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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Ayinger Celebrator DoppelbockAyinger Celebrator Doppelbock

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4,874 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,874
Reviews: 2,194
rAvg: 4.34
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 279
Gots: 288 | FT: 18
Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website

Style | ABV
Doppelbock |  6.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2001)
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Photo of sinistermadman


4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This brew pours an ominous dark brown while creating a herculean head which sticks around throughout the drink.
Smell: molasses, raisins, grain and bread crust. Smells very earthy and natural.

This brew grows on you. The first taste is underwhelming. Subsequent tastes unleash a myriad of flavors which are subtle yet so complex. Biscuit like malts and mellow hops linger a bit after drinks, but definitely not an intrusive taste. Very well balanced. Not an in your face brew. Very drinkable, although the mouthfeel is a little resinous and chewy. Delicious. A good session beer in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2005 00:58:10 | More by sinistermadman
Photo of NewGlarusFan


4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

06-25-2014 17:23:12 | More by NewGlarusFan
Photo of commune

4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

06-13-2012 00:52:32 | More by commune
Photo of MaddDogg84


4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

05-12-2012 00:58:58 | More by MaddDogg84
Photo of robmoak


4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

11-13-2012 17:18:12 | More by robmoak
Photo of Ragnarok88


4.5/5  rDev +3.7%

07-09-2013 19:37:30 | More by Ragnarok88
Photo of Bumpon10s


4.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A thanksgiving gift from my father, due to be opened for a little holiday cheer.

A - That deep dark glassy color in a great dopplebock with the red hue against the light. No head, and a dash of lace.

S - Nice and sweet with a malty body to it. Perhaps a little bit of licorice also.

T - Rich and malty up front with a bit lighter of finish. I am used to seeing (tasting rather) more body in the closing, but not so much. Not to say it's watery, but needed just a little more "oomph" at the end.

M - A beer with a body without being pushy. It gives you a mouthful with a sip, but still slides right down, exceptional mouthfeel.

D - Drinkability is great, not decimating for a dopplebock and keeps you wanting the next sip after the one before.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2005 05:02:53 | More by Bumpon10s
Photo of sulldaddy


4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Sampling a cellar temp bottle poured into a snifter. The beer pours a dark cola brown with a fluffy tan head of about 1 cm that fades to a thin edge layer. ARoma is some dark sweet malt with toffee, brown sugar, and caramel and a little bit of dark fruit.
First sip reveals an average body with silky smooth texture and very fine tingly carbonation that coats my palate on each sip.
Flavor is as the nose advertises, lots of sweet malt with brown sugar and some toffee, I also get a bit of dark fruit and the finish is a little sweet and some roasted notes.
There isnt much of a hop character anywhere and the alcohol is well hidden too.
This beer is great and I am drinking it very easily this evening. Worthy doppel for certain, dont overlook this beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2014 03:51:39 | More by sulldaddy
Photo of vegassommelier


4.49/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorite beers I have ever had.
Immense and complex flavors of cola, semi sweet chocolate, molasses, nutmeg cocoa powder and pumpernickel bread. Finish lasts for days with a great bitter sweet finish.
This is the beer that has me trying every doppelbock I see these days...

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 06:42:22 | More by vegassommelier
Photo of rarbring


4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A black beer. A warm off-white head, good lacing and good curtains.

Sweet smells, dark fruits, raisins, Christmas spices.

Black sweet bread, licorice, brown sugar, dried fruits, dates, sherry and spices.

Little carbonation, soft and sticky, a light dry finish.

Very potent, very sweet and a good dessert.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2012 19:58:24 | More by rarbring
Photo of AgentMunky


4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 33cL bottle into a brandy snifter. No visible date marking.

A: It pours remarkably dark, like molasses mixed with blood. Opaque, with the merest ruby glints in direct light. Almost black in the shadows. Thin head disperses quickly.

S: Big, boozy, and full of grapes (and other fruit). Sadly, once the first sip is taken, all the allure of the nose vanishes.

