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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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5,613 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,613
Reviews: 2,266
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 Reiksguard
3.37/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured out of a bottle into a glass for tasting.

As soon as I cracked open the cap, I thought I was in love with this beer. Lots os malt and dark fruit aromas. The taste was just as exceptional with a little warmth from the alcohol. However, that is when it started to fall apart. The beer started to develop almost a bitter metalic aftertaste that continued for an extended period of time. It certainly did not finish clean. Also, the mouthfeel was a little thin.

Given everyone else's positive review, I will probably try the beer again in case I got a bad bottle, but the poor after taste was a big turn off.

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

I just realized I've never reviewed this gem. Nutty, roasted malt throughout. Very complex taste. Some notes of sweetness, but very "dark", like bread or dark fruit. Someone who hated it once told me it tastes like dead leaves. It doesn't, but that's not really far off, in a weird way. Nice substantial feel to it, like you're drinking a real man's beer. Absolutely on my Top-5 All Time list. Plus, the little goats make great Christmas tree ornaments.

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

A very dark brown, almost black, with a big creamy light brown head. Outstanding malty aroma with nutty roastiness, dark chocolate, caramel and some dark fruits. Flavor is sweet,earthy, rich, and malty with chocolate, some coffee, some roast. A caramelly sweet finish with mild notes of spicy hop bitterness and wood smoke that linger at the dry finish. Full-bodied with a velvety mouthfeel ,Really great. A very complex malty treat that I would like to have again.

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

Tasted the beer in a trapist ale glass

color: dark, coca-cola like color, nice little brown head
smell: at first, like freshly baked dark bread, then gives a caramel and burnt sugar smell, followed by a marzipan and rum smell, and finally a bit of smokiness.
Taste: dark bread, dark chocolate.
Mouthfeel: Very smooth beer, has a slight bit of bitterness.

Overall: A great beer that that is certainly worthy of it reputation!

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

Pours a dark cloud brown color with a nice tan head that lasts a while. Smells of sweet malts, similar to a brown ale. Tastes similar, a very sweet malty beer with a smooth nutty roasted flavor. Mouth was very smooth and drinkability was the same, I could of had a couple of these. For the price I won't be looking for this beer again... and the taste for that matter. There are just better dopplebocks than this one... Try the:
Troegs Troeganator
Victory St. Victorious
Weinstephaner Korbinian

Photo of steelerguy
4.82/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a very nice dark chocolate color, that remained translucent in the tulip I used. Nice 2 finger head that faded quickly to just a covering on the top with a ring around the glass.

S - What a great malt smell, one of the best aromas from a beer I have ever smelled. You can really smell the darker crystal malts used, a great caramel and toffee like aroma with a slight hop presence.

T - Wow! I was expecting it to be a little more over the top, but the balance of this beer is superb. The malt really shines in this brew, so clean with a chocolate and caramel flavors dominating. Finishing with some dark fruit flavors and a great hop bitterness.

M - Great feel, there are quite a few unfermented sugars in here, really gives this a nice full feel.

D - So well balanced that it is almost dangerously drinkable. You could drink a couple too many of these before you knew what hit you. The alcohol really takes a back seat to all the wonderful flavors, but it is there, and you will feel it!

I am normally an ale man, love the complex flavors of them. This is hands down the best lager not to mention bock I have had. All the complexity of a great ale, yet still crisp and clean. If I had to pick one work to describe this beer it would be balance...if I were allowed two...perfect balance. If you have not had this beer get it, you will love it.

Photo of dakid618
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 330mL bottle into my Schlafly pint glass. Pours black with tan frothy head that rises to the top of the pint glass and crowns right before it spills over. Good head retention That sticks like a web to the side of the glass. Smell is slighty chocolatey. Taste is fairly light but smooth with hints of cocoa. Medium bodied mouthfeel. I could put away quite a few of these. A solid beer that I could see myself enjoying more over time.

Photo of Schwarzwald
4.88/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one easy drinking beer. Great flavor and color, typical doppelbock colors. The head is really nice and smooth, really nice feel in the mouth. It really has some depth with some oak flavors and smoothness. Once again, like most of my reviews, great with German cheese and crackers or bread. Yes, there are other cheeses, but why change. This beer is my constant goto beer. Just pour it in and enjoy!

Photo of superdedooperboy
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at Aroma's Cafe and Wine Bar in Augusta, GA. Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a mug.

Pours deep chestnut-mahogany, with reddish highlights when held to the light. The thick, fluffy, light brown head reaches a high peak before settling slowly, clinging nicely to the sides of the glass.

A thick, sweet, malty aroma fills the nose, with notes of toffee and chocolate. Some light herbal hop notes make their way through as well.

