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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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5,283 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,283
Reviews: 2,216
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 342
Gots: 418 | 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 Hojaminbag
3.7/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found four light switches and stuff to hang 4 goat charms on, that's pretty cool.

Pretty dark brown body with a big, thick, rocky brown head. Some great retention and nice sheets of lacing. Pretty good looking beer.

Chocolately smell, sweet malts.

Chocolately sweet malts again with some alcohol.

Pretty creamy with medium carbonation, nice mouthfeel.

A fairly drinkable beer. Pretty good overall, not sensational like I expected.

Hojaminbag, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of farrago
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

While very dark brown, you can still see that it's crystal clear without a trace of cloudiness, some orange comes out near the glass bottom, has a very pretty and fine head which dissolves pretty fast. Invitingly sweet nose of coffee ice cream, caramel, butterscotch and chocolate covered raisins, blends in banana, ginger spice, pecans, all malt with no real hoppiness, very well balance nostril presence and staying power. Medium-bodied, the carbonation definitely smoothes out the sweetness and allows for more structural balance from the hops. Brown sugar, caramel, butterscotch, hard coffee candy, here more of a roasty character. Raisin, cherry fruit comes through. Traces of orange peel as well. Maintains a fresh smoothness throughout.

farrago, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of dasenebler
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours very dark, nearly opaque black. Copious light tan head, retains very well. Aroma of raisins, a bit of alcohol, and tangy sweetness.

Taste is excellent, very smooth, roasty-- sweet yet complex. Syrupy sweetness and chocolately aftertaste. Mouthfeel is almost perfect. If anything, the carbonation seemed a little off, but really a delicious beer. I would say this compares very well to the Andechser Doppelbock, but with slightly different qualities. The Andechs was a little more buttery and really coated the palate, but this Celebrator has great roastiness. Both are amazing beers.

dasenebler, Jan 16, 2009
Photo of craytonic
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep ruby mahogany, like a fine lacquered wood. Big frothy oreo-cream head.

Smell: Dark breaded caramel and toasted malts, toffee.

Taste: Malty toasted bread and molasses (sweet, not blackstrap). Sweet with some dark fruits (plums, dates, prunes) and hints of nuttyness and cherry-chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Coats the entire mouth and throat without being thick. Not a big beer. It really lingers. I was left wishing for a touch more carbonation.


craytonic, Jan 16, 2009
Photo of TMB0424
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pilsener.

Pours a deep dark brown capped off with a nice sized tan head. Ruby edges when held to the light. Head recedes quickly leaving minimal lacing.

Smell is very complex. Raisins and molasses definitely in the forefront, with a hint of cocoa powder, nuts, smoke, and alcohol in the back. Very nice. The smoke adds a great element to this.

The taste is of roasted, smoked malts with caramel and chocolate. But what really hits me in the face is the raisins (and possibly dates) - it's outstanding. The alcohol is not well masked, but it definitely adds character. The combination between the smoke, raisins, and alcohol just hits the nail on the head. It also has a bitter characteristic that most dopplebocks don't have, and it's welcoming.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with low end carbonation. It's slightly syrupy with a smooth and rich feel. Despite the alcohol presence not being masked, this is very drinkable. I just can never get enough of this stuff.

TMB0424, Jan 15, 2009
Photo of angelmonster
3.9/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a nice 2 finger mocha head. Black with a brown hue at the edges. Head retention is decent and some lacing is present

Strong smell of sweet malts. Some chocolate and faint alcohol. Also faint smell of fruit, maybe banana. Not much smell on the hop side.

First taste is of oak burnt malts. Little bits of coffee and banana also. Hops are present but the malts really dominate. There is also after taste of alcohol and some bitterness. Lots of different flavors coming through

Beer is way over carbonated which messes up the smoothness. Beer is rich with medium thickness going down.

