Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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Ratings: 5,059 | Reviews: 2,203 | Display Reviews Only:
4.45/5 rDev +2.5%
Oh man, what malty goodness this be. Dark and brooding, this beer has a nicely formed head.
Smells so sweet and powerful. Like bread with jam. Tons of berry scents in there, with bready malt notes. GOD IT SMELLS GOOD.
Tastes pretty damn good. Very malty, super sweet and thick. Literally like a meal in itself.
Damn, what a good beer.
12-08-2005 04:49:30 | More by Litterbean
4.28/5 rDev -1.4%
My first impression was a sharp similarity to Spaten Optimator... this lasted about .2 seconds until the richness and sweet complexity fully sank in. Quite a superior brew indeed - it is unquestionable after the creamy mouthfeel and nice aftertaste fade away.
Looks-wise it get's an 'A' in my book; nice and dark with a decent, tan/white head that slinks to the sides of the glass after a moment. Very dark, just a slight hint of dark mahogany apparent when holding up to a strong light source.
The taste reflects the look of it, what one would be hoping for in their heart-of-hearts after the languid pour... chewy and huge mouthfeel with a barley-malt and roasted taste. A little caramelly for a moment before the malts and light hoppy bitterness wash it away.
Delicious to the last drop. One of those session-but-shouldn't-be beers. Two thumbs up.
12-06-2005 07:23:18 | More by LuckySkuff
4.28/5 rDev -1.4%
Dark brown with ruby highlights. Creamy and fluffy ecru head that slowly diminishes to a ringed cap. Decent lacing. Aromas of toffee malts, dried figs, dates, prunes. Tastes like rum-soaked dates rolling around in molasses. Not much hop presence; just a bit of stinging florals around the tongue at the beginning. Smoked turkey aftertaste. Boozier than I expected for only 6.7%. Bit of alcohol warming in the throat and stomach. Mouthfeel is huge, creamy, and chewy. For such a big and bold beer, this is quite drinkable. My first doppelbock, and I'll definitely be seeking some more.
12-05-2005 21:12:37 | More by orfeu
4.22/5 rDev -2.8%
Pours a dark black with bright burgundy highlights with a creamy head that left nice lace. Smells a smokey sweet molasses and prunes. Tastes of mandarin sourness, molasses and a burnt smokey sweet finish. Mouth feel is smooth and thin. As assertive and potent as this beer is, it is surprisingly drinkable.
12-04-2005 23:08:51 | More by DarkerTheBetter
4.33/5 rDev -0.2%
Dark rich brown,with a hint of a redish hue. Nice tan head and lace. Smell was carmel and malt. Light,but carboniated. Taste was rich, and full. Sweet,but well bittered at the finish. If you like the Spaten Optimator, try this, you will like it even more. Excellent!!
11-26-2005 01:58:58 | More by riversider76
3.43/5 rDev -21%
I can sum my thought of this beer pretty quick: "Double Oktoberfest"
Now normally I don't like Munich, Vienna, or German Pale malts as are used a lot in Oktoberfest biers, but the flavors in this brew are rich and welcoming.
Looks like brown sugar and molasses showing ruby light under a tan finger of head. Smells strongly of German malts and a slight coffee bitterness.
Strong caramel and german malt with stinging carbonation adding to a bit of "twang". Hints of chocolate and molasses sneak through with a note of coffee roast bitternes.
Very drinkable for as much German Malt as there is.
11-24-2005 14:00:42 | More by sopor
4.45/5 rDev +2.5%
BB 08-06. Huge and thick lasting head with beigebrown taint. Darkbrown almost black beercollor. Nose is very sweet malty with burnt and caramellic hints. Taste is strong, burnt, caramellic sweet and well bittered. Yest this is an enjoyable bock bavarian style that makes you enjoy your brew to the max. Maybe litle overdone in maltsweetness in combination with heavy bitterness, however I love it. Great brew that I enjoyed all the way.
11-20-2005 16:41:38 | More by paterlodie
4.38/5 rDev +0.9%
Appearance: the color was dark brown with ruby highlights. 1/2" head fell to a surface foam in a few minutes.
Smell: the aroma was sweet, as caramel and hints of chocolate were detectable.
Taste: The flavor was very malty and softly sweeet. Caramel, chocolate, molasses, and prunes are balanced with a mild bitterness. Alcohol level is barely noticable on the tongue.
Mouthfeel: smooth at the start. The finish was also smooth, and the flavors lingered on the tongue for while after swallowing.
Drinkability: Nicely drinkable, and this is a great version of the style.
