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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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5,540 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,540
Reviews: 2,252
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 383
Gots: 545 | FT: 19
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Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2001

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Photo of busterthecat
4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a watery brown from bottle and sits a Cola brown in glass. A slight khaki head forms but quickly fades to leave some random crisp bubbles.

S- Sweet molasses, rum soaked raisins, spice & fruitcake. Lots of potent sweet aromas. Quite inviting. Reminds me of the holiday season.

T- Lots of christmas spice and sweetness. Similar to aroma, just more compacted. Fruit and vanilla comes out in the middle and finish. Tasty. Could be bolder.

M- Light-Medium bodied. Spice dances on palate for a while. Stays wet for a while and dries at the very end. Somehow carb is detected on tongue.

O- Very easy to drink. Lots of great qualities about this beer. Never had this style before, so nothing to compare it to. Very well done. Perhaps could be a bit fuller in the body and mouth feel. A very different unique style.

Photo of JohnnyChicago
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a handsome little 11.2oz bottle into a stein.

A: Pours a deep wood resin brown with two fingers of tan head that sticks around 'till the end.

S: A little light in smell. There is sweet caramel and oak with hints of vanilla, booze and fruity yeast contribution.

T: Yum! Sweet and sticky, with cocoa, dulce de leche and biscuity malt flavours. Hops are pulled back big time, but keep this brew from being saccharine.

D: Hides the alcohol and is just bursting with flavour. This is a beer you could drink all night long; alone, with other beers, with a meal, or without.

Overall: Great brew! If it wasn't for the price, I would be buying these all the time. This is a great introduction to the finer, heavier lagers.

Photo of brewskifan55
3.9/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

Appearance: Mahogany, cola brown; 1 finger head, nice lacing; love the little ram hanging from the bottle...that's class!

Smell: Malty, raisins, fruity

Taste:Rich, complex. Very malty with a light, smoky finish. Semi sweet chocolate and roast coffee. Raisins and spices and everything nice-es. Goes down easy.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium. Really coats the tongue.

Overall: Not as impressed as I thought I'd be, after all the hype. A good sipping beer, nonetheless. My wife, too, kept coming back for more. Pairs well with cheddar. Ram on, little Celebrator.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A: Perfect mahogany color...almost opaque. Relatively aggressive pour leads to a 2 finger light brown head that sticks around for a minute or two before disappearing and leaving a small ring around the glass. Little to no lacing to speak of.

S: Toasted malts, toffee, caramel malts and a hint of spice like nutmeg. Really nice nose on this one but not totally overpowering.

T: Dried fruit, huge malt profile and some hop bitterness to this one. Easily one of the best, if not *the* best dopplebock I've had. Although I'm a relative dopplebock newby, I'll be revisiting for sure.

M: Sticky but not over powering, slight bitterness, a touch of alcohol and perfect carbonation.

O: A really nice beer. This is why I feel like a trip to Germany is in order. Beers like this have been around for *hundreds* of years and it shows in near-perfection. It makes me happy that they export!

Photo of codfeast
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to pint.

A: Very dark almost stout like. thin tan head, little lacing.

S: Lots going on here, Dried fruit, Christmas cake, caramel corn, hints of coffee and chocolate.

T: Malty start with hints of raison and molasses, gives way to a roasted coffee and chocolate finish.

M: Full bodied, fairly high carbination. Slowly drying finish.

O: Very complex, sweet and savory. My wife kept coimg back for multiple sips which is unusal. Needless to say I very good beer.

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

A-Pours a very dark brown. Hard to really see much color on the edges of the beer. Lightly tan head is small but compact, level, and frothy. Leaves speckles of lace along the glass.

S-Nose is crammed with flavorful aromas. Darker fruit juices combine with a heavy blast of deep sweet malts. Brown sugar, caramel, fig and prune, molasses. Lots of different scents.

T-Pretty neat flavor here. I get cocoa first. I find it to be the dominating flavor. Along with the cocoa powder is an almost tart fruitiness. The brown sugar, molasses, and tobacco adds big complex edges to the flavor.

M-Slicker, smooth too. Medium to heavy bodied. Softer carbonation. Good feel here.

O/D-Overall, a pretty awesome Doppelbock. Not my favorite style but I can clearly tell why this is the Michael Jordan of Doppelbocks. Just a fantastically crafted beer.

Photo of Jimmys
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle into my snifter. one of those widely available world class beers.

A: opaque dark brown. looks more like a porter or stout in my glass. when held to the light some ruby highlights can be seen around the immediate edge. head is aggressive and frothy. reasonable retention. some lacing.

