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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

5,122 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 5,122
Reviews: 2,207
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 327
Gots: 368 | FT: 16
Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2001)
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Photo of NClifestyle
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

was never into bocks or doppelbocks, but that has all changed. first, i got the sam adams double, which i loved. so i picked up a 4-pack of the celebrator when in atlanta. damn, this is german beer, my friends.
dark brown with a thick tan head that does not go away.
smells of brown sugar and burnt caramel, a hint of alcohol.
taste of sweet malt, just a little hop in there somewhere.
very creamy, thick and full in the mouth.
i doubt that i could have too many of these, but i'd try.
fall and winter, i'm looking for more of this.

cheers...

NClifestyle, Sep 13, 2005
Photo of Stubbie1
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A deep dark brown color with a tight tan head up top. Nice lace all the way down the glass. Aroma of malt, molasses and caramel come to mind. There is also a roasted feel going on and a hint of alcohol in there. Taste is big taste of molasses and malt. There is a slight play with the alcohol in there and a dry hop feeling mixed in as well. Smooth and creamy in the mouth and a nice mellow carbonation as well. Overall…….WoW!

Stubbie1, Sep 03, 2005
Photo of smcolw
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep mahogany cherry color--light does not shine through. Nice head with a little lace left on the glass as I drink this.

Very powerful caramel aromas; I like the touch of chocolate malt and hop. Still this is potently sweet smelling brew.

Perhaps the truest double bock in terms of taste...sort of the Guinness of d-bocks. While the caramel sweetness is present, it is not the main flavoring. There are chocolate notes, sinewy alcohol touches, and (quite surprisingly) excellent hop balance which I taste on the roof of my mouth as I swallow.

This is a thinner beer than I expected, but it really doesn't detract from the superior flavor. This beer is too potent to rapidly consume, but it does go down easily. Seek out and enjoy!

smcolw, Sep 03, 2005
Photo of Toddv29424
4.78/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Time to celebrate! This beer has a color that is similar to Coke: almost jet black but dark translucent red near the edges. The smell is like candied fruits, especially apricot. The taste is stellar. It has a large body but not an overwhelming taste. The mouthfeel is also great, with it going down like a normal liquid and not ephervessing too much on the tongue. Definitly a drink you could have more than one of if it weren't for the price!

Toddv29424, Aug 31, 2005
Photo of Chadbrew
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - There is a deep cherry colored beer topped with a big fluffy almond colored head.
Aroma - Yeasty, Earthy aroma with a hint of figs.
Taste - Tastes very well balanced between the malts, bitterness, and alcohol. There seems to be some sweet subtle characteristics of plum and vanilla. There also seems to be a light "woody" flavor in the finish.
Body - Medium body that is thick enough to make you take notice but not overly heavy.
Drinkability - Pretty good overall drinkability, this will be a fine lead in to the rest of the evening.

Chadbrew, Aug 31, 2005
Photo of soulfly967
4.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this on tap at the Sharp Edge Creek House. Served in a Celebrator Glass... sweet.

Looked like Pepsi in my glass, but with a nice thick head that fell not long after arriving. The smell was slightly nutty, with hints of caramel and roasty malts and some sort of sweetness that I can't quite put my finger on. The taste was bready, with some, but not much, sweetness and roasted malty goodness. The mouthfeel was creamy, mildly carbonated, and very smooth. This was so good that I had to have another! Excellent beer.

soulfly967, Aug 30, 2005
Photo of nickss
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep dark brown with a mountainous 1.5" head that barely subsides at all.

Smells of nuts and brown sugar, deep and sweet and lush... some hints of chocolate maltiness in there as well.

Wow... oh wow... rich, luscious, wonderfully deep taste. Nuts, toffee, and caramel are all largely prevalent in this beer. Delicious.

Huge mouthfeel.... completely coats the tongue. Even after the beer is gone, the taste refuses to leave your tongue.... divine chewiness.

IMMENSELY DRINKABLE! What a quality example of this style... I wish I could find this locally... I would purchase a case without second thought.

nickss, Aug 30, 2005
Photo of CJfromPhilly
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a cola colored brown with a thick foamy head which goes away quickly. Not much carbonation visible, or maybe it's just hidden in the darkness. Nice, sweet, rich malty aroma, not much going on in the hops department (sorry hopheads). Taste is initial sweet maltiness, with a little dark fruit in the background. The finish is dry, spicy, and a little bit smoky. Overall, a smooth, complex & very tasty brew that lives up to all it's accolades!

