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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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2,282 Reviews
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Reviews: 2,282
Hads: 5,901
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 5.31%
Wants: 461
Gots: 708 | 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 stompilator
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Chalice.

A - Poured a deep, dark brown. Light, tan head.

S - Caramel, biscuits, light stone fruit aroma.

T - Bright, lightly toasty malts hit right off the bat, with notes of biscuits, butter, and caramel. Fruity esters from the yeast produce bananalike, plumlike flavors underneath, but the sweet malts steal the show. Very light hop bitterness adds a certain crispness to the flavor. Nice residual sweetness.

M - Medium-heavy body, light carbonation. Very little dryness.

O - Everything you could ask for in a Doppelbock and more. A straightforward but oh-so hearty brew. (613 characters)

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. (1,057 characters)

Photo of drmeto
4.11/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L:
-pours a clear dark brown with ruby tinges and a medium,foamy,offwhite head
-medium carbonation visible
S:
-caramel,toffee,slight roasted malt,dark bread
-disappointing aroma
T:
-caramel,toffee,syrup,molasses,toast,bread,coffee,brown sugar,rum
F:
-medium carbonation,medium-full body
O:
Easily a Top 5 Doppelbock in the world (328 characters)

Photo of mkh012
3.73/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I recently tried Weihenstephaner Korbinian and absolutely loved it. I noticed a lot of people were mentioning Celebrator in their reviews of Korbinian so I decided to try some.

The look and smell are very similar to Korbinian, but I was not as fond of the taste as I hoped to be. I get some of the same dark fruits and subtle chocolate taste, but there is also a slight metallic taste to Celebrator that Korbinian does not have. The finish was a bit bitter as well. Overall, this beer is solid, but I did not think it was as well-balanced or drinkable. The sort of metallic bitterness hit soon and overshadowed the other flavors for me.

If Korbinian is my 10/10 Doppelbock, this is a 7.5. Just my opinion. Others seem to love it. (731 characters)

Photo of breakingbland
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle (at Knight's on LIberty in Ann Arbor)

The overall taste is sweet -- roasty, rich sweet malt with a hint of dried cherry -- with perhaps a very slight bit of funk. (184 characters)

Photo of Cannibalgasm
4.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11.2oz. bottle.

A: Pours a deep dark brown with a thick creamy tan head. Excellent retention and lacing.

S: Sweet dark malts, caramel, and dark fruits.

T: Dark fruits, caramel, sweet malts, straight to the point great Doppelbock.

M: Full bodied, lightly carbonated, creamy on the finish.

O: This is a perfect example of a Dopplebock. A great beer and one of my all time favorites. (400 characters)

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 (305 characters)

Photo of bertler02
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Germany’s Finest:

The Mathematics of Carl Friedrich Gauss,
The Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke,
The Music of Johann Sebastian Bach,
A fine Maybach automobile,
The Bayern Munich Football Club,
A genuine Black Forest ham,
and Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock. (254 characters)

Photo of highTempo
3.92/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle.

Big head, about a full inch -- cafe-o-lait color. Very dark body that's opaque until held to the light, then translucent maroon. Nice looking!

The smell has a lot of true malt coming through, almost like malt candy, chocolate, some present alcohol.

Very full flavor, not as sweet as I expected. Very 'roasty'. There's a metallic undertone that reminds me of traditional molasses. Surprisingly smooth and easy to drink. Just a bit smokey. Some cereal coming through. The alcohol is present in the flavor as well, that brings some warmth. (574 characters)

Photo of MartyMaltose
4.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap. A grand and beautiful beer. Its greatness comes not from any extreme of taste or texture, but rather some inimitable proportion that allows you to dwell in the higher plane of genius just for awhile, like a late Mozart symphony might. (242 characters)

Photo of KevinRut
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very good, and pretty strong. Gave me a headache though, will have to try again. And again gave me slight headache, gas, felt a little ill. A strong beer. (157 characters)

Photo of Marraybay
3.7/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

As a fan of doppelbocks, I did like this. I know many consider it the standard by which all doppel's are judged, but I prefer Salvator a tad more. Very intense sustained sweetness to this one, which sort of hands off almost entirely to a fair bitterness at the finish and beyond. For me personally, I think Salvator may "balance/blend" those spectrums a tad more effectively so it's not so pronounced. Nice head and darker color to this: more brown than copper or orange. A little lacing, but not a great amount. Fairly thick mouthfeel and decent carbonation. This one more similar to Eggenberg's doppelbock to me. (626 characters)

Photo of sjccmd
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark cola brown, nearly black. Big light tan head that recedes gradually. Decent lacing. Ruby highlights, good clarity.

Grapey dark fruit, caramel, brown sugar. Very rich and sweet. Some brighter fruity esters as well. Toasted bread. No hop aroma. A hint of oxidation, but not bad.

Dark fruits and roasted malts. Big and rich, but not sweet. A hint of cocoa. No hop character and low bitterness. Very bready. Impressively clean lager fermentation. The malt shines beautifully. Some mineral notes as well.

Full body with medium low carbonation. Smooth and dry finish with lingering roastiness on the palate.

