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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

4,932 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,932
Reviews: 2,196
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 294
Gots: 298 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2001)
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artusory

Maryland

4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown/black with reddish tint. Thick creamy tan head, that recedes to light cover. Nice lacing. Aroma is dark fruit, molases, toffee, chocolate and a touch of cookie dough. Flavor is malty and fruity delight. Plums, raisins, molases, bitter chocolate, a touch of hops, some roastedness comes at the end. Finish is longish and dry, with a bit of warming alcohol. Texture is smooth and creamy.Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2006 00:51:36 | More by artusory
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twofattires

Washington

4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, served in a pint glass.

Appearance: It pours a rich deep dark mahogany, with a thin head that sticks around pretty well.

Smell: I agree with other reviewers that the caramel scent is obvious. I also picked up something I could put my finger on, until I thought about brownies. Very sweet and malty scent to this one.

Taste: As one might expect, the taste follows the smell. It's got a very smooth mouthfeel, and i found you get a bit more of the alcoholic warmness and kick to come out if you aerate the beer in your mouth a bit. Overall a very sweet, caramel, light chocolate and malty taste. Also I can pick up a hint of pear and apple. Hops are pretty hard to pick out. I'm new to bocks and wasn't expecting such a sweet brew, but I really liked it.

Notes: This isn't something I'd order with a big, spicy steak or any meal that's too powerful. It would make a great after dinner beer, though.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2006 05:30:02 | More by twofattires
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IntriqKen

California

3.85/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smells of molasis and dried fruit...sweet toasted malt.
Tastes of dried sweet fruit, molasis, brown sugar and a tiny bit of hops.
Lingering aftertaste of brown sugar and dried fruit with no drying at all.
Good after dinner drink....filling desert all by itself.
You have to be ready for a cloying rich, sweet, desert before drinking this, otherwise it will be wasted.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2006 01:04:52 | More by IntriqKen
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daliandragon

North Carolina

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

I am fairly certain that this was the most expensive four pack I've ever purchased, today at Superstar Beer and Soda in Smithtown for the bargain price of $18.99. Ouch, although by all accounts it's worth it. Love the little ornamental goats or rams or whatever they are.. The night before Easter seems like a good time to be reviewing this one as well.
Pours dark and opaque, almost stout like, into my pint glass. Bubbling tan head that holds up for longer than I can wait to drink this beer. Nose is drenched in coffee with chocolate and alcohol on backing vocals. This is a very hardy, dense looking beer.
Not quite as intimidating as I was anticipating, this doppel is not quite delicate but much more fluid in taste and texture than I was anticipating. The taste features coffee and caramel and liquorice flavors and well balanced hopping that hides the alcohol almost to a fault although also improves drinkability in the same measure. Carbonation is low and allows this beer to sit in the mouth for an eternity.
In short, this is an excellent beer. I'm not really a big bock fan but perhaps this is the finest bock in the world, it gets my vote.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2006 04:12:47 | More by daliandragon
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Tawnos

Washington

4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my first bock, and it's great.
Pours a dark color. A red tinged brown in the light.

The smell took me immediately. Ginger and molasses, caramel, with a very very slight undertone of earthy hops.

The taste follows the smell perfectly. Coffee and chocolate notes blend into the molasses character, bringing back memories of younger days making cookies.
The mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, and has a very light malt graininess.

Drinkability: give me another one, now. It's that good, I only have one, and I'm sad.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2006 04:48:16 | More by Tawnos
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nflmvp

Wisconsin

4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured like extra dark rootbeer with a three finger head of toffee colored foam. Smell is sweet and chocolatey. Taste is similar. Mouth feel is mildly thick....VERY smooth and creamy

This is very drinkable but at 6.7% ABV, it better be drinkable.

