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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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4,956 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,956
Reviews: 2,197
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 296
Gots: 308 | 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 younger35


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

Picked this up a couple weeks ago at my local beer store. Have had this before on cask during Oktoberfest. I wasn’t too impressed with it then but I know I’ll like this better. Drank out of my Laughing Dog pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a super dark amber-brown with a lovely foamy two finger sand tan head. Leaves great cap and collar along with superior lacing. Great looking brew.
Smell- Surprisingly fruity. Plums, raisins and other assorted dark fruits fill the nose. Light malt smokiness with a touch of something that smells like peanut brittle. Smell reminds me a lot of HotD Adam.
Taste- Starts out with a touch of malty sweetness that is not cloying in the least. Again, like the nose there is a slight smokiness but not as prevalent as the smell. Lightly fruity but not distracting from the malt body. Also there is a slight spicy pepperiness (definitely not a word) and hints of black licorice. Alcohol shows very very slightly.
Mouthfeel- Slightly thick and slick with mild carbonation and very slight warming on the back of the throat.
Drinkability- I really enjoyed this beer although I probably wouldn’t find myself drinking it on a regular basis. I liked it much better than on cask (although I think the liters of Oktoberfest I had before might have had a bit of effect on my judgement). It’s a fairly enjoyable beer with lots of big complex flavors.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2007 03:29:44 | More by younger35
Photo of iconoklaztor


4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The appearance is good as to be expected. This is a dark brew but light is able to penetrate the beer. Not as dark as a stout.
The smell is great! Two sniffs...mouth open...the whole deal is well worth it. I was hoping the taste would have been as great as the smell. The taste is good at best. Seems to be a little weak with an average mouth feel. The best part is the time it spends after you swallow.
With all the talk around my friends about this beer, I must admit I am a little disappointed in this beer. It’s certainly a top 100 but I was expecting more.

I tried a second bottle yesterday! It was much better the second time around for me than the first. The taste was still a little weak but it was good for its style. I would say the mouthfeel was a little better this time around as was the smell! Still not my favorite but its a top 100.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2007 02:52:19 | More by iconoklaztor
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New Hampshire

4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with red highlights. A 1/2" foamy light brown head disappeared rather quickly and left almost no lacing except for a couple of wisps at the top of my glass.

Smells of dark chocolate, figs, raisins, some roasted malts and a bit of spice.

Tastes much of the same: sweet malts, dark chocolate, molasses, with a lot of sweet dark red fruits throughout. Ends with a mild dark chocolate bitterness.

Mouthfeel was full-bodied and creamy. Very nice!

Overall, one of the best doppelbocks out there. Very drinkable, ver enjoyable!

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2007 16:36:07 | More by MrMonkey
Photo of Bitterbill


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

Purchased at Wilbur's in Ft Collins.

It pours from 330ml bottle a clear dark brown with reddish highlights and a very small head of foam with almost no lacing.

The smell of caramel malt hits my nose before I even get close to the glass..lots of dark fruit like fig also there in abundance. Wonderful smell!

The taste is big on the sweet malt and has notes of roasted malt, chocolate, fig, toffee, and just a touch of bitterness that I find mainly in the finish but it's more of a dark chocolate bitterness and it really gives a superb ending to a great DB.

More sips in and I'm beginning to notice the alcohol a bit; it's mainly a warming after the swallow. I wish I had picked up more than the 2 bottles I have.

The mouthfeel is kind of chewy, the carbo is fairly lightly done, and the aftertaste lingers on for some time and *that's* a plus. Best darn Doppelbock I've ever tasted and I couldn't recommend it more. Another great product from Ayinger!!!

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2007 23:25:52 | More by Bitterbill
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4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is really very appealing. It pours a dark dark brown, almost purple color with a nice two finger head which is kind of tan in color.

The smell of it has a lot of spice to it and maybe some fruit. I sort of smell figs.

The taste of it is really very nice. It is really full tasting. Hints of coffee and spice. It has medium carbonation and really disguises the alcohol in it very well. It is not bitter at all in fact this beer borders on being sweet. Very very rich malt flavor. This is a really good tasting beer. Also this beer really gets better with each taste of it. Every time you pick it up a new taste appears.

Overall I would rate this beer a 4.5 out of 5.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2007 04:02:01 | More by bradley194
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New Jersey

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle- excellent presentation (bottle)- nice packaging.

