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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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4,972 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,972
Reviews: 2,198
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 298
Gots: 314 | FT: 18
Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website

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%

05-03-2014 04:11:13 | More by Dustin_A_Stoutdrinker
Photo of 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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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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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

05-29-2012 07:40:42 | More by Mister_Joshy
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

02-06-2014 17:48:04 | More by dbrelsfo
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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

04-07-2014 15:17:39 | More by Keananmichael5
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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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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

04-18-2012 20:02:46 | More by cclark67789
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

06-24-2014 00:48:30 | More by JOrtt
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

10-16-2013 04:11:16 | More by RummyRedbeard
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

10-11-2013 18:30:46 | More by JLeet
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Saskatchewan (Canada)

4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in 12oz pilsner glass

A - very dark, quite clear, a bit of brown flashes at the bottom of the glass, red hues show up when held to a light. Average cap forms and recedes.

S - Intense dark fruits, sweet malt, toffee-ish

T - Satisfying sweetness, rich and malty. Just enough hops to keep it from going over the edge. Chocolate lingers in the aftertaste. Luxurious.

M - Full bodied, but not syrupy. Has a soft creaminess, but their is some carbonation to keep things lively. Alcohol is very well hidden.

D - Goes down easy, and a fantastic brew to boot. I already want more!

Overall - My first tasting of this beer was after I had a local craft Bock that has a bit more hops and a lot more toasty character. When I tried the Celebrator, it seemed like a syrupy mess. However, on a clean palette, this is a whole different story. Now I see what all the fuss is about! Splendid.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2007 00:06:19 | More by markaberrant
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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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Rhode Island

4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very pure and dark brown with a slight lighter brown head. Awesome color to this beer. Aroma of burnt sugar, molases, vanilla, toffee. Just a bunch of malty goodness. Flavor surely follows. Molasses, burnt sugars and caramel malts lead the way. Some more subtle dark fruit notes and a hint of earthy hops close this one out. Really malty, really sweet, but strong without being overpowering.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2012 02:16:07 | More by uustal
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

09-11-2012 16:42:45 | More by jivex5k
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New Jersey

5/5  rDev +15.2%

02-20-2012 14:38:59 | More by olympicgatorade
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

08-25-2013 05:00:55 | More by Leftofthedial
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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

4/5  rDev -7.8%

03-09-2014 02:37:43 | More by swetsastonic
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4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

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

4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle (complete with plastic white ram trinket) into a tulip glass.

A - Dark brown with definite ruby hues. Thick tan head when first poured that settles and produces even lacing.

S - Reminded me of chocolate covered raisins. Rich malty aroma with hints of nuts.

T - Sweet and slightly fruity up front. Finishes slightly bitter with mild metallic after taste.

MF&D - Rich and chewy. Like drinking a chocolate cake. Smoothness coates the mouth and finishes with a slightly alcoholic bite. A good amount of carbonation theoughout. Be sure to serve this beer at the proper recommended temperature to ensure the maxuim flavor. A classic must have beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2008 07:50:53 | More by nasty15108
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

04-01-2013 21:50:11 | More by DioS
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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

03-28-2012 20:23:42 | More by redleg411
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

10-15-2012 02:25:59 | More by 2neardead
Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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