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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Ratings: 5,544
Reviews: 2,254
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 387
Gots: 548 | FT: 19
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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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Photo of blackie
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: Nice 1", frothy khaki head slowly recedes, though never disappearing. The beer is a considerably dark brown in color, with little light escaping.

smell: Mmmm darkish, bready, malt sweetness all over the place. Hints of a dark wheat style banana bread, toasted grain, nuts, and dates. Lightly hopped.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is a lighter medium, and very smooth. The body is a heavier medium, though I like my doppelbocks a little thicker.

taste: Big flavors of moderately sweet, toasted, bready malts. Light banana bread, I suppose from some esters. Just the very very slightest touch of roast, mainly in the aftertaste. Subtle hints of darker fruits. Light noble hop bitterness, and a hop flavor that is hard to find.

drinkability: A good beer, and easily drinkable

Brought to me from Georgia by dirtylou, Cellared since then (July)

Photo of phisig137
4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a rather dark brown with a one finger head that quickly dissapears into a small blanket over the top of the glass.

Smells grainy, sweet, and roasty. Only a slight amount of alcohol is present.

Flavor is fantastic. Loads of complex malts, and a well balanced sweetness. Not cloying, but decidedly sweet. Malt definitely takes center stage here, and it is unparalleled.

Mouthfeel is incredibly chewy and full. A thickness coats your tongue, and the flavor linger for quite a long time. Since it hides its alcohol well, much better than other dopplebocks, I feel the drinkability is quite high.

Photo of EvilKeith
3.88/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So, this is the one everybody talks about, and deservedly so. This is an excellent doppelbock.

Pours dark brown to deep ruby in color. Starts with one finger of dense frothy camel colored head, fades to a thin cap with fine lace.

The nose detects molasses, dark fruits, plums, sweet toasty malts and a wisp of alcohol.

Taste is the same toasted malts, plums, raisins with a slight spicy hop bitterness and traces of alcohol.

Medium to medium-heavy bodied. Carbonation is moderate.

Very well done. The balance of the flavors alone is enough to make this one a real treat.

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

This one brings back some memories, haven't had it for five or six years or so...330ml. brown bottle with stylish classic label and plastic white mtn.goat charm hanging on the neck...some things never change.

Pours a very dark brown with hues of ruby red when held to the light. A nice frothy tan head settles minutes later, leaving some decent lacing behind as you go.

Sweet malty nose, toasted, roasty and nutty. A malt lovers dream. Fruity and floral malt, with malt and more malt...toffee, caramel and molassas, smells like candy.

Tastes much like it smells, sweet roasty malts with a subtle nuttiness and a tang of hops in the finish and a grassy aftertaste. Definitely heavy in body, it has a some what chewy, yet lively mouthfeel and a bitter-sweet balanced finish.

Plenty of flavor, complex and balanced, this is a true Doppelbock from which this style originated, it's more like a meal, than just a drink !

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

330 ml bottle. Celebrator pours out a very dark brown color with a huge, dense head. Intricate layers of lacing are left on my glass as I drink. The aroma is caramel, chocolate, and nuts. Big bready malt flavor. Some caramel, and just a hint of chocolate. There is also a nutty flavor that I can't get enough of. Finishes with subtle, spicy hops. Perfectly balanced and quite complex. Mouthfeel is so smooth. I can't detect any alcohol. This is a classic, world class dopplebock.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. What a nice dark brown/black color with a thick and tanish head. There is a distinct sweet/malty flavor running through this beer, very pleasing to the nose and eyes. The taste is sweet malty goodness with a bit of spice and fruity to balance things out and make this one enjoyable beer. The body is medium to heavy but I find this beer very drinkable.

Photo of RedHaze
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown with some really nice ruby highlights around the edges. There's a one inch head that fades to a thick cap, and leaves behind quite a bit of lacing.

Smell; a little bit os sweet caramel with lots of dark roasted malts and a somewhat bitter coffee aroma.

