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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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5,378 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,378
Reviews: 2,221
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.37%
Wants: 358
Gots: 453 | FT: 17
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Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website

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

dopplebocks tend to be a personal favorite and this one did not let me down. It pours very dark and mouth watering. The smell isn't too noticable, but the taste is very rich, roasted, and choclately. The sweet choclately taste does not become overpowering, however, and it is very drinkable (doesn't begin to weigh you down or feel too filling). The most outstanding characteristic is the mouthfeel. It is very bubbley but with tiny, microbubbles which make each sip delightful and fun. Highly suggested for fans of dopplebocks and Baltic porters or other similar styles.

BirdFlu, Jul 07, 2008
Photo of Folderol
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow. This is damn near a Baltic Porter, it's so dark. Everyone seems to have their own definition of doppelbock, and Ayinger thinks it should be rich, roasty, chocolatey, slightly bitter and really smooth. This one definitely deserves its world class reputation.

Folderol, Jul 05, 2008
Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark mahogany color with a creamy light oak head that retains well. Not much lacing to report, but the color and head are marvelous.

S: In a word: wow! Rich molasses, candied figs, brown sugar, and caramel all blend together wonderfully in front of a backdrop of rich toasted bready malt aromas. Damn near the best nose on a beer I've had to date.

T&M: I'll describe the feel first, as I'm still trying to get a handle on everything I'm tasting here: The body is medium with a light, fine carbonation that produces a smooth velvety mouthfeel that's absolutely delightful. Tastes include dark fruits, molasses, rich bread, some slight grassy/earthy hops, and a tinge of roasted malt. Wonderfully complex and bold. Truly an excellent beer.

D: Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock is a work of art. The only thing limiting drinkability is the ABV and slight heaviness in the stomach. Still, this is a beer to be savored and enjoyed--not sessioned.

BamaBeerBuff, Jul 04, 2008
Photo of Hoagie1973
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. Wasn't expecting it to be this good. Best Doppelbock I've ever had bar none.
Nearly opaque brown with a buttery tan head. Good retention with spotty lacing.
Smells very sweet with malt, molasses and a hint of caramel.
Doesn't taste as sweet as the smell. Starts that way, with molasses & toffee flavors, but quickly transitions into a nice roasty coffee-like bitterness in the finish. A little drying, but that gives way to the residual sugars. Hops help with the balance nicely.
Mouthfeel is thick & full, smooth and creamy.
Highly enjoyable.

Hoagie1973, Jul 04, 2008
Photo of beerlassie
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A very deep and rich brown color, and when held up to the light there are hints of dark red. When poured it has a light brown head.

Fruity aroma, with ascents of cherry and raisins.

Strong malty taste, very subtle hints of nuttiness and herbs. It leaves a pleasant fruit flavor on the palate.

Good mouthfeel, just the right amount of carbonation.

This is just an overall fantastic beer. I've had it several times and it always manages to impress me. Definitely should be tried.

beerlassie, Jul 03, 2008
Photo of scottyshades
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow i love this beer...spotted this bottle at Total Wine from pretty cheap and it looked interesting...

A: Deep rich brown/ruby color with a fluffy cream-colored head that leaves a nice spotty lace

S: Coffee, chocolate, alcohol, and sugars

T: Coffee, toasted malts, toffee, caramel, chocolate, and molasses

MF: Very clean and delicious aftertaste...goes down real easy

D: High! despite the above avg ABV%

This is one beer that I will continually drink...I do not generally consider myself the BIGGEST doppelbock person, but this is a definite winner

scottyshades, Jun 30, 2008
Photo of cvstrickland
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have to admit being charmed by the appearance of this bottle with its rustic goats hugging/dancing with a big glass of beer. Clean, classic graphics and the little white plastic goat dangling by a red thread looped around the longneck make smile. It's all so kitschy I feel like I ought to hate it, but I just can't bring myself to do that.

Anyway, the neat little package is opened and poured into a goblet, yielding a clear ruby-brown body capped with a thick, creamy beige lid of fine, fine bubbles with rocky patches that leaves a bit of lacing.

