Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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Ratings: 5,058 | Reviews: 2,203 | Display Reviews Only:
4.45/5 rDev +2.5%
A- Beautiful deep mahogany, 3-finger light brown head starts to
fade when I finish pouring it, leaves a bit of lacing
S- a bit of smokiness, caramel, some woodiness
T- A lot going on here- hints of smoke, bit of hops, caramel,
molasses, dark cherries, finishes sugary- everything seems to
make its presence known, without one flavor dominating
M- Silky, Velvety, males your mouth water for more, More, MORE!
D- Very easy to enjoy, I could drink quite a few of these, but
unfortunately, I only have one now
The best beer I have reviewed to date- I love this!
09-08-2006 00:59:27 | More by llitsua
4.08/5 rDev -6%
Pours a dark brown with red hues in it. A creamy white head that disappears quickly and leaves a thin ring of lacing around the glass.
Smells is carmel, molasses, and fruit (bananas and raisons). Alcohol and hops are also present as it warms a bit. Also a bit of chocolate is present.
Taste is very contrasting. Initially very sweet like carmel. Then there is a bitterness from the hops. A little more hopped than I was expecting.
Mouthfeel is creamy and nice.
Drinkablility is pretty good. I could have another right now probably. Don't know if it will make a regular appearance in my stock but I will probably purchase this again.
09-07-2006 03:17:53 | More by hckyfn9999
3.78/5 rDev -12.9%
Poured a deep dark brown with a creamy tan head, good retention with minor lacing.
Smell is sweet with strong fruit odors including banana with a touch of oak.
Taste is quite the contrast of the big sweet fruity smell. Very dark musty oaken malt with a touch of cocoa and an earthy hop finish.
Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with a bit of a dry finish.
A pretty good doppel, easy to drink, will have again.
09-06-2006 03:10:13 | More by bashiba
4.65/5 rDev +7.1%
Appearance: very dark brown , some reddish mahogany hues at the bottom. Frothy off-white/tan head of an inch.
Smell: deep, brown bready maltiness , chocolate muffin , molasses
Taste: much maltiness , brown bread , some cocoa , bit of hop bitterness , molasses , and a tinge of alcohol.
Mouthfeel: chewy and creamy
Drinkability: This is by far the best dopplebock iv'e had so far! Very tasty and complex. Much intense flavor , yet not at all overpowering in any way.
09-05-2006 04:09:41 | More by Byeast
4.45/5 rDev +2.5%
Almost completely black body with about a half inch tan head. Smells mostly sweet with chocolate, caramel and just a hint of hop. Tastes chocolate, with some sourness to it. Nice and roasty. Excellent. Similar to Sam Adams Chocolate Bock, only better (and cheeper, at least to try). Theres a distinct possibility Id get this again. Its very good.
09-05-2006 01:12:26 | More by MrHurmateeowish
4.4/5 rDev +1.4%
Appearance: Pours a beautiful dark garnet color, with a great big tan head that exhibits very nice retention. Fairly clear. Some lacing. A fine looking beer.
Smell: Caramel, biscuit, and a touch of smoke.
Taste: An explosion of flavor on the tongue. Malt dominates, but it's something to celebrate. Molasses, toast, and a hint of smoke at the swallow. Finishes very clean - lager yeast at work. Spicy hops aftertaste. Alcohol fairly well hidden, I think.
Mouthfeel: Medium body. Very smooth.
Drinkability: A very good beer, no doubt about it. Now to decide what to do with the white goat thing that came with it.
08-31-2006 00:27:55 | More by hunteraw
4.5/5 rDev +3.7%
Part of a side by side Dopplebock tasting with Optimator-Celebrator & Salvator. A lot of fun and an interesting way to compare these classic rich beers.
Pours almost black with a thick tan head of fine creamy bubbles that last throughout the tasting. The darkest of the beers we compared.
Smell is rich and malty
Taste is sweet malty rich with roasty toasty hints of carmel / chocolate.
Alcohol is well masked but warming.
Mouthfeel is full and viscous, rich and smooth
Very drinkable but filling up to about four; then be sure you have your designated driver.
08-28-2006 17:34:42 | More by HopHeadKen
3.58/5 rDev -17.5%
Pours a dark chestnut brown with a beige-colored head. Aroma is of roasted malt, banana, toffee, brown sugar.
Taste is sweet and strong with notes of molassess, coffee, roasted malts, and maybe some nutty yeast.
A full-bodied ale with a bit of a toasted aftertaste. Well carbonated and spicy.
Excellent ale. Just can't drink more than 1 or 2 in a sitting.
08-26-2006 20:44:01 | More by kosmoraios
4.53/5 rDev +4.4%
Dark brown huethick head nose of bananas, coconut and honey Light to medium body a sweet roasted malt taste excellent - aftertaste is long coffee and maltsDark brown huethick head nose of bananas, coconut and honey Light to medium body a sweet roasted malt taste excellent - aftertaste is long coffee and maltsDark brown huethick head nose of bananas, coconut and honey Light to medium body a sweet roasted malt taste excellent - aftertaste is long coffee and malts
08-23-2006 04:08:19 | More by stephendr
4.38/5 rDev +0.9%
A: A clean, dark brown with amber highlites in the thin part of the glass. Head is a light oatmeal color made up of medium sized bubbles. Not a big and frothy head but enough to create a decent ring around the glass.
