Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Ayinger Celebrator DoppelbockAyinger Celebrator Doppelbock

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96
world-class

5,467 Ratings
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Ratings: 5,467
Reviews: 2,233
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.37%
Wants: 373
Gots: 501 | FT: 17
Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website
Germany

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 Goliath
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown, almost black, with deep ruby hues. A light tan head appears and quickly receeds leaving no trace of lacing.

The aroma is fairly complex. A big maltiness with caramel and molases. Some toasted bread and a slight bit of alcohol. There was a familiarity I couldn't quite put my finger on for a while, and then I began to think it smelled like the cereal Grape Nuts, but I could be losing my mind.

Taste is fairly powerful. Sweet malt with bready notes, and oats. Caramel also present. More flavors than I can determine at this time.

Mouthfeel is full, thick, chewy, and lightly carbonated eventually leaving a still brew as you near the end of the glass. Drinkability is moderate due to low alcohol levels but strong flavors.

Photo of jongullotti
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This was one of the first good imports I had long ago that acted as a catalyst for helping me break into the world of quality beer. Just had another one last night:

Nice dark color. Aroma of sweet malts, candy, and nuts. Maybe because of my early experience, this tastes of the quintessential double bock - sweet malt, medium body, low hop presence, low carbonation, nutty finish. Very smooth and malty. Great beer.

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

Poured from a bottle a deep dark brown color with a foamy off-white head. Nice lacing with this one.

Aroma of sweet malts, caramel, and brown sugar.

Tastes of sweet roasted malts, caramel, and raisins.

Medium mouthfeel, smooth, and lightly carbonated.

I really enjoyed the one. Sweeter than expected but not too much so.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner. pours a dark chocolate brown color with fine garnet highlights. four fingers of frothy, tan head top off the brew. wonderful settling here as well.

aroma is sweet and malty, showcasing caramel and chocolate malts with deep earthy fruit notes. other notes include a nutty base with a bit of roasted malt character on top. wonderful.

taste is more of the same, with a bit more chocolate and roasted malt than the aroma would suggest. very smooth and creamy finish with an aftertaste of lingering caramel and nuts.

mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a smooth and creamy texture. no CO2 or alcohol present, enhancing the drinkability.

drinkability is good. this is a bold brew with solid flavors and profile. however, brew lovers who shy away from malty brews will not find any solace here. otherwise, this is an excellent doppelbock. cheers!

Photo of Kingdom4aPint
4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in Pokal glass.

Appearance is velvety dark chocolate with medium brownish head which was poured by server so glass 1 had two finger head and glass 2 had about 4 finger head! Malty, bready aroma with hints of coffee. Taste...I was in my own world with the taste, swirling it around and around. Malty of course with caramel tones, just outstanding with silky smooth mouthfeel to match. Just a pleasure. 6.7% ABV was not evident, was suprised to learn ABV was that high. Highly drinkable and hope to run across it real soon!

Photo of t0rin0
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Always love drinking this beer when someone wants to try it. I have one of those ram medallions hanging from each of my guitars.

It pours a dark red/brown color with some tan head. It dissipates slowly and reveals plenty of bubbles coming out of solution.

The smell is fairly complex. There is some dark sweet malts as well as some roasted smells. There is also a fruity smell, can't tell what it is by the smell.

The taste reveals that its a darker (possibly plum) flavor that I noticed in the aroma. All the rest of the smells translate to flavor as well. There is some sweet malts and a touch of roasted malt and even some hop bitterness but not too much.

Very smooth and refreshing. For as much complexity as this beer has its light enough to enjoy a large glass of with dinner.

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

Doesn't taste like 6.7% at all. Nice balance of not-too-sweet maltiness, crispness, and body. It also doesn't taste as dark as it looks. Caramel hits the nose and mixes with a butterscotch note with each sip. My life has improved thanks to this beer.

Photo of windigo32
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had one of these tonight, served in the proper "Celebrator Glass".

A: Pours a dark brown with a reddish hue when light passes through it. There is a tan head that turns white after settling for a bit. The head is composed of fine bubbles.

S: A nose of roasted malt is unmistakable with this beer. Possibly plum or fig as well.

T: Crisp and clean roasted malt taste. No bitterness or harsh after taste like some doppelbocks have.

M: Feels rather smooth in the mouth.

D: The crisp and clean taste with the lack of after taste makes this a very drinkable bock.

Photo of dmamiano
3.65/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark reddish in color with a decent off white head. Very creamy looking head as would be seen in a stout.
Heavy malts detected in teh nose, dark.
Taste is very malty, clean. Burnt flavors from the dark malts abound. Almost tasting licorice in the finish.
Good, clean finish.
Good beer.

