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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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5,537 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,537
Reviews: 2,252
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 383
Gots: 545 | 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 joepais
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured black thin head to slight lace. Sweet caramel malt aroma with some coffee notes. Medium creamy mouth feel Sweet toasted malty flavor some raisin fruitiness .The best doppelbock I have ever had and Garrett Oliver was right this paired great with venison

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

On tap at The Red in Santa Cruz. Poured into the official Celebrator glass. Deep brown with ruby highlights and a fluffy light brown head that sticks around forever.

Yeasty, malty aroma with coffee grounds and dried fruit.

Toasty sweet malt flavors abound: coffee, milk chocolate, molasses, caramel. There is a slight hop flavor and a slight pepperiness. Fruity esters come into play with warmth.

Modest carbonation results in a big chewiness. Smooth and sweet. Drinkability is great.

Photo of edskirk3
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz of beer in a brown glass bottle with a goat trinket hanging from the neck.

Pours dark brown in the glass. Very sticky head, khaki in color. Aromas of molasses, dark bread, and various candied things.

Chewy toasted malt and molasses, plenty of both. Faint hop bitterness. A shade of dryness comes through before a sugary finish, not unlike that of oversweetened black coffee. Mouthfeel is a little oily, a little creamy.

So this is a real Doppelbock. Excellent. I love this style a lot as well as this particular example.

Photo of dsa7783
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From an 11.2 oz bottle with a little white horse trinket on it, pours a cocoa-black color with a minimal head... aroma is prunish, full of coffee, latte-like with obvious malts present... very inviting... taste is exceptional, very full-bodied and full of toffee, malts, and cappuccino-like, very thick and rich... mouthfeel is equally great... goes down smooth and is similar to drinking a dark latte... drinkability is not exceptional, a little better than average, but the ultra-rich flavor and relatively high alcohol percentage is what restricted a higher score in that department... Overall, a classic German beer and a great representation of the style... Definitely recommended...

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

Celebrator is a malt fest!

Pours a dark brown with decent head. The nose is malty as hell with dark fruit, malt, caramel, malt, raisin, malt, date, and malt flavors. The taste follows the nose with dark fruit and heavy malt flavors. Mouthfeel is real good, kind of similar to an american brown ( sierra nevada in particular). Drinkability is pretty high, should age nicely.

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

Deep mahogany with ruby highlights and a good, full and deep, cinnamon head.
Smells of toffee, molasses, and dark fruits (fig/raisin) with a deep malty overtone.
Taste seems slightly sweeter than the nose suggested (not a bad thing in the least). Sweet molasses and caramel malts. Toffee and dark fruits as well with a slightly bitter finish. This is a flavorful beer with a medium to full mouth feel.
A classic.

Photo of BlaiseDemon
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark but when held up to a bright light, a deep dark red color shines through. Not much head on pouring, however, easily duplicated by a light swirling action. The aroma is sweet like wheatgrass and almost brown-sugar or molasses laced. Flavor is heavy on the carmel bordering on candied dates, slight nuttiness with a maple character which becomes more robust after breathing for a few minutes just creeping into a currant note. It has a smooth, almost creamy feel to the palate but somewhat heavy. A lightly bitter bouquet balances the sweetness very well, making it very drinkable. A great choice for doppelbok fans and anyone who likes to dabble in stouts and porters primarily. A nice experience that highlights the Bavarian character of this style of bier.

Photo of genog
3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich and bold brown color with a big tan head resting on top, that will die down after a few moments leaving very little in its wake. Smell is of a smokiness, roasted malt, some dried fruits. The bouquet awakens as this one warms in your hand. Taste is complex and full bodied. After sipping on this one for so long I felt like I was drinking my meal. It certainly is filling.

Photo of tsbuttry
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Being a fan of most every kind of Bock out there, I went to the Brickskeller in DC one evening and asked the bartender for a good dopplebock. She came back with Ayinger Celebrator and I found a good beer to celebrate special occasions with.

Appearance: Perfect. Good dark color, full head, nice lacing.

Smell: The maltiness reaches out to you, grabbing hold like a lover and holds on, making you feel good (felt like being artsy fartsy for a second).

Taste: The beer's a true dopplebock. Excellent, complex malty flavor. It's hard to pick up all of the notes in this beer, goading you into drinking more of it. The half point is deducted simply because I'm a minor hophead.

Mouthfeel: Feels great in the mouth, perfect carbonation, but like many low-hop beers, it leaves too much of an aftertaste.

Drinkability: Perfect with food or a couple at a time, but it's a bit too filling and robust to be a good session beer.

