Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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4.35/5 rDev +0.2%
11.2 oz. bottle poured into a Celebrator-brand doppelbock glass.
A: Pours a rich dark (almost opaque), with some streaks of dark red at the bottom of the glass when held up to the light. Foamy caramel head that sticks to the sides of the glass. Great retention.
S: Plenty of malty goodness with some semi-sweet chocolate. Some hints of figs and raisins.
T: Velvet malts, raisins, with some semi-sweet chocolate.
M: The malts eventually warm the tongue. Slightly syrupy.
D: One of my favorite doppelbocks. I could have finished the entire 4-pack the first time I tried this.
01-19-2010 02:38:48 | More by DoppleJock
4.25/5 rDev -2.1%
Hello, beer,you are one beautiful looking brew! A jet black but with some dark red hue around the glass when the light shines through. A creamy head with large bubbles which melts after sitting around a bit. The foam hangs around the glass in cloud-like formations.
Put my nose deeply into this one for an aroma of black cherries. On the end of the aroma is a baked bread flavor, no doubt from the malt.
When letting this beer sit in the mouth, I am finding more and more flavors come to life. The instant taste is of banana bread, nuts and candy. The fruit flavor (dark cherries, as I mentioned in the aroma) comes out as well.
Surprisingly light in the mouth, this goes down with ease. The finish is more and more overtaken by the malt, as I can sense a roasted veggie/baked bread taste.
01-16-2010 19:20:18 | More by brianjay
4.43/5 rDev +2.1%
A= nearly black with some chestnut color apparent if held to strong light. Hardly any head, dissipates quickly, no lacing.
S= like fresh fruitcake, all sorts of inviting lovely scents. Some whiffs of grassy hops as it settles.
T= immaculate, delicious, loads of dark fruity flavor, prune, burnt toffee, mild dry grassy malts, a little hops bitterness but not much. Overall very balanced.
M= toasty sweetness and fruits
D= very drinkable, not high on the ABV% as I would have assumed. Extremely drinkable if it suits your taste.
Plus, the plastic ram hanging on every bottle makes a great holiday tree ornament!
01-16-2010 11:48:36 | More by therica
4.75/5 rDev +9.4%
Wow what a great example of a Bock. And this is a double bock and I always love double of anything.
Pours a nice dark brown color. Nice head at first but dissapated fast. No lacing. But my experience with most bocks is no lacing.
Smells of toasted sugar and caramel. Nice malty sweetness to the nose.
Taste is wonderful. Nice and malty and sweet with just enough roastyness. Nice caramel taste from the crystal malts.
Mouthfeel is smooth and silky. Perfect carbonation.
Overall I think this is the best bock I have ever tried. Will have more for sure.
01-13-2010 06:12:48 | More by PeprSprYoFace
4.55/5 rDev +4.8%
**12/9/11 - more notes**
Had this last night for the first time in over a year, what an awesome beer all around. Excellent appearance, great scent and taste, flavors include roasted malt, toffee, dusty chocolate/caramel, dark fruit and dark bread. Exceptionally soft, smooth mouthfeel that reminds me of the lusciousness of beers like Westy 12 and Pannepot. I liked this beer alot before but I have come to appreciate it much more now, has all the traits of a very well made classic beer.
**original review scores - 4.5/4.5/4.5/4/4
11.2 oz bottle, my 3rd out of the 4-pack. Pours a dark brown with a small off-white head resting on top, looks good the whole time and leaves great lacing. Smell is great, lots of caramel and toffee along with some dark fruit maybe. Taste is tons of roasted malts, caramel, cola, maple, and a bit of chocolate. This and the TH Liberator are the only doppelbocks I've had but this definitely beats the Liberator (although that might've been a bad bottle). Mouthfeel and drinkability are good, it's not very thick and it's easy to drink but there are tons of malts here, definitely not something I'd want to drink often or session. A great beer for a special occasion...not that this was a special occasion...
