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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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5,122 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,122
Reviews: 2,207
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 327
Gots: 367 | FT: 16
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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 Cresant
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Cresant, Aug 12, 2006
Photo of mcallister
4.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

mcallister, Aug 10, 2006
Photo of Liquids
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Liquids, Aug 10, 2006
Photo of elricorico
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

elricorico, Aug 10, 2006
Photo of peabody
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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!

peabody, Jul 31, 2006
Photo of HoustonTX
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

HoustonTX, Jul 31, 2006
Photo of plaztikjezuz
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

plaztikjezuz, Jul 30, 2006
Photo of Estarrio
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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...

Estarrio, Jul 30, 2006
Photo of oelergud
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.


oelergud, Jul 29, 2006
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Georgiabeer, Jul 28, 2006
Photo of Enola
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Enola, Jul 26, 2006
Photo of OStrungT
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

OStrungT, Jul 25, 2006
Photo of salukiKMO
4.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

salukiKMO, Jul 24, 2006
Photo of kimcgolf
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I purposely saved the "Celebrator" until after I had rated at least 100 beers, and was not disappointed at having waited. Poured to a jet black, with thick tan head and very good lacing. Sweet strog aroma of malt and dark fruits....mostly grapes, plums and cheries. Flavor of choclate and dark fruit. At mid-glass, the alcohol became more evident, but blended in nicely with the other flavors. Just a little too sweet , or I would have rated even higher, as it had a very good finish.

kimcgolf, Jul 21, 2006
Photo of dreadnatty08
3.88/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mostly opaque black with slight ruby highlights. A minimal amount of head appears but is gone quickly. Tracing is ok. Aromas of raisins, sherry (slight oxidation?), and roasted malts. Flavor is mostly roasty malts, slight chocolatiness. Very clean and smooth in the mouth. Hops are mostly floral and slightly spicy, but just enough bitterness to contrast the sweetness, quite balanced. Carbonation is low but provides a slight creaminess. Alcohol is barely detected, but at the level it shouldn't be. Overall, I was expecting more from a top rated beer, but this one is lacking complexity, due to low gravity perhaps.

dreadnatty08, Jul 16, 2006
Photo of jwc215
4.9/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Comes with a cool plastic goat around the neck of the bottle and a highly decorative label.
Poured into a Celebrator glass.
Poured brown with ruby highlights, especially when held to the light. The creamy, slightly off-white two finger head slowly went to half the original size and remained for the long lasting drink.
The smell was a blanced mix of chocolate, caramel, and hints of rich coffee. There was a slight fruity aroma in the background that enhanced the delicious aroma.
The taste was superb. It was layers of rich, dark chocolate, robust coffee and caramel. As the drink slowly progressed, flavors of berry-like fruits came through to form an extremely well-balanced taste.
It was rich and creamy in the mouth. It reminded me of eating a rich chocolate cake with raspberry or strawberry filling.
If it weren't so rich/filling after a while (and not inexpensive) I would want to continue drinking these. It's one of my all-time favorites. Heaven in a bottle. Exceptionally smooth and delicious!

jwc215, Jul 15, 2006
3.8/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sweet giant head with fat bubbles is about 2 inches thick. Color is a deep tan. Body is jet letting me light thru. Smokey rich malt is quite vigorous on the nose, almost meaty in smell. as it enters the mouth you get dark coffee notes. Smokey malt is the second wave but light and slightly watered down. Deep rithness is long on the mouthfeel and though the finish. There may even be a hint of dark ripe fruit. Very easy drinking. For fans of dark decently malty beers. Nice Mid-range alchol also.

SPLITGRIN, Jul 15, 2006
Photo of jameaterblues
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

To define a style is hard, and not that this beer is perfect, but it comes pretty close....
A- Murky brown/blackish color..light enters on the sides of the glass, but not the middle....1/4inch coffee/cream colored head with a light but almost non-existent lace.
S- Strong malts...predominantly dark chocolate and coffee....very thick, roasty, and very sweet.
T- Slightly sweet tip, light hop crispness in the middle of the body, and a long lasting bitter baking chocolate finish....a little bit of the coffee flavor creeps up in the aftertaste.
M/D- Medium bodied, light carbonation, easy to drink....I feel that this beer might be a good one to introduce new beer drinkers to complex beers...its pretty wonderful.

jameaterblues, Jul 14, 2006
Photo of GreenWBush
4.63/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Burgundy noir in color, Celebrator's head starts out white but calms to a dingy brown atop the chalice. Stone formations of lace are observed.

Nose is filled with toasted malts, malt, malt, and did I mention malt? Malt-bomb. Toffee, caramel, and watered chocolate also appear. Fallen leaves. Extremely robust.

Taste is filled with a nutty sweetness that pushes up to a drying Munich character, emboldened by toasty grains. Wisps of peat. Layered molasses, licorice, anise, and a dry finish filled with raisins.

Mouthfeel is smooth and sweet, with piques of hop tartness that subsides to a quiet but complex sweet ending.

Two 11.2 ozer's wasn't enough to quench my increasing D-bock urge, but with a hefty price tag two ended up being plenty. Great beer...

GreenWBush, Jul 14, 2006
Photo of haz77
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with an inch of tan head.

S - Brown sugar, rum, raisins, dates, chocolate, coffee, caramel, a little anise.

T - Chocolate at first with a slight coffee twang. Roast malts then come through and are joined by caramel. Get very creamy at this point and some bitterness appears, along with fruit.

M - Full bodied, smooth and creamy. Low carbonation.

