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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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5,542 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,542
Reviews: 2,254
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 383
Gots: 547 | FT: 19
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Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website
Germany

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

330ml bottle, this was a favorite at an office party where I provided the input to the beer selection, a few years ago, at least now. Time to enjoy it while off the clock, I suppose.

This beer pours a moderately hazy, deep dark cola colour, with a multitude of foamy, bubbly, and somewhat creamy beige head, which leaves some solid spidery lace around the glass as it gradually settles.

It smells of musty caramel/toffee malt, softly bittersweet sticky molasses, muddled black fruit, bready biscuit notes, and floral, spicy hops. The taste is lightly roasted caramel malt, well-aged dark fruit, slick cafe au lait, ethereal chalky cocoa, a twinge of salty nuttiness, tobacco ash, and adequately bitter leafy, earthy hops.

The carbonation is quite mild, but hardly absent from its underlying duties, the body medium-full in weight, subtly rich, and decently smooth by the same measure. It finishes in a nicely balanced manner, the lingering malt complexities and noble hops acting like they've been through this a few times before.

Nothing surprising here - the effusive, long-running hype is more than well deserved. Call it what you will - the blueprint, the (almost) progenitor, whatever, this is a deftly rendered, crazily easy to drink, amped-up dark lager, for all your latent winter-despising needs.

Photo of haazer
4.82/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a hefeweizen glass.

A- Pours a thick chocolatey colored head. An amber, dark brown appearance to the brew. Bottom of the glass is a see through red glow, however up towards stubborn settling head is the dark brown, almost non see through chocolate color. Almost no lacing. The goat charm gets points just because.

S- Roasted peanuts, which is making me want some like crazy. Hints of chocolate and caramel. Smell the yeast in the slightest. The roasted peanuts though for me at least, is the most dominant.

T- Let me say something, this is only the second dopplebock I've ever tried, but I'm willing to bet anyone that I'll never taste a better one. Lets see, caramel, chocolate, roasted malts, the peanut flavor is there, and bread. This thing reminds me of malt powder somewhat in a milk shake, or the malt ball candy you can buy. Not only will this most certainly be the best dopplebock I've had, but also most likely, and currently one of the best tasting beers I've ever had.

M- Super creamy. Feels like buttermilk. Medium bodied. Slightly sweet on the palatte.

D- Incredible. Glad when I went to Total Wine that I got a fourpack instead of just one. When I go to the best distributor in my area next time, I'll be tempted to buy a case. No hint of alcohol whatsoever. The only thing from keeping this beer perfect is the appearance is good. Yes, MERELY good. Everything else is just incredible.

Notes: Prost to Franz Inselkammer for making such a great beer. I'd still say Belgians have the edge, but this beer does make me proud of my heritage.

Photo of tylernim
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a 16oz tulip. Great looking beer. Dark brown to red tint. Minimal head on this one that dissipated fairly soon.

S - Smell intensifies at it warms. Lots of malt up front with light fruit coming through. Definite Caramel notes.

T - Perhaps a tad bit of chocolate, definite caramel. Fruit follows through, moving to the front as time moves on.

M - Medium to light. Slight carbonation on the tongue.

D - About where I would expect from a 6-7%. A few beers is possible.

Great beer. Will have to go for the four pack next time!

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

Poured from an 11oz bottle into a standard beer glass.

This doppelbock pours a beautiful, dark, hazelnut brown. It's nearly opaque! I get a bit of caramel-dipped fruit in the aroma. Perhaps prunes with chocolate sauce!

On my first sip, it's like drinking silk! I can't wait for the next! So smooth!

It's hard to pinpoint the taste since there is so much going on in here.... maybe burnt caramel over cocoa puffs!! Spicy, chocolatey and biscuity. Just enough alcohol warmth to cut through the malt and sweetness. Very easy to drink for a 7% ABV beer.

I see now what all the fuss was about with Celebrator Doppelbock. A legendary brew and a truly enjoyable experience.

I'm glad I got the 4-pack!

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

Reviewed from notes taken by a campfire in Acadia National Park.

A- Crimson red around the edge of a dark, brown body. Huge, very creamy head with great retention. Tons of lace all over the glass.

S- Instantly like it. The biggest thing here to me is the old caramel malt and nice slight spicy/earthy/floral German hop notes. Raisins, vanilla, rum come to mind. Old ale feeling.

T- Just like the smell but made better by truffley chocolate. Added to the caramel, German hops and dark fruit, it is delicious. Reminds me of a liqueur in a way. Very nice hop usage.

MF- Light and it makes it all the better. The low carbonation allows the flavors to really shine. Slight bitterness.

