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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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5,544 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,544
Reviews: 2,254
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 385
Gots: 548 | 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 atrus138
4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle of this at Whole Foods. Came with a neat little trinket that will go on my Christmas tree next year! Poured into my bavarian pilsener. Dark brown with red tinges. Looks a lot like cola, actually. Nice fluffy head that slowly became a layer of froth. No real lacing, though. The nose is very sweet. Quite bready with lots of dark fruits layered on top of that. There were also notes of caramel. Taste is pretty complex, with a lot of flavors coming in different waves. First is a great malty taste. Almost like sweet bread. Then comes dark fruits, such as raisins, figs, and prunes. This is followed with an aftertaste of sassafras. VERY well done. Feels very creamy in my mouth. Nice and thick, but with just the right amount of carbonation. Very smooth. All in all, this is a fantastic beer, that I look forward to having again and again.

Photo of JDV
3.58/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Rich Mahogany pour with a light brown short lived head. Looks nice, and smells even better. Smells of Gingerbread cookies, mollasses, with some smokey, earthy tones. Taste is malty, molasses, and some smokey earthiness again. It also has a tart, sourish twinge to the finish and a nice needed bitterish note to it. Alcohol is hidden well, and this an awesome beer overall. Still good, but I didn't like it as much the 2nd time around.

Photo of baos
4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz into Falstaff goblet.

A: Looks really good, Coca-cola color with 3 finger tan head. Nice lacing.

S: Malts, malts and more malts. Faint odor of alcohol, like a dark rum.

T: Purely awesome. The meal in a bottle maltiness just takes the cake.

M: Mouthfeel is A one.

D: I had seven

Photo of rye726
4.63/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dark mahogany color with a thick dark tan head. Good lacing and retention.

Earthy with herbal hops and roasty malts. Molasses, caramel, ripe fruits and a faint smoke aroma.

Again lots of malts with pitted fruit and candy. Some peppery/herbal hops.

Full and creamy feel with moderate carbonation.

Near perfect example of the style. Hudely complex for a lagered brew yet so drinkable. Delicious.

Photo of Rezzin
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours dark brown almost black and little to no head. Perhaps my glass is not the cleanest.

S - Rich malty aroma with fruit and chocolate notes. I think it smells somewhat roasted but I know for this style that's no appropriate. I guess it's toasted.

T - Chocolate, plums, and a slight alcoholic presence but with enough hop bitterness to balance things out.

M - Rich and full bodied - very malty. Moderate carbonation.

D - Not bad but not my favorite style. My wife absolutely loves this beer. I could drink one or two but that would be it for me. I gave it a 4.5 on the drinkability because my wife just came by and smacked me for giving it a 4 - she says it should be all 5's. I'll let her create her own BA account

Photo of nickynick
4.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ok, this stuff is unbelievable. I love this brewery, and I love this beer. The appearance is wonderful, dark dark brown, and it looks thick. Nice tan head that has good retention. The smell is amazing. Every time I have one of these I sit and smell it for at least a minute, and am amazed that I find something new almost every time I nose this beer. Dark malt, brown sugar, hops, chocolate, dark beers, caramel. I could go on. Taste matches the smell. With tons of dark rich malt flavors. Chocolate, and brown sugar. Mouthfeel is good, right amount of carbonation and not overly thick. Drinkability is good, but you can only have maybe 2 of these at most, because it is like a meal. Or at least dessert. Wonderful!

Photo of allergictomacros
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a dark dark brown with decent head of tan foam that quickly recedes.

S - Rich dark fruitiness is forefront, with some molasses and coffee.

T - Flavour is where this really shines. Big fruity grapes, espresso, apples, pears. There's a nice sweet undertone that's not cloying, followed by a bitterness that seems more roasty than hoppy. Almost a bit tart up front as well.

M - Light fizz on the tongue with a medium body. Soft.

D - Very drinkable for a stronger brew. The flavour and balance are fantastic, although not what I would call massively complex. Maybe a good case of less is more - very straightforward.

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

First time reviewing this one. Have had it a number of times over the years.

A: Super dark brown. Minimal white head.

S: Very dominating malt smell up front. Some toffee in the back.

