Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Reviews: 2,292
Hads: 5,945
Avg: 4.33
pDev: 16.17%
Wants: 464
Gots: 735 | FT: 20
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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 redhorse107
3.77/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Definitely one of the best and most potent doppelbocks available! Smooth and tasty with no harshness at all! Make sure you have a designated driver or enjoy at home!!!

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Photo of Gajo74
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I gave this one a straight 4.75 on all attributes; even though I would struggle to find flaws that prevented it from being a perfect 5. Pours a dark brown color with a phenomenal thick foamy head that almost spilled over. Furthermore, the creamy lace retains throughout the whole drink. Wonderful aroma reminds me of coffee, dark slightly bitter chocolate, and sweet earthy grains. Taste aligns with aroma and includes an aftertaste that is creamy and with a tiny touch of hops. Furthermore, there is a mild alcohol aftertaste like a dark dessert liqueur. Great feel; carbonation light but tingly on the tongue when served cold. This is the first doppelbock I have reviewed here and I feel like I have struck gold by picking amongst the cream of the crop for this style. I will enthusiastically seek this one out again!

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Photo of MOVERTON1284
4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2014 Vingate, drank one month after purchase. Strong malt backbone, dark pour, robust and roasty flavors. I enjoyed this beer, fine example of the style

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Photo of hreb
4.12/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

330mL bottle in pint glass. Beer pours intensely dark brown, nearly opaque, but with a red hue. Mild but malty aroma. Flavor is super rich, with layers upon layers of malty goodness. Carefully balanced, and neither bitter nor chalky. This is adult candy. Alarmingly drinkable at 7.2% ABV, too.

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Photo of TimZebGir
4.3/5  rDev -0.7%

A: (3/3) Black but not hazy with very creamy brown head that dissipates very slowly
S: (10/12) Dark raisiny with some burnt toffee and a somewhat noticeable alcohol undertone
T: (17/20) Sweet, almost like a burnt butterscotch candy with a hint of coffee or dark chocolate
M: (5/5) Medium carbonation but very dry
O: (8/10) You want a double bock? Seriously, buy this guy. It’s awesome. It’s got everything you could want in a balanced dark beer. Dry enough to offset the richness of the flavor. Just enough alcohol to not overpower the darker aromas. Also, it’s got a plastic ram on the bottle. Don’t see that everyday.

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Photo of illpass78
4.56/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 ounce bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a dark mahogany with a big, creamy, inviting head.

Aroma: This beer has a rich malty smell with some booziness and slight fruitiness. Also some nice molasses notes.

Taste: True to the nose, this is a big, malty beer with flavors of molasses, caramel and dark fruits. Delicious.

Mouthfeel: Thick for a lager, with a nice amount of heft, but by no means sludgy.

Overall: A terrific beer, holidays or no. Deservedly beloved.

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Photo of JackRWatkins
3.29/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

modified tulip glass from bottle

honestly I'm not an expert in dopplebock and bock styles but I have to say to me this was a mildly disappointing beer. If you are thinking about picking this up, I'd just get Aventinus Eisbock instead, maybe heavier but much better in my opinion

appearance: pours a very dark, cola-ish color, some subtle amber tones when held up to the light. Prominent head, cream colored by not creamy, somewhere between watery and frothy, more close to watery. head of about 2 to 3 fingers,decent retention

smell: the most prominent thing about this beer, smells as it's described, rich, dark, fruity, but not overly malty

taste: adequate, it's not that this is a bad beer, I want to stress that. it's more that given the praise this beer receives, well i'm just not so sure it's deserving. I come from a place of favoring strong dark belgian ales and whilst I do understand that this is not that, I feel as though it attempts at least in some sense to support the fruity flavors it claims to carry but the yeast does not do a very good job of it, this is a malty, malty, malty beer. It very much tastes like a generic porter or stout with dark fruity notes at the back of the take, but the strongest flavor is the roasted malt, which dominates the beer

mouthfeel:crisp but a little thick, not bad in this regard

overall: not aweful but if you're in the market for something like this, you can certainly do better. I do recommend having this with some Y Fenni cheese (otherwise known as red dragon)

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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 MikeKnauf
5/5  rDev +15.5%

Poured from bottle to snifter.

Dark, dark walnut brown with very small, creamy head.

Smells kind of like molasses.

Taste is a lot like the Ayinger Dunkel, but stronger. A bit sweeter. Dark bread, molasses, coffee. I found it to have a nice bit of bitterness in the finish, more than some of the others would suggest. It really needs it to try to balance the heavy malts up front.

