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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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5,453 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,453
Reviews: 2,229
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.37%
Wants: 367
Gots: 490 | 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 redmagik99
4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a pretty dark brown, almost stouty black. nice head that lasted a good while, then leaving some froth and lacing. Smells not too far from the average dopplebock - very sweet malt. Taste had plenty of that of course. Lots of roasted coffee-toffee-caramel sweetness. Also very creamy. It goes down very easily for 6.7. A heavier session? Fine by me. This beer may not live up to all the hype but it may just be because I'm a little tired of the style. Nevertheless, this is one of the best dopplebocks and a solid brew in itself.

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

Classic doppelbock, deep ruby red in color with a tall creamy head that dissipates into a ring of bubbles. The aroma is intoxicating with very dark fruits such as raisin, plum, and cherry there is also some roastyness and faint earthy hops. The flavor contains roasty malt sweetness with dark fruits balanced with some mild earthy hop flavor. The mouthfeel is creamy with low carbonation. There is a mild fruity aftertaste but not unpleasant. A very drinkable beer and a classic altogether.

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

Appearance- Pours a deep, ruby/maroon with a medium sized tan colored head that leaves a hint of lacing.

Aroma- The aroma is inviting with a nice malt presence, and plenty of malt sweetness. Some toasted malts.

Taste- Wonderful mix of malt sweetness, with the perfect undertones of toastiness, bittering and flavoring hops, a barest hint of coffee. Very well done.

Mouthfeel- Almost perfect. Slightly heavy, syrupy body with the perfect level of CO2 to drive the flavors up front without killing your taste-buds.

Drinkability- this is a very good beer that you can always rely upon when you've got a craving for a malty treat.

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

A pretty decent beer, all said. And thanks for the x-mas tree ornament. Outstanding? I guess... Given the low abv you could say that there's a heck of a lot of body and flavor in there. Sort of an interesting twang to the tast - raisin, caramel and sweet mangoe... Interesting. Decent.

Photo of jakon
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle

Pours coffee brown with a medium sized tan colored head that leaves behind a solid wash of lacing as it recedes.

The aroma is inviting with a huge malt presence. Tons of dark fruit character such as prune and fig. Toasted malts and a pronounced nuttiness also make their presence known.

The previously mentioned characteristics come through strong in the taste as well, along with chocolate, coffee, and just the faintest hint of alcohol.

The mouthfeel on this one isn't quite as thick and creamy as I remember, but is still very pleasing to the palate. The carbonation prickles the tongue lightly and is dialed in just right.

Overall, this is a very good beer that you can always rely upon when you've got a craving for a malty treat.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a light tan head that doesn't retain very well, thinning to a crown quickly. Color is a soupy deep-brown/almost-black thing that glows with a ruby tinge when held up to light.

Aroma is beyond malty...a lively, nutty, sweet aroma reminding of pumpernickel, toffee, chocolate syrup. Hell, it's almost futile comparing this to anything. If you've had a few of these, you come to learn this is simply "Celebrator".

Same goes for the flavor. If you know this one already, you'll never mistake it. Everything in the aroma comes out even stronger in the flavor, bringing along frothed milk, burnt raisin, a very slight hint of smoke, soil, more nuts, more chocolate. And more frothed milk. All bolstered by a substantial, slick, thick mouthfeel that is simply superb.

A German classic. And of the best bottles ever, considering the plastic goat on the bottle neck (the grown-up equivalent of the free toys you used to get in cereal boxes?) and the old-time/timeless label drawing. I need to buy a case of this stuff and have it always on hand. Or better yet, a jeroboam. Lovely, lovely stuff.

Photo of ccrida
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

330ml bottle poured into my Delirium snifter, Celebrator is a pitch dark garnet with a small tan head. I've had this many times in Ayinger's designated flute, and it looks better that way, but for some reason I don't have one!

The smell is rich and sweet, yet soft, dark fruits and toffee

Taste is big and thick, super malty but not to sweet nor rich, a fantastic balance. Caramel and roasty, Ayinger's is the benchmark dopplebock, period. A truly great beer.

Mouthfeel is very creamy, the body on the heavier side.

Drinkablity is almost to high. Man have I had more of these then prudent on more then one occasion. Really missing these on draught from the Sharp Edge right now!

Photo of mashedpotatoes
4.63/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Quite an incredible beer and very close to becoming my favorite. Immediately you are greeted with coffee notes. The color is nearly black but when held against a bright light you can see some reddish amber tones. The head pours thick and creamy but dissipates quickly and leaves little to no lacing. The taste is bold, complex and interesting. A very comfortable drink with a profound statement, one of the best Dopplebocks around.

