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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Ratings: 5,678
Reviews: 2,276
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 412
Gots: 617 | FT: 22
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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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Ratings: 5,678 | Reviews: 2,276
Photo of tjsdomer2
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: I was a bit disappointed with the appearance. No real foam to speak of, and the lacing left something to be desired. It looks like Coke. It's darker than Coke, so no light gets through, which I thought was cool. Very thick, but not syrupy. Very good, but not elite.

Smell: Also not great at first, but awesome as it warmed. Very sweet, mostly like caramel. Heavily malted and smoky, but not really roasted, something that I've noticed in other reviews. Great complexity.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Basically a whole lot of smoky sugar with a slight hop bitterness in the finish...VERY slight. This is basically a Cinnabon in a beer. Medicinal warming mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Increbidle bedtime beer.

Overall: Disappointed initially, blown away by the time I finished.

Photo of rundocrun
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 11.2 fl. oz. brown bottle with a little prancing ram trinket around the neck. No freshness date to be found.

A - Pours a deep molasses brown (looks nearly as thick!) Yields a finger of light tan head that is extremely creamy and rich-looking. When held up to the light it has some light brown and amber highlights.

S - Strong hints of brown sugar, molasses, cocoa nibs and toasted grains.

T - Rich and sweet up front. Lots of molasses and dark chocolate character. Incredibly creamy and smooth. A slight bourbony booziness is present along with some bitterness from the hops and dark malt. This beer is good, but almost overkill on the sweet factor for me (but that is just the nature of the doppelbock style)

M - As noted earlier, creamy smooth texture with mild carbonation. Medium to thick body. Leaves the mouth feeling sticky like I just ate a stack of pancakes and syrup.

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.95/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: As black as tar with extremely dark brown tones. Half an inch of creamy looking head.

S: The malt is what really stands out.

T: Malty and semi-sweet. World class taste.

M: Thick and full bodied. Medium to low carbonation. Very pleasant aftertaste.

O: Hands down one of the best beers in the world. So incredibly well rounded and unique, any time I have the chance to have one I take it.

Photo of claytong
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's so sad I was in Austria for so long and never drank this over there since it's probably half the price and comes in a half liter.

i served this a little warm (bout 60)

Appearance - tan head, inch on somewhat controlled pour has died down. maple syrup brown in color

Smell - chocolate malt, raisin, lots of yummy malts

Taste - the same as smell

Mouthfeel - bloody nice, smooth, creamy, strong body, medium carbonation

Photo of Berticus
4.04/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was this a skunked beer?
The smell- sweet, nutty, like a good dopplebock should smell
the head was a thin light brown that quickly faded

Taste was watery but sweet and nutty like a dunkel, way more watery than i expected
Mouthfeel was crisp
maybe just a case of high hopes

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

Many thanks to Beenitty for the chance to try this! I have actually never had it before, and haven't had much exposure to this beer style at all.

Poured into my DFH snifter, pours a pitch black, completely opaque color. Off white/beige head fills the top of the glass then slowly recedes, leaving a crackly 1 finger worth of cloud-like head that never dissipates. Smell- Molasses, tea leaves, faint bourbon, bready malt. Taste- molasses first to the back of the throat. A roasty faint coffee flavor next. Oh wow. So much going on here, very hard to describe the complexity of this brew. There is a definite appearance of a bourbon flavor here, but it is offset by the roasty bitterness. I'm shocked. Why the hell haven't I been drinking dobblebocks all along? This is an amazing brew. I now forgive the Germans for their short-sighted Reinheitsgebot laws. Mouthfeel- this is perfection. Drinkability- for 6.7%, there is no alcohol feeling here. This is just amazing.

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

Bought a 12oz bottle of this @ Lukas Liquor in Ellisville, MO for $3.49. Has a Celebrator Ram around a string, around the bottle. Have had this bock around 4 times in the past year (both bottle & on-tap from Lukas Liquor) and now getting the chance to review it. Poured from the Un-Dated Bottle into my New Belgium Wide Mouthed Snifter.

Appearance- Has a darkest brown/red body you can get to in description with a 1 finger, off white head that keeps bubbles at the top for a while. Nice carbonation!

Smell- Very dark, caramel, and dark chocolate notes with a raisin finish. Has tons of malt and stout like characteristics.

Taste- Has massive taste of raisin/plum with a hint of chocolate. Light on the hops but the bitterness is perfect! Nice fruit background (not sure what kind) and then has a sweet finish (not so bitter). Have to have it yourself to understand!

Mouthfeel- Full Bodied, Medium carbonation, Sticky at the end, and leaves burnt caramel taste on the palate!

Overall- Are you kidding me? This is my 5th time coming back to this beer! One of top Doppelbock's I've ever had! Would suggest to anyone trying the style. I may not be able to drink more than one but its still fantastic!

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

Poured from a bottle into a frosty mug.

A-This beer was a deep, dark brown, damn near black. Bottle looked great. Huge head on this beer that wouldn't go away until I was nearly finished with it. Awesome.
S- Two words popped into my head when I poured this and took a whiff; sweet and smokey. Real nice.
T- Real deep, complex flavors of caramel and hops. I was pleasantly surprised.
M- Very creamy and smooth. You get a little smokiness through your nose going down.

