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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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5,627 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,627
Reviews: 2,270
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 406
Gots: 585 | FT: 19
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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 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.

Photo of theboozecruise
4.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, rich brown color with a thick creamy head that doesn't want to go away. Took two pours to fill the glass.

The smell is mostly dominated by an aroma most related to rich maple syrup. Some hints of caramel and a definite malt presence.

The taste is close to the aroma, rich maltiness, syrupy, definitely sweet but exceptionally well balanced.

I really enjoyed this beer, exceptionally smooth and rich, very impressive.

Photo of Duhast500
4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

The color is a dark brown or black with a brown head.

The smell is of malt and butterscotch, and a bit of a molasis flavor.

The taste is of roasted malts, caramel, and molasis.

This beer is a bit on the heavy side but does not put to hard over the edge. It is very flavorful and perfect for the beer drinker thats into that smoked dark taste.

Photo of SpecialK088
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured froma bottle into a pint glass

A-Watery brown not totally see through small head that disapates quickly

S-Very malt with some fig notes and a very distinct molasis smell

T-This suprised me very subtle in all the flavors, very good dopple nice and balanced great malty presence and a nice warming finish

M-Litte thin in the body good carbonation level and overall feels pretty good

D-Easier than a lot of dopples to drink that I have had in the past doesnt sit quite so heavy

Photo of naterock
4.07/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Little white goat hanging from the neck of the bottle.

pours dark brown with a small head, no lacing.

smell is oh so rich. Malty as hell with a scent of molasses and caramel, with some chocolate in the back of the nose. smells very rich.

taste is thick and rich, tastes a lot of sorghum and chocolate, rich malt is the star of this beer. definitely what I've heard of it.

mouth is a bit too carbonated for a dopplebock. mouth is thick and is a moderately slow drinker. Good definitely know why it's so high on the list.

Photo of beerorRIP
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from a bottle with the little goat hanging on the neck - moderate pour into a standard pint glass yields a dark ruby / brown, clear and filtered body. a very light tan / off-white head rises to the top (about 1 finger), which reduces to a slight foam covering 'over top the beer. no lacing on the sides of the glass.

the smell is lovely sweet malts (munich, crystal, caramel). smells like caramel and toffee! no booziness or hops to be found in the aroma. just what you'd expect from "liquid bread"

on first taste, i am rewarded. sweet malts, caramel and toffee wash over my tongue. there's some bitterness on the back, just enough to balance out the surge of chewy malt flavor. not much flavor of hops, but that's not what i want from this guy. can't taste the alcohol really, just the slightest tinge of it. the tongue asks for more and i agree!

for as malty and rich as this guy is, the mouthfeel is not super thick. it doesn't feel as thick as you would expect it to be given the flavors. easy going for sure.

too drinkable. can't taste the alcohol, the nice chewy and rich flavor is perfect for those cold winter nights (which i'm in the midst of). slightly warms the gut while drinking which is always good on a cold night.

this is a great dopplebock! distinctive and delicious...

edit: had this on tap @ stuff yer face... even better! so damn good i had to show up twice in a week to have some!!!

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.71/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found four light switches and stuff to hang 4 goat charms on, that's pretty cool.

Pretty dark brown body with a big, thick, rocky brown head. Some great retention and nice sheets of lacing. Pretty good looking beer.

Chocolately smell, sweet malts.

Chocolately sweet malts again with some alcohol.

Pretty creamy with medium carbonation, nice mouthfeel.

A fairly drinkable beer. Pretty good overall, not sensational like I expected.

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

While very dark brown, you can still see that it's crystal clear without a trace of cloudiness, some orange comes out near the glass bottom, has a very pretty and fine head which dissolves pretty fast. Invitingly sweet nose of coffee ice cream, caramel, butterscotch and chocolate covered raisins, blends in banana, ginger spice, pecans, all malt with no real hoppiness, very well balance nostril presence and staying power. Medium-bodied, the carbonation definitely smoothes out the sweetness and allows for more structural balance from the hops. Brown sugar, caramel, butterscotch, hard coffee candy, here more of a roasty character. Raisin, cherry fruit comes through. Traces of orange peel as well. Maintains a fresh smoothness throughout.

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

Pours very dark, nearly opaque black. Copious light tan head, retains very well. Aroma of raisins, a bit of alcohol, and tangy sweetness.

Taste is excellent, very smooth, roasty-- sweet yet complex. Syrupy sweetness and chocolately aftertaste. Mouthfeel is almost perfect. If anything, the carbonation seemed a little off, but really a delicious beer. I would say this compares very well to the Andechser Doppelbock, but with slightly different qualities. The Andechs was a little more buttery and really coated the palate, but this Celebrator has great roastiness. Both are amazing beers.

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

Appearance: Deep ruby mahogany, like a fine lacquered wood. Big frothy oreo-cream head.

Smell: Dark breaded caramel and toasted malts, toffee.

Taste: Malty toasted bread and molasses (sweet, not blackstrap). Sweet with some dark fruits (plums, dates, prunes) and hints of nuttyness and cherry-chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Coats the entire mouth and throat without being thick. Not a big beer. It really lingers. I was left wishing for a touch more carbonation.


Photo of TMB0424
4.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pilsener.

Pours a deep dark brown capped off with a nice sized tan head. Ruby edges when held to the light. Head recedes quickly leaving minimal lacing.

Smell is very complex. Raisins and molasses definitely in the forefront, with a hint of cocoa powder, nuts, smoke, and alcohol in the back. Very nice. The smoke adds a great element to this.

The taste is of roasted, smoked malts with caramel and chocolate. But what really hits me in the face is the raisins (and possibly dates) - it's outstanding. The alcohol is not well masked, but it definitely adds character. The combination between the smoke, raisins, and alcohol just hits the nail on the head. It also has a bitter characteristic that most dopplebocks don't have, and it's welcoming.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with low end carbonation. It's slightly syrupy with a smooth and rich feel. Despite the alcohol presence not being masked, this is very drinkable. I just can never get enough of this stuff.

Photo of angelmonster
3.9/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a nice 2 finger mocha head. Black with a brown hue at the edges. Head retention is decent and some lacing is present

Strong smell of sweet malts. Some chocolate and faint alcohol. Also faint smell of fruit, maybe banana. Not much smell on the hop side.

First taste is of oak burnt malts. Little bits of coffee and banana also. Hops are present but the malts really dominate. There is also after taste of alcohol and some bitterness. Lots of different flavors coming through

Beer is way over carbonated which messes up the smoothness. Beer is rich with medium thickness going down.

Over all, really enjoyed this beer. Flavors were great, smelled good, looked nice, but the carbonation was my only problem. Maybe it was a one time thing. Would buy again though to test it out

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 5,627 ratings.