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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

5,127 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 5,127
Reviews: 2,209
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 328
Gots: 367 | FT: 16
Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website
Germany

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

poured into a tulip.

A.

A very dark beer...dark brown/reddish almost to the point of black. about 2 fingers worth of head.

S.

I'm getting a nice malt aroma. Some roasted malt flavors and some dark fruits in there. similar to a dark pumpernickel or raisin bread.

T.

same as nose. sweet malts. dark fruit tones with a little bit of bittnerness.

M.

about medium bodied. low carbonation, which is perfect for this type of beer. A pretty smooth tasting beer. aftertaste a little dry from the bitterness.

D.

very high. At 6.7%, I could have a couple of these. Only bought a single but could easily have another. great taste, not too filling.

cetherid, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of vette2006c5r
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 2

Wow what can I say about this beer. It pours black witha tan creamy head that stayed throughout. Looks very much like a stout. Smells very very malty with a strong choclate flavor. The taste is strong and heavy. Very heavy in the malt, strong choclate flavor. The heavy flavors kick you in the mouth. Deffently a sipping beer. Overall a fantastic beer. A must have.

vette2006c5r, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of mariposafan
4.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A fairly hard pour gives 2 fingers of beige foam that takes a few minutes to settle to lacing. The beer is dark, dark brown until held up to the light when it shows a clear dark ruby color.

The smell is roasted malts and dried fruits with some sweetness.

The taste is rich, semi-sweet fruits and chocolate. Some back-of-the-tongue bitterness with a dry finish. As it warms the fruitiness comes to the fore.

The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with some alcohol drying it out just a bit.

Easy, easy drinking beer. It would be unwise for me to have more than one but the temptation is definitely there.

mariposafan, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of BeerNinja007
3.4/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got a 330mL single of this apparently epic brew at Harvest Fine Wine in West Hartford CT for $3.18. Served cold in a chilled goblet.

A hard pour of this dark brown brew gives a reluctant 1/2" of creamy tan head that settles quickly to a thin layer. A generous level of carbonation is seen clinging to the inside of the glass. The nose is spot-on, thick and bready, brown sugar, some earthy nutty kind of aspects, banana. The feel is only moderately thick, fairly dry, with a fairly aggressive carbonation. Taste is kind of muddy- some earthy bitterness, burnt molasses, maybe some anise... all lumped together, none of it is distinct. Taste is much less interesting than the smell. Finishes with lingering bitter earth, mostly dry.

Pretty mediocre in my opinion, certainly nothing special. More like a dunkel than a doppelbock, especially in the lack of sweetness or body. Can't believe it rates this highly.

BeerNinja007, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of chalsk
1.95/5  rDev -55.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Overrated. Pours a dark amber brown color with a thick white foam head. Has a yeasty aroma of dark fruit and toffee. Has a dry bitter taste with notes of dark fruit and caramel. The mix doesn't work for me. Too doughy and too sweet. To each their own.

chalsk, Oct 21, 2010
Photo of HURTemHIZZY
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice beer. I'm a typical narrow-minded beerdrinker and tend to look down on lagers. This, however, has changed my mind. So delicious.

Pours a nice dark brown with a 2 finger medium tan head with nice retention and solid lacing. Color fades to tan-red when thinned. Smell is toasted grains, chocolate, and just a touch of hop bitterness.

Flavor is great. HUGE notes of chocolate and dark fruits shine, and give way to a bit of toasted grains and a bit of a hop presence. Delicious brew.

Nice medium to full bodied mouthfeel. Slight bit of prickly carbonation keep it alive.

HURTemHIZZY, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of patobandito
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour a nice deep brown with a small disappearing head. The aroma has hints of smoke and chocolate. The taste is lovely with black malt, b, caramel, nuts, smoke notes, and a dry coffee taste Soft and creamy palate. Everything about this beer is so subtle and insanely balanced. Just an insanely pleasant beer.

patobandito, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of dragonWhale
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Are you supposed to remove the goat before opening?

A beautiful dark brown pour, the glass wears the lace proudly like a negligee.
Toasted malt and a bit of chocolate character. The toast is complex and a bit arrogant.
Flavor follows suit, very little hop notice. Finishes dry and extremely pleasant. I could drink this all day.
A delightful beer that I will attempt to not finish so my lady can try it upon her return. Wish me luck.

dragonWhale, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of velosuds
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date apparent. Paid $3.29 local natural foods store.

A-Pours a medium chestnut brown with a two finger foamy beige head with good retention and modest lacing.

