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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

5,242 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 5,242
Reviews: 2,216
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 337
Gots: 414 | FT: 18
Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2001)
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Photo of ujsplace
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured vigorously into a mug...

Massively chunked tan colored head that has big, slowly erupting bubbles. Once settled down, there is nice lacing and thick chunks remaining on top of the brew. The brew itself is a deep dark brown with the faintest hint of amber.

Smells of roasted molasses, chocolate, dark fruit, and bready yeasts.

Big roasted malt sweetness, a hint of chocolate, dark fruits - mild raisins, fig, and a hint of herbal hops - the abv is well hidden.

Thick, nearly chewy mouthfeel; creamy smooth with mild carbonation.

Sadly, I only have one bottle of this...truly a brew that I could get into - would absolutely love to session this.

ujsplace, Jul 02, 2010
Photo of perrinvv
4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very dark beer with nice carbonation. Beautiful dark tan head and fizz long after pouring.

Smells like coffee and chocolate like you would expect but stronger. Very strong, pleasant aroma.

The taste is phenomenal. The chocolate and coffee flavors that you can smell mix with something like molasses that leaves a slightly bitter aftertaste in your mouth that reminds you of the awesome sip you just had. The carbonation makes the beer feel lighter in your mouth. As a result, this beer seems especially drinkable for being a strong beer.

If ever presented with the opportunity to try this beer, its a must!

perrinvv, Jul 01, 2010
Photo of glazeman
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a snifter

A: Opaque black. No light coming through even when held up to the light. 1.5 finger light tan head with moderate retention, and some lacing. Nice swirl of bubbles remains after quite awhile.

S: I get a lot of sugar and caramel. Just from the look and smell of this beer I would have easily believed that it were a bourbon aged stout.

T: Quite different than the smell in my opinion. Wonderful balance of molasses, cream, and apples, along with a bit of smoky/fizzy carbonation at the finish.

M: A bit thin for my liking, but with an excellent level of carbonation.

D: Wow, could not possibly be a more drinkable beer. Goes down way to easy and is so balanced.

glazeman, Jun 29, 2010
Photo of Erish
4.78/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this 11.2 oz. bottle into a chilled stoneware mug.

A: Dark, molasses, but with lovely amber highlights; the brown rocky head lasts and lasts.

S: Molasses right off the bat, over-ripe apples, vinous notes, clover honey, ester-like yeast.

T: Tastes just like it smells, but better: lots of ripe fruit: apple, apricot, vinous grape; honey, brown sugar, candied plums, generous malt, sweet but not cloying, light but balanced floral hops, the finish is dry, yeasty, with a lingering feather touch of hops and vinous grape. Truly awesome.

M: Silky, mouth-coating but not heavy, gentle carbonation.

D: This beer is close to perfect. Celebrate with one any time of the year!

Erish, Jun 23, 2010
Photo of industrialswill
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark chocolate color with a little bit of foam.
Smells of mollasses.
Wonderful rich, malty flavor with a little bit of hops.
Nicely carbonated.
This is a very good double bock with a high enough alky content to leave a lasting impression on your dart game.

industrialswill, Jun 18, 2010
Photo of berpwillie
3.73/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a opaque dark brown color with good tan frothy head, good lacing, and average carbonation. caramel nutty smell with a toasted nutty taste. very smooth. medium body and thin slick texture. very light bitter creamy finish, and short flavor duration. very easy to drink. probably a really good session beer if it wasn't more on the pricey side.

berpwillie, Jun 15, 2010
Photo of jonziefle
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a clear dark brown. 1.5 finger khaki colored head; good retention. Not much visible carbonation. Not much lacing.

Smell: Strong sweet malts. Flavor of apple juice or cider. A thick syrupy quality with a hint of the alcohol.

Taste: Syrupy apple cider-like flavors, with raisin as well. Smokey and roasted malts. Some caramel as well, with an odd hint of marshmallows.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with little bite. A bit syrupy in body

Drinkability: An interesting doppelbock that is very drinkable. Good flavor, but a little syrupy in taste and body. Also, while the ABV is only 6.7%, it seems to hit strong than that.

