Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Ratings: 5,475
Reviews: 2,236
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.37%
Wants: 370
Gots: 506 | FT: 17
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Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website

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

My totally awesome girlfriend, who does not know crap about beer, got this for me as part of her 7th anniversary gift for me. Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into the totally awesome new beer mug she also got me as another part of the overall gift. I heard very good things about this beer but just never got around to trying it until now. This beer is a dark, deep brown color with some ruby highlights around the edges. The tan head is about an inch thick when poured, settles to a decent surface layer with a thin ring lining the inside of the glass about two minutes after being poured. Decent lace. Head eventually fades to nothing. Very malty aromas here along with a bit of caramel and dark fruit such as apples, raisins, and plums. Sweet, somewhat roasted malt flavor upfront followed by caramel and a hint of brown sugar and definitely some of the aforementioned fruit. the taste of alcohol is also present, but intertwines nicely with the rest of the flavors. No discernible hops whatsoever, and that's just fine here. Not the most complex flavored beer I have ever had of this type, but it is spot on for the style! Has a crisp, smooth and frothy full bodied mouthfeel with moderate to heavy carbonation. Excellent drinkability here. A very good beer all around here. A must try for those who are fans of this style!


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

Bottle from Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA. Poured into a traditional Celebrator Doppelbock glass.

Appearance: Deep brown body with garnet and ruby hues, minimal lacing and a spritzy, fuzzy head which fades quickly.

Aroma: An amazing blend of light, fruity esters - green apple skins and sweet, white grapes - and deep, toasty malts - cocoa and lightly roasted coffee.

Taste: Dry and fruity, with plenty of almost-but-not-quite tart notes and plenty of those same roasted notes. Notes of toffee and butterscotch, and those same cocoa/coffee notes that become more obvious as things warm.

Mouthfeel: Big spritzy bubbles, rather even, though not perfectly so, and surprisingly thin for such a malty, fruity beer.

Drinkability: Surprisingly refreshing, tasty, and quite complex for a doppelbock - one of the classics, and definitely recommended. Plus, the charm's neat.

Photo of Donnie2112
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottle poured into a Celebrator glass

deep deep brown with gorgeous tinges of red light film of head

nicely sweet aromas of caremel and other burnt sugars. Again the smells are almost exclusively malt

there are hints of dark chocolate and light notes of caramel, there is just a little bit of sharpness and peppery flavor from the alcohol. The ammount of alcohol plus the malts equate to a fantastic balance.

full body and medium light carbonation slightly dry from alcohol

very drinkable I enjoyed this beer a great deal and look forward to trying more from this style.

Photo of midaszero
4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Dark mahogany pour with a 1 finger tan head that stuck around just right and a little lacing

S - Dark fruit and molasses with some sweetness to it

T - A little sweet mixed with roasted malts and a little alcohol bite at the end

M - Creamy and smooth medium body with medium carbonation

D - Very enjoyable and easy to drink

Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours with a one inch head. Settles quickly. Dark brown in color. Malty & bready in smell. Taste is smooth roasted malt. Extremely drinkable and the mouthfeel is smooth. In my mind, this is the definition of a dopplebock & the standard for all others. I never pass on this beer when I find it on draft but it is still a gem in a bottle.


Photo of beernut
3.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finished of my 4pk the other day. Pours a deep amber, with nice clarity. Very rich in flavor, with toffee, caramel and a hint of coffee. Finishes dry with a subtle chocolate/coffee aftertaste. Has a creamy body with just enough alcohol to satisfy the palate. A very, very good Doppelbock. Worth purchasing every month.

Photo of Haybeerman
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep brown color clear wen held up to the light. Billowy off-white head that dissipated rapidly and and lace only in spots; that was the only thing that disappointed me about this beer,

S: Toasted malt, coffee, chocolate, alcohol. Rich long and savoring aroma.

T: Toasted malt, coffee, caramel, chocolate, and molasses. Very complex flavors that tease out of the beer with every drink. I loved this beer. Slightly bittering clean finish.

