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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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4,968 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,968
Reviews: 2,198
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 298
Gots: 312 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2001)
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Photo of scottfrie


4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

11.2oz bottle into DFH shaped pint glass.

A: Pours a deep dark brown with ruby highlights and a big fuzzy light brown head that reduced into a thick film that left spots of lace.
S: Big malty notes of caramel, molasses with a hint of vanilla.
T: Follows the nose with rich dark malts and molasses. Slight grassy hop undertones poke through the overwhelming malty sugary sweetness. Aftertaste has a light bitterness, but isn't dry, and tastes a bit like toasted marshmallows. Slight burnt notes.
M: Rich medium body with a syrupy mouthfeel and light, tingly carbonation. Very slick. No alcohol present.
D: What a rich and flavorful beer. I'm no expert on the style but I know a good beer when I taste one, and while this isn't going to win a whole lot of shelf room in my fridge, it is a great beer none the less.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2010 01:24:34 | More by scottfrie
Photo of yeahnatenelson


4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance -- Pours a rich brown with burgundy highlights and a voluminous, creamy tan head.

Smell -- Molasses, dark fruits, raisin, and cocoa. Lots of Molasses. There is a slight metallic smell upon first pouring, but it soon disappears.

Taste -- Overall very sweet and malty: raisin, dark pitted fruits, molasses, coffee, cocoa, and dark toast. Like the nose, there is a faint metallic taste initially, but this soon disappears as well.

Mouthfeel -- Medium in body, but chewy, with mild, creamy carbonation. I can't imagine a better mouthfeel. Glorious.

Drinkability -- This is yet another beer that I set back on the shelf numerous times before finally purchasing. I could kick myself for missing out on such a great beer for so long. Celebrator is more than deserving of all it's accolades. Wonderful.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2010 02:48:49 | More by yeahnatenelson
Photo of jamex


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

Poured from a bottle. Nice head above a darkened, almost troubled beverage.

Tastes/smells of molasses, the city streets after a rain, the inside of a high quality Halloween mask, plum, raisins and a gasoline pump (on a good day) all rolled into a toasty, malty beer.

Very drinkable and nicely complex.

Drank while listening to soundtrack to "Good, Bad and the Ugly."

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2010 03:05:16 | More by jamex
Photo of NODAK


3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell is of rich caramel malts...molasses...some dark fruit perhaps...very thick. Tasty.

The beer itself is not quite as thick in mouthfeel as I may have expected. Taste is of caramel malts...raisins...molasses....figs maybe. A heavy beer without being TOO heavy. Finish has basically no bitterness on it at all, but there is a very healthy dose of caramel sweetness....alcohol is somewhat noticeable but not astringent, as the ABV isn't all that high. There isn't that much of an aftertaste either, aside from a bit of residual sweetness.

It's certainly a malty monster, but I like that it doesn't go to the point where I feel I'm going to go into a diabetic coma from drinking it. It's balanced quite well.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2010 02:07:01 | More by NODAK
Photo of jmarvin4189


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

Appearance - Black with an off white head

Smell - very sweet smell

Taste/mouthfeel - very strong rich chocolate roasted flavor but not as thick as other doppelbocks i've had. its not as filling and is a refreshing doppelbock, not what i had expected. Has little carbonation and is very smooth

Drinkability - its good but it is a dark beer just wanting you to savor this flavor, it tastes so good you'll want to savor it.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2010 01:59:56 | More by jmarvin4189
Photo of UnknownKoger


4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into my Celebrator glass. Pours dark and has a good head which fizzles down into a nice foamy rim. Immediately the smells of coffee, nuts, and roasted malts hit my nose. Smells delicious. First taste confirms this. It's delicious and not heavy at all. For some reason I was always intimidated by the doppelbock style (maybe because it's dark?), but this is very user friendly. The taste matches the scents and has very light body and mouthfeel.

