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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

4,939 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,939
Reviews: 2,196
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 294
Gots: 300 | 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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Jason_Quad


4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

07-16-2012 20:35:11 | More by Jason_Quad
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abrand

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 ounce bottle poured into a pils glass. My first time trying this classic brew.

The Celebrator pours a deep amber/brown color with a 1 finger whitish color head and good retention on the glass. Aromas are caramel malts up front with a semi hoppy finish. Quaff is similar to the nose with caramel malts dominated. Also hints of grapes, raisins, and toffee. The quaff starts sweet then has a bitter phase with a sweet, fruity finish. A great tasting bock. Mouthfeel is silky smooth and medium bodied. Drinkability is solid. I would be interested in what a year would do to this beer but it is great fresh nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2010 04:00:11 | More by abrand
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ricke

Sweden

4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown color with a big off-white head. Some lacings.

The aroma is nice and malty with big notes of bread, fudge, cola and earth. Some leafy hops and sweet fruity notes as well.

The flavor is sweet, malty and spicy. Full-bodied and smooth with a decently dry finish. Notes of caramel, raisins, sweet cherries, fudge, cola. Ends somewhat bitter with notes of rye bread, leafy and spicy hops and well-integrated alcohol.

Nice one, complex for the style and very "German" in character. Can someone please pass me the sauerkraut?

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2010 12:57:21 | More by ricke
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cletusdog

California

3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

07-16-2013 05:07:42 | More by cletusdog
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bryehn

Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep chestnut-ruby colour with amber highlights around the edges when held up to light and a small tan coloured head that gets retained as a thin, but frothy collar without leaving much lacing.

Rich, complex malty aroma. Strong oak tone. Dark fruits, chocolate, coffee, molasses. Alcohol pokes through about halfway through the glass

Taste follows suit and is equally rich and complex. Dark fruits, baker's chocolate, sweet malts, roasted grains and oak. Nice bitter finish.

Creamy and hearty mouthfeel with a low-medium carbonation. Yeasty sensation on the tongue. Aftertaste is dry with oak and fruit tones. Very drinkable, little trace of alcohol aside from the pleasant warming effect.

It's not my favourite doppelbock (Doppel-Hirsch is), but this is a truly excellent beer that is a must-try for fans of the style in my opinion. Glad I got a few.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 21:11:04 | More by bryehn
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Bubbalito

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

07-05-2012 16:55:45 | More by Bubbalito
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C_S

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

08-22-2013 03:54:57 | More by C_S
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DaveBlack

Virginia

4.85/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Really dark,opaque brown though it looks relatively thin with a thin layer of dark tan head that fades pretty quickly, leaving a random smattering of patches on the surface and almost no lacing.

S: Dark roasted malts, caramel and a slightly woody smell. Smells sweet with molasses and burnt sugars.

T: Taste is phenomenal. Roasted malts compound with toasty flavors, caramel, molasses, some spice and a slight hint of alcohol. Additionally hints of vanilla.

M: This is one of those rare cases where the flavor and the mouthfeel don't just coexist, but play beautifully off of each other. The mouthfeel is light but creamy and slightly sticky, letting the flavor linger in the back of the throat.

O: Really a great beer. The aroma and flavor are complex, compact and absolutely delicious. Worth a look, worth seeking out. This is a beer that could (should) be a staple in any beer drinker's life.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 02:08:07 | More by DaveBlack
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Danno48

West Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

10-30-2012 02:09:09 | More by Danno48
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cofeeguru

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -7.8%

10-16-2013 19:58:11 | More by cofeeguru
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strohme2

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

02-01-2014 04:04:09 | More by strohme2
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dpodratsky3

North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Pours a dark almost black coffee color with a 3 finger dark tan, mocha frappuccino head.

S: Big malty aroma with a distinct molasses smell that is both sweet but almost bity/sour.

T: Taste much like the aroma implies. Malty, but yet a hint of hops, again with that rich molasses flavor, fades to slight alcohol but leaves your mouth coated with sweetness.

M: Dense feeling, and thick but without feeling heavy, very smooth. Doesn't dry very much at all.

D: For such a dark beer a very pleasant one to drink. However, do not fool yourself...you want to drink an entire 12 pack and you might try...but it won't happen.

Notes: The second doppelbock I've tasted (the other being Spaten Optimator). Superior to that beer, pretty much the definition of a doppelbock. Ach du meine Güte. Es ist gut, schon, super, toll, fantastisch, wunderbar, fabelhaft. And I could go on.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2009 01:17:51 | More by dpodratsky3
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Augustiner719

New York

4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tried this at Stuff Yer face in New Brunswick NJ.

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a sam adams perfect pint.

Appearance: Drank, reddish amber hues came though, tight thin head with minimal lacing.

Smell: dark fruits, and a little bit of alcohol. obvious malts and spices came through as well.

taste: one of the best doppelbocks I have had, ever. It's unbelievably better than the paulaner and on par with optimator for hte german strong dark beers. Nice malty and spicy and fruity flavors came through.

