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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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5,680 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,680
Reviews: 2,276
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 413
Gots: 616 | FT: 22
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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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Ratings: 5,680 | Reviews: 2,276
Photo of SerieDNo3
4.85/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

11.2 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass (making do with what I can while I'm not with my own glassware)

A: Pours a dark ruby-brown with minimal light getting through. Tan one-finger head that dissipates quickly, leaving a very thin film. Minimal lacing. Looks a bit like coffee.

S: Roasty, malty aroma with a bit of alcohol on the nose.

T: God-like. Notes of coffee and a bit of molasses, and various malt flavors. Not as sweet as other doppelbocks I've had; the malts are a bit more bitter.

M: Obviously thicker than a lot of beers, in tune with the style, but not as syrupy as many doppelbocks. Low carbonation, and feels a bit like coffee.

D: If I could only drink one beer for the rest of my life, this would be on my short list of choices. I've had it in hot Chicago and DC summers before, and it's very drinkable even then. It's a perfect balance between the heavy/thick character a doppelbock is supposed to have and a lightness that lends itself well to continued drinking.

I don't think the English language is sufficient to describe how excellent this beer is. Simply phenomenal.

Photo of Wackyfoot
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle from Market of Choice in Eugene. Beautiful reddish-brown pour with a nice tannish head. Very malty but in the best manner, very nutty and sugary with a mild hop presence. And it comes with its own little goat on a string! What more could one ask from a beer?

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours dark brown with a small light tan head. Aroma of bready malt, pizza dough, roasted lager malt. Flavor is similar to aroma with lots of rich roasted malt. Very tasty and definitely the best doppelbock I have had to date. Smooth mouthfeel and rich body. Very nice.
8/4/8/4/15 (3.9/5)

Photo of pd360
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The Celebrator pours a beautiful dark mahogany color, with a small head. I found the beer to be a tad too sweet, but otherwise a delicious rich nutty flavor. High drinkability, the beer was smooth and velvety, but not thick. This beer us easily added to my list of favorites and it earns a well-deserved spot in my refrigerator.

Photo of WalrusJockey
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottles into Ayinger Celebrator branded glasses. These are Pils glasses, I think?

Appearance- in the branded glasses, it is literally picturesque. Dark, dark brown, with golden-red highlights, and a golden-tan head. Beautiful. The head falls eventually, but all throughout the glass the lacing is significant.

Smell- chocolate-roasted malt, and lots of it. A hint of alcohol sent, and what I guess is a spice-smelling yeast. Primarily the cocoa, and it is very enticing.

Taste- wonderful chocolate flavors from the malt. Ranging from a medium-dark-chocolate, to a full on cacao flavor, all over the spectrum of high quality, rich chocolate flavors, washed down with a splash of coffee. On flavor alone, it reminds me of Brooklyn Black Chocolate stout, only it tastes much better.

Mouthfeel- thought the beer pours with a respectable head, and maintains it fairly well, there isn't a ton of carbonation on the palate, leaving this beer silky, smooth, and creamy. It isn't flat, by a long shot, and the amount of malt flavor suggests that if it were it would be wretched, but the carbonation is balanced, and modestly understated.

Drinkability- very high. Most beers with very strong flavor profiles I could not have several of in a day. This is strongly flavored, but I could drink 2 or 3 tonight, easily, and want more this weekend.

Photo of JBogan
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a one finger tan head which leaves good lacing behind. Pretty good looking brew.

Smells of malts and perhaps some licorice. Very inviting blend.

Tastes follow the nose here. Malts dominate, along with small amounts of licorice and maybe even a hint of coffee. Some dark fruits (fig, raisin, dates) make an appearance along with a hint of alcohol as the beer warms.

Mouthfeel was thinner than I expected, yet smooth. Small amount of carbonation, but the right amount for a beer of this style.

This is an enjoyable beer, although I wouldn't want more than one or two at a sitting. Not my favorite style, but for what it is, it's pretty good.

Photo of cpn920
4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark ruby/brown with a quickly dissipating tannish head. The smell is definitely one of a malt aroma. The taste is amazing with a nice range of flavors, from fruits to mild coffee undertones. Perfect balance that leaves you craving more. I love this beer and is without question a worldclass doppelbock.

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

A- Pours out a nice dark brown color. If you hold it up to the light, it reflects a ruby color. The head is nice, light, and lacy. It lingers for a bit, but fades after a few minutes to a thin off-white top.

S- Hints of malt come through along with "christmas-like" fruits. Plums, dates, a hint of cherry. A little bit of yeast spice comes through, but it's fleeting.