DB- Extremely drinkable for such a highly flavorful beer. The body allows the taste to truly shine. Has an Old Ale-like flavor set but drinks like an APA. Has to be the most complex and flavorful beer for the price.

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

Bottle into a pint

Pours nearly black with a lovely three finger tan head that lasts for quite some time. Leaves nice lacing.

Smells of sweet dark fruits dipped in molasses and rum.

Reminiscent of the nose, lots of sweet fruits, raisins, and molasses/brown sugar. Some chocolate in there as well, slightly bitter from the malts.

Surprisingly not heavily-bodied at all. Big flavor but medium bodied. Leaning towards a wet finish.

Superior drinkability. Celebrator is a 6.7% Doppelbock that goes down like water.

Photo of MeMyselfNAles7
4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My go to brew from Ayinger. Prime example of the style. Not to be missed, highly recommended.

Used a Mug and it pours a black, redish brown brew with a thick yellow medium crown. Nice body, good carbonation. Very nice on the nose, roasted malts, cocoa beans and rippen fruits.
The first tip is of cocoa developing into the malts and ending in a nice touch of coffe with litte hints of rippen fruit in the aftertaste. Great drinkabilty and very refreshing.

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

Note: review from rough notes, drank at a pub in the town of Aying.

Appearance - 4.5
Long lasting cream coloured head over a clear, chestnut brown body.

Smell - 4.5
Sweet, very malty with just a little raisin-like fruitiness.

Taste - 4.5
Very chocolaty, the sweetness almost seems to have a lactic quality. Milk chocolate, sweet biscuits and dark bread upfront, then with a subtle raisin-like fruitiness to the end. Very little bitterness and no noticeable hop character.

Mouthfeel - 4.5
Fine carbonation, light to medium body, goes down very smoothly.

Drinkability - 4.0
I could easily have had a second, and a third. Too strong to be sessionable, but this is one very drinkable beer.

OVERALL
Fairly light for the Doppelbock style, and all the more drinkable for it. To me this is what a Doppelbock should be - malty, smooth, a little warming and very drinkable.

Photo of bobhits
1.96/5  rDev -54.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

Dark reddish brown, barely allows light through but it does, thin head that vanishes, I can't see any carbonation but it's so hard to see through this.

Sweet dark fruits and then quickly goes towards bitter but doesn't get there. I want to say plums and maybe a hint of cherry and some raisins. It seems like a double bock only a touch sweeter, less powerful, and somewhat subtle and boring. A touch of alcohol at the end just barely.

This is a top 100 beer? Are you joking me? Just a malt bomb that as a hint of bitter flavor at the finish. A dark fruity opening, plumbs and raises and maybe caramel/bready malt. More bready than caramel. The hops are earthy and they pack almost enough bitterness, but they don't balance this beer.

The mouth feel is really really well done. Plenty of carbonation but not so much I'm burping it up. Creamy enough to savor, but thin enough for the style and to drink.

Well this is also really drinkable. I don't like the beer. I rarely don't like a beer. I often think it's a weak example of a style or a style that isn't very well made. This one just isn't very good. If you want a better example of the style check out Weihenstephaner's example....it's far superior. So I'm torn. I dislike it, but it without the flavor actor is pretty drinkable. Ok....we'll go with a 2. Unimpressed but not awful.

Photo of djmichaelk
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a perfect pint.

A - Ruby-edged brown with a towering off-white head. Great retention, and reasonable lacing around the glass.

S - Very nice. Much more on the malty side of a doppelbock, with some breadiness and a bit of yeast. The caramel and brown sugar are far away at the back of the room.

T - This is definitely right up my alley for the style. Too many (for me) doppels run too far to the sweet side, but this one sticks to the basics, with roasted malts, some earthiness, and a touch of yeast at the forefront. Yum.

M - Maybe a little on the thin side for me -- the carbonation is higher than I'm used to.

D - Mid-strong, and great flavors combine to make this a pretty drinkable beer. I could go through at least a few of these in a sitting.

O - The price is right, and the flavors are top-notch. Maybe as good as I've had in this style.

Photo of IronCitySteve
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Wexord Ale House.

A: Pours a dark brown color with some amber hues. Once finger foam head that dissipates to a film, little to no lacing.

S: Lots of dark fruit, molasses, roasted coffee, bread and caramel.

T: Very sweet up front and throughout the whole tasting. It is a decent blend of all the malt characters.

M: Very slick and creamy.

D: This is a very sweet tasting Doppelbock. Almost too sweet for me. It is a nice brew but a one and done for me.

