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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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BA SCORE
96
world-class
2,377 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
2,377
Ratings:
6,314
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
16.4%
 
 
Wants:
516
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912
For Trade:
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Ayinger Celebrator DoppelbockAyinger Celebrator Doppelbock
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Germany | website

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2001

User Reviews
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Reviews: 2,377 | Ratings: 6,314
Photo of Illtryit
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

1.5 finger tan head tops off this dark brew. When held to bright light, I get ruby red colors. As I drink, a thin foam clings to my glass. A foam film stays with the brew throughout.

I get dried dark fruits in the nose.

Taste is really complex. Dark fruits, nutty flavors, alcohol, toast.

Very full bodied. Hearty. Nice feel.

Overall, a very good beer. Glad I tried it. I will get again and I would recommend this to fellow BAs.

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Photo of chimaylvr
4.72/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in Sam Adams "tulip' glass, no freshness date

App: dark chocolate hue, half finger foam which dissipates quickly but leaves saturn ring around glass throughout

Smell: Variety of roasted coffee beans, peat and earth, hickory beef, sweet spice

Taste: complex roasted malt profile, like a great IPA with hops but only malt, molasses first bourbon finish

Mouthfeel: not sticky for complex malts but buttery and smooth; not puckering but comforting like a fine dessert, a little chewy even

Overall: there's not much to knock here, rich like a Belgian without the spice, not too sweet like an overblown wee heavy; at a respectable 6.7 you can have one or two more because you're gonna want another, a real winner....enjoy!

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Photo of jamex
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle. Nice head above a darkened, almost troubled beverage.

Tastes/smells of molasses, the city streets after a rain, the inside of a high quality Halloween mask, plum, raisins and a gasoline pump (on a good day) all rolled into a toasty, malty beer.

Very drinkable and nicely complex.

Drank while listening to soundtrack to "Good, Bad and the Ugly."

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Photo of chiccabeer
4.58/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is one of the best double bock beers. It has a milky smooth feel with a great flavor. It does not have a hard hitting flavor, but it keeps in a decent malty flavor that stays with you after you finish it. The smell is not intense, but smells slightly sweet. This is a good beer to have any time, but is slightly heavier so I would suggest you have it after a meal.

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Photo of djbow
4.73/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark stout like brown with a deep ruby undertones. 2 finger head of thin off-white bubbles that dissipates fairly fast. Some lacing and minimal alcohol legs.

S - Caramel, toffee, toasted malt, dark tart fruit, bread, and mild alcohol. Subtle, yet complex nose that invites you to drink but does not punch you in the face.

T - Unlike the nose, the flavor of this beer is BIG. Caramel, toffee, toasted malt, dark tart fruit, bread, a bit of yeast (spice) and mild alcohol just lik the nose only amplified in the most pleasant manner. This beer is a very malt forward preparation, however, this inherent sweetness is counter balanced by a gently warming alcohol finish. Thus, balance is achieved.

M - Medium bodied, silky smoothly, easy to drink. This is part of the beer balance.

O - I am a Doppelbock fan and Celebrator is my favorite of this type. It is always consistant, available to me the best example of the style because it packs in big beer taste with just enough alcohol kick to make it fun. This is the point of a Doppelbock. PROST!

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Photo of etaggie09
4.08/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Brownish ruby with a slowly diminishing tan head. good retention.

Aroma: vinous, fruity, and a thickly malty aroma

Taste: Very malty with a little hop twang. Strong sweet malt with some caramel and bittersweet chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Nicely coating and clean. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: nice, clean, and very drinkable.

Notes: A very nice malty beer that I enjoyed a lot. A good example of the dopplebock style.

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Photo of ScottUCF84
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle into a pint.

A-Very, very dark brown with ruby hues. Khaki head. Some solid lacing going on.

S- Caramel malt and a bit of cocoa. Some dried fruit, too.

T- Sweet, slighty roasted malt, some fig, and molasses. Very nice. A slight warming from the alcohol.

M- Full body. Very, very creamy. Just a little carbonation. Goes down so smoothly.

D- This one is definitely on the filling side, but it is so good, it's hard to put down!

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Photo of GeneralZod
2.95/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

APPEARANCE
It looks like a bock, dark. Very inviiting. Ok head retention.

SMELL
Smells chocolately. Very good.

TASTE
It's ok. Good for a bock. Taste like chocolate and sweet.

MOUTHFEEL
silky and smooth

DRINKABILITY
Ok to have one now and then. Not so bad, but it is very filling.

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Photo of likestoswallow
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pint bottle from Bevmo. Poured a dark brown that only a trace of light will shine thru. Head was tan and faded to about 1/4 inch and held. Aroma is strong with coffee, chocolate, anise and burnt toast. Flavor mirrored the aroma. Mouthfeel was smooth and creamy with light by effective carbonation. Hops were well integrated and hardly noticeable. Finish is long and smooth with some additional burnt cedar wood. Overall this is one great beer, my only complaint is that the bottle is too small, this should be served in a bomber.

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Photo of SeasonalBrew
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep, dark brown with a nice one finger tan head. The head has good retention and forms decent lacing.