Mouthfeel is a bit heavy, bordering on a warm syrup, but not burdensome to drink. Carbonation is light and subdued.

Overall, like the Dunkel from this brewery, it's my favorite in the style. The Dopplebock seems to get a bit more praise but I feel the similarities through and through. It's a perfect pre-meal in a bottle on a cool autumn day. Love it!

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Photo of UrbanCaveman
4.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, poured into a tulip at approximately 45 degrees F.

A: Pours like a heavy molten caramel, and settles into the glass a deep, rich ruby brown, like a well-worn bit of mahogany furniture. Holding the glass to daylight reveals burnished copper-bronze highlights and the faint shadows of fingers on the opposite side of the glass, with bubbles streaming merrily by. The head is impressively thick and foamy, a beige color, which leaves rather persistent and thorough lacing down the glass.

S: Warm baked bread, sprinkled with crumbles of toffee and drizzled with sweet caramel, open the aroma. Lurking beneath the malt bouquet are some fruity notes, like currants and dates with a suggestion of plum. The nose is yeasty, malty, and warm.

T: That is, in fact, a liquid loaf of brown bread, dunked in caramel and molasses, then dipped in toffee as if breading it for frying. While the previously mentioned fruit hints are present, if deeply buried, there is a distinct note like old leather and an almost chicory sort of bite as it goes along. Towards the finish, there is a bitterness not unlike a varnished wood, which fades into a molasses sweetness during some sips, and lingers as a wooden bitterness with others. As the beer warms, the odd bitter notes fade into the background, allowing the sweet, rich, and complex malt to star unmolested, and allowing the currant-date notes to come more forward.

M: Full, rich, and sticky, this beer clings to every mouth surface. There's a sharpness from the carbonation, which seems a wee bit heavy to me.

O: Given the wooden and slightly earthy notes this doppelbock carries, I understand why many tout it as the best of the doppelbock line. I am in no way suggesting this is undeserved, nor that this is a poor quality beer in any way, shape, or form, but it is not my favorite doppelbock as a devout malthead. The odd notes that seem like hops trying to come a little too forward for my liking cut down on my enjoyment - when I want a doppelbock, I want glorious, unrelenting malt and associated flavors, not anything trying to balance or even display hop flavors. Hence, my rating this beer below other doppelbocks, in spite of my unabashed Privatbraurei Aying fanboyism.

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Photo of ThomasMetal75
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

A- Dark, dark, red. Little light shows though the glass. Foamy head. It was a big head and then it died to about a rim around the glass.

S- Big dark fruits. Deep roasted malts. Light smokiness. Molasses and brown bread present. Sweet and some kind of bitterness. Big and bold. Malt lovers dream.

T- lots of roasted/toasted maltiness. Molasses type sweetness. Bready. Earthy type bitterness. No real hop presence.

M- Full bodied. Sticky. Rich. Regardless of the fact that this is full bodied, it is easy to drink.

Overall this beer is real special. So far this is my favorite German beer. Maltiness ,bready goodness. So big and bold in flavor, but not too big in alcohol. This would be awesome with pot roast!

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Photo of BeerSnobRobinson
4.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Poured into a tall glass. Huge 5 finger head which dissipates to a nice frothy cap. Very dark brown with an attractive auburn or dark red hue. Almost no light comes through when held up to light. Definitive chocolate and malt flavor with notes of coffee and perhaps a distant plum. Sort of a roasted taste on the back end. Smooth mouth feel with some bitterness and carbonation. Reminds me of some porters I've had. Low alcohol by volume, almost too low but I like beers with a higher than 6% ABV. Overall a very agreeable beer that I would drink again.

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Photo of delta490
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a deep, deep brown. Clear when help up to the light. A thick tan fizzy head settles down to a light covering and leaves small amounts of lacing. The aroma is malty, with notes of dark fruit and dark toffee. The taste is equally malty, with a nice herbal hops to balance it and a slight spicy quality to the finish. The body is thick and full, almost heavy like a Scottish ale. A great example of a doppelbock.

