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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

5,115 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 5,115
Reviews: 2,207
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 324
Gots: 366 | 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 RoyalT
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance – The head came up, lasted and laced, but the body is the story here. This is that deep, dark, rich color that all good Doppelbocks possess.

Smell – The darl malt, bready yeast aroma is here in spades. There’s also a deep molasses scent that fills the room. Some loose fruits and a scent of alcohol complete the package.

Taste – This is monstrous. The molasses comes out in force, laced with brown sugar and alcohol along with deep, roasted, mature yeast flavors.

Mouthfeel – This is a bit bigger than medium-bodied and very bitter from the unsulphored molasses flavors. It has a lingering aftertaste, which seems to be a trademark of the style.

Drinkability – This is a terrific representation of the style. It is more complex than most and is a real treat.

Update – I have this occasionally and decided to review it for 2004. This really is a big, complex example of the style and I guarantee will top the list of any blind DB tasting.

Update – I cellared a 2004 vintage and popped it in the spring of ’06. The body held up well but was right on the edge of being spent. The molasses matured times two and the overall mouthfeel was incredibly smooth. It was sweeter than the style standard after being laid down for two years but boy was this some fun to drink.

RoyalT, Sep 25, 2003
Photo of cerevisiaephilus
3.93/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the three big Munich Doppelbocks commonly availible in the states, this is my least favorite. I'm not quite sure this beer is very true to the Doppelbock style as it is very dark, almost black, and has a bit of a dark malt (chocolate/black patent) or roasted barley flavor to it which is not what I look for in a Doppelbock. I'm not saying this beer is all bad, the smooth Munich malt taste of a good Doppelbock still dominates, but it is just a bit much for my tastes.

cerevisiaephilus, Sep 05, 2003
Photo of moulefrite
4.9/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Man-O-Shevitz this beer is deeeelicious! I'm skipping dinner as I'm having it now! No kiddding! The color of this brew is subtley dark, complex in color with orange, red and deep brown intermingling. Aromatics are heavenly and hint at the best chocolate-bitter in the most elegant fashion. The taste is all over the place-black licorice, Bittersweet chocolate, mocha, sweet malt, espresso-this is a meal. A highly satisfying drink that I can honestly say rates up there with some of the best things ever to slip across my tongue. It is good to be alive! I'll have another, turn on some Red Garland, and call it a night. Wow!! You have to go find this beer tonight!

moulefrite, Sep 05, 2003
Photo of Brian700
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a great dark brew. Looks like a gourmet coffee in a beer. Pours a shiny black with tan head. It smells toasty and chocolatey with a mild fruit aroma. The taste follows suit. Toasted, chocolate, malt, mild fruit esters, and coffee as well. Carbonation is good. Just right I think. Good mouthfeel. Very drinkable. I like this one a lot.

Brian700, Sep 01, 2003
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.78/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer starts out with a burnt fruit aroma, it smells a bit sweet. Dark brown to black in color. Supprisingly not as sweet as the aroma would suggest. A subtle mild burnt malt taste, with alcohol evident in the finish. Predominantly malty with a bit of hop bitterness evident. A hint of burn raisin flavor in it as well.

Gueuzedude, Aug 26, 2003
Photo of SilentSabre
4.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is quite a wonderful beer indeed! If you like powerful tasting darks, then I highly recommend this one. This one has a robust but nice smell, and the malt leaves a prominent chocolate taste in the mouth.The appearance is almost like coffee. (Which is good if you're a fan of darks.) Just a great beer with a wonderful mouth feel and great taste for those who really like the fairly strong to quite strong darks.

SilentSabre, Aug 23, 2003
Photo of Mitchster
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out to a clear, dark moahogany in color, forming a whipped light tan head with OK retention and lacing with a strong pour. Carbonation is mild to moderate. Aroma is redolant with dates, prunes, a hint of brown bananas and strawberries, walnuts, vanilla, and dark caramel. The aroma tends to leave me with less of an impression after the initial mouthfull. Mouthfeel is somewhat spritzy, with a thinner body than expected for a dopplebock. Taste begins with a clean, yet unmistakeable lager ferment with characteristics of Wyeast 2206 Bavarian Lager yeast, followed by dark fruits as described above, balanced by a mild, yet distinct German Noble hop flavor, a suggestion of alcohol towards the end contributing towards the lightly dry, toasty, and nutty finish. Sweet, but not overly so. Molasses comes out as it warms up, making this brew more complex and enjoyable.

An excellent German Dopplebock...one of the standards of the style along with Optimator, Bajuvator, Korbinian and Salvator. This one has a more perfumy head with darker malt accents and lower carbonation than it's colleagues.

