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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Ayinger Celebrator DoppelbockAyinger Celebrator Doppelbock

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4,883 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,883
Reviews: 2,194
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 280
Gots: 290 | FT: 18
Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2001)
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Photo of iso


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

Appearance: Deep dark mahogany color with a large tan foamy head that has great retention. Even before your first sip, you can tell this beer has a lot of character.

Smell: Predominately malt and molasses with a slight roasted aroma.

Taste: The roasted notes from the smell are evident in the taste. Absolutely delicious malt flavor.

Mouthfeel: Thick, and heavy. The carbonation is deftly executed to achieve this and is a match for the taste.

Drinkability: You'll know right away that you have something special on your hands with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2010 07:40:43 | More by iso
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4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

More of a dark, dark maroon color instead of a brown. The head has that stout like chocolate foam color. It doesn't really lace the glass but it at least shows up and hangs out for a while. A rich malty nose with some toffee and brown sugar. The taste is a little bit grainy. A sweet molasses tickles the palate and the slightest hint of bitterness that is almost unnoticeable. The finish lingers just long enough to leave a sweetness on your lips making you want another sip. Great food beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 18:34:19 | More by claybeer
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New York

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

Poured from bottle into traditional Aynger Celebrator glass.

A - Poured non-transparent dark brown almost black color with small head that quickly dissipated leaving light lacing around the glass.

S - Malts upfront with hints of caramel, brown sugar, figs, raisins and other dark fruits.

T - Sweet to start with malts dominating all the way. It turns caramel and slightly fruity towards the end.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

D - Excellent and very enjoyable doppelbock. Definitely get your hands on it if you see it.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 21:11:40 | More by taigor
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Beer is a very dark brown, with dark reds at the edge of the glass when held up to the light. Nice finger and a half of khaki colored head initially that laces just slightly, but slides down the side of the glass. Starts to dissipate fairly quickly though.

Aroma is dark caramel malt sweetness initially, but with some dark dried fruit, figs, prunes and raisins. A little anise/licorice flavor as well.

Taking a sip, I'm somewhat surprised that the taste is not as sweet as the nose. The dark fruit is barely present, mostly a anise and malty flavor. Good, but not as complex as the nose when the beer is ~40°F.

Medium bodied beer with lots of small bubble carbonation leads to a nice, creamy mouthfeel. The beer is a little too easy to drink, as I can easily have several of these without noticing the alcohol content.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 04:48:52 | More by nataku00
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4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I part with the majority. I was very excited to find this beer. I found the only store in Columbus that carries it. Perhaps it was the hype that made it disappointing. Also, I might be biased. The first double bock I had was Troeg's Troegenator. Still my favorite. This one just didn't have the same richness and complexity.

A- Exceptional. A nice light coffee tone with swirls of amber. A nice wispy tan head.

S- Notes of caremel and molasis. Slight woody tones.

T- Very clean. hints of chocolate raisain. A slight smoky taste. Crisp. Not as rich as expected. Complex, but I've had better.

D- Very representative of what a double bock should be. I think its overrated. I prefer the Troegenator for its more robust and rich complexities. Not bad. I'd buy it again, but won't go crazy seeking it. Its a rarity so if I see it I'll get it.

This beer is very enjoyable and I completely understand why it gets the good reviews it does. I'm giving it an A and I would buy it again. Just because I'm biased to the Troegenator, doesn't mean this isn't a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2010 03:46:38 | More by JayS2629
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4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had at Not Your Average Joe's in Watertown on 10/25
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a nice deep dark brown with a 1/4 inch of light brown head. Head recedes immediately and leaves minor wisps of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is molasses, brown sugar, and dark fruits.

T: Taste starts with a molasses and brown sugar flavoring. Middle consists of caramel malts. Finish is all dark fruits - cherry, raisin and plums with a minor hint of chocolate.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, slightly slick mouthfeel.

D: Goes down easily, not too filling, nice kick, nice representation of style. I could sit and enjoy a few of these on a fall evening.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2010 14:04:18 | More by Jayli
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4.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

While I was pouring the beer it was crystal clear dark brown in color, but once all of it makes it into the glass it seemed pitch black. The head is composed of rich tight tab bubbles 4 fingers high. After 5 minutes the head slowly subsides to a thin ring. In the nose I'm picking up a lot of rich caramel and chocolate with a subtle roasted element. The taste is so beautifully clean and crisp. There are elements of roasted chocolate, molasses and a subtle twist of smoke. This beer feels creamy and smooth on the tongue with subtle carbonation.

