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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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96
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2,281 Reviews
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Reviews: 2,281
Hads: 5,898
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 8.78%
Wants: 459
Gots: 706 | FT: 20
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Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2001

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.75/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer starts out with a burnt fruit aroma, it smells a bit sweet. Dark brown to black in color. Supprisingly not as sweet as the aroma would suggest. A subtle mild burnt malt taste, with alcohol evident in the finish. Predominantly malty with a bit of hop bitterness evident. A hint of burn raisin flavor in it as well. (323 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle out of a four pack into a large wine glass.

A- Celebrator holds a very dark brown color with spots of a burnt red towards the surface. Behind light this had a deep mahagony appearance. A pretty steep pour only produced a skim of beige foam that faded leaving no lace.

S- A whole lot of malts both dark and sweet. No smell of any lingering hops. Fresh bread from the malts as well. A nice mix of chocolate and dark fruits in the back. A great smelling beer all and all.

T- Having had some bad luck on some new dopplebock offerings it's good to come back to the best. Deep malt sweetness plus some bananas I did not pick up in scent. Some dark fruit as well with figs. Some roast like flavors in the end. Getting some molasses as well, a great dopple.

M- The feel is great and full, well a step below full with minimal carb going for it which I think works well. This is very sweet on the mouth and goes down oh so smooth. Just a bit of an aftertaste with sweetness and a touch of roast.

D- On my next bottle already, 12oz were not enough, and the ABV is on the low end which makes it easier for me in the morning. The flavor on this is just so full and rich that other versions really cant compare. (1,214 characters)

Photo of billab914
4.37/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark brown with a small light brown head. Average lacing on the glass. Aroma is very good. Nice roasted malts with some notes of caramel, molasses and also some doughy breadyness. Taste has a lot of sweetness to it at first with some chocolate and coffee and fruit also being present. Complex and delicious taste. Mouthfeel full bodied is nice and creamy. Enjoyed this one very much and will be picking this up again. (426 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Small bottle, pours dark luxorious mahogony in color, with a dark tan head, showing respectable retention. Leaves moderate spotty and sticky lacing. Nose is of bananas, caramel and soft ripe fruit. Taste follows through with notes of caramel, vanilla, toffee, a slight oakeyness and a hint of smoke. Tasty, soft, and complex brew. World class and readily available beer. Go get some and enjoy! (393 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

11.2 oz., 330 mL, Euro brown bottle,

A: Pours a dark mahogany brown into a pint glass, with a nice, tan head to cap it off.

S: Very malty, some brown sugar, with a slight hint of smoke, some chocolate.

T: Very tasty, very malty, lots of brown sugar and just baked dark rustic bread. There is definitely a chocolate note to this beer, milk chocolate mostly, a beautiful, complex malt flavour that is a delight to drink.

M: Lighter than what I would expect for such a big beer, smooth and creamy, close to a dessert in a glass.

D: A great dopplebock, I'd rank it slightly below Salvator, but it is still a great lager beer, and the first truly great beer that I ever had, a beer that made me go, "Wow! That's good!", so it will always hold a special place for me, one of Ayinger's and Germany's best. (803 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A great big 3 finger tan head with uniform small bubbles on the poor with good retention. Dark brown with many medium sized carbonation bubbles. Minimal lacing

Smell is of a small banana at first but nice malt and a little bit of roast like sausage meat. Slightly dry and bread like toast as well but hard to detect. Even some faint milk chocolate after quaffing. Great smelling beer lots going on here.

Great mouthfeel and a nice sweet banana at first with mild carbonation, turning into a good simple brown bread. Light milkshake wet/viscosity feel and some light faint milk chocolate as well. This is a great finishing drink and a fantastic tasting beer. I'd have another in a heartbeat. (692 characters)

Photo of BlackHaddock
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

21st Oct 2012: Cafe De Grendelpoort in Valkenburg is now in ABT Allientie van Bier Tapperijen, the Dutch bar group of friends who promote good beer. Every month they have an on-tap beer (in each of the bars) never before seen on tap in The Netherlands. My luck was in because this lovely beer was the chosen one for Oct 2012.

