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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

4,870 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,870
Reviews: 2,194
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 279
Gots: 288 | FT: 18
Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2001)
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GeneralDow

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

10-11-2012 05:37:07 | More by GeneralDow
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RogerDoger

Minnesota

5/5  rDev +15.2%

10-11-2012 03:22:45 | More by RogerDoger
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JoshuaGoins

West Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

10-11-2012 01:17:51 | More by JoshuaGoins
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drt72

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

10-10-2012 23:49:09 | More by drt72
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jondeelee

Massachusetts

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

Celebrator opens with a rich, malty, yeasty nose, liquid breads and bread dough spilling forth in waves of marble rye, French baguette, honey wheat, and thick brown bread, all topped with a gooey thread of molasses and wildflower honey. Add to this a good measure of brown sugar, vanilla, caramel, toffee, and lighter touches of coffee and cream, as well as a good range of fruit esters, including raisin, fig, black cherry, orange liqueur, date, and prune. The aromas aren’t necessarily powerful—perhaps a seven in terms of sheer strength—but they are exquisitely nuanced, balanced, and developed, resulting in a nose that only lightly taps your chin, but still somehow knocks you to the floor.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a wave of bread dough and toast crust that carries mainly dark wheat and grain flavors, but these are soon joined by a rush of molasses and brown sugar, and following just behind, caramel, toffee, and creamed coffee, as well as darker fruit esters (fig, prune, date, black cherry). In subsequent sips the molasses, date, fig, prune, and black cherry notes come out more clearly, kept earthbound by marble rye bread, spent grains, and touches of pepper. Late in the mouthful a cola, or perhaps kola nut-like flavor emerges, and this carries into the aftertaste, along with a surprising amount of sugars and breads, which linger on the tongue for a very long time in syrupy goodness. Mouthfeel is a slick, syrupy medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is one of the finer Doppelbocks on the market, and while it’s not one of the strongest, it is one of the more balanced, flavorful, and all-around fantastic examples available. Too many beers sacrifice the beauty of nuance and tempering for beat-you-over-the-head hoppiness/sugars/alcohol/etc., and it’s very nice to see a beer that’s obviously been made by someone who knows the supreme strengths of subtlety and crafty understatement.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2012 19:05:15 | More by jondeelee
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videofrog

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

10-10-2012 13:37:08 | More by videofrog
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Oboogie

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

10-10-2012 00:47:06 | More by Oboogie
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Dwtucker90

Texas

5/5  rDev +15.2%

10-09-2012 04:31:48 | More by Dwtucker90
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Jparker37

Wisconsin

4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a

A - Dark brown with good clarity. Small cap of dark caramel head holds a small cap. No lacing.

S - Smooth light chocolate malt alongside a dark nutty quality. Raisin, red fruit character. I get some sweetness inside.

T - Velvety smooth malt. Rich/dark caramel tones, with bitterless dark malts. Warms up slightly near the end joining forces with some balancing hop bitterness. Finishes clean.

M - Light side of full bodied, medium-light carbonation. Semi-sweet.

O - Rich smell to this beer followed by an even richer flavor. Very clean lager. Alcohol is relaxed enough to let other flavors shine. A little lighter than expected. Sweetness was minimal.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2012 01:56:37 | More by Jparker37
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nikbullet

Tennessee

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

10-08-2012 16:05:51 | More by nikbullet
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cosmicevan

New York

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

picked up locally. enjoyed from a bell's tulip.

a - brew poured a deep purple that settled as black in the glass with a small creamy almost belgian looking head. lacing was spotty and slippery and hardly held onto the glass at all.

s - YUM. dark fruit, nutmeg, figs, raisins. roasted and toasted malts. smells perfect to style.

t - FANTASTIC doppelbock. grapejuice, nuts, some brown sugar. some faint hints of cocoa.

m - awesome creamy feel with great carbonation.

o - overall, one of the best, if not the best doppelbock i've ever had. i love this style and am kicking myself for not trying this one sooner. i am blown away and in love with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2012 01:01:20 | More by cosmicevan
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JohanB

Austria

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

10-06-2012 23:13:05 | More by JohanB
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jrbeer

Virginia

5/5  rDev +15.2%

10-06-2012 22:42:16 | More by jrbeer
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BrewBastard

Pennsylvania

1/5  rDev -77%

10-06-2012 21:11:07 | More by BrewBastard
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HaveUSeenMyCellar

California

4/5  rDev -7.8%

10-06-2012 19:58:16 | More by HaveUSeenMyCellar
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Geiseman

Illinois

5/5  rDev +15.2%

10-06-2012 18:26:44 | More by Geiseman
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Nutwood

Kentucky

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

10-06-2012 16:39:56 | More by Nutwood
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Johnhaley1989

North Dakota

4/5  rDev -7.8%

10-05-2012 20:05:41 | More by Johnhaley1989
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PGVG

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

10-05-2012 04:16:10 | More by PGVG
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JohneHoodlum

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +15.2%

10-04-2012 17:38:22 | More by JohneHoodlum
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sparx1100

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -7.8%

10-04-2012 02:19:50 | More by sparx1100
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Prestonlegal

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

10-03-2012 18:57:52 | More by Prestonlegal
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GMB

Japan

4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock pours a black body that turns deep crimson red when held against a strong light source. A moderate pour and some vigorous swirling fail to produce any head to speak of.

The beer's nose is very nice: Roasted malts suggest molasses and chocolate; the yeast and alcohol contribute the smell of raisins and prunes. There is a faint tinny aroma at first, but it seems to disappear after the initial sniffs.

The taste follows the nose, but is much richer: chocolate and molasses. The taste of alcohol is nicely balanced; present but not intrusive. As the beer warms, the flavor of dark raisins moves to the fore and mingles with the buttery yeast-derived flavors. Imagine butter-braised raisins and prunes, molasses, and bittersweet chocolate.

The beer's body is full and rich, as one expects from doppelbocks. There is perhaps too little carbonation. Creamy froth would augment the appeal of these flavors.

The nice balance of alcohol-derived and roasted-malt flavors that one finds in Ayinger's Celebrator places it among the best representatives of the Duppelbock style. This is a delicious beer, and I'd gladly drink a more. Still, I hold out hope that one day I'll run across a rendition of this style that delivers at every level. This one didn't.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2012 23:28:32 | More by GMB
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GregoryMo

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

10-02-2012 07:29:40 | More by GregoryMo
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jvons

California

5/5  rDev +15.2%

10-02-2012 00:50:29 | More by jvons
Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 4,870 ratings.