Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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3.88/5 rDev -10.6%
I poured a twelve oz. bottle into a rounded pint glass. It poured out like Pepsi with a scant tan head. It was dark but alive. It seemed like it was well carbonated. It was not dark and oily and big like a stout or porter from the British Isles. This was heavy and consistent in a different way
There was not much to the nose of this beer. No appreciable fruit, yeast, herbs, hops, anything. Just a beer smell. A very good beer smell, with all its goodness, but nothing really too interesting. If you read a review that says there is much more, its probably romantic glorification because I swirled and smelled and let the thing sit awhile and swirled and smelled a bit more. Maybe there was some cocoa/coffee smokiness and malt but that is all. There was no lace on the glass to speak of. Thats really not the point of this, though, is it?
On first taste, there was a distinct non-sweetened espresso/coffee flavor, and the aftertaste was as fizzy as hydrogen peroxide. This happened again, and I tasted and tasted and searched for complexity. There was a big malt flavor that pre-dominated, along with a stout-like coffee taste that was prevalent.
There was one saving grace here, a really faint hint of sweetness that added a little bit of depth. Dont get me wrong, there was no alcohol flavor, and there was absolutely no hops bite here, and the mouthfeel was huge and chewy, with a good deal of carbonation present. If this was your type of drink, the drinkability here is very good- 3 or 4 would not be out of the question, if you had the intestinal fortitude and a designated driver.
08-04-2005 12:48:13 | More by andjusticeforale
4.55/5 rDev +4.8%
Pours an incredible combination of red and deep, deep brown, combining at places to a purplish hue. Decent head which dissipates fairly quickly, little to no lacing after the first few sips. Smell is of molasses, sugary figs, small hints of caramel, warm wheat bread crust. Tastes heavily of molasses, woody earthy notes, bread, and a slight but pleasing alcoholic flavor. If you ever had it, this beer has one of the strongest acai tastes (brazillian fruit) that I've ever tasted without acai actually being present (in my opinion, this is a good thing, as I like acai) - sort of that chocolately but fruity sweet funk. Take it for what you will but that was my impression. Wonderful mouthfeel and very drinkable despite the aforementioned alcoholic presence in the taste, which, again, is very pleasing rather than overpowering or abrasive. Overall a wonderful, wonderful brew.
08-03-2005 09:51:08 | More by RidiculedDisplay
4.58/5 rDev +5.5%
Appearance in direct light its blood red/touch of purple while in general room lighting there's a minimal black core holds court surrounded by that blood red; three-finger, luscious head that crackles back to relative scarcity over a minute or two; lace is reasonable
Smell a relaxing smooth malt; molasses, ripe plum and fig; this is a massive, full experience and my favorite component; beer cologne candidate
Taste a classic transition of smell to taste; mellow with bread, wheat and molasses; great balance at close
Mouthfeel tremendous light/moderate, smooth feel with the countering sharper carbonation entering; close is nearly perfect; its not dry or too syrupy
Drinkability the smell and aftertaste really set the tone but I desire a bit less crispness in the feel
In the home of doppelbock, here is the champ. It has been a favorite and its a 'no doubt' recommendation.
07-28-2005 03:08:39 | More by Wonka
4.72/5 rDev +8.8%
12oz bottle from BigLove as part of The Blue & Gray BIF. Thanks for the opportunity.
Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 3/4" of tan head over the dark amber brew. Head lasts well, with average to good lacing. Aroma is incredible, sweet malts, and nuttiness like you wouldn't believe. Taste is just what the nose portended, although maybe a little less so. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both incredible for the style. A standard for dBocks, for sure.
07-26-2005 02:44:18 | More by ppoitras
4.58/5 rDev +5.5%
Pours virtually black with hints of red. The head is brown and lasts a bit.
Taste of beer improves as the temperature increases (I had mine served about 45). Tases sweetly of malt with hints of caramel and nuts. Faintly evident is a bit of bitterness. The beer finishes with a bit more bitterness, not unpleasant. Mouthfeel is full and smooth.
