Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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4.22/5 rDev -2.8%
Poured a huge creamy light brown head that last the complete brew with good lacing. Aroma of heavy malt, caramel and nutty. Full creamy body with soft carbonation. Flavor was moderate to heavy sweet dark fruit with a fruity bittersweet finish of long duration.
Very good brew.
01-05-2009 23:33:44 | More by tmoneyba
4.85/5 rDev +11.8%
Appearance - poured with a finger and a half of tan head, brown with hints of ruby around the edges, head dissipates after a couple of minutes to a thin layer
Smell - malts all the way here, toasty, slight chocolate, bit of dark fruit
Taste - quick hit of bitterness upfront which quickly moves out of the way to let the malts do their dance, toasted flavor comes in strong at the back end providing the outro for the sip. As it warms bitterness subsides to almost nothing and the toasted flavor becomes even more prominent
Mouthfeel - full, but not thick, smooth
Drinkability - dangerously drinkable. I had to consciously take it slow with this one because it goes down way to easy. My only regret is not having more available.
01-03-2009 06:08:16 | More by DoShek
4.22/5 rDev -2.8%
Bottle from September, stored in my mini-fridge. Odd little production notches at the bottom, but no corresponding letters or numbers to compare them to.
Fifteen minutes sitting, poured into one of Ommegang's tulip/snifter hybrid glasses. Two inches of cola suds, cascading down after barely a minute. Sporadic lace. (Barely enough time to play with the little plastic goat.) A thick oily-ebony color, with edges ruby-hued.
A super rich whiff of molasses, raisins, teriyaki, & dates. The alcohol trails with a permeated, lingering smoke. Some anise & coco finish off the toasted end. A little too much here; haven't even tasted it yet.
Taste is bready & reminiscent of pumpernickel. Slight, slight banana esters. Bitter chocolate & a slight metallic tone to it all. Lots of residual sugars without ever getting sticky or thick. Lightly bitter bark-like flavors, some stale coffee, & again, a bit of smoke.
Subtle carbonation is a big plus for me. The alcohol never acts alone, as it's always macerating in some flavorful aspect of the brew, & avoiding any upfront confrontations. Creamy, but without any hint of lactose. A touch of "licking your fingers while turning the newspaper" dryness right at the end.
Very savory, but the smokiness deters me from more then I want to consume. Just lighter in body then other doppelbocks. I think I prefer this one colder then most. It hides more of its diabetic & less familiar qualities that way, while still remaining succulent.
01-03-2009 05:48:57 | More by PEBKAC
4.22/5 rDev -2.8%
Poured black though not quite opaque from the 330mL bottle. About one finger of brown head resulted and quickly dissipated. I found some nuttiness/malt in the aroma, which actually seemed really muted, though perhaps I was a little congested. First sip was deliciously roasty, and I tasted coffee notes. As I continued through the glass, the malt and nutty flavors stood out more. While very tasty, I found the high note of Celebrator to be its perfect, creamy mouthfeel. I'm happy to have tried Celebrator at last, and I'd gladly drink a couple of these in a sitting.
01-03-2009 01:55:07 | More by Riccymon
4.45/5 rDev +2.5%
Poured into a pint glass.
A-Pours a dark brown beer, which appears to be clear. With the degree of darkness, though, the only light coming through is in some ruby highlights. Light-brown head, large off the pour, then reduces slowly to a consistent layer, sticking around for a bit.
S-Toasty, biscuity malts, with some hints of chocolate. Hearty and malt-centric.
T-Malty, biscuity, with a bit of malty sweetness. Chocolate comes through, as in the aroma. A slight hop bitterness appears prior to the finish, along with a slight, smooth alcohol flavor. Crisp and clean on the finish.
M-Medium body and medium carbonation. Slides pleasantly around my mouth. There is almost an alcoholic warmth trying to emerge, which surprised me, considering the 6.7% ABV. However, it's definitely there, and it lingers for a bit after the finish.
D-This has great drinkability. Smooth and enjoyable flavors, easy to drink. Many of its characteristics are appropriate to style, but beyond the technicalities, it tastes great.
01-03-2009 00:27:19 | More by CHSLBrew
3.93/5 rDev -9.4%
First tried this a long while back, long before I thought I would be online writing beer reviews on this great site. This is a classic doppelbock but I must say, since venturing into the world of craft and extreme beers, I'm not compelled to buy more than a few bottles of this years offering.
