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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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5,164 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,164
Reviews: 2,211
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 334
Gots: 380 | FT: 17
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Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of jdense
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

multiple 330 cl bottles sampled at Eastern Oregon DONG (Dudes of Northwest Grog) "We Will Bock You!" tasting @ Barley Brown's, 8.6.11.

Clear medium brown body with tan head quick dissipation with a fair amount of lacing. Malty nose mostly caramel with some roasted malt. Taste is tres complex, caramel, some burnt brown sugar and a huge dark stone fruit presence, more prunes than raisins balanced by floral hops. Mouthfeel is on the full side of medium, pretty rich, sticky finish. We started the tasting with this and everyone thought this was the gold standard. Not the most drinkable of beers, very filling re meal replacement, but the relatively low ABV for this style adds to the allure of this world classic.

jdense, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of draheim
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330mL bottle (no dates or codes) poured into a weizen glass. Foam starts peeking out of the bottle mouth before I even begin to pour.

Brown/mahogany color with a 3-finger khaki head.

Aroma is dark malt, molasses, and brown sugar - overall a sticky sweetness.

Taste is smooth and silky, sweet and fruity, with a hint of spice.

Overall this is perhaps the defining version of the style. Not a beer I would drink every day, but if you want a doppelbock this is what you're looking for.

draheim, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of BeerMeInMS
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glassware: Mug

Appearance: Opaque, like a dark roast coffee, with a thick, tan head.

Smell: bread-ish with a strong and sweet molasses smell, also some aromas reminiscient of dark cherry. Some spicy notes in the background.

Taste: Opens with roasted flavors; then, a very balanced middle...bitterness equaled by the molasses/roasted malt taste. Ends dry with a dark chocolate and (as it warms) coffee taste. Mellow throughout but interesting and tasty.

Mouthfeel: Mine had pretty low carbonation; medium-bodied with a slick feel.

Overall: Solid brew...No faults. Not a big or intense beer, it was more mellow than I was expecting, but I enjoyed it and will certainly have again.

BeerMeInMS, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of surlytheduff
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After all of these years of that little white hanging goat beckoning me, I have finally succumbed. A steady pour into a SA Perfect Pint glass yielded a a good 2+ fingers of creamy smooth offwhite head that stuck around for a good amount of time. Beer was a nice oaken brown color. Smelled of leather, toasted malts, molasses, a bit of sweet dark dried fruit. Seemed almost quad-esque, sans the spicy yeast. Taste was big with the roasted sweet malts, prunes, chocolate, raisin with a slightly bitter finish. Mouthfeel was full & creamy, with a high amount of carbonation. Overall a very tasty beer.

surlytheduff, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of Moon2Goddess
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color: Rich amber, similar to a cola, quite dark, but allows light to penetrate. Demonstrates nice red tones in bright light.

Head: Hesitant development, chunks up like a rootbeer float. Beautiful caramel color, lively, bubbly, height fairly low, slides down the glass and eventually dissipates. A top layer lingers through the entire drink.

Aroma: Maple syryp, peanuts, pecans, biscotti and muted hints of licorice, cherries amalgamate into the scent of a classic malted german beer. Aspects remind me of Indian spices found in tikka masala- an aroma that makes it impossible to walk past Bombay Bistro without pausing; likewise you stop often during the experience to smell the rim of the bottle. This is my best attempt, but Celebrator has a singularly unique scent that I cannot find words to describe or a simile with which to accurately capture it.

Texture: Medium body, ultra smooth.

Flavor & Balance: Tastes precisely how it smells. Conspicuous malt flavoring, maple, milk chocolate and nuts remind you of eating a nut goodie bar without the sickening sweetness. Acquires nice fruit tones like the skin on a bing cherry. All the while, never forgets it's origin, and maintains the identity of a beer. 100% pleasant through and through, a very easy drink, I can have one while I am cooking and another with my meal, although I would never only have it with food and forego the complete flavor experience. Great sipping beer.

Sustained Taste: Progressively smoother, taking on more licorice, chocolate and bing cherry characteristics over time, without losing it's maple brown sugar goodness. A craver...every few months you will have a craving for a celebrator (one would be shocked at how many goat pendents I have!)

Moon2Goddess, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of Lolli1315
4.88/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Dark brown in color with a thin, creamy tan head. Not much can be seen through because of the color, but when held up to light its clearness becomes more noticeable.

S- Lots of toasted malt attacks the nose, most likely vienna or munich malt. Bready character becomes more prominent in the middle. Some light caramel rounds it out.

