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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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5,108 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,108
Reviews: 2,206
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 322
Gots: 363 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2001)
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Photo of GRPunk
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%

Bottle poured into a mug.

A- A normal pour created a 1-1/2 finger, tan/brown head that dropped, somewhat quickly, to a full lace. The body was a deep brown, nearing black, and showed a medium carbonation level. The sticking quality is there, although the glass I chose didn't do a great job of showcasing it.

S- Robust and complex. I was met with sweet scents that remind me of cooked raisins or prunes. Great malt profile is definitely showcased. There's something of a chocolate aroma in the background.

T- More of the goodness hinted in the aroma. Sweet raisin-like flavors. There's a quality that makes me think of a nice, dark, artisan bread.

M- Medium-light carbonation. Slightly warming. Bit of a hop/carbonation/alcohol tingle. Some light coating effect. Very solid.

D- It's so complex, yet goes down so easily. If it weren't for its potency, I could treat this as a meal in itself. I'd definitely go back to this beer.

Overall- I drank this one in a celebratory mood and it did not disappoint. This is a very solid beer.

GRPunk, Mar 05, 2009
Photo of JonMich13
3.48/5  rDev -19.8%

A = Poured black/brown with a tinge of amber. Very little head on this one and no lacing.

S = This had me hoping. Smell was very sweet and inviting. Nice fruity (plum, prune maybe?) with kind of a buttery undertone. Some malt there, too.

T = Not sure if this is typical, but had a very unpleasant sourness that suppressed what seemed like some potential trying to come out. I could taste some sweet fruity notes in the background, but this weird sour tartness overrode everything. Did I get a skunked bottle?

M = Nothing special. Low carbonation. Not too thick or chewy. A little wattery it seemed.

D = If not for the unpleasant taste, wouldn't be too hard to drink.

Not impressed by this, but hope I got a bad bottle. Will not be seeking it again, but if I come across it I will give it another shot to see whether I got a bad one this time.

JonMich13, Mar 04, 2009
Photo of thekanna
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%

From notes taken earlier:

I went into this having somewhat moderate expectations, as most German beers tend to be a bit thin for me and I prefer the heavier Belgians. Boy, was I blown away by this one.

A: Nice pitch black that turns brown when held up to light.

S: Amazing scent: dark fruits, chocolaty sweet malts, roasted coffee. Slight hoppiness provides a little bit of bite; but nothing overwhelming.

T: All the markings of a great quadrupel without the alcohol kick. The taste of alcoholic molasses and sugary bread pervades this amazing doppelbock. Like eating a great European chocolate biscuit (pain au chocolat filling, maybe?), or a piece of caramel-filled Ghirardelli chocolate.

M: Extremely well-rounded, full-bodied; almost chewy.

D: Wonderful sipper. Though my rating is an A, it's definitely a high A if not low A+.

thekanna, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of Stimack
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%

First time in a while that I have given this brew a try, should not have waited so long to experience it again. Brew poured to a dark brown color with some ruby highlights that try to make an appearance. Has a good sized creamy tan head that has some retention and does leave some lacing. The aroma is malt and lots of it with molasses, brown sugar, toffee, slight chocolate and smoke. Also there seems to be a slight musty aroma. The flavors are very good with the malt giving many flavors roast, chocolate, smokiness, toffee with a slight fruit like taste. This brew goes down very easily which is scary based on a 7+ abv level. Very good brew though the price of it sure has come up over the years, but I guess everything has. Very enjoyable brew, get it when you can as I do not think you will be disappointed as long as you enjoy complex beers.

Stimack, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of colts9016
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%

Poured into a pokal glass at 46 degrees.

Appearance: A dark copper color that is brownish. The beer has a half finger head that has some retention to it. There is a lot of effervescence in the beer. The clarity of the beer is slightly opaque, with brown highlights. There is some alcohol legs visible.

Nose: A rich malty caramel malts, with some melanoids and toasty notes. There are some plum and chocolate like aroma in the background of the beer.

Taste: A rich maltiness, with caramel, toasty notes, and some melanoids. There are some plum and chocolate in the taste in the background.

Overall: The mouth feel is full body with some carbonation. The finish is full and lasting for a few moments on the palate. This beer is a wonderful full body beer that is very easy to drink There is not much else to say but very good.

colts9016, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of darklordlager
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%

Pours a deep brown/black, with a small head that retains. Not quite as "big" looking as I remember it.

