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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Reviews: 2,292
Hads: 5,944
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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Reviews: 2,292 | Hads: 5,944
Photo of djbow
4.73/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark stout like brown with a deep ruby undertones. 2 finger head of thin off-white bubbles that dissipates fairly fast. Some lacing and minimal alcohol legs.

S - Caramel, toffee, toasted malt, dark tart fruit, bread, and mild alcohol. Subtle, yet complex nose that invites you to drink but does not punch you in the face.

T - Unlike the nose, the flavor of this beer is BIG. Caramel, toffee, toasted malt, dark tart fruit, bread, a bit of yeast (spice) and mild alcohol just lik the nose only amplified in the most pleasant manner. This beer is a very malt forward preparation, however, this inherent sweetness is counter balanced by a gently warming alcohol finish. Thus, balance is achieved.

M - Medium bodied, silky smoothly, easy to drink. This is part of the beer balance.

O - I am a Doppelbock fan and Celebrator is my favorite of this type. It is always consistant, available to me the best example of the style because it packs in big beer taste with just enough alcohol kick to make it fun. This is the point of a Doppelbock. PROST!

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Photo of BlackJeremiah
4.73/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Put the goat in a safe place.

A: Incredibly dark, deep ruby with 2" of head that reduces with significant lacing. Tantalizing, inviting.

S: Mild, roasted coffee, sweet plum, caramel, banana, brown bread. Very light scents, but they are temptingly blended. It's almost as if the beer knows it doesn't need to overwhelm to succeed.

T: Lots of banana bread sweetness, combining with caramel/brown sugar. Dark, mild coffee flavors pour over the top of this, with slight hazelnut and ripe, alcohol-soaked plums chasing. The nature and order in which these flavors are experienced changes as the beer warms; it's in a constant state of flux. Phenomenal.

M: Silky, creamy, velvety perfection.

D: This is simply an incredible beer, and renowned for very good reasons. The goat ornament will soon be joined by many more, without a doubt.

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Photo of Jeffsta1
4.73/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of the finest beers in the world. On draft, this deserves a '5'.
Pours dark. Light head.
Malty flavor dominates, with cocoa, coffee, meat... all kinds of wonderful savory flavors. No sweetness. Perfectly integrated.
Long finish of malt, meat, smoke, hints of licorice.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.73/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Opaque black color with very dark brown edges. Nice tan head with some lacing.

S- Sweet, dark bread. Very complex without being cloying. Clean lager smell.

T- Taste is out of this world. This is the best bock I have had. Roasted dark grains along with sweet molasses and a pinch of hoppy bitterness.

M- Well rounded feeling. Not too dry, not too slick. Smooth carbonation

D- A slow drinker but definitely an enjoyable brew

Pair with: Chocolate

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Photo of PBBC
4.73/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer pours a deep deep brown, but when held up to the light, is a gorgeous shade of ruby red. The head dissipates rather quickly.

Aroma, the aroma reminds me of coffee crisp (the candy bar)... very caramel-like, with a tinge of bittersweet chocolate and coffee.

Taste is huge. A deep, deep malt complexity. Begins sweet and thick, rounding off with a raisin-cherry like tart-bitterness, and then a crisp, wheaty-carbonation that really aids in helping the beer finish rather clean for such a 'big' beer. The chocolate malt and alcohol content blend together to create an intense sense of lingering warmth in the mouth.

Drinkability: although the beer 6.7 percent, this beer feels like an intense experience that should be savored, and not overdone. Extraordinarily well balanced... but I wouldn't have too many in a night... this is a special occasion beer.

Delicious, an amazing example of the depth of the Bock style.

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Photo of patobandito
4.73/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour a nice deep brown with a small disappearing head. The aroma has hints of smoke and chocolate. The taste is lovely with black malt, b, caramel, nuts, smoke notes, and a dry coffee taste Soft and creamy palate. Everything about this beer is so subtle and insanely balanced. Just an insanely pleasant beer.

