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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Reviews: 2,293
Hads: 5,948
Avg: 4.33
pDev: 16.17%
Wants: 466
Gots: 736 | FT: 21
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Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website

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 Andynator
4.95/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz brown bottle with a nice colorful albeit kind of homemade looking label with the classic billy goats and a small goat trinket hanging around the neck. Nice touch. Poured fridge cold into a brandy snifter.

Appearance: Deep and dark, occasionally hinting flashes of crimson with a nice tan colored head and sticky, long lasting lace.

Smell: Complex sweetness and roasted malts make you want to keep sniffing away in anticipation of what is to come.

Taste: Oh boy. This is the doppelbock against which all others are measured. Sweet malt, raisins, the most subtle hint of alcohol spice, maybe a touch of toffee and dark chocolate. Absolutely delicious and the aftertaste lingers as a reminder. Additionally, it seems to get better as you sip it and as it warms revealing more complexities of malted goodness.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel with beautiful carbonation not too bubbly, expected it to be heavier than it is. Creamy without being syrupy. Feel free to swish it around.

An epic representation of the style and awful nifty that it's available year round. Not overly alcoholic at 6.7% which is good because you will want another. Hop bitterness is barely noticeable and serves well to keep the sweetness in balance. Well done.

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

Bottle poured into an Ayinger Celebrator glass

Ruby brown, like the color of coca cola but without the carbonation. Dense two finger taupe cap settles into a gentle lid with nice glass lacings. It is dense, dark and barely let's light pass through.

Sweet malt aroma. Deep rich raisins. Bit of licorice. Smells really, really great.

Smooth. Gentle carbonation on the middle of the tongue. Malt sweetness, raisin, molasses, hint of licorice. Hint of alcohol. Delicious. Clean aftertaste of malt.

Medium, medium heavy mouthfeel. Chewy, rich and worth savoring.

There are hopheads in the universe. I am a malt head. Celebrator is one of my all time favorite beers. The taste is sooo good. Back up the truck, stock up the fridge. Drink. Enjoy. Repeat. Frequently repeat because it is worth it.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottle from Sherlocks (Marietta, GA). 11.99/ 4 pack. No bottling date. Served in a Microbrasserie Charlevoix goblet.

Pours a deep, barely translucent garnet with just over one finger pale head. The head fades to a thin layer that laces well.

Aroma is almost dominated initially by an unfortunate bitter metallic note. Behind that I get some caramel, raisin, faint cocoa and biscuit. The metallic smell slinks further into the background as it warms but doesn't disappear.

Luckily the flavor has only a hint of the metallic strangeness from the nose. Chocolate, vanilla, dark fruit, earthy, nutty, hints of cherry, caramel, toffee, slight coffee and a mild floral bitterness. Crazy how complex and layered with flavor this is. Malty and delicious.

Creamy medium body with fairly heavy carbonation. Malty aftertaste with cocoa, nuts, toffee and raisins.

Outstanding. Not sure what took me so long to try this. I've had several dopplebocks but none have had the balance and complex array of flavor found in this gold standard. This is a must try.

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Photo of microbrewlover
4.66/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This brew pours a dark brown with some red highlights. Appears much redder when held up to the light. There is a 1.5 finger off white head which lasts for some time and good lacing.

The smell is nutty, roasted and sweet malts. Some vanilla and smokiness as well as a biscuit smell. There is a touch of caramel as well.

The taste follows the nose; thick with nuts, roasted and sweet malts. Caramel vanilla and biscuty

The feel is thick, bready and chewy. There are some light resinous hop oil in the backend and some of the oil sits on the tongue after swallowing.

Overall this is a very good Doppelbock. Thick dark and well balanced with plenty of rich malts which make it taste like a meal in a bottle. This is a very good example of the style.

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Photo of anarchia
4.83/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Aroma Very bready/biscuity! Sweet caramel, hay, vanilla, bourbon, some smoke. Huge white head with lots of lacing--reminds me of a root beer float. Very dark brown, some ruby when held it up to a light. Very creamy, very sweet but not overly so. Crazy complex flavors. Those biscuits are prominent, some spicy (cinnamon, nutmeg) notes, vanilla, bourbon, cherries, caramel, toffee, smoke, honey, banana, clove, roastiness. I could go on, and on, picking random flavors I recognize out of this. But this beer is more than the sum of its parts. Sweet finish, this is not a beer you'd want to drink a ton of, it's more of a dessert/special occasion beverage. There is no such thing as the perfect beer--but hey, this is close enough.

