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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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 01-10-2001

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Reviews: 2,283 | Hads: 5,906
Photo of marburg
4.82/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the greats. What other phrase can possibly describe a beer with such a lucious, deep, dark color; such a billowing, persistent, magnificent head; and such a delightfully shocking aroma and taste?

Deep, dark midnight black -- that is, just this side of jet black. The head is a silly putty gray/brown that could be described as a dark off-tan. It's bulbous presence lingers throughout the entire experience. And it gives rise to one of the finer aromas one can hope for on a lager. Sweet, smooth hints of carmelized brown sugar and burnt malts grace the nose.

The same flavors carry through to the palate where dopplebock taste is simply defined. A big, sweet malty presence begins the treat and underscores every subtle flavor throughout. Not to be outdone, the hops play perfectly here, bringing with it a roasted bitterness that plays to the finish. If there's such a thing as "squinting" with one's mouth, engaging in such an action reveals just the slightest bit of lingering sweetness. This silky smooth brew may be, in my opinion, simply the best lager beer there is in any style. A treat. (1,108 characters)

Photo of Morris729
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Saved for my 400th Review.
Pours a very dark brown garnet color with a thick and creamy tan colored head with a nice retention that eventually gives way to a heavy lace. Nose is dark roasted malts, molasses, and smoky charcoal. Full in body and slightly syrupy in texture yet still quite smooth. Taste is rich sweet dark malts and brown sugar up front followed by some espresso-like flavors and a touch of bittersweet chocolate. Towards the end, some raisiny notes and residual sugar sweetness express themselves while a hint of hop bitterness tries to bring some balance to the finish. Make sure you give this beer some time to warm after pouring to fully enjoy all of the complex aromas/flavors. This is a superb doppelbock. (727 characters)

Photo of shirfan
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A deep, almost purple-toned mahogany pour, with a small tan head; this is a mission into malt.

Has a sharp, tangy molasses-spicy aroma that almost reminds me of barbeque sauce.

Taste is sweet, tangy-sour and complex. Thick and heavy mouthfeel; a shade lighter than things like corsendonk, but the most complex dopplebock I've sampled. Notes of plums, figs, sour apple, molasses and brown sugar. Somehow manages to be "moreish" and not quite cloying, even though it borders on syrupy.

Deserving of the praise it has earned; this is a rich, strong and complex beer to be sipped slowly. (594 characters)

Photo of BierReise
4.1/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is probably the best dopplebock in my opinion. Dark brown with a slight tan head. Aroma is earthy and grainy. Almost like an oat aroma that is sweet. Great blending of malts, some obviously roasted. Very smooth and drinkable. Slightly sweet and fruity. Another great beer from a great brewer. (297 characters)

Photo of jcalabre
4.18/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Originally sampled on 27 July 2002. Huge tan head, dark brown color w/ a very complex, rich, roasted taste, yet a clean finish. I haven't been too impressed w/ the other doppleboack's I've tried; however, I can understand why this one is world class. The more I drank it, the more subtle flavors I tasted. Great beer! It should be on everyone's 'Must try' list (360 characters)

Photo of longpondbeerman
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a good brew, but it's too understated for my taste--I guess dopplebocks are not my thing, really. That said, it is definitely worth a try, even though the price is rather steep. It pours a deep resonant mahogany with a dark chocolate head that receded very quickly. There is no lace to speak of. The smell reveals a distinct maltiness with subtle undertones of spices and chocolate. The taste was more refreshing: a light, bubbly, and unassertive malt flavor (not too sweet) that retained itself for a good while even as I savored its diffident tones. (559 characters)

Photo of Boto
4.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a very dark brown, and almost syrupy. Thick tan head which doesn't linger long. Some roastiness to the nose, but also a very sweet aroma. Very sweet taste. It is really malty. Lots of chocolate. Some subtle fruitiness. Alcohol somewhat evident, but not the overpowering taste. This is very complex. This is great! (319 characters)

Photo of jeffboo
4.53/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

MMMM Malt! NIce and chewy malt. Dark brown with ruby highlights, a big puffy,creamy tan head tops it off. Huge caramelly malt aroma, molassas, raisins and smoke thrown in for good measure. Grab a spoon and dig in ! Chewy malt flavor in a medium to full body and a longggg malty finish. It's toasty, nutty, brown sugar sweet,ripe plums and a little roasty and chocolate in the finish. A great one from the home of doppels! (421 characters)

Photo of philipt
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I unexpectedly found this beer in VA, so I stocked up. I've wanted to try Celebrator Doppelbock for some time now and definitely didn't let this chance slip by.

