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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Reviews: 2,293
Hads: 5,948
Avg: 4.33
pDev: 16.17%
Wants: 466
Gots: 737 | 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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Photo of PartyBear
4.76/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Incredibly dark red, almost black in colour. The head pours fluffy and tan but fades very quickly. Moderate carbonation.

Aroma: Rich dark fruits, raisins, blackberries, and black grapes. Sweet malts, sugars, molasses, hints of vanilla, and dark toffee. Wonderfully aromatic, full and rich.

Taste: Sweet sticky malts right from the start. Lots of caramel and toffee flavours, entwined with dark forest fruits. Strong chocolate flavours force through in the middle leveling out the taste with a touch of bitterness. The aftertaste is malts still but there are impressions of bitter coffee, which linger at the back of the palete.

Mouthfeel: Full and heavy in the mouth, with a soft smoothness but still thick and chewy. The texture is quite oily.

Drinkability: World class, truly world class. This is the Doppelbock by which others should measure themselves. The flavours are rich and sweet, with a beautifully balanced fruity profile. The best beer in the Ayinger stable by far.

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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?

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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.

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Photo of merlin48
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

How can you not love a brew that comes with a goat charm! I first tried one of these a couple weeks ago, and made a 6 hour roundtrip drive last weekend to find some more. Removed the goat charm and stored it away. My ladyfriend says she's going to make me a necklace out of these. Pours a rich dark mahogany with a beautiful thick head. OOH, that smell. Fresh English toffee, caramel, and nice malts dominate. Feels euphoric in the mouth, and so drinkable. I love this stuff. As it warms in the glass it even tastes nutritious. Aftertaste is just as pleasant as the rest of its fine qualities. Can't wait to wear the necklace. Top Three for sure!

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Photo of slk22
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a lightly translucent ruby red settling on burgundy with a nice cream colored head that quickly dissipated.

S - Huge aroma of sweet malt and ripe fruit including raisins, cherries, and plums was extremely inviting. I could not wait to taste this one.

T - The taste did not disappoint. Malt sweetness is noticeable from the start and is nicely complimented by the flavor of raisin, cherry, and plum. Finish had a slight metallic aftertaste that quickly vanished leaving the palate clean and making me anxious for another sip. Alcohol presence is completely masked by the robust flavor, but provides a nice warm sensation.

M - Mouthfeel is smooth and light with noticeable, but pleasant carbonation.

D - This beer is extremely pleasant to drink. Given the masking of the alcohol content, it would be easy to have too many.

Overall, I think this beer lives up to its billing. I found this one hard to put down and the aroma was fantastic. This was my first venture into this style and I'm sold.

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Photo of bum732
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

S: Marriage of rich bready malt and dark fruits, a little more of the former. Raisins and dried fruit mostly.

L: Very dark brown with light tan head that dissipates.

T: Rich raisin bread with some dark fruitiness up front. Quick mild herbal bitterness yields another wave of bready, toasty crust and raisins. Finishes semi-sweet with enough balance. Fairly clean with a touch of grape skins in the finish. Perhaps some prune juice as well?

M: Medium mouthfeel, clean with medium carbonation.

Just amazing, a perfect combo of flavors and aromas. I've yet had a doppelbock thats even close to this classic.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This was an excellent doppelbock. I was definitely pleased with it.

Appearance- dark brown almost black in color

Smell- malty, bready, dark fruit

Taste- very interesting taste, very pleasing, sweet, malty, dark fruit

Mouthfeel- thick, very nice

Drinkability- definitely very drinkable, I love it!

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Photo of Kromes
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: A clear dark, dark brown with ruby highlights and a thin tan colored head.

S: Coffee, sweet roasted grain, caramel and a touch of hop.

T: A perfect blend of sweet, smokey roasted chocolate malt and a touch of bitterness. The sweetness lingers in the finish but it is not cloying at all. Absolutely no off flavors at all. This is pure quality beer.

M: Medium body and low carbonation make this a very easy drinking beer.

O: High quality beer. The best doppelbock out there.