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Photo of tmm313
4.31/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Dark reddish brown with a nice 2 finger head. Pretty good lacing.

S- Dark fruits, raisin, dates, and light chocolate.

T- Fruit cake in a glass. Raisins, cherries, vanilla, fig, dates, dark chocolate, light nutmeg-like spiciness, and a touch of booze.

M- Lighter side of medium body. Creamy and slick on the tongue. Drying.

O- This was a very well balanced beer. Flavors everywhere, and none too dominant. I can see why this gets such high marks.

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

Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying - Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock, poured into a Craftgeer snifter.

Look - Pours a thin viscosity brown and settled ruby black (ruby in the light, black out of the light) as night with an inch-sized rambunctious head that dissipates quickly and leaves spotty lacing. The look of this thing makes me want to get into some more traditional German beers!

Smell - Rich malty goodness, some molasses sweetness and dark fruitiness (raisin/dates/figs) throughout. Textbook and then some.

Taste - Malty and fruity like raisin/dates/figs and super smooth, alarmingly so even. Touch of hops that most IPA drinkers might barely notice, but it complements well in this style.

Mouthfeel - Light-bodied with low-medium carbonation, as often these traditional lagers should be. Zero booziness which is incredible for 6.7%. Rests fruity and gentle hop linger. Great drinkability.

Overall - This is definitely the standard by which all doppelbocks are judged. This is a phenomenal brew and is an excellent display of brewing craftsmanship.

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Photo of zookerman182
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark dark brown color with a 2 finger tan head.
Aroma is massive dark fruit, malty, cherry, and fig.
Taste is extremely complex with raisins, cherry, coffee, and just enough malt to balance it out. Also some bready flavors and maybe even a hint of vanilla.
Mouthfeel is very nice, coats every part and lingers slightly.
I'm very pleased with this beer.

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Photo of kaplunk02
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I poured the 12oz bottle into a nonic.

A: This pours an oily dark reddish-brown with about 1 finger of creamy off-white head which dissipates relatively quickly.

S: It smells of bready malts, coffee and chocolate.

T: Toffee tastes upfront followed by dark chocolate and a fruity sweetness. Nice and malty with not much evidence of the 6.7% ABV.

M: Mildly carbonated, oily and goes down super smooth.

O: All told this is a fantastic brew and one of the most balanced and tasty of its style.

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Photo of TheAlamoWrocker
3.55/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

As a Dobbelbock this is a spectacular example of one (easily an A), but as a beer it's just something that feels like less than a porter while still carrying attributes of one. I'll rate this as a beer rather than just a Dobbelbock.

Reviewed November 16, 2013 at 0245. Poured a 330 mL bottle into a pint glass.

A: 1/2 fingered tan head followed by a dark reddish brown body. Head quickly dissipates.

S: Light pleasant bready malts. Thin molasses smothers the light chocolate of the drink.

T: Toffee followed by a lingering dark chocolate. Tad hit of alcohol on the end.

M: Lightly heavy carbonation with a medium body that is smooth.

O: This a a solid dark version of a Dobbelbock. This is a drink that is made for the everyman. This is the drink that one would get the Shiner Bock drinker to explore more into the craft/micro beer world.

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Photo of andrewjraab
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Chestnut brown with a medium off white head. Some spotty lace after each drink.

S - Malts, raisins, fruit, bread dough, figs, faint alcohol.

T - Roasted malts, chocolate, nutty, fruity, baked bread. Velvety smooth mouth feel.

O - This is one of the smoothest beers I have ever had. It gets better with each sip as it comes to room temp. This is a must try if you haven't done it and I will definitely come back to this one.

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Photo of jb510
4.94/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I typically favor stouts and bocks and for many years this has been my favorite beer. It's been getting much easier to find the last couple years.

It serves well out of the bottle or out of a glass. Having a light cream head with very little carbonation that gives it a silky mouth feel.

