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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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5,675 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,675
Reviews: 2,275
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 412
Gots: 617 | FT: 22
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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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Ratings: 5,675 | Reviews: 2,275
Photo of Beerzebub
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured in a big wine glass at 54 F/ 12 C.

Dark red-tinged brown, creamy dense beige head, latticed finely textured lace. Head looks solid, but then does not stick around for long.

Rich malty aroma, like Grape Nuts, caramel, honey, and chocolate.

Tastes malty and sweet, with balancing roastiness and a faint herbal hop flavor. Grain, caramel, honey, chocolate, prune. Lingering chocolate and mild alcohol.

Rich smooth texture. Quite drinkable.

Tasty expression of the malt.

Photo of marcpal
3.74/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.2oz bottle with the plastic goat hanging so intently. A dopplebock that has avoided me so I bought a pack recently.

A: Dark dark crimson with a tan thin head with lasting power. Bubbles are there to be found.

S: All dark fruit and burnt wood. Sweet flavors that are rounded softly but the woodiness. I actually like the smell far more than the taste.

T: Dark chocolate, raisins and malt. I dont get the same smoked wood flavor from the aroma. Dark chocolate and smoke in the beginning. May seem like blasphemy for such a style standard, but too sweet for my taste. Molasses and malts are surely complex but not crazy about it.

M: Medium body with a creamy texture. Carbonation is well pronounced but needed some bitterness.

D: By all means a well thought out, complex dopplebock. Too chocolatey and rich too go through several but it was one I was glad to finally give a try.

I feel like Im missing something here, but I expected more.

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

Poured at Julians in Providence RI into a snifter
Appears super dark brown with a touch of amber when held to the light. Pretty light tan head lasts for a bit then eventually falls to a nice slim coat. Course lacing all the while.
Smells of dark fruit. It was a bit cold at serving so will get more as it warms. I smell a touch of vanilla as it warms.
Tastes of sweet dark fruit, toasted malt, liqueur, butterscotch. Delicious
Mouthfeel is medium, silky smooth. Low/medium carbonation with subtle bubbles.
Excellent drinkability for a dopplebock. It is so good in the colder months. A real treat to try on tap!

Photo of aubuc1
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 330 cl bottle in to an imperial pint tulip glass.

Pours dark brown with a one finger creamy mocha head.

Smell is malty, plum, with rich bread.

Taste is roasty malt with some sweet fruit. Complex, yet very smooth.

Great mouthfeel and drinkability. This beer lives up to the hype.

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

Great aroma roasty, bitter, and sweet not as dominant as the flavor but it holds it's own. Deep ruby pour with a dark brown center, medium tan head and solid lacing. Mouthfeel is creamy and smooth, unbelievably smooth with a rich full finish. Flavor is strong and hearty. Roasted burnt maltiness with some light coffee and dark bitter chocolate and fruits. Easy to drink and very enjoyable, wish this weren't so expensive or I'd keep a few around more often.

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
3.81/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a .2L flute

Appearance: Pours a nearly opaque, dark chocolate-color with a quickly dissipating, fizzy, tan head. A lot of carbonation can be seen, especially near the surface.

Smell: Dark fruits and smoke are the first smells to jump out at me. Definitely some molasses in there. Also bready malts, meat, black pepper, and a little bit of bourbon. Personally, I think this flute is limiting the aroma's intensity, but this still smells quite awesome.

Taste: Dark chocolate and smoke in the beginning. Sweet berries, dark fruit, caramel/molasses, and barbecue in the middle. Toasted bready malts in the finish. Coffee seems to be spread lightly throughout, though more apparent in the beginning and finish. Aftertaste is very malty and dry, with some hoppy bitterness too.

Mouthfeel: A tad watery with tons of carbonation. Lots of malty chewiness as well. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: Complexity is good, but not all that smooth. The taste and smell are very rich, and I'm not digging the big-time maltiness. Thinking about lowering this score a little actually.

Photo of SykDoc
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It appears a deep brown, although not cloudy. A 1.5 inch light brown head is formed initially which quickly decreases to a thin film. There are sweet notes in the scent, with primarily malt/chocolate tones.
The taste is initially again, quite malty and sweet with some roasted nuts. There is a medium body and some bitterness at the end.
It sits in the mouth nicely and has a lower level of carbonation. It is quite smooth.
Overall, this is an easy beer to drink and is great to enjoy on a cold autumn evening.

Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3.18/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this the other night. With the great reviews, I was expecting a bit more, but in general I'm not a huge fan of the style.

This beer had a good appearance but the aroma and taste were far too malty for me. This beer tasted sweet and I couldn't detect any other flavors (aside from molasses) that were doing much for me. The drinkability was average, but honestly I would have rated it lower probably because I was getting too much sweetness... and none of the creamy or smoothness that you might expect.

I suppose that I could appreciate how someone would like this, but its not one that I would go for. Its a shame because I went in expecting much more. I rather go for a substantial brown ale or porter in the same ABV range.

