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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2001)
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Photo of Flashsp2

New Mexico

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

Celebrator into Stone IRS tulip

Pours with a nice one finger tan head on a deep brown/mahogany body. Head dissipates quickly, and leaves no lace in its wake. A quick swirl leaves some nice webbing.

Aroma is a meaty dark malt, stewed prune, powdered cocoa (Nestle), light roast coffee, dark caramels. This is the imperial stout of lagers.

Too cold and this beer is very muted. In typical Bavarian style, this needs to be consumed closer to room temperature. At proper temps the flavors shine through; dark malt chewiness, breakfast blend coffee, molasses, a light touch of dark fruits.

Chewy with lots of residuals left, definitely not a dry doppelbock. Carbonation is restrained, but provides enough gusto to move the beer across the entire expanse of the palette before the moderately long finish.

Easy drinking, not too high of an ABV, but the price point is a bit stiff. That said, a price tag this high is warranted in a beer of this quality. Probably the best lager in the world, at least that I have had the pleasure to try.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2010 13:02:34 | More by Flashsp2
Photo of irisier


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

Served from an 11.2 oz brown bottle emblazoned with a logo that features two goats holding up a glass of dark beer. Plastic goat tchotchke tied around neck of bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: Thick, creamy tan head that subsides to a good lace and sticks pretty well. Dark, almost black body that tints red through the light.

Smell: Dark sugar smell upfront, similar to molasses. Some sweet, fruity bread aroma as well. Hint of some hops hiding amongst that bready smell.

Taste: A little sweet at the start, with some bread and molasses qualities. Some kind of mild fruity taste that accompanies the sweetness as well, raisins maybe, or perhaps figs. Becoming astringent from roasted malts and hops and finishing with a little hop bitterness that complements and reinforces the mild bitterness from the roasted malt.

Mouthfeel: Nice and smooth, but pretty thick. This is definitely no light beer.

Notes: Great brew, a little complex but also accessible and really likable. Tasty.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2010 23:01:21 | More by irisier
Photo of FishGetter


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

Dark nut brown color, able to see through when held up to light. Thin frothy mocha head.
Nice toasted nut aroma. Rasin, fig, and heavy toasted malts. Some canndied fruit. Complex nose but not confussing. Great ballance.
Rasin, figs, and canndied fruit all blend up front. Toasted grains show up midway with a mild nut flavor. Finishes with mild coffee and chocolate flavor. Big variety of flavors, all represented evenly. Very mild bitter finish.
Great meduim to an aggitated heavy mouthfeel. Mostly clean finish.
Great complexity in this offering. All flavors seem to be distinct and not mudded together. Well deserving of a top 100 brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2010 17:03:46 | More by FishGetter
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4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 ounce bottle poured into a pils glass. My first time trying this classic brew.

The Celebrator pours a deep amber/brown color with a 1 finger whitish color head and good retention on the glass. Aromas are caramel malts up front with a semi hoppy finish. Quaff is similar to the nose with caramel malts dominated. Also hints of grapes, raisins, and toffee. The quaff starts sweet then has a bitter phase with a sweet, fruity finish. A great tasting bock. Mouthfeel is silky smooth and medium bodied. Drinkability is solid. I would be interested in what a year would do to this beer but it is great fresh nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2010 04:00:11 | More by abrand
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4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a touch of ruby . Well retained lacing of whitish/off tan head.
Smell has lots of sweet malt- notes of caramel, molasses and dark fruit pits
Taste starts with caramel and dark cherries, it does then to a more wholesome malt character with notes of bitter and a slight hazel. Nicely complex.
Finish is wet and creamy with a thick malt and sweet dark candy after-taste.
Drinks very well here- smooth and malty with a very small bite here- nearly sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2010 03:48:09 | More by ThaBobfather
Photo of RomaniIteDomum


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

This one pours a nice dark mahogany with decent head retention.

Smells mainly of caramel and sweet malts. A little lacking, but still quite nice.

The taste on this one is much more rich than the smell. Grains, malts, and some more caramel are hanging around. Even though I know this one has been hanging around the store for a while it still tastes like fresh grains.

The mouthfeel is quite creamy. Very nice.

