Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Ayinger Celebrator DoppelbockAyinger Celebrator Doppelbock

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96
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2,277 Reviews
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Reviews: 2,277
Hads: 5,864
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 8.78%
Wants: 454
Gots: 696 | FT: 20
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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 andyo
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this for the first time tonight after eyeing this beer for months. The store around the corner from me has this stocked all the time, and I have always been curious about this beer. After seeing it in the BA top 50, I thought it was high time to try this beer.

Poured a dark hazelnut brown with a nice two-fingered pillowed head. This head was extraordinary, but soon dissapated, leaving traces along the glass as I drank.

The smell ofthis beer is very strong to me, and the initial taste provided some fruit, licorice, and nutty flavors, with a bite, followed by a strong alcohol aftertaste. This beer got more mellow as I drank it. This is a big beer. I have only had one or two dopplebocks in the last few years, so I really don't know how to intelligently review this. Every review I have read has stated that this is a good beer, and I would agree. A great beer with lots of flavor, though I would be hard pressed to drink more than a few in a sitting. (969 characters)

Photo of chugamugofsud
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This doppelbock pours darker than any of its famous counterparts (Paulaner Salvator, Bell's Consecrator, etc...). It's color is a deep tan with a slight hint of burgandy, although the deep tan obscures most of that shade until the bottom of the glass. There is little head; however, there are creamy hints at the top of the glass. The smell is sweet malt with a little bit of chocolate/fruit sugar. Upon first taste, the beer seems exceptionally smooth and consistent despite having a nice thickness and depth. The drinkability is outstanding considering the depth, actually, I had two of these without feeling cottonmouthed. This beer is an excellent doppelbock, I'm left wondering if it can be topped
I also had a glass of it on tap at Tornado's in San Fran. (762 characters)

Photo of DPMomutant
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big old 3-finger tan head on this one. The body is a very dark, basically opaque brown. Maybe a touch, and I mean a touch, lighter than the darker stouts. The head is creamy and lasts a while and laces well.

The smell is not quite as strong as I was expecting. It is a nice aroma of sweet toasted malt. With another whiff I find it fruity as well.

The taste is lively, but subtle. Fruity with a roasted (almost but not quite stout) taste.

The mouthfeel is heavy, but in a good way. A very warming finish, almost not appropriate for late spring in the midwest, but good as the night is getting later. Nice balanced carbonation.

This is one that gets down pretty easy, but may be too heavy for more than, say, two of these. Very drinkable as dopplebocks go.

I think this is the top of the BA top 50 I've had. Not quite my favorite but very worthy of a good position in my top 50. (892 characters)

Photo of JamesBerry
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This double bock is colored a deep cola-like brown which borders on a nearly opaque black. Its head is thin, yet consistent and with good retention. A thick malty-sweet aroma blossoms from the top, reminiscent of a porter or stout. However, unlike a porter or stout, this beer has a slimmer body, at once refreshing and filling. The taste hints at smoke and brazil nuts (or is it coffee?), and is, in a word, deep. As for its drinkability, I could see myself enjoying one or two of these, but I find it hard to picture someone putting down more than a few bottles in an evening. (578 characters)

Photo of kegerator
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

poured out basically black, with a decent head.
smelled great, fruity, malty a slight hint of some spice but quite muted
taste was just outstanding, smooth sweetness that lingered very well on the tongue with a malty backdrop and some fruit came out in the middle.
mouthfeel was very nice some fizz but very smooth and somewhat creamy.
very drinkable in my opinion. I would definitely cough up the 9 bucks for a 4 pack again (428 characters)

Photo of kbub6f
4.13/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big, tan, dense, thick, doughy head. A few spots of lacing. Dark, dark brown beer. Toffee highlights. Major molasses in the nose. Sweet toffee. Front is very sweet: thick molasses. Thick, buttery, malty middle; chocolate toffee syrup. Finish sours, with bitter chocolate. This is a sweet, thick, choco/molasses syrupy brew. It's almost too much, but delicious nonetheless. (372 characters)

Photo of tar
3.5/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A nice looking bottle complete with a Christmas ornament if the season is right and your tree underdecorated. Pours a nice thick looking very dark brown--reddish when held up to light, with a nice tan head. A rich aroma of fruit (plums, prunes?), and spice. Tastes a bit of coffee and again has some fruit tones (raisons, prunes??) with some bitter hops in the finsih. Sweet and malty. Not a particularly smooth beer and a bit thin in the mouth. An alright beer, although I was a bit disappointed by it--I like Salvator very much and was expecting to really enjoy this as well, and while its still pretty good, I was not blown away. (632 characters)

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. (340 characters)

Photo of rdrummer
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Even though I have seen this on the shelf and knew it was highly rated on the site, I hesitated to buy the beer, because of the dumb plastic goat hung around the bottles. That was a bad decision.

