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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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5,242 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,242
Reviews: 2,216
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 337
Gots: 412 | FT: 18
Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2001)
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Photo of TommyW
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark red/brown body with a beautiful tan head.

S- Very bready with undertones of caramel and molasses. There is also a very faint hop aroma mixed with alcohol.

T- Huge malt base that creates a taste of bread, molasses, caramel, nuts and some toasted bread crusts.

M- Very full mouthfeel, basically chewy. Just the right amount of carbonation to support the huge malty base.

D- An incredible doppelbock; second to very few. Definitely a must try.

TommyW, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of BarrelO
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

A: Deep reddish-brown with a big white head that coats the glass with lacing.

S: Dark fruits and an ample dose of roastiness.

T: Nice fruity and toffee-ish sweetness. A touch of roasted notes. Just enough hops in the back to make their presence felt and balance everything out.

M: Lighter than the appearance would let on, but not effervescent.

D: The reigning heavyweight champion not only of doppelbocks but of German beers in general. One of my favorite things about DC in the winter is the fact that The Big Hunt has this on tap. I don't necessarily enjoy this as much as I do other beers, and I probably couldn't have more than a couple in a single sitting. But there really isn't a single off note with this beer. Sweet without being cloying, roasty without being astringent, this beer almost single-handedly justifies the Reinheitsgebot.

BarrelO, Aug 08, 2009
Photo of hardy008
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a foamy tan 3 finger head with a dark brown color. The aroma and taste consist of sweet malt, caramel, dark fruit, and molasses. The flavor is sweet and spicy, with some bitterness at the end. Smooth, creamy, heavy bodied, and lightly carbonated. Very drinkable.

hardy008, Aug 05, 2009
Photo of BenSelf
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice light creamy head that leaves decent lacing down the side of the glass. Aroma is roasted and sweet malt, some noble hops. The flavor has a big, full roasted malt profile; impressive for the relatively low alcohol content (6.7%). A good bit of the bitterness is coming from the malt, but the hops provide balance and a bit of that distinctive noble hop dank floral smell. It's a very sophisticated beer, and it's hard to write a worthy review from just one 12 oz. bottle. I really enjoyed this beer. Pick up a bottle, and take your time with it.

BenSelf, Aug 04, 2009
Photo of mwilson85
4.63/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really good beer. At the moment, my #1 favorite beer! Even over Affligem Triple.

Appearance - Very dark. Light brown Head forms quickly but also dipserses just as quickly. Very dark brown in appearance.

Smell - Dark fruits, roasted smell, with a hint of raisin.

Taste - Dark fruits, sweet but also biscuity which balances out really well. Raisins and even dark nuts and malts.

Mouthfeel - Lighter on the tounge than expected, carpinated perfectly where it tingles the mouth but doesnt sting. Finishes strong with a great after taste.

Drinkability - Very drinkable, great before and after-taste. Goes down smooth.

I love this beer. This overtook the top spot of my favorite beer list instantly. I definitely recommend it!

Serving type: bottle

mwilson85, Aug 03, 2009
Photo of callmescraps
3.63/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I enjoy goats. We'll see about the beer.

Appearance - Surprisingly black. I'd say a very deep brown, but almost no light gets through at all. An inch of off-white head dissipates quickly.

Smell - A hint of dark fruits and a lighter, sweeter malt smell. Lots of roasted malt.

Taste - Lots of sweet roasted malts. Very rich. There is a burnt aspect on the finish that I'm not loving. A hint of molasses as well. Definitely some dark fruit.

Mouthfeel - Nice carbonation, but it's not as rich as I might like. Very light and crisp.

Drinkability - Not bad, but that lingering roast is not helping the matter.

This is a fine beer. Not a huge fan or anything. It's got a nice roasted malt thing, but seemed a tad one note. I guess it's just not a favorite of mine.

callmescraps, Jul 31, 2009
Photo of david18
3.9/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another good Doppelbock, which I have just begun to start enjoying more. Very good color and surprisingly good carbonation for a beer this dark. Also, not too strong for the style. Should mostly be enjoyed during non-summer months but could really be a good beer any time.

david18, Jul 30, 2009
Photo of rfgetz
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Brauhaus Schmitdz

A: Clear carmel in color. Some ruby highlights. Quick plume of head, diminishing into nothing with little lacing.

