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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 DesMoinesMike
4.73/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

WOW! This was an absolutely amazing find. So smooth, so rich.
It poured an near jet black with little foam or carbonation. The aroma contained caramel and some nuts. The taste is simply amazing. Cocoa, caramel, nuts, all in the perfect amount, and so smoothly blended. I am now in love with this beer. And the little goat charm that comes with the bottle doubles as a Christmas tree ornament.

Photo of augustgarage
4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from an 11.5oz bottle into my Celebrator glass.

Very dark bistre tinged golden brown body with rust highlights. Good clarity at the edges where light is allowed to pass through. A small persistent wheat colored head dwindles to a thick collar with a whispy cloud in the center of the glass. Sandy lacing and syrupy legs.

Rich malt aromatics, along with brown bread crust, biscuits, condensed milk, coffee, roast peanut shells, and pretty much any other metaphoric food that undergoes the Maillard reaction.

Depth charge of malt flavors, multi-layered, some toasted, some doughy - a touch of bitterness plays counterpoint to the sweet bready notes, almost like that which comes from pumpernickel. Faint coriander, prunes, and even vanilla in the finish. Very clean overall, lacking the slight "malt liquor" edge that many Doppelbocks deliver.

Very smooth yet crisp medium-bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. ABV seems a touch low for the style, but then again this is one of the definitive examples thereof, and it contributes to a near-perfect drinkability.

Though I'm starting to prefer weizenbocks on their own, nothing pairs quite so well with rich food (cheese, sausage, etc) as a good Doppelbock, and this is certainly one of the best.

Photo of jera1350
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crimson brown color with a fluffy two finger dark tan head. Tons of lacing.

Awesome smell. Sweet and rich caramel, toffee, nuts, banana bread and brown sugar.

A lot like the nose here. Just a rich and flavorful doppelbock. Nutty, with lots of sweet malt. There is a nice hop presence at the back to add some snap. Some of the alcohol peeks out as it warms.

Medium bodied, with a smooth and slight creamy texture.

Really easy to drink beer. All around solid. Represents the style perfectly. I could see this beer transforming BMC drinkers. I will have this one again.

Photo of MisterTiat
4.26/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is nice, very dark amber color, almost black. Head retention is poor, almost non-existent, a little dissapointing

Smell is not what I was expecting, surpisingly subtle, with a nice malty sweetness

Taste comes as a wave, roastiness, coffee like, followed by mellow sweet malt, bitterness like dark chocolate lingers in the mouth, pleasant after taste

Wonderfully full mouthfeel, thick, fits the beer's complex flavor

The alcohol is apparent, but not overpowering, easy to sip, not exactly quaffable, but pleasant

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

330 ml bottle that comes with its own plastic goat charm.
Appearance is black, but admits some light. Coca-cola-like head that disappears immediately and leaves no lacing.
Smell is very subtle, like cream soda.
Taste begins with dark roast coffee then sweet malt, then finishes with bitter cocoa and a hint of chocolate. Nicely complex.
Mouthfeel is almost chewy.
Very drinkable, alcohol is apparent but not overpowering, definitely to be sought out.

Photo of sisuspeed
4.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this out into a beer stein. Big foamy head at first which slowly faded into a thin film across the top of the beer. The color is a dark brown with a ruby tinge.

Some nice bready maltiness sits on the nose, mixed with figs, grapes and other vinous characteristics. Roasted malt aroma as well. Really liking this.

The first sip reveals a fruity bread like flavor with toasted malts and lots of smooth creaminess. The alcohol can be tasted at times, but is actually a nice addition to the flavor and makes the overall feel of the beer more robust. Candied figs and sugary grapes make an appearance as well and mingle in the background.

The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Nice body to the beer. This one goes down pretty easy. I don't know if I'm going to make it through the review before I finish this beer.

Overall, I'm very impressed with the smell and flavor of this beer. This is my first Ayinger brew and I"ll definitely be looking for more.

