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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

5,245 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 5,245
Reviews: 2,216
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 338
Gots: 415 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2001)
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Photo of softcough
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very well balanced beer considering the depth of complexity in flavors. Aromas of molasses, dates, malt. Mouthfeel is smooth, punctuated by firm by elegant carbonation. Taste is rich with dark, dried fruit, coffee, hints of dark chocolate. A very drinkable and enjoyable beer. Very well crafted although perhaps not one of the more bold and intense doppelbocks.

softcough, Sep 11, 2007
Photo of John_M
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had not seen this beer on tap for a while, so was quite happy to see it at Frisco's the other day.

The beer pours a dark brown color, more akin to glass of cola then beer. This beer has very good head retention and lacing, as one would expect from a beer with this pedigree. The beer smells all malty and grainy, with a sweet molasses, cherry and cola. Very, very nice. On the palate the flavors replicate the nose, with lots of rich malt. However, everything is in proportion with this beer, nothing is out of place. The beer is medium to full bodied, but is not the least bit heavy. There is a good clean finish, with some nice roasty flavors at the end. Very easy to take.... so drinkable.

As others have noted, this really is the mother of all dopplebocks. First had this beer on tap at Humpy's during the "fur rhondy" festival in Anchorage (99 or 2000, forget now), when it was first brought into the state. It was excellent then and is excellent now. Always a treat. This is an excellent beer.

John_M, Sep 10, 2007
Photo of fank2788
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle served in a tulip
Celebrator pours a nice deep dark brown with a bunch of ruby highlights and a sticky off white head that does a lot of lacing. The smell is dark fruit, plums, grapes, red wine, a touch of dark bread and just a hint of spicy alcohol. The taste is molasses and dark grain without all the bitterness, dark fruity sweetness rounded out with a bit of spicy hops and alcohol. Mouthfeel is nice and chewy full the finish is slightly drying but there are plenty of residual sugars and a lingering fruityness. A pretty amazing beer in a way it is reminiscent of an English RIS which isn't a bad thing, a real winner.

fank2788, Sep 10, 2007
Photo of jcdiflorio
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a care package from Sudsdog,been meaning to review this favorite of mine just never picked some up. Opened up this box of beer and found this bottle at the bottom with a slight leak. The bottle hissed when i tried to twist the cap gave it a quick chill and it opened with a loud hiss. Saved it, seemed fine.

Poured into my Mad Elf tulip glass frome a 12oz brown bottle with a crimped cap, a froathy 2" light tan head emerged,black in color,very opaque. Good retention could barley see some staggering tiny bubbles rising from the sides of the glass towards the top.

A nice dark fruit aroma first presents itself followed by sweet maltiness,vinious,with complex fruit notes of green apples and raisins and dried plums.Has a nice pleasing tartness throughout the aroma.

Vinious tastes prevail,with lots of dark fruit and a nice sweet maltiness with a burnt edge, with some anise/slight licorace.Very good balance had a dry wine like finish leaving a dark fruitness lingering on the palate. Tastes very similar to the aroma.

On the light side body wise for a doubble bock. Suprizingly smooth and drinkable.Has some characteristics remisent of a English style ale. Enjoyable experiance, a must try beer in my book.

jcdiflorio, Sep 05, 2007
Photo of GbVDave
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from two 11.2oz bottles into two tulip glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Deep, dark brown. Almost ebony. Creamy, khaki-colored, 1/4 finger head that recedes to a thin film and leaves sticky lace sheeting down the sides of the glass.

S: Big aromas of sweet malty goodness! Chocolate, caramel malt, raisin bread, figs, and a slight lemony hop smell.

T: The beginning is all chocolate and caramel malt. Followed closely by dark fruit, coconut, and brought to a close by a faint whisp of citrus/lemon.

M: Rich and creamy. Surprisingly bitter when cold, but becomes noticably thicker and creamier as it approaches room temperature.

