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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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4,956 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,956
Reviews: 2,197
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 297
Gots: 308 | 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.

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New York

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

Poured into a nonic pint.

Generous pour creates an rising frothy off-white head about two fingered - almost three - in size that dissipates in a matter of seconds into a small crown. Speckles of lacing appear as you take sips. The brew is a fairly translucent yet deep mahogany in color with tinges of dark cherry purple and red. The aroma is heavy with roasted bready malt and dark fruitiness akin to prunes or dates. There's some hints of chocolate and caramel sweetness underneath the rest - very appetizing.

Taste is quite savory and done exceptionally well. The flavors initially start with sweetness of the malt and molasses, along with raisins. Chocolate and slight black coffee shines through towards the middle and finishes off with a nice toasted nutty flavor and a tad hop bitterness. Subtle warmth ultimately ends the experience. Very rich and creamy. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and drinks nice and smooth with adequate tactile carbonation. I actually didn't notice how fast I finished my 330 mL bottle, which should attest to its drinkability.

This dopplebock is substantially delicious and really can hold its own. It's one I can definitely revisit again. And hey, the goat charm was a nice touch.

*Originally reviewed on October 20, 2009.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2009 00:26:33 | More by infi
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New York

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

Poured into a pilsner glass from a 11.2 fl oz bottle.

Pours a dark brown color with tinges of burnt orange around the edges. Not too much of a head at all, or lacing. Still, not a bad looking brew. There's a big malty character to the smell, along with a slight bit of fruitiness.

Taste pretty much follows through on the smell with the maltiness asserting itself from the get go. Slight smokiness as well. Bit of bitterness makes itself known, but nothing too excessive; this beer is by no means hoppy. There's an almost wheaty backend, the kind I'm used to getting from hefeweizens, but it's fleeting and gives way to more malty sweetness that rounds out the finish into the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is decent, somewhat thinner than I expected, but still quite serviceable. Quite a bit of carbonation that helps give it character.

Good drinkability, thanks to the unique smell and taste along with the only slightly higher-than-average ABV. Not as pleasant as the Weihenstephaner Korbinian, but definitely not a terrible experience. May merit another visit down the road.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2009 23:10:37 | More by r0nyn
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4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

With this beer, you get what you see, and in a good way. Unlike some, I believe this is a very simple brew. You see a dark body and get a full mouthfeel, you smell bread and malt and taste is much of the same. It pours a very deep color with a foamy tan head. The nose displays alcohol and some toasty breadiness that combines into a more toffee-ish character. Carbonation offsets the sweet malts for a good mouthfeel. The flavor offers a nice maltiness with notes of molasses and mild leafy hops. It finishes dry and does not linger long. A top class brew!

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2009 06:31:07 | More by microbrew52
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3.8/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a dark brown to almost black, with only a light amount of amber highlights. Head formation is strong, vigorous. Off white in color.

S - Malty sweet notes, complemented with some yeast breadiness. Some peat/smoky malt notes.

T - Starts off with a light malty sweetness, which is combined with a smoky flavor. Bitterness restrained, no hopping to speak of. FInishes with a combination of bready, grainy notes and a much sweeter malt note. The after taste has some alcohol warmth.

M - Moderate beer body, but comes across stronger due to its seemingly potent carbonation profile.

D - Deceiving ABV - very manageable. Not filling, which does go against the highly carbonated sensation going down. Smooth sweetness cuts down on palette fatigue.

Not my favorite DB, but a good beer all around.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2009 03:21:40 | More by katan
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3.7/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, Celebrator is a very deep brown - almost black, with crimson highlights and a thick, mocha colored head. The smell is all malt as you would expect from a dopplebock, caramel and chocolate stand out the most. The taste is also malt-forward with caramel and lightly burnt chocolate taking the stage. There are also slight nuances of dark fruit like dates, raisins and figs. Seems like this one might have a little skunk to it as well and there is only a hint of the 6.7% that is hidden within. Mouthfeel is full bodied - almost chewy with a thin yet adequate carbonation. Overall a drinkable dopplebock, wish I would have had a fresher one but solid none the less.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2009 19:39:05 | More by gmfessen
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4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First of a three brew night at Porter's Pub in Easton, Pa with some good friends. I was celebrating a recent promotion and decided this was a night reserved for European classics.

A: Deep brown with a nice tan head and decent lacing.

