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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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5,282 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,282
Reviews: 2,216
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 342
Gots: 418 | FT: 18
Brewed by:
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 Kegatron
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a dimpled mug.

Pours a dark brown with some ruby highlights around the edges and a big 2+ finger widths of creamy tan head that retained down very nicely into a still fairly large layer that left thick swathes of lace down the sides of the mug. The aroma is caramel sweetness, brown sugars, raisens, just the tiniest waft of alcohol.

The taste starts out with a blast of sweetness and thick malts (with just a touch of hop bitterness) that gives way to just the lovliest flush of cocoa powder and dark fruits. Finishes thick and sweet on the lips. The mouthfeel is a rich, creamy feel with just a touch of warmth.

Wow, wow, and double wow! This is by far the best Doppel Bock I've had yet with just a ton of rich yet clean flavors and an incredible drinkability. It's definitely one of the tops in its style!

Kegatron, Feb 13, 2008
Photo of WeisGuy
3.63/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a - pours a deep dark brown with a three-finger tan head, retention around the edges, not much lacing

s - caramel maltiness dominates, hints of alcohol as well as notes of mint, light hoppiness

t - once again, sweet caramel maltiness is the dominant flavor, very light hoppiness and unique notes of mint, not much alcohol on the finish, lingering sweetness

m - a bit too thin in my opinion, lightly carbonated, sweet finish

d - fairly drinkable, easy on the palate and the alcohol isn't prominent at all

This is a decent doppelbock in my opinion, but I wouldn't put it up there in my top five of the style. Well worth trying, but it didn't blow me away.

WeisGuy, Feb 13, 2008
Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in my Harpoon Oktoberfest mug. Poured a deep, dark brown with ruby highlights when the light hit the brew each time I took a sip. Two-fingered tan head subsided into a thin consistent skim of foam. Strong scent of dark fruit (figs, prunes), chocolate and perhaps molasses. Also seemed to have a slightly vinous fragrance. Taste similar to nose - dark fruit more pronounced as was as a strong malty backdrop. Effervescent tingly mouthfeel across the entire tongue finishing with a slight bit of astringency. Excellent brew. Wish I had discovered it sooner. Drinkable cold weather alternative to the big beers I usually consume.

Jwale73, Feb 12, 2008
Photo of BeerTaster
4.88/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearence black hints of brown when you hold it to the light. Smell hint of fig and prune malt and rosted grain. Taste rosted grin figgy dryness Alcohol comes through in the end as well as a hint of bitter chocolate finish. This beer is very cleen tasting lager considering how complex it is if that makes sense. Drinkability was very good for a beer of its kind its a cold late winter night and I wish I had another doppelbock.

BeerTaster, Feb 11, 2008
Photo of jmalex
4.63/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Can't believe I haven't reviewed this yet. Definitely a great that comes from my favorite German brewery.

APPEARANCE: Pours a deep brown with lighter bronze highlights. The pale brown head starts vigorously and large and descends somewhat quickly to a large-bubbled collar and cap.

SMELL: Wonderfully smelling with a strong aroma of toasted grains, accompanied by chocolate, toffee, and some herbal and even vinous notes. All this while smelling distinctly like a lager.

TASTE: A clean flavor profile highlighted by grains at all points of the spectrum. Pale, toasted, roasted, and scorched malts all balance perfectly. Little else gets in the way with just a small noble hop presence serving to balance.

MOUTHFEEL: A shining example of what should be. Thick and chewy but still remarkably clean. Carbonation is at perfectly moderate levels.

DRINKABILITY: Drinkability is also excellent. The lower ABV (for a doppelbock) makes this a beer for anytime. It goes down so incredibly easy that I could really imagine wanting another.

I'll be coming back to this again and again. It's by far the best authentic German example of the style that I've tasted.

jmalex, Feb 09, 2008
Photo of IBUnit63
3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Pours like a Diet Coke - dark and carbontated with frothy pale head that dissipates quickly. Looks like powerful syrupy stiff.

German chocolate aroma - a little soft, a sour, sorta metal. After about 15 minutes it reveals a toasted nut texture - almost like pecan pie. Strong, smoked malt taste - a little too puckering at first but develops slowly. Still slightly sour. Alcohol and malt are there in force - could be a little better blended but still well-balanced. Short-to-medium finish. Carbonation is long gone a few minutes after pour - first sip is a little clammy; a few minutes later it's very soothing. This needs a little while to breathe, sort of like wine. Most likely best enjoyed in a dark, warm setting - bar, ski lodge, German brew haus, etc. - powerful, well-made stuff.