Over all, really enjoyed this beer. Flavors were great, smelled good, looked nice, but the carbonation was my only problem. Maybe it was a one time thing. Would buy again though to test it out

angelmonster, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of damienblack
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark purplish brown, nice and creamy brown head. Plenty of nice looking lacing. Smells like earthy, tart fruit, like a dark plum. With plenty of malts.

First impression: Not quite as sweet as I had imagined. Tangy on the tongue, a sweet malt up front, but quickly zings into tartness with like a sour plum flavor. Also hoppier than I figured from my imagination and the smell. Regardless, the bitterness doesn't linger, but there's a little bit of pleasant cloying. Actually, as it warms, it further reduces the bitterness and increases the sweetness a bit. In the end, the bitterness is an afterthought compared to the encompanying malts. Almost roastiness in the mouthfeel. The longer the sip, the fuller the malt experience. Medium-full bodied and creamy, and very drinkable. Pleasantly carbonated. A little let down on the flavor, possibly because my expectations were so high, but the other aspects of my sensory perception do not disagree. I haven't had a doppelbock before, but if this one is the cream of the crop, I look forward to trying some others.

damienblack, Jan 12, 2009
Photo of bvburnes
2.55/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Being of fan of Bocks, I was fully prepared to love this ubiquitous doppelbock. I bought a four-pack a week or so before Christmas; My kids had great fun hanging the little plastic Rams on our tree.

You know, I'm not sure if I just got a couple of bad bottles or if this style is just not for me, but the first bottle out, I quite liked. It was kind of sweet and malty, smelled great, felt nice going down--quite satisfying.

Then the next bottle was entirely disappointing. There was a slightly funky smell to it, and an even funkier taste. Bottle #3 was the same. I couldn't bring myself to even open Bottle #4. Did I finally experience skunked beer? I thought that was more common in highly hopped beers.

At $10 for the four pack, I hate to try it again for fear of wasting my hard-earned beer money.

bvburnes, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of spointon
4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this one from an 11.2oz skinny brown bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A= After an aggressive pour straight down the center of the glass, this beer appeared a rich, dark brown with cola colored highlights around the edges. The creamy tan head rose 2" and then slowly dropped to a thin cap, leaving some spotty lace on the glass.

S= Incredible aromas of sweet bready malts, some toasted grain, molasses, treacle, a small bit of raisin, and mild alcohol. Very aromatic for a lager style beer.

T= This was a malt bomb of a doppelbock. Big malty base up front with a chewy, fresh baked dark bread character that was incredible. That was followed by the dark sugary molasses and faint raisins found in the aroma. The hop character was both unexpected and wonderful through the middle and finish of this one. Not bitter per se, but more grassy and earthy. Spicy alcohol capped this array of flavors like icing on a cake.

MF= Heavy side of medium bodied, with a creamy mouthfeel. The carbonation level was only moderate, and I think this beer could use just a pinch more.

D= This is a hell of a good beer. It sort of reminds me of a really good Belgian dubbel...rich, complex, and aromatic. Its easily the best doppelbock I have ever had and I could certainly drink a few in one sitting.

spointon, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of paco1029384756
3.68/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with minimal head and good lacing.

Scent of malts, brown sugar, maple syrup, and hints of oats. Well rounded and not overpowering, but a bit too sweet.

Taste of maple syrups, sweet malts, brown sugar, oats, and a hint of cinnamon. Finishes with some malts and brown sugar. I don't think this is good enough to warrant a second purchase when there are better options for the same price.

Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied and not too thin.

paco1029384756, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of HeyItsChili
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass. Pours dark brown with amber highlights and a quickly dissipating thin ecru head.

S - Malty McMaltmalt.

T - The clash of hop bite and brown sugar sweetness gives this a bit of a coppery taste paired with notes of malt and a hint of chocolate.

M - Mouthfeel is creamy with medium carbonation.

Notes - This one was recommended by a friend and is a tasty beverage.

HeyItsChili, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of Gyle41386
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle purchased at Total Wine in Columbia, SC.

Pours a deep, deep, dark brown. Nice tan head.

