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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Reviews: 2,307
Hads: 6,018
Avg: 4.33
pDev: 16.17%
Wants: 487
Gots: 777 | FT: 20
Brewed by:
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 sourdoughsteve
3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Had to give this a try after reading the reviews here. Found it with little effort at a local wine emporium. Tad expensive, but good beer worth it.

Poured into a chilled pint glass.

A: Dark brown with a good bit of head on it. Head disappeared fairly rapidly

S: At first, the typical "lager-y" scents, then a bit of the caramel and fruityness began to arrive. The fruityness increased as the beer warmed.

T: Nice malty blast. Maybe a teeny bit over-roasted though. That bitterness subsided with each sip. Became more balanced as the glass emptied.

M: Thick-ish but not bread-like. A bit of carbonation evident.

D: Serious innard-warmer here. Not something for everyday consumption though. A special occasion beer perhaps?

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Photo of twelvsies
3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had heard a lot about this beer and never got around to trying it until last night at the Moan and Dove. Good, but not quite what I expected. Nice poofy head on top of a dark brown ale, with bubbles. Smell was really nice; malty and roasty and with a nice milky character. In the taste that milky creamy characteristic was really the only thing that made it stand out. Yeah, the nice roasted toasted chocolaty coffee taste was nice, but nothing I haven't come across before, in a variety of styles. It seemed like this beer didn't really know if it was a brown ale or a dopplebock or a stout. The mouthfeel didn't match up with the taste, it was a little thin and too carbonated in my opinion. This is tasty for sure, but I was expecting something more along the lines of a real dopplebock, like Aventius or something. But then again, everyone else on the site seems to think this stuff is the cream of the crop, so to each his own.

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Photo of shadow1961
3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed Ayinger's tasty Hefe-Weizen the other week so I
was pleased to see their Celebrator Doppelbock in handy 4-packs
at Westside liquor. I like the fact that a little plastic statue of Lord
Satan comes tied to each bottle with a piece of red string.

Poured out, the beer has a rocky head that collapses to a finger's
thickness, over and almost-opaque deepamber/black brew. The
carbonation seems pretty sedate, and the nose is molasses and dark
fruit. It has a rich coffee and malt flavor with a dry finish having a
touch of unsweetened chocolate bitterness. Mouthfeel is clean without
being too thin, dry, with a bit of tingle no doubt due to the 6.7% alcohol
by volume. Ayinger has a reputation for excellence and they earn it
everyday with brews like this.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Celebrator pours a dark brown color that appears ruby when held to the light. A small creamy light tan head forms on top. The foam dissolves down to a thick ring around the beer leaving a few splotches of lace on the glass. An aroma of roasted malts, nuts and raisins hovers over the beer.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is soft on the palate with a dry finish. I will say that it did feel a little bit thin to me, but not too much. There's definitely a lot of flavor in this brew. Mainly roasted malt with a fair amount of smoke mixed in. However, there are also notes of nuts, raisins and molasses. It finishes mildly sour leaving behind a molasses flavor.

This is definitely a sipping beer. Packed with flavor it would be great with/for dessert or a hearty meal.

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Photo of zrab11
3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a very dark brown with a nice 2 finger tan head

S- Has a nice smell of biscuits and roasted malts. Also has some aroma of caramel and molasses

T- Starts off with a nice biscuit malty sweetness to it then the caramel flavor comes out in the middle and then it finish's with a nice molasses flavor.

M-medium body with good carbonation

D-Overall this is a very nice Doppelbock. I haven't had a lot of this style but i def. like this one and will search out more from this style.

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Photo of NewGeneric
3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this a while back but took notes. Poured a clear dark reddish brown color with cinnamon head that faded quick and left no lacing. Smelled of deep malts, toffee, roasted coffee and chocolate. Tasted almost exactly the same. Smooth, but slightly overcarbed. Could drink more of this.

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Photo of ypsifly
3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep mahogany with a tan, 1" head that lasts a few minutes and doesn't leave a whole lot of lacing.

Smells of sweet, almost chocolaty malts.

Tastes much the same as the smell, with a clean malty finish. This could be a good after dinner drink. Nice mouthfeel: not too heavy,but I would like just a little more hop.

Although I'm not a fan of this style (with the exception of Aventinus), this beer impressed me. I can see why so many people give it high marks. I'm encouraged to explore other brews from this style.

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Photo of ElGrecoVerde
3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown with a creamy tan head.

Nice blend of sweets, fruit, and bitter coffee.

Toasted grains, dark fruits, roasted coffee and hints of bitter chocolate. Very complex. Undertones of toast and, strangely, olives.

Excellent. Creamy yet crisp.

Not exactly one of my favorite styles, but certainly a worthy beer.

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Photo of TastyAdventure
3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - 1.5 finger brown head, fades down to paper thin but retains, minimal lacing. dark brown, almost black body.

Smell - brown sugar, dried plum

Taste - caramelized malt sugars, hint if smoked meat, rich. Raisin?

mouthfeel - medium-thick, almost chewy, just enough carbo- low-medium.

