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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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5,115 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,115
Reviews: 2,207
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 324
Gots: 366 | FT: 16
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2001)
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Photo of ThaBobfather
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a touch of ruby . Well retained lacing of whitish/off tan head.
Smell has lots of sweet malt- notes of caramel, molasses and dark fruit pits
Taste starts with caramel and dark cherries, it does then to a more wholesome malt character with notes of bitter and a slight hazel. Nicely complex.
Finish is wet and creamy with a thick malt and sweet dark candy after-taste.
Drinks very well here- smooth and malty with a very small bite here- nearly sessionable.

ThaBobfather, Mar 31, 2010
Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a nice dark mahogany with decent head retention.

Smells mainly of caramel and sweet malts. A little lacking, but still quite nice.

The taste on this one is much more rich than the smell. Grains, malts, and some more caramel are hanging around. Even though I know this one has been hanging around the store for a while it still tastes like fresh grains.

The mouthfeel is quite creamy. Very nice.

Pretty drinkable. This would pair nicely with some German food.

RomaniIteDomum, Mar 29, 2010
Photo of ChrisPro
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Winking Lizard. It starts with the amazing aroma that smells of chocolate with slight floral hints. The head is fantastic as it pours a nice dark brown. Tastes incredibly balanced with a bit of sweetness, but the highlight is how smooth it goes down and the incredible finish. May be the best beer I've ever had.

Re-rated on 6/1/09: from Taphouse Grille in Bellevue.

ChrisPro, Mar 29, 2010
Photo of RickS95
3.63/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Color is 1 part ruby, 4 parts black with a thick tan head.

Has a malty, wheaty, hoppy smell to it.

Tastes like caramel; like the smell, a lot is there, but nothing dominates.

Very smooth in the mouth, only a touch of heat from the alcohol in the finish.

This is really easy to drink.

RickS95, Mar 28, 2010
Photo of SeasonalBrew
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep, dark brown with a nice one finger tan head. The head has good retention and forms decent lacing.

S: Very warm, toasty malts. Sweet molasses and caramel as well as dark fruit are very prevalent.

T: Not as much of a forward and strong taste as I was expecting. The smokiness and malts hit you first, followed by a very nice caramel sweetness. The dark fruits, cherries and figs I think, really hit you as you swallow. Even though the taste wasn't as strong as I expected from the nose, it is very well balanced and tasty.

M: Well carbonated and very smooth. Slightly thicker body, almost chewy in feel. Very enjoyable.

D: Excellent. I really enjoyed this beer and could definitely have a few with hesitating.

SeasonalBrew, Mar 28, 2010
Photo of Musition12
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a 4-pack from City Beer Store in San Francisco. Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown with hints of ruby peaking through the edges of the glass when viewed in light. 1-finger head with solid retention and spotty lacing. Small, compact bubbles in head.

S: Lots of malt. Molasses, caramel, smoke, nuts, and dark fruits. Anticipating a malt bomb.

T: At the outset, while the beer was still quite cool, it was just that: a malt monster. Creamy caramel and dark cherries. Chocolate and hazelnuts. Smokey malts and dried figs. As the brew warms, other flavors begin to show themselves. Hops begin to make their presence known with a slight twang in the finish. A very modest sharpness from both the alcohol and the hops really help in balancing an otherwise malt-heavy bruiser of a beer. This results in a remarkably complex (and delicious) flavor profile especially for this style.

M: Very light carbonation and a thick, chewy mouthfeel. Delicate alcohol warmth. Absolutely lovely.

D: At only 6.7%, this is definitely a sessionable brew in my book. I could imagine downing all four of these in quick succession. I'll probably grab another one after this.

I've never been big on doppelbocks. For me, they tend to be cloying malt messes or alcohol-dominated disasters. Not this one. This is probably the best doppelbock I've ever had and definitely lives up to its claim as "the finest Bavarian double bock beer." Amen.