The beer pours a very dark, mahogany color with a tannish head that is very long lasting. There is some substantial lacing all the way down the glass. The aroma is great with a big malty smell and some hints of caramel and herbs.

The taste is the thing here, though. It is huge flavor of malt with a real sweetness hidden in it. There is also a hit of hops and yeast and an alcohol kick at the end.

This is incredible in the mouth. It is so creamy and smooth but it has a carbonated bubble to it as well. It is almost thick. I think that this may be the best German beer that I've ever had in a bottle. It is certainly the best Doppelbock.

I've actually come to like the little goat toy. (896 characters)

Photo of coasterfreak75
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour was deep mahogany/red with a creamy beige one and one half inch head. The head quickly dissapated to a beige lace that coated the top of the beer throughout the drink.

The smell was very fruity and sweet. It had very strong raisin and fig quality.

The taste only carried the smell to the mouth, it was just the same. I really liked the fact that even though it was sweet, it didn't linger in the mouth too long.

Even with the fact that it was heavy as a ton of bricks, it was quite tasty and refreshing. I will try to find this beer again! (557 characters)

Photo of Trentonator
4.84/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep chocolatey brown, almost black, wth a nice, creamy eggshell white head. Lacing is incredible. Smell is exquisite-lots of cherry, chocolate, toffee, coffee, and smoky richness. Taste is smooth, easy and surprisingly light for a doppelbock. I had this in a wide mouthed glass, I highly recommend this type of glass to fully appreciate the aroma and bouquet (can you say that about a beer?). Seriously, the smell of this beer is out of this world. Taste is top notch. I love this beer, and can't believe I haven't tried it before, I guess I was afraid of a dark German beer. Don't fear the doppelbock . . . . (618 characters)

Photo of PatandDavid
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hmm, I don't think I was as bowled over as some by this one, but it certainly wasn't awful or anything. Had at Anam Cara, served in lovely Celebrator glass. Pour was opaque dark amber, I found the aroma to come across as slightly roasted, and slightly plumey. Taste is a bit lean and smooth, I thought, mostly of roasted malt and a bit of alcohol hinting around. I will have to try this again. (393 characters)

Photo of waughbrew
4.97/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fabulous. Deep chestnut with a small creamy beige head. It is a nice combo of roastiness, smokiness, and nuttiness with low carbonation and nice lagery characteristics. Ultra-smooth yet complex. Very drinkable. Not really like any other doublebock that I have had - less body and caramel, more nutty and that little smokiness. A classic. (337 characters)

Photo of BrewMan82
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pure black, closer inspection reveals some nice ruby tint in the light. White head settle down quickly. Smells very sweet and malty, with some nutty fruit aroma coming to the front. Malt overpowers this brew with sharp and strong coffee and fruit taste. The finish is much smoother, with some smoky toastiness I really liked. Tasted almost completely flat and on the tongue - no carbonation - but intense flavor kept thinness away and richness provided ample fullness. The smokiness melts away for a smooth aftertaste that invites more. Excellent. (553 characters)

Photo of Truh
3.83/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The doppelbock poured a deep ruby to brownish hue, on the darker end of the ruby scale. An initial thin caramel, head existed that floated into disorganization rather quickly, so there was little to no retention. Up front date and caramel notes existed, with a bit of licorice or treacle off to the side, along with the present tone of malt. On first taste, the malt overpowers immediately, but not negatively. This is followed by some roasted characters, not unexpected. This had a creamy mouth feel with burnt umber tinges left as echoes. There is a pleasant amount of alcohol, but an amount that would not prevent this from being a session ale.

Celebrator holds a particular fondness in my heart for two reasons-

1. Shortly after discovering home brewing in spring of 1993, I went on a beer-buying excursion in Boston and this was one of the libations that I purchased, no doubt swayed by the plastic goat.

