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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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5,608 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,608
Reviews: 2,265
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 408
Gots: 580 | 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 jspruit
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 33cl bottle from Redmonds in Dublin.

Very dark brown appearance with some ruby hints here and there-very little lacing and head.

Smell is mixture of brown sugar, malts, chocolate and spicey bread. It's a nice mix.

Tastes like it smells-a nice mix of flavors that is complex and changes throughout each sip. Overall it is well balanced in its mix of tastes I think and not too overwhelming.

Very smooth for the amount of taste that is going on.

I only bought one so that is where I stopped, but I'd consider having more than one of these in a session even with the 6.7% ABV. I'll definitely try to get my hands on one of these again and recommend it to others.

Photo of Jimbo87
4.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had at the downtown Green Leafe for $2.50 on Micro Night (which is every Monday).

In a US pint glass.

Dark brown, red highlights when held up to the like. Nice pale head.

Smells sweet. Honey, molasses, and prune, and of course malt.

Taste: Molasses, caramel, roasted malt, and prune. Sweet. Very complex. Fantastic.

MF is nice, slick, oily, rich.

D: very drinkable. The only other doppelbock I've had is St. Victorious, and this is so much better. No comparison. This beer is absolutely world-class.

Photo of sliverX
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from notes
poured an opaque brown that hinted at ruby in the light, thin mocha colored head that faded down to a film rather quickly
smell was bright and fruity hinting at figs and grapes
taste once again the malts hint at figs and grapes
mouthfeel was smooth medium bodied with big tingly carbonation
drinkability was smooth and easy drinking and very highly recommended

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

Poured a wonderful dark mahogany with one finger of fine, light tan foam. There was no lacing on the glass.

Aroma of bread, yeast and roasted malt.

The flavor was a delightful blend of caramilized malt, molassas and bitter hops. There was a perfect sweet/bitter balance that made this beer very drinkable. The mouthfeel was full, rich and had a flavor that lingered pleasurably on the palate.

Photo of laituegonflable
3.74/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a sensational surface pour with thick bubbles actually cascading down the outside of the glass and up the middle of the beer. Dark amber colour, about as dark as you get before it becomes a dark beer. Very generous beige head, fading slowly but still there, quite dense. Nice lacing, not very grippy.

Very malty characters on the nose, with a tart, spicy aspect. Slight roasted aspect, but yeah, more malt than anything else - smells like a brew day. Quite nice, but would like a bit more.

Taste is quite rich and malty, with a very slight pitter pang on the back, reminiscent maybe of coffee beans. Hint of nutmeg on the front or something but can't quite pick it. There is an inexplicably chocolatey aspect lingering behind the main palate. Mouthfeel is smooth, velvety and creamy and is suitable for the flavour although part of why it's smooth is because palate feels not very complex. Nice, strong flavours especially on the back, but otherwise not too layered. Very drinkable though.

Photo of bfields4
4.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The darkest mahogany brown before being black. A nice tight head that rises and falls quickly.

The sweet smell of toasted malts make my mouth water. Nice faint smell of biscuits and caramel.

Wow flavor hits right away. Nuttiness and malts and molasses and bananas and... so exceptional finally fades way to a very creamy caramel.

As a huge German beer fan I am ashamed it has taken me so long to finally pick one of these guys up. With Celebrator and Weinstephaner I always have a way to make my way back to Munich.

Photo of birchstick
3.96/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - pours with nice one-finger head and chocolate brown in appearance

S - This has a nice aroma to it with sweet, dark fruits (grape and figs) and caramel malts come though.

T - Starts off with dark fruits that soon mix with chocolate and some slight burnt malts. Not a taste I was expecting from the smell.

M - goes down creamy and smooth - mouthfeel is great.

D - this is an excellent doppelbock. I can understand why it is so highly regarded for its style. I know I will revisit this one soon.

Photo of stingrayvr6
4.97/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Deep brown/red color, with malty, caramel, vanilla and molases smell. Two finger gream colored head, lingered and stuck well. Incredible taste, malty and sweet but balanced with molasses notes, and a somewhat floral taste. Very smooth vanilla caramel finish, but not too sweet. Incredible beer, my new favorite.

Photo of mikereaser
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - pours a very dark chestnut brown with just a ring of bubbles around the surface

S - aroma is slight hints of roasted malts and caramel

T - very nice complex brew. roasted malts and caramel, a slight creaminess, some hints of citrus hops comes through with a grainy finish

M/D - very light and very tasty, definitely a must try and will be a nice treat

Photo of JohnQVegas
3.93/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draught into chalice.

Pours dark brown with reddish highlights and a creamy tan head.