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Photo of 49degrees
4.73/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

In my books, Ayinger's Dopplebock is the one for which all other Dopplebocks are ranked against. The Celebrator is a truly remarkable beer that is both lively and incredibly smooth in the same offering and should easily rank amongst the highest beer offerings available.

It pours exceptionally dark, giving off a great big carmel toned head which gives way to solid surface foam coverage, a strong collar and great lacing on the glass. Its is quite oily, yet creamy and pleasing to the palette and despite usually a beer pegged for the spring, I find it makes for a suprinsingly good warming beer for these (El Nino influenced) winter months.

Hints of toffee, coffee and caramel come through in the aroma and are right there on the palette in drinking, as too are some spicey hints and a raisiny sort of texture. A great brew worthy of a closer look by all beer enthusiasts.

[ STATS:>> SERVING: 330ml bottle / ABV: 6.7% / PRICE: $2.49 USD ]

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
4.73/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

WOW! This was an absolutely amazing find. So smooth, so rich.
It poured an near jet black with little foam or carbonation. The aroma contained caramel and some nuts. The taste is simply amazing. Cocoa, caramel, nuts, all in the perfect amount, and so smoothly blended. I am now in love with this beer. And the little goat charm that comes with the bottle doubles as a Christmas tree ornament.

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Photo of paulginva
4.73/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

APPEARANCE: Pouring this beer from a 12 oz. bottle into a Pilsner glass, I was immediately struck by the 1.5" dark tan frothy head. Lacing was excellent and seemed like it was stuck to the side of the glass with glue. The head dissipated very, very slowly. The body was a cloudy, rich mahogany color with particles suspended seemingly endlessly and a moderate carbonation bubbling slowly to the surface.

AROMA: There was a light aroma of toasted bread, caramel and molasses with a tangy hit of herb scented hop leaf and a light scent of alcohol and dried fruit. All in all, a very inviting aroma.

TASTE: A big hit of malt deliciousness consisting of light molasses and toasted bread matched up with a sharp snap of a smooth hop bitterness and spicy alcohol. A light amount of dried fruit is noticeable along with some hop leaf flavor. There is a really nice taste of residual sugars, dark sugars and fading grain in the end.

MOUTHFEEL: This brew delights the tongue with a full body, a smooth, creamy texture, a soft carbonation and a very light bitter finish. When sipped, the first impression is of a light sweetness and the finish maintains it with the addition of a slight bitterness that engages the whole tongue. Body lacing is excellent.

DRINKABILITY: This is the best Doppelbock I've ever tasted. I can't wait to have another. A bit more expensive than its competition, it still provides excellent value because it is just so much better. Simply a terrific brew.

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Photo of DeutschesBier
4.73/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If there is ever a beer to dispel the myth that "bigger is better," it's Celebrator.

One of the most complex, delicious beers I have ever had in any style. And that includes Belgian Quads, Double IPAs, RIS's, etc.

There are so many tastes in this 6.7% beer - a hint of coffee, some chocolate, molasses, and a faint fruitiness. Couple that with the perfect amount of carbonation and alcohol and you have yourself a world class beer.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.74/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Nice graphics on the bottle. The label has a very antiquated look that makes me think the beer inside is something special. It even has a little plastic goat hung on the neck (cute as bock is German for goat). I served it in a tulip-shaped glass (sans goat). The beer is very, very dark mahogany with relatively low carbonation and a head that, although thin, has good retention. It took me a while to get past the nose of this beer as there's a lot there. I get figs, brownies, hazelnut, gingerbread, and leather.

The taste is practically off the charts. A huge malt bomb of flavor greets you. It's extremely well-balanced. Sweet, but not cloying. Crazy complexity. Biscuity, chocolatey, figgy flavors develop to raisins, molasses, and hints of coffee. Every sip seems to bring something different. Nice little hoppy bite at the finish. Mouthfeel is just about perfect. Very firm, bordering on creamy.

