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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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5,126 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,126
Reviews: 2,208
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2001)
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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
Photo of TheBungyo
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From notes:
Filled the glass with a murky amber body. Tiny tan head settles on top. Nose leaps out ... bready, rummy, syrupy all at once. Taste is rum, strawberry syrup. There's a hint of choclate and pine in the finish. Mouth is rich and creamy. Highly drinkable!

TheBungyo, Jul 02, 2006
Photo of Damian
3.58/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice full head and translucent deep brown body.

Smell was rich and sweet.

Taste was malty with notes of caramel, cinnamon and spice. Slightly hoppy, bitter aftertaste.

Moderate body created a nice rich mouthfeel.

A good beer overall but not worthy of the hype.

Damian, Jun 30, 2006
Photo of jdhilt
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a three finger light brown head that fades quickly no lace. Almost black color. Light carbonation and heavy bodied. Molasses nose. Starts with a sweet molasses flavor, hints of roasted coffee in finish. Great double bock. $2.45 for a 11.2oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

jdhilt, Jun 29, 2006
Photo of MSchae1017
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was tasted in a pilsner glass from a bottle.

This beer pours a deep copper brown with w creamy white head that leaves thick foam all the way down the glass but without a lot of lace. The smell is roasted sweet malts, not chocolate and not particularily coffee like either. There is somewhat of a caramel aroma. The taste is fantastic. Very sweet of course. Roasted caramel flavors and maybe some toffee. The mouthfeel is nice and bold, quite good. Overall very drinkable. A great Dopplebock.

MSchae1017, Jun 29, 2006
Photo of orsulacp
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

My first live review, drinking and typing, no notes. I poured the beer into a hotel water glass. It had a small tan and patchy brown head on top of a cola like body. The smell was immediately smokey with hints of roasted coffee, and then it went sweet like molasses. The taste started out with some caramel and then the roasted coffee kicked in, then there was a bit of pepper like spiciness. The mouthfeel was amazing, the exact right amount of carbonation and chewyness.

orsulacp, Jun 28, 2006
Photo of hanco005
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A—pours dark solid brown with a 1 ½ inch head that looks like a cola ICEE, staying power on the head is very strong, lacing is no existent

S—buttery, toffee, raisons, a bit of sweet and sour flavor, ripe plums, very aromatic, malts are plentiful

T—buttery, coffee, caramel, plum, ripe fruits, really strong flavors that make this very good, a slight hint of alcohol as well

M—thick and creamy, perfect, full bodied, mild carbonation

D—only one more for me…it’s thick and so flavorful; that one does the job. I’ll have it again, but it’s one to sip and enjoy.

hanco005, Jun 27, 2006
Photo of gbarron
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 12 oz. bottle with the great little ram hanging from it and the very cool Celebrator label.

A - dark brown, clear, head is nice off-white. Dissipates quickly, however, leaving nice lacing.

S - rich, malty, chocolatey aroma. Like roasted hazelnuts, toasted bread. Munich malt and other dark malt aromas abound. No detectable hop aroma. Smells slightly sweet.

T - hazelnut choclate sweetness mixed with balancing bitter aftertaste of noble hops. Rich, deep, malty sweetness is predominant flavor, dark fruits and malt sugar.

M - medium bodied, slightly chewy beer, with a mildly sweet finish. Carbonation appears average to low.

D - one of the world classics. Get it whenever you can.

gbarron, Jun 26, 2006
Photo of rsyberg01
3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

serving type - 12 oz bottle with 2 goats adorning this extremely exceptional doppelbock. One of the goats is hanging off of the neck on a red piece of string, fun looking and also doubles as a unorthodox monopoly piece.

appearance - dark and nutty brown, just so warm looking and inviting. head resides from being prominent to residing and leaves a good sticky lacing.

Smell - roasty and malty with a slight hint of fruit. a very pleasant slap across the face, just makes you want to slide right in, kick off your shoes, and relax.

taste - just like the smell only much more prominent on the palate, the fruit doesnt stand out so much as it does in the nose but is still evident. the roasted malt is warm and toasty and lends those feelings directly from the mouth to your body. a good cold weather beer because of the roasted element, though there is also a certain crispness to it at the very beginning and it finishes a bit crispy too. good brew.

mouthfeel - coats your tongue and cheek, lingers for a moment and then finishes quite clean with a little residual flavor hanging out just to remind you what you're in for with your next sip.

drinkability - smooth and delicious, but it has such depth that it seems to be a difficult one to continue with after about 4. Which is perfect because that is how they are sold.

tip - this goes well in a tulip, actually I prefer a tulip because of the concentration of the smell at the mouth of the glass. A great buy if you come across it, which is not a difficult task.

