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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

5,254 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 5,254
Reviews: 2,216
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 339
Gots: 417 | 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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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Xandrose, Nov 26, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Loco_Joe, Mar 01, 2014
Photo of jreitman
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really dark brown with a tan head. Very interesting and complex aroma profile. Malty with no significant trace of bitterness. Caramel and chocolate flavors are the most pronounced with a subtle roasted coffee flavor lying underneath. Very good mouthfeel with a pretty complex flavor profile. Truly a great beer.

jreitman, Jul 16, 2002
Photo of EPseja
4.97/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I can't believe that this is the first time I'm ever having this beer.

Served from a 330ml. bottle with a neat plastic goat charm tied to the neck, at cellar temperature in my Samuel Adams Double bock glass.

A - Medium chestnut in color, pouring with some noticeable viscosity. The head just screams to come forth as it battles against the liquid still falling from the bottle. Once I pull back, the creamy sand-colored takes off for the rim of the glass, superceding it by just a little, then slowly settling and becoming more dense. The amazing, microbubbled head finally drops to a creamy island in the center, along with a thick ring around the glass edge - but after a full 6 minutes or so! Lacing is unfortunately spotty and provides the only (very slight) letdown in light of the amazing head.

S - Rich, warm hearth-baked dark molasses bread. Is there such a thing? Mmm... there should be. Nice, rich well roasted malts. The light sprinkling of hops that is (barely) noticeable adds a clean freshness that also plays off of the very subtle alcohol. Yummy.

T - "Damn." That was precisely the first word out of my mouth after completing one sip and swallow. Starts off with a candy-sweet maltiness that is quickly overtaken by a slightly yeasty-tart toastiness in the middle. I almost get a nuance of smoke in here as well... As it hits the back of the tongue, the subtle hops lend their bitterness to a drying finish. Once down, the aftertaste is bready, sweet and slightly dry. Fantastically delicious.

M - Definitely qualifies as one of the the top 5 best mouthfeels I've ever had in a beer. Soft like velvet on the way in. Creamy and fulfilling in the mouth, turning into seafoam as it moves around. The swallow is gradual, like liquid taking its time down a very slight grade. An absolute pleasure.

D - Well, all my friend Yelterdow's championing of this beer was definitely in the right place. This is an amazing Dopplebock. 'Nuff said. Less typing. More sipping. This beer is the real deal.

EPseja, Jan 31, 2007
Photo of biglite351
2.95/5  rDev -32%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - dark with blood red shine through when held to the light. Tall tan head.

S - sweet but with a minor V8 juice scent. Some malt as well.

T - not as sweet as the scent would make you think. Typical doppelbock flavor, not bad, but nothing special.

M - medium coating but no tingle or anything.

D - drinkable., but not a first choice or anything like that.

biglite351, May 09, 2010
Photo of kspongeworthy
3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

kspongeworthy, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of mintjellie
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich and dark mahogany brown, topped by two fingers of tan head. Poor retention and very little lace. Aromatic notes of toasted bread, raisin, dark brown sugar, and delicate chocolate. Rich and malty up front with note of dark bread, followed by dried fruits and light molasses flavours, finishing with a mild bitterness. There is a very mild smokey undertone to everything that lends another level of complexity and depth to this beer. Medium-bodied with low carbonation and a velvety smooth mouthfeel. Very quaffable for its strength. Simply delicious.

mintjellie, Mar 08, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into mug, was excited cause I dont get to use my mub much but it seemed perfect for this brew. Pours very, very dark mahogany color. Thick and creamy off-white head. Retention is ok, very little lacing. Smell is of dark malts, some brown sugar, and a touch of roasted grain. Little bit of dark fruit as well, raisin perhaps? Fig? Taste is exceptional. Sweet and malty at first, then a touch of dark fruits and ends with a slightly bitter note on the back of the tounge. Very warm feeling and a kiss of alcohol as it goes down. Mouthfeel is perfect. Smooth and creamy, light carbonation, just absolutly terrific. Nice and full feel to it. Overall a great beer. Everything goes terrific together, Ayinger created an amazing beer here.

bunnyhustle, Jan 03, 2008
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

kevwcamp, Jan 19, 2013
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

pcsnyder, May 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.8%

cofeeguru, Oct 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

Jmick28, May 23, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

djcira, Jun 17, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Pinche_Oso, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of cichief
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Friscoe's Grille, Columbia, MD.