I wanted to do something special for my 100th review. I think I made a terrific choice. What an awesome beer. Easily one of the best I've ever had. It's smooth and easy-drinking, but never boring. Definitely not a session beer. This baby is a dessert-in-a-bottle. It's meant to be savored.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.74/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle from BigLove as part of The Blue & Gray BIF. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed 3/4" of tan head over the dark amber brew. Head lasts well, with average to good lacing. Aroma is incredible, sweet malts, and nuttiness like you wouldn't believe. Taste is just what the nose portended, although maybe a little less so. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both incredible for the style. A standard for dBocks, for sure.

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Photo of NearerMyBeerToMe
4.74/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, almost ebony brown with a few streamers of lazily drifting bubbles. Two fingers of foam quickly dies down to a thin, dense, and tiny-beaded head of a dirty tan color that does not cling. Garnet translucence around edges of glass when held to light. Hard to smell from a distance, but when nose goes up to glass--wow... an actual tactile, mallowy sensation in the nose, like plowing nose into a thick, rising pillow of molasses, gingerbread, baking spices. Dense, complex, inviting. Flavor is equally complex: starts with rush of sweet malt; seamlessly melds into a midpalate of nutmeg, allspice, clove (?), touch of molasses... liquid gingersnaps! Develops still further into figs, golden raisins, more molasses; allusions to the darkest of Jamaican rums in a warm, soft, dry alcohol finish. Mouthfeel is outstanding, with the same mallow quality as detected in the aroma; soft, velvet smooth. You barely have to swallow. Drinkability is high, but this beer is so nuanced that having more than one would almost be overkill... Perfect beer to pass a chilly, blustery night at home, and damn near perfect in all other regards as well. Damn near perfect.

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Photo of JamesS
4.74/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a great deep dark brown with some nice head and good lacing. A great deep malty scent, very sweet with some nice darker tones underneath. Great malt flavor, very deep and sweet; thick and heavy. Goes down fantastic, very smooth, with no hint of the 6.5% ABV. Great stuff!

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Photo of Citadel82
4.74/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love this stuff. I have polished off quite a few of these in my day, though I never thought to review one. Oh well guess I needed to buy some more. Sigh.

Oh joy unrequited this elixir pours the chocolate color of the richest molasses or sorghum with a cappucino head that is short lived and leaves scant lacing.

Aroma of carmel malt and rich cocoa waft to the olfactory glands as this beer loses its head. The decapitated brew now sports a jeweled necklace of foam, a perimeter guard in tan tightly knit and dilligently awaiting the next assault.

The taste is subtle sweetness, caramel and dark fruit balanced with coffee and cocoa. The initial sweetness dries to a sharp and dry hop finish that lingers as my tongue seeks out scatterd pockets of resistance clearing this slick medium bodied brew from the roof of my mouth.

This brew is so drinkable it is incredible. It hides its gravity in a multi layered camouflage of complex scents and tastes.

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Photo of Erish
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I poured this 11.2 oz. bottle into a chilled stoneware mug.

A: Dark, molasses, but with lovely amber highlights; the brown rocky head lasts and lasts.

S: Molasses right off the bat, over-ripe apples, vinous notes, clover honey, ester-like yeast.

T: Tastes just like it smells, but better: lots of ripe fruit: apple, apricot, vinous grape; honey, brown sugar, candied plums, generous malt, sweet but not cloying, light but balanced floral hops, the finish is dry, yeasty, with a lingering feather touch of hops and vinous grape. Truly awesome.

M: Silky, mouth-coating but not heavy, gentle carbonation.

D: This beer is close to perfect. Celebrate with one any time of the year!

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Photo of kpwill07
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I woudln't call myself religious, but if there is a god, his refrigerator is certainly stocked with Ayinger Celebrator. With the increasing trend of beers aiming to be bigger and hoppier than ever before, the perfect balance of this gem is something I am in awe of.

Drink this now. And then drink it again.