S: Aromas of dark caramel, toasted malt, and a bit of dark fruits.

T: A malt bomb filled with rich caramel, chocolate, and dark fruits all merging into a very robust and satisfying flavor. A touch of hoppy bitterness provides the balance needed for this style.

M: Heavy body and good carbonation, this is defintely a sipping beer.

D: A classic beer truly deserving of it's reputation, a tour de force. As others are apt to use the term "hop bomb" this would be the prototypical "malt bomb". The rich flavors of this brew would fit perfectly with a cool Autumn night and a nice fire. I'm classifying this as a must try for all beer lovers!

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2009 03:50:33 | More by jdg204
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New Jersey

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

11.2 ounce bottle

A - Dark amber with a tan head.

S - Smells sweet and spicy with some dark fruit scents.

T - A little sweet and spicy. You can taste the alcohol and some of the subtle sugars and fruits. This beer is crisp.

M - This ones more full bodied but not overpowering. It's smooth and soft and mildly carbonated.

D - This beer has all the dimensions of a good beer in my opinion. It can be had in the summer time as an easy drinker, during the fall for it's spice and dried fruits, or in the winter with a hearty meal.

Notes - Celebrator is a popular beer and it's apparent why. It's just a very well built complex beer that can be enjoyed at any time by anyone. I keep this one in my favorite list and as a concrete choice when I'm not experimenting.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2009 17:35:12 | More by BeerForMuscle
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4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Since I hadnt had this one in awhile I figured it would be perfect for my 100th review. This was the first doppelbock I ever tried.

Consumed 10/9/2009- from notes.

Brown 12oz bottle poured into a shaker glass.

A- Very dark red with about a finger and a half tan head that fades pretty quick. Decent lacing, pretty active carbination.

S- Dark fruit, caramel and little coffee.

T- Roasted molassas, a little nutty a little chocolate and coffee coming through at the end.

M- Medium bodied and nicely sticky. the carbination is hardly noticable.

D- Super easy to drink, cant believe I've let it go so long in between Celebrators!

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2009 18:53:41 | More by tatoodkelt
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3.75/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well appearance big foamy head dark beer with about a one finger head once settled.

S - Dark plum or raisan smell is what is detected from the pour.

T - Okay slightly metallic rum and slight raison again.

M - Kind of a slick feel with some notes in the background.

D - Okay wanted to give a better score maybe its justs this brew or a bad shelf life.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2009 04:28:33 | More by Casey10
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4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Deep burgundy with a creamy light brown head.

S- Rich malty nose with raisin, burnt toffee, a milky sweetness, and a hint of molasses and cola.

T- The taste is sweet but not overly so. Dark milk chocolate, dates, woody, and root-like.

M- Silky and smooth for a very pleasant drinking experience.

D- A bit of warmth on the finish makes this a perfect cool weather beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2009 17:37:01 | More by brownbeer
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4.88/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is wonderful, it has a wonderful oaky flavor. It is deliciously dark red, and is really well balanced, i felt like all of the flavors really complimented each other to give a very powerful flavor!

I am usually not a huge fan of the bock, but this really surprised me! top notch, well done!!!

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2009 00:11:12 | More by rijanyoung
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United Kingdom (England)

4.78/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Incredibly dark red, almost black in colour. The head pours fluffy and tan but fades very quickly. Moderate carbonation.

Aroma: Rich dark fruits, raisins, blackberries, and black grapes. Sweet malts, sugars, molasses, hints of vanilla, and dark toffee. Wonderfully aromatic, full and rich.

Taste: Sweet sticky malts right from the start. Lots of caramel and toffee flavours, entwined with dark forest fruits. Strong chocolate flavours force through in the middle leveling out the taste with a touch of bitterness. The aftertaste is malts still but there are impressions of bitter coffee, which linger at the back of the palete.

Mouthfeel: Full and heavy in the mouth, with a soft smoothness but still thick and chewy. The texture is quite oily.

Drinkability: World class, truly world class. This is the Doppelbock by which others should measure themselves. The flavours are rich and sweet, with a beautifully balanced fruity profile. The best beer in the Ayinger stable by far.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2009 20:37:36 | More by PartyBear
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4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Not too thick, not too thin...just right.

Had a beautiful dark brown color with a good foamy head to it.

Delicious malt flavors all around and superb drink ability. Great beer to bring a 4-pack of to a get together.

