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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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5,242 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,242
Reviews: 2,216
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 337
Gots: 413 | FT: 18
Brewed by:
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 mpyle
3.63/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep ruby red color, crystal clear appearance. Reasonably large tan head, long lasting and tightly bubbled.

Candy sweet aroma, with a bit of black licorice (sp?) and plum. Clean aroma beyond the malt and fruity esters.

A burst of roasty malt flavor up front, but not overly sweet. Somewhat less malty than the aroma hinted at, and balanced by hop bitterness and/or darker malts. Finishes slightly dry and more bitter than a lingering malty sweetness.

Medium body and carbonation. Very creamy, and only slight hints of alcohol warming. Finishes fairly dry, and is absolutely clean on the palate (no astringency).

Overall a very clean, malty lager with surprising balance. Rich without being cloying, but I might actually want it slightly shifted in the malty direction. But that is a minor quibble, as it is a really nice, highly drinkable beer.

mpyle, Dec 30, 2006
Photo of cjgator3
3.83/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown mahogany color with a tan head. The aroma is loaded with toasted malt, dark fruits (prunes, raisins) and just a tad bit of caramel. The taste features toasted malt with kind of a nutty chocolatey finish. The taste is a little thinner than I would have liked but it is certainly not bad. Mouthfeel much like the taste is a little thinner than I would have liked but does not detract from the beer that much. Overall, this is a fine representation of the style and a beer that is certainly recommended.

cjgator3, Dec 28, 2006
Photo of kernalklink
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This brew poured a dark amber with a huge tan head and sticky lacing. Aromas of dark malts and dried fruits were present and came through on tasting. The malts were huge and sweet yet cool and refreshing. A great balance- the thickness of the beer was offset by its effect on the palate. A perfect meal in a bottle.

kernalklink, Dec 27, 2006
Photo of trevorwideman
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2oz bottle poured into a mug, courtesy of demcorhip. Thanks man!

Pours dark, thick and nearly opaque with some ruby highlights when held to the light. An almost full inch of head dissipates to a healthy lacing that sticks around. Mellow carbonation from what I can see. Smell is typically doppelbock, Dark fruits, plum, raisins, currants, chocolate and caramel malts, and a little alcohol to push it to the pleasure centre of the brain....

Taste is very nicely balanced. The chocolate toasted malts come on first, but they aren't overbearingly sweet, and are offset nicely by a mild lemonlike sourness. Less fruity than the nose suggests, but that said, there is some plumlike sweetness in the back. Earthy hops are present and subtle. Just enough to help balance this out. Finishes dry with lots of chocolate in the aftertaste. Thick and malty and perhaps a little syrupy, but I don't mind that. Carbonation is mild and befits the style. Drinkability is high for a few reasons: Nice balance of sweetness and bitterness/sourness. Sweet but never too sweet. Alcohol content isn't out-of-control, slides down very easily. Well done, and probably the best Doppelbock I've had yet.

trevorwideman, Dec 26, 2006
Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Popped a 12oz bottle and let it sit a moment. After about 2 minutes I had a touch of foam coming out of the neck. Poured into a tulip glass.

A nice deep brown with just a bit of ruby showing through when held up to light. Got a good foamy tan head that leaves a nice lacing.

Smells of dark roasted malts, prunes, nuts, and alcohol. Quite lovely indeed. I would say if heaven came out of a bottle it would be put in there in Germany.

Taste is fruity and nutty, a rich plum/prune flavor with a slightly bitter alcohol finish. This is really thick and complex. I will savor every taste of this one.

Nice, warming, fill-you-up kind of beer. I can see why the monks brewed this to get through their Lenten fast.

Highly recommend this one. It's my first authentic sampling of the style and I'm intrigued to say the least.

