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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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BA SCORE
96
world-class

2,283 Reviews
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Reviews: 2,283
Hads: 5,906
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 8.78%
Wants: 462
Gots: 711 | FT: 20
Brewed by:
Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying visit their website
Germany

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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Reviews: 2,283 | Hads: 5,906
Photo of mentor
4.41/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle obtained from John's Grocery (Iowa City) and consumed a couple evenings later (June 2005). Pours a two-finger light brown head over a dark brown crystal clear liquid. Smells wafting up during the pour were sugar, caramel, toffee, and alcohol. To the nose I get a dry chalky malt, caramel, alcohol, and a hint of chocolate. Ho baby this tastes incredible. Overall, it's wet sweet with distinct caramel and so malty it tastes like barley grains. It starts with a slowly rising sweetness that ushers a sudden caramel zomp (yea, I said 'zomp'). Right after the caramel hits, there's a nice dry chocolate with hints of nutty. An alcohol sting plays quietly behind these candy flavors and is tamed by a sugary sweet. Oh, what a divine combination...each flavor works well with the others and is at an appropriate level to satisfy. After the swallow, the alcohol gets a bit strong (no surprise, that's usual) and the chocolate dries out a bit. I was hoping the aftertaste would hold a final transition to new flavors, but I didn't get that experience. The bock character is present, but not as strong as I would have liked. I won't detract from my scoring of the beer, as I know I like strong bock character (which wouldn't be to style). Medium-thick (almost thick) mouthfeel with mild carbonation. Dang, the head just broke leaving a bare spot on the surface. Last gulp, here I come. (1,390 characters)

Photo of cracgor
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Almost black, dark brown edges. Thick, tan rocky head pours out. Reduces to a thin collar that sticks a tiny bit to the glass.

Smell: Chocolate. Sweet Vidalia onion-I know weird but it reminds me of it. Also the smell of nuts.

Taste: Nutty Chocolate. Reminds me of the top of a nutty buddy ice cream cone or cracker jacks. A peanut flavor, like peanut-brittle. Tastes sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium to just a little full body. A hint of alcohol, but mostly the alcohol adds a little sweetness.

Drinkability: A good tasting and versatile brew. Not really a summer brew, but I'm not faulting it for the season. It has me looking forward to winter months. (670 characters)

Photo of RushLimbmalt
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a decent reddish black color and has a thin tan head. My thoughts on the first sip are that it is a decent Doppelbock, but not nearly as good as it is commonly bragged up to be... It has a decent sweet malty aroma and a very sweet taste, burnt caramel and a roasted malt bite. Paulaner owns me in this category. (317 characters)

Photo of TPSReports
3.3/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours completely opaque -- which I expected. What I did not expect was a lack of head. I poured this baby into a chalice, and I was greated with a minimal short lived dark brown head that settled into a small island in the middle of the chalice with a ring around the edge.

The aroma of this brew is unusual to me. Granted, I am no expert of Doppelbock's, but this is definitely different. I'm not sure exactly what the smell is -- stale roasted peanut shells, maybe. But lighter. Yes, I am confused and the beer is right here in front of me.

The taste is interesting. Much lighter than a stout, which is what I was somewhat expecting to taste. Apparently, I should have less preconceived notions. In any event, the taste is not complex. It is straightfoward without much depth, to my palate.

There is little carbonation feel, and the density is light and floaty -- not milky or creamy on the tongue.

I have three more of these in the cellar. I will drink them at some point or trade them with some friends who have a higher apprectiation for this beer. (1,075 characters)

Photo of neonbrown82
3.73/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I think this beer is way overrated compared to other Ayinger brews. Looks beautiful, smells good, but the taste seems a bit odd. Maybe everybody just likes the pretty little necklaces on each bottle.

Pours to a dark and hazy nut brown color with a big and fluffy tan colored head. Looks good so far.

Has a very Bavarian aroma to it, if that means anything. A bit of a spicy hop bouqet combined with a grainy malt aroma. Smells quite enticing and refreshing, but the taste seems to let down on the promises of the appearance and smell.

