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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

5,108 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 5,108
Reviews: 2,206
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 322
Gots: 363 | FT: 16
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 surlytheduff
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%

After all of these years of that little white hanging goat beckoning me, I have finally succumbed. A steady pour into a SA Perfect Pint glass yielded a a good 2+ fingers of creamy smooth offwhite head that stuck around for a good amount of time. Beer was a nice oaken brown color. Smelled of leather, toasted malts, molasses, a bit of sweet dark dried fruit. Seemed almost quad-esque, sans the spicy yeast. Taste was big with the roasted sweet malts, prunes, chocolate, raisin with a slightly bitter finish. Mouthfeel was full & creamy, with a high amount of carbonation. Overall a very tasty beer.

surlytheduff, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of NoLeafClover44
4.14/5  rDev -4.6%

330mL bottle poured into SA Perfect Pint glass. No dating info to be found.

A - Some hissing on the pop of the cap. The tan head fizzled out just as quickly as it wasformed. This one looks like coke in color and head behavior. What gives? I thought bocks were supposed to have rich, fluffy heads that stuck around for the entirety. No lacing at all. Maybe there is something wrong with my bottle?

S - Sweet caramel and considerable fruit notes. Cherry, fig, and boisenberry all come to mind. A little bit savory. Roasted barley and nuts counteract the sweeter components. Not bad.

T - Deliciously malty on the start with roasted grain, sweet toffee, and bitter molasses. Cream soda flavor follows. The finish is clean with some grain and mild sweetness.

M - Smooth feel with light carbonation.

O - I was very disappointed by the appearance. The pour yielded some of the quickest dying head I have ever seen with no lacing. Luckily, it was all uphill from there. Beautiful display of malts in the aroma and flavor. I can imagine drinking this stuff out of a large dimpled mug at Oktoberfest. Good stuff.

NoLeafClover44, May 04, 2013
Photo of BryantForestry
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

BryantForestry, Mar 26, 2013
Photo of Tayloraphilips
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Tayloraphilips, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of djmichaelk
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%

12oz bottle into a perfect pint.

A - Ruby-edged brown with a towering off-white head. Great retention, and reasonable lacing around the glass.

S - Very nice. Much more on the malty side of a doppelbock, with some breadiness and a bit of yeast. The caramel and brown sugar are far away at the back of the room.

T - This is definitely right up my alley for the style. Too many (for me) doppels run too far to the sweet side, but this one sticks to the basics, with roasted malts, some earthiness, and a touch of yeast at the forefront. Yum.

M - Maybe a little on the thin side for me -- the carbonation is higher than I'm used to.

D - Mid-strong, and great flavors combine to make this a pretty drinkable beer. I could go through at least a few of these in a sitting.

O - The price is right, and the flavors are top-notch. Maybe as good as I've had in this style.

djmichaelk, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of rkuhnel
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%

Bottle. Poured a ruby read with a medium but attractive tan head and good lacing. Nose is fantastic, with fruits, citrus, and chocolate, and just a little coffee. Very smooth mouthfeel and a flavor of chocolate, coffee, and toast. But not burnt toast. A remarkable brew. Slightly dry finish with a nice touch of hops. Best dopplebock ever for me.

rkuhnel, Jun 17, 2007
Photo of KrisDLSmith
4/5  rDev -7.8%

KrisDLSmith, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of seangibbs60
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

seangibbs60, May 03, 2014
Photo of JimmyAloysius
5/5  rDev +15.2%

JimmyAloysius, Apr 12, 2014
Photo of charlesw
3.88/5  rDev -10.6%

A pretty decent beer, all said. And thanks for the x-mas tree ornament. Outstanding? I guess... Given the low abv you could say that there's a heck of a lot of body and flavor in there. Sort of an interesting twang to the tast - raisin, caramel and sweet mangoe... Interesting. Decent.

charlesw, Dec 11, 2007
Photo of baiser
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%

Pours a rich, deep, thick brown body with ruby highlights. A dense, thick head with great retention and good lacing. Aroma of prunes, caramel, toasted malt and sweetness. Complex taste of sweet malt, caramel, toasted flavours and slight alcohol. Ends dry, sweet and very satisfying. Thick, smooth mouthfeel. Full bodied and extremely well crafted.

baiser, Jun 04, 2005
Photo of ibbjamin
3.95/5  rDev -9%

Received in a trade with deepsouth. Poured this thick black brew out of my 11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass. A nice one inch moderately frothy tan head. When held to a light, it appears as a very deep ruby transparency. Lacing and head retention are non-existent.