Taste; just as the aroma implies, nice and malty. There's some coffee, a light presence of anise, with a little chocolate with hints of caramel, and a just touch of some hop bitterness. I'm more of a hop head, but when I'm in the mood for malts this is a great one. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, and very easy to drink.

Photo of Crosling
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ruby. Seriously stunning aroma of figs, grapes, caramel and chocolate. Just a deep and malty aroma. Characterful and complex malty flavor with notes of figs, fruits, caramel and chocolate. Very sweet flavor. Subtle hopping. Silky and coating feel on the palate. A very nice beer.

Photo of pbr85
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle to a pint glass
A: Pours a deep black with 2 inches of deep brown head that cascades up from the beer. Pretty sweet. It would be a 5 if the head retained better.
S: Caramel odors with some toasty undertones.
T: Clean taste at first with some fresh wheat, finishes with sweet candy flavors and roasted malts.
M: Chunky and thick. Similar to a stout. Very enjoyable.
D: I'd certainly pick it up again. This is a very good beer that you can drink moderately quickly if you want but is more enjoyable if sipped. The flavors became more pronounced as the beer warmed, so letting the bottle sit out for a few minutes before you drink it might be a good idea...if you can stand looking at the beautiful bottle.

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

Jesus H Christ I love this stuff, I'm not sure how well I can really describe how much I love this stuff, but here we go. Pours extremly dark brown, almost like a porter. Smells a bit malt syrupy, but good. Taste is...wow!! Malt, cocoa, some mild dried fruit, slightly bitter but again of cocoa. Mouthfeel is nice. Drinkability is excellent. Though you want to sip on this i can go for more again and again. The best I have had so far.

Photo of GimmeAles
4.38/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black as any impy stout I've had (not nearly as light as the picture shows here), thin, fine, moca-colored head comes on with a slow pour. Smell of roasty malts and fig-like sweetness.

Wow, this is like drinking a good english toffee bar covered with dark chocolate. Fig and Date-like fruityness swirl-around as well adding a nice fruity complexity. The presence of pungent German hops is there on top, but is soon lost amidst the swirling, decadent sweetness to follow. A treat to drink, mellows and sweetens (though never too sweet) as it warms.

Mouthfeel is medium, though not cloying and smooth as silk - dessert in a glass. Awesome! Not usually much a Bock fan, but saw this, heard good things, and had to try it. Very glad I did - there will be more of these in my future.

Photo of JohnnyM2002
4.32/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bartender told me that if I liked Troegenator, I'd like this - Celebrator wins hands down.

Pours a beautiful dark reddish/brown color with a nice head and
long-lasting carbonation. Smells sweet (maybe chocolate/hazlenut?) and very malty. I was expecting a super-stong taste - but it was a rush of sweet malt that wasn't as heavy as it appeared. It went down very smoothly and felt great in my mouth. For such a syrup-looking beer, it was surprisingly smooth.

Had another few samplings of Celebrator, and each time, it fell a little in my rankings.

A heavier mouthfeel than the first I had tried. Taste and aroma were still that of malty cocoa; both were still wonderful. Just not as drinkable as my initial tasting.

Photo of nlmartin
4.85/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer was served in a wide mouthed 20 ounce goblet.

Appearance: The beer pours a very solid dark brown with a mountanous thick creamed coffee colored head. The head retention was nearly perfect. Thick lacing remained behind on the glass.

Smell: This beer has the smell of extremly good maltyness. There is a bit of fruityness and spicyness playing in the beer.

Taste: The beer is very sweetly malty. The hops just tingle with a bit of spicyness but not alot. This beer has a bit of fruityness and brief spicyness breaking up the malts.

Mouthfeel: This beer is full bodied. The malty taste seems to go on forever. The bits of hops prevent overkill. Just a massively chewy beer treat.

Drinkability: This beer is a very enjoyable beer. The beer is dam near perfect. I suspect I may have had a religious experience drinking this beer.