Aroma is breadcrust, slightly roasty malt.

Taste is clean but rich - breadcrust and cocoa, a hint of dark fruit, and a slightly nutty roastiness that grows and dries out slightly on the finish.

Mouthfeel is light but velvety. Very nice beer.

Photo of mwagner1018
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Very nice deep red tint, deep dark chocolate, nice creamy caramel head, about 1-2 fingers worth.

S- Nice strong toasted caramel malt note, not a strong aroma to this beer, but there is a nice creaminess to the head that spawns that sweet roasted barely...

T- Really well rounded, a relatively low (in my opinion 6.7%) doesn't come through at all, nicely balanced, caramel, roasted nut, deep coffee character, chocolate...very nice.

M- Creamy, yet carbonated and smooth, very clean rolling character in the mouth, flows over the tongue like a liquid roller coaster, enticing and tantalizing all of the taste buds...

D- Nice and drinkable for a dopplebock, could certainly have a few of these on one of those cold- not quite spring days, with the hint of winter still in that air...nice and rich...well crafted...

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

Pours dark brown/black.. fizzy with a tan head that dissipates fairly quickly. Smell contains grape, chocolate, and yeast. Taste is a smooth mix of chocolate and grape again. This is not bitter in the slightest.. very sweet with almost no alcohol presence. Drinkable and delicious, but not extremely complex. Mouthfeel is fairly fizzy and not too thick. This is probably the definitive example of the style.

Photo of Rainne
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolutely the best Doppelbock I've ever had.

A- Deep dark brown color. A big fat sticky tan head with the best retention I've ever seen. It leaves itself all over the place yet somehow never leaves. Incredible.

S- Toasty malt and caramel toffee sweetness right off with a good clean citrus herbal hops presence and light spices. Nice biscuit and not too powerful but warm alcohol as well.

T- Holy complexity Batman! It's a lot of things but everything fits together as if God himself were the unity. Malt up front with the caramel sweetness then citrusy subtle spicy hops. Nice balanced hops bitterness combined with light fruit flavors and toasty biscuit. Finish is lingering with light sweetness and grains.

M- This is a huge creamy thick full bodied brew. Very smooth. Carbonation is part of the harmony that is the hand of God in a bottle.

Photo of selecter70
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I love my doppelbocks, & Ayinger does not let down. 11.2 ounces that should be more, needless to say. A dark, copper-brown pour to blackish-crimson with red light fills with a light beige 1/2 finger head and decent lace. The aroma presents English biscuity malts & brewer's yeast with slight banana. The flavor takes the aroma & adds smooth good chocolate hints & a mild alcohol that sits briefly in the nose. Medium to full-bodied, this doppelbock grants you a warm feeling of strength.

Photo of Rayek
4.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep mahogany and ruby colored brew. Rocky tan head sticks around and has great retention. Leaves lots of lace.

S: Sweet, with a heavy dose of raisins, plums and chocolate, plus a hint of alcohol and smoke. The alcohol and smoke aromas keep the beer from being over the top sweet.

T: Excellent. Dark fruits from the nose carry into the flavor. Bittersweet baking chocolate and a hint of smoked malts come along to add to the complexity. Bitterness arrives with pepper and a mild alcohol bite that provides just enough compensation for the sweet flavors. Goes down with a lingering subdued sweetness and a hint of smoke.

M: Medium-heavy body feels thick and substantial in the mouth. Carbonation level is just right.

D: One of my favorite doppelbocks. A cut above other offerings of this style in my mind. The cool goat attached to the bottle is a nice bonus.

Photo of BierFan
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2 ounce bottle into a cervoise.

Very dark ruby body capped by two fingers of tan foam. Big rich aroma, lots of molasses and caramel. Very sweet. More sugary chocolate and caramel goodness in the taste. Bitter dark chocolate flavor from the malts. Very creamy mouthfeel.

Photo of JamesP123
4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow this is one helleva brew. My Favorite Dopplebock!

A. Nice and dark, not translucent. Nice head that stays put.

S. First semll is roasted grains/toasted bread. followed by some sweetness and a bit of alcohol coming through.

T. This is where the beer shines. Very balanced flavors, Molasses/brown sugar with thick/rich roasted malts. Very smooth and balanced and soft.

M. Smooth and a little creamy. Medium bodied.

D. Great taste, smooth and enjoyable. Nearly perfection in a bottle. Definately a new favorite in my book.

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

Served in an Ayinger Celebrator glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: Dark ruby brown (or mahogany) color with minimal creamy tan head and lacing.

Smell: Soft sweet dark malt and fruits, no hops. Nothing particularly strong and the balance is subtle.

