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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Germany | website

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2001

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Photo of Foxman
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a deep, dark chocolte brown with glinting ruby flashes. A prompt two fingers of light brown head disappears almost as quickly as it comes. There's shortlived dotty lacing.

First whiff gives roasted malt bearing a hint of sweetness, but rather more of the toasted grain and a note of coffee. A caramel presence makes a solid impression. The thick malt air holds sway until the finish.

Dense malt character dominates the initial flavor, but with notably subdued sweetness. A gentle berry notes slips in, then out, almost before you can identify it. Caramel greets the palate in the middle, then glides into a dark roasted coffee aura with a mild finishing bitterness. It's all malt, but it's also spirited and multi-dimensional.

Medium bodied, the generous malt presence generates a light syrupy sensation in the mouth. It slides slowly away from the palate.

This is the best of a very barleyed world, at least for me this evening; a muscular assertion of malt with blissfully understated malt sweetness. The various aspects of the malt flavors give it a full and impressive image. The mutiple levels keep it interesting. At the risk of sounding sexist, this is a manly beer, leathery and earthen, with body and confidence to spare. Just one could never be enough, and a few, or even more, could never be boring. Each one is something to look forward to.

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Photo of Dubblebock
4.46/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Celebrator Doppelbock is one of those rare standard-bearer brews, a recognized and respected classic of it's particular style. I love these big, malty, hearty, German brews. The bottle comes with this cool little plastic ram tied around the neck, a really classy touch.

Celebrator poured exceptionally well. The head was frothy and at least 3/4 of an inch thick. It took a few minutes to reside, but it never quite completely dissolved, staying around as a thin layer of foam floating on top of the liquid. This is the black hole of beers, so deep and rich that light cannot escape. Absolutely wonderful. The nose was good, too, although not as heavy as I had expected based on the raw appearance of the beer.

The taste was pure bliss. Chocolate malts hit my taste buds immediately, followed by a warm rush of alcohol. This is one rich and inviting doppelbock. Very complex, too. Hints of almonds appear in the taste, followed by a semi-sweet cocoa bitterness. Freakin' fantastic.

The Celebrator finished up smooth and warming. The aftertaste was smooth and clean. Exceptional mouthfeel. The carbonation was perfect.

The Celebrator is certainly a world-class doppelbock. I was glad that I picked this up on my weekend beer run. Although I didn't have this sample with food, I could easily recommend any type of beef dish as a food compliment. It would be a welcome addition at my table if I were serving steaks or pot roast.

Get it if you see it.

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Photo of Indybeer
4.73/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz bottle. Poured a deep dark mahogany with a massive head that stuck around. Lots of lacing left behind when the head finally receded. Aroma is slightly malty and spicy but not overly so, making me think that the taste would be muted also. However the taste is exceptional. very malty, thick and chewy with a creamy smooth feeling as it goes down. I could drink these all night!

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Photo of stewart124
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a very dark mahogany color with a huge foamy tan head taht lasts. The smell is a rich blend of roasted malts and a slight hint of chocolate. Very smooth body with with a creamy feel. There are rich flavors of sweet chocolate, carmel, and traces of molasses. Hops are slightly present and a nice medium carbonation.The aftertaste is a dry burnt flavor.
This is a very nice beer and I didn't want the bottle end. Another plus to the beer is that it comes with a little plastic ram. Outstanding!

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Photo of Hex92
4.07/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Big foamy head when poured, but no lacing. Very dark with maybe a hint of red if you hold it up to the light. A little flat so the mouthfeel is not as good. But it has a great flavor. For some reason it has always reminded me of those root beer candies that are shaped like a mini keg. This is a good beer. But when you break it down into these categories it seems like the ranking is lower than it should be. Maybe its a case of the whole is better than the sum of its parts.

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Photo of WesWes
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a deep brown color with a thick tan head that eventually fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It is full of black and roasted malts; very malty. It has a creamy scent with hints of chocolate and nuts. The taste is also great. It goes down smooth with a dry, yet creamy finish. It has chocolately, roasted nut flavor that is very nice. This is the best Doppelbock I've ever had. The mouthfeel is good. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This beer drinks very well. It has tremendous flavor; simply a fine beer. This is one that I will buy again.

