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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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5,624 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,624
Reviews: 2,269
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 407
Gots: 584 | FT: 19
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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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Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It has been a long time since I had this beer...was eating dessert w/ my wife and friends and the bar had Bud, Bud Light, some other macros and this. I took this as a sign to have it again. Arriving in a large pils glass, I received a beer with a blackish looking body with a clinging, one-finger head that stuck around. A sweet malt smell is prevelant, with caramel really sticking out. Also believe I smelled light hints of chocolate, coffee and some toasted malts as well. Minor hop presence. Medium-bodied and smooth, there is not only a sweetness to this beer but a creaminess to it as well. Good carbonation and a thickness in the beer fill the mouth well, and there are nice hops to be enjoyed on the backbite with a crisp and dry finish. Hints of dark fruit/reminded me a tad of a Belgian triple.
I remember why I don't drink this more...the sugars lead to a Jagerbomb effect and after one bottle I had to pause for a few minutes. This is one great beer that packs a punch as well.

Photo of Dubbercody
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle.

Incredibly smooth, just a touch of heat on the end, but it's super drinkable, easy. Nice nose, good depth and complexity that doesn't assault you, just says, "Hey drink me! Now!". This beer disappears terribly quickly.

I don't really know why it took me so damn long to try this beer. It's one of those great ones you just pass by not really realizing how incredibly good it really is. At least I've gotten over my walk-past and had this wonderful beer.

Next time, I'll buy more.

Photo of ClavisAurea
4.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed from the tap in a Celebrator glass.

Appearance: dark chestnut brown, slight head and very fine lace. It would have gotten higher marks if it had more head.

Smell: molasses, caramel, sweet, brown sugar and malt

Taste/Mouthfeel: spicy hop flavor profile, complex sweetness, molasses, smooth in the finish, lingering sweetness

Wow, like dark heaven in a glass. Can I have some more please. I was very impressed that I found it on tap. It was at Tizley's Euro Pub in downtown Poulsbo, WA.

Photo of JonathanL7890
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.5 ounce bottle.
Color is an almost opaque black with a slight reddish tint. Carbonation left a 1 finger light brown head.
Smell: Caramel, nutty, just the slightest touch of noble hops.
Taste: Extremely well balanced. I get the maltiness balanced with the hops to leave a very smooth drink.
Mouthfeel is thick. The alcohol is not perceived at all.
Drinkability: I could drink several of these. Very good for a doppelbock.
This is definitely the standard for the doppelbock style. I have not come across any that have even come close to this.

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

Poured from a 330mL (about 11-ounce) bottle into a pint glass. I kind of wish I had a 12-ounce mug.

Appearance: Deep, dark brown, and almost totally opaque. A VAGUE hint of ruby red is visible around the edges when I hold my glass up to a strong light source. The head is about as dark brown as I've seen, and retention/lacing are both minimal. In spite of this, the color of the beer itself is truly unique, meriting a perfect score in my view.

Smell: The overarching scent is of roasted malt. Repeated sniffs yield some dried fruits (I detect dried plums and apricots), with a certain nuttiness that is tough to pin down.

Taste: Sweet and malty, followed by a nice, warm toastiness. I've seen this beer's flavor compared to coffee here, and I won't disagree -- at the end of a long sip, I can taste a roasted coffee bean-like flavor. Also present: dried fruits (as in the nose), roasted almonds, and brown sugar.

Mouthfeel: Mild to moderate carbonation. Very "thick" and heavy in the mouth, which is a good thing. I feel like I'm drinking some kind of holiday cake, with a hint of strong coffee.

Drinkability: Fantastic. The 6.7 ABV is just right for the style, as it's not detectable on the palate, but it rears its head in the stomach and the brain. This stuff is like the chocolate milk of beer -- thick, hearty, and comforting. I'd prefer this to hot chocolate on a wintry night.

In my opinion (based on the doppelbocks I've tried), this sets the standard for the style. Highly recommended.

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

Wow! Comes with a free charm for your necklace.

Pretty damn dark. Head is off white, not too long lived. Can get a ruby hue if I tilt the glass, otherwise it's just about black.

Light sour scent.

Good flavor. I'm gonna let it warm just a hair. **Lets it warm**

The flavor and scent get a little stronger. There's a new scent that I can't name. Sorry, I'm stupid.

I think I now know the distinct doppelbock flavor. Love the 6.7%, can't sense it until it's too late.

Overall: good beer, worth a trial

Photo of jwinship83
4.21/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- dark brown body with a creamy tan head.

S- roasted malt, maybe a bit of chocolate.

T- very malty and sweet. finishes pretty dry, almost a coffee taste at the end. great!

