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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

2,333 Reviews
THE BROS
100
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Reviews: 2,333
Hads: 6,130
Avg: 4.33
pDev: 16.4%
Wants: 496
Gots: 841 | FT: 23
Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Germany | 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 KarlosT
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very good Double Bock

Comparing it side by side against Samuel Adams Double Bock. I prefer this one over the Sams. Sams flavors are overly sweet, with simple molasses flavors. The Celebrator is a much more complex beer, far less sweet, nicer balance of hops and malts

aroma:
dark brown. tan head.

smell:
sublte aromas. smells of burnt molasses.

Taste:
burnt molasses. for a doppelbock, nice balance between the malt and hops. Not too sweet. Couldn't really detect the type of hops used.

Mouthfeel:
nice effevescense (sp?)

Overall:
would definitely have this Double Bock again. Reminds me of a slightly less heavy imperial stout.

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Photo of rpardon7
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a dark carmel brown with a nice thin white head that left some lacing on the glass.

S - Malt, caramel and a hint of chocolate. No hops were detected in the nose.

T - Malted barley, caramel, notes of chocolate.
A slight bit of hops but mostly a taste dominated from roasted grain.

M - Very nice weighted mouthfeel not too heavy but what I expected from this beer. Very smooth not too carbonated.

D - Very easily drinkable especially on nice cold rainy nights.

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Photo of IrishRedRock
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've waited entirely too long to enjoy this brew, and last night I finally had my opportunity. A few things: While it has a huge following and is arguably regarded as the best doppelbock out there, I wasnt extremely impressed. It is very good, but I expected more from it. However, I attribute this to a few reasons. I had already had a few beers before this. The previous ones were also higher in alcohol, possibly killing my ability to see the complexity in this brew. The beer I had directly before this was a Heavyweight Cinderbock, and the smoky flavors may have done considerable harm to my palate. Having said that...

The beer was a very deep brown color. Smooth, oily mouthfeel. Aromas of chocolate and malts. Huge malty flavors in the middle, finishes chocolatey. I gave it all 4's, but I am definitely coming back to this beer to give a more intelligent review.

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Photo of Afterburner
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark, rich chocolaty brown, with a thick, foamy, light beige head. Good head retention; slow to retire. Prominent lacework.

Smell: Malty, chocolaty nose, in the main. Hints of hop spiciness and raisins. Banana and apple esters also present.

Taste: Mild beginning, leading to strong malt presence mid-palate. Hints of coffee and caramel tease the tongue. Finish is reminiscent of chocolate bread, with a mild alcohol burn and some hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Thick-ish, but not as thick as a Baltic porter or Mackeson's stout. Large-bead carbonation aerates the palate.

Drinkability: Nice, drinkable beer. Could certainly pound a few of these back.

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Photo of rawthar
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Very dark earthy brown body, wouldn't be confused for a stout, full and thick with little in the way of carbonation working through the murk. Initially, a desert fatigue tan head blossoms from below, but it is quickly pulled back into the thick depths.

S- Hints of coffee and heavily roasted malts, some very dark and unsweetened baker's chocolate, and equal parts malty sweetness and woody bitterness. The overarching culmination of aromas adds up to something like a rich buttery toffee with a tiny mention of booze.

T- Flavors up front follow the nose closely, but the hoppy backstop really cleans up the terminus of the flavor, providing a really satisfying experience. Root vegetables appear in the finish to balance out the sugar plums in the introduction. Some lactic acid pops up throughout. Really goes places that few lagers can dream of.

M- Feels like a cold cocoa, thick and milky, and very smooth.

D- A little more appropriate for colder weather than the east coast is getting nailed with right now, but a nice occasional alternative to a stout.

Made a believer out of me, I'll be adding some doppelbocks to my cellar, for sure.

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Photo of dedalus
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

in the low light the beer appeared straight black, with a minimal head, but good, brownish, clingy lace.

brown sugar and caramel in the nose, with some faint chocolate notes, and bafflingly, a hint of old, dusty books(!).

moderately thick mouthfeel. not too thick, not too thin. any thicker and the brew would be far less drinkable.

initial flavors of clean malt, sugary and syrupy, followed by molasses and caro syrup, and ending with a faint burnt sugar in the background. no real hop presence to speak of.

i prefer balanced beers, but doppelbocks aren't supposed to be balanced, and the heavy malt flavors were appropriate for the style. that said, i don't anticipate going back for another anytime soon. lagers can sometimes be a bit too linear for me; i prefer the layered complexity of ales. but this is not a suggestion that the celebrator is of inferior quality; it's just my subjective preferences coming through. the beer is highly drinkable ... if you're only having one. any more than that and i suspect the malt would become far too cloying.

s.d.

