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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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5,293 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,293
Reviews: 2,216
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 344
Gots: 419 | 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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Photo of SupaCelt
3.7/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This little number spreads itself into a nice cranberry jelly coloured darkness that looks almost like grape juice when held up to the desk light. The head rioted over the borders of the glass. Very good looking flow.

The smell summons up thoughts of molasses and caramels. There is certainly a sun dried fruit element to this. Like a shrivled raisin smell, or mashed prune, or something weird. Some goofy purple fruity thing, hell maybe even eggplant. There are surely some chocolate sheets in the breeze. Malty; roasty. Jeepers this thing has alot of odoriferous eminations to it. I think the smell might be taking me over as I review this one.

The taste is just as cumbersome to analyze. There are so many layers in here that it is almost confusing. You get the bitter chocolate thing at first. Then the sweetness shows itself. The weird purple fruit rind taste creeps up at the end. Other suggestions assert themselves randomly into the flavour atmosphere. Each sip poses another question. The end is a fruit juice finish minus the sugary sweetness. Unique is about how I can describe this one. Mouthfeel is fairly thick, just shy of a "syrupy" designation. Drinkability is a non issue. There is no way I could handle the mental aspect of more of these after this one. I really can't tell what it is trying to say.

This brew is alright. I may be persuaded to try this one again. I would prefer to have something else if I had my 'druthers though. Nice goat. Fine beer. No tremendous fuss. Tastes a bit rotten.

SupaCelt, Feb 24, 2005
Photo of plaztikjezuz
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bought a 4 pack at world market in lansing, michigan. ($9.99)
pours a deep mahogany with a light tan head.
the aroma is malty, plummy, hint of alcohol.
the flavor is malty rich, coaco, hint of hop flavor, lingering minerality.
celebrator is one the worlds best doppelbocks, smooth, clean, and tastes great.

plaztikjezuz, Jul 30, 2006
Photo of DaveFL1976
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Spaten Optimatior is a good doppelbock.
Celebrator is a fantastic doppelbock.

The looks are deceiving with this brew. It looks good, but less than impressive. The head on my beer fell down much quicker than I expected and I was left with only a thin chunk of bubbles on top of the mahogany brown body.

The smell is sweet but a bit spicy. Alcohol probably contributes a bit to the spicyness.

The taste is where this shines. Smoothness galore. It starts out sweet and malty, then transitions into a bit of bitterness that tickles the tongue, then a sweet but clean aftertaste. SUper smooth and not a bit of alcohol is perceptable. This is an excellent brew.

Mouthfeel is full, creamy and velvety, and drinkability is remarkable. A nice overall package.

DaveFL1976, Jan 21, 2007
Photo of brywhite
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

brywhite, Sep 25, 2014
Photo of BuckeyeSlim
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

BuckeyeSlim, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of Spike-likes-beer
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Spike-likes-beer, Mar 05, 2014
Photo of MaxOhle
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

MaxOhle, Mar 18, 2014
Photo of JC333
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

JC333, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.78/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

WOW! This was an absolutely amazing find. So smooth, so rich.
It poured an near jet black with little foam or carbonation. The aroma contained caramel and some nuts. The taste is simply amazing. Cocoa, caramel, nuts, all in the perfect amount, and so smoothly blended. I am now in love with this beer. And the little goat charm that comes with the bottle doubles as a Christmas tree ornament.

DesMoinesMike, Nov 18, 2009
Photo of fx20736
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a goblet.

Poured yielded a 1 inch cratered khaki head that dissolved into a foamy ring after 1st sip but leaves some nice lacing. Color is beautiful, almost black and seems opaque until held up to a light where it turns into a deep garnet that barely allows light to seep through.

Aroma is bready malt with a very muted fruitiness that becomes very pruny as the glass warms. No Hops detected at all.

Moutheel is slippery, almost buttery.

Taste: Mein Gott in Himmel! Where do I begin? The overall impression I get is a burnt malt smokiness followed by a syrupy sweetness full of prunes and dates and figs. This is a lager? With it's fruity, maltiness, it's seems more like a Porter or a Tripel.

This is definitely a warmer, a way to pass the evening when snow is still on the ground and the baseball season is a ways away,

It's amazing that when I review a beer it disappears so quickly as I try to analyze it's taste. I am sad as I only bought a single 12 oz. bottle. At $ 3.95 a bottle it is not a beer to buy cavalierly and as it is Summer not really seasonal but the reviews of this beer so beguiled me I had to try it.

This Doppelbock will make an entry into my basement this Winter.

I can hardly wait.

fx20736, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of mfl620ks
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

mfl620ks, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of Danno48
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Danno48, Oct 30, 2012
Photo of Andonato
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Andonato, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of Jackal
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Jackal, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of drizzam
4.63/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Poured into a clear pint glass...Held up to the light it's a deep dark ruby red. Nice one finger tan head with decent head retention. Some lacing down the inside of the glass.

