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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

2,282 Reviews
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Reviews: 2,282
Hads: 5,901
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 5.31%
Wants: 461
Gots: 707 | FT: 20
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 2,282 | Hads: 5,901
Photo of dacrza1
4.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

DATE REVIEWED: May 8, 2014... GLASSWARE: Celebrator stem pokal... OCCASION: NFL draft day--and the Browns select?... APPEARANCE: "dark" indeed; a cola body that sports a settling white head--not spectacular to look at, but the bottle sports the Celebrator ram talisman, so... AROMA: chocolate, prune, malt, some cola--grapefruit and even some bourbon--in a word, impactful!... PALATE: active cola feel with a subdued effervescence--strong, staunchly full-bodied, and pronounced in its aftertaste...TASTE: ditto on the aroma--stacked malt catapults this past the normal dough/biscuit flavors and into a field reserved for beers I'd break my fast for--the aged alcohol pairs well with the chocolate...OVERALLL: In some ways, a ram's butt to the taste buds--nothing subtle or soft about this doppelbock...a perfect nightcap or dessertif. (834 characters)

Photo of Guess2814
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite beers in the top 250 beer list. I think this beer, everyone would like. It's soooo smooth. Just right. I can drink this beer all day and not grow sick of it. I definitely recommended everyone to have this beer. I bet everyone will like it. It's hard not to like this beer. CHEERS!!! (301 characters)

Photo of kjoe19
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Phenomenal!

Never had a bock or dopplebock, so I figured start with the best right?

This is delicious, it pours a dark, deep, caramel color with a fingertip size head that clings to the glass. Definitely pick up on the malty, molasses smell on the nose and taste the exact smell with each sip. The flavor lingers around the mouth with almost a creamy smooth finish. Very easy to drink, very easy to love.

Poured from a bottle I bought at the local liquor store.

5/5!! (471 characters)

Photo of iTunesUpdates
5/5  rDev +15.5%

Wowww this is an ineradicable beer. Payed $5 per bottle when I picked few. Comes with a ram on the neck which I have not seen anything like before. The price is definitely justifiable. One of the best beers I have had. Another great beer from Ayinger. (251 characters)

Photo of Dodo2step
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

P- Wegmans in Mechanicsburg, PA

A- a dark chocolate color that has a 2 finger foamy light brown head. The lacing is gorgeous as well on my pint. The head sticks around leaves a splotchy lacing.

S- faint caramel with strong hints of molasses. Towards the back end of the nose there are bready malts that complement the smell exceptionally well!

F- sweet molasses with caramel hints. This flavor is amazing.

M- the mouthfeel is the best part, creamy and smooth. Goes down like hot chocolate almost.it really just slides down the throat. tasty

O- this is a great beer. I would love a case of this. This swings into my top 10 if not top7. Great beer! (652 characters)

Photo of beer456
4.89/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is hands down one of my favorite winter beers. Goes down like Yohoo but has a nice kick. Plus they give you a little plastic goat. What more could one ask for? Sweetness, Alcohol and a toy. Yum ! Delicious ! As soon as winter arrives, I will be locking myself in a cabin with a 4-pack of these beauties. (308 characters)

Photo of Seanem44
4.68/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Purchased in a four pack at Wegman's, bottled date unknown. I normally don't drink this type of beer, being an IPA guy, but as this beer had great ratings, I thought I'd give it a try. I was not disappointed at all. A: Dark Brown molasses almost, with a nice light brown foamy head that dissipated after a bit. S: Very inviting, roasted caramel, nutty and raisin-like. T: The taste matched the smell with a caramel-nut-raisin taste. I could imagine drinking this fire-side. M: Tasted great in my mouth. Very little hint of the alcohol, if any. Smooth, refreshing. If you stick this in the fridge, be sure to let it sit a good 15 minutes before drinking. You don't want to drink this ice cold. Let it warm up. Very pleased and looking forward to drinking the three others. (771 characters)

Photo of gcamparone
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Purchased in Wakefield, RI.

A- Pours a deep amber, nearly muddy colored body with a mocha-to white thick head that reduces fairly quickly to leave little lacing.

S- Hmm.. I get a very metallic aroma that really covers the other notes in the background, which is cloves and bananas.

T- Bread, light caramel, very light spices in the background. Very subtle flavors, nothing overpowering. Raison-plum aftertaste.

M- Where this beer shines. Medium carbonation, light body, superb drinkability.

Overall I did enjoy this beer. I wasn't too fond of the aroma, but otherwise it's solid. (635 characters)

Photo of Auraan
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (1,053 characters)

Photo of Furlinator
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (544 characters)

Photo of bskrtz
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
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 (273 characters)

Photo of Mdog
4.46/5  rDev +3%
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. (426 characters)

Photo of McStagger
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (400 characters)

Photo of Pauline_K
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (695 characters)

Photo of Fear4Beer
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
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 (1,334 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (1,263 characters)

Photo of ricknelson
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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. (595 characters)

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.87/5  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. (957 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (670 characters)

Photo of WesMantooth
4.71/5  rDev +8.8%
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! (562 characters)

Photo of Shroud0fdoom
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
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* (695 characters)

Photo of Roguer
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (762 characters)

Photo of GOBLIN
3.97/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Ayinger Celebrator

Poured into tulip glass

A: Pours a deep dark brown with a himt of ruby highlights when held against the light.
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S: Fig, raisins, roasted malts and some other dark fruits.

T: Very intense deep dark fruits up front. Followed in the end by a nice, pleasant sweet touch on the end . . . Probably from fruits.

M: Full bodied and crisp to thick feel in this one.

O: A good spring brew. A tried and true German favorite. Would not hesitate to pick this up again. (508 characters)

Photo of rjp217
4.82/5  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 (764 characters)

Photo of Copernicus
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
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! (1,126 characters)

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 2,282 ratings.