I had quite afew during my three night stay in town: There are enough reviews of this on here already, but it is a cracking brew and I thought even better on-tap than the bottled version. Having it poured into the correct stemmed vase-like glass adds to the enjoyment as well.

Just a joy to find it on-tap! (634 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
4.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

A: Perfect. Very dark ruby/mahogany color, relatively clear with persistent carbonation. A very bready, yellowish tan head that is very thick and never really goes anywhere and clumps to glass.
S: Very light and mild aromas, very well blended. Molasses, caramel with toasted malt and some breadiness
T: Very bready, toasted malt flavor with the hints of caramel and molasses from the smell with some light hop flavor as well. Incredibly well balanced. Finishes with a very strong flavor of bread and some sugar.
M: Very chewy and smooth and some carbonation hiding in the background, but difficult for it get to the forefront. Faint taste of alcohol in the finish is very pleasant.
D: This is phenomenal, my favorite dopplebock, very smooth and easy drinking for packing so much flavor. Everything is so well balanced and blended together. (885 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I was shopping for beer at BevMo last week and saw a 330 ml bottle of this on sale for $2.49. Needless to say, I bought it. On to the beer:

It pours thick into a pilsner glass with a dark brown color. It has a very nice aroma of chocolate covered raisins and brown sugar. Similar taste too, and very well balanced. Not overwhelmingly malty, and a pleasure to drink on slowly. Why spend your money on a forty when you can enjoy this for the same price? (452 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
4.03/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice caramel, mohagany color. Good medium sized off white head. The head stayed a bit longer than I thought it would, and never totally disappeared.
Smell of rich molasses and caramel, sticky sweet with some hints of earthy hops.
Taste of sweet vanilla, caramel and cashew. Some richness of yeasts seem present as well. Some dryness halts the sweetness from becoming overpowering.
Finish leaves a bit of peaty aftertaste. Not really my type of beer, but it is good. (479 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap. Served in a Celebrator glass.

Appearance - Murky brown. Huge khaki head. Lasts forever and laces well.

Smell - Deep caramel, brown sugar. Some nuttiness.

Taste - Chocolate malts lace a deep caramel. Buckets of brown sugar. Clean nutty finish.

Mouthfeel - Thick and creamy. Feels way heavier than a 6.7% beer.

Overall - Easily one of the best Doppelbocks. (367 characters)

Photo of tempest
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked up a bottle at the Party Source in Syracuse.

A gorgeous beer with a bit thick head and lacing. The flavor isn't as rich as I'd like. It tastes of fruity licorice with back current and blueberry cobbler with a dry cocoa aftertaste. The mouthfeel here is fantastic, smooth and creamy with a bitter edge. Really wonderful balancing here. I'd like more flavor, but at the same time, it lacks the overpowering licorice root that other doppelbocks like Spaten's have that I don't care for as much. Definitely the best doppel I've had.

More cowbell (see below). (567 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.
Dark brown in colour with an off white head. Good retention good lacing.
A very malty beverage, an alcohal twang and some roasted notes as well.
Goes down incredibly smooth.
A good Ayinger beer to say the least. Ive never had a bad one. (281 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A truly great brew and my favorite doppelbock for many years.This is the first time I've reviewed it though.

This beer pours a rich looking dark chocolate color with garnet highlights. The head is a pale brown pancake head that fases fairly quickly to a thin covering.

The smell is a nose full of malt with some winey, fruity undertones. Maybe macerated cherries? A slight smokiness seems to be there as well.

Taste is wonderful-molasses and caramel with some dark fruit notes and some spice as well. Not at all sticky, though, just big and dry. Some burnt grain on the finish.