I've heard this beer is considered to be the epitome of the dopplebock style. While I DO like it VERY much, I can think of others that I think are even better.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2006 00:22:06 | More by nflmvp
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PBRstreetgang

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark ruby/chestnut color with excellent clarity. A dark tan head will fill the glass, then become comfortable at three fingers. Leaves sticky spots of lace. The nose is pretty clean - toasted amber and crystal malt, with a slight ester aroma. Taste begins sweet with roasted crystal malt, background nutty flavor, and a hint of fruity ester(plum?). Aftertaste is residual with only a hint of drying noble hop I felt was a bit shy even for the style. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with low carbonation and a syrupy body. The finish is appropriatly residual sweet, but the ester is subdued and allows an excellent drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2006 01:47:49 | More by PBRstreetgang
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sabrills70

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep mahogony brown with a good 2 finger head, great longevity and equally great lace. Outstanding roasted malt aromas, hints of coffee and vanilla. Huge chewy malt flavors. Earthy. Bits of dark caramel and coffee. Thick and syrupy and smooth as any I have ever tasted. The mother of all dobbelbocks. I don't give out 5's as no beer is perfect IMHO but this is as close as you can get with this style. A beautiful beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2006 23:18:08 | More by sabrills70
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jettjon

Florida

4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Highs: Nose, flavor
Lows: None

From the 12 oz. bottle, almost opaque brown with a one-finger brownish tan head of various-sized bubbles that fades quickly, leaving light lacing. Nose is hard sorghum/molasses, some licorice and perhaps coffee? On the mouth, again light licorice nicely balanced with sorghum, malts, and a tiny bit of alcohol on the finish. Mouthfeel is substantial but not heavy. Finish is lightly bitter. Drinkability is above average.

Overall: This is a kickass beer; a beautiful bock in a beautiful bottle (love the little goat). Strongly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2006 20:18:09 | More by jettjon
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Oxymoron

Colorado

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

Beers that end in -ator, are always good. Poured a dark, very rich brown color with stronger red color throughout. A very nice foam with little bubbles with plenty of staying power. Left good lacing as well.

The smell is sweet with malt. Very rich even for doppelboch standards. Some caramel notes mixes with fruity tropical smells. Plums, a touch of raisins and a hint of fried plantains (bananas yum).

The taste is all malt. A sweet mix of caramel and lighter toffee. There is an almost syrupy taste with strong notes of molasses. The fruit flavors become more apparent then even the nose would indicate. Touches of bready and toast flavors are presence but not to be missed.

A good complexity of malt but some lingering yeast qualities and a beer to be enjoyed. Full flavor, full bodied. End it -ator and you wont go wrong.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2006 03:28:30 | More by Oxymoron
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Blakaeris

Iowa

4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep rich brown. Head is a thick tan mass that fades to little more than a ring without lacing.

Smell is molasses, dark fruit, roasted malt, and strong alcohol notes.

Taste is roasted malt, chocolate, toffee, and light hop character. Finish is rather sweet and dry, with lingering raisin, nut, and mollasses.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, chewy and amazingly dry.

This is a tasty brew. I found that I enjoyed it more as it warmed. The flavors seem to blend and add comlexity to the massive malt attack.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2006 01:47:31 | More by Blakaeris
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edmundfitzoil

Florida

4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Celebrator Doppelbock purchased at Grand Vines in Salem, OR, and poured into a plisner glass. I had allowed mine to warm outside the fridge for about a half an hour before drinking.

The beer poured a very deep mahogany with a finger of thick, surprisingly fizzy sounding head. The nose blew me away with an enormous, doughy presence with dark and subdued fruit undertones and a small hint of carmel. The flavor provided the expected big malts with a wonderful molasses presence. A medium body and excellent warming beer. There exists a hint of smokiness to Celebrator as well, very subdued, but there. The alcohol, although not overly high or necessarily high for the style, hides behind the enormous flavor of this brew. This is one, that although I've had difficulty finding it in the area, I would return to before the others of this particular style that I've encountered.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2006 08:08:00 | More by edmundfitzoil
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

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

I had this (vom fass) at Ayingers Am Platzl, Munich on March 19, 2006.

A: Ruby black, off-white head, some retention, nice lace.

S: Malt bomb! Bread, caramel & nut.