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Photo of titvs
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Review based on the BJCP2008 guidelines (style 5C). Bottle 33 cl - Batch L4013. AROMA: sweet and pleasant malt aromatics with some toasty, bread crust and caramelly notes. no hop aroma and very faint dried grapes aromas. APPEARANCE: dark Brown color with ruby highlights. good clarity. average moussy head with dark ivory color and good retention. TASTE: very nice flavours ranging from a plethora of melanoidins with toasty notes and bread crust. sweet malty background with a clean lager profile without any kind of diacetyl. low bitterness. finishes semi-sweet. PALATE: medium-full body with moderately-low carbonation. smooth. OVERALL: a very nice exemple of a traditional doppelbock which is delicious and a feast for the senses.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%

Pours dark brown with hints of mahogany and ruby towards the light, half finger head that sticks around.
Rich malty smell, with salty roasted grains, dark bread crust, some caramel, a big nut mix, some cocoa powder, faint dried plum. Big expectations.
Which are met entirely, and then some. Lots of dark chocolate, not too rough, but with a nice clear cocoa note. Some salted toffee, some caramel, rich nuttiness (peanut, walnut, faint pistachio). A dark fruit zing, subtle, with some nice dried fig mostly and some faint smoked plums. Faint vanilla and licorice. Gets roastier hinting some coffee but more especially dark bread crust. A bit of charcoal in the finish, mildly bitter, even with a nice German hop presence felt.
Medium to thick in body, oily, with a medium carbonation. Quite "full". Nice nutty, malty aftertaste.
A huge doppelbock, tons of taste, great balance, beautiful from start to finish. Deserves being a classic.

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Photo of pat61
4.95/5  rDev +14.3%

Nose: dark malt and fruit, dark bread, no roasted aromatics. Faint noble hops.
Brilliant chestnut, under a persistent, clingy, rocky 2"+ lightly brown tinted off-white foam cap that provides excellent lace.
Palate: Liquid fresh baked dark German bread, a hint of prune, spicy malt and hops, a slight tartness on the finish and a faint hint of hop bitterness.
Full body, medium low carbonation, rich, creamy, clean.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.35/5  rDev +0.5%

A: Pours from a 330ml bottle a dark brown with reddish highlights under a solid 2-finger thick light mocha head with lingers and eventually settles to a thin cap and rim leaving stringy and spotty lace.

N: Roasty and caramel malts, dark chocolate syrup, cocoa powder, mild sweetness, aged wood.

T: Dark fruits (figs, dates, raisins), dark malts, dark chocolate mousse, nutty and earthy. Complex.

M: Full body and semi-full carbonation. Creamy, silky smooth and rich finish.

O: A classic. Bonus points for the plastic goat lanyard.

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Photo of Roser
4/5  rDev -7.6%

A- dark, dark, dark mocha/mahogany brown. Big, tan, frothy long lasting head. Very little lacing (if any).

S- nutty, chocolate, ginger, caramel.

T- deep dark chocolate (very much like high % cacao), fig, coffee. Sweetness up front, bitter on the back.

M- smooth, silky, medium body.

O- outstanding! Excellent! A great Dopplebock. Would absolutely recommend.


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Photo of a0lbudman
4.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-dark brown with a red tint shining through, when held up to a light. It had a small tan head
S-sweet malt smell with a hint of roast, dark fruit, and bourbon aroma
T-Malt but not sweet, and with a roasted taste that gives you a slight hop aftertaste with the hint of bourbon in the finish.
M-high carbonation, creamy, and medium body
O-nothing is overpowering. It just gives you a well balanced aroma and taste.

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Photo of reebtaerG
4.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured bottle no date into New Belguim globe

A-Deep brown color, small beige head. Decent lacing.

S-Aroma of roasted malt, dried fruits, caramel and chocolate.

T-Sweet taste has similar notes with hint of smoked wood in gently bitter roasty finish.

M-Medium body and soft carbonation.

O-Overall this beer is fantastic!

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Photo of Benish
4.06/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured chilled into small snifter glass.

Appearance: intense dark brown like molasses. A quarter inch of head which dissipated quickly. No lacings around the glass.

Smell: while chilled, picked up some caramel and vanilla. As the beer warmed up, I picked up whiffs of root beer.

Taste: sweet malt with a touch of bourbon. As it warmed up, noted flavor of Cola. Whiskey flavors became a bit more prominent. Finishes slightly burnt, maybe a little bit of ash. Not a huge malt bomb, I'd say more balance with the malt sweetness and finishes burnt. It wasn't overpoweringly sweet like I expected.

Mouthfeel: highly carbonated - kind of goes hand in hand with the slight Cola taste. But carbonation seems to fade as it warms up. No booziness or heat noted.

