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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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5,613 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,613
Reviews: 2,266
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 406
Gots: 582 | FT: 20
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Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website

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 oelergud
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Semi-transparent deep ruby body with a brown head of mostly tiny bubbles, some small and a few medium. Retention is ok but the lace is pretty good.
Sweet brown molasses smell with earth and nut notes and a hint of marzipan. Very prominent malt scent.
Taste is caramel and sugar. Earthy and nutty. The aftertaste shows a little citric hop character just briefly which is then overtaken by another malt rush.
Full and sticky on your lips mouthfeel. Good coating and slick sensation throughout. Though ABV is not that high it still leaves a warm feeling going down.
Quite pleasant to drink and a good version of the doppelbock.


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

A truly great brew and my favorite doppelbock for many years.This is the first time I've reviewed it though.

This beer pours a rich looking dark chocolate color with garnet highlights. The head is a pale brown pancake head that fases fairly quickly to a thin covering.

The smell is a nose full of malt with some winey, fruity undertones. Maybe macerated cherries? A slight smokiness seems to be there as well.

Taste is wonderful-molasses and caramel with some dark fruit notes and some spice as well. Not at all sticky, though, just big and dry. Some burnt grain on the finish.

Mouthfeel and drinkability- somewhat dry for this style, but very full, nicely balanced, and perfectly carbonated. Very tasty stuff- one is never enough.

Photo of Enola
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a nice deep plum color. There was a nice head that receded to a thin coating. The smell is sweet with brown sugar hints. The taste is very malty. There is a bittersweetness in the aftertaste. A very smooth brew. Not overpowering. The drinkability is high. I will seek out this beer again.

*Note: It would be a good idea to take the goat off the bottle before pouring or you may find yourself fishing it out of the glass.

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

This beer pours a dark brown, that looks deep mohogany when held up to the light. It has a thick brown head that fades slowly, leaving many laces.

This beer boasts a strong bready malt aroma. Is has a sweet smell. Molasses or brown sugar. It has a dark fruit aroma also. Figs or raisins. A slight chocolate aroma is also present.

This beer tastes incredable. It tastes very toasty. Bready flavors are present. Also, chocolate and toffee are mixed in. I think this beer has a perfect mix of flavors.

This beer goes down smooth, leaving a creamy, toffee like aftertaste. It is low in carbonation, but it does not detract from the beer.

I think this beer would make an excelent session beer. It is only slightly high in alcohol. The flavor is wonderful, and would probably never get old. This is definately a world class beer.

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

Now this is beer.
A- like maple syrup only a touch darker and thinner
S- malty, with a hint of raisin
T- hits all the taste buds perfectly, sweet and mellow
M- velvety and smooth
D- This is a beer where I wish I bought more than one. If you see it, get an extra for the cellar.

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

I purposely saved the "Celebrator" until after I had rated at least 100 beers, and was not disappointed at having waited. Poured to a jet black, with thick tan head and very good lacing. Sweet strog aroma of malt and dark fruits....mostly grapes, plums and cheries. Flavor of choclate and dark fruit. At mid-glass, the alcohol became more evident, but blended in nicely with the other flavors. Just a little too sweet , or I would have rated even higher, as it had a very good finish.

Photo of dreadnatty08
3.87/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mostly opaque black with slight ruby highlights. A minimal amount of head appears but is gone quickly. Tracing is ok. Aromas of raisins, sherry (slight oxidation?), and roasted malts. Flavor is mostly roasty malts, slight chocolatiness. Very clean and smooth in the mouth. Hops are mostly floral and slightly spicy, but just enough bitterness to contrast the sweetness, quite balanced. Carbonation is low but provides a slight creaminess. Alcohol is barely detected, but at the level it shouldn't be. Overall, I was expecting more from a top rated beer, but this one is lacking complexity, due to low gravity perhaps.

