Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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4.38/5 rDev +0.9%
Tried this at Stuff Yer face in New Brunswick NJ.
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a sam adams perfect pint.
Appearance: Drank, reddish amber hues came though, tight thin head with minimal lacing.
Smell: dark fruits, and a little bit of alcohol. obvious malts and spices came through as well.
taste: one of the best doppelbocks I have had, ever. It's unbelievably better than the paulaner and on par with optimator for hte german strong dark beers. Nice malty and spicy and fruity flavors came through.
Mouthfeel: suprizingly thin for a dopplebock, yet coated palate perfectly. lasting flavors and perfect carbonation for the style.
drinkability: I would have this again for sure. its the easiest drinking dopplebock i have had, and its got depth in flavors that make it drinkable in multiples.. good session dopplebock
01-27-2009 02:04:36 | More by Augustiner719
4.45/5 rDev +2.5%
Poured into a stemmed pilsener glass. Deep mahogany color with a thick tan head on top that dissipated fairly quickly and left just a little lace on the glass.
Aroma was great with molasses, bread crusts, and some sweet caramel. No hop character discernible.
Flavor was great with even more bready melanoidens that were there in the aroma. No real bitterness in the taste, but also, no real alcohol character either. Plenty of residual sweetness, though.
Mouthfeel was thick & rich. This is an easy to drink doppelbock. I love the dark style here.
04-13-2010 02:35:50 | More by mklinger
4.7/5 rDev +8.3%
Very dark brown with a nice tan head topping it off. The head subsides to a thin ring after a while. Huge sweet raisin and plum aroma with a hint of spiciness. Kind of bready. Fig is also present with the other fruits. A taste brings even more pleasure. Hops are noticeable, but stand back and let the malt rush in, which is, again, very sweet and spicy. Massive caramel, slightly toasted, and subtle hopping. Spicy dried fruit in the middle, reminds me a bit of a dubbel. Nice full body. Smooth yet prickly mouthfeel. A bit more than mildly acidic. A slightly metallic flavor in the background, but that fades as it warms. A grain-malty, but surprisingly dry finish. This doppelbock is spicier than its competitors, which I believe is one of the things that makes it better than a lot of them. An excellent brew, one of the kings of its style.
10-03-2002 01:01:15 | More by hyuga
4.1/5 rDev -5.5%
This brew pours to a substantially dark brown color; about as close to black without actually being black, yet you can still see through it when held up to light. There is not much of a head to type of.
The aromas are pungent and can be picked up by my weak nose almost a foot away, which is quite rare. Coffee and cocoa make themselves well prevalent in my nostrils, to the tune of strong malt character translation into flavors on the palate; well above average.
I notice dark fruits in the mix, along with a bit of chocolate and alcohol warmth. These qualities are meshed together with a slightly creamy molasses character, and just enough hop presence in the finish and aftertaste. There is quite a sweet aftertaste worth noting, definitely not a dry finish, but instead lots of residual sweetness that is most pleasant.
Overall, it's not knocking my socks off, which makes me really want to try this beer on draft to really see what it can do for me.
09-24-2006 18:45:38 | More by AudioGilz
3.63/5 rDev -16.4%
It had been a while... so I thought I'd try a Celebrator during my latest outing. The bartender served it up in a pint glass deftly poured with a perfect 3/4" head. The color was almost black, but when held to the light let some dark reddish hues through.
The head held on through my sniff test which reveiled hints of coffee, chocolate and a sweet fruity-ness.
Upon my first taste, the head had diminished to about 1/4" and was already leaving a pronounced lacing on the glass. The taste (like the smell) had coffee, chocolate and fruit characteristics, although they weren't as pronounced as I'd hoped. This one was a bit thinner that many of the other dopplebocks I've tried (most recently Spaten Optimator). Very little on the hoppiness factor. Spaten Optimator is a much richer brew in this Beer Advocate's opinion.
Mouthfeel was OK. A bit too heavy on the carbonation for me. Still smooth enough to fully enjoy.
Drinkabilty: I won't have this in heavy rotation, but one in a while it's a good one to have on second string.
01-09-2007 16:37:58 | More by TheBierBand
4.65/5 rDev +7.1%
Served in 12oz pilsner glass
A - very dark, quite clear, a bit of brown flashes at the bottom of the glass, red hues show up when held to a light. Average cap forms and recedes.
S - Intense dark fruits, sweet malt, toffee-ish
T - Satisfying sweetness, rich and malty. Just enough hops to keep it from going over the edge. Chocolate lingers in the aftertaste. Luxurious.
M - Full bodied, but not syrupy. Has a soft creaminess, but their is some carbonation to keep things lively. Alcohol is very well hidden.
D - Goes down easy, and a fantastic brew to boot. I already want more!
Overall - My first tasting of this beer was after I had a local craft Bock that has a bit more hops and a lot more toasty character. When I tried the Celebrator, it seemed like a syrupy mess. However, on a clean palette, this is a whole different story. Now I see what all the fuss is about! Splendid.
05-24-2007 00:06:19 | More by markaberrant
4.22/5 rDev -2.8%
Pours a very pure and dark brown with a slight lighter brown head. Awesome color to this beer. Aroma of burnt sugar, molases, vanilla, toffee. Just a bunch of malty goodness. Flavor surely follows. Molasses, burnt sugars and caramel malts lead the way. Some more subtle dark fruit notes and a hint of earthy hops close this one out. Really malty, really sweet, but strong without being overpowering.
01-30-2012 02:16:07 | More by uustal
4.35/5 rDev +0.2%
Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle (complete with plastic white ram trinket) into a tulip glass.
A - Dark brown with definite ruby hues. Thick tan head when first poured that settles and produces even lacing.
S - Reminded me of chocolate covered raisins. Rich malty aroma with hints of nuts.
T - Sweet and slightly fruity up front. Finishes slightly bitter with mild metallic after taste.
MF&D - Rich and chewy. Like drinking a chocolate cake. Smoothness coates the mouth and finishes with a slightly alcoholic bite. A good amount of carbonation theoughout. Be sure to serve this beer at the proper recommended temperature to ensure the maxuim flavor. A classic must have beer.
03-25-2008 07:50:53 | More by nasty15108
4.93/5 rDev +13.6%
The bottle label says it all... Finest Bavarian Double Bock Beer. Commanding and assertive, this is one double bock not to miss.
Bittersweet chocolate, toffee, licorice and very dark blackish red, if there is such a colour.
"alc 6.7% vol." was read from the back of the 330 ml bottle.
This beer is almost better then sex... almost...
06-28-2002 18:00:57 | More by BeerBob
Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 5,057 ratings.