Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Reviews: 2,277
Hads: 5,861
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 8.78%
Wants: 451
Gots: 691 | FT: 20
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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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Photo of perrinvv
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very dark beer with nice carbonation. Beautiful dark tan head and fizz long after pouring.

Smells like coffee and chocolate like you would expect but stronger. Very strong, pleasant aroma.

The taste is phenomenal. The chocolate and coffee flavors that you can smell mix with something like molasses that leaves a slightly bitter aftertaste in your mouth that reminds you of the awesome sip you just had. The carbonation makes the beer feel lighter in your mouth. As a result, this beer seems especially drinkable for being a strong beer.

If ever presented with the opportunity to try this beer, its a must! (611 characters)

Photo of Cesarz
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Sipping on one of these while snacking on 86%dark chocolate... This beer is a real treat, tastes A LOT of raisins and figs, simply delicious!! Cheers!! (151 characters)

Photo of pootz
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Something special from Brooklynboy for my 200th review…thanks very much Ed you are a priest of the yeast. I have anticipated savoring a Celebrator for some time. This bottled version is pasteurized I suspect but it still does not detract from this beer’s reputation. The pour revealed a deep mahogany- red liquid with a 2 finger rocky mocha cap that reduces in it’s own sweet time to a lasting sticky lace…mild to medium carbonation. Wow what a bouquet of malts!! We have dried fruits, licorice, molasses, tangerines and a lovely musty, earthy over tone. The start is all big tasty malts with a dozen different malt/roast/hop/yeast departures that are so complex they escape my eloquence to enunciate them…a veritable orgasm of the taste buds. Rich mouth feel without being heavy or sweet...fantastic balance for a dopple bock….finish is medium with the toffee chocolate tastes receding and the hops creating a wet lasting impression of treacle and lime…then a nice warming….infinitely the best “drinkable” dopple bock in the world….Ed thanks…and more please!!! (1,073 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured slightly chilled from a plastic goat adorned brown 12oz bottle into an Ayiner Celebrator glass with gold rim.
A - Healthy, hefty head hangs on for a while only gradually relaxing leaving a generous amount of lace. A deep brown coffee color similar to mahogany.

S - An extremely pleasant malt with vinous raisin and slightly molasses odor emanates w/ a synergy of roasted malt and brown sugar, fig like scents. Earthy and woody underpinnings follow through.

M - A smooth buttery feel with a masterful blend of carbonation and malt sweetness that surrounds the tongue with exquisite nuance.

T - A beautiful walnut desert flavor gets tangled up in a luscious mix of fig, caramel, toffee, vanilla, subtle dark chocolate and sweet dark malt. The lager yeast really lets the spectrum of nutty, roasty and sweet satiny flavors blend with effortless grace. A majestic harmony is achieved with minimal bitterness and malt that fades into a rippling echo.

D - May be respected in small doses like a truffle with it's rich character and lasting residual sweetness. Almost a meal on its own, it has a fullness and chewiness that makes for a lager for special occasions - like any day it is available. (1,208 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Ruby plum.

S - Light aroma. Sweet prune, brown sugar, vanilla,

T - Sweet brown sugar, light molasses in the back of your palate, warm well balanced alcohol, and doughy malt.

M - Creamy, smooth. Great body that isn't too heavy or too light.

D - The flavors are big, but it's put together nicely. Not a session beer, but I'd love to have more than one. (360 characters)

Photo of rslomin
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tasted the beer in a trapist ale glass

color: dark, coca-cola like color, nice little brown head
smell: at first, like freshly baked dark bread, then gives a caramel and burnt sugar smell, followed by a marzipan and rum smell, and finally a bit of smokiness.
Taste: dark bread, dark chocolate.
Mouthfeel: Very smooth beer, has a slight bit of bitterness.

Overall: A great beer that that is certainly worthy of it reputation! (426 characters)

Photo of saintwarrick
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The first dopplebock I ever had years back, but only now getting a chance to review it since its not sold in this state. Beer pours dark, but still lighter than any porter I have ever had, gives almost a garnet tone with the light behind it.

