Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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96
world-class

5,837 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 5,837
Reviews: 2,312
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 443
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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2001

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Ratings: 5,837 | Reviews: 2,312
Photo of 360logic
4.91/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L: Standard dark brown/amber hue for doppelbocks. Small but thick layer of off-white head sticks around. The way it looks very much promises the dark, rich, chewy brew to ahead of you.

S: Pumpernickel bread, toffee, prunes and raisins, wet coffee grounds

T: Toasted wheat bread, graham cracker, molasses, prunes, wet coffee grounds. Finish is like burnt sugar, dark sweetness that leads to lingering bitterness. Super elegant and complex for so much malt.

M: Light to medium carbonation, really decent chew to it. Not imperial stout chewy, but definitely full bodied for the style.

O: I think it lives up to the hype. Back of the bottle says "DARK, MALTY, AND RICH" and that's exactly what you get. But more. This is like a loaf of bread at an artisinal bakery or chocolate cake from a high end pastry shop. Maybe you can buy bread and cake at the grocery store, but it's not going to create a rich, flavorful, and cohesive landscape for your tastebuds like the others can. I found the new standard by which I will now compare all other doppelbocks to.

Photo of drmeto
4.11/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L:
-pours a clear dark brown with ruby tinges and a medium,foamy,offwhite head
-medium carbonation visible
S:
-caramel,toffee,slight roasted malt,dark bread
-disappointing aroma
T:
-caramel,toffee,syrup,molasses,toast,bread,coffee,brown sugar,rum
F:
-medium carbonation,medium-full body
O:
Easily a Top 5 Doppelbock in the world

Photo of ljjpowers
2.4/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

Full disclosure: I know that dopplebocks are an acquired taste that I do not yet have. But really, what is there to celebrate? This beer smells like a sorority girl at her fourth pre-rush party of the night— scents of rotten banana, moldy cantaloupe rind, and old plums fuse together to yield an increasingly nauseating bouquet. Poured slowly at a 45° angle, the brew is nearly black in appearance and exhibits very little carbonation with even less head retention. Unfortunately for Ayinger (the brewer, for those of you who don’t speak German), the tremendous malt backbone and overpowering presence of alcohol contradict and confuse the palate. These tastes also deviate sharply from what is expected off the nose: fortunately, decay and mold are not evident at first sip. Regardless, one flavor profile overwhelms another and leaves the taster utterly perplexed. Like that Tri Delta or Delta Gamma would probably say, “I just can’t even” comprehend how in holy hell this made the cut.

While these words may seem harsh, there are just too many incredible beers on (and off) this list to waste your time with something subpar. It is important to keep in mind that this product was brewed in accordance with the Reinheitsgebot. This German Beer Purity Law dictates that only water, barley, hops, and yeast may be used in the production of a brew. Although I am very much a fan honoring customs, I am also a realist. The Reinheitsgebot restricts creativity and puts abiding brewers at a competitive disadvantage compared with those who use actual fruit, chocolate, coffee, bacon (yeah, I said it), spices, and other flavoring agents in beer. I wouldn’t hop on a ship from the 1500s to get to Germany, would I? No. I would recline comfortably in a Boeing 787 and binge-watch last year’s box office hits (thanks for the hard work at Boeing, Jared). Traveling at 37,000 feet makes for a better experience than drifting waywardly across the Atlantic on a rickety wooden ship. Similarly, brewers with access to all ingredients and all techniques make better beer than brewers with access to one technique and four ingredients.

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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 dental
3.24/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

looking at the other ratings, i possibly had a bad/old bottle.

Photo of breakingbland
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle (at Knight's on LIberty in Ann Arbor)

The overall taste is sweet -- roasty, rich sweet malt with a hint of dried cherry -- with perhaps a very slight bit of funk.

Photo of Cannibalgasm
4.56/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11.2oz. bottle.

A: Pours a deep dark brown with a thick creamy tan head. Excellent retention and lacing.

S: Sweet dark malts, caramel, and dark fruits.

T: Dark fruits, caramel, sweet malts, straight to the point great Doppelbock.

M: Full bodied, lightly carbonated, creamy on the finish.

O: This is a perfect example of a Dopplebock. A great beer and one of my all time favorites.

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

Nice dark pour and with a Fantastic taste. It doesn't get much better than this.

Photo of Myotus
4.64/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle (no freshness date) into a pilsner glass. Pours with a fingers worth of tan foam. Dark brown in color, almost black. Brown tint. Mild bubbles. Very strong dark malt aromas, strong dark fruit aromas, and mild caramel aromas. Initial taste is of strong dark fruit flavors, malt flavors, and caramel flavors. Everything is strong with no punches held. Full bodied, creamy and lightly carbonated. NOTE: Alcohol flavors become noticeable as beer approaches room temperature.

Photo of DCP
4.9/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Tied with many other beers as the greatest for me.

