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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

Ayinger Celebrator DoppelbockAyinger Celebrator Doppelbock

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4,628 Ratings

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Ratings: 4628
Reviews: 2176
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 10.11%

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Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2001)
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Photo of greygooose


3.8/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - poured a deep dark brown (almost black) with ruby undertones. not much in the way of head or lace

S - sweet (burnt sugar), malt complexity, rich, caramelly, milky

T - bready malt, sweet, hint of dark fruit, pinch of spice

M - chewy, thick bodied, super smooth & velvety

D - if you enjoy a sweetened malty concoction then this is the brew for you. definitely an enjoyable sipping beer after dinner, not sure I'd pound more than one of these at a time though.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2010 06:10:48 | More by greygooose
Photo of Someguy1989


4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A: Dark Brown color with a pleasant light brown head that retained itself for quite a while.

S: Roasted malts, a hint of coffee, some bready aromas.

T: Lots of coffee in the flavor, accentuated with some sweet chocolate notes balanced with a bit of bread flavor. It finished with a slight bit of lager crispness.

M/D: A full thick body, the carbonation was very smooth. On drinkability terms, this one was fantastic. A lot of this style is cloyingly sweet and its very hard to down more than one of them. I could drink this one all night.

All and all, a fantastic beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2011 17:42:31 | More by Someguy1989
Photo of etn3000


4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was out with my wife the other night and she had a wild idea that she would pick my beer out for me. My wife doesn't know anything about beer, nor does she drink it. Out of a list of about 60 some beers, she picks this one. I could have kissed her for that! I love this beer. I would have never picked it because somewhere in the back of my head I have a notion that I don't like dark beers. But the last 2 beers that I have had were both very dark and I absolutely loved both of them!

This beer is very dark, almost black. I held it up to a light and you could barely see through it. I poured to from the bottle to a glass (as you always should) and it was a glorious moment watching that silky smooth dark liquor moving from the bottle to the glass. The head was thick with a almost tan colour. It had as very smooth texture going down, very easy to drink. The taste was not what I usually associate with a dark beer. The taste was actually very pleasant. I love this beer. I will buy it again. And I will suggest this to ANY beer lover!

Later I found out that this beer is #25 on BeerAdvocate's Top 100 Beer list!

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2011 21:22:07 | More by etn3000
Photo of Cuttooth

North Carolina

4.9/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark brown appearance, but with a ruby hue when held up to the light. Very nice.

Smells of brown sugar, dark fruit, and some sort of candy. Big on the maltiness.

Tastes similarly, malt and dark fruits dominate, but there are many other flavors I can't quite pinpoint. Coffee and chocolate in the back end maybe?

Mouthfeel is great, one of the smoothest beers I've ever had in my life.

If you are going to try only one doppelbock, make it this one. Definitely one of the world's finest beers.

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2012 22:18:46 | More by Cuttooth
Photo of WesMantooth


4.71/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer puts the Doppel in Bock. This beer is legen, wait for it... Smells like a German angel who bathed in syrup and worked 8 hours in a candy shop- bakery combo. Toffee, syrup, carmel, malt balls, and taste like you put a sweet swizzle struessel dessert bread in a blender with the DNA of a 1500 year old monk. Not too thick and hard to drink like it would lead you to believe. Does smell and taste a hair on the boozy side, but that is about the only thing bad I could say about it. It even comes with a souvenir goat. What more could you ask for? ...dary!

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2014 03:07:23 | More by WesMantooth
Photo of drunkensailor


4.2/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

So far this beer is one of the best. Poured into a pint glass, it was black with caramel creamy head, about 1.5-2 inches of head (from a fairly aggressive pour). Rich malty aroma with some light fruity smells, almost like a dry red wine??? Creamy full bodied taste with slight fruitiness to it. Subtle chocolatey tones. CAn't taste the coffee aspect, but I have before in this brew. Less aftertaste than I have noticed before. Big take away from this tasting was the noticeable fruity notes that I couldn.t detect before. This has always been one of my most sought after beers, and I will continue drinking it, but my quest for the perfect beer must go on.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2005 03:43:46 | More by drunkensailor
Photo of Pingotas


4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate, despite anything you read.

