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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

4,963 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 4,963
Reviews: 2,198
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 297
Gots: 309 | 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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bluejacket74

Ohio

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

Served in a mug the Celebrator pours dark brown, with some tinges of red. There's about an inch tan carbonated head which doesn't stay around for too long. It smells like roasted malt, molasses, and a little bit of chcocolate. A very nice aroma. It tastes like roasted malt, toffee, chocolate and coffee, with a mild bitter aftertaste. Medium-bodied and smooth, with just the right amount of carbonation. This is an easily drinkable dopplebock, with a good mixture of sweet and bitter. Celebrator is a well balanced beer that I would recommend to anyone, it's a very good beer, one of the best that I've had. The little plastic goat that comes with the beer is an added bonus! Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2006 22:44:57 | More by bluejacket74
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krantul

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

FINALLY remembered to buy a bottle of this, after always refusing to pay a "bar" price on a bottle. ;-)

Interesting 12 oz. bottle with a little bauble strung about the neck; elaborate and proud label design. Pours a dark, burnt-chestnut hue with a healthy, chocolately head. Strong smell of sweet malts.

For me, this has become the bar for doppelbocks. It is rich, malty, and sweet, with a really nice molasses flavor to it; the 6.7% alcohol content is not remotely evident in this complex brew. I have had some (alleged) doppelbocks that struck me as weak, watered-down caramel, and other that were nearly unpalatable malt-bombs, but this lands in just the right place.

That said, the sweetness of this fine beer lends itself to modest quantities; I would personally find a large quantity a little stomach-turning.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2006 17:23:49 | More by krantul
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DrJay

Massachusetts

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

Very dark brown with brilliant ruby highlights. The light tan foam poured a little short, but quite dense, and produced decent lacing. Heavy malt aroma with some molasses and a hint of cocoa. Fruity notes of raisins and prunes. Light charcoal smokiness came out as it warmed as well. Bitterness was on the low side, balance was very much towards malt. Sweet, dried fruit and rich malt, not quite caramel but definitely caramelized sugar. Smoke character and light metallic iron lingers in the finish. Medium/full body with moderate carbonation and delicate alcohol warmth. Creamy texture with a bit of grain dryness. Great complexity yet still highly drinkable. Definitely a world class dopplebock.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2006 02:36:43 | More by DrJay
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EStreet20

New Jersey

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

11.2 ounce bottle poured into a tall thin pilsner glass.

A - A nice deep, dark brown with gorgeous red tint with a tall off white head of foam. Looks great. Great staying power from the head.

S - Roasted malts with some sweetness.

T - A nice roasty flavor with some enexpected bitterness. Coffee and chocolate notes as well. Very clean finish with no real aftertaste.

M - Minimal carbonation but a very thick, smooth feel.

D - Pretty good. Goes down nice and smooth and the ABV is somewhat low for a doppelbock.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2006 02:27:20 | More by EStreet20
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silverhorn

Texas

4.78/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The taste is the exceptional. Rich, roasted malts melding into a chocolaty coffee finish. I have not had a better beer. So smooth going down with a nice lingering finish. From the moment I opened the bottle and got a whiff of the aroma until I put the empty glass on the bar after my second one the experience was thoroughly enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2006 19:15:24 | More by silverhorn
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guitarmage

Oregon

4.93/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Nearly black, hints of red orange light pass through if held up to the light, tan ring around the glass.

Smell: Big malty, molasses, licorice, chocolate, alcoholic esters when swirled, mild medicinal notes.

Taste: All the smells in your mouth, toasty malt and molasses and unsweetened chocolate, low alcoholic and hop presence, just enough bitter to balance it about.

Mouthfeel: Lightly carbonated, full bodied and smooth, goes down very easily, lightly coats the mouth.

Drinkability: This is a great beer, so flavorful, so drinkable, complex and tasty. It would be good with a number of things, sweeter items but also other bold flavors to contrast.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2006 06:08:01 | More by guitarmage
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jdoolin

Ohio

4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz bottle with the plastic goat hanging from the top. Served in a glass much like the one seen on the label.

Appearance: poured a beautiful dark brown, nearly black with a big tan head that never dissipates. By appearance, one could mistake this for a porter or stout.

Aroma: exceptional roasted malt, molasses and toastiness.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Incredible roasted malt flavor with a hint of chocolate that is very pleasant. Caramel and brown sugar comes through as well. Sweet, rich and intense with a chewy mouthfeel.

