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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

Ayinger Celebrator DoppelbockAyinger Celebrator Doppelbock

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

4,604 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4604
Reviews: 2174
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 10.11%


Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2001)
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Ellbert

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Appearance: It poured a very deep Ruby Red color. Looks almost black. It had a huge beautiful head that lasted a while. it settled to a thin layer of foam with a beautiful lace.

Smell: Sweet with a little spiciness and hops. There is a musty smell to it that isn't that pleasant.

Taste: There is some prune flavor in there. A lot of malty sweetness with a little bit of a hop bite. Alcohol is present even though it is only 6.7

Mouthfeel: Very thick and meaty. Very nice carbonation. As mentioned by many, you almost need a knife and fork with this beer.

Drinkability: Very thick and full. Probably would not be able to have more than two of these per setting.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2003 03:37:38 | More by Ellbert
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gnaussea

California

4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours just beautifully with a fully retentive tan head floating above a very dark, but fairly clear body. Smells of roasted caramel malts, a bit of banana, and subtle, fruity nuances. The taste is a bit more roasted, with the malt not quite as strong. Molasses is prominent. Bold, but not overpowering. Very complex flavor with many subtle, indistinguishable flavors that produce more a general feel than they do individual qualities. The hops are present but underlining, and I think are a unique blend that provides the fruity flavor. The mouthfeel is simply perfect. Carbonated to give a nice, happy kick, but not vigorous. The only criticism I can give this beer is that it does not provide the bocky wheat flavor. A wonderful brew. I dont generally care for Ayingers but this is definitely among my favorite beers.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2003 05:53:07 | More by gnaussea
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smitty1080

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out dark and lucious with a thick head packed tight with tiny bubbles. The aroma is dominated with fruit and chocolate. The taste is ruled by sweet and smooth malt. Low carbonation adds to the velvety smooth mouthfeel. The finish is tart and sticky.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2003 13:40:05 | More by smitty1080
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alexgash

Connecticut

4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark amber/brown body with a light brown head. Smell is quite complex: smoky brown sugar malts, tart raisins, wine, and a hint of alcohol. What a lager. Taste starts mildly sweet, with a rich, oaky character. Hints of smoke. Finish is yeasty and bitter. This is a big beer, creamy, but not too syrupy.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2003 01:37:34 | More by alexgash
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xgrigorix

Michigan

4.55/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thirty three cl brown bottle, no dates.

Dark brown with glowing ruby red highlights. Tan coloured head - sounds intense - like its going to jump out of the glass to get me!

Nose is filled with chocolate, molasses, & dried fruit.

Coffee, chocolate, molasses, some breadiness (kind of like brown bread), all meld together and give way to the perfect amount of bittering hops. This bitterness rushes in & deftly cuts off all the sweetness from up front. Finishes dry, with a lingering rast flavour, & a hint of fig newton cookies (wihtout all the sugar). Thick & rich, moderate carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2003 16:16:51 | More by xgrigorix
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granger10

Wisconsin

3.65/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one did not live up to its hype by my standards. My friends who had this obsessed about how great it was and this site has it at something like 4 or 5 on the top beer list. But, to my dismay, this was simply a little above average. Dark with a very, very small head. Might this have been sitting on the shelves for too long? Anyways the flavor was strong and there was a very chewy thick mouthfeel to the beer that didn't completely appeal to me. A strong malt flavor came but this beer was never sweet. All around it was good, but not up to the hype it's recieved.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2003 01:09:51 | More by granger10
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RBorsato

Virginia

5/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark brown/mahogany (almost black) with a full creamy tan-light brown head, decent carbonation, and clumpy lace. Big malty aroma -- coffeeish and almost chocolatey. Big malty coffee-ish flavor dominates with dark fruitiness noticeable. Full bodied, rich and creamy.

The Standard in Doppelbocks !! Awesome and Pure Bliss !! Unlike many expensive beers, this one is worth the price...

Label states: Finest Bavarian Double Bock Beer

($3.99 / 11.2 oz. / 330 ml)

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2003 19:49:01 | More by RBorsato
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Darkale

Virginia

4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Deep sweet aroma. Rich and fruity, with a hint of hops. Smells like you are sitting next to the world's largest, ripest plum.

Immense head with rampant lacing. Head refuses to die. It just sits there, daring you to get to the beer.

Chewy, foamy, slick and sweet in the mouth. Chocolate and cocoa and coffee and caramel, along with the aforementioned plum and raisin tastes. Low and toasty, it circles your mouth, burning slightly and making you say, Oh.... Ah...

I last had this about five years ago. Since then, I have tried dozens and dozens of different beers. I have wondered for quite a while if this beer would be truly as good as I remembered it.

It is. Magnificent.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2003 15:41:27 | More by Darkale
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Mustard

District of Columbia

3.98/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 11.2oz. brown bottle; no "bottled on" or "best before" warning, despite the small, plastic goat danding on the neck; purchased as a stray single from the Westwood Whole Foods for $2.29; front label depicts a six-foot beer breaking up a hoof to hoof battle between two goats.

