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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

4,953 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,953
Reviews: 2,197
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 297
Gots: 306 | FT: 18
Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2001)
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TippySelenoid

Missouri

4.88/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a chocolaty brown with a small tan head. The bubbles are slowly rising to the top.

It smells like a loaf of bread. So much malt for one bottle.

The taste is amazing! Delicious!

Feels so creamy and smooth. Almost slides down your throat.

I would drink these all night if they were not so danged expensive.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2008 17:44:04 | More by TippySelenoid
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boston2bburg

Virginia

3.68/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single 12 oz bottle with plastic ram (bull? yak?) necklace. No bottling date, and from a supplier notorious for having old beer on the shelves. I'm not sure how well doppelbocks age, but could be an issue.

Poured into a Champagne glass, a mysterious deep caramel color with a large, smooth tan head that maintains a healthy cover, with big patches of lacing down the glass. Nice bright tan bubbles swirl during the pour. Pretty to look at.

Smells like birthday cake, caramel, faintly of raspberry cheesecake. Not overpowering but pleasant.

Taste is almost all malt, but not as sweet as most other doppelbocks I've tried. The malt flavor is toasted, with caramel and molasses notes. Very slight bite on the back of the throat. The alcohol isn't tasted but kicks in nicely towards the final third of the beer.

Mouthfeel is clean and a little sharp on the tongue, slightly spicy on the finish. Full-bodied, but not syrupy or tangy. Drinkability is good for the style, but it might sit heavy after two or three. A well-built beer, true to style, but lacking a distinctive character that sets it apart from other beers.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2008 02:24:21 | More by boston2bburg
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bassmantin

Illinois

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

Pours a dark brown with a semi-transparent reddish glow into a pint glass. Minimal head; I've got it pretty cold.

Smell is of malty sweetness. Taste is straight doppelbock. Good sweetness balanced by a nice tinge of bitterness in the aftertaste. Very full flavor throughout. I taste a bit of chocolate and a good bit of alcohol.

Very pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2008 02:31:01 | More by bassmantin
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KingPuuChuu

Arizona

4.85/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the greatest beers out there, simply put.

I've had this out of the bottle, poured into pint glasses, but by far my favorite is poured into a heavy chalice or goblet.

The beer pours a gorgeous reddish brown, with a heavy 2 finger head, that dies down, leaving a nice lace around the glass.

Scent brings out floral hop notes, along with a citrusy hint.

Taste is heavy in those notes, along with a sharp alcoholic cut that slices through the flavor, but doesn't leave a burn. When you're finished, you want more, but the beer doesn't allow you to drink too much due to it's heavy notes and overpowering mouthful. An all around classy beer, and definitely a favorite that is always stocked in my fridge. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2008 06:25:46 | More by KingPuuChuu
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timbro81

Oklahoma

3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice black color that when held to the light shows a deep reddish brown hue. The head is a nice 1/2 inch off white with good staying power and great lacing. Smells of nice roasted malts with a toffee like sweetness. Nose doesn't reveal too much, my only gig to this classic. Taste is slightly sweet but very balanced. The roated malts don't really come into play until the end. The mouthfeel is light yet silky. A really well balanced beer that could be sipped into the night. Highly Recommended and the pinnacle of the style.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2008 05:18:02 | More by timbro81
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biggmike

Mississippi

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

Poured a dark brown color with ruby highlights and a creamy off-white head that lasted a while. Aroma is of toffee, molasses, chocolate, roasted malt. The taste is similar and very complex with the addition of dark fruitiness as well. The mouthfeel is pleasant. This is a great beer that deserves to be savored.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2008 10:19:17 | More by biggmike
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nrbw23

Ohio

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

A- A nice deep dark brown pretty close to black. Creamy tannish colored head and good amount of lacing on the glass

S- toasted malts, light chocolate and maybe caramel

T- Malt dominated, tiny bit of chocolate and finishes with hops. Really nice good flavor that was sweet start and goes bitter but has great balance and overall taste.

M- Thick or creamy. Medium body and feels good.

D- Very drinkable beer. Probably not something I could drink everyday but overall very nice.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2008 23:14:22 | More by nrbw23
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Matty1918

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bought a 4 pack for 9.99 at Muckeys in Lakeville Ma.

Popped the cap and had an overflow of a creamy dark head. Poured it quickly into a chalice.

The head disappeared almost immediatly but in there was a constant flow of tiny bubbles in the middle of the glass.

Lots of malt and a hint of caramel in the aroma. Very good!!!!

Malt and more malt in that first sip. A great silky, creamy moutfeel. Excellent. You can feel a slight warmness in the back of your tongue.

Not sure if the head was supposed to disapear that quickly....oh well I'll see if it does on the 2nd one.

