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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Ratings: 5,621
Reviews: 2,268
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 406
Gots: 583 | 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 ablaze
4.26/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very deep ruby red colour with a nice beige head. Looks like a rich beer, that's for sure.

Scent is a very faint rose or potpourri, with a soft undertone of alcohol that takes a few sniffs to notice.

The flavours unravel very well, and every sip is different. Very spicy and fruity at first with lots of strawberries, then blackberries, and then a solid rye bread finish. Very nicely layered with a rich, lingering aftertaste. It's a delicious and sweet beer, like candy.

Feels silky in the mouth, and clingy, like it's coating your mouth before it goes down. Quite pleasing.

Definitely a special beer, and it's well priced. I could drink it in any kind of weather on any day, and it would cheer me right up (but what good beer doesn't?). 6.7% by volume, but very easy to drink, and the alcohol isn't noticable by taste.

Overall, it's very deserving of the praise it has gotten and it is very close to what I expected. I am satisfied, and will definitely be getting more of this in the future.

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

A - Poured a rich ruby red brown, which was nearly opague but could still observe some light through. Big tan head, faded after a moderate time revealing a big layer of lace that stayed until the end.

S - Smell was very sweet, and thick. Robust would be a good word. Lots of caramel aromas here, even some hints at cofee, rasin, or perhaps a light chocolate interspersed with a nice smoked aroma.

M & T - The first thing I noticed was a sort of flat, slick taste. I was hoping for some more carbonation and a fuller feel. The first flavor to hit was a nice balanced smoked, roasted malt flavor. Very nice, with a good amount of bittering hoppiness backing it up, almost a hint of a cola flavor as well. Lots of good sublties here, very well rounded.

D - Overall the only negative I have is that it needed more carbonation to give a fuller feel and better set off the flavors. It was very drinkable however, as nothing overwhelmed you and it never came off as too thick. Very nice relaxing nightcap for me.

Photo of kdoc8
4.53/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up at the Willamette Market of Choice, Eugene, OR. It pours out a very dark brown color with some faint red hints. It's got a thin bubbly head that's tan-brown and long lasting. Not much lacing. It doesn't smell too strongly - just a bit bitter but mostly a sweet smell. The taste is slightly acidic/bitter up front, but then erupts into a roasty sweet chocolate taste on the end which dominates the aftertaste. Very drinkable and delicious - nice bitterness to balance out the sweet roast. Plus it's got a funky little goat necklace for some reason. You don't find too many beers with necklaces....

Photo of Duster72
3.7/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a coca-cola color into glass with no head. No lacing left behind. Aroma is chocolate at first and then roasted malts. Taste is dark fruits and sugar up front. Carmel malts give way to roasted flavor and slight alcohol burn as it goes down. Aftertaste is primarily roastiness and alcohol. Good beer, not great. I do not have enough experience in the style to say how it stacks up to the competiton.

Photo of AustinBeerLvr
4.68/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a 11.2 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: Huge rocky, creamy, thick head. The body looks very dark and rich. As it's being consumed, it leaves a substantial amount of lacing on the glass.

S: Mostly roasted malt and a good dose of clean hops in there as well.

T: This brew is very complex in that the first couple of sips seemed to have a lot of roasted malt flavor up front. Then, as I took the next few sips, the roasted character of this brew seems to mellow out and the hops really shine through more to balance the malt sweetness. In my opinion, the only thing missing from this brew is that it actually needs just a slight touch more of malt sweetness for all the hop flavor it has.

M: Simply awesome. Perfect for the style, but still doesn't weigh you down.

D: Without a doubt, the most drinkable double bock I've ever had. It's not quite as sweet as most brews of the style, and I just can't get enough the awesome hops that do such a nice job of balancing everything out. Also, this brew has a somewhat lower ABV than most doppelbocks, which makes it an excellent session beer if you feel like having a few. My local grocer just started getting this beer, it tastes so good I forgot the expensive price already!

Photo of udubdawg
4.24/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 ounce bottle, freshness dated June 9, 2007.

Pours a beautiful dark reddish brown - it occurs to me that without the thick head and the goat "toy" I'd probably have neighbor kids trying to steal sips of my "cola". Nice clarity. Head is light brown with impressive creamy thickness and retention. Decent lacing as well.

Nose is lighted roasted/carmelized maltines and brown sugar. No hops noted, but a little of the alcohol strength is.

Taste is as I remember it - the best doppelbock I've had. Fruits not present in the aroma explode into the mouth along with the nice bready flavor. Nice balance of caramel and plum/berry sweetness with a somewhat drying and bittering finish.

Creamy full-bodied smoothness abounds. Carbonation relatively light. Always have to force myself to drink this slowly enough to enjoy it, as I never seem to have enough around.

Very drinkable. On the rare wonderful occasion when I have more than one, it IS quite filling after a while.

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.41/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep amber, clear. Mild to moderate carbonation. Nice head, foamy with decent lace.

Banana esters jump out first. Chocolate. Hop: mildly tart, floral, and spicy. Malt: nut, sweet toffee.