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

Poured into a beer mug. Nice rising head when the cap was cracked, but it dies fast when poured into dark and clear mahogany body. Smells fruity and sweet like pears with a backdrop of malt. It smells very nice.

Tastes... ohmigosh, it tastes delicious. Fresh fig, candied malts, smooth and sweet. Teasing bitterness that doesn't present until it builds after a few sips. A little warming. The carbonation is there, but gone in a flash to leave a watery, slightly grainy mouthfeel. I will try this one a little colder next time, but as is it's ridiculously drinkable.

This is the first doppelbock I've tried and considered for style. will have to look for more... nomnomnom.

Photo of Ricelikesbeer
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wanted to review this for quite some time, has been one of my very favorates for a couple years now. I have a couple more of these cellaring in my basement for a year or two.

A: Very dark, to the point of barely being able to see through it. Has some ruby highlights. Pours with a minimal off-white head that lingers for a good amount of time.

S: Smells very malty and smells like dark grains. I smell a ton of caramel or toffee, and some dark fruits like figs or raisins. Not in the same way as some belgian dark ales, but more rich. A bit of dark chocolate as well.

T: What a rich, malty beer! I'm always blown away at the malt complexity of this beer. Very sweet and malty, but not in a cloying way. Caramel. Raisins. A little bit of biscuit. Has a very good aftertaste finishes crips and clean.

M: Velvety and clean. 6.7% abv doesn't warm you too much, and has a good balance to it. Light like a lager, but still has some thickness to it, almost like a dunkelweizen or a weizenbock.

D: Clean and smoothe, very digestible and drinkable. Good for any occasion, and can be drunk in large quantities due to the incredible cleaniness of this beer.

It is a masterful creation, and the oppitomy of a German malty beer. Definately my favorate lager and one of my top overall.

Photo of Finn
4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a deep dark ruby, almost porter color. a fine but thin head sticks to the top.

S: sweet chocolate, caramel, toffee, raisins. A tiny bit of smoke too. Earthy malts.

T: A lot of what you'd expect from the aroma: rich caramel malts blending with a touch of roasty malts. Defnitely on the sweet side of things, but balanced incredibly. Not cloying sweet. There's a decent hop bitterness hiding behind everything to keep this one in check.

M: Creamy, moderate carbonation, full bodied.

D: This is outstanding stuff. A rich, decadent beer that avoids being overly sweet or cloying. Drinkability is excellent for a doppelbock. A malty treat. Try it.

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

Poured a beautiful black with red trying to peek through. Creamy 2 finger caramel head that fades slowly to a light cover that spans the entire glass. Lacing is thin and sporadic.

Aroma is very malty sweet. Raisins, dates and slight chocolate. Very faint citrus pulls through.

Taste is near perfect for a doppelbock. Sweet chocolate and slightly bitter coffee malts followed by a weak piny spice. Again, raisins and dates. Gets better as it warms up.

Mouthfeel is a bit weak. Carbonation is low. I would have like a bit more carbonation.

Drinkability is good for this style. Not going to get much more drinkable in a dark, nearly 7% bock.

Overall a great beer. Something I definitely keep around and get in the mood for.

Photo of Anthony1
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark black/brown, with a big fluffy offwhite head, that settles down with generous lacing. Smells earthy, dark malts, little sweet, dark fruits as well. Malt body really coats the tongue, dark cherries, molasses, sweet malt, irony taste. Full and creamy on the mouth, perfect carbonation levels

got another bottle when i realized i didn't review this yet

Photo of DerBayer
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This really is an exceptional beer even for a Doppelbock. The dark black with a ruby tinge abnd perfect creamy head is doppel enticing and invites you to avour the chocolate and coffee malt aromas with a hint of spice.

If the fruit aromas were slightly more present it would be a 5 hands down

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

Poured into a nonic pint.

Generous pour creates an rising frothy off-white head about two fingered - almost three - in size that dissipates in a matter of seconds into a small crown. Speckles of lacing appear as you take sips. The brew is a fairly translucent yet deep mahogany in color with tinges of dark cherry purple and red. The aroma is heavy with roasted bready malt and dark fruitiness akin to prunes or dates. There's some hints of chocolate and caramel sweetness underneath the rest - very appetizing.

