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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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5,549 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,549
Reviews: 2,254
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 392
Gots: 553 | FT: 19
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Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website

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

Presentation: 11.2oz bottle into a glass mug.

A- Dark copper/brown with ruby edges. ~2 fingers of tan head. Head dwindles slowly to a nice thin cap. Minimal lacing

S- Subdued caramel/molasses sweetness. Hints of dark fruits emerge as it warms

T- Roasty, raisiny, molasses maltiness, with a touch of smokiness. Moderate to quite sweet, with a charred caramel bitterness on the finish. Quite delicious.

M- Moderate to slightly low carbonation. Medium-full feeling, and a bit syrupy.

D- Very good. Bursting with flavor....sweet without being cloying....easy drinking.

Future outlook: Easily the best bock / doppelbock that I have had...will happily purchase again.

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

What other doppelbocks aspire to be. In a pilsner glass the beer was a dark reddish brown with a small tan head. It had a wonderful aroma: chocolate, fruitcake, a little caramel. Also a great taste, chocolaty, sweet dark fruit, some caramel. Very smooth, perfect carbonation. Would drink this anytime.

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

Nice, burgundy color with a ruby accent. Eighth inch mocha head that thins out slowly, becoming slightly patchy.
Smell is fresh, slightly smokey, slightly chocolatey malts. Little bit of toffee.
Rich malts tinged with chocolate. Slightly smokey, with some peaty leather. Some mocha and faint maple syrup. Delicious.
Mouthfeel is velvety and smooth, yet with a perfect level of carbonation.
Very drinkable. The second time I've had this one, and it's even better.

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

So dark and nearly opaque with a fine dark amber hue to its edges, and a creamy off white tone to its head. A rich dark and sugary smell hit the noise instantly. A finer sent of perfectly ripe bananas and a delicious bled of malts becomes apparent. Such a great taste, smooth, rich, and caramel with only a tiny hint of the coffee ground taste. In fact enough to make it enjoyable. May be overbearing for beginners but is non the less strongly recommended.

Photo of goldbot
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown color with dark ruby hues on the edges. A medium tan to brown head. Decent visible carbonation for how dark the beer is. Good head retention with some lacing on the glass.

Lots of malt going on. Some sweet breadiness up front with a definite roasted character and some caramel as well. Hints of chocolate towards the end.

Slightly sweet, lots of bread and biscuit flavors and plenty of roasted character. Also a strong raisin and other dark fruit flavor. A hint of hops towards the end but still mostly malty and sweet.

Rich, full body and rather sweet. A powdery, almost chewy mouthfeel. Overall a big, complex, and very malty beer. A great showcase of what malts can really do for a beer.

Photo of jminsc76
4.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

(Note: had this for the first time about six months ago, just incorporating my notes)

Into a tulip, exhibits a nice, bubbly head that dissipates quickly and reemerges decently upon agitation. The body is an orange/reddish color with excellent legs as I tilt the glass.

Aromas are an intense combination of caramel, ice cream, toffee, and baked apple pie. Exhibits a similar bouquet as a Belgian ale such as a Trappist dubbel or quad.

Malty yet delicious flavors that include toffee, caramel, syrup (maple of the Canadian variety), and some candy. That may sound too sweet to many, but trust me, all of the flavors balance out VERY WELL. Yum nommy noms.

The mouthfeel is syrupy (like the taste) yet crisp (also like the taste). An overall medium-strength consistency that borders on the heavy side as I swish it on the palate.

Overall, this one is a classic and for very good reason. Most people here in the states will be popping their Doppelbock cherry with Ayinger's Doppelbock, including myself, and that is no bad thing. If there were an ale I would compare it with, the Okahom's Baltic Porter is the closest in taste and aromas.

Now if I had some baked apple pie or perhaps some of that stinky cheese someone told me about, this would be heaven.

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

Dark brown with a one finger's worth of deep tan head. Nice, sticky lace.

Toasted honey grain, raisins, brown sugar, and dark fruits on the nose.

Sweet grain, bready, caramel. A nice blip of hop bitterness that fades without any lingering character. Light roasted malt and some dark fruit. Clean and crisp with good balance.

Light/medium carbonation, thin and light body. Perfect for drinkability, which by the way, this beer most certainly is very.

Photo of ChadQuest
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For anyone who thinks bottom fermenting lager styles are tasteless or boring, this beer will give them a rude slap in the face. This beer will make them beg for forgivness of their sins of judgement.

It's brownish black stature with tall head held proudly, It's complex aroma and pallate kissing notes of baked bread,prunes,mossy earth, minerals, toffee, and light roasted malt.

Its thick chewy presence and company that makes you want to visit often, and for a long time.

Yes. now you are a believer.

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

A: Pours a deep mahogany with ruby highlights, featuring a sizable fluffy head that was slow to fade to lace.

S: Caramel malt, raisins, with just the slightest hint of ethanol.

T: Mmmm. Malt. Hints of raisins, prunes, brown sugar. (This would make a killer breakfast cereal.)

M: Very much like a fine liquor, but with the refreshing element of carbonation.

D: Dangerously drinkable. (As I can well recall from the first time I had it as a student in Germany!)

