Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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4.28/5 rDev -1.4%
Alcohol comes through on aroma and taste. Lovely chocolate brown color, foam, root beer aftertaste. Easy on mouth even with some initial bitterness. Mild roast overwhelmed by malt sweetness. Hint of nuts and chocolate, and pinch of fruit and spices. Great again in March 2005.
03-23-2004 23:21:50 | More by Sammy
4.43/5 rDev +2.1%
Always love drinking this beer when someone wants to try it. I have one of those ram medallions hanging from each of my guitars.
It pours a dark red/brown color with some tan head. It dissipates slowly and reveals plenty of bubbles coming out of solution.
The smell is fairly complex. There is some dark sweet malts as well as some roasted smells. There is also a fruity smell, can't tell what it is by the smell.
The taste reveals that its a darker (possibly plum) flavor that I noticed in the aroma. All the rest of the smells translate to flavor as well. There is some sweet malts and a touch of roasted malt and even some hop bitterness but not too much.
Very smooth and refreshing. For as much complexity as this beer has its light enough to enjoy a large glass of with dinner.
02-19-2008 20:40:09 | More by t0rin0
4.3/5 rDev -0.9%
Pours an almost opaque super dark crimson brown with a 1 inch foamy dark khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small streaks and dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark bread, wheat/grain, caramel, and some subtle cocoa aromas. Taste is of dark wheat/multi-grain bread, caramel, and some cocoa flavors on the finish. I am also getting some dark fruit flavors as the beer warms. This beer has a slightly crisp carbonation level with a medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with a very nice set of flavors that work together extremely well.
03-30-2012 05:41:46 | More by UCLABrewN84
4.58/5 rDev +5.5%
A: Cola-colored as it comes out of the bottle. A fairly-light cream head with minimum amounts of carbonation. In the glass, it's a deep brown that is nearly opaque. Lacing in decent amounts as it goes down. Additionally, bonus points for having by far the coolest bottle I have seen to date, completed by the plastic goat.
S: Rich, rich malt with underlying complexity. Slight sugars of dates behind a caramel scent.
T: Very rich--much like the nose--and slightly sweet. Hints of light molasses, although the malt dominates--in a very good way.
M: Excellent creamy texture with low to moderate amounts of carbonation. Extraordinarily smooth with little to no alcohol presence.
D: Exceedingly drinakble. Beautiful taste and fairly light in body, combined with a low enough ABV to be quasi-sessionable, this is an excellent choice for the summer months ahead.
03-07-2009 17:36:51 | More by Thorpe429
4.3/5 rDev -0.9%
A: It poured near black in color with just a few red highlights near the edge of the glass. A moderately-sized light brown head died down and only left a few bubbles floating on the surface.
S: There are smells of dark malts with some notes of chocolate, raisins and nuts in the aroma.
T: The taste is very malty and balanced--dark malts dominate the flavors yet there are subtle hints of caramel, chocolate and nuts. There is a bit of sweetness in the initial taste and some dryness in the finish.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied and both smooth and thick on the palate.
D: It was very easy to drink this and the alcohol was barely perceptible. The beer is rather filling and drinking it almost feels like you're having a meal. I would definitely have it again (especially if I was hungry), although there's no way I could have more than one in a single session.
04-23-2010 15:14:06 | More by metter98
3.6/5 rDev -17.1%
Deep, dark brown with ruby highlights, capped by a massive, light brown, lumpy head that recedes relatively quickly to a thin, covering film. Not much in the way of lace. The aroma is predominantly of coffee and dark dried fruits (raisins, prunes and dates). It isn't as complex as expected, but is appetizing nonetheless.
The flavor is malty sweet, with molasses and coffee at the head of the line. Some alcohol is evident; surprising since the ABV is only 6.7%. I noted a slight metallic taste with the first few sips, but it faded soon thereafter.
The mouthfeel isn't bad, but isn't all that wonderful either. I was expecting more smooth creaminess, but didn't get it. Drinkability is good.
Celebrator is my first doppelbock so I wasn't really sure what to expect. Given the high ratings, I expected to like it more than I did. Don't get me wrong, it's a good beer, but it didn't come close to knocking my socks off. I do like the little goat charm though. Nice touch.
12-02-2003 20:57:20 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.5/5 rDev +3.7%
Appearance: Deep brown, like a craft root beer, with a nice tan head. Little lacing.
Smell: Toasted malt; caramel notes with a bit of dried fruit
Taste: Lots of wonderful maltiness; chocolate, dried fruit and a bit of coffee. that just lasts and lasts; doesn't take long for the alcohol to assert itself; hops add a nice balancing note; the finish is sweet and slightly bitter
Mouthfeel: Nice and rich; modest carbonation and a lot of warmth
Drinkability: A wonderful sipping beer; take a little in your mouth, let it sit on your tongue and work its magic
08-03-2004 22:58:35 | More by brentk56
3.93/5 rDev -9.4%
A - Poured a rich ruby red brown, which was nearly opague but could still observe some light through. Big tan head, faded after a moderate time revealing a big layer of lace that stayed until the end.
S - Smell was very sweet, and thick. Robust would be a good word. Lots of caramel aromas here, even some hints at cofee, rasin, or perhaps a light chocolate interspersed with a nice smoked aroma.