This is a heavy beer best for slow drinking. Definitely recommend this if not already tried. And if you have tried, go have another.
07-26-2005 02:07:53 | More by jmc44
4.1/5 rDev -5.5%
This beer pours a very, very, dark brown almost black very little light can get threw this brew. This bock smells of caramel, roasted nuts, and figs. The taste of this beer is very delicious, I taste the sweetness of the caramel, some nutty flavors, and some dark fruit plum/figs all combine together and bring out some incredible tastes on the palate. This is definatly a sipping brew, one that can warm you up on a winter day.
07-24-2005 19:56:06 | More by Franchise
4.33/5 rDev -0.2%
The color is close to black, with red highlights. A thick light-brown head forms and descends moderately slowly to a smattering of bubbles, which eventually disappear.
There is a rich smell of fresh bread, with alcohol lurking beneath. I can imagine lots of other smells within, raisins, licorice, black pepper - but mostly bread.
The beer has a fine, heavy malt flavor. The alcohol hides here, behind rich dark malts. There is some sweetness and a little bit of bitterness. There is a little caramel, and a smoky flavor and texture - very smooth. The finish is sticky, bitter and sour - satisfying - it brings back the subtle complexities noticed in the aroma.
Overall I find this beer very enjoyable - drinkable indeed, but also meaty. It is smooth and comfortable, with a very nice aroma and a rich body.
07-22-2005 03:29:18 | More by jamesclark
4.7/5 rDev +8.3%
Paid .70EUR + .08EUR glass deposit for a 330mL bottle.
*Reviewed on 18.07.2005
The beer pours a dark brown base, medium caramel colored head, solid retention and nice lacing throughout most of the beer. The smell is heavy of malts, smells like coffee and chocolate - unusual for a doppel.
The taste is perfection, strong on malt taste but not overpowering, the taste is roasty, hints of coffee/chocolate, the aftertaste is the best of any beer I've tasted. The beer is never harsh on the mouth but the head retention isn't perfect to give the beer the best of all smoothness. This is such a great beer, and I would have another, a slow session of this one is best.
Final Thought: This and Aventinus are the clear champions in the bock variety, which has quickly become my favorite style in German brews. A classic beer!
07-19-2005 17:10:20 | More by mobyfann
4.55/5 rDev +4.8%
A beautiful specimen of the Dopplebock style.
The dark, dark brown beer pours with a soundful plop in the glass. Malty even to the ears. Nearly opaque with a medium, tan head that lasts the session. A good deal of lacing on the glass proves either to be too heavy or verly well malted.
Heavy toast without roasting in the nose. Rye breads, beer breads, grainy breads... the beer is all about the bready-toasty malts. Mild toffee and nuttiness come in late. Secondary scents of fruitcake and dehydrated fruits from cherries, apples, pineapples, dates, figs, and raisons swirl around a light rum-like sweetness. Promises greatness.
Outstanding flavors of the fruits, breads, and alcohols that are described in the nose transfer unadulterated to the taste but with less heaviness or boldness than expected. Still, the heavy emphasis is on the bready, melanoiden meaty flavors with a touch of soy-sauce aging. Toffee and nuttiness round on the the malts and make them identifiable.
The body can be summed up in one word: Malty. Of course the bready notes come full throddle with a creamy, robust, full texture. But all that seems to whisp away in a magical last second. Part of the beer evaporates while the otehr parts thin into a toasty-sweet beer that makes for remarkable drinkability.
Celebrator is one of the few true Dopplebocks the exemplifly the style to perfection. Could it use a bit more complexity on the fruits and a bit more balance on the lagered-oxidized front? Maybe, but no faults here.
07-18-2005 15:41:43 | More by BEERchitect
4.83/5 rDev +11.3%
Appearance is a rich brown ochre with a coffee colored foam that is so thick it is heavy and leaves lacing that stays to the end. Aroma has yeasty bread, raisins and molasses, toffee, ethanol, pumpkin pie spices, hops and lots of malt. Initial taste is all of the above with bitter hops balancing out the sweetness beautifully. Plums and currants are present, and the sweet after finish leaves one wanting some spice cake or mincemeat pie. Mouth feel is like drinking a malt. Not much carbonation. Compare side by side with Salvator sometime. Interesting. Love this stuff!