Photo of chickenm
3.83/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color with a tan head that leaves some lacing. Sweet malty aroma with a little bit of smokiness. Flavor is sweet with malt, vanilla, chocolate, and smoke. Not much hops in this, it kind of reminds me of a scotch ale. Full bodied with an excellent smooth mouthfeel. Nice beer.

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

A: Pours a dark brown, almost black color with ruby tones. Huge off-white head fades very slowly, and leaves sticky lacing down the glass.

S: Big malty nose. Blasts of sweet molasses, brown sugar, and ripe prunes, and raisins.

T: Same as the aroma, big malt flavors. Toasted bready malt, with lots of sweetness. Waves of carmel, molasses and brown sugar. Lots of dark frutis, raisins, ripe dates, and hints of cherries. Subtle flavors, but complex at the same time.

M: Medium bodied, smooth and creamy.

D: Celebrator is a great doppelbock and probably the benchmark for the style. Complex with being in your face. The subties of this beer really stand out as it warms. Excellent.

Photo of LyonsHead
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown with ruby highlights... almost black with a pure creamy off-white/tan head and lacing all the way down the glass.

S:Rich dark malt with toasty melanoidans. Dark bread crust. There is a dark toffee note as well. Im getting a good whiff of prune and other dried dark fruits

T: Big malty sweetness and very melanoidan rich. Big flavors or very well done toast on the cusp of burnt but without being roasty. It moves a dark fruity sweetness; plums and prunes come to mind. Just a hint of hop bitterness, but the malt is definately the forefront of this beer. There is a smooth warming alcohol that creeps in at the end and lingers through the swallow.

M: smooth and rich full body on the chewier side. Very clean with a sweet finish that isn't cloying

D: The high alcohol and sweeter finish mean you aren't drinking for quantity but you are Certainly drinking for quality here. Very drinkable, and a remarkable rendition of the style

Photo of Liverpool08
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a super dark ruby red. Has a small tan head that leaves good lacing. Not sure about the smell, its kinda funky, dark fruit and sour fruit smell, but not unappealing. Flavor follows with hits of raisins, fruitcake and hint of dark rye. As it warms the flavors smooth out and become more defined and tastier. Mouthfeel is full and chewy. Very drinkible, with no notice of the 6.7% ABV.

Photo of feedmechili
3.82/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown with light brown head that looks like toasted marshmallows. Not a lot of aroma, but there is fruit (raisins) and alcohol. Flavors of bitter chocolate and dry fruit abound. The alcohol aroma doesn't translate into a strong alcohol taste. Good, heavy doppelbock.

How can you tell if your Celebrator is fresh? Nothing on the bottle or four pack indicates the bottling date. The ABV is not high enough to preserve it forever. The taste and smell of bad Celebrator can be summed up in two words: Rotten tomatoes.

Photo of ricke
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown color with a big off-white head. Some lacings.

The aroma is nice and malty with big notes of bread, fudge, cola and earth. Some leafy hops and sweet fruity notes as well.

The flavor is sweet, malty and spicy. Full-bodied and smooth with a decently dry finish. Notes of caramel, raisins, sweet cherries, fudge, cola. Ends somewhat bitter with notes of rye bread, leafy and spicy hops and well-integrated alcohol.

Nice one, complex for the style and very "German" in character. Can someone please pass me the sauerkraut?

Photo of JMac311
4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Amazing doppelbock! Looks true to style with a dark rich color off the SRM charts! As expected from Ayinger brews, this bock is certainlynot lacking in flavor. Was extremely surprised to find this on tap, and could have sipped on these all afternoon. Excellent drinkability, certainly not overpowered by the above-average ABV. GREAT BEER!

Photo of mjurney
4.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

[Appearance]: Dark brown color with ruby red hues, medium carbonation, foamy head, lacing looks pretty good on the glass.
[Smell]: Sweet toasted malts, molasses, caramel, hint of dark fruit.
[Taste]: Very complex in flavor. Sweet toasted malts up front, molasses, slightly burnt caramel, hint of chocolate, nutty, dark fruit at the end.
[Mouthfeel]: Light-medium bodied, carbonation is pretty light, very smooth.
[Drinkability]: Drinkability is high. The best Doppelbock I've drank.

Photo of tko741
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew is perhaps the finest and most intriguing I've seen in a glass...dark, inviting, with a beautiful ruby-garnet hue under direct light. Tiny smudges of lace cling to the pint glass.

Smells of semolina bread, crackers, chocolate, toasty malts and light caramel.

Taste is, to put it midly, godly. A smooth malt character throughout, with subtle hints of peanut brittle, almond, and a slight floral hop note. Tobacco and caramel make fleeting appearances as well. Mouthfeel is vibrant and rich.


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

Grabbed one of these last week and had a chance to indulge last night. 12 OZ. bottle poured into a pint glass. Very deep, dark color. Almost couldn't see through it even looking at a light. Thick rich creamy head that vanished rather fast. Very sweet, smelled almost exactly like a high dollar horse treat with oats and molasses and a hint of chocolate. Nice well balanced taste, with evidence of molasses and coffee-malts. Nice bite on the tongue that was gone quickly after going down. I could taste the alchohol somewhat, especially after the beer warmed up. Mellow, fluid mouthfeel. Not too thick. Great drinking beer and one of the better doppelbocks. Price was pretty salty, but then again it did travel a-ways.