rsyberg01, Jun 25, 2006
Photo of bluejacket74
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a mug the Celebrator pours dark brown, with some tinges of red. There's about an inch tan carbonated head which doesn't stay around for too long. It smells like roasted malt, molasses, and a little bit of chcocolate. A very nice aroma. It tastes like roasted malt, toffee, chocolate and coffee, with a mild bitter aftertaste. Medium-bodied and smooth, with just the right amount of carbonation. This is an easily drinkable dopplebock, with a good mixture of sweet and bitter. Celebrator is a well balanced beer that I would recommend to anyone, it's a very good beer, one of the best that I've had. The little plastic goat that comes with the beer is an added bonus! Cheers!

bluejacket74, Jun 24, 2006
Photo of krantul
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

FINALLY remembered to buy a bottle of this, after always refusing to pay a "bar" price on a bottle. ;-)

Interesting 12 oz. bottle with a little bauble strung about the neck; elaborate and proud label design. Pours a dark, burnt-chestnut hue with a healthy, chocolately head. Strong smell of sweet malts.

For me, this has become the bar for doppelbocks. It is rich, malty, and sweet, with a really nice molasses flavor to it; the 6.7% alcohol content is not remotely evident in this complex brew. I have had some (alleged) doppelbocks that struck me as weak, watered-down caramel, and other that were nearly unpalatable malt-bombs, but this lands in just the right place.

That said, the sweetness of this fine beer lends itself to modest quantities; I would personally find a large quantity a little stomach-turning.

krantul, Jun 24, 2006
Photo of DrJay
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very dark brown with brilliant ruby highlights. The light tan foam poured a little short, but quite dense, and produced decent lacing. Heavy malt aroma with some molasses and a hint of cocoa. Fruity notes of raisins and prunes. Light charcoal smokiness came out as it warmed as well. Bitterness was on the low side, balance was very much towards malt. Sweet, dried fruit and rich malt, not quite caramel but definitely caramelized sugar. Smoke character and light metallic iron lingers in the finish. Medium/full body with moderate carbonation and delicate alcohol warmth. Creamy texture with a bit of grain dryness. Great complexity yet still highly drinkable. Definitely a world class dopplebock.

DrJay, Jun 22, 2006
Photo of EStreet20
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 ounce bottle poured into a tall thin pilsner glass.

A - A nice deep, dark brown with gorgeous red tint with a tall off white head of foam. Looks great. Great staying power from the head.

S - Roasted malts with some sweetness.

T - A nice roasty flavor with some enexpected bitterness. Coffee and chocolate notes as well. Very clean finish with no real aftertaste.

M - Minimal carbonation but a very thick, smooth feel.

D - Pretty good. Goes down nice and smooth and the ABV is somewhat low for a doppelbock.

EStreet20, Jun 19, 2006
Photo of silverhorn
4.78/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The taste is the exceptional. Rich, roasted malts melding into a chocolaty coffee finish. I have not had a better beer. So smooth going down with a nice lingering finish. From the moment I opened the bottle and got a whiff of the aroma until I put the empty glass on the bar after my second one the experience was thoroughly enjoyable.

silverhorn, Jun 14, 2006
Photo of guitarmage
4.93/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Nearly black, hints of red orange light pass through if held up to the light, tan ring around the glass.

Smell: Big malty, molasses, licorice, chocolate, alcoholic esters when swirled, mild medicinal notes.

Taste: All the smells in your mouth, toasty malt and molasses and unsweetened chocolate, low alcoholic and hop presence, just enough bitter to balance it about.

Mouthfeel: Lightly carbonated, full bodied and smooth, goes down very easily, lightly coats the mouth.

Drinkability: This is a great beer, so flavorful, so drinkable, complex and tasty. It would be good with a number of things, sweeter items but also other bold flavors to contrast.

guitarmage, Jun 12, 2006
Photo of jdoolin
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz bottle with the plastic goat hanging from the top. Served in a glass much like the one seen on the label.

Appearance: poured a beautiful dark brown, nearly black with a big tan head that never dissipates. By appearance, one could mistake this for a porter or stout.

Aroma: exceptional roasted malt, molasses and toastiness.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Incredible roasted malt flavor with a hint of chocolate that is very pleasant. Caramel and brown sugar comes through as well. Sweet, rich and intense with a chewy mouthfeel.