Taste: Rich malt flavor throughout with a faint underlying and residual bitterness. Definite touch of brown sugar, hint of roasted malt, and some flavor of dark chocolate. The key to this beer is balance of flavors. None dominate the others. Also temperature is definitely critical with this beer and it needs to be at cool room temperature in order to open up the flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with soft fine carbonation. The finish is medium long with malt and fruit sweetness sliding into a faint bitterness.

Drinkability: Drinkability is good on this one and I could keep taking sips for much longer than the beer lasts even though I'd want to limit myself to no more than two a night.

Photo of HappyBivouac
2.91/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

a- opaque dark red-brown with a creamy tan head. spotty lacing on the glass.

s- dark fruits, pretty big toasty character, chocolate, a lactose-like character that reminds me of a thick milk stout. very slight alcohol hits the nose as well.

t- toasted grain, nuts, small hints of dark fruit & spice. an unpleasant, slightly off toasty finish. like cheese almost. A decently thick body but almost no carbonation to speak of, which this beer could benefit a lot from.

There is a certain grainy, cheesy sourness in the taste that I just can't get over. It bothers me a lot, to the point where I will avoid this beer in the future.

Photo of heinekenike
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5


Dark, dark brown color, maybe a hint of burnt red when held to light just right, but pretty opaque. Nice tan head exits quickly.

Smell is malty molasses, but doesn't really hit ya.

Smooth taste, the molasses and fruity aftertaste come together to make something special.

This is a real treat. At 6.7% not as strong as other doppelbocks, but it for something high in drinkability.

Photo of PirateUlf73
4.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a mug.

A: Dark ruby-brown color with a thick tan head. Retention and lacing were excellent.

S: Lots of sweet caramel on the nose, along with a warm, toasty character. Some light roast notes come through as well. Rich aromas, but never overwhelming.

T: Deep roasted character, tempered somewhat by a rich, caramel sweetness. Warm toasty notes and a very mild hop bitterness round it all out. Very well-blended. On the lower end in terms of carbonation and the aftertaste is sweet and roasty.

D: Probably the most drinkable dopplebock I've ever tasted. Could throw a few back, but this is a sipper in my book.

Wow. I'm stunned. I cannot think of any way that this beer could possibly be improved. Rich and malty, yet very drinkable. The flavors meld very nicely and the whole experience borders on the sublime. It's nice to sample a beer that lives up to the praise it receives.

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

Poured from the bottle into a tall mug.

Color: Poured a rich brown, almost Coke in color.
Head: Was very strong off-white in color and evaporated away shortly after the bottle was empty.
Mouthfeel: Felt very nice throughout and wasn't too acidic/bitter on the tongue, didn't leave that bitter taste on the back of the tongue at all. Went down very smooth.
Taste: I got a nice coffee flavor with some hints of fruitiness, was not able to pick a fruit out but it had a good mixture.
Drinkability: Had mine after dinner and worked nicely as a digestif

I would recommend this it anyone and would like to have it stocked year-around. Highly, highly recommend.

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

A- Opaque black color with very dark brown edges. Nice tan head with some lacing.

S- Sweet, dark bread. Very complex without being cloying. Clean lager smell.

T- Taste is out of this world. This is the best bock I have had. Roasted dark grains along with sweet molasses and a pinch of hoppy bitterness.

M- Well rounded feeling. Not too dry, not too slick. Smooth carbonation

D- A slow drinker but definitely an enjoyable brew

Pair with: Chocolate

Photo of Thorpe429
4.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Cola-colored as it comes out of the bottle. A fairly-light cream head with minimum amounts of carbonation. In the glass, it's a deep brown that is nearly opaque. Lacing in decent amounts as it goes down. Additionally, bonus points for having by far the coolest bottle I have seen to date, completed by the plastic goat.

S: Rich, rich malt with underlying complexity. Slight sugars of dates behind a caramel scent.

T: Very rich--much like the nose--and slightly sweet. Hints of light molasses, although the malt dominates--in a very good way.

M: Excellent creamy texture with low to moderate amounts of carbonation. Extraordinarily smooth with little to no alcohol presence.

D: Exceedingly drinakble. Beautiful taste and fairly light in body, combined with a low enough ABV to be quasi-sessionable, this is an excellent choice for the summer months ahead.

Photo of TheBishop
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer defines doppelbock. It is nothing short of extraordinary.
If there is a better doppelbock, send me some, because I don't believe there is. Celebrator is rich in malts and elegant to boot, easy to drink and the smell is sweet and layered. Probably in my opinion in the top 5 of all beers in the world. The King of Doppelbocks.

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 5,608 ratings.