Musition12, Mar 27, 2010
Photo of BDJake
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- dark ruby brown with rich tan, well retaining head

S- rich dark malts, with a touch of noble hops, dark fruit, and a mild cloying sweetness

T- very malty, nutty with caramel notes and fig

M- medium, chewy, yet smooth

D- went down without any struggle

BDJake, Mar 27, 2010
Photo of hawks10
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poured into my Ayinger Celebrator glass...

Pours a rich dark brown with a two finger, soft, tightly formed tan head which leaves a haze on top of the beer for the duration. When held up to the light, this beer becomes a translucent dark ruby/mahogany color, very nice...

Loads of sweet dark fruits on the nose, malt bomb. Sweet bready caramel malt, tons of ripe dark fruits a little bit of smoke and some subtle earthy hops...

Hmmm, not nearly as sweet as I thought it would be, given the nose. A somewhat smoky taste at first, more hop presence than expected. After the beer warms a bit I get more of the sweet malt, ripe dark fruits and caramel flavor in the taste...makes for a very balanced brew, thought I was in for a totally one sided malt bomb when I smelled this beer, I was wrong...again...

Very smooth and slick, medium bodied and somewhat chewy. A little light on the carbonation and a tiny bit of alcohol warmth...

Solid beer and in my eyes the standard for all doppelbocks...

hawks10, Mar 26, 2010
Photo of kingcrowing
3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

.3l poured into a celebrator glass.

Pours a very dark brown with a small light brown head. Nose is boozy and very malty.

Taste is mostly malt with some sweet licorce and nuttiness it's really good. Mouthfeel is fairlyrich an crisp. Easy to drink for the style.

kingcrowing, Mar 26, 2010
Photo of haddon
3.9/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a dark chocolate with a thick, frothy mocha brown head. Lots of lacing all the way down glass

S- probably the weakest part of this beer. A little muted but aromas of toasted nuts, chocolate and malts.

T- toasted malts, espresso & chocolate. ends bitter but works well with the sweet malty flavor. very well balanced.

M- thick and velvety. Medium body with light carbonation.

D- really enjoyed this beer. Very good example of a dopplebock.

haddon, Mar 25, 2010
Photo of jovy1097
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Huge, spongy head that dissipates down to a film. Looks like a cola drink after pouring. Brown with garnet highlights.

S: Dark molasses bread, dates, and cloves.

T: Dark cane syrup, toasted wheat bread, roasted malts, and sweet aftertaste. There is a mild smoke flavor too. Very complex and nice.

M: Smooth and thick, but not cloying at all. Warming as it goes down.

D: You would never guess that this has the alcohol that it does. It's incredibly drinkable. One of the most complex tasting beers I've ever quaffed. You want to come back for more just so you can see what you might have missed last time.

jovy1097, Mar 24, 2010
Photo of elgiacomo
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle. Pours brown, medium body, with a two finger light brown head. Maintains only a small cap and doesn't leave but a few spots of lacing.

Aroma is raisin and other dark fruits, malty, bready, toffee, caramel, a little chocolate and some alcohol. Rich and fairly complex aroma.

Flavor is malty, chocolate, toffee, caramel, dark fruits, some alcohol. Slightly sweet, but finishes rather dry.

Body felt thin, low carbonation.

Only my second doppelbock, but this was far superior to the cloyingly sweet Samuel Adams Double Bock that originally frightened me from the style. Sweetness is kept in check and balanced nicely with the Celebrator.

elgiacomo, Mar 23, 2010
Photo of BeanBone
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: An exceedingly dark brown body capped by about two fingers of creamy, tan-tinged head that leave only a few bare patches of lacing.

Aroma: Dark fruit and smoke over rich, earthy, and sweet caramel malt.

Flavor: Smokiness, mild coffee, and dark fruit over a toasty, earthy, and burnt sugar-like malt backbone. Lightly bitter hops keep everything decently balanced. No sign of the moderately-high alcohol content. Cereal grains, dark fruit, and herbal hops in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and creamy with smooth medium carbonation. Dries in the finish.

