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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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5,617 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,617
Reviews: 2,268
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 406
Gots: 582 | FT: 20
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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 Mosstrooper
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 11.2oz bottle into 19oz unbranded pilsner flute glass.

Appearance: Pours black with copper tones, with a large tan head.

Smell: All malts- sweet and roasted. Coffee and chocolate tones. The smell is very inviting.

Taste: Sweet at first, and finishes with roasted, coffee flavors. Very rich and flavorful.

Mouthfeel: Full-bodied, creamy, and smooth. Very slight carbonation.

Drinkability: Another beer hyped up a lot before I tried it and it more than lives up to its reputation. I paid $12 for a four pack of this which, for a college student, is rather steep. In this case, it was worth it. Not something I will buy regularly because of the price/availability, but something I would love to get again.

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

Rich, tan head presiding over a slightly copper-edged, black body.

Smell is simply outstanding - sweet molasses maltiness, with a touch of cinnamon.

Plenty of the syrup sweetness carrying over from the nose, followed by plenty of raisins and even a slight roasted coffee flavor.

Rich, full mouthfeel, but not the least bit overbearing.

Quite drinkable, indeed. Can't believe I've never had one of these before.

Photo of corby112
4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft at Teresa's in Wayne, PA

Pours a very dark brown with foamy tan head that forms a lacing that lasts throught the whole glass. Malty aroma with hints of chocolate, toffee and roasted coffee. Very quaffable, smooth and easy to drink with malty chocolate flavor, caramel, toffee, and roasted malt.

Photo of sweetbrew82
4.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 330 ML bottle into a flute:

P: Pours a deep golden brown from the bottle. Sits dark brown in the glass and displays some golden reddish hues filtering in through the liquid around the outside of the glass. Forms a light tan head that dissipates to form a halo on top. Looks good so far!

A: Smells like a ton of toasted maltiness, with a bit of a fruity profile which is that of plums and grapes. A slight alcohol sting is also detected underneath it all.

T: This one is so damn tasty that I'm finding it hard to write this review without getting sidetracked. It's like Toucan Sam, it follows the nose. Toasted malts shine throughout, while the plum and grape flavors complement nicely to form a complex sensation on the palate. Not much alcohol in the initial taste, either. Extremely smooth, low carbonation on the dry finish that leaves an ever-so-slight alcohol tinge on the way down. This one is a champion in the taste department for sure!

M: Celebrator Doppelbock has a medium-bodied mouthfeel to it. It's rich, smooth, decadent, and cleanses your palate of all beer sins you may have previously committed in your life.

D: Through the roof in my book. I could drink these all night long, even though the 6.7% ABV is a little high to be considered an official "session beer" by some folks. Great QPR on this one as well. 330 ML of pure satisfaction in a bottle for only $2.49! Don't mind if I do.

Notes: This is one hell of a dopplebock, the best that I have had to date for sure. It smells great, invigorates the tongue with a deliciously malted toastiness that combines with the flavors of two of my favorite fruits, and is incredibly smooth. Add the great bang-for-your-buck value, and you've got a sure-fire winner. This is one that every avid beer drinker should try. Definitely a must-have! Now if you'll excuse me, I shall have another at once...

Photo of luvbeer
4.73/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It pours dark and thick with a very creamy thick head that is 3 fingers and lasts a long time in a nice cold frosty mug. The taste is very complex and delicious. It should be sipped slowly to enjoy every mouth full. It is my favorite beer except for Ommegang Abbey Ale which tastes very much like it. From now on, every time I go to totalwine (totalwine.com) my local watering hole, I will buy a few bottles of this beer without fail. If I thought I could brew my own beer and it could taste as good as this beer and cost less, (not that it costs that much because it doesn't), I would go through the trouble. If you can find this beer, do yourself a big favor and try some soon, trust me.

Photo of WYVYRN527
4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The beer pours a beautiful dark mahogany, with an agressive cream colored head. The aroma is all malt, with hints of fruits, spice, and toast. The flavor is rich. Malty sweetness dominates, with toffee and fresh baked bread. The finish is very clean, with a slight hop character. Celebrator has a great silky mouthfeel, and is very easy to drink. This is a perfect example of the doppelbock style, and is definitely a benchmark.

Photo of treyrab
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprised it took me so long to try this one. Poured into the appropriate glass at Zeno's...

A: Pours a clear dark red amber with lively carbonation. A creamy eggshell khaki head sits atop the beer.

S: Very robust smell as I was expecting. A lot of figs, plums and raisins up front. Some munich malt, brown sugar, molasses and slight coffee follows.

T: Similar to the smell, and rather sweet. Tons of dark fruits and sweet caramel and brown sugar. A tad boozy, but not to the point of distraction.

Overall, a spectacular doppelbock. There are some better ones out there, but you cannot go wrong with this.

