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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

4,875 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,875
Reviews: 2,194
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 279
Gots: 288 | 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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mpyle

Maryland

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

Deep ruby red color, crystal clear appearance. Reasonably large tan head, long lasting and tightly bubbled.

Candy sweet aroma, with a bit of black licorice (sp?) and plum. Clean aroma beyond the malt and fruity esters.

A burst of roasty malt flavor up front, but not overly sweet. Somewhat less malty than the aroma hinted at, and balanced by hop bitterness and/or darker malts. Finishes slightly dry and more bitter than a lingering malty sweetness.

Medium body and carbonation. Very creamy, and only slight hints of alcohol warming. Finishes fairly dry, and is absolutely clean on the palate (no astringency).

Overall a very clean, malty lager with surprising balance. Rich without being cloying, but I might actually want it slightly shifted in the malty direction. But that is a minor quibble, as it is a really nice, highly drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2006 02:59:38 | More by mpyle
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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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Heretic42

Texas

4/5  rDev -7.8%

11-15-2013 04:01:34 | More by Heretic42
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djcira

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

06-17-2012 15:14:46 | More by djcira
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russwilliam

New York

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

01-26-2014 03:55:34 | More by russwilliam
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BeerBob

Nebraska

4.93/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The bottle label says it all... “Finest Bavarian Double Bock Beer”. Commanding and assertive, this is one double bock not to miss.
Bittersweet chocolate, toffee, licorice and very dark blackish red, if there is such a colour.

"alc 6.7% vol." was read from the back of the 330 ml bottle.

This beer is almost better then sex... almost...

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2002 18:00:57 | More by BeerBob
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GreatPondBrewer

California

3.75/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was my first experience with bock beer and I cannot say that I regret it at all. It felt thick as it filled my glass and settled a dark color with a little red visible. The head was nice and tan and lasted for a considerable amount of time and then receded into a nice lace that followed the beer to the bottom of the glass. It smelled of damp, smokey wood. the taste was great with some sweet molasses flavors and also some apple flavor, and a carmel finish. It definitely seemed to get sweeter as I neared the end of the pint.

(8/3/03)re-rate after a taste with a more scruitinizing palette.
After further tastes I have to say I like Aventinus a fair bit better. After finishing a 6er of it I feel like Celebrator reminds me too much of coca cola. To spritzy without enough character.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2003 21:00:33 | More by GreatPondBrewer
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velosuds

Oregon

4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date apparent. Paid $3.29 local natural foods store.

A-Pours a medium chestnut brown with a two finger foamy beige head with good retention and modest lacing.

S-Roasted and caramel malts, dark dried fruits like raisins and prunes with slight chocolate notes.

T-Malty sweetness followed by slight hop bitterness finished with chocolate covered fruit flavor.

M-Smooth and well carbonated.

D-Not sure why this is so highly rated. May very well be a fine Doppelbock, but I wasn't as impressed as I expected to be. Perhaps it has more to do with a preference for ales over lagers.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2010 00:06:45 | More by velosuds
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SamN

Colorado

4.97/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz bottle purchased from LiquorMax in L-Town. I love this beer, but this gonna be my official review. I'll try to be impartial. Served in a tumbler.

Pours a deep, deep brown, almost black with just a bit of light coming through. No head to speak of, lots of bubbles coming up. The goat fell in! The lack of head is the only thing keeping this one from a perfect 5.

Smells a rich velvety malt, wow! What a smell! Herbs come through, spices, smells like black bread, maybe pumpernickel. Smokey and wonderful. My mouth is already watering...

Taste is out of this world! This is probably the most balanced beer I've ever had. Starts off like it's gonna be a bitter beast, but quickly mellows out to smooth grains. Lots of burnt earth tastes, almost unnoticeable hops, very doppelbock-y. This is what I think of when I think dark German beers; this guy doesn't mess around, but it's kind and gentle. Absolutely fantastic, a delicious beer!

The body is medium with perfect carbonation.