Photo of megahurts4
4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock

Appearance: dark reddish brown, small head, and some good lacing.

Smell: caramel apple and malts.

Taste: hops, caramel, apple, and rich malts.

Mouthfeel: medium-thick.

Overall:
This is very nice. This good double bock seems like it would be syrup-y and heavy, but it is not. It is smooth and rich.

Photo of Sachsenfreude
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

appearance; very dark brown, nearly black. Thimk light tan head that quickly reduces to a 1/2 cm. film.

smell; toasty malt sweetness with bitter coffee beans.

taste; heavy malt sweetness with a hint of toasty bitterness. Dark chocolate bitterness in the aftertaste.

mouthfeel; thick and creamy. Carbonation is gentle and piercing to the taste buds all at the same time. Very sticky and chewy, leaving a coating of flavor complexities in the mouth.

drinkability; very smooth and almost perfect. Slightly bitter aftertaste slows consumption a bit.

The best I've had of this style but not by much. Like Salvador or Optimator with a more complex bitterness that they lack.

Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark hazy russet brown color with some tan head. Smell is very malty, with some syrup, chocolate, rye bread, and some yeastiness. Taste follows suit, with some big sweet malt plays, and an interesting sweet potato taste, which may be due to a bit of oxidation. Still, a very good malty dopplebock. MF is medium, could maybe use a hint more carbonation. Good drinkability, definitely one I will revisit.

Photo of kevinjosephlee
3/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured into a glass

A: A very dark brew with a ruby hue when held to the light. A white-ish head with moderate retention and good lacing.

S: Malts but with a very prominent maple syrup aroma. Pretty basic, no fruity notes.

T: The malty sweetness is a bit overbearing, almost cloying.

M: Full-bodied. Moderate-low carbonation. Cloying.

Notes: Not my favorite beer. I do feel a bit awkward rating a beer so differently from everyone else. I looked at the brothers' review and I see that I noticed similar flavors as them. But the overbearingness of the sweetness really takes away from this beer. I will save the rest of the brews and re-try them after having experienced some other dopplebocks.

Photo of Reaper16
4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle served into a tulip glass

Pours as brown as brown can be. The body is brown like the glass bottle it came in. A bit of red peeks through on the outermost edges. One finger of lightly tan head doesn't stick around for very long. Lacing is left behind in high arcs, like arched eyebrows.

This is the malt bomb to end all malt bombs. Nothing smells like this. It smells like the traditional "beer" scent taken to its logical extreme. Deeply browned cereal grains, tons of toasted baguette, something sweet like cake. There is a deep, pungeant smell coming from the intense malt profile that makes me think of stink bait for fishing (I bet that's the first time you've seen that description in a beer review. I know, I'm just as surprised). Some decent roast character lends itself to flutters of dark chocolate.

The abundance of malt carries over to the palate. This tastes like fruitcake dusted with coffee and caramelized under a kitchen blowtorch. So much sweetness - from the sugary flavors to the appleskin and berry esters - meet with the coffee-like roasted character and the super-toasted breadcrusts. Perhaps a tiny bit of oxidation. There's just enough hop bitterness to keep this beer honest, but after it warms up that bitterness just melds into the roast anyway. This is the textbook Dopplebock.

I adore the mouthfeel of this beer. It is definitely on the heavy side of medium-bodied but it isn't extremely thick. It has a very satisfying toothsome quality to it. The beer is carbonated but the bubbles aren't very assertive. This makes for a incomparably smooth drink. The heft of the beer as you swallow is so satisfying. I'd give this a 5.5 in mouthfeel if I could. Drinkability is damn good for the style. All this abundance of malt flavor at only 6.7% ABV is remarkable.

When you feel like a very malty lager there are few beers you should turn to before Celebrator. Absolutely perfect for these Fall evenings.

Photo of TheFightfan1
4.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thankyou Trenton road Takeout for this douzy. Poured into a pilsner glass. Deep ruby-brown color slightly transparent with a nicelight brown heading. Looks healty and alive.

Smell is extremely malty with a touch of smoke malt,and a decenthoppy aroma as well. Rich malty nose.

Taste is all the above. Smokey,hop leaf adds a bit of a solid backing,Heavy molasses taste which is somewhat chewy, A slight touch of some darker dried fruits.Finishes with a sugary linger.

Mouth is extremely smooth. Which you would think would be a flat beverage until you swoosh it around on the palate and those tiny bubbles fill your mouth and let tears start welling up.

An exceptional brew indeed. So enjoyable and so tasty.A must try.