A: Brown mahogony look with Red overtones, pours a small off white head.
S: Smells of smoke and malt.
T: Taste is smooth, first smoky sweet malt, then alcohol then the alcohol and a bit of bitter.
M: Mouthfeel is thin to medium.
D: Easy to drink at least two of these, the beer is smooth and the 6.7% is not apparent.
This is a classic reliable doppelbock for sure but I am spolied by todays variety of offerings.
01-03-2009 00:24:13 | More by jstilwell
1.55/5 rDev -64.3%
I know this is a classic...but I guess I must just not be into Doppelbocks...poured good...nice head...looks good...smelled a bit funky...tasted like a piece of chalk that's been sitting in a puddle for a couple days..then poured in a bottle w/ a little goat action figure tied to it. Had to dump it! My pal brewdog hates me for this.
01-02-2009 22:09:51 | More by ModernJester
3.75/5 rDev -13.6%
Poured a dark black body with a tan head. Smell is smokey, almost like bbq, and a small hint of sweet malts. Taste is sweet malts with lots of smokey undertones. The smokey hints are more of the meat, jerky-like variety than smoked or roasted coffee. This is not a smokey stout by any means, it definately has lager character and has layers of sweet smokey notes. A good beer, a good dark lager, and unlike most beers in this category.
01-02-2009 02:12:46 | More by chaz410
4.28/5 rDev -1.4%
A - Pours up a dark mahogany, almost opaque with ruby highlights, and a dense tan head that lasts forever
S - Caramel malt aroma dominates with chocolate notes
T - Has that typical imported beer flavor, kind of cardboardy. Caramel malts are in the finish, but muted. Leaves a chocolate aftertaste.
M - Nice creamy full mouthfeel
D - Smooth and drinkable.
01-02-2009 01:04:12 | More by hiikeeba
4.1/5 rDev -5.5%
Poured from a 330ml bottle into a Celebrator 0.3l glass.
4. Dark brown with caramel around the edges and a white head. The head quickly dissipates to a slight ring around the edge.
4. Smell is strongly of roasted malts - chocolate with lesser amounts of toffee and coffee. There is a slight fruity component (raisins) to it as well. Very, pleasant.
4. Taste is more of the smell, roasted chocolate malts with caramel and toffee. There's a bit of a tootsie roll flavor to this beer. There just a hint of bitterness at the back end to balance, but the roasted malts shine through. The finish is moderately long with a slight spiciness to it.
4. The mouthfeel is smooth and a bit sticky. Medium bodied.
4.5. This beer is just a touch too decadent to be a session beer. But that's its fault. I could several of these and not get tired of it.
A wonderfully balanced malt bomb. Definitely one of my favorites and a perennial stand-by beer.
01-01-2009 23:24:09 | More by jpiper
3.93/5 rDev -9.4%
10 oz. - $4.75 at The Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta, Georgia.
Appearance: Clear, dark brownish-red body with a thin, very thin, white head.
Smell: Sweet-smelling, raisin-packed aroma full of heavy caramel overtones. Slighter hints of fresh grain and unsweetened chocolate.
Taste: Sweet, caramel-covered grains followed by tons of raisin fruitiness. Minor chocolate hint. A few gingerbread crumbs. Light spicy hops and bitterness. More alcohol than you'd expect from 6.7% creeps into the semi-sweet, fruity finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation. Sticky mouthfeel.
Drinkability: Ayinger's Celebrator Doppelbock, while we've had some wonderful times together, isn't exactly my favorite d-bock out there. I feel this way no matter how many little plastic goats it gives me.
01-01-2009 21:03:01 | More by ChainGangGuy
District of Columbia
4.88/5 rDev +12.4%
11.2 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass (making do with what I can while I'm not with my own glassware)
A: Pours a dark ruby-brown with minimal light getting through. Tan one-finger head that dissipates quickly, leaving a very thin film. Minimal lacing. Looks a bit like coffee.
S: Roasty, malty aroma with a bit of alcohol on the nose.
T: God-like. Notes of coffee and a bit of molasses, and various malt flavors. Not as sweet as other doppelbocks I've had; the malts are a bit more bitter.
M: Obviously thicker than a lot of beers, in tune with the style, but not as syrupy as many doppelbocks. Low carbonation, and feels a bit like coffee.
