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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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2,307 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,307
Hads: 6,015
Avg: 4.33
pDev: 16.17%
Wants: 485
Gots: 774 | 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 punkrkr27
3.93/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown with a nice ruby highlight. 1 finger, quickly diminishing tan head. Aroma is warm molasses, orange and smoky malts. Sweet brown sugar & molasses flavor with figs and other dark fruit fading to a smoky roasted hop bitterness. Nice medium to full body.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.93/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The color is very dark but you can detect a bit of amber color. Decent head retention. Smells of fruit and vegetables. I detected sweet corn, maybe of hint of raspberry, very interesting. Tastes sugary sweet and more sweet corn flavor. Medium bodied, not too thick. Very unique, I would drink it again if paired with the right cuisine.

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Photo of highTempo
3.92/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle.

Big head, about a full inch -- cafe-o-lait color. Very dark body that's opaque until held to the light, then translucent maroon. Nice looking!

The smell has a lot of true malt coming through, almost like malt candy, chocolate, some present alcohol.

Very full flavor, not as sweet as I expected. Very 'roasty'. There's a metallic undertone that reminds me of traditional molasses. Surprisingly smooth and easy to drink. Just a bit smokey. Some cereal coming through. The alcohol is present in the flavor as well, that brings some warmth.

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Photo of Blackwolf
3.92/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to pint glass.

A- Dark caramel toned. a bit less than a fingers head, little to no retention. no lacing either.

S- Roasted malts, yeast, dark fruits, dark bitter chocolate.

T- Palate follows the nose a bit. Yeasty/Spiced bread, roasted malt and some toffee/dark bitter chocolate. some dark fruit undertones. Sweet and malty!

MF- Medium- medium/heavy body, smooth with a great medium carbonation. Finishes great with a dry warmth that sticks to your mouth. Feels like a belgian!

O- Not bad at all. I seen this beer a hundred times, never got around to it until now unfortunately. It is a great beer, but a bit too hyped up for my taste. The price was incredibly reasonable, so I jumped on it, and felt like trying something "out of the norm." Worth a try, but not to go out of your way for.

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Photo of akorsak
3.92/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I am drinking a 12 oz. bottle poured into my Lancaster Milk Stout tumbler. The beer is slightly chilled.

Appearance: The beer pours a deep midnight color. The edges reveal ruby red hints. It pours with a vigourous head that slowly dissapates.

Smell: Barley flourishes in the nose. The malts make themselves known up front. I also detect some licorice notes and even a bit of apple (green not red or yellow).

Taste: While the malts are present, they are not overpowering. I'd even go so far as to call them muted. There is a small hop presence, but not enough to register.

Mouthfeel: The malts are a little abrasive and they linger long after the beer has been swallowed.

Drinkability: Drinkable enough, I guess. The abv is not overpowering and the sweetness of the malts can make for a good drink.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.92/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - following the pour, it's black if viewed straight on, but hold it in front of a good light, it's a beautiful dark ruby color. Tan head formed up to about a finger and a half, holding at a covering and heavy collar.

Aroma - has a bready malty base with hints of spice and yeast. Kind of short-lived, the scents are light but steady, even in a Belgian glass.

Taste - malt base tastes good, develops into some chocolate and coffee notes. A pleasant hop influence shows up around the swallow, the flavor turns noticeably sweeter, some dark roasted coffee as well. Didn't wow me, but I like it. Alcohol presence is a bit noticeable initially and increases with temperature. Frankly, it's better than average, but not by leaps and bounds.

Mouthfeel - sturdy feel, moderate carbonation, well done for the style.

Drinkability - very much so. Not too over the top, but does a few things well. Personally I think it's a bit overrated on the whole, but earns high marks in a few areas.

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Photo of cerevisiaephilus
3.92/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the three big Munich Doppelbocks commonly availible in the states, this is my least favorite. I'm not quite sure this beer is very true to the Doppelbock style as it is very dark, almost black, and has a bit of a dark malt (chocolate/black patent) or roasted barley flavor to it which is not what I look for in a Doppelbock. I'm not saying this beer is all bad, the smooth Munich malt taste of a good Doppelbock still dominates, but it is just a bit much for my tastes.

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Photo of sixerofelixir
3.92/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap, served in a nonic.

Looked decent, nice and dark brown with a thin head that stayed around. Smell was rather complex, with a fortitude of malts and fruitiness and spiciness coming to the front. The taste kind of surprised me as well. Very mellow and earthy, hints of leafy and dark malts. Quite bitter on the end, pronounced hop detail that can only lead to another drink. The only thing not 'good' about this beer was the odd bitterness, for some reason it did not sit well with me, but the drinkability remained good. Maybe it was the serving temperature or a carbonation thing, but I'm not convinced this is the be-all end-all of doppelbocks.