I contrasted this to Young's Double Chocolate and I must say this beer can carry it's weight. Flavorful and worthy of the reputation I've heard about many times.

The hops predominate an a well-balanced brew that you can drink the entire day.

Clearly a winner in my book.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2005 22:46:01 | More by Pingotas
Photo of feedmechili


3.85/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with light brown head that looks like toasted marshmallows. Not a lot of aroma, but there is fruit (raisins) and alcohol. Flavors of bitter chocolate and dry fruit abound. The alcohol aroma doesn't translate into a strong alcohol taste. Good, heavy doppelbock.

How can you tell if your Celebrator is fresh? Nothing on the bottle or four pack indicates the bottling date. The ABV is not high enough to preserve it forever. The taste and smell of bad Celebrator can be summed up in two words: Rotten tomatoes.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2010 19:57:24 | More by feedmechili
Photo of SSJPhatMatt


4.88/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I poured a 12oz bottle into a tumbler.

Appearance: Pretty hue of dark maroon, almost purple, with a perfectly-proportioned tan, foamy head. The head sticks around until the bitter end and leaves some lacing on the glass.

Smell: Many of the same scents I get in a dark Trappist ale I get here: raisin, fruitcake, rum, and a bit of cough medicine.

Taste: Perhaps I should just "copy and paste" my tasting notes of certain Belgian Trappist beers since Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock seems to have many of the same flavors. As we noted in the aroma, dark fruits and confectionary flavors are strong here. Fruitcake, rum, raisin, and toffee syrup are all prominent from start to finish. It's a rich, sweet beer to be sure, but it's never cloying or sticky. It finishes with a subtle, semi-sweet chocolate aftertaste to impart some bitterness and let you know it's still a beer.

Mouthfeel: The first thing I noticed about this beer even before the flavor was just how soft and gentle it was in the mouth. This is like getting a hug from a teddy bear.

Drinkability: There's no carbonation sensation, nor is the beer obese - it's perfectly medium-bodied. Not a refreshing beer, obviously, so it's not quite in league of a summer seasonal (bear in mind this beer IS a lager, not an ale). It's so darn soft and tasty that it's difficult not to drink it as fast as possible.

Overall, this is a pretty amazing beer I wasn't expecting to like nearly as much as I did. I think most beer drinkers will be pleasantly surprised by it as well.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2011 23:24:02 | More by SSJPhatMatt
Photo of MLucky


4.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a deep brown, reveals a little ruby held to the light. Otherwise, it almost looks opaque. One finger of persistent foam, lots of lacing.

Dark, nutty, aroma, not much hops, some raisin and coffee notes.

Deep, roasty malt flavor, hops not super distinct but definitely a presence that balances out the raisin and fig-like sweetness. Complex and satisfying.

Mouthfeel’s amazing. Very smooth for this relatively big beer.

Overall, a great example of the style and a thoroughly enjoyable beer experience.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 20:37:22 | More by MLucky
Photo of Pdu8s


4.08/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Little head, very dark color. looks delectable

S- light smell, not overwhelming. Chocolate, almost vanilla smell

T- starts with an alcohol taste, almost fruity at the beginning. By wow how it finishes! It becomes a light chocolately flavor that ends roasty/malty. Caramel notes pervade throughout.

M- starts slightly thick, but goes down smooth. A great compliment to how it tastes.

O- there is a reason this is a world class beer. It is very tastey and the consistency in one's mouth matches the taste. top-quality dark beer. a must-try!

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 06:31:05 | More by Pdu8s
Photo of anon


2.35/5  rDev -46%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured very dark drown, nice head and lacing to boot. Moderate carbonation.

Smell was lots of caramel, malt and some fruit/nut in there. Coffee.

Now this is where I am led to believe I may have picked up a bad bottle; this tasted absolutely awful. Up front there was lots of malt and caramel, but the aftertaste...the aftertaste was just bad. There was just something just not right about it. I've had a few others of this style and enjoyed them, but something was off. I'll definitely have to pick up another one sometime, as I was quite let down.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2013 22:24:37 | More by anon
Photo of softcough

South Carolina

4/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very well balanced beer considering the depth of complexity in flavors. Aromas of molasses, dates, malt. Mouthfeel is smooth, punctuated by firm by elegant carbonation. Taste is rich with dark, dried fruit, coffee, hints of dark chocolate. A very drinkable and enjoyable beer. Very well crafted although perhaps not one of the more bold and intense doppelbocks.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2007 03:47:54 | More by softcough
Photo of r3zim


4.05/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a lo-ball glass.