T- Rich, malty character is the defining attribute in the beer. Toasted malt accompanies the sweet malt as well. Some caramel and light hints of chocolate touch the flavor profile as well. Small hop bitterness lingers into the finish.

M- Medium full body with smooth carbonation. Sweet start and finish.

O- Though I already had a review of this beer, but nevertheless I still love it. If it weren't for the price tag, this would constantly be in my fridge without a doubt. Sadly, this was my last one.

Lolli1315, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of larryi86
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330 mL bottle poured into a pint glass

A- Dark brown/black with a two finger tan head.

S- Sweet, caramel, toasted malts, dark fruits.

T- Very close to the smell, but not as sweet. Has a nice somewhat earthy hop finish, after taste is great, well balanced.

M- Medium body, smooth, creamy.

O- Very happy that I decide to give this a try. This complexity, easy to drink, and very enjoyable. I will be picking this up again.

larryi86, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of secondtooth
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque black in color, with a creamy thin head. Lace not too noticeable.

Nose seems fruity, candied fruit.

Taste is exquisite. Heavy body, malty, rich, and distinctive. Hints of dried fruit, molasses. Very tasty and worthwhile. I've never been much a fan of bocks, but this is the best I've had, easily. Will be enjoying again.

secondtooth, Jul 25, 2011
Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.78/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottled poured into a Duvel snifter.

Appearance - Black body. Light brown head. Medium-low retention.

Smell - Toast. Lots of toast. Coffee. Woody. Earthy. Slightly grainy.

Taste - Malty sweetness. Bitter middle. Mild bitter finish. Astringent aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Creamy. Mild. Some astringency. Nothing bad or overpowering.

Overall Drinkability - Good, enjoyable hardcore session beer. Guess that's why they call it Celebrator.

ZenAgnostic, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of zimm421
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsner glass from a 11.2 oz bottle. Appears a dark brown color with very little transparency. Has a fluffy brown head about two fingers thick that has great staying power and doesn't really ever completely dissipate.

The nose is sweet and full of maltiness. Lots of molasses and caramel, a slight amount of fruitiness. Aroma doesn't knock your socks off but definitely draws you in for another sip. The taste starts out sweet with the caramel, molasses and dark fruit flavors. Finishes slightly bitter, but is very well balanced. Very complex flavors here, tough to pick out the different notes.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation sting with each sip. Overall, this is a great brew. The complexity makes it very interesting, the flavors fit together very well and it is pretty drinkable for the complexity. Definitely a great brew, ran across this without really looking for it, but knew I had to pick it up. I'll definitely be looking for it in the future.

zimm421, Jul 23, 2011
Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep mahogany with tan head. Decent retention and some lacing.

Smells of sweet malted barley bread. Also of freshly mowed grass, and molasses.

Sweet molasses followed by malty mouth feel crisp grass freshness, and finishing with grape wine notes slightly dry. A very nice double bock.

Chickenhawk9932, Jul 23, 2011
Photo of beenitty
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Pours dark brown, almost opaque with mocha bubbles. Looks awsome

S. BOOM! Best smelling dopplebock I've come across. Malt, Brown Sugar, Caramel and Booze. Bit of dark fruit notes. Lots going on here

T. Malt, Chocolate, Brown Sugar, dark fruit and bit of heat in the end. Complex as well with the flavors playing off of each other

M. Good, chocolate notes accumulate, which I liked.

D. Only had one, but could easily down more of these.

Overall, very impressive dopplebock. Tried a bunch of others and never got around to this one but happy that I did, definitely worth its top dopplebock status.

beenitty, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of awmiller
4.88/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Why oh why did I wait so long to try this stellar brew?! This brew poured up a hefty dark mahogany-colored body with a thick one-fingered tan colored with retention lasting long after the beer was gone and amazing lacing effects. Aromas of warm dark bread, caramel, molasses, malts and hops, and a very slight hint of alcohol. Of the doppelbocks, I am sure that this one reigns supreme! Medium-bodied, light carbonation, very thick and creamy with a well-balanced hit of hops on the finish that is dry but not too dry.

awmiller, Jul 21, 2011
Photo of Bendurgin
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a pilsner glass. Pours a dark muddy brown with about an inch of creamy light tan head. A bit of soapy lace.

