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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

5,122 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 5,122
Reviews: 2,207
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 327
Gots: 368 | FT: 16
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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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 wesside89
4/5  rDev -7.8%

wesside89, Mar 23, 2014
Photo of Heretic42
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Heretic42, Nov 15, 2013
Photo of Kingcurio
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Kingcurio, May 28, 2013
Photo of sacfly
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a frothy brown/tan head. Smell is malty and sweet with just a hint of basement smell. Smooth full body. Tastes just like it smells- only stronger. Very enjoyable. Just the right amount of ABV for this beer. Alcohol is not noticeable at 6.7%. Would defiantly enjoy having more of these!

sacfly, Nov 11, 2004
Photo of jeffthecheff
3.43/5  rDev -21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, reddish brown with nice head into the celebrator glass. Edges of the brew are lighter red and middle is black. I love when that happens.

Very nice strong smell of dark dried fruits from the malt.

Taste is not exactly my cup of tea, although I give it credit for its strong complex flavors. Licorice and burnt malt flavors come through. Keep this one out about 45 minutes before drinking, as its much better when its warmer.


Heavy mouthfeel with a bit of acidic aftertaste. I'm not digging the aftertaste so much, which also affects its drinkability. I sipped on this one for a long time, and I didn't feel like grabbing another. But if I liked the taste more this would be a good, easy drinking.

jeffthecheff, Dec 03, 2008
Photo of outsider
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

outsider, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of InebriatedJoker
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle -No best by date visible.

Poured into Duvel tulip, poured a deep dark brown almost black , two finger head that dissipated quickly leaving a thin lacing,good carbonation .

Smell - Ripe fruits with toasted malts.

Taste - Sweet fruits with a toasted malt backing ,slight caramel , molasses with chocolate hints .

Drinkability - Very drinkable Doppelbock the tastes seem to come together well and has a nice aftertaste with a fruity finish,well blended and balanced beer.

InebriatedJoker, Jan 29, 2011
Photo of dbrelsfo
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

dbrelsfo, Feb 06, 2014
Photo of jaluria
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I was highly anticipating this brew since I had ordered it several times before from my local store, but it had been out-of-stock.

Great artwork on the bottle; made it seem very special.
Appeared a very dark brown color with an above normal viscosity and a tan colored head that did not stick around, but left little bits of lacing. Definitely appeared darker in color than other Doppelbocks I've had, and that made this interesting from the very start.
Aromas of caramel, various types of malt (roasted and dark), and alcohol. There seemed to an astringent-like aroma as well, but that could have been the result of the different ingredients coming together, rather than an unique ingredient. Whatever it was, it was not appealing. I can best describe it as the feeling you get when you smell cheap perfume; it can begin to give you a bit of a headache. The taste was very good with a variety of sweet flavors coming through, quite complex and very malty. Rich and powerful, but perhaps, a bit too sweet especially in the aftertaste. Seemed almost like a malt beverage rather than a malty beer. The smooth character I normally associate with this style, just was not there. The drinkability is good; I could see myself having a few of these in one sitting.

I'll have to try this beer again on-tap.

jaluria, Jan 17, 2006
Photo of SamN
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.

SamN, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of DaveBlack
4.85/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Really dark,opaque brown though it looks relatively thin with a thin layer of dark tan head that fades pretty quickly, leaving a random smattering of patches on the surface and almost no lacing.

S: Dark roasted malts, caramel and a slightly woody smell. Smells sweet with molasses and burnt sugars.

T: Taste is phenomenal. Roasted malts compound with toasty flavors, caramel, molasses, some spice and a slight hint of alcohol. Additionally hints of vanilla.

M: This is one of those rare cases where the flavor and the mouthfeel don't just coexist, but play beautifully off of each other. The mouthfeel is light but creamy and slightly sticky, letting the flavor linger in the back of the throat.

O: Really a great beer. The aroma and flavor are complex, compact and absolutely delicious. Worth a look, worth seeking out. This is a beer that could (should) be a staple in any beer drinker's life.

DaveBlack, Sep 14, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

BuckeyeSlim, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of battlekow
3.25/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Celebrator looks awesome. It's a thick brown with a huge tan head that soon fades to a thin, even layer of bubbles. Plus--the necklace! How many beers are classy enough to have a necklace?

The primary scent is like baby food. I think it's a combination of caramel and dark fruits/anise, but to me it comes off as candied carrots. I'm not a fan of candied carrots.

The taste, fortunately, gets it better; the caramel and anise are more distinct. There's a little nuttiness, and it finishes with a very pleasant roasted flavor. I'm really not getting much chocolate.

