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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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5,108 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,108
Reviews: 2,206
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 323
Gots: 364 | FT: 16
Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website

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 kunzbrew
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

This beer pours a dark amber color with red hightlights and a tan creamy head that last the duration, leaving a nice creamy sexy lace behind. The smell of caramel and fruit pour through the nose. Mild hopppiness is present but not strong. The first sip brings fruity noste with caramel and strong maltiness. The clean finish is great and this has to be one of my favorite styles.


kunzbrew, Feb 02, 2003
Photo of mickstepp
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%

Couldn't believe my good fortune at finding this on tap at a local watering hole. And my timing was fortuitous as the bartender told me it is to be replaced shortly with something more mainstream. Celebrator is a very dark and opaque beer (the lights in the bar were dim so I didn't get as good a look at it as I would have liked) with a thick tawny head. Rich caramel notes in the nose. The taste starts a little sweet but evolves to a dry, nutty, earthy finish as it passes over the tonque. Medium bodied and nicely carbonated. Very creamy and yummy. It is highly regarded by my fellow B.A.'s and deservedly so.

mickstepp, Jan 31, 2003
Photo of GreatPondBrewer
3.75/5  rDev -13.6%

This was my first experience with bock beer and I cannot say that I regret it at all. It felt thick as it filled my glass and settled a dark color with a little red visible. The head was nice and tan and lasted for a considerable amount of time and then receded into a nice lace that followed the beer to the bottom of the glass. It smelled of damp, smokey wood. the taste was great with some sweet molasses flavors and also some apple flavor, and a carmel finish. It definitely seemed to get sweeter as I neared the end of the pint.

(8/3/03)re-rate after a taste with a more scruitinizing palette.
After further tastes I have to say I like Aventinus a fair bit better. After finishing a 6er of it I feel like Celebrator reminds me too much of coca cola. To spritzy without enough character.

GreatPondBrewer, Jan 28, 2003
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.6/5  rDev +6%

Known as Fortunator (and with an alcohol content of 7.2% by volume) except in the U.S., Ayinger's Doppelbock has become known as one of the classics of the style. Interestingly, one of it's essential ingredients - a light touch of smoked malt - is much more common to the northern region of Franconia than to the area south of Munich where Aying is located.
It pours a very deep mahogany with a foamy tan head that holds well. The nose displays a mild smokiness and some toasty breadiness that combines with a touch of alcohol to twist it into a more toffee-ish character. A velvety mouthfeel is derived from a medium body and a very fine carbonation. The flavor offers a luxurious maltiness that's fairly complex with notes of molasses, deeply toasted honey-glazed bread, dried dark fruit, mild leafy hop, and a very subtle smokiness. The rich, and somewhat sweet malt character is exquisitely balanced by a firm bitterness that remains in the wings as it crosses the palate, but then combines with the alcohol to dry out the finish. Some lingering malty notes of caramel and subtle bitter & smoky notes add to it's richness. Overall, a smooth, rich, deceptively strong and warming lager with a drying finish. The alcohol is well-cloaked and the smokiness is quite subtle, just adding a touch of character at the offest and then vanishing amongst the maltiness. Quite enjoyable!

NeroFiddled, Jan 24, 2003
Photo of Hobbz
4.95/5  rDev +14.1%

Beer exultation. Well, I just finished my beer card at a local institution and what beer by design did I have to save for last? Poured 1/2 bottle with some gusto into a glass to start. Head produced itself with noticeable white-brown foam with rather large bubbles in the mix. Head does not linger long in this guise. Coyly dark, almost blackish color - but held up to a strong light, a most alluring reddish hue becomes evident. Nose is also toying with me! I want so badly to taste... Hints of its alcohol level and sweet maltiness predominate the aroma, with almost a fruity, "raisiny" character. An absolute knock-out taste. What I particularly found was how intriguing its character remained with each and every sip! People here who wrote of its "complexity" are dead-on. Discerning the range of subtle flavors with its perfect balance was not an ephemeral experience, especially considering that alcohol at this level can overpower. Very exceptional & true to -- and a paragon of -- its brewing style. Like dancing with goats!

