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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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4,932 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,932
Reviews: 2,196
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 294
Gots: 298 | FT: 18
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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 pinotboy007


4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Rich brown/mahogany with a superb, dense, mocha-colored cap that slowly fades with some decent, but not dense, lacing.

S - Espresso, chocolate, alcohol, malt, some sugar

T - Espresso, toasted malts, caramel, cocoa powder, and molasses - SPLENDID!

M - Pure but slightly creamy and clean with a long finish. Terrific!

D - Very; ABV is in check and suitable for year 'round enjoyment.

Highly recommend - yum. :)

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2008 22:28:14 | More by pinotboy007
Photo of 51mmz0rz

New Jersey

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

A: Beautiful dark (yet clear) garnet body with a light brown head. There is good lacing and the head has good staying power. Overall it looks delicious.

S: Sweet, dark, spicy. Familiar lager aroma, but certainly not typical.

T: Great malt sweetness, and the same spice from the aroma. Slight bitterness on the finish, surprising sweetness after that. Overall wonderful flavor for this style.

M: Really great fullness, slightly viscous, small bubbles of carbonation.

D: Flavor isn't overbearing and the alcohol is not detectable. Really drinkable for this style.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2008 02:04:46 | More by 51mmz0rz
Photo of Mryup


4.63/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A gentle pour produces the deepest of browns with red/yellows poking through in the light. 3/4 inch of dense, toasted head. "My apartment smells of rich mahogany" - Ron Burgandy. This is a great looking beer caught in a time warp.

S: "That's quite pungent". Good smells wafting to the olfactory. Rich molasses with sweet caramel malt Hops smell perfectly balanced with the malt. My barbaric senses can't pinpoint anything beyond although there some spices and maybe some plum.

T: I really thought the fruit would come out in the taste but I say say nay, it doesn't. Absolutely beautiful. Not sweet, but sugary molasses with surprisingly a lot of hops. Toasted malt as well. Some earthy spices and mild, mild aleish fruit esters poking through. All these things are PERFECTLY balanced.

M: A heavy beer but OH MY! More brilliance! The hops bring on a much needed bitterness creating the illusion of lightness.

D: Very drinkable for what it is.

Nothing revolutionary but it's impressively complex. A classic doppelbock that sets the bar.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2008 04:22:56 | More by Mryup
Photo of csmiley


4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours deep brown with some ruby highlights. Some light is able to get through but not much. The tan head stopped rising after reaching a height of one inch and didn't stick around for very long. Lacing in the glass was good.

S - Sweet aroma with molasses and caramel taking the lead. Toasted bread and more caramel show up midway. Hints of butterscotch, raisin, and warm alcohol are on the tail end.

T - Flavor is where this beer really starts to shine. Starts out with molasses, raisins, and caramel. Some nuts, dark bread, and maple show up midway. Warm alcohol, dried cherry, and a toastiness are all present towards the end and achieve a very nice balance.

M - Medium to full bodied for the style. Carbonation is low but works for this beer. Smooth overall feel with a sweet finish.

D - Drinkability is very good. This beer is sweet, complex, and practically defines the style of Doppelbock. The alcohol is a tad high but does not keep this one from going down quick and easy. I could easily have more of these. Hats off to Aying for this offering.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2008 01:40:51 | More by csmiley
Photo of BirdFlu

New Jersey

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

dopplebocks tend to be a personal favorite and this one did not let me down. It pours very dark and mouth watering. The smell isn't too noticable, but the taste is very rich, roasted, and choclately. The sweet choclately taste does not become overpowering, however, and it is very drinkable (doesn't begin to weigh you down or feel too filling). The most outstanding characteristic is the mouthfeel. It is very bubbley but with tiny, microbubbles which make each sip delightful and fun. Highly suggested for fans of dopplebocks and Baltic porters or other similar styles.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2008 23:23:16 | More by BirdFlu
Photo of Folderol

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow. This is damn near a Baltic Porter, it's so dark. Everyone seems to have their own definition of doppelbock, and Ayinger thinks it should be rich, roasty, chocolatey, slightly bitter and really smooth. This one definitely deserves its world class reputation.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2008 01:36:19 | More by Folderol
Photo of BamaBeerBuff

North Carolina

4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark mahogany color with a creamy light oak head that retains well. Not much lacing to report, but the color and head are marvelous.

