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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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5,542 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,542
Reviews: 2,254
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 383
Gots: 547 | 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 Kadonny
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a European Sly Fox glass.

A: A dark brown color with slight reddish hues. A minimal light brown head with almost no glass lacing.

S: Chocolate, molasses and dark fruits and some caramel sweetness.

T: Lots of stuff going on here. First hit is chocolate, then then the molasses, dark fruits, caramel sweetness, grainy bready malt with caramel and a bit of a yeasty twinge. Very little hop flavor. Finish is long and creamy. Very good beer.

M: Thick, coating and chewy. No alcohol flavor.

D: Great, let this beer warm up a bit and all the flavors come together to make a great drinkable beer.

Overall I can see how this rates so high. So complex, so creamy smooth. The only thing that lowers the score for me was I thought it could have used a bit more hops, but that's me. Great beer, world class.

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

dark brown with ruby hues to light. nice, big tan head. looks very creamy.

smells like coffee, chocolate, malty, bread, cloves.

tastes amazing. coffee,chocolate, slightly bitter, metallic, light bread taste.

nice dry finish. creamy medium mouthfeel.

extremely drinkable.

i definitely understand the strong rap for this brew.warming feel, nicely balanced with a refreshing taste.

Photo of drizzam
4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Poured into a clear pint glass...Held up to the light it's a deep dark ruby red. Nice one finger tan head with decent head retention. Some lacing down the inside of the glass.

Smell - Malty caramel odor...some mild molasses as well. Not overpowering in the nose.

Taste - This is one marvelous tasting brew!! The caramel and molasses frolic wonderfully together. A great balance of malt and hop. I'm incredibly impressed with this Doppelbock!

Mouthfeel & drinkability - Velvet smooth mouthfeel...slick and almost oily. Mild to moderate carbonation. I could drink this all night long if it was a little cheaper. The cost is the only thing that lowers the drinkability in my opinion. Even the 6.7% ABV is superbly masked by the flavor. World class beer!!

Photo of callmemickey
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Rich brown body. Dense looking. Khaki foam on top maintains nice levels and consistent lacing

S: Roasted malts. Black strap molasses. Rich fresh baked bread. Sweetness.

T: The black strap molasses character dominates with subtle undertones of caramel, bread, biscuits, roasted malts and a dash of cream. A tiny bit of alcohol as the beer warmed.

M: Smooth. Silky. Lower carbonation levels work well here. Nice finish.

D: The overwhelming sweetness becomes cloying... by the end of this glass I was done with this... however... i'd return to one in another session for sure.

Photo of BZero007
4.73/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up from a Piggly Wiggly at the Common Market in Myrtle Beach, SC.

Poured from bottle in to my Aventinus glass. This bock is just plain sexy. It pours an extremly dark ruby color. The beer is pour black with the exception when light is beaming threw it, then you can easily the ruby color to it. The head forms easily and does not take much, color is an light tan color to it. The lacing sticks around to show this beer is a piece of art.

Smell is a great as it plows threw and makes you think of a certain fruit you have had. Everytime I took a wiff a new fruit sensation would take over.

The taste is some thing that makes you sit back and think. It is a very complex brew and certain flavors seem to come in the foreground with every sip. Mainly the taste is of a dark fruits with a molasses sweetness. With every taste I sat there and analyzed it untill about the fith sip, as I was hit with a bit of realization. This beer had asked me to sit back and relaxed outside and enjoy it.

The body is great and thanks to the perfect level of carbonation it helps the flavors and aromas greatly. The body and alcohol level makes this brew something I could drink threw the night. As I would relax and take my time with it as it rightly deservs it.

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

Poured into a mug.

A - Pours a dark oily brown and it seems to be very oily in its consistency as well. I can Tell its going to be creamy. Dense 2 finger head thats is off white. It goes down slowly but steadily and leaves no lace.

S - Smell of very sweet malts, some chocolate and nuttyness as well. There is also some bread in there after a couple of breathes, more like a cracker smell to it. Limited hop charter definitely malty smell.

