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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

Ayinger Celebrator DoppelbockAyinger Celebrator Doppelbock

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4,632 Ratings

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Ratings: 4632
Reviews: 2176
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.14%

Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2001)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Ratings: 4,632 | Reviews: 2,176 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of inebrius


4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark and vivid with a frothy liquid malt-ball head. Nose is buttered malt toast heaped with blackberry jam. Sweet malts and hops rival for your attention while a citric tang does play-by-play on the back of your tongue. Iron out the mouthfeel some and this brew would be hard to set down, ever. I'm left sucking on the plastic goat that adorned the bottle, wishing I had more Celebrator.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2002 06:30:07 | More by inebrius
Photo of StevieW


4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I think this is the tops for me. Pours a deep dark brown, almost black with a picture perfect fluffy tan head. It looked just like the label. Nice rich smell, I noticed alot toffee, burnt smells, didn't notice they were fruit, like others. But the smell was very inviting. The taste lived up to everything I have read. Nice toffee, carmel like sweetness, very balanced with bitterness of roasted malt. Nice smooth feel, almost creamy, and full, everything I hoped it would be. I thought it fuller and more balanced, not as syrupy than the Salvator dopplebock. The last shot of bittnerness at the end, wanted you to have another taste to balance. Beer Perfection. I have drank 6 of 12, and I think I will keep the next 6 for a special occasion.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2002 09:32:54 | More by StevieW
Photo of ZAP


4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a black/ruby reddish with a small tan lace...aroma is very nice but not overpowering...I get mainly dark fruits...dates...plums...some raisen on the nose along with a burnt malt scent..

This is a pretty balanced doppelbock...it is not as super thick or super sweet as some of the others I have tried(SA, Salvator, etc)...It has some earthiness to it and a spicy, dry finish...dark cocoa on the buds with a hint of plums...very easy drinking and a medium body...

My idea of a great doppel is a super thick, super sweet, over-the-top monster of flavor...this one falls short in that regard, but it is good in its own right. It is just a little different style.

A very good beer, but overpriced. I would rather have a SA anyday particularly when considering the cost..

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2002 21:34:14 | More by ZAP
Photo of Bighuge


4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer goes "Glug, glug, glug" as you pour it. It lays out a hefty tannish brown head that has some staying power. Color is very dark ruby, but not black. Aroma is wonderful. Incredibly intense malt tones and a nice sweetness detected.
Taste is good, but a little lighter than I expected. Note that I said, "lighter than expected." This beer does have some depth and complexity. But the body is not as heavy as I expected either. Don't get me wrong, this is a great brew. Great tastes of molasses and sweet malt. A nice yeasty flavor. Some breadiness. No hops detected, but there must be some to balance the malt load of this. This is in the elite class of Doppels in my opinion (along with Bell's Consecrator, Spaten Optimator, Sammy Adams and Sprecher).

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2002 21:39:05 | More by Bighuge
Photo of mophie


4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, dark ruby brown, almost black in appearance. A full, rocky, tan head that faded a bit more quickly than I would have liked (though residual foam remained throughout the glass, so I'm not complaining too much). Aroma of toffee, caramel, and burnt dark fruits (raisins, dates, prunes). First sip put me off a bit -- there was a slight metallic tang that I didn't expect, but it quickly went away as I adjusted to the beer. Complex combination of malty sweet, toffee flavors, slight hop bitterness, and burnt fruit. Medium carbonation that leaves a tingling sensation on the tongue. Spicy, dry finish. For the money, I'd rather have a Salvator or Sammy's DB, but this is a great doppel nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2002 18:25:43 | More by mophie
Photo of sprinkle


3/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pretty disappointed in this beer.Its not a bad beer but desent color of brownish/black.Not much nose on it.Not to malty in your mouth,just a little bit to light.I read somewhere that this was the mother of all dopplebocks...not quite

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2002 17:54:37 | More by sprinkle
Photo of WilliamPhilaPa


4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice dark brown w/ a copper hue. Pours a very small but very creamy head. It has very little carbonation. The aroma is that of prunes mixed with caramel and dough, the same can be tasted on the palate. This brew was so easy to drink and was so enjoyable! So perfectly balanced and full-bodied! An outstanding Doppelbock! Much like Salvatore and Maximator, very similar.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2002 10:45:36 | More by WilliamPhilaPa
Photo of Thrasher


4.63/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Superb. Hot diggity. This stormy-looking brew lurks under a healthy dark tan head. With the first sip, the malts explode across the tongue. Robust, but actually quite sweet, featuring a rich buttery toffee overcoat, with caramel and hints of anise. Despite its syrupy consistency, the mouthfeel is trademark Ayinger: soft, cushiony, and begging to be sipped. This expertly balanced beer is truly a pleasure to get lost in, although perhaps too thick and sticky for true indulgence. Makes Optimator seem like a light beer - no mean feat!

