Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Ayinger Celebrator DoppelbockAyinger Celebrator Doppelbock

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5,472 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,472
Reviews: 2,235
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 371
Gots: 504 | FT: 17
Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website
Germany

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 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.

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.38/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 10/17/2007 (bottle):

Pours a dark brown red color body, with some head, a tannish color. Belgian aroma, dark fruit, sugary, malty. Dark roasted flavor, wood, little dark fruit. Roasted aftertaste. Some alcohol, porter-ish. Okay for a porter-like taste.

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

Poured out of a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A-nice tan head. Garnet body. Head rings the glass as you drink it.
S-great malt smell. Molasses-grainy.
T-toasted marshmallow, nip of hops at the end. some alcohol burn at the end.
M-smooth, medium-full
D-a big suprise for me. One of the few German beers that actually taste good here in the US.

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

Poured into a tulip glass. Very dark brown with some red highlights. Thin tan head that held up quite a long time and provided a fair amount of lacing.

Smells sweet and malty. A mixture of scents that are difficult to pick out. The smell of molasses becomes more evident as the beer warms up.

Tastes malty and sweet, a thick tasting beer with some chewiness to it. Good on the tip of the tongue, a slight alcohol taste in the middle with a sweet finish.

Love the way it feels in the mouth. Thick and creamy.

A very drinkable doppelbock. I only had the one, but it left me wanting more.

Photo of TheMistler
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured the color of brownie batter, with some nice red highlights where light peaks through. A tan head, pouring to a pinkies' width and settling to hearty film and ring. Nice lacing.

The smell isn't entirely off from brownie batter either, especially the type I whip up that gets an extra sugar kick from maple syrup. A malty sweet nose, with a bevy of sugars and a kicker of caramel, but also distinct toasted notes. Another food item that randomly sprang to mind was a piece of toast with Nutella spread.

The flavors settle in, starting out light. Caramel malt, raisins and dark fruits. The roasted flavor and drying of having eaten a piece of overly-toasted dark bread, hint of coffee as well.

Medium body, well carbonated. Crisp but complex, the building taste ends up leaving a lot on your palate - none of it bad. Malt bombs like this are very rarely so drinkable.

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

A- : Dark, intense rubyr, a nice thick tan head stays with the beer throughout

S -l: caramel. Slight alcohol, light hoppy, malted notes

T - : hop bitterness, mild alcohol. good finish.

M -: smooth, ceramy okay carbonation refreshing

D -: "This is the mother of all Doppelbocks " - Jason.
I had to quote him. I started slowly sipping this one to savor it but I kept wanting more with each sip. And before I knew it my beer was gone. After finished it I wanted another one immediately

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

pours a deep ruby red. with a nice one and a half finger head that stays nicely.

smells like awesome. yes i said it. like awesome. i am getting a nice amount of spicy alcohol. alot of malts and caramel.

taste is great. full and complex. sweet but not overbearing. mellow but this shit does not give up easy. i need to put this away to keep from drinking it all in one gulp.

mouth is creamy and thick. lasting flavor. the carbonation cuts through nicely.

i am very happy to see this on the shelfs at bevmo. as i will be needing to drink this again stat.

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

Poured in a big wine glass at 54 F/ 12 C.

Dark red-tinged brown, creamy dense beige head, latticed finely textured lace. Head looks solid, but then does not stick around for long.

Rich malty aroma, like Grape Nuts, caramel, honey, and chocolate.

Tastes malty and sweet, with balancing roastiness and a faint herbal hop flavor. Grain, caramel, honey, chocolate, prune. Lingering chocolate and mild alcohol.

Rich smooth texture. Quite drinkable.

Tasty expression of the malt.

Photo of marcpal
3.7/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle with the plastic goat hanging so intently. A dopplebock that has avoided me so I bought a pack recently.

A: Dark dark crimson with a tan thin head with lasting power. Bubbles are there to be found.

S: All dark fruit and burnt wood. Sweet flavors that are rounded softly but the woodiness. I actually like the smell far more than the taste.

T: Dark chocolate, raisins and malt. I dont get the same smoked wood flavor from the aroma. Dark chocolate and smoke in the beginning. May seem like blasphemy for such a style standard, but too sweet for my taste. Molasses and malts are surely complex but not crazy about it.

M: Medium body with a creamy texture. Carbonation is well pronounced but needed some bitterness.

D: By all means a well thought out, complex dopplebock. Too chocolatey and rich too go through several but it was one I was glad to finally give a try.

I feel like Im missing something here, but I expected more.

Photo of ThirstyBird
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured at Julians in Providence RI into a snifter
Appears super dark brown with a touch of amber when held to the light. Pretty light tan head lasts for a bit then eventually falls to a nice slim coat. Course lacing all the while.
Smells of dark fruit. It was a bit cold at serving so will get more as it warms. I smell a touch of vanilla as it warms.
Tastes of sweet dark fruit, toasted malt, liqueur, butterscotch. Delicious
Mouthfeel is medium, silky smooth. Low/medium carbonation with subtle bubbles.
Excellent drinkability for a dopplebock. It is so good in the colder months. A real treat to try on tap!

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 5,472 ratings.