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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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5,679 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,679
Reviews: 2,276
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 413
Gots: 617 | FT: 22
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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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Ratings: 5,679 | Reviews: 2,276
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.

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

This was actually one of the first non-lager-or-pale-ale beers I had, and I didn't like it. Too strong, bitter and dark. I felt it was time I revisited it after having developed my palate the last couple of years.

Pours a very dark brown color that almost black. Decent-sized, off-white head.

Smell is bready, sweet malt, alcohol and a touch of hops.

Taste is malty, toasty, with a bit of alcohol in the finish. Dark fruits and maybe a touch of those hops show up in the flavor as well. Complex.

Medium mouthfeel.

Certainly a great beer I'm glad I finally revisited.

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

Very nicely presented 11.2oz bottle with the ornament around the neck.

Appearance- Quite dark with hues of red and brown. It gurgles out of the bottle producing a big frothy, nearly tan head that leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smell- Very aromatic. Chocolate covered raisins, a bit fruity, slight amount of alcohol is percievable.

Taste- Chocolate (the sweet kind), raisins, something marshmallow-like, and just a bit fruity. A warming alcohol finish with a coffee twist to end it. Hints of nuts somewhere in there as well.

Mouthfeel- Umm... pretty much perfect. Thick, creamy, smooth. Modest carbonation fits well.

Drinkability + conclusion- A deliciously complex brew that while filling, I would be able to session just out of pure enjoyment. I should have broken down and bought this sooner. This has got to be in my top 5 favorite beers.

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

Deep brown with a hint of garnet. Bubbles in head and lacing are particularly fine.

Sweet caramelly malt on the nose.

Slightly less sweet in the mouth, with piney hops and a little bitterness to balance the malt. Lively and mouthfilling at the same time, with a smooth, sweet finish.

Delicious and drinkable doppelbock, but I wonder if it's worth the premium price.

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

I chose this from a menu to accompany a roast beef and gruyere sandwich at a local restaurant. I'm not sure if it was the most prudent choice, but I enjoyed it regardless!

It poured a very dark brown into a pint glass. The head was might at first, but it quickly faded into a lean film that mostly clung to the point of surface tension around the perimeter of the liquid. I find the aroma to be very delightful; it's mostly of dark, dried fruit and coffee/toffee overtones, although toasted malts aren't far behind.

The flavor is delectable. It's so complex: there are hints of dark fruits, espresso, and bittersweet chocolate, with lots of the aforementioned toasted malts and a brown-sugar sweetness that delightfully permeates the entire structure. It's near perfect.

As for the mouthfeel, it's certainly difficult to imagine a nicer texture. It's full and rich without becoming sticky, and the carbonation is just right for my taste: very little. The aftertaste lingers incessantly, and I seem to be able to recall it several minutes later.

This reminds me why I appreciate the Doppelbock style so very much. Highly, highly recommended!

Photo of msubulldog25
4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 33cl bottle. I've had this beer on several occasions; this time my wife & I split one with dinner.

A: Seems to be the darkest shade of brown, almost black, until held to a light...then it glows with garnet highlights and is surprisingly clear. Capped with acreamy 1 finger flax-colored head, which recedes very slowly. Little carbonation.

S: Smoky malt and sweet citrus fruit burst from the glass. Confectioner's sugar. Toasted nuts. Mulled spices. Slight alcohol burn. All very nice.

T: Mmm...delicious sticky sweet malts; caramel, coffee, and bittersweet chocolate comingle. Finish is slightly sweet, slightly bittered with floral/herbal hops.

M: Wonderful full mouthfeel, thick and syrupy. A little carbonation prickle. Warm and spicy/dry finish with the lingering mild bitterness of fine chocolate.

D: A big favorite. Well balanced with a skew toward the sweeter malts. Satisfying beer in every way - highly recommended.

Photo of PeatReek
4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

In the dark bar atmosphere, Celebrator appeared to be a deep brown with a pale/beige head, slightly more than a lid and quite persistent. The aroma is cool and sweet, with rich, deep berry overtones. The most noticeable aspect upon sipping is the savory, substantial body, just short of being too thick. All the sweet berry notes come through in the taste as well, with just a slight rumble of chocolate malt or roast barley late in each sip. The overall impression is one of excellent balance - Celebrator is sweet without being cloying, substantial without being thick, malty without being grainy. I could tell this beer was a bit above average alcohol-wise, but it's imminently drinkable and I would love to have had several more.

