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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Reviews: 2,292
Hads: 5,944
Avg: 4.33
pDev: 16.17%
Wants: 464
Gots: 735 | FT: 20
Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2001

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Photo of astout
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

overall just fantastic beer, never get tired of it, especially not while there are still bottles around the house.

Real dark walnut colour nearly opaque with a great tan head that slowly dissipates leaving a decent lacing.

Aromas of molasses toasted malt and faint date scent in the background. Also quite a few doughy notes coming through.

Tastes like a combination of roasted hazelnuts molasses and some type of nut brittle all with a slightly darker tone too it. Finishes with a little bit of drying hops but not too much, definitely still a little sweet towards the finish as well as up front, but plenty of roasty balance to it.

Great smooth weighty feel to this beer, carries the intense roasted flavours very well thanks to this and goes down very very smooth.

For such an intense beer goes down very easily and carries the alcohol well.

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Photo of Dunkle
3.81/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark, but not quite opaque. Poured with one inch of light brown foam, with nice lacing throughout.
S: Roasted malts in the nose along with some plum and maybe a hint of bread.
T: Is that nuts and some molasses I taste? I wasn't expecting that. The plum I smelled lingers in the background with some raisin as well. Unfortunately, I can't seem to find the hops in this brew. Good nonetheless, but nothing particularly special.
M: Medium-full bodied. Smooth and not dry.
D: It took me a while to drink one bottle. I could not see myself having more than one in a night.

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Photo of heinekenike
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5


Dark, dark brown color, maybe a hint of burnt red when held to light just right, but pretty opaque. Nice tan head exits quickly.

Smell is malty molasses, but doesn't really hit ya.

Smooth taste, the molasses and fruity aftertaste come together to make something special.

This is a real treat. At 6.7% not as strong as other doppelbocks, but it for something high in drinkability.

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Photo of OutlawJoseyWales
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: dark. pretty much black. with a gorgeous 1 1/2 tan head. served in a duvel tulip.

smell: sweet, coffee, hazelnut

taste: chocolate covered coffee beans, caramel, big chewy malt beast. alcohol is present and accounted for. this is the ultimate fireside winter brew. an absolute beast. this beer is athletic in its complexity and aggressiveness. delicous.

mouthfeel: not a ton of carbonation, smooth and heavy.

drinkability: one, maybe two, then im asleep.

2007: i was swirling this beer in my mouth when time slammed through 2007 on new years. screw that kissing nonsense!

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Photo of kaplunk02
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured the 12oz bottle into a nonic.

A: This pours an oily dark reddish-brown with about 1 finger of creamy off-white head which dissipates relatively quickly.

S: It smells of bready malts, coffee and chocolate.

T: Toffee tastes upfront followed by dark chocolate and a fruity sweetness. Nice and malty with not much evidence of the 6.7% ABV.

M: Mildly carbonated, oily and goes down super smooth.

O: All told this is a fantastic brew and one of the most balanced and tasty of its style.

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

A - Nice thick creamy tan head. Head retention is great. Little to no lacing. It's got that dark brown... root beer look to it. I almost thought it was black until a closer look revealed brown colors; almost a reddish/maroon center color.

S - Sweet roasted malts and molasses.

T - Can taste what I smell. A nice blend of roasted malts and raisins. The aftertaste remains of roasted malts.

M - Carbonation gives my tongue a nice little bite. It isn't heavy/thick but isn't light, and it goes down good.

D - The alcohol is covered well but the beer is almost too good to be just passing around as a session... in fact, I saved this beer and gave it to myself as a birthday treat.

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Photo of TheViceBlog
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The bottle excitedly came with a little stallion trinket on a string attached to the bottle's neck. Nice. More breweries should employ this Cracker Jack a-prize-in-every-box strategy in order to lure me into buying their product.

