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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

Ayinger Celebrator DoppelbockAyinger Celebrator Doppelbock

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4,604 Ratings

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Ratings: 4604
Reviews: 2174
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 10.11%

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: 4,604 | Reviews: 2,174 | Show All Ratings:
Photo of rand


4.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From tap to stein glass

A: Pours dark brown, maybe a shade lighter than black, with a vibrant dark brown head. Little lacing remains under the weight of this viscous brew.

S: Notes of molasses and bready malts up front. A rich bouquet as touch of ripe fruit plays with the chocolate and alcohol notes.

T: Malt forward with flavors of molasses and toffee prominent. Rich, chewy, layered, the ripe fruit in the nose plays a bigger role here. A touch of hop astringincy adds balance, and all of the flavors work in harmony.

M/notes: There's a reason dopplebocks work as meal replacements, and this brew highlights why people can go weeks consuming nothing but this beer. The flavors are delicious, the complexion is satisfying. I try to keep this around as much as possible.

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2011 01:13:09 | More by rand
Photo of bump8628


4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deepest brown with a well structured tan head. Heavily malted with fig, toffee, biscuits, caramelized sugar, and raisin all present. Hops take the smallest edge off the maltiness and lend a faint earthy spice. Warming, but not boozy in the least. So much malt packed into less than 7% ABV, something American brewers have yet to master. A benchmark for the style and the little goat charm that comes on the bottles is icing on the cake.

Serving type: on-tap

09-15-2011 01:00:56 | More by bump8628
Photo of gerite


4.03/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer served with a German meal. My glass had a rich dark, almost opaque brown color with a small head but good lacing. It was very smooth and easy to drink with a slight bitter aftertaste. It tastes a lot lighter than it looks. The flavors increase as the beer warms. I found this to be a very enjoyable beer and would order it again.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2011 01:57:50 | More by gerite
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5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at Heorot a month or so ago. Amazing beer. I will definitely seek this out again.

Color is very dark - I'd say opaque black, but others have said no so much. Heorot is VERY dark inside, so it'd be hard to get a true color eval in there. Aroma, to me, was of sweet malts.

Taste, well... malty and wonderful and dark and... gah. Must find someone with this on tap within 100 miles! It's that good. I'd drive 100 miles for a pint right now.

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2011 17:41:56 | More by ModemMisuser
Photo of socon67

New York

3.9/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Brown with some red notes. Has a big bubbly foam like dish detergent. Poured into a siedel it left a thin amount of lacing.

S - The most prominent smell was of dried fruit, like prunes. Had a sugary scent like opening a jar of molasses.

T - Exceptionally sweet and malty. This one drinks very heavy. I've had this y
ears ago and remember how it felt like an imperial stout. The finish is has a hint of raisin.

M - Syrupy thickness and feeling like a meal, this is best enjoyed on its own, though each time I've had it was with dinner. This is a one and done beer.

O - The gold standard of dopplebocks and the perfect example of the style. Worth trying because it is so epic.

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2011 02:35:17 | More by socon67
Photo of ryantaussig

New York

4.9/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a top notch beer. When it comes to Doppelbocks, this one is king. The nose was the only thing that left me wanting. This beer can serve in so many functions. I consider it one of the best possible beers to cook with. It's exceptionally well balanced between malt sweetness and hop bitterness. Plenty of spice to it as well, but not so much that it throws it off balance, in fact it enhances the balance. I don't rave like this about many beers. This one is simply great.

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2011 05:32:17 | More by ryantaussig
Photo of Airyk12


4.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Tap room, By the Bottle in Vancouver, WA.

Pours a deep brown with a ruby tinge. Small light-brown head that dissipates quickly and leaves a small ring around the edge.

Big malts in the nose, with caramel and hops. Very rich and bready.

Again, strong malts, a little sweetness, and some hops, with grains throughout. Rich, strong, and tasty.

Smooth and thick, very creamy, with a little carbonation dancing on the tongue.

This beer exemplifies the "meal in a glass" name for doppelbocks. very strong, and very rich, but approachable and smooth. Definitely a credit to its style.

Serving type: on-tap

05-01-2011 00:36:43 | More by Airyk12
Photo of KTCamm

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in the "official" glass as the special brew at the SoNo Brewhouse.

Pours dark brown, good finger of white foam resides on the top. Dark fruity smell, some malt. Taste is clean and smooth - almost like a Scwarzbeir (sp?) with fruity tones. Smooth mouthfeel and carbonation. Quite tasty. Solid brew.

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2011 01:13:53 | More by KTCamm
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4.38/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep dark brown color with a slight hue of red when held up to the light. Nice brown head though somewhat thin.

S - Nice dark roasted aroma. Hints of coffee and is similar to a stout. Very good!

T - You can taste the roasted malts and the hints of coffee and chocolate. Very complex flavors but finishes with a mild sweetness.