Pretty drinkable. This would pair nicely with some German food.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2010 16:55:24 | More by RomaniIteDomum
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4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Winking Lizard. It starts with the amazing aroma that smells of chocolate with slight floral hints. The head is fantastic as it pours a nice dark brown. Tastes incredibly balanced with a bit of sweetness, but the highlight is how smooth it goes down and the incredible finish. May be the best beer I've ever had.

Re-rated on 6/1/09: from Taphouse Grille in Bellevue.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2010 01:47:14 | More by ChrisPro
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3.63/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Color is 1 part ruby, 4 parts black with a thick tan head.

Has a malty, wheaty, hoppy smell to it.

Tastes like caramel; like the smell, a lot is there, but nothing dominates.

Very smooth in the mouth, only a touch of heat from the alcohol in the finish.

This is really easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2010 21:01:57 | More by RickS95
Photo of SeasonalBrew


4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep, dark brown with a nice one finger tan head. The head has good retention and forms decent lacing.

S: Very warm, toasty malts. Sweet molasses and caramel as well as dark fruit are very prevalent.

T: Not as much of a forward and strong taste as I was expecting. The smokiness and malts hit you first, followed by a very nice caramel sweetness. The dark fruits, cherries and figs I think, really hit you as you swallow. Even though the taste wasn't as strong as I expected from the nose, it is very well balanced and tasty.

M: Well carbonated and very smooth. Slightly thicker body, almost chewy in feel. Very enjoyable.

D: Excellent. I really enjoyed this beer and could definitely have a few with hesitating.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2010 05:53:10 | More by SeasonalBrew
Photo of Musition12


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

Purchased a 4-pack from City Beer Store in San Francisco. Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown with hints of ruby peaking through the edges of the glass when viewed in light. 1-finger head with solid retention and spotty lacing. Small, compact bubbles in head.

S: Lots of malt. Molasses, caramel, smoke, nuts, and dark fruits. Anticipating a malt bomb.

T: At the outset, while the beer was still quite cool, it was just that: a malt monster. Creamy caramel and dark cherries. Chocolate and hazelnuts. Smokey malts and dried figs. As the brew warms, other flavors begin to show themselves. Hops begin to make their presence known with a slight twang in the finish. A very modest sharpness from both the alcohol and the hops really help in balancing an otherwise malt-heavy bruiser of a beer. This results in a remarkably complex (and delicious) flavor profile especially for this style.

M: Very light carbonation and a thick, chewy mouthfeel. Delicate alcohol warmth. Absolutely lovely.

D: At only 6.7%, this is definitely a sessionable brew in my book. I could imagine downing all four of these in quick succession. I'll probably grab another one after this.

I've never been big on doppelbocks. For me, they tend to be cloying malt messes or alcohol-dominated disasters. Not this one. This is probably the best doppelbock I've ever had and definitely lives up to its claim as "the finest Bavarian double bock beer." Amen.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2010 10:27:10 | More by Musition12
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4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- dark ruby brown with rich tan, well retaining head

S- rich dark malts, with a touch of noble hops, dark fruit, and a mild cloying sweetness

T- very malty, nutty with caramel notes and fig

M- medium, chewy, yet smooth

D- went down without any struggle

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2010 03:27:05 | More by BDJake
Photo of hawks10


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

11.2oz bottle poured into my Ayinger Celebrator glass...

Pours a rich dark brown with a two finger, soft, tightly formed tan head which leaves a haze on top of the beer for the duration. When held up to the light, this beer becomes a translucent dark ruby/mahogany color, very nice...

Loads of sweet dark fruits on the nose, malt bomb. Sweet bready caramel malt, tons of ripe dark fruits a little bit of smoke and some subtle earthy hops...

Hmmm, not nearly as sweet as I thought it would be, given the nose. A somewhat smoky taste at first, more hop presence than expected. After the beer warms a bit I get more of the sweet malt, ripe dark fruits and caramel flavor in the taste...makes for a very balanced brew, thought I was in for a totally one sided malt bomb when I smelled this beer, I was wrong...again...

Very smooth and slick, medium bodied and somewhat chewy. A little light on the carbonation and a tiny bit of alcohol warmth...

Solid beer and in my eyes the standard for all doppelbocks...

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2010 23:46:15 | More by hawks10
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3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

.3l poured into a celebrator glass.

Pours a very dark brown with a small light brown head. Nose is boozy and very malty.

