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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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5,289 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,289
Reviews: 2,216
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 343
Gots: 419 | FT: 18
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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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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2001)
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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
Photo of perrymarcus
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a pilsner glass.

pours a dark cola brown - borderline mahogany - while yielding a frothy 1"+ head; decent retention, some patchy lacing evident.

nose isn't as bold as i sort of expected given all the glowing reviews, but it's decent: malty, with some dark fruits and a spice presence.

a sip and the somewhat unimpressive aroma is forgotten. a lot going on in the robust, malt-forward flavor: notes of cherry, figs, dates, spice, a bit of caramel, even touch of smokiness. not much in the way of hops, but a damn tasty beer. medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall, i'd stop short of naming this the world-beater that i kind of expected, but that doesn't change the fact that it's an excellent beer.

perrymarcus, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of fx20736
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a goblet.

Poured yielded a 1 inch cratered khaki head that dissolved into a foamy ring after 1st sip but leaves some nice lacing. Color is beautiful, almost black and seems opaque until held up to a light where it turns into a deep garnet that barely allows light to seep through.

Aroma is bready malt with a very muted fruitiness that becomes very pruny as the glass warms. No Hops detected at all.

Moutheel is slippery, almost buttery.

Taste: Mein Gott in Himmel! Where do I begin? The overall impression I get is a burnt malt smokiness followed by a syrupy sweetness full of prunes and dates and figs. This is a lager? With it's fruity, maltiness, it's seems more like a Porter or a Tripel.

This is definitely a warmer, a way to pass the evening when snow is still on the ground and the baseball season is a ways away,

It's amazing that when I review a beer it disappears so quickly as I try to analyze it's taste. I am sad as I only bought a single 12 oz. bottle. At $ 3.95 a bottle it is not a beer to buy cavalierly and as it is Summer not really seasonal but the reviews of this beer so beguiled me I had to try it.

This Doppelbock will make an entry into my basement this Winter.

I can hardly wait.

fx20736, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of IronLover
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a bottle with no freshness date. Dark brown in color with reddish hues on the edges of the glass. Poured with a brief off-white foam that quickly reduced to thin wisps and no lacings. Sweet dark fruit aromas, fig, raisin, with sweet molasses and dark caramel malt. Fuller bodied with tight carbonation, smooth up front with a slight resinous feel toward the end. Dark malt and sugary molasses flavor throughout with a bit of bitter hoppiness showing up in the middle through to the end. Finishes with a touch of heat and lingering malty sweetness.

IronLover, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of doughanson78
3.5/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Very dark but not black. When held to the light you get very dark red highlights shining through. Light brown one finger head. Just OK lacing.

S: Dark fruits. Dark cherries, plums, raisins, & wine grapes. Sweet caramel malts. Slight hints of roasted malts. Maple syrup. Very light chocolate and coffee.

T: Caramel at first. Dark cherries, raisins, & other dark fruits. Very light chocolate notes and an almost undetectable coffee bitterness. A maple syrup flavor throughout. Very sweet.

M: Pretty light. Low carbonation. Would have liked a syrupy/creamy feel to go with the smell and taste.

O: This is a very complex style. So much going on the the aroma and taste. I will need to have a bad beer in this style to better weight my ratings. I know now that this style isn't for me. To sweet for me.

doughanson78, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of pinni
4.63/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Comes in a bottle with a little plastic ornament dangling on a red string. Poured, slightly cool, into a pint glass. This beer is dark, nearly no light gets through this deep, dark, amber-brown liquid. It's a sight to behold.

S: The smell is my favorite part: Dark fruit, rasins, some woody-nuttiness. YUM.
Taste: You get that dark fruit and raisons, a sweetness with a little bit of alcohol and a lingering coffee in the finish.

O: What a delightful beer. I would definitely get another for a special occasion, definitly a celebration in a glass!

pinni, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of FosterJM
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

564th Review on BA
Bottle to Pils glass
11.2 oz

Thanks to my comadre for the gift!

App- As dark as some stouts I've seen but with more highlights running through. A giant 3 finger head that was fast to recede and leaves no cling but a film of head.

Smell- Spices mingle with malts that take on a dark cherry tinge and then follow up some roast notes. It's good and it's inviting.