Overall - Definitely better than Spaten Optimator, but not I'm not sure it's worth the price difference. $1.60/bottle Optimator, around $4 for this bottle.

Not as complex as I'd expect, with how renowned it is. But Doppelbocks aren't ever as complex as Belgians.
A great doppelbock.

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Photo of ABOWMan
3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a wonderful dark mahogany with one finger of fine, light tan foam. There was no lacing on the glass.

Aroma of bread, yeast and roasted malt.

The flavor was a delightful blend of caramilized malt, molassas and bitter hops. There was a perfect sweet/bitter balance that made this beer very drinkable. The mouthfeel was full, rich and had a flavor that lingered pleasurably on the palate.

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Photo of mostpoetsdo
3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a berry colored brownish red, with a great thick head, leaving behind great lacing.

S: Dark fruit, and caramel, malt.

T: Just as the nose leads on, sweet fruit up front. It is backed with a sweet malt flavor.

M: Medium body, but maybe thinner than I expected. Slight creaminess to it.

D: Great taste, low ABV, easy to drink.

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Photo of BobZ
3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml Bottle poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance: Dark reddish brown with an initial tan head of about a 1/2” that recedes to about a 1/16” cap. Nice lacing.

Smell: Roasted bready malts dominate the nose.

Taste: Balanced between roasted malt bitterness and a caramel sweetness. This beer has the distinctive caramel notes of a lager which really define this doppelbock. The best way to describe the flavor is toasted (almost burnt) caramel. Pleasant and an excellent example of the style.

Mouthfeel: Nicely carbonated which makes this beer seem on the dry side with a mildly bitter finish.

Overall: Very good example of a Doppelbock, very flavorful.

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Photo of Shovelbum
3.94/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A robust creamy tan head, over a semi-translucent black body with ruby edges. Meager lace and head retention. The aromas are dominated by rich caramel and chocolate malt, although a touch of hops and some apple undertones pull through. Malts again dominate the palate with a combination of toasted caramel and chocolate. There are some tart cherry fruit and slight smoky flavors in here too. A background of hops as well. Medium in body. A lasting slight crispness in the mouth, finally breaks for a smooth finish and a dry aftertaste.

My first foray in to the world of bocks. I'm a self-profesed malt lover, however I found the body to be a bit lean and the taste sligthly acidic-- both of which detracted from my enjoyment of this brew's world-class malt profile.

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Photo of ibbjamin
3.94/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in a trade with deepsouth. Poured this thick black brew out of my 11.2 oz bottle into a pint glass. A nice one inch moderately frothy tan head. When held to a light, it appears as a very deep ruby transparency. Lacing and head retention are non-existent.

Very malty, sweet, caramel tones, and quality. Reminds me a bit of some malted milk balls. Some biscuit, dark chocolate and roasted malts upon a closer "look."

Wow that packs a strong flavor. Malt overload which normally would not do it for me, but for some reason this one does.

The mouth on this one is quite unique. It poured almost like a thick stout, but doesn't go down as such. Decent carbonation, medium-full bodied and a smooth, clean finish. Very drinkable.

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.94/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark ruby/chestnut color with excellent clarity. A dark tan head will fill the glass, then become comfortable at three fingers. Leaves sticky spots of lace. The nose is pretty clean - toasted amber and crystal malt, with a slight ester aroma. Taste begins sweet with roasted crystal malt, background nutty flavor, and a hint of fruity ester(plum?). Aftertaste is residual with only a hint of drying noble hop I felt was a bit shy even for the style. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with low carbonation and a syrupy body. The finish is appropriatly residual sweet, but the ester is subdued and allows an excellent drinkability.

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Photo of jackndan
3.93/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Celebrator Doppelbock: In a bottle, with a small plastic goat hanging from the neck. Deep ruby/black color, with good clarity when held up to the light. The head was thick and rich, with a deep chocolate brown color. The aroma is strong, of cocoa, and raisons. The taste is rich and very nice, and to my taste, seems like a mix of raisons and sweet chocolates. There was a spicy hop bite, which balances the strong malt tastes. There is a nice chocolate richness in the aftertaste, which makes this a great after dinner beer. Some alcohol warmth. I enjoyed this beer very much, but I am a little taken aback that this fine beer rests at number one. Quite frankly, it wasn’t the best beer I had this weekend.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.93/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured a rich ruby red brown, which was nearly opague but could still observe some light through. Big tan head, faded after a moderate time revealing a big layer of lace that stayed until the end.

S - Smell was very sweet, and thick. Robust would be a good word. Lots of caramel aromas here, even some hints at cofee, rasin, or perhaps a light chocolate interspersed with a nice smoked aroma.

M & T - The first thing I noticed was a sort of flat, slick taste. I was hoping for some more carbonation and a fuller feel. The first flavor to hit was a nice balanced smoked, roasted malt flavor. Very nice, with a good amount of bittering hoppiness backing it up, almost a hint of a cola flavor as well. Lots of good sublties here, very well rounded.

