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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

Ayinger Celebrator DoppelbockAyinger Celebrator Doppelbock

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

4,628 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 4628
Reviews: 2176
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 10.11%


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

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: 4,628 | Reviews: 2,176 | Show All Ratings:
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oberon

North Carolina

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

Pours a nice deep brown with some red hints thru out nice medium slight off white head,aroma sweet and nutty.Many flavors from this beer starts out a little smokey with some nuttiness,it's finish is a little dry.Not nearly as sweet as some of the style to, wich is a good thing.This is a classic worthy of the high ratings it gets.

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2003 21:26:31 | More by oberon
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Scooter77

Ohio

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

I can see why this brew is so highly rated, it’s great. Pours a deep brown almost black color with a slight ruby tint. A thick tan head arose, but quickly died down leaving a thin lace. The aromas were quite complex with dark malts, caramel, chocolate, and raisins. The taste is equally complex there were hints of nuttiness mixed with raisins and caramel, I swear that I could taste some licorice, too. Alcohol taste was quite apparent, but it wasn’t overpowering so it mixed well with the other flavors. A mild alcohol and malt aftertaste was left in my mouth. This is a very complex and balanced brew; it’s absolutely exceptional.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2003 05:00:52 | More by Scooter77
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mickstepp

Ohio

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

Couldn't believe my good fortune at finding this on tap at a local watering hole. And my timing was fortuitous as the bartender told me it is to be replaced shortly with something more mainstream. Celebrator is a very dark and opaque beer (the lights in the bar were dim so I didn't get as good a look at it as I would have liked) with a thick tawny head. Rich caramel notes in the nose. The taste starts a little sweet but evolves to a dry, nutty, earthy finish as it passes over the tonque. Medium bodied and nicely carbonated. Very creamy and yummy. It is highly regarded by my fellow B.A.'s and deservedly so.

Serving type: on-tap

01-31-2003 08:05:37 | More by mickstepp
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

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

Well, what can I say in comparison to Salvator, Sam Adams, and Moretti this Doppelbock was superior according to my taste buds. The deep amber tint of the beer shines through when the darkness of it when held up to the light. Aroma of this beer fulfilling by itself, but after tasting this malty treat I was truly fulfilled with pleasure. For the mouthful that each sip delivers it presents a heavy caramel, sweet plum, at the same time a pleasant driness if that makes sense. A very complex, but at the same time extraordinary offering that stands up to all standards of a great double bock. After how drinkable it was on tap, I can't wait to try it in a bottle to compare.

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2002 22:09:41 | More by WVbeergeek
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Dogbrick

Ohio

5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Somehow I managed to find this beer on draught here in Columbus (at the Refectory). There simply cannot be a beer that I will enjoy more than this.

Served at a perfect temperature. Unbelievably easy to drink, with a light smooth malty flavor that was not too sweet. Balanced perfectly by the alcohol ratio. Just a whisper of chocolate in the aroma and flavor as well. Very dark with a medium thick beige head that diminished rather quickly, but who cares, because it was between me and this amazing beer. Now I am working on getting the Celebrator glasses from the restaurant after the beer is out of rotation.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2002 08:28:04 | More by Dogbrick
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Jdiddy

Rhode Island

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

This baby is dark, dark, dark! It has the appearance of molasses. Initial taste of malt with a hint of spice. I definitely could not drink too many but this would be great on a cold winters night.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2002 05:18:10 | More by Jdiddy
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Furlinator

California

4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours translucent cola dark brown with 1/2 inch of off-white head that settles to a thick cap on top and leaves curtains of lace.

The smell is of cinnamon and other Autumn spices, coffee, cocoa, toffee and faint dark cherry.

The taste is of chocolate, coffee, Autumn spices, molasses and dark malt.

The texture is medium bodied with high carbonation. A steady stream of tiny bubbles rise up throughout the drink down.

A delicious mixture of many different flavors that all blend together to create an outstanding rich and decadent brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2014 00:49:28 | More by Furlinator
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bskrtz

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A) Very dark, stout like with off white head that disappears quickly
S) Mild spice, burnt caramel, cooked dark fruit, bitter hops
T) Deliciously complex. Espresso and burnt dark chocolate, citrus fruit.
M) Ample carbonation, mild esters, bitter finish
O) An excellent beer

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 01:29:27 | More by bskrtz
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Mdog

Minnesota

4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark brown with ruby highlights, huge head.

Smell: Darkened toffee, sweetness, hint of coffee.