(Recollections from last night's trip to Bukowski's)

Photo of jockstrappy
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich, dark brown color with a creamy tan head that retained for about 1/2" of the glass. Aroma is mainly roasted malts, with hints of coffee and slight chocolate. Taste is a pleasant variety of roasted malt flavors, coffee, caramel, and chocolate. This brew is somewhat thick on the palate, yet it washes away for a clean finish...very nice! I wouldn't advise putting down more then 2 or 3 of these in a sitting though, as this one will get to you. Full-bodied, rich, and complex. Awesome beer!

Photo of mjc410
4.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour into my Gaffel Kolsch glass (it doesn't get used much, so I figured I'd give it a shot despite the style) raises a dense, creamy one inch plus head, very light brown. The lacing is not much to speak of, but the retention is very impressive. The beer is a murky dark brown until backlit, when it becomes a crystal-clear deep ruby. The nose is very malty sweet, with a bit of dark fruity vinousness, caramel, toasted malts, and earthy hops (just a tad). The taste is lightly smoky, with deep caramel and toffee notes. A tiny bit sour, too. The mouth is medium-thick, with very low carbonation. A worthy DB.

Photo of muffguy4beer
4.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i have been really getting into german beers the last couple of months. oktoberfest was fantastic and really opened me up to some fantastic german beers and styles. tonight i tried ayinger's celebrator doppelbock after reading the hype on BA. so here is my take on this beer:

Appearance- light tan head, lasting only seconds. dark brown in color almost black.

Smell- sweet and malty. hints of chocolate and coffee.

Taste- malt is the story here with a hint of coffee/caramel flavor. really hits the back of the tongue.

Mouthfeel- medium body, light carbonation.

Drinkability- this beer is not overwhelming which leads to easy drinking, i have not had many double bocks in the past but i did enjoy this one very much and would be open to trying more in the future. the price tag will probably stop me from getting this often but it was definitely worth the try. plus it came with a cool ram ornament. go germany.


Photo of beerogre
4.13/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I first encountered this beer when I lived in Texas a couple of years ago. I was having a birthday party and my brother-in-law invited some of his friends around with the remit: "He likes dark beer".

They had picked this up at the Central Market in Dallas, along with another beer, which was obviously not as impressive since I don't remember it.

Wow, if only all the birthday presents I'd received over the years were of similar quality to this one. My brother-in-law was only partially correct: I did like dark beer, but not only dark beer. I liked good beer. It just so happens that a lot of good beers are also, coincidentally dark.

Personally, I think that no matter which system you might devise to judge the worth of a beer, Celebrator would come out favourably. It's just one of those beers, you taste and say: "Yea. That's class." I said it two years ago and I said exactly the same thing again on renewing my acquaintance with the beer tonight.

If you like dark, great looking beer with a caramelly taste and a slightly above average abv, seek out some Celebrator.

Currently, this is ranked only third best within its style. I'd like to meet Two and One.

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

Truly one of the world's great beers and worthy of any and all praise it recieves, Ayinger Celebrator Dopplebock is grand in it's scope and a true pleasure to savor.

I remember this beer at one time being number one on the best of BA list, I was mearly a lurker for the most part way back then and while the beer has dropped to 21st (still quite remarkable considering the amount of beers out there) it's a classic in every way.

It's a dark brown, nearly black color with a rather nice head that lingers for sometime. There is some nice impressive lacing as well, lacing that lasts the duration of the glass.

The smell is that of smoky malt, with definite coffee undertones as well. Simply delightful!

The beer tastes of malt...malt..malt. Smoky malt, chocolate malt.... simply malt. This is truly a divine beer for malt lovers. This beer is akin to drinking a very very well made coffee in a sense.

This beer is truly world class and mere words cannot do it justice. If you've yet to try it, then please do yourself a favor and do so ASAP.

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

Pours dark brown with garnett highlights. Nice tan head, retains well. Aroma is complex, sweet malts. Tastem is sweet malts and a roasty, almost coffee like flavor. Alcohol is noticeable but faint. Medium-full bodied with a fair amount of carbonation. This one is pretty good, but the high ABV prevents it from being a session beer. I'm not clear on why this is so highly rated (or priced for that matter).

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

Looks powerful, smells sweet, tastes like heaven (with a bit of roasted coffee beans). The creamy mouthfeel ties it all together.

There is no need to go in to great detail about why this doppelbock is so great. Have one for yourself....you'll understand.

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

Poured into a tulip a thick dark brown, almost black color with a stubborn finger and a half of a creamy beige head.

