1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

Not Rated.
Ayinger Celebrator DoppelbockAyinger Celebrator Doppelbock

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
97
world-class

5,377 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

(view ratings)
Ratings: 5,377
Reviews: 2,221
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.37%
Wants: 358
Gots: 453 | FT: 17
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock Alström Bros
Ratings: 5,377 | Reviews: 2,221 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of RomanW70
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark caramel brown. Light head that dissipates quickly. Aroma of caramel, chocolate, and toffee. Very rich mouth feel. This is almost a meal. Slightly smoky taste. Med/low carbonation. Nice better finish. Well-balanced. The standard for dopplebocks.

RomanW70, Jun 01, 2008
Photo of Beaver13
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle, aged a couple of months. Pours brown with ruby highlights and has a thick pillowy light tan head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet caramel and chocolate malts, nuts, some roast and a little smoke.

The flavor is sweet caramel and chocolate malts, molasses, some dark fruits and nuts with enough of a hop finish to balance it well (still a little on the sweet side for me). The mouthfeel is medium to full with velvety carbonation.

Overall, this is much better than I remembered. A very solid, well-made brew. I found this to be better cold.

Beaver13, May 30, 2008
Photo of maddogruss
3.78/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got a bottle of this as part of the PhD program at Cloverleaf.

A: Pours a brown body with a tan head with decent retention overall and nice lacing along the sides of the glass.

S: An old, earthy, burnt malt smell that was quite enticing.

T: A burnt, malty taste with a slightly fruity aftertaste. Hints of figs seemed to be evident in the aftertaste.

M: A little on the thin side for a doppelbock, but still very good nonetheless.

D: A fairly drinkable beer. Due to the high malt content, it starts to fill you up towards the end of the beer. Due to this, the lighter mouthfeel makes the beer easier and more fun to enjoy. Definitely will have again and recommended.

maddogruss, May 30, 2008
Photo of MusicaleMike
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I reviewed this beer tonight while listening to Slowdrive's "Souvlaki" album. If you like My Bloody Valentine, you should like Slowdrive; and if you like beer you should like this doppelbock. I poured the 11.2 oz. bottle into the patented Celebrator glassware.

A: This beer is a very clear dark brown, bordering on black, with some very dark red hues when held to the light. It was topped by a thick tan head with small compact bubbles which eventually faded into a thin lace on top. This would have easily scored higher if the head left more of an impression as the beer went on.

S: Celebrator smells strongly of toasted malt, with hints of caramel (sweet malty smell) and a slight bitter chocolate smell. There is virtually no hop aroma. Fits the style perfectly.

T: There is a sweet malty taste up front which is balanced (moderately) by bitterness. I really feel like the sweet malt character is balanced by a somewhat salty aftertaste. There is a roasted quality to the flavor which compliments the warming alcohol sensation.

M: Full-bodied. Smooth carbonation. A little bite towards the finish. What more could one ask for?

D: This is a delicious beer. Definitely my doppelbock of choice from now on. However, how many of these suckers could I drink in a night? Not many. The "liquid bread" that it purports to be fills one up quickly. Nonetheless, this is the go-to doppelbock, so that makes up for it.

MusicaleMike, May 29, 2008
Photo of AmishT
4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown with some ruby highlights. A tan, initially two-finger head that recedes to a nice foamy film. Not much lacing on my glass.

S - Rich roasted maltts, hint of dark fruit, coffee, dark chocolate. A very bold and inviting nose.

T - Whoa, really complex flavor. Bold malt flavor starts off by kicking you in the jaw. Wonderful, balanced finish: both earthy hops and rich malts work together in a very synergistic manner. Damn tasty!

M - Full bodied and very smooth. The rich, tasty malts are able to be savored when held on the tongue. I think that the level of carbonation is very appropriate for the flavors.

D - The full-body of the beer is limits the drink slightly, but it's so damn tasty that who cares. Definitely gonna have to get me some more of this.