D - Highly recommended. A bit rich to have more than one or two, but otherwise outstanding.

haz77, Jul 14, 2006
Photo of instrumentality
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Guinness pint glass that curved outward in the middle (my best glassware option at the time). This beer had virtually no head, and what did form dissolved quickly, leaving a thin brown lace that clung slightly to the glass where the head once stood. Beneath this was an opaque liquid that appeared to be anything from black to dark brown to amber depending on how the light hit it. I'll go with a very dark brown.

This beer has earned itself a new category: "sound." I could actually hear it snapping, crackling, and popping in the glass as if I had poured myself a Coke rather than a beer. Except Coke doesn't normally come with a plastic goat hanging from a string around its neck. What a great souvenir!

The odor was definitely potent, attacking my senses as soon as the cap was removed from the bottle. It smelled very richly of coffee and molasses.

I was expecting something intensely strong as I raised the glass to my lips for the first time, but instead encountered something amazingly smooth. The flavor was coffee-like but not quite as bitter, molasses-like but not quite as heavy, and candy-like, almost like toffee, yet only mildly sweet.

The mouthfeel was nearly perfect by my standards. The carbonation that had screamed at me before was very mild once inside my mouth, and the aftertaste was pleasing but very brief, making me anxious for another sip to replenish the flavor (I consider this a good thing, as aftertastes that linger tend to leave a stale skunkiness on my palate). The alcohol was noticeable enough to keep this from scoring a 5, but it wasn't intrusive.

I stocked up on Best of BA beers during my recent trip to Lone Hill Liquors in Glendora, CA, and I must say that so far, the experience of drinking them has been hit or miss (by no fault of the store - I just wasn't as impressed as I expected to be). This one, however, is definitely a hit. I'm not too familiar with the Doppelbock style, and it's been a long time since I've had any, but I seem to recall not being enormously impressed with past samplings. However, this beer is the definition of balance: the flavors are balanced, it's full-bodied yet easy to drink, and it's low enough on alcohol not to take me out of commission yet strong enough where one bottle is quite satisfying.

My only regret is that when I shared my first bottle of this (it came in a 4-pack) with a friend, we had to resort to plastic cups. He missed out.

Thank you, Ayinger.

instrumentality, Jul 12, 2006
Photo of phishgator
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is poured into a pint glass with a large tanned foam head. The color is a dark amber, almost non-transparent. The aroma is toffee, chocolate, bready yeast, and just plain sweet malt. The taste is much the same as the aroma of toffee, chocolate, big malt backbone, slight alcohol mixed with a little fruitness. The body is medium and smooth! The smooth and creamy texture of the body is velvety. I would say that more than two in one sitting is a my fill. IMO the best Dopplebock I have had to this date.

phishgator, Jul 12, 2006
Photo of ghostwalker
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep, dark ruby-red body with a thick tan head. (Poured into a 0.3L Celebrator glass, couldn't quite pour hard enough to produce the head I wanted.)

Nose is deeply complex. Dark roasted malt, almost chocolatey.

Flavor is very rich and complex. This is very much a roasted malt bomb. Has much in common with a great Belgian Trappist brew or a well done RIS, the layers of flavors just keep coming. Nutty, roasty, sweet, brown sugar, chocolate. Dark fruits like an RIS, almost a prune or raisin thing. This is truly a world class brew.

Mouthfeel is rich and thick, like skim milk. Coats your mouth with greatness!

Drinkability is very good. For all it's thickness and richness, I want more than the one I bought.

ghostwalker, Jul 07, 2006
Photo of InDreams
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one at a nice beer bar on the Jersey shore, where they were kind enough to give me a bottle and a pokal to pour it into.

A: Poured into the glass beautifully; dark, coffee-colored brown, with a two finger-thick tan-colored head. There seems to be a bit of a reddish hue to it as well. Minimal, if any, lacing.

S: Wow, what an aroma! This is certainly for malty beer lovers. I get some roasted sweet malts; chocolate, caramel, maybe hazelnut. So sweet, it's almost fruity, and it gives you a nice warm sensation.

T: Mirrors the smell, only I don't know quite where this fruitiness might come from. Plums? Raisins? Otherwise, molasses, caramel, chocolate...general roasted malty goodness. Very sweet, as expected. Extremely rich. Too much flavor for you to pick up on the slightly higher alcohol content, and the hop character is underplayed and only really present, as perhaps some noble hops, on the after taste. Like the smell, it gives you a warm toasty feeling.

M: Thick and creamy, sort of lingering behind to give you a chance to enjoy the flavor. Not much in the way of carbonation or bite from the hops.

D: Delightful beer. I'm almost disappointed I didn't have it in the comfort of my home with a few friends and a warm winter fire. But there will be time for that. I will have to say however, that as with any very malty beer, and any extremely flavorful beer, this is one to be enjoyed in moderation. I can't see anyone throwing back a six of this in one sitting, but the 2-3 you may have will be quite fine.

InDreams, Jul 04, 2006
Photo of yemenmocha
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Too bad U.S. craft brewers cannot emulate this style very well. It is simply unmatched, especially for this particular example.

At first I had this confused with the Optimator but then after a side by side, the Celebrator is much more roasty and coffee-like.

Brilliant dark amber-brown with light brown head. A true dopplebock.

Malty sweet "goat's breath" nose on this beer, whatever that means, with some light roasted coffee aromas too. Some chocolatey toasty notes too.

Medium to full bodied. Big Malt warmth, chocolate sweetness, slight hop tang but mostly a nice, earnest malt flavor profile.

Finish is very coffee like to me. Bravo!

yemenmocha, Jul 03, 2006
Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 5,122 ratings.