Smell is of chocolate and dark fruits--layers of candied sugar. Sweet malt hits the nose with a refreshing blast. A hint of hop bitterness and some biting acidity is noticeable. A roasty scent lingers in the background. Smells complex.

Taste is an acidic blast of dark chocolate up front, receding into a nice deep roasty malt profile. Sweet layers of malt coat the mouth, with a chocolatey-biscuit finish. (I can see how monks would survive on this during a fast!)

Mouthfeel is very slick. Low carbonation makes it exceptionally creamy and slips down easy. Fantastic.

Drinkability-Great. I thought the roastiness would get to me, but it hasn't. Great mouthfeel, perfect body and a nice complexity.

darklordlager, Feb 26, 2009
Photo of beertunes
4.68/5  rDev +7.8%

Poured into bubble pint glass. Poured an almost black, brown color with just a slight reddish tint on the edges. Poured a thick, dense, khaki colored head that slowly dissipated leaving a moderate amount of lacing. A sweet malt aroma with a touch of roast noticed. The flavor delivers on the promises that the aroma made to you. The roasted malt flavors are more pronounced. A smooth, full, well-rounded body that is very pleasant and fulfilling. Very drinkable, it's easy to get comfortable with these brews. A true classic, your beer life is not complete without regular visits with this masterwork.

beertunes, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of sonicdescent
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%

Pours a dark brown with a crown of off white head.

Scent of dark fruit, sweet malt, earthy aroma. Very complex and comparable to a quad, but less champagne-like.

Taste is similar to smell with some caramel-candy like taste.

Mouth is medium with medium carbonation.

Good to finally try this one out and my first doppel, won't be my last.

sonicdescent, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of BigIrishman
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%

Poured into oversized wine glass

Had this at Porter's in Easton, PA. Poured pitch black with a one fingered head, no lacing. Smells of yeasty bread with dried fruits. Taste is very nice, very bread like with dried fruits in background and really nice finish. Mouthfeel is pretty thick, very nice for a doppel. This is a heavy beer I can have a few of, very smooth without the smallest scent of alcohol.

Overall my favorite doppelbock, absolutely outstanding.

BigIrishman, Feb 20, 2009
Photo of WillieMoe
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%

Very dark maple syrup brown color. With a fizzy, two-fingered, off-white head that leaves some nice lacing.

The smell is of roasted chocolatey malt, a dark bready smell (possibly rye), some raisin, and a hint of the alcohol. Very nice indeed!

has a big, heavy and sweet dark fruit taste. Raisin, possibly prune and or plum? Good mix of caramel, toffee, and bready goodness. You can taste the alcohol, but not to the point that it detracts from the overall drinking experience. It is sweet up front with a nice bitter hop finish. The balance is good and the body is a bit higher than medium, but not quite full, if that makes sense.

This is a top notch bock! Good complexity and balance. I would highly recommend.

WillieMoe, Feb 18, 2009
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%

Absolutely amazing pour, like an inverted cascade effect, with the body straying into the head and then settling out. Amazing. Body is a really deep ruby red colour with a thick head of beige tight bubbles. Just amazing. I've never seen such a cool looking pour from a bottle.

Huge malty richness on the nose - smells like brewday. Sweet and grainy, organic and rich. Quite dark as well, but just with grain notes, no hints of alcohol or dark fruit. Very nice.

Very malty on the palate too, with a delicious dark roasted notes. Lovely. Stays quite sweet with dark organic notes at the front. It's only once you swallow that the darker notes of carbonised toast and charcoal come through. And it's not overpowering - this lovely sweet grain character stays the course. Just a delicious beer, wonderfully balanced and sippable. Mouthfeel is quite light, but that's good for this beer - once again, it walks a narrow course between roasted heaviness and light sweetness. Really great.

This is a very, very good beer - it's not extreme, it's just extremely well made. There's a really refined character to it; everything is in perfect proportions. It leaves it amazingly drinkable.

lacqueredmouse, Feb 18, 2009
Photo of slk22
4.78/5  rDev +10.1%

A - Pours a lightly translucent ruby red settling on burgundy with a nice cream colored head that quickly dissipated.

S - Huge aroma of sweet malt and ripe fruit including raisins, cherries, and plums was extremely inviting. I could not wait to taste this one.

T - The taste did not disappoint. Malt sweetness is noticeable from the start and is nicely complimented by the flavor of raisin, cherry, and plum. Finish had a slight metallic aftertaste that quickly vanished leaving the palate clean and making me anxious for another sip. Alcohol presence is completely masked by the robust flavor, but provides a nice warm sensation.

