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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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5,550 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,550
Reviews: 2,254
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 392
Gots: 554 | 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 KingPuuChuu
4.85/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the greatest beers out there, simply put.

I've had this out of the bottle, poured into pint glasses, but by far my favorite is poured into a heavy chalice or goblet.

The beer pours a gorgeous reddish brown, with a heavy 2 finger head, that dies down, leaving a nice lace around the glass.

Scent brings out floral hop notes, along with a citrusy hint.

Taste is heavy in those notes, along with a sharp alcoholic cut that slices through the flavor, but doesn't leave a burn. When you're finished, you want more, but the beer doesn't allow you to drink too much due to it's heavy notes and overpowering mouthful. An all around classy beer, and definitely a favorite that is always stocked in my fridge. Cheers!

Photo of timbro81
3.96/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice black color that when held to the light shows a deep reddish brown hue. The head is a nice 1/2 inch off white with good staying power and great lacing. Smells of nice roasted malts with a toffee like sweetness. Nose doesn't reveal too much, my only gig to this classic. Taste is slightly sweet but very balanced. The roated malts don't really come into play until the end. The mouthfeel is light yet silky. A really well balanced beer that could be sipped into the night. Highly Recommended and the pinnacle of the style.

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

Poured a dark brown color with ruby highlights and a creamy off-white head that lasted a while. Aroma is of toffee, molasses, chocolate, roasted malt. The taste is similar and very complex with the addition of dark fruitiness as well. The mouthfeel is pleasant. This is a great beer that deserves to be savored.

Photo of nrbw23
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- A nice deep dark brown pretty close to black. Creamy tannish colored head and good amount of lacing on the glass

S- toasted malts, light chocolate and maybe caramel

T- Malt dominated, tiny bit of chocolate and finishes with hops. Really nice good flavor that was sweet start and goes bitter but has great balance and overall taste.

M- Thick or creamy. Medium body and feels good.

D- Very drinkable beer. Probably not something I could drink everyday but overall very nice.

Photo of Matty1918
4.04/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bought a 4 pack for 9.99 at Muckeys in Lakeville Ma.

Popped the cap and had an overflow of a creamy dark head. Poured it quickly into a chalice.

The head disappeared almost immediatly but in there was a constant flow of tiny bubbles in the middle of the glass.

Lots of malt and a hint of caramel in the aroma. Very good!!!!

Malt and more malt in that first sip. A great silky, creamy moutfeel. Excellent. You can feel a slight warmness in the back of your tongue.

Not sure if the head was supposed to disapear that quickly....oh well I'll see if it does on the 2nd one.

I'll keep those little goats and hang them around the bar.

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

This is my favorite beer. The other members of Beer Advocate have certainly described its character and attributes more eloquently and accurately than i could, but i will say this: i have tasted every other dopplebock i could find and compared them to the mighty Celebrator. Most are good, but none can compare to this magnificent brew. To be fair, the Weihenstephaner Korbinian is excellent, but a distant second in my opinion.


Photo of currysage1
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I don't know about you but a little toy really does buy a good review. New Christmas ornament!

Not much head to this one but that is very characteristic of this style. Good clarity, but not easy to see through, too much malt in the way.

Really nice it almost smells a little like a Fig Newton, good bready smell mixed with dark sweet fruit.

Tasted of molasses and those same grainy breads, some chocolate there as well.

Feel was good, not exceptional, it had a little more carbonation than I like in a Dopplebock. Thick is a word that comes to mind so is that molasses word again.

Drinkability is ok, could session with this, but the thickness could overpower the want for another.

Photo of hyland24
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle with a plastic goat on it into a tall pilsner glass.

Poured smooth with an inch thick tan head which lasted maybe a minute or two. The beer was dark but had a ruby hue when held up to the light. The lacing was scattered and sporadic.

The smell was fruit mixed with alcohol with hints of raisin and smoke.

The taste was impressive. Malty start with a fruity slightly sweet finish. The aftertaste was pleasant. One of the more complex beers I have tasted with each sip tasting slightly different some spicy and some sweet.

Slightly carbonated that leaves behind a malty feel which last several seconds after the swallow.

This is a great beer that I would recommend to everyone, whether you care for this style or not. Not a session beer because of the fullness. I would recommend this beer with a heavy, sweet meal like Barbecue pulled pork, or ribs and brisket and maybe some cornbread.

Photo of Goliath
4.02/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown, almost black, with deep ruby hues. A light tan head appears and quickly receeds leaving no trace of lacing.

The aroma is fairly complex. A big maltiness with caramel and molases. Some toasted bread and a slight bit of alcohol. There was a familiarity I couldn't quite put my finger on for a while, and then I began to think it smelled like the cereal Grape Nuts, but I could be losing my mind.

