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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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5,617 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,617
Reviews: 2,268
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 406
Gots: 582 | FT: 20
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Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2001

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Photo of JamesP123
4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow this is one helleva brew. My Favorite Dopplebock!

A. Nice and dark, not translucent. Nice head that stays put.

S. First semll is roasted grains/toasted bread. followed by some sweetness and a bit of alcohol coming through.

T. This is where the beer shines. Very balanced flavors, Molasses/brown sugar with thick/rich roasted malts. Very smooth and balanced and soft.

M. Smooth and a little creamy. Medium bodied.

D. Great taste, smooth and enjoyable. Nearly perfection in a bottle. Definately a new favorite in my book.

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

Served in an Ayinger Celebrator glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: Dark ruby brown (or mahogany) color with minimal creamy tan head and lacing.

Smell: Soft sweet dark malt and fruits, no hops. Nothing particularly strong and the balance is subtle.

Taste: Rich malt flavor throughout with a faint underlying and residual bitterness. Definite touch of brown sugar, hint of roasted malt, and some flavor of dark chocolate. The key to this beer is balance of flavors. None dominate the others. Also temperature is definitely critical with this beer and it needs to be at cool room temperature in order to open up the flavors.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with soft fine carbonation. The finish is medium long with malt and fruit sweetness sliding into a faint bitterness.

Drinkability: Drinkability is good on this one and I could keep taking sips for much longer than the beer lasts even though I'd want to limit myself to no more than two a night.

Photo of HappyBivouac
2.91/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

a- opaque dark red-brown with a creamy tan head. spotty lacing on the glass.

s- dark fruits, pretty big toasty character, chocolate, a lactose-like character that reminds me of a thick milk stout. very slight alcohol hits the nose as well.

t- toasted grain, nuts, small hints of dark fruit & spice. an unpleasant, slightly off toasty finish. like cheese almost. A decently thick body but almost no carbonation to speak of, which this beer could benefit a lot from.

There is a certain grainy, cheesy sourness in the taste that I just can't get over. It bothers me a lot, to the point where I will avoid this beer in the future.

Photo of heinekenike
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5


Dark, dark brown color, maybe a hint of burnt red when held to light just right, but pretty opaque. Nice tan head exits quickly.

Smell is malty molasses, but doesn't really hit ya.

Smooth taste, the molasses and fruity aftertaste come together to make something special.

This is a real treat. At 6.7% not as strong as other doppelbocks, but it for something high in drinkability.

Photo of PirateUlf73
4.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a mug.

A: Dark ruby-brown color with a thick tan head. Retention and lacing were excellent.

S: Lots of sweet caramel on the nose, along with a warm, toasty character. Some light roast notes come through as well. Rich aromas, but never overwhelming.

T: Deep roasted character, tempered somewhat by a rich, caramel sweetness. Warm toasty notes and a very mild hop bitterness round it all out. Very well-blended. On the lower end in terms of carbonation and the aftertaste is sweet and roasty.

D: Probably the most drinkable dopplebock I've ever tasted. Could throw a few back, but this is a sipper in my book.

Wow. I'm stunned. I cannot think of any way that this beer could possibly be improved. Rich and malty, yet very drinkable. The flavors meld very nicely and the whole experience borders on the sublime. It's nice to sample a beer that lives up to the praise it receives.

Photo of cdrogers
4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a tall mug.

Color: Poured a rich brown, almost Coke in color.
Head: Was very strong off-white in color and evaporated away shortly after the bottle was empty.
Mouthfeel: Felt very nice throughout and wasn't too acidic/bitter on the tongue, didn't leave that bitter taste on the back of the tongue at all. Went down very smooth.
Taste: I got a nice coffee flavor with some hints of fruitiness, was not able to pick a fruit out but it had a good mixture.
Drinkability: Had mine after dinner and worked nicely as a digestif

I would recommend this it anyone and would like to have it stocked year-around. Highly, highly recommend.

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.73/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Opaque black color with very dark brown edges. Nice tan head with some lacing.

S- Sweet, dark bread. Very complex without being cloying. Clean lager smell.

T- Taste is out of this world. This is the best bock I have had. Roasted dark grains along with sweet molasses and a pinch of hoppy bitterness.

