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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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5,674 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,674
Reviews: 2,275
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 413
Gots: 614 | FT: 22
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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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Ratings: 5,674 | Reviews: 2,275
Photo of jhollick
4.69/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rusty brown color with a nice, persistant creamy tan head. The beer becomes much lighter when held up to light, and reveals its transparency. Smell is of sweet cocoa, oatmeal, molasses, dark berries, and a hint of hops. The mouth is thick and creamy. Beautiful beer to swirl around the palette.

Taste is surprisingly hoppy, but in a good way. The hop and malt balance is absolutely brilliant, allowing the chocolate and molasses to come out after a short while. A smoky flavor is also present throughout, and coffee flavor provides some additional bite at the end. I think I am detecting some citrusy flavors and smells as well. The flavor finishes slightly dry with a slight warming effect from the alcohol.

This beer really has it all; the taste is complex but understated, the smell is amazing, the mouthfeel is spot on for a bock, and you could drink it for hours if you wanted to. Oh why must you be so pricey? Oh, and please let this warm up a bit before enjoying. You won't be disappointed. The much celebrated Celebrator does not disappoint. This is everything that is good about doppelbocks.

My goat pendant necklace is certain to be the envy of the neighborhood.

Photo of TheBierBand
3.65/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It had been a while... so I thought I'd try a Celebrator during my latest outing. The bartender served it up in a pint glass deftly poured with a perfect 3/4" head. The color was almost black, but when held to the light let some dark reddish hues through.

The head held on through my sniff test which reveiled hints of coffee, chocolate and a sweet fruity-ness.

Upon my first taste, the head had diminished to about 1/4" and was already leaving a pronounced lacing on the glass. The taste (like the smell) had coffee, chocolate and fruit characteristics, although they weren't as pronounced as I'd hoped. This one was a bit thinner that many of the other dopplebocks I've tried (most recently Spaten Optimator). Very little on the hoppiness factor. Spaten Optimator is a much richer brew in this Beer Advocate's opinion.

Mouthfeel was OK. A bit too heavy on the carbonation for me. Still smooth enough to fully enjoy.

Drinkabilty: I won't have this in heavy rotation, but one in a while it's a good one to have on second string.

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

Poured a nice caramel, mohagany color. Good medium sized off white head. The head stayed a bit longer than I thought it would, and never totally disappeared.
Smell of rich molasses and caramel, sticky sweet with some hints of earthy hops.
Taste of sweet vanilla, caramel and cashew. Some richness of yeasts seem present as well. Some dryness halts the sweetness from becoming overpowering.
Finish leaves a bit of peaty aftertaste. Not really my type of beer, but it is good.

Photo of kkipple
4.34/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Each bottle of this beer comes with a white plastic mountain goat (complete with unstoppable head-butting action!) stamped with the label “Celebrator”. A piece of red twine hooks through the goat’s head and attaches it to the bottle neck. This is incredibly cool and earns my immediate respect.

I pour out a yin-yang combo of blackest black blackety black black beer with a tightly packed, hefty tan head that marks an immediate division between the foam and the beer. Ok, I lied, the beer isn’t really black, hold it to the light and you can see it’s a very deep red. But black is close.

Even after letting this one warm, the smell is minimal. Sweet roasted grain, brown sugar, ripe figs or raisins, and medicinal alcohol is about all I get.

Mmmm… creamy, malt goodness slides down my gullet on the first sip. It’s too sweet and rich for a stout or porter, but still leaves a wonderfully appetizing bittersweet charred malt aftertaste. Red grapes, a hint of prunes, and an odd coolness (mint?!) fill my mouth. Celebrator is remarkably smooth and, for the taste, thin. I get fleeting flavors of coffee and cocoa. Hops are subdued, but I’m loving it.

The mouthfeel is superb, it’s not heavy or cloyingly sweet like some Doppelbocks are wont to be, and thus keeps you coming back for more. The beer is ultra-smooth and creamy. The finish is roasty and bizarrely cool. Why? I haven’t the slightest idea, but I’m not complaining. After drinking most of this, not only am I happy but my breath smells like chocolate and coffee.