07-17-2005 13:56:28 | More by palliko
4.22/5 rDev -2.8%
The Celebrator pours out a dark almost porter like color away from the light. When it is held to the light it is a dark mahogany with some ruby highlights. The beer has a huge 2 1/2" tan head that falls to about 1/4" after a while and leaves some nice lacing.
MALT!!!! Sweet, roastedmalt. A mild coffee aroma and a light chocolate note. A little metallic smell.
Beautiful mellow roasted malt. So balanced, nice full body. Some sweetness and a little bread(rye) flavor. Somekind of pumpkin flavor? Like a pumpkin bread. Excellent and oh so smooth!
The mouthfeel has an almost stout like velvetiness. Very smooth and one hell of a highly drinkable doppelbock. I would recommend this to anyone! I can't wait for some more.
07-12-2005 03:04:33 | More by MUSHROOMCLOUD
4.65/5 rDev +7.1%
This is my first doppelbock. Poured into a Celebrator glass, pours a dark brown with a very nice head which disipates pretty quick, but leaves a very nice lacing. Has a sweet malty scent. WOW, I really love the taste of this brew, light body and very social drinkability. I would recommend this brew very highly. Speaking of recommending, I recommended this to a lady at the liquor store yesterday, but once she saw the price of $2.45 a bottle (4-Pack) she said she was going to Wal-Mart instead. ROTFFLMAO
07-10-2005 19:13:27 | More by Wasatch
4.2/5 rDev -3.2%
So far this beer is one of the best. Poured into a pint glass, it was black with caramel creamy head, about 1.5-2 inches of head (from a fairly aggressive pour). Rich malty aroma with some light fruity smells, almost like a dry red wine??? Creamy full bodied taste with slight fruitiness to it. Subtle chocolatey tones. CAn't taste the coffee aspect, but I have before in this brew. Less aftertaste than I have noticed before. Big take away from this tasting was the noticeable fruity notes that I couldn.t detect before. This has always been one of my most sought after beers, and I will continue drinking it, but my quest for the perfect beer must go on.
07-10-2005 03:43:46 | More by drunkensailor
4.5/5 rDev +3.7%
Pours a nice amber brown with a tan head. Easy to see that it is clear. Standard doppelbock appearance.
Lots of toasty sweet breads in the nose.
Raisin bread dances on the palate washed over with a generous dollop of warming alcoholl. Lots of different but subtly sweet fruits are present. Huge grain character with very malty german barley. Hop bitterness is light and hop character is just mildly spicy. Finishes a tiny bit sweet and warm. Like biting into a huge loaf of freshly baked fruit bread that gets you toasted.
Thick bodied, just as it should be, with adequate carbonation to keep the flavors moving.
A fantastic doppelbock, for sure.
07-06-2005 04:53:29 | More by beersarang
3.3/5 rDev -24%
Appearance is brownish, black with hints of red showing through. The head is huge, sticky and milk chocolate colored.
The aroma is of super fermented malt.
Flavor is a complex blend of malts followed by a sugary sweetness. I think it tastes much better than it smells.
Moth feel is medium bodied and smooth.
An easily drinkable beer, but I would like to follow it with something different.
07-02-2005 04:55:45 | More by Naes
4.68/5 rDev +7.8%
The look of the bottle and label (and paraphernalia) is great. Raises the level of expectation.
The color of it is darkest brown walnut, with a fine, firm, dark tan head. The head lasts a long while and leaves lots of suds.
The nose is stewed fruit and chocolate in equal amounts; raisins, malted milk , and eventually a jot of funky cabbage. Really inviting, great combination of aromas. If there is any hop aroma, it's subtle and grassy.