IBUnit63, Feb 09, 2008
Photo of logdogg
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer poured good got about 3 fingers head and some nice lacing. Dark black color and tan head. Smells and tastes like a doppelbock should. Malts are a carmel dark bisky very palatable somewhat creamy taste and texture. A very smooth beer considering the style of beer. Not super hoppy, but a great balance with more dark roasted maltyness than hoppyness, with the right amount of bitterness. I would definately recommend this beer it is worth the price and the beer ornaments are dope. This is an outstanding world class doppelbock that is very complex and drinkable, I could pound 8 or more of these and enjoy everyone.

logdogg, Feb 09, 2008
Photo of IgotsHops
4.63/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What can I say? This is one of the best Belgium Dopplebocks, if not the best. Strong caramel and chocolate on the nose, some dark fruit and molasses bread.
Tastes very similar to the smell, full and rich of dark malt, dark fruit, molasses, and roasted grain. A wonderfully complex but drinkable beer.
Keeps smooth in the mouth with enough carbonation to keep your tongue excited for the next sip.

IgotsHops, Feb 08, 2008
Photo of avalon07
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle to a flute glass. Has a dark brown color, with almost no translucence. There was a little head that didn't last especially long, but left a little lacing around the glass that had a brownish color.

Strong but not overpowering smell. Very malty with hints of older, dark fruits.

The most apparent aspect of the taste was the presence of coffee - at least to me. It was somewhat similar to a stout in this respect. Also, there were some sweets, possibly caramels and some yeast as well.

Had a nice amount of carbonation for solid mouthfeel.

Overall, the Celebrator is a drinkable beer. It goes down very smooth, without an obnoxious aftertaste. Surprisingly not a beer that weighs you down.

avalon07, Feb 08, 2008
Photo of ABCJiugui
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bottle from 4 pack with the little plastic icon

poured into sam adams' new pint glass

A- Dark brown, nearly black with red/auburn hues in light. Half finger of head recedes quickly to minimal head retention, with creamy brown color.

S- Molasses, maltose/malt sugars, dried fruit (persimmon?) Upon exhaling, alcohol leaves nasal passages with a slight burn reminiscient of hot spices/chiles.

T- Malt sweetness is immediate, almost too sweet at first but is balanced by hop bitterness in the finish that is just enough. Scorched caramel, coffee, slighty bready flavors take a backup role but are present. Well balanced.

M- ridiculously smooth- silken on the tongue, carbonation hits quickly, but becomes mild as it finishes quickly and lifts away the malt sweetness, preventing it from being overpowering.

D- overall, I grew to like this beer more and more as I drank it (and I have issues with maltose/molasses flavors). I don't know if I could drink more than one at a sitting- I feel it needs food cause the abv seems to sneak up on you due to its insane smoothness going down, perhaps a meal of sausages or game with german black bread. Definitely something to warm you during the cold winter, goes great with a hearty stick-to-your ribs meal (heavy bean stews- had it with Publick House's cassoulet before).

ABCJiugui, Feb 08, 2008
Photo of BMan1113VR
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, served at 60*F. Aroma is very very strong of salty soy sauce with some smokyness and a little bit of dough, toffee and butterscotch. The pour yeilds a small, creamy off-white head, with great lacing, and a dark brown body. It nearly looks like a porter. The flavor is quite nice with a lightly sweet yeasty taste. Body is medium to full and the mouthfeel is creamy. A lot of character for such low abv.

BMan1113VR, Feb 07, 2008
Photo of cswhitehorse
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Ayinger with the plastic white ram on the outside poured a black color with a nice 2 to 3 finger foam head with some solid retention.

The aroma was a coffee and malt smell. It had a soft hop flavor with a excellent bitterness. It had a chewiness to it and was oily and semi dry. I was really impressed with how this one was built. This is my first time having the Celebrator.

cswhitehorse, Feb 05, 2008
Photo of bboven
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown and clear bdy with ruby highlights.

Sweet, dark fruit aroma with a touch of roastiness.