This is a fantastic beer and the epitome of Dopplebocks. I'm glad that I was able to pick up a bottle of this, and I'm going to be sure to pick up many more in the future.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 14:34:28 | More by jlandis
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4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into a tulip.


A very dark beer...dark brown/reddish almost to the point of black. about 2 fingers worth of head.


I'm getting a nice malt aroma. Some roasted malt flavors and some dark fruits in there. similar to a dark pumpernickel or raisin bread.


same as nose. sweet malts. dark fruit tones with a little bit of bittnerness.


about medium bodied. low carbonation, which is perfect for this type of beer. A pretty smooth tasting beer. aftertaste a little dry from the bitterness.


very high. At 6.7%, I could have a couple of these. Only bought a single but could easily have another. great taste, not too filling.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 22:05:56 | More by cetherid
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South Dakota

4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 2

Wow what can I say about this beer. It pours black witha tan creamy head that stayed throughout. Looks very much like a stout. Smells very very malty with a strong choclate flavor. The taste is strong and heavy. Very heavy in the malt, strong choclate flavor. The heavy flavors kick you in the mouth. Deffently a sipping beer. Overall a fantastic beer. A must have.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2010 00:55:51 | More by vette2006c5r
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4.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A fairly hard pour gives 2 fingers of beige foam that takes a few minutes to settle to lacing. The beer is dark, dark brown until held up to the light when it shows a clear dark ruby color.

The smell is roasted malts and dried fruits with some sweetness.

The taste is rich, semi-sweet fruits and chocolate. Some back-of-the-tongue bitterness with a dry finish. As it warms the fruitiness comes to the fore.

The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with some alcohol drying it out just a bit.

Easy, easy drinking beer. It would be unwise for me to have more than one but the temptation is definitely there.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2010 00:32:32 | More by mariposafan
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New Hampshire

3.4/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got a 330mL single of this apparently epic brew at Harvest Fine Wine in West Hartford CT for $3.18. Served cold in a chilled goblet.

A hard pour of this dark brown brew gives a reluctant 1/2" of creamy tan head that settles quickly to a thin layer. A generous level of carbonation is seen clinging to the inside of the glass. The nose is spot-on, thick and bready, brown sugar, some earthy nutty kind of aspects, banana. The feel is only moderately thick, fairly dry, with a fairly aggressive carbonation. Taste is kind of muddy- some earthy bitterness, burnt molasses, maybe some anise... all lumped together, none of it is distinct. Taste is much less interesting than the smell. Finishes with lingering bitter earth, mostly dry.

Pretty mediocre in my opinion, certainly nothing special. More like a dunkel than a doppelbock, especially in the lack of sweetness or body. Can't believe it rates this highly.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 23:22:20 | More by BeerNinja007
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New Jersey

1.95/5  rDev -55.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Overrated. Pours a dark amber brown color with a thick white foam head. Has a yeasty aroma of dark fruit and toffee. Has a dry bitter taste with notes of dark fruit and caramel. The mix doesn't work for me. Too doughy and too sweet. To each their own.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2010 01:22:40 | More by chalsk
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4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice beer. I'm a typical narrow-minded beerdrinker and tend to look down on lagers. This, however, has changed my mind. So delicious.

Pours a nice dark brown with a 2 finger medium tan head with nice retention and solid lacing. Color fades to tan-red when thinned. Smell is toasted grains, chocolate, and just a touch of hop bitterness.

Flavor is great. HUGE notes of chocolate and dark fruits shine, and give way to a bit of toasted grains and a bit of a hop presence. Delicious brew.

Nice medium to full bodied mouthfeel. Slight bit of prickly carbonation keep it alive.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2010 19:45:05 | More by HURTemHIZZY
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New Mexico

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2010 04:21:16 | More by patobandito
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New York

4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Are you supposed to remove the goat before opening?

A beautiful dark brown pour, the glass wears the lace proudly like a negligee.
Toasted malt and a bit of chocolate character. The toast is complex and a bit arrogant.
Flavor follows suit, very little hop notice. Finishes dry and extremely pleasant. I could drink this all day.
A delightful beer that I will attempt to not finish so my lady can try it upon her return. Wish me luck.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2010 00:26:17 | More by dragonWhale
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4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date apparent. Paid $3.29 local natural foods store.

