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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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2,282 Reviews
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Reviews: 2,282
Hads: 5,901
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 5.31%
Wants: 461
Gots: 706 | 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: 2,282 | Hads: 5,901
Photo of HalfFull
3.65/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber brown/red into a pint glass with a thin off-white head, which settles into a thin lacing.

Smell is typical of sweet German malts, offering a bit of roasted nuts. Otherwise typical of any bock style, yet offers a bit more depth as well.

Taste follows with sweet malts, slightly chewy and lingering, yet rather simple in the malts department and yet rather expected. I'm surprised this brew rates so highly as I find it just a slight variant of many a ---bock.

Decent feel with light carbonation and a sweet and lingering viscous finish. Drinkability suffers from the rich malty sweetness yet a nice winter brew in moderation. But then I live in San Diego and not in snow country, so I don't see myself revisiting soon. (741 characters)

Photo of callmescraps
3.65/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I enjoy goats. We'll see about the beer.

Appearance - Surprisingly black. I'd say a very deep brown, but almost no light gets through at all. An inch of off-white head dissipates quickly.

Smell - A hint of dark fruits and a lighter, sweeter malt smell. Lots of roasted malt.

Taste - Lots of sweet roasted malts. Very rich. There is a burnt aspect on the finish that I'm not loving. A hint of molasses as well. Definitely some dark fruit.

Mouthfeel - Nice carbonation, but it's not as rich as I might like. Very light and crisp.

Drinkability - Not bad, but that lingering roast is not helping the matter.

This is a fine beer. Not a huge fan or anything. It's got a nice roasted malt thing, but seemed a tad one note. I guess it's just not a favorite of mine. (766 characters)

Photo of TheBierBand
3.65/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It had been a while... so I thought I'd try a Celebrator during my latest outing. The bartender served it up in a pint glass deftly poured with a perfect 3/4" head. The color was almost black, but when held to the light let some dark reddish hues through.

The head held on through my sniff test which reveiled hints of coffee, chocolate and a sweet fruity-ness.

Upon my first taste, the head had diminished to about 1/4" and was already leaving a pronounced lacing on the glass. The taste (like the smell) had coffee, chocolate and fruit characteristics, although they weren't as pronounced as I'd hoped. This one was a bit thinner that many of the other dopplebocks I've tried (most recently Spaten Optimator). Very little on the hoppiness factor. Spaten Optimator is a much richer brew in this Beer Advocate's opinion.

Mouthfeel was OK. A bit too heavy on the carbonation for me. Still smooth enough to fully enjoy.

Drinkabilty: I won't have this in heavy rotation, but one in a while it's a good one to have on second string. (1,041 characters)

Photo of crossovert
3.66/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

11.2 fl oz bottle. I'm pretty sure this is a really fresh bottle, but I'm not 100% sure of it.

Pours into may small mug with a nice off white head and a dark brown body with hints of red.

This one smells different from the other doppelbock imports. It is what Orval is to the trappist beers. It is mostly raisin on the nose, almost exclusively, with some caramel. There is just something weird about it.

It tastes doppelbock enough, and it is pretty awesome. There are hints of chocolate, roasted malt, caramel, dark fruits, and an interesting yeast kick. It is pretty sweet.

The mouthfeel is pretty good although the drinkability could be higher.

It is a good doppelbock but Salvator reigns supreme in my mind. (716 characters)

Photo of granger10
3.67/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one did not live up to its hype by my standards. My friends who had this obsessed about how great it was and this site has it at something like 4 or 5 on the top beer list. But, to my dismay, this was simply a little above average. Dark with a very, very small head. Might this have been sitting on the shelves for too long? Anyways the flavor was strong and there was a very chewy thick mouthfeel to the beer that didn't completely appeal to me. A strong malt flavor came but this beer was never sweet. All around it was good, but not up to the hype it's recieved. (570 characters)

Photo of teromous
3.67/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Right off the bat, the appearance is fantastic. It's a dark beer the color of molasses, allowing beautiful dark brown tones of color to show through when held up to a light. The head stands about the width of my small finger, and sinks to a sliver across the top of the beer. It is a light tan color, and looks milky smooth across the surface. Lacing is already starting to build.

S: The beer is very light in the scent department. I pick up notes of caramel, some roasted grains are in there. Most of the scent is caramel.

T: There's a nice light smooth roasted flavor to this. It's a very good tasting Dopplebock.

M: It's a very smooth beer. It's medium bodied, and very easy to drink. Very light bitterness.