CJfromPhilly, Aug 28, 2005
Photo of scooter231
3.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark, dark beer. Tan head that will not go away. Looks slightly intense. Smells of dark fruits, and coffee and chocolate- it's hard to get, have to take a big whiff, even when warm. Light hops and malt in there- just so hard to find.

Taste is stouty, lots of coffee and roasted flavors in there. Chocolate and caramel complete the background, with a hint of hops somewhere in there. Tasty. Mouthfeel is chewy and bubbly and full, and I'd say this is decently drinkable- it's a solid beer, but a tad too heavy to drink a lot of. Still, a tasty concoction, one I'd have again.

scooter231, Aug 23, 2005
Photo of rdailey76
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured beautifully from a bottle into my favorite beer consumption glass. A nice tan head appeared that disappated as I let it sit for a few moments taking in the smell. It poured a deep red to brown color. The first two words that came to my head upon first sniff were...malty and fruity...plums or dates I think. The first taste unveiled a nice roasted finish with the definite fruity backbone. Dare I say...like a young barley wine. I felt the mouthfeel was smooth and lucious. Quite enjoyable and would definitely have a couple more. Why the goats look like rams on the bottle??? Don't know.

rdailey76, Aug 22, 2005
Photo of ReebShorts
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark and frothy, head has a pinkish red hue and took some time in fading fom a 2 finger to one with some varying sizes of surface bubbles.

smell is malty, caramel, maybe plum and/or raisin, molasses. inviting.

mmm, there is a distinct burnt coffee flavor to this that is excellent, I was afraid this my be a bit on the sweet side based on the aromas, but that is not the case here. Carbonation is fine and well balanced, slight alcohol bite at finish is welcome. Had to deduct a little on mouthfeel as it got a bit watery on the bottom half. I think this is my favorite doppelbock. So far anyways...

ReebShorts, Aug 19, 2005
Photo of Px2GrafX
4.63/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

presentation: 11.2oz. bottle with an illustration on the front label of two goats on their hind legs almost caressing a flute-like glass of celebrator. "finest bavarian double bock beer" is printed on a banner across the label. 6.7%abv is displayed. no freshness date. most importantly, there is a plastic celebrator goat trinket tied to the neck of the bottle by a red string. (i started hanging these on the window of our kitchen. my wife doesn't think they go well with the decor.)

appearance: pours a deep shadowy ruby red with scarlet highlights into a pilsner glass. huge rolling tan head that's thick and batter-like. beautiful eye candy. head sticks and laces like a champ.

smell: heavy molasses and biscuits with caramel. mostly sweet malty aromas with some alcohol and very little hop scents.

taste: caramelly molasses over biscuits. some chocolate and coffee as well. super complex malt flavors. dark fruity flavors suggesting prunes, dates and a hint of black grapes. finishes with some alcohol and very sweet. very little hop flavors/bitters. huge malty doppelbock!

mouthfeel: wonderful coating mouthfeel. creamy and thick medium-heavy body. low carbonation and silky swallow.

drinkability: as thick as this is, it's very drinkable. alcohol is noticable, but not a hinderance. almost a dessert beer. a truely special treat that goes down super easy.

overall: i know it's easy to say that michael jordan is the best ever basketball player, but quite simply, this is the best doppelbock i've had to date. absolutely delicious.

Px2GrafX, Aug 18, 2005
Photo of beertaster13
4.88/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brown cola, with a nice mocha/tan head, bubbles rise from within. The smell is of apples covered in caramel, a slight buttery yeast, biscuits and jelly. Malts ar fruity (cherries) and sweet. The taste is facinating, crisp and refreshing, apple pie with roasted pecans. A nice biscuit layer coated with honey sap. The fruits are pleasant, slight floral hop, lively in the mouth. This beer is king of all.

beertaster13, Aug 17, 2005
Photo of methtlcai
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is the best looking and feeling beer I have ever had. If it were the best tasting, I wouldn't bother buying anything else. Pours a dark opaque brown with a full three fingers of bubbly tan head that stays all over the glass. I actually didn't know much beer I had left in the glass because the lacing covered up where it was. Aroma is dark bready roasted malt with a hint of spicy alcohol. Taste has a hint of raisin, thick roasted maltiness and a nice supportive hop bitterness along with an alcoholic presence. The best part of this beer is the thick velvety mouthfeel which I have experienced nowhere else, even in stouts. Absolutely stunning.

methtlcai, Aug 17, 2005
Photo of DogFood11
4.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

my second beer in a row that is outstanding...are the stars aligned just right or what? I should go beer shopping right now to make sure this isnt some kind of fluke.

outstanding appearance big tan head and large dark body. Dark fruits are dominating. chocolate creeps its way into the picture, giving way to a welcomed and subtle bitter twinge to clean things up. This is one heavy duty brew in body and effect.

some warming that is perfectly expected and enjoyed

please transport me to bavaria.

