Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Ayinger Celebrator DoppelbockAyinger Celebrator Doppelbock

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

5,841 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 5,841
Reviews: 2,312
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 444
Gots: 679 | FT: 20
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Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2001

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into pilsner glass.

A - Poured very dark brown, almost black, and almost opaque. Brown one finger head recedes to virtually nothing, no lace.

S - Mainly deep caramel, with a hint of dark fruit and spice.

T - More caramel dominates with some slight roasted flavors. Hops are present somewhere near the finish, with a small floral component mid- to late-palate. Finish is bitter with notes of something like nutmeg or mace, along with a fruity sugar taste, reminding me a lot of a demerara sugar. Quite sweet overall.

M - Nice and smooth with very little carbonation. Little bit of alcohol bite at the end.

D - I don't think I'd want more than one of these, though I could see some folks having a few. It's a little too sweet for my taste, rather heavy, and the alcohol really starts showing as the beer warms. Bocks in general aren't the most sessionable of beers anyway.

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

Presentation: 11.2oz. brown bottle; no "bottled on" or "best before" warning, despite the small, plastic goat danding on the neck; purchased as a stray single from the Westwood Whole Foods for $2.29; front label depicts a six-foot beer breaking up a hoof to hoof battle between two goats.

Appearance: Pours a dark, dark, fudge brown; fat, cocoa-tinged brown; d-cup's worth of lacing; very good head retention.

Aroma: Somewhat mildly of molasses and carmelized brown sugar.

Taste: Thick, toasted malt profile upfront and throughout; strong notes of black bread, dark fruits, molasses and brown sugar; a subtle hop bitterness balances things out in the finish; hints of graham crackers and butter; not half as sweet as one might imagine; full bodied with a smooth, chewy mouthfeel.

Notes: Probably the most complex doppelbock these lips have ever sampled, though I'm not entirely sure that adds up to its being the best.

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

Pours a rich and bold brown color with a big tan head resting on top, that will die down after a few moments leaving very little in its wake. Smell is of a smokiness, roasted malt, some dried fruits. The bouquet awakens as this one warms in your hand. Taste is complex and full bodied. After sipping on this one for so long I felt like I was drinking my meal. It certainly is filling.

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

I am several beers into my tasting but this is getting my attention.

I cannot put my finger on the exact taste but it is similar to figs, nutty, caramel, honey, with a pumpkin spice kicker.

I will celebrate the fact that this is my last beer of the night but it was enjoyable none the less.

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 Donnie2112
3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottle poured into a Celebrator glass

deep deep brown with gorgeous tinges of red light film of head

nicely sweet aromas of caremel and other burnt sugars. Again the smells are almost exclusively malt

there are hints of dark chocolate and light notes of caramel, there is just a little bit of sharpness and peppery flavor from the alcohol. The ammount of alcohol plus the malts equate to a fantastic balance.

full body and medium light carbonation slightly dry from alcohol

very drinkable I enjoyed this beer a great deal and look forward to trying more from this style.

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

pours a dark brown with a hint of red. very little head.

smell is sweet honey and all malt. not getting any hops at all. maybe a bit of licorice as well.

taste is sweet and malty with coffee undertones and caramel.

mouth is thick bodied with low carbonation.

overall I was hoping for more out of this beer. it certainly makes sense that I did not love it since i am a hop head and celebrator is all malt. definitely too sweet and thick for me to love but it does have some good flavors.

Photo of LordofthePings
3.98/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours dark and smooth with medium head. The smell is malty and NO hops. Taste is sweet and Carmel, molasses, sweet corn. Silky and smooth, lacy. Not my favorite beer style so while i appreciate this beer and how well made it obviously is, it's only an occasional drinker for me.

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

Wow! Comes with a free charm for your necklace.

Pretty damn dark. Head is off white, not too long lived. Can get a ruby hue if I tilt the glass, otherwise it's just about black.

Light sour scent.

Good flavor. I'm gonna let it warm just a hair. **Lets it warm**

The flavor and scent get a little stronger. There's a new scent that I can't name. Sorry, I'm stupid.

I think I now know the distinct doppelbock flavor. Love the 6.7%, can't sense it until it's too late.

Overall: good beer, worth a trial

Photo of GOBLIN
3.97/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Ayinger Celebrator

Poured into tulip glass

A: Pours a deep dark brown with a himt of ruby highlights when held against the light.
(This should be interesting)

S: Fig, raisins, roasted malts and some other dark fruits.

T: Very intense deep dark fruits up front. Followed in the end by a nice, pleasant sweet touch on the end . . . Probably from fruits.

M: Full bodied and crisp to thick feel in this one.