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Photo of silverhorn
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The taste is the exceptional. Rich, roasted malts melding into a chocolaty coffee finish. I have not had a better beer. So smooth going down with a nice lingering finish. From the moment I opened the bottle and got a whiff of the aroma until I put the empty glass on the bar after my second one the experience was thoroughly enjoyable.

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Photo of abuliarose
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a beer mug. Nice rising head when the cap was cracked, but it dies fast when poured into dark and clear mahogany body. Smells fruity and sweet like pears with a backdrop of malt. It smells very nice.

Tastes... ohmigosh, it tastes delicious. Fresh fig, candied malts, smooth and sweet. Teasing bitterness that doesn't present until it builds after a few sips. A little warming. The carbonation is there, but gone in a flash to leave a watery, slightly grainy mouthfeel. I will try this one a little colder next time, but as is it's ridiculously drinkable.

This is the first doppelbock I've tried and considered for style. will have to look for more... nomnomnom.

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Photo of jminsc76
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

(Note: had this for the first time about six months ago, just incorporating my notes)

Into a tulip, exhibits a nice, bubbly head that dissipates quickly and reemerges decently upon agitation. The body is an orange/reddish color with excellent legs as I tilt the glass.

Aromas are an intense combination of caramel, ice cream, toffee, and baked apple pie. Exhibits a similar bouquet as a Belgian ale such as a Trappist dubbel or quad.

Malty yet delicious flavors that include toffee, caramel, syrup (maple of the Canadian variety), and some candy. That may sound too sweet to many, but trust me, all of the flavors balance out VERY WELL. Yum nommy noms.

The mouthfeel is syrupy (like the taste) yet crisp (also like the taste). An overall medium-strength consistency that borders on the heavy side as I swish it on the palate.

Overall, this one is a classic and for very good reason. Most people here in the states will be popping their Doppelbock cherry with Ayinger's Doppelbock, including myself, and that is no bad thing. If there were an ale I would compare it with, the Okahom's Baltic Porter is the closest in taste and aromas.

Now if I had some baked apple pie or perhaps some of that stinky cheese someone told me about, this would be heaven.

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Photo of BucBasil
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Presentation was a very classic bottle that included a white Celebrator ram charm. Brought me back to my childhood when I would get prizes in the bottom of cereal boxes... except this is beer haha... Anyway, this one was poured into an imperial pint glass from the bottle. Black, and dark brown when held to light. Suffice to say, this is a very dark beer. Head is 2 and a half fingers thick after a hard pour and dark tan.

Smell: You can tell what's coming in the taste here... strong smell of roasted malts and chocolate. Very nice. Coffee grounds come into play somewhere.

Taste: Wow... This is a big, chewy meal in a glass... dessert to be exact. Full of dark chocolate at first sip and continuing sweeter, as milky chocolate. Finishes with a great coffee note. Can't really say too much more about his one. I kid you not, there is a peanutbutter note hidden somewhere in there. I'm a big doppelbock fan, and this is quickly becoming a favorite.

Notes: I'll be picking this one up again and again at the store, at the bar, where ever... Thank you Ayinger for brewing this masterpiece.

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Photo of perrinvv
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very dark beer with nice carbonation. Beautiful dark tan head and fizz long after pouring.

Smells like coffee and chocolate like you would expect but stronger. Very strong, pleasant aroma.

The taste is phenomenal. The chocolate and coffee flavors that you can smell mix with something like molasses that leaves a slightly bitter aftertaste in your mouth that reminds you of the awesome sip you just had. The carbonation makes the beer feel lighter in your mouth. As a result, this beer seems especially drinkable for being a strong beer.

If ever presented with the opportunity to try this beer, its a must!

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Photo of Cesarz
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Sipping on one of these while snacking on 86%dark chocolate... This beer is a real treat, tastes A LOT of raisins and figs, simply delicious!! Cheers!!

