Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Ayinger Celebrator DoppelbockAyinger Celebrator Doppelbock

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

5,473 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 5,473
Reviews: 2,235
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 370
Gots: 506 | FT: 17
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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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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3.43/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I can sum my thought of this beer pretty quick: "Double Oktoberfest"

Now normally I don't like Munich, Vienna, or German Pale malts as are used a lot in Oktoberfest biers, but the flavors in this brew are rich and welcoming.

Looks like brown sugar and molasses showing ruby light under a tan finger of head. Smells strongly of German malts and a slight coffee bitterness.

Strong caramel and german malt with stinging carbonation adding to a bit of "twang". Hints of chocolate and molasses sneak through with a note of coffee roast bitternes.

Very drinkable for as much German Malt as there is.

Photo of andjusticeforale
3.88/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured a twelve oz. bottle into a rounded pint glass. It poured out like Pepsi with a scant tan head. It was dark but alive. It seemed like it was well carbonated. It was not dark and oily and big like a stout or porter from the British Isles. This was heavy and consistent in a different way

There was not much to the nose of this beer. No appreciable fruit, yeast, herbs, hops, anything. Just a “beer” smell. A very good beer smell, with all its goodness, but nothing really too interesting. If you read a review that says there is much more, its probably romantic glorification because I swirled and smelled and let the thing sit awhile and swirled and smelled a bit more. Maybe there was some cocoa/coffee smokiness and malt but that is all. There was no “lace” on the glass to speak of. Thats really not the point of this, though, is it?

On first taste, there was a distinct non-sweetened espresso/coffee flavor, and the aftertaste was as fizzy as hydrogen peroxide. This happened again, and I tasted and tasted and searched for complexity. There was a big malt flavor that pre-dominated, along with a stout-like coffee taste that was prevalent.

There was one saving grace here, a really faint hint of sweetness that added a little bit of depth. Don’t get me wrong, there was no alcohol flavor, and there was absolutely no hops bite here, and the mouthfeel was huge and chewy, with a good deal of carbonation present. If this was your type of drink, the drinkability here is very good- 3 or 4 would not be out of the question, if you had the intestinal fortitude and a designated driver.

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4/5  rDev -7.8%

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5/5  rDev +15.2%

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Photo of Beersignal
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep dark brown pour with burgundy/amber highlights through what seems to be a very limpid beer. The biege cap of foam is light but generous and is very persistent and sticky leaving behind fine lacework.

This beer is all about the aromas. Amazing, complex! Superb fruity (raisins, cherries, blackberries...) malt in tandem with burnt caramel notes up front give way to brewing floor aromas like spent grains after a mash and that time I stuck my head in Ken Wilson's mash tun at Le Chaudron. A certain barn quality buttresses the above aromas and mixes with sweet notes of candy.

A fine and stimulating effervescence greets the first sip and gives way to a medium bodied beer up front. Malt dominates the first impressions of taste and is followed by fresh brewed coffee, lightly burnt caramel and a touch of christmas fruit cake. A firm and resiny bitterness cleans out the palate leaving a complex aftertaste.

This thoroughly pleasing and complex brew necessitates several tastings to really grasp all of the nuances which it cloaks. The aromas alone seem to multiply with every smell. The next time I see this beer I will buy more than the four I bought in Lake Placid.

Photo of 05Harley
3.8/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No bottle number, it's a mystery..

Purchased @ Tulley's, Wells Maine

Price - $14.00/4-pack

Appearance: Dark burgundy in color. If poured aggressively it reveals a 2 finger off white head. Lacing present on the glass.

Smell: Roasted malts up front with molasses following up the rear. No fruit smell present that I could detect.

Taste: Slight smoke taste with molasses. Hops are begging to come through but not unleashed.

Mouthfeel: Slightly creamy with a dry finish.

Drinkability: Certainly drinkable, but slightly overated in my opinion. Something is missing..

I keep this in stock at the house however it isn't a beer I crave. It has a strong reputation but in my opinion I'll take Andechs Dopplebock Dunkel every day of the week over this. Still a fine example of a Double Bock and well respected.

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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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Photo of Indybeer
4.78/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz bottle. Poured a deep dark mahogany with a massive head that stuck around. Lots of lacing left behind when the head finally receded. Aroma is slightly malty and spicy but not overly so, making me think that the taste would be muted also. However the taste is exceptional. very malty, thick and chewy with a creamy smooth feeling as it goes down. I could drink these all night!

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

Pours a nice amber brown with a tan head. Easy to see that it is clear. Standard doppelbock appearance.

Lots of toasty sweet breads in the nose.

Raisin bread dances on the palate washed over with a generous dollop of warming alcoholl. Lots of different but subtly sweet fruits are present. Huge grain character with very malty german barley. Hop bitterness is light and hop character is just mildly spicy. Finishes a tiny bit sweet and warm. Like biting into a huge loaf of freshly baked fruit bread that gets you toasted.

Thick bodied, just as it should be, with adequate carbonation to keep the flavors moving.

A fantastic doppelbock, for sure.

Photo of bagpiper2005
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pour: Gorgeous dark red color with a finger and a half of light tan head that dissipated somewhat quickly and left minimal lacing and a small ring of head all the way down.

Smell: Big caramel malt smell with underlying notes of chocolate, molasses, dark fruit, a light earthy hop note, and a just a touch of alcohol.

Taste: Starts off with a big sweet molasses taste and a slight bready note which then gives way into a less sweet caramel malty taste. This is followed up by a hint of currant/raisin and a slight hint of dark chocolate taste. The back end finishes up with a moderate hop bitterness and a slight bit of alcohol warmth, but neither linger.

Mouthfeel: This is the only drawback to this beer, I found it to be a little thin for the style (more toward the medium end of the spectrum), but it's smooth and creamy, with light carbonation.

Drinkability: About the most drinkable beer I think I've ever had. Smooth drink, slides down the throat, and leaves you wanting another sip.

Final Notes: This beer is big, bold, and complex. Potentially one of the best beers I've ever drank, it's nearly perfect. Enjoy it before a meal when your palate is still fresh so you can truly appreciate its complexity. A beautiful beer indeed, highly recommended.

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 5,473 ratings.