The first creamy sip has roasted, almost burnt malt, dark and glorious. Sweet figs and orange peel; rhubarb and bitter cocoa. The finish is mildly fruity, but dry, and leads to a satisfyingly bitter dark fruit aftertaste.
It's ultra smooth and creamy, with fabulous foam and body. It ain't just hype or the power of suggestion, it's a wonderful doppelbock.
06-29-2005 13:01:10 | More by horndecker
4.9/5 rDev +12.9%
Quite possibly my favorite overall beer.
I tried it about a year ago at Old Chicago and couldn't recall the name of it...until I saw some bottles with the trademark plastic goats hanging around the neck.
Looks dark...not quite murky, but like a cola but still very clean.
When you pour it, the head will stick around until it's finished.
Super-malty...unmatched in this regard, actually. I've tried hundreds of beers and I still haven't found a maltier brew than this one. I'd describe it as having a chocolate flavor, but with raisin and date highlights.
I can't say enough good things about this brew.
If you're a fan of doppelbocks or even just darker brews in general, this is a must have.
After drinking this brew many many more times, I have to say that this brew holds up to a changing palate amazingly well. I enjoy it now as much as the time when I first tried it...perhaps even more. While I've had 15-20 other doppelbocks that are all wonderful, only the Andechs and Korbinian can keep pace with Celebrator. The chocolate/raisin profile is unique and simply amazing. I think this beer is an easy candidate for the best overall in the world.
06-22-2005 22:03:37 | More by Domingo
3.08/5 rDev -29%
I was actually dissapointed in this brew. I figured that I would be a shoe in for someone that would enjoy a good doppelbock, but nope.. wasn't for me.
I really liked the way it looked int he glass with it's tall head and dark color. There's even a nice red hue when you hold it up to the light. Then I smelled it. It smells bitterish kind of like a beligum beer, but not really. I'm terrible at explaining scents, it just smelled off. Maybe I got a bad bottle?
Anyway, so I tasted the little thing :)
Little sour, little bitter. Malty, taste of oats and earth. Spicy aftertaste, warming.
I wasn't a fan, but I'm the vast majority, so who knows. Give it a shot.
I'll have to try another bottle in hopes that it'll be a little better.
06-18-2005 20:29:58 | More by Buildscharacter
4.33/5 rDev -0.2%
Executive Summary: Just makes me feel German drinking it. Great flavor and wonderfully drinkable. Could, with a little help, throw Doppelbocks on the top of my favorite styles list.
Appearance: Deep, deep red. Lets very little light through. Khaki-colored head (actually, the color that comes to mind is "the insides of a Whopper" - the malted milk ball, not the burger).
Smell: Roasted something...nuts, perhaps? Some cocoa aroma in there as well.
Taste: Chewy and nutty, heavy on the malt; slightly sweet. No hint of alcohol in this one. Very nice.
Mouthfeel: A bit thinner than I expected, but real nice nonetheless. Carbonation is perfect.
Drinkability: I can just see myself at the local pub hoisting stein after stein of this stuff. Must...buy...a...case...
06-18-2005 00:35:32 | More by kpantz
4.43/5 rDev +2.1%
12 oz bottle obtained from John's Grocery (Iowa City) and consumed a couple evenings later (June 2005). Pours a two-finger light brown head over a dark brown crystal clear liquid. Smells wafting up during the pour were sugar, caramel, toffee, and alcohol. To the nose I get a dry chalky malt, caramel, alcohol, and a hint of chocolate. Ho baby this tastes incredible. Overall, it's wet sweet with distinct caramel and so malty it tastes like barley grains. It starts with a slowly rising sweetness that ushers a sudden caramel zomp (yea, I said 'zomp'). Right after the caramel hits, there's a nice dry chocolate with hints of nutty. An alcohol sting plays quietly behind these candy flavors and is tamed by a sugary sweet. Oh, what a divine combination...each flavor works well with the others and is at an appropriate level to satisfy. After the swallow, the alcohol gets a bit strong (no surprise, that's usual) and the chocolate dries out a bit. I was hoping the aftertaste would hold a final transition to new flavors, but I didn't get that experience. The bock character is present, but not as strong as I would have liked. I won't detract from my scoring of the beer, as I know I like strong bock character (which wouldn't be to style). Medium-thick (almost thick) mouthfeel with mild carbonation. Dang, the head just broke leaving a bare spot on the surface. Last gulp, here I come.