S-Roasted and caramel malts, dark dried fruits like raisins and prunes with slight chocolate notes.

T-Malty sweetness followed by slight hop bitterness finished with chocolate covered fruit flavor.

M-Smooth and well carbonated.

D-Not sure why this is so highly rated. May very well be a fine Doppelbock, but I wasn't as impressed as I expected to be. Perhaps it has more to do with a preference for ales over lagers.

velosuds, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of biboergosum
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle, this was a favorite at an office party where I provided the input to the beer selection, a few years ago, at least now. Time to enjoy it while off the clock, I suppose.

This beer pours a moderately hazy, deep dark cola colour, with a multitude of foamy, bubbly, and somewhat creamy beige head, which leaves some solid spidery lace around the glass as it gradually settles.

It smells of musty caramel/toffee malt, softly bittersweet sticky molasses, muddled black fruit, bready biscuit notes, and floral, spicy hops. The taste is lightly roasted caramel malt, well-aged dark fruit, slick cafe au lait, ethereal chalky cocoa, a twinge of salty nuttiness, tobacco ash, and adequately bitter leafy, earthy hops.

The carbonation is quite mild, but hardly absent from its underlying duties, the body medium-full in weight, subtly rich, and decently smooth by the same measure. It finishes in a nicely balanced manner, the lingering malt complexities and noble hops acting like they've been through this a few times before.

Nothing surprising here - the effusive, long-running hype is more than well deserved. Call it what you will - the blueprint, the (almost) progenitor, whatever, this is a deftly rendered, crazily easy to drink, amped-up dark lager, for all your latent winter-despising needs.

biboergosum, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of haazer
4.85/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a hefeweizen glass.

A- Pours a thick chocolatey colored head. An amber, dark brown appearance to the brew. Bottom of the glass is a see through red glow, however up towards stubborn settling head is the dark brown, almost non see through chocolate color. Almost no lacing. The goat charm gets points just because.

S- Roasted peanuts, which is making me want some like crazy. Hints of chocolate and caramel. Smell the yeast in the slightest. The roasted peanuts though for me at least, is the most dominant.

T- Let me say something, this is only the second dopplebock I've ever tried, but I'm willing to bet anyone that I'll never taste a better one. Lets see, caramel, chocolate, roasted malts, the peanut flavor is there, and bread. This thing reminds me of malt powder somewhat in a milk shake, or the malt ball candy you can buy. Not only will this most certainly be the best dopplebock I've had, but also most likely, and currently one of the best tasting beers I've ever had.

M- Super creamy. Feels like buttermilk. Medium bodied. Slightly sweet on the palatte.

D- Incredible. Glad when I went to Total Wine that I got a fourpack instead of just one. When I go to the best distributor in my area next time, I'll be tempted to buy a case. No hint of alcohol whatsoever. The only thing from keeping this beer perfect is the appearance is good. Yes, MERELY good. Everything else is just incredible.

Notes: Prost to Franz Inselkammer for making such a great beer. I'd still say Belgians have the edge, but this beer does make me proud of my heritage.

haazer, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of tylernim
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a 16oz tulip. Great looking beer. Dark brown to red tint. Minimal head on this one that dissipated fairly soon.

S - Smell intensifies at it warms. Lots of malt up front with light fruit coming through. Definite Caramel notes.

T - Perhaps a tad bit of chocolate, definite caramel. Fruit follows through, moving to the front as time moves on.

M - Medium to light. Slight carbonation on the tongue.

D - About where I would expect from a 6-7%. A few beers is possible.

Great beer. Will have to go for the four pack next time!

tylernim, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of liddytime
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11oz bottle into a standard beer glass.

This doppelbock pours a beautiful, dark, hazelnut brown. It's nearly opaque! I get a bit of caramel-dipped fruit in the aroma. Perhaps prunes with chocolate sauce!

On my first sip, it's like drinking silk! I can't wait for the next! So smooth!

It's hard to pinpoint the taste since there is so much going on in here.... maybe burnt caramel over cocoa puffs!! Spicy, chocolatey and biscuity. Just enough alcohol warmth to cut through the malt and sweetness. Very easy to drink for a 7% ABV beer.

I see now what all the fuss was about with Celebrator Doppelbock. A legendary brew and a truly enjoyable experience.

I'm glad I got the 4-pack!

liddytime, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of cbutova
4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes taken by a campfire in Acadia National Park.

A- Crimson red around the edge of a dark, brown body. Huge, very creamy head with great retention. Tons of lace all over the glass.