I'll keep those little goats and hang them around the bar.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2008 23:05:53 | More by Matty1918
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turdburglar

New York

4.88/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is my favorite beer. The other members of Beer Advocate have certainly described its character and attributes more eloquently and accurately than i could, but i will say this: i have tasted every other dopplebock i could find and compared them to the mighty Celebrator. Most are good, but none can compare to this magnificent brew. To be fair, the Weihenstephaner Korbinian is excellent, but a distant second in my opinion.

GREATEST BEER EVER.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2008 20:31:01 | More by turdburglar
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currysage1

Maine

4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I don't know about you but a little toy really does buy a good review. New Christmas ornament!

Not much head to this one but that is very characteristic of this style. Good clarity, but not easy to see through, too much malt in the way.

Really nice it almost smells a little like a Fig Newton, good bready smell mixed with dark sweet fruit.

Tasted of molasses and those same grainy breads, some chocolate there as well.

Feel was good, not exceptional, it had a little more carbonation than I like in a Dopplebock. Thick is a word that comes to mind so is that molasses word again.

Drinkability is ok, could session with this, but the thickness could overpower the want for another.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2008 21:49:34 | More by currysage1
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hyland24

New York

4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle with a plastic goat on it into a tall pilsner glass.

Poured smooth with an inch thick tan head which lasted maybe a minute or two. The beer was dark but had a ruby hue when held up to the light. The lacing was scattered and sporadic.

The smell was fruit mixed with alcohol with hints of raisin and smoke.

The taste was impressive. Malty start with a fruity slightly sweet finish. The aftertaste was pleasant. One of the more complex beers I have tasted with each sip tasting slightly different some spicy and some sweet.

Slightly carbonated that leaves behind a malty feel which last several seconds after the swallow.

This is a great beer that I would recommend to everyone, whether you care for this style or not. Not a session beer because of the fullness. I would recommend this beer with a heavy, sweet meal like Barbecue pulled pork, or ribs and brisket and maybe some cornbread.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2008 18:16:47 | More by hyland24
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Goliath

Illinois

4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown, almost black, with deep ruby hues. A light tan head appears and quickly receeds leaving no trace of lacing.

The aroma is fairly complex. A big maltiness with caramel and molases. Some toasted bread and a slight bit of alcohol. There was a familiarity I couldn't quite put my finger on for a while, and then I began to think it smelled like the cereal Grape Nuts, but I could be losing my mind.

Taste is fairly powerful. Sweet malt with bready notes, and oats. Caramel also present. More flavors than I can determine at this time.

Mouthfeel is full, thick, chewy, and lightly carbonated eventually leaving a still brew as you near the end of the glass. Drinkability is moderate due to low alcohol levels but strong flavors.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2008 17:31:02 | More by Goliath
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jongullotti

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This was one of the first good imports I had long ago that acted as a catalyst for helping me break into the world of quality beer. Just had another one last night:

Nice dark color. Aroma of sweet malts, candy, and nuts. Maybe because of my early experience, this tastes of the quintessential double bock - sweet malt, medium body, low hop presence, low carbonation, nutty finish. Very smooth and malty. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2008 15:46:15 | More by jongullotti
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Monkeyknife

Missouri

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

Poured from a bottle a deep dark brown color with a foamy off-white head. Nice lacing with this one.

Aroma of sweet malts, caramel, and brown sugar.

Tastes of sweet roasted malts, caramel, and raisins.

Medium mouthfeel, smooth, and lightly carbonated.

I really enjoyed the one. Sweeter than expected but not too much so.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2008 19:35:38 | More by Monkeyknife
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botham

New York

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

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner. pours a dark chocolate brown color with fine garnet highlights. four fingers of frothy, tan head top off the brew. wonderful settling here as well.

aroma is sweet and malty, showcasing caramel and chocolate malts with deep earthy fruit notes. other notes include a nutty base with a bit of roasted malt character on top. wonderful.

taste is more of the same, with a bit more chocolate and roasted malt than the aroma would suggest. very smooth and creamy finish with an aftertaste of lingering caramel and nuts.

mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a smooth and creamy texture. no CO2 or alcohol present, enhancing the drinkability.

drinkability is good. this is a bold brew with solid flavors and profile. however, brew lovers who shy away from malty brews will not find any solace here. otherwise, this is an excellent doppelbock. cheers!

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2008 04:45:23 | More by botham
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Kingdom4aPint

Tennessee

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

Served in Pokal glass.

Appearance is velvety dark chocolate with medium brownish head which was poured by server so glass 1 had two finger head and glass 2 had about 4 finger head! Malty, bready aroma with hints of coffee. Taste...I was in my own world with the taste, swirling it around and around. Malty of course with caramel tones, just outstanding with silky smooth mouthfeel to match. Just a pleasure. 6.7% ABV was not evident, was suprised to learn ABV was that high. Highly drinkable and hope to run across it real soon!

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2008 23:49:57 | More by Kingdom4aPint
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t0rin0

California

4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Always love drinking this beer when someone wants to try it. I have one of those ram medallions hanging from each of my guitars.

It pours a dark red/brown color with some tan head. It dissipates slowly and reveals plenty of bubbles coming out of solution.