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Photo of crwills
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't think I like this one as much as the Paulaner Salvator doppelbock, even though it seems to be more popular on this site. Doesn't quite do it for me though.

This was my second of four bottles brought back to Toronto from Texas (yes, Texas). Don't think you can find this stuff at the LCBO. Anyway, poured it (as usual) into a standard pint glass. A deep burgundy colour with a very small head.

Scents of raisins, cherries, bitter chocolate, and more alcohol than I really expected from a beer that isn't particularly strong.

Flavour is quite nice -- raisins, fruits, some hops. Not as complex as the Paulaner Salvator, although some good gruyere cheese brought out some additional nutty and butterscotch flavours (a great match!).

Mouthfeel is smooth, if a bit dry, and there's a somewhat bitter aftertaste which detracts from the overall impression.

I don't want to give the idea that I didn't like this beer -- it's quite good. But I'm not sure if it quite deserves its reputation, in my opinion. But, what do I know?!

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Photo of oelergud
4/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

-Oelergud

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Photo of mareth01
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- This beer poured a nice very tan 1 finger head with a dark brown to black appearanc. Throughout the drink it had very good head retention with nice lacing.

S- The smell was strong of malts and carmel.

D- It was sweet throughout with a hint of a like carmel flavor with a slight bitter taste of dark chocolate.

M: Smooth with med. carbo., decent body that's just right.

D: Very drinkable, good flavors and taste, you don't know that your are drinking a doppelbock until the third or fourth one.

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Photo of Hoppsbabo
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Black. Small but well retaining beige head.

S: Caramel, dark malts, hints of chocolate.

T: Bitter, dark, caramel, chocolate & hints of coffee. The aftertaste is slightly on the Belgian side.

O: I'm rather indifferent to this beer style but I'll give it a solid four.

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Photo of Anthony1
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark black/brown, with a big fluffy offwhite head, that settles down with generous lacing. Smells earthy, dark malts, little sweet, dark fruits as well. Malt body really coats the tongue, dark cherries, molasses, sweet malt, irony taste. Full and creamy on the mouth, perfect carbonation levels

got another bottle when i realized i didn't review this yet

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Photo of Mangus
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark body with a nice thick off-white head. The head slowly settles to a fine thin layer.

Smells nice and malty (I'm partial to the malty side of beers) and I can really smell that barley wort aroma. Sweet and fruity as well.

Nice sweet malt flavor with a slight drying finish. Certainly has that German beer taste. What is that? It leaves a smooth lingering smoothness that makes me reach for the next sip. High quality brew here.

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Photo of MikieV
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark like a porter or stout. Great thick, rich head lasts a pretty long time. Lacing persists to the bottom of the mug.

Roasted flavor of chocolate, coffee and roasted malts.
Very complex, but balanced. Very smooth mouth feel.
Easy to drink.

Cute goat necklace on the bottle.

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Photo of BeerManDan
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of hopsolutely
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark, clear amber that looks black until held up to the light. Ample cappuccino-coloured head laces the glass nicely. Mouthfeel is silky, not oily, but with a pleasant level of creaminess and carbonation.

Aroma is of dark, roasted hopes with rye undertones. Not certain exactly what the scent is that makes a bock a bock, but this beer has it in spades. Flavours range from the sweetness of caramelized malts to black molasses, with all the expected roasted elements and that “bock” essence. Finish is sweet yet dry, with the bitter tones lingering longest.

Definitely a world class example of this style. Both a pleasure to look at and to drink.

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Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in my Harpoon Oktoberfest mug. Poured a deep, dark brown with ruby highlights when the light hit the brew each time I took a sip. Two-fingered tan head subsided into a thin consistent skim of foam. Strong scent of dark fruit (figs, prunes), chocolate and perhaps molasses. Also seemed to have a slightly vinous fragrance. Taste similar to nose - dark fruit more pronounced as was as a strong malty backdrop. Effervescent tingly mouthfeel across the entire tongue finishing with a slight bit of astringency. Excellent brew. Wish I had discovered it sooner. Drinkable cold weather alternative to the big beers I usually consume.

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Photo of sholland119
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a dark ruby brown, quickly dissipating off white head.