A very dark and rich garnet in color, with a medium sized fluffy, beige head. Smells quite malty, with subtle hints of brown sugar, nuts and brown sugar bread. Initial taste is of controlled/balanced malt. Not as cloyingly sweet as anticipated. Brown sugar and nuts are apparent in the taste as well. Hops make a gentle appearance in the mid taste, and finishes very smooth.

This is the most balanced (re: not too sweet) doppelbock tried to date. Also, easily my favorite doppelbock tried to date. (664 characters)

Photo of BeerBuilder
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours to a deep, dark brown color with ruby highlights. Forms a thick, creamy, light brown head that leaves good lacing. The aroma is malty, fruity, with a bit of chocolate. The flavor is malty, with a bit of roastiness and chocolate. It has a hop fruitiness and bitterness. It is a medium-full bodied beer, with a balanced malt and hop bitterness. A very smooth drinking beer. (377 characters)

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

Ok second beer of the "wetting the babies head" night.
Ah love the white plactic goat..its right on the key chain!.Also like ye olde fashioned label.
Now this has one terrific look about it it pours an opulent dark red, almost deep dark blood red..with a small off-white head that doesnt last too long.
Smell as expected with this style is super sweet and malty..so sweet its almost "winey"..but its pleasant not sickening.
The taste is slightly strange it sort of comes in waves..first an almost zanyy sweetness hits , then it fades to a small bitterness, then some sweetnes returns and is finished of with a wet unsweetned chocolate bitterness..very odd...but exciting certainlly.
Very very nice on the taste buds due to the 'waves" of flavour mention above!
A very good dopplebock..but for some reason i still prefer Salvator or Doppel-Hirsch, but this is nice stuff. (876 characters)

Photo of Naerhu
4.52/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Black body, tan small head, spotty lacing. Intense molasis aroma. Smooth long lasting mouthfeel. Rich malty molasis filled palate. Light hoppiness initially that develops and winds up even with the malt on the aftertaste. I am thoroughly confused as to whether this is sweet or dry. I think dry. (295 characters)

Photo of HardTarget
4.55/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Aroma: Deep dark malt, no noticeable hops.
Appearance: Black, with flashes of blood red in front of a serious light source. My bottle seemed a little flat, very light head that evaporated almost instantly, with no lacing. Maybe it was just my bottle.
Flavor: Fairly straightforward dark malt, with a hint of a maple syrup (blackstrap?). The first taste is the same as the aftertaste: very good both ways. Mild alcohol warming, but not intense.
Mouthfeel: I found it a little light given the rich taste, I expect to have to chew, but it's very smooth.
Overall: Man this went down quick. Great, BIG taste, but none of the heaviness you might expect. Drinkability is outstanding, hard to put it down to savor the aftertaste, you just want to pick it right back up again. A lot of malt sweetness and a sneaky alcohol kick.
Celebration: commence! (846 characters)

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

I've waited entirely too long to enjoy this brew, and last night I finally had my opportunity. A few things: While it has a huge following and is arguably regarded as the best doppelbock out there, I wasnt extremely impressed. It is very good, but I expected more from it. However, I attribute this to a few reasons. I had already had a few beers before this. The previous ones were also higher in alcohol, possibly killing my ability to see the complexity in this brew. The beer I had directly before this was a Heavyweight Cinderbock, and the smoky flavors may have done considerable harm to my palate. Having said that...

The beer was a very deep brown color. Smooth, oily mouthfeel. Aromas of chocolate and malts. Huge malty flavors in the middle, finishes chocolatey. I gave it all 4's, but I am definitely coming back to this beer to give a more intelligent review. (874 characters)

Photo of jerseyemt
4.05/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 ounce bottle, poured into a glass. Pours a deep, dark brown with a nice tan head. Smell is wonderful; pure malt. Taste has a slight hop bitterness, yet is still extremely smooth. Not my favorite doppelbock, but still very good and highly recommended. (255 characters)

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

Mmm Doppelbocky.......