For me, it always comes down to drinkability and whether or not I would buy it again. This is very drinkable and, in my opinion, a good introduction to darker beers. And I would/will definitely buy it again

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2010 00:29:33 | More by UnknownKoger
Photo of Mavajo


3.83/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a brown/garnett color with a decent cream head. Nose and taste are both layered with malt, caramel, toasty and nutty. It's a decent flavor, but I didn't find it impressive. Mouthfeel is solid - nothing wrong here at all.

All in all, this beer is good, but I just simply wasn't wow'd. To get an A out of me, I need to be wow'd. I found this merely "good." Which isn't a bad thing, to be sure.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2010 01:00:24 | More by Mavajo
Photo of jhammel01

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a thick rubyish brown. Keeps an off white head, nice and strong.

Smells of some dark nuttiness, slight hops, malt and caramel

Smooth caramel taste with some heavy malts, slight breadiness.
Some fig maybe as well? Very nice...

All around good beer. Will definitely try again.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2010 03:25:26 | More by jhammel01
Photo of mjw06


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

The dark ruby glow of this beer, even without the light hitting it, is proof that you've stumbled upon a gem with this one. The taste was complex and balanced, nothing at all was overpowering or stood out. The sweet malt was of dark toasted nougat, caramel, and graham, with a little raspberry fruitiness. A little spice was evident at the tip of the tongue, but I was unable to identify it. The mouth was full bodied and had a tight and secure fit over all of the flavor that this brew is carrying.

Amazingly drinkable for all that it has. Truly a great beer. Can't wait for my next one.

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2010 21:30:59 | More by mjw06
Photo of foogerd

New York

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a wine glass
It pours a beautiful dark copper opaque its head is a rich khaki
Malts give a sweet raisin smelling nose at the forefront that surrounds a chocolatey smell within in the back i get a slight alcoholic smell to it but for the most part its hidden
Taste is heavenly sweet brown sugary raisins roasted malts even a slight bitter roasted character at the finish
At first i felt the mouthfeel was a bit watery as i drank through i appreciated it more carbonation is just perfect
I can drink a whole nother bunch of these now n always !

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2010 00:33:23 | More by foogerd
Photo of joeland


4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - a dark reddish color with a very little amount of a off white head.
Smell - Very sweet smelling with a hint of hop aroma.
Taste - at first it has a bitter taste that fades to a sweet carmeal taste. Then it leaves a bitter aftertaste.
Mouthfeel - a light/medium body with very little carbnation
Drinkability - it goes down easy

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 21:48:43 | More by joeland
Photo of Soonami


4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

For my 100th review, I decided to pick a top 100 beer to drink, no. 57 Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock. This is a live review.

Celebrator is a great doppelbock, obviously. The beer pours a beautiful deep brown, the color of aged tan leather, with a khaki cap. The foam quickly disintegrates into a tan outline with a coat of lacing on the glass. The smell is of toasted whole wheat bread, molasses, and sweetly fermenting yeasty dough. The beer has very deep malt flavor with rich maltiness, toasty grain, and a hint of bitterness to cut through the malt sweetness. The body is rich and luxurious with perfect carbonation. The finish is a little sweet with resonating grain sweetness, but not cloying. The alcohol is warming on the way down, but imperceptible on the tongue.

This is a very nice beer that blends the richness of 100% german kilned malts with a solid hop bitterness and smooth finish.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 04:50:36 | More by Soonami
Photo of VTaler


2.95/5  rDev -32%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark reddish color. Small head with little lacing
S - Smells like an amber ale. Hops and sweet malt.
T - Kind of an off taste at first. A little bitter. Has a not so sweet caramel flavor. Personally I do not really like this beer but maybe that is because I just do not like bocks in general. I really do not like this beer at all.
M - Kind of cloying, Not that carbonated
D - Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2010 14:40:55 | More by VTaler
Photo of DeutschesBier


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

If there is ever a beer to dispel the myth that "bigger is better," it's Celebrator.