T/M: Delicious! A really great doppelbock, a perfect example of the style. Thick and almost syrupy, dripping with dark fruits and full malt. Very little bitterness; no hop presence. A smooth mouthfeel with a touch of carbonation that prevents the sugary fruits from being oppressive.

O: This beer is very highly rated, and deservedly so. A really excellent German beer, dark and sweet, and highly recommended. Would drink again. Easy drinking and rewarding.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 04:19:25 | More by AgentMunky
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4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Huge crisp malt aroma. Moderate toastiness. Very mild chocolate. Lots of dark fruit. Prune dominates, some raisin. No hop aroma. Lots of molasses. Clearly at the darker end of this style.

Appearance: Very dark. Dark brown, near black. Dark amber brown when held up to a bright light. Head is small and light brown in color. Little lacing (when cold anyways). Little retention.

Taste: Dark toast, little roastiness. Moderate molasses. Roastiness not desired per BJCP, oh well it works for me. Lots of dark caramel and other darker malts. The dark fruit shows up as prune and raisin. Some residual sugars are evident at the aftertaste with some more of those roasty notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Extra slick and oily. Clings to the inside surface of the mouth. Very mild carbonation.

Overall: Very bold flavors. Much more would be harsh. Just right though. Dark for the style, but who cares. Similar to sipping a good port wine.

Drank on 4/12/2012.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2012 01:51:40 | More by soulfly1492
Photo of BeerResearcher


4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a tar black with a smallish beige head and a bit of sticky lace. Aromas of dark chocolate, licorice, coffee and slight alcohol fuminess lasts a god long time. A heavy, almost oily malt body is home to many rich flavors and tastes. Strong coffee, chocolate and fresh rye bread-like tastes are upfront. Tastes of licorice, orange zest, toffee and nice alcohol finish get together very nicely. As it warms a taste of prunes develops. This is one satisfying brew!

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2004 23:51:59 | More by BeerResearcher
Photo of JohnnyHopps


4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I first had this beer about three years ago. Since that time, I have grown to appreciate the dopplebock style and wanted to revisit this one. This is the first time I have reviewed the beer.

Poured from bottle into a pint glass, a very nice brown sugary aroma was apparent. The dopplebock appeared a very dark brown and allowed a half inch mocha-colored head at the top of the glass. For the style, it exhibits an appropriate amount of retention. The initial taste was a sweet brown sugar with a bread/biscuit backbone. It almost comes off like a good homemade cookie in liquid form. There even seems to be a hint of spice or cinnamon involved. The aftertaste is moderately warming with the sweetness of the brown sugar yeilding into a molasses flavor. The impression of thickness allows the flavor to linger.

This is about as close to perfect as one can get for this style. Of course, the fact that it is actually made in Germany only helps the cause.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2012 00:27:07 | More by JohnnyHopps
Photo of Grohnke


4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

( BA / BJCP)

Very dark brown, with some crimson red highlights when held to the light. very clear. Light tan head forms quickly, and stays a long while.
( 5 /3 )

Mild dark fruit, Light chocolate, heavy melanoidin, toasty malt. No hop aroma. Mildly sweet. Very light alcohol once warmed.
( 4 / 10 )

Rich toasty/crusty/melanoidin malt, light chocolate, rounded caramel, light roast, and a mild dark fruit. No hop flavor. Balance is towards the malt. Hop bitterness is enough to make the finish moderately dry, but the aftertaste here is pure malty sweetness.
( 4.5 / 18 )

Medium-full body, medium-light carbonation. Decadently creamy. No astringency. Light alcohol warmth
(5 /5 )

Very rich, complex, yet easy drinking beer. Flavors were bold, and the aromas were less assertive, but really enjoyable. Each component I though was truly complimentary to each other.
( 4.5 / 8 )

( 4.48 / 44)

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2012 19:07:39 | More by Grohnke
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New York

4.48/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an excellent coca-cola color with about half a finger of a light khaki colored head. The foam settles quickly into a thin ring along the edges of the glass.