Faint cherry, malt, and slight bitterness at the end of the taste.

Slightly sticky, a good amount of bitter at the very end.

Another great beer. I don't think I've had a dopple I didn't like!

bboven, Feb 03, 2008
Photo of atrus138
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle of this at Whole Foods. Came with a neat little trinket that will go on my Christmas tree next year! Poured into my bavarian pilsener. Dark brown with red tinges. Looks a lot like cola, actually. Nice fluffy head that slowly became a layer of froth. No real lacing, though. The nose is very sweet. Quite bready with lots of dark fruits layered on top of that. There were also notes of caramel. Taste is pretty complex, with a lot of flavors coming in different waves. First is a great malty taste. Almost like sweet bread. Then comes dark fruits, such as raisins, figs, and prunes. This is followed with an aftertaste of sassafras. VERY well done. Feels very creamy in my mouth. Nice and thick, but with just the right amount of carbonation. Very smooth. All in all, this is a fantastic beer, that I look forward to having again and again.

atrus138, Feb 01, 2008
Photo of JDV
3.58/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Rich Mahogany pour with a light brown short lived head. Looks nice, and smells even better. Smells of Gingerbread cookies, mollasses, with some smokey, earthy tones. Taste is malty, molasses, and some smokey earthiness again. It also has a tart, sourish twinge to the finish and a nice needed bitterish note to it. Alcohol is hidden well, and this an awesome beer overall. Still good, but I didn't like it as much the 2nd time around.

JDV, Jan 31, 2008
Photo of baos
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz into Falstaff goblet.

A: Looks really good, Coca-cola color with 3 finger tan head. Nice lacing.

S: Malts, malts and more malts. Faint odor of alcohol, like a dark rum.

T: Purely awesome. The meal in a bottle maltiness just takes the cake.

M: Mouthfeel is A one.

D: I had seven

baos, Jan 29, 2008
Photo of rye726
4.63/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark mahogany color with a thick dark tan head. Good lacing and retention.

Earthy with herbal hops and roasty malts. Molasses, caramel, ripe fruits and a faint smoke aroma.

Again lots of malts with pitted fruit and candy. Some peppery/herbal hops.

Full and creamy feel with moderate carbonation.

Near perfect example of the style. Hudely complex for a lagered brew yet so drinkable. Delicious.

rye726, Jan 29, 2008
Photo of Rezzin
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours dark brown almost black and little to no head. Perhaps my glass is not the cleanest.

S - Rich malty aroma with fruit and chocolate notes. I think it smells somewhat roasted but I know for this style that's no appropriate. I guess it's toasted.

T - Chocolate, plums, and a slight alcoholic presence but with enough hop bitterness to balance things out.

M - Rich and full bodied - very malty. Moderate carbonation.

D - Not bad but not my favorite style. My wife absolutely loves this beer. I could drink one or two but that would be it for me. I gave it a 4.5 on the drinkability because my wife just came by and smacked me for giving it a 4 - she says it should be all 5's. I'll let her create her own BA account

Rezzin, Jan 27, 2008
Photo of nickynick
4.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ok, this stuff is unbelievable. I love this brewery, and I love this beer. The appearance is wonderful, dark dark brown, and it looks thick. Nice tan head that has good retention. The smell is amazing. Every time I have one of these I sit and smell it for at least a minute, and am amazed that I find something new almost every time I nose this beer. Dark malt, brown sugar, hops, chocolate, dark beers, caramel. I could go on. Taste matches the smell. With tons of dark rich malt flavors. Chocolate, and brown sugar. Mouthfeel is good, right amount of carbonation and not overly thick. Drinkability is good, but you can only have maybe 2 of these at most, because it is like a meal. Or at least dessert. Wonderful!

nickynick, Jan 25, 2008
Photo of allergictomacros
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a dark dark brown with decent head of tan foam that quickly recedes.

S - Rich dark fruitiness is forefront, with some molasses and coffee.

T - Flavour is where this really shines. Big fruity grapes, espresso, apples, pears. There's a nice sweet undertone that's not cloying, followed by a bitterness that seems more roasty than hoppy. Almost a bit tart up front as well.

M - Light fizz on the tongue with a medium body. Soft.