2. On a business trip to Seattle, I discovered Celebrator on draught at the Pike Pub and Brewery. Needless to say, I stumbled home after that. (1,061 characters)

Photo of rajendra82
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of the 12 oz. bottle with a cool little goat pendant hanging on the neck into a 16 oz goblet. Dark brown opaque dense body with ruby red highlights when held up against the light. Nice two inch tall khaki colored head formed after pouring, but soon dissipated to a thin soapy ring of bubbles. Lacing around the glass is relatively moderate. Aroma was that of plums, raisins, and hazelnuts. Taste was vinous and fruity with notes of sweet molasses, caramel, dark fruits, roasted nuts, and spices. There were also some burnt smoky flavors evident. Creamy mouthfeel is smooth like satin. The aftertaste was dry and the only place where the hops stepped out. Nice find at Ziggy’s in Chattanooga, Tennessee. (714 characters)

Photo of Afterburner
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark, rich chocolaty brown, with a thick, foamy, light beige head. Good head retention; slow to retire. Prominent lacework.

Smell: Malty, chocolaty nose, in the main. Hints of hop spiciness and raisins. Banana and apple esters also present.

Taste: Mild beginning, leading to strong malt presence mid-palate. Hints of coffee and caramel tease the tongue. Finish is reminiscent of chocolate bread, with a mild alcohol burn and some hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Thick-ish, but not as thick as a Baltic porter or Mackeson's stout. Large-bead carbonation aerates the palate.

Drinkability: Nice, drinkable beer. Could certainly pound a few of these back. (678 characters)

Photo of DrunkenPanther
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I should start off by saying that although I had this on tap, it was not the conventional tap. While at an Ayinger brauhaus in Munich, this was available in a large wooden keg that was just tapped with a wooden faucet. Wasnt quite as carbonated as the regular tap version, but was not exactly a cask version either. It was also a tiny creamier tasting than the tap version. Other than that, it was pretty much the same.
Ok, the color was a dark ruby, almost brown, with a tannish colored thick head.
The smell was almost a woody malt scent which was very enjoyable. The aroma lasted well into the drink.
The taste was that of malt and raisin. Maybe a little berry tasting as well. Extremely well balanced.
The mouthfeel was typical of the doppelbocks but maybe a bit more mellow. Very full and inviting. It is a beer that you dont mind holding in your mouth a bit longer to get a bit more taste.
This is a very drinkable beer. Being not as strong as some of the other doppels, it doesnt give you that boozy aftertaste, nor does it have you drunk insanely fast. (1,067 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.92/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - following the pour, it's black if viewed straight on, but hold it in front of a good light, it's a beautiful dark ruby color. Tan head formed up to about a finger and a half, holding at a covering and heavy collar.

Aroma - has a bready malty base with hints of spice and yeast. Kind of short-lived, the scents are light but steady, even in a Belgian glass.

Taste - malt base tastes good, develops into some chocolate and coffee notes. A pleasant hop influence shows up around the swallow, the flavor turns noticeably sweeter, some dark roasted coffee as well. Didn't wow me, but I like it. Alcohol presence is a bit noticeable initially and increases with temperature. Frankly, it's better than average, but not by leaps and bounds.

Mouthfeel - sturdy feel, moderate carbonation, well done for the style.

Drinkability - very much so. Not too over the top, but does a few things well. Personally I think it's a bit overrated on the whole, but earns high marks in a few areas. (999 characters)

Photo of Beersignal
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep dark brown pour with burgundy/amber highlights through what seems to be a very limpid beer. The biege cap of foam is light but generous and is very persistent and sticky leaving behind fine lacework.

This beer is all about the aromas. Amazing, complex! Superb fruity (raisins, cherries, blackberries...) malt in tandem with burnt caramel notes up front give way to brewing floor aromas like spent grains after a mash and that time I stuck my head in Ken Wilson's mash tun at Le Chaudron. A certain barn quality buttresses the above aromas and mixes with sweet notes of candy.

A fine and stimulating effervescence greets the first sip and gives way to a medium bodied beer up front. Malt dominates the first impressions of taste and is followed by fresh brewed coffee, lightly burnt caramel and a touch of christmas fruit cake. A firm and resiny bitterness cleans out the palate leaving a complex aftertaste.