One of the most complex, delicious beers I have ever had in any style. And that includes Belgian Quads, Double IPAs, RIS's, etc.

There are so many tastes in this 6.7% beer - a hint of coffee, some chocolate, molasses, and a faint fruitiness. Couple that with the perfect amount of carbonation and alcohol and you have yourself a world class beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2010 01:38:23 | More by DeutschesBier
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4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a beer i am finally getting around to writing about. a personal favorite. a beer that is actually quite beautiful in its ability for being so well adapted. as come with heavier beers there, as some would say, more room for error that would go unnoticed in the palate. this beer doesn't have any of that. it actually has a consistency beyond temperture. could be had cold or cellar temperture and it serves quite nicely.

dark and quite roasty. lost in molasses and apple. more sweet than some and has a bright fruit quality and a stored preserve quality. black currant, blackberries sour in there masked in pollen sweet honey and molasses earth. dates and an old leather shoe. fantastic. i would say best after about a year of sitting around at cellar temp.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2010 21:15:06 | More by rtepiak
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4.97/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Looks almost black in a bar setting, but shows a dark ruby red color when held up to a light. Slight head and semi creamy look.

Smell is delightful. Full of rich malt with a chocolate/coffee undertone.

Taste is very balanced. The subtle flavors of chocolate, coffee, and hops do not overpower any single flavor. Smooth, and vibrant.

I love this doppelbock on draught, however I prefer this wonderful beer form a bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2010 16:51:47 | More by doppelbockrob
Photo of klikger


4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

330 ml bottle poured into SA perfect pint

A - Dark brown with a dash of maroon; a modest amount of brown head dissipates & leaves some quality lacing.

S - Bold malts and molasses

T - Fresh barley and toffee start things off and stick around for the duration. As it passes through the mouth, the malt explosion continues, with notes of caramel and brown sugar. The end is more of the same, with a little earthiness and a hint of coffee bean adding to the complexity.

M - Very smooth with some substance, but not overly thick. Carbonation is understated.

D - Pretty drinkable, but the sugars would probably get to me after a couple.

This is the first bock which I've had in awhile, and I really liked it. I look forward to drinking it again in the coming months.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2010 20:04:59 | More by klikger
Photo of rawthar


4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Very dark earthy brown body, wouldn't be confused for a stout, full and thick with little in the way of carbonation working through the murk. Initially, a desert fatigue tan head blossoms from below, but it is quickly pulled back into the thick depths.

S- Hints of coffee and heavily roasted malts, some very dark and unsweetened baker's chocolate, and equal parts malty sweetness and woody bitterness. The overarching culmination of aromas adds up to something like a rich buttery toffee with a tiny mention of booze.

T- Flavors up front follow the nose closely, but the hoppy backstop really cleans up the terminus of the flavor, providing a really satisfying experience. Root vegetables appear in the finish to balance out the sugar plums in the introduction. Some lactic acid pops up throughout. Really goes places that few lagers can dream of.

M- Feels like a cold cocoa, thick and milky, and very smooth.

D- A little more appropriate for colder weather than the east coast is getting nailed with right now, but a nice occasional alternative to a stout.

Made a believer out of me, I'll be adding some doppelbocks to my cellar, for sure.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2010 23:06:36 | More by rawthar
Photo of ballz50401


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

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle into a Pilsner glass. Pours a deep dark brown with a nice creamy tan head that quickly fades. I get smells of milk chocolate, burnt caramel, dark fruits, and brown sugar. A very nice aromatic blend. Again a nice blend of dark fruits, burnt caramel, and roasty malty sweetness on the palate. Very tastey. Mouthfeel has a chewy type texture that keeps begging for another sip. A very good brew that I will be enjoying alot of during the upcoming cooler months.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2010 05:34:45 | More by ballz50401
Photo of aahynick