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2002 22:23:11 | More by Thrasher
Photo of Bierman9

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle review of 23OCT02...
Enjoyed as part of the "Bocktoberfest" Alewife and I put on.... Lovely dark brown/garnet color, with a fine, tan head and nice lacing. Superb roasty, malty, chocolate aromas abound... Pretty full-bodied, and pleasantly smooth over the tongue. Exhibits a rich, semi-sweet, roasty, bitter chocolate flavor. Not as sweet as Salvi or Sammy... but A-1 in its own right! Verrry drinkable!!! Zum Wohl!!

overall: 4.5
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | mouthfeel: 4.5 | drinkability: 4.5

*** ***

On-tap review of 10MAR02...
This baby on draft has a nice dark brown to almost black color, with a small creamy head. I pick up notes of bitter chocolate in the nose. Real nice fullness and smoothness. Taste is super, but a bit more on the bitter side than Salvator or Sammy. Nice flavor with the roasty chocolate finish. Goes down well! (4.5/4.5/4.5/4.5/4.5 = 4.5)



Serving type: bottle

03-10-2002 18:58:31 | More by Bierman9
Photo of hooligan


4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice bottle with a little plastic ram on a string around the neck, pours to a beautiful black with a thick lacy head, smells like warm grains, almost toasty, with some alcoholic notes. The taste is very smooth, with an excellent grain character, hints of caramel, and just enough bitterness in the background to clean up the sweet malt. This is an excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2002 22:21:25 | More by hooligan
Photo of Jordan


5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Huge efferescent whiffs of cocoa's and alchohal's and hard toffee candy. Frothy and lumpy pale tan head, deep dark brown with a tint of dark red. Full body, creamy silky smooth texture. Slight roasted caramel and brown sugars on the palate. Quiet whispers of a bitter hops presense.

Compared to Optimator and Salvator, Celerbrator Doppelbock is much more mellow. Soothing to the touch, and relaxing to drink. Truely exceptional.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2002 04:25:36 | More by Jordan
Photo of QXSTER1


4.9/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I sought this out due to it's superlative reviews on the site and wasn't disappointed. Chewy is an adjective that always escaped me but this beer brought the sensation home. Not as sweet as I imagined it would be, but perfectly balanced and full-bodied. Had this on tap and can't wait for the next one!

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2002 09:23:26 | More by QXSTER1
Photo of budgood1


5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

the most wonderful smelling beer i've ever had. smooth, creamy, huge malt profile with chocolate/caramel/fruity/woody undertones...tastes absolutely spectacular and warms all the way down. words can't explain what my senses are experiencing. it's fabulous.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2001 19:00:59 | More by budgood1
Photo of beerluvr

Ontario (Canada)

5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Can't think of anything I don't like about this one...simply the best dopplebock I've had the pleasure to quaff! Gotta love those little plastic goat thingys...used to have a collection of them, why? I dunno. Reccomended stuff.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2001 20:35:45 | More by beerluvr
Photo of John

New York

5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Huge chocolate and dark roasted malt flavor. Outstanding beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2001 11:20:09 | More by John
Photo of bk3nj

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

An excellent beer, but a little bit overhyped, I think. I (slightly) prefer Spaten Optimator, but that's just me.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2001 08:36:54 | More by bk3nj
Photo of Brent


5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The classic example of the style to which all others should aspire. Robust and powerful without being overpowering.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2001 18:03:18 | More by Brent
Photo of Todd


4.88/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am not at all religious, but I think I might have found religion in this bottle of Celebrator Doppelbock that I am drinking. Complex, delicious and worthy of its following.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2001 19:18:34 | More by Todd
Photo of Auraan