Photo of Rootdog316
4.95/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The aroma is strong, sweet with notes of prunes, brown sugar, citrus, coffee, malt, and bitter chocolate. The color is deep red-brown and it has a beutiful lasting light brown head. The flavor is sweet malty with very strong roasted notes; coffee, roasted bread, combined with caramel, alcohol, citrus, and more - great complexity. The alcohol runs prickling over the tongue and gives it a good palate.

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

12oz bottle into a dimpled mug.

Pours a dark brown with some ruby highlights around the edges and a big 2+ finger widths of creamy tan head that retained down very nicely into a still fairly large layer that left thick swathes of lace down the sides of the mug. The aroma is caramel sweetness, brown sugars, raisens, just the tiniest waft of alcohol.

The taste starts out with a blast of sweetness and thick malts (with just a touch of hop bitterness) that gives way to just the lovliest flush of cocoa powder and dark fruits. Finishes thick and sweet on the lips. The mouthfeel is a rich, creamy feel with just a touch of warmth.

Wow, wow, and double wow! This is by far the best Doppel Bock I've had yet with just a ton of rich yet clean flavors and an incredible drinkability. It's definitely one of the tops in its style!

Photo of WeisGuy
3.63/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a - pours a deep dark brown with a three-finger tan head, retention around the edges, not much lacing

s - caramel maltiness dominates, hints of alcohol as well as notes of mint, light hoppiness

t - once again, sweet caramel maltiness is the dominant flavor, very light hoppiness and unique notes of mint, not much alcohol on the finish, lingering sweetness

m - a bit too thin in my opinion, lightly carbonated, sweet finish

d - fairly drinkable, easy on the palate and the alcohol isn't prominent at all

This is a decent doppelbock in my opinion, but I wouldn't put it up there in my top five of the style. Well worth trying, but it didn't blow me away.

Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in my Harpoon Oktoberfest mug. Poured a deep, dark brown with ruby highlights when the light hit the brew each time I took a sip. Two-fingered tan head subsided into a thin consistent skim of foam. Strong scent of dark fruit (figs, prunes), chocolate and perhaps molasses. Also seemed to have a slightly vinous fragrance. Taste similar to nose - dark fruit more pronounced as was as a strong malty backdrop. Effervescent tingly mouthfeel across the entire tongue finishing with a slight bit of astringency. Excellent brew. Wish I had discovered it sooner. Drinkable cold weather alternative to the big beers I usually consume.

Photo of BeerTaster
4.88/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearence black hints of brown when you hold it to the light. Smell hint of fig and prune malt and rosted grain. Taste rosted grin figgy dryness Alcohol comes through in the end as well as a hint of bitter chocolate finish. This beer is very cleen tasting lager considering how complex it is if that makes sense. Drinkability was very good for a beer of its kind its a cold late winter night and I wish I had another doppelbock.

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

Can't believe I haven't reviewed this yet. Definitely a great that comes from my favorite German brewery.

APPEARANCE: Pours a deep brown with lighter bronze highlights. The pale brown head starts vigorously and large and descends somewhat quickly to a large-bubbled collar and cap.

SMELL: Wonderfully smelling with a strong aroma of toasted grains, accompanied by chocolate, toffee, and some herbal and even vinous notes. All this while smelling distinctly like a lager.

TASTE: A clean flavor profile highlighted by grains at all points of the spectrum. Pale, toasted, roasted, and scorched malts all balance perfectly. Little else gets in the way with just a small noble hop presence serving to balance.

MOUTHFEEL: A shining example of what should be. Thick and chewy but still remarkably clean. Carbonation is at perfectly moderate levels.

DRINKABILITY: Drinkability is also excellent. The lower ABV (for a doppelbock) makes this a beer for anytime. It goes down so incredibly easy that I could really imagine wanting another.

I'll be coming back to this again and again. It's by far the best authentic German example of the style that I've tasted.

Photo of IBUnit63
3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Pours like a Diet Coke - dark and carbontated with frothy pale head that dissipates quickly. Looks like powerful syrupy stiff.

German chocolate aroma - a little soft, a sour, sorta metal. After about 15 minutes it reveals a toasted nut texture - almost like pecan pie. Strong, smoked malt taste - a little too puckering at first but develops slowly. Still slightly sour. Alcohol and malt are there in force - could be a little better blended but still well-balanced. Short-to-medium finish. Carbonation is long gone a few minutes after pour - first sip is a little clammy; a few minutes later it's very soothing. This needs a little while to breathe, sort of like wine. Most likely best enjoyed in a dark, warm setting - bar, ski lodge, German brew haus, etc. - powerful, well-made stuff.