D: In my opinion, this is one of the top two doppelbocks on the planet. Sweet and earthy and so very malty. An excellent treat!

GbVDave, Sep 05, 2007
Photo of viperpiper522
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep mahogany with flashes of scarlet. A creamy head with a half finger staying power and great lacing.

S- Pumpernickel, light spice, and blackstrap. Fruitcake, and dried figs.

T- Big malt sweetness. Lots of the smells come through in the flavors. Molasses, Fruitcake, pumpernickel, and fig. It is beautifully balance with hop bitterness. There is some roasted bitterness as well. The hop flavor doesn't shine through but at the finish there is the taste of hallertuer smell. (If that makes any sense)

M- A little chewy, but in a good way. Smooth and dangerously creamy. It has low/to moderate carbonation that leaves that lingering dried fruit character in your mouth.

D- Be careful with it. One after a really long day in the kitchen makes me realize why I love beer but any more than that and the next day could be rough.

viperpiper522, Sep 04, 2007
Photo of BucBasil
4.78/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Presentation was a very classic bottle that included a white Celebrator ram charm. Brought me back to my childhood when I would get prizes in the bottom of cereal boxes... except this is beer haha... Anyway, this one was poured into an imperial pint glass from the bottle. Black, and dark brown when held to light. Suffice to say, this is a very dark beer. Head is 2 and a half fingers thick after a hard pour and dark tan.

Smell: You can tell what's coming in the taste here... strong smell of roasted malts and chocolate. Very nice. Coffee grounds come into play somewhere.

Taste: Wow... This is a big, chewy meal in a glass... dessert to be exact. Full of dark chocolate at first sip and continuing sweeter, as milky chocolate. Finishes with a great coffee note. Can't really say too much more about his one. I kid you not, there is a peanutbutter note hidden somewhere in there. I'm a big doppelbock fan, and this is quickly becoming a favorite.

Notes: I'll be picking this one up again and again at the store, at the bar, where ever... Thank you Ayinger for brewing this masterpiece.

BucBasil, Sep 01, 2007
Photo of WaveRebel51
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Certainly lived up to its lofty expectations. The dark brown color and roasty malt aroma was nice, but the taste was something that I cannot completey describe, yet won't soon forget. Very nice, rich malt flavor, which seemed to change with every sip, with a touch of hop balance at the back end. The glass was empty before I knew it and I can't wait for the next one.

The price and hype made me cautious, which is why I waited a long time to indulge in this -- don't make the same mistake.

WaveRebel51, Aug 28, 2007
Photo of stormstarter28
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is my first doppelbock, and it has certainly set the bar high. Huge, fluffy brown head that tastes chocolatey and smooth and lasts for the entire glass. Very strong, complex flavor, chocolate, coffee, malt, etc...the flavor doesn't stop. So much going on it disguises the alcohol taste wonderfully, even though it has a high ABV. Wonderful to the last drop. Certainly a new favorite of mine!

stormstarter28, Aug 25, 2007
Photo of Brad007
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with a head that doesn't stay around for long. Smells very malty and strong. Taste is much of the same except that it takes on a roasted, coffee-like essence that goes down nicely and leaves a good aftertaste. I really like bocks anyway and this one is no exception. It's nice, malty and strong to boot. Exactly what the style implies.

Brad007, Aug 25, 2007
Photo of iceball585
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Very dark brown molasses color w/ thin tan head when poured

S- Roasted and bready malt aroma, strong hints of chocolate

T- Chocolate, nuts, raisens, roasted malt flavors w/ a smokey finish

M- Medium bodied and creamy, fairly hardy feel

D- The flavors hide the alcohol well making this very easy to drink for anyone

Very very good beer. Haven't had a beer this complex in a while. Definatly recommend trying this beer, in fact I'm kind of wishing I had bought more than just one of these.

iceball585, Aug 23, 2007
Photo of KI9A
4.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

As close to a perfect beer as possible.

pours beautiful deep amber, creamy tan head. Lacing lasts.