Taste is quite savory and done exceptionally well. The flavors initially start with sweetness of the malt and molasses, along with raisins. Chocolate and slight black coffee shines through towards the middle and finishes off with a nice toasted nutty flavor and a tad hop bitterness. Subtle warmth ultimately ends the experience. Very rich and creamy. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and drinks nice and smooth with adequate tactile carbonation. I actually didn't notice how fast I finished my 330 mL bottle, which should attest to its drinkability.

This dopplebock is substantially delicious and really can hold its own. It's one I can definitely revisit again. And hey, the goat charm was a nice touch.

*Originally reviewed on October 20, 2009.

Photo of r0nyn
3.97/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass from a 11.2 fl oz bottle.

Pours a dark brown color with tinges of burnt orange around the edges. Not too much of a head at all, or lacing. Still, not a bad looking brew. There's a big malty character to the smell, along with a slight bit of fruitiness.

Taste pretty much follows through on the smell with the maltiness asserting itself from the get go. Slight smokiness as well. Bit of bitterness makes itself known, but nothing too excessive; this beer is by no means hoppy. There's an almost wheaty backend, the kind I'm used to getting from hefeweizens, but it's fleeting and gives way to more malty sweetness that rounds out the finish into the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is decent, somewhat thinner than I expected, but still quite serviceable. Quite a bit of carbonation that helps give it character.

Good drinkability, thanks to the unique smell and taste along with the only slightly higher-than-average ABV. Not as pleasant as the Weihenstephaner Korbinian, but definitely not a terrible experience. May merit another visit down the road.

Photo of microbrew52
4.16/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

With this beer, you get what you see, and in a good way. Unlike some, I believe this is a very simple brew. You see a dark body and get a full mouthfeel, you smell bread and malt and taste is much of the same. It pours a very deep color with a foamy tan head. The nose displays alcohol and some toasty breadiness that combines into a more toffee-ish character. Carbonation offsets the sweet malts for a good mouthfeel. The flavor offers a nice maltiness with notes of molasses and mild leafy hops. It finishes dry and does not linger long. A top class brew!

Photo of katan
3.81/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a dark brown to almost black, with only a light amount of amber highlights. Head formation is strong, vigorous. Off white in color.

S - Malty sweet notes, complemented with some yeast breadiness. Some peat/smoky malt notes.

T - Starts off with a light malty sweetness, which is combined with a smoky flavor. Bitterness restrained, no hopping to speak of. FInishes with a combination of bready, grainy notes and a much sweeter malt note. The after taste has some alcohol warmth.

M - Moderate beer body, but comes across stronger due to its seemingly potent carbonation profile.

D - Deceiving ABV - very manageable. Not filling, which does go against the highly carbonated sensation going down. Smooth sweetness cuts down on palette fatigue.

Not my favorite DB, but a good beer all around.

Photo of gmfessen
3.71/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, Celebrator is a very deep brown - almost black, with crimson highlights and a thick, mocha colored head. The smell is all malt as you would expect from a dopplebock, caramel and chocolate stand out the most. The taste is also malt-forward with caramel and lightly burnt chocolate taking the stage. There are also slight nuances of dark fruit like dates, raisins and figs. Seems like this one might have a little skunk to it as well and there is only a hint of the 6.7% that is hidden within. Mouthfeel is full bodied - almost chewy with a thin yet adequate carbonation. Overall a drinkable dopplebock, wish I would have had a fresher one but solid none the less.

Photo of jdg204
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First of a three brew night at Porter's Pub in Easton, Pa with some good friends. I was celebrating a recent promotion and decided this was a night reserved for European classics.

A: Deep brown with a nice tan head and decent lacing.

S: Aromas of dark caramel, toasted malt, and a bit of dark fruits.

