Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Ayinger Celebrator DoppelbockAyinger Celebrator Doppelbock

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96
world-class

5,832 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,832
Reviews: 2,311
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 444
Gots: 680 | 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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Photo of Brenden
4.73/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I decided I needed to do myself a service and try one of the most celebrated beers in the world. I was determined not to come to a decision before I finished it or based on other peoples' opinions. This is the result.

The look is incredible. The head pours several fingers and just sits there. When it diminishes, it's to a fat pillow of at least two fingers. It just doesn't go away. Ever. Lacing is left all over the place. The color is nearly black and shines a rich, deep brown with red tint in the light.
The complexity of the aroma adds to its appeal. Heavy malt with typical caramel, molasses and licorice notes takes up the forefront with a biscuity tone and some herbal, earthy hops teasing.
The taste is just as complex; everything you expect from the malt with a little spicy bite and earthy hops. A nice flavor of toasted grains rounds it out for excellent balance.
The mouthfeel is everything I dreamed. Thick and creamy as could be expected with a nice smoothness. Carbonation is lively but not heavy. It's complimentary rather than oppositional.
As far as drink ability goes, I don't know why you'd want only one of these at a time.

Love the goat.

Photo of McNealc31
4.73/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Celebrator pours an inviting mahogany with a thin tan head. There's a malty must in the smell with some spice in the background. Very similar flavors in the taste. It's full of malt but is subtly sweet, bread, and just a kick of spice at the back. Aftertaste of some chocolate and hazelnut. It's smooth, creamy, and amazingly drinkable

Photo of russpowell
4.73/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours dark mahagony with a decent tan head that drops to a healthy film. Very good head retention and lacing

Smell: Spiciness (licorice) and malt

Taste: Malt, licorice, light ginger and pepper. Doughy qualities, yum. Frutiness and dryness in the finish

MF: Complex and filling, Great carbonation levels, perfect, a drink and meal in one

Very drinkable and moreish. Been a while since I had this.
Highly reccomended, so happy that this fared this well despite a long journey from Bayern. the little goat packs a flavor punch!

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
4.73/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a gold rimmed, steamed Ayinger Celebrator glass.

This beer is black as night with high lights of ruby red and orange when held to the light. The golden tan head is thick and lasting. It billows like high cumulous clouds on a warm dry spring day. An amazing beer to behold.

The smell is of chocolate, toffee and espresso with a slight carmel after taste. This is how god trained the Bavarians to roast malt. All should take homage.

The taste is the apex. This beer rocks. Richly roasted malts give way to a crescendo of chocolate and coffee and finised to perfection with hops in a way that leaves you begging for more. Better beers do not exist. I would gladly sacrifice feel and other lesser attributes for the taste and drinkability of this full bodied and unyieldingly complex world class beer.

Mouthfeel is quite adequate, your sences will be happy from top to bottom as it washes back.

Some rich dopplebock beers are great but you seem to be satisfied after a 12 oz or a 1 pint serving. But not this Ayinger. I say ' Herr Ober, Mass Celebrator, Bitte'

All in all quite an accomplishment from a brewery with barely a hundred years of experience. I purchased a case to age and will do follow up reviews as it does over the next several years. MK

Photo of BZero007
4.73/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up from a Piggly Wiggly at the Common Market in Myrtle Beach, SC.

Poured from bottle in to my Aventinus glass. This bock is just plain sexy. It pours an extremly dark ruby color. The beer is pour black with the exception when light is beaming threw it, then you can easily the ruby color to it. The head forms easily and does not take much, color is an light tan color to it. The lacing sticks around to show this beer is a piece of art.

Smell is a great as it plows threw and makes you think of a certain fruit you have had. Everytime I took a wiff a new fruit sensation would take over.

The taste is some thing that makes you sit back and think. It is a very complex brew and certain flavors seem to come in the foreground with every sip. Mainly the taste is of a dark fruits with a molasses sweetness. With every taste I sat there and analyzed it untill about the fith sip, as I was hit with a bit of realization. This beer had asked me to sit back and relaxed outside and enjoy it.

The body is great and thanks to the perfect level of carbonation it helps the flavors and aromas greatly. The body and alcohol level makes this brew something I could drink threw the night. As I would relax and take my time with it as it rightly deservs it.

Photo of luvbeer
4.73/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It pours dark and thick with a very creamy thick head that is 3 fingers and lasts a long time in a nice cold frosty mug. The taste is very complex and delicious. It should be sipped slowly to enjoy every mouth full. It is my favorite beer except for Ommegang Abbey Ale which tastes very much like it. From now on, every time I go to totalwine (totalwine.com) my local watering hole, I will buy a few bottles of this beer without fail. If I thought I could brew my own beer and it could taste as good as this beer and cost less, (not that it costs that much because it doesn't), I would go through the trouble. If you can find this beer, do yourself a big favor and try some soon, trust me.

Photo of beyah
4.73/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown, tan head slight lacing.

Deep complex bready malt smell, can tell it has a bit more alcohol than you tipical beer.

Has a bit of a moloasas flavor with a bit of a fruity aftertaste, very mild hop flavor.

Smooth mouthfeel, light carbonation

This is the ultimate dopplebock.

Photo of Andbrew
4.73/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

There's enough inside this bottle to keep any beer drinker busy for quite some time.