I'd like to sample a bottle under a bit more controlled conditions..

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Photo of popery
3.92/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Celebrator is a very good beer with a great malt flavor. It is quite drinkable. I could easily have one regularly. It is relatively light on the palate, leaving a well-balanced aftertaste. I can certainly understand its long-established reputation, and perhaps superstitiously, I imagine it tastes even better when you drink it in Germany.

The beer pours dark brown with a big head and little lacing. It's a good looking beer without anything really wrong with it but I can't remember any high points either. The nose is sweet with hints of alcohol. Some of the roast comes through, as well.

The taste is coffee, chocolate and some spice. It's sweet but much better balanced than many similar beers. There are good bitter notes to weigh down the sweetness, but the sweetness predominates a bit.

The aftertaste is good, but my mouth feels a bit puckered from the sweet malt. The beer is quite drinkable and doesn't overwhelm.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.92/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

10 oz. - $4.75 at The Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta, Georgia.

Appearance: Clear, dark brownish-red body with a thin, very thin, white head.

Smell: Sweet-smelling, raisin-packed aroma full of heavy caramel overtones. Slighter hints of fresh grain and unsweetened chocolate.

Taste: Sweet, caramel-covered grains followed by tons of raisin fruitiness. Minor chocolate hint. A few gingerbread crumbs. Light spicy hops and bitterness. More alcohol than you'd expect from 6.7% creeps into the semi-sweet, fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation. Sticky mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Ayinger's Celebrator Doppelbock, while we've had some wonderful times together, isn't exactly my favorite d-bock out there. I feel this way no matter how many little plastic goats it gives me.

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Photo of aracauna
3.91/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark beer. In fact if you just saw it sitting in the glass you'd probably mistake it for a porter as light only gets through around the edges (when it does, it gives a nice red wine color). The head is a thick, lumpy foam that's a medium tan color. Unfortunately, mine seemed a bit skunky, but I could pick up some good malt aromas with the slightest hint of hops. The aroma was big, but not as big as the appearance would suggest. Caramel, bitterness from the dark-colored malts and some fruitiness I can't place my finger on. This was all followed up by a bit of grassy hops. I also picked up a little black pepper, but it was faint enough, I'm not sure if I was just tasting things.

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Photo of MaximalC
3.91/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours seal brown with a moderate khaki head that soon settles into a thin, frothy veil. Mild aroma smells of caramel, brown sugar, molasses, milk chocolate, and green Bavarian hops.

The taste features a kick of big-time roasted sweetness up front with just the right amount of grassy, earthy hops to balance. The malt character is the headliner here, with a robust blend of molasses and brown sugar that is inescapable. Hints of milk chocolate and smoke add an additional layer of complexity. Shades of acetaldehyde suggest candied apples with sufficient warming. Zippy carbonation cuts through the sweetness and maintains the closest thing to a crisp, dry mouthfeel one could hope for in a doppelbock. Plenty of sticky residue coats the lips between sips.

Celebrator lives up to its reputation as THE doppelbock. The sweetness is big and complex without being overbearing, and the bitterness and mouthfeel lend excellent contrast while still allowing the malt to shine. This isn’t my favorite style, but Celebrator is the best representation of the style I’ve yet encountered.

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Photo of TLove
3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Had the distinct pleasure of pouring one of these last night into a tall glass and sitting down to relax and smoke shisha. This beer is an excellent example of a top-notch German Doppelbock.

Ample head and maroon/brown body with a syrupy consistency and light carbonation. A smoked salmon and apple softness combines with a deep caramel maltiness with an intense roasted, woody, earthy flavors to balance out the dark fruits such as fig and plum.

Soft and supple finish and texture. The flavors disspiate quickly, however. There is almost an effervescence to the flavors in that they are present as the carbonation is flowing, but as soon as the carbonation begins to disappear, then, too, does the maltiness of the flavors and body.

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Photo of Jdiddy
3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This baby is dark, dark, dark! It has the appearance of molasses. Initial taste of malt with a hint of spice. I definitely could not drink too many but this would be great on a cold winters night.

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Photo of KeefD
3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I like this beer, but I must say that I've had better doppelbocks. I don't know what the big hoopla over this beer is all about! Poured an awesome dark chocolate color with slight purple hues showing through in the light. Taste is roasted and toasted. FOR some strange reason, there's a hint of bacon flavor coming in at the end. I don't know where this flavor comes from, but it's interesting to say the least.

As I said before, I've had better doppelbocks. I would even prefer to have a bottle of Leinenkugel's Big Butt in my hand right now, but this will do.