01-11-2010 02:26:55 | More by Chico1985
4.25/5 rDev -2.1%
11.2 oz bottle with no date indication. Poured into a chalice.
A: Respectable 2 finger head that is light brown and diminishing, fizzing out completely and leaving behind a very content, dormant looking brew. That was fun to witness. The body is dark, dark mahogany brown and has a very clean 90% opaqueness. No chance of lacing.
S & T: Average malt character. Molasses, caramel, roasted dark chocolate and some smokey grains. The hops are minimal, lightly woody, grassy and herbal. There is a very appropriate yeast bill of leather and peaty earth. The aroma, although very good, was lacking in complexity and intensity. Surprising though is how these two characteristics shifted from passive towards aggressive on the palate. Without adding much complexity, the aromas seem to come out of hibernation and onto the palate, adding licorice, dark berries, red grape and cherry, and thusly becoming more founded in the taste department. Well rounded, humble and fantastic in its own subtle way.
M: I generally feel that any mildly carbonated brew can infringe upon being too syruppy. The Celebrator, while on the lighter side in this regard, is not an exception. Thinner than expected but substantial enough, and maybe lucky enough that the creamy, velvetty quality keeps the mouthfeel pleasant and secure in it's 4 out of 5 rating.
D: Overall this brew drinks really well and any shortcomings I feel the Celebrator had were almost immediately made up for. Suitable for all day drinking.
01-10-2010 17:37:31 | More by FeDUBBELFIST
4.2/5 rDev -3.2%
A: Jet black with a small head and some decent lacing. I was expected a lighter brew with a thicker head. Almost looks like engine oil. Still, not bad though.
S: Lots of malt with a subdued alcohol background. Something odd in the smell, I can't quite place, but it's nothing I've experienced before.
T: Awfully tasty and malty with a subtle lingering bread presence at the finish. I don't think I've had a brew by Ayinger that I have not enjoyed at least a little bit.
M: Decent carbonation and a chalky, bready feel probably due to the massive malty character of this beer.
D: A good, hearty brew that seems to be perfect for the winter. Above average ABV and nice malt presence make this one a good winter warmer. I could enjoy a few of these.
01-09-2010 22:50:33 | More by irishking1977
3.8/5 rDev -12.4%
No bottle number, it's a mystery..
Purchased @ Tulley's, Wells Maine
Price - $14.00/4-pack
Appearance: Dark burgundy in color. If poured aggressively it reveals a 2 finger off white head. Lacing present on the glass.
Smell: Roasted malts up front with molasses following up the rear. No fruit smell present that I could detect.
Taste: Slight smoke taste with molasses. Hops are begging to come through but not unleashed.
Mouthfeel: Slightly creamy with a dry finish.
Drinkability: Certainly drinkable, but slightly overated in my opinion. Something is missing..
I keep this in stock at the house however it isn't a beer I crave. It has a strong reputation but in my opinion I'll take Andechs Dopplebock Dunkel every day of the week over this. Still a fine example of a Double Bock and well respected.
01-09-2010 03:19:59 | More by 05Harley
4.4/5 rDev +1.4%
A pour down the middle of a traditional pilsner glass generates a massive, deep tan head that cascades through the glass developing a big, sticky lacing to leave when the head dissipates, after it sits atop the chestnut brown body for quite some time.
Big sweet malt aroma, hearty yeast, and possibly caramel. Although there is nothing deeply complex about the aroma, it certainly is appetizing.
The flavor on this beer is excellent, featuring rich toasted malt, fruits which I am having trouble identifying, and a very pleasant, but faint sweetness.
Medium in body and medium to moderate in carbonation and completely smooth on the palate.
This is an impressive beer. This is not a traditional big beer powerhouse style in my opinion, so you are not going to find a lot of complex flavors, but this beer plays the style highlights very well with traditional ingredients that are put together very well for a tasty offering.