Smells of toffee, fruit, and browned bread.

Taste...well, a minor hint of coffee, and wonderful sweet, dark malt. The ABV not even noticeable.

Finishes so clean, makes you want more.

Can't really think of a beer I'd rather have. This is what other beers want to be.

KI9A, Aug 22, 2007
Photo of JayQue
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark mahogany color. A hard pour produces a big tan head that slowly fades to a light covering of the glass. Minimum head. The nose hints at sweetness and dark fruit, quite pronounced and good. The actual taste delivers the sweetness and fruit, but the predominant flavor is malt. As a hophead, this isn't my favorite style of beer but I was impressed with the "bigness" of flavor in a beer that is not a complete high octane / abv bomb. This one gets your attention like a Belgian. Mouthfeel is rich and the flavors are more balanced if you let the beer warm up as you sip it. Drinkability is good...would be very good for someone that appreciates malty beers more.

JayQue, Aug 20, 2007
Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass

A: Pours a dark and I mean dark amber, this one almost looks like a stout. A tightly packed inch and a half tan head bubbles down to a cap and stays around. This one leaves sticky lacing all the way down the glass.

S: They were not kidding about the malts on this one, nice and sweet sugary aromas brown sugar and carmel, nice but not quite as inviting as I would have hopped.

T.MF: Not to much carbonation felt, this one did bubble over when I popped the cap off which I though was a bit strange. Has a very toasty and nutty taste balanced with a good amount of fruity sweetness with a hint of tobacco lingering around in the end, but make no mistake this beer is about malt. Another great thing about this beer is that after a few sips the beer begins to take on richer characteristics, the nutty flavors become more pronoucned and sweet with a nice buttery aftertaste. I don't know what it is but the further I get into drinking this the better the beer becomes.

D: I didn't what this one to end and I got happier with it the further along I got into drinking it, the only qualm I have with this one is that it felt a little flat on the tongue, other than that this one is perfect on the inside.

bluemoonswoon, Aug 19, 2007
Photo of pojo41
4.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful, rich, brown color with ruby tint in the light. Aroma of sweet, dark, roasted malt. Taste of dark malt and raisin and a hint of smoke. The flavor hides the alcohol very well but, you still know you are drinking a substantial beer. Excellent

pojo41, Aug 11, 2007
Photo of yodaseo
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

the head was something that i only dream about. the light brown head dissipated as the sticky lace etched a beautiful pattern on the side of the glass. the smell was of tons of malts that i could smell even through my stuffed nose, with a hint of tart fruitiness and a flash of the alcohol. the taste was exceptional, with sweet malts up front overwhelming the taste buds and a surprisingly dry and tart finish. but the mouthfeel in my mind takes the cake because it literally felt like chewing on malt syrup. the alcohol gradually crept up and warmed my esophagus, but my mouth was just left wanting more. extremely drinkable, the alcohol is very well masked but has just the right amount of presence so you know you're not drinking a light beer. a brew worthy of celebration indeed.

yodaseo, Aug 07, 2007
Photo of Drew966
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock pours a deep, dark brown with a thick tan head from a brown 11.2 ounce bottle that had a plastic goat strung around the neck of the bottle. There is a rich, sweet, dark malty aroma. The flavor is smoky and malty. If one doesn't have a taste for smoked beers, this could be a challenge. The mouthfeel is just right, a bit on the thick side. A world classic.

Drew966, Aug 07, 2007
Photo of OKCNittany
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle into a mug

A: Dark brown, almost black body. Big creamy, tan, 2" head - fell slowly & settled at 1/4" leaving plenty of lacing.

S: Nice hearty aroma of chocolate, dark bread - big on malt.

T: A big glass of molasses soaked bread. Simply wonderful.

M: Medium to full body, lightly carbonated. Smooth and creamy. Perfect mouthfeel for the style.

D: At only 6.7% abv, it seems like a bigger beer - nap inducing. But it's so good, if you can stay awake, you won't want to stop.