T - WOW!!! this is great. Very creamy with just the right balance of slight hops carbonation and malts. Slight roasted malt fell with definite chocolate present it is well balanced. Some nut tones as well. This beer is extremely the expectation of my taste buds.

M - Creamy and frothy, well balanced and very refreshing.

D - I could have more of these than other styles but still not for binges.

Photo of TexIndy
3.61/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Has this one several times and was surprised to see that I hadn't reviewed it yet so here goes. Poured from a 330ml bottle into a pint glass. Had some dating notches on the front but no way to decipher them. It was dark brown almost black in color with mahogany highlights against a light. It had a large tan head that slowly settled down to a thick collar and partial film. Some carb streams but no lacing.

The nose was very sweet malt, caramel and molasses. Too sweet for me. Same with the taste. Very sweet with no bite to it. Needed something to offset the sweet. Not knowing the age on it so not sure if this is normal or not. It's been several years since I had one and seem to remember more of a balance to it. Mouthfeel was nice and creamy.

Overall, a good but not great beer. This isn't one of my favorite styles but even considering that this one was a bit of a letdown. Rotation-wise it's probably once every year or so.

Photo of eljefe21
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown almost black in color and oil like in appearance. Pours to a single fingered head that quickly dissipates.

S: Malty sweet smell with hints of dark chocolate.

T: Malty, bready taste with a hint of dark chocolate sweetness that threatens, but never quite takes hold in the mouth.

M: Thick viscous fluid that coats and lingers on the tongue.

D: Warming brew that's great for a cool evening. Tame enough that you can have a couple without being a total wreck.

Served in an faceted mug.

Photo of mjl21
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml (11.2 fl. oz.) bottle poured into the NEW Sam Adams glass. Comes in at 6.7% and no bottling info is given.

A-Pours dark brown with a one finger sandy head that rather quickly dissolves to a ring with some residual islands of foam. Some minor spot lacing is left.

S-Malts galore in this one. There are both sweet and roasted malt smells giving off aromas of burnt sugar, dark chocolate, and coffee. There is also a bit of what I can only describe as dustiness in the nose.

T-The sweet malts hit first and give off flavors of chocolate and burnt sugar. The roasty flavors do not hide in the background and bring out the coffee flavor. The roasted and sweet malts play off each other very well and neither side dominates.

M-Medium bodied and a tad bit creamy. It has a perfect level of carbonation that can best be described as gentle on the tongue.

D-This is best reserved as a nightcap. One to be sipped and enjoyed as it opens up nicely as it warms.

A great beer that is able to balance the roasted and sweet malts. This is a great one to have after a busy day on a cold night.

Photo of bulletrain76
3.7/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

33cl bottle. Dark brown with a creamy tan head that leaves an oily film. The aroma is pretty sweet and roasty, with some dark fruits, like prunes and chocolate. Roasted malts and burnt sugar in the flavor. Not overly rich as my previous experiences with doppelbocks led me to anticipate. Drinkable and balanced, but thin in the mouth as well. Pretty solid, but not quite up to expectation.

Photo of SFBeerGuy
4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a glass

A- Poured a nearly black color with a quickly dissipating 1/8" light tan head. Almost no Lacing left behind.

S- Ripe bananas and cloves. Toasty malt and bread.

T- Toasted malt and woody. Clove and nutmeg spice blended very nicely with the presence of alcohol. Alcohol bite not overwhemling by any means.

M- Malt is smooth as it hits the palate. Creamy, fluffy, chewy. A pleasure to drink. Hidden carbonation appears in the mouth to create a wonderful experience.

D- Very drinkable beer that just feels good to drink. A comparatively simple beer that just goes down well. Its smooth texture mixed with its fragrant aroma make this beer excel above the rest.

Photo of kflorence
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This beer pours a dark, almost opaque amber brown with a small layer of tan head. Looks to be a pretty heavy beer, a little syrupy. Not much lacing, foam dissipates and turns sticky instead of retaining its bubbles.

S: The aroma is bittersweet; roasted malts dominate primarily, but it's more complex than that. In the back, there is caramel, molasses, dark fruits and chocolate. A very small amount of carbonation and alcohol lingers in there as well.