4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep brown with a reddish tint and a one finger off-white head that receded to an off-white ring leaving abundant lacing. Very nice looking. Scents of rich caramel, sweet molasses, dark fruit, especially prune, brown sugar and bready malt. Very malt forward and rich and very true to style. Excellent. Flavor begins incredibly malty, with notes of molasses, dark fruit, especially prune and raisin, a light flavor of German hops and a light hint of chocolate, moving into some moderate smooth and warming alcohol and a light toasted flavor. Finish is dry with warming alcohol and slight chocolate. Aftertaste is malty and rich. A very nice, strong, rich, malt forward flavor, a classic example of the style. Excellent. Mouthfeel is full bodied with light carbonation and a smooth feel. Very nice, smooth and easy to drink, yet full bodied. A classic, true to style feel. Overall this is an excellent doppelbock. It hits every last style note in every last category and does it well. A joy to drink and probably my favorite example of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2014 02:25:27 | More by Auraan
Photo of CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The oft-proclaimed king or queen of dopplebocks. Certainly this brewery is one of the best at executing traditional German styles and I delved into this with high expectations. Enjoyed on tap at Craft Beer Market in Calgary, served in an authentic Celebrator glass. Aroma is full of dark, sweet malt and buttery notes: Dried dark fruits, butterscotch, molasses, espresso, and (unexpected) some celery seed spice. Where am I getting that from? Its there, I swear, probably a yeast phenolic element or due to spicy hops. Tastes like chocolate-covered coffee beans, fresh pipe or cigar tobacco, dates and raisins, prunes ... Smooth, creamy mouthfeel yields a chocolate milkshake effect. Rich and sweet but earthy in the finish, with a moderately thick body that coats the mouth. I found that the bitter, earthy, roasted flavors were more salient for the first half or so, at which point more of the sweet buttery flavors reared their heads. The alcohol is warming but not aggressive. Believe the hype, its one of the best doppelbocks I've sampled and strikes a near-perfect balance between roasted, earthy bitter, and sweet domains.

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2014 03:32:20 | More by CalgaryFMC
Photo of TOMHONE


4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If one takes the brewery tour, which is very well arranged, better be able to decipher the German language. I thought the beer was fantastic, Smooth as your typical German brew is but the taste and freshness is second to none. And obviously drinking the beer right out of the storage tanks doesn't get any more fresh. And the food was very good/tasty also.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2013 00:09:59 | More by TOMHONE
Photo of JeffBrenner


4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had in 10 oz draft. Dark appearance with little light penetration. Very smooth taste with malty notes. Little lacing and maybe 1" of head. Drinks very clean and was refreshing when it was 90 degrees out. Almost stoutish in its flavor. Would unquestionably drink again and probably one of the best Doppelbocks I've had.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2013 20:27:31 | More by JeffBrenner
Photo of Alieniloquium


4.14/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap. Served in a Celebrator glass.

Appearance - Murky brown. Huge khaki head. Lasts forever and laces well.

Smell - Deep caramel, brown sugar. Some nuttiness.

Taste - Chocolate malts lace a deep caramel. Buckets of brown sugar. Clean nutty finish.

Mouthfeel - Thick and creamy. Feels way heavier than a 6.7% beer.

Overall - Easily one of the best Doppelbocks.

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2013 23:24:35 | More by Alieniloquium
Photo of mooseo


4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Bridgewater's Pub in Philadelphia, PA.

A - Dark brown with a thin tan head.

S - Toasted bready malt, caramel, somewhat nutty.

T - Amazing taste. Burnt toffee, caramel, toasted biscuit, and dark fruits. Lots of sweetness up front, but earthy hops keep everything in check. Notes of chocolate and nutty malt come through as it warms.

M - Creamy, smooth, medium-full body. Crisp and clean with decent carbonation.

O - All of the flavors here are in perfect harmony with one another. This is an all-around excellent double bock.

Serving type: on-tap

04-19-2013 22:24:56 | More by mooseo
Photo of dpianka


4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

date of tasting: 3/16/2013
place of tasting: Barley Vine
beer: Celebrator
type: Ale
style: dopplebock
brewery: Ayinger
glass: mug
temperature of beer: 55

Appearance: a beautiful rich freshly varnished mahogany

Smell: first hit: fruit leather, (sure this is a serious beer, but all beer is fun damnit) then onto rich caramel hops and banana

Taste: like someone decided to make a really complex banana custard. Pleasant pine undertones with almost a hint of Irish whiskey. As it warms up, rich grape takes over and is almost malty caramel kool-aid like.

Mouthfeel: a great balance of creamy and carbonation with slight preference to carbonation

Overall Impression: I could drink this. I will drink this. There is a reason a beer like this has already been rated so high. Beautifully complex, yet simply delicious.

Food Pairing: I had this with some Irish lamb stew and it really goes perfectly. This would also go with some bananas foster as silly as that sounds now. A hamburger or some bratwurst would be really yummy, maybe a pretzel and whole grain mustard. I’m hungry again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2013 04:03:59 | More by dpianka
Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 4,632 ratings.