D - Very drinkable for a stronger brew. The flavour and balance are fantastic, although not what I would call massively complex. Maybe a good case of less is more - very straightforward.

allergictomacros, Jan 25, 2008
Photo of aerozeppl
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First time reviewing this one. Have had it a number of times over the years.

A: Super dark brown. Minimal white head.

S: Very dominating malt smell up front. Some toffee in the back.

T: Dark malt city. Brown sugar and hints of candy.

M: Excellent. Med to Heavy body. Carbonation is perfect for this beer.

D: Very drinkable. The problem for me with bocks is that the malt can become so overpowering as to render the beer undrinkable. Ayinger took it down a notch and it helps the overall drinkability. Worth it for the plastic goat alone!

aerozeppl, Jan 22, 2008
Photo of Risser09
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz beer poured into a pilsner - Not sure when it was born - Cellar temp

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with ruby highlights. The head is a towering 2.5" with great retention. Ample lacing leaves its mark on the glass.

Smell: Deep nutty aroma mixes with leather. Sugary biscuits. Fruit cake.

Taste: Deep malt flavor is full of sugar. Mild hop presence keeps this beer intact. Biscuits, leather, roasted almonds. Dark fruit of plum, fig and raisin. Intense flavor.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and slightly bittering. Carbonation is ample. Medium high body. Alcohol is a lingering component. Belly warming.

Drinkability: Pretty good. This beer is intense for how little alcohol it contains. Usually a beer with such flavor is higher in alcohol. This is a very good one, but not as good as the Schneider version I enjoyed last night. Definitely worth trying.

Risser09, Jan 22, 2008
Photo of jeonseh
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got this from Belmont Beverage and opened from a bottle. So cold in SB that it was ready to be drank from my closet.

A - Very dark chocolate brown, almost opaque but can see plumish hues to it as well. A nice thick creamy, bubbly head that left lacing down the glass.

S- alot of sweetness coming off of this one as well; smell mixtures of fruit, mostly the grape and plum. Also a bit of chocolate and toffee like sensations.

T - wow this is a really good beer that literally blew me away the first time I put my mouth on it. Loads of malt in it and can taste sweetness but it is not at all overpowering. The taste is a lot of plum, brown sugar, molasses is there too. Rather sweet but it is not at all overpoweringly sweet; it is actually rather well balanced as well. The aftertaste is a little less plummy but that is mostly what I note; also a nice warming alcohol taste which is necessary to offset some of the sweetness. Leaves a nice roasted flavor in the mouth as well.

MF - A light carbonation, not too sticky either; a little bit thin but pretty good. Leaves a slight tingly aspect on your tongue.

D - For such a big beer this is very drinkable. I think I could drink these one after another and definitely one that I would pick up again if I saw it out lying it around. A definite must buy if you see it lying around. Plus you get those white goats on the bottles! Agree with the one guy down below that this is one beer that I drank a lot faster than I thought I would.

jeonseh, Jan 21, 2008
Photo of bainard
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle to tasting glass, though i've had it plenty times before.

A - deep brown with just enough head. come to daddy.

S - aromas of dark malt, caramel, maybe toffee?

T - beautiful. somehow everything good about lagers gets distilled, darkened, and concentrated in this german classic. dark candy sweetness, but not a whole lot of cocoa here, mostly caramel, toffee, molasses, that sort of thing. just enough residual smokiness to remind you of its german heritage. maybe a bit too much smoke on the finish, but really it's quite a work.

M - the lager-y effervescence is here, but with the thickness you'd expect from a beer this malty.

D - i don't know if i could drink this all night, but a full pint would certainly be doable. i'm normally a stout/porter/wee-heavy kind of dude, but this is an excellent alternative/addition to the dark beer offerings that i can foist on those that normally turn their noses at whatever i happen to be drinking. this is the gold standard of doppelbocks for a reason.

bainard, Jan 20, 2008
Photo of srandycarter
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Into the tulip.

A - Slightly hazy dark brown/caramel with small head, sudsy light lacing.

S - Deep malt, bready, heady, bit of dark fruit.

T - Oh yes. Major dark malt presence - dark, cooked fruit, brown sugar and satisfying bitterness to finish almost neutral.

M - Big, heavy, full, coating and just the right amount of carbonation.

D- A sipper. Savor it. Could wear your palate out after a few.

srandycarter, Jan 19, 2008
Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 5,282 ratings.