S: In a word: wow! Rich molasses, candied figs, brown sugar, and caramel all blend together wonderfully in front of a backdrop of rich toasted bready malt aromas. Damn near the best nose on a beer I've had to date.

T&M: I'll describe the feel first, as I'm still trying to get a handle on everything I'm tasting here: The body is medium with a light, fine carbonation that produces a smooth velvety mouthfeel that's absolutely delightful. Tastes include dark fruits, molasses, rich bread, some slight grassy/earthy hops, and a tinge of roasted malt. Wonderfully complex and bold. Truly an excellent beer.

D: Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock is a work of art. The only thing limiting drinkability is the ABV and slight heaviness in the stomach. Still, this is a beer to be savored and enjoyed--not sessioned.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2008 03:05:40 | More by BamaBeerBuff
Photo of Hoagie1973

New York

4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. Wasn't expecting it to be this good. Best Doppelbock I've ever had bar none.
Nearly opaque brown with a buttery tan head. Good retention with spotty lacing.
Smells very sweet with malt, molasses and a hint of caramel.
Doesn't taste as sweet as the smell. Starts that way, with molasses & toffee flavors, but quickly transitions into a nice roasty coffee-like bitterness in the finish. A little drying, but that gives way to the residual sugars. Hops help with the balance nicely.
Mouthfeel is thick & full, smooth and creamy.
Highly enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2008 00:42:49 | More by Hoagie1973
Photo of beerlassie


4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A very deep and rich brown color, and when held up to the light there are hints of dark red. When poured it has a light brown head.

Fruity aroma, with ascents of cherry and raisins.

Strong malty taste, very subtle hints of nuttiness and herbs. It leaves a pleasant fruit flavor on the palate.

Good mouthfeel, just the right amount of carbonation.

This is just an overall fantastic beer. I've had it several times and it always manages to impress me. Definitely should be tried.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2008 00:05:57 | More by beerlassie
Photo of scottyshades


4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow i love this beer...spotted this bottle at Total Wine from pretty cheap and it looked interesting...

A: Deep rich brown/ruby color with a fluffy cream-colored head that leaves a nice spotty lace

S: Coffee, chocolate, alcohol, and sugars

T: Coffee, toasted malts, toffee, caramel, chocolate, and molasses

MF: Very clean and delicious aftertaste...goes down real easy

D: High! despite the above avg ABV%

This is one beer that I will continually drink...I do not generally consider myself the BIGGEST doppelbock person, but this is a definite winner

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2008 04:00:43 | More by scottyshades
Photo of cvstrickland

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have to admit being charmed by the appearance of this bottle with its rustic goats hugging/dancing with a big glass of beer. Clean, classic graphics and the little white plastic goat dangling by a red thread looped around the longneck make smile. It's all so kitschy I feel like I ought to hate it, but I just can't bring myself to do that.

Anyway, the neat little package is opened and poured into a goblet, yielding a clear ruby-brown body capped with a thick, creamy beige lid of fine, fine bubbles with rocky patches that leaves a bit of lacing.

Smell is rich and tangy malty with a toasted nut and honey note.A touch of wheaty molasses emerges as the drink warms.

Taste is chocolatey with a thick, chewy-sweet, malty breadiness that is at once brown sugary and earthy. A fine dry, yeasty edge and just a touch of dark, roasty bitterness keeps the drink from crossing the line from 'sweet' to 'cloying'. A rich starchy note of grain fills in the spaces.

Slick with only the barest of carbonation, the drink is smooth and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2008 13:44:26 | More by cvstrickland
Photo of SQNfan


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

It poured black color with a tan head that faded rather quickly. Aromas were sweet with scents of sweet malt, brown sugar, raisin and a touch of chocolate. The palate is medium-bodied but concentrated and shows some dry bitterness to balance the sweetness from the nose.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2008 19:02:33 | More by SQNfan
Photo of gonzo46and2


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

Bottle: Pours dark brown with a thin tan head. Not much retension. Aroma is rich with malty aromas, dark fruit, and dry roast coffee. Initial taste is nutty with a hoppy zing. Mouth feel is Smooth, creamy, and not too sweet. Toasted aroma lingers long after the head dimishes enhancing the flavor. Best doppelbock I've had yet.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2008 22:30:05 | More by gonzo46and2
Photo of everetends


4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle I got from Four Winds in Pensecola. Poured into a stein.