M: Very full bodied and not overly carbonated; very nice balance complimented by a clean and delicious aftertaste.

D: Goes down very easy and seems drinkable even with the high ABV.

Photo of ryrust5301
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Celebrator glass. Very nice looking label on the bottle, while the neck is decorated by an ornament of a goat.

Appearance - As picture perfect as a beer can get. In beer heaven every beer would look like this. A dark dark brown almost black color with a reddish tint when held up to light. A tan very thick head shot up about an inch to the lip of the glass before stopping. Head puffed out beautifully right over the top of the glass. Hundreds of tiny bubbles shot up the sides of the beer for awhile after the pour.

Smell - A sweet, very thick malt as well as a toasty grain for the base of this one. Spicy hop and alcohol linger too.

Taste & Mouthfeel - Man oh man is this a smooth drinker! Goes down extremely smooth with a quick little kick of carbonation in the middle. A bready, dark, sweet malt takes over right away, with the spicy hops and alcohol gently flowing through to give this one some background. The best part comes in the end, as this masterpiece goes down creamy and smooth, coating the tongue like a soft blanket for a slam dunk finish.

Drinkability - One of the finest beers to ever grace our planet. A simply awe-inspiring creation that every beer lover must try at least once in their lives. I must make the pilgrimage to Ayinger to try this fresh.

Photo of froghop
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours dark, almost black with ruby tint, fizzy upon pour, thin khaki head that dissipates quickly.

smell of malts, dark pitted fruits, caramel, bit musty in the background, hint of cocoa.

tastes of roasted nuts, sour up front, cocoa, prune and raisin, bitter on the back-end, faint smoky dry finish.

Photo of philbe311
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark chesnut color with red highlights... Slight but colorful head quickly recedes... Very still and flat...

S - Wow... Complex mix of malt, dark fruit, fig, honey, molasses, and grapes... Rich and sweet...

T - Roasted grains... Malt... Smoky feel... Coffee... Cherry... Raisins...

M - Light and dry... Smooth... A little more carbonation would go a long way...

D - Solid, but not spectacular... I expected more... I may have had my hopes set too high on this one and was let down... I expected one of the best beers I ever tried, but only got a slightly above average brew...

Photo of SaucyA
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Into a Bitburger glass, it pours a transparent chocolate brown with a nice, frothy, foamy mocha head. No lacing.

S - Muted malts, dark dried fruits, tobacco... as it warms, some brown sugar/molasses is noted.

T - Roasty malts for days, the usual coffee/dark chocolate affects... finishes quite sweet. Nothing incredibly standout, but a solid brew all-around. I'm gonna give it a higher ranking than I normally would here, because while it's not overly complex, it's incredibly well-made.

M - A little thin for my tastes, but the carbonation and almost syrupy finish help it out.

D - Pretty damn drinkable... it's a malty, sweet, thin little gem that seems to go down my throat as easily as it goes into my glass.

Notes: I'm admittedly not the hugest fan of dopplebocks, so this one was sitting in my closet for a while... I'm pretty glad I picked this up and would definitely do so again in the future.

Photo of far333
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chestnut colored with light brown highlights, minimal frothy light brown head that settles quickly and flattens out to nothing.

Inviting aroma of raisin and ripe fig, some prune and cocoa.

Rich flavor of cocoa and espresso, some leather and smoke, licorice and oak. Molasses and brown sugar emerge slightly. Finishes dark and rich. Toasted marshmallow lingers.

Even mouthfeel, on the thin side, finishes dry and crisp. Very drinkable, incredibly tasty and smooth and complex beer.

Photo of TheViceBlog
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The bottle excitedly came with a little stallion trinket on a string attached to the bottle's neck. Nice. More breweries should employ this Cracker Jack a-prize-in-every-box strategy in order to lure me into buying their product.