A- Very deep amber in color, light brown head.

S- A very bready, lightly hoppy beer.

T- Well balanced, sweet, but not as sweet as other doppelbocks.

M- Medium body, dry finish.

D- Not a session beer, but very good for the style.

cichief, Apr 21, 2007
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4.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

As close to a perfect beer as possible.

pours beautiful deep amber, creamy tan head. Lacing lasts.

Smells of toffee, fruit, and browned bread.

Taste...well, a minor hint of coffee, and wonderful sweet, dark malt. The ABV not even noticeable.

Finishes so clean, makes you want more.

Can't really think of a beer I'd rather have. This is what other beers want to be.

KI9A, Aug 22, 2007
Photo of HeyItsChili
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass. Pours dark brown with amber highlights and a quickly dissipating thin ecru head.

S - Malty McMaltmalt.

T - The clash of hop bite and brown sugar sweetness gives this a bit of a coppery taste paired with notes of malt and a hint of chocolate.

M - Mouthfeel is creamy with medium carbonation.

Notes - This one was recommended by a friend and is a tasty beverage.

HeyItsChili, Jan 10, 2009
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

kdown, Nov 17, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Steve_Oldrati, Feb 09, 2013
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

Duvel, Mar 09, 2013
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5/5  rDev +15.2%

vtfan77, Nov 16, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

craftbrew502, Jan 06, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

JOrtt, Jun 24, 2014
Photo of trevorwideman
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a mug, courtesy of demcorhip. Thanks man!

Pours dark, thick and nearly opaque with some ruby highlights when held to the light. An almost full inch of head dissipates to a healthy lacing that sticks around. Mellow carbonation from what I can see. Smell is typically doppelbock, Dark fruits, plum, raisins, currants, chocolate and caramel malts, and a little alcohol to push it to the pleasure centre of the brain....

Taste is very nicely balanced. The chocolate toasted malts come on first, but they aren't overbearingly sweet, and are offset nicely by a mild lemonlike sourness. Less fruity than the nose suggests, but that said, there is some plumlike sweetness in the back. Earthy hops are present and subtle. Just enough to help balance this out. Finishes dry with lots of chocolate in the aftertaste. Thick and malty and perhaps a little syrupy, but I don't mind that. Carbonation is mild and befits the style. Drinkability is high for a few reasons: Nice balance of sweetness and bitterness/sourness. Sweet but never too sweet. Alcohol content isn't out-of-control, slides down very easily. Well done, and probably the best Doppelbock I've had yet.

trevorwideman, Dec 26, 2006
Photo of JohnnyM2002
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bartender told me that if I liked Troegenator, I'd like this - Celebrator wins hands down.

Pours a beautiful dark reddish/brown color with a nice head and
long-lasting carbonation. Smells sweet (maybe chocolate/hazlenut?) and very malty. I was expecting a super-stong taste - but it was a rush of sweet malt that wasn't as heavy as it appeared. It went down very smoothly and felt great in my mouth. For such a syrup-looking beer, it was surprisingly smooth.

**EDIT**
Had another few samplings of Celebrator, and each time, it fell a little in my rankings.

A heavier mouthfeel than the first I had tried. Taste and aroma were still that of malty cocoa; both were still wonderful. Just not as drinkable as my initial tasting.

JohnnyM2002, Mar 06, 2006
Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 5,254 ratings.