M- Well rounded feeling. Not too dry, not too slick. Smooth carbonation

D- A slow drinker but definitely an enjoyable brew

Pair with: Chocolate

Photo of Thorpe429
4.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Cola-colored as it comes out of the bottle. A fairly-light cream head with minimum amounts of carbonation. In the glass, it's a deep brown that is nearly opaque. Lacing in decent amounts as it goes down. Additionally, bonus points for having by far the coolest bottle I have seen to date, completed by the plastic goat.

S: Rich, rich malt with underlying complexity. Slight sugars of dates behind a caramel scent.

T: Very rich--much like the nose--and slightly sweet. Hints of light molasses, although the malt dominates--in a very good way.

M: Excellent creamy texture with low to moderate amounts of carbonation. Extraordinarily smooth with little to no alcohol presence.

D: Exceedingly drinakble. Beautiful taste and fairly light in body, combined with a low enough ABV to be quasi-sessionable, this is an excellent choice for the summer months ahead.

Photo of TheBishop
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer defines doppelbock. It is nothing short of extraordinary.
If there is a better doppelbock, send me some, because I don't believe there is. Celebrator is rich in malts and elegant to boot, easy to drink and the smell is sweet and layered. Probably in my opinion in the top 5 of all beers in the world. The King of Doppelbocks.

Photo of KBoudreau66
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown to amber color that is difficult to see through but not pitch black. It has one finger off tan head, and leaves spotted lacing down the glass.

Smells of malts, sourdough bread, slight hops, and a sweet smell.

Tastes similar with a strong malt flavor up front, bread, molasses, very sweet in taste. There are undertones of hops.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and slightly carbonated. Very smooth though.

This brew is excellent. It's a nice change from the usual over hoppy beers that I enjoy most. I would put the drinkability at a 5.0, but I could never see myself drinking this brew on a regular basis.

Photo of GRPunk
4.59/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a mug.

A- A normal pour created a 1-1/2 finger, tan/brown head that dropped, somewhat quickly, to a full lace. The body was a deep brown, nearing black, and showed a medium carbonation level. The sticking quality is there, although the glass I chose didn't do a great job of showcasing it.

S- Robust and complex. I was met with sweet scents that remind me of cooked raisins or prunes. Great malt profile is definitely showcased. There's something of a chocolate aroma in the background.

T- More of the goodness hinted in the aroma. Sweet raisin-like flavors. There's a quality that makes me think of a nice, dark, artisan bread.

M- Medium-light carbonation. Slightly warming. Bit of a hop/carbonation/alcohol tingle. Some light coating effect. Very solid.

D- It's so complex, yet goes down so easily. If it weren't for its potency, I could treat this as a meal in itself. I'd definitely go back to this beer.

Overall- I drank this one in a celebratory mood and it did not disappoint. This is a very solid beer.

Photo of JonMich13
3.54/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A = Poured black/brown with a tinge of amber. Very little head on this one and no lacing.

S = This had me hoping. Smell was very sweet and inviting. Nice fruity (plum, prune maybe?) with kind of a buttery undertone. Some malt there, too.

T = Not sure if this is typical, but had a very unpleasant sourness that suppressed what seemed like some potential trying to come out. I could taste some sweet fruity notes in the background, but this weird sour tartness overrode everything. Did I get a skunked bottle?

M = Nothing special. Low carbonation. Not too thick or chewy. A little wattery it seemed.

D = If not for the unpleasant taste, wouldn't be too hard to drink.

Not impressed by this, but hope I got a bad bottle. Will not be seeking it again, but if I come across it I will give it another shot to see whether I got a bad one this time.

Photo of thekanna
4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes taken earlier:

I went into this having somewhat moderate expectations, as most German beers tend to be a bit thin for me and I prefer the heavier Belgians. Boy, was I blown away by this one.

A: Nice pitch black that turns brown when held up to light.

S: Amazing scent: dark fruits, chocolaty sweet malts, roasted coffee. Slight hoppiness provides a little bit of bite; but nothing overwhelming.

T: All the markings of a great quadrupel without the alcohol kick. The taste of alcoholic molasses and sugary bread pervades this amazing doppelbock. Like eating a great European chocolate biscuit (pain au chocolat filling, maybe?), or a piece of caramel-filled Ghirardelli chocolate.