Taste is fairly powerful. Sweet malt with bready notes, and oats. Caramel also present. More flavors than I can determine at this time.

Mouthfeel is full, thick, chewy, and lightly carbonated eventually leaving a still brew as you near the end of the glass. Drinkability is moderate due to low alcohol levels but strong flavors.

Photo of jongullotti
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This was one of the first good imports I had long ago that acted as a catalyst for helping me break into the world of quality beer. Just had another one last night:

Nice dark color. Aroma of sweet malts, candy, and nuts. Maybe because of my early experience, this tastes of the quintessential double bock - sweet malt, medium body, low hop presence, low carbonation, nutty finish. Very smooth and malty. Great beer.

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

Poured from a bottle a deep dark brown color with a foamy off-white head. Nice lacing with this one.

Aroma of sweet malts, caramel, and brown sugar.

Tastes of sweet roasted malts, caramel, and raisins.

Medium mouthfeel, smooth, and lightly carbonated.

I really enjoyed the one. Sweeter than expected but not too much so.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner. pours a dark chocolate brown color with fine garnet highlights. four fingers of frothy, tan head top off the brew. wonderful settling here as well.

aroma is sweet and malty, showcasing caramel and chocolate malts with deep earthy fruit notes. other notes include a nutty base with a bit of roasted malt character on top. wonderful.

taste is more of the same, with a bit more chocolate and roasted malt than the aroma would suggest. very smooth and creamy finish with an aftertaste of lingering caramel and nuts.

mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a smooth and creamy texture. no CO2 or alcohol present, enhancing the drinkability.

drinkability is good. this is a bold brew with solid flavors and profile. however, brew lovers who shy away from malty brews will not find any solace here. otherwise, this is an excellent doppelbock. cheers!

Photo of Kingdom4aPint
4.78/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in Pokal glass.

Appearance is velvety dark chocolate with medium brownish head which was poured by server so glass 1 had two finger head and glass 2 had about 4 finger head! Malty, bready aroma with hints of coffee. Taste...I was in my own world with the taste, swirling it around and around. Malty of course with caramel tones, just outstanding with silky smooth mouthfeel to match. Just a pleasure. 6.7% ABV was not evident, was suprised to learn ABV was that high. Highly drinkable and hope to run across it real soon!

Photo of t0rin0
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Always love drinking this beer when someone wants to try it. I have one of those ram medallions hanging from each of my guitars.

It pours a dark red/brown color with some tan head. It dissipates slowly and reveals plenty of bubbles coming out of solution.

The smell is fairly complex. There is some dark sweet malts as well as some roasted smells. There is also a fruity smell, can't tell what it is by the smell.

The taste reveals that its a darker (possibly plum) flavor that I noticed in the aroma. All the rest of the smells translate to flavor as well. There is some sweet malts and a touch of roasted malt and even some hop bitterness but not too much.

Very smooth and refreshing. For as much complexity as this beer has its light enough to enjoy a large glass of with dinner.

Photo of bisoubisou
4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Doesn't taste like 6.7% at all. Nice balance of not-too-sweet maltiness, crispness, and body. It also doesn't taste as dark as it looks. Caramel hits the nose and mixes with a butterscotch note with each sip. My life has improved thanks to this beer.

Photo of windigo32
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had one of these tonight, served in the proper "Celebrator Glass".

A: Pours a dark brown with a reddish hue when light passes through it. There is a tan head that turns white after settling for a bit. The head is composed of fine bubbles.

S: A nose of roasted malt is unmistakable with this beer. Possibly plum or fig as well.

T: Crisp and clean roasted malt taste. No bitterness or harsh after taste like some doppelbocks have.

M: Feels rather smooth in the mouth.

D: The crisp and clean taste with the lack of after taste makes this a very drinkable bock.

Photo of dmamiano
3.61/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark reddish in color with a decent off white head. Very creamy looking head as would be seen in a stout.
Heavy malts detected in teh nose, dark.
Taste is very malty, clean. Burnt flavors from the dark malts abound. Almost tasting licorice in the finish.
Good, clean finish.
Good beer.

Photo of Rootdog316
4.94/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The aroma is strong, sweet with notes of prunes, brown sugar, citrus, coffee, malt, and bitter chocolate. The color is deep red-brown and it has a beutiful lasting light brown head. The flavor is sweet malty with very strong roasted notes; coffee, roasted bread, combined with caramel, alcohol, citrus, and more - great complexity. The alcohol runs prickling over the tongue and gives it a good palate.

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

12oz bottle into a dimpled mug.