Smell has a heavy raisin scent mixed with dark chocolate. Slight hint of molasses hits the palate on the first sip before it is taken over by a mix of dark, bitter - a good bitter - chocolate taste with a little mocha thrown in for good measure. Almost looks like a cup of coffee with this Guinness mug I'm drinking it from. Delicious taste hides the alcohol very well. Don't think I'd have more than 1-2 at a time however, like I would an ale or something lighter.

A great brew that I will be going back to over and over. (771 characters)

Photo of TheWhiskerReview
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark brownish-black with a 1.5 finger tan head. Moderate retention and light lace.

Nose is a big bready mix of coffee, raisins, prunes and candied orange peel. Sweet and alluring with a near perfect balance of malt and hop tones.

Did I mention a near perfect balance of malt and hops? Fantastic structure, warm flavors.

Gah, such a treat! And each bottle comes with a xmas ornament! (393 characters)

Photo of Tawnos
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my first bock, and it's great.
Pours a dark color. A red tinged brown in the light.

The smell took me immediately. Ginger and molasses, caramel, with a very very slight undertone of earthy hops.

The taste follows the smell perfectly. Coffee and chocolate notes blend into the molasses character, bringing back memories of younger days making cookies.
The mouthfeel is smooth, creamy, and has a very light malt graininess.

Drinkability: give me another one, now. It's that good, I only have one, and I'm sad. (526 characters)

Photo of yelterdow
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

What an amazing beer. This is THE quintessential Dopplebock, and is so outstanding to me that I save it for a once-in-a-while treat. Always available, this one is a year-round keeper.

330ml bottle, poured into the appropriate Celebrator glass at just under fridge temperature.

Appearance- Beautiful reddish-copper with a thick, fluffy head. But that's nothing compared to what's about to come...

Smell- This is, simply, my favorite smell in this great big world of beer we live in. Chocolate malted milk shake, molasses, big sweet caramel toffee, fudge cake, malts, malts, malts. The alcohol is masked very well until the beer approaches room temperature, at which time it befriends the malt character.

Taste/Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Liquid caramel toffee malts and molasses, as described above, flow seamlessly over the tongue and finish with an incredibly appropriate bitterness that takes nothing away from the overall sweet story. What begins as a showcase of individual songs becomes so well balanced that by the time you are finishing your glass, the integration is a symphonic treasure. (1,105 characters)

Photo of sweetbrew82
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 330 ML bottle into a flute:

P: Pours a deep golden brown from the bottle. Sits dark brown in the glass and displays some golden reddish hues filtering in through the liquid around the outside of the glass. Forms a light tan head that dissipates to form a halo on top. Looks good so far!

A: Smells like a ton of toasted maltiness, with a bit of a fruity profile which is that of plums and grapes. A slight alcohol sting is also detected underneath it all.

T: This one is so damn tasty that I'm finding it hard to write this review without getting sidetracked. It's like Toucan Sam, it follows the nose. Toasted malts shine throughout, while the plum and grape flavors complement nicely to form a complex sensation on the palate. Not much alcohol in the initial taste, either. Extremely smooth, low carbonation on the dry finish that leaves an ever-so-slight alcohol tinge on the way down. This one is a champion in the taste department for sure!

M: Celebrator Doppelbock has a medium-bodied mouthfeel to it. It's rich, smooth, decadent, and cleanses your palate of all beer sins you may have previously committed in your life.

D: Through the roof in my book. I could drink these all night long, even though the 6.7% ABV is a little high to be considered an official "session beer" by some folks. Great QPR on this one as well. 330 ML of pure satisfaction in a bottle for only $2.49! Don't mind if I do.

Notes: This is one hell of a dopplebock, the best that I have had to date for sure. It smells great, invigorates the tongue with a deliciously malted toastiness that combines with the flavors of two of my favorite fruits, and is incredibly smooth. Add the great bang-for-your-buck value, and you've got a sure-fire winner. This is one that every avid beer drinker should try. Definitely a must-have! Now if you'll excuse me, I shall have another at once... (1,878 characters)

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 330 mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: A dark mahogany color with a fair amount of room for ruby to peer through in more narrow parts of the glass. A dark copper color sneaks into the very edge of the glass.