Hobbz, Jan 20, 2003
Photo of goz
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%

Dark ruby with a nice creamy tan head. Aroma is huge, with sweet malts, fruit, and a little roasted malt, too. Flavor was equally big - raisin, brown sugar, molasses, and hints of chocolate. Feels really full in the mouth, and the flavor sticks around for a while, too.

goz, Jan 20, 2003
Photo of UncleJimbo
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%

Presentation: 11.2 oz amber bottle, poured into a goblet.

Appearance: Poured to give a dark coffee brown (with a touch of red if held to the light) beer with a good, tan foam head that settled relatively quickly to leave a think coating.

Smell: A very fine, malty and yeasty aroma!

Taste: Thick and malty! Moderate sweetness, earthy, with a hint of chocolate and coffee, and a slight taste of alcohol. Gets better with each sip.

Mouthfeel: Rich, full bodied, creamy, light carbonation, with a somewhat dry finish.

Drinkability: Very, very good. This is a very tasty, and not overly sweet bock beer. I could imagine myself drinking this beer all night. Very well done.

UncleJimbo, Jan 20, 2003
Photo of mickeymac
4.83/5  rDev +11.3%

It pours a beautiful brown with a hint of red. The head foams up a bit but dies down quickly and elegantly, leaving just a trace around the top. The smell and taste are very complex with molasses, ripe fruit, and a hint of caramel. This is just a beautiful beer with a great mouthfeel and unbelievable drinkability. A classic worthy of the praise heaped upon it.

mickeymac, Jan 17, 2003
Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4.55/5  rDev +4.8%

The Celebrator! One of the true legends. Not the strongest of doppelbocks, but probably the best tasting. Not as overly malty and sweet as some of this style, and ultimately quite drinkable. Pours a quite impressive glass of beer. Virtually black, huge head initially (watch for the "over-pour"!), foamy lace remains throughout. Dark, expresso-like flavor, chocolate notes, but not excessive. Quite different from Salvator, which is equally as good, but a very different beer. You owe it to yourself to seek this out. One of the best! (and does any beer have a cooler bottle?!)

JohnnyDuvel, Jan 16, 2003
Photo of 49degrees
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

In my books, Ayinger's Dopplebock is the one for which all other Dopplebocks are ranked against. The Celebrator is a truly remarkable beer that is both lively and incredibly smooth in the same offering and should easily rank amongst the highest beer offerings available.

It pours exceptionally dark, giving off a great big carmel toned head which gives way to solid surface foam coverage, a strong collar and great lacing on the glass. Its is quite oily, yet creamy and pleasing to the palette and despite usually a beer pegged for the spring, I find it makes for a suprinsingly good warming beer for these (El Nino influenced) winter months.

Hints of toffee, coffee and caramel come through in the aroma and are right there on the palette in drinking, as too are some spicey hints and a raisiny sort of texture. A great brew worthy of a closer look by all beer enthusiasts.

[ STATS:>> SERVING: 330ml bottle / ABV: 6.7% / PRICE: $2.49 USD ]

49degrees, Jan 15, 2003
Photo of OatmattStout
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Fanstastic- Great rocky fluffy head and a sweet malty nose. Taste was very complex and dense, with a very chewy mouthfeel. Great carbonation on the tounge like a rich mouse and help bring out the sweet roasted malt and caramel flavors. Very rich and complex flavors with a very mild hop finish that is in perfect balance. The best bock beer I have had and maybe ever will.

OatmattStout, Jan 13, 2003
Photo of Mark
3.48/5  rDev -19.8%

I'm sorry fellow advocates but I don't understand the high ranking of this beer. I admit it was my first Bock, but I usually don't need to have something grow on me. I knew right away that Belgian ale would never be a favorite, so goes with this. The beer was dark and seemed to have tinges of red, kind of a medium porter look. Head went adios in seconds and absolutely no lace to be found as the glass was drained. Smell was strong and sweet with toffee overtones. Taste was very sweet yet smooth, malt dominating. Thick mouthfeel is as I assume is right for this style, drinkability is O.K., but I can't see taking this style up regularly. I can think of many other beers for this dark winter night I would have rather had.