Tastes sweet with a bit of caramel and a slightly roasted bitterness in the finish. I was hoping for more of a yeasty profile in the flavor, but all I seemed to be able to taste were the grains and hops (and a bit of ethanol). No estery or phenolic delights in this unfiltered brew.

The beer has a good body to it, but this can only entice the taste buds so much. Drinkability is average, but can be greatly increased when paired with a meal (I used this beer to marinate my roast last night. It was an expensive choice, but the best I've made so far). (1,099 characters)

Photo of baiser
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rich, deep, thick brown body with ruby highlights. A dense, thick head with great retention and good lacing. Aroma of prunes, caramel, toasted malt and sweetness. Complex taste of sweet malt, caramel, toasted flavours and slight alcohol. Ends dry, sweet and very satisfying. Thick, smooth mouthfeel. Full bodied and extremely well crafted. (347 characters)

Photo of Viggo
4.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep dark black/brown, with a big fluffy offwhite head, that settles down with generous lacing. Smells earthy, dark malts, little sweet, dark fruits as well. Malt body really coats the tongue, dark cherries, molasses, sweet malt, irony taste. Full and creamy on the mouth, perfect carbonation levels, this is definately a world class brew! (347 characters)

Photo of JackTheRipper
4.85/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow. Just wow.
A: Deep brown in color with a ruby tinge to it. Head was huge and fluffy and tannish in color. Head stuck around for a while, no real lacing.

S: Strong maltiness through and through. Slight notes of chocolate, with just a whiff of a wine like aroma. No hop aroma.

T: Bliss. Chewy malt flavors dominate. Just a nice maltiness, malts are dark in character. There is a faint spiciness. Hop flavors are almost absent. There's a taste I can't quite place, maybe raisins or plums, not sure but it's nice.

M: Full and chewy in body. Mouthcoating without feeling syrupy. Carbonation is dead on and alcoholic warmth is wonderful.

D&N: Easily one of the finest beers I've ever had the pleasure of drinking. It's really hard to find fault anywhere with this beer. I'm no expert, but this one seems to be the standard of the style. Just an absolute pleasure to drink. Highest recommendations. (908 characters)

Photo of pentathlete
4.38/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ring a ding ding. Whew. This beer pours a a deep lustrous brown, like Jaclyn Smith's hair back in the 70s. Foamy head and lacing, looks delicious (again, like J.S. in the 70s.) Smell is toasty sweet malt and molasses. Taste is even better. Roasted malt, coffee, and oh so smooth. Full-bodied and satisfying. I've had it on tap, but it was served too cold. This is outstanding. (376 characters)

Photo of bceaglejoe
4.23/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured a near-black, extremely dark purple into my mug. A massive blooming head appeared, and it stayed around for quite a while. It showed off a light to moderate amount of carbonation. In the nose I caught scents of dark grape, as well as sweet malts with a bit of an acidic aroma.

Tasting: Malts, malts, malts. That's what you will find in this beer. A sweet, slightly alcohol-tinged flavor hits the front of the tongue, followed by a kick of roasted malt and chocolate-infused grape. This fits the Doppelbock style perfectly, and it was quite pleasant to drink. A medium-bodied beer with relatively low carbonation, its flavors dance across the tongue nicely.

I had this after my college graduation, and its name was very appropriate for the quality of the beer. I highly recommend this for anyone who wants to taste a great example of the style. (870 characters)

Photo of sinistermadman
4.48/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (597 characters)

Photo of tomthumbsblues
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge 2-finger frothy tannish head on top of blackish beer with reddish tints. Some lacing going down with good web of lacing. Aromas of dark chocolate and cherry. Tastes were similar again with the cocoa powder with hints of coffee with little bitterness and some fruit especially dark cherry. Aftertaste is dry with sot of hot cocoa feel and slight bitterness. A great session beer. One of the best! (400 characters)

Photo of thesilverhand
4.33/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mmm. Pours inky black, with a thick tan head that diminishes into a thin covering on a rich dark beer. Slight red hues come through in the light.