Taste: Sweet, dark chocolate, mild coffee. No alcohol detected, very well balanced, semi-dry finish.

Overall: Celebrator has been a favorite that I'm finally getting around to review. Leaves other doppelbocks in the dust with its balanced flavors and well-hidden alcohol. A great beer that can be enjoyed year round.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 20:59:57 | More by Mdog
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McStagger

California

4.23/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From notes.

A: One finger mocha head. Ruby red. Good retention, tight lacing.

S: Cinnamon, dark toffee, some dark fruitiness. Graham cracker.

T: Dark, fresh fruit. Roastiness comes through in the end. Bit of chocolate, big malt. Touch of candied ginger and a definite phenolic fruit. Almost like banana.

M: Medium bodied. Ample carbonation.

O: Exemplary example. Very complex for the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 06:41:09 | More by McStagger
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Pauline_K

Michigan

4.41/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first Doppelbock and it has set the bar extremely high.

Appearance: It pours a deep dark chocolate brown but shows a beautiful amber color when held up to the light. It has a nice full head.

Smell: The beer smells rich, sweet, and malt forward. Hints of molasses and dark, dried fruit dominate the nose.

Taste: It has a medium mouth-feel and the light carbonation makes it smooth, creamy and very drinkable. Hop bitterness is almost nonexistent, however, there is a very slight spiciness that mellows as the beer warms. It is malt forward, with cocoa like flavors and a dry finish. It is a sweeter beer but the dry finish enhances the drinkability.

An absolutely wonderful beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 01:02:49 | More by Pauline_K
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Fear4Beer

Delaware

4.63/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

So dark, malty, and delicious. One of the best beers I've ever had. Drink it warm, its meant to be drank at 16 degrees Celsius (around 59 degrees Fahrenheit). If you drink it cold you are not drinking it the way it was made to be consumed and the taste profile is TOTALLY different. When it is warm the flavors explode. It has a very little alcoholic zing at the end. Bitterness is next to nonexistent but it does have a beautiful dark cocoa taste. Cocoa is very bitter but this cocoa is balanced among all the dark fruit and other flavors. If you are a fan of other Ayinger beers you can taste that hefeweizen core at the very end. I LOVE their hefeweizen (Ayinger Bräu Weisse) so this is a nice change of pace. A perfect cold weather beer while the hefeweizen is perfect for the warmer weather.

Ayinger is one of the best beer crafters in the world. This beer continues that pedigree. If you want a lighter beer from them look for the Ayinger Bräu Weisse.

Other notes: If you check the Alström Bros' review it looks like they made a mistake in Jason's review. He gives the beer an overall rating of 3.5 out of 5 but every other aspect of the beer (taste, appearance, smell, and mouthfeel) got a 4.5 out of 5 or higher. Seems like he made a typo when setting the overall rating. Seems like it should have been 4.5 instead of 3.5

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 03:57:22 | More by Fear4Beer
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

4.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle, indeterminate bottling date, comes with the small plastic toy. Poured into an unlabeled snifter today, 3/27/2014. First time sitting down to review this beer, have had the chance to drink this in the past both here in the US and abroad in Bavaria.

App- Dark ruby-brown body, two finger white head with great retention and lots of lacing. Initially poured with a lot of foam as if it were undercarbonated but quickly dropped to a more normal sized head with great retention.

Smell- Sweet caramel, dark fruits, raisins. Brown sugar, not quite molasses. A bit of yeast esters, kind of banana-like.

Flavour- Nice and sweet yet not overwhelmingly so. Very malt forward. Lots of caramel and raisin, some toffee, brown sugar, a small handful of esters and sharp spices, with a very slight booze on the finish. Certainly a complex beer that is worth appreciating over time.

Mouthfeel- Feels medium bodied, not particularly thick but the carbonation is spot on, making it feel creamy. Aftertaste seems to be similar to eating fresh raisins- sweet but a bit bitter, with a nice bit of dryness.

Overall- Very nice doppelbock that reminds me of my time in Bavaria. Delicious, creamy and malty as expected. A very good and accessible example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 02:39:21 | More by Stevedore
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ricknelson

Vermont

4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Sam Adam's glass. When poured it came up to a very nice high suede head. Maybe because I poured it a little too fast. However it made the beer that much more enjoyable to me.
NIce color, head and lacing. Loved the smell, not over powering at all. Mouthfeel was very pleasing,
so much so that It went down very fast, way faster than I intended. Looked down at it and, Poof my
Doppelbock was gone. This was a very good drinkable brew of which I have not had too many.
Don't know if its Ayinger's version of Double Bock that I liked, or just Double Bock, but I intend to
get more of it.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 14:58:47 | More by ricknelson
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1000lbgrizzly

Illinois

3.89/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown tree bark/ruby, but clear. Thin tan head that gets even thinner over time, not much lacing, nor carbonation.

