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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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5,608 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,608
Reviews: 2,265
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 408
Gots: 580 | FT: 20
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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 meatmallet
3.8/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown with a reddish tinge. Thick tan head leaves a thin ring around the glass.

Smells like roasted malts and chocolate. Not too powerful but just right.

Begins with a heavy roasted flavor and finishes with a bitter malt ending. A little coffee in there also. Not bad at all.

Mouthfeel was good. By the looks of it I was not expecting the carbonation that was hiding in there.

Photo of Spidey13
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ayinger Celebrator pours, from it awesome bottle, a very dark brown, coffee like color. A small tan head hangs around on top. The smell is chocolate and figs. The taste has chocolate and coffee notes. A hint of alcohol also shows up and a slight bitterness shows up a few seconds after the swallow. I also get a taste/scent sensation of split firewood post-swallow, but I'm not exactly sure where it's coming from. The taste is defintely a lager. The mouthfeel is nice and full with mid-to-low carbonation. This is just a very well-made brew.

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

A 11.2 ounce bottle Ayinger Celebrator. The bottle has dueling rams on the label and nice goat trinket hanging from the neck. I love the bottle. Pouring into the glass revealed a very dark brown, essentially black, brew with a centimeter or two of light tan-colored head. The aroma has a strong dark malt character with toffee and chocolate. Smooth and ample bodied on the palate. Chocolate and coffee flavors commingle with a roasted malt bitter bite and also a slight sweetness. Very drinkable and pleasing. Not over the top, just a great quality balanced brew. A great reminder that beer need not be extreme to excellent.

Photo of MiguelMandingo
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up to try something new. I haven't had a dopplebock in a long time, as I have been quite the hophead since I began drinking better beer.

Poured a 12oz. bottle into a flute glass.

Appearance - It pours a deep transparent brown color that is too deep to see through clearly - contains garnet hues as well. It produced a 1 finger head that quickly dissipated to thin halo. A quick swirl of the glass brings 1/2 finger head back for a few seconds before dissipating again - moderate to low carbonation.

Smell - The scent is pretty straightforward - dark fruit, fig caramel and chocolate with a bit of toffee. Toasty malts. Nothing overly deep or complex.

Taste - The flavor is pretty much just like the scent - caramel, toffee, dark fruit, fig, and chocolate. There is a quite a bit of toasted malt flavor and just a hint of molasses. There is a hint of salt toward the end that rounds out the flavor a bit.

Mouthfeel - This brew is medium bodied. The carbonation level is moderate, which suits the style well. Very smooth as it runs over the tongue.

Drinkability - Great beer. Very easy to drink. Smooth and tasty - I just wish that the smell had a little more bang. I could drink several of these in an evening, but would eventually want to drink something else to make things interesting. Overall very good. I would pick this one up again.

Photo of rpardon7
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a dark carmel brown with a nice thin white head that left some lacing on the glass.

S - Malt, caramel and a hint of chocolate. No hops were detected in the nose.

T - Malted barley, caramel, notes of chocolate.
A slight bit of hops but mostly a taste dominated from roasted grain.

M - Very nice weighted mouthfeel not too heavy but what I expected from this beer. Very smooth not too carbonated.

D - Very easily drinkable especially on nice cold rainy nights.

Photo of coldmeat23
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

GLASS: Imperial Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx. 45 degrees

Looks totally black in the glass. Holding up to the light reveals ruby highlights throughout. Slight head which dissapates quickly.

Smells of nice, sweet malts. Almost like toffee or caramel. No hops or alcohol appear in the nose. This is good.

Sweet malts hit the taste sensors first. Mmmm. There follows a light smokey/roasted flavor. Just ever so light hops flavor on the back end with a touch of almost saltiness.

The feel is very nice, but with all the build-up of color and smell I expected it to be a bit fuller and richer. Would have rated higher with more body. Just a tad too light for my tastes.

Overall this is an exceptionally drinkable beer. I have enjoyed many of these over the years and shall continue to do so.

Photo of RomanW70
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark caramel brown. Light head that dissipates quickly. Aroma of caramel, chocolate, and toffee. Very rich mouth feel. This is almost a meal. Slightly smoky taste. Med/low carbonation. Nice better finish. Well-balanced. The standard for dopplebocks.

Photo of Beaver13
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle, aged a couple of months. Pours brown with ruby highlights and has a thick pillowy light tan head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet caramel and chocolate malts, nuts, some roast and a little smoke.

The flavor is sweet caramel and chocolate malts, molasses, some dark fruits and nuts with enough of a hop finish to balance it well (still a little on the sweet side for me). The mouthfeel is medium to full with velvety carbonation.