S: caramel works its way in with a dominate lager maltiness. aroma is clean and very lager-like, however there is a slight fruitiness detectable. maybe some brown sugar and fig.

T: a toasted grain mixes with a burnt caramel. wheat. not on the mouthfeel, but definitely a touch on the palate. similar fruit that was sensed in the nose, plum comes into play. a solid sweetness in the finish while tasting well-attenuated.

M: average carbonation on a medium body. very smooth drinking brew.

D: super drinkable doppelbock. an interesting style, not extreme with fruit, malt, sweet flavors, but more of a marriage of everything together. makes for a very drinkable, but strong, lager.

Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
4.93/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beer soup. A monk's dinner. One of the world's greatest doppelbock's and more. Let's review the beer that pours from the beautiful bottle, celebrator.

The beer pours a very dark brown with hints of dark red. This is so beautiful to admire. I think a rare dark brown is a hard quality to achieve. The tan head is frothy, like rich espresso the oils slowly erode the head. what remains is some light lacing that are like fingers dragging me into this holy elixir.

The aroma's remain strong in this bottle. I have no idea how long this has been on the shelves but it smells like it was just cooked up in a cloistered abby by a jolly red faced monk. I imagine the bald friar's nostrils flaring at the smell of caramel, candied sugar. The sugars resound in a symphony of chocolate, dried fruit, apricots. Is it Christmas in August?

This beer taste like it was cooked by a fireside, chestnuts, spices. The nutty dark roasted malts become a nice banana bread flavor in my mouth. The subtle hints of sourness and bitterness lend a punch to the beer. The beer finishes with a mild cocoa flavor. This is terrific.

The mouthfeel is really good. It taste like beer soup oils and malts fill my stomach and a light alcohol presence warms my head.

I love this beer. I am glad it is so widely available. This is the go to doppelbock. It's also a beer to reflect on. To slowly savour and appreciate the miracle of life and beer.

Photo of uawildcat
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought an 11.6 oz bottle at Bevmo on Broadway. Took straight from the fridge and poured into a Pilsner glass. It was a little too cold at first making smelling and tasting the beer too difficult.

A: Pours as a clear dark brown color. It has a finger and a half head that eventually falls to a decent film leaving behind lacing. Very pretty.

S: Smells like toffee and a toasted English muffin to me. Very sweet smelling.

T: This is like the caramel of beers. It has a caramel like sweetness with a touch of bitterness from the dark malts used. The hops are not detectable to me, but that’s ok, it would throw the flavor off. It ends with a little spice. The aftertaste is too pleasant to eat with this beer.

M: Sticky, thick, high sugar beer. I think this should be drunk on it’s own. It has a creamy like feel in my mouth as well, nice job on the carbonation.

O: Haven’t had many beers of this style, but this one sets a high bar for any others. Wish it was sold in pack where I live.

Photo of RankRefugee88
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into Pilsener glass.

A - Deep ruby red body, average sized tan head. Bubbles shoot from the bottom into the abyss of the glass one by one.

S - Powerful gust of malts. Aged berries blanket a fruity hop character. Yeast is there.

T - Aroma and taste are different, but compliment eachother so nicely. Taste consists of rich dark malts, again darker fruits dominate the hop character. Slight chocolate with a hint of caramel highlights, finished with a bittersweet backbone.

M - Creamy, smooth, carbonated.

D - Aging 2 and using the other to marinade a steak but is extremely drinkable. Smooth and rewarding.

Remarkable brew with a substantial dosage of flavor. Very important for any lover of this style to pick this up for a try.

Photo of mattboyer182
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A deep amber color with a thin lacey head.

S - Roasty malt smell with a little bit of a dark fruit.

T - It's a sweet malt with notes of wood and fruit. Fairly low hop profile.

M - Mouth feel is light and carbonated.

O - Good beer but nothing fancy. Best doppelbock I've had though.

Photo of sureshot08
4.97/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with some red hues. Head dissipated quickly, but I probably used to wide a glass (like a goblet).

Smell: Lots of molasses, some dark fruit (cherries, etc), malty.

Taste: Again with the dark fruit and molasses. Slightly sweet with a little tartness. No bitterness. Bready aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Full and rich with relatively mild carbonation.

Overall: Probably one of the top five beers I've had. Outstanding.

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

11.2 oz. bottle poured smoothly into an English pub glass. I like the artwork on the bottle, and the Bull ornament hanging around the bottle neck.