Photo of ibbjamin
3.94/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in a trade with deepsouth. Poured this thick black brew out of my 11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass. A nice one inch moderately frothy tan head. When held to a light, it appears as a very deep ruby transparency. Lacing and head retention are non-existent.

Very malty, sweet, caramel tones, and quality. Reminds me a bit of some malted milk balls. Some biscuit, dark chocolate and roasted malts upon a closer "look."

Wow that packs a strong flavor. Malt overload which normally would not do it for me, but for some reason this one does.

The mouth on this one is quite unique. It poured almost like a thick stout, but doesn't go down as such. Decent carbonation, medium-full bodied and a smooth, clean finish. Very drinkable.

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

Pours an oaky brown and looks nearly black in the glass. Shows fully transparent red when held to the light. Fine-bubbled khaki colored head rises two fingers, settles eventually, and is retained nicely as a thin cap. Spots of lace here and there.

Scent is strong chocolate malts. Sweet molasses. Dark roasty grain.

Taste is chocolate malt, sweet molasses and roasty grain. A very slight spicy alcohol warming. Hint of wheat sourness. Bitterness in the finish.

Mouth is creamy and luscious.

Drinkability is excellent.

I love doppelbocks and this one is a fine example. Soft, rich, and delicious.

Photo of Rennpferd
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It poured dark as molasses with a heady three fingers of foam.

It smelled like rich malts and chocolate. It was not overbearing. Very nice.

It had a very smooth malt taste that finished with a little hop bitterness. It was lite to medium bodied.

It's good. It has all of the great malty beer characteristics without the bloated belly after affects.

Photo of Arsenal82
4.87/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a dark amber color especially in the light with a 1/4" tan foam head that disspitated quickly. The smell was of sweet malts, raisins and a hint of coffee notes as it warmed. The taste was well balanced with the presence of dark fruits, mollasses and a red grape aftertaste complimenting the hops. The mouthfeel was really smooth with little carbonation. Definitly recommended on a nice fall night.

Photo of bonbini26
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- It pours a very deep mahogany with a foamy tan head that holds well.

S- The nose displays a mild smokiness and some toasty breadiness that combines with a touch of alcohol to twist it into a more toffee-ish character.

T- The flavor offers a luxurious maltiness that's fairly complex with notes of molasses, deeply toasted honey-glazed bread, dried dark fruit, mild leafy hop, and a very subtle smokiness. Some lingering malty notes of caramel and subtle bitter & smoky notes add to it's richness.

M- A velvety mouthfeel is derived from a medium body and a very fine carbonation.

Overall, a smooth, rich, deceptively strong beer. I recently had this at a restaurant paired with duck and it was simply amazing

Photo of rhinos00
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this beer from an 11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- Dark amber with tints of red when held into light. Tan head formed about an inch thick that slowly went away as the beer was consumed.

S- Smell of malt dominated. There also was a slight presence of of fruit in there somewhere.

T- Never have had a doppelbock before, but this I was extremely surprised by this balanced taste. I thought this beer would be strong and overpowering with the malt flavor, but the sweetness of the malt and the fruit presence blended together perfectly.

M- Heavy bodied, but very balanced and smooth with a little carbonation.

D- The dark complexion is very misleading! This beer is well balanced leaving a taste for more.

Overall, I couldn't imagine having a better experience in tasting a doppelbock for the first time. Enjoy!

Photo of mcsquint
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a pint mug.
A - Poured a very dark brown with hints of red that could only be seen when held up to bright light. Thick tan head that lasted quite a while.
S - Heavy aroma of malt with dried fruit, raisins
T - Rich taste of malt and dried fruit with a very well balanced finish.
M - Full mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation.
D - This is my first experience with a dopplebock. I can't imagine one that could taste any better. A little heavy to be a session beer for me, but very drinkable nonetheless.

Photo of dbek
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

According to my opinion, and compared to approx. 2500 beers, this is by far the best beer in the world. It's absolutely flawless. Until now I have managed to taste it only from a bottle but it is said that it is available "von fass" (draught) during May. Drinking a Celebrator is a unique experience that starts from the moment it comes to your table for the first time, until... the day you die?? The first thing that will catch your eye is the bottle. I usually don't pay attention, but the uniqueness of the label and the little "bock" that hangs from it tell you two things: It's a beer that has a lot of tradition behind it, and that it is made by people who pay attention to details. And then you serve it... Its dark ruby-red / brown color plays with your imagination as well as it does with light. Its full aroma reaches your brain gradually. At first, I thought it was impossible to have a bouquet of aromas, so full and well-balanced. This beer smells of spring rain, wet wood and discreet flowers. The worst part is the 3-5 seconds wait it takes to settle. It takes for ever... But when you taste it you won't believe that such thing is possible! The world will subside and all of your senses will busy cherishing the unique feeling of drinking a Celebrator. No words. Perhaps I am over-reacting but have you tried it?