It is richly flavored and a bit sweet or sugary. The with hints of molasses.

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Photo of Das_Reh
2.91/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

A = a wonderfully rich, almost black brown color, with a beautiful tan head. I'm looking forward to this.

S = Rich and malty, roasty, hints of chocolate and toffe, mollasses, a touch of alcohol.

T = Yowza... not what I was expecting. I knew it was going to be rich and malt forward, but DAMN. Roasty and rich, very sweet (almost cloyingly sweet), chocolate and molasses, and something I can only describe as "beer funk". There is some hop bitterness but malt takes a front seat here. There is a slight booziness to it as well.

M = rich and chewy, very heavy

O = My first example of the Doppelbock style, and I can honestly say I don't think I was ready for it. I'll give it another try in the future, perhaps try another example of the style, but for me, this was far too sweet and heavy on the palate.

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Photo of TOMHONE
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If one takes the brewery tour, which is very well arranged, better be able to decipher the German language. I thought the beer was fantastic, Smooth as your typical German brew is but the taste and freshness is second to none. And obviously drinking the beer right out of the storage tanks doesn't get any more fresh. And the food was very good/tasty also.

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Photo of Wobbly
4.86/5  rDev +12.2%

Probably the best example of this style I have ever had. I have tried it on tap in both Germany and the U.S. and the bottled version retains most of the complex set of flavors that make this beer a true world classic. Usually pretty affordable where I live.

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Photo of Kyle_Hanson
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Found in the local Happy Harry's in Fargo, North Dakota. What a surprise!

A: Very dark with not much of a head to speak of; however, poured very gently.
S: Very complex with lots going on. Sweet and delicious smelling.
T: Smooth and deliciously malty with a perfect hop bite. Dark fruit flavor.. figs perhaps?
M: Looks like low viscosity oil, but is very smooth and easy to drink.
O: Amazing. Expensive, but worth every penny as a treat or early birthday present.

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Photo of PaulyB83
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Can see any kinda of bottle date.

Poured into a tulip glass.

A- Looks deep dark brown in the glass until you hold it up to the light to reveal the deeps shade of garnet. Good clarity, two finger light brown head.

S- Pumpernickle and raisins.Maybe a touch a alcohol.

T- Similar to the aroma, pumpernickle, dried dark fruits, a very slight roast, little bit of hop bitterness on the end.

M- On the lighter side of medium, pretty easy drinking really.

O- This is one of my favorite beers and one of the first I had when I got into drinking craft. It has a bit of something to it that is different than all other doppelbocks that I've had. It is very smooth in all aspects and has a nice roasted touch to it. It is certainly the darkest doppelbock I've found. One thing is that I find many doppelbocks have too much of a fruitcake like flavor to me but that is not so with this beer. I try to pick up a single every few months and am lucky enough to live in a city where a few bars get it on draft. Probably my favorite German beer!

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Photo of Cheshire_Crew_Al
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle (4-pack)

A: deep reddish brown, poured into a pint glass, had about 1-2 cm head, only slight lacing

S: strong on the fruity/raisin-like notes

T: Exceedingly smooth, slight hint of bitterness to complement the overarching fruity maltiness notes in the beer

M: slight carbonation

O: Could drink this all day, so, so smooth, exceptional doppelbock, although I am a doppelbock fan

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Photo of Kanger
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Dark. Very Dark Brown (almost black) with a slight amber hue when held up to the light. Got about a one finger head when pouring from a bottle.

Smell - Slight cocoa and spice smell. Hints of raisins and other dark fruits. Malty undertones.

Taste - Many flavors tend to explode off this one. Chocolate, Coffee, Fruitcake, Spice.

Mouthfeel - Surprisingly light considering how the color is dark. The strong flavor does not linger on the palate too long.

Overall - This is my first taste of this beer. I'm impressed with the complexity of flavors. I'm not much a fan of darker beers, but this one I could see myself drinking in the colder months.

Serving type: 11.2 oz bottle

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Photo of Altrurian
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this one at Pigalle on 8th Avenue in New York. After a straightforward pour into an Ayinger pokal, this deep ruby, slightly viscous beer starts out with a one- to two-finger head with a hint of maroon. The head dissipates fairly quickly, with no cling. After the foam disappears, a sweet aroma, redolent of prunes, is released.

