Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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Ratings: 5,069 | Reviews: 2,203 | Display Reviews Only:
4.6/5 rDev +6%
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
09-28-2009 14:00:25 | More by Tom8Analise
4.72/5 rDev +8.8%
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.
09-28-2009 02:57:55 | More by burnerfinger
4.13/5 rDev -4.8%
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.
09-27-2009 23:01:53 | More by jrallen34
4.35/5 rDev +0.2%
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.
09-26-2009 19:36:41 | More by Backer2004
4.97/5 rDev +14.5%
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.
09-25-2009 21:25:56 | More by SamN
British Columbia (Canada)
4.5/5 rDev +3.7%
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.
09-23-2009 07:39:58 | More by astout
4.05/5 rDev -6.7%
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.
09-21-2009 02:02:33 | More by Mistofminn
4.7/5 rDev +8.3%
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.
09-18-2009 05:48:28 | More by Trappissed
4.43/5 rDev +2.1%
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. .
09-18-2009 04:20:42 | More by DwnTwnBwn
4.5/5 rDev +3.7%
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.
09-17-2009 14:25:25 | More by dstc
4.2/5 rDev -3.2%
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.
09-16-2009 05:51:26 | More by jdklks
4.13/5 rDev -4.8%
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.
09-15-2009 15:37:51 | More by washburnkid
4.3/5 rDev -0.9%
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.
09-15-2009 02:17:16 | More by WoogityBoogity
3.98/5 rDev -8.3%
Despite all the fanfare, I did not think this one was really slap-your-grandma good (yeah, I got that from "Honkytonk Badonkadonk").
A - Appearance is great: dark brown with a tan head that lingers longer than for most lagers, even strong ones.
S - Sweet caramel malt, dark fruits, mild roast, and spice.
T - This is a fairly complex beer on the flavor, malty with caramel, roast, chocolate, prune, raisin, and spice. Pretty good, but not a standout.
M - Very smooth and fairly full with a bit of alcohol warmth.
D - Decent but not outstanding. Easy to drink a bottle but I might want to switch to something else after that.
09-10-2009 17:55:45 | More by nickd717
3.48/5 rDev -19.8%
Received in a trade from jlindros.
A - Not quite what I was expecting based on the whiff I got when I popped the bottle. Poured into a 22 ounce mug. Very brown that shines a nice red through the light. Three finger, yellowish-brownish-off white head tha dissapated very quickly with no lacing.
S - Sweet sticky smell, no hops. Definately some fruit going on there, plums or dates it seems mostly.
T - No hops, almost a little stout-esque here. A lot of roasted malts, mostly toffee with a sugary taste that coats your tongue.
M - Syrupy, light carbonation. Definately not light, more the heavier side of medium.
D - Pretty easy to get down, they syrupiness of this brew would keep it from being a session beer for me, and the sugary aftertaste makes it turn a little sour if you aren't drinking fast.
09-05-2009 17:28:32 | More by AgentZero
4.33/5 rDev -0.2%
Ayinger's Celebrator pours ruby brown and amber red with some carbonation and a good off-white head. Hints of ripe apple and some cherry & fig hit the nose. The first sip fills the palate with a good amount of caramel and earthy flavors. Really well made.
Personally: Double bock or doppelbocks can sometimes shift into the too strong territory, but not this superb example of the style. A truly well rounded, well made beer. Highly recommended.
09-01-2009 12:31:56 | More by WCBCFrank
3.9/5 rDev -10.1%
A: poured a light cola brown from the bottle into a footed pils glass. Created a huge head, over 3 fingers at least with solid little bubbles on the bottom and big ones up top. It looks creamy and a good tan color. The beer is a caramely red in the glass with just a little active carbonation. The head is slowly fading, but still there, and leaving an okay, but not great lace.
S: Caramely smelling and a little bit of roasted malt. Very sweet and no hops, just as I would expect from a good db. Not terribly complex though, just straight forward sweet malt.
T: Less caramel than I had hoped, more towards toffee. Quite dry in fact. I get a little bit of roast still which is interesting and sort of nice. I don't know, I'm simply not as amazed with this beer as I had hoped, it's not sweet malty enough for me
M: Smooth, though there is a little kick at the end which I accredit to the roasted malt
D: Very enjoyable and inoffensive, just not what I want in a dopple.
08-28-2009 17:29:43 | More by mdwalsh
4.43/5 rDev +2.1%
This is one of my favorite bock biers, probably one of my favorite beers of all time. I was shocked that I had not reviewed it. I recently picked up a four pack from a local liquor store as part of my beer photography project where I photograph beers in the appropriate glassware, I have a Ayinger Celebrator glass, so I poured it into the glass. This beer is dark, nearly black. Has a nice head and it falls away quickly. The smell is sweet like malt, it may be dark but there are no hints of any roasted malt, just some sweetness from the alcohol and the malt. No aftertaste to speak of, amazingly smooth. A great beer.
08-26-2009 15:21:45 | More by drabmuh
4.15/5 rDev -4.4%
330ml bottle into pint glass.
A - pours like an overzealous coke. big cola coloured head, about two fingers. very dark brown with some slight ruby tinges coming through when held up to the light. head fades down to a thin layer.
S - sweet malty, um...sweetness! a good bit of molasses and a touch of brown sugar. mainly malts though. quite simple but nothing bad.
T - A super solid delicious beer, but this one needs to be served cold, not room temp. initial is a big caramel malt body, some slight bitter hops, and a distinctive metallic flavour (something which I have not experienced since I had that can of crap called boddingtons). the finish is malty caramel. aftertaste is a bit of roasted or burnt malts, with molasses.