T: This is a great doppelbock, perhaps one of the best; certainly one of the best I've tried. Packed with roasted malts, it comes off as semi-sweet, balanced out by a dark chocolate and coffee flavor. My first sip almost tasted like barbecued ribs, but once it warmed up it was easier to distinguish notes. Aside from the prominence of the roasted malt, there is also dark chocolate, coffee, molasses, caramel, dark fruits (figs, prunes)... there are some other spices in here I can't identify. The BBQ flavor still lingers in there a bit.

M: The mouthfeel of this beer is slightly syrupy. It definitely helps to distinguish its complexity and stays around on the tongue for awhile. I would say this is a medium to heavy bodied beer; leaning more towards heavy as it warms up.

D: While this beer is very complex and very tasty, I don't think I'd be able to have more than a few of them, they are rather filling. That said, it is very easy to drink but too good of a beer to be gulped, it must be savored. Overall very pleased by this doppelbock, look forward to drinking it again!

Photo of Arbitrator
4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle into a glass.

A: Pours a clear mahogany color. The head is fizzy at first but recedes quickly into nothing, with no lacing left behind.

S: Tons of toasted malt, coffee, figs.

T: Following the nose, has a strong backbone of toasted malt. Has a slightly bitter character by the coffee, with some roasted malt presence that is nicely complemented by a fig finish.

M: Light-to-medium bodied, with medium carbonation that works well for the style. Aftertaste leans toward bitter.

D: An oustanding doppelbock, and one of the best I've had in the style.

Photo of rwrk42
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Dark brown mohogany color with a decent head

Smell: Sweet but also a bit spicy with a faint smell of molasses. malt and caramel.

Taste: Sweet taste of malt, molasses and toasted malt. Just the right amount of hops to help it end with a slight spice flavor.

A very good beer which I would highly recommend. Go out and buy it!

Photo of vacax
4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Dark with a mahogony or kola tint up close but mistakeable for black at a distance. Fairly average tan fizzy head has little retention and no more than a hint of lacing.

S: Delicious malts form a great variety here. Roasted barley, coffee, figs, and a twinge of rustic dryness.

T: A fine balance between sweet caramel with a dry bite of roasted coffee and bittering hops. A touch of figs. Little yeastiness compared to some other traditional German doppelbocks, in a good way for me.

M: Moderately thick and very smooth feel. Goes great with the taste. Maybe a tad bubbly.

D: Damn tasty. Easily among my favorite lagers. It could easily be better if bottle conditioned, but damn this is tasty. Six pack is atrractive, just too bad it will run twenty bones. Nonetheless, exceptionally drinkable.

Photo of benwah22
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed this delicious brew from the bottle into a .3L Celebrator Dobbelbock specialty glass. Pours the color of Coca Cola - black with the slightest hint of dark brown in the light. Tan head that disappeared rather quickly.

Good mouthfeel. With a beer this dark you just expect a creamier mouth feel, but still good nonetheless. Not a whole lot of aroma, but wow, what a taste. Malty, coffee, dark chocolate, burnt caramel but not overly sugary. A smooth finish with a hint of bitterness.

My tip, let the beer warm slightly. Not room temperature, but definitely not straight from the fridge. It really helps the complexity of this beer stand out. And let's face it, if you can get a Ayinger Celebrator specialty glass, it definitely tastes better.

EDIT: I let this warm pretty significantly and the taste just became incredibly complex and the mouthfeel changed substantially. It was almost syrup like and the flavors you needed to flesh out before just hit you over the head. Great stuff.

Photo of tigg924
4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, high carbonation, dark brown

Smell: sweet toasted malt, caramel, and coffee

Taste: sweet toasted malt, caramel, licorice, some smoke, and coffee

Mouthfeel: smooth, light, sweet, with a slightly bitter aftertaste

Drinkability: One of the best in the style, if not the best. With its relatively low ABV I could have several. The alcohol is not noticable. This beer is elegant and one of the first I will reach for in the style.

