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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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96
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5,546 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,546
Reviews: 2,254
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 388
Gots: 549 | FT: 19
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Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website
Germany

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 Ryan011235
4.54/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into an E&J Cask & Cream glass on 4/23/11

Stained cherry brown color on the pour and in the glass. Ruby hued when held to the light. Two finger tan head thinned over three or four minutes. Skimmed, bubbly retention. Some lace.

Full aroma of robust dark bread and lightly toasted grain notes. Smooth and quite enticing. Just a faint hint of dough hidden deep down. Lightly hopped around the edges, adding an earthiness to the overall spectrum. Smells great initially and gets even better as it warms.

The flavors are comparably excellent. Toasted grains abound; at times nearing the point of burnt but never crossing that threshold. Dark bread, too; calls to mind pumpernickel. Earthy hops and something of a light, dry spice. The finish is surprisingly dry with toasty bread notes.

Reasonably full bodied. Aside from the inherit graininess there is a smooth, languid feel. To the effect carbonation is low. Even grainier as time wears on. Still surprised at how dry it is.

Celabrator is an excellent beer; certainly top-notch in style. I can't believe I have never had it before. I'll be looking forward to the next time I drink it.

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

Ayinger Celebrator's dark tone and steadfast opacity give it the intimidating appearance of a guard dog, or maybe one of those angry, long-horned rams on its label in mating season. This is slightly ironic considering how its violet and ruby highlights are gorgeous and inviting. Its head, while thin, looks harder than marble stone (and is coloured like it too).

It smells like someone took the world's finest tawny port and improved it exponentially. The sweet, fruity notes of plum and grape are gracefully tempered, somewhat offset by a tremendously rich maltiness. This 'toast and jam' combination would make a memorable breakfast; even the best noses are bound to miss a feature or two. It's that layered.

I don't think you could find a better, more exemplary tasting doppelbock than Celebrator. The poised sweetness of a fig and prune compote is mushed into the taste of heavily browned bread crusts, which turn into a sooty, moderately bitter dark chocolate note on the finish. If ever a beer deserved a perfect score for flavour, truly, Celebrator is it.

There's rich - and then there's Bill Gates rich. This doppelbock is Bill Gates rich. Profound, full-bodied, uncompromising maltiness becomes heavily intimate with all parts of the palate, and refuses to go away even in the aftertaste. To suggest caramel is grossly overstating the quantity of sweetness, and downplaying the rich, luscious quality of it.

If you want to learn about German brewing, throw out the books and just stock up on Celebrator. Few examples pack as much punch per square sip or capture so elegantly the style's rich, nectarous qualities. Although the expression is used quite commonly, few things are actually "mouth-watering" - this is. Trust me, I feel myself drooling.

Brewers will make a lot of claims about the superiority of their beer on labels. Typically, these should be taken with a heaping tablespoon of salt. However, for Ayinger to call Celebrator "the finest double bock beer" is no exaggeration. It is unequivocally, undeniably the golden standard of the style; any attempts to replicate it or even to honor it only serve to advertise that fact and endorse the superiority of its brand.

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass at low altitude.

A: Pours a very very dark ruby color with a one-finger dark cream-colored head. Lacing could have been a bit better.

S: Caramel and malty bread notes come through quite strongly, with a bit of yeast at the end.

T: Primarily caramel up front moving into the malty bread flavors you'd expect from a dopplebock. There are some pleasant notes of bitterness toward the end, and I enjoyed the alcoholic notes on the finish.

M: Generally wet and creamy with some carbonation to tingle your tongue. Very nice.

D: This is a really filling brew, so it might better serve as dessert than something you drink all night.

Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.88/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

When I bought this, the cashier at the liquor store told me this was “the world’s best dopplebock.” I love a good dark beer, so I had to try it out.

A: Pours dark and sultry. Very thin brown head that dissipates rather quickly. Looks like a deep, reddish-brown coffee after a few minutes. Has a thick and dark presence that instantly commands your presence.

S: Sweet chocolate and coffee pound the senses. Some surprising fruitiness, too. Smells very potent.

T: Wow. Wow, wow, wow. There's a lot going on here. Smoky coffee and dark, dark chocolate do a lot to expand the palate up front. Then, there’s a pine/minty kick that tickles the taste buds even more. It’s strong, and you can definitely taste it – the alcohol is as smooth as it is present. There’s some tropical fruit notes as well – mango, melon, and a hint of something sweeter, like pineapple. It’s an incredible mix of flavors, and well blended to boot. This is the most well-balanced beer I’ve ever had.