OKCNittany, Aug 04, 2007
Photo of Andbrew
4.78/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

There's enough inside this bottle to keep any beer drinker busy for quite some time.

Poured a deliciously rich and dark reddish brown. Head rose slowly and doesn't go anywhere until the last inch or so is left. Left a light lacing on the way down.

A lot of sugary sweet smell out of this one with some fresh baked bread on the top and a very distinct but noble hop tinge.

To the mouth the small bubbles make this one velvety and smooth to the palate while still giving it an effervescent quality.

A bit of alcohol on top but with strong notes of caramel and sugar and a nice hop bitter to kick it over the edge...you could probably taste this one over and over and get something new.

I cant imagine a better double, this one is good for all occasions and stands as a classic...I keep the ram hung on my rear view to pay homage to this great beer.

Andbrew, Aug 03, 2007
Photo of MarkSCCOT
4.97/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I am a huge fan of German beers and I have been wanting to try this particular beer...forever! Fortunately it is now available in Charleston.

Poured from a really cool bottle into a pint glass.

A. A rich dark brown with little or no head.

S. Strong bready malt aroma. Sweet molasses or brown sugar. Figs or raisins. A slight chocolate aroma.

T. Toasty bread, chocolate and tofee.

M. Like heaven! Goes down smooth with a rich toffee chocolate after taste.

D. Wow, I will have to break the bank, hide the car keys and drink a 4 pack myself.

A classic beer. The epitome of the style.

MarkSCCOT, Aug 01, 2007
Photo of nafnikufesin
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Dark cascading looks with medium sized bubbles.

Smell - Sweet malt smell with hints of alcohol.

Taste - Slight smoky wood flavor with slight sweetness towards the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with smooth texture.

Overall, flavorful and drinkable. Very enjoyable.

nafnikufesin, Jul 28, 2007
Photo of Night
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear scarlet with a dark brown character in flat lighting. Medium to small, foamy, light tan head has a thin plateau of cream in the center. Somewhat sparse archipelago of lacing sticks just above the head. Aroma has a yeasty belgian character; alcohol has a strong presence. Mouthfeel is medium-creamy and has a light and crisp carbonation tingle. Flavor is woody and grassy with a background of banana-yeast, parmesan, molasses, and a nice spicy (but distant) hop bite. Thick, roasty, almost smoky malts throughout. Dry and bitter undertone in the finish along with more molasses sweetness; aftertaste is clean and slightly bitter.

Night, Jul 27, 2007
Photo of AAis4quiters
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Just an all around great beer. This is just my opinion, but damn near perfect for a dopple. This is my new favorite. I had it in a local place that takes pride in their German food and beer. It was a recomendation from the bartender that he hit out of the park. Thanks!

AAis4quiters, Jul 27, 2007
Photo of tempest
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Picked up a bottle at the Party Source in Syracuse.

A gorgeous beer with a bit thick head and lacing. The flavor isn't as rich as I'd like. It tastes of fruity licorice with back current and blueberry cobbler with a dry cocoa aftertaste. The mouthfeel here is fantastic, smooth and creamy with a bitter edge. Really wonderful balancing here. I'd like more flavor, but at the same time, it lacks the overpowering licorice root that other doppelbocks like Spaten's have that I don't care for as much. Definitely the best doppel I've had.

More cowbell (see below).

tempest, Jul 25, 2007
Photo of Jmamay22
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark almost black brown with a creamy tan colored head that refuses to disappear. Malts and more malts in the nose. There is a very faint roasted scent, but far removed from the roasted scents you'd find in a stout. Smooth as velvet mouthfeel with very fine carbonation. Almost syrupy malted taste with a slight hint of alcohol. Bitterness and malts meld into one beautiful flavor finishing dry. I love to use this as a marinade if I can find courage enough to part with a bottle.

Jmamay22, Jul 22, 2007
Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 5,245 ratings.