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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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5,618 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,618
Reviews: 2,268
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 405
Gots: 582 | FT: 20
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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 hustlesworth
4.39/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- dark clear chestnut brown. creamy beige head is short lived and leaves a small amount of soft lace which dried gently into little specks.

S- roasty malt and burnt brown sugar, a touch of cocoa, raisin, toasted nuts and some coffee.

T- cocoa, molasses, soft dark fruit, and a nutty sweetness get cut in the middle by rather aggressive hallertau hops, much more so than other examples of the style, and coffee flavors. a sort of rye sourness appears next leading into a dark chocolate finish. all the doppelbocks i've had are big malt bombs, but the generous hopping of the celebrator balances things out, greatly appealing to my tastes.

MF- cocoa powdery initial feel, density seems to open up a bit as it goes down smooth like velour with medium low bubbling.

D- my best overall bock experience so far, the official gold rimmed glass makes it even better.

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

Pours as dark as a sturdy stout, but actually looks red/brown when held in the light. The head blossomed beautifully to a 2" mocha-colored foam, but fizzled out pretty quickly. Leaved a nice lacing, though.

Smells like toasted bread, but there's a touch of roasted malt in there too. A lot of yeast is present, too.

Very toasted and roasted; stout-like. Tastes like bread that's toasted 'til it's nice and dark. I'm not really tasting any hops at all.

Medium to full-bodied, not particularly carbonated. Not quite "smooth," but certainly easy to drink; it's almost hard to keep from drinking this too fast, as good as it tastes.

Photo of wcudwight
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark caramel in color with a massive 3 finger head on an aggressive pour. Lot's of carbonation.
Tons of toasted malts in the aroma and a bit of alcohol.
This is one malt bomb. Caramel, toast, and a touch of roasted flavors. Also some nice dark fruit flavors compliment the huge maltiness.
Thick and chewy mouthfeel. This is a meal in a bottle.
Very drinkable, very good. This is the dopplebock that sets the standard all others are compared by.

Photo of animal69
4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

another lager, spring must be in the air ; pours a clear, deep garnet-brown w/ a thin, flat tan head which dissipates quickly leaving a little lacing in my nonic ; a powerful malt smell, nutty w/ raisin & caramelized sugar, a bit of brandy-like alcohol as well ; a rich, sweet malty flavor, slightly vinous w/ dates and caramel at mid-point, finishes crisp and metallic w/ a bit of floral hop ; a med-full bodied brew, drinks a bit drier than most dopplebocks possibly attributed to the higher level of co2 ; very drinkable, especially for a bock, i'm kind of a malt-o-holic, so i wish more beer tasted like this...

Photo of joezak5
4.82/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured into a Duvel sniffter; beautiful dark blackish red with just a trace of light sneaking through. Excellent retention with spotty lacing as its enjoyed.

Smell: Toasty bread smothered in molasses and cinnamon. Deepy and darkly malty.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with low/medium carbonation, moderately syrupy, just a little hoppy on the back of the tongue.

Taste: Sweet molasses malt, toasted cinnamon bread and hoppy alcohol on the finish. Caramelly warmth on the finishing exhale.

Drinkability: This one lives up to its names and reputation. Easily savored and enjoyed at the same time.

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

I poured this into a Bordeaux wine glass.

A - dark and opaque, very little head on my pour.

S - Wow. Very pungent! I get whiffs of chocolate, molasses, and maybe raisins.

T - delish! Punchy, tastes of just what it smells lke (chocolate and molasses especially). Thick but smooth.

M - slight carbonation, and the taste hangs out for a while.

D - Wonderful beer here! Too "big" to drink fast, but rewards patience in savoring it!

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

Pours a rich chestnut color with 3/4 inch of creamish tan head, ok retention, little lacing. Smells bigtime of molasses along with some chocolate, dark fruits, coffee, and some nuts. Taste is again strong of molasses but with a hint of cocoa. Roasted malt and dark fruits make up the backbone with a coffee bitterness in the finish, as well as a pop of warming alcohol. Medium-full in body, low in carbonation. Smooth yet sticky with a slight alcohol finish. A really easy to drink dopplebock, lots of sweetness and other flavors and hides the alcohol well.

Photo of trackstar1043
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours deep rich brown, heavy beer as it fill the glass. Half inch of tannish off white head that left little lacing.

S - Rich and sweet, roasted malts with rasins, plums and other fruits.

T - Sweet and complex flavors from the nose that made for a great deep flavor.

M - Heavy and smooth, has a velvety finish with little bite.

D - Easy to drink and extremely flavorful, great beer.

Photo of adamette
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap, expertly poured at Chef Paul's Bavarian House in Lisle, Illinois, my favorite place to drink beer in the world.

