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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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5,361 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,361
Reviews: 2,221
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.37%
Wants: 354
Gots: 446 | FT: 17
Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2001)
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Photo of travelfrog
3.58/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is one of the few "*-ator" Munich Starkbier brands I did not try in Munich during my Starkbierzeit pilgrimages in my younger days... ;) I must say I was a bit disappointed, especially since I have very much enjoyed Ayinger's other beer varieties. To be fair, I had this brew on tap in the USA (i.e., perhaps not at its freshest), served into a Celebrator 0.3 liter glass.

Appearance was dark-brown with a reddish tinge. A bit more watery than other Doppelbocks I've seen.

Aroma was very good, almost of a chocolate cordial.

Flavor was OK, with notes of port wine and sherry. The aftertaste was almost salty.

Mouthfeel was average at best, with not a lot of body and cloying to the roof of the mouth.

Drinkability was OK for a Doppelbock, but you could definitely taste the alcohol.

Again, to be fair, I had it on tap a long distance from where it was brewed. Perhaps I'll sample it again if I make it back to Bavaria.

travelfrog, Mar 11, 2007
Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

unfortunately writing this review too long after the fact but here goes...poured a beatiful dark brown with a nice thick head, aroma was redolant of chocolate, dark, almost burnt caramel malts, toasted bread, espresso, and honey. taste was kind of like drinking a nice dark bread with a nice residual sweetness and enough understated hops to provide great balance, mouthfeel was medium in body but that does not do it justice, i just can't bring myself to say something feels great in my mouth despite my avatar, drinkability is great for a beer of this abv. ayinger really knows how to showcase complex, clean malt flavors.

MrMcGibblets, Mar 10, 2007
Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice clear rusty brown coloring. The head is quite persistent and left some mild lacing around the glass.

Smell: Notes of oatmeal, molasses, and chocolate in the foreground. Dark berries, and some hops present as well.

Taste: The chocolate and molasses are nicely balanced by the hop presence. After warming some citrus shines through but it doesn't overpower the other flavors. There seems to be some coffee presence as well.

Mouthfeel: This creamy beverage coats the mouth with all the flavors described.

Drinkability: Very well balanced doppelbock thats complex but easy to appreciate.

stereosforgeeks, Mar 10, 2007
Photo of BigJTrucker
3.6/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle. Decent head settles fairly quickly. Dark choclatey amber color. Smells slightly reminiscent of molasses or rum. Very malty tastes. I'd wish it had a bit more hops to balance it out. Feels very thick in the mouth, not fizzy. Very full bodied. A decent enough beer, and from what i've read, a decent enough member of the style, but for some reason, i enjoyed a Samichlaus much more.

BigJTrucker, Mar 08, 2007
Photo of Bookseeb
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice mohagany amber with a thick creamy off white head. Aroma of chocolate, malt and fruits. Taste has coffee, chocolate and roasted malts with a full bodied creamy mouthfeel. A good drinker going down smooth leaving a roasted malt bitter aftertaste. A great doppelbock to try and another one to for me to try again.

Bookseeb, Mar 08, 2007
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle complete with a little plastic Celebrator ram.

AP: A deep dark brown with ruby red hues shimmering through in direct light. A mild carbonation creates a one-finger thick cream colored head, thin and bubbly, dissipted quickly to a scattered cap.

Nose: Honey malt, honey wheat bread, spicey hop, brown sugar and nutmeg, all very aromatic.

Taste: Semi-sweet malt flavor with dark chocolate, nutmeg, honey wheat bread, roasted oats and wheat with some sour fruit flavors and a nice spicey and zesty hop fin. Not as sweet dominated as the aroma will lead you to believe.

Feel: Medium body, Not as heavy and thick as some other good Dopplebocks, this one features a rather crisp and clean lively effect.

DA: Very east to drink and very enjoyable. At 6.7 % it still remains easy.