Photo of jwc215
4.9/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Comes with a cool plastic goat around the neck of the bottle and a highly decorative label.
Poured into a Celebrator glass.
Poured brown with ruby highlights, especially when held to the light. The creamy, slightly off-white two finger head slowly went to half the original size and remained for the long lasting drink.
The smell was a blanced mix of chocolate, caramel, and hints of rich coffee. There was a slight fruity aroma in the background that enhanced the delicious aroma.
The taste was superb. It was layers of rich, dark chocolate, robust coffee and caramel. As the drink slowly progressed, flavors of berry-like fruits came through to form an extremely well-balanced taste.
It was rich and creamy in the mouth. It reminded me of eating a rich chocolate cake with raspberry or strawberry filling.
If it weren't so rich/filling after a while (and not inexpensive) I would want to continue drinking these. It's one of my all-time favorites. Heaven in a bottle. Exceptionally smooth and delicious!

3.81/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sweet giant head with fat bubbles is about 2 inches thick. Color is a deep tan. Body is jet letting me light thru. Smokey rich malt is quite vigorous on the nose, almost meaty in smell. as it enters the mouth you get dark coffee notes. Smokey malt is the second wave but light and slightly watered down. Deep rithness is long on the mouthfeel and though the finish. There may even be a hint of dark ripe fruit. Very easy drinking. For fans of dark decently malty beers. Nice Mid-range alchol also.

Photo of jameaterblues
4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

To define a style is hard, and not that this beer is perfect, but it comes pretty close....
A- Murky brown/blackish color..light enters on the sides of the glass, but not the middle....1/4inch coffee/cream colored head with a light but almost non-existent lace.
S- Strong malts...predominantly dark chocolate and coffee....very thick, roasty, and very sweet.
T- Slightly sweet tip, light hop crispness in the middle of the body, and a long lasting bitter baking chocolate finish....a little bit of the coffee flavor creeps up in the aftertaste.
M/D- Medium bodied, light carbonation, easy to drink....I feel that this beer might be a good one to introduce new beer drinkers to complex beers...its pretty wonderful.

Photo of GreenWBush
4.59/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Burgundy noir in color, Celebrator's head starts out white but calms to a dingy brown atop the chalice. Stone formations of lace are observed.

Nose is filled with toasted malts, malt, malt, and did I mention malt? Malt-bomb. Toffee, caramel, and watered chocolate also appear. Fallen leaves. Extremely robust.

Taste is filled with a nutty sweetness that pushes up to a drying Munich character, emboldened by toasty grains. Wisps of peat. Layered molasses, licorice, anise, and a dry finish filled with raisins.

Mouthfeel is smooth and sweet, with piques of hop tartness that subsides to a quiet but complex sweet ending.

Two 11.2 ozer's wasn't enough to quench my increasing D-bock urge, but with a hefty price tag two ended up being plenty. Great beer...

Photo of haz77
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with an inch of tan head.

S - Brown sugar, rum, raisins, dates, chocolate, coffee, caramel, a little anise.

T - Chocolate at first with a slight coffee twang. Roast malts then come through and are joined by caramel. Get very creamy at this point and some bitterness appears, along with fruit.

M - Full bodied, smooth and creamy. Low carbonation.

D - Highly recommended. A bit rich to have more than one or two, but otherwise outstanding.

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

Poured into a Guinness pint glass that curved outward in the middle (my best glassware option at the time). This beer had virtually no head, and what did form dissolved quickly, leaving a thin brown lace that clung slightly to the glass where the head once stood. Beneath this was an opaque liquid that appeared to be anything from black to dark brown to amber depending on how the light hit it. I'll go with a very dark brown.

This beer has earned itself a new category: "sound." I could actually hear it snapping, crackling, and popping in the glass as if I had poured myself a Coke rather than a beer. Except Coke doesn't normally come with a plastic goat hanging from a string around its neck. What a great souvenir!

The odor was definitely potent, attacking my senses as soon as the cap was removed from the bottle. It smelled very richly of coffee and molasses.

I was expecting something intensely strong as I raised the glass to my lips for the first time, but instead encountered something amazingly smooth. The flavor was coffee-like but not quite as bitter, molasses-like but not quite as heavy, and candy-like, almost like toffee, yet only mildly sweet.

The mouthfeel was nearly perfect by my standards. The carbonation that had screamed at me before was very mild once inside my mouth, and the aftertaste was pleasing but very brief, making me anxious for another sip to replenish the flavor (I consider this a good thing, as aftertastes that linger tend to leave a stale skunkiness on my palate). The alcohol was noticeable enough to keep this from scoring a 5, but it wasn't intrusive.