Beautiful dark chocolate pour with little hints of purple and a tan head. I never talk about a beer's lacing cause I typically don't give a shit but Celebrator has maybe the best I have ever seen. It was hypnotic to look at. Tastes of chocolate and espresso and it's incredibly smoky, like Worcester sauce or something. Very malty of course too and no sweetness at all. Slightly more sour finish than I expected. Very warming. Incredibly drinkable too as this beer is smoother than a eunuch's crotch.

If you have not had many doppelbocks in your life I think you would find this beer very odd and perhaps undrinkable. Even having loved many doppels in my life it took me a little bit to get acclimated to this one. I'm not sure if this is a beer you completely figure out until you're halfway through the bottle. The beer is much better the warmer it is served as well, as I began drinking it at too cold of temperature.

Celebrator is pretty much the dictionary definition doppelbock. It is the most known and arguably the best as well. However, I wouldn't advise an amateur beer-drinker to try this as they'd probably be in for a bit of a surprise and not enjoy it. As for me, though I found it brilliant, it lacked a few things I would have liked to consider it a masterpiece. First of all, it's a bit dull, a bit bland. I also think it could have used a sweet component or two. I also think the alcohol content should be amped up. But then again, I always think that.

But these are minor quibbles and this an amazing beer that rightfully deserves all the accolades it receives.


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

A rich dark red color with little to no head. Smells very malty with a small hoppy undertone.
A smooth carbonated crispy feel to it with a thick backing.
Very malty taste with a little bit of hoppyness behind it to begin balancing it out, but the malt still wins big time. A bit smoky and sweet with a smooth malt aftertaste.
Great to sip on and relax with, but so good I can see myself drinking it too quickly. I also really like the classic German bottle.

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Photo of microbrew52
4.16/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

With this beer, you get what you see, and in a good way. Unlike some, I believe this is a very simple brew. You see a dark body and get a full mouthfeel, you smell bread and malt and taste is much of the same. It pours a very deep color with a foamy tan head. The nose displays alcohol and some toasty breadiness that combines into a more toffee-ish character. Carbonation offsets the sweet malts for a good mouthfeel. The flavor offers a nice maltiness with notes of molasses and mild leafy hops. It finishes dry and does not linger long. A top class brew!

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Photo of 360logic
4.91/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L: Standard dark brown/amber hue for doppelbocks. Small but thick layer of off-white head sticks around. The way it looks very much promises the dark, rich, chewy brew to ahead of you.

S: Pumpernickel bread, toffee, prunes and raisins, wet coffee grounds

T: Toasted wheat bread, graham cracker, molasses, prunes, wet coffee grounds. Finish is like burnt sugar, dark sweetness that leads to lingering bitterness. Super elegant and complex for so much malt.

M: Light to medium carbonation, really decent chew to it. Not imperial stout chewy, but definitely full bodied for the style.

O: I think it lives up to the hype. Back of the bottle says "DARK, MALTY, AND RICH" and that's exactly what you get. But more. This is like a loaf of bread at an artisinal bakery or chocolate cake from a high end pastry shop. Maybe you can buy bread and cake at the grocery store, but it's not going to create a rich, flavorful, and cohesive landscape for your tastebuds like the others can. I found the new standard by which I will now compare all other doppelbocks to.

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Photo of LordofthePings
3.98/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours dark and smooth with medium head. The smell is malty and NO hops. Taste is sweet and Carmel, molasses, sweet corn. Silky and smooth, lacy. Not my favorite beer style so while i appreciate this beer and how well made it obviously is, it's only an occasional drinker for me.

