1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

Not Rated.
Ayinger Celebrator DoppelbockAyinger Celebrator Doppelbock

Educational use only; do not reuse.

5,539 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 5,539
Reviews: 2,252
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 383
Gots: 545 | FT: 19
Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2001

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock Alström Bros
Ratings: 5,539 | Reviews: 2,252 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of JoeyHotrod
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Truly one of the world's great beers and worthy of any and all praise it recieves, Ayinger Celebrator Dopplebock is grand in it's scope and a true pleasure to savor.

I remember this beer at one time being number one on the best of BA list, I was mearly a lurker for the most part way back then and while the beer has dropped to 21st (still quite remarkable considering the amount of beers out there) it's a classic in every way.

It's a dark brown, nearly black color with a rather nice head that lingers for sometime. There is some nice impressive lacing as well, lacing that lasts the duration of the glass.

The smell is that of smoky malt, with definite coffee undertones as well. Simply delightful!

The beer tastes of malt...malt..malt. Smoky malt, chocolate malt.... simply malt. This is truly a divine beer for malt lovers. This beer is akin to drinking a very very well made coffee in a sense.

This beer is truly world class and mere words cannot do it justice. If you've yet to try it, then please do yourself a favor and do so ASAP.

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

Pours dark brown with garnett highlights. Nice tan head, retains well. Aroma is complex, sweet malts. Tastem is sweet malts and a roasty, almost coffee like flavor. Alcohol is noticeable but faint. Medium-full bodied with a fair amount of carbonation. This one is pretty good, but the high ABV prevents it from being a session beer. I'm not clear on why this is so highly rated (or priced for that matter).

Photo of Jermbrew
4.88/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Looks powerful, smells sweet, tastes like heaven (with a bit of roasted coffee beans). The creamy mouthfeel ties it all together.

There is no need to go in to great detail about why this doppelbock is so great. Have one for yourself....you'll understand.

Photo of Phocion
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip a thick dark brown, almost black color with a stubborn finger and a half of a creamy beige head.

Nose is rich caramel malts and what seems to me like anise. More subtle notes of toffee, nuts, and brown sugar/nutmeg with a very light fruity hops presence in the background.

Spicy and sweet. The complex malt character is dominant; mostly toffee and caramel, but the hops stand out a lot more than they did in the aroma as well. Alcohol presence is also fairly strong for a 6.7% but in now way overpowering.

Thick, chewy mouthfeel Very warm and tasty, but definitely leaves the palate dry.

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

Into a tulip glasss, pours a thick dark black with a big massive tan head lasting quite some time, big clingy lacing sticking to the glass. Really roasty malts dominate the nose, toffee, kind of sweet, maybe some chocolate in there, alcohol lightly present, really nice and well integrated, a touch more assertive and a perfects score.

Tasty tasty beer, delicious chocolate malts, some toffee, maybe coffee, warming alcohol, slight bittering leveling out things, very nice. Mouth is perfect, good body, extremely smooth and velvety, warming the soul. What a good beer for such a crappy day, worth all the praise heaped upon it.

Photo of BlindPig
3.78/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- 1/4" tan head. Dark brown clear body. Thin lacing that covers the top.
S-Caramel and deep malts. Very sweet smell. Some light hops.
T- Some caramel flavors. Malts with some toffee flavors. Light hops accents. The yeast comes through also. Pretty sweet flavors. More coffee flavors come out as warms up a bit.
M- Medium body, light to medium carbonation.
D- It is pretty good.Not huge fan of the dopplebock style though. I think I prefer the Spaten Optimator.

Photo of bigone4
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received a bottle free from a friend who did not like the taste of this brew. But then again many beers I have him try, he does not take a liking too. Anyhow it poured out a dark brown almost black color. Nice tan off-white head. Very impressive looking presentation. The nice thick head dissipated slowly and left very little lacing in the pint. Smells of roasted malt and caramel tones. Had a rather interesting alcohol aroma almost like a scotch ale. Very smooth roasted flavor awesome malt character. Mild hop presence in the finish. Extremely enjoyable smooth malted flavor. Great mix of dark and roasted malt. The solid malt flavor is the back bone of this great thick bodied beer. Very impressive and tasty, drinkable but in moderation. It certainly packed a nice little kick with it so it seemed. Great overall flavor and taste. I would certainly give it another taste. I was weary trying it because there was no freshness date and I did not know how long my friend had it. But after checking some other reviews I saw it would be fine with the shelf life.