D: If I could only drink one beer for the rest of my life, this would be on my short list of choices. I've had it in hot Chicago and DC summers before, and it's very drinkable even then. It's a perfect balance between the heavy/thick character a doppelbock is supposed to have and a lightness that lends itself well to continued drinking.
I don't think the English language is sufficient to describe how excellent this beer is. Simply phenomenal.
12-31-2008 23:11:06 | More by SerieDNo3
4.5/5 rDev +3.7%
11.2 oz bottle from Market of Choice in Eugene. Beautiful reddish-brown pour with a nice tannish head. Very malty but in the best manner, very nutty and sugary with a mild hop presence. And it comes with its own little goat on a string! What more could one ask from a beer?
12-30-2008 02:48:43 | More by Wackyfoot
4/5 rDev -7.8%
Bottle. Pours dark brown with a small light tan head. Aroma of bready malt, pizza dough, roasted lager malt. Flavor is similar to aroma with lots of rich roasted malt. Very tasty and definitely the best doppelbock I have had to date. Smooth mouthfeel and rich body. Very nice.
12-29-2008 18:36:27 | More by LilBeerDoctor
4.33/5 rDev -0.2%
The Celebrator pours a beautiful dark mahogany color, with a small head. I found the beer to be a tad too sweet, but otherwise a delicious rich nutty flavor. High drinkability, the beer was smooth and velvety, but not thick. This beer us easily added to my list of favorites and it earns a well-deserved spot in my refrigerator.
12-29-2008 02:03:01 | More by pd360
4.63/5 rDev +6.7%
330ml bottles into Ayinger Celebrator branded glasses. These are Pils glasses, I think?
Appearance- in the branded glasses, it is literally picturesque. Dark, dark brown, with golden-red highlights, and a golden-tan head. Beautiful. The head falls eventually, but all throughout the glass the lacing is significant.
Smell- chocolate-roasted malt, and lots of it. A hint of alcohol sent, and what I guess is a spice-smelling yeast. Primarily the cocoa, and it is very enticing.
Taste- wonderful chocolate flavors from the malt. Ranging from a medium-dark-chocolate, to a full on cacao flavor, all over the spectrum of high quality, rich chocolate flavors, washed down with a splash of coffee. On flavor alone, it reminds me of Brooklyn Black Chocolate stout, only it tastes much better.
Mouthfeel- thought the beer pours with a respectable head, and maintains it fairly well, there isn't a ton of carbonation on the palate, leaving this beer silky, smooth, and creamy. It isn't flat, by a long shot, and the amount of malt flavor suggests that if it were it would be wretched, but the carbonation is balanced, and modestly understated.
Drinkability- very high. Most beers with very strong flavor profiles I could not have several of in a day. This is strongly flavored, but I could drink 2 or 3 tonight, easily, and want more this weekend.
12-27-2008 03:54:38 | More by WalrusJockey
4.13/5 rDev -4.8%
Pours a dark brown with a one finger tan head which leaves good lacing behind. Pretty good looking brew.
Smells of malts and perhaps some licorice. Very inviting blend.
Tastes follow the nose here. Malts dominate, along with small amounts of licorice and maybe even a hint of coffee. Some dark fruits (fig, raisin, dates) make an appearance along with a hint of alcohol as the beer warms.
Mouthfeel was thinner than I expected, yet smooth. Small amount of carbonation, but the right amount for a beer of this style.
This is an enjoyable beer, although I wouldn't want more than one or two at a sitting. Not my favorite style, but for what it is, it's pretty good.
12-25-2008 01:50:06 | More by JBogan
4.72/5 rDev +8.8%
Pours a dark ruby/brown with a quickly dissipating tannish head. The smell is definitely one of a malt aroma. The taste is amazing with a nice range of flavors, from fruits to mild coffee undertones. Perfect balance that leaves you craving more. I love this beer and is without question a worldclass doppelbock.
12-24-2008 19:27:44 | More by cpn920
4.88/5 rDev +12.4%
A- Pours out a nice dark brown color. If you hold it up to the light, it reflects a ruby color. The head is nice, light, and lacy. It lingers for a bit, but fades after a few minutes to a thin off-white top.
S- Hints of malt come through along with "christmas-like" fruits. Plums, dates, a hint of cherry. A little bit of yeast spice comes through, but it's fleeting.
