Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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4.6/5 rDev +6%
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!
01-18-2006 02:47:41 | More by Billolick
4.5/5 rDev +3.7%
Pours a very dark brown color with a bit of redness around the edges when held up to the light. Pours a finger thick head of tanned foam. Little bit of spotty lacing on the glass. Nose is filled with an aroma of molasses and a bit of breadiness. Taste is dark malty sweetness reminescent of...yet again molasses and a bit of caramel. Lingering taste left in the mouth similar to dark fruit. As it warms both the aroma and the taste have a bit of hop character without the bitterness. Only faintly picking up on the alcohol character. Thick chewy feel and moderate carbination but wow is it smooth. I honestly feel bad for waiting this long to try this beer, it really is an awesome doppelbock. The little white goat figurine hanging around the neck of the bottle is a bit cheesy but i'll admit I like it.
12-24-2009 23:06:52 | More by stakem
3.9/5 rDev -10.1%
A: Pours a very dark brown to almost black with reddish hues and a two finger tall foamy light beige head. The beer has very good head retention and exhibited moderate amounts of lacing.
S: Aromas of caramel, toffee, toasted malts, dark chocolate, and some fruit. Subtle in smell but still showing some complexity.
T: Flavors are caramel, toffee sweetness, and bitter chocolate. Lots of complexity and a very big/bold flavor. Some light hints of alcohol and fruit are also present as the beer warms.
M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Very creamy.
O: Very nice complexity in both the smell and taste and a very consistent beer - I have had this beer many times over the last 5 years and always been pleased. A great example of the style. I recommend this as a beer for people new to the style and wanting to explore it. I will likely have many more of these in my BA experience.
02-27-2012 01:45:37 | More by dbrauneis
3.9/5 rDev -10.1%
I am drinking a 12 oz. bottle poured into my Lancaster Milk Stout tumbler. The beer is slightly chilled.
Appearance: The beer pours a deep midnight color. The edges reveal ruby red hints. It pours with a vigourous head that slowly dissapates.
Smell: Barley flourishes in the nose. The malts make themselves known up front. I also detect some licorice notes and even a bit of apple (green not red or yellow).
Taste: While the malts are present, they are not overpowering. I'd even go so far as to call them muted. There is a small hop presence, but not enough to register.
Mouthfeel: The malts are a little abrasive and they linger long after the beer has been swallowed.
Drinkability: Drinkable enough, I guess. The abv is not overpowering and the sweetness of the malts can make for a good drink.
02-01-2006 03:42:50 | More by akorsak
4.18/5 rDev -3.7%
(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.
01-24-2006 02:29:45 | More by rhoadsrage
4.45/5 rDev +2.5%
Pours a three finger light brown head that fades quickly no lace. Almost black color. Light carbonation and heavy bodied. Molasses nose. Starts with a sweet molasses flavor, hints of roasted coffee in finish. Great double bock. $2.45 for a 11.2oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.
06-29-2006 22:17:07 | More by jdhilt
5/5 rDev +15.2%
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.
03-23-2004 01:59:33 | More by Zorro
4.55/5 rDev +4.8%
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?
03-05-2007 06:59:53 | More by DoubleJ
United Kingdom (Wales)
3.75/5 rDev -13.6%
Pour into New Belgium Globe glass
Pours a thin light tan head, that fizzles down quickly. No lacing noted. Color is a dark dark ruby red (almost black).
The aroma has some what of a fruity smell to it. Almost like a banana and clove aroma. Taste is very smokey. It's a very hard flavor to distinguish, but it resembles some sort of grape that may have been roasted or something.
Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Leaves a very dry aftertaste in the mouth. Carbonation level is low.
Overall, this wasn't something that appealed to me very much. I had much higher expectations for this beer.
12-14-2008 00:30:03 | More by mothman
4.47/5 rDev +3%
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.
06-10-2009 03:03:27 | More by BARFLYB
4.65/5 rDev +7.1%
This is my first doppelbock. Poured into a Celebrator glass, pours a dark brown with a very nice head which disipates pretty quick, but leaves a very nice lacing. Has a sweet malty scent. WOW, I really love the taste of this brew, light body and very social drinkability. I would recommend this brew very highly. Speaking of recommending, I recommended this to a lady at the liquor store yesterday, but once she saw the price of $2.45 a bottle (4-Pack) she said she was going to Wal-Mart instead. ROTFFLMAO
07-10-2005 19:13:27 | More by Wasatch
4.23/5 rDev -2.5%
330 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours crystal clear very dark reddish brown color with a nice 2 finger fluffy khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, raisin, toast, toffee, molasses, apple, dark bread, cocoa, light roast, light nuttiness, and light floral. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of malty notes and light fruity esters. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, raisin, molasses, apple, dark bread, cocoa, roasted malt, light nuttiness, and light smoke. Lingering notes of caramel, toffee, molasses, dark bread, toast, raisin, apple, roasted malt, cocoa, and light smoke on the finish for a good bit. Excellent flavor balance and complexity of robust malty flavors and light fruity esters; with zero cloying sweetness present after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and fairly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent doppelbock! Great balance and complexity of robust malt flavors; and extremely smooth to drink. A highly enjoyable offering as expected.
02-10-2013 04:52:48 | More by superspak
4.72/5 rDev +8.8%
12oz bottle from BigLove as part of The Blue & Gray BIF. Thanks for the opportunity.
Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 3/4" of tan head over the dark amber brew. Head lasts well, with average to good lacing. Aroma is incredible, sweet malts, and nuttiness like you wouldn't believe. Taste is just what the nose portended, although maybe a little less so. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both incredible for the style. A standard for dBocks, for sure.
07-26-2005 02:44:18 | More by ppoitras
4.2/5 rDev -3.2%
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.
06-07-2008 11:13:01 | More by Stinkypuss
District of Columbia
4.45/5 rDev +2.5%
A: Dark chestnut brown in color, with a beige head that stands in at over an inch in height, leaving considerable lacing on the glass.
S: Toasted malt, sweet caramels, smoke. Very inviting, this smells like a world class doppelbock, which it certainly is.
T: Extremely tasty, with a subtle rauchbier / smoke flavor about it. A pleasant sweetness sneaks in among the smoke and toasted malt, but only enough to make the beer delectable, not cloying in the least. Toffee and bread with a splash of dark fruit are in there as well. This beer is so delicious and still very accessible, which I find very pleasing.
M: Medium to low in both body and carbonation. The beer is smooth, velvety and creamy on the palate, with alcohol content well disguised.
D: One of the best doppelbocks on the planet. A must have for any beer connoisseur.
12-16-2010 03:01:06 | More by Huhzubendah
4.03/5 rDev -7.1%
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.
01-09-2007 04:05:17 | More by Mebuzzard
4.98/5 rDev +14.7%
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.
04-24-2011 16:03:11 | More by biegaman
4.45/5 rDev +2.5%
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.
09-10-2007 14:30:16 | More by John_M
4.5/5 rDev +3.7%
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.
12-27-2010 01:45:34 | More by smakawhat
Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 5,071 ratings.