Full-bodied, with a rich and chewy mouthfeel, flavors of sweet caramel, toffee, and chocolate dominate the palate. Hop presence is minimal, with some herbaceous, slightly bitter hop notes balancing things out in the middle. Finishes with a thick, lingering sweetness, but one that is far from cloying.

A delicious drinker, and seemingly less-filling than many Doppelbocks out there, though perhaps owing to its minimalist serving size; either way, it retains all of the characteristics that make the style great, with the ubiquitous plastic Bock to go along with it.

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

Almost black until held up to a light source which reveals that the beer is not completely devoid of translucence. The head is pretty light compared to the color of the liquid and doesn't last long. This is indicative of the lack of carbonation throughout.

I thought the smell and taste transformed twice while I was drinking it. At first, the smell and taste were a not overly pleasant buttermilk biscuit. But it got sweeter and sweeter in the mouth and nose as it warmed until it was not unlike a cinnamon roll. Then this soon gave way to feel and taste that was eerily reminiscent of wine with more and more alcohol showing up.

Overall, I thought it was very solid, but not spectacular. I'll drink it again.

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark brown/ruby colored. Thin dirt brown head that vanishes instantly. In fairness, it's been in the cellar awhile.

Smell is constantly changing. Sweet dark fruit, winey grape smell, molasses, dark roast malt, unfremented sugar. There's a lot here.

Dark, complex, well-balanced and evolving, Celebrator tastes like Black Sabbath sounds. Dark roast, black forest cake malt and caramel with unfermented fruity sugars. A hint of woody hop tang at the end. Nonexistant carbonation with a thick mouthfeel. Winey alcoholic warming. I dream of this beer.

Photo of Vengeance526
4.56/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pilsner glass.

Pours a dark, almost completely opaque black color with a thick and creamy 2-3 finger tan head that retains nicely and leaves a great amount of beautiful lacing.

Aroma of chocolate and roasted malt with some butterscotch in the background. Mildly sweet and extremely inviting.

Taste reveals notes of chocolate, raisins, butterscotch, coffee and some figs. Very rich and really quite amazing.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. It's just a work of art the way this one works its way around the palate.

Alcohol is fairly low in comparison to some other doppelbocks so this is actually really easy to drink. Usually I wouldn't want to have more than one of this style in one setting, but I think this may be the exception. The king of doppelbocks and always worth having one on hand.

Photo of Tone
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark black color. 1/2 inch head of a light tan color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of lager yeast and some earthy malts. The overall aroma characteristics are quite muted. Fits the style of a Doppelbock. Smooth and crisp mouth feel with average carbonation levels present. Tastes of good lager yeast, smooth yet distinct earthy malts, and the hop bitterness is noticeable. There is also a chocolaty richness that is quite extraordinary. This is one hell of a smooth lager family beer (includes bocks, etc.)!. Definitely worth a try.

Photo of ajr24
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in its appropriate glassware at The Belgian Cafe, this beer was quite a treat for a first timer. Dark, malty and plum colored body with a voluminous and creamy white head. Smells earthy, grainy, and exudes some hints of drupaceous fruits- like plum and prunes mixed with some fig. Its appearance and smell combine perfectly to deliver the drinker with pure, unadulterated, quality doppelbock. Taste and mouthfeel though are what make this beer great; from the glass it ensconces your tongue and mouth in its velvety consistency. The 6.7% ABV stays pretty dormant while drinking making it into a pretty drinkable beer. Just watch out because sooner or later the ABV will come out of hiding.

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

Appearance - Pours black with a a reddish brown tint when held to a light. Topped by a short tan head.
Smell - Roasted malts, coffee and cocoa.
Taste - Rich waves of flavor, chocolate, coffee and toffee. Great roasted malts. Truly mouth-watering.
Mouthfeel - Very smooth with fairly light carbonation. This coats your mouth with flavor without a heavy, syrupy feel.
Drinkability - For a beer with the tremendous richness and coating mouthfeel, this is incredibly drinkable.
Overall - An excellent beer, definitely the best doppelbock I've ever had.

Photo of Augustiner719
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tried this at Stuff Yer face in New Brunswick NJ.

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a sam adams perfect pint.

Appearance: Drank, reddish amber hues came though, tight thin head with minimal lacing.

Smell: dark fruits, and a little bit of alcohol. obvious malts and spices came through as well.

taste: one of the best doppelbocks I have had, ever. It's unbelievably better than the paulaner and on par with optimator for hte german strong dark beers. Nice malty and spicy and fruity flavors came through.

Mouthfeel: suprizingly thin for a dopplebock, yet coated palate perfectly. lasting flavors and perfect carbonation for the style.

drinkability: I would have this again for sure. its the easiest drinking dopplebock i have had, and its got depth in flavors that make it drinkable in multiples.. good session dopplebock

Photo of bigkahunas4
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass - a very dark cola body, with a big, foamy tan head. Great retention, solid lacing. Nose isn't overly strong - but is a creamy coffee ice cream with some milk chocolate.