Also, not too expensive which is a plus to all of us!


Tom and Analise

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2009 14:00:25 | More by Tom8Analise
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4.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A poured from the 12 oz bottle into my goblet.
color of maple syrup
about a finger of THICK beige sweet tasting head

S chocolate SWEET smells a lot like my homebrew's wort.

T OOH sweet caramel malty goodness.this is pure malt. in the best way

M: thick and chewy.

D: not so drinkable Excellent nonetheless. Too Good to drink one after the other.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2009 02:57:55 | More by burnerfinger
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4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this from the bottle into a chalice.

This beer pours a dark brown with medium tan head that is about 1 finger high and lasts about 1 minute. The lacing is ok but there is lots of carbonation.

The aroma is very light on the nose, you detect the malts which come off as sweet chocolate or toffee.

The taste is very nice its very sweet, definitely tastes like toffee and at the end some light hops.

The feel is little watery for what it is but ok, but its very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2009 23:01:53 | More by jrallen34
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North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

found this one on Folly Beach, SC's only good beer spot to go. Poured in the only wine glass we have at this beach house. Regardless, a great experience from one of my fvorite styles. Appearance lacking a bit, no head or lacing, very little carbonation. Otherwise hits the mark on everything else. Great chocolate and coffee notes, even better as it warms.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2009 19:36:41 | More by Backer2004
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4.97/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz bottle purchased from LiquorMax in L-Town. I love this beer, but this gonna be my official review. I'll try to be impartial. Served in a tumbler.

Pours a deep, deep brown, almost black with just a bit of light coming through. No head to speak of, lots of bubbles coming up. The goat fell in! The lack of head is the only thing keeping this one from a perfect 5.

Smells a rich velvety malt, wow! What a smell! Herbs come through, spices, smells like black bread, maybe pumpernickel. Smokey and wonderful. My mouth is already watering...

Taste is out of this world! This is probably the most balanced beer I've ever had. Starts off like it's gonna be a bitter beast, but quickly mellows out to smooth grains. Lots of burnt earth tastes, almost unnoticeable hops, very doppelbock-y. This is what I think of when I think dark German beers; this guy doesn't mess around, but it's kind and gentle. Absolutely fantastic, a delicious beer!

The body is medium with perfect carbonation.

Drinkability is perfect, too. A dark beer with plenty of complex flavors, but without the overpowering qualities that prevent many a dark and tasty beer from being consumed with the gusto it deserves. Ayinger has solved that conumdrum with Celebrator; I could drink this at a BBQ, a funeral or when I'm simply thirsty.

I love this beer, one of my all time favorites. It's especially good when we have our Swedish Thanksgivings; compliments the food without filling you up and becoming heavy. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2009 21:25:56 | More by SamN
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British Columbia (Canada)

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

overall just fantastic beer, never get tired of it, especially not while there are still bottles around the house.

Real dark walnut colour nearly opaque with a great tan head that slowly dissipates leaving a decent lacing.

Aromas of molasses toasted malt and faint date scent in the background. Also quite a few doughy notes coming through.

Tastes like a combination of roasted hazelnuts molasses and some type of nut brittle all with a slightly darker tone too it. Finishes with a little bit of drying hops but not too much, definitely still a little sweet towards the finish as well as up front, but plenty of roasty balance to it.

Great smooth weighty feel to this beer, carries the intense roasted flavours very well thanks to this and goes down very very smooth.

For such an intense beer goes down very easily and carries the alcohol well.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2009 07:39:58 | More by astout
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4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Little embarassed it took me this long to try this beer, given it's status among the Top 100. Never-the-less I finally got around to purchasing it, and now is the time.

Pours a dark mahogany color. Initial pour produces a very creamy one finger light mocha colored head that has decent retention. Has some nice lacing patterns.

The nose is strong on chocolate and toasted malts, very sweet smelling. There is an underlying fruitiness that I wasn't really expecting, but it makes sense the more I think about it.

The flavor profile is much what I would expect, very sweet, chocolaty and toasty, with the underlying fruitiness. Very smooth and creamy almost like a milk shake.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, like I said, like a milk shake. Soo smooth and creamy, this is really enjoyable. Medium in body, this would be a great beer to enjoy with a very heavy chocolaty dessert. Drinkability is good, you can't put this one down.