Appearance: Pours a dark, dark, fudge brown; fat, cocoa-tinged brown; d-cup's worth of lacing; very good head retention.

Aroma: Somewhat mildly of molasses and carmelized brown sugar.

Taste: Thick, toasted malt profile upfront and throughout; strong notes of black bread, dark fruits, molasses and brown sugar; a subtle hop bitterness balances things out in the finish; hints of graham crackers and butter; not half as sweet as one might imagine; full bodied with a smooth, chewy mouthfeel.

Notes: Probably the most complex doppelbock these lips have ever sampled, though I'm not entirely sure that adds up to its being the best.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2003 08:38:21 | More by Mustard
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Admiraldinty

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark ruby with a bigy, frothy tan head that lasts until the end.

Malty, burnt caramel nose, some molasses I think.

Chewy malt with a sharp hop bitterness that burns a little on the way down. A little bit of fruit. The taste kind of dies right at the end and does not leave much. I was a little disappointed in this regard.

Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel, and rather full-bodied.

This is a great doppelbock, but it seems rather overrated. I actually prefer the Paulaner Salvator myself, as it offers more in the way of flavor. The Celebrator had a nice start, but no real finish.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2003 02:10:00 | More by Admiraldinty
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RoyalT

Ohio

4.7/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance – The head came up, lasted and laced, but the body is the story here. This is that deep, dark, rich color that all good Doppelbocks possess.

Smell – The darl malt, bready yeast aroma is here in spades. There’s also a deep molasses scent that fills the room. Some loose fruits and a scent of alcohol complete the package.

Taste – This is monstrous. The molasses comes out in force, laced with brown sugar and alcohol along with deep, roasted, mature yeast flavors.

Mouthfeel – This is a bit bigger than medium-bodied and very bitter from the unsulphored molasses flavors. It has a lingering aftertaste, which seems to be a trademark of the style.

Drinkability – This is a terrific representation of the style. It is more complex than most and is a real treat.

Update – I have this occasionally and decided to review it for 2004. This really is a big, complex example of the style and I guarantee will top the list of any blind DB tasting.

Update – I cellared a 2004 vintage and popped it in the spring of ’06. The body held up well but was right on the edge of being spent. The molasses matured times two and the overall mouthfeel was incredibly smooth. It was sweeter than the style standard after being laid down for two years but boy was this some fun to drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2003 03:15:13 | More by RoyalT
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cerevisiaephilus

Michigan

3.93/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the three big Munich Doppelbocks commonly availible in the states, this is my least favorite. I'm not quite sure this beer is very true to the Doppelbock style as it is very dark, almost black, and has a bit of a dark malt (chocolate/black patent) or roasted barley flavor to it which is not what I look for in a Doppelbock. I'm not saying this beer is all bad, the smooth Munich malt taste of a good Doppelbock still dominates, but it is just a bit much for my tastes.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2003 17:48:43 | More by cerevisiaephilus
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moulefrite

Massachusetts

4.9/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Man-O-Shevitz this beer is deeeelicious! I'm skipping dinner as I'm having it now! No kiddding! The color of this brew is subtley dark, complex in color with orange, red and deep brown intermingling. Aromatics are heavenly and hint at the best chocolate-bitter in the most elegant fashion. The taste is all over the place-black licorice, Bittersweet chocolate, mocha, sweet malt, espresso-this is a meal. A highly satisfying drink that I can honestly say rates up there with some of the best things ever to slip across my tongue. It is good to be alive! I'll have another, turn on some Red Garland, and call it a night. Wow!! You have to go find this beer tonight!

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2003 01:37:24 | More by moulefrite
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Brian700

Michigan

4.22/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great dark brew. Looks like a gourmet coffee in a beer. Pours a shiny black with tan head. It smells toasty and chocolatey with a mild fruit aroma. The taste follows suit. Toasted, chocolate, malt, mild fruit esters, and coffee as well. Carbonation is good. Just right I think. Good mouthfeel. Very drinkable. I like this one a lot.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2003 07:25:07 | More by Brian700
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.78/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2003 17:02:55 | More by Gueuzedude
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SilentSabre

North Dakota

4.72/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is quite a wonderful beer indeed! If you like powerful tasting darks, then I highly recommend this one. This one has a robust but nice smell, and the malt leaves a prominent chocolate taste in the mouth.The appearance is almost like coffee. (Which is good if you're a fan of darks.) Just a great beer with a wonderful mouth feel and great taste for those who really like the fairly strong to quite strong darks.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2003 06:49:56 | More by SilentSabre
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Mitchster

Michigan

4.22/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out to a clear, dark moahogany in color, forming a whipped light tan head with OK retention and lacing with a strong pour. Carbonation is mild to moderate. Aroma is redolant with dates, prunes, a hint of brown bananas and strawberries, walnuts, vanilla, and dark caramel. The aroma tends to leave me with less of an impression after the initial mouthfull. Mouthfeel is somewhat spritzy, with a thinner body than expected for a dopplebock. Taste begins with a clean, yet unmistakeable lager ferment with characteristics of Wyeast 2206 Bavarian Lager yeast, followed by dark fruits as described above, balanced by a mild, yet distinct German Noble hop flavor, a suggestion of alcohol towards the end contributing towards the lightly dry, toasty, and nutty finish. Sweet, but not overly so. Molasses comes out as it warms up, making this brew more complex and enjoyable.