Notes: So smooth, so balanced, so rich and so tasty. I will never be without a few bottles of this hanging around.

jdoolin, Jun 11, 2006
Photo of macpapi
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Since I've been getting into dopplebocks this spring, I figured it was time to sample the highest rated on this site. Purchased a single bottle. Two rams, seem to be holding up a dopplebock serving glass. Around the bottle's neck is the legendary plastic Celebrator figurine, which I'm sure adorns many a BA's brewerania collection.

Celebrator Dopplebock pours a dark brown--almost black color--with a good sized tannish head. Nice rich and full color.

Smell is dominated by roasted malt. Chocolate, toffee and barley are also present in the nose. The full-bodied sweetness of molasses is also noted. Overall, this is a very deep and pleasing aroma.

Taste is very impressive. Chocolate is first to hit the palate, followed by deep roasted malt with hints of toffee. Deep sugary sweetness is present, along with a bit of hop (or is it alcohol?) bitterness. Balanced to the max.

In the mouth, this beer is full-bodied, sweet and bitter. It is relatively low in carbonation.

Is this Celebrator Double Bock drinkable? Um, yes. This is, as its bottle states, 'the finest Bavarian Double Bock.' Bavarian, or otherwise for that matter in my opinion (at least at this point.) Balanced, tasty and damned impressive.

macpapi, Jun 10, 2006
Photo of Sycodrummer
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had from the bottle at Sunset in Allston, Ma. Poured from the bottle into a mug the beer was a dark, dark brown color with a solid two-fingers of slightly off-white head. Some sticky carbonation bubbles on the sides of the glass, and decent lacing throughout the sample.

The smell is of dark, semi-roasted, malt with brown sugar, candi-sugar, some mollasses, caramel, and some anise. The "smell" of sweetness pervades the nose.

The taste is an inntial hearty helping of sweet malt with a big semi-chewy mouthfeel. Sweet from beginning to end with flavors of mollasses, brown sugar, and some caramel all easily detectable. Subtle toffee in the finish and just slight dry, especially as the beer warms a bit.

Mouthfeel is big and rich. A hearty and robust coating of the palate with little carbonation and slightly chewy from the sturdy malt backbone of this beer.

It's easy to see why this beer is in the top 100 and easy to see whay it is the basic epitome of the dopplebock. Superbly rich and sweet, right in line with what I want when I think dopplebock. A great beer.

Sycodrummer, Jun 07, 2006
Photo of wedge
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, dark, transluscent brown with a healthy tan head of pillowy foam. The aroma is amazingly rich...a thick nutty breadiness over sweetened dark fruits. Flavor is big 'n malty - toasted caramel, molasses, and a little coffee. Theres a sugary fruitiness thats goes along with all the malts along with very subtle hops in the finish. Mouthfeel is chewy and well-rounded with moderately low carbonation.

Complex, rich, and dark...thats what a doppelbock is all about isn't it? Deliciously well crafted and incredibly satisfying.

wedge, May 25, 2006
Photo of tastybeer
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours nearly black, with a red brown glow. The giant four finger head is a nice tan cream color with a hint of orange pigmentation. Sheety and spotty lacing lines the glass. My nose is filled with the utimate creamy toasty malt aroma. Smell is velvety smooth with sweet caramel, some faint roasted coffee, toffee, and toasted bread. Balancing the dense malts are fruits-ripe apple, mixed berries including cranberries, mild resinous leafy hops, and a subtle but tangy wine-like alcohol. Taste holds true to the very well rounded smell. A wide range of sweet thick malts blend seemlessly with the various fruits and relaxed hops. Mouthfeel is smooth and juicy. Medium body tastes and smells like it should be a bit thicker and fuller. Very easy to drink on the other hand.

Another inhale-able beer thanks to its awesome smell and taste. This would go great with a buttery, creamy, chocolatey dessert.

tastybeer, May 25, 2006
Photo of normZurawski
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Personally I find this about as good as you're going to find for this style of beer. This works in the whole "meal unto itself" classification. Smooth maltiness with a rich mouthfeel rounds out this outstanding brew. Full-bodied and roasty, this is as drinkable as a beer gets, IMO. I'm not going to jump up and down about the appearance and smell - neither aspect does a whole lot for me. Where it matters for me is the taste and drinkability, both of which are perfect for this. Outstanding.

normZurawski, May 24, 2006
Photo of KarlHungus
3.8/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This brew pours an opaque black color. The head is large, off-white, and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is of toffee, cream, butter, and caramel. The taste is like the aroma; good but not rather faint even at the correct serving temperature. The mouthfeel, on the other hand, is wonderful: creamy, smooth, full-bodied, with moderate yet lively carbonation. Overall, this is a good doppelbock, but I would choose Andechser over it anyday, hands down.

KarlHungus, May 23, 2006
Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 5,126 ratings.