Photo of AChamberlain
4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Stellar!! 330ml bottle bought from Bierkraft.

A: Great thick head. Black and beautiful.
S: Lovely smell, sweet and malty.
T: Sweet and malty flavor.
MF: Thick, fullbodied and smooth.
D: Drinkable, but I can't session dopplebocks. But for what it is great.

Photo of jamie2dope
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one at the Moan and Dove in Amherst Mass on tap. Poured a dark brown coloe, with a half ince white heading. Smell was very nutty, with notes of chocolate and nutmeg in the mix. Taste was overwhelmingly filled with nut and chocolate flavors...a bit of caramel in there too. A lot lighter then i had expected, pretty medium in the end. Very nice as far as drinkability, one more would have been great. This is a really awesome beer...still deciding whether I like it better on tap or from the bottle. Also, seems more ale-like then lagerish. Guess it doesn't matter in the end, its still totally worth trying. The ram on the bottle is now on my bunchy of keys. Happy Trails

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

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle to a pilsener glass.

Appearance - Almost completely opaque, but shows a very deep red colour on holding up to the light. I poured a little too slowly, so didn't gain much of a head, but what there was was a medium brown that remained until about halfway through the glass. I imagine with better pouring, the head may have lasted better or at least left the lacing that others have described.

Nose - A mix of fruit, malt and slightly burned caramel. Much more appetizing than it sounds!

Taste - Bitter, rich and smoky. The same caramel and a lot of licorice. Alcohol taste is present but certainly not overpowering.

Mouthfeel - Nice carbonation, surprisingly light for a double bock, although with the richness of the flavour I don't think I'd want it to be much heavier.

Drinkability - Reasonably strong, but very smooth. I think of it more of a sipper than something I can gulp down; I could certainly go for another one after the first, but the richness of the flavour means it wouldn't be a session beer.

Definitely has the 'Outstanding' tag for a reason. Highly recommended!

Photo of dblinkhorn
4.63/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an 11.2oz bottle into a flute glass.

Appearance - Has a two-finger tan head that is creamy and fluffy. It settles at a cap of very creamy head that leaves good lacing as it goes down. The beer is an extremely dark ruby amber color that is mostly clear, with only slight haze (you have to hold this beer up to strong light to see through it).

Smell - Has a "dusty wood" aroma right up front. The smell reminds me of an old dusty attic. Some ripe fig behind that as a fruit aroma. Slightly sweet caramel notes behind this. Rich bready and toasted malt smell is the faintest behind all of the aforementioned. Very little alcohol smell.

Taste - Grainy bitter and oily hops up front. Same fig flavor, but less rich than it was on the nose. The malts are rich and toasted with some smoky attributes. Buttery caramel and brown sugar add a slight sweetness flavor to it all. Pepper as a spice is definitely present. A more fruity and rich finish turns to an earthy and toasted malt-dominated aftertaste with some tea flavors. Warming alcohol all the way through.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with good carbonation (although there is a slightly unpleasant bite in the beginning). Quite smooth as well.

Drinkability - Strong flavors, but very smooth. I could down a few bottles of this easily.

An excellent doppelbock. The flavors are excellent and it has a great mouthfeel. Highly recommended!

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

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into an Imperial pint glass. The label has notchings along the bottom that probably correspond to a brew date, but I don't know how to read them.

Appearance: Pours with about 3/4 of an inch of light brown, foamy head. This disipated quickly to just a thin layer of foam. The beer is almost opaque, but when you hold it up to the light, you can see a little bit of a reddish tint.

Smell: Malty, with an alcoholy sweetness. Almost a hint of raisins.

Taste: Initially, the sweetness of alcohol, followed by malt, and finished by roasted barley bitterness. A decent amount of bite from the CO2.