Taste is mostly malt with some sweet licorce and nuttiness it's really good. Mouthfeel is fairlyrich an crisp. Easy to drink for the style.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2010 05:04:29 | More by kingcrowing
Photo of haddon


3.9/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a dark chocolate with a thick, frothy mocha brown head. Lots of lacing all the way down glass

S- probably the weakest part of this beer. A little muted but aromas of toasted nuts, chocolate and malts.

T- toasted malts, espresso & chocolate. ends bitter but works well with the sweet malty flavor. very well balanced.

M- thick and velvety. Medium body with light carbonation.

D- really enjoyed this beer. Very good example of a dopplebock.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2010 02:29:06 | More by haddon
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4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Huge, spongy head that dissipates down to a film. Looks like a cola drink after pouring. Brown with garnet highlights.

S: Dark molasses bread, dates, and cloves.

T: Dark cane syrup, toasted wheat bread, roasted malts, and sweet aftertaste. There is a mild smoke flavor too. Very complex and nice.

M: Smooth and thick, but not cloying at all. Warming as it goes down.

D: You would never guess that this has the alcohol that it does. It's incredibly drinkable. One of the most complex tasting beers I've ever quaffed. You want to come back for more just so you can see what you might have missed last time.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2010 03:37:57 | More by jovy1097
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4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle. Pours brown, medium body, with a two finger light brown head. Maintains only a small cap and doesn't leave but a few spots of lacing.

Aroma is raisin and other dark fruits, malty, bready, toffee, caramel, a little chocolate and some alcohol. Rich and fairly complex aroma.

Flavor is malty, chocolate, toffee, caramel, dark fruits, some alcohol. Slightly sweet, but finishes rather dry.

Body felt thin, low carbonation.

Only my second doppelbock, but this was far superior to the cloyingly sweet Samuel Adams Double Bock that originally frightened me from the style. Sweetness is kept in check and balanced nicely with the Celebrator.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2010 02:58:07 | More by elgiacomo
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4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: An exceedingly dark brown body capped by about two fingers of creamy, tan-tinged head that leave only a few bare patches of lacing.

Aroma: Dark fruit and smoke over rich, earthy, and sweet caramel malt.

Flavor: Smokiness, mild coffee, and dark fruit over a toasty, earthy, and burnt sugar-like malt backbone. Lightly bitter hops keep everything decently balanced. No sign of the moderately-high alcohol content. Cereal grains, dark fruit, and herbal hops in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy with smooth medium carbonation. Dries in the finish.

Drinkability: Easily quaffable, this is remarkably sessionable.

Verdict: Complex and tasty, yet highly drinkable, Celebrator is a brilliant example of the Doppelbock style. Not big and boozy like others in this style, this is a more fine tuned and subtle approach.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2010 20:41:09 | More by BeanBone
Photo of generallee

New York

4.93/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 11.2oz bottle into a stange glass. The back label lists the abv at 6.7% however there is no freshness date.

Appearance: The body has a very dark brown color in the glass and when held up to light it has nice garnet highlights. Some small bubbles of carbonation can be seen in the highlights and near the edges of the glass. On top sits a tight head of light brown foam which slowly settles down to small cap that hangs on till the last sip. Lacing is slick and slides right down the glass as I drink.

Smell: In the nose I get notes of sweet caramel, fresh sweet bread, ripe fruit and a kiss of German hops.

Taste/Palate: The flavor has a sweet overall character with moderate hoping that comes through in the end to finish things up without becoming too sweet or cloying. Up front are the caramel candy, brown sugar, light molasses and brown pear like fruit notes. Towards the finish bready notes become more toasted and mix with some light hop flavors to temper the overall sweetness. The finish is short and still on the sweet side but in a good way. Carbonation is lively enough to lift the palate of the solid, smooth, and full body and leave you wanting that next sip.

Notes: All I need to say here is outstanding!!! When I think about Doppelbock beer this is the beer I will think of and compare all others to.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2010 20:57:53 | More by generallee
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark and murky brown color with shining bright red highlights. The beautiful brew is crowned by a one-finger creamy off-white head. The moderately high carbonation levels send out an aroma of light grainy malt with gentle hints of dark fruits. The aroma is echoed in the drink with a sweet malty flavor supported by delicious dark fruits and subtle alcohol warmth. The body is light and allows the tastes to flow quickly throughout the palate. The finish is light and quick as the sweet malty brew fades into a crisp clean lager end. The only thing left is a touch of lingering warmth and a great memory!