The beer's taste is smoky and dark-fruit sweet. The aftertaste is of oak, with the barest whisper of hops and a wafting alcohol volatility. The beer feels satisfyingly thick and smooth on the palate. It's a nice choice for an autumn evening, a few steps this side of a stout.

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Photo of Jas45678
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle into tulip

Pours a dark brown with a inch tan head with decent retention. Smell is sweet with raisins, plums and other dark fruit. Taste is sweet malts, dark brown sugar and some of the dark fruits from the nose. Medium body and carbonation. Overall a great doppelbock.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle from LCBO for $3.55 CDN into a pint glass. Advertised as 6.7% ABV.

Appearance - Dark brown, nearly black, yet a few red / amber hues when the light hits the glass right. 1.5 Fingers of creamy tan head with decent retention and lacing.

Smell - WOW! Dark Fruits, Rum, raisins, cherries topped off by a massive dose of chocolate. The smell is a reminder of all the celebratory times of year and the holidays.

Taste - Nice malty backbone, picking up prune, rum raisin, and some moderate smokiness. Bitter chocolate aftertaste is nice too.

Mouthfeel - Rich but not too creamy, alcohol is very well disguised. If the beer had too much thickness, it would be one that you would have to limit yourself to one or too, because of the richness and heaviness. Instead, you can enjoy many.

Overall - First time trying the style, but this was glorious. A great beer to celebrate with!

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Photo of fourstringer
4.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330 mL bottle into Brewer's Art goblet with a moderate hand. Chilled in the fridge for about 90 minutes. Goat figurine studied and set aside.

A: Very dark amber red. Almost black when viewed straight on. 1 finger of caramel colored head that reduced to a fine layer after approximately 1 minute. Pretty nice.

S: Very sweet. Chocolate. Sugar. Raisins. A bit like Xmas. Not piney Xmas, but spice cake Xmas.

T: Full malty sweetness initially with a gradual fade to a dark chocolate-like light bitterness. Some cherry, raisin, spice. Minimal hop bitterness. Into an empty stomach it provides a nice late-onset warming. Nice spot-on coffee notes.

M: Full bodied. A bit too much carbonation on the first sip, but perfect by mid-way. A little agitation in the mouth renders it delightfully creamy. Leaves a notable stickiness on the lips and tongue, which I could do without.

O: This beer is pretty amazing. Even more so given it adheres to Das Reinheitsgebot. The taste, in particular, just abounds with complexity and really fine coffee/chocolate/dark fruit notes. Having recently had some similarly flavored beers with coffee/chocolate actually added as ingredients, I am surprised how this beer has outperformed them. I will definitely have this on hand at all times headed into the Holiday season. I believe I'll have another.


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Photo of ksimons
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-a dark chestnut brown with a fingers worth of light tan head that leaves a bit of lacing around the top

S-rich sweet malts, with a somewhat sour note to it, molasses, caramel, and raisins

T-Rich malt backbone, caramel, raisins, and lightly roasted coffee

M-medium body, moderate carbonation

Overall a perfect example of a Doppelbock; super malty, bread-like quality and perfect mix of flavors

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Photo of scotorum
3.85/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the 11.2 oz. bottle into an Innis & Gunn flute. The little white plastic horse hanging from the bottle neck is a nice touch.

a: Black with dark ruby clarity when light is shone through. Finger thick tan head dissipated fast to a large spot of surface foam. No lacing to speak of.

s: Mild dark malt.

t: Dark malt/ fruit with a sharp edge. Mildly bitter dark fruit aftertaste. Tasty, but the bitterness detracts from the malt, which should be more prominent than it is here. I could praise its balance, but like in a milk stout, I'm really looking for more malt dominance in a doppelbock.

m: Moderate, lighter than expected. I did not find it to be as rich as the label said it should be. Lots of carbonation which mostly did not show up in the head.

o: A very good, easy drinking doppelbock, but a bit disappointing considering its high rating. Not a favorite I am likely to buy again.

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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 2,293 ratings.