Mouhfeel: Average level of carbonation, mouthfeel is pretty good, decent body.

Drinkability: This is a very filling beer. I imagine it has to do with the high levels of maltiness, carbonation, and alcohol. Good, but not a session beer.

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

Pours nicely from a bottle with a little ram/goat/whatever on the neck.

Its appearance is a deep amber brown with a thick creamy head on top. Head disapates fast, but it does set a nice lace on the glass.

Its nose has notes of bread, sugar, and nuts. There is a hint of alcohol but it's subdued with a light note of malt.

The taste is very bready and malty with a bit of spice and hints of tobacco leaf.

The mouthfeel is full and creamy with a little agitation in the mouth.

This is a pretty darn good beer, one of the best of its kind.

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

A- reddish caramel with exceptional head that lasts and lasts.

S- Lots of elements come out in the smell. Strong plum, banana, slight apricot with notes of perhaps toasted almond in the end.

T- Plum, syrupy burnt caramel, yeasty with very slight notes of citrus and cocoa, buttery alcohol finish...smooth!

M- buttery and silky. Nice consistency.

D- very high, I could drink several and love it more and more.

This is my first taste of this great brew and will definately review again. I will need a few tastes to even begin to comprehend the complex flavors in this beer.

Photo of BlackJeremiah
4.78/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Put the goat in a safe place.

A: Incredibly dark, deep ruby with 2" of head that reduces with significant lacing. Tantalizing, inviting.

S: Mild, roasted coffee, sweet plum, caramel, banana, brown bread. Very light scents, but they are temptingly blended. It's almost as if the beer knows it doesn't need to overwhelm to succeed.

T: Lots of banana bread sweetness, combining with caramel/brown sugar. Dark, mild coffee flavors pour over the top of this, with slight hazelnut and ripe, alcohol-soaked plums chasing. The nature and order in which these flavors are experienced changes as the beer warms; it's in a constant state of flux. Phenomenal.

M: Silky, creamy, velvety perfection.

D: This is simply an incredible beer, and renowned for very good reasons. The goat ornament will soon be joined by many more, without a doubt.

Photo of swhitt
4.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2 fluid oz bottle with the nifty goat around its neck. Picked this one up from the Wine Gallery Kenmore in Boston. 4 pack a little expensive but boy, was it worth it.

Poured into my Dogfish Head snifter, dark brown with slight lacing and a delicate but delicious looking foam head. Almost opaque through the sides but viewed at an angle it's definitely a little transparent.

Smells of dark mollasses and slight fruity alcohol. Mmmm. Almost bready in texture. The light carbonation helps round this one out. Wow, almost perfection. This is one of my new favorites, up there with Liberator.

I could drink this one all day. This might be my new favorite beer. Too bad it's so pricey!

Photo of Osiris9588
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 11.2oz bottle accompanied by that plastic goat. The color is deep brown, with some amber undertones at the bottom and edges. The fluffy, big-bubbled head shows solid retention, leaving some moderate lacing.

The nose if packed with grain, especially malt and oats, and a little sweeter, almost corn characteristic. The flavor consists of carmel malt along with roasted oats and barley, a little alcohol and molassas at the end.

The mouth is full-bodied and quite complex, going from lighter to toaster, then syrupy notes. It's quite a mouthful. It is also well rounded, making for a high drinkability. The beer is worth the price--the gimmicky plastic goat is just a bonus.

Photo of wolffman17
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ayinger Celebrator pours a deep and dark reddish-brown. A creamy tan head forms; not much lace on the glass.
The aroma is dominated by big, sweet malts. Full of sweet plums, raisins, and caramel. There's a hint of alcohol in the background.
This is one rich and full-flavored beer. Molasses and dark fruit are the forerunners; toffee, breadiness, and alcohol follow. It becomes more complex as it warms. It's thick and filling.
For a big, malty doppelbock, this is very easy to drink. It's always fun drinking a beer of this quality.
Bottom line: Celebrator is an exceptional beer. Tops the night off as good as any.

Photo of MaltyGoodness
4.9/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

11.2oz bottle

Pours a deep chestnut brown with a small tan head that recedes to the side of the glass. Mild lacing on the glass.