Taste is very clean, milky in texture, and full of chocolate. Mouthfeel is divine, creamy and a velvet finish. Flavors are a sweet milk chocolate with a touch of bitterness to finish.

It's no secret this is one of the best, and a beast of flavor.

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

poured into my mug, beautiful lingering crown of tan head, smell of molasses, and caramel.
tastes of dark sweet bread, molasses, brown sugar, a bit of hops and alcohol in the back as well. Thick, chewey,maltey goodness. I love this beer, It was drinking celebrator that originally convinced me that malt forward beers were as good as hop bombs, and it has yet to let me down.

Photo of K7M
4.97/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I truly regret that I only had one bottle to experience. Everything positive that I read about this beer was more than true. This is the most exceptional Doppelbock I have ever experienced. The flavor and aroma from this Beer is beyond description, suffice it to say it is as near to perfection as I have tasted.

Bocks and Dark Beers are my favorites and this is the best Dark Beer that I have had to date. Thanks to my friend John who brought this one back from a trip. I will be purchasing Celebrator on my next trip to Pensacola.

I stopped by Four Winds in Pensacola Fl and bought all that they had on the shelf.

If I had to spend the rest of my life with only one Beer, this is the Beer for me. That being said, I will continue searching for a better Beer, as it is really all about the search for perfection...

Photo of CoolJosh
4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this one at Zeno's, Sampled at the German tasting, and was drawn to this beer by the little dangling horse...

It poured a clear dark amber brown, with a very beautiful khaki colored head that retains fairly nicely. There was still head present on my last sips, and I never expected this from a German beer before.

The smell is fantastic. Tons of chocolate oozes out, with strong malt characteristics as well. There is a nice sweetness and a buttery scent leading to both brown sugar and raisins. Simply irresistible, very pleasing scent.

I couldn't wait for this to splash on my tongue, and was not disappointed. Everything that was there in the smell was tastable as well. The start is very sweet with a contrasting nice subtle bitterness. Very nice doppelbock, which really hit the spot.

Photo of Reagan1984
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured with a thick creamy light tan head that showed some nice retention.. Deep dark brown beer with nice clarity....No visible carbonation. Not sure I'd call it lacing, but there are some clumpy bubbles that cling to the glass.

Wow, big aroma. Deep and dark. Sweet and you can sense the thickness of the beer right from here. A sense that is confirmed shortly after.

Maple, molasses, dark caramel. Some cocoa notes. Layers of malty goodness. Wonderful and rich.

The mouth feel is completely full bodied. This is about as thick as you can get.. Yet not cloying or overly done.

Nicely drinkable and smooth.. Although you can't have a bunch of these.

Nice beer...

Photo of schroederm
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In a goblet:

Great retention in the head, which is off white, creamy, and inviting. Smells heavily of raisin, with some caramel... got some peach in the taste in addition to that. Absolutely perfect carbonation. Wonderfully smooth, and fairly full bodied. Highly drinkable.

Overall: Another! Great doppelbock, I will absolutely keep a couple of these around.

Photo of Keith238
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A/S/T= Caramel, Caramel, Caramel, fantastic.

Very sweet nose but no where near sickeningly sweet. Very rich caramel and vanilla notes and same goes for the taste.

M/D= Sweet and smooth like a great jazz record. Never overdone and lets you play it over and over.

6.7% won't kill you so make sure you pick up a few bottles. I could easily make this a session beer.

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

Poured from 11.2 oz. bottle into a pilsener glass.

Pours a deep brown that appears much more red when held up to light. Tan two finger head that leaves a nice cap on top. Nice lacing as well.

Aroma is dominated by a sweet caramel maltiness that has deep complexity. Also noted was a very strong raisiny fruit character and some toasted malts.

Taste is quite sweet up front with lots of caramel that is quickly joined by the raisiny character. There's also a mild roasted component towards the end in this that's stronger than most Doppelbocks, probably correlating with the slightly darker color. The finish is reminiscent of dark chocolate covered raisins with a tiny bit of spiciness thrown in.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a nice chewiness to it, and a crisp feel on the palate.

It's been way too long since I've had one of these. Easily one of the best Doppelbocks out there, certainly in the top 3 for me. Worth every penny.

Photo of redjameskidd
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It's a classic. I love the little goat. I should save them up and make a bock necklace.

Actually a little low on the ABV side, from what we're used to in modern takes on doppelbocks. Might actually be the lowest ABV doppelbock I've ever drank. Delicious and malty, though. It's between this and salvator for me.

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 5,613 ratings.