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2010 03:41:50 | More by manahansf
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4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 11.2oz bottle into a glass mug.

A- Dark copper/brown with ruby edges. ~2 fingers of tan head. Head dwindles slowly to a nice thin cap. Minimal lacing

S- Subdued caramel/molasses sweetness. Hints of dark fruits emerge as it warms

T- Roasty, raisiny, molasses maltiness, with a touch of smokiness. Moderate to quite sweet, with a charred caramel bitterness on the finish. Quite delicious.

M- Moderate to slightly low carbonation. Medium-full feeling, and a bit syrupy.

D- Very good. Bursting with flavor....sweet without being cloying....easy drinking.

Future outlook: Easily the best bock / doppelbock that I have had...will happily purchase again.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2010 03:17:52 | More by DoctorDog
Photo of lordofthewiens


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

What other doppelbocks aspire to be. In a pilsner glass the beer was a dark reddish brown with a small tan head. It had a wonderful aroma: chocolate, fruitcake, a little caramel. Also a great taste, chocolaty, sweet dark fruit, some caramel. Very smooth, perfect carbonation. Would drink this anytime.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2010 13:31:06 | More by lordofthewiens
Photo of Parrotbeak


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

Nice, burgundy color with a ruby accent. Eighth inch mocha head that thins out slowly, becoming slightly patchy.
Smell is fresh, slightly smokey, slightly chocolatey malts. Little bit of toffee.
Rich malts tinged with chocolate. Slightly smokey, with some peaty leather. Some mocha and faint maple syrup. Delicious.
Mouthfeel is velvety and smooth, yet with a perfect level of carbonation.
Very drinkable. The second time I've had this one, and it's even better.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2010 01:32:09 | More by Parrotbeak
Photo of JordanEllwanger


4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

So dark and nearly opaque with a fine dark amber hue to its edges, and a creamy off white tone to its head. A rich dark and sugary smell hit the noise instantly. A finer sent of perfectly ripe bananas and a delicious bled of malts becomes apparent. Such a great taste, smooth, rich, and caramel with only a tiny hint of the coffee ground taste. In fact enough to make it enjoyable. May be overbearing for beginners but is non the less strongly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2010 06:21:32 | More by JordanEllwanger
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District of Columbia

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

Deep brown color with dark ruby hues on the edges. A medium tan to brown head. Decent visible carbonation for how dark the beer is. Good head retention with some lacing on the glass.

Lots of malt going on. Some sweet breadiness up front with a definite roasted character and some caramel as well. Hints of chocolate towards the end.

Slightly sweet, lots of bread and biscuit flavors and plenty of roasted character. Also a strong raisin and other dark fruit flavor. A hint of hops towards the end but still mostly malty and sweet.

Rich, full body and rather sweet. A powdery, almost chewy mouthfeel. Overall a big, complex, and very malty beer. A great showcase of what malts can really do for a beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2010 14:22:27 | More by goldbot
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4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

(Note: had this for the first time about six months ago, just incorporating my notes)

Into a tulip, exhibits a nice, bubbly head that dissipates quickly and reemerges decently upon agitation. The body is an orange/reddish color with excellent legs as I tilt the glass.

Aromas are an intense combination of caramel, ice cream, toffee, and baked apple pie. Exhibits a similar bouquet as a Belgian ale such as a Trappist dubbel or quad.

Malty yet delicious flavors that include toffee, caramel, syrup (maple of the Canadian variety), and some candy. That may sound too sweet to many, but trust me, all of the flavors balance out VERY WELL. Yum nommy noms.

The mouthfeel is syrupy (like the taste) yet crisp (also like the taste). An overall medium-strength consistency that borders on the heavy side as I swish it on the palate.

Overall, this one is a classic and for very good reason. Most people here in the states will be popping their Doppelbock cherry with Ayinger's Doppelbock, including myself, and that is no bad thing. If there were an ale I would compare it with, the Okahom's Baltic Porter is the closest in taste and aromas.

Now if I had some baked apple pie or perhaps some of that stinky cheese someone told me about, this would be heaven.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2010 07:48:37 | More by jminsc76
Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 4,968 ratings.