Aroma is rich and caramel malty with the scent of sweet molasses and a lightly toasted nuttiness. There are also some light bready and fruity smells dancing about. Smells perfect.

Tastes just like it smells. Amazingly complex blend of rich caramel maltiness with a hint of sweet molasses. Woven in are a delicious toasted nutty flavor and mild bready and fruity flavors.

Meduim body, light carbonation.

This is a truly amazing beer. Extremely savory and insanely drinkable. You will never find a better dopplebock nor will you find many better beers - period.

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

Appearance: Pours with a nice head that gives way to lovely hazy clouds hovering above a perfect black violet mid-summer afternoon. Yeeah.

Smell: Goddamned outstanding. Like dark chocolate & Bailey's Irish Cream.

Taste: Just perfect. I mean, my goodness. What the hell is going on here? There is nothing remotely critique-able about this beer. Not terribly complex, if that's a problem for you. Just very malty & dark chocolate-molassessy with a nice spicy finish

Mouthfeel: Like a Norman Rockwell painting in your mouth. Makes ya feel all warm & fuzzy. Like freakin' Christmas.

Drinkability: Oh, I'm celabratin' alright. This is goddam awesome. I'm reinvigorated about German brews.

Photo of mcarroll10177
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass

A- dark redish brown with an big off white head. Cascading effect from an aggresive pour. This is a fine looking beer.

S- some heavy malts and some alcohol, a very nice preview of what is to come.

T- malts with some sweetness followed by the hit of alcohol.

M- nice carbination some thickness to this doublebock

D- not quite as refreshing as othersin this style, but still a beer that will get better as the days get colder.

Not my favorite doublebock, but a very good offering nonetheless.

Photo of Rudgers73
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 330 mL bottle. It has a little plastic goat on a string around the neck.

A- Pours a deep dark brown. The head is big, rocky and foamy.

S- Caramel, hazelnut, malty.

T- Smooth, sweet, buttery, malty. A little hoppy in the middle/end but thicker at the ending.

M- heavy, buttery, rich and tasty.

D- Great fall beer. Bring on the snow, I got a doppelbock.

Photo of pmcadamis
4.88/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this at a great bar called Crane Alley in downtown Urbana IL. The bottle has a cool goat pendant hanging from around the neck of the bottle, and this was served in a Celebrator pint glass...nice touch.

This dark brown / almost black brew has a minimal 1/2 finger head that went away pretty quickly. I smelled predominately vanilla, caramel, chocolate, hints of soy sauce and powdered sugar.

Sweet and smooth milk chocolate malts all over the place. Rich, medium bodied and milky in texture, this is an excellent beer! I like the supermalty smooth character of this one. Defnintley the best dopplebock I've had so far (although I really haven't had that many...I do like the style and will seek out others).

Photo of gonzo138
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a very rich brown with a rich creamy head that retains for quite a while, hangs on side of glass beatiffuly

S- rich malty sweetness, has hints of caramel, and a little bit of bannana-hef type smell

T- almost overwhelming taste of deep and rich malted sweetness, bannana taste is there but not as present like in smell

M- thick, but also very smooth, low-moderate carbonation

D- very drinkable, goes down very smooth with a sweet finish, could drink quite a few more of these, a great beer definitely a must try for you malt lovers will definitely buy again, bring on the oom-pah music

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

12oz. bottle, about 1 year old. Clear, dark brown in color, with ruby highlights around edges. Large light brown head. Aroma was caramel and molasses, dark fruits, bread, roasted malt. No hops came out in the aroma, and there was a faint scent of alcohol. Taste was sweet, almost port-like, but not as strong in the grape/raisin flavor. Dark cherry bitterness in the aftertaste and a coffee flavor kept the overall sweetness in balance. Hops still AWOL. Body was medium plus, carbonation was medium and led to a pleasantly creamy brew. Alcohol warming kicks in about 1/4 of the way through the beer. This was quite good, and much sweeter than I remember it from a year ago, but with enough bitterness to balance. A lager barleywine?

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 5,539 ratings.