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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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BA SCORE
97
world-class

5,456 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 5,456
Reviews: 2,229
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.37%
Wants: 367
Gots: 491 | FT: 18
Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2001)
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Photo of Biggness
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a very dark brown with a 1 fingered tan head with a nice amount of lacing. The smell is very nice with nice hints of chocolate and nuts. The taste is very nice with some chocolate flavors, some nut flavors and a very nice malt base. The mouthfeel is very pleasant and creamy with a decent carbonation level, if anything it seems a little low. A highly drinkable brew for nearly 7% too bad it costs nearly 5$ a bottle.

Photo of jeffthecheff
3.43/5  rDev -21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, reddish brown with nice head into the celebrator glass. Edges of the brew are lighter red and middle is black. I love when that happens.

Very nice strong smell of dark dried fruits from the malt.

Taste is not exactly my cup of tea, although I give it credit for its strong complex flavors. Licorice and burnt malt flavors come through. Keep this one out about 45 minutes before drinking, as its much better when its warmer.


Heavy mouthfeel with a bit of acidic aftertaste. I'm not digging the aftertaste so much, which also affects its drinkability. I sipped on this one for a long time, and I didn't feel like grabbing another. But if I liked the taste more this would be a good, easy drinking.

Photo of DeliriumDuck
4.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beautiful head that crowns after it's left to sit for a while, nice lacing.

Licorice and roasted coco with hints of caramel in the aroma.

Earthy malts with licorice and a light espresso touch. Smooth creamy caramel finds it's way into the background. Finishes like a Latte due to the light foam residing on the top of the beer, which is remenisant of a roasted marshmellow.

A richly complex and balanced beer that I would love to always have on hand. Tastes even better in my Celebrator glass.

Photo of MrIncognito
4.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Ruby red and transparent with a sticky tan head that floats almost endlessly. Beautiful lacing. Not much notice of carbonation.

S - Deep, dark rum-soaked red fruits and fig. Nice and sweet with alohol esters smoothing things out. Sweet malts stick in your nose.

T&M - So much like the smell. So incredibly malty up front with the sweet rum-soaked dark fruits sliding in and then the slick alcohol to close. So delicious. Impeccable flavor has me savoring each and every sip.

D - I could drink this all day if it wouldn't leave me wasted after the 3rd or 4th glass.

This is a fantastic brew and I wish I had an endless supply. I drank two of these about a month apart before reviewing and I liked it even better the second time. Perfect on a cold day and MUST be at cellar temperature.

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

A rich dark red color with little to no head. Smells very malty with a small hoppy undertone.
A smooth carbonated crispy feel to it with a thick backing.
Very malty taste with a little bit of hoppyness behind it to begin balancing it out, but the malt still wins big time. A bit smoky and sweet with a smooth malt aftertaste.
Great to sip on and relax with, but so good I can see myself drinking it too quickly. I also really like the classic German bottle.

Photo of cvfish
4.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a very dark amber brown color with a tan head that disappears quickly but leaves a nice lacing around the glass

S - Brown sugar, hops, and herbal aromas mix together nicely

T - The deep taste of malts and hops mix with the brown sugar and light chocolate to complete this complex tasting beer

M - Thick bodied, medium carbonated

D - Overall, a great beer that doesn't disappoint

Photo of wiseguy142
4.78/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with amber brown edges with a nice frothy head that settles down to a medium thick layer on top. Really complex aroma- begins with raisins but deepens into a rich smoke and citrus fruit. F-ing dope. I'm a malt person so my first sip of this was heaven. Not overly strong like Optimator, but bready with a good alcohol and raisin base. Super rich mouthfeel with just enough carbonation. Some beers have different characteristics that seem very separate from each other but everything about this beer comes together into one. The alcohol is very faint here too, but just enough to give it some character. Here's to my 100th review! I'd go more in depth but I'm enjoying beers with friends, as they should be enjoyed, but I"ll be grabbing a case of this later.

Photo of nick76
3.68/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The aroma is brown sugar, alcohol, herbs, coffee, toasted malt, and hops. The appearance is dark red/brown and the head is foamy. The flavor is caramel, coffee, raisins, chocolate, spice, nuts. The palate is just the right thickness for the style. The aftertaste is a bit acidic for my liking but overall it's very good.

Photo of woolymammoth
4.88/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Cold bottle poured into chilled glass.

A deep crimson-brown when held up to the light, I had to only look at it to know that it was going to be incredible. This beer is on a level with few other beers. Larger-than-life, complex, and delicious.

Even with all the hype, this one still surprised me.

