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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

Ayinger Celebrator DoppelbockAyinger Celebrator Doppelbock

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4,611 Ratings

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Ratings: 4611
Reviews: 2174
rAvg: 4.35
pDev: 10.11%

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

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2001)
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Photo of Richardbeerlover


4.14/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very nice head. Almost pitch black. Nice lacing. Vibrant smell of sweet raisin and malts. Great sweetness with raisin and chocolate malt flavor. Faint alcohol finish. This is true liquid food! Taste gets thinner after each gulp. Twirling the beer in the glass the beer resembles jelly. Very thick looking but does not taste thick. Great beer!

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 01:04:29 | More by Richardbeerlover
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Quebec (Canada)

4.36/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark cola color with a half-inch tan head that settles to a film with a ring around the glass. Good retention; nice, even lacing.

Roasted malts, oats, coffee, and toffee. Very nice, very simple, very sweet.

Nutty and nicely browned. Oats, burnt malt (on the cusp of being bitter), and some nuts.

Dry and coating with a touch of stickiness. Good carbonation and a tingly, creamy mouthfeel. Medium-full body.

Really good doppelbock.
This might not be the best doppelbock I have had but it is certainly one of them. The beer is much more subtle than Korbinian is on the whole, and is right on the mellow side of the spectrum of dark bocks (as I see it).
This is a mellow but filling beer, and is worth trying.
Would have again; worth trying if you have access to it.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 03:09:31 | More by TheDoctor
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4.06/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very dark brown in color and only when held up to light can you tell that light will make it through. A thin wisp of dark beige head covers most of the top of the brew. Very active carbonation within. Aroma is very rich dark malt (think dark brown bread). Mouth is thick,creamy,and a bit sticky. Flavor is heavily weighted with dark malt that lingers well into the fade.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 04:45:18 | More by Franziskaner
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4.95/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 20:39:42 | More by Andynator
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4.74/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 01:14:04 | More by WunderLlama
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4.26/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2013 04:02:04 | More by ThickNStout
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4.68/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2013 23:27:26 | More by microbrewlover
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4.85/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 06:40:22 | More by anarchia
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4.33/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 21:45:37 | More by tmm313
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4.5/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2013 22:50:44 | More by JMScowcroft
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4.25/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2013 20:20:42 | More by zookerman182
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4.43/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2013 02:12:18 | More by kaplunk02
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3.56/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2013 09:26:41 | More by TheAlamoWrocker
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4.16/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2013 03:07:03 | More by andrewjraab
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4.95/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 08:30:26 | More by jb510
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3.88/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Thanx Lynn (and a shout out to CurtfromHershey for the recommendation):

Into a pilsener:

A: black/brown colored body with a slim half finger white foamy head that quickly dies and barely leaves any lacing

S: roasty rich maltiness, light chocolate, and a little bit of molasses, some toffee is noted as it warms a bit

T: mainly sweet - malty sweet that is, malty aftertaste, dry finish

M: medium, kinda sessionable, carbonation is felt - kinda sharp (but honestly I don't do as many doppelbocks so I'm unsure how close to the style as it should be)

O: dessert in a bottle, I picked the right time of the day to have this and the right time of the year to make the moment perfect, I'm glad I tried it and I would have this again

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 05:43:55 | More by BeerKangaroo
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2.8/5  rDev -35.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2013 07:42:49 | More by Das_Reh
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4.41/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-29-2013 00:09:59 | More by TOMHONE
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North Dakota

4.46/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 04:50:39 | More by Kyle_Hanson
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4.53/5  rDev +4.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2013 03:12:23 | More by Cheshire_Crew_Al
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New York

4.19/5  rDev -3.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 23:35:37 | More by Kanger
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New York

4.09/5  rDev -6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 03:26:36 | More by Altrurian
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4.39/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2013 22:03:29 | More by Jas45678
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Ontario (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +2.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 13:07:15 | More by DenisKolkin
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4.58/5  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.


Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 04:03:05 | More by fourstringer
Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
97 out of 100 based on 4,611 ratings.