I had my doubts about this one, but it turned out to be a pretty good beer. One of the best beers in the world? Maybe. One of the best Doppelbock's in the world? Probably. A good, solid, affordable beer that can be enjoyed on any occasion? Definitely.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2009 02:02:33 | More by Mistofminn
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4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was one of the first craft brews I tried and haven't had it in quite a while. Smells like baked bread, brown sugar, sweet malts, and just a bit of sourness. Taste is just as amazing, if not more. Same as the smell, with the addition of dark fruit. A nice lingering flavor with some of that sourness. Time to revisit Dopplebocks.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2009 05:48:28 | More by Trappissed
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4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Poured a Very dark, almost Black, with ruby tones liquid. A 2 finger head has fallen to a mat of bubbles on top. Good Lacing.

S- Has a very distinct dark fruit smell to it. Lots of Dark Caramel Sweet malt. Big Aroma, Interesting.

T- The dark Fruits come through. With a huge dark caramel malt finish. Lots of Bread behind the more pungent flavors. Almost a Chocolate taste in there as well too. Sweet Finish.

M- Very velvety, Nice medium body. Carbonation is not very noticeable, but present. Nice sweet finish.

O- This is an amazing beer. The Fruits and Caramel roasted malts bind very well together. It has the complexity of a Belgian, but its differently a dropple Bock. .

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2009 04:20:42 | More by DwnTwnBwn
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4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark color with ruby highlights. Big, foamy, tan head that falls slow. Nice sticky lace.

Nose is all malts. Sweet.

Big malt taste. Sweet but with hop flavor present. Hop is mild though so no bitterness obviously. This brew is all malt, yeasty and bread-like.

Medium bodied and chewy in the mouth.

Awesome malty brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2009 14:25:25 | More by dstc
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4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

i dont understand doppelbocks because their body color has such a vast range. this one is nearly black, though really it is a barely-transparent dark brown with a sticky and foamy tan-bordering-on-brown head that laces the glass nicely. a very nice looking beer. the smell is slightly less intense than would be desired, but nevertheless has some interesting things going on. sweet malts, reminiscent of caramel and possibly even dark chocolate. a bread smell that equates to the smell of belgian yeast (no surprise here).

the taste is at first excruciatingly sweet, though it calms down and develops into an incredible complexity that is worthy of its high rating. caramel and molasses make up the sweet flavors that hit you at the beginning and linger long into the aftertaste. a nice dose of hops compliment the sweetness through the middle, though they dont express their bitter character as much as might be desired. the bready, belgian yeasty flavor is present in perfect proportion to the other flavors, and doesn't dominate like it sometimes tends to do. finally, as in the smell, there is just the slightest hint of dark chocolate that seems almost enigmatic in relation to the other flavors, and adds a very nice and subtle touch.

mouthfeel is great. smooth, on the fuller side of medium bodied, and perfectly carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2009 05:51:26 | More by jdklks
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New York

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

A: About a finger of light tan head that's active and bubbly. The body is very dark, revealing mahogany at the edges. There's a ring of retention and nice spider web lacing.
S: Very ripe citrus and sour fruits on the nose right away. Then it's bready and sweet malts with an extra twirl of the glass. There are some toasted notes, ripening berries, yeast, and sugar residuals.
T/M: Just what I expected from the aromas. Very nice flavor profile starting with the toasted bread which moves on to sweet berries. The alcohol is presented in the middle of almost every sip. A medium body with higher carbonation. There's a slight tang at the back to end each sip from the tulip.
D: I felt like I was drinking a fine Belgian-style ale here. The flavors were really enjoyable. A really wonderful doppelbock that doesn't let you down.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2009 15:37:51 | More by washburnkid
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4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Thick, off-white head that is long lasting. Dark brown body that is brilliantly clear.

S - Super high amount of sweentess from malt character. A toasty aroma is present. Little to no hop aroma detected. Perhaps a tiny amount of fruit ester.

T - Very rich malt flavor. Sweetness from malt is most evident and a toasty note exists. Not detecting any fruitiness, but a slight chocolate-like character. Possible, but hard, to detect alcohol. No hop flavor, but slight hop bitterness at finish. Balance is definitely towards malt sweetness.

M - Full to medium-full body. Medium carbonation.

D - No harshness, very smooth yet rich.


Probably one of the best examples of a German Doppelbock.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2009 02:17:16 | More by WoogityBoogity
Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 4,956 ratings.