T- It starts out with a dark malt taste, but none of the bitterness of a dark malt. That note fades to more of a dark fruit flavor as the brew lingers on the tongue. The amount of flavor notes that come through is staggering. I'm sure people can write whole treatises on different flavors from this beer. It's a fantastically complex brew.

M- It's extremely light for a doppelbock. It seems to want to play on your tongue for an extended period and then vanish. You definitely always want more of this beer.

D- You could go through a whole case of this and enjoy every moment of it.

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

Pours a deep brown with a thin tan head, good lacing on the sides of the glass.

rich chocolate, little sweetness, roasted notes.

nice sweetness with a mild roasted bitterness,light hoppyness at the end

light bodied, good carbonation

very easy drinking beer with a great flavor profile.

Photo of DIM
4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a: This brew was a very dark brown with shiny ruby highlights. It poured with a large, long lasting, light tan head.

s: Wow, sweet, slightly smoky, malts that smell of almost burned brown sugar or molasses. There are also hints of dark fruits and a little alcoholic heat.

t: I had no idea this is what a doppelbock could be. I might have to go back and lower some scores elsewhere because nothing I've had comes close to this. Mildy sweet and slightly smoky malts with flavors of chocolate, nutty coffee, and maybe some mild fruits thrown in. There are layers here beyond my ability to describe.

m: The carbonation was long lasting and ceamy.

d: I'm just stunned by how good this is. I've tended to ignore German beers, but that needs to change.

Photo of theghost3
3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mahogany/deep red almost black; very thin beige head. Smell is heavily malty and sweet fruits. It has a strong malt flavor with sweet molasses, fruity. The mouthfeel is very heavy and smooth. This is a drinkable beer but it's so heavy and filling, it would be difficult to drink more than maybe two in a session.

Photo of dukedevil0
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had out of a 11.2oz bottle at Beer School at Whole Foods in Lakeview in Chicago, IL on 12/16/08.

A: Pours dark brown with khaki head that reduces down to very little

S: smells of caramel, sugar, alcohol and some licorice

T: similar flavors as what i picked up in the smell but not as sweet tasting as the scent indicated, some smokiness in there too

M: slightly creamy mouthfeel

D: OK drinkable, it's smooth but the flavors don't stick out to me as being that preferable to my palate

Something I would drink and be satisfied if it's around, but not really seek it out

Photo of joeysmokedporter
4.54/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 33cL bottle into an Ayinger glass.

A: solid brown to black, could not gauge clarity very well. Poured with a 2 finger tan/brown head with about average retention but good lacing.

S: booming malt aroma as you lift the glass up; combines molasses, sweet bread, toast, honey.

T: the malt booms in the flavor like it does in the aroma. A powerful combination of molasses, honey, caramel, toasted malt, and baked bread dominate throughout, with a slight noble hop bitterness at the end that combines with a touch of smoke and slight dry alcohol. That touch of smoke is subtle yet extremely satisfying. This is the Led Zeppelin of doppelbocks.

M: heavy, chewy, creamy, and viscous at the same time. low to medium carbonation allows the malt flavors to be expressed.

D: enjoyed this as a dessert beer. I would have a difficult time having another, and found my palate almost exhausted after the huge malt assault. However, the overall experience is well worth it, particularly late in an evening, and next to the fireplace.

Photo of mothman
3.73/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour into New Belgium Globe glass

Pours a thin light tan head, that fizzles down quickly. No lacing noted. Color is a dark dark ruby red (almost black).

The aroma has some what of a fruity smell to it. Almost like a banana and clove aroma. Taste is very smokey. It's a very hard flavor to distinguish, but it resembles some sort of grape that may have been roasted or something.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy. Leaves a very dry aftertaste in the mouth. Carbonation level is low.

Overall, this wasn't something that appealed to me very much. I had much higher expectations for this beer.

Photo of HalfFull
3.65/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber brown/red into a pint glass with a thin off-white head, which settles into a thin lacing.

Smell is typical of sweet German malts, offering a bit of roasted nuts. Otherwise typical of any bock style, yet offers a bit more depth as well.

Taste follows with sweet malts, slightly chewy and lingering, yet rather simple in the malts department and yet rather expected. I'm surprised this brew rates so highly as I find it just a slight variant of many a ---bock.

Decent feel with light carbonation and a sweet and lingering viscous finish. Drinkability suffers from the rich malty sweetness yet a nice winter brew in moderation. But then I live in San Diego and not in snow country, so I don't see myself revisiting soon.

Photo of yesyouam
3.68/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours red-brown with a small, off-white, mostly diminishing head. The aroma is a very strong, dark malt. It almost smells like molasses. There may be a hint of herbal hops lingering in the back. It has a medium body and a smooth mouth feel. While the aroma provided malt, the flavor provides hops. This is what was lurking beneath this malty veneer! The bitterness is all that remains in the aftertaste.
(rated Jan 30, 2007)

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

A-Beautiful dark and deep, a slight mahogany tinge when held to the light, but this baby is deep and dark. Creamy tan head that does not stop, and craters nicely as the glass goes down.