Mark, Jan 12, 2003
Photo of francisweizen
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%

AWESOME! I got a fresh six pack of this stuff and it is excellent(if not a bit pricey at $15 a sixer...)This smelled like many dark malts, chocolate, and wonder! It poured a DARK, almost black colour with a nice foamy white head lofting itself above the dark liquid. This tasted bready, almost like a big, soft, bavarian pretzel and it was a joy to drink. My glass was empty all too soon. This had a lucious, full and creamy mouthfeel which takes away from it's drinkability just a little bit. This is just the beer I would want after being outside snoveling the show in January!

francisweizen, Jan 10, 2003
Photo of cretemixer
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%

Great pour. Reverse cascading head rests on a deep walnut colored brew. The head finally settles to about a quarter inch. I smell mollasses, chocolate, alcohol. Slightly metalic taste, flatter flavor than I expected. This is my first Celebrator so I may have to try another to see if it's consistent with this one. The flavors are not as deep as the nose suggests. After letting the beer warm up a bit it improved greatly. It's a little cold in my cellar right now. Dry finish. Not my favorite style, but quite good.

cretemixer, Jan 06, 2003
Photo of Sixpack595
4.97/5  rDev +14.5%

This is what a Doppel should be. Beutifull red-black color with a solid tan head. Nice malt flavor with slight hops, and a hint of fruitiness. Thick beer, leaves a syrupy mouthfeel, and combined with a fair alcohol content reassures you that you made a wise choice. Good, but not great head retention and nice lacing. Runs almost $20 a sixer here, but is worth every penny. Also saved me the hassel of buying Christmas orniments...just emptied out my mason jar full of goats. Good times.

Sixpack595, Jan 01, 2003
Photo of Gusler
4.43/5  rDev +2.1%

The beer is a deep garnet, almost brown with the head magnificent in size, frothy in texture and a beauteous light tan in color, the residual lace a satiny curtain to conceal the glass. Malt dominates the nose; sweet with hints of smoke, molasses like tones also present, could also say peat and brown sugar, quite a pleasure to “Sniff”. Quite sweet at the start, the top middling and rich in mouth feel, finish is modestly carbonated, spicily hopped, droughty lingering aftertaste. "One Hell of A Good" doppelbock and one that is always in stock in the cellar and DBF.

Gusler, Jan 01, 2003
Photo of MJR
4.72/5  rDev +8.8%

This bottle comes with free plastic jewelry...bonus!!

Appearance: Pours what appears to be black from across the room...fooled you! It's dark brown with garnet highlights and has decent clarity for a brew this dark. A tan head starts really big and shrinks down to a more-than-respectable size.

Smell: Nose of sweet malt, dry fruit, molasses, caramel, raisons, and hops. A touch of alcohol too. Massive aroma here...

Taste: Where do I start? There's all of the flavors from the aroma, plus a slight bready flavor. Bitter chocolate. I notice a touch of alcohol on the end, along with a small roasted note. The smallest bit of hop flavor shows up too. Very complex...

Mouthfeel: Fairly thick with an oily mouthfeel. Finishes round and full, with lots of residual sugars adding body. Very nice.

Drinkability: Top of the class. This is an outstanding doppelbock that's worth every penny you pay for it. Sure it's fairly strong alcohol-wise, but walking's overrated anyway...

As stunning as it is from a bottle, it's worth mentioning that this beer is much better on tap.

MJR, Dec 29, 2002
Photo of ElGuapo
4.88/5  rDev +12.4%

just plain exceptional. a beautiful dark brown to black pour with massive tan foam all over the glass that will stick with you all the way down. roasty aromas of coffee, malts, and bread will come out at you.

full flavored and full bodied, this is just a pure piece of work. much darker than i had anticipated, this one was surprisingly roasty with coffee flavors that just added a very nice touch to this very complex brew. bread and malts dominated the flavor, and there was a nice balance of spices in there. it was very smooth and rich, but not so heavy to fill you up after a few gulps. top of the line, and this one will have a permanent place in my fridge.

