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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

5,624 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 5,624
Reviews: 2,269
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 407
Gots: 584 | FT: 19
Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2001

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Photo of SacredBeverage
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, best Doppelbock I have tried so far.

A: Awesome appearance, Extremely dark with a nice head that stays as long as it's there. Gorgeous.

S: Has a great aroma of chocolate, coffee, and a strong molasses sent. It is not to overpowering though great balance.

T: Molasses is the first flavor, then it almost has a chocolate flavor to it, along with a nice malt and hops taste to it. It has a awesome sweetness to it but definitely not too much, just enough to make it flavorful, along with a little bitterness, but not at the finish. Good carbonation, the alcohol is just right. German brewing at its finest.

M: Very creamy, so damn good! Just an awesome feel to it.

D: Infinity on the Drinkability, I would get drunk on this not because I wanted to get drunk, but because it's so damn good. Highly recommend it, best Doppelbock out there.

Trust me, you need to try this, it's worth getting. Exceeds the reputation.

Photo of BlackBeerPirate
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of my old favorites.
Dark cola brown in color. Warm hues show in the mostly clear opacity of this fine beer. Rich, caramel tones, roast nutty, Chocolate-malted tongue. Sweet malty nose, with good body, and tall creamy head. Smooth mouth feel bock that has a nice kick to it that puts a monk's smile on my face.

Photo of McNealc31
4.73/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Celebrator pours an inviting mahogany with a thin tan head. There's a malty must in the smell with some spice in the background. Very similar flavors in the taste. It's full of malt but is subtly sweet, bread, and just a kick of spice at the back. Aftertaste of some chocolate and hazelnut. It's smooth, creamy, and amazingly drinkable

Photo of ritzkiss
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

11.2 oz bottle from Premier Gourmet in Buffalo. Pours a dark mahogany, just a glimmer of chestnut through the darkness. Two fingers of creamy head rise and fall, leaving a collar and a few spots of lacing on the glass.

Nose is nutty and roasty, hints of caramel and breadiness. Body is smooth with a pleasant drying finish. Dusty cocoa, roasted barley, nuts, fruit bread, molasses, caramel fill out the body which is not nearly as thick or sticky as some in the category, relying more on the smooth dryness. Hides the ABV well but could be a little heftier without harming the beer. Complex and incredibly drinkable, this is a favorite that I wish was locally available.

Photo of jsprain1
4.11/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a deep brown with ruby highlihgts. Two finger cream colored head disappates down to a quarter finger.
S- Smell is a bit understated for a dopplebock, but I'm picking up toffee, mollasses, raisen.
T- Much more well developed here. In order of perceived prominance: Toffee, raisen, dark bread, mollasses, coffee, smoke, vanilla. In summary, complex. Only complaint is that starts so complex and finishes a bit thin.
M- Medium body, a little sticky. Not as creamy as I would have expected from the style.
D- A solid doppelbock. Not as great as rating and hype would have suggested though. Very good, but not world class.

Photo of SuperSpy
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - A very dark mahogany. Clear but thick. I big tan head that sticks to everything and leaves incredibly thick lace.

S - Malt. Toffee, dark fruits, spices that remind me of Thanksgiving. Malt. light molasses and dark bread. Big, dark, sweet malt.

T/M - heavy bodied, incredibly smooth, and little carbonation. Chewy, with flavors of molasses, toasted dark bread, dried figs and plums. A warm alcohol sensation as it goes down and a dark brown sugar finish.

D - Incredibly complex flavors. Absolutely delicious and a picture of heaven when poured into a bottle. This is truly among the great beers of the world.

Photo of JMad
4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured a bottle of this into my tulip...

It was very dark brown with a regular sized light brown head that had loose bubbles.

The smell was rich I could pick up scents of raisin, toffee, fig and nutmeg.

I could taste chocolate, caramel, a light smokiness, dark fruit, it's sweet but with an earthy bitterness that balances it out.

Feels thick and silky with low carbonation, leaves mouth watering for more.

This is a great beverage, it's kind of thick so I don't know if I could drink too many of them but I could definitely enjoy a few.

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

Poured from a 33 cl bottle into my Celebrator bock glass.

A: Dark brown. Pours about a 2 finger, foamy, brown-white head. Settles pretty slowly. Leaves a bit of lacing as it does, and a small bit of foamy carbonation on the surface. Some additional substantial lacing clings vigorously to the sides of the glass as you drink this one down.

S: Baked bread and dark chocolate. A little oak tone in there, too methinks.

T: Hearty malt flavor, dark chocolate, nutmeg, coriander, and licorice.

M: Thick, heavy, and robust. Sublime combination of grain and chocolate, is amazingly well done. Grain, sweet, and a just a little dry in the finish. Strong alcohol flavor is not present despite relatively high alcohol content.

D: Only problem here is you want to slowly savor this quality, but it goes so easily it will be gone before you're ready. Oh, well....

Atmosphere is great here. Dark, intimidating appearance with a really solid foamy head, and some decent lacing. Nose is simple, but exceptional. Flavor is perfect balance of grain, sweet and spice notes. Overall, this is a great quaff.