Plumbs, raisins, and grapes are the first aroma that hits me on this guy. A little bit of toast from the malt. A hint of dry chocolate in the aroma. A lot going on on the pallet here. Slightly bready with that big dark fruit flavor that the aroma indicated. However this is a big malty monster.

The body here is somewhat full with good carbonation. Overall this is a malt bomb. Maybe not the best choice for a 90+ degree night but I'm enjoying the heck out of it anyhow. Malt heads, you'll love this (if you don't already)

Bendurgin, Jul 21, 2011
Photo of Smokehouse2012
4.9/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Recommended by my local brewery bartender and boy he really hit it on this one. Beautiful dark brown color, just a bit of light gets through. Excellent caramel smell with a hint of fruits maybe? Mouth feel is amazing, silky smooth and very inviting for another sip. Taste is nothing short of exceptional, excellent to enjoy right after dinner. Overall this is a beer i would seek out time and time again, an excellent representative of its style, hence its name Celebrator... Great beer to celebrate!

Smokehouse2012, Jul 16, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Celebrator has to be one of the best Doppelbock's I've had. This beer poured out as a really deep reddish brown color. The head was average sized but had a good retention to it. The smell of the beer was of rich caramel notes with some strong malt aromas. The smell is a little warming and inviting. The taste of the beer was had many of the elements that were on the nose, it was sweet upfront which faded into a nice caramel bitterness in the end. The mouthfeel was really well balanced between thickness and carbonation. Overall I feel that it's a must try.

Knapp85, Jul 15, 2011
Photo of ahq514
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into pilsner glass.

Pours a near opaque chocolate color with a bit of an amber hue. Head is minimal.

Aroma is tantalizing. Smells like sweet, thick, rich malts with a hint of chocolate. Some hints of dark fruits as well.

Wow, that is one delicious doppelbock. Everything from the aroma is present in the taste, but instead of different parts shining through at different times, the flavors mingle together and complement each other perfectly. You get sweet, rich malt with chocolate, fruits, and brown sugar, and a lingering roasty almost sweetened coffee like taste. The hops are not prominent in this beer by far, but you can tell they are in the background only complementing the malt profile.

The mouthfeel is right on too. Not too much carbonation. Its got a nice viscosity to it that kind of reminds me of chocolate milk. The lingering roastiness I mentioned earlier sticks to sides of your mouth for awhile. Pretty drinkable.

This beer is near perfect. Would gladly drink this anytime. Best doppelbock I've enjoyed to date by far.

ahq514, Jul 14, 2011
Photo of musicforairports
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks black but is ruby-brown up to the light. Big head gives way quickly but leaves some lacing.

Smells like burnt sugar, dark fruits, other maltiness.

Flavor is very smooth and robust. Thick fig-like malt flavors, some raisin, caramel/burnt sugar--but not sweet. Finish is smooth and a bit creamy. Very little alcohol. A lot going on for how crazy smooth this is.

Medium-heavy mouthfeel seems appropriate for the robustness of this beer. Not like a stout or anything, but it sure isn't crisp.

This is a great beer that tastes delicious and is incredibly easy to drink for how robust it is.

musicforairports, Jul 13, 2011
Photo of marcellaproust
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great suggestion from a trusty bartender. The Celebrator pours a fluffy, coarse head which fades to thin lace. Great exemplar of the style, as its full bodied but light on the finish--no syrupy or winey over-production here. Color is a translucent chestnut-red brown. Nose is burnt toast. Mouthfeel is silky. Tastes like toasted oak (by which I mean the flavor that you get from over-oaked California chardonnays, but in the Celebrator a good thing). So, vanilla, burnt sugar/glaze, and . . . I'm serious, Kraft's dark milk-maid caramels (but without the sweetness). Finish is long and dries, reminding you that this is a beer. Nice carbonation for this style as well.

marcellaproust, Jul 08, 2011
Photo of zac16125
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle with no freshness date or other bottle numbers

A: Pours out very dark, and initially appears an opaque black until held up to a light when a reddish hue comes out and a small amount of light shines through. A massive 2.5 fingers width of khaki colored head that dissipates down at a moderate rate to leave just an outer ring. Leaves a small amount of lacing.

S: Lots of dark fruit aromas, fig and plum, and roasted malt. There is a significant smokey aroma as well.

T: The balance of dark fruit (fig again), and roasted malts is in the taste as well. There is also a hint of caramel malt sweetness in there, and a subtle bitterness on the back end of some sips. One thing I really like about the taste is it has a surprising and unique berry sweetness in the aftertaste. Very good flavors, similar to the aroma, but the flavors as a whole are not as strong and are more subdued, and in that sense it doesn’t quite live up to the nose.