A: Poured a nice dark brown with beautiful ruby highlights. The pour produced a nice tan head, but it receded quickly and didn't produce much by way of lacing.

S: Smells of sweet, roasted malt, caramel, toffee, espresso coffee, and dark fruits. Very nice.

T: Does not dissapoint. Comes first with sweet, biscuity malts. Followed by dark roasted malt that adds a bit of smoke to the profile. Caramel, green apples, raisins, toffee, and coffee can all be found in the tasting. This brew is amazing.

M: This a full bodied beer that realy rolls right over the tongue and down the throat. Although it is chewy, it goes down easy. Varied malt flavors linger and there is a touch of alcohol heat on the back of the throat. Amazing.

D: This is a great beer and I could drink this all night, but I shouldn't. Very heavy brew that makes for a great after dinner beverage. This is one of the best brews I have had. Damn near perfect.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2008 04:41:18 | More by everetends
Photo of msgraves


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

Poured a nice deep color, almost black but a little bit of red thrown in. Not a lot of head but it works.

Aroma was delicious with caramel, chocolate and toast with some dark fruits (raisins) thrown in for good measure.

Tastes silky smooth with chocolate sweetness, some caramel or toffee, and toasted malt. More of the dark fruit is noticed. The finish was smooth and sweet.

Medium body and smooth, delicious flavor make this an easy drinker. Very enjoyable and an excellent doppelbock.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2008 06:44:34 | More by msgraves
Photo of julian


4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've definitely been looking forward to this one. My first dopplebock!

330ml bottle bought from Malt and Vine in Redmond, WA

A: this one surprised me but this dopplebock is almost pitch black! There are slight ruby hues on the fringes but this really is a DARK dopplebock. minimal head with little retention, barely any lacing.

S: alot going on in this beer. smell of toasty coffee and chocolate. medium to heavy malting. dark fermented fruit aroma with spicing almost candy like. smells sweet and toasty. If the aroma is any indication this is going to be an orgy of taste on my palette.

T: nice and roasted, nutty, coffee taste. maybe even a bit smokey. sweet, fruity (plum, grape?) and slightly bitter to round it out. hints of dark chocolate. very rich.

M/D: moderately carbonated, with a rich, almost syrupy feel. smooth and delicious. very well crafted beer and one that could be drank over and over IMO.

Overall impressions: different and very enjoyable. I'll definitely be exploring this style further.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2008 04:16:27 | More by julian
Photo of BullCityB

North Carolina

4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a deep brown into my new Unibroue tulip, with a thick tanned head of foam. Retention looks solid so far. Further into the glass, it settles into a nice collar, nothing huge, but ok.

The nose is awesome. Dark, toasty malt flavors, fruit, chocolate and, oddly enough, a little smokiness? A touch sweetness in the background, and very little perceived alcohol. Delicious and completely unique.

The flavor is deep and intense, following the aroma. A little more alcohol noticable here, but it doesn't detract. Sweet, toasty malt, fruit, maybe a little chocolate and that odd smoky flavor. It's very subtle, only a background, but it makes the beer taste so deliciously earthy. Hop flavor is minimal, though there is enough bitterness to keep the finish medium dry and decidedly bready (think pumpernickle).

In the mouth, the beer is smooth, though not as rich or creamy as it could have been. Low carbonation is a plus here. I would put the body as a solid medium. While these factors conspire to leave a tiny bit desired, they make the beer as drinkable as the day is long - so smooth, so delicious...

Overall, this beer is a real winner. Bocks are a favorite of mine, and when they're as big and flavorful as Celebrator, well, it's cause for celebration.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2008 13:28:28 | More by BullCityB
Photo of Lexluthor33

New York

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This brew pours dark brown with a foamy head and a long lasting lace. The aroma is of molasses,hops and toasted malts.
The taste is malts,sweet caramel,alcohol,raisins,plums and just a hint of spice.
The finish is bread,smooth,medium carbonation and grains.