Very malty, sweet, caramel tones, and quality. Reminds me a bit of some malted milk balls. Some biscuit, dark chocolate and roasted malts upon a closer "look."

Wow that packs a strong flavor. Malt overload which normally would not do it for me, but for some reason this one does.

The mouth on this one is quite unique. It poured almost like a thick stout, but doesn't go down as such. Decent carbonation, medium-full bodied and a smooth, clean finish. Very drinkable.

ibbjamin, Oct 22, 2008
Photo of alkemy
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%

Pours a dark ruby brown with a tan head that quickly fades to a light covering. There are plums and tart cherries intermingling with sweet and sugary dark bread on the nose. It has a rich bready taste that reminds me a little of zucchini bread, except with dark fruit overtones...kind of roasty tart cherry and plum tastes. It's sweet, but then fades into a bitter chocolate/coffee taste that really lingers. I remember having this years ago and finding it overtly sweet...my how the palate has changed. I really like this.

alkemy, May 21, 2010
Photo of jamescain
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%

Poured into a mug

Appearance: Dark brown, not opaque, when held up to the light you can see the light shining through with red highlights. One fingers worth of tan head tops it off.

Aroma: More reminiscent of a dark Belgian ale than a German beer. Aromas of dark fruit, figs, plums, sweet caramel malt dominate. Very complex.

Taste: Similar to the aroma, dark fruit dominates, but with a molasses backdrop and a hit of spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Thick and chewy are the only words to describe this mouth feel. It is thicker than most of the doppelbocks I have had in the past.

Overall: Considered by most to be the quintessential doppelbock and it lives up to its reputation.

jamescain, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of teddyarrowhead
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

teddyarrowhead, Feb 04, 2014
Photo of dbarny76
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

dbarny76, Mar 11, 2014
Photo of IceAce
3.53/5  rDev -18.7%

Pours pale orange with a thin, wispy collar of foam and a malt-n-vinegar nose.

Entry shows subdued carbonation on the tongue and sweet malt in the back of the mouth. Midtaste features biscuity notes and a nice malt follow-through. Finish has a hop note followed by a slow malt fade.

Mouthfeel is acceptable...and this beer would be best served with an order of Bangers or fish and chips.

IceAce, Mar 01, 2005
Photo of Redwood21
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%

A: A blackish brown beer with a ligth borwn head that lasts and trails down the side of the glass at times.
S: a nice roased malt caramel type smell not very strong but it smells right
T:Exremely good imo, caramel light chocolate roasted malts. a little bitter but not very much. extremely good caramel chocolate flavor
M: a little lighter than i would like for the style but regardless a nice smooth creamy flavor and feel.
D:i could drink this all day, the relatively high abv means i probably should not, but its very very good smooth and tasty....what more could you want?

Redwood21, Apr 20, 2007
Photo of KGarrett
5/5  rDev +15.2%

KGarrett, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of cletusdog
3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

cletusdog, Jul 16, 2013
Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.95/5  rDev -9%

A: Pours a berry colored brownish red, with a great thick head, leaving behind great lacing.

S: Dark fruit, and caramel, malt.

T: Just as the nose leads on, sweet fruit up front. It is backed with a sweet malt flavor.

M: Medium body, but maybe thinner than I expected. Slight creaminess to it.

D: Great taste, low ABV, easy to drink.

mostpoetsdo, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of kdown
5/5  rDev +15.2%

kdown, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of djcira
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

djcira, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of Ted
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Ted, Mar 02, 2012
Photo of Dawkins
3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

Dawkins, Oct 10, 2013
Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 5,108 ratings.