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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

4,615 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 4615
Reviews: 2175
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: 4,615 | Reviews: 2,175 | Show All Ratings:
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dwarbi

New York

4.65/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a lovely khaki head that settles itself into a comfortable film for the duration of its existence. The beer is the color of cherry-stained wood. Determined lacing. A very inviting beer. Nutty, semi-sweet aroma. Fantastic roasted coffee taste. Some burnt toffee. Feels nice in the mouth. Chalky yet rounded.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2003 01:09:59 | More by dwarbi
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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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PZuke

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Distinctly German in its look and taste. It reminded me of my first Dunkel but with a little more of a kick. It pours a medium brown with little bubbles always floating to heaven. The head was a little less then I desired. It pours close to an inch of head that goes away fast. Smells of malt and maybe a hint of coffee or smoke, I could even say maybe a little fruity. Surprisingly drinkable it does not taste like a strong dark beer. The alcohol content is not noticeable. That could just be because I usually drink Belgium’s. It actually reminds me of a dark Belgium. I enjoy decorating my office at work with the little goats that come with each bottom. They have come out with a four pack for those of you who don’t feel like spending $14 on a six-pack but the price is well worth the beer. One of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2003 16:54:36 | More by PZuke
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taez555

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a thick 1" brownish tan head that actually died down rather quickly. The body was a dark brown, slightly black, with very fine bubbles.

The nose was very unique. Some spice, soft smoke, malt, molases, hints of caramel. Surprisingly even some slight fruit. Some raisin and even dark plums.

The taste was heavy. Dark molases, dark plums, wood, roasted malt, raisins, brown sugar, very faint hints of smoke. Surprisingly mellow for such a dark beer. There was deffinatly some bitterness present but it was perfectly balanced if not sitting slightly in the background.
I could get a firm earthy hop flavor as well, but as with most german beers, it was very subdued and mellow.

The beer finishes with a quick bitter burst and then just fades away with almost no lingering aftertaste.

Overall a superb beer, yet unique at the same time. With it's fine body and dark sweet fruit flavors it almost gave the impression of some belgian strong ales, but at the same time never losing the classic german bock flavor.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2003 08:33:01 | More by taez555
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TheDM

Indiana

4.15/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is my favorite style. I could not have planned this better! This brew formed a medium light brown head of medium to small bubbles. It has a very nice malty aroma and a beautiful opaque dark chocolate brown body. It has a chocolaty flavor with a hint of coffee. It was very smooth and very much to my liking. Now this is a brew I can drink all night! But still not as good as the memory of the Andechs doppel bock dunkel!

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2003 15:39:42 | More by TheDM
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hotstuff

Indiana

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

Bottle.When poured into my glass, this beer had a small head.I found this particular Doppelbock to be dark and creamy.There was some chocolate and fruity flavor to it.Not an overpowering Doppelbock.All in all, I was impressed with this Dopplebock and would definitely like to drink this brew again.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2003 11:04:07 | More by hotstuff
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SheepNutz

Kentucky

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

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a deep reddish-brown, almost black, with 2 towering fingers of light tan head that slowly fades. There is no lacing left on the glass. The smell is just a tad bit faint for the style, but consists of a malty caramel and fruity aroma. The taste is fairly sweet, with toffee and grapes in it. This brew's balance is on the malty side, with just a tiny bit of hops. The mouthfeel is thick and extremely smooth, a pleasure to drink. The drinkability is very nice as well, as I could put away quite a few of this one. Definately the best lager I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2003 20:05:19 | More by SheepNutz
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euskera

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

All hail the king of doppelbocks, or should I say "der Konig"

Brownish-black in color, sweet malty smell. Smooth rounded malt sweetness with a slight nuttiness in the background. Velvety mouthfeel with a hint of alcohol presence on the palate. Extremely drinkable and a delight to behold..

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2003 11:09:49 | More by euskera
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WMBierguy

Maryland

4.65/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is not a beer for domestic fans. It pours a dark, choclatey brown, with a nice, thik head. The taste is strong and malty, but without a hint of a sharp alcohol flavor. This is one that is pleasing to both drink and to look at. The downside: price. This is an expensive beer; I paid $5.50 for a bottle. If you're willing to pay the price this is worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2003 22:32:15 | More by WMBierguy
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Tballz420

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Now this was a damn good drink. Its a dark brown color with a good sized tan head on top. This is a very smooth beer, it has a creamy feel to it. Excellent malt flavor. Some hop bitterness to balance. Somewhat spicy. A very good beer, its pretty pricy but its worth getting when you got something to celebrate.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2003 13:22:04 | More by Tballz420
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.7/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Super thick glowing dark brown color with deep red ruby highlights, light brown head of tight frothyness thats about a finger high, faded fast, gets some minimal spotty and stringy lace.