Medium+ bodied. Mild metallic taste first. Malt: thick/sweet, chocolate, nut, toffee, coffee, toasty, molasses. Hop: floral, tart, herbal. Spicy alcohol, mild banana esters. Creamy and smooth, mildly carbonated.

So good. Tastes great, feels great. Looks perfect.

Photo of Matteox3
3.9/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased by the case at Shangy's in Emmaus, PA.

This beer was very full bodied, dark brown with a very adequate head. Smell was smoky, bocky, goodness. The taste had almost a soy sauciness that worked very well actually. Much more drinkable to me than other bocks ive had. This is a quality bock.

Photo of pavandal
4.19/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured into my sweet Stroh's goblet (word.) a nice dark brown that I couldn't see through. No real head, just a few bubbles around the outside.

A very complex smell here. We have caramel, a fruity smell, and a slight roasted background. I liked the smell of this a whole lot.

Taste was good! It had a caramel taste at first, with the roasted malt flavor bringing up the back. Some caramel and citrus notes were detected as well.

ABV wasn't as high as other Dopplebocks I've had, so that's pretty cool.

I really dug this beer. Can't wait to have another!

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

appearance -datk brown color, with lots of head, not much carbination.

smell - Lots of molasses smell here.

taste - molasses, and coffee flavor here.

mouthfeel - Heavy body, molasses

drinkability - Nice bock, would buy it again,nice looking beer with its large head.

Photo of travelfrog
3.62/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is one of the few "*-ator" Munich Starkbier brands I did not try in Munich during my Starkbierzeit pilgrimages in my younger days... ;) I must say I was a bit disappointed, especially since I have very much enjoyed Ayinger's other beer varieties. To be fair, I had this brew on tap in the USA (i.e., perhaps not at its freshest), served into a Celebrator 0.3 liter glass.

Appearance was dark-brown with a reddish tinge. A bit more watery than other Doppelbocks I've seen.

Aroma was very good, almost of a chocolate cordial.

Flavor was OK, with notes of port wine and sherry. The aftertaste was almost salty.

Mouthfeel was average at best, with not a lot of body and cloying to the roof of the mouth.

Drinkability was OK for a Doppelbock, but you could definitely taste the alcohol.

Again, to be fair, I had it on tap a long distance from where it was brewed. Perhaps I'll sample it again if I make it back to Bavaria.

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

unfortunately writing this review too long after the fact but here goes...poured a beatiful dark brown with a nice thick head, aroma was redolant of chocolate, dark, almost burnt caramel malts, toasted bread, espresso, and honey. taste was kind of like drinking a nice dark bread with a nice residual sweetness and enough understated hops to provide great balance, mouthfeel was medium in body but that does not do it justice, i just can't bring myself to say something feels great in my mouth despite my avatar, drinkability is great for a beer of this abv. ayinger really knows how to showcase complex, clean malt flavors.

Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.37/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice clear rusty brown coloring. The head is quite persistent and left some mild lacing around the glass.

Smell: Notes of oatmeal, molasses, and chocolate in the foreground. Dark berries, and some hops present as well.

Taste: The chocolate and molasses are nicely balanced by the hop presence. After warming some citrus shines through but it doesn't overpower the other flavors. There seems to be some coffee presence as well.

Mouthfeel: This creamy beverage coats the mouth with all the flavors described.

Drinkability: Very well balanced doppelbock thats complex but easy to appreciate.

Photo of BigJTrucker
3.63/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle. Decent head settles fairly quickly. Dark choclatey amber color. Smells slightly reminiscent of molasses or rum. Very malty tastes. I'd wish it had a bit more hops to balance it out. Feels very thick in the mouth, not fizzy. Very full bodied. A decent enough beer, and from what i've read, a decent enough member of the style, but for some reason, i enjoyed a Samichlaus much more.

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

Pours a nice mohagany amber with a thick creamy off white head. Aroma of chocolate, malt and fruits. Taste has coffee, chocolate and roasted malts with a full bodied creamy mouthfeel. A good drinker going down smooth leaving a roasted malt bitter aftertaste. A great doppelbock to try and another one to for me to try again.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.07/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

11.2 oz bottle complete with a little plastic Celebrator ram.

AP: A deep dark brown with ruby red hues shimmering through in direct light. A mild carbonation creates a one-finger thick cream colored head, thin and bubbly, dissipted quickly to a scattered cap.

Nose: Honey malt, honey wheat bread, spicey hop, brown sugar and nutmeg, all very aromatic.

Taste: Semi-sweet malt flavor with dark chocolate, nutmeg, honey wheat bread, roasted oats and wheat with some sour fruit flavors and a nice spicey and zesty hop fin. Not as sweet dominated as the aroma will lead you to believe.

Feel: Medium body, Not as heavy and thick as some other good Dopplebocks, this one features a rather crisp and clean lively effect.

DA: Very east to drink and very enjoyable. At 6.7 % it still remains easy.