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Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

One sentence review: Dopplebock Plus.

Pours a dark, dark ruby with a big brown head. Lacy head as it goes. Smell is extremely malty and nutty.

Taste is very malty and nutty. I mean, it's everywhere on the palate. Rich. Sticky and chewy. Big bodied beer and really, really tasty. If you have ever had another dopplebock, increase all the flavors by equal amounts 25% and this is what you will come up with. Smooth but a real sipping brew for me, not for sessions. The King of Dopplebocks.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I did make one mistake when sampling this bottle in that I probably served it a bit too warm, thereby not allowing the changes in flavor and aroma to be experieced by me (which others have noted).
Having said that...
Aroma is a slightly grainy sweet rich dark malt. Very nice.
Boy beer upon opening. Pours with excessive head (3 to 4 inches). Dark brown, red hues. Clear. Lacing and rings after each drink.
Sweet dark heavy caramel, cloy without excess and only a slight malt bite.
Unbelievably smooth. Feel of alcohol warmth in stomach.
Feel is so outstanding for a heavy dark lager.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.02/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the tap this pours a very deep dark brown ruby red color. Wonderful off-white head. Great thing about it was that it is being served to me in proper glass. Smells of dark bread. Tastes like a very dark, roasted almost burnt malt, however it is so smooth. How can this be? Looking at it you would expect bitter and harsh, but this is not true. Good mouthfeel. This is a very good beer, but it really isn't my style. I can and will respect this for what it is, a great dopplebock. I couldn't drink many of these, but if it is on tap, I am compelled to have one, if nothing else, than for the glass.

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Photo of UnionMade
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

OldCrustacean brought a couple bottles over. Very much appreciated!
The beer pours a murky umber, almost black, topped with a thick tan foam that reaches out of the glass. A bit hazy, shining a deep mahogany through light. The head settles into a thin covering over the beer, with a healthy thicker dollop in the middle, keeping stubbornly all the way through. Not much in the way of lacing, but I'm not complaining.
The aroma is powerfully malty, oddly soft and gentle for such a big beer. Very refined, with a stagnant black coffee aroma and some mocha. Rather fruity, with some raisin, red grape and fig, conveying a slightly vinous character. A bit woody and leathery, with some caramel quality coming through as it warms. Very clean, despite the fruitiness.
The flavor starts with a powerful fist of chocolate laced coffee, drizzled with molten caramel. A silken smoothness carries the beer, with assertive, yet soft carbonation. Fig and raisin fruitiness peeks through the malt, providing a vinous feel, with hints of red grape, raspberry, and plum. An earthen leathery quality comes through towards the finish, probably from the hops, with slight herbal hop flavor into the finish, providing only slight bitterness. A whiff of alcohol breezes into the sinuses on the swallow, leaving you with a bit of warmth in the stomach. A raisiny mocha aftertaste lingers on the side of the tongue for quite a while, leaving you wanting more.
Truly a legendary beer. This is easily one of my favorites, and it's always a treat to drink. My tastebuds scream for mercy after one, so i can't take too many, not to mention the alcohol sneaks up on you through the smoothness. I prefer the tap version a little more, but it's rather difficult to find. Definitely a winner any way you can get it.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

pours with a simply massive foamy tan head. the head lasts and lasts (and lasts) too. a nice little bonus. body is a nice brown colour with hints of amber. smells of berries (cherry and grape, perhaps) and malt throughout. almost a bit of a sour (not bad)smell here with hints of licorice and perhaps carrots (?). whatever it is, it smells good, but a tad off. taste is a creamier version of the smell. full bodied and smooth with a touch of caramel added with malt all over the place. the problem is, while the flavour is nice, i can't escape that cooked carrot/slightly 'off' characteristic that was in the smell. it's here in the taste as well and hinders what could be an awesome brew. still very good and drinkable, but i prefer something more along the lines of the SA double bock, which, whilst not as complex or bold as the celebrator, i think it's a better balanced brew. you've got to try the celebrator at least once and it is definitely worth your while (and cash) but while this is an excellent example of the style, i've had doppelbocks i enjoy more than this one.