Overall: The flavors are well balance between the sweet maltiness and the burnt finish. Not as complex as I hoped it to be but still outstanding.

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Photo of Gear54
4.4/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle into a pint glass

A: Dark rich mahogany. Almost nothing in terms if light penetration. 1/4 inch of thick head no lace left on the glass.

S: toasted malts and molasses are the dominate aromas. Maybe some carmel notes but they are faint.

T: I get a lot of molasses and dried fruits. Also a big taste of toasted malts and a touch of hops

M: I wanted this to be a little heavier. It's thick and chewy but taste and flavor fade fast.

O: worth every pennie

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Photo of stephenjmoore
4.21/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A- Dark, thick, cola-colored body with a huge, frothy light tan head.

S- Raisins, cherry licorice, rich bready malt. Big aroma filled with rich malts.

T- Very similar to the aroma, big rich malts, raisins, a nice toasted flavor to it with lots of sweetness to balance it out. Some of the aroma and flavor reminds me of the cherry licorice pipes my dad used to buy me.

M- Not quite as thick and chewy as I am used to with doppelbocks, but still very nice and good for the style.

O- A nice example of the style and one of the originals. Not quite as big as a would have imagined, but a solid beer.

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Photo of jsausley
4.54/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a stout glass from a bottle.

A: This beer is a wonderfully dark, thick and rich doppelbock. It is mostly a dark brownish-black with hints of red and even amber at its thinnest points in the glass near the stem. Some creamy frothy head but no major lacing on on my pour. The beer seems so thick that as it leaves the glass it pulls the lacing with it. Lots of soul in this beer's look.

S: Not super fragrant, gives the impression that it's thick and not aromatic like an IPA. Big malts hidden deep and a very noticeable molasses smell.

T: I'll be completely frank from the start. I struggled between a 5.00 and 4.75 here. This beer isn't really perfect but it's too good to be 4.75. Unfortunately I don't think it quite deserves a 5.00 but it's so close that I almost gave it to it anyway... Anyway, on to the review.. The first sip is very smooth and crisp considering its thickness, very similar to a nice drinkable wine. Extremely malty, one of the richest and maltiest beers I've tasted. Tons of depth and various flavors as the beer cools. Rich caramel and molasses over hints of coffee. Even a little twang maybe like a green apple on the nose. Nothing overpowering, perfectly balanced. Extremely drinkable. 6.7% ABV and virtually zero bitterness. The roasted malts are huge. The only thing it needs is a little more hops to give it a nice crispy finish. Massive, deep rich beer. Wonderful. A++++.

M: Thick but not syrupy. Very crisp and tons of carbonation deep within the beer's rich texture. A wonderful mouthfeel after drinking with almost no aftertaste. Super smooth, super flavorful and super easy to drink.

O: By far the easiest doppelbock I've tasted, and possibly one of the best beers I've tasted. Rich and powerful, deep and thick but not overly strong, sour or bitter. Lots of wonderful notes and a very fragrant nose. Dominant flavors are MALT MALT MALT MALT with some caramel, molasses. Followed by some subtle coffee and citrus hints. Wonderfully balanced, maybe the best balanced beer I've ever sampled. Unbelievably drinkable for this thickness.

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Photo of JSigsbach
4.09/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer is the real deal German Doppelbock, "-ator" ending and all from visual appeal to taste. Packaging is beautiful with the dark brown bottle as backdrop for the light blue label punctuated by the amber-red glass of beer. The finishing touch which I love (see picture) is the small goat hung from a red thread--just a classy finishing touch to say "we’re really proud of our product." Very eye catching. Beautiful nearly black, amber color so inviting with the creamy tan head, washes smoothly, beautifully over the tongue very complex but well blended flavors with ever so slight chocolaty notes to me, some bitterness on finish but not overpowering. The only thing that detracted for me a bit, resulting in a slightly lower aroma score, was the aroma upon finishing the pour--it was slightly--no other word for it--"tin canny." Ever so slight but just noticeable. It did not in any way come through in the actual taste of the beer and was then indistinguishable by half way through the glass of beer (drunk from a stemmed, rounded belly goblet that allows aromas to experienced well). This was my first tasting so it may have been an aberration. Aside from that aspect, which I can’t call "very minor" since, for me, the pre-first drink aroma experience is part of the overall experience, the beer is superb. I would definitely recommend it to a friend. As a matter of fact I did and he fell in love with it.

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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 2,292 ratings.