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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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5,546 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,546
Reviews: 2,254
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 388
Gots: 549 | 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 Trueant1
4.82/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark brown with a nice lasting head.

Smells like sweet roasted malts. Smells wonderfull.

Taste is all about balance. A balance between all the tastes coming from malts to the carbonation and the lighter hops.

This beer is wonderfully smooth and a bit creamy.

An all time favorite with me and my friends. For a special occasions.

Photo of YonderWanderer
3.93/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a brown-black with ruby tones in it. A thin tan head dissipates quickly. No lacing on the glass with this one.

S: Smell is light, yeast, some breadiness, a bit of sweetness.

T: Lots of malt in this one. Some brown sugar, molasses, caramel, and a bit of breadiness make this one up. Pretty tasty overall.

M: Smooth with a slightly crisp finish.

D: This is a great example of a doppelbock. I'm not huge on the style, but this is by far one of the best I've had.

Photo of jackorain
3.5/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was on tap at City Limits Diner in Stamford CT. Unfortunately, I think the CO2 balance was off at this place. My colleque had the same flat, but tingly carbonation feeling about the SA Oktoberfest.

A-Dark brown with a burgundy head. Nearly filled to the rim by the bartender. 1/8 inch head fell to nothin in the time it took her to bring it from the tap to my spot at the bar.

S-I only get caramel malt and a little yeast. Unforntunately this is probably due to the bad pour combined with the out of whack CO2.

T-Sweet caramel malt. Alcohol tatste. Slight bitterness on the finish

M-Full body, flat but tingly carbonation. Odd.

D-I just didn't enjoy this one, real bad way to finish the evening. It is unfortunate that a poorly calibrated system and a bad pour by the bartender coudl have possibly ruined what should be a top beer. I will defintiely have to revisit this one.

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

Beer bottle (33cl), tasted in 2006.
Apperance : very dark colour, almost black as ebony.
Smell : caramel
Taste and Mouthfeel : very rich, malty, with hints of coffee and a final dry referring figs.
Drinkability : very good beer in the style doppelbock

Review added 10-17-2007, translated from french 1-19-2008.

Photo of jobyone
4.51/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours dark brown with big tan head. Smell is full of brown sugar, smoke, caramel, and hints of chocolate. Taste has lots of malt, roasted coffee, citrus. Nice full bodied mouthfeel with a long lasting aftertaste. This is one I am always happy to drink and never tire of.

Photo of joekfsu
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle. Pours a nearly black ruby. 1.5 cm tan head, mostly diminishing. Aroma of malt and hint of coffee. Sweet initial taste, coffee finish and aftertaste. Medium to full body, light carbonation. Alcohol is hidden well, shows up a little on the back end. Very drinkable and well worth the money spent.

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

This should be a staple in every doppelbock's lover's refrigerator. Pours a deep brown with minimal lacing. Taste is very well balanced between the hops and the malts. Beer is very nearly chewy when you're drinking it. It's drinkability is relatively high due to the mere 6.7 ABV.

Highly recommend this brew.

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

Celebrator pours a lot darker that the picture shown, which was reviewed before the picture currently shown. I'd say its more black, with a hint of amber if held up to the light. The smell is strong of chocolate and malts. This is also very evident in the taste which is complimented with a nice smooth, yet thick mouthfeel. If you like dark beers with good body, this should definetely be on a list of beers to try.

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

I poured a 330 ml chilled bottle into a frosted challis.

A: It poured a dark, dark hue that when held to back light had a distinct ruby red tint. The head was a latte rich brown but only about a half finger tall. It dissipated quickly leaving a slight ring around the collar of the glass. Dispite the slight retained head there was an even lackign that followed the brew as it was consumed.

S: There was a distinct aroma of milk chocolate, toffee and raisins.

T: There was a wonderful light chocolate flavor complemented by a touch of licorice and raisins. The hops spice the brew with a taste of black pepper. It is lightly carbonated but the alcohol and hops leaves a warm clean palate with a hint of dark chocolate.

M: Moderate to full body with a warm clean aftertaste.

D: Excellent doublebock...rich, nice flavor and decent mouthfeel. This is a beer I could drink in multiples.

Comment: My first experience with this brew was a great one. I'll be back again and again.

Photo of Overlord
4.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not a particularly attractive, muddy brownish black. Big tan foam head.

Taste is very complex. Raisins, figs, molasses...maybe some dark fruits like plum or cherries. In any event, it's not the thick, pungent brew one would expect from its experience.

Well worth trying, and for such a great tasting import, very reasonable.