I stocked up on Best of BA beers during my recent trip to Lone Hill Liquors in Glendora, CA, and I must say that so far, the experience of drinking them has been hit or miss (by no fault of the store - I just wasn't as impressed as I expected to be). This one, however, is definitely a hit. I'm not too familiar with the Doppelbock style, and it's been a long time since I've had any, but I seem to recall not being enormously impressed with past samplings. However, this beer is the definition of balance: the flavors are balanced, it's full-bodied yet easy to drink, and it's low enough on alcohol not to take me out of commission yet strong enough where one bottle is quite satisfying.

My only regret is that when I shared my first bottle of this (it came in a 4-pack) with a friend, we had to resort to plastic cups. He missed out.

Thank you, Ayinger.

Photo of phishgator
4.75/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is poured into a pint glass with a large tanned foam head. The color is a dark amber, almost non-transparent. The aroma is toffee, chocolate, bready yeast, and just plain sweet malt. The taste is much the same as the aroma of toffee, chocolate, big malt backbone, slight alcohol mixed with a little fruitness. The body is medium and smooth! The smooth and creamy texture of the body is velvety. I would say that more than two in one sitting is a my fill. IMO the best Dopplebock I have had to this date.

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

Deep, dark ruby-red body with a thick tan head. (Poured into a 0.3L Celebrator glass, couldn't quite pour hard enough to produce the head I wanted.)

Nose is deeply complex. Dark roasted malt, almost chocolatey.

Flavor is very rich and complex. This is very much a roasted malt bomb. Has much in common with a great Belgian Trappist brew or a well done RIS, the layers of flavors just keep coming. Nutty, roasty, sweet, brown sugar, chocolate. Dark fruits like an RIS, almost a prune or raisin thing. This is truly a world class brew.

Mouthfeel is rich and thick, like skim milk. Coats your mouth with greatness!

Drinkability is very good. For all it's thickness and richness, I want more than the one I bought.

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

Had this one at a nice beer bar on the Jersey shore, where they were kind enough to give me a bottle and a pokal to pour it into.

A: Poured into the glass beautifully; dark, coffee-colored brown, with a two finger-thick tan-colored head. There seems to be a bit of a reddish hue to it as well. Minimal, if any, lacing.

S: Wow, what an aroma! This is certainly for malty beer lovers. I get some roasted sweet malts; chocolate, caramel, maybe hazelnut. So sweet, it's almost fruity, and it gives you a nice warm sensation.

T: Mirrors the smell, only I don't know quite where this fruitiness might come from. Plums? Raisins? Otherwise, molasses, caramel, chocolate...general roasted malty goodness. Very sweet, as expected. Extremely rich. Too much flavor for you to pick up on the slightly higher alcohol content, and the hop character is underplayed and only really present, as perhaps some noble hops, on the after taste. Like the smell, it gives you a warm toasty feeling.

M: Thick and creamy, sort of lingering behind to give you a chance to enjoy the flavor. Not much in the way of carbonation or bite from the hops.

D: Delightful beer. I'm almost disappointed I didn't have it in the comfort of my home with a few friends and a warm winter fire. But there will be time for that. I will have to say however, that as with any very malty beer, and any extremely flavorful beer, this is one to be enjoyed in moderation. I can't see anyone throwing back a six of this in one sitting, but the 2-3 you may have will be quite fine.

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

Too bad U.S. craft brewers cannot emulate this style very well. It is simply unmatched, especially for this particular example.

At first I had this confused with the Optimator but then after a side by side, the Celebrator is much more roasty and coffee-like.

Brilliant dark amber-brown with light brown head. A true dopplebock.

Malty sweet "goat's breath" nose on this beer, whatever that means, with some light roasted coffee aromas too. Some chocolatey toasty notes too.

Medium to full bodied. Big Malt warmth, chocolate sweetness, slight hop tang but mostly a nice, earnest malt flavor profile.

Finish is very coffee like to me. Bravo!

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

From notes:
Filled the glass with a murky amber body. Tiny tan head settles on top. Nose leaps out ... bready, rummy, syrupy all at once. Taste is rum, strawberry syrup. There's a hint of choclate and pine in the finish. Mouth is rich and creamy. Highly drinkable!