The Pour: A dark black brown with an exceptably full head that slipped away leaving a beautyful lace trim.

The Smell: A rich aroma for caramelized malt and a raisin tone.

The Taste: Semi sweet chocolate and nutty flavor

This beer is quite well balanced and I could drink it quite regularly. (325 characters)

Photo of Scooter77
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I can see why this brew is so highly rated, it’s great. Pours a deep brown almost black color with a slight ruby tint. A thick tan head arose, but quickly died down leaving a thin lace. The aromas were quite complex with dark malts, caramel, chocolate, and raisins. The taste is equally complex there were hints of nuttiness mixed with raisins and caramel, I swear that I could taste some licorice, too. Alcohol taste was quite apparent, but it wasn’t overpowering so it mixed well with the other flavors. A mild alcohol and malt aftertaste was left in my mouth. This is a very complex and balanced brew; it’s absolutely exceptional. (636 characters)

Photo of stegmakk
3.5/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly above average

Dark brown with very little tan head
aroma burnt chocolate and malt
Flavor coffee, chocolate, malt, hint of something more...maybe fig like...
Mouthfeel ok not too thin not thick
Drinkability ok
Nothing great but not bad...overall...I will not look for it...but if I happen to get some I will drink it (332 characters)

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. (350 characters)

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

Appearance = dark mahogony, almost black. Reddish highlights, not quite opaque. Light carbonation, thick tan head that receded fairly quickly.

Nose = MALT!! If you want someone to understand what malt smells like, here's your big boy. Blackstrap molasses & some hops

Taste = Malt. Velvet sledgehammer. Big & powerful to knock down a wall, but still smooth. Some hops are in there trying to balance the malt but it really has it's work cut out for it. A flavor in the finish that reminds me of Aussie Tawny Port - caramel sweet wine & raisens. Medium to long finish, semi-creamy mouthfeel.

Lord have mercy, this is good beer. I've found another new favorite. (667 characters)

Photo of Winter
3.26/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Celebrator pours black in color with mahongany hues. Its creamy tan head only lingered briefly before fading. The body has a syrupy cling to the side of the glass. Aroma seems to consists of dark fruit, fig, feint chocolate malt and mineral water. Mouthfeel seems thinner than I'd expect from a doppelbock, but borders on being medium-bodied. Taste was somewhat of a disappointment and hard to pin down. Flavors of coffee, malt and alcohol are combined with a raisiny finish. Celebrator isn't as sweet, malty and flavorful as other doppelbocks I've tried in the past. A bit of a let down. (588 characters)

Photo of bierman2000
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light brown and thin compared to other dopplebocks. Smooth and very malty with a bit of hop aftertaste. Alcohol is noticeable at the end of each sip and the beer is a good example of a Dopplebock. The beer has a distinct flavor that is hard to pinpoint, but very good and highly drinkable. (289 characters)

Photo of Ahhdball
4.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the second round at this one for me. The first, I drank without tasting....goofy me. It poured creamy leaving a beautiful rich head at the top. Slightly carbonated but not as much as most beers. Sweet malty flavor with little or no aftertaste. A very good Dopplebock. (275 characters)

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

Presentation. 11.5 ounce bottle with the classic goat dangling from the bottle!

Poured a very dark, slight mahogany with a thick light color head. Smells of slight malt and massive caramel/coffee. The initial taste is huge...the malt/caramel/coffee blend seems to be perfectly balanced. The mouthfeel is consistent of those same qualities, just a touch of smokiness left on the palate. Overall, an outstanding beer, very very drinkable

Notes. $2.99 for this sampling at Blue Max, this is a top-notch beer, holds up to the reputation as one of the best. I'll be in constant search for this gem. (599 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.49/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A color as black as night, and a toasty tan head. Strong and seductive aromatics: sweet and candyish, with notes of toffee, anise, and cocoa, and a slightly burnt character that perhaps derives from the higher alcohol. Taste is huge with malt, highly warming (note the ABV), full, rich, and delicious. A perfect aperitif beer. Three things ring above all else: malt, coffee, and caramel. Solid, bold, and loaded with coffeeish flavor. One of the world's greatest brews. (469 characters)

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