Notes: So smooth, so balanced, so rich and so tasty. I will never be without a few bottles of this hanging around.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2006 02:14:41 | More by jdoolin
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macpapi

Maryland

4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Since I've been getting into dopplebocks this spring, I figured it was time to sample the highest rated on this site. Purchased a single bottle. Two rams, seem to be holding up a dopplebock serving glass. Around the bottle's neck is the legendary plastic Celebrator figurine, which I'm sure adorns many a BA's brewerania collection.

Celebrator Dopplebock pours a dark brown--almost black color--with a good sized tannish head. Nice rich and full color.

Smell is dominated by roasted malt. Chocolate, toffee and barley are also present in the nose. The full-bodied sweetness of molasses is also noted. Overall, this is a very deep and pleasing aroma.

Taste is very impressive. Chocolate is first to hit the palate, followed by deep roasted malt with hints of toffee. Deep sugary sweetness is present, along with a bit of hop (or is it alcohol?) bitterness. Balanced to the max.

In the mouth, this beer is full-bodied, sweet and bitter. It is relatively low in carbonation.

Is this Celebrator Double Bock drinkable? Um, yes. This is, as its bottle states, 'the finest Bavarian Double Bock.' Bavarian, or otherwise for that matter in my opinion (at least at this point.) Balanced, tasty and damned impressive.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2006 03:20:22 | More by macpapi
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Sycodrummer

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had from the bottle at Sunset in Allston, Ma. Poured from the bottle into a mug the beer was a dark, dark brown color with a solid two-fingers of slightly off-white head. Some sticky carbonation bubbles on the sides of the glass, and decent lacing throughout the sample.

The smell is of dark, semi-roasted, malt with brown sugar, candi-sugar, some mollasses, caramel, and some anise. The "smell" of sweetness pervades the nose.

The taste is an inntial hearty helping of sweet malt with a big semi-chewy mouthfeel. Sweet from beginning to end with flavors of mollasses, brown sugar, and some caramel all easily detectable. Subtle toffee in the finish and just slight dry, especially as the beer warms a bit.

Mouthfeel is big and rich. A hearty and robust coating of the palate with little carbonation and slightly chewy from the sturdy malt backbone of this beer.

It's easy to see why this beer is in the top 100 and easy to see whay it is the basic epitome of the dopplebock. Superbly rich and sweet, right in line with what I want when I think dopplebock. A great beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2006 16:56:27 | More by Sycodrummer
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wedge

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, dark, transluscent brown with a healthy tan head of pillowy foam. The aroma is amazingly rich...a thick nutty breadiness over sweetened dark fruits. Flavor is big 'n malty - toasted caramel, molasses, and a little coffee. Theres a sugary fruitiness thats goes along with all the malts along with very subtle hops in the finish. Mouthfeel is chewy and well-rounded with moderately low carbonation.

Complex, rich, and dark...thats what a doppelbock is all about isn't it? Deliciously well crafted and incredibly satisfying.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2006 04:04:44 | More by wedge
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tastybeer

North Carolina

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

Pours nearly black, with a red brown glow. The giant four finger head is a nice tan cream color with a hint of orange pigmentation. Sheety and spotty lacing lines the glass. My nose is filled with the utimate creamy toasty malt aroma. Smell is velvety smooth with sweet caramel, some faint roasted coffee, toffee, and toasted bread. Balancing the dense malts are fruits-ripe apple, mixed berries including cranberries, mild resinous leafy hops, and a subtle but tangy wine-like alcohol. Taste holds true to the very well rounded smell. A wide range of sweet thick malts blend seemlessly with the various fruits and relaxed hops. Mouthfeel is smooth and juicy. Medium body tastes and smells like it should be a bit thicker and fuller. Very easy to drink on the other hand.

Another inhale-able beer thanks to its awesome smell and taste. This would go great with a buttery, creamy, chocolatey dessert.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2006 03:48:45 | More by tastybeer
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normZurawski

New Jersey

4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Personally I find this about as good as you're going to find for this style of beer. This works in the whole "meal unto itself" classification. Smooth maltiness with a rich mouthfeel rounds out this outstanding brew. Full-bodied and roasty, this is as drinkable as a beer gets, IMO. I'm not going to jump up and down about the appearance and smell - neither aspect does a whole lot for me. Where it matters for me is the taste and drinkability, both of which are perfect for this. Outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2006 00:41:02 | More by normZurawski
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

3.8/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This brew pours an opaque black color. The head is large, off-white, and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is of toffee, cream, butter, and caramel. The taste is like the aroma; good but not rather faint even at the correct serving temperature. The mouthfeel, on the other hand, is wonderful: creamy, smooth, full-bodied, with moderate yet lively carbonation. Overall, this is a good doppelbock, but I would choose Andechser over it anyday, hands down.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2006 04:16:00 | More by KarlHungus
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soultrain

New York

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

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Wish I had the "Celebrator" glass...

