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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

5,249 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 5,249
Reviews: 2,216
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 338
Gots: 415 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2001)
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Photo of AleDrinkToThat
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Deep mahogany with a perfect two-finger tan head. Mouth-wateringly good-looking.

S: The sweet bread-like maltiness as well as caramel really permeate the air, and the hoppy spice is immediately noticeable, too. It's heavenly.

T: Fan. Tastic. Rich, complex malty taste of yeast and caramel, with a molasses-like sweetness. It's the kind of taste that never, ever gets old or boring.

M: It flows so smoothly over the tastebuds with reckless abandon. The carbonation is pretty muted, which is wonderful for my tastes.

D: Any time of the day or night, it's wonderful. I don't think I could ever tire of it. The taste and aftertaste is enough goodness to make a grown beer enthusiast cry.

AleDrinkToThat, Jan 03, 2008
Photo of bunnyhustle
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into mug, was excited cause I dont get to use my mub much but it seemed perfect for this brew. Pours very, very dark mahogany color. Thick and creamy off-white head. Retention is ok, very little lacing. Smell is of dark malts, some brown sugar, and a touch of roasted grain. Little bit of dark fruit as well, raisin perhaps? Fig? Taste is exceptional. Sweet and malty at first, then a touch of dark fruits and ends with a slightly bitter note on the back of the tounge. Very warm feeling and a kiss of alcohol as it goes down. Mouthfeel is perfect. Smooth and creamy, light carbonation, just absolutly terrific. Nice and full feel to it. Overall a great beer. Everything goes terrific together, Ayinger created an amazing beer here.

bunnyhustle, Jan 03, 2008
Photo of champ103
4.63/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A very dark ruby color with one of the most massive white, almost tan, heads that I have seen in a beer. Loads of a lace, and a great looking beer.
S: An awesome sweet dark malt, brown sugar, and chocolate aroma comes billowing out of my pint glass. Roasted caramel malt. Another wonderful aspect of this beer.
T: Similar to the nose. Dark roasted malt, caramel, and brown sugar. Lots of chocolate and toffee. A delicious beer.
M/D: Incredibly creamy and smooth. So easy to drink. There is not a hole lot I can say, just fantastic.

OK, this beer is out of control. One of the best in world IMO. Simply amazing.

champ103, Jan 03, 2008
Photo of bigdonniebrasco
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into my favorite tasting snifter (how's that for pretentious). This is one that I really have to control myself with so I can enjoy every drop!

Very opaque with frothy head that never quits.

Smells malty, a great attribute for a beer of this genre'.

Tastes malt, molasses, some hop and very light alcohol. Fills your mouth with flavor.

Feels almost perfect. Smooth, creamy and coats the tounge perfectly.

One of my favorite beers to date! I have had a lot of beers in my years and I always look forward to my next Celebrator. VERY drinkable but a shame to drink quickly.

bigdonniebrasco, Jan 02, 2008
Photo of bosco7
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a thick brown head.

Brown sugar, plums, dark cherry, soil, some vinous notes, and cola in the nose.

Starts with lots of molasses, brown sugar, caramel, malt, and persimmon flavors. The middle has a little more fruity edge with prunes and over ripened black cherries. The finish is more or less roasty with a residual sweetness. There is some spice in the finish as well; clovey.

Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied and very pleasant on the tongue. This is an easy drinker especially during the colder months and a must drink for any beer enthusiast. No in your face flavors, just good old fashion balance and drinkability.

bosco7, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of Homerbag
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Almost pure black with frothy head that never goes away.

Smells malty, malty, and did I mention malty. Just what you would want out a dopple.

Tastes malt, molasses, some hop and very light alcohol. This is like liquid bread, but in a good way.

Feels almost perfect. Smooth, creamy and coats the tounge perfectly.

Very good beer. I enjoyed mine slowly just to enjoy a little more. The kids loved the trinket, but the beer is worth it.

Homerbag, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of tronester
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, almost black, with a medium tan head. Smells malty sweet, with just a touch of earthyness. Taste is malt dominated, with a roasted barley flavor. A good amount of bitterness from the hops balances out the malt sweetness. Mouthfeel is rich, and carbonation levels are good. I could drink several of these, a very tasty beer.

tronester, Dec 31, 2007
Photo of mattster
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured cold 11.2 oz bottle into mug.

Very good dark brown, mostly opaque color. Very thin tan head, with some lacing.

Smell is of somewhat malty. Taste is nutty, slightly sweet, but not overwealming. Very nice smooth finish. This is my first experience with this beer and I'm quite impressed with it.

This beer is better suited as a dinner beer (I think) and would be a superb choice with a real starchy meal. I wish I had bought more than one of these, but that was all I bought.

mattster, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of trkerrigan
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first to exposure to the Doppelbock style... it seems as though I chose a great example for my first try.