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Photo of OutlawJoseyWales
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

appearance: dark. pretty much black. with a gorgeous 1 1/2 tan head. served in a duvel tulip.

smell: sweet, coffee, hazelnut

taste: chocolate covered coffee beans, caramel, big chewy malt beast. alcohol is present and accounted for. this is the ultimate fireside winter brew. an absolute beast. this beer is athletic in its complexity and aggressiveness. delicous.

mouthfeel: not a ton of carbonation, smooth and heavy.

drinkability: one, maybe two, then im asleep.

2007: i was swirling this beer in my mouth when time slammed through 2007 on new years. screw that kissing nonsense!

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

Served: poured into a pint glass from the bottle

Appearance: it looks like a proper double bock, alright! Deep, dark, almost ruby brown body and a hint of a somewhat beige top. About a finger's worth of foam.

Scent: sweet and nice on the nose, lots of dark malty sweetness with caramel. I also get hints of coffee and Kahlua. Dang, this smells good!

Taste: it tastes just as good as it smells! It’s dark and super malty. It has a perfect thick and rich smoothness. Taste buds come to life wanting to experience this great beer! It's not too sweet, as sometime double bocks can be.

Feel: so smooth, you just want to let it linger and tease your mouth for a moment before you swallow.

Finish: it leaves you with a dark, thick, malty cake feeling at the finish. So smooth, so good!

A true experience, one that you'll want to really savor every sip!

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Photo of CaptainPascoe
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark, Rich deep Mahogany wood, tan head

S: Rich Molasses and dark dried fruits

T: Delicious! The Fruity Molasses comes through, with bitter sweet notes of burnt Cocoa beans

M: Fills the mouth completely, every taste bud feels utilized

D: Very drinkable. Heavily flavoured beer without being heavy on the palate. A wonderful beer

Great packaging for a great beer

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Photo of wiseguy142
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with amber brown edges with a nice frothy head that settles down to a medium thick layer on top. Really complex aroma- begins with raisins but deepens into a rich smoke and citrus fruit. F-ing dope. I'm a malt person so my first sip of this was heaven. Not overly strong like Optimator, but bready with a good alcohol and raisin base. Super rich mouthfeel with just enough carbonation. Some beers have different characteristics that seem very separate from each other but everything about this beer comes together into one. The alcohol is very faint here too, but just enough to give it some character. Here's to my 100th review! I'd go more in depth but I'm enjoying beers with friends, as they should be enjoyed, but I"ll be grabbing a case of this later.

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Photo of number1bum
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Part of NEPA BC split #3.

Pours an incredible dark brown, nearly black. with some ruby hues where the light hits. A thick and creamy looking tan 1 finger head builds on top and diminishes slowly, leaving a nice ring but not a whole lot of lacing on the way down the glass.

Smell is bittersweet dark chocolate, some molasses and caramel malts. Very appealing. Those aromas don't disappoint in the taste, which is a wonderfully sweet and complex combination of malty goodness with a little bit of hops to create a perfectly balanced and incredibly delicious brew. Mouthfeel is superb - perfect amount of carbonation and a creamy full body. Amazing brew and the best doppel I've ever tasted.

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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 TagoMago
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 11.2 oz. bottle equipt with toy trinket around the neck. The beer is poured into the trademark Celebrator glass.

Appearance: Dark burgandy in color, the beer pours with a beautiful tan head that holds its retention until well after the beer is gone.

Smell: Molasses mingled with dark malts and a rather leafy hop character. Hops provide the beer with a nice bitterness.

Taste: Exceptionally creamy and smooth. Bready malts with elements of fruit and coffee. The finish is rather sweet and lingering.

Overall: If you can find a Doppelbock that beats this one, let me know. This is a simply amazing brew to say the very least. World-class.

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Photo of Portiabella
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Husband and I love dopplebocks, so we thought we'd give this one a try. Smell is roasty-sweet, almost like a dark-roasted coffee. Taste is surprisingly sweet and mild, especially for such a dark brew. Velvety mouthfeel, almost creamy. Very, very glad we sprung for the four pack.

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