Photo of brdc
4.85/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Small capped bottle poured into my Corsendonk tulip.

Very dark brew, impenetrable, little to no highlights, and capped by a dense brown head that stays around for a long time, leaves a nice thick collar and lacing.
Aroma is delicious, although slightly more delicate than I expected. Caramel, toffee, some unexpected (to me) smokiness, alcohol, all blending quite nicely.
Minimal carbonation in this medium bodied (I expected a bit more body) brew lends it a very smooth, velvety palate
Flavor is just what you want from a doppelbock; sweetish malts, dark fruits, caramel, molasses, the same smokiness although a bit more pronounced. Some mild bitterness and alcoholic warmth and dryness is there to prevent it from being cloying, and it all blends perfectly.
I don't think doppelbocks get any better than this!

Photo of czfreeman
4.63/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ive been saving this one for a while. The first thin I have to say is the apperance of this beer is beautiful, amazing dark color. rich, creamy head. Smell is overwheming, toffee, caramel, chocolate, roasted nuts, pumpernickel, brown sugar. Taste is exactly what I want in a dopplebock. Nice mouthfeel, not too sticky, creamy but not too heavy. Great dark bread and malt flavors. The drinkablility is easy because its simply delicious. A very enjoyable brew, well worth the money.

Photo of Pauly2X
4.97/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Nearly black, slight amber tinge when held to a light. One finger head faded slowly to a wisp.

S- Sweet maltly aroma with a faint earthy hop pressence.

T- Fantastic! Wonderfully complex malt profile but not so complex as to force you to "think" about this beer if you'd rather just sit back and enjoy. Great sweetness held in check perfectly by just the right amount of spicy hops.

M- Smooth as silk, very full boddied.

D- The $12 a 4 pack is the only obstacle here, If only I had a better paying job...

For me, personally, It just doesn't get any better... for now.

Photo of Tilley4
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

To this point in my life, I've never had a finer beer than the one that I experienced while drinking this wonderful doppelbock. I'm not sure that I can come up with enough wonderful things to say about it. From the wonderful dark brown appearance to the smooth, chocolatey, malty taste, this beer never fails to amaze me. The first one that I ever drank totally changed the way that I look at beer. I made the mistake of drinking it freezing cold and it was still delicious. I now let this beer warm to almost room temperature before even picking it up and it gets better everytime I experience it. Best beer that I've ever had and I can't really think of a close second right now. One of the only beers that I actually hide from my wife so she won't find my stash of it!! She loves it too!

Photo of CDBeerDisappear
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown like oil without a lot of head. Aroma of dark roast malt with fruity overtones. Smells rich and sweet like prunes. The taste is clean and dry with a nice balance between hops and malt. Finishes somewhat dry . Feels substantial in the mouth without being heavy. A good amount of carbonation. I could drink this beer all night. Goes down easy and fast. Great drinkability

Photo of jasonjlewis
4.93/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a small little flute glass with two fingers of head which is pretty impressive for such a small glass. Nice brown color. I can barely see my fingers through the glass. Nice retention. I poured into another glass for the rest of the bottle. The appearance becomes insane.

Smell is of apple phenol with THICK ass caramel malts with some chocolate malts in the back with some raisin and grape.

Taste is rich and robust. Caramel malts are aggressive with a nice touch of chocolate malts. Raisin and fruity undertones come out as well. Some grape notes come out as the beer warms. Hop bitterness is mild and just there to cut the sweetness alittle bit. Holy shit. This is the best double bock that I've ever had.

Mouthfeel is smooth as hell with a delicate creaminess. WOW!

Drinkability: A beer worthy of the Gods.

Photo of Jerzdevil1116
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle. Purchased at Joe Canal's on Fire Rd. in Egg Harbor Twp., NJ

Appearance: Very dark brown with reddish tinge showing around the edges of the glass where a little light does get through. Small, light tan head dissipated after a minute or two.

Smell: Sweet maltines,. Slightly fruity.

Taste: Sweet and malty with a hint of hops and bitter chocloate.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and smoothe. Nice medium body.

Drinakbility: Rich but not overly filling. A good sipping beer for a night at home with my feet up.

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

I had my first taste of this at The German Beer Fest and was floored. I don't know why it took so long to pick some up.