S- Instantly like it. The biggest thing here to me is the old caramel malt and nice slight spicy/earthy/floral German hop notes. Raisins, vanilla, rum come to mind. Old ale feeling.

T- Just like the smell but made better by truffley chocolate. Added to the caramel, German hops and dark fruit, it is delicious. Reminds me of a liqueur in a way. Very nice hop usage.

MF- Light and it makes it all the better. The low carbonation allows the flavors to really shine. Slight bitterness.

DB- Extremely drinkable for such a highly flavorful beer. The body allows the taste to truly shine. Has an Old Ale-like flavor set but drinks like an APA. Has to be the most complex and flavorful beer for the price.

cbutova, Oct 14, 2010
Photo of BranfordBound
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle into a pint

Pours nearly black with a lovely three finger tan head that lasts for quite some time. Leaves nice lacing.

Smells of sweet dark fruits dipped in molasses and rum.

Reminiscent of the nose, lots of sweet fruits, raisins, and molasses/brown sugar. Some chocolate in there as well, slightly bitter from the malts.

Surprisingly not heavily-bodied at all. Big flavor but medium bodied. Leaning towards a wet finish.

Superior drinkability. Celebrator is a 6.7% Doppelbock that goes down like water.

BranfordBound, Oct 13, 2010
Photo of MeMyselfNAles7
4.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My go to brew from Ayinger. Prime example of the style. Not to be missed, highly recommended.

Used a Mug and it pours a black, redish brown brew with a thick yellow medium crown. Nice body, good carbonation. Very nice on the nose, roasted malts, cocoa beans and rippen fruits.
The first tip is of cocoa developing into the malts and ending in a nice touch of coffe with litte hints of rippen fruit in the aftertaste. Great drinkabilty and very refreshing.

MeMyselfNAles7, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of LittleCreature
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Note: review from rough notes, drank at a pub in the town of Aying.

Appearance - 4.5
Long lasting cream coloured head over a clear, chestnut brown body.

Smell - 4.5
Sweet, very malty with just a little raisin-like fruitiness.

Taste - 4.5
Very chocolaty, the sweetness almost seems to have a lactic quality. Milk chocolate, sweet biscuits and dark bread upfront, then with a subtle raisin-like fruitiness to the end. Very little bitterness and no noticeable hop character.

Mouthfeel - 4.5
Fine carbonation, light to medium body, goes down very smoothly.

Drinkability - 4.0
I could easily have had a second, and a third. Too strong to be sessionable, but this is one very drinkable beer.

OVERALL
Fairly light for the Doppelbock style, and all the more drinkable for it. To me this is what a Doppelbock should be - malty, smooth, a little warming and very drinkable.

LittleCreature, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of bobhits
1.95/5  rDev -55.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Dark reddish brown, barely allows light through but it does, thin head that vanishes, I can't see any carbonation but it's so hard to see through this.

Sweet dark fruits and then quickly goes towards bitter but doesn't get there. I want to say plums and maybe a hint of cherry and some raisins. It seems like a double bock only a touch sweeter, less powerful, and somewhat subtle and boring. A touch of alcohol at the end just barely.

This is a top 100 beer? Are you joking me? Just a malt bomb that as a hint of bitter flavor at the finish. A dark fruity opening, plumbs and raises and maybe caramel/bready malt. More bready than caramel. The hops are earthy and they pack almost enough bitterness, but they don't balance this beer.

The mouth feel is really really well done. Plenty of carbonation but not so much I'm burping it up. Creamy enough to savor, but thin enough for the style and to drink.

Well this is also really drinkable. I don't like the beer. I rarely don't like a beer. I often think it's a weak example of a style or a style that isn't very well made. This one just isn't very good. If you want a better example of the style check out Weihenstephaner's example....it's far superior. So I'm torn. I dislike it, but it without the flavor actor is pretty drinkable. Ok....we'll go with a 2. Unimpressed but not awful.

bobhits, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of djmichaelk
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a perfect pint.

A - Ruby-edged brown with a towering off-white head. Great retention, and reasonable lacing around the glass.

S - Very nice. Much more on the malty side of a doppelbock, with some breadiness and a bit of yeast. The caramel and brown sugar are far away at the back of the room.

T - This is definitely right up my alley for the style. Too many (for me) doppels run too far to the sweet side, but this one sticks to the basics, with roasted malts, some earthiness, and a touch of yeast at the forefront. Yum.

M - Maybe a little on the thin side for me -- the carbonation is higher than I'm used to.

D - Mid-strong, and great flavors combine to make this a pretty drinkable beer. I could go through at least a few of these in a sitting.