Photo of ElGrecoVerde
3.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Look:
Deep brown with a creamy tan head.

Smell:
Nice blend of sweets, fruit, and bitter coffee.

Taste:
Toasted grains, dark fruits, roasted coffee and hints of bitter chocolate. Very complex. Undertones of toast and, strangely, olives.

Feel:
Excellent. Creamy yet crisp.

Not exactly one of my favorite styles, but certainly a worthy beer.

Photo of etn3000
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was out with my wife the other night and she had a wild idea that she would pick my beer out for me. My wife doesn't know anything about beer, nor does she drink it. Out of a list of about 60 some beers, she picks this one. I could have kissed her for that! I love this beer. I would have never picked it because somewhere in the back of my head I have a notion that I don't like dark beers. But the last 2 beers that I have had were both very dark and I absolutely loved both of them!

This beer is very dark, almost black. I held it up to a light and you could barely see through it. I poured to from the bottle to a glass (as you always should) and it was a glorious moment watching that silky smooth dark liquor moving from the bottle to the glass. The head was thick with a almost tan colour. It had as very smooth texture going down, very easy to drink. The taste was not what I usually associate with a dark beer. The taste was actually very pleasant. I love this beer. I will buy it again. And I will suggest this to ANY beer lover!

Later I found out that this beer is #25 on BeerAdvocate's Top 100 Beer list!

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

Poured from 12 oz bottle -No best by date visible.

Poured into Duvel tulip, poured a deep dark brown almost black , two finger head that dissipated quickly leaving a thin lacing,good carbonation .

Smell - Ripe fruits with toasted malts.

Taste - Sweet fruits with a toasted malt backing ,slight caramel , molasses with chocolate hints .

Drinkability - Very drinkable Doppelbock the tastes seem to come together well and has a nice aftertaste with a fruity finish,well blended and balanced beer.

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

Poured into a snifter, this is the best looking doppelbock I've ever seen. It pours a thin, rich mahogany in color with a one finger off white head which quickly dissipates. The aromas are very bready. There's slugfest of yeast and malt with some caramel and brown sugar and it is pretty mild overall. It tastes of malted barley, brown sugar, molasses, and bready yeast. It also has some subtle dark fruits to it. It drinks really well and is light to medium in body. It has good crispness and goes down smoothly. This is an excellent doppelbock, definitely worthy of its ranking.

Photo of Noahman23
4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock is hands down the best doppelbock available in Massachusetts. The nose is straight roasted malts, bitter chocolate, and coffee. In my experience, it shows best in a tulip glass.

The taste is near perfection--one of the smoothest beers I've had, especially considering the 6.7% abv. Dark, roasted, bready malts, nuttiness, chocolate, coffee--really just a complex, and impressively drinkable beer that gets better as it warms up. I recommend not drinking it too chilled as it masks a lot of the flavor. That's the best thing about the beer, is that each sip is better than the last. Anyhow, I recommend this doppelbock to any beer drinker. Unquestionably worth the $14 for a four-pack.

Photo of Someguy1989
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

A: Dark Brown color with a pleasant light brown head that retained itself for quite a while.

S: Roasted malts, a hint of coffee, some bready aromas.

T: Lots of coffee in the flavor, accentuated with some sweet chocolate notes balanced with a bit of bread flavor. It finished with a slight bit of lager crispness.

M/D: A full thick body, the carbonation was very smooth. On drinkability terms, this one was fantastic. A lot of this style is cloyingly sweet and its very hard to down more than one of them. I could drink this one all night.

All and all, a fantastic beer.

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

330 mL bottle at 48 degrees into a mug.

A: It pours a nearly opaque black color with some red hues in light and two fingers of light tan head that recede slowly to the edges but don't lace well.

S: Chocolate, light roastiness, light banana, and some bready notes.

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

M: It has a medium body thickness with some creaminess and delicious lingering flavors.

D: Can a doppelbock get any better? I think not.

Photo of oline73
4.51/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Beer pours a dark mahogany color. Initially there is a half inch dark tan head that disappears almost immediately.

Smell: A mild dark fruit and caramel malty sweetness. Fairly mild.

Taste: First thing I notice is the perfect level of sweetness. There are hints of roast and dark chocolate, as well as caramel and ripe dark fruit. Slight bitterness at the very end. Extremely well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a mildly dry finish. Very nice delicate carbonation that fits the beer well.

Drinkability: This is a great beer. I will definitely be picking up more in the future.

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

Pours rich ruby-brown, some translucence. Even three-finger head. Took multiple attempts to get it all in a 12oz. tulip.

Aroma is bready and rich. Sweet malts, caramel, dark toast, pumpernickel. Mild scents but indicating complexity.

Taste is part lager, part stout, part quad. Rich but subtle roast up front, followed by malt sweetness. Pumpernickel, oats, berries, toffee/caramel. Nothing is big in here. It has a wide array of flavors but all are just noticeably present.