Smells very roasty and sweet...little bits of chocolate, dark fruits, molasses.

Tastes of malt with molasses and coffee notes with brief bitterness. Very smoky character, yet sweet fruits follows for a fantastic balance.

The carbonation seems just right. It doesn't intrude on any other aspect of the beer. Feels nice and creamy, full, and smooth.

Gyle41386, Jan 09, 2009
Photo of cagocubs
4.9/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love doppelbocks and finally got around to trying Ayinger's Celebrator. It was phenomenal.

A: Dark brown with slight amber highlights when held to light. Cream-coloured head dissappeared shortly after pour.

S: Sweet smell.

T: Insanely good. Malt flavor accompanied by smoky/toasty flavor. Hints of sweet flavor in aftertaste.

M: Smooth and full.

D: Goes down smoothly and easy to drink. I enjoyed taking it slow with this one.

cagocubs, Jan 08, 2009
Photo of CampusCrew
4.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: deep dark brown color

smell: mild hops, slight coffee, subtle cocoa

taste: beautiful, mild bitterness, rich flavor, coffee notes

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: The best dopple I have had by far, excpectional and i will continue to drink often

CampusCrew, Jan 08, 2009
Photo of johnnnniee
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a solid dark brown with orange/red highlights when held to light. Stingy beige head dissipates quickly to form a cap and light lacing on the sides. Very malty nose. Caramel, brown sugar, plums, berries and a touch of alcohol. Taste of caramel and raisins up front followed but some nice fruity notes, dark pitted fruit, finishing with a long lingering molasses. Mouthfeel is creamy body is medium to thick, carbonation is ample. Beautiful Bock! Very complex. This is one of those I'd love to try it at the source beers.

johnnnniee, Jan 06, 2009
Photo of gameface23
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

NOTE: I am not a fan of Doppelbocks and usually not a fan of malt in general, but this was pretty damn good. Although I didn't enjoy it as much as an IIPA or the like, I still respect it for being exceptional within it's style.

Pours a dark brown with a great looking tan head. Smells of malt, raisins and molasses and maybe some very faint smokiness. Taste hides the alcohol well, with notes of malt.

gameface23, Jan 06, 2009
Photo of cleeze
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Time for a celebration, bitches!

Pours a dark almost black color with a nice fluffy tan head. Little lacing.

Smelled rather fruity. Sweet Molasses up in there as well. Also some great maltage!

Dark malts explode. Yummy mixture with the sweet dark fruits.

cleeze, Jan 06, 2009
Photo of tmoneyba
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a huge creamy light brown head that last the complete brew with good lacing. Aroma of heavy malt, caramel and nutty. Full creamy body with soft carbonation. Flavor was moderate to heavy sweet dark fruit with a fruity bittersweet finish of long duration.

Very good brew.

tmoneyba, Jan 05, 2009
Photo of DoShek
4.85/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - poured with a finger and a half of tan head, brown with hints of ruby around the edges, head dissipates after a couple of minutes to a thin layer

Smell - malts all the way here, toasty, slight chocolate, bit of dark fruit

Taste - quick hit of bitterness upfront which quickly moves out of the way to let the malts do their dance, toasted flavor comes in strong at the back end providing the outro for the sip. As it warms bitterness subsides to almost nothing and the toasted flavor becomes even more prominent

Mouthfeel - full, but not thick, smooth

Drinkability - dangerously drinkable. I had to consciously take it slow with this one because it goes down way to easy. My only regret is not having more available.

DoShek, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of PEBKAC
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle from September, stored in my mini-fridge. Odd little production notches at the bottom, but no corresponding letters or numbers to compare them to.

Fifteen minutes sitting, poured into one of Ommegang's tulip/snifter hybrid glasses. Two inches of cola suds, cascading down after barely a minute. Sporadic lace. (Barely enough time to play with the little plastic goat.) A thick oily-ebony color, with edges ruby-hued.