A-1" beige head. Beer is dark brown with red highlights. Head settles to a cappuccino froth within minutes. Some lacing. Not too different from a good stout or porter, really. Enticing, to say the least.
S-Sweetness/roasted malts. Brown suger. Molasses.
T-Tastes like it smells, only not too sweet and the taste and the mouthfeel are inseperable and intertwined in this beer like, oh, John Coltrane's sax playing with Elvin Jones' druming comes to mind: it's that artful. Somehow this beer is greater than the sum of it's parts, which, I suppose, is a credit to the brewmasters at the Ayinger brewery. Sure, it's semi-sweet, but not too sweet, like some dopplebocks can be. It really is a wonderful beer, and it's certainly the best dopplebock I've ever had; I can't imagine this on-tap. Well, I can, so I'm saving the "5" scores for that happy day, just in case. This is an incredibly well balanced beer (perfect use of hops for the style imho).
M-Silky smooth. Perfect carbonation. See above.
D-I love this in the fall/winter....spring...summer....ah, I could drink this anytime. It's good cold, and at cellar temp. Nothing cloying or syrupy about this beer, and alcohol is almost totally absent from the palette. Supreme drinkability.

CRUX: TREMENDOUS DOPPLEBOCK. Highly recommended. Note: Excellent with saurbraten, the semi-sweetness of the beer truly compliments the semi-acidity of the brined beef. A German treasure.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2006 01:00:57 | More by soultrain
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JulieRFoster

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This is a deep dark beer that feels like it was resurrected from the depths of the earth. There is some alcohol in the nose, but it mostly smells of burnt malts that are slightly tangy, with caramel and a little black cherry. A decent brown head pours out to 3 cm and quickly falls, fizzling like nymphs absconding into the forest, to a splotchy film. (Again, I fear that this head is product of French mis-treatment of beer and glassware).

The flavor and color are equally deep and earhty (adjectives that can be used to describe everything about this beer). The flavor is smoky, of burned or even charred malts that has almost a barbeque quality to it. There is also an oaky and tangy side to this intense flavor with some red fruit and even hoppy grassy notes coming through. After the creamy liquid slips (with great ease) down your throat, the aftertaste is looonnngg and sweet.
A hard-core, yet beautiful specimen.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2006 16:16:51 | More by JulieRFoster
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mrasskicktastic

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A reddish brown brew with three fingers of head that dissipates slowly leaving little specks of lacing behind.

S - A strong fruity presence with cherries, figs and elderberries supported by caramel and dark roasted malt odors.

T - Initially sweet berries and coffee malt followed by grassy bitter hops and a light bodied malt finish. Abv is evident, but not dominating. A good flavor.

M - Thinner than expected, somewhat refreshing and smooth.

D - Good, but not great. It is too strong to session and would work with foods, but I don't know how soon I will have it again. It is a nice beer for sure, but it isn't something I see myself seeking out again soon.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2006 03:12:42 | More by mrasskicktastic
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Cwrw

Alberta (Canada)