S: Very warm, toasty malts. Sweet molasses and caramel as well as dark fruit are very prevalent.

T: Not as much of a forward and strong taste as I was expecting. The smokiness and malts hit you first, followed by a very nice caramel sweetness. The dark fruits, cherries and figs I think, really hit you as you swallow. Even though the taste wasn't as strong as I expected from the nose, it is very well balanced and tasty.

M: Well carbonated and very smooth. Slightly thicker body, almost chewy in feel. Very enjoyable.

D: Excellent. I really enjoyed this beer and could definitely have a few with hesitating.

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Photo of MickeyD
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a clean pint glass.

Appearance: poured dark and thick with a two plus finger width of head however it dissipates fairly quickly, very dark red, black mostly in the glass when held to the light. No lacing to speak of.

Smell: good balance of hops and malt smells, towards the middle a more floral spice is noted.

Taste: Dark roasted notes with heavy and rich nutty malt taste. Hops are very subdued.

Mouth feel: somewhat thin compared to the look at the poor. Dark roasted caramel almost burnt.

Overall: I must say this is a great beer. The “double” makes it stout like while still retaining the caramel malt taste. I like to have this beer with a big filet and pan sauce.

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Photo of Buildscharacter
3/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I was actually dissapointed in this brew. I figured that I would be a shoe in for someone that would enjoy a good doppelbock, but nope.. wasn't for me.

I really liked the way it looked int he glass with it's tall head and dark color. There's even a nice red hue when you hold it up to the light. Then I smelled it. It smells bitterish kind of like a beligum beer, but not really. I'm terrible at explaining scents, it just smelled off. Maybe I got a bad bottle?

Anyway, so I tasted the little thing :)

Little sour, little bitter. Malty, taste of oats and earth. Spicy aftertaste, warming.

I wasn't a fan, but I'm the vast majority, so who knows. Give it a shot.
I'll have to try another bottle in hopes that it'll be a little better.

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Photo of BeardedSquash
4.43/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep, dark burgundy. Dense head that coats the glass as it takes its time receding.

S: Rich fruity esters. Grassy notes come out with some warmth.

T: Round falvors. Dark fruits paired with bittersweet chocolate. Nice use of bittering hops. The estery smell pairs nicely with a subdued butterscotch tastes. Slight sourness in the aftertaste.

M: Perfect for this beer. Full bodied and coating, but not flat. A tough balance to pull off.

D: I can't imagine an occasion that wouldn't benefit from this beer. Even breakfast.

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Photo of Optimat0r
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

appearance - comes in a neat little brown 12oz-i mean 11.2-oz- bottle. one of my favorite bottles, im not sure why, maybe its the artwork and the little goat, or maybe its because i know whats inside.
pours thick and really dark, classic dopplebock.

taste - extremely good. i find its noticeably better sipped out of a glass than from the bottle. my first try i was a bit diasappointed, but it has grown better and better with each bottle. extremely rich, complex, malty, flavorful, straightforward dopplebock with no hoppiness or fruityness, just pure malty goodness. slight presence of coffee and indeed a nutty presence as well. perfectly balanced. this is my kind of beer.

drinkability - i didnt want my last bottle to stop. i wanted to savor every last drop of it. im giving it a 5 for drinkability also, its hard to put the thing down, you could chug the whole damn bottle so easily, or just as easily sip it away. this is the best that beer gets(for me anyway). 5's across the board.

UPDATE 8-09: have recently delved into dark beers again. tried the korbinian, a rival of celebrator. NO DOPPLEBOCK IS CLOSE TO THIS BEER. CELEBRATOR WINS

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Photo of milkbaby9
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle into Samuel Adams sensory glass. 3 finger creamy light brown head which reduces down to a light cap after a few minutes. Dark brown almost opaque color, though I note I can still see my fingers on the other side of the glass.

Aroma of caramel, toffee, and soy sauce which is weird and a tad bit off-putting. Tastes of roastiness, a bit sour and salty, resiny hops, all of which ride over a nice sweet maltiness underneath of fresh soft pretzel and plum. Interesting roastyness leads to light bitterness then fresh maltiness. Feels excellently balanced. Moderately long lightly bittersweet finish is nice.

Moderate carbonation feels crisp on the tongue with the initial roastiness. Medium light bodied mouthfeel. Drinkability is okay: tastes good and seems well balanced between the bitter roastiness and sweetish malt.

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Photo of Blackwolf
3.92/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to pint glass.

A- Dark caramel toned. a bit less than a fingers head, little to no retention. no lacing either.

S- Roasted malts, yeast, dark fruits, dark bitter chocolate.

T- Palate follows the nose a bit. Yeasty/Spiced bread, roasted malt and some toffee/dark bitter chocolate. some dark fruit undertones. Sweet and malty!

MF- Medium- medium/heavy body, smooth with a great medium carbonation. Finishes great with a dry warmth that sticks to your mouth. Feels like a belgian!

O- Not bad at all. I seen this beer a hundred times, never got around to it until now unfortunately. It is a great beer, but a bit too hyped up for my taste. The price was incredibly reasonable, so I jumped on it, and felt like trying something "out of the norm." Worth a try, but not to go out of your way for.