01-09-2010 00:51:34 | More by CHADMC3
4.24/5 rDev -2.3%
Poured into a pint glass from a bottle.
Aroma is of grape soda, maltiness and some kind of dark bread.
Taste has a hint of the grape soda, maltiness, sweet but not cloying, I keep thinking of prunes, figs, dates and or dried plums also brown sugar and molasses. Surpisingly though even with all this, it's still "light". There is a bit of "spicy" alcohol in there as well but it helps give a bit of bite to the sweetness, which ends up working well in this beer. This is a great beer.
Finish is not very long which makes this a bit easier drinking than I would have expected. This is not necessarily a negative, the combination of them pulling off a "light" but super tasty beverage that doesn't have a extreme lingering finish makes you want to keep taking another sip, if the finish lasted forever this would be too powerful/sweet I think, so this is perfect. This is a perfect winter beer.
Thinking about it some more, I realized that I had Damson Preserve this morning and this tastes quite a bit like that. Yummy! My wife is getting disturbed because I keep sniffing this and going "Oh God! Mmmm!" The aroma on this is just amazing.
This is excellent beer, highly recommended.
01-08-2010 23:54:19 | More by Hypersomnia
4.7/5 rDev +8.3%
On tap at 6 & Save in New Kensington, PA.
Poured in a Gulden Draak tulip, a dark brown, near black with lots of ruby highlights throughout. Thin wisp of head, mild lacing.
Smell is great: bold caramel & toffee, like a Sugar Daddy. Stand-out.
Taste is greater, as it carries that smell up front, then builds in complexity with a tingue of bitterness midway, combined with slight heat from booze. Finishes the mouthfull with a grape & peach-like fruity tartness, & then steps up again with the caramel & toffee int he aftertaste. Gains a barley-wine like toasty intensity with some warmth. Sweet & very complex, love it!
Mouthfeel start moderate with a little bite to keep it from being a flat dessert drink. Builds & gets creamy.
KA-BOOM! This is awesome. So great to get a flavorful, malty brew that goes through so many movements & is complex enough to stay interesting til the end. My first exposure to this was years ago, was an eye-opening experience at the time, & it's wonderful to see it's held up so well over time. Definitely my favorite representation of the style.
01-07-2010 23:35:08 | More by OneDropSoup
3/5 rDev -30.9%
This is my first dopplebock, so I'm not really familiar with the style.
On first taste, the intense malt flavor shines through, which I really liked. There is a bitterness in the fade that reminds me of toasted caramel. This one sort of reminds me of a semi-stout; and I'm not too fond of that style, as I think they are too bitter. Being my first dopplebock, I can't tell if this (bitterness) is indicative of the style or not.
01-04-2010 04:32:28 | More by gromis
4.35/5 rDev +0.2%
Poured into glass dark brown with just a glow around the edges. Off white head that quickly dissapated. No hop smell only malts and baked fruit. Nice and malty flavor with the alcohol vapors warming the sinuses. Mellow bitterness that does not linger. Slightly carbonated to make the initial pull light but soon you get the feeling that this beer could fill you up.
Loved the beer for the price.
01-03-2010 00:45:22 | More by runningjoke
4.25/5 rDev -2.1%
Found this one at a local beer store. Been waiting to try this brew...
A: Looks perfect! A nice dark iced tea like color with a thick white head that slowly dissipates into a white lace that sits on top.
S: Smells great. Dark fruits with subtle hints of vanilla. Smells awesome!
T: Tastes good. I taste apple and pear upfront with a hint of booziness on the backend. Good, but not great. A little too watery for me
M: Perfect amount of carbonation. Light enough to drink but heavy enough to taste great. Perfect!
D: Goes down super easy. Very easy drink.
All in all, this is a very good brew. It has a nice fruit taste with a slight booziness. This a great brew if you like less hoppiness and more flavor that goes down easy.