O: A good spring brew. A tried and true German favorite. Would not hesitate to pick this up again.

Photo of r0nyn
3.97/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass from a 11.2 fl oz bottle.

Pours a dark brown color with tinges of burnt orange around the edges. Not too much of a head at all, or lacing. Still, not a bad looking brew. There's a big malty character to the smell, along with a slight bit of fruitiness.

Taste pretty much follows through on the smell with the maltiness asserting itself from the get go. Slight smokiness as well. Bit of bitterness makes itself known, but nothing too excessive; this beer is by no means hoppy. There's an almost wheaty backend, the kind I'm used to getting from hefeweizens, but it's fleeting and gives way to more malty sweetness that rounds out the finish into the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is decent, somewhat thinner than I expected, but still quite serviceable. Quite a bit of carbonation that helps give it character.

Good drinkability, thanks to the unique smell and taste along with the only slightly higher-than-average ABV. Not as pleasant as the Weihenstephaner Korbinian, but definitely not a terrible experience. May merit another visit down the road.

Photo of iadler
3.97/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip.

A- Pours a dark brown with a reddish hue. A two finger off white head dissipates into a thin cap. Minimal lacing left behind.

S- Roasted mat, subtle dark fruits including prunes and raisins, molasses, and a hint of bakers chocolate.

T- Raisins, bakers chocolate, nutty bread with roasted and bready malt, toffee and molasses.

M- Medium carbonation and body with a rich mouthfeel that with a dry roasted and sweet finish.

O- One of the better doppelbocks I've had. Not typically a fan of this style, but this is a nice brew for a cold fall evening.

Photo of IBUnit63
3.97/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Pours like a Diet Coke - dark and carbontated with frothy pale head that dissipates quickly. Looks like powerful syrupy stiff.

German chocolate aroma - a little soft, a sour, sorta metal. After about 15 minutes it reveals a toasted nut texture - almost like pecan pie. Strong, smoked malt taste - a little too puckering at first but develops slowly. Still slightly sour. Alcohol and malt are there in force - could be a little better blended but still well-balanced. Short-to-medium finish. Carbonation is long gone a few minutes after pour - first sip is a little clammy; a few minutes later it's very soothing. This needs a little while to breathe, sort of like wine. Most likely best enjoyed in a dark, warm setting - bar, ski lodge, German brew haus, etc. - powerful, well-made stuff.

Photo of NODAK
3.97/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smell is of rich caramel malts...molasses...some dark fruit perhaps...very thick. Tasty.

The beer itself is not quite as thick in mouthfeel as I may have expected. Taste is of caramel malts...raisins...molasses....figs maybe. A heavy beer without being TOO heavy. Finish has basically no bitterness on it at all, but there is a very healthy dose of caramel sweetness....alcohol is somewhat noticeable but not astringent, as the ABV isn't all that high. There isn't that much of an aftertaste either, aside from a bit of residual sweetness.

It's certainly a malty monster, but I like that it doesn't go to the point where I feel I'm going to go into a diabetic coma from drinking it. It's balanced quite well.

Photo of Hhawk06
3.97/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was expecting big things out of such a highly reviewed BA selection. It poured purely black with a woodsy cranberry odor. I'm tasting a roasty licorice flavor intermingling with a dry bitterness. The aftertaste feels more nutty but remains dry. It makes you thirst for more! I did enjoy this brew, it's obvious this beer is carefully taken care of.

Photo of Gehrig
3.97/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I just finished this good dopplebock, the first time I tried it, and was not disappointed. It pours a nice head, but one that is short in duration. The color is practically black. The flavors are nice--a bit of chocolate and coffee--but the aromas are not as prominent as I would have liked. The smooth texture atones for the modest aromas, and I would certainly request a second. Celebrator is solid overall, not outstanding but quite good and worth trying.

Photo of Vendetta
3.96/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Original Rating Date:
June 16, 2008

Had this on a beer tasting event on a cruise ship. Really strong doppelbock. Smells fabulous, looks great. The flavor is very strong, toasted, dark. Super malty. Creamy, enjoyable palate. Really quality doppelbock- not really my style, and super filling so I only had a couple before I switched to something lighter. Recommended.

Photo of birchstick
3.96/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - pours with nice one-finger head and chocolate brown in appearance

S - This has a nice aroma to it with sweet, dark fruits (grape and figs) and caramel malts come though.

T - Starts off with dark fruits that soon mix with chocolate and some slight burnt malts. Not a taste I was expecting from the smell.

M - goes down creamy and smooth - mouthfeel is great.

D - this is an excellent doppelbock. I can understand why it is so highly regarded for its style. I know I will revisit this one soon.

