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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Ayinger Celebrator DoppelbockAyinger Celebrator Doppelbock

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4,873 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,873
Reviews: 2,194
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 279
Gots: 288 | 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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Photo of dpodratsky3

North Carolina

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

11.2 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Pours a dark almost black coffee color with a 3 finger dark tan, mocha frappuccino head.

S: Big malty aroma with a distinct molasses smell that is both sweet but almost bity/sour.

T: Taste much like the aroma implies. Malty, but yet a hint of hops, again with that rich molasses flavor, fades to slight alcohol but leaves your mouth coated with sweetness.

M: Dense feeling, and thick but without feeling heavy, very smooth. Doesn't dry very much at all.

D: For such a dark beer a very pleasant one to drink. However, do not fool yourself...you want to drink an entire 12 pack and you might try...but it won't happen.

Notes: The second doppelbock I've tasted (the other being Spaten Optimator). Superior to that beer, pretty much the definition of a doppelbock. Ach du meine Güte. Es ist gut, schon, super, toll, fantastisch, wunderbar, fabelhaft. And I could go on.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2009 01:17:51 | More by dpodratsky3
Photo of juhl31


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

this is a thanks to craig via trade!

-nice and dark. gives a reddish hue if youre looking from further away. had a solid head but it is gone and never came back

-smells of what i am going to call savory fruits...dried prunes and apricots. some malts for sure

-definitely some malts. some goood malts. i should harvest those. tight finish. cant really describe other distinct tastes other than those savory fruits a bit

-pretty solid easy feel. nice carb, smooth, super neat

-i like it. would go for more for the style. not sure if i could rock a full on boot, but i would be stoked for a liter

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2009 03:07:31 | More by juhl31
Photo of EliottJW


4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

thanks to cptierney for getting this into my hands via an in house trade. he'd told me about this beer for quite a while, saying that I had, had, HAD to try it out. as a lover of browns, porters and stouts... he knew this would be right up my alley when I wanted something new... and good god was he right.

this beer pours with the look of a solid porter. deep brown with a light tan head that sticks around for a while. my glass was freshly rinsed, so the head retention may have been negatively affected by that, but there was not much retention to speak of.

smells of malts... malts, malts and more malts... to be completely honest, this beer smells like the mash tun on brew day... and I love it! that's not to say that it's overly sweet though. I would assume that enough dark... maybe chocolate malts are used to balance this out. really enjoyable flavor that changes from the moment it hits your lips to 5 minutes after you swallowed your last sip.

perfectly carbonated, I get a faint tingle from the floor to the roof of my mouth as I take it in. medium body that really leaves a nice coating behind. really enjoyable.

this is one of the most drinkable beers I've ever had in my life. lower in ABV and higher in taste and overall enjoyability... that's coming from one who enjoys big beers much more than their counterpart... I really like this beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2009 02:59:37 | More by EliottJW
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4.63/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Deep brown color with a long-lasting, billowy, tan head.

Smell- Wonderful roasted aromas of coffee, chocolate and caramel; very warm and inviting.

Taste- Remarkably complex. Yeast, caramel, chocolate, coffee, molasses with well integrated hops that allow the malty flavors to shine. Slightly sweet.

Mouthfeel- Smooth as silk. Nice and full yet delicate.

Drinkability- Definitely a beer suited for a cold night. It has a lot of heft and the malty flavors make it nice as an after dinner beer. Somewhat powerful but the alcohol seems to be perfectly balanced with everything else this beer has to offer.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2009 20:53:47 | More by apbarwood
Photo of KDReeves


4.97/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Without fail, in my humble opinion, the very definition of beer.

As a doppelbock, you would expect dark, rich, nutty, flavorful experiences, and you'd be right. The richness of this brew blossoms extraordinarily. It is a strong, present contender, so young palates may raise an eyebrow more than once both at first taste and as the taste experience expands.

It's got a toasted, caramel quality to it, that twinge of sugary goodness a tiny but important aspect.

I cannot express how important it is to give this beer it's space and give it time to really flourish in your mouth. Take your time with it and enjoy the particularly fantastic aftertaste.

Without doubt, one of the finest beer experiences I've ever had, hands down. You'll rarely find my house without at least a few bottles of this. We've collected so many plastic goats - hung around the neck of each bottle; "bock" is German for "goat" - that we could start some kind of craft fair!