Smell - Malty caramel odor...some mild molasses as well. Not overpowering in the nose.

Taste - This is one marvelous tasting brew!! The caramel and molasses frolic wonderfully together. A great balance of malt and hop. I'm incredibly impressed with this Doppelbock!

Mouthfeel & drinkability - Velvet smooth mouthfeel...slick and almost oily. Mild to moderate carbonation. I could drink this all night long if it was a little cheaper. The cost is the only thing that lowers the drinkability in my opinion. Even the 6.7% ABV is superbly masked by the flavor. World class beer!!

drizzam, May 22, 2009
Photo of elniko
4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into Stella glass

A: Beautiful looking brew. Deep brown with tan head with nice lacing.

S: Slighly toasty tones. The main smell that I get is licorice however. Wonderful strong smelling brew.

T & M: Taste is surprisingly light with nice crispness. Definite bitterness which I really enjoyed in the mouthfeel. There are some slight tones of the dark malts with traces of coffee notes.

D: This is a highly drinkable beer despite its relatively high ABV. I will without a doubt be having this brew again.

elniko, Aug 22, 2008
Photo of dbarny76
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

dbarny76, Mar 11, 2014
Photo of Honus1
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Honus1, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of CortexBomb
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out deep brown, bordering on black, but the head gave way in pretty short order.

Smell is excellent and varied though, roast is there, along with an almost sugar sweetness, and a hint of fruit lurks in the background, as well as some chocolate.

Taste is wonderfully smooth and creamy with a strong sweet tinge that lingers throughout on the middle of the tongue, malt and chocolate are both present, along with a noticeable tinge of caramel and plenty of roast too.

Mouthfeel is thick and full, just like a bock should be, while maintaining smoothness and the drinkability on this is also great.

CortexBomb, Mar 11, 2004
Photo of TheBungyo
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes:
Filled the glass with a murky amber body. Tiny tan head settles on top. Nose leaps out ... bready, rummy, syrupy all at once. Taste is rum, strawberry syrup. There's a hint of choclate and pine in the finish. Mouth is rich and creamy. Highly drinkable!

TheBungyo, Jul 02, 2006
Photo of Arenbeer
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz into a tulip glass

A- Very dark brown with a slight reddish hue to back it up. Built a thin 1 finger white head that left little lacing.

S- Dark roasted malts and dark fruits dominate this brew. Very sweet for a doppelbock.

T- Once again the great tasting roasted malts hit you up front and are blended with really sweet dark fruits. Raisons, plums, and even got a slight cherry taste out of this brew. Pretty complex. Slight alcohol taste comes out as it warms but not to much, the sweetness dominates.

M- Medium body with pretty low carbonation makes this brew extremely drinkable leaving a Barely dry finish.

Overall this is a great doppelbock, and hell it was the first DB recipe according to the bottle. Really cool to be able to taste the first DB recipe. As lame as it is I will definitely get this brew next celebration no matter what it is. Delicious brew!!! I highly recommend, you won't be dissapointed!!!


Arenbeer, Feb 16, 2010
Photo of PatronWizard
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow! Comes with a free charm for your necklace.

Pretty damn dark. Head is off white, not too long lived. Can get a ruby hue if I tilt the glass, otherwise it's just about black.

Light sour scent.

Good flavor. I'm gonna let it warm just a hair. **Lets it warm**

The flavor and scent get a little stronger. There's a new scent that I can't name. Sorry, I'm stupid.

I think I now know the distinct doppelbock flavor. Love the 6.7%, can't sense it until it's too late.

Overall: good beer, worth a trial

PatronWizard, Sep 04, 2008
Photo of LaChupacabra
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

LaChupacabra, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of Bromine
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Bromine, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of djmichaelk
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a perfect pint.

A - Ruby-edged brown with a towering off-white head. Great retention, and reasonable lacing around the glass.

S - Very nice. Much more on the malty side of a doppelbock, with some breadiness and a bit of yeast. The caramel and brown sugar are far away at the back of the room.

T - This is definitely right up my alley for the style. Too many (for me) doppels run too far to the sweet side, but this one sticks to the basics, with roasted malts, some earthiness, and a touch of yeast at the forefront. Yum.

M - Maybe a little on the thin side for me -- the carbonation is higher than I'm used to.

D - Mid-strong, and great flavors combine to make this a pretty drinkable beer. I could go through at least a few of these in a sitting.

O - The price is right, and the flavors are top-notch. Maybe as good as I've had in this style.

djmichaelk, Oct 09, 2010
Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
97 out of 100 based on 5,293 ratings.