T: Dark malt city. Brown sugar and hints of candy.

M: Excellent. Med to Heavy body. Carbonation is perfect for this beer.

D: Very drinkable. The problem for me with bocks is that the malt can become so overpowering as to render the beer undrinkable. Ayinger took it down a notch and it helps the overall drinkability. Worth it for the plastic goat alone!

Photo of Risser09
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz beer poured into a pilsner - Not sure when it was born - Cellar temp

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with ruby highlights. The head is a towering 2.5" with great retention. Ample lacing leaves its mark on the glass.

Smell: Deep nutty aroma mixes with leather. Sugary biscuits. Fruit cake.

Taste: Deep malt flavor is full of sugar. Mild hop presence keeps this beer intact. Biscuits, leather, roasted almonds. Dark fruit of plum, fig and raisin. Intense flavor.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and slightly bittering. Carbonation is ample. Medium high body. Alcohol is a lingering component. Belly warming.

Drinkability: Pretty good. This beer is intense for how little alcohol it contains. Usually a beer with such flavor is higher in alcohol. This is a very good one, but not as good as the Schneider version I enjoyed last night. Definitely worth trying.

Photo of jeonseh
4.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got this from Belmont Beverage and opened from a bottle. So cold in SB that it was ready to be drank from my closet.

A - Very dark chocolate brown, almost opaque but can see plumish hues to it as well. A nice thick creamy, bubbly head that left lacing down the glass.

S- alot of sweetness coming off of this one as well; smell mixtures of fruit, mostly the grape and plum. Also a bit of chocolate and toffee like sensations.

T - wow this is a really good beer that literally blew me away the first time I put my mouth on it. Loads of malt in it and can taste sweetness but it is not at all overpowering. The taste is a lot of plum, brown sugar, molasses is there too. Rather sweet but it is not at all overpoweringly sweet; it is actually rather well balanced as well. The aftertaste is a little less plummy but that is mostly what I note; also a nice warming alcohol taste which is necessary to offset some of the sweetness. Leaves a nice roasted flavor in the mouth as well.

MF - A light carbonation, not too sticky either; a little bit thin but pretty good. Leaves a slight tingly aspect on your tongue.

D - For such a big beer this is very drinkable. I think I could drink these one after another and definitely one that I would pick up again if I saw it out lying it around. A definite must buy if you see it lying around. Plus you get those white goats on the bottles! Agree with the one guy down below that this is one beer that I drank a lot faster than I thought I would.

Photo of bainard
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle to tasting glass, though i've had it plenty times before.

A - deep brown with just enough head. come to daddy.

S - aromas of dark malt, caramel, maybe toffee?

T - beautiful. somehow everything good about lagers gets distilled, darkened, and concentrated in this german classic. dark candy sweetness, but not a whole lot of cocoa here, mostly caramel, toffee, molasses, that sort of thing. just enough residual smokiness to remind you of its german heritage. maybe a bit too much smoke on the finish, but really it's quite a work.

M - the lager-y effervescence is here, but with the thickness you'd expect from a beer this malty.

D - i don't know if i could drink this all night, but a full pint would certainly be doable. i'm normally a stout/porter/wee-heavy kind of dude, but this is an excellent alternative/addition to the dark beer offerings that i can foist on those that normally turn their noses at whatever i happen to be drinking. this is the gold standard of doppelbocks for a reason.

Photo of srandycarter
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Into the tulip.

A - Slightly hazy dark brown/caramel with small head, sudsy light lacing.

S - Deep malt, bready, heady, bit of dark fruit.

T - Oh yes. Major dark malt presence - dark, cooked fruit, brown sugar and satisfying bitterness to finish almost neutral.

M - Big, heavy, full, coating and just the right amount of carbonation.

D- A sipper. Savor it. Could wear your palate out after a few.

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

Pours a dark brown with lots of red hues. Plenty of head, disappears at a moderate pace.

Smells is quite malty, lots of caramel, possibly some chocolate and coffee as well.

The taste is very malty, with a nutty sensation. Caramel lingers on the tongue, not too sweet though, the coffee/hop bitterness makes a very nice balance to this beer.