A- A dark mahogony color- dark brown/maroon- thin tan head, no lacing.

S- Smell was of cherry, spices...

T- Taste was wondefl. Dried fruits (cherries, some dates), cinnamon, nutmeg, malts, and a distinct alcohol flavor.

M- Moutfeel was very sticky and thick, stuck to my tongue, throat, and all over my tastebuds.

D- My second doublebock and this one is to be reckoned with. This is truly a masterpiece. Do not drink more than 2 of these in a sitting unless you want to fall asleep!

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2007 22:11:48 | More by DavidSeanNJ
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4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type: Bottle 12 oz

Appearance: Pours a lovely dark dark red w/ a lovely dark tan head that lingers the entire time you drink the beer

Smell: Molasses and caramel dominate the smell w/ a thick bready malt mixed in. You get a tinge of spicy alcohol

Taste/mouthfeel: A nice big malt feel w/ molasses spread throughout. The spicy alcohol and hop bitterness comes in the end to balance out the flavour. A touch of crystalized dark sugar linger in the mouth that goes well w/ this creamy smooth beer. What's amazing is you get the molasses/malt taste instantly and it is quickly washed away leaving a touch of spice leaving the mouth a touch dry. Wonderful

Drinkability: A very enjoyable doppelbock, and honestly the best one I've tried. Goes down great and taste delicious.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2007 21:59:13 | More by livingregret
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4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cola-colored brew swirling below a cascading, thick tan head. Retention is decent, yet no lacing is left down the mug. Big time malts present in the aroma with lots of carmel, plum fruit, and a touch of semi-sweet chocolate.

Flavor is equally as impressive, with a huge fruity-malt backbone matched up with a surprisingly strong alcohol note, brown sugar, and sweet bread. Mouthfeel is above average, with a creamy, yet crisp consistency, a great carbonation level, and a nice bitter finish. Definately a complex, flavorful beer. I'll surely have again.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2007 04:18:07 | More by wagenvolks
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4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another fine beer provided by Chef Paul's Bavarian Lodge... Poured a dark brown; as close to black as I think you can get withour being there! Nice, thick light brown head that settled to a neat ring around the level of the beer after a few moments... Smell was of dark chocolatey roasted malt, toffee, and a distinct plum/raisin essence. I ordered this beer after dinner and it smelled like I had made a great decision... The elevated abv seemed not to overpower, but rather to deliver the flavors to the tongue while wafting into the nasal cavity from the back of the throat! Kind of an awkward, anatomical description, but hard to explain otherwise... Very sensuous; silky and sweet... I sipped this beer for about 20 minutes and enjoyed every second. Great beer

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2007 19:52:03 | More by beergynt
Photo of Floydster


3.73/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle bought from BevMo in Redlands

Poured into my Westvleteren glass with a dark brown body and a thick white head

Smell was strong and full of malt

Nice sweet taste with a lot of dark fruity bites to it, particularly raisins

Good beer that could be sipped on for quite some time, could drink about 3 or 4 of these depending on the mood

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2007 03:23:14 | More by Floydster
Photo of PlaywrightSam

New York

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

I've been wanting to try this beer for a while (mostly because it comes with a free toy: a small plastic ram; a happy meal for boozehounds), I've seen it on the shelf for ages but have never picked it up until now. A: Pours a really gorgeous deep opaque brown, when I started pouring it looked like there would be nearly no head, but as I continued I soon got a nice thick beige layer of foam that left behind some nice lacing. S: Roasted malts, chocolate, spice, some whiffs of earthy hops. Pretty mouthwatering. T: Chocolate and toffee up front, some darker fruit, the hops providing a beautifully clean finish. From the smell I was a bit concerned the sweetness would be overpowering, but there's a near perfect balance. M: Thick, chewy, long. D: I could drink this all night. As I continue through the glass it continues to reveal itself. I'm definitely picking up this one again. A really fantastic beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2007 03:19:11 | More by PlaywrightSam
Photo of barefootbrewer


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

This beer poured a dark brown with a huge light brown head – tight bubbles and nice lacing. The aroma is caramel initially with malt and chocolate notes following. The taste is sweet and malty. Once again, caramel and chocolate are quite apparent. The mouthfeel is full and almost chewy. The alcohol has a warming effect that is not overpowering. This is a delicious beer – can’t believe I’ve taken this long to try it!

