbock. Actually an amazing beer of any style. Pours a very deep and dark color-I guess mahogany would be the descriptor. Nearly opaque. Nice brown head stays present all the way done. Smells great. Tastes malty, sweet. Sweetness is not overwhelming. There is something dancing on the taste buds? Very pleasurable.

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Photo of jwc215
4.9/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Comes with a cool plastic goat around the neck of the bottle and a highly decorative label.
Poured into a Celebrator glass.
Poured brown with ruby highlights, especially when held to the light. The creamy, slightly off-white two finger head slowly went to half the original size and remained for the long lasting drink.
The smell was a blanced mix of chocolate, caramel, and hints of rich coffee. There was a slight fruity aroma in the background that enhanced the delicious aroma.
The taste was superb. It was layers of rich, dark chocolate, robust coffee and caramel. As the drink slowly progressed, flavors of berry-like fruits came through to form an extremely well-balanced taste.
It was rich and creamy in the mouth. It reminded me of eating a rich chocolate cake with raspberry or strawberry filling.
If it weren't so rich/filling after a while (and not inexpensive) I would want to continue drinking these. It's one of my all-time favorites. Heaven in a bottle. Exceptionally smooth and delicious!

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Photo of Domingo
4.9/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Quite possibly my favorite overall beer.
I tried it about a year ago at Old Chicago and couldn't recall the name of it...until I saw some bottles with the trademark plastic goats hanging around the neck.
Looks dark...not quite murky, but like a cola but still very clean.
When you pour it, the head will stick around until it's finished.
Super-malty...unmatched in this regard, actually. I've tried hundreds of beers and I still haven't found a maltier brew than this one. I'd describe it as having a chocolate flavor, but with raisin and date highlights.
I can't say enough good things about this brew.
If you're a fan of doppelbocks or even just darker brews in general, this is a must have.

After drinking this brew many many more times, I have to say that this brew holds up to a changing palate amazingly well. I enjoy it now as much as the time when I first tried it...perhaps even more. While I've had 15-20 other doppelbocks that are all wonderful, only the Andechs and Korbinian can keep pace with Celebrator. The chocolate/raisin profile is unique and simply amazing. I think this beer is an easy candidate for the best overall in the world.

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Photo of Ueberales
4.9/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

An outstanding beer that defines the dopplebock style. Powerful malty nose with a crystal clear deep red appearance. No hop aroma to speak of, although there is sufficient bittering hops to balance perfectly the malt bill. Feels smooth as silk, but the high alcohol and fullness definitely make this a beer for sipping and savoring instead of the centerpiece of a drinking session.

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Photo of DCP
4.9/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Tied with many other beers as the greatest for me.

Had it on tap for the first time today at a German pub in town:
extra large head, light and fluffy, smells like warmth in winter
caramel and malt dominate. Goes down perfect.
Only thing is you're hammered before you can drink your fill of it.
Kings Brew

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Photo of ipogios
4.9/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep brown colour topped by a beautiful thick head. The aroma of the beer is chocolate, coffee and caramel hints. The taste of this fine doppelbock is malty and moderate caramel flavour. Celebrator Doppelbock, in my opinion, is the FINEST German Doppelbock Style beer

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Photo of beer456
4.89/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is hands down one of my favorite winter beers. Goes down like Yohoo but has a nice kick. Plus they give you a little plastic goat. What more could one ask for? Sweetness, Alcohol and a toy. Yum ! Delicious ! As soon as winter arrives, I will be locking myself in a cabin with a 4-pack of these beauties.

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Photo of tekstr1der
4.89/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Do I love malt. Why, yes I do! This stuff is almost too good. Deepest brown pour with dense tan, clingy head. Aromas of toast, bready malt, some esters and yeast. Flavors similar to smell, with a heavy malt presence dominating the show. There are only a handful of brews, with which if they were the only available in the world, I could be completely content. This is one of them.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
4.89/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2oz bottle

Pours a deep chestnut brown with a small tan head that recedes to the side of the glass. Mild lacing on the glass.

Aroma is rich and caramel malty with the scent of sweet molasses and a lightly toasted nuttiness. There are also some light bready and fruity smells dancing about. Smells perfect.

Tastes just like it smells. Amazingly complex blend of rich caramel maltiness with a hint of sweet molasses. Woven in are a delicious toasted nutty flavor and mild bready and fruity flavors.

Meduim body, light carbonation.

This is a truly amazing beer. Extremely savory and insanely drinkable. You will never find a better dopplebock nor will you find many better beers - period.