Beautiful dark chocolate pour with little hints of purple and a tan head. I never talk about a beer's lacing cause I typically don't give a shit but Celebrator has maybe the best I have ever seen. It was hypnotic to look at. Tastes of chocolate and espresso and it's incredibly smoky, like Worcester sauce or something. Very malty of course too and no sweetness at all. Slightly more sour finish than I expected. Very warming. Incredibly drinkable too as this beer is smoother than a eunuch's crotch.

If you have not had many doppelbocks in your life I think you would find this beer very odd and perhaps undrinkable. Even having loved many doppels in my life it took me a little bit to get acclimated to this one. I'm not sure if this is a beer you completely figure out until you're halfway through the bottle. The beer is much better the warmer it is served as well, as I began drinking it at too cold of temperature.

Celebrator is pretty much the dictionary definition doppelbock. It is the most known and arguably the best as well. However, I wouldn't advise an amateur beer-drinker to try this as they'd probably be in for a bit of a surprise and not enjoy it. As for me, though I found it brilliant, it lacked a few things I would have liked to consider it a masterpiece. First of all, it's a bit dull, a bit bland. I also think it could have used a sweet component or two. I also think the alcohol content should be amped up. But then again, I always think that.

But these are minor quibbles and this an amazing beer that rightfully deserves all the accolades it receives.


Photo of maximum12
3.58/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to genog for throwing this into a trade.

Pours dark with a hint of red sneaking in around the edges. Nice head collapses quickly into a thin ring around the Sierra Nevada pint glass. Not much of a distinguishing nose on this baby.

Given the faint aroma, the full taste is a head-rocker, wow! There's a lot of earthen, muddy, deep dark tastes in there, mixed at the end with a bit a sweet malt to even it out.

Feels full, rich, & lingers well on the palate. First time I've had this beer, very nice.

4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I drank this beer from a pilsner glass after pouring it out of a 12oz bottle. Lacing is negligable.

It runs a deep mahagony color with minimal cappucino head that quickly gets absorbed back into the brew.

Bready smells with caramel, butterscotch, molasses, christmas spices... and so much more. This brew has an amazingly immense depth whose flavors transcend the bounds of my vocabulary.

The taste matches the smell... deep and rich with a lot of earthiness, breadiness, and caramel/toffee/butterscotch notes. I also get maybe... raisins? Finishes with a pleasant warming alcohol taste.

Mouthfeel is medium-thick at first and then somewhat chewy on the palate for the finish. The flavor sticks with you well after the last sip.

Drinkabililty is high but perhaps a bit heavy for the summer months, definitely a beer I prefer on a rainy night.

Photo of Palealetial
3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am several beers into my tasting but this is getting my attention.

I cannot put my finger on the exact taste but it is similar to figs, nutty, caramel, honey, with a pumpkin spice kicker.

I will celebrate the fact that this is my last beer of the night but it was enjoyable none the less.

Photo of TAMU99
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A great beer. Very drinkable, no too anything.

Pours a clear very dark mahogany, with a thick tan foam. The smell is mocha with subtle spicing. Such a smooth, sweet taste. Mild hops complement the malt. No cloying aftertaste.
Very drinkable and smooth mouthfeel without that syrupy coating on your throat.

I'll reach for this one again and again

Photo of Stonebreaker
4.85/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Deliciously black, thin head retained for the duration, solid lacing as well.

Smell: Oak, Cherry, chocolate malt, sweet raisins.

Taste: Same as above. Nice warming, with a very burnt chocolaty coffee finish.

Mouthfeel: Like some sort of delectable dessert, as rich a beer I've not had.

Drinkablity: I savored the last sip of this like a coke fiend on the short end of a bag.

Photo of pinotboy007
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Rich brown/mahogany with a superb, dense, mocha-colored cap that slowly fades with some decent, but not dense, lacing.

S - Espresso, chocolate, alcohol, malt, some sugar

T - Espresso, toasted malts, caramel, cocoa powder, and molasses - SPLENDID!

M - Pure but slightly creamy and clean with a long finish. Terrific!

D - Very; ABV is in check and suitable for year 'round enjoyment.

Highly recommend - yum. :)

Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Beautiful dark (yet clear) garnet body with a light brown head. There is good lacing and the head has good staying power. Overall it looks delicious.