MF&D - good body, with a semi-syrupy feel to it. carbonation is kept under moderation, but all comes togather for an easy drinking double bock.
08-26-2009 02:27:23 | More by erz316
District of Columbia
3.93/5 rDev -9.4%
Had the distinct pleasure of pouring one of these last night into a tall glass and sitting down to relax and smoke shisha. This beer is an excellent example of a top-notch German Doppelbock.
Ample head and maroon/brown body with a syrupy consistency and light carbonation. A smoked salmon and apple softness combines with a deep caramel maltiness with an intense roasted, woody, earthy flavors to balance out the dark fruits such as fig and plum.
Soft and supple finish and texture. The flavors disspiate quickly, however. There is almost an effervescence to the flavors in that they are present as the carbonation is flowing, but as soon as the carbonation begins to disappear, then, too, does the maltiness of the flavors and body.
08-21-2009 16:08:18 | More by TLove
4.43/5 rDev +2.1%
It is time to celebrate the imminent arrival of Oktoberfest. Poured into my Celebrator glass.
A: The pour is deep ruby red with great clarity. There's a dense, two-finger creamy-mocha colored head that recedes slowly, leaving some lace. Plenty of carbonation. Pretty.
S: Bready and fruity, there's freshly baked whole wheat bread, along with raisins, dates, plums and a little clove. Wholesome. Plenty of brown sugar and molasses.
T: Opens up with pretty complex malt flavor featuring bread, raisins, plums and dates before a firm bitterness balances things out. Bitterness tastes like it's mostly derived from burnt/caramelized sugar, but there's also a faint earthy hop character that makes itself towards the finish, especially as the beer warms up. Mid palate has flavors of buckwheat honey and brown sugar. While having plenty of sweet flavors, this is far from cloying, and is quite tremendously enjoyable.
M: While it is fairly light in body, it also has a little heft to it. Carbonation is moderate, ample for the beer. While the finish is great, with flavors of burnt sugar sweetness and bitterness, I wish it had a little more oomph to it, as it seems a little light compared to the rich flavors. What flavor is present lasts long, though
D: I was supposed to savor this over 30 minutes, but it's almost gone in the 10 that it took to review. Awesome stuff.
08-21-2009 01:25:51 | More by DefenCorps
4.47/5 rDev +3%
11.2 oz bottle poured into pint glass
A: Pours a dark almost black coffee color with a 3 finger dark tan, mocha frappuccino head.
S: Big malty aroma with a distinct molasses smell that is both sweet but almost bity/sour.
T: Taste much like the aroma implies. Malty, but yet a hint of hops, again with that rich molasses flavor, fades to slight alcohol but leaves your mouth coated with sweetness.
M: Dense feeling, and thick but without feeling heavy, very smooth. Doesn't dry very much at all.
D: For such a dark beer a very pleasant one to drink. However, do not fool yourself...you want to drink an entire 12 pack and you might try...but it won't happen.
Notes: The second doppelbock I've tasted (the other being Spaten Optimator). Superior to that beer, pretty much the definition of a doppelbock. Ach du meine Güte. Es ist gut, schon, super, toll, fantastisch, wunderbar, fabelhaft. And I could go on.
08-21-2009 01:17:51 | More by dpodratsky3
4.38/5 rDev +0.9%
this is a thanks to craig via trade!
-nice and dark. gives a reddish hue if youre looking from further away. had a solid head but it is gone and never came back
-smells of what i am going to call savory fruits...dried prunes and apricots. some malts for sure
-definitely some malts. some goood malts. i should harvest those. tight finish. cant really describe other distinct tastes other than those savory fruits a bit
-pretty solid easy feel. nice carb, smooth, super neat
-i like it. would go for more for the style. not sure if i could rock a full on boot, but i would be stoked for a liter
08-18-2009 03:07:31 | More by juhl31
4.53/5 rDev +4.4%
thanks to cptierney for getting this into my hands via an in house trade. he'd told me about this beer for quite a while, saying that I had, had, HAD to try it out. as a lover of browns, porters and stouts... he knew this would be right up my alley when I wanted something new... and good god was he right.
this beer pours with the look of a solid porter. deep brown with a light tan head that sticks around for a while. my glass was freshly rinsed, so the head retention may have been negatively affected by that, but there was not much retention to speak of.
smells of malts... malts, malts and more malts... to be completely honest, this beer smells like the mash tun on brew day... and I love it! that's not to say that it's overly sweet though. I would assume that enough dark... maybe chocolate malts are used to balance this out. really enjoyable flavor that changes from the moment it hits your lips to 5 minutes after you swallowed your last sip.
perfectly carbonated, I get a faint tingle from the floor to the roof of my mouth as I take it in. medium body that really leaves a nice coating behind. really enjoyable.
this is one of the most drinkable beers I've ever had in my life. lower in ABV and higher in taste and overall enjoyability... that's coming from one who enjoys big beers much more than their counterpart... I really like this beer.
08-18-2009 02:59:37 | More by EliottJW
4.63/5 rDev +6.7%
Appearance- Deep brown color with a long-lasting, billowy, tan head.
Smell- Wonderful roasted aromas of coffee, chocolate and caramel; very warm and inviting.
Taste- Remarkably complex. Yeast, caramel, chocolate, coffee, molasses with well integrated hops that allow the malty flavors to shine. Slightly sweet.
Mouthfeel- Smooth as silk. Nice and full yet delicate.
Drinkability- Definitely a beer suited for a cold night. It has a lot of heft and the malty flavors make it nice as an after dinner beer. Somewhat powerful but the alcohol seems to be perfectly balanced with everything else this beer has to offer.
08-17-2009 20:53:47 | More by apbarwood
Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 5,069 ratings.