S-Malty with a nicely moderated caramel sweetness. A bit of nice roast underneath.

T-Sweet malts and biscuity malt, some fig and raisin notes, some chocolate roastiness in the finish.

M-Light bodied, effervescent, crisp carbonation.

O-An awfully nice, drinkable doppelbock. Not terribly complex so perhaps a bit of a disappointment versus my expectations, but still very good.

HV

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one was really good, but a little too malty for me. It certainly fits in the traditional Bavarian style. It's probably just a personal preference for me, but the maltiness made it hard to enjoy.

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Photo of jethrodium
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330 ml bottle. Pours a very dark brown that looks like cola when held up to the light. Two finger tan head that has good retention and never completely disappears. Leaves a huge amount of lacing on the glass. Aroma is brown sugar, a light nuttiness, roasted malt, molasses, and a yeasty breadiness. The initial taste is a sweet nuttiness with a good amount of roast. Brown sugar is also present along with molasses. The finish has some more nuttiness and breadiness as well as a light bitterness. Medium-heavy body. Relatively low carbonation. Could probably use a bit more carbonation. Overall a pretty enjoyable beer. Very smooth.

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Photo of sevenarts
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown, somewhat transparent when held up to light, with a slight ruby tinge. Modest tan head, not much retention and no lacing.

S: Bittersweet malts, soy sauce, sugar.

T/M: Sweet, smooth malty goodness. Some caramel along with that distinctive soy sauce-like flavor. Sweet and sugary up front, followed by some dark roasty notes and a lingering bitterness on the followthrough. Very sweet and malty with just enough edge to make it interesting. Goes down easy and really tasty.

O: This is my first doppelbock and it seems to be the staple of the style, and it definitely lives up to its rep. A really good and interesting beer.

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Photo of tpd975
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours dark brown with tints of red showing thru. The head is big bold and tan from the start and has ample retention.

S: Big sweet malt, with hint of dry fruit, molasses, caramel, and dark fruit. If I really concentrate I can pick out just a dash of hops.

T: The aroma matches the taste to a T. Add a touch of booze and you have a nice dopplebock.

M: Thick and smooth. Somewhat creamy in an oily sort of way.

D: Not my favorite class, but this one is still enjoyable and very drinkable.

Overall: I like it. One of the best Dopplebocks around and worthy of its rating.

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Photo of BDJake
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- dark ruby brown with rich tan, well retaining head

S- rich dark malts, with a touch of noble hops, dark fruit, and a mild cloying sweetness

T- very malty, nutty with caramel notes and fig

M- medium, chewy, yet smooth

D- went down without any struggle

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Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I won a friendly poker game last night so this beer seemed like a good choice for a nightcap due to the name. I poured it into an over-sized Arrogant Bastard glass and realized the glass was just like the Celebrator glass, only huge. It was a serious dark brown, with ruby edges and a frothy tan head. The smell was roasty, toasty, and malty. The taste was toasty and I swear I detected licorice in there. This was a good beer but I think it tastes better on tap. It is also a little pricey at $3 for 11oz. Still, one of the best German beers I have tried.

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Photo of chilidog
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We reached a milestone in our year, so I broke out the Celebrator

It poured a nice dark ruby brown. Full overflowing tan head that laced real well.

The aroma was sweet toasted malts, toffee well done.

The taste of this full bodied brew grew to a complex nature.
First a blast of toasted roasted malts. Dark fruits like plum. A bread charactor of biscuit and well done toast. The sweetness of molasses,honey and caramel. All rounded out and blended nicely by hops and suttle alcohol.

Overall very drinkable and a fine example of Germany in a glass..

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Photo of pio
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very dark garnet and solid body.a white fluffy halo and a thinner sheet centrally, solid but for points of activity comming up and building the head. once roused a tad this head becomes a frothing tan monster. the lace look like ticker tapes, webs.
sweet, heavy and wholesome malt and grain scents. not too much on the bread side. hint of honey and pefrume, along with a pinch of alcohol.
drier than i expected with a bitter finish. this dopple bock celebrates a very big bitter malt presence. also a warm squeeze of alcohol warms the belly, palate and dreams.there is a nice vegetal/herbal note with the long bitter finish.
this was a bit more carbonated then i had expected too. still it was pretty low and smooth all the same. amazing body that's full and sturdy yet dosen't come off the least bit sticky.
one of the best i've had in the style for sure. when the mood hits me shirley i'll be back. sweet dreams.

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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 2,333 ratings.