Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

5,830 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 5,830
Reviews: 2,310
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 444
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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2001

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Photo of Pdu8s
4.01/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Little head, very dark color. looks delectable

S- light smell, not overwhelming. Chocolate, almost vanilla smell

T- starts with an alcohol taste, almost fruity at the beginning. By wow how it finishes! It becomes a light chocolately flavor that ends roasty/malty. Caramel notes pervade throughout.

M- starts slightly thick, but goes down smooth. A great compliment to how it tastes.

O- there is a reason this is a world class beer. It is very tastey and the consistency in one's mouth matches the taste. top-quality dark beer. a must-try!

Photo of Redjohnny
5/5  rDev +15.2%

liquid silk. Wove this stuff.

Photo of JJfreeou21
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful and oatmealy dark beer. Refreshing and pleasant at all times. Wonderful.

Photo of mkh012
3.73/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I recently tried Weihenstephaner Korbinian and absolutely loved it. I noticed a lot of people were mentioning Celebrator in their reviews of Korbinian so I decided to try some.

The look and smell are very similar to Korbinian, but I was not as fond of the taste as I hoped to be. I get some of the same dark fruits and subtle chocolate taste, but there is also a slight metallic taste to Celebrator that Korbinian does not have. The finish was a bit bitter as well. Overall, this beer is solid, but I did not think it was as well-balanced or drinkable. The sort of metallic bitterness hit soon and overshadowed the other flavors for me.

If Korbinian is my 10/10 Doppelbock, this is a 7.5. Just my opinion. Others seem to love it.

Photo of Ueberales
4.9/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

An outstanding beer that defines the dopplebock style. Powerful malty nose with a crystal clear deep red appearance. No hop aroma to speak of, although there is sufficient bittering hops to balance perfectly the malt bill. Feels smooth as silk, but the high alcohol and fullness definitely make this a beer for sipping and savoring instead of the centerpiece of a drinking session.

Photo of turdburglar
4.87/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is my favorite beer. The other members of Beer Advocate have certainly described its character and attributes more eloquently and accurately than i could, but i will say this: i have tasted every other dopplebock i could find and compared them to the mighty Celebrator. Most are good, but none can compare to this magnificent brew. To be fair, the Weihenstephaner Korbinian is excellent, but a distant second in my opinion.

GREATEST BEER EVER.

Photo of kylephillips
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is an opaque, extremely dark brown. It has a creamy tan head. Lots of bubbles visible coming from bottom of glass.

It is sweet smelling with hints of chocolate.

This beer has light mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

The flavor is not particularly strong but it is a really smooth beer. Starts out with a little bit of sweet malt flavor, then a little chocolate. The aftertaste is rounded with with some bitterness.

Drinkability is decent on this one. It's a smooth beer, but not something I'm going to drink a lot of.

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

A- Pours out a nice dark brown color. If you hold it up to the light, it reflects a ruby color. The head is nice, light, and lacy. It lingers for a bit, but fades after a few minutes to a thin off-white top.

S- Hints of malt come through along with "christmas-like" fruits. Plums, dates, a hint of cherry. A little bit of yeast spice comes through, but it's fleeting.

T- It starts out with a dark malt taste, but none of the bitterness of a dark malt. That note fades to more of a dark fruit flavor as the brew lingers on the tongue. The amount of flavor notes that come through is staggering. I'm sure people can write whole treatises on different flavors from this beer. It's a fantastically complex brew.

M- It's extremely light for a doppelbock. It seems to want to play on your tongue for an extended period and then vanish. You definitely always want more of this beer.

D- You could go through a whole case of this and enjoy every moment of it.

Photo of KeithStolte
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Very dark color with a thin tan fluffy head.

S - Sweet malts with grains. Chocolate is prevalent

T - medium carbonation, medium body. Very rich and malty. roasted taste

M - Rich creamy. great example of the style. Not harsh at all.

D - Very Smooth.

Photo of chriskq
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a frosty mug.

A-This beer was a deep, dark brown, damn near black. Bottle looked great. Huge head on this beer that wouldn't go away until I was nearly finished with it. Awesome.
S- Two words popped into my head when I poured this and took a whiff; sweet and smokey. Real nice.
T- Real deep, complex flavors of caramel and hops. I was pleasantly surprised.
M- Very creamy and smooth. You get a little smokiness through your nose going down.

Overall-
This was a fantastic beer. I'm not sure what the meaning behind celebrator is, but it fits well with this beer. It's not something you would knock back while watching the game, this is a beer for special occasions. Even an after dinner beer. I really enjoyed it.