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

I finally get a shot at trying a real German Dopplebock. No head stuck around to evaluate but the wonderful chocolate color was a beautiful sight in itself and as it turned out it matched the beer as well. Aroma was light and all malt with notes of chocolate. The taste was initially a smooth nutty buscuit that finishes with strong chocolate overtones. It's the same kind of chocolaty taste you get from Anchor Porter except this one was more like having a piece of dark chocolate cake in a glass. Mouthfeel was thick and rich and in fact it was so rich and thick I would not want to have more than one of these at a time but I enjoyed this one so much I gave it good drinkability marks. I would definitely have this again if I can find it again. It is hard to find as I've been looking for this for a long time and I finally came across it about 400 miles from home. If this one is readily available to you, consider yourself lucky.

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Photo of Hagbard
4.15/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours dark, almost black, from its bottle with the little goat figurine hanging on it. The goat is now hanging from one of my cabinets in the kitchen. A nice large white head forms after a standard pour, but fades after a minute or so. Light seeps into the bottom of the glass, making the bottom look a little lighter than the middle and upper parts. Very nice! The aroma is big malty sweetness with a bit of dark dried fruits thrown in. The taste is huge malt right out out of the gate. Yeast and bready flavors begin to hit the tongue almost immediately. As it sits on the tongue, the dried fruits from the aroma make an appearance. The aftertaste is a nice mix of malt and bread. It feels very full in your mouth, the heavy carbonation level tickles the roof of your mouth. I found it very smooth. It was nice and drinkable for the first half of the pint, but I found myself struggling to finish the final quarter of it. I found the malt flavors began to pound all the other flavors into submission and it became a little overpowering and overwhelming. It seems like I would only want one of these in a sitting, but I thoroughly enjoyed it and I will definitely explore this one further.

This was my first experience with a doppelbock and I chose a good one. It tasted like an extremely malted porter or stout. I'll be exploring this style further.

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Photo of HiroProtagonist
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330 ml bottle claiming it contains the "finest Bavarian double bock beer", and displays an illustration of two goats getting frisky with a helpless glass of beer. Upon pouring, an ample tan head formed on the blackish liquid, and soon settled into a thin blanket of foam, leaving fine lacing in its wake. When the beer was held up to a small lamp, the color is a deep and seductive ruby, like a dark red wine. This one was a sniffer, with an upfront nose of dark roasted malts, with perky and clean accents of ripe plantains and turkish coffee. Fantastic and well-defined character! The beer tasted delicioius as well. It started with a suprisingly bittersweet roasty malt wallop, and was soon joined by flavors of raisins, dark bitter chocolate, and coffee, with faint suggestions of cherry. The finish was fairly dry, with chocolate and cherry flavors lingering. I was highly impressed by the everything but the mouthfeel, which I felt could was just a little too thin. This problem is insigificant however, compared with its exceptional beauty, and the characteristics of smell/taste. After experiencing this dopplebock, I am not inclined to argue with the claim on the bottle.

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Photo of Mangus
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark body with a nice thick off-white head. The head slowly settles to a fine thin layer.

Smells nice and malty (I'm partial to the malty side of beers) and I can really smell that barley wort aroma. Sweet and fruity as well.

Nice sweet malt flavor with a slight drying finish. Certainly has that German beer taste. What is that? It leaves a smooth lingering smoothness that makes me reach for the next sip. High quality brew here.

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Photo of wsouloa
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Celebrator is definitely a great beer. It is a very dark, almost black color. It provides a good head and the smell of this beer is really something special. The aroma of chocolate is detectable as well as a very malty smell. This is a thick beer but not overpowering. It is not highly carbonated and goes down smooth. The flavors of chocolate and coffee are evident. Despite its thick body, it goes down smooth. I had a few of these during Christmas dinner and afterward. A few people have said it has gone well with meats but I would also suggest it with goose which is what I had for Christmas this year. It turned out to be a good combination.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a big tan head that left a solid lacing as it faded to a thin film. The beer is black in color and had a cola colored glow when lit. Smells of sweet malt, raisins, and toffee. The taste was smooth and clean with hints of sweet roasted malt. The mellow flavor reminded me of oatmeal stout. All in all a solid beer.