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

Aroma is of dark fruits, caramel, malts, light chocolate and caramel and bready malts. Typical German yeast notes are detectable as well. The taste is heavenly. The molasses and dark fruits in the nose are prevalent in the taste. Prunes, raisins, and dark cherries. Dark, roasted malts (not bitter by any means) make an appearance with a strong caramel presence. The more it warms the more the flavors begin to develop. The German yeast is also prevalent in the finish; this is a world class beer. True definition of style and expert brewing tradition. There is a certain thickness and creamy mouthfeel,still finishes slightly dry from the lager yeast, can't say enough about this beer.

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

Served in Tulip

A: deep purple brown body with almost no head
S: Raisins and wet mahogany and cedar.
T: Raisins, vermouth, chocolate, coffee, charred madrone.
M: Despite no head, great carbonation and sustained taste. Very active.
D: Definitely but you might want to share.

Photo of wvsabbath
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Serving type - Bottle

Appearance - Black, some traces of red when held to a light, nice creamy 2 inch head

Smell - Malts, Barely, sugars, spices some coffee and hops. Alot going on

Taste - VEry smooth and easy to drink. Each drink is a sweet flavor, malts and barley with spices. Theres a slight stout edge to it. Its so huge on flavor, you taste so much on each drink, man its a pleasure

Mouthfeel - Superb, like a desert in your mouth, you can enjoy it without being burn by alcohol. Smooth and tasty, tounge, palette, and throat can handle this very easy.

Drinkabilty - Well i just bought a case of this, so its very drinkable. Its more of a winter beer they say but seems to me its a weekly beer. Fantastic and so smooth, wow

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

Into a pint glass...

Look is a nice thick dark black, a nice little mocha head to it about one finger height.

Smell is slight raisin, coffee, toffee, chcolAte and a tad of banana.

Taste is a bit of the same but more of a chocolate covered raisin no hops with strong sweetness.

Mouthfeel is a great thickness powerful carb very good

Drink is great, a very good overall dopplebock. Of course with any import I have a feeling this isn't the freshest it could be.

Photo of Duff27
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dark brown...red-tinged around the edges. Nice one fingered head on the initital pour. Some, not much, lacing present. Can see the carbonation rising in some places.

S- A lot of roasty malts going on here. Caramel.

T- More caramel, molasses. Biscuity. "Magnificent" comes to mind. Subtle but noticeable alcohol presence.

M- Adequate carbonation, tad syrupy.

D/O- Delicious. Could and would put down a few of these if it came to it. Went down way too fast and easy. Out of the handful of doppelbocks I've had, this is the best. Will be buying more.

Photo of billshmeinke
4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a mug.

Pours a one inch off white head with an almost black dark body. Hints of ruby/amber towards the outer edges. Head dies down to a cap of foam on top. No real lace to speak of.

Smells of caramel malt sweetness and whole wheat bread. Not getting too much else in the nose.

Tastes of sweet caramel malts up front that give way to a bit of chocolate, and a hint of roasty coffee. The caramel sweetness lasts the whole way through and the roast and caramel sweetness linger.

The mouthfeel is on the high end of medium and well carbonated. Sweet and tangy with just the right amount of bitterness.

A well balanced, easy beer to drink.

Photo of omnigrits
4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a perfect pint glass, I get a very dark, almost opaque beer but with ruby highlights around the edge. Not much head and no lace.

The aroma is full of roasted malts, slightly bready, a hint of medicinal phenols.

The taste... oh my goodness. Rich, malty but not sweet, more than a touch of coffee, a little less in the way of hops. Wonderfully dry finish and a lingering bitterness that comes from the roasted malts rather than from hops, I think.

Very good mouthfeel - thick, chewy, full-bodied.

I wish I didn't have to pay import prices for this beer - it would be my daily tipple if I could afford it. But then I'd be totally spoilt.

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

12oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Beer pours a dark ruby color with a slightly tan one-finger head - this beer looks incredible. A fair amount of lacing is retained.

Smell gets its own paragraph here. You know when you go to a brewery and the air has that distinct smell of grains intermingling with hops and the other aromas wafting around? That smell that, though it isn't yet beer, is the quintessential beer aroma, and you just can't inhale enough of it? Celebrator Doppelbock smells like that. It's perfect. Someone needs to make one of those Christmas tree air fresheners that smells like this - I'd never leave my car.

The taste is primarily malt - a bit biscuity and sweet, with a small but noticeable hop presence. There's also a slight alcoholic tinge to it that is surprising for its abv. Mouthfeel is chewy and full-bodied, very viscous in my mouth, and quite pleasing.

This is a truly great beer. You owe it to yourself to go out and find some.

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 5,542 ratings.