Smell is rich and tangy malty with a toasted nut and honey note.A touch of wheaty molasses emerges as the drink warms.

Taste is chocolatey with a thick, chewy-sweet, malty breadiness that is at once brown sugary and earthy. A fine dry, yeasty edge and just a touch of dark, roasty bitterness keeps the drink from crossing the line from 'sweet' to 'cloying'. A rich starchy note of grain fills in the spaces.

Slick with only the barest of carbonation, the drink is smooth and very drinkable.

cvstrickland, Jun 28, 2008
Photo of SQNfan
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It poured black color with a tan head that faded rather quickly. Aromas were sweet with scents of sweet malt, brown sugar, raisin and a touch of chocolate. The palate is medium-bodied but concentrated and shows some dry bitterness to balance the sweetness from the nose.

SQNfan, Jun 26, 2008
Photo of gonzo46and2
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle: Pours dark brown with a thin tan head. Not much retension. Aroma is rich with malty aromas, dark fruit, and dry roast coffee. Initial taste is nutty with a hoppy zing. Mouth feel is Smooth, creamy, and not too sweet. Toasted aroma lingers long after the head dimishes enhancing the flavor. Best doppelbock I've had yet.

gonzo46and2, Jun 25, 2008
Photo of everetends
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle I got from Four Winds in Pensecola. Poured into a stein.

A: Poured a nice dark brown with beautiful ruby highlights. The pour produced a nice tan head, but it receded quickly and didn't produce much by way of lacing.

S: Smells of sweet, roasted malt, caramel, toffee, espresso coffee, and dark fruits. Very nice.

T: Does not dissapoint. Comes first with sweet, biscuity malts. Followed by dark roasted malt that adds a bit of smoke to the profile. Caramel, green apples, raisins, toffee, and coffee can all be found in the tasting. This brew is amazing.

M: This a full bodied beer that realy rolls right over the tongue and down the throat. Although it is chewy, it goes down easy. Varied malt flavors linger and there is a touch of alcohol heat on the back of the throat. Amazing.

D: This is a great beer and I could drink this all night, but I shouldn't. Very heavy brew that makes for a great after dinner beverage. This is one of the best brews I have had. Damn near perfect.

everetends, Jun 25, 2008
Photo of msgraves
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice deep color, almost black but a little bit of red thrown in. Not a lot of head but it works.

Aroma was delicious with caramel, chocolate and toast with some dark fruits (raisins) thrown in for good measure.

Tastes silky smooth with chocolate sweetness, some caramel or toffee, and toasted malt. More of the dark fruit is noticed. The finish was smooth and sweet.

Medium body and smooth, delicious flavor make this an easy drinker. Very enjoyable and an excellent doppelbock.

msgraves, Jun 19, 2008
Photo of julian
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've definitely been looking forward to this one. My first dopplebock!

330ml bottle bought from Malt and Vine in Redmond, WA

A: this one surprised me but this dopplebock is almost pitch black! There are slight ruby hues on the fringes but this really is a DARK dopplebock. minimal head with little retention, barely any lacing.

S: alot going on in this beer. smell of toasty coffee and chocolate. medium to heavy malting. dark fermented fruit aroma with spicing almost candy like. smells sweet and toasty. If the aroma is any indication this is going to be an orgy of taste on my palette.

T: nice and roasted, nutty, coffee taste. maybe even a bit smokey. sweet, fruity (plum, grape?) and slightly bitter to round it out. hints of dark chocolate. very rich.

M/D: moderately carbonated, with a rich, almost syrupy feel. smooth and delicious. very well crafted beer and one that could be drank over and over IMO.

Overall impressions: different and very enjoyable. I'll definitely be exploring this style further.

julian, Jun 18, 2008
Photo of BullCityB
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a deep brown into my new Unibroue tulip, with a thick tanned head of foam. Retention looks solid so far. Further into the glass, it settles into a nice collar, nothing huge, but ok.

The nose is awesome. Dark, toasty malt flavors, fruit, chocolate and, oddly enough, a little smokiness? A touch sweetness in the background, and very little perceived alcohol. Delicious and completely unique.