M: I had a feeling this would be a bit syrupy, but, on the contrary, it’s rather light on the tongue. Perfectly sippable.

O: Whenever someone tells me a product is “the best of its kind,” I am rightfully skeptical. But this is, without a doubt, is the best in the world. A true work of art. Gute Arbeit, Deutschland!

Photo of mattkoon
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this is a great beer. The smell is creamy vanilla. The chocolate barley really comes through in the taste very flavorfull yet smooth. This is a damn good beer. I was shocked at the drinkability. There is almost a molassis flavor that goes well with the rich dark hocolate flavor.

Photo of jamescain
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a mug

Appearance: Dark brown, not opaque, when held up to the light you can see the light shining through with red highlights. One fingers worth of tan head tops it off.

Aroma: More reminiscent of a dark Belgian ale than a German beer. Aromas of dark fruit, figs, plums, sweet caramel malt dominate. Very complex.

Taste: Similar to the aroma, dark fruit dominates, but with a molasses backdrop and a hit of spiciness.

Mouthfeel: Thick and chewy are the only words to describe this mouth feel. It is thicker than most of the doppelbocks I have had in the past.

Overall: Considered by most to be the quintessential doppelbock and it lives up to its reputation.

Photo of STKPICR0720
4.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours dark and by dark I mean like outbacks rye bread. This beer has so many different things gooing on in it you can't help but enjoy the conversation this beer tends to bring on. I have had plenty of dark german beers but I have to say this one is up there.

The taste is of a nutty, caramel almost roasted hoppy bitter taste. There really is not a bad part of this beer from the moment it is opened.

Find a four pack and enjoy with friends.

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

A: Very dark brown color, almost like a dark maple syrup. A pretty sizable mocha-colored head rises up and takes a while to settle.

S: A lot going on here. Freshly baked rye bread, raisin, roasted malt and some nuttiness.

T: Rich and bready with a lot of malt sweetness. Molasses, a hint of smoke and a touch of hops and a bit of spiciness in there as well. Really nice.

Photo of zeledonia
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown, with ruby at the edges when held to light. Quite clear despite the dark color, though very little light actually makes it through. The medium-tan head is fluffy and leaves great lacing.

Smell is all delicious rich caramel malts. Figs, chocolate, and root beer. And of course the characteristic bready yeast smell. The layers of complexity are amazing.

Once again, I get rich, sweet, bready, fruity malty goodness. Dark fruits like figs and a hint of cherries. A touch of tangy spice comes in late to give some more variety.

Thick and heavy, chewy, with just enough carbonation to balance out all that weight. Also has a creamy smoothness. Definitely on the thick side compared to most other doppelbocks.

This is simply an outstanding beer, all around. I could imagine the taste being a bit deeper or more complex, but I've certainly never encountered such a beer. Simply the best doppelbock I've had, bar none.

Photo of B967ierhunter177
4.78/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow! This beer pours a clear, dark brown with ruby tones showing in the light. The aroma begins with chocolate and has hints of nuts and toast. The flavor is extremely well balanced with chocolate, raisin, and nutty notes with a bit of maple in the finish. It has a medium mouthfeel and is quite drinkable. Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock is an excellent example of the style, outstanding. Highly recommended!!!

Photo of SSJPhatMatt
4.85/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I poured a 12oz bottle into a tumbler.

Appearance: Pretty hue of dark maroon, almost purple, with a perfectly-proportioned tan, foamy head. The head sticks around until the bitter end and leaves some lacing on the glass.

Smell: Many of the same scents I get in a dark Trappist ale I get here: raisin, fruitcake, rum, and a bit of cough medicine.

Taste: Perhaps I should just "copy and paste" my tasting notes of certain Belgian Trappist beers since Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock seems to have many of the same flavors. As we noted in the aroma, dark fruits and confectionary flavors are strong here. Fruitcake, rum, raisin, and toffee syrup are all prominent from start to finish. It's a rich, sweet beer to be sure, but it's never cloying or sticky. It finishes with a subtle, semi-sweet chocolate aftertaste to impart some bitterness and let you know it's still a beer.

Mouthfeel: The first thing I noticed about this beer even before the flavor was just how soft and gentle it was in the mouth. This is like getting a hug from a teddy bear.

Drinkability: There's no carbonation sensation, nor is the beer obese - it's perfectly medium-bodied. Not a refreshing beer, obviously, so it's not quite in league of a summer seasonal (bear in mind this beer IS a lager, not an ale). It's so darn soft and tasty that it's difficult not to drink it as fast as possible.