O: Overall it's a really good beer. It is, what a Doppelbock is. I would recommend it to another person, and would drink it again. I don't pick up much nose from this beer, and the taste is not very complex or rich as I'd want it to be. It's still a good beer. (978 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
3.67/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours deep dark brown/black with nearly no head. Some ruby edges in teh light. Sweet molasses aroma, roasted malt, and licorice/anise. Flavor is big licorice with hints of chocolate, then more licorice. Pretty sweet stuff, but a lingering bitter on the palate. Very low carbonation, thick mouthfeel, and heavy. Velvety as it describes. Interesting brew. (353 characters)

Photo of boston2bburg
3.68/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single 12 oz bottle with plastic ram (bull? yak?) necklace. No bottling date, and from a supplier notorious for having old beer on the shelves. I'm not sure how well doppelbocks age, but could be an issue.

Poured into a Champagne glass, a mysterious deep caramel color with a large, smooth tan head that maintains a healthy cover, with big patches of lacing down the glass. Nice bright tan bubbles swirl during the pour. Pretty to look at.

Smells like birthday cake, caramel, faintly of raspberry cheesecake. Not overpowering but pleasant.

Taste is almost all malt, but not as sweet as most other doppelbocks I've tried. The malt flavor is toasted, with caramel and molasses notes. Very slight bite on the back of the throat. The alcohol isn't tasted but kicks in nicely towards the final third of the beer.

Mouthfeel is clean and a little sharp on the tongue, slightly spicy on the finish. Full-bodied, but not syrupy or tangy. Drinkability is good for the style, but it might sit heavy after two or three. A well-built beer, true to style, but lacking a distinctive character that sets it apart from other beers. (1,131 characters)

Photo of beernut7
3.68/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I drained the local liquor store of every other brand and style of beer so I figured I'g give this brew a swing and see what the hype was all about. Pours a deep black with a foamy thick tan head. Aromas of bready and dark German malts. Light chocolate and heavy sweet malt is the initial flavor with a clean syrupy finish. I am not usually a big fan of the style and this bock doesn't really change my opinion. Not bad, but not impressive for the hefty price tag. (469 characters)

Photo of paco1029384756
3.68/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark brown color with minimal head and good lacing.

Scent of malts, brown sugar, maple syrup, and hints of oats. Well rounded and not overpowering, but a bit too sweet.

Taste of maple syrups, sweet malts, brown sugar, oats, and a hint of cinnamon. Finishes with some malts and brown sugar. I don't think this is good enough to warrant a second purchase when there are better options for the same price.

Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied and not too thin. (464 characters)

Photo of endovelico
3.68/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My quest for the perfect Bock has been a long one, similar to what is happening to me with the Barley wines; It's a style that on paper seems like my chosen stuck-on-an-island drink but alas no exemplar I've had has stood out has anything other than a average to good quaffer.

You can imagine the excitement i was in when i had the chance to first open this legendary brew, that was sure to break the spree.

The brew was much darker than i had thought and much more effervescence, not necessarily over-foaming, just showing lots of bubbles. The aroma is mute and closed, something i tend to feel when sniffing heavy beers like Bocks and Barley Wines - might this be related with my apparent spree?. You still feel that melanoidin quality which makes its appearance in the taste profile, exactly what you would expect after smelling the beer. In addition, a strong yeast bite character also reveals itself in the mouth alongside a coke like syrupy caramel taste/texture.

It's full bodied, not very bitter and in my opinion much more carbonated than it needs to be. I wish i had liken this more, i really do, but this one is not for me, even if it's a beer whose technical merits are beyond discussion. (1,203 characters)

Photo of nick76
3.68/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The aroma is brown sugar, alcohol, herbs, coffee, toasted malt, and hops. The appearance is dark red/brown and the head is foamy. The flavor is caramel, coffee, raisins, chocolate, spice, nuts. The palate is just the right thickness for the style. The aftertaste is a bit acidic for my liking but overall it's very good. (320 characters)

Photo of yesyouam
3.68/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours red-brown with a small, off-white, mostly diminishing head. The aroma is a very strong, dark malt. It almost smells like molasses. There may be a hint of herbal hops lingering in the back. It has a medium body and a smooth mouth feel. While the aroma provided malt, the flavor provides hops. This is what was lurking beneath this malty veneer! The bitterness is all that remains in the aftertaste.
(rated Jan 30, 2007) (424 characters)

Photo of Duster72
3.7/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a coca-cola color into glass with no head. No lacing left behind. Aroma is chocolate at first and then roasted malts. Taste is dark fruits and sugar up front. Carmel malts give way to roasted flavor and slight alcohol burn as it goes down. Aftertaste is primarily roastiness and alcohol. Good beer, not great. I do not have enough experience in the style to say how it stacks up to the competiton. (403 characters)