S: Molasses, toffee and raw cinnamon rolls.
T: Deeply rich and flavorful. Begins with a massive amount of molasses and transitions to slight vanilla then brown sugar. The brown sugar stays on the palate as the primary flavor long after the swallow. Some minor hoppy crispness shows itself here and again, especially lingering in the aftertaste on the sides of the tongue.
M: Full bodied and smooth.
D: Delicious beer. Great Doppelbock.
08-22-2006 04:16:51 | More by Westsidethreat
4.45/5 rDev +2.5%
A = Poured from the bottle, Dark brown/Ruby. With a thick foam head.
S = Smelt of roasted coffee with hints of fine dark chocalate.
T = Inital roast coffee hit. You can also taste a sweet malt middle that makes way for a sweet prune taste that mellows out into a slightly bitter but pleasant dark chocolate finish.
M = Moderately carbonated so you can enjoy the complex flavours within the beer.
D = Very drinkable if you like Doppelbocks.
08-21-2006 04:45:38 | More by BeerNutta
4.58/5 rDev +5.5%
thanks to Viggo for sharing this bottle.
pours a deep red colour with only a slight ring of head around the glass.
aroma is malt with a little alcohol. just a hint of vinous character noticeable.
taste is nice. deep roasty malt flavour. biscuity. bit of alcohol. a little bitterness. the alcohol is balanced really well by the malt. a bit of coffee and bittersweet chocolate.
mouthfeel is good. carbonation level is maybe a little higher than i'd expect. slight astringency.
drinkability is good.
08-19-2006 21:56:42 | More by grub
4.53/5 rDev +4.4%
Poured this 11.2 oz. bottle into an oversized pilsner glass. No date. Created three fingers of beautiful, reverse cascading, boiling mocha colored head. Body was dark mahogany. Impressive. Head faded completely over time.
Smell was of grains and cocoa powder.
Taste was balance, complex. Subtle malts and hops interplay. Prunes. Graham crackers. Sweet yet non-cloying. Understated hops reign in the sugar/maltiness. Alcohol is well hidden.
Mouthfeel is full and smooth with a balanced finish that lingers on.
Quite drinkable. Lovely relaxing sipper.
08-12-2006 19:52:19 | More by Cresant
4.72/5 rDev +8.8%
Dark and delectable looks. Reminiscent of making homeade caramel on the stove top. Thick and foamy tan head. Great retention with thick lace. Much darker than in the bottle.
Thick with caramel, and layered toffee malt aromas. Sweet milk chocolate also teases the senses.
Double bocks and eis-bocks have been one of my favorite styles of late and this beer on draught proves this theory. Sweet somewhat roasty layers of caramel malt. Toffee coats the tongue on the long 45 second finish. Also the milk chocolate comes into play on the finish. Just spectacular.
Creamy thick mouthfeel could drink till I'm on my ass.
08-10-2006 21:38:50 | More by mcallister
4.18/5 rDev -3.7%
A true dark brown color with lively ruby tones in the light with a full, one finger, creamy and not bubly, almond-colored head. This looks great in an oversized pilsner glass. Aroma is mild and delicious: definitely german but not stale and musty smelling as sometimes is the case--more malt aromas than hops but also not that ultra sweet, syrupy aroma. More of a husky, sweet chocolate malt aroma in the forefront with...a bit of peat smoked malt? Taste is delicious. Light but also dark, and so a bit hifi again like some schwarzbiers, though less so than others I've tasted of late, with some midrange sweet malt to balance. Definitely a touch of peat smoke with some drying cocoa flavors from dark malts. Unique flavor among dopplebocks, more complex. Definitely a lager, but that comes with the benefit of the enhanced smoothness factor. Mouthfeel is surprisingly full, and the weight on the tounge is retained even after some de-carbonation, which leaves many a beer watery and bland behind the veil of carbonation. Overall, this is among the great beers, best of style from Germany. I prefer Thomas Hooker's version admitedly, but this is the only other one I'd return to, and it's a worthy beer for special occasions.
08-10-2006 12:54:55 | More by Liquids
4.2/5 rDev -3.2%
Very dark, looks black in the glass. A thin head that is beige in colour sits on top. A little bit of head seems to hold on for the long run.
Smells of dark fruit mostly. Plum and raisin. Mixed in is a bit of red licorice. Very malty indeed.
Taste expands on the aroma, revealing the mass of malt in this one. Very rich toffee, baked sweets, faint creamy coffee. Finish has a black licorice character to it, a bit too much of that flavour for my tastes. Overall effect is very sweet, malty and packed with flavour.
Mouthfeel is very smooth, perhaps my favourite part of this beer. Full bodied with subtle carbonation, it feels just right.
The first time I had this, I was disappointed. The second time, I felt sure that this one was way overhyped. This is the third bottle I've had, and I think I'm starting to see what people are raving about.