T: Raisin, prune, chocolate, roasted nut, burnt caramel, slightly spicy (tettnanger hops?), nice bittersweet balance, dry finish.

M: Moderate to full body (surprisingly light for the depth of flavour), moderate carbonation.

D: Very good.

(I've reviewed this before, but not on-tap in Germany).

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2006 22:50:03 | More by Derek
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blackie

Virginia

4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: Nice 1", frothy khaki head slowly recedes, though never disappearing. The beer is a considerably dark brown in color, with little light escaping.

smell: Mmmm darkish, bready, malt sweetness all over the place. Hints of a dark wheat style banana bread, toasted grain, nuts, and dates. Lightly hopped.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is a lighter medium, and very smooth. The body is a heavier medium, though I like my doppelbocks a little thicker.

taste: Big flavors of moderately sweet, toasted, bready malts. Light banana bread, I suppose from some esters. Just the very very slightest touch of roast, mainly in the aftertaste. Subtle hints of darker fruits. Light noble hop bitterness, and a hop flavor that is hard to find.

drinkability: A good beer, and easily drinkable

Brought to me from Georgia by dirtylou, Cellared since then (July)

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2006 04:13:05 | More by blackie
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phisig137

Virginia

4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a rather dark brown with a one finger head that quickly dissapears into a small blanket over the top of the glass.

Smells grainy, sweet, and roasty. Only a slight amount of alcohol is present.

Flavor is fantastic. Loads of complex malts, and a well balanced sweetness. Not cloying, but decidedly sweet. Malt definitely takes center stage here, and it is unparalleled.

Mouthfeel is incredibly chewy and full. A thickness coats your tongue, and the flavor linger for quite a long time. Since it hides its alcohol well, much better than other dopplebocks, I feel the drinkability is quite high.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2006 03:17:45 | More by phisig137
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EvilKeith

Alabama

3.9/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So, this is the one everybody talks about, and deservedly so. This is an excellent doppelbock.

Pours dark brown to deep ruby in color. Starts with one finger of dense frothy camel colored head, fades to a thin cap with fine lace.

The nose detects molasses, dark fruits, plums, sweet toasty malts and a wisp of alcohol.

Taste is the same toasted malts, plums, raisins with a slight spicy hop bitterness and traces of alcohol.

Medium to medium-heavy bodied. Carbonation is moderate.

Very well done. The balance of the flavors alone is enough to make this one a real treat.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2006 23:16:52 | More by EvilKeith
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scottoale

California

4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one brings back some memories, haven't had it for five or six years or so...330ml. brown bottle with stylish classic label and plastic white mtn.goat charm hanging on the neck...some things never change.

Pours a very dark brown with hues of ruby red when held to the light. A nice frothy tan head settles minutes later, leaving some decent lacing behind as you go.

Sweet malty nose, toasted, roasty and nutty. A malt lovers dream. Fruity and floral malt, with malt and more malt...toffee, caramel and molassas, smells like candy.

Tastes much like it smells, sweet roasty malts with a subtle nuttiness and a tang of hops in the finish and a grassy aftertaste. Definitely heavy in body, it has a some what chewy, yet lively mouthfeel and a bitter-sweet balanced finish.

Plenty of flavor, complex and balanced, this is a true Doppelbock from which this style originated, it's more like a meal, than just a drink !

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2006 10:14:08 | More by scottoale
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beveragecaptain

New Jersey

4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

330 ml bottle. Celebrator pours out a very dark brown color with a huge, dense head. Intricate layers of lacing are left on my glass as I drink. The aroma is caramel, chocolate, and nuts. Big bready malt flavor. Some caramel, and just a hint of chocolate. There is also a nutty flavor that I can't get enough of. Finishes with subtle, spicy hops. Perfectly balanced and quite complex. Mouthfeel is so smooth. I can't detect any alcohol. This is a classic, world class dopplebock.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2006 22:28:28 | More by beveragecaptain
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ggaughan

Pennsylvania

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. What a nice dark brown/black color with a thick and tanish head. There is a distinct sweet/malty flavor running through this beer, very pleasing to the nose and eyes. The taste is sweet malty goodness with a bit of spice and fruity to balance things out and make this one enjoyable beer. The body is medium to heavy but I find this beer very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2006 14:35:46 | More by ggaughan
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RedHaze

Nebraska

4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown with some really nice ruby highlights around the edges. There's a one inch head that fades to a thick cap, and leaves behind quite a bit of lacing.

