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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Ayinger Celebrator DoppelbockAyinger Celebrator Doppelbock

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2,307 Reviews

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Reviews: 2,307
Hads: 6,013
Avg: 4.33
pDev: 16.17%
Wants: 486
Gots: 773 | FT: 20
Brewed by:
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: 2,307 | Hads: 6,013
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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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.75/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice dark ruby red color with a decent head that sticks around for a while

S: Malts and dark fruits, molasses, and a little sweetness

T: Same as the smell, the molasses and fruits come out from the start and it finishes with a great sweetness that doesn't overpower

M: Fairly heavy with little carbonation. Very smooth, glides over the tongue

D: I could drink this all day if the sweetness didn't get to me. Definitely one of the best doppelbocks, for sure

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

This really is an exceptional beer even for a Doppelbock. The dark black with a ruby tinge abnd perfect creamy head is doppel enticing and invites you to avour the chocolate and coffee malt aromas with a hint of spice.

If the fruit aromas were slightly more present it would be a 5 hands down

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

Celebrator pours a lot darker that the picture shown, which was reviewed before the picture currently shown. I'd say its more black, with a hint of amber if held up to the light. The smell is strong of chocolate and malts. This is also very evident in the taste which is complimented with a nice smooth, yet thick mouthfeel. If you like dark beers with good body, this should definetely be on a list of beers to try.

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

AWESOME! I got a fresh six pack of this stuff and it is excellent(if not a bit pricey at $15 a sixer...)This smelled like many dark malts, chocolate, and wonder! It poured a DARK, almost black colour with a nice foamy white head lofting itself above the dark liquid. This tasted bready, almost like a big, soft, bavarian pretzel and it was a joy to drink. My glass was empty all too soon. This had a lucious, full and creamy mouthfeel which takes away from it's drinkability just a little bit. This is just the beer I would want after being outside snoveling the show in January!

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

Wow. This was one of my first segways into good beer. Back then I didnt know what was going on. Now that I am a bit more seasoned I'll give this great beer a review.

A- Deep mahogany reddish brown. Even in my slender New Glarus pilsner glass light barely passes through this one. A nearly coffee colored head rises up high, sticks around for a decent amount of time but fades by the time I take a sip. There is decent lacing left behind.

S- MMM... Toasted bread crust, raisins, faint soy and an ever so delicate hopping. This smells like a liquid meal.

T- Wow-wee. I forgot what a treat this beer really is. Sweet candied and dried fruits. A faint spiciness, some soy sauce and residual sugars. This stuff is goood!

M- Thick, very mildly carbonated. Very smooth. Like liquid bread dough. Slightly heavy on the gut.

D- Ever so warming. But this is not a bad thing, it just brings the sheer size of this big lager together. A real meat and potatoes type of lager.

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

This is poured into a pint glass with a large tanned foam head. The color is a dark amber, almost non-transparent. The aroma is toffee, chocolate, bready yeast, and just plain sweet malt. The taste is much the same as the aroma of toffee, chocolate, big malt backbone, slight alcohol mixed with a little fruitness. The body is medium and smooth! The smooth and creamy texture of the body is velvety. I would say that more than two in one sitting is a my fill. IMO the best Dopplebock I have had to this date.

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

On-tap at the Beermongers in Portland, OR poured into a Saison Dupont 12 oz tumbler.

appearance - dark brown with a low head, moderate lacing

smell - dark fruit, raisins, dates, prunes, very complex and aromatic

taste - balanced malt with hints of dark fruit, very complex

mouthfeel - smooth and creamy, good body

drinkability - very smooth and enjoyable, did not fatigue the senses, complex, easy to drink

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

dark brown with ruby hues to light. nice, big tan head. looks very creamy.

smells like coffee, chocolate, malty, bread, cloves.

tastes amazing. coffee,chocolate, slightly bitter, metallic, light bread taste.

nice dry finish. creamy medium mouthfeel.

extremely drinkable.

i definitely understand the strong rap for this brew.warming feel, nicely balanced with a refreshing taste.

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

This comes out of the tap a deep, opaque sable, almost like a stout or porter rather than a bock. Rich, malty aroma has undertones of chocolate and roast coffee. Flavor is smooth and malty, with some hop bitterness and a mocha undertone. There are hints of sweet, nutty and caramel flavors as well. Texture is smooth and pleasing, making for one lip-smacking bock.

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Photo of PartyBear
4.76/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Incredibly dark red, almost black in colour. The head pours fluffy and tan but fades very quickly. Moderate carbonation.

Aroma: Rich dark fruits, raisins, blackberries, and black grapes. Sweet malts, sugars, molasses, hints of vanilla, and dark toffee. Wonderfully aromatic, full and rich.

Taste: Sweet sticky malts right from the start. Lots of caramel and toffee flavours, entwined with dark forest fruits. Strong chocolate flavours force through in the middle leveling out the taste with a touch of bitterness. The aftertaste is malts still but there are impressions of bitter coffee, which linger at the back of the palete.

Mouthfeel: Full and heavy in the mouth, with a soft smoothness but still thick and chewy. The texture is quite oily.

Drinkability: World class, truly world class. This is the Doppelbock by which others should measure themselves. The flavours are rich and sweet, with a beautifully balanced fruity profile. The best beer in the Ayinger stable by far.

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Photo of BeerConny
4.76/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Exceptional beer! I gave the smell a 4 only because it is not very strong but as other people have mentioned before.....we are not drinking this for the aroma. Doppelbocks are similar to stouts except they are not as bitter and they are more sweet. That is how this beer is. Wonderful taste and a good creamy mouthfeel. I can hardly taste any alcohol. Great for colder months. Though mine was 7.2 abv and this says 6.7. What gives?

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Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 2,307 ratings.