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

50F in a pint glass

A- dark red-brown, almost black with a creamy white head

S- oh so delightful! sweet and malty with molassas tone

T- dark roasted caramel

D- a little bit of heaven in a pint glass. I will cry when I drink the last one in my supply. A big thanks to kjkinsey for getting me this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2010 12:59:25 | More by aahynick
Photo of buschbeer


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

I poured into a pint glass to a fleeting brown head. It is dark brown with ruby highlights. The smell is roasted molasses. The taste is roasted malt. It is sweet with enough roasted flavor to mellow it out. The mouthfeel is medium. I prefer a little more viscosity but it is adequate. It is a very smooth beer and I like the roasty character.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2010 01:41:01 | More by buschbeer
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Quebec (Canada)

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

33 cl Bottle. Very dark dopplebock (tasted side by side with weltenberger kloster, augistiner maximator and trois mousquetaire DB, thanks TheJester) This one stood out from the lot by it's especially fruity aroma, plums and cherries abound with lots of caramelized sugars. Rather cherry taste with some good sweetness. Mouthfeel is okay creamy with very fine carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2010 18:04:27 | More by Luk13
Photo of Gobzilla


3.85/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: poured a dark brown with a thin head that left a little sticky lacing on the glass.

S: It had brown sugar and molasses aromas with hints of belgian yeast plums and other dark fruits. There is also faint booze notes.

T: molasses and brown sugar dominate the taste which had plum and dark fruit accents. Like the nose I could detect some booze and slight chocolate flavor.

M: medium to full bodiy with a low amount of carbonation that had a sweet and very slight boozy finish.

D: it drank good and was a great interpretation of a dopplebock. I could definitely drink lots of this brew in one sitting.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2010 04:47:41 | More by Gobzilla
Photo of bagpiper2005


4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pour: Gorgeous dark red color with a finger and a half of light tan head that dissipated somewhat quickly and left minimal lacing and a small ring of head all the way down.

Smell: Big caramel malt smell with underlying notes of chocolate, molasses, dark fruit, a light earthy hop note, and a just a touch of alcohol.

Taste: Starts off with a big sweet molasses taste and a slight bready note which then gives way into a less sweet caramel malty taste. This is followed up by a hint of currant/raisin and a slight hint of dark chocolate taste. The back end finishes up with a moderate hop bitterness and a slight bit of alcohol warmth, but neither linger.

Mouthfeel: This is the only drawback to this beer, I found it to be a little thin for the style (more toward the medium end of the spectrum), but it's smooth and creamy, with light carbonation.

Drinkability: About the most drinkable beer I think I've ever had. Smooth drink, slides down the throat, and leaves you wanting another sip.

Final Notes: This beer is big, bold, and complex. Potentially one of the best beers I've ever drank, it's nearly perfect. Enjoy it before a meal when your palate is still fresh so you can truly appreciate its complexity. A beautiful beer indeed, highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2010 22:19:33 | More by bagpiper2005
Photo of magine


4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a dark brown color with a think tan head. The head is fluffy and leaves some lace. The head settles to about a quarter inch the entire session. Pretty good looking brew.

Brew smells chocolaty, dark chocolates. Malty; caramel, some hops in there as well. Has a bready nose in there also. Near coffee like. Maybe dark fruits as well. Has a good smell.

Brew is slightly carbonated and spicy on the tongue initially, then a creamy smooth taste and feel takes over. Dark chocolates, coffee, roasted malts, caramel. A bit of a hop bite as well. Near smoky almost. Can taste a hint of that bready/yeasty flavor as well. Finishes slightly dry, thicker bodied feel. Very good taste.

This is a style of brew that I haven't had much experience with. I definitely like this brew a lot. Has great easy drinkability that would make it an excellent session brew. However I guess I was expecting more, like in a world class kind of way. Again, I haven't had many of the style so maybe I need to research (get drinkin') and come back to it. It is very good stuff, just not an all timer, which I was expecting.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2010 00:40:47 | More by magine
Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 4,968 ratings.