M- very smooth with great carbonation. light to medium body

D- this is deceivingly potent beer which makes it harder to want to drink several of. i can see why this ranks on the top 100 beers in the world. id love to have several of these.

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

Purchased from Biggs Beer Wine and Tobacco in Vancouver, WA.

Poured from a 330ml standard brown bottle into a pint class.

Pours a fantastic dark brown with a creamy off-white head!

The aroma is wonderful, has strong maltiness that is accented by caramel and toasty notes with little or no hop aroma.

Flavor is out of the park and right on for the style. Low hops add to the sweetness and let the malt flavor dominate in grand style.

Mouthfeel is full bodied with a low carbonation feel.

Overall this is an outstanding beer, strong, rich and a must for any doppelbock fans!

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This comes out of the tap a deep, opaque sable, almost like a stout or porter rather than a bock. Rich, malty aroma has undertones of chocolate and roast coffee. Flavor is smooth and malty, with some hop bitterness and a mocha undertone. There are hints of sweet, nutty and caramel flavors as well. Texture is smooth and pleasing, making for one lip-smacking bock.

Photo of changeup45
4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown, almost black color with a cherry tint to it and a relatively thin head. The aroma is malty with chocolate but not overpowering. This definitely is a good tasting beer. At first it is slightly sweet with some roasted dark chocolate flavor with a malty flavor kicking in. There is a slight coffee presence in the background. Sweet, slightly bitter dry finish. It's quite enjoyable and easy to drink.

Photo of barleywinefiend
3.88/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this years ago at Old C's in Boise but pickedup another bottle today.
Poured an amazing dark brown color. rich. Nose is toffee, caramel, chocolate, brown sugar with a roastiness. Taste is exactly what I want in a dopplebock. Nice mouthfeel, not too sticky, creamy but not too heavy. Drinkability is up there!

Photo of GilGarp
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330ml bottle with small plastic toy dangling from the neck. It has a Coca-cola brown color with just a touch of red around the edges. Excellent clarity and good head that sticks around and leaves decent lacing.

Aroma is roasty and clean with a bit of chocolate.

Taste is excellent. It seems sweet at the begining but then the palate is hit with bitterness and it finishes surprisingly dry. There's roasted malt, dark chocolate, and maybe a bit of coffee but it all seems well rounded and balanced.

Mouthfeel is very good with smooth crispness from the lager yeast. Appropriate carbonation.

Very drinkable and perfect for a cool, late summer night. I just wish they had it in bigger bottles.

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

A.Dark,burgundy where the light penetrates. 1 1/2 finger head that looks creamy and delicious.
S.Lots of malt, slightly roasted and believe it or not, grape soda.
T.MALT!After taste reminds me of grape soda, in a good way.
M.Full body, creamy, good amount of carbination.
D.I could drink this all night.Overall one of my favorite beers.

Photo of July2Nov
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Beautiful deep rich mahogany (ie. black like Barry White, not white like Frank Black). 1/2 inch head.

Smell: Rich with a buttery biscuit and sweetness of toffee.

Taste & Mouthfeel: WOW! complex indeed. Strong but not overtly. Has a coffee touch to it along with what seems to be molasses. Holds it's characteristics throughout. Leaves the mouth with a slight warm feeling. Very nice!

Drinkability: Any brew that comes with a ram ornament, that comes from Germany, automatically gains "cool points" in my book and this one lives up to the hype. Would take time out the day and have a session with this beauty anytime and anyplace. Highly recommended it your into doppelboks.

Photo of elniko
4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into Stella glass

A: Beautiful looking brew. Deep brown with tan head with nice lacing.

S: Slighly toasty tones. The main smell that I get is licorice however. Wonderful strong smelling brew.

T & M: Taste is surprisingly light with nice crispness. Definite bitterness which I really enjoyed in the mouthfeel. There are some slight tones of the dark malts with traces of coffee notes.

D: This is a highly drinkable beer despite its relatively high ABV. I will without a doubt be having this brew again.

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

a: Dark mahogany body, tan head, little retention.

s: Sweet, nutty caramel malt, figs, soy sauce minus the salt (in a good way).

t: Sweet malt upfront, roasted nuts and molasses in the middle, slight bitter bite in the finish. Simple, balanced, quality.

m: medium to full body. smooth.

d: Now that is a doppelbock. A style defining brew. The best of the german doppelbocks in my opinion.

Photo of thekevlarkid
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark, dark brown (nearly black) brew that pours beautifully. Nice head that thins to a clingy tan ring. Caramel, figs and, dare I say it, canned pineapple (!?) in the aroma; malty sweetness. And what a flavor. Aged malts and whole-wheat bread, subtle molasses and /or brown sugar counter-pointed by a hoppy bitterness at the end. Balanced and very, very deep. There's a lot going on here. Great mouthfeel, smooth but poignant carbonation. Good finish too. A demanding beer that is not for novices.