AmishT, May 28, 2008
Photo of Brewlore
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Very dark brown (almost blood red when held up to the light). Nice 1-finger light brown head that meanders atop the brew before slightly dissipating into a nice lace that embraces the rim of the glass.

The smell, right off the bat is huge whiffs of fruit smack you pleasantly in the face. Hints of cherries and raisins? Some dark spiced fruits perhaps?

The taste is malt all the way. Very earthy and herbal flavors. Decent levels of bitterness to complement the malts. Malts come off as slightly doughy/nutty as well.

Mouthfeel is pleasant. Medium (approaching thick) bodied with mild (but good) levels of carbonation on the palate.

This is THE Dopplebock to drink. Easy to find (at least in my experience) and a complete joy to drink. Do not pass it up if you see, doing so and you'll miss out on one of the finest beers in existence.

Brewlore, May 27, 2008
Photo of kzoobrew
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep brown and ruby. Tan head does not stick around long.

Smell is sweet malt,yeasty dough and slight cherry aroma.

Sweet toasted malt flavor up front. Slight hop bitterness detected, balances the bigger malt flavor well.

Has a full mouth feel but not too heavy. Drinks smooth but the flavor stays with you.

Very drinkable, higher abv but drinks easy. Alcohol is a bit warming but does not hurt the drinkability.

kzoobrew, May 25, 2008
Photo of coalcracker
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cool bottle with goat trinket. Pours a dark soda-like/caramel color. Head is tan and takes a while to dissipate.
Smell: Sweet sugars/malt first noted here.
Taste: Malts are king here with enough hops to balance the maltiness. Tastes of sweet fig, raisin, toffee, and a mildly roasted character contribute to the malts. Mild alcohol presence also noted.
Mouthfeel: Thick mouthfeel, but smooth.
Drinkability: A single Doppel usually does it for me on any given night. This is, nonetheless, a very drinkable beer.
Overall: A thick and complex doppel that is very palatable.

coalcracker, May 25, 2008
Photo of PBBC
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours a deep deep brown, but when held up to the light, is a gorgeous shade of ruby red. The head dissipates rather quickly.

Aroma, the aroma reminds me of coffee crisp (the candy bar)... very caramel-like, with a tinge of bittersweet chocolate and coffee.

Taste is huge. A deep, deep malt complexity. Begins sweet and thick, rounding off with a raisin-cherry like tart-bitterness, and then a crisp, wheaty-carbonation that really aids in helping the beer finish rather clean for such a 'big' beer. The chocolate malt and alcohol content blend together to create an intense sense of lingering warmth in the mouth.

Drinkability: although the beer 6.7 percent, this beer feels like an intense experience that should be savored, and not overdone. Extraordinarily well balanced... but I wouldn't have too many in a night... this is a special occasion beer.

Delicious, an amazing example of the depth of the Bock style.

PBBC, May 23, 2008
Photo of tpd975
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours dark brown with tints of red showing thru. The head is big bold and tan from the start and has ample retention.

S: Big sweet malt, with hint of dry fruit, molasses, caramel, and dark fruit. If I really concentrate I can pick out just a dash of hops.

T: The aroma matches the taste to a T. Add a touch of booze and you have a nice dopplebock.

M: Thick and smooth. Somewhat creamy in an oily sort of way.

D: Not my favorite class, but this one is still enjoyable and very drinkable.