T: A malt bomb filled with rich caramel, chocolate, and dark fruits all merging into a very robust and satisfying flavor. A touch of hoppy bitterness provides the balance needed for this style.

M: Heavy body and good carbonation, this is defintely a sipping beer.

D: A classic beer truly deserving of it's reputation, a tour de force. As others are apt to use the term "hop bomb" this would be the prototypical "malt bomb". The rich flavors of this brew would fit perfectly with a cool Autumn night and a nice fire. I'm classifying this as a must try for all beer lovers!

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

11.2 ounce bottle

A - Dark amber with a tan head.

S - Smells sweet and spicy with some dark fruit scents.

T - A little sweet and spicy. You can taste the alcohol and some of the subtle sugars and fruits. This beer is crisp.

M - This ones more full bodied but not overpowering. It's smooth and soft and mildly carbonated.

D - This beer has all the dimensions of a good beer in my opinion. It can be had in the summer time as an easy drinker, during the fall for it's spice and dried fruits, or in the winter with a hearty meal.

Notes - Celebrator is a popular beer and it's apparent why. It's just a very well built complex beer that can be enjoyed at any time by anyone. I keep this one in my favorite list and as a concrete choice when I'm not experimenting.

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

Since I hadnt had this one in awhile I figured it would be perfect for my 100th review. This was the first doppelbock I ever tried.

Consumed 10/9/2009- from notes.

Brown 12oz bottle poured into a shaker glass.

A- Very dark red with about a finger and a half tan head that fades pretty quick. Decent lacing, pretty active carbination.

S- Dark fruit, caramel and little coffee.

T- Roasted molassas, a little nutty a little chocolate and coffee coming through at the end.

M- Medium bodied and nicely sticky. the carbination is hardly noticable.

D- Super easy to drink, cant believe I've let it go so long in between Celebrators!

Photo of Casey10
3.78/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well appearance big foamy head dark beer with about a one finger head once settled.

S - Dark plum or raisan smell is what is detected from the pour.

T - Okay slightly metallic rum and slight raison again.

M - Kind of a slick feel with some notes in the background.

D - Okay wanted to give a better score maybe its justs this brew or a bad shelf life.

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

A- Deep burgundy with a creamy light brown head.

S- Rich malty nose with raisin, burnt toffee, a milky sweetness, and a hint of molasses and cola.

T- The taste is sweet but not overly so. Dark milk chocolate, dates, woody, and root-like.

M- Silky and smooth for a very pleasant drinking experience.

D- A bit of warmth on the finish makes this a perfect cool weather beer.

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

This beer is wonderful, it has a wonderful oaky flavor. It is deliciously dark red, and is really well balanced, i felt like all of the flavors really complimented each other to give a very powerful flavor!

I am usually not a huge fan of the bock, but this really surprised me! top notch, well done!!!

Photo of PartyBear
4.76/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Incredibly dark red, almost black in colour. The head pours fluffy and tan but fades very quickly. Moderate carbonation.

Aroma: Rich dark fruits, raisins, blackberries, and black grapes. Sweet malts, sugars, molasses, hints of vanilla, and dark toffee. Wonderfully aromatic, full and rich.

Taste: Sweet sticky malts right from the start. Lots of caramel and toffee flavours, entwined with dark forest fruits. Strong chocolate flavours force through in the middle leveling out the taste with a touch of bitterness. The aftertaste is malts still but there are impressions of bitter coffee, which linger at the back of the palete.

Mouthfeel: Full and heavy in the mouth, with a soft smoothness but still thick and chewy. The texture is quite oily.

Drinkability: World class, truly world class. This is the Doppelbock by which others should measure themselves. The flavours are rich and sweet, with a beautifully balanced fruity profile. The best beer in the Ayinger stable by far.

Photo of Tom8Analise
4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Not too thick, not too thin...just right.

Had a beautiful dark brown color with a good foamy head to it.

Delicious malt flavors all around and superb drink ability. Great beer to bring a 4-pack of to a get together.

Also, not too expensive which is a plus to all of us!


Tom and Analise

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