Photo of edchef1850
4.6/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I finally got to tap a 30 liter keg of Celebrator and i couldnt wait to christen the barrel by enjoying the first glass. A rich deep brown when poured into my glass, decent head, tan in color. The aroma is inviting, malty and sweet, the flavor, as usual with this beer, is phenomenal. Big mouth sweet and malty with a nice roasted balance. I love this in the bottle but on tap man im obsessed with it. If it wasnt almost 7% abv i would drink it alnight avery night all winter long. This is pure malty goodness!. If you like this in the bottle seek it out on tap and you wont be dissappointed.

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

Poured a nice dark brown with an nice looking brown head. Aroma is matly with sweet and roasted malt, some fruity raisin, some chocolate, as well as some alchohol. Medium–full body, mouthfeel a bit of carbonation hide the alchohol flavor nicely. Taste is roasted grain and sweet matlyness but it all goes together very smooth. Best boublebock I ever had.

Photo of Tupperwolf
4.69/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I have been enjoying doppelbocks recently, and know Celebrator is the quintessential. However, it wasn't until trying it that I realized it's quite an exceptional beer, and all of the -Ators that pay homage to it fall just a little short in total experience.

For example, this pours out an extremely dark color - it looks like cola as you begin the pour, and darkens as it nears the top of the glass, forming a thin yellowish head - It's very dark indeed, happy to give up red highlights in the right light, but nearly stoutlike in other lighting conditions. The head is thin and leaves behind minimal lacing.

Rich, roasty, toasty oat bread slathered with butter and fresh clover honey - that's what I get from the smell. Very slight whiffs of alcohol, but no hops to note. Deep, dark, complex, lovely.

Warm alcohol whispers to the front of the tongue, while the middle tingles with the sweet, rich caramel of the malts. Toasty, tasty. What might be a hint of hops graces the back of the tongue when swallowing, and another slight hint of alcohol precludes a creamy aftertaste.

A slight sparkle from alcohol mingles with very gentle carbonation - slight, fluffy, it doesn't get in the way. The beer fills the mouth, rich and chewy. Very delicious.

This is a sipper of a beer. Sit back, relax, enjoy its deep maltiness!

Photo of NJpadreFan
4.05/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ayinger Celebrator

Appearance-dark murky brwon with a decent fluffy tan head. Lacing was slight.
Smell- slight roasted, not burnt, hops with a caramel toasted malt.
Taste- roasted coffee bean, creamy with a touch of nutty (hazelnut) caranel malt. No alcohol detected.
Mouthfeel- smooth and very well balanced. No bitterness and no aftertaste. quick and to the point with the flavor.

Overall- A nice smooth and flavorful beer. A great sipping 1. I recommend this 1 during the colder winter months.

Photo of davidchollar
4.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've only had a couple dopplebocks, but i really like the style and am looking forward to trying this top pick for the first time.

very dark brown, almost black, but a tiny bit of light passes through along the edge revealing a clear maroon. a smallish dark tan head makes this a good-looking beer. smells like a malt bomb. first impression is wow, malty. next i smell toast and more malt. whoppers.

almost syrupy on the tongue, this is a thick beer, probably not suitable for a rookie. i don't think i would have liked this when i first started drinking 5 years ago. but now i can (sort of, i still am pretty new) appreciate this for what it is, a world class kick ass beer.

the taste is worth celebrating, this beer delivers. full body and nice clean finish with a slight bitterness, by no means sweet, more of a roasty flavor. the taste is an easy 5, i am betting i won't soon forget it. totally deserving of its spot in the best of BA.

Photo of mdagnew
4.64/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle bought from onlyfinebeer.co.uk

Poured a deep dark mahogany red colour... Creamy tan head poured thick and foamy and faded to nice thin layer...

Aroma - Strong sweet toffee/caramel maltiness with light toasted notes, strong dark fruit (dates, figs, prunes), treacle, hints of coffee, light hops...

Taste – Strong coffee / chocolate maltiness, definite dark fruits (raisins), nice hop bitterness, slight spiciness, light toffee sweetness, aniseed...