Overall, this is much better than I remembered. A very solid, well-made brew. I found this to be better cold.

Photo of maddogruss
3.77/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got a bottle of this as part of the PhD program at Cloverleaf.

A: Pours a brown body with a tan head with decent retention overall and nice lacing along the sides of the glass.

S: An old, earthy, burnt malt smell that was quite enticing.

T: A burnt, malty taste with a slightly fruity aftertaste. Hints of figs seemed to be evident in the aftertaste.

M: A little on the thin side for a doppelbock, but still very good nonetheless.

D: A fairly drinkable beer. Due to the high malt content, it starts to fill you up towards the end of the beer. Due to this, the lighter mouthfeel makes the beer easier and more fun to enjoy. Definitely will have again and recommended.

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

I reviewed this beer tonight while listening to Slowdrive's "Souvlaki" album. If you like My Bloody Valentine, you should like Slowdrive; and if you like beer you should like this doppelbock. I poured the 11.2 oz. bottle into the patented Celebrator glassware.

A: This beer is a very clear dark brown, bordering on black, with some very dark red hues when held to the light. It was topped by a thick tan head with small compact bubbles which eventually faded into a thin lace on top. This would have easily scored higher if the head left more of an impression as the beer went on.

S: Celebrator smells strongly of toasted malt, with hints of caramel (sweet malty smell) and a slight bitter chocolate smell. There is virtually no hop aroma. Fits the style perfectly.

T: There is a sweet malty taste up front which is balanced (moderately) by bitterness. I really feel like the sweet malt character is balanced by a somewhat salty aftertaste. There is a roasted quality to the flavor which compliments the warming alcohol sensation.

M: Full-bodied. Smooth carbonation. A little bite towards the finish. What more could one ask for?

D: This is a delicious beer. Definitely my doppelbock of choice from now on. However, how many of these suckers could I drink in a night? Not many. The "liquid bread" that it purports to be fills one up quickly. Nonetheless, this is the go-to doppelbock, so that makes up for it.

Photo of AmishT
4.64/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark brown with some ruby highlights. A tan, initially two-finger head that recedes to a nice foamy film. Not much lacing on my glass.

S - Rich roasted maltts, hint of dark fruit, coffee, dark chocolate. A very bold and inviting nose.

T - Whoa, really complex flavor. Bold malt flavor starts off by kicking you in the jaw. Wonderful, balanced finish: both earthy hops and rich malts work together in a very synergistic manner. Damn tasty!

M - Full bodied and very smooth. The rich, tasty malts are able to be savored when held on the tongue. I think that the level of carbonation is very appropriate for the flavors.

D - The full-body of the beer is limits the drink slightly, but it's so damn tasty that who cares. Definitely gonna have to get me some more of this.

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

Poured into a pint glass.

Very dark brown (almost blood red when held up to the light). Nice 1-finger light brown head that meanders atop the brew before slightly dissipating into a nice lace that embraces the rim of the glass.

The smell, right off the bat is huge whiffs of fruit smack you pleasantly in the face. Hints of cherries and raisins? Some dark spiced fruits perhaps?

The taste is malt all the way. Very earthy and herbal flavors. Decent levels of bitterness to complement the malts. Malts come off as slightly doughy/nutty as well.

Mouthfeel is pleasant. Medium (approaching thick) bodied with mild (but good) levels of carbonation on the palate.

This is THE Dopplebock to drink. Easy to find (at least in my experience) and a complete joy to drink. Do not pass it up if you see, doing so and you'll miss out on one of the finest beers in existence.

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

Pours a deep brown and ruby. Tan head does not stick around long.

Smell is sweet malt,yeasty dough and slight cherry aroma.

Sweet toasted malt flavor up front. Slight hop bitterness detected, balances the bigger malt flavor well.

Has a full mouth feel but not too heavy. Drinks smooth but the flavor stays with you.

Very drinkable, higher abv but drinks easy. Alcohol is a bit warming but does not hurt the drinkability.

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

Appearance: Cool bottle with goat trinket. Pours a dark soda-like/caramel color. Head is tan and takes a while to dissipate.
Smell: Sweet sugars/malt first noted here.
Taste: Malts are king here with enough hops to balance the maltiness. Tastes of sweet fig, raisin, toffee, and a mildly roasted character contribute to the malts. Mild alcohol presence also noted.
Mouthfeel: Thick mouthfeel, but smooth.
Drinkability: A single Doppel usually does it for me on any given night. This is, nonetheless, a very drinkable beer.
Overall: A thick and complex doppel that is very palatable.

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.

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!

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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