M/D: Smooth, yet sticky mouthfeel. Medium bodied with heavier carbonation that I expected from the appearance, but not quite to a negative degree. Goes down fast and is real easy to drink.

O: Overall a very good offering. This is not my favorite style of beer, but this one was damn good and I enjoyed it more than I expected. Certainly a beer I wouldn’t mind trying again.

zac16125, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of ModemMisuser
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at Heorot a month or so ago. Amazing beer. I will definitely seek this out again.

Color is very dark - I'd say opaque black, but others have said no so much. Heorot is VERY dark inside, so it'd be hard to get a true color eval in there. Aroma, to me, was of sweet malts.

Taste, well... malty and wonderful and dark and... gah. Must find someone with this on tap within 100 miles! It's that good. I'd drive 100 miles for a pint right now.

ModemMisuser, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of raffy313
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

*Bought a 4 pack of this simply on the merits of the Ayinger brand. Had no idea exactly what I was in for(or the BA score it had been given). Here goes...

330ml bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

A very dark brown, almost black in appearance with somewhat copper-ish hues. Tan, 3 finger head that recedes to a small ring and leaves behind some nice lacing.

Malty sweetness dominate in the aromas, getting mostly dark fruit(raisins, prunes). Some licorice spiciness along with a definate molasses secondary aroma. Slight bready notes as well. A very nicely balanced, overall great smell.

Taste is very similar to the smell, only abit more distinguished. Everything listed above seems to stand out more with the taste. Some added coffee bitterness. Has a nice alcohol bite without being too overpowering. Again, great balance.

Medium body, medium carbonation. A very smooth, super drinkable beer.

Not overly familiar with this style as there aren't a ton of good ones in my area, but really loving it after trying this one. Looking forward to tracking down more German doppelbocks of this quality. In the meantime, I will most definately buy this one again, even at it's somewhat higher pricetag. So very happy to have stumbled across this one.

*My daughter loves the little plastic goat(bock) that comes tied around the neck of these bottles. :)

raffy313, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of socon67
3.9/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Brown with some red notes. Has a big bubbly foam like dish detergent. Poured into a siedel it left a thin amount of lacing.

S - The most prominent smell was of dried fruit, like prunes. Had a sugary scent like opening a jar of molasses.

T - Exceptionally sweet and malty. This one drinks very heavy. I've had this y
ears ago and remember how it felt like an imperial stout. The finish is has a hint of raisin.

M - Syrupy thickness and feeling like a meal, this is best enjoyed on its own, though each time I've had it was with dinner. This is a one and done beer.

O - The gold standard of dopplebocks and the perfect example of the style. Worth trying because it is so epic.

socon67, Jul 04, 2011
Photo of ryantaussig
4.9/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a top notch beer. When it comes to Doppelbocks, this one is king. The nose was the only thing that left me wanting. This beer can serve in so many functions. I consider it one of the best possible beers to cook with. It's exceptionally well balanced between malt sweetness and hop bitterness. Plenty of spice to it as well, but not so much that it throws it off balance, in fact it enhances the balance. I don't rave like this about many beers. This one is simply great.

ryantaussig, Jul 03, 2011
Photo of flipper2gv
4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks a ton to rtepiak for this legendary brew!

A: Pours a dark reddish brown murky beer. Nice 2 fingers of beige head with a soapy texture. Retention is okay as well as lacing.

S: Very meaty like feel. Great amount of burnt molasses, leather, oak. Solid amount of bread-y notes with good amount of cinnamon and vanilla. Quite a nice amount of caramel, toffee and light coffee. Finally, lightly vinous with raisins, figs and dates. Amazingly complex and balanced.

T: Follows the nose quite well. Except the burnt characteristics are quite stronger with the strong molasses, leather, oak, toffee and light coffee. Still quite sweet with a good amount of caramel and vanilla with light touch of cinnamon. Still just as fruity with the raisins, dates and figs. The balance is phenomenal and the complexity of tastes achieved with such a low ABV (for a dopplebock) is amazing.

M: Medium body with low carbonation. Super smooth feel. Very drinkable.

O: An amazing brew from a very very old brewery. I LOVED everything weihenstephaner produced and this is no different. Amazing taste that is FAR from being overwhelming with exceptional balance.

flipper2gv, Jun 29, 2011
Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 5,164 ratings.