Photo of lhaqq
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark translucent ruby with a quickly dissipating tan head.
S: Dark fruits and some caramel.
T: Dark fruit sweetness--mainly raisins, but not as strong as, say, a quad, and a fair amount of malts. Finishes a little bit (hoppy?) bitter.
M: A little low on the carbonation, but as a result is pretty smooth.
D: Hides the abv well; a decent session beer.

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

Poured a dark brown with a light tan head that dissipated quite quickly.

Smells of malts and dark fruits.

Very flavorful, tastes of many dark fruits and malt. Fruits to include raisins, cherries and maybe some dates. Also has a caramel quality.

Smooth mouthfeel with light carbonation. Slightly on the syrupy side.

Overall really quite tasty being that it isn't one of my favorite styles of beer but would definitely look forward to having again. A very drinkable sipper.

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

Appearance: Dark brown with red. Tannish head, kind of small, that lasted a good amount. Decent lacing.

Aroma: Dark fruits, and a lot of sweetness. Malty. Very complex aroma here. Caramel too

Taste: Dark fruits dominate here. There is a apparent raisin flavor coming in. Very malty and very sweet and the alcohol taste is there, but not overpowering

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, and has a nice coating to it. Carbonation is certainly present, gives a crisp finish. Goes down well

Drinkability: Relatively low ABV for a doppelbock...it tastes great and goes down well. Recommended.

Photo of SJI
4.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This strong lager just might be the ultimate beer - and I tend not to be a lagerhead. At 6.7% the ABV is at the low end of the range for Doppelbocks. So the alcohol presence is not overwhelming, as it can be with some versions of this style. The taste and appearance become one, as the smokey carmel sweetness is bespoken by the creamy tan head and dark reddish-brown body. Enjoy this one in a proper vessel - brandy snifter - to enhance its regal qualities.

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.38/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 10/17/2007 (bottle):

Pours a dark brown red color body, with some head, a tannish color. Belgian aroma, dark fruit, sugary, malty. Dark roasted flavor, wood, little dark fruit. Roasted aftertaste. Some alcohol, porter-ish. Okay for a porter-like taste.

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

Poured out of a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A-nice tan head. Garnet body. Head rings the glass as you drink it.
S-great malt smell. Molasses-grainy.
T-toasted marshmallow, nip of hops at the end. some alcohol burn at the end.
M-smooth, medium-full
D-a big suprise for me. One of the few German beers that actually taste good here in the US.

Photo of AgingWarrior
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass. Very dark brown with some red highlights. Thin tan head that held up quite a long time and provided a fair amount of lacing.

Smells sweet and malty. A mixture of scents that are difficult to pick out. The smell of molasses becomes more evident as the beer warms up.

Tastes malty and sweet, a thick tasting beer with some chewiness to it. Good on the tip of the tongue, a slight alcohol taste in the middle with a sweet finish.

Love the way it feels in the mouth. Thick and creamy.

A very drinkable doppelbock. I only had the one, but it left me wanting more.

Photo of TheMistler
4.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured the color of brownie batter, with some nice red highlights where light peaks through. A tan head, pouring to a pinkies' width and settling to hearty film and ring. Nice lacing.

The smell isn't entirely off from brownie batter either, especially the type I whip up that gets an extra sugar kick from maple syrup. A malty sweet nose, with a bevy of sugars and a kicker of caramel, but also distinct toasted notes. Another food item that randomly sprang to mind was a piece of toast with Nutella spread.

The flavors settle in, starting out light. Caramel malt, raisins and dark fruits. The roasted flavor and drying of having eaten a piece of overly-toasted dark bread, hint of coffee as well.

Medium body, well carbonated. Crisp but complex, the building taste ends up leaving a lot on your palate - none of it bad. Malt bombs like this are very rarely so drinkable.

Photo of drnknmnky
4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- : Dark, intense rubyr, a nice thick tan head stays with the beer throughout

S -l: caramel. Slight alcohol, light hoppy, malted notes

T - : hop bitterness, mild alcohol. good finish.

M -: smooth, ceramy okay carbonation refreshing

D -: "This is the mother of all Doppelbocks " - Jason.
I had to quote him. I started slowly sipping this one to savor it but I kept wanting more with each sip. And before I knew it my beer was gone. After finished it I wanted another one immediately

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

pours a deep ruby red. with a nice one and a half finger head that stays nicely.

smells like awesome. yes i said it. like awesome. i am getting a nice amount of spicy alcohol. alot of malts and caramel.

taste is great. full and complex. sweet but not overbearing. mellow but this shit does not give up easy. i need to put this away to keep from drinking it all in one gulp.

mouth is creamy and thick. lasting flavor. the carbonation cuts through nicely.

i am very happy to see this on the shelfs at bevmo. as i will be needing to drink this again stat.