Smell: A very smooth aroma that works well together. Soft sweet molasses, some dates and spicy, herbal hoppy notes. Sweet bready notes round things out.

Taste: Chewy caramel malt flavor, followed with a touch of molasses, then some spiced bread as the body fills out in my mouth. Some dates step in before a touch of herbal bitterness sets in for a second. The end of the sip approaches, telling the grain and sweetness to wrap up the show in a polite fashion. Finishes clean and a touch sweet.

Mouthfeel: This is an absolute perfect feel. I can feel the little bubbles actually raise up off of my tongue, keeping it fresh for the next sip. Creamy, medium bodied. Sexy.

Drinkability: I'm not ordinarily a Doppelbock drinker, but this is just phenomenal. Extraordinarily happy to have finally tried this. (1,032 characters)

Photo of Kingdom4aPint
4.78/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in Pokal glass.

Appearance is velvety dark chocolate with medium brownish head which was poured by server so glass 1 had two finger head and glass 2 had about 4 finger head! Malty, bready aroma with hints of coffee. Taste...I was in my own world with the taste, swirling it around and around. Malty of course with caramel tones, just outstanding with silky smooth mouthfeel to match. Just a pleasure. 6.7% ABV was not evident, was suprised to learn ABV was that high. Highly drinkable and hope to run across it real soon! (529 characters)

Photo of B967ierhunter177
4.78/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow! This beer pours a clear, dark brown with ruby tones showing in the light. The aroma begins with chocolate and has hints of nuts and toast. The flavor is extremely well balanced with chocolate, raisin, and nutty notes with a bit of maple in the finish. It has a medium mouthfeel and is quite drinkable. Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock is an excellent example of the style, outstanding. Highly recommended!!! (409 characters)

Photo of StevieW
4.78/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I think this is the tops for me. Pours a deep dark brown, almost black with a picture perfect fluffy tan head. It looked just like the label. Nice rich smell, I noticed alot toffee, burnt smells, didn't notice they were fruit, like others. But the smell was very inviting. The taste lived up to everything I have read. Nice toffee, carmel like sweetness, very balanced with bitterness of roasted malt. Nice smooth feel, almost creamy, and full, everything I hoped it would be. I thought it fuller and more balanced, not as syrupy than the Salvator dopplebock. The last shot of bittnerness at the end, wanted you to have another taste to balance. Beer Perfection. I have drank 6 of 12, and I think I will keep the next 6 for a special occasion. (744 characters)

Photo of Joey7F
4.78/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. I can see why this beer is consistently in the top 20. It has a head that lasts forever. Underneath the foam is a dark thick brew that epitomizes everything I love about stouts and bocks with one interesting exception. I believe I could drink about 10 in a day with out blinking. A terrific introductory "dark" beer for new beer advocates (My friends and I are breaking in a new 21 year old)

It is about 3 bucks a bottle which is more than I usually pay for 11.2 ounces, but it is well worth it :)

--Joey (515 characters)

Photo of horshack7
4.78/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It's a very dark mahogany almost brown with a beige head only about an inch tall.

Aroma: Brown bread, brown sugar, burnt hop notes. Raisins, molasses, plum mixed in as well. Faint wisps of vanilla bean.

Taste: Quite the malty backbone to this one notes of molasses, dark bread, raisins. The mouthfeel is very much smooth. Caramelized sugar, with a touch of smokiness in the back.

Notes: A very malty backbone very hearty. The drinkabilty of this is very good a dam tasty meal in a bottle. Cheers. (511 characters)

Photo of coltonbrimhall
4.78/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

-great head, very dark for a lager brewed beer in my opinion
-slightly fruity smell with a crisp yeast scent along with it caramelized
- crisp yet a darker toasty flavor that is complemented with a sweet fruit taste
-rides the palate like a lager, has the flavor of a darker beer though
-overall one of the best beers i have had, have had it before and will buy it time and time again (384 characters)