Taste- One of my all time favorite tasting beers. One of the first craft imports I had and I was hooked. The dark cherry with spice remains and mingles with the lower but present ABV. Malts also remain with some roasted nuts.

Mouth- Medium bodied with a medium carbonation level. Not as thick as I remember but tasty cherry flavors remain.

Drink- So flavorful but retains a small quality. Balanced, flavorful, not a palate wrecker or tries to be what it's not. I'll come back to this beer a lot. One of the best

FosterJM, Jun 16, 2011
Photo of gabedivision
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 11oz bottle to a pint glass.

Pours a deep dark brown, with faint reddish highlights and a 2 finger beige head that turns to a nice bubbly lace and stays with the the beer the whole way down. Smells of roasted coffee beans , bitter sweet chocolates, sour apples and grapes, and pear juice. Sweet chocolates and fruits are sandwiched in between a big mouthfull of bready malts and a smooth coffee/coca bean finish, awesome. Slight friendly alcohol presence can also be found towards the end of a sip. Creamy velvety smooth on the feel with a nice big body. Extremely enjoyable, delicious. Wish i could give it all 5's.

gabedivision, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of rowingbrewer
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark brown with minimal light making its way through, it also poured a 2-3 finger tan head that quickly receded. the smell is slightly sweet almost caramelized with some roasted malt hints as well. the flavor is mildly sweet with a good roasted malt backbone. the mouthfeel is medium with decent carbonation. overall this is my favorite doppelbock

rowingbrewer, Jun 14, 2011
Photo of seanyfo
4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

33cl bottle poured into my Celebrator chalice.

BBE 04/2011

A- 1 finger tan creamy head sitting on top of a dark mahogany body with excellent clarity. Lacing and head retention is low.

S- Munich malts, dark plummy notes,some doughiness, wholemeal bread with a hint of a heavy fruit cake.

T- Dark sweet fruits and strong toasty malt presence a wholemeal bread quality. Creamy milk chocolate in the finish. Alcohol very well hidden, deliciously smooth finish.

M- Medium/full body and medium carbonation, clean finish.

D- Delicious malty doppelbock with a lovely balanced flavour profile. Hint of chocolate creaminess in the finish balances the toasty malt and makes it wonderfully smooth. Excellent.

seanyfo, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of tjsdomer2
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: I was a bit disappointed with the appearance. No real foam to speak of, and the lacing left something to be desired. It looks like Coke. It's darker than Coke, so no light gets through, which I thought was cool. Very thick, but not syrupy. Very good, but not elite.

Smell: Also not great at first, but awesome as it warmed. Very sweet, mostly like caramel. Heavily malted and smoky, but not really roasted, something that I've noticed in other reviews. Great complexity.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Basically a whole lot of smoky sugar with a slight hop bitterness in the finish...VERY slight. This is basically a Cinnabon in a beer. Medicinal warming mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Increbidle bedtime beer.

Overall: Disappointed initially, blown away by the time I finished.

tjsdomer2, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of rundocrun
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 11.2 fl. oz. brown bottle with a little prancing ram trinket around the neck. No freshness date to be found.

A - Pours a deep molasses brown (looks nearly as thick!) Yields a finger of light tan head that is extremely creamy and rich-looking. When held up to the light it has some light brown and amber highlights.

S - Strong hints of brown sugar, molasses, cocoa nibs and toasted grains.

T - Rich and sweet up front. Lots of molasses and dark chocolate character. Incredibly creamy and smooth. A slight bourbony booziness is present along with some bitterness from the hops and dark malt. This beer is good, but almost overkill on the sweet factor for me (but that is just the nature of the doppelbock style)

M - As noted earlier, creamy smooth texture with mild carbonation. Medium to thick body. Leaves the mouth feeling sticky like I just ate a stack of pancakes and syrup.

rundocrun, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.95/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: As black as tar with extremely dark brown tones. Half an inch of creamy looking head.

S: The malt is what really stands out.

T: Malty and semi-sweet. World class taste.

M: Thick and full bodied. Medium to low carbonation. Very pleasant aftertaste.

O: Hands down one of the best beers in the world. So incredibly well rounded and unique, any time I have the chance to have one I take it.

