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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

5,544 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 5,544
Reviews: 2,254
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 385
Gots: 548 | FT: 19
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Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website
Germany

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 PBBC
4.73/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours a deep deep brown, but when held up to the light, is a gorgeous shade of ruby red. The head dissipates rather quickly.

Aroma, the aroma reminds me of coffee crisp (the candy bar)... very caramel-like, with a tinge of bittersweet chocolate and coffee.

Taste is huge. A deep, deep malt complexity. Begins sweet and thick, rounding off with a raisin-cherry like tart-bitterness, and then a crisp, wheaty-carbonation that really aids in helping the beer finish rather clean for such a 'big' beer. The chocolate malt and alcohol content blend together to create an intense sense of lingering warmth in the mouth.

Drinkability: although the beer 6.7 percent, this beer feels like an intense experience that should be savored, and not overdone. Extraordinarily well balanced... but I wouldn't have too many in a night... this is a special occasion beer.

Delicious, an amazing example of the depth of the Bock style.

Photo of tpd975
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours dark brown with tints of red showing thru. The head is big bold and tan from the start and has ample retention.

S: Big sweet malt, with hint of dry fruit, molasses, caramel, and dark fruit. If I really concentrate I can pick out just a dash of hops.

T: The aroma matches the taste to a T. Add a touch of booze and you have a nice dopplebock.

M: Thick and smooth. Somewhat creamy in an oily sort of way.

D: Not my favorite class, but this one is still enjoyable and very drinkable.

Overall: I like it. One of the best Dopplebocks around and worthy of its rating.

Photo of yourefragile
4.56/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

A: Perfect. Very dark ruby/mahogany color, relatively clear with persistent carbonation. A very bready, yellowish tan head that is very thick and never really goes anywhere and clumps to glass.
S: Very light and mild aromas, very well blended. Molasses, caramel with toasted malt and some breadiness
T: Very bready, toasted malt flavor with the hints of caramel and molasses from the smell with some light hop flavor as well. Incredibly well balanced. Finishes with a very strong flavor of bread and some sugar.
M: Very chewy and smooth and some carbonation hiding in the background, but difficult for it get to the forefront. Faint taste of alcohol in the finish is very pleasant.
D: This is phenomenal, my favorite dopplebock, very smooth and easy drinking for packing so much flavor. Everything is so well balanced and blended together.

Photo of Exner83
4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A gorgeously festive label, and a correspondingly sexy-looking beer. (Fool your little brother or cousin into thinking it's cherry cola! And then get in trouble.) Head's thin and settles quickly on this meaty man-brew.

Tastes of dark malts and fig. A fruity, roasty fullness permeates, and the finish is smoky bitterness. Would go great with snack-time holiday food, as I can see it jibing with cheese, nuts and berries.

An eventful beer, for sure. Try it to say you hit that!

Photo of grees20
3.8/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up during the NEPA Beer Club April split. This was the first beer from my batch that I tried. Ayinger pours a wonderful shade of ruby red with thin, tan head. Aroma of roasted nutiness and dark fruits greet the nose. Taste is little chewy up front, but the finish is quite smooth. Some malts and raisin are noticeable in the flavor. Not a filling beer and actually quite good.

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

A very nice beer; above average marks for sure.

Color: Beautiful. Deep brown but clear/ not stout-like
Poured with a nice brownish head, thinned out almost immediately but leaves a nice lace with every sip.

Aroma and flavor of caramel hit me the most. A kind of buttery chocolate flavor that is unaffected by the minimal hop flavors.
Yum.

Seek and enjoy!

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

Well, it's Celebrator after all. Mmmm. This beer is certainly one of my favorites of all time. A great, sweet-ish taste and a wonderful smell. How how I long for the days when I could get Ayinger on tap....

Oh and add an extra 5.0 for collecting goats.

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

A nice head forms from a standard pour into a pint glass, which rapidly dissipates to a thin rim of fine bubbles. Toasty, malty and smooth, with very creamy mouthfeel. Tiny bubbles on my tongue, and a mild hops flavor. Nicely balanced.

I could drink a lot of this beer, and wish I could find it on draft somewhere, anywhere...

Photo of junkman203
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Celebrator is a very deep dark brown, with a tan head that fades quickly. It smells sweet and malty, and a little nutty, I think. Taste is very good, again very malty without being too thick. Mouthfeel is good, not much carbonation with a long lingering aftertaste. I usually like double bock in the fall and winter but this is a good choice all year.

Photo of jayrod20
3.64/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a beautiful deep brown, almost black, with a robust tan head that fades to some lacing. The smell was sweet, almost fig with coffee hints. The taste was very good, cream, coffee, grain. The mouthfeel was creamy smooth, slightly thick with a bit of carbonation. The drinkability was very good, this is a beer i like to savor for a while but its highly drinkable.

