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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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4,945 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,945
Reviews: 2,196
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 297
Gots: 304 | FT: 18
Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2001)
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Photo of jsprain1


4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep brown with ruby highlihgts. Two finger cream colored head disappates down to a quarter finger.
S- Smell is a bit understated for a dopplebock, but I'm picking up toffee, mollasses, raisen.
T- Much more well developed here. In order of perceived prominance: Toffee, raisen, dark bread, mollasses, coffee, smoke, vanilla. In summary, complex. Only complaint is that starts so complex and finishes a bit thin.
M- Medium body, a little sticky. Not as creamy as I would have expected from the style.
D- A solid doppelbock. Not as great as rating and hype would have suggested though. Very good, but not world class.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2011 03:40:10 | More by jsprain1
Photo of SuperSpy


4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - A very dark mahogany. Clear but thick. I big tan head that sticks to everything and leaves incredibly thick lace.

S - Malt. Toffee, dark fruits, spices that remind me of Thanksgiving. Malt. light molasses and dark bread. Big, dark, sweet malt.

T/M - heavy bodied, incredibly smooth, and little carbonation. Chewy, with flavors of molasses, toasted dark bread, dried figs and plums. A warm alcohol sensation as it goes down and a dark brown sugar finish.

D - Incredibly complex flavors. Absolutely delicious and a picture of heaven when poured into a bottle. This is truly among the great beers of the world.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2011 00:09:06 | More by SuperSpy
Photo of JMad


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

I poured a bottle of this into my tulip...

It was very dark brown with a regular sized light brown head that had loose bubbles.

The smell was rich I could pick up scents of raisin, toffee, fig and nutmeg.

I could taste chocolate, caramel, a light smokiness, dark fruit, it's sweet but with an earthy bitterness that balances it out.

Feels thick and silky with low carbonation, leaves mouth watering for more.

This is a great beverage, it's kind of thick so I don't know if I could drink too many of them but I could definitely enjoy a few.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2011 00:15:11 | More by JMad
Photo of bmwats


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

Poured from a 33 cl bottle into my Celebrator bock glass.

A: Dark brown. Pours about a 2 finger, foamy, brown-white head. Settles pretty slowly. Leaves a bit of lacing as it does, and a small bit of foamy carbonation on the surface. Some additional substantial lacing clings vigorously to the sides of the glass as you drink this one down.

S: Baked bread and dark chocolate. A little oak tone in there, too methinks.

T: Hearty malt flavor, dark chocolate, nutmeg, coriander, and licorice.

M: Thick, heavy, and robust. Sublime combination of grain and chocolate, is amazingly well done. Grain, sweet, and a just a little dry in the finish. Strong alcohol flavor is not present despite relatively high alcohol content.

D: Only problem here is you want to slowly savor this quality, but it goes so easily it will be gone before you're ready. Oh, well....

Atmosphere is great here. Dark, intimidating appearance with a really solid foamy head, and some decent lacing. Nose is simple, but exceptional. Flavor is perfect balance of grain, sweet and spice notes. Overall, this is a great quaff.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 03:55:15 | More by bmwats
Photo of ElGrecoVerde


3.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown with a creamy tan head.

Nice blend of sweets, fruit, and bitter coffee.

Toasted grains, dark fruits, roasted coffee and hints of bitter chocolate. Very complex. Undertones of toast and, strangely, olives.

Excellent. Creamy yet crisp.

Not exactly one of my favorite styles, but certainly a worthy beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 04:21:20 | More by ElGrecoVerde
Photo of etn3000


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

I was out with my wife the other night and she had a wild idea that she would pick my beer out for me. My wife doesn't know anything about beer, nor does she drink it. Out of a list of about 60 some beers, she picks this one. I could have kissed her for that! I love this beer. I would have never picked it because somewhere in the back of my head I have a notion that I don't like dark beers. But the last 2 beers that I have had were both very dark and I absolutely loved both of them!