Overall, this is a pretty amazing beer I wasn't expecting to like nearly as much as I did. I think most beer drinkers will be pleasantly surprised by it as well.

Photo of Dan3279
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Its been a long time since I have had this one and output01x through in a bottle during a recent trade.

Poured a 12oz bottle into a snifter glass to find a deep dark brown color, with a white creamy one inch head.

The aroma had a lot going on with dried fruits, malts and caramel.

The taste was just excellent, you pick up everything from the aroma and then some. There are also hints of raisins, coffee, plum, rum and caramel.

This was a great beer to drink. Not too heavy and not light, also a great balance between the alcohol and carbination.

Overall an outstanding brew, I don't drink doppelbocks too often but I will definatly pick this up more often.

Photo of Spider889
4.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Live review from the bottle.

Poured into my Troegenator Double Bock dimpled stein.

It takes a rough pour to produce a head of merit, but when done properly this beer relinquishes a head upwards of 3+ fingers. The beer has excellent clarity. Appears nearly black at a distance, but held to light you can see that the beer is a ruddy garnet color. Lace is intermittent and not as dependable as some doppelbocks.

The smell really blows you away. Rich and complex, you really begin to understand all of the praise that Celebrator gets once you savor the aroma of it.

Very sweet smelling malt begins things, providing notes of caramel and toffee. Lots of tobacco and coffee aromas are present as well. The essence of freshly baked wheat bread is the finisher, and truly something to celebrate. How long until Oktoberfest?

The flavor is another wonderful quality of this brew. I personally found it almost too sweet at times, but I can't complain about anything else. The flavor is composed of dark bread crust, roasted barley and wheat, and sweet chocolate covered espresso beans. Some fruity properties emerge in short order as well - mainly dark raisin or prune, very sweet.

Full bodied, almost chewy at times, Celebrator is fulfilling and superbly drinkable. I found the carbonation a tad high in the bottle, though. The lingering mouthfeel is very sticky, with coffee providing a very long-lasting aftertaste.

I couldn't hold onto my 4pack of this for longer than a week. Honestly, I could happily drink a 4pack in one sitting. I really wish this were more widely available year-round and cheaper, as I'd always have some on hand.

Notes:
My wife loves the little goat hanging off each bottle.

This is a style the monks would brew to truly be a 'meal in a glass.' I would eagerly replace part or all of some meals with this beer. Daily.

I did a side by side of this and Great Lakes The Doppelrock on draft at Winking Lizard a week ago. Here are some thoughts:

Doppelrock certainly isn't as complex as Celebrator, but side by side they are fairly similar. Doppelrock was less cloyingly sweet than Celebrator, and it was also very creamy and smooth - a quality that seems especially suited to this style.

I really liked both beers, and after doing the side by side I think the Great Lakes version deserves a little more credit than it gets. That said, Celebrator is much better in the bottle than on draft imo, and it is ultimately the better beer.

Photo of Jemonster
4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Deep red brown and opaque. The head is tan and half a finger wide after about one minute of settling. The carbonation appears to be pretty light.

S: Rich brown sugar right away. Nice and fragrant. I can smell some hops and malty character.

T: Maple syrup/molasses sweetness is the first note. Some nice bitter coffee hops in the back. Dark chocolate and wheat remind me of smores. Some alcohol is present.

M: Pretty thick and rich. Not much carbonation to balance it out.

O: Pretty great! Medium complexity, heavy and rich, it's not an everyday beer, which is the point, I think.

Photo of OnThenIn
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer pours with a tan, half finger of head on top of a dark brown body. The carbonation does die down quickly.

S: The beer's aroma is bready and sweet with a nutty component.

T: Really similar to the aroma, but with a serious dark fruit aroma that reminds of a Belgian ale. The beer also finishes with some coffee flavors. Pretty solid.

M: Full body with perfect carbonation.

D: The beer's mouthfeel hurts overall drinkability, but this is a solid sipper.

Photo of gkunkle
3.3/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark ruddy brown with a small white head. Smells of dark malt and dark fruit. I am curious to see how this will turn out now. Taste was a bit of a punch in the mouth for me, the smell got me going, but the taste didn't land for me. I found it to be thick and rich, definitely a lot of flavor, with the molasses and dark fruits coming in strong. Overall, I don't think I'll seek this out again until I have a greater appreciation for it.

Photo of capeannbass36
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Hard pour into a Duvel tulip. Very dark red brown, fairly clear. Held up to light, has a deep red glow. 3/4 tan head that disappeared rather quickly.

S- Somewhat sweet, malt, chocolate, and coffee.