S: Rum fruitcake, plums, raisins, plus a little bit of wet dog. Not super appealing.

T: Raisin, hints of caramel. Some sips hide notes of spices such as cinnamon and clove- surprising, but welcomed in this otherwise heavy-handed brew. The total lack of bitterness leaves the mild sweetness unrestrained and especially noticeable, like a kid holding a bank hostage because he's the only one with a gun; it's an odd dynamic. Lasting finish.

M: Full-bodied, soft, with fine but mild carbonation.

O: So, so malty. Doesn't really contribute many flavors that I usually seek out, although it does somehow present them better than other beers with similar profiles. My score is boosted for its perfectly representing the style, however different it is from my preferences. It is pleasant, but a slow sipper for sure... or maybe pound it.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2014 05:35:57 | More by 1000lbgrizzly
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barnzy78

Illinois

4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

11.2oz bottle
L - nearly opaque dark brown body with ruby hues when held to light. Tall tan head slowly fades leaving some lacing on the glass
S - faint aroma with some sweet malts, brown sugar, and spicy hops; raisin and some booziness come through as it warms
T - complex and rich, caramel, brown sugar, molasses, bread crust, toffee, raisin, faint chocolate with nice earthy and spicy hops, which all meld for tremendous balance of flavor
F - exceptionally creamy and smooth, finishing semi-dry and fairly clean but with some spicy hops lingering
O - gets the 5/5 as it is one of my all time favorite beers. Just as good as always and a must try for any beer lover.


Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 03:38:17 | More by barnzy78
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WesMantooth

Ohio

4.71/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer puts the Doppel in Bock. This beer is legen, wait for it... Smells like a German angel who bathed in syrup and worked 8 hours in a candy shop- bakery combo. Toffee, syrup, carmel, malt balls, and taste like you put a sweet swizzle struessel dessert bread in a blender with the DNA of a 1500 year old monk. Not too thick and hard to drink like it would lead you to believe. Does smell and taste a hair on the boozy side, but that is about the only thing bad I could say about it. It even comes with a souvenir goat. What more could you ask for? ...dary!

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2014 03:07:23 | More by WesMantooth
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Shroud0fdoom

Maryland

4.24/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

*11.2 oz. bottle*
Look: Very dark ruby red body, off-white lacey ring around my glass.

Smell: Strong notes of toffee, dark red fruits, licorice, well rounded vanilla, faint hint of cocoa.

Taste: Toffee, slight cherry, licorice, bitter cocoa, subtle hints of spice, toasted nuts, vanilla, well balanced dryness that finishes slight bitter.

Feel: Medium-light body, poppy carbonation.

Overall: Very tasty and to the point. I can see why this is called Celebrator. At nearly 7%abv, there is a lot going on. The flavors are pronounced yet seem individual other than just being a mess in a glass. The dryness leaves you wanting more. This is recommended.

*Originally reviewed on 10-18-2013*

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 16:47:42 | More by Shroud0fdoom
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Roguer

Connecticut

4.16/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a huge beige head with stout-like action. Retention is excellent. Brew appears a solid black, but when held up to the light, reveals garnet and brown highlights and some translucency. Nice but scattered lacing.

Nutty, bready, fruity aroma: dark fruits (prunes), yeast, dark bread. Yummy. Smells like a lighter, yet sweeter, Belgian Dubbel.

Tastes like one, too! Very, very sweet, almost syrupy; liquid bread with a huge prune and yeast presence. Slightly boozy. Some caramel malt presence.

Mouthfeel is light and very drinkable, a clear indicator of the style, despite the huge flavor profile. Again, a little boozy on the back-end, despite being only 6.7%.

This is a nice, super-drinkable dark beer that goes down easy.

No bottle date I could detect.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2014 00:13:02 | More by Roguer
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rjp217

Massachusetts

4.84/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

330ML bottle with no date, poured into my Troegs mug...