Mitchster, Aug 22, 2003
Photo of SeanChouffe
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Deep red with little carbonation. The head was brown and diminished quickly, but the lace was resilient and long lasting. The smell was of malt and raisins. The taste was well balanced and complex: sweet like caramel and cherries, yet with a dry finish. The mouth feel was exceptional: a long lasting effervescence that rolls off the back of the tongue, and is smooth.

SeanChouffe, Aug 20, 2003
Photo of ADR
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Pilsner glass, just for a change. Cinnamon brown with a yellowish small-bubbled head. Thick ropes for lacing. Nice spicy and malty aroma, deep buttery toffee with a dash of nutmeg. Velvety smooth, flavor of toffee and a peanut brittle huskiness. Body thickens mid mouth and just a touch of peppery hop balances the finish. Very pleasant, not beefy like some (Sam Adams) Doppelbocks can get. Distinctive nutty yeast qualities. Lots of rewarding aftertaste. Yes, this is a very well done Doppel, but if its a little pricey, I'd recommend midwesterners lay in a stock of the somewhat similar but even silkier Capital Autumnal Fire...

Source: Liquid Solutions

ADR, Aug 17, 2003
Photo of Boilermaker88
3.1/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this up based on my goal of trying all 50 Top Beers. Not sure what all the fuss is about....
Poured a dark-cherry tinged, black color with a quick-fading tan head.
Smell was fruity sweet - raisins, dates, plums - over a big malt base. Also some caramel toffee and maybe a hint of coffee.
Taste was complex. Again, sweet with plums, raisins, etc and toffee notes over a malt base. Alcohol bite in the finish but not bad. Still, I was expecting something more that would really get me excited about the beer. It never happened.
Feel was syrupy, slick and on the heavy side of medium-bodied.
For drinkability, I can't say I'd be searching for this beer again soon. It didn't appeal to my palate. Not sure what all the hype and high marks are for, but then that means I won't be taking any away from those who enjoy it.

Boilermaker88, Aug 10, 2003
Photo of grynder33
4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a solid brownish color with a quick disappearing head. Sweet currant like aroma lofted up from the glass. The first taste was plum drenched malt, one of the most satisfying first sips I've expierenced. This mix did not seem to diminish the entire glass. It just lacked a certain smoothness, or else it would have been perfect marks up and down. I wouldn't have more than a couple of these at a sitting, but its become my second favorite beer in the world.

grynder33, Aug 07, 2003
Photo of lackenhauser
4.95/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is one of my all time favorites.Pours a muddy red color with little head and carbonation.The aroma screams malt with a hint of alchohol.The aroma is backed up by the taste of malt with just a slight bitterness and warming.Makes my mouth happy-I could drink this one all night.I thought it was a lot higher in alchohol then it says so its nice to have one on the lighter side that still smells and tastes like a much "bigger" beer.And the goat around the neck is a nice,classic touch.

lackenhauser, Aug 03, 2003
Photo of freed
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I may have picked the wrong time to have this, but I wanted malt. The room is probably 90F, and the beer is rapidly approaching that.

Standard 12 oz. bottle with a cool charm. No wonder the beer is $3.50/bottle. Nice deep umber though quite clear. Even finishes without sediment. Aroma is sweet, smokey, and malty. A big malt wave fills my mouth at first sip, warm and sweet. No trace of hops in the aroma, nor as a finishing on the beer. The aftertaste is almost alcoholic, and cereal. This is a wonderful beer, but it was a poor choice for a hot night.

freed, Jul 31, 2003
Photo of frank4sail
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweet chocolate malt smell. Deep dark purple almost opeque look. Rich thick 2 and 1/2 inch lasting head. Light brown sticky head. Medium smoothish mouth. Original sweet caramel/chocolate malt taste followed quickly by a bitter almost sour finish. The tongue is left bitter and dry with a touch of metalic taste. Good but not as drinkable as I thought it would be....

frank4sail, Jul 29, 2003
Photo of dwarbi
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a lovely khaki head that settles itself into a comfortable film for the duration of its existence. The beer is the color of cherry-stained wood. Determined lacing. A very inviting beer. Nutty, semi-sweet aroma. Fantastic roasted coffee taste. Some burnt toffee. Feels nice in the mouth. Chalky yet rounded.

dwarbi, Jul 25, 2003
Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice deep brown with some red hints thru out nice medium slight off white head,aroma sweet and nutty.Many flavors from this beer starts out a little smokey with some nuttiness,it's finish is a little dry.Not nearly as sweet as some of the style to, wich is a good thing.This is a classic worthy of the high ratings it gets.

oberon, Jul 23, 2003
Photo of PZuke
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Distinctly German in its look and taste. It reminded me of my first Dunkel but with a little more of a kick. It pours a medium brown with little bubbles always floating to heaven. The head was a little less then I desired. It pours close to an inch of head that goes away fast. Smells of malt and maybe a hint of coffee or smoke, I could even say maybe a little fruity. Surprisingly drinkable it does not taste like a strong dark beer. The alcohol content is not noticeable. That could just be because I usually drink Belgium’s. It actually reminds me of a dark Belgium. I enjoy decorating my office at work with the little goats that come with each bottom. They have come out with a four pack for those of you who don’t feel like spending $14 on a six-pack but the price is well worth the beer. One of my favorites.

