Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock - Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying

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Ayinger Celebrator DoppelbockAyinger Celebrator Doppelbock

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96
world-class

2,277 Reviews
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Reviews: 2,277
Hads: 5,862
rAvg: 4.33
pDev: 8.78%
Wants: 451
Gots: 691 | 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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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)

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

My first review. Cheers!

Split a four pack of the stuff with my buddy.

A: Pretty rigorous pour into a pint glass. Dark reddish brown with a thick beige head.

S: Smells sweet, fruity, chocolatey and a little boozy.

T: Dark fruit, caramel, coffee and a light hoppiness that melds with the sweet finish, with a little bit of alcohol in the finish as well.

M: Medium body with pretty light carbonation.

O: A real treat. Complex and absolutely delicious. Will definitely have this again (and again and again). (510 characters)

Photo of ncredible1
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beautiful dark brown/mocha doppelbock, however you can still see some light through it. Very nice tan head that sticks around for awhile. Smells of caramel,cream, and malt. Taste is smooth and well balanced with good roasted maltiness and little hop bitterness. A smooth easy drinking brew. Beware you can drink these down quickly.

Drink this at colder temperatures as I found it tasting a bit better. World Class brew from Ayinger. One of the best Doppels. (458 characters)

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

Pours a dark brown with lots of red hues. Plenty of head, disappears at a moderate pace.

Smells is quite malty, lots of caramel, possibly some chocolate and coffee as well.

The taste is very malty, with a nutty sensation. Caramel lingers on the tongue, not too sweet though, the coffee/hop bitterness makes a very nice balance to this beer.

Went down very smooth with just the right amount of carbonation, I found I drank it much faster than I should have and regret not savoring it more. I'll definitely be visiting this beer again. (536 characters)

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

Poured from the bottle into a tall mug.

Color: Poured a rich brown, almost Coke in color.
Head: Was very strong off-white in color and evaporated away shortly after the bottle was empty.
Mouthfeel: Felt very nice throughout and wasn't too acidic/bitter on the tongue, didn't leave that bitter taste on the back of the tongue at all. Went down very smooth.
Taste: I got a nice coffee flavor with some hints of fruitiness, was not able to pick a fruit out but it had a good mixture.
Drinkability: Had mine after dinner and worked nicely as a digestif

I would recommend this it anyone and would like to have it stocked year-around. Highly, highly recommend. (656 characters)

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

Chestnut with a lofty froth that settles to a finger of beer meringue; thick and heavy that filters the beer after each sip. Sweet aroma. Bran raisin muffin dough wrapped in a leather case.
Spiced cake with cocoa dust. Canned cherry pie topping. A husky voice. Tobacco. Some strong orange pekoe. Burnt walnuts. I could drink this from noon to passing out whenever with a pretzel and mustard. (392 characters)

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

Appearance = dark mahogony, almost black. Reddish highlights, not quite opaque. Light carbonation, thick tan head that receded fairly quickly.

Nose = MALT!! If you want someone to understand what malt smells like, here's your big boy. Blackstrap molasses & some hops

Taste = Malt. Velvet sledgehammer. Big & powerful to knock down a wall, but still smooth. Some hops are in there trying to balance the malt but it really has it's work cut out for it. A flavor in the finish that reminds me of Aussie Tawny Port - caramel sweet wine & raisens. Medium to long finish, semi-creamy mouthfeel.

Lord have mercy, this is good beer. I've found another new favorite. (667 characters)

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

A- Pours dark brown, two finger tan head, little retention, moderate lacing.

S- Nutty, sweet, roasty.

T- More smokiness, caramel notes, dark fruits, a little chocolate, light hop finish. Complex and brilliant.

M- Smooth, chocolate finish lingers a while, great sweet aftertaste, but balanced out well. Moderate carbonation.

O- Wow. Just try it. (351 characters)

Photo of JamesP123
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow this is one helleva brew. My Favorite Dopplebock!

A. Nice and dark, not translucent. Nice head that stays put.

S. First semll is roasted grains/toasted bread. followed by some sweetness and a bit of alcohol coming through.

T. This is where the beer shines. Very balanced flavors, Molasses/brown sugar with thick/rich roasted malts. Very smooth and balanced and soft.

