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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

2,283 Reviews
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Reviews: 2,283
Hads: 5,906
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 8.78%
Wants: 462
Gots: 711 | 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: 2,283 | Hads: 5,906
Photo of 49degrees
4.73/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In my books, Ayinger's Dopplebock is the one for which all other Dopplebocks are ranked against. The Celebrator is a truly remarkable beer that is both lively and incredibly smooth in the same offering and should easily rank amongst the highest beer offerings available.

It pours exceptionally dark, giving off a great big carmel toned head which gives way to solid surface foam coverage, a strong collar and great lacing on the glass. Its is quite oily, yet creamy and pleasing to the palette and despite usually a beer pegged for the spring, I find it makes for a suprinsingly good warming beer for these (El Nino influenced) winter months.

Hints of toffee, coffee and caramel come through in the aroma and are right there on the palette in drinking, as too are some spicey hints and a raisiny sort of texture. A great brew worthy of a closer look by all beer enthusiasts.

[ STATS:>> SERVING: 330ml bottle / ABV: 6.7% / PRICE: $2.49 USD ] (956 characters)

Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.73/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

WOW! This was an absolutely amazing find. So smooth, so rich.
It poured an near jet black with little foam or carbonation. The aroma contained caramel and some nuts. The taste is simply amazing. Cocoa, caramel, nuts, all in the perfect amount, and so smoothly blended. I am now in love with this beer. And the little goat charm that comes with the bottle doubles as a Christmas tree ornament. (392 characters)

Photo of paulginva
4.73/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE: Pouring this beer from a 12 oz. bottle into a Pilsner glass, I was immediately struck by the 1.5" dark tan frothy head. Lacing was excellent and seemed like it was stuck to the side of the glass with glue. The head dissipated very, very slowly. The body was a cloudy, rich mahogany color with particles suspended seemingly endlessly and a moderate carbonation bubbling slowly to the surface.

AROMA: There was a light aroma of toasted bread, caramel and molasses with a tangy hit of herb scented hop leaf and a light scent of alcohol and dried fruit. All in all, a very inviting aroma.

TASTE: A big hit of malt deliciousness consisting of light molasses and toasted bread matched up with a sharp snap of a smooth hop bitterness and spicy alcohol. A light amount of dried fruit is noticeable along with some hop leaf flavor. There is a really nice taste of residual sugars, dark sugars and fading grain in the end.

MOUTHFEEL: This brew delights the tongue with a full body, a smooth, creamy texture, a soft carbonation and a very light bitter finish. When sipped, the first impression is of a light sweetness and the finish maintains it with the addition of a slight bitterness that engages the whole tongue. Body lacing is excellent.

DRINKABILITY: This is the best Doppelbock I've ever tasted. I can't wait to have another. A bit more expensive than its competition, it still provides excellent value because it is just so much better. Simply a terrific brew. (1,475 characters)

Photo of DeutschesBier
4.73/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If there is ever a beer to dispel the myth that "bigger is better," it's Celebrator.

One of the most complex, delicious beers I have ever had in any style. And that includes Belgian Quads, Double IPAs, RIS's, etc.

There are so many tastes in this 6.7% beer - a hint of coffee, some chocolate, molasses, and a faint fruitiness. Couple that with the perfect amount of carbonation and alcohol and you have yourself a world class beer. (433 characters)

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.74/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nice graphics on the bottle. The label has a very antiquated look that makes me think the beer inside is something special. It even has a little plastic goat hung on the neck (cute as bock is German for goat). I served it in a tulip-shaped glass (sans goat). The beer is very, very dark mahogany with relatively low carbonation and a head that, although thin, has good retention. It took me a while to get past the nose of this beer as there's a lot there. I get figs, brownies, hazelnut, gingerbread, and leather.

The taste is practically off the charts. A huge malt bomb of flavor greets you. It's extremely well-balanced. Sweet, but not cloying. Crazy complexity. Biscuity, chocolatey, figgy flavors develop to raisins, molasses, and hints of coffee. Every sip seems to bring something different. Nice little hoppy bite at the finish. Mouthfeel is just about perfect. Very firm, bordering on creamy.