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2009 19:00:49 | More by KDReeves
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4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served from a 11.2fl oz bottle into my pilsner glass

Pours a very dark brown color that when held to the light it barely passes through. Nice three inch mocha colored head, very frothy. Great head retention that slowly fades and leaves some lacing clinging to the sides of my glass.

Smell consist of roasted malt, dark brown sugar, and dark chocolate.

Sweet chocolate and roasted malts upfront that lingers into a mildly bitter coffee taste which is not harsh at all like you see in some other beers. Slight cocoa flavor shows up along with a cola like taste. As this warms it gets sweeter.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Smooth and sweet aftertaste. Goes down very nice.

This beer goes down smooth and has a good flavor profile that lets you know you are drinking a beer. Lets just say I was AMAZED drinking this beer and it has been a long time since a beer has wowed me during the experience of drinking it. This one is definitely going to be a staple in my fridge.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2009 23:05:09 | More by tr4nc3d
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4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into large oversized snifter

A: Dark charred brown color with almost no light through, thick frothy 1 finger head with good retention

N: Nose has some sweet dark malts with a little alcohol, deep fruits like raisin and a cramy scent

T: Taste starts with the rich malts and raisin, then moves to a strange dark biscuit like almost chocolate powder with a Christmasy taste that I can't figure out, more rich deep molases like syrupy taste, a slight sweet buttery candi sugar taste like caramelized bananas with walnuts

M: Mouth is very thick and frothy as well as syrupy as it coats the mouth

F: Finish is sweet but not too much, leaves more of the burnt brown sugar taste and toffee, makes my mouth water like crazy for more

Final thoughts: Not heavy on spices like I thought it would be, but lots of deep earthy fruits and rich malts, as well as caramelized sugars and fruits, surprisingly very drinkable for a double boch and celebration style beer. I can see why its so highly rated. I'm glad I can get ahold of this stuff easily. I'll be drinking a lot more in the fall.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2009 00:47:25 | More by jlindros
Photo of TommyW


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

A- Dark red/brown body with a beautiful tan head.

S- Very bready with undertones of caramel and molasses. There is also a very faint hop aroma mixed with alcohol.

T- Huge malt base that creates a taste of bread, molasses, caramel, nuts and some toasted bread crusts.

M- Very full mouthfeel, basically chewy. Just the right amount of carbonation to support the huge malty base.

D- An incredible doppelbock; second to very few. Definitely a must try.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2009 02:46:35 | More by TommyW
Photo of BarrelO


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

11.2oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

A: Deep reddish-brown with a big white head that coats the glass with lacing.

S: Dark fruits and an ample dose of roastiness.

T: Nice fruity and toffee-ish sweetness. A touch of roasted notes. Just enough hops in the back to make their presence felt and balance everything out.

M: Lighter than the appearance would let on, but not effervescent.

D: The reigning heavyweight champion not only of doppelbocks but of German beers in general. One of my favorite things about DC in the winter is the fact that The Big Hunt has this on tap. I don't necessarily enjoy this as much as I do other beers, and I probably couldn't have more than a couple in a single sitting. But there really isn't a single off note with this beer. Sweet without being cloying, roasty without being astringent, this beer almost single-handedly justifies the Reinheitsgebot.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2009 02:45:28 | More by BarrelO
Photo of hardy008


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

Pours a foamy tan 3 finger head with a dark brown color. The aroma and taste consist of sweet malt, caramel, dark fruit, and molasses. The flavor is sweet and spicy, with some bitterness at the end. Smooth, creamy, heavy bodied, and lightly carbonated. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2009 01:11:06 | More by hardy008
Photo of BenSelf


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

Nice light creamy head that leaves decent lacing down the side of the glass. Aroma is roasted and sweet malt, some noble hops. The flavor has a big, full roasted malt profile; impressive for the relatively low alcohol content (6.7%). A good bit of the bitterness is coming from the malt, but the hops provide balance and a bit of that distinctive noble hop dank floral smell. It's a very sophisticated beer, and it's hard to write a worthy review from just one 12 oz. bottle. I really enjoyed this beer. Pick up a bottle, and take your time with it.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2009 16:25:02 | More by BenSelf
Photo of mwilson85


4.63/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really good beer. At the moment, my #1 favorite beer! Even over Affligem Triple.

Appearance - Very dark. Light brown Head forms quickly but also dipserses just as quickly. Very dark brown in appearance.

Smell - Dark fruits, roasted smell, with a hint of raisin.

Taste - Dark fruits, sweet but also biscuity which balances out really well. Raisins and even dark nuts and malts.