A: After pouring fairly gently, a nice 2 inch tan head grew from the beer eventually settling into about 1/2 inch that never went away. Looked like a nitro-can pour; however, the head was nice and foamy, and stayed around for the entire glass. Beer is a dark brown color, almost opaque. Beautiful. Lacing was amazing, shimmering all down the side of the glass.

S: Toasted malts, sweetness of caramel, maybe toffee? Very pleasant, but I don't like whatever sourness is there. It's not much, and maybe it's the glass I poured it into, but I would have preferred it to not be there...

T: Definitely toasted malts, like the smell. I like this very much. Also, dark fruits, though I am not experienced enough to really pick them out individually. The taste is extremely pleasant, that's all I can say really.

M: Absolutely wonderful. Borders on perfection. Light carbonation, light-medium weight on the tongue. Silky and smooth, I want another already. Finish lasts a while, and tastes great. No need to clean the palette either.

O: One of the best beers I've had. Looks beautiful, tastes wonderful, and finishes perfect. I should buy this more often, and I'm not sure why I don't really. Oh, because I would be broke it I bought as much as I wanted to.

I think I'll have me another.

Photo of dgilks
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark, dark brown colour with a big, fluffy tan head. Good head retention.

Somewhat oxidised and metallic malt aroma with some melanoidins and roast. A touch fruity and earthy.

Bready and fruity. This is a very malty lager with a nice and slightly unusual fruit ester profile. I find that the fruit character is a nice touch.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. A touch fizzy for me and oddly light for a doppelbock.

I like this a lot. Unlike my favourite, the Andechs Doppelbock, this is distinctly fruitier and a touch lighter. It's good.

Photo of gerite
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer served with a German meal. My glass had a rich dark, almost opaque brown color with a small head but good lacing. It was very smooth and easy to drink with a slight bitter aftertaste. It tastes a lot lighter than it looks. The flavors increase as the beer warms. I found this to be a very enjoyable beer and would order it again.

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

Very dark mahogany, with 1-inch mocha head that persisted well. Beautiful lacing for a dark beer.

Clean, fruity aroma, a hint of malt.

Very subtle mix of roasted coffee, cocao, chicory.

Mouth feel had carbonation at the front of the tongue. Satisfyingly substantial for such a subtle-tasting brew. A pleasant alcoholic nip at the back of the throat.

I'm glad I encountered this classic double bock, and look forward to drinking it many more times in the future.

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer is phenomenal, how could I forget to buy this after so many years?

The look is great, it looks to be black but when held up to the light, you can see that it is a very dark brown color. There is a beautiful tan head that is like Rocky in the ring, refusing to go down. Not a whole lot of lacing but still very pretty.

The smell is a malt bomb in the best way. Huge savory malts, molasses, and brown sugar hit with other notes of dried figs and other assorted accompaniments to a meat and cheese plate, if you get my drift (dark fruits). A large amount of barley was injected into this beer and I love it.

The taste opens up beautifully with a symphony of malts all working well together. A very nice molasses notes with sweet savory fruits that leave a lasting brown sugar taste that just refuses to go away. A super complex malt bill with just a glimpse of the alcohol in a refined savory sweetness in the mid palate. Figs and dates, a nice big black berry lingering taste as well... Just what I'd like in a doppelbock, thank you very much.

Creamy and semi thick, great amount of carbonation. Nice to sip and savor, but also could be drank in large quanities without any burn or carbonation getting in the way. If it was just a hair thicker I'd go 5 for it.

Just an outstanding beer, and another classic European beer that I should buy much, much more often (like Aventinus, Weinstephaner, Rochefort 10, etc.). So happy it's very available. A benchmark of the style still, the only doppelbock I like as much would be the Andescher.

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

Beautiful dark brown red color with a nice creamy dark tan head building about three fingers high. Leaves great lacing after dissipating.
The smell speaks of sweet malts and dark fruit.
Tasting this beer you have those sweet malts up front. The fruit notes and caramel flavors are in the middle, being balanced at the end by a great mild hop.
A very drinkable beer which is actually not overly sweet, like so many other Doppelbocks.

Photo of MEsoJD
3.7/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Very dark brown body with small and fast dissipating head.

S: Smells of hops and roasted malt.

T: dark fruits(cherries), sweet malt, and roasted bitter aftertaste/finish.

M:Smooth/silky, medium bodied, low alcohol presence and medium carbonation.

O: Nothing earth shattering but it's a good beer. Very easy drinking and complex considering the ingredients. Not the top of my dopplebock list but will defiantly keep in mind.