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Photo of pootz
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Something special from Brooklynboy for my 200th review…thanks very much Ed you are a priest of the yeast. I have anticipated savoring a Celebrator for some time. This bottled version is pasteurized I suspect but it still does not detract from this beer’s reputation. The pour revealed a deep mahogany- red liquid with a 2 finger rocky mocha cap that reduces in it’s own sweet time to a lasting sticky lace…mild to medium carbonation. Wow what a bouquet of malts!! We have dried fruits, licorice, molasses, tangerines and a lovely musty, earthy over tone. The start is all big tasty malts with a dozen different malt/roast/hop/yeast departures that are so complex they escape my eloquence to enunciate them…a veritable orgasm of the taste buds. Rich mouth feel without being heavy or sweet...fantastic balance for a dopple bock….finish is medium with the toffee chocolate tastes receding and the hops creating a wet lasting impression of treacle and lime…then a nice warming….infinitely the best “drinkable” dopple bock in the world….Ed thanks…and more please!!!

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Photo of Slatetank
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured slightly chilled from a plastic goat adorned brown 12oz bottle into an Ayiner Celebrator glass with gold rim.
A - Healthy, hefty head hangs on for a while only gradually relaxing leaving a generous amount of lace. A deep brown coffee color similar to mahogany.

S - An extremely pleasant malt with vinous raisin and slightly molasses odor emanates w/ a synergy of roasted malt and brown sugar, fig like scents. Earthy and woody underpinnings follow through.

M - A smooth buttery feel with a masterful blend of carbonation and malt sweetness that surrounds the tongue with exquisite nuance.

T - A beautiful walnut desert flavor gets tangled up in a luscious mix of fig, caramel, toffee, vanilla, subtle dark chocolate and sweet dark malt. The lager yeast really lets the spectrum of nutty, roasty and sweet satiny flavors blend with effortless grace. A majestic harmony is achieved with minimal bitterness and malt that fades into a rippling echo.

D - May be respected in small doses like a truffle with it's rich character and lasting residual sweetness. Almost a meal on its own, it has a fullness and chewiness that makes for a lager for special occasions - like any day it is available.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Ruby plum.

S - Light aroma. Sweet prune, brown sugar, vanilla,

T - Sweet brown sugar, light molasses in the back of your palate, warm well balanced alcohol, and doughy malt.

M - Creamy, smooth. Great body that isn't too heavy or too light.

D - The flavors are big, but it's put together nicely. Not a session beer, but I'd love to have more than one.

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Photo of rslomin
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tasted the beer in a trapist ale glass

color: dark, coca-cola like color, nice little brown head
smell: at first, like freshly baked dark bread, then gives a caramel and burnt sugar smell, followed by a marzipan and rum smell, and finally a bit of smokiness.
Taste: dark bread, dark chocolate.
Mouthfeel: Very smooth beer, has a slight bit of bitterness.

Overall: A great beer that that is certainly worthy of it reputation!

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Photo of saintwarrick
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The first dopplebock I ever had years back, but only now getting a chance to review it since its not sold in this state. Beer pours dark, but still lighter than any porter I have ever had, gives almost a garnet tone with the light behind it.

Smell has a heavy raisin scent mixed with dark chocolate. Slight hint of molasses hits the palate on the first sip before it is taken over by a mix of dark, bitter - a good bitter - chocolate taste with a little mocha thrown in for good measure. Almost looks like a cup of coffee with this Guinness mug I'm drinking it from. Delicious taste hides the alcohol very well. Don't think I'd have more than 1-2 at a time however, like I would an ale or something lighter.

A great brew that I will be going back to over and over.

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Photo of TheWhiskerReview
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark brownish-black with a 1.5 finger tan head. Moderate retention and light lace.

Nose is a big bready mix of coffee, raisins, prunes and candied orange peel. Sweet and alluring with a near perfect balance of malt and hop tones.

Did I mention a near perfect balance of malt and hops? Fantastic structure, warm flavors.

Gah, such a treat! And each bottle comes with a xmas ornament!

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Photo of Tawnos
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my first bock, and it's great.
Pours a dark color. A red tinged brown in the light.

The smell took me immediately. Ginger and molasses, caramel, with a very very slight undertone of earthy hops.

The taste follows the smell perfectly. Coffee and chocolate notes blend into the molasses character, bringing back memories of younger days making cookies.
The mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, and has a very light malt graininess.

Drinkability: give me another one, now. It's that good, I only have one, and I'm sad.