Photo of Gigantis
2.82/5  rDev -35%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Cool bottle with a white plastic goat hanging off of it. Poured into my snifter.

It pours a thick-looking reddish-brown (maroon?) and it had a big tan head on it. It looks pretty damn appetizing - if dense and brown are appetizing to you.

The smell was the first cause for let down. I got almost nothing from taking a few whiffs of this one. Some bread and very toasty malts. And... that's pretty much it. It smells like a beer but there is no spiciness and it doesn't smell as dark as it appears to be.

The taste is better with some big time malts and flavorful sugary fruit essence mixed in for good measure. Not much in the way of hop bitterness to balance it out, I thought. Slight chocolate undertone... I'll try this again someday to try and pick out the intricacies. Not very robust... Still, a nice tasting dopplebock.

There is medium carbonation and a medium body. A little sweet stickiness/creaminess.

I didn't want want another one after this. It feels thick in one's stomach and although this is a creamy beer, I did not cream myself over it. I'll have to try it again sometime though just to see what all the fuss is about.

Photo of drunkboxer1
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown, almost black pour into a nonic pub glass with a tan head that leaves a thick lace. Theres some chocolate malt in there for certain, it comes out big time on the nose. Also some flowery kinda hops smells. It tastes big and malty, with roasted flavors and first and then straight chocolate at the end. It has more of a hop presence than I expected, and this cleans up the sugars nice. As it warms a bit the chocolate may over power it more than I'd like. Anyway, pretty great beer. I think I may like some American microbrews interpretation of this style a little more but who cares really.

Photo of sourdoughsteve
3.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had to give this a try after reading the reviews here. Found it with little effort at a local wine emporium. Tad expensive, but good beer worth it.

Poured into a chilled pint glass.

A: Dark brown with a good bit of head on it. Head disappeared fairly rapidly

S: At first, the typical "lager-y" scents, then a bit of the caramel and fruityness began to arrive. The fruityness increased as the beer warmed.

T: Nice malty blast. Maybe a teeny bit over-roasted though. That bitterness subsided with each sip. Became more balanced as the glass emptied.

M: Thick-ish but not bread-like. A bit of carbonation evident.

D: Serious innard-warmer here. Not something for everyday consumption though. A special occasion beer perhaps?

Photo of johnmichael712
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass. There is no freshness date on the bottle, but that doesn't matter because this is one of the coolest bottles I've ever seen. The old-world style label, the dominant use of white for a clean look, and the nifty little goat charm make this beers packaging a winner. Appearance is based on the look of the beer in a glass, however, so let's get to it. This beer pours a dark, cola brown color with ruby red highlights and is a shade or two darker than the Thomas Creek Deep Water Doppelbock I had earlier today. A fairly vigorous pour yields a soft, fluffy, two-fingered head that is a lovely medium brown color, perhaps a few shades darker than a pair of khaki pants. The head gradually fades to a light film covering the surface of the beer, and it leaves a small amount of Belgian lace behind on the sides of the glass.

Smell: The nose of this beer has an absolute mountain of very sweet malt in it; the kind of extra sweet smell that a Scotch Ale has. There are also hints of caramel, dark fruit, and perhaps a bit of chocolate, but the sweet malt is so overpowering that it's hard to pick these up. There are no roasted malt aromas, no hop aroma, and no alcohol presence, and this nose is spot on for a Doppelbock.

Taste: I don't have much to base my review on for how a Doppelbock is supposed to taste, only the Thomas Creek beer that I had earlier today and what the BJCP guidelines tell me. Right from the start, however, I can firmly say that this beer is much better than the Thomas Creek Deep Water Doppelbock. As in the nose this beer begins with a delicious sweet malt flavor that dominates the palate, but there are also notes of sweet milk chocolate, coffee with milk, and perhaps a bit of molasses and anise. These flavors are pretty dominant throughout, but the finish does bring a hint of smokiness, a slight leafy hop flavor, a bit of fig, and a slight drying effect to the table.