Notes: This was something I had to try and it did not disappoint.
So well balanced,so perfect in every way. I never thought I would have a Doppelbock that was so refreshing,so light bodied and yet so satisfying. Truly remarkable in every sense of the word and sessionable.I would have liked it to be a bit stronger,but what right do I have to complain?

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2008 01:21:26 | More by Lexluthor33
Photo of Greggy


4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a very nice thick tan head over a just translucent, brown/ruby, body. The head, in my pilsner glass, is 3+ finger and has some really nice staying power.

S- First off, I get what I describe as a fresh flour scent, with a nice chocolate, caramel maltiness, and even some light prune, and dark fruit spiciness. To sum up the smell in one word, this smells a lot like a french silk pie. Nice dark chocolate notes.. etc.

T- A low carbonation sweeps over the tongue, but you can tell this beer isn't lacing any body. Initially, you get some nice dry chocolate, with some lingering caramel, light cherry, prunes, and eventually a light drop hopiness, in the finish. Its like a dryer chocolate milk with some dry fruits added. Complex, and delicious.

M- Low carbonation works well for the style although a touch more might benefit the initial taste. The body is very nicely done as it isn't to thick, but not to thin.

D- @6.7%, this is one great beer. Of all doppelbocks I've had, this one is king.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2008 04:01:04 | More by Greggy
Photo of Saunapoika


4.93/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Very dark brown with only the slightest hint of ruby hue when held to light. Nice brown head that held up for a bit and continuted to produce nice lacing all the way to the end.

S: Caramel, molasses, and a slight raisiny note. Maybe some date-style aroma in there as well. Outstanding.

T: The very best. Malty, caramel, molasses, sweetness balanced out with an unnoticeable hop prescence. Completely balanced.

M: Perfection with the carbonation. Slick feel to it. Very easy to drink.

D: The definition of a dopplebock. My favorite style of all time and I would arugue is possibly the best dopplebock in the world.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2008 00:40:09 | More by Saunapoika
Photo of Strix


4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep clear burgundy with a good head.

Smells of malts and alcohol.

Taste is heavy on the malt, which i like, also hints of toffee, caramel, and cocoa. alcohol quite present in the finish.

Mouthfeel nice and smooth, very refreshing, despite the heaviness of the style.

This is nicely done. A good example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2008 03:39:32 | More by Strix
Photo of ckeegan04


4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark dark brown with light brown shading around the edges, Two finger brown head. Moderate retention with almost no lacing.

S - Smells of molasses and roasted malts. Light whiff of alcohol as well.

T - Strong sweet taste of roasted malts and molasses. Nice bit on the backend. Alcohol does not show itself.

M/D - Full bodied and lightly carbonated. An excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2008 22:01:53 | More by ckeegan04
Photo of drpimento


4.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In the court of the prince of beers... Man, this is a bulwark of dopplebocks. One of the very best. This one is an interpretation that is earthier and a bit more scrappy. Perhaps even a little more drinkable than the original dopplebock. Poured wth a nice tan head, fine and a bit creamy. Dark almost opaque brown. A little crisper in the mouth with excellent carbonation. A nice smokey character. Just enough bittersweetness to make you want to have another swallow. Beer at its best!

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2008 20:18:22 | More by drpimento
Photo of Stinkypuss


4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.
Dark brown in colour with an off white head. Good retention good lacing.
A very malty beverage, an alcohal twang and some roasted notes as well.
Goes down incredibly smooth.
A good Ayinger beer to say the least. Ive never had a bad one.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2008 11:13:01 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of meatmallet


3.8/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with a reddish tinge. Thick tan head leaves a thin ring around the glass.

Smells like roasted malts and chocolate. Not too powerful but just right.

Begins with a heavy roasted flavor and finishes with a bitter malt ending. A little coffee in there also. Not bad at all.

Mouthfeel was good. By the looks of it I was not expecting the carbonation that was hiding in there.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2008 04:50:48 | More by meatmallet
Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 4,932 ratings.