DaftCaskBC, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of claytong
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's so sad I was in Austria for so long and never drank this over there since it's probably half the price and comes in a half liter.

i served this a little warm (bout 60)

Appearance - tan head, inch on somewhat controlled pour has died down. maple syrup brown in color

Smell - chocolate malt, raisin, lots of yummy malts

Taste - the same as smell

Mouthfeel - bloody nice, smooth, creamy, strong body, medium carbonation

claytong, Jun 01, 2011
Photo of Berticus
3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was this a skunked beer?
The smell- sweet, nutty, like a good dopplebock should smell
the head was a thin light brown that quickly faded

Taste was watery but sweet and nutty like a dunkel, way more watery than i expected
Mouthfeel was crisp
maybe just a case of high hopes

Berticus, May 31, 2011
Photo of lnashsig
4.9/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Many thanks to Beenitty for the chance to try this! I have actually never had it before, and haven't had much exposure to this beer style at all.

Poured into my DFH snifter, pours a pitch black, completely opaque color. Off white/beige head fills the top of the glass then slowly recedes, leaving a crackly 1 finger worth of cloud-like head that never dissipates. Smell- Molasses, tea leaves, faint bourbon, bready malt. Taste- molasses first to the back of the throat. A roasty faint coffee flavor next. Oh wow. So much going on here, very hard to describe the complexity of this brew. There is a definite appearance of a bourbon flavor here, but it is offset by the roasty bitterness. I'm shocked. Why the hell haven't I been drinking dobblebocks all along? This is an amazing brew. I now forgive the Germans for their short-sighted Reinheitsgebot laws. Mouthfeel- this is perfection. Drinkability- for 6.7%, there is no alcohol feeling here. This is just amazing.

lnashsig, May 30, 2011
Photo of DCon
4.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 12oz bottle of this @ Lukas Liquor in Ellisville, MO for $3.49. Has a Celebrator Ram around a string, around the bottle. Have had this bock around 4 times in the past year (both bottle & on-tap from Lukas Liquor) and now getting the chance to review it. Poured from the Un-Dated Bottle into my New Belgium Wide Mouthed Snifter.

Appearance- Has a darkest brown/red body you can get to in description with a 1 finger, off white head that keeps bubbles at the top for a while. Nice carbonation!

Smell- Very dark, caramel, and dark chocolate notes with a raisin finish. Has tons of malt and stout like characteristics.

Taste- Has massive taste of raisin/plum with a hint of chocolate. Light on the hops but the bitterness is perfect! Nice fruit background (not sure what kind) and then has a sweet finish (not so bitter). Have to have it yourself to understand!

Mouthfeel- Full Bodied, Medium carbonation, Sticky at the end, and leaves burnt caramel taste on the palate!

Overall- Are you kidding me? This is my 5th time coming back to this beer! One of top Doppelbock's I've ever had! Would suggest to anyone trying the style. I may not be able to drink more than one but its still fantastic!

DCon, May 27, 2011
Photo of chriskq
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a frosty mug.

A-This beer was a deep, dark brown, damn near black. Bottle looked great. Huge head on this beer that wouldn't go away until I was nearly finished with it. Awesome.
S- Two words popped into my head when I poured this and took a whiff; sweet and smokey. Real nice.
T- Real deep, complex flavors of caramel and hops. I was pleasantly surprised.
M- Very creamy and smooth. You get a little smokiness through your nose going down.

This was a fantastic beer. I'm not sure what the meaning behind celebrator is, but it fits well with this beer. It's not something you would knock back while watching the game, this is a beer for special occasions. Even an after dinner beer. I really enjoyed it.

chriskq, May 25, 2011
Photo of Chaney
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I haven't had a Doppelbock in a while.

A: The darkest doppel I've ever seen: Almost pitch black, with a massive two finger head, that left a slight trail of dried bubbles up and down the glass as the brew was siphoned.

S: Beet sugar, plums, caramel, and maybe a tinge of nuttiness. None of this was particularly strong and no flavor dominated. Homogeny at work!

T: A model for the style: Not too rich or sugary. However, the chocolate notes were prominent and the caramel wasn't far behind. Malted milk ball, with dark fruit in the mix, and a very smooth finish. Love it!

M: Creamy as hell, not sugary in the least, low carbonation, and low-moderate lacing.

O: I'm not a huge fan of this style, but this one is the exception. A model brew for the style... not to mention kick-ass bottle art and packaging.