Buy Again? Yes.

jonziefle, Jun 15, 2010
Photo of albertjr21
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Into a Pilsner glass, this poured a dark brown color with bright amber highlights under a dense pillowy head. There was a big roasted malt and nut nose with a significant cocoa accent. A timid mouthfeel led to a smooth but flavorful chewy center and concluded with a surprisingly light but quenching malt finish...All in all, this is one of the most full flavored, smooth, and well balanced distributions I have experienced on my palate from start to finish. This made a perfect match with pan fried pork chops and was especially complimentary of the burnt fat ends of the chop. Without crying "perfection," I can only guess that anything better than this would have to do with going to Germany and drinking directly from the brewery source itself...

albertjr21, Jun 14, 2010
Photo of TCHopCraver
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Into a medium sized wine glass, ACD pours a dark brown with a slight reddish hue. A khaki head foams up to about a finger and a half and recedes to leave a ring about the top of the beer. The carbonation looks exciting.

S: I smell chocolate, bread, and some interesting sweet spice aromas rising out of the glass. There is a very dry, grainy smell accompanied by some plum and fig hints.

T: I don't know what it is about bock beers, but I get a very salty taste from all of them. If the taste of this beer perfectly matched the aroma, I would be over the moon. But the salt taste overpowers the chocolate flavor that is present and leaves a sodium residue in my mouth. That being said, there is a decent balance between sweetness and dryness in this beer, and it has a nice, crisp, clean taste to it.

M: Relatively full and coating at the beginning of the sip, and then a puckering saltiness/dryness takes over the feel on my palate. Crisp.

D: This is a well crafted Dopplebock and if I really liked Dopplebocks, I would make this one of my go-tos.

TCHopCraver, Jun 14, 2010
Photo of airohead2001
3.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What better way to celebrate the 2010 STANLEY CUP CHAMPION CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS than with a Celebrator?? This one's for the Hawks - it's been an outstanding season from start to finish with a perfect ending. ONE GOAL.

A - dark mahogany, almost black with a one finger head that quickly fades. not much lacing, but still a great looking beer.

S - just outstanding - caramel, sugar, malts, with a hint of alcohol

T - great beer. taste reflects the smell - caramel, malts, burnt sugar, slight piney hops in the background.

M - good mouthfeel with just the right carbonation.

D - very drinkable beer - perfect for celebrating a Stanley Cup Championship!! Will definitely seek this brew out again. Outstanding.

airohead2001, Jun 10, 2010
Photo of dogfishandi
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle at cellar temp poured into a bulb glass. no freshness date. the bottle was a little bit of a gusher when i popped the cap, but i only lost a drop or 2 of beer

this beer pours a dark dark brown color, appears black when not in the light.a nice 2-3 fingers of brown mocha colored head fades to some patchy foam and a thick ring after a few minutes. a very nice sticky lace as well.

complex aroma. chocolatey roasted malts, bready, dark fruits such as raison, plum, fig. hints of sweet malt and grapes.

in no paticular order, sweet malts, roasted malts, lots of dark dried fruit, raisons, plums, figs, dates, etc., some good milk chocolate/ cooking chocolate combo, some breadiness, as well as a touch of graininess. flavors of grapes and some hop and roasted malt bitterness finish things off.

the body of this beer seems bigger than the ABV would suggest, medium to almost a little heavy. great feeling carb.

so much flavor packed into this beer, its surprising that its actually quite drinkable. it might sit heavy in ur stomach after a few, definatly wouldnt want a 6 pack in one night, but it goes down very easy. german beers are not my favorite kind of styles, but this one is prolly one of my favorite. i highly recommend this. i would also love to see how this ages.

dogfishandi, Jun 10, 2010
Photo of trevorjn06
3.6/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a coffee-ish brown with about 2 fingers of foam that dissipates after a minute.

Aroma is dark, sweet malt and toffee. Fairly simple and straight forward.

Taste is rich and sweet. Dark malt with a hint of noble hop bitterness. It is a fairly straight forward taste, complex malt and a balancing bitterness, as I would expect with a lager. Finish is a bit sweet and leaves an oxidized, unpleasant dark malt taste.

Mouthfeel is moderately thick, medium/low carbonation.

trevorjn06, Jun 07, 2010
Photo of NCBeernut
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Deep reddish mahogany topped by a creamy bone-white to khaki head. Pretty good retention. Looks very inviting.

Aroma contains raisin with some grape and warm dark breads.

Raisin and grape hit first. This gives way as some roastiness takes over. The roastiness lingers, the sweet grape comes back for a second, before a long biscuity malty finish with a hint of lightly roasted grain. Dark breads kind of fill out the flavor from start to finish, and become most noticable in the aftertaste. Finishes a little sweet. As it warms, more dark fruits come out. I love how the flavors interchange, and all of them are good. The mouthfeel is amazing.

I haven't had this in years...man I was missing out. This is one of my favorites.