Celebrator was okay, but honestly, this seems more like a weird nut brown ale than a doppelbock lager.

battlekow, Oct 25, 2005
Photo of bulletrain76
3.7/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

33cl bottle. Dark brown with a creamy tan head that leaves an oily film. The aroma is pretty sweet and roasty, with some dark fruits, like prunes and chocolate. Roasted malts and burnt sugar in the flavor. Not overly rich as my previous experiences with doppelbocks led me to anticipate. Drinkable and balanced, but thin in the mouth as well. Pretty solid, but not quite up to expectation.

bulletrain76, May 11, 2009
Photo of Jstark5150
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Jstark5150, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of xgrigorix
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thirty three cl brown bottle, no dates.

Dark brown with glowing ruby red highlights. Tan coloured head - sounds intense - like its going to jump out of the glass to get me!

Nose is filled with chocolate, molasses, & dried fruit.

Coffee, chocolate, molasses, some breadiness (kind of like brown bread), all meld together and give way to the perfect amount of bittering hops. This bitterness rushes in & deftly cuts off all the sweetness from up front. Finishes dry, with a lingering rast flavour, & a hint of fig newton cookies (wihtout all the sugar). Thick & rich, moderate carbonation.

xgrigorix, Oct 10, 2003
Photo of Rootdog316
4.95/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The aroma is strong, sweet with notes of prunes, brown sugar, citrus, coffee, malt, and bitter chocolate. The color is deep red-brown and it has a beutiful lasting light brown head. The flavor is sweet malty with very strong roasted notes; coffee, roasted bread, combined with caramel, alcohol, citrus, and more - great complexity. The alcohol runs prickling over the tongue and gives it a good palate.

Rootdog316, Feb 15, 2008
Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark mahogany color with a creamy light oak head that retains well. Not much lacing to report, but the color and head are marvelous.

S: In a word: wow! Rich molasses, candied figs, brown sugar, and caramel all blend together wonderfully in front of a backdrop of rich toasted bready malt aromas. Damn near the best nose on a beer I've had to date.

T&M: I'll describe the feel first, as I'm still trying to get a handle on everything I'm tasting here: The body is medium with a light, fine carbonation that produces a smooth velvety mouthfeel that's absolutely delightful. Tastes include dark fruits, molasses, rich bread, some slight grassy/earthy hops, and a tinge of roasted malt. Wonderfully complex and bold. Truly an excellent beer.

D: Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock is a work of art. The only thing limiting drinkability is the ABV and slight heaviness in the stomach. Still, this is a beer to be savored and enjoyed--not sessioned.

BamaBeerBuff, Jul 04, 2008
Photo of WMEugene
4.9/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. I have to say, it has one of the best bottle designs I've seen in a long time. Love the classic label with the goats on it to the plastic goat hanging around the bottle. Now on to the beer.

A - Pours a very dark brown with a creamy and bubbly thick tan head. Very good lacing.

S - Intense malt and fruit flavors. Noticeable smells of figs, raisins, bread and toffee.

T - Sweet bready flavors - complex mix of fruits and spices. Hints of bitterness after the sweet. Roasted malts also seem to be present. Unique and complex taste. The more I drink the more I discover on the palette.

M - Extremely smooth. Nice carbonation with a syrupy and chewy mouthfeel. Medium to thick bodied. Slightly sweet aftertaste.

O - Ayinger's Celebrator is an awesome beer - simple as that. Its sweet and slightly bitter full of interesting and complex flavors. It's a world class beer and an example of how great a lager truly can be. Run, don't walk to go pick this up!

WMEugene, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of Leftofthedial
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Leftofthedial, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of C_S
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

C_S, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of Brian700
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great dark brew. Looks like a gourmet coffee in a beer. Pours a shiny black with tan head. It smells toasty and chocolatey with a mild fruit aroma. The taste follows suit. Toasted, chocolate, malt, mild fruit esters, and coffee as well. Carbonation is good. Just right I think. Good mouthfeel. Very drinkable. I like this one a lot.

Brian700, Sep 01, 2003
Photo of chugamugofsud
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This doppelbock pours darker than any of its famous counterparts (Paulaner Salvator, Bell's Consecrator, etc...). It's color is a deep tan with a slight hint of burgandy, although the deep tan obscures most of that shade until the bottom of the glass. There is little head; however, there are creamy hints at the top of the glass. The smell is sweet malt with a little bit of chocolate/fruit sugar. Upon first taste, the beer seems exceptionally smooth and consistent despite having a nice thickness and depth. The drinkability is outstanding considering the depth, actually, I had two of these without feeling cottonmouthed. This beer is an excellent doppelbock, I'm left wondering if it can be topped
I also had a glass of it on tap at Tornado's in San Fran.

chugamugofsud, May 11, 2004
Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 5,122 ratings.