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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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5,110 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,110
Reviews: 2,207
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 323
Gots: 365 | 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:
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Photo of jdklks
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.

jdklks, Sep 16, 2009
Photo of washburnkid
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.

washburnkid, Sep 15, 2009
Photo of WoogityBoogity
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.

WoogityBoogity, Sep 15, 2009
Photo of nickd717
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.

nickd717, Sep 10, 2009
Photo of AgentZero
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.

AgentZero, Sep 05, 2009
Photo of WCBCFrank
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.

WCBCFrank, Sep 01, 2009
Photo of mdwalsh
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.

mdwalsh, Aug 28, 2009
Photo of drabmuh
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.

drabmuh, Aug 26, 2009
Photo of erz316
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.

erz316, Aug 26, 2009
Photo of TLove
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.

TLove, Aug 21, 2009
Photo of DefenCorps
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.

DefenCorps, Aug 21, 2009
Photo of dpodratsky3
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.

dpodratsky3, Aug 21, 2009
Photo of juhl31
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

juhl31, Aug 18, 2009
Photo of EliottJW
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.

EliottJW, Aug 18, 2009
Photo of apbarwood
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.

apbarwood, Aug 17, 2009
Photo of KDReeves
4.97/5  rDev +14.5%

Without fail, in my humble opinion, the very definition of beer.

As a doppelbock, you would expect dark, rich, nutty, flavorful experiences, and you'd be right. The richness of this brew blossoms extraordinarily. It is a strong, present contender, so young palates may raise an eyebrow more than once both at first taste and as the taste experience expands.

It's got a toasted, caramel quality to it, that twinge of sugary goodness a tiny but important aspect.

I cannot express how important it is to give this beer it's space and give it time to really flourish in your mouth. Take your time with it and enjoy the particularly fantastic aftertaste.

Without doubt, one of the finest beer experiences I've ever had, hands down. You'll rarely find my house without at least a few bottles of this. We've collected so many plastic goats - hung around the neck of each bottle; "bock" is German for "goat" - that we could start some kind of craft fair!

KDReeves, Aug 16, 2009
Photo of tr4nc3d
4.6/5  rDev +6%

Served from a 11.2fl oz bottle into my pilsner glass

Pours a very dark brown color that when held to the light it barely passes through. Nice three inch mocha colored head, very frothy. Great head retention that slowly fades and leaves some lacing clinging to the sides of my glass.

Smell consist of roasted malt, dark brown sugar, and dark chocolate.

Sweet chocolate and roasted malts upfront that lingers into a mildly bitter coffee taste which is not harsh at all like you see in some other beers. Slight cocoa flavor shows up along with a cola like taste. As this warms it gets sweeter.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Smooth and sweet aftertaste. Goes down very nice.

This beer goes down smooth and has a good flavor profile that lets you know you are drinking a beer. Lets just say I was AMAZED drinking this beer and it has been a long time since a beer has wowed me during the experience of drinking it. This one is definitely going to be a staple in my fridge.

tr4nc3d, Aug 12, 2009
Photo of jlindros
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%

Poured from bottle into large oversized snifter

A: Dark charred brown color with almost no light through, thick frothy 1 finger head with good retention

N: Nose has some sweet dark malts with a little alcohol, deep fruits like raisin and a cramy scent

T: Taste starts with the rich malts and raisin, then moves to a strange dark biscuit like almost chocolate powder with a Christmasy taste that I can't figure out, more rich deep molases like syrupy taste, a slight sweet buttery candi sugar taste like caramelized bananas with walnuts

M: Mouth is very thick and frothy as well as syrupy as it coats the mouth

F: Finish is sweet but not too much, leaves more of the burnt brown sugar taste and toffee, makes my mouth water like crazy for more

Final thoughts: Not heavy on spices like I thought it would be, but lots of deep earthy fruits and rich malts, as well as caramelized sugars and fruits, surprisingly very drinkable for a double boch and celebration style beer. I can see why its so highly rated. I'm glad I can get ahold of this stuff easily. I'll be drinking a lot more in the fall.

jlindros, Aug 11, 2009
Photo of TommyW
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%

A- Dark red/brown body with a beautiful tan head.