This beer is very dark, almost black. I held it up to a light and you could barely see through it. I poured to from the bottle to a glass (as you always should) and it was a glorious moment watching that silky smooth dark liquor moving from the bottle to the glass. The head was thick with a almost tan colour. It had as very smooth texture going down, very easy to drink. The taste was not what I usually associate with a dark beer. The taste was actually very pleasant. I love this beer. I will buy it again. And I will suggest this to ANY beer lover!

Later I found out that this beer is #25 on BeerAdvocate's Top 100 Beer list!

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2011 21:22:07 | More by etn3000
Photo of InebriatedJoker


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

Poured from 12 oz bottle -No best by date visible.

Poured into Duvel tulip, poured a deep dark brown almost black , two finger head that dissipated quickly leaving a thin lacing,good carbonation .

Smell - Ripe fruits with toasted malts.

Taste - Sweet fruits with a toasted malt backing ,slight caramel , molasses with chocolate hints .

Drinkability - Very drinkable Doppelbock the tastes seem to come together well and has a nice aftertaste with a fruity finish,well blended and balanced beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2011 19:32:48 | More by InebriatedJoker
Photo of aasher


4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter, this is the best looking doppelbock I've ever seen. It pours a thin, rich mahogany in color with a one finger off white head which quickly dissipates. The aromas are very bready. There's slugfest of yeast and malt with some caramel and brown sugar and it is pretty mild overall. It tastes of malted barley, brown sugar, molasses, and bready yeast. It also has some subtle dark fruits to it. It drinks really well and is light to medium in body. It has good crispness and goes down smoothly. This is an excellent doppelbock, definitely worthy of its ranking.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2011 03:51:40 | More by aasher
Photo of Noahman23


4.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock is hands down the best doppelbock available in Massachusetts. The nose is straight roasted malts, bitter chocolate, and coffee. In my experience, it shows best in a tulip glass.

The taste is near perfection--one of the smoothest beers I've had, especially considering the 6.7% abv. Dark, roasted, bready malts, nuttiness, chocolate, coffee--really just a complex, and impressively drinkable beer that gets better as it warms up. I recommend not drinking it too chilled as it masks a lot of the flavor. That's the best thing about the beer, is that each sip is better than the last. Anyhow, I recommend this doppelbock to any beer drinker. Unquestionably worth the $14 for a four-pack.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2011 01:24:30 | More by Noahman23
Photo of Someguy1989


4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A: Dark Brown color with a pleasant light brown head that retained itself for quite a while.

S: Roasted malts, a hint of coffee, some bready aromas.

T: Lots of coffee in the flavor, accentuated with some sweet chocolate notes balanced with a bit of bread flavor. It finished with a slight bit of lager crispness.

M/D: A full thick body, the carbonation was very smooth. On drinkability terms, this one was fantastic. A lot of this style is cloyingly sweet and its very hard to down more than one of them. I could drink this one all night.

All and all, a fantastic beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2011 17:42:31 | More by Someguy1989
Photo of bucklemyshoe


4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330 mL bottle at 48 degrees into a mug.

A: It pours a nearly opaque black color with some red hues in light and two fingers of light tan head that recede slowly to the edges but don't lace well.

S: Chocolate, light roastiness, light banana, and some bready notes.

T: Light roastiness, caramel, wheaty/bready notes, and some mellow, sweet dark fruitiness.

M: It has a medium body thickness with some creaminess and delicious lingering flavors.

D: Can a doppelbock get any better? I think not.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2011 17:04:43 | More by bucklemyshoe
Photo of oline73


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

Bottle poured into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Beer pours a dark mahogany color. Initially there is a half inch dark tan head that disappears almost immediately.

Smell: A mild dark fruit and caramel malty sweetness. Fairly mild.

Taste: First thing I notice is the perfect level of sweetness. There are hints of roast and dark chocolate, as well as caramel and ripe dark fruit. Slight bitterness at the very end. Extremely well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a mildly dry finish. Very nice delicate carbonation that fits the beer well.