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

Appearance: Dark chocolate brown, big frothy tan head.

Smell: Hints of molasses and raisins, some bready malt.

Taste: Sweet malt and dried fruit, some coffee and molasses notes. Slightly hot, and some spicy hops and bitterness comes through in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and creamy, full-bodied with medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Big flavour, nicely balance, not overpowering. An excellent beer.

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

330ml bottle poured into pint glass.

Pours very dark with a bit of red tone, and a good white head that reduces to lacing quickly.

The beer smells like sweet caramel/chocolate and heavily roasted malt.

Fantastic taste. Lots of roasted malts, with a little bit of fruity sweetness--the sweetness of the malt, and a caramel taste, and almost a grape taste in the background.

It's light and smooth in the mouth, and worth just rolling around for a moment.

Very drinkable, and a very, very good beer.

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

This beer pours a dark color, with a thick head. Almost has the look of a stout, but not a creamy looking. The taste is a little bit choclatey and nutty. Same with the scent. But overall this is a very quality beer and has become one of my favoirtes. The mouthfeel is suprisingly light and the drinkability is definatly good. I would recomend this to anyone who is a fan of the dopplebocks.

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

11.2 oz., 330 mL, Euro brown bottle,

A: Pours a dark mahogany brown into a pint glass, with a nice, tan head to cap it off.

S: Very malty, some brown sugar, with a slight hint of smoke, some chocolate.

T: Very tasty, very malty, lots of brown sugar and just baked dark rustic bread. There is definitely a chocolate note to this beer, milk chocolate mostly, a beautiful, complex malt flavour that is a delight to drink.

M: Lighter than what I would expect for such a big beer, smooth and creamy, close to a dessert in a glass.

D: A great dopplebock, I'd rank it slightly below Salvator, but it is still a great lager beer, and the first truly great beer that I ever had, a beer that made me go, "Wow! That's good!", so it will always hold a special place for me, one of Ayinger's and Germany's best.

Photo of franksnbeans
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an almost black ruby with a pillowy off white head that dies rather quick. Smells very roasty, a little sweet of malt and caramel. Taste is quite delightful. The roast is nice followed by multiple layers of subtle sweet flavors. Smooth as silk in the mouth and very drinkable. A delicious brew indeed.

Photo of younger35
3.8/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked this up a couple weeks ago at my local beer store. Have had this before on cask during Oktoberfest. I wasn’t too impressed with it then but I know I’ll like this better. Drank out of my Laughing Dog pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a super dark amber-brown with a lovely foamy two finger sand tan head. Leaves great cap and collar along with superior lacing. Great looking brew.
Smell- Surprisingly fruity. Plums, raisins and other assorted dark fruits fill the nose. Light malt smokiness with a touch of something that smells like peanut brittle. Smell reminds me a lot of HotD Adam.
Taste- Starts out with a touch of malty sweetness that is not cloying in the least. Again, like the nose there is a slight smokiness but not as prevalent as the smell. Lightly fruity but not distracting from the malt body. Also there is a slight spicy pepperiness (definitely not a word) and hints of black licorice. Alcohol shows very very slightly.
Mouthfeel- Slightly thick and slick with mild carbonation and very slight warming on the back of the throat.
Drinkability- I really enjoyed this beer although I probably wouldn’t find myself drinking it on a regular basis. I liked it much better than on cask (although I think the liters of Oktoberfest I had before might have had a bit of effect on my judgement). It’s a fairly enjoyable beer with lots of big complex flavors.

Photo of iconoklaztor
4.14/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The appearance is good as to be expected. This is a dark brew but light is able to penetrate the beer. Not as dark as a stout.
The smell is great! Two sniffs...mouth open...the whole deal is well worth it. I was hoping the taste would have been as great as the smell. The taste is good at best. Seems to be a little weak with an average mouth feel. The best part is the time it spends after you swallow.
With all the talk around my friends about this beer, I must admit I am a little disappointed in this beer. It’s certainly a top 100 but I was expecting more.

I tried a second bottle yesterday! It was much better the second time around for me than the first. The taste was still a little weak but it was good for its style. I would say the mouthfeel was a little better this time around as was the smell! Still not my favorite but its a top 100.

Photo of MrMonkey
4.27/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with red highlights. A 1/2" foamy light brown head disappeared rather quickly and left almost no lacing except for a couple of wisps at the top of my glass.

Smells of dark chocolate, figs, raisins, some roasted malts and a bit of spice.

Tastes much of the same: sweet malts, dark chocolate, molasses, with a lot of sweet dark red fruits throughout. Ends with a mild dark chocolate bitterness.