Photo of swizzlenuts
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black like a porter with a copper colour in the bottom. The head is quite small.

S: Smells like a doppelbock with a slight sweetness.

T: The beer tastes really sweet with a nice bock hint at the end. The beer is malty, with a minor chocolate spread through the sweetness. The beer doesn't for such of roasty malt like most dopplebocks; however, this sweetness and chocolaty part of the beer makes it quite delicious.

M: Syrupy and slightly thick.

D: Yep

Photo of CaptainPascoe
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark, Rich deep Mahogany wood, tan head

S: Rich Molasses and dark dried fruits

T: Delicious! The Fruity Molasses comes through, with bitter sweet notes of burnt Cocoa beans

M: Fills the mouth completely, every taste bud feels utilized

D: Very drinkable. Heavily flavoured beer without being heavy on the palate. A wonderful beer

Great packaging for a great beer

Photo of bloberglawp
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown, some red highlights, nice foamy head that dissipates, little lacing, no lasting lace.

Aroma of sweet malty decoction goodness. Flavor of malt, a hint of smoke and a firm neutral hop bitterness. Very drinkable, and delicious.

Wish I had more.

Photo of ectomorph
4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up yesterday and can't hold out...

A - Pours a dark ruby/mahogany with small tan head fading quick...

S - Caramel, molasses, maybe raisin? I like this scent.

T - Very nice blend of molasses and a spice I can't seem to place. Very clean.

M - Right on the money. Not weak or syrupy. Awesome.

D - Uber high, I could drink these all day/night and with anything pretty much food wise.

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

A- Pours a translucent deep mahogany with a thin tan head. Head fades to a thin collar but there is some lacing left behind in the glass.

S- Nose is a mix of rich caramel, chocolate malt, and molasses.

T- Upfront is semisweet chocolate malt with some caramel and molasses. A touch of toasted bitterness is added to these characters for the finish and almost nothing lingers.

M-Medium carbonation and medium weight body, though somewhat chewy. Goes down smooth.

D- This is a wonderful beer. Best example I have had of this style. Its not too complex but very smooth and drinkable. Nothing is cloying or overpowering...on the other hand nothing is thin or underrepresented. Just a great example of the style.

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

Poured from a 330 ml bottle into a chalice....


Pours out a dark murky brown with a tannish head. Very creamy appearance.


This bad boy is all malt. Sweet and toasty on the nose. Reminds me of Guinness.


Toasted malt with just a slight hint of astringency from the alcohol. Slightly bitter finish, but malt dominates throughout.


Somewhat chewy beer, but not overdone. Carbonation is well done in my opinion. Sticky finish.

I haven't had many dopplebocks in my life, but this one lived up to my expectations. Very tasty and I would say an ideal beer for an after dinner "snack".

Photo of cnally
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer came as a recommendation from one of the beer aficionados at the great Indianapolis establishment, Kahn's.

The Celebrator! Okay then, I shall begin celebrating. The beer poured out with a deep brown hue. We are talking Midnight Brown. Light has trouble getting through, and when it does, it picks up that brown visual with a touch of red. The head evaporated pretty quickly. The scent is a subtle nutty, woodsy aroma with some mocha. Caramel is the first flavor, which quickly settles into a convocation of coffee, mocha, molasses & almond flavors. Really deep complex flavor, where all the pieces come together one-by-one, creating a new experience. There is a bit of alcohol burn in the back of your throat if you don't watch it, but the beer is smooth enough. Absolutely a pleasure to drink and attractive in more than one sense.

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

My totally awesome girlfriend, who does not know crap about beer, got this for me as part of her 7th anniversary gift for me. Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into the totally awesome new beer mug she also got me as another part of the overall gift. I heard very good things about this beer but just never got around to trying it until now. This beer is a dark, deep brown color with some ruby highlights around the edges. The tan head is about an inch thick when poured, settles to a decent surface layer with a thin ring lining the inside of the glass about two minutes after being poured. Decent lace. Head eventually fades to nothing. Very malty aromas here along with a bit of caramel and dark fruit such as apples, raisins, and plums. Sweet, somewhat roasted malt flavor upfront followed by caramel and a hint of brown sugar and definitely some of the aforementioned fruit. the taste of alcohol is also present, but intertwines nicely with the rest of the flavors. No discernible hops whatsoever, and that's just fine here. Not the most complex flavored beer I have ever had of this type, but it is spot on for the style! Has a crisp, smooth and frothy full bodied mouthfeel with moderate to heavy carbonation. Excellent drinkability here. A very good beer all around here. A must try for those who are fans of this style!


Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 5,624 ratings.