I wanted to do something special for my 100th review. I think I made a terrific choice. What an awesome beer. Easily one of the best I've ever had. It's smooth and easy-drinking, but never boring. Definitely not a session beer. This baby is a dessert-in-a-bottle. It's meant to be savored. (1,194 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4.74/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle from BigLove as part of The Blue & Gray BIF. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 3/4" of tan head over the dark amber brew. Head lasts well, with average to good lacing. Aroma is incredible, sweet malts, and nuttiness like you wouldn't believe. Taste is just what the nose portended, although maybe a little less so. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both incredible for the style. A standard for dBocks, for sure. (462 characters)

Photo of NearerMyBeerToMe
4.74/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, almost ebony brown with a few streamers of lazily drifting bubbles. Two fingers of foam quickly dies down to a thin, dense, and tiny-beaded head of a dirty tan color that does not cling. Garnet translucence around edges of glass when held to light. Hard to smell from a distance, but when nose goes up to glass--wow... an actual tactile, mallowy sensation in the nose, like plowing nose into a thick, rising pillow of molasses, gingerbread, baking spices. Dense, complex, inviting. Flavor is equally complex: starts with rush of sweet malt; seamlessly melds into a midpalate of nutmeg, allspice, clove (?), touch of molasses... liquid gingersnaps! Develops still further into figs, golden raisins, more molasses; allusions to the darkest of Jamaican rums in a warm, soft, dry alcohol finish. Mouthfeel is outstanding, with the same mallow quality as detected in the aroma; soft, velvet smooth. You barely have to swallow. Drinkability is high, but this beer is so nuanced that having more than one would almost be overkill... Perfect beer to pass a chilly, blustery night at home, and damn near perfect in all other regards as well. Damn near perfect. (1,165 characters)

Photo of JamesS
4.74/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a great deep dark brown with some nice head and good lacing. A great deep malty scent, very sweet with some nice darker tones underneath. Great malt flavor, very deep and sweet; thick and heavy. Goes down fantastic, very smooth, with no hint of the 6.5% ABV. Great stuff! (277 characters)

Photo of Citadel82
4.74/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love this stuff. I have polished off quite a few of these in my day, though I never thought to review one. Oh well guess I needed to buy some more. Sigh.

Oh joy unrequited this elixir pours the chocolate color of the richest molasses or sorghum with a cappucino head that is short lived and leaves scant lacing.

Aroma of carmel malt and rich cocoa waft to the olfactory glands as this beer loses its head. The decapitated brew now sports a jeweled necklace of foam, a perimeter guard in tan tightly knit and dilligently awaiting the next assault.

The taste is subtle sweetness, caramel and dark fruit balanced with coffee and cocoa. The initial sweetness dries to a sharp and dry hop finish that lingers as my tongue seeks out scatterd pockets of resistance clearing this slick medium bodied brew from the roof of my mouth.

This brew is so drinkable it is incredible. It hides its gravity in a multi layered camouflage of complex scents and tastes. (962 characters)

Photo of Erish
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this 11.2 oz. bottle into a chilled stoneware mug.

A: Dark, molasses, but with lovely amber highlights; the brown rocky head lasts and lasts.

S: Molasses right off the bat, over-ripe apples, vinous notes, clover honey, ester-like yeast.

T: Tastes just like it smells, but better: lots of ripe fruit: apple, apricot, vinous grape; honey, brown sugar, candied plums, generous malt, sweet but not cloying, light but balanced floral hops, the finish is dry, yeasty, with a lingering feather touch of hops and vinous grape. Truly awesome.

M: Silky, mouth-coating but not heavy, gentle carbonation.

D: This beer is close to perfect. Celebrate with one any time of the year! (681 characters)

Photo of kpwill07
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I woudln't call myself religious, but if there is a god, his refrigerator is certainly stocked with Ayinger Celebrator. With the increasing trend of beers aiming to be bigger and hoppier than ever before, the perfect balance of this gem is something I am in awe of.