Photo of Beerzebub
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured in a big wine glass at 54 F/ 12 C.

Dark red-tinged brown, creamy dense beige head, latticed finely textured lace. Head looks solid, but then does not stick around for long.

Rich malty aroma, like Grape Nuts, caramel, honey, and chocolate.

Tastes malty and sweet, with balancing roastiness and a faint herbal hop flavor. Grain, caramel, honey, chocolate, prune. Lingering chocolate and mild alcohol.

Rich smooth texture. Quite drinkable.

Tasty expression of the malt.

Photo of marcpal
3.74/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle with the plastic goat hanging so intently. A dopplebock that has avoided me so I bought a pack recently.

A: Dark dark crimson with a tan thin head with lasting power. Bubbles are there to be found.

S: All dark fruit and burnt wood. Sweet flavors that are rounded softly but the woodiness. I actually like the smell far more than the taste.

T: Dark chocolate, raisins and malt. I dont get the same smoked wood flavor from the aroma. Dark chocolate and smoke in the beginning. May seem like blasphemy for such a style standard, but too sweet for my taste. Molasses and malts are surely complex but not crazy about it.

M: Medium body with a creamy texture. Carbonation is well pronounced but needed some bitterness.

D: By all means a well thought out, complex dopplebock. Too chocolatey and rich too go through several but it was one I was glad to finally give a try.

I feel like Im missing something here, but I expected more.

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

Poured at Julians in Providence RI into a snifter
Appears super dark brown with a touch of amber when held to the light. Pretty light tan head lasts for a bit then eventually falls to a nice slim coat. Course lacing all the while.
Smells of dark fruit. It was a bit cold at serving so will get more as it warms. I smell a touch of vanilla as it warms.
Tastes of sweet dark fruit, toasted malt, liqueur, butterscotch. Delicious
Mouthfeel is medium, silky smooth. Low/medium carbonation with subtle bubbles.
Excellent drinkability for a dopplebock. It is so good in the colder months. A real treat to try on tap!

Photo of aubuc1
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330 cl bottle in to an imperial pint tulip glass.

Pours dark brown with a one finger creamy mocha head.

Smell is malty, plum, with rich bread.

Taste is roasty malt with some sweet fruit. Complex, yet very smooth.

Great mouthfeel and drinkability. This beer lives up to the hype.

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

Great aroma roasty, bitter, and sweet not as dominant as the flavor but it holds it's own. Deep ruby pour with a dark brown center, medium tan head and solid lacing. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, unbelievably smooth with a rich full finish. Flavor is strong and hearty. Roasted burnt maltiness with some light coffee and dark bitter chocolate and fruits. Easy to drink and very enjoyable, wish this weren't so expensive or I'd keep a few around more often.

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.81/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a .2L flute

Appearance: Pours a nearly opaque, dark chocolate-color with a quickly dissipating, fizzy, tan head. A lot of carbonation can be seen, especially near the surface.

Smell: Dark fruits and smoke are the first smells to jump out at me. Definitely some molasses in there. Also bready malts, meat, black pepper, and a little bit of bourbon. Personally, I think this flute is limiting the aroma's intensity, but this still smells quite awesome.

Taste: Dark chocolate and smoke in the beginning. Sweet berries, dark fruit, caramel/molasses, and barbecue in the middle. Toasted bready malts in the finish. Coffee seems to be spread lightly throughout, though more apparent in the beginning and finish. Aftertaste is very malty and dry, with some hoppy bitterness too.

Mouthfeel: A tad watery with tons of carbonation. Lots of malty chewiness as well. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: Complexity is good, but not all that smooth. The taste and smell are very rich, and I'm not digging the big-time maltiness. Thinking about lowering this score a little actually.

Photo of SykDoc
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It appears a deep brown, although not cloudy. A 1.5 inch light brown head is formed initially which quickly decreases to a thin film. There are sweet notes in the scent, with primarily malt/chocolate tones.
The taste is initially again, quite malty and sweet with some roasted nuts. There is a medium body and some bitterness at the end.
It sits in the mouth nicely and has a lower level of carbonation. It is quite smooth.
Overall, this is an easy beer to drink and is great to enjoy on a cold autumn evening.

Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3.18/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this the other night. With the great reviews, I was expecting a bit more, but in general I'm not a huge fan of the style.

This beer had a good appearance but the aroma and taste were far too malty for me. This beer tasted sweet and I couldn't detect any other flavors (aside from molasses) that were doing much for me. The drinkability was average, but honestly I would have rated it lower probably because I was getting too much sweetness... and none of the creamy or smoothness that you might expect.

I suppose that I could appreciate how someone would like this, but its not one that I would go for. Its a shame because I went in expecting much more. I rather go for a substantial brown ale or porter in the same ABV range.

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 5,617 ratings.