M: Extremely well-rounded, full-bodied; almost chewy.

D: Wonderful sipper. Though my rating is an A, it's definitely a high A if not low A+.

Photo of Stimack
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First time in a while that I have given this brew a try, should not have waited so long to experience it again. Brew poured to a dark brown color with some ruby highlights that try to make an appearance. Has a good sized creamy tan head that has some retention and does leave some lacing. The aroma is malt and lots of it with molasses, brown sugar, toffee, slight chocolate and smoke. Also there seems to be a slight musty aroma. The flavors are very good with the malt giving many flavors roast, chocolate, smokiness, toffee with a slight fruit like taste. This brew goes down very easily which is scary based on a 7+ abv level. Very good brew though the price of it sure has come up over the years, but I guess everything has. Very enjoyable brew, get it when you can as I do not think you will be disappointed as long as you enjoy complex beers.

Photo of colts9016
4.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pokal glass at 46 degrees.

Appearance: A dark copper color that is brownish. The beer has a half finger head that has some retention to it. There is a lot of effervescence in the beer. The clarity of the beer is slightly opaque, with brown highlights. There is some alcohol legs visible.

Nose: A rich malty caramel malts, with some melanoids and toasty notes. There are some plum and chocolate like aroma in the background of the beer.

Taste: A rich maltiness, with caramel, toasty notes, and some melanoids. There are some plum and chocolate in the taste in the background.

Overall: The mouth feel is full body with some carbonation. The finish is full and lasting for a few moments on the palate. This beer is a wonderful full body beer that is very easy to drink There is not much else to say but very good.

Photo of darklordlager
4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown/black, with a small head that retains. Not quite as "big" looking as I remember it.

Smell is of chocolate and dark fruits--layers of candied sugar. Sweet malt hits the nose with a refreshing blast. A hint of hop bitterness and some biting acidity is noticeable. A roasty scent lingers in the background. Smells complex.

Taste is an acidic blast of dark chocolate up front, receding into a nice deep roasty malt profile. Sweet layers of malt coat the mouth, with a chocolatey-biscuit finish. (I can see how monks would survive on this during a fast!)

Mouthfeel is very slick. Low carbonation makes it exceptionally creamy and slips down easy. Fantastic.

Drinkability-Great. I thought the roastiness would get to me, but it hasn't. Great mouthfeel, perfect body and a nice complexity.

Photo of beertunes
4.63/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into bubble pint glass. Poured an almost black, brown color with just a slight reddish tint on the edges. Poured a thick, dense, khaki colored head that slowly dissipated leaving a moderate amount of lacing. A sweet malt aroma with a touch of roast noticed. The flavor delivers on the promises that the aroma made to you. The roasted malt flavors are more pronounced. A smooth, full, well-rounded body that is very pleasant and fulfilling. Very drinkable, it's easy to get comfortable with these brews. A true classic, your beer life is not complete without regular visits with this masterwork.

Photo of sonicdescent
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a crown of off white head.

Scent of dark fruit, sweet malt, earthy aroma. Very complex and comparable to a quad, but less champagne-like.

Taste is similar to smell with some caramel-candy like taste.

Mouth is medium with medium carbonation.

Good to finally try this one out and my first doppel, won't be my last.

Photo of BigIrishman
4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into oversized wine glass

Had this at Porter's in Easton, PA. Poured pitch black with a one fingered head, no lacing. Smells of yeasty bread with dried fruits. Taste is very nice, very bread like with dried fruits in background and really nice finish. Mouthfeel is pretty thick, very nice for a doppel. This is a heavy beer I can have a few of, very smooth without the smallest scent of alcohol.

Overall my favorite doppelbock, absolutely outstanding.

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

Very dark maple syrup brown color. With a fizzy, two-fingered, off-white head that leaves some nice lacing.

The smell is of roasted chocolatey malt, a dark bready smell (possibly rye), some raisin, and a hint of the alcohol. Very nice indeed!

has a big, heavy and sweet dark fruit taste. Raisin, possibly prune and or plum? Good mix of caramel, toffee, and bready goodness. You can taste the alcohol, but not to the point that it detracts from the overall drinking experience. It is sweet up front with a nice bitter hop finish. The balance is good and the body is a bit higher than medium, but not quite full, if that makes sense.