Drinkability: Easily quaffable, this is remarkably sessionable.

Verdict: Complex and tasty, yet highly drinkable, Celebrator is a brilliant example of the Doppelbock style. Not big and boozy like others in this style, this is a more fine tuned and subtle approach.

BeanBone, Mar 20, 2010
Photo of generallee
4.93/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 11.2oz bottle into a stange glass. The back label lists the abv at 6.7% however there is no freshness date.

Appearance: The body has a very dark brown color in the glass and when held up to light it has nice garnet highlights. Some small bubbles of carbonation can be seen in the highlights and near the edges of the glass. On top sits a tight head of light brown foam which slowly settles down to small cap that hangs on till the last sip. Lacing is slick and slides right down the glass as I drink.

Smell: In the nose I get notes of sweet caramel, fresh sweet bread, ripe fruit and a kiss of German hops.

Taste/Palate: The flavor has a sweet overall character with moderate hoping that comes through in the end to finish things up without becoming too sweet or cloying. Up front are the caramel candy, brown sugar, light molasses and brown pear like fruit notes. Towards the finish bready notes become more toasted and mix with some light hop flavors to temper the overall sweetness. The finish is short and still on the sweet side but in a good way. Carbonation is lively enough to lift the palate of the solid, smooth, and full body and leave you wanting that next sip.

Notes: All I need to say here is outstanding!!! When I think about Doppelbock beer this is the beer I will think of and compare all others to.

generallee, Mar 19, 2010
Photo of manahansf
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark and murky brown color with shining bright red highlights. The beautiful brew is crowned by a one-finger creamy off-white head. The moderately high carbonation levels send out an aroma of light grainy malt with gentle hints of dark fruits. The aroma is echoed in the drink with a sweet malty flavor supported by delicious dark fruits and subtle alcohol warmth. The body is light and allows the tastes to flow quickly throughout the palate. The finish is light and quick as the sweet malty brew fades into a crisp clean lager end. The only thing left is a touch of lingering warmth and a great memory!

manahansf, Mar 18, 2010
Photo of DoctorDog
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 11.2oz bottle into a glass mug.

A- Dark copper/brown with ruby edges. ~2 fingers of tan head. Head dwindles slowly to a nice thin cap. Minimal lacing

S- Subdued caramel/molasses sweetness. Hints of dark fruits emerge as it warms

T- Roasty, raisiny, molasses maltiness, with a touch of smokiness. Moderate to quite sweet, with a charred caramel bitterness on the finish. Quite delicious.

M- Moderate to slightly low carbonation. Medium-full feeling, and a bit syrupy.

D- Very good. Bursting with flavor....sweet without being cloying....easy drinking.

Future outlook: Easily the best bock / doppelbock that I have had...will happily purchase again.

DoctorDog, Mar 14, 2010
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What other doppelbocks aspire to be. In a pilsner glass the beer was a dark reddish brown with a small tan head. It had a wonderful aroma: chocolate, fruitcake, a little caramel. Also a great taste, chocolaty, sweet dark fruit, some caramel. Very smooth, perfect carbonation. Would drink this anytime.

lordofthewiens, Mar 13, 2010
Photo of Parrotbeak
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice, burgundy color with a ruby accent. Eighth inch mocha head that thins out slowly, becoming slightly patchy.
Smell is fresh, slightly smokey, slightly chocolatey malts. Little bit of toffee.
Rich malts tinged with chocolate. Slightly smokey, with some peaty leather. Some mocha and faint maple syrup. Delicious.
Mouthfeel is velvety and smooth, yet with a perfect level of carbonation.
Very drinkable. The second time I've had this one, and it's even better.

Parrotbeak, Mar 13, 2010
Photo of JordanEllwanger
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

So dark and nearly opaque with a fine dark amber hue to its edges, and a creamy off white tone to its head. A rich dark and sugary smell hit the noise instantly. A finer sent of perfectly ripe bananas and a delicious bled of malts becomes apparent. Such a great taste, smooth, rich, and caramel with only a tiny hint of the coffee ground taste. In fact enough to make it enjoyable. May be overbearing for beginners but is non the less strongly recommended.