S: Sweet, dark, spicy. Familiar lager aroma, but certainly not typical.

T: Great malt sweetness, and the same spice from the aroma. Slight bitterness on the finish, surprising sweetness after that. Overall wonderful flavor for this style.

M: Really great fullness, slightly viscous, small bubbles of carbonation.

D: Flavor isn't overbearing and the alcohol is not detectable. Really drinkable for this style.

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

A: A gentle pour produces the deepest of browns with red/yellows poking through in the light. 3/4 inch of dense, toasted head. "My apartment smells of rich mahogany" - Ron Burgandy. This is a great looking beer caught in a time warp.

S: "That's quite pungent". Good smells wafting to the olfactory. Rich molasses with sweet caramel malt Hops smell perfectly balanced with the malt. My barbaric senses can't pinpoint anything beyond although there some spices and maybe some plum.

T: I really thought the fruit would come out in the taste but I say say nay, it doesn't. Absolutely beautiful. Not sweet, but sugary molasses with surprisingly a lot of hops. Toasted malt as well. Some earthy spices and mild, mild aleish fruit esters poking through. All these things are PERFECTLY balanced.

M: A heavy beer but OH MY! More brilliance! The hops bring on a much needed bitterness creating the illusion of lightness.

D: Very drinkable for what it is.

Nothing revolutionary but it's impressively complex. A classic doppelbock that sets the bar.

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

A - Pours deep brown with some ruby highlights. Some light is able to get through but not much. The tan head stopped rising after reaching a height of one inch and didn't stick around for very long. Lacing in the glass was good.

S - Sweet aroma with molasses and caramel taking the lead. Toasted bread and more caramel show up midway. Hints of butterscotch, raisin, and warm alcohol are on the tail end.

T - Flavor is where this beer really starts to shine. Starts out with molasses, raisins, and caramel. Some nuts, dark bread, and maple show up midway. Warm alcohol, dried cherry, and a toastiness are all present towards the end and achieve a very nice balance.

M - Medium to full bodied for the style. Carbonation is low but works for this beer. Smooth overall feel with a sweet finish.

D - Drinkability is very good. This beer is sweet, complex, and practically defines the style of Doppelbock. The alcohol is a tad high but does not keep this one from going down quick and easy. I could easily have more of these. Hats off to Aying for this offering.

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

dopplebocks tend to be a personal favorite and this one did not let me down. It pours very dark and mouth watering. The smell isn't too noticable, but the taste is very rich, roasted, and choclately. The sweet choclately taste does not become overpowering, however, and it is very drinkable (doesn't begin to weigh you down or feel too filling). The most outstanding characteristic is the mouthfeel. It is very bubbley but with tiny, microbubbles which make each sip delightful and fun. Highly suggested for fans of dopplebocks and Baltic porters or other similar styles.

Photo of Folderol
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow. This is damn near a Baltic Porter, it's so dark. Everyone seems to have their own definition of doppelbock, and Ayinger thinks it should be rich, roasty, chocolatey, slightly bitter and really smooth. This one definitely deserves its world class reputation.

Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark mahogany color with a creamy light oak head that retains well. Not much lacing to report, but the color and head are marvelous.

S: In a word: wow! Rich molasses, candied figs, brown sugar, and caramel all blend together wonderfully in front of a backdrop of rich toasted bready malt aromas. Damn near the best nose on a beer I've had to date.

T&M: I'll describe the feel first, as I'm still trying to get a handle on everything I'm tasting here: The body is medium with a light, fine carbonation that produces a smooth velvety mouthfeel that's absolutely delightful. Tastes include dark fruits, molasses, rich bread, some slight grassy/earthy hops, and a tinge of roasted malt. Wonderfully complex and bold. Truly an excellent beer.

D: Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock is a work of art. The only thing limiting drinkability is the ABV and slight heaviness in the stomach. Still, this is a beer to be savored and enjoyed--not sessioned.

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 5,475 ratings.