O - The price is right, and the flavors are top-notch. Maybe as good as I've had in this style.

djmichaelk, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of IronCitySteve
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Wexord Ale House.

A: Pours a dark brown color with some amber hues. Once finger foam head that dissipates to a film, little to no lacing.

S: Lots of dark fruit, molasses, roasted coffee, bread and caramel.

T: Very sweet up front and throughout the whole tasting. It is a decent blend of all the malt characters.

M: Very slick and creamy.

D: This is a very sweet tasting Doppelbock. Almost too sweet for me. It is a nice brew but a one and done for me.

IronCitySteve, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of megahurts4
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock

Appearance: dark reddish brown, small head, and some good lacing.

Smell: caramel apple and malts.

Taste: hops, caramel, apple, and rich malts.

Mouthfeel: medium-thick.

Overall:
This is very nice. This good double bock seems like it would be syrup-y and heavy, but it is not. It is smooth and rich.

megahurts4, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

appearance; very dark brown, nearly black. Thimk light tan head that quickly reduces to a 1/2 cm. film.

smell; toasty malt sweetness with bitter coffee beans.

taste; heavy malt sweetness with a hint of toasty bitterness. Dark chocolate bitterness in the aftertaste.

mouthfeel; thick and creamy. Carbonation is gentle and piercing to the taste buds all at the same time. Very sticky and chewy, leaving a coating of flavor complexities in the mouth.

drinkability; very smooth and almost perfect. Slightly bitter aftertaste slows consumption a bit.

The best I've had of this style but not by much. Like Salvador or Optimator with a more complex bitterness that they lack.

Sachsenfreude, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark hazy russet brown color with some tan head. Smell is very malty, with some syrup, chocolate, rye bread, and some yeastiness. Taste follows suit, with some big sweet malt plays, and an interesting sweet potato taste, which may be due to a bit of oxidation. Still, a very good malty dopplebock. MF is medium, could maybe use a hint more carbonation. Good drinkability, definitely one I will revisit.

LordAdmNelson, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of kevinjosephlee
2.93/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured into a glass

A: A very dark brew with a ruby hue when held to the light. A white-ish head with moderate retention and good lacing.

S: Malts but with a very prominent maple syrup aroma. Pretty basic, no fruity notes.

T: The malty sweetness is a bit overbearing, almost cloying.

M: Full-bodied. Moderate-low carbonation. Cloying.

Notes: Not my favorite beer. I do feel a bit awkward rating a beer so differently from everyone else. I looked at the brothers' review and I see that I noticed similar flavors as them. But the overbearingness of the sweetness really takes away from this beer. I will save the rest of the brews and re-try them after having experienced some other dopplebocks.

kevinjosephlee, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of Reaper16
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle served into a tulip glass

Pours as brown as brown can be. The body is brown like the glass bottle it came in. A bit of red peeks through on the outermost edges. One finger of lightly tan head doesn't stick around for very long. Lacing is left behind in high arcs, like arched eyebrows.

This is the malt bomb to end all malt bombs. Nothing smells like this. It smells like the traditional "beer" scent taken to its logical extreme. Deeply browned cereal grains, tons of toasted baguette, something sweet like cake. There is a deep, pungeant smell coming from the intense malt profile that makes me think of stink bait for fishing (I bet that's the first time you've seen that description in a beer review. I know, I'm just as surprised). Some decent roast character lends itself to flutters of dark chocolate.

The abundance of malt carries over to the palate. This tastes like fruitcake dusted with coffee and caramelized under a kitchen blowtorch. So much sweetness - from the sugary flavors to the appleskin and berry esters - meet with the coffee-like roasted character and the super-toasted breadcrusts. Perhaps a tiny bit of oxidation. There's just enough hop bitterness to keep this beer honest, but after it warms up that bitterness just melds into the roast anyway. This is the textbook Dopplebock.

I adore the mouthfeel of this beer. It is definitely on the heavy side of medium-bodied but it isn't extremely thick. It has a very satisfying toothsome quality to it. The beer is carbonated but the bubbles aren't very assertive. This makes for a incomparably smooth drink. The heft of the beer as you swallow is so satisfying. I'd give this a 5.5 in mouthfeel if I could. Drinkability is damn good for the style. All this abundance of malt flavor at only 6.7% ABV is remarkable.

When you feel like a very malty lager there are few beers you should turn to before Celebrator. Absolutely perfect for these Fall evenings.

Reaper16, Sep 30, 2010
Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 5,127 ratings.