GratefulBeerGuy, Mar 07, 2007
Photo of DoubleJ
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I was shopping for beer at BevMo last week and saw a 330 ml bottle of this on sale for $2.49. Needless to say, I bought it. On to the beer:

It pours thick into a pilsner glass with a dark brown color. It has a very nice aroma of chocolate covered raisins and brown sugar. Similar taste too, and very well balanced. Not overwhelmingly malty, and a pleasure to drink on slowly. Why spend your money on a forty when you can enjoy this for the same price?

DoubleJ, Mar 05, 2007
Photo of tonistruth
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- dark mahogany, 1/2" tan head, decent retent

S- malty, raisin, caramel

T- malty, maple syrup, caramel, raisin, alcohol lingering in background, woody, hint of cardboard, sweet, big sweet finish

M- full body yet smooth, sticky finish with a touch of alcohol though aftertaste, slight carbonation

D- hype surrounding this brew may just be credible i really enjoyed this, good brew, recommended

tonistruth, Mar 04, 2007
Photo of Talisker
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lives up to the hype. A must-try.

Poured from a 330ml bottle ($3.49 for only 11.2oz - that's how they get you!) into the Celebrator-branded glass. Cute little goat charm around the neck.

Deep amber brown, nearly opaque. Frothy tan head, well-tamed, but sticks around nicely throughout. Aroma definitely not an ale - has metallic hints of noble hops, but not in a bad way. Taste is spectacular - sweetish maltiness predominates, with a nice drying bitterness on the finish, even a hint of a porter-like powder. Beautifully light texture, smooth, just enough weight to hang in there and invite the next sip.

A great beer, even if you think the style's not for you. Wow.

Talisker, Mar 01, 2007
Photo of letsgopens
4.63/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock pours to a deep, appetizing amber. The light frothy head melts out to a light lace.

It has a subtle fruity aroma that cleverly caused you to underestimate it's wonderfully complex flavor. Malty and nice fruit.

It posseses a buttery complex flavour with a light-hoppiness and toasty, bread-like undertones. It finishes as well as it starts and will keep you coming back for more; one of my favorites. A must-try beer experience. Smooth and falvorful.

letsgopens, Mar 01, 2007
Photo of bgraney
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Deep, bubbly brown. A little daker than root beer with a foamy tan/white head.
Intense carmel aroma, smells sweet and malty.
Rich carmel-malt flavor, slight hop bitterness in the background. Not as sweet as the aroma suggested.
Lingering malt coating on the tongue with a bitter follow through in the back. Carbonation tickles the nose.
The sweetness might be too much for glass after glass but a couple is a great idea.
I think this is one of the world's best beers.

bgraney, Feb 27, 2007
Photo of malcontent
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nearly-opaque mahongany liquid with an imposing several fingers worth of head. Takes several minutes for the head to die down making for an impressive presentation (not counting the silly, but fun, plastic goat tied around the bottleneck).

Dark, sugary notes fill the nose with hints of blackberries, black cherry and maple all checking in.

Holy malt, that's good! Rich and lusty flavors pack this brew ranging from the savory (grape tannins and fennel seed) to sweet (brown sugar, sour cherries, vanilla). Burnt, bitter aftertaste makes for a beer that provides a whole range of flavor contrasts. Really good stuff.

Thinner than I would like from such a full-tasting beer but still creamy enough on the finish to make for a more than satisfying drink. Not something I could pack a ton away of but a great, great German beer; a real treat.

malcontent, Feb 27, 2007
Photo of montageman
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of the beers that opened my eyes to the wonderful world of beer. I had this in Frankenmuth a few years back and realized that this was something special, beyond even Bells and New Holland.

Poured into a weizen glass. Huge 3 finger head after an aggressive pour that goes no where for a while then leaves plenty of lacing everywhere. Color is a dark reddish brown, almost like iced tea. Smell is totally roasted malt with a little touch of caramel sweetness and maybe a little fruitiness as well. Taste is sweet and roasty up front a little milk chocolate and coffee bitterness in the back - this is a wonderful beer. Mouthfeel is perfect - not too carbonated, but enough to carry the complexity. This is the perfect beer to have with any German food - brats, sauerkraut, spaetzle, etc. Drink it often, it's good stuff. Highest recommendation.

montageman, Feb 26, 2007
Photo of eberkman
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured an opaque dark brown that when held up to the light displayed brilliant shards of red through the glass. An aggressive pour produced a big, billowing tan head.