The appearance was very dark, almost black color, with a hint of ruby. Head was nothing special, started with an expected tan and dissipated quickly.

Aroma was basically malty… nothing really overpowering.

The taste had great flavors and complexity. The boldest flavors were of coffee and mocha, with caramel adding sweetness. There were also slight fig and raisin notes to deepen the flavor

Little carbonation resulted in a smooth mouth feel. Even thought this brew seemed heavy it was also very easy to put down, a very drinkable beer for sure.

All around the Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock is an excellent brew, and to add the joy, the best part is if you buy this around the holidays you get x-mas tree ornaments! (As there are nice little goat figurine ornaments on the bottles… Score!)

trkerrigan, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of Gmann
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour a very dark brown color with some ruby hightlights, the head is nothing special and dissipated into a light ring around the glass. The smell is lightly roasted malt and perhaps some fig, not as strong as I thought. The taste is quite good, a nice mocha character that is created by some caramel that I am picking up and the roasted malt. Has notes of dark fruit and some spice but nothing that I can put a name to, which is fine as it lets the malt speak for itself. The feel is well bodied with fairly soft carbonation, very smooth; finishes rather balanced for such a malty brew. A very nice malty brew which is quite easy to drink, prost!

Gmann, Dec 29, 2007
Photo of mobettabeer
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was fortunate to have this beer on-tap and have also had it in the bottle. Both are extremely good. This is by far one the best doppelbocks I have had. It has a nice dark color. You can definitely pick up aromas of caramel, coffee, and chocolate. It has a nice feel to the mouth-smooth but to not to thick. This beer has a lot of character for a 6.7% abv and is affordable.

mobettabeer, Dec 28, 2007
Photo of joepais
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured black thin head to slight lace. Sweet caramel malt aroma with some coffee notes. Medium creamy mouth feel Sweet toasted malty flavor some raisin fruitiness .The best doppelbock I have ever had and Garrett Oliver was right this paired great with venison

joepais, Dec 27, 2007
Photo of illidurit
4.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Red in Santa Cruz. Poured into the official Celebrator glass. Deep brown with ruby highlights and a fluffy light brown head that sticks around forever.

Yeasty, malty aroma with coffee grounds and dried fruit.

Toasty sweet malt flavors abound: coffee, milk chocolate, molasses, caramel. There is a slight hop flavor and a slight pepperiness. Fruity esters come into play with warmth.

Modest carbonation results in a big chewiness. Smooth and sweet. Drinkability is great.

illidurit, Dec 27, 2007
Photo of edskirk3
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz of beer in a brown glass bottle with a goat trinket hanging from the neck.

Pours dark brown in the glass. Very sticky head, khaki in color. Aromas of molasses, dark bread, and various candied things.

Chewy toasted malt and molasses, plenty of both. Faint hop bitterness. A shade of dryness comes through before a sugary finish, not unlike that of oversweetened black coffee. Mouthfeel is a little oily, a little creamy.

So this is a real Doppelbock. Excellent. I love this style a lot as well as this particular example.

edskirk3, Dec 26, 2007
Photo of dsa7783
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From an 11.2 oz bottle with a little white horse trinket on it, pours a cocoa-black color with a minimal head... aroma is prunish, full of coffee, latte-like with obvious malts present... very inviting... taste is exceptional, very full-bodied and full of toffee, malts, and cappuccino-like, very thick and rich... mouthfeel is equally great... goes down smooth and is similar to drinking a dark latte... drinkability is not exceptional, a little better than average, but the ultra-rich flavor and relatively high alcohol percentage is what restricted a higher score in that department... Overall, a classic German beer and a great representation of the style... Definitely recommended...

dsa7783, Dec 26, 2007
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Celebrator is a malt fest!

Pours a dark brown with decent head. The nose is malty as hell with dark fruit, malt, caramel, malt, raisin, malt, date, and malt flavors. The taste follows the nose with dark fruit and heavy malt flavors. Mouthfeel is real good, kind of similar to an american brown ( sierra nevada in particular). Drinkability is pretty high, should age nicely.

AKBelgianBeast, Dec 23, 2007
Photo of Slynger
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep mahogany with ruby highlights and a good, full and deep, cinnamon head.
Smells of toffee, molasses, and dark fruits (fig/raisin) with a deep malty overtone.
Taste seems slightly sweeter than the nose suggested (not a bad thing in the least). Sweet molasses and caramel malts. Toffee and dark fruits as well with a slightly bitter finish. This is a flavorful beer with a medium to full mouth feel.
A classic.