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Photo of DrunkenPanther
4.17/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I should start off by saying that although I had this on tap, it was not the conventional tap. While at an Ayinger brauhaus in Munich, this was available in a large wooden keg that was just tapped with a wooden faucet. Wasnt quite as carbonated as the regular tap version, but was not exactly a cask version either. It was also a tiny creamier tasting than the tap version. Other than that, it was pretty much the same.
Ok, the color was a dark ruby, almost brown, with a tannish colored thick head.
The smell was almost a woody malt scent which was very enjoyable. The aroma lasted well into the drink.
The taste was that of malt and raisin. Maybe a little berry tasting as well. Extremely well balanced.
The mouthfeel was typical of the doppelbocks but maybe a bit more mellow. Very full and inviting. It is a beer that you dont mind holding in your mouth a bit longer to get a bit more taste.
This is a very drinkable beer. Being not as strong as some of the other doppels, it doesnt give you that boozy aftertaste, nor does it have you drunk insanely fast.

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Photo of grees20
3.8/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up during the NEPA Beer Club April split. This was the first beer from my batch that I tried. Ayinger pours a wonderful shade of ruby red with thin, tan head. Aroma of roasted nutiness and dark fruits greet the nose. Taste is little chewy up front, but the finish is quite smooth. Some malts and raisin are noticeable in the flavor. Not a filling beer and actually quite good.

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Photo of Upgrayedd
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This bottle is probably about a year old, as I purchased this 4 pack early last spring. I couldn't stand to age this much longer and had to drink this last one. There is not much I can say about this beer that hasn't already been said. It is wonderfully tasteful without being overly sweet. Its viscousness is also a bit thin compared to American versions, but I like that. One thing to note is that I remember the first couple of bottles having a slight smokey flavor, while this aged bottle had none.

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Photo of redzone3120
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep dark brown color with a slight hue of red when held up to the light. Nice brown head though somewhat thin.

S - Nice dark roasted aroma. Hints of coffee and is similar to a stout. Very good!

T - You can taste the roasted malts and the hints of coffee and chocolate. Very complex flavors but finishes with a mild sweetness.

M - Smooth carbonation with a moderate body. Balances well with the rich flavors while not being too heavy. Great finish that has flavor but doesn't linger for too long.

D - Very drinkable. Well balanced, great flavor, and nice finish. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Reiksguard
3.37/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured out of a bottle into a glass for tasting.

As soon as I cracked open the cap, I thought I was in love with this beer. Lots os malt and dark fruit aromas. The taste was just as exceptional with a little warmth from the alcohol. However, that is when it started to fall apart. The beer started to develop almost a bitter metalic aftertaste that continued for an extended period of time. It certainly did not finish clean. Also, the mouthfeel was a little thin.

Given everyone else's positive review, I will probably try the beer again in case I got a bad bottle, but the poor after taste was a big turn off.

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Photo of stbfan
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

dark brown with ruby hues to light. nice, big tan head. looks very creamy.

smells like coffee, chocolate, malty, bread, cloves.

tastes amazing. coffee,chocolate, slightly bitter, metallic, light bread taste.

nice dry finish. creamy medium mouthfeel.

extremely drinkable.

i definitely understand the strong rap for this brew.warming feel, nicely balanced with a refreshing taste.

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Photo of alohaspicoli
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle to a tulip.

A: Pours a nice, dark brown w/some red. Light brown head that settles quickly. Nice lacing.

S: A very rich, malty aroma with some dark fruits.

T: Raisin is the most easily identified flavor for me. Also some molasses & dark chocolate. Alcohol is present but in a good way. Overall a very bold flavor but it's still smooth.

M: Full bodied with not too much carbonation. Finishes a little on the dry side.

O: Great flavor profile on this - and that's coming from someone who isn't a big raisin fan. Overall it's very well balanced. Would definitely buy again. Plus, each bottle comes with this awesome little plastic statue of their logo, which will hang on my fridge or possibly xmas tree for many years to come :)

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Photo of Brewski4Drewski
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Tilburg's Dutch Brown Ale glass.
A: Pours dark brown and creates large foamy brown head. I can thank the tall glass for the huge head, this beer looks good.

S: Toasted malts not too strong but smeels amazing, maybe some kind of delicious baked cookie.

T: Taste is phenomenal. Like it smells but tastes sweet throughout. Good to the last drop.

