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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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5,673 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,673
Reviews: 2,275
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 411
Gots: 615 | FT: 22
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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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Ratings: 5,673 | Reviews: 2,275
Photo of rxdrewthejew
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up a while back while in San Diego.

A: Poured into my pilsener glass. Dark but transparent reddish-brown. Big fluffy pitted tan head, but it doesn't last or leave much lacing. Some bubbles coming up from the bottom, but doesn't appear super-fizzy.

S: Huge dark bready malt flavor, accented with some spices. Almost smells like a Belgian dark ale or something along those lines.

T: Taste is extremely bready, mixed with some dark fruity esters. Maybe prune. A touch of spice but it's hard to pick out what it is.

MF: Fairly thick, and the carbonation makes it mouth filling. Has a bit sharper of a bite than I had expected, and a fairly dry finish. Even though the alcohol isn't that high, it has a strong warming effect and after just a few sips is pretty noticable.

O: This is good, although I can't say I like it more or less than Optimator or Salvator. All three are just so different that it's hard to compare them. This one has a lot of Belgian qualities to it, from the smell to the stinging carbonation and dry finish. Very clean flavor that's quite tasty without doing too much. Doesn't blow me away, but something I would definitely drink again.

Photo of KeefD
3.9/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I like this beer, but I must say that I've had better doppelbocks. I don't know what the big hoopla over this beer is all about! Poured an awesome dark chocolate color with slight purple hues showing through in the light. Taste is roasted and toasted. FOR some strange reason, there's a hint of bacon flavor coming in at the end. I don't know where this flavor comes from, but it's interesting to say the least.

As I said before, I've had better doppelbocks. I would even prefer to have a bottle of Leinenkugel's Big Butt in my hand right now, but this will do.

Good beer all around, but not the greatest things that's happened to humanity as some would suggest.

Photo of uconnalum2
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is dark brown with a small tan head. The body is a deep red when held to the light. The smell is of roasted malt, chocolate and some coffee. Nice aroma. The taste is a nice combination of sweet malt, coffee and raisins. Slight bitterness comes in at the end. Mouthfeel is very smooth and medium to full bodied. Very drinkable but filling. Overall, a delicious and complex beer.

Photo of Traquairlover
4.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle poured into a pilsner.

A = Very dark, when held to light is a clear reddish amber, good foamy tan head slowly dissipates leaving light lacing on glass and a continuing layer of foam on surface.

S = Rich roasted malt, caramel-spiked milk chocolate, hazelnuts. Very well balanced and very complex. A really good smelling beer.

T = Rich milk chocolate with walnuts and hazelnuts, good bitterness as from walnuts in the mid-palate, caramel, as with the smell, a really, really good beer.

M = Medium-heavy mouthfeel, very creamy textured while still retaining a lagered crispness, good mouthcoating, carbonation is at a good level to help fill mouth with flavor without overdoing it with foam or cutting the tongue too much.

D = This is probably my favorite doppelbock. Very high drinkability, it is just such an easy beer to drink. Highly recommended.

Photo of dill
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a bottle into a goblet.

A - dark brown with a lingering cream head.

S - lots of flavors here. spices, molasses, some of the alcohol.

T - more of the same... spices, molasses, dried fruit, caramel, as well as the alcohol coming through at the end.

M - chewy with a medium carbonation.

D - I ended the night with this one and it was a great time to try it for the first time. I really enjoyed this one and will definitely turn to it again when I am in the mood for a doppelbock.

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.

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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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