Smell; a little bit os sweet caramel with lots of dark roasted malts and a somewhat bitter coffee aroma.

Taste; just as the aroma implies, nice and malty. There's some coffee, a light presence of anise, with a little chocolate with hints of caramel, and a just touch of some hop bitterness. I'm more of a hop head, but when I'm in the mood for malts this is a great one. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, and very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2006 02:30:54 | More by RedHaze
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Crosling

Colorado

4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ruby. Seriously stunning aroma of figs, grapes, caramel and chocolate. Just a deep and malty aroma. Characterful and complex malty flavor with notes of figs, fruits, caramel and chocolate. Very sweet flavor. Subtle hopping. Silky and coating feel on the palate. A very nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2006 23:13:46 | More by Crosling
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pbr85

New York

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

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle to a pint glass
A: Pours a deep black with 2 inches of deep brown head that cascades up from the beer. Pretty sweet. It would be a 5 if the head retained better.
S: Caramel odors with some toasty undertones.
T: Clean taste at first with some fresh wheat, finishes with sweet candy flavors and roasted malts.
M: Chunky and thick. Similar to a stout. Very enjoyable.
D: I'd certainly pick it up again. This is a very good beer that you can drink moderately quickly if you want but is more enjoyable if sipped. The flavors became more pronounced as the beer warmed, so letting the bottle sit out for a few minutes before you drink it might be a good idea...if you can stand looking at the beautiful bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2006 05:44:46 | More by pbr85
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Manosbeeroffate

Maine

4.9/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Jesus H Christ I love this stuff, I'm not sure how well I can really describe how much I love this stuff, but here we go. Pours extremly dark brown, almost like a porter. Smells a bit malt syrupy, but good. Taste is...wow!! Malt, cocoa, some mild dried fruit, slightly bitter but again of cocoa. Mouthfeel is nice. Drinkability is excellent. Though you want to sip on this i can go for more again and again. The best I have had so far.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2006 02:29:17 | More by Manosbeeroffate
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GimmeAles

Washington

4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black as any impy stout I've had (not nearly as light as the picture shows here), thin, fine, moca-colored head comes on with a slow pour. Smell of roasty malts and fig-like sweetness.

Wow, this is like drinking a good english toffee bar covered with dark chocolate. Fig and Date-like fruityness swirl-around as well adding a nice fruity complexity. The presence of pungent German hops is there on top, but is soon lost amidst the swirling, decadent sweetness to follow. A treat to drink, mellows and sweetens (though never too sweet) as it warms.

Mouthfeel is medium, though not cloying and smooth as silk - dessert in a glass. Awesome! Not usually much a Bock fan, but saw this, heard good things, and had to try it. Very glad I did - there will be more of these in my future.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2006 18:24:35 | More by GimmeAles
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JohnnyM2002

Maryland

4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bartender told me that if I liked Troegenator, I'd like this - Celebrator wins hands down.

Pours a beautiful dark reddish/brown color with a nice head and
long-lasting carbonation. Smells sweet (maybe chocolate/hazlenut?) and very malty. I was expecting a super-stong taste - but it was a rush of sweet malt that wasn't as heavy as it appeared. It went down very smoothly and felt great in my mouth. For such a syrup-looking beer, it was surprisingly smooth.

**EDIT**
Had another few samplings of Celebrator, and each time, it fell a little in my rankings.

A heavier mouthfeel than the first I had tried. Taste and aroma were still that of malty cocoa; both were still wonderful. Just not as drinkable as my initial tasting.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2006 13:57:23 | More by JohnnyM2002
Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 4,932 ratings.