Drinkability is perfect, too. A dark beer with plenty of complex flavors, but without the overpowering qualities that prevent many a dark and tasty beer from being consumed with the gusto it deserves. Ayinger has solved that conumdrum with Celebrator; I could drink this at a BBQ, a funeral or when I'm simply thirsty.

I love this beer, one of my all time favorites. It's especially good when we have our Swedish Thanksgivings; compliments the food without filling you up and becoming heavy. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2009 21:25:56 | More by SamN
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Parrotbeak

Minnesota

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

Nice, burgundy color with a ruby accent. Eighth inch mocha head that thins out slowly, becoming slightly patchy.
Smell is fresh, slightly smokey, slightly chocolatey malts. Little bit of toffee.
Rich malts tinged with chocolate. Slightly smokey, with some peaty leather. Some mocha and faint maple syrup. Delicious.
Mouthfeel is velvety and smooth, yet with a perfect level of carbonation.
Very drinkable. The second time I've had this one, and it's even better.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2010 01:32:09 | More by Parrotbeak
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George2744

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

08-07-2012 15:45:25 | More by George2744
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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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beertardis

Rhode Island

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

03-13-2013 00:50:06 | More by beertardis
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nharres

Illinois

4/5  rDev -7.8%

03-21-2012 23:28:25 | More by nharres
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Loco_Joe

New York

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

03-01-2014 13:48:17 | More by Loco_Joe
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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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MakeMineADoubleJack

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

04-17-2014 14:05:19 | More by MakeMineADoubleJack
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Zanico

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

12-26-2012 11:58:56 | More by Zanico
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BeerNemesis

New York

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock. 11.2 oz.

Appearance:
Pours a Coca-Cola brown with ruby highlights (ruby red when under direct light). Head is a 2" smooth mocha cap that sinks to 0.5".

Aroma:
Fragrant raisins and sweet grapes push through a mocha-coffee haze.

Taste:
An instant favorite! Toasted bread and a huge chewy malt mashes with tart dry fruits. Light molasses and spices linger in the background. The finish is sweet and succulent.

Mouthfeel:
It has a wonderfully smooth, creamy and palpable consistency. The modest carbonations breaks free towards the end of each sip to punctuate the residual brown sugar sweetness.

Drinkability:
The second I put the cup to my mouth I knew I was going to love drinking it. It's so full of flavor -- strong and complex but accessible. The consistency is close to perfect for a double bock.

Notes:
I was skeptical at first given all the hype, now I'm confident this is a world class brew. The best part? It doesn't go to high alcohol extremes to impart great flavor and bottomless complexity.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2010 20:43:41 | More by BeerNemesis
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MJR

Missouri

4.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This bottle comes with free plastic jewelry...bonus!!

Appearance: Pours what appears to be black from across the room...fooled you! It's dark brown with garnet highlights and has decent clarity for a brew this dark. A tan head starts really big and shrinks down to a more-than-respectable size.

Smell: Nose of sweet malt, dry fruit, molasses, caramel, raisons, and hops. A touch of alcohol too. Massive aroma here...

Taste: Where do I start? There's all of the flavors from the aroma, plus a slight bready flavor. Bitter chocolate. I notice a touch of alcohol on the end, along with a small roasted note. The smallest bit of hop flavor shows up too. Very complex...

Mouthfeel: Fairly thick with an oily mouthfeel. Finishes round and full, with lots of residual sugars adding body. Very nice.

Drinkability: Top of the class. This is an outstanding doppelbock that's worth every penny you pay for it. Sure it's fairly strong alcohol-wise, but walking's overrated anyway...

As stunning as it is from a bottle, it's worth mentioning that this beer is much better on tap.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2002 23:40:09 | More by MJR
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ThisMoonlife

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -7.8%

10-18-2013 03:01:38 | More by ThisMoonlife
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MaxOhle

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

03-18-2014 04:54:28 | More by MaxOhle
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Andonato

Texas

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

02-26-2013 07:54:03 | More by Andonato
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Andrew041180

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -7.8%

07-11-2014 10:43:57 | More by Andrew041180
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Invictus

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -7.8%

04-15-2013 22:22:15 | More by Invictus
Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 4,875 ratings.