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

12oz into a tulip glass

A- Very dark brown with a slight reddish hue to back it up. Built a thin 1 finger white head that left little lacing.

S- Dark roasted malts and dark fruits dominate this brew. Very sweet for a doppelbock.

T- Once again the great tasting roasted malts hit you up front and are blended with really sweet dark fruits. Raisons, plums, and even got a slight cherry taste out of this brew. Pretty complex. Slight alcohol taste comes out as it warms but not to much, the sweetness dominates.

M- Medium body with pretty low carbonation makes this brew extremely drinkable leaving a Barely dry finish.

Overall this is a great doppelbock, and hell it was the first DB recipe according to the bottle. Really cool to be able to taste the first DB recipe. As lame as it is I will definitely get this brew next celebration no matter what it is. Delicious brew!!! I highly recommend, you won't be dissapointed!!!


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

330mL bottle poured into a tulip glass

It pours a dark brown with rich ruby highlights. A dense khaki head tops it that lingers for a minute.

The smell is similar of a sweet good quality chocolate. it isn't roasty but a heavy sweet chocolate smell. There was some darker fruit tones behind the chocolate like raisin and cherry. It's really quite nice.

A nice low roasted chocolate pairs with a malt sweetness. It seems to be a fairly simple one dimensional flavor profile to me but it does it really well. It ends crisp and some alcohol can be tasted on the back end.

The body is think and carbonation on the low side which makes it very drinkable in my opinion. A great beer and the goat charm on the bottle doesn't hurt either.

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

Poured into a tuilip. Color is a dark brown with lots of ruby ruby red color around the edges. Light tan head barely a pinky fingers worth. Minimal amount of lacing.

Smells sweet. Like roasted caramel. Also smells like it's got a lot of figs a raisins and dark sticky fruits of that nature. A small amount of hops on the nose but this isn't supposed to be a hop driven beer.

Taste is mostly raisin. A small amount of fig but this definitely tastes like raisins and prunes.

Mouthfeel is light. This is a lager afterall. But theres enough there to grab onto. Somewhat creamy but really smooth.

This is a very easy to drink beer. Great flavors. Very well balanced and not dominated by any one aspect. I could throw a few of these back and be just fine.

Photo of sitarist
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a deep, dark, brown with hints of amber. Zero transparency. About an inch of a tan head which quickly fades to a ring and patchy top. Medium lacing.

S- Chocolate covered cherries. Molasses.

T- Chocolaty, sweet, but not too sweet. Its like a malted soft-drink. Not complex, but very, very good!

M- Medium body with a nice hit of carbonation. Much better then I thought it would be.

D- Almost lager like in terms of drink-ability. Nothing to overwhelm the taste-buds.

Photo of crossovert
3.66/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 fl oz bottle. I'm pretty sure this is a really fresh bottle, but I'm not 100% sure of it.

Pours into may small mug with a nice off white head and a dark brown body with hints of red.

This one smells different from the other doppelbock imports. It is what Orval is to the trappist beers. It is mostly raisin on the nose, almost exclusively, with some caramel. There is just something weird about it.

It tastes doppelbock enough, and it is pretty awesome. There are hints of chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, dark fruits, and an interesting yeast kick. It is pretty sweet.

The mouthfeel is pretty good although the drinkability could be higher.

It is a good doppelbock but Salvator reigns supreme in my mind.

Photo of jjanega08
4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A= pours a deep deep rich amber color. I say amber because when held up to the light it is a deep amberish red color however when in the glass and not to the light it's just black looking. There is a nice two finger head coming out of it that I didn't expect to show up for some reason but it is there and it falls to a thiner one finger and stays there nice and dense. Great lacing as well.

S= pungent. I can smell it from a ways away which I havent been able to do with some of my more recent beers so that's a plus. When I stick my nose in there I get a lot of aroma. Nice sweetness to it. Smells almost like some delicious cookies. Good chocolate and roasty notes. Not so much coffee notes in this one which I usually expect from a beer of this color. Really a nice sweet smell. It may seem odd but it smells lagered. I dunno what it is but it has a nice crisp distinct lager smell.

T= Ta ta ta tasty tasty. Smells very similar to the smell. Almost to the tea. Upfront of the tip of the tongue it matches the smell word for word. As it passes along the tongue I get more bready doughyness from it that is just great. The finish is nice and bready with lingering roasty chocolaty taste on your tongue making this a beer you can nurse for a while and just enjoy without having to go back to much

M= Smooth and clean. Really sort of light I guess. The mouthfeel isn't my best evale area but I like this one.

D= As I mentioned before this beer has a lasting flavor so you don't have to chug a ton of them down however if you wanted the alcohol is a little lower so you could have a few... I wouldn't get too carried away though. This beer has great flavor and nose with a lasting complex mouth on it. I can see why it's among the highest rated in it's class.

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 5,549 ratings.