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Photo of yelterdow
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

What an amazing beer. This is THE quintessential Dopplebock, and is so outstanding to me that I save it for a once-in-a-while treat. Always available, this one is a year-round keeper.

330ml bottle, poured into the appropriate Celebrator glass at just under fridge temperature.

Appearance- Beautiful reddish-copper with a thick, fluffy head. But that's nothing compared to what's about to come...

Smell- This is, simply, my favorite smell in this great big world of beer we live in. Chocolate malted milk shake, molasses, big sweet caramel toffee, fudge cake, malts, malts, malts. The alcohol is masked very well until the beer approaches room temperature, at which time it befriends the malt character.

Taste/Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Liquid caramel toffee malts and molasses, as described above, flow seamlessly over the tongue and finish with an incredibly appropriate bitterness that takes nothing away from the overall sweet story. What begins as a showcase of individual songs becomes so well balanced that by the time you are finishing your glass, the integration is a symphonic treasure.

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Photo of sweetbrew82
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 330 ML bottle into a flute:

P: Pours a deep golden brown from the bottle. Sits dark brown in the glass and displays some golden reddish hues filtering in through the liquid around the outside of the glass. Forms a light tan head that dissipates to form a halo on top. Looks good so far!

A: Smells like a ton of toasted maltiness, with a bit of a fruity profile which is that of plums and grapes. A slight alcohol sting is also detected underneath it all.

T: This one is so damn tasty that I'm finding it hard to write this review without getting sidetracked. It's like Toucan Sam, it follows the nose. Toasted malts shine throughout, while the plum and grape flavors complement nicely to form a complex sensation on the palate. Not much alcohol in the initial taste, either. Extremely smooth, low carbonation on the dry finish that leaves an ever-so-slight alcohol tinge on the way down. This one is a champion in the taste department for sure!

M: Celebrator Doppelbock has a medium-bodied mouthfeel to it. It's rich, smooth, decadent, and cleanses your palate of all beer sins you may have previously committed in your life.

D: Through the roof in my book. I could drink these all night long, even though the 6.7% ABV is a little high to be considered an official "session beer" by some folks. Great QPR on this one as well. 330 ML of pure satisfaction in a bottle for only $2.49! Don't mind if I do.

Notes: This is one hell of a dopplebock, the best that I have had to date for sure. It smells great, invigorates the tongue with a deliciously malted toastiness that combines with the flavors of two of my favorite fruits, and is incredibly smooth. Add the great bang-for-your-buck value, and you've got a sure-fire winner. This is one that every avid beer drinker should try. Definitely a must-have! Now if you'll excuse me, I shall have another at once...

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Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 330 mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: A dark mahogany color with a fair amount of room for ruby to peer through in more narrow parts of the glass. A dark copper color sneaks into the very edge of the glass.

Smell: A very smooth aroma that works well together. Soft sweet molasses, some dates and spicy, herbal hoppy notes. Sweet bready notes round things out.

Taste: Chewy caramel malt flavor, followed with a touch of molasses, then some spiced bread as the body fills out in my mouth. Some dates step in before a touch of herbal bitterness sets in for a second. The end of the sip approaches, telling the grain and sweetness to wrap up the show in a polite fashion. Finishes clean and a touch sweet.

Mouthfeel: This is an absolute perfect feel. I can feel the little bubbles actually raise up off of my tongue, keeping it fresh for the next sip. Creamy, medium bodied. Sexy.

Drinkability: I'm not ordinarily a Doppelbock drinker, but this is just phenomenal. Extraordinarily happy to have finally tried this.

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Photo of Kingdom4aPint
4.78/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in Pokal glass.

Appearance is velvety dark chocolate with medium brownish head which was poured by server so glass 1 had two finger head and glass 2 had about 4 finger head! Malty, bready aroma with hints of coffee. Taste...I was in my own world with the taste, swirling it around and around. Malty of course with caramel tones, just outstanding with silky smooth mouthfeel to match. Just a pleasure. 6.7% ABV was not evident, was suprised to learn ABV was that high. Highly drinkable and hope to run across it real soon!

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