4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Finally! After what seems like ages, the renowned doppelbock becomes available in Alberta. Thanks to Delancey Direct for importing it into the local market. Comes in a 4-pack holder, telling about the numerous awards and a little piece on the side about the Aying brewery. 330ml bottles. The beers all have a white plastic goat-charm on red string around the neck...cool. I have never seen that before. Simple labelling showing two goats and a big glass of beer. Blue and white neck wrapping too. Popping the unlabeled white cap gives smoky bbq aromas rigth away. The glass reveals a cola-dark beer, deep chestnut brown and ruby-reds when held to light. Black, to look at it from a distance. A thin but consistent coffee-coloured head. Impermeable sheets of slow-moving lace. Looks mighty drinkable sitting there in the glass. But first...a sniff, revealing charcoal and seasoning salt firstly. Oh, but give the glass a slight swirl to release some beautiful notes of raisins, roasted peanuts, toast, grape-juice, and some very woody notes, like balsam or fir. A hint of the woodiness I am used to in some Belgian dubbels, but with more salinity. All the usual dark-fruit suspects: dates, prunes, and plums. The mocha/coffee notes arirve with the warming of the beer, adding a dusty bitterness. I get loads of salt in this beer from the roasted malts, giving beef roast and beef jerky smells. Some lactose in the malting too, very minimal. Little bits of German hopping appear now and again, but this is all about the meat-like grains for sure. For me it is similar to Salvator but more balanced: not quite as dusty or sour as Paulaner's doppelbock. Subtle, but extremely appetising. The mouthfeel is incredibly creamy and light on the tongue, like ice-cream. As soon as you sip you sense the almost airy quality of the body, smooth as oil on the tongue. Salty and sourish malting at first in the mouth, with full vinous grains on the finish. A lot of milkiness up front actually, with the soft sourness of table-cream. Hickory and tree-bark on the middle, some bbq and roast beef as well. A little less smoky or even malty as I expected, the whole taste just screams balance and tastiness. An aftertaste of mollasses and maple syrup, with next to no bitterness...this beer ends extremely sweet. Candy sweet with hints of licorice and brown sugar. The malting rarely lets you see the hops, but occasionally a little burst of continental hopping appears. Like the aroma, this beer just works through subtlety and good elements balanced masterfully. Full bodied and very low in carbonation. The drinkability is profound at only 6.7%. The alcohol is never noticeable. This is a doppelbock I could drink all night long. A noteworthy example of the style. Not trying to go over-the-top, just succeeding in a fine-tasting bock beer. I think that is where its beauty lies: simply flavourful.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2006 10:38:00 | More by Cwrw
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Orrshow

Alberta (Canada)

4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This beer is an extremely deep mahogany with very little light brown head which goes away fast. A ring of head is left which leaves lacing on my glass.

Smell – I like what I smell here. First off it starts with a molasses aroma which converts quickly to heavy caramel. There are chocolate smells as well with a touch of sourness which I like. I get brown sugar out of it as well as a grape like scent that almost reminds me of ice wine.

Taste – This one is malty…very malty. There is some heavy caramel and toffee in there with the brown sugar sweetness added on. I do taste some roasted chocolate, but not much. Alcohol makes a bit of a presence as well. There is then a nice finish of slight hop bitterness and a fruitiness reminding me of dark grapes and plums.

Mouthfeel – Very nice here. Carbonation feels good and the beer is relatively thick. It almost feels chewy…but not quite.

Drinkability – So easy for me. I had no issues downing this bottle and loving every drop.

This one is right up my alley. I had high expectations and they were met. I encourage all beer lovers to indulge in this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2006 05:39:33 | More by Orrshow
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gmcfarre

Colorado

4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into traditional pint glass

A - Very dark brown yet uncloudy. 1cm tan head that fades to leave a thin covering, and the lacing is minimal.

S - Dark roasted caramel sweetness. The alcohol shines through as it warms, but dark complexities emerge as well.

T - Again, lots of dark roasted caramel sweetness. As it finishes you get slight notes of a real woody alcohol bite.

M - Smooth, not oily, finishes clean.

D - Very filling with loads of residual sugars. A pleasure.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2006 04:32:41 | More by gmcfarre
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sinstaineddemon

Connecticut

4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - this doppelbock pours a dark dark cold blood red, nearly black, with a 1/2 finger thick dark tan, caramel colored head that laces at a medium pace, slight carbonation visible on the side of the glass

S - a dark sweet/doughy aroma, like raisinbread, sweet and dry smelling

T - this elicited from my BA roommate and I 2 "Wow's", 2 "Damn!'s" and a "this is fucking good!", this is very sweet, but not to a fault, with a bready chewiness that balances out nicely, an alcohol kick in the middle, and then a sweet toffee like finish, very good

M - smooth and thick, like a syrup, very enticing

D - high, moderate ABV, sweet, smooth, no bite, even a macro drinker should be able to pound this

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2006 01:00:57 | More by sinstaineddemon
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bigman147

New Hampshire

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

Pour - very foamy light brown head that quickly dissiapated in several minutes. Very little lacing. Color - deepest brown, black. Nearly opaque however a ruby red hue under intense light. Also very cool that there is a small plastic goat hanging on the neck of the bottle.

Aroma - bready malt, molassas with slight hints of toffee and coffee.

Taste - pretty much as promised by the aroma. Subtle breadlike sweetness and toffee malt. Rich maltiness with a coffee bittering. Hops are undetectable except for the bitterness.

Mouthfeel - very full (yet not syrupy), light carbonation, smooth, very fast finish with only a slight coffee bitter type linger.