S: Dark roasted malts, sweet dark carmel, some dark fruits.

T: Dark roasted malts, sweet carmel malt ending. touch of dark fruits.

M: Medium body, low carbonation. Decent coating and nice roasted aftertaste.

D: Excllent version of the Doppelbock. The malts are top notch and the ingrediants blended to perfection.

rfgetz, Jul 29, 2009
Photo of bobsy
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours an extremely dark brown with a voluminous cramy tan head. Sheets of lace drape the sides of the glass, and the head just won't die.

A nose of chocolate, prunes, dates and caramel wouldn't be amiss on a quad (but for the spicy yeastiness). The flavour is bursting with rich, luscious malt, as successive waves carress the palate. At first chocolate, then dark fruit, brown bread, raisin and toasted nuts. Its a symphony in malt, which reveals more character in each successive sip.

Extremely smooth, silky mouthfeel with restrained carbonation, that only adds to the pillowy sensation of the liquid. Its really an exceptional construction, and the body is nothing short of perfect.

This is a stupidly wonderful doppelbock, and fully deserving of its status. A model against which all others should be judged.

Zum wohl!

bobsy, Jul 28, 2009
Photo of kappldav123
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottle looks unusual, but good. The small "bonus" is great. The beer in the glass also. Tastes constant malty, not penetrating, not tooroasty, a little bit sweet and dry - good combination. Good balanced finish, very drinkable - very good beer!

kappldav123, Jul 26, 2009
Photo of weazal
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

S: Sweet malts with light, but rich notes of coffee, dark fruits, and brandy. Has a slight damp oakiness.

T: Light, dry feel which contrasts against the blended molasses sweetness and smokey, coffee flavor. Refreshing with a nice long lingering finish that has a pleasantly moderate bitterness at the end.

weazal, Jul 26, 2009
Photo of mareth01
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- This beer poured a nice very tan 1 finger head with a dark brown to black appearanc. Throughout the drink it had very good head retention with nice lacing.

S- The smell was strong of malts and carmel.

D- It was sweet throughout with a hint of a like carmel flavor with a slight bitter taste of dark chocolate.

M: Smooth with med. carbo., decent body that's just right.

D: Very drinkable, good flavors and taste, you don't know that your are drinking a doppelbock until the third or fourth one.

mareth01, Jul 25, 2009
Photo of Kendo
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First review from 7/21/09:

A: Frothy off-white head over dark brown (almost black, actually) body that when held up against the light displays ruby highlights.

S: Toasty malt; slightly burnt scent.

T: Malty flavors dominant -- sweet, toasted bread. Also burnt charcoal or smoke. Very little in the way of hoppy flavors.

M: Medium-to-full-bodied. Slightly over-carbonated.

D: OK.

Second review, entered 6/27/11 after getting it on tap at Wolff's Biergarten in Albany on 6/24/11 and adjusting the scores accordingly:

A: Poured into a tall, thin glass - doesn't taper like a pilsner glass, but it's wider than a stange. Body is dark brown with a nice 1-finger light-brown head.

S: Toasted bread, chocolate malt.

T: Sweet malt - toasted bread, chocolate malt - and dark fruits. Notwithstanding that malty sweetness, it finishes fairly dry.

M: Medium in heft, nice and creamy in feel.

O: Very nice. Much better than the last time I had this on tap.

Kendo, Jul 21, 2009
Photo of ClevoPiwo
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass. The color is a rich dark brown or deep chestnut color that reveals some hints of a cherry wood or mahogany color when held up to light. The head is nearly tan, and is about a fingers width deep eventually settling down to a spotty froth on the surface with a little bit of lacing left on the glass.

The smell is primarily malty and grainy with an ever so slight compliment of dark fruit sweetness. I don't get much else in the nose, there is no distinct hop aroma, mostly just a rich malt and grain scent.

The taste is also very rich with malt and grainy flavors. There is a caramel sweetness up front that quickly gives way to a grainy aftertaste with a hint of lingering bitterness. The body is very full and coats the palate well leaving an unmistakable finish. Despite being rich, this beer is very drinkable as well. Definitely a meal in a glass!