A super rich whiff of molasses, raisins, teriyaki, & dates. The alcohol trails with a permeated, lingering smoke. Some anise & coco finish off the toasted end. A little too much here; haven't even tasted it yet.

Taste is bready & reminiscent of pumpernickel. Slight, slight banana esters. Bitter chocolate & a slight metallic tone to it all. Lots of residual sugars without ever getting sticky or thick. Lightly bitter bark-like flavors, some stale coffee, & again, a bit of smoke.

Subtle carbonation is a big plus for me. The alcohol never acts alone, as it's always macerating in some flavorful aspect of the brew, & avoiding any upfront confrontations. Creamy, but without any hint of lactose. A touch of "licking your fingers while turning the newspaper" dryness right at the end.

Very savory, but the smokiness deters me from more then I want to consume. Just lighter in body then other doppelbocks. I think I prefer this one colder then most. It hides more of its diabetic & less familiar qualities that way, while still remaining succulent.


PEBKAC, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of Riccymon
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured black though not quite opaque from the 330mL bottle. About one finger of brown head resulted and quickly dissipated. I found some nuttiness/malt in the aroma, which actually seemed really muted, though perhaps I was a little congested. First sip was deliciously roasty, and I tasted coffee notes. As I continued through the glass, the malt and nutty flavors stood out more. While very tasty, I found the high note of Celebrator to be its perfect, creamy mouthfeel. I'm happy to have tried Celebrator at last, and I'd gladly drink a couple of these in a sitting.

Riccymon, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of CHSLBrew
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A-Pours a dark brown beer, which appears to be clear. With the degree of darkness, though, the only light coming through is in some ruby highlights. Light-brown head, large off the pour, then reduces slowly to a consistent layer, sticking around for a bit.

S-Toasty, biscuity malts, with some hints of chocolate. Hearty and malt-centric.

T-Malty, biscuity, with a bit of malty sweetness. Chocolate comes through, as in the aroma. A slight hop bitterness appears prior to the finish, along with a slight, smooth alcohol flavor. Crisp and clean on the finish.

M-Medium body and medium carbonation. Slides pleasantly around my mouth. There is almost an alcoholic warmth trying to emerge, which surprised me, considering the 6.7% ABV. However, it's definitely there, and it lingers for a bit after the finish.

D-This has great drinkability. Smooth and enjoyable flavors, easy to drink. Many of its characteristics are appropriate to style, but beyond the technicalities, it tastes great.

CHSLBrew, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of jstilwell
3.93/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

First tried this a long while back, long before I thought I would be online writing beer reviews on this great site. This is a classic doppelbock but I must say, since venturing into the world of craft and extreme beers, I'm not compelled to buy more than a few bottles of this years offering.

A: Brown mahogony look with Red overtones, pours a small off white head.

S: Smells of smoke and malt.

T: Taste is smooth, first smoky sweet malt, then alcohol then the alcohol and a bit of bitter.

M: Mouthfeel is thin to medium.

D: Easy to drink at least two of these, the beer is smooth and the 6.7% is not apparent.

This is a classic reliable doppelbock for sure but I am spolied by todays variety of offerings.

jstilwell, Jan 03, 2009
Photo of ModernJester
1.55/5  rDev -64.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

I know this is a classic...but I guess I must just not be into Doppelbocks...poured good...nice head...looks good...smelled a bit funky...tasted like a piece of chalk that's been sitting in a puddle for a couple days..then poured in a bottle w/ a little goat action figure tied to it. Had to dump it! My pal brewdog hates me for this.

ModernJester, Jan 02, 2009
Photo of chaz410
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark black body with a tan head. Smell is smokey, almost like bbq, and a small hint of sweet malts. Taste is sweet malts with lots of smokey undertones. The smokey hints are more of the meat, jerky-like variety than smoked or roasted coffee. This is not a smokey stout by any means, it definately has lager character and has layers of sweet smokey notes. A good beer, a good dark lager, and unlike most beers in this category.

chaz410, Jan 02, 2009
Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 5,283 ratings.