Photo of Marraybay
3.7/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

As a fan of doppelbocks, I did like this. I know many consider it the standard by which all doppel's are judged, but I prefer Salvator a tad more. Very intense sustained sweetness to this one, which sort of hands off almost entirely to a fair bitterness at the finish and beyond. For me personally, I think Salvator may "balance/blend" those spectrums a tad more effectively so it's not so pronounced. Nice head and darker color to this: more brown than copper or orange. A little lacing, but not a great amount. Fairly thick mouthfeel and decent carbonation. This one more similar to Eggenberg's doppelbock to me. (626 characters)

Photo of sauron681
3.7/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice dark amber with acceptable head, as well as good lacing. Initial taste is sweet and smooth, then leading to a nutty slightly fruit richness. About one-third down the glass I noticed a caramel taste. Aftertaste maintains a burnt and bittery pre dominance. Goes great with a hearty bratwurst. (303 characters)

Photo of berpwillie
3.7/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a opaque dark brown color with good tan frothy head, good lacing, and average carbonation. caramel nutty smell with a toasted nutty taste. very smooth. medium body and thin slick texture. very light bitter creamy finish, and short flavor duration. very easy to drink. probably a really good session beer if it wasn't more on the pricey side. (347 characters)

Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.7/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a rich looking brown with a thin head that fades quickly to nothing...hardly like the overflowing head shown on the beer's label. The nose has a caramel sweetness and subtle yeastiness. Very little spice is present. As expected, the taste is rich and bready with a lingering sweetness. There is almost no bitterness on the back end and the alcohol is well hidden. There is a slight fruitiness reminiscent of prunes followed by notes of tobacco. Medium bodies beer that feels heavy during this hot summer day. Overall, this beer is as expected and a reliable doppelbock. (584 characters)

Photo of bulletrain76
3.7/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

33cl bottle. Dark brown with a creamy tan head that leaves an oily film. The aroma is pretty sweet and roasty, with some dark fruits, like prunes and chocolate. Roasted malts and burnt sugar in the flavor. Not overly rich as my previous experiences with doppelbocks led me to anticipate. Drinkable and balanced, but thin in the mouth as well. Pretty solid, but not quite up to expectation. (389 characters)

Photo of dertyd
3.71/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a pint glass

A:poured a dark black color with hints of red almoast no head and no lacein

S: smells like a dark choclate cake with hints of dark fruit,verry strong malt smell

T:sweet choclate malts with a nice balance verry crisp and refreshing

M: nice and sweet with a real nice crispness

Overall: a realy good brew to me its like a desert in a glass its kinda sweet with hints of choclate I realy like this as a night cap

Live life drink beer!!!:-) (484 characters)

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.71/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found four light switches and stuff to hang 4 goat charms on, that's pretty cool.

Pretty dark brown body with a big, thick, rocky brown head. Some great retention and nice sheets of lacing. Pretty good looking beer.

Chocolately smell, sweet malts.

Chocolately sweet malts again with some alcohol.

Pretty creamy with medium carbonation, nice mouthfeel.

A fairly drinkable beer. Pretty good overall, not sensational like I expected. (437 characters)

Photo of gmfessen
3.71/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, Celebrator is a very deep brown - almost black, with crimson highlights and a thick, mocha colored head. The smell is all malt as you would expect from a dopplebock, caramel and chocolate stand out the most. The taste is also malt-forward with caramel and lightly burnt chocolate taking the stage. There are also slight nuances of dark fruit like dates, raisins and figs. Seems like this one might have a little skunk to it as well and there is only a hint of the 6.7% that is hidden within. Mouthfeel is full bodied - almost chewy with a thin yet adequate carbonation. Overall a drinkable dopplebock, wish I would have had a fresher one but solid none the less. (704 characters)

Photo of beerinator
3.72/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark Brown, almost black. Tannish dark tan head with small bubbles assisting with the decent retention.

Aroma: Front notes of coffee. Caramel roasty almonds make their presence known as well. Very very pleasant aroma.

Taste: Heavy malt up front. The alcohol content is noted in the flavors. Mouthfeel isn't as full as I expected from the smell. Nutty. Taste is a bit mocha-ish.

Notes: Expensively enjoyable beer. (433 characters)

Photo of chaz410
3.72/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark black body with a tan head. Smell is smokey, almost like bbq, and a small hint of sweet malts. Taste is sweet malts with lots of smokey undertones. The smokey hints are more of the meat, jerky-like variety than smoked or roasted coffee. This is not a smokey stout by any means, it definately has lager character and has layers of sweet smokey notes. A good beer, a good dark lager, and unlike most beers in this category. (435 characters)

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

A: Two finger head that slowly dissipates. Transparent black with red tinges.

S: Plum and raisin. Not too strong of a smell but increases as beer warms.

T: Raisin, plum and some roasted malt. Not much hop profile. Bready.

M: Nice and smooth, nothing extraordinary though.

D: A nice drink that could be had in quantity. Nothing to spectacular to make it extraordinary though. (378 characters)

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 2,282 ratings.