01-02-2010 03:25:54 | More by steve8robin
2.98/5 rDev -31.3%
I know this beer is very popular, and held in some degree of esteem, but I don't get it.
A - Very dark, little off-white head, looks thin.
S - Huge breadiness, sweaty German hop, almost a wet dog smell, or like a dog that was out in the yard messing with dead animals. A very unsavory sweetness.
T - The taste is much better than the smell, but still not great, too sweet and gamey tasting for me. Basically, everything about this beer rubs me wrong.
M - Normal mouthfeel for the style. Medium body, good carbonation, slightly slick finish.
D - Blahhh. None for me. I really don't like it. You might though.
I think this beer is significantly outclassed by Tucher's Bajuvator and Weihenstephaner's Korbinian, both of which tend to be cheaper as well. And don't even mention Aventinus, they aren't in the same league.
01-01-2010 17:37:05 | More by ktrillionaire
4.2/5 rDev -3.2%
A-pours a darker brown with a nice two finger head onthe the side note comes with the little ram hanging around the bottle, nice gimmick
S-a smell of bready, slightly yeasty matly goodness with a slight burnt smell in the background
T-taste of bready malts and a chocolate with a caramel hint with no trace of hops and a slight nutiness in the background though not as sweet as other doppelbocks
M-heavy body with no trace of hops or alcohol to give any sort of balance or spicy finish perfect example of a liquid lunch beer
D-not very drinkable as i said this beer is a liquid lunch delicoious yes but one that may have difficulty going down with a dessert after a huge meal but is without a doubt delicious
12-27-2009 04:10:37 | More by joshstevens87
4.55/5 rDev +4.8%
A friend of mine and I opened up our bottles and poured into a pint glass.
Appearance is a deep dark mahogany with a 1.5 finger tan lacy head.
Smelled of bready malt and caramely sugars with a touch of alcohol.
Taste was great. Big malt bready flavors with dark molasses up front. Finished off with a touch of alcohol that became more noticable as the beer warmed up. A bare touch of hop was noticed in the finish.
Mouthfeel was a big full feeling. Not thick and syrupy or thin but a nice feeling.
I would recommend this beer to anyone! Looking forward to my next bottle.
12-26-2009 21:57:31 | More by icetrauma
4.5/5 rDev +3.7%
Pours a very dark brown color with a bit of redness around the edges when held up to the light. Pours a finger thick head of tanned foam. Little bit of spotty lacing on the glass. Nose is filled with an aroma of molasses and a bit of breadiness. Taste is dark malty sweetness reminescent of...yet again molasses and a bit of caramel. Lingering taste left in the mouth similar to dark fruit. As it warms both the aroma and the taste have a bit of hop character without the bitterness. Only faintly picking up on the alcohol character. Thick chewy feel and moderate carbination but wow is it smooth. I honestly feel bad for waiting this long to try this beer, it really is an awesome doppelbock. The little white goat figurine hanging around the neck of the bottle is a bit cheesy but i'll admit I like it.
12-24-2009 23:06:52 | More by stakem
4.45/5 rDev +2.5%
A: Dark dark brown to black with a good 2 finger head after an agressive pour into a snifter. Some lacing is present.
S: Toasted malts, molasses, honey strong at first then fades off.
T: Beautiful roasted malts up front with the sweetness of molasses. Hops come through midway to calm the sweetness.
M: Full bodied, mild carbonation. A nice long sweet finish.
D: Just a great beer. The sweetness is not overpower, alcohol is barely discernable.
12-24-2009 22:25:33 | More by jiggahertz
4.2/5 rDev -3.2%
Pours what appears to be a flat beer, very tiny head, very dark molasses brown which appears to be translucent at the bottom of a pilsner glass.