An excellent German Dopplebock...one of the standards of the style along with Optimator, Bajuvator, Korbinian and Salvator. This one has a more perfumy head with darker malt accents and lower carbonation than it's colleagues.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2003 21:49:26 | More by Mitchster
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SeanChouffe

New Mexico

4.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Deep red with little carbonation. The head was brown and diminished quickly, but the lace was resilient and long lasting. The smell was of malt and raisins. The taste was well balanced and complex: sweet like caramel and cherries, yet with a dry finish. The mouth feel was exceptional: a long lasting effervescence that rolls off the back of the tongue, and is smooth.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2003 05:03:56 | More by SeanChouffe
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ADR

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Pilsner glass, just for a change. Cinnamon brown with a yellowish small-bubbled head. Thick ropes for lacing. Nice spicy and malty aroma, deep buttery toffee with a dash of nutmeg. Velvety smooth, flavor of toffee and a peanut brittle huskiness. Body thickens mid mouth and just a touch of peppery hop balances the finish. Very pleasant, not beefy like some (Sam Adams) Doppelbocks can get. Distinctive nutty yeast qualities. Lots of rewarding aftertaste. Yes, this is a very well done Doppel, but if its a little pricey, I'd recommend midwesterners lay in a stock of the somewhat similar but even silkier Capital Autumnal Fire...

Source: Liquid Solutions

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2003 17:31:30 | More by ADR
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Boilermaker88

California

3.1/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this up based on my goal of trying all 50 Top Beers. Not sure what all the fuss is about....
Poured a dark-cherry tinged, black color with a quick-fading tan head.
Smell was fruity sweet - raisins, dates, plums - over a big malt base. Also some caramel toffee and maybe a hint of coffee.
Taste was complex. Again, sweet with plums, raisins, etc and toffee notes over a malt base. Alcohol bite in the finish but not bad. Still, I was expecting something more that would really get me excited about the beer. It never happened.
Feel was syrupy, slick and on the heavy side of medium-bodied.
For drinkability, I can't say I'd be searching for this beer again soon. It didn't appeal to my palate. Not sure what all the hype and high marks are for, but then that means I won't be taking any away from those who enjoy it.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2003 23:20:01 | More by Boilermaker88
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grynder33

Wisconsin

4.6/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a solid brownish color with a quick disappearing head. Sweet currant like aroma lofted up from the glass. The first taste was plum drenched malt, one of the most satisfying first sips I've expierenced. This mix did not seem to diminish the entire glass. It just lacked a certain smoothness, or else it would have been perfect marks up and down. I wouldn't have more than a couple of these at a sitting, but its become my second favorite beer in the world.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2003 23:07:53 | More by grynder33
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lackenhauser

Maryland

4.95/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of my all time favorites.Pours a muddy red color with little head and carbonation.The aroma screams malt with a hint of alchohol.The aroma is backed up by the taste of malt with just a slight bitterness and warming.Makes my mouth happy-I could drink this one all night.I thought it was a lot higher in alchohol then it says so its nice to have one on the lighter side that still smells and tastes like a much "bigger" beer.And the goat around the neck is a nice,classic touch.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2003 16:03:47 | More by lackenhauser
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freed

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I may have picked the wrong time to have this, but I wanted malt. The room is probably 90F, and the beer is rapidly approaching that.

Standard 12 oz. bottle with a cool charm. No wonder the beer is $3.50/bottle. Nice deep umber though quite clear. Even finishes without sediment. Aroma is sweet, smokey, and malty. A big malt wave fills my mouth at first sip, warm and sweet. No trace of hops in the aroma, nor as a finishing on the beer. The aftertaste is almost alcoholic, and cereal. This is a wonderful beer, but it was a poor choice for a hot night.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2003 07:29:07 | More by freed
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frank4sail

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweet chocolate malt smell. Deep dark purple almost opeque look. Rich thick 2 and 1/2 inch lasting head. Light brown sticky head. Medium smoothish mouth. Original sweet caramel/chocolate malt taste followed quickly by a bitter almost sour finish. The tongue is left bitter and dry with a touch of metalic taste. Good but not as drinkable as I thought it would be....

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2003 02:01:34 | More by frank4sail
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dwarbi

New York

4.65/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a lovely khaki head that settles itself into a comfortable film for the duration of its existence. The beer is the color of cherry-stained wood. Determined lacing. A very inviting beer. Nutty, semi-sweet aroma. Fantastic roasted coffee taste. Some burnt toffee. Feels nice in the mouth. Chalky yet rounded.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2003 01:09:59 | More by dwarbi
Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
97 out of 100 based on 4,604 ratings.