Photo of Moon2Goddess
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color: Rich amber, similar to a cola, quite dark, but allows light to penetrate. Demonstrates nice red tones in bright light.

Head: Hesitant development, chunks up like a rootbeer float. Beautiful caramel color, lively, bubbly, height fairly low, slides down the glass and eventually dissipates. A top layer lingers through the entire drink.

Aroma: Maple syryp, peanuts, pecans, biscotti and muted hints of licorice, cherries amalgamate into the scent of a classic malted german beer. Aspects remind me of Indian spices found in tikka masala- an aroma that makes it impossible to walk past Bombay Bistro without pausing; likewise you stop often during the experience to smell the rim of the bottle. This is my best attempt, but Celebrator has a singularly unique scent that I cannot find words to describe or a simile with which to accurately capture it.

Texture: Medium body, ultra smooth.

Flavor & Balance: Tastes precisely how it smells. Conspicuous malt flavoring, maple, milk chocolate and nuts remind you of eating a nut goodie bar without the sickening sweetness. Acquires nice fruit tones like the skin on a bing cherry. All the while, never forgets it's origin, and maintains the identity of a beer. 100% pleasant through and through, a very easy drink, I can have one while I am cooking and another with my meal, although I would never only have it with food and forego the complete flavor experience. Great sipping beer.

Sustained Taste: Progressively smoother, taking on more licorice, chocolate and bing cherry characteristics over time, without losing it's maple brown sugar goodness. A craver...every few months you will have a craving for a celebrator (one would be shocked at how many goat pendents I have!)

Photo of Bishop_Collar
4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Beer poured a cola color with a quarter inch tan head. Nice carbonation was noted. Good lacing was present. Nice swirl of carbonation left on top as it was consumed.

Smell: Roasted malt aroma noted. Caramel and chocolate notes more apparent as the beer warmed.

Taste: Nice malty flavor, not bitterness to speak of. More chocolate flavors noted near the end of the glass.

Mouthfeel: Really creamy mouthfeel that coats the tongue. Carbonation is good as well.

Overall: A smooth creamy beer. Liked the malty, chocolate flavor without the bitterness.

Photo of Cesarz
4.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Sipping on one of these while snacking on 86%dark chocolate... This beer is a real treat, tastes A LOT of raisins and figs, simply delicious!! Cheers!!

Photo of Jtschupp04
2.86/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

poured into a trappist glass

looks like: coke with foam

smells like: sour grapes, stings the nostrils

tastes like: citrusy malt

feels like: back of the teeth feel weird

drinks like: smooth and easy but heavy on the stomach

i was expecting a whole lot more out of this one, very average to me but i expected a few distinct falvours rather than a ton of subtle notes. the amazing thing is how hidden the alcohol is until it hits the stomach. its a good tummy warmer.

the smell and taste reminds me of ham and cabbage.

Photo of mustang70
4.88/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

as the first dopplebock I have ever tried. I must say it is very good. I wasn't sure what to expect so I was very surprised with the flavor. it has some very complex flavors. once it warms up you get more of the fruity notes. for a beer I chose at random. it turned out to be a great buy. will definitely buy again.

Photo of Brentkruger1989
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smelled and looked wonderful.Taste was bit fruity with banana like flavor but that's expected with german wheat beers.

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

Burned sugar and chocolate aroma.
Black redness, creamy brown head with lace clinging to the glass.
Toffee, chocolate and espresso flavors, yet wiyh a inexplicable freshness on the tip of the tongue.
long lingering sticky sweetness.
Like eating sirup with spoons - in a good way.

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

the head was something that i only dream about. the light brown head dissipated as the sticky lace etched a beautiful pattern on the side of the glass. the smell was of tons of malts that i could smell even through my stuffed nose, with a hint of tart fruitiness and a flash of the alcohol. the taste was exceptional, with sweet malts up front overwhelming the taste buds and a surprisingly dry and tart finish. but the mouthfeel in my mind takes the cake because it literally felt like chewing on malt syrup. the alcohol gradually crept up and warmed my esophagus, but my mouth was just left wanting more. extremely drinkable, the alcohol is very well masked but has just the right amount of presence so you know you're not drinking a light beer. a brew worthy of celebration indeed.