Photo of mmmbeer
4.78/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I've been wanting to try it for a while to see if it's as good as everyone says it is. I'm usually skeptical of dopples as I've only had a few I really like - the cloying sweetness in some of them gets to me. Anyway... 330 mL slender bottle - it pours a brown/deep plum color with a fair amount of carbonation streams and a 1 finger, light brown head that is dense and sooo creamy, leaving sheets of bubbles all the way down the glass, eventually turning into lace. Beautiful to say the least. Smells of dark fruits, caramel, molasses, green hops, a grainy character, and a sweetness that comes close to candy, but nowhere near cloying. Tastes toasty with caramel, molasses, raisins, chocolate?, burnt malts?, vinous malts?, green/spicy hops, and a medium bitterness. I can't think of how a dopple could taste better than this. The body starts medium and smooth, becoming thicker and softer as I go. This beer is amazing (it just dethroned Ruination as my top-rated). Believe the hype - I'm getting at least a four pack next time. (1,030 characters)

Photo of taigor
4.78/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into traditional Aynger Celebrator glass.

A - Poured non-transparent dark brown almost black color with small head that quickly dissipated leaving light lacing around the glass.

S - Malts upfront with hints of caramel, brown sugar, figs, raisins and other dark fruits.

T - Sweet to start with malts dominating all the way. It turns caramel and slightly fruity towards the end.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

D - Excellent and very enjoyable doppelbock. Definitely get your hands on it if you see it. (535 characters)

Photo of Lnedrive14
4.79/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Well, this is the 1st beer that I have given a 5 to for taste. So, yeah, this is some kick ass shit.

A: Pours a truly dark brown, almost black, with a small pearl head. Somewhat darker than I expected.

S/T: Dark roasted malts predominate. Dried fruits, caramel, pumpernickel bread. Aftertaste is amazing! A bit of molasses and a nice, mild sweetness that states its claim on the palate and doesn't relinquish.

M/D: Silky smooth - mild carbonation. A very light body, quite a stark contrast from its appearance. Drinkability is amazing - i docked it only a little because the alcohol content is fairly low for a dopplebock, which i think adds to its drinkability.

This is an awesome brew. No doubt one of the best dopplebocks i have ever had, and one of the best in the world. Glad I have 3 more of these bad boys! (829 characters)

Photo of ckeegan04
4.79/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark dark brown with light brown shading around the edges, Two finger brown head. Moderate retention with almost no lacing.

S - Smells of molasses and roasted malts. Light whiff of alcohol as well.

T - Strong sweet taste of roasted malts and molasses. Nice bit on the backend. Alcohol does not show itself.

M/D - Full bodied and lightly carbonated. An excellent beer. (374 characters)

Photo of fdrich29
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle at Bukowski's in Boston.

This was the first time I have ever tried this beer and it lived up to and surpassed it's well deserved reputation. If you want an indepth review on this one, try one of the Bros. This could be one of my favorite beers of all time, sweet, malt and fruity flavor, every sip made me happy.

If you haven't tried this one yet do yourself a favor and try it asap. Can't say enough good about this beer. It's perfection in a glass. (464 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown with some ruby red at the bottom of the glass. Lots of rising bubbles and a solid three finger tan head with decent retention. Lacing is moderate.

Smell: Very bready and moderately sweet dark caramel malts with some toffee. Big hints of dark fruits with raisins, prunes, and figs. Also some hints of nuts, chocolate, molasses, and coffee. The malt and dark fruit aromas are very bold.

Taste: Starts out pretty sweet with a big dose of dark roasted caramel and toffee malts with a big taste of dark fruits. Notes of raisins, figs, prunes, and nuts. Also some subtle hints of chocolate, coffee, brown sugar, and molasses. Finishes with a moderate earthy hop bitterness providing a little balance to the sweetness. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Very creamy, chewy, and slightly sticky. Very smooth.

Overall: A really great Doppelbock. Probably my favorite overall lager. (1,028 characters)

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

Had on tap at Ludwigs Garten in NYC. The best place other than Germany to try it.
Glass poured a dark brown with amber hues. Very thick, foamy brown head.
Aromas were Roasty, toasty, caramel malts. Chocolate, toffee, figs, plums, raisins and grapes.
Taste was an amazing display of toasted malt and dark fruits and chocolatey, caramelly, toffe-ish decadence.
Very smooth very warm alcohol kick.
Excellent Dopplebock in an excellent German beer bar. (453 characters)

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
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