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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock | Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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BA SCORE
96
world-class
2,376 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
2,376
Ratings:
6,312
Avg:
4.33
pDev:
16.4%
 
 
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Ayinger Celebrator DoppelbockAyinger Celebrator Doppelbock
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
Germany | website

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2001

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Reviews: 2,376 | Ratings: 6,312
Photo of iadler
3.97/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Photo of IBUnit63
3.97/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Photo of NODAK
3.97/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Photo of Hhawk06
3.97/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Photo of Gehrig
3.97/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Photo of Vendetta
3.96/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of birchstick
3.96/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of Night
3.96/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.96/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of timbro81
3.96/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of pmarlowe
3.96/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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Photo of Rutager
3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of beernut
3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of airohead2001
3.95/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What better way to celebrate the 2010 STANLEY CUP CHAMPION CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS than with a Celebrator?? This one's for the Hawks - it's been an outstanding season from start to finish with a perfect ending. ONE GOAL.

A - dark mahogany, almost black with a one finger head that quickly fades. not much lacing, but still a great looking beer.

S - just outstanding - caramel, sugar, malts, with a hint of alcohol

T - great beer. taste reflects the smell - caramel, malts, burnt sugar, slight piney hops in the background.

M - good mouthfeel with just the right carbonation.

D - very drinkable beer - perfect for celebrating a Stanley Cup Championship!! Will definitely seek this brew out again. Outstanding.

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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

Look:
Deep brown with a creamy tan head.

Smell:
Nice blend of sweets, fruit, and bitter coffee.

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

Feel:
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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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 2,376 ratings.