Went down very smooth with just the right amount of carbonation, I found I drank it much faster than I should have and regret not savoring it more. I'll definitely be visiting this beer again.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.01/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz from Bucket O'Brew for about $3.75 (I think).. shared grudgingly with Brenda.. the lion's share from my New Belgium goblet.

One Finger Light tan head dies fairly quickly leaving behind a suprising amount of lacing... deeep brown brew... only reveals walnut/deep ruby highlites when held up to a bare bulb.

Dark bread and subtle molasses are the name of the game.. some dark caramel... only a touch of dried fruit comes through.. figs I guess... as it warms it reminds me of a cold mocha coffee without the sugars.

Flavor is complex dark malts.. and a waft of raisin and a little more dark caramel... light but present nuttiness... not alot of chocolate or coffee, just a touch. For me, the complexity lies in the dark malts.. very tasty... subtle noble hops are easily overlooked... I always walk into Celebrator remembering a bigger body, but the body is really just a solid medium with a creamy carbonation and mouthfeel... with warmth comes a touch of smokey/mild peatiness.

I know that what I am enjoying is world-class, although my simplistic palate is not refined enough to really describe it..

Photo of Proteus93
4.52/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was a real treat, and I'm very pleased to have taken the time out to choose this one for a tasting this evening. In my opinion, a champion dopplebock, and among the top of its class:

A: Deep, deep chocolate brown (almost black) with a huge, 3 finger head (very likely due to the bottle being shaken about a bit, as it started to foam as soon as the cap came off). A very attractive pour.

S: Rich, deep cocoa/chocolate notes, hints of black liquorice, mild flowery aromas. A bit of hops and alcohol in there.

T: Chocolate, almost a brown sugar flavour on the tongue, followed by a mild hops finish. Perhaps notes of roasted coffee and dark fruit. Very warm flavours, not overwhelming in the least - alcohol is very well hidden... delicious.

M: I am fond of the mouthfeel of a good dopplebock... rich, full bodied, somewhat heavy but not overly syrupy and sticky. This, I find to be a fine example of that.

D: Taste-wise, it's magnificent. A reasonably low ABV, considering the style, though naturally not the kind of thing to suck back a 6 of on a sunny afternoon. Wonderful to savour, and one I will definitely be going back for.

Photo of CU570M
4.87/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

As the 1,000 review of this beer i want to try and make this a good review. As i poured this brew it had a light caramel colored head that was beautiful, but did seem to not last that long. Was decent though. The color of this is a dark rich black/brown color. When looked at through the light i can see hints of red as well though. The smell is of brown sugar, molasses, caramel, and a nice roasted barley malt. Nutty wood chocolaty brew that pleases the taste buds. Mouthfeel was a mild to medium carbonation with a slight aftertaste and dry. Drinkability is high on this one, one of the better dark beers i have ever had. I would definitely urge anyone to go out there try this one.

Photo of pwoods
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This'll be it's 999th review. One off! :)

330ml brown bottle, purchased at Belmont Party Supply, poured into a fluted glass. Appears to be dating notches on the bottom of the label but that's retarded.

A: Pours a walnut brown with some ruby hues when back lit. 1 1/2 fingers of toffee head form and makes a casual descent, laying at a skim of cream. Bits of patchy lacing.

S: Malty and caramel smells. A touch of chocolate covered cashews and some flat cola. The faintest of smokiness. Subtle but complex.

T/M: Exactly the same as the nose. Little bits of chocolate, nuts, flat cola and an even fainter smokiness. Delicious caramel malts blanket the tongue with some raisin sweetness. Body is medium full and carbonation is controlled.

D: Easily lives up to the hype. Very tasty and easy to consume. I'll definitely have this again.

Photo of elmore
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark brown with a minimal fizzy head that receded rapidly with little lace left behind.

Smells of sweet maltiness: brown sugar, molasses and some dark fruits. Has a taste similar to the smell with a hint of bitter hops and burnt malt aftertaste.

Very minimal carbonation and a somewhat watery mouthfeel. Smooth character and low ABV make this very drinkable.

Overall a very pleasant beer that is very drinkable. A little disappointed with the low carbonation and the weak head though.