M. Smooth and a little creamy. Medium bodied.

D. Great taste, smooth and enjoyable. Nearly perfection in a bottle. Definately a new favorite in my book. (528 characters)

Photo of braiden
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: very dark coco looking
smell: slightly fruity and caramely
taste: dark undertones yet bright clean taste
feel: smooth and crisp
overall an excellent beer very flavorfull and smooth (186 characters)

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

poured out basically black, with a decent head.
smelled great, fruity, malty a slight hint of some spice but quite muted
taste was just outstanding, smooth sweetness that lingered very well on the tongue with a malty backdrop and some fruit came out in the middle.
mouthfeel was very nice some fizz but very smooth and somewhat creamy.
very drinkable in my opinion. I would definitely cough up the 9 bucks for a 4 pack again (428 characters)

Photo of AChamberlain
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Stellar!! 330ml bottle bought from Bierkraft.

A: Great thick head. Black and beautiful.
S: Lovely smell, sweet and malty.
T: Sweet and malty flavor.
MF: Thick, fullbodied and smooth.
D: Drinkable, but I can't session dopplebocks. But for what it is great. (262 characters)

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

11.2 fluid oz bottle with the nifty goat around its neck. Picked this one up from the Wine Gallery Kenmore in Boston. 4 pack a little expensive but boy, was it worth it.

Poured into my Dogfish Head snifter, dark brown with slight lacing and a delicate but delicious looking foam head. Almost opaque through the sides but viewed at an angle it's definitely a little transparent.

Smells of dark mollasses and slight fruity alcohol. Mmmm. Almost bready in texture. The light carbonation helps round this one out. Wow, almost perfection. This is one of my new favorites, up there with Liberator.

I could drink this one all day. This might be my new favorite beer. Too bad it's so pricey! (693 characters)

Photo of DogFood11
4.8/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

my second beer in a row that is outstanding...are the stars aligned just right or what? I should go beer shopping right now to make sure this isnt some kind of fluke.

outstanding appearance big tan head and large dark body. Dark fruits are dominating. chocolate creeps its way into the picture, giving way to a welcomed and subtle bitter twinge to clean things up. This is one heavy duty brew in body and effect.

some warming that is perfectly expected and enjoyed

please transport me to bavaria. (505 characters)

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

picked up locally. enjoyed from a bell's tulip.

a - brew poured a deep purple that settled as black in the glass with a small creamy almost belgian looking head. lacing was spotty and slippery and hardly held onto the glass at all.

s - YUM. dark fruit, nutmeg, figs, raisins. roasted and toasted malts. smells perfect to style.

t - FANTASTIC doppelbock. grapejuice, nuts, some brown sugar. some faint hints of cocoa.

m - awesome creamy feel with great carbonation.

o - overall, one of the best, if not the best doppelbock i've ever had. i love this style and am kicking myself for not trying this one sooner. i am blown away and in love with this beer. (657 characters)

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

330 ml bottle, “6,7 % abv” let sit for 10 min to bring to around 45(ish) F. Some scoring of the bottom edge of the label. Don’t know if this is some sort of coded date or what. Poured into a oversized pils bubble glass.

Ayinger has become my favorite German producer that has a wide variety of styles, that I can find in these parts. So after a year or more of loveing up the Ur-Weisse, Dunkel & Kellerbier, it seems odd that I am just now getting around to trying there number one reviewed selection & one that I seem to have known by reputation for years at that.

Shows up as a dark roasted amber color, with shades of rose & deep maple tones. Healthy pillowed foamy head settles in. Certainly strikes a serious & stately appearance.

The abv & rich malt are very apparent in the nose up front. Sweet peppery wood & beef hints develop nicely as things move along.

Malt happiness fills the pallet at once. Mega luscious autumn squash, caramelized nut, earthy warmth all over the tongue. Slides into an equally balanced & rich hop bitter further on. Ends with perhaps just a bit of a sour tang, though if someone were to call this ‘skunky’ I might have to um… have some ‘words’ with the fellow.

Mouth feel is crisp & lively, keeping the flavor & aroma moving around on the pallet nicely. Slight hanging taste but nothing that another sip wont take care of. I could probably keep drinking this as far into the evening as I could afford.

The head dosn't stick around as long as I would like, & the abv is a lingering presence (7% me arse) but all in all, I would have to say the best double bock I have ever had. I don’t know if it will consistently be worth the $15/6 reputation its got around the tragically few shops that carry this jewel of a brew, but it is truly a lovely encounter.

Ave (1,823 characters)

Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock from Privatbrauerei Franz Inselkammer KG / Brauerei Aying
96 out of 100 based on 2,277 ratings.