ClevoPiwo, Jul 21, 2009
Photo of HopBacchus
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a beautiful dark dark brown color practically black beautiful to behold. A medium sized toffee colored head that lasted for a long time. Lacing is excellent.

S: Roasted malts and Carmel fill my nostrils along with chocolate.

T: Roasted malts and chocolate an almost cogniac like taste a strong aftertaste of bitter hoppes.

M: Excellent carbonation keeps flavors changing and interesting a pleasant medium body follows a slightly watery initial feel.

D: Eh, flavors are certainly pleasant and a medium body lets you know you aren't drinking just any lager however the bitter hoppe finish makes this brew filling and hard to swallow

HopBacchus, Jul 21, 2009
Photo of kegger22
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours rich and almost black with a small head that did not last long. Aroma is mildly of coffee. There is a lot going on with the taste and I admit to being unable to pick out the constituent flavors, but I like the resulting combination. Feels smooth and a little oily in the mouth. Celebrator is not a slammer, nor a sipper. I would be comfortable putting away a liter, or so. BTW, since I'm sure everyone wants to know, my dog ate the goat.

kegger22, Jul 19, 2009
Photo of NewGeneric
3.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this a while back but took notes. Poured a clear dark reddish brown color with cinnamon head that faded quick and left no lacing. Smelled of deep malts, toffee, roasted coffee and chocolate. Tasted almost exactly the same. Smooth, but slightly overcarbed. Could drink more of this.

NewGeneric, Jul 18, 2009
Photo of bamadog
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Read a review of this from Kels from earlier this week, and I thought to myself, "Damn, I should probably try this beer too." So I did. Poured from the bottle to a pint glass. But what's up with the goat? I mean, should I keep it? Do I put it on a keychain?

Appearance: Pours a deep dark brown (near black) with some nice ruby highlights when held to the light; comes with a very short beige head that quickly fades to a thin and uneven skim on the surface; spotty and uneven lacing clings here and there along the sides of the glass.

Smell: Smell is of deep toasty (even possibly burnt) malts with some slight hints of a mildly burnt sugar or caramel.

Taste: Very nice! The burnt and toasty malts are in the forefront and there is a bit of a caramel/cola sweetness that follows it; as it warms a little bit there seems to be a very slight hint of a dark fruity sweetness, but it's very mild; the flavors don't seem overly complex and there doesn't seem to be a ton hiding in it and I don't feel the flavors need to be deciphered, but they are very pleasant and wonderfully crafted.

Mouthfeel: It has a nice and solid carbonation to it that helps keep the flavors bubbling throughout the mouth; and while the body feels a bit watery while it's in the mouth, it definitely finishes a bit thicker and creamier, and definitely leaves a healthy coating throughout the mouth that helps carry the full flavors through the aftertaste.

Drinkability: Moderate to high, I would say. The flavors are nice and pretty robust, the mouthfeel lets you know you're drinking a substantial beer that has enough body to not be one I could drink a ton of, but I could definitely get a couple down in a sitting.

bamadog, Jul 18, 2009
Photo of willjschmidt
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle into the proper Ayinger Celebrator glass.

A: Pours a very dark brown with red undertones.

S: Dark fruits along with some molasses and a bit of caramel.

T: Lots of dark malt in the form of dark fruits such as plums and raisins. Some bready tones as well to go along with a bit of molasses. The finish has a distinctive hop bite. A tad on the sweet side.

M: Medium bodied, active carbonation.

D: An excellent doppelbock, one of the classics.

willjschmidt, Jul 17, 2009
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle with the Goat Charm strung around the neck. No date.

A - Cascading sexiness on a medium pour left this dark mahogany, ruby-highlighted beer with an incredibly sturdy two-finger light tan head. Easily visible legs on the glass and strong rings of lacing.

S - Incredibly sweet with rich toasted malts both chocolate and caramel. No hop aroma. Just a touch of burnt malts.

T - Robust malty flavors of dark, bitter chocolate and a sweet caramel balance well while a burnt malty dry bitterness finishes off the mildly sweet beer.

M - Rich and smooth, it coats the throat on the way down. Fairly full-bodied but still crisp like a lager should be.