Good beer all around, but not the greatest things that's happened to humanity as some would suggest.

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Photo of tjd25
3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer poured an intense dark brown color. Totally opaque. The head was creamy. Clearly malt in the smell, with some sweetness.

A very thick brew, even chewy after a while. Dark malts, well balanced with some bitterness. Some caramel, and the bitterness of chocolate. The alcohol warmed my throat as I was drinking. It would be nice to enjoy this beer on a cold winter evening. Spices abound. The alcohol content seemed higher than the 6.7% he label announces.

This is not an easy beer to appreciate. My palate still needs some education for such a hardcore brew. But you can tell it's a great and complex beer.

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Photo of jstilwell
3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

First tried this a long while back, long before I thought I would be online writing beer reviews on this great site. This is a classic doppelbock but I must say, since venturing into the world of craft and extreme beers, I'm not compelled to buy more than a few bottles of this years offering.

A: Brown mahogony look with Red overtones, pours a small off white head.

S: Smells of smoke and malt.

T: Taste is smooth, first smoky sweet malt, then alcohol then the alcohol and a bit of bitter.

M: Mouthfeel is thin to medium.

D: Easy to drink at least two of these, the beer is smooth and the 6.7% is not apparent.

This is a classic reliable doppelbock for sure but I am spolied by todays variety of offerings.

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Photo of brystmar
3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Plastic goat hangs around the neck of the bottle. Brown body, tan head, not the best retention. Toasty malts, bready aroma. Smells slightly sweet, not pungent enough.

Toasty, sweet malts; deliciously creamy body; finishes dry. An enjoyable beer that's quite good for the style, but definitely doesn't deserve a spot in the Top 100.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pour is extremely dark reddish brown with a tab head and a few large bubbles. The nose has very little roasted malt, may e none at all but there is something there akin, lots of berry sweetness, light bitterness and some marker. The taste is heavy in toffee and berry. Brown sugar and caramel and faint coffee bitterness. Mouthfeel is a touch slick, lighter than anticipated, nice carbonation, semi dry finish. Sweet but seemingly well attenuated and the bitterness fades with time. Toffee and berry start to blend. A touch singular but tasty.

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Photo of angelmonster
3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a nice 2 finger mocha head. Black with a brown hue at the edges. Head retention is decent and some lacing is present

Strong smell of sweet malts. Some chocolate and faint alcohol. Also faint smell of fruit, maybe banana. Not much smell on the hop side.

First taste is of oak burnt malts. Little bits of coffee and banana also. Hops are present but the malts really dominate. There is also after taste of alcohol and some bitterness. Lots of different flavors coming through

Beer is way over carbonated which messes up the smoothness. Beer is rich with medium thickness going down.

Over all, really enjoyed this beer. Flavors were great, smelled good, looked nice, but the carbonation was my only problem. Maybe it was a one time thing. Would buy again though to test it out

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Photo of winomark
3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown wiht a reddish/maroon hue. Small, but persistant light tan head. Roasted malt, chocolate, and some sweet alchohol tones. Mild sweetness upfront, with good malty richness and an slightly dry and bitter palate. Similar to a sweet coffee. Flavorful and coating mouthfeel, but not too heavy. Overall, a delightful beer. This is one of the first beer that turned me on to "good" beer over a decade ago. Recommended.

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Photo of Matteox3
3.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased by the case at Shangy's in Emmaus, PA.

This beer was very full bodied, dark brown with a very adequate head. Smell was smoky, bocky, goodness. The taste had almost a soy sauciness that worked very well actually. Much more drinkable to me than other bocks ive had. This is a quality bock.

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Photo of Dizzy
3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
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).

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Photo of haddon
3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a dark chocolate with a thick, frothy mocha brown head. Lots of lacing all the way down glass

S- probably the weakest part of this beer. A little muted but aromas of toasted nuts, chocolate and malts.

T- toasted malts, espresso & chocolate. ends bitter but works well with the sweet malty flavor. very well balanced.

M- thick and velvety. Medium body with light carbonation.

D- really enjoyed this beer. Very good example of a dopplebock.

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Photo of socon67
3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Brown with some red notes. Has a big bubbly foam like dish detergent. Poured into a siedel it left a thin amount of lacing.

S - The most prominent smell was of dried fruit, like prunes. Had a sugary scent like opening a jar of molasses.

T - Exceptionally sweet and malty. This one drinks very heavy. I've had this y
ears ago and remember how it felt like an imperial stout. The finish is has a hint of raisin.

M - Syrupy thickness and feeling like a meal, this is best enjoyed on its own, though each time I've had it was with dinner. This is a one and done beer.

O - The gold standard of dopplebocks and the perfect example of the style. Worth trying because it is so epic.

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