A-Pours a medium chestnut brown with a two finger foamy beige head with good retention and modest lacing.

S-Roasted and caramel malts, dark dried fruits like raisins and prunes with slight chocolate notes.

T-Malty sweetness followed by slight hop bitterness finished with chocolate covered fruit flavor.

M-Smooth and well carbonated.

D-Not sure why this is so highly rated. May very well be a fine Doppelbock, but I wasn't as impressed as I expected to be. Perhaps it has more to do with a preference for ales over lagers.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2010 00:06:45 | More by velosuds
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Alberta (Canada)

4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle, this was a favorite at an office party where I provided the input to the beer selection, a few years ago, at least now. Time to enjoy it while off the clock, I suppose.

This beer pours a moderately hazy, deep dark cola colour, with a multitude of foamy, bubbly, and somewhat creamy beige head, which leaves some solid spidery lace around the glass as it gradually settles.

It smells of musty caramel/toffee malt, softly bittersweet sticky molasses, muddled black fruit, bready biscuit notes, and floral, spicy hops. The taste is lightly roasted caramel malt, well-aged dark fruit, slick cafe au lait, ethereal chalky cocoa, a twinge of salty nuttiness, tobacco ash, and adequately bitter leafy, earthy hops.

The carbonation is quite mild, but hardly absent from its underlying duties, the body medium-full in weight, subtly rich, and decently smooth by the same measure. It finishes in a nicely balanced manner, the lingering malt complexities and noble hops acting like they've been through this a few times before.

Nothing surprising here - the effusive, long-running hype is more than well deserved. Call it what you will - the blueprint, the (almost) progenitor, whatever, this is a deftly rendered, crazily easy to drink, amped-up dark lager, for all your latent winter-despising needs.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 05:25:46 | More by biboergosum
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4.85/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a hefeweizen glass.

A- Pours a thick chocolatey colored head. An amber, dark brown appearance to the brew. Bottom of the glass is a see through red glow, however up towards stubborn settling head is the dark brown, almost non see through chocolate color. Almost no lacing. The goat charm gets points just because.

S- Roasted peanuts, which is making me want some like crazy. Hints of chocolate and caramel. Smell the yeast in the slightest. The roasted peanuts though for me at least, is the most dominant.

T- Let me say something, this is only the second dopplebock I've ever tried, but I'm willing to bet anyone that I'll never taste a better one. Lets see, caramel, chocolate, roasted malts, the peanut flavor is there, and bread. This thing reminds me of malt powder somewhat in a milk shake, or the malt ball candy you can buy. Not only will this most certainly be the best dopplebock I've had, but also most likely, and currently one of the best tasting beers I've ever had.

M- Super creamy. Feels like buttermilk. Medium bodied. Slightly sweet on the palatte.

D- Incredible. Glad when I went to Total Wine that I got a fourpack instead of just one. When I go to the best distributor in my area next time, I'll be tempted to buy a case. No hint of alcohol whatsoever. The only thing from keeping this beer perfect is the appearance is good. Yes, MERELY good. Everything else is just incredible.

Notes: Prost to Franz Inselkammer for making such a great beer. I'd still say Belgians have the edge, but this beer does make me proud of my heritage.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 02:43:14 | More by haazer
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North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a 16oz tulip. Great looking beer. Dark brown to red tint. Minimal head on this one that dissipated fairly soon.

S - Smell intensifies at it warms. Lots of malt up front with light fruit coming through. Definite Caramel notes.

T - Perhaps a tad bit of chocolate, definite caramel. Fruit follows through, moving to the front as time moves on.

M - Medium to light. Slight carbonation on the tongue.

D - About where I would expect from a 6-7%. A few beers is possible.

Great beer. Will have to go for the four pack next time!

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 01:06:22 | More by tylernim
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4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11oz bottle into a standard beer glass.

This doppelbock pours a beautiful, dark, hazelnut brown. It's nearly opaque! I get a bit of caramel-dipped fruit in the aroma. Perhaps prunes with chocolate sauce!

On my first sip, it's like drinking silk! I can't wait for the next! So smooth!

It's hard to pinpoint the taste since there is so much going on in here.... maybe burnt caramel over cocoa puffs!! Spicy, chocolatey and biscuity. Just enough alcohol warmth to cut through the malt and sweetness. Very easy to drink for a 7% ABV beer.