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

A: Big head, with caramel colored bubbles around the edge of the glass, decent retention. Black in color at a distance, but upon closer inspection a deep very dark brow, with a hint of tawny and inviting bubbles.

S: Toasted malt, roasted nuts, and revealing spice.

T: Velvety and highly textured. Big malt flavor with developing roasted nuts, spice, and hint of molasses.

M: Rolls onto the palate with a creamy texture.

D: Very good for a beer with a flavor this big.

A king among doppelbocks. I would take abath in this if I could afford it!

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into pilsner glass.

A - Poured very dark brown, almost black, and almost opaque. Brown one finger head recedes to virtually nothing, no lace.

S - Mainly deep caramel, with a hint of dark fruit and spice.

T - More caramel dominates with some slight roasted flavors. Hops are present somewhere near the finish, with a small floral component mid- to late-palate. Finish is bitter with notes of something like nutmeg or mace, along with a fruity sugar taste, reminding me a lot of a demerara sugar. Quite sweet overall.

M - Nice and smooth with very little carbonation. Little bit of alcohol bite at the end.

D - I don't think I'd want more than one of these, though I could see some folks having a few. It's a little too sweet for my taste, rather heavy, and the alcohol really starts showing as the beer warms. Bocks in general aren't the most sessionable of beers anyway.

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

This is a nice bottle that I like to keep a couple of in my cabinet at all times. Celebrator by Ayinger is made by the best brewery in the world; Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer in Aying, Germany makes the worlds best beer, Ayinger Brau Weisse. Oh lord, thank you for Ayinger Brau Weisse. What a perfect drink. I drink more IPA's than anything, so Ayinger isn't my daily drinker. Anyhow...I'm a lover of the hops, but all in all, Ayinger gets it done right...all the time!

Celebrator pours nice and chocolaty. It's nice and dark with some roasted malt, but a nice smooth and dry finish. This isn't dry dry, but just a tad dry. I'd, maybe surprisingly, compare the mouth feel to Chimay Grande which is a bit dry, but nice and full. Mmmm...the light roast blends so nicely with the complex fruits of this Bock. Thinking about it more, it's a bit lighter in mouth feel as compared to Chimay, but more malt and roastiness. Note: Yes, Chimay Grande and Celebrator are two very different types of beers, but for some reason I like to mention the best characteristics of the best beers for that particular characteristic even if they aren't similar beers. I guess this points out my preferred characteristics too eh;)

Well...I don't know what to say more. I can definitely taste the "Ayinger" in this one. Mmmmm good! A really nice brown sugar spiced up with a nice, flowery but every so slightly there hop. Mmmm mmm. You can tell how much I'm enjoying a drink by how many times I type "mmm." This bottle is too darn small. MMM!

Photo of Wetpaperbag
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is very enjoyable. Easy to drink, with good flavors. It is sweet, but not too sweet. The feeling in your mouth and while you drink it is smooth, but not syrupy or thick. All around a very tasty brew. I enjoyed the beer on a cold night and it seemed to go very well.

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

A: Poured a very dark ruby red with a thin, fizzy dirty khaki head that quickly faded without a trace or lacing.

S: dark roasted nuttiness and caramel with a spicy dark fruitiness. A light scorched smokiness provides gentle complimentary support.

T: The initial flavor yielded a great, smooth smoky caramel with a nice fruitiness of apples. Extremly smooth with a light, dark sugary sweetness and rum raisins. Nice dark caramel sweetness that was very smooth and enjoyable. The rating speaks for itself.

M: medium-full, with a nice slickness and spicy alcohol fade.

D: Very nice drinkability with a spicy alcohol and fruitiness. Would easily go back for more. A prime example per style.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsener glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of dark fruit, chocolate, caramel, lager yeast and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is well balanced with flavors of chocolate, caramel and dark fruit up front. There's a hearty malt character that brings a nice, substantial breadiness. The hops presence is mild but complimentary. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is very clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, very good representation of style, this is a very nice Doppelbock to drink for a while if you're in the mood for the style.

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

A- Black

S- Molasses, figs.

T-Molasses, figs, brown sugar, hops. One of my first doppelbocks it was a bit overwhelming. Too sweet for my palate. A little too much of the molaqsses for a regular pour. If sweet is your thing give it a try. A dry burned slightly bitter finish.

D-For the type it was fine. Just too rich for me.

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

A: Medium brown, lighter around the edges of the glass. Tan head consisting of many tiny bubbles tightly packed together.

S: Malt, brown sugar, biscuit.

T: Now, this is what I was expecting of a doppelbock. Sweet malty at first, then fades to dry hop aftertaste. Perfectly balanced and delicious.

M: Great.

D: Byebye Celebrator.