Mouthfeel and drinkability- somewhat dry for this style, but very full, nicely balanced, and perfectly carbonated. Very tasty stuff- one is never enough. (743 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a solid dark brown with orange/red highlights when held to light. Stingy beige head dissipates quickly to form a cap and light lacing on the sides. Very malty nose. Caramel, brown sugar, plums, berries and a touch of alcohol. Taste of caramel and raisins up front followed but some nice fruity notes, dark pitted fruit, finishing with a long lingering molasses. Mouthfeel is creamy body is medium to thick, carbonation is ample. Beautiful Bock! Very complex. This is one of those I'd love to try it at the source beers. (525 characters)

Photo of corby112
4.36/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft at Teresa's in Wayne, PA

Pours a very dark brown with foamy tan head that forms a lacing that lasts throught the whole glass. Malty aroma with hints of chocolate, toffee and roasted coffee. Very quaffable, smooth and easy to drink with malty chocolate flavor, caramel, toffee, and roasted malt. (301 characters)

Photo of weeare138
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Drafting Room...
Appears a mahogany color with a lush, light tan head. The head refuses to fall and it leaves lots of streaky lacing around the glass.
Smell is of a malt lover's paradise. Fruity cake, caramel, cocoa, raisins, coffee, and anise.
Taste is of the same wonderful aromas that come through along with some mild smokiness and nice German hop additions.
Mouthfeel is smooth, medium bodied, and rich with a perfect amount of carbonation. (463 characters)

Photo of Zorro
5/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a very dark clear brown brew.

Smell is malt and a fine perfume. Smell is a bit sweet with some molasses smell.

Taste is all dark malt with a mild bitterness at the end. Spicy but not like a dark Belgian. The alcohol is well hidden and warms your whole body as you sip it.

Mouthfeel is perfect, a rich brew with a level of carbonation that tickles your tongue.

Super excellent Drinkability, a pleasure to sip anytime. (434 characters)

Photo of dcmchew
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%

Pours dark brown with hints of mahogany and ruby towards the light, half finger head that sticks around.
Rich malty smell, with salty roasted grains, dark bread crust, some caramel, a big nut mix, some cocoa powder, faint dried plum. Big expectations.
Which are met entirely, and then some. Lots of dark chocolate, not too rough, but with a nice clear cocoa note. Some salted toffee, some caramel, rich nuttiness (peanut, walnut, faint pistachio). A dark fruit zing, subtle, with some nice dried fig mostly and some faint smoked plums. Faint vanilla and licorice. Gets roastier hinting some coffee but more especially dark bread crust. A bit of charcoal in the finish, mildly bitter, even with a nice German hop presence felt.
Medium to thick in body, oily, with a medium carbonation. Quite "full". Nice nutty, malty aftertaste.
A huge doppelbock, tons of taste, great balance, beautiful from start to finish. Deserves being a classic. (935 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Absolutely amazing pour, like an inverted cascade effect, with the body straying into the head and then settling out. Amazing. Body is a really deep ruby red colour with a thick head of beige tight bubbles. Just amazing. I've never seen such a cool looking pour from a bottle.

Huge malty richness on the nose - smells like brewday. Sweet and grainy, organic and rich. Quite dark as well, but just with grain notes, no hints of alcohol or dark fruit. Very nice.

Very malty on the palate too, with a delicious dark roasted notes. Lovely. Stays quite sweet with dark organic notes at the front. It's only once you swallow that the darker notes of carbonised toast and charcoal come through. And it's not overpowering - this lovely sweet grain character stays the course. Just a delicious beer, wonderfully balanced and sippable. Mouthfeel is quite light, but that's good for this beer - once again, it walks a narrow course between roasted heaviness and light sweetness. Really great.

This is a very, very good beer - it's not extreme, it's just extremely well made. There's a really refined character to it; everything is in perfect proportions. It leaves it amazingly drinkable. (1,180 characters)

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this years ago at Old C's in Boise but pickedup another bottle today.
Poured an amazing dark brown color. rich. Nose is toffee, caramel, chocolate, brown sugar with a roastiness. Taste is exactly what I want in a dopplebock. Nice mouthfeel, not too sticky, creamy but not too heavy. Drinkability is up there! (312 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had not seen this beer on tap for a while, so was quite happy to see it at Frisco's the other day.