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2007 22:33:02 | More by barefootbrewer
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South Carolina

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

A very well balanced beer considering the depth of complexity in flavors. Aromas of molasses, dates, malt. Mouthfeel is smooth, punctuated by firm by elegant carbonation. Taste is rich with dark, dried fruit, coffee, hints of dark chocolate. A very drinkable and enjoyable beer. Very well crafted although perhaps not one of the more bold and intense doppelbocks.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2007 03:47:54 | More by softcough
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4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had not seen this beer on tap for a while, so was quite happy to see it at Frisco's the other day.

The beer pours a dark brown color, more akin to glass of cola then beer. This beer has very good head retention and lacing, as one would expect from a beer with this pedigree. The beer smells all malty and grainy, with a sweet molasses, cherry and cola. Very, very nice. On the palate the flavors replicate the nose, with lots of rich malt. However, everything is in proportion with this beer, nothing is out of place. The beer is medium to full bodied, but is not the least bit heavy. There is a good clean finish, with some nice roasty flavors at the end. Very easy to take.... so drinkable.

As others have noted, this really is the mother of all dopplebocks. First had this beer on tap at Humpy's during the "fur rhondy" festival in Anchorage (99 or 2000, forget now), when it was first brought into the state. It was excellent then and is excellent now. Always a treat. This is an excellent beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-10-2007 14:30:16 | More by John_M
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4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle served in a tulip
Celebrator pours a nice deep dark brown with a bunch of ruby highlights and a sticky off white head that does a lot of lacing. The smell is dark fruit, plums, grapes, red wine, a touch of dark bread and just a hint of spicy alcohol. The taste is molasses and dark grain without all the bitterness, dark fruity sweetness rounded out with a bit of spicy hops and alcohol. Mouthfeel is nice and chewy full the finish is slightly drying but there are plenty of residual sugars and a lingering fruityness. A pretty amazing beer in a way it is reminiscent of an English RIS which isn't a bad thing, a real winner.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2007 00:41:33 | More by fank2788
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West Virginia

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

Got this in a care package from Sudsdog,been meaning to review this favorite of mine just never picked some up. Opened up this box of beer and found this bottle at the bottom with a slight leak. The bottle hissed when i tried to twist the cap gave it a quick chill and it opened with a loud hiss. Saved it, seemed fine.

Poured into my Mad Elf tulip glass frome a 12oz brown bottle with a crimped cap, a froathy 2" light tan head emerged,black in color,very opaque. Good retention could barley see some staggering tiny bubbles rising from the sides of the glass towards the top.

A nice dark fruit aroma first presents itself followed by sweet maltiness,vinious,with complex fruit notes of green apples and raisins and dried plums.Has a nice pleasing tartness throughout the aroma.

Vinious tastes prevail,with lots of dark fruit and a nice sweet maltiness with a burnt edge, with some anise/slight licorace.Very good balance had a dry wine like finish leaving a dark fruitness lingering on the palate. Tastes very similar to the aroma.

On the light side body wise for a doubble bock. Suprizingly smooth and drinkable.Has some characteristics remisent of a English style ale. Enjoyable experiance, a must try beer in my book.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2007 02:57:00 | More by jcdiflorio
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4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from two 11.2oz bottles into two tulip glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Deep, dark brown. Almost ebony. Creamy, khaki-colored, 1/4 finger head that recedes to a thin film and leaves sticky lace sheeting down the sides of the glass.

S: Big aromas of sweet malty goodness! Chocolate, caramel malt, raisin bread, figs, and a slight lemony hop smell.

T: The beginning is all chocolate and caramel malt. Followed closely by dark fruit, coconut, and brought to a close by a faint whisp of citrus/lemon.

M: Rich and creamy. Surprisingly bitter when cold, but becomes noticably thicker and creamier as it approaches room temperature.

D: In my opinion, this is one of the top two doppelbocks on the planet. Sweet and earthy and so very malty. An excellent treat!

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2007 00:12:52 | More by GbVDave
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4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep mahogany with flashes of scarlet. A creamy head with a half finger staying power and great lacing.

S- Pumpernickel, light spice, and blackstrap. Fruitcake, and dried figs.