Perhaps the most well-balanced Dopplebock I’ve had to date, Celebrator butts heads with the best of them. It’s pricey, but worth it. If you buy it and dislike it, at the end of the day you’re still ahead by a few small plastic goats. How many other beers can boast that?

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

I first tried this beer early in my journey to beer enlightenment, and didn't like it. I decided, however, that I wouldn't review it until I had a more practiced palate and I'm glad I waited. This is one damn good beer.

It poured a ruby-hued brown into my flute with a creamy tan head that dwindled to a foamy ring. This is one of those beers you can smell from a few feet away, radiating roasted malt, brown sugar, dried fruit and a slightly vinous aroma.

The taste was equally complex, starting with smoky malt that yielded nicely to some fruity plum flavours and sweet brown sugar. The roasty malt returned for a dry finish but I was impressed with the way all the flavours complemented each other without any one of them becoming too dominant or cloying.

The carbonation and medium body were perfect, making for a smooth-drinking experience. The alcohol is well-hidden, but provides a bit of warmth, which made this an ideal indulgence as I relaxed over the Christmas holidays.

Photo of Abita45
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass with a thin head and slight lacing and a deeply dark ruby/amber color. Nicely fragrant aroma of roasted fruit, like raisons, and sweet malt.

The aroma mirrors the taste of roasted raisons, brown sugar, and a dry, roasted malt that levels out the taste and makes it consistent throughout. There's an undercurrent of spiciness that plays right along with the fruit and sweet malt flavors. It is a thick beer that falls short of being creamy by virtue of the roasted malt flavor, I think. It has a nice consistency and is very good all the way around.

Drinking this beer makes you aware of its fragrance, color, and consistency. You can't help but be aware of it all as you drink it. An outstanding beer all the way around.

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

Pours deep brown, almost black, with deep red highlights. Great tan head that stays for a while.

The aroma is great toasted malts, some fruity sweetness. Tastes is mostly up front sweet malts, a bit of chocolate. Great deep toasty flavor with a bit of an alchohol finish.

Man this beer is good and comforting. Medium body and carbonation, and pretty darn drinkable.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a very dark yet clear deep ruby color. The head is extremely thick and creamy, dark tan, and lasts for a long time. Very impressive.

Smell: Very warm aroma of molasses, roasted malts, and some spices and hops. A bit sweet, but enjoyable and well-balanced.

Taste: Sweet roasted malts slowly accompanied by molasses and spices (ginger, etc.). Very complex, but not overdone.

Mouthfeel: Thick and quite creamy -- very smooth as well.

Drinkability: Very drinkable; goes down well and I can't really notice the alcohol. Sweetness, though, can be sometimes difficult.

A very nice doppelbock that I find to be enjoyable. However, it is a bit sweeter than I typically prefer this type of beer. Still, it's definitely something to try!!

Photo of mpyle
3.64/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep ruby red color, crystal clear appearance. Reasonably large tan head, long lasting and tightly bubbled.

Candy sweet aroma, with a bit of black licorice (sp?) and plum. Clean aroma beyond the malt and fruity esters.

A burst of roasty malt flavor up front, but not overly sweet. Somewhat less malty than the aroma hinted at, and balanced by hop bitterness and/or darker malts. Finishes slightly dry and more bitter than a lingering malty sweetness.

Medium body and carbonation. Very creamy, and only slight hints of alcohol warming. Finishes fairly dry, and is absolutely clean on the palate (no astringency).

Overall a very clean, malty lager with surprising balance. Rich without being cloying, but I might actually want it slightly shifted in the malty direction. But that is a minor quibble, as it is a really nice, highly drinkable beer.

Photo of cjgator3
3.87/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown mahogany color with a tan head. The aroma is loaded with toasted malt, dark fruits (prunes, raisins) and just a tad bit of caramel. The taste features toasted malt with kind of a nutty chocolatey finish. The taste is a little thinner than I would have liked but it is certainly not bad. Mouthfeel much like the taste is a little thinner than I would have liked but does not detract from the beer that much. Overall, this is a fine representation of the style and a beer that is certainly recommended.