Suggestions: Serve at a temperature of ~5 deg. C in a tulip shaped glass. Accompanies well most plates (red/white meat, vegetables, fruit, chocolate) but the best way to enjoy is with just some pretzels.

Photo of popery
3.92/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Celebrator is a very good beer with a great malt flavor. It is quite drinkable. I could easily have one regularly. It is relatively light on the palate, leaving a well-balanced aftertaste. I can certainly understand its long-established reputation, and perhaps superstitiously, I imagine it tastes even better when you drink it in Germany.

The beer pours dark brown with a big head and little lacing. It's a good looking beer without anything really wrong with it but I can't remember any high points either. The nose is sweet with hints of alcohol. Some of the roast comes through, as well.

The taste is coffee, chocolate and some spice. It's sweet but much better balanced than many similar beers. There are good bitter notes to weigh down the sweetness, but the sweetness predominates a bit.

The aftertaste is good, but my mouth feels a bit puckered from the sweet malt. The beer is quite drinkable and doesn't overwhelm.

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

This review is from last night's notes, so I can't elaborate much.

First, I have to say: the little horse tied to the bottle is hilarious. I feel like I got a toy with my happy meal.

Pours a thick, deep red, looking a little like maple syrup.

Smell and taste were raspberries, raisins, caramel, molasses, and spices; maybe some honey.

Quite a tasty beer!

Photo of jeffmonarch
4.26/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle in a Celebrator Pilsner Glass.

A - Dark brown with some red highlights with a light tan head.

S - Very light fruit and malt.

T - Yummy goodness. That is a technical term. A little sweet with some good bite. There is a lot of malty flavor.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - Great beer. This is a special beer because this is the beer that advances my Karma from Initiate to Disciple. I chose this carefully because I love this beer and I thought Celebrator would be a great beer to Celebrate the next step.

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

Served in a chalice a not quite opaque black w/ ruby highlights . The beer is topped with a thin head that diminished to a thin layer and left spotty lacing. The aroma was a nice blend of brown malts, chocolate and roasted nuts. The taste was a wonderful array of malts with lingering espresso bitterness. The beer was medium bodied with warming alcohol and decent carbonation. This beer has always been very enjoyable, and it's even better on draft.

Photo of r3zim
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a lo-ball glass.

A: Color is dark brown. Poured about one inch of head. Slowly dissipates to a ring of bubbles. Carbonation appears light and bubbles are large.

S: Smell is sweet. Hints of toffee and chocolate.

T: Sweet and mild. Creamy. Dark chocolate bite. A touch of bitterness or sourness.

M: Very smooth. Low combination. A bit of chalkiness at the ending.

D: Drinkability is very good.

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

Pours a very dark brown in color, damn near black. Nice inch of mocha colored head forms on the pour. Smell is dark roasted malts and I'm getting a bit of cocoa/coffee. Taste is lots of toffee. Some more roasted malts. This is incredibly full and creamy on the mouthfeel. What a beer, I don't recall having anything like this in a long while.

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

A - Dark brown with a good head, good retention, and very nice looking lacing.

S - Very sweet and fruity aroma. Some kind of cherry/raspberry aroma is what dominates

T - Very much like the aroma only with less fruits and a lot more of the sweet malt. It was kind of toasy/roasty and there was almost a chocolate like flavor in there too.

M - It was medium bodied and full of flavor

D - Haven't had many of this style but I like it a lot. Definitely will go back to this one.

Photo of mnj21655
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug

Pours a clear dark brown color with ruby highlights and a full two fingers of creamy, relatively long-lasting off-white head. Aroma is strongly malty with some dark fruits notes from the Munich malts. Taste is rich and quite malty, some more dark fruits (figs, prunes, etc.), a bit of chocolate and a moderate hop bitterness. The malt flavor is present throughout whereas the other flavors seem to come and go. Initially the flavor is overwhelming fruity (figs, prunes). Then the hop bitterness appears but soon yields to a wonderful cocoa flavor. The chocolate flavor lingers into the finish where is mingles with a bit of alcohol. The finish is decidedly sweet but this beer is by no means under attenuated. Mouthfeel is good, medium+ body and moderate to low carbonation. Drinkability is excellent, just shy of perfect. Incredibly complex flavors coupled with a a well masked alcohol presence make this beer a treat.

Photo of justin7742
4.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I have had this beer many many times, but I thought I would sit down and actually evaluate it for once. I opened the bottle and poured it into a heavy pint glass. It pours well with a very festive foam and thick creamy head that lasts. The color is a dark black with maybe a hint of amber. It smells toasty with a strong malt essence. After the sip I notice an extremely smooth mouthfeel and a slight sweetness. But then I get a smack bam! With a strong, yet pleasant, bold coffee-ish flavor. The sweetness diminishes and I taste a strong malty goodness. I love this beer and always have. I would recommend it to anyone who is trying out new doppelbocks or is into dark beers in general. It's a dark beer with real flavor.

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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 5,675 ratings.