Slynger, Dec 21, 2007
Photo of BlaiseDemon
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark but when held up to a bright light, a deep dark red color shines through. Not much head on pouring, however, easily duplicated by a light swirling action. The aroma is sweet like wheatgrass and almost brown-sugar or molasses laced. Flavor is heavy on the carmel bordering on candied dates, slight nuttiness with a maple character which becomes more robust after breathing for a few minutes just creeping into a currant note. It has a smooth, almost creamy feel to the palate but somewhat heavy. A lightly bitter bouquet balances the sweetness very well, making it very drinkable. A great choice for doppelbok fans and anyone who likes to dabble in stouts and porters primarily. A nice experience that highlights the Bavarian character of this style of bier.

BlaiseDemon, Dec 21, 2007
Photo of genog
3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich and bold brown color with a big tan head resting on top, that will die down after a few moments leaving very little in its wake. Smell is of a smokiness, roasted malt, some dried fruits. The bouquet awakens as this one warms in your hand. Taste is complex and full bodied. After sipping on this one for so long I felt like I was drinking my meal. It certainly is filling.

genog, Dec 20, 2007
Photo of tsbuttry
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Being a fan of most every kind of Bock out there, I went to the Brickskeller in DC one evening and asked the bartender for a good dopplebock. She came back with Ayinger Celebrator and I found a good beer to celebrate special occasions with.

Appearance: Perfect. Good dark color, full head, nice lacing.

Smell: The maltiness reaches out to you, grabbing hold like a lover and holds on, making you feel good (felt like being artsy fartsy for a second).

Taste: The beer's a true dopplebock. Excellent, complex malty flavor. It's hard to pick up all of the notes in this beer, goading you into drinking more of it. The half point is deducted simply because I'm a minor hophead.

Mouthfeel: Feels great in the mouth, perfect carbonation, but like many low-hop beers, it leaves too much of an aftertaste.

Drinkability: Perfect with food or a couple at a time, but it's a bit too filling and robust to be a good session beer.

tsbuttry, Dec 20, 2007
Photo of redmagik99
4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a pretty dark brown, almost stouty black. nice head that lasted a good while, then leaving some froth and lacing. Smells not too far from the average dopplebock - very sweet malt. Taste had plenty of that of course. Lots of roasted coffee-toffee-caramel sweetness. Also very creamy. It goes down very easily for 6.7. A heavier session? Fine by me. This beer may not live up to all the hype but it may just be because I'm a little tired of the style. Nevertheless, this is one of the best dopplebocks and a solid brew in itself.

redmagik99, Dec 15, 2007
Photo of tigerdoc
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Classic doppelbock, deep ruby red in color with a tall creamy head that dissipates into a ring of bubbles. The aroma is intoxicating with very dark fruits such as raisin, plum, and cherry there is also some roastyness and faint earthy hops. The flavor contains roasty malt sweetness with dark fruits balanced with some mild earthy hop flavor. The mouthfeel is creamy with low carbonation. There is a mild fruity aftertaste but not unpleasant. A very drinkable beer and a classic altogether.

tigerdoc, Dec 14, 2007
Photo of theopholis
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours a deep, ruby/maroon with a medium sized tan colored head that leaves a hint of lacing.

Aroma- The aroma is inviting with a nice malt presence, and plenty of malt sweetness. Some toasted malts.

Taste- Wonderful mix of malt sweetness, with the perfect undertones of toastiness, bittering and flavoring hops, a barest hint of coffee. Very well done.

Mouthfeel- Almost perfect. Slightly heavy, syrupy body with the perfect level of CO2 to drive the flavors up front without killing your taste-buds.

Drinkability- this is a very good beer that you can always rely upon when you've got a craving for a malty treat.

theopholis, Dec 14, 2007
Photo of charlesw
3.88/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pretty decent beer, all said. And thanks for the x-mas tree ornament. Outstanding? I guess... Given the low abv you could say that there's a heck of a lot of body and flavor in there. Sort of an interesting twang to the tast - raisin, caramel and sweet mangoe... Interesting. Decent.

charlesw, Dec 11, 2007
Photo of jakon
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle

Pours coffee brown with a medium sized tan colored head that leaves behind a solid wash of lacing as it recedes.

The aroma is inviting with a huge malt presence. Tons of dark fruit character such as prune and fig. Toasted malts and a pronounced nuttiness also make their presence known.

The previously mentioned characteristics come through strong in the taste as well, along with chocolate, coffee, and just the faintest hint of alcohol.

The mouthfeel on this one isn't quite as thick and creamy as I remember, but is still very pleasing to the palate. The carbonation prickles the tongue lightly and is dialed in just right.

Overall, this is a very good beer that you can always rely upon when you've got a craving for a malty treat.

jakon, Dec 06, 2007
Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 5,249 ratings.