Photo of redmagik99
4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a pretty dark brown, almost stouty black. nice head that lasted a good while, then leaving some froth and lacing. Smells not too far from the average dopplebock - very sweet malt. Taste had plenty of that of course. Lots of roasted coffee-toffee-caramel sweetness. Also very creamy. It goes down very easily for 6.7. A heavier session? Fine by me. This beer may not live up to all the hype but it may just be because I'm a little tired of the style. Nevertheless, this is one of the best dopplebocks and a solid brew in itself.

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

Classic doppelbock, deep ruby red in color with a tall creamy head that dissipates into a ring of bubbles. The aroma is intoxicating with very dark fruits such as raisin, plum, and cherry there is also some roastyness and faint earthy hops. The flavor contains roasty malt sweetness with dark fruits balanced with some mild earthy hop flavor. The mouthfeel is creamy with low carbonation. There is a mild fruity aftertaste but not unpleasant. A very drinkable beer and a classic altogether.

Photo of theopholis
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours a deep, ruby/maroon with a medium sized tan colored head that leaves a hint of lacing.

Aroma- The aroma is inviting with a nice malt presence, and plenty of malt sweetness. Some toasted malts.

Taste- Wonderful mix of malt sweetness, with the perfect undertones of toastiness, bittering and flavoring hops, a barest hint of coffee. Very well done.

Mouthfeel- Almost perfect. Slightly heavy, syrupy body with the perfect level of CO2 to drive the flavors up front without killing your taste-buds.

Drinkability- this is a very good beer that you can always rely upon when you've got a craving for a malty treat.

Photo of charlesw
3.88/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pretty decent beer, all said. And thanks for the x-mas tree ornament. Outstanding? I guess... Given the low abv you could say that there's a heck of a lot of body and flavor in there. Sort of an interesting twang to the tast - raisin, caramel and sweet mangoe... Interesting. Decent.

Photo of jakon
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

330ml bottle

Pours coffee brown with a medium sized tan colored head that leaves behind a solid wash of lacing as it recedes.

The aroma is inviting with a huge malt presence. Tons of dark fruit character such as prune and fig. Toasted malts and a pronounced nuttiness also make their presence known.

The previously mentioned characteristics come through strong in the taste as well, along with chocolate, coffee, and just the faintest hint of alcohol.

The mouthfeel on this one isn't quite as thick and creamy as I remember, but is still very pleasing to the palate. The carbonation prickles the tongue lightly and is dialed in just right.

Overall, this is a very good beer that you can always rely upon when you've got a craving for a malty treat.

Photo of Metalmonk
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a light tan head that doesn't retain very well, thinning to a crown quickly. Color is a soupy deep-brown/almost-black thing that glows with a ruby tinge when held up to light.

Aroma is beyond malty...a lively, nutty, sweet aroma reminding of pumpernickel, toffee, chocolate syrup. Hell, it's almost futile comparing this to anything. If you've had a few of these, you come to learn this is simply "Celebrator".

Same goes for the flavor. If you know this one already, you'll never mistake it. Everything in the aroma comes out even stronger in the flavor, bringing along frothed milk, burnt raisin, a very slight hint of smoke, soil, more nuts, more chocolate. And more frothed milk. All bolstered by a substantial, slick, thick mouthfeel that is simply superb.

A German classic. And of the best bottles ever, considering the plastic goat on the bottle neck (the grown-up equivalent of the free toys you used to get in cereal boxes?) and the old-time/timeless label drawing. I need to buy a case of this stuff and have it always on hand. Or better yet, a jeroboam. Lovely, lovely stuff.

Photo of ccrida
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

330ml bottle poured into my Delirium snifter, Celebrator is a pitch dark garnet with a small tan head. I've had this many times in Ayinger's designated flute, and it looks better that way, but for some reason I don't have one!

The smell is rich and sweet, yet soft, dark fruits and toffee

Taste is big and thick, super malty but not to sweet nor rich, a fantastic balance. Caramel and roasty, Ayinger's is the benchmark dopplebock, period. A truly great beer.

Mouthfeel is very creamy, the body on the heavier side.

Drinkablity is almost to high. Man have I had more of these then prudent on more then one occasion. Really missing these on draught from the Sharp Edge right now!

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

Quite an incredible beer and very close to becoming my favorite. Immediately you are greeted with coffee notes. The color is nearly black but when held against a bright light you can see some reddish amber tones. The head pours thick and creamy but dissipates quickly and leaves little to no lacing. The taste is bold, complex and interesting. A very comfortable drink with a profound statement, one of the best Dopplebocks around.