I see now what all the fuss was about with Celebrator Doppelbock. A legendary brew and a truly enjoyable experience.

I'm glad I got the 4-pack!

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2010 23:34:10 | More by liddytime
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4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes taken by a campfire in Acadia National Park.

A- Crimson red around the edge of a dark, brown body. Huge, very creamy head with great retention. Tons of lace all over the glass.

S- Instantly like it. The biggest thing here to me is the old caramel malt and nice slight spicy/earthy/floral German hop notes. Raisins, vanilla, rum come to mind. Old ale feeling.

T- Just like the smell but made better by truffley chocolate. Added to the caramel, German hops and dark fruit, it is delicious. Reminds me of a liqueur in a way. Very nice hop usage.

MF- Light and it makes it all the better. The low carbonation allows the flavors to really shine. Slight bitterness.

DB- Extremely drinkable for such a highly flavorful beer. The body allows the taste to truly shine. Has an Old Ale-like flavor set but drinks like an APA. Has to be the most complex and flavorful beer for the price.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2010 00:00:31 | More by cbutova
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4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle into a pint

Pours nearly black with a lovely three finger tan head that lasts for quite some time. Leaves nice lacing.

Smells of sweet dark fruits dipped in molasses and rum.

Reminiscent of the nose, lots of sweet fruits, raisins, and molasses/brown sugar. Some chocolate in there as well, slightly bitter from the malts.

Surprisingly not heavily-bodied at all. Big flavor but medium bodied. Leaning towards a wet finish.

Superior drinkability. Celebrator is a 6.7% Doppelbock that goes down like water.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2010 00:36:37 | More by BranfordBound
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Puerto Rico

4.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My go to brew from Ayinger. Prime example of the style. Not to be missed, highly recommended.

Used a Mug and it pours a black, redish brown brew with a thick yellow medium crown. Nice body, good carbonation. Very nice on the nose, roasted malts, cocoa beans and rippen fruits.
The first tip is of cocoa developing into the malts and ending in a nice touch of coffe with litte hints of rippen fruit in the aftertaste. Great drinkabilty and very refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2010 21:40:04 | More by MeMyselfNAles7
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4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Note: review from rough notes, drank at a pub in the town of Aying.

Appearance - 4.5
Long lasting cream coloured head over a clear, chestnut brown body.

Smell - 4.5
Sweet, very malty with just a little raisin-like fruitiness.

Taste - 4.5
Very chocolaty, the sweetness almost seems to have a lactic quality. Milk chocolate, sweet biscuits and dark bread upfront, then with a subtle raisin-like fruitiness to the end. Very little bitterness and no noticeable hop character.

Mouthfeel - 4.5
Fine carbonation, light to medium body, goes down very smoothly.

Drinkability - 4.0
I could easily have had a second, and a third. Too strong to be sessionable, but this is one very drinkable beer.

Fairly light for the Doppelbock style, and all the more drinkable for it. To me this is what a Doppelbock should be - malty, smooth, a little warming and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2010 04:31:18 | More by LittleCreature
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1.95/5  rDev -55.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Dark reddish brown, barely allows light through but it does, thin head that vanishes, I can't see any carbonation but it's so hard to see through this.

Sweet dark fruits and then quickly goes towards bitter but doesn't get there. I want to say plums and maybe a hint of cherry and some raisins. It seems like a double bock only a touch sweeter, less powerful, and somewhat subtle and boring. A touch of alcohol at the end just barely.

This is a top 100 beer? Are you joking me? Just a malt bomb that as a hint of bitter flavor at the finish. A dark fruity opening, plumbs and raises and maybe caramel/bready malt. More bready than caramel. The hops are earthy and they pack almost enough bitterness, but they don't balance this beer.

The mouth feel is really really well done. Plenty of carbonation but not so much I'm burping it up. Creamy enough to savor, but thin enough for the style and to drink.

Well this is also really drinkable. I don't like the beer. I rarely don't like a beer. I often think it's a weak example of a style or a style that isn't very well made. This one just isn't very good. If you want a better example of the style check out Weihenstephaner's example....it's far superior. So I'm torn. I dislike it, but it without the flavor actor is pretty drinkable. Ok....we'll go with a 2. Unimpressed but not awful.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2010 21:35:36 | More by bobhits
Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 4,883 ratings.