Had it on tap for the first time today at a German pub in town:
extra large head, light and fluffy, smells like warmth in winter
caramel and malt dominate. Goes down perfect.
Only thing is you're hammered before you can drink your fill of it.
Kings Brew

Photo of bertler02
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Germany’s Finest:

The Mathematics of Carl Friedrich Gauss,
The Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke,
The Music of Johann Sebastian Bach,
A fine Maybach automobile,
The Bayern Munich Football Club,
A genuine Black Forest ham,
and Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock.

Photo of highTempo
3.92/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle.

Big head, about a full inch -- cafe-o-lait color. Very dark body that's opaque until held to the light, then translucent maroon. Nice looking!

The smell has a lot of true malt coming through, almost like malt candy, chocolate, some present alcohol.

Very full flavor, not as sweet as I expected. Very 'roasty'. There's a metallic undertone that reminds me of traditional molasses. Surprisingly smooth and easy to drink. Just a bit smokey. Some cereal coming through. The alcohol is present in the flavor as well, that brings some warmth.

Photo of MartyMaltose
4.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap. A grand and beautiful beer. Its greatness comes not from any extreme of taste or texture, but rather some inimitable proportion that allows you to dwell in the higher plane of genius just for awhile, like a late Mozart symphony might.

Photo of KevinRut
4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very good, and pretty strong. Gave me a headache though, will have to try again. And again gave me slight headache, gas, felt a little ill. A strong beer.

Photo of stevoj
4.71/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Not much I can add to the already superlative reviews here. One of the world’s best.

Photo of Marraybay
3.7/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

As a fan of doppelbocks, I did like this. I know many consider it the standard by which all doppel's are judged, but I prefer Salvator a tad more. Very intense sustained sweetness to this one, which sort of hands off almost entirely to a fair bitterness at the finish and beyond. For me personally, I think Salvator may "balance/blend" those spectrums a tad more effectively so it's not so pronounced. Nice head and darker color to this: more brown than copper or orange. A little lacing, but not a great amount. Fairly thick mouthfeel and decent carbonation. This one more similar to Eggenberg's doppelbock to me.

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the beer stube. Very complex.

Photo of DevAJ
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I like other doppels a little better as they tend to be a little sweeter, but overall this is really good.

Photo of sjccmd
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark cola brown, nearly black. Big light tan head that recedes gradually. Decent lacing. Ruby highlights, good clarity.

Grapey dark fruit, caramel, brown sugar. Very rich and sweet. Some brighter fruity esters as well. Toasted bread. No hop aroma. A hint of oxidation, but not bad.

Dark fruits and roasted malts. Big and rich, but not sweet. A hint of cocoa. No hop character and low bitterness. Very bready. Impressively clean lager fermentation. The malt shines beautifully. Some mineral notes as well.

Full body with medium low carbonation. Smooth and dry finish with lingering roastiness on the palate.

Big and rich without being sweet. A classic, of course.

Photo of Gote
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My brother-in-law bought this for me in a little bistro in Columbus. He'd had it before in Germany. Dark and smooth. I read people going on about raisins and caramel but I didn't get any of that. What I got was a good, smooth, dark beer. Oh, and the goat was a plus.

Photo of 513BeerLover
4.76/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Delicious. Pours dark with medium tan head. Very smooth taste. Tastes fruity with a hint of caramel. Low carbonation and flavor is amazing. Great beer to drink during a cold winter's night.

Photo of slusk
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark with a dense tan head. Dark fruits and raisin dominate the malt aroma with a good amount of caramel. little hops in the aroma. Decent roast underpinning. Flavor is spot on. Dark fruits and raison balance with a roasted malt base and a beautiful caramel malt base. Big flavor here. Medium full body with a low carbonation. This is hands down my favorite doppelbock. Definitely worth starting a collection of little white plastic goats.

Photo of sokol_1993
4.94/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Look: very dark brownish-black, some head, lots of bubble, very lively.
Smell: The most lovely smell came out even when I started opening the bottle. dark fruit, a lot of caramel, molasses smell, very sweet and lovely. I kept on smelling it the whole time.
Taste: some carbonation, very sweet molasses, malty and yeasty. Little hop, some bitterness at the end, like caramelized sugar. Bread like taste. A meal in a bottle!
Feel: full bodied, chewy, voluptuous, lusty, viscous liquid. Great sweet aftertaste, and I bet my mouth smelled better than any gum out there.

One of the best beers I have ever had, and I'll keep coming back for more. Also, great label, and thanks for plastic mountain goat!

Photo of curasowa
4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark, ruby color with a huge, tan head that fades slowly with thick lacing.

Aroma: Super malty, molasses, toasted malt, chalky cocoa, nutty

Taste: Taste matches the aroma; huge caramel malt flavor, thick and chewy, a little chalky, some ripe tree fruit, then thins a bit on the finish which is nutty and lingering.

The Rest: mmmm, Tasty. A near perfect example of the style.

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

I give it a 4.5 all the way across. Tastes smooth but also reminds me more of a Dunkel. I'll say it's a great smooth easy drinking beer. They sneak up on you. Wish they came in 6 packs instead of 4 packs. 7.2% alcohol instead of 6.7%. I prefer Sneider-Weisse Dopplebock but I'd def buy this again.

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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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