S: The nose is malt, sugar, yeast, caramel, and light toast. I'm also picking up some plum, raisin, and toffee notes. Smells great.

T: Ohh. This is nice. It starts out sweet like caramel. There is a bready yeast note, but it works well. I get slight toast and stone fruit all through the middle. The finish is sweet and savory with caramel coating.

M: Medium bodied beer. Super smooth, a little coating in the finish. The drinkability of this beer is through the roof. I'm halfway done this pint and I haven't even finished the review.

O: This beer is fantastic. It's smooth, sweet, roasty, savory, and just darn delicious. I might be putting this beer into my regular rotation.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2012 22:00:39 | More by trxxpaxxs
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4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Very dark brown with ruby highlights... almost black with a pure creamy off-white/tan head and lacing all the way down the glass.

S:Rich dark malt with toasty melanoidans. Dark bread crust. There is a dark toffee note as well. Im getting a good whiff of prune and other dried dark fruits

T: Big malty sweetness and very melanoidan rich. Big flavors or very well done toast on the cusp of burnt but without being roasty. It moves a dark fruity sweetness; plums and prunes come to mind. Just a hint of hop bitterness, but the malt is definately the forefront of this beer. There is a smooth warming alcohol that creeps in at the end and lingers through the swallow.

M: smooth and rich full body on the chewier side. Very clean with a sweet finish that isn't cloying

D: The high alcohol and sweeter finish mean you aren't drinking for quantity but you are Certainly drinking for quality here. Very drinkable, and a remarkable rendition of the style

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2010 23:25:37 | More by LyonsHead
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4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a tint which is on the border of black but is actually a super dark reddish-brown mahogany. Head stands strong lasting forever and leaving its remnants crusted onto the side of the glass. Nose was damp and heavy with malty notes including coffee, burnt toast, chocolate, and some alcohol. Taste is very big and roasty, somewhat like a light porter in a way but with a clean bright texture which sets it waaay apart from an average beer. Complex flavors unfold as the beer warms and come to include suggestions of mocha, chewy toffee, and a healthy dose of alcohol which isn't completely hidden and warms you quickly as this one goes down. Obviously a world-class brew which is certainly worth the price, simply exudes luxury.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2005 23:54:42 | More by masikon
Photo of ADR


4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Pilsner glass, just for a change. Cinnamon brown with a yellowish small-bubbled head. Thick ropes for lacing. Nice spicy and malty aroma, deep buttery toffee with a dash of nutmeg. Velvety smooth, flavor of toffee and a peanut brittle huskiness. Body thickens mid mouth and just a touch of peppery hop balances the finish. Very pleasant, not beefy like some (Sam Adams) Doppelbocks can get. Distinctive nutty yeast qualities. Lots of rewarding aftertaste. Yes, this is a very well done Doppel, but if its a little pricey, I'd recommend midwesterners lay in a stock of the somewhat similar but even silkier Capital Autumnal Fire...

Source: Liquid Solutions

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2003 17:31:30 | More by ADR
Photo of SeasonalBrew


4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a deep, dark brown with a nice one finger tan head. The head has good retention and forms decent lacing.

S: Very warm, toasty malts. Sweet molasses and caramel as well as dark fruit are very prevalent.

T: Not as much of a forward and strong taste as I was expecting. The smokiness and malts hit you first, followed by a very nice caramel sweetness. The dark fruits, cherries and figs I think, really hit you as you swallow. Even though the taste wasn't as strong as I expected from the nose, it is very well balanced and tasty.

M: Well carbonated and very smooth. Slightly thicker body, almost chewy in feel. Very enjoyable.

D: Excellent. I really enjoyed this beer and could definitely have a few with hesitating.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2010 05:53:10 | More by SeasonalBrew
Photo of Orrshow

Alberta (Canada)

4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This beer is an extremely deep mahogany with very little light brown head which goes away fast. A ring of head is left which leaves lacing on my glass.

