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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

Ayinger Celebrator DoppelbockAyinger Celebrator Doppelbock

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

4,632 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 4632
Reviews: 2176
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.14%


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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Kwak

New Jersey

4.97/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Celebrator Doppelbock
The mocha head had a toffieish malt flavor, it came on strong and stayed their for a
while.
Nice strong body a little oily and almost thick with a bite of spices and an almost warming effect.
The aftertaste was verry dry with a big malty taste

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2002 17:33:25 | More by Kwak
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Viking

Indiana

4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

It's easy to understand why this is the #1 beer on BA (as of 05Nov02). This is one outstanding doppel! Pours to a deep dark reddish-brown, with a thick tan head that I've rarely seen on a lager-style beer. Excellent head retention. Aroma of rich sweet malt, with hints of raisin and toffee, with some faint chocolate notes thrown in for good measure. Rich sweet malty taste, full of toffee and hints of chocolate and raisin. Smooth, chewey, creamy mouthfeel. This beer, truly, is a meal in and of itself!

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2002 14:58:11 | More by Viking
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mjohn27603

Michigan

4.88/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

First, I made sure I bought the single with the goat charm bracelet around the neck. This is like getting a Cracker Jack toy in a beer. Very dark brown in appearance, I couldn't see through the glass when I held it up to the light. Very sweet in aroma reminds me of molasses or brown sugar. First sip - sweet! sweet! Toffee, coffee, molasses. The mouthfeel of mercury (I'm guessing because I've never drank mercury!). I'm picking up a little bit of hops. This is good but I couldn't have more than one or two. Yummy. A bit of roasted aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2002 22:04:44 | More by mjohn27603
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aaronh

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep mahongany, almost black beer that pours with a thick head the color of wet sand. The head retention is great on this beer, and it leaves a very pleasant lace on the glass. The aroma is complex and sweet. Raisin and chocolate scents are most pronounced. The taste is also nicely complex, with malt, bittersweet chocolate and a thick, fruity sweetness predominating. There is a nice bitterness on the finish. The mouthfeel is very smooth, and it coats the tongue nicely. I only purchased one, but I could easily drink a couple. It tastes so good that it is tough to be patient and savor this beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2002 16:57:04 | More by aaronh
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Jon

Illinois

4.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Overrated? I think not. Celebrator pours a deep, dark ruby color with a massive tan head. Leaves nice lace all the way down the glass. The nose is quite diverse with notes of raisins, chocolate, alcohol and a hint of coffee. Notes of sweet maltiness, caramel, chocolate and a nutty flavor reign in the taste department. Mouthfeel is incredibly smooth and creamy. Drinkability is up there with the best of them, as well. A magnificent, world-class beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2002 22:36:45 | More by Jon
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hobbes2112

Texas

4.85/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

After looking at the reviews for weeks, and then the $13.99 price tag for 6 12oz. bottles....I finally tried this wonderful creation. Plain and simple, this is beer at its best. I don't know all the fancy terms...but people before me have described this beer well. Buy this beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2002 18:52:19 | More by hobbes2112
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jackndan

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Celebrator Doppelbock: In a bottle, with a small plastic goat hanging from the neck. Deep ruby/black color, with good clarity when held up to the light. The head was thick and rich, with a deep chocolate brown color. The aroma is strong, of cocoa, and raisons. The taste is rich and very nice, and to my taste, seems like a mix of raisons and sweet chocolates. There was a spicy hop bite, which balances the strong malt tastes. There is a nice chocolate richness in the aftertaste, which makes this a great after dinner beer. Some alcohol warmth. I enjoyed this beer very much, but I am a little taken aback that this fine beer rests at number one. Quite frankly, it wasn’t the best beer I had this weekend.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2002 20:00:50 | More by jackndan
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MaineBeerMan

Maine

4.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Super dark brown color with a big brownish head, held to light reveals ruby red color. Head settled to a ring that left surprisingly little lace.
Unbelievable aroma with lots of caramel maltiness, raisins, figs and molasses smells. One of the best smelling beers I have ever tried.
Big malt flavor, plenty of toasty caramel sweetness, some dark chocolate and light notes of raisins and fig, all balanced out with a nice hop bitterness. Big mouthfeel that matches the flavor, this is a very rich beer that I don't think I could drink a lot of at once.
Finishes rather dry, but even at the end some of the malt sweetness comes through.
A great beer, and I can see why it's currently #1 although it's not my personal ideal beer. This would be a great dessert beer, but it seemed too rich (and too expensive) for everyday drinking.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2002 13:43:56 | More by MaineBeerMan
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boblinneman