The smell is fairly complex. There is some dark sweet malts as well as some roasted smells. There is also a fruity smell, can't tell what it is by the smell.

The taste reveals that its a darker (possibly plum) flavor that I noticed in the aroma. All the rest of the smells translate to flavor as well. There is some sweet malts and a touch of roasted malt and even some hop bitterness but not too much.

Very smooth and refreshing. For as much complexity as this beer has its light enough to enjoy a large glass of with dinner.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2008 20:40:09 | More by t0rin0
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bisoubisou

Pennsylvania

4.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Doesn't taste like 6.7% at all. Nice balance of not-too-sweet maltiness, crispness, and body. It also doesn't taste as dark as it looks. Caramel hits the nose and mixes with a butterscotch note with each sip. My life has improved thanks to this beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2008 05:31:12 | More by bisoubisou
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windigo32

Pennsylvania

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

I had one of these tonight, served in the proper "Celebrator Glass".

A: Pours a dark brown with a reddish hue when light passes through it. There is a tan head that turns white after settling for a bit. The head is composed of fine bubbles.

S: A nose of roasted malt is unmistakable with this beer. Possibly plum or fig as well.

T: Crisp and clean roasted malt taste. No bitterness or harsh after taste like some doppelbocks have.

M: Feels rather smooth in the mouth.

D: The crisp and clean taste with the lack of after taste makes this a very drinkable bock.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2008 05:03:25 | More by windigo32
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dmamiano

West Virginia

3.65/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark reddish in color with a decent off white head. Very creamy looking head as would be seen in a stout.
Heavy malts detected in teh nose, dark.
Taste is very malty, clean. Burnt flavors from the dark malts abound. Almost tasting licorice in the finish.
Good, clean finish.
Good beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2008 19:56:27 | More by dmamiano
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Rootdog316

Virginia

4.95/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The aroma is strong, sweet with notes of prunes, brown sugar, citrus, coffee, malt, and bitter chocolate. The color is deep red-brown and it has a beutiful lasting light brown head. The flavor is sweet malty with very strong roasted notes; coffee, roasted bread, combined with caramel, alcohol, citrus, and more - great complexity. The alcohol runs prickling over the tongue and gives it a good palate.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2008 01:03:56 | More by Rootdog316
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

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

12oz bottle into a dimpled mug.

Pours a dark brown with some ruby highlights around the edges and a big 2+ finger widths of creamy tan head that retained down very nicely into a still fairly large layer that left thick swathes of lace down the sides of the mug. The aroma is caramel sweetness, brown sugars, raisens, just the tiniest waft of alcohol.

The taste starts out with a blast of sweetness and thick malts (with just a touch of hop bitterness) that gives way to just the lovliest flush of cocoa powder and dark fruits. Finishes thick and sweet on the lips. The mouthfeel is a rich, creamy feel with just a touch of warmth.

Wow, wow, and double wow! This is by far the best Doppel Bock I've had yet with just a ton of rich yet clean flavors and an incredible drinkability. It's definitely one of the tops in its style!

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2008 17:50:58 | More by Kegatron
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WeisGuy

New York

3.63/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a - pours a deep dark brown with a three-finger tan head, retention around the edges, not much lacing

s - caramel maltiness dominates, hints of alcohol as well as notes of mint, light hoppiness

t - once again, sweet caramel maltiness is the dominant flavor, very light hoppiness and unique notes of mint, not much alcohol on the finish, lingering sweetness

m - a bit too thin in my opinion, lightly carbonated, sweet finish

d - fairly drinkable, easy on the palate and the alcohol isn't prominent at all

This is a decent doppelbock in my opinion, but I wouldn't put it up there in my top five of the style. Well worth trying, but it didn't blow me away.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2008 00:41:53 | More by WeisGuy
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

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

Served in my Harpoon Oktoberfest mug. Poured a deep, dark brown with ruby highlights when the light hit the brew each time I took a sip. Two-fingered tan head subsided into a thin consistent skim of foam. Strong scent of dark fruit (figs, prunes), chocolate and perhaps molasses. Also seemed to have a slightly vinous fragrance. Taste similar to nose - dark fruit more pronounced as was as a strong malty backdrop. Effervescent tingly mouthfeel across the entire tongue finishing with a slight bit of astringency. Excellent brew. Wish I had discovered it sooner. Drinkable cold weather alternative to the big beers I usually consume.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2008 23:14:37 | More by Jwale73
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BeerTaster

New York

4.88/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearence black hints of brown when you hold it to the light. Smell hint of fig and prune malt and rosted grain. Taste rosted grin figgy dryness Alcohol comes through in the end as well as a hint of bitter chocolate finish. This beer is very cleen tasting lager considering how complex it is if that makes sense. Drinkability was very good for a beer of its kind its a cold late winter night and I wish I had another doppelbock.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2008 02:47:37 | More by BeerTaster
Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 4,953 ratings.