Drinkability - I would have to say this was impressive. I could drink this for a "imported/mildly expnsive) session beer. Alcohol is un-detectable however very present @ 6.7 ABV%

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2006 19:07:00 | More by bigman147
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falloutsnow

Illinois

4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoying the art on the bottle and pouring with forceful care, I'm left with a beer of incredibly dark brown body that when held to a light source reveals a dark ruby body with orange-red highlights. The head is a few centimeters in height, deep brown in color, and recedes slowly to a thing ring of dark bubbles around the glass with a few spotty islands of lacing. Swirling the glass and taking a sip leaves a few streaks of sticky lacing that eventually return to the pool of beer, reducing to small clusters of bubbles along the sides of the glass.
Deep, rich malt scents: caramel, chocolate, and roasted malt aspects alongside more subdued aromas of figs, prunes, and alcohol. Quite the complex profile here, deeply enjoyable and always revealing more rewards to those willing to sit back and slowly enjoy it. The taste is fully developed and rich, almost nostalgic or memory-inducing in its goodness. A general smokiness pervades all the elements of the taste, like a fine mist on an early spring day. Rich roasted malt and chocolate malt flavors paired alongside sweetness derived from prunes and figs. The maltiness descends in the closing moments into a coffee bitterness that's quite well-received and rounds out the experience well.
Mouthfeel is heavy to medium-heavy with a carbonation level that's very light compared to the body's heaviness, yet I wouldn't change a thing. It moves the beer and flavors enough around on the palate to be noticeable, but lets the beer be quite alone when it needs to be and allow its full complexity to develop on the tastebuds. Drinkability is fantastic: as this is a thick, rich beer one usually only takes slow sips of it. The 6.7% alcohol levels nearly guarantees that there's no effect from one of these. Having one or more is thus quite possible on a cold fall/winter/springs's day.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2006 03:52:57 | More by falloutsnow
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debaniel

Iowa

4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i've had a lot of Spaten Optimator in my day, and i was eager to try the Ayinger Celebrator, as it's generally regarded as a top-notch Dopplebock... but does it surpass my beloved Optimator?


A- Poured from a bottle into a German stange glass (enhance that malt, baby) - you really have to hold it up to the light to see anything through this very opaque brew... a bright back-light reveals red highlights, like a concentrated Coca-Cola. One 11.2 ounce bottle poured to an inch of head, very little lacing.


S- The smell is, in my opinion, one of the finest aspects of Celebrator. All that delicious maltiness you've come to know and love in a great German Dopple, plus a very fruity sweetness... cherry, and chocolate toasted malt. I've been sitting here with my eyes closed, just sniffing, and enjoying it. Excellent. Touch of alcohol in the smell.


T- This one actually tastes a lot like it smells, without the alcohol. Very sweet fruitiness, once again reminding me of a cherry or plum. Chocolate and dark toasty maltiness, but very little alcohol taste. Warm.


M- i'd say a full medium body, very smooth, just the right amount of carbonation - just enough to prevent it from being syrupy with so much sweetness in the taste... but not so much that it tastes like a soda pop. Mouthfeel, while not chewy, is very satisfying.


D- Celebrator has such a fantastic aroma and taste that it's hard not to keep bringing the glass to your lips. Certainly more complex than Spaten Optimator - i only wish it were as cheap as Spaten! This definitely deserves to be called a world-class beer.

As an added bonus, each bottle comes with the little plastic goats around the neck... nice touch!

Looks like i've found another brew that will probably always need to be on-hand in my refrigerator...

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2006 04:28:44 | More by debaniel
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bort11

Missouri

4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I love the little goat pendant that is hung around the neck of the bottle. I think that is just awesome touch to an excellent beer.

A- Poured into a pilsner glass. Nice medium tan head, about a finger think. Receeds to a good lace. The color is a rich black with dark ruby red highlights.

S- Dried fruit and molassas. Dark roasted choclatey malt. It smells warm and rich

T- dark roasted and bitter hops. A little dried fruit sweetness.

M- Medium to full bodied. It seems to lighten up as I drink it. It feels warm, but not like an alcohol warmth. Very pleasant.

D- This is a very enjoyable beer. I'm lucky that these are easily available in my area. I will try and keep these on hand. I couldn't drink a lot of these at once, but one every once in a while is perfect.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2006 04:09:14 | More by bort11
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bigdeuce

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very nice beer here. Chocolatey malts with a little hop kickback, true to style. Some mocha caramel going on here. I felt the body was a little thin, but that way it, oh, and slightly overpriced. But a fine recommended beer and a very good brewery in Ayinger. A little head, disappated quickly and left a little lacing. Smell nothing great except a few fruit esthers. But an overall good brew!

Serving type: bottle

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