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

This brew poured a dark amber with a huge tan head and sticky lacing. Aromas of dark malts and dried fruits were present and came through on tasting. The malts were huge and sweet yet cool and refreshing. A great balance- the thickness of the beer was offset by its effect on the palate. A perfect meal in a bottle.

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

11.2oz bottle poured into a mug, courtesy of demcorhip. Thanks man!

Pours dark, thick and nearly opaque with some ruby highlights when held to the light. An almost full inch of head dissipates to a healthy lacing that sticks around. Mellow carbonation from what I can see. Smell is typically doppelbock, Dark fruits, plum, raisins, currants, chocolate and caramel malts, and a little alcohol to push it to the pleasure centre of the brain....

Taste is very nicely balanced. The chocolate toasted malts come on first, but they aren't overbearingly sweet, and are offset nicely by a mild lemonlike sourness. Less fruity than the nose suggests, but that said, there is some plumlike sweetness in the back. Earthy hops are present and subtle. Just enough to help balance this out. Finishes dry with lots of chocolate in the aftertaste. Thick and malty and perhaps a little syrupy, but I don't mind that. Carbonation is mild and befits the style. Drinkability is high for a few reasons: Nice balance of sweetness and bitterness/sourness. Sweet but never too sweet. Alcohol content isn't out-of-control, slides down very easily. Well done, and probably the best Doppelbock I've had yet.

Photo of ZimZamZoom
4.7/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Popped a 12oz bottle and let it sit a moment. After about 2 minutes I had a touch of foam coming out of the neck. Poured into a tulip glass.

A nice deep brown with just a bit of ruby showing through when held up to light. Got a good foamy tan head that leaves a nice lacing.

Smells of dark roasted malts, prunes, nuts, and alcohol. Quite lovely indeed. I would say if heaven came out of a bottle it would be put in there in Germany.

Taste is fruity and nutty, a rich plum/prune flavor with a slightly bitter alcohol finish. This is really thick and complex. I will savor every taste of this one.

Nice, warming, fill-you-up kind of beer. I can see why the monks brewed this to get through their Lenten fast.

Highly recommend this one. It's my first authentic sampling of the style and I'm intrigued to say the least.

Photo of builder53
4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark reddish brown with nice adequate tan head and good lacing. Beer is a little colder than it should be , but I was ready so scents at first are somewhat muted. Mouth feel is silky and finish is smooth and dry without any negative after taste. Beer is coming up in temp and so are scents of mild caramel/brown sugar/yeast. Alchohol content undistinguishable, that could be misleading!! Hard to believe that this beer starts incredibly smooth and finishes smoother! Re-afirms for me why Belgian Dubbles are my listed favorite.

Photo of shivtim
3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Have had this a few times, just never reviewed it until now.
Love the bottle. Classic.
Appearance is nice, deep brown with red hints. decent tan head. Nose is smoky malts and grains, nuts, and some sweetness. Taste is strong smoky malts, bready goodness, and plums. nice. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkability is high. A solid brew!

Photo of demcorhip
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured very dark, similar to a cola, a clear blackness with ruby hues throughout the body when backlight. Nice two finger head formed on the pour. Scant lacing collared this lightly carbonated brew.

Interesting aroma, quite like a date loaf, dark fruit, nuts, some treacle, breadiness, as well as more bitter notes of roasted malts. Some earthy and spicy hops rounded out the nose.

Quite similar to the nose. A liquid date bread, fired in a stone oven, with some roasted and smokey character and a touch of sweetness. Very tasty, and the malts are nicely complimented by the earthy hop spice.

A smooth, very well balanced and crafted medium bodied lager with light carbonation. The rich, slightly sweet, nutty and fruity malts are nicely complimented by their own touch of smokey roasty bitterness as well as the hop spice.

Very drinkable for a rich treat. Not over the top like some other dopplebocks (think sam adams). Also very sessionable for such a deep, rich, and tasty treat. A great example of the style, and also a great way to introduce someone who likes date bread to darker beers. This is something ill come back to again and again.

Photo of GeneralZod
2.95/5  rDev -32%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

It looks like a bock, dark. Very inviiting. Ok head retention.

Smells chocolately. Very good.

It's ok. Good for a bock. Taste like chocolate and sweet.

silky and smooth

Ok to have one now and then. Not so bad, but it is very filling.