Drink this now. And then drink it again. (312 characters)

Photo of OutlawJoseyWales
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: dark. pretty much black. with a gorgeous 1 1/2 tan head. served in a duvel tulip.

smell: sweet, coffee, hazelnut

taste: chocolate covered coffee beans, caramel, big chewy malt beast. alcohol is present and accounted for. this is the ultimate fireside winter brew. an absolute beast. this beer is athletic in its complexity and aggressiveness. delicous.

mouthfeel: not a ton of carbonation, smooth and heavy.

drinkability: one, maybe two, then im asleep.

2007: i was swirling this beer in my mouth when time slammed through 2007 on new years. screw that kissing nonsense! (598 characters)

Photo of JWearda
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Served: poured into a pint glass from the bottle

Appearance: it looks like a proper double bock, alright! Deep, dark, almost ruby brown body and a hint of a somewhat beige top. About a finger's worth of foam.

Scent: sweet and nice on the nose, lots of dark malty sweetness with caramel. I also get hints of coffee and Kahlua. Dang, this smells good!

Taste: it tastes just as good as it smells! It’s dark and super malty. It has a perfect thick and rich smoothness. Taste buds come to life wanting to experience this great beer! It's not too sweet, as sometime double bocks can be.

Feel: so smooth, you just want to let it linger and tease your mouth for a moment before you swallow.

Finish: it leaves you with a dark, thick, malty cake feeling at the finish. So smooth, so good!

A true experience, one that you'll want to really savor every sip! (853 characters)

Photo of CaptainPascoe
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark, Rich deep Mahogany wood, tan head

S: Rich Molasses and dark dried fruits

T: Delicious! The Fruity Molasses comes through, with bitter sweet notes of burnt Cocoa beans

M: Fills the mouth completely, every taste bud feels utilized

D: Very drinkable. Heavily flavoured beer without being heavy on the palate. A wonderful beer

Great packaging for a great beer (369 characters)

Photo of wiseguy142
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with amber brown edges with a nice frothy head that settles down to a medium thick layer on top. Really complex aroma- begins with raisins but deepens into a rich smoke and citrus fruit. F-ing dope. I'm a malt person so my first sip of this was heaven. Not overly strong like Optimator, but bready with a good alcohol and raisin base. Super rich mouthfeel with just enough carbonation. Some beers have different characteristics that seem very separate from each other but everything about this beer comes together into one. The alcohol is very faint here too, but just enough to give it some character. Here's to my 100th review! I'd go more in depth but I'm enjoying beers with friends, as they should be enjoyed, but I"ll be grabbing a case of this later. (769 characters)

Photo of number1bum
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Part of NEPA BC split #3.

Pours an incredible dark brown, nearly black. with some ruby hues where the light hits. A thick and creamy looking tan 1 finger head builds on top and diminishes slowly, leaving a nice ring but not a whole lot of lacing on the way down the glass.

Smell is bittersweet dark chocolate, some molasses and caramel malts. Very appealing. Those aromas don't disappoint in the taste, which is a wonderfully sweet and complex combination of malty goodness with a little bit of hops to create a perfectly balanced and incredibly delicious brew. Mouthfeel is superb - perfect amount of carbonation and a creamy full body. Amazing brew and the best doppel I've ever tasted. (695 characters)

Photo of Gajo74
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I gave this one a straight 4.75 on all attributes; even though I would struggle to find flaws that prevented it from being a perfect 5. Pours a dark brown color with a phenomenal thick foamy head that almost spilled over. Furthermore, the creamy lace retains throughout the whole drink. Wonderful aroma reminds me of coffee, dark slightly bitter chocolate, and sweet earthy grains. Taste aligns with aroma and includes an aftertaste that is creamy and with a tiny touch of hops. Furthermore, there is a mild alcohol aftertaste like a dark dessert liqueur. Great feel; carbonation light but tingly on the tongue when served cold. This is the first doppelbock I have reviewed here and I feel like I have struck gold by picking amongst the cream of the crop for this style. I will enthusiastically seek this one out again! (819 characters)

Photo of TagoMago
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 11.2 oz. bottle equipt with toy trinket around the neck. The beer is poured into the trademark Celebrator glass.