Drinkability: This is a great beer. I will definitely be picking up more in the future.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2011 03:02:10 | More by oline73
Photo of birderbeerer


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

Pours rich ruby-brown, some translucence. Even three-finger head. Took multiple attempts to get it all in a 12oz. tulip.

Aroma is bready and rich. Sweet malts, caramel, dark toast, pumpernickel. Mild scents but indicating complexity.

Taste is part lager, part stout, part quad. Rich but subtle roast up front, followed by malt sweetness. Pumpernickel, oats, berries, toffee/caramel. Nothing is big in here. It has a wide array of flavors but all are just noticeably present.

Very smooth and pretty light drinking. Sweet aftertaste with no lingering roast or dryness. Again, it's not overly sweet.

Better as it warms. Remarkably so. This is a beer I almost dismissed as I started it, but by the end I wanted another.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2011 01:52:40 | More by birderbeerer
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New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in the "official" glass as the special brew at the SoNo Brewhouse.

Pours dark brown, good finger of white foam resides on the top. Dark fruity smell, some malt. Taste is clean and smooth - almost like a Scwarzbeir (sp?) with fruity tones. Smooth mouthfeel and carbonation. Quite tasty. Solid brew.

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2011 01:13:53 | More by KTCamm
Photo of andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Based on the reviews and past experiences with the style, I was really looking forward to this one.

A - Pours a dark mohogany with a ruby red hue, finger of mocha coloured head with decent retention and no real lacing.

S - Musty chocolate and raisins, with a touch of leather. Reminiscent of a barley wine and almost smells like a wet dog.

T - Malted barley comes through with dark fruits and a touch of chocolate and molasses. Leather and toffee notes come through as it warms. A tad on the sour side, and I was expecting something a bit sweeter.

M - Medium bodied ale that goes down smooth but finishes a tad too dry for my liking.

D - Overall a tasty offering, but I certainly didn't have the same experience as some of the other BA's. I much prefer Trois Mousquetaires Doppelbock and am inclined to try this again in a head to head challenge. A little disappointed, but I'll pick up another in the event that my bottle was dated or off.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 17:38:35 | More by andrenaline
Photo of BEERMILER12


4.78/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice dark ruby red color with a decent head that sticks around for a while

S: Malts and dark fruits, molasses, and a little sweetness

T: Same as the smell, the molasses and fruits come out from the start and it finishes with a great sweetness that doesn't overpower

M: Fairly heavy with little carbonation. Very smooth, glides over the tongue

D: I could drink this all day if the sweetness didn't get to me. Definitely one of the best doppelbocks, for sure

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 05:17:04 | More by BEERMILER12
Photo of paulginva


4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE: Pouring this beer from a 12 oz. bottle into a Pilsner glass, I was immediately struck by the 1.5" dark tan frothy head. Lacing was excellent and seemed like it was stuck to the side of the glass with glue. The head dissipated very, very slowly. The body was a cloudy, rich mahogany color with particles suspended seemingly endlessly and a moderate carbonation bubbling slowly to the surface.

AROMA: There was a light aroma of toasted bread, caramel and molasses with a tangy hit of herb scented hop leaf and a light scent of alcohol and dried fruit. All in all, a very inviting aroma.

TASTE: A big hit of malt deliciousness consisting of light molasses and toasted bread matched up with a sharp snap of a smooth hop bitterness and spicy alcohol. A light amount of dried fruit is noticeable along with some hop leaf flavor. There is a really nice taste of residual sugars, dark sugars and fading grain in the end.

MOUTHFEEL: This brew delights the tongue with a full body, a smooth, creamy texture, a soft carbonation and a very light bitter finish. When sipped, the first impression is of a light sweetness and the finish maintains it with the addition of a slight bitterness that engages the whole tongue. Body lacing is excellent.