DogFood11, Aug 08, 2005
Photo of ommegangpbr
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 330 mL/11.2 ounce bottle poured into a chalice; no freshness date to be found.
This is on par with imperial porters and stouts (double, imperial, take your pick) with regard to appearance, smell and flavor.
Opaque black with a tan head... could have used a bit more head though it was served on the colder side of ideal.
Smells pretty good... not as fragrant as I'd like to experience given the reviews; I caught some raisin smells and some mild roasted smells. A little bit yeasty, perhaps.
Tastes... Belgian. Almost, anyway. Closer to an Imperial Porter than a stout but similar characteristics. Very deep, complex flavor. Dark fruits come to my attention again, as well as a little bit of chocolate and coffee. Coffee comes through in the mouthfeel.
I've been wanting to try this for quite some time and I'm glad that I did. The top 100 BA beers that I've had have made for a great guideline when beer hunting.

ommegangpbr, Aug 07, 2005
Photo of andjusticeforale
3.88/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured a twelve oz. bottle into a rounded pint glass. It poured out like Pepsi with a scant tan head. It was dark but alive. It seemed like it was well carbonated. It was not dark and oily and big like a stout or porter from the British Isles. This was heavy and consistent in a different way

There was not much to the nose of this beer. No appreciable fruit, yeast, herbs, hops, anything. Just a “beer” smell. A very good beer smell, with all its goodness, but nothing really too interesting. If you read a review that says there is much more, its probably romantic glorification because I swirled and smelled and let the thing sit awhile and swirled and smelled a bit more. Maybe there was some cocoa/coffee smokiness and malt but that is all. There was no “lace” on the glass to speak of. Thats really not the point of this, though, is it?

On first taste, there was a distinct non-sweetened espresso/coffee flavor, and the aftertaste was as fizzy as hydrogen peroxide. This happened again, and I tasted and tasted and searched for complexity. There was a big malt flavor that pre-dominated, along with a stout-like coffee taste that was prevalent.

There was one saving grace here, a really faint hint of sweetness that added a little bit of depth. Don’t get me wrong, there was no alcohol flavor, and there was absolutely no hops bite here, and the mouthfeel was huge and chewy, with a good deal of carbonation present. If this was your type of drink, the drinkability here is very good- 3 or 4 would not be out of the question, if you had the intestinal fortitude and a designated driver.

andjusticeforale, Aug 04, 2005
Photo of RidiculedDisplay
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an incredible combination of red and deep, deep brown, combining at places to a purplish hue. Decent head which dissipates fairly quickly, little to no lacing after the first few sips. Smell is of molasses, sugary figs, small hints of caramel, warm wheat bread crust. Tastes heavily of molasses, woody earthy notes, bread, and a slight but pleasing alcoholic flavor. If you ever had it, this beer has one of the strongest acai tastes (brazillian fruit) that I've ever tasted without acai actually being present (in my opinion, this is a good thing, as I like acai) - sort of that chocolately but fruity sweet funk. Take it for what you will but that was my impression. Wonderful mouthfeel and very drinkable despite the aforementioned alcoholic presence in the taste, which, again, is very pleasing rather than overpowering or abrasive. Overall a wonderful, wonderful brew.

RidiculedDisplay, Aug 03, 2005
Photo of Wonka
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11,2 FL.OZ.

Appearance – in direct light its blood red/touch of purple while in general room lighting there's a minimal black core holds court surrounded by that blood red; three-finger, luscious head that crackles back to relative scarcity over a minute or two; lace is reasonable

Smell – a relaxing smooth malt; molasses, ripe plum and fig; this is a massive, full experience and my favorite component; beer cologne candidate

Taste – a classic transition of smell to taste; mellow with bread, wheat and molasses; great balance at close

Mouthfeel – tremendous light/moderate, smooth feel with the countering sharper carbonation entering; close is nearly perfect; its not dry or too syrupy

Drinkability – the smell and aftertaste really set the tone but I desire a bit less crispness in the feel

In the home of doppelbock, here is the champ. It has been a favorite and it’s a 'no doubt' recommendation.