A - Dark muddy brownish/black color with a perfect one finger head and nice tan head. A sticky lace holds throughout consumption

S - Caramel and malts are predominant for me. Very good aroma that makes you crave it

T - Dark fruits, caramel, toffee, butterscotch and with a malty backbone. Absolutely perfect for the style

M - Smooth, medium body with a low carbonation. Ultra smooth finish

O - Doppelbocks aren't usually my thing but there's no way you can't appreciate how great this beer is. The 6.7% masks amazingly well. I could crush this beer so easily. The unique flavors meld perfectly together. This is absolutely world class and I'm kicking myself for continually passing it up time after time

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2014 23:43:55 | More by rjp217
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Copernicus

California

4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into the Libbey Craft Pub glass (like a pils glass but with a slight inward taper at the top).

A: This exciting ale poured a luscious dark brown like the color of beef stock or chestnuts. the head is a toasty tan, rocky and vibrant at about 2 fingers with medium retention. Full lace; the foam climbs up the glass.

S: Oh boy oh boy. Malty malt. Caramel. Figs. Prunes. Dates. Quite intense. All malt body. No hop. A little spicy fermentation.

T: Oh man. It's full of dark dried fruit, and then the malt backbone reveals itself: All toasty, roasty malt. Finishes with a slight bitterness from the roast. This is clearly an ode to rich malt as the West Coast IPA is to the hop.

M: Despite it richness, it feels bright and clean at first, but then coalesces into a sticky, but not unpleasant, tenacious syrup. Medium-heavy body with playful carbonation.

O: This beer is sensational. Not only the best bock I've had, but one of the best beers. Damn. I'd definitely pair this with roast game or roast pork with some spice. This is definitely an appropriate beer for roaring fires and red meat off the bone!

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 18:28:41 | More by Copernicus
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BoilerMo

Indiana

4.94/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

a: Wondeful look in the pint glass. Dark browns, not muddy but darker richer browns.

s: very light roasted carmel tones

t: smooth on the tongue, slight roast after taste and some sweetness.

m: Looks full bodied, but mouth feel is lighter, thinner but in a good way.

o: Fantastic beer, we did pint glasses at 57F and could have drank a lot more. Generally higher alcohol beers taste like it, but this was simple and easy to drink with no hint of the higher alcohol esters.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 14:33:56 | More by BoilerMo
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eclipse54

Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown that nearly appears black; hues reminiscent of dark oak push through only at the fringes. A generous, 3 cm layer of khaki-colored head developed and lingered briefly. Minimal lacing. The aroma is of caramel, molten brown sugar, warm molasses, and earthen grains. The flavor amplifies these notes and adds a nice bready background flavor/texture. Some fruity elements - date, plum, and even a hint of pear - push through on the finish. Mouthfeel is superb with a viscous, full-bodied consistency and clean, slightly effervescent finish. Overall, this is something of a “style-defining” beer for me, and I tend to gauge the quality of other dopplebocks against it. Celebrator is well balanced, full-bodied, and rich in flavor; combined with its availability and affordability, it’s a first-class choice.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2014 22:20:23 | More by eclipse54
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Tucquan

Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2014-02-16 in Columbia, PA. Tasted side-by-side with an Andech's Doppelbock.

A - Clear but very dark mahogany with a 2.5-finger tan head that sticks around and leaves very good lacing.

S - Fresh, lightly toasted wheat bread, molasses, touch of clove. Not real strong. Similar to an Andech's but with just a bit of sour dough thrown in. The aroma on this is slightly stronger than the Andech's.

T - Dark fruit (plum and fig), molasses, medium-roasted grain with a touch of char. Earthy spice, a touch of chocolate and a very nice bit of roasted and hop bitterness. Finishes with a chalky chocolate and toasted sour dough finish with more of the balancing bitterness. Dries moderately / reasonably for the style. Very enjoyable.

M - Light-medium body and carbonation. Not substantial but not watery. An easy drinker.

O - An excellent Doppelbock. Compared to the Andech's, the contrast between the various flavors is more pronounced / bolder. The Andech's has more of an integrated / balanced flavor plus a firmer mouthfeel. In this head-to-head comparison, the Andech's wins by a nose. You can't go wrong with either.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 21:07:55 | More by Tucquan
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GJ40

North Carolina

4.19/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sampled from a 330ml bottle.

A - A deep mahogany hue with a fair amount of light coming through and seemingly great clarity. Beautiful color! Just a dusting of head.

S - Brown sugar with some dark fruits and nuts.

T - Brown sugar and raisins. Smooth with no rough edges. Just a hint of sweetness and a slightly bitter finish.

M - Slick with a low carbonation that let the flavors shine.

O - A solid, well executed beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2014 21:14:24 | More by GJ40
Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
97 out of 100 based on 4,628 ratings.