The smell while not strong was a pleasing sweet maltiness.

The taste was initially sweet, roasty malts that gave way to a wonderful lingering dry bitterness that invited another sip. Also the warming sensation of alcohol was subtly present as a backdrop.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied, creamy and smooth -- almost velvety. Exceptionally gulpable, but the alcohol level is deceptive.

A great, great beer -- the mother of all doppelbocks and a real treat to pick one up.

eberkman, Feb 26, 2007
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I gave this Double Bock a perfect score!

I bought a 4 pack for $9.99 (what a steal!)

I poured it in to a pilsner glass. It was a deep brownish/red color with a frothy tan head that didn't last too long but as I drank it left a fine looking lacing all the way through. perfect!

It smelled sort of sweet and of roasted malt. perfect!

The taste was heavenly, not too sweet with no hint of alcohol or bitterness. perfect!

It was creamy and smooth in the mouth with a sweet aftertaste. perfect!

This is an extremely drinkable bock. Low abv allows one to enjoy 3 or 4 over a couple of hours, either with a meal or after a meal with a good cigar. perfect!

JoeyBeerBelly, Feb 22, 2007
Photo of mmcave
4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased a four pack of 11.2 oz bottles complete with mini plastic rams at Sam's. Chilled and poured into mini pils glass. One finger light kaki head with decent retention and lacing. The body is a deep dark brown with nice ruby highlights and good gradation. Smells is rich, yet very subtle and light at the same time. I get light scents of dark coco and coffee, toasted malts, nice roasted nuttiness, maybe even a slight salty note.
Taste is flavorful, nice complexity very similar to the smell, slightly more earthy, there is a mild syrupy character to this, which I like. The bitterness is perfect keeps it refreshing and interesting and balances malty goodness perfectly. The mouth feel is great, because it is lighter, but it has flavor attributes of a stout. Its refreshing and hearty, not cloying or over bearing on the palate, magnificent. This has great potential to be both a winter drink and a summer drink, very quenching. Its really good maybe too good I could drink these from sun up to sun down. This is one beer that will be finding an immediate home in my fridges permanent selection.

mmcave, Feb 22, 2007
Photo of joe1510
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2oz. Bottle
Binny's Orland

Celebrator poured a crystal clear scarlet red with mahogany highlights shining throughout into my pilsner glass. A 1+ finger tan head formed on thepour that ended up fading to a cap of frothiness. The body looks great. Leaves patchy lacing that slowly slides back into the body.

Smell are deep of lightly roasted malts and fresh baked bread. There's a brown sugar sweetness that comes through as well. A slight boozy quality reminds me of rum soaked raisins.

Flavor is much the same as the aroma. Starts with a solid dose of lightly roasted malts. Sweet banana bread hits mid-palate, seems doughy. Finishes with a touch of sweetness, mild nuttiness, the roasted grains, banana bread and mild alcohol fumes. Very nice.

Body has a somewhat chewy texture and nice medium, smooth body. Again, mild alcohol fumes show up occasionally.

Good cool weather hearty brew. Easy drinker and very enjoyable.

Celebrator is a truly well made doppelbock that deserves the praise it gets. I will continue to revisit this winter favorite often.

joe1510, Feb 22, 2007
Photo of nitemarebrewer
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Dark red, brown, translucent.
Good effervescence.
Nose malty
Taste malty sweet, decent hop bitter to keep sweetness in check.
no aftertaste. smooth.
mouthfeel is unremarkable, which makes it exceptional.

Good beer. Clean and tasty. I had one, could have had two, but decided to have my own doppelbock.

nitemarebrewer, Feb 18, 2007
Photo of david131
3.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a very dark clear brown with no sediment whatsoever. Poured slightly hard creating a a very nice creamy off white head. The head retains to a nice sheet. No lack of carbonation here. The color of the foam reminded me of the interior of a sea foam chocolate candy.