T- It starts out with a dark malt taste, but none of the bitterness of a dark malt. That note fades to more of a dark fruit flavor as the brew lingers on the tongue. The amount of flavor notes that come through is staggering. I'm sure people can write whole treatises on different flavors from this beer. It's a fantastically complex brew.
M- It's extremely light for a doppelbock. It seems to want to play on your tongue for an extended period and then vanish. You definitely always want more of this beer.
D- You could go through a whole case of this and enjoy every moment of it.
12-22-2008 18:50:44 | More by RicoBrew
4.2/5 rDev -3.2%
Pours a deep brown with a thin tan head, good lacing on the sides of the glass.
rich chocolate, little sweetness, roasted notes.
nice sweetness with a mild roasted bitterness,light hoppyness at the end
light bodied, good carbonation
very easy drinking beer with a great flavor profile.
12-22-2008 03:26:13 | More by Roeters
4.83/5 rDev +11.3%
a: This brew was a very dark brown with shiny ruby highlights. It poured with a large, long lasting, light tan head.
s: Wow, sweet, slightly smoky, malts that smell of almost burned brown sugar or molasses. There are also hints of dark fruits and a little alcoholic heat.
t: I had no idea this is what a doppelbock could be. I might have to go back and lower some scores elsewhere because nothing I've had comes close to this. Mildy sweet and slightly smoky malts with flavors of chocolate, nutty coffee, and maybe some mild fruits thrown in. There are layers here beyond my ability to describe.
m: The carbonation was long lasting and ceamy.
d: I'm just stunned by how good this is. I've tended to ignore German beers, but that needs to change.
12-18-2008 11:47:12 | More by DIM
3.98/5 rDev -8.3%
Pours a mahogany/deep red almost black; very thin beige head. Smell is heavily malty and sweet fruits. It has a strong malt flavor with sweet molasses, fruity. The mouthfeel is very heavy and smooth. This is a drinkable beer but it's so heavy and filling, it would be difficult to drink more than maybe two in a session.
12-18-2008 03:26:22 | More by theghost3
4/5 rDev -7.8%
Had out of a 11.2oz bottle at Beer School at Whole Foods in Lakeview in Chicago, IL on 12/16/08.
A: Pours dark brown with khaki head that reduces down to very little
S: smells of caramel, sugar, alcohol and some licorice
T: similar flavors as what i picked up in the smell but not as sweet tasting as the scent indicated, some smokiness in there too
M: slightly creamy mouthfeel
D: OK drinkable, it's smooth but the flavors don't stick out to me as being that preferable to my palate
Something I would drink and be satisfied if it's around, but not really seek it out
12-17-2008 15:29:32 | More by dukedevil0
4.55/5 rDev +4.8%
Served from a 33cL bottle into an Ayinger glass.
A: solid brown to black, could not gauge clarity very well. Poured with a 2 finger tan/brown head with about average retention but good lacing.
S: booming malt aroma as you lift the glass up; combines molasses, sweet bread, toast, honey.
T: the malt booms in the flavor like it does in the aroma. A powerful combination of molasses, honey, caramel, toasted malt, and baked bread dominate throughout, with a slight noble hop bitterness at the end that combines with a touch of smoke and slight dry alcohol. That touch of smoke is subtle yet extremely satisfying. This is the Led Zeppelin of doppelbocks.
M: heavy, chewy, creamy, and viscous at the same time. low to medium carbonation allows the malt flavors to be expressed.
D: enjoyed this as a dessert beer. I would have a difficult time having another, and found my palate almost exhausted after the huge malt assault. However, the overall experience is well worth it, particularly late in an evening, and next to the fireplace.
12-14-2008 13:21:06 | More by joeysmokedporter
United Kingdom (Wales)
3.75/5 rDev -13.6%
Pour into New Belgium Globe glass
Pours a thin light tan head, that fizzles down quickly. No lacing noted. Color is a dark dark ruby red (almost black).
The aroma has some what of a fruity smell to it. Almost like a banana and clove aroma. Taste is very smokey. It's a very hard flavor to distinguish, but it resembles some sort of grape that may have been roasted or something.
Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Leaves a very dry aftertaste in the mouth. Carbonation level is low.
Overall, this wasn't something that appealed to me very much. I had much higher expectations for this beer.
12-14-2008 00:30:03 | More by mothman
Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 5,066 ratings.