Mouthfeel was full-bodied and creamy. Very nice!

Overall, one of the best doppelbocks out there. Very drinkable, ver enjoyable!

Photo of Bitterbill
4.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Wilbur's in Ft Collins.

It pours from 330ml bottle a clear dark brown with reddish highlights and a very small head of foam with almost no lacing.

The smell of caramel malt hits my nose before I even get close to the glass..lots of dark fruit like fig also there in abundance. Wonderful smell!

The taste is big on the sweet malt and has notes of roasted malt, chocolate, fig, toffee, and just a touch of bitterness that I find mainly in the finish but it's more of a dark chocolate bitterness and it really gives a superb ending to a great DB.

More sips in and I'm beginning to notice the alcohol a bit; it's mainly a warming after the swallow. I wish I had picked up more than the 2 bottles I have.

The mouthfeel is kind of chewy, the carbo is fairly lightly done, and the aftertaste lingers on for some time and *that's* a plus. Best darn Doppelbock I've ever tasted and I couldn't recommend it more. Another great product from Ayinger!!!

Photo of bradley194
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is really very appealing. It pours a dark dark brown, almost purple color with a nice two finger head which is kind of tan in color.

The smell of it has a lot of spice to it and maybe some fruit. I sort of smell figs.

The taste of it is really very nice. It is really full tasting. Hints of coffee and spice. It has medium carbonation and really disguises the alcohol in it very well. It is not bitter at all in fact this beer borders on being sweet. Very very rich malt flavor. This is a really good tasting beer. Also this beer really gets better with each taste of it. Every time you pick it up a new taste appears.

Overall I would rate this beer a 4.5 out of 5.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle- excellent presentation (bottle)- nice packaging.

A- A dark mahogony color- dark brown/maroon- thin tan head, no lacing.

S- Smell was of cherry, spices...

T- Taste was wondefl. Dried fruits (cherries, some dates), cinnamon, nutmeg, malts, and a distinct alcohol flavor.

M- Moutfeel was very sticky and thick, stuck to my tongue, throat, and all over my tastebuds.

D- My second doublebock and this one is to be reckoned with. This is truly a masterpiece. Do not drink more than 2 of these in a sitting unless you want to fall asleep!

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

Serving Type: Bottle 12 oz

Appearance: Pours a lovely dark dark red w/ a lovely dark tan head that lingers the entire time you drink the beer

Smell: Molasses and caramel dominate the smell w/ a thick bready malt mixed in. You get a tinge of spicy alcohol

Taste/mouthfeel: A nice big malt feel w/ molasses spread throughout. The spicy alcohol and hop bitterness comes in the end to balance out the flavour. A touch of crystalized dark sugar linger in the mouth that goes well w/ this creamy smooth beer. What's amazing is you get the molasses/malt taste instantly and it is quickly washed away leaving a touch of spice leaving the mouth a touch dry. Wonderful

Drinkability: A very enjoyable doppelbock, and honestly the best one I've tried. Goes down great and taste delicious.

Photo of wagenvolks
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cola-colored brew swirling below a cascading, thick tan head. Retention is decent, yet no lacing is left down the mug. Big time malts present in the aroma with lots of carmel, plum fruit, and a touch of semi-sweet chocolate.

Flavor is equally as impressive, with a huge fruity-malt backbone matched up with a surprisingly strong alcohol note, brown sugar, and sweet bread. Mouthfeel is above average, with a creamy, yet crisp consistency, a great carbonation level, and a nice bitter finish. Definately a complex, flavorful beer. I'll surely have again.

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

Another fine beer provided by Chef Paul's Bavarian Lodge... Poured a dark brown; as close to black as I think you can get withour being there! Nice, thick light brown head that settled to a neat ring around the level of the beer after a few moments... Smell was of dark chocolatey roasted malt, toffee, and a distinct plum/raisin essence. I ordered this beer after dinner and it smelled like I had made a great decision... The elevated abv seemed not to overpower, but rather to deliver the flavors to the tongue while wafting into the nasal cavity from the back of the throat! Kind of an awkward, anatomical description, but hard to explain otherwise... Very sensuous; silky and sweet... I sipped this beer for about 20 minutes and enjoyed every second. Great beer

Photo of Floydster
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle bought from BevMo in Redlands

Poured into my Westvleteren glass with a dark brown body and a thick white head

Smell was strong and full of malt

Nice sweet taste with a lot of dark fruity bites to it, particularly raisins

Good beer that could be sipped on for quite some time, could drink about 3 or 4 of these depending on the mood

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 5,546 ratings.