Photo of logdogg
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer poured good got about 3 fingers head and some nice lacing. Dark black color and tan head. Smells and tastes like a doppelbock should. Malts are a carmel dark bisky very palatable somewhat creamy taste and texture. A very smooth beer considering the style of beer. Not super hoppy, but a great balance with more dark roasted maltyness than hoppyness, with the right amount of bitterness. I would definately recommend this beer it is worth the price and the beer ornaments are dope. This is an outstanding world class doppelbock that is very complex and drinkable, I could pound 8 or more of these and enjoy everyone.

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

What can I say? This is one of the best Belgium Dopplebocks, if not the best. Strong caramel and chocolate on the nose, some dark fruit and molasses bread.
Tastes very similar to the smell, full and rich of dark malt, dark fruit, molasses, and roasted grain. A wonderfully complex but drinkable beer.
Keeps smooth in the mouth with enough carbonation to keep your tongue excited for the next sip.

Photo of avalon07
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle to a flute glass. Has a dark brown color, with almost no translucence. There was a little head that didn't last especially long, but left a little lacing around the glass that had a brownish color.

Strong but not overpowering smell. Very malty with hints of older, dark fruits.

The most apparent aspect of the taste was the presence of coffee - at least to me. It was somewhat similar to a stout in this respect. Also, there were some sweets, possibly caramels and some yeast as well.

Had a nice amount of carbonation for solid mouthfeel.

Overall, the Celebrator is a drinkable beer. It goes down very smooth, without an obnoxious aftertaste. Surprisingly not a beer that weighs you down.

Photo of ABCJiugui
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bottle from 4 pack with the little plastic icon

poured into sam adams' new pint glass

A- Dark brown, nearly black with red/auburn hues in light. Half finger of head recedes quickly to minimal head retention, with creamy brown color.

S- Molasses, maltose/malt sugars, dried fruit (persimmon?) Upon exhaling, alcohol leaves nasal passages with a slight burn reminiscient of hot spices/chiles.

T- Malt sweetness is immediate, almost too sweet at first but is balanced by hop bitterness in the finish that is just enough. Scorched caramel, coffee, slighty bready flavors take a backup role but are present. Well balanced.

M- ridiculously smooth- silken on the tongue, carbonation hits quickly, but becomes mild as it finishes quickly and lifts away the malt sweetness, preventing it from being overpowering.

D- overall, I grew to like this beer more and more as I drank it (and I have issues with maltose/molasses flavors). I don't know if I could drink more than one at a sitting- I feel it needs food cause the abv seems to sneak up on you due to its insane smoothness going down, perhaps a meal of sausages or game with german black bread. Definitely something to warm you during the cold winter, goes great with a hearty stick-to-your ribs meal (heavy bean stews- had it with Publick House's cassoulet before).

Photo of BMan1113VR
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, served at 60*F. Aroma is very very strong of salty soy sauce with some smokyness and a little bit of dough, toffee and butterscotch. The pour yeilds a small, creamy off-white head, with great lacing, and a dark brown body. It nearly looks like a porter. The flavor is quite nice with a lightly sweet yeasty taste. Body is medium to full and the mouthfeel is creamy. A lot of character for such low abv.

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

The Ayinger with the plastic white ram on the outside poured a black color with a nice 2 to 3 finger foam head with some solid retention.

The aroma was a coffee and malt smell. It had a soft hop flavor with a excellent bitterness. It had a chewiness to it and was oily and semi dry. I was really impressed with how this one was built. This is my first time having the Celebrator.

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

Dark brown and clear bdy with ruby highlights.

Sweet, dark fruit aroma with a touch of roastiness.

Faint cherry, malt, and slight bitterness at the end of the taste.

Slightly sticky, a good amount of bitter at the very end.

Another great beer. I don't think I've had a dopple I didn't like!

Photo of atrus138
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle of this at Whole Foods. Came with a neat little trinket that will go on my Christmas tree next year! Poured into my bavarian pilsener. Dark brown with red tinges. Looks a lot like cola, actually. Nice fluffy head that slowly became a layer of froth. No real lacing, though. The nose is very sweet. Quite bready with lots of dark fruits layered on top of that. There were also notes of caramel. Taste is pretty complex, with a lot of flavors coming in different waves. First is a great malty taste. Almost like sweet bread. Then comes dark fruits, such as raisins, figs, and prunes. This is followed with an aftertaste of sassafras. VERY well done. Feels very creamy in my mouth. Nice and thick, but with just the right amount of carbonation. Very smooth. All in all, this is a fantastic beer, that I look forward to having again and again.

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

Rich Mahogany pour with a light brown short lived head. Looks nice, and smells even better. Smells of Gingerbread cookies, mollasses, with some smokey, earthy tones. Taste is malty, molasses, and some smokey earthiness again. It also has a tart, sourish twinge to the finish and a nice needed bitterish note to it. Alcohol is hidden well, and this an awesome beer overall. Still good, but I didn't like it as much the 2nd time around.

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 5,467 ratings.