DRINKABILITY: This is the best Doppelbock I've ever tasted. I can't wait to have another. A bit more expensive than its competition, it still provides excellent value because it is just so much better. Simply a terrific brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2011 17:59:37 | More by paulginva
Photo of THECPJ


3.53/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes: 1/20/2011

A: malts, sour, molasses

Ap: dark brown-black with 1 finger tan head, nice lacing

B/T: very mild carbonation, thick, smooth

Af: caramel and/or molasses, sour/bitter

O: in my humble opinion, not your everyday go-to brew, but at least I got a cool goat out of the deal


Serving type: bottle

01-21-2011 02:44:56 | More by THECPJ
Photo of redzone3120


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

A - Deep dark brown color with a slight hue of red when held up to the light. Nice brown head though somewhat thin.

S - Nice dark roasted aroma. Hints of coffee and is similar to a stout. Very good!

T - You can taste the roasted malts and the hints of coffee and chocolate. Very complex flavors but finishes with a mild sweetness.

M - Smooth carbonation with a moderate body. Balances well with the rich flavors while not being too heavy. Great finish that has flavor but doesn't linger for too long.

D - Very drinkable. Well balanced, great flavor, and nice finish. Highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

01-21-2011 02:03:22 | More by redzone3120
Photo of tobin


4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had this brew in college and I had no idea what was going on in my mouth, now however..

Reddish brown body with a huge, creamy tan head. Good retention and lace. Very good looking.

Intensly sweet and toasted malt nose, with some roasted grain, raisin, and floral hop. The first sip overtakes you in rich and chocolatey flavor.

Chewy, with notes of dried fruit and herby, floral hop. A bit sour, and perhaps a little lactic. Spicy towards the finish. Very sweet, with an eternal finish. Practically chewable.

Very easy to drink. A perfect friend on a cold, rainy day.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2011 20:14:05 | More by tobin
Photo of jss79


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

The color was a dark ruby brown. On the nose you could discern dates with roasty notes. Initial raisin like taste with a semi-sweet second taste, ending in a smooth non-bitter finish. Left a faintly sweet after taste that sat well in your mouth. Well rounded beer, perfect for a cold winter evening.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2011 04:04:22 | More by jss79
Photo of DKMonroe


4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It pours decent with a head that took me some co-hearsing to get 2+cm out of. Then it dissipated mostly to the small island that the etch of the Duvel glass left in the center. There was some lacing as I slowly finished the glass. Color was fairly dark some red highlights peeking through.

Taste for me at first was good but not great until the glass warmed a bit, then it was stellar. Got the fruits some caramel some here say banana, I have no idea about that. I got some chocolate. Of course a hit of the roasted malts.

It was a mellow well balanced brew. I love it, and hey the bottle is cool looking too.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2011 02:04:29 | More by DKMonroe
Photo of ramseye4


4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a phenomenal looking dark chocolate brown color with a 2 finger head that fades away , leaves nice lacing down the glass.Aroma is very sweet, with toffee, caramel and sweet malt. Taste is primarily of sweet malt with the toffee and caramel evident, with a bit of dark fruit in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and sticky, drinkability is great as this beer washes down quite easily

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 23:20:14 | More by ramseye4
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New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another bottle from my Christmas 2010 selection, poured into a tulip glass.

A: Pours a deep, dark brown with a bright red color when held up to the light. About one finger of light tan head that stuck around for a good 10 minutes before dissipating.

S: Lots of malt and some sweet caramel and figs, with a definite nuttiness in there as well.

T: Sweet and smooth up front, with the nuttiness coming through on the back end. Some banana and other fruits in there, lots of malt flavor. Not much bitterness at all.

M: Light carbonation, very smooth, with some body, but not aggressive.

D: Lots of flavor here, can't taste the alcohol - this is a good beer for sipping on its own.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2011 01:25:45 | More by ahogue
Photo of madvermin


4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark brown with a lighter tan head.

Smells of nuts, some fruit sugars, and a bit of caramel.

The taste is fantastic, with a deep malt background supporting various hop and fruit tastes. Nuttiness is very noticeable as well near the end. Finish is dry and pleasing.

Extremely well bodied and rich, giving a sense of fullness when completed (I wish protein shakes tasted like this).

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 08:12:56 | More by madvermin
Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 4,945 ratings.