Overall: I like it. One of the best Dopplebocks around and worthy of its rating.

tpd975, May 21, 2008
Photo of yourefragile
4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

A: Perfect. Very dark ruby/mahogany color, relatively clear with persistent carbonation. A very bready, yellowish tan head that is very thick and never really goes anywhere and clumps to glass.
S: Very light and mild aromas, very well blended. Molasses, caramel with toasted malt and some breadiness
T: Very bready, toasted malt flavor with the hints of caramel and molasses from the smell with some light hop flavor as well. Incredibly well balanced. Finishes with a very strong flavor of bread and some sugar.
M: Very chewy and smooth and some carbonation hiding in the background, but difficult for it get to the forefront. Faint taste of alcohol in the finish is very pleasant.
D: This is phenomenal, my favorite dopplebock, very smooth and easy drinking for packing so much flavor. Everything is so well balanced and blended together.

yourefragile, May 19, 2008
Photo of Exner83
4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A gorgeously festive label, and a correspondingly sexy-looking beer. (Fool your little brother or cousin into thinking it's cherry cola! And then get in trouble.) Head's thin and settles quickly on this meaty man-brew.

Tastes of dark malts and fig. A fruity, roasty fullness permeates, and the finish is smoky bitterness. Would go great with snack-time holiday food, as I can see it jibing with cheese, nuts and berries.

An eventful beer, for sure. Try it to say you hit that!

Exner83, May 17, 2008
Photo of grees20
3.83/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up during the NEPA Beer Club April split. This was the first beer from my batch that I tried. Ayinger pours a wonderful shade of ruby red with thin, tan head. Aroma of roasted nutiness and dark fruits greet the nose. Taste is little chewy up front, but the finish is quite smooth. Some malts and raisin are noticeable in the flavor. Not a filling beer and actually quite good.

grees20, May 15, 2008
Photo of MAB
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice beer; above average marks for sure.

Color: Beautiful. Deep brown but clear/ not stout-like
Poured with a nice brownish head, thinned out almost immediately but leaves a nice lace with every sip.

Aroma and flavor of caramel hit me the most. A kind of buttery chocolate flavor that is unaffected by the minimal hop flavors.
Yum.

Seek and enjoy!

MAB, May 09, 2008
Photo of blackkristos
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, it's Celebrator after all. Mmmm. This beer is certainly one of my favorites of all time. A great, sweet-ish taste and a wonderful smell. How how I long for the days when I could get Ayinger on tap....

Oh and add an extra 5.0 for collecting goats.

blackkristos, May 06, 2008
Photo of rgdgerard
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A nice head forms from a standard pour into a pint glass, which rapidly dissipates to a thin rim of fine bubbles. Toasty, malty and smooth, with very creamy mouthfeel. Tiny bubbles on my tongue, and a mild hops flavor. Nicely balanced.

I could drink a lot of this beer, and wish I could find it on draft somewhere, anywhere...

rgdgerard, May 06, 2008
Photo of junkman203
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Celebrator is a very deep dark brown, with a tan head that fades quickly. It smells sweet and malty, and a little nutty, I think. Taste is very good, again very malty without being too thick. Mouthfeel is good, not much carbonation with a long lingering aftertaste. I usually like double bock in the fall and winter but this is a good choice all year.

junkman203, May 06, 2008
Photo of jayrod20
3.6/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a beautiful deep brown, almost black, with a robust tan head that fades to some lacing. The smell was sweet, almost fig with coffee hints. The taste was very good, cream, coffee, grain. The mouthfeel was creamy smooth, slightly thick with a bit of carbonation. The drinkability was very good, this is a beer i like to savor for a while but its highly drinkable.

jayrod20, May 06, 2008
Photo of umtox
4.9/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Big head, with caramel colored bubbles around the edge of the glass, decent retention. Black in color at a distance, but upon closer inspection a deep very dark brow, with a hint of tawny and inviting bubbles.

S: Toasted malt, roasted nuts, and revealing spice.

T: Velvety and highly textured. Big malt flavor with developing roasted nuts, spice, and hint of molasses.

M: Rolls onto the palate with a creamy texture.

D: Very good for a beer with a flavor this big.

A king among doppelbocks. I would take abath in this if I could afford it!

umtox, May 02, 2008
Photo of PatrickJR
3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into pilsner glass.

A - Poured very dark brown, almost black, and almost opaque. Brown one finger head recedes to virtually nothing, no lace.

S - Mainly deep caramel, with a hint of dark fruit and spice.