S- Sweet malt, earthiness, smoke.

T- Sweetness, molasses, earthiness, leather. A good smokiness in there as well. Surprisingly complex.

M- Pretty creamy and slightly dry. The carbonation level of this is very good.

D- This is a very tasty brew. A little rich, but this is a nice treat.

david131, Feb 18, 2007
Photo of Tyrawlings
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark brown in color. Pours a dense tan two fingered head that breaks down into a soft blanket covering the top of the sample. Nice sticky lacing that crawls on the sides of the glass.

S: Roasted malts. Caramelized sugars. Fresh baked bread and wet earth.

T: A nice rich roasted malt base is followed by sweet brown sugar favor. Slight hop presence with a small bite. Yeast and an herbal or earthy finish.

M: Smooth and creamy. Minimal carbonation. Slighty dry.

D: I am not a huge fan of the style but this is by far the best dopplebock that I have tried to date. Complex and enjoyable. A well crafted beer. Recommended.

Tyrawlings, Feb 18, 2007
Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle a dark brown with a red hue. One finger of light tan foam. Smells of cocoa, and nuts. Tastes of caramel, brown sugar, tangy citrus fruits, and chocolate. Smooth and full bodied. Finishes dry with notes of bitter cocoa and nuts. A well balanced, rich beer.

ClockworkOrange, Feb 14, 2007
Photo of Gatch
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Nice thick, frothy head. A deep brown color but not dark like a stout.
S - Dark fruits, like plums. Light molasses. Brown sugar.
T - I was anticipating this brew for a long time. My hopes were fulfilled because this is incredible. Some great depth and flavor. The taste is what I imagined as the quintessential German beer.
M - Covers the mouth real well. A nice light spiciness, roasted malt, and very creamy.
D - I could drink this baby all day long. It's thick, but not thick enough to disturb the drinkability. This is my first double bock and one of the best of that style. Can't wait to try others of this style.

Gatch, Feb 14, 2007
Photo of Onibubba
3.43/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My second try on this beer. Had one about 6 months ago and was not impressed. Ready to give it another go. Pours a dark brown almost black with a beige short lived head. Still life in a glass. Smell is all malt all sorghum and molassas. Some notes of burnt sugar. Intriquing. Maybe my palatte has changed as this smells better than I recalled.

Taste is heavy with the sorghum. Sweet in a totally different way than the sweetness of a JW Lee or a Duchesse. It is not a cloying sweetness. There is a smokey or burnt sugar undertone which applies a sort of bitterness. It's all a bit much for me. The taste is certainly not "average," but I would be hard pressed to call it "good."

While it is heavy tasting stuff, it is surprisingly thin in the mouthfeel. No carbonation to speak of. To me, this is usually a good thing, but in this case, it feels somewhat watery to be honest.

This beer gets some high reviews and must be a good example of the style. I just have to conclude that dopplebocks are not my thing.

Onibubba, Feb 13, 2007
Photo of BrewMonkey
3.55/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sm- Mild maltiness, very faint citrus-hop aroma. Light alcohol aroma, somewhat sweet smelling.
Ap- Pours dark brown/amber, very light head, little retention.
Fl- Mild flavor of barleywine, slight alcohol flavor. Somewhat braedy with hints of dates, coffee and caramel.
M- Light carbonation, not too full bodied or creamy which was suprising.
Drinkability - Not really my style of beer, so it's hard to say. One is more than enough for me.

BrewMonkey, Feb 13, 2007
Photo of largadeer
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown (not quite opaque), small but lingering tan head. Has that "signature" doppelbock taste and smell. Roasted and toasted malts, chocolate, bit of smoke. Rather dry and light for the style. Velvety mouthfeel, medium-bodied like a porter and crisply carbonated. Fantastic beer.

largadeer, Feb 08, 2007
Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
97 out of 100 based on 5,361 ratings.