06-14-2005 03:48:28 | More by mentor
4.3/5 rDev -0.9%
Appearance: Almost black, dark brown edges. Thick, tan rocky head pours out. Reduces to a thin collar that sticks a tiny bit to the glass.
Smell: Chocolate. Sweet Vidalia onion-I know weird but it reminds me of it. Also the smell of nuts.
Taste: Nutty Chocolate. Reminds me of the top of a nutty buddy ice cream cone or cracker jacks. A peanut flavor, like peanut-brittle. Tastes sweet.
Mouthfeel: Medium to just a little full body. A hint of alcohol, but mostly the alcohol adds a little sweetness.
Drinkability: A good tasting and versatile brew. Not really a summer brew, but I'm not faulting it for the season. It has me looking forward to winter months.
06-14-2005 01:41:31 | More by cracgor
4/5 rDev -7.8%
Pours a decent reddish black color and has a thin tan head. My thoughts on the first sip are that it is a decent Doppelbock, but not nearly as good as it is commonly bragged up to be... It has a decent sweet malty aroma and a very sweet taste, burnt caramel and a roasted malt bite. Paulaner owns me in this category.
06-09-2005 09:04:11 | More by RushLimbmalt
3.28/5 rDev -24.4%
This beer pours completely opaque -- which I expected. What I did not expect was a lack of head. I poured this baby into a chalice, and I was greated with a minimal short lived dark brown head that settled into a small island in the middle of the chalice with a ring around the edge.
The aroma of this brew is unusual to me. Granted, I am no expert of Doppelbock's, but this is definitely different. I'm not sure exactly what the smell is -- stale roasted peanut shells, maybe. But lighter. Yes, I am confused and the beer is right here in front of me.
The taste is interesting. Much lighter than a stout, which is what I was somewhat expecting to taste. Apparently, I should have less preconceived notions. In any event, the taste is not complex. It is straightfoward without much depth, to my palate.
There is little carbonation feel, and the density is light and floaty -- not milky or creamy on the tongue.
I have three more of these in the cellar. I will drink them at some point or trade them with some friends who have a higher apprectiation for this beer.
06-09-2005 01:23:45 | More by TPSReports
3.7/5 rDev -14.7%
I think this beer is way overrated compared to other Ayinger brews. Looks beautiful, smells good, but the taste seems a bit odd. Maybe everybody just likes the pretty little necklaces on each bottle.
Pours to a dark and hazy nut brown color with a big and fluffy tan colored head. Looks good so far.
Has a very Bavarian aroma to it, if that means anything. A bit of a spicy hop bouqet combined with a grainy malt aroma. Smells quite enticing and refreshing, but the taste seems to let down on the promises of the appearance and smell.
Tastes sweet with a bit of caramel and a slightly roasted bitterness in the finish. I was hoping for more of a yeasty profile in the flavor, but all I seemed to be able to taste were the grains and hops (and a bit of ethanol). No estery or phenolic delights in this unfiltered brew.
The beer has a good body to it, but this can only entice the taste buds so much. Drinkability is average, but can be greatly increased when paired with a meal (I used this beer to marinate my roast last night. It was an expensive choice, but the best I've made so far).
06-06-2005 03:05:38 | More by neonbrown82
4.3/5 rDev -0.9%
Pours a rich, deep, thick brown body with ruby highlights. A dense, thick head with great retention and good lacing. Aroma of prunes, caramel, toasted malt and sweetness. Complex taste of sweet malt, caramel, toasted flavours and slight alcohol. Ends dry, sweet and very satisfying. Thick, smooth mouthfeel. Full bodied and extremely well crafted.
06-04-2005 02:13:32 | More by baiser
Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 5,030 ratings.