D - Overall the only negative I have is that it needed more carbonation to give a fuller feel and better set off the flavors. It was very drinkable however, as nothing overwhelmed you and it never came off as too thick. Very nice relaxing nightcap for me.

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Photo of scooter231
3.93/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dark, dark beer. Tan head that will not go away. Looks slightly intense. Smells of dark fruits, and coffee and chocolate- it's hard to get, have to take a big whiff, even when warm. Light hops and malt in there- just so hard to find.

Taste is stouty, lots of coffee and roasted flavors in there. Chocolate and caramel complete the background, with a hint of hops somewhere in there. Tasty. Mouthfeel is chewy and bubbly and full, and I'd say this is decently drinkable- it's a solid beer, but a tad too heavy to drink a lot of. Still, a tasty concoction, one I'd have again.

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Photo of Murchmac
3.93/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Havent had this beer in ten years, glad I picked it up again or Zamfir Pan flute master would sacrifice me to the pagan gods.

Pours a brown with red highlights, some ring around the collar. It looks like the dark robes of the pagan master.

Nice bready leather tobacco smell, sweet caramalized sugars like the burning flesh of goats to dionysus.

Great Malt taste. Bready, tobacco, leather, dark dried fruits, changing with every sip, a kaleidoscope of malt that morphs like Zeus into goat form to ravage a young nymph.

Spring is here, and this beer bounds ever eternal with liquid greatness...

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Photo of mdwalsh
3.93/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: poured a light cola brown from the bottle into a footed pils glass. Created a huge head, over 3 fingers at least with solid little bubbles on the bottom and big ones up top. It looks creamy and a good tan color. The beer is a caramely red in the glass with just a little active carbonation. The head is slowly fading, but still there, and leaving an okay, but not great lace.

S: Caramely smelling and a little bit of roasted malt. Very sweet and no hops, just as I would expect from a good db. Not terribly complex though, just straight forward sweet malt.

T: Less caramel than I had hoped, more towards toffee. Quite dry in fact. I get a little bit of roast still which is interesting and sort of nice. I don't know, I'm simply not as amazed with this beer as I had hoped, it's not sweet malty enough for me

M: Smooth, though there is a little kick at the end which I accredit to the roasted malt

D: Very enjoyable and inoffensive, just not what I want in a dopple.

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Photo of YonderWanderer
3.93/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a brown-black with ruby tones in it. A thin tan head dissipates quickly. No lacing on the glass with this one.

S: Smell is light, yeast, some breadiness, a bit of sweetness.

T: Lots of malt in this one. Some brown sugar, molasses, caramel, and a bit of breadiness make this one up. Pretty tasty overall.

M: Smooth with a slightly crisp finish.

D: This is a great example of a doppelbock. I'm not huge on the style, but this is by far one of the best I've had.

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Photo of david131
3.93/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a very dark clear brown with no sediment whatsoever. Poured slightly hard creating a a very nice creamy off white head. The head retains to a nice sheet. No lack of carbonation here. The color of the foam reminded me of the interior of a sea foam chocolate candy.

S- Sweet malt, earthiness, smoke.

T- Sweetness, molasses, earthiness, leather. A good smokiness in there as well. Surprisingly complex.

M- Pretty creamy and slightly dry. The carbonation level of this is very good.

D- This is a very tasty brew. A little rich, but this is a nice treat.

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Photo of Durge
3.93/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this at McCoul's in Greensboro, North Carolina. It's a deep dark brown color with a modest off-white head and vague lacing. The aroma is modest malt with a hint of raspberry sweetness. The flavor brings on tasty chocolate- cherry malt with a light licorice undercurrent that balances it out. Very nice. It had mild carbonation and is medium bodied with a smooth smooth feel. In the end, this was a fun brew and easily recommended.

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Photo of JohnQVegas
3.93/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Draught into chalice.

Pours dark brown with reddish highlights and a creamy tan head.

Aroma is breadcrust, slightly roasty malt.

Taste is clean but rich - breadcrust and cocoa, a hint of dark fruit, and a slightly nutty roastiness that grows and dries out slightly on the finish.

Mouthfeel is light but velvety. Very nice beer.

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Photo of LeftyBWS
3.93/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. dark brown bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass.
A: A darkish brown color with some deep amber tones. A very full 2 inch layer of bubbly/foamy light brown head comes with the pour and recedes quickly at first but does leave a thin layer atop the brew. There's also some spotty, slippery lacing that melts down the glass.
S: Full and sweet malts predominate the smell, with notes of chocolate, deep fruit and an earthy grassiness.
T: Fairly full of chocolate malts and mild sweetness.There's an interesting grassy flavor that shows up in the midtaste and then blends into some caramel/chocolate malts that lead into the finish. Overall, a really solid, smooth taste. Not much variation in the flavors, but what it offers is quite tasty.
M: Solid and smooth. Clearly heavy, given the flavors, but not imposing.
D: Pretty good. Refreshing and filling.

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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 2,307 ratings.