NCBeernut, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of grittybrews
4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep brown into a Duvel tulip with minimal head. Aroma of raisiny sweetness, followed by a creamy bread pudding taste with plenty of caramel and dark fruit. Abundant carbonation and a smooth, full mouthfeel. Nice chocolate/toffee finish with a warmth reminiscent of brews with a much higher ABV (tasted more like a 10 than a 6.7). This one is tasty and extremely easy-drinking.

grittybrews, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of dpasotti
4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep dark cola-brown with a thin beige head that disappears fairly quickly. Almost no lacing sticks around. Aroma of sweet vinous semi-dark fruit, vanilla and light chocolate.

Slightly roasty chocolate comes to the front on the palate. Very malty flavor, but not too sweet. A nice clean bitterness rounds things off. Incredibly smooth and full-flavored beer.

Medium-full in body with average carbonation. Leaves a bit of stickiness on the mouth, but nowhere near too much. Celebrator is an excellent example of a doppelbock. This is a very drinkable beer, almost as good as my favorite doppel, Salvator.

dpasotti, Jun 02, 2010
Photo of SpdKilz
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours into my Bell's Tulip with a robust coffee like appearance, though one can easily see light through the beer. About a finger of tan colored head is achieved with a moderate pour, which dissipates quickly leaving little lacing.

Smell - Dark fruits, caramel, malts, light chocolate, and bread.

Taste - Dark fruits in the nose are prevalent in the taste. Prunes, raisins, and dark cherries. Dark, roasted (though not overly) malts make an appearance with a strong caramel presence. The more it warms the more the flavors begin to develop.

Mouthfeel - Quite thick and creamy overall, for appearing to be nothing of the sort from the initial pour. Light carbonation.

Drinkability - A very drinkable and tasty beer. I enjoy a good doppelbock and am surprised I have not tried this sooner. A very good beer.

SpdKilz, Jun 01, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy dark brown color with a nice tan head. The aroma is toffee, chocolate malt and some bread. The flavor is more complex with some dark fruit and roasted malt early in the taste and then chocolate and coffee later. Medium, slightly watery mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A truly world class beer.

Mora2000, May 28, 2010
Photo of charlesbyrd
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a dark brown bottle (11.2 oz. I believe?) into a tall tulip glass. The label is great, gotta love the little plastic ram.

A: Pours a clean dark brown, almost opaque, with glimmers of ruby shining through when held to the light. Very clean, this is obviously a high quality brew. Poured vigorously, it will give up a nice beige head, but it didn't stick around for long.

S: Honestly, I didn't get much of an aroma from this one. There is a faint toasted bread smell coupled with that of roasted malt, but it's all very light.

T: The taste is everything I picked up from the aroma, simply magnified. At the front, I get sweet bread and cinnamon at the front, followed by a roasted malty flavor that reminds me of a good stout. The long finish has a coffee bitterness to it.

M: This is a very full-bodied beer, but it goes down really smoothly. The thick, oily texture goes well with slight prickles from the moderate carbonation, and the flavors are able to stick to the taste buds for quite some time. The ABV is on the low end of the range for this style, so there's not much of a warming sensation.

D: This is a very impressive example of a dopplebock. Rich and full-bodied, this beer has everything I could want on a cold or rainy day. Still, I think it's drinkable enough to suit any palate (even those who are turned off by "dark beers"). A supreme standard of quality shows through in the appearance, taste, and finish of this beer.

charlesbyrd, May 26, 2010
Photo of alkemy
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby brown with a tan head that quickly fades to a light covering. There are plums and tart cherries intermingling with sweet and sugary dark bread on the nose. It has a rich bready taste that reminds me a little of zucchini bread, except with dark fruit overtones...kind of roasty tart cherry and plum tastes. It's sweet, but then fades into a bitter chocolate/coffee taste that really lingers. I remember having this years ago and finding it overtly sweet...my how the palate has changed. I really like this.

alkemy, May 21, 2010
Photo of revdrkevind
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

s- Bottle. I'm partial to collecting the little plastic rams.

a- Pours the sort of deep/black amber that I love, with a nice off-white head that laces well. Certainly a pretty pour.

s- Above-average, but so complex that it's hard to pin down, a common theme with this beer. Deep brown sugar and bread and fruit. It's a nice puzzle for the nose.

t- On first sip, I equally love and hate it, as it's so absurdly complex that I don't know what to make of it. There's a lovely burnt caramel malt, but it's bold to the point of overpowering. There's currents of chocolate and fruit vegetable and nut, and it's hard to tell if they add or distract. This is the hardest-to-describe beer I've ever encountered, and I like it. Overall, you mostly feel the bitter malt, with the hoppiness buried under the other rich flavors. I'd almost give this beer a perfect rating if I could just make up my mind about it.