A Excellent dark, deep brown body with a frothy golden head. This was served in a Celebrator glass complete with the logo of the goats on the side.

S Molasses, deep, pleasing smell

T Tremendous, complex, molasses taste. A lot going on with the taste. It took me to the end of the glass to fully absorb what I was experiencing.

M Complex but smooth

D Although it is strong with high ABV it is an experience that you want to repeat.

Photo of gford217
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice deep brown with a quickly diminishing head leaving a hint of lacing.

S: Malty, dark fruit aroma with a hint of alcohol burn.

T: Big dark roasted malt kick up front on the tongue with a nice underlying sugary fruit lingering on the back.

M: This thing just coats your mouth in a thick, syrupy, sweet, malty goodness. Flavor just keeps hanging on the tongue. It doesn't get much better IMO.

D: This is certainly the best dobblebock I've gotten my hands on. Despite the thickness, I could sip on these all night. Lives up to the hype - highly recommended!

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

A - A tan head that rose to about an inch off the pour and faded into a creamy lace. Deep dark brown that was two shades away from black.

S - Dark roasted malts, cocoa, figs or plums and coffee.

T - Taste brings all the flavors from the nose to the mouth. Really nice. Towards the back of my tongue the beer hints at chocolate cherries and finishes off with an after taste of coffee.

M - This beer is remarkably light bodied considering the complexities enclosed. Light to medium body with subtle carbonation.

D - Excellent beer. All of the elements mesh extremely well and create a masterpiece. I could do a full session of these easily.

Photo of Pencible
3.82/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My first dopplebock, this poured very dark and opaque brown with tan head. It smelled like wild yeast and earthy malt. It tasted like dark, sweet molasses with hops bitterness. It was thick and carbonated with a good bitter aftertaste. I wasn't really sure what to expect for this beer, but this was surprising and quite interesting. It was pretty complex and enjoyable, similar to a dark Belgian ale, with the only detractor being too much carbonation for my taste.

Photo of rtratzlaff
4.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Celebrator bottle remains one of the coolest looking around. The tiny trinket with each bottle is a nice tough. When you open one of these, you know something special is inside. A pretty hard pour revealed a dark brown to black body with ruby hues. Slow but steady carbonation from the buttom f the goblet I poured it in. decent head off-white dissipates slowly to a small layer that floats throughout.

Smells of caramel, bananas, fresh baked bread. Slight hop presence?

First sip is sweet and malty up front, giving way to a slight bitterness from the darker malts that lingers on the tongue with a toffee like flavor. Further sips reveals some tart apple like flavors.
As this beer has warmed, the sweetness of the malt is not nearly as present.

Mouthfeel is a good body without being too much.

With the thickness of this beer, it can sit pretty heavy on the stomach. Think of this one as food.

Poured a dark ruby beer with 1" thick head that is massive and billowing. A wonderful appearance for a beer.

Smell is sweet malt and dark fruit

Taste is of malt with a licorice/anise flavor midway and a good roast malt/bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is great: thick and creamy

I could drink a couple of these bad boys and be pretty happy. Unfortunately they are pretty pricey. Get one of these and do as the name suggests: celebrate.

Photo of ScottUCF84
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bottle into a pint.

A-Very, very dark brown with ruby hues. Khaki head. Some solid lacing going on.

S- Caramel malt and a bit of cocoa. Some dried fruit, too.

T- Sweet, slighty roasted malt, some fig, and molasses. Very nice. A slight warming from the alcohol.

M- Full body. Very, very creamy. Just a little carbonation. Goes down so smoothly.

D- This one is definitely on the filling side, but it is so good, it's hard to put down!

Photo of nasty15108
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2 oz bottle (complete with plastic white ram trinket) into a tulip glass.

A - Dark brown with definite ruby hues. Thick tan head when first poured that settles and produces even lacing.

S - Reminded me of chocolate covered raisins. Rich malty aroma with hints of nuts.

T - Sweet and slightly fruity up front. Finishes slightly bitter with mild metallic after taste.

MF&D - Rich and chewy. Like drinking a chocolate cake. Smoothness coates the mouth and finishes with a slightly alcoholic bite. A good amount of carbonation theoughout. Be sure to serve this beer at the proper recommended temperature to ensure the maxuim flavor. A classic must have beer.

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

This beer is a chocolaty brown with a small tan head. The bubbles are slowly rising to the top.

It smells like a loaf of bread. So much malt for one bottle.

The taste is amazing! Delicious!

Feels so creamy and smooth. Almost slides down your throat.

I would drink these all night if they were not so danged expensive.

Photo of boston2bburg
3.68/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single 12 oz bottle with plastic ram (bull? yak?) necklace. No bottling date, and from a supplier notorious for having old beer on the shelves. I'm not sure how well doppelbocks age, but could be an issue.