Photo of brdc
4.85/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Small capped bottle poured into my Corsendonk tulip.

Very dark brew, impenetrable, little to no highlights, and capped by a dense brown head that stays around for a long time, leaves a nice thick collar and lacing.
Aroma is delicious, although slightly more delicate than I expected. Caramel, toffee, some unexpected (to me) smokiness, alcohol, all blending quite nicely.
Minimal carbonation in this medium bodied (I expected a bit more body) brew lends it a very smooth, velvety palate
Flavor is just what you want from a doppelbock; sweetish malts, dark fruits, caramel, molasses, the same smokiness although a bit more pronounced. Some mild bitterness and alcoholic warmth and dryness is there to prevent it from being cloying, and it all blends perfectly.
I don't think doppelbocks get any better than this!

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

Ive been saving this one for a while. The first thin I have to say is the apperance of this beer is beautiful, amazing dark color. rich, creamy head. Smell is overwheming, toffee, caramel, chocolate, roasted nuts, pumpernickel, brown sugar. Taste is exactly what I want in a dopplebock. Nice mouthfeel, not too sticky, creamy but not too heavy. Great dark bread and malt flavors. The drinkablility is easy because its simply delicious. A very enjoyable brew, well worth the money.

Photo of Pauly2X
4.97/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Nearly black, slight amber tinge when held to a light. One finger head faded slowly to a wisp.

S- Sweet maltly aroma with a faint earthy hop pressence.

T- Fantastic! Wonderfully complex malt profile but not so complex as to force you to "think" about this beer if you'd rather just sit back and enjoy. Great sweetness held in check perfectly by just the right amount of spicy hops.

M- Smooth as silk, very full boddied.

D- The $12 a 4 pack is the only obstacle here, If only I had a better paying job...

For me, personally, It just doesn't get any better... for now.

Photo of Tilley4
5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

To this point in my life, I've never had a finer beer than the one that I experienced while drinking this wonderful doppelbock. I'm not sure that I can come up with enough wonderful things to say about it. From the wonderful dark brown appearance to the smooth, chocolatey, malty taste, this beer never fails to amaze me. The first one that I ever drank totally changed the way that I look at beer. I made the mistake of drinking it freezing cold and it was still delicious. I now let this beer warm to almost room temperature before even picking it up and it gets better everytime I experience it. Best beer that I've ever had and I can't really think of a close second right now. One of the only beers that I actually hide from my wife so she won't find my stash of it!! She loves it too!

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

Dark brown like oil without a lot of head. Aroma of dark roast malt with fruity overtones. Smells rich and sweet like prunes. The taste is clean and dry with a nice balance between hops and malt. Finishes somewhat dry . Feels substantial in the mouth without being heavy. A good amount of carbonation. I could drink this beer all night. Goes down easy and fast. Great drinkability

Photo of jasonjlewis
4.93/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a small little flute glass with two fingers of head which is pretty impressive for such a small glass. Nice brown color. I can barely see my fingers through the glass. Nice retention. I poured into another glass for the rest of the bottle. The appearance becomes insane.

Smell is of apple phenol with THICK ass caramel malts with some chocolate malts in the back with some raisin and grape.

Taste is rich and robust. Caramel malts are aggressive with a nice touch of chocolate malts. Raisin and fruity undertones come out as well. Some grape notes come out as the beer warms. Hop bitterness is mild and just there to cut the sweetness alittle bit. Holy shit. This is the best double bock that I've ever had.

Mouthfeel is smooth as hell with a delicate creaminess. WOW!

Drinkability: A beer worthy of the Gods.

Photo of Jerzdevil1116
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle. Purchased at Joe Canal's on Fire Rd. in Egg Harbor Twp., NJ

Appearance: Very dark brown with reddish tinge showing around the edges of the glass where a little light does get through. Small, light tan head dissipated after a minute or two.

Smell: Sweet maltines,. Slightly fruity.

Taste: Sweet and malty with a hint of hops and bitter chocloate.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and smoothe. Nice medium body.

Drinakbility: Rich but not overly filling. A good sipping beer for a night at home with my feet up.

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

I had my first taste of this at The German Beer Fest and was floored. I don't know why it took so long to pick some up.

A: ruby-shaded brown, dark, with nice 1+ finger foamy off white head

S: sweet caramel malt, dark fruits, chocolate

T: caramel malt, apricots, plums, raisins

M: full bodied, creamy, and chewy

D: wonderful beer to sip. not one you'd overindulge in but awesomely drinkable

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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