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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

4,956 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,956
Reviews: 2,197
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 296
Gots: 308 | FT: 18
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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Zimbo

United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First time I've had this is about 20 years. Truly remarkable how it is virtually identical to how I remembered it to be.

In the bottle this is a gorgeous smell of sweet brown sugar which is balanced by a savory roastiness.

There is really no head which might seem a real negative but this is helped by a beautiful dark oaky red brown colour.
In the mouth there is fullish penetrating prune, meat and a luxurious dry chewy earthy end. Bit of fizz in there too. Absolutely totally delicious. And do I detect an echo of the classic taste of Old Peculier in there as well? That's probably taking things a bit too far but without a doubt this deserves all the praise it gets. And then some.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2012 19:11:05 | More by Zimbo
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ObiWanKushnobi

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

09-28-2012 23:47:29 | More by ObiWanKushnobi
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caverog

California

3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

05-10-2013 23:00:21 | More by caverog
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Popsinc

Ontario (Canada)

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

A classic of it's style. Deep and rich in colour. Hints of chocolate & roasted oates. A dry, warm finish, this beer is simply the perfect cold weather beer. I wouldn't go through a winter without it.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2002 13:09:16 | More by Popsinc
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mobyfann

Ohio

4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Paid .70EUR + .08EUR glass deposit for a 330mL bottle.

*Reviewed on 18.07.2005

The beer pours a dark brown base, medium caramel colored head, solid retention and nice lacing throughout most of the beer. The smell is heavy of malts, smells like coffee and chocolate - unusual for a doppel.

The taste is perfection, strong on malt taste but not overpowering, the taste is roasty, hints of coffee/chocolate, the aftertaste is the best of any beer I've tasted. The beer is never harsh on the mouth but the head retention isn't perfect to give the beer the best of all smoothness. This is such a great beer, and I would have another, a slow session of this one is best.

Final Thought: This and Aventinus are the clear champions in the bock variety, which has quickly become my favorite style in German brews. A classic beer!

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2005 17:10:20 | More by mobyfann
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xav33

Michigan

4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock
12 oz bottle
Moderate pour in a tulip glass
Recent brewing, butted into 06/07

Poured a clear mahogony with a medium light frown fizzy somewhat diminishing head.

Smelt of strong raisins, roasted malt, dark caramel, almost molasses, some coffee black licorice and bananas.

Taste was upfront strong bittersweet raisin, black licorice, and roasted grain followed by a strong bitter yeasty and sweet dark sherry chocolate on a long finish.

Palate was medium bodied, creamy, softly carbonated and moderately astringent and slightly alcoholic.

Overall, this is a soft tasty doppelbock. The flavors are layered and overwhelming, and I can see why this is the most appreciated doppelbock out there. It's hard to describe, but put simply it leaves a happy feeling in my mouth.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2007 04:32:01 | More by xav33
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Mavajo

Georgia

3.83/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a brown/garnett color with a decent cream head. Nose and taste are both layered with malt, caramel, toasty and nutty. It's a decent flavor, but I didn't find it impressive. Mouthfeel is solid - nothing wrong here at all.

All in all, this beer is good, but I just simply wasn't wow'd. To get an A out of me, I need to be wow'd. I found this merely "good." Which isn't a bad thing, to be sure.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2010 01:00:24 | More by Mavajo
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gr0g

New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Almost as dark in color as a Schwarzbier, topped with two fingers of foam. Retention is very good and the somewhat sticky head leaves some streaks of lacing. Aroma of sweet ripe dark fruits, toffee, and the floral aroma of noble hops.

The intertwining flavors of dark, toasty malt with the aforementioned dark fruits are the highlight of the flavor profile. There's just a tinge of bitterness on the finish, enough to impart a wonderful balance to the flavor. While some doppelbocks can be one-dimensional and cloying sweet, the roasted malt and skillful hopping here lend complexity. Exceedingly smooth mouthfeel thanks to a soft, fine carbonation.

"Finest Bavarian double bock beer" is printed on the label and is entirely accurate. Despite being low in ABV compared with many other doppels, Celebrator is head and shoulders above the competition.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2013 00:16:16 | More by gr0g
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ipc2000

New York

4/5  rDev -7.8%

02-01-2013 03:04:57 | More by ipc2000
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Phocion

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip a thick dark brown, almost black color with a stubborn finger and a half of a creamy beige head.