PZuke, Jul 21, 2003
Photo of taez555
4.33/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a thick 1" brownish tan head that actually died down rather quickly. The body was a dark brown, slightly black, with very fine bubbles.

The nose was very unique. Some spice, soft smoke, malt, molases, hints of caramel. Surprisingly even some slight fruit. Some raisin and even dark plums.

The taste was heavy. Dark molases, dark plums, wood, roasted malt, raisins, brown sugar, very faint hints of smoke. Surprisingly mellow for such a dark beer. There was deffinatly some bitterness present but it was perfectly balanced if not sitting slightly in the background.
I could get a firm earthy hop flavor as well, but as with most german beers, it was very subdued and mellow.

The beer finishes with a quick bitter burst and then just fades away with almost no lingering aftertaste.

Overall a superb beer, yet unique at the same time. With it's fine body and dark sweet fruit flavors it almost gave the impression of some belgian strong ales, but at the same time never losing the classic german bock flavor.

taez555, Jul 20, 2003
Photo of TheDM
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is my favorite style. I could not have planned this better! This brew formed a medium light brown head of medium to small bubbles. It has a very nice malty aroma and a beautiful opaque dark chocolate brown body. It has a chocolaty flavor with a hint of coffee. It was very smooth and very much to my liking. Now this is a brew I can drink all night! But still not as good as the memory of the Andechs doppel bock dunkel!

TheDM, Jul 09, 2003
Photo of hotstuff
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bottle.When poured into my glass, this beer had a small head.I found this particular Doppelbock to be dark and creamy.There was some chocolate and fruity flavor to it.Not an overpowering Doppelbock.All in all, I was impressed with this Dopplebock and would definitely like to drink this brew again.

hotstuff, Jul 09, 2003
Photo of SheepNutz
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a deep reddish-brown, almost black, with 2 towering fingers of light tan head that slowly fades. There is no lacing left on the glass. The smell is just a tad bit faint for the style, but consists of a malty caramel and fruity aroma. The taste is fairly sweet, with toffee and grapes in it. This brew's balance is on the malty side, with just a tiny bit of hops. The mouthfeel is thick and extremely smooth, a pleasure to drink. The drinkability is very nice as well, as I could put away quite a few of this one. Definately the best lager I've ever had.

SheepNutz, Jul 08, 2003
Photo of euskera
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

All hail the king of doppelbocks, or should I say "der Konig"

Brownish-black in color, sweet malty smell. Smooth rounded malt sweetness with a slight nuttiness in the background. Velvety mouthfeel with a hint of alcohol presence on the palate. Extremely drinkable and a delight to behold..

euskera, Jul 07, 2003
Photo of WMBierguy
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is not a beer for domestic fans. It pours a dark, choclatey brown, with a nice, thik head. The taste is strong and malty, but without a hint of a sharp alcohol flavor. This is one that is pleasing to both drink and to look at. The downside: price. This is an expensive beer; I paid $5.50 for a bottle. If you're willing to pay the price this is worth trying.

WMBierguy, Jul 04, 2003
Photo of Tballz420
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Now this was a damn good drink. Its a dark brown color with a good sized tan head on top. This is a very smooth beer, it has a creamy feel to it. Excellent malt flavor. Some hop bitterness to balance. Somewhat spicy. A very good beer, its pretty pricy but its worth getting when you got something to celebrate.

Tballz420, Jul 03, 2003
Photo of tavernjef
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Super thick glowing dark brown color with deep red ruby highlights, light brown head of tight frothyness thats about a finger high, faded fast, gets some minimal spotty and stringy lace.

Smell is tangy fruitish dark malts, quite a rich full nose with hints of ginger, brown sugar, favorable cookie dough, lightly roasty/toasty, some toffee, with dark fruit of plum and raisin notes.

Taste is a ton of nice tangy dark malts, a bit of caramel and toffee up front, middle twinge of chocolate and slight hops into the finish which is mostly dark fruits and toffee with incredible lingering qualities of twingy, fruity malty tanged dryness.

Feel is medium bodied, buttery smooth and lightly textured with a light tangy dryness in the finish. Very nice drinkablity, heavenly smooth and excellent creamyness makes for short work of the 12 ounces, need another.

tavernjef, Jun 25, 2003
Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 5,115 ratings.