Smell – I like what I smell here. First off it starts with a molasses aroma which converts quickly to heavy caramel. There are chocolate smells as well with a touch of sourness which I like. I get brown sugar out of it as well as a grape like scent that almost reminds me of ice wine.

Taste – This one is malty…very malty. There is some heavy caramel and toffee in there with the brown sugar sweetness added on. I do taste some roasted chocolate, but not much. Alcohol makes a bit of a presence as well. There is then a nice finish of slight hop bitterness and a fruitiness reminding me of dark grapes and plums.

Mouthfeel – Very nice here. Carbonation feels good and the beer is relatively thick. It almost feels chewy…but not quite.

Drinkability – So easy for me. I had no issues downing this bottle and loving every drop.

This one is right up my alley. I had high expectations and they were met. I encourage all beer lovers to indulge in this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2006 05:39:33 | More by Orrshow
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Alberta (Canada)

4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I first tried this beer early in my journey to beer enlightenment, and didn't like it. I decided, however, that I wouldn't review it until I had a more practiced palate and I'm glad I waited. This is one damn good beer.

It poured a ruby-hued brown into my flute with a creamy tan head that dwindled to a foamy ring. This is one of those beers you can smell from a few feet away, radiating roasted malt, brown sugar, dried fruit and a slightly vinous aroma.

The taste was equally complex, starting with smoky malt that yielded nicely to some fruity plum flavours and sweet brown sugar. The roasty malt returned for a dry finish but I was impressed with the way all the flavours complemented each other without any one of them becoming too dominant or cloying.

The carbonation and medium body were perfect, making for a smooth-drinking experience. The alcohol is well-hidden, but provides a bit of warmth, which made this an ideal indulgence as I relaxed over the Christmas holidays.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2007 20:18:44 | More by vanrassel
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4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours into my Bell's Tulip with a robust coffee like appearance, though one can easily see light through the beer. About a finger of tan colored head is achieved with a moderate pour, which dissipates quickly leaving little lacing.

Smell - Dark fruits, caramel, malts, light chocolate, and bread.

Taste - Dark fruits in the nose are prevalent in the taste. Prunes, raisins, and dark cherries. Dark, roasted (though not overly) malts make an appearance with a strong caramel presence. The more it warms the more the flavors begin to develop.

Mouthfeel - Quite thick and creamy overall, for appearing to be nothing of the sort from the initial pour. Light carbonation.

Drinkability - A very drinkable and tasty beer. I enjoy a good doppelbock and am surprised I have not tried this sooner. A very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2010 04:28:43 | More by SpdKilz
Photo of livingregret


4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type: Bottle 12 oz

Appearance: Pours a lovely dark dark red w/ a lovely dark tan head that lingers the entire time you drink the beer

Smell: Molasses and caramel dominate the smell w/ a thick bready malt mixed in. You get a tinge of spicy alcohol

Taste/mouthfeel: A nice big malt feel w/ molasses spread throughout. The spicy alcohol and hop bitterness comes in the end to balance out the flavour. A touch of crystalized dark sugar linger in the mouth that goes well w/ this creamy smooth beer. What's amazing is you get the molasses/malt taste instantly and it is quickly washed away leaving a touch of spice leaving the mouth a touch dry. Wonderful

Drinkability: A very enjoyable doppelbock, and honestly the best one I've tried. Goes down great and taste delicious.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2007 21:59:13 | More by livingregret
Photo of trumick


4.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep brown color with little head and no lacing.

Scent is of sweet dark roasted malts and spices with some dark fruit.

Taste follows the nose sweet dark malts with dried fruits nutty overtones and just enough bitterness to override the sweet.

Mouthfeel is full bodied smooth and velvety with just the right amount of carbination.

The drinkability is great I could sit with a bunch of these. What a nice beer. I am totally impressed with this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2004 19:02:38 | More by trumick
Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 4,874 ratings.