M - Smooth carbonation with a moderate body. Balances well with the rich flavors while not being too heavy. Great finish that has flavor but doesn't linger for too long.

D - Very drinkable. Well balanced, great flavor, and nice finish. Highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2011 02:03:22 | More by redzone3120
Photo of wampahoofus


4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark brown, not quite black. Lots of cream colored head. Really nice lacing

Smell: Sweet and strong. The malt shines through in the aroma. A bit of molasses.

Taste: A nice, deep, sweet, rich, dark malt! Lots of flavor here. The malt has a deep molasses character to it.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and rich. The malt lingers on the palette.

Drinkability: What an enjoyable beer! With all of the craft beer movement focused on ales, it is nice to have such a wonderful lager beer to enjoy!

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2010 04:30:33 | More by wampahoofus
Photo of bigrzman


4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Black as coal, one finger deep yellow white head and opaque. I can't even see the bubbles. Hints of mollases, roasted malts, and grain are the smelling highlights. Wow that taste is complex where do I start? Toasted malt, coffee, fruit bread, and banana finished off with alcohol. Mouthfeel is heavy and coating like a good cough syrup. I can drink a lot of these just at my own pace. World class!

Serving type: on-tap

11-07-2010 17:10:04 | More by bigrzman
Photo of IronCitySteve


4.03/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Wexord Ale House.

A: Pours a dark brown color with some amber hues. Once finger foam head that dissipates to a film, little to no lacing.

S: Lots of dark fruit, molasses, roasted coffee, bread and caramel.

T: Very sweet up front and throughout the whole tasting. It is a decent blend of all the malt characters.

M: Very slick and creamy.

D: This is a very sweet tasting Doppelbock. Almost too sweet for me. It is a nice brew but a one and done for me.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2010 10:35:43 | More by IronCitySteve
Photo of nickadams2

New York

4.4/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Ashleys Westland.

A_Deep mahogany with a thick creamy head that lasts untill the final sip.

S_Malty,bready,caramel. Has sort of an earthy "musky" Smell to it.

T_Very rich. Malt,caramel,plums,raisins. A little not of coffee in the finish.

M_Very thick and creamy. Full bodied.

D_Extremely drinkable. Has got to be the best Dopplebock I've ever had.

Serving type: on-tap

08-29-2010 20:10:53 | More by nickadams2
Photo of mjw06


4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The dark ruby glow of this beer, even without the light hitting it, is proof that you've stumbled upon a gem with this one. The taste was complex and balanced, nothing at all was overpowering or stood out. The sweet malt was of dark toasted nougat, caramel, and graham, with a little raspberry fruitiness. A little spice was evident at the tip of the tongue, but I was unable to identify it. The mouth was full bodied and had a tight and secure fit over all of the flavor that this brew is carrying.

Amazingly drinkable for all that it has. Truly a great beer. Can't wait for my next one.

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2010 21:30:59 | More by mjw06
Photo of doppelbockrob


4.97/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Looks almost black in a bar setting, but shows a dark ruby red color when held up to a light. Slight head and semi creamy look.

Smell is delightful. Full of rich malt with a chocolate/coffee undertone.

Taste is very balanced. The subtle flavors of chocolate, coffee, and hops do not overpower any single flavor. Smooth, and vibrant.

I love this doppelbock on draught, however I prefer this wonderful beer form a bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2010 16:51:47 | More by doppelbockrob
Photo of jmhart


4.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap in Munich at the Ayinger brauhaus across from Hofbrau

Deep brown, almost black, in color with black cherry elements when held up to the light. Firm walnut head that fades quickly with minimal lace. The blackness of the color almost worried me. Darker than any German beer I have ever seen before.

Typical darkly roasted malt elements. Dark fruits come off most prominently. Rich prune with a strong coffee aroma and minor cocoa hints. The aroma is very rich and full bodied. The aroma alone will pull me back to this beer again and again.

The dark fruits that were present on the nose take a backseat in the taste, and the coffee and sugar/malt really come through. The taste is strong of caramel, but not sugary, and incredibly well balanced. Subtle hints of tobacco.

Velvety with a bite. Relatively minor carbonation, but present acidity. Smooth to consume with a long drawn out finish.

Overall a truly fantastic brew. The sweet, rich fruits of the smell combine with the rich roasted elements in the taste to make something very special. I will recommend this and consume it whenever I come across it.

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2010 22:29:40 | More by jmhart
Photo of djbreezy


4.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Beermongers in Portland, OR poured into a Saison Dupont 12 oz tumbler.

appearance - dark brown with a low head, moderate lacing

smell - dark fruit, raisins, dates, prunes, very complex and aromatic

taste - balanced malt with hints of dark fruit, very complex

mouthfeel - smooth and creamy, good body

drinkability - very smooth and enjoyable, did not fatigue the senses, complex, easy to drink

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2010 13:52:58 | More by djbreezy
Photo of sixerofelixir


3.93/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap, served in a nonic.