Mouthfeel - Lighter on the tounge than expected, carpinated perfectly where it tingles the mouth but doesnt sting. Finishes strong with a great after taste.

Drinkability - Very drinkable, great before and after-taste. Goes down smooth.

I love this beer. This overtook the top spot of my favorite beer list instantly. I definitely recommend it!

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2009 00:31:02 | More by mwilson85
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3.63/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I enjoy goats. We'll see about the beer.

Appearance - Surprisingly black. I'd say a very deep brown, but almost no light gets through at all. An inch of off-white head dissipates quickly.

Smell - A hint of dark fruits and a lighter, sweeter malt smell. Lots of roasted malt.

Taste - Lots of sweet roasted malts. Very rich. There is a burnt aspect on the finish that I'm not loving. A hint of molasses as well. Definitely some dark fruit.

Mouthfeel - Nice carbonation, but it's not as rich as I might like. Very light and crisp.

Drinkability - Not bad, but that lingering roast is not helping the matter.

This is a fine beer. Not a huge fan or anything. It's got a nice roasted malt thing, but seemed a tad one note. I guess it's just not a favorite of mine.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2009 05:52:49 | More by callmescraps
Photo of david18

New York

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

Another good Doppelbock, which I have just begun to start enjoying more. Very good color and surprisingly good carbonation for a beer this dark. Also, not too strong for the style. Should mostly be enjoyed during non-summer months but could really be a good beer any time.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2009 18:44:11 | More by david18
Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

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

On tap at Brauhaus Schmitdz

A: Clear carmel in color. Some ruby highlights. Quick plume of head, diminishing into nothing with little lacing.

S: Dark roasted malts, sweet dark carmel, some dark fruits.

T: Dark roasted malts, sweet carmel malt ending. touch of dark fruits.

M: Medium body, low carbonation. Decent coating and nice roasted aftertaste.

D: Excllent version of the Doppelbock. The malts are top notch and the ingrediants blended to perfection.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2009 20:30:10 | More by rfgetz
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Ontario (Canada)

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

Pours an extremely dark brown with a voluminous cramy tan head. Sheets of lace drape the sides of the glass, and the head just won't die.

A nose of chocolate, prunes, dates and caramel wouldn't be amiss on a quad (but for the spicy yeastiness). The flavour is bursting with rich, luscious malt, as successive waves carress the palate. At first chocolate, then dark fruit, brown bread, raisin and toasted nuts. Its a symphony in malt, which reveals more character in each successive sip.

Extremely smooth, silky mouthfeel with restrained carbonation, that only adds to the pillowy sensation of the liquid. Its really an exceptional construction, and the body is nothing short of perfect.

This is a stupidly wonderful doppelbock, and fully deserving of its status. A model against which all others should be judged.

Zum wohl!

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2009 01:09:55 | More by bobsy
Photo of kappldav123


4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottle looks unusual, but good. The small "bonus" is great. The beer in the glass also. Tastes constant malty, not penetrating, not tooroasty, a little bit sweet and dry - good combination. Good balanced finish, very drinkable - very good beer!

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2009 12:15:59 | More by kappldav123
Photo of weazal


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

S: Sweet malts with light, but rich notes of coffee, dark fruits, and brandy. Has a slight damp oakiness.

T: Light, dry feel which contrasts against the blended molasses sweetness and smokey, coffee flavor. Refreshing with a nice long lingering finish that has a pleasantly moderate bitterness at the end.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2009 02:40:01 | More by weazal
Photo of mareth01


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

A- This beer poured a nice very tan 1 finger head with a dark brown to black appearanc. Throughout the drink it had very good head retention with nice lacing.

S- The smell was strong of malts and carmel.

D- It was sweet throughout with a hint of a like carmel flavor with a slight bitter taste of dark chocolate.

M: Smooth with med. carbo., decent body that's just right.

D: Very drinkable, good flavors and taste, you don't know that your are drinking a doppelbock until the third or fourth one.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2009 21:15:54 | More by mareth01
Photo of Kendo

New York

4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First review from 7/21/09:

A: Frothy off-white head over dark brown (almost black, actually) body that when held up against the light displays ruby highlights.

S: Toasty malt; slightly burnt scent.

T: Malty flavors dominant -- sweet, toasted bread. Also burnt charcoal or smoke. Very little in the way of hoppy flavors.

M: Medium-to-full-bodied. Slightly over-carbonated.