Smells of very strong brown malt, a medium molasses aroma and a very light english hop presence
Taste is very similar to the aroma. This is a medium body brown malt / german flavored doppelbock as advertised. Very good flavor, it is a great doppelbock and a good model for the style. The molasses probably outshines everything but brown malt and a dry finish. Contrary to the appearance, there actually is some carbonation
This could go down smoothly in numbers IMO
12-24-2009 04:56:22 | More by alpinebryant
2.93/5 rDev -32.5%
Hey doppelbock's just aren't my style. Pours like some dark rust. Smell is a little more intriguing, not a turn off, very earthy, alcohol smell to it. Tastes like a combination of a rauchbier and trader joe's doppelbock. Meh. No hop presence, just some thin malt and alcohol to it. German mead.
All that dark fruit, belgian yeast? and alcohol just isn't a fun experience for me. YMMV. Don't take my score seriously, its just my score.
12-23-2009 17:26:51 | More by Beerandraiderfan
4.83/5 rDev +11.3%
This is an amazing beer. For those who don't usually like dark beers, don't be put off by the appearance here: Celebrator is a relatively medium-bodied, tasty brew that anyone can and should enjoy. Procured a single bottle from WFM. Poured into a frozen pint glass.
A: Awesome, super dark and rich brown with an amber tint when held up to the light. A little head with persistent lacing.
S: Wow...Ripe bananas, prunes, caramel and subtle notes of licorice and dark chocolate.
T: Light toasted bananas, malt, caramel and a hint of licorice.
Goes down very smooth and has a wonderful, somewhat spicy, wet finish.
Drinkability: I feel like a four pack would be plenty.
Value: A little pricey. But look on the bright side- you get a free Christmas ornament on every bottle. I got like 7 of those little rams on my tree this year. I normally don't like spending this much on beer, but as a treat, this one is worth the dough.
12-23-2009 16:40:49 | More by WeezyBoPeep
4.5/5 rDev +3.7%
Thanks to BeerFMAndy for throwing this beer in as an extra on one of our trades.
The beer pours a deep dark brown almost black hue. The mocha head slowly rises to a full two inches and rest for what seems like an eternity. After a slowy recession I'm left with thick lace rings that cling to the glass like spider webs from the Munsters house.
The aroma is rich dark fruit, roasted nuts, coffee, chocolate, toasted bread, and hints of spice. This beer smells fantastic.
The flavor is just as complex as the nose. Roast nuts and chocolate malt blend perfectly with fresh baked bread and coffee. Hints of hops and spice come through after warming a bit.
Full body and very substantial. Rather light carbonation.
Overall an outstanding beer. I'm ashamed I don't drink this one more often. I can see why it stands out in the world of beers.
12-22-2009 13:31:19 | More by beerwolf77
4.28/5 rDev -1.4%
Poured from 12oz bottle into Pilsner glass.
A - Pours a dark dark brown, if not black, with an light tan-colored head. After the initial pour, there's still a good amount of head retention and some lacing along the sides of the glass.
S - Sweetness is the main note right away - dark fruits, chocolate, and malts. There's some oak notes in there as well, but truthfully, the sweetness is pretty overwhelming for me.
T - Roasted notes of malts, chocolate, coffee beans are the primary flavors on this beer. It's not as sweet as the nose suggests, which I'm thankful for. There is some sweetness, but the roasted notes really balance this beer out nicely. Slightly bitter finish.
M - Medium to full bodied, lighter carbonation, rich and creamy on the palate. Creamy finish.
D - This beer is perfect if I'm not looking for a huge stout or porter. It's great to have another option when it's cold outside!
12-21-2009 22:25:05 | More by Sean9689
4.85/5 rDev +11.8%
Opaque mahogany with a two finger beige head that is reduced to a lacing.
Smells of molasses with a hint of grape on the end.
Deep stain, like a Belgian dark ale, but without the fruit. Robust, malty, overtone is toffee with bread and toffee. Like a brown without the nut flavor, damn near as thick as a stout. A real cold weather beer that I'd take over almost every porter.
12-11-2009 01:46:40 | More by pants678
Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 5,033 ratings.