T - More caramel dominates with some slight roasted flavors. Hops are present somewhere near the finish, with a small floral component mid- to late-palate. Finish is bitter with notes of something like nutmeg or mace, along with a fruity sugar taste, reminding me a lot of a demerara sugar. Quite sweet overall.

M - Nice and smooth with very little carbonation. Little bit of alcohol bite at the end.

D - I don't think I'd want more than one of these, though I could see some folks having a few. It's a little too sweet for my taste, rather heavy, and the alcohol really starts showing as the beer warms. Bocks in general aren't the most sessionable of beers anyway.

PatrickJR, Apr 29, 2008
Photo of TroyS
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a nice bottle that I like to keep a couple of in my cabinet at all times. Celebrator by Ayinger is made by the best brewery in the world; Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer in Aying, Germany makes the worlds best beer, Ayinger Brau Weisse. Oh lord, thank you for Ayinger Brau Weisse. What a perfect drink. I drink more IPA's than anything, so Ayinger isn't my daily drinker. Anyhow...I'm a lover of the hops, but all in all, Ayinger gets it done right...all the time!

Celebrator pours nice and chocolaty. It's nice and dark with some roasted malt, but a nice smooth and dry finish. This isn't dry dry, but just a tad dry. I'd, maybe surprisingly, compare the mouth feel to Chimay Grande which is a bit dry, but nice and full. Mmmm...the light roast blends so nicely with the complex fruits of this Bock. Thinking about it more, it's a bit lighter in mouth feel as compared to Chimay, but more malt and roastiness. Note: Yes, Chimay Grande and Celebrator are two very different types of beers, but for some reason I like to mention the best characteristics of the best beers for that particular characteristic even if they aren't similar beers. I guess this points out my preferred characteristics too eh;)

Well...I don't know what to say more. I can definitely taste the "Ayinger" in this one. Mmmmm good! A really nice brown sugar spiced up with a nice, flowery but every so slightly there hop. Mmmm mmm. You can tell how much I'm enjoying a drink by how many times I type "mmm." This bottle is too darn small. MMM!

TroyS, Apr 28, 2008
Photo of Wetpaperbag
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is very enjoyable. Easy to drink, with good flavors. It is sweet, but not too sweet. The feeling in your mouth and while you drink it is smooth, but not syrupy or thick. All around a very tasty brew. I enjoyed the beer on a cold night and it seemed to go very well.

Wetpaperbag, Apr 26, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a very dark ruby red with a thin, fizzy dirty khaki head that quickly faded without a trace or lacing.

S: dark roasted nuttiness and caramel with a spicy dark fruitiness. A light scorched smokiness provides gentle complimentary support.

T: The initial flavor yielded a great, smooth smoky caramel with a nice fruitiness of apples. Extremly smooth with a light, dark sugary sweetness and rum raisins. Nice dark caramel sweetness that was very smooth and enjoyable. The rating speaks for itself.

M: medium-full, with a nice slickness and spicy alcohol fade.

D: Very nice drinkability with a spicy alcohol and fruitiness. Would easily go back for more. A prime example per style.

beerthulhu, Apr 25, 2008
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsener glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of dark fruit, chocolate, caramel, lager yeast and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is well balanced with flavors of chocolate, caramel and dark fruit up front. There's a hearty malt character that brings a nice, substantial breadiness. The hops presence is mild but complimentary. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is very clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is a very nice Doppelbock to drink for a while if you're in the mood for the style.

TheManiacalOne, Apr 24, 2008
Photo of Spikester
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Black

S- Molasses, figs.

T-Molasses, figs, brown sugar, hops. One of my first doppelbocks it was a bit overwhelming. Too sweet for my palate. A little too much of the molaqsses for a regular pour. If sweet is your thing give it a try. A dry burned slightly bitter finish.

D-For the type it was fine. Just too rich for me.

Spikester, Apr 23, 2008
Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
97 out of 100 based on 5,377 ratings.