D: OK.

Second review, entered 6/27/11 after getting it on tap at Wolff's Biergarten in Albany on 6/24/11 and adjusting the scores accordingly:

A: Poured into a tall, thin glass - doesn't taper like a pilsner glass, but it's wider than a stange. Body is dark brown with a nice 1-finger light-brown head.

S: Toasted bread, chocolate malt.

T: Sweet malt - toasted bread, chocolate malt - and dark fruits. Notwithstanding that malty sweetness, it finishes fairly dry.

M: Medium in heft, nice and creamy in feel.

O: Very nice. Much better than the last time I had this on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2009 18:26:53 | More by Kendo
Photo of ClevoPiwo


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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass. The color is a rich dark brown or deep chestnut color that reveals some hints of a cherry wood or mahogany color when held up to light. The head is nearly tan, and is about a fingers width deep eventually settling down to a spotty froth on the surface with a little bit of lacing left on the glass.

The smell is primarily malty and grainy with an ever so slight compliment of dark fruit sweetness. I don't get much else in the nose, there is no distinct hop aroma, mostly just a rich malt and grain scent.

The taste is also very rich with malt and grainy flavors. There is a caramel sweetness up front that quickly gives way to a grainy aftertaste with a hint of lingering bitterness. The body is very full and coats the palate well leaving an unmistakable finish. Despite being rich, this beer is very drinkable as well. Definitely a meal in a glass!

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2009 03:53:41 | More by ClevoPiwo
Photo of HopBacchus


4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a beautiful dark dark brown color practically black beautiful to behold. A medium sized toffee colored head that lasted for a long time. Lacing is excellent.

S: Roasted malts and Carmel fill my nostrils along with chocolate.

T: Roasted malts and chocolate an almost cogniac like taste a strong aftertaste of bitter hoppes.

M: Excellent carbonation keeps flavors changing and interesting a pleasant medium body follows a slightly watery initial feel.

D: Eh, flavors are certainly pleasant and a medium body lets you know you aren't drinking just any lager however the bitter hoppe finish makes this brew filling and hard to swallow

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2009 02:47:24 | More by HopBacchus
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4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours rich and almost black with a small head that did not last long. Aroma is mildly of coffee. There is a lot going on with the taste and I admit to being unable to pick out the constituent flavors, but I like the resulting combination. Feels smooth and a little oily in the mouth. Celebrator is not a slammer, nor a sipper. I would be comfortable putting away a liter, or so. BTW, since I'm sure everyone wants to know, my dog ate the goat.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2009 21:32:57 | More by kegger22
Photo of NewGeneric


3.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this a while back but took notes. Poured a clear dark reddish brown color with cinnamon head that faded quick and left no lacing. Smelled of deep malts, toffee, roasted coffee and chocolate. Tasted almost exactly the same. Smooth, but slightly overcarbed. Could drink more of this.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2009 20:47:20 | More by NewGeneric
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4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Read a review of this from Kels from earlier this week, and I thought to myself, "Damn, I should probably try this beer too." So I did. Poured from the bottle to a pint glass. But what's up with the goat? I mean, should I keep it? Do I put it on a keychain?

Appearance: Pours a deep dark brown (near black) with some nice ruby highlights when held to the light; comes with a very short beige head that quickly fades to a thin and uneven skim on the surface; spotty and uneven lacing clings here and there along the sides of the glass.

Smell: Smell is of deep toasty (even possibly burnt) malts with some slight hints of a mildly burnt sugar or caramel.

Taste: Very nice! The burnt and toasty malts are in the forefront and there is a bit of a caramel/cola sweetness that follows it; as it warms a little bit there seems to be a very slight hint of a dark fruity sweetness, but it's very mild; the flavors don't seem overly complex and there doesn't seem to be a ton hiding in it and I don't feel the flavors need to be deciphered, but they are very pleasant and wonderfully crafted.

Mouthfeel: It has a nice and solid carbonation to it that helps keep the flavors bubbling throughout the mouth; and while the body feels a bit watery while it's in the mouth, it definitely finishes a bit thicker and creamier, and definitely leaves a healthy coating throughout the mouth that helps carry the full flavors through the aftertaste.

Drinkability: Moderate to high, I would say. The flavors are nice and pretty robust, the mouthfeel lets you know you're drinking a substantial beer that has enough body to not be one I could drink a ton of, but I could definitely get a couple down in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2009 02:43:38 | More by bamadog
Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 4,873 ratings.