Pours a dark brown with some ruby highlights around the edges and a big 2+ finger widths of creamy tan head that retained down very nicely into a still fairly large layer that left thick swathes of lace down the sides of the mug. The aroma is caramel sweetness, brown sugars, raisens, just the tiniest waft of alcohol.

The taste starts out with a blast of sweetness and thick malts (with just a touch of hop bitterness) that gives way to just the lovliest flush of cocoa powder and dark fruits. Finishes thick and sweet on the lips. The mouthfeel is a rich, creamy feel with just a touch of warmth.

Wow, wow, and double wow! This is by far the best Doppel Bock I've had yet with just a ton of rich yet clean flavors and an incredible drinkability. It's definitely one of the tops in its style!

Photo of WeisGuy
3.63/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a - pours a deep dark brown with a three-finger tan head, retention around the edges, not much lacing

s - caramel maltiness dominates, hints of alcohol as well as notes of mint, light hoppiness

t - once again, sweet caramel maltiness is the dominant flavor, very light hoppiness and unique notes of mint, not much alcohol on the finish, lingering sweetness

m - a bit too thin in my opinion, lightly carbonated, sweet finish

d - fairly drinkable, easy on the palate and the alcohol isn't prominent at all

This is a decent doppelbock in my opinion, but I wouldn't put it up there in my top five of the style. Well worth trying, but it didn't blow me away.

Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in my Harpoon Oktoberfest mug. Poured a deep, dark brown with ruby highlights when the light hit the brew each time I took a sip. Two-fingered tan head subsided into a thin consistent skim of foam. Strong scent of dark fruit (figs, prunes), chocolate and perhaps molasses. Also seemed to have a slightly vinous fragrance. Taste similar to nose - dark fruit more pronounced as was as a strong malty backdrop. Effervescent tingly mouthfeel across the entire tongue finishing with a slight bit of astringency. Excellent brew. Wish I had discovered it sooner. Drinkable cold weather alternative to the big beers I usually consume.

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

Appearence black hints of brown when you hold it to the light. Smell hint of fig and prune malt and rosted grain. Taste rosted grin figgy dryness Alcohol comes through in the end as well as a hint of bitter chocolate finish. This beer is very cleen tasting lager considering how complex it is if that makes sense. Drinkability was very good for a beer of its kind its a cold late winter night and I wish I had another doppelbock.

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

Can't believe I haven't reviewed this yet. Definitely a great that comes from my favorite German brewery.

APPEARANCE: Pours a deep brown with lighter bronze highlights. The pale brown head starts vigorously and large and descends somewhat quickly to a large-bubbled collar and cap.

SMELL: Wonderfully smelling with a strong aroma of toasted grains, accompanied by chocolate, toffee, and some herbal and even vinous notes. All this while smelling distinctly like a lager.

TASTE: A clean flavor profile highlighted by grains at all points of the spectrum. Pale, toasted, roasted, and scorched malts all balance perfectly. Little else gets in the way with just a small noble hop presence serving to balance.

MOUTHFEEL: A shining example of what should be. Thick and chewy but still remarkably clean. Carbonation is at perfectly moderate levels.

DRINKABILITY: Drinkability is also excellent. The lower ABV (for a doppelbock) makes this a beer for anytime. It goes down so incredibly easy that I could really imagine wanting another.

I'll be coming back to this again and again. It's by far the best authentic German example of the style that I've tasted.

Photo of IBUnit63
3.97/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Pours like a Diet Coke - dark and carbontated with frothy pale head that dissipates quickly. Looks like powerful syrupy stiff.

German chocolate aroma - a little soft, a sour, sorta metal. After about 15 minutes it reveals a toasted nut texture - almost like pecan pie. Strong, smoked malt taste - a little too puckering at first but develops slowly. Still slightly sour. Alcohol and malt are there in force - could be a little better blended but still well-balanced. Short-to-medium finish. Carbonation is long gone a few minutes after pour - first sip is a little clammy; a few minutes later it's very soothing. This needs a little while to breathe, sort of like wine. Most likely best enjoyed in a dark, warm setting - bar, ski lodge, German brew haus, etc. - powerful, well-made stuff.

Photo of logdogg
4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer poured good got about 3 fingers head and some nice lacing. Dark black color and tan head. Smells and tastes like a doppelbock should. Malts are a carmel dark bisky very palatable somewhat creamy taste and texture. A very smooth beer considering the style of beer. Not super hoppy, but a great balance with more dark roasted maltyness than hoppyness, with the right amount of bitterness. I would definately recommend this beer it is worth the price and the beer ornaments are dope. This is an outstanding world class doppelbock that is very complex and drinkable, I could pound 8 or more of these and enjoy everyone.

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 5,550 ratings.