Mouthfeel: suprizingly thin for a dopplebock, yet coated palate perfectly. lasting flavors and perfect carbonation for the style.

drinkability: I would have this again for sure. its the easiest drinking dopplebock i have had, and its got depth in flavors that make it drinkable in multiples.. good session dopplebock

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2009 02:04:36 | More by Augustiner719
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mklinger

North Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a stemmed pilsener glass. Deep mahogany color with a thick tan head on top that dissipated fairly quickly and left just a little lace on the glass.

Aroma was great with molasses, bread crusts, and some sweet caramel. No hop character discernible.

Flavor was great with even more bready melanoidens that were there in the aroma. No real bitterness in the taste, but also, no real alcohol character either. Plenty of residual sweetness, though.

Mouthfeel was thick & rich. This is an easy to drink doppelbock. I love the dark style here.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2010 02:35:50 | More by mklinger
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outsider

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

11-02-2013 02:14:29 | More by outsider
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Dustin_A_Stoutdrinker

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

05-03-2014 04:11:13 | More by Dustin_A_Stoutdrinker
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hyuga

North Carolina

4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very dark brown with a nice tan head topping it off. The head subsides to a thin ring after a while. Huge sweet raisin and plum aroma with a hint of spiciness. Kind of bready. Fig is also present with the other fruits. A taste brings even more pleasure. Hops are noticeable, but stand back and let the malt rush in, which is, again, very sweet and spicy. Massive caramel, slightly toasted, and subtle hopping. Spicy dried fruit in the middle, reminds me a bit of a dubbel. Nice full body. Smooth yet prickly mouthfeel. A bit more than mildly acidic. A slightly metallic flavor in the background, but that fades as it warms. A grain-malty, but surprisingly dry finish. This doppelbock is spicier than its competitors, which I believe is one of the things that makes it better than a lot of them. An excellent brew, one of the kings of its style.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2002 01:01:15 | More by hyuga
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AudioGilz

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours to a substantially dark brown color; about as close to black without actually being black, yet you can still see through it when held up to light. There is not much of a head to type of.
The aromas are pungent and can be picked up by my weak nose almost a foot away, which is quite rare. Coffee and cocoa make themselves well prevalent in my nostrils, to the tune of strong malt character translation into flavors on the palate; well above average.
I notice dark fruits in the mix, along with a bit of chocolate and alcohol warmth. These qualities are meshed together with a slightly creamy molasses character, and just enough hop presence in the finish and aftertaste. There is quite a sweet aftertaste worth noting, definitely not a dry finish, but instead lots of residual sweetness that is most pleasant.
Overall, it's not knocking my socks off, which makes me really want to try this beer on draft to really see what it can do for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2006 18:45:38 | More by AudioGilz
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Bonis

Ohio

4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - A dark brownish red with a huge tan head that takes a few minutes to die off. Looks good.

S - Spicy and malty/bready up front, possibly almost like gingerbread. The spicy aroma is where the alcohol hides. Lots of dark sugars are apparent as well, adding some hints of dark fruit.

T - Bready, chewy, malty with sweet caramel. The sweetness just explodes on the back end with hints of burnt brown sugars and spicy dried dark fruits. Complex, yet to the point. This tastes excellent.

M - Fairly big bodied, yet creamy, smooth, and somewhat refreshing. The only trace of alcohol is on the way down.

D - This one could be gone in no time, but I'm savoring it because it's my first ever. This seems like a beer you could session at 6.7%, then again you'd probably get pretty buzzed. I'll be picking up a few more of these for sure.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2010 01:15:18 | More by Bonis
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timontheroad

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

07-25-2013 19:13:58 | More by timontheroad
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Mister_Joshy

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

05-29-2012 07:40:42 | More by Mister_Joshy
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sfr26

New York

4/5  rDev -7.8%

11-26-2013 14:33:09 | More by sfr26
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TheBierBand

Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It had been a while... so I thought I'd try a Celebrator during my latest outing. The bartender served it up in a pint glass deftly poured with a perfect 3/4" head. The color was almost black, but when held to the light let some dark reddish hues through.

The head held on through my sniff test which reveiled hints of coffee, chocolate and a sweet fruity-ness.

Upon my first taste, the head had diminished to about 1/4" and was already leaving a pronounced lacing on the glass. The taste (like the smell) had coffee, chocolate and fruit characteristics, although they weren't as pronounced as I'd hoped. This one was a bit thinner that many of the other dopplebocks I've tried (most recently Spaten Optimator). Very little on the hoppiness factor. Spaten Optimator is a much richer brew in this Beer Advocate's opinion.

Mouthfeel was OK. A bit too heavy on the carbonation for me. Still smooth enough to fully enjoy.

Drinkabilty: I won't have this in heavy rotation, but one in a while it's a good one to have on second string.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2007 16:37:58 | More by TheBierBand
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cclark67789

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

04-18-2012 20:02:46 | More by cclark67789
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RummyRedbeard

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

10-16-2013 04:11:16 | More by RummyRedbeard
Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 4,939 ratings.