Smell is tangy fruitish dark malts, quite a rich full nose with hints of ginger, brown sugar, favorable cookie dough, lightly roasty/toasty, some toffee, with dark fruit of plum and raisin notes.

Taste is a ton of nice tangy dark malts, a bit of caramel and toffee up front, middle twinge of chocolate and slight hops into the finish which is mostly dark fruits and toffee with incredible lingering qualities of twingy, fruity malty tanged dryness.

Feel is medium bodied, buttery smooth and lightly textured with a light tangy dryness in the finish. Very nice drinkablity, heavenly smooth and excellent creamyness makes for short work of the 12 ounces, need another.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2003 21:30:35 | More by tavernjef
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steelreign

New York

4.88/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

"Malt malt malt!", I firstly shout after trying this beer. Wow, this is the epitome of bock beer, period. Pours a dark caramel color with a small head that does not stick around long. The aroma is of caramel and toffee, sweet chocolate and roasted grain. Upon first sampling, I thought it a bit sweet, but soon balanced itself out wonderfully with a dry and slightly hoppy finish. Outstanding!

Mouthfeel was very much full bodied and robust, smooth and silky. And of course, the taste - well, let's just say euphoria. A perfect blend of malty goodness and caramel, with hints of grain and bready tones. This is close to perfection. Hail Celebrator!!

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2003 05:23:41 | More by steelreign
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rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

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

I like these kinds of bocks, not sickly sweet and sticky as a lot of bocks tend to be, this was kind of in the mold of the Andechser. Beautiful soft, lightly buttery, raisiny, caramelly, chocolatey, malts. A touch sweet, but dries out towards the end. Nice texture. A good bock.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2003 01:58:04 | More by rastaman
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daledeee

Iowa

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

Somehow I forgot to rate this. This is one of my favorite brews.

Pours dark without much head. But a little stays around. Caramel coffee and chocolate on the nose. I usually drink this fairly warm. It is very easy to drink despite the 7.4% alcohol. A little carbonation up front. Lots of malt and caramel, chocolate. Finish is a little dry.

Doppelbocks are good and this one is the best! This is one of the most pleasant drinks you will ever have. Smooth is the word!!

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2003 15:40:02 | More by daledeee
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marburg

Michigan

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

One of the greats. What other phrase can possibly describe a beer with such a lucious, deep, dark color; such a billowing, persistent, magnificent head; and such a delightfully shocking aroma and taste?

Deep, dark midnight black -- that is, just this side of jet black. The head is a silly putty gray/brown that could be described as a dark off-tan. It's bulbous presence lingers throughout the entire experience. And it gives rise to one of the finer aromas one can hope for on a lager. Sweet, smooth hints of carmelized brown sugar and burnt malts grace the nose.

The same flavors carry through to the palate where dopplebock taste is simply defined. A big, sweet malty presence begins the treat and underscores every subtle flavor throughout. Not to be outdone, the hops play perfectly here, bringing with it a roasted bitterness that plays to the finish. If there's such a thing as "squinting" with one's mouth, engaging in such an action reveals just the slightest bit of lingering sweetness. This silky smooth brew may be, in my opinion, simply the best lager beer there is in any style. A treat.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2003 20:40:54 | More by marburg
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Morris729

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Saved for my 400th Review.
Pours a very dark brown garnet color with a thick and creamy tan colored head with a nice retention that eventually gives way to a heavy lace. Nose is dark roasted malts, molasses, and smoky charcoal. Full in body and slightly syrupy in texture yet still quite smooth. Taste is rich sweet dark malts and brown sugar up front followed by some espresso-like flavors and a touch of bittersweet chocolate. Towards the end, some raisiny notes and residual sugar sweetness express themselves while a hint of hop bitterness tries to bring some balance to the finish. Make sure you give this beer some time to warm after pouring to fully enjoy all of the complex aromas/flavors. This is a superb doppelbock.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2003 23:27:46 | More by Morris729
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shirfan

New York

4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A deep, almost purple-toned mahogany pour, with a small tan head; this is a mission into malt.

Has a sharp, tangy molasses-spicy aroma that almost reminds me of barbeque sauce.