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

I was shopping for beer at BevMo last week and saw a 330 ml bottle of this on sale for $2.49. Needless to say, I bought it. On to the beer:

It pours thick into a pilsner glass with a dark brown color. It has a very nice aroma of chocolate covered raisins and brown sugar. Similar taste too, and very well balanced. Not overwhelmingly malty, and a pleasure to drink on slowly. Why spend your money on a forty when you can enjoy this for the same price?

Photo of tonistruth
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- dark mahogany, 1/2" tan head, decent retent

S- malty, raisin, caramel

T- malty, maple syrup, caramel, raisin, alcohol lingering in background, woody, hint of cardboard, sweet, big sweet finish

M- full body yet smooth, sticky finish with a touch of alcohol though aftertaste, slight carbonation

D- hype surrounding this brew may just be credible i really enjoyed this, good brew, recommended

Photo of Talisker
4.28/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lives up to the hype. A must-try.

Poured from a 330ml bottle ($3.49 for only 11.2oz - that's how they get you!) into the Celebrator-branded glass. Cute little goat charm around the neck.

Deep amber brown, nearly opaque. Frothy tan head, well-tamed, but sticks around nicely throughout. Aroma definitely not an ale - has metallic hints of noble hops, but not in a bad way. Taste is spectacular - sweetish maltiness predominates, with a nice drying bitterness on the finish, even a hint of a porter-like powder. Beautifully light texture, smooth, just enough weight to hang in there and invite the next sip.

A great beer, even if you think the style's not for you. Wow.

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

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock pours to a deep, appetizing amber. The light frothy head melts out to a light lace.

It has a subtle fruity aroma that cleverly caused you to underestimate it's wonderfully complex flavor. Malty and nice fruit.

It posseses a buttery complex flavour with a light-hoppiness and toasty, bread-like undertones. It finishes as well as it starts and will keep you coming back for more; one of my favorites. A must-try beer experience. Smooth and falvorful.

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

Deep, bubbly brown. A little daker than root beer with a foamy tan/white head.
Intense carmel aroma, smells sweet and malty.
Rich carmel-malt flavor, slight hop bitterness in the background. Not as sweet as the aroma suggested.
Lingering malt coating on the tongue with a bitter follow through in the back. Carbonation tickles the nose.
The sweetness might be too much for glass after glass but a couple is a great idea.
I think this is one of the world's best beers.

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

A nearly-opaque mahongany liquid with an imposing several fingers worth of head. Takes several minutes for the head to die down making for an impressive presentation (not counting the silly, but fun, plastic goat tied around the bottleneck).

Dark, sugary notes fill the nose with hints of blackberries, black cherry and maple all checking in.

Holy malt, that's good! Rich and lusty flavors pack this brew ranging from the savory (grape tannins and fennel seed) to sweet (brown sugar, sour cherries, vanilla). Burnt, bitter aftertaste makes for a beer that provides a whole range of flavor contrasts. Really good stuff.

Thinner than I would like from such a full-tasting beer but still creamy enough on the finish to make for a more than satisfying drink. Not something I could pack a ton away of but a great, great German beer; a real treat.

Photo of montageman
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of the beers that opened my eyes to the wonderful world of beer. I had this in Frankenmuth a few years back and realized that this was something special, beyond even Bells and New Holland.

Poured into a weizen glass. Huge 3 finger head after an aggressive pour that goes no where for a while then leaves plenty of lacing everywhere. Color is a dark reddish brown, almost like iced tea. Smell is totally roasted malt with a little touch of caramel sweetness and maybe a little fruitiness as well. Taste is sweet and roasty up front a little milk chocolate and coffee bitterness in the back - this is a wonderful beer. Mouthfeel is perfect - not too carbonated, but enough to carry the complexity. This is the perfect beer to have with any German food - brats, sauerkraut, spaetzle, etc. Drink it often, it's good stuff. Highest recommendation.

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

Poured an opaque dark brown that when held up to the light displayed brilliant shards of red through the glass. An aggressive pour produced a big, billowing tan head.

The smell while not strong was a pleasing sweet maltiness.

The taste was initially sweet, roasty malts that gave way to a wonderful lingering dry bitterness that invited another sip. Also the warming sensation of alcohol was subtly present as a backdrop.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied, creamy and smooth -- almost velvety. Exceptionally gulpable, but the alcohol level is deceptive.

A great, great beer -- the mother of all doppelbocks and a real treat to pick one up.

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

I gave this Double Bock a perfect score!

I bought a 4 pack for $9.99 (what a steal!)

I poured it in to a pilsner glass. It was a deep brownish/red color with a frothy tan head that didn't last too long but as I drank it left a fine looking lacing all the way through. perfect!

It smelled sort of sweet and of roasted malt. perfect!

The taste was heavenly, not too sweet with no hint of alcohol or bitterness. perfect!

It was creamy and smooth in the mouth with a sweet aftertaste. perfect!

This is an extremely drinkable bock. Low abv allows one to enjoy 3 or 4 over a couple of hours, either with a meal or after a meal with a good cigar. perfect!

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 5,621 ratings.