Chaney, May 21, 2011
Photo of bum732
4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

S: Marriage of rich bready malt and dark fruits, a little more of the former. Raisins and dried fruit mostly.

L: Very dark brown with light tan head that dissipates.

T: Rich raisin bread with some dark fruitiness up front. Quick mild herbal bitterness yields another wave of bready, toasty crust and raisins. Finishes semi-sweet with enough balance. Fairly clean with a touch of grape skins in the finish. Perhaps some prune juice as well?

M: Medium mouthfeel, clean with medium carbonation.

Just amazing, a perfect combo of flavors and aromas. I've yet had a doppelbock thats even close to this classic.

bum732, May 20, 2011
Photo of beerandcycling88
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my Iron Horse mug.

A Pours a dark brown cola like color with a 2 finger off white head that had good retention.

S The nose had lots of dark fruit, and some malty bread notes.

T More bread, caramel, some toffee, some dark fruit quite enjoyable.

M a medium leaning towards heavy body with pretty good carbonation.

Overall this is quite an excellent beer and an enjoyable way to spend an afternoon. If you are a fan of big malty beers this one should be on your list to try.

beerandcycling88, May 15, 2011
Photo of DrDemento456
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up at Fat Heads with the bottle discount came to only 3 bucks. Bought this since I was told it had subtle maple tones...

A - Man what a cool looking bottle. Especially with the plastic goat thing... ow the beer! Wow a very heavy brown since I can see some light with a nice tan colored head and tons of carbonation bubbles. Looks lovely and fresh since no sediment.

S - Smells of brown sugars, toffee and caramel with just a mild bite of alcohol. Smells a bit maple like I guess.

T - Smooth with a nice bit of roast that rounds to candied sugars and sweetness does have a touch of maple too it. Slight chocolate as well and finishes clean with no bitter roast, hops, or even ABV burn. Man what a good beer.

M - ABV is pretty moderate for me and it drank with a medium body but sipping was rather easy.

Overall wow what a Doppel Bock! Tons of flavors using only the basic ingredients to make a beer. Nothing artificial or anything added! Will keep this in mind if I am ever at Fat Heads again.Tasty.

DrDemento456, May 15, 2011
Photo of aval89
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pretty much looks like Coke soda.. dark brown with dark amber shades when put up to the light.. solid 2 finger fizzy head.. gets creamy..

S: cocoa, brown sugar, figs, raisins, roasted malts, & bready yeast character ..

T: upfront I got figs & some dark fruits.. the roasted malts come in with some brown sugar & hints of cocoa...some slight alcohol detection with some bready yeast.. finish has a slight bitter cherry flavor going on. Also some nuttiness, almost like a brown ale..

Mf: has a full medium feel with a nice carbonation level.. semi dry finish on the palate..

O: overal this is a great beer.. considering it only uses water, hops, malt, & yeast, it is very complex.. a standard among doppelbocks.

aval89, May 14, 2011
Photo of jethrodium
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle. Pours a very dark brown that looks like cola when held up to the light. Two finger tan head that has good retention and never completely disappears. Leaves a huge amount of lacing on the glass. Aroma is brown sugar, a light nuttiness, roasted malt, molasses, and a yeasty breadiness. The initial taste is a sweet nuttiness with a good amount of roast. Brown sugar is also present along with molasses. The finish has some more nuttiness and breadiness as well as a light bitterness. Medium-heavy body. Relatively low carbonation. Could probably use a bit more carbonation. Overall a pretty enjoyable beer. Very smooth.

jethrodium, May 13, 2011
Photo of legalpete19340
4.9/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: This is beer. Mahogany colored with a perfect head that never went anywhere.

S: Sweet bread. That is the nose on this guy. Caramel and great malt notes.

T: Sweetness pushes through early on in molasses and dried fruit, perhaps raisins and plums. Then huge bready malts and just the slightest thread of pure alcohol near the end.

M: Perfect. Medium and slightest bit chewy when you want it, smooth and light when you dont.

O: The goat has been hanging from the stick in my jeep for years because this is a beer to remember. So enjoyable from start to finish. The Doppelbock. Brilliant in its simple complexity.

legalpete19340, May 13, 2011
Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
95 out of 100 based on 5,289 ratings.