Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Ayinger Celebrator DoppelbockAyinger Celebrator Doppelbock

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96
world-class

5,836 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,836
Reviews: 2,312
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 443
Gots: 680 | FT: 20
Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website
Germany

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 JulieRFoster
3.73/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This is a deep dark beer that feels like it was resurrected from the depths of the earth. There is some alcohol in the nose, but it mostly smells of burnt malts that are slightly tangy, with caramel and a little black cherry. A decent brown head pours out to 3 cm and quickly falls, fizzling like nymphs absconding into the forest, to a splotchy film. (Again, I fear that this head is product of French mis-treatment of beer and glassware).

The flavor and color are equally deep and earhty (adjectives that can be used to describe everything about this beer). The flavor is smoky, of burned or even charred malts that has almost a barbeque quality to it. There is also an oaky and tangy side to this intense flavor with some red fruit and even hoppy grassy notes coming through. After the creamy liquid slips (with great ease) down your throat, the aftertaste is looonnngg and sweet.
A hard-core, yet beautiful specimen.

Photo of swhitt
4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2 fluid oz bottle with the nifty goat around its neck. Picked this one up from the Wine Gallery Kenmore in Boston. 4 pack a little expensive but boy, was it worth it.

Poured into my Dogfish Head snifter, dark brown with slight lacing and a delicate but delicious looking foam head. Almost opaque through the sides but viewed at an angle it's definitely a little transparent.

Smells of dark mollasses and slight fruity alcohol. Mmmm. Almost bready in texture. The light carbonation helps round this one out. Wow, almost perfection. This is one of my new favorites, up there with Liberator.

I could drink this one all day. This might be my new favorite beer. Too bad it's so pricey!

Photo of THEBEERBAR0N
4.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I drank this beer from a pilsner glass after pouring it out of a 12oz bottle. Lacing is negligable.

It runs a deep mahagony color with minimal cappucino head that quickly gets absorbed back into the brew.

Bready smells with caramel, butterscotch, molasses, christmas spices... and so much more. This brew has an amazingly immense depth whose flavors transcend the bounds of my vocabulary.

The taste matches the smell... deep and rich with a lot of earthiness, breadiness, and caramel/toffee/butterscotch notes. I also get maybe... raisins? Finishes with a pleasant warming alcohol taste.

Mouthfeel is medium-thick at first and then somewhat chewy on the palate for the finish. The flavor sticks with you well after the last sip.

Drinkabililty is high but perhaps a bit heavy for the summer months, definitely a beer I prefer on a rainy night.

Photo of Berticus
4.04/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was this a skunked beer?
The smell- sweet, nutty, like a good dopplebock should smell
the head was a thin light brown that quickly faded

Taste was watery but sweet and nutty like a dunkel, way more watery than i expected
Mouthfeel was crisp
maybe just a case of high hopes

Photo of cuttsjp
4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass. SUPER dark. Almost opaque until you hold it directly up to a light, at which point you see some red and brown tones buried deep within. Small but beautiful and perfect tan head. Sticky lacing. Generally a beautiful beer.

Aroma: Brown sugar, molasses, and warm alcohol deepened with beautiful tones of dark fruit; figs, dates, plum, and raisins. A little spice on the nose as well.

Flavor: BIG complex flavor: raisins, figs, and dates accompanied by dark, natural sugars. Very similar to the aroma. Strangely enough, less alcohol in the flavor than in the aroma. Really balanced sweetness, not cloying. A definite perceptible roasty bitterness that is more like the crust on a good loaf of dark bread than like coffee or chocolate. Delicious bready malts round out the flavor (give us this day our daily bread...).

Mouthfeel: Beautifully smooth, with a medium-full body. Not quite as "chewy" as I was expecting from such a high gravity, malty beer, but I think that the real mouthfeel is much more pleasant than a giant, thick one that just bogs the drinker down. Matches up perfectly with the flavors.

Overall: What a wonderful beer. I have tried other dopplebocks, and this is almost definitely the one that I have enjoyed the most. The complexity of it is incredibly exciting to the palate and begs me to come back for more. Very drinkable for a big beer, because the whole thing is really very balanced. This is definitely not a beer that you would reach for on your average trip to the beer store, but it is a wonderful treat for a special occasion and definitely a great warming winter beer. Would be a perfect beer to sip by the fire on Christmas Eve while watching the snow fall. Ahhh...

Photo of MisterTiat
4.26/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is nice, very dark amber color, almost black. Head retention is poor, almost non-existent, a little dissapointing

Smell is not what I was expecting, surpisingly subtle, with a nice malty sweetness

Taste comes as a wave, roastiness, coffee like, followed by mellow sweet malt, bitterness like dark chocolate lingers in the mouth, pleasant after taste

Wonderfully full mouthfeel, thick, fits the beer's complex flavor

The alcohol is apparent, but not overpowering, easy to sip, not exactly quaffable, but pleasant

Photo of MeMyselfNAles7
4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My go to brew from Ayinger. Prime example of the style. Not to be missed, highly recommended.