Very smooth and pretty light drinking. Sweet aftertaste with no lingering roast or dryness. Again, it's not overly sweet.

Better as it warms. Remarkably so. This is a beer I almost dismissed as I started it, but by the end I wanted another.

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

Served on tap in the "official" glass as the special brew at the SoNo Brewhouse.

Pours dark brown, good finger of white foam resides on the top. Dark fruity smell, some malt. Taste is clean and smooth - almost like a Scwarzbeir (sp?) with fruity tones. Smooth mouthfeel and carbonation. Quite tasty. Solid brew.

Photo of andrenaline
3.49/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Based on the reviews and past experiences with the style, I was really looking forward to this one.

A - Pours a dark mohogany with a ruby red hue, finger of mocha coloured head with decent retention and no real lacing.

S - Musty chocolate and raisins, with a touch of leather. Reminiscent of a barley wine and almost smells like a wet dog.

T - Malted barley comes through with dark fruits and a touch of chocolate and molasses. Leather and toffee notes come through as it warms. A tad on the sour side, and I was expecting something a bit sweeter.

M - Medium bodied ale that goes down smooth but finishes a tad too dry for my liking.

D - Overall a tasty offering, but I certainly didn't have the same experience as some of the other BA's. I much prefer Trois Mousquetaires Doppelbock and am inclined to try this again in a head to head challenge. A little disappointed, but I'll pick up another in the event that my bottle was dated or off.

Photo of BEERMILER12
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice dark ruby red color with a decent head that sticks around for a while

S: Malts and dark fruits, molasses, and a little sweetness

T: Same as the smell, the molasses and fruits come out from the start and it finishes with a great sweetness that doesn't overpower

M: Fairly heavy with little carbonation. Very smooth, glides over the tongue

D: I could drink this all day if the sweetness didn't get to me. Definitely one of the best doppelbocks, for sure

Photo of paulginva
4.73/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE: Pouring this beer from a 12 oz. bottle into a Pilsner glass, I was immediately struck by the 1.5" dark tan frothy head. Lacing was excellent and seemed like it was stuck to the side of the glass with glue. The head dissipated very, very slowly. The body was a cloudy, rich mahogany color with particles suspended seemingly endlessly and a moderate carbonation bubbling slowly to the surface.

AROMA: There was a light aroma of toasted bread, caramel and molasses with a tangy hit of herb scented hop leaf and a light scent of alcohol and dried fruit. All in all, a very inviting aroma.

TASTE: A big hit of malt deliciousness consisting of light molasses and toasted bread matched up with a sharp snap of a smooth hop bitterness and spicy alcohol. A light amount of dried fruit is noticeable along with some hop leaf flavor. There is a really nice taste of residual sugars, dark sugars and fading grain in the end.

MOUTHFEEL: This brew delights the tongue with a full body, a smooth, creamy texture, a soft carbonation and a very light bitter finish. When sipped, the first impression is of a light sweetness and the finish maintains it with the addition of a slight bitterness that engages the whole tongue. Body lacing is excellent.

DRINKABILITY: This is the best Doppelbock I've ever tasted. I can't wait to have another. A bit more expensive than its competition, it still provides excellent value because it is just so much better. Simply a terrific brew.

Photo of THECPJ
3.53/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes: 1/20/2011

A: malts, sour, molasses

Ap: dark brown-black with 1 finger tan head, nice lacing

B/T: very mild carbonation, thick, smooth

Af: caramel and/or molasses, sour/bitter

O: in my humble opinion, not your everyday go-to brew, but at least I got a cool goat out of the deal

Cheers!
The CPJ

Photo of redzone3120
4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep dark brown color with a slight hue of red when held up to the light. Nice brown head though somewhat thin.

S - Nice dark roasted aroma. Hints of coffee and is similar to a stout. Very good!

T - You can taste the roasted malts and the hints of coffee and chocolate. Very complex flavors but finishes with a mild sweetness.

M - Smooth carbonation with a moderate body. Balances well with the rich flavors while not being too heavy. Great finish that has flavor but doesn't linger for too long.

D - Very drinkable. Well balanced, great flavor, and nice finish. Highly recommended.

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

First had this brew in college and I had no idea what was going on in my mouth, now however..

Reddish brown body with a huge, creamy tan head. Good retention and lace. Very good looking.

Intensly sweet and toasted malt nose, with some roasted grain, raisin, and floral hop. The first sip overtakes you in rich and chocolatey flavor.

Chewy, with notes of dried fruit and herby, floral hop. A bit sour, and perhaps a little lactic. Spicy towards the finish. Very sweet, with an eternal finish. Practically chewable.

Very easy to drink. A perfect friend on a cold, rainy day.

Photo of jss79
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The color was a dark ruby brown. On the nose you could discern dates with roasty notes. Initial raisin like taste with a semi-sweet second taste, ending in a smooth non-bitter finish. Left a faintly sweet after taste that sat well in your mouth. Well rounded beer, perfect for a cold winter evening.

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 5,624 ratings.