The flavor is deep and intense, following the aroma. A little more alcohol noticable here, but it doesn't detract. Sweet, toasty malt, fruit, maybe a little chocolate and that odd smoky flavor. It's very subtle, only a background, but it makes the beer taste so deliciously earthy. Hop flavor is minimal, though there is enough bitterness to keep the finish medium dry and decidedly bready (think pumpernickle).

In the mouth, the beer is smooth, though not as rich or creamy as it could have been. Low carbonation is a plus here. I would put the body as a solid medium. While these factors conspire to leave a tiny bit desired, they make the beer as drinkable as the day is long - so smooth, so delicious...

Overall, this beer is a real winner. Bocks are a favorite of mine, and when they're as big and flavorful as Celebrator, well, it's cause for celebration.

BullCityB, Jun 17, 2008
Photo of Lexluthor33
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This brew pours dark brown with a foamy head and a long lasting lace. The aroma is of molasses,hops and toasted malts.
The taste is malts,sweet caramel,alcohol,raisins,plums and just a hint of spice.
The finish is bread,smooth,medium carbonation and grains.

Notes: This was something I had to try and it did not disappoint.
So well balanced,so perfect in every way. I never thought I would have a Doppelbock that was so refreshing,so light bodied and yet so satisfying. Truly remarkable in every sense of the word and sessionable.I would have liked it to be a bit stronger,but what right do I have to complain?

Lexluthor33, Jun 17, 2008
Photo of Greggy
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a very nice thick tan head over a just translucent, brown/ruby, body. The head, in my pilsner glass, is 3+ finger and has some really nice staying power.

S- First off, I get what I describe as a fresh flour scent, with a nice chocolate, caramel maltiness, and even some light prune, and dark fruit spiciness. To sum up the smell in one word, this smells a lot like a french silk pie. Nice dark chocolate notes.. etc.

T- A low carbonation sweeps over the tongue, but you can tell this beer isn't lacing any body. Initially, you get some nice dry chocolate, with some lingering caramel, light cherry, prunes, and eventually a light drop hopiness, in the finish. Its like a dryer chocolate milk with some dry fruits added. Complex, and delicious.

M- Low carbonation works well for the style although a touch more might benefit the initial taste. The body is very nicely done as it isn't to thick, but not to thin.

D- @6.7%, this is one great beer. Of all doppelbocks I've had, this one is king.

Greggy, Jun 15, 2008
Photo of Saunapoika
4.93/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Very dark brown with only the slightest hint of ruby hue when held to light. Nice brown head that held up for a bit and continuted to produce nice lacing all the way to the end.

S: Caramel, molasses, and a slight raisiny note. Maybe some date-style aroma in there as well. Outstanding.

T: The very best. Malty, caramel, molasses, sweetness balanced out with an unnoticeable hop prescence. Completely balanced.

M: Perfection with the carbonation. Slick feel to it. Very easy to drink.

D: The definition of a dopplebock. My favorite style of all time and I would arugue is possibly the best dopplebock in the world.

Saunapoika, Jun 15, 2008
Photo of Strix
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep clear burgundy with a good head.

Smells of malts and alcohol.

Taste is heavy on the malt, which i like, also hints of toffee, caramel, and cocoa. alcohol quite present in the finish.

Mouthfeel nice and smooth, very refreshing, despite the heaviness of the style.

This is nicely done. A good example of the style.

Strix, Jun 11, 2008
Photo of ckeegan04
4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark dark brown with light brown shading around the edges, Two finger brown head. Moderate retention with almost no lacing.

S - Smells of molasses and roasted malts. Light whiff of alcohol as well.

T - Strong sweet taste of roasted malts and molasses. Nice bit on the backend. Alcohol does not show itself.

