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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

5,255 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 5,255
Reviews: 2,216
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 340
Gots: 417 | 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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Photo of John_M
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had not seen this beer on tap for a while, so was quite happy to see it at Frisco's the other day.

The beer pours a dark brown color, more akin to glass of cola then beer. This beer has very good head retention and lacing, as one would expect from a beer with this pedigree. The beer smells all malty and grainy, with a sweet molasses, cherry and cola. Very, very nice. On the palate the flavors replicate the nose, with lots of rich malt. However, everything is in proportion with this beer, nothing is out of place. The beer is medium to full bodied, but is not the least bit heavy. There is a good clean finish, with some nice roasty flavors at the end. Very easy to take.... so drinkable.

As others have noted, this really is the mother of all dopplebocks. First had this beer on tap at Humpy's during the "fur rhondy" festival in Anchorage (99 or 2000, forget now), when it was first brought into the state. It was excellent then and is excellent now. Always a treat. This is an excellent beer.

John_M, Sep 10, 2007
Photo of biegaman
4.98/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ayinger Celebrator's dark tone and steadfast opacity give it the intimidating appearance of a guard dog, or maybe one of those angry, long-horned rams on its label in mating season. This is slightly ironic considering how its violet and ruby highlights are gorgeous and inviting. Its head, while thin, looks harder than marble stone (and is coloured like it too).

It smells like someone took the world's finest tawny port and improved it exponentially. The sweet, fruity notes of plum and grape are gracefully tempered, somewhat offset by a tremendously rich maltiness. This 'toast and jam' combination would make a memorable breakfast; even the best noses are bound to miss a feature or two. It's that layered.

I don't think you could find a better, more exemplary tasting doppelbock than Celebrator. The poised sweetness of a fig and prune compote is mushed into the taste of heavily browned bread crusts, which turn into a sooty, moderately bitter dark chocolate note on the finish. If ever a beer deserved a perfect score for flavour, truly, Celebrator is it.

There's rich - and then there's Bill Gates rich. This doppelbock is Bill Gates rich. Profound, full-bodied, uncompromising maltiness becomes heavily intimate with all parts of the palate, and refuses to go away even in the aftertaste. To suggest caramel is grossly overstating the quantity of sweetness, and downplaying the rich, luscious quality of it.

If you want to learn about German brewing, throw out the books and just stock up on Celebrator. Few examples pack as much punch per square sip or capture so elegantly the style's rich, nectarous qualities. Although the expression is used quite commonly, few things are actually "mouth-watering" - this is. Trust me, I feel myself drooling.

Brewers will make a lot of claims about the superiority of their beer on labels. Typically, these should be taken with a heaping tablespoon of salt. However, for Ayinger to call Celebrator "the finest double bock beer" is no exaggeration. It is unequivocally, undeniably the golden standard of the style; any attempts to replicate it or even to honor it only serve to advertise that fact and endorse the superiority of its brand.

biegaman, Apr 24, 2011
Photo of rab53
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

rab53, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of plaid75
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Lark in East Northport, New York.

Poured a deep brown hue with a thin white cap. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a heavy cereal grain, nuts, caramel and pumpernickle.

The taste consisted of layer upon layer of multi grain goodness. Doughy and crusty pumpernickle bread came to mind with a lingering, yet dry, caramel.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style with a relatively dry finish.

Overall an incredibly enjoyable dopplebock. World class, but you already knew that.

plaid75, Jul 07, 2009
Photo of tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

tdm168, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of Latarnik
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Latarnik, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of billab914
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown with a small light brown head. Average lacing on the glass. Aroma is very good. Nice roasted malts with some notes of caramel, molasses and also some doughy breadyness. Taste has a lot of sweetness to it at first with some chocolate and coffee and fruit also being present. Complex and delicious taste. Mouthfeel full bodied is nice and creamy. Enjoyed this one very much and will be picking this up again.

billab914, Nov 24, 2009
Photo of chinchill
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A nice dark mahogany brew with a fine head that rising quickly but falls too fast.

Aroma mainly reflects toasted malts, with hints of light molasses, caramel, and dark bread. I wish it were more robust like the flavor.

T - Not strong or extreme, the flavor is predominately roasted malts, but is admirably rich. I find this otherwise excellent beer to be a little bit too sweet.

M - full and smooth, but good carbonation leads to a somewhat lively mouthfeel.

O - outstanding dopplebock

chinchill, May 03, 2011
Photo of Kelp
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Kelp, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of beerthulhu
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a very dark ruby red with a thin, fizzy dirty khaki head that quickly faded without a trace or lacing.

S: dark roasted nuttiness and caramel with a spicy dark fruitiness. A light scorched smokiness provides gentle complimentary support.

T: The initial flavor yielded a great, smooth smoky caramel with a nice fruitiness of apples. Extremly smooth with a light, dark sugary sweetness and rum raisins. Nice dark caramel sweetness that was very smooth and enjoyable. The rating speaks for itself.

M: medium-full, with a nice slickness and spicy alcohol fade.

D: Very nice drinkability with a spicy alcohol and fruitiness. Would easily go back for more. A prime example per style.

beerthulhu, Apr 25, 2008
Photo of dmorgan310
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

dmorgan310, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of sendbeer
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

sendbeer, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of Viggo
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark black/brown, with a big fluffy offwhite head, that settles down with generous lacing. Smells earthy, dark malts, little sweet, dark fruits as well. Malt body really coats the tongue, dark cherries, molasses, sweet malt, irony taste. Full and creamy on the mouth, perfect carbonation levels, this is definately a world class brew!