Photo of TheodorHerzl
3.85/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a deep mahogany with a very thin head that left just a swirl of itself for most of the beer. Malt is the strongest scent coming through, but there are scents of bread and brown sugar coming to life. The taste is packed with the malt showing flavors of coffee and dark chocolates. Possibly some dark fruits (raisins?) in there as well, but they are not very pronounced. It has a really nice smooth and creamy mouthfeel that is full bodied with low carbonation. This beer goes down quite easily and has very good drinkability with its moderate alcohol content.

Outstanding for the style and overall a really nice beer.

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

This beer was poured from a 330ml bottle at 53° into a pint glass. The beer was dark brown and almost appeared black with less than 1 finger of tan head. Minimal lacing was noticed when the head dissipated.

There was a very sweet caramel malt aroma with faint chocolate in the background.

The taste was not as sweet as expected but was sweet and smooth with coffee tastes covering up the caramel and chocolate. This one also went down very smooth with a bit of bitterness on the tip of the tongue at the end.

This comes close to overwhelming the mouth all around and then clears out so you are ready for another taste. Conversation with friends is recommended with this one to keep you from drinking too quickly also.

I think this is one of those full bodied beers that packs a little punch if you try to make it a session beer because it goes down so well. A nice effort which I will need to return to on occasion.

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

This bottle is probably about a year old, as I purchased this 4 pack early last spring. I couldn't stand to age this much longer and had to drink this last one. There is not much I can say about this beer that hasn't already been said. It is wonderfully tasteful without being overly sweet. Its viscousness is also a bit thin compared to American versions, but I like that. One thing to note is that I remember the first couple of bottles having a slight smokey flavor, while this aged bottle had none.

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

A: Deep mahogany with a perfect two-finger tan head. Mouth-wateringly good-looking.

S: The sweet bread-like maltiness as well as caramel really permeate the air, and the hoppy spice is immediately noticeable, too. It's heavenly.

T: Fan. Tastic. Rich, complex malty taste of yeast and caramel, with a molasses-like sweetness. It's the kind of taste that never, ever gets old or boring.

M: It flows so smoothly over the tastebuds with reckless abandon. The carbonation is pretty muted, which is wonderful for my tastes.

D: Any time of the day or night, it's wonderful. I don't think I could ever tire of it. The taste and aftertaste is enough goodness to make a grown beer enthusiast cry.

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

Poured from 11.2 oz bottle into mug, was excited cause I dont get to use my mub much but it seemed perfect for this brew. Pours very, very dark mahogany color. Thick and creamy off-white head. Retention is ok, very little lacing. Smell is of dark malts, some brown sugar, and a touch of roasted grain. Little bit of dark fruit as well, raisin perhaps? Fig? Taste is exceptional. Sweet and malty at first, then a touch of dark fruits and ends with a slightly bitter note on the back of the tounge. Very warm feeling and a kiss of alcohol as it goes down. Mouthfeel is perfect. Smooth and creamy, light carbonation, just absolutly terrific. Nice and full feel to it. Overall a great beer. Everything goes terrific together, Ayinger created an amazing beer here.

Photo of champ103
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: A very dark ruby color with one of the most massive white, almost tan, heads that I have seen in a beer. Loads of a lace, and a great looking beer.
S: An awesome sweet dark malt, brown sugar, and chocolate aroma comes billowing out of my pint glass. Roasted caramel malt. Another wonderful aspect of this beer.
T: Similar to the nose. Dark roasted malt, caramel, and brown sugar. Lots of chocolate and toffee. A delicious beer.
M/D: Incredibly creamy and smooth. So easy to drink. There is not a hole lot I can say, just fantastic.

OK, this beer is out of control. One of the best in world IMO. Simply amazing.

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

Poured into my favorite tasting snifter (how's that for pretentious). This is one that I really have to control myself with so I can enjoy every drop!

Very opaque with frothy head that never quits.

Smells malty, a great attribute for a beer of this genre'.

Tastes malt, molasses, some hop and very light alcohol. Fills your mouth with flavor.

Feels almost perfect. Smooth, creamy and coats the tounge perfectly.

One of my favorite beers to date! I have had a lot of beers in my years and I always look forward to my next Celebrator. VERY drinkable but a shame to drink quickly.

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 5,544 ratings.