Photo of Night
3.96/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear scarlet with a dark brown character in flat lighting. Medium to small, foamy, light tan head has a thin plateau of cream in the center. Somewhat sparse archipelago of lacing sticks just above the head. Aroma has a yeasty belgian character; alcohol has a strong presence. Mouthfeel is medium-creamy and has a light and crisp carbonation tingle. Flavor is woody and grassy with a background of banana-yeast, parmesan, molasses, and a nice spicy (but distant) hop bite. Thick, roasty, almost smoky malts throughout. Dry and bitter undertone in the finish along with more molasses sweetness; aftertaste is clean and slightly bitter.

Photo of Oxymoron
3.96/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beers that end in -ator, are always good. Poured a dark, very rich brown color with stronger red color throughout. A very nice foam with little bubbles with plenty of staying power. Left good lacing as well.

The smell is sweet with malt. Very rich even for doppelboch standards. Some caramel notes mixes with fruity tropical smells. Plums, a touch of raisins and a hint of fried plantains (bananas yum).

The taste is all malt. A sweet mix of caramel and lighter toffee. There is an almost syrupy taste with strong notes of molasses. The fruit flavors become more apparent then even the nose would indicate. Touches of bready and toast flavors are presence but not to be missed.

A good complexity of malt but some lingering yeast qualities and a beer to be enjoyed. Full flavor, full bodied. End it -ator and you wont go wrong.

Photo of timbro81
3.96/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice black color that when held to the light shows a deep reddish brown hue. The head is a nice 1/2 inch off white with good staying power and great lacing. Smells of nice roasted malts with a toffee like sweetness. Nose doesn't reveal too much, my only gig to this classic. Taste is slightly sweet but very balanced. The roated malts don't really come into play until the end. The mouthfeel is light yet silky. A really well balanced beer that could be sipped into the night. Highly Recommended and the pinnacle of the style.

Photo of pmarlowe
3.96/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Doppelbock to tulip glass.

A: Pours a coffee brown with three fingers of fluffy tan head which slowly deflates over the course of a few minutes.

S: Roasted, sweet, dry fruity malt, toffee, chocolate malt balls, and nutty rye bread. In the secondary, dried fruit like pineapple.

T: Malt and more malt, roastiness, oxidization and a whiff of coffee, some fruity esters without the explicit fruit from S:. Finishes with that dry, lagery taste on the finish which I don't care for. Bone dry.

M: Medium-full body and medium carbonation. The carbonation feels great, smooth and almost crisp.

O: One of the references for the style. Unfortunately, I'm not a huge fan of the style.

Photo of Rutager
3.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Can someone tell me what I'm supposed to do with this little goat??

Appearance. Pours a thick, deep dark brown with a little red and a half finger of bubbly, light tan head.

Smell. Toasty malts and caramel, plums and raisins.

Taste. Caramel, roasty sweet grains, a little bit of molasses and some light, earthy hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body, medium carbonation. Just a little sticky.

Overall. Tasty and well made beer. I can see why this is considered exemplary for the style.

Photo of beernut
3.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finished of my 4pk the other day. Pours a deep amber, with nice clarity. Very rich in flavor, with toffee, caramel and a hint of coffee. Finishes dry with a subtle chocolate/coffee aftertaste. Has a creamy body with just enough alcohol to satisfy the palate. A very, very good Doppelbock. Worth purchasing every month.

Photo of IronDjinn
3.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice presentation with this stuff. Came in a 4 pack of 330ml brown bottles, slightly art noveau design on the label, and each bottle comes with a small white goat charm attached to its neck.

Pours out a deep mahogany, opaque until it's been held up to the light where it attains some translucent cola-hued highlights. Two fingers of spongy tan head that recedes fairly quickly. Chewy toffee and dates on the nose, rich dark dried fruits, faint trace of alcohol. Traces of powdered dry dark chocolate.

Very dry mouthfeel. Roasted malt, dark toffee, a bit of fig sweetness in the middle, with a finish of dry dark chocolate and light roasted coffee beans. The flavour is not intense, but refined and balanced, the progression of flavours marries well. Well into the aftertaste a bit of boozy preserved fruit sweetness breaks out, helping to contrast the overall dryness of the flavour and mouthfeel.

Most certainly an enjoyable doppelbock, it definitely has produced its own niche for its take on the style, and a worthy following. Although I liked it I couldn't see myself buying this on a regular basis though, perhaps saving it more for special occassions and to introduce friends to this unique ale. One at at time is enough to satiate me, I'm not craving a follow-up at the moment.

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 5,841 ratings.