Photo of BlaiseDemon
4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark but when held up to a bright light, a deep dark red color shines through. Not much head on pouring, however, easily duplicated by a light swirling action. The aroma is sweet like wheatgrass and almost brown-sugar or molasses laced. Flavor is heavy on the carmel bordering on candied dates, slight nuttiness with a maple character which becomes more robust after breathing for a few minutes just creeping into a currant note. It has a smooth, almost creamy feel to the palate but somewhat heavy. A lightly bitter bouquet balances the sweetness very well, making it very drinkable. A great choice for doppelbok fans and anyone who likes to dabble in stouts and porters primarily. A nice experience that highlights the Bavarian character of this style of bier.

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

According to my opinion, and compared to approx. 2500 beers, this is by far the best beer in the world. It's absolutely flawless. Until now I have managed to taste it only from a bottle but it is said that it is available "von fass" (draught) during May. Drinking a Celebrator is a unique experience that starts from the moment it comes to your table for the first time, until... the day you die?? The first thing that will catch your eye is the bottle. I usually don't pay attention, but the uniqueness of the label and the little "bock" that hangs from it tell you two things: It's a beer that has a lot of tradition behind it, and that it is made by people who pay attention to details. And then you serve it... Its dark ruby-red / brown color plays with your imagination as well as it does with light. Its full aroma reaches your brain gradually. At first, I thought it was impossible to have a bouquet of aromas, so full and well-balanced. This beer smells of spring rain, wet wood and discreet flowers. The worst part is the 3-5 seconds wait it takes to settle. It takes for ever... But when you taste it you won't believe that such thing is possible! The world will subside and all of your senses will busy cherishing the unique feeling of drinking a Celebrator. No words. Perhaps I am over-reacting but have you tried it?

Suggestions: Serve at a temperature of ~5 deg. C in a tulip shaped glass. Accompanies well most plates (red/white meat, vegetables, fruit, chocolate) but the best way to enjoy is with just some pretzels.

Photo of K7M
4.97/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I truly regret that I only had one bottle to experience. Everything positive that I read about this beer was more than true. This is the most exceptional Doppelbock I have ever experienced. The flavor and aroma from this Beer is beyond description, suffice it to say it is as near to perfection as I have tasted.

Bocks and Dark Beers are my favorites and this is the best Dark Beer that I have had to date. Thanks to my friend John who brought this one back from a trip. I will be purchasing Celebrator on my next trip to Pensacola.

I stopped by Four Winds in Pensacola Fl and bought all that they had on the shelf.

If I had to spend the rest of my life with only one Beer, this is the Beer for me. That being said, I will continue searching for a better Beer, as it is really all about the search for perfection...

Photo of rslomin
4.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tasted the beer in a trapist ale glass

color: dark, coca-cola like color, nice little brown head
smell: at first, like freshly baked dark bread, then gives a caramel and burnt sugar smell, followed by a marzipan and rum smell, and finally a bit of smokiness.
Taste: dark bread, dark chocolate.
Mouthfeel: Very smooth beer, has a slight bit of bitterness.

Overall: A great beer that that is certainly worthy of it reputation!

Photo of MidnightWatch
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown, solid. Minimal head.

S - Coffee, chocolate, and vanilla.

T - Coffee, and yes chocolate. The smell prefaced the great complexity of this beer. No hop bite.

M - Savoring. Refreshing, yet filling.

O - Awesome doppelbock. Simply enjoyable, I would take this any day vs. any American offering of a German-style beer.

Photo of Someguy1989
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A: Dark Brown color with a pleasant light brown head that retained itself for quite a while.

S: Roasted malts, a hint of coffee, some bready aromas.

T: Lots of coffee in the flavor, accentuated with some sweet chocolate notes balanced with a bit of bread flavor. It finished with a slight bit of lager crispness.

M/D: A full thick body, the carbonation was very smooth. On drinkability terms, this one was fantastic. A lot of this style is cloyingly sweet and its very hard to down more than one of them. I could drink this one all night.

All and all, a fantastic beer.

Photo of CourteManche
4.92/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Celebrator flute.

A - Very deep, dark black color with hues of ruby red along the edges; beautiful, light-brown, one-finger head; appears to be slightly carbonated with very small bubbles; head retention is low, only slight lacing throughout drink.

S - Big nose! Very complex. Explosion of malts up front, with coffee & chocolate. Subtle hint of roastiness.

T - Thick malts with an explosion of chocolate; subtle hints of coffee and caramel. Intense dark chocolate finish with a hint of sweet roastiness. No heat.

M - Medium-bodied; cool carbonation that tingles in your mouth (and on your mustache).

D - Fully drinkable. World-class Doppelbock. A must-try!

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 5,830 ratings.