JordanEllwanger, Mar 10, 2010
Photo of goldbot
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown color with dark ruby hues on the edges. A medium tan to brown head. Decent visible carbonation for how dark the beer is. Good head retention with some lacing on the glass.

Lots of malt going on. Some sweet breadiness up front with a definite roasted character and some caramel as well. Hints of chocolate towards the end.

Slightly sweet, lots of bread and biscuit flavors and plenty of roasted character. Also a strong raisin and other dark fruit flavor. A hint of hops towards the end but still mostly malty and sweet.

Rich, full body and rather sweet. A powdery, almost chewy mouthfeel. Overall a big, complex, and very malty beer. A great showcase of what malts can really do for a beer.

goldbot, Mar 06, 2010
Photo of jminsc76
4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

(Note: had this for the first time about six months ago, just incorporating my notes)

Into a tulip, exhibits a nice, bubbly head that dissipates quickly and reemerges decently upon agitation. The body is an orange/reddish color with excellent legs as I tilt the glass.

Aromas are an intense combination of caramel, ice cream, toffee, and baked apple pie. Exhibits a similar bouquet as a Belgian ale such as a Trappist dubbel or quad.

Malty yet delicious flavors that include toffee, caramel, syrup (maple of the Canadian variety), and some candy. That may sound too sweet to many, but trust me, all of the flavors balance out VERY WELL. Yum nommy noms.

The mouthfeel is syrupy (like the taste) yet crisp (also like the taste). An overall medium-strength consistency that borders on the heavy side as I swish it on the palate.

Overall, this one is a classic and for very good reason. Most people here in the states will be popping their Doppelbock cherry with Ayinger's Doppelbock, including myself, and that is no bad thing. If there were an ale I would compare it with, the Okahom's Baltic Porter is the closest in taste and aromas.

Now if I had some baked apple pie or perhaps some of that stinky cheese someone told me about, this would be heaven.

jminsc76, Mar 05, 2010
Photo of TheJollyHop
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown with a one finger's worth of deep tan head. Nice, sticky lace.

Toasted honey grain, raisins, brown sugar, and dark fruits on the nose.

Sweet grain, bready, caramel. A nice blip of hop bitterness that fades without any lingering character. Light roasted malt and some dark fruit. Clean and crisp with good balance.

Light/medium carbonation, thin and light body. Perfect for drinkability, which by the way, this beer most certainly is very.

TheJollyHop, Mar 03, 2010
Photo of ChadQuest
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For anyone who thinks bottom fermenting lager styles are tasteless or boring, this beer will give them a rude slap in the face. This beer will make them beg for forgivness of their sins of judgement.

It's brownish black stature with tall head held proudly, It's complex aroma and pallate kissing notes of baked bread,prunes,mossy earth, minerals, toffee, and light roasted malt.

Its thick chewy presence and company that makes you want to visit often, and for a long time.

Yes. now you are a believer.

ChadQuest, Mar 03, 2010
Photo of speter
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep mahogany with ruby highlights, featuring a sizable fluffy head that was slow to fade to lace.

S: Caramel malt, raisins, with just the slightest hint of ethanol.

T: Mmmm. Malt. Hints of raisins, prunes, brown sugar. (This would make a killer breakfast cereal.)

M: Very much like a fine liquor, but with the refreshing element of carbonation.

D: Dangerously drinkable. (As I can well recall from the first time I had it as a student in Germany!)

speter, Mar 02, 2010
Photo of chickenm
3.85/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color with a tan head that leaves some lacing. Sweet malty aroma with a little bit of smokiness. Flavor is sweet with malt, vanilla, chocolate, and smoke. Not much hops in this, it kind of reminds me of a scotch ale. Full bodied with an excellent smooth mouthfeel. Nice beer.

chickenm, Mar 01, 2010
Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 5,115 ratings.