Photo of aforbes10
4.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very dark pour. tan head grows big and foamy in the glass. looks nice. Smells of toffee, molasses, caramel and alcohol. Maybe some sugary dark fruits too. Taste is very, very smooth. Roasty, slightly chocolatey, hazlenuts. Lots of roasted smoke flavors, more than i expect from a dopplebock. very tasty though. I do like it, and i am impressed.

Photo of CharlieMopps
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a rich brown color with two fingers of thick, foamy head. Great retention and lacing to this beer.

S: An almost milky and caramel-like smell with a deep toasted malt profile.

T: Relaxed toasted malt flavor, some hop backbone, thick caramel and currant or some mellow fruit taste. Also had bread and chocolate characteristics, making it a damn delicious offering.

M: Creamy mouthfeel and a nice level of carbonation. Very smooth on the palate with a balanced feel to it.

D: Absolutely great. Drinking several of these would be a delight, as the tastes are complex yet smooth enough to savor over and over again.

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

Thick, tan head. It was almost coke black, slightly reddish and bubbly. It left a really thick, tight lacing around the glass as I drank it.

The first smell was brown sugar, a malty sweetness with a little caramel following.

Tastes just as sweet, a little alcohol burn and then some roasted malt flavor, just fantastic.

balanced, sweet and bitter, good carbonation leaves a bubbly feeling on the tounge.

Just a great tasting beer, warms you up on those cold winter nights and seems excellent with desserts because of its sweetness.

Photo of tjthresh
3.44/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Poured a beautiful mahogany with a creamy light brown head that clings well to the sides of the glass. Aroma is not at bold as I expected and that’s a let down for me. Prunes and chocolate chew are the major player. Flavors of smoke, chocolate, prune juice. abound. Full body.

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

I recall it being at the top of the BA top 100 list several years ago, ever since joining BA Ive been wanting to try it.

It pours near black with deep ruby highlights. I giant super creamy head is formed on the pour. It lasts a very long time and coats the glass with patches and webs of lace. The aroma is lively and complex with chocolate, overripe prunes and figs, caramel, winter spices (nutmeg?) and a subtle alcohol spice.

The taste is aromatically malty, with an airy, fresh character. Layers and layers of fruity, doughy malt abound. Some roasty, coffeeish flavors and dark chocolate ensures this is never cloying. Alcohol is very well hidden, as are the hops. Just a ghost of hellertau flavor is perceptable. The finish is sweet and somewhat grainy. The mouthfeel is thick and incredibly smooth with subtle tiny carbonation bubbles.

Ultra complex and tastey, a full on tribute to the glory of malts.

Photo of adammills
3/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A brown amber in body, off white rocky head, a bit frothy. Smells of bread and malt. At first it is all malt, but not overpoweringly sweet and then the disapointing part, it turined like a citrus sour. I hope it was just the bottle that I poured from and not representative fo the beer, because I got a real grapefruit bitterness in the end that I cannot believe is desired. May try again due to reputation. But this was not good.

Photo of warmstorage
3/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

11.2 ounce bottle from BevMo Sacramento (Arden Way), poured into wide-mouthed wine glass, cold cellar temp. Silly plastic horse tschotke hanging on the neck (silly since it's a waste of resources, and I'll throw it away.)

Pours with a medium dense brown head that mostly goes away.

Aroma is chocolate and roast and metal.

Taste is fruity, thick, chocolate, roast, plum, (fig?), with distinct smokiness. Not as much metallic taste as the nose would have suggested, but still unpleasantly there.

Finishes warm with alcohol and tingly mouth.

Overall, a good DB, and a good beer, but I don't really see what all the fuss is about. Really, a pretty average beer.

Photo of gpcollen1
4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a wonderful deep dark chocolate with a 1/8” head that is here to stay. An abundance of dark roasty aroma dancing out of my Ommegang Chalice.

Taste is akind to the aroma – dark roasted malt, coffee and chocolate – more as it warms. The mild carbonation really lends to the overall enjoyment of the flavors in this one. I can drink one of these every day – maybe two – who knows.

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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 5,674 ratings.