The beer pours a dark brown color, more akin to glass of cola then beer. This beer has very good head retention and lacing, as one would expect from a beer with this pedigree. The beer smells all malty and grainy, with a sweet molasses, cherry and cola. Very, very nice. On the palate the flavors replicate the nose, with lots of rich malt. However, everything is in proportion with this beer, nothing is out of place. The beer is medium to full bodied, but is not the least bit heavy. There is a good clean finish, with some nice roasty flavors at the end. Very easy to take.... so drinkable.

As others have noted, this really is the mother of all dopplebocks. First had this beer on tap at Humpy's during the "fur rhondy" festival in Anchorage (99 or 2000, forget now), when it was first brought into the state. It was excellent then and is excellent now. Always a treat. This is an excellent beer. (1,001 characters)

Photo of biegaman
4.97/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ayinger Celebrator's dark tone and steadfast opacity give it the intimidating appearance of a guard dog, or maybe one of those angry, long-horned rams on its label in mating season. This is slightly ironic considering how its violet and ruby highlights are gorgeous and inviting. Its head, while thin, looks harder than marble stone (and is coloured like it too).

It smells like someone took the world's finest tawny port and improved it exponentially. The sweet, fruity notes of plum and grape are gracefully tempered, somewhat offset by a tremendously rich maltiness. This 'toast and jam' combination would make a memorable breakfast; even the best noses are bound to miss a feature or two. It's that layered.

I don't think you could find a better, more exemplary tasting doppelbock than Celebrator. The poised sweetness of a fig and prune compote is mushed into the taste of heavily browned bread crusts, which turn into a sooty, moderately bitter dark chocolate note on the finish. If ever a beer deserved a perfect score for flavour, truly, Celebrator is it.

There's rich - and then there's Bill Gates rich. This doppelbock is Bill Gates rich. Profound, full-bodied, uncompromising maltiness becomes heavily intimate with all parts of the palate, and refuses to go away even in the aftertaste. To suggest caramel is grossly overstating the quantity of sweetness, and downplaying the rich, luscious quality of it.

If you want to learn about German brewing, throw out the books and just stock up on Celebrator. Few examples pack as much punch per square sip or capture so elegantly the style's rich, nectarous qualities. Although the expression is used quite commonly, few things are actually "mouth-watering" - this is. Trust me, I feel myself drooling.

Brewers will make a lot of claims about the superiority of their beer on labels. Typically, these should be taken with a heaping tablespoon of salt. However, for Ayinger to call Celebrator "the finest double bock beer" is no exaggeration. It is unequivocally, undeniably the golden standard of the style; any attempts to replicate it or even to honor it only serve to advertise that fact and endorse the superiority of its brand. (2,197 characters)

Photo of liamt07
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle from the LCBO, into a tulip. Best before March 2012.

Poured a dark burgundy/brown, almost opaque. Fairly dense dark tan head, a thick collar sticks around with a thin head. Nose has some dark breads, caramel and toasty malts. Taste has some toasted dark bread/cereals, some chocolate, toffee and light grain notes. Loads of malt flavour. No alcohol on the palate but catches up after a couple of bottles. Smooth, sticky and drying body and finish. Opens up and really becomes something else at around room temp. Didn't understand the comparison to liquid bread until I actually got into this. Really warming and essential drinking for the cooler months. (667 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a Pilsner glass)

A- This beer has a dark brown body with just a hint of light showing through in the thin part of the glass. The head is a big creamy light tan that last for most of the beer. The carbonation is lots of tiny champagne bubbles.

S- The smell of dark roasted malt and caramel are strong even during the pour. Some dry pale malt with a hint of Munich malt comes through with the big sweeter malts aswell. There is a nice soft sulfur and green hop bitterness at the finish.

T- Notes of smooth toasted and roasted malts with some dry crisp pale malt notes are nice. The taste is smooth and crisp with no sweetness in the taste. There is a slight coffee or bitter grain note in the finish. As it warms it has a nice toffee nutty note in the finish.

M- Medium-light mouthfeel with a smooth but watery texture.

D- This beer has a very smooth soft quality to the grain bill. The finish is dry with a soft hop note. The flavor has just enough malt complexity to leave me wanting more but not enough to make me satisfied. (1,055 characters)

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 2,281 ratings.