This thoroughly pleasing and complex brew necessitates several tastings to really grasp all of the nuances which it cloaks. The aromas alone seem to multiply with every smell. The next time I see this beer I will buy more than the four I bought in Lake Placid. (1,182 characters)

Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got myself this ($2.99 for 11.2 oz.), a couple of Salvators ($1.49 for 12 oz.) and a 750 ml bottle of St. Bernardus Abt 12 ($8.99!) at Wilbur's Wine and Spirits in Ft. Collins, CO, to celebrate my birthday, and to compare with each other. Appropriately, I'm starting the celebration with Celebrator!

Opened the bottle at approximately 45 degrees F. Perhaps a bit too warm, probably not?

Pours a lovely dark, almost opaque mahogany red-brown with a smooth tan two-finger head, that turns bumpy and thick and quickly diminishes to a small ring. Minimal lacing.

First smell is of raisins, coffee, chocolate and some sugar: warm and inviting. A very rich aroma.

First taste is rich, dark malt, and very very smoooth. Not as bitey as Salvator -- smooth like St. Martin's Dunkler Doppelbock, but warmer and heavier. By mid-glass, some of the spicey underflavors have come up. The taste takes on a clove almost peppery set. Long chocolatey, peppery, clovey aftertaste. Mmmm. I'm sure there are some hops in there somewhere, but they're well in the background -- just where I like them.

So silky in the mouth -- you want to roll it around a bit.

Drinkability is hard to judge from only one bottle, but at 6.7%, this one is bit on the weak end of the D-B scale, so it's pretty sure you could handle two or three -- if you can afford them.

While this is pretty good, I don't see it as being THAT much better than the St. Martin I mentioned earlier. It IS smoother than Salvator.

I'd love to compare this with Maximator -- anybody know where I can get a couple of them in N. Colorado? (1,598 characters)

Photo of 99bottles
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Celebrator pours a very deep red-mahogany body with a billowing tan/off white head. After popping the cap, the smell immeadiately takes over. Sweet and rich, it speaks of raisins and prunes. Fermented sugars and alcohols combine with malted notes to give this an incredibly appealing and complex nose. The taste is on quite the same level. Sweet and very smooth, not nearly as viscous as you might expect. Again, prunes, raisins, nuts, molasses, and light choco taste. There is a flavor very much like candied yams: a sort of carmelized, burnt, fermented sugar taste that makes this oh so delicious to sip. A really unique aftertaste, of earth, sugar, smoke, and nuts. Cashews or something, it's sort of tough to describe. This is really good stuff. The mouth is balanced to perfection. Light enough to be easily drank, but heavy enough to hold the intense flavors. Drinkability is also top notch, as this is good enough to warrant having another. Quite a special beer, and the pinnacle of dopplebocks IMO. Plus it comes with a fun plastic goat trinket. Whee! (1,059 characters)

Photo of CRJMellor
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a thick dark amber with black highlights. Minor tan head forms on the pour and goes away quickly and leaves no lace on the glass.
Aroma of raisins, black currant, chocolate, coffee and earthy hop aromas. Very complex and enticing.
Flavor of sweet chocolate malt, raisins and sicpy, bittr medicinal alcoholic hit.
Mouthfeel of sweet malt that moves to a very dry, slightly bitter and spciy middle and a finish of dry alcoholic power.
Drinkability is pretty good. This beer is just served well in a bottle, it's a good beer but on darught this beer is probably as good as it gets. (593 characters)

Photo of tjd25
3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured an intense dark brown color. Totally opaque. The head was creamy. Clearly malt in the smell, with some sweetness.

A very thick brew, even chewy after a while. Dark malts, well balanced with some bitterness. Some caramel, and the bitterness of chocolate. The alcohol warmed my throat as I was drinking. It would be nice to enjoy this beer on a cold winter evening. Spices abound. The alcohol content seemed higher than the 6.7% he label announces.

This is not an easy beer to appreciate. My palate still needs some education for such a hardcore brew. But you can tell it's a great and complex beer. (620 characters)

Photo of Sammy
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Alcohol comes through on aroma and taste. Lovely chocolate brown color, foam, root beer aftertaste. Easy on mouth even with some initial bitterness. Mild roast overwhelmed by malt sweetness. Hint of nuts and chocolate, and pinch of fruit and spices. Great again in March 2005. (276 characters)

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 2,277 ratings.