Pennsylvania

4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was expecting a sweeter brew while I watched the cascade. Great head! Smell was apparent immediately, although rather one dimentional. Loved the hoppy flavor that followed the initial malty/caramelness. Silky smooth with crispy carbonation. Very drinkable O very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2002 15:25:31 | More by boblinneman
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hyuga

North Carolina

4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very dark brown with a nice tan head topping it off. The head subsides to a thin ring after a while. Huge sweet raisin and plum aroma with a hint of spiciness. Kind of bready. Fig is also present with the other fruits. A taste brings even more pleasure. Hops are noticeable, but stand back and let the malt rush in, which is, again, very sweet and spicy. Massive caramel, slightly toasted, and subtle hopping. Spicy dried fruit in the middle, reminds me a bit of a dubbel. Nice full body. Smooth yet prickly mouthfeel. A bit more than mildly acidic. A slightly metallic flavor in the background, but that fades as it warms. A grain-malty, but surprisingly dry finish. This doppelbock is spicier than its competitors, which I believe is one of the things that makes it better than a lot of them. An excellent brew, one of the kings of its style.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2002 01:01:15 | More by hyuga
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mzwolinski

California

4.88/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

What a huge beer. This is what to give your friends if they think lagers are for sissies.

The beer is black, with just a hint of ruby when backlit. Thick, tan, creamy head.

Wonderful aroma -- reminiscent of bitter dark chocolate, with hints of toffee and fruit -- prunes and fig.

This is a very full-bodied beer. Heavy, sweet malty flavor with more fruit esters and a hint of baked bread. The finish is superb -- slightly hoppy and dry, with a nice aftertaste from the residual sugars.

Really a terrific beer. Best bock I've ever had. The bottle even comes with a little goat toy for the kids. Something for everyone!

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2002 20:20:09 | More by mzwolinski
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cokes

Wisconsin

4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$16.00 per six pack. I'd buy it again tomorrow.
Pours as deep a ruby-orange as possible. Basically black. Large tan head sit royally atop. Glorious.
Heavy bready and dark fruit aromas. Akin to toasted raisins.
Taste starts off somewhat roasted. Almost stout-like. This instantly subsides with the incoming fruity brigade. Figs, grapes, raisins, plums...it is all here. Quite complex. Turns more bready towards the middle, with fresh-baked sweet bread notes. Finish is dried out with a touch of spicy hops...extremely subtle, but very effective.
Moderately thick in the mouth. Not as huge as some, but quite solid, and oh-so-smooth.
Everything besides the price points to drinking this in bulk.
Go ahead and treat yourself to some euphoria.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2002 21:26:16 | More by cokes
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beernut7

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I drained the local liquor store of every other brand and style of beer so I figured I'g give this brew a swing and see what the hype was all about. Pours a deep black with a foamy thick tan head. Aromas of bready and dark German malts. Light chocolate and heavy sweet malt is the initial flavor with a clean syrupy finish. I am not usually a big fan of the style and this bock doesn't really change my opinion. Not bad, but not impressive for the hefty price tag.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2002 16:45:58 | More by beernut7
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TheLongBeachBum

California

4.97/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Saw the reviews so I had to try this. WOW!!!!. It cost me $2.20 a bottle, so I only got One to try. The Label itself is enough to justify the purchase. Poured with a huge browny-fluffy head full of large bubbles. Took a second or two to settle down, but kepts its head to the end. Huge nose, superb malty aromas that reminded me of the air outside when the local Brewery back in England were brewing their Stout. Caramel, small hint of dark chocolate, with soft smooth rounded malty flavors that are very morish. Very dark brown colour with some lucidity. Really full-bodied, with almost a rich toffee, syrupy aftertaste that lasts. This is a very good dark beer, with a deserved reputation. I am getting a 6-pack next time, blow the cost !.
AWESOME !!!!

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2002 21:39:29 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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Dogbrick

Ohio

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

Somehow I managed to find this beer on draught here in Columbus (at the Refectory). There simply cannot be a beer that I will enjoy more than this.