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

Pours a dark brown with reddish hues around the edges and a tan head.

First thing that I detect is some smoke with tobacco leaf. Also in there is toasty malts and raisons.

Sweet overall with toast, caramel, raisons, figs, and a touch of smoke. Alcohol does not show at all. Finish has pretty good length. Very good balance of flavors.

Heavy side of medium, with good carbonation.

For the level of sweetness, it is effortless to drink. If you see this, and haven't had it, you must buy it. A classic and worth the hype. Bottoms up!

Photo of kylephillips
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is an opaque, extremely dark brown. It has a creamy tan head. Lots of bubbles visible coming from bottom of glass.

It is sweet smelling with hints of chocolate.

This beer has light mouthfeel with medium carbonation.

The flavor is not particularly strong but it is a really smooth beer. Starts out with a little bit of sweet malt flavor, then a little chocolate. The aftertaste is rounded with with some bitterness.

Drinkability is decent on this one. It's a smooth beer, but not something I'm going to drink a lot of.

Photo of glid02
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally revisited this bad boy at the Brick Store in Atlanta.

Pours a clear dark brown color with dark ruby highlights. The head is two-fingers of cocoa-colored foamy goodness that slowly recedes into a wispy layer of bubbles on top and a medium-sized ring around the glass. Lacing is decent.

Smells of molasses with hints of chocolate and biscuity malts.

Tastes great. Molasses and sweet malts up front followed by more robust malt flavors, roasted and bready, ending with a hint of dark chocolate and a bit of bitterness. Very well balanced, very complex.

Mouthfeel is good. There's a good thickness that combines with a grainy carbonation that really goes down easily.

Drinkability is good. I polished off one of these in a hurry, and the complexity is such that I could have three of these and find something new in each one of them.

Overall there's not much more I can say. This is a very complex beer that is very well done.

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

Bottle.

Another beer that I used to drink in mass when I was a teenager. Sitting here rating it brings backs the memories (or should I say lack of memories!). What a head! 90% of the glass poured a tan head. Color is a darker reddish brown. Malty sweet aroma and tastes. Caramel and dark fruits. Smooth and easy to drink.

Notes from 10/29/04

Photo of MisterClean
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle from Bevmo

A - Dark auburn brown pour, nice mocha 2-fingered head, dissipates moderately and leaves a nice trail.

S - Honey, toffee, caramel, malts, and almost smells like dark Belgian candi sugars.

T - Wow! Excellent taste! Honey, toffee, caramel, and anise.

M - Balance in the mouthfeel leaves a chewy bitterness. Very carbonated and spicily hopped.

D - Almost perfect, but the mouthfeel could be improved.

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

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into 19oz unbranded pilsner flute glass.

Appearance: Pours black with copper tones, with a large tan head.

Smell: All malts- sweet and roasted. Coffee and chocolate tones. The smell is very inviting.

Taste: Sweet at first, and finishes with roasted, coffee flavors. Very rich and flavorful.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, creamy, and smooth. Very slight carbonation.

Drinkability: Another beer hyped up a lot before I tried it and it more than lives up to its reputation. I paid $12 for a four pack of this which, for a college student, is rather steep. In this case, it was worth it. Not something I will buy regularly because of the price/availability, but something I would love to get again.

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

Rich, tan head presiding over a slightly copper-edged, black body.

Smell is simply outstanding - sweet molasses maltiness, with a touch of cinnamon.

Plenty of the syrup sweetness carrying over from the nose, followed by plenty of raisins and even a slight roasted coffee flavor.

Rich, full mouthfeel, but not the least bit overbearing.

Quite drinkable, indeed. Can't believe I've never had one of these before.

Photo of corby112
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft at Teresa's in Wayne, PA

Pours a very dark brown with foamy tan head that forms a lacing that lasts throught the whole glass. Malty aroma with hints of chocolate, toffee and roasted coffee. Very quaffable, smooth and easy to drink with malty chocolate flavor, caramel, toffee, and roasted malt.

Photo of sweetbrew82
4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 330 ML bottle into a flute:

P: Pours a deep golden brown from the bottle. Sits dark brown in the glass and displays some golden reddish hues filtering in through the liquid around the outside of the glass. Forms a light tan head that dissipates to form a halo on top. Looks good so far!

A: Smells like a ton of toasted maltiness, with a bit of a fruity profile which is that of plums and grapes. A slight alcohol sting is also detected underneath it all.