This is a top notch bock! Good complexity and balance. I would highly recommend.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.51/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Absolutely amazing pour, like an inverted cascade effect, with the body straying into the head and then settling out. Amazing. Body is a really deep ruby red colour with a thick head of beige tight bubbles. Just amazing. I've never seen such a cool looking pour from a bottle.

Huge malty richness on the nose - smells like brewday. Sweet and grainy, organic and rich. Quite dark as well, but just with grain notes, no hints of alcohol or dark fruit. Very nice.

Very malty on the palate too, with a delicious dark roasted notes. Lovely. Stays quite sweet with dark organic notes at the front. It's only once you swallow that the darker notes of carbonised toast and charcoal come through. And it's not overpowering - this lovely sweet grain character stays the course. Just a delicious beer, wonderfully balanced and sippable. Mouthfeel is quite light, but that's good for this beer - once again, it walks a narrow course between roasted heaviness and light sweetness. Really great.

This is a very, very good beer - it's not extreme, it's just extremely well made. There's a really refined character to it; everything is in perfect proportions. It leaves it amazingly drinkable.

Photo of slk22
4.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a lightly translucent ruby red settling on burgundy with a nice cream colored head that quickly dissipated.

S - Huge aroma of sweet malt and ripe fruit including raisins, cherries, and plums was extremely inviting. I could not wait to taste this one.

T - The taste did not disappoint. Malt sweetness is noticeable from the start and is nicely complimented by the flavor of raisin, cherry, and plum. Finish had a slight metallic aftertaste that quickly vanished leaving the palate clean and making me anxious for another sip. Alcohol presence is completely masked by the robust flavor, but provides a nice warm sensation.

M - Mouthfeel is smooth and light with noticeable, but pleasant carbonation.

D - This beer is extremely pleasant to drink. Given the masking of the alcohol content, it would be easy to have too many.

Overall, I think this beer lives up to its billing. I found this one hard to put down and the aroma was fantastic. This was my first venture into this style and I'm sold.

Photo of argock
4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass mug. No freshness date. Single purchased from Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $3.50.

A: Dark chestnut hue with 1-2 finger off-white head with good retention and scattered clumpy lace down the glass.

S: Butterscotch melded with more bitter molasses and leafy hops with sweet raisins and plums from prodigious malting create a full aroma

T: Dark fruits and toffee accented with coffee and light milk chocolate flavors, hint of acrid molasses and finished with butterscotch and some leafy hops.

M: Exceedingly smooth, almost creamy with a medium-full body and aftertaste of butterscotch and dark fruits.

D: An exceptional brew with a little sticky sweetness but a lot of complexity due to the enormous malt load and subtle touches with molasses, coffee, and hops aromas and flavors.

Photo of ash111
4.92/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I read about this beer in the NY Times when the wine and beer guys did a bit on Doppels. My local store had the 4 pack of bottles for $12, which took me a while to warm up to.

Wow! Was it worth it. This is probably the best beer I've ever had. The flavor is intense, complex, but not overpowering. And I was particularly impressed with the smoothness of the beer.

Compared to other Doppels like Optimator or Troegs, I'd take the Ayinger any time.

Photo of talkinghatrack
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

a - murky brown with a two finger head. good lacing

s - here comes a bock. Nice and rich malt and bread scents

t - very complex. coffee up front that moves into a smooth malt with a sour and slightly bitter finish. I'm tasting a little sweet cola on the swallow right before the alcohol pokes its head out briefly.

m - full bodied. Nice light carbonation.

d - more of a sipper as double bocks go. I can see the appeal. Drinks like a meal. The sour hit right underneath the tongue has me salivating for the next sip. It's relatively mild 6.7% ABV is perhaps a little more apparent than other beers but doesn't take away from the experience. I'd probably stop at one glass given its rich overtones. I probably could have done with a single bottle vs. the four-pack that I purchased at a premium.

The ad campaign certainly adds to its standing. Kudos to their marketing department but it would be a good double bock regardless.

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 5,617 ratings.