Wonka, Jul 28, 2005
Photo of ppoitras
4.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle from BigLove as part of The Blue & Gray BIF. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 3/4" of tan head over the dark amber brew. Head lasts well, with average to good lacing. Aroma is incredible, sweet malts, and nuttiness like you wouldn't believe. Taste is just what the nose portended, although maybe a little less so. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both incredible for the style. A standard for dBocks, for sure.

ppoitras, Jul 26, 2005
Photo of jmc44
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours virtually black with hints of red. The head is brown and lasts a bit.

Taste of beer improves as the temperature increases (I had mine served about 45). Tases sweetly of malt with hints of caramel and nuts. Faintly evident is a bit of bitterness. The beer finishes with a bit more bitterness, not unpleasant. Mouthfeel is full and smooth.

This is a heavy beer best for slow drinking. Definitely recommend this if not already tried. And if you have tried, go have another.

jmc44, Jul 26, 2005
Photo of Franchise
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very, very, dark brown almost black very little light can get threw this brew. This bock smells of caramel, roasted nuts, and figs. The taste of this beer is very delicious, I taste the sweetness of the caramel, some nutty flavors, and some dark fruit plum/figs all combine together and bring out some incredible tastes on the palate. This is definatly a sipping brew, one that can warm you up on a winter day.

Franchise, Jul 24, 2005
Photo of jamesclark
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is close to black, with red highlights. A thick light-brown head forms and descends moderately slowly to a smattering of bubbles, which eventually disappear.

There is a rich smell of fresh bread, with alcohol lurking beneath. I can imagine lots of other smells within, raisins, licorice, black pepper - but mostly bread.

The beer has a fine, heavy malt flavor. The alcohol hides here, behind rich dark malts. There is some sweetness and a little bit of bitterness. There is a little caramel, and a smoky flavor and texture - very smooth. The finish is sticky, bitter and sour - satisfying - it brings back the subtle complexities noticed in the aroma.

Overall I find this beer very enjoyable - drinkable indeed, but also meaty. It is smooth and comfortable, with a very nice aroma and a rich body.

jamesclark, Jul 22, 2005
Photo of mobyfann
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Paid .70EUR + .08EUR glass deposit for a 330mL bottle.

*Reviewed on 18.07.2005

The beer pours a dark brown base, medium caramel colored head, solid retention and nice lacing throughout most of the beer. The smell is heavy of malts, smells like coffee and chocolate - unusual for a doppel.

The taste is perfection, strong on malt taste but not overpowering, the taste is roasty, hints of coffee/chocolate, the aftertaste is the best of any beer I've tasted. The beer is never harsh on the mouth but the head retention isn't perfect to give the beer the best of all smoothness. This is such a great beer, and I would have another, a slow session of this one is best.

Final Thought: This and Aventinus are the clear champions in the bock variety, which has quickly become my favorite style in German brews. A classic beer!

mobyfann, Jul 19, 2005
Photo of BEERchitect
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful specimen of the Dopplebock style.

The dark, dark brown beer pours with a soundful plop in the glass. Malty even to the ears. Nearly opaque with a medium, tan head that lasts the session. A good deal of lacing on the glass proves either to be too heavy or verly well malted.

Heavy toast without roasting in the nose. Rye breads, beer breads, grainy breads... the beer is all about the bready-toasty malts. Mild toffee and nuttiness come in late. Secondary scents of fruitcake and dehydrated fruits from cherries, apples, pineapples, dates, figs, and raisons swirl around a light rum-like sweetness. Promises greatness.

Outstanding flavors of the fruits, breads, and alcohols that are described in the nose transfer unadulterated to the taste but with less heaviness or boldness than expected. Still, the heavy emphasis is on the bready, melanoiden meaty flavors with a touch of soy-sauce aging. Toffee and nuttiness round on the the malts and make them identifiable.

The body can be summed up in one word: Malty. Of course the bready notes come full throddle with a creamy, robust, full texture. But all that seems to whisp away in a magical last second. Part of the beer evaporates while the otehr parts thin into a toasty-sweet beer that makes for remarkable drinkability.

Celebrator is one of the few true Dopplebocks the exemplifly the style to perfection. Could it use a bit more complexity on the fruits and a bit more balance on the lagered-oxidized front? Maybe, but no faults here.

BEERchitect, Jul 18, 2005
Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 5,122 ratings.