Feel - Quite smooth and slightly oily.. Medium / full bodied. Pretty drinkable..

Overall - An exceptional beer.... one of the best of it's kind. Extremely recommended....

Photo of sevineyes
4.08/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown bottle with the classic plastic goat around the neck.

A: Black. Very black. Has a nice tan head that lingers.

S: Very sweet. Not atypical huge malt smell. Pick up some dry brown sugar and rasins.

T: Very fruity and sweet. Very malty and sugary. Rasin, can pick up some hints of black licorice and dark cherry. Complex flavor ending in a slight bitterness.

M: Dry and carbonation. Ends a bit astringent that acts as a nice compliment to the big malty flavor

D: This is one of those beers that you just can't drink too many of. Although it's got a complex flavor, the richness is a hinderance to drinking many of.

Overall: I'll be the first to admit that I don't care for doppelbocks much, but I've tried to give as impartial and unbiased a review as I can. Frankly I find the style too sweet for my tastes, but if I were to drink one this would top the list of those I have tried. Very complex flavor and unquestionably a fine brew.

Photo of klewis
4.54/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a porteresque brown with deep red hues. A brief one-finger brown head subsides to a frothy ring.

S: Strong malty goodness comes pouring out of the aroma. Also complimented with aromas of honey and brown sugar.

T: Quite malty, but not overly sweet like some. Like other beers that share its color, it has a touch of roasted flavor, giving it an unusual character for a doppel. Strong alcohol presence in the finish.

S: Crisp mouthfeel with a medium-full body

D: This is the first doppelbock that I've had where I could drink more than one in a sitting (all the others I've had were to malty and sweet). A very nice beer to mix up my routine of hop-laced brews. I'm glad I picked this up.

Photo of DouggiePhresh
3.86/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.5

I went out and purchased a 4 pack from the local Beverage Barn. Planned on drinking, quietly, at my house from a glass. I ended up going to a frat house party and drinking it out of the bottle. I must say it has a potent smell and syrupy mouthfeel. I was feeling my stomach ache after the 3rd bottle (i did drink them quite fast). Tastes of dark fruits and molasses. Very sticky. I was licking it off my lips for 20 minutes. I enjoyed a Pear Cider afterwords, and the two mixing tasted like peanut butter!

Photo of BillyB
4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had on tap at Ludwigs Garten in NYC. The best place other than Germany to try it.
Glass poured a dark brown with amber hues. Very thick, foamy brown head.
Aromas were Roasty, toasty, caramel malts. Chocolate, toffee, figs, plums, raisins and grapes.
Taste was an amazing display of toasted malt and dark fruits and chocolatey, caramelly, toffe-ish decadence.
Very smooth very warm alcohol kick.
Excellent Dopplebock in an excellent German beer bar.

Photo of virtualshock
4.45/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - The color is very dark. Up to the light it is actually ruby red when the light shines through. It pours well with a nice brown head.

S - Smells like fig/raisins, malt, a little fruity, very nice.

T - Tastes malty with a hint of dark cherry then it has a dry hop bitterness to counter the sweetness from the dark malt.

M - Very light on the mouthfeel for the appearance. It seems like it would be perfect if the mouthfeel was a little thicker. Probably a little too picky.

D - Great beer, great doppleback, this one of those beers to use to judge others

Let it warm a little. It is soo much better warm.

Photo of russpowell
4.73/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours dark mahagony with a decent tan head that drops to a healthy film. Very good head retention and lacing

Smell: Spiciness (licorice) and malt

Taste: Malt, licorice, light ginger and pepper. Doughy qualities, yum. Frutiness and dryness in the finish

MF: Complex and filling, Great carbonation levels, perfect, a drink and meal in one

Very drinkable and moreish. Been a while since I had this.
Highly reccomended, so happy that this fared this well despite a long journey from Bayern. the little goat packs a flavor punch!

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 5,544 ratings.