T: This one is so damn tasty that I'm finding it hard to write this review without getting sidetracked. It's like Toucan Sam, it follows the nose. Toasted malts shine throughout, while the plum and grape flavors complement nicely to form a complex sensation on the palate. Not much alcohol in the initial taste, either. Extremely smooth, low carbonation on the dry finish that leaves an ever-so-slight alcohol tinge on the way down. This one is a champion in the taste department for sure!

M: Celebrator Doppelbock has a medium-bodied mouthfeel to it. It's rich, smooth, decadent, and cleanses your palate of all beer sins you may have previously committed in your life.

D: Through the roof in my book. I could drink these all night long, even though the 6.7% ABV is a little high to be considered an official "session beer" by some folks. Great QPR on this one as well. 330 ML of pure satisfaction in a bottle for only $2.49! Don't mind if I do.

Notes: This is one hell of a dopplebock, the best that I have had to date for sure. It smells great, invigorates the tongue with a deliciously malted toastiness that combines with the flavors of two of my favorite fruits, and is incredibly smooth. Add the great bang-for-your-buck value, and you've got a sure-fire winner. This is one that every avid beer drinker should try. Definitely a must-have! Now if you'll excuse me, I shall have another at once...

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

It pours dark and thick with a very creamy thick head that is 3 fingers and lasts a long time in a nice cold frosty mug. The taste is very complex and delicious. It should be sipped slowly to enjoy every mouth full. It is my favorite beer except for Ommegang Abbey Ale which tastes very much like it. From now on, every time I go to totalwine (totalwine.com) my local watering hole, I will buy a few bottles of this beer without fail. If I thought I could brew my own beer and it could taste as good as this beer and cost less, (not that it costs that much because it doesn't), I would go through the trouble. If you can find this beer, do yourself a big favor and try some soon, trust me.

Photo of WYVYRN527
4.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer pours a beautiful dark mahogany, with an agressive cream colored head. The aroma is all malt, with hints of fruits, spice, and toast. The flavor is rich. Malty sweetness dominates, with toffee and fresh baked bread. The finish is very clean, with a slight hop character. Celebrator has a great silky mouthfeel, and is very easy to drink. This is a perfect example of the doppelbock style, and is definitely a benchmark.

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

Surprised it took me so long to try this one. Poured into the appropriate glass at Zeno's...

A: Pours a clear dark red amber with lively carbonation. A creamy eggshell khaki head sits atop the beer.

S: Very robust smell as I was expecting. A lot of figs, plums and raisins up front. Some munich malt, brown sugar, molasses and slight coffee follows.

T: Similar to the smell, and rather sweet. Tons of dark fruits and sweet caramel and brown sugar. A tad boozy, but not to the point of distraction.

Overall, a spectacular doppelbock. There are some better ones out there, but you cannot go wrong with this.

Photo of lhaqq
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark translucent ruby with a quickly dissipating tan head.
S: Dark fruits and some caramel.
T: Dark fruit sweetness--mainly raisins, but not as strong as, say, a quad, and a fair amount of malts. Finishes a little bit (hoppy?) bitter.
M: A little low on the carbonation, but as a result is pretty smooth.
D: Hides the abv well; a decent session beer.

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

Poured a dark brown with a light tan head that dissipated quite quickly.

Smells of malts and dark fruits.

Very flavorful, tastes of many dark fruits and malt. Fruits to include raisins, cherries and maybe some dates. Also has a caramel quality.

Smooth mouthfeel with light carbonation. Slightly on the syrupy side.

Overall really quite tasty being that it isn't one of my favorite styles of beer but would definitely look forward to having again. A very drinkable sipper.

Photo of kshankar
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown with red. Tannish head, kind of small, that lasted a good amount. Decent lacing.

Aroma: Dark fruits, and a lot of sweetness. Malty. Very complex aroma here. Caramel too

Taste: Dark fruits dominate here. There is a apparent raisin flavor coming in. Very malty and very sweet and the alcohol taste is there, but not overpowering

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, and has a nice coating to it. Carbonation is certainly present, gives a crisp finish. Goes down well

Drinkability: Relatively low ABV for a doppelbock...it tastes great and goes down well. Recommended.

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

This strong lager just might be the ultimate beer - and I tend not to be a lagerhead. At 6.7% the ABV is at the low end of the range for Doppelbocks. So the alcohol presence is not overwhelming, as it can be with some versions of this style. The taste and appearance become one, as the smokey carmel sweetness is bespoken by the creamy tan head and dark reddish-brown body. Enjoy this one in a proper vessel - brandy snifter - to enhance its regal qualities.

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
97 out of 100 based on 5,456 ratings.