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Photo of HardcoreKeith
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Medium brown, lighter around the edges of the glass. Tan head consisting of many tiny bubbles tightly packed together.

S: Malt, brown sugar, biscuit.

T: Now, this is what I was expecting of a doppelbock. Sweet malty at first, then fades to dry hop aftertaste. Perfectly balanced and delicious.

M: Great.

D: Byebye Celebrator.

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Photo of Grohnke
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

( BA / BJCP)

Very dark brown, with some crimson red highlights when held to the light. very clear. Light tan head forms quickly, and stays a long while.
( 5 /3 )

Mild dark fruit, Light chocolate, heavy melanoidin, toasty malt. No hop aroma. Mildly sweet. Very light alcohol once warmed.
( 4 / 10 )

Rich toasty/crusty/melanoidin malt, light chocolate, rounded caramel, light roast, and a mild dark fruit. No hop flavor. Balance is towards the malt. Hop bitterness is enough to make the finish moderately dry, but the aftertaste here is pure malty sweetness.
( 4.5 / 18 )

Medium-full body, medium-light carbonation. Decadently creamy. No astringency. Light alcohol warmth
(5 /5 )

Very rich, complex, yet easy drinking beer. Flavors were bold, and the aromas were less assertive, but really enjoyable. Each component I though was truly complimentary to each other.
( 4.5 / 8 )

( 4.48 / 44)

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Photo of sprinkle
3/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pretty disappointed in this beer.Its not a bad beer but desent color of brownish/black.Not much nose on it.Not to malty in your mouth,just a little bit to light.I read somewhere that this was the mother of all dopplebocks...not quite

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Photo of AdamMY
4.69/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The appearance is good, though pitch black, with a nice off white head. While the aroma is wonderful full of pumpernickel bread, chocolate and citrus, and a slight herb nature to it. All that comes out in the taste with chocolate so incredibly pronounced.

The mouthfeel is great although something does not feel quite right about it to me, while it is almost too flavorful to be incredibly drinkable.

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Photo of BrewStoutMagic
4.27/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours out looking dark.The smell is a nice sweet aroma.It smells kinda malty W/ hint of choclate.This is good. YOU have to check this out fo sho!! The taste is creamy.Reminds me of something I've had before, but a some time ago(maybe Old nick)but not for sure.THis is with out a doubt smooth and has hints of fruit to taste. Ayinger does so well creating great beer.THis is terrific.Must buy more!!!!

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

I poured this into a Bordeaux wine glass.

A - dark and opaque, very little head on my pour.

S - Wow. Very pungent! I get whiffs of chocolate, molasses, and maybe raisins.

T - delish! Punchy, tastes of just what it smells lke (chocolate and molasses especially). Thick but smooth.

M - slight carbonation, and the taste hangs out for a while.

D - Wonderful beer here! Too "big" to drink fast, but rewards patience in savoring it!

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Photo of slk22
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a lightly translucent ruby red settling on burgundy with a nice cream colored head that quickly dissipated.

S - Huge aroma of sweet malt and ripe fruit including raisins, cherries, and plums was extremely inviting. I could not wait to taste this one.

T - The taste did not disappoint. Malt sweetness is noticeable from the start and is nicely complimented by the flavor of raisin, cherry, and plum. Finish had a slight metallic aftertaste that quickly vanished leaving the palate clean and making me anxious for another sip. Alcohol presence is completely masked by the robust flavor, but provides a nice warm sensation.

M - Mouthfeel is smooth and light with noticeable, but pleasant carbonation.

D - This beer is extremely pleasant to drink. Given the masking of the alcohol content, it would be easy to have too many.

Overall, I think this beer lives up to its billing. I found this one hard to put down and the aroma was fantastic. This was my first venture into this style and I'm sold.

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Photo of kalkavekkian
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed one of these last week and had a chance to indulge last night. 12 OZ. bottle poured into a pint glass. Very deep, dark color. Almost couldn't see through it even looking at a light. Thick rich creamy head that vanished rather fast. Very sweet, smelled almost exactly like a high dollar horse treat with oats and molasses and a hint of chocolate. Nice well balanced taste, with evidence of molasses and coffee-malts. Nice bite on the tongue that was gone quickly after going down. I could taste the alchohol somewhat, especially after the beer warmed up. Mellow, fluid mouthfeel. Not too thick. Great drinking beer and one of the better doppelbocks. Price was pretty salty, but then again it did travel a-ways.

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Photo of Airyk12
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Tap room, By the Bottle in Vancouver, WA.

Pours a deep brown with a ruby tinge. Small light-brown head that dissipates quickly and leaves a small ring around the edge.

Big malts in the nose, with caramel and hops. Very rich and bready.

Again, strong malts, a little sweetness, and some hops, with grains throughout. Rich, strong, and tasty.

Smooth and thick, very creamy, with a little carbonation dancing on the tongue.

This beer exemplifies the "meal in a glass" name for doppelbocks. very strong, and very rich, but approachable and smooth. Definitely a credit to its style.

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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 2,377 ratings.