11-20-2005 13:12:04 | More by Gavage
3.93/5 rDev -9.4%
A robust creamy tan head, over a semi-translucent black body with ruby edges. Meager lace and head retention. The aromas are dominated by rich caramel and chocolate malt, although a touch of hops and some apple undertones pull through. Malts again dominate the palate with a combination of toasted caramel and chocolate. There are some tart cherry fruit and slight smoky flavors in here too. A background of hops as well. Medium in body. A lasting slight crispness in the mouth, finally breaks for a smooth finish and a dry aftertaste.
My first foray in to the world of bocks. I'm a self-profesed malt lover, however I found the body to be a bit lean and the taste sligthly acidic-- both of which detracted from my enjoyment of this brew's world-class malt profile.
11-16-2005 03:14:42 | More by Shovelbum
4/5 rDev -7.8%
I don't think I like this one as much as the Paulaner Salvator doppelbock, even though it seems to be more popular on this site. Doesn't quite do it for me though.
This was my second of four bottles brought back to Toronto from Texas (yes, Texas). Don't think you can find this stuff at the LCBO. Anyway, poured it (as usual) into a standard pint glass. A deep burgundy colour with a very small head.
Scents of raisins, cherries, bitter chocolate, and more alcohol than I really expected from a beer that isn't particularly strong.
Flavour is quite nice -- raisins, fruits, some hops. Not as complex as the Paulaner Salvator, although some good gruyere cheese brought out some additional nutty and butterscotch flavours (a great match!).
Mouthfeel is smooth, if a bit dry, and there's a somewhat bitter aftertaste which detracts from the overall impression.
I don't want to give the idea that I didn't like this beer -- it's quite good. But I'm not sure if it quite deserves its reputation, in my opinion. But, what do I know?!
11-14-2005 03:42:31 | More by crwills
4.33/5 rDev -0.2%
Thanks to battlekow for the trade. My first beer with its own necklace. She's certainly the belle of the ball.
Pours a dark dark brown, almost proter dark, with a finger of khaki head that wanes, but never vanishes. Nose is heavy on the caramel malts, go figure, with some coffee and some interesting raisin/prune/date notes. Smells like some Baltic porter found its way into my bottle. Taste is similar with dense caramel/toffee malts and some dark fruity notes with hints of coffee grounds. Mouthfeel is rich and chewy, the alcohol very subdued. Overall a very interesting dopplebock, again with surprising baltic porter qualities. It's good, I don't know about 13th best beer in the world good though. Still a unique beer worth trying.
11-10-2005 18:11:29 | More by Golden2wenty1
4.5/5 rDev +3.7%
After gentle decanting into my glass, the head continues to grow. It's tan and dense. It slowly shrinks leaving some lacing. The beer itself is a dark ruby-cola color.
The smell during the pour is chocolate, sweet malt, and alcohol. The taste bears that out. It has dried fruit (although not really fruity), prune, and other sweetness. It's balanced off by the roasty chocolate and coffee flavors. There could be a slight acidic edge. Amazing. Little hop aroma or bitterness. Some hop flavor. Bitterness arises from the roasted malt.
The mouthfeel... it's full. Almost sticky, but not. It feels your mouth but keeps you wanting more. After my first, I easily could keep drinking. It doesn't go down super fast, but it's still really, really nice. Great beer.
11-08-2005 02:13:44 | More by skynxnex
4.53/5 rDev +4.4%
Ohhh man talk about a brew..! It is called the Celebrator for one reason, after you drink some of this you'll be celebrator-ing all night baby.
After a mixed 6 pack of beers I did have some nice picks and saved this one for last ... man was I in for a nice treat.
This appearance is a mildy dark german beer with a great bottle for advertisement.
Both smell and taste and amazing! After about two sips of this , the 1st word that came out of my mouth "Umm beef stew!" did remind me of some stew but thats not bad was an amazing tasting doppledock.
Mouthfeel and drinkability would usualy be low since I would see how some wouldnt dig the "beef stew" feel to it but I have to say , I myself do dig dem damn meat beers!
I am for sure buying alot more of the celebrator for tomorrow night!!
11-07-2005 06:46:57 | More by Gaben
4.22/5 rDev -2.8%
Latest in my quest to expand my experience of German beers. Poured from a bottle into a Watou brewery chalice. Dark chocolate brown with thick khaki head, really inviting. The aroma was enticing as well, but I think I prefer the weizenbock aroma over the doppebock. Just my preference...
Taste was good, malty and a little roasty. The main thing I will rave about was the mouthfeel. Coated everywhere, and felt so smooth. Really awesome in that aspect.
Excellent dopplebock, although Paulaner Salvator is a bit better in my opinion.
11-06-2005 21:23:20 | More by TurdFurgison
4.47/5 rDev +3%
Appearance: Pours a super clear deep reddish brown color with a two inch tan head of tight bubbles at first pour. The head acted like it wanted to stick around for a while. A thin foam stays on top of the beer the entire session, and it leaves an attractive tan lace around the glass after drinking.