Used a Mug and it pours a black, redish brown brew with a thick yellow medium crown. Nice body, good carbonation. Very nice on the nose, roasted malts, cocoa beans and rippen fruits.
The first tip is of cocoa developing into the malts and ending in a nice touch of coffe with litte hints of rippen fruit in the aftertaste. Great drinkabilty and very refreshing.

Photo of Nucleozoid
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured in a .5 liter glass mug.

Appearance - assertively poured, it produced a nice off-white two finger head. Dark brown body Slight lacing noticed as it settled.

Smell - Nice subtle molasses aroma

Taste - Outstanding flavor, detecting raisins and molasses in its brown malty character.

Mouthfeel - Smooth body with low carbonation.

Overall, a terrific doppelbock - I'll certainly try to keep a four pack of this available in my fridge on a regular basis.

Photo of 360logic
4.91/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Photo of marzenfannm
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Enjoyed a Celebrator tonight with a grilled flatiron steak and baked potater. What a treat. It's hard to imagine a better brew to suit my taste (although it is such a rich beer I don't see myself drinking more than one or two at a sitting). This beer has a rich brownish-black appearance and pleasant aroma. The mouthfeel is like drinking milk although the taste is nothing like that. The taste is startlingly complex with so many recognizable pleasant flavors all at once. This beer goes down smooth and clean with no distracting after taste. It can be matched, but I don't think I've had better!

Photo of JWearda
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Served: poured into a pint glass from the bottle

Appearance: it looks like a proper double bock, alright! Deep, dark, almost ruby brown body and a hint of a somewhat beige top. About a finger's worth of foam.

Scent: sweet and nice on the nose, lots of dark malty sweetness with caramel. I also get hints of coffee and Kahlua. Dang, this smells good!

Taste: it tastes just as good as it smells! It’s dark and super malty. It has a perfect thick and rich smoothness. Taste buds come to life wanting to experience this great beer! It's not too sweet, as sometime double bocks can be.

Feel: so smooth, you just want to let it linger and tease your mouth for a moment before you swallow.

Finish: it leaves you with a dark, thick, malty cake feeling at the finish. So smooth, so good!

A true experience, one that you'll want to really savor every sip!

Photo of ellman
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mmm Doppelbocky.......

The Pour: A dark black brown with an exceptably full head that slipped away leaving a beautyful lace trim.

The Smell: A rich aroma for caramelized malt and a raisin tone.

The Taste: Semi sweet chocolate and nutty flavor

This beer is quite well balanced and I could drink it quite regularly.

Photo of BeerBard
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Coca-cola-colored doppelbock with a small lacy head. Sharp but heavy taste of sweet molasses-like thickness. Solid standard malty Dopplebock. A wonderful taste, really. The standard for doppelbock comparisons, though it's not as good as the heavenly doppel from Andechs...one of the best beers on this wonderful earth.

Photo of krantul
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

FINALLY remembered to buy a bottle of this, after always refusing to pay a "bar" price on a bottle. ;-)

Interesting 12 oz. bottle with a little bauble strung about the neck; elaborate and proud label design. Pours a dark, burnt-chestnut hue with a healthy, chocolately head. Strong smell of sweet malts.

For me, this has become the bar for doppelbocks. It is rich, malty, and sweet, with a really nice molasses flavor to it; the 6.7% alcohol content is not remotely evident in this complex brew. I have had some (alleged) doppelbocks that struck me as weak, watered-down caramel, and other that were nearly unpalatable malt-bombs, but this lands in just the right place.

That said, the sweetness of this fine beer lends itself to modest quantities; I would personally find a large quantity a little stomach-turning.

Photo of jobyone
4.51/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours dark brown with big tan head. Smell is full of brown sugar, smoke, caramel, and hints of chocolate. Taste has lots of malt, roasted coffee, citrus. Nice full bodied mouthfeel with a long lasting aftertaste. This is one I am always happy to drink and never tire of.

Photo of Rainne
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolutely the best Doppelbock I've ever had.

A- Deep dark brown color. A big fat sticky tan head with the best retention I've ever seen. It leaves itself all over the place yet somehow never leaves. Incredible.

S- Toasty malt and caramel toffee sweetness right off with a good clean citrus herbal hops presence and light spices. Nice biscuit and not too powerful but warm alcohol as well.

T- Holy complexity Batman! It's a lot of things but everything fits together as if God himself were the unity. Malt up front with the caramel sweetness then citrusy subtle spicy hops. Nice balanced hops bitterness combined with light fruit flavors and toasty biscuit. Finish is lingering with light sweetness and grains.

M- This is a huge creamy thick full bodied brew. Very smooth. Carbonation is part of the harmony that is the hand of God in a bottle.
Perfection.

