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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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5,618 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,618
Reviews: 2,268
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 405
Gots: 582 | FT: 20
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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 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.

Photo of punkrkr27
3.93/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a nice ruby highlight. 1 finger, quickly diminishing tan head. Aroma is warm molasses, orange and smoky malts. Sweet brown sugar & molasses flavor with figs and other dark fruit fading to a smoky roasted hop bitterness. Nice medium to full body.

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

A - Pours a dark brown, tinges of red noticeable when held up to a light. 1 finger of light tan head that doesn't last very long. A thin skim of foam remains on top.

S- Nice aroma of sweet toasted malts, caramel, toffee, burnt sugars, and molasses. There's an underlying smell of chocolate as well. Let this one warm up, the aromas really start to come out.

T- This is just as complex as the nose. Toasted caramel malts, and molasses up front, the sweetness starts to fade to a coffee and hop biterness in the end. Like the nose, I get a chocoalte presence throughout.

M- Thick and chewy, leaves a bit of stickiness behind. Nice and smooth, the carbonation stops this from becoming to heavy.

D- This is the standard for Doppelbocks as far as I'm concerned. A very complex and flavorful brew that I'd enjoy any time any place.

Photo of fff
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a goblet.

A- Deep amber color, thin, dissipating head. A pretty color, but nothing too impressive here.

S- Sweet, alcoholic taste. Malty sweet smell. Very good smelling brew.

T- In a word, amazing. Rich malts collide with boozy, alcoholic sweetness in a rich tasting brew with complexity to spare. Toffee notes in aftertaste, with some other flavor that reminds me of truffles, but I can't quite figure it out.

M- Warming, stick-sweet beer that is a little syrupy, but not sickness inducing.

D- Not a beer I'd drink a lot of in a night as the sweetness (and abv) could make one sick.

Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a berry colored brownish red, with a great thick head, leaving behind great lacing.

S: Dark fruit, and caramel, malt.

T: Just as the nose leads on, sweet fruit up front. It is backed with a sweet malt flavor.

M: Medium body, but maybe thinner than I expected. Slight creaminess to it.

D: Great taste, low ABV, easy to drink.

Photo of MrDanno96
4.01/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very dark brown color - almost black wit just a touch of light getting in. A thin ring of off-white head circles the glass, but sticks around for most of the drink. Looks very manly (if that's possible for a beer). Nice.

S: Lots of roasted malts meet the nose along with notes of caramel and dark fruit. A little more subdued than I expected. As the brew warms the dark fruits become a little more apparent.

T: Similar to the nose, but better. Plum, raisin, hints of caramel, and roasted malt all hit the palate initially. There is some brewed coffee flavor to go along with some bitterness in the finish. As with the nose, the dark fruits become more prominent as the beer warms. Some hints of what I think are anise and alcohol surface as well. Fairly complex and flavorful overall.

M: A thick and fully body, boarding on chewy, with a medium amount of carbonation. I would expect nothing less from a dopplebock.

D: Obviously this is a great example of the style. I wasn't as impressed as I hoped I would be, but it's a solid drinking brew nonetheless. A high degree of complexity combined with the well hidden abv give this one a high drinkability rating.

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

Pours a dark dark redish brown. Glorious light mocha head, its one of the fluffiest, frothiest head I've seen and the retention/lacing are amazing.
Smell is great, molasses, caramel, malts, dark sweet fruits.
Taste is great as well, all of the above with a bit of nutty character. Resembles a wheaty breadcrust flavor at times. Sweet fruits coat the tongue and the malt helps to balance the lingering deliciousness of this beer.
Mouthfeel is medium. This was one of the first beers that really got me into craft beer, and a good one at that. A nice treat.

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 5,618 ratings.