ZimZamZoom, Dec 26, 2006
Photo of builder53
4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark reddish brown with nice adequate tan head and good lacing. Beer is a little colder than it should be , but I was ready so scents at first are somewhat muted. Mouth feel is silky and finish is smooth and dry without any negative after taste. Beer is coming up in temp and so are scents of mild caramel/brown sugar/yeast. Alchohol content undistinguishable, that could be misleading!! Hard to believe that this beer starts incredibly smooth and finishes smoother! Re-afirms for me why Belgian Dubbles are my listed favorite.

builder53, Dec 24, 2006
Photo of shivtim
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Have had this a few times, just never reviewed it until now.
Love the bottle. Classic.
Appearance is nice, deep brown with red hints. decent tan head. Nose is smoky malts and grains, nuts, and some sweetness. Taste is strong smoky malts, bready goodness, and plums. nice. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is high. A solid brew!

shivtim, Dec 19, 2006
Photo of demcorhip
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured very dark, similar to a cola, a clear blackness with ruby hues throughout the body when backlight. Nice two finger head formed on the pour. Scant lacing collared this lightly carbonated brew.

Interesting aroma, quite like a date loaf, dark fruit, nuts, some treacle, breadiness, as well as more bitter notes of roasted malts. Some earthy and spicy hops rounded out the nose.

Quite similar to the nose. A liquid date bread, fired in a stone oven, with some roasted and smokey character and a touch of sweetness. Very tasty, and the malts are nicely complimented by the earthy hop spice.

A smooth, very well balanced and crafted medium bodied lager with light carbonation. The rich, slightly sweet, nutty and fruity malts are nicely complimented by their own touch of smokey roasty bitterness as well as the hop spice.

Very drinkable for a rich treat. Not over the top like some other dopplebocks (think sam adams). Also very sessionable for such a deep, rich, and tasty treat. A great example of the style, and also a great way to introduce someone who likes date bread to darker beers. This is something ill come back to again and again.

demcorhip, Dec 18, 2006
Photo of GeneralZod
2.93/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

It looks like a bock, dark. Very inviiting. Ok head retention.

Smells chocolately. Very good.

It's ok. Good for a bock. Taste like chocolate and sweet.

silky and smooth

Ok to have one now and then. Not so bad, but it is very filling.

GeneralZod, Dec 17, 2006
Photo of aforbes10
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very dark pour. tan head grows big and foamy in the glass. looks nice. Smells of toffee, molasses, caramel and alcohol. Maybe some sugary dark fruits too. Taste is very, very smooth. Roasty, slightly chocolatey, hazlenuts. Lots of roasted smoke flavors, more than i expect from a dopplebock. very tasty though. I do like it, and i am impressed.

aforbes10, Dec 13, 2006
Photo of CharlieMopps
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a rich brown color with two fingers of thick, foamy head. Great retention and lacing to this beer.

S: An almost milky and caramel-like smell with a deep toasted malt profile.

T: Relaxed toasted malt flavor, some hop backbone, thick caramel and currant or some mellow fruit taste. Also had bread and chocolate characteristics, making it a damn delicious offering.

M: Creamy mouthfeel and a nice level of carbonation. Very smooth on the palate with a balanced feel to it.

D: Absolutely great. Drinking several of these would be a delight, as the tastes are complex yet smooth enough to savor over and over again.

CharlieMopps, Dec 07, 2006
Photo of afordney
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thick, tan head. It was almost coke black, slightly reddish and bubbly. It left a really thick, tight lacing around the glass as I drank it.

The first smell was brown sugar, a malty sweetness with a little caramel following.

Tastes just as sweet, a little alcohol burn and then some roasted malt flavor, just fantastic.

balanced, sweet and bitter, good carbonation leaves a bubbly feeling on the tounge.

Just a great tasting beer, warms you up on those cold winter nights and seems excellent with desserts because of its sweetness.

afordney, Dec 04, 2006
Photo of tjthresh
3.4/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Poured a beautiful mahogany with a creamy light brown head that clings well to the sides of the glass. Aroma is not at bold as I expected and that’s a let down for me. Prunes and chocolate chew are the major player. Flavors of smoke, chocolate, prune juice. abound. Full body.

tjthresh, Dec 02, 2006
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I recall it being at the top of the BA top 100 list several years ago, ever since joining BA Ive been wanting to try it.