A: Color is dark brown. Poured about one inch of head. Slowly dissipates to a ring of bubbles. Carbonation appears light and bubbles are large.

S: Smell is sweet. Hints of toffee and chocolate.

T: Sweet and mild. Creamy. Dark chocolate bite. A touch of bitterness or sourness.

M: Very smooth. Low combination. A bit of chalkiness at the ending.

D: Drinkability is very good.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2008 03:16:14 | More by r3zim
Photo of Arsenal82


4.88/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a dark amber color especially in the light with a 1/4" tan foam head that disspitated quickly. The smell was of sweet malts, raisins and a hint of coffee notes as it warmed. The taste was well balanced with the presence of dark fruits, mollasses and a red grape aftertaste complimenting the hops. The mouthfeel was really smooth with little carbonation. Definitly recommended on a nice fall night.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2008 00:35:50 | More by Arsenal82
Photo of beerjerk

New Jersey

4.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite bocks, it's a regular guest in my fridge during cold winter months.

Pours dark, almost black. Saw some slight red when I shone a lamp through the glass. Rich malt, strong caramel tones. Creamy, luxurious mouthfeel and surprisingly smooth drinkability. This one set a standard for me in terms of bocks.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2010 01:36:33 | More by beerjerk
Photo of Musition12


4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a 4-pack from City Beer Store in San Francisco. Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown with hints of ruby peaking through the edges of the glass when viewed in light. 1-finger head with solid retention and spotty lacing. Small, compact bubbles in head.

S: Lots of malt. Molasses, caramel, smoke, nuts, and dark fruits. Anticipating a malt bomb.

T: At the outset, while the beer was still quite cool, it was just that: a malt monster. Creamy caramel and dark cherries. Chocolate and hazelnuts. Smokey malts and dried figs. As the brew warms, other flavors begin to show themselves. Hops begin to make their presence known with a slight twang in the finish. A very modest sharpness from both the alcohol and the hops really help in balancing an otherwise malt-heavy bruiser of a beer. This results in a remarkably complex (and delicious) flavor profile especially for this style.

M: Very light carbonation and a thick, chewy mouthfeel. Delicate alcohol warmth. Absolutely lovely.

D: At only 6.7%, this is definitely a sessionable brew in my book. I could imagine downing all four of these in quick succession. I'll probably grab another one after this.

I've never been big on doppelbocks. For me, they tend to be cloying malt messes or alcohol-dominated disasters. Not this one. This is probably the best doppelbock I've ever had and definitely lives up to its claim as "the finest Bavarian double bock beer." Amen.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2010 10:27:10 | More by Musition12
Photo of sartoric


4.03/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours dark brown with an inch tan head.

Aroma of honey, toasted malt and toffee with note of flowers. The flavour is really complex for a dopplebock. You can feel sugar cane and honey as well as coffe and toasted flavour with a light hoppy background.

The body is medium but not too strong or alcoholic. A very balanced Dunkel Dopple Bock. Definitely a must-have beer.

Paired with a typical Italian dish "fagioli con le cotiche" ("fasoeu cui cudich" in Milanese dialect :-) ) stewed beans with pork rind.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2010 23:31:57 | More by sartoric
Photo of GusDom


4.22/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good looking beer, poured straight from a 12oz. bottle into a snifter. The beer itself is dark, not pitch black, but pretty close to black. The head is two fingered and mocha in color.

The aroma is of molasses, dark fruit, bitter-sweet chocolate, and caramel.

The taste is pretty on-par with the aroma. You get a slight peppery note as well. The molasses and caramel notes take a front seat, as chocolate and fig ride not too far. Again, the hops dont play a dominant role, but they do exist somewhere in the back. Peppercorns are surprisingly present and add to the complexity of the beer.