The aroma is rich and complex. Sweet malts are tempered by soy sauce and dark caramelized sugar. Enticing. A touch of alcohol comes through as it warms.

Roast malts and charcoal. Sweet malts and dark dried fruits - raisins and currants. Very, very nice. Again, the alcohol becomes noticeable as it comes to ambient temperature.

It's a beautiful, slow-sipping beer. A deep, rich classic brew. Highly recommended. (566 characters)

Photo of daedalus
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The packaging is classic - the label sports two rams standing next to an overflowing mug of beer with a similar plastic goat charm draped around the neck of the bottle. Self-proclaimed as the "Finest Bavarian Double Bock Beer" and I would have to agree.

It pours a deep reddish-brown into a pint glass with 1.5 inches of off-white head. The beer has a lovely caramel/toffee smell and just a trace of alcohol can be detected in the nose. The taste is execeptional - toasted hops help to balance out sweet caramel and a full mouthfeel. Though alcohol is present in the nose, it is very well concealed in the taste, as the 6.7% ABV is nowhere to be found.

Dangerously drinkable. Do give it a try. (701 characters)

Photo of yelterdow
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

What an amazing beer. This is THE quintessential Dopplebock, and is so outstanding to me that I save it for a once-in-a-while treat. Always available, this one is a year-round keeper.

330ml bottle, poured into the appropriate Celebrator glass at just under fridge temperature.

Appearance- Beautiful reddish-copper with a thick, fluffy head. But that's nothing compared to what's about to come...

Smell- This is, simply, my favorite smell in this great big world of beer we live in. Chocolate malted milk shake, molasses, big sweet caramel toffee, fudge cake, malts, malts, malts. The alcohol is masked very well until the beer approaches room temperature, at which time it befriends the malt character.

Taste/Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Liquid caramel toffee malts and molasses, as described above, flow seamlessly over the tongue and finish with an incredibly appropriate bitterness that takes nothing away from the overall sweet story. What begins as a showcase of individual songs becomes so well balanced that by the time you are finishing your glass, the integration is a symphonic treasure. (1,105 characters)

Photo of BigRedN
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer marks my 100th Review. Thought the occasion was worthy of something special.

Appearance: Poured froman 11.2 oz bottle into a pilsner glass. Brown with a red tint to it. Tan head, rose about 1 1/2 inches, then settled down to a cover over the liquid. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Mostly roasted malt, burnt malt aroma with a sweetness about it, a little bready.

Taste: Malty profile, toffee and caramel flavors. A little bite at the end, either hops or the alcohol coming through.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, creamy medium to full bodied. Lightly carbonated.

Drinkability: A great beer to sip on and enjoy, savoring it as you go. Its easy enough to drink, but definintely not a session beer.

A very good beer that I will likely have again, for a special occasion. I think this one would be great around Christmas and the New Year. (847 characters)

Photo of gbontrag
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Chestnut with a lofty froth that settles to a finger of beer meringue; thick and heavy that filters the beer after each sip. Sweet aroma. Bran raisin muffin dough wrapped in a leather case.
Spiced cake with cocoa dust. Canned cherry pie topping. A husky voice. Tobacco. Some strong orange pekoe. Burnt walnuts. I could drink this from noon to passing out whenever with a pretzel and mustard. (392 characters)

Photo of beerceller99
3.88/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A black color tuns dark red when held up to a lamp. Thick tan head. Burnt chocolate, chicory smoke smell. Lightly carbonated with a medium body. Very smooth chocolate malt and roasted nut flavor. The smoothness is nicely balanced by a tangy alcohol bite on the tongue.
One of the better German exports. (304 characters)

Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The most striking feature of this beer is its color. Ruby red, but at the same time corduroy brown. Poured evenly, with large bubbles that quickly dissipated. As I am drinking the head remains small and consistent.

This beer comes across as tart, burnt malt, with hints of raisins and the sweetness of grapes.