Photo of Damian
3.58/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice full head and translucent deep brown body.

Smell was rich and sweet.

Taste was malty with notes of caramel, cinnamon and spice. Slightly hoppy, bitter aftertaste.

Moderate body created a nice rich mouthfeel.

A good beer overall but not worthy of the hype.

Photo of jdhilt
4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a three finger light brown head that fades quickly no lace. Almost black color. Light carbonation and heavy bodied. Molasses nose. Starts with a sweet molasses flavor, hints of roasted coffee in finish. Great double bock. $2.45 for a 11.2oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

Photo of MSchae1017
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was tasted in a pilsner glass from a bottle.

This beer pours a deep copper brown with w creamy white head that leaves thick foam all the way down the glass but without a lot of lace. The smell is roasted sweet malts, not chocolate and not particularily coffee like either. There is somewhat of a caramel aroma. The taste is fantastic. Very sweet of course. Roasted caramel flavors and maybe some toffee. The mouthfeel is nice and bold, quite good. Overall very drinkable. A great Dopplebock.

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

My first live review, drinking and typing, no notes. I poured the beer into a hotel water glass. It had a small tan and patchy brown head on top of a cola like body. The smell was immediately smokey with hints of roasted coffee, and then it went sweet like molasses. The taste started out with some caramel and then the roasted coffee kicked in, then there was a bit of pepper like spiciness. The mouthfeel was amazing, the exact right amount of carbonation and chewyness.

Photo of hanco005
4.4/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A—pours dark solid brown with a 1 ½ inch head that looks like a cola ICEE, staying power on the head is very strong, lacing is no existent

S—buttery, toffee, raisons, a bit of sweet and sour flavor, ripe plums, very aromatic, malts are plentiful

T—buttery, coffee, caramel, plum, ripe fruits, really strong flavors that make this very good, a slight hint of alcohol as well

M—thick and creamy, perfect, full bodied, mild carbonation

D—only one more for me…it’s thick and so flavorful; that one does the job. I’ll have it again, but it’s one to sip and enjoy.

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

From a 12 oz. bottle with the great little ram hanging from it and the very cool Celebrator label.

A - dark brown, clear, head is nice off-white. Dissipates quickly, however, leaving nice lacing.

S - rich, malty, chocolatey aroma. Like roasted hazelnuts, toasted bread. Munich malt and other dark malt aromas abound. No detectable hop aroma. Smells slightly sweet.

T - hazelnut choclate sweetness mixed with balancing bitter aftertaste of noble hops. Rich, deep, malty sweetness is predominant flavor, dark fruits and malt sugar.

M - medium bodied, slightly chewy beer, with a mildly sweet finish. Carbonation appears average to low.

D - one of the world classics. Get it whenever you can.

Photo of rsyberg01
3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

serving type - 12 oz bottle with 2 goats adorning this extremely exceptional doppelbock. One of the goats is hanging off of the neck on a red piece of string, fun looking and also doubles as a unorthodox monopoly piece.

appearance - dark and nutty brown, just so warm looking and inviting. head resides from being prominent to residing and leaves a good sticky lacing.

Smell - roasty and malty with a slight hint of fruit. a very pleasant slap across the face, just makes you want to slide right in, kick off your shoes, and relax.

taste - just like the smell only much more prominent on the palate, the fruit doesnt stand out so much as it does in the nose but is still evident. the roasted malt is warm and toasty and lends those feelings directly from the mouth to your body. a good cold weather beer because of the roasted element, though there is also a certain crispness to it at the very beginning and it finishes a bit crispy too. good brew.

mouthfeel - coats your tongue and cheek, lingers for a moment and then finishes quite clean with a little residual flavor hanging out just to remind you what you're in for with your next sip.

drinkability - smooth and delicious, but it has such depth that it seems to be a difficult one to continue with after about 4. Which is perfect because that is how they are sold.

tip - this goes well in a tulip, actually I prefer a tulip because of the concentration of the smell at the mouth of the glass. A great buy if you come across it, which is not a difficult task.

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 5,613 ratings.