M: Smooth in the mouth and on the palate and slightly creamy.

O: This beer is incredibly drinkable, I would like to see how a six pack would do over a nice dinner. A "world class" beer, it is overall one of the best of the category. I plan on collecting every ram trinket I get.

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Photo of highTempo
3.92/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle.

Big head, about a full inch -- cafe-o-lait color. Very dark body that's opaque until held to the light, then translucent maroon. Nice looking!

The smell has a lot of true malt coming through, almost like malt candy, chocolate, some present alcohol.

Very full flavor, not as sweet as I expected. Very 'roasty'. There's a metallic undertone that reminds me of traditional molasses. Surprisingly smooth and easy to drink. Just a bit smokey. Some cereal coming through. The alcohol is present in the flavor as well, that brings some warmth.

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Photo of BrewMan82
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pure black, closer inspection reveals some nice ruby tint in the light. White head settle down quickly. Smells very sweet and malty, with some nutty fruit aroma coming to the front. Malt overpowers this brew with sharp and strong coffee and fruit taste. The finish is much smoother, with some smoky toastiness I really liked. Tasted almost completely flat and on the tongue - no carbonation - but intense flavor kept thinness away and richness provided ample fullness. The smokiness melts away for a smooth aftertaste that invites more. Excellent.

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Photo of liddytime
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11oz bottle into a standard beer glass.

This doppelbock pours a beautiful, dark, hazelnut brown. It's nearly opaque! I get a bit of caramel-dipped fruit in the aroma. Perhaps prunes with chocolate sauce!

On my first sip, it's like drinking silk! I can't wait for the next! So smooth!

It's hard to pinpoint the taste since there is so much going on in here.... maybe burnt caramel over cocoa puffs!! Spicy, chocolatey and biscuity. Just enough alcohol warmth to cut through the malt and sweetness. Very easy to drink for a 7% ABV beer.

I see now what all the fuss was about with Celebrator Doppelbock. A legendary brew and a truly enjoyable experience.

I'm glad I got the 4-pack!

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Photo of fff
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a goblet.

A- Deep amber color, thin, dissipating head. A pretty color, but nothing too impressive here.

S- Sweet, alcoholic taste. Malty sweet smell. Very good smelling brew.

T- In a word, amazing. Rich malts collide with boozy, alcoholic sweetness in a rich tasting brew with complexity to spare. Toffee notes in aftertaste, with some other flavor that reminds me of truffles, but I can't quite figure it out.

M- Warming, stick-sweet beer that is a little syrupy, but not sickness inducing.

D- Not a beer I'd drink a lot of in a night as the sweetness (and abv) could make one sick.

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

Nice light creamy head that leaves decent lacing down the side of the glass. Aroma is roasted and sweet malt, some noble hops. The flavor has a big, full roasted malt profile; impressive for the relatively low alcohol content (6.7%). A good bit of the bitterness is coming from the malt, but the hops provide balance and a bit of that distinctive noble hop dank floral smell. It's a very sophisticated beer, and it's hard to write a worthy review from just one 12 oz. bottle. I really enjoyed this beer. Pick up a bottle, and take your time with it.

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Photo of viperpiper522
4.22/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep mahogany with flashes of scarlet. A creamy head with a half finger staying power and great lacing.

S- Pumpernickel, light spice, and blackstrap. Fruitcake, and dried figs.

T- Big malt sweetness. Lots of the smells come through in the flavors. Molasses, Fruitcake, pumpernickel, and fig. It is beautifully balance with hop bitterness. There is some roasted bitterness as well. The hop flavor doesn't shine through but at the finish there is the taste of hallertuer smell. (If that makes any sense)

M- A little chewy, but in a good way. Smooth and dangerously creamy. It has low/to moderate carbonation that leaves that lingering dried fruit character in your mouth.

D- Be careful with it. One after a really long day in the kitchen makes me realize why I love beer but any more than that and the next day could be rough.

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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 2,292 ratings.