Taste is sweet, tangy-sour and complex. Thick and heavy mouthfeel; a shade lighter than things like corsendonk, but the most complex dopplebock I've sampled. Notes of plums, figs, sour apple, molasses and brown sugar. Somehow manages to be "moreish" and not quite cloying, even though it borders on syrupy.

Deserving of the praise it has earned; this is a rich, strong and complex beer to be sipped slowly.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2003 21:43:54 | More by shirfan
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BierReise

Florida

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

This is probably the best dopplebock in my opinion. Dark brown with a slight tan head. Aroma is earthy and grainy. Almost like an oat aroma that is sweet. Great blending of malts, some obviously roasted. Very smooth and drinkable. Slightly sweet and fruity. Another great beer from a great brewer.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2003 14:23:07 | More by BierReise
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jcalabre

California

4.22/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Originally sampled on 27 July 2002. Huge tan head, dark brown color w/ a very complex, rich, roasted taste, yet a clean finish. I haven't been too impressed w/ the other doppleboack's I've tried; however, I can understand why this one is world class. The more I drank it, the more subtle flavors I tasted. Great beer! It should be on everyone's 'Must try' list

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2003 16:57:18 | More by jcalabre
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longpondbeerman

Maine

4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a good brew, but it's too understated for my taste--I guess dopplebocks are not my thing, really. That said, it is definitely worth a try, even though the price is rather steep. It pours a deep resonant mahogany with a dark chocolate head that receded very quickly. There is no lace to speak of. The smell reveals a distinct maltiness with subtle undertones of spices and chocolate. The taste was more refreshing: a light, bubbly, and unassertive malt flavor (not too sweet) that retained itself for a good while even as I savored its diffident tones.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2003 20:41:54 | More by longpondbeerman
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Boto

Connecticut

4.93/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a very dark brown, and almost syrupy. Thick tan head which doesn't linger long. Some roastiness to the nose, but also a very sweet aroma. Very sweet taste. It is really malty. Lots of chocolate. Some subtle fruitiness. Alcohol somewhat evident, but not the overpowering taste. This is very complex. This is great!

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2003 13:57:22 | More by Boto
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jeffboo

Minnesota

4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

MMMM Malt! NIce and chewy malt. Dark brown with ruby highlights, a big puffy,creamy tan head tops it off. Huge caramelly malt aroma, molassas, raisins and smoke thrown in for good measure. Grab a spoon and dig in ! Chewy malt flavor in a medium to full body and a longggg malty finish. It's toasty, nutty, brown sugar sweet,ripe plums and a little roasty and chocolate in the finish. A great one from the home of doppels!

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2003 08:33:23 | More by jeffboo
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philipt

North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I unexpectedly found this beer in VA, so I stocked up. I've wanted to try Celebrator Doppelbock for some time now and definitely didn't let this chance slip by.

A very dark and rich garnet in color, with a medium sized fluffy, beige head. Smells quite malty, with subtle hints of brown sugar, nuts and brown sugar bread. Initial taste is of controlled/balanced malt. Not as cloyingly sweet as anticipated. Brown sugar and nuts are apparent in the taste as well. Hops make a gentle appearance in the mid taste, and finishes very smooth.

This is the most balanced (re: not too sweet) doppelbock tried to date. Also, easily my favorite doppelbock tried to date.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2003 15:58:17 | More by philipt
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BeerBuilder

Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a deep, dark brown color with ruby highlights. Forms a thick, creamy, light brown head that leaves good lacing. The aroma is malty, fruity, with a bit of chocolate. The flavor is malty, with a bit of roastiness and chocolate. It has a hop fruitiness and bitterness. It is a medium-full bodied beer, with a balanced malt and hop bitterness. A very smooth drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2003 10:29:06 | More by BeerBuilder
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Reidrover

Oregon

4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok second beer of the "wetting the babies head" night.
Ah love the white plactic goat..its right on the key chain!.Also like ye olde fashioned label.
Now this has one terrific look about it it pours an opulent dark red, almost deep dark blood red..with a small off-white head that doesnt last too long.
Smell as expected with this style is super sweet and malty..so sweet its almost "winey"..but its pleasant not sickening.
The taste is slightly strange it sort of comes in waves..first an almost zanyy sweetness hits , then it fades to a small bitterness, then some sweetnes returns and is finished of with a wet unsweetned chocolate bitterness..very odd...but exciting certainlly.
Very very nice on the taste buds due to the 'waves" of flavour mention above!
A very good dopplebock..but for some reason i still prefer Salvator or Doppel-Hirsch, but this is nice stuff.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2003 21:07:23 | More by Reidrover
Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
97 out of 100 based on 4,615 ratings.