A: ruby-shaded brown, dark, with nice 1+ finger foamy off white head

S: sweet caramel malt, dark fruits, chocolate

T: caramel malt, apricots, plums, raisins

M: full bodied, creamy, and chewy

D: wonderful beer to sip. not one you'd overindulge in but awesomely drinkable

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

I bought a case of this wonderful beer. I especially like the label adn the goat icon hanging around the neck of each bottle. Poured a very dark ruby brown, with a medium tan foamy head. Looked rather watery.
The smell was outstanding; Rich spice and toasted bread, chocolate, caramel malts, dark fruits, vanilla and definitely some honey. Very complex and impressive.
The taste was heavy on the caramel malt and spice, dark fruits and honey. Raisin for sure.
This was fmedium to full-bodied, exceptionally smooth and creamy, with mild carbonation and a great long aftertaste.
Overall, this definiteyl lives up to the hype and is an excellent beer.

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

A- Dark brown with a red glow to it. Sudsy bubbly head.
S- bittersweet chocolate. Certainly not overpowering but strong enough to precede what you are about to taste.
T- weak chocolate malt is all I can really get from it. It definitely has a certain lager quality to it, but the taste is very one dimensional in semi-sweet chocolaty malt. Not too complex, but good.
M/D- The mouthfeel might make this beer very drinkable. So smooth. No prickly or burning carbonation, but overall the beer just kind of lulls me to sleep.

Photo of Dopplebock
4.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Although served from the bottle, this beer has it all! A wonderful malt fragrance carries the dark mahogany colored liquid as it pours into the glass. The mouthfull combines chocolate and caramel malt with a minimal hop presence. Smooth as silk, this dopplebock has an exceptional drinkability. The finish is moderately sweet with hints of vanilla. This beer is for one who truly wants complex levels of flavor! Let it warm to room temperature (recommended), and you open yet more complex flavors. I am not sure I've even experienced the full palate of flavors in this exceptional brew!

Photo of SargeC
4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Beautiful black with a dense, tan head.

Smell: Caramel, coffee and rich malt with an undercurrent of hops.

Taste: Sweet malt and coffee. Scorched caramel and toffee. A faint hint of hops finishes the flavor off.

Mouthfeel: Dense liquid with a waxy quality that allows flavor to linger. A real stick to your ribs brew.

Drinkability: This beer is a treat. I am glad I finally found it. I have hunted for this beer for years. I am glad I finally made the kill.

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

I just finished this good dopplebock, the first time I tried it, and was not disappointed. It pours a nice head, but one that is short in duration. The color is practically black. The flavors are nice--a bit of chocolate and coffee--but the aromas are not as prominent as I would have liked. The smooth texture atones for the modest aromas, and I would certainly request a second. Celebrator is solid overall, not outstanding but quite good and worth trying.

Photo of goochpunch
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a dark, raisin-like color with a thinnish khaki head. Aroma is dark dried fruits, brown sugar, bread, and a tinge of alcohol. Flavor is very sweet and just about mirrors the aromas, aside from an absence of alcohol in the taste. Brown sugar and raisins are big in the forefront with some roasty malts in the background. Mouthfeel isn't too heavy, but has a stickiness to it. Carbonation is mild and gentle. Really good drinker and one of the better doppelbocks I've had.

Photo of joeskirkie
3.83/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Finally after about three years I can pair a Celebrator with my Celebrator glass.

It's dark, thats fur sure. Damn near opaque. It was a very healthy head, it dissipated within a short period.

The nose consists of dark chocolate, toffee and cherry hints, whats not to like?

Same stuff on the tongue, chocolate, cherry, toffee, some bitterness and alcohol. The bitterness is strong but very balanced.

Medium to heavy mouthfeel. I definitely dig it. I am satisfied. I'd order another.

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

Poured a dark redish brown with ruby highlights when light passed threw. Two finger head that lingered. Smell of coffea and chocolate. Taste was initialy sweet with a slightly bitter finish. Smooth with alchohol lingering but not for to long. A slow sipper. I could enjoy more than one of these at a time and would definitly drink this again. I'm a big fan of a dopplebock and I can see these becoming one of the top ones for me.

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

Pint bottle from Bevmo. Poured a dark brown that only a trace of light will shine thru. Head was tan and faded to about 1/4 inch and held. Aroma is strong with coffee, chocolate, anise and burnt toast. Flavor mirrored the aroma. Mouthfeel was smooth and creamy with light by effective carbonation. Hops were well integrated and hardly noticeable. Finish is long and smooth with some additional burnt cedar wood. Overall this is one great beer, my only complaint is that the bottle is too small, this should be served in a bomber.

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
97 out of 100 based on 5,453 ratings.