Big and rich without being sweet. A classic, of course. (672 characters)

Photo of Gote
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My brother-in-law bought this for me in a little bistro in Columbus. He'd had it before in Germany. Dark and smooth. I read people going on about raisins and caramel but I didn't get any of that. What I got was a good, smooth, dark beer. Oh, and the goat was a plus. (266 characters)

Photo of 513BeerLover
4.76/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Delicious. Pours dark with medium tan head. Very smooth taste. Tastes fruity with a hint of caramel. Low carbonation and flavor is amazing. Great beer to drink during a cold winter's night. (194 characters)

Photo of slusk
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark with a dense tan head. Dark fruits and raisin dominate the malt aroma with a good amount of caramel. little hops in the aroma. Decent roast underpinning. Flavor is spot on. Dark fruits and raison balance with a roasted malt base and a beautiful caramel malt base. Big flavor here. Medium full body with a low carbonation. This is hands down my favorite doppelbock. Definitely worth starting a collection of little white plastic goats. (445 characters)

Photo of sokol_1993
4.94/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look: very dark brownish-black, some head, lots of bubble, very lively.
Smell: The most lovely smell came out even when I started opening the bottle. dark fruit, a lot of caramel, molasses smell, very sweet and lovely. I kept on smelling it the whole time.
Taste: some carbonation, very sweet molasses, malty and yeasty. Little hop, some bitterness at the end, like caramelized sugar. Bread like taste. A meal in a bottle!
Feel: full bodied, chewy, voluptuous, lusty, viscous liquid. Great sweet aftertaste, and I bet my mouth smelled better than any gum out there.

One of the best beers I have ever had, and I'll keep coming back for more. Also, great label, and thanks for plastic mountain goat! (700 characters)

Photo of curasowa
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark, ruby color with a huge, tan head that fades slowly with thick lacing.

Aroma: Super malty, molasses, toasted malt, chalky cocoa, nutty

Taste: Taste matches the aroma; huge caramel malt flavor, thick and chewy, a little chalky, some ripe tree fruit, then thins a bit on the finish which is nutty and lingering.

The Rest: mmmm, Tasty. A near perfect example of the style. (392 characters)

Photo of DirtyMikeandTheBoys
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I give it a 4.5 all the way across. Tastes smooth but also reminds me more of a Dunkel. I'll say it's a great smooth easy drinking beer. They sneak up on you. Wish they came in 6 packs instead of 4 packs. 7.2% alcohol instead of 6.7%. I prefer Sneider-Weisse Dopplebock but I'd def buy this again. (297 characters)

Photo of Brew_42
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark with a reddish tint and a tan head

Smell Cherry and figs

Taste Dark fruits and caramel sweetness.

MF- Creamy

OVerall- Great doppelbock, perhaps the best. (163 characters)

Photo of cujocon
3.33/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

04232015
Ayinger Celebrator doppelbock
7.2% ABV
330 ml brown glass bottle with crown $4.00 at State Street Northampton MA
Appearance: dark dark with thin brown/tan head turns quickly to big bubbles that pop and leave a ring of lace
Smell: dried fruit, prunes and cherries
Flavor: creamy but not milkshakey, malty and just a bit fruity with a touch of bitterness but not citrusy hoppy
Overall: 3.5/5 The mildness of this is nice since most of what I've been tasting is overwhelming in one area or another.
I like how rich it is, but for me, I'd like to get a bit more of something and a touch less bitterness.
I think I'll stay away from doppelbocks for now. (658 characters)

Photo of BeerConny
4.76/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Exceptional beer! I gave the smell a 4 only because it is not very strong but as other people have mentioned before.....we are not drinking this for the aroma. Doppelbocks are similar to stouts except they are not as bitter and they are more sweet. That is how this beer is. Wonderful taste and a good creamy mouthfeel. I can hardly taste any alcohol. Great for colder months. Though mine was 7.2 abv and this says 6.7. What gives? (434 characters)

Photo of E-McFarden
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

dark brown in color with lasting khaki colored head. I get raisins and dates paired with a leathery background for the scent. Toasty and oaky flavors come through with subtle notes of dark dried fruit in the end. Heavy and creamy on the palate with a slightly dry finish. This beer's flavors balance nicely with its alcohol content. After the first couple sips the strong toasted flavors make way for more of the noticeable hop profiles. Great beer overall (456 characters)

Photo of Bone53
4.39/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Brown pour with a beautiful red tent when put up to the light. Half finger of tan head

Smell: Fresh figs, raisins, caramel, toasted grains. Incredible aromas

Taste: Figs upfront, chocolate and vanilla mid palate, with toasted grains on the finish

Mouthfeel: Light medium body and a little thin, but its very creamy and i detect zero alcohol. Moderate bitterness on the finish

Overall: Being a fan of good American porters and brown ales, i highly enjoy this as i find some similarities. The dark fruit, light chocolate and vanilla, caramel, toasted grains, etc. The taste actually reminds me of a weaker version of Dogfish's Palo Santo Marron. It packs a lot of flavor and is extremely dribkable. A winner in my book (732 characters)

Photo of thebeers
4.34/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep, dark brown in color with a meaty, chocolate-tinted head that lasts. Breadiness, coffee and caramel in the aroma. Smooth and creamy, with rich coffee, fig and cherry flavors, flat root beer and a quick burst of malt sweetness. The total package. Pairs exceptionally well with high-quality chocolate -- and it comes with a toy for the kids, too. (353 characters)

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