Looked decent, nice and dark brown with a thin head that stayed around. Smell was rather complex, with a fortitude of malts and fruitiness and spiciness coming to the front. The taste kind of surprised me as well. Very mellow and earthy, hints of leafy and dark malts. Quite bitter on the end, pronounced hop detail that can only lead to another drink. The only thing not 'good' about this beer was the odd bitterness, for some reason it did not sit well with me, but the drinkability remained good. Maybe it was the serving temperature or a carbonation thing, but I'm not convinced this is the be-all end-all of doppelbocks.

I'd like to sample a bottle under a bit more controlled conditions..

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2010 05:18:23 | More by sixerofelixir
Photo of BeerGodz

New Jersey

4.85/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On Tap @ Local 44

Look: Dark mahogany color, creamy beige head, light lacing

Smell: Malty, chocolate, roasted nuts, caramel

Taste: Up Front: Malt, dark fruit, burnt toast, toffee, vanilla. Finish: Chocolate with a slight fruity finish

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth

Drinkability: Keep em' coming!

Overall Impression: Had this one on tap and it was De-LISH! This beer has great depth to it, but it's not overpowering, so you can have more than one. Herr Rick took a sip of my beer and he liked it too!

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2010 22:23:55 | More by BeerGodz
Photo of ChrisPro


4.1/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Winking Lizard. It starts with the amazing aroma that smells of chocolate with slight floral hints. The head is fantastic as it pours a nice dark brown. Tastes incredibly balanced with a bit of sweetness, but the highlight is how smooth it goes down and the incredible finish. May be the best beer I've ever had.

Re-rated on 6/1/09: from Taphouse Grille in Bellevue.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2010 01:47:14 | More by ChrisPro
Photo of kingcrowing


3.98/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

.3l poured into a celebrator glass.

Pours a very dark brown with a small light brown head. Nose is boozy and very malty.

Taste is mostly malt with some sweet licorce and nuttiness it's really good. Mouthfeel is fairlyrich an crisp. Easy to drink for the style.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2010 05:04:29 | More by kingcrowing
Photo of JMac311

North Carolina

4.72/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Amazing doppelbock! Looks true to style with a dark rich color off the SRM charts! As expected from Ayinger brews, this bock is certainlynot lacking in flavor. Was extremely surprised to find this on tap, and could have sipped on these all afternoon. Excellent drinkability, certainly not overpowered by the above-average ABV. GREAT BEER!

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2010 15:08:54 | More by JMac311
Photo of MrDanno96


4.03/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very dark brown color - almost black wit just a touch of light getting in. A thin ring of off-white head circles the glass, but sticks around for most of the drink. Looks very manly (if that's possible for a beer). Nice.

S: Lots of roasted malts meet the nose along with notes of caramel and dark fruit. A little more subdued than I expected. As the brew warms the dark fruits become a little more apparent.

T: Similar to the nose, but better. Plum, raisin, hints of caramel, and roasted malt all hit the palate initially. There is some brewed coffee flavor to go along with some bitterness in the finish. As with the nose, the dark fruits become more prominent as the beer warms. Some hints of what I think are anise and alcohol surface as well. Fairly complex and flavorful overall.

M: A thick and fully body, boarding on chewy, with a medium amount of carbonation. I would expect nothing less from a dopplebock.

D: Obviously this is a great example of the style. I wasn't as impressed as I hoped I would be, but it's a solid drinking brew nonetheless. A high degree of complexity combined with the well hidden abv give this one a high drinkability rating.

Serving type: on-tap

02-04-2010 04:50:56 | More by MrDanno96
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4.13/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Prime 16 into a 3/4 pint glass.

A: Clear, deep ruby body with just a whiff of tan foam that swirls quickly into a thin ring. Nice color, but I want some head.

S: Subdued but highly enticing aroma of sweet fruity malt - raisins stand out.

T: All maltiness. Starts out nutty and toasty, followed by smooth, rich fruits. Dry, woody finish. Excellent.

M: Fairly thick, sticky body with somewhat light, spiky effervescence.

D: Flirts with cloyingness (and is definitely overly sticky after a while), but it's too tasty to put down.

Notes: While I'm not a huge doppelbock fan, this is definitely a world-class example of the style. Highly recommended for maltheads everywhere. Good stuff.


Serving type: on-tap

01-27-2010 12:31:40 | More by woosterbill
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4.65/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This was an excellent Dopplebock beer. Great from start to finish. Of course got even after I let it warm up a little.

Was served from draft in a thistle glass.

Has a nice dark color, small head with some lacing.

Good flavors, slight fruit flavors, with a nice taste of the alcohol yet very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2010 12:47:33 | More by leecschmidt
Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
97 out of 100 based on 4,604 ratings.