Poured a deliciously rich and dark reddish brown. Head rose slowly and doesn't go anywhere until the last inch or so is left. Left a light lacing on the way down.

A lot of sugary sweet smell out of this one with some fresh baked bread on the top and a very distinct but noble hop tinge.

To the mouth the small bubbles make this one velvety and smooth to the palate while still giving it an effervescent quality.

A bit of alcohol on top but with strong notes of caramel and sugar and a nice hop bitter to kick it over the edge...you could probably taste this one over and over and get something new.

I cant imagine a better double, this one is good for all occasions and stands as a classic...I keep the ram hung on my rear view to pay homage to this great beer.

Photo of Indybeer
4.73/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz bottle. Poured a deep dark mahogany with a massive head that stuck around. Lots of lacing left behind when the head finally receded. Aroma is slightly malty and spicy but not overly so, making me think that the taste would be muted also. However the taste is exceptional. very malty, thick and chewy with a creamy smooth feeling as it goes down. I could drink these all night!

Photo of djbow
4.73/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark stout like brown with a deep ruby undertones. 2 finger head of thin off-white bubbles that dissipates fairly fast. Some lacing and minimal alcohol legs.

S - Caramel, toffee, toasted malt, dark tart fruit, bread, and mild alcohol. Subtle, yet complex nose that invites you to drink but does not punch you in the face.

T - Unlike the nose, the flavor of this beer is BIG. Caramel, toffee, toasted malt, dark tart fruit, bread, a bit of yeast (spice) and mild alcohol just lik the nose only amplified in the most pleasant manner. This beer is a very malt forward preparation, however, this inherent sweetness is counter balanced by a gently warming alcohol finish. Thus, balance is achieved.

M - Medium bodied, silky smoothly, easy to drink. This is part of the beer balance.

O - I am a Doppelbock fan and Celebrator is my favorite of this type. It is always consistant, available to me the best example of the style because it packs in big beer taste with just enough alcohol kick to make it fun. This is the point of a Doppelbock. PROST!

Photo of BlackJeremiah
4.73/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Put the goat in a safe place.

A: Incredibly dark, deep ruby with 2" of head that reduces with significant lacing. Tantalizing, inviting.

S: Mild, roasted coffee, sweet plum, caramel, banana, brown bread. Very light scents, but they are temptingly blended. It's almost as if the beer knows it doesn't need to overwhelm to succeed.

T: Lots of banana bread sweetness, combining with caramel/brown sugar. Dark, mild coffee flavors pour over the top of this, with slight hazelnut and ripe, alcohol-soaked plums chasing. The nature and order in which these flavors are experienced changes as the beer warms; it's in a constant state of flux. Phenomenal.

M: Silky, creamy, velvety perfection.

D: This is simply an incredible beer, and renowned for very good reasons. The goat ornament will soon be joined by many more, without a doubt.

Photo of Jeffsta1
4.73/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of the finest beers in the world. On draft, this deserves a '5'.
Pours dark. Light head.
Malty flavor dominates, with cocoa, coffee, meat... all kinds of wonderful savory flavors. No sweetness. Perfectly integrated.
Long finish of malt, meat, smoke, hints of licorice.

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.73/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Opaque black color with very dark brown edges. Nice tan head with some lacing.

S- Sweet, dark bread. Very complex without being cloying. Clean lager smell.

T- Taste is out of this world. This is the best bock I have had. Roasted dark grains along with sweet molasses and a pinch of hoppy bitterness.

M- Well rounded feeling. Not too dry, not too slick. Smooth carbonation

D- A slow drinker but definitely an enjoyable brew

Pair with: Chocolate

Photo of PBBC
4.73/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours a deep deep brown, but when held up to the light, is a gorgeous shade of ruby red. The head dissipates rather quickly.

Aroma, the aroma reminds me of coffee crisp (the candy bar)... very caramel-like, with a tinge of bittersweet chocolate and coffee.

Taste is huge. A deep, deep malt complexity. Begins sweet and thick, rounding off with a raisin-cherry like tart-bitterness, and then a crisp, wheaty-carbonation that really aids in helping the beer finish rather clean for such a 'big' beer. The chocolate malt and alcohol content blend together to create an intense sense of lingering warmth in the mouth.

Drinkability: although the beer 6.7 percent, this beer feels like an intense experience that should be savored, and not overdone. Extraordinarily well balanced... but I wouldn't have too many in a night... this is a special occasion beer.

Delicious, an amazing example of the depth of the Bock style.

Photo of patobandito
4.73/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour a nice deep brown with a small disappearing head. The aroma has hints of smoke and chocolate. The taste is lovely with black malt, b, caramel, nuts, smoke notes, and a dry coffee taste Soft and creamy palate. Everything about this beer is so subtle and insanely balanced. Just an insanely pleasant beer.

Photo of 49degrees
4.73/5  rDev +9%
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 ]

Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.73/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of paulginva
4.73/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of DeutschesBier
4.73/5  rDev +9%
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.

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.74/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Photo of ppoitras
4.74/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Photo of NearerMyBeerToMe
4.74/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Photo of JamesS
4.74/5  rDev +9.2%
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!

Photo of Citadel82
4.74/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Photo of spacecake9
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of the all-time great beers. Sweet and smooth and delicious. This is the standard bearer for this style.

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 5,832 ratings.