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Photo of beergeek279
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a nonic pint glass, at the Sharp Edge Creekhouse. The color was black, with a wispy beige head. The smell was slightly malt sweet. The taste was a very well-balanced sweet malt, with no alcohol present in the taste. Mouthfeel was nice and thick. Drinkability-wise, I could definitely have quite a few of these.

A fantastic dopplebock, and between this and Salvator, the best examples of the style out there. I'm just sorry that I missed it this long, but now that I'm in the know, I'll certainly have this one again!

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Photo of TinusTime
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark chestnut brown with a light off white fluffy head. Smells malty with a bit of raisiny fruit. Taste is massive sweet malt and then more malt. Nice dark sweet bread flavours with just enough hops to keep this beer from slipping into the abyss. Mouthfeel is smooth and big. Drinkability is quite good too even though the beer is at 6.8 ABV. Goes great with roasted meats or some nice smoked wurst and red cabbage. One of the classic Dopplebocks.. A huge beer in a little 12 oz bottle. A staple in my beer fridge.

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

Pours a mahogany brown with a tall, tight fluff tan colored head. The beer smells of dark caramelized raisins, plums and other sweet fruits. the mouthfeel is rich, milky smooth that glides past the tongue like liquid silk. The taste is rich, sweet, malty, like a wicked cheesecake after a big meal. This is a big heavy beer that demands to be sipped and enjoyed; no guzzling this one. The finish is a dry sweet one that lingers on the edge of the tounge. Great beer

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Photo of byrd
4.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Large fizzy light brown head. Very dark brown in color with garnet highlights. The head becomes frothy and recedes slowly. The lace becomes thick on the surface. Marvelous aroma of dark fruits and sweet molasses. Smooth almost silky medium to full mouthfeel with a soft carbonation. Lots of dark fruit malty flavors – plums raisins, fig. Chocolate notes and coffee notes come through in the finish with a slight hop presence at the very end. Wonderfully easy drinking brew that easily lives up to its reputation. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of Shaw
3.8/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a bottle of Celebrator several years ago, before I was versed in double bocks, and thought it was too extreme. After sampling more of the style, I felt ready to try it again, especially after reading all the raves here on BeerAdvocate.

It looks just like it should, very dark with a nice foamy head. It smells of malt, malt and malt, The taste is good, but just a little lighter than I was expecting. This is really picking nits, but I found Primator's Double Bock to be better (namely sweeter) which is why I've only given the taste a 3.5 instead of 4. But that is very subjective.

It has a good mouthfeel: super-smooth and glassy.

Celebrator is a good choice. But I feel it stands almost equally with the other double bocks I've reviewed. I'm beginning to think that double bocks are like porter: hard to mess up. The differences between them come down to personal preference. Enjoy it along with Optimator and Primator. And I look forward to trying more of this great style.

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured dark amber brown. The head was off-white, almost tan, and lasted to lace the glass.

The aromas were chocolate, raisins, dark fruits, and sweet caramel malt. A very complex aroma profile.

The flavor was chocolate and raisin well balanced within the malt sweetness. The flavor, like the aroma, was complex.

The finish was dry chocolate. The body was medium.

11.2 ounce bottle. (Which had been in the beer fridge for quite some time stored cold but had no freshness dating information.)

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Photo of jtfest
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark with reddish highlights, brown creamy head. Strong, bold malt aroma. One sip and you know you have a prize. Creamy mouthfeel and a roasted, almost chocolate flavor. Nicely carbonated and very drinkable for the style. Something tells me I may one day have an entire herd of little plastic goats ...

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Photo of BeerResearcher
4.47/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a tar black with a smallish beige head and a bit of sticky lace. Aromas of dark chocolate, licorice, coffee and slight alcohol fuminess lasts a god long time. A heavy, almost oily malt body is home to many rich flavors and tastes. Strong coffee, chocolate and fresh rye bread-like tastes are upfront. Tastes of licorice, orange zest, toffee and nice alcohol finish get together very nicely. As it warms a taste of prunes develops. This is one satisfying brew!

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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 2,369 ratings.