It pours near black with deep ruby highlights. I giant super creamy head is formed on the pour. It lasts a very long time and coats the glass with patches and webs of lace. The aroma is lively and complex with chocolate, overripe prunes and figs, caramel, winter spices (nutmeg?) and a subtle alcohol spice.

The taste is aromatically malty, with an airy, fresh character. Layers and layers of fruity, doughy malt abound. Some roasty, coffeeish flavors and dark chocolate ensures this is never cloying. Alcohol is very well hidden, as are the hops. Just a ghost of hellertau flavor is perceptable. The finish is sweet and somewhat grainy. The mouthfeel is thick and incredibly smooth with subtle tiny carbonation bubbles.

Ultra complex and tastey, a full on tribute to the glory of malts.

CAMRAhardliner, Dec 02, 2006
Photo of adammills
2.93/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A brown amber in body, off white rocky head, a bit frothy. Smells of bread and malt. At first it is all malt, but not overpoweringly sweet and then the disapointing part, it turined like a citrus sour. I hope it was just the bottle that I poured from and not representative fo the beer, because I got a real grapefruit bitterness in the end that I cannot believe is desired. May try again due to reputation. But this was not good.

adammills, Dec 01, 2006
Photo of warmstorage
3/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 ounce bottle from BevMo Sacramento (Arden Way), poured into wide-mouthed wine glass, cold cellar temp. Silly plastic horse tschotke hanging on the neck (silly since it's a waste of resources, and I'll throw it away.)

Pours with a medium dense brown head that mostly goes away.

Aroma is chocolate and roast and metal.

Taste is fruity, thick, chocolate, roast, plum, (fig?), with distinct smokiness. Not as much metallic taste as the nose would have suggested, but still unpleasantly there.

Finishes warm with alcohol and tingly mouth.

Overall, a good DB, and a good beer, but I don't really see what all the fuss is about. Really, a pretty average beer.

warmstorage, Nov 30, 2006
Photo of gpcollen1
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a wonderful deep dark chocolate with a 1/8” head that is here to stay. An abundance of dark roasty aroma dancing out of my Ommegang Chalice.

Taste is akind to the aroma – dark roasted malt, coffee and chocolate – more as it warms. The mild carbonation really lends to the overall enjoyment of the flavors in this one. I can drink one of these every day – maybe two – who knows.

gpcollen1, Nov 28, 2006
Photo of AaronHomoya
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was actually one of the first non-lager-or-pale-ale beers I had, and I didn't like it. Too strong, bitter and dark. I felt it was time I revisited it after having developed my palate the last couple of years.

Pours a very dark brown color that almost black. Decent-sized, off-white head.

Smell is bready, sweet malt, alcohol and a touch of hops.

Taste is malty, toasty, with a bit of alcohol in the finish. Dark fruits and maybe a touch of those hops show up in the flavor as well. Complex.

Medium mouthfeel.

Certainly a great beer I'm glad I finally revisited.

AaronHomoya, Nov 22, 2006
Photo of lpayette
4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very nicely presented 11.2oz bottle with the ornament around the neck.

Appearance- Quite dark with hues of red and brown. It gurgles out of the bottle producing a big frothy, nearly tan head that leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell- Very aromatic. Chocolate covered raisins, a bit fruity, slight amount of alcohol is percievable.

Taste- Chocolate (the sweet kind), raisins, something marshmallow-like, and just a bit fruity. A warming alcohol finish with a coffee twist to end it. Hints of nuts somewhere in there as well.

Mouthfeel- Umm... pretty much perfect. Thick, creamy, smooth. Modest carbonation fits well.

Drinkability + conclusion- A deliciously complex brew that while filling, I would be able to session just out of pure enjoyment. I should have broken down and bought this sooner. This has got to be in my top 5 favorite beers.

lpayette, Nov 19, 2006
Photo of tcfishler
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep brown with a hint of garnet. Bubbles in head and lacing are particularly fine.

Sweet caramelly malt on the nose.

Slightly less sweet in the mouth, with piney hops and a little bitterness to balance the malt. Lively and mouthfilling at the same time, with a smooth, sweet finish.