Photo of smitty1080
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out dark and lucious with a thick head packed tight with tiny bubbles. The aroma is dominated with fruit and chocolate. The taste is ruled by sweet and smooth malt. Low carbonation adds to the velvety smooth mouthfeel. The finish is tart and sticky.

Photo of PCaravan
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I finally get a shot at trying a real German Dopplebock. No head stuck around to evaluate but the wonderful chocolate color was a beautiful sight in itself and as it turned out it matched the beer as well. Aroma was light and all malt with notes of chocolate. The taste was initially a smooth nutty buscuit that finishes with strong chocolate overtones. It's the same kind of chocolaty taste you get from Anchor Porter except this one was more like having a piece of dark chocolate cake in a glass. Mouthfeel was thick and rich and in fact it was so rich and thick I would not want to have more than one of these at a time but I enjoyed this one so much I gave it good drinkability marks. I would definitely have this again if I can find it again. It is hard to find as I've been looking for this for a long time and I finally came across it about 400 miles from home. If this one is readily available to you, consider yourself lucky.

Photo of warchez
2.92/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

aroma: slightly grapey smell, once poured there is some maltiness, however the smell os more of estery fruits and cereal like qualities.
Apperance: Its a dark flat brown, there are little rudy or red tones to it to make it seem more vibrant in color. No sediment in bottle
Taste: strong tastes, very complex. head itself tastes sort of copper-like, not bad. Malt flavor has a raisen/dried fruit/prune flavor to it. Pleasant mold bite on the palate. Slight alcoholic finish to it with a warming effect.
Mouthfeel: this is the most striking feature to the beer. The flavors grab hold of the tongue and coat it. It has a thickness to it that doesn't quit. Continually rubbed my tongue on the roof of my mouth as iff to clear something. The wholeness of the mouth feel experience is nice.
Overall: not a session beer. I don't care for the style, however the mild fruity malt character is true to the style and it is well done. The mouthfeel alone makes it worth a try. Not something I'd drink again, but had to try due to its high rating and often talked about qualities.
This would maybe pair well with a strong beef stew.

Photo of SFBeerGuy
4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a glass

A- Poured a nearly black color with a quickly dissipating 1/8" light tan head. Almost no Lacing left behind.

S- Ripe bananas and cloves. Toasty malt and bread.

T- Toasted malt and woody. Clove and nutmeg spice blended very nicely with the presence of alcohol. Alcohol bite not overwhemling by any means.

M- Malt is smooth as it hits the palate. Creamy, fluffy, chewy. A pleasure to drink. Hidden carbonation appears in the mouth to create a wonderful experience.

D- Very drinkable beer that just feels good to drink. A comparatively simple beer that just goes down well. Its smooth texture mixed with its fragrant aroma make this beer excel above the rest.

Photo of awmiller
4.85/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Why oh why did I wait so long to try this stellar brew?! This brew poured up a hefty dark mahogany-colored body with a thick one-fingered tan colored with retention lasting long after the beer was gone and amazing lacing effects. Aromas of warm dark bread, caramel, molasses, malts and hops, and a very slight hint of alcohol. Of the doppelbocks, I am sure that this one reigns supreme! Medium-bodied, light carbonation, very thick and creamy with a well-balanced hit of hops on the finish that is dry but not too dry.

Photo of highTempo
3.92/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Photo of adjunctjonez
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've drunk thousands of beers in my time and generally it takes special beers for me to have an overwhelmingly negative or positive reaction. I have had Celebrator in bottle and thought it very good but recently had it on tap and was blown away, possibly the most enjoyable three glasses of beer I have ever had. Wont even bother to rate the various aspects, from the initial sniff to final drop it is one helluva beer, Sourced fresh on tap made a believer of me.

Photo of rdailey76
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured beautifully from a bottle into my favorite beer consumption glass. A nice tan head appeared that disappated as I let it sit for a few moments taking in the smell. It poured a deep red to brown color. The first two words that came to my head upon first sniff were...malty and fruity...plums or dates I think. The first taste unveiled a nice roasted finish with the definite fruity backbone. Dare I say...like a young barley wine. I felt the mouthfeel was smooth and lucious. Quite enjoyable and would definitely have a couple more. Why the goats look like rams on the bottle??? Don't know.

Photo of newyawker
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I think this is the first German Double Bock I have ever tried, but it won't be my last now that I know what this nectar is like. Comes in a very nice bottle with a little plastic ram charm hanging around the neck. Pours very dark brown with a tan, foamy head. Smells a bit like a cappucino and a bit like a dank cellar. Interesting. The taste is really smooth. Kind of full flavored, almost creamy with a bit of roasted coffee on my tounge. Also some chocolate flavors, and a sweet molasses finish, but not overly sweet. Very easy to drink, and it is a little strong. Great beer.

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 5,836 ratings.