This beer is a bit of an extension for me. I am wary of beers with shelf-lives of...who knows. This is definitely a sipping beer. I can imagine this going well with a medium rare pork tenderloin. I will try again, but I am not going out of my way for it. (570 characters)

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. (934 characters)

Photo of Roderick
4.32/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

WOW....this was really good!
It poured a VERY dark red with a little tan head and very little carbonation. The smell is what I liked best because of the caramel & chocolate, smelled like the worlds best desert.
Taste was sweet (but not to sweet) and creamy with a hint of malt and I guess what would be a medium body
I really like this beer and plan on buying it again.(Happy Rookie)
I paid $8.99 for 4 bottles.. (417 characters)

Photo of RenoZymurgist
3.73/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear, dark red almost black brew, with a tan head that subsided quickly probably due to the alcohol content and low carbonation. The aroma was very indicative of Munich malt and had a touch of roasted grains that was very clean. The flavor is very good for a doppelbock as it begins with a touch of hops blended in with a very rich toasted malt flavor that has a touch of chocolate malt or some other dark malt in the finish. the body is very full and lends a smoothness that is also accented by the lower levels of carbonation. This is a very smooth and tasty dark lager with a nice level of alcohol so that if you only want to drink one beer you can choose one of these and get a nice buzz acompanied with a delicious flavor. (737 characters)

Photo of deejaydan
4.19/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep ruby color, with a tightly knit head. Good lacing. Aroma is outstandingly complex, dried fruits, sweet malts and caramel play in there as well. Taste is complex as well, some bitter chocolate play off the malts well to keep a roasted balance to the sweetness. I've got to knock this one on mouthfeel. Slightly thin and overcarbonated for a dopplebock in my mind. Overall, a good drinking beer. (406 characters)

Photo of asabreed
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer has been hyped up so much to the point of a smile on my face when I bought a 4-pack for around $9. And how badass are those goat charms, too? Numero uno is on a tack on my bulletin board. Hopefully this will be good enough to start a collection.

Appearance: Maybe my glass wasn't cleaned properly, but what looked like a gorgeous head turned out to dissipate rather quickly. Though many have said the head sticks around for a while. Even so, it's a gorgeous color and keeps a thin line of lace around the top of the beer.

Smell: Malts galore, of course. Some burnt wood, some burnt chocolate. Smoke aromas. Faint honey and lots of caramel. Slight raisins. Some cherries. Some figs. A faint aroma of plums. Complex and fantastic.

Taste: Absolutely love the aftertaste, for one. The smokiness comes through mostly in the taste, but it's balanced quite well. Raisins and the woodiness come through well also. Aftertaste is lingering malt, yeast, and sweetness, and it's awesome.

Mouthfeel: Rich and creamy. Light carbonation, medium-bodied. Pretty great.

Drinkability: I wish I could have this with some great food, but now it's kind of a dessert treat, which is also delicious. Doppelbock's for me are a treat, especially after I learned a think or two, so the drinkability certainly shouldn't be beyond a 4 in my opinion. But goddamn, this aftertaste is amazing, and I'll keep saying that.

As I'm still drinking, I feel like I could have cases and cases of this stuff and be happy. Curious to see what a year does in the cellar; much potential is here for it age pretty well, though I imagine not beyond a year or two, but who knows? Definitely give this a shot, Doppelbock fan or not; as I stated earlier, a 4-pack won't break the wallet, and this stuff's a real treat. Thankfully I can buy 4-pack's readily available, as this will surely become a staple for me. (1,894 characters)

Photo of malty
4.45/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.2 oz. long neck adourned with the white plastic goat figurine - no freshness date.

Dark ruby-copper in color with a gorgeous billowing beige head that stuck around for the whole show!

Scent: Fig Newtons!

Flavors of dark, caramel & roasted malts...malt for days. Perfect balance of dry, tingly hops that keeps this malt arsenal from becoming cloying. Long, lush fininsh.

One of the creamiest mouthfeels I've ever experienced of any lager (and most ales) nI've tried. Full bodied with just enough carbonation to keep things from bogging down.

Drinkability is great, given the high gravity and overall giganticness of the ale.

This is THE standard which all other dopplebocks should be judged. The world is a far better place with this beer in it. Sensational offering from a stellar brewery! (824 characters)

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 2,283 ratings.