Viggo, May 30, 2005
Photo of Bighuge
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer goes "Glug, glug, glug" as you pour it. It lays out a hefty tannish brown head that has some staying power. Color is very dark ruby, but not black. Aroma is wonderful. Incredibly intense malt tones and a nice sweetness detected.
Taste is good, but a little lighter than I expected. Note that I said, "lighter than expected." This beer does have some depth and complexity. But the body is not as heavy as I expected either. Don't get me wrong, this is a great brew. Great tastes of molasses and sweet malt. A nice yeasty flavor. Some breadiness. No hops detected, but there must be some to balance the malt load of this. This is in the elite class of Doppels in my opinion (along with Bell's Consecrator, Spaten Optimator, Sammy Adams and Sprecher).

Bighuge, Apr 17, 2002
Photo of JohnGalt1
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz from Bucket O'Brew for about $3.75 (I think).. shared grudgingly with Brenda.. the lion's share from my New Belgium goblet.

One Finger Light tan head dies fairly quickly leaving behind a suprising amount of lacing... deeep brown brew... only reveals walnut/deep ruby highlites when held up to a bare bulb.

Dark bread and subtle molasses are the name of the game.. some dark caramel... only a touch of dried fruit comes through.. figs I guess... as it warms it reminds me of a cold mocha coffee without the sugars.

Flavor is complex dark malts.. and a waft of raisin and a little more dark caramel... light but present nuttiness... not alot of chocolate or coffee, just a touch. For me, the complexity lies in the dark malts.. very tasty... subtle noble hops are easily overlooked... I always walk into Celebrator remembering a bigger body, but the body is really just a solid medium with a creamy carbonation and mouthfeel... with warmth comes a touch of smokey/mild peatiness.

I know that what I am enjoying is world-class, although my simplistic palate is not refined enough to really describe it..

JohnGalt1, Jan 15, 2008
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.93/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Hey doppelbock's just aren't my style. Pours like some dark rust. Smell is a little more intriguing, not a turn off, very earthy, alcohol smell to it. Tastes like a combination of a rauchbier and trader joe's doppelbock. Meh. No hop presence, just some thin malt and alcohol to it. German mead.

All that dark fruit, belgian yeast? and alcohol just isn't a fun experience for me. YMMV. Don't take my score seriously, its just my score.

Beerandraiderfan, Dec 23, 2009
Photo of KAF
4/5  rDev -7.8%

KAF, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of liamt07
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle from the LCBO, into a tulip. Best before March 2012.

Poured a dark burgundy/brown, almost opaque. Fairly dense dark tan head, a thick collar sticks around with a thin head. Nose has some dark breads, caramel and toasty malts. Taste has some toasted dark bread/cereals, some chocolate, toffee and light grain notes. Loads of malt flavour. No alcohol on the palate but catches up after a couple of bottles. Smooth, sticky and drying body and finish. Opens up and really becomes something else at around room temp. Didn't understand the comparison to liquid bread until I actually got into this. Really warming and essential drinking for the cooler months.

liamt07, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of DrJay
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown with brilliant ruby highlights. The light tan foam poured a little short, but quite dense, and produced decent lacing. Heavy malt aroma with some molasses and a hint of cocoa. Fruity notes of raisins and prunes. Light charcoal smokiness came out as it warmed as well. Bitterness was on the low side, balance was very much towards malt. Sweet, dried fruit and rich malt, not quite caramel but definitely caramelized sugar. Smoke character and light metallic iron lingers in the finish. Medium/full body with moderate carbonation and delicate alcohol warmth. Creamy texture with a bit of grain dryness. Great complexity yet still highly drinkable. Definitely a world class dopplebock.

DrJay, Jun 22, 2006
Photo of PEIhop
5/5  rDev +15.2%

PEIhop, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of iL0VEbeer
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

iL0VEbeer, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of rolltide8425
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

rolltide8425, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of harpus
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

harpus, Mar 20, 2013
Photo of Derek
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this (vom fass) at Ayingers Am Platzl, Munich on March 19, 2006.

A: Ruby black, off-white head, some retention, nice lace.

S: Malt bomb! Bread, caramel & nut.

T: Raisin, prune, chocolate, roasted nut, burnt caramel, slightly spicy (tettnanger hops?), nice bittersweet balance, dry finish.

M: Moderate to full body (surprisingly light for the depth of flavour), moderate carbonation.

D: Very good.

(I've reviewed this before, but not on-tap in Germany).

Derek, Apr 02, 2006
Photo of Tone
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark black color. 1/2 inch head of a light tan color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of lager yeast and some earthy malts. The overall aroma characteristics are quite muted. Fits the style of a Doppelbock. Smooth and crisp mouth feel with average carbonation levels present. Tastes of good lager yeast, smooth yet distinct earthy malts, and the hop bitterness is noticeable. There is also a chocolaty richness that is quite extraordinary. This is one hell of a smooth lager family beer (includes bocks, etc.)!. Definitely worth a try.

Tone, Jan 30, 2009
Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 5,255 ratings.