Photo of seeswo
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown with just a touch of reddish tint and a small amount of tan head. The nose is toasted malts, dark fruits (raisin, plum), and a bready yeastiness. Big and malty, this succeeds where other doppelbocks fail by being not too sweet for what it is. A strong dark fruit component with malts that are tamed a bit and nice dark fruit and bready components. This actually reminds me of Dr. Pepper a bit, but not as carbonated and obviously not nearly as sweet. Pretty big body with good carbonation, this is a winner. Overall, I liked this one a lot and it shows what a doppelbock can be when the sweetness is toned down a touch.

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

Poured from a 33 centiliter bottle into a beer mug.

Appearance: Beer pours vigorously, with good carbonation. Color is amber- or ruby-tinted mahogany, nearly opaque. Nice frothy cappuccino-type head. After several minutes, there's still a formidable amount of head.

Smell: Toasty malt with a gentle sweetness, and some moderate ester tones. Sweet bread, licorice, woodiness, dark berries...very nice!

Taste/Mouthfeel: Beer is light on the tongue, the carbonation keeps it floating. Esters are fairly high, as is the wooden cask flavor (oak? hickory?). As the beer settles into the palate, that very toasty malt comes back with some licorice and possibly blood orange bite. Finishes wet. Tasty.

Overall: I absolutely despise doppelbocks. This is a good beer. That's all that need be said.

Photo of hoptualBrew
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle with a celebrator ram figurine hanging off the neck. Pretty cool stuff, love the label work as well.

Deep dark brown, with amber hues when held to light. Opaque for the most part. Nice khaki head falls to a layer up top and mild lacing on the glass.

Nose is nutty toffee caramel malts with a little roastiness & some sweet dark fruits. The nut aroma really stands out though!

Caramelized sugars hit up front & toffee coat the palate. The back end is where the brown nut smack comes through, a bready character & also somewhat of a drying bitterness. Moderately thick in the body (7/10) & carbonated well, thick goes down really well.

Overall, amazing and well balanced dopplebock. Absolutely loved it. Worth the $3 bottle? Yes.

Photo of OakedCanuck
3.58/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into cervoise.

A - Pours an opaque brown with reddish edging. Off-white single finger head. Minimal lacing

S - Lots of sweet caramel and toffee. Slight herbal hops on the nose and some figs.

T - Lots of sweet caramel malt along with brown sugar and a bready yeast. Decent accenting pine hops.

M - Thinner than I expected. The sweet malts gave it a certain stickiness and ABV wasn't noticeable.

O - I thought it was going to be a bit heavier for the style. Tasty sweet malts but didn't stand out for me for the style.

Photo of Pintofbrown
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Beer grows into a two-finger cap the color of toffee. After a couple of minutes, it has still retained about one finger of head that looks pleasantly creamy.

There is quite a bit of carbonation coming up through the opaque body, some beige highlights when held up to the light. Celebrator is a good looking beer!

Smell: The malts produce a sugary, caramel sweetness. The sweet is accompanied by some sour esters too, reminds one of raisins, apples, and pears. The sourness is not off putting at all, it really invites one to take a few swigs, don’t mind if I do.

Taste: There is a nice balance between the sourness of the hops and the sweetness of the caramel malt. It finishes more on the sweet side with a strong taste of raisins and pears. The finish is very long. It is a little different from what I usually drink, but it is still very good.

Mouth feel: No dryness here, the sweet finish sees to that. The beer is also quite chewy, and finishes smooth, with that distinctive raisin after taste. I don’t know if I’ll ever find a beer that finishes with this flavor profile. I feel like if I drink more of this beer, I’m going to really grow to like it.

Overall: My first doppelbock was certainly a good one. Now I just hope that the more I try I’m not let down because of how amazing this one was. The sweetness of the beer totally hit me by surprise, but it is growing on me easily.

I will definitely pick some of this up again someday, for now I’ll just have to display the bottle with the little ram trinket.

Photo of Brewski4Drewski
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Tilburg's Dutch Brown Ale glass.
A: Pours dark brown and creates large foamy brown head. I can thank the tall glass for the huge head, this beer looks good.

S: Toasted malts not too strong but smeels amazing, maybe some kind of delicious baked cookie.

T: Taste is phenomenal. Like it smells but tastes sweet throughout. Good to the last drop.

M: Smooth in the mouth and on the palate and slightly creamy.

O: This beer is incredibly drinkable, I would like to see how a six pack would do over a nice dinner. A "world class" beer, it is overall one of the best of the category. I plan on collecting every ram trinket I get.

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 5,540 ratings.