S- Very bready with undertones of caramel and molasses. There is also a very faint hop aroma mixed with alcohol.

T- Huge malt base that creates a taste of bread, molasses, caramel, nuts and some toasted bread crusts.

M- Very full mouthfeel, basically chewy. Just the right amount of carbonation to support the huge malty base.

D- An incredible doppelbock; second to very few. Definitely a must try.

TommyW, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of BarrelO
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%

11.2oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

A: Deep reddish-brown with a big white head that coats the glass with lacing.

S: Dark fruits and an ample dose of roastiness.

T: Nice fruity and toffee-ish sweetness. A touch of roasted notes. Just enough hops in the back to make their presence felt and balance everything out.

M: Lighter than the appearance would let on, but not effervescent.

D: The reigning heavyweight champion not only of doppelbocks but of German beers in general. One of my favorite things about DC in the winter is the fact that The Big Hunt has this on tap. I don't necessarily enjoy this as much as I do other beers, and I probably couldn't have more than a couple in a single sitting. But there really isn't a single off note with this beer. Sweet without being cloying, roasty without being astringent, this beer almost single-handedly justifies the Reinheitsgebot.

BarrelO, Aug 08, 2009
Photo of hardy008
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Pours a foamy tan 3 finger head with a dark brown color. The aroma and taste consist of sweet malt, caramel, dark fruit, and molasses. The flavor is sweet and spicy, with some bitterness at the end. Smooth, creamy, heavy bodied, and lightly carbonated. Very drinkable.

hardy008, Aug 05, 2009
Photo of BenSelf
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%

Nice light creamy head that leaves decent lacing down the side of the glass. Aroma is roasted and sweet malt, some noble hops. The flavor has a big, full roasted malt profile; impressive for the relatively low alcohol content (6.7%). A good bit of the bitterness is coming from the malt, but the hops provide balance and a bit of that distinctive noble hop dank floral smell. It's a very sophisticated beer, and it's hard to write a worthy review from just one 12 oz. bottle. I really enjoyed this beer. Pick up a bottle, and take your time with it.

BenSelf, Aug 04, 2009
Photo of mwilson85
4.63/5  rDev +6.7%

Really good beer. At the moment, my #1 favorite beer! Even over Affligem Triple.

Appearance - Very dark. Light brown Head forms quickly but also dipserses just as quickly. Very dark brown in appearance.

Smell - Dark fruits, roasted smell, with a hint of raisin.

Taste - Dark fruits, sweet but also biscuity which balances out really well. Raisins and even dark nuts and malts.

Mouthfeel - Lighter on the tounge than expected, carpinated perfectly where it tingles the mouth but doesnt sting. Finishes strong with a great after taste.

Drinkability - Very drinkable, great before and after-taste. Goes down smooth.

I love this beer. This overtook the top spot of my favorite beer list instantly. I definitely recommend it!

Serving type: bottle

mwilson85, Aug 03, 2009
Photo of callmescraps
3.63/5  rDev -16.4%

I enjoy goats. We'll see about the beer.

Appearance - Surprisingly black. I'd say a very deep brown, but almost no light gets through at all. An inch of off-white head dissipates quickly.

Smell - A hint of dark fruits and a lighter, sweeter malt smell. Lots of roasted malt.

Taste - Lots of sweet roasted malts. Very rich. There is a burnt aspect on the finish that I'm not loving. A hint of molasses as well. Definitely some dark fruit.

Mouthfeel - Nice carbonation, but it's not as rich as I might like. Very light and crisp.

Drinkability - Not bad, but that lingering roast is not helping the matter.

This is a fine beer. Not a huge fan or anything. It's got a nice roasted malt thing, but seemed a tad one note. I guess it's just not a favorite of mine.

callmescraps, Jul 31, 2009
Photo of david18
3.9/5  rDev -10.1%

Another good Doppelbock, which I have just begun to start enjoying more. Very good color and surprisingly good carbonation for a beer this dark. Also, not too strong for the style. Should mostly be enjoyed during non-summer months but could really be a good beer any time.

david18, Jul 30, 2009
Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 5,110 ratings.