Mouthfeel: I think the best words to describe the mouthfeel of Celebrator are soft and gentle. While some beers seem rough, biting, or even like they bruise the tongue, this beer seems to roll on and off the tongue, gently caressing the cavities of the mouth. Medium-full bodied, low carbonation, and very, very smooth without even a hint of harshness or astringency.

Drinkability: All of the beers from Brauerei Aying that I've tasted have been exceptionally drinkable, and their Doppelbock is no exception. This beer is perhaps a bit too sweet for me to drink more than one of (unless I were drinking it with food, which as I type this I'm really craving some cheese or a steak to pair this with), but I'm having no trouble disposing of these twelve ounces. Would I drink this again? Easily. Would I buy this again? Oh yeah.

Notes: My first high quality Doppelbock, I was very impressed with all facets of this beer. I'm really anxious to try some more Doppelbocks after this one, mainly the Paulaner Salvator and the Victory St. Victorious. Considering the fact that these beers have a long history of being great seasonals for the spring time, I'll hopefully be picking some more up on my next trip to the store. Celebrator Doppelbock has given me a lot to celebrate about, and for that I give much thanks to the little town of Aying.

Photo of merryjoulton
4.63/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a beautiful deep brown with a hint of gloss black. Thick tan head dissipated quickly. Smells of sour malts and sweet flowing fields of grain. Tastes very malty and chocolatey, mouthfeel is full to the brim. Drinkability is high, I wish I would have bought the four-pack instead of just a single.

Photo of Jtschupp04
2.86/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

poured into a trappist glass

looks like: coke with foam

smells like: sour grapes, stings the nostrils

tastes like: citrusy malt

feels like: back of the teeth feel weird

drinks like: smooth and easy but heavy on the stomach

i was expecting a whole lot more out of this one, very average to me but i expected a few distinct falvours rather than a ton of subtle notes. the amazing thing is how hidden the alcohol is until it hits the stomach. its a good tummy warmer.

the smell and taste reminds me of ham and cabbage.

Photo of dotsonjamesg
3.26/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bocks to me are just...eh, bleh. They aren't bad but I have never been truly impressed with them. I have never had an "A" graded bock so when I found "Ayinger Celebrator" I was curious. I wasn't sure if I was willing to pay $12.40 for a four pack of beer, especially for a bock. I have no problem throwing that money down for an four-pack, or even a single 22oz, of Imperial Stout but I just can't imagine paying that much for something with such little alcohol content and flavor.

I figure if this brew has such a good reputation, it must be worth trying it at least once. I just hope I don't get let down. Seeing the goats on the bottle reminded me of "Beerfest." "If you can drink Ram's piss, you can drink anything!"

Appearance: Poured a dark, filtered, cola brown with a dense of white head with moderate little, to light, retention and about the same for the lacing. The froth left on the side quickly dissipated and slide off the walls of my pint cup fairly quick. Not impressed.

Smell: The nose is pretty light and crisp with some earthy tones and bitter maltiness hidden in there. The brew is not very aromatic or impressive.

Taste: Bitter malty sweetness in the beginning that moves in to a subtle vortex of complexity. Hints of vanilla, chocolate, and fruit are subtle but still present. Light, malty, vanilla-like, bitter-sweetness lingers on for a bit after each gulp.

Mouthfeel: The medium body and low, yet smooth, carbonation really the brew go down easy.

Drinkability: In terms of alcohol content and flavor, its not worth a second try. I have another three from the four pack and I think that is going to be it for me. The brew itself is drinkable but it doesn't have a unique bite, nor is it high in alcohol. There really isn't any reason why I would buy this again.

Samuel Adam's had a lot more flavor, alcohol, and was cheaper. Plus I got twice as drunk for 3% less. Boo to Celebrator!

Germany aint got shit on American brewing!



Photo of 1fastz28
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

i dont know how i never rated this beer, this was the first "exotic" beer i ever tried. smell is good, has a nice malty chocolate aroma to it. taste is good, a warm inviting chocolately flavor is dominate, this is a beer best for a cold night for sure, but it is still a wonderful beer. mouthfeel is very good too, rich and full, very good beer all around

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 5,542 ratings.