08-10-2006 02:50:48 | More by elricorico
4.45/5 rDev +2.5%
This was my first double bock. Didn't know what to expect but when it hit my lips I was pleasantly suprised. The color is rich and the smell is complex. Since trying this beer I have had the Paulanor Salvator double bock. Side by side tasting would be the only good way to tell which one is the best but if memory serves me correctly, the Paulanor is just as good as the Ayinger.
The little plastic ram hanging around the bottle was nice though.
A beer for me and a toy for the grandson!
07-31-2006 03:55:30 | More by peabody
4.3/5 rDev -0.9%
A - Deep brown, with a reddish tint. Good sized cream head, with excellent lacing.
S - Coffe/Malt/Hops.
T - Taste upfront is a nice deep rich godiva chocolate taste. Chocolate caresses the palate while deep american hops come in to balance everything out. Delicious.
A world class Doppelbock.
07-31-2006 01:22:34 | More by HoustonTX
4.22/5 rDev -2.8%
bought a 4 pack at world market in lansing, michigan. ($9.99)
pours a deep mahogany with a light tan head.
the aroma is malty, plummy, hint of alcohol.
the flavor is malty rich, coaco, hint of hop flavor, lingering minerality.
celebrator is one the worlds best doppelbocks, smooth, clean, and tastes great.
07-30-2006 04:58:51 | More by plaztikjezuz
4.5/5 rDev +3.7%
Poured a very dark chocolate brown with a good sized coffee tinted head. Did not retain well, save for a few watery lacings.
Smell is of sweet and roasted malt. Palate is creamy and fizzy. Had I not poured the bottle myself, I'd swear that it came from a tap.
Taste is sweet malt, with coffee, caramel and hints of roasted malt and smoke. Alcohol taste is masked well but does lend a little warmth to the brew. There is a subtle presence of hops in the aftertaste, just enough to balance the sweet flavors.
This is my favorite doppelbock thus far...
07-30-2006 01:06:56 | More by Estarrio
4/5 rDev -7.8%
Semi-transparent deep ruby body with a brown head of mostly tiny bubbles, some small and a few medium. Retention is ok but the lace is pretty good.
Sweet brown molasses smell with earth and nut notes and a hint of marzipan. Very prominent malt scent.
Taste is caramel and sugar. Earthy and nutty. The aftertaste shows a little citric hop character just briefly which is then overtaken by another malt rush.
Full and sticky on your lips mouthfeel. Good coating and slick sensation throughout. Though ABV is not that high it still leaves a warm feeling going down.
Quite pleasant to drink and a good version of the doppelbock.
07-29-2006 18:21:53 | More by oelergud
4.5/5 rDev +3.7%
A truly great brew and my favorite doppelbock for many years.This is the first time I've reviewed it though.
This beer pours a rich looking dark chocolate color with garnet highlights. The head is a pale brown pancake head that fases fairly quickly to a thin covering.
The smell is a nose full of malt with some winey, fruity undertones. Maybe macerated cherries? A slight smokiness seems to be there as well.
Taste is wonderful-molasses and caramel with some dark fruit notes and some spice as well. Not at all sticky, though, just big and dry. Some burnt grain on the finish.
Mouthfeel and drinkability- somewhat dry for this style, but very full, nicely balanced, and perfectly carbonated. Very tasty stuff- one is never enough.
07-28-2006 07:26:50 | More by Georgiabeer
4.1/5 rDev -5.5%
This beer poured a nice deep plum color. There was a nice head that receded to a thin coating. The smell is sweet with brown sugar hints. The taste is very malty. There is a bittersweetness in the aftertaste. A very smooth brew. Not overpowering. The drinkability is high. I will seek out this beer again.
*Note: It would be a good idea to take the goat off the bottle before pouring or you may find yourself fishing it out of the glass.
07-26-2006 21:49:46 | More by Enola
5/5 rDev +15.2%
This beer pours a dark brown, that looks deep mohogany when held up to the light. It has a thick brown head that fades slowly, leaving many laces.
This beer boasts a strong bready malt aroma. Is has a sweet smell. Molasses or brown sugar. It has a dark fruit aroma also. Figs or raisins. A slight chocolate aroma is also present.
This beer tastes incredable. It tastes very toasty. Bready flavors are present. Also, chocolate and toffee are mixed in. I think this beer has a perfect mix of flavors.
This beer goes down smooth, leaving a creamy, toffee like aftertaste. It is low in carbonation, but it does not detract from the beer.
I think this beer would make an excelent session beer. It is only slightly high in alcohol. The flavor is wonderful, and would probably never get old. This is definately a world class beer.
07-25-2006 22:49:04 | More by OStrungT
4.72/5 rDev +8.8%
Now this is beer.
A- like maple syrup only a touch darker and thinner
S- malty, with a hint of raisin
T- hits all the taste buds perfectly, sweet and mellow
M- velvety and smooth
D- This is a beer where I wish I bought more than one. If you see it, get an extra for the cellar.
07-24-2006 16:43:41 | More by salukiKMO
Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 5,058 ratings.