This was a fantastic beer. I'm not sure what the meaning behind celebrator is, but it fits well with this beer. It's not something you would knock back while watching the game, this is a beer for special occasions. Even an after dinner beer. I really enjoyed it.

Photo of Chaney
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I haven't had a Doppelbock in a while.

A: The darkest doppel I've ever seen: Almost pitch black, with a massive two finger head, that left a slight trail of dried bubbles up and down the glass as the brew was siphoned.

S: Beet sugar, plums, caramel, and maybe a tinge of nuttiness. None of this was particularly strong and no flavor dominated. Homogeny at work!

T: A model for the style: Not too rich or sugary. However, the chocolate notes were prominent and the caramel wasn't far behind. Malted milk ball, with dark fruit in the mix, and a very smooth finish. Love it!

M: Creamy as hell, not sugary in the least, low carbonation, and low-moderate lacing.

O: I'm not a huge fan of this style, but this one is the exception. A model brew for the style... not to mention kick-ass bottle art and packaging.

Photo of bum732
4.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

S: Marriage of rich bready malt and dark fruits, a little more of the former. Raisins and dried fruit mostly.

L: Very dark brown with light tan head that dissipates.

T: Rich raisin bread with some dark fruitiness up front. Quick mild herbal bitterness yields another wave of bready, toasty crust and raisins. Finishes semi-sweet with enough balance. Fairly clean with a touch of grape skins in the finish. Perhaps some prune juice as well?

M: Medium mouthfeel, clean with medium carbonation.

Just amazing, a perfect combo of flavors and aromas. I've yet had a doppelbock thats even close to this classic.

Photo of beerandcycling88
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into my Iron Horse mug.

A Pours a dark brown cola like color with a 2 finger off white head that had good retention.

S The nose had lots of dark fruit, and some malty bread notes.

T More bread, caramel, some toffee, some dark fruit quite enjoyable.

M a medium leaning towards heavy body with pretty good carbonation.

Overall this is quite an excellent beer and an enjoyable way to spend an afternoon. If you are a fan of big malty beers this one should be on your list to try.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up at Fat Heads with the bottle discount came to only 3 bucks. Bought this since I was told it had subtle maple tones...

A - Man what a cool looking bottle. Especially with the plastic goat thing... ow the beer! Wow a very heavy brown since I can see some light with a nice tan colored head and tons of carbonation bubbles. Looks lovely and fresh since no sediment.

S - Smells of brown sugars, toffee and caramel with just a mild bite of alcohol. Smells a bit maple like I guess.

T - Smooth with a nice bit of roast that rounds to candied sugars and sweetness does have a touch of maple too it. Slight chocolate as well and finishes clean with no bitter roast, hops, or even ABV burn. Man what a good beer.

M - ABV is pretty moderate for me and it drank with a medium body but sipping was rather easy.

Overall wow what a Doppel Bock! Tons of flavors using only the basic ingredients to make a beer. Nothing artificial or anything added! Will keep this in mind if I am ever at Fat Heads again.Tasty.

Photo of aval89
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pretty much looks like Coke soda.. dark brown with dark amber shades when put up to the light.. solid 2 finger fizzy head.. gets creamy..

S: cocoa, brown sugar, figs, raisins, roasted malts, & bready yeast character ..

T: upfront I got figs & some dark fruits.. the roasted malts come in with some brown sugar & hints of cocoa...some slight alcohol detection with some bready yeast.. finish has a slight bitter cherry flavor going on. Also some nuttiness, almost like a brown ale..

Mf: has a full medium feel with a nice carbonation level.. semi dry finish on the palate..

O: overal this is a great beer.. considering it only uses water, hops, malt, & yeast, it is very complex.. a standard among doppelbocks.

Photo of jethrodium
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle. Pours a very dark brown that looks like cola when held up to the light. Two finger tan head that has good retention and never completely disappears. Leaves a huge amount of lacing on the glass. Aroma is brown sugar, a light nuttiness, roasted malt, molasses, and a yeasty breadiness. The initial taste is a sweet nuttiness with a good amount of roast. Brown sugar is also present along with molasses. The finish has some more nuttiness and breadiness as well as a light bitterness. Medium-heavy body. Relatively low carbonation. Could probably use a bit more carbonation. Overall a pretty enjoyable beer. Very smooth.

Photo of legalpete19340
4.88/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: This is beer. Mahogany colored with a perfect head that never went anywhere.

S: Sweet bread. That is the nose on this guy. Caramel and great malt notes.

T: Sweetness pushes through early on in molasses and dried fruit, perhaps raisins and plums. Then huge bready malts and just the slightest thread of pure alcohol near the end.

M: Perfect. Medium and slightest bit chewy when you want it, smooth and light when you dont.

O: The goat has been hanging from the stick in my jeep for years because this is a beer to remember. So enjoyable from start to finish. The Doppelbock. Brilliant in its simple complexity.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed 3.23.11

11.2oz bottle, white ram charm around the bottle neck.