Poured into a Champagne glass, a mysterious deep caramel color with a large, smooth tan head that maintains a healthy cover, with big patches of lacing down the glass. Nice bright tan bubbles swirl during the pour. Pretty to look at.

Smells like birthday cake, caramel, faintly of raspberry cheesecake. Not overpowering but pleasant.

Taste is almost all malt, but not as sweet as most other doppelbocks I've tried. The malt flavor is toasted, with caramel and molasses notes. Very slight bite on the back of the throat. The alcohol isn't tasted but kicks in nicely towards the final third of the beer.

Mouthfeel is clean and a little sharp on the tongue, slightly spicy on the finish. Full-bodied, but not syrupy or tangy. Drinkability is good for the style, but it might sit heavy after two or three. A well-built beer, true to style, but lacking a distinctive character that sets it apart from other beers.

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

Pours a dark brown with a semi-transparent reddish glow into a pint glass. Minimal head; I've got it pretty cold.

Smell is of malty sweetness. Taste is straight doppelbock. Good sweetness balanced by a nice tinge of bitterness in the aftertaste. Very full flavor throughout. I taste a bit of chocolate and a good bit of alcohol.

Very pleasant.

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

One of the greatest beers out there, simply put.

I've had this out of the bottle, poured into pint glasses, but by far my favorite is poured into a heavy chalice or goblet.

The beer pours a gorgeous reddish brown, with a heavy 2 finger head, that dies down, leaving a nice lace around the glass.

Scent brings out floral hop notes, along with a citrusy hint.

Taste is heavy in those notes, along with a sharp alcoholic cut that slices through the flavor, but doesn't leave a burn. When you're finished, you want more, but the beer doesn't allow you to drink too much due to it's heavy notes and overpowering mouthful. An all around classy beer, and definitely a favorite that is always stocked in my fridge. Cheers!

Photo of timbro81
3.96/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice black color that when held to the light shows a deep reddish brown hue. The head is a nice 1/2 inch off white with good staying power and great lacing. Smells of nice roasted malts with a toffee like sweetness. Nose doesn't reveal too much, my only gig to this classic. Taste is slightly sweet but very balanced. The roated malts don't really come into play until the end. The mouthfeel is light yet silky. A really well balanced beer that could be sipped into the night. Highly Recommended and the pinnacle of the style.

Photo of biggmike
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark brown color with ruby highlights and a creamy off-white head that lasted a while. Aroma is of toffee, molasses, chocolate, roasted malt. The taste is similar and very complex with the addition of dark fruitiness as well. The mouthfeel is pleasant. This is a great beer that deserves to be savored.

Photo of nrbw23
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- A nice deep dark brown pretty close to black. Creamy tannish colored head and good amount of lacing on the glass

S- toasted malts, light chocolate and maybe caramel

T- Malt dominated, tiny bit of chocolate and finishes with hops. Really nice good flavor that was sweet start and goes bitter but has great balance and overall taste.

M- Thick or creamy. Medium body and feels good.

D- Very drinkable beer. Probably not something I could drink everyday but overall very nice.

Photo of Matty1918
4.04/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bought a 4 pack for 9.99 at Muckeys in Lakeville Ma.

Popped the cap and had an overflow of a creamy dark head. Poured it quickly into a chalice.

The head disappeared almost immediatly but in there was a constant flow of tiny bubbles in the middle of the glass.

Lots of malt and a hint of caramel in the aroma. Very good!!!!

Malt and more malt in that first sip. A great silky, creamy moutfeel. Excellent. You can feel a slight warmness in the back of your tongue.

Not sure if the head was supposed to disapear that quickly....oh well I'll see if it does on the 2nd one.

I'll keep those little goats and hang them around the bar.

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

This is my favorite beer. The other members of Beer Advocate have certainly described its character and attributes more eloquently and accurately than i could, but i will say this: i have tasted every other dopplebock i could find and compared them to the mighty Celebrator. Most are good, but none can compare to this magnificent brew. To be fair, the Weihenstephaner Korbinian is excellent, but a distant second in my opinion.


Photo of currysage1
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I don't know about you but a little toy really does buy a good review. New Christmas ornament!

Not much head to this one but that is very characteristic of this style. Good clarity, but not easy to see through, too much malt in the way.

Really nice it almost smells a little like a Fig Newton, good bready smell mixed with dark sweet fruit.

Tasted of molasses and those same grainy breads, some chocolate there as well.

Feel was good, not exceptional, it had a little more carbonation than I like in a Dopplebock. Thick is a word that comes to mind so is that molasses word again.

Drinkability is ok, could session with this, but the thickness could overpower the want for another.

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 5,618 ratings.