M/D - Full bodied and lightly carbonated. An excellent beer.

ckeegan04, Jun 08, 2008
Photo of drpimento
4.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In the court of the prince of beers... Man, this is a bulwark of dopplebocks. One of the very best. This one is an interpretation that is earthier and a bit more scrappy. Perhaps even a little more drinkable than the original dopplebock. Poured wth a nice tan head, fine and a bit creamy. Dark almost opaque brown. A little crisper in the mouth with excellent carbonation. A nice smokey character. Just enough bittersweetness to make you want to have another swallow. Beer at its best!

drpimento, Jun 08, 2008
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.
Dark brown in colour with an off white head. Good retention good lacing.
A very malty beverage, an alcohal twang and some roasted notes as well.
Goes down incredibly smooth.
A good Ayinger beer to say the least. Ive never had a bad one.

Stinkypuss, Jun 07, 2008
Photo of meatmallet
3.8/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with a reddish tinge. Thick tan head leaves a thin ring around the glass.

Smells like roasted malts and chocolate. Not too powerful but just right.

Begins with a heavy roasted flavor and finishes with a bitter malt ending. A little coffee in there also. Not bad at all.

Mouthfeel was good. By the looks of it I was not expecting the carbonation that was hiding in there.

meatmallet, Jun 07, 2008
Photo of Spidey13
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ayinger Celebrator pours, from it awesome bottle, a very dark brown, coffee like color. A small tan head hangs around on top. The smell is chocolate and figs. The taste has chocolate and coffee notes. A hint of alcohol also shows up and a slight bitterness shows up a few seconds after the swallow. I also get a taste/scent sensation of split firewood post-swallow, but I'm not exactly sure where it's coming from. The taste is defintely a lager. The mouthfeel is nice and full with mid-to-low carbonation. This is just a very well-made brew.

Spidey13, Jun 07, 2008
Photo of BeardedBoffin
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 11.2 ounce bottle Ayinger Celebrator. The bottle has dueling rams on the label and nice goat trinket hanging from the neck. I love the bottle. Pouring into the glass revealed a very dark brown, essentially black, brew with a centimeter or two of light tan-colored head. The aroma has a strong dark malt character with toffee and chocolate. Smooth and ample bodied on the palate. Chocolate and coffee flavors commingle with a roasted malt bitter bite and also a slight sweetness. Very drinkable and pleasing. Not over the top, just a great quality balanced brew. A great reminder that beer need not be extreme to excellent.

BeardedBoffin, Jun 07, 2008
Photo of MiguelMandingo
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up to try something new. I haven't had a dopplebock in a long time, as I have been quite the hophead since I began drinking better beer.

Poured a 12oz. bottle into a flute glass.

Appearance - It pours a deep transparent brown color that is too deep to see through clearly - contains garnet hues as well. It produced a 1 finger head that quickly dissipated to thin halo. A quick swirl of the glass brings 1/2 finger head back for a few seconds before dissipating again - moderate to low carbonation.

Smell - The scent is pretty straightforward - dark fruit, fig caramel and chocolate with a bit of toffee. Toasty malts. Nothing overly deep or complex.

Taste - The flavor is pretty much just like the scent - caramel, toffee, dark fruit, fig, and chocolate. There is a quite a bit of toasted malt flavor and just a hint of molasses. There is a hint of salt toward the end that rounds out the flavor a bit.

Mouthfeel - This brew is medium bodied. The carbonation level is moderate, which suits the style well. Very smooth as it runs over the tongue.

Drinkability - Great beer. Very easy to drink. Smooth and tasty - I just wish that the smell had a little more bang. I could drink several of these in an evening, but would eventually want to drink something else to make things interesting. Overall very good. I would pick this one up again.

MiguelMandingo, Jun 06, 2008
Photo of rpardon7
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a dark carmel brown with a nice thin white head that left some lacing on the glass.

S - Malt, caramel and a hint of chocolate. No hops were detected in the nose.

T - Malted barley, caramel, notes of chocolate.
A slight bit of hops but mostly a taste dominated from roasted grain.

M - Very nice weighted mouthfeel not too heavy but what I expected from this beer. Very smooth not too carbonated.

D - Very easily drinkable especially on nice cold rainy nights.

rpardon7, Jun 03, 2008
Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
97 out of 100 based on 5,378 ratings.