I came home to this surprise from my wife.

A- Pours a deep brown with a small tan head.

S- Smells of sugar, malts, booze, and dark cake.

T- Tastes like a chocolate-cinnamin cake with a boozy finish.

D- Drink easy, with a slight booze finish.

Photo of Mario61Aler
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The aroma is what you think of when you think BEER! It is a complexity of Carmel and Chocolate, with a tiny hint of herbs, not yeasty at all. The color was a very rich, dark reddish brown, that when poured into a tulip glass cascaded back into itself for about 30 seconds as the head built to a good 2", that lasted until you licked it off the edge of the glass.The head was a dark amber with small bubbles. After the cascading ceased it was a very clear pour. WOW Taste was lightly sweat and bitter at mthe same time, remarkable! Body had a full, creamy, thick feel, and a lively, slightly bitter finishing that was just right. WoW, this is one beer to keep around for youself, don’t share it as the store may run out. Then what would you do for an excellent beer?

Photo of JizackFH
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer pours a nice dark rusty brown color. It has a nice 2-finger light tan head. The head has good retention, and leaves some lacing behind on the glass.

S - It smells of toasted malts, chocolate, and some dark fruit. There is also a bready quality to the nose.

T - It tastes of roasted caramel malt up front. There are nice flavors of dark fruits, chocolate, and some brown sugar. There is a touch of hops at the finish, which is mostly smooth and sweet.

M - This has a medium body and moderate carbonation. It is very smooth and creamy. It just goes down so easy.

O - This has awesome drinkability. It is just a very hard beer to set down. The rich creaminess of it, and the great flavor makes you want to just keep drinking it. Overall, I really enjoyed this beer, and I would definitely pick it up again. I recommend trying it.

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

330ml bottle with a white plastic goat hung from the neck of the bottle.

Appearance: Very dark reddish brown, almost black, good brown head that dissipates at a medium pace and leaves some lacing.

Smell: Very malty, light roastiness. Molasses, caramel, and bready.

Taste: Roasty malt, molasses and bread, some hop spice, with some fruitiness, mostly plum and raisin.

Mouthfeel: Thick body, medium carbonation

Overall: Very enjoyable, I can see why this is one of the top German beers on this site. Would gladly buy it again.

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

Pours a caramel brown with a small half finger head. Nice lacing left on the glass.

Smells of nutty, bready malts. Caramel and toffee come through as it warms.

Taste follows the aroma. Caramel, nutty, bready, some sweetness coming through. Very tasty without being too overly flavored. Complex with a nice balance between all the flavors.

Medium thickness that feels perfect for this beer's flavor profile.

Unique and one of the best I've tasted of this style. Very drinkable as I could put a few of these away without tiring of the taste.

Photo of TheWhiskerReview
4.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark brownish-black with a 1.5 finger tan head. Moderate retention and light lace.

Nose is a big bready mix of coffee, raisins, prunes and candied orange peel. Sweet and alluring with a near perfect balance of malt and hop tones.

Did I mention a near perfect balance of malt and hops? Fantastic structure, warm flavors.

Gah, such a treat! And each bottle comes with a xmas ornament!

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

A nice dark mahogany brew with a fine head that rising quickly but falls too fast.

Aroma mainly reflects toasted malts, with hints of light molasses, caramel, and dark bread. I wish it were more robust like the flavor.

T - Not strong or extreme, the flavor is predominately roasted malts, but is admirably rich. I find this otherwise excellent beer to be a little bit too sweet.

M - full and smooth, but good carbonation leads to a somewhat lively mouthfeel.

O - outstanding dopplebock

Photo of MikieV
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark like a porter or stout. Great thick, rich head lasts a pretty long time. Lacing persists to the bottom of the mug.

Roasted flavor of chocolate, coffee and roasted malts.
Very complex, but balanced. Very smooth mouth feel.
Easy to drink.

Cute goat necklace on the bottle.

Photo of Airyk12
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Tap room, By the Bottle in Vancouver, WA.

Pours a deep brown with a ruby tinge. Small light-brown head that dissipates quickly and leaves a small ring around the edge.

Big malts in the nose, with caramel and hops. Very rich and bready.

Again, strong malts, a little sweetness, and some hops, with grains throughout. Rich, strong, and tasty.

Smooth and thick, very creamy, with a little carbonation dancing on the tongue.

This beer exemplifies the "meal in a glass" name for doppelbocks. very strong, and very rich, but approachable and smooth. Definitely a credit to its style.

Photo of Daktyls
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark cherry wood brown color with a two finger tan colored head that dissipates slowly to a one fingered head and stays around after that for a while.

S: Very much malty with dark sweet malts making up the majority of the nose. I was also able to pick up some molasses and dark fruits, maybe a bit of raisin and fig.

T: Again with the dark malts coupled with some dark fruits, raisins, dates, a little fig like in the nose. The are some bready malts in the flavor along with a slight amount of coffee.

M: Mouthfeel is good, this is a pretty heavy bodied beer and very light on the carbonation.

O: Overall quite good, this is a very drinkable beer and it's definitely going on my buy again list.

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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 5,678 ratings.