T- Big malt sweetness. Lots of the smells come through in the flavors. Molasses, Fruitcake, pumpernickel, and fig. It is beautifully balance with hop bitterness. There is some roasted bitterness as well. The hop flavor doesn't shine through but at the finish there is the taste of hallertuer smell. (If that makes any sense)

M- A little chewy, but in a good way. Smooth and dangerously creamy. It has low/to moderate carbonation that leaves that lingering dried fruit character in your mouth.

D- Be careful with it. One after a really long day in the kitchen makes me realize why I love beer but any more than that and the next day could be rough.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2007 00:39:29 | More by viperpiper522
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South Carolina

4.78/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Presentation was a very classic bottle that included a white Celebrator ram charm. Brought me back to my childhood when I would get prizes in the bottom of cereal boxes... except this is beer haha... Anyway, this one was poured into an imperial pint glass from the bottle. Black, and dark brown when held to light. Suffice to say, this is a very dark beer. Head is 2 and a half fingers thick after a hard pour and dark tan.

Smell: You can tell what's coming in the taste here... strong smell of roasted malts and chocolate. Very nice. Coffee grounds come into play somewhere.

Taste: Wow... This is a big, chewy meal in a glass... dessert to be exact. Full of dark chocolate at first sip and continuing sweeter, as milky chocolate. Finishes with a great coffee note. Can't really say too much more about his one. I kid you not, there is a peanutbutter note hidden somewhere in there. I'm a big doppelbock fan, and this is quickly becoming a favorite.

Notes: I'll be picking this one up again and again at the store, at the bar, where ever... Thank you Ayinger for brewing this masterpiece.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2007 01:18:59 | More by BucBasil
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4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Certainly lived up to its lofty expectations. The dark brown color and roasty malt aroma was nice, but the taste was something that I cannot completey describe, yet won't soon forget. Very nice, rich malt flavor, which seemed to change with every sip, with a touch of hop balance at the back end. The glass was empty before I knew it and I can't wait for the next one.

The price and hype made me cautious, which is why I waited a long time to indulge in this -- don't make the same mistake.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2007 16:44:27 | More by WaveRebel51
Photo of stormstarter28


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

This is my first doppelbock, and it has certainly set the bar high. Huge, fluffy brown head that tastes chocolatey and smooth and lasts for the entire glass. Very strong, complex flavor, chocolate, coffee, malt, etc...the flavor doesn't stop. So much going on it disguises the alcohol taste wonderfully, even though it has a high ABV. Wonderful to the last drop. Certainly a new favorite of mine!

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2007 04:52:56 | More by stormstarter28
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4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a head that doesn't stay around for long. Smells very malty and strong. Taste is much of the same except that it takes on a roasted, coffee-like essence that goes down nicely and leaves a good aftertaste. I really like bocks anyway and this one is no exception. It's nice, malty and strong to boot. Exactly what the style implies.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2007 01:34:58 | More by Brad007
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New York

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

A- Very dark brown molasses color w/ thin tan head when poured

S- Roasted and bready malt aroma, strong hints of chocolate

T- Chocolate, nuts, raisens, roasted malt flavors w/ a smokey finish

M- Medium bodied and creamy, fairly hardy feel

D- The flavors hide the alcohol well making this very easy to drink for anyone

Very very good beer. Haven't had a beer this complex in a while. Definatly recommend trying this beer, in fact I'm kind of wishing I had bought more than just one of these.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2007 21:02:55 | More by iceball585
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4.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

As close to a perfect beer as possible.

pours beautiful deep amber, creamy tan head. Lacing lasts.

Smells of toffee, fruit, and browned bread.

Taste...well, a minor hint of coffee, and wonderful sweet, dark malt. The ABV not even noticeable.

Finishes so clean, makes you want more.

Can't really think of a beer I'd rather have. This is what other beers want to be.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2007 01:02:24 | More by KI9A
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4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark mahogany color. A hard pour produces a big tan head that slowly fades to a light covering of the glass. Minimum head. The nose hints at sweetness and dark fruit, quite pronounced and good. The actual taste delivers the sweetness and fruit, but the predominant flavor is malt. As a hophead, this isn't my favorite style of beer but I was impressed with the "bigness" of flavor in a beer that is not a complete high octane / abv bomb. This one gets your attention like a Belgian. Mouthfeel is rich and the flavors are more balanced if you let the beer warm up as you sip it. Drinkability is good...would be very good for someone that appreciates malty beers more.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2007 01:05:57 | More by JayQue
Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 4,956 ratings.