This is definately worthy of getting picked up again. Very good double bock.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2011 06:34:58 | More by GusDom
Photo of WilliamAlbrecht


4.84/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Ayinger's Celebrator is definitely a fantastic brew. I must admit, I love doppelbocks. This is a TRUE bock. Definitely tasty, not too heavy, and great to behold!

Appearance: Poured into a Ayinger Celebrator 'chalice' and certainly looks great. Pours a darkish brown/bordering on black like color. One and a half fingers of nice, delicious, puffy, creamy head!

Smell: Wow. Smells great. I smell raisins, figs(for sure!), toffee, and perhaps vanilla in there as well!

Taste: A very very rich flavor. This is one of the best doppelbocks around. I must admit that I have yet to encounter a doppelbock that can stand toe to toe with the original, Paulaner's Salvator, but this is a fine brew in its own right. The taste is incredible and the carbonation is not too heavy..in fact, it's not heavy at all! No bitter aftertaste in the least bit!

Mouthfeel: Wow..very creamy, very full bodied!

Overall this is a fantastic doppelbock. I would recommend anyone that loves quality beer to get a hold of a "four pack" of these. Whereas they are rather pricey..it is TOTALLY worth it.

Nice touch on the goat(bock) on the bottle. Save them! They look great!

Celebrator is a great winter time beer. It goes great with a t bone steak, with a sirloin steak, round cut steak..in fact, it goes great with meat period! I would also recommend having a few as a dessert. Heavy on taste and quality, definitely worth a purchase!

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2013 03:38:00 | More by WilliamAlbrecht
Photo of Kyle_Hanson

North Dakota

4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Found in the local Happy Harry's in Fargo, North Dakota. What a surprise!

A: Very dark with not much of a head to speak of; however, poured very gently.
S: Very complex with lots going on. Sweet and delicious smelling.
T: Smooth and deliciously malty with a perfect hop bite. Dark fruit flavor.. figs perhaps?
M: Looks like low viscosity oil, but is very smooth and easy to drink.
O: Amazing. Expensive, but worth every penny as a treat or early birthday present.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 04:50:39 | More by Kyle_Hanson
Photo of BoilerMo


4.94/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

a: Wondeful look in the pint glass. Dark browns, not muddy but darker richer browns.

s: very light roasted carmel tones

t: smooth on the tongue, slight roast after taste and some sweetness.

m: Looks full bodied, but mouth feel is lighter, thinner but in a good way.

o: Fantastic beer, we did pint glasses at 57F and could have drank a lot more. Generally higher alcohol beers taste like it, but this was simple and easy to drink with no hint of the higher alcohol esters.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 14:33:56 | More by BoilerMo
Photo of esprit

United States

4.65/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one uncommonly powerful doppelbock. Intense flavours, long finish and exceptionally intense aromas make this a style leader. I have tasted most of Ayinger's products and this one establishes them as one of Bavaria's finest small breweries.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2002 16:25:42 | More by esprit
Photo of LuckySkuff

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My first impression was a sharp similarity to Spaten Optimator... this lasted about .2 seconds until the richness and sweet complexity fully sank in. Quite a superior brew indeed - it is unquestionable after the creamy mouthfeel and nice aftertaste fade away.

Looks-wise it get's an 'A' in my book; nice and dark with a decent, tan/white head that slinks to the sides of the glass after a moment. Very dark, just a slight hint of dark mahogany apparent when holding up to a strong light source.

The taste reflects the look of it, what one would be hoping for in their heart-of-hearts after the languid pour... chewy and huge mouthfeel with a barley-malt and roasted taste. A little caramelly for a moment before the malts and light hoppy bitterness wash it away.

Delicious to the last drop. One of those session-but-shouldn't-be beers. Two thumbs up.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2005 07:23:18 | More by LuckySkuff
Photo of MrThursday


4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle poured into pint glass.

Pours very dark with a bit of red tone, and a good white head that reduces to lacing quickly.

The beer smells like sweet caramel/chocolate and heavily roasted malt.

Fantastic taste. Lots of roasted malts, with a little bit of fruity sweetness--the sweetness of the malt, and a caramel taste, and almost a grape taste in the background.

It's light and smooth in the mouth, and worth just rolling around for a moment.

Very drinkable, and a very, very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2007 13:46:47 | More by MrThursday
Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
97 out of 100 based on 4,628 ratings.