M - Mouthfeel is smooth and light with noticeable, but pleasant carbonation.

D - This beer is extremely pleasant to drink. Given the masking of the alcohol content, it would be easy to have too many.

Overall, I think this beer lives up to its billing. I found this one hard to put down and the aroma was fantastic. This was my first venture into this style and I'm sold.

slk22, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of argock
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass mug. No freshness date. Single purchased from Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $3.50.

A: Dark chestnut hue with 1-2 finger off-white head with good retention and scattered clumpy lace down the glass.

S: Butterscotch melded with more bitter molasses and leafy hops with sweet raisins and plums from prodigious malting create a full aroma

T: Dark fruits and toffee accented with coffee and light milk chocolate flavors, hint of acrid molasses and finished with butterscotch and some leafy hops.

M: Exceedingly smooth, almost creamy with a medium-full body and aftertaste of butterscotch and dark fruits.

D: An exceptional brew with a little sticky sweetness but a lot of complexity due to the enormous malt load and subtle touches with molasses, coffee, and hops aromas and flavors.

argock, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of ash111
4.93/5  rDev +13.6%

I read about this beer in the NY Times when the wine and beer guys did a bit on Doppels. My local store had the 4 pack of bottles for $12, which took me a while to warm up to.

Wow! Was it worth it. This is probably the best beer I've ever had. The flavor is intense, complex, but not overpowering. And I was particularly impressed with the smoothness of the beer.

Compared to other Doppels like Optimator or Troegs, I'd take the Ayinger any time.

ash111, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of talkinghatrack
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%

a - murky brown with a two finger head. good lacing

s - here comes a bock. Nice and rich malt and bread scents

t - very complex. coffee up front that moves into a smooth malt with a sour and slightly bitter finish. I'm tasting a little sweet cola on the swallow right before the alcohol pokes its head out briefly.

m - full bodied. Nice light carbonation.

d - more of a sipper as double bocks go. I can see the appeal. Drinks like a meal. The sour hit right underneath the tongue has me salivating for the next sip. It's relatively mild 6.7% ABV is perhaps a little more apparent than other beers but doesn't take away from the experience. I'd probably stop at one glass given its rich overtones. I probably could have done with a single bottle vs. the four-pack that I purchased at a premium.

The ad campaign certainly adds to its standing. Kudos to their marketing department but it would be a good double bock regardless.

talkinghatrack, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of tai4ji2x
4.47/5  rDev +3%

have this with some lamb chops, with cracked pepper, thyme and garlic. really brings out the fruitiness and maltiness of the brew. i felt i should up the scores for aroma and mouthfeel by a half point each.

OLD REVIEW feb 3, 2008

wow, this is a dark lager. only under a light will you see that there is some translucency and red tones to it, so at least you know it's not a stout. moderate head that soon fades into a thin layer. not really any lacing however.

sweet, dried fruit nose, slightly spicy (faintly cinnamon or molasses) and yeasty bread.

big malty kick from the get go, then the dried fruit, molasses and maybe hint of clove. some earthy qualities. moderate bitterness gives a mild touch and mellows out into a semi-sweet, almost-dry finish.

quite substantial and thick. carbonation doesn't get in the way of smoothness.

tai4ji2x, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of ColForbinBC
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%

12oz bottle poured into a pint

This dopplebock pours a deep, dark brown with garnet hues. A foamy light brown head rose a good two fingers and settled to form a thin collar. Little to no lace or streaking.

Aroma is of primarily dark, dried fruits (raisins, dates and prunes) with sweet caramel malt, toffee, and possibly a touch of anise.

A malt bomb. Big sweet caramel, raisins, toffee, and some coffee flavors blend to form a syrupy body. Not overly thick, but slick and syrupy. Medium to full body with a good amount of warming. They don't try and mask the abv behind the sweetness, it lends to the flavor profile nicely.

Overall, this is a very drinkable dopplebock. An authentic german representation.

ColForbinBC, Feb 15, 2009
Photo of webbcreative
4.47/5  rDev +3%

Dark Mahogany Colour Pour, with a small tan head. Smells of dark sweet malt, a little caramel-y. Maybe some kind of dark fruit as well. kinda spicy smelling. pick up alcohol.

Wonderfully smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

Taste is divine! Get a sweet taste, but not overly sweet, molasses flavor. Pick up some hops in the to keep it all in balance.