T- Semi-sweet, not as sweet as some others. (Not a bad thing.) Chocolate and coffee.

M- Very smooth. Creamy. Medium carbonation.

O- Very good dopplebock. Easy to drink. Had 2. Could have had another, no problem.

Photo of Homebrew35
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice creamy tan 2 finger creamy head, which fades to a nice cap and thick ring of lacing. Smells hugely of malts, brown sugar, raisins, touch of sweet alcohol, very nice smell. Tastes very malty, sweet raisins, Carmel, toffee, red sweet grapes, a touch of earthy hops. Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Very drinkable for the 6.7%abv. $3 for a single, next time I'll get a 4 pack. This stands up to all the talk and then some. Check this one out for sure.

Photo of GoldenChild
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- dark some light comes through it though. Small white head that faded quickly. Maybe i didnt pour it aggressive enough?

S- Chocolate, Malty, Coffee, and Banana

T- Chocolate, Coffee, and Dark fruit/figs

M- Smooth, Easy to drink, Nice after taste that lingers in my mouth, Light carbonation, and medium body.

O- Great beer not a fan of Doppelbocks but after the reviews that i read about this beer I had to grab the 4 pack of it ($10.49).
I dont think that i would buy it again anytime soon but i did enjoy this glass and i have 3 more to drink or add to my beer cellar.

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

Poured out what I thought was jet black but looking closer it has an extremely deep red hue with a tan head that has a solid thickness that also clings to the sides of the glass. The aroma is rich and earthy. Figs, dates and some robust red grapes. A hint of chocolate and a metallic tang. The initial taste has a large amount of molasses flavored sweetness with some of the fig and dates notes. Some of the grape flavors linger around like wine esters. Finishes with some chocolate bitterness and a mild fruit complexity. A slight dryness but not enough to make you pucker.

Photo of chilly460
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very dark brown with some red hues in light, and two fingers of light tan head that recede slowly to the edge. Minimal lacing.

S: Light roastiness, light banana, sweet fruits like figs, and some bready notes.

T: Light roastiness, caramel, bready notes, and some mellow, sweet dark fruitiness.

M: It has a medium body thickness with some creaminess and plenty of carbonation.

D: Sum is better then the parts, I am not a huge Doppelbock fan, but this one was nice. Sweet as expected, but roastiness sets against it nicely, complexity with the sweet fruit.

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

Bottled- poured into its intended glass

Appearance- Pours a dark brown with a two finger just off white head. Good retention and lace.

Smell- Toasted malts and dark fruits, molasses

Taste- Dark fruits start things off, with equal amounts of molasses and slightly nutty. Slightly bready, toasted malts, a little dark chocolate, occasionally I pick up a quick hint of smoke as well.

Mouthfeel- Medium full body, with medium carbonation. Smooth throughout.

Overall- A great doppelbock, more bold than most. Very drinkable, not my favorite style, but easily the best doppelbock on the market.

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

Pours a very dark coffee brown with a one finger off white head, good retention and light lacing.

Aroma of malt and a slight hint of dark chocolate.

Taste was sweet molasses, malt and a very slight hint of bitter chocolate.

Mouthfeel was medium body, light carbonation , creamy smooth with a nice sweetness.

Overall this an excellent doppelbock that is near the top of its class.

Photo of allanplaysguitar
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Very dark, almost opaque rust brown, very nice head
Nose - Sweet dark fruits shine, almost a dark brown sugar sensation
Taste - Sweet maltyness comes out full force. Fig, raisens and plumbs flavors as well make there way to balance the beer well. No notable hop presence, but that doesn't detriment the beer.
Mouthfeel - Not as heavy as the others, but no where near a "light" beer.
Aftertaste - Dark fruits linger well with a hint of alcohol in the background.
Overall - This is one the beers that is shown off as "THE" dopple bock and for good reason. I love to give this beer to people who think that all beer is just bitter or hoppy.

Photo of MrHassellYaHurd
4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This doppelbock pours a lovely coca-cola blackish-brown, which upon closer inspection has excellent clarity. A small and dense head of tan bubbles crowns this beauty.

The scents are incredibly sweet and malty, reminiscent of molasses, preserved fruits, and dark pumpernickel. I cannot detect any alcoholic or hoppy notes.

The taste is just as sweet as the nose would suggest. This brew is thick and delicious, but the sweetness is nicely balanced by a grainy characteristic. Celebrator is a full-bodied and viscous beer, but not so much to make it unenjoyable. This brew is very good in my book.

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 5,546 ratings.