Nose is rich caramel malts and what seems to me like anise. More subtle notes of toffee, nuts, and brown sugar/nutmeg with a very light fruity hops presence in the background.

Spicy and sweet. The complex malt character is dominant; mostly toffee and caramel, but the hops stand out a lot more than they did in the aroma as well. Alcohol presence is also fairly strong for a 6.7% but in now way overpowering.

Thick, chewy mouthfeel Very warm and tasty, but definitely leaves the palate dry.

Photo of objectivemonkey
4.65/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Into a tulip glasss, pours a thick dark black with a big massive tan head lasting quite some time, big clingy lacing sticking to the glass. Really roasty malts dominate the nose, toffee, kind of sweet, maybe some chocolate in there, alcohol lightly present, really nice and well integrated, a touch more assertive and a perfects score.

Tasty tasty beer, delicious chocolate malts, some toffee, maybe coffee, warming alcohol, slight bittering leveling out things, very nice. Mouth is perfect, good body, extremely smooth and velvety, warming the soul. What a good beer for such a crappy day, worth all the praise heaped upon it.

Photo of BlindPig
3.8/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- 1/4" tan head. Dark brown clear body. Thin lacing that covers the top.
S-Caramel and deep malts. Very sweet smell. Some light hops.
T- Some caramel flavors. Malts with some toffee flavors. Light hops accents. The yeast comes through also. Pretty sweet flavors. More coffee flavors come out as warms up a bit.
M- Medium body, light to medium carbonation.
D- It is pretty good.Not huge fan of the dopplebock style though. I think I prefer the Spaten Optimator.

Photo of bigone4
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received a bottle free from a friend who did not like the taste of this brew. But then again many beers I have him try, he does not take a liking too. Anyhow it poured out a dark brown almost black color. Nice tan off-white head. Very impressive looking presentation. The nice thick head dissipated slowly and left very little lacing in the pint. Smells of roasted malt and caramel tones. Had a rather interesting alcohol aroma almost like a scotch ale. Very smooth roasted flavor awesome malt character. Mild hop presence in the finish. Extremely enjoyable smooth malted flavor. Great mix of dark and roasted malt. The solid malt flavor is the back bone of this great thick bodied beer. Very impressive and tasty, drinkable but in moderation. It certainly packed a nice little kick with it so it seemed. Great overall flavor and taste. I would certainly give it another taste. I was weary trying it because there was no freshness date and I did not know how long my friend had it. But after checking some other reviews I saw it would be fine with the shelf life.

Photo of AChamberlain
4.8/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Stellar!! 330ml bottle bought from Bierkraft.

A: Great thick head. Black and beautiful.
S: Lovely smell, sweet and malty.
T: Sweet and malty flavor.
MF: Thick, fullbodied and smooth.
D: Drinkable, but I can't session dopplebocks. But for what it is great.

Photo of jamie2dope
4/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one at the Moan and Dove in Amherst Mass on tap. Poured a dark brown coloe, with a half ince white heading. Smell was very nutty, with notes of chocolate and nutmeg in the mix. Taste was overwhelmingly filled with nut and chocolate flavors...a bit of caramel in there too. A lot lighter then i had expected, pretty medium in the end. Very nice as far as drinkability, one more would have been great. This is a really awesome beer...still deciding whether I like it better on tap or from the bottle. Also, seems more ale-like then lagerish. Guess it doesn't matter in the end, its still totally worth trying. The ram on the bottle is now on my bunchy of keys. Happy Trails

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

Poured from a 11.2oz bottle to a pilsener glass.

Appearance - Almost completely opaque, but shows a very deep red colour on holding up to the light. I poured a little too slowly, so didn't gain much of a head, but what there was was a medium brown that remained until about halfway through the glass. I imagine with better pouring, the head may have lasted better or at least left the lacing that others have described.

Nose - A mix of fruit, malt and slightly burned caramel. Much more appetizing than it sounds!

Taste - Bitter, rich and smoky. The same caramel and a lot of licorice. Alcohol taste is present but certainly not overpowering.

Mouthfeel - Nice carbonation, surprisingly light for a double bock, although with the richness of the flavour I don't think I'd want it to be much heavier.

Drinkability - Reasonably strong, but very smooth. I think of it more of a sipper than something I can gulp down; I could certainly go for another one after the first, but the richness of the flavour means it wouldn't be a session beer.

Definitely has the 'Outstanding' tag for a reason. Highly recommended!

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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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