ElGuapo, Dec 26, 2002
Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

All around great beer. It poured a nice dark color. It had a great sweet taste. I really enjoyed this beer, from beginning to end. I could sense the malt, and the carbonation was just right. Perfect!!

bewareOFpenguin, Dec 24, 2002
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.35/5  rDev +0.2%

Well, what can I say in comparison to Salvator, Sam Adams, and Moretti this Doppelbock was superior according to my taste buds. The deep amber tint of the beer shines through when the darkness of it when held up to the light. Aroma of this beer fulfilling by itself, but after tasting this malty treat I was truly fulfilled with pleasure. For the mouthful that each sip delivers it presents a heavy caramel, sweet plum, at the same time a pleasant driness if that makes sense. A very complex, but at the same time extraordinary offering that stands up to all standards of a great double bock. After how drinkable it was on tap, I can't wait to try it in a bottle to compare.

WVbeergeek, Dec 21, 2002
Photo of jtw5877
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Pours a deep brownish red with a decent tan head. Smells like malty goodness, deep chocolate, coffee, caramel, tastes and aroma. Straight Up solid tasty one heck of a beer. At a time in my life when I feel like a slave to hops its nice to have malt sneak up and slap me across the face. A really good beer. My gratitude goes out to StevieW for turning me on to this stuff.

jtw5877, Dec 20, 2002
Photo of Realale
4.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Very deep reddish brown - its shading toward black (my wife asked if it was a Porter!). Big small-bubbled head settles somewhat slowly to a small ring of foam.

Nose is all about malt. A rich slightly sweet maltiness predominates, but there are supporting notes of prune, molasses, and burnt sugar. Very complex.

In the mouth, it disappoints a bit, but only when compared to the stunning nose. All of the maltiness is there, and prunes, etc. show up again, but it seems a bit hollow in the mid-palate, and could use a bit more carbonation to keep it lively. It is surprisingly light, and the malty sweetness is not over-powering at all.

The finish is nice and well integrated, with the burnt sugar note keeping the malt in check.

Realale, Dec 20, 2002
Photo of Lupe
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%

I like the goat trinket, could make a nice ornament on the tree.

Wonderful appearance. Pours almost back, some dark red hues. Huge tan head that settles into a nice sheet and sticks to the glass. Different aromas come through with no single one dominating: toffee, chocolate, toasted malt, carmel and rum scents are all present. Thick and full bodied with a silky smooth and creamy mouthfeel.

Flavor is very complex. Starts sweet with some molasses, chocolate, and toffee, then comes a bready taste. Some fruity flavors come through, kind of like green apple. A little hop presence is noted and helps it from being overly sweet. Finishes a bit dry with a slightly sugary aftertaste.

This brew is delicious. Thick and chewy, easy to drink - especially for a doppelbock. Wonderful complexity. Highly enjoyable.

Lupe, Dec 16, 2002
Photo of DerKaiser
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%

Okay, finally time to review Celebrator. It pours just a shade off black with a fluffy tan head. A really dark doppelbock. The scent is really heavenly, with strong notes of toffee and burnt caramel.

The flavor profile is almost identical to the scent. Smooth toffee flavor with caramel as well. Roasted chewy malt upfront and Ripe green apples in the undertones. Ever so slight bitterness in the finish balances out the sweet toffee flavors. A superbly balanced beer, and quite complex as well.

I'm probably in the overwhelming minority on this, but if confronted with the choice, I'd take Paulaner's Salvator Doppelbock over the Celebrator. Nevertheless, Celebrator is clearly one of the finer beers made. It's wonderfully crafted and a must try for anyone that enjoys quality beer.

DerKaiser, Dec 13, 2002
Photo of BeerManDan
4/5  rDev -7.8%

When poured it was a very dark brown with very little foam. The first impression I got when smelling this beer was of malts, prunes and caramel. The taste was the same and the aroma with the addition of it being sort of a sweet thick and creamy. The only set back was after a short time the flavor on the palate when north and the well balanced bitterness lingered. Still one of my favorite Doppelbocks.

BeerManDan, Dec 13, 2002
Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 5,108 ratings.