Aroma: Lots of toasty notes along with a hint of chocolate. There are some Melanoidins here, but they aren't as assertive as they are in Optimator. A bit of caramel is more noticeable as it warms, but the alcohol is reserved.
Taste: Really rich flavor with a smooth sweet malt backbone and some toasty/earthy notes resting on top. There is a bit of a plum flavor here along with the chocolate and caramel. There really arent any hops noticeable until late in the finish. The sweetness is the dominant force in the flavor. There is a slight hint of alcoholic warming long after the finish. It is not lacking in body, but I would personally like it a lot more if it had a bit more girth to it.
Opinion: I am a BIG fan of DoppelBocks, and they probably make up a third of the beers I make. This is one fine example of the style. Most homebrewers any more think that this style should be really big, but this beer comes in at 6.7%. That isn't too big, but it doesn't lack flavor due to the alcohol content being on the low side for the style. This is a world class beer, and one to be enjoyed!
11-04-2005 23:51:52 | More by SkeeterHawk
3.8/5 rDev -12.4%
Appearance is dark with reddish hues. Looks almost like root beer. A thick head of foam upon pour, fades slowly leaving moderate lacing.
Aroma is at first a touch metallic. Not sure how long this one had been sitting in the cooler, but it may have been suspect. I was a little disappointed as I knew the potential of the brew, but further sniffs warranted slight redemption. Roasted malts and brown sugar rose up to tickle my nostrils.
Taste was better than the smell. Phew! Very roasty, with HUGE malt presence. Sweet like molasses, but an excellent bitter hop finish created a nice balance. The beer was low carbed in the mouth and while it felt lighter early in the glass (colder), it felt like it thickened and got richer as it warmed. Never too much, but a definitive difference over the time period in which I drank it.
The malts are huge here, so depending on how much you like that aspect will determine how drinkable this is. Im still new to the doppelbock realm (only my second), so Im still acquiring the taste for what Im looking for. It made it a slow goer for me, but one I enjoyed while it went.
11-03-2005 18:45:55 | More by GolgiIPAratus
4.08/5 rDev -6%
A- dark brown with ruby highlights when held to the light. light tan head. retention is poor..after a minute there was no head to speak of.
S- very malty with hints of chocolate and cherries.
T- unsweetened chocolate, roasted grain, light fruit and hops. overall very well balanced.
M- medium body with lots of carbonation.
D- very well balanced makes this easy to drink.
overall- lots of hype with this beer but all in all it held up pretty well to my expections. the best thing i can say about this beer is although it has a lot of different flavors going on its nicely balanced.
11-03-2005 03:43:26 | More by Gritsak
4.28/5 rDev -1.4%
Probably the doppelbock to judge all other doppelbocks by. Poured for me at Tria in Philly. Nice head. Very dark black. Mouthfeel is thick. Roasted flavors throughout. Chocolate malt at the forefront of the taste. In the higher range of alcohol perecentages, but eminenently drinkable.
10-30-2005 23:44:27 | More by GeoffFromSJ
4.33/5 rDev -0.2%
Wow, what a great, complicated beer. Great with food and on its own. Took me some time to appreciate these... my girlfriend thought it just reeked of molasses.
Poured into a pilsener glass. About 50 degrees. Shows a dark, dark brown with ruby highlights. Much bubbling along the sides of the glass. It was hard to form the little tan head which soon faded, but left lacing for about half the glass.
Smells slightly of coffee and cocoa, but there's definitely a good deal of molasses, pumpernickle and cinnamon bread. Perhaps a hint of black currants, but I didn't detect a whole lot of fruits. A slight bite that's hard to characterize. I wouldn't call it citrusy or grassy or astringent, but maybe a bit of acridity.
Taste is about more of the same, but after the sweet, bready bite I detect a sweet strawberry/cherry center. The sweetness fades into a bit of dryness, but mostly an earthy aftertaste. Mushrooms or St. Nectare cheese I recently had in Paris.
Medium mouthfeel, slightly weak going down, and definitely weak if you drink it too cold. Surely has a lot more gravity than most lagers i'm familiar with! Coats the mouth... aftertaste lingers.
Worth the 15$ I paid for the 4 pack (including tax). Great with pork & an apple / cranberry sauce & buttered red potatoes.
10-29-2005 15:42:52 | More by fromage
4.7/5 rDev +8.3%
Im a huge fan of the dopplebock style and this brew is a fine example. Pours a Dark copperish color with a nice light tan head about an inch thick. Smells of sticky fruit, raisons, very slight citrus, and very sweet. Delicious! Sweet Caramel/molasses flavor up front with some fruitiness, lightly bready and has slight alcohol in the after taste. Very smooth. This is a complex beer that has flavors i cant quite put my finger on.