D - Not as sweet as many of the Dopplebocks I've experienced but it actually makes it a more drinkable beer. The alcohol, until you begin to feel it, is completely hidden and since it's a lager, it has a nice crisp lager feel and drinkability.

BeerFMAndy, Jul 16, 2009
Photo of meatyard
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle pored into a Celebrator DB glass.

Pours out a clear, dark mahogany with a 1+ finger, tan head that lingers, falling slowly. It's such a pretty color when viewed through a 100W bulb.
The smell is prunes, dark fruit and sweetish malt.
The taste has a lot happening. There's a bit of smoke, some dark fruit, roasted malt and mild sweetness.
Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, medium body and smooth.
Very drinkable, the first glass goes way too quickly. While not a low ABV, this is still an easy to drink couple with no harm done. This is better than my favorite American DB, Hooker's Liberator which is an excellent DB. If Andechs is better then I really want to try it sometime.
Such a good beer, wish I had a case of it like I had a few years ago-what luxury that was.

meatyard, Jul 16, 2009
Photo of kels
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm really not sure why it took me so long to try this beer. I really enjoy dopplebocks, and considering this is one of the standards, I should have had it sooner. Plus, I really like the little plastic goat. This review is on a bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours super dark, more like a porter or stout. It is darkest chocolate brown, almost black and very opaque - not viscous, just not clear at all. A short, 1 finger, watery tan head fades immediately to a well-retained skim with milky-looking bubbles. Light washes of tan head cling to the sides of the glass throughout the drink and slide back down slowly into the liquid.

Smell: The smell isn't incredibly prominent, but is strong enough. The bulk of it comes through in nicely chewy and toasted malts, with a little bit of toasty grain and sweet caramel.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Delicious. This is a very full-flavored and well-bodied beer. The taste is really satisfying - full of chewy, bready grains and lightly roasted malts that have hints of caramel and coffee. The aftertaste hints at slightly citrus hops and the fairly well-masked alcohol. Feel is wonderful. It definitely complements the heavier flavors well, lightening them up with a mouth-filling fizziness that spreads the flavors around the palate and makes the beer more refreshing than expected.

Drinkability: Really, really high. I appreciate the fullness of the flavors paired with the lighter, well-carbonated feel. It is a satisfying beer that's still quite refreshing.

kels, Jul 15, 2009
Photo of mtstatebeer
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

33 cl. bottle. Pours a coca-cola brown with a decent light brown head, good lacing. Aroma is chocolate, roasted malts, fruity esters, molasses, and some bread. Flavor is similar, good malty profile, roasted malts, and chocolate. Mouthfeel is medium, fairly low carbonation, a very well-balanced beer. Warms well. Delicious overall and a perfect example for a doppelbock.

mtstatebeer, Jul 10, 2009
Photo of FleeVT
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml brown long with no dates to speak of poured into a mug.

A: Thick and syrupy, a deep brown coming out of the bottle. Once in the glass it is pretty much black with only the faintest of light penetration around the edged. A glorious tan head adorns the viscous oil, clings to the glass and my nose.

S: Imagine a old school chocolate malted milkshake with a hint of vanilla essence added. It's a beautiful thing. The chocolate malts have a nice roasted finish. Very little hop spice or alcohol on the nose.

T/M: A meal in a bottle, as one would expect from a Doppelbock. A nice mild carbonation gives the otherwise creamy brew a bit of purchase on the tongue. Roasted toasted malt with some brown sugar and caramel flavors. Nice finish that lingers with that warming alcohol sensation. Extremely deep complex beer.

D: A slow roller to savor. I don't know why I waited so long to try this one. Should be the standard for the style.

FleeVT, Jul 10, 2009
Photo of atpben
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer at the Gingerman in Houston. Poured into a pint glass. Wow, this is the best dopple bock I've had so far. Poured an almost black color with a little red and brown in it. Aromas of chocolate, toffee, and brown sugar. The taste has more of the chocolate, brown sugar with the taste of figs and dates. What a great combination. Starts off sweet and finishes dry with an almost smoky finish. I love this beer. This was the first time I tried it and this beer is now my favorite dopplebock. Awesome

atpben, Jul 09, 2009
Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 5,242 ratings.