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Photo of jmendels
4.89/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

By far, my favorite beer. It pours a dark brownish-red and smells of malt, chocolate, and raisin. The finish is smooth and malty, a tad chewy, and flavorful. This beer requires several sips to appreciate all the flavors. It's quite impressive how much Germans can do with four ingredients and this beer is testament to the strength of the Reinheitsgebot.

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Photo of lnashsig
4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Many thanks to Beenitty for the chance to try this! I have actually never had it before, and haven't had much exposure to this beer style at all.

Poured into my DFH snifter, pours a pitch black, completely opaque color. Off white/beige head fills the top of the glass then slowly recedes, leaving a crackly 1 finger worth of cloud-like head that never dissipates. Smell- Molasses, tea leaves, faint bourbon, bready malt. Taste- molasses first to the back of the throat. A roasty faint coffee flavor next. Oh wow. So much going on here, very hard to describe the complexity of this brew. There is a definite appearance of a bourbon flavor here, but it is offset by the roasty bitterness. I'm shocked. Why the hell haven't I been drinking dobblebocks all along? This is an amazing brew. I now forgive the Germans for their short-sighted Reinheitsgebot laws. Mouthfeel- this is perfection. Drinkability- for 6.7%, there is no alcohol feeling here. This is just amazing.

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Photo of umtox
4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Big head, with caramel colored bubbles around the edge of the glass, decent retention. Black in color at a distance, but upon closer inspection a deep very dark brow, with a hint of tawny and inviting bubbles.

S: Toasted malt, roasted nuts, and revealing spice.

T: Velvety and highly textured. Big malt flavor with developing roasted nuts, spice, and hint of molasses.

M: Rolls onto the palate with a creamy texture.

D: Very good for a beer with a flavor this big.

A king among doppelbocks. I would take abath in this if I could afford it!

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Photo of QXSTER1
4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I sought this out due to it's superlative reviews on the site and wasn't disappointed. Chewy is an adjective that always escaped me but this beer brought the sensation home. Not as sweet as I imagined it would be, but perfectly balanced and full-bodied. Had this on tap and can't wait for the next one!

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

When I bought this, the cashier at the liquor store told me this was “the world’s best dopplebock.” I love a good dark beer, so I had to try it out.

A: Pours dark and sultry. Very thin brown head that dissipates rather quickly. Looks like a deep, reddish-brown coffee after a few minutes. Has a thick and dark presence that instantly commands your presence.

S: Sweet chocolate and coffee pound the senses. Some surprising fruitiness, too. Smells very potent.

T: Wow. Wow, wow, wow. There's a lot going on here. Smoky coffee and dark, dark chocolate do a lot to expand the palate up front. Then, there’s a pine/minty kick that tickles the taste buds even more. It’s strong, and you can definitely taste it – the alcohol is as smooth as it is present. There’s some tropical fruit notes as well – mango, melon, and a hint of something sweeter, like pineapple. It’s an incredible mix of flavors, and well blended to boot. This is the most well-balanced beer I’ve ever had.

M: I had a feeling this would be a bit syrupy, but, on the contrary, it’s rather light on the tongue. Perfectly sippable.

O: Whenever someone tells me a product is “the best of its kind,” I am rightfully skeptical. But this is, without a doubt, is the best in the world. A true work of art. Gute Arbeit, Deutschland!

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Photo of BeerCon5
4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a very dark brown almost black color, with two fingers of foamy tan head.

The scent is of caramel malts, spices, and alcohol.

The taste consists of molasses, toasted caramel malts, some notes of fruit, and noticeable alcohol.

Full bodied, thick, smooth and creamy, adequate carbonation.

This was a fantastic doppelbock, this was incredibly flavorful and quite easy to drink for a heavier beer.

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Photo of Smokehouse2012
4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Recommended by my local brewery bartender and boy he really hit it on this one. Beautiful dark brown color, just a bit of light gets through. Excellent caramel smell with a hint of fruits maybe? Mouth feel is amazing, silky smooth and very inviting for another sip. Taste is nothing short of exceptional, excellent to enjoy right after dinner. Overall this is a beer i would seek out time and time again, an excellent representative of its style, hence its name Celebrator... Great beer to celebrate!

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4.88/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Man-O-Shevitz this beer is deeeelicious! I'm skipping dinner as I'm having it now! No kiddding! The color of this brew is subtley dark, complex in color with orange, red and deep brown intermingling. Aromatics are heavenly and hint at the best chocolate-bitter in the most elegant fashion. The taste is all over the place-black licorice, Bittersweet chocolate, mocha, sweet malt, espresso-this is a meal. A highly satisfying drink that I can honestly say rates up there with some of the best things ever to slip across my tongue. It is good to be alive! I'll have another, turn on some Red Garland, and call it a night. Wow!! You have to go find this beer tonight!

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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 2,293 ratings.