10-27-2005 18:44:14 | More by Matthew
2.93/5 rDev -32.5%
aroma: slightly grapey smell, once poured there is some maltiness, however the smell os more of estery fruits and cereal like qualities.
Apperance: Its a dark flat brown, there are little rudy or red tones to it to make it seem more vibrant in color. No sediment in bottle
Taste: strong tastes, very complex. head itself tastes sort of copper-like, not bad. Malt flavor has a raisen/dried fruit/prune flavor to it. Pleasant mold bite on the palate. Slight alcoholic finish to it with a warming effect.
Mouthfeel: this is the most striking feature to the beer. The flavors grab hold of the tongue and coat it. It has a thickness to it that doesn't quit. Continually rubbed my tongue on the roof of my mouth as iff to clear something. The wholeness of the mouth feel experience is nice.
Overall: not a session beer. I don't care for the style, however the mild fruity malt character is true to the style and it is well done. The mouthfeel alone makes it worth a try. Not something I'd drink again, but had to try due to its high rating and often talked about qualities.
This would maybe pair well with a strong beef stew.
10-26-2005 19:09:04 | More by warchez
4.22/5 rDev -2.8%
pours dark dark red with a finger and a half head that fizzles down and leaves a veil of bubbles over the top of the beer. for some reason when i smelled this all i could think of were concord grapes...even though there is absolutely nothing that has to do with concord grapes and this. very odd. anyway, there is a nice roasty malt and hop nose and it brings to mind bannana nut crunch cereal. i actually held up a box of this to my nose then smelled the celebrator and i'm quite positive thats what it smells like. there's also prevelent alcohol in the nose. alright, time to taste this!! well, well, this is not what i expected to taste! the only other doppelbock i've had is hooker's liberator and that had a tremendous chocolate taste. this on the other hand tastes of bread, crackers, cereal, etc. definately very interesting and triguing. i could drink this all the time if pressed. going to definately be picking up a four pack the next time i go to yankee.
10-26-2005 01:28:36 | More by radshoesbro
3.25/5 rDev -25.1%
Celebrator looks awesome. It's a thick brown with a huge tan head that soon fades to a thin, even layer of bubbles. Plus--the necklace! How many beers are classy enough to have a necklace?
The primary scent is like baby food. I think it's a combination of caramel and dark fruits/anise, but to me it comes off as candied carrots. I'm not a fan of candied carrots.
The taste, fortunately, gets it better; the caramel and anise are more distinct. There's a little nuttiness, and it finishes with a very pleasant roasted flavor. I'm really not getting much chocolate.
Celebrator was okay, but honestly, this seems more like a weird nut brown ale than a doppelbock lager.
10-25-2005 20:45:39 | More by battlekow
4.4/5 rDev +1.4%
Appearance -- I like the design on the bottle. The plastic goat is also nice.
I poured the beer into a dimpled mug. Poured blackish brown. Very nice thick, foamy head. Cappuccino colored head. Very appealing.
Smell -- Very malty. It smells like bread and cookies. Can also distinguish a carmel scent. I do believe I can also pick up faint traces of hops.
Taste -- Sweet, bready, and malty. Reminds me of the taste of a bowl of cereal.
Mouthfeel -- Thick and heavy. Kind of chewy. Nice carbonation.
Drinkability -- I could drink a couple of these, but would probably end up feeling overly full. It is a nice easy fall drinking doppelbock. Very filling!
10-22-2005 03:31:59 | More by ClearDog
4.45/5 rDev +2.5%
11.2 oz brown bottle, no freshness date, served in a 24 oz Pilsner
Pours a dark brown with light brown glowing through on the edges. The head is thick, foamy, cascading and has a dark tan color. As it dissipates dips and valleys spread across the top. Very attractive.
The smell is heavy on the roasted side, some slight hop earthiness comes through, and then a definite yeast smell. Also some notes of dark chocolate and maybe even what I found to be pan-roasted rasberries. Very interesting.
The taste is very good. Heavy on the roasted sweetness. A little sourness like dark chocolate. Leaves a spicy aftertaste on your tongue, which is the only time you taste the alcohol. A very heavy note of molasses jumps to the forefront as the beer warms a little. A little fruity and earthy in the background. Quite complex and good. Mouthfeel is incredibly thick, probably as close to motor oil as anything Ive drunk. I really like it.
The only tangible downside to this beer is the sheer weight of it. Its thick as hell, and quite strong. A few sips of this and my stomach is getting pretty heavyl. Yow. Not a session beer. But definitely one worth sipping and pondering.
10-20-2005 05:50:36 | More by UberWasser
Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 5,059 ratings.