Admittedly i havent tried all that many double bocks, but this is by far my favorite! This is one really nice brew! absolutely somewhere at the top of my list for favorite all time beer.

webbcreative, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of bonkers
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

I poured from a 11.2 ounce bottle into my SA pint glass. A beutiful beer, dark with ruby highlights, and a thick white head. The aroma is spicy, with dark fruit and phenolic notes. The flavor is bready, fruity and spicy, all in one sip. The finish linges with sweeet dried fruit. Celebrator is medium bodied with adequete carbonation. The beer is damn good.

bonkers, Feb 13, 2009
Photo of Reiksguard
3.25/5  rDev -25.1%

Poured out of a bottle into a glass for tasting.

As soon as I cracked open the cap, I thought I was in love with this beer. Lots os malt and dark fruit aromas. The taste was just as exceptional with a little warmth from the alcohol. However, that is when it started to fall apart. The beer started to develop almost a bitter metalic aftertaste that continued for an extended period of time. It certainly did not finish clean. Also, the mouthfeel was a little thin.

Given everyone else's positive review, I will probably try the beer again in case I got a bad bottle, but the poor after taste was a big turn off.

Reiksguard, Feb 13, 2009
Photo of tlinner
4.6/5  rDev +6%

I just realized I've never reviewed this gem. Nutty, roasted malt throughout. Very complex taste. Some notes of sweetness, but very "dark", like bread or dark fruit. Someone who hated it once told me it tastes like dead leaves. It doesn't, but that's not really far off, in a weird way. Nice substantial feel to it, like you're drinking a real man's beer. Absolutely on my Top-5 All Time list. Plus, the little goats make great Christmas tree ornaments.

tlinner, Feb 11, 2009
Photo of WakeandBake
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%

A very dark brown, almost black, with a big creamy light brown head. Outstanding malty aroma with nutty roastiness, dark chocolate, caramel and some dark fruits. Flavor is sweet,earthy, rich, and malty with chocolate, some coffee, some roast. A caramelly sweet finish with mild notes of spicy hop bitterness and wood smoke that linger at the dry finish. Full-bodied with a velvety mouthfeel ,Really great. A very complex malty treat that I would like to have again.

WakeandBake, Feb 11, 2009
Photo of rslomin
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

Tasted the beer in a trapist ale glass

color: dark, coca-cola like color, nice little brown head
smell: at first, like freshly baked dark bread, then gives a caramel and burnt sugar smell, followed by a marzipan and rum smell, and finally a bit of smokiness.
Taste: dark bread, dark chocolate.
Mouthfeel: Very smooth beer, has a slight bit of bitterness.

Overall: A great beer that that is certainly worthy of it reputation!

rslomin, Feb 08, 2009
Photo of nrpellegrini
4/5  rDev -7.8%

Pours a dark cloud brown color with a nice tan head that lasts a while. Smells of sweet malts, similar to a brown ale. Tastes similar, a very sweet malty beer with a smooth nutty roasted flavor. Mouth was very smooth and drinkability was the same, I could of had a couple of these. For the price I won't be looking for this beer again... and the taste for that matter. There are just better dopplebocks than this one... Try the:
Troegs Troeganator
Victory St. Victorious
Weinstephaner Korbinian

nrpellegrini, Feb 07, 2009
Photo of steelerguy
4.83/5  rDev +11.3%

A - Poured a very nice dark chocolate color, that remained translucent in the tulip I used. Nice 2 finger head that faded quickly to just a covering on the top with a ring around the glass.

S - What a great malt smell, one of the best aromas from a beer I have ever smelled. You can really smell the darker crystal malts used, a great caramel and toffee like aroma with a slight hop presence.

T - Wow! I was expecting it to be a little more over the top, but the balance of this beer is superb. The malt really shines in this brew, so clean with a chocolate and caramel flavors dominating. Finishing with some dark fruit flavors and a great hop bitterness.

M - Great feel, there are quite a few unfermented sugars in here, really gives this a nice full feel.

D - So well balanced that it is almost dangerously drinkable. You could drink a couple too many of these before you knew what hit you. The alcohol really takes a back seat to all the wonderful flavors, but it is there, and you will feel it!

I am normally an ale man, love the complex flavors of them. This is hands down the best lager not to mention bock I have had. All the complexity of a great ale, yet still crisp and clean. If I had to pick one work to describe this beer it would be balance...if I were allowed two...perfect balance. If you have not had this beer get it, you will love it.

steelerguy, Feb 06, 2009
Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 5,108 ratings.