S-Malty, smokey nutty, cocoa, and a hint of coffee and dark fruits, yet bready as well...a treat for the nose.

T-Unreal creamy taste mirroring the smell...so smooth, the toasted latte of beers. Not a terribly long finish, but wow...this is filling.

M-Well balanced with lighter carbonation

D-This is a very nice beer, would I want another? Absolutely! Beyond that, it is a bit too filling, but for the style, one of the best I have had.

Photo of Bung
4.02/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Surprisingling dark, but clear amber pour. Frothey cream head. Good balance of malt, toffee/caramel, raisin, wheat bread, citrus, light hops. Good clean finish, typical of most German offerings. Considering this is one of the highest ranking Doppelbock, would like to have seen more of all the usual dopplebock components, not just a moderate balance of them. That said it is still very good, probably the most drinkable I've had, with a great palate. For someone who likes big beers, this may not be the most impressive though

Photo of LennyV
3.77/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a mini growler from Halftime. Pours a dark mahogany into my La Fin Du Monde tulip. Little tan head wih no lacing.

Smells malty sweet.

Tastes as it smells malty and sweet with a smoky dry finish.

Feels wonderful in the mouth. Perfect mix of carbnonation and body.

I could drink this brew all night. It is sooo smooth.

Photo of hoplover82
4.85/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

As for a doppelbock... this one is the cream of the crop. First of all it is sooo smooth. Rare in a db. The aging has to be the trick. Very balanced in character.

Pours a thick creamy head that lasts. Beautiful lace. It is full-bodied and velvety.

Although it is strong, it is not overpowering. There is a wonderful and complex balance between the malts, the alcohol and the light hop character.

It has a faintly smoky dryness in the finish.

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

A deep and robust reddish brown beer with a head the color of creamy coffee. Simply gorgeous and highly notable.

Rich velvety aroma. Black licorice I want to say. There is something to it I can't quite describe, can't quite make out but it is distinct, festive (smells a bit like the holidays, and maybe not unlike Bechorovka Czech liqueur). Spiced fragrance, potpurri, perhaps even a tad medicinal. Nutty, spiced, raisins, sherry, cream. Decadent and diverse.

More of the same. Some honey sweetness in the flavour profile notably absent from the nosing. Ends with a good degree of spice and fragrant twang with a bit of saltiness as well. I almost want to say a bit like jagermeister. Highly distinct this beer, with regards to any style I've ever had.

A nice, smooth, medium-bodied beer. There is a sheen to this beer, it has a unique texture to fit its nose and flavour palate. It has a lingering hold on the tongue, and on the mouth. Impressive. All in all an extremely good beer but I think the taste is lacking a bit in balance and complexity. In my opinion not all it's cracked up to be though nothing to scoff at, quite the opposite actually.

Photo of bound4er
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appealing dark brownish red color with a thick, frothy head that settles to 1/8" and sticks with the beer until its finished. Well done. Raisins, dates, figs, chocolate covered cherries and a slight dampness/mustiness on the nose - quite complex. Similar tastes - nuts, mild chocolate and good maltiness. The finish along with the creaminess of this beer is fantastic - the aftertaste easily lasts for a few minutes. Very drinkable stuff and the first German beer to wow me in a long, long time. Available locally for under $10 a 4-pack - this will make a regular appearance in my fridge.

Photo of Vendetta
3.96/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Original Rating Date:
June 16, 2008

Had this on a beer tasting event on a cruise ship. Really strong doppelbock. Smells fabulous, looks great. The flavor is very strong, toasted, dark. Super malty. Creamy, enjoyable palate. Really quality doppelbock- not really my style, and super filling so I only had a couple before I switched to something lighter. Recommended.

Photo of magictrokini
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good-looking, good-smelling, good-tasting beer. Malty smooth, more body than you would expect from the pour. Creamy taste and feel, then its gone. Very good beer. Bottle comes with a little horsey toy. Wish it came with an extra ounce instead.

Sadly, I found out later that this is arguably the gold standard of Doppelbocks, so all others after this will pale.

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

This beer pours a very dark brown with a 1 fingered tan head with a nice amount of lacing. The smell is very nice with nice hints of chocolate and nuts. The taste is very nice with some chocolate flavors, some nut flavors and a very nice malt base. The mouthfeel is very pleasant and creamy with a decent carbonation level, if anything it seems a little low. A highly drinkable brew for nearly 7% too bad it costs nearly 5$ a bottle.

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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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