Served at a perfect temperature. Unbelievably easy to drink, with a light smooth malty flavor that was not too sweet. Balanced perfectly by the alcohol ratio. Just a whisper of chocolate in the aroma and flavor as well. Very dark with a medium thick beige head that diminished rather quickly, but who cares, because it was between me and this amazing beer. Now I am working on getting the Celebrator glasses from the restaurant after the beer is out of rotation.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2002 08:28:04 | More by Dogbrick
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allboutbierge

Austria

4.88/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is the ambrosia of the gods. I picture myself sitting on Mt. Olympus with Zeus himself after a long day's work. If this beer was a woman, I would consume it like I desire Aphrodite. It is filling, while at the same time satisfying every sense of taste one possesses. While one might desire another, the filling qualities of this brew makes the second one their last.


5KD approved.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2002 20:23:20 | More by allboutbierge
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beerguy101

California

4.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark brown color, large head.. Very pronounced sweet malts. Rich very full taste, expansive. Full bodied. Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy and rich. Hop taste is very subtle, nicely offsets the intense malts. Nearly syrupy. Finish is dry. Aftertaste is malty and rich. Exceptional. Sensational beer. Hall of Fame!!

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2002 17:07:05 | More by beerguy101
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Mick

New Jersey

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

This is the Mercedes Benz of Dopplebocks. Truly an outstanding beer. An alluring brown/tan/mocha color that invites the upper lip to investigate it a little further. A noseful of the caramel/cocoa aroma that these types are lusted for. Great taste that is synonymous with the scent, only amplified. It holds a bold presence as its body commands and navigates it's way past you palate and around your tongue.
Superb!

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2002 12:26:46 | More by Mick
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putnam

Michigan

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

What an intense noseful of beer! Classic "American" roast coffee with great beans to start with. Some really slow-ripening, high-elevation little coffee cherries roasted to dark tan perfection...still with all of their plant flavors: fruit, tartness and caramel...and that's the nose. The flavors are very sound, if a somewhat compressed version of what the nose offers. Sweet horse manure appears on the the re-whiff. Chamise texture. Pillowy and light. The finish is medium in length and simplifies as it goes. A beer to contemplate.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2002 15:46:13 | More by putnam
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proc

Michigan

4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Excellent. The aroma alone with its scent of choclolate and coffee is outstanding. This beer truly has a mouthfeel to it. It not quite right to describe it as "thick", but it has a substantial presence. A wonderful beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2002 06:21:39 | More by proc
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Jdiddy

Rhode Island

3.9/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This baby is dark, dark, dark! It has the appearance of molasses. Initial taste of malt with a hint of spice. I definitely could not drink too many but this would be great on a cold winters night.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2002 05:18:10 | More by Jdiddy
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bditty187

Nebraska

4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lively black hue, opaque with a foamy tan head, fair retention, no lace. The nose is complex, spicy alcohol was noticeable as was sweet chocolate, licorice, and roasted malt. Rather powerful. Warm on the tongue with lovely intricate flavors that matches the aroma... plenty of licorice and roasted malts, the alcohol is noticeable as well. It is a very smooth drink, low carbonation, full-bodied. A hearty delight!

This is the best Doppelbock... I’d highly recommend enjoying one of these... it's Fantastic!!

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2002 09:36:29 | More by bditty187
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ryanocerus

Iowa

4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I thought this was a very drinkable beer. It poured a very dark brown with very thick head, which ups the appearance. The chocolate malt aroma carried through into the flavor. An excellent doppelbock.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2002 09:59:10 | More by ryanocerus
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jreitman

California

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really dark brown with a tan head. Very interesting and complex aroma profile. Malty with no significant trace of bitterness. Caramel and chocolate flavors are the most pronounced with a subtle roasted coffee flavor lying underneath. Very good mouthfeel with a pretty complex flavor profile. Truly a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2002 18:39:37 | More by jreitman
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BitteBier

Indiana

4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours with uniform darkness and compact head that lingers longer than expected, though not for too long. Smell (toffee et al.) is exceptional and complex, and the taste is even more complex. Flavors are numerous but well-balanced. While this is a characteristically heavy beer, I found myself saying "one more drink" (over and over) just to decode what is so wonderful about it. To date, this is my single favorite beer. One more drink...

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2002 19:39:25 | More by BitteBier
Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 4,632 ratings.