M & T - The first thing I noticed was a sort of flat, slick taste. I was hoping for some more carbonation and a fuller feel. The first flavor to hit was a nice balanced smoked, roasted malt flavor. Very nice, with a good amount of bittering hoppiness backing it up, almost a hint of a cola flavor as well. Lots of good sublties here, very well rounded.
D - Overall the only negative I have is that it needed more carbonation to give a fuller feel and better set off the flavors. It was very drinkable however, as nothing overwhelmed you and it never came off as too thick. Very nice relaxing nightcap for me.
03-29-2007 21:40:09 | More by mikesgroove
4.55/5 rDev +4.8%
A beautiful specimen of the Dopplebock style.
The dark, dark brown beer pours with a soundful plop in the glass. Malty even to the ears. Nearly opaque with a medium, tan head that lasts the session. A good deal of lacing on the glass proves either to be too heavy or verly well malted.
Heavy toast without roasting in the nose. Rye breads, beer breads, grainy breads... the beer is all about the bready-toasty malts. Mild toffee and nuttiness come in late. Secondary scents of fruitcake and dehydrated fruits from cherries, apples, pineapples, dates, figs, and raisons swirl around a light rum-like sweetness. Promises greatness.
Outstanding flavors of the fruits, breads, and alcohols that are described in the nose transfer unadulterated to the taste but with less heaviness or boldness than expected. Still, the heavy emphasis is on the bready, melanoiden meaty flavors with a touch of soy-sauce aging. Toffee and nuttiness round on the the malts and make them identifiable.
The body can be summed up in one word: Malty. Of course the bready notes come full throddle with a creamy, robust, full texture. But all that seems to whisp away in a magical last second. Part of the beer evaporates while the otehr parts thin into a toasty-sweet beer that makes for remarkable drinkability.
Celebrator is one of the few true Dopplebocks the exemplifly the style to perfection. Could it use a bit more complexity on the fruits and a bit more balance on the lagered-oxidized front? Maybe, but no faults here.
07-18-2005 15:41:43 | More by BEERchitect
4.08/5 rDev -6%
Bottle: Poured a dark black beer with a huge foamy off-white head with excellent retention. I think I can smell vanilla and/or banana with some roasted malts. Taste is quite sweet at first with the banana/vanilla side coming out and then ends with a more alcoholic sweetness at the end (still cannot feel the alcohol thought). Very good, probably the best example of this style that I know of.
08-23-2004 16:20:46 | More by Phyl21ca
4.13/5 rDev -4.8%
A: A 330 ml bottle poured into a mug. The beer is a dark, dark brown with some highlights of red. The head is small and light brown.
S: The smell is roasted malt, molasses, and a bit of caramel.
T: Now, I must say, that I've never been a huge fan of doppelbocks. This one, however, has a flavor unlike any other that I've had. A wonderful mix of roasted malt, caramel, and molasses to provide sweetness. The hops don't make themselves too known, but certain give some balance.
M: Moderate carbonation and rather on the full body side for a lager.
D: This beer is highly drinkable. It's still something I probably wouldn't sit down and drink four of in a sitting, but it's got some great flavors and the alcohol is very moderate.
12-06-2009 06:21:24 | More by womencantsail
3.93/5 rDev -9.4%
10 oz. - $4.75 at The Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta, Georgia.
Appearance: Clear, dark brownish-red body with a thin, very thin, white head.
Smell: Sweet-smelling, raisin-packed aroma full of heavy caramel overtones. Slighter hints of fresh grain and unsweetened chocolate.
Taste: Sweet, caramel-covered grains followed by tons of raisin fruitiness. Minor chocolate hint. A few gingerbread crumbs. Light spicy hops and bitterness. More alcohol than you'd expect from 6.7% creeps into the semi-sweet, fruity finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation. Sticky mouthfeel.
Drinkability: Ayinger's Celebrator Doppelbock, while we've had some wonderful times together, isn't exactly my favorite d-bock out there. I feel this way no matter how many little plastic goats it gives me.
01-01-2009 21:03:01 | More by ChainGangGuy
4.43/5 rDev +2.1%
Half finger head slightly hazy very deep amber/brown body. Aroma is very malt with amber and chocolate malts with brown sugar , yeast and dark fruit notes. Strong yeast and malt presence with this one complimented by brown sugar, cherry and strawberry notes. Relatively thick and creamy body and light carbonation. Overall this one is very dynamic and flavorful with an excellent, drinkable feel on the palate.
06-08-2012 00:07:11 | More by kylehay2004
4.33/5 rDev -0.2%
Celebrator has to be one of the best Doppelbock's I've had. This beer poured out as a really deep reddish brown color. The head was average sized but had a good retention to it. The smell of the beer was of rich caramel notes with some strong malt aromas. The smell is a little warming and inviting. The taste of the beer was had many of the elements that were on the nose, it was sweet upfront which faded into a nice caramel bitterness in the end. The mouthfeel was really well balanced between thickness and carbonation. Overall I feel that it's a must try.
07-15-2011 19:26:19 | More by Knapp85
4.03/5 rDev -7.1%
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.
07-23-2003 21:26:31 | More by oberon
Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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