Nose is rich caramel malts and what seems to me like anise. More subtle notes of toffee, nuts, and brown sugar/nutmeg with a very light fruity hops presence in the background.

Spicy and sweet. The complex malt character is dominant; mostly toffee and caramel, but the hops stand out a lot more than they did in the aroma as well. Alcohol presence is also fairly strong for a 6.7% but in now way overpowering.

Thick, chewy mouthfeel Very warm and tasty, but definitely leaves the palate dry.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2006 03:46:01 | More by Phocion
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auroracrisis

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -7.8%

12-02-2013 04:37:12 | More by auroracrisis
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CaptainIPA

Wisconsin

4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Presented in a brown, 11.2 oz. bottle with a plastic goat tied around its neck. Tiny goat dutifully saved for the kiddos.

Pours a dark chestnut color with ruby flarings and a massive tan head with good retention. Simply gorgeous.

Complex aromas of raisins, prunes, plumbs, caramel, malt, gingerbread and pumpernickel.

Full bodied with a creamy smooth mouthfeel and modest carbonation. Malty goodness abounds with sweet caramel upfront. Dried fruits advance in the form of raisins and prunes, before yielding to suggestions of gingerbread, dark sugars and light molasses. Slight metallic twang of hop bitterness surfaces and fades. Finishes sweet with a lingering scratch of grain.

Just about perfect.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2010 01:51:34 | More by CaptainIPA
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kdown

California

5/5  rDev +15.2%

11-17-2011 02:22:16 | More by kdown
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Chickenhawk9932

Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep mahogany with tan head. Decent retention and some lacing.

Smells of sweet malted barley bread. Also of freshly mowed grass, and molasses.

Sweet molasses followed by malty mouth feel crisp grass freshness, and finishing with grape wine notes slightly dry. A very nice double bock.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 23:32:47 | More by Chickenhawk9932
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BuckeyeSlim

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

04-18-2012 22:39:23 | More by BuckeyeSlim
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jmsedgwick

Mississippi

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

01-24-2014 10:06:21 | More by jmsedgwick
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cd_beer_disapear

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

01-04-2014 12:47:33 | More by cd_beer_disapear
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jdubjacket

Georgia

4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This should be a staple in every doppelbock's lover's refrigerator. Pours a deep brown with minimal lacing. Taste is very well balanced between the hops and the malts. Beer is very nearly chewy when you're drinking it. It's drinkability is relatively high due to the mere 6.7 ABV.

Highly recommend this brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2007 13:30:22 | More by jdubjacket
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weerezboy

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

03-06-2013 21:55:20 | More by weerezboy
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bulldogg915

Wyoming

4/5  rDev -7.8%

03-05-2014 18:27:37 | More by bulldogg915
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RichardMNixon

Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First time I'm rereviewing a beer, with a bit more experience and I think a better or fresher bottle of it.

It pours a dark ruby-root beer colored body with a finger and a half of persistent off-white head. The smell, while pleasant, is faint and is the beer's major weakness. The mouthfeel was chewy and perfectly carbonated at first. As the beer warmed, the caramel scent grew stronger, improving the aroma, but the mouthfeel weakened, becoming more watery and one-dimensional. If there's some perfect temperature sweet-spot where the two trends lined up it would be marvelous.
The taste is certainly the selling point. Leads off with a burst of caramel that drops off slowly leading up to an aftertaste of chocolate and toffee. These guys know their malts.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2012 16:00:37 | More by RichardMNixon
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Realale

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very deep reddish brown - its shading toward black (my wife asked if it was a Porter!). Big small-bubbled head settles somewhat slowly to a small ring of foam.

Nose is all about malt. A rich slightly sweet maltiness predominates, but there are supporting notes of prune, molasses, and burnt sugar. Very complex.

In the mouth, it disappoints a bit, but only when compared to the stunning nose. All of the maltiness is there, and prunes, etc. show up again, but it seems a bit hollow in the mid-palate, and could use a bit more carbonation to keep it lively. It is surprisingly light, and the malty sweetness is not over-powering at all.

The finish is nice and well integrated, with the burnt sugar note keeping the malt in check.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2002 04:56:45 | More by Realale
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valianes

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

04-03-2013 03:43:43 | More by valianes
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StoicBeast

California

3.5/5  rDev -19.4%

01-29-2012 10:12:41 | More by StoicBeast
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reitzbrewing

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

02-10-2013 03:03:29 | More by reitzbrewing
Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 4,956 ratings.