Delicious and drinkable doppelbock, but I wonder if it's worth the premium price.

tcfishler, Nov 17, 2006
Photo of CWiggins
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I chose this from a menu to accompany a roast beef and gruyere sandwich at a local restaurant. I'm not sure if it was the most prudent choice, but I enjoyed it regardless!

It poured a very dark brown into a pint glass. The head was might at first, but it quickly faded into a lean film that mostly clung to the point of surface tension around the perimeter of the liquid. I find the aroma to be very delightful; it's mostly of dark, dried fruit and coffee/toffee overtones, although toasted malts aren't far behind.

The flavor is delectable. It's so complex: there are hints of dark fruits, espresso, and bittersweet chocolate, with lots of the aforementioned toasted malts and a brown-sugar sweetness that delightfully permeates the entire structure. It's near perfect.

As for the mouthfeel, it's certainly difficult to imagine a nicer texture. It's full and rich without becoming sticky, and the carbonation is just right for my taste: very little. The aftertaste lingers incessantly, and I seem to be able to recall it several minutes later.

This reminds me why I appreciate the Doppelbock style so very much. Highly, highly recommended!

CWiggins, Nov 17, 2006
Photo of msubulldog25
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 33cl bottle. I've had this beer on several occasions; this time my wife & I split one with dinner.

A: Seems to be the darkest shade of brown, almost black, until held to a light...then it glows with garnet highlights and is surprisingly clear. Capped with acreamy 1 finger flax-colored head, which recedes very slowly. Little carbonation.

S: Smoky malt and sweet citrus fruit burst from the glass. Confectioner's sugar. Toasted nuts. Mulled spices. Slight alcohol burn. All very nice.

T: Mmm...delicious sticky sweet malts; caramel, coffee, and bittersweet chocolate comingle. Finish is slightly sweet, slightly bittered with floral/herbal hops.

M: Wonderful full mouthfeel, thick and syrupy. A little carbonation prickle. Warm and spicy/dry finish with the lingering mild bitterness of fine chocolate.

D: A big favorite. Well balanced with a skew toward the sweeter malts. Satisfying beer in every way - highly recommended.

msubulldog25, Nov 11, 2006
Photo of PeatReek
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

In the dark bar atmosphere, Celebrator appeared to be a deep brown with a pale/beige head, slightly more than a lid and quite persistent. The aroma is cool and sweet, with rich, deep berry overtones. The most noticeable aspect upon sipping is the savory, substantial body, just short of being too thick. All the sweet berry notes come through in the taste as well, with just a slight rumble of chocolate malt or roast barley late in each sip. The overall impression is one of excellent balance - Celebrator is sweet without being cloying, substantial without being thick, malty without being grainy. I could tell this beer was a bit above average alcohol-wise, but it's imminently drinkable and I would love to have had several more.

(Recollections from last night's trip to Bukowski's)

PeatReek, Nov 11, 2006
Photo of jockstrappy
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich, dark brown color with a creamy tan head that retained for about 1/2" of the glass. Aroma is mainly roasted malts, with hints of coffee and slight chocolate. Taste is a pleasant variety of roasted malt flavors, coffee, caramel, and chocolate. This brew is somewhat thick on the palate, yet it washes away for a clean finish...very nice! I wouldn't advise putting down more then 2 or 3 of these in a sitting though, as this one will get to you. Full-bodied, rich, and complex. Awesome beer!

jockstrappy, Nov 08, 2006
Photo of mjc410
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour into my Gaffel Kolsch glass (it doesn't get used much, so I figured I'd give it a shot despite the style) raises a dense, creamy one inch plus head, very light brown. The lacing is not much to speak of, but the retention is very impressive. The beer is a murky dark brown until backlit, when it becomes a crystal-clear deep ruby. The nose is very malty sweet, with a bit of dark fruity vinousness, caramel, toasted malts, and earthy hops (just a tad). The taste is lightly smoky, with deep caramel and toffee notes. A tiny bit sour, too. The mouth is medium-thick, with very low carbonation. A worthy DB.

mjc410, Nov 08, 2006
Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 5,242 ratings.