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

Pours brown deep and dark with some crimson highlights around the edges,thick brown head dissapates slowly leaving small thready lacing.The nose is malty and sweet,with fruits and malts being the most noticable.This Doppelbock is quite special on the tounge,it starts with burnt cinnamon toast flavors(almost cinnamon toast crunch like),dark fruits,most note worthy are the rasins,the middle is slightly hoppy and the finish is pleasently smokey and sweet.A strong body and near perfect carbonation make for a smoothe mouth coating warmth that continues to the stomache.A nice sipper or a couple back to back could be just as enjoyable,either way this is one fine brew!

Photo of prototypic
3.85/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It's dark and brown with just a flash of red. Light's coming through relatively easy. The head is a little off-white and about two fingers deep. It dissipates quickly and leaves a very light lacing.

Smell: It's relatively straight forward and a bit uninspiring. Strong malty aroma mixes with dark fruit scents (plum, prunes, and raisin). Due to its malty base, it is sweet smelling. There are ancillary yeasty and bready aromas in addition to a very faint hop aroma. It's not complex, but it's not bad. Just far from elite.

Taste: It features a strong malt flavor coupled with a heavy dose of raisins and prunes. They blend well and clearly make its flavor the strength of the beer. The dark fruits have an interesting residual bitterness about them that lingers into the aftertaste. Hops are light and may factor into the bitter taste. But, the bitterness appears to be attributable to the dark fruit. Just a personal observation. Slight yeasty and dry finish.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's somewhere between light and medium bodied. Carbonation level is good. It goes down easy and smooth. Drinkability overall is good. This is a good beer and perhaps one of the better doppelbocks I've tried. Given its lofty status, I honestly was expecting more. It's definitely a good beer and certainly should be featured on any BA's resume. But, world class? I can't go that far.

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

A: Two finger head that slowly dissipates. Transparent black with red tinges.

S: Plum and raisin. Not too strong of a smell but increases as beer warms.

T: Raisin, plum and some roasted malt. Not much hop profile. Bready.

M: Nice and smooth, nothing extraordinary though.

D: A nice drink that could be had in quantity. Nothing to spectacular to make it extraordinary though.

Photo of rxdrewthejew
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up a while back while in San Diego.

A: Poured into my pilsener glass. Dark but transparent reddish-brown. Big fluffy pitted tan head, but it doesn't last or leave much lacing. Some bubbles coming up from the bottom, but doesn't appear super-fizzy.

S: Huge dark bready malt flavor, accented with some spices. Almost smells like a Belgian dark ale or something along those lines.

T: Taste is extremely bready, mixed with some dark fruity esters. Maybe prune. A touch of spice but it's hard to pick out what it is.

MF: Fairly thick, and the carbonation makes it mouth filling. Has a bit sharper of a bite than I had expected, and a fairly dry finish. Even though the alcohol isn't that high, it has a strong warming effect and after just a few sips is pretty noticable.

O: This is good, although I can't say I like it more or less than Optimator or Salvator. All three are just so different that it's hard to compare them. This one has a lot of Belgian qualities to it, from the smell to the stinging carbonation and dry finish. Very clean flavor that's quite tasty without doing too much. Doesn't blow me away, but something I would definitely drink again.

Photo of KeefD
3.9/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I like this beer, but I must say that I've had better doppelbocks. I don't know what the big hoopla over this beer is all about! Poured an awesome dark chocolate color with slight purple hues showing through in the light. Taste is roasted and toasted. FOR some strange reason, there's a hint of bacon flavor coming in at the end. I don't know where this flavor comes from, but it's interesting to say the least.

As I said before, I've had better doppelbocks. I would even prefer to have a bottle of Leinenkugel's Big Butt in my hand right now, but this will do.

Good beer all around, but not the greatest things that's happened to humanity as some would suggest.

Photo of uconnalum2
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is dark brown with a small tan head. The body is a deep red when held to the light. The smell is of roasted malt, chocolate and some coffee. Nice aroma. The taste is a nice combination of sweet malt, coffee and raisins. Slight bitterness comes in at the end. Mouthfeel is very smooth and medium to full bodied. Very drinkable but filling. Overall, a delicious and complex beer.

Photo of Traquairlover
4.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a pilsner.

A = Very dark, when held to light is a clear reddish amber, good foamy tan head slowly dissipates leaving light lacing on glass and a continuing layer of foam on surface.

S = Rich roasted malt, caramel-spiked milk chocolate, hazelnuts. Very well balanced and very complex. A really good smelling beer.

T = Rich milk chocolate with walnuts and hazelnuts, good bitterness as from walnuts in the mid-palate, caramel, as with the smell, a really, really good beer.

M = Medium-heavy mouthfeel, very creamy textured while still retaining a lagered crispness, good mouthcoating, carbonation is at a good level to help fill mouth with flavor without overdoing it with foam or cutting the tongue too much.

D = This is probably my favorite doppelbock. Very high drinkability, it is just such an easy beer to drink. Highly recommended.

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 5,544 ratings.