Appearance: Dark burgandy in color, the beer pours with a beautiful tan head that holds its retention until well after the beer is gone.

Smell: Molasses mingled with dark malts and a rather leafy hop character. Hops provide the beer with a nice bitterness.

Taste: Exceptionally creamy and smooth. Bready malts with elements of fruit and coffee. The finish is rather sweet and lingering.

Overall: If you can find a Doppelbock that beats this one, let me know. This is a simply amazing brew to say the very least. World-class. (664 characters)

Photo of Portiabella
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Husband and I love dopplebocks, so we thought we'd give this one a try. Smell is roasty-sweet, almost like a dark-roasted coffee. Taste is surprisingly sweet and mild, especially for such a dark brew. Velvety mouthfeel, almost creamy. Very, very glad we sprung for the four pack. (279 characters)

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice dark ruby red color with a decent head that sticks around for a while

S: Malts and dark fruits, molasses, and a little sweetness

T: Same as the smell, the molasses and fruits come out from the start and it finishes with a great sweetness that doesn't overpower

M: Fairly heavy with little carbonation. Very smooth, glides over the tongue

D: I could drink this all day if the sweetness didn't get to me. Definitely one of the best doppelbocks, for sure (471 characters)

Photo of DerBayer
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This really is an exceptional beer even for a Doppelbock. The dark black with a ruby tinge abnd perfect creamy head is doppel enticing and invites you to avour the chocolate and coffee malt aromas with a hint of spice.

If the fruit aromas were slightly more present it would be a 5 hands down (293 characters)

Photo of AMo
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Celebrator pours a lot darker that the picture shown, which was reviewed before the picture currently shown. I'd say its more black, with a hint of amber if held up to the light. The smell is strong of chocolate and malts. This is also very evident in the taste which is complimented with a nice smooth, yet thick mouthfeel. If you like dark beers with good body, this should definetely be on a list of beers to try. (416 characters)

Photo of francisweizen
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

AWESOME! I got a fresh six pack of this stuff and it is excellent(if not a bit pricey at $15 a sixer...)This smelled like many dark malts, chocolate, and wonder! It poured a DARK, almost black colour with a nice foamy white head lofting itself above the dark liquid. This tasted bready, almost like a big, soft, bavarian pretzel and it was a joy to drink. My glass was empty all too soon. This had a lucious, full and creamy mouthfeel which takes away from it's drinkability just a little bit. This is just the beer I would want after being outside snoveling the show in January!
Cheers!
(591 characters)

Photo of MbpBugeye
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. This was one of my first segways into good beer. Back then I didnt know what was going on. Now that I am a bit more seasoned I'll give this great beer a review.

A- Deep mahogany reddish brown. Even in my slender New Glarus pilsner glass light barely passes through this one. A nearly coffee colored head rises up high, sticks around for a decent amount of time but fades by the time I take a sip. There is decent lacing left behind.

S- MMM... Toasted bread crust, raisins, faint soy and an ever so delicate hopping. This smells like a liquid meal.

T- Wow-wee. I forgot what a treat this beer really is. Sweet candied and dried fruits. A faint spiciness, some soy sauce and residual sugars. This stuff is goood!

M- Thick, very mildly carbonated. Very smooth. Like liquid bread dough. Slightly heavy on the gut.

D- Ever so warming. But this is not a bad thing, it just brings the sheer size of this big lager together. A real meat and potatoes type of lager. (966 characters)

Photo of phishgator
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is poured into a pint glass with a large tanned foam head. The color is a dark amber, almost non-transparent. The aroma is toffee, chocolate, bready yeast, and just plain sweet malt. The taste is much the same as the aroma of toffee, chocolate, big malt backbone, slight alcohol mixed with a little fruitness. The body is medium and smooth! The smooth and creamy texture of the body is velvety. I would say that more than two in one sitting is a my fill. IMO the best Dopplebock I have had to this date. (508 characters)

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 2,283 ratings.