m- A great medium feel with some cream. Carbonation is just right so it feels smooth and refreshing.

d- This is a perfect sipping beer as I always want to let it linger and think it over, and it's highly drinkable. I just can't imagine some pounding bottle after bottle of this stuff- I think I'd be mentally scarred exposing myself to that much complexity.

revdrkevind, May 21, 2010
Photo of pasdachuri
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My old man was given this beer in February 2008 and has been sitting in his fridge at work ever since. I finally asked if he ever planned on drinking it.

Poured a deep red mahogany color with a thick tan head on top that departed fairly quickly. Good Lacing.

Dark sugar smell upfront, similar to molasses. Also, Some sweet, fruity bread aroma. There was a pleasant black licorice scent through out as well.

The smokiness and malts hit you first, followed by a very nice caramel sweetness. The dark fruits, cherries and prunes I think, really hit the back of the palate.

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

pasdachuri, May 19, 2010
Photo of hangh
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- It's a very dark brown color that looks very clean throughout. The head is a light brown and dissapates quickly but leaves a nice 1cm or so layer throughout drinking. Head clings well to glass and is very fine, very well brewed.

S- Great smelling with many different aromas. There are several fruity smells that are immediately noticable and there appears to be some chocolate beneath that. One of the most pungent beers out there

T- There is a deep smooth taste with the same fruity undertones of the malts that are in the smell. Definitely something chocolate like at work. There is not too much hops taste, the malts seem to overtake it.

MF- Lightly carbonated that holds well throughout drinking. It feels very fine, with all of the flavors very well mixed. Feels great.

D- One of my favorite beers I've tasted ever. It is one you will want to savor throughout drinking. I haven't paired it with food but will definitely try to do so. As a beer alone it is excellent I will try again

hangh, May 17, 2010
Photo of Thiestru
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2-oz. bottle into my Terrapin pint glass.

Appearance: Very dark brownish-red. One-finger off-white head at first, but it doesn't last long. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Very interesting. My first thought was 'malty V8 juice'! Whether that's good or bad depends on your opinion of V8 juice, I suppose; I happen to like it. I wish I could describe the smell better than that, but I'm afraid I can't.

Taste: Wow! Oh, but this is good. There's a certain vegetable-ish taste deep down in there, but the star of this beer is the malt. They taste something beyond 'roasted' - I'd call it 'burnt'! If that sounds bad, trust me, it isn't. It's great. Actually, this reminds me a bit of a rauchbier, but not as over-the-top smokey. Any hops in this beer lurk far below the malts; maybe that's what's imparting that vegetable taste. Damn, this is hard to describe. 'Outstanding' ought to do.

Mouthfeel: Neither very thick nor very thin. Carbonation is enough to give it a crisp feel.

Drinkability: From experience, I can tell you that drinkability is very high. Making whole nights of this is easy, but this is such a special beer that it's probably better to only have one or two every month or two. Or maybe once a week. Hell, drink up!

This is kind of a strange beer, but it's thoroughly fantastic. Get it.

Thiestru, May 16, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz. bottle into a pilsener glass.

a - Pours a deep dark brown color with light carbonation and 1.5 fingers of light tan head that has nice retention. Leaves some light lacing on the glass; looks perfect.

s - Smells of dark sticky sweet fruits, some sweet malts, roasted malts, and caramel malts. Very enjoyable.

t - Tastes of smooth roasted and caramel malts, as well as sweet and dark fruits.

m - Medium body and light carbonation, very smooth and easy to drink. Perfect feel to it.

d - Overall I thought this was a great beer and an amazing doppelbock. It had a great feel to it and was very easy to drink; I felt like I could drink a lot of these. It also had a nice sweet, dark fruit smell to it, but it wasn't too sweet. Would definitely have again.

mdfb79, May 15, 2010
Photo of soju6
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

C- Deep ruby red with a light off white head that fades to a light lacing.

S- dark fruit, roasted malt, sweet with hints of chocolate. A lot going on here

T- Initially chocolate and malt with hint of spices. Finishes